A Page -- Nov. 26, 2010

Trevor Kennedy

Firestone's Trevor Kennedy leads a 

couple dozen Cleveland area 

Student/Athletes involved in 

Mercyhurst's Division II playoff 

game tomorrow; first ever for the 


Nov. 26, 2010

Norm Weber





ERIE – Two dozen Cleveland-area Student Athletes will make history tomorrow when they play the first NCAA playoff game ever for Mercyhurst College when the Lakers host Bloomsburg in the second round of the second round of the Division II playoffs. 

Mercyhurst drew a first-round bye last by virtue of having its best season ever, winning its league and having a high national ranking. 

Trevor Kennedy, a junior wide receiver and alumnus of Firestone High, has been all over the place for Mercyhurst this year. 


Catching the ball is not the only thing Kennedy has done this year. Kennedy leads the Lakers in both scoring and in all-purpose yardage, functioning on both offense and defense as a receiver, quarterback, rusher, punt returner and kick returner. 

Kennedy has scored 13 touchdowns and has a two-point conversion for 80 points. His all-purpose yardage (kick return plus offensive yardage) is at 1,384, which is an average of 126 per game. 

He has returned 25 punts for an average of 18.2 per return and four kick returns. 

His 68 pass catches is also best on the team as is his 870 yards receiving and 11 TD catches. 

Kennedy has completed half of the passes he has thrown (2-4) for 68 yards. He has also rushed seven times for 18 yards. 

He was named both the game MVP and offensive Player of the Week in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for his effort in the league championship game, a 56-37 win over Bloomsburg, the same team his team will face tomorrow. 

To win the awards, Kennedy amassed 250 all-purpose yards that included three touchdowns (two receiving) and one 78-yard punt return to paydirt. The junior recorded new career-highs with 11 catches for 163 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown reception that ranks as the fourth-longest in program history. His punt return was just one yard shy of the record he already tied earlier this season with a 79-yard burst against Lock Haven on Sept. 25. All told, he averaged just over 19 yards each time he touched the ball in the championship effort. 

Midpark alum Chad Tibbitts also has versatility as a quarterback and punter. He is averaging 36 yards a kick.


Andrew Bailey, a Euclid High alum, is second on the Lakers in rushing with 29 carries for 142 yards and four TDs. Bailey is also the team’s leading kick returner with 13 run backs for 279 yards.



Tight end Ryan Bartizal from Amherst has caught 10 passes but 30 percent of the time it has been a money catch as he also ranks among the scoring leaders with three TDs. 
Maxwell (L) and Knapp

Making it possible for all those skill guys to put up those numbers with their blocking are offensive linemen Joe Coyne (Avon Lake), Kevin Poropat (Mentor), Alex Schneider (Painesville), Jim Maxwell (Strongsville), Matt Molle (West G.) and Mitch Knapp (Aurora). 
The Cleveland area is represented in this pic by 77 Joe Coyne
 (Avon Lake)  88 Ryan Bartizal (Amherst)
and 60 Kevin Poropat  (Mentor)

Defensively, Maple Heights Brandon Harper is second on the club with three interceptions.

Harper, Schneider, Molle (l to R)

The second leading tackler on the team is also a local guy in Tim Herbener, a linebacker from Chagrin Falls. Herbener has 74 tackles including 12 for losses.

Herbener (l) and Trouten

Holy Name alum Alex Trouten has 24 tackles and an interception, while Mentor’s Fred Hale is third on the team in sacks with six and has 30 tackles (11 for lost yardage to the opponents).

Hale, Weisenseel, Watkins (l to r)

Brad Weisenseel is doing the same he did for St. Edward in high school – spending a lot of time in the opponents’ backfields with five tackles for losses and four sacks. 
Cobble, Yarbough, Williams (l to r)

Others include Solon’s Don Williams and Josh Cobble, Beachwood’s Steve Yarbough and Airion Watkins, Cleveland Heights Danny Stark, Cloverleaf’s Dave Long, and Kenston’s Pat Behm,


Long, Behm, Stark (l to r)

Undefeated CSU men to host Bonnies

Nov. 26, 2010

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State continues its five games in 11 days stretch when the Vikings return home to host St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Nov. 27 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.

The contest will be a Family Value Saturday with a free Kid Zone being available starting at 5:00 p.m.  The game will also feature Dollar Night at the concession stands featuring $1 soda, popcorn and hot dogs.

