A Page -- June 25, 2010


In changing of guard, Crushers lead 

Big-F Division of OBALL

June 25, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



OLD BROOKLYN – The Crushers maintained first place in the Big F Division (high school aged) of the Old Brooklyn Area Little League with this week’s 6-3 win over the Athletics.


The Crushers are now 4-0 and appear to be running away with it due to no other team sitting even within two games of the leaders.

Lou Kelbacher's Indians, which dominated Big F the past five years, have been retired.


The Clippers and Diamondbacks tied 12-12 this week. The Diamondbacks are closest to the Crushers at 1-1-2.


It is the Bombers and Captains setting the pace in Little F. The Captains are still blemish-less with an 8-0 record in the National League, while the Bombers are heading up the junior circuit with a 7-2 mark, but the Blazers are just two points behind with a 6-0 mark and, like the Captains, have still not been on the short end of a final score.


The Angels are 5-2 and the Buckeyes 5-3 in the American. The Browns, four games behind, are the closest chaser to the Captains.


The Blazers remained unbeaten this week with a 20-15 win over the Knights and a key 12-10 triumph over the Bombers. The Captains topped the Mustangs, 11-1. The Captains and Bombers were to play an interleague game Wednesday in a battle of the Titans but it was rained out.


The Angels kept pace with a 6-5 win over the ‘Stangs. The Buckeyes nipped the Browns, 7-6.


In the American League the Cavaliers and in the National League the Devil Rays each have at least a two-game lead as divisional leaders, in Pee Wee OBALL. The Irish are 5-3 and in second place in the senior circuit and the Dragons 4-3-1 and in second in the junior circuit.


The Cavs bounce the Blue Sox, 12-8, this week and the Rays clubbed the Reds, 24-6. The Dragons were nipped by the Sluggers, 10-9, and the Irish took the Crusaders, 13-5.


T-Ball has a real “American’ battle going on in the American League with the Indians (Native Americans) and Red Sox (Boston Patriots) going neck and neck coming into this weekend’s activity. The Sox are 5-0 and Tribe 5-1.


The Bees and T-Rex lead the National League both with three wins, but former has one loss and the latter three.


The Indians nearly doubled up the Cardinals but still remained undefeated with this week’s 23-12 triumph. The Red Sox detonated the Earthquakes, 21-18.


T-Rex also gonged the ‘Quakes, 10-11, this week. The Tribe and Sox were rained out Tuesday in a battle that could have created a slight advantage for one or the other.



June 25, 2010

By Harry Plumer

AVON — The Lake Erie Crushers return home to All Pro Freight Stadium tomorrow, June 26, for a nine-game homestand that begins with a three-game series against the Oakland County Cruisers, their counterparts at the top of the Frontier League’s East Division standings. Tickets are still available for all three games.

Sunday evening’s 5:05 p.m. game is Peanuts Family Fun Day presented by Cedar Point Amusement Park. Snoopy and the gang will be out at the ballpark for promotions, photo opportunities and more. Family 4-Packs are also available for Sunday, with fans able to purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and four bags of Ballreich’s chips for just $44. Not to be lost in all of that excitement is Westlake Community Day. The Crushers will honor the city of Westlake and its businesses on the concourse and Westlake residents will receive $1 off tickets. As always on Sundays, kids will run the bases after the game, sponsored by Chick-fil-A.

Monday’s 7:05 series finale brings Dollar Dog Night back to All Pro Freight Stadium courtesy of WEOL 930 AM. The concessions stands throughout the stadium will feature everyone’s favorite ballpark fare for just $1! It’s also senior discount night so fans 60-and-over receive home box tickets for just $6. Great prizes will also be on the line as the Crushers feature another Baseball Bingonight to complete the series.

Tickets are still available for all three games by visiting the All Pro Freight Stadium box office, online atwww.lakeeriecrushers.com and over the phone at (440) 934-3636.

The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium located in Avon, OH. Beginning in 2010, All Pro Freight Stadium will also be home to the Cleveland State University baseball team. The Frontier League is anindependent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now! For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.

Longley Named Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse at Oberlin
Liz Longley

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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – Oberlin College Delta Lodge Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaardhas appointed Liz Longley as Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse. 

Longley comes to Oberlin from Lynchburg University where she has served as an assistant coach for the last three seasons. 

Longley, who is taking over for Deb Ranieri and is remaining as Oberlin’s field hockey coach, helped transform the Hornets from a perennial .500 level team into one of the top teams in the region in 2010 with a an overall record of 14-4 and a 6-2 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference that features nationally-ranked Washington & Lee. This past season the Hornets’ offense averaged 13.22 goals per game, which was third best in the ODAC. 

