A Page -- June 2, 2012


Inner City Tennis heads into third year; Student/Athletes from Cleveland to improve tennis skills, literacy rates, fitness, self expression, nutrition levels

Inner City Tennis, a summer program designed to make youth in the city of Cleveland well-rounded Student/Athletes, returns for its third season this summer beginning June 11.

Statistics have shown from the first two years of the 501(c)3 that tennis skills, fitness, literacy and nutrition have improved for those from Cleveland City Schools while participating in these eight-week camps.

A program such as Inner City Tennis Clinics, which brings a traditionally suburban sport to the asphalt of the city, is aimed to turn around some of the pitfalls that have befallen an old blue collar city such as Cleveland. With newly revamped tennis facilities such as those at Thurgood Marshall Park and Jefferson Park, ICT has become a success in carrying out this mission.

The high school graduation rate in the city of Cleveland is 54 percent, the lowest in the state. In order for Cleveland to make the transition from a brick and mortar city to a commercial/information community, it will need a workforce that is educated and available. By helping Cleveland Youth achieve healthy lifestyles through tennis, ICT has made strides making this upswing possible.

Through strong leadership and community involvement, youth make the first steps toward attaining this about face through a daily schedule that has them rotating through five stations at the camp: 1) tennis instruction, 2) wellness, 3) literacy, 4) strength conditioning and 5) Poetry Jam.

The tennis part is carried out by professional tennis coaches, who are either coaches at the high school or collegiate level during the school year and who bring their expertise to the city during the summer.

During the wellness section, campers are taught about nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise and wholesome eating. Student/Athletes are also provided a complimentary breakfast and lunch at the clinic each day.

In the literacy portion, the Student/Athletes, aged 6 to 18, are taught the value of reading and writing and how a sound mind in conjunction with an athletic body meld forces to create a total individual who is an asset to his community.

While learning tennis tactics and technique is one aspect of learning the game and possibly getting good at it, Student/Athletes must also engage in all the drills associated with strengthening the bones and muscles for more physical power on the courts and off the courts.

Finally, the Poetry Jam is in place so that the tennis Student/Athlete can hone skills at expressing himself or herself. Campers will write every day and have a different theme each week to work in developing poems and lyrics. Many students come to camp very shy and poetry has been used as a tool to make the S/A’s more assertive.

They write poems with a positive tone and then every Friday get to perform them verbally in front of their groups.

Counselors work with campers to develop tennis and literacy skills, physical fitness and positive body image, healthy daily nutrition and lifestyle, self esteem and confidence, a sense of identity and belonging, and leadership and interpersonal skills.

Some of the numbers have shown that the program works. Those who graduated from the camp (stayed beginning to end for the full eight weeks) increased from 160 in 2010 to 240 in 2011. Those expected to graduate this year are projected to exceed 300. After the eight weeks, campers the first two years have improved their literacy scores, have learned to express themselves better, learned the value of integrity and honesty, and learned to treat others how one would want to be treated instead of how one has been treated as bad as it may be.

In essence, tennis and the by products of the camp have turned out to be a safe alternative. Crime and vandalism in the neighborhoods where the camps have been taking place have decreased. Total wellness has increased by 70 percent.

Many leaders in the Cleveland community are behind ICT. Among the sponsors are the Cleveland Clinic, Sheliga Drug Store, Dickenson Insurance, IMG, Forest City Tennis, and Case Western Reserve.

The West Side camp is run by Max Hayes coach Mike Zelenka. Executive Director of ICT is One Wellness Center Pro Brian Smallwood.

Over 50 volunteers will be on site to keep the camp running on a daily basis through the eight weeks. Most of them are professional educators during the school year.

For more information, visit the ITC Web site at http://www.innercitytennis.net.

Crushers look to keep it going at home tonight

Written and Researched by Evan Meyer – Sports Vault

FIRST ‘UPS’-The Lake Erie Crushers finally won their first home game of the 2012 season Friday night as they banged out a season high sixteen hits but used a triple and a pair of hit batsmen to bring the winning run home in defeating the Windy City Thunderbolts 7-6 in eleven innings ending a three-game losing streak overall and a six-game losing skid at All Pro Freight Stadium for the Red,Black,and White

This evening in the middle game of this series,RHP MICKEY JANNIS takes to the center of the diamond in search of his first win in his third start of the season.He will be opposed by RHP STEPHEN SAUER who is looking to dent the win column for the first time in 2012

 

LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS ALL TIME NUMBERS

Season

Record

Home

Road

Vs East

Vs West

Attendance

2009-11

158-128

94-59

64-69

94-82

64-49

441,862

2012

    5-8

  1-6

  3-2

 

