A Page -- Nov. 23, 2011 -- PM Edition

Four Baldwin-Wallace College 

Men’s Soccer Student/Athletes Named 

Academic All-OAC

BEREA, OHIO – Four Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer Student/Athletes have been named to the 2011 Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference squad announced today (Wednesday, November 23, 2011).
Brennan (L), Sprandel (R)

Senior midfielder defender Sean Maloney (North Versailles, Pa./East Allegheny) and junior midfielder Pat Brennan (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) were selected to the Academic All-OAC team and junior defender Tommy Kramer (Columbus/Worthington Kilbourne) and sophomore defender Judson Sprandel (Akron/Green) were tabbed as honorable mention.

Maloney, a senior finance major, ended a strong four-year career and helped B-W to compile a 52-21-6 record. Individually, he has appeared in 36 career matches, took six shots and was credited with two assists. During his four seasons on the varsity, B-W recorded 30 shutouts, including six this season.  He also is a solid student who carries a 3.64 grade point average. Maloney is a member of the Alpha Lambda and Chi Alpha Sigma honoraries and Dean’s List.
Maloney (L), Kramer (R)

Brennan, who carries a 3.7 grade point average in B-W’s 3:2 Master’s of Business Administration in Accounting Program, is one of the best midfielders in NCAA Division III soccer.  The two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference and 2010 Academic All-OAC and CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District selection has helped B-W to win 41 matches in his first three seasons. Individually, he has appeared in 61 matches, taken 129 shots, including 61 on-goal, scored 19 goals and added 16 assists for 54 career points. He was B-W’s “Rookie of the Year” in 2009 and has twice earned OAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week accolades.  Brennan is a member of the Alpha Lambda and Chi Alpha Sigma honoraries and Dean’s List.

Kramer, a junior accounting major with a 3.3 grade point average, is earning his first Academic All-OAC honor. He appeared in 20 games and scored a career-high tying two goals   Kramer also was part of  a Yellow Jacket defense that allowed only 24 goals for a 1.07 goals per game average and posted six shutouts. As a sophomore, he was selected to the SUNY-Fredonia All-Tournament team as B-W won the tournament. Kramer is an active member in the Accounting Association and Students in Free Enterprise

Sprandel carries an outstanding 3.97 grade point average in biology and pre-med and is a 2011 CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District IV selection. He helped anchor a defense that allowed only 24 goals for a 1.07 goals per game average and posted six shutouts. Sprandel  has appeared in 37 career matches, taken 30 shots, including 13 on-goal, with one assist. 

In his first two seasons in the Brown & Gold, he has helped B-W to win 28 matches and record 12 shutouts.  Academically, Sprandel is a member of the Alpha Lambda Honor Society, Dean’s List and the B-W Bio League and Pre-Med Club.

Ignatius-Whitmer on 1420-'HK this week

The high school football game - Division I, State Semi Final Game - Saturday November 26th between St. Ignatius High School and Toledo Whitmer High School at Arlin Stadium at Mansfield High School (Mansfield, OH) will air LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 at 7:00 pm.  Pre-Game begins at 6:45 pm.



Central Michigan vs. USF, 6:00 PM (Great Alaskan Shootout)
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The Central Michigan women's basketball team has started the season off 0-3 falling at home to Northwestern and on the road to Robert Morris and Pittsburgh. The Chippewas are competing for the first time in the Carrs/Safeway Alaska Shootout. They will open up with South Florida on Wednesday. Freshman Jas'Mine Bracey has started all three games. She leads the team in rebounds averaging nine per game, and is second on the team in scoring at 14.3. Another freshman Crystal Bradford leads the team in scoring averaging 16.3 points per contest. Leading the team in assists and steals is freshman Jessica Green who has nine and 10 respectively.The Bulls dominated Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night to win their third straight game, 72-36, and their second straight in the USF Recreation Center. The Bulls defense has forced 18.8 turnovers per game this season. On Thursday night, the Bulls defense forced Bethune-Cookman to commit 28 turnovers. USF finished the night with 52 rebounds and 15 steals.  The largest lead of the night was by 41 points, the largest of the season for the Bulls.

Belmont at Ohio, 7:00 PM
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Following a strong win over the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday afternoon, Ohio Women’s Basketball will host the Belmont Bruins on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Bobcats looked sharp in their home opener on Saturday against Marshall, never trailing throughout the contest. Ohio leapt out to an early 21-7 lead courtesy of strong shooting (43.9 percent in the first half) and capitalizing on turnovers, as the ‘Cats scored 15 of their 42 first-half points immediately after Marshall miscues. 

