A Page -- Nov. 22, 2011 -- PM Edition


Mentor's Stephanie Rogers named player of the 

week in Great Lakes IAC 

BAY CITY, MICH. -- Lake Erie College senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) ws named theGreat Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Basketball South Division "Player of the 

Week" on Monday (Nov. 21) after her performance in a pair of victories last week. 

Rogers averaged 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games last week as Lake Erie opened the season with a 3-0 record for the first time in the program's 32-year history. She led all players with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks against Salem International, becoming just the sixth women's player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career.  

She followed that performance with her 15th career double-doubles, posting season-highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Notre Dame.  It was the 11th 20-point game, 16th 10-rebound and 51st double-digit scoring effort of her career.

This is the second time that Rogers has been recognized with the conference's weekly honor. She also took home the award last season on Dec. 6.

Rogers and the Storm (3-0) travel to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on Wednesday, Nov. 23, for a nonconference game at 1 p.m.

In a Radical Time, a Championship Team


NOV. 20, 2011

The Review recently caught up with former basketball standouts and 2010 Oberlin College Athletics Hall of Fame inductees Al Wellington and Randy Miller (OC ’70) to discuss their recently published book Oberlin Fever, a passionate retelling of the 1970 basketball squad’s OAC Championship run in the midst of national fervor surrounding the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War.

What inspired you to write this book and get your story out there?

Randy: Al and I were put into nomination for the Oberlin College Athletics Hall of Fame, almost two years ago. That prompted us to write what our athletic background was while we were at the college, and I think that’s sort of what got us going, “Wow, this is really a nice story.” We’d always had it in the back of our minds, but only the alumni who graduated during that period generally are the ones that know about this. The story of the championship game is not really a well-known part of the mythology of Oberlin Athletics.

Do you feel like there was particular aspect of writing the book that was enjoyable or rewarding?

Randy: It kind of dawned on me many years after leaving campus that when you do something and put everything that you have into it, whether it’s practices or performances –we’re talking about athletics, but I think it applies to music or other fields as well – when you devote yourself to it, when you really work at it, when you try to figure out what talents you have, …[when] you work on those, [and] you also develop your weak points, … and you do that with some like-minded individuals, some great things can happen. It was attractive to our fellow students, and it was attractive to people living in the city of Oberlin at the time. It kind of snowballed. The more we did, the more people wanted to see what was going on, and the more inspired we got to get better. Just remembering that and seeing that was rewarding while we were writing the story.

Was there a specific moment or game where either or both you could see or felt that the team’s collective identity as “egg-heads” played a crucial role in determining the outcome?

Randy: Sometimes we got beat that season by 25 or 30 points, it wasn’t a breeze all through the season. We had our challenges. But there were other times when we felt that nobody could beat us, absolutely nobody. I think [that moment] would be during a game when the other team wasn’t quite savvy enough to how fast we were, to how quick we were. If a team wasn’t familiar with us and they didn’t play a really tight game, a couple of our guys could nail that ten, fifteen, twenty-foot shot. It was nice to have those kinds of weapons available.

Were you ever taunted by opposing players or fans? What are some of the things that were said?

Al: Well, at Oberlin nothing. I experienced some racist stuff in high school, that’s where I developed a sort of racial conscience. I was one of the only African Americans in my class, and I was the only one on my basketball team. Sometimes when we traveled around I had all kinds of stuff that was thrown at me. When it’s one small town and you’re playing a basketball game as an African, McDonald by the way is a very small town. And when I went out onto the court and started playing, almost the entire hometown cheering section started cheering, “Stop that nigger.” So I’ve been through stuff like that. In that particular game it worked out so that my coach called a timeout to ask if I wanted to come out of the game and go to the locker room. I said, “Are you crazy? No, I want to play.” So I had seen that sort of thing happen in high school. I also played an unbelievable game, we were 17–0 as a team, playing a much bigger school that was also 17–0 and they were ranked number in the state of Ohio. I went over to their gym in Youngstown, and they were an all-black team. They had black students who were all over me, calling me “Uncle Tom,” “cracker lover,” you name it. They ended up throwing a brick through the school bus window. So I had seen that in high school, but in college we didn’t have any of that. We had a group of kids that would travel with our team, especially in the last two years, and they would travel all over the state and watch us play. They would come in with bongos, and dancing, and just make a whole big statement out of it. They would come in and take over a gym, okay? Oberlin was just a fantastic place.

