A Page -- May 27, 2010

Strongsville's Jason Lash and Justin 

Novak, Akron's Steve Deckert, and 

and Matt Uy, Middleburg Heights' 

Greg Gibbons, Berkshire's Brian 

Hiscox earn Academic All League 

First Team

May 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AUSTINTOWN – Six area Student/Athletes, including two who were Teammates/Classmates in high school and opponents in college, were named All-Academic First Team Ohio Athletic Conference for baseball, the league office here announced.


Leading the group of those who have mastered the Study/Sporting combo are Jason Lash and Steve Deckert of Heidelberg, the league and regional champion. They are playing with The Berg in the College World Series this week and next.

Strongsville's Lash

Lash’s high school teammate at Strongsville High, Justin Novak, also made it for B-W along with Midpark High grad Greg Gibbons, Akron North grad Matt Uy, and Berkshire grad Brian Hiscox.

Strongsville's Novak

An Akron native, Deckert is senior infielder for the Student Princes. The Coventry High product is carrying a 3.55 with a double major in business administration and sports management.

Lash is also a double major, studying chemistry and biology. The senior shortstop has a 3.57.

A business administration and accounting major, Novak will graduate with a perfect 4.0. The senior was a pitcher the past four seasons for the Yellow Jackets.

Also a senior pitcher, Uy is a pre-med major and ostensibly studies biology at Capital. The North grad is carrying a 3.79.

A Burton native, Hiscox is a senior infielder for Otterbein. With a double major in communications and public relations, Hiscox has 2.83.


Gibbons is a business major at Ohio Northern. The senior second baseman has a 3.35.




In addition, Crestline’s Aaron Eckert made honorable mention for Otterbein and Streetsboro’s Ted Cowling did the same for B-W.


Also those who attended high schools outside the S/A-Cleveland coverage area but attended colleges inside the circle who received Student/Athletic recognition were John Hasting, Tim O’Brien, and Adam Jenkins for John Carroll.

Lake Erie's Snyder Runs 5th in Prelims, Qualifies for NCAA Championship Finals in 400 Hurdles
Ethan Snyder recorded a time of 51.67 seconds to reach Saturday night's finals.

MAY 27

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Freshman Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) advanced to Saturday night’s 400-meter hurdle finals with a school record-setting time of 51.67 seconds – better than half a second fastest than his previous best – on Thursday (May 27) at the NCAA Division IIOutdoor Track and Field Championships in Charlotte, N.C. 

Snyder had the fifth fastest qualifying time in the preliminaries, running third in the event’s second heat.  His is the only first-year competitor of the eight to qualify for the finals.

Teammate and classmate Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) will run in the men’s 200-meter preliminaries on Friday evening.




May 27

By Harry Plummer

AVON, Ohio - The Lake Erie Crushers dropped the rubber game of a three game set with the Oakland County Cruisers Thursday evening at All Pro Freight Stadium, falling 1-0 in a pitcher's duel.

Oakland County starter James Albury, a 2009 Frontier League All-Star, was impressive in his second start of the season, shutting the Crushers out over seven innings. He allowed just one hit, a walk, and retired the first 11 hitters of the contest. 

The Cruisers didn't fare much better against Crushers pitching, scoring the lone run of the game in the top of the first. Zach Pace led off the game against Lake Erie starter Mike Raymond with a walk and advanced to second on Luis Fernandez's single. Jeremy Jones walked to load the bases and Pace scampered home on a groundout to second by Joash Brodin. Raymond escaped further damage by inducing a double play. Raymond threw five innings in his first start, scattering two hits and striking out a pair to go with four walks.

The brightest moment of the evening for the Crushers came in the top half of the fourth, when a line drive off the bat of Oakland County's Robbie Tolan son of Bobby Tolan) at shortstop Andrew Davis resulted in the first triple play in Crushers history. 

Nate Kafka pitched the eighth for Oakland County and P.J, Zocchi recorded his league-leading fourth save in as many tries for the Cruisers. Esmelvin Jimenez twirled three scoreless frames out of the bullpen for the Crushers with Ronnie Morales working a clean ninth. 

Lake Erie (2-4) hits the road for the first time tomorrow night, traveling to Kalamazoo to meet the Kings for the first time in 2010. The Crushers bested the Kings in last year's East Division Playoff Series in five games. RHP Travis Risser (0-1, 8.31) climbs the hill for his second start for Lake Erie while Kalamazoo counters with RHP Josh Whitlock (0-0, 3.38).


