JOHN KOVACH | Colleges Bethany's teams thriving with help from area players
BETHANY, W.Va. -- Four Youngstown-area players have been major factors in the success of the Bethany College men's and women's basketball teams, which have enjoyed record-setting seasons.
Keith Schubert, a 6-4 senior forward from Girard High, and Mike Majzun, a 6-3 junior from Struthers High, led the Bison men to a school-record 21 wins, the Presidents' Athletic Conference championship and into the NCAA Division III Great Lakes regional tournament.
Katie Hardie, a sophomore forward from Cardinal Mooney, and Kiki Cohen, a junior guard from Liberty High, have sparked the Bison women to a school-record-tying 22 victories, a PAC title and an NCAA regional berth.
In regionals: Both Bethany teams played second-round regional games yesterday.
The Bison men (21-7) were at Otterbein (25-3), after advancing with a 110-96 win over Pittsburgh-Bradford Thursday in the opening round of the regional.
The Bethany women (22-6) were at Wilmington (Ohio) (26-1) Saturday, following a 79-58 regional-opening win over Benedictine (Ill.) on Wednesday.
Schubert led the regional win with 37 points and six rebounds, while Majzun added 25 points.
Hardie had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Cohen 10 points and five assists, to help the women win in the regional. The top scorer was Kelley Richardson, a 6-0 sophomore center, with 25 points and eight rebounds.
Top player: Schubert leads the team in both scoring (25.6) and rebounding (7), while Nevada Smith is second in scoring (16.1), and Majzun third (14.4), while also averaging 2.8 rebounds. He also is second in 3-point shooting percentage with 41 on 50-for-121.
Schubert is the first Bethany player, male or female, to score more than 2000 career points. He has 2,086 points.
He has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player for the second straight year, while repeating on the All-PAC First Team.
Majzun is averaging 14 points and 2.8 rebounds and was named to the All-PAC team as an honorable Mention.
Bethany coach Rob Clune was named PAC Coach of the Year.
Majzun and Schubert led Bethany to its second straight PAC championship, scoring 25 and 24 points, respectively, as the Bison defeated Grove City, 89-74, in the PAC Tournament final.
Tops 2,000: In one of Schubert's highlights this season, he scored 43 points in Bethany's 96-91 overtime win over Grove City in the regular-season finale, exceeding 2,000 points. He had 31 of his points in the second half. and 16 in the final 5:00 of regulation to force the overtime.
Richardson leads the women's team in scoring (19.5) and rebounding (10.5), followed by Hardie in both categories with 16.2) and 9.4. Cohen set a school record for the most 3s in one season with 61, and is averaging 11.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
In one of Hardie's top performances, she had 26 points and 17 rebounds in Bethany's 73-69 loss to Thiel Feb. 13.
One of Cohen's features was her 23-point show with four 3-point goals in the Bison's 71-65 win over Grove City Feb. 16 for the PAC tourney championship.
Snyder aids Wooster: Ryan Snyder, a Sebring High graduate, was a key factor in the College of Wooster's basketball success this past season.
Snyder, who averaged 20 minutes a game, averaged 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds with 29 assists and 24 steals.
A good shooter, he made 61-for-125 from the field for 48.8 percent, including 25-for-59 from 3-point land for 42.4 percent; and 25-for-33 from the foul line for 75.8 percent.
Snyder helped the Scots to a 21-7 record, including 13-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
In women's basketball at Wooster, Abby Cook, an Ursuline High graduate, saw light duty as a sophomore for the Lady Scots.
The 5-foot-10 Cook, a guard and forward, played in six games and scored five points and grabbed nine rebounds. Wooster posted 9-16 record, including 4-12 in the NCAC, under fifth-year coach Lisa Campanell Komara, a graduate of Beaver Local High.