A Page -- Nov. 8, 2011 -- PM Edition

Padua Alumnus Danny Molls named Defensive 

Player of the Week in the MAC

Defensive Player of the Week:  Toledo LB Dan Molls

Junior linebacker Dan Molls (North Royalton, Ohio) had 17 tackles and one tackle for loss in a 63-60 loss to Northern Illinois.

TD pass to Shaker Heights' Perez Ashford in 123-point game 

earns NI's Chandler Harnish Offensive Player of Week in 


Offensive Player of the Week:  Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish

Senior quarterback Chandler Harnish (Bluffton, Ind.) threw six touchdown passes, the second-most in MAC history, and hit Perez Ashford with the game-winning throw with 19 seconds left, to lead Northern Illinois to a thrilling 63-60 shootout victory at Toledo last Tuesday night in the Glass Bowl. 

Shaker's Perez Ashford


Harnish completed 17-of-26 passes for 265 yards and six scores, and rushed 16 times for 133 yards to account for 398 yards of total offense.  He threw touchdown passes of 6, 71, 16, 19, 15 and 4 yards in the game while twice bringing Northern Illinois back from four-point deficits in the final eight minutes of the game.  He led the Huskies on a game-winning nine-play, 66-yard drive that consumed 3:52 on the clock.  

Harnish’s six touchdown passes tied for the second-highest single game total ever at Northern Illinois and in a MAC game.   Already the school record-holder for total offense yards, Harnish surpassed the 10,000 yard mark for his career.  He collected his eighth career 100-yard rushing game and is ranked in the top five in the league in rushing.  

Kent's Hollomon named Special Teams Player 

of Week in MAC

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Kent State KR Rob Hollomon

Freshman kick returner Rob Hollomon (Philadelphia, Pa.) averaged 35.7 yards on three kick returns in Kent State’s 24-21 win over Central Michigan last Saturday.  Hollomon had a pair of kick returns that went for over 40 yards.  Kent State’s previous high for the season was 35 yards.   


Case Reserve Soccer’s Bell and Wimalasena Named UAA Student/Athletes of the Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The University Athletic Association Champion and NCAA Tournament bound Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team swept the league's Player of the Week awards as senior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) and senior defender Niro Wimalasena (Mason, Ohio/Mason) have been named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.

The Spartans (14-4, 5-2 UAA) defeated the University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Saturday night, 1-0, to claim the program's second UAA Title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. CWRU hosts men's and women's first and second round action this Saturday and Sunday, November 12-13 at Case Field.

Bell scored the game-winning goal in the 49th minute on Saturday en route to earning his fifth Athlete of the Week award of 2011 and eighth career. The All-American is CWRU's all-time leader in career goals (42), career points (99), goals in a season (19) and points in a season (48).

Wimalasena, recently named a Capital One Academic All-District VII selection, led the Spartan defense to the shutout with just five shots on goal versus Rochester. He also started his 74th career match – another school record.

The Spartans open tournament action this weekend versus DePauw University (Ind.) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.

 Horizon League Announces Cost of Attendance Policy


INDIANAPOLIS -- Horizon League athletic directors have unanimously approved a change in League operating regulations that clarify the implementation of the National Collegiate Athletic Association decision to add a $2,000 cost of attendance allowance to athletic grants-in-aid.


The Horizon League will add the $2,000 in scholarships for men’s and women’s basketball.


“Our operating regulations reflect our long-time League-wide philosophy of providing NCAA-determined maximum scholarship amounts in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball programs,” said Commissioner Jon LeCrone. “This vote by our athletic directors supports the continuation of that strategy which has a record of success.”


Butler has reached back-to-back national championship games in men’s basketball while Milwaukee and Cleveland State also have reached the Sweet Sixteen in recent years. This past March, Green Bay became the first Horizon League program to reach the Sweet Sixteen of the women’s tournament.


LeCrone said the decision to add $2,000 to full scholarships in other sports will be left to the individual institutions.

Spartan Women Downed in Exhibition Contest at Division I Cleveland State

CLEVELAND (Theatre District) – The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team lost an exhibition contest at Division I Cleveland State University, 85-42, in the Spartans' final tune-up for the 2011-12 season on Monday evening at the Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Center.

The Spartans officially open the season next Tuesday, November 15 at Washington & Jefferson College at 7:00 p.m. in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Case hung tough with the Vikings for most of the contest, getting as close as four when senior forward Erin Hollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/hollinger%20erin%20927u> (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) hit a fast-break jumper to make the score 11-7 at the 14:25 mark of the first half.

Erin Hollinger
Chardon's Hollinger

Hollinger, a D3Hoops.com Preseason All-American, led the way with a team-best 18 points to go along with five rebounds.

Erica Iafelice and the Spartans got a Division I tune-up on Monday night at CSU. (photo by Annie O'Neill)
North Canton's Iafelice

Junior point guard Erica Iafelice<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/iafelice%20erica%20psuy> (North Canton, Ohio/Canton Hoover) grabbed a game-high tying seven rebounds, while fellow junior guard Evy Iacono<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/iacono%20evy%20lmlk> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) dished out three assists.

Shalonda Winton led the Vikings with a game-high 23 points while pulling down seven boards and recording six steals.

Case is on the road for the first five contests of the season before opening its home slate with the annual University Athletic Association/North Coast Athletic Conference Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26-27 at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

Ed's-Ignatius game on 'HKW-1220 this week

The high school football game - Division I, Region 1 Semi Final - Saturday November 12th between St. Ignatius High School and St Edward High School at Judy Kirsch Field(Brunswick, 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 6:45 pm 

LAKE ERIE COLLEGE plays exhibition tonight

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team plays an exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Division I Ohio University to open the 2011-12 season.  The Storm and Bobcats will tip-off from the Convocation Center in Athens at 7 p.m.

Lake Erie returns five starters and 12 players overall from last year's team.  The Storm is looking to improve on its 3-22 (2-17 GLIAC) record last year and return to the form that saw the squad go a school-record 18-9 in 2009-10. 

Click here for complete game notes in PDF

This is the third time the Storm has opened a season with an exhibition game against a team from the NCAA's top division.  

Lake Erie lost at Cleveland State to start the 2007-08 season and at Youngstown State tow years ago.  Additionally, the Storm has played three regular season games against DI opponents over the last two seasons. 

The 2011-12 campaign officially gets underway on Saturday night, Nov. 12, when the Storm hosts traditional nonconference rival Ursuline College at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center at 7 p.m. 

Three Gilmour Student/Athletes to sign letters 

of intent to Penn State tomorrow

            GATES MILLS—When Pennsylvania State University kicks off its inaugural Division I women’s hockey program next year, three senior members of the Gilmour Academy Girl's Prep Hockey team will be players.  Micayla Catanzariti, Katie Zinn and Celine Whitlinger will sign NCAA National Letters of Intent at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Gilmour’s Athletic Center.    

            Catanzariti, who is from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., plays right wing on Gilmour’s Girls Prep Hockey team.  Prior to Gilmour, she earned USA National Championship medals in 2009 and 2010 and was captain of her former team.  The Lancer was selected for one of the premier USA Hockey Select Player Development Camps in the Pacific District in 2010 and 2011.  She plans to study psychology or sociology at Penn State.  “Micyala is a ball of energy during our contests and has the ability to score points, kill penalties and be involved physically in our games,” says Rick Filighera, head coach of Gilmour’s Girls Prep Hockey team.       

Zinn, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, is a forward for Gilmour.  Last year in Canada she led her team in goals scored and was third in assists.  She began playing hockey at age 4 and plans to major in environmental engineering.  “Katie has a very good hockey IQ and she understands all the small nuances of the game,” Filighera says. “She has the ability to find an open player with pinpoint accuracy on her passing.”

Whitlinger, a goaltender from Huntington Beach, Calif., was selected the best goalie from the Pacific District of the U.S. Hockey Camp.  “Celine is a shut-down goaltender and gives up very few rebounds,” Filighera says.  “She is consistently in position and has the ability to make the key save at the most important times and gives her team a chance to win every game.”    

During the Ohio Flames Ignite the Ice Tournament in September, Whitlinger played all five games, recording three shutouts while only giving up two goals.   

                Gilmour has the only girls prep hockey team in Ohio.  It is one of 10 teams from the United States and Canada in the North American Prep Hockey Association.  The Lancers finished the 2009-10 regular season with a with a 37-17-7 record.  All three players bound for Penn State played in the Ignite the Ice Tournament earlier this season when Gilmour won the championship. 

Mentor's Rob Brocious named Swimmer of the 

Week in the OAC

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Junior Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer of the Week on Monday.

Brocious won five events over the weekend, as Mount Union dropped dual meets to John Carroll and Ohio Wesleyan. 

Friday night, he won the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.55) and 1000-yard freestyle (10:34.68) and teamed with freshman Brian Ruhe (Versailles/Versailles), junior Mike Greisl (South Euclid/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin), and sophomore Mike Zappa (Shelby/Shelby) to take first in the 400-yard medley relay as the Purple Raiders lost to John Carroll, 128.5-102.5.

In a 114-100 loss to Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday, Brocious claimed first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:56.01) and 1000-yard freestyle (10:13.40).

Mount Union will be action next Saturday, November 19th as they swim at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.


Akron native Katy Alkire tabbed swimmer of 

week in OAC

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Junior Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer of the Week on Monday.

Alkire won four events in meets against John Carroll and Ohio Wesleyan, helping Mount Union go 2-0 this past weekend. 

Friday night, she won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:38.93) and 1000-yard freestyle (11:14.76) as the Purple Raiders defeated John Carroll, 125-98.

For an encore on Saturday, Alkire won the 50-yard freestyle (25.19) and 200-yard IM (2:21.54) as the Purple Raiders defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 134-80.

Mount Union will be action next Saturday, November 19th as they swim at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Mount earns second NCAA volleyball bid

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Mount Union's volleyball team will make its second NCAA Tournament appearance an when it meets Lebanon Valley in the first round later this week. The contest will be played on the campus of Neumann University in Aston, Pa. on Friday at 12:30 p.m.

The Purple Raiders (24-7) defeated No. 9 Heidelberg on Saturday to win the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. OAC rules stipulate, however, that if the regular season champion reaches the final of the conference tournament, that school will receive the conference's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Tournament. The win over Heidelberg improved the Purple Raiders' résumé and helped them receive one of 20 national at-large bids.

Lebanon Valley (28-9) earned an automatic bid by defeating Messiah (Pa.) to win the Commonwealth Conference Tournament on Saturday. The Dutchmen will make their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

The winner of the first round matchup plays the winner of a matchup between Juniata (Pa.) and Cabrini (Pa.) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 12.

In the other half of the region, host Eastern (Pa.) will face Penn State-Altoona and Hiram will take on Stevenson (Md.).

The regional final will be held Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. and the winner will advance to the eight-team finals at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. beginning November 18th.

This trip to the NCAA Tournament is very similar to Mount Union's only other appearance in program history, which came in 2009. The Purple Raiders played Lebanon Valley in the first round, winning 3-1. They then lost 3-1 to Juniata, who is a possible second round opponent this time around as well.

Spartan Football’s Calabrese and Vasil Named UAA Student/Athletes of the Week

CLEVELAND (University Circle) – Case Western Reserve University junior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) and senior placekicker Daniel Vasil(Erie, Pa./McDowell) have been named the University Athletic Association Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, for their roles in Saturday's 16-6 win at Washington-St. Louis.

Calabrese recorded a pair of interceptions, each in key spots in the game as the Spartans held the Bears scoreless for the final three quarters. For the season, Calabrese has 40 tackles with a team-high six interceptions, a forced fumble, and three return touchdowns (two INT/one punt return).

Vasil hit a career-high three field goals, including a personal-best of 43 yards as time expired in the first half. Over the past five games, Vasil is 10-for-13 in field goal attempts and 13-for-14 in extra point tries.

Both Calabrese and Vasil are two-time UAA Athletes of the Week this season.

The Spartans (8-1, 2-0 UAA) have won seven-straight and have earned at least a share of a fourth UAA Championship in five seasons. Case can win the title outright and keep its drive for an NCAA Playoff berth alive with a victory this Saturday at rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) in the 26th Annual Academic Bowl at 2:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

Viking basketball hosts John Carroll tomorrow

John Carroll (19-9 in 2010-11) at Cleveland State (27-9 in 2010-11) 

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Goodman Arena, Wolstein Center (8,500) - Cleveland, Ohio

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SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State tips off the 2011-12 season when the Vikings host John Carroll for an exhibition game on Wednesday (Nov. 9) in the Wolstein Center at 7:00 p.m. CSU returns four starters and two redshirts from last year's team that went 27-9, won the Horizon League regular season crown at 13-5 and advanced to the second round of the NIT. John Carroll went 19-9 last season, falling in the OAC title game. The Division III Blue Streaks return 15 players from last year's squad and fell at Akron, 84-62, last Thursday (Nov. 3) in an exhibition game.

PREVIEWING THE VIKINGS: Sixth-year head coach Gary Waters will combine an experienced group of upperclassmen with one of the most talented freshman classes in school history as the Vikings set out to win a second straight Horizon League title. The strength of the team is at the guards where seniors Trey Harmon and Jeremy Montgomery return after starting all 36 games last season. They will be joined in the backcourt by freshmen Sebastian Douglas and Charles Lee. SeniorD'Aundray Brown returns to the lineup after missing last season with a finger injury to man the small forward spot with freshmen Marlin Mason and Ike Nwamu ready to step in and provide minutes. Senior Aaron Pogue returns as the starting center with junior Tim Kamczyc back at the power forward slot. Sophomores Devon Long and Luda Ndaye and freshman Anton Grady add depth, athleticism and length to the frontcourt.

