A Page -- June 20, 2010 -- Father's Day

Solon's Vernon, Gilmour's Davis, 

Willoughby's McPhillips, Mentor's 

Sherwood, Kenston's Marchant 

among those in Cleveland 

Ladies Open

June 20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



CHAGRIN FALLS – There’s nothing like home court advantage, and at least a half dozen girls/women are hoping that juice will lead to some success over the next three days of the Second Annual Cleveland Ladies Open, a Midwest United States Tennis Association and International Tennis Federation Pro Circuit Tournament.



Among those with Cleveland ties playing in the tourney here at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club are Willoughby Hills native Kyle (pronounced Keye-Lee) McPhillips, Gilmour Academy’s Lauren Davis, Mentor’s Kara Sherwood, Solon native Courtney Vernon, and Kenston High’s Victoria Marchant.

Courtney Vernon

Courtney Vernon


Vernon is the assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at Colgate, but still plays on the circuit while working her way into the coaching ranks.


McPhillips, who won championships in both the singles and doubles divisions two months ago at the Easter Bowl, was runner-up in singles in the 2009 Cleveland Open. She will play with Davis in the doubles play at the tourney as well.

Victoria Marchant


Listen to interview of Kenston’s Victoria Marchant conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Marchant has been the No. 1 singles player at Kenston, but played doubles with sister Mandy during the post season and qualified to state in Division I in the fall 2009 high school season. Her sister plays No.2 singles but they will try again in doubles in Oct to get to Columbus and advance to a placing spot.


Listen to interview of Mentor’s/CSU’s Kara Sherwood conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Sherwood, a state qualifier for the Cardinals, signed a letter of intent to play for Cleveland State in the fall. The Vikings graduated only Charlotte Gibbons (half of  the No. 1 doubles team)off last year’s starting lineup.


“I am one of three incoming freshmen so we will have depth,” said Sherwood. “I am looking forward to playing for CSU.





June 20, 2010

By Harry Plumer

AVON - Andrew Davis posted four hits in four at-bats and Phil Rummel won his second straight start as the Lake Erie Crushers defeated the Windy City ThunderBolts 6-2 this Father's Day evening in All Pro Freight Stadium in front of 3,572 in a matchup of the last three Frontier League Champions.

The Crushers posted a run in the bottom of the first when Davis struck for the first time. He singled home Dom Duggan, who reached on a bunt single, to give Lake Erie the 1-0 advantage. Windy City answered immediately as Mike Torres knocked in Zach Aakhus with an RBI-single to tie the score in the second.

The game would remain tied until the Crushers struck for three runs in the fifth. Eddie Tisdale was hit by a pitch and Shaker Heights High Alumnus Arden McWilliams walked before both scored on a single off the bat of Lee Huggins. Consecutive singles by Joel Collins and Dom Duggan loaded the bases for Andrew Davis, who singled for the second time to make the score 4-1. Eddie Tisdale scored on a passed ball in the sixth to push the lead to 5-1.

Andrew Davis


Windy City left the bases loaded in the sixth and scored a run on J.T. Restko's single in the seventh, but the efforts proved in vain. Lake Erie added a final insurance run in the seventh on an RBI double by Tisdale to score Davis.

Phil Rummel was once again solid at home, pitching six innings allowing one earned run, the first he's been charged with at All Pro Freight Stadium this season. His home ERA is 0.50. He won his second consecutive start and scattered six hits while striking out two.

The Crushers totaled 11 hits in the game. Andrew Davis finished 4-for-4 while Dom Duggan notched a pair of singles.

Game two of the three-game series is set for tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. RHP Matt Smith (4-1, 2.42) is scheduled to starter for the Crushers while the Thunderbolts (15-13) send RHP Ryan Quigley (2-1, 4.97) to the mound.


Ø       Jodam Rivera singled in the seventh to extend his team season long hitting streak to eight games

Ø       Eddie Tisdale reached base three times and scored a pair of runs

Ø       The four hits by Davis is a single game high for the Crushers; Lake Erie players had posted three hits in a game 17 times

Ø       Lake Erie is 8-3 when posting 10 or more hits this season; All but one member of the lineup reached base

Gilmour's Lauren Davis pulls off two 

major upsets to get to the finals in 

ITF South Carolina Tournament; 

coming home to play in Ladies 

Cleveland Open at CVAC

June 20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



CHAGRIN FALLS – Gilmour Academy Student/Athlete Lauren Davis surprised some folk down in Dixie this weekend by upsetting one player after another to get to the singles championship match of the Mount Pleasant (South Carolina) Women’s Pro Classic International Tennis Federation Tournament.