Akron native Tenishia Benson

Tenishia Benson (Akron, Ohio) and Porsha Harris (Chicago, Ill.) had impressive games for Ohio, with each student-athlete registering a double-double. Tenishia Benson registered a career-high 13 rebounds in Ohio’s win over Marshall on Nov. 19. The redshirt senior picked up six offensive rebounds and seven defensive rebounds, tying with teammate Porsha Harris for a game high. Belmont comes to Athens the owner of an 0-4 record that includes losses to UT Martin, MemphisAuburn and Indiana. Including Wednesday’s game at Ohio, the Bruins will play four of their first five 2011-12 contests away from home. The Bruins are led in scoring by Haley Nelson’s 15.8 points per game. She is also the leading rebounder for the squad, picking up 9.3 boards per contest. The second half of games has proved difficult for Belmont this season, as the team has been outscored 160-95 in the final 20 minutes.

Bradley at Northern Illinois, 7:00 PM
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Northern Illinois ends its season-long, three-game home stand with its 13th all-time meeting with Bradley. Amanda Corral's 16-point, 10-rebound double-double against Temple was the first by an NIU guard since last year's leading scorer Marke Freeman poured in 23 points and 17 boards in a 56-48 win at Ohio on Jan. 1, 2011. An indication of a deep team, the Huskie bench has been outstanding through the early part of this season. NIU owns a 77-32 edge in points off the bench over its opponents. he Braves finished last season with a 15-16 mark, 7-11 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Returning four starters and 10 letterwinners, Bradley is off to a 3-2 start. The Braves are coming off a 2-1 performance at the Winthrop Classic. They opened with a 71-61 win against Winthrop, lost 73-63 to Stetson, and closed with a 68-43 win over Niagara.

Caiola's 24 Points, Rogers' Double-Double 

Help Storm Stay Perfect

JOHNSTOWN, PA. – Senior forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) scored a season-high 24 points and senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) overcame a slow start to record her second straight double-double as the Lake Erie College women's basketball team improved to 4-0 for the first time in school history with an 86-62 victory at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 23).

South Russell's Caiola (L), Mentor's Rogers (R)

Needing 51 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career, Caiola nearly cut that total in half as she hit five of the Storm's (4-0) 11 three-pointers and was a perfect five-of-five from the foul line.  She had 15 points in the first half to help Lake Erie turn an eight-point deficit (29-21) with five minutes to go into an eight-point lead at halftime, 39-31.

After scoring just two points and pulling down five rebounds in the opening 20 minutes, Rogers came alive in the second half – scoring 10 points and grabbing nine boards to finish with 12 and 14, respectively.  The reigning GLIAC South Division Player of the Week led Lake Erie on a 26-11 scoring spurt that allowed the Storm to pull away midway through the second half.

Rogers also blocked four shots and stole the ball three times. In addition to being her second in a row, the double-double was the 16th of her career.

Sophomore Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Lewis Center Olentangy) came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points while senior guard Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) had nine points to go along with a game and season-high six assists.  Senior Cate Cianchetti (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls/Akron) hit three three-pointers and finished with a season-high-tying nine points.

Cianchetti's three-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half capped an 18-2 Storm run.

The Storm held the host Lady Cats (0-4) to just 28.8 percent from the field, the third time in four games Lake Erie has forced a foe to shoot less than 30%.      

Freshman guard Kaitlynn Fratz matched Caiola with 24 points, including four three-pointers.  Amber Smith added 15 for UPJ.

The win was the second straight by 24 points for Lake Erie, which trailed for the first time this season during the game.  Before Fratz's basket 21 seconds into the game, the Storm had been either tied or ahead for the first 120-plus minutes of the season.

Lake Erie is off for the Thanksgiving holiday break until next Tuesday, Nov. 29, when the Storm returns home to host Wheeling Jesuit University at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.

Lake Erie to Recognize First MLB Draft Pick Ryan Rua With 

Special Night Dec. 1

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College will recognize former Storm baseball All-American Ryan Rua on Thursday night, Dec. 1, at halftime of the men's basketball Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener against Wayne State.

After a spectacular three-year career which saw the Amherst, Ohio native set school records and become one of the top players in the region, Rua was drafted in the 17th round of June's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers.

He is the first Storm player to be drafted.

