A Page -- Nov. 27, 2011 -- AM Edition

Mount Union advances to third round of playoffs

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- No. 2 ranked Mount Union defeated No. 25 ranked Centre (Ky.) 30-10 in the second round of the NCAA Football Playoffs Saturday at Mount Union Stadium.

The Purple Raiders (12-0) make their 20th straight trip to the quarterfinal round where they will host No. 9 ranked Wabash (12-0) next Saturday, Dec. 3 at noon at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Junior running back Blair Skilliter (Curtice/Genoa) came off the bench and rushed for a career-high 78 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown, junior fullback Jake Simon (Parma/Holy Name) also rushed for a score and junior quarterback Matt Piloto (Rotonda West, Fla./Lemon Bay) threw for two scores to lead the Mount Union offense.

Holy Name's Jake Simon

Junior defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) had a season-best 12 tackles along with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble to lead the Mount Union defense which held Centre to its lowest scoring and fewest yards this season.

Junior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) returned after missing the last four game and went over a defender to catch an 11-yard touchdown pass that capped a 97-yard scoring drive and gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Mount Union extended the lead to 14-0 on a Skilliter two-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter.  On the very next drive, Centre pinned inside its own 10-yard line was called for a holding penalty in the end zone which resulted in a safety and made the score 16-0.

Centre (9-2) got on the board just before halftime as Jordan Gay kicked a 47-yard field goal as the score was 16-3 heading to the lockers.

The Colonols took the opening possesion of the second half 63 yards on seven plays and quarterback Tyler Osterman hit brother Jason Osterman on a 17-yard touchdown pass to get within six points, 16-10.

The Raiders then answered with an impressive seven-play, 80-yard drive that saw Piloto complete a 37 yard pass to senior A.J. Claycomb (Medina/Medina) and a 22-yarder for a score to senior Brandon Brown(Merrillville, Ind./Cincinnati Harmony Prep) that ended the third quarter with a 23-10 lead.

Mount Union put the game away with just under three minutes left as Simon ran in from seven yards out for the 30-10 final.

Cleveland State men lose for the first time this 


KINGSTON, R.I. - Cleveland State was handed its first defeat of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling to Hofstra, 63-53 in a Sub-Regional Round game of the Ticket City Legends Classic at the Thomas M. Ryan Center.

The Vikings fall to 5-1, while Hofstra improves to 3-3.

Jeremy Montgomery led CSU with 12 points, while D'Aundray Brown scored 10 and Aaron Pogue finished with nine.

"We came out mentally ready to play, but were not physically ready," head coach Gary Waters said. "You need to have both of those going for you in order to have success. We were out-rebounded by 19 rebounds today and didn't do a very good job on the glass or being physical. 



"We also need to play without committing as many fouls as we're committing. That's hindering some of the progress we need to be making and that's one of the things this team will work on and get better at. And with all the fouls we've had, it forces us to change up our defense, but we'll learn from this experience and move forward."

Hofstra used a strong run midway through the second half to take control of the game. With the score tied at 29-29 at the half after a Montgomery three-pointer right before the buzzer, CSU took its largest lead of the game (42-37) on a Brown up-and-under reverse layup with 13:48 left.

However, a 14-2 spurt over the next four minutes gave Hofstra a 51-44 lead and the Vikings could not get it under five the rest of the way.

The first half was a back and forth affair with seven ties, the last one coming on Montgomery's three-pointer and neither team led by more than four points in the first stanza.

For the second straight day, CSU fell victim to fouls as the Vikings were whistled for 29 fouls. The Pride took advantage, hitting 20-of-31 from the free throw line.

CSU was just 7-for-11.

Hofstra also dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Vikings, 38-19, including 12 on the offensive end. Two of those came on one possession in the final three minutes that allowed Hofstra to kill more than 90 seconds off the clock. The offensive rebounds also led to 15 second chance points.

Dwan McMillan and Stephen Nwaukoni each had 12 points to lead Hofstra, while Nathaniel Lester and Stevie Mejia had 10 each.