How strange is it to see some of the schools you played while you were at Oberlin, like a Cleveland State for example, be national basketball powerhouses now? Is that sort of weird?

Al: It is, it is. Cleveland State, Akron, yea. In fact, my freshman year Cleveland State came down to Oberlin and we played them, and we beat them. That was the first year that Cleveland State had a team, a program. Back in that day, there wasn’t a big gap between schools in Division I and schools In Division II and Division III.

Given the current state of college athletics, do you think emotionally charged, unique moments, like in the aftermath of your 1970 championship win, occur anymore in Division III, or any division for that matter?

Al: Well, keep in mind; what happened to us in Oberlin was extremely rare. We hadn’t beat Wittenberg in 18 years, and the college had never won a championship. The odds were stacked against us like 2000 to one [laughs], so that makes it quite different. But I hear you, with what’s going on today in [college] sports. In fact James, just so you can hear where I’m coming from, I think that what’s happening in college sports, with the commercialization, the professionalism of college sports, has gone too far, okay? Where football and basketball, those are the only sports that make money. The only sports in college that make money. If you look at what’s happening, you’ve got schools, take the University of Alabama who, forty years ago as a black person, you couldn’t even go into the school. When the governor of the state would stand in front of the doors of the university and say, “Over my dead body.” And here you have forty years or so later, and they realize how big they can make sports if they’re able to recruit black players. And now the University of Alabama football team is 75% black, and they make so much money that they can afford to get an expensive coach for the college. And there are countless other examples of how talent, mainly fostered by black players, who forty years ago for the most part were required to go to mainly black colleges, are now bringing their talent to the predominantly white universities all across the country, and they bring in billions of dollars to the schools, and they don’t get the money themselves. Many of them aren’t graduating either. So I think it’s a tragedy, a tragedy of exploitation that’s going on.

Why do you think it’s important for students and Student/Athletes to read this book?

Randy: I think if they read the book, they’ll gain a sense of pride of being associated with Oberlin. This is a part of the fabric of the history of the college: Excellence on the athletic field. We all know what fabulous musicians that have come out of Oberlin, so one thing is, people can find out about a different aspect of the college. Another thing is that it would be a good read for anyone who wants to figure out, “How do I become a champion? How does the team that I’m playing on reach the top?” This could be kind of a model for that. [They can] read this book and get some ideas on what it takes to get to a championship level.

Two Baldwin-Wallace College Women’s

Soccer Student/Athletes Named Academic All-


BEREA, OHIO – Two Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer student-athletes have been named to the 2011 Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference squad announced today (Tuesday, November 20, 2011).

Senior defender Leanne Kasburg (Cuyahoga Falls) was selected to the Academic All-OAC team and junior midfielder Lindsey Cooper (Westerville/New Albany) was tabbed as honorable mention.


Kasburg (L), Cooper (R) 

Kasburg, a senior political science major with a 3.5 grade point average, is earning her first career OAC honor.   She is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society.  This season, Kasburg appeared in all 20 games with 19 starts and recorded her first career assist.  She anchored a defense that allowed 25 goals for a 1.23 goals per game average.  Kasburg ends her Yellow Jacket career as a four-year letterwinner and after playing in 68 games.  She recorded two goals, including one game-winner and one assist for five points.

