A Page -- July 13, 2010

Campers get ready to start day at St. Ed football camp

St. Edward football campers descend 

on Coughlin Field for week of 

instruction from Eagle 

Student/Athletes, coaches

July 13, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – Between last week’s East Side camp and this week’s St. Edward Youth Football Camp behind the school here in Coughlin Field, Eagle coaches, current SEHS Student/Athletes and Eagle alumni now college S/As saw about 250 boys.

The size is a little under the normal numbers for St. Ed camps (usually 300) but the format changed with the incoming Eagle freshmen not participating in this year’s camp. The new freshmen will have their own camp next week.

Today, as is the case all week, the boys grades 3-5 participated in the three-hour morning session and those grades 6-8 engaged in the three-hour afternoon session.

Watch short video of campers in hand-off drills at St. Ed football camp by clicking and downloading


Most of the Student/Coaches for the younger boys were current St. Ed football team members, while college Student/Athletes came to help with older boys in the afternoon.

Ball-handling insrtuction

 Watch short video of campers in passing drills at St. Ed football camp by clicking and downloading


Campers did everything from quarterback drills to running back drills to blocking drills to receiving drills.

Taking the tote

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Among those current players helping out this morning was Rich Altieri, whose three older brothers and his dad Mark played football at St. Edward. His uncle Luke Altieri was a quarterback at Bay High in the early 80s and a defensive back and later quarterback again at Baldwin-Wallace in the mid 1980s.


Listen to interview of high school Student/Athlete and St. Ed Camp Student/Coach Rich Altieri conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


His other uncle Matt Altieri also played for the Rockets and Yellow Jackets three decades ago.


Also helping out was Deonte Gibson, who is getting a good look from several Big Ten Schools including Northwestern with the full upper tier Student/Athletic package. Also in that upper tier S/A combo giving Gibson a good look is Stanford. Gibson, one of the better students as well as athletes in the school, is primed for the math/engineering path.

 Listen to interview of high school Student/Athlete and St. Ed Camp Student/Coach Deonte Gibson conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading

Gibson is a half brother of Nate Oliver, who played at St. Thomas More and St. Ed prior to his current gig with Ohio State.


Henry Hilow, who will probably be the St. Edward quarterback this season, was helping with the passing drills. Hilow comes from a long line of Student/Athletes in the Hilow family to have played football and other sports at St. Ed. However, he is an anomaly, being one of the first to be a skill position player. The rest of the Hilows were linemen.

 Listen to interview of high school Student/Athlete and St. Ed Camp Student/Coach Henry Hilow conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Hilow has quite a bit of personal experience to offer the youth, participating in the Eagle camp every summer from third to eighth grade and now being on the other side of the fence.

St. Ed had a good mix of Student/Athletes helping with the camp, some of who could probably play Division I college ball next year or the year after, but are instead banking on the academic half of Student/Athlete eying the Ivy League/Patriot Conference route.

 Watch short video of campers in blocking drills at St. Ed football camp by clicking and downloading


Among those participating in the morning camp are Avon Lake resident and St. Joseph School Student/Athlete Lucas D’Orazio. Although this is D’Orazio’s first St. Ed football camp, he is no stranger to athletic camps, having participated in everything from lacrosse to basketball camps all over town.

Listen to interview of youth Student/Athlete Lucas D’Orazio at St. Ed Camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


St. Joe Grade School buddies Lucas D'Orazio (left) and Mark Pappas

D’Orazio is also no stranger to higher levels of Student/Athleticism, his father, Matt, serving as an assistant to Al Martin at Cuyahoga Heights and his two older brothers, Jordan and Zach and currently studying and playing at Cuyahoga Heights and University of Akron, respectively. Matt D’Orazio is a former Arena Football League Player of the Year.

 Listen to interview of youth Student/Athlete Mark Pappas at St. Ed Camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


His buddy, Mark Pappas, also a St. Joe S/A , is starting to become a regular at St. Ed football camps. He concurred with D’Orazio in that he sees the things he’s been doing here as reinforcement and repetition from the things he’s learned from other camps.

Patrick Daugherty

Bay Middle School Student/Athlete Patrick Daugherty is no stranger to Lakewood. His uncle Mike Daugherty was a rarity in the late 1970s at Lakewood High, where he played two sports during the same sports season as Student/Athlete fort he Rangers, playing football games on Friday nights and running for the late Frank Nixon’s cross country teams on Saturday mornings and some weekday dual meets.

Listen to interview of youth Student/Athlete Patrick Daugherty at St. Ed Camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Patrick Daugherty is eyeing St. Ed as a possible future school. He spent a week at two different St. Ed basketball camps run by coach Eric Flannery this summer.

St. Ed also had a quarterbacks/receivers camp earlier this summer in which it had a celebrity speaker each day, including former Youngstown Boardman and Miami of Florida quarterback Bernie Kosar, and former U. of Michigan quarterback Elvis Grbac, who was a teammate of Eagle head coach Rick Finotti at St. Joseph (now VASJ) in the late 1980s under legendary coach Bill Gutbrod.

