A Page -- Nov. 19, 2011 -- AM Edition

Bob Patton, Jr. takes over Solon basketball; Comets learning fast under the new system

SOLON – After a five-year stint in Westlake, Bob Patton, Jr. has returned to the East Side to become the head basketball coach for boys at Solon High here and in fact the Comets will get an entirely new staff.

Patton, formerly the coach at Kenston, went back to the West Side (he is a Lakewood High alumnus) and coached basketball and golf (both boys) at Westlake High before returning to the more established side of town this fall to take the Comets’ head job.

A Stanford grad, Patton is joined by Tony DeCesare and Mike LevilFoyle on the varsity staff, Matt Jankowski as the JV coach and Marty Budzar as the freshman coach. All five men are new to the Solon program.

“The boys here are learning an entirely new system offensively and defensively,” said Coach Patton, Jr. “We are a very inexperienced team at all positions. I think we can be good when all is said and done. It’s going to be a process with all new moving parts.”

Providing the senior leadership are Nate Brillhart, Emmitt Mosely, Denzell Davis, and Kareem Oldham. Brillhart averaged 11.1 points per game last season.

“We are a very inexperienced group across the board, including the seniors,” Patton, Jr. said.

Two juniors expected to be early factors are Josh Glass and Stephon Ficol while sophomores Ny Redding and Darren Young should be varsity regulars. Others in the varsity fold are seniors AJ Johnson and football quarterback Pat Kramer and sophomore Jeremy Adelstein.


“We have good quickness with a lot of interchangeable parts,” Patton said. “Our guard play is our strength. We’re not very big and are really inexperienced in every spot.”

Yet, Patton has a group that has the ability to learn fast.

“Solon’s expectations for students and Student/Athletes are really high,” said Patton. “Our basketball program is no exception. We have multiple kids taking AP classes and multiple kids over both 3.0 and 3.5 in terms of GPA.”

The only changes in the schedule are in the non-league part as John Hay and Shaker Heights have been added this season.

“Our goals are to compete for the conference and get better as the season goes along,” Patton said. “We hope to be ready for the tournament and want to change the culture for Solon basketball.”

The S/As are adapting to the Patton crew.

“The kids have been really great since we took over,” Patton said. “They really worked hard in the off season.”

Fuline gets first collegiate victory, but Mount needs to go to OT to get it for him

BEAVER FALLS, Pa.—The Mount Union men's basketball team used a strong overtime performance to topple Grove City (Pa.), 71-64, in the opening game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament on the campus of Geneva (Pa.) College. The win was the first for head coach Mike Fuline at the collegiate level.

A three-pointer as time expired in regulation by Christian Locher sent the game into overtime. The Purple Raiders then used outstanding defense to outscore the Wolverines 9-2 in the extra session. Grove City did not record their first points of overtime until just ten seconds remained.

Holy Name alumnus Tom Berlekamp

Trailing 55-54, junior Tom Berlekamp (North Royalton/Holy Name) headed to the line and calmly sank two free throws to put Mount Union ahead, 56-55 with 42 seconds remaining in regulation. Senior Jimmy Wood(Wintersville/Indian Creek) got a steal on the ensuing Grove City possession and Berlekamp sank two more free throws to increase the lead to 58-55 with 22 seconds remaining.

After a basket by the Wolverines, Berlekamp sank another pair of free throws to make it 60-57 with 14 seconds left. Following another basket by Grove City, sophomore T.J. Gillespie (Toldeo/St. John's) made a pair of free throws with seven second left to make it 62-59, setting up Locher's shot at the buzzer.

Mount Union led most of the night and were ahead by as many as 11 points with 9:35 to play in the second half. Gillespie scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the first half to send the Raiders to the half with a 29-24 lead.

Freshman Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) added a career-high 13 points and Wood, who was scoreless in just seven minutes of action in the first half due to foul trouble, added 12 points and nine rebounds. Berlekamp finished the game with seven points, a game-high 14 rebounds, and team-best four assists.

Defense was key to victory for the Purple Raiders. They held Grove City to just 5-of-22 (22.7%) from behind thethree-point line and 22-of-66 shooting (33.3%) overall. Mount Union also held a 48-41 advantage on the glass.

Locher and Mitch Marmelstein led Grove City (1-1) with ten points apiece. Nate Rambacher and Kris Verderber led the Wolverines with seven rebounds.

Baldwin-Wallace Swimming and Diving Teams 

Both Fall at Oberlin

OBERLIN, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both fall at Oberlin, tonight (Friday, November 18, 2011), in the Carr Pool inside the Phillips Physical Education Center on the campus of Oberlin.

