A Page -- Aug. 8, 2010

Kim Chin and Darcy Hlavin

B-W Women Honored for 

Academics by USTFCCA; Three 

Yellow Jackets Receive Individual 


Aug. 8, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - The Baldwin-Wallace College women's track & field program was honored with the All-Academic Award given by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA). In addition, three Yellow Jackets, 2010 graduate D'Arcy Hlavin (Berea), and current seniors Kim Chinn (Zanesville/West Muskingum) and Emily Oliver  (Waynesburg/Sandy Valley) earned the individual All-Academic Award for Division III student-athletes.

The team academic award is given to those squads with a cumulative team grade point average of 3.1 or better. The Yellow Jacket women qualified with a team GPA of 3.45, the highest of any team in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either the NCAA Division III indoor or outdoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard.


More than a half dozen 

upperclassmen puts experience on the 

side of Solon High's boys' golf team

Aug. 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SOLON – Led by Co-captains Alec Borlin (senior) and David Rudary (junior), Solon High has a foursome of seniors and trio of juniors returning to its golf team and is banking on the idea that experience might by a good starting point to gain a divisional title in the Northeastern Ohio League.

Rudary  led the Comets last year in scoring average and was First Team all Conference last year.

Borlin is joined back by fellow seniors Bobby Bond, Matt Lilie and Alex Kuniega, who bring experience and maturity back into the program. The season begins tomorrow for the Comets at the Brunswick Tee Off Classic at Pine Hills.

The other two juniors are Anthony Stames and Jim Tornatore, while bringing back a year of JV/varsity experience are sophomores Eric Rudary, Matt Greenwald, Sam Littman.

“The underclassmen always have the potential to play well and move into a varsity spot as the year progresses,” Comet coach Jeff Aker said.



The new freshmen who are competing for a varsity spot by possibly leaping over some of the seven vets and sophomore cluster are Justin Brodsky, Justin Razzante, Andrew Francis and Joey Solanics.

“Our veteran experience should be our strength,” Aker said. “We will start four seniors and two juniors.”

The Comets’ goals are to win their division of the Northeast Ohio Conference and then to advance as far as they can in the State Tournament in October.

At the least they would like to improve upon the 4-6 NOC mark it posted last season by winning some of the closer matches instead of just getting edged.

Aker is in his ninth year overall and fifth year as head coach of the Comets. He has a level-headed group of guys with whom to work.

“Our students at Solon take great pride in their academic achievements and we as coaches do everything we can to stress the combination of Student/Athlete in our young men,” the coach said.

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Mount All American Cecil Shorts, from Collinwood

Mount Union will be going after its 

11th national title in football this year

By Lenny Reich

COLUMBUS--Mount Union's football team tops both Ohio Athletic Conference media and coaches preseason polls announced this week at the conference football media day at Ohio Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus.


The Purple Raiders, the preseason No.1 pick in the nation by USA Today, went 14-1 last season, won the OAC championship and advanced to the Stagg Bowl, national championship game, for a fifth straight season.  Mount Union has won the last 18-straight and 21 OAC football titles overall.

"We appreciate the respect that coaches and the media in the OAC have for our program," commented head coach Larry Kehres.  "We also know that playing in this conference is a tremendous challenge week in and week out." 

Shaker Heights' Arden McWilliams 

ties Kent's Andrew Davis for LE 

team lead in home runs

By Harry Plumer

AVON, Ohio- The Oakland County Cruisers defeated the Lake Erie Crushers 6-5 in a back-and-forth affair Sunday evening at All Pro Freight Stadium featuring plenty of early offense.

The Cruisers scored right away in the top of the first against Crushers starter Matt Smith. The Cruisers loaded the bases on singles by Zach Pace, Bobby Andrews and Joash Brodin before Kyle Maunus lined one that was just past Andrew Davis at third base to score Pace and put Oakland County ahead 1-0.

Lake Erie responded in the bottom of the frame when Andrew Davis's groundout to second scored Drew Saylor, who had tripled with one out, to tie the game at 1-1.

However, the Cruisers continued their hot hitting in the second. After Martin Parra's one-out walk, Zach Pace and Bobby Andrews connected on consecutive ground-rule doubles with Andrews' two-bagger scoring Pace and Parra. Joash Brodin followed with a single to bring Andrews in and the Cruisers led 4-1.

The back-and-forth scoring carried into the bottom of the second, when after Joel Collins was hit with the first pitch he saw, Arden McWilliams blasted a two-run home run to pull Lake Erie back within one at 4-3. The homer was his eighth of the season, tying him with Andrew Davis for the team lead.
Arden McWilliams

The Crushers lifted Smith in favor of Cristobal Mata to start in the third and after Mata posted the first out, Maunus homered to left to restore the Cruisers multi-run advantage at 5-3.

In the fifth Ronnie Morales entered for Mata and a triple and two walks loaded the bases for Luis Fernandez, who bounced into a 6-4-3 double play but in the process scored Mike Epping to extend the lead to 6-3. The Crushers rallied back in the bottom of the frame when Dom Duggan blasted a two-run home run, his third of the season, to score Raphael Turner and bring the Crushers back to 6-5.

The scoring finally quieted down when the Crushers put right-hander Jeff Cinadr on the hill. Cinadr shut the Cruisers down by pitching three hitless innings and striking out three Cruisers. Phil Rummel pitched a scoreless ninth but the Crushers were unable to rally against Oakland County closer P.J. Zocchi in the bottom of the ninth.