>Crushers outfielder Arden McWilliams, a Shaker Heights High alumnus, walked in the fifth to extend his on-base streak to six games

>Lake Erie turned three double plays in the game

>The bullpen has not allowed a run in the last 9.1 innings of work


EDITOR'S NOTE: This is Memorial Day Weekend. This weekend is the time to honor the more than one million American men who have died in wars since the Revolutionary War in the 1700s. It is because of their willingness to die for an idea (many of them 60 or more years earlier than they were supposed to die), we have the freedoms we have today, including freedom of speech and the press. This forum nor any other mass media outlet would be possible without their sacrifices. If you know a family who has a recent member or ancestor who died in a war, please thank that family for his sacrifices on this weekend since it is not plausible to thank him personally. Remember, freedom is not free.

Avon grad Phil Brua named All-Mideast Region Gold Glove Recipient

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 by Ryan Mouch
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer
Oberlin, Ohio – Oberlin College junior pitcher Phil Brua has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Mideast Region Gold Glove Team. With this award, Brua will now be nominated for the national gold glove award at his position.

Brua, a native of nearby Avon, Ohio, served as the team’s closer and main reliever this season. He had a team leading 55 innings pitched in 22 total appearances with only two starts on the mound. His 2.78 earned run average led the team, as he set school records in total appearances (22) and saves (6). He also tied the school record for single season wins with six held by departing teammate Jack Dunn.

The sidearm specialist used his athletic ability to be a defensive stalwart on the mound with a .975 fielding percentage on the year; his only two errors on the season coming while he was behind the plate. 

In 2011, the Yeomen look to make their first postseason appearance in the NCAC Playoffs, as they return a senior-laden class led by Brua on the mound. The national gold glove team will be announced at a later date.

Hoover sweeps 

up Iggy in boys' 


May 27, '10

By Michael Watts

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer


Saint Ignatius, coming off its first win in over a decade against Hudson, was unable to match the intensity of North Canton Hoover as they fell 8-6 to the Vikings.  The game was the state’s round of sixteen, and was played on Ignatius’ Wasmer Field, the venue of the two teams previous matchup in April.  The Wildcats won their first game by one goal, a final of 8-7, but fell just short in the playoff affair.  The win by Hoover was their first against Ignatius in over four years.


Scoring started early with a goal from Josh England a mere minute and seven seconds into the game.  Saint Ignatius was quick to respond with a pair of goals in just over two minutes to put the Cats in the lead.  Senior David Van Buren put the Wildcats first tally on the board, with the second coming off the stick of Matt Stanton.  At the end of the first quarter the Cats held onto a 2-1 lead in a physical first period.


            Hoover again got on the board early in the second quarter, getting a goal from junior Ryan Choong two minutes into the quarter, but again the Cats responded.  Brett Hornung fired a shot home fifty-nine seconds later, and the Cats held a 3-2 lead.  David Joseph added to the Cats’ lead with a goal at 7:42. TR Krucek added a goal with just over five to go in the period, going into half the Cats clung to a 4-3 lead. 


            The third quarter was scoreless for just over 11 minutes when Josh English fired a shot into the cage, and the stage was set for a strong fourth quarter matchup as the game was tied at four all. 


St. Ignatius High School logo

            This game was one of momentum, and that momentum swung totally to the Vikings in the final twelve minutes.  Tom Curran, TR Krucek, and Ethan Frock all scored to widen out the Vikining lead to three goals, making it 7-4 with 5:28 left in the game.  The Cats, trying to get back in the game got a goal from senior Brendan Durkin two minutes later, but the Vikings responded two minutes later with the second goal of the game for Tom Curran.  Just seven seconds later the speedy and elusive junior David Joseph flashed his speed taking the ball from the center faceoff circle all the way to the cage firing a shot home in just seven seconds, but that was all the Cats could muster.

Lake Erie College Announces 2010 Football Schedule
Five home games, including second night game, on Storm’s inaugural GLIAC slate

§     Link to schedule on www.LakeErieStorm.com



May 27

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  The third varsity season of Lake Erie College football will open the same as the previous two, but after that a set of new challenges await the Storm as it enters its first season in arguably Division II’s toughest conference.


