A Page -- Nov. 29, 2010

Glenville alum Terrance Owens 

named Offensive Player of the Week 

in the MAC West; Kent's Mixon gets 

defensive award in the East

Nov. 29, 2010

By Ken Mather

CLEVELAND -- Glenville alumnus Terrance Owens was named  the Cleveland-based Mid-American Conference West Division Football Offensive Player of the Week,  the league officers here stated today.

West Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Toledo QB Terrance Owens

Freshman quarterback Terrance Owens (Cleveland, Ohio) completed 24-of-32 passes for a career-high 304 yards and three touchdowns to lead Toledo over Central Michigan, 42-31. Making his third career start, Owens set career highs in completions (24) and passing yards (304). 


Owens connected with Kenny Stafford on a 75-yard touchdown pass only 1:21 into the contest for the quickest score this season for the Rockets.  Owens also caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Eric Page in the fourth quarter.

East Division

Defensive Player of the Week:  Kent State LB Cobrani Mixon

Senior linebacker Cobrani Mixon (Cincinnati, Ohio) had an impressive all-around performance as the Flashes held Ohio without an offensive touchdown for the second year in a row in a 28-6 win.  Mixon tallied eight tackles, one sack, one and one-half tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, two pass break-ups and a hurry in his final game.

His sack came in the first quarter when his hit on Boo Jackson in the end zone forced a fumble that was recovered for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, he fell on a Jackson fumble at the Ohio 16 that led to the game's final touchdown just two plays later.




Brunswick product Kyle Payne

Brunswick native Kyle Payne named 

OAC Men's Basketball Player of the 

Week; B-W freshman averaged 22.5 

points per game on the week

Nov. 29, 2010

By Jeff Miller

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College freshman Kyle Payne (Brunswick) is this week’s (November 29, 2010) Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his efforts last week in games against Geneva College of Pennsylvania November 23 and versus Hiram College on Nov. 28.

Payne scored 45 points to average 22.5 points-per-game, grabbed six rebounds and made one steal in 54 minutes of action. He made 17 of 23 field goal attempts for 70.8 percent, including 6-of-8 three-pointers (75%) and 5-of-6 foul shots (83.3%).  He had a then career-high 20 points against Geneva and reset that mark with a career-high 25 markers versus Hiram.

Payne and the Yellow Jacket men’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday, December 1 when they host OAC-rival Heidelberg University in the 2010-11 OAC opener in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center at 7:30 p.m.

Gilmour alumna Melanie Frank 

helps Emory to 26th at NCAA 


Nov. 29, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Site: www.studentathletecleveland.com

Sophomore Melanie Frank, a Gilmour Academy alumna, helped Emory University to a 26th-place finish at the NCAA Division IIII National Cross Country Championships.


Frank helped the Georgia college by coming in as the team’s third scorer in the race, finishing 123rd overall. She finished in 22:56.7. Frank qualified with her team to nationals last year as well when the meet was held here in Cleveland and hosted by B-W.

She finished 27th to help the Eagles to a fifth-place finish in the University Athletic Association race.

The psychology major hails from Novelty and was on an Academic All Ohio team at Gilmour. Frank was the Eagles third runner in at most races this fall. The team was also ranked around 26th most of the campaign as well.

Second-Half Flurry Falls Short
Nov. 29, 2010
By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team trailed by as many as 31 points in the first half, and despite a gutsy second-half comeback, the Yeomen still fell to visiting Waynesburg University 89-70 on tonight. 

After having no player over seven points in the opening half, Oberlin (1-3) finished with three double-digit scorers. Pat Bernhard and Andrew Foxspearheaded the Yeomen comeback as they finished with 19 points each. After going 0-for-4 from 3-point land in the first 20 minutes, Bernhard cashed in 4-of-5 triple tries in the second session. Josh Merritt also added 15 points and a game-high six assists in the loss.




Westlake High alumna, Mount Union 

guard Rosa LaMattina named OAC 

Basketball Player of the Week 

November 29, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union sophomore guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week today.

Rosa LaMattina

Over the weekend, LaMattina led the Purple Raiders to the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa Invitational championship at St. John Fisher (N.Y.).

During two wins, LaMattina averaged 15.5 points and eight rebounds. She shot 52.4 percent (11 of 21) from the field and 50.0 percent (5 of 10) from 3-point range.

Mount Union (3-0) defeated Union (N.Y.), 61-49, and St. John Fisher, 68-56.

Nine Gilmour Student/Athletes 

receive special Lancer Award; 

distinguished honor recognizes dual 

excellence in academics and athletics

By Kristy Booher

GATES MILLS – Nov. 29, 2010: Three times a year, the Gilmour Academy department of athletics honors Student/Athletes with the coveted Lancer Award, given to one honoree per varsity team for excellence not only in his or her given sport, but also within the classroom and the community.  Leadership, character and selflessness also factor in to the selection process. 

The fall 2010 award recipients were recently announced at the fall sports awards evening and a total of nine individuals were named, including seniors Brittany Link (volleyball), Greg Calabrese (golf), Matt Pestotnik(boys soccer), Caitlin Brett (girls soccer), John Harper (football), Kevin Vargo (boys cross country), Ali Lencewicz(cheerleading - football) and juniors Danielle Lawrence (girls tennis) and Rachel Staton (girls cross country).


