A Page -- Nov. 4, 2011 -- AM Edition

Case Reserve Volleyball Ready for UAA Championship Tournament

CLEVELAND (University Circle) – With a fourth-straight 20-plus win season already in the books, the Case Western Reserve University volleyball team now sets its sights on a strong performance at the prestigious University Athletic Association Championship Tournament coming up this weekend on Friday and Saturday, November 4-5, at the Jerome S. Coles Sports & Recreation Center in New York, N.Y.

The Spartans (21-8, 4-3 UAA) enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed and will battle host NYU on Friday at 2:00 p.m.

Last season, the Spartans entered the championship as tournament hosts and the No. 5 seed, eventually finishing fourth. That finish was the best for the program since 2000 and coupled with a strong regular season, earned the Spartans the first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in team history.

"The UAA continues to be the dominating volleyball conference in Division III," said Head Coach Karen Farrell. "Our top two teams are ranked second and third nationally, and we also have a third top-15 team and two squads ranked in their respective regions. We competed well against the teams ranked above us, so we feel we have opportunities to improve our conference standing if we play our best volleyball."

Senior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) has led the Spartan attack all season with a UAA-best 415 kills and a .319 hitting percentage to go along with 251 digs and 95 total blocks. Earlier this season, McCutchan broke Lindsey Deyer's (1998-00) CWRU career record for kills, and she enters play this weekend with 1,875 in 482 sets played over the past four years. McCutchan is also just one block and one set shy of tying two more school career records, each held by Krissa Kean (1995-98), who totaled 469 blocks in 483 sets during her career.

"Tricia continues to improve all aspects of her game and she is playing the best volleyball of her career right now," noted Farrell. "All of our players will need to compete at their highest potential to ensure our success this weekend."

Also aiding in the attack is senior outside hitter Rachael Suchy (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) and freshman middle hitter Natalie Southard (Buffalo, N.Y./City Honors School).

Suchy has been a constant scorer during the last four years and has contributed 261 kills as a senior. She ranks seventh all-time on the CWRU career leaderboard in kills (1,146) and ninth in sets played (443). Southard has been one of the UAA's top rookies, totaling 218 kills with a .332 hitting percentage (fifth in the UAA) and 94 total blocks.

Junior setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) has been Case's offensive catalyst this season with 1,065 assists to go along with 119 kills and 265 digs. Freeman is third all-time in CWRU history with 2,649 assists.


Gulasey (L), Stanton (R)

Leading the defense have been junior libero Rachel Gulasey (Cleveland, Ohio/Magnificat) and specialist Olivia Stanton-Ameisen (Bryn Mawr, Pa./The Baldwin School). The duo has contributed 442 and 297 digs, respectively.

Also making significant contributions in 2011 have been junior outside hitter Allie Palmer (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon) with 126 kills, junior middle hitter Hanna Collins(Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) with 78 kills and 34 blocks, and junior defensive specialist Alexandria Drake (Phoenix, Ariz./Shadow Mountain) with 160 digs.

The winner of the CWRU-NYU match on Friday will play again at 4:00 p.m. versus the winner of the No. 1 Emory University (Ga.) versus No. 8 Brandeis University (Mass.) match. The loser of the two matches play at 6:00 p.m.

"Our goals this season included improving our finish in the conference and earning a bid to the national tournament," said Farrell. "We know those are challenging goals, and our focus is to win our first match this weekend against NYU."

Day two of the championships begins with seventh, fifth and third-place matches all at 10:00 a.m. The championship is set for 1:00 p.m.

Lake Erie Wrestling Offers Fans Preview of Storm’s Second Season Saturday Night

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Fans excited for the second season of Lake Erie College wrestling will have the opportunity to see the Storm in action on Saturday night, Nov. 5, at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. The annual "Green vs. Black Preview Night", an intrasquad competition, is open and free to the public and begins at 7 p.m.

"Our team is very excited about the upcoming season and Saturday night should be a fun night for our guys as well as the fans," said second-year head coach Kevin Hoogenboom. "The community involvement and our home crowds last year during our inaugural season were fantastic and I hope that Saturday night is the start of another great year."

The Storm returns eight starters from last season and Hoogenboom and his staff brought in an outstanding recruiting class of nearly 25 student-athletes, many of whom are expected to compete with the returning veterans for spots on the regular dual meet lineup.