5-8

  15,932

 

CRUSHERS-THUNDERBOLTS LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the second of six-regular season meetings between the two clubs…This is Windy City’s only trip to Avon in 2012...They will meet again on August 28-30 at Standard Bank Stadium in Chicago’s southern suburbs…IN 2011 the Thunderbolts won the season series 7-5 (going 2-4 at All Pro Freight Stadium..IN THE ALL-TIME SERIES IWindy City holds an 19-11 advantage

 

CRUSHERS-WINDY CITY 2012

DATE

PLACE

SCORE

WINNER

LOSER

SAVE

June 1

All Pro

LEC 7 – WC 6 *

Sturgill

Carr

 

 

LAST NIGHT-The visitors from Chicago’s southern suburbs opened the scoring in the top of the first 1-0 before the Crushers responded in the bottom half of the frame with a pair of runs thanks to an RBI single by SS ANDREW DAVIS and a groundout by 3B JASON TAYLOR.Lake Erie added a run in the bottom of the fourth when LF KELLEN KULBACKI scored on a ground out by C KYLE SHAFFER.The Thunderbolts then struck for four runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 5-3 lead with the big hit being a two-run single from 1B ZACK AAKHUS.The Crushers responded with a three-spot in the bottom of the frame thanks to an RBI single by DH ROGELIO NORIS,an RBI triple by RF ROBBY KUZDALE who later scored on a dropped third strike.Windy City tied the game in the top of the eighth.In the eleventh Davis led off with a triple,2B WALLY CORREA was hit by a pitch then DH BRANDON DECKER scored Davis with the winning run.

 

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR SERIES vs WINDY CITY

SUN LHP Paul Fagan vs RHP Dustin Williams

All games on www.lakeeriecrushers.com with selected Sunday games on WEOL-AM

WHERE THE CRUSHERS ARE IN 2012:Lake Erie is 5-8 tied for fifth place in the Eastern Division with Evansville…they are 1-6 at All Pro Freight Stadium after picking up their first home win of the season last night….They are in the midst of a stretch of 15 games against the Western Division to start the season their first games against the East begins Tuesday night at Evansville…The win snapped a three-game losing streak and a stretch of four losses in their last five games

 

A HOME WIN…EUREKA!!-The win last night was the Crushers first at All Pro Freight Stadium since last September 1st when they beat Washington. Along with the six losses to start the 2012 season,they lost to Joliet in the playoff and to Washington in the two exhibition games in early May

 

BONUS BASEBALL-Last night’s game was the second straight extra inning game for the Crushers.It marked the third time in their history that they have played consecutive nine-inning extra inning games…The others were July 1-3,2009 at Midwest & vs Florence and on June 29-30,2010 at home both against Florence

 

NOT A BAD BEGINNING-CF ADRIAN ORTIZ extended his hitting streak to four games last night going 1x4 with a single and a run scored.In addition, Ortiz had had at least one hit in 11 of his first 13 games as a Crusher. The native of Bayamon,Puerto Rico has hits in seven of his last eight games (11x35 .314 with 2RBI & 3SB).He has been in the leadoff spot the last five games.He came to the Crushers  after spending last season with the Road Warriors team in the Atlantic League (IND) prior to that he spent four seasons in the Kansas City Royals organization after being drafted by them in the fifth round of the June,2007 draft

OH THOSE ‘WHITE KNUCKLERS’-The win last night marked the third in the last four games decided by one run and the Crushers are 2-2 in those games

SLOW STARTERS-The Crushers finished the month of May with a 4-8 mark losing three straight and four of their last five…in 2011 they were 5-5 in the first month..In 2010 they were 3-6 and back in 2009 they were 5-4

CLIMBING THE CHARTS-Manager JOHN MASSARELLI is currently third on the Frontier League all-time managerial wins list with 392. Mas needs just eight wins to reach the 400 win plateau and needs 21 victories to move into second place ahead of Greg Tigert (412)

WHAT A CROWD-The Crushers set a new single-game attendance mark Tuesday morning as 5,068 fans came through the turnstiles at All Pro Freight Stadium. Their largest crowd last season was 4,633 on July 4th against River City. And in their previous three home dates they had drawn just 6,894

 

CRUSHERS STARTING PITCHER

RHP MICKEY JANNIS (0-1 0.00 ERA)…Mickey will be making his third start of the year and as a Crusher

LAST START came on May 25th in Rockford (4.1-5-1-1-3-2) he left the game with the Crushers leading 2-1 en route to an 8-2 victory

AT HOME..Mickey is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA losing to Schaumberg at All Pro on May 20th (4IP-9H-4R-4ER-2BB-2SO)

