A Page -- June 29, 2010

This week's Fairlawn camp with Otto Orf (green shirt)

Fairlawn Hands-On Soccer Campers 

learn tricks from Cleveland sports 

icon Otto Orf today

June 29, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

FAIRLAWN – Today was picture day here for this week’s Hands-On-Soccer Camp in Croghan Park, where every camper had his/her photo taken with Cleveland sports icon Otto Orf.

Orf will sign the photos they had taken with him and either a replica of the World Cup Trophy or a Cleveland Crunch championship trophy, and once the pictures are produced will mail them to each player. In addition, today he signed the jersey backs of each player.

Also, Hands-On-Soccer Camps are being run this week in West Geauga and Rootstown. Look for coverage of the West G. camp on tomorrow’s A Page (June30) here on www.studentathletecleveland.com.

Orf teaching campers juggling skills

The coaches in Fairlawn are former Ashland and Akron University S/A Justin Smith, former Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy goalie Ryan Cook and St. Edward High School Student/Athlete Toby Frohlich.

Watch short video of Smith instructing on passing drills by clicking on link below and downloading

(taken with pen-size camcorder, works best with Realplayer)

http://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/smithgivingpassinginstruction

Campers went through various dribbling, passing and shooting skills, with the coaches using cones, small goals and special sized balls as aides. Cook (no relation to Strongsville coach Tobey Cook) worked independently with the three goalies in camp.

One fun drill they did in the morning session was played a game called “Doctor, Doctor” in which each player is on one of two teams and has his own ball. They start out on the goal line and teams meet near midfield. The object is to hit the opponent on the shins with the attacking player’s ball. If hit on the shins, a player must sit down on his ball and yell, “Doctor, Doctor.”

The Game of "Doctor, Doctor"

Watch three short videos of “Doctor, Doctor” by clicking on link below and downloading

(taken with pen-size camcorder, works best with Realplayer)

 http://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/videoofdoctordoctor

A "doctor" on his own team who is still standing must run to his teammate while controlling his ball (carrying) and tag his teammate without getting hit with a another ball from the other team. If a sitting player can get cured by a “Doctor,” he can get back in the game. The game goes on until a point is reached in which all on one team are sitting. When that happens, the winner of the round gets a point and then they start over for how many ever rounds they want to play.

Smith went through camps in the 1980s at the old Cleveland Force Fitness Centers, received a scholarship to Miami of Ohio, but when the Redskins dropped men’s soccer because of Title IX he went to Ashland instead and then later transferred into the Zip fold.

CVCA Alum Ryan Cook

Listen to interview of Ryan Cook conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading

 http://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/ryancook

Cook will be a sophomore at Calvin College in the fall. Despite an offer to play from Calvin, he opted out of intercollegiate soccer to concentrate on the student part of Student/Athlete. He went out a winner as part of a state championship team at CVCA.

Watch short video of Cook instructing on goalie drills by clicking on link below and downloading

(taken with pen-size camcorder, works best with Realplayer)

http://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/video-of-cook-instructing-on-goalie-drills

St. Edward Student/Athlete Toby Frohlich

Listen to interview of Toby Frohlich conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading

http://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/interview-of-toby-frohlich 

Frohlich will be a senior at St. Ed, where he is looking forward to the fall matches against rival St. Ignatius. Frohlich won a popsicle for every player through his efforts in successfully catching one of Orf’s sky-high punts. Orf gave the goalies in camp three tries to catch one of his punts without dropping it, but none could do it. To be a good sport about it, he said if Frohlich could catch the first one, they would get the treat and the Eagle came through for the youth.

Coach Frohlich working with campers

In addition to the two coveted trophies, Orf also brought with him medals and coins from soccer tourneys all over the world, which he displayed to the campers, allowing them to take close looks at them.