The Vikings carry a school-record 6-0 mark into the contest after upending Akron, 64-51, on Wednesday night (Nov. 24) to give Gary Waters his 250th career victory.

The Bonnies are 3-1 on the year, opening the year with an 80-70 loss to Canisius but bouncing back to claim wins over Arkansas-Little Rock (77-64), Cornell (56-54) and Binghamton (69-44).  St. Bonaventure has won all six previous meetings with Cleveland State.
Joe Latas
Chanel Alumnus Joe Latas

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters has the Viking Basketball program back at a level where he is comfortable as all five starters and nine lettermen return from last year's team that went 16-17 against one of the most difficult schedules in the country.

The strength of the squad is at the guards where senior Norris Cole (21.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.8 apg), a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, and juniors Trevon Harmon (13.2 ppg,  5.3 rpg) and Jeremy Montgomery (10.2 ppg, 1.5 apg) each return to once again form the nucleus of the starting lineup this season.

Senior forward D'Aundray Brown (8.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is out until mid-December following preseason surgery on his right index finger, leaving the small forward spot to be manned by the sophomore duo of Charlie Woods (3.7, 3.0) and Josh McCoy (4.7, 3.5), who redshirted last season following hip surgery.

Junior Aaron Pogue (7.7, 5.7) returns as the starter at center with sophomore Tim Kamczyc (5.2, 5.0) opening the year as the starting power forward.

Tim Kamczyc

Strongsville High Alum Tim Kamczyc 

Junior Joe Latas (2.0, 1.6) and freshmen Luda Ndaye (1.2, 1.8) and Devon Long (3.3, 1.5) will help to provide CSU with a spark off the bench inside this year.

Injuries to Brown, freshman Sebastian Douglas (season/knee) and sophomore Anthony Wells (early Dec./knee), have hurt the bench depth, especially to start the season. 



Olmsted Falls grad Chad Bajc, 

GlenOak alum Alex Thomas earn All 

Ohio Athletic Conference honors; 

both defenders for Musky

NEW CONCORD – Olmsted Falls High alumnus Chad Bajc and GlenOak graduate Alex Thomas received All Ohio Athletic Honors as Student/Athletes for Muskingum’s football team.


Former Bulldog Chad Bajc

Bajc, a senior defensive lineman, was named to the second team. Thomas, a junior linebacker, was also named to the second team.

Bajc ended his career ranked fifth all-time at Muskingum with 14 sacks. This season he logged 53 tackles with 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, which ranked sixth in the OAC. Bajc ended his playing days with 139 total tackles.

Thomas led the Muskie defense with 84 stops. He ranked fifth in the conference averaging 8.4 tackles per game and ranked second in fumble recoveries with three. Thomas has registered 187 stops throughout his three-year career.

Dave Fassbender hat trick, Ian 

Bruzak and Joe Meehan playmakers 

propel Holy Name past Perrysburg in 

first day of Turkey Trot hockey

Nov. 26, 2010

By Norm Weber





BROOKLYN – A hat trick by Dave Fassbender and a six-goal second period was all Holy Name needed to blast out an 11-3 win over Perrysburg in the Sixth Annual Holy Name Hockey Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Tournament this afternoon here on the ice in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center.

In addition to moving up to the Red Division this year, Holy Name’s hockey team has set some other goals, one of which is winning this tournament, which would be a first.

Watch a few short videos of today’s Green Wave-Yellow Jackets game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


In the first five years of hosting their own tournament, the Green Wave have come close, but have yet to leave the ice at the end of the weekend seeing the trophy remain right here.

The closest the Namers have come to winning the tourney was last year and in the inaugural year (2005) when they lost in by identical 5-4 scores in the championship games to Chagrin Falls and Western Reserve, respectively.

The Green Wave got on the scoreboard early in this game, early in this tournament and early in this new hockey season when Fassbender, the team’s leading scorer last year, scored a power-play goal at 2:40 of the first period to give the Namers a 1-0 lead. Joe Meehan assisted on the goal, 45 seconds after Perrysburg was called for hooking.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Holy Name Student/Athlete Dave Fassbender from today’s Green Wave-Yellow Jackets game, by clicking and downloading


It was not long before it became a 2-0 game, Fassbender scoring again with an even-strength goal at 4:52 of the first period on a Dave Schnell assist.

