A Page -- July 22, 2010

Goalie by committee at Iggy soccer camp

St. Ignatius two-month long series of 

summer camps comes to an end 

tomorrow; Student/Athlete campers 

do capture the flag, heading cycle, 

movie watching today

July 22, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (OHIO CITY) – St. Ignatius High School is wrapping up its eight weeks of youth soccer camps with its grade 5-8 camp here on Wasmer Field on the school’s campus this week.

Today was the second-to-last day for all the Student/Coaches who have spent a great deal of time in these camps the past eight weeks that were spread out all over the Greater Cleveland area for six weeks and the culminating with the final two weeks here, grades K-4 last week and the older kickers this week.

Watch short video of Coach McLaughlin tell the youth group why his Student/Coaches bring the total package to the St. Ignatius soccer camp by clicking and downloading


Helping out former national coach of the year, Mike McLaughlin, this week was his usual cast of current Wildcat Student/Athletes and former Cats now playing college soccer along with the co-ed component aided by female Holy Name High and college Student/Athletes. In addition, Mark Blades, who played on the national championship team here in 2005 and just finished an Athletic/Academic career at Northwestern was also here today along with Magnificat’s Brigid Murrray.

Coach McLaughlin gets campers ready for the day

Today’s camp began with the usual “brag time,” in which anyone can volunteer anything he thought he did well or improved upon the previous day from the lessons learned earlier in the week. Then Coach McLaughlin discussed the four key components to being a good soccer player – faith, academics, athletics and community service.

Watch short video of Coach McLaughlin tell the youth S/A group about community service at the St. Ignatius soccer camp by clicking and downloading


The activities began with six separate games of “capture the flag” spread all over the field. In this game two teams are lined up facing each other and one starts out by trying to the ball past the other team’s line. However, if a player is tagged by an opponent, s/he is not permitted to kick the ball and must retreat to a goalie’s cage, which serves as “Jail.” A player can get out of jail if a teammate tags him and then can re-enter to help kick the ball to the other side.

Capturing the flag pits the yellow bibs against the blue bibs

Watch short video of action in “capture the flag” game at the St. Ignatius soccer camp by clicking and downloading


Once the ball gets to the other side, the team can cross over and capture the flag, which translates into a point and a restart.

Foot skill training

Watch short video of S/A campers in personal juggling drill at the St. Ignatius soccer camp by clicking and downloading


After some foot skills training, they went into a routine known as the “heading cycle” in which three players line up in a single file line and proceed to head the ball to one another first going long and then short and then short and long. Each of the three change positions through the cycle and the key is to get through all the positions with, of course, the ball never hitting the ground, completing the cycle successfully.

Watch short video of action in “Head cycle” drill at the St. Ignatius soccer camp by clicking and downloading


Players come in at different levels – some just starting to learn the game, others having been in for a few years and wanting to improve their game and still others who are already on the national tract for ODP and other rating services.

Danny Ruple

Among those upper tier participants are Berea’s Danny Ruple, Medina’s Steve Milhoan, North Royalton’s Nate Peterjohn, Medina’s Will Turrittin and Olmsted Falls’ Hunter Gordon.

Listen to interview of Berea’s Danny Ruple at the Iggy soccer camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Ruple plays for NEO among other outfits and has been known to play in 200 matches in a calendar year and score an equal number of goals.


Listen to interview of Medina’s Will Turrittin at the Iggy soccer camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Milhoan, Peterjohn and Turrittin are premier teammates on Challenger. The three musketeers do camps as well as travel together. They have played soccer together in about two dozen different states and believe the better competition is to be found outside the Cleveland area.


Listen to interview of Medina’s Steve Milhoan at the Iggy soccer camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Listen to interview of North Royalton’s Nate Peterjohn at the Iggy soccer camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Gordon plays for George Nanchoff’s Internationals, and, as the other four, not only is in the St. Ignatius camp for this third consecutive year but also has ideas of playing here. All five know that they must pass academic standards as well as have their soccer skills up to snuff by the time that comes to have a chance of playing here.


Listen to interview of O. Falls’ Hunter Gordon at the Iggy soccer camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading



A defenseman, Blades just finished an 11-4-5 season with his college Wildcats, tallying four assists in 20 matches, all starts. Blades is the only soccer player in the history of Northwestern to be named a two-time All-American. His four assists last year ranked him second on the team.