The Yeomen defeated the Yellow Jacket men, 150-75, and the Yeowomen women beat the B-W women, 143-81.

Despite the loss, the Yellow Jacket women are now 3-2 overall (2-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference) and the B-W men are 2-3overall (2-0 OAC).

The B-W women were led by junior Kelsey Richards (Wadsworth) as she won the 50 yard freestyle in a time of 26.12 seconds. She was also a member of 200 yard freestyle relay that placed first.  In addition to Richards, sophomore Emma Gerdes (Avon) won the 100 yard backstroke in a time of 1:03.23. Sophomore Angela Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) won the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:08.73. Also, a team comprised of senior Danielle Miller (Van Wert), sophomore Emily Deaton (Spanaway, Wash./ Graham-Kapowsin), freshman Kayla Eyster (Canton, Mich./ Plymouth-Canton) and Richards won the 200 yard freestyle relay in a time of 1.46.00.

The Yellow Jacket men were led by sophomore Patrick Donohoe (Columbus/ Bishop Watterson) as he won the 200 yard Individual Medley in a time of 2:05.87. Rounding out the men’s first place finishes was the team of juniors David Blackett (Tallmadge), Chris Tuttle (North Royalton) and Matthew Zych (Des Plaines, Ill./ Maine West) and sophomore Alex Habursky (Erie, Pa./ Cathedral Preparatory) as they won the 200 yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:37.52.

Mount Union gets by Case Reserve in Double Tree Classic

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The No. 13 ranked Mount Union women's basketball team finished the game on a 6-0 run and scored a 55-49 victory over Case Western Reserve in the first game of the DoubleTree Classic atCarnegie Mellon (Pa.) Friday night in Pittsburgh.

Mount Union (2-0) led 25-24 at the half and took a 43-32 lead on a Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) layup with 10 minutes left.

Case Western Reserve (1-1) then rallied to tied the game at 49-49 with 1:27 left in the game.

Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) scored four of the final six points of the game for the Purple Raiders as she finished with a team-high 12 points.

Amanda Rose (Green/Green) was the only other Raider with 11 points.

Evy Iacono led the Spartans with a game-high 14 points.

Marquette Propels Oberlin Past Kalamazoo

Oberlin, Ohio – Behind a 32-point performance from first-year Christina Marquette, the Oberlin College women’s basketball team easily downed Kalamazoo College 61-40 on Friday night in the home opener for the Yeowomen.

Marquette, a native of Huntington Beach, California, was simply sensationally as she finished 10-of-17 from the floor, which included an impressive 4-of-6 performance from beyond the arc. In what was one of the greatest games for a first-year in school history, Marquette also went 8-of-8 at the free throw line to go along with a team-high nine rebounds.


Ashley Young came off the bench to drop in nine points, while Allison Gannon also chipped in with nine boards and seven points.

It was a defensive struggle for most of the first half as the stingy Yeowomen defense basically shutdown the Hornets the offense which allowed them to build a 13-2 lead 10 minutes into the game. However, Oberlin didn’t take full advantage on the offensive end and allowed Kalamazoo to get within four on two separate occasions before extending the lead back out to 10, 23-13, at the break.

In the second half the Hornets would cut the lead to six in the early going, but Oberlin would turn up the intensity and put them away for good with a solid run of play on both ends of the court.

After shooting just 33.3-percent (9-of-27) in the first half, Oberlin connected on 50-percent (12-of-24) of its shots in the second session to finish the game at 41.2-percent (21-of-51). The Yeowomen held the Hornets to just 28.8-percent (17-of-59) on the night, which included a 2-of-19 (10.5%) effort from downtown.

Oberlin, which also won the battle of the boards 42-36, returns to action on Tuesday night when it travels to Bluffton University. Tip-time is set for 7 p.m.

Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Basketball Team Falls 

to Bethany (W. Va.) College, 72-65, In First 

Road Contest of Season

BETHANY, WEST VIRGINIA – Sophomore All-OAC forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds as the Baldwin-Wallace men’s basketball team fell to Bethany (W.Va. ) College, 72-65, tonight (Friday, November 18, 2011) in the Hummel Field House inside the Thomas Phillips Johnson Health and Recreation Center.

In addition to Payne, sophomore guards Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Holy Name) and Grant Fairhurst (Ashland) both scored in double-digits for the Yellow Jackets.  Krakowiak netted 13 points to go with five rebounds and Fairhurst had 13 points to go along with his four rebounds.


