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Olmsted Falls alumna Julie Radigan

Olmsted Falls alumna Julie Radigan makes 

All-OAC first team volleyball; Walsh alum 

Sarah Dean; Beaumont grad Monica 

Hupertz also receive OAC honors for Mount 


November 9, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Junior setter Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) was named to the All-OhioAthletic Conference First Team while seniors Sarah Dean (Strongsville/Walsh Jesuit) and Roni Schroeder(Shelby/Shelby) were listed on the Second Team and another senior, Monica Hupertz, received an Honorable Mention honor.

Radigan, who was an Honorable Mention in 2008, ranked second in assists per set within the OAC (10.16). She also rated fifth in hitting percentage (.280).

Sarah Dean from Walsh Jesuit

Dean finished second in the conference in digs per set (7.03), capping a record-setting season and career at Mount Union. 

The senior libero scribed program records of 787 digs in a season, 2,448 digs in a career and 7.03 digs per set in a season.

Schroeder, a middle hitter, led the OAC in blocks per set (1.02) while ranking second in hitting percentage (.310) and fourth in kills per set (2.94).


Hupertz, an outside hitter, topped the entire conference in kills per set (3.12).

The Purple Raiders finished with a 21-11 record and made their seventh trip to the OAC semifinals before falling to the top seed, and eventual tournament champ, Heidelberg.

Reid Anderson

Avon Lake native, St. Edward alumnus Reid 

Anderson to lead Case Reserve basketball 


Nov. 9, 2010

2010 Spartan Men’s Basketball Preview

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND - Following its first winning season in more than a decade, the Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team looks to continue its rise in one of the nation’s premier conferences during the 2010-11 campaign. Under the guidance of eighth-year head coach Sean McDonnell, the Spartans will rely on depth and a trio of returning All-University Athletic Association performers as they look to build on last season’s 14-11 finish.

With a bulk of the team’s talent retained, Case will look to post its first-ever winning record in the UAA (6-8 in 2009-10) and returns four starters along with seven of its top eight scorers.

“Our returning players are both talented and experienced,” said McDonnell.  “Our team’s success this season will hinge on their leadership both on and off the court.”

Reid Anderson

Expected to lead the team is senior guard  Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward), senior center - pictured, bottom right - Eric Duerr (Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland) and junior forward Tom Summers (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional).

Anderson will be counted on to anchor the offensive attack from the wing after finishing third in the UAA in scoring last season at 15.1 points-per-game, while Summers and Duerr will form the backbone of the frontcourt.

Summers established himself as one of the league’s top forwards last season, earning second-team All-UAA honors and finishing second in the league in rebounding (10.2 rpg.) and fifth in scoring (14.2 rpg.). At six-foot, eight inches, Duerr will patrol center for Case. The Honorable Mention All-UAA pick led the league in blocked shots (44) last year and was tabbed as a Third-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

Reid (Anderson) is as talented offensively as any perimeter player in America,” said McDonnell.  “Tom (Summers) was one of the best rebounding forwards in the country last season and Eric (Duerr) is not only an outstanding player, he is a great ambassador for our program and the University. We have high expectations for all three players this season.”

Joining Duerr and Summers on the block will be sophomore Evan Tsudis (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic), who averaged 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 25 contests as a rookie.

The wing and backcourt will be fortified by sophomore Robert Scott (Paoli, PA/Conestoga), who played all three perimeter positions as a freshman and connected on 48.3 percent of his three-point attempts.

Robert (Scott) is very aggressive offensively and if his turnovers are kept in-check, he should have a nice season for us,” noted McDonnell.

The team also will rely heavily on the experience of seniors Alex Hildebrandt (Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary)Colin Mulholland (Jacksonville, FL/Bishop Kenny) and Ryan Bokan (Boise, ID/Bishop Kelly).

St. V alum Alex Hildebrand

Hildebrandt averaged 4.8 ppg. in 24 starts at forward last year,  Mulholland averaged 5.9 ppg. from the guard position, and Bokanwill look to return at the point after missing all of last season with a knee injury.

McDonnell also expects sophomore guards Tim Maleski (Franklin, PA) and Brian Curth (Darien, CT) to add depth to the Spartan backcourt.

With six newcomers in the mix, the Spartans will set out to take on a competitive 25-game schedule featuring two home tournaments, 11 non-conference matchups and 14 UAA contests.

The team opens the season at home versus Baldwin-Wallace College on Monday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.The Spartans also host the annual Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Memorial Tournament the following weekend on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20.

