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


Case Reserve men's hoops returns three of top four scorers from '10-'11

CLEVELAND (University Circle) -- With three of its top four scorers back from last year's rotation, the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team will rely on a strong nucleus of returning players as it look to make significant strides during the winter of 2011-12.

"Our returning players are talented and bring a lot of valuable game experience to the table," said ninth-year Head Coach Sean McDonnell. "Our success this season will hinge on their leadership both on and off the court."

The Spartans finished last season at 9-16 overall and 5-9 in the University Athletic Association. Playing in one of the nation's top Division III basketball conferences, Case also picked up a pair of victories versus Top-25 competition.

Case's 15-man roster consists of two returning starters and six letterwinners.


Expected to lead the way are a pair of All-UAA starting forwards in senior Tom Summers (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) and junior Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice).

Summers, the team's captain in 2011-12, finished third on the squad in scoring as a junior at 9.0 points per game and tied for the lead in rebounding at 6.8 rpg. A 2009-10 second-team All-UAA selection, Summers enters his senior campaign with 16 double-doubles (points/rebounds) for his career.

"Tom (Summers) is a leader on and off the court, and he has earned his role as captain," said McDonnell. "We saw just how good he can be during his sophomore campaign, and we are expecting him to return to that level as a senior."

In his first season with the team, Fowler led the squad and ranked fourth in the Association in scoring at 16.8 ppg en route to earning first-team All-UAA honors. He also tied for the team lead in rebounding at 6.8 rpg and connected on 40 three-pointers. Failing to reach double-figures in points just four times for the season, his four double-doubles led the Spartans and his 34-point performance versus the nationally-ranked University of Rochester (N.Y.) on February 20 was the highest total on the team. Fowler was also tabbed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District squad.

"Austin (Fowler) stepped right in and had a great season for us last year," said McDonnell. "Earning first-team All-UAA and all-district honors as a newcomer is impressive and we have even higher expectations for him this season."

Thompson (L), Scott (R)

Also returning from last year's rotation is six-foot, nine-inch sophomore center David Thompson (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior), junior guard Robert Scott (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) and sophomore guard Tim Chung (Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos).

Thompson averaged 4.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game, while finishing second on the team with 23 blocked shots.

"David (Thompson) is a talented player who makes an impact at both ends of the floor," noted McDonnell. "His shot blocking ability and rebounding will help anchor our defense."

Scott missed most of last season after averaging 4.8 ppg and leading the team in three-point shooting (.483) as a freshman in 2009-10.

"Rob (Scott) had a nice freshman season for us, and we are looking forward to getting him back into the mix," said McDonnell.

Chung averaged 8.0 points in 18.6 minutes per game and was the team's leading three-point shooter with 48 makes in 135 attempts (.356). Chung hit four three-pointers in a game on four separate occasions and tied for second on the team with 19 steals.

"Tim (Chung) is a very good competitor, and he has the ability to impact the game with his defense, his passing and his perimeter shooting," said the head coach.

The Spartans also return junior guard Tim Maleski (Franklin, Pa./Franklin Regional), who lettered as a sophomore last season.

In addition, McDonnell welcomes an incoming class of nine players with several expected to compete for key roles.

Joining the backcourt are point guards Jordan Dean (St. Johns, Fla./Creekside), Ken Gibbons (Cairnbrook, Pa./Shade) and Joe Mims (Aurora, Ohio/Aurora). On the wing, the team adds George Zhang (West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette) and Julien Person (Houston, Texas/Second Baptist), while on the inside, Connor Edel(Akron, Ohio/Revere), Brian Klements (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South), Dane McLoughlin (Westerville, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and Adam Schrecengost(Avon, Conn./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) are added to the mix.

"We are pleased with this year's newcomers," said McDonnell. "We need this group to complement our returning guys and be ready to play when called upon."

The Spartans open the season on the road on Tuesday, November 15 at cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College at 6:00 p.m. at Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea. Case opens the home portion of its schedule with the first of its two annual tournaments, The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Memorial, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19, at Horsburgh Gymnasium. UAA action opens the New Year on Saturday, January 7 with rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) in town for a 5:00 p.m. tip-off.

NDCL alumna Katy Dolesh named First Team All MAC for soccer

CLEVELAND (Public Square)– Three members of the Miami University women’s soccer team garnered All-Mid-American Conference honors, including a pair of first-teamers, the league office announced Thursday. Sophomore midfielder Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio) and junior forward Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) each received First-Team accolades while sophomore midfielder Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.)  was a Second-Team All-MAC recipient.

