A Page April 16, 2010

Holy Name alumna Brittany Kopp

Holy Name alumna Brittany Kopp 

was the unsung hero of the Kent 

gymnastics team that just narrowly 

missed making this weekend's

NCAA national championships in 


KENT -- Golden Flashes beat writer Matt Bliss reflected on the many great Student Athletes on this year’s squad, but found the unsung hero to be Holy Name alumnus Brittany Kopp.

Bliss wrote the following:

Finally, I thought of one gymnast who has been quietly having a solid year. To a gymnast who has been a rock on an event the Golden Flashes have struggled this season. A gymnast who is not flashy, but someone who goes out and gets the job done. My mind turned to the gymnast who is simply known as BK.

Senior Brittany Kopp.

Throughout her career at Kent State, she has been a solid performer on vault and floor. While people like Lenny and Abou-Mitri, Kristin Peters, Amy Presan and Laci Hendress received a lot of the attention and accolades, it was Kopp who silently put together a solid career.

Someone noticed her routine at the MAC championships. And I have a feeling I was not the only one.

This season, BK has had the unenviable task of performing first on beam four times and in three other meets after the previous gymnast has fallen. The results after falls: 9.725 against Northern Illinois and 9.750 at Ball State.

So after a fall by a teammate two weeks ago at the MAC Championships on beam, she looked over at assistant coach Tom Ward and simply told him, "Coach, don't worry. I got this."

Did she ever. Kopp went up and received a 9.800 on the event, a career-high for the senior. In fact, it was the highest score for KSU on beam during the competition. The routine was phenomenal, and helped pick up the entire team when they needed a solid performance.


When I looked at the conference rankings a little later this past weekend. I noticed an amazing stat for BK. She is fifth in the MAC with an average beam score of 9.625.

On vault, BK was 11th in the conference with an average of 9.725, all while being the the gymnast to be the first one to go on vault in every meet this season.

So while sitting on the bus heading back to campus, I finally thought ahead to lasst weeeks NCAA Regionals in two weeks. For four seniors, it may be their last routines of their gymnastic careers. I don't know what will happen, but I know what to expect from one person.

"Coach, don't worry. I got this."

Butler, Milwaukee tied for top

spot in McCafferty Trophy 

standings through winter


Green Bay ranks third, followed by 

Cleveland State, Wright State and 



April 16, 2010

By Will Roleson

INDIANAPOLIS – Through the completion of the winter sports season, Butler and Milwaukee are tied for the lead in the James J. McCafferty Trophy standings in the race for the Horizon League’s 2009-10 all-sports championship.


The Bulldogs and Panthers each have totaled 46 points and have commanding leads over third-place Green Bay, which has 23 points.  Cleveland State ranks fourth with 18.5 points, with Wright State in fifth (17 points) and Loyola in sixth (16.5).



North Ridgeville strings together a 


firsts to topple Firelands in 

boys' track

 April 16, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE -- In a West Shore Conference boys’ track meet, North Ridgeville was a 103-34 winner over Firelands.

In the field events, John Flesher won the shot put and took second in the discuss, while Cody Smith won the high jump.

Erik Blotzer and Dave Beckett brought the Rangers first-place points in the hurdles in the 110-meters and 300s, respectively.


Leading the sprint crews were Matt Smith, Mike Stumpf and Mohamad Jaber with firsts in the 100, 400 and 200 dashes, respectively.


Aaron Keller led the middle distance crew with a victory in the 800. The all-around effort was capped by Don Henderson’s win in the two-mile and Robert Michael’s first-place finish in the mile.


In addition, Christian Watkins, Mike Hale, Zack Bowden, Drew Lindak, Brandon Rodrigiuez. Alex Larsick, Brad Sundheimer, Dave Mytnick and Isaac Reed joined in with some of aforementioned runners to win all four relays.

Firelands did not make its roster available.


