A Page -- July 20, 2010

Dave Gilbert has found the formula 

to turn around Cleveland image; 

World School Games yet another in 

long line of Student/Athletic events 

to restore area motto of 

"Best Location in the Nation"

July 20, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS -- Tomorrow night here in Don Shula Stadium, the Olympic-style opening ceremonies will usher in the inaugural World School Games that will take place the next four days in the Gilmour Academy Athletic Complex, in Gates Mills.


 This is one of a dozen local Student/Athletic events that the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission either sponsors or has its hand in assisting promoting this year. The Games, the first of their kind, will include secondary school Student/Athletes from five different continents competing against one another, including St. Ignatius, GA, University School, Laurel and four other local schools.


This event will pump more than a quarter of a million dollars into the Cleveland-area economy. Most of the events the GCSC and Dave Gilbert sponsor streams similar dollar figures into the economy.


Let’s see, how much do local world travelers “take out” of the local economy to visit places all over the world in order to experience cultural differences? Whatever the amount, it is quite large and the same experience can be had through those unique elements brought here by the young S/As, vicariously or in so-called “real” form.


Gilbert and Lake Erie Crushers Owner Steve Edelson seem to be the only ones locally who have found the formula to meet the needs of the Cleveland-area populace, particularly its educated lot (many of them former Student/Athletes) and those currently acquiring education who soon will be in the local market for knowledge based jobs.


Last summer, Edelson, the Chicago Mercantile commodities trader, brought the Crushers here, created 350 jobs (albeit summer jobs, but also for those who have a grip on 21st century workforce) and the team promptly won the championship in its first year. The Crushers are essentially a graduate school practicum in baseball for recent college Student/Athlete graduates, who receive a small cash stipend for playing.


In the same spirit, Gilbert has used sports to provide several opportunities for locals in a 21st century workforce. Many of his employees and contractors are recent college graduates who need to be able to use their knowledge base, communications skills, analytical skills, and decision-making capabilities to be fully functioning.


Both of these gentlemen are diametrically opposite to some of the goofs parading through town running for statewide and national political offices (equally those with an R, I or D after their names) shouting nonsensical rhetoric something along the lines of “we need to bring back manufacturing jobs.” Yeah right, India is going send back all those jobs so that locals can use their college degrees to do no brainer jobs for eight hours a day, 50 weeks a year.


These pro politicians must have been spending too much time in Cincinnati or Columbus. It is not the same here as it was in the 70s. We now have families with say four Student/Athletes or Student/Other-extracurricular-activists, who all get their degrees and routinely move to places Charlotte, Nashville, Chicago and Atlanta, respectively, despite wanting to return here into the same fairly large family but can’t because typical “job developers” haven’t a clue.


The jobs men like Edelson and Gilbert create only scratches the surface as to what can be accomplished through positive Student/Athletic situations. Yes, it is true that much of the $300, 000 spent here goes to things like hotels, restaurants and t-shirt purchases at establishments that employ lower-waged workers, but those workers spend money on other things and with the added profit (large or small), the economic generators such as small business owners can create even more opportunity and image building for workers and would-be workers.


“The direct economic benefit generated by events is a result of visitor spending on lodging, food, entertainment, transportation and others along with outside dollars spent on event production,” said Gilbert. “These are directly measured.  The indirect economic benefit then spreads as those dollars flow through other sectors of the economy - i.e. the restaurant employee purchased groceries, food, pays their mortgage, etc.”


Gilbert believes that Clevelanders can benefit by the “multiplier effect,” which has been proven through time to include impact that goes well beyond the hard, cold greenbacks. The Crushers winning that title last year was worth more than the money made from the extra ticket sales. It furthers image building, which will has a wider future impact that in theory and oftentimes in reality will merely eventually “make the money come.”


Look, St. Ignatius has won a couple dozen state championships and more than a half dozen national championships -- most of them within the last three decades. Student/Athletes from a school like that go on to Ivy League and Patriot Conference and the many great Ohio private schools for reasons other than sports (often one of the other reasons is a good combination of academics and athletics), but the brand name is well known through the combination of athletic and academic success, which translates to better further quality education and further innovation they can in turn bring back to the city and greater area, much needed for a current local system mired in the molasses of a 1950s pattern of thinking.


“Economists differ on the size of this "multiplier effect," Gilbert said.  “Additionally, there is the indirect benefit of exposing thousands of people to a positive experience in Cleveland, which leads to a better city image and possible repeat visits.”


The value of that “positive experience” also comes back to Clevelanders in positive ways a thousand-fold, whether they return to the area or not.

