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Getting To Know Toledo's Kevin Kowalski; Nordonia product right at the center of things for the Rockets

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

July 11, 2010

By Ken Mather
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Toledo's Kevin Kowalski is one of seven offensive starters returning to the Rockets offense for the 2010 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.com2010 Football Summer 

Be sure to visit www.mac-sports.com on Friday, July 30 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

Getting To Know...Toledo's Kevin Kowalski
Kevin Kowalski is a senior starting center for the Toledo Rockets.  Kowalski started all 12 games last year at center for the Rockets and was part of an offensive line that ranked 16th in the nation in total offense (437.9 yards per game) and 18th in passing offense (278.1 yards per game). Kowalski, an education major, will be a fourth-year starter and one of four members of the starting offensive line to return for the Rockets this season.  Below is a closer look at the Toledo starting center...

1. Why did you choose the University of Toledo?
I chose the University of Toledo because of the winning tradition that is here and because of the loyalty that was shown to me during the recruiting process.

2. Do you have higher expectations going into this season than last?
I have much higher expectations going into this season than last season, as this is now the second season with Coach Beckman and the entire staff.

3. How did you get started playing football?
I started playing football when I was eight years old because my brother started to play football so I wanted to play as well. 

4. Who was your greatest athletic influence?
My brother because he got me started in football and has guided me in the sport ever since.

5. What would you like to be doing in ten years?
I would like to be teaching at the high school level and coaching football.

6. When you were a little kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an astronaut.

7. What is your favorite beverage?
It would have to be milk. I could drink it with anything.

8. What was your first job and worst job growing up?
My first job was as a dryer at a car wash and my worst job was the summer I spent as a painter.

9. What are your pregame rituals?
My pregame rituals include stretching out for about half an hour, puttingmy gear on in the same order for each game and listening to Sum 41 while I'm getting ready.

10. Besides football, what sport would you have pursued for a college scholarship?
I would have pursued a college scholarship in track and field for shotput and discus.

Cleveland Kickers Soccer Club out of North Olmsted claims five titles at 33rd NOSO Tourney

July 11, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




NORTH OLMSTED – Ten Cleveland area clubs won championships in the 33rd North Olmsted Soccer Organization (NOSO) youth soccer tournament, led by the Cleveland Kickers, who claimed five championships.


In girls’ play, in the Under-9 Division, the Whitecaps rose to the top with a record of 4-0. Another Ohio team, NEO, was undefeated through three matches, before falling in its fourth match to Whitecaps, 8-2.


In girls U-10, Cleveland Kickers-White went 2-0-1, beating NEO and NOSO Stingrays and tying the Bay Area Chargers.

 North Olmsted Soccer Organization

NOSO Viper Black went 4-0 to take the U11 Trophy Division, bettering Erie FC, Excalibur, NOSO Viper Orange and Doug Miller Soccer.


Rising to the top in the U-11 Cup Division were the SW United All Stars out of Strongsville with wins over Cleveland Kickers Blue, EUSA Rochester, NEO and Concordia to go 4-0.


A North Olmsted team claimed the U12 Cup with Excalibur shutting out all four of its opponents, dominating Kickers White, Kickers Blue, Blue Angels and Team Metro out of Warren by a combined sore of 26-0.


Cleveland Kickers had two teams in the U13/14 Cup Division with both its U13 and U14 teams going 3-0 during flight play. Then in the championship match it was youth prevailing over experience with the U13 club taking the title, 3-1.

U14 Cup Champs

 U13 Kickers that beat U14 Kickers for U14 title

The Kickers also grabbed the first-place marbles in U15, posting three shutouts in flight action and then nipping Victory Express, 2-1, in the championship match.


Doug Miller out of Rochester, NY, the Kodak city, took the U16 with a 3-0 championship win over Razors.


A local team claimed the U17 title with Bay letting up only two goals in winning four matches. The team from all the way down Dover Center Road from town here shutout Team Metro and SW Tornados, and also had wins over Victory Express and NW Futbol Club.


A team from New York, Empire United out of the Buffalo area, claimed the U-19 title with a 2-1 win over Windsor Caboto.


A total of seven teams came down from Canada with Caputo coming closest to taking first-place trophy back across the border.


In boys play, one team came from all the way from Elizario, Texas, which is in a very poor section out of El Paso. The guy running the team drove all 16 boys up from southwestern t Texas. Although near the border, rest assured all the players were “documented,” at least to play well enough  to get their name, Cosmos, .on the top line of the championship “document.”


The Cosmos (incidentally the name of Pele`’s American team) went 4-0 with four shutouts, blanking NOSO, Mahoning Valley, Warren Metro and Ohio Rayos.


The Cleveland Kickers, mainly a North Olmsted Club, won both the U-10 Trophy and U-10 Cup.


