A Page -- Nov. 28, 2010

Cardiac Holy Name hockey team 

comes from three goals down late

to win championship game in 

overtime over Canadian team; 

Namers win own T Day Tourney

for first time in six tries; Narowleski 

scores game winner

Nov. 28, 2010

By Norm Weber





BROOKLYN --- Holy Name’s hockey team overcame a special-teams dearth and late three-goal deficit today in the championship game of the Sixth Annual Holy Name Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Tournament here in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center, emerging with a dramatic, 7-6, overtime win over St. Michael.

The Green Wave (4-0 on the season and in the tourney) went 0-for-5 on power-play opportunities and gave up a goal when in a short-hand situation that for a short time stood as the winning goal, but the boys dug deep when it counted and set a mark for history, claiming the title for the first time for the school.

Watch videos of four of the HN goals in today’s Green Wave-Mustangs game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Twice Holy Name lost in overtime in the first five years of hosting its own tournament, but this time it took the competitive edge from a team from Niagara Falls to do it.

Ron Narowleski scored the winning goal at 3:12 of the overtime period. Joe Baker and Steve Popovich assisted.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Holy Name Student/Athlete Ron Narowleski from today’s Green Wave-Mustangs game, by clicking and downloading


The Green Wave showed great tenacity in the third period. Down 6-3, with less than a half period left to play, the Namers appeared doomed. Lo and behold, they came up with three goals in the final six and a half minutes of regulation to tie it and send it into overtime.


In fact, the three goals came in a 2:45 time span. While both Sam Pikus and Marcus Wolk bounced back in goal when it counted to make the necessary saves, it was also a combined effort on the scoring as nearly a dozen guys figured into the scoring one way or the other.

Popovich scored at 8:18 to make it 6-4. Assists came on the Polish connection of Alex Kurowski and Narowleski.

Dave Fassbender scored the fifth goal with an assist from Josh Ross at 10:20 and then the tying one came at 11:03 from Tim Higgimbotham’s stick off a pass from Jamie Bucell.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Holy Name Student/Athlete Jamie Bucell from today’s Green Wave-Mustangs game, by clicking and downloading


For the types who like offensive hockey, today’s first period, as well as the third, was one to watch as the Mustangs and Namers combined for five goals in the opening stanza as a prelude to the quintet-goal third period .


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Holy Name Student/Athlete Tim Higgimbotham from today’s Green Wave-Mustangs game, by clicking and downloading


 St. Michael, out of Niagara Falls, Ont., scored first in a 4-on-4 situation at 4:37 of the first period.  Holy Name tied it at 6:26 on a Higgimbotham goal that was assisted by Joe Meehan and Bucell.

The Mustangs pushed it up two a two-goal game, 3-1, with tallies at 8:03 and 12:11.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Holy Name Student/Athlete Joe Meehan from today’s Green Wave-Mustangs game, by clicking and downloading


An unassisted goal by Meehan at 12:44 kept it tight, 3-2, through the rest of the period. Holy Name had a power play after a tripping penalty at 9:18, but could not extract any scoring out of it.

Things settled down in the second period as both teams got more defensive and the goalies got stronger. St. Mike took another two-goal lead with a lamp lighter at 8:05 that just dribbled passed Namer goalie Sam Pikus.

The Green Wave had two power-play opportunities in the second period on a high stick at 2:44 and a hook at 10:40, but could not come through on the special teams.

Finally, they made it 4-3 at 14:07 on a Bucell goal assisted by Meehan and Higgimbotham at even-strength to once again go into an intermission down by one goal.Bowling Green won the consolation game earlier this morning with a 5-1 win over Perrysburg.

In round-robin play, Bowling Green and St. Michael both wound up with 1-1-1 records, but the latter got into the title game on the tie breaker, which was the goals against/goals differential.

Holy Name wound up 3-0 in round-robin play after beating St. Michael, 5-3, last night on the strength of a Joe Baker hat trick. Bee Gee beat Perrysburg, 4-0, last night in prelims.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Defeats Baldwin-Wallace College With Last Second Buzzer Beater by Kenston alum Chris Meyer

November 28, 2010

BEREA  –  A basket by junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) off a missed shot with less than a second left in the game gave the Hiram College men’s basketball team a thrilling 74-72 win against non-conference opponent Baldwin-Wallace College tonight (Sunday, Nov. 28) at the Rudolph Ursprung Gymansium in Berea.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 3-2 overall and the Yellow Jackets fall to 1-3 overall for the season.

Chris Meyer

B-W took control early in the first half, leading by as many as 10 points, 14-4, at the 16:01 minute mark.  Hiram then rattled off 10 straight points, capped by a layup by senior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) tying the game at 14-14 with 11:54 left to play in the period.  Following a pair of free-throws by the Yellow Jackets, the Terriers then went on another 10-0 run that ended in a dunk by Meyer, giving Hiram its first lead of the game, 24-16, with just under nine minutes left.  Hiram never trailed the remainder of the half and had a 38-33 lead at the break.

