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Avon's Phil Brua Selected for Prospect League All-Star Game

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By Mike Mancni

Oberlin – Oberlin College rising-senior Phil Brua has been selected to play in the Prospect League All-Star game on July 6 as voted on by the league’s coaches. 

Brua, who was a Third-Team All-Region and First-Team All-NCAC selection this past spring, has simply been lights out for the Lorain County Ironmen so far this summer. 

The sidearm specialist leads the league with three saves and is second with a 0.74 ERA. In 24.1 innings of work he is 3-0 and has allowed just two runs and five walks while fanning 11. 

For the Yeomen he set the school’s saves record with six and also tied the wins record by going 6-3. He appeared in a school record 22 games, registering 50 punchouts along the way. 

The Ironmen compete in a highly touted wooden bat league that features mostly Division I players. Prior to Tuesday’s game, which will by played in Quincy, Illinois, Brua and the rest of the all-stars will participate in a pro day workout for Major League scouts.

The Prospect League is one of the several elite summer leagues in the country and has sent over 175 players to the Major Leagues. For more information about the Ironmen visit http://www.lcironmenbaseball.com/.

Oberlin Men's Basketball Announces Alumni Weekend
2010 MBB Alumni

By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, – Oberlin College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Isaiah Cavacohas announced that this year’s Alumni Weekend will take place on October 8-9.

The alums and coaching staff selected the weekend of the eighth as it coincides with the African-American Alumni Reunion as well as the Multicultural Visit Fly-in Program for prospective students.

The official activities will get underway on Friday evening with an informal get-together a to-be-determined location. This will be a great opportunity for current, past and potentially future Yeomen to meet and share experiences with one another.

On Saturday, October 9, the alumni game will start at 10:00 a.m. with a light breakfast in the locker room before tip-off. Immediately following the game, there will be a tailgating event prior to the start of the home football game at 1:00 p.m.

That night, some of the alumni will be venturing out to Cleveland to experience some nightlife while reminiscing about days as an Obie. 

Whether you choose to play in the game or not, Coach Cavaco wishes everyone to attend and experience what should be a great weekend for all. To RSVP for the event or for further questions please contact Coach Cavaco atisaiah.cavaco@oberlin.edu.

Getting To Know Kent State's Chris Anzevino

The 2010 MAC Football season is quickly approaching and as part of our preview the confernce would like to give an inside look into the lives of our student-athletes. Today, get to know Kent State's Chris Anzevino.

July 1, 2010

By Jeremy Guy
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As a freshman, Anzevino was named the team's Offensive Rookie of the Year as he helped open holes for the nation's 11th-ranked rushing offense.
2010 Football Summer Preview: Getting To Know...
The 2010 MAC Football season is quickly approaching and as part of our preview we would like to give you an inside look into the lives of our student-athletes. You 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 our homepage or football page. You can also stay up-to-date with our player features via TwitterFacebook or our 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...Kent State's Chris Anzevino

Chris Anzevino is a junior center for the Kent State Golden Flashes. Anzevino, a native of Warren, Ohio, has started every game at center the past two seasons. As a freshman, he was named the team's Offensive Rookie of the Year as he helped open holes for the nation's 11th-ranked rushing offense. This season, Anzevino's experience will be counted on to anchor the Kent State offensive line. Below is a closer look at the Kent State center...

1. What are your goals for this season?
My goal for this season is to win a MAC Championship.

2. Which three people (dead or alive) would you invite to dinner?

The three people I would invite to dinner are Jim Carrey, Brock Lesnar, and Michael Scott (The Office).

3. You are on a road trip and stop at gas station. What snacks do you buy?
The snacks I would buy at a gas station are cotton candy, Snickers and Combos.

4. What is one movie you could watch over and over again and not get sick of?
The movie I could watch over and over again is Office Space.

5. What is your favorite holiday?

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving!

6. The artist that takes up most of my iPod...
The artist that takes up most of my iPod is Breaking Benjamin.

7. What are your hobbies and off-the-field interests?
My off-the-field hobbies are fishing, golfing and playing Call of Duty.

8. What is your favorite campus hangout?
My favorite campus hangout is The Hub.

9. What is the best class you've taken at Kent State?

My favorite class I took was History of Jazz.

10. What would your superhero name be?
My superhero name would is Christopher "The Magnificant Magnifico" Michael Anzevino.

Crushers complete series against Freedom tonight

July 1, 2010

By Evan Meyer

TONIGHT’S FIRST UPS-The 2009 Frontier League Champion Lake Erie Crushers will look to win the rubber match of the series against the Florence Freedom. Last night,  4,071 fans, the second largest crowd of the season at All Pro Freight Stadium, came to see the Men of Crush get six battled by the Florence Freedom coming back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning, only to see the visitors from suburban Cincinnati tie the game in the top of the eighth and score one in the 12th for a 5-4 win. 

