A Page -- July 16, 2010



By Jenny Popis

(GATES MILLS) July 16, 2010 – The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is pleased to announce that over 340 Student/Athletes from 12 different counties are slated to participate in the inaugural 2010 World School Games here at Gilmour next week.

 The World School Games was created by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and is an Olympic-style Student/Athletic and cultural event for teams or individuals currently enrolled in a secondary school (international, boarding, private or public) from around the globe.

Teams or Student/Athletes will participate as representatives of their schools, cities, and countries. The event will run from Tuesday through Saturday at Gilmour and will consist of medal competitions, a cultural Opening Ceremony, social events, and unique cultural exchanges. International Student/Athletes will be housed at John Carroll in University Heights throughout the duration of the tournament.


Secondary schools from Kenya , the Philippines , Libya , Cameroon , China , Zambia and Ghana are expected to convene for a week of competition, along with local schools from around northeast Ohio .  The medal contending sports at this year’s World School Games include basketball, volleyball, swimming and soccer. 


“We are very excited to be hosting the World School Games and providing a wonderful international sports and cultural experience for secondary school athletes from around the globe. The vision for the Games is to provide this experience for many years to come as it will be hosted in different locations around the world,” said David Gilbert , President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.


The inaugural World School Games will provide Student/Athletes, coaches, and members of the Cleveland community a number of opportunities for cultural interaction.  JCU will serve as the site for the opening and closing ceremonies.

 Both celebrations will begin at 7 PM on July 21 and July 25, respectively, and are free and open to the public. 

The opening ceremony will include appearances by former Olympians including Dominique Moceanu, a parade of Student/Athletes, and live entertainment and music. Participating athletes and coaches will also attend a barbeque and a Cleveland Indians game to round out the week long experience.  The event is expected to bring an estimated $320,000 to the local economy.

Let the wind ride into All Pro Freight 

Stadium tonight

July 16, 2010


Written and Researched for S/A-Cleveland by Evan Meyer – Sports Vault CEO


TONIGHT’S FIRST UPS-The 2009 Frontier League Champion Lake Erie Crushers saw their four game winning streak come to a screeching halt Sunday afternoon in Evansville as they squandered a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning as closer J.J. Pacella gave up a two-run walk-off homer to Gary Alexander.


Nevertheless, the Men of Crush finished the first half of the season with a 27-21 record which is game better than they were a season ago. They go into the campaign’s second half fairly hot after winning four of their last six games. They sit five games behind the East Division leaders Oakland County Cruisers and just two games ahead of third place Traverse City. The Red, Black, and White will see both teams in this nine-game home stand to start the second half in All Pro Freight Stadium.


The stand opens with a three-game set against the Windy City Thunderbolts as right-hander Matt Smith, who picked up his first save of the season against Evansville, looks for his seventh win of the season. He will opposed by right-hander Dustin Williams.


CRUSHERS-WINDY CITY LIFETIME: Tonight’s game is the fourth on 12 regular-season meetings between the two clubs (the Crushers swept the first series June 20-22 (6-2,5-0,9-4).This is the  Thunderbolts final visit to the intersection of Interstate 90 and Ohio Route 611 this season. The final six games will be played at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood on July 25-27 and August 3-5…LAST SEASON the Thunderbolts had their way with the Crushers winning five of the six meetings (including two of three in Avon).


WEDNESDAY NIGHT-The Crushers had five representatives at the 2010 Frontier League All-Star Game in Marion, Illinois (home of the Southern Illinois Miners)…SS JODAM RIVERA was the leadoff man of the East Division and went 0-for-4 with a walk…3B ANDREW DAVIS started the game and was 0-for-3..RHP JOSH ROBERTS came into the game in the bottom of the first in relief of starter James Albury and pitched 1.2 innings allowing to hits with a strikeout…RHP TRAVIS RISSER came into the game in the fourth inning and pitched the only 1-2-3 inning of the entire game.. RHP JEFF CINADR came into the game in the bottom of the fifth inning allowing just one hit.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith




RHP MATT SMITH (6-3 3.16 ERA)…Matt will be making his ninth start and twelfth appearance of the season… HIS LAST START July 7th at Florence a 4-3 win over the Freedom which broke a personal two-game losing streak  (7IP-4H-3R-3ER-3BB-9SO-1HB-2HR)…HIS LAST APPEARANCE came Saturday night in Evansville in relief of starter Josh Roberts saving a 4-2 win his first save as a Crusher (2IP-2H-0R-0ER-0BB-3SO)… AGAINST WINDY CITY this is Matt’s second start and appearance against the Thunderbolts this season picking up a 5-0 win home win on June 21st (7IP-3H-0R-0ER-7BB-7SO)…AT ALL PRO FREIGHT STADIUM Matt is 3-3 with a 3.31 ERA (35.1IP-27H-13R-13ER-18BB-16SO)…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)




Getting To Know Kent State Student/Athlete Monte' Simmons

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

July 16, 2010

By Ken Mather
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Last season, Simmons led Kent State with eight sacks and 16 tackles for loss en route to earning second team All-MAC honors.

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.com2

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...Kent State's Monte' Simmons
Monte' Simmons is a senior defensive end for the Kent State Golden Flashes. Last season, Simmons led Kent State with eight sacks and 16 tackles for loss en route to earning second team All-MAC honors. He recorded 56 tackles (33 solo) and earned MAC Defensive Player of the Week Honors on Nov. 2, 2009 when he had five tackles and three sacks against Western Michigan. Entering his senior year, the native of Swissvale, Pa., ranks fourth in school history with 16.0 career sacks and is nine sacks shy of Justin Parrish's school record of 25.0. Below is a closer look at the Kent State DE...

1. Why did you choose Kent State University? 
I chose Kent State because it was the only school that made me feel like I was wanted and needed.

2. What are your goals for this season? 
My goal for this season is to give my heart and soul and everything I can to my team so we can achieve what we are all working so hard for and that's a MAC CHAMPIONSHIP.

3. How did you get started playing football? 
Back in junior high I was seen as and was a nerd -- stayed in my books did my homework all that nerd type stuff. When it came to talking to someone especially females I just did their homework for them. Then I noticed football players got a lot of attention so I joined the football team in 7th grade. I didn't think I'd like it or be as good at it and I've been playing ever since.

4. What is your favorite beverage/food/desert? 
My favorite beverage is strawberry fanta. My favorite dessert is Eat'n Park's strawberry pie. I have three favorite foods: Mac and cheese, ribs, and pasta. I can ultimately survive on these things.

5. What is an annoying habit you possess? 
When I'm concentrating on something or something is really interesting to me I tend to shake my leg unintentionally and if someone is sitting next to me it tends to annoy them. 

6. When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
I always wanted to be an architect and a preacher and back when I was younger would always say that when anyone would ask.

7. Which words or phrases do you overuse? 
It's more my made up phrase: "yez zur" or "yez mazam" more like a sign of respect but with a twist.

8. What is the best class you've taken at Kent State? 
Casting Metals with Professor Dragomier -- mainly any class with "Drag" is a great class. Also College Writing 2 with Professor Shank.

9. What is the most notable thing about your hometown? 
Pittsburgh is the City of Champions.

10. What are your hobbies and off-the-field interests? 
I play the violin. Many people don't know nor think I can, but that's one hobby.

Beach Soccer tomorrow at Mentor Headlands hosted by HandsOnSoccer

July 16, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



MENTOR – The HandsOnSoccer Sand Soccer Showdown will be going on all day tomorrow here at Mentor Headlands Beach.


This is the 2nd Annual Sand Soccer Showdown hosted by Otto Orf’s youth soccer organization. No admission for spectators, plus a chance toget autographs, photos and have tons of fun. For more info on the Sand Soccer Showdown at www.handsonsoccer.com.


In addition, the school has had a few students get very close to completing Otto's long standing $100 juggling trick. This week, long time HandsOnSoccer camper Christian Lansky did it.


The Red Bull Street Jugglers will put on a special show.


Of course, there will be plenty of soccer to be played on the beach from 9-5 tomorrow for youth, adults, co-eds, etc. Also a DJ will be playing music