Orf hands over a Crunch championship ring for campers to
pass around and take a good look

Listen to Otto Orf talking to campers by clicking on link below and downloading

 http://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/ottotalkingtofairlawncampers

The former Crunch goalie, who wore 00 on his uniform and was the only player in any sport to have his initials for his number, also showed a few juggling tricks, including one in which he headed the ball in the air and after it came down, landed on the back of his neck. He balanced it, keeping it rested and cradled on the back neck for five minutes. While on his knees, he took his shirt off, pulling it over his head, without the ball falling to the ground. Then he pulled the shirt back over without the ball falling to the ground, remaining cradled on the neck.

Thomas
Listen to interview of Thomas conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading

Thomas Mendenhall, age 10, is participating in his fourth Otto Orf Hands-On Soccer Camp and has already noticed the benefits.
Alex

Alex Dulle, age 7, attends school in the Medina Highland District. This is her second Hands-On-Camp.

Listen to interview of Alex conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading

http://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/interviewwithalex    


Crushers walk off with 1-0 win 

June 29, 2010

By Harry Plumer

AVON — Lee Huggins doubled home Andrew Saylor with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to score the only run of the game and give the Crushers a 1-0 victory over the Florence Freedom tonight in All Pro Freight Stadium.

With Josh Arballo on the hill in the 11th for Florence, Travis Vetters worked a four-pitch walk with one out. The next batter, Andrew Saylor, singled through the hole but Vetters was gunned down trying to take third on the play on a controversial call that resulted in an ejection for John Massarelli.

It did not matter though, as Huggins drove the 1-1 pitch from Arballo over the head of left fielder Michael Campbell to give the Crushers the win.

The Crushers were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position to that point and had stranded runners on second or third in the fourth, eighth and ninth innings.

Josh Roberts was stellar in his start for the Crushers, pitching nine scoreless innings allowing just four hits and striking out a season-high five. He hit two Florence batters but did not walk a man and improved his record to 5-0.

Tim Holmes was equally as impressive for Florence in opposition however, as he tossed 7.2 shutout frames before being lifted in favor of Will Palmer in the eighth.

The Crushers (21-16) and Freedom (14-23) will play game two of the series Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Phil Rummel (2-3, 5.97) is set to pitch for Lake Erie while RHP Andy Clark (3-2, 4.33) gets the call for Florence.

EXTRA SWINGS:

>The Crushers pitching staff has now gone 20.2 consecutive innings without allowing a run

>Josh Roberts’ nine innings were the most by a Crushers starter this season. Roberts also had the previous high, with eight on June 14.

>The loss was the fifth in a row for Florence and its second-straight extra inning defeat.

>The win was the second of the walk off variety for Lake Erie, which defeated Oakland County 3-2 on May 25 on an Arden McWilliams walk-off single.

 

  



Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International 


Youth Sports Festival 

July 1-4, 2010

 

 

June 29, 2010


By Jenny Popis


The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is hosting the fifth annual Continental Cup, now under the name Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival, from July 1-4, 2010. The Sports Festival will be comprised of three sports including the AC Milan Continental Cup (U9-U19 boys and girls soccer), Cleveland Indians Charities Continental Cup (U12 and U14 boys baseball) and the newly added Cleveland Cavaliers Continental Cup (U18 boys and girls basketball).



 

Over 3,500 athletes from 20 different countries are expected to participate in the 2010 Sports Festival, infusing an estimated $4 million into the local economy. A projected 160 soccer teams will compete in the AC Milan Continental Cup with teams coming from countries including Barbados , Brazil , Cameroon , Canada , Colombia and Puerto Rico . The Cleveland Indians Charities Continental Cup has grown to include U12 and U14 boys teams and will have international teams representing Australia and Canada . The addition of the Cleveland Cavaliers Continental Cup Basketball U18 boys and girls tournament will bring additional athletes to Cleveland including those from Cyprus , New Zealand , St. Lucia and Kenya .