Crushers hope to end two-game skid

 July 20, 2010

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

AVON -- TONIGHT’S FIRST UPS-The Red,Black,and White look to end their two-game slide as they play the middle game of this three game series against the visitors from Northern Michigan as Righthander Phil Rummel comes off the seven-day disabled list to start for the Crushers looking for his third win of the season.A fellow righthander Michael Moore gets the nod for Traverse City and he will be looking for this third win against the Crushers this season

CRUSHERS-BEACH BUMS LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the eleventh 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

Phil Rummel



RHP PHIL RUMMEL 2-4 5.68 ERA….Phil will be making his eleventh start and twelfth appearance this  season…HIS LAST START came July 11 vs at Evansville (5IP-5H-4R-3ER-1BB-2SO) He left the game with the Crushers leading 2-1.The Otters then scored three times in the sixth to take the lead (the Crushers lost the game 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth on a walkoff homer by Alexander off J.J. Pacella…AGAINST TRAVERSE CITY this is Phil’s second start and appearance against the Beach Bums this season losing on June 25th at Wuerfel Park 9-5 (6IP -5H-5R-5ER-3BB-4SO)…AT HOME Phil is 2-0 1.14 ERA (23.2IP-16H-4R-3ER-9BB-21SO)…was a 38th round draft pick of Houston in the June,2008 draft…Pitched Collegiately at Kutztown State (PA-Division II) began his pro career with Tri-City (New York/Penn League-A) in 2009 pitched for the  Lancaster Jethawks (A-California League) going 2-5 with a 6.55 ERA (56.1IP-89H-47R-41ER-21BB-34SO) was a teammate for a brief while of Crushers closer J.J. Pacella


July 20 -- 10:05 p.m.

AVON - The Lake Erie Crushers fell to the Traverse City Beach Bums for the second consecutive night, dropping a 6-1 decision  tonight at All Pro Freight Stadium.

The Crushers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the opening frame for the second consecutive night but squandered a potential opportunity for more. Raphael Turner led off the game with a double and after Jodam Rivera coaxed a walk from Beach Bum starter Michael Moore,Andrew Davis singled to score Turner. Eddie Tisdale proceeded to walk to load the bases but Moore, returning from injured reserve to make his first start since July 2, limited the damage to just one run.

Lake Erie starting pitcher Phil Rummel retired the first 11 batters of the game before a two-out walk in the fourth. He did not allow a hit until the sixth, a Chris Engell single that moved Andrew Franco, who had walked, to third with just one out. Matt Brownconverted on the opportunity, picking up a sacrifice fly to tie the game. 

Traverse City grabbed the lead in the seventh against Rummel

Free Cultural Opening Ceremony 

to Kick Off Inaugural World 

School Games


WHAT: World School Games Opening Ceremonies & Cultural Celebration


WHERE: Hosted by John Carroll University - Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center


DATE: Wednesday, July 21st


TIME: 7:00 PM; Doors open at 6:30 PM.


DETAILS: Join us as we celebrate and kick off the 2010 World School Games! All participants, fans, and community residents are invited to attend the FREE Cultural Opening Ceremony that will include a parade of athletes, appearances by Olympic gold-medalists gymnast Dominique Moceanu and swimmer Diana Munz, and live entertainment.  Admission is free and festivities will begin at 7:00 PM.


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Nearly 300 Student/Athletes from across the globe are slated to participate in the inaugural 2010 World School Games scheduled from July 20-25. The World School Games was created by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and is an Olympic-style athletic and cultural event for teams or individuals currently enrolled in a secondary school (international, boarding, private or public) from across the globe.

Teams or athletes will participate as representatives of their school, city, and country. Medal-contending sports include basketball, volleyball, swimming, tennis and soccer and will be held at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio . International athletes will be housed at John Carroll University in University Heights throughout the duration of the tournament. All tournament games are free and open to the public.


For more information on the World School Games, please visit www.worldschoolgames.com . 



The mission of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is to measurably enhance the economy, image and quality of life in the Greater Cleveland community by attracting and creating significant sporting events and activities. For more information on the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, visit www.clevelandsports.org.

Getting To Know Central 

Michigan's Colin Miller

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 15th installment in a series of articles on 

Student/Athletes from the Cleveland-based Mid American 



By Ken Mather

July 20, 2010

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Central Michigan's Colin Miller

2010 Football Summer Preview: Getting To 


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 

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 Colin Miller

Colin Miller is a senior offensive lineman for the Central Michigan Chippewas. Miller was a second team All-Mid American Conference selection last year as he started 10 games at center and was a member an offensive line that helped CMU lead the MAC in scoring at 33.9 ppg. and rank second in total offense (423.1 ypg). As a freshman, Miller also garnered honorable mention Freshman All-America by Sporting News and Freshman All-America honors from collegefootballnews.com.  He is a native of Centreville, Va. and is majoring in marketing. Below is a closer look at the CMU offensive lineman...

