All Sports Cleveland And The Lake County Captains Announce Media Partnership For The 2017 Season

(Eastlake, OH) – The Lake County Captains, Class-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, are proud to announce their broadcast outlets for the 2017 season. New for 2017 The Captains are partnering with Ohio Media School who will stream all 140-games online at www.allsportscleveland.net and handle distribution the games to the other members of the Broadcast Network. Ohio Media School joins WINT 101.5 FM/1330 AM and ESPN 970 WFUN on the Captains Media Broadcast Network.

Ohio Media School will become the Flagship home for Captains baseball. Ohio Media School students will provide in-depth, behind-the-scenes coverage of Captains baseball throughout the season. The students will have the chance to interview players, join the Voice of the Captains, Andrew Luftglass, on-air for select home games and provide a consistent pre-game show 20 minutes prior to each game.

“We here at the Ohio Media School, All Sports Cleveland and NEO Sports Insiders are excited and thrilled about our new partnership with the Lake County Captains” said Matt Loede, Instructor at Ohio Media School, and Program Director for All Sports Cleveland and Editor and Co-Owner of NEO Sports Insiders. Loede continued with “We are excited to be part of what will be the future of the Indians and will be providing wall-to-wall coverage of the team including live-streaming all games and providing multimedia coverage. The Captains bring an exciting brand of baseball to Lake County and we are excited to be part of it” said Loede.

“The addition of the Ohio Media School students is exciting for us,” said Tim O’Brien the Captains Manager of Media Relations. “This arrangement will provide Captains fans with more in-depth coverage of the ball club and is a great opportunity for the Ohio Media School students to gain real-world experience covering Minor League Baseball,” said O’Brien. The Captains are also pleased to announce the launch of the team’s new blog titled “Captains Everywhere” named in honor of long-time, legendary public address announcer Ray Milavec. The link to the blog is: https://captainseverywhere.mlblogs.com/

WINT 1330 AM and 101.5 FM will be back for its 15th season being part of the Captains Media Network. WINT will cover Friday and Saturday night games during the regular season. Ray Somich, WINT President said, “The WINT family is very pleased and proud to have brought Lake County Captains gameday broadcasts to our community beginning with the very first game, and continuing for the last 15 seasons. The Captains are a locally-owned, audience-focused operation, like we are. We can also identify with these talented young athletes in pursuit of their dreams. Our WINT family hopes Lake County and all of Northeast Ohio will continue to support the Captains by attending home games, and listening every Friday and Saturday on 101.5FM, 1330AM and at wintradio.com.”

ESPN 970 WFUN will be the Sunday home for Captains baseball and carry the 2017 season opener on April 6th as the Captains travel to Dayton with game time at 7 PM. WFUN will also cover most weekday day games over the airwaves at 970 AM. Dana Schulte, President of Media One Group, said “We value our long-time partnership with the Captains and are thrilled to be part of the Broadcast Network again for the 2017 season.”

The Captains open the 2017 season on April 8 at Classic Park against Dayton. Affordable ticket packages are available for purchase now and more information may be found at www.CaptainsBaseball.com.

Shaker Heights Win Second Straight Baron Cup Championship Defeating North Olmsted 8-0

Written by: Cole Liggett

Brooklyn, Ohio – The final game of the Baron Cup came to you as Shaker Heights Raiders (8-2-0) went up against the North Olmsted Eagles (8-1-1). The Raiders wore white jerseys with red trim and rocked the red shells while North Olmsted wore black jerseys with orange trim and was rocking the black shells. Shaker Heights controlled the puck as they took a total of 39 shots compared to North Olmsted’s 13 shots to goal. Shaker Heights came out on top 8 to 0 as they become the Baron Cup I Champions for the second year in a row.

It started off for both teams as a physical game but Shaker got points first as early on in the first period Daniel Ritts hit a goal that made it a 1 – 0 game. Stephen Staffon of the Raiders scored a goal from a Ben Greenberg  assist at the 10:32 mark to make it a quick 2 – 0 game.

In the second period, Shaker Heights went on a roll as they scored three goals to make it a 5 – 0 game. Only 2:28 into the game Ryan Wheeler that was assisted Chris Strnisha that made it a 3 goal lead at 3 – 0. Later in the period at the 1:42 Ben Greenberg hit a beautiful shot that ended up in the back of the net from a assist from Stratton and Anderson.

With seconds to go on the clock Daniel Ritts got a short handed goal from a Britt Anderson assist to close out the middle period with a 5 – 0 lead for the Raiders. Going into the final period of the night, Shaker Heights had a demanding 5 to 0 lead over North Olmsted. It wasn’t enough as DC Benincasa scored a goal from a Campbell / Pollack assist to extend the lead to 6 – 0.