The only other team from Cleveland to win a boys’ title came from Cook and Columbia, Concordia out of Olmsted Falls, taking the U-12 Trophy Division with a win over the Minutemen out of Lexington, OH.


Three other Ohio teams did in titles in boys play with Pickerington  , Maumee, and Warren Metro claiming U-13 Trophy, U-14 Cup, and U19 Trophy, respectively.


Victory Express out of Washington, PA won two boys’ titles, while teams from New York and Illinois won the other two.


Concordia’s U9 went 3-0 with wins over Westlake, North Olmsted and Midview.


Area clubs taking runners up spots on the weekend were North Olmsted Dynamo, two Concordia teams, Parma Samba, Parma Heights NEO, North Olmsted U19 boys, and Avon Lake Erie FC.

Northern Ohio Hurricanes have slight 

lead in Connie Mack heading into 

final week of regular play of summer 

high school baseball

July 11, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Heading into the final week of regular season play in the Diamond High School Baseball League, Northern Ohio Hurricanes have a slight lead in the Connie Mack Division.


The Hurricanes are 10-3, a few points ahead of North Coast, which is 8-4. The Hurricanes were a 9-2 winner over Boys of Summer, and North Coast was a 7-0 winner over Lake Erie Bulldogs this week.


The Canes and The Coast are followed by Orioles (8-3), Vipers (7-6), J&A (6-5), Brownlee Lookouts (6-5), Ohio Thunder (6-4), Northern O. (6-6), JL (6-7) and Andy’s Niners (6-4).


In other games this week, Northern O. beat  Brownlee Lookouts 12-2,  Stark Co. Terriers nipped Premier 3-2, Diamond Boys edged Ohio Thunder 5-4,  J&A Baseball clipped Clevelanders 7-3,  Vipers inched by Premier 5-4, and Andy's 9erswiped North Coast Vipers 14-1.



July 11, 2010

By Harry Plumer

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Lake Erie Crushers rallied from a two-run deficit to take the lead with three ninth-inning runs, but fell to the Evansville Otters, 6-5, this afternooon on a walk-off homer in the final game of the first half of 2010.

Lake Erie starting pitcher Phil Rummel retired nine straight hitters entering the fourth. A couple of errors placed two runners on base for Brandon Cohen, who netted his Frontier League best 43rd RBI with a single to right driving home Greg Alexander. Rummel escaped the inning with just one run thanks to a double play. Rummel pitched five inning in the game and did not factor in the decision.

Arden McWilliams

Shaker Heights High alum Ardie McWilliams

The Crushers responded in the top of the fifth inning, taking advantage of an Evansville error to score a pair of runs. Arden McWilliams opened the inning by being hit by a pitch. He was replaced at first on a fielder's choice by Raphael Turner, who promptly stole second. Dom Duggan logged an infield single and both runners moved up on a groundout before a throwing error enabled two runs to score. 

The Otters were able to retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Pat Rose walked on four pitches to open the inning. Greg Alexander followed with a single and both runners scored when Derek Wiley doubled down the left field line. Cody Ross drew a bases loaded walk later in the frame to force in the third run as Evansville led 4-2. 

The Crushers plated three runs in the top of the ninth to rally against Jared Simon. Drew Saylor reached on an error to open the inning and scored on an infield single off the bat of Dom Duggan. Duggan moved to second and Arden McWilliams crossed the plate on a throwing error on the play. Jodam Rivera followed by doubling to left to score Duggan and give the Crushers a 6-5 lead. J.J. Pacella entered in the bottom of the inning and retired the first two batters before walking Pat Rose. Evansville left fielder Greg Alexander ended the game with a walk-off homer on an 0-1 pitch, clearing the wall in left. 

Dom Duggan recorded a pair of hits and scored two runs out of the leadoff slot. Alberto ROlon struck out three in two scoreless innings of work.

The Crushers (27-21) will have five players representing the team in the Frontier League All-Star Game hosted by Southern Illinois on Wednesday night at Rent One Park in Marion, Ill. Lake Erie resumes play on Friday night at All Pro Freight Stadium by hosting the Windy City ThunderBolts in a 7:05 p.m. contest. Country music star Alan Jackson will perform at All Pro Freight Stadium on Thursday night.


Ø  The Crushers concluded the road trip with a 4-2 record, taking two of three at both Florence and Evansville; Lake Erie was 26-22 at the break in 2009

Ø  Joel Collins batted in the cleanup slot for the first time this season

Ø  Raphael Turner stole his third base of the season in the fifth inning

Ø  Lake Erie made a roster move following the game, trading Evansville native RHP Travis LaMar to Evansville for future considerations; LaMar, a true rookie out of Wright State, pitched twice while with the Crushers