A Page -- June 22, 2010

HandsonSoccer - 20 Years in Northeast Ohio

Hands-On Soccer youth learn 

lessons from Avon's/Kent's Megan 

Repas, West G.'s/St. Bona's Nicole 


June 22, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



AVON – Now in its 20th year of existence and servicing all the communities of Greater Cleveland and the Student/Athletes with a focus on soccer within those communities, Otto Orf’s Hands-On Soccer is in the midst of its 28-site summer camps with this week’s stop at Schwartz Road Park here.

Youth soccer players from toddlers through seniors in high school did the routine here today as part of their weeklong day camp. Of course, one the best parts of the camp is that parents do not have to put their youth on an airplane and pay for the overnight charges at some remote camp since the organization reaches out to all the communities in NE Ohio, coming to a park nearby on a week-to-week basis.

Last week HOS was at Fobes Field in Strongsville, and in Copley and Chagrin Falls. This week it is in North Ridgeville and Brunswick in addition to Avon. Next week is West Geauga, Rootstown and Fairlawn.



Orf began the HOS organization when he was still playing goalie for the Cleveland Crunch because he knew how many of the fans at the Wolstein Center coming to the matches were youth and that through the ground level great soccer communities, schools, clubs and colleges are built – for the entire Cleveland area. It was in the 1980s when East-West, Concordia and Excalibur formed and several area players began getting scholarships to such formidable programs as Indiana, North Carolina, UCLA, Notre Dame.

Then, the best soccer was found in pockets such as North Olmsted, North Royalton, Strongsville, Mentor, Bay Village and Jackson. By now scores of others around here can be dubbed “soccer communities,” and the list is growing thanks in part to the efforts put forth by the HOS people. Along with that, the list of those from the area now playing college soccer has also swelled.

Nicole Markert

Listen to interview of St. Bonaventure goalie Nicole Markert conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


For instance, running the camp in Avon today was long-time youth coach Brock Kerlo, while his two coaches were former Avon High standout and current Kent State forward Megan Repas, and former West Geauga High standout Nicole Markert, who is the current goalie for St. Bonaventure, where she was named to the Atlantic 10 All Tournament Team. More importantly, Markert was part of a team that had a 3.50 GPA, tied for 10th best in the nation for academic excellence, while Repas’ Kent team finished eighth with a 3.52.

Megan Repas (left) gives one-on-one nstruction to a toddler

Repas began attending this camp at age seven around the time it transformed from a goalie camp to al-player camp.

Listen to interview of Kent State striker Megan Repas conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Megan Repas


In addition to playing matches, the youths were engaged in juggling drills and “sideline soccer.” In sideline soccer, Markert formed eight pairs of players. Half of the pairs went on one side and half on the other side. Each pair was assigned a number.

At the start of the scrimmage, Markert would call a number from each side and then drop the ball in the middle of the field. Each pair would run around the goal and then to the middle of the field and play 2-on-2 with no goalie until someone scored or kicked the ball out of play into what would be a goal-kick situation in a normal match. Then she would call out two more numbers and four others would go through the same drill and scrimmage. After about 15 minutes, she would get it to 3-a-side and 4-a-side and finally 5-a-side.

Markert (l) aids one sideline while teammates are in 2-on-2 on field

The drill is not only to develop Futsal skills but also to build up to 11-on-11, since the situation creates for direct coaching contact with the smaller grouping.
2-on-2 sideline soccer

While some participants are directly from the Avon community, others from elsewhere also register for the camp. Rachel Wynne, a Midivew High School junior, came up from Grafton.

Midview's Rachel Wynne

Listen to interview of Midview’s Rachel Wynne conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading

Jessica Kern came all the way from the Toledo area. Kern will be a senior at Delta High School and has a unique family gig going. Each child in the family gets to spend a summer week with an aunt and uncle who might be out of town. This year it was Jessica’s turn to stay with her aunt and uncle in Rocky River.

Jessica Kern

Listen to interview of Delta’s Jessica Kern  conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Kern is a goalie, but she also heard of the Orf camp because her sister, Amelia, participated in it when it was her turn to spend a week in Cleveland.

 Amelia Kern now plays for Adrian College in Michigan.

Amelia Kern

Hands-On Alumna Amelia Kern

Incidentally, both Kern and Wynne are middle and long distance runners for their high schools in track. 

Listen to interview of Camp Director Brock Kerlo conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading



Schickerling, Willoughby's Kyle 

McPhillips advance in first round of 

doubles in Cleveland Open

June 22, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



CHAGRIN FALLS – Willoughby Hills resident Kyle McPhillips advanced to the second round with her doubles partner today in the Ladies Cleveland Open USTA/ITF Pro Circuit Tennis Tournament.

McPhillips, who will be a junior at Andrews Osborne Academy in the fall, teamed with South African Joanne Schickerling to defeat Americans Kate Fuller and Cierra Gaytan-Leach here at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club.

They won the first set 6-3, lost the second, 5-7, and then in a pro set, took the rubber set, 10-6.

