A Page -- Jan 29, 2010

St. Edward wrestling 

program, St. Ignatius

Student/Athlete and

Strongsville resident Gyasi 

Cooper, U. of Akron men's 

soccer team among those

to be honored by Greater

Cleveland Sports Commission

2009 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards – February 3rd

Celebrating the best in 2009 Cleveland Sports!

Jan. 29 m 2010

By Jenny Popis


WHAT:  The Greater Cleveland Sports Awards is the biggest sports show in Northeast Ohio , honoring the best and brightest of the area’s amateur and professional sports. Presented by Medical Mutual of Ohio and the 2010 Cleveland Auto Show, this star-studded event features fine dining, sports celebrities, silent and live auctions that help benefit the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN College Football Analyst, will emcee the event.


WHERE:  The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Grand Ballroom


DATE:  Wednesday, February 3, 2010


TIME:  Doors open and Silent Auction begins at 5:30 PM.  Cocktail Reception begins at 6:00 PM, with dinner and awards program to follow.

Jessica Beard

Euclid native Jessica Beard


DETAILS: Award nominees were selected by local media outlets in the following categories: High School Athlete of the Year (Collin Palmer, Tess Sito, Mark Myers); Collegiate Athlete of the Year (University of Akron Men’s Soccer Team, J’Nathan Bullock, Jantel Lavender); and Amateur Athlete of the Year (Jessica Beard, Joshua McAdams, Lauren Davis).  The winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Tess Sito

Tess Sito


Other awards and recognitions will also be presented. Bob Kain, Senior Advisor for Creative Artists Agency and former Chairman of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Gyasi Cooper, former track athlete and current senior at Saint Ignatius High School , will be awarded the Cleveland Clinic Courage Award. The Saint Edward High School Wrestling Program will be honored with the Special Recognition Award.


The Golden Ticket, which will award one lucky sports fan two Season Tickets to each of the 2010 Cleveland Cavaliers, Browns and Indians home games, will be drawn live during the Sports Awards. The Golden Ticket is currently sold out and the winner does not need to be present. Tickets to the event are still available and can be purchased by calling 216-621-0600 or by visiting www.cleveland.com/sportsawards.


Greater Cleveland Sports Awards to be video streamed live on FOX Sports Ohio :  FOX Sports Ohio will be video streaming the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards live at www.foxsportsohio.com. It marks the first time in the event’s history that it will be available live online. Viewers can also expect online interactive features including polls, photos and live updates throughout the evening.  For more information on the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, visitwww.cleveland.com/sportsawards.

Former Football Stars Making a Name For Themselves Indoors
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – Former Oberlin College football stars Greg Mangan and Chris Schubert are continuing to play the game they love professionally. 

Mangan, a native of San Francisco, California, and 2009 graduate, agreed to terms with the Kent Predators of the Indoor Football League. The Predators, who are an expansion team in the IFL, are based in Kent, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. 

Mangan, who is arguably the greatest quarterback in school history, holds nine school records, including career-passing yards (7,002); single-season passing yards (2,404/2006); single-game passing yards (367 vs. Heidelberg 2007) and career-passing touchdowns (48). 

Mangan’s Predators will take on former Oberlin standout and Chicago Slaughter member 
Chris Pisani on April 24. The Predators inaugural game is slated for February 28 at Billings. 

Schubert, a 2008 graduate and local Oberlin native, spent last season playing for the Mahoning Valley Thunder in the now defunct af2. This season see he has signed on with the expansion Richmond Raiders of the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA). 

Schubert, one of Oberlin’s all-time greats, had an impressive debut in an exhibition game on January 23 as he caught three balls for 67 yards and two scores, while playing in just the first half. His efforts helped the Raiders beat a select group of all-stars 49-46. View the video highlights 

The Richmond Raiders officially begin their season on March 13 against the Reading Express. 

Mangan played his high school ball at the Bay Area version of St. Ignatius High School, which is also the alma mater of former California Governor, current Attorney General and once-again Golden State Gubernatorial Candidate Jerry Brown.
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Football fans outside the United States can subscribe to NFL Game Pass online to catch all the action live from Lockhart Stadium at 12pm on Saturday, Jan. 20

Jan. 29, 2010

By Mike Preston

IFAF Wire Services

USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game will be televised LIVE by NFL Network and will be available to football fans outside the United States in high definition quality through an NFL Game Pass subscription.