Central Michigan landed four players on the All-MAC First Team while Toledo had three selections and Miami and Western Michigan each had two. Akron had three players tabbed to the second team while the Rockets and Broncos each put two more players on the squad. Miami, Ball State, Bowling Green and Buffalo each had one member represented on the second team.

Katy Dolesh


Dolesh, who received Second-Team All-MAC and All-MAC Freshman Team honors last year, started all 16 games she played. She tied for sixth in the MAC and second on the team with seven goals during the year, including four in league play, which tied for fourth in the MAC. She also added an assist for 15 points on the year, which was third on the team. Dolesh matched a career high with two goals Aug. 19 vs. IUPUI and earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts, also picking up MAC Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 17 after scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime at Ohio.

Kodiak, who was an All-MAC Freshman Team selection in 2009, started all 18 games in 2011 while tying for second in the MAC with 22 points, which led Miami. She scored a career-high nine goals, which was tops in the conference, including four in league play, which tied for fourth in the MAC. Kodiak also tied for second on the team with four assists. She notched a pair of game-winning goals and also recorded the first two multi-goal games of her career, including Sept. 16 at Evansville, when she totaled a career-best six points. She was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 24.

Zakrzewski, who like Dolesh earned Second-Team All-MAC and All-MAC Freshman Team accolades a year ago, was second on the team and tied for eighth in the MAC with 16 points. She started all 18 games while recording a career-best seven goals, which tied for sixth in the MAC. Zakrzewski also handed out a pair of assists on the year while scoring two of her goals in MAC play. She tied for the MAC lead with four game-winning goals, including both her goals in league play and the other two coming in her two multi-goal games in 2011, which were Aug. 19 vs. IUPUI and Sept. 18 vs. Indiana State.

Toledo’s Rachel MacLeod was named MAC Offensive Player of the Year while Central Michigan’s Liesel Toth earned MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Toledo head coach Brad Evans earned MAC Coach of the Year after leading the Rockets to the regular-season title while Eastern Michigan’s Angela Vultaggio received MAC Freshman of the Year.

Three Lake Erie College booters honored by GLIAC

PAINESVILLE - Lake Erie College's best season of men's soccer as a member of NCAA Division II was highlighted by several Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) awards, which the conference office announced Thursday (Nov. 3).   

Freshman defender Willy Cognee (Montreal Quebec, Canada) was selected GLIAC Freshman of the Year, the first Lake Erie College freshman to receive the award in any team sport, while a pair of juniors, goalkeeper Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy) and forwardRandy Danso (Toronto, Canada/North Count Community College) earned first-team All-GLIAC selections. 

Cognee helped lead a complete overhaul of the Storm defense from a season ago.  Though Cognee began the season as just a 16-year old, he stepped in from day one and played in all 18 matches with 17 starts.  The freshman was one of three new starters on the Lake Erie back line this season and manned the left back position.  The squad allowed 27 goals in 18 matches this season (1.5 gpg.) after surrendering 49 in the same number of matches a season ago.  Cognee also came through big on the offensive end during an Oct. 9 match against Ashland.  His only goal of the season was the game winner with 5:59 to play, giving the Storm a 2-1 victory. 

"Willy is a confident and mature freshman and is comfortable on the ball," said Head Coach DavieCarmichael. "He loves to get forward and can split defenders with his pace and passing ability. Defensively he is reliable, disciplined, composed under pressure and tough in a tackle."

For more information on Cognee, watch THIS VIDEO FEATURE produced earlier this season.

Carreira is the first-team GLIAC goalkeeper for the second straight year, become the first Lake Erie player to be a two-time first-team member.  

The junior finished second in the GLIAC with 79 saves this season, starting all 18 matches, after leading NCAA Division II in saves in 2010.  He was in the goal for two shutouts this season and even assisted a key goal against Northwood in a 2-1 overtime win on Oct. 16.  Against SaginawValley State on Oct. 14, Carriera made his 280th career save to break the Lake Erie record.

"It has been an absolute pleasure to coach Ricky this year," said Carmichael. "A confident leader on the field with unrivalled work ethic, Ricky has been consistent throughout the season and was often called upon to pull us through some difficult games with big saves at crucial times. His shot-stopping ability, reactions, athleticism, passion for the game, intensity in training and confidence between the posts certainly makes him an All-GLIAC Goalkeeper."

