A Page -- Nov. 20, 2011 -- AM Edition

Stow Products Cianchetti (L) and Pavkov (R)

Storm women look to continue record start 

tonight against Notre Dame

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Already off to the best start in school history, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team aims to open the season 3-0 for the first time with a win at home over traditional nonconference rivalNotre Dame College.  The Storm had never been 2-0 before Tuesday night's rout of Salem International University

Through the first two games, Lake Erie has outscored its opponents 185-70 and forced 74 turnovers. The Storm's average margin of victory is 57.5 points and both their 92.5 points and 35.0 points allowed per game averages lead the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

LIGHTNING QUICK RECAP: The Storm blew out their second straight opponent, this time cruising to a 49-point win over Salem International, 88-39, on Tuesday night at home.  Stephanie Rogers led everybody with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks. She also reached the 1,000-point mark for her career in the win. Jen Caiola added 14 points while Cate Cianchetti and Allison Pavkov each scored nine points off the bench.    

OPPOSITION POSITION:  The Falcons have dropped their first three games under new head coach Katie Hine to open the season, including a 77-67 setback at home Friday night to Hilsdale College. Notre Dame returns just one starter from last year's 22-9

SERIES HISTORY: The series between the schools is one of LEC's longest, as the teams first met in the Storm's first season of 1978-79.  Notre Dame has dominated the rivalry, leading 29-8, winning seven of the last eight.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm plays its first road game of the season on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 23, at theUniversity of Pittsburgh-Johnstown at 1 p.m.

Mount swimmers remain unbeaten

ALLIANCE, Ohio--Mount Union's women's swimming team continued winning as they defeated Baldwin-Wallace 138-83.

Seniors Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) and Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) lead the Purple Raiders, gaining multiple wins on the day. Kolesar won the 1,000 Free (11:09.66) and the 500 Free (5:26.85), while Harrison won the 400 IM (4:52.96) and 200 Backstroke (2:14.74). Sophomore Courtney Gabel (Fremont/Fremont Ross) was also a multiple event winner, touching first in the 200 Free (2:01.83) and the 100 Free (:54.87).

Gabel (L), Gaydos (R)

Other individual winners for Mount Union include Jocelyn Gaydos (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) andSarah Noble (Copley/Copley). Gaydos won the 50 Free, with a time of :25.84. Noble won the 200 Butterfly, with a time of 2:24.45.

The team of Shelbey Mitchel (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls), Gabel, Harrison, and Gaydos, won the 200 Medley Relay (1:54.44).

Yeowomen Shine at Nationals

Winneconne, Wis. – The Oberlin College women’s cross country team recorded its highest finish ever in the 32-team format, placing 15th overall the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday afternoon at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne Wisconsin.

“This was just a great performance from an outstanding team here today,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said. “We ran a great race once again like we have all season and I am just so proud of this group.”

Highlighting the Yeowomen effort was sophomore star Molly Martorella as she earned NCAA All-America honors by placing 21st overall with a time of 21:30.72.

As a team, Oberlin totaled 406 points and was just seven points back of Great Lakes Region Champion Calvin College who ended in 13th place.

Behind Martorella was NCAC Rookie of the Year Carey Lyons as she completed the 6K race in 22:24.99 to place 117th overall.  Fellow first-year Emma Lehman was just a few spots back in 121st place with a timestamp of 22:26.62.

Completing a trio of phenomenal freshmen is Lindsay Neal who placed 157th in the 277-runner field with a mark of 22:38.82. Sophomore standout Margaret Lindman rounded out the Yeowomen placers in 161st with a time of 22:40.88.

After finishing second a year ago, Washington University (St. Louis) won the event with 70 points. Chiara Del Piccolo of Williams College claimed medalist honors by finishing first in 20:52.08.

Stevie Griffin earns tourney MVP as Mount 

topples Geneva

BEAVER FALLS, Pa.—The Mount Union men's basketball team got earned a 63-47 win over host Geneva (Pa.) in their second game at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament. The win puts the Purple Raiders (2-1) over .500 for the first time since beginning the 2009-10 season 5-3.


Freshman Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) and junior Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W. Va./Williamstown) combined for 24 points off the bench in the opening 20 minutes as the Raiders raced out to a 36-21 halftime lead.

The Golden Tornadoes began the second half with a 14-4 run to pull within five points of the Raiders, but they would not get any closer. Mount Union responded by tightening up its defense and allowed Geneva to score just 12 points in the final 12:39 of the contest.

