A Page -- Nov. 30, 2011 -- PM Edition


Baldwin-Wallace College Soccer Standout Pat 

Brennan Named a CAPITAL ONE Academic 


BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College junior men’s soccer student-athlete and midfielder Pat Brennan (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) has been named as a CAPITAL ONE Division III first-team Academic All-American. This is the highest honor a Division III student-athlete can receive.

Brennan is the fifth Yellow Jacket men’s soccer student-athlete to earn Academic All-America accolades and first since Matt Pietro and Tommy Ehrnfelt in 2006-2007. In 1984-85, Mike Waters was the Academic All-America of the Year in men’s soccer and one of three B-W’s student-athletes to ever earn that acclaim.

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Brennan, who carries a 3.79 grade point average in B-W’s 3:2 Master’s of Business Administration in Accounting Program, is one of the best midfielders in NCAA Division III soccer.  He is a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection and two-time Academic All-OAC and CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District student-athlete.  On the field, he has helped the Yellow Jackets to win 41 matches and compile a 41-19-5 record in his first three seasons, including the school’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament this fall.

Individually, Brennan has appeared in 62 matches, taken 129 shots, including 61 on-goal, scored 19 goals and added 16 assists for 54 career points. He was B-W’s “Rookie of the Year” in 2009 and has twice earned OAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week accolades.  In the classroom, he is a member of the Alpha Lambda and Chi Alpha Sigma honoraries, is a Jacket Scholar and consistent member of the Dean’s List.

“We are extremely proud of Pat and this honor,” said 10th-year Head Coach Reid Ayers, who was a scholar-athlete soccer standout at Hiram College. “He is truly deserving of this honor and every honor that he receives.

“Pat is the epitome of the Division III student-athlete who is a leader in the classroom, on campus and on the field,” continued Ayers. “Our younger student-athletes have learned a great deal from Pat and a number of our other scholar-athletes.  Pat is a great role model.”

The Yellow Jackets finished 16-6 overall and lost 2-1 to Final Four finalist SUNY Oneonta (N.Y.) in the NCAA Division III national tourney.

Case Reserve Senior Niro Wimalasena Named to Capital One Academic All-America® Team

CLEVELAND (University Circle) – Case Western Reserve University senior defender Niro Wimalasena (Mason, Ohio/Mason) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Men's Soccer Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A chemical engineering major with a 3.72 grade point average, Wimalasena earns third-team honors after earning first-team Academic All-District status in each of the past two seasons. The team captain started all 20 matches this season as the Spartans (15-5) captured the second University Athletic Association Championship in program history and advanced to the NCAA Championship Tournament Second Round. Wimalasena helped lead the team to eight shutouts and a 0.98 goals against average.

For his career, Wimalasena started a school-record 76 matches and was selected to the All-UAA Team in each of his four seasons.

The Capital One Academic All-America® Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Only student-athletes named to their respective Academic All-District First Team become eligible for Academic All-America® consideration.

Wimalasena becomes the first Case Western Reserve men's soccer player to earn the award since Kevin Bigart garnered second-team honors in 2007.

Since the program's inception, a total of 72 Case Western Reserve student-athletes have been named Academic All-American®. In 2010 and 2011, a combined 12 Spartans received Academic All-America® acclaim.




UNC Wilmington at Ohio, 11:30 AM

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Riding a three-game winning streak and off to its best start since the 2006-07 season, Ohio Women's Basketball will look to continue to defend its home court on Wednesday morning when the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks come to town. Wednesday's game will be the sixth meeting between Ohio and UNC-Wilmington. The Seahawks hold a 3-2 series lead and won the most recent game between the two squads, a 62-53 contest in Wilmington, N.C. on Dec. 29, 2010. Ohio is 2-1 in three meetings between the schools at the Convocation Center. As of games played on Nov. 27, Ohio ranks 28th of 336 NCAA Division One Women's Basketball programs in field goal percent defense (.325). Oklahoma State has the best mark, allowing opponents to shoot only .250 from the floor. UNC-Wilmington comes to Athens the owner of a 1-3 record. The Seahawks dropped games to Middle Tennessee (79-60), Washington State (72-60) and NC State (83-64) before beating East Carolina (64-53) on Nov. 20. UNCW's victory came at home, meaning the Seahawks are 0-3 on the road so far in 2011-12. UNCW is led in scoring by Alisha Andrews' 14.5 points per game. She's connected on 21-of-51 field goals so far this season and is a mainstay on the court for the Seahawks, playing 35.2 minutes per game. Chelsea McGowen is the club's leading rebounder, pulling down 5.8 boards per game.


