B Page -- Nov. 22, 2010

MAC Players of the Week 

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Special Teams Player of the Week:  Bowling Green PR Eugene Cooper

Junior punt returner Eugene Cooper (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) had two punt returns for 72 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown in a 33-14 loss at Toledo on Nov. 17. It was Cooper's second punt return for a score this season, something only five people in the country have done in 2010.

West Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Eastern Michigan RB Dwayne Priest

Senior running back Dwayne Priest (Roanoke, Va.) scored all three Eastern Michigan touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 192 yards on 35 carries in a 21-17 win at Buffalo.  Priest also hauled in two passes for 13 yards and had a long run of 38 yards in that game.


Defensive Player of the Week:  Western Michigan DB Jamail Berry

Senior defensive back Jamail Berry (New Castle, Del.) played in his third different position on an injury depleted defense and racked up a career high 17 tackles in Western Michigan's 38-3 win over Kent State.  Berry and the Bronco defense came up with a stop on fourth-and-goal from Western Michigan one-yard line and also stopped Kent State’s fake field attempt in the second quarter.  Berry also added 1.5 tackles for loss and a pass break up. Berry has now led the team in tackles five times this season and this was his fourth double-digit tackle performance of the year.


Special Teams Player of the Week:  Northern Illinois LB Jordan Delegal

Junior linebacker Jordan Delegal (Miami, Fla.) blocked two punts in a 59-21 win at Ball State and the Huskies set a school record with three blocked punts in the game.  Delegal’s first block came in the first quarter.  With the ball snapped from the 25-yard line, Delegal got all of the ball off the foot of punter Scott Kovanda at the Ball State 15.   Northern Illinois Jimmie Ward scooped up the football and returned it for the Huskies’ second touchdown of the day and a 14-0 early lead.  Delegal’s second punt block occurred in the third quarter and set up a Huskie field goal.  He smothered the ball off of Kovanda’s foot at the Ball State 28.  Delegal now has three career blocked punts.  In addition, at linebacker, Delegal made five tackles and recovered a fumble.

CSU Basketball game preview 

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PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad finds herself in a bit of a rebuilding mode for the Vikings after leading the team to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad must incorporate several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses. The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (11.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.0 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. She is joined in the starting backcourt by sophomore Honesty King (8.0 ppg) and junior Janelle Adams (14.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.8 apg). Juniors Takima Keane (10.0 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg) will also figure into the backcourt rotation. Sophomore Shalonda Winton (16.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.8 apg), who returns in the frontcourt after starting 23 times as a freshman last year, and junior Destinee Blue (7.7, 7.3) lead a deep frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (1.3 rpg), who appears to be fully recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmen Brandee Kelly and Haley Schmitt (1.0 ppg), will also fight for time.

HEAD COACH Kate Peterson ABIAD: Kate Peterson Abiad is in her eighth season as the head coach of the Vikings and claims an overall record of 88-128 (.409), leading the Vikings to 19 wins in each of the last three seasons and Horizon League titles and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. The sixth head coach in school-history, Peterson Abiad spent six years as an assistant coach at Wisconsin, serving as the recruiting coordinator starting in 1998 after working as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois (1993-97) and Indiana (1991-93). A 1991 graduate of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Peterson Abiad earned Kodak All-America honors her senior season after setting the NCAA Division III record for three-point field goals per game at 3.85.

WINTON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Shalonda Winton was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for her performance in CSU's two wins last week in which she averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game and shot .500 (13-26) from the field. She began the week with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals at Buffalo on Monday (Nov. 15) and followed that up with her second career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Niagara (Nov. 19), adding a career-high eight assists and five steals.

GAME 100 NEXT FOR GARLAND: When Shawnita Garland takes the floor on Tuesday night against Toledo, it will be the 100th career game for the senior. With at least 27 games left this season, Garland will have a shot to break the school record for games played in a career which is 127 by Kailey Klein and Jessica Roque (2006-10).

THREE AND OH!: Friday's win over Niagara allowed the Vikings to begin a season 3-0 for just the fourth time in school history and the first time since 1983-84 when CSU knocked off Youngstown State, Kent State and Indiana State to open the season.

WHAT ABOUT FOUR?: The Vikings will attempt to make it four straight wins to open the season on Tuesday night against Toledo. CSU has been 4-0 just three times in program history (1974-75, 1982-83, 1983-84).

THREE DOUBLE UP: The Vikings had three players record double-doubles in Friday's win over Niagara, a first in program history. Shalonda Winton had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Shawnita Garland added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Destinee Blue recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

ON THE GLASS: When the Vikings had three players record double digit rebounds against Niagara on Friday, it marked the first time since Feb. 9, 2002 against Detroit that the feat has been accomplished in program history. Karen Woloszynek had 12 rebounds, while Ashley Schrock andShannon Sword both had 11 in that 75-63 win over the Titans.