 

 

 

FREE OPENING CEREMONY PRESENTED BY OHIO AIR AND ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, JULY 1st

 

WHAT: Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival Opening Ceremonies and Celebration – Presented by the Ohio Army and Air National Guard

 

WHERE: John Carroll University - Don Shula Stadium

 

DATE: Thursday, July 1st

 

TIME: Gates open to the public at 6:00pm; Show start at 7:30pm

 

DETAILS: All Sports Festival participants, fans and community residents are invited to attend the Olympic-style Opening Ceremony that will include a parade of athletes, interactive activities, face painting, inflatables, food and beverages, live music and entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show. Quick Change, a high-energy dance group whose elegant costume transformations amaze audiences, will also perform. Admission is free and gates open to the public at 6:00pm.


 

 

 

 

 

CLEVELAND CLINIC SPORTS HEALTH INTERNATIONAL YOUTH SPORTS FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE, JULY 1-4

 

*All tournament games and Opening Ceremonies are free and open to the public.

 

Thursday, July 1st:

 

Event                                                   Location                                              Time

Soccer Play                                            Lost Nation Sports Park                           9:00am – 5:00pm

Soccer Play                                            Laurel School Butler Campus                   9:00am – 2:30pm         

Baseball Play                                          Euclid Memorial Park                              8:00am – 6:00pm

Baseball Play                                          Gilmour Academy                                    8:00am – 6:00pm

Basketball Play                                       Gilmour Academy                                    10:00am – 3:30pm

 

AC Milan Coaches Clinic                          Lost Nation Sports Park                           2:00pm

(no longer accepting RSVPs                       Players Club

 but open to media)

 

Opening Ceremony                                 John Carroll University                             6:00pm
  Presented by Ohio Air and                       Don Shula Stadium

  Army National Guard

  & VIP Reception (by invitation only)

 

Coaches Reception                                 Claddagh Irish Pub                                 10:00pm

                                   

 

 

Friday, July 2nd:

 

Event                                                   Location                                              Time

 

Soccer Play                                            Lost Nation Sports Park                           8:00am – 7:00pm
Soccer Play                                            Laurel School Butler Campus                   8:00am – 2:30pm

Baseball Play                                          Euclid Memorial Park                              8:00am – 6:00pm

Baseball Play                                          Gilmour Academy                                    8:00am – 6:00pm

Basketball Play                                       Gilmour Academy                                    10:00am – 2:00pm

 

AC Milan Coaches Clinic                          Lost Nation Sports Park                            9:00am -12:30pm         

 (registration is closed                            Players Club                                          2:30pm – 6:00pm

  but open to media)

 

W League Game*                                   John Carroll University                             7:00pm
  Cleveland Int’l Women vs.                        Don Shula Stadium
  Kalamazoo Outrage

 

Club Hard Rock Dance Party                    John Carroll University                             8:00pm – 10:00pm

  (free - open to athletes only)                   Dolan Center

 

 

Saturday, July 3rd:

 

Event                                                   Location                                              Time

 

Soccer Play                                            Lost Nation Sports Park                           8:00am – 7:00pm
Soccer Play                                            Laurel School Butler Campus                   9:00am – 5:00pm

Baseball Play                                          Euclid Memorial Park                              8:00am – 6:00pm

Basketball Play                                       Gilmour Academy                                    9:00am – 4:00pm

 

AC Milan Coaches Clinic                          Lost Nation Sports Park                           9:00am – 12:30pm        

 (registration is closed                              Players Club

  but open to media)

 

Premier Development Game*                  John Carroll University                             2:00pm

Cincinatti U20’s vs.                                   Don Shula Stadium
Toronto Lynx

 

W League Game*                                   John Carroll University                             4:30pm

Cleveland Int’l Women vs.                         Don Shula Stadium

London Gryphons                                   

 

Premier Dev. League Game*                   John Carroll University                             7:00pm

Cleveland International vs.                        Don Shula Stadium      

Toronto Lynx                             

 

 

Sunday, July 4th:

 

Event                                                   Location                                              Time

 

Soccer Finals/Championships                  Lost Nation Sports Park                           8:00am – 5:00pm
Soccer Finals/Championships                  Laurel School Butler Campus                   9:00am – 12:30pm

Baseball Finals/Championships                Euclid Memorial Park                              8:00pm – 12:00pm

Basketball Finals/Championship               Gilmour Academy                                    8:00am – 1:30pm

 

U14 Baseball Championships                   Progressive Field                                    EST 5:30pm


Crushers open series tonight with Florence

June 29, 2010

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

AVON -- The Lake Erie Crushers open a three-game series with Florence tonight. 