Wright St. at Buffalo, 12:00 PM 

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The Bulls will return home for just the second time this season when they host Wright State this afternoon.  It will be Kid’s Day at Alumni Arena.  The Bulls had played six of their first seven games away from Alumni Arena. The Bulls will look to keep their success in Kid’s Day games going as they had two of their best offensive games a season ago on Kid’s Day.  The Bulls played two such games on the road, putting up 89 points at Miami (OH) and 92 in a win over Central Michigan.  The 92 points were the most scored in a single game by the Bulls last season. Sophomore Rachel Bantelman had one of her best weekends, which she capped off with  nine points and six rebounds against Fairleigh Dickinson, both career highs.  Against Dayton, Bantelman added eight points and five rebounds.  In just seven games this year, Bantelman has already surpassed her scoring and rebounding totals from her freshman year. Wright State is 3-1 on the season with its only loss coming in its last game at Missouri, 92-62.  The Raiders hold wins over Ball State, Delaware State and Western Kentucky.  They are currently in a stretch of five straight road games.  Wright State is led by Kim Demmings, who is averaging 18.0 points per game. 


Central Michigan at Wichita St, 7:00 PM 

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The Central Michigan women's basketball team was able to grab its first win of the season in an overtime thriller in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, when it defeated Alaska Anchorage 90-84 in overtime. They Chippewas now move to 1-4 overall and look to keep the wins coming when they face the Wichita State Shockers. When these two teams met last year the Maroon and Gold were able to claim a 98-73 win with three players recording a double-double. hree freshmen are leading CMU's offense in Crystal Bradford, Jas'Mine Bracey and Jessica Green. Bradford has posted two double-doubles against Pitt and South Florida. She is currently averaging 16.8 points and eight rebounds per contest. Bracey is second on the team in scoring averaging 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. Green, who is third on the team in scoring, is averaging 10.8 points and 2.6 assists per game. The Shockers are also coming off a win last time out, against Winthrop, 71-69. Jessica Diamond who is averaging 14.2 points a game is leading them offensively. Chynna Tumer leads the defense with seven rebounds per game. As a team they are out shooting their opponents 43.1 percent to 41.4 percent.


St. Bonaventure at Kent St., 7:00 PM

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The Golden Flashes (1-4) looking to get back in the win column following an 0-2 finish at Northern Arizona’s Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Classic in Flagstaff, Ariz., last weekend, suffering a tough 46-45 loss to Utah Valley State Friday (Nov. 25) before dropping a 72-56 decision to the host Lumberjacks the following day. The NCAA released its first statistical rankings report of the season Monday (Nov. 28), and the Golden Flashes are currently 11th in the country in free-throw percentage, converting at an 81.3% rate from the charity stripe. Junior center Leslie Schaefer (Verona, Wis.) is tied with four others for 25th in the nation in freebie shots with a 92.9% success rate (minimum 2.5 free-throws made per game).  Coming off of a WNIT appearance in 2010-11, the Bonnies opened the 2011-12 campaign with three straight road victories -- including a 64-58 season-opening triumph at then-No. 25 St. John’s on Nov. 12 and a 56-48 victory at West Virginia on Nov. 18. St. Bonaventure is coming off of its first loss of the season Sunday (Nov. 27), falling to Delaware, 61-49. Senior guard Jessica Jenkins is a career 1,000-point scorer. The Marion, Ohio, native is averaging 13.6 points per game this season. Head coach Jim Crowley is in his 12th season at the helm.


