A Page -- Nov. 12, 2011 -- PM Edition

Young Olmsted Falls basketball team came on strong at the end of last year; Steve Johnson back after averaging a baker’s dozen as a varsity sophomore last season

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OLMSTED FALLS – After having a strong finish last season when the young and underclassmen came on strong, Olmsted Falls boys’ basketball enters into its second season under Coach Chris DeLisio.

Steve Johnson, now a 5-foot-10-inch junior, came on strong at the end and wound up averaging 13 points per game for the season for the Bulldogs, who are vying for at least an upper division finish in the Southwestern Conference this season.

Also back on the front line are seniors Eric Meehan and Jared Kurz, at 6-3 and 6-0, respectively. Meehan scored 15.7 points and grabbed 8.5 rebounds per game. Kurz averaged eight points and two assists per contest.

Others returning as varsity regulars are juniors Kenny Hanna and Brandon Friedrich and Adam Asadorian. Hanna is a 5-10 point guard and other two forwards, both above 6 feet.

“We have depth and experience since we graduated only three seniors,” said DeLisio. “Out of our top seven, most were regulars last year plus we have a good, skilled young group to bring in to complement them.”

The Bulldogs were 4-17 last year but most in February played close to .500 ball.

“We hope to win the SWC but at least improve over last season and through the course of this one DeLisio said.

The Bulldogs have added a couple Columbus teams in Dublin Coffman and Westerville Central to the schedule.

“I am not sure if we could compete for the league, but we have a lot of good players who did well at the end and played well together over the summer,’ DeLisio said. “We hope to be consistently tough, match up each night and have great team leadership.”

Kevin Ciolek has moved up from being JV coach to being the varsity assistant. Dan Binggeli is the former varsity coach who is now the JV coach.

DeLisio and his staff is lucky to have a team that is strong academically, carrying a 3.6 GPA as a group.


Cleveland (Public Square) – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) has approved the additional two-game suspension of Northern Illinois freshman linebacker Jamaal Bass, which was announced by Northern Illinois University earlier today. 


“After further investigation into this matter we feel the additional two-game suspension of Jamaal Bass is appropriate,” said MAC Commissioner, Dr. Jon Steinbrecher.  “We concur with the action implemented by Northern Illinois University.  This suspension will end up representing one-fourth of the regular season and we support the collective suspension as appropriate.” 


Bass was originally suspended for one game due to his pre-game actions involving members of the Toledo marching band during a game at Toledo on Nov. 1.  Bass originally served the one-game suspension by missing the Huskies game last Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Bowling Green.


Bass is suspended for the Northern Illinois regular season games against Ball State on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and Eastern Michigan on Friday, Nov. 25.

Horizon League Hoop Notes

·         Both Wright State and Cleveland State will be taking on nationally ranked foes on the road, with the Raiders traveling to #3/3 Ohio State on Friday (9 p.m. ET, BTN) and the Vikings heading to Nashville to take on #7/7 Vanderbilt on Sunday (2 p.m. ET, ESPNU).

·         All Horizon League men’s basketball home games can be watched live on the Horizon League Network.

·         For the third straight year, and sixth time in 12 seasons, Butler was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Horizon League.

·         With Bryce Drew sporting a light blue blazer in recognition of his father Homer’s fight against prostate cancer, Valparaiso opened the college basketball season Monday at #16/16 Arizona, falling, 73-64.

·         Butler is the lone Horizon League team receiving votes in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches and Associate Press Polls.  The Bulldogs received 25 points in both polls.

·         Eight of the 10 All-League honorees from the end of the 2010-11 season have matriculated from the Horizon League. Seven of the players are currently in the professional ranks.

·         14 players who starred in the Horizon League last season are presently in Europe pursuing a professional career or waiting for the resumption of the NBA season to begin the year.

·         The Horizon League owns the longest winning streak in the NCAA Tournament among non-Power 6 conferenes, having won a tournament game in each of the last 7 years.


Spartan Men Improve to 4-0 with Victory versus JCU on Day One of Veale Classic Duals

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Competing at home for the first time this season, the Case Western Reserve University men's swimming & diving team defeated local-rival John Carroll University, 139.5-86.5, on Friday evening at the Veale Natatorium.

