B Page --- Feb. 20 -- Colleges

Otterbein Men Beat Baldwin-

Wallace, 67-62, in Regular

Season Finale; B-W No. 6 seed 

in OAC Tourney on Wednesday

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO --  Sophomore Brice Rausch scored a game-high 19 points as the Otterbein College men's basketball team defeated rival Ohio Athletic Conference rival Baldwin-Wallace College, 67-62, on Seniors' Day (Saturday, February 20, 2010) at Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea. B-W will enter the OAC Tournament as the number six seed and play at Wilmington College on Wednesday.

With their win, the Cardinals finish the season at 8-17 and 6-12in the OAC. With their loss, the Yellow Jackets fall to 14-11 overall and 9-9 in the OAC entering their quarterfinal game at #2-seeded Wilmington at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24.

In addition to Rausch for Otterbein, Ian Gardner totaled 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. For B-W, sophomore guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria/Senior) scored 16 points and senior forward Kyle Brown (Strongsville) totaled 14.

In the first half, Otterbein led 12-5 when Mat Greene scored on a layup at the 12:15 mark. The Cardinal advantage grew to 10, at 24-14, when Gardner nailed a three-pointer at 7:39. B-W responded with an 11-4 run and trailed 29-25 after a layup from senior forward Paul Glass (Medina/Senior) at 3:39. After Otterbein scored five straight to lead 34-30, the Yellow Jackets answered with a 9-0 run to end the half and tied the game at 34 apiece when freshman forward Ed Householder (North Jackson/Tallmadge) hit two of three free throws with two seconds left.

In the second half, the Yellow Jackets grabbed their first lead of the game, at 40-39, when freshman forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Height/Walsh Jesuit) hit a layup at 16:22. The B-W lead grew to five, at 44-39, following a three-pointer from sophomore guard Matt Triana (North East, Pa./North East) at 13:53. Otterbein came back with five in a row and tied the game at 44 then moved ahead 48-47 on a Cory Raiti layup at 7:30. The Jackets regained the lead and moved ahead 53-49 at 5:10 following six straight points from Cabbil.
Otterbein once again chipped away and tied the score at 55 all on a Gardner layup at 3:01. The two sides then tied each other twice before Otterbein's Brice Rausch completed a three-point play to put Otterbein ahead 63-60 with 21 seconds left to play. B-W got two free throws from Cabbil on its next possession, but the Cardinals hit four free throws down the stretch and held the Jackets scoreless to secure the 67-62 victory.

Today's game was taped by S&S Video Productions and can be seen on SportsTime Ohio tonight at 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 21 at 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, and on Monday, Feb. 22 at 6:00 a.m. Past Yellow Jacket football and basketball games and soccer and wrestling matches can be viewed on-line at www.bw.edu/athletics/video/ <http://www.bw.edu/athletics/video/> .
Media and fans can listen LIVE to all Yellow Jacket men's and women's basketball games on campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, and via the Internet at www.wbwc.com <http://www.wbwc.com/> .

Otterbein Women Upset Baldwin-

Wallace, 74-70, in Westerville

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --  Senior forward Katy Miller scored 14 points and led five Cardinals in double figures as the Otterbein College women’s basketball team upset Ohio Athletic Conference rival Baldwin-Wallace College, 74-70, today (Saturday, February 20, 2010) in the Rike Center in Westerville to deny the Yellow Jackets a share of the OAC regular season title.

With their win, the Cardinals improve to 11-14 overall and 8-10 in the OAC and ended a six-game losing streak to B-W. With its loss, the Yellow Jackets are now 18-7 overall and 14-4 in the OAC and host a home game in the first round of the OAC Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ursprung Gym in Berea.

In addition to Miller for Otterbein, sophomore guard Shea McCoy scored 13 points, freshman forward Rachel Snedegar came off the bench to score 12 and both sophomore guard Kristi Kotterman and senior forward Allison Huettel each had 10. B-W was led by senior center Ariel Brough (Powell/ Olentangy-Liberty) with 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds and junior All-OAC forward Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) had 12 points and eight rebounds. The key to the Cardinal victory was forcing 27 B-W turnovers.

In the first half, Otterbein jumped out to a 10-4 lead at the 14:00 mark when Snedegar grabbed a rebound and scored. The Cardinals extended their lead to a high of 13 points at 26-13 at the 3:56 mark when Kotterman made a jump shot. B-W then outscored OC 9-2 to close the half down by six points at 28-22.

In the second half, Otterbein again led by 10 points at 32-22 with 18:57 left when Huettel made a jumper. Undanted, B-W outscored the Cardinals 12-2 to tie the score at 34-34 with 16:29 left when freshman guard Olivia French (Bucyrus/ Colonel Crawford) made a three-pointer.

OC then went on an 8-0 run to take a 42-34 lead with 13:31 left when freshman center Bourke Kelly made a layup. But back came the Jackets with seven straight points to cut the lead to one point at 42-41 with 11:29 left when freshman guard Jess Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) made a layup.

Otterbein then outscored B-W 26-15 to open its largest lead of the second half at 12 points on four separate occassions with the last at 68-56 with 1:04 left when Miller made two foul shots. The closest B-W would get is three points at 73-70 with two seconds left when junior guard Ali Stack (Vermilion/ Firelands) made a three-pointer. A McCoy foul shot with one second left sealed the Cardinal win..

Following Tuesday’s first round of OAC Tournament play, the winner will advance to the Final Four on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 at the site of the highest remaining seeded team. The Championship Game is on Saturday at the same site at 3:00 p.m.




By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College men’s basketball team didn’t need late-game heroics this time against Ohio Dominican as the Storm ran its season-long winning streak to five games with a 78-64 victory at Alumni Hall in Columbus today (Feb. 20).

Four players scored in double figures for the Storm (11-15), who beat the Panthers 68-66 on Jan. 30 with a basket with less than one second remaining.

There would do no need for dramatics this time as Lake Erie jumped out to a 10-point lead mid-way through the first half.  After taking a seven-point lead into halftime, the Storm’s advantage was cut to three at 43-40 with 17:41 left.  But a 20-6 run over the next nine minutes put the game firmly in control.

Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) led the way with 17 points, connecting on three three-pointers.  Freshman center Garrick Sims (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton)scored 15 and grabbed a team-leading eight rebounds.  Sophomore forward Matt Grendel (Independence, Ohio/Independence) added 13 and freshman Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) chipped in with 12 points off the bench.


Lake Erie shot a season-best 59.6 percent (31-of-52) from the field, while holding Ohio Dominican (8-16) to just 39.3% (24-of-61) and forcing 15 turnovers.

Sonny Statmiller led Ohio Dominican with 13 points.

The Storm closes the regular season on Monday night, Feb. 22, against 11th-ranked Indiana University (Pa.) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center in Painesville. Tip-off is set for a 7p.m.

Oliver and Price Set School 

Records with NCAA Qualifying 

Scores at OWU Pentathlon

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College indoor track and field junior Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/Sandy Valley) and senior Steve Price(North Olmsted) each broke school records and hit NCAA provisional qualifying marks while competing at the Ohio Wesleyan Universitypentathlon today (Saturday, February 20, 2010) in Delaware.


Oliver scored 3,247 points to break the old school record of 3,062 points set by Kristen Paulsen in 2006. Oliver's score also ranks fourth in the nation in Division III and gives her a provisonal qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championship meet in mid-March. She hit career-bests in the high jump, high hurdles, shot put and 800-meter run.

Price scored 3,404 points and placed second. He is now provisionally qualified for nationals with the 14th best score in the nation.

Yeowomen Defeat Ohio Domincan University, 5-4
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio
 – The Yeowomen tennis team bounced back from a midweek loss to even their season record at 3-3 when they defeated the visiting Panthers of Ohio Dominican University this afternoon.

In a contest that was close from the onset, it would take a total team effort for Oberlin College to notch their third win of the year. At the conclusion of doubles action OC lead ODU 2-1. 

Oberlin’s top duo of Ariel Lewis and Finley Gates knocked out an 8-2 win at doubles No.1 versus Nathalia Braga and Aline Mariano. Rebecca Brown andEmily Thebaut were in a tight match with Mari Monaco and April Zaborsky before edging out the Panther pairing 8-6.

“This was a total team win, all nine girls played a part this afternoon. We showed strength from top to bottom today proving that we have depth within this team,” commented Head Coach Constantine Ananiadis.

In singles play OC’s ace, Lewis, earned her fourth straight win by defeating Kate Rodgers at No. 1. The middle of the Oberlin line up battled but Gates,Preeya Shah and Brown each dropped straight set matches at No. 2, 3 and 4, respectively.

The team score was not decided until the final match on the court was resolved, Ohio Dominican took a 4-3 lead following its three singles wins. Oberlin’s Liz Saltzman defeated Monaco 6-2, 6-4 to draw the two teams even.

It would be up to Carolyn Ball in the No. 6 singles slot to propel the Yeowomen to victory. She provided Oberlin the much needed fifth team point by winning 6-2, 6-2 over April Zaborsky.

Ananiadis said, “This was a great win and it should provide us with some confidence heading into our trip out East”

The Oberlin College women’s tennis team will travel to the Philadelphia area to take on Swarthmore College and Haverford College next weekend, February 27-28.

Royalton alum Horvath, Avon 

Lake grad "Trees" win in

straight sets as B-W 

tennis men roll

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team defeated non-league foe Defiance College, 8-1 today (Saturday, February 20) at the Paramount Tennis Club in Medina, Ohio.

B-W is now 3-0 overall, while Defiance is 0-3.

In singles play, sophomore number one player 
Alex "Trees" Trzeciak (Avon Lake), senior No. 2  Andy Redd (Archbold), junior No.4 Sam Burris (Wooster/ Senior), freshman No.5 Joe Horvath (North Royaltonand junior No. 6 Bobby Irwin (Ashland/ Senior) all won in straight sets.


Alex "Trees" Trzeciak

In doubles play, the No.1 tandem of Redd and junior Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights /Lakewood St. Edward) won 8-3, the No.2 duo of Trzeciak and Burris won 8-5, and the No.3 pair ofHorvath  and freshman Tyler Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y. /Maple Grove) won 8-0.


The Yellow Jackets next play on Saturday February 27 against NCAA Division II Lake Erie College at North Ridge Racquet Club in North Ridgeville at 6:30pm. Then the Yellow Jackets head on their annual Spring Break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina from March 6-13.

On its annual trip to Hilton Head, B-W plays seven matches with the first coming against Trine (Ind.) University on March 7 at 6:00 p.m. The first spring northern matches will take place on Saturday, March 20 when B-W travels to Oberlin to play traditional rival Oberlin College at 10:00 a.m. The first northern home outdoor match will take place on Saturday, March 27 when B-W playsOhio Athletic Conference rival Capital University at the “Pop” Collins Courts at 1:00 p.m.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Defeats Denison University in Regular-Season and Home Finale

February 20, 2010

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team defeated Denison University, 82-63, this afternoon (Saturday, Feb. 20) in the North Coast Athletic Conference and regular-season finale at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

Following today’s game, the Terriers end the regular season with a 12-13 overall record and 9-7 in the NCAC.  The Big Red conclude their regular season with a 7-18 overall mark and 7-9 NCAC.

Both teams played a competitive first half with five ties and 10 lead changes.  Denison led by as many as four points in the opening period, 13-9, at the 13:52 mark and had a three-point advantage, 25-22, with 5:42 left before halftime.  Hiram outscored Denison, 17-6, in the final 5:42 to record its largest lead of the half of eight points with a halftime score of 39-31.