The game will feature St. Ignatius quarterback Mark Myers.

St. Ignatius' All-World Senior Mark Myers

Fans eager to cheer on the World team - featuring players and coaches fromAmerican SamoaAustralia, Bahamas, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden - can do so by visitingwww.NFL.com/GamePass.


Selecting the option of a subscription covering the January 30 game date will allow access to online streaming and all the action when the game kicks off at 12pm local time.  Subscribers will also have access to the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl practices, which take place at Lockhart Stadium from 9am, in addition to regular NFL Network programming.


"There will be about 50 friends and relatives cramming into my house back in Australia to watch the game," said World team defensive tackle JESSE WILLIAMS. Currently playing football at Arizona Western junior college, Williams was among five World team players interviewed by NFL Network on Thursday during production meetings to prepare for the broadcast.


"I've been watching the NFL Network in my room and there have been loads of adverts for our game every day," said fullback JAMES SIFAKIS.  "It is pretty cool to see those promos as part of the Pro Bowl previews and then realize that is the game we're going to be playing in."


RICH EISENDEION SANDERS and SCOTT KENNEDY will deliver game commentary. Sideline reporter STACEY DALES will contribute on-field insight. Viewers in the United States can watch the game live on the NFL Network.

JAN JENMERThead coach of Sweden's national American football team, is the head coach of the 45-man World roster, which is selected from eight countries on four continents.  The head coach of USA Football's team is CHRIS MERRITT, head coach of Miami Christopher Columbus High School. Merritt was the 2009 USA Football Junior National Team's defensive backs coach that earned a gold medal in Canton, Ohio, this past July in the eight-nation International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship.


For more about USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, visit www.usavworld.com.


Horizon LeagueESPN 

announce multi-year deal 

through 2013

League games to be featured on multiple 

ESPN platforms for the next three years


Jan. 29, 2010

Will Roleson

Horizon League Offfce

INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League and ESPN have announced a multi-year agreement through 2013 for continued coverage of League basketball on the ESPN family of networks. 

The announcement was made by Burke Magnus, senior vice president of college sports programming for ESPN, and Horizon League Commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone, and makes ESPN the exclusive national cable home for Horizon League men’s basketball events. 

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The new pact includes distribution rights for Horizon League programming across multiple ESPN platforms, including ESPNU.comESPN360.com, ESPN Pay-Per-View, ESPN Video-on-Demand, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes and more.

“We are excited to extend our exclusive agreement with the Horizon League and to add more coverage to our schedule,” said Magnus.  “With this agreement, college sports fans will continue to see the quality and depth of the Horizon League in more ways than ever before.”

Over the three-year deal, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com will provide coverage of a minimum of 60 Horizon League events, including men’s basketball regular-season games and selected rounds of the League’s men’s and women’s basketball championships.

Coverage of at least seven regular-season basketball games as well as the men’s basketball championship semifinals and the women’s basketball championship game each year of the contract on ESPNU.

A minimum of four regular-season men’s basketball appearances annually on ESPN or ESPN2, plus the men’s basketball championship game during “Championship Week.”

Annual coverage of seven men’s basketball games exclusive to ESPN360.com, ESPN’s live broadband sports network, as well as simulcasts of additional ESPN Full Court games.

Continued participation by all 10 Horizon League teams in the annual BracketBusters event.

“We are extremely pleased to extend our agreement with ESPN, which has been a long-time partner with the Horizon League,” said LeCrone.  “This extension recognizes the growth of our League and also takes advantage of new and emerging technologies while taking into account the fluid distribution-marketplace of today’s media world.”


The ESPN agreement is part of the Horizon League’s comprehensive approach to content distribution.  In addition to ESPN’s platforms, the League’s television distribution currently includes the new eight-game Horizon League Network Game of the Week men’s basketball syndicated series, free video streaming of more than 400 live events -- including more than 250 basketball games -- on HorizonLeagueNetwork.tv, and more than 70 locally televised games.


Horizon League

Comprised of 10 public and private institutions of higher learning, the Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletics conference that sponsors 19 intercollegiate championships and is headquartered in Indianapolis.  The League and its member institutions aspire to teach young people, through athletic competition, the value of learning, service to others and personal responsibility. 