The Spartans (4-0) return to action tomorrow afternoon in the Veale Classic Duals Championship Meet versus Oberlin College at 2:00 p.m. The Yeomen were victorious on day one by a score of 129-100 versus The College of Wooster.

The Spartans got off to a quick start in relays as the 200-yard medley relay team of freshman Andrew Bollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/bollinger%20andrew%20p522> (Boulder, Colo./Fairview), sophomore Sean Nickley<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/nickley%20sean%20ma1b> (Springfield, Va./West Springfield), freshman Eric Haufler<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/haufler%20eric%20r0ib> (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) and sophomore Gus Bailey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/bailey%20gus%20hnku> (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) won in 1:37.50. Case also closed the night out with a relay win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:27.53) behind the quartet of sophomore Scott McHenry<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/mchenry%20scott%20nd0j> (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury), freshmen Elliott Kerbel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/kerbel%20elliott%20tj7t> (Skokie, Ill./Niles West) and Tony Zhang<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/zhang%20tony%20xshc> (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) and Bailey.

In freestyle events, individual wins came from sophomore Karch Petersen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/petersen%20karch%20xfh6> (Nassau Bay, Texas/Lutheran South Academy) in the 1,650 free (17:23.64), Bailey in the 50 free (21.58), Eric Haufler in the 100 free (47.52) and senior Sam Geiger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/geiger%20sam%204oua> (Westlake, Ohio/St. Edward) in the 500 free (4:54.54).

Sophomore Nick Clyde<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/clyde%20nick%20ofnf> (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor) took first in the 400-yard individual medley (4:18.56), Kerbel won the 100 butterfly (53.98), freshman Alex Haufler<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/haufler%20alex%209393> (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) captured the title in the 100 backstroke (53.81), and Nickley beat the field in the 100 yard breaststroke (59.92).

In diving events, sophomore Daniel Jacobson<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/jacobson%20dan%20g59f> (Solon, Ohio/Slon) won on both the one-meter (147.80 points) and three-meter (151.60) boards.

Following tomorrow's championship match versus Oberlin, the Spartans return to action on Saturday, November 19 in a tri-meet with Grove City College and Kenyon College at 1:00 p.m. at Veale Natatorium.

Miami Upsets No. 4/5 Michigan for Third-Straight Win

Freshmen Mullin, Biggs lead RedHawks to 2-1 victor

OXFORD, Ohio – Behind a pair of goals from two freshmen, Miami jumped on No. 4/5 Michigan early and held on for the 2-1 win Friday night at an electric Steve Cady Arena, the RedHawks’ first victory over a ranked opponent this season. Miami (5-6-0, 3-4-0-0 CCHA) has now defeated the Wolverines (7-3-1, 3-3-1-1 CCHA) four straight times for the first time in program history while also extending the RedHawks’ win streak to three games, all of which have ended in a 2-1 score.

Freshman Jimmy Mullin scored his second goal of the season in the opening two minutes of the game and classmate Tyler Biggs also tallied his second goal of the season in the second period, extending his point streak to a team season-best five games. Senior goaltender Cody Reichard stopped 20 shots to earn the first star of the game and improve to 4-3-0 on the season, giving up just one goal for the third consecutive start, which ties a Miami season low

“Being aggressive is something that you need to do against a very good team like Michigan. I thought we did a good job of limiting their time in space,” head coach Enrico Blasi said. “Anytime you play a skilled team like that, you have to make sure you don’t give them enough room to make any big plays. Our defense made some great plays and Cody made some big saves tonight to help propel us to victory.”

Mullin gave Miami the lead just 1:41 into the contest. He gathered the puck in the left corner after junior defenseman Garrett Kennedy’s initial shot was turned aside. Mullin circled toward the slot, hesitated and fired a wrister from between the circles that beat Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick glove-side to put the ‘Hawks up 1-0.

“The early goal was huge, but I think that the shift before mine that went out there and knocked around the Michigan players really got the team fired up and really set the tone for the entire game,” Mullin said. “If we get on teams early with our physical play, I feel like we will continue to win games.”

