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Under-8 St. Ed Camper tales a shot at lowered basket

St. Edward grades 1-3 hoops

campers gain confidence through 

shooting at lowered baskets and

have fun with dribbling and

passing drills

July 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



LAKEWOOD – Two basketball camps have been running at St. Edward this week , with the grades 1-3 Skills Camp finishing up its three-day camp this morning and its grades 3-8 Shooting Camp completing its third of five days this afternoon.

Coach Eric Flannery and his staff ran a Skills Camp for the older of the two groups last week. Both of those camps drew over 100 Student/Athlete participants, with about 30 of this week’s century batch returning from last week for a second week.

This morning’s group had 36 primary-grade S/As taking the lessons, as they had yesterday and Monday.

In addition to Flannery’s regular staff, again current high school Student/Athletes at St. Ed and former Eds and college S/Aa helped out as Student/Coaches.

St. Ed campers getting coaching instruction

Yesterday, campers were treated to cameo appearances by former Eagle Delvon Roe, who now plays for the Michigan State team that made it to the NCAA Final Four in March, and Ryan Angers, the point guard on last year’s regional finalist Eagle team who will be playing at John Carroll in a couple months.

Delvon Roe

Delvon Roe

“I lined up Delvon and Ryan next to each other and asked the campers, ‘What does a basketball player look like?’” said Flannery. “They took a good look at a 6-foot-8 Black guy and 5-foot-2 White guy and most of them got the message. That picture showed them that a basketball player can come in any form.”

The A.M. 1-3 camp this week was run by Dave Murphy, who came to St. Ed in the late 1980s as an assistant coach when Mike Kearns came over from Elyria Catholic to take over the head post from Jim Slatinsky, who moved on to Clearview at the time.

Dave Murphy

Murphy coached Flannery when the latter was an Eagle Student/Athlete. He left shortly thereafter and had several stints in coaching, including at North Royalton. He will be an assistant at Magnificat starting this winter.

Listen to interview of St. Ed Camp Coach Dave Murphy of Magnificat conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


No stranger to summer basketball camps, Murphy has run or been part of a crew running camps everywhere from hallowed Rupp Arena in Lexington (U. Kentucky) to the House the late “Pistol Pete” Maravich built in Baton Rouge, La.(LSU).

Watch Video of Coach Murphy coordinate the group at the St. Ed camp by clicking and downloading


Murphy had the younger group running various drills that factored in the “fun” element as well as the learning component. Also, special baskets were securely latched to the bottom the backboards to lower the target a couple feet.

“It’s hard for a kid six years old to make a basket on a regular basket,” said Murphy. “The last thing I want is to have a kid go home discouraged at the end of the week because he couldn’t make a basket all week.

Watch Videos of Student/Athletes engage in shooting drills on the short hoops at the St. Ed camp by clicking and downloading


One drill he had them run was Triple Threat, in which players dribbled the ball the width of the court, placed the ball on the ground, did a short dance and then picked up the ball and returned.

Watch Videos of Student/Athletes do the dance drill at the St. Ed basketball camp by clicking and downloading


Flannnery came in and asked what the three main parts of the offensive game are to which the campers replied in unison – dribble, pass, shoot.

Watch Coach Flannery break down the group by grades at the St. Ed camp by clicking and downloading


Then Murphy had them dribble down the width again, stop and made sure they all got their butts down in position to pass.

Steve Lepore

Steve Lepore

Helping out briefly this morning was Steve Lepore, who played on the 1998 state championship team at Eda and then went on to a college Student/Athletic career at both Northwestern and Wake Forest. He couldn't be here the whole week or whole day since he has a regular day job a Spalding.

The younger players also used specially colored green and gold St. Ed basketballs that were slightly smaller than the regular ball. 

St. Angela's Jonathan Stansilo

One camper, Jonathan Stanislo, came over from St. Angela in Fairview. His favorite part was the Triple Threat drill.

Listen to interview of Student/Athlete St. Ed Camper Jonathan Stanislo conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading



St. Chris' A.J. Fletcher

Another one, A.J. Fletcher, came over from right down the road from St. Angela, at St. Chris in Rocky River. He enjoyed a drill in which a coach passed a ball to a player in line.

Listen to interview of Student/Athlete St. Ed Camper A.J, Fletcher conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading 



July 7

By Harry Plumer

FLORENCE, Ky. - The Lake Erie Crushers snapped a two-game losing skid by holding off the Florence Freedom on the road today, 4-3.

Lee Huggins opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning. Huggins connected on the first Lake Erie homer since he hit a solo shot on June 27. The two-run homer on the first pitch from Florence starter Bryan Banes was his fourth of the season and cleared the wall in left-center to also score Eddie Tisdale. Travis Vetters followed the homer with a walk and stole second base, moving to third on an error. Joel Collins extended the lead to 3-0 with a two-out double down the left field line. 

Florence cut into the lead in the bottom of the inning. Jimmy Baker led off with a double and scored on Michael Campbell's fifth homer of the season. Lake Erie immediately responded with another run in the top of the fifth. Drew Saylor led off with a walk and Jodam Rivera followed with a single. After a double play, Eddie Tisdale blooped a double down the line in left to score Saylor and stretch the lead to 4-2. 

The Freedom scored a fluke run in the ninth against J.J. Pacella but left the tying run standing at third. Johnny Welch recorded an infield triple as a pop up dropped in and rolled away from the Crushers into foul territory. Lake Erie argued the ball was never touched. Welch scored on a pinch-hit RBI single off the bat of Cory Wine. Pacella struck out pinch hitter Maxwell Moya to end the game. He struck out the side in the ninth to tally his fourth save.