Daniel Ritts had a night he will forever remember as he hit a hat trick of goals to extend the lead to a quick 7 – 0. Shaker Heights final goal of the night came late in the game to seal the deal as DC Benincasa scores another goal to move it to a 8 – 0 score.

Shaker Heights claimed their second straight Baron Cup and plan onto three-peat next year.

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Baron Cup III Recap

Adam Eisen

Today’s game between the #3 Aurora Greenmen and the #4 CVCA Royals was incredible. This was a matchup between lower seeded teams that showed the number in front of their team name meant absolutely nothing. We watched two incredible teams lay everything on the line and be proud of the way they played.

The first period was two teams that had the transition game going well and two goalies who were playing the position well from a fundamental position. Aurora had some opportunities that they missed. Would those come back to haunt them later?

The second period saw the Greenmen of Aurora come out really aggressively. They supported the puck well, stayed disciplined and exploited CVCA’s desire to play a perimeter game. CVCA’s goalie, Brooks Montgomery, started to struggle seeing the puck and gave up a goal. 1-0 Aurora at the end of the second period. Oh, and CVCA’s superstar defenseman, Hayden Dickerson left for the locker room with just over three minutes remaining in the period and his team trailing.

The third period seemed to spell doom and gloom for CVCA and their faithful but they stuck with it. Soon the momentum began to shift from Aurora thinking this game was theirs for the taking to playing to not lose the game. Hayden Dickerson was able to start the third period and seemed to be fine. Aurora managed to keep it clean, until that shift in momentum. It became clear that CVCA wanted it more and got it, when they tied the game at 1. Aurora began to feel it slipping away and took a penalty right at the end of the period, with the game heading into overtime.

So for the fourth consecutive game in this tournament, we were getting extra hockey. Overtime starting with special teams is never a good thing but Aurora killed off the penalty. Then, barely two minutes into the extra frame, Dickerson proved how clutch he is as he rifled that sneaky wrist shot of his past Joseph Brockway and won the Baron Cup III for the CVCA Royals.

Extra Credit

Adam Eisen

Listening to the games yesterday as a studio analyst wore me out. I cannot imagine how the teams that play today feel. Of course there is another group who deserves credit and those are the teams that lost yesterday.

Often in sports we talk about winners vs. losers. Today and ten years from now, the teams that lost will still be upset about losing. However they deserve respect and admiration for playing their hearts out yesterday.

So what does that have to do with the title of this piece? Extra credit? There is an overarching theme from yesterday’s games. That theme is that Aurora, North Olmsted and Shaker Heights had no business winning their games yesterday.

A shaky goaltender can cost you dearly. Liam Siwik’s teammates bailed him out yesterday. I would suspect he will show up much more focused for the Baron Cup championship game against North Olmsted.

Speaking of North Olmsted, how is it that a team with 11 skaters and two goalies manage to play a quadruple overtime game and then turn around against Shaker Heights? Well, they are the proverbial little engine that could. They are not going to back down. This game has the chance to be the game of the day, and that’s saying something when you think about the fact that there are three title games today.

Finally, there is one last team that needs to be recognized for their extra credit. The Aurora Greenmen. In hockey, there’s a saying: a two goal lead is the worst lead in hockey. Against Brooklyn, this theory proved correct. Aurora is up 2-0, give up four unanswered goals. Brooklyn had home ice advantage throughout the tournament. Aurora’s captain, Joe Capretta, got tossed in the first period yesterday. The game was seemingly lost. Then, with all of five seconds left Aurora tied it up at 4 and managed to win it in overtime.

With all three of these teams playing overtime games and spending the day on an emotional roller coaster, they will need that extra credit today to give their teams every opportunity to win.

Cole Guides Hudson to Baron Cup I Semi-Finals, Explorers beat Midview 3-2

By: Cole Liggett

Brooklyn, Ohio – It was a packed house inside the John M. Coyne Center for the ice battle between the 8-2-0 Hudson Explorers and the 7-3-0 Midview Middies. As you look on the ice, the Midview Middies rocked the white and blue jerseys with black shells while Hudson Explorers hit the ice with navy and blues with black shells.

All players put their emotions onto the ice as it was a physical matchup all three periods as the Hudson Explorers win a close one against the Midview Middies with the final score of 3-2 victory.

Hudson started of red hot and hit their first goal at the 4:45 mark from senior Chandler Koysous to give his team a 1-0 lead early in the first period. Two minutes into the second period, Middies Kyle Nagel hits his second goal of the season to make it 1-1. Shortly after, the Explorers explored Midviews’ zone and hit  a shot to move into the lead after sophomore defensemen Blake Lori hit his first goal of his career in the GCHSHL league to make it a 2-1 game for the Hudson Explorers.

Nearly five minutes in the final period, Robbie Rodgers of Midview hits the back of the net to make it a tied up game at 2-2, but seconds later Max Cole hits a short handed goal to put the Explorers back on top 3 to 2.

