A Page -- June 1, 2010

Lutheran West 

Senior Ben 

Lehrke to Play 

Golf at Mount 


June 1, 2010

By Lenny Reich
(ALLIANCE)—Lutheran West High School senior Ben Lehrke has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the men’s golf team.

Lehrke is a four-year letterwinner for coach Karen Wittrock who was a Medalist at five different events this year including the PAC-10 Patriot Conference Tournament and the Divisional II Sectional Tournament.  Lehrke has won two conference tournaments, two sectional tournaments, played in 45 junior state and regional events and holds a USGA handicap of 1.9.

Mount Union, NCAA Division III school that competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference and the Purple Raiders have finished second in the conference each of the last two years after winning the 2007 and 2008 OAC championship.  In 2008, the Raiders placed 12th in the nation at the NCAA Championship.

Lehrke plans to study business and is the son of Dale and Sara Lehrke of North Ridgeville.

Wadsworth High 

School Senior Kristen O'Brien to 

Play Basketball at Mount Union

June 1

By Lenny Reich
(ALLIANCE)—Wadsworth High School senior Kristen O'Brien has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the women’s basketball team.

O'Brien, a 5-10 forward, was a three-year letterwinner who was the MVP of the Medina County All-Star Game for coach Andrew Booth at Wadsworth High School.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution, is coming off one of its most successful seasons in school history as the Purple Raiders went 25-5, won the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament, advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament and finished ranked No. 13 in the nation. Head coach Suzy Venet enters her sixth season on the bench in 2010-11 and was the WBCA Regional Coach of the Year this past season.

O'Brien is an undeclared major and is the daughter of Jim O'Brien and Andrea Grandetti of Wadsworth, Ohio.


Crushers “stymie” Rascals in 

comeback win, extending season 

winning streak to two games, and to 

four against River City dating 

back to 2009 championship final

June 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON – The River City Rascals were denied a chance to come into town and avenge the fifth-game Championship Series loss to the Lake Erie Crushers from last September in St. Louis as the Our Gang of Avon extended their winning streak to two games with a 5-4 win tonight here in All-Pro Freight Stadium in front of 2,149 fans.

Maz, the Crusher Manager and Canton Central Catholic alum\

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Crusher starting pitcher Mike Raymond threw a prefect game through three innings, but then the Rascals "spanked" out four hits, enough to put up two runs and take a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

That lead was as short-lived as Bill Cosby’s youth-comedy-series censoring days.

Lake Erie got the first one back in the bottom of the inning when Kent State alumnus Andrew Davis pulled a shot over the right field wall to start off the inning.

Andrew Davis

Kent State product Andrew Davis

All Pro Freight led the Frontier League in ground-rule doubles last year, but the Crushers and their first two home opponents this season went through six games without a single one.

Travis Vetters erased that streak by bouncing one over the left field wall. After Shaker Heights High product Ardie McWilliams walked, Vetters scored to tie the game on a pick-off attempt at first that resulted in an errant throw.

Arden McWilliams

Shaker's McWilliams

McWilliams then scored the go-ahead run on a single by Wayne Bond, who went to second on the throw.

The hit parade and heads-up running meet continued when Bond scored from second on a Jodam Rivera single, making it 4-2 Crushers through four.

Crushers Open Series with 5-4 Win


River City got one back in the fifth, but the Crushers kept poised, allowing no more and forcing the Rascals to leave the bases loaded to end the upper half of the inning.

The Crushers were not as lucky/skillful in the sixth after Esmelvin Jimenez took over on the mound for Raymond. The Rascals loaded the bases with one out on an error. They were able to get it to two out with three on, but an RBI single by Doug Sanders tied it.

They nearly went ahead again, but while trying to score from second on Sanders’ hit, Chris McClendon missed home plate on his slide and catcher Joel Collins alertly tagged him to end the inning. Raymond threw 80 pitches, 49 of them strikes, in five innings of work.

The Crushers took back the lead in the bottom of the inning when McWilliams led it off with a double and scored his second run of the game on Rivera’s third hit of the game. The alert running kept up in this inning as Rivera went to second on the throw home.

Rivera doused a brief Rascal rally in the seventh by snagging a line drive at short and doubling off the runner napping left of first.

Jesse Orosco, Jr. took the hill for the good guys in the top of the eighth, retiring the Rascals 1-2-3 in the inning.

Closer Alberto Rolon came in in the ninth to get the save. Jimenez  was credited with the win.















Over 100 East Side Student/Athletes 

in individual and relay events head to 

Div. I state track meet Friday

June 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



YOUNGSTOWN -- Warren Harding won the boys’ division and Akron Buchtel won the girls in regional track as 72 individual Student/Athletes and 24 relay teams from the East Side will be going to Columbus for the state track meet beginning Friday.


Wadsworth took second, Glenville third, Solon fourth and Massillon fifth in the boys’ division. Hoover, Euclid, Solon and GlenOak followed Buchtel in the girls’ division.


Buchtel will send JiEasha Thomas in the 100 hurdles, an 800 relay team, and sprinter Kachay Hullum.


Kandace Thomas, the 100 and 200-dash regional champ, will lead GlenOak, which also will send an 800 relay team and the regional champion 400 team.


Hoover’s girls have a 3,200 relay team, 100 regional hurdles champ Becca Maj, half miler Allison Peare, high jump champ Maddie Morrow.


Caroline Sauers won the two-mile regional title for Hudson.


Wadsworth will also have a two miler going in Paige Szabat, as well as thrower Hannah Gospodinsky. The Grizzlies will also send two pole vaulters in Madeline Cargill and Danielle Lance.


Pole vault champ Jennifer Foster will represent Cloverleaf. Runner up Morgan Estes will do the same for Green.


Shanequa Williams will go for Kenmore in the 100, 200 and 400.


Euclid was the relay queen with 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams going downstate, along with Kayla Whitlow and Emily Sweet in the mile,


Long jump champ Katrina Rettburg and Miler Emily Fisher will lead McKinley, which also has 400 and 1,600 relays team going.


Therese Haiss in the mile leads Solon. The Comets also have 400 and 3,200 relay teams, hurdler Paige Yaeger, and long jumpers Alex Paskell and Larissa Sylver


Cleveland Heights has a mile relay team going to state.


Brecksville has sprinter Veronica Thompson, and thrower Beckie Famurewa.


Hurdler Emily Kazarinoff and high jumper Brittani Reid will represent Twinsburg at state.


Hanna Theis will go for Chardon in the 3,200 open.


Maple has sprinter Andrea Arnold and thrower Aliyah Cotton.


Jessica Baker will go in the high jump for Aurora.


West G. has an 800 relay team, 300 regional hurdle champ Kori Chapic, half miler Aly Platek, and high jumper Chantel Richardson.


The Red Raiders will have half miler Amber Davis and their 3,200 relay team.


Nina Grambling will go for Massillon in the 100 and 200 dashes.


Jackson has hurdler Courtney Armsey


Regional 800 champ Katie Betts will represent Stow.


Mentor’s boys are led by its 3,200 relay team and thrower Andy Stevenson,


Glenville has Shane Wynn in the 100 dash, an 800 relay team, a 400 relay team, former St. Edward sprinter Latwan Anderson, half miler Quincy Downing, and the mile relay team.


Twinsburg’s boys’ outfit matches its girls’ entry with Waquiem Comar in the 110 hurdles. It also has an 800 team, and two miler Brent Hunter and its mile relay team.


The Red Raider boys have double regional hurdle champ Elijha Owens.


Aurora has a 3,200 relay team going.


West G, has Joey Drockton in the pole vault.


Jamil Dudley and Devin Smith went 1-2 in the high jump for Massillon. Smith won the long jump at the regional. The Tigers will also send thrower Jeff Myers and its 800 relay team.. 


Hurdler Lepear Smith will represent Perry, as will regional pole vault champ Charlie Steiner.


The Comets have Conner Paez, Rob McNair, thrower AJ Hicks, high jumper Caden Johnson


GlenOak has a 3,200 team and miler Christian Jones.


The Grizzlies will be led by their regional champion 3,200 relay team, miler Jacob Sussman, hurdler Anthony Schrock, 800 champ Jake Hiltner, the mile relay team,


Hoover has Alec Hernandez in the two-mile, high jumper Aaron Morrow and a mile relay team.


Middle distance runner Wade Coffin and pole vaulter Cory Biro will go for Willoughby South.


Maple has Joivally Turner going in the mile.


Bedford will send a 400 relay team.


Brush has sprinter Ryan Byrne.


John Spooney will represent Nordonia in the 100 dash,


Timken will send sprinter Josh Watts


Nick Fresenko and Curtis Hanle went 1-2 in the two-mile for Louisville.


Duane Mitchell qualified in the long jump for Stow as did Martel Durant for Copley.