Second Half Rally Gives Women’s Basketball Win Against Westminster (Pa.) College

November 26, 2011

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team outscored Westminster (Pa.) College, 36-25, in the second half to capture a 65-55 victory against the Titans today (Saturday, Nov. 26) in a non-conference game and home opener at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

The Terriers improve to 2-2 overall for the season and the Titans fall to 0-4 overall.

Both teams started off slow to begin the game, but Hiram would build a 10-4 advantage at the 13:02 minute mark thanks to a jumper by junior forward Amanda Petrusky (Parma/Valley Forge).  Westminster battled back and the two teams would go back-and-fourth the remainder of the period as the half featured six ties and four lead changes.  Trailing by six points following the Petrusky bucket, the Titans responded with an 11-1 scoring run to grab a four-point lead, 15-11, with 9:48 left before halftime.  Neither team trailed by more than four points in the final minutes and it was Westminster who would take a slim 30-29 margin into the locker rooms.

In the second half, Westminster looked to take control outscoring Hiram, 13-7, to begin the period and record its largest lead of the game of seven points, 43-36, with 16:00 left.  Hiram pulled to within a point on an ensuing 6-0 run that ended in a basket by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) making the score 43-42 with 12:59 left to play.  The Titans quickly went up by six-points, but the Terriers rallied again as momentum shifted thanks to a 21-5 run in the final 11:16 that included a game-high 11-point lead, 64-55, with a pair of free-throws by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 24 seconds to go.  Following a bucket by the Titans on their ensuing possession, Hiram tallied the final points of the contest en route to the 65-55 final.

Westminster had two players score in double-figures led by Emily Dolsak’s 12 points on four-of-seven shooting (57.1 percent).  Gabby Holko was second in scoring with 10 points.  In addition, Andi Ridge recorded a game-high 13 rebounds.

Hiram was led by Shields with a game-high 15 points on five-of-11 shooting (45.5 percent), with 12 of her points coming in the first half.  She also posted seven rebounds.  Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) was the only other Terrier in double-digits with 12 points to go along with six rebounds and a game-high eight assists.

Hiram will look to keep momentum going when it hosts Thiel (Pa.) College tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 27) in a non-conference matchup at Price Gym.  The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Students Act as Campaign Managers in Election Simulation

November 22, 2011

Hiram College transformed into the fictional state of Voterland on Nov. 22, as students in the class “Campaigns and Elections” conducted a one-day election simulation for their final exam.

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All semester, the 12 students have been working on the campaigns for fictional candidates for governor of Voterland: Carter Pigot (Independent/Democrat), Melody Haywood (Democrat) and Chase “Derby” Smith (Republican). They purchased commercials, conducted polls and participated in debates.

However, Election Day is the only day they had to campaign to the whole campus, which Jason Johnson, scholar-in-residence and the class instructor, said is reflective of the message in his book “Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell.”

Campaigns go through the same stages – research, development and marketing, as companies selling a product; however, campaigns only have one day to sell their candidate. Other products have a number of days – sometimes an unlimited number.

“(On) Election Day, they buy your candidate or they don’t,” Johnson said. “The students are getting the experience of getting all your votes in one day.”

For Election Day, students in the various campaign groups purchased mobile voting centers (tables with laptops for people to submit their votes instantly) and commercials to promote their candidates (sent out via campus email), using campaign “money” they raised in class. Throughout the day, the student campaign managers also answered questions about their candidates’ stances on important issues.

Much like real elections, the three fictional candidates stand for different issues and have different back stories. Johnson encouraged faculty, staff and fellow students to ask the campaigners tough questions before making a decision.

Johnson last conducted this project in 2008, and more than 700 people in the Hiram community voted. He said these types of projects that involve the whole college and allow students to learn hands-on, are unique to Hiram College.

“This kind of project is what makes Hiram College so special,” he said. “It couldn’t be done at a larger college. But the fact that the campus participates so well (makes me) humbled and excited to be on the campus.”

All faculty, staff, students and alumni with an active email address may vote until 7 p.m. Nov. 22, by emailing their choice to Johnson will announce the winner on Nov. 30.

Home at Hiram For the Holidays

November 22, 2011

The Dining Hall brought a little bit of home to students’ plates on Sunday, Nov. 21, as Dining Services held its first “Home for the Holidays” event.

Led by executive chef Mike Ballas and catering director Adam Ligo, the goal was to create a home-like atmosphere for the students. Instead of the usual tables for 4-6, tables were rearranged for 8-12, including one set for 28 cross country runners.

Each table was served family-style, featuring a whole turkey and all of the traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. One student at each table was given a chef’s hat along with the duty of “official turkey carver.”  This was a first for many of them; therefore, culinary staff were close at hand to provide guidance.

