A Page -- July 5, 2010

Kent State's Megan Repas works with the primary age group at Solon HOS

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HandsOnSoccer Camps

July 5, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



SOLON – A good number of the Student/Athletes participating in the weeklong HandsOnSoccer Camp that began today in the Solon Community Park are veterans to the Otto Orf-organized camps, returning for the their second, third or fourth years.


Although coaches had to move around the park to before settling on a spot to coordinate activities so that they could be near the pavilion for water and rest breaks, they were able to get things going and participated with enthusiasm, despite the humidity.

Coach Kerlo demonstrates a carrying move

Running the HOS camp at the Solon site today were John Carroll Student/Athlete David Hickey, Mount Vernon Nazarene Student/Athlete Rachael Coyne, Kent State Student/Athlete Megan Repas, and site director Brock Kerlo.


Listen to interview of Student/Athlete Camper Josh Baskind at Solon HOS conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading 


Josh Baskind of Solon attended the camp in past years, did not return last year, but decided on returning for the 2010 camp because he missed it. Baskind attends Solon Middle School.

Aaron Watkins


Thirteen-year-old Aaron Watkins plays both premier (Cleveland Select) and club (Solon Soccer Club), and is giving the HOS Camps a first stab at it. He had heard about the different things that could be learned from S/As not too far in age from there own in comparison to other camps and decided to hop on the wagon.

Listen to interview of Student/Athlete Camper Aaron Watkins at Solon HOS conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading



Watkins will be in the eighth grade at Solon Middle School.

Amogh Iyer

Amogh Iyer, also a Solon Middle School student, looks up to current college soccer players like Repas, Coyne and Hickey and is hoping HOS can be the springboard to a Student/Athletic college athletic career six years down the road.

Listen to interview of Student/Athlete Camper Amogh Iyer at Solon HOS conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading 


Steven Port

Listen to interview of Student/Athlete Camper Steven Port at Solon HOS conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading 


This is the third consecutive year at an Otto Orf HOS Camp for Solon’s Steven Port. The Solon Middle School Student/Athlete continues to return partly because some of the moves he learned in 2008 and 2009.

Solon Campers practice ball control skills

Watch Solon campers practice dribbling drills coordinated by Coaches Hickey and Coyne by clicking and downloading


Repas, also one of the top students among the Golden Flasher S/A community, will be a sophomore at Kent. She played high school at Avon. Hickey, who played high school soccer at St. Vincent-St. Mary, will be a senior for the Blue Streaks.

David Hickey

Coach Hickey


Coyne just graduated from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and will be a freshman at MVN.

Coach Coyne


Orf played goalie on three championship teams for the Cleveland Crunch here.

Watch Solon primary school age campers play a game coordinated by Coach Repas by clicking and downloading


Look for tomorrow’s A Page for complete coverage of the HOS camp in Cuyahoga Falls complete with text, audio, photos and motion pictures. Also check back to the pages here at S/A-Cleveland next week for coverage at next week’s sites and Jun 22, 29 and 30 A Pages for coverage of past camps.

Getting To Know Bowling Green's Ben Bojicic

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

July 5, 2010

By Jeremy Guy
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Last season, Bojicic played in and started 10 games, helping the Falcons lead the MAC in passing yards per game with 316.2.

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.com

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 we kick off the season with our 2010 MAC Football Preview at Detroit's Ford Field.

Getting To Know...Bowling Green's Ben Bojicic
Ben Bojicic is a junior offensive lineman for the Bowling Green Falcons. Last season, Bojicic played in and started 10 games, helping the Falcons lead the MAC in passing yards per game with 316.2. He was a key member of the BGSU O-Line that allowed just 27 sacks, despite leading the league in total passing attempts. Bojicic, a native of Farmington Hills, Mich., also started all 12 games as a freshman, helping the Falcons ground game average 134 yards per game. Below is a closer look at the Bowling Green offensive lineman.

1. What are your goals for this season? 
My goals are to help my team to have a successful season and to become an All-MAC player.

2. How did you get started playing football? 
It was just something my family did. I followed my brother who played football before I did. 

3. What were you up to this summer? 
I've just been hanging around the house playing video games and taking a summer class. 

4. What is your greatest fear? 
Being alone. 

5. What is the best class you've taken at Bowling Green? 
A summer class called Crime Flicks. It's watching movies related to criminal justice.

6. What's your dream as a college athlete? 
My dream as a college athlete is to make it to the next level once my career is over in college.

7. The artist that takes up most of my iPod... 
It would have to be Lil' Wayne.

8. What is your favorite holiday? 

It is Christmas because my birthday is right before and it's double the gifts.

9. What is your most memorable moment in sports, either as an athlete or as a sports fan? 
The first game I started for my career at Pitt and we beat them. 

10. If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? 

I would walk around and observe people in their natural state without anyone around. 

Field Managers Set for Next Week's Frontier League All Star Game

Sauget, IL – With the Oakland County Cruisers’ 12-6 win over the Southern Illinois Miners on Saturday night, the field managers for the 2010 Frontier League All-Star Game, presented by Peoples National Bank, have been determined.   Gera Alvarez of the Oakland County Cruisers will be leading the East Division while Mike Pinto of the host Southern Illinois Miners will guide the West Division.  

Frontier League rules call for the field managers in first place in the respective divisions following play on July 7 to manage in the All-Star Game.  After this evening, the Oakland County Cruisers hold a four game lead over the Lake Erie Crushers and Traverse City Beach Bums with three games to play while the Southern Illinois Miners have a 13.5 game lead over the River City Rascals.

Gera Alvarez is currently in his first season as a field manager, being promoted to the position on the eve of Opening Day when former field manager Eric Coleman took over as general manager of the Cruisers.  Alvarez served as hitting coach for the Midwest Sliders, as the team was previously known, in 2009, guiding the team to a tie for the third best batting average in the Frontier League and the third most team hits while the Sliders had the fewest team strikeouts.  Oakland County has won 18 of their past 23 games.

Mike Pinto has led the Southern Illinois Miners since their inception for the 2007 season.  Mike is the winningest Frontier League manager for this span, producing a 198-131 record and qualifying for the playoffs as a Wild Card following the 2008 season.  Southern Illinois shattered the previous Frontier League record by winning 20 consecutive games from June 9-28.  Their current .854 winning percentage is the best in professional baseball.  

The 2010 Frontier League All-Star game, presented by Peoples National Bank, will take place at Rent One Park in Marion, Illinois, at 7:05 PM on Wednesday, July 14.  The All-Star Game is the culmination of three days of activities at Rent One Park.  The action begins on July 12 with a concert featuring Craig Morgan and Rodney Atkins.  July 13 features the All-Star luncheon banquet and theHome Run Derby along with a Celebrity Softball Game that evening.  Among the softball participants are former St. Louis Cardinalsand current Fox Sports Midwest commentators Jack Clark and Al Hrabosky, both of whom will also be speaking at the banquet.  Tickets and additional information for all events are available at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

Kenston High Seeking soccer coach

Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls  is looking for a varsity girls soccer coach for this fall.   Anyone interested in the position please contact Athletic Director  Lynn Gothard at 440-543-3046.  The previous coach of 3 years was offered a job opportunity in her field.  If you have any questions before contacting the athletic director please call or e-mail Kim at the address below.
Thank you,
Kim Lepri
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