A Page -- June 3, 2010

2010 Regional Logo

Six Cleveland 


girls' teams win 

state titles; all 

nine teams 


to regionals

By Nancy Shaw

June 3, 2010

The Internationals Soccer Club girls teams broke their own records from last year, with the club advancing all  nine of its teams to the semi-finals of the recent United States Youth Soccer Association State Cup Championships, with a record of 35-7-3.

U-13 Internationals State title team

 Six of those teams, U-10, U-12, U-13, U-14, U-16 and U-18, won the State Cup.  The U-13s, 14s, 16s and 18s now advance to the USYSA Regionals in Dayton later this month.

Internationals U-10 championship team

With their record, for the second year in a row, the Internationals girls won the OYSAN Club Cup, recognizing the most successful club in the U13-18 age groups.  In addition, the Internationals girls earned the most points in the OYSAN Youth Academy Cup competition for the developmental ages (U10-12) for the THIRD year in a row.

U-12 State title team 

U-14 State title team

The Club’s U-18 team won its third straight State title, a fitting send off to 17 high school seniors who will all play college soccer next year at prestigious colleges across the country:

Kate Allen                                   Whitehouse                     Northwestern University

Taylor Ballard                             Olmsted Falls                     University of Akron

Becca Candler                            Medina                                                University of Indiana

Maria Deliberato                      Independence                  Ohio State University

Megan Gallagher                     Ottawa Lake, MI               Loyola Marymount University

Lizzie Goldsmith                       Shaker Heights                  University of South Alabama

Taylor Leach                               Maumee                             University of South Carolina

Juliana Libertin                          Uniontown                         University of Dayton

Nicole Luke                                 Westlake                             Marquette University

Lauren Mesaros                       Olmsted Twp.                    Cleveland State University

Rachel Middleman                  Mars, PA                              Ohio State University

Taylor Miller                               Avon Lake                           Cleveland State University

Maggie Rusnak                         Canton                                 University of Akron

Kate Schmidt                             Sylvania                                University of Cincinnati

Megan Schneir                          Solon                                     Vanderbilt University

Shelby Troyer                            Elida                                       Indiana State University

Carolyn Vespoli                         Akron                                    John Carroll University

 U-18 team        


Internationals teams have won more State, Regional and National titles than any other club in Northern Ohio.  Players interested in playing with and against the best are invited to the Club’s upcoming tryouts, and should visit the Internationals website, http://www.internationalssoccer.com/club/tryouts/tryouts.cfm

 Internationals U-16 State title team

Crushers win three game 

series with Rascals with 10-

1 win; “pay-as-you-exit” big 

show highlighted by Red 

Raider Ardie McWilliams’s 

long ball; Wadsworth's  

Saylor gets Player of the 



June 3, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com Editor



AVON – In the rubber match between the Lake Erie Crushers and the River City Rascals here in All-Pro Freight Stadium, 10-1, in front of 2,056 fans.


The Crushers (5-7) will now go on a six-game road trip before returning home for a six-game home stand with Gateway and Washington starting a week from tomorrow.

Arden McWilliams

Shaker Heights High alum and current assistant baseball coach Ardie McWilliams broke the scoreless deadlock with an RBI single in the home half of the second inning. Then Jodam Rivera blooped a bases loaded single to score the second run of the inning.

Andrew Saylor

Wadsworth native and Cleveland State assistant coach Drew Saylor then dug into the Rascal second-inning wound by cracking a lined-drive single to right to score two runners to make it 4-0 with still one out in the inning.

Then on the double steal, Saylor stole second and Rivera stole home to make it 5-0 game after two innings were in the books.

Saylor had three hits, three RBI's and was part of four double plays in the field.

Dom Duggan

Speedy Dom Duggan doubled to start the sixth inning and eventually scored to plate the hosts’ sixth run of the contest. Eddie Tisdale made it 8-0 with a two-run double.

McWilliams then hit the downtown ball over the left field wall with one aboard in the sixth to make it 10-0. It was his second four-bagger of the season, both in this park.

Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts started on the mound and went eight innings and allowing no earned runs to get the win.

The last Crusher to pitch a complete game was Paul Fagan on Sept. 1, 2009. Only three complete games have been tossed in the history of the club.

Avon High School 

Senior Michael 

Horning to Play 

Baseball at Mount 


June 3, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)— Avon High School senior Michael Horning has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the baseball team.

Horning was a three-year letterwinner, an all-conference and all-county selection for coach Frank Desmit at Avon High School.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution an hour southeast of Cleveland, went 15-20 last season and is coached by Paul Hesse who enters his 15th year in the dugout and is one of only 11 coaches in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference to win over 200 career games.

Horning plans to study Sport Business and is the son of Dave and Eileen Horning of Avon.

Wellington High 

School Seniors 

Austin Smith and 

Joshua Roberts to 

Wrestle at Mount 


By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)— Wellington High School seniors Austin Smith and Joshua Roberts have committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the wrestling team.

Smith, a four-year letterwinner and a district tournament qualifier, plans to study Education and History and is the son of Richard Smith and Lora Rollence of Wellington.

