A Page -- July 31, 2012

East tops West 19-3, in First East-West Battle of the Inner City Tennis Clinics

By Norm Weber

CLEVELAND (WEST PARK) – In the First Inner City Tennis Clinics East-West Battle held Tuesday at Jefferson Park here on the West Side, the East team emerged victorious, 19-3.

The tournament pitted some of the top players from the two camps for tennis Student/Athletes aged 6-16, the East from the Thurgood Marshall Facility near University Circle and the West from the Jefferson Park location at 130th and Lorain.

The East rolled out to a 6-0 lead with decisive victories in the first six singles matches that were completed. The first four matches were decided by 6-0 scores. Winning were Teon Manzie against Jireh Jackson, Malon Smith against Armani Burton, Octavius Hardy against Joshua Harris and Keona Judge against Ricardo Levesque.

The East completed the 6-0 run when Michele Manning downed Zaria Edwards, 6-3, and Jovontae Williams sneaked by Lian Levesque, 7-5.

Bobby Burlingham gave the West its first point with a 6-3 win over Jojuan Gaines. Then five minutes later Sam Moguel narrowed the team score to 6-2 with a 6-3 win for the West against Princess Anderson.

The East then won five straight matches to take an 11-2 lead. Mekalah Harris won against Taniesha West 6-1, Rhamir Montgomery against Adrian Levesque 6-2, Quincy Golbourne against Trey Boone 8-6, Joshua Eddie against Javon Ford 7-5, and Carter Harris against Braiz Salgado 7-5.

Golbourne and Boone played to 6-6 and forgot to go into tie-breaker mode so then after Golbourne won the seventh point, they decided to just play to an eighth point instead.

Perhaps the best match came next and it brought the West its final team point. Tyler Wilcox scored for the West with a 7-6 win against Lloyd Manzie. Wilcox won in the tie breaker, 7-1.


Courtney Judge was a 7-6 winner over Kyree Burton to make it 12-3.

The East nearly swept doubles play that had to be cut short so that the East could get back into the vehicles and travel back to the Thurgood complex.

Because the two teams had an uneven amount of doubles teams, Tournament Director Brian Smallwood put together one interesting mixed doubles match, pitting Inner City Tennis Classics Summer Intern Kat Evers and East camper Malon Smith against West camper Leonari Espinal and West Instructor Evan Frost.

Kathleen Evers


Evers plays second doubles for Case Western Reserve with Bianca Patel. Frost is a Student/Athlete at St. Ignatius, where he is on the tennis team.

Evers and Smith came out on top, 6-2. Michele Manning and Mekalah Harris won 6-0 against West and Edwards.

Lloyd Manzie and Hardy played Ford and Boone to a 2-2 tie. Anderson and Gaines were 6-1 winners over Armani Burton and Josh Harris.

Winning in shortened doubles matches for the East were Williams and Carter Harris, Teon Manzie and Montgomery, a tandem of the Judges, and Golbourne and Eddie.







Meet The Incoming Yeomen: Volume One

Oberlin, Ohio – 
With the start of camp just days away, Head Football Coach Jeff Ramsey is ready to welcome 17 incoming freshman to his program. In this first installment of Meet Your Incoming Yeomen we take a look at four of the new additions.

Thomas Firl
High School: Grosse Pointe South High School
Hometown: Grosse Pointe, MI
Ht: 6'1"
Wt: 235lbs
Position: Offensive Line
Awards: Senior Year: First-Team All-Conference, Michigan All-East Honorable Mention, Second-Team Detroit News' All Metro East. Junior Year: 2nd Team All-Conference.
Why Oberlin?: “I chose Oberlin because its a great academic school and a degree from Oberlin would be respected wherever I go in life. I choose Oberlin football because it is a historic program with a bright future. I believe Oberlin football will be very successful in near future and will become a force in the Division III world.”

Pete Sinn
High School:  Wayne Trace Jr./Sr. High School in Haviland, OH
Hometown:  Latty, OH
Ht: 6'1”
Wt: 290
Position: Offensive Line
Awards: Valedictorian of WTHS Class of 2012, All-Ohio Academic Football Team, First-Team All-Green Meadows Conference, First Team All-Paulding County, Honorable Mention All-District
Why Oberlin?: “I chose Oberlin College because I wish to play football at the next level while not having to sacrifice academic quality for the opportunity to play. I value the small college setting and enjoy the friendly, community feel of the campus. I feel that Oberlin allows me a unique opportunity to succeed both academically and athletically.”