"Ryan obviously was a special player for us and now is a tremendous example and ambassador for our program," said Head Coach Brian McGee.  "When he came into the program, we thought he could be a special player. He became even more than the player we thought or dreamed he could be. We are very proud of how hard he has worked to accomplish what he has accomplished and what he will continue to do in the future."  

At two different levels in the Rangers' minor league system this summer, Rua batted .303 with four home runs and 37 RBI in 52 games.  He also stole 10 bases without being caught.

At Lake Erie, Rua holds 15 career or single-season records. In his final season, prior to which he was named one of the top prospects in Division II, he hit .400 with five home runs, 44 RBI and 19 stolen bases and was a first-team All-GLIAC and NABC All-Midwest Region selection as well as a Daktronics® Division II Honorable Mention All-American.

In his three-year career, Rua had a .374 average with 27 home runs and 131 RBI.  He banged out 276 hits and scored 117 runs while swiping 33 bases.

"The statistics speak for themselves," added McGee. "But Ryan is more than the numbers.  He works extremely hard to better himself and he is very cognizant of where he came from.  He has been back here on campus regularly through the fall working out with the team, helping out at our fall prospects camp and it really means a lot to our players."

McGee and other LEC dignitaries will take part in a special presentation at halftime with Rua and his family. 

The men's game against Wayne State is the second of a doubleheader that night at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.  The Storm women play Wayne State at 6 p.m. while the men will tip-off around 8 p.m.

Tickets are just $5 and available at the gate the night of the games.

Vikings Resume Play in Ticket City Legends Classic Against 

Boston University

Cleveland State continues its stretch of seven straight games away from home, including four this week, when the Vikings resume play in the Ticket City Legends Classic on Friday with a 2:30 p.m. contest against Boston University at Rhode Island. The Vikings improved to 4-0 with a 57-53 win at Kent State on Tuesday (Nov. 22) and are receiving votes in both national polls for the second straight week. Boston University, who won the America East title and advanced to the NCAA tournament last season, is 0-3 this year. Friday's game will be the third all-time meeting between the two schools with BU holding a 2-1 lead in the series. This will be the first meeting on a neutral court.

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 Charlie 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 depthto the frontcourt.

IN THE POLLS: With a4-0 start to the season, CSU 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 three 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), Cleveland State, Harvard and Belmont to round 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.

THE POLLS LIKE CSU: Although it is very early in the season, the fast start by the Vikings has helped CSU in the various computer rankings. The Vikings are ranked first in the latest RPI (through Tuesday) and No. 1 in strength of schedule. The Vikings are also 11th in the most recent Sagarin ratings (through Tuesday), including three wins over teams ranked in the top 50.

FUTURE CSU HOOPS LUNCHEONS: The first of four CSU Hoops Luncheons took place on 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) 687-5119begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (216) 687-5119      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

VIKINGS LIKE EXEMPTED TOURNEYS: The Ticket City Legends Classic is the sixth exempted tournament that Cleveland State has played in under head coach Gary Waters, with the Vikings carrying a 14-6 record in those games into the meeting with Boston University. CSU went 1-2 at the America's Youth Classic (Evansville, Ind.) in 2006-07, defeating ACC member Miami (Fla.), 78-67, for its lone win. In 2007-08, the Vikings played in the Glenn Wilkes Classic, going 3-1 with wins over teams from the Big East (73-70 over USF) and ACC (69-66 over Florida State). In 2008-09, the Vikings rebounded from an opening round loss to Washington to claim the Miami Regional title of the CBE Classic. Two years ago, CSU won two games at home as part of the Cancun Challenge before falling to Kentucky and Virginia in Cancun. Last season, the Vikings won four games at home to claim the World Vision Classic. CSU opened the Ticket City Legends Classic this year with a win at Vanderbilt on Nov. 11.

DEFENSE!! DEFENSE!!: Defense has always been a staple in the Cleveland State program under head coach Gary Waters and this year has been no different. CSU has forced at least 20 turnovers in all four games this year, forcing 94 total (23.5 tpg). As a team, the Vikings rank first in the Horizon League in steals (12.5) and turnover margin (+8.3), second in scoring defense (58.0) and third in blocked shots (4.8) and three-point field goal defense (.267).

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.

Holy Name's English (L), NDCL'S Calabrese (R)

Twenty-Five Spartans Named All-UAA; English, Calabrese, Sicre and Coaching Staff Earn Special Awards

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Twenty-five members of the Case Western Reserve University football team have been named to the 2011 All-University Athletic Association team. A league-high 11 Spartans were tabbed first-team, including seven from the defense, and Head Coach Greg Debeljak and his staff were named the league's Coaching Staff of the Year.