The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring when Payne split a pair of free throws at the 18:39 mark of the first half to take a 1-0 lead.

After the Bisons gained a 13-8 lead, B-W went on a 5-0 run to tie the score (13-13) at the 11:20 mark when Fairhurst nailed a three-pointer.  Bethany responded with a 5-0  run when Brady Pacific made a layup then followed that with a three-pointer to push their lead to 18-13 with 9:49 remaining. The Bisons then pushed their lead to 30-18 with 3:49 left in the first half which included a 12-2 run.

The Yellow Jackets fought back to get within seven points (32-25) with 23 seconds left on freshman guard Jaron Crowe (Mentor) knocked down two free throws.  Bethany led 34-32 intermission as Pacific scored on a layup with four seconds remaining.

In the second half, the Bisons would outscored B-W 23-15 over the first 12:00 minutes of the half to increase their lead to 50-40

The Yellow Jackets fought back going on a 19-9 run to tie the game (59-59) on a layup by Payne with 4:32 left in the game.

Yoshida Leads Trio of Honorees

Oberlin, Ohio – Just two days after being named to the All Great Lakes Region Second-Team by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, sophomore Karin Yoshida headlines the list of North Coast Athletic Conference honorees.

Yoshida, a native of Himeji, Japan, earned All-NCAC First-Team honors as she led all NCAC midfielders with 12 goals on the season. Her 26 total points were also a team-high. The first-team recognition comes a year after she earned honorable-mention accolades as a freshman.

Senior Emily Whitaker capped off her outstanding career in the crimson and gold by garnering All-NCAC Second-Team honors for the third straight season. Whitaker started in all 18 games this season, netting six goals to go along with a team-high seven assists.

For the second straight season, junior goalkeeper Karin Yoshida found herself on the All-NCAC Honorable-Mention squad as she led the NCAC with 205 total saves, while starting all 18 games in the cage.

The Yeowomen will now rest up this winter before beginning preparations for upcoming 2012 season this coming spring.



Louisville alumna Jessica Lairson

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Basketball Team 

Defeats Denison University, 54-53, In First 

Round of MC Bankers Classic

NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA – Sophomore guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) scored a game-high tying 18 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Denison University, 54-53, tonight (Friday, November  18, 2011) in the first game of the Manchester (Ind.) College MC Bankers Classic.

With the victory,  the Yellow Jackets improved to 2-0 on the season and will play in the Championship Game tomorrow (Saturday, November 19) as they will face the winner of St. Mary’s (Ind.) College and host Manchester College at 3:00 p.m.  With the loss, Denison Falls to 1-1 and will play in the Consolation Game at 1:00 p.m.

In addition to Lairson, sophomore forward Natalia Simovic (Seven Hills/Normandy) scored a career-high tying eight points and grabbed a career-best six rebounds.  Junior wing Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/Hoover) also added eight points and  senior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/St. Mary’s Central Catholic) contributed seven.   The Big Red was led by  Jane Windler with a game-high tying 18 points.

Denison opened the scoring when Windler connected on a layup at the 19:11 mark of the first half.   B-W knotted the game back up (2-2) when Lairson scored on a layup at the 18:38 mark.

The score would remain tied until Carpenter gave the Yellow Jackets their first lead of the game (3-2) as she split a pair of free throws with 17:39 remaining in the opening period.

The Big Red would then go on a 4-0 run to take a three point advantage (6-3) at the 16:26 mark on a layup by Windler.  B-W would then use a 3-0 run of their own to tie the game back up (6-6) on the second free throw by sophomore forward Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/Columbian) at 15:30.

The game would be tied four more times in the opening period with the last coming (14-14) at the 8:25 mark as neither team would go up by more than two points.  Denison would close the half by outscoring the Yellow Jackets 15-11 to lead 29-25 at the intermission

Padua alumna Jess Grzybowski grabbed four rebounds in only 10 minutes of play for the Big Red.

B-W opened the second half on a 7-0 run to regain the lead (32-29) at 17:45 on a three-pointer by Lairson and layups by Spisak and junior guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls).

The Big Red would regain the lead (35-34) on a layup Windler at the 15:48 mark.   The Yellow Jackets would tie the game for the seventh time when Simovic split a pair of free throws at 14:55.

B-W then would go on a 6-0 run over the next 2:34  sparked by three points each from Lairson and Simovic to take a 41-35 lead with 12:21 remaining in the second half.   Denison would use a 8-3 run to cut the lead down to just one point (44-43) on  a three-pointer by Serafina Nuzzo at the 8:37 mark.