Gabe Edwards
High School: Seneca Valley
Hometown: Evans City, Pa
Ht: 5' 9"
Wt: 165
Position: Cornerback
Awards: National Honors Society and Second-Team All-Conference
Why Oberlin?: “I chose Oberlin over other colleges because of the great coaching staff and the football programs winning mentality.”

Name: Alex Wagman
High School: Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, Massachusetts)
Hometown: Lutherville, MD
Ht: 6'2"
Wt: 175 lbs
Position: Place Kicker
Awards: Two-varsity letters in football, basketball and lacrosse. Starting kicker as a junior and senior. Kicked 35-yard game-winning field goal in first game ever played in against longtime rival Hotchkiss. Member of the Honor Roll as a junior and senior.
Why Oberlin?: “I chose Oberlin because I wanted to be a part of a close-knit community in which I could make significant contributions both athletically and academically. At Oberlin, I will be given the opportunity to play both football and lacrosse while pursuing my major in Economics. I look forward to being a part of and contributing to the Oberlin Athletic experience.”

Baldwin Wallace Football Team Ranked 19th in 

d3football.com Division III Preseason Poll

BEREA, OHIO --  The Baldwin Wallace University football team hopes to build upon the success it had last season and compete for both an Ohio Athletic Conference title and a berth in the 2012 NCAA Division III National Playoffs. That success also is a large part of the reason the Yellow Jackets are ranked 19th in the d3football.com (www.d3football.com) Division III Preseason National poll.

Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets will be the return of 34 lettermen and 10 fulltime starters, including seven on offense, and both its placekicker and punter. In addition, the team returns two of the most explosive kick return specialists in Division III in junior speedsters Kevin Johnson (Maple Heights/ Cleveland St. Ignatius) and first-team All-OAC pick Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview). A total of 195 student-athletes are expected when preseason camp opens on August 15. Head Coach John Snell enters his 11th season at the helm of his alma mater and has compiled a career record of 64-38 with a .627 winning percentage.

“Our goals never change at BW,” said Snell. “Each year we set out to win championships.  Our first goal is to win the prestigious Ohio Athletic Conference title.  Our feeling is that if we can win the OAC title, we have what it takes to also win the NCAA Division III national title.  History bears out that fact.

“Last season, we had a solid season and made some excellent improvement on both sides of the football and on special teams,” continued Snell, speaking of last fall’s 8-2 overall record and the fact that his team is 15-5 during the past two seasons.  “This season, we return a number of key student-athletes on offense who have the talent and ability to take us to the next level of success. With that said, we also lost some outstanding athletes to graduation off of our defense, and that’s a major concern coming into this season.”

Offensively, the Yellow Jackets will be led by senior quarterbacks Ryan O’Rourke (Avon) and Andrew Dziak (Maple Heights/ Parma Padua), senior running backs Tim Miker (Parma/ Senior) and Tyler Lohr (Kent/ Roosevelt), wide receivers Holt, senior Aaron Manders (Toledo/ Cardinal Stritch) and junior Gabe Adams (Hudson) and senior tackle Clay Wolf (Parma Heights/ Padua) and junior guard Jason Cook (Streetsboro).

O’Rourke will return as the starting QB and Dziak alternates and causes opponents another problem in terms of containment. O’Rourke completed 129-of-221 passes for 1,611 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran the ball 47 times for 113 yards and another score. He has accounted for 3,124 passing yards and 28 TD in his three years in Berea. Dziak completed 7-of-15 passes for 122 yards and two TD and ran for 227 yards in 60 attempts and was second on the team with six rushing TD. He has eight career rushing TD and has thrown for three scores with no interceptions.

Miker, who missed all of last season due to an injury, ran for a team-high 595 yards in 129 attempts with seven TD as a junior and has 1,768 career rushing yards and 17 TD. He also has 21 career pass receptions with a score. With Miker sidelined last season, Lohr burst onto the scene and earned first-team All-OAC honors as he led the team with 924 yards in 190 attempts and seven TD. Also look for sophomores Sebastian Zuluaga (Naples, Fla/ Gulf Coast) and Nolan Sordyl (Gurnee, Ill./ Warren Township) to push for additional playing time. Zuluaga ran for 151 yards in 27 attempts and Sordyl had 50 yards in 14 attempts and four TD.

Holt and Adams tied for the receiving lead a year ago as each caught 23 passes. Holt had 23 grabs for 245 yards and two TD and Adams had 23 for a team-leading 416 yards and an 18.1-yard average per catch. In addition, senior Aaron Manders has 23 catches the past two seasons with three TD, junior Brandon Mehaffey caught seven passes for 54 yards, Kevin Johnson had four grabs for 144 yards (36.0-yard average) and two TD and junior Mike McGervey had two grabs for 34 yards and two TD.

Defensively, B-W lost eight starters to graduation. It will be led by its three returning starters in senior All-OAC tackle Max Wagner (Mentor), junior tackle Addison Carbone (Hudson) and senior cornerback Brandon Russo (Olmsted Falls). In addition, senior end Joe Fitch (Elyria), a starter in 2010, is back.  Up front, Wagner and Carbone will be joined by Fitch, juniors Sam Gordon (Broadview Hts./ University School) and Aaron Payne (East Canton) and sophomores Ethan Beastrom (Lakewood/ Lutheran West) and Luke Riemenschneider (Rocky River). Wagner made 40 tackles, had 8.5 tackles for lost yardage and 5.5 quarterback sacks a year ago despite missing one game with an injury. Carbone had 26 tackles, including 3.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. Fitch had 11 stops and two for lost yardage.

For decades, BW has been known for its outstanding linebackers. This year, all three starting jobs are open as its top four linebackers from a year ago graduated. This fall, look for seniors Brian Ellis (Fort Mitchell, Ky./ Dayton) and Ben Penman (Warren/ Harding), juniors Nick Milano (North Royalton/ Padua), Jon Hofer (Akron/ Springfield), Matt Togler (Orrville/ Dalton), Mike Stacchiotti (Girard), Spyro Spondyl (North Canton/ GlenOak), Corey Meeks (Eastlake/ Willoughby South) and Dave Flegel (Akron/ Revere) to get the first shots to start during preseason camp, but also expect a number of sophomores and freshmen to push for playing time.  Ellis played in nine games in 2009 and had seven tackles and saw action in all 10 games last season and had 17 tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a QB sack. Penman saw some playing time in last year’s opener before being injured and missing the rest of the season. Also, Stacchiotti had 17 tackles, Milano had 14 tackles, Spondyl five, Flegel four, Meeks, three, Hofer two and Torgler one.

In the secondary, Russo is the only returning starter but Tom Goebel (Parma/ Padua), Johnson, Kory Gillissie (Parma/ St. Ignatius), Zach Barley (Hudson) and Jake Brandy (Hudson) all return with some varsity experience. Russo returns after making 19 tackles with an interception and four other pass breakups. Johnson had 18 tackles, an interception and four breakups. In addition, Barley had 18 stops, Gillissie had 15 tackles, Goebel 12 and Brandy one.

On special teams, Snell can rely on both Johnson and Holt to scare his opponents on kickoffs. The duo have combined for four kick return TD (Holt three and Johnson one) the past two years, and Gillissie ran a punt back for a score a year ago.  In addition to Gillissie on punt returns, Snell returns LaGuardia, who also has the talent and speed to hurt an opponent.

BW opens its season on September 8 versus Bluffton University on Family and Community Night in Berea. The Yellow Jackets open OAC play on Sept. 15 versus Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University in the battle for the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl trophy in University Heights at 6:00 p.m.  Both games will be televised by SportsTime Ohio (www.sportstimeohio.com).

Crushers ready for Riverhawks tonight

Written and Researched by Evan Meyer – Sports Vault


FIRST ‘UPS’-When his team would go into overtime,former Cleveland Browns head coach Marty Schottenheimer said “We’ve been here before” The Lake Erie Crushers could say the same thing in their game Monday night against the Washington Wild Things.A 1-1 tie going into the ninth inning marked the sixth time in the last seven games the Red,Black and White would have a game decided by one run.In the end the home side pushed a run across for a 2-1 win ending a two-game losing streak at All Pro Freight Stadium


With the victory,the Men of Crush evened their record on this nine-game homestand ar 3-3 while staying close to the top two teams in the Eastern Division just two games out of the second playoff spot.Tonight they take a break from the East battles for a series against the Western Division’s Rockford Riverhawks.In game one,RHP ERIC GONZALEZ-DIAZ takes to the middle of the diamond in search of his sixth win of the season (5-6) while the Hawks counter with former Cleveland Indians farmhand RHP DREW RUCINSKI who is also looking for win number six in 2012 (5-1)