In addition, three Spartans earned special awards with senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) named UAA Defensive Player of the Year, junior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) the UAA Special Teams Player of the Year, and freshman running back Manny Sicre (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) the UAA Rookie of the Year.

The Spartans finished the season at 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the UAA with a fourth conference championship in five years (2007-09, '11).

Case's 25 selections were the most of any team in the UAA. The Spartan defense produced 12 honorees overall and accounted for more than half (7-of-13) of the league's first-team defensive selections. As a unit, Case ranked seventh in the nation in rush defense (75.8 ypg), 12th in scoring defense (12.9 ppg) and fourth in red zone efficiency (52%).

The UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award is the fourth for Debeljak and company, who have led the Spartans to an overall record of 48-6 during the past five seasons.

Joining Debeljak on the staff award is Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Marcus Macalla, Offensive Coordinator Dereck Slesh, Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Jerry Schuplinski, and fellow assistants Mickey Iliano (Offensive Line), Mike Jones (Cornerbacks), Jim Michals (Outside Linebackers), Ben Taylor (Defensive Line), Vic Preisel (Wide Receivers), Ryan Breon (Offensive Line) and Joey Baum (Quarterbacks).

English finishes his career as one of the top defensive linemen in school history. In 2011, he totaled 53 tackles with UAA-bests of 17 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. CWRU's career sacks leader, English leaves the program as a four-time All-UAA First Team honoree with 215 tackles, 59 TFL, 33 sacks and two interceptions. A team captain and four-time UAA Defensive Player of the Week, English played in all 42 games during the past four seasons with 32 starts.


Calabrese earned his award for the all-around impact he made with the Special Teams unit in 2011. He made 33 punt returns for 367 yards (11.1 ypr) with a touchdown and eight kickoff returns for 195 yards (24.4 ypr). Calabrese took over for an injured Zachary Scott (Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny) at the holder position early in the year as senior kicker Daniel Vasil (Erie, Pa./McDowell) hit 11-of-14 field goal attempts and 18-of-19 extra point  tries during the final six games of the season.  


Calabrese also threw a 23-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal versus Hiram College in mid-October. Also tabbed as a first-team selection for defense, the junior safety recorded 46 tackles, a forced fumble, and six interceptions – two of which he returned for TDs in week five against Oberlin College en route to being named to the D3Football.com Team of the Week. Calabrese earned second-team honors at both safety and punt returner last season.

Sicre, a second-team pick on offense, was the team's leading rusher in his rookie campaign. He finished fourth in the UAA with 638 yards rushing on 154 carries (4.1 ypc) and totaled five touchdowns. In his collegiate debut, he rushed for a team season-high of 172 yards on just 16 carries with a 75-yard TD dash in a victory versus John Carroll University.

Joining English and Calabrese on the All-UAA Defensive First Team is senior linebacker Jacob Adams(Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton), junior cornerback Cary Dieter (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour), senior endRichard Doolin (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park), junior outside linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) and junior end Adam Watson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor).

Ferguson and Adams were the UAA's top-two tacklers, with 95 and 94, respectively.

In his first season at the hero position, Ferguson also totaled 6.5 tackles for loss with both an interception and fumble return for TDs in the season-opener at John Carroll.

Adams turned in another stellar campaign, adding 8.5 TFL, two sacks, two interceptions, five pass break-ups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. The second-year starter and two-time first-team All-UAA selection also scored a pair of TDs with an INT return for score and a reception on the previously mentioned Calabrese fake field goal. For his career, Adams played in 32 games with 20 starts and totaled 201 tackles, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two blocked kicks and four sacks.

Dieter, a first-time All-UAA honoree, started for the second-straight season and recorded 41 tackles in nine games with five pass break-ups and the key fumble recovery in an October 1 victory at Allegheny College (Pa.).

Doolin, a Capital One Academic All-American, started all 10 games and recorded 43 tackles, including 10 for loss, with 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Named second-team All-UAA during the past two seasons, Doolin finishes his career with 145 tackles, 33.5 TFL and 19 sacks.

Watson earns first-team honors for the first time as well after being named second-team All-UAA honors as a sophomore. In 10 games, he recorded a career-high 56 tackles with 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

Four Spartans earned top honors on offense with senior wide receiver Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton), senior guard Tony Opperman (Pickerington, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory), sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond Burton) and senior tackle Brandon Rollé all garnering first-team status.

