A Page -- July 21, 2010

Strongsville High School Mustangs Hockey

Strongsville golf team returns four 

regulars, team MVP and up-and-

coming JV duo from district fifth 

place group; eying states this year

July 21, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



STRONGSVILLE – With one of its top two golfers  from the past few years, Ariel Sparrow, moving on to Cleveland State on an athletic scholarship, the battle for the top spot in the lineup for Strongsville High’ golf team is up for grabs.


Despite losing a key component, the Mustangs will still be long on experience with four varsity regulars returning and two gals moving up from the JV team. In addition, the ‘Stangs also have 2009 successes to build from that includes runners-up laurels in the NEO Conference, team sectional qualification, a 5th--place finish at Districts in Toledo, and the return of their team MVP and consistent medalist.


“Our team goal is to win the NEO Conference, and go one step further by qualifying out of Districts and eventually place at States,” said Strongsville coach Nancy Vaughn. “The girls have worked hard on their game during the summer.”


Those returning from lasts year’s squad that missed making it to States by a few strokes include Ali Jakubecz (11th grade, Varsity-2nd year, MVP – 2009, NEO All-Conference Honor Roll-First Team), Taylor Ingram (10th, Varsity 1st year, SHS- MVP Rookie, NEO All-Conference 2nd team), Mikaila Keaton (12th, Varsity-1st year, SHS Booster Award), and Jennifer Andrella (11th, Varsity-1st year, SHS Most Improved Player with an 8.5-diff and NEO All-Conference- 2nd team).

Keaton, now a 12th grader

In summer play, Ingram Medaled at Pleasant Valley SWGT (7/19) scoring 79, Andrella placed 3rd-85 and Nicole Lisi placed 6th-87. Most notable is upcoming Emily Williams who Medaled at Hinckley Hills (7/14) with an 81 and Medaled at Pleasant Valley- 7/19 (84).


Lisi and Williams will be joined in moving up from the JV squad and judging by summer play, should create a competitive situation for the top five scoring spots and four scorers.


“There is no doubt that we are a contender and should be able to live up to it with all of the girls having improved their averages over the summer and working very hard on their games on their own,” said Vaughn. “Last year was a rebuilding of the team.  Having graduated four seniors, the team was very inexperienced.  With that in mind, we still wound up having a good year and have the confidence that we can keep it going.”


With the success from last season, a first time varsity one for some of them, along with the summer surge, the Mustang girls have the confidence to duplicate and better last season’s showing.


The SHS girls’ golf team is confident that they can win,” Vaughn said.  “The girls have a “never-give-up attitude. GIVE UP I look forward to a strong finish.”


In 2009, the ‘Stangs were 8-1 in theNEO Conference and overall were 10-3.


The leadership from the top is also in place. Coach Vaughn is in her 11th season as head coach. Her teams have won a total- 5 championships, claimed 4 runners-up finishes, and a fourth place. They were Pioneer Conference champs four times, 3 times  runners-up, and NEO Conf. champion once, along with a-runners up placing , and a-4th place.


In those 10 seasons they have combined for 100 PC/NOC Conferences wins-and 13 losses. Overall in the first decade of this century they were 138-49.





July 21, 2010

By Harry Plumer

AVON - The Lake Erie Crushers dropped the final game of their series with the Traverse City Beach Bums this afternoon at All Pro Freight Stadium, falling 7-5.

The offense for both teams got off the ground in the second inning. The Beach Bums broke through in the top of the inning when after Chase Burch was hit by the first pitch of the inning, J.T. Hall deposited an 0-2 pitch from Crushers starter Matt Smith over the right-field wall for his seventh run of the year to give Traverse City a 2-0 advantage. The Crushers answered with a long ball of their own in the bottom of the frame when Drew Saylor led off with his fourth of the year to cut the lead in half.

