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Coach Waters at today's press meeting

CSU men's basketball team to engage in early segment of Horizon League season after rising to upper echelon in Legends Classic

After going 2-1 in the Ticket City Legends Classic over the weekend and taking second place in the tournament to Vanderbilt, Cleveland State’s men’s basketball team will begin the early part of its Horizon League schedule this week against Wright State and Detroit.

The Vikings (7-1) were able to get wins over Boston U. and host Rhode Island with a foul-ridden loss to Hofstra sandwiched between the two W’s. Vanderbilt, a team CSU clubbed in an earlier portion of the tournament series, wound up winning the Legends tourney through some queer twist in the rules.

One big side story that came out of the trip Back East this weekend was the play of Aaron Pogue, who has been more known for his defense and rebounding than his scoring, poured in 20 points against the team from the smallest geographical state in the union.

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Vikings Coach Gary Waters said he has been trying to get Pogue to do three things: 1) get more aggressive offensively, 2) rebound on both ends of the floor and 3) avoid doing anything silly such as picking up non-sensible fouls.

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Pogue, who has gone from 311 pounds when he first came to camp as a freshman to 261 pounds now, had only two fouls against RI after nearly getting nearly double figures in rebounds and no points a couple days earlier.

Waters said three things were learned from the loss on Saturday, which all went into affect Sunday. They had 1) more accountability, 2) rebounded better and 3) made better decisions.

Grady (L), Pogue (R)

More points will come from the bench when those who are non starters begin playing more minutes, Water said, but added that he has been happy with the play of Cleveland Central Catholic alumnus Anton Grady, the Division III Player of the Year in Ohio last season.

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Grady has averaged seven and half points and five redounds a game win his 20 minutes a game of being off the pines.

Rogers (Mentor) and Wagers (Stow) Power Perfect Storm to 5-0

Stephanie Rogers had her third straight double-double and Alyssa Wagers just missed one of her own in Lake Erie’s 83-54 win over Wheeling Jesuit


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Another big night from senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) and another dominant defensive effort propelled the Lake Erie College women’s basketball team to its fifth straight victory, an 83-54 win over visiting Wheeling Jesuit University on Tuesday night (Nov. 29) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.

Rogers (L), Wagers (R)

Rogers notched her third straight double-double as the Storm moved to 5-0 for the first time in school history. She scored a career-high 29 points and a grabbed season-high 15 rebounds, one shy of her career best.  Wagers added 18 points and nine rebounds.

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Lake Erie led by just two, 17-15, midway through the first half but then went on a 14-1 run to begin to pull away. Six different players scored during the spurt.  The Storm led by 18 at the break, 38-20.

An 11-5 run to start the second half effectively put the game away.  Wheeling Jesuit (1-3) never got closer than 18 during the final 20 minutes.

In addition to Rogers and Wagers, Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) chipped in with 10 points, her fifth straight game in double figures.

As a team, the Storm shot 42.9% from the floor, despite an off night from outside (just 3-of-18 from three-point range).  Lake Erie held the Cardinals to 35.2% (19-of-54) and forced 23 turnovers.

Rogers also had four blocks and was one of three players with three of more steals.  She went nine-of-11 from the foul line. As a team, LEC was 20-of-28 from the charity stripe, compared to just 12-of-24 for Wheeling Jesuit.

Emily Robinson led the Cardinals, who lost their third straight, with 16 points.  Lucy DeFruscio had 13.  Cassy Sanderson, who came into the game averaging 21 points per game, was held to just six points on two-of-10 shooting.

The Storm puts its perfect record on the line Thursday night, Dec. 1, when it opens Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play at home against Wayne State University. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader with the Storm men’s team.


Newspaper Box Score


11/29/11 6 PM at Osborne Center - Painesville, Ohio



Emily Robinson 6-14 3-6 16; Lucy DeFruscio 5-12 0-0 13; Erica Schultz 3-8

3-4 9; Cassy Sanderson 2-10 2-2 6; Alex Anderson 2-6 0-2 4; Kelsey Pacholke

1-1 1-2 3; Farryn Jones 0-0 3-6 3; Taneka Lewis 0-3 0-2 0. Totals 19-54

12-24 54.


