A Page -- May 16, 2010

Locals Ardie McWilliams from 

Shaker, Zach Messer from Perry 

Township, Drew Saylor from 

Wadsworth shine as Crushers end 

exhibition season undefeated


May 16, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON – In exhibition baseball today in All-Pro Freight Stadium, the Lake Erie Crushers concluded their pre-season campaign undefeated with a 7-4 win over the Washington Wild Things.

The Crushers beat the Things in Pennsylvania Friday night, 4-3, and tied them, 2-2, here in The Freight yesterday.

Lake Erie, the defending champs in the Frontier League, will open the regular season here Friday against the Traverse City Beach Bums. Fireworks will follow the game.  

Arden McWilliams

The Crushers took a 1-0 lead in the second on a two-out triple into the right field by Travis Vetters and single by Shaker Heights’ Ardie McWilliams, who wound up as the team’s hit leader on the afternoon with three safeties thereby earning Player of the Game Honors from the local media.

They added two more in the fifth, the second run in the game coming off an RBI from another local guy, Massillon Perry alumnus Zach Messer, who played his college ball at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland.

Wayne Bond followed Messer with an RBI single, but an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded prevented the Crushers from making it get out of hand in the fifth.

They did pad the lead though the next time up when Eddie Tisdale hammered a wrong-way homer over the left field wall. The solo shot made it 4-0,  where it stood through six innings.

The Wildcats tied it with a pair in the sixth and a pair in the seventh. Messer helped put the clamps on the eighth-inning rally, nailing a runner at first with a hard throw on a tough grounder to third. Washington left runners on second and third in ending half of the inning.

McWilliams scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, starting off the inning with a single, moving to third on Lee Huggins’ ground-rule double on the ball that bounced over the right field wall and alertly scored on a low line drive by Brad Griffiths that the second baseman had to trap. 

Andrew Saylor

Wadsworth’s Drew Saylor drove in two more runs in the bottom of the ninth with a hit. The teams agreed to play 10 innings no matter what since they tied 2-2 after nine yesterday and decided not to play a 10th.


Kevin Krakora is triple winner as 

Avon wins WSC boys' title; River 

wins gals' division

May 16, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GRAFTON – Avon won the boys’ division and Rocky River the girls’ in the Fifth Annual West Shore Conference Track and Field Championships here at Midview High in Adelsberg Stadium. Bay finished second in both divisions.

Kevin Krakora was a triple winner for Avon, winning all three individual sprints. Also for the Eagles, Nate Furnas won the long jump, and Chris Ortiz in the 300-meter hurdles.

The Pirate girls were led by Jess Goepfert’s win in the pole vault, Maddy McDonough’s conquest in the mile, Olivia Vitou’s top time in the 400 dash, Megan O’Keefe’s triumph in the half mile,  and Elyse Beirut’s enduringly outdistancing the rest of the field in the two mile.

Defending state champ Bridget Doughty won both hurdles races for the Rockets.

Joe Hanigosky won the 110 hurdles for the River boys.

Avon High School logo

The Eagle girls were led by Brittani Cox’ win in the long jump, Zac Ball won the discus and Ash DeWitt the pole vault for Firelands, which is booking from the conference at the end of this school year.

Andrea Dillon was a winner in the high jump and Emily Dillon both the 100 and 200 for Vermilion.

For North Ridgeville, Josh Hudson won the high jump.

Mike Brajdic won the mile and two-mile and Sam Allen the half for Bay.

Fairview, also exiting in June after a short stay in the league, had Gage Falcone win the shot. 

Host Midview had Grace Demyan win the discus.

Boys Track

WSC Champ Eagles

Lakewood's tennis team does 

it one better in '10 than its 2009 

showing, which now moves to 

only its second best showing 

in 49 years

May 16, 2010

After winning its first league championship in 48 years in t2009, the Lakewood tennis team did it one better in 2010 as the Rangers finished their most successful season in decades by winning 9 of their final 10 matches to finish 12-4.



The team, coached by Chris Johnson, who was voted as the girls coach of the year in the state of Ohio in leading Magnificat to state championships in two of the past three seasons, was a perfect 4-0 in Northeastern Ohio Conference division play for the second consecutive season. 

The Rangers also had a good showing at the Sectional Tournament. Freshman Chris Richardson made it to the third round, while Sophomore Jimmy Matthiesen got knocked out after making an impressive run to the quarterfinals.

No. 1 Singles player Alex Mihas

(Photo by Norm Weber)

Sophomore Alex Mihas finished third, qualifying him for the District Tournament for the second consecutive season. His record stands at an impressive 20-4 for the season.