The Red,Black,and White finished the month of June with a respectable 18-11 but are just  2-3 on this nine-game homestand.They look to regain that winning feeling tonight in the rubber game of this series as RHP Matt Smith taking to the middle of the diamond looking for his sixth win of the season.Southpaw Bryan Banes will toe the rubber for the visitors.

CRUSHERS-FLORENCE LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the second of six regular-season meetings between the two clubs.This is the is Freedom’s only visit to the junction of Interstate 90 and Ohio Route 611…The two teams will meet fore the final time in the regular season on July 6-8 at Champion Window Park in Cincinnati’s southern suburbs…LAST YEAR the Crushers won the season series 8-4 (5-1 in Avon).

Matt Smith



RHP MATT SMITH (5-1 1.91 ERA)…Matt will be making his seventh start and eighth appearance of the season… HIS LAST START came Saturday night at home losing to Oakland County 3-1 ending his four game winning streak (4.1IP-5H-3R-3ER-3BB-1SO-1HB-1HR)…AGAINST FLORENCE this is Matt’s first start and appearance against the Freedom this season…AT ALL PRO FREIGHT STADIUM Matt is 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA (29.1IP-20H-7R-7ER-16BB-12SO)…Went three innings of relief in Kalamazoo May 30 picking up his first win as a Crusher (3IP-5H-2R-2ER-2BB-4SO)…was moved to the bullpen after his start against Oakland County on May 26 (3IP-3H-3R-3ER-4BB-1SO)…native of Wichita,Kansas…a 22nd round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the June,2008 draft…played last season with the Inland Empire 66s (California League-A) where he was 0-1 with a 2.86 ERA in six appearances (one start)

TODAY's Continental Cup Results

July 1, 2010 

U12 Boys:
Hudson Explorers 11, Diamond Dawgs 4
New Era Welland 5, Triway Titans Express 8
Revlution Baseball 6, Wadsworth Grizzlies 16
Hiram Hilltoppers 4, Solon Chargers 11
Diamond Dawgs 6, North York Blues 3
Triway Titans Express 3, Diamond Boys 8
Solon Chargers 12, New Era Welland 3
Wadsworth Grizzlies 7. Hudson Explorers 2
Diamond Boys 9, Hiram Hilltoppers 2
North York Blues 6, Revolution Baseball 9
U14 Boys:
Warrior Baseball 2, Coach Tony's 3
Euclid Pony All-Stars1, Bombers Baseball 9
Diamond Boys 0, Post 83 Jrs 8
North York Blues 5, Willoughby Wildcats 5
Olentangy Blue Lightning 5, Quad City Hitmen 1
Marion Merchants 1, Arena Starz 11
Coach Tony's 10, Medina Sting 2
Bombers Baseball 3, Mentor Cardinals 7
Post 83 Jrs. 12, Victorian Kangaroos 1
Quad City Hitmen 17, Euclid Pony All-Stars 0
Willoughby Wildcats 12, Warrior Baseball 7
Arena Starz 16, Diamond Boys 1
Mentor Cardinals 4, Olentangy Blue Lightning 8
Medina Sting 2, North York Blues 6
Victorian Kangaroos 3, Marion Merchants 9

U18 Girls:


Lenawee Magic 59, Singapore Comets 44

St. Joe's Academy 51, Lake Ridge 74

Magnificat 62, Ottawa Next Girls 31


U18 Boys:


Grammar School Cyprus 35, Waukee High School 69

Youngbloods, UK 42, The ROC 60

St. Lucia 46, Toronto Knights 48

The ROC 57, Born 2 Hoop 50

Kenya B Team 24, Durham City Bulldogs 110

Waukee High Schools 63, St. Ignatius 53




The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is hosting the fifth annual Continental Cup, now under the name Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival. The Sports Festival ia taking place July 1-4, 2010 and is 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 are participating in the 2010 Sports Festival, infusing an estimated $4 million into the local economy.


Tournament games are free and open to the public. AC Milan Continental Cup tournament games are being played at Lost Nation Sports Park in Willoughby and Laurel School Butler Campus in Russell Township. Cleveland Indians Charities Continental Cup games are being played at Euclid Memorial Park in Euclid and Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills with the final championship game to be held on Sunday, July 4th at Progressive Field. Cleveland Cavaliers Continental Cup games are being played at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills. For more information, please visit www.continental-cup.com.

St. Edward High School logo

St. Ed Youth Skills Basketball Camp 

attracts 150 Student/Athletes this 

week; youngsters learn from former 

state champions, current college 

players, as well as current Eagle 

coaches and Student/Athletes

 July 1, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Leading up to next week’s St. Edward Basketball Shooting Camps, 150 area youth have been participating in this week’s Youth Skills Camp, in the second installment of the program.

 Watch video of campers participating in warm-up drills by clicking link and downloading video


Instruction was conducted in the Detroit Avenue gym by coach Eric Flannery, his assistants, current Eagle players, and former Eagle players now playing college ball or who have played college ball in the past.