After a time out, the Yellow Jackets would then go on another 6-1 run over the next five minutes to take a six point advantage with 3:37 left in the game.  The Big Red would respond with a 7-2 run to cut the lead down to one point (52-51) on a jumper by Alyx Ingram at the 2:32 mark.

The two teams would exchange a pair of free throws by B-W junior forward Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/Miami Trace) and Denison’s Nuzzo to give the Yellow Jackets a 54-53 advantage with 44 second left in the game

After a B-W turnover with 17 seconds remaining, the Big Red  had one more chance to win the game but  Nicole Coggins would miss a layup with two seconds to play and Rossman would corral the rebound to end the game.

The Yellow Jackets. B-W will return home on Tuesday, November 22 when it will host Cleveland cross-town rival Case Western Reserve University in the Ursprung Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.

Trey Harmon's trey just "tree" seconds 

before buzzer time lifts CSU to win over 


CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland State senior Trey Harmon hit a three-pointer with 2.8 seconds to play to lift the Vikings to a 67-64 win over St. Bonaventure on Friday night in the Wolstein Center.

"Coach does a great job of designing last shot plays," Harmon said. "We executed at the right moment and it fell for us. Aaron (Pogue) set a great screen for me and I was wide open. I had to knock that shot down. This is what you're here for."


"The play was designed for Aaron (Pogue) to do a down screen and Trey to get a shot," head coach Gary Waters said. "We wanted to look inside for Aaron. The shot clock was down to about two and he had the open shot. That was okay. Both options were there. We told Trey if he is open, take the shot! I thought he did a great job executing. It looked scrambled because we had to hold the ball. The play was designed for eight seconds. We wanted to take the shot and if we missed, we wanted it to go to overtime."

The win improved the Vikings to 3-0 this season, while the Bonnies fell to 1-1.

CSU found itself trailing by nine points (55-46) with 9:31 to play, but a quick 9-1 spurt over the next three minutes brought CSU within one (56-55) on a Harmon layup. The Bonnies pushed the lead back to five points (61-56) with 4:07 to play, but a layup by Tim Kamczyc and a pair of free throws each by D'Aundray Brown and Jeremy Montgomery gave CSU their first lead (62-61) of the game since early in the first half.

Following a SBU miss, Kamczyc hit a short jumper in the lane with 2:21 to play to push the Viking lead to three (64-61). However, a three-point play by Michael Davenport tied it at 64-64 with 1:30 to play.

Both teams missed shots on their next possessions, setting the stage for Harmon's game-winner.

"This was a test for our team," Waters said. "A test of resiliency and we had to fight back. This is a good team that is going to fight for the A-10 championship. I was pleased with the way we competed, especially the young kids. Our defense did what it's supposed to do, turn them over, but we missed some golden opportunities when we did that."

The Vikings forced 23 turnovers, their third straight game of forcing at least 20 turnovers, and made 13 steals. CSU now has 43 steals in three games.

St. Bonaventure took a seven point lead (22-15) midway through the first half, but a 9-2 run by the Vikings evened the game at 24-24 with 5:56 to play. It was still tied at 29-29 with 2:14 left before the Bonnies closed the half on an 8-3 run to take a 37-32 lead at the intermission.

The Bonnies extended the lead to as many as nine points in the second half, the final time coming with 9:31 to play (55-46) before CSU began to work its way back into the game.

Harmon finished 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point. Brown added 12 points and three steals, while Montgomery scored 12 points with three assists and three steals.

Andrew Nicholson led the Bonnies with 19 points and six rebounds before fouling out with 3:32 to play.

The Vikings will be back in action on Tuesday (Nov. 22) when CSU heads to Kent State for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

Postgame Player Notes

Senior Guard Trey Harmon
• Scored a season-high 20 points.
• Hit a three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left from the top of the arc to give CSU a 67-64 lead.
• Hit 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point.
• Raised his career scoring total to 968 points, 32 shy of becoming 20th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.

Senior Center Aaron Pogue
• Returned to the starting lineup after missing Tuesday's game against Rio Grande with dizziness.
• Scored six points, hitting 3-of-4 from the field, and added five rebounds.

Senior Guard D'Aundray Brown
• Scored 12 points, making 2-of-3 from three-point.
• Added four rebounds and three assists.

Yeomen and Yeowomen Win in Big Fashion

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College swimming team wrapped up their duel match against Baldwin Wallace. The men won by a score of 150-75. The women won by a score of 143-81

The Yeomen started the day off by placing first and second in the 200 yard medley relay. The winning quartet was a team of Dimitri MacrisJebran HaddadLuke Harrison, and Keenan Dubois. They finished with a time of 1:42.58, which was over a second higher than their seed time.

