A Page -- Oct. 10, 2010

Craig Collins squats to have eye-to-eye talk with Pre-School Student/Athlete

Pre-School Sports brings idea of 

"developmental soccer" to the real 

ground floor; Craig Collins develops 

Student/Athletes for soccer in toddler 


Oct. 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON LAKE -- Typically the way the Student/Athletic process works is that youth recreation programs, YMCAs and elementary schools develop Student/Athletes for middle schools and CYO programs, CYO/Middle develop S/A’s for high school freshmen and JV teams, JV/freshmen develop S/As for varsity teams, and finally varsity HS teams develop S/As for colleges.

However, Craig Collins has taken it even a step further into the roots with his Pre-School Sports organization, in which he develops Student/Athletes ages 3-6. Currently, Collins us running two of his three programs, both sometimes known as “football” – soccer and American football.

Watch short videos of Pre School Sports Soccer filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Collins’ clinics, in which he teaches youth the very basics of athletics and sportsmanship, are run in the yard behind the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, which also serves as a pre-school during the day. He also has baseball in the summer and basketball in the winter.

Let’s see, hm’, here he combines athletics (the sports), academics (the pre school), spirituality (the church), and community (centralizing the efforts). Sounds like a plan.

If a college can have sports teams and high schools can have sports teams, and middle schools can have sports teams and grade schools can have sports teams, why should a pre-school not have a sports team? If not a  team, at least a program like this?

Also, sounds like a plan. Collins and his Student/Coaches teach the young S/As the rudimentary part of the sport and then they also scrimmage at the end, so that when a U-8 youth soccer coach assembles a team (which he will probably coach year round with spring and fall seasons, an indoor winter seasons and summer tournaments), he doesn’t have to start at square one with the fundamentals if he is getting one of Collins’ products.

Collins played quarterback on three of the many great teams that coach Vern Long produced at Westlake High School in the 1980s and then went on as a Student/Athlete at Akron. He learned from the best and now he wants to serve the new generation of young “troopers.”

The differentiating mark in Pre-School Sports is that Collins offers feedback forms to all parents. He makes changes according to the feedback and lets that feedback define what the program really does. In other words, it is the participating families that formulate the character of Pre School Sports.

Moreover, in addition to developing young S/As, Collins is creating jobs.

Casey Brown

Casey Brown, a senior in high school, has worked for Collins since he started the program a year ago. She has been using her experience to put on her college resume` so that when she begins studying to be a teacher in college next year, she’ll have more experience working with Pre School Sports long before her classmates even get their first student teaching assignment.

Listen to post-game interview conducted by Norm Weber with Student/Coach Casey Brown from Pre School Sports Soccer  match by clicking and downloading:


Lindsey Brown
Brown likes it so much that she has brought in her sister Lndsey Brown to help out with the clinics. Collins usually has at least two other Student/Coaches helping with the Student/Athletes.

Listen to post-game interview conducted by Norm Weber with Student/Coach Lindsey Brown from Pre School Sports Soccer by clicking and downloading:


Student/Coaches instructing Student/Athletes

Undefeated and top-ranked Bay gets 

unanimous No. 1 seed in D-II; this 

could be best Rocket team since 

Friedel, Cartwright, et al

Oct. 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Site: www.studentathletecleveland.com

ROCKY RIVER – A unanimous choice, Bay High School’s boys’ soccer team was tabbed as the No. 1 seed in the Division II Rocky River District, in the seeding meeting here today at the high school.

The Rockets are ranked No. 1 in the state and are the defending state runners up. They could wind up with their first undefeated regular season ever although the 1988 team, featuring Brad Friedel (UCLA) and Brad Cartwright (Duke), went 14-0 in the Southwestern Conference and made it all the way to the regional final before falling to North Royalton in a quadruple shootout.

The Rockets are currently 11-0-3, but still need to play Rocky River Wednesday and need a win to clinch the West Shore Conference championship. The Rockets are 3-0 against Division I teams and 8-0-3 against D-II clubs.