Listen to interview of college S/A Wildcat and high school S/A Wildcat Mark Blades at the Iggy soccer camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Blades was also a unanimous first team All-Big Ten pick and league’s co-Defensive Player of the year. Many of the players here would like to play high school and then college soccer and pay close attention to his lead, was well as the others who have continued to move on to the next level. Blades began coming to the St. Ignatius camps in fifth grade and has now made a full cycle. He had a tryout with Chicago of the MLS and is in the midst of transitioning to an entry level pro club in the Netherlands.

The Wildcats made the NCAA tournament each of Blades’ four seasons with the team. He graduated with a degree in psychology and is also planning to pursue graduate studies and a possible career in sports psychology. He was all Big Ten four times and was also a freshman All American to go with his two regular All American Awards.


Listen to interview of Magnificat’s Brigid Murray at the Iggy soccer camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Murray’s older brothers went through St. Ignatius and she has also been attending Iggy matches here since elementary school. It was natural for her to help spice up the co-ed part of the program.

Murray has goals of playing college soccer but has no preference at this point.



EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                          

July 22, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowoski

WESTLAKE -- BRET BILLHARDT has been named Assistant to the Executive Director of the North Coast Athletic Conference

Billhardt comes to the NCAC after spending the past two years as Assistant Sports Information Director at Washington & Jefferson College. While at W&J, he compiled statistics, designed publications, updated the Presidents' website and was a media contact for the schools' 26 varsity sports. He also served as W&J's NCAA representative during five different teams' national tournament appearances.

"I am pleased to have found such a high-quality individual from an outstanding pool of applicants," said Acting Executive Director Keri Alexander Luchowski. "Bret brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to our operation, and we look forward to him joining our staff."

Billhardt will serve the NCAC in the newly created, 10-month position of Assistant to the Executive Director. He will assist with media relations, website maintenance and publications, as well as a wide range of conference administrative duties. He assumes his duties on August 2, 2010.


A 2008 graduate of Otterbein College, Billhardt worked three years as a student assistant in the Cardinals' Sports Information Office. As an undergraduate, he interned with the Perry (OH) Recreation Department, and recently he served as the official scorerfor the Washington (PA) Wild Things Independent League team.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference consists of nine academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny CollegeDenison UniversityHiram CollegeKenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash CollegeWittenberg University and the College of Wooster along with affiliate member Earlham College (field hockey). DePauw University will join the North Coast beginning with the 2011-12 academic year. The NCAC sponsors 23 cha
mpionship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

Oberlin Volleyball Team Honored for Academics by the AVCA

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By Mike Mancini

Lexington, Ky. – The Oberlin College volleyball team earned the American Volley Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, the organization announced on Tuesday. 

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

Oberlin was one of 75 Division III teams to be honored and was part of a record-setting year that saw a total of 450 teams being bestowed the prestigious recognition. 

“I am proud of this honor as it shows how hard our team works in the classroom as well as on the court,” Head Coach Carey Cavanaugh said. 

The Yewomen are coming off an impressive 2009 campaign in which they set the school’s wins record by going 15-16. 

Oberlin kickoff its 2010 season on September 1 when it plays host to Ursuline College at 4 p.m.

Crushers eye snapping four-game losing 


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 are probably saying the famous words from Slim Pickens in the Mel Brooks movie ‘Blazing Saddles’ early in the movie Pickens said ‘What in the Wide Wide World of Sports is going on here!” After taking two of three from the Windy City Thunderbotls to start this nine-game homestand,the Men of Crush were swept for the first time this season at the hands of the Traverse City Beach Bums.


The visitors completed the first ever opponents sweep at All Pro Freight Stadium (and just the third against in team history) Wednesday afternoon with a 7-5 win as they built their lead thanks to a grand slam homer from Jason Codiroli. The Crushers chipped away at the deficit the entire game getting to within two runs in the bottom of the ninth and had a runner on base before the rally ended.


The Red,Black,and White have lost four straight games matching their longest skid of the season and it does not get any easier to finish the homestand as the Eastern Division leading Oakland County Cruisers come into Avon winning five of their last six games.The series begins with Righthander Alberto Rolon getting the start in place of the injured Travis Risser.The visitors from suburban Detroit counter with one of their best Kevin Asselin who is looking for his sixth win f the season

CRUSHERS-OAKLAND COUNTY LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the seventh of 12 regular season meetings between the two teams.The Cruisers have taken two of three when in their first two series 2-3,3-2,1-0 on May 25-27 & 3-1,5-2,0-2 on June 26-28)…They will meet again on August 6-8 at the Intersection of Interstate 90 and Ohio Route 611 …This series was supposed to be played in suburban Detroit but the Cruisers could not secure a home field…LAST SEASON as the Midwest Sliders,the Crushers won the season series 10-4 (going 7-2 in Avon