Mount seeks to make history

 ASTON, Pa.—The Mount Union volleyball team will attempt to advance further than any other team in school history when it faces No. 8 Juniata (Pa.) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on the campus of Neumann University in Aston, Pa. on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Purple Raiders advanced to the second round after a thrilling five-set win over Lebanon Valley (Pa.) in a first round matchup.

The Purple Raiders (25-7) now own a 2-1 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament with both wins coming over Lebanon Valley. Coincidentally, the only loss came to Juniata in 2009.

Mount Union took a 2-0 lead over Lebanon Valley in the first round on Friday, but the Dutchmen rallied to tie the match at 2-2. The Raiders regrouped to take the final set, 15-13, and advanced to play another day.

Lone senior, setter Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls), is the only player who played against Juniata two years ago, recording a team-best 26 assists. A three-time all-conference honoree, Radigan ranks second in the OAC in assists (10.13 per set) to go along with a team-best .302 hitting percentage, 1.15 kills per set, and 2.14 digs per set this season. She had 53 assists, 10 digs, six kills, and five blocks against Lebanon Valley.

Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) and freshman right side hitter Nicole Snyder(Mentor/Lake Catholic) joined Radigan as all-conference selections and lead the Purple Raider attack. Webb led the conference in kills (3.68 per set) and was sixth in hitting percentage (.290) while Snyder is second on the team in kills (2.32 per set) and third in hitting percentage (.235) while also contributing 1.13 digs per set. 

Against Lebanon Valley, Webb had a game-high 19 kills, including the kill that ended the match in the fifth set. Snyder added 12 kills with four of them coming in the fifth and deciding set.

Other key offensive contributors for the Purple Raiders include freshman outside hitter Melanie Patterson(Mentor/Lake Catholic), freshman middle hitter Maya Brown (Tiffin/Tiffin Columbian), and junior middle hitterDeanna Glass (Medina/Medina). Patterson and Glass both had 10 kills in the first round and Brown added nine kills.

On defense, Mount Union ranks 12th in the nation with 2.31 blocks per set and played terrific at the net against Lebanon Valley. Glass led the conference with 1.15 blocks per set with Brown, Webb, and Snyder all contributing. 

Junior defensive specialist Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) leads the Purple Raiders with 4.41 digs per set, followed by freshman libero Lauren Mastroine (Orrville/Orrville) with 3.98 digs per set. Freshman defensive specialist Allison Insana (Cleveland/Villa Angela-Saint Joseph) adds 2.44 digs per set for the Raiders.

Juniata makes its 31st consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Eagles have an all-time tournament record of 95-36 and have won a pair of national titles (2004 and 2006). Head coach Heather Pavlik is in her first season as the head coach after being on the Juniata coaching staff as an assistant for the previous 15 seasons.

The Eagles are led on offense by sophomore setter Courtney Greenberg, an AVCA All-Mid-Atlantic First Team selection. Greenberg averages 10.59 assists per set and ranks ninth in the nation. The Eagles have a balanced attack that features seven players who average 2.00-2.50 kills per set. Freshman middle hitter Ashley Schnader, junior opposite Kelsey Fuller, and sophomore outside hitter Amy Miller are among their top hitters.


Hannah Long, Colleen Huberty, Brianna Browning form a nucleus of experience for Valley Forge basketball; trio brings back 20 points per game

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


PARMA HEIGHTS – With the trio of Hannah Long, Colleen Huberty and Brianna Browning returning 20 points and 15 rebounds a game, Valley Forge girls’ basketball at least has the numbers to be competitive divisionally in the Northeast Ohio Conference.

The threesome is a very experienced group with seven varsity letters among them. Long is long on the numbers, with 10.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and two steals a game in 2010-11.

Huberty averaged 8.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Defensively, she also had nearly a steal and a half per game.

All three are seniors. Long is a three-year letter winners while Browning and Huberty have each earned two at the varsity level.

Others who should find their way into the starting lineup Sandra Zlojutro (So., JV last year) Kelly Gaul (Jr. , JV last year), and Mandi Iacano   (Jr , JV last year).

Newcomers expected to make an impact are Kirsten Davis and Whitney Martinez.

“Compared to prior years, there’s an increase in size in the frontcourt this year for us,” said Patriots Coach Kim Kelemen. “We have skill and experience in the backcourt. Our perimeter shooting has improved.”

The Patriots picked it up at times last year and wound up finishing 8-12.

“We have improvement in all areas from last season, both individually and collectively,” Coach Kelemen said.  “We need to limit the amount of turnovers and increase our rebounding totals.”

The mixture of experience and newcomers could provide for an interesting season for Forge. Six seniors off last year’s roster graduated.

“The front of the rotation is skilled, while the remainder of the rotation/bench is inexperienced and will need to grow into their roles,” Kelemen said. “Despite a lot of roster turnover from the prior year three key members from last year’s rotation return and will look to narrow the gap between the front and back ends of this year’s rotation.  I look for improvement/growth in skill sets by the newcomers throughout the season and for our team to be playing at its best by the 2nd half of the season.”

Kelemen is also lucky to have good Student/Athletes who achieve in both the front and back ends of the Student/Athletic merging.

“Several of our players consistently achieve Highest Honors,” Kelemen said.  “Several are members of the National Honor Society.  Our team GPA is always high.”

Storm women open season tonight against 


The Lake Erie College women's basketball team officially opens the 2011-12 season on Saturday night, Nov. 12, at home against traditional nonconference rival Ursuline College.  The Storm and Arrows will tip-off at 7 p.m. at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.

The Storm is looking to improve on last season's disappointing 3-22 (2-17 GLIAC) record and will do so with the return of eight players with extensive starting experience.  Among the leading returners are four starters from last year along with all-star forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) who returns to the court after missing all of last season. 

Wagers (L), Zele (R)

Senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), a 2011 All-GLIAC Defensive Team and All-GLIAC South Division Second Team selection, was named to the preseason all-conference team and is the Storm's leading returning scorer, rebounder and shotblocker.  She and Wagers will be joined in the Storm's all-senior starting lineup by a guards Brittany Zele (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva), Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) and Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls).

Lake Erie played one game during the exhibition season.  Shorthanded due to exams and illness, the Storm trailed at Division I Ohio University by just three points into the second half before the deeper Bobcats pulled away for a 70-52 win on Tuesday night (Nov. 8) at the Convocation Center. Jen Caiola led all scorers with 19 points, including four three-pointers, and Allison Pavkov (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Urusline posted a 7-24 overall record in 2010-11.  The Arrows are competing as an independent this season transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II. 

The Storm, which opens the season by playing six of its first seven games at home, hosts Salem International University on Tuesday night, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m

Spartan Women Earn First Dual Match Victory versus JCU on Day One of Veale Classic Duals

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Case Western Reserve University women's swimming & diving team picked up its first dual match victory of the 2011-12 season by a score of 145-90 versus local-rival John Carroll University at the Veale Classic Duals on Friday evening at Veale Natatorium.

The Spartans (1-3) return to action tomorrow afternoon in the title match versus The College of Wooster at 2:00 p.m. The Fighting Scots defeated Oberlin College, 148-56, in the other day one matchup.

Case won the opening relay event as the 200-yard medley relay quartet of senior Stephanie Campbell<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/campbell%20stephanie%20laaz> (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield), freshman Brianna Cain<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/cain%20brianna%20tsal> (Perry, Ohio/Perry), sophomore Maggie Dillione<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/dillione%20maggie%20qudn> (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) and senior Jessica Nuhfer<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/nuhfer%20jessica%20tb05> (Warren, Pa./Warren Area) touched the wall in 1:51.56.

The Spartans also closed the meet with a win in the 200 freestyle relay as Nuhfer, sophomore Catherine Gormley<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/gormley%20catherine%2000bn> (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton), freshman Sarah Mastrandrea<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/mastrandrea%20sarah%20bqtj> (East Amherst, N.Y./Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart) and sophomore Sara Tillie<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/tillie%20sara%20e5v6> (Fallston, Md./Fallston) were victorious with a mark of 1:42.24.

Case also had four individual double-winners on the evening, with freshman Abby Glenn<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/glenn%20abby%20qjk4> (Novi, Mich./Novi) in the 1,650 free (19:07.69) and 500 free (5:33.78), Campbell in both the 200 free (2:00.60) and 100 backstroke (1:01.00), Dillione in the 50 free (24.87) and 100 yard butterfly (59.88), and Tillie in the 400-yard individual medley (4:47.66) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.21).

Nuhfer also took first in the 100 free (55.34).

Following tomorrow's championship match versus Oberlin, the Spartans return to action on Saturday, November 19 in a tri-meet with Grove City College and Kenyon College at 1:00 p.m. at Veale Natatorium.


WSU Men's Soccer Defeats Green Bay in HL Semifinals

Behind Justin Laird's two goals, the Wright State men's soccer team defeated Green Bay 2-1 Friday night at the Horizon League semifinals in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Laird gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead at the 24:27 mark of the first half as he turned from the right side of the box and connected on a shot to the upper left of the goal from 20 yards out.  The assist went to Brian Cothern.

Horizon League Player of the Year Tony Walls, though, tied the score for Green Bay (11-7-1) five minutes later with his seventh goal of the season on a penalty kick.

It stayed that way until the 61:58 mark of the second half when Laird, who was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team earlier in the week, struck again for his seventh goal of the year.  Cothern again provided as the Horizon League First Team now has five on the season.

The Raider defense held from there, despite a 18-13 shot advantage by the Phoenix. as Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Craig Feehan recorded six saves on the night.

Wright State (11-6-2) advances to Sunday's final at 2:00 Eastern against #6 Loyola, who defeated top seed and host Valparaiso 5-4 in eight rounds of penalty kicks to win in the other semifinal after the two teams were locked in a scoreless tie through regulation and two overtime periods.  WSU has made one other appearance in the championship match, falling 2-0 in the 1998 final to Butler at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis.

Yellow Jacket Swimming & 

Diving Teams Both Win at 


DEFIANCE, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both defeated host Defiance University today (Friday, November 11, 2011) in Ohio Athletic Conference action.

The Yellow Jacket men defeated Defiance, 78-43, and the B-W women were also victorious by a score of 82-57. With the wins, the B-W men are now 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the OAC while the women are now 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the OAC.

The Yellow Jacket men were led by junior Chris Tuttle (North Royalton) who won both the men’s 400 yard Individual Medley and 100 yard backstroke. Tuttle’s medley time was 4:44.59 and his backstroke time was 1:02.79. Senior Nick Null (Shelby/ Mansfield St. Peters) won the men’s 200 yard freestyle in 1:54.32 and helped set the pace the men’s 200 yard freestyle relay and 200 yard medley relay teams. The 200 yard freestyle relay team of Null, junior Tony Tijerina (Defiance/Napoleon), sophomore Ryan Stover (Napoleon), and junior Matt Zych (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West) won the event in a team time of 45.89. The 200 yard medley relay team consisting of Null, Stover, freshman Byran Gerber (Sagamore Hills/ Nordonia), and sophomore Patrick Donohoe (Columbus/ Bishop Watterson) also came out on top winning in 1:47.05. Donohoe went on to place first in the 1,000 yard freestyle in 11:02.68, Tijerina won the men’s 1-meter diving competition scoring 211.4, and Zych won the 100 yard freestyle in 1:00.03 for the Yellow Jackets.

The B-W women were led by freshman Kayla Eyster (Canton, Mich./Plymouth-Canton) who individually won the women’s 200 yard freestyle in 2:11.7 and helped win two relays. The team of Eyster, sophomores Angela Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) and Emma Gerdes (Avon), and sophomore Caitlin Wilson (Wycombe, Pa./ Council Rock North) won the 200 yard medley relay in 2:01.73, while the team of Eyster, Musille, junior Kelsey Richards (Wadsworth), and Katie Cvelbar (South Euclid/ Regina) finished first in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:50.91. Other victories for the Jackets came from freshman Carli Dugan (Mentor) in the 1,000 yard freestyle in 12:17.94, Musille in the 400 yard Individual Medley in a time of 5:03.88, Gerdes in the 100 yard breatstroke in 1:04.59, and freshman Emily Payne (Ligonier, Pa./ Ligonier Valley) in 100 yard breaststroke in a time of 1:18.83. Four-time NCAA Division III All-American junior diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) won the 1-meter event with 239.6  points.