A Page -- June 26, 2010








June 26, 2010

By Keri Luchowski

Westlake -- Thomas V. Chema, president of Hiram College, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the North Coast Athletic Conference, effective July 1, 2010. Chema, who had served as the NCAC's vice president the past two years, was chosen to succeed Dale Knobel, president of Denison University. Mark Erickson, president of Wittenberg University, was elected vice president.

Keri Alexander Luchowski remains Acting Executive Director of the conference for the second consecutive year. The Chairs of the Sports Caucus are: Joe Karlgaard, director of athletics at Oberlin College; Wendy Gradwohl, faculty representative at Wittenberg University;  Betsy Mitchell, director of athletics at Allegheny College and Tim Shutt, faculty representative at Kenyon College. Karlgaard enters his first year of service, while Gradwohl, Mitchell and Shutt enter their second.

Chema was named the 21st president of Hiram in 2003. During his presidency, Hiram has experienced tremendous growth in enrollment, new programs, and campus facilities while enjoying increased visibility and an enhanced position in the higher education marketplace. Enrollment in Hiram's undergraduate program has increased by more than 50% with significant gains in out-of-state and minority student populations, while Hiram's nationally respected profile has remained intact with an average ACT of 23 and grade point average of 3.3.

The Hiram campus has been transformed during the past six years. New facilities include the $12 million Lester and Kathy Coleman Sports, Recreation & Fitness Center; a $7 million residence hall which serves as the home of Hiram's new Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center; reconstruction of the Mecca Church, home of Hiram's Garfield Institute for Public Leadership; expansion of the James H. Barrow Biology Field Station; and renovation of existing campus facilities to house a state-of-the-art nursing education facility and the Henry C. Gelbke Fine Arts Center. Current construction projects include a $5 million dining hall, renovation of Frohring Fine Arts Building to include a black box theatre, and construction of an additional, apartment-style residence hall.

He is a 1971 graduate of Harvard Law School with more than thirty years of leadership experience in business, government, and law. Prior to earning his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, Chema graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1968. For the past decade, he has served as a voting member of the Hiram College Board of Trustees and has chaired the Institutional Advancement Committee. 

After graduating from Harvard, Chema joined the Cleveland-based firm of Arter and Hadden in June of 1971. He became a partner in 1979. In 1983, Chema resigned his position with Arter and Hadden to serve as executive director of the Ohio Lottery Commission. Two years later, he joined the Public Utility Commission of Ohio as executive director. During his five-year tenure with PUCO, Chema received national and international accolades for his knowledge of energy economics and regulation. He served on the advisory board to the Electric Power Research Institute, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Alternative Research and Development Strategies, and he was invited to attend the Ditchley Institute in Great Britain—an international forum for sharing insight into global problems. 

After fulfilling his tenure at PUCO, Chema rejoined Arter and Hadden as a partner in 1989. In 1990, Chema parlayed his knowledge and experience working with the state lottery and utility organizations into an executive directorship with the Gateway Economic Development Corporation of Greater Cleveland. During his thirteen years with Gateway, Chema oversaw the financing and construction of two major public sports facilities, Gund Arena, now Quicken Loans Arena, and Jacobs’ Field, now Progressive Field.

He is a trustee of civic and charitable boards including the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System, St. Ignatius High School, Ohio Hunger Task Force, Historic Gateway Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation, and Chair of the Board of UHHS/CSAHS-Cuyahoga and Kids Voting Program. Chema has increased Hiram's visibility by serving in a leadership role in a number of national higher education associations including the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Annapolis Group, and with Ohio-based organizations such as the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges.

Erickson became Wittenberg’s 13th president, when he arrived on campus in 2005. With more than 10 years of experience in student development, he possesses a thorough understanding of the student experience and regularly advocates for student representation and feedback. A stalwart proponent of infusing the curriculum with international perspective, Erickson has insisted that students have a global experience during their four years at Wittenberg.

A member of numerous professional associations and a presenter at national and international conferences on such topics as international education, global citizenship, student attitudes, the impact of residential colleges and the role of universities as engines for economic development, Erickson is also a staunch supporter of Wittenberg’s hometown of Springfield.  He currently serves on several local and regional boards dedicated to improving the quality of life in Springfield and to increasing opportunities for graduates to serve in the community and the surrounding area.

In addition to his significant experience in global education, diversity, student development and community engagement, Erickson brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, the result of which can be seen in the university’s strategic plan titled Distinctively Wittenberg:  A Vision of Excellence.

Prior to arriving at Wittenberg, Erickson served as the vice president for administrative and government affairs at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., as well as a top adviser to Lehigh’s president. He earned his A.B. in American history from Princeton University, his Ed.M. from Harvard University and his Ed.D. in educational leadership from Lehigh where he received the Matthew W. Gaffney Award for academic excellence. He also completed additional study in world religions and pastoral care at Harvard Divinity School. 

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference consists of nine academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster along with affiliate member Earlham College (field hockey). DePauw University will join the North Coast beginning with the 2011-12 academic year. The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

Garfield, Nordonia, Midpark, 

Westlake, Brook Park, Brunswick are 

U14 divisional leaders in Emerald 


June 26, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



The Garfield Heights Bulldogs lead the 14-Under C Red Division of the Emerald Necklace high school/youth fastpitch summer league, while the Nordonia Knights lead the U14 C Blue  East, the Midpark Monsters 14U C Blue West, Westlake Demons the 14U C Blue North, the Brook Park Braves the 14U B White, and the Brunswick Thunder the 14U A.


