A Page -- Fourth of July, 2010, 234th birthday of greatest nation on earth

Crushers vie to go 6-0 over 13-month span 

against Otters at The Freight today

July 4, 2010

Written and Researched for S/A-Cleveland by Evan Meyer – Sports Vault

TONIGHT’S FIRST UPS-The 2009 Frontier League Champion Lake Erie Crushers found that magic elixir of winning in the form of the Evansville Otters.After losing five of seven games and going just  2-4 on this nine-game homestand in All Pro Freight Stadium,the Men of Crush have now won two straight over the visitors from Southwest Indiana.Last night thanks to three hits and three RBI from Andrew Davis and seven strong innings from Travis Risser,the Crushers routed the Otters 7-2 to win the series and draw even on the homestand at 4-4.

Travis Risser

Former James Madison U and Coastal Carolina Student/Athlete Travis Risser

A six-game road trip (to Florence and Evansville) await the Red,Black,and White before the All-Star break but tonight they look for the series sweep and finishing the homestand on a winning note as they celebrate Independence Day with righthander Josh Roberts taking to the middle of the diamond seeking his fifth win of the season.He will be opposed by righthander Nick Sottung making his first start of 2010

CRUSHERS-EVANSVILLE LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the third and final game of this three-game series…This is the Otters only visit this season to the intersection of Interstate 90 and Ohio Route 611…They will meet on July 9-11 (the final series before the All-Star Break) at Bosse Field on the banks of the Ohio River and home of the University of Evansville Purple Aces…LAST SEASON the Crushers won the season series 5-1 (going a perfect 3-0 in Avon)

LAST NIGHT-The Crushers routed the Otters 7-2 for their second consecutive win.RHP TRAVIS RISSER won his fifth consecutive decision improving his mark to 5-2 going seven innings allowing two runs (both solo homers to DH DEREK WILEY & RF VINNIE SCARDUZIO) on just five hits with one walk and a season high eight strikeouts.The Lake Erie offense was fueled by 3B ANDREW DAVIS who went 5-for-5 extending his hitting streak to seven games ands driving in three runs.CF DOM DUGGAN had two hits and two more stolen bases to increase his franchise high to 21.DH LEE HUGGINS had two RBI on a single and a fielders choice.RHP CHAD EDWARDS took the loss for Evansville.The former Middle Tennessee State star went six innings allowing five runs on three hits absorbing the loss dropping his record to 0-2

Josh Roberts

U. of Portland alum Josh Roberts


RHP JOSH ROBERTS (4-0 1.83 ERA)…Josh will be making his ninth start and appearance of the season…HIS LAST START came Tuesday night against Florence at All Pro going nine scoreless innings but did not get the decision as the Crushers scored in the bottom of the 11th to gain a 1-0 victory (9IP-4H-0R-0ER-0BB-5SO).It was the first time a Crusher has gone nine innings so far this season… AGIANST EVANSVILLE This will be Josh’s first start and appearance against the Otters this season…AT HOME Josh will be making his fifth start of the season at All Pro Freight Stadium…He is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA (31IP-20H-4R-3ER-5BB-16SO) his last home win was June 14th against Washington…26 years old…native of Snohomish, Washington …was selected by Florida in the 35th round of the June,2007 draft…made 13 appearances for the Marlins team in the Gulf Coast League in 2007 with a 2.53 ERA…pitched for Jamestown (A-New York/Penn League) making eight appearances (seven starts) going 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA

23 of 26 champions local in Bay Days Fun 

Race; Bay claims six champs

July 4, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BAY VILLAGE – With the unofficial times in, twenty-six runners were crowned champions today in the 26th Annual Bay Days Fun Race, five-mile run here. 

Of the 26 winners, 23 were local, and six were Student/Athletes. Host Bay was the city that claimed the most champions with six.