Coach Flannery talks to the campers

Watch video of Coach Flannery talking to campers (earthquake version) by clicking link and downloading video

Campers included those in grades 3-8. The Shooting Camp for those grades 3-9 and the Skills Camps for those grades 1-3 begin next week here.


In the first half of the session today, the young Student/Athletes participated in various dribbling and passing drills after receiving instruction. One drill had them dribble toward a chair, dribble behind the back while going around the chair and then going for the layup.

The Chair Drill

In addition to the 150 S/A campers, Flannery’s camp coaching camp included 20 instructors, fostering more individual attention, correction, and redirection.

Watch video of campers doing drills by clicking link and downloading video



Among the instructors was Eagle assistant coach Brian Ansberry, who played on the 1998 state championship basketball team at St. Ed, in a tight battle against cross-town rival St. Ignatius in Columbus.

Coach Ansberry

Listen to interview of St. Ed Asst. Coach Brian Ansberry conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Ansberry, an Ohio University grad, was able to offer personal attesting of what it takes to be a champion.

Also among the group of coaches was former Eagle Student/Athlete, Alan George, who is now a Student/Athlete at Thiel College in Pennsylvania.

Thiel's Alan George
Listen to interview of St. Ed alumnus Alan George conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Participating in the St. Ed camps as a grade school S/A and playing here as a high school S/A prepared George for a Division III college career at Thiel, where he is studying to be a teacher and coaching, making his camp experience serve as both a “give” and “take” for him.


George played behind two Big Ten centers at St. Ed, Delvon Roe (Michigan State) and Tom Pritchard (Indiana), but learned enough in the camps and being part of a winning program in high school to plan to make it a major focal point for the rest of his life.

Eagle scoring leader Delbert Love
Listen to interview of top St. Ed scorer Delbert Love conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading

St. Ed’s leading scorer in 2009-10 Delbert Love, has also been a camp coach all week. Love attended public school in Warrensville Heights when he attending the St. Ed camp in seventh grade, and determined right then and there that here is where he wanted to go to school.


Love will be an Eagle senior in the fall.


One of the participants in the camp this week has been William Girgash, a popular surname of a series of St. Edward Student/Athletes dating back several decades. The Lee Burneson School (Westlake) Student/Athlete


Listen to interview of St. Ed Camper William Girgash conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading 


Girgash, also a popular name at Magnificat among female S/As, is no stranger to St. Ed camps. He has participated in football camps here as well.


Listen to interview of St. Ed Camper Mark Derrick conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


As Love is a living testimony, St. Ed is not considered remote for East Siders. Among those is Willowick’s Mark Derrick. Both Derrick and Girgash agreed that St. Ed is a school that might like to play for when they get older.


By Harry Plumer

AVON, Ohio - The Lake Erie Crushers dropped their second straight game to the Florence Freedom, falling 7-4 Thursday night at All Pro Freight Stadium.

The Freedom started early against Crushers starter Matt Smith, scoring five times in the top of the first. Billy Mottram and Tim Grogan both singled to lead off the game and a walk to Michael Campbell loaded the bases with one out. Stephen Shults singled homeMottram and a Johnny Welch sacrifice fly scored Grogan. Jimmy Baker followed with a three-run homer down the line in right to round out the inning.

The Crushers got one of the runs back on a sacrifice fly by Lee Huggins to score Eddie Tisdale in the second, but Michael Campbell restored the five-run Florence advantage with a solo home run to open the third.

Lake Erie placed its first two batters on in both the fourth and fifth but was only able to muster one run on those opportunities, which came in the fifth when Julio Rivera drove in Dom Duggan with a single. 

The Crushers continued to threaten in the later innings, loading the bases in the eighth but failing to score when Liam Ohlmann struck out pinch hitters David Phillips and Wayne Bond to end the threat. Florence picked up an insurance run in the ninth on a Campbell RBI-single to make it 7-2.

Lake Erie made a serious run at tying the game in the ninth. Andrew Davis's single plated Dom Duggan and Jodam Rivera scored when Travis Vetters grounded into a double play to bring the Crushers within three. Eddie Tisdale walked and Andrew Saylor beat out an infield single before Lee Huggins hit one to the warning track but into the waiting glove of Campbell to end the game.   

Matt Smith took his second consecutive loss for Lake Erie, falling to 5-3 after giving up six runs on seven hits over five innings. He finished his outing by recording eight consecutive outs. Crushers center fielder Dom Duggan was 2-for-3 in the game with two walks and his three stolen bases


Ø       Dom Duggan's three stolen bases were the most in a single game this season; He now has a Lake Erie record 19 on the season

Ø       Crusher batters were able to draw eight walks and were also hit by a pitch twice

Ø       David Phillips made his pro debut by pinch hitting in the 10th; Travis LaMar also debuted, tossing a pair of scoreless frames and striking out four