1. Why did you choose Central Michigan University?

I chose Central Michigan University when I came up for a visit because of the closeness I felt among the players that I didn't encounter anywhere else. There are no real cliques and everybody hangs out together. The offensive linemen are the leaders of the team; however we go, the team goes and I wanted to embrace that.

2. What is the best advice you have received from your coach?

My high school coach Mike Skinner, "Good things happen to good people who work hard for the things they dream of accomplishing." I've lived by those words for quite some time now.

3. Do you have higher expectations going into this season than last?

Every year you elevate the expectations for yourself. Demands are higher and the people around you expect higher production and consistency.

4. How did you get started playing football?

I tried out for football my freshman year in high school and two practices in, I broke my arm (non-football related). I was reluctant to come back to the sport having never played it before, but with the strong support of my head coach, teammates, and uncle, I carried through rehab and made positive gains in a sport I now love.

5. What would your ideal job be? (Outside of playing sports professionally)

To manage an alternative energy company that deals with solar, wind, and geo-thermal engineering. I feel that the industry is on the cutting edge of technology that down the road will be known as common practice.

6. What's the best part of being a Division I athlete?

Being a part of a fraternity of brothers who sweat, bleed, and overcome obstacles on a day-to-day basis together. The lessons I've learned from being a Division I athlete are ones that have laid the foundation for a professional career when I leave football one day. I am forever grateful for those who have helped me get to collegiate level so that I would simply have the opportunity to experience what I have.

7. What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Frisco, Outer Banks, N.C. You won't find a fast food joint for 50+ miles and there's great fishing. It's the best place to go if you want to get away from normal life.

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

Anchorman, enough said.

9. What is your favorite holiday?

Shark Week, yes it's a holiday.

10. What is your most memorable moment in sports, either as an athlete or as a sports fan?

Beating Michigan State in our 2009 season 29-27 in the last minutes of the game. The euphoria after the game was and probably will be unmatched for years to come.

Ohio Girls Golf Foundation Open crowns 2010 champs

By Patricia Nugent

AVON -- High school girls across the state were treated to a clinic from LPGA Hall of Famer Amy Alcott and LPGA Tour Pro Barb Mucha before competing in the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation (OGGF) Open July 19 at Avon Oaks Country Club in Avon. The LPGA pros flew in from California and Florida to share their golf wisdom with the younger generation here in Ohio to help motivate them and improve their game.

“When we both played golf in high school, we had to golf on the boys team because there were no girls teams,” says Mucha. “It is great to be at an event like this and see how much the opportunities in girls golf have grown over the past years.”

In the hard-fought OGGF tournament, only one stroke determined both the individual winner and team champion. Caitlin Kempton of Shaker Heights shot 79 to win top honors, followed by Allison Mitzel of Poland with 80, and Lia Labate of Magnificat with 82. Six girls tied with a score of 83 to round out the top golfers: Caroline Kennedy of Bay, Corynn Kreig of Avon Lake, Ali Nageotte of Magnificat, Kaitlin Neumann of Avon, Amanda Orr of Canfield and Kelsie Teaberry of Warren JFK.

The team competition was closely contested too as Canfield (355) won top honors, followed by Magnificat (356), Avon (365), Bay (386) and Perry (374). Other schools participating included Avon Lake, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Cuyahoga Falls, Laurel, Nordonia and Warren JFK.

“Today shows that every shot does count,” says OGGF Tournament Director Tom Rider, who coaches the Warren JFK team. “When you look back on every stroke you will see where you could have shaved one stroke which would have made the difference in winning.”

In the morning clinic,  LPGA Pros Alcott and Mucha shared tips on irons, chipping and putting. “Tournaments are really won or lost by the short game. No matter how far you drive the ball, if you can’t get up and down without problems, you won’t win the event,” said Mucha, a Parma native.

Alcott, who has won 33 LPGA events, gave advice for girls who want to pursue a career in golf. “It must be a true passion for a player,” she says. “It’s a hard life, but rewarding in so many ways. And I liken a professional golf career to what Mark Twain said, ‘Find something you truly love to do, and then you won’t work another day in your life.’ ”

Also at the event, six girls were presented college scholarships: Steffanie Camarata of Canton – Cleveland State University, Melissa Hershberger of Hartville – Coastal Carolina College, Audra Kohler of Canton– Otterbein College, Stephanie Koval of Cuyahoga Falls – Lake Erie College, Amanda Orr of Canfield – Tiffin University, Mariah Groner of Poland – Youngstown State University. Over the years, the Foundation has awarded more than $86,000 to almost 100 girls.

The OGGF’s mission is to encourage, sponsor and support the game of golf for girls by providing college scholarships, golf training programs, and financial assistance to attend designated golf tournaments. Since the Foundation was established in 1994, the number of girl’s high school golf teams in Northeast Ohio has grown from none to more than 250.