Member institutions of the Horizon League are Butler University (Indianapolis), Cleveland State University, the University of Detroit Mercy, the University of Illinois at ChicagoLoyola University ChicagoValparaiso (Ind.) University, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeWright State University(Dayton, Ohio) and Youngstown (Ohio) State University.

Horizon League teams have enjoyed national success in a variety of sports in recent years, most notably in men’s basketball, in which its teams have advanced to the Regional semi-finals of the NCAA Championship three times in the past seven seasons.



ESPN, Inc. is the world’s leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of over 50 multimedia sports assets.  The company is comprised of six domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU), ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ESPNU HD simulcast services, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (46 networks, syndication, radio, web sites), ESPN RadioESPN.comESPN The Magazine, ESPN Enterprises, ESPN PPV, ESPN Zones (sports-themed restaurants), and other growing new businesses including ESPN360.com (Broadband), ESPN Mobile Properties, ESPN on Demand and ESPN Interactive.  Based in Bristol, Ct., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.  The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.



ESPNU launched March 4, 2005.  The 24-hour college sports television network televises more than 550 live events annually, including college footballcollege basketball and Olympic sports from more than 25 Division I conferences, as well as premier high school content.  The network also has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA for enhanced coverage of 22 NCAA Championships.

ESPNU also offers comprehensive studio programming, including live simulcasts of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and replays the best games of the week from ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television.  The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNU HD and online at ESPNU.com.  In addition, ESPNU Campus Connection, a multi-platform student-generated content initiative, was introduced in August 2007.

ESPNU is available in more than 65 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with nine of the top 10 providers - Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 614),DISH Network (Channel 148), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.



ESPN360.com is ESPN’s live sports broadband network, giving fans a 24/7 online destination that delivers more than 3,500 live, global sports events annually.  It is available at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection from an affiliated service provider.  ESPN360.com is currently available in more than 50 million homes – two-thirds of U.S. broadband homes.  It is available via dozens of Internet Service Providers of all sizes nationwide, including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Cox, Charter, Windstream, RCN, Insight, Frontier, Cavalier, Mediacom, Conway, Grande Communications and many more.  It is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

Yellow Jacket Swim and Dive 

Teams Swept by Allegheny 

(Pa.) on Seniors’ Night in 

Berea; Normandy alumni Mark 

Andrasek, Vince Cowell among 

those honored

Jan. 29, 2010

By Nick Minred

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were swept by Allegheny (Pa.) College in a dual meet this evening (Friday, January 29, 2010) in the B-W Natatorium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea. The College honored four senior men who competed in their final home events as Yellow Jackets.

The Yellow Jacket men lost, 150.5-92.5, and the women lost, 173-49. The B-W men fall to 3-10 overall and the women are 0-13 overall. The Jackets are back in action tomorrow when they compete at cross town rival John Carroll University at 1:00 p.m. at the DeCarlo Center in University Heights.

Vince Cowell

The four Yellow Jacket seniors honored were Mark Andrasek (Parma/ Normandy), Tony Tijerina (Napoleon), Vince Colwell (Parma/ Normandy) and Jordan Irwin (Westerville/ Westerville South).

Mark Andrasek

For the men, junior four-time All-American diver Todd Richert (North Royalton) placed first in both the one-meter optional dive and in the one-meter voluntary dive scoring totals of 199.45 and 333.50 points, respectively. Junior Hector Diaz (El Paso, Texas/ Cathedral) placed first in the 200-yard fly with a time of 2:04.45. Sophomore Nic Null (Shelby/ Mansfield St. Peter’s) also finished first in the 50-yard freestyle at 22.97 seconds.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Null, junior Matt Diamond (Ashtabula/ Lakeside), Andrasek and junior Ryan Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) placed first with a time of 3:23.17.

Ryan Musille

For the women, freshman Julie Pinter(Broadview Heights/ Brecksville Broadview Hts.) placed first in both the optional and voluntary one-meter dives with final scores of 174.80 and 251.60 points, respectivley. Also placing in the optional and voluntary one-meter dives was Erin O’Donnell (Perry) who ranked second with final scores of 167.95 and 222.80 points, respectively.

Julie Pinter