Metlesitz, a first-team pick as a kick returner last season, turned in a career year with a UAA-best 56 receptions for 599 yards and five touchdowns. In 39 career games, he recorded 91 catches for 987 yards and seven TDs to go along with 1,301 kick return yards.

Opperman makes his third-straight appearance on the All-UAA First Team and fourth overall with second-team honors as a freshman. The 2011 award is possibly his most impressive, considering he played in just four games after suffering what was thought to be a season-ending knee injury in week one. Overall, Opperman was a four-year starter and played in 32 games for his career. During the last two years, the Spartans never lost a game that Opperman played in.

Riordan is a first-time honoree in his first year as a starter. He rushed for 556 yards on 120 carries (4.6 ypc) with a pair of touchdowns. The second-year Spartan got stronger as the year went on, turning in a pair of 100-plus yard efforts during UAA play in the final three weeks with runs of 45 and 56 yards. Riordan earned UAA Offensive Player of the Week honors after conference wins versus the University of Chicago (Ill.) and Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.).

Rollé started all 10 games at the ever-important left tackle spot in his first year as a full-time player.

Earning second-team All-UAA honors on offense along with Sicre were sophomore guard Jake Abbott(Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown), junior tackle Cullen Dolan (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice), freshman wide receiver Sean Lapcevic (Presto, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park).

Abbott played in nine games and made eight starts with his only time out of the lineup due to injury. The second-year Spartan certainly didn't disappoint in his first year as a starter after being named the team's Freshman Most Valuable Player in 2010.

Dolan was a rock at the right tackle position, starting all 10 games in his second season as a starter.

Lapcevic provided a reliable target all season, recording 36 catches for 429 yards and a TD.

In his first season with the team after transferring to CWRU this past summer, Olson started all 10 games and completed 154-of-257 passes for 1,571 yards and 11 TDs. Doubling as the team's punter, Olson also rushed for two scores and was named UAA Offensive Player of the Week on three separate occasions.

Second-team defensive honors went to junior nose guard Michael Harris (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and junior linebacker Kevin Nossem (Munster, Ind./Munster).

Harris, now a two-time second-team All-UAA pick, played in all 10 games with seven starts and recorded 41 tackles, including six for loss, with 1.5 sacks.

Nossem, a first-time honoree, finished with 64 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions. He was the UAA Defensive Player of the Week after recording 14 tackles in a win at Denison University.

Honorable mention honors on the offensive side of the ball went to senior center Michael Allen (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township), senior tight end Bryce Coleman (Solon, Ohio/Solon) and senior wide receiver Eric Street (Barberton, Ohio/Coventry).

Allen, a team captain, started every game for the second-straight season. He finishes his career as a three-time All-UAA honoree with two first-team nods and 31 starts in 36 games played.

Coleman started nine games, sitting out one with an injury, and made nine receptions for 82 yards and his first career rushing TD. A two-year starter, he played in 29 games for his career.

Street played in nine games and made five receptions for 60 yards.

Earning honorable-mention honors for defense was sophomore safety Jordan Banky (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon), senior cornerback Matthew Davis(Chatsworth, Calif./Chaminade College Prep) and junior linebacker Wade Self (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich).

Banky played in nine games with eight starts and made 26 tackles with a fumble recovery and two interceptions.

Davis started all 10 games with 43 stops and a forced fumble.

Self, a UAA Defensive Player of the Week in late October, started nine games and made 66 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, with a sack and two forced fumbles.

Vasil earned honorable mention honors on special teams. In his first season as a full-time kicker, he made 13 field goals and 22 extra points. His streak of 11-of-14 field goal and 18-of-19 extra points in the final six weeks included a long field goal of 43 yards in a win at Washington University-St. Louis in early November. Vasil was a two-time UAA Special Teams Player of the Week.

HandsOnSports Foundation's auction for youth 

Student/Athletic sponsorship begins

The HandsOnSports Foundation Inc. is celebrating this holiday season by conducting an online auction from today until December 31st 2011 in order to raise funds in sponsorship of children interested in becoming soccer athletes.  We ask this holiday season for you to purchase one of our many unique gifts in sponsorship of an area youth in need. With your purchase, we see an opportunity to strengthen our community by helping children of all ages become athletes.

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*Please follow the link below to help us achieve our goal of $15,000 over this holiday season. The online auction will run today through December 31st to help raise funds in support of our area youths striving to become soccer athletes.

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