"There's been a lot of competition in the practice room so far," Hoogenboom noted. "The returning guys know they won't have a spot just handed to them and some of the new guys are really pushing for a starting spot. But above all else, we are starting to develop some real quality depth in our program and that will be a big different this year compared to last season when we were just starting out."

In its first season, Lake Erie posted a 5-9-1 dual mark, highlighted by a huge victory over regionally-ranked Seton Hill University in the program's home opener.

Among the leading returners is sophomore Josh Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights), who was ranked second in the region last year at 174 pounds when he posted an 18-13 overall record with seven pins. He is expected to move up this year to 184 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Andrew Gasber (Madison, Ohio/Madison/Notre Dame) placed sixth at the NCAA Division II Super 2 Regional at 165 pounds and went 17-14 overall with a team-high 10 pins. They are just two of the six Storm returners who won at least 10 matches last season.

The Storm opens the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Mount Union Invitational. Lake Erie's first home dual with be Wednesday, Dec. 14 against West Liberty. The Storm's home slate includes four dates in January, including the inaugural Storm Open on Jan. 7 and a matchup with two-time defending NAIA national champion Notre Dame College on Jan. 20.
No. 8 Wrestling Looks to Keep Moving Forward; Raiders Picked to Win OAC

Mount Union's wrestling team will look to keep moving forward after a historic season a year ago.

It will be a tough act to follow for the Purple Raiders, who went undefeated in dual matches (14-0), won the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles then went on to get three All-Americans and finish No. 8 in the nation at the NCAA Championships.

Fifth year head coach Mark Hawald, the OAC Coach of the Year and d3wrestle.com National Coach of Year has a team primed for an encore performance.
Malave (L), Jenkins (R)

Leading the way for the Raiders will be returning conference champions and national qualifiers in seniorsDerick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) at 285 lbs, Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) at 184 lbs and Josh Malave(Rocky River/Lutheran West) at 141 lbs along with junior Riki Reynolds (Marion/Marion Pleasant) at 125 lbs.

Hesson and Reynolds were All-Americans a year ago and are both preseason ranked No. 2 in the nation in their weight classes.

Malave and Jenkins are also in the preseason national rankings at No. 7 and No. 9 respectively.

Two other seniors -- Kevin Shadrach (Parma/Parma) at 149 and Joe Spooner (Willoughby/Willoughby South) at 157 both earned All-OAC honors with second place finishes a year and strengthen the roster.

The biggest hole to fill in the lineup will be replacing three-time All-American Bill Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) at 197, but Schindel will continue to contribute to the program as he is now an assistant coach.

Mount Union is preseason ranked No. 8 in the nation and the Raiders topped the OAC Coaches dual match and championships preseason poll.

The season begins Saturday, Nov. 12 with the Raiders hosting the Mount Union Invitational at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Mount and Otterbein in rubber volleyball 

match in OAC tourney semis

The Mount Union volleyball (22-7) team will compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals for the eighth consecutive year when it takes on second-seed Otterbein (26-4) in Seiberling Gymnasium on the campus of Heidelberg University at 7 p.m. Friday night.

The Purple Raiders and Cardinals split two regular season meetings. The first match occurred at the HiramInvitational Tournament in September with Mount Union  winning in four sets (25-14,25-20,16-25,25-23). The most recent meeting was this past Saturday in Alliance, when Otterbein defeated the Purple Raiders in straight sets (21-25, 15-25, 22-25).

Head coach Leigh Ann Swartz has reached the OAC Tournament semifinals in each of her six seasons at Mount Union, but has been unable to advance to the final. With a roster that features 12 freshmen, the Purple Raiders were picked fourth in the OAC preseason coaches poll and were not supposed to compete for the conference title. However, it seems that the young Raiders did not get that memo.


Webb (L), Patterson (R)

Sophomore Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) and freshman Nicole Snyder (Mentor/Lake Catholic) have led the Purple Raider attack with 3.64 and 2.24 kills per set, respectively. Webb ranks first in the conference in kills per set and sixth in hitting percentage (.293). Freshmen Melanie Patterson (Mentor/Lake Catholic) and Maya Brown (Tiffin/Tiffin Columbian) also average more than 1.75 kills per set for the Raider attack.

Senior setter Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) has averaged 10.01 assists per set, ranking second in the OAC and 33rd in the nation. A versatile player, Radigan also averages 2.17 digs per set, 1.12 kills per set, and leads the team with a .297 hitting percentage.