Hiram led by as many as seven points on two occassions in the second half, including a 48-41 advantage on a layup by senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) with 16:25 left in the game.  But B-W would not go away as seven straight Yellow Jacket points evened the score at 48-48 and would eventually take the lead later in the half, including boasting a six-point margin, 65-59, with 8:06 left to play.

  Hiram battled back as both teams exchanged leads in the final minutes.  Meyer gave the Terriers a 72-70 lead with 40 seconds remaining on a successful layup, but the Yellow Jackets connected on a layup of their own on their ensuing possession to knot the game at 72-72.  Meyer would again give the Terriers the lead, this time for good, on another layup off of a missed three-point attempt with less than a second remaining.  The last second shot by B-W missed its mark as Hiram went on to the 74-72 victory.

Hiram shot an impressive 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from the field, edging B-W who converted 48.0 percent (24-of-50) of its shot attempts.

The Yellow Jackets were led by Kyle Payne with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting (71.4 percent), including a perfect three-of-three from three-point range.  Chris Ameen was the only other B-W player in double figures with 11 points. 

Buchtel alum Hassan Muhammad

Hiram was led by senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) with a career-high 22 points on eight-of-12 shooting (66.7 percent).  Meyer and senior guard Deon Milton (Oxon Hill, Md./Seed Charter) both added 16 points.  Meyer’s 16 points was also a career-high in addition to grabbing a game-high seven rebounds. 

Hiram will travel to Wooster on Wednesday, Dec. 1 for a matchup against No. 6 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster in the NCAC opener.  The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

 Mount falls at the buzzer to Piedmont

November 28, 2010 

By Lenny reich

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--Piedmont (Ga.) got a 30-foot buzzer beater from Jim Skaggs to beat Mount Union, 78-77 at the Rhodes College Men's Basketball Thanksgiving Classic today in Memphis, Tenn.

Skaggs finished with a game-high 21 points as the Lions are now 3-1 on the season.

All five Mount Union (1-4) starters scored in double figures led by junior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek), who had 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting along with eight rebounds.

Senior forward Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) also had eight rebounds and 13 points while fellow senior guard Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe/Harrison Central) scored 12 points.

Falls alum Dave Pellerite

The last two double figure scorers for the Purple Raiders were junior forward Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) and freshman guard T.J. Gillespie

 (Toledo/Toledo-St. John's) each with 11 points.

The first half featured 11 lead changes and eight ties, the last of which was when Skaggs hit a layup just before haltime to knot the score at 36.

A Wood three-pointer with 9:51 to play gave Mount Union its largest lead of the game, 61-52.  Over the next nine minutes, Piedmont chipped away at the lead and tied the game at 75 on a free throw from Kyle Lundberg with 26 seconds left.

On the next possession, Wood fed Pellerite inside and he hit a layup to give the Raiders a 77-75 lead with 12 seconds left.

Avon Lake soccer team wins highest 

national academic honor 

possible; Shoregals also named 

Academic All Ohio

Nov. 28, 2010

By John Kenny

The Avon Lake Shoregals soccer team was awarded Team Academic All-America status for the 2009-2010 school year this past week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

This is the highest academic honor that high school soccer teams may receive in the country. Avon Lake
was one of only 243 teams nationwide (fewer than 5 per state) to receive the award and the team GPA was 3.93.

To qualify for the award, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year.

The Shoregals also received this award in 2008 and are on track to receive it again for the current academic year next November.
Maddie Bernard

The team was also named Academic All-Ohio for 2010 by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association.  The team Scholar-Athlete award which goes to the senior with the highest GPA was given to Alison Kenny in 2009 and Maddie Bernard for the 2010 season.
Alison Kenny

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Defeats PSU-Behrend in Come-From-Behind Win

November 28, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team outscored Penn State-Behrend, 41-32, in the second half in a come-from-behind victory against the Lions, 72-66, today (Sunday, Nov. 28) in a non-conference game and home opener at Price Gymansium.  [Game Stats]

With the win, Hiram improves to 2-0 overall and PSU-Behrend falls to 1-2 overall for the season.

Hiram scored the game’s opening basket, but was then outscored, 21-6, by Behrend to fall behind by 13 points, 21-8, with 14:09 left in the first half.  The Terriers answered with an ensuing 14-1 scoring run that ended in a jumper by sophomore guard Emily Smerchansky (Girard) to tie the game at 22-22 at the 6:59 mark.  Hiram never took the lead, but kept the game close, not allowing the deficit to grow to more than five points the rest of the way and trailed 34-31 at the intermission.

Behrend led for the majority of the second half, but could not pull away as the Hiram shooting picked up.  The Terriers took their first lead since the game’s opening bucket at the 9:06 mark thanks to a three-pointer by senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) at the 9:06 mark as part of an 8-0 run which gave the Terriers a 57-54 lead with 8:21 to go.  Hiram slowly built its lead to as many as eight points on two occassions, including a 72-64 edge with just 25 seconds left.  The Lions tallied the final points of the game, but it would be the Terriers who would come out on top with the final of 72-66.