After Holy Name went into a short-hand situation due to a roughing penalty, the Yellow Jackets (23-9 overall and 11-1 in the White Division of the Northwest Hockey Conference last year) sliced their deficit in half with a goal at 10:56.

That didn’t last long as the Holy Name second line went to work on offense, Steve Popovich stuffing in the lamplighter at 11:08.  The goal making it 3-1 was assisted by Ian Bruzak.

Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Holy Name Student/Athlete Steve Popovich from today’s Green Wave-Yellow Jackets game, by clicking and downloading



The Green Wave went into the short-hand again at 12:52 on a tripping penalty, but this time the special teams unit killed the disadvantage.

The third line scored its first goal of the season, an-even strength tally at 1:30 of the second period. Jamie Bucell scored the goal with assists coming from Joe Meehen and Tim Higgenbothem.

It was the Popovich line again, striking at 6:12 of the second to make it a 5-1 game. Popovich took a pass from Joe Baker right at the goal line and angled it from the side, the short line drive landing right in the corner pocket of the goal.

Before the game was half over, Fassbender had achieved his hat trick with a second-period tally coming at 7:08. Higgenbothem followed with a goal at 7:36 to make it 7-1.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Holy Name Student/Athlete Ian Bruzak from today’s Green Wave-Yellow Jackets game, by clicking and downloading 


Bruzak then attained the playmaker by assisting on Schnell’s goal at 8:31, which was followed by an unassisted tally by Baker at 9:11.

Later in the third period, Meehan achieved the playmaker as the two teams swapped goals in the first half of the period, Bucell scoring the Namer goal.  Bruzak slid one between the goalie’s skates for the 11th goal later in the final period.

The Green Wave have finished second twice, third once (2006) and fourth twice (2007, ’08).

Western Reserve repeated as champion in 2006 while the other two champions were North Olmsted two years ago and Walsh Jesuit three years ago, both with title-game wins over Perrysburg.

An ironic twist to this tourney has Bruzak playing against former teammate Beliveau Legal tomorrow night when the Namers face St. Michael out of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Bruzak and Legal were teammates in Pee Wees and Bantams in Brooklyn and slightly overlapped at Holy Name two years ago, but the former moved over when once again the Hurricanes were in jeopardy of folding (and again did not) and then last year the Legals moved back to Canada, relocating here only temporarily so Beliveau’s sister, Brittany, could swim for Jerry Holtrey at Hawken and thereby earn a scholarship to the University of Nebraska.

Bruzak had to sit out here at Holy Name two years ago because of the new state rule that allows Student/Athletes to transfer from private to public schools and have immediate eligibility but forces one transferring from public to private to red shirt for one year even if he has a 4.0 GPA.

Stephan Legal, Beliveau’s brother, and Bruzak were teammates at Brooklyn High three years ago, but Stephan transferred to Holy Name a year before Bruzak did and a year before the new rule, so he and Beliveau were teammates at Holy Name the year that Bruzak was a student but not a Student/Athlete at Holy Name because of the new rule. 

 Bowling Green is perhaps the class of the tournament this year. Between 1980 and 1999, the Bobcats won six state titles. The only team to win more is St. Edward (11), which is the alma mater of Namer Head coach Tim Sullivan.

Ledgemont boys' basketball has 

new coach; will need to use its 

size and strength to sharpen 

defense in order to turn it around 

and have winning season

Nov. 26, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


THOMPSON -- In order to improve upon its 5-17 season from a year ago, Ledgemont High’s boys’ basketball team will have to ramp up its defensive effort under new Head Coach Bruce Staley.

“Our goal is to become a fundamental basketball team,” Staley said. ”If we can accomplish this, we will be able to compete with the teams on our schedule. We do have decent size, speed, and strength.”

Staley will have to go with a lineup of returning players since he is thin on incoming Student/Athletes and JV move-ups for this season.


The Redskins will be led by three-year lettermen Jim Marcic and Shane Ritts, who are both seniors. Another senior who brings experience is two-year letterman Derek Cantrell.

Most of the rest of the group is made up of Student/Athletes who saw enough playing time last year to letter but did not have as big of roles to the team they will have this season. Among that group are seniors Curt Occionero, Zack Grabinski, and Nate Crooks;; and juniors Brad Marcic and Sam Grabinski.

