A Page -- Aug. 3, 2012

Shoremen look to build off strong season ending from ‘11

The Avon Lake Boys Soccer Program is coming off another season of growth in which it finished with an overall 10-5-3 record and won six of its last eight matches ending with a tough District Semifinal loss to Avon. Eighteen lettermen from the 2011 team are not returning and the 2012 Shoremen will heavily rely on the five returning letterwinners.

The Shoremen will be led by 4 year letter winner SR MF Alex Strimbu (All Greater Cleveland 2nd Team, ALL SWC First Team, All Lorain County First Team).


Strimbu is the leading returning goal scorer from the 2011 campaign( last season (6G/8A=20pts).  Strimbu’s versatility and play making ability will help the newcomers around him a great deal.  The Shoremen have a trio of juniors who will earn their third letter this fall and along with Strimbu will make up the spine of the team.

 JR MF Eric Mills (1G=2pts) will play alongside Strimbu in the Shoremen midfield and will help shoulder the load as Avon Lake looks to get into the attacking third.  JR MF Ian Stewart’s job as a holding midfielder will be to cut passes out in the defensive and middle thirds and get the attack going.  Stewart has a great read of the game and will also be important as the Shoremen try to play side to side.  The final three year letterwinner is JR D Alex Voloshen.  Voloshen will be the Shoremen’s center back organizing in the defensive third as well as springing the Shoremen on the counterattack. 

The final returning letterwinner is SO MF Evan Carlson who will play a major role as a central player either in the back or in the midfield. 


The Class of 2013 will be expected to help continue the Shoremen’s growth as a program and build a stronger reputation.  SR F Chris Heine and SR F DJ Murdock will need to provide goal scoring chances if the Shoremen are looking to score.  SR MF Kyle O’Connor and SR MF Mitch McManaman will add athleticism out wide this year as they both look to get into the attack.  SR D Jake Busch, SR D Sam Shalov, and SR D Austin Flint look to stabilize the Shoremen defense and help keep Avon Lake close in all matches.


SCHEDULE OUTLOOK:  The Shoremen’s 2012 schedule is again peppered with quality talent from all over Northeast Ohio.  Eight of the sixteen opponents on Avon Lake’s schedule competed in at least a District Semifinal or later match in 2011. 

 This includes a trip to Regional Finalist Jackson on August 18th and District Finalist St. Edward on August 22nd. Our home opener is on Wednesday, September 5th at 7PM against arch rival Westlake in the opening round of SWC.  Another big match will be on Wednesday, October 3 against North Olmsted as the Eagles look to avenge a 1-0 overtime defeat in last year’s Sectional Final.  The SWC Lorain County Derby with Amherst Steele will be played on Saturday, September 15th with a matinee start of 3PM.  Amherst is ranked #4 on the ESPN Rise Preseason poll. Avon Lake competes in the grueling Rocky River Division 1 boys District against Avon, Amherst Steele, Westlake, Strongsville, and North Olmsted. 


Final 2011 Greater Cleveland Top Ten

1. St. Ignatius       110

2. Avon                 98

3. Amherst            89

4. Mayfield            74

5. Avon Lake         53

6. St. Edward        45

7. Lakewood         36

8. Solon                32

9. Strongsville        26

10. North Royalton 23

Receiving votes: Twinsburg, Westlake, Normandy, Shaker Heights, Nordonia

Shoremen Opponents in Bold Face

Bainbridge's Justin Rhode Compete in the Shot Put in the Olympics TODAY

LONDON -- University of Mount Union alum Justin Rhode throws the shot put for Team Canada today at the Olympics in London.

Rhode, a native of Bainbridge, Ohio, Kenston High School and 2007 Mount Union graduate. He wasa five-time All-American and the 2007 NCAA Division III shot put champion.

In 2008, he moved to Canada to train and later began the process of becoming a Canadian citizen and this spring qualified for the Olympics.

"Mount Union showed me how to compete at a high level and I had a great experience there," commented Rhode in an interview before he left for Europe for final preparations and training for the Olympics.

"I was a discus thrower in high school and Coach Homon (long-time former Mount Union track and field coach John Homon) almost had me quit the shot put early ... almost," Rhode said jokingly. "Coach Homon was great. He stuck with me and showed me how to work hard and move forward."

"My time at Mount Union shaped who I am as an athlete and a person."

Joe Tait (L), the late Bill Nichols (R)

Joe Tait to Receive OAC Bill Nichols Media Service Award at Football Media Day August 8

Joe Tait will receive the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Bill Nichols Media Service Award at the OAC's Football Media Day Wednesday, August 8 at the Doubletree Hilton in Independence, Ohio.

The Bill Nichols Award was created to recognize a member of the media who has demonstrated an understanding and passion for amateur athletics, while covering the students and programs of NCAA Division III and the Ohio Athletic Conference. The award is named for longtime Cleveland Plain Dealer sports writer and Baldwin Wallace alum Bill Nichols.

Since 1985, Tait has been calling Mount Union football and basketball games on television, which he will continue in 2012. He also spent 39 seasons as the hall of fame radio voice of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliersbefore retiring in 2011.

"I love retirement, but I love doing Mount Union games too," said Tait. "I don't care what anybody says there isn't a college coach that has shown me how to do things the right way more than Larry Kehres. I don't care what level you are talking about."

Kehres matched Tait's enthusiasm and said he's glad Tait has stuck around to do the games over the years.

"The football program owes Joe a debt of gratitude for all he's done for us. I know I truly appreciate him taking the time out of his schedule on Saturdays to call our games," Kehres said. "The players appreciate it also and all of us are glad he is being honored with this award."

In addition to being the television voice of the Purple Raiders, Tait also served on Board of Trustees at Mount Union. As a graduate of Monmouth College in western Illinois, Tait has been a vocal supporter of the NCAA Division III philosophy and the OAC.

He taught sports broadcasting at Ohio University from 1966 to 1968. In 1987, Tait was named Vice President of Broadcast Services for the Cavaliers. In 1992, Tait was inducted into the Radio/TelevisionBroadcasters Hall of Fame of Ohio. The Basketball Hall of Fame honored Tait with the prestigious Curt Gowdy Media Award in May 2010. Tait co-authored his memoir, Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball in 2011. The book covers his early years in broadcasting, his time with covering the Cleveland Indians and his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The OAC is honored to acknowledge Tait for his long time dedication to Mount Union athletics and the conference.

Oberlin Athletics Announces 2012 Fall Schedules

Oberlin, Ohio – With less than a month to go until the first varsity contest of the 2012-13 school year, the Oberlin College Athletics Department released its fall schedule for the upcoming year on Thursday.
The fall season is action packed with field hockey, cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. In addition, the men’s and women’s tennis teams as well as the men’s golf team will also compete in select events during the fall.
While fans will have the opportunity to witness the excitement during each week of the season, the fall is highlighted by the annual Homecoming Weekend, which takes place September 21-23 this year. The weekend features numerous varsity competitions and alumni games in addition to the Heisman Club Tailgate and Heisman Club Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Football (Full Schedule)
After starting the season at Earlham on September 1, the Yeomen return home to battle Ohio Wesleyan University on September 15 before hosting the University of Chicago on the 22nd as part of the Homecoming Weekend festivities. Oberlin will also host Denison (Oct. 13), Case Western Reserve (Oct. 20) and Wittenberg (Nov. 10).
Field Hockey (Full Schedule)
First-year Head Coach Anna Baeth will make her debut when the Yeowomen host Bethany College on September 1 at 4 p.m. After just one more non-conference tilt, Oberlin jumps right into NCAC play at Denison on September 8. Additional home battles in September include: DePauw (Sept. 15), Earlham (Sept. 16), Kenyon (Sept. 22) and Wooster (Sept. 29). Denison (Oct. 5), Saint Vincent College (Oct. 9), Wittenberg (Oct. 16) and Ohio Wesleyan (Oct. 24) round out the home portion of the schedule.
Men’s Soccer (Full Schedule)
The Yeomen will play at home 11 times in 2012, including five straight to start the season. The stretch, which begins August 31 against Geneva, ends on September 8 against Principia. Oberlin will also welcome local rivals Heidelberg (Sept. 2), Baldwin Wallace (Sept. 4) and Case Western Reserve (Sept. 15) to Fred Shults Field. NCAC foes that are coming to town include Wittenberg (Sept. 29), Kenyon (Oct. 6), Denison (Oct. 10), DePauw (Oct. 20) and Wooster (Oct. 27).
Women’s Soccer (Full Schedule)
The Yeowomen will play four out their first six matches at home to start the year. The home opener is set for September 4th against Baldwin Wallace. Waynesburg (Sept. 7) and Mount Union (Sept. 8) then come to town complete a mini three-game homestand. In conference home games are Wittenberg (Sept. 29), Hiram (Oct. 3), and DePauw (Oct. 20).
Cross Country (Full Schedule)
After a tune-up meet to start the season at Wooster on September 1, the Oberlin College men’s and women’s cross country teams will be tested each time they take to the terrain in 2012. Following the GLCA Championships on September 8, Oberlin will finish the month at the Purple Valley Classic (Sept. 22) and at the All-Ohio Championships (Sept. 29). October features the annual Inter-regional Rumble here on campus, which will take place the 13th. The conference championship meet is set for October 27, while the NCAA Great Lakes Region (Nov. 10) and NCAA Championships (Nov. 17) happen in November.
Volleyball (Full Schedule)
After what seemed like a never-ending road trip in 2011, the Yeowomen have nine home matches this fall. A tri-match against La Roche and Albion begins the home season on September 15. In conference home matches include DePauw (Sept. 22), Wittenberg (Oct. 13) and Kenyon (Oct. 19).