Winton named POW in Horizon League

CLEVELAND- After helping Cleveland State to a pair of wins last week that kept the Vikings unbeaten this year, sophomore forwardShalonda Winton (Pittsburgh, Pa./Westinghouse) has been honored as the Horizon League Player of the Week.

Shalonda Winton


The league office made the announcement on Monday (Nov. 22) afternoon.

"This is a well-deserved honor for Shay and I could not be happier for her," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "She has worked extremely hard on her game and her efforts have paid off early this season. Shay is a consummate team player who does whatever is best for the team and it is great to see her being honored for her play."

Winton, who is earning the honor for the first time in her career, averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game, shooting .500 (13-26) from the field in wins at Buffalo and at home versus Niagara.

CSU men's hoops coach goes for win No. 250 against Zips

CSU Men's coach Gary Waters, who is 249-197 in his 15th season as a head coach, will go for win No. 250 on Wednesday at Akron.  Waters is 78-62 (.557) in his fifth season at Cleveland State and previously posted a 92-60 mark in five years at Kent State (1996-2001) and a 79-75 slate in five seasons at Rutgers (2001-06).

This correction means that one of the two head coaches in Wednesday's CSU at Akron game will celebrate his 250th win as Akron hed coach Keith Dambrot takes a 249-133 mark in 13 seasons as a head coach into the contest.


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Pottmeyer, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, started in all 40 games in his illustrious four-year career. A honorable-mention selection a season ago, Pottmeyer 
has been a part of some of the greatest offensives in school history and protected two of Oberlin’s all-time greats in all-time passing leader Greg Mangan and all-time rushing leader R.V. Carroll. 

Stritt, who played in all 10 games, finished second on the team with 68 total tackles and tied for second in tackles for a loss (4.5) and pass break-ups (5).

After spending last season at quarterback, Kalgren returned to his natural possession of defensive back and was simply sensational. The native of Curwensville, Pennsylvania led the team with 75 tackles and tied for the team high with four interceptions. His nine total passes defended tied for third best in the league.

Kidd, a native of nearby Wellington, Ohio, set the school record for putting average in a season with a mark of 40.6 yards per kick, which was also second best in the NCAC. He also had the best single-game performance in Yeomen history with a 48.8 average against The College of Wooster. Kidd had a league-high 19 punts inside the 20 and also tied for an NCAC-best nine punts over 50-yards –including a league-long 73-yarder in the season finale against Allegheny.

Enright led all tight ends in the North Coast in yards per game (49) and touchdowns (5). The Novi, Michigan, native caught at least one pass in every game this season other than the season opener at Kenyon. He had a career-effort with seven catches, 127 yards and a score in Oberlin’s 47-21 win over Hiram (Sept. 25). 

Like Pottmeyer, Law has been a key part of some of the greatest offensive units in OC history. This season he helped the Yeomen accumulate 3,438 yards, which is the third highest total in school history. 

Eaton was nemesis to opposing offensives all season long. He finished the year with 39 tackles, but led the Yeomen in tackles for a loss (9) and sacks (5.5). He also had one forced fumble; a safety and two pass break-ups. 

This Week in CSU Athletics 

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Men's Basketball To Face Akron & St. Bonaventure
Vikings Are Off To Best Start In Program History After Win At Louisiana
The men's basketball team will put its perfect 5-0 record on the line this week when the Vikings play a pair of games traveling to Akron on Wednesday (Nov. 24) for a 7:00 p.m. meeting with the Zip and then returning to the Wolstein Center on Saturday for a 6:00 p.m. contest against St. Bonaventure.

The Vikings have won all five of their games this year to set the school record for consecutive wins to start a season.  Prior to this year, CSU had opened both the 1963-64 and the 1985-86 campaigns with 4-0 records.

"Setting the record for wins is a good thing because we are trying to build tradition," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.  "Our fans should expect us to start seasons out like this and it is now our goal to continue to play well together and do some more good things on the court."

The Vikings have been led by senior guard Norris Cole, who was tabbed as the MVP of the World Vision Classic and the first Horizon League Player of the Week.  Cole is averaging a league-leading 21.6 points a game, scoring 19 points or more in every contest, while also leading the loop with 12 steals.

What has been even more impressive has been Cole's play in clutch time.  He scored 10 of CSU's final 15 points in the win over Louisiana last week, including an eight-for-eight effort from the foul line in the last three minutes.  For the year, Cole has now made all 22 free throw attempts in the final 5:00 of games.

Women's Basketball To Play Three Games This Week
Vikings Are 3-0 For First Time Since 1983-84

The women's basketball team continues its three game homestand and a stretch of four games in 10 days when the Vikings play three games this week, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. contest against Toledo on Tuesday (Nov. 23). The Vikings will also host Florida A&M on Friday (Nov. 26) at 7:00 p.m. before playing at Indiana on Sunday (Nov. 28) at 2:00 p.m.

The Vikings begin the week with a 3-0 record, marking the first time that CSU has won its first three games since 1983-84.