Stephanie Rogers 10-15 9-11 29; Alyssa Wagers 6-8 6-7 18; Jen Caiola 3-12

3-4 10; Chrissy Delaney 2-4 1-2 6; Allison Pavkov 3-8 0-0 6; Cate Cianchetti

2-5 0-0 5; Britt Busson 2-9 0-0 4; Chloe Irish 1-2 0-2 2; Taylor Rogers 1-3

0-0 2; Brittany Zele 0-2 1-2 1; Sarah Wojciechowski 0-1 0-0 0; Jackie Murray

0-1 0-0 0; Kiarra Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-70 20-28 83.


Wheeling Jesuit Univ..........   20   34  -   54

Lake Erie College.............   38   45  -   83


3-point goals--Wheeling Jesuit Univ 4-15 (Lucy DeFruscio 3-7; Emily Robinson

1-5; Cassy Sanderson 0-2; Taneka Lewis 0-1), Lake Erie College 3-18 (Jen

Caiola 1-7; Cate Cianchetti 1-4; Chrissy Delaney 1-1; Britt Busson 0-4;

Sarah Wojciechowski 0-1; Jackie Murray 0-1). Fouled out--Wheeling Jesuit

Univ-None, Lake Erie College-None. Rebounds--Wheeling Jesuit Univ 35 (Alex

Anderson 9), Lake Erie College 50 (Stephanie Rogers 15). Assists--Wheeling

Jesuit Univ 8 (Emily Robinson 4), Lake Erie College 17 (Taylor Rogers 4).

Total fouls--Wheeling Jesuit Univ 21, Lake Erie College 21. Technical

fouls--Wheeling Jesuit Univ-None, Lake Erie College-None. A-207


Lake Erie 5-0 for first time in school history

Oberlin Alumni Profile: Christopher Sanders, Class of 2008

A former Lacrosse standout for the Yeomen, Christopher 

Sanders lets us in on what he remembers most about wearing 

the Crimson and Gold, and what life is like after Oberlin

Name: Christopher Sanders
Graduation Year: 2008
Major at Oberlin: Politics
Sport(s) Played at Oberlin: Lacrosse
Current Occupation: Law Student at Seattle University

How has being a student-athlete at Oberlin prepared you for life after college?

Life at Oberlin was one of the more valuable experiences I’ve had thus far, and the reason why has little to do with my sport itself. Although it was great to have lacrosse woven into my everyday routine at Oberlin, the people that I met by playing a sport at Oberlin helped prepare me the most for post-college life. Don’t get me wrong, the daily stresses of having to balance lacrosse and lacrosse-related activities with schoolwork, friends, family time and life still helped prepare me for post-college life and for law school. It was however the life skills associated with meeting, playing with, and ultimately befriending the diverse group of Oberlin’s student-athletes that has prepared me the most for life after college.

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When I arrived at Oberlin as a freshman in 2004 I was not much of a “people person.” To put it kindly, I had trouble relating to other people’s experiences; they were not my own. As I met my teammates, and other student athletes, I slowly began to learn that connecting with people from other walks of life wasn’t so foreign. At the time I was there, we had guys coming from Connecticut, Georgia, California, and points in between. They came from private schools and from public schools. They came from big lacrosse programs and while others had to build their high school teams from ground up. I met lacrosse players and other student-athletes from rural America, from urban America, and from suburban America. There were student-athletes of every race, political persuasion and each with their own sense of humor. Figuring out what seemed like a major the quandary at the time – how to connect with all of these people and make it work, actually turned out to be an important battle for me. Although these basic “people skills” are something that I still work on, the environment that Oberlin Athletics fostered gave me the baseline skills that I needed to succeed in career fields that depend on those skills.

What message would you give to current student-athletes at Oberlin?