Yeo Notes: Allegheny at Oberlin, Nov. 13
Story Reported by Ryan Mouch '11
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By Ryan Mouch

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

Oberlin – The Oberlin College football team will close out its 2010 campaign as it welcomes the Allegheny College Gators to Savage Stadium on Saturday. The Yeomen are in search of their first five-win season since 2007. The Yeomen have also team up with the NCAA for the Take a Kid to the Game Initiative. Furthermore, there will be a free tailgate as part of fan appreciation day, which also includes some great prizes. 

What: Allegheny College Gators (6-3, 4-2 NCAC) @ Oberlin College Yeomen (4-5, 3-3 NCAC)
When: Saturday, November 13, 1 p.m. EST
Where: Savage Stadium – Oberlin, Ohio
Radio: AM- 1320 WOBL l Brian Deitz (play-by-play) l Don Vincent (color) 
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Series: Oberlin trails the all-time series 18-25-1

Last Meeting Against the Gators
: Oberlin lost to Allegheny College 22-0 on September 26, 2009 at Savage Stadium. 

Last Time out for the Yeomen: Defeated Ohio Wesleyan University 16-12 (11/6/10)

Series Information ... 
Oberlin trails the all-time series against the Gators 18-25-1 with the first meeting between the two schools coming all the way back in 1907 when the Yeomen shutout the Gators 25-0 in Oberlin … In the 2009 matchup, the Yeomen were only able to gain 104 yards of total offense while the Gators racked up 505 total yards on their way to a dominant performance over the Yeomen and a 22-0 victory … The Gators possessed the ball for 44 minutes while the Yeomen struggled with the football, holding onto the ball for only 16 minutes in the game … Despite the ineffectiveness of the offense, the Yeomen did get strong defensive performances from Tyler Lewis, Dane Stritt, and Ron Rupard, each of which had double digit tackles in the game.

Scouting the Gators …
Allegheny enters Saturday’s matchup following a 43-21 win over Hiram College last week … The Gators are led offensively by senior quarterback T.J. Salopek, who is completing 67% of his passes and is three yards away from throwing for 2,000 yards this season … His favorite target is senior David Strawser, who has hauled in 41 balls for 521 yards to go along with five touchdowns … Senior wide receiver Terry Hartford is the Gators’ main redzone threat as he has hauled in eight of Salopek’s 18 touchdown passes … On defense, senior strong safety Sid Facaros has a nose for the ball, as he leads the team in tackles with 62 and interceptions with four … He also has one fumble recovery, which he returned 76 yards for a touchdown … Off the edge, the Yeomen will have to be aware of sophomore defensive end John Douglas, who leads the team in tackles for a loss (11) and sacks (3.5).

Last Hurrah …

Saturday’s matchup marks the final game for a very talented and successful group of seniors for the Yeomen … The Yeomen will graduate 10 seniors, including placekicker Zach Richard, wide receiver Ryan Harvey, quarterbackJoey Zebelian, defensive back and co-captain Solomon Turner, center and co-captain Chris Pottmeyer, defensive lineman Adam Wigren, linebacker Ron Rupard, offensive lineman Chris Creech and defensive lineman … Cody Wiewandt … Five (Richard, Turner, Pottmeyer, Wigren and Wiewandt) of the 10 seniors have been named All-NCAC in their careers. … Furthermore, Pottmeyer has started in every game of his illustrious four-year career. 

Limiting the Three and Outs …
Oberlin currently sits at second in the NCAC in third down conversion percentage, converting just over 43% (58-of-134) of their tries … Allegheny, on the other hand, sits at second in the NCAC in stopping their opponents on third down, giving up a first down only 31% of the time … It will be important for the Yeomen to stay out of third and long situations and convert on third down to maintain the edge in time of possession that they have had all season … The Yeomen lead the league in time of possession at 33:57.

Chalk It Up … 
For the fifth straight game the Yeomen rushed for over 100 yards as a team … Junior running back Drew Mixter pushed his season total to 538 yards following last week with his 94 yard performance and upped his yards per carry average to 4.6 yards per carry … Freshman Moses Richardson also saw his most productive game against the Bishops as he carried a career-high 18 times for 53 yards adding to his season total of now 215 yards on the ground … Allegheny is currently tops in the NCAC in rushing defense only giving up 66.3 yards per contest … It will be interesting to see if the Yeomen offense is able to keep a strong run game against the Gators … It will also be important that Oberlin does not become too one-dimensional … For the Yeomen, the key to their success has been their ability to stay balanced on offense.