Led by Griffin and Kiger, the Raiders' bench outscored Geneva's 35-12. Griffin made six three-pointers and led all scorers with a career-high 22 points.  Meanwhile, Kiger scored 11 points and added five rebounds in just 15 minutes of action for the Raiders. Senior Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) rounded out the Raiders in double-figures with 12 points and grabbed a team-best six rebounds.

Junior Matt Lorello, who scored 19 points to go with a game-high seven rebounds, was the only Geneva player in double-figures. The Golden Tornadoes shot just 12-of-37 from the field (32.4%) and just 2-of-16 from behind the three-point line (12.5%).

Mount Union held a 36-27 advantage on the glass and a 15-3 advantage in second-chance points. The Raiders converted Geneva's 24 turnovers into 31 points and received 35 points off the bench. The Golden Tornadoes attempted 31 free throws while the Raiders attempted just nine.

Griffin was named Tournament Most Valuable Player and was joined by Wood on the All-Tournament Team.

Mount Union will make a return to the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Witt tops Oberlin in the waters

Oberlin, Ohio- The Oberlin College swimming and diving team finished their weekend with a duel match against NCAC opponent Wittenberg. The men lost by a score of 132-107. The women were defeated as well, with the final score being 152-82.

The men started the day off with a big victory in the 200 yard medley relay. Chris AyoubBud StrackerJebran Haddad and Keenan Dubois won the even with a time of 1:42.19, beating their seed score by over a second. Haddad would go on to take the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 22.78.  Ayoub took second in the 400 yard individual medley, but beat his season best time by almost five seconds. He checked in at 4:28.45.
Freshman Chris McLauchlan continues his dominance in the one and three meter diving. He won the one meter with a score of 258.25, and the three meter with a score of 300.55.

Stracker would add the final win for the Yeomen on the day in the 100 yard freestyle. He swam a season best time of 49.02.

The women picked up their first victory of the day when Kate Melanson won the 200 yard freestyle. Her time was 2:02.18. Diver Adrian Ziaggi was able to take home victories in both the one meter and three meter competitions. Her one meter score was 172.90, which is her best of the year. At the three meter she also had a season best time score of 179.75. Another notable performer was Lily Wennberg who took second in the 1000 yard freestyle and swam a 11:34.77. It beat her seed time by almost 40 seconds.

The team is back at it again after Thanksgiving, when they travel to Wooster for a three-day invitational, on December 1-3. The meet is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. on December 1st.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Basketball Team 

Falls To Manchester (Ind.), 59-45, In 

Championship Game of MC Bankers Classic

NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA –  Sophomore guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) scored a team-high 11 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team was defeated by Manchester (Ind.) College, 59-45, today (Saturday, November 19, 2011) in the championship game of the MC Bankers Classic.  Lairson was selected to the MC Bankers All-Tournament Team after scoring 29 points in the tournament.

With the loss, the Yellow Jackets drop their first game of the season and now have a record of 2-1 overall,  With the victory, Manchester improves to 2-1 and captures the tournament title,

In addition to Lairson, junior forward Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/Miami Trace) and junior All-Ohio Athletic Conference guard Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) each added eight points.  Senior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary’s Central Catholic) grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. The Spartans were led by Jaimie Childress with a game-high 13 points.

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring when Coulter split a pair of free throws to take the early 1-0 lead at 18:25 in the first half. The Spartans then responded with a three-point shot by Kailey Honn at the 18:05 mark to take a 3-1 lead.  The Spartans went on a 5-0 run capped off on a layup by Laine Mello to extend the Manchester lead to 13-8 at 12:22.

Berkshire's Giel's Free Throw Sends 'Berg

Women's Basketball to 70-69 Win at 


BOSTON-The Heidelberg University women's basketball team erased a 20-point
deficit in the second half and sophomore guard Emily Giel (Burton/Burkshire)
made the game-winning free throw to send the Berg to a 70-69 win against
Emmanuel (Mass.) College at the Jean Yawkey Center on the first day of the
EC Saints Invitational in Boston, Mass.  Giel finished with 10 points and
passed for a team-high five assists.


The Berg (1-1) faces William Paterson (N.J.) University tomorrow in the
championship game of the tournament at 3 p.m.