Don’t take your time there for granted. The ability to play ball (or run, or swim) competitively everyday in a beautiful Ohio countryside is something that I’ll never be able to do again.

What is your hope for the future of Oberlin Athletics?

I hope Oberlin finds a way to duplicate it’s academic and artistic might into it’s athletic program. There’s no reason why Oberlin can’t be a top DIII school in all three categories. In my opinion, having a strong and successful athletic program can only add to the legendary place that is Oberlin College.

What is your favorite memory of being a student-athlete at Oberlin?

I’d definitely have to say that the annual or biannual men’s & women’s joint lacrosse game was a favorite pastime of mine. I hope the current crop of student-athletes are still doing it, because it was amazing.

Second memory really quickly: George “Moose” Terry. That guy is a legend. Even though he was not a big stat guy,  he embodied Oberlin lacrosse everyday.

Describe the relationship you had with your coach

The funny part about all of this is that during my time at Oberlin my relationship with Coach Walz was up and down. I could never quite figure him out and vice-versa. I think this goes into the whole people-skills issue I was having at the time. As time goes on and the years start to blur I still wouldn’t have any other coach. We all had opinions about how we could do this or that differently, but one thing was never up in the air – Coach Walz believed in the program and his student-athletes. Coach Walz was a big, if not the only reason, I was able to come to Oberlin in the first place.

Why do you feel it is important to stay connected to the college and the athletics department?

The hours I spent in the field house and on the field with my teammates is something that I will never forget. The connection I built with them and the school is something that will never go away.

What was your favorite spot to hang out at when you were on campus?

Wilder Bowl.

If you could be Athletics Director for a day, what would you do?

Find more innovative ways to incorporate athletics and the student-athletes into the rest of the student body. I think that a good first step has been giving the club-teams some of the benefits like access to the Oberlin College medical training staff.

What do you miss most about being a student-athlete at Oberlin?

Those pre-game waffles at Stevie. You know, I was just thinking about getting a waffle-iron yesterday for that exact reason.

Ignatius ball game on 'HKW-1420 this weekend

The high school football game - DIVISION 1 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - Saturday December 3rd between St. Ignatius High School and Pickerington Central High School at Fawcett Stadium (Canton, OH) will air LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 at 7:00 pm.  Pre-Game begins at 6:30 pm  
After capturing the 2011 Old Spice Classic championship, the University of Dayton Flyers return home to  face the Buffalo Bulls on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on Tom Blackburn Court. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio, carried by WHIO Radio and is available with live streaming video, stats and streaming audio at DaytonFlyers.com.
Dayton is on a roll, winning four straight. The Flyers, 5-1 overall, have been successful thanks to a balanced andpotent offensive attack. Four Flyers average in double figures led by junior Kevin Dillard. Dillard, who earned the Old Spice Classic MVP award, leads the team in several categories including scoring (13.3 ppg), assists per game (5.5), steals (16), minutes (31.0), blocks (5) and free throw percentage (13-of-14, .929). Paul Williams (11.8 ppg), Chris Johnson (11.3 ppg) and Josh Benson (11.2 ppg) continue to provide a strong offensive punch.
Dayton is looking to start 3-0 at home for the seventh consecutive season.
Buffalo comes to UD Arena with a 3-1 overall record. The Bulls are led by Javon McCrea, the 2011 MAC Freshman of the Year. McCrea leads Buffalo in scoring (16.8 ppg), field goal percentage (26-of-43, .605) and rebounding (6.3 rpg). Michael Watt (14.0 ppg) and Zach Filzen (13.0 ppg) also add to the offensive balance. Jarod Oldham averages 6.8 assists per game, good for second in the MAC. The Bulls have a stingy defense as well holding three opponents to under 40 percent shooting from the field.
This is the first meeting between the two programs.
The Flyers have proved they can handle the big-name programs. Dayton is 14-5 in the last five years against BCS programs. They have won eight of the last nine and five of its last seven games against BIG EAST opponents. Dayton’s 14 victories have come against Ole Miss (twice), North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois, Louisville, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Auburn, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Wake Forest and Pittsburgh.
Dayton has had seven consecutive winning November months dating back to the 2005-06 season. Over the last seven seasons, UD is 28-6 (.824 winning percentage) during the November months.