Avon, which has 10 shutouts and has given up only five goals this season, received all but one second seed vote. Avon is 10-1-3, including a tie against D-I St. Edward, which was not only a battle of two teams named Eagles, but also a battle of two head coaches named Dore`, Chris at Avon, and brother Tony at Eds.

Elyria Catholic and Rocky River were unanimous choices for the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively, as was Firelands for No. 6. The Panthers (12-2) have lost only to Avon and Padua and do have a win over Kenston, one of the better East Side programs.

Fairview, which was 2-14, is the turnaround team of the group, going 8-2-2 with seven shutouts so far, which was good enough to earn the Warriors the No. 5 seed.

“When we first came here we were not sure why there were not too many people who play soccer in the Firelands,” said Falcon coach John Fenix. “We found four reasons: 1) hog fests, 2) hay rides, 3) tractor pulls, and 4) circle jerks. We were able to get them away from those things and get them interested in soccer.”

The Falcons (8-4-2) will play Buckeye (5-8-3) in the sectional semifinals. Fairview will get Vermilion (4-7-3) in the sectional semis.

Bay gets 1-12-1 Keystone in the sectional finals on the 23rd, EC the Buckeye-Firelands winner on the 23rd, Avon gets Brookside in the sectional final and River the Fairview-Sailors winner on the 23rd.

B-W Women’s Golf Team Places 

Seventh at Pat Clouse Invitational; 

Indy alumna Becca Kapusta, St. Joe 

alum/Old Brooklyn native Brooke 

Hamilton lead Jackets

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team finished seventh of 17 teams today (Sunday, October 9, 2010) at the annual Pat Clouse Invitational hosted by Wittenberg University at the Windy Knoll Golf Course in Springfield, Ohio.


The Yellow Jacket “A” team carded a total of 347 strokes for a two-day total of 679 strokes and was led by sophomore All-OAC player Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) who carded an 86 on the par 71 course with a two day total of 167.  Kapusta was followed by freshman Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Dayton Christian) with an 87 rounding out her two day toal of 169 and sophomore All-Ohio Athletic Conference player Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) turned in final score of 171 after shooting an 84 on the day.  In addition freshman Miranda Rockich (Akron/ Green) finished the tournament with a 172 and a 90 for the day.  Lastly, rounding out the “A” teams day, freshman Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/Darby) carded a 90 for a 180 on the tournament.


The Yellow Jacket “B” team shot a team total of 396 strokes to place 12th of 17 teams.  B-W was led by senior Nicole Carlone (Canton/ St. Thomas Aquinas) who carded an 89,  followed by freshman Sarah Alred (Akron/ Green) who carded a 90.  In addition, senior Diana Han (Curitiba, BRAZIL) had a 113, with sophomore Sarah Terrill (Cuyahoga Falls/ Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) rounding out the day with a 104.

The Jackets rounded out the fall half of their schedule finishing at 53-14 and begin their spring half of the season March 7-11, while on their spring break trip with the location yet to be announced.









After re-vote, Avon Lake gets nod as 

the No. 1 seed while Westlake re-

voted as No. 2, Avon  No. 3 after 

three-way tie

Oct. 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Rocky River – With three high-level teams in the district, coaches in the girls’ Division I soccer district had a hard time picking which one to be the number one seed and had to rely on a revote before Avon Lake emerged as the top seed.

Avon, Avon Lake and Westlake tied for the No. 1 seed on the first vote and then on the revote, the Shoregals came out on top with Westlake getting the second seed and the Eagles the third seed. Rocky River, which sits atop the West Shore Conference with Avon at 5-0-1, gained the No. 4 seed.

Magnificat, typically one of the top four seeds, settled for fifth seed this year, perhaps because it was defeated by both Avon and Avon Lake this year.

Bay, which plays Avon Wednesday to see if it could sneak through the back door to a West Shore tile, gained the No. 6 seed. Bay, which is 8-4-3 overall and 5-1 in the WSC, could face not getting at least a share of the WSC title for the first time ever unless it wins Wednesday, might have to defer to the post-season option to gain any hardware this year.

With 15 teams in the district, Avon Lake was the only team that was able to get a bye in the first round. The Shoregals (11-3-1) will host next Wednesday’s Magnificat-Lorain winner on Saturday the 23rd at 3 p.m. Lorain has won more games  this year (3-10) than its two predecessors, the now-defunct Southview and Admiral King, won combined last year. Mags is 6-5-2 against a tough schedule.