The Thunder (7-2) nipped the Solon Stars, 6-5, and clubbed the Highland Hornets, 17-3. The Brecksville Bees are still undefeated at 6-0, nipping the Stars twice, 9-7 and 8-6.


The Braves are 10-0-1 in the B class, 10-run ruling North Royalton, 12-1, and sneaking by FourCorners, 3-1. The Highland Hornets are three points behind the Braves in the standings.


The Demons split last week in the C Blue., falling to Lakewood Longhorns, 12-15, and nipping Avon Lake Diamonds, 10-8.


The Monsters (7-1) beat the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs, 14-1, and lost to Berea Braves, 13-8, in the C Blue West.


In the C Blue East, Nordonia was a 21-0 winner over Parma and a 9-1 victor over Midpark.


Action in the C Red had the Bulldogs de-leafing the Lakewood Shamrocks, 21-2, and inching by the Berea Braves, 2-1.




Visitors to www.2010WWC.info can watch all nine games from the

Zinkensdamms IP Stadium in Stockholm from June 27 to July 3, 2010 

By Mike Preston

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2010 - PARIS, FRANCE - Football fans across the globe can watch the world's best female American Football players compete for the inaugural International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Women's World Championship in Sweden through the event's official website from June 27 to July 3.


The www.2010WWC.info website homepage features links that direct visitors to the website of LGSPORTS.se, where football fans will be able to watch the all the action from the Zinkensdamms IP Stadium in Stockholm.


LGSPORTS will broadcast all games during the tournament via a PayPal pay-per-view platform and the coverage will feature an English-language commentary.  Subscriptions cost €9.90 per game (approximately $12.25 per game).


In addition to the games being shown live, the website will feature repeats of the games to make it more convenient for viewers in the US and Canada at 6pm EST and 10pm EST on game days.  For European viewers, the games featuring teams from Europe will be broadcast the following day at 17.00 and 21.00 hours CET.


USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Finland and Sweden will compete for the first ever world crown with the group games being played at 1pm and 6pm local time (7am and 12pm EST) on June 27 and 29 and July 1.  The final group placing will determine the line up for the July 3 Medal Games, which will kickoff at 11am, 3pm and 7pm local time (5am, 9am and 1pm EST).

Crushers begin homestand tonight 

with Oakland County

June 26

Written and Researched  for S/A-Cleveland by Evan Meyer – Sports Vault


TONIGHT’S FIRST UPS-The 2009 Frontier League Champion Lake Erie Crushers saw their seven game winning streak come to a screeching halt Friday night in Traverse City as first baseman C.J. Ziegler hit two home runs,both part of three run innings in both the sixth and seventh to power the Beach Bums to victory 9-5.The loss coupled with Oakland County’s win over Windy City in 14 innings means the Red,Black,and White are two games behind the Eastern Division leaders.

Tonight the Men of Crush open their largest homestand of the season at All Pro Freight Stadium as this battle for first place commences.This is a battle of the number two and three teams overall in the Frontier League and the Crushers will send RHP Matt Smith to the mound as he looks for his fifth straight win and sixth of the season.The visitors from suburban Detroit will counter with a right-hander in Wayne Kitchens

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

CRUSHERS-OAKLAND COUNTY LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the fourth of 12 regular season meetings between the two teams (the Cruisers took two of three when they met on May 25-27)…They will meet again on August 6-8 at the Intersection of Interstate 90 and Ohio Route 611 and will have one meeting in suburban Detroit that coming on July 22-24…LAST SEASON as the Midwest Sliders,the Crushers won the season series 10-4 (going 7-2 in Avon)



June 26, 2010

By Harry Plumer

AVON - The Lake Erie Crushers dropped the opener of a nine-game homestand to the East Division leading Oakland County Cruisers Saturday night at All Pro Freight Stadium 3-1.

For the third straight game the Crushers allowed the opposing team to get on the board in the first when Oakland County's leadoff man, Zachary Pace walked, stole second, and scored on Jeremy Jones's one-out double.

The Cruisers would extend their advantage in the second. Kyle Maunus led off with a double, advanced to third on a Luis Fernandez sacrifice bunt and scored on a passed ball. With the bases clear, Ryan Shay blasted the first home run of his professional career on a 2-1 pitch from Crushers starter Matt Smith to give Oakland County a 3-0 lead.

Lake Erie mustered just one hit in the ball game and it came in the third when Wayne Bond beat out a groundball to short. Oakland County starter Wayde Kitchens issued a walk to Arden McWilliams and hit Dom Duggan to load the bases. Jodam Rivera brought Bond home with a sacrifice fly to deep center.

That would be all the offense the Crushers (19-15) would muster however, as Brad Reid and Kurt Frymier closed the home side out over 3.2 scoreless innings of relief. Kitchens struck out five Crushers on his way to his second win of the season in a 5.2 inning outing.

Smith was tabbed with the loss after allowing the three runs in 4.1 innings, snapping his streak of five consecutive wins in decisions.

The series will continue tomorrow night with RHP Andres Esquibel (2-2, 4.17) taking the ball for the Cruisers (22-12) with LHP Esmelvin Jimenez (3-2, 3.56) countering for the Crushers. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 pm and the game will be aired live on WEOL.