Schickerling, was a COSIDA/ESPN Academic All District at Indiana State, where she graduated from last year.

In the qualifying finals today, Solon’s Courtney Vernon was eliminated by North Carolina Tar Heel Sanaz Marand, 6-2, 6-0.


Tomorrow in the first round of the main draw in singles, Cleveland resident Gloria Guntinas will play American Brynn Boren in the first round, McPhillips will play American Denise Starr, 

USA Today Tabs Mount Union No. 1 in Preseason Football Poll

June 22, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(MCLAIN, VA)--Mount Union was picked No. 1 in the nation in the USA Today College Football Preseason Division III Poll.  The poll appears in a preseason publication that is on newsstands now.

The Purple Raiders were picked just ahead of defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater, who beat Mount Union 38-28 in last year's Stagg Bowl.

Wesley (DE), a team the Raiders beat 24-7 in last year's national semifinal, is in the third spot, while St. Thomas (MN) and Linfield (OR) round out the top five.

Fellow Ohio Athletic Conference members Ohio Northern and Otterbein are in the No. 13 and No. 15 spots respectively while preseason scrimmage opponent Washington & Jefferson (PA) is rated No. 19.


Mount Union coach Larry Kehres

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution an hour southeast of Cleveland, went 14-1 last season, won its 18th consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the Stagg Bowl, national championship game, for the fifth year in a row.  

Mount Union has won a record 10 NCAA Division III National Championships andhead coach  Larry Kehres begins his 25th season as head football coach with a 289-22-3 record. 

The Purple Raiders open the 2010 season Saturday, Sept. 11 at 2 pm (Eastern time) at The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

USA TODAY College Football Preseason Top 25

1. Mount Union
2. Wisconsin-Whitewater
3. Wesley (Del.)
4. St. Thomas (Minn.)
5. Linfield (Ore.)
6. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas)
7. Wittenberg
8. Delaware Valley (Pa.)
9. St. John's (Minn.)
10. Central (Iowa)
11. Wisconsin-Stevens Point
12. Thomas More (Ky.)
13. Ohio Northern
14. Monmouth (Ill.)
15. Otterbein
16. North Central (Ill.)
17. Williamette (Ore.)
18. Hardin-Simmons (Texas)
19. Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)
20. Coe (Iowa)
21. Wabash (Ind.)
22. Trine (Ind.)
23. Huntingdon (Ala.)
24. California Lutheran
25. DePauw (Ind.)








June 22, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Recent Ohio Wesleyan University graduate J. David Gatz (Delaware, OH/Hayes) has been named the winner of the 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference Don Hunsinger Award.

Gatz starred for the Battling Bishop men’s swimming & diving team for four years, serving as team captain as a junior and a senior. A four-time North Coast Athletic Conference champion, and five-time All-NCAC performer, he won both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes in 2008 and 2009. Gatz qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships three times, and earned five All-America certificates. He was the Battling Bishops’ team MVP all four years, holds the conference record in the 200 breast, and holds the OWU mark in both the 100 and 200 breast.

In the classroom, he posted a 3.91 grade-point average in pre-medicine, biochemistry and pre-professional zoology. He was a three-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America. Selected to Phi Beta Kappa, Gatz is a Rhodes Scholarship Semifinalist, an NCAA Post-Graduate scholarship recipient, and was twice named OWU’s Dale J. Bruce Presidential Scholar/Athlete of the Year. Among his numerous university awards are those for academic excellence in chemistry, mathematics and zoology. 

Gatz is an active volunteer, having raised money for the Pakistani branch of Doctors Without Borders, Circle K, political campaigns and Relay for Life. He coaches youth swimmers and served as chair of OWU’s Chemistry Department Student Board.

He plans to attend medical school with the intention of becoming a pediatrician.

Gatz was one of five outstanding nominees considered by the selection committee. The candidates were:

• Andrew Clair, football, basketball, Kenyon College
• Justin Keener, soccer, The College of Wooster
• Peter Shorten, soccer, Denison University
• Ted Winders, lacrosse, Wittenberg University

This award commemorates former Oberlin administrator and coach Don Hunsinger, who had a far-reaching influence on the Student/Athletes he coached in a wide variety of sports. Over more than three decades, Hunsinger served Oberlin as athletic director, chairman of the department of physical education, had stints as head coach for Yeoman football, baseball, and men’s and women’s tennis, and assisted with the men’s and women’s basketball programs. Four times he earned NCAC Coach of the Year recognition, twice in men’s tennis and twice in women’s. Hunsinger, who retired from the College in 2008, continues to serve the conference as Director of Tennis and assists in the administration of the conference’s swimming & diving championship.

The award recognizes one male senior Student/Athlete who has distinguished himself throughout his collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Each conference institution can nominate a distinguished male Student/Athlete for the honor. A committee of North Coast Athletic Conference administrators, in conjunction with the conference office, makes the selection.

NCAC Sportsmanship






June 22

Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Recent Ohio Wesleyan University graduate Sarah Shinn (Edinboro, PA/General McLane) has been named the 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference Pam Smith Award winner, thee league office here announced today.