Westlake (10-4-0) will host North Ridegville (5-9) next Wednesday with the winner meeting the victor of the Midpark-Olmsted Falls match. Falls is 8-6-2 and the Meteors 4-6-4.

Avon (10-2-1, including a victory over defending Division II state champion Hathaway Brown) gets 5-9 Elyria in the first round and then will get the Bay-Berea winner in the sectional championship round. The Rockets are 8-4-3 overall and the Braves are 5-9-1.

River (9-2-2) gets Vermilion (6-7-1) in the sectional semifinals while North Olmsted (6-7) will Amherst (3-9-2) in anther all-Southwestern Conference playoff match. Should the Pirates and No. 7 seed Eagles win, they will meet in the sectional championship the following Saturday.

Westlake is in the upper bracket with Avon Lake and would be the favorites to meet in the district semifinals in two weeks, and River in the lower bracket with Avon with the Eagles and Pirates likely to be district semi final contestants against each other.\\

.Amherst earns No. 1 seed as 

Southwestern Conference claims six 

of top seven seeds in Rocky River big-

school soccer district

Oct. 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – As the only team in the cluster with a double-digit win total, Amherst, runners-up in the Southwestern Conference, was voted the No. 1 seed in the Rocky River Division I boys’ soccer districts here today.

The Comets (11-3-1) were favored over Westlake (9-2-3), which owns a tie against Strongsville, the No. 2 ranked team in Cleveland, the No. 3 ranked team in the state and at times nationally ranked. The No. 2 seed Demons were followed by always-tough North Olmsted in the No. 3 spot and Lakewood in the No. 4 spot, the Rangers assuring that the SWC would not sweep the top four spots.

The Demons, Comets, Eagles (8-4-3), Rangers (7-4-2) and Midpark (2-8-3) will all selected first-round byes in the first round and will go right to a sectional championship game on 10/21. The only difference with the ninth-seeded Meteors is that they will have to play at Westlake for their first match on the 21st.

Avon Lake, with the strongest schedule in the entire district, earned the No. 5 seed. On the Shoremen’s schedule this year were four teams ranked in the top 10 in Ohio, six teams ranked in the top 10 in Greater Cleveland,  two teams ranked in the top 10 in Akron, one of the top 10 teams in Toledo and one of the top 10 teams in Columbus.

The Shoremen’s 5-8-2 record is deceiving. They will get 5-7-3 Lorain in the sectional semifinal with the winner going to Lakewood on the 21st in the district quarterfinal/sectional final.

Amherst will get the winner of Olmsted Falls and last-seeded Elyria, whose coach showed up after the meeting was completed. The Bulldogs were 6-5-3, which included that tough SWC schedule.

Berea, 8-5-2 and turned around from what it was a few years ago, will get 2-10-3 North Ridgeville, which has been rebuilding but has also been thwarted by injuries and one-goal losses.

That sectional semifinal winner will get Chris Marsh’s Eagles in the sectional final. North Olmsted also has had a rugged schedule, including Brecksville (sixth in Ohio), Twinsburg (Cleveland top 10 and a team that has yielded few goals), Westlake (fourth in Cleveland), Southview (fourth in Toledo), Mayfield (Cleve. Top 10), Amherst and Shaker (Cleve. Top 10).

The only obstacle the Eagles have is in giving up too many goals. While scoring 28, they have also given up 18.

If all shakes out according to Hoyle, the Eagles and Demons would meet in the district semis and the Comets and Rangers the same in two weeks.

Lake Ridge picked as the top seed in 

girls D-II; Cuyahoga Heights, owner 

of a dozen wins, gets the No. 2

Oct. 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – Lake Ridge Academy, with slightly over half the votes, earned the No. 1 seed in the girls Division II soccer district while Cuyahoga Heights nabbed a close second seed here today.

The Lions (9-2-1) are getting the only bye in the 15-team district and will go right into a sectional title game on Oct. 21. They will play the winner of the sectional semifinal between No. 9 seed Brooklyn and No. 10 seed Open Door Christian Academy.