Aaron Pogue


VIKINGS 22nd IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Cleveland State is one of three Horizon League schools to earn a spot in the annual preseason CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll. The Vikings received 149 votes from the 31 voters to earn 22nd place. Butler is ranked second with 698 votes and seven first place votes, while Detroit is 15th with 309 votes. Milwaukee, Valparaiso and Green Bay were among the "Others Receiving Votes". Last season, CSU began the season ranked 25th in the poll before working its way up to the No. 1 ranking on Dec. 6 where the Vikings stayed for five weeks. 

FIRST CSU HOOPS LUNCHEON ON NOV. 14: The first CSU Hoops Luncheon of the year will take place on Monday (Nov. 14) with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Gary Waters and Kate Peterson Abiad throughout the 2010-11 season. Hosted by MunchBishop of WKNR, the 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. Cost of admission is $12 with a reservation or $15 at the door and includes a buffet luncheon and beverages. Tables for eight can also be reserved for $96.00. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5119.

VIKINGS THIRD IN PRESEASON LEAGUE POLL: Cleveland State was picked to finish third in the preseason Horizon League poll as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Butler was chosen as the favorite in the preseason poll, garnering 28 first place votes and 468 points to edge out second place Detroit. The Titans received 19 first place votes and 453 points. Cleveland State earned two first place votes and 388 points to finish third in the voting, while Milwaukee received the final first place vote and 356 votes to place fourth. Valparaiso was fifth with 255 points and was followed by Green Bay (247), Youngstown State (195), Wright State (157), Loyola (145) and UIC (86).

HARMON NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE TEAM: Senior guard Trey Harmon was rewarded when he was one of five players named to the 2011-12 Preseason All-Horizon League first team. Harmon, the third leading returning scorer in the league, earned the preseason honor after averaging 13.2 points per game last season to rank 13th in the league. He was also seventh in minutes played (33.2) and eighth in three-point field goals made (1.7), while adding 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists. One of the top defenders in the league, Harmon was selected to the Horizon League All-Defensive and Mid-Major Defensive All-America teams last year after ranking fourth in the league in steals (1.5).

PROTECTING THE ROCK: The Vikings averaged a school-record low of 11.4 turnovers last season, the fourth time in head coach Gary Waters' tenure that CSU set a program low for turnovers per game. The Vikings had 11 single-digit turnover games in 2010-11, including a school-record low of four against South Florida (12/22/10). The 11 single-digit turnover games were the most in school history, breaking the old mark of seven in 2008-09.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?: The Vikings welcome back senior D'Aundray Brown to the lineup this year after he took last year as a redshirt after injuring his hand in preseason practice. In 2009-10, Brown earned Horizon League All-Defensive Team accolades, ranking 13th in the nation in steals. He has started 66 career games, including all 32 in 2010-11, averaging 6.9 points and 4.9 rebounds for his career.

CSU IN THE WOLSTEIN CENTER: CSU is starting its 20th season playing in Henry Goodman Arena in the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center. The Vikings are 156-105 (.598) during that span, including winning records in nine of the last 13 seasons. CSU won a school-record 17 home games last year.

1,000 TIMES THREE: CSU has three players that could reach 1,000 career points this year. Jeremy Montgomery enters his final season with 988 career points, while Trey Harmon (923 points) and D'Aundray Brown (616) are also within reach. It would be the first time in school history that three players reached the milestone in the same season.

FINISHING IT IN REGULATION: Last year's season finale against the College of Charleston extended CSU's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 136. The last time CSU played an overtime tilt came on Nov. 17, 2007 when the Vikings toppled Florida State, 69-66, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. In the 135 games since, Cleveland State has gone 88-48 (.650).

CLOSING IN ON 200: With at least 32 games in 2011-12, Gary Waters will become the fourth coach in program history to coach in 200 career games for CSU. He will join Ray Dieringer (360), Kevin Mackey (211) and Rollie Massimino (203). Waters has coached in 171 games entering this season, posting a 100-71 mark at CSU. He trails only Dieringer (149) and Mackey (142) for most wins in school history.

ADDING ASSISTANCE: The trio of associate head coach Jayson Gee and assistant coaches Larry DeSimpelare and Jeremaine Kimbrough are in their sixth year serving for head coach Gary Waters on the Viking bench. It is the longest tenure for a trio of Viking assistant coaches in school history. Only the tandem of Mitch Buonaguro and Paul Molinari (1996-03) served longer as a unit.

UP NEXT: Cleveland State opens the 2011-12 regular season when the Vikings play at No. 7 Vanderbilt on Sunday (Nov. 13) at 2:00 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and is part of the Ticket City Legends Classic