Vs East

Vs West

















CRUSHERS-ROCKFORD LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the fourth of six regular-season meetings between the two clubs…The Crushers won two of three from May 25-27 at Riverhawks Stadium…This is Rockford’s lone visit to Avon in 2012…The Crushers won the season series in 2011 9-3 and have a 20-6 lifetime record









May 25


LEC 8 – RCK 2




May 26


RCK 8 – LEC 1




May 27


LEC 12 – RCK 10





LAST NIGHT-The Crushers salvaged the final game of their three-game series with the Washington Wild Things 2-1 with a run in the bottom of the ninth.Lake Erie opened the scoring in the bottom of the first thanks to a double by CF ADRIAN ORTIZ,who moved to third on a wild pitch then came home on a ground out by 2B J.P. FIGUEROA.It marked the third consecutive game the Crushers scored first.The visitors from Western Pennsylvania tied the score in the top of the third.The game stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when FIGUEROA led off the inning with a walk.1B JASON TAYLOR singled moving Figueroa to third with Taylor taking second on the throw,DH RUSSELL MOLDENHAUER was walked to load the bases which set up SS ANDREW DAVIS game-winning single.RHP JONATHAN KOUNTIS had two scoreless innings to get the victory


WHERE THE CRUSHERS ARE IN 2012:Lake Erie is in third place in the Eastern Division with a 36-30 record…11-8 in the second half…They are six games behind division leading Traverse City and two games behind second place Southern Illinois… are 29-16 in their last 45 games after being seven games below .500 (7-14) the lowest record so far this season and have won 24 of their last 33 games going 17-6 in their last 23 games at All Pro Freight Stadium…The win Thursday night over the Road Warriors put them seven games over .500 for the second time this season


A RARITY IN THE FIELD-The Crushers come pulled off their second triple play in team history last night in the third inning with the bases loaded turned by 3B ANDREW DAVIS,2B J.P. FIGUEROA,& 1B JASON TAYLOR the other triple play came on May 27,2010 vs Oakland County at APFS a 6-3


HOME SWEET HOME-The Crushers are in the midst of a nine-game homestand.This is the fourth time they have had a stand this long which ties for the longest in team history.Below are the previous and three and the results


Opponents & Record

June 12-20,2009

Washington,Traverse City,Midwest       6-3

July    3-12,2009

Florence,Gateway,River City                 3-6

June 26-July 4,2009

Oakland County,Florence,Evansville     4-5

July 27-August 2,2012

Road Warriors,Washington,Rockford     3-3


THAT STRETCH WOULD FRAY ANYONES NERVES-The Crushers had played five consecutive one-run games (July 23-28), a team record breaking the mark of four set on two occasions August 31-Sepotember 3,2010 and June 2-5,2011


WINNING THE WHITE KNUCKLERS-So far this season the Crushers have an 11-12 mark on one-run games following last night’s 2-1 win over the Wild Things


A 2012 VERSION OF THE ‘KARDIAC KIDS’?-This past week the Crushers have mastered the art of the comeback starting with Tuesday in Florence rallying from  6-1 down to score six and take the lead then win in the 12th 8-7.Thursday in game one against the Road Warriors twice coming back from three-run deficits to win in the bottom of the seventh 5-4.In game two down 5-0 getting two in the bottom of the seventh but came up one run short then Friday night from 4-0 to win 5-4 with a pair in the bottom of the ninth.Saturday they closed to within 5-4 but the Wild Things held on for the win.Then last night Davis’ 2-1


A PLEATHRA OF WALKOFFS-Coming into the series with the Road Warriors the Crushers had just one walk-of win in 2012 that coming on June 1st against Windy City when BRANDON DECKER was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded allowing ANDREW DAVIS to score and give the home team a 7-6 win in 12 innings (their first home win of the season)…Now in a span of six games they have three more walk-offs including last night





RHP ERIC GONZALEZ DIAZ (4-5 4.87 ERA)…Eric is making his fourteenth start of 2012 and his 20th  lifetime as a Crusher

HIS LAST APPEARANCE came Saturday night in relief against Washington at APFS pitching a scoreless innings with a strikeout (his first relief appearance as a Crusher)

HIS LAST START came Wednesday night in the nightcap of the doubleheader with the Road Warriors suffering a 5-4 loss (2.2IP-7H-5R-5ER-4BB-3SO)

AGAINST ROCKFORD This is Eric’s first start and appearance lifetime against the Riverhawks