A Page -- June 17, 2010

Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to 

kick off three-sport holiday tournament 

with opening day festivities in Don Shula 

Stadium July 1

June 17, 2010

WHAT: International Youth Sports Festival Opening Ceremonies and Celebration – Presented by the Ohio Army and Air National Guard


WHERE: John Carroll University - Don Shula Stadium


DATE: Thursday, July 1


TIME: Gates open to the public at 6 pm; Show start at 7:3

By Jenny Popis

DETAILS: All Sports Festival participants, fans and community residents are invited to attend the Olympic-style Opening Ceremony that will include a parade of athletes, interactive activities, face painting, inflatables, food and beverages, live

music and entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show. Quick Change, a high-energy dance group whose elegant costume transformations amaze audiences, will also perform. Admission is free and gates open to the public at 6:00pm.



Now under the name International Youth Sports Festival name, the event will run from July 1-4, 2010 and be comprised of three sports including the AC Milan Continental Cup (soccer), Cleveland Indians Charities Continental Cup (baseball) and the newly added Continental Cup (basketball). Over 3,500 athletes from more than 20 different countries are expected to participate in the 2010 International Youth Sports Festival, infusing an estimated $4 million into the local economy.


Tournament games are free and open to the public. AC Milan Continental Cup tournament play will take place at Lost Nation Sports Park in Willoughby and Laurel School Butler Campus in Russell Township . Cleveland Indians Charities Continental Cup tournament play will take place at Euclid Memorial Park in Euclid and Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills with the final championship game to be held at Progressive Field.  Continental Cup hoop games will be played at Gilmour Academy.



June 17

By Harry Plumer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - The Lake Erie Crushers opened a brief three-game roadswing by falling 5-0 to the Traverse City Beach Bums in Michigan tonight. 

The Crushers threatened in the first three innings but could not break through against Traverse City starter Michael MooreThe Beach Bums were able to take a 3-0 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kyle Eveland led off the inning with the first Traverse City hit of the night against Lake Erie starter Esmelvin Jimenez. With the bases loaded following a walk and a hit batsman, Chase Burch was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Two more runs crossed on an error following a groundout.

Jimenez lasted four innings in his second start, walking two, hitting four, and striking out two. The Beach Bums extended the lead with two runs in the sixth against Jeff Cinadr. Tommy Johnson posted a two-run single.

Eddie Tisdale recorded three of the six hits for the Crushers, logging his 10th double of the season in the defeat. Andrew Davis reached base three times with a single and a pair of walks. Jodam Rivera singled in his first two at bats.

The series will continue tomorrow night with a 7:05 pm contest. RHP Travis Risser (2-2, 3.03) starts for the Crushers opposite LHP Enrique Lechuga (1-2, 4.75) for the Beach Bums. 


Ø  J.J. Pacella struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth, becoming the second pitcher to do so for the Crushers this season; Pacella threw a season high two innings, more than he had recorded in his first two outings combined


Three Area High School Wrestlers to 

Attend Mount Union

June 17, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE) — Stow High School senior Nick Rajcsak, Archbishop Hoban senior Joe Schindel and Garrettsville Garfield senior Tanner Lawrence have each committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the wrestling team.

Rajcsak was a four-year letterwinner, All-Ohio selection and district champion for coach Randy Jenkins at Stow High School.  He plans to study History and Education and is the son of Joseph and Kath Rajcsak of Stow.


Schindel was a four-year letterwinner, finished the season with a 39-9 record and seventh at the OHSAA State Wrestling Championships at 145 pounds.  He had 106 high school career wins and was a two-time sectional champion, the 2010 district champion and two-time state placer for coach 

Rich Lann at Archbishop Hoban High  School.  An undeclared major he is the son of Bill and Tina Schindel of Tallmadge and his brother Bill is a two-time Ohio Athletic Conference champion and All-American at 197 pounds and will be a senior on this year’s team.

Lawrence was a four-year letterwinner, a district tournament qualifier, and an all-conference selection for coach Alan Harbert at James A. Garfield High School.  He plans to study Communication and is the son of Jerry and Lisa Lawrence of Windham.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution an hour southeast of Cleveland, is coached by fourth year head coach Mark Hawald and has finished second in the Ohio Athletic Conference for a second straight year, had three wrestlers advance to the NCAA Championships and one of those wrestlers earned All-American honors for a second-straight year. 

Defending singles runner up Kyle 

McPhillips from Willoughby and 

defending nationally No. 2 

ranked Lauren Davis of Gilmour 

Academy highlight Second Annual 

USTA Ladies Cleveland Open

June 17, 2010

By Diana De LaRosa

The 2010 Ladies Cleveland Open returns to Cleveland after its inaugural year in 2009. The tournament is the only event hosted in Ohio and is the second of two USTA Pro Circuit summer clay court events.

This year’s main draw is expected to include 18-year-old Courtney Dolehide, a UCLA recruit, who reached her first pro final at the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Wichita, Kan., last year and was featured on ESPNRise.com, an ESPN website celebrating high school athletics; Katie Ruckert, who played for three years at the University of Texas, earning All-America honors, and was named ITA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2002.

Kaitlyn Christian the finalist of last year’s $10,000 event in Evansville, Ind., and the winner of the US Open National Playoffs USTA Southern California Sectional Qualifying Tournament; Ivana King, who has played mostly overseas in ITF Women’s Circuit events and reached a doubles final at a tournament in Egypt this year; and Caitlin Whoriskey, who was named the 2010 Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Senior Player of the Year in Division I women’s tennis after leading the University of Tennessee to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight seasons.

McPhillips (left) with Avon Lake's Nikki Chiricosta

Those receiving main draw wild cards include: Last year’s singles runner-up Kyle McPhillips,16, of Willoughby. Kyle reached her second career pro singles final at the $10,000 event in Landisville, Pa., in May, just one month after sweeping the girls’ 16s singles and doubles titles at the 2010 Easter Bowl

Gilmour's Lauren Davis

Also, 16-year-old Lauren Davis, a Student/Athlete at Gilmour who hails from Cleveland, reached the quarterfinals of the girls’ singles at the 2009 US Open, finished 2009 ranked No. 2 in the USTA Girls’ 18s national standings and reached the girls’ 18s final at the 2010 Easter Bowl. 

In addition to Christian, three US Open National Playoffs Sectional Qualifying Tournament champions are scheduled to compete in qualifying this week: 15-year-old Evangeline Repic, of Canada, the winner of the USTA Midwest sectional qualifier in Cincinnati; Eleanor Peters, the winner of the USTA Mid-Atlantic sectional qualifier and the No. 1 player at Syracuse; and Megan Falcon, the winner of the USTA Missouri Valley sectional qualifier, who was a three-time All-American for Louisiana State University. 

Also expected in qualifying include: Fifteen-year-old Madison Keys,who became the youngest player since Martina Hingis in 1994 to win a tour-level match, defeating Alla Kudryavtseva in 2009 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Hilary Toole, who qualified for the $10,000 event in Landisville, Pa., earlier this year; 15-year-old Breaunna Addison, who trains full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.; and Kate Fuller, who will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall. Last year’s singles and doubles champion in Cleveland, 

Jamie Hampton, has been having the best season of her career this year. Hampton rose nearly 400 spots in the rankings by reaching the final at four $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit events in 2010, highlighted by a victory in Osprey, Fla.

She also has reached the quarterfinals at the $50,000 event in Dothan, Ala., and played in the $100,000 event in Midland, Mich. Junior Grace Min, the doubles champion last year, won the doubles title at the Easter Bowl this year and played in the 2010 junior French Open.