A Page -- July 29, 2010

Led by two-time state qualifier John 

Shoemaker and new coach, Chagrin 

Falls golf team eying return trip to 

state and another CVC crown

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



CHAGRIN FALLS – With a new coach in Charlie Moriarty, Chagrin Falls’ boys’ golf team begins a new era as the season is set to begin in fewer than two weeks.


Although the head coach might be new, the team leader from the Student/Athlete standpoint is hardly fresh, with mainstay John Shoemaker heading up the Tiger crew. Shoemaker is a two time state qualifier. The senior is in his fourth year as a member of the varsity team.


“Beyond the returning players, we are not sure what we have yet,” Moriarty said. “I am not expecting any surprises from the new people we have in the program, but we do have good senior and sophomore classes.”


Chagrin should be a contender for the Chagrin Valley Conference championship, but going beyond that level of success is not too much of a stretch. The Tigers did finish seventh in the state as a team last year.


“We would like to be able to compete at the state level,” said Moriarty, who is not totally new to the Chagrin program, having served as the assistant coach last year.


The Tigers finished 12-2 and tied for the CVC championship in 2009. The sophomore class Moriarty speaks of had success as well, going undefeated in 2009 as a JV unit.


Chagrin has had success in past years in boys’ golf, with one alumnus, Zach Dwork, serving at the assistant coach at Miami University.


Also, the Tigers for the most part have the academic piece in order as well.


“We will have at least three Academic standouts,” Moriarty said. 


July 29

By Harry Plumer

WASHINGTON, Pa. — The Lake Erie Crushers fell to the Washington Wild Things for the second consecutive day tonight at CONSOL Energy Park.

The Crushers threatened in the opening frame after Jodam Rivera reached on a two-base error by Washington’s Michael Parker. Eddie Tisdale followed with a base hit to right but with the assistance of a block of the plate by catcher Jared Dyer, Wild Things right fielder Mark McGonigle was able to gun Rivera down at the plate and end the threat.

Washington was able to get runners on in each of the first three innings but Crushers starter Josh Roberts kept them from scoring, stranding a Wild Thing in each frame. Washington broke through in the fifth, however, scoring when Luis Rivera singled to center to bring Jon Kourie around for the first (AND ONLY) run of the game.

The Wild Things would break through for insurance runs in the eighth. John Delaney and Eric Stephens recorded one-out singles and after a sacrifice bunt moved them to second and third with two outs, the Crushers elected to intentionally walk Jacob Dempsey to load the bases for Jon Kourie. Kourie proceeded to line a 3-1 pitch just past the outstretched glove of Drew Saylor, scoring Delaney and Stephens and extending the Washington advantage to 3-0.

Washington starter Jeff Sonnenberg, with the aid of two double plays and the out at the plate, faced the minimum 27 batters, including 21 straight at one point, picking up his third win with the complete game. He allowed two hits, did not walk a batter while striking out two.

Josh Roberts was equally impressive through much of the game, pitching 7.2 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out four on his way to just his second loss of the season.

The series finale is Friday at 7:05 with LHP Jon Durket (0-1, 1.35) making his first professional start for Lake Erie, which tries to snap a five-game losing streak. Durket will face RHP Justin Edwards (3-1, 3.49).

>Trae Gore picked up his first professional hit, pinch hitting in the top of the ninth.
>The Crushers were shut out for the sixth time this season.
>The game took just 2:03, the shortest contest of the season for Lake Erie.

Lakewood Graduate Megan 

Saunders to Play Basketball at 

Mount Union; Brings the Number 

of SWC/WSC Student/Athletes in 

Purple Raider Hoops Fold to Six 


July 29, 2010

By Lenny Reich and Norm Weber


(ALLIANCE)—Lakewood High School graduate Megan Saunders has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the women’s basketball team this fall.

With a slew of recent recruits, this brings the number of women's basketball players at Mount  who hail from former, current or future Southwestern Conference and West Shore Conference schools to six.

Lakewood will be joining the WSC along with Elyria Catholic in 2012. Earlier this summer, coach Suzy Venet, the WBCA Regional Coach of the Year, received commitments from Rocky River's Marybeth Leitch and Avon Lake's Bridget Lyons.

Leitch was an S/A in the Rocky River program in both the SWC and WSC.

West Shore Conference Football Players

On last year's Sweet 16 team, the Raiders were aided strongly by Westlake's Rosa LaMattina (the rookie of the year in the Ohio Athletic Conference), North Olmsted's Kori Wiedt and Olmsted Falls' Kayla Rossman. All three are SWC members as is Avon Lake.


Wiedt                                 Rossman                LaMattina

The heavy contribution and representation from Cleveland's West Suburbs/West Shore Area is unprecedented in the Mount women's basketball program. 

Megan Saunders



Saunders, 5-11 forward, was a four-year letterwinner that was a two-time all-conference and four-time scholar athlete selection for coach Nicole Anderson at Lakewood.

She averaged 4.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this past season for the Rangers. Saunders will go from wearing a purple road uniform for Lakewood to wearing a purple road uniform for Mount.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution, is coming off one of its most successful seasons in school history as the Purple Raiders went 25-5, won the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament, advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament and finished ranked No. 13 in the nation.

Head coach Suzy Venet enters her sixth season on the bench in 2010-11 and was the WBCA Regional Coach of the Year this past season.

Saunders plans to study athletic training and is the daughter of Philip and Trudi Saunders of Lakewood.

Getting To Know OU's Terrence McCrae

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 20th installment in a series of articles on Student/Athletes from the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference 


July 29, 2010

By Ken Mather
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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 tomorrow to watch live video interviews with the league's head coaches and Student/Athletes as it kicks off the season with the 2010 MAC Football Preview at Detroit's Ford Field.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...Ohio's Terrence McCrae
Terrence McCrae is a senior wide receiver for the Ohio Bobcats. McCrae, a native of Vanderbilt, Pa., led the Bobcats receiving corps with nine touchdown grabs in 2009. He caught a career-high 35 passes for 545 yards last season helping Ohio to a MAC East Division Championship and a bowl appearance in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. He led the Bobcats with seven receptions for 141 yards including a 29-yard first quarter TD reception in the 2009 MAC Championship Game. Below is a closer look at the Ohio WR...

1. Do you have higher expectations going into this season than last? 
I do, but not so much individual goals. Most of my expectations are centered around our team accomplishing more than last season.

2. What were you up to this summer?
I'm going to Daytona to train in the sand, get some pool workouts in and do some sand workouts with a ladder and parachute.

3. What is your greatest fear?
My biggest fear is failure. I hate failing anything.

4. What was your youth sports highlight?
My highlight came in the fifth grade when I scored 35 points in a YMCA basketball championship game. We won the game 35-27.

5. What are your pregame rituals?
I like to eat Sour Patch Kids with the rest of the receiving corps before the game.

6. What are your hobbies and off-the-field interests?
I'm a big music guy and like playing Xbox as well. When I do have the time, I like to fish...mainly trout fishing.

7. What's your dream as a college athlete?
I want to play in the National Football League.

8. Besides football, what sport would you have pursued for a college scholarship?
I would've pursued basketball.

9. The artist that takes up most of my iPod...
I listen to a lot of Lil Wayne.

10. What actor would play you in the movie of your life? Why?
It would be Denzel Washington. He's not tall enough, but he's good at choosing his words. He got some good lines in his movies that just kind of drop the bomb on you when you're watching them.