Hudson moves on in the Baron Cup to verse number one rank Shaker Heights.

 

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Chagrin Falls Tigers Maul Orange Lions In Baron Cup II Quarterfinal, 5-2

By: Cole Liggett

Brooklyn, Ohio – Chagrin Falls Tigers (9-0-1) went up against the Orange Lions (5-5-0) for the semifinals for Baron Cup II. Colors collided as both teams fought early and fast. Despite all their efforts, the Lions fall prey to the Tigers 5-2

Orange got out first thanks to Kyle Hadden getting the Lions on the board first with 8:48 to make it 1-0 but Chagrin bounced back by matching goals and tying it 1-1 before the first period ended.

When the second period rolled around, both teams were giving their all but Chagrin Falls came up on top by scoring two goals in the middle period, both by Matt McCuskey, a sophomore that now has 8 points on the season.

The Tigers start off the third period very quick by answering with their 4th goal of the night from Tommy Mallat who got his 19th goal of the season. Orange ends the cold streak by answering back at the 8:53 mark with a goal by Scott Hill to make it a 4-2 game.

Late in the game, Chagrin Falls sealed the deal with a late second goal to move on in the Baron Cup with a win 5-2 over the Orange Lions

Opening Night Baron Cup Tripleheader on AllSportsCleveland.com

By Anthony Alford

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Today begins our exclusive radio coverage of the 2017 Baron Cup from the John M.Coyne Rec Center in Brooklyn, OH. Listen to our coverage right here on AllSportsCleveland.com and on the TuneIn app @ BeOnAir.com-All Sports Cleveland.

Coverage begins today at 2 pm with a special edition of The Main Event as we preview the Baron Cup along with Super Bowl reaction. 2 pm ET, The Main Event: Rob Rozycki, Eli Moon, and Anthony Alford.

Then at 4 pm, we will have the Baron Cup pregame show live from our studios in Valley View.

4 pm ET (30 minutes before each game) Baron Cup Pregame: Dan Lukas (Host), Eli Moon, Ray Gullatt, Raychel Griffin (Analysts), Brandon Wallace (Camera)

At 4:30 pm, the first Baron Cup III quarterfinal will take place as the Avon Lake Shoremen face the CVCA Royals with Danny Simpson and Cole Liggett on the call.

4:30ET Baron Cup III Quarterfinal: 1 Avon Lake vs 4 CVCA:  Danny Simpson, Cole Liggett

That will be followed by two Baron Cup II quarterfinal games with the Avon Eagles against the Bay Rockets. Rob Rozycki and I will be on the call.

6:30ET(***Appx 30 mins after Game 1) Baron Cup II Quarterfinal: 1 Avon vs 4 Bay  Anthony Alford, Rob Rozycki

Isaac Pastrana and Jeff Strich will bring you all the action of Chagrin Falls vs. Orange.

8:30ET(***Appx 30 mins after Game 2) Baron Cup II Quarterfinal: 1 Chagrin Falls vs 4 Orange Isaac Pastrana, Jeff Strich.

Other OMS students involved with today’s coverage: Kristian Calhoun, Jermaine Winston, Arielle Sharp, and Tan Askew.

LIVE Broadcast:Baron Cup Coverage Starts Monday On All Sports Cleveland

Written by David Sprouse

The Baron Cup begins Monday, February 6, 2017 and goes through February 13, 2017. You can use the TuneIn Radio app to hear all the fast-paced, heart-pounding action as it happens on allsportscleveland.com, part of the Be On Air Network. Click Listen Live on the right to join the broadcast.

Hear guys from the Main Event as they kick things off covering twenty-four high school hockey games until there is a champion crowned. For more information on the Baron Cup, visit neosportsinsiders.com for complete coverage.

Follow us on Twitter @neosportsinside and acebook.com/neosportsinsiders. Follow me @neosi_Sprouse and my partner, Eli @Eli_Mooneyham. NEO Sports Insiders, bringing you the best in Cleveland sports.

Monsters’ Assistant Captain Called To Columbus For 5th Time This Season

POSTED BY: DAVID SPROUSE JANUARY 1, 2017


CLEVELAND -The Cleveland Monsters announced Saturday that the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets recalled second-year Monsters left wing Markus Hannikainen for the fifth time this season.

Columbus was able to string yet another win together in the New Year’s Eve matchup with a 4-2 victory to bring the total to 15 straight for the first-place Blue Jackets.

In 24 appearances for the Monsters this year, Hannikainen ranks second on the team in goals (9) and sixth in points (14) with eight penalty minutes and a +4 rating to his credit.

A 6’1”, 189 lb. left-handed native of Helsinki, Finland, Hannikainen, 23, posted a -1 rating in five appearances for the Blue Jackets this season and has a -3 rating to his credit in nine career NHL games played spanning the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Texas Stars with full coverage, live from H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, TX, underway at 8:30 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.