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UCO coach Craig McAlister savors Ohio homecoming weekend

Ohio U. and Central Oklahoma 

split on Bobcat Alumni 

Weekend; former Bobcat Craig 

McAlister leads 12th-ranked 

UCO to upset win over 2nd-

ranked OU after Bobcats win in 

a rout in the first one

Two-game series featured nearly a dozen 

Cleveland-area hockey players


Jan. 10, 2010

By Mike Haszto, Sr.
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Writer

(Athens, Oh.)-On a snowy and cold weekend in January, it was fitting that Coach Craig McAllister of Central Oklahoma was coming home so to speak.  It was Alumni Weekend for the coach, where he starred with Ohio University in giving them four solid years as a player with three of those as their Captain.  One could say that there was a little something 'special' in the air.
     Coach McAllister brought his 12th ranked Bronchos into Athens to face the 2nd ranked Bobcats, in what was deemed a weekend where UCO needed an impressive showing to begin the second half of their season.  One would say, they needed a win.  UCO was coming off two losses to 7th ranked Oklahoma University to end the first half, with Ohio still feeling the effects of sweeping top ranked Lindenwood University of St. Louis before their break.
     It turned out to be a special weekend, but it took two games to do it.
     Both teams have local players on their rosters, so it was also a bit of a homecoming for those players.  For Ohio, Defenseman and Alternate Captain Mark Tracy hails from Parma, and winger and Alternate Captain Billy Hemann from Westlake just to name two.  Defenseman Ben Gilles calls Amherst home and Center Jay Mazzarella played his hockey at St. Ignatius.
     For Central Oklahoma, defenseman Mike Haszto grew up in North Ridgeville, and by his count, had played with or against twelve members of the Bobcats throughout his career.
     The first game on Friday night (January 8th) appeared to be a total mismatch, in which Ohio looked well rested and playing at the top of their game, while the Bronchos gave the impression that they were still on the bus stretching their legs from a twenty one hour bus trip that got them to Athens after four thirty that morning.
     OU took a 1-0 lead in just over the four minute mark when Tracy sent in a screen shot past UCO goalie Justin Sgro and defenseman Adam Hull from the right point.  It was OU's fourth shot on goal, and Mazzarella and Tyler Pilmore assisted.  Though the period ended with an 11-8 offricial shots advantage, OU actually had a 16-9 tally on shots, with several from right in front of Sgro uncontested by the UCO defense.  For UCO's part in the period, they had two three on one's that illustrated just where the Broncho mindset was, still on the bus, as their offensive gun Jonathon Cannizzo just dumped the puck on both of those rushes instead of taking advantage of the opportunities.  The first period, as was the game, was very clean, no penalties in the first period, and only four whistled in the game.
     The second period began as the first ended, with OU in total control.  It took until the four minute mark in the period before there was any physical play, and it was a check by Tony Bruno of UCO that woke the team up from their game, though just slightly.  OU took a 2-0 lead at 5:31 of the second period when Zach Tisdale somehow threaded a needle in a scramble of bodies in front of Sgro.  The puck trickled in, proving slippery enough that Sgro couldn't control in the several second scramble.  Hemann and Jonathon Pietramala garnered assists on the goalmouth scramble.  Just over ten minutes later, at 15:55, Josh Fodor sent a high wrist shot over Sgro's shoulder for a 3-0 advantage.  The Bronchos took another minute and a half to answer finally, with Erik Jansen notching a goal high over OU netminder Paul Marshall from a very difficult angle to get UCO on the scoreboard.  Shots again were a little soft on the count, and after two periods officially was at OU's advantage 20-14.
     The third period was a complete domination by the Bobcats, with a 15-3 shots tally, and scoring a lone goal, at 9:32 on the power play by Ryan Tessmer.  Assists were given to Pilmore, and leading scorer Michael Schultz of Aurora.
Player Photo
Aurora native Mike Schultz