Cooper, who transferred from NCAA Division I High Point (N.C.) University in 2009, carries a 3.3 grade point average in pre-physical therapy.   She is earning her first Academic All-OAC accolade.   This season, Cooper finished second on the team in scoring with 14 points on career and team-best six goals and two assists.  She was first on the team with three game-winning goals, shots with 51 and shots on-goal with 21. In addition, Cooper was named second-team All-OAC this fall, after being tabbed as honorable mention in 2010.

Horizon League Men’s Basketball Weekly Notes


·         TOURNAMENT PREP: Five Horizon League teams take part in tournament play in the coming week, beginning on Monday night when Detroit meets George Washington in the Progressive CBE Classic subregional. Wright State takes on #10/9 Florida Monday night on ESPN3 in the Global Sports Shootout.

o    Detroit meets George Washington, Bowling Green and Austin Peay Monday-Wednesday, while Cleveland State heads to Kingston, R.I., to finish the Ticket City Legends Classic (they won the opening game over then-#7 Vanderbilt, 71-58) against Boston University, Hofstra and Rhode Island Friday-Sunday. Milwaukee (Auto Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational) and Butler (Hoosier Invitational) wrap up tournaments later this week.


·         LEFTOVERS: Enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers and watch ValparaisoGreen Bay and Butler this weekend. The Crusaders head to #3/3 Ohio State for a 6:30 p.m. ET tip, live on BTN.

o    Green Bay meets Tony Bennett’s Virginia squad at 7 p.m. ET, live on ESPNU. Bennett starred at Green Bay, leading the team to the 1991 NCAA Tournament while becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer.

o    Butler wraps up the Hoosier Invitational on Sunday night at Indiana. BTN has the game live at 7 p.m. ET.

WSU Men Drop 78-65 Decision to #10 Florida

Despite a career-high 21 points from Julius Mays, the men's basketball team dropped a 78-65 decision to #10 Florida Monday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

Johann Mpondo gave the Raiders an early 4-3 lead with a basket at the 17:30 mark before the Gators went in front to stay with eight straight points, five coming from Brad Beal. Florida gradually built on the margin from there and led 44-29 at the half.

Wright State shot 43 percent in the opening 20 minutes, including four of 10 from three-point range, but the Gators shot 47 percent overall, were eight of 16 from behind the arc and were six of nine at the foul line.

WSU cut the deficit to nine twice in the second half, the second being 66-57 following a Mays three with 5:06 remaining. Wright State, however, could get no closer the rest of the way.

Five Mount Union soccer Student/Athletes earn 

Academic All Ohio honors

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—The Mount Union women's soccer team had five players named Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference, tying Ohio Northern for the most selections. Seniors Jen Sprandel (Green/Green), Kaleigh Stanley (Twinsburg/Twinsburg), and Lauren Schollaert (Medina/Medina) along with juniors Aly Rice(Lodi/Cloverleaf) and Kylee Kolesar (Mentor/Mentor) were recognized by the conference for their hard work and dedication both on the field and in the classroom.

Sprandel (L), Stanley (R)

Sprandel and Stanley were named Academic All-OAC while Schollaert, Rice, and Kolesar were named Academic All-OAC honorable mention.

Kylee Kolesar   Aly Rice  Lauren Schollaert

L to R -- Kolesar, Rice, Schollaert 

An English major with a 3.93 GPA, Sprandel had the top GPA among conference seniors. On the field, Sprandel played in all 19 games for the Purple Raiders. She started 13 games and had one goal and one assist for the season.

A business administration major with marketing and quantitative analysis concentrations, Stanley carries a 3.61 GPA. On the field, Stanley played in 13 games and recorded one assist for the season. She was also selected as a team captain.

An early childhood education major with a 3.52 GPA, Schollaert appeared in 12 games for the Purple Raiders.

An athletic training major with a 3.82 GPA, Rice appeared in 14 games and was selected to the Clarion Classic All-Tournament Team in September.

