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Avon Lake's Jillian Strimbu named All-Ohio

Avon Lake Shoregal Jillian Strimbu was named to the Division I All-Ohio 2nd
team by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association.  She was the only
Division I girl from Lorain County to earn a spot on the All-Ohio squad.

The senior midfielder scored 10 goals and contributed 9 assists during the
2011 season.  A four year letter winner for the Shoregals, she finished her high
school career with 34 goals which is 5th all-time in program history and 19
career assists.

Jillian, who was a team captain for the Shoregals, was also named 1st team
All Southwestern Conference, 1st team All Greater Cleveland, and played in
both the Greater Cleveland All-Star game and the Lorain County All-Star game.    In
the Lorain County game, she scored 2 goals and assisted on another goal.

Strimbu also excels in the classroom where she is ranked in the top 5 of her class.

Strimbu becomes the 8th All-Ohio player in the 19 year history of the girls
soccer program at Avon Lake following

Tani Lopez        2009    2nd team
Trisha Wladecki        2008    2nd team
Caitlin Bodzioney    2005    3rd team
Kelsey King        2001    3rd team
Jeannie Stuckey    2000    2nd team
Meg Ryan        1999    3rd team
Michelle Burke        1997     Honorable Mention



No. 16/17 Purdue at Bowling Green, 7:00 PM
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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team begins a new era in program history, hosting nationally-ranked Purdue University Thursday evening (Nov. 17), in the first regular-season game at the brand-new Stroh Center...  The Falcons are coming off of a 69-38 loss at Dayton in Friday's (Nov. 11) season opener ... BGSU has lost the road opener in each of the last four years... BG's starting lineup at Dayton included four players who had never started a collegiate game before Friday night ... junior Chrissy Steffen had started all 33 games for the Falcons last season ... but, Jillian Halfhill, Danielle Havel, Alexis Rogers and Jessica Slagle all were in the lineup for the first time.


Canfield's Jillian Halfill (L), Green alumna Logan Pastor (R)

 Rogers was one of four players to make her BGSU debut at Dayton ... the redshirt sophomore sat out last season after transferring from Duke University ... true freshmen Deborah Hoekstra, Jasmine Matthews and Logan Pastor all saw their first collegiate action in the UD game... In Purdue's  75-45 win over IUPUI on Sunday, KK Houser tied her career high with a game-high 18 points... She set a career best with six steals, half of Purdue's 12 steals in the contest... Brittany Rayburn also scored in double figures with 14 points, five rebounds and a game-high four assists. 

Western Michigan at Michigan State, 7:00 PM
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For the third straight season, Western Michigan will face in-state rival Michigan State, as the Broncos travel to East Lansing to take on the Spartans at the Breslin Center Thursday, Nov. 17... Western Michigan trailed Big 12 opponent Kansas by just three points with two minutes remaining before the Jayhawks sealed a 12-point win (76-64) at the free-throw line Sunday ... senior preseason All-MAC selection Miame Giden had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while freshman A.J. Johnson scored a team-high 13 points ... splitting time at point guard, junior Aurielle Anderson (7 assists) and sophomore Corie Buchanan (9 points) set career highs ... all 14 Broncos played in the contest, nine reaching the scoring column... MSU is off to a 2-1 start and has won its last two ... the Spartans fell in its season-opener atVillanova (75-64) and have defeated North Carolina A&T (113-60) and IPFW (62-56) ... MSU posted a 27-6 overall record last year, going 13-3 in conference play, winning a Big Ten title ... reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Lykendra Johnson is the top returner, averaging 11.8 ppg and 8.9 rpg last season.

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Lake Erie Senior Brandon James (Mentor) Named to All-GLIAC Second Team, Five Others Earn Honorable Mention

The Storm placed six players on the league all-star team; James joined by Bedevelsky (Brunswick), Romeo (Eastlake North), Gritz (Brush), McElligot (St. Peter Chanel) and Chapman (Cincinnati Anderson)


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Fifth-year senior receiver Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) capped his outstanding career by being named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Second Team by the league’s coaches while five other Lake Erie College football players were named to the All-GLIAC Team as honorable mention selections.  The 2011 all-conference squad was announced late Wednesday (Nov. 15) by the league office.


James, who was an honorable mention pick in 2010 and a first-team All-GLIAC selection in baseball this past spring, was joined on the league all-star team by classmate and wingback David Romeo (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North), senior quarterback Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), senior offensive lineman Mike Gritz (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush), senior outside linebacker Kevin Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and junior offensive lineman Michael McElligot (Warrensville Heights, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel).

