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Sports Chatter (5-23)

Brian Rector

Baldwin-Wallace College men’s head tennis coach Brian Rector, a North Olmsted native, was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Rector is the winningest men’s tennis coach in the OAC and in Ohio collegiate history, with a 414-84 career record and a .831 winning percentage. This past season, he led the Yellow Jackets to a school-record 29 wins, his third OAC regular season title, a 9-0 record, the school’s fourth OAC tournament title and its first-ever NCAA Division III national tournament appearance, which included a 5-4 victory in the first round. This is Rector’s third OAC Coach of the Year acclaim.

OHSLA Boys Lacrosse state tournament

Division I: Westlake defeated Strongsville 12-5 in the first round game on May 17, but the Demons were defeated by Medina 15-3 in the second round.

Division II: After a first round bye, Rocky River defeated Holy Name 18-2 in the second round on May 18. Bay also had a first round bye, and then defeated Padua 7-5 in the second round on May 18. The Pirates and Rockets will meet tonight in Rocky River at 7:30 p.m. for the chance to play the winner of the game between St. Francis and Benedictine in the Elite-8 game on Saturday.

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 jfenix@magnificaths.org.

Westlake High School is seeking a dynamic and qualified person to assume the role of head varsity volleyball coach.  It is looking for a person with previous head coaching experience and a track record of proven success.  Please direct any inquiries via e-mail to Tony Cipollone, Director of Athletics, Westlake City Schools, at Cipollone.wlake.org.

Westlake High School is also seeking a head varsity baseball coach, 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 Cipollone@wlake.org and/or apply online at www.wlake.org. 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 Operation Hope’s goal to provide refugees of Ghana and Liberia with the materials needed to enjoy the game they love. It is looking for soccer shoes, balls, shin guards, jerseys, shorts and socks. Dropoffs can be made at the Westlake Recreation Center lobby throughout the month of May; at the Westlake Holiday Inn tomorrow from 6-8 p.m.; at Force Indoor Sports on Center Ridge Road in Rocky River on June 9 from 2-4 p.m.; and at the WIST game fields (Porter Field, Barton/Bradley Field and Clague Park Field) on Saturday from 12-4 p.m.

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 Blue Streaks Through River 5K Run/Walk will take place Sunday, with all proceeds from the race supporting the Angels in Blue Fund, which helps Magnificat families in need with school-related costs. Preregistration begins at 7:15 a.m., with the race beginning at 8:30. For more information or to register, visit www.hermescleveland.com.

Online registration is open for the 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 www.hermescleveland.com 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, sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic, Del Webb and Active Runner, with proceeds benefitting North Ridgeville Community Care. 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 www.ourpioneerridge.net or by calling 440-327-1866. Preregistration cost is $20; race-day registration is $25 beginning at 7 a.m.

The Cleveland Touchdown Club’s 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 the silent auction. Each golfer will also receive a polo golf shirt among other fantastic gifts! Visit www.clevelandtouchdownclub.com and register under the “Events” tab.

The 12th annual Gathering Place ”Race for the Place” 5K and one-mile walk takes place on 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 www.touchedbycancer.org.

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 EQUIPMENT.

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 sign-in. 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

Go to www.bovacamps.com, call 440-779-1390 or e-mail dbova@wideopenwest.com

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 9:30 a.m. to 12:3 p.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 www.lakeeriecrushers.com or contact the Lake Erie Crushers at 440-934-3636.

 

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