Amherst News-Times, 2000-10-18
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II Lady Comets take conference title — Page 8 Voters guide is ready — Pag Amