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Policy will ban tobacco on campus

Beginning on Aug. 1, all tobacco products will be prohibited on campus. Rebecca Marion Managing Editor With August 1st steadily approaching, the students and staff of Lorain County Community College can expect to breath easier on campus this fall semester….

Test anxiety workshop will ease finals stress

Zach Srnis Special Correspondent With final exams right around the corner, Americorps completion coaches at Lorain County Community College will be offering a test-taking workshop. The presentation will help students develop strategies for how to tackle exams and dealing with…

Collegian bags 9 Press Club Awards

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief The Collegian took nine honors in the 2017 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Press Club of Cleveland. In the Best Print Feature category, Editor-in-Chief Kristin Hohman won for her two stories, “Suicide on campus” and…

The young and the homeless

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief With the increasing cost of attending college in the United States, it should come as no surprise that many college students have to make considerable sacrifices for their education. One of the most substantial sacrifices is a…

Student lounge plans move foward

Marie Tobin

JRNM 151 Student

Students will soon have an additional lounge on campus to relax and enjoy themselves in between classes, and they have the Student Senate to thank.    

“It’s not going to be just another gamers’ lounge,” said Alex Moen, president of the  Student Senate, “This is a place where all students are welcome, regardless of race, religion, gender, or interests.”

    The lounge will be located on the first floor of the University Center.  According to Moen, there is no confirmed finishing date, but there will be a grand opening once the project is finished.

Features will include new couches and a pool table.  Possible additions include vending machines, a Keurig coffee machine, a microwave, a foosball table, and a table tennis table.  The Student Senate is welcoming donations for the mentioned items.  Also, they would like to replace the current University Partnership wall with a mural created by a student.  This mural would display the various University Partnership options that are currently being offered, as well as possible future opportunities.  Students are welcome to offer assistance with this project.

     Students expressed their excitement for the project.  “I’m quite excited to hear about the new lounge,” says Austin Hess, a video simulation major. “It will give us students a chance to relax after a rough day of class, or after that one hard test you’re over with. I can’t wait for it to be done!”

“The intention behind this project is to create a space where students can become involved on campus,” Moen said.  “This is a two-year project that four student senates have worked on, and we are very positive about the outcome.”

  For more information, contact Moen at amoen@lorainccc.edu.

Lady Commodores qualify for NJCAA Region XII playoffs

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

  Lorain County Community College is going to have to arrange two buses instead of one to go to the Region XII Championship game, because the LCCC’s 6-21 women’s basketball team is going to be joining the 23-5 men’s basketball team at Ohio Christian University after their 63-35 domination over 0-23 Hocking College.

The women’s basketball team, just like the men’s team will be facing the Columbus State Community College Cougars. The women’s team for Columbus State has lost five out of their last six games to go along with their 11-13 record and their only win in that stretch was against the Lady Commodores 77-55. The Lady Commodores record against Columbus since the 2013-14 season is 0-10 and have been outscored by 40.1 points per game (PPG).

“I think it’s great,” head coach of the women’s basketball team, Vince Granito said. “I think we have an opportunity now, we are playing against Columbus State.”

Coach Granito also described the players emotions when they found out that they were going to the playoffs.

“They were pretty happy,” He said. “They were really happy for the fact that they qualify. We didn’t qualify last year so that is a big step up that this year were able to qualify.”

The difference between Columbus State from the first time and last time they met is that they are two players short. Guard Malia Williams, who played one minute in the first meet for Columbus State and forward Stephanie Newell, who scored 17 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and four steals against the Lady Commodores in the first meet of the 2017-18 season, in which the game ended 80-55.

If the women’s team defeats Columbus State, they will advance to the District Championship, but unlike the men’s team, who will host the District Championship if they beat Columbus State men’s basketball team, the women’s team will not have a home game for their District Championship.