Taking Care of Business …

After the hard fought win over the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University, the Yeomen have put themselves in a position to go 5-5 for the first time since 2007 and the fourth time under Head Coach Jeff Ramsey … Four of Allegheny’s nine games this season have been decided by seven points or less … If the Yeomen can take care of the ball, limit the penalties, and keep the game close in the second half, they should be able to send the seniors out in style riding a three game win streak to end the season.

A New Record Looming …
Junior punter/wide receiver Cory Kidd’s punting average currently sits at 40.7 yards per punt this season … The current school record for punting average in a single season is held by Dave Bruno when his punts covered an average of 40.4 yards in 1982 … Kidd, who has been a weapon on special teams, has also had a productive season at wide receiver hauling in 22 balls for 243 yards and one touchdown this season … If he hopes to break the single season record for punting, Kidd will have to continue to be a weapon on special teams as he has all season … Last week he placed two balls inside the 10 yard-line, one of which setup a Yeomen safety. 

Viking Basketball Broadcasts Remains 


CSU Makes Three-Year Agreement With Salem Communications For Basketball

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- WHKW, 1220 AM The Word in Cleveland will serve as the flagship station of the Viking Basketball Radio Network through the 2012-13 season as part of a three-year agreement between Cleveland State, Nelligan Sports Marketing and Salem Communications.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by CSU Director of Athletics John Parry.

"The Cleveland State athletic department is happy to continue our partnership with Salem Communications and have WHKW and WHKZ serve as our primary broadcast outlets for the next three years of Viking basketball," Parry said. "We have enjoyed working with Salem over the last several seasons and by extending our partnership, it ensures that Viking fans will have a high quality, regular radio destination for CSU Basketball."

"We're excited about the opportunity to continue and expand our relationship with Salem Communications" said Nelligan Sports Marketing's Regional Vice President, John Egan.  "This new agreement will not only continue to ensure that our corporate partners receive tremendous exposure in the region, but will provide the University with valuable media inventory to promote ticket sales, events and other University initiatives."

In addition, the Vikings will get additional exposure under the agreement as WHKZ, 1440 AM The Word in Warren will also broadcast the games.

Under the agreement, every game will be aired live on both stations and streamed live on the internet via whkwradio.com. The broadcasts will include a 30-minute pre-game show.

The 2010-11 season will mark the third straight year that Viking basketball will partner with Salem Communications and WHKW.

In addition, Salem has committed to a number of marketing initiatives involving its local affiliates, NewsTalk 1420 WHK and WFHM 95.5 FM The Fish.

Included in the agreement are plans to hold a Fish Faith & Family Day when the Vikings host Wright State on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Throughout the season, Salem Communications will conduct ticket giveaways on WHKW.

Al Pawlowski returns for his sixth season as the play-by-play voice of the Vikings.

CSU opens the 2010-11 regular season with the busiest opening weekend in school history as the Vikings will play four games in four days (Nov. 12-15) as part of the World Vision Classic. CSU will take on Bryant on Friday (7:30 p.m.), Iona on Saturday (6:00 p.m.), Kent State on Sunday (6:00 p.m.) and Urbana on Monday (7:00 p.m.).

Season, mini-plan and individual game tickets are available by calling the Wolstein Center Ticket Office at (216) 687-4848 or by visitingCSUHoops.com.

North Olmsted High alumna Brittany Donelan 

of Heidelberg named Libero of the Year in

the OAC for the third time

Nov. 9, 2010
By Lindsay Miller

AUSTINTOWN -- Heidelberg senior Brittany Donelan (North Olmsted) was selected by th eleague coaches as the 2010 OAC Libero-of-the-Year for the third time (2008, 2009, 2010).

At the close of the regular-season, Donelan led the Berg and ranked fourth in the OAC with 670 digs on the year, averaging 5.63 digs-per-set. Donelan helped lead Heidelberg to the OAC Regular-Season and Tournament titles and the programs fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. 

Donelan has also earned First-Team All-OAC honors.
Former Jaguar Meredith McDiarmid

Making second team All OAC was Meredith McDiarmid, a John Carroll senior, who is a Strongsville native and St. Joseph Academy alumna.

Midview alumna Jacki Street, a Heidelberg sophomore, made the honorable mention team.