“I am confident Liz will lead our program in the right direction,” Karlgaard said. “She has excellent experience as both a player and coach and has won in both roles. I would also like to thank Coach Ranieri for her work with the program for the last nine seasons.”

An IWLCA All-American and three-time All-Empire Region selection, Longley’s career as a player at Hamilton University (NY) speaks volumes. She was the 2006 Liberty League Player of the Year and left the school as the all-time leader in assists and currently ranks second with 87 career helpers. She also ranks fourth all-time in points (197) and seventh in goals scored. 

As a senior tri-captain in 2007, Longley led the Continentals to the Liberty League regular season and tournament titles and eventually all the way to the NCAA Division III Tournament Quarterfinals. In that season she started 18 of 19 games and finished with 32 goals and 31 assists. 

Furthermore, for her efforts on the field throughout her career, Longley garnered Hamilton's Jack B. Riffle Award as the athletics department’s Most Outstanding Female Senior Athlete.

“Liz's passion for the game and excitement for working with our student-athletes came through during her interview with the department and the players,” Associate Director of Athletics and Hiring Committee Chair Kiki Jacobs said. “We believe she will be a great fit here and are looking forward to having her as a member of the Oberlin community. 

Longley earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hamilton in 2007 and recently completed her master’s degree in psychology from Lynchburg. 

She will officially begin her duties on July 1.

Note: Photo and parts of this story are courtesy of the Lynchburg Athletics Department.

Otto Orf's Hands-On Soccer Camps 

slated for next week in West G. and 

Fairlawn; registrations are still being 


June 25, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Otto Orf’s Hands on Soccer will be conducting camps next week in both West Geauga and Fairlawn. Both camps begin Monday and both East Side and West Side youth are welcome to register since it is not too late.


The West G. camp will be held in West Geauga Commons while the Fairlawn gig will take place at Croghan Park. Both camps will run from 9 to 3, Monday through Friday.



To register, go to Hands-On-Soccer at www.handsonsoccer.com. The trainers will include a collection of premier area high school and college area Student/Athletes and coaches.


For complete summaries of the progress of the camps, the Student/Athlete participants and the S/A trainers input, please check next week’ss A Pages here on Student/Athlete-Cleveland (www.studnetathleltecleveland.com).


Professional journalistic reports next week here at S/A-Cleveland will include text, photos, audios and videos.


June 25

By Harry Plumer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Traverse City Beach Bums tied a Wuerfel Park record with three home runs on their way to a 9-5 win over the Lake Erie Crushers Friday night. The win snapped the seven-game winning streak that the Crushers held entering the game.

The Beach Bums grabbed the lead early for the second straight night, scoring in the first on an RBI-groundout by Chase Burch to take a 1-0 lead.

The Crushers took advantage of a Beach Bum error in the fourth when Traverse City starter Jonny Bravo couldn’t handle Jodam Rivera’s drag bunt. After an Andrew Davis walk, Rivera would score on Eddie Tisdale’s single and Davis came around on an Andrew Saylor base knock to give Lake Erie a 2-1 lead.

Traverse City knotted the score in the fifth Bobby Spain came across the plate on an Andrew Marshall ground out but Lake Erie responded to retake a 3-2 lead when Eddie Tisdale scored on a passed ball by Marshall.

However, the Beach Bums proceeded to grab the lead in the ensuing frame against Crushers starter Phil Rummel. Rummel retired the first two batters of the inning on three pitches but a walk to Chase Burch and a base hit for J.T. Hall set up C.J. Ziegler’s three-run home run that gave Traverse City a 5-3 lead it would not lose for the remainder of the contest.

Traverse City extended its advantage in the seventh on the strength of an RBI-double by Matt Brown who proceeded to score on Michael Diaz’s first home run of the season and the Beach Bums took an 8-3 lead to the eighth.

Andrew Saylor ripped a double to off the right-center field wall to score Travis Vetters to pull Lake Erie back within four, but a Ziegler home run would move the lead right back to five entering the ninth. Dom Duggan tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the ninth but it would be to no avail, as Beach Bums rookie Trent DeLazzer closed things out in his professional debut.

The Crushers (19-14) open up a series with first-place Oakland County Saturday at All Pro Freight Stadium with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05. RHP Matt Smith will oppose RHP Wayde Kitchens for the Cruisers. 


>LHP Jon Durket made his professional debut for Lake Erie in the eighth.

>Despite the loss, the Crushers won their fifth-consecutive series.

>The Crushers lead the season series with the Beach Bums 5-4. The teams will get together again July 19-21 at All Pro Freight stadium for their final series of the season.