The Vikings held Mike Moore in check as he finished with just five points. He came in averaging more than 20 per game.

The Vikings conclude play in the Ticket City Legends Classic on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. when CSU plays host 
Rhode Island.

Wright State Women Fall at Missouri

The Wright State women's basketball team hung close with Missouri for the first 26 minutes before the Tigers pulled away for a 92-62 win Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

The score was tied three times in the first half, the final time at 15 on two Sarah Hunter free throws at the 11:08 mark, before Missouri used a 15-5 run to go up 30-20 with 5:11 remaining in the period.  The margin was 12 until Molly Fox closed out the half with a layup and two foul shots to make it 37-29 at the break.

Missouri shot 43 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes compared to 29 percent for WSU, but the Raiders countered by hitting nine of 13 free throws while the Tigers were just two for two.

Another Fox basket made it 47-40 with 14:27 to play, but Missouri followed with nine unanswered points to break the game open.  Wright State would get no closer than 14 the rest of the way.

The Tigers shot 54 percent in the second half to finish at 49 percent overall, including 13 of 26 from three-point range, while the Raiders shot 33 percent for the contest, six for 18 from behind the arc.  Missouri also led 38-22 in points in the paint.

Kim Demmings led WSU with 17 points while Fox had a near double-double of 14 points and nine rebounds and Courtney Boyd chipped in 11.

Christine Flores paced all scorers with 26 for Missouri (5-0), 22 of those coming after halftime, while BreAnna Brock posted a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Wright State (3-1) continues its five-game road swing on Wednesday, November 30, as the Raiders visit Buffalo in a rematch of last year's first round game of the Women's Basketball Invitational.  Game time is noon.

Second Half Rally Gives Hiram College Women’s Basketball Win Against Westminster 

(Pa.) College


November 26, 2011


HIRAM, OHIO – The Hiram College women’s basketball team outscored Westminster (Pa.) College, 36-25, in the second half to capture a 65-55 victory against the Titans today (Saturday, Nov. 26) in a non-conference game and home opener at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]


The Terriers improve to 2-2 overall for the season and the Titans fall to 0-4 overall.


Both teams started off slow to begin the game, but Hiram would build a 10-4 advantage at the 13:02 minute mark thanks to a jumper by junior forward Amanda Petrusky (Parma/Valley Forge). Westminster battled back and the two teams would go back-and-fourth the remainder of the period as the half featured six ties and four lead changes. Trailing by six points following the Petrusky bucket, the Titans responded with an 11-1 scoring run to grab a four-point lead, 15-11, with 9:48 left before halftime. Neither team trailed by more than four points in the final minutes and it was Westminster who would take a slim 30-29 margin into the locker rooms.

In the second half, Westminster looked to take control outscoring Hiram, 13-7, to begin the period and record its largest lead of the game of seven points, 43-36, with 16:00 left. Hiram pulled to within a point on an ensuing 6-0 run that ended in a basket by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) making the score 43-42 with 12:59 left to play. The Titans quickly went up by six-points, but the Terriers rallied again as momentum shifted thanks to a 21-5 run in the final 11:16 that included a game-high 11-point lead, 64-55, with a pair of free-throws by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 24 seconds to go. Following a bucket by the Titans on their ensuing possession, Hiram tallied the final points of the contest en route to the 65-55 final.


Westminster had two players score in double-figures led by Emily Dolsak’s 12 points on four-of-seven shooting (57.1 percent). Gabby Holko was second in scoring with 10 points. In addition, Andi Ridge recorded a game-high 13 rebounds.


Hiram was led by Shields with a game-high 15 points on five-of-11 shooting (45.5 percent), with 12 of her points coming in the first half. She also posted seven rebounds. Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) was the only other Terrier in double-digits with 12 points to go along with six rebounds and a game-high eight assists.


Hiram will look to keep momentum going when it hosts Thiel (Pa.) College tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 27) in a non-conference matchup at Price Gym. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.



