A Page -- June 5, 2010

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By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND (June 5, 2010) - Five Case Western Reserve University Student/Athletes have been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Track & Field/Cross Country College Division Team.  The announcement was made on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) website today. 

First team selections are now eligible to be named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans, which will be announced at a later date.

On the women's side, sophomore Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH) and senior Elaine Simpson (Arlington Heights, IL) were both first team honorees while graduate student Britta Kumley (Solon, OH) was named to the second team.  For the men, both senior Brian Cromer (Papillion, NE) and junior Tim Smith (Sandusky, OH) made the first team.

Hollinger is a three-time (indoor once, outdoor twice) National Qualifier in the high jump.  The macromolecular and polymer scienceand engineering major earned All-America honors at last year's outdoor Nationals and was named a second team Academic All-American this past basketball season.  She is a two-time All-University Athletic Association (UAA) honoree on the court.

Simpson, who majored in biology (pre-veterinary) and ran distance, is a three-time (once in cross country, twice in track) National Qualifier and received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this past school year.  She will pursue veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University in the fall, where she also expects to be a member of the Buckeye track & field program. 

Kumley received her undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve in biology, economics and French.  She is currently pursuing her masters in bioethics.  Kumley earned All-America accolades in cross country back in her senior year (2008) as a Spartan.  She will attend medical school next year and is currently conducting research in cell biology.

Cromer, who majored in polymer engineering, is a nine-time UAA All-Academic selection in cross country and track and field.  The 2010 cross country team captain earned All-Region honors at this past year's Great Lakes Regional Championship and was the Spartans top finisher at the 2010 UAA Championships. 

Smith is a six-time UAA All-Academic honoree and he posted a personal best (25:59.5) this year during cross country season.  He conducts research with linux-based computer simulations using gromacs to find dihedral angles in simulated molecules.  Smith plans to attend graduate school in the fall and possibly get his doctorate.
Sophomore Shelbi Tilton had two hits

Perry wins first state softball 

title in township history; 

Panthers do it in style -- on mercy 


June 5, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



AKRON -- Perry Township will be celebrating all night tonight, up and down Lincolnway, as the diamond heroines returned to town just moments ago.


After a five-hour rain delay today, the girls’ softball team finished up business and won the schools first state fastpitch title.


The Panthers left no doubt that they are the class of Division I in the state, retaking the field and showing no signs of restlessness, scoring enough to down Grove City, 10-0, ending the game early on the mercy ruling here in Firestone Park.


After returning to the field, Maria Tayse played longball, blasting a shot to right field with one runner aboard, brining in the ninth and 10th runs of the contest. The walk off home run occurred in the bottom of the sixth inning and would be the last play of the season for both teams. In softball, the mercy ruling applies to playoff and championship games as well as the regular season.


Junior Casi Rohr went the distance on the mound, scattering just six hits.


Seniors Anna Fach, Caitlyn Ferrell and Sarah Samblanet and sophomore Shelbi Tilton each collected two hits to lead Perry. 


Sarah Samblanet

Lack of communications shafts 

Student/Athletes in twofold 

accomplishment recognition

June 5, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND – Sadly, for the first time in 35 years, the local chapter of the Ohio High School Coaches Tennis Association will not be honoring those Student/Athletes in the sport who excel equally as well in the classroom and on the playing surface.

Normally, coaches send in biographical information with the S/A’s accomplishments on the court and in the classroom. From there a committee selects the top first, second and third singles players and first and second doubles teams, and awards them with Scholar/Athlete recognition based on the best/high balances in both realms.. This is similar to the COSIDA and ESPN Academic all league, all district, all region and All American teams that are formed for college Student/Athletes all over the country, accentuating the academics above the athletics but seriously considering both as part of the total package.


However, this year there will be no team recognizing the boys for both. Letters were sent to 45 coaches in the Great Lakes Region but only six replied, leaving organizers with no other choice but to put the award team into mothball status for a year.

This can be attributed to nothing other than poor communications skills. For a baseball player, 6 out of 45 would be a batting average of just a little over .100, which is really bad. This should not be and school administrators should have a zero tolerance for this.

There is no excuse for poor communications. None. Humans distinguish themselves from all other life forms because of the God-given ability to communicate and do so rationally. To not exercise that option and its many gifts is simply ludicrous.

Both benefits and drawbacks exist for having a pro trainer coaching Student/Athletes and for pro academic teachers coaching them. The former gives insight into the sport that for the most part is unmatched simply because that’s all that individual does all day. One can’t help but to have absorbed enough knowledge about the given sport (this applies to other sports such as hockey, soccer and golf as well) that the morsels of insight far surpasses those that are offered by someone who does it  for a handful of hours a day and only a few months in the year.

The latter has an advantage in that he can offer the link between what a youngster learns in the classroom and on the playing surface and apply those joint lessons to real life, whether it be in work, family, business or society.

The drawback of the 24/7 coach is that these types, due to lack of patience, will often write off those that do not appear to have natural talent, an elitist mentality, and a total disregard for existentialism (the theory that we are thrown into this world without a bone and only we can determine the content that will fill or not fill it) simply because most of them have never taken a philosophy class in their lives. Thus, the S/A is in jeopardy of not seeing the light of how the lessons learned could apply to real life situations, and how the process of improvement works, thereby never having any confidence in the idea of the overcoming of obstacles and limitations, which will stay with the S/A for a lifetime.

The drawback of the 9-3 educator and adjunct weekend and evening coach is that an increasing number of them are not in it because of their genuine care for the youth and that what they have to offer can tie into what some of them are also learning in their classes, but use it to ramp up their current supplemental pay and future retirement pay. It’s no secret that unions are an outdated form of organizing a work place, but the teachers union is an extremist  in comparison to the few others that still exist. Many of them are oblivious to the fact that the vast majority of workers in the American workforce pay for part of or all of their health care premiums on their own.