A business administration major with a 3.44 GPA, Kolesar also was an All-OAC Honorable Mention performer on the field. Kolesar led the Raiders with six assists and was second on the team with seven goals and 20 points. She ranked among the top seven in the conference in all three statistical categories.

To qualify for Academic All-OAC consideration, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade-point-average, be a starter or key reserve who has made a significant athletic impact, have at least sophomore academic standing, and be in at least the second year of participation in a sport.

A total of 29 women's soccer players were recognized by the conference. The Raiders had just one selection a year ago, but saw that number increase under first-year head coach Kelley Clark.



Indiana at Miami, 7:00 PM

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Looking for its third straight victory, the Miami University women's basketball team hosts Indiana out of the Big 10 on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tuesday could be a historic night for Miami's head coach Maria Fantanarosa. She is only one win away from 200 at Miami. She is currently 199-190 in 13+ seasons in charge of the Red and White. The Mid-American Conference announced Monday that Courtney Osborn (Fishers, Ind.) has been named the MAC East Division Player of the Week for her performance in Miami's two games last week. She was the leading scorer in both games, recording 17 points in a 56-49 win over Marshall on Wednesday and 25 points in an 81-56 victory over UMass on Saturday. In addition to her 21.0 points per game average, the junior point guard helped set up her teammates as well, recording 10 assists in those two games. She shot .500 (13-for-26) for the week and hit six total three-pointers.  Indiana is 2-1 on the season. Since dropping their opener to Central Arkansas on Nov. 11, the Hoosiers have won two straight. They came from behind to defeat Murray State, 70-67, on Nov. 14, and went on the road and beat Belmont, 63-52, in their last action on Nov. 18. Indiana has been led so far by junior guard Jasmine McGhee. She is averaging 13.0 points per game. 


Albany at Toledo, 7:00 PM

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Toledo (1-1) continues its ultra-competitive non-conference slate on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when it hosts America East Conference member Albany (2-2) in Savage Arena. The 2010-11 Mid-American Conference regular-season champions have been nearly unbeatable on their homecourt in recent years and are in the midst of a 19-game home win streak, third-longest unbeaten stretch in school history. UT enters tomorrow's action on the heels of an 84-68 setback at nationally ranked Green Bay last Wednesday, Dec. 16. 

Perry Township native Courtney Ingersoll

Senior Courtney Ingersoll led a trio of UT players in double figures with 17 points, while classmate Haylie Linn contributed 15 points and sophomore Andola Dortch had 11 points. Through the first two games this season, Toledo's talented starting backcourt trio of Dortch, Ingersoll and senior Naama Shafir are averaging 14.0 ppg, 12.0 ppg and 11.5 ppg, respectively. Albany has split its first four contests this year and most recently dropped a 65-53 decision at Brown on Saturday, Nov. 19 on the road. Ebone Henry led two Great Danes in double figures with a game-high 20 points, while Julie Forster added 12 points and 11 caroms in a losing effort.


Bowling Green at Detroit Mercy, 7:00 PM 

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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team concludes a stretch of three games in six days, heading to the Motor City for a Tuesday (Nov. 22) game against the University of Detroit Mercy. The Falcons' tri-captains rank one-two-three on the team in scoring. Junior Chrissy Steffen leads a balanced scoring attack with 11.7 points per game, and she also has 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.3 assists per game to date. Steffen is tied for third on the team in rebounding, and is second in both assists and steals. 

A pair of sophomores led the way, as Noelle Yoder and Jillian Halfhill shattered numerous prior career bests. Yoder had 14 points vs. Evansville, doubling her previous best of seven points, she also set career standards in field goals made (five) and attempted (10), three-pointers made (three) and attempted (seven) and minutes played (16). Yoder also had her first career steal in the game. Detroit will enter Tuesday's game with a record of 0-3. UDM participated in the Preseason WNIT, with a road loss to Indiana State, 64-62, and neutral-site setbacks against Drexel (61-56) and Howard (60-58). Shareta Brown leads the team in scoring and rebounding, she is averaging a double-double, with 18.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game to date. 