Western Michigan at Youngstown St., 7:00 PM

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Western Michigan (0-4) looks for its first win of the season as it travels to Youngstown State (3-3) Wednesday, Nov. 30. Senior forward Miame Giden has recorded a double-double in three of four games this season (seven career). She has 1,065 career points, ranking 20th all-time at WMU.  The Broncos are averaging 58.8 ppg and are shooting 36.0 % this season.  Miame Giden is the team leading scorer (12.5 ppg) and rebounder (8.5 rpg). Maria Iaquaniello is averaging 9.5 ppg and 3.0 rpg and leads the team with nine steals. Junior Aurielle Anderson (14 assists) and sophomore Core Buchanan (13 assists) split time at point gaurd. YSU is 3-3 this season, defeating IPFW, Bucknell and Loyola-Marymount, while losing to West Virginia, American and UNI. Three players are averaging double figures - Brandi Brown (17.3 ppg), Heidi Schlagel (11.2) and Kenya Middlebrooks (10.2). Brown is also the team's leading rebounder with 8.8 rpg per contest

Cleveland State men's basketball to open HL 

 play against Wright State tomorrow

Cleveland State (6-1, 0-0 HL) at Wright State (2-4, 0-0 HL) 
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Ervin J. Nutter Center (10,449) - Fairborn, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski) 
TV: None Live. Video Stream Available on the Horizon League Network
Series: CSU leads, 28-27
Last Mt'g: CSU 73, WSU 59 (3/4/11 - Milwaukee, Wis.)
Tickets: Available at Site

SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State opens Horizon League play with two games this week, starting with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Wright State on Thursday (Dec. 1) in the Nutter Center. The Vikings are off to the second best start in school history at 6-1 and won the Ticket City Legends Classic subregional in Kingston, R.I., over the weekend. Wright State is 2-4 this season and has lost three staright, including a 70-66 setback at home to Charlotte on Saturday (Nov. 26). This will be the 56th all-time meeting between the two schools with the Vikings holding a 28-27 lead in the series, thanks in large part to four straight wins, including three last season, and wins in five of the last six contests.

Douglas (L), Brown (R)

PREVIEWING THE VIKINGS: Sixth-year head coach Gary Waters is combining 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 are joined in the backcourt by freshmen Sebastian Douglas and Charlie Lee. Senior D'Aundray Brown returns to the lineup after missing last season with a finger injury to man the small forward spot with freshmen Marlin Masonand 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 to the frontcourt.

IN THE POLLS: With a 6-1 mark to start the season, Cleveland State has received recognition in the national polls for the third straight week. The Vikings earned 11 points in the Associated Press Top-25 to check in 35th overall (10th among Others Receiving Votes). In addition, the Vikings received 20 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll to move up one spot from last week to 33rd (8th among Others Receiving Votes).

VIKINGS SLIP TO #5 IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Cleveland State fell two spots from third to fifth in the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Top 25 poll that was released on Monday (Nov. 28) afternoon. The Vikings received 612 votes. Gonzaga received 762 points and 25 first place votes to remain No. 1 for the fourth straight week and was followed by Creighton (740 points, 3 first place votes), Harvard (688 points, 3 first place votes), Iona (614) and CSU to round out the top five. 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 CSU stayed for five weeks.

THE POLLS LIKE CSU: Although it is very early in the season, the fast start by the Vikings has helped CSU in the various computer rankings. CSU is ranked 18th in the latest RPI (through Sunday) and 22nd in the most recent Sagarin ratings (through Sunday), including three wins over teams ranked in the top 70.

FUTURE CSU HOOPS LUNCHEONS: The first of four CSU Hoops Luncheons took place on Nov. 14 with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get updates from CSU basketball head coaches Gary Waters and Kate Peterson Abiad throughout the 2011-12 season. Hosted by Munch Bishop of WKNR, the luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center. 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 LIKE EXEMPTED TOURNEYS: The Ticket City Legends Classic was the sixth exempted tournament that Cleveland State has played in under head coach Gary Waters, with the Vikings sporting a 16-7 record in those games. CSU went 1-2 at the America's Youth Classic (Evansville, Ind.) in 2006-07, defeating ACC member Miami (Fla.), 78-67, for its lone win. In 2007-08, the Vikings played in the Glenn Wilkes Classic, going 3-1 with wins over teams from the Big East (73-70 over USF) and ACC (69-66 over Florida State). In 2008-09, the Vikings rebounded from an opening round loss to Washington to claim theMiami Regional title of the CBE Classic. Two years ago, CSU won two games at home as part of the Cancun Challenge before falling to Kentucky and Virginia in Cancun. Last season, the Vikings won four games at home to claim the World Vision Classic. This year, CSU defeated Vanderbilt to open the Ticket City Legends Classic and won two of three games at Rhode Island to win the Kingston subregional title.