Junior Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) is averaging a team-best 4.49 digs per set while freshman liberoLauren Mastroine (Orrville/Orrville) is averaging 3.68 digs per set to lead the Purple Raiders' defense.

Mount Union leads the OAC in opponent hitting percentage (.126) and blocks per set (2.36).  Junior Deanna Glass leads a host of Raiders at the net with 1.22 blocks per set.

Otterbein has won fifteen straight matches, with their last loss coming to Heidelberg on September 24th. Monica McDonald, a former Mount Union assistant, is in her 5th year as the Cardinals' head coach. She owns an 89-69 career record and has led the Cardinals to the three best seasons in program history.

The Cardinals have one of the best offenses in the conference, ranking first in both kills per set (13.26) and hitting percentage (.258). Aly Nagle (.419), Liz Palmer (.350), and Tabatha Piper (.339) are the top three in the conference in hitting percentage while Annie Juenger (2.93), Nagle (2.87), and Kristen Bennett (2.52) are among the top ten in kills per set. Only a freshman, Piper averages 10.32 assists per set to lead the conference and ranks 23rd nationally.

Defensively, the Cardinals are led by senior libero Lindsey Russell. Otterbein's career leader in digs, Russell leads the OAC and ranks 26th nationally with 5.72 digs per set. Palmer averages 1.02 blocks per set, which ranks third in the OAC.

Mount Union and Otterbein will meet in the OAC Tournament for the fifth time. The Purple Raiders lead the series, 3-1. The most recent meeting came in the 2006 quarterfinals. Mount Union won that match, 3-1.

The winner of Friday's match will play either Baldwin-Wallace or host Heidelberg in the championship Saturday at 2 p.m. If Heidelberg advances to the final match, they will receive the conference's automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament regardless of the outcome of that match.

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, Nov. 1
#8 Muskingum (2-7) at No. #1 Heidelberg (9-0)- Heidelberg, 3-0
#7 Marietta (4-5) at #2 Otterbein (8-1)-Otterbein, 3-0
#6 Capital (4-5) at #3 Mount Union (7-2)-Mount Union, 3-0
#5 Ohio Northern (5-4) at #4 Baldwin-Wallace (5-4)-Baldwin-Wallace, 3-2

Friday, Nov. 4
Semifinals - 5 and 7 pm (at Heidelberg)
#2 Otterbein vs. #3 Mount Union-5:00
#4 Baldwin-Wallace vs. #1 Heidelberg-7:00

Saturday, Nov. 5
Championship - 2 pm (at Heidelberg)


  • Quarterfinals - $7
  • Semifinal (Multi-event day)- $10
  • Championship Saturday - $7
  • OAC Student with valid ID - Free
  • Non-OAC Students 18 years and under - $2
  • Senior 62 years and older - $5
  • OAC Lifetime Passes will be honored for all championships. Regular-season passes will not be honored.

CSU closes out regular season against Detroit

Cleveland State will host Detroit in the regular season finale for both clubs at 7:00 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 4). The Vikings, currently tied for second in the Horizon League with 13 points, are in play for the second seed and can slide to as low as fourth. At the very worst, Cleveland State will host an opening round game in the Horizon League Championships when they begin on Tuesday (Nov. 8). With a win or tie against Detroit and a Wright State loss at Butler, CSU would earn a bye in the first round. A win Friday guarantees CSU of at least a top-three finish. Detroit, 1-5-1 in league play, is eliminated from postseason competition and will see its season come to an end on Friday.

REVIEWING LAST WEEK: Cleveland State ended its two-match losing skid and responded by winning both contests last week. Below is a quick recap of both matches: 

Match 16: Cleveland State 2, Butler 1 (Oct. 26, Indianapolis, Ind.)

Butler took an early lead in the seventh minute and took that 1-0 lead into halftime. CSU's Jordan Hart scored an unassisted goal in the 53rd minute to even the score at 1-1 and then Aaron Adkins won it in the 65th minute when he headed home a Brian Donnelly corner kick. Brad Stuver made three saves.

Match 17: Cleveland State 2, Canisius 1 (Oct. 30, Cleveland, Ohio)

Aaron Adkins opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when he chased down a ball from Mike Derezic and slid it past the keeper. Canisius tied it in the 55th minute on the first goal of the season from Denver Spearmen. Adkins scored his team-best ninth goal and fourth game-winner of the season off an assist from Manuel Conde in the 67th minute. 