Westlake's Rosa LaMattina earns MVP as 

Mount wins M tourney and stays unbeaten

Alliance, Ohio—The No. 13 ranked Mount Union women's basketball team defended its home court with a 76-53 victory over Manchester (Ind.) in the championship game of the M Club Shootout. The Purple Raiders (5-0) remain undefeated and extend their regular season winning streak over non-conference opponents to 21 games.

Manchester took an early 6-5 lead, but the 22-4 Mount Union run that ensued allowed the Raiders to lead 37-21 at halftime. Junior Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake), who was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player, scored seven points and senior Erin Schmidt (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) scored five points during the run.


LaMattina (L), Allen (R)

LaMattina scored 17 points to go with three rebounds, four assists, four steals, and three three-pointers on the night. Senior Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) led all scorers with 19 points.

Junior Tierney Allen (Alliance/Alliance) scored four points, grabbed six rebounds, had three assists and had five steals on her way to also earning all-tournament honors for the Raiders. Allen scored a team-best 13 points in a rout of Allegheny on Friday night.

Erynn Meiklejohn and Becki Lowden were named to the all-tournament team for Manchester. Meiklejohn scored a team-best 12 points against Mount Union and had eight points and nine rebounds Friday againstWaynesburg. Lowden scored a team-best 10 points against Waynesburg and had two points against Mount Union.

In the consolation game, Allegheny defeated Waynesburg, 86-76. Heidi Goeller (24 points, 18 rebounds), Erica Restich (24 points), and Daryl Ford (20 points) paced Allegheny. For Waynesburg, Jessi Drayer scored a game-high 28 points.

Mount Union travel to Otterbein next Saturday to open Ohio Athletic Conference play.

2011 Mount Union Invitational All-Tournament Team
Player   School   Pos.   Year
Rosa LaMattina   Mount Union   G   Jr.
Tierney Allen   Mount Union   G   Jr.
Erynn Meiklejohn   Manchester   G   Jr.
Becki Lowden   Manchester   F   Sr.
Jessi Drayer   Waynesburg   G   Jr.
Heidi Geller   Allegehny   F   Jr.
MVP: Rosa LaMattina, Mount Union  


St. Ignatius in state title football game for the 

12th time since 1988; Wildcats hand Whitmer 

first loss of season and thereby sudden 


MANSFIELD -- St. Ignatius advanced to the state title game in the big-school division with Saturday night’s 17-6win over Whitmer in the semis here.

St. Ignatius took a 10-0 lead in the first half with both scores coming off drives with turnovers forced by the Wildcat defense.

Chad Aerni’s second interception in as many weeks and first of two in the half led to the game’s first score.

Aerni’s long return put the ball at the Whitmer 21-yard line. Two pays later, Eric Williams threw 18 yards to Conor Hennessey for the touchdown with 9:34 to go. Tim Shenk’s extra point made it 7-0.

Rustom Khouri’s fumble recovery in the second quarter brought to 32 the number of times the Wildcats had taken the ball away from opponents’ offenses this season and resulted in the second score of the night.

Shenk banged home a 51-yard field goal to make it 10-0. It was the third field goal of 50 yards or more of Shenk’s high school career.

Also in the first half, Aerni had a second interception and Tom Fanning also picked a Panther pass.

The last time St. Ignatius lost a game after leading 10-0 was when they dropped a 29-26 decision to Massillon in 2005.

The Wildcats gave up a TD to start the third quarter, making a 10-6 game.

Williams’ 21st TD pass and second of the game was a Hatfield-crushing special, a 13 yarder to Tim McCoy that gave the Wildcats another 10-point lead. Shenk’s conversion upon McCoy’s fifth TD of the season made it 17-6 midway through the third quarter.

In the second half, Whitmer was successful on a fake punt, but later also went for it on fourth down in its own territory with nine minutes to go in the game and the St. Ignatius defense held.

Since 1988 (and ever for that matter), St. Ignatius has played in 14 state semifinal games and now have been successful in making it to the title game a dozen times in those 14 tries.