Buffalo at Syracuse, 7:00 PM

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The Bulls will begin a stretch where they play four games in the next six days, beginning tonight against Syracuse.  In that stretch, which is arguably their toughest of the year, Buffalo will meet Syracuse and Connecticut from the Big East, Dayton from the Atlantic 10 and  Fairleigh Dickinson of the Northeast Conference.  Three of those games will happen this upcoming weekend at the World Vision Classic.

Redshirt sophomore Nytor Longar reached career highs in points and rebounds on Saturday in the win over Bucknell.  She finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, going 7-of-9 from the free throw line.  As a team, the Bulls shot a season-high 85.2% from the charity stripe, getting 4-for-4 performances from Christa Baccas and Beth Christensen. Syracuse is a perfect 3-0 on the season following a 74-54 win over Lafayette. The Orange have defeated their three opponents by an average over 34.0 points per game.  They are led by Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall, who are both averaging double-doubles.  Alexander has recorded 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, while Hall has added 16.0 points per contest and 10.0 

rebounds per game. 


St. Francis (PA) at Akron, 7:00 PM

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After finishing the Preseason WNIT with a 1-2 record and a 67-60 loss to Drexel, the Zips look to bounce back against a St. Francis squad that is looking for its first win of the season. Akron has never lost to the Red Flash in eight all-time meetings. With a strong offensive start to the season, Akron ranks first in the MAC in field goal percentage (.453) and third in 3-point percentage (.370), as well as second in 3-pointers made per game (6.7) and tied for first in assists per game (15.0). Featuring a balanced attack, eight players average at least 5.0 points per game.

Akron returns 10 letterwinners and four starters from last year's team that finished 14-16 overall and 6-10 in MAC play, capped by a 73-65 loss in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals to Toledo, who went on to win the WNIT. Junior forward Rachel Tecca, a first team All-MAC selection after a tremendous sophomore campaign, was named to the Preseason All-MAC squad. The Zips were picked to finish third in the East behind Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio). Last season, the Red Flash won their seventh NEC regular season title and won the conference tournament for the second-straight year, earning a 13-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl garnered NEC Coach of the Year honors, and guard Brittany Lilley won the NEC Tournament MVP award. This year, SFU was picked to defend its conference title in the NEC preseason poll. Lilley is out for the season with an ACL injury, however. The Red Flash have yet to earn a win this year, going 0-3 with losses to Duquesne, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

Vikings travel to Kent State tonight

SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State begins a stretch of seven straight games away from home, including four this week, when the Vikings head to Kent State for a 7:30 p.m. contest on Tuesday (Nov. 22). The Vikings are 3-0 this season and are receiving votes in both national polls for the second consecutive week. Kent State enters the week at 2-0. Tuesday's game will be the 45th meeting between the two schools with the Golden Flashes owning a 26-18 edge in the series. Kent State has claimed seven of the last 10 meetings with CSU winning the five games before that. CSU defeated Kent State at home last season, 69-66.

PREVIEWING THE VIKINGS: Sixth-year head coach Gary Waters will combine an experienced group of upperclassmen with one of the most talented freshman classes in school history as the Vikings set out to win a second straight Horizon League title. The strength of the team is at the guards where seniors Trey Harmon and Jeremy Montgomery return after starting all 36 games last season. They will be joined in the backcourt by freshmen Sebastian Douglas and Charles Lee. Senior D'Aundray Brown returns to the lineup after missing last season with a finger injury to man the small forward spot with freshmen Marlin Mason and Ike Nwamu ready to step in and provide minutes. Senior Aaron Pogue returns as the starting center with junior Tim Kamczyc back at the power forward slot. Sophomores Devon Long and Luda Ndaye and freshman Anton Grady add depth, athleticism and length to the frontcourt.

