Lakewood OH

Sports Chatter (2-20-13)

The Westlake U11 Parkside Panthers Travel Baseball Team is collecting new or used baseball and softball gear and equipment for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, for kids between the ages of 6 and 18. This includes bats, gloves, balls, tees, batting helmets, catching equipment, batting gloves, whiffle-ball bats and balls, tennis balls, baseball and softball equipment bags, general athletic equipment bags and hitting nets. The Parkside Panthers have teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Tony Cipollone (director of athletics for the Westlake City Schools), Brendan Zepp (head baseball coach for Westlake), Tom Shiban (head softball coach for Westlake), the Westlake Recreation Department and Westlake City Schools to make this happen.

The Parkside Panthers and the high school baseball and softball teams will be holding skills clinics for the kids at the B&G Club this spring after they deliver the equipment and gear they have collected.

Collection dates and locations:

Today through Friday

• Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., or

• Bassett, Dover, Hilliard, Holly Lane, Parkside, Lee Burneson and Westlake High schools

In addition to the above locations, all members and coaches of the Parkside Panthers are willing to collect your gear. Parkside Panthers are Davin Amy, Jack Hlavin, Patrick Hartup, Max Sierputowski, Michael Sierputowski, Collin Walsh, Thomas Girgash, Matt Romansky, Joe Klessel, Ethan Connor and Aidan Sharak, and are coached by Doug Amy, Matt Hlavin, Dana Hartup and Greg Sierputowski.

Crushers seek new host families for 2013 season
The Lake Erie Crushers are once again seeking friendly families to open their homes to host a player for the 2013 season. The host family program is a great way for families to get involved with the community and with the Crushers organization. This unique program rewards both the participating families, as well as the Lake Erie Crushers players. Once the players arrive in the community in the beginning of May, they quickly start training for opening day on May 17. The players will have very little down time with spring training, long games and long road trips, and all they require of their host family is to provide a warm living space, a roof over their heads and a welcoming home. If getting involved with the Lake Erie Crushers organization is something that interests you, please call Kim Deanovic at 440-934-3636 for more information; or you can fill out an application and e-mail it to

The North Olmsted Softball Association has openings for men’s and women’s adult softball teams for the 2013 season. For more information, call 440-235-4026.

The Westlake Recreation Department has openings for the men’s open division in the spring basketball season. Teams will play 12 games plus playoffs on Sunday nights. Game times will be at 6, 6:50, 7:40 and 8:30 p.m. Entry fee is $350, payable to the city of Westlake, and the forfeit fee is $140, payable to Westlake Umpires. The game fee is $32 per game (cash only). There is a limit of 16 teams, and the deadline to enter teams is March 30. The season begins April 7. For more information, call Jim Disporito at 440-617-4420.

The Westlake Recreation Department has openings for several adult softball leagues for the 2013 season that will begin in early May. The Monday-Wednesday men’s league plays 18 games from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the entry fee is $375. The Thursday men’s league plays 18 games (nine double-headers) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the entry fee is $375. The Friday coed league plays 18 games (nine double-headers) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the entry fee is $375. The Sunday men’s league plays 18 games (nine double-headers) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the entry fee is $375. The Sunday coed league plays 10 games from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the entry fee is $225. Entry fees include all game balls. All teams must pay a $140 forfeit fee in addition to the entrance fee. All nonresidents must also pay a $20 nonresident fee. Game fees are $32. No team will be accepted into the league until entrance and forfeit fees are paid. Contract cards are due by May 4. The mandatory managers meeting will be held at 10 a.m. April 13 in the Westlake Recreation Center’s community rooms. Each team must have a representative at this meeting. Make entry fee payable to the City of Westlake. Make forfeit fee payable to Westlake Umpires. The registration deadline is April 13. Games will start the week of May 5. For more information, call Jim Disporito at 440-617-4420.

Argento Basketball Club will be holding tryouts on Feb. 23 and March 2 for players interested in playing spring AAU basketball. For more info or to get exact tryout times, please call 216-816-6766 or go to

The first-ever Bay Athletic Boosters Snoball 5K Race-Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run will be held on Saturday, with a start and finish at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road in Bay Village. Managed through Hermes Race Systems, the Snoball 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run will kick off at 9 a.m., with packet pickup and day-of-race registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. inside the Bay High School gym corridor. Preregistered participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt featuring a snowman graphic, a roll of Duck-brand duct tape and post-race food and beverages. The preregistration cost for the Snoball 5K Race/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run is $15 for students and $20 for adults. Mail-in registration forms are available to download on the Bay Athletic Boosters website at and must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 20. Online registration is open through Feb. 22, at 9 a.m. at Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and cost is $20 for students and $25 for adults. Day-of registrants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and other items while supplies last.

REM Youth Soccer Association is accepting players for the Spring-1 session. REM is a soccer-based program designed for children ages 3-7, which offers three different levels of play. Beginner Tots is for ages 3-4, and is an introduction to soccer through exercise and social interaction.Intermediate Tots is for ages 4-6, and is a more soccer-skill-oriented program for boys and girls to improve their ball-handling skills, balance and coordination, while having loads of fun in the process. Advanced Tots is for ages 6-7, and is designed for older rec and academy players looking for a more personal training session, to improve their overall skills. Six-week sessions cost $65. The Spring-1 session starts at 6 p.m. March 1 at the Soccer Sportsplex, located in North Olmsted. For more information, call 440-823-3315, e-mail or go to

Rocky River High School is accepting applications to fill the position of assistant boys lacrosse coach. Please send letter of interest and resume to Mark Wagner, athletic director, c/o Rocky River High School, 20951 Detroit Road, Rocky River, OH 44116, or e-mail

Lakewood High School is accepting applications for the position of head varsity girls volleyball coach. Send resume to Bob Thayer at or mail to 14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood, OH 44107.




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