2011 SEASON PREVIEW: When looking at the Vikings 2011 roster, you’ll notice a lot of familiar names. The 2010 team finished 9-10-1, but expectations are high this season with nine of the team’s top 10 scorers returning from last season. Junior Brad Stuver (8-7-1, 61 saves) is one of the best goalkeepers in the league. He was named Horizon League 'Goalkeeper of the Year' last season when he had three shutouts and 87 saves - 14 more than the second place finisher. Stuver already has pitched four shutouts this season. The backline is led by sophomore Zach Ellis-Hayden (one goal, two assists) who has started all 17 games in the back, as well as Justin Mancine (14 starts) and Al James (12 starts). Brian Donnelly has moved around but the experienced defender has started 12 games for the Vikings. Sophomore Justin Cree (nine starts), senior John Gulden (three starts) and senior Chris Koy (three starts, one assist) have added experience and depth. Senior Manuel Conde (three assists), first on the 2010 team in points, leads the charge in the middle. With injuries allowing John Wargo to only appear in three matches, the club has needed major minutes from Aslinn Rodas (one goal, three assists) and freshman Mike Derezic (one goal, one assist) who has started the first 14 games of his college career and excited the coaching staff with his level of play. The Vikings forwards have scored 20 goals in the 2011 season, with Aaron Adkins scoring a team-best nine goals. Admir Suljevic has missed time due to injury but still has scored six goals, and Jordan Hart (four goals) and Cazz Warren (once) have found the back of the net. Adkins and Suljevic are the most well known of the bunch but Caleb Eastham (seven starts) and Hart (12 starts) are also very experienced for sophomores at the forward spot for the Vikings.

LEAGUE LEADERS: With nine goals, Aaron Adkins is tied with UIC's Ivan Stanisavljevic for the most in the Horizon League. With 19 points, Adkins trails only Stanisavljevic in that category. While playing in only 12 matches, Admir Suljevic is tied with Green Bay's Tony Walls for sixth in the league with six goals and is also tied for sixth with 15 points.  Goalkeeper Brad Stuver is tied for second in both shutouts (four) and saves (61) while ranking fifth in the Horizon League with a 1.35 goals against average.

RPI RANKINGS: Despite being tied for second in the league with 13 points, the Vikings are fifth in the Horizon League when it comes to the RPI rankings released by the NCAA on Nov. 1. UIC, 2-4-1 in the league, tops the group at 62nd, while Green Bay is 88th. Wright State is 95th and Valparaiso, the league's regular season champion, is 97th. Cleveland State is 136th, six spots ahead of Butler who checked in at 142nd. Milwaukee is 154th, with Loyola at 175th. CSU's lone opponent this week, Detroit, rounds out the league at 185th.

DYNAMIC DUO: With nine goals from Aaron Adkins and six from Admir Suljevic, Cleveland State has the second most prolific scoring duo in the league behind only UIC's Ivan Stanisavljevic and Eric Frazier. Josh Williams and Slavisa Ubiparipovic scored six goals apiece for Cleveland State during the 2009 season, but before that you would have to go back to the 2003 campaign to find the last time a duo scored more than 15 goals in a season. In 2003, Stephen Ademolu (12) and Spencer Lappin (five) combined for 17 goals. In each of the last five Horizon League matches, either Adkins or Suljevic has recorded a point.

REVENGE ON THEIR MIND: With CSU playing for the chance to earn a bye, Detroit has a chance to play spoiler. The Titans have added incentive as the Vikings ended Detroit's season in 2010 with a 2-0 win in the first round of the League Championships.

FAREWELL, SENIORS: Friday will mark the final home match for five seniors on the CSU roster: John Wargo, Brian Donnelly, John Gulden, Christopher Koy and Manuel Conde. Over the past four seasons, the Vikings have won 33 matches and gave coach Ali Kazemaini his first winning season at CSU in 2008. The Vikings have gone 21-6-4 at Krenzler Field since the start of the 2008 season. No win was bigger than the victory over No. 1 Akron last year with all five of these young men in the starting lineup. 

NEXT UP: CSU has qualified for the six-team Horizon League Championships that begin on Tuesday (Nov. 8). CSU has a shot at a bye in the first round if Butler defeats Wright State and the Vikings get past Detroit. A win on Friday assures CSU of a top-three finish. If the Vikings do have to play on Tuesday, it will be at Krenzler Field.