It really does the S/A a disservice when someone applies for a coaching job and offers as credentials, “Oh, I was on my high school JV team,” or “My brother played soccer and he taught me a few things about the game that would enable me to hold my own as a coach.”

Whichever way one goes in hiring a coach, how that candidate communicates should be at the forefront with all other things considered as well. Those who do their best as a coach are those who are going to communicate the best with and about their S/As, pro coaches or pro educators alike. Many studies have shown that relationships of any kind are destroyed because of lack of communication or miscommunication than for any other reason.

Think about that last experience when placing a telephone inquiry into a call center to either gain knowledge about or solve a problem around a product or service. Most have lived long enough tto have had to explain the same problem to eight or nine different telephone representatives, sounding like a broken record and sill not having a problem solved after six or eight months of chatting back and forth. It has become insane that we as a society have all this communications technology, yet communications has gotten worse, not better, within society as a whole.

This is all because communications has been pushed in the background and is treated as merely an afterthought. Then they wonder why they lose customers, the company goes bankrupt and the unemployment rates rise. MBA programs should do a better job of teaching Customer Relations Management (CRM) and how to implement programs to ensure that problem solvers take “ownership” of their customers.

This is what is happening here. Coaches are not taking “ownership” of their “Student/Athletes, meaning they are passing the buck instead of the subscribing to the Harry Truman theory that “the buck stops here.”

Yes, it is true that the coaching job is a secondary one whether the primary occupation is running a business or teaching, and that adding the responsibility of communicating the accomplishments of their S/As to post season honor committees or to the media is “more work” but prepping and post event/class work should be a part of any occupation and certainly is for teachers, which might have a slight edge in this dichotomy.

The communications part of it does not have to be done by the coach. He can provide the information and a student, parent, assistant coach, team manager, statistician, or sports information director (SID) can “relay” it for him, much like it is done in college. Amazingly, there are many in the prep S/A coaching ranks who don’t even know what an SID is, nor what his functions might be. We live in an age in which those connected within a school become perplexed when a reporter, coach, recruiter or publicist might ask for a roster because it is an essential tool to his work and not just for his own edification.

It is no longer a matter of just football and boys basketball. Most high schools sponsor close to 20 varsity teams and a host of JV, reserve and freshman teams to go with them. Communicating their accomplishments academically and athletically is now more important than ever.

North Olmsted's Andy Heitmann and Kurt Russell (right)

(Both excelled in the classroom and on the court this year)

It’s a shame that great tennis players and students like Rocky River’s James Meyer, St. Ignatius’s James Oliver, Brecksville’s Paul Forbush, North Olmsted’s Kurt Russell, Hawken’s Ryan Smith, Fairview’s Cole Ziegler, Brush’s Ethan Kaufman, Brunswick’s Mark Gerhart, NDCL’s Marty Wilson, Bay’s Pete Scanniello and at least a dozen others will not get their full Academic/Athletic recognition as Student/Athletes simply because of lack of communications.

Worse yet, many of them are seniors and there will be no way to make it up to them.



June 5, 2010

By Harry Plummer

SAUGET, Ill. - The Lake Erie Crushers matched a season high by scoring five runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Gateway Grizzlies tonight.

The Crushers opened the scoring by converting on a two-out rally in the top of the third. Drew Saylor singled and scored from first when Andrew Davis doubled into the right field corner. 

Lake Erie forced Gateway to go to the bullpen early for the second straight night, chasing starter B.J. Dail from the game with a five-run outburst in the fifth inning to go up 6-0. Arden McWilliams opened the inning with a single and scored when Wayne Bond doubled off the wall in left. Jodam Rivera singled in Bond with one away. Drew Saylor plated a run with a double while Travis Vetters, who studied at the University of Portland while playing his four years of college ball, drove home Dom Duggan with a sacrifice fly to center. The final run of the inning scored when Eddie Tisdale singled to left. The Crushers sent 10 men to the plate in the inning.

Travis Vetters


Gateway chipped away at the lead with runs in the fourth and fifth to pull within 6-2. The run in the fourth was unearned. Bobby Burk lifted a sacrifice fly in the fifth to score Breck Draper. Lake Erie tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth as Eddie Tisdale, who did his post secondary school studies at Winthrop, recorded a two-out infield single to score Drew Saylor. Breck Draper homered to left in the bottom of the seventh to push Gateway to within 7-3.

Matt Smith pitched five innings in his second start to gather his second win. Smith allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking one and striking out two to win his second consecutive decision in his return to the rotation. Ronnie Morales tossed a season high three innings allowing one run and Alberto Rolon finished the game by working through the ninth.

Eddie Tisdale

Lake Erie tallied 13 hits in the game. Drew Saylor led the way with a 3-for-4 showing. He scored three runs. Andrew Davis, Travis Vetters, and Eddie Tisdale also accounted for two hits each. Tisdale drove in two.

The three-game series concludes tomorrow evening with a 7:05 p.m. EDT contest against the Grizzlies. RHP Mike Raymond (0-1, 4.09) starts for the Crushers with RHP Mark Brackman (0-1, 4.05) on the hill for Gateway.


Ø  All but one member of the lineup recorded a hit in the game

Ø  The Crushers scored five runs in the second and fifth inning on June 3 against River City

Ø  Jodam Rivera stole his third base of the season in the fourth inning

Dom Duggan


Ø  Dom Duggan, who conducted his college studies at Coastal Carolina, was awarded a ground rule double in the top of the first inning when Travis Risser grabbed the ball from the bullpen