That was as close as the Crushers would get however, as the Beach Bums broke things open in the fourth against Smith. Matt Brown lined a bases-loaded single to center that plated C.J. Ziegler before Jason Codiroli did the bulk of the damage, hammering a grand slam to right for his first home run of the season that put Traverse City ahead 7-1.

Julio Rivera continued the parade of big flies with a solo home run in the fifth, his third of the 2010 campaign to make it 7-2. The Crushers plated a single run in the eighth after Eddie Tisdale reached on an error and scored on Wayne Bond's RBI-fielder's choice

Lake Erie had the makings of a rally with two outs in the ninth against David Slovak and the Beach Bums, bringing the tying run to the plate. Raphael Turner doubled and scored when Jodam Rivera reached on an error. Andrew Davis doubled home Rivera to chase Slovak but closer Scott Mueller entered and recorded a strikeout to nail down his ninth save.

Ryan Platt struck out ten over seven innings to pick up his seventh win of 2010 for Traverse City, tying for the league lead. Andrew Davis added to his league leading hit total by finishing 2-for-3 with a double. Drew Saylor also accumulated two hits. 

The Crushers (29-26) are tied with the Beach Bums (29-26) for second in the East. Lake Erie begins a series with division-leading Oakland County Thursday night at All Pro Freight Stadium with RHP Alberto Rolon (2-0, 3.19) making his first start on the hill opposite RHP Kevin Asselin (5-2, 3.38).


Ø       The Crushers were swept for the first time this season and have now dropped four straight to match their longest losing streak

Ø       Lake Erie put together eight hits in the game, matching the combined total from the first two nights of the series

Ø       Casey McGrew entered in the sixth inning in left field, his first pro experience in the field; He finished 0-for-2 in his at bats



St. Ignatius is a no show at World 

School Games; instead Kenyan team 

defeats Ohio City's St. Martin De 


July 21, 2010

By Michael Watts, S/A-Cleveland Student/Writer

GATES MILLS -- There were supposed to be two games to kick off the World School Games at Gilmour Academy this afternoon.  But with the absence of Saint Ignatius and Team USA Basketball, the Lions and NIS (Kenya) were left without opponents on day one of the World School Games.

 Instead of packing it in, the two teams met on the Main Court, with the Saint Martin falling to the Kenyan school NIS by a final of 59-41.

Ben (editor's note: the Kenyan team nor the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission provided rosters with surnames and the Kenyans spoke in broken English, making it impossible  to ascertain the names), an athletic small forward for NIS, scored 25 points in his tournament debut, and the team got an additional 14 points from Salem, a strong post presence, to outplay the Lions to their first victory of the tournament. 

 After NIS jumped to an 11-point lead with 14:13 left in the first half, the Lions made their biggest run of the game, pouring in 17 points in those 14 minutes to close the deficit to 30-27 at half. 

After half, it was all NIS.  Using a 27-6 run (which included a 15-0 run) in the middle of the second half, the Lions were effectively taken out of their game. 

Three “And-Ones” highlighted a strong scoring half by NIS – as Ben scored 15 of his 25 points in the second half.

NIS shot the jumper often, and worked a zone defense that was obviously troubling for the Lions offense.  On the other side, the Lions utilized a man defense, which occasionally turned into half court press. 

With four minutes left in the game, Ben provided what will likely be the highlight of the tournament. 

Taking an outlet pass off an intercepted Lion's pass on the far end of the floor, he charged up the court and threw down a thunderous one-handed slam.  Just moments earlier he had nearly hurtled a Lions defender as he leaped toward the hoop from near the free throw line, rolling the ball up to the back board and banking it in. 

The Lions got 21 points from their leading scorer, Simpson, but he was only able to add 3 points in the second half.  Rudolph scored 13 points for the Lions.

Readers' Key on the above story: The tourney officials didn't have last names for the Kenyan team, or first names for the Lions team, so think of them as Pele` (the greatest soccer player of all time) or Socrates or Cher.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apparently Ignatius coach Sean O'Toole did arrive and mentioned that he would return tomorrow -- with or without his team.