They will also have the task of defending the reigning NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, Destiny Wooten, who has averaged 27.5 PPG, while shooting 40 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from the 3-point line. Wooten is currently 21st in the nation in PPG with 20.5 PPG. She has been on fire, but the Cougars have averaged 67.2 PPG in December, 57.7 PPG in January and 50.9 PPG in February; showing a steady decline in point production as the season progressed.

Coach Granito had some comments to say about Wooten when asked about how to guard her.

“She is a good player, but I don’t think that she is an outstanding player,” Granito said.

He also commented on the competition that she and the Cougars face on the tail-end of the season.

“I think a lot of that is from several of the teams that they played during that stretch,” he said.

The Cougars are a top 10 rebounding team and Granito is confident that they will win the rebounding battle.

“Jasmine White had a double-double when we played two weeks ago,” Granito said. “I think their post play is actually their weaker part of their game.”

The Commodores have to guard Wooten, but the Cougars will have to defend Commodores’ guard Angel Blakely, who is averaging 18.4 PPG, which is 30th in the nation in Division III women’s basketball. She is also seventh in free-throws made per game. Mix that with Columbus State’s 6-woman roster, foul trouble could possibly occur. Granito realizes this as well.

The last time we played them, [Columbus State] only had six [players] so I’m assuming that they only have six [players],” Granito said. “If you throw in Hannah’s 16 points a game, that would have been an even game the last time we played them.”

The last time they played Columbus State on February 2, 2018, Commodores’ guard Hannah Oehlstrom played only six minutes before tweaking her ankle. Oehlstrom scored 15 points against Hocking College this past Saturday. According to Granito, she is “good to go.”

The Region XII Championship will be held at Ohio Christian University on February 27, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

PC building on course to finish

Renovated areas to bring additional manufacturing, entrepreneurial opportunities

A correspondent

   The Campana Center’s phase two renovation is on target to meet the proposed April 17 completion date. Phase one, began in February 2016, added 10,000 square feet of space to the Patsie C. Campana, Sr. Engineering & Development Center. The 2014 Small Campus Grants Initiative supports this $5 million project with ongoing support from private donors like the Campana family.

   The purpose of the Campana renovation is to create areas that support ideation (light bulb moments), including flexible collaboration spaces, project pods and virtual reality labs with capability for teams to hold holographic design reviews. One new community program, Fab Fridays, is already available. Every fourth Friday of the month, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Fab Lab has a free activity to create an individual work in a cooperative group setting. All are welcome to learn and participate.

  Laura Carissimi, LCCC’s Purchasing and Facility Planning Director, said, “The new area will be a collaboration space physically joining the Nord Center to Campana; essentially providing synergy between the Arts & Humanities and Engineering departments.” Relocation of NEO LaunchNet to this site will provide another vital link. Other resources to be located in the Campana Center include: LCCC’s Fab Lab, the second maker’s space in the U.S., according to Sherry Lassiter, director of the Fab Foundation.

LCCC’s Fab Lab features state-of-the- art digital manufacturing labs filled with high-tech equipment for fabrication, automation, 3d printing and more. The Fab Lab is surrounded by collaboration space and services that facilitate the full spectrum of product development from idea to prototyping, through assembly and packaging.

“The new center affords us the opportunity to extend our digital fabrication capabilities into manufacturing, to provide industry resources for product design, development and prototyping,” said Kelly Zelesnik, academic dean of Engineering, Business & Information Technologies at LCCC. Hands-on education for students (through college courses and K-12 programs), will be offered in this space and community inventors, entrepreneurs, and existing companies will have access to cutting-edge digital manufacturing capabilities.

  E-Cubed, which stands for Empowering Entrepreneurs through Education, is another available service. Those who are serious about their business dreams becoming a reality, can learn to navigate the entrepreneurial obstacles in the Campana Center. E-Cubed students also gain access to an IBIS World report (a marketing report that provides insight into the past, present, and future performance of their industry), a fee-free business account at workshop sponsor Chemical Bank for one year, and a three-month membership to the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce. Asset protection is the next step after the ideation and production phases are completed by the entrepreneur. Intellectual property (IP) is a valuable commodity, and information about safeguarding IP is available on campus.

  LCCC is one of six colleges nationally, and the only one in Ohio, that participates in an innovative program providing intellectual property curriculum for entrepreneurs.  “As we inspire our students and members of the Lorain County community to unleash their entrepreneurial creativity through our Campana Center for Ideation and Invention, it is important for us also to educate them about ways to protect the intellectual property they develop,” said Dr. Jonathan Dryden, the LCCC Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic and Learner Services. “The new course material will help entrepreneurs of all ages to understand the importance of intellectual property protection.” The curriculum includes information on patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. “When entrepreneurs know what’s protected, the more they will be willing to pursue the field of their endeavor,” according to LCCC assistant professor of business and law, Lee Kolczun.

Food Fest serves a feast for students

Kerri Klatt

Staff Writer

As students were in class on Feb. 22 having teachers fill their heads with knowledge, students in the College Center Commons were having volunteers during the Food Fest filling their stomachs with various, tasty food.

The Food Fest was an event that was put together by the Student Senate as a method of raising funds.  “This is a fundraiser to raise money for the Student Senate Scholarship that we have created,” said Alex Moen, president of the Student Senate. “And everyone loves food.”

The event required participants to sign up prior to the event in which participants prepared a dish of their favorite food to have voted on. The event was a $5 admission for faculty and staff but for students and children under the age of 12, $3 was the admission.  Students, faculty, and staff voted on the three best dishes prepared by participants, and the dishes with the most votes would win a prize.  Participants received five tickets to vote for their favorite dishes.  They could either give their favorite dish all five of their tickets, or split them up among different dishes.

Volunteers in the event ranged from students, faculty members, and Student Senators.  Moreover, The Collegian’s very own Editor-in-Chief Logan Mencke also volunteered for the Food Fest.  “When I spoke with Alex, she asked if I wanted to volunteer,” said Mencke.  “At first, I wasn’t interested, but because Alex has been so helpful to us at The Collegian with helping whenever we cover a Student Senate event, I figured this was the least I could do to show my appreciation.”

  Mencke would be glad that he decided to join in volunteering for the event because his dish, homemade chicken noodle soup, won third place with 35 votes.  His prize was a basket of coffee accessories with two mugs, two bags of Dunkin Donut coffee, and creamer.

First place winner, Riley Figueroa had prepared rice and beans winning a crock-pot with a basket of cooking utensils and several gravies. Figueroa won with 59 votes. The second-place winner, Selena Vazquez had 40 votes for the elote (grilled Mexican corn) dish winning a popcorn popper with pop-able popcorn and two popcorn containers.

Student restaurant changes name to “Sage & Seed”

Symbolic and historical significance influences eatery’s name change

Andre Malabanan

Staff Writer

Lorain County Community College’s student restaurant has changed its name to “Sage and Seed” as a more accurate representation of the knowledge passed on from teacher to students.

“A lot of different names came up and this is the one that stuck,” said chef Adam Schmith, LCCC Culinary Program Director about the renaming of the former Rathskeller, now Sage and Seed, a student-run restaurant located at the Norton Culinary Arts Center.

The restaurant reopened as the course Restaurant Capstone, taken by culinary students, opened this spring semester on Jan. 30. According to Schmith, the “sage” symbolizes the wisdom of the teachers in the program and the “seed” signifies the students who will be learning from them.

Another reason behind changing the name of the restaurant is to honor the idea that the college is built on  farm land which the majority of was originally a vegetable farm owned by LCCC’s Dean of Health and Wellness Sciences, Hope Moon’s great grandparents.

“Rathskeller was a name prior and it really didn’t fit our room. Rathskeller is like a dark dwelling a basement style restaurant and we are a bright lit restaurant. So it doesn’t really fit with that,” said Schmith.

