A Page -- Nov. 24, 2010

Buchtel rebuilding; Griffins 

hoping younger players will 

mature enough by season's end

to at least finish in upper

Division of Akron City Series; 

Patience Carroll moving to 


Nov. 24, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AKRON – While Buchtel’s girls’ basketball program is in a rebuilding year, the Griffins have a rather interesting approach in terms of game-to-game goals as a formula for winning games once things are up to snuff, whether that would be later this season or in the coming years.

Each time the Griffins take the floor this year they plan to: 1) hold opposing teams to under 9.0 points per quarter; 2) average fewer than 10 turnovers/game on the offensive end;  3) shoot 80 percent from the free throw line; and 4) average a least 10 steals/game on the defensive end.

“We need to do all that and the girls must believe in themselves, that winning the championship is possible,” said Buchtel coach Howard Curry. “This will be a rebuilding year for us. Chemistry is not there yet.”


The Griffins have also set a season goal athletically of finishing at least in the upper division of the Akron City Series and academically of the varsity players achieving a 3.4 grade point average and the JV members a 3.0 GPA. Last year’s team GPA was 3.0 so the Griffins are holding both ends of the Student/Athletic bargain.

“We do have team speed but need some improvements on the defensive end,” said Curry, whose Buchtel teams have posted an overall record of 61-37 in five seasons and who has an even more impressive record overall as a head coach at 81-39. “We have very little experience and are very young in all positions.”

Returning from last year’s 14-8 team are Patience Carroll (a junior who earned her first letter last year, when she was second in rebounding at 7.0 rebounds a game while averaging 6.0 points) and

Ashaunte Dent (a 10th grader who was a first-year letter winner last year, when her average points per game was 8.0).

Since the Griffins are bringing back only 14 points per game, Patience Carroll is going to move from a forward/center position to a shooting guard position in order to better use her scoring abilities an ramp up the overall offensive production.

“Our JV and freshmen have shown great improvement in the last two years, but we must see if it translates into varsity wins,” Curry said.

Those who will aid inside for rebounding and boxing out with the moving of Carroll to the perimeter off the JV team and are otherwise new (transfers, freshmen, etc.) are Daizha Ulmer (10th Grade), Tynike Grant (12th Grade), Bricil Clayton (9th Grade), Jasmine Collins (11th Grade), and JaQuala Nelson (11th Grade).

Case Reserve's Zach Homyk 

named Gagliardi Trophy finalist; 

Chicago native's father was Lou 

Groza Award winner at Parma 


By Nick Minerd

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Case Western Reserve University senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep) has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Gagliardi Trophy, presented annually to the outstanding player in NCAA Division III football. The announcement was made by Jostens Inc. today, November 24.

Homyk's ties to Cleveland go beyond these past four years as a Student/Athlete at Case Reserve. His father Don, playing for the Parma Redmen,  won the Lou Groza Award in 1972 as the top football player in Greater Cleveland for the year. 

The Spartan football program has now produced a Gagliardi finalist in each of the past four seasons, including linebacker Tom Brew in 2007 and quarterback Dan Whalen in both 2008 and 2009.

In 2010, Homyk completed arguably the finest career by a wide receiver in Spartan history. He recorded school single-season records with 90 receptions for 1,165 yards and 12 touchdowns, registering fifth in the nation at nine receptions per game, seventh in receiving yards and ninth in yards per game (116.50).

Homyk finished his career with 211 receptions, a school-record, and was a significant contributor on special teams setting a Case record with six blocked kicks.


Zach Homyk (L) and Don Homyk (R)

For his efforts on the field and in the classroom, Homyk was named a first-team All-University Athletic Association pick for the second straight season and an ESPN Academic All-District IV selection.

Earlier this fall, the finance major was tabbed as a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, formerly known as the Draddy Trophy, and often referred to as the “Academic Heisman.” Off the field, Homyk also serves as a community service chairperson for the Case Association of Student-Athletes (CASA).

Jostens will announce its top four finalists for the award on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Each of the four will then be invited to the trophy announcement and presentation on Thursday, December 16 in Salem, Virginia during the week of the NCAA Division III National Championship Game.

Anderson Named to d3.hoops.com Team of the Week
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Oberlin, Ohio – Oberlin College sophomore Allison Anderson was named to the d3.hoops.com Team of the Week for her play this past weekend, the website announced on Wednesday morning.

This is the second time Anderson has been honored by the website, as she also earned the award back on December 11, 2009. The honor is given to just five players from across the nation and is broken up by position. 