The Hurricanes (5-6-3) have been rebuilding due to having graduated a strong senior class (perhaps their best ever) last year. Open Door is 3-8-2.

The Redskins, the winningest team in the district at 12-1-2, with their No. 2 seed will get familiar foe Independence in next Monday’s first round. Indy, the No. 7 seed, is 4-7-2.

The two Fs, Fairview and Firelands, earned the No. 3 and 4 seeds, respectively. The Warriors are 7-4-1, but an impressive 4-0-1 against Division II teams. Two of their four losses to D-I teams have been to Avon and Bay, the defending co-champs and perennial powers in the West Shore Conference.

They’ll get hapless Columbia, the No. 15 seed, in the first round.

Firelands, 8-6 (four of those losses to River, Bay, Avon and Fairview) will get Keystone, 3-10-1.

No. 5 seed Elyria Catholic has the most deceiving record at 6-8-1. The Panthers are 5-2 against D-II teams and 1-6-1 against D-I teams. They play in a tough league that includes state powers Padua and Holy Name.

The Panthers will see Black River in the first round. The Pirates are in their first year of soccer and played only six varsity matches this year with the rest against JV and club teams.

No. 6 Lutheran West, a .500 team, will get Oberlin, which has only three wins.

Trinity, .500 against D-II teams, will get Brookside, which has only one win.

Columbia, Oberlin, Open Door, Indy 

get top seeds in boys D-III soccer

Oct. 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – The winningest team in the district, Columbia, earned the No. 1 seed in the Rocky River boys’ Division III District, in the seeding meeting here at the high school today.

The Raiders (11-2-1) will face 3-11 Brooklyn in the first round, a sectional final.

Oberlin (9-3-3), the No. 2 seed, will face winless Martin Luther King in the sectional final. No. 3 Open Door (7-2-4) will have a bye and will see the Wellington-Lake Ridge winner. Lake Ridge, which dominated the district for three years, is rebuilding this year. The Dukes are 5-6-3 and Lions 3-8-2.

The other rat-tail sectional semi has a pair of .500 teams in Lutheran West and Cuyahoga Heights meeting. No. 4 seed Independence (7-5-2) gets the winner.

As it has the past four years, West 

Shore Conference girls' soccer 

championship comes down to one 

night; Eagles, Rockets, Pirates 

slugging it out again

'Oct. 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Avon’s girls soccer team will get a great preparation week this week as it heads into the Division I sectionals next week, but it will be for more than just getting ready.

The Eagles (10-2-1) have a non-conference match against Division I No. 2 seed Westlake (10-4) tonight and then a West Shore Conference match against No. 6 seed (D-I) Bay (8-4) Wednesday, which has league title implications.

Avon has been on the 33-50-100 percent plan as far as West Shore Conference girls’ soccer is concerned. Bay won the league in the first three years of the loop’s existence. Then two years ago, Avon had 33 percent as the Eagles, Rockets and Rocky River Pirates were tri champs.

Last year the Eagles and Rockets shared the title as co-champs.

Now, the scenario is this: Avon and River are 5-0-1 while Bay is 5-1. Bay needs help to avoid getting shut out for the firs time and the dreaded 100-33-50-0 sequence. The Rockets can only get an outright title, but would need a win Wednesday and a Fairview win over Rocky River the same night.

Avon and River could still get a sole title and could also still share one. If Avon beats Bay and Fairview either ties or beats River, the Eagles get the 100. If River beats or ties Fairview and Bay beats Avon, River would get the title since it would have no losses and won the head-to-head competition with Bay. In the case of a tie with Fairview and a Bay win, River would have the edge over the Rockets although both would have 12 points in the standings.

Fairview could be the fourth best team in the league this year and with the West 210th/Westgate rivalry as incentive, could give River a good match if not win or tie it.



Devon Saini leads Avon in scoring with eight goals and eight assists.

Sophomore Nicole Chabot is right behind with seven goals and four assists.

Two other girls have seven goals in freshman Kelsey Lawler and Megan Garner. Sammy Bender has six, Sarah Voss five and Ali Fisher five.