Holy Name Alumna/North Royalton 
resident/B-W Sophomore Middle Hitter Rachel Switalski Earns All-Conference Honors

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College sophomore middle hitter Rachel Switalski (North Royalton/Holy Name) has been selected to the 2010 All-Ohio Athletic Conference Volleyball Team, released today (Tuesday, November 9, 2010).  

Switalski, a honorable mention All-OAC selection, led the Yellow Jackets with career-highs in kills and blocks with 280 and  70 respectively.  In addition, she recorded career-bests with  a .206 hitting percentage, 35 service aces and 134 digs while adding nine set assists.  Switalski was named to the all-tournament team at the 2010 Salisbury (Md.) University Seagull Classic.

In her two-year career, Switalski has tallied 344 kills, 194 digs, 97 blocks and 39 service aces.

This fall, B-W had one of the best turnabouts in Division III and Switalski was a big part of the team’s success. Head Coach Vicki Brault’s team won five matches last season and compiled a 20-13 mark with a young squad that loses just two seniors in its top nine players.

Baldwin-Wallace, John Carroll to close out 

season in Shula Stadium for the College 

Football Championship of Cleveland, the 

Annual Cuyahoga Gold Bowl

By Kevin Ruple

The Baldwin-Wallace College Yellow Jacket football team faces Cleveland cross-town and Ohio Athletic Conference rival John Carroll University in the Annual Battle for the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy in University Heights. This is the last regular season game for each team.

The Yellow Jackets enter this game at 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the OAC following a 41-13 loss against No.2-ranked the University of Mount Union last Saturday (November 6) in Berea. 

To date, B-W has beaten The College of Wooster (38-14), Capital University (10-7), Heidelberg University (35-20), Marietta College (39-9), Otterbein University (35-34), Wilmington College (38-0) and Muskingum University (27-16), but have lost to No.11-ranked Ohio Northern Univerity (41-21) and Mt. Union.

The Blue Streaks enter this game at 4-5 overall and 4-4 in the OAC following a 37-35 loss last Saturday (Nov. 6) against Heidelberg in Tiffin. JCU has won three of its past five games and has victories this season against Marietta (24-18), Wilmington (38-17), Muskingum (24-17) and Capital (28-20), but lost to Case Western Reserve University (30-13), Mt. Union (51-7), Otterbein (56-28), ONU (35-14) and Heidelberg.

The Baldwin-Wallace Versus John Carroll Series Notes -- The Yellow Jackets and Blue Streaks have previously met 49 times on the gridiron with B-W holding a 23-22-4 series lead, including an 11-10 advantage in the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy series. JCU defeated B-W, 43-29, last season in University Heights, but B-W has won four of the last six contestest. Home field advantage has been huge lately as the victor in the last eight games has been the home team. The series began in 1921 when the Blue Streaks defeated the Yellow Jackets, 19-13.

The Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Series -- Annually B-W and JCU battle for the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl trophy. The Gold Bowl Trophy series dates back to 1989 and the Yellow Jackets lead the series, 11-10. The trophy was established in 1989 by former B-W Alumni Director Ted Theodore '51. The trophy is a plaque with a rock shaped like a football and displays the flags of each school and a medallion that indicates the winner each year. The trophy is held until the two teams meet the following football season.

Scouting the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin-Wallace College -- Baldwin-Wallace is 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the OAC. Offensively, B-W is averaging 28.4 points and 304.0 yards of offense per game, including 148.4 rushing and 155.6 passing yards per game. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets are allowing 20.2 points and 292.6 yards per game, including 92.7 rushing and 199.9 passing yards per game.

The defense has created 24 turnovers and the offense has made 12 for a plus 12 in the giveaway/ takeaway catagory. In addition, the defense has sacked opposing QBs 37 times (4.11 per game) compared with its offensive line allowing 14 (1.56 per game).

Offensively, B-W utilizes a two-QB rotation of sophomores Ryan O'Rourke (Avon) and Andrew Dziak (Maple Heights/ Parma Padua). O'Rourke has completed 102-of-187 passes for 54.5 percent for 1352 yards with 15 TD and nine interceptions. 

He also has rushed for two TD. Dziak is two-of-four for 50 yards with one TD, and has rushed for 162 yards in 33 attempts with two TD. Junior RB Tim Miker (Parma/ Senior) tops the running game and combines with John McGraw and senior Kyrell Crook (Columbus/ St. Francis DeSales) to form a solid trio. 