Link, a Brown recruit from Hinckley, helped lead the Lancer volleyball program to a Division III State runner-up title this season.  She was a Division III All-Ohio First-Team selection.  Link led the team in assists and kills, while ranking in the top three in blocks, digs and aces.


“She was the best and brightest player on the team,” said head coach Kelly Coughlin.  “She led our team both on and off the court and was the leader our team needed to get to the state finals.  She was one of the best players in the state of Ohio no matter the division.”


Calabrese, a Gates Mills resident, was the No. 2 golfer on this season’s Division III State championship team.  He was the individual medalist in dual meets against Lake Catholic and Kirtland, helping the Lancers remain undefeated in match play during the regular season.


“Greg continually worked to improve his game while contributing regularly to the team’s success,” said head coach Charlie Tremont.  “He provided leadership and assistance to the younger members of the team.  He always demonstrated good sportsmanship and represented the team well in public.”


Pestotnik, who resides in Highland Heights, helped the boys soccer team reach the district semifinals after earning a sectional championship.  The defender served as a co-captain and was a two-time Division III All-Greater Cleveland First-Team honoree.


“He sacrificed personal goals for team unity and strength,” said head coach Rob Norris.  “He excelled as a captain, interacting with his coaches and teammates with equal respect and enthusiasm.  His playing experience and knowledge were key factors in our success and this award is in recognition of his growth as not only a young man, but also as a Gilmour student and as a true soccer player.”


Brett, a co-captain from Chardon, suffered what for some would be considered a season-ending injury when she broke her collarbone in the sixth game of the season.  Brett was cleared to play a couple days after the team’s final game of the regular season and worked her way back into condition to be able to play in all three games of the postseason.  She helped the Lancers earn a sectional championship and move into the district semifinals.


“She is arguably the best defender on the team,” said head coach Joe Ciuni.  “She is a solid defender who was excellent in the air with defensive head balls.  We called upon her to man-mark the opponents’ best offensive player.  After her injury, she never missed a practice or game.  She was there with her teammates, listening to coaches and continuing to learn while offering her teammates encouragement.”


Harper, a resident of Lyndhurst, was the football team’s leading scorer three consecutive seasons, as well as the leading tackler two years in a row.  This season, he was voted as a team captain by his teammates.


“He has been a leader by example and has always set the standard of excellence and effort,” said head coach Matt Simon.  “He played hurt with a broken finger and never made an excuse for a failure.  John is what we aspire all our athletes to be – morally correct, committed, determined, giving and forever for team.”


Vargo, who resides in Pepper Pike, served as a team captain and was one of the top runners for the Lancer boys cross country team.


“He was a tremendous role model for a young team,” said head coach Matt Lindley.  “He really invested himself in the success of the team whether in meets or workouts.  Our team would not have had the success we had without him.”


Lencewicz, a Gates Mills resident, was a captain of the Lancer football cheerleading squad.


“She received this award because of her commitment to the sport, as well as the team and the school,” said head coach Patti Strano.  “She worked hard at helping the team be the best it could be both at practices and many times on her own time.  She’s motivated and focused on details and always gave 100 percent.”


Lawrence, who resides in Chagrin Falls, played court one singles for the Lancers and according to head coach Cyndi Smith, “played against some of the toughest opponents in Gilmour’s history.”  This included last year’s Division I and II state champions.  She competed unseeded at the sectional tournament and took out the third and fourth seeds in order to advance to district play.


“She portrayed incredible sportsmanship on the court and frequently was complimented by her opposition,” said Smith. “She was always supportive of her teammates and remained positive both on and off the court.”


Rounding out the list of award recipients is Staton from Eastlake.  She served as one of the captains on the girls cross country team, which finished ninth in the state.


“She is one of the hardest workers on the team,” said Lindley.  “She was a friend to all and she helped build a team chemistry that was the best I’ve had in my 14 years at the helm.  The team had a lot of ups and downs with injury and illness, but she helped keep the team together and focused on our goal of making the state championship.”

Vikings go on road after tonight

Nov. 29, 2010

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State continues its five games in 11 days stretch when the Vikings close this brief two-game home stand when the Vikings host Robert Morris on Monday, Nov. 29 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.

With a rare 6:00 p.m. mid-week start, the game will feature a special Business After Hours session at Hoopy Hour, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the north concourse.

The Vikings carry a school-record 7-0 mark into the contest after upending St. Bonaventure, 69-51, on Saturday night.  Robert Morris carries a 2-2 record into the contest that includes home wins over St. Peter's (55-30) and Duquesne (69-63) and road losses at Kent State (62-59) and Pitt (74-53). 



Painesville's Dan Shafer has emerged 

as one of top three runners at Wright 

State as a freshman collegian

Nov. 29, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Riverside alumnus Dan Shafer helped Wright State’s men’s cross country team finish sixth in the Horizon League Championships and 27th in the Great Lake NCAA Division I Regional Championships.

Dan Shafer


The Painesville native finished 24th overall and second on the team at the Horizon race and 145th and third on the team at the regional, as only a freshman collegiate runner..

He also finished 48th and second on the team in the Falcon Invite at Bowling Green to end the regular season.



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