Girls/women’s winners were Bay’s Madeline Britton (Under-14), Wadsworth’s Paige Szabat (15-19), Spring, TX’s Cheryl Spring (20-24), Avon’s Kleey Conley (25-29), New York’s Kristy Hill (30-34), Bay’s Denise Kraska (35-39), North Olmsted’s Marlene Bloomfield (40-44), Pepper Poke’s Eileen Meisler (45-49), Elyria’s Patti Sunagel (50-54), Bay’s Nancy Daniel (55-59), Westlake’s Kathy Marhefka (60-64), Westlake’s Nancy Nieberding (65-69), and North Olmsted’s Marilyn Olsen (70-O) 

Boys/men’s winners were Avon’s Sean Kane (U14), Elyria’s Dan Kuhman (15-19), River’s Ken Sullivan (20-24), Middleburg’s Scott Schulte (25-29), Bay’s Rick Bement (30-34), Westlake’s Kevin Michalske 35-39), Bay’s Mike McKenna (40-44), Cleveland’s Ben Szporluk (45-49), Mansfield’s Brad Iugraw (50-54), Avon’s Dave Wendell (55-59), Eastlake’s Lenny Richter (60-64), Lorain’s Angel Rivera (65-69), and Bay’s Roland Taylor (70O).

Sullivan won the overall race. The 22 year-old Duke University graduate pulled away from the field in the final two miles to post a winning time of 25 minutes, 37.3 seconds.

A 2006 St. Ignatius graduate, Sullivan beat Berment (30), a  three-time winner (26:00.4), and 23 year-old Aaron Apathy of Parma (26:07.0). It was Bement’s third straight second-place finish after the '99 Olmsted Falls alum won three straight from 2005-07. Bement is a 1999 graduate of Olmsted Falls.

It was Sullivan’s first win at Bay Days in six appearances since 2002. He was fifth at the 2008 Bay Days in 26:09, but took his second hiatus last year.

Sullivan, Bement, Apathy and Bay senior Mike Brajdic went through the three-mile mark in 15:29 before Sullivan made his big move. Brajdic was forced to drop out shortly thereafter due to a slight injury. He's expected to be fine.

The 22-year old Spring, who runs for Penn State, was the overall women's winner.

A total of 470 runners participated in the event, which included 42 in the kids fun. Sullivan’s brother, Tom, 12, won the boys division (5:27). Their cousin, Molly Sullivan, 13, won the girls heat.

Former Bay youth hockey coordinator Allan Winslow finished fifth in the 70-over division.

Former Westlake Marathoner Rich Oldrieve, who is now a college professor at Bowling Green, finished 25th in the 50-54.

Avon Lake High cross country coach Rob Juergens took fourth in the 40-44 race. However, Juergens is actually 46 and once the official times get posted, he'll turn out to be the champion of the 45-49 division, since his time beat Szporluk's by two minutes.

Lakewood High cross country coach Rick Ventura took fourth in the 35-39 race, but like the other high school cross country coach, he was listed in the wrong category. Ventura is 56 and his time was good enough to actually make him the winner,in the 55-59 group, once the official results  shake out by tomorrow..

Avon Lake High runner Connor Musial took seventh in the 15-19 while Shoreman runner Jimmy Adams took third.

Taking third in the U14 was Jon Brajdic of Bay, younger brother of Mike, who has been the top distance runner at the high school the past three years. 

Mary Ellen Voiers, daughter-in-;law of Ohio Basketball Hall of Famer and former Rocket hoops coach Rich Voiers, took third in the 45-49.

Former Avon High swimming coach and Lakewood High swimmer Sara Verderber finished 18th in 30-34.

Paul Heyse, who played in a state football championship game for the late Tom  Madzy at Berea High in the late 1970s, took eighth in the 45-49 race.

Avon's Joel Michelich, who played wide receiver for Westlake High in the early '80s, finished 11th in the same race.

Bay went 1-2-3 in the female 35-30 with Anne Polkingham and Laura Anderson following Kraska in second and third, respectively.