Raider Roundball Roadtrip Set for December

Dear Raider Fans:

The Raider Roundball Roadtrip (complete with Raider Trivia on the bus and great prizes) is back for another round of fun and excitement in the great city of Chicago!!!

Spend four days and three nights in Chicago (New Year's Eve) and watch the Raiders battle Loyola on Thursday, December 29th AND UIC on Saturday, December 31st - YES, TWO games.  We'll depart from the Nutter Center early on Thursday, December 29th - we'll head home from Chicago on Sunday, January 1st with a stop for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory/PF Chang's/Maggiano's in Indianapolis.

Price includes a three-night stay at the Wonderful Wyndham Hotel. The Wyndham Hotel is located right in the middle of the Magnificent Mile.  Transportation and tickets to the games, along with great prizes for Raider Trivia will be included.  There will be no shortage of fun things to do around our hotel.

St. Ignatius returns to playoffs after one-year absence; appearance is 23rd in last 24 seasons by the Wildcats; “Bernie Kosar High” is the opponent

By Ed Daugherty

PARMA – The last time St. Ignatius football played Boardman, a Wildcat victory paved the path for the school’s plausible 11th state title in American football, but that 11th title was placed on hold when the Cats lost the following week.

Iggy hosts Boardman again in the first round of the big-school computer playoffs Saturday, which will be phase one of five in a quest to collect state title No. 11 .

It was not the disciplined effort head coach Chuck Kyle wanted from his top-seeded St. Ignatius Wildcats, but they sported a fine defense of their 10th state championship with a 17-0 win over Boardman, the No. 8 seed in Division I, Region 1 at Byers Field that Saturday night exactly two years ago.


The Spartans (7-4) gave up 64 yards on 35 Wildcat rushes, while St. Ignatius gave up 53 yards on 24 Boardman attempts. St. Ignatius overcame the miscues and lack of running room because senior quarterback Mark Myers threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns against Boardman's 4-4 defensive scheme.

St. Ignatius initiated the scoring with a four-play, 30-yard drive that ended with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Myers to tight end Blake Thomas. The play came on third-and-18.

In the second quarter, the Wildcats faced a third-and-19 from their own 21. Myers took the snap and fired the ball along the left sideline to 5-8 junior wide receiver David Joseph, who found open space and motored 79 yards for the score.



2011 marks the 5th time in St Ignatius football history that the school has entered the post-season as the #2 seed in Region 1. The Wildcats are 9-3 in their other 4 appearances as a #2 seed, including winning the 1999 state championship, defeating Huber Heights Wayne for the title.

Last week, the Wildcats defeated their long-time rival, St Edward, 20-17 to move to 8-2 on the season, securing the #2 seed in the Division 1, Region 1 playoffs.

The Wildcats capitalized on two Eagles turnovers in the third quarter, erasing a 10-3 deficit at halftime and taking a 17-10 lead midway through the third period. SR PK Tim Shenk would kick two FGs, including the game-wining field goal on the first play of the 4th quarter.

Note: This story could also be found at S/A-Cleveland's national electronic paper, S/A-Jesuit:


And By Clicking on Nov. 4A Page

The Wildcats have now qualified for the playoffs in 23 of the last 24 seasons St Ignatius continues to win, when scoring 15 or more points against the Eagles. In the 48 games, the Wildcats have scored 15 point on 25 occasions and are 24-1 in those games

Also last week, the Youngstown Boardman Spartans secured a playoff berth in Division 1, Region 1 as well as a co-championship in the Federal League with a shutout victory over rival Austintown Fitch.

The Spartans dominated the Falcons on both sides of the ball, rolling up a 248-8 yard advantage in rushing yards.

Ivan Adu Poka scored a 14-yard TD for the Spartans, on his only carry and Dayne Hammond caught a 15-yard TD pass from Ryan Pollifrone, helping erase memories of last year’s 25-7 loss to the Falcons when Pollifrone threw SEVEN interceptions.

Devin Campbell rushed 17 times for a game-high 136 yards but made his biggest play on defense, chasing down Fitch RB (and Notre Dame recruit) Will Mahone at the 5 in the final minute of the first half when it looked like Mahone was going to turn a simple outside screen into a 61-yard TD.

Boardman was founded by Elijah Boardman in the late 1780s, although Boardman never lived in the city that bears his name.

