A Page -- July 27, 2010

An All-Ohioan runner and three 

Academic All-Ohioans give veteran 

Elyria Catholic cross country team 

the right chemistry to take it one step 

further from their 2009 second place 

finish at states

July 27, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



ELYRIA – With four three-year letterman returning to the pack, Elyria Catholic’s cross country team should be solid at the top, but it will have to find that fifth scorer by way of either of the two other returning lettermen or the five incoming freshmen in order to improve one spot upon their 2009 runners-up finish (D-II) at the state meet.


Senior Dan Kuhman, who earned All-Ohio honors last year, leads the team and is joined by fellow seniors and veteran runners Matt Wiehe, Ryan Lynch and P.J. Foreman. Also returning are sophomore Brian Nagy and senior Brian Koziel, one and two-year lettermen, respectively.


The five guys coming into the school eying a varsity spot (there is at least one available with only six runners returning) are Jake Linkous, Myles Ternes, Zach Kuhman, Joe Kieltyka, and Mason Harsar.


“We have an experienced senior group that has had some success at the state level the past few years,” said EC coach Chuck Lynch. “Our goal is to win all our meets and our conference. We have the talent to have more than one All-Ohio runner this year. We have 10 runners who can run varsity on any given day without a drop off in quality.”


The only change in schedule this season is that the Panthers will be going to the Galion Invitational in place of the Boardman Invitational, heeding Horace Greeley’s advice to Go West, Young Man.


“There are a lot of Northwest opponents there which we will eventually see at the regional,” Lynch said.


With a deep team unit, the Panthers are expecting for a high team finish at every big meet in which they are competing.


“We have a deep group that has been working hard on building for state,” said Lynch. “One thing we are focusing on is injury prevention to keep that depth fully intact.”


The team unity goes both ways.


“We are confident we can accomplish our goals; we as coaches believe in their talent and they believe in what we are doing,” said Lynch. “We still need to develop some confidence in our younger runners. We have good team chemistry and need to integrate the freshmen into what we do.”


Last year’s top EC runner, Marty Coolidge, who was the 3,200-meter state champion in June, is now running for the Cyclones at Iowa State. Three other former EC runners are running in the MAC, which indicates that runners in this program are looking beyond state with ideas of moving to the next level once it is time to move to the next level of education.


The Panthers finished in the top two spots at six invitationals in 2009, capped off by the North Coast League championship.


Lynch is a veteran coach, now in his 24th season, and is assisted by EC track coach Tim Kuhman. Four of Lynch’s 23 Panther teams have advanced to state and 16 have advanced to regionals.


As has been consistent with EC cross country teams in past years, this one is also strong academically with three Academic All Ohioans in the fold this year and four others with a 3.0 GPA or better.



July 27, 2010

By Harry Plumer

CRESTWOOD, Ill. — The Lake Erie Crushers fell 2-1 to the Windy City ThunderBolts as Alberto Rolon and Andrew Werner battled in a pitcher’s duel this afternoon in Standard Bank Stadium.


Rolon retired the first eleven Windy City batters of the game before Ryan Basham was able to bloop a single in front of Lake Erie left fielder Wayne Bond for the first ThunderBolt hit of the contest.

Alberto Rolon



The Crushers had opportunities in the early going but could not convert, stranding runners in scoring position against Werner in the second and fifth frames while loading the bases in the sixth but failing to score.


Lake Erie finally broke through against Werner in the top half of the seventh. Julio Rivera picked up an infield single to deep shortstop before Dom Duggan bounced into a fielder’s choice for the second out of the inning. Duggan stole second to put himself in scoring position for Jodam Rivera, who grounded a single past Nick Kuroczko at third base to give the Crushers a 1-0 lead.


Windy City would take the lead in the eighth however, as Pete Paris lined a single to right for the ThunderBolts’ second hit of the day before Ryne White blasted a two-run home run on the first pitch he saw to put the home side ahead 2-1.


Rolon took the loss, pitching seven innings, allowing just the three hits and two runs, walking one and striking out five.


Werner’s complete game was the first nine-inning complete game against Lake Erie this season. He scattered nine hits, striking out two and walking two on his way to his seventh victory.


The Crushers begin a series with the Washington Wild Things at Consol Energy Park Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Josh Roberts (6-1, 1.96) gets the ball for the Crushers and will face RHP Jeff Sonnenberg (2-6, 3.68).




>The Crushers fell to 1-5 in day games with Tuesday’s loss.

>Rolon’s seven innings were a career high for the converted reliever. His previous high was six.

>The Crushers loss meant they were swept for just the second time this season.


Getting To Know Ball State's Michael Switzer

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 20th installment in a series of articles on Student/Athletes from the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference 

July 27, 2010

By Ken Mather
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Switzer has started all 39 games in his Ball State career on the Cardinal offensive line.

