A Page -- July 19, 2010

Gilmour, US, St. Ignatius, Laurel, 

Mayfield, South, St. Martin De 

Porres, John Hay to take on the 

"World" this week

July 19, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



GATES MILLS – In an effort to bring teenaged Student/Athletes from some of the farthest reaches of the globe for both a cultural/educational exchange and sports one, the inaugural World School Games will be taking place this week here at Gilmour Academy.


Secondary schools (comparable to high school and prep level in the States) from such distant nations as The Philippines, China, Libya, Kenya and Ghana have sent Student/Athletes here to participate in Olympic-style competition in swimming, tennis, basketball, soccer and volleyball, in the event sponsored by Dave Gilbert and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

US coach Brian Perry's boys will swim in WSGs


Among the Cleveland-area secondary schools sending Student/Athletes to GA this week are St. Ignatius, University School, Gilmour, Laurel School for Girls, St. Martin De Porres, Willoughby South, Mayfield and John Hay.

St. Ignatius High School logo


“I am very close with David Gilbert and Rob Marron of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission; I believe in their mission/I believe in their vision,” said St. Ignatius Basketball Coach Sean O’Toole, who is bringing a team into the tourney. “ 


In 2004, O’Toole coached Team Cleveland in the International Children's Games, a Greater Cleveland Sports Commission-sponsored event held right here in Cleveland.


“It was an unbelievable experience for anyone and everyone involved,” O’Toole said. “Any time Saint Ignatius High School can participate and support one of the GCSC endeavors, we will dive in head first.”


The all-boys Jesuit school in Ohio City is no stranger to national and international competition. Its varsity teams have won more than a half dozen national championships and its American football coach, Chuck Kyle, prepped the US World Junior team to the Gold Medal in Canton last summer.


“These are experiences our Student/Athletes will remember for a lifetime,” O’Toole added. “The entire experience, from the opening ceremony to the social activities which allow interaction with the foreign Student/Athletes off the court.to the athletic competitions themselves, is done completely first-class.”


Laurel will be bringing a group of swimmers and also is molded in a philosophy that banks on “testing the deepest waters.”


“Some of our Laurel girls will be swimming at the World Games because they wanted to experience swimming at an International level,” said Mary Castiglione, the Laurel coach. “One of our Laurel mottos is: ‘Dream, Dare, Do,’ which is perfect for these competitions.  ‘Dream’ about competing at an International level, ‘Dare’ to compete at the World Games, and ‘Do’ swim fast against an International field of swimmers, is how we are looking at this.  We have always taught our girls to reach for the stars and be unafraid to take risks.”


The girls are also in it for the fun part of it as well.


“Laurel swimmers are quite proud to be a part of the World Games and we know we'll have a great time competing and hopefully, making some new friends from around the world as well,” Castiglione. said.

Below in blue is a breakdown of the local schools' events:

John Hay is sending a full girls basketball team.

St. Ignatius is sending a full boys basketball team.

St. Martin De Porres is sending both boys and girls basketball teams.

Laurel School , University School , Willoughby South, and Gilmour will send swimmers

Mayfield will send a tennis player.







Avon's/Oberlin's Phil Brua Tabbed Prospect League Pitcher of the Week

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7/19/2010 10:33:54 AM
By Mike Mancini

Lorain – Oberlin College rising-senior Phil Brua was named as the Prospect League Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday. 

Brua, who has been simply dominant for the Lorain County Ironmen this season, recorded a pair a saves to bring his league-leading total up to seven and also notched a win to run his record to 4-0 this past week. 

In 32 innings on the bump, the sidearm specialist has registered 15 punchouts and walked just seven. Opponents are batting just .165 against him and he has an ERA of 1.13. 

For more information about the Lorain County Ironmen visit,www.lcironmenbaseball.com.

Getting To Know Ball State's Sean Baker

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 14th installment in a series of articles on Student/Athletes from the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference 


July 19, 2010

By Ken Mather
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Sean Baker is a junior safety for the Ball State Cardinals.

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 Ball State's Sean Baker...
Sean Baker is a junior safety for the Ball State Cardinals. Last season, Baker was fifth on the team in tackles with 61 and led the team in interceptions with four. He had an outstanding freshman campaign, earning Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-America honors from Sporting News in 2008. That season, Baker recorded 94 tackles, defended 16 passes and led the Cardinals in interceptions with six. He also scored two defensive touchdowns and was named MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week for his three interception performance against Akron. For his efforts, the Canfield, Ohio native was named the co-recipient of Ball State's John Hodge Award, as the team's Most Outstanding Freshman. Below is a closer look at the Ball State safety...

1. What do you still hope to accomplish in the future? 
I still hope to win a Mid-American Conference Championship in my career.

2. What are your goals for this season? 
My goals for the season are to win a Mid-American Conference Championship and win the first bowl game in Ball State history.