Edward DeBartolo Sr, a shopping mall developer, began his company in Boardman. Boardman Plaza was one of the first shopping strip malls in the county and is still in use today.

The fast food chain Arby's opened its first location in Boardman in 1964.


---The Wildcats OFFENSE averages 28.11 points per game in the 18 previous games against the Spartans (scoring a total of 506 points)

--- The Wildcats DEFENSE gives up an average of just 9.0 points per game in the 18 previous games against the Spartans (162 total points given up)

---- 5 of the 18 games have been decides by 1 possession or less and the Spartans only 3 wins are included in those 5 games

---The Wildcats have SHUTOUT the Spartans in 5 of the 18 games. All 18 games have been played in the Chuck Kyle-era and Kyle has recorded a total of 60 shutouts in his tenure, 8% coming against the Spartans

---The 2006 game marked the 1st time the Wildcats had won a regular season game WITHOUT scoring a TD since a 1984 win over Cleveland Hts

---In the Regional Quarter Final game against Boardman in 2009 Mark Myers connected with David Joseph on a 79-yard TD pass. It was the 2nd longest PLAYOFF TD pass in school history and T-8th longest TD pass play in school history(Joe Pickens to Mark Ruddy in the 1989 State Championship game - 80 yards)


As a conference, the Federal League was founded in 1964 and included schools from Stark and Mahoning Counties

The original seven members are: Canton South, Fairless, Canton Glenwood, Massillon Jackson, Marlington, Massillon Perry, and Sandy Valley.

In 1968, Sandy Valley exists and three new schools are admitted: Louisville, North Canton Hoover and Canton Oakwood.

In 1975, Glenwood and Oakwood merge to form Canton GlenOak. In the 1980's Uniontown Lake join the league and about 10 years ago Boardman, Austintown Fitch and Canton McKinley join to form one of the most-competitive high school sports leagues in Ohio.


Former Miami of Florida Student/Athlete Bernie Kosar was raised in Boardman where he earned All-Ohio and Parade All American honors as a SR QB for the Spartans in the fall of 1981.

Kosar (L). former  Jesuit-college (BC) QB Doug Flutie (R)

In 1983, Kosar passed for 2,328 yards and won a National Title as the Hurricanes defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30 in the Orange Bowl.

In 1984, Kosar passed for 3,642 yards and 25 TDs. He finished 4th in the Heisman Trophy race to eventual winner Doug Flutie after Flutie defeated Kosar and the Hurricanes on Flutie's Miracle Hail Mary to Gerard Phalin at the Orange Bowl.

Wildcats on 'HK-1420 this week

The high school football game - Division I, Region 1 Quarter Final - Saturday November 5th between St. Ignatius High School and Youngstown Boardman High School at Byers Field (Parma, OH) will air LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 at 7:00 pm.  Pre-Game begins at 6:45 pm .

'Berg Grapplers Picked to Finish Third in OAC 

Duals, Tournament

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University wrestling team was picked to finish
in third place in the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season dual standings
and in a tie for third at the 2011 OAC Tournament in a vote by the league
coaches, announced today by the OAC office.  The Berg received 16 of a
possible 25 points in the dual season poll and 15 of 25 points in the
tournament poll, tying John Carroll University.

The University of Mount Union was unanimously selected in both polls,
totaling 25 points and five first-place votes.  Ohio Northern University was
selected second in both polls, receiving 20 points in the dual season poll
and 21 in the tournament poll, and one first-place vote in each.  Coaches
could not vote for their own team.

Following the Berg in the dual season poll were JCU (15) and Muskingum
University and Baldwin-Wallace College (seven) in a tie for fifth.

In the tournament poll, B-W (eight) edged Muskingum (six) for fifth place.

Falls' Jerry Knapp, Jr.

The Berg returns five starters from last season's team that placed second at
the 2011 OAC Tournament, including individual champions and national
qualifiers in senior 133-pounder Tom D'Alessandro (Mayfield/Mayfield
Heights) and junior 149-pounder Andrew Johnson (Weston/Ostego).  Senior
Jerry Knapp (Columbia Station/Olmsted Falls), who advanced to the
championship match in the 285-pound weight class last season, also returns,
along with sophomore 141-pounder Chris Osborne (McComb) and sophomore
184-pounder Jason Russell (Columbus/West).