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 .

The University of Dayton football team will play its final home game of the 2011 season Saturday, when the San Diego Toreros visit Welcome Stadium.  Game time is 1:00 p.m. ET. 
Thirty-three Flyers will take part in UD’s annual Senior Day ceremonies.  They are Dave Allen, Bryan Bailin, Sean Belanger, Luke Bellman, Matt Brockberg, Andre Crawford, Phil DeBoer, Owen Elger, Nik Gillum, Taylor Harris, Tyler Hujik, Dan Jacob, Alex Johnston, Kevin Kern, Devon Langhorst, Brian Mack, Jamie Mewhinney, Nate Miller, Bill Petraiuolo, Matt Pfleger,  Jared Phillips, Dennis Poelking, Dan Prindle, Eric Robbe, Pat Sankovic, Tyler Savisky, Tyler Schutz, Charlie Vasey, Chase Walton, Zach Weber, Ben Welsh and Steve Wirkus.  At halftime, one of these players will be named the recipient of Lt. Andy Zulli Memorial Trophy, a character-based award that has been presented since 1956.
The Flyers returned 11 starters (four offense, six defense, and one specialist) from a team that won a share of the 2010 Pioneer Football League title with a record of 10-1 and was ranked 25th nationally.
Among the Flyers’ 11 returning starters is senior defensive end Devon Langhorst. Langhorst is a National Football Foundation Campbell Trophy semifinalist.  A member of the 2010 Third Team AP FCS All-America team, Langhorst currently leads UD in hits (66), sacks (10.5), QB hurries (8) and TFL (14.5). He is currently tied for fourth in FCS in sacks.  UD is second as a team (4.11).
After last week’s 49-10 win at Valparaiso, quarterback Will Bardo was named PFL co-Player of the Week and Gary Hunter was PFL Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Flyers entered the 2011 season with the second- best winning percentage (.792, 97-24) in FCS football since 2000 AND the most football Academic All-Americans (21) at any level of competition in this century.
Dayton leads the series 14-4 and has won the last four encounters.  Last year, the Flyers won 21-20 at San Diego on Oct. 9. 
SCOUTING THE TOREROS                            
San Diego comes to Dayton after a bye week.  In their last game action, the Toreros had a four-game win streak snapped at Campbell 48-24. 
Much of USD’s balanced offensive attack is runs through sophomore running back Kenny James, who leads FCS football in all-purpose yardage (211.1 yards a game).  James leads the PFL in rushing (103.1) and is second in kickoff return average (25.2). 
Sophomore quarterback Mason Mills has completed 144 of 230 passes for 1,885 yards and 20 TD’s. 
Linebacker Zach Dunaj leads San Diego in tackles with 57 on the year, including 35 solo.


Tom Beard takes over surging Kenston hockey program; Bombers return 100 points of scoring punch in Nick Levine and Zack Kinney

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


After posting a 30-game season and dominating the Blue Division followed by a second-place divisional finish in the White last year, Kenston High hockey gets a new coach, a coach with a surname that is very familiar to Ohio high school hockey.

Coach Tom Beard takes over the Bombers program this season after several successful years at University School as a Prepper varsity assistant and JV head coach.

And, yes, Tom Beard is the brother of Bill Beard, who has coached the Preppers to three state championships at the varsity level. Finally, two seasons ago, Tom Beard coached the US JV team to a state championship, ending St. Edward’s seven-year run as state champions (incidentally, hockey is the only high school sport in Ohio that has a state championship tournament at the JV level), putting two Beards now annually at the family Thanksgiving table who could claim to have coached a state championship hockey team.

Tom Beard (back row) with his state championship team

Tom Beard would love nothing more for his Student/Athletes in the Bomber fold than to win one at the varsity level and with how raspidly this program is spiraling upwatd it might not be too far off, nor will possible entry into the coveted Red North Division.


The Bombers finished 16-11-2 overall and 7-3 in the White East, four points behind divisional winner Solon in 2010-11.

Beard inherits an experienced group with 10 returning players back on the ice for another varsity season.

In addition, the Bombers are blessed with 2 incoming freshman and a new goalie, Ryan Malik, a junior who is a transfer from Solon.

