A Page -- May 28, 2010

USTA Pro Circuit Event Dedicates 

Children's Day Clinic to Fund Raise 

for Pediatric Stroke Awareness

By Diana de la Rosa

May 28, 2010 – SHAKER HEIGHTS – The 2010 Ladies Cleveland Open organizers announced that the Children's Day Clinic on Tuesday, June 22 will focus its efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital (CCCH) Pediatric Stroke Awareness and Continuing Education.

There are multiple reasons to create awareness of stroke in children. These include the need for a timely diagnosis, funds for research into causes and treatment, and funding for research into treatment of the multiple disabilities that result in more than 50 percent of these little stroke survivors. ―Pediatric stroke is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in children. Approximately 2/3 of children will have residual difficulties, including motor difficulties, seizures, educational and emotional problems.‖ Said Dr. Neil Friedman, MBChB, at CCCH.

Tuesday’s event is FREE. Patients (former and current), and children participating in the Siblings program at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital are encouraged to participate. Children ages 4 – 17 have a unique opportunity to participate in a tennis clinic conducted by area professionals and touring participants. Children 10 and under will be introduced to QuickStart Tennis, an innovative new play format that appropriately scales down all aspects of regulation tennis—including equipment, court dimensions, and scoring—so that the game becomes specifically tailored to their age and size. Older children will warm-up and participate in a series of drills, strokes and strategies coordinated by the touring tennis professionals.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Children 10 & Under (QuickStart Tennis Format)
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Children 10 & Older

Space is limited to the first 70 children to sign up per session. To register for the Children's Day Clinic, contact Chagrin Valley Athletic Club tennis office at 440/543.5141 by June 17. More information is available at http://www.clevelandprotennis.com

As part of our fundraising efforts, a raffle will be held the week of the tournament. Donations are also welcome to help bring meaningful care and useful information to families dealing with Pediatric Stroke. For more information on how to make a contribution please contact Diana de la Rosa at 216/973.3028.

―Like other families whose lives have been touched by pediatric stroke, we want to do our part to give back to the community and spread the word that children have strokes too. We hope that you will join us in our effort to raise funds for the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital in order to improve the lives of children and families affected by pediatric stroke,‖ said Sebastien Glinzler, Tournament Director.

Elyria native Julius Higginbotham, 

B-W's Kevin Phipps attain All-

American status at the NCAA 

championships held this weekend on 

Tressel Field Track here 

May 28, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


(Note: This story also in The Plain Dealer, and online on Cleveland.com and www.bw.edu)

BEREA – The Tressel Field Track in the George Finnie Stadium is a special place for the defending Division III national 400-meter hurdles champion Cory Beebe from Salisbury University in Maryland, and yesterday was no different in the first day of the NCAA nationals here on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace.

Medina native Cory Beebe

“While competing in a meet in this complex in high school, I met my coach (Kevin Lucas) for the first time,” said Beebe, a Cloverleaf High alumnus. “He was the coach at Heidelberg at the time and so I went there to start my college career. When he got the job at Salisbury, I went there with him.”

Lucas has since left Salisbury to become the head women’s coach at Mount Union, but this time Beebe stayed put. Nonetheless, he got the chance to return to the Cleveland area with the national meet happening here and his subsequent qualifying to here again.

“This is always a special track for me to run on,” said Beebe, who had the third best preliminaries time (5/100ths of a second from the first and 2/100ths from the second best qualifying time) in today’s prelims and easily qualified for Saturday’s finals. “It’s great to run with friends and family watching. That makes it even extra special to be here and does give me a little kick to run better.”



2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships Day One Recap

TLU's Briana Aiken

By: Norm Weber
May 28, 2010

Note: This story can also be found at www.bw.edu at the NCAA's championship page at NCAA.com)

BEREA, OHIO -- Texas Lutheran’s Briana Aiken could in many ways be considered a “natural,” proving so in the jumping pit in The George Finnie Stadium at the NCAA Division III National Track & Field Championship Meet here  this afternoon.
Normally a runner, Aiken began long jumping for the first time one month ago. A quick study, Aiken did well enough in that one month to qualify here and then put on the capstone today by winning the national championship with a jump of 19 feet 3 ½ inches.
A total of 10 national champions were crowned today.
On the men’s side, Concordia’s (Wisc.) Brock Solveson earned the national title in the javelin with a throw of 219 feet, nine inches, California Lutheran’s Eric Flores the top honors in the hammer throw with a heave of 217 feet, eight inches, North Central College’s Jake Winder the best of the best honors in the pole vault with a leap of 16 feet, 11 inches, MIT’s Stephen Morton in the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, nine inches, and North Central’s Kyle Brady in the 10,000-meter run with a finish of 30:15.91.
In addition to Aiken on the women’s side, today’s champions included Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Holly Ozanich in the hammer with a throw of 188 feet, four inches, Carroll University’s Amanda Trieloff with throw of 150 feet, four inches, Moravian College’s Anna Heim in the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet, six and 1/2 inches, and University of Chicago’s Liz Lawton with a 34:41.59 finish in the 10,000-meter run.



Westlake's Colton Buffington, 

Cloverleaf's Ethan Dunbar 

advance to Final Four in state 


May 28, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



COLUMBUS – Westlake’s Colton Buffington advanced to tomorrow’s Final Four in singles play of the Big-school state tennis championship today at Ohio State.



Buffington went down as a No. 2 seed after falling to Lodi’s Ethan Dunbar in the district finals last week in Oberlin.


First Buffington dropped Ruben Geeraert of Centerville in two sets he dominated and then upset a No. 1 seed, Nicky Wong of Lexington, in the quarterfinals in three sets, winning the first and third by identical 7-5 scores.


Lakota’s Zach Mueck is his next opponent. Mueck, another No. 1 seed, eliminated Shaker’s David Gabriel along the way.



Dunbar also made it to the semis two-set wins over Miguel Cepeda of Mason and Casey Cempre of Thomas Worthington. He’ll play Kilbourne’s Kevin Metka. An all-Cleveland final is still possible.


Shaker’s Tommy Marx and Lake’s Ross Whittaker were eliminated in the first round.


In the tennis rankings all year, the Cleveland schools received the smallest play, yet this region has more Final Four entries than any of the so-called “tennis regions” in the other three zones.

In Division II, Canton Central Catholic’s Collin Bernier advanced to the Final Four with a two-set win over Norwalk’s Trevor Bowers.

In doubles play, CVCA’s Will and Lou Constan defeated US’s Nick Smedira and Billy Lennon in the quarters to get to the semis.




Kickball Anybody?  Saint Ignatius 

Students and Student/Athletes Play 

Kickball to Fund the Search for a 

Cure for Pediatric Cancer

May 28, 2010

By Michael Watts

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

This past Sunday, many of the students at Saint Ignatius played in the first annual Kevin Healey Memorial Kick-it for Cancer Tournament to fund research to find a cure for pediatric cancer. The tournament was a part of Kick-it, a group that raises money to fight pediatric, adolescent, and young adult forms of cancer. The tournament was held in the memory of Kevin Healey, who passed away after a fight three year struggle with osteosarcoma in April, 2009. 

With the World Cup coming up this summer, the tournament featured twenty six teams all named after different countries with Vatican City coming out victorious in a 4-1 victory over Canada. Over 250 students and faculty were involved on game day in playing and running the tournament. Jim Brennan, a theology teacher at Saint Ignatius High School organized the tournament using a double-elimination system devised by Tom Healey, another Wildcat theology teacher, former Iggy soccer coach, and the father of Kevin. Speaking about the tournament’s success, he said “this went far better than I hoped, due in large part to the sportsmanship of the men playing and an amazing bracket system.”

The tournament supported Kick-it by raising over $5,500 amongst the twenty six teams. Among those involved was Team Vatican City captain Mark Szwejkowski. His team came in second in fundraising at the event with over $550. His team also picked up the win in the championship game. He said “the competition was great, it got competitive but it was fun, we all had a good time.” He went on to add that while the tensions did rise at times, “it really all came down to what we were playing for, and that was supporting kids who have been diagnosed with cancer, it was definitely great.” 

The players on the field also received a visit from ten-year-old former cancer patient Quinn Clarke. Clarke is a student in Chagrin Falls Intermediate School. Besides the fun of playing in the games on Wasmer Field (on the campus of Saint Ignatius), the winner gets to play at Progressive Field if the event yields over $2,500 in donations - a number which the Wildcats more than doubled. The most impressive part about the Kick-It program is that every penny goes directly towards pediatric, adolescent, and young adult forms of cancer. Their site explains how the donations are distributed.
In Just 5 Days Over 500 People Raised Thousands Of Dollars

“100% of the proceeds from every single kickball game go directly to pediatric, adolescent and young adult research. Funds are donated to the Children's Tumor Foundation and CureSearch, to fund research at the Children's Oncology Group (COG). The COG is world's largest cooperative research organization with a network of more than 5000 physicians, nurses and scientists.”

Cathy Welcsh, the Director of the Kick-it program said

“Kick-It is going amazingly! In just Northeast Ohio schools playing Kick-It games are on track to raise over $100,000 for pediatric, adolescent & young adult cancer research. There have been over 200 Kick-It games with more than 2,000 people playing kickball in 16 states. We are working hard to spread the word about Kick-It in order to get more people playing kickball & more dollars raised to fund research. 100% of proceeds from Kick-It games goes to fund research.” 