Trio of B-W Sports Legends to be 

Honored at Lake County Captain 

"Cleveland Sports History Night"

July 21, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - A trio of Baldwin-Wallace College sports legends will be a part of the festivities this Saturday, July 24 when the Lake County Captains, Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, host "Cleveland Sports History Night" at Classic Park in Eastlake. Pre-game activities begin at 6 p.m. leading up to first pitch at 7 p.m.

Representing Baldwin-Wallace will be recently retired head baseball coach and 1963 graduate Bob Fisher, 1949 grad and four-time track Olympic gold medalist Harrison Dillard , and 1951 grad and B-W Athletic Hall of Famer Ted Theodore.

Fisher, who retired in 2010 after 42 seasons and 700 career wins, will be throwing out Saturday's honorary first pitch. Fisher also threw out a first pitch at Progressive Field on Saturday, June 12 when the Cleveland Indians played host to the Washington Nationals.

Dillard remains the only man to ever win Olympic gold medals in both the sprints and high hurdles. Overall, he won four Olympic gold medals, also taking two in the 4x100 relays in 1948 and 1952. Amongst his many championships and record-breaking performances, Dillard also won four national collegiate titles in the high and low hurdles.

Theodore (left) and Dillard

Theodore helped lead the B-W track & field teams of the late 1940s and early 1950s that was one of the most accomplished in school history. He captained the 1950 squad that won the All-Ohio Collegiate title. Theodore, who remains one of the most well known track figures in the Greater Cleveland area, was inducted into the B-W Alumni Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1975.

Also scheduled to appear on Saturday are past greats from professional and collegiate sports in Cleveland history.

Oberlin/NCAC Mourn the Loss of Joe Gurtis
Joe Gurtis
Bookmark and Share
7/2012010 3:22:57 PM
By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – The Oberlin College athletics family as well as the entire College community would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of former athletic director and coach Joe Gurtis, who passed away on July 15. 

Gurtis, who worked at the College from 1965-1989, served the athletics department in a variety of ways. In addition to working as the athletics director for male sports (1975-1988),  Gurtis coached men’s lacrosse (1975-76), wrestling (1965-72, 1973-1977), track and field (1979-1989) and baseball (1969). 

Before he retired, he was instrumental in helping form the Westlake-based North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) – the conference that Oberlin still competes in to this day. 

Gurtis was a two-year letterwinner in football (1948-49) at the University of North Carolina, playing in both the Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl during his time with the Tarheels. One his teammates was former Cleveland Browns Head Coach Bud Carson. 

Gurtis leaves behind his four children; Walter, Mary Jo, Bill and John as well as several grandchildren. He was 84.

Prepper tankers set to test 

international waters in 

Gilmour pool

July 21, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



HUNTING VALLEY – Gilmour’s, University School’s, Laurel’s and Willoughby South’s swimming teams will begin competition tomorrow in the Gilmour Academy Pool up the street in Gates Mills, as the swimming events commence in the Inaugural World School Games.


“When I heard the World School Games were coming to Cleveland, I realized that this was an opportunity that we could not pass up,” said US coach Brian Perry. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for my swimmers to compete on the international level.”


The Preppers will get a competitive experience that over 90 percent of all high school swimmers here will not.


“Unless, one is an Olympian, a Student/Athlete rarely gets exposure to international competition,” Perry said. “At US, we encourage our students to reach outside of the comfort zone and encourage learning outside of the school walls.”

Coach Perry at a Prepper meet


That includes a cultural experience as well as athletic one.


“Although this competition does not require travel, it does provide our Student/Athletes with a chance to become more globally aware,” Perry said. “What better than an athletic competition to demonstrate to the boys just how similar we are to students from around the world?”


US is the type of school with a philosophy that encourages reciprocation on such an experience for its boys.”


“Hopefully this type of experience will serve as a spring board for our Student/Athletes to spend a semester or spring or summer vacation in a foreign country,” Parry said. “I am excited for the games to begin.