A Page -- June 10, 2010

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District qualifier James Oliver, 

current medical student Amar Shah 

receive top Student/Athlete awards 

for St. Ignatius tennis

June 10, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



CLEVELAND – Junior James Oliver and Senior Amar Shah earned the top Student/Athletic tennis awards at the annual St. Ignatius spring sports banquet this week, while a half dozen others were also honored.


The No. 1 singles player, Oliver, a two time district qualifier in singles, was named the team MVP, while Shah received the Golden Racquet Award, which is equivalent to Academic All District (a team that had to be suspended for one year because not enough area coaches believed that their S/As’ academic achievements are as important as their athletic accomplishments).


Shah is already enrolled in medical school and taking classes in Akron, in a special combined six-year pre-med/medical program.


Also in the combined Academic/Athletic arena, the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Silver Racquet Award (Equivalent to 2nd Team All Academic) went to David Eapen and Mike Nichols.


Nichols also grabbed two other awards, one as the Most Improved Player and a third for having the best record as a doubles player (17-9).



Oliver also received two other awards, the third year letter/co-captain award and best singles record (27-8) award.


Shah and Nichols, the first doubles team, received second-year varsity letters, as did second-year doubles player Mark Goergy, a junior. 


Senior Tom Mascia, a senior, joined Oliver as the only two third-year letter/co-captain winners, and also received the Sportsmanship Award.


Freshman Sean Frebes, sophomore Chad Burton, and juniors Bill Brady and Eapen received first-year varsity letters. Eapen also received the Coaches’ Award, which goes to the top varsity non-starter.


June 10, 2010

By Harry Plummer

O'FALLON, Mo. - The Lake Erie Crushers concluded a six-game roadtrip by being shutout 11-0 at the hands of the River City Rascalson Thursday night.

For the first time in the series the Rascals opened the scoring, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Stephen Holdren drove in the first run of the game with a first pitch one-out single. The second run crossed when a balk was called on Crusherstarter Phil Rummel. The Rascals added two more runs in the third inning, two in the fourth, and three in the fifth to go up 9-0. Rummel tossed 4.1 innings and allowed nine runs, eight of which were earned. 

River City starter Josh Lowey carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Jodam Rivera broke it up with a one out double down the right field line. The Rascals stretched the lead to 11-0 with two runs in the eighth.

The Crushers will open a six game homestand at All Pro Freight Stadium tomorrow evening as the Gateway Grizzlies come calling. RHPMatt Smith (2-1, 4.15) will make his third start while Gateway counters with RHP Mark Brackman.


Ø  Arden McWilliams recorded his second outfield assist of the season, throwing out Stephen Holdren at the plate to end the first inning

Ø  Michael Raymond struck out the side in order during the bottom of the sixth, the first time this season it has been done by the Crushers; Raymond was appearing in relief for the second time this season

Ø  Jeff Cinadr retired all five batters that he faced in the seventh and eighth innings

Ø  Lake Erie drew five walks in the contest





June 10, 2010

Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND - Case Western Reserve University wrestler Jacob Kornblatt (Madison, WI), who graduated with a dual degree in sociology and Spanish last month, has been named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, COSIDA and ESPN announced today. 

The announcement was made on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) website this week. 


Kornblatt, who boosted a perfect 4.0 GPA as an undergraduate, wrestled at 174-pounds.  He was the co-recipient of the Patricia B. Kilpatrick Award, given to the four-year varsity participant with the highest GPA. The three-time UAA All-Academic honoree will be a Teach For America corps member for the next two years, teaching in a bilingual elementary school.  He then plans to obtain a master's degree in public policy.

"With him, the wrestling part was more important than the academics," said Head Coach Bob Del Rosa.  "He really wanted to excel on the mat, but I know he is also very proud of the fact he is a very good student-athlete.  He works hard - it's a great honor for him."

Vermilion Baseball Coach Jeff Keck Joins Yeomen Football Staff
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – Oberlin College Head Football Coach Jeff Ramsey has announced the addition of Jeff Keck to his staff as linebackers coach for the upcoming season. 

Keck, who has been involved in coaching football for over 30 years, has been a familiar face on the gridiron and the baseball diamonds of Lorain County for the last three decades.

Keck’s high school coaching career is impeccable as he beings a great defensive mind to the Oberlin staff. He has served as the defensive coordinator a nearby Vermillion High School since 1995. Prior to that he worked the sidelines at Firelands, Elyria and Hillsdale High Schools for numerous years. 

In additional to his football coaching duties, Keck has been the head baseball coach at Vermillion since 2002, leading the Sailors to a West Shore Conference title and a school record 23 wins this spring. 

“Jeff brings great experience and passion for coaching to our program,” Ramsey said. “We are excited about having him on board and know he will be a valuable asset to our team.”

Keck’s football coaching career began in 1980 as a student assistant coach at Ashland University. After assisting with the Eagles for two seasons, he earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ashland in 1982. 

Keck, who is employed by the Lorain County Vocational School as a Career Based Intervention Coordinator, resides in Vermillion with his wife Tessa. Together they have a son, Brad (27), and a daughter, Katelyn (22).



June 10, 2010

By Harry Plummmer

AVON - The Lake Erie Crushers open a six-game homestand full of exciting promotions on Friday, June 11 at All Pro Freight Stadium.

Things get started at 7:05 p.m. Friday for the first of three games against the Gateway Grizzlies with a spectacular post-game fireworks display. In addition, the Crushers will don tie-dyed jerseys to celebrate retro night and after the game, the jerseys will be auctioned to benefit the Crushers Cares, the newly-formed non-profit arm of the team.

The first 1,000 fans for Saturday's 7:05 first pitch will receive a free Crushers hat courtesy of LifeShare Community Blood Services and ESPN 850 WKNR. LifeShare will also hold a blood drive in the cul de sac outside All Pro Freight Stadium from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, over 400 Boy Scouts will camp out at the stadium Saturday evening. To top it all off, it's Superhero Night at the ballpark. Crushers staff will be in costume and fans are encouraged to show up as their favorite character as well.

Sunday's 5:05 start brings another Family 4-Pack presented by 95.5 The Fish, where fans can get four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and four bags of Ballreich's potato chips for just $44. It's also Country Western Night, so fans should bring their cowboy hats and boots and get ready for a hoedown at the ballpark.

The Crushers' Dollar Dog night is Monday evening when the Crushers open a three-game series with the Washington Wild Things at 7:05 p.m. The club is also offering its first Senior Discount Night of the season as fans 60-and-over can purchase home box tickets for just $6. Monday is also the first Baseball Bingo night of the season.

Tuesday evening at All Pro Freight Stadium is Ladies Night presented by Seagram's. The Crushers encourage fans to wear red for the 7:05 start in support of the American Heart Association. It's also another Twofer Tuesday, with selected concessions items for just $2, including draft beers. The Tuesday College ID Night promotion continues as well, as students with a valid ID can purchase general admission tickets for only $2.

Lake Erie wraps up the homestand with a 7:05 start for Elyria Community Night presented by Stewart's TV and Appliance. Elyria residents receive a $1 ticket discount with a valid ID. The Crushers will also celebrate the start of the World Cup with World Cup Wednesday. Soccer-themed promotions will take place throughout the night to bring the World Cup experience to Avon. 

The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium located in Avon, OH. Beginning in 2010, All Pro Freight Stadium will also be home to the Cleveland State University baseball team. The Frontier League is anindependent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now! For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.