IN THE POLLS: With a quick 3-0 start to the season, Cleveland State has received some recognition in the national polls for the second straight week. The Vikings earned 94 points in the Associated Press Top-25 to check in 26th overall (first among Others Receiving Votes), up thre spots from last week. In addition, CSU received 20 points in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll to finish 34th overall in the poll (9th among Others Receiving Votes). The Vikings also checked in at 25th in the CBSSports.com Top 25.

VIKINGS MOVE UP TO #3 IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Cleveland State moved up one spot from fourth to third in the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Top 25 poll that was released on Monday afternoon. The Vikings received 684 votes and three first place votes from the 31 voters to make the jump. Gonzaga received 765 points and 26 first place votes to remain No. 1 for the third straight week and was followed by Creighton (739 points) and Cleveland State. Harvard and Belmont rounded out the top five. Last season, CSU began the season ranked 25th in the poll before working its way up to the No. 1 ranking on Dec. 6 where CSU stayed for five weeks.

FUTURE CSU HOOPS LUNCHEONS: The first of four CSU Hoops Luncheons took place on Monday (Nov. 14) with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get updates from CSU basketball head coaches Gary Waters and Kate Peterson Abiad throughout the 2011-12 season. Hosted by Munch Bishop of WKNR, the luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center. Future luncheons will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Feb. 13. Cost of admission is $12 with a reservation or $15 at the door and includes a buffet luncheon and beverages. Tables for eight can also be reserved for $96.00. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5119.

LUCKY #7: Cleveland State's win over No. 7 Vanderbilt on Nov. 11 marked the highest ranked opponent that the Vikings have defeated in program history. It was the sixth win over a top-25 team in program history with head coach Gary Waters claiming five of them since his arrival in 2006. Following are CSU's wins over top-25 teams... at #7 Vanderbilt Nov. 13, 2011 
at #11 Syracuse Dec. 15, 2008
vs. #12 Wake Forest March 20, 2009 (NCAA Tournament)
vs. #12 Butler Jan. 17, 2008
vs. #14 Indiana March 14, 1986 (NCAA Tournament)
at #22 Butler March 10, 2008 (Horizon League Championship)

WATERS GOING AFTER WIN #275: Gary Waters will have his first crack at career win number 275 on Tuesday at Kent State. Waters won 92 games in five years at Kent State, 79 games in five years at Rutgers and has 103 wins at CSU.

Mount Union to play Centre in playoffs 


No. 2 ranked University of Mount Union hosts No. 25 Centre (Ky.) College in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs Saturday, Nov. 26 at noon at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Mount Union (11-0) completed its sixth straight undefeated regular season to win its 23rd overall and 20th straight Ohio Athletic Conference and an automatic bid into the 32-team tournament then won its opening round game 47-7 over Benedictine (Ill.).

The Purple Raiders are making their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance with a 70-12record in the NCAA Playoff games. Mount Union has advanced to the Stagg Bowl (National Championship game) 15 times and have won a record 10 National Championships.

Centre (9-1), located in Danville, Ky., scored a 51-41 victory over Hampden-Sydney (Va.) in its first-ever NCAA 

Playoff game this past Saturday.  The Colonels finished second in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and were selected as one of six national at-large teams to the tournament as their lone loss came in a conference matchup with Trinty (Texas).


All Mount Union football games are broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker. You can also here the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.

This game will be shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52 (Stark County), WIVN TV29 (New Philadelphia), Time Warner Cable (ch. 989-Stark County, ch. 99-Tuscarawas County), Massillion Cable (ch. 21) and Clear Picture Cable (ch. 21-Wayne County). Image Video produces the broadcasts with Joe Tait, who just finished a 39-year run as the radio voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, does the play-by-play and Harry Paidas handles the color commentary.


This will be the first ever meeting between the teams and the first time that Mount Union has played a team from Kentucky.