IN 2011...Mickey pitched with Hudson Valley (A-New York Penn League) & Charlotte (A-Florida State League) where he was a combined 4-3 with a 3.30 ERA (20GP-2ST-SV-57.1IP-58H-28R-21ER-16BB-45SO)

AGAINST WINDY CITY…This is Mickey’s first ever start and appearance against the Thunderbolts

SOME NOTES ON MICKEY..He is 24 years old…native of Sparks,Nevada…was rafted by Tampa Bay in the 44th round of the June,2010 draft…played College Baseball at Cal State-Bakersfield (Roadrunners) in their inaugural season where he went 2-8 with a 5.76 ERA (13APP-11ST-75IP-91H-62R-48ER-31BB-61SO)…One of his teammates at CSU was J.J. Hardy of the Baltimore Orioles…He also played at Allan Hancock College in California and started at Consummes River College…After the 2011 season he signed with the Washington Wild Things who later traded him to the Abilene Prairie Dogs (North American Baseball League) …His cousin is Patrick Aherne who pitched at Pepperdine University when they won the 1992 College World Series..His nephew is Paul Jannis who is in the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame

DID YOU KNOW…Mickey was the first ever starting pitcher for the Roadrunners in 2009 when they faced Saint Louis University absorbing the loss to the Billikens (6.2IP-9H-7R-5ER-0BB-6SO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Chardon's Erin Hollinger Named to Capital One Academic All-District VII First Team

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Case Western Reserve University two-sport standout Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District VII Women's Track & Field and Cross Country First Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.

Hollinger, who already owns a school-record four Capital One Academic All-America® plaques, once again advances to the Academic All-America® ballot with a shot at a fifth career honor.

A macromolecular science and engineering major with a 3.94 grade point average, Hollinger has three of her Academic All-American® nods in basketball (2010, 2011 and 2012) and one in track & field (2010).

Erin Hollinger now has a shot at a fifth career Academic All-America plaque.

The reigning University Athletic Association Field Athlete of the Week, Hollinger recently earned her fourth piece of All-American hardware with a fourth-place finish in the high jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Claremont, California. The senior matched a season-best with a mark of five feet, seven inches, and she also placed 16th in the heptathlon with 4,388 points.

Hollinger earned All-American status both indoors and outdoors this season as she also posted a career-best third-place finish at the 2012 NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field Championship in Iowa in early March. Her previous two All-American performances came outdoors in 2009 (fifth) and 2011 (fourth).

This past weekend brought an end to Hollinger's remarkable career in a Spartan uniform. She is a two-time Glenn and Peggy Nicholls Female Athlete of the Year award winner as well as a 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. Overall in track & field, Hollinger won six UAA high jump titles (three indoor/three outdoor) in addition to her four All-American performances. A three-time UAA All-Academic honoree in both basketball and track & field, Hollinger was also a four-time All-UAA forward on the hardwood and was twice named a finalist for the Jostens Trophy (Division III Player of the Year).

The Capital One Academic All-America® Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Only student-athletes named to their respective Academic All-District First Team become eligible for Academic All-America® consideration.

Since the program's inception, a total of 75 Case Western Reserve student-athletes have been named Academic All-American® -- that number includes four this fall and winter. In 2010 and 2011, a combined 12 Spartans received Academic All-America® acclaim.

The 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Team is expected to be announced on Tuesday, June 19.

Olmsted Falls' Jurcak Named to Capital One Academic All-District VII First Team

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Case Western Reserve University track All-American Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District VII Men's Track & Field and Cross Country First Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Jurcak now advances to the Academic All-America® ballot.

The reigning University Athletic Association Track Athlete of the Week, Jurcak recently earned his second piece of All-American hardware via a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Claremont, California.

Matt Jurcak earns Capital One Academic All-District honors for the first time in his career. He is now eligible for Academic All-America voting.

Having recently completed his first year at the Case School of Dental Medicine, Jurcak maintained a 3.406 undergraduate grade point average as a chemistry major. His first semester of dental school provided a GPA of 3.487.

A three-time national qualifier, Jurcak ends his career as a two-time All-American having placed fifth in the nation in the 60m hurdles at the 2012 DIII Indoor Championship in early March in Iowa. He is also a five-time UAA Track Athlete of the Week as well as a three-time UAA All-Academic honoree.

The Capital One Academic All-America® Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Only student-athletes named to their respective Academic All-District First Team become eligible for Academic All-America® consideration.

Since the program's inception, a total of 75 Case Western Reserve student-athletes have been named Academic All-American® -- that number includes four this fall and winter. In 2010 and 2011, a combined 12 Spartans received Academic All-America® acclaim.

The 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Team is expected to be announced on Tuesday, June 19.

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