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Sports Chatter (8-29-12)

Lutheran West High School, in Rocky River, invites the Greater Cleveland community to a family celebration to be held in conjunction with Lutheran West’s first home football game. The Unveiling Bash & BBQ will be Friday, and will highlight the dedication of the school’s new football and baseball fields, as well as the unveiling of the school’s capital campaign. Evening festivities begin at 4:30 p.m., prior to the start of the football game, and will include live music and a country barbecue. The evening will wrap up with a fireworks grand finale after the game. The Unveiling Bash & BBQ opens the public component of Lutheran West’s $5 million “Unleash the Spirit” capital campaign, the second major capital campaign launched by the school within the past 10 years. The building campaign includes three phases. Phase One includes installation of new football field and baseball infield synthetic field turf and creation of a Center for the Performing Arts. Phase Two will renovate the building exterior and administrative offices. Phase Three will add significant classroom square footage to the academic wing. All three phases include continued enhancements to Lutheran West’s Honors Academy. Artistic renderings of all three phases will be on display at the Unveiling Bash & BBQ. For more information about Lutheran West’s Unleash the Spirit Capital Campaign and to order Unveiling Bash & BBQ tickets, visit

Labor Day weekend, the Bay High School Athletic Hall of Fame will conduct its fourth induction of a class into the hall. The Hall of Fame recognizes the best of the best in Rocket athletics. Members of the hall include athletes, coaches and teams that have worn the Blue and White for close to 90 years.

The hall of fame was organized in 2007 to recognize those men and women who have woven the fabric that is the rich tradition that is Rocket Athletics. More than 7,000 students and coaches have provided the great moments and achievements that are the strong foundation the students, wearing the Blue and White, have today.

Aug. 31 will start the festivities with the introduction of the new inductees at the Rockets football game for the Little Brown Jug against Westlake. There is an informal gathering after the game at the Bay Lodge on Bradley Road. No reservation or cost, just good times, good friends and great stories.

The formal induction will be part of a dinner held at Wagner’s in Westlake Saturday evening. Tickets are $60 for food, beverages and a truly wonderful time for any Rockets alumni, family, friends and fans.

This year’s class is Judi Aschenbrener, soccer, 1999; Steve Babson, cross country, 1973; Marie Blaha, basketball, 1927; Nancy Boggs, tennis, 1982; Gail Christofferson, track, 1978; Yom Coulton, tennis, 1981; Cliff Cook, baseball coach, 1976-99; Jeff Ferchau, football, 1971; Chris Knaack, track, 1997; Chris Koehler, cross country, 1977; and Ron Rush, athletic director,        1972-91.

For more information, please contact Garry Heldt at 216-970-4083 or; Kari Altieri at; or Matt Spellman at 440-617-7400 or

The Westlake Recreation Department announces its fall sports programs:

Pass and Catch, for boys and girls ages 4-6, will jumpstart kids to the sport of football. They will learn how to hold, run, kick pass and catch a football. It is taught in a fun environment, using soft footballs on a smaller field. Fees: $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers; includes a football and jersey. It will be held Sept. 8 to Oct. 6 on Saturdays from 9-10 a.m.

Coed Youth Flag Football, for grades 1-2, is a noncontact league that allows children to learn the game in a fun nature. Practice will be held on a weeknight, with games on Saturdays, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fees: $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers; includes a jersey and wristbands. Registration will be cut off tomorrow. Volunteer coaches are still needed. Practices begin the week of Sept. 5.

NFL/ Punt, Pass and Kick, for ages 6-15, will be held Sept. 8 at 10:15 a.m.and will create a lively forum to compete in punting, passing and placekicking skills. Contestants must come with a parent or guardian, complete a waiver form and show a valid birth certificate. The contest is free, and all contestants must be signed in to the field no later than 10 a.m.

Demon Shooting and Skills Clinic, for boys and girls in grades 3-8, will be run by Westlake High School boys varsity head coach Shawn Hood. Hood will help improve your shot and game skills with this fundamentally taught clinic. Come and be a part of this four-session clinic and prepare yourself for the upcoming basketball season. The clinic will be held on Saturdays from Sept. 8-29, with grades 3-5 from 1-2 p.m., grades 6-8 from 2-3 p.m. and grades K-2 (junior camp) from 12-1 p.m. Fees: $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers.

Shawn Hood’s Player/Parent Clinic, for grades K-2, will be held on Sept. 22 and will give you a way to spend time with your child and also improve their basketball skills. Learn what you can work on with your child to help improve their shooting, dribbling, ball handling and much more. Fees: $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Hoopin’ It Up, for boys and girls grades K-6, will be held on Sundays, Oct. 14 to Nov. 4. Getting ready for your season? Just want to learn more about the game? Either way, these preseason workouts will help you develop the skills to take your game to the next level. Each session will focus on the fundamentals of the game, building as the weeks go along to prepare players for game competition. Ball handling, passing, shooting footwork and defense will be the primary skills taught by Coaches Jeff Huber (varsity basketball coach) and Brianne Huber (middle school coach). Each player will be given drills to work on at the conclusion of the workouts so that their improvement will continue. Grades K-3 are from 12-12:45 p.m. and grades 4-6 are from 12:45-1:30 p.m. Fees: $75 for members, $80 for residents and $85 for nonresidents.

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. Visit to register.

Magnificat High School is seeking a varsity girls softball head coach, a varsity girls lacrosse head coach and several track and field event coaches, including jumps, sprints, shot put and discus. Letters of interest and resumes should be sent to Magnificat High School; ATTN: Rhonda Rickelman, Athletic Director; 20770 Hilliard Blvd.; Rocky River, OH 44116; or e-mailed to

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 contactMark Wagner, Rocky River High School athletic director, at 440-356-6802.

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 No phone calls.



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