Brush alumnus Gritz (left), Chanel grad McElligot (R)


The honor is the second for Bedevelsky and Gritz who were both honorable mention picks in 2010.


In the team’s second season in the GLIAC, James becomes the first Storm player to garner first or second-team accolades on the gridiron.  The school’s all-time leading receiver caught 72 passes for 879 yards, both single-season LEC highs, scored four touchdowns and had three 100-yard receiving games.  He was third in the league in receptions and fifth in yards during the season.  He finished his career with 215 receptions for 2,611 yards and 21 touchdowns.  James reached the 100-yard receiving mark seven times. 


Both James and Romeo scored touchdowns in their final college game, a 45-42 win at home last Saturday over Ashland University.  Romeo scored on a 27-yard run for the 16th touchdown of his career as a dual threat.  This year he was third on the team with 689 all-purpose yards, despite missing two games with a dislocated elbow.  He caught 31 passes for 443 yards and scored two touchdowns, including a school-record 88-yard bomb at Ferris State University, and rushed 23 times for 255 yards and three scores.  Romeo, who led the GLIAC in yards per play from scrimmage this season (10.7),  is Lake Erie’s all-time all-purpose yardage leader with 3,049 yards (1,992 receiving, 818 rushing and 239 returning kicks) and had five 100-yard receiving games, including one this year.


In 10 games, Bedevelsky completed 186-of-289 passes for 2,179 yards with 13 touchdowns and just six interceptions.  He also ran for 535 yards and a school-record 12 touchdowns.  His 64.4% completion percentage was a career high and his six picks were a career low.  After leading the league in total offense last year, he was third this season averaging 271.4 yards per game. In each of the last three games of the season, he both ran and threw for at least two touchdowns.  For his career, Bedevelsky totaled 10,672 yards on offense. He threw for 8,738 yards and 63 touchdowns in his four years as the starting signal-caller and ran for a school-record 1,934 yards and 28 touchdowns. 


Chapman ended the season with conference honors after starting the year with one as well.  He was named the GLIAC and d2football.com Defensive Player of the Week after the opening night win over Gannon University and continued his strong play throughout the season.  He led the Storm defense with 81 total tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, 5.5 sacks and shared the team lead with two forced fumbles and one recovery.  He had seven games with at least eight tackles and had three games with more than one sack.  He ended his career as Lake Erie’s top tackler with 242 total stops and 10.5 sacks.


Gritz started every game at right guard for the second year in a row and his third straight season overall on the line (he started at left tackle as a sophomore).  McElligot started the first five games at right guard before moving over to center when senior and 2010 All-GLIAC pick Mike Hounshell (Willoughby, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) injured his ankle and missed five games.  Those two led a unit that helped Lake Erie to top-50 national total offense and rushing offense rankings for the third straight year.


Lake Erie posted an overall record of 3-8 for the second straight season, including a 2-8 GLIAC mark.  The Storm did, however, end the year with two consecutive victories.

Mentor, St. Ignatius to meet for the second time this season; Cards, Cats to play for the regional football championship in Lakewood

For the second time this post-season both Mentor and St. Ignatius will be facing teams each club had faced earlier during the regular season when they play for the regional championship Saturday in Lakewood Stadium.

Mentor is coming off its second victory over Solon this season with a regional semifinal triumph, 42-40, last Saturday and Iggy is coming off a win over arch-rival St. Edward by an identical 20-17 score from the regular season game in last week’s regional semifinal.

The Cardinals were able to prevail during the regular season against the Wildcats, 38-24.

In that game earlier this fall, the Wildcats were unable to reign in the high-velocity offense of the Mentor Cardinals as the Cardinals racked up 608 yards of offense and pulled away in the second half to beat St. Ignatius, 38-24.

Mentor JR QB Mitch Trubisky completed 28 of 44 passes for 469 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cardinals opened up a quick 14-0 lead before the Wildcats began to turn the tide early in the 2nd qtr. SR DB Adam North recorded an interception – his first of three on the night – and on the ensuing possession, Wildcats RB Tim McVey (32 carries, 205 yards) scored from two yards out.


A 42-yard interception return by St. Ignatius’ Thomas Fanning tied the game at 14-14. And after a 40-yard field goal by Tomislav Derezic put the Cardinals back in front, St. Ignatius quarterback Eric Williams (17 of 32, 223 yards) connected with receiver Jake Mooney on a 45-yard touchdown pass to give the Wildcats their first lead. But the Cardinals pulled ahead on a Trubisky one-yard run and the Wildcats played catch-up the rest of the night.