Westlake blanks Wooster in 

Coaches' Cup to move to 5-1 overall

April 16, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Westlake High School’s boys tennis team is very much alive in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association state tournament (OTCA) after winning Round One with a 5-0 win over Wooster tonight and will play Geneva in round Two Tuesday.

 The Demons are now 5-1 overall on the season while maintaining a 3-0 record in the Southwestern Conference, the league it won last year.

The Demons picked up all three singles points when Colton Buffington defeated  Eric Lindberg 6-0, 6-0; Jason Wissman blanked Corbin Carnahan 6-0, 6-0; Max Salvatore downed Sean Hoy-Skubik 6-3, 6-2

In a singles exhibition match, the Demons’ Kevin Wang was a 9-8 winner.

Westlake gained the fisrt doubles point when Brian Gottfried and Abhi Ramachandran took Patrick McCory and Conor Morris 6-3, 6-1. The Demons made it five for five and all in straight sets as StephenFleischer and JT Rapaport  were winners over Lucas Burris and Nicholas Angert 6-1, 6-3.

Wadsworth's Drew Saylor finding his 

"baseball practicum" with the 

Crushers "paying off" in his role as a 

coach with Cleveland State

April 16, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON – While the face of both college and minor league baseball have changed over the past 50 years, the Student/Athlete aspect of the entire game has also undergone a total overhaul, intertwining the theoretical and practical realms in ways that may not even have been envisioned 50 years ago, nor even 30 years past for that matter.

One prime example of how baseball in the post high school years has changed dramatically is Lake Erie Crushers third baseman Drew Saylor, a Wadsworth native who has used the offseason to add to his theoretical part of the game by serving as an assistant coach for Cleveland State’s baseball team.

Drew Saylor

Professional baseball has changed quite a bit since 1869, when Cincinnati fielded the first pro team. During the first half of the 20th Century, minor leagues flourished to the point that just about every berg that had at least one street light, had a baseball team. Not only were there the AAAs and AAs and As, but there was also B ball and C ball and D ball. Layers and layers of minor league ball existed, making it possible to give several young men a shot at the game, even the gap between the ones who did get it in comparison to those who wanted it was still large.

By the 1960s, the number of minor leagues were reduced to only AAA, AA, A and Rookie A, partly due to towns not being able to finance teams as a result of the proliferation of Major League games getting beamed into smaller markets via TV.


Still, the thought was still the same – if a high school boy had a chance to sign a contract, he would jump at it. College was not even an afterthought. If he had a look, he would go right to that minor-ball situation and worry about his future later if baseball were not to pan out for him. College baseball was never really a viable option prior to the 1980s. Some went that route, but few saw that as the road to pro and major league ball. Most outsiders didn’t even know colleges had baseball teams. It wasn’t until it became well chronicled in the 1970s that Reggie Jackson had played for a highly successful Arizona State program prior to getting signed by the Kansas City A’s.

Also, locally Steve Dunning was signed right out of Stanford in the 1970s and started on the hill right out of the college at the old Municipal Stadium.

On the whole though, college baseball was perceived as more of a recreational activity and not really a step to pro ball. That Student/Athlete was considered a student who did some athleticism in high school and college and it was conceded that the latter part would probably end upon graduation.

It was never really a “minor league” the same way college football and basketball has been and still is a “minor league” for the pros. Along with that, a majority of pros in those two sports never graduate despite attending college at least four or five years.

Starting in the 1980s, and maybe again because of TV (the college world series on cable, etc) college baseball has blossomed into a serious game and certainly has moved into the upper consciousness of the general populace, far more than it had been for most of the 20th century.

Ironically, the number of minor leagues increased as well, giving baseball fans not only a full menu of the majors, but more minor and college ball to track as well. No longer will a high school guy with talent sign right out of high school, even if drafted and promised a decent signing bonus. He knows he could get scholarship funding and will have the education and all those minors still waiting at age 22 or 23. Also, many who play college ball and make it to the majors take fewer years in the minors than do those who go to the minors right out of high school.