The Culinary Program Director, believes that the rebranding of the restaurant positively affects their initiatives of reaching out to the community by opening their culinary institute not just to the locals but to surrounding communities as well.

“I have heard feedbacks from customers, it is a hit. People enjoy seeing the development of the students,” He said. “We have a bunch of regulars from the college but we have really been receiving people aside from the community in Lorain County but also from Cuyahoga County and the surrounding counties.”

The student-run restaurant was originally open for eight weeks but because of the large size of Schmith’s class has decided to split the class into two, allowing the restaurant to run up to 16 weeks.

“I think the long term goal here is to try to find a way to make this an actual restaurant that will open not just for dinner service but possibly for lunch and breakfast. We are doing nothing but growing around here,” Schmith said.

Sage and Seed is now open every Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm from Jan. 30 until May 2 with an exemption on spring break dates, March 13 and 14.

Campus celebrates black history

A correspondent

Whenever black history is celebrated in the United States, Martin Luther King Jr. is perhaps the most prominent black leader to be honored, and rightfully so.  However, there have been many brave and important African Americans who been overlooked and forgotten for far too long.

    Black heroes fought in the American Revolution and in all U.S. wars and conflicts, according to the movie “America’s Lost Heroes: African American Patriots by historian David Barton, screened on campus in the College Center Commons on Feb. 22 for Black History Month. The theme of this movie was that there should be no “type” of American, in American history.

  Regardless of gender, race, creed, color, national orientation, ability or identification, the actual United States history is filled with the sacrifices of Americans. Deep compassion and respect to the Native North Americans in particular.

  Dr. Monroe Kennedy, physics teacher in LCCC’s Mathematics and Science Division headed the event with his wife, Karen Kennedy because they wanted students to realize that long before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement, there were brave American heroes with dark skin. Dr. Kennedy said that the important take-away from the event is, “To understand and appreciate that Black Americans were an important part of American history and their success should motivate us and contribute a feeling of cohesiveness between all Americans.”

  Some notable names of Americans who were identified in the movie were: Robert Smalls, member of congress, Benjamin Banneker, mathematician, Francis Hopkins, academic and William Cooper, soldier.

  Karen Kennedy introduced the 30-minute film and believes that, “Young people can become aware of the early contributions of Black Americans so that greater historical accuracy can be achieved.” She added, “It is necessary for Americans to be told about the contributions of all those who have been left out of the history books because we are one nation.”

  Also present at the event was Shamballa Warner, LCCC student, who recited the “I Have A Dream” speech. Mrs. Kennedy led a discussion immediately following the film. This event provided some new information about the role of Black Americans in the founding of America.

  May it inspire everyone to see our common history as having included all of us, all along.  United we stand.

Chinese celebrate New Year

Maria Alejandra Rey

Staff Writer

  The multicultural club celebrated the arrival of the Chinese New Year  with a presentation led by Julie Pan Chen, an international scholar from China, and also accompanied by a couple of international Chinese students. Pan Chen took the opportunity to educate a group of students from different nationalities on the Chinese traditions and celebrations as well as the cultural importance of the day.

  The most important holiday in Asia, at least for countries who are regulated by the lunar calendar, welcomed the year of the dog according to the Chinese zodiac and with it all the celebrations and customs that come with it, from the word play used on the couplets and the traditional meals prepared in family as a bonding activity. “It’s difficult to find everything you need to celebrate authentically when you are living in a different country,” said Pan Chen, who took the opportunity not only to celebrate with other students from china but also with American students who take her class and were interested on seeing first hand the Chinese customs.

  In Chinese culture tradition is really important and following the new year’s celebration is part of the millenary history of the country, and while it has developed throughout the years the bases for these customs are still in place and as important as ever, from the protection against a mythical beast called Nian to the importance of family unity. Nian, who in Chinese mythology was believed to eat villagers, was scared away by loud noises and the color red, following the legend after the monster was captured.