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.

Getting To Know...Ball State's Michael Switzer
Michael Switzer is a senior offensive guard for the Ball State Cardinals. Switzer has started all 39 games in his Ball State career on the Cardinal offensive line. As a sophomore, he was a member of the Ball State O-Line which ranked first in the MAC and fourth in the country for fewest sacks allowed. Switzer, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., received Ball State's John Hodge Award as the team's Most Outstanding Freshman in 2007. Below is a closer look at the Ball State OG...

1. What are your goals for this season?
My goals for the season would be to win a Mid-American Conference Championship and be the first ever Ball State football team to win a bowl game.

2. What would you like to be doing in ten years? 
In 10 years, I want to have a family with three kids. I want to be playing football or have a good job.

3. What would your superhero name be? 
My superhero name would be The Anchor.

4. Which three people (dead or alive) would you invite to dinner? 
If I could invite three people to dinner it would be my Grandpa Orr (Bapa), Sofia Vergara and Mike Epps.

5. What was your first job?
My first job was as a busboy at La Peep Restaurant.

6. The artist that takes up most of my iPod...
The artist that takes up the most of my iPod is Lupe Fiasco.

7. What is one movie you could watch over and over again and not get sick of?
If I picked one movie to watch over and over it would be Joe Dirt

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

9. What are your hobbies and off-the-field interests?
Off the field, I like to cook, play video games and be with my family.

10. What is your most memorable moment in sports, either as an athlete or as a sports fan?
My most memorable moment in sports would be my freshman year at Ball State when we beat Navy in double overtime in Annapolis or when we be Western Michigan my sophomore year and all the fans rushed the field as we finished the season 12-0.

Westlake Volleyball Camp Director Kim Lehr gets a camper going

Former Bay coach and Open Door 

Student/Athlete Kim Lehr, former 

Shoregal Kelsey Campana introduce 

overhand serving, spiking skills to 

Westlake volleyball campers

July 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WESTALKE – Thirty-Five area girls are participating in the Westlake Recreation Center Volleyball Camp this week conduction by former Open Door Christian Academy Student/Athletes and former Bay Middle and High School s Coach Kim Lehr.

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On tonight’s agenda were spiking and overhand serving. Lehr was assisted today by former Avon Lake High Student/Athlete, including in volleyball, and now a Student/Athlete at Lorain Community College Kelsey Campana, whose three cousins have been Student/Athletes at Westlake High.

Campers engage in pre-workout stretching

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The girls in the camp were aged 9-12, essentially those in grades four through seven. Most of them have never done an overhand serve before today but did quite well at it considering it was the first time.

Campers practicing serving

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Lehr used analogy to teach the lesson about serving, having the campers act out the motion in pulling back a bow as if they were archers. From there, she demonstrated follow up technique to facilitate increase of percentage of getting the ball over the net.

Watch short video of S/As at Westlake Volleyball Camp getting serving lesson from coach Lehr by clicking and downloading


“Serving is probably the most important part of the game,” said Lehr. “That’s where it starts. If it is not in place there, the rest is not going to go well either. They did a nice job with it today.”

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Someone has the answer for Coach Lehr

After a short water break, the girls move on the spiking lesson. Campana and Lehr started with the art of getting into position with the left, right, left move to provide the juice to get up and power the actually spike.

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Lehr coached for eight seasons while also teaching for the same amount of years before taking a hiatus from both two years ago after having her second child. Her husband has a day job, so running a camp like this in the summer allows her to get back to her passion while having a built-in baby sitter at night.

Campana is studying pre-physical therapy at LCCC while working here at the Westlake Rec Center. She’s getting a head start on it here in the camp with aiding injured players as part of her responsibility.

Coach Campana

Listen to interview of Student/Coach Kelsey Campana at the Westlake Volleyball  Camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Campana came out of a strong Avon Lake volleyball program that has sent several Student/Athletes to college playing situations including two at Div. II Slippery Rock.


Theresa Broderick will be in seventh grade at Lee Burneson Middle School in the fall and is planning on trying out for the volleyball team.

Listen to interview of Student/Athlete Theresa Broderick and then S/A McKenna Keir at the Westlake Volleyball  Camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading 

McKenna Keir attends Dover Elementary and said she might like to be on a team in the future although she has not yet.

Dover Student/Athlete Sylvie Yappel liked this camp so much last year that she came back for another year.

Listen to interview of Student/Athlete Sylvie Yappel followed by S/A Abby Donovan at the Westlake Volleyball  Camp conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading



Abby Donovan already has match experience under her belt, playing on the st. Paul Lutheran School team as a fifth grader last year. She wants to get a head start on her own team's camp.


Tricia King plays tennis and basketball, but when she heard about this camp, she decided to give volleyball a try.

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