Speaking of the Saint Ignatius tournament this year, she added

“At St. Ignatius we were honored to do the Tournament in Memory of Kevin Healey. It really personalized & added more purpose to the day. I’m very impressed with how the students came together as a school & stepped up to host such a successful Kick-It event. The support from administrators & students alike was over whelming. It was a pleasure to work with the men of St. Ignatius & I look forward to next year’s Tournament.” 

The winning team, Team Vatican City will have their game under the lights at Progressive Field in June. In order to get involved and start your own game, you can email Cathy atcathy@kick-it.org or go to www.kick-it.org.

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 theRevolutionary 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.

Springfield College Twins Nikki and Nickel Hay separated as youth but reunited through track

By: Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


May 28 2010

(Note: This story can also be found at www.bw.edu at the NCAA's championship page at NCAA.com)

BEREA, OHIO – Springfield College twins Nikki and Nickel Hay have the distinction of being here in Cleveland together as qualifiers to the Division III National Track and Field Meet.

 Although it is a tall task qualifying to a meet of this level, their coming and staying together was not all that simple. The Hay twins were born in Jamaica, but at age seven, their mother left to move to the United States and after briefly staying with their step father were separated, staying in separate foster homes until getting reunited in Connecticut at age 13 just prior to the start of high school.
Nickel Hay
Because they took separate paths and the transferring between countries at different times, Nikki wound up being a grade ahead of her brother in school and graduated high school a year before he did.

Listen to interview of Nickel Hay conducted Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading



B-W Decathlete 

Steve Price 

Takes a Road 

Less Traveled to 


Competes in 

Final NCAA Meet 


By Jeremy Lassiter 
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

BEREA --  Baldwin-Wallace College senior decathlete Steve Price has always been an individual who was open to new experiences. Whether it was trying to play soccer for the first time, or moving positions on the football team, Price has always wanted to do what was best to benefit his team and everyone around him.

Price also has been more than willing to experiment in hopes of improving himself as a person. An experiment as a sophomore led to his becoming a decathlete, and today 
(Friday, May 28, 2010), Price will compete in his final collegiate meet on the second and final day of the decathlon at the 2010NCAA Division III National Championship Meet on the B-W campus and at The George Finnie Stadium.





By Harry Plummer

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Kalamazoo's Matt Maloney matched a Frontier League record by hitting three homers as the Kings rallied to knock off the Lake Erie Crushers 6-5 in 10 innings on Friday night.

Kalamazoo opened the scoring in the bottom of the first against Lake Erie starter Travis Risser. Following a one-out walk to Jeff Helps, Matt Maloney capped a 10-pitch at bat with an exclamation point, a two-run homer to left. Risser allowed just the homer in his second start. He settled down, retiring seven in a row at one point. Risser tossed six innings, walking two and striking out five. 

Hitless into the fifth inning, Lake Erie finally broke through against Kalamazoo's Josh Whitlock. Lee Huggins doubled to begin the inning and Dom Duggan followed with an infield single. Duggan stole second and with one out Andrew Davis connected on his first homer of the season, a deep last to center to give the Crushers a 3-2 advantage.

The Crushers added a pair of insurance runs against the Kalamazoo bullpen in the eighth. Drew Saylor led off the inning with an infield single. Arden McWilliams singled and Joel Collins walked to load the bases with one out. Lee Huggins drove in a run as he reached on an error. The other run crossed when Dom Duggan singled through the left side. Matt Maloney hit his second homer of the night in the bottom of the inning to creep the Kings within 5-3.  

Pinch-Hitter Brendan Murphy forced extra innings with a two out two-run pinch-hit homer to center. Jeff Cinadr retired the first two hitters of the bottom of the 10th before Maloney belted his third homer of the game, all to left. 

Dom Duggan was the lone Crusher to record more than one hit in an eight-hit attack. Duggan finished 2-for-6 in the game with a run scored.

The series will continue tomorrow evening with a 7:05 pm game at Homer Stryker Field. RHP Josh Roberts (0-0, 3.00) takes the ball for the Crushers with RHP Bernard Robert (0-0, 2.08) receiving the nod for Kalamazoo.


Ø  Jesse Orosco, Jr. tossed a scoreless seventh. He has not allowed a run in six innings of relief

Ø  Dom Duggan swiped his league leading fifth base of the season in the fifth

Ø  The Crushers drew six walks in the contest

Ø  The second homerun by Maloney snapped a string of 12 scoreless innings by the bullpen

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