The traditions endure in order to assure good fortune in the new year, “for a few years in the city we were forbidden to light firecrackers, but people started to complain because they felt something was lacking during the celebrations.” said Pan Chen.

  The new year celebration takes place over two weeks in China and people get a week off work and school in order to celebrate properly.   

LCCC student visits Russia

Abigail Doane

JRNM 151 Student

“Reconsider travel to Russia due to terrorism and harassment.” This is what the U.S. Department of State’s travel advisory says for 2018, but this did not stop us from going and having a once in a lifetime experience.

My sister and I wanted to travel to a different country but could not decide on where. My sister, Erika, and I both work at a small outdoor retail store in Sheffield, called The Backpacker’s Shop, but she is a manager so she was able to give us the days off for our trip. I was reading ‘War and Peace’ by Leo Tolstoy, at the time and jokingly suggested at work that we should go to Russia. Later, Erika looked up travelling costs to Russia and found that it was very affordable. We used Tripmasters to plan our trip and it was $750 each in which included round-trip flights, our train from St. Petersburg to Moscow, and our hotels. Our visas were $150 each which is very high compared to other countries. Most people do not travel to Russia in the middle of the winter so we decided to go while the costs were low and there would not be many tourists. I was very excited about this trip. I began reading and doing research immediately while my sister planned our itinerary. It is hard to get a visa for Russia and we wanted to go before it gets even harder to get in the country.

Before applying for a visa, you must be formally invited by someone from inside Russia. We asked our hotel and they sent us a formal invitation that we used in order to apply for our visas. There is a lot of paperwork that must be completed and sent to a Russian consulate. The passport that is reviewed and either accepted or denied. This took about three weeks unless it is  paid for to be expedited.

We were in Russia for a total of six days because I have school and work.  My sister, Erika, had to go back to work as well. We left on Feb. 6 in the evening and flew from Cleveland to Detroit which took about two hours. We then flew from Detroit to Amsterdam which was our longest flight lasting about seven hours. Then a flight from Amsterdam to St. Petersburg which was only three hours.

On Feb. 6 we had arrived in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg. We had no trouble getting through customs. The airport was very quiet and there were not many people there. It was very cold and it snowed almost every day that we were there. The weather was similar to what it has been like here in Ohio but with much more snow. Thankfully, we were prepared and had warm clothes for walking around in the city. We did a lot of research on what to wear. We would always wear waterproof, insulated boots, scarves, hats, gloves, warm sweaters and heavy winter coats. We never wore blue jeans because we read that you stick out in the crowd and because Russian’s do not wear jeans. We blended right in and many people assumed we were Russian and would try and talk to us, only to realize that we were tourists that speak English.

In St. Petersburg, we saw all kinds of museums, cathedrals, and palaces but some of the highlights were the Museum of Russian Literature, The Winter Palace, an opera at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, and the Peter and Paul Fortress. We were amazed at the rich history that the city had to offer. The architecture was sensational and the amazing artifacts that we saw in the museums helped us to learn about the unique Russian culture and how it came about. It reminded me of Washington, D.C. because of all the monuments and museums that were everywhere in the city. After seeing as much as we could in St. Petersburg, we took a train to Moscow which took about four hours. In Moscow, we stayed in the city and saw lots of things including the Red Square, the Kremlin Armory, Lenin’s Mausoleum, GUM market, and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Moscow was much more crowded than St. Petersburg but we still had a terrific experience there. The major sites in the city are all so close together that we covered most of the places we wanted to see in one day. The buildings were very colorful and intricate. Being in the Red Square was fascinating considering all that has happened there throughout history.

We concluded our time in Moscow by dining at a fancy restaurant called Café Pushkin. This cafe was the most incredible place that I have ever eaten at. The drinks were delicious and the food was wonderful. The building was beautiful, there were musicians playing harps and violins and young men that took our hands to help us down the steps and helped us put our jackets on.

The streets were well lit and coffee shops as well as restaurants were open late at night. During the day we would see people of all ages walking on the streets. At night it was mostly young people and lots of couples and/or groups of friends. It reminded me of New York City at night because of the crowds and how late people stayed out. The people we met, waiters or cab drivers were all very nice and did not make us feel that we were out of place or unwelcome.

I was surprised that many people knew at least a little English. One man that we had talked to in a coffee shop, said he never learned English in school. That he learned English from American movies and books. We had coffee at many different places and it was very good everywhere we had went.

The food, in Russia, was surprisingly good. I had never heard people talk about the food in Russia but everywhere we ate we had amazing food. It was a lot of heavy dishes like pierogis, meat pies, beef stroganoff, and borscht.

Everything was delicious! Wherever we went, it took a long time to get our food but it was because everything was served fresh and hot. The menu’s were often in Russian so we had used the Google Translate app to see what we were ordering.

Some people asked where we were from. My sister, Erika, always says we were from Canada whenever we travel overseas because it is a safe answer to respond with America. Americans do not have the best reputation in other countries, especially in Russia. This is due to all of the issues that our government is experiencing. Canadians are liked and respected pretty much around the world and although we were not afraid of harassment, we still told people we were Canadian just in case. The cities were safer than I expected however, the biggest threat was big icicles that fall from buildings and kill people each year.

One of the most interesting things I saw while in Russia was the body of Vladimir Lenin. Lenin had died when he was 53 years old but has been embalmed for 94 years. He lies in a glass casket and people can visit and see his body in Moscow. The building was just outside the Red Square and it was very dark inside. There were security and lots of guards inside and outside the building. We could not take pictures, put our hands in our pockets, talk, or even stop walking or the guards would yell at you. Everyone was very quiet and somber. It felt like going to a wake.

The exception is that he died 94 years ago yet still looks like he just died recently.

St. Petersburg and Moscow are both very historic and beautiful cities that made our trip to a foreign land a memorable and unique experience.

Commodores win on Sophomore Night

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

Seven players on the Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team were honored for their commitment to the men’s basketball program. After the ceremony, the Commodores went on to win the game against Sinclair Community College 81-70.

Zach Swain, Jake Schultz, Miles Meredith, Daniel Lott, Deric Nichols, Mike Rell, and Kevin Kelley were the players honored before the game. All the players but Meredith and Lott played both their years at LCCC. They came from Cuyahoga Community College after their freshman year.

“Tri-C’s loss is our gain,” assistant coach John Keshock, who was for that game the temporary head coach, said during the ceremony.

“There is no denying that these guys are the most successful class ever at LCCC,” coach Keshock said in the Sophomore Night ceremony. “Last year we were 17-11. We went and got a championship banner. This year, we are 20-5, we’ve been ranked as high as seventh in the nation and hopefully we are going to ad more of those wins.”

Nichols was praised for his shot-blocking abilities and he showed it by having four of them in the first half. Meredith registered three blocks in the first half as well.

“What [Deric] does is that he erases mistakes,” coach Keshock said after the game. “If we make a mistake on defense, Deric (Nichols) comes from behind and swats it. Miles (Meredith) is such an athlete that when the ball goes up, there is a good chance that he is going to block it as well. The thing we love about Deric is that he does it with a vengeance. When that ball is up in the air and he has a chance to block it, he doesn’t block it. He swats it.”

The score was tied 42-42 at halftime and Rell led the team in scoring with 11 points.

“When we stand around and watch each other on offense, we are not the same team,” Keshock said.

“That second half, when we made that run with about 10 points there, that was indication of how well we can play, because guys were moving, guys were passing, and we had a number of easy buckets, because guys were moving and shook loose in their zone and we are a much better team when we do that. Defensively, we saw that as well. All of a sudden, we started playing defense. Instead of letting guys go baseline, or down to the paint for an easy layup we had everybody stepping in and helping. When we do that we are the team that is 21-5.”

The Commodores outscored Sinclair by 11 points in the second half and one thing that helped them was that they were drawing fouls and were put in the bonus.

“If we follow shots and get put-backs, we are gonna be a really good team,” Keshock said. “So when we get fouls, we go to the bonus, you know you’re getting rebounds and put-backs.”

The Commodores also committed four turnovers as a team to help extend the lead in the second half and committed five the whole game.

“Both Mike Rell, Kevin Kelley was excellent,” Keshock said. “ Jake Schultz didn’t have any turnovers and then when [Luis Santiago] came i,did real nice job not turning the ball over and that is always to see as you end the season.”

Sinclair went on a 4-minute scoring drought, which the Commodore took advantage of as they scored eight points in the that time period.

They have one more game in the regular season against Hocking College before the playoffs start and they will most likely play Columbus State that beat LCCC 103-74 on February 14, 2018 for the Region XII Championship. coach Keshock has high praises for the 2017-18 Commodores saying that “There is no argument that this is the best class in history for LCCC.”

If LCCC wins the region, they will host a home playoff game for the District Championship.

Women’s basketball: LCCC lose 132-44 to Sinclair

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

Head coach of the Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team Vince Granito was unable to coach his team against No. 11 Sinclair Community College, which led to the Lady Commodores losing to them 132-44 to extend their losing streak to eight games.

LCCC’s record, after this game is 5-21 and Sinclair’s 23-3.

The Commodores were also without their second leading scorer Hannah Oehlstrom (14.6 PPG), because of a sprained ankle, which also put them at a disadvantage against the No. 11 team in Division II. Coach Granito’s temporary replacement was Dr. John Crooks.

“Dr. Granito had a professional assignment and I stepped in for where there was a need in the college,” Crooks said after the game.

Crooks was a former travel basketball coach and this was his first game as a collegiate basketball coach.

“[LCCC] is a Division III school and they are playing a ranked Division II school,” Crooks said. “[Sinclair does] what they did against us, they might win the national championship”

After a missed 3-point shot from Sinclair’s Amanda Schroeder on the first possession of the game, Commodores’ Angel Blakely scored on a layup to take the lead for them. They had the lead for 25 seconds before Schroeder made a 3-pointer after Aaryn Evans obtained an offensive rebound. The Commodores would then go on a scoring drought that lasted 6:19. LCCC finished the first quarter with six points; losing by 22 points.

“Everything we do at Lorain County Community College is about student success, time and effort,” Crooks said. “These ladies have been working really hard. You had six young ladies out there; they gave it 110 percent and that is all you want to do.”

Throughout the game, Sinclair would not score less than 28 points per quarter in the game and LCCC couldn’t score more than 20.

The team’s lineup was thin as is with Oehlstrom out of game for the Commodores, making them play six players. LCCC’s Sami Shaw had three fouls in the first half and was benched after committing her third with 1:41 left in the first half.

“I think in a situation where you have six players, it’s difficult and she’s an excellent defender and integral part of the offense so yes it hurt [the team],” he said.

LCCC’s first half field goal percentage was 14.8 percent in the first half that ended 56-16. Blakely was the Commodores’ leading scorer with 10 points at halftime (3-10 on field goals, 4-of-4 on free-throws). She finished the game with 32 points and 10 of those points came from free-throws (10-of-12). The Commodores had 14 turnovers and ended the game with 26 turnovers. 38 of Sinclair’s points came from Commodores’ turnovers.

“The athleticism and the length was something that we struggled with,” Crooks said. “They give everyone in our conference [OCCAC] challenges because of the height athleticism and length.”

Thought they struggled against Sinclair, they are looking towards the future of the season.

“We are trying to get them prepared for the next two games of the season against Division II competition,” Crooks said. “They defeated Hocking (College) last time. They should be able to beat Hocking again. Most likely if that happens and that’s an if, they’d play Columbus State and they have played Columbus State for stretches of time even.”

Crooks has high confidence in the Commodores when they face Columbus State Community College the postseason.

“I personally think they could upset Columbus State,” he said.