A Page -- May 17, 2010

B-W’s Nealon Twins from Avon Lake 

Earn All-OAC Baseball Honors

May 17, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace College senior twin brothers, Chris and Scott Nealon (Avon Lake), have been named to the 2010 All-Ohio Athletic Conference baseball team.
Chris Nealon

Chris Nealon was tabbed as a second-team pick at first base and Scott Nealon was selected to the honorable mention squad as a designated hitter.  The duo had their finest seasons as collegians this spring.
Scott Nealon

Chris Nealon led the Yellow Jackets with a .390 batting average (48-of-123) and three homeruns and tied for the team lead with 10 doubles.  Chris Nealon also recorded 29 runs batted-in, 22 runs scored and 11 walks. Defensively, he posted a fine .993 fielding average with 266 putouts and 12 assists. Chris Nealon also made five pitching appearances and logged seven and one-third innings on the mound. In 69 career games and 53 starts, he batted .391 with 47 RBI.

Scott Nealon hit .361 (48-of-133) with two homeruns and 28 RBI after moving from third base to designated hitter part way through the season. He also scored 24 runs, walked 10 times and stole five bases. In 91 career games and 66 starts, Scott Nealon hit .359 with three homeruns and 59 RBI.
St. Ignatius High School logo

Neal Jacbos blast off Lakewood High 

building, Jack McLinden pitching

land St. Ignatius into district title 

game Thursday

May 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – Defending district champs St. Ignatius moved into Thursday’s title game here in Jerry Gruss Memorial Field with a fast bang in a thunder-less rain storm this afternoon , “Amrap-ing” Parma, Sr., 10-0.

The big blow came in the bottom of the first inning when Neal Jacobs blasted his seventh home run of the season, a shot that sailed over the 360-foot sign in left center field fence and bounced off the conservatory building and into the back parking lot.

Listen to post game interview of Neal Jacobs conducted by Norm Weber and Eddie Dwyer by clicking on link below and downloading


Zach Seybert and Dave Gallagher were aboard on Jacobs’ three-run blast, making it 4-0 at the time.

Parma (14-8) had a golden chance to take a lead before going into the bottom inning but defensive gems by crisp Wildcat fielders shelved those ideas rapidly.

With runner at second and third and no outs off a single by George Blake and double by Nico Funari to start the game, the Redmen were certain to at least pick up at least some change before even taking the field.

It was not to be, however, as Gallagher fielded a hard grounder at short and fired home to Cory Finkler, who put the tag on Blake. That was followed by the tailor-made, 6-4-3, double play on a law-firm sounding connection --- Gallagher-Gallagher-Horesjei (Dave’s younger brother Colin plays second, Mike Horesjei first).

Listen to post game interview of Parma coach Ryan Dillon conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


From that point on, starting Wildcat pitcher Jack McLinden kept the Redmen bats quiet on the way to his sixth win of the year against one loss and the Cats’ 20th triumph of the season against six losses.

McLinden struck out four batters – all on called third strikes – and yielded only two more hits the after the first. He will study at and pitch for Bucknell next year.

Listen to post game interview of Jack McLinden conducted by Norm Weber and Larry Sheehe by clicking on link below and downloading


Dave Gallagher drove in runs in three different innings. Colin Gallagher reached base in all four of his plate appearances. Jacobs drove in four runs. Finkler had two sacrifice flies.

Olmsted Falls and Midpark to 

resume play tomorrow; 

championship game pushed to 

Thursday because of track meet

May 17, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – A queer scheduling twist has resulted in some fast reshuffling of the district baseball tournament here in Jerry Gruss Memorial Field.

In the second game last night of the big-school district semifinals, the rains continued to fall from the skies and the dirt patches around the bases, plate and mound among the Astro turf began getting muckier .

Olmsted Falls High School logo

Rather than have the grounds crew drop dry dirt on the field, umps and tourney officials decided to suspend the game between Olmsted Falls and Midpark with the Bulldogs leading, 10-3 in the top of the fifth inning.

The double header was supposed to be completed tonight with the championship game to be completed tomorrow between St. Ignatius, the first game winner in a rout over Parma, and the Falls-MP winner.

However, Falls coach Dan Largent did not want to put his team in position of having to win both a district semifinal game and district championship in the same day, while also not giving up what his team had earned in the first four innings of a game which was not officially a game yet as of the end of tonight.

So the agreement is that the rest of the game will be completed at 4:30 tomorrow with the championship to follow on Thursday. The district track meet is also being held in this same complex on Wednesday and Friday and the OHSAA does not want any more Student/Athletes involved in such crucial play than there will already be here those two days so the game cannot be played on those days. That leaves only Saturday if rain takes away either Tuesday or Thursday.

A four-run first inning gave Falls a head start. The big blow came on an opposite field home run to right field that went over the high fence and onto Bunts Road, nearly hitting a moving automobile on its downward flight.

Listen to post game interview of Eric Kolar conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Dave Venezuela singled to start or continue rallies in each of the first three innings, scoring all three times. Kolar also singled, stole a base and scored a run in the fourth. Kurt Carlisle has two hits and two runs scored going into the last three innings of the game tomorrow.

Sam Huston and Mike Sokol singled in a three-run second for Midpark, which forced Falls starter Nick Riolo out in the inning due to control problems (four walks in the inning).