"This is going to be a very important week for us," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "We will be playing a lot of games in a very short amount of time and we will have to come out with a lot of intensity every time we take the court."

CSU picked up a 64-50 win over Niagara on Friday (Nov. 19) in the Vikings lone contest last week. The win was a little more special as the Vikings unveiled the 2010 Horizon League Championship and NCAA banners in a pre-game ceremony.
Destinee Blue
Destiny Blue

The Vikings never trailed in the game as three players recorded double-doubles, including Destinee Blue who recorded her first career one with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Shalonda Winton added 17 points and 12 boards, while Shawnita Garland had 13 points and 10 rebounds, adding five assists.

Volleyball Finishes Season With 22 Wins
Three Vikings Named To All-League First Team

The Cleveland State volleyball team had its season come to an end with a five-set loss to Butler in the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship on Saturday (Nov. 20) in Milwaukee. The Vikings advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 sweep over UIC in the first round on Friday (Nov. 19).

CSU concluded its season with a 22-7 overall, marking the 12th time in school history and the third time in the last four years that the Vikings won 20 matches.
Amy Benz
Amy Benz

"We didn't finish the season as we had hoped with a championship, but that doesn't take away from what this team accomplished," head coach Chuck Voss. "We had a great group of seniors who worked hard and accomplished a lot during their time here and now its time for the juniors and underclassmen to begin their hard work so we can have an even better season next year."

The Vikings had three players named to the All-Horizon League first team, highlighted by senior middle hitter Amy Benz who was named to the squad for the third time in her four years. Junior setter Jordan Goad was named to the first team for the second consecutive year, while Kara Koch was a first team pick for the first time. In addition, freshman right side Jackie Dabbelt was named to the all-newcomer team and was also selected to the all-tournament team.

Benz finished her career ranked third in school history in blocks (534) and block assists (465), fourth in attack percentage (.316), seventh in solo blocks (69) and 10th in kills (1,144).

Women's Swimming Idle After Record-Setting Weekend

After breaking two Horizon League and nine Cleveland State records this past weekend at the Northwestern TYR Invitational, the Viking women's swimming and diving team will have a week off before competing in the last meet of the fall, the CSU-hosted City College Meet. Scheduled for Nov. 30, the Vikings will welcome Canisius, Notre Dame (OH) and John Carroll in a 3:00 p.m. meet.

"We're going use this week to one, get back to academics, and two, get back to the basics in practice," head coach Wally Morton said. "We're going to step up our training, and make sure the team is focused for our last meet of the semester."

Joanna Olsson had one of the best performances of any CSU swimmer at a three-day invitational in the program's history. She set the Horizon League record in the 400 IM (4:20.09) and also broke individual records in the 500 free and 200 IM.

Olsson, along with Carys Behn and Alice Sommerville, was also a member of five relay teams that broke Cleveland State records, including the 400 freestyle relay which won in 3:24.51, breaking the Horizon League's previous best time of 3:24.64.

Sommerville also had a very good weekend. Besides the five relay records, she also set a new CSU mark in the 100 fly and won the 50 breast and 50 fly. Her performance over the weekend earned her the title "High Point Scorer" of the invitational.

Men's Swimming Takes A Week Off For The Holiday

The Viking men's swimming and diving team will have a week to prepare for its next challenge after placing second at the three-day Northwestern TYR Invitational this past weekend (Nov. 19-21). CSU will be off until Nov. 30, when the Vikings host Canisius, Notre Dame (OH) and John Carroll in the City College Meet at 3:00 p.m.

"We're going use this week to one, get back to academics, and two, get back to the basics in practice," head coach Wally Morton said. "We're going to step up our training, and make sure the team is focused for our last meet of the semester."

The Vikings scored 807 points at the Northwestern TYR Invitational, trailing only Northwestern (1,155) and leading Kenyon (665.5), UIC (505) and North Dakota (459.5).
Mark deSwardt
de Swardt

Mark de Swardt won the 1,650 free in 15:25.47, qualifying for an NCAA 'B' cut. Berry Thompson won the 50 free (20.54) and the 100 free (45.25) while Deni Gasparin won the 100 breast.
Wrestling Takes On John Carroll To Open Dual Meet Slate

The Cleveland State wrestling squad will compete in its first dual meet of the season on Tuesday night (Nov. 23), wrestling at John Carroll at 7:00 p.m.

"This will be a good way to start the season," head coach Ben Stehura said. "We're going up against one of our traditional non-conference opponents, and our guys are excited for the start of the season. We've had a good week of training, and we're ready to get back on the mat and wrestle."

This will be the 42nd time that CSU has wrestled John Carroll, with the Vikings owning a 35-4-2 advantage in the overall series. Cleveland State has won the last 10 meetings between the schools.
Rob Michaels

CSU will be entering the meet rested, having been off from live competition since participating in the Michigan State Open on Nov. 13. Robbie Michaels led the Vikings with a first place finish in the 165 division, his second open championship in two weeks.