Alberto Rolon




RHP ALBERTO ROLON (2-0 3.14 ERA)….Alberto will be making his first start and 23rd appearance of the season…HIS LAST APPEARANCE came Sunday afternoon against Windy City pitching two innings (2IP-0H-0R-0ER-0BB-3SO)…Alberto is getting the start as All-Star RHP Travis Risser is on the seven-day disabled list…LAST SEASON Rolon made seven starts for the Crushers…AGAINST OAKLAND COUNTY this will be Alberto’s third appearance and first start against the Cruisers this season.He is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA (2.2IP-4H-2R-2ER-2BB-03SO)…Has allowed just two ER over his last seven appearances (14 IP)…Went 3.1 innings (his longest of the season) 6-18 picking up the win in the 12-inning victory over TC making him 6-0 in his Crushers career…picked up the Crushers first save of the season in the 8-5 win season opening win pitching a perfect ninth inning vs TC..spent last season with the Crushers splitting time between the bullpen and the starting rotation going 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA (15GP-7ST-53IP-47H-21R-20ER-20BB-28SO)…Was 2-0 in the post season with a 1.32 ERA both wins coming against Kalamazoo in the East Division Playoffs…Native of Yuba City,California…Attended Sonoma State University (CA) missed 2007 & 2008 due to injury…was named by Baseball America as one of the top prospects in 2010

Getting To Know Buffalo's Justin 


Justin Winters is a senior linebacker for the Buffalo Bulls. 

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 17th installment in a series of articles on Student/Athletes from the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference 

July 22, 2010

By Ken Mathe
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. Winters started 11 games last year and ranked third on the Bulls with 79 tackles.
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.com2010 Football Summer \\

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.

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Getting To Know...Buffalo's Justin Winters
Justin Winters is a senior linebacker for the Buffalo Bulls. Winters started 11 games last year and ranked third on the Bulls with 79 tackles. He also added seven tackles for loss, four and half sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. Winters was a third-team All-Mid-American Conference selection in 2008 as he registered a team-high 125 tackles. Winters is a native of Greenbelt, Md. and enters his senior season with 208 career stops. Below is a closer look at the Buffalo linebacker...


1. What are your goals for this season?
Winning the MAC, being named All-MAC and being a leader on the field.

2. What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is that we come up short and not win the championship.

3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be either an NFL player or a preacher.

4. What is the best class you've taken at UB?
Hip Hop. We talk about the problems in our community and how we can fix them.

5. What are your pregame rituals?
I put the eye black on and get into warrior mode.

6. What was your first job?
I worked at a go-cart track. I would put the carts up on the racks and sometimes I would have to get on people and kick them off the track.

7. You are on a road trip and stop at a gas station, what snacks do you buy?
Gummy worms and Arizona iced tea.

8. What actor would play you in the movie of your life?
It would have to someone funny, like Chris Tucker or Chris Rock.

9. What reality TV show would you most like to be on?
The Real World

10. What is your favorite holiday?

Oberlin's Schubert Wraps Up Successful Season in Richmond
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – Former Oberlin College great Chris Schubert recently completed an outstanding season for the Richmond Raiders of the American Indoor Football League (AIFL). 

Schubert, who is an Oberlin native and holds multiple school records, was the top pass-catcher for the Raiders in 2010. He led the team in nearly every statistical category including receptions (73), yards (805) and touchdowns (21).

The speedster started all 14 games on the season; however, Richmond missed the AIFL playoffs – finishing 6-8 on the year. 

Schubert averaged 57.5 yards per game and 5.21 receptions per game. He accounted for 132 total points on the season. 

"I had a great experience down in Richmond from the ownership to the coaching staff, everyone was great to work with," Schubert said. "I met a lot of good people while playing a high level of football. Hopefully things will work out so I can return to the team next season."

This offseason, Schubert is continuing to workout while exploring options in the Canadian Football League as well as the possibility of returning to the Raiders in 2011.

Other Arena Updates ... 
It is believed that Chris Pisani missed the majority of the season for the Chicago Slaughter due to injury.
Greg Mangan was released by the Kent Predators.


July 22

AVON — The Lake Erie Crushers and Oakland County Cruisers were suspended after four innings of play tonight in All Pro Freight Stadium. The Cruisers were leading 2-0 after four when umpires called the game due to increasingly heavy rains.

The game will resume tomorrow at 5:05 and be followed by a seven inning contest to begin 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game. Tickets for Thursday’s game can be redeemed for any game for the remainder of the season.