Sophomore Brandon Grabinski and junior Kessler Ziegler will be new faces anticipating having an impct on the varsity program.

“We currently will have an 8-player rotation,” said Staley. ”Depth, I believe, was an issue for this team last year.”

Depth along with the other “d” (defense) were lacking on a team that gave up an average of a dozen more points than it scored.

“We allowed almost 70 points per game and averaged 57 so we need to defend better,” said Staley. “We need to minimize our turnovers, and have better possessions offensively.”

As the regular-season begins, the players have already been adjusting to the new coach.

“We’ve put in brand new systems both offensively and defensively, make the learning curve great,” Staley said. “These bys have a great attitude and with their work ethic, the combination has the team believing it can be successful.”


Solon alumna Kourtney Brown 

named MAC East Player of the 

Week for eighth time in her career

Hoban alumna Rachel Tecca 

scores career-high 30 for Zips

Wadsworth;'s Jen Uhl contributes mightily during Bee Gee's four-game win streak

Nov. 26, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Buffalo vs. Michigan, 6:15 pm
Buffalo Game Notes | Michigan Game Notes | Live Stats | Listen Live
CLEVELAND -- The Bulls will play their first ever regular season game outside of the United States as they head to Cancun, Mexico for the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic. It will be the third straight season that the Bulls have played in a Thanksgiving tournament. 

This weekend's contests will be the first ever for UB against Michigan and William & Mary. Senior Kourtney Brown was named MAC East Player of the Week for the eighth time in her career this past Monday following a weekend where she averaged 25.0 points and 14.3 rebounds over three games. Brown had a career-high 34 points against Cleveland State and she currently leads the MAC in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and offensive rebounds. Michigan is 2-2 on the season following a 63-58 victory at Indiana State on

Former Comet Kourtney Brown

Monday night. The Wolverines have three players averaging double figures led by Veronica Hicks, who is averaging 11.8 points per game. Sam Arnold and Kate Thompson are each averaging 10.0 points per game, while Jenny Ryan is adding 9.8 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game. Michigan likes to shoot from behind the arc as almost half of their shots are three pointers.

Bowling Green vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, 9 pm
Bowling Green Game Notes | Arkansas-Little Rock | Live Stats | Listen Live
The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team scored the first 13 points of the game en route to an 88-63 win over the University of Detroit Mercy Wednesday night (Nov. 24). The non-conference game was held at venerable Anderson Arena. With the win, the Falcons are 4-1 on the season.

photo by BGSU Photo Services - Brad Phalin

Wadsworth alumna Jen Uhl

BGSU has won four consecutive games. Senior Lauren Prochaska had 26 points to lead all players. Prochaska hit three-pointers to start and end the game-opening 13-0 run. Seniors Tracy Pontius and Jen Uhl joined Prochaska in double figures. Pontius scored 18 points and Uhl added 11 in the win. 

Uhl had a game-high eight rebounds as the Falcons enjoyed a 33-26 advantage on the glass. UALR enters the weekend 2-1 overall after defeating Louisiana Tech 59-55 at the Jack Stephens Center on November 19. In that game, Chastity Reed led the team in points with 21, while Asriel Rolfe recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists.

Akron vs. Georgia Southern, 5 pm
Akron Game Notes | Georgia Southern Game Notes | Live Stats | Listen Live
The University of Akron women's basketball team will have a busy holiday as it heads to Dallas, Texas, for SMU's Thanksgiving Tournament.

Current Zip/Former Knight Rachel Tecca

The Zips will face Georgia Southern Friday at 6 p.m. and either SMU or Arkansas State Saturday at 4 or 6 p.m. Rachel Tecca scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Akron to an 88-60 victory over Robert Morris last Tuesday at Rhodes Arena. Tecca converted 11-of-18 attempts from the field and 8-of-10 shots from the line to tally her first double-double of the season and fourth of her career. 

Her previous career-best in points was 26 at Bowling Green on Jan. 6, 2010, and she finished six boards shy of tying a career-high in that category tonight. Tecca also had four steals. Kara Murphy scored 17 points, Carly Young 12 and Taylor Ruper 10 for the Zips, who posted their third-straight victory and a season high in points. 



Subpages (1): B Page -- Nov. 26, 2010