A Page -- July 17, 2010

Where the sand meets the sea, the 

soccer sizzles; HOS sand soccer 

scatters the Headlands

July 17, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



PAINESVILLE – A unique brand of soccer filled the sands here at Headlands Park today when three dozen youth teams and a handful of adult teams competed in the Second Annual HandsOnSoccer Sand Soccer Tournament this morning and this afternoon.


In this rendition of the most popular sport in the world, the basic rules to 5-A-Side are applied with a few twists.

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The shorter field and smaller goals are used with each team having four field players and one goalie at a time. Each match consists of two 12-minute halves. The only catch is that players are not allowed to wear shoes although sock wearing is permitted.


The elements are compounded with the thick sand making the ball move even slower than it already is after stricken with a bare foot. Compound that and the hot sun and the speed element is removed, evening the playing field for team or Student/Athlete player that might be more on the methodical side and less on the swift-footed side.

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In some of the action today, in the girls’ under9 division, Celtri topped Geneva, 8-0, and Avon Lake Golden Girls bettered Brunswick, 2-1; in girls’ U10, Avon Lake was a winner over HandsOnSoccer, 8-1, and MSC Wave inched out FC Tippecanoe, 3-2.


In the GU12 division, Avon Lake Tsunami topped Geneva Lava, 6-1, Sundregs blanked the Kirtland Hornets, 5-0, and the Sandstorm nipped Geneva Armda, 3-2, and Sand Sharks got by Madison, 5-2.


The GU13 class had Everest nip Strikers, 6-4, Independent Surf and Turf sneak by Madison Mustangs, 5-4, and Independent Surf and Turf club Everest, 7-3.


In GU14, Avon Soccer Sea Gals outlasted Ellet Dominators, 5-4, Excelsior blast Streetsboro United, 11-4, and triple up on the AL Sea Gals, 6-2, and the Ellet Dominators blank the Bikini Bottom Raging Jellyfish, 7-0.

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On the lads’ side, Brunswick Lightening doubled up on LA Roja, 2-1, The A Team creamed Aurora Black Squires, 15-0, the Lakewood Rangers lassoed La Roja, 10-5, and The A Team drowned the Land Sharks, 15-0, in BU9.


In BU11, North Olmsted Eagles beat SSO Land Sharks, 11-3, HOS out rifled the Avon Soccer Da Bomb Squad, 7-5, Team Challenger nipped North Olmsted Eagles, 3-2, and ERK doubled up on HOS, 6-3.

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Medina County Elite quintupled up on HOS, 10-2, and Challenger Kamikazes torpedoed Geneva Force, 9-1, in BU13.


In BU15, HOS posted identical 5-1 wins over Southside Beach Select and Ellet Orange Crush, while The Tropic blanked Legacy, 5-0, and nipped Southside BS, 6-5.

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Getting To Know Bowling Green's Matt Schilz

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

By Ken Mather

July 17, 2010

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Bowling Green's Matt Schilz

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...Bowling Green's Matt Schilz
Matt Schilz is a redshirt freshman quarterback for the Bowling Green Falcons. Schilz is a native of Arcadia, Calif. and is majoring in health science. He was an All-CIF Southern Section QB throwing for 3,200 yards and 31 touchdowns in leading Maranatha High School to an 11-2 record as a senior. Below is a closer look at the Bowling Green quarterback...

1. If you can have one animal be extinct, which would it be? 

2. What would you like to be doing in ten years?
Working in a hospital

3. What is your greatest fear?

4. What is the most notable thing about your hometown?
The Rose Bowl

5. Besides football, what sport would you have pursued for a college scholarship?

6. The artist that takes up most of my iPod...
Wiz Khalifa

7. What is one movie you could watch over and over again and not get sick of?
The Replacements

8. What reality TV show would you most like to be on?
Jersey Shore

9. If you were a professor, what would you teach?

10. What is your favorite holiday?
Mothers Day

Crushers look to extend batting practice against Wind bags tonight

July 17

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

TONIGHT’S FIRST UPS-The 2009 Frontier League Champion Lake Erie Crushers opened the second half of the season with an emphatic 12-1 rout of the Windy City Thunderbolts at All Pro Freight Stadium.The Men of Crush sent eleven men to the plate and seven of them scored in the bottom of the fourth inning to break open a 1-1 tie.Matt Smith pitched eight innings allowing just the one run and nine hits to pick up his seventh win of the season.


The Red,Black,and White have won five of their last six games to take a hold on second place in the Eastern Division.Tonight they play the middle game of this three-game series with the visitors from Chicago’s Southern Suburbs and the second of this nine-game homestand as All-Star participant Travis Risser takes to the middle of the diamond looking for his sixth win of the season.He will opposed by southpaw Andrew Werner

CRUSHERS-WINDY CITY LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the fifth 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).


