CSU’s Tre Harmon is Player of the Week: College Newswatch

Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 7:56 AM     Updated: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 8:00 AM

Plain Dealer staff By Plain Dealer staff 

Cleveland State guard Tre Harmon is the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, after leading the Vikings to a pair of wins last week.

The senior helped CSU (10-1, 2-0 Horizon) score wins over Robert Morris, 62-58, and Akron, 69-66.
Against Robert Morris, Harmon matched his career high with 24 points. Harmon tied for game-high scoring honors in the win over Akron, netting 16 points.

Soccer honors: Akron freshman men’s soccer players Wil Trapp, DeAndre Yedlin and Bryan Gallego were named to the All-Freshman Team by College Soccer News. Trapp was on the first team. Yedlin and Gallego earned second- and third-team honors, respectively.

Each finished in the top-10 rankings for all college freshmen by Top Drawer Soccer. Trapp was the nation’s No. 1 freshman.

The Zips (15-4-4) advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

More honors: Baldwin-Wallace volleyball outside hitter Chelsea Nissen and junior middle hitter Rachel Switalski (Holy Name) were named to the Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference team. Sophomore middle hitter Colleen Bonacci (Stow) was honorable mention.

Plain Dealer staff reports, December 21, 2011 8:43 a.m.

SVSM 41, Holy Name 33 Cassie Jakubick scored 11 points and had six steals to lead St. Vincent-St. Mary over the Green Wave. Taylor Krusinski led Holy Name with 19 points.

Deja Vu: Strong 3rd Quarter powers Padua past Holy Name – again

Tom Hamzik, Padua Team Reporter, December 20, 2011 11:17 p.m.

Padua Junior Tyler Ptacek shoots over Holy Name’s James Krakowiak during the Bruins’ 56-49 win over the Green Wave Tuesday night.(Mark Zaremba)
Padua’s Matt Milliken controls the ball during the Bruins’ 56-49 win over Holy Name Tuesday night.(Mark Zaremba)
Padua Junior Chris Link is closely guarded by Dan Dreher of Holy Name during the Bruins’ triumph over the Namers on Tuesday night.(Mark Zaremba)
The Padua Bruins have done it again.
For the second time in less than two weeks, the Bruins have erased a halftime deficit with a strong third quarter, maintaining the same style of play en route to a victory over their rivals, the Holy Name Green Wave.

Padua won the second meeting of the two teams this season on Tuesday night inside Kenneally Gymnasium at Holy Name High School, 56-49. The Bruins also defeated the Green Wave, 70-60, inside Padua Gymnasium on December 9th.
“This feels great,” said Padua Head Coach Pat Teresi. “Anytime you win and the kids’ spirits are high its good.”

The rivalry has brought some memorable games over the past few seasons, with the teams meeting in the District Tournament in Westlake a few times as well.
“I’ve been on the other side of this with these guys, two times last year,” continued Teresi. “It goes in spurts: you get one here, you get one there. That’s how rivalry games go.”

The first quarter was a defensive battle between the two North Coast League schools, with the Bruins holding an early 9-4 advantage.

The host Namers came back during the second quarter, led by six points by Senior Dan Dreher and five by Alex Danforth. Jake Schaefer dished out three of his four assists during the 2nd, and Joe Duff had both of his assists in the 2nd as well.The Green Wave had a 23-18 lead entering half time, and once again the Brown and White needed to make some changes.

“When you’re the aggressor, they’ll let you play,” said Teresi. “We came out and we weren’t the aggressor, we were slow and a step behind.

“We made some changes at the half and we started to hit the right spots and work a little harder. Ultimately, the fouls started going our way.”

Both teams were faced with foul trouble early on, as three Padua players each had three fouls by mid-3rd quarter, and Holy Name had the same issue. The Bruins finished with 13 team fouls overall, and the Namers had 23 of their own.

Before the fouls came into play, the Bruins began to cut into the Green Wave lead, taking the lead just minutes into the half. Senior Jim Solano drained a three to push the momentum to the Padua end of the court, and Junior Chris Link had six of his eleven points in the third as the Bruins pulled ahead and never looked back.

Junior Guard Matt Milliken made an off-balanced three pointer as the buzzer sounded to end the 3rd, and the Bruins suddenly had a 39-33 lead, sending Namer Nation into a state of Deja Vu.

Padua continued moving forward in the 4th, as the quarter began with a Bruin steal, resulting in a layup made by Junior Tyler Ptacek off an assist from Milliken. Just seconds later, a foul in addition to a technical continued to spin the momentum Padua’s way, as Ptacek sank both ensuing free throws.

The Green Wave kept it close, cutting the lead to six points with 2:52 remaining after Senior James Krakowiak stole a Bruin pass and proceeded to make a fast break layup.

But, before you knew it, a Link steal followed by his bucket with 1:14 left put Padua up 50-41, forcing a timeout.

Krakowiak fouled out with less than a minute to play, and the Brown and White continued to make their free throws en route to a final score of 56-49.

Ptacek led all scorers with 23 points on the night. Link finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots. The Bruins went 11-16 at the free throw line in the 4th quarter alone, 20-29 overall on the night. Senior Zak Baumer pulled down a season-high six rebounds.

For the Green Wave, Danforth was the high-scorer with 14 points. Krakowiak added twelve of his own in addition to seven rebounds. Dreher had ten points and seven rebounds.

The Bruins improve to 3-2 on the season, snapping a two game losing skid. Their next contest will not be until after they have celebrated Christmas, as they will play host to the Parma Redmen on Tuesday December 27th. Tip off is at 7:30pm.

Padua High School boys basketball team beats Holy Name again

Published: Thursday, December 29, 2011, 10:19 AM

Sun News staff By Sun News staff 

 By Kevin Smith Correspondent

PARMA HTS. After a solid first quarter in which Padua limited Holy Name to four points, Padua was outscored 19-9 in the second frame leaving the Bruins’ coaching staff searching for answers. The solution – Become the aggressor.

Padua (3-2) used a 9-0 run midway through the third quarter and attempted 18 second half free throws to pull away from Holy Name and take a 56-49 decision on Tuesday night in Parma Heights.

“The key to shooting a lot of free throws is how Walsh was last week,” said Padua Franciscan High School boys’ basketball head coach Pat Teresi. “When you become the aggressor sometimes the lesser-aggressive team will look like they are out of position and they will commit a lot of fouls when you’re a step slower or a step behind. That helped us out in trying to be a little more aggressive. I think that was important for us.”

The Bruins made sure to set the tone early to avoid getting into a deep hole early like the previous meeting with the Green Wave just 11 days ago. Matt Milliken hit an early bucket and Tyler Ptacek found the score sheet early to put Padua up 4-2 before Holy Name tied the score up at four. However, the Bruins would go on a 5-0 run to close out the quarter off of a free throw by Chris Link, a pair of free throws by Ptacek and a runner by Milliken.

Holy Name opened up the second frame with an 8-0 run to open up a 12-9 lead before Ptacek cut the deficit to two. The Green Wave and Ptacek would trade points on the next several possessions before Holy Name took a six point lead, their largest of the night. Ptacek quickly cut the lead back down to four, but Holy Name hit several free throws of their own late to enter halftime with a five point advantage at 23-18.

Padua came out of the locker room looking to increase the intensity on Holy Name. The Bruins quickly tied the score at 23 on a Jim Solano three-pointer which was followed up by a Link bucket. Holy Name reclaimed a two point lead before Milliken re-tied the score at 25. The Green Wave responded with a 4-0 run and had the lead a 31-27 before the Bruins took over. Zak Baumer scored his only field goal of the game to spark Padua’s 9-0 run which saw Ptacek score five of his game-high 23 points.

The Green Wave connected on one more field goal late to cut the deficit to three. However, the Bruins were firing on all cylinders as Milliken buried a three-pointer at the buzzer with a Green Wave defender in his face putting Padua ahead by six at 39-33 with just eight minutes remaining.

“We had to get the game moving and try to create a little more energy,” added Teresi. “We had to get the game moving at a faster pace because it was a little too slow of a pace for us.”
The Bruins expanded their lead to 10 immediately on baskets by Ptacek and Solano before Holy Name tried to cut away at the deficit. The Green Wave got back to within eight before a technical foul swung the momentum right back to Padua as Ptacek expanded the lead to 10 before a Solano free throw had Holy Name scrambling for answers.

The Green Wave responded with a 6-1 run to close the gap at 47-41 before Link pulled Padua back ahead by nine. Solano and Ptacek made sure the Green Wave would not catch up by sinking six free throws in the closing minutes preserving the win.

Baumer’s energy provided a spark forthe Bruins as he finished with a career-high eight rebounds and one blocked shot.

“It was huge,” said Teresi. “It was unbelievable. He didn’t score a lot but he had some big rebounds. He was great off of the class by himself.”

Link narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds. The junior took ownership of the paint all night and added four blocked shots. Milliken finished with 11 points for the second straight game while dishing out three assists. Solano added eight points to go along with six rebounds. Ptacek tallied three rebounds on the evening.

Holy Name was led by Alex Danforth’s 14 points. James Krakowiak had 12 and Dan Dreher finished with 10.