Anderson, a native of Springfield, Illinois, led the Yeowomen to a 1-1 weekend at the Mount St. Joseph Tip-off Tournament. In Oberlin’s win against the host Lions she nearly recorded a triple-double with 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. She also added 15 points, five boards and five helpers in a loss to Spalding.

In the pair of games she averaged 16.5 points, seven rebounds and 7.5 assists. She also went 5-for-11 from 3-point land. 

Currently she is second on the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game and is tied for second in rebounding with 6.7 boards per game.

Euclid alumnus Mike Preston gets

Ed Sherman Award as top receiver

in the OAC

Heidelberg senior Mike Preston (Euclid) has been selected as the 2010 Ed Sherman Most Outstanding Receiver as voted by the league coaches


At the end of the regular-season, Preston leads the OAC in receiving yards-pergamewith 121.3 and receptions with 76. Preston also ranks third the league in scoring with 15 touchdowns for nine points-per-game. He has earned First Team All-OAC Honors for the second time and is just the second player from Heidelberg to earn this honor.

The Sherman Award is presented by Muskingum College in honor of the winningest coach in school history,

Sherman guided the Muskies to a 141-43-8 record from 1945-66. 

Lakewood High alum Kevin Knab 
named Marietta Student/Athlete of 
the Week

Lakewood High alum Kevin Knab averaged 17.0 points and 10.7 rebounds over three games to lead Marietta to a 3-0 record last week. 

Kevin Knab

The junior earned All-Tournament Team honors after posting back-to-back double-doubles in the 40th annual Shrine Tournament. 

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Defeated by Bluffton University

November 24, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  — The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by Bluffton University, 71-60, tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 24) in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

Kenston alum Chris Meyer

Following tonight’s game, the Terriers fall to 2-2 overall and the Beavers improve to 3-0 overall for the season.

Hiram led in the opening minutes, but a 14-2 scoring run by Bluffton gave the Beavers a 19-9 advantage at the 11:21 minute mark.  Bluffton never trailed the remainder of the game and led by as many 18 points in the first period with a halftime score of 43-25.










After 21 years of Pat Donahue, 

Olmsted Falls gets new boys' 

basketball coach in Chris DeLisio, 

who has long-time association 

with schoolBulldogs are 

sophomore/junior dominated

Nov. 24, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OLMSTED FALLS – When a team moves into a new season with a new coach, Student/Athletes typically have to go through an adaptation process to gain familiarity with his personality and system.

With Olmsted Falls’ boys’ basketball team, that will not be s problem when the season begins-this week, since the familial is in place with rookie head coach Chris DeLisio, who played for the Bulldogs in the mid 1990s and has been an assistant coach for 11 years at Falls ever since graduating from Ohio U.

DeLiso replaces his coach, Pat Donohue, who was the Bulldogs’ head man for 21 years.

“We have very little depth in terms of experience, but we do have a lot of kids who can play,” said DeLisio. “We have high-character kids.”

Character enough that the keep their priorities straight, turning in a team GPA of 3.4 last year However, most of the players were JV players last year, which is a plus in the sense that a winning attitude has come with them. The JV team finished in the upper half of conference.

“For us to compete, we will need an absolute team effort from some young kids who have never played varsity basketball before,” DeLisio said. “We need to improve tremendously from beginning to end.”


The nucleus of those young buys moving in and up are Steve Johnson (So.), Kenny Hanna (So), Brandon Freidrich (So), Jared Kurz (Jr.), Ryan Humenik (Sr.), and Eddy Looby (Sr.).

The only ones coming back from the varsity team that finished 10-11 last year are all juniors in Eric Meehan, Hunter Hillebrand and Mike Atkinson.

Leaders will still be emerging as the season progresses.

“We have no superstars,” said DeLisio. “For us to be successful, we need extreme effort and to build ourselves into a team. Confidence will come as we turn ourselves into a team. We are not a team yet.”

Olmsted Falls has moved around the schedule this year to include Twinsburg, Holy Name, Toledo St. Francis, Lorain, Strongsville, and Uniontown Lake on the non-conference menu.

Helping DeLisio will be Dan Binggeli-(New Varsity Assistant) and Ryan Schlitter-(New 9th Grade Coach.

Avon Lake's Trisha Wladecki, 

Westlake's Brooke Henderson,

Wooster's Janine Lytle part of Valpo 

soccer team receiving Team 

Academic All American honors

Nov. 24, 2010 

Valparaiso University’s women’s soccer team has been named a recipient of the NSCAA Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Among those sharing in the honor are Westlake High alumna Brooke Henderson, Avon Lake grad Trisha Wladecki and Wooster's Janine Lytle.