Cleveland State basketball continues MAC-attack swing; hosts Akron Zips featuring former Hoban star Rachel Tecca

Two sound back-to-back games is what Cleveland State’s basketball team will be seeking this week when it faces Akron tonight and Ohio next Monday during its MAC-attack swing.

The three-game home stand continues tonight against the Zips in the Wolstein Center when the idea for the 2-3 Vikings will be to start the first two-game winning streak of the season.

After a pair of exhibition wins in all-Cleveland battles against John Carroll and Case Reserve, the Vikes started the season with a  win over Tennessee State, were set back by Illinois and Fordham, scored an OT win over Western Michigan last Friday and got bounced at home by Cornell Sunday.

The Western game was the only close one this season so if the pattern continues, tonight’s battle could be another tight one. With a contest against Toledo coming up on the 10th, the Vikings would love nothing more than to go 4-0 against the Mid American Conference (MAC) this season.


Academic All District Rachel Tecca

They’ll have to stop the inside play of Rachel Tecca, a pre-season All American and Academic All District selection.

Vikings Coach Kate Peterson Abiad said the Vikings would have to shut off the perimeter shooting of the Zips in order to contain Tecca properly.

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CSU did get a good game out of center Destinee Blue against Cornell. Blue scored a career-high in points and should provide an interesting match-up with Tecca under the boards.

Peterson Abiad is also pleased to announce that Elyria grad Honesty King had a fine practice Monday and regained her enthusiasm for shooting the ball after experiencing a deflating experience against Cornell. King scored 15 points against Western but then was shut out two days later by the Big Red.


King (L), Blue (R)

The coach is also hoping for the Vikes to put together a good night (or more than one night) in both scoring from the inside and outside and having a stronger collective effort from the group.

Elyria's Alanna Williams among five softball signees for 2013 Season by Wright State

The Wright State softball program has received five national letters of intent during the fall signing period, announced head coach Lynn Curylo.  Joining the Raiders for the 2013 season are pitcher Montana Wear, outfielder Alanna Williams, infielder Hanna Floyd, catcher Taylor Knore and utility player Becka Peterson.

Wear (Felicity, OH/Felicity-Franklin) went 21-1 last season as she led the Cardinals to an appearance in the Division IV regional finals.  In 129 innings, she struck out 260 while walking just nine and posted a 0.10 earned run average.  Wear recorded at least seven strikeouts in every game, including a season-high 17 in a sectional tournament game against Cedarville.  At the plate, she hit .553 in 2011 with three home runs and 33 RBI.

The Southern Buckeye Conference Player of the Year each of the past three seasons, Wear was a First Team All-State selection as a sophomore and junior.  At the club level, Wear was the 2010 Queen of Diamonds South tournament MVP, First Team All-Queen of Diamonds and was voted the best pitcher in the 2005 and 2008 World Series.     

Williams (Elyria, OH/Elyria) hit .384 with six doubles, two triples and 21 RBI last season for the Pioneers and also scored 36 runs and stole 12 bases.  An Honorable Mention All-State selection in Division I in 2011, Williams was a First Team All-Northeast Ohio Conference honoree as well as First Team All-Northeast District.  Elyria finished 24-5 last season and advanced to the state semifinals before falling to eventual champ North Canton Hoover.

In 2009, Williams was part of the Elyria squad that went 29-3 and won a state title.  She had two hits in the semifinals against Hilliard Darby and scored two runs while driving in one in the championship versus Hudson.  The Pioneers have a combined record of 77-14 during her three-year career.

Williams has also played on Little League Junior World Series teams, played with the Lady Lasers White travel team that finished ninth in the country in 2010 and was a part of the Lasers Scarlet team that won four tournaments this past summer.