Zack Ferster, who has two hits going into tomorrow, made a diving catch in left to end the rally. Cam Trefny came in from shortstop to relieve. He then struck out five batters in a row including three consecutive on called third strikes.

Oberlin Athletics Readiesfor NCAA Tennis Tournament
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Oberlin – The Oberlin College Athletics Department in conjunction with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is hosting the 2010 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships May 25-30 on the campus of Oberlin College. 

The top eight teams from across the country have battled through the tournament field and will now square off against each other to become to the nation’s best. In addition to the team portion of the tournament, the country’s top 32 individual players and 16 doubles pairings will also be vying for a national championship from Friday, May 28 through Sunday, May 30. 

Day one of the tournament will feature four quarterfinal match-ups at the state-of-the-art Don Hunsinger Courts. Middlebury, who is ranked No. 1 in all of Division III with an overall record of 20-2, draws North Carolina Wesleyan (18-2) who is making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The top-ranked Panthers are making their eighth-straight trip to nationals and last won the title in 2004. 

The second quarterfinal pairs the country’s No. 7 and No. 8 teams. Washington University (St. Louis) is making its ninth visit in row to the quarterfinals and is just two years removed from winning the national title. John Watts, who will also be participating in the singles portion of the tournament, leads the potent Bears lineup as the ITA’s Central Region Senior Player of the Year. Washington (19-4), will do battle against UAA member Carnegie Mellon University (21-5). The Tartans are making their inaugural visit to the quarterfinals. 

Perennial powerhouse Claremont Mudd-Scripps, who rank third in the country, face off against No. 13 Trinity (Texas). The Staggs boast an impressive 22-5 mark while Trinity enters with a record of 18-9. 

The final quarterfinal pairing should be another grueling match as the second-ranked Emory Eagles take on the fifth-ranked Amherst Lord Jeffs. Amherst upended Williams College 5-2 in the regional final, snapping the Ephs 13-year streak of making the NCAA quarterfinals. 

Fans can view the official championship homepage and bracket here. A complete list of individuals and doubles pairings can be viewed below. 

Admission to the entire tournament is free, so be sure to come out and watch the best Division III tennis players in the country. 

Strongsville's Jason Lash, Canton 

Central Catholic's Willie Brechun, 

Green's Greg Ferrell earn first-team 

All-OAC, Iggy alums Kirby Becker 

and Brian Benander, North Olmsted's 

Brett Katana, Alliance's Tim 

Saunders, Aurora's Mike Eden, 

North's Mike Uy also recognized

May 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Strongsville native Jason Lash from Heidelberg University was named the All Ohio Athletic Conference first-team shortstop while teammate Willie Brechun, a Canton Central Catholic alumnus, earned second-team honors, the league office announced today.


Lash is batting .407 with 22 doubles and 50 RBIs.


Brechun is bating .457 with 25 doubles.

Also making the first team was Green alumnus and Uniontown native Greg Ferrell, a sophomore outfielder for Mount Union.

Greg Ferrell


Cleveland-area Student/Athletes making the second team were Avon Lake native Chris Nealon  for Baldwin-Wallace, St. Ignatius alum and Richmond Heights resident Brian Benander and Aurora’s Mike Eden, both members of John Carroll’s team.

Kirby Becker

Kirby Becker

North Olmsted alumnus Brian Katana made honorable mention for Ohio Northern, as did Akron North’s Mike Uy for Capital, Alliance’s Tim Saunders for Marietta, St. Ignatius’ Kirby Becker for Marietta, and Avon Lake’s Scott Nealon for B-W.

Tim Saunders

Tim Saunders

Becker hit .400 with 10 doubles and 39 runs scored. Saunders hit .371 with four home runs and 36 RBIs.



Katana set the school record for saves in a season with eight while posting a 3-2 record. At bat, he hit .350 with four home runs and nine doubles.

Benander All-OAC 2010


Benander led the Blue Streaks in hitting with a .406 batting average. He also had nine doubles, three triples and four home runs.

Eden led the team with a 2.86 ERA, posting a 4-0 record and garnering 8 saves.

Michael Eden


Westlake reaches Elite Eight in State 

Coaches' Cup

May 17

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WESTLAKE – Westlake’s tennis team moved into the state’s Elite Eight with tonight’s 3-2 win over Hudson.

District qualifiers Colton Buffington and Jason Wissman won at first and second singles, while Brian Gottfried and Abhi Ramachandran garnered the third point by taking the first doubles match.


Buffington, the two-time sectional champ, won at first singles without giving up a point to Steve Boslet



OTCA State Tournament Results:

Westlake (3) v. Hudson (2)

Westlake moves into the top eight in the state of Ohio



1.  Colton Buffington (W) d. Stephen Boslet (H) 6-0, 6-0

2.  Jason Wissman (W) d. Patrick Ohanian (H) 6-2, 6-2

3.  Kevin Calowell (H) d. Stephen Fleischer (W) 6-0, 6-0



1.  Brian Gottfried/Abhi Ramachandran (W) d. Chris Nutt/Alex Decarlo (H) 6-0, 6-2

2.  Brian Booth/Connor Tunich (H) d. Max Salvatore/JT Rapaport (W) 6-2, 6-3