LAST NIGHT-Before the largest crowd of the season at All-Pro Freight Stadium 4,917,the Crushers routed the Thunderbolts 12-1 winning their fifth game in the last six encounters improving their record to 28-21 seven games over .500 tying for their best mark so far this season.RHP MATT SMITH pitched eight innings allowing just one run on nine hits in picking up his seventh win of the season (7-3) best on the club.the key inning for the Crushers was the fourth as they sent eleven men to the plate and seven of them score to break a 1-1 tie.1B EDDIE TISDALE had three hits including an RBI triple,3B ANDREW DAVIS had two hits including his sixth home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth. SB DREW SAYLOR connected for his third homer of the season in the bottom of the second.LF RAPHAEL TURNER had a double,two RBI and two runs scored.RHP DUSTIN WILLIAMS took the loss for Windy City

Travis Risser



RHP TRAVIS RISSER (5-2 3.45 ERA)…Travis will be making his eleventh start of the season…HIS LAST START came July 9th in Evansville against the Otters (4.1IP-6H-3R-3ER-2BB-4SO) He left the game trailing 3-2 but the Crushers scored two in the sixth and one in the ninth for a 5-3 victory (Jeff Cinadr getting the win in relief)… Travis is undbeated in his last seven starts (5-0 2ND) and he has not lost since June 2nd at home to River City 2-1…THE ALL STAR GAME…Travis was one f five Crushers (three pitchers) at the 2010 FL All-Star Game in Marion.He came into the game in the fourth inning setting down the West All-Stars 1-2-3 (the only perfect inning of the game)…AGAINST WINDY CITY Tonight is Travis’ first start and appearance against the Thunderbolts… AT HOME Travis is 3-2 with a 2.79 ERA (29IP-22H-9R-9ER-12BB-21SO)…25-years old…native of Palmyra, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia area)…played for John Massarelli in 2007 with the Washington Wild Things posting a 1.09 ERA in 25 appearances with six saves in 42IP…He did not pitch in 2009 due to a back injury…Signed by Tampa Bay after that season playing 2008 in their organization (Hudson Valley & Columbus) 



July 17

By Harry Plumer

AVON- Andrew Davis's walk-off solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth capped the Lake Erie Crushers second comeback from a three-run deficit and handed the hosts a 7-6 victory over the Windy City ThunderBolts Saturday night at All Pro Freight Stadium in front of a crowd of 3.728.
Andrew Davis

Rain halted play for 10 minutes in the ninth with the score deadlocked at 6-6. When the contest resumed, Windy City closer Nick Hall recorded the second out of the inning before Davis ripped his second homer in as many nights to put the finishing touches on a memorable win.

Lake Erie fell behind 3-0 in the contest. Windy City wasted no time as catcher Zach Aakhus ripped a double down the left field line in the first that scored Ryan Basham and Jeremy Hamilton to put the ThunderBolts ahead 2-0. 

Crushers starter Travis Risser settled down after that in his first start since his All-Star game appearance on Wednesday, but was forced to leave in the fifth inning with an injury. Windy City extended the lead to 3-0 as Mike Torres dropped down a squeeze bunt to score Ryan Basham.

Windy City starter Andrew Werner retired the first 14 Crushers he faced before hitting Joel Collins in the fifth to give Lake Erie its first base runner. The Crushers were without a hit entering the sixth when the first rally began. Arden McWilliams lined the first pitch he saw into left for a single. From there, the Crushers were able to capitalize as Dom Duggan drew a walk before Jodam Rivera dropped in a single to plate McWilliams. Werner hit Andrew Davis to load the bases and Drew Saylor delivered a two-run single to tie the game.

Ryne White immediately put Windy City back in front, connecting on a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to give the ThunderBolts a 5-3 advantage. Windy City scored again in the eighth as Ryan Basham lined a triple to right plating Gilberto Mejia to extend the lead to 6-3.

The Crushers rallied to tie the game again in the bottom of the eighth. Reliever Brandon Garner walked the bases loaded before being lifted for closer Nick Hall. Travis Vetters drove in a run with a fielder's choice before Raphael Turner slapped a double to left to score two and knot the game at six. J.J. Pacella threw the top of the ninth for the Crushers to earn the victory following the homer by Davis.

Lake Erie managed just five hits in the game and was outhit 12-5, but found a way to win. The Crushers drew six walks and were hit by a pitch twice. 


Ø       Raphael Turner and Trae Gore entered as pinch hitters in the bottom of the seventh

Ø       All but one member of the starting lineup reached base, though every slot in the order reached at least once

Ø       Andrew Davis has homers in four of the last six games

Ø       Jeff Cinadr allowed his first earned run at home this season