Floyd (Minster, OH/Minster) was a First Team All-Midwest Athletic Conference and Second Team All-District performer last season for the Wildcats as she hit .546 with 23 extra-base hits and 22 runs batted in.  Named to the Dream Team by the Celina Daily Standard, she also had 32 stolen bases, a .988 slugging percentage and a .592 on-base percentage.  She was also First Team All-MAC in 2009 and 2010.

Earlier this year, Floyd was selected to the North American Select Softball Team to represent the USA in Cup 2012, which will be played in the Netherlands.  The team will face squads from the Netherlands, France, England, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland,  Italy, Russia and the Czech Republic.

Knore (Pickerington, OH/North) batted .345 with 13 RBI, five doubles and three triples last season for the Panthers and hit .309 as a sophomore.  She was named First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference in 2011 along with Special Mention All-Metro by the Columbus Dispatchand was the team recipient of the Best Offensive Award.  As a sophomore, Knore was selected Special Mention All-OCC.

A three-year starter at North, 2011 was Knore's first behind the plate after spending the first two at first base.  She has also seen playing time in the outfield as well.

Peterson (West Liberty, OH/West Liberty-Salem) was a Division III First Team All-State selection in 2011 as she hit .557 with 11 home runs and 42.  In the circle, she went 12-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 82 strikeouts.

West Liberty-Salem advanced to the Division III state tournament last season for the third time in four years.  The Tigers fell in the semifinals in 2011 to finish 27-3 and went 27-4 in finishing as the state runner-up in 2010.  In the 2010 semifinals against Archbold, Peterson doubled in two runs as WLS won 3-2 and then singled in the lone run in a 2-1 setback in the finals versus Jeromesville Hillsdale.

"I am really excited about these five players," said Curylo. "This class is filled with a great deal of passion and power. They are competitors in every sense of the word."

Wright State opens the 2012 regular season at the Tiger Invitational in Auburn, Alabama, February 10-12 as the Raiders face Bowling Green, Auburn, Appalachian State and Alabama State.  The home opener is set for Saturday, March 24, as WSU begins Horizon League play with a doubleheader against Loyola.


CONFERENCE FLING: Horizon League play gets underway this weekend with a two day set before resuming non-conference action. The teams picked preseason third and second, respectively, in the Horizon meet on Saturday, when Cleveland State heads to Detroit for a 2 p.m. ET contest, while preseason favorite Butler welcomes Valparaiso.

o    All 10 games this week can be seen on the Horizon League Network via HorizonLeague.com and on HLN Live.

o    In 2010-11, the Horizon League saw its first three-way tie for the conference regular season title, with Milwaukee, Butler and Cleveland State all going 13-5 in League play before the Bulldogs took the conference tournament.

·         QUICK STARTS: With a Horizon League-leading defense, Milwaukee is off to its best start since the 2004-05 season at 5-1. Meanwhile Cleveland State has opened the year strong for the second consecutive year, garnering poll votes with a 6-1 record.

o    The Vikings captured the Ticket City Legends Classic Rhode Island subregional, sandwiching wins against Boston University and Rhode Island around a defeat to Hofstra.  

·         LOOKING BACK: Detroit opens a four-game homestand on Thursday, and the national spotlight will shine brightest on Calihan Hall in the third game of the set, as the program will be unveiling Dick Vitale Court before a national television audience on ESPN2.

o    Vitale coached at the University of Detroit (1973-77), compiling a winning percentage of .722 (78-30), which included a 21-game winning streak during the 1976-77 season when the team participated in the NCAA Tournament

·         WHEREVER YOU GO: The Horizon League is available at any time and across any platform with the introduction of the Horizon League Network Live mobile app. For just $1.99, fans and media can watch any game carried live on the Horizon League Network throughout the season on their iOS phone or tablet (Android availability coming soon). The Horizon League is the only Division I conference to offer its entire video library via a mobile app.