Minor league ball in the bygone era was usually found in remote places – far from the Major League affiliate – so they could be called “farm teams.” Rarely could one be found near a Major League City. Here the closest were at least two or more hours away for many years – Toledo and Columbus.




Greater Cleveland Sports 

Commission Recognized 

Nationally for Continental Cup 

Event and Outstanding Website


By Jenny Popis

CLEVELAND, Ohio (April 16, 2010) – The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) recognized the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission with the 2010 Outstanding Locally Created Event award and the 2010 Outstanding Website award during its annual NASC Sports Event Symposium in Columbus on Thursday, April 15.  The awards were selected by a national panel of Sports Commission executives and Cleveland was selected out of over 500 NASC members across the nation.

The 2010 Outstanding Locally Created Event award recognized the 2009 Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival which included the AC Milan Continental Cup Soccer tournament and the Cleveland Indians Charities Continental Baseball tournament. The Continental Cup is one of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission’s annual proprietary events combining athletic competition with cultural exchange, entertainment, attractions, shopping and exciting events.


“To be voted by our peers and recognized for creating and hosting the best event in the nation means a great deal to us. The growth of the Festival has been tremendous and continues to develop into an event incorporating high-caliber competition, international teams, cultural exchange and globally recognized partners,” stated David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.



U.S. Army Veterans Jack Wilhelm, 

Norris Sinclair, Ray Armstrong head 

up this year's induction class into the 

Lorain County Track and Field and 

Cross Country Hall of Fame

April 16, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GRAFTON – Amy McKinley Agrella, Ray Armstrong, Terry Feldkamp Brannen, Otis Jenkins, Norris Sinclair, and Jack Wilhelm were inducted into the Lorain County Track and Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame here today.

Agrella was the state cross country champ in 1991 running for Amherst. She later ran for the University of  Arkansas, helping the Razorbacks to an NCAA runner-up national team finish.

Feldkamp was a two-time state champ for Amherst in the 800 meters and later ran for the University of Michigan.

Armstrong was a six-time all-Ohio sprinter for the now defunct Elyria West in the late 1970s and then played running back at West Virginia. He later spent 20 years in the US Army, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Jenkins was a four-time individual sprint champion at Clearview High in the early 1970s and later played running back for Louisville.

 Sinclair graduated from the now-defunct Lorain High in 1915. He served in World War I in the US Army in France. Sinclair attended both University of Wisconsin and Ohio State. He spent most of his adult life in Dixie, residing in Marietta, GA.

 Wilhelm graduated from Amherst High in 1940. Later Wilhelm was the head track coach at Amherst, South Amherst, Vermilion and Lorain Community College. Wilhelm also served in the Army Corps of Engineers in World War II.

NOTE: Information for this story provided by the Paul Heyse Research Institute

Oberlin Runs Well in Home Dual
Track & Field
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Oberlin – Competing for the first time in 2010 on the Bob Kahn Track, the Oberlin College harriers performed very well in a non-scored dual meet against The College of Wooster this evening. 

“The kids that competed tonight did a great a job and many of them turned in lifetime-best performances,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said. “Even though it was a smaller meet, it was still very exciting to see everyone run so well.”

In the men’s 1,500 meters Sam Ghitleman turned in a personal-best time of 4:20.80 to finish second overall. Teammate Alex Krichels checked in first at 4:20.36. 

Jake Hennessey claimed the top spot in the 3,000 meters with a career-best mark of 9:38.12. 

On the women’s side, Jasmine Owens stopped the clock in 29.34 to best the field that consisted of four of her other Yeowomen teammates. 

Amanda Gracia covered 4.14 meters to win the long jump, while sophomoreSam Dudzinski, who was making her debut appearance with the track team, won the hammer throw with a toss of 21.70 meters. 



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