“We should be a physical team up front with 6 returning forwards,” Coach Beard said. “We have 2 players, Nick Levine and Zack Kinney, who could play for any team in the state.”

The team did well enough last year in qualifying for Baron Cup II.

Kinney and Levine combined for over 100 points last season. Kinney was the leading scorer with 24 goals, 34 assists and 58 total points. Right behind him was Levine with marks of 23-25-48.

The Bomber scoring is spread among several S/A’s on several lines. Pat Lyons (11-13-24) and Ben Kinney (7-10-17) will also be counted upon to put the puck in the net with great frequency.

“Our team is looking to build on Baron Cup experience and making it further in that tournament,” Coach Beard said.

They’ll get tested early with some of the best competition before the December portion of the schedule even hits. The Bombers will play in tough Rocky River Thanksgiving tournament and will be seeing Solon and 2 Red Division opponents 

Orange has entered white division after going 11-1 in the Blue North and with Robbie Whidden as its head coach, the Lions could be a major challenger to the Bombers.

“They should be one of the teams to beat in division,” Beard said. “An obstacle for us to overcome is a new coach implementing a new system. It may take some time for team to gel as they learn a new system.

This team is filled with great Student/Athletes and even better kids.”

Students for real jobs and behind 21st century governor

Kasich gets the backing of students; governor’s words at rally hit home for today’s Student/Athlete who will be tomorrow’s Ohio worker

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


INDEPENDENCE – Governor John Kasich spoke at a rally in Independence Thursday with messages that came out loud and clear that State Bill 5’s moving forward instead of a repealing of it would best benefit Student/Athletes in particular and all students in general. 

Gov. Kasich’s most visible backers were students from Kent State and other local colleges and universities as they shared the stage with him and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, placards in hand, sending out their message that the same ole no-brainer jobs getting forced on graduates just “aint’t going to work no more,” in the parlance of the outside protesters if you will.

One of the chief points Gov. Kasich drove home was the notion that public school teachers need to get into the 21st century and pay a portion of their pension and health care packages so that Ohio doesn’t lose another 600,000 jobs and go another $8 billion into debt.

The 1933-style benefits package elimination could readily be remedied by paying the paltry 10 percent of the packages through the many supplemental contracts offered to government school teachers (i.e. Student/Athletic coaching contracts).

Another crucial point he brought to the podium was the notion of the many university professors in Ohio who area preparing students for jobs that just don’t exist.

Gov. Kasich with Students

“A telling statistic is that one-third of all college graduates in Ohio leave the state within three years of graduating because no one is listening to those willing to create exciting jobs for them,” Kasich said.

The worse part of it is that when those at universities who are in the very position to do something about it are confronted about the crippling phenomenon, the standard answer is one that they would normally give at one of their keg parties as “perpetual college students.”

A great example Kasich gave was American Greetings, which nearly left the state but 27,000 jobs were kept here because Westlake, which is more business friendly than Brooklyn, stepped up to become the new headquarters for the company. Furthermore, many of the jobs saved/created were those for creative individuals and those in thinking roles, the types of slots 90 percent of local employers are either failing at or are strapped from creating/saving because of 1) government regulation and 2) trial lawyers.

Lt. Gov Taylor (far right) stands by the Gov.-backing students

Kasich also pointed out that antiquated ways of handing out assignments for building improvements at state universities that have been in place since the 1920s have also been eliminated to 1) save money and 2) create more wholesome jobs.

Finally, his Jobs Ohio program also has already proven to be far more efficient in getting people to work faster and in more meaningful roles when done through a non-profit private organization than through a tax-revenue-guzzling/endless paper-pushing government one.

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Heidelberg to Host 2011 OAC Volleyball 

Semifinals This Weekend

TIFFIN, Ohio-The top-seeded and ninth-ranked (American Volleyball Coaches
Association) Heidelberg University volleyball team will host the semifinal
and final rounds of the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament
on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5 at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.
No. 2 seed Otterbein University faces No. 3 seed University of Mount Union
in the first semifinal match on Friday at 5 p.m., while the Berg hosts No. 4
seed Baldwin-Wallace College in Friday's second semifinal match at 7 p.m.

The winner of each semifinal-round match will face each other in Saturday's
championship match at 2 p.m.  Live stats for all matches will be available
at http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/vb/xlive.htm.  A live video stream of
all three matches will also be available at
mifinals.  Josh Stallings and Drew Felton have the call.