Spartan Women Fall to Kenyon on Opening Day of UAA/NCAC Challenge

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Senior forward Chelsea Peck (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) totaled career-highs of 14 points and nine rebounds, but the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team dropped a back-and-forth battle with visiting Kenyon College by a score of 68-63 on Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the 2011 University Athletic Association/North Coast Athletic Conference Challenge at Horsburgh Gymnasium.


The Spartans drop to 2-3 on the young season and will look to right the ship tomorrow afternoon versus No. 12/16 nationally-ranked Denison University at 4:00 p.m. Kenyon improves to 3-2 and will play at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday versus Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.).

In addition to Peck's near double-double, junior guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) totaled 15 points, six rebounds and four assists, while senior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) added 13 points and five boards.

Morgan Korinek led Kenyon with a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds.

The first half saw nine lead changes and three ties, with Case holding the advantage for a majority of the period. The Spartans moved ahead 18-12 at the 9:47 mark when freshman guard Amanda Germer (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) hit a layup to put her team ahead by six. Kenyon came back with a 7-0 run and led 19-18 when Kayla Ernst scored on a layup with 8:03 left before the break. The Ladies' lead grew to five, at 25-20, as Lauren Kriete canned a three-pointer at 5:45, but the Spartans were able to end the half on a 7-2 run with Hollinger hitting a pair of free throws in the final seconds.

In the second half, each side took several turns with the lead before Kenyon moved ahead by one, 45-44, with a pair of Ernst free throws at 10:41. The Ladies then outscored the Spartans 6-2 over the next 2:07 and led 51-46 when Autumn Anderson hit a layup with 8:34 remaining. Case trimmed its deficit to one on a pair of occasions, the second coming with a Hollinger jumper that brought the score to 55-54 with 5:28 left to play. However, Kenyon was able to outscore the Spartans 13-9 the rest of the way to secure its third victory of the season.

Following tomorrow's UAA/NCAC Challenge finale versus Denison, the Spartans are right back in action at home on Wednesday, November 30 versus local-rival John Carroll University at 6:00 p.m.

 Hiram College Men’s Basketball Falls Short of Bluffton University


November 26, 2011


BLUFFTON, OHIO – Senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) scored a career-high 23 points, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College men’s basketball team fell to Bluffton University, 73-68, today (Saturday, Nov. 26) in a non-conference game in Bluffton. [Game Stats]


With the loss, Hiram is now 2-1 overall and Bluffton improves to 4-0 overall for the season.


Hiram led for the majority of the first half, including what would turn out to be a game-high lead of 12 points on two occassions with the last one being an 18-6 advantage thanks to a jumper by Wiegand at the 14:53 minute mark. Bluffton later took the lead on a 14-0 scoring run that spanned 7:43 and gave the Beavers a 24-20 margin with 4:37 left in the period. Bluffton never trailed in the game again and had a 33-26 advantage at halftime.


In the second half, the Terriers battled back to make it a one-possession game on numerous occassions, including pulling to within a point, 65-64, with 3:29 left to play on a fastbreak dunk by senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush). But Hiram could not take the lead as missed shots by the Terriers down the stretch forced Hiram to foul and allowed Bluffton to build its lead back up with successful free-throws as the Beavers went on to claim a 73-68 victory.


Both teams shot well from the floor with the edge going in favor of Bluffton who converted 44.4 percent (24-of-54) of its attempts. Hiram finished the game shooting 42.6 percent (26-of-61) from the field.


The Beavers were led by Mychal Hill with 17 points on four-of-10 shooting (40.0 percent), including four-of-eight (50.0 percent) from three-point range. Brent Farley and Nick Lee were tied for second in scoring with 12 points each. Rounding out the high scorers for Bluffton was Dustin Kinn with 11 points.


Hiram was led in scoring by Wiegand’s game and career-high 23 points on eight-of-14 shooting (57.1 percent). He also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Three other Terriers scored in double-figures with sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) scoring 14 points, while Watkins had 12 points and junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) added 10 points.