Lake Erie women win tournament crown in Alaska

If the Lake Erie women’s basketball team decided to stay in Alaska, it would be easy to understand why.

The Storm spent Thanksgiving weekend in the nation’s 49th state, taking part in the North Star Invitational.

Departing Ohio, Lake Erie, which features River grad Lauren Flannery, had yet to win a game but came home with three victories and a tournament championship.

Flannery was a key contributor as the starting point guard. She scored 22 points during the trip, passed out nine assists and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Here’s a look at other Ohio Valley products:




COLTON MCKIVITZ, West Virginia — Union Local grad started at left tackle to cap his collegiate career and went out with a victory over TCU. He was named the Big 12’s Offensive Lineman of the Year earlier this week.

AUSTIN DORRIS, Bowling Green — Shadyside grad wrapped up his collegiate playing career by catching one pass for 16 yards in a loss to Buffalo.

CHUCKWUDI CHUCKWU, Ohio — Linsly School product and his teammates are awaiting to see if they’re extended an invitation to a bowl game.

MANDELLA LAWRENCE-BURKE, Kent — Steubenville grad recorded eight tackles and a sack in a win over Eastern Michigan, which made the Golden Flashes bowl eligible.


MA’LIK RICHMOND, Youngstown State — Steubenville grad earned second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference as a defensive end. He finished the season with 47 tackles, 10.5 loss and 9 sacks.


CAITLYN KROLL, Ohio — Bridgeport grad posted six points and five rebounds in a win over Pittsburgh and then in a loss to Butler finished with five points and three rebounds.

JENSEN CARETTI, Ohio State — River product has yet to dress for a game, but an OSU spokesman told me it is not a suspension, but simply head coach Kevin McGuff electing to hold her out. Caretti remains in good standing and is practicing daily.

ANGELA STAFFILENO, Duquesne — Brooke product logged seven minutes and scored five points in a win at Akron.

LILLY RITZ, Wheeling — The former Cambridge standout scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots during a loss to Davis & Elkins.

MORGAN BRUNNER, West Liberty — Linsly product scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a win over Wesleyan.

MONICA BRAGG, West Liberty — Madonna product scored two points in a win over Wesleyan.

EMILY HOLZOPFEL, Wheeling — Buckeye Local graduate posted eight points and seven rebounds in a loss to Davis & Elkins.

KELSI CHAPMAN, Wheeling — Magnolia product hit a 3-pointer in the loss to D&E.

VIVIAN ALLISON, Mercyhurst — Linsly grad scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in a loss to Ursuline.

TAYLOR DUPLAGA, Fairmont State — Wheeling Central grad played in a loss to Charleston.

ANNA DEFILIPPO, Cedarville — St. Clairsville grad scored two points in a win over Northwood.

ALLI DELANEY, Waynesburg — Union Local product scored five points in a loss to Grove City.

KALLEE DOWLER, Westminster (Mo) — Barnesville product scored 10 points and ripped down four rebounds in a loss last Wednesday.


CHASE HARLER, West Virginia — Wheeling Central grad played in wins over Wichita State and scored three points and appeared in the win over Rhode Island last Sunday.

LOGAN ROUTT, West Virginia — Cameron graduate played in both the wins over Wichita and Rhode Island.

PHIL BLEDSOE, Glenville — Wheeling Park product scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a win over California, Pa. He netted 21 points and had nine rebounds for Notre Dame College.

LUKAS ISALY, Marietta — River grad scored nine points and had two assists in a win over Otterbein.

TRENTON TIPTON, Wooster — Union Local product had eight rebounds and passed out three assists in a Allegheny.

Staskey can be reached via email at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com or at twitter.com/TLSportsSeth


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