Matt Smith pitched seven innings and recorded a season high nine strikeouts to record his sixth win of the season and snap a two start losing streak. Smith surrendered two runs on four hits while walking three and hitting one. The nine strikeouts are the most this season by a Lake Erie hurler

Jeff Cinadr, named an All-Star earlier in the day by Oakland County Manager Gera Alvarez, who will lead the East Division All-Stars, pitched the eighth. Joel Collins, Andrew Davis, and Eddie Tisdale recorded two hits each in the win.

Local grade schoolers find going 

through St. Ignatius Hockey Camp to 

be the "champion" path to future 


July 7, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



BROOKLYN -- The Eighth Annual St. Ignatius Hockey Camp for boys came to a close tonight after five Wednesday nights of instruction from coach Pat O’Rourke, his current prep players and his alumni now playing juniors or college hockey.


O’Rourke coached the Wildcats to the school’s second Ohio High School Athletic Association state hockey title in March. He has been running these camps at the John Coyne Recreation Center here the past eight years to disseminate hockey knowledge to Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam Student/Athletes.

Iggy Campers get ready to take the ice


“Sometimes it gets tricky teaching a concept with a group that is comprised of skaters at different levels, but usually we are able to work around it,” said O’Rourke. “A lot of the guys come in with a little talent and we just give them some hockey concepts that could help them move to high school hockey or at leas the next level.

Coach O''Rourke (baseball cap) gives campers a talk


O’Rourke began working the camp in its early years with the former head coach Scott Pick and kept it going after taking over the reigns at the school six years ago. Oh yes, some who have come through the camp have gone on to play for the Wildcats.


Forty players registered into the camp this summer, which has been about the normal number. The camp is held once a week so that in case a player wants to go on a family vacation or has an important Little League baseball game, he has to miss only one session and is still able to get sizable chunk of the full benefit of the camp.

SI Campers get ready for drills


Also, he holds the sessions in the evenings since none of the campers are old enough to drive yet and makes it easier for their folks to get them to the sessions.

Watch short videos of St. Ignatius hockey campers do the drills by clicking and downloading’



Helping out extensively this summer has been Mike Wells, who just graduated from Iggy after being on the potent first line that wrecked havoc on opposing defenses and goalies from the first puck drop in late November to the final second in Nationwide Arena against Sylvania Northview in mid March.


Wells has matriculated into Ohio State University in Columbus, where he will be playing on the Buckeyes’ club team.


Also making appearances at the camp has been three-time All Greater Cleveland Conference goalie Ed Zdolshek, who graduated from Iggy high in 2009 and just signed a contract with the Northern Cyclones of the American Junior Hockey League.


A good number of players at this year’s camp admitted that they would like to play for St. Ignatius some day.


They come from both the East and West Side for the camp.



Kevin Yarcusko has been trekking from Chagrin Falls to Brooklyn for the camp. His choice was an easy once since two of his older brothers also went through the Iggy camp.

Listen to interview of Student/Athlete St. Iggy Camper Kevin Yarcusko conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading



Yarcusko is currently playing at the Bantam level.


 Listen to interview of Student/Athlete St. Iggy Camper Mick DiFranco conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Mick DiFranco had a shorter jaunt to get the to camp, coming in from Westlake, where he attends Lee Burneson School.


DiFranco has been playing AAA hockey and is a veteran to Iggy hockey camps, now in his third summer of sponging up the knowledge here.


With no hesitation, DiFranco’s primary goal is to play high school hockey for the St. Ignatius Wildcats. His mother has worked out a plan that includes an annual enrollment in this camp to eventually achieve that goal.


Both DiFranco and Yarcusko are eighth graders.


Those who have been among the hockey variety of the SI Student/Athlete have gone to places such as the State College of New York system, Ohio U., John Carroll, Miami, Robert Morris, St. Louis University, Army (West Point), Kent, Michigan Tech, Ohio State, and Cleveland State within the last six years.


Those from last year’s sate title team include Asa Frebes to OU, John Jeziorowski to Dayton, Chris Knoth to Holy Cross, defensive gem Sam Nader to Marquette, Jake Riemenschneider and Nolan Schade to Miami and Wells. All plan to play either club or varsity college hockey.


Those who played in that six overtime game here in 2009 against St. Edward in the district title game now in the college ranks are Pat Nugent at The Citadel, Shane Fitzgerald at Miami, Chris Greve at Ohio State, Tom Paras at Michigan and Jack Spellacy at Dayton although not all of them are still current in some form of collegiate hockey.


Also, Zdolshek, Paras, Greve and Fitzgerald were members of the national honor society.


In the last seven years, the Iggy hockey team has had 18 different Student/Athletes get named to the National Honor Society.


Student/Athletes who graduated from SIHS last month will be going to among other colleges in the fall to Navy (Annapolis), Baldwin-Wallace, Boston College, Brown, Bucknell, Canisius, Carnegie Mellon, Case Reserve, Colorado, Cornell, DePaul, Fordham, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Indiana , Johns Hopkins, Kenyon, Loyolas (Chic., MD, and Marymount),

Marquette, Miami (Fl and OH), Michigan, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Old Dominion, Penn, Pitt, Purdue, Rice, RIT, South Carolina, USC, Temple, Utah, Wake Forest, Washington & Jefferson, West Point, William and Mary, and Wisconsin.


Seventeen different Wildcats have gone on to juniors hockey in the last seven years.