The Dining Hall was decorated like a fall banquet room, with centerpieces on each table, set up using individual gift bags for the students to take home. Each had a loaf of bread and strawberry jam, baked by Diane McBride.

Approximately 250 people attended, and the Dining Services staff hopes it will become an annual event. AVI Fresh will host a Holiday Party on from 4:30-8 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the Dining Hall. For reservations, contact Ligo at

Photos by Kasey Samuel Adams. For more, visit

Three Football Players Earn All-NCAC Honors

November 22, 2011

CLEVELAND, OHIO  –  Three members of the Hiram College football team have been selected to the 2011 All-North Coast Athletic Conference teams for their individual efforts this season.  Senior offensive lineman Vincent Grandillo (Tiffin/Calvert) and senior linebackers Oliver Dickerhoof (Alliance/Central Catholic) and Jon Hull (Buford, Ga./Mill Creek) were tabbed honorable mention.  [2011 All-NCAC Teams]

Grandillo helped lead the offensive line that allowed the Terriers total 2,707 yards of offense, including 1,244 yards on the ground and 1,463 yards passing.  Hiram rushed for over 100 yards in six games this season, including a season-best 252 yards in a 16-13 win against Kenyon College.  The Terriers also posted their single-game best offensive output in that game with 427 total yards (252 rushing and 175 passing).  In addition, the Hiram offense recorded one single-season record in 2011 with the fewest sacks allowed with nine.

For his career, Grandillo played his first two seasons on the defensive line before moving to offensive line as a junior.  In his first season on the “O-Line,” Grandillo helped the Terriers record 2,932 yards of total offense (690 rushing and 2,242 passing) and post single-season records in passing first downs (108), pass attempts (418) and completions (255).

Dickerhoof earns All-Conference honors for the second time in his career with back-to-back honorable mention accolades.  As a senior, Dickerhoof led the team in tackles with 111 and was tied for second in the NCAC.  He currently ranks in a tie for 18th in NCAA Division III in tackles and recorded eight games this season with 10 or more tackles.  He also had 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarteback sacks.  Dickerhoof led the team, and the conference, in fumble recoveries with four and had two forced fumbles.  His four fumble recoveries ranked in a tie for second most in the nation.

For his career, Dickerhoof made 279 tackles (146 solo and 133 assists) in 38 games, including 16 games of 10 or more tackles.  He also had 14.5 tackles for loss with six sacks.  In addition, Dickerhoof tallied four forced fumbles in his career to go along with seven fumble recoveries and one blocked kick.

Hull ends his four-year career as a three-time All-NCAC pick.  This season, Hull finished second on the team, and fifth in the conference, in tackles with 101 (38 solo and 63 assists).  His 101 total tackles ranked in a tie for 48th overall in NCAA Division III.  He posted five games of 10 or more tackles, including a career-high 20 stops against Carnegie (Pa.) Mellon University on Oct. 1.  Hull was also third on the team in tackles for loss (6.5) and second in sacks (four).  He was tied for the team-lead in forced fumbles with three to go along with two fumble recoveries.

In 37 career games, Hull made an impressive 329 tackles (116 solo and 213 assists) and averaged 8.9 tackles per game.  He also had 17 tackles for loss with six sacks.  Hull posted 17 career games with 10 or more tackles as well as six forced fumbles and had seven fumble recoveries.  In addition, he had one career interception and scored one touchdown as a junior on a fumble return.

Men’s Basketball Player Aaron Stefanov Named NCAC Player of the Week

November 21, 2011

CLEVELAND, OHIO  –  Hiram College men’s basketball player and sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) has been named this week’s North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

After the first week of the season, Stefanov helped lead the Terriers to a pair of victories this past week with wins against the University of Mount Union and Notre Dame College to start the year with a 2-0 record.

Stefanov averaged 22.5 points per game for the week, including scoring a career-high 29 points against Mount Union in the season opener on Tuesday (Nov. 15).  He then followed that up with a 16-point effort in the win against Notre Dame.  Stefanov shot 46.4 percent (13-of-28) from the field, 42.9 percent (nine-of-21) from three-point range and an impressive 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the free-throw line.  In addition, he grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists.

Early in the season, Stefanov currently leads the team and the NCAC in scoring with his 22.5 ppg. average.  He also leads the team in triples made (nine), attempted (21) and is the team’s top free-throw shooter at 90.9 percent (10-of-11).

Hiram will go for its third straight win when the Terriers travel to Bluffton for a non-conference game against Bluffton University on Saturday, Nov. 26.  The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Posts Win Against Notre Dame College in Home Opener

November 19, 2011

HIRAM, OHIO  — Senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) scored a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 16 rebounds to help lead the Hiram College men’s basketball team past Notre Dame College, 84-73, today (Saturday, Nov. 19) in the home opener at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

Following today’s game, the Terriers improve to 2-0 overall and the Falcons fall to 1-2 overall for the season.

Hiram jumped out early beginning the game with a 9-2 scoring run that ended in a dunk by senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) at the 15:45 minute mark.  Notre Dame came back to even the score at 19-19  and then outscored Hiram, 11-6, to record its largest lead of the period of five points, 30-25, with 6:50 left before halftime.  The Terriers stayed within striking distance of the lead and recorded the final five points of the half on a successful bucket by freshman guard Branden Means (Canton) and a three-pointer by Means with two seconds left to give Hiram a 38-37 edge at the break.

The Falcons regained the lead early in the second half, but Hiram again rallied and slowly looked to pull away building its lead to nine points, 55-46, with 13:22 left to go on a basket by Wiegand.  But Notre Dame would not go away and rallied to get to within four points on several occassions, including a 69-64 margin with 5:36 to go.  Another jumper by Wiegand on the ensuing Hiram possession sparked an 11-4 scoring run that gave the Terriers their first double-digit lead of the game, 80-69, with 1:46 remaining.  The Falcons got to within seven points, 80-73, with just over a minute left, but Hiram scored the final four points of the game on free-throws and equaled its largest lead of the game with the final of 84-73.

Notre Dame shot 40.9 percent (27-of-66) from the field and was led by the duo of Marcquice Taylor and Phil Biggs with 15 points each.  Troy Baugh was second with 13 points, to go along with eight rebounds, and Brennan Osborn rounded out the Falcon double-figure scorers with 11 points and a team-high 10 boards.

Hiram shot 49.3 percent (33-of-67) for the game and was led by Watkins with a game-high 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting (76.9 percent) in addition to pulling down nine boards.  Four other Terriers scored in double-figures including sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) who was second with 16 points.  Wiegand was third on the team in scoring with his 13 points and game-high 16 rebounds, followed by Means with 12 points.  Rounding out the high scorers was junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) with 11 points.

Hiram will go for its third win of the season when the Terriers travel to Bluffton for a non-conference matchup against Bluffton University on Saturday, Nov. 26.  Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Records Win Against Bethany (W.Va.) College

November 19, 2011

ERIE, PA.  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team recorded its first win of the season with a 69-54 victory against Bethany (W.Va.) College in the consolation game of the Penn State-Behrend Tournament today (Saturday, Nov. 19) in Erie, Pa.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 1-2 overall and the Bison fall to 0-3 overall for the season.

The early minutes of the first half was heavily contested by both teams with neither team leading by more than five points.  Late in the period with the score tied at 20-20, Hiram outscored Bethany, 17-4, in the final 7:16 to take control of the game, including a three-pointer by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) and a pair of free-throws by junior forward Brenna Host (Seven Hills/Normandy) to end the half for a 37-24 advantage at the break.

The Terriers maintained their double-digit lead throughout the majority of the second half and led by as many as 16 points on several occassions.  Bethany made one last attempt at a comeback near the midway point of the half when the Bison cut the deficit to seven points, 51-44, with 12:54 left to play in the game.  But Hiram answered and rattled off nine straight points that included a pair of triples by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) to give the Terriers a 16-point lead, 60-44, at the 9:43 mark.  The Bison would not threaten the remainder of the game as Hiram went on to win by the final of 69-54.

Bethany shot just 29.3 percent (22-of-75) from the field, including 13.0 percent (three-of-23) from behind the three-point line, and was led by Renee Shepherd who was the only Bison player to score in double-figures with 13 points on five-of-12 shooting (41.7 percent).  She also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Hiram shot 36.2 percent (25-of-69) for the game and 52.9 percent (nine-of-17) from behind the arc.  The Terriers had two players in double-figures led by Shields with a game-high 25 points on nine-of-17 shooting (52.9 percent) and connected on five three-pointers (five-of-six overall).  She also grabbed nine rebounds.  Durichko scored 13 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.

Hiram will begin a three-game homestand on Saturday, Nov. 26 when the Terriers take on Westminster (Pa.) College in the home opener at Price Gymnasium.  The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Swimming and Diving Teams Beat Defiance College

November 19, 2011

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College swimming and diving teams defeated Defiance College today (Saturday, Nov. 19) in a non-conference dual meet at Alumni Memorial Pool.  The Terrier women defeated the Yellow Jackets, 97-82, and the men won, 83-74.  [Meet Results]

With the sweep, the Hiram women improve to 4-2 overall in dual meet competition and the men improve to 2-3 overall for the season.