TONIGHT’S FIRST UPS-The 2009 Frontier League Champion Lake Erie Crushers salvaged the final game of their three-game series with the Eastern Division leading Oakland County Cruisers Monday night at All-Pro Freight Stadium.After dropping the completion of Sunday’s suspended tilt,the Men of Crush scored the only runs of the game in the first inning then turned the game over to right-hander Travis Visser who pitched five shutout innings winning his fourth consecutive decision while J.J. Pacella closed the contest with two scoreless innings and his third save of the year.

J.J. Pacella

JJ Pacella

The Red,Black,and White look to build on their fourth shutout of the season and third at home as they move back facing Western Division opposition for the final six games of the homestand which continues tonight with the first look in 2010 of the Florence Freedom as righthander Josh Roberts looks for his fourth consecutive win and fifth overall.Opposing him is former Bay High School star Tim Holmes

CRUSHERS-FLORENCE LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the first of six regular-season meetings between the two clubs.This is the is Freedom’s only visit to the junction of Interstate 90 and Ohio Route 611…The two teams will meet fore the final time in the regular season on July 6-8 at Champion Window Park in Cincinnati’s southern suburbs…LAST YEAR the Crushers won the season series 8-4 (5-1 in Avon)

 

LAST NIGHT-In a game that was shortened to seven innings due to the completion of Sunday’s suspended tilt,the Crushers would score the only two runs of the game in the top of the first inning against Oakland County starter RHP KEVIN ASSELIN.With one out,SS JODAM RIVERA doubled and came home on an RBI single by 3B ANDREW DAVIS.An error by RF ROBBIE TOLAN enabled Davis to score to make it 2-0.The rest was left to RHP TRAVIS VISSER who pitched five shutout innings allowing three hits but he did walk four and struck out three in posting his fourth consecutive winning decision (4-2).RHP J.J. PACELLA finished up with two scoreless innings in picking up his third save since returning to the Crushers.ASSELIN went the distance allowing just two hits (Jodam Rivera double and the Davis single) but was tagged with the loss (4-2).

Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts

CRUSHERS STARTING PITCHER

RHP JOSH ROBERTS (4-0 2.20 ERA)…Josh will be making his eighth start and appearance of the season…HIS LAST START came Thursday night in Traverse City defeating the Beach Bums 5-3 (6IP-6H-3R-3ER-3BB-1SO-2HR).The Crushers came back from a 3-0 deficit with two in the sixth and two in the seventh… AGIANST FLORENCE This will be Josh’s first start and appearance against the Freedom this season…AT HOME Josh will be making his fourth start of the season at All Pro Freight Stadium…He is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA (22IP-16H-4R-3ER-5BB-11SO) beating Washington in his last home start on June 14th …26 years old…native of Snohomish, Washington …was selected by Florida in the 35th round of the June,2007 draft…made 13 appearances for the Marlins team in the Gulf Coast League in 2007 with a 2.53 ERA…pitched for Jamestown (A-New York/Penn League) making eight appearances (seven starts) going 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA

YES I CAN Basketball camps looking 

to salvage Ohio camp after 

Heidelberg no 

longer hosting three-decade camp

June 29, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

Tiffin – The “Yes I Can” Basketball Camps founded by Stan Kellner and run locally by former South Amherst and Westlake boys coach Bill Immler that has run at Heidelberg for 30 years will take place here this summer.

 The Yes I Can People are looking for a local sponsor or partner to underwrite the camp so that they could bring it back to Ohio later in the summer.

Yes I Can founder Stan Kellner with campers

 

Yes I Can is a rather unique approach using cybernetics and building confidence and success in young Student/Athletes by having them focus on envisioning doing things they have never before done in their lives.

Those Interested should send an email to kmkellner@gmail.com  or call coach Immler at (440) 452-6301 or (440) 282-8002.

  

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