POGUE NAMED MVP: Senior Aaron Pogue captured MVP honors of the Kingston, R.I., subregional of the Ticket City Legends Classic for his performance in CSU's three games. Pogue averaged 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds to help the Vikings claim the title. He scored a career-high 20 points in Sunday's (Nov. 27) win over Rhode Island, hitting 8-of-10 from the field. In Friday's opener against Boston University, Pogue grabbed 11 rebounds.

BROWN EARNS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM HONORS: Senior D'Aundray Brown joined Pogue on the all-tournament team at the subregional over the weekend. Brown averaged 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. In addition, he held two of the top scorers in the tournament down, holding Hofstra's Mike Moore to five points on Saturday and Rhode Island's Jamal Wilson to eight points on Sunday. Both players came in averaging more than 20 points per game.

DEFENSE!! DEFENSE!!: Defense has always been a staple in the CSU program under head coach Gary Waters and this year has been no different. CSU has forced at least 20 turnovers in five of seven games and 19 and 17 in the other, forcing 151 total (21.6 tpg). As a team, the Vikings rank first in the Horizon League in steals (11.0) turnover margin (+7.7) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.218), second in scoring defense (57.4) and third in field goal percentage defense (.408).

GOOSE EGG FROM LONG RANGE: The Vikings held Rhode Island without a three-point field in Sunday's win as the Rams went 0-for-8. It was the 14th time in program history that a team failed to make a three-pointer against CSU and the first since Dec. 17, 1996, against Youngstown State.

HARMON CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Senior Trey Harmon is close to becoming the 20th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points, entering Thursday's game at Wright State with 997 points. He scored 135 points as a freshman, 314 as a sophomore and 474 last season.

... AS IS BROWN: D'Aundray Brown also has the 1,000 point mark in sights. He enters Thursday's contest with 720 career points and ranks third in the league at 14.9 points per game this year.

MONTGOMERY ALREADY THERE: With his six points against Rio Grande on Nov. 15, Jeremy Montgomery became the 19th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Montgomery, who has 1,052 career points, ranks 16th on the all-time scoring list at CSU. The Vikings have never had three players reach 1,000 career points in the same season.

J-MO'S DROPPING DIMES: In his first season as the primary point guard, senior Jeremy Montgomery has been performing at a high-level. The Chicago native is ranked fourth in the Horizon League with 3.7 assists per game, highlighted by a career-high tying eight dimes in Sunday's win at Rhode Island.

WATERS WINS #275: Head coach Gary Waters earned his 275th career win as a head coach in his first attempt at it with Tuesday's 57-53 win at Kent State. Waters won 92 games in five years at Kent State, 79 games in five years at Rutgers and has 104 wins at CSU.

5-0: The win against Boston University on Nov. 26 allowed the Vikings to improve to 5-0, the second best start in school history. The school record for most wins to start a season is 12, set last year.

GAME #100 NEXT FOR HARMON: When Trey Harmon takes the floor at Wright State on Thursday, it will be his 100th career game for CSU.

DOWN TO THE WIRE: The Vikings have had some exciting finishes to start the season with two games coming down to the final seconds. In a 67-64 win over St. Bonaventure, Trey Harmon nailed the game-winning three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left. In a 63-62 win over Boston University (Nov. 25), the Vikings scored five points in the final six seconds to rally from a nine point second half deficit. The final two points were scored at the free throw line by Jeremy Montgomery after he stole the inbounds pass and was fouled with 3.4 seconds to play.

BROWN EYES TOP 10 IN STEALS: D'Aundray Brown enters Thursday's game at Wright State with 169 career steals, needing one more to move into a tie for 10th place on the all-time list at CSU.