Davis went into the tournament as the Wild Card player through a qualifier, and was inserted in the line on the bracket right below No. 1 seed Remi Tezuka, going in as the odds-on underdog.


That notion quickly vanished when the 16-year-old Davis upset Tezuka in the first round 6-1, 6-3. She then went on to win three consecutive matches to get through the quarters and semis and to the final match against Petra Rampre, who she fell to, 6-3, 6-2, this morning, settling for second place in a tourney in which she had to beat some of  the best in the Bible Belt this weekend.



Davis will be getting on a plane shortly and will be in Cleveland for the Second Annual Cleveland Ladies Open, which began today here at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club. Davis, as the No. 2 ranked player in the nation at the end of last year, pre-qualified for the tourney and will not be playing until Tuesday when the main draw rounds begin. Today here is a qualifying play-in tourney for those who did not qualify in the pre-qualification.


In the South Carolina tourney, Davis, who was one of the three finalists for Cleveland Amateur Athlete of the Year this past winter, went on from her win over Tezuka to take Shivika Burman, 6-1, 6-1, to get t the quarterfinals.


Then in the quarters she beat Caitlin Whoriskey, 6-2, 6-2. Whoriskey is 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


In he semis, she had to face No. 5 seed Nicole Gibbs and while she won in straight sets again, she had to work harder for it this time, answering the task under pressure, with a 7-6 (4), 7-6(1) win.

In Avon Lake Father's Day Tourney, 

16 area teams win soccer 

championships today

June 20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON LAKE –Sixteen area teams won championships today in the weekend long 15th Annual Avon Lake Father’s Day Youth Soccer Tournament.


In an all Avon Lake final, the Avon Lake Fusion did it again, winning the Girls’ U-16 Division with a 2-1 win over Avon Lake Maroon.


Mohican beat Elite, 5-1 in the U-18 and Elite was a 2-0 winner over Erie in the G-U19.


ESSL Arsenal won the GU13 with a 2-1 win over Avon Lake.


North Royalton beat Avon Lake for the Cup in U12, 2-0, and Erie beat Ohio Strikers, 4-2 in the U12 Trophy Division in the match for all the marbles.


Lady Knights won U11 with a 4-2 win over Cleveland Kickers.


Avon Lake and Concordia both went 4-0 in the GU8, Avon Lake Rebels went 4-0 in U9, and Westlake United 4-0 in U10. United then beat Avon Lake Storm in the title match, 5-3


Among the boys’ Divisions, Avon Lake Galaxy had to settle for second in the U19 with a 5-1 title match loss to Team Magic.

In the boys U-17, Cleveland Kickers blanked YES, 1-0.


Cleveland Kickers nipped Summit, 2-1, to earn the BU15 title.


Avon Lake Fusion clubbed the Internationals, 6-1, to claim the BU14 title.


The boys from Westlake became titlists in the U13 class with a 2-1 win over NAAS


Avon Lake’s boys took second in the U-12 tourney, getting nipped by Perrysburg in the title match, 4-3.


In the BU11 Trophy Division, an all-local final had Avon Lake topping Strongsville in the title match.


Brunswick banged out a 4-0 record in the Boys U11 Cup, toppling Berea, 5-3, Port Clinton, 7-4, Samba 6-2, and Metro, 4-0.


The Boys U-10 Trophy title match came down to the familiar battle of the railroad tracks, with Avon defeating Avon Lake Galaxy in the title match, 4-3.


Westlake Express crossed through the BU10CUP with a 4-0 mark, dropping Cleveland United, 7-2, Branko, 6-0, Penns Forest, 6-3, and again Branko, 6-3, in the title match.


The Cleveland Kickers dominated the Boys U9 Gold Division, topping Avon Lake, 3-2, PSC, 11-1, GNAT Black, 6-1, and Ohio Excel, 9-0.


Strongsville United went 3-0-1 in the BU8 Division, bettering A. Lake Gold, 8-3, Racers, 12-2, Avon, 5-4, and tying A. Lake Maroon, 5-5.


Avon Lake Arsenal went undefeated in the BU9Maroon Division with a 4-0 mark, rocketing past Avon Dragons, 4-2, GNAT, 11-1, Avon Strikers, 9-2, and Berea, 4-2.