Hiram recorded its first double-digit lead, 43-32, at the 17:59 mark of the second half thanks to a jumper by sophomore forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) and never looked back.  Hiram continued to pull away and posted its largest lead of the game of 25 points, 71-46, with 6:34 left in the game on a jumper by junior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel).  Denison would go on an ensuing, 14-2, run to cut the deficit to 13 points, 73-60, with 3:03 to go.  But the earlier Terrier lead was too much as Hiram went on to claim an 82-63 victory.

Hiram shot 49.2 percent (31-of-63) from the floor for the game, including 46.7 percent (seven-of-15) from three-point range.  Denison shot 37.3 percent (19-of-51) from the field.

The Big Red were led by Brett Tiberi with a game-high 20 points on seven-of-nine (77.8 percent) shooting, including an impressive five-of-seven (71.4 percent) from behind the arc.  Larry Farmer was the only other Denison player in double-figures with 13 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds.


Hiram was led by the duo of Campbell and junior All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) with 17 points each.  Roberts also pulled down a team-best seven boards.  Meyer ended the game with 11 points and junior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) rounded out the Terrier high scorers with 10 points, shooting a perfect six-of-six from the free-throw line.

Men's Basketball – Mount Union Drops Regular Season Finale In 65-58 Loss To Capital

By Ryan Fishleigh

(COLUMBUS, OH)-- Sophomore Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half as Mount Union's men's basketball team drops its regular season finale in a 65-58 loss today against Capital in an Ohio Athletic Conference contest in Columbus.



The Purple Raiders finish the regular season with a record of 11-14 overall and at 9-9 in the OAC ended in a three-way tie for fifth with Heidelberg and Baldwin-Wallace.  

Mount Union will be the No. 7 seed in next week's OAC Tournament and travel to No. 2 seed Wilmington for a quarterfinal matchup next Wednesday (Feb. 24) at 7:30 pm.

Junior Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) also chipped in with eight points and 11 rebounds for the Raiders.

Led by Ben McGrath, who had 12 points and 10 assists, Capital ends its regular season at 15-10 overall, 10-8 in conference play and will be the No. 3 seed and host sixth-seeded Baldwin-Wallace in the OAC Tournament Quarterfinals.

Both teams kept the score close early on as they exchanged the lead seven times throughout the first half.  The Crusaders eventually pulled away with the lead as they went on a 12-5 run which was capped off by a dunk from Ryan Wood with 53 seconds left in the first half and took a 34-27 lead in halftime.

Capital's Ross Niekamp made a free throw to finish off an 8-2 run to begin the second half and take a 42-29 lead at the 16:43 mark.  Mount Union would fight back and get to within two points on a three pointer from Wood at the 11:30 mark to put the score at 45-43.

Women's Swimming - Mount Union 

Sets Nine School Records as 

Raiders 2nd at OAC's and OAC 

Women's Coaching Staff of Year

(AKRON, OH)--For the third day in a row the Mount Union's women's swimming and diving team set three school records making nine total as the Purple Raiders finished second at the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at The University of Akron.  Head coach Eric Mojock and his staff earned OAC Women's Coaching Staff of the Year honors and the men's team placed fourth.

Mount Union's 224 points left them 32.5 points behind champion Ohio Northern (256.5).  John Carroll was third with 217, Baldwin-Wallace fourth with 78.5 while Wilmington rounded out the field with 72.

Ohio Northern claimed a convincing title on the men's side with 325 points, followed by John Carroll (187), Baldwin-Wallace (159), Mount Union (136) and Wilmington (58).

The top three individuals and top two relays in each event earn All-OAC honors.

The three women's records on Saturday were headlined by freshman Victoria Ljubi (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) who won the 200Breaststroke and bested a 21 year old school-record with time of 2:27.57 and junior Mary Vallinger (Poland/Poland Seminary) claimed her third straight OAC crown in the 3 meter dive with a record score of 449.9.

The final record of the day came on the final event as the 400 Freestyle Relay team of freshman Jennie Ciccantelli (Stow/Stow) with sophomores Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia), Sarah Noble (Copley/Copley) and Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow) set a new school-record of 3:39.74 with a second place finish.



Noble and freshman Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone) finished second (2:14.41) and third (2:18.16) respectively in the 200 Butterfly (2:14.41) while Kolesar took third in the 200 Backstroke (2:12.82) as other top performances for the women.

Mojock in his third season as men's and women's head coach at Mount Union wins his first coaching staff of the year honor with assistant coach Katie Moore and diving coach Richard Blough.

For the men, junior Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield) earned All-OAC honors in a third event at the championship as he placed third in the 1650 Freestyle (17:01.89).

Freshmen Ben Haren (Lisbon/David Anderson) in the 200 Backstroke (1:54.62) and Mike Griesl (South Euclid/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) in the 100 Freestyle (47.80) each finished second.   

Day Two Recap

(AKRON, OH)--Mount Union's men's and women's swimming and diving teams are competing at the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at The University of Akron.  The Mount Union women's team is in third place setting setting six new school records and the men's team is in fourth.

Ohio Northern's women lead after two days with 164.5 points, John Carroll is in second with 145 points while Mount Union is close behind with 130 points in third.  Wilmington is in fourth with 49 points and Baldwin-Wallace rounds out the field with 39.5 points.

On the men's side, Ohio Northern has 211 points and a commanding lead over second place John Carroll (125).  Baldwin-Wallace in third with 86 points is just four points ahead of Mount Union (82), while Wilmington is in fifth with 40 points.

The top three individuals and top two relays in each event earn All-OAC honors.

The Purple Raider women's team continued its assault on the school record books.  One day after setting three records, Mount Union set three more marks on day two.

Sarah Noble (Copley/Copley) won the OAC title in the 200 Free with a school-record setting time of 1:56.53.

Allison Davila (Middleburg Hts./Midpark) set a school-record in the prelims of the 100 Breaststroke earlier in the day then came back and set a new record in the finals with a time of 1:09.88 to finish third.

The final record setting performance came from the 800 Freestyle Relay team of Noble, Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow), Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) and Jennie Ciccantelli (Stow/Stow) who finished second with a time of 7:58.18.

Harrison also had second and third place finishes in the 100 Backstroke (1:01.57) and 100 Butterfly (1:02.58) respectively.

Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone) placed second in the 400 IM (4:49.81) and Mary Vallinger (Poland/Poland Seminary) earned All-OAC honors for a third straight year as she placed second in the 1 meter dive (414.70).

Not to be outdone the men got into the record books as well in the 800 Freestyle Relay as
Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield), Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor), Cory Bostick (Spring Creek, NV/Moon Valley) and Mike Greisl (South Euclid/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) earned All-OAC honors finishing second with a school record time of 6:58.59.

Carlozzi continued another solid meet as the junior also earned All-OAC accolades with a second place finish in the 200 Freestyle (1:43.02).

The tournament concludes on Saturday.

‘Berg Wins One for the Seniors; 

Midpark alumnus Jim Smalley 

dishes game-high five assists



By Nathan LaRiccia

Tiffin, Ohio – February 20, 2010 – Three players had double figure in points for Heidelberg University as it topped Muskingum University 86-82 on Senior Day. The Berg finishes the regular season at 13-12 overall, 9-9 in OAC on the year, while the Muskies finish 8-17, 3-15 in the conference.


In the first half, Muskingum would be up as much as seven points with 12 minutes left when Carson Thomas made a three-pointer.


The Berg would respond and would go on an 11-2 run which was topped by freshman guard Dane Givner (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Harvest Preparatory) draining a jump shot outside the paint.

The game would go back and forth including 10 ties and 19 lead changes, while the Muskingum would have the slight 40-39 advantage at halftime.
Both teams would continue to battle throughout the rest of the game.  The Muskies would have its largest lead of 69-61 with just less than eight minutes left in the game. 


Heidleberg would again muster up another run and would tie it up 75-75 with three minutes left, when senior Travis Kinn (Alvada, Ohio / New Riegel) found freshman Nate Davis(Dayton, Ohio / Stivers) for a layup.


Heidelberg would seal the deal when senior Josh Calver (Shelby, Ohio / Shelby) made two clutch free-throws giving Heidelberg a 86-81 lead with seven seconds remaining.


Davis led three in double figures with a career-high 20 points and also racked in a game-high six rebounds.  Following Davis was Givner and Kinn with 14 and 13 points, respectively.  


Calver scored nine points and tied with senior Jim Smalley (Middleburg Heights, Ohio / Midpark) a game-high five assists. Smalley also contributed with seven points.


Sophomore John Miller (Millersburg, Ohio / West Holmes) scored eight points, while freshman Adrian Casey Jr. (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain Admiral King) had seven points

Scots get top seed in North Coast 


Feb. 20

WESTLAKE -- Wooster was tabbed as the No. 1 seed for the NCAC basketball tourney.
NCAC Sportsmanship

The seeds for the 2010 NCAC Men's basketball tournament are:
#1 Wooster 15-1
#2 Wabash 12-4
#3 Wittenberg 11-5
#4 Allegheny 11-5
#5 Ohio Wesleyan 9-7
#6 Hiram 9-7
#7 Denison 7-9
#8 Kenyon 3-13

Note: Wittenberg wins tiebreaker over Allegheny for third seed; Ohio
 wins the tiebreaker over Hiram for the fifth seed.

The pairings for Tuesday's Quarterfinal round:
#8 Kenyon at #1 Wooster, 7:30 p.m.
#7 Denison at #2 Wabash, 7:30 p.m.
#6 Hiram at #3 Wittenberg, 6:00 p.m.
#5 Ohio Wesleyan at #4 Allegheny, 7:30 p.m.

The tournament semifinals and championship are set to be played at the
highest remaining seed after the quarterfinal round.

Semifinal matchups are Friday at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. with the home team
playing in the later slot.

The championship game is Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

(Should one institution host both the men's and women's "final four" the
women's semifinals will be played Thursday and the men's semifinals will be
played Friday. The championship games would be played Saturday with the

women playing at 3:00 and the men at 7:00).

Brecksville High alumna Alyssa 

Esposito scores game-high 18 

points and snatches baker's 

dozen of rebounds to lead the 

Berg over Musky

By Nathan LaRiccia

Muskingum, Ohio – February 20, 2010 – The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team would end on a high note as they came away with a 64-56 win over Muskingum.


The Berg ended regular season play with an overall record of 7-18 and 6-12 in the OAC, while the Muskies dropped to 8-18 overall and 3-16 in the OAC. 


In the first half the Berg found themselves behind by 12 points with just under eight minutes of play remaining. They would not be able to recover and would end halftime down 34-27.


The Berg would turn things around after stepping back onto the court in the second half as they rallied up 12 straight points. The ladies would end with another shooting streak in the last minutes of the game as they put up 9 straight points.

'Berg Tops Muskies Finishing Regular Season



Making her debut lead for the season was senior Alyssa Esposito (Brecksville, Ohio / Brecksville-Broadview Heights) scoring 18 points with 3 rebounds. Also, leading the team with doubles was Jenny Miller (Tiffin, Ohio / Clyde) who picked up 18 points and 13 rebounds and Betsy Shrider (Mount Blanchard, Ohio / Riverdale) who had 11 points and 12 rebounds. 






By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Sophomore guard Jen Caiola (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) scored a game-high 24 points as the Lake Erie College women’s basketball team capped its most successful regular season ever with a 70-52 victory on the road at Urbana University today (Feb. 20).


One game after having its school-record nine-game winning streak snapped, the Storm (18-9) held Urbana to just 29.8 percent shooting, including 23% in the second half, in earning a season sweep over the Blue Knights (15-10). Lake Erie led by seven at halftime, but outscored Urbana 15-4 over the first eight minutes of the second half to take control of the game.

Caiola, who scored 16 of her 24 points in the second, connected on four three-pointers in the game, giving her a school single-season record of 71 on the season.  She was one of three Lake Erie players in double figures.  Junior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) had 13 points to go along with eight rebounds and four steals while freshman guard Sarah Wojciechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) chipped in with 10 points off the bench. 