In addition to Giel, sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary's)
poured in a game-high-tying 18 points on eight-of-19 shooting and added
three steals, transfer sophomore guard Megan Miller (Tiffin/Columbian)
tallied 15 markers on six-of-15 shooting and hauled in seven rebounds, and
junior guard Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) scored 10 points to lead the

Emmanuel led by as many as 20 points in the first half, as Heidelberg shot
just 21.2 percent (seven-of-33) from the field, turned the ball over 17
times, and was outrebounded by 20 during the opening period.

The Saints began the second half on a 8-4 run to take a 41-21 lead at the
16:25 mark when Victoria Johnson made a jump shot.

Phillips made two straight three-pointers to close the gap to 41-27 with
15:26 to play, as the Berg began its comeback.  Following two more field
goals from Phillips and a pair of triples from Giel, suddenly Heidelberg was
looking at a six-point deficit at the 12:29 mark when EC led, 43-37.

Both teams played through a see-saw battle during the middle of the second
half until the Berg pulled to within three points at 51-48 at the 9:00 mark
as sophomore forward Kyra Dorney (Fairborn/Greenon) hit a layup.

The Saints extended their lead to seven points on two occasions, with the
last coming with 4:24 on the clock when Beanna Ockimey knocked down a
three-pointer to give EC a 63-56 advantage.

Heidelberg then went on a 13-4 run to take its first lead of the game at
69-67 with just 35 seconds remaining when Miller buried a trifecta.

A foul by Miller sent Johnson to the charity stripe where she made both free
throws to force a 69-69 tie with 21 seconds to play.

EC sent Laura Benvenuto into the game, who then fouled Giel with five
seconds left.  Giel missed her first free throw attempt, but connected on
the second, sending Heidelberg to victory.

Merritt Nets a Career-High in a Yeomen Win

Oberlin, Ohio – Senior Josh Merritt scored a career-high 28 points and Andrew Fox recorded his 10th career double-double to lead the Oberlin College men’s basketball team to a 76-58 victory over Earlham College on Saturday afternoon at Philips Gym.

Merritt, who went 9-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 at the free throw line, added a game-high four steals. Fox was just as efficient on the both ends of the floor as he poured in 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds. Geoff Simpson chipped in 14 points, while sophomore Emmanuel Lewis added 10 of his own in the win.

Oberlin led 18-15 with 10:35 left in the first half, but used a 19-2 run over the next five minutes to claim a 37-17 lead late in the frame. The Yeomen would eventually take a 44-27 cushion into the locker room at the break.


However, the visiting Quakers wouldn’t go away quietly as they clawed their way back into the game by getting within 12 on multiple occasions and once cutting it to 11, 63-52, with 4:34 to play, but would get no closer the rest of the way.

After shooting a blistering 54.8-percent (17-of-31) in the first half, Oberlin cooled off a bit in the second by connecting on 8-of-22 (36.4%) attempts. All-in-all the Yeomen finished at 47.2-percent (25-of-53). OC did a lot damage at the charity stripe where they cashed in 17-of-20 triggers for an 85-percent success rate.

Oberlin’s tough-nosed defense held the Quakers to just 37.7-percent (20-of-53) from the field, which included a 3-of-16 effort from downtown.

Baldwin-Wallace Wrestling Team Competes In 

Ashland Harris Open Meet

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team competed today (Saturday, November 19, 2011) at the 17th Annual Ashland University Harris Open Meet today (Saturday, November 18, 2011) in the Kates Gymnasium.

The Yellow Jackets were led by sophomore 133-pounder Andrew Taylor (Columbus/Worthington/Kilbourne) captured fifth place by going 3-2 on the day. In addition to Taylor, freshman Tyler Blaine (Worthington/Kilbourne) posted a record of 3-2 in the 184-pound weight class coming one win shy of placing at least sixth.

Also for B-W, freshman 174-pounder Sam Recinos (Mount Pleasant, S.C./Wando) captured one win before being knocked out of the tournament. Freshmen Sam McIntosh (South Euclid/Brush) and Eric Gase (Tiffin/Calvert) competed at 149 and 157 weight classes respectively but were unable to post a victory.

Mount men swimmers get first win

ALLIANCE, Ohio--The Mount Union men's swimming and diving team was able to notch their first conference win of the season as they defeated Baldwin-Wallace, 129-99.