     For UCO, thank goodness there were two games to play.  After sitting out three of their top defensemen in the first game and their leading scorer as healthy scratches, McAllister dressed those four and got a new look from his team.  The second game was the game that UCO needed, and got, and just in time.
     The first period, though, started as the third period of the first game.  OU got on the scoreboard early, just 5:16 into the game on a power play goal from Tisdale, with just three seconds left on that penalty.  Penalties would play a huge part in the game, with twenty being charged overall.  It was a much different type of game from Friday's encounter, and included some unusual calls, even though each team was whistled with ten infractions each.  The period ended in a 18-5 shots lead for OU, and looked as though they were going to conquer UCO in the same manner as they did the night before.
     Then Coach MacAllister must have said something in the locker room between periods to inspire his team.  The Bronchos came out a different team...well, let's say they decided to play some serious hockey at about the five minute mark.  The first five minutes was a stalemate between the two clubs, and then Patrick Higgins stepped up and led a Broncho charge that carried the period UCO's way.  On a nifty goal with assists from Brent Block and Hayden Scolaro, the Bronchos stood to make their case for their ranking.  That goal at 5:50 set off what McAllister had been searching for throughout the weekend.  A little over eight minutes later, at exactly 14:00, UCO netted a power play goal for their first lead of the weekend.  Leading scorer Matt Cohn put in a rebound at the right side of the net off a shot from Cannizo for a 2-1 lead.  The period marked the Broncho turnaround with a 10-5 swing on shots in their favor.  The third period was looking to be highly fought one.
     Make no bones about it, the third period was indeed exciting.  For the first time throughout a boisterous weekend, the crowd was not quiet at any point.  Several hundred people kept the place rocking with Bobcat cheers.  It was the help of that crowd that got OU back on the scoreboard, with a tying goal at 6:22 on a tip in from Schultz on a cross ice pass from Jared Fuhs.  The crowd roar was explosive, and the tension and stage was set for a crescendo to beat all.  OU began to control the game once again, and the home crowd anticipated another big win.  However, at 14:06, the Bobcats were stabbed by Block's high wrist shot that beat Marshall over his glove for a UCO 3-2 lead.  The hushed crowd went into temporary shock, then once again willed their team to score.  That's when Sgro, Broncho netminder stood on any and all parts of his body to make save anfter save in a barrage that would not end until the final buzzer.
     Final score...UCO in an upset, 3-2.  Final shots...OU 36-22.
     And Craig McAllister left Alumni weekend with a smile on his face for the twenty plus hour bus ride home to Oklahoma City.  UCO left Athens with a 17-8-2 record, hoping the upset would move them up in the rankings, while OU lost but their third game of the season (25-3-0).   

Madison native Erin 

Hanahan named Swimmer of 

the Week in the NCAC


Jan. 10, 2010

 

By Sue Penicka

Special to Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com

 

WESTLAKE- Senior Erin Hanahan (Madison, OH/Perry), who won both diving events in Ohio Wesleyan’s 147-78 loss to Wooster was named NCAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week. She won the one-meter board with 192.45 points and the three-meter competition with 169.55 points.

[ Erin Hanahan ]

Perry alumna Erin Hanahan

HIRAM fell to Allegheny in both men’s and women’s meets. The Terrier women, who fell, 133-89, won the 400 medley relay in 4:40.63, as well as the 400 free relay in 4:03.23. Senior Katie Pierdomenico (Stow, OH/Twinsburg) was part of the first-place 400 free relay and posted a pair of second-place individual finishes in the 50 free (25.37) and 100 free (58.37). On the men’s side, junior Zach Wegman (Knoxville, TN/Bereon) was the lone individual winner as he took the 200 fly in 2:01.24. Wegman was also part of the winning 400 medley (3:57.14) and 400 free (3:27.89) relays. The Terrier men lost, 122-77.

Notre Dame Falcons win 

prestigious NAIA Duals 

wrestling tourney


Solon's Kevin Hardy, Twinsburg's 

Adam Koballa, Jackson's Dante 

Rini among four NDC grapplers to 

sweep  

Jan. 10, 2010


By Skip Snow

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Notre Dame pulled off a sweep, going 3-for-3 Saturday and Sunday to capture the title in the 2009 NAIA National Duals. On Sunday, the top-ranked Falcons defeated No. 7 Missouri Valley, 26-7, in the championship match.

 

Derek Foore (197), Kevin Hardy (165), Adam Koballa (141), Dante Rini (125) and Orlando Scales (HWT) all garnered three wins over the weekend, as NDC Wrestling won is biggest title in the program’s four years.

 

In the title match against Missouri Valley, the Falcons won seven bouts. Five of those wins (Hardy-Bittenger-Denman-Foore-Scales) came in succession after Notre Dame had held a 12-7 advantage through the first five bouts of the match. An 18-3 tech fall win by No. 7 Derek Foore over 11th-ranked Charlie Gibbs at 197 clinched the title for the Blue & White.

 

The back-to-back wins over ranked foes by Foore and then Scales (7-5 decision over No. 8 Travis Ewart), were an appropriate end to the tournament - over the two days in Iowa NDC grapplers went 14-2 in bouts against ranked wrestlers (Top-12 of each weight class in Dec. 22 NAIA Coaches’ Poll).

 

“Our guys were so focused and well-prepared,” said NDC Head Coach Frank Romano, whose Falcons became the first Ohio wrestling program to win a national title since 1976. “Our coaches did a great job with the kids and our athletes listened; they were ready to go. Winning on this stage is just an amazing feeling.”

