Lakewood OH

Sports Chatter (5-30)

The Westlake High School varsity baseball team (23-6) defeated Ashland 10-7 on Saturday in the regional championship game and will play in the state semifinals tomorrow night at Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers, at 4 p.m., with the state finals being played on Saturday at Huntington Park at 1 p.m.

Westlake High School graduate Margot Shumway will be crossing the pond this summer and representing the United States at the London Olympics in rowing. This is her fifth year on the U.S. Rowing team.

Rocky River City Schools is seeking a middle school boys cross country coach and a seventh-grade girls volleyball coach. These positions are for the 2012-13 school year. Applicants should have certifications in SRFA, CPR, NFHS and Fundamentals of Coaching. Interested persons should contact Mark Wagner, Rocky River High School athletic director, at 440-356-6802.

Magnificat High School is seeking a junior varsity soccer head coach and a JV-B soccer head coach. Contact varsity coach John Fenix at

Westlake High School is  seeking two boys assistant basketball coaches and a boys assistant swimming coach. Any interested coach should e-mail a cover letter, resume and reference list to Tony Cipollone, director of athletics, at and/or apply online at Please, no phone calls.

Operation Hope will be collecting used soccer equipment to be shipped to African refugee camps. Every year thousands of youths in Africa go without proper equipment to participate in sports. It is their goal to provide refugees of Ghana and Liberia with the materials needed to enjoy the game they love. They are looking for soccer shoes, balls, shin guards, jerseys, shorts and socks. Drop-offs can be made at the Westlake Recreation Center lobby throughout the month of May and the Force Sports center on Center Ridge Road in Rocky River on June 9, from 2-4 p.m.

Hands on Soccer will be conducting a summer soccer skills camp at St. John (Westshore) Medical Center in Westlake on July 9-13. Former Cleveland Crunch and Force player Otto Orf and his instructors will be on hand to teach the fast and furious game. Starters camp, skills academy, goalie school and the advanced camp will all be offered. There are morning, afternoon and all-day camps available. Soccer starters and field player camps are priced at $125 (half day) and $185 (full day). All goalkeeper and advanced camps are priced at $125 (half day) and $210 (full day). To register online, find a camp in another location or get more information, go to or call 330-325-1499.

Registration is open for the John Sanders Memorial Golf Outing benefitting the Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association and its scholarship programs. The outing will take place July 14 at Mallard Creek Golf Course in Columbia Station. The cost is $80 per golfer, including 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, beverages, steak dinner and favor. The cost for dinner only is $25. The format will be a four-person scramble with no handicaps. Tee times will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, call the alumni office at 440-427-6030.

The 12th annual Gathering Place “Race for the Place” 5K and one-mile walk takes place June 3 at Beachwood Place. The race starts at 9 a.m., rain or shine, on the upper-level parking deck between Nordstrom and Dillard’s, located at 26300 Cedar Road in Beachwood. A National Cancer Survivors Day ceremony featuring Jim Donovan, who is this year’s honorary cancer survivor chairman, begins at 8:45 a.m. Following the race, an award ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Entry fees for the 5K are $23 for adults, $18 for teens ages 13-17, $13 for youths ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 and under. Entry fees for the one-mile walk are $20 for adults, $15 for teens ages 13-17, $10 for youths ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 and younger. Beachwood Place is offering a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to race participants who are 18 or older and who raise $500, or are the captain of a team of at least 25 people. For more information, contact the Gathering Place West at 216-595-9546 or visit the website at

Online registration is open for North Olmsted Mayor Kennedy’s Run on Sept. 23.  All proceeds go to scholarships for high school seniors who reside in North Olmsted. Please visit to register.