The Purple Raiders were led by junior Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor), who won three events. Brocious touched first in the 200 Free (1:52.52), 400 IM (4:24.67), and 200 Backstroke (2:01.44).

Nick Bester

Davies (L), Bester (R)

Freshman Nick Bester (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) and junior Mike Greisl (South Euclid/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) also won events for the Raiders. Bester won the 1,000 Free (10:49.75) and 500 Free (5:08.74), while Greisl won the 50 Free (:22.01) and 100 Free (:48.64).

In relays, Mount Union won the 200 Medley with a time of 1:41.93. The relay team included sophomore Zach Melvin (Woodmere/Orange), freshman Brian Ruhe (Versailles/Versailles), junior Ben Davies(Willoughby/Willoughby South), and Greisl.

Capers and Fortkamp Earn All-Tournament 

Honors at 'Berg Alumni Classic

TIFFIN, Ohio-Senior forward Darion Capers (Clayton/Trotwood-Madison) scored
a team-high 19 points and sophomore forward Victor Fortkamp (St. Henry) had
12, but the Heidelberg University men's basketball team fell to Thomas More
(Ky.) College, 84-63, tonight in the final game of the inaugural 'Berg
Alumni Classic at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  Both Capers and
Fortkamp were named to the all-tournament team.

Junior forward Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) and junior guard Quintin Aden
(Canal Winchester/Harvest Prep) each scored eight points and junior guard
Dane Giver (Pittsburgh, Pa./Harvest Prep) added seven markers of his own.

“Underdog” St. Ignatius scores regional football championship, ending Mentor’s season earlier than expected; Williams throws two TD passes, runs for one for Cats

LAKEWOOD -- Eric Williams threw two first-half touchdowns and St. Ignatius never looked back in its domination of Mentor here in big-school regional football championship Saturday night, the Wildcats advancing to next Saturday’s state Division I semifinal, 23-17.


To preserve the lead, Williams sneaked for a one-yard TD in the fourth quarter (that turned into the eventual game winner), just a minute after he ran 13 yards on a third-and-9 play set up the first and goal.

In the game, Tim McVey ran for 170 yards and first moved into 13th place past Kevin Ginley (mid 1980s) and then past Frank Gusich (mid 1960s) into 12th on the all-time rushing list at St. Ignatius and he is still only a junior.

The first four times Mentor had the ball in the first half, the Cardinals ran 12 offensive plays with no first downs, kicked a field goal and punted three times.

Trailing 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, St. Ignatius went for it on offense on fourth down to start the second quarter, giving the ball to McVey, who scampered for eight yards and a first down at the Mentor 28.


The drive finally eclipsed a couple minutes into the second quarter when Williams found Conor Hennessey in the end zone for an eight-yard TD pass, making it 7-3. The score was set up when tight end Blake Thomas was interfered with in the end zone, setting up a first-and-goal on the automatic first down.

On the score, McVey went over the 1,000-yard mark on the season rushing. McVey was also to come up big when St. Ignatius was running out the clock late in the game and went for it on fourth down from its own 40, McVey picking up the first down and enabled the Wildcats to keep the ball for the final five and a half minutes of the game with two ensuing first-down runs, denying the Mentor offense one last chance.  

Mentor turned in a couple defensive gems in the first half, taking the ball away twice, once on fumble recovery by Nick Kirschner and another time on an interception by Logan Urban.

Iggy’s big defensive play in the first half came when Chad Aerni intercepted a Mitch Trubisky pass on Mentor’s fifth offensive possession of the half.

Tomslav Derezic’s 32-yard field goal followed Kirschner’s fumble recovery that gave Mentor the early lead.

Tim Shenk attempted a 59-yard field goal in the second quarter that came up just short for the Wildcats.

Mentor also punted on its sixth offensive possession as the Ignatius defense was still niggardly with its defensive effort as the halftime mark was nearing and Mentor still had yet to attain a first down with its offense.

With 45 seconds left in the half, Williams fired a 30-yard dagger to Jake Mooney for a TD to make it 13-3 in favor of the “underdogs” in the game.

Mentor had only 25 yards of total offense and two first downs in the first half. Ignatius dominated time of possession with 17:04 worth of clock time with its mitts on the ball and Mentor holding the hot potato for only 6:56 the entire first half.

Shenk’s 25-yard field goal with 3:56 to go in the third made it a 13-point game at 16-3.