Coach Romano

(Photo courtesy ND College)

 

That stage, the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, was the centerpiece of the collegiate wrestling world Saturday and Sunday, with the Top-16 teams in NCAA-I, II and III also competing in the National Duals, as were junior college and women’s teams. More than 50 teams competed in the annual event, which dates back to 1989.

 

Earlier on Sunday in the Falcons’ semifinal match, Notre Dame topped McKendree (Ill.) by a score of 29-8. With their three-match sweep in Cedar Falls, NDC is now 6-1 on the season.

 

In their semifinal match against McKendree (4-4), the Blue & White rode back-to-back major victories by Adam Koballa (10-1 over Kyle Williams at 141) and Jeffrey Pelton (11-2 over No. 5 Ryan Jahn at 149) to a 29-8 win. Notre Dame also got a boost from a come-from-behind 4-3 win by Derek Foore over No. 1 Andrew Sanchez at 197 pounds.

 

Over the three matches, Foore, Hardy, Koballa, Rini and Scales each went 3-0. Foore and Hardy each had two wins against ranked opponents and each bagged a No. 1-ranked opponent in the process. Foore, a junior from Wadsworth, Ohio, is now 17-0 this season. Koballa’s sweep in Cedar Falls marked three victories in what is now a nine-bout win streak for the 2009 NAIA National Champion; Koballa is now 18-2 this season.

 

The Notre Dame Wrestling Falcons will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 17, when they travel to Alliance, Ohio, to compete in the Mount Union-hosted Purple Raider Open.

 

 

NOTES FROM THE NEST …

 

GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME: Notre Dame has improved their final standing in each of the three years the program has competed in the National Duals. In 2008, NDC made the 16-team field but didn’t place. The Falcons placed sixth a year ago. In 2007 (the program’s first season), Notre Dame did not qualify for the NAIA National Duals.

 

MAKING A STATEMENT: Over the 48 hours in Cedar Falls, Notre Dame dispatched three Top-10 NAIA teams (No. 8 Oklahoma City, No. 4 McKendree and No. 7 Missouri Valley by a combined score of 97-15.

 

TOP OF THE HEAP: Iowa defeated Iowa State, 19-12, to claim the NCAA-I title on Sunday at the UNI-Dome. Other champions included Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA-II), Augsburg-Minn. (NCAA-III), Iowa Central (Junior College) and Oklahoma City (Women).

 

WINTER WARRIORS: Notre Dame’s trek to Cedar Falls, Iowa, included a 13-1/2-hour bus ride through snow storms and a rough climate outside the warm environs of the UNI-Dome. Temperatures in Cedar Falls remained under zero for most of the trip, with the wind chill hitting 14-below at one point.

 


Notre Dame wins prestigious NAIA National Duals title
by Skip Snow
1/10/2010 6:32:29 PM
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Notre Dame pulled off a sweep, going 3-for-3 Saturday and Sunday to capture the title in the 2009 NAIA National Duals. On Sunday, the top-ranked Falcons defeated No. 7 Missouri Valley, 26-7, in the championship match. (Results | Bracket

Derek Foore (197), Kevin Hardy (165), Adam Koballa (141), Dante Rini (125) and Orlando Scales (HWT) all garnered three wins over the weekend, as NDC Wrestling won is biggest title in the program’s four years. 

In the title match against Missouri Valley, the Falcons won seven bouts. Five of those wins (Hardy-Bittenger-Denman-Foore-Scales) came in succession after Notre Dame had held a 12-7 advantage through the first five bouts of the match. An 18-3 tech fall win by No. 7 Derek Foore over 11th-ranked Charlie Gibbs at 197 clinched the title for the Blue & White. 

The back-to-back wins over ranked foes by Foore and then Scales (7-5 decision over No. 8 Travis Ewart), were an appropriate end to the tournament - over the two days in Iowa NDC grapplers went 14-2 in bouts against ranked wrestlers (Top-12 of each weight class in Dec. 22 NAIA Coaches’ Poll). 

“Our guys were so focused and well-prepared,” said NDC Head Coach Frank Romano, whose Falcons became the first Ohio wrestling program to win a national title since 1976. “Our coaches did a great job with the kids and our athletes listened; they were ready to go. Winning on this stage is just an amazing feeling.” 

That stage, the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, was the centerpiece of the collegiate wrestling world Saturday and Sunday, with the Top-16 teams in NCAA-I, II and III also competing in the National Duals, as were junior college and women’s teams. More than 50 teams competed in the annual event, which dates back to 1989. 