3. What would you like to be doing in ten years?
In 10 years I would like to be coaching college football.

4. What would your superhero name be?
My superhero name would be Mark Naylor. (Ball State's football strength and conditioning coach)

5. Which three people (dead or alive) would you invite to dinner?
If I could invite three people to dinner, it would be Muhammad Ali, Larry David and Jay-Z.

6. The artist that takes up most of my iPod...
The artists that take up most of my iPod are Drake and Trey Songz.

7. What is one movie you could watch over and over again and not get sick of?
The one movie I could watch over and over would be Role Models.

8. What is your favorite holiday?
My favorite holiday is Christmas.

9. What are your hobbies and off-the-field interests?
My interests off the field are video games, hanging with friends and working out.

10. What is your most memorable moment in sports, either as an athlete or as a sports fan?
My most memorable moment is when we beat Western Michigan to finish the season 12-0 in 2008 and the fans rushed the field.

Crushers start series with Bums tonight

July 19, 2010

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

 TONIGHT’S FIRST UPSThe Red,Black,and White return to All Pro Freight Stadium this evening as they open a three-game series with the Traverse City Beach Bums. The final series of the season between the two clubs which opens with a pair of southpaws a Esmelvin Jimenez looks for his sixth win of the season. He will be opposed by Enrique Lachuga who will be making his fourth start against the Crushers this season.

CRUSHERS-BEACH BUMS LIFETIME:This afternoon’s game is the tenth of 12 regular season meetings between the two teams…Final series of the season at the intersection of Interstate 90 and Ohio Route 611…The Beach Bums took the first series May 21-23 in Avon (5-8,6-2,8-4)…The Crushers then took two of three in the two series at Wuerfel Park June 17-19 (0-5,7-6,3-0) and June 23-25 (5-3,6-3,5-9)…LAST SEASON the Beach Bums took the season series 7-4 winning the last four games of the series.The teams split the six games in Avon 3-3

Esmelvin Jimenez




LHP ESMELVIN JIMENEZ (5-2 3.72 ERA)…Esmelvin will be making his seventh start and fourteenth appearance of the season…HIS LAST APPEARANCE came on July 11th in Evansville just before the All-Star Break (1IP-0H-0R-0ER-2BB-1SO)…HIS LAST START came July 8th in Florence picking up a 8-6 win over the Freedom (5IP-6H-5R-5ER-2BB-4SO-2HR-WP) ..AGAINST TRAVERSE CITY this is Esmelvin’s second start and third appearance against the Beach Bums this season he is 1-1 with a 6.42 ERA (7IP-6H-6R-5ER-3BB-2SO) winning on opening night (5-21) in relief of Cardoza Tucker and losing on 6-17 in Traverse City



July 19, 2010
By Harry Plumer

AVON - The Lake Erie Crushers dropped their series opener against the Traverse City Beach Bums 4-2 tonight in All Pro Freight Stadium.

The Crushers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Jodam Rivera scampered home after an overthrow by Beach Bum second basemanMichael Diaz. It would be a short-lived lead though, as C.J. Ziegler tied the game in the ensuing frame with a line-drive home run to left field. 

The Beach Bums would take the lead in the top half of the third as Crushers starter Esmelvin Jimenez loaded the bases for J.T. Hall, who proceeded to clear the bases with a double and put Traverse City in front 4-1.

The Crushers picked up a run in the bottom of the inning when Andrew Davis scampered home on a wild pitch, the second one of the game uncorked by Beach Bum starter Enrique Lechuga. Lechuga, however, was able to overcome five walks over 5.2 innings of work, allowing just the two runs on four hits while striking out five to pick up his fourth victory of the season and his first in four starts against the Crushers. Scott Mueller threw the ninth to record his eighth save of the year.

Andrew Davis logged two hits for the Crushers while Drew Saylor walked three times. Jon Durket pitched .2 innings out of the bullpen while Jeff Cinadr finished the game with 2.1 innings of work.

Lake Erie and Traverse City resume the series Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. with recently activated RHP Phil Rummel (2-4, 5.68) on the hill for the Crushers opposing RHP Michael Moore (4-1, 2.46), who is scheduled to be activated from injured reserve for Traverse City.


Ø       Drew Saylor's three walks marked the first time this year that a Crusher walked three times in a contest; Crusher players had drawn walks twice on 37 separate occasions

Ø       In addition to the three walks, Saylor made a tremendous leaping stab of a Mike Diaz liner in the third; Eddie Tisdale reached into the Traverse City dugout to catch a foul pop in the fourth, also off the bat of Diaz

Ø       Casey McGrew, signed before the game out of Wright State University where he was a two-time First Team All-Horizon League selection, debuted as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth and struck out

Ø       Trae Gore pinch hit for Arden McWilliams leading off the ninth and grounded out