First-year head coach Ned Shuck welcomes the addition of incoming
117-pounder Dylan Norwood (Euclid), 133-pounder Brendan Walsh
(Amelia/Cincinnati Moeller), 141-pounder J.C. Giffin (Painesville/Fairport
Harding), 165-pounder Brendan Kelly (Clinton Township/De La Salle) and
285-pounder Tyler Smith (Calhoun/Sonoraville).  Each are expected to provide
depth to a squad that features just 10 juniors and seniors.

Heidelberg's season begins Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Eastern Michigan Open in
Ypsilanti at 9 a.m.  The Student Princes open their 2011-12 home slate with
Olivet (Mich.) College on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. 

Inside the Huddle with Greg Debeljak - Week #9

Case Reserve Head Coach Greg Debeljak and Dave Wilson of the Spartan Broadcasting Network recap the 6-0 shutout win versus Chicago and look ahead to this week's game at Washington-St. Louis.

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WESTLAKE -- The DePauw women and Wooster men were tabbed as the favorites in the 2011 North Coast Athletic Conference preseason basketball coaches' polls.

Seven-time defending NCAC men's champion Wooster topped Wittenberg in the poll by a four-point margin after earning six of the possible 10 first-place votes to total 93 points. The Tigers were second with 89 points and three first-place votes, while Ohio Wesleyan rounded out the top three with 80 points. Wabash picked up the final first-place vote and finished fourth with 69 points, followed by DePauw (68), Denison (48), Hiram (38), Allegheny (30), Kenyon (24) and Oberlin (11).

The Fighting Scots, who are the defending NCAA national runner-ups, return eight letterwinners and two starters from the 2010-11 squad that went 31-3 and won their third-straight NCAC Tournament. The Scots look to returning senior starters Matt Fegan (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville) and Justin Hallowell (Columbus, OH/Thomas Worthington) for leadership this season. Hallowell, who was a second-team All-NCAC performer in 2010-11, returns as the teams' leading scorer after averaging 11.9 points a game for the Scots last season, while Fegan was second on the squad in 2010-11 with 92 assists (2.7 apg).

NCAC newcomer DePauw took eight of the possible nine first-place votes for 79 points in the women's poll to edge out defending NCAC champion Denison by 11 points. The Big Red, who earned the final first-place vote, were second with 68 points, while Kenyon was third with 60 points. Allegheny totaled 54 points in fourth place, followed by Wittenberg (49), Ohio Wesleyan (35), Hiram (27), Oberlin (18), and Wooster (15). 

The Tigers return nine letterwinners and three starters from last year's team which posted a 25-4 record, won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) title and earned the program's eighth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers return their top scoring threat from last season in senior forward Katie Aldrich (Lexington, KY/Lafayette) who averaged 13.3 points per game as well as their leading rebounder in junior Ellie Pearson (Madison, WI/West) who pulled down 8.8 rebounds per game in 2010-11.

The 2011-12 season begins on Tuesday, November 15. The NCAC Tournament will be held at the end of February with the men's and women's semifinals and finals at the site of the respective high seeds on Feb. 24-25.


For the second consecutive season, the University of Dayton Flyers will close exhibition action by hosting the Findlay Oilers on Saturday from Tom Blackburn Court beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be carried by WHIO Radio and available with live streaming video, statistics on Gametracker and streaming audio at www.DaytonFlyers.com.
The Oilers are coming off of a season in which they finished 24-4 overall with a 16-3 record in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Oilers won their ninth South Division title in the past ten years. The Oilers return first team all-conference selection Kyle Caiola, who averaged 14.0 points and 2.5 assists per game last season. Forward Aaron Robinson earned a spot on the GLIAC all-defensive team and averaged 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last year.
Dayton and Findlay will face each other for the second straight year and the fifth time in the previous eight seasons. The Flyers have won the last four matchups against the Oilers. Last season Dayton picked up an 85-68 victory led by 15 points and four assists from Josh Parker.
The University of Dayton men’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic 10 this season in a poll of coaches and media. Senior forward Chris Johnson was a preseason Second Team All-Atlantic 10 pick.
University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Archie Miller has named his four seniors – forwards Luke Fabrizius and Chris Johnson, and guards Josh Parker and Paul Williams – team captains for the 2011-12 season. The senior class has been a part of 74 victories over the previous three seasons, an NCAA Tournament Second Round appearance and two NIT bids, one of which was an NIT Championship.