Roberts, a three-year letterwinner, state tournament qualifier, and all-county selection, plans to study Communications and is the son of Ivan and Tina Roberts of Wellington.

They both wrestled for coach John Sedlick at Wellington High School.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution an hour southeast of Cleveland, is coached by fourth year head coach Mark Hawald and has finished second in the Ohio Athletic Conference for a second straight year, had three wrestlers advance to the NCAA Championships and one of those wrestlers earned All-American honors for a second-straight year.

Garfield Heights 

High School Senior 

Marcus Mlakar to

Play Football at 

Mount Union

(ALLIANCE)—Garfield Heights High School senior Marcus Mlakar has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the football team this Fall.

Mlakar, a 6-4, 275-pound lineman, was a three-year letterwinner who was team captain for coach Charles Rizen at Garfield Heights High School.

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 10NCAA Division III National Championships and head 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.

Mlakar plans to study Education and is the son of Marcia Kiss of Garfield Heights.


Colton Buffington

named MVP in SWC 


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com Editor



WESTLAKE – Westlake sophomore Colton Buffington was named the Most Valuable Player in the Southwestern Conference for boys’ tennis, while Demons coach Jeff Mannies garnered Coach of the Year honors.



The Demons won their second consecutive league title and made it to the Elite Eight in the state team tournament. Buffington finished third in the state in Division I in singles, in the individual tournament.

Also, second singles player Jason Wissman, and first doubles team Brian Gottfried and Abhi Ramachandran also made first team All-SWC.

Conference and Special end of the season awards for Westlake Varsity Tennis:

MVP SWC Award:

Colton Buffington


SWC Coach of the Year:

Jeffery Mannies


SWC First Team All Conference:

Colton Buffington - 1st singles

Jason Wissman - 2nd singles

Brian Gottfried and Abhi Ramachandran - 1st doubles


SWC Second Team All Conference: 

Stephen Flesicher and Kevin Wang - 2nd doubles


Honorable Mention SWC:

Max Salvatore, 3 place at 3rd singles


Special Varsity Awards: 

Sportsmanship Award – Colton Buffington

Most Valuable Player Award – Jason Wissman

Most Improved Award – Kevin Wang

Team Player – Max Salvatore

State Qualifier - Colton Buffington

Avon Lake's Nealon, Elyria's 

Neuschaefer, Strongsville's Novak 

garner some of top baseball 

honors at B-W

June 3, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace College legendary Head Baseball Coach Bob Fisher announced the 2010 team award winners for his last season on the bench. Fisher is retiring after 42 seasons and 700 victories.

The 2010 Yellow Jacket award winners are freshman centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria), senior pitchers Scott Luthman (Celina) and Justin Novak (Strongsville), senior first baseman Chris Nealon (Avon Lake), junior first baseman Joe Wickens  (Wooster/ Senior) and sophomore catcher Jordan Barnett (Willard).


Neuschaefer was named Outstanding Freshman and earned the Gold Glove Award. He batted .333 with 43 hits and an on-base percentage of .428 in 33 games from the leadoff spot. He led the team with 44 runs scored, four triples and 13 stolen bases. Defensively, Neuschaefer was outstanding with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 88 chances.  He also led the outfield with 85 putouts, adding three assists, and was on the front end of three double plays.

Luthman was the co-recipient of the Outstanding Pitcher Award.  He made 10 appearances, including eight starting assignments with three complete games. Luthman led the staff with a 4.45 earned run average and compiled a 4-3 record. He struck out 37 opposing batters and walked just 12 in 54 and two-thirds innings pitched. For his career, Luthman finished with a 9-9 record in 34 appearances.


Novak was the other recipient of the Outstanding Pitcher Award and also received the Guy Fisher Award for Academic Excellence for the second time. Novak finished his final season with a 4-4 record in nine appearances, all starts, with six complete games and a team-leading 59 innings on the hill. Novak finished second in Division III by walking just four batters.

The senior captain earned the Leadership Award at the Student-Athlete Awards Dinner and was named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV player. In the classroom Novak excelled, posting a 4.0 grade point average for the fall semester with a 4.0 in MBA courses, and a 3.846 in the spring semester with a 3.889 in MBA work.  He finished the year with a 3.935 GPA and earned Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors for the second straight year. Novak finished his career with a 9-10 record in 34 appearances.


Nealon was awarded the Big Stick Award for his hitting exploits. The senior led the team with a .390 batting average and a .545 slugging percentage. Nealon had 48 hits, 10 doubles, three homeruns and 29 runs batted-in.  He also had a .436 on-base percentage and had the lowest strikeout percentage of anyone on the team. He finished his career with a remarkable .391 batting average.

Wickens and Barnett were the co-winners of the Yellow Jacket Award. It is given annually to the exemplary baseball student-athlete who "demonstrated a year-round dedication to baseball and to the team, as well as the positive attitude toward the game, his teammates, along with a work ethic and a style of unselfish play and leadership, that, if emulated by anyone, would make for a better player and a better teammate."