D'AUNDRAY'S BACK: D'Aundray Brown has returned to the CSU lineup in style. After missing last season with a finger injury, Brown has come back to average 14.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and a league leading 3.7 steals. He went for 18 points, eight boards and seven steals in a Nov. 11 win over Vanderbilt, earning Horizon League Player of the Week honors, and came back with a career-high 24 points, nine rebounds and seven more steals in a Nov. 15 victory over Rio Grande. The seven steals represent a career-high. Brown was a member of the 2010 Horizon League All-Defensive team after finishing the season ranked 13th in the nation in steals.

FINISHING IT IN REGULATION: Sunday's game at Rhode Island extended CSU's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 143. The last time CSU played an overtime tilt came on Nov. 17, 2007 when the Vikings topped Florida State, 69-66, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. CSU is 94-49 since.

BLOCK PARTY: CSU blocked 11 shots in the Nov. 15 win over Rio Grande, tied for the second most blocks in a game in program history. The school record for a single game is 12 blocks, set on Nov. 11, 2003, against Central State.

GRADY LEADS THE WAY: Freshman Anton Grady did a majority of the damage with six blocked shots against Rio Grande. The six blocks were one shy of tying the CSU single game record of seven held by three players and were the most by a freshman in a game. He ranks fifth in the Horizon League in blocked shots (1.7).

CSU IN THE WOLSTEIN CENTER: CSU is in its 20th season playing in Henry Goodman Arena in the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center. The Vikings are 157-105 (.599) during that span, including winning records in nine of the last 13 seasons. CSU won a school-record 17 home games last year.

PROTECTING THE ROCK: CSU averaged a school-record low of 11.4 turnovers last season, the fourth time in 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.

J-MO KEEPS PLAYING: When Jeremy Montgomery takes the floor on Thursday, he will be playing in his 114th straight game at CSU, moving him into sole possession of eighth place on the list at CSU. Montgomery, who has never missed a game in his career, is also slated to make his 64th straight start.

TRIFECTA DUO: The duo of seniors Jeremy Montgomery and Trey Harmon continue to work their way up the three-point field goals made chart at Cleveland State. Montgomery is ranked fifth in school history with 160 three-pointers, while Harmon is sixth with 148 makes.

LUCKY #7: Cleveland State's win over No. 7 Vanderbilt on Nov. 11 marked the highest ranked opponent that the Vikings have defeated in program history. It was the sixth win over a top-25 team in program history with head coach Gary Waters claiming five of them since his arrival in 2006. Following are CSU's wins over top-25 teams... 
at #7 Vanderbilt Nov. 13, 2011
at #11 Syracuse Dec. 15, 2008
vs. #12 Wake Forest March 20, 2009 (NCAA Tournament)
vs. #12 Butler Jan. 17, 2008
vs. #14 Indiana March 14, 1986 (NCAA Tournament)
at #22 Butler March 10, 2008 (Horizon League Championship) 

FOR STARTERS: Cleveland State was one of just three Division I teams to have the same starting lineup for every game last season as Norris Cole, Trey Harmon, Jeremy MontgomeryTim Kamczyz and Aaron Pogue started all 36 games. Four of those players - all except Cole - are back this year. D'Aundray Brown, who redshirted last season after injuring his finger in preseason practice, is also back. He started all 32 games he played in during the 2009-10 season.

SUCCESS 601: The sixth edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is utilizing the book Think Like a Champion by Dave Dinunzio as the course text. Instituted at CSU in the summer of 2006, Waters uses Success Class to teach the Viking players the finer points of what it takes to succeed, both on the basketball court and in life. Success Class 101 used John Wooden's book, The Pyramid of Success. Waters relied on John Maxwell's book Talent Is Never Enough in 2007-08 and turned to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength in 2008-09. Waters returned to Maxwell in 2009-10, using 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player as the course text and again in 2009-10, using Maxwell's Winning With People. The non-credited class is taught weekly by Waters to the Viking players.

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 176 games at CSU, posting a 105-71 mark at CSU. He trails only Dieringer (149) and Mackey (142) for most wins in school history.

UP NEXT: Cleveland State continues Horizon League play with a 2:00 p.m. contest at Detroit on Saturday (Dec. 3).  

Ignatius ball game on 'HKW-1420 this weekend

The high school football game - DIVISION 1 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - Saturday December 3rd between St. Ignatius High School and Pickerington Central High School at Fawcett Stadium (Canton, 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 6:30 pm