Chris Ayoub took first in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 10:33.24. Chris Pickens would continue the Yeomen winning with a victory in the 200 yard freestyle. His time was 1:49.97. Senior Bud Stracker won the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 22.37, whileJebran Haddad was a close second, finishing at 22.37.

Chris McLauchland won the one meter diving competition with a final score of 279.83. Harrison would add another victory for the Yeomen in the 100 yard butterfly, and Stracker followed suite with a first place finish in the 100 yard freestyle. Ayoub and Pickens would both add one more victory a piece, in the 100 yard backstroke, and 500 yard freestyle, respectively. Haddad would finish off the winning for the Yeomen with a victory in the 100 yard breast stroke with a time of 59.95, with Stracker coming in a close second.

The Yeowomen were started the day off just like the men, with a victory in the 200 yard medley relay. Kate MelansonZoe Beckett,Anna Saltzman, and Aubrey Pongluelert checked in with a time of 1:56.08. Ellen Drake would add a victory in the 1000 yard freestlye with a time of 11:23.05, beating the competition by almost 20 seconds. The Yeowomen then tookt he top three spots in the 200 yard freestyle, with Saltzman leading the way, with a time of 2:03.02.  Pongluelert won the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:18.81.

Adrian Ziaggi won the one meter diving competition with a score of 172.12, which is her best this year. Christen Simone added another victory for the Yeowomen with a victory in the 100 yard butterfly. Her time was 1:05.34. Saltzman would add her third victory of the day in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 56.17. Melanson finished off the winning for the Yeowomen with a victory in the 5:29.67.

Five Student Princes Score in Double Figures as 

'Berg Defeats OSU - Lima in

Season Opener

TIFFIN, Ohio-Sophomore guard Mike Petrie (Columbus/Beechcroft) came off the
bench to score 18 points, sophomore forward Victor Fortkamp (St. Henry)
poured in a game-high 20 points and junior guard Dane Givner (Pittsburgh,
Pa./Harvest Prep) notched a double-double to lead the Heidelberg University
men's basketball team to an 89-72 victory over Ohio State - Lima tonight in
its 2011-12 season opener in the first day of the inaugural 'Berg Alumni
Classic at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  Five Student Princes
scored in double figures.

In addition to Fortkamp, Petrie and Givner, junior forward Nate Davis
(Dayton/Stivers) added 13 points and senior forward Darion Capers
(Clayton/Trotwood-Madison) scored 11.  Givner scored 11 and pulled down a
game-high 10 rebounds.

OSU - Lima (0-1) held the lead throughout much of the first seven minutes of
the game, opening up with a 4-0 advantage at the 19:13 of the first half.

The Berg (1-0) stayed close, though, tying the score at 6-6 just over two
minutes into the contest when Givner made a jump shot in the lane.  Capers
gave the Student Princes their first lead of the game when he scored on a
layup just seconds later for an 8-6 lead.

The Barons retook the lead at 11-8 after Xavier Gross knocked down a
three-pointer at the 16:00 minute mark.

Heidelberg then went on an 11-7 run that spanned just 3:46 to take the lead
for good as freshman forward Chris Jefferies (Concord/Painesville Riverside)
scored his first career points on a layup at the 12:14 mark.

The Student Princes took their biggest lead of the half at 36-24 when
Fortkamp scored on a fast break with 6:25 to play and closed the half with a
44-35 advantage. 

Heidelberg maintained a double-digit lead throughout the entire second half,
leading by as many as 24 points after sophomore forward Cole Williams
(Tiffin/Columbian) buried a three-pointer with just under three minutes to

The Berg shot a blistering 52.5 percent (32-of-61) from the field, including
Petrie's five-of-eight shooting from beyond the arc and controlled the glass
with a 55-30 rebounding advantage.

In addition to Givner on the boards, Davis pulled down nine rebounds and
Capers hauled in seven caroms of his own.  Givner also dished out a
game-high five assists.

OSU - Lima was led by Gross with 19 points, Brady Schroeders with 13 points
and six rebounds, Trois Cooper with 12 points and six caroms, and Cortey
Edwards with 11 points.

Thomas More (Ky.) College defeated Kent State - Tuscarawas, 110-51, in the
first game of the 'Berg Alumni Classic.

"Berg Alumni Classic action continues tomorrow at 2 p.m. when KSU -
Tuscarawas faces OSU - Lima and at 4 p.m. when TMC faces Heidelberg at 4