***Note -- Paul Heyse helped compile this story.


July 4, 2010

By Harry Plumer

AVON - The Lake Erie Crushers fell to the Evansville Otters 12-4 tonight in All Pro Freight Stadium in front of a season-high crowd of 4,781.

The Otters opened the scoring in the second when Cody Ross hit his first home run of 2010, a two-run shot, to give Evansville a 2-0 lead. That lead would disappear quickly however, as a Travis Vetters RBI-single and a Wayne Bond sacrifice fly knotted the game at two in the bottom half of the frame.

The scoring would continue in the very next inning for Evansville as Derek Wiley drove in Greg Alexander with a double before scoring himself on Jake Rogers' single as the Otters regained a two-run advantage at 4-2.

In the bottom of the third, the Dom Duggan took advantage of two errors as he singled to begin the inning and scampered home after a single to bring the Crushers within 4-3. The Crushers pulled even in the fifth when Eddie Tisdale plated Jodam Rivera with a two-out single.

The game would stay at 4-4 until the seventh. Evansville catcher Billy Killian led off the inning by reaching on an error. Estee Harris singled to put runners on first and third for the Otters and Greg Alexander lifted a sacrifice fly as Evansville took the lead.

The Otters then proceeded to explode for seven runs in the ninth. Derek Wiley hit an RBI-double before Brandon Cohen hit his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot. Jake Rogers and Vinnie Scarduzio each blasted solo shots in the ensuing at-bats, their third and sixth home runs respectively. When the dust settled Evansville led 12-4.

The Crushers (23-19) have a day off Monday before they begin a three game series at Florence Tuesday at 7:05pm. RHP Phil Rummel (2-3, 5.80) takes the mound for Lake Erie while RHP Andy Clark (3-2, 4.93) will get the start for the Freedom.


Ø       Lake Erie pitchers struck out nine in the contest and have recorded 53 strikeouts over five games

Ø       Julio Rivera entered behind the plate in the sixth inning in place of Joel Collins, who was making his first start since returning from injured reserve

Ø       Arden McWilliams, David Phillips, and Nick Maragas all pinch hit in the ninth; Maragas recorded a hit in his first at bat of the season





Maryland to play  New York in Cleveland 

Indians Charities Continental Cup 


Progressive Field to Host Game - Free 

Admittance to Public




July 4, 2010

By Jenny Popis

Cleveland - The Arena Starz from Maryland will play Coach Tony’s from New York in the Cleveland Indians Charities Continental Cup U14 Championship Game scheduled today in Progressive Field. The game will be played once the stadium is cleared following the Cleveland Indians game and is estimated to start at 5:30PM. The Championship game is free and open to the public. Fans and media can enter Progressive Field through Gate A and will be seated in the lower bowl between the dugouts.


Wadsworth Grizzlies defeated Hudson Explorers 10 to 3 in the final U12 championship game.


For more information, please visit www.continental-cup.com

Getting To Know Western 

Michigan's Mitch Zajac

The 2010 MAC Football season is quickly approaching and as part of its preview, the league would like to give an inside look into the lives of its Student/Athletes.

This is the third installment in a series of articles on Student/Athletes from the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference 

July 4, 2010

By Jeremy Guy
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ast season, Zajac set career highs for tackles (51) and tackles for loss (4.5) in a season.
2010 Football Summer Preview: Getting To Know...
The 2010 MAC Football season is quickly approaching and as part of its preview The MAC would like to give an inside look into the lives of its Student/Athletes. One can find the schedule of Student/Athletes we will preview by scrolling to the bottom of the page or by clicking the "Getting To Know" advertisement on the front of  the MAC homepage or football page. Fans can also stay up-to-date with our player features via TwitterFacebook or tje new fan blog at MACFootballNation.com

Be sure to visit www.mac-sports.com on Friday, July 30th to watch live video interviews with the league's head coaches and student-athletes as we kick off the season with our 2010 MAC Football Preview at Detroit's Ford Field. 