Last week, producing one of the greatest fourth quarters in school history, the Wildcats rallied from a 14-point third quarter deficit to beat the St. Edward Eagles, 20-17, and advance to the Division 1, Region 1 Championship Game.

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With less than 2 minutes to play in the third quarter, the Eagles had taken a 17-3 lead following a Ryan Fallon 45-yard TD run.

But the Wildcats would battle back with 2 scores of their own in the span of 4 minutes and tie the game at 17-17 with 9:00 to play

Following an Eagle turnover, the Wildcats drove 47 yards to set up Tim Shenk's 32-yard GW FG as time expired.

Also last week, the Mentor Cardinals escaped Byers Field with a 42-40 win over the Solon Comets in the Division 1, Region 1 semi-final game.

The Cardinals fumbled on their first play from scrimmage and the Comets returned the loose ball for the game's first touchdown. But the Cardinals and JR QB Mitch Trubisky scored on their next FIVE possessions and opened up a 35-7 lead midway through the 2nd quarter and looked to be cruising to a berth in the regional championship.

Solon took advantage of seven Mentor turnovers and some big plays in the special teams to close to within 8 at 42-34 in the fourth quarter and had a chance to tie with 4:00 to play but could not convert on the 2-pt conversion.

Mentor ran out the clock and advanced. Trubisky threw for more than 250 yards, and accounted for 5 touchdowns, but committed 6 turnovers.

Mentor was first settled in 1797. In 1876 James A. Garfield purchased a home in Mentor, from which he conducted the first successful front porch campaign for the presidency.

A little known fact is that Garfield coined the term 'Mentorite' when referring to a native of Mentor. That home is now maintained as the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

The pronunciation of the city's name is something of a colloquialism, with most residents pronouncing it as "men-ner" and outsiders using the more conventional "men-tore", while in the media, "men-ter" is prominent.

Mentor is named after the Greek figure Mentor, in keeping with the Connecticut Western Reserve settlers' tradition including nearby Solon, Macedonia, Euclid, and Akron.

Steve Trivisonno enters his 15th season as the head coach for the Mentor Cardinals.

He has been coaching as an assistant or head coach for 27 seasons.

Trivisonno played DB at Bowling Green in the early 1980s; in fact, the Falcons won the MAC in 1982 and played in the California Bowl that year, losing by a point to Fresno State

Trivisonno' father Joe, played at Collinwood in the early 1950s, earning a trip to the 1951 Charity Game and he played for Woody Hayes and the OSU Buckeys in the mid-50s, including the 1957 National Champion team Joe Trivisonno was the HC at Collinwood when St Ignatius defeated the Railroaders in the 1967 Charity Game.

Wildcats HC Chuck Kyle was a JR back-up TB on that Wildcats team.

Cats/Cards game on 'HK-1420

The high school football game - Division I, Region 1 Final - Saturday November 19th between St. Ignatius High School and Mentor High School at Lakewood (Lakewood, OH) will air LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 

Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 at 7:00 pm.  Pre-Game begins at 6:45 pm  

Heidelberg Men's Basketball Team Opens Season with 'Berg 

Alumni Classic

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's basketball team will open the
2011-12 season Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19 when it hosts the 'Berg
Alumni Classic season tip-off tournament, featuring doubleheaders on both
days, at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  

Thomas More (Ky.) College
and Kent State University - Tuscawaras will open the tournament at 5:30 p.m.
on Friday, followed by the Berg and Ohio State University - Lima at 7:30
p.m.  OSU - Lima and KSU - Tuscawaras play at 2 p.m. and the Berg will take
on TMC at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Live stats for all four games will be available at

Fourth-year head coach Anthony Gholson returns 14 letter winners and three
starters to a team that finished 12-15 overall and 9-9 in the Ohio Athletic
Conference a season ago, including junior second-team All-OAC guard Dane
Givner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Harvest Preparatory), junior honorable mention
All-OAC forward Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) and senior forward Darion Capers

Mount Union broadcaster to sign books prior to Saturday's 

playoff game

Fans will be able to meet Joe Tait, get a copy of his new book -- It's Been a Real Ball -- and have it signed by him Saturday at 4 pm at the Hoover-Price Campus Center at the University of Mount Union in Alliance.