Avon's Phil Brua Earns Rawlings ABCA National Gold Glove Award
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Oberlin, Ohio 
– After earning the Rawlings All-Mideast Region Gold Glove last month as voted on by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), rising-senior Phil Brua has been tabbed as the national Gold Glove winner as a pitcher, the organization announced early this month. 

Brua, who works inside and induces many slow rollers back to the mound, had 23 assists and five putouts in 28 chances on the bump this season. He finished the season error-free on the mound and was a part of three double plays. 

Currently he is pitching for the Lorain County Ironmen of the Prospect League, a highly touted wooden bat collegiate league that features mostly Division I players. He leads the league in appearances (20) and is third in ERA (1.16), saves (5) and wins (4).

Getting To Know Central Michigan's Matt Berning

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

July 13, 2010

By Ken Mather
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Central Michigan LB Matt Berning had a career-high 108 tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss last season for the Chippewas.

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 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...Central Michigan's Matt Berning
Matt Berning is a senior linebacker for Central Michigan and is coming off a career-year when he ranked second on the team with 108 tackles and third with 8.5 tackles for loss.  Berning was a part of a Chippewas defense that helped the program to a school-best fourth consecutive bowl appearance with a 44-41 2OT win over Troy in the GMAC Bowl.  Last season Berning recorded 10 or more tackles in five games and was also credited with 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack in the MAC Championship Game in a 20-10 win over Ohio on Dec. 4.  Berning played high school football at Mexico (Missouri) High School as a foreign exchange student in 2003 and also played club level as a native of Dusseldorf, Germany.  Below is a closer look at the Central Michigan LB...

1. What are your goals for this season?
Win another Mid-American Conference Championship.

2. What do you still hope to accomplish in the future?
Someday I want to have a family.

3. Why did you choose Central Michigan University?
I chose Central Michigan because Central Michigan chose me.

4. What would your ideal job be? (Outside of playing sports professionally)
The one with all the money and none of the work.

5. What is the most notable thing about your hometown?
The Budesliga club MSV Duisburg, a German football (soccer) club nicknamed 'the Zebras' for their traditional striped jerseys. 

6. The artist that takes up most of your iPod?
Frank Sinatra. 

7. When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A truck driver.

8. Which word or phrase do you overuse?
I use the phrase 'you know' quite a lot, you know?

9. If you can have one animal be extinct, which would it be?
I'll go with an insect--mosquitoes.

10. If you are on a road trip and stop at a gas station, what snack would you buy?
Red Bull, Muscle Milk and Trail Mix.

Topher Grossman Tabbed as Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Oberlin
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Oberlin – Oberlin College Delta Lodge Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaardhas appointed Topher Grossman as the school’s new head coach for men’s lacrosse. 

Grossman comes to Oberlin after a successful three-year stint as an assistant coach at Connecticut College. While with the Camels, Grossman spent the 2008 season as the team’s defensive coordinator before transitioning to offensive coordinator the past two seasons. In addition to being the lead assistant, he also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator for all three seasons. 

In 2008 his defensive unit that featured All-American goalie Mark Morgan was tops in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). This past spring, which saw the Camels ranked as high as sixth in the nation, Grossman helped the team win the NESCAC regular season title en route to claiming a 13-0 record - including a win over the eventual national champion Tuffs.

Conn College finished 14-3 and 8-1 in the NESCAC in 2010 due in large part to Grossman’s efforts in guiding the league’s second-best offense that averaged 10.7 goals per game. He mentored attackman Steve Dachill to All-American honors and midfielder Eric Doran to All-NESCAC accolades. 

“Topher Grossman is a winner,” Karlgaard said. “He has played a significant role in the rise of Connecticut College's program, and he will use that experience to build a program here at Oberlin College. We are pleased to welcome Topher into the Oberlin Athletics family, and we are excited for him to begin the task of creating a special program in lacrosse."

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Grossman worked one season as an assistant coach at Adrian College (Michigan). He got his start in coaching at Trinity Pawling High School in New York in 2005. 

“I am extremely excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Grossman said. “I would like to thank Joe Karlgaard, President Krislov and everyone involved in the hiring process for this wonderful opportunity. During my visit to the campus everyone was very supportive and welcoming and it was clear to me that the administration was behind the program. Oberlin lacrosse has a long storied tradition and I look forward to helping restore that tradition by taking this team to the next level. I can’t wait to get started.” 

Grossman is a 2005 graduate of Connecticut College where he earned a degree in biology. During his time on the playing field, he became one of the most prolific goaltenders in program history, earning numerous honors and accolades for his proficiency between the pipes. In his senior season Grossman was honored as a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American and as a First-Team All-NESCAC honoree, averaging 13.4 saves per game in the cage. 

He will begin his work at Oberlin immediately.