Earlier on Sunday in the Falcons’ semifinal match, Notre Dame topped McKendree (Ill.) by a score of 29-8. With their three-match sweep in Cedar Falls, NDC is now 6-1 on the season. 

In their semifinal match against McKendree (4-4), the Blue & White rode back-to-back major victories by Adam Koballa (10-1 over Kyle Williams at 141) and Jeffrey Pelton (11-2 over No. 5 Ryan Jahn at 149) to a 29-8 win. Notre Dame also got a boost from a come-from-behind 4-3 win by Derek Foore over No. 1 Andrew Sanchez at 197 pounds.  

Another Avon-Ridgeville final 

anticipated in the West Shore 

Conference seventh grade boys' 

basketball finals


Jan. 10, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Norm_nfun@yahoo.com

 

 

AVON -- North Ridgeville ’s 7th grade boys basketball team, coached by Jason Brown has turned in quite an impressive season so far this year with a record of 14 wins and 1 loss. The conference single elimination began yesterday in the Avon Middle School Gym

 

 The top-seeded Rangers beat last seed Vermillion and then the No. 2 seed Avon beat Fairview in the second game of the day. The 7th grade tournament continues tomorrow night at 5 pm in the Avon Middle School Gym. Avon will play at 5:00 and North Ridgeville plays at 6. The championship will be held at Vermillion Middle School on Tuesday at 6 pm, a Ridgeville-Avon final is anticipated again.


 

Three of the North Ridgeville players played AAU for long-time Cleveland area high school coach Phil Schmook on Team Berea Sports, which won the national championship in 2009. They have been with Schmook since fourth grade. A  fourth played AAU for Murphy AC.

 Several of the boys have played in the Lake Erie League travel basketball program since 4th grade.

The Avon team has also had a very good year. The Eagles only 2 losses have come at the hands of Ridgeville.
Respect the Game

Strongsville's Matt Fegan scats 

off the Wooster bench and pours 

in career-high 19 points in 

backup role; Olmsted Falls' Pat 

Pellerite makes all tourney team 

for OWU 


Jan. 10, 2010

 

By Sue Penicka

Special to Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com

 

WESTLAKE -- Two Cleveland area student/athletes from the Cleveland area made the list of notable achievements this week in the North Coast Athletic Conference for men’s basketball.

 

Sophomore guard Matt Fegan (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville) came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points in WOOSTER’S 71-59 defeat of Kenyon. His back-to-back three-pointers in the midst of a late 11-0 run proved to be the difference.

 

Matt Fegan
Strongsville native Matt Fegan

Sophomore wing Tim Brady (Dublin, OH/Jerome) scored 24 points in OHIO WESLELYAN’S 70-67 defeat of Denison, then scored 16 in a 74-67 loss to Wittenberg. Both he and sophomore post Pat Pellerite (Olmsted Falls, OH/Olmsted Falls) were named to the all-tournament team after the Battling Bishops lost in the championship game of Roanoke’s Morris Cregger Invitational.


Avon Lake High alumna Kym 

Wenz becomes all-time 

leading three-point 

shooter in Wooster 

history


Jan. 10, 2010

 

By Sue Penicka

Special to Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com

 

WESTLAKE -- WOOSTER senior shooting guard Kym Wenz (North Ridgeville, OH/Avon Lake) became the Fighting Scots’ all-time leader in three-pointers made. Wenz led Wooster to a 1-2 week with 20.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals. She posted her third 30+ point game of the season with 32 in a 72-59 decision over Denison. She has 140 career three-pointers, including 10 in the victory over the Big Red. The win also snapped the Big Red’s 19-game win streak vs. Wooster which dated back to the 2000-01 season.

 

Kym Wenz

Two-time NCAC scoring champ Kym Wenz (24)

Wenz connected on her 131st career 3-pointer early in the second half, which tied the six-year old school record held by Lindsey Schaaff (2000-04). She then went on to hit four more 3-balls in the game, bringing her career total to 135, and placing her alone atop the all-time list. Wenz scored a game-high 19 points, with 17 coming during the second half where Wooster outscored Kenyon 34-24.

KENYON extended its win streak to five games with two conference victories, 66-60 over Earlham, and 53-50 over Wooster. Sophomore forward Morgan Korinek (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) led the Ladies with a combined 25 points and 22 rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Woodridge alumna Morgan Korinek

Chagrin Falls alumna Kat Powers led the Ladies with 11 points in the win over Wooster.

 

Chagrin Falls' Kat Powers

HIRAM defeated Earlham, 74-68, and lost to Wittenberg, 63-57. Senior guard Brittany Mayle (Mantua, OH/Crestwood) totaled 37 points and 10 rebounds in the two games.

Mayle, Brittany.jpg

Mayle







 

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