A Page -- June 23, 2010

Lauren Davis

Gilmour's Lauren Davis withdraws 

from Cleveland Open due to calf 

muscle injury

June 23, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



CHAGRIN FALLS – Gilmour Academy junior Lauren Davis had to withdraw from the Midwest United States Tennis Association/International Tennis Federation Ladies Cleveland Open because she pulled a calf muscle over the weekend while playing in a tournament in South Carolina.


Davis, coming off a strong runner-up finish in South Carolina where she beat the No. 1 and No. 5 seeds to get to the finals, arrived here Monday to test out her legs. After visiting with the physical therapist Monday and yesterday, she decided to withdraw from the tourney to avoid possible further injury.


She will begin training again in a week for a tournament in Atlanta that starts in three weeks.


Davis has been one of the top ranked players in the Midwest and so far this summer has made a name for herself nationally as well through USTA and ITF tournament play.

Chris Evert

Chris Evert


A finalist for Cleveland Amateur Athlete of the year last winter, has been training under former circuit pro Chris Evert. Evert is one of her coaches in the school as she also trains under others as well.


Davis, whose brother Billy was the top scorer on Gilmour’s Varsity A hockey team the past three seasons, pre-qualified for the tournament. She was also going to play doubles with Willoughby’ Kyle McPhillips, but had to drop that opportunity as well.


Listen to an interview with Davis conducted today by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Lauren’s First-and-Goal Football 

Camp raises money for 

pediatric brain tumor research; 

Olmsted Falls native Mickey Mental, 

Avon Lake's Matt Kostelnik among 

coaching volunteers


June 23, 2010

By Andy Barch

EASTON, Pa. -- Notre Dame Football assistant coaches Matt Kostelnik and Mickey Mental are two of more than 75 coaches who will be volunteering at the Lauren’s First-and-Goal Football Camp on Sunday, June 27, at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.


Mickey Mental


During the camp, athletes will be divided into small groups for offensive and defensive instruction and will be coached by volunteer college coaches representing schools from Ohioand surrounding states. Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel will be the featured guest speaker and address the campers after lunch.

Matt Kostelnik

Kostelnik -- NDC’s linebackers coach -- and Mental -- a grad assistant for the program -- will participate on behalf of Falcon Football, which kicks off its inaugural season in a little more than two months, when Notre Dame hosts Mercyhurst (Pa.) on Aug. 28.


There is a $30 registration fee for the Lauren’s First-and-Goal Football Camp. Online registration is available at www.laurensfirstandgoal.org until Friday, June 25 at 7 p.m. Walk-up registration will be available the morning of the camp starting at 7:30 a.m.


All proceeds from the camp benefit Lauren’s First-and-Goal Foundation, which provides financial support for brain tumor research and cancer services, offers financial and emotional support to families living with pediatric cancer, and increases awareness of the disease. The foundation is named after 13-year-old Lauren Loose, whose father John is the defensive coordinator for the Lafayette College (Pa.) football team.


The foundation held its annual Notre Dame coaches volunteer at charity camp at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., on June 6 where camper donations totaled more than $67,000. For the year, the foundation has received more than $213,000 in donations, including a $100,000 commitment from the Center for Special Needs Trust Administration. With the proceeds from the camp, the foundation has raised more than $1 million since its creation in 2004.


Gloria Guntinas's match in the 

Cleveland Open today becomes 

a focal point at Progressive 

offices this morning

June 23, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




CHAGRIN FALLS -- Still active locally nine years after he college career ended at Virginia Tech, local Progressive Insurance employee Gloria Guntinas proved that she could still play tennis with the younger players at the upper levels of play.


Guntinas, a native of Venezuela who is now a product analyst for Progressive in Cleveland, qualified for the Ladies Cleveland Open at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club going on this week by winning the wild card last week.



She played her first-round match in the main draw this morning, getting upended by Brynn Boren, 6-1, 6-2. She admitted she has not been active on the circuit and realistically did not anticipate any semblance of an earth-shattering week, but jumped at the opportunity the local tennis community offered her.


In fact, her participation here became the focus of attention at the local Progressive headquarters. Employees and supervisors had a ticker going on built from text messages sent from the courts as her match was being played. This could be evidence that Peter Lewis is a tennis fan.


Her employer has also been flexible. She left after the match and was planning to make up for the lost time by working the lost hours into this evening.


Listen to an interview with Guntinas conducted today by Norm Weber with Sheila Chiricosta by clicking and downloading:


Roland-Rosario just misses 

capitalizing on her second chance

July 23, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CHAGRIN FALLS – Second chances is what America is made of and Jessica Roland-Rosario would be the first to admit gratefulness around the systematic concept.


Roland, whose brother Andy Roland is the tennis pro at Towpath Tennis Center in Akron, was eliminated from the Ladies Cleveland Open last night in the qualifying round, but was granted the Lucky Loser’s card into today’s main draw when Gilmour Academy’s Lauren Davis had to withdraw because of a pulled calf muscle.

Jessica Roland (PUR)



She earned this re-entry into the tournament because she lost in the final round to Megan Falcon, who was the No. 1 seed in the qualifying bracket.


The way it worked out with the filling in of the play-in qualifiers had Roland-Rosario playing Falcon again today. After each had won a 6-2 set, Roland-Rosario went up in the third set, 4-1.


However, Flacon followed with a hot streak of her own t finish it off, 6-4, and advance to tomorrow’s second round.

Crushers win sixth straight; 10th of 

last 11

June 23

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Lake Erie Crushers picked up their sixth consecutive win Wednesday evening at Wuerfel Park, defeating the Traverse City Beach Bums 5-3.

It was a relatively sloppy game, with four total errors between the two teams including three on Traverse City.

The Crushers opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first when Jodam Rivera, who extended his hitting streak to 11 with a one-out single, scored on a wild pitch from Beach Bum starter Enrique Lechuga.

The game remained scoreless through the bottom of the inning, when Beach Bum right fielder Matt Brown was thrown out at home on a ground ball.

Traverse City would gain the lead in the fifth however. With Brown on first, Kyle Eveland hit a fly ball to right that scooted away from a diving Arden McWilliams. The throw in was then off-line, allowing both Brown and Eveland to score on the play and give Traverse City a 2-1 advantage.