Lake Erie’s 11-game 2010 football schedule, officially released on Thursday, May 27, features five home games and six road games –beginning with the season opener Thursday night, Sept. 2, at Gannon University – and a total of 10 league games in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


“Although there are no easy games in the conference, the schedule makers certainly did us no favors while putting together the road portion of our schedule,” said head coach Mark McNellie who, prior to coming to Lake Erie to start the program in 2006, spent a majority of his coaching career in the GLIAC.   “Playing three teams that participated in the  (NCAA Division II) playoffs is a tough task in itself, but playing all three on the road is an epic challenge for our young program. Our players’ fortitude and perseverance will surely be tested playing Grand Valley , Saginaw Valley and Hillsdale all on the road. 


“The home half of the schedule brings five quality opponents to the newly renovated Jack Britt Stadium. This home schedule should be a great opportunity for Storm fans, and college football fans in general, to watch some high quality Division II football.”


The Storm’s highly anticipated league opener will be Sept. 11 at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium against Michigan Technological University at 1 p.m.  That will be the first game played on the facility’s new ProGrass Monoturf surface. But before that, there’s some unfinished business the week before.


In each of the past two season openers, Gannon has pulled out narrow victories in the closing minutes, including last year’s 35-34 thriller at Gannon Field.  The teams will once again meet in Erie to open the 2010 campaign and the Storm will be looking to start the season with a win for the first time.


“The season opener against Gannon has been circled on our calendar since the last play of the 2009 season,” McNellie said. “Though this is a non-league game, Gannon is a geographical rival, a Division II program very much on the rise, a team that we have unfinished business with and a pivotal game in building momentum for the long grind in the GLIAC.”


That grind begins the following week against Michigan Tech and continues with two straight games on the road at teams that reached the postseason a year ago.  The Storm will play at Saginaw Valley State University on Sept. 18 and at regional semifinalist Hillsdale College Sept. 25.


The Storm returns home to host Ferris State University on Homecoming Oct. 2 (1 p.m.) and will play just the second home night game in school history Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. against Wayne State University .


“We are excited to bring night football back to Painesville and what more could you ask for than playing a big-time program like Wayne State, under the lights in front of a huge hometown crowd,” McNellie said. “We really hope our entire campus and the local community will come out for this unique opportunity.”


The following weekend, Oct. 16, the Storm will play under the lights again but this time it will be in Allendale, Mich. at national runner-up and four-time national champion Grand Valley State University (7 p.m.). 


The Storm will play at the University of Findlay Oct. 23 (12 p.m.) before playing two straight at home.  Ohio Dominican University , which won a wild 52-49 game last season at Britt Stadium, comes to Painesville Oct. 30 (1 p.m.) and then Tiffin University will be the Storm’s opponent for Senior Day Nov. 6 (1 p.m.). 


The season wraps up with a road game at Ashland University Nov. 13 (1 p.m.).


“I am very excited to see where we stack up in arguably the best Division II football conference in the nation,” McNellie said.  “Regardless of whom we play, as a program we talk about out-working the competition and competing everyday. So whether we line up against the Chicago Bears or the Bad News Bears I am hoping you will see great enthusiasm and great effort from our team.”


2010 Lake Erie College Football Schedule

All dates and times are local to site and subject to change


Day                         Date                                       Opponent                                                             Time

Thur.                       Sept. 2                                    at Gannon                                                             7 p.m.

Sat.                         Sept. 11                                  MICHIGAN TECH*                                                 1 p.m.

Sat.                         Sept. 18                                  at Saginaw Valley *                                              12 p.m.

Sat.                         Sept. 25                                  at Hillsdale*                                                         1 p.m.

Sat.                         Oct. 2                                     FERRIS STATE * (Homecoming)                            1 p.m.
Sat.                         Oct. 9                                     WAYNE STATE *                                                      7 p.m.

Sat.                         Oct. 16                                   at Grand Valley State *                                        7 p.m.

Sat.                         Oct. 23                                   at Findlay *                                                            12 p.m.

Sat.                         Oct. 30                                   OHIO DOMINICAN*                                             1 p.m.

Sat.                         Nov. 6                                     TIFFIN * (Senior Day)                                            1 p.m.

Sat.                         Nov. 13                                  at Ashland *                                                          1 p.m.


* Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game

CAPS denote home games at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium