A Page -- Nov. 5, 2011 -- PM Edition

Coach Rye with the Wolverines

West G. will build around the talents of Brianne Goodrich; Wolverines have mixture of experience and JV swing players moving into regular varsity roles

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CHESTERLAND – With five regulars returning and five JVs or otherwise moving into the varsity den, West Geauga basketball will have a mix of seasoned veterans and eager newcomers to make for a great Wolverines season.

Leading the pack is Brianne Goodrich (5’10”, Junior Post) who is a returning starter who should average a double-double for the Wolves.

“We had a tremendous summer,” said veteran West G. coach Cheryl Rye.  “I was pleasantly surprised at this team’s ability to play together, and their competitive spirit.  They will definitely bring the energy every day.” 

Losing 4 starters off last year’s outfit only made the girls work harder to try to win a spot in the starting rotation.


“Our team strength is our athleticism,” Coach Rye said.  “We are very quick and plan to pressure teams constantly.  We’ll be looking to score easy baskets in transition and from turnovers we create defensively.”

Others back from last season to complement Goodrich in various leadership capacities are Lindsay Visner (5'9" Senior Guard/Post, Starter), Sadie Poe (5’6” Junior, Point Guard, Starter), Nicole Leonette (5'7",Junior Guard,Starter), and Alison Graham (5'5", Senior, Guard, Role Player).

Those taking on new roles in the program this season are Caitlin Curtis (5’6”  Soph, Guard, will be hunt as a starter and had some varsity experience last year), Marley Prapost (5’7”, Junior Guard, potential starter,  JV starter last year), Jessi Genske (5’10”, Senior Post, Role Player), Taylor Tercek (5’6”, Senior Guard, Role Player), and Meghan Dayringer (6’0”, Soph, Post, will split time between JV and varsity).

The Wolverines hit some rough spots last season but still managed and 8-14 overall record and 4-6 mark in the Chagrin Valley Conference.

“We hope to be in the hunt for a conference championship and be playing our best basketball at the end of the season going into the tournament,” Coach Rye said. 

All the varsity players at West G. have an above 3.5 GPA with many near or above a 4.0 GPA.

“Once again, we are blessed to have tremendous students on our team,” Rye said. “The girls focus on their studies as much as basketball, if not more.”

Now in her 16th season, Rye’s teams have posted a 167-149 mark at West G. Her assistants also have longevity. Julie Kless, 11th season. She has a  new JV Coach in  Joe Murray but is formally the 8th grade coach and has 8 years in the program.

Reimer's Roundup – 

Case Reserve Basketball Season Preview

Case Western Reserve University Women's Basketball Head Coach Jennifer Reimer previews the 2011-12 season with Dave Wilson of the Spartan Broadcasting Network on this edition of Reimer's Roundup.

View the complete video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10SLQvYtIco&feature=channel_video_title




























Double-figure scorers Dan Dreher, James Krakowiak lead senior-laden Holy Name team

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


PARMA HEIGHTS – With a pair of double-figure scorers in Dan Dreher and James Krakowiak returning, Holy Name’s boys’ basketball team should be a North Coast League Divisional challenger and one of the best in the crop in the Westlake district come tournament time.


Dreher (senior, 2 letters, 10 ppg, 5 rpg) and Krakowiak (senior, 1 letter, 10 ppg, 4 rpg) will be the team leaders that his senior laden with five other seniors with mounds of experience returning for the Namers.


Other veterans are Joe Duff (senior,1 letter, 2 ppg, 2 rpg), Jake Schaefer (senior, 1 letter, 2 ppg, 1 rpg), Alex Danforth (senior, 1 letter, 3 ppg), Mike Holloran (senior, 1 letter) and Mike Richardson (senior, 1 letter).


Newcomers expected to be contributing factors are Gordy Egan (senior), Lawrynce Johnson (freshman), Brian Spencer (junior), Brendan Carlin (senior), and Mike Drapcho (senior).

“This year we have a good amount of experience,” said second-year head coach Jeff Huber.  “I believe we will be a very physical team and should be a strong defensive team.  I am also hopeful -- depending on a couple guys -- that we will have the depth to play a lot of kids and maybe try and play at a faster tempo at times.”

In 2010-11, the Green Wave went 12-12 and finished as District Runners-up.

“Our goals are to win our conference and win our district,” said Huber. “It would be a big step for our program and one we are hopeful to make this season.”

Holy Name has not won a district title since 1953, which was prior to not only theirs but also the birth the parents of most of the current Holy Name S/A’s.

Also with Elyria Catholic out and Benedictine and Walsh Jesuit in, the divisional alignments have changed and thereby the schedule for the Namers.

They now play Trinity, Cleveland Central Catholic, VASJ, Chanel and Warren JFK twice.  Also on the non-league side, they have added Midpark.

“I believe this is a year for us to make some noise,” Huber said.  “We are very senior heavy and I hope that experience works to our favor.  We have a good mix of posts and guards and a really good group of kids who play hard and get along very well.  I am hopeful that carries over to the court and we have a good season.”

The Namers have a new JV coach in Cory Emerine, who comes to the program from Notre Dame College.

CSU Hoops luncheon to debut

CLEVELAND (THEATRE DISTRICT) - The inaugural CSU Hoops Luncheon Series will debut on Monday, Nov. 14 with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coachesGary Waters and Kate Peterson Abiad throughout the 2011-12 season.

The first luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. Future luncheons will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Feb. 13. All luncheons will be hosted by WKNR's Munch Bishop.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for all four luncheons with a lunch buffet available at 11:45 a.m. The coaches comments will begin at 12:10 p.m.

Cost of admission is $12, which includes a buffet luncheon and beverages. Tables of eight are available for $96.

The 90-minute luncheon will feature presentations from each of the Viking basketball head coaches, allowing fans to find out what is going on within the program and what they can expect in the weeks to come.

The deadline for making reservations for the first luncheon is Thursday, Nov. 10. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5119. Cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.