Adult admission to the semifinal round is $10 (valid for both matches),
while admission to Saturday's championship match is $7.  Admission to all
matches for senior citizens is $5, $2 for non-OAC students under 18 and free
for OAC students.  OAC Lifetime Passes will be honored for all
championships. Regular-season passes will not be honored.

The Berg, Otterbein and Mount Union each advanced to the semifinals via
sweep during Tuesday's quarterfinal round match-ups, while B-W won three
straight sets to defeat Ohio Northern University, 3-2, in Berea.  The
semifinals are featuring the top four seeds for the fourth consecutive year.

#1 Heidelberg (30-5, 9-0 OAC)
Under the direction of 12th-year head coach Jason Miller, Heidelberg began
the season ranked 12th by the American Volleyball Coaches Association before
vaulting all the way to fifth during the midst of a 20-match winning streak.
Three of its five losses this season have come against the No. 1, No. 2 and
No. 3-ranked teams in the nation.  The Berg captured its third straight Ohio
Athletic Conference regular season crown by finishing league play a perfect
9-0 for the second straight year.  The Tri-Color owns a 22-match winning
streak against conference opponents dating back to the beginning of the 2010
season.  Heidelberg is making its 20th appearance in the OAC tournament and
fifth consecutive, and owns a 13-18 all-time record in the tournament,
including nine semfinal appearances, four finals appearances and one
championship.  2011 marks the fifth straight semifinals appearance for the

#2 Otterbein (26-4, 8-1 OAC)
Led by fifth-year head coach Monica McDonald, Otterbein won eight of nine
matches and 11 of 13 to start the season before closing regular season play
with a 14-match winning streak, prior to its quarterfinal win on Tuesday
against Marietta in Westerville.  Over its last 15 matches, all wins, the
Cardinals have dropped just two sets.  Two of the team's four losses this
season have come to ranked teams in No. 1 Calvin (Mich.) College (Sept. 3)
and No. 8 Heidelberg (Sept. 24).  In addition, the Cardinals upset then-No.
3 Wittenberg University at home (Oct. 1).  Otterbein is making its 15th
appearance in the OAC tournament, fourth straight and 11th in the last 12
seasons.  The Cardinals are 4-14 all-time in the tournament and are
appearing in just their fourth semifinals, but third straight.  Otterbein is
looking to advance to the finals for the first time in school history.  The
Cardinals are 2-3 in three previous tournament appearances with McDonald at
the helm.
#3 Mount Union (22-7, 7-2 OAC)

#3 Mount Union (22-7, 7-2 OAC)
Sixth-year head coach Leigh Ann Swartz led Mount Union to a 7-1 start before
guiding the Purple Raiders on a nine-match winning streak, as they sprinted
to a 17-4 mark over the season's first 21 matches.  Mount Union is making
its 22nd appearance in the OAC tournament, including 15th straight, and is
15-21 all-time.  The Purple Raiders have made the semifinal round 14 times
and advanced to the finals once (1999).  Mount Union is 5-5 in five previous
appearances under Swartz, advancing to the semifinals in each season.  The
Purple Raiders have played the fewest sets (101) among the four teams in the
2011 OAC Tournament semifinals, posting 13 sweeps, a 6-2 record in four-set
matches and a perfect 3-0 mark in five-set matches.

#4 Baldwin-Wallace (18-12, 5-4 OAC)
Guided by 17th-year head coach Vicki Brault, Baldwin-Wallace raced out to an
8-0 record to start the season, but finished 10-12 in its final 22 matches.
Despite dropping its first two sets against Ohio Northern University in
Tuesday's quarterfinal match in Berea, the Yellow Jackets won three straight
sets to squeak past the Polar Bears.  B-W is making its 23rd appearance in
the OAC tournament, including its 14th under Brault, and is 22-21 all-time
in the tournament.  Making their 16th semifinal appearance in 2011, the
Jackets' are looking to advance to their ninth finals appearance in school
history.  B-W has won one tournament championship.  The Jackets won three
straight matches to close regular season play, have won four consecutive
matches and five of their last six.  During that stretch, B-W has won 16 of
23 sets.  The Yellow Jackets are 14-12 in 13 previous tournament appearances
under Brault, with seven semifinal appearances, four finals appearances and

one championship (2000).z