Haley Ducey led Urbana with 10 points.

Westlake alumna Rosa LaMattina, North Olmsted grad Kori Wiedt combine for 25  markers, but #22 Mount Union Drops Heartbreaker Late at Capital; Raiders No. 2 seed in next week's OAC Tournament

By Lenny Reich


Rosa LaMattina driving the lane on the final possession against Capital.  Photo by Mike Munden

(COLUMBUS, OH)--Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) missed a shot at the buzzer as the No. 22 ranked Mount Union women's basketball team suffered a 66-64 loss today at Capital.  The win gives Capital theOhio Athletic Conference regular season title and the No. 1 seed in next week's OAC Tournament.

Mount Union (21-4, 14-4 OAC) will be the the No. 2 seed and host No. 7 seed Otterbein next Tuesday (Feb. 23) at 7:30 pm in an OAC Tournament quarterfinal game.

LaMattina and Tessa Pohovey (Strasburg/Tusky Valley) each had 14 points while Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) had 11 points to lead the Raiders.

Capital was led by the 1-2 punch of Kristen Richardson, who had a game-high 25 points and Caitlin Elsass with 20 points.

Mount Union controlled the first half and took a 12-point lead, 40-28 into halftime.

Capital rallied as they opened the second half on a 15-3 surge to tie the game at 43 with 13:40 to go.

The game was close the rest of the way with six ties before a LaMattina three-pointer with 26 seconds left gave Mount Union a 64-63 lead.

Capital guard Tara Harper would then drive the lane, hit a layup and was fouled with 10 seconds left.  She converted the free throw as the play turned out to be the game winner for the Crusaders.

Tigers tabbed as No. 1 in NCAC 


WESTLAKE - Wittenberg was named the No. 1 seed for the NCAC women's basketball tourney today.

The seeds for the 2010 NCAC Women's basketball tournament are:
#1 Wittenberg 15-1
#2 Ohio Wesleyan 14-2
#3 Denison 10-6
#4 Kenyon 9-7
#5 Wooster 8-8
#6 Allegheny 7-9
#7 Oberlin 4-12
#8 Hiram 3-13

The pairings for Tuesday's Quarterfinal round:
#8 Hiram at #1 Wittenberg, 8:00 p.m.
#7 Oberlin at #2 Ohio Wesleyan, 7:30 p.m.
#6 Allegheny at #3 Denison, 7:30 p.m.
#5 Wooster at #4 Kenyon, 7:30 p.m.

The tournament semifinals and championship are set to be played at the
highest remaining seed after the quarterfinal round.

Semifinal matchups are Friday at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. with the home team
playing in the later slot.

The championship game is Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

(Should one institution host both the men's and women's "final four" the
women's semifinals will be played Thursday and the men's semifinals will be
played Friday. The championship games would be played Saturday with the
women playing at 3:00 and the men at 7:00)

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Defeated by Denison University; Forge alum Amanda Petrusky leads Terrier rebounders 

February 20, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

GRANVILLE, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Denison University, 85-35, today (Saturday, Feb. 20) in the North Coast Athletic Conference and regular-season finale at Livingston Gymnasium in Granville.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers end the regular season with a 4-21 overall record and 3-13 in the NCAC.  The Big Red improve to 18-7 overall and 10-6 NCAC.

Hiram scored the game’s first points on a basket by senior forward Alex Dellas (Willoughby Hills/South) to give Hiram an early 2-0 lead at the 19:26 mark.  Denison answered with a 10-0 scoring run to lead, 10-4, and never trailed in the game again.  The Terriers got to within four points on multiple occassions and trailed by five points, 21-16, with 9:14 left before halftime on a successful three-pointer by sophomore guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford).  The Hiram shooting then went cold as Shields’ triple would be the Terriers’ final made field goal of the period.  The Big Red increased their lead to as many as 22 points during the Hiram cold streak with a halftime score of 43-21.