Shinn was a four-year member of the Battling Bishops’ indoor and outoor track & field teams, as well as a three-year member of the OWU cross country squad. A five-time individual conference champion, she was part of seven NCAC Championship teams and totaled 15 all-conference certificates in her career. Twice named team MVP,  Shinn holds two school records and one conference record. The four-time All-Ohio champion’s best finish at the NCAA Championships was 10th in the 800 meters in 2010.

Shinn was presented OWU’s Top Female Student/Athlete Award, and was a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honorary, as well as the Mortar Board national senior honor society. The summa cum laude graduate was named the top 2010 graduate in the business department, and was a three-time Top 50 Scholar/Athlete award winner. The accounting major finished with a 3.96 grade-point average.

Her efforts on the track and in the classroom were matched by energy she spent in volunteer roles. She is active in Pasta for Life, which supports St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Council. She served as a tutor in  economics, assisted in grading calculus assignments and worked in the accounts payable office at OWU, all on a volunteer basis.

She plans to attend Wake Forest University, in pursuit of a Master of Science in Accountancy. 

Shinn was one of five outstanding nominees considered by the selection committee. The other candidates were:

• Stephanie Boardman, basketball, Wittenberg University
• Whitney Dropsey, softball, Hiram College
• Nora Erickson, soccer, Kenyon College
• Kymberly Wenz, basketball, The College of Wooster

The NCAC Woman of the Year Award commemorates former Wittenberg women’s basketball Head Coach and Associate Director of Athletics Pam Smith, who had a profound impact upon the Student/Athletes she coached and the students she taught over an illustrious career that spanned more than two decades. She was the architect of the women’s basketball program with the most wins and highest winning percentage in NCAC history through 2007. A 1999 Wittenberg Athletics Hall of Honor inductee, Smith earned seven NCAC Coach of the Year awards and compiled a 401-170 record after taking the reins of a struggling program prior to the 1986-87 season. She led the Tigers to eight NCAA Division III tournament appearances, twelve 20-win seasons, and 11 NCAC regular season championships.

As the NCAC winner, Shinn will also be nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, one of the most prestigious honors the NCAA bestows. The award recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership. Each NCAA conference, and independent institutions, can nominate one distinguished female Student/Athlete for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will meet in August to select the top 10 winners in each division. In September, the selection committee will then evaluate the 30 honorees and choose the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the CWA will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the Woman of the Year. The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis October 17, 2010.

Lake Erie Crushers win fifth 

straight and ninth of last 10

June 22

By Harry Plumer

AVON - Wayne Bond drove in three to help lead the Lake Erie Crushers to their fifth consecutive win, taking the Windy City ThunderBolts tonight in All Pro Freight Stadium by the score of 9-4.
Wayne Bond

The ThunderBolts scored right off the bat against Crusher left-hander Esmelvin Jimenez, netting an unearned run to jump ahead 1-0.

The lead held until the fourth, when the Crushers sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five times. Kent State alum Andrew Davis and Eddie Tisdale opened the frame with consecutive singles and Travis Vetters induced a walk to load the bases against Windy City starter Joe Scumaci, who did not make it through the inning. Wayne Bond tied the game with an RBI-single and Arden McWilliams coaxed a bases loaded walk to put the Crushers ahead. Julio Rivera plated a pair of runs with a single through the right side and Dom Duggan capped the scoring by lofting a sacrifice fly to center.

There would be no letup for Lake Erie against reliever Todd Mueller in the fifth, when Bond struck again with a two-run double over the head of centerfielder Ryne White to make it 7-1 Crushers. The double scored Travis Vetters and Drew Saylor who recorded one-out singles. RBI-singles from Andrew Davis and Drew Saylor in the seventh extended the lead to 9-1.

Windy City plated three runs against the Lake Erie bullpen in the seventh to pull within 9-4. Tim Alberts drove in a run with a groundout and J.T. Restko and Ryne White added run-scoring singles. Esmelvin Jimenez, a converted reliever, finished with a career-high six innings, allowing just three hits and one run while walking four and striking out three. He notched his third victory of the season and his first as a starter.

The victory gave the Crushers their second series sweep of the season and their fifth straight win overall, the longest streak of the year. Lake Erie has won nine of 10 and 10 of 12. The win was also the seventh straight victory at All Pro Freight Stadium.

Lake Erie (17-13) heads to Traverse City (17-13) for the second time in less than a week to start a three-game series with the Beach Bums. RHP Travis Risser (2-2, 4.11) takes to the mound for the Crushers with LHP Enrique Lechuga (1-2, 4.98) countering for Traverse City.


Ø       Jodam Rivers extended the longest Lake Erie hitting streak of the season to 10 games with a single in the fourth; He has also reached base in 24 consecutive games, the longest streak of the season in the Frontier League; Rivera also swiped his sixth base of the season in the win

Ø       The Crushers posted 13 hits in the victory and are now 9-3 when registering 10 or more hits