The award, given annually to schools with a composite grade point average of 3.00 for the academic year, included both fall and spring semesters of a given year.  Thus the award this year is for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Trisha WladeckiJanine LytleBrooke Henderson

(L to r) Wladecki, Lytle, Henderson

This marks the eighth straight year the Crusaders have earned the honor in women’s soccer.

“Once again I am extremely proud of our players for their commitment to the classroom and their ability to represent Valparaiso University in a positive manner,” head coach John Marovich said.

Marovich’s squad posted a 3.27 team GPA, and joined Cleveland State, Green Bay, Loyola, Milwaukee, and Wright State from the Horizon League in receiving the accolade.

Wladecki was an Academic All American at Avon Lake High. Both Henderson and Wladecki were league MVPs in the Southwestern Conference.

Today in MAC Women's basketball

Miami's Kirsten Olowinski looking 

to match double digit-carom 

games hat trick of (Solon alumna) 

Erin Wisner from one year ago; 

Hoover alum Steph Gibson 

scores a baker's dozen for Kent 

Nov. 24, 2010

 By Erin Dugan

Duquesne at Miami, 2 pm

The Miami RedHawks are coming off of a tough 96-64 loss to similarly named Miami (Fla.) on Saturday. The Red and White will look to get back on the winning track today when they take on Duquesne here at Millett Hall. After opening the season with seven rebounds against Kentucky, sophomore forward Kirsten Olowinski recorded 14 rebounds at Eastern Kentucky last Wednesday and 12 caroms against the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday.

Kirsten OlowinskiErin Wisner

Olowinski (left) and Wisner (R)

She is looking to become the first player to record double-digit rebounds in three consecutive games since Solon High alumna Erin Wisner recorded 10 in three consecutive games between Dec. 30, 2009 and Jan. 6, 2010. That was the only time last season that feat was accomplished. Duquesne is 1-1 on the young season. It opened the year with a 70-65 win over Lehigh on Nov. 12. The Dukes then traveled to 10th-ranked West Virginia and put up a very respectable showing, falling 69-58 to the host Mountaineers on Nov. 17.  The Dukes have been led so far by freshman forward Orsi Szecsi. Despite not starting either game, she has led the team with 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

Kent State vs. Alaska Anchorage, 9 pm

The Kent State women’s basketball team (3-0) advanced to the championship game of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Tuesday night with a 59-58 win over Pac-10 foe Washington at the Sullivan Center. With the victory, Kent State will target its first in-season tournament victory since the 1996-97 campaign.


The Golden Flashes had four players in double figures, paced by 16 points by senior Taisja Jones (Dallas, Texas). Freshman Tayler Stanton (Cincinnati, Ohio) registered her first career double-double with 15 points and a game-best 13 rebounds, while Stephanie Gibson (North Canton, Ohio) and Jamilah Humes (Saginaw, Mich.) each had 13 points.  Kent State will play Alaska Anchorage, who won against San Jose State, 48-35. The win for Alaska Anchorage over the Spartans was the ninth-straight win over an NCAA Division I opponent at the Great Alaska Shootout for the host Seawolves.



Dalton's Andrew Miller wins Bob 

Packard Award

Heidelberg senior quarterback Andrew Miller (Dalton) was chosen as the 2010 Bob Packard Most Outstanding Offensive Back, as voted by the league coaches. 

Miller finished the season ranked first in the Conference in total offense with 181 rushing yards and 2,593 passing yards for an average of 277.4 yards-per-game.

Miller ranks third in pass efficiency at 54.2 percent after going 168-of-310 with a league leading 27 touchdowns. 

He broke two OAC single-game records with his 569 passing yards and 587 total yards versus Capital. Miller is the fourth Heidelberg player to garner this honor and had been named First Team All-OAC.

The Packard Award is presented by Baldwin-Wallace College in honor of Bob Packard, who served as head coach of the Yellow Jackets from 1981-2001. He led B-W to six OAC championships and a 156-54-2 overall record.

Rhodes alum Gaston Hayes named 


Rhodes High alum Gaston Hayes was named All Ohio Athletic Conference Honorable Mention as a sophomore defensive lineman for Marietta
Gaston Hayes

Hayes, a two-year letterman, ranked tenth on the squad with 34 total stops, including nine and one-half tackles for loss. He tied Tate with a team-best seven sacks, which ranked third in the OAC. Hayes also recovered a team-high two fumbles this season.


















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