The women captured eight events and were led by a trio of multiple event winners in senior Becca Szanto (Bainbridge/Kenston), senior Sydney Kispert-Bostick (Detroit, Mich./Frazer) and senior Caitlin McCurley (Apple Valley/Granite Hills).  Szanto touched the wall first in the 200-meter freestyle (2:32.23) and the 100-meter free (1:09.26).  Kispert-Bostick won both the one-meter and three-meter diving events with 120.30 points and 126.50 points respectively.  McCurley posted the top overall time in both the 1500-meter free (20:07.46) and the 400-meter free (5:09.68).  Also recording victories was freshman Rachel Buckley (Amherst/Elyria Catholic) in the 50-meter free (29.32 seconds).  Freshman Marisa Celeste (Rocky River/Gilmour Academy) had the fastest overall time in the 100-meter free (1:16.65) and fellow freshman Samantha Polmanteer (Berkley, Mich./Berkley) won the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:29.66.  The women also had a winning relay team in the 200-meter medley relay.  Szanto, McCurley, senior Amelia Dorschel (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) and senior Francesca Luppino (Medina/Cloverleaf) posted a combined winning time of 2:26.41.

On the men’s side, the Terriers captured seven individual events and had multiple multiple-event winners.  Sophomore Job Fields (Chillicothe) won both the 1500-meter free (18:50.42) and the 400-meter free (4:51.82).  Junior James Degroff (Cuyahoga Falls) touched the wall first in both the 50-meter free (25.57 seconds) and the 100-meter free (1:00.00) events.  Sophomore Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge/Kenston) rounded out the multi-event winners with victories in the 200-meter individual medley (2:32.96) and the 100-meter breaststroke (1:14.75).  Also recording a top mark was freshman Lloyd Eshelman (Canton/GlenOak) in the one-meter dive with 184.55 points.  The men also had a victory in the 200-meter medley relay.  The team of freshman Kyle Meggas (Lakewood), Astalos, freshman Curtis Webster (Aurora) and Degroff had an overall time of 2:06.89.

Up next for the Hiram swim teams will be the annual Grove City College Invitational on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3 in Grove City, Pa.  The first event on Friday is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Poor Shooting Gives Women’s Basketball Loss Against PSU-Behrend

November 19, 2011

ERIE, PA.  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team shot just 22.2 percent for the game as the Terriers fell, 53-43, against Penn State-Behrend in the first game of the PSU-Behrend Tournament in Erie, Pa.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers fall to 0-2 overall and the Behrend Lions improve to 1-0 overall for the season.

Both teams struggled from the field in a low scoring first half despite five ties and four lead changes.  Hiram led for the majority of the first half and recorded its largest lead of five points, 16-11, with three minutes left before halftime on one-of-two free-throws by junior guard Lindsay Buckner (Vienna/Mathews).  PSU-Behrend came back to tie the game at 20-20 with under a minute to go, but the Terriers regained the lead and took a slim 22-21 advantage into the locker rooms.

In the second half, the Behrend offense picked up outscoring Hiram, 8-2, to begin the half and take a 29-24 lead with 14:24 left to play.  The Terriers answered with an 8-0 scoring run that ended in a jumper by Buckner to pull ahead on the scoreboard, 32-29, at the 11:32 minute mark.  But the Lions took control of the game with a 19-7 run on their way to leading by as many as 14 points, 53-39, with 1:51 to play.  Hiram tallied the final points of the game, but the deficit was too great as Behrend went to win by the final of 53-43.

Behrend was led in scoring by Holly Bourquin with a game-high 14 points on five-of-eight shooting (62.5 percent).  Aly Eagle and Brittany Wilwohl were the other two Lion players in double-figures with 10 points each.

Hiram had one player in double-digits in freshman guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) with 10 points on three-of-16 shooting (18.8 percent).  Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) was second with eight points.

Hiram will take on Bethany (W.Va.) College in the consolation game of the PSU-Behrend Tournament on Saturday (Nov. 19) in Erie, Pa.  The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Nearby Nature Hike – Nov. 20

November 18, 2011

Nearby Nature Hike

Sponsored by: Friends of the Hiram College Field Station

When: 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011

Where: Downtown Warren; meet the bridge over the Mahoning River west of West Market and Main Streets, southwest of the Courthouse square Downtown

Cost: $4 for members, faculty and staff,; $6 for non-members

Discover the majesty of the amazingly large trees lining the Mahoning River in Perkins Park, downtown Warren. The old growth trees attract a variety of wildlife and soften the effect of the urban landscape. Gardens and restored historic buildings add to the ambiance of the area. Register at 330.569.6003 or

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