Miker has a team-leading 591 yards in 127 attempts with seven TD. McGraw is second with 403 yards in 96 carries with one TD. Crook has 172 yards in 50 attempts with two TD. The receiving corps are led by junior tight end Aaron Hurd (Tiffin/ Columbian) with 21 catches for 257 yards and two TD. Sophomore WR Troy Van Meter (Westerville North) is second with 14 grabs for a 171 yards and two TD.

 Freshman WR Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview) and sophomore WR Aaron Manders (Toledo/ Cardinal Stritch) are tied for third with 12 catches each. The offensive line is anchored by senior Danny Paterline (Reynoldsburg) and juniors Jimmy Basar (Parma/ Senior) and Travis Barnhill (Findlay/ Senior).
Kevin Phipps

On defense, B-W is led on the line by senior end Keith Darbut (Miami, Fla./ Palmetto Senior) and senior tackle Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/ Watkins Memorial), at linebacker by All-OAC senior Ryan Kish (Amherst/ Steele) and in the secondary by junior All-OAC safety Ryan Dugan (Mentor). Kish is tied with junior LB J.J. Laseak (Mentor) for first in tackles with 70, is second with 4.5 quarterback sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. Darbut has 37 tackles, a team-leading 14.0 tackles for loss and 9.5 QB sacks. 
J.J. Laseak

Junior LB Brett Thompson (Shelby) is third in tackles with 55 and has 7.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Phipps supports Darbut on the line and has 41 stops to rank sixth. Junior cornerback Matt Bowen (Tiffin/ Columbian) tied for the lead in the secondary with 47 stops and has run back two interceptions for TD, junior safety Corey Hildreth (Massillon/ Washington) is also tied for the lead in the secondary with 47 tackles and and two pickoffs, and Dugan has 32 tackles, three interceptions and one forced fumble.
Special teams man Tom Goebel from Padua

On special teams, B-W is blessed with a solid placekicker in senior Brad Pollock (Brecksville/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.), who has connected on 32-of-35 PAT kicks and four-of-five field goals for 44 total points. Senor punter/ WR Kareem Ibrahim (North Olmsted) is averaging 34.8 yards per punt in 53 attempts with 12 placed inside the 20. 

The return squad is led by freshman kick return specialist Kevin Johnson (Garfield Hts./ Cleveland St. Ignatius), who averages 28.5 yards per return, and freshman Holt, who averages 27.9 yards on 14 kick returns. Each have one return TD.

Offensively, the Blue Streaks are led by junior QB Devin O'Brien, who has completed 66-of-110 passes for 922 yards with nine TD and six interceptions. On the ground, O'Brien leads the team with 613 rushing yards in 108 attempts with six TD. 

Sophomore RB Daquan Grobsmith has 91 carries for 571 yards and five TD, and caught 11 passes for 165 yards and three TD. His eight TD and 48 points leads JCU In scoring. 

O'Brien is second with 36 points. Corey Castro is fourth with 131 rushing yards in 29 attempts with two TD and has caught six passes for 36 yards. Senior WR Frank Ross is the top wideout with 39 catches for 399 yards and three TD. Tight end Ben Madden is second with 22 grabs for 419 yards and two TD.

On defense, the Blue Streaks are led by linebacker C.J. Seitzinger with 119 tackles, two fumble recoveries and 3.5 tackles for loss. Senior DE Chukbueze Iheama anchors the line with 45 tackles and 2.5 QB sacks. Sophomore DE Dan Velore tops JCU with five sacks. 

Junior OLB Emmett Lydon is second with 67 tackles. Senior DB Jon Cooley is third with 57 tackles and has one interception. Senior CB Michael O'Neil tops JCU with a pair of interceptions.
Rocky River native, St. Ignatius alum Emmett Lydon

The special teams are led by sophomore punter Karl Roshong, who is averaging 39.2 yard per punt, including a season-best 68-yard effort. He has placed 11 punts inside the opposition's 20-yard line. Sophomore PK Brad Marchese is three-of-four in field goal attempts and 26-of-27 in PAT boots for 35 points to rank third on the team. Senior return specialist Bobby Mangiarelli is averaging 24.0 yards per kick return in 29 attempts

Mount women's hoops ranked

November 9, 2010 

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Less than a week from its home opener against Westminster (Pa.), the Mount Union women's basketball team is ranked on three different national polls.

The Purple Raiders will enter the season as the 11th-ranked teams on the D-III News and D3Hoops polls and 12th on the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll.

Amherst (Mass.) is the overwhelming favorite with the top ranking across all three polls.

Mount Union advanced to the Sweet 16 last year before falling to eventual national champ Washington (Mo.).