Lake Erie opens a six-game roadswing on Tuesday night with the first meeting in franchise history against the Normal CornBelters. RHP Alberto Rolon (2-3, 2.76) starts for the Cushers against LHP Bobby Prichett (2-2, 2.79).


Ø       The Crushers turned three double plays in the game to add to their league leading total

Ø       The multiple homers marked just the seventh time this season that the Crushers connected on two in a game

Ø       Lake Erie and Oakland County split the season series with each team winning six games

After dominating West Shore 

Conference and most non-league 

foes, Avon's rapidly improving boys' 

soccer team seeking to go a step 

further by driving deeper in playoffs

Aug. 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON – A program that has grown exponentially over the last four years, Avon’s boys’ soccer team should be the team to beat in the West Shore Conference and one of the best in the Division I district this year.

The Eagles were clearly the class of the league last year, battling through the season without a blemish, taking the title with a 7-0 record. In Coach Chris Dore`’s third season, Avon was 13-4-1. What is more impressive is how the Eagles dominated both offensively and defensively, outscoring their opponents 52-15 in 2009.


“We have experience, tactical focus, and determination all going for us,” said Dore`, who was named the Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year two of the last three seasons. “Our team goal is to improve on last year and our individual goals are to accomplish our team goal.”

The top returning Student/Athletes for the team are seniors Nate Furnas, Nate Ogden, Zach Taranto, Danny Brown, Matt Puzak, and juniors Ryan Repas and Brendan Cannon. Repas is from the high-achieving Repas soccer family in Avon.


An interesting sibling twist has also taken place among newcomers to the Eagles. The top transfer is junior Austin Saini, who is the brother of Devon Saini, who has been one of the top forces of Avon’s surging and accomplished girls’ soccer program the past four years. Austin is transferring from St. Edward, where Dore`’s brother, Tony, is the head coach, Saini is merely transforming from a green Eagle to a purple Eagle with the switch.

Other promising key additions are senior Stephen Bowen and junior Kevin Manoucherhi.

Overall the numbers are the same as usual as the community and school keep growing.  However, Dore’ has mostly seniors and juniors on the varsity roster. The Eagles are deep in most positions.

“We have a positive outlook going into this season,” Dore` said. “We won the conference for the first time in school history which was outstanding, but we lost in the tournament earlier than expected.  I believe this group of players will learn from last year and continue to get stronger.”

How well the Eagles will do in relation to last year remains to be seen.

“I do not like to make predictions although I can say that it looks like the boys are working hard and excited about the upcoming season, Dore` said.  “Hopefully, that attitude will translate into us accomplishing our team goals.”

After a quick exit from the Div-II district despite a highly impressive regular season and Div. II sectional title in ‘09, the Eagles would like to go beyond anything any Eagle team has done in past years, even while down in Division II and III, and thereby showcase their brand of soccer around the district and region. That will mean peaking at the right time.

“Our players have gotten progressively better over the past 3 years,” the coach said. “We understand our capabilities, but we all understand it won’t come easy.  Our goal is to be playing our best by the end of the year; therefore, it is very important to use each game along the way as a chance to get better.  If we don’t look too far ahead, I think we’ll be very competitive in each match that we play.”

One coaching change that will take place this fall is the addition of a new assistant/head JV coach. Adam Campellone, a former professional player, will assume that role.

Also of note is that the younger players who will be moving up are hungry to win starting or regular rotating spots and have proven that they can win. The JV teams have strung together a 20-6- 4 over the last two years.

“We will have some contributors making their way up to the varsity level,” Dore` said.

The winning of the varsity has also been consistent in the three years under Dore`. Their overall record from ’07-‘09 is 32-16-6 and the conference record is above a .750 percentage at 15-4-2.

The Eagles also are  high academic achieivers with a team GPA above 3.5, making it a candidate for Team Academic All American.

Woodridge High begins its inaugural 

season of girls' golf this week

 Aug. 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


PENINSULA – In its first season of having a varsity girls’ golf team, Woodridge High is not quite sure what to expect in this inaugural season, but the girls are going to be sure to give it their best “shot.”

“Right now, I don't feel I would be doing the girls justice to try to gauge who competitive we might be without giving them an opportunity to show me what kind of team they want to be, which can arise only from match experience said Woodridge coach Bob Crane, who is no relation to the late actor with the same name.


They will get their chance to show how they play as a group this week, as the regular season begins.

We have 2 team members who have some prior experience playing golf in structured programs,” Crane said. “There are two true beginners and 3 novices who will need to learn a lot in a very short time.”

Some have done well enough academically to learn to adapt to the game in general and for those with some golf history to the high school game.

“They grasp the mental side of the game and are very adept at performing the required swing techniques, Crane said.

ESPN Regional Television and Mid-American Conference Announce College Football Syndication Package

By Ken Mather


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For the fourth consecutive season, ESPN Regional Television, Inc., and the Mid-American Conference have announced a six-week regionally syndicated football package that will air in 24 television markets, including Chicago; Philadelphia; Detroit; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati; Indianapolis; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Buffalo. The package will consist of six weeks of MAC conference and non-conference matchups, beginning Saturday, Sept. 18.


“We are extremely excited about the upcoming football season and the MAC Game of the Week schedule,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president & general manager, ESPN Regional Television. “We have assembled an extensive group of MAC affiliates that reaches a significant base of college football fans. The demand for this content is a testament to the quality of MAC football.” 


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