Both teams shot well from the floor in the game with Hiram shooting 44.8 percent (26-of-58) overall, including 48.0 percent (12-of-25) in the second half, and Behrend shot 42.6 percent (26-of-61) overall.  The Terriers also out-rebounded the Lions, 40-34.

Brunswick's Kelsey Durichko (

Behrend was led by the duo of Aly Eagle and Holly Bourquin who both scored 16 points.  Bourquin also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.  Amy Oldach was the only other Lion in double figures with 10 points.

Hiram was led by Cowan who scored a game-high 21 points on seven-of-15 shooting (46.7 percent) to go along with a team-best nine boards.  It marked the second straight game that she has scored 20 or more points.  Two other Terriers scored in double digits with junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) scoring 12 points and Smerchansky added 10 points.  Durichko also tallied a game-high six assists.

Hiram with travel to Wooster on Wednesday, Dec. 1 to take on The College of Wooster in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener.  Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

West Shore area trio -- Westlake's 

Rosa LaMattina, Lakewood's Megan 

Saunders, North Olmsted's Kori

 Wiedt -- lead Mount to tourney title

November 28, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Tournament MVP Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) had 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals in leading the 11th-ranked Mount Union women's basketball team to a 68-56 win over host St. John Fisher (N.Y.) in the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa Invitational championship game today.


Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) and Megan Saunders (Lakewood/Lakewood) added 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Purple Raiders. Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) grabbed seven rebounds.


Mount Union used a pair of runs to take a 31-26 halftime lead.

Down 20-15, the Raiders scored seven straight points. Saunders put in a layup, LaMattina hit a jumper and thenTaylor Hartung (Canton/Massillon Perry) nailed a go-ahead three-pointer.


The visitors went on another seven-point stretch before the intermission. Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) and Saunders made two free throws apiece before LaMattina scored on a free throw and layup to give Mount Union a 31-24 advantage.

Led by Wiedt's seven points, the Raiders outscored St. John Fisher, 13-3, to open the second period and built a 44-29 lead with 14:38 remaining in the contest.

A three-pointer by Wiedt triggered another seven-point streak by Mount Union, which expanded the Raider advantage to 55-35.

Mount Union eventually built its lead to 68-44 before the Cardinals (1-2) scored the game's final 12 points.

LaMattina, Kilgore and Wiedt were named to the All-Tournament Team along with St. John Fisher's Colleen Maloney and Kristi Jeffres.

On Sunday, Maloney had 16 points while Jeffres contributed 12 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Cameryn Buckner added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

In the tournament's consolation game, Union (N.Y.) defeated D'Youville (N.Y.), 64-49.

The Raiders (3-0) will return to action on Wednesday when they host non-conference foe Wittenberg. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.




November 28, 2010

By Nick Minerd

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH -- Sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) scored a game-high 20 points, but the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team went scoreless for the final 8:38 en route to an 81-55 loss tonight to Bethany University (WV) in the consolation game of the John Steadman Classic hosted by John Carroll University.

With the loss, the Spartans lose their fifth straight and drop to 1-5 overall. With their win, the Bisons improve to 3-3.

Bethany opened the game on an 8-1 run ending in a British Alexander layup at 17:00. The Spartans answered with a 12-4 run and led 13-11 when senior wing Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward) completed a three-point play at 14:25. The score tied four times during the next 5:55, including at 20-20 when Fowler scored on a layup at 8:30.

The Spartans then scored five more to build their largest lead of the game, at 25-20, when freshman point guard Mike Byrne (Newton, PA/Holy Ghost) connected on a three-pointer at 6:18. Undaunted, the Bisons scored 11 straight to lead 31-25 when Dustin Opalka hit a triple with 2:45 left in the half. The lead grew to eight, at 35-27, when Brady Pacific hit a layup with 43 seconds left on the clock.

In the second half, Case got to within two, at 37-35, when Fowler hit a three at 16:37. Bethany quickly rebuilt its advantage to 10, at 47-37, on a James Barton triple at 14:29. The Spartans made one last rally and cut their deficit to four, at 59-55, when freshman guard Tim Chung (Cypress, CA/Los Alamitos) hit one of his game-high four three-pointers with 8:38 left to play.

However, the Bisons scored 22 straight and did not allow another Spartan point for the duration of the game.

Fowler led all scorers with 20 points and was 6-of-8 shooting from the field.  Chung scored 15 and Anderson totaled seven points, seven rebounds and three assists on his way to earning all-tournament team honors.

Mercyhurst moves to third round of Div. II NCAA 

football playoffs

ERIE, Pa. – Mercyhurst College quarterback Travis Rearick threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another as the 11th-ranked Lakers downed No. 20 Bloomsburg, 28-14, in the second round of the NCAA II Football Championship.

About 1/3 of the Laker team is made up of Cleveland area Student/Athletes.

Seeded second in Super Region One, the Lakers (10-2) will now host fourth-seeded Shepherd on Saturday, Dec. 4. The Rams upset top-seeded Kutztown, 41-34. Kickoff and ticket information for the regional championship will be announced later this week.

In a rematch of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship game that the Lakers won by a 56-37 count, the Lakers ended Bloomsburg's (10-3) season and held the Huskies to their lowest point of the season.