Cameron Kavan’s third-quarter TD brought Mentor to within six points. Conner Krizancic’s TD halfway through the fourth quarter made it a six-point game gain, 23-17.

St. Ignatius was trying to avoid losing to the same school twice in the same season for only the second time, avenging a regular-season loss to the Cardinals. The only time it happened was in 1998 when the Wildcats lost to McKinley, which went on to win the national championship that year.

Since Chuck Kyle took over as coach at Ignatius in 1983, the Wildcats are 238-24-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 20 points in a game.

North Olmsted's Wiedt scores 23 as Mount clubs 


PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Senior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) had 23 points and five rebounds to lead No. 13 Mount Union to a 74-54 win at Carnegie Mellon in the final game of the DoubleTree Classic Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pa.


Wiedt, who was named tournament MVP, hit five of the Purple Raiders 10 three-pointers for the game as junior guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake), also selected to the all-tournament team, hit four three's as she had 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor.

Carnegie Mellon (1-1) had an 11-8 lead with 13:37 left in the first half before Mount Union went on a 16-3 run to go up 24-14 with 9:15 left in the period.  

The Tartans closed the gap to three, 28-25 at the 3:02 mark before the Raiders closed the half on a 10-2 surge to lead 38-27 at the break.

Mount Union put the game away with a 12-6 burst that opened the second half and extended the margin to 19 points, 50-31.

Aside from Wiedt and LaMattina, junior center Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) had 10 points as Mount Union (3-0) extended its non-conference win streak to 19 games dating back to the 2008-09 season.

Emily Peel had 21 points to pace Carnegie Mellon.

Jason Russell Goes 4-0 to Lead 'Berg Grapplers at Olivet 

(Mich.) Duals

OLIVET, Mich.-Sophomore 184-pounder Jason Russell (Columbus West) went 4-0
wrestling in the 197-pound weight class to lead the Heidelberg University
wrestling team to a 2-2 record today at the Olivet (Mich.) College Duals at
the Cutler Event Center in Olivet, Mich.  The Student Princes fell to
University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, 28-9; won two straight matches against
Trine (Ind.) University, 28-23 and Alma (Mich.) College, 21-18; and lost to
North Central (Ill.) College, 22-20.  First-year head coach Ned Shuck
notched his first two dual-match wins at the helm of the program.

Russell won his four matches four different ways, posting a decision and
major decision against LaCrosse and Alma, respectively, and pinning Maxwell
Begovich of Trine in 3:36 and recording a technical fall against Dylan
Mahler of North Central in 5:19.

Junior 149-pounder Andrew Johnson (Weston/Ostego) pinned two opponents,
Forrest Romer of Trine in 3:06 and Blake Olson of North Central in 2:52, and
tallied an 11-2 major decision in his match against James Carey of Alma.

Freshman 165-pounder Dylan Norwood (Euclid) also recorded a pin, taking down
Brandon McLaughlin of Alma in 6:57, just before the third period buzzed

Sophomore 125-pounder Delian Schneider (Tiffin/Columbian) recorded a 9-8
decision and 13-5 major decision in his first two matches.

Also recording wins were senior 133-pounder Tom D'Alessandro
(Mayfield/Mayfield Heights), sophomore 141-pounder Chris Osborne (McComb),
sophomore 157-pounder Justin Wharton (Oregon/Clay) and sophomore 165-pounder
Jake Cochran (West Jefferson).

Wright State Women Hold Off Delaware State 57-53

The Wright State women's basketball team led by as much as 13 in the first half, but had to hold off a Delaware State rally before defeating the Hornets 57-53 Saturday night at WSU's Nutter Center.

Tierra Hawkins gave Delaware State the early lead with a three-point play, but the Raiders answered with eight unanswered and later extended the margin to 26-13 on two Shaunda Sandifer free throws with 2:36 remaining in the first half.

An Uchechi Ahaiwe jumper and a three from Alexis Thornton drew the Hornets to within eight before a Sandifer basket in the final minute made it 28-18 at the break.  WSU shot just 29 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including two of 13 from behind the arc, while Delaware State also struggled, shooting 25 percent overall and was one of seven from three-point range.

DSU started the second half on a 14-2 run, 10 coming from Tasia Bristow, to regain the lead at 32-30 before Sandifer tied it with two foul shots with 16 minutes to go. 

A Molly Fox jumper gave Wright State the lead for good at 37-35, but the lead was no more than six for the next 11 minutes.