“Run at the Ridge” race
On Saturday, June 16, at 8:30 a.m., all are invited to participate in the “Run at the Ridge” 5K Race and Fitness Walk, with proceeds benefitting North Ridgeville Community Care. Sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic, Del Webb and Active Runner, the race will be held (rain or shine) at Pioneer Ridge in North Ridgeville, located off Bender Road. The first 300 registered participants will receive a premium running shirt. Overall winners will receive a free pair of running shoes from Active Runner. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the race. Registration forms are available online at or by calling 440-327-1866. Preregistration cost is $20;  race-day registration is $25 beginning at 7 a.m.

The Cleveland Touchdown Club annual golf outing is July 19 at Coppertop at Cherokee Hills. For $100, you will get 18 holes of golf, a celebrity 5th golfer, lunch, dinner, and a chance to bid in our silent auction. Each golfer will also receive a polo golf shirt amongst other fantastic gifts! Visit and register under the “Events” tab.

The 2012 Tiffin University track and cross country summer camp will be held June 17-19 at the university’s new state-of-the-art $12,000,000 indoor track. The coaches and presenters in this camp have well over 100 years of track and cross country coaching experience. The camp will be limited to 100 athletes, so please get your deposit in early to hold your spot in the camp. There will be over 11 coaches on staff, covering sprints, hurdles, pole vault, high jump, shot put, discus, hammer throw and distance running, including cross country. The camp brochure can be viewed and printed from the website at For more information, call Ron Martin at 419-618-6211 or e-mail him at

39th Annual Phil Bova Baseball Camp

Experience your own spring training with the Phil Bova baseball camp June 18-22. The camp features an outstanding staff with over 200 years of experience; professional, college and high school coaches on hand daily; individual instruction for all age levels; six batting cages in use daily; Competition Day to evaluate campers in throwing, hitting and bunting; games played daily on seven fields; a cap and shirt for every camper; Best Camper plaque awarded in each age group; lunch provided daily; guest speakers who share their expertise; a professional camp photo for each camper; inside demonstration instruction during inclement weather; and a 1:10 ratio of staff to campers.

Camp schedule and information:
Our planned daily schedule will feature a morning session and then two sessions in the afternoon. You will then be able to apply what you learned at camp to your games afterward. A typical day will be as follows:

8:15 a.m. –  Arrive at Westlake baseball field ready to play
11:20 a.m. – Lunch provided
12:30 a.m. – Back on field for instruction
1 p.m. – Instructional age group games
2:30 p.m. – Individual instruction or stations
4 p.m. –  Depart for the day

The camp cost is $230 per camper. There is no registration deadline, but the earlier the better for T-shirt and cap size availability. (There is also a sibling discount for multiple campers from the same family, and a discount for campers who display the Bova Camp sign in front of their house.) Cost includes instruction and lunch for all five days, shirt, hat, camp photo and evaluation. What to bring: glove; baseball shoes or tennis shoes; water bottle; bat; practice pants; personal attire (socks, supporters, etc.). Please label all of your equpment.

For the 2012 camp we will be using the great facilities at the Westlake Recreation Center. We will be meeting the first day of camp at the baseball diamonds for signin. Address: Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, OH 44145.

Feel free to contact the following with any questions or concerns: Phil Bova Baseball Camp,
25709 Briarwood Court, Westlake, OH 44145 – or go to, call 440-779-1390 or e-mail

The Lake Erie Crushers are excited to announce their 3rd Annual Youth Baseball Camps, instructed by Crushers players.

The Crushers will host four two-day camps this summer.  The dates for the 2012 camps are:

·         Camp 1: Tuesday, June 12, and Wednesday, June 13

·         Camp 2: Monday, June 18, and Tuesday, June 19

·         Camp 3: Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28

·         Camp 4: Monday, July 30, and Tuesday, July 31

Each camp will run from 9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.

For $75 per camp, campers will receive a 2012 Baseball Camp T-shirt, a Crushers braided athletic necklace and one general admission ticket voucher for a 2012 home game.

For more information and to print off a registration form, visit or contact the Lake Erie Crushers at 440-934-3636.



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