The shooting woes continued for Hiram in the second half as the Terriers didn’t record a made basket until the 8:51 mark with a layup by senior guard Brittany Mayle (Mantua/Crestwood).  But Denison had already taken control of the game and cruised to an 85-35 victory.

Denison shot 49.2 percent (31-of-63) from the floor and held Hiram to just 20.4 percent (10-of-49) shooting from the field.

The Big Red had four players score in double figures led by Haley Dahlgard with a game-high 17 points on seven-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent).  Serafina Nuzzo was second with 16 points, followed by Shaina Kaiser with 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds.  Rounding out the Denison high scorers was Christina Myers with 14 points.


Hiram was led by Dellas with six points on two-of-four shooting (50.0 percent).  In addition, freshman forward Amanda Petrusky (Parma/Valley Forge) grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Baldwin-Wallace Wrestlers Finish 

Sixth at 2010 OAC Tournament

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team placed sixth at the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Tournament today (Saturday, February 20) at Mount Union College in the McPherso Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Heidelberg was the team champion with 101 points and the Yellow Jackets finished sixth with 22 points.

Leading the way for B-W were junior 174-pounder Andrew Scavuzzo (Cuyahoga Falls/ Woodridge) and junior 197-pounder Tristan Stoll (Milan/ Edison), who each placed third and earned All-OAC status, and junior 165-pounder Korey Leonhard (Kinsman/ Pymatuning Valley), who placed fourth.  Stoll finished 3-1 with three pins and finished his season at 20-4 overall with a team-leading 13 pins. Scavuzzo, who was the 2009 AC champ at 174 pounds and represented the OAC at the NCAA Division III National Tournament a year ago, was 2-1 and ended his campaign at 17-5 overall.  Leonard had a 2-2 slate at the OAC tourney and finished at 17-12.

Wrestling – Mount Union Second at OAC Championships; Three Raiders Win Titles and Head to NCAA Championships

(ALLIANCE, OH)--Freshman Rikki Reynolds (Marion/Pleasant) at 125, junior Bill Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) at 197 and senior Richie Clark (Solon/Solon) at 149 each won individual titles and led Mount Union to a second place team finish at the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.



The trio all claim automatic bids to the NCAA Championships March 4-6 at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, IA.

It is the first time Mount Union has had multiple OAC Champions in the same season since 2001 (Dan Anderson, 165; Joe Metcalf, 125).

Reynolds pinned Tyler Erwin from Baldwin-Wallace in the first round, beat Delian Schneider from Heidelberg, 9-6 in the semifinals and defeated Donny Herrington of Wilmington in the finals, 16-9.

Schindel received a first round bye, beat Jim Nemunaitis of John Carroll, 8-1 in the semifinals then pinned Heidelberg's Brad Rice in 1:22 in the finals to win his second straight OAC title.

Clark also got a first round bye, scored a close 4-3 win over Conor Suba of John Carroll in the semifinals and a 6-3 win over Andrew Johnson of Heidelberg in the finals.

All three earn All-OAC honors along with sophomores Derick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) at 285 and Josh Malave (Cleveland/Lutheran West) at 141.  Hesson fell in the finals, 2-1 to Wilmington's Adam Salyers while Malave fell to Sam Delpra of Heidelberg, 5-3 in the finals.

B-W Men Place 3rd, Women 4th at OAC Championships; Richert and Pinter Named Divers of the Year

Royalton's Richert, Broadview's 

Pinter earn top diver awards

in OAC

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men's and women's swimming & diving teams competed on the third and final day (Friday, February 19) of the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship meet at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium. The Yellow Jacket men finished third and the women were fourth. Junior four-time All-American Todd Richert (North Royalton) and freshman Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/Brecksville Broadview Heights) swept the OAC Diver of the Year awards.



Ohio Northern University's men totaled 325 points and were followed by John Carroll University (187), B-W (159), Mount Union College (136) and Wilmington College (58).

ONU's women totaled 256.5 points and were followed by MUC (224), JCU (217), B-W (78.5) and WC (72).