Getting To Know...Western Michigan's Mitch Zajac
Mitch Zajac is a junior linebacker for the Western Michigan Broncos. Last season, Zajac set career highs for tackles (51) and tackles for loss (4.5) in a season. He made a career-high 10 tackles against Ball State on Nov. 24 and had his first career interception against Kent State on Oct. 31. As a freshman, Zajac appeared in 13 games and made five starts while recording 29 tackles (11 solo) and four pass break-ups. Zajac is a native of Holt, Mich. and is majoring in engineering. Below is a closer look at the WMU linebacker...

1. Why did you choose Western Michigan University? 
I chose WMU based off of the idea that this was one of the best schools that offered a great balance between competitive athletics and renowned academics.

2. How did you get started playing football? 
In fourth grade, I signed up for the first year of tackle football. I grew up around football and knew that when I finally had the chance to play, there was no question that I had to!

3. What were you up to this summer? 

I'm taking 12 credit hours, doing an Internship in Congressman Fred Upton's Office, working out, and riding my motorcycle.

4. What was your youth sports highlight?
Winning the State Championship in wrestling.

5. What are your hobbies and off-the-field interests?

Off-the field, I enjoy riding my motorcycle, playing with my dog, spending time with family and friends and volunteering.

6. What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
Baldwin, Mich. There's nothing there except for family and friends, the woods, a lake, and my grandma and grandpa's ice cream shop!

7. Do you have higher expectations going into this season than last? 
My expectations are higher each and every year. There is no need to become complacent. There is always room to improve and more to accomplish.

8. What is your greatest accomplishment off the field?

I won the Congressional Medal of Merit my senior year from Congressman Mike Rogers.

9. What would you like to be doing in ten years?
If not playing in the NFL, I would like to be working in a leadership role in some sort of engineering firm or using what I've learned to work with or in the government.

10. What is your favorite beverage/food/desert? 

Water/Burgers/Cookie Dough Ice Cream 

Below are the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival final championship results for Sunday, July 4, 2010. For more details, please visit www.continental-cup.com.





U18 Girls:
Excalibur Holy Name 5, Orchard Park Supreme Team 0

U16 Girls:
Internationals 2, Burlington Blue Devils 0

U14 Girls:
Woodbridge Strikers 1, Excalibur 0

U13 Girls:
Kings Elite 1, Internationals 0

U12 Girls:
CSA 2, Internationals 0 

U18 Boys:
Dorchester Rock 1, PA Classics Elite 0

U16 Boys:
Columbus Blast 1, Ajax Vipers 0

U15 Boys:
Cleveland United 1, Internationals 0

U14 Boys:
Ann Arbor United 1, Internationals 0

U13 Boys:
PA Classics Elite 2, Ajax Venom 0

U12 Boys:
Internationals 4, NEO 0

U11 Boys:
BW Gottschee Celtic 6, New York Hota Bavarians 0 

U10 Boys:
Ciociaro FC Nova 6, Internationals 1 

U9 Boys:
Crushers 3, CSA 0





U12 Boys Championship:
Wadsworth Grizzlies 10, Hudson Explorers 3

U14 Boys Championship:
Final championship game for U14 boys was played at Progressive Field

Arena Starz 4, Coach Tony’s 3



U18 Girls Championships:
Lake Ridge Academy 71, Magnificat 61

U18 Boys Championships:
The ROC 79, Durham City Bulldog 70



The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission hosted the fifth annual Continental Cup, now under the name Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival. The Sports Festival took place July 1-4, 2010 and comprised of three sports including the AC Milan Continental Cup (U9-U19 boys and girls soccer),Cleveland Indians Charities Continental Cup (U12 and U14 boys baseball) and the newly added Cleveland Cavaliers Continental Cup (U18 boys and girls basketball). Over 3,200 athletes from 16 countries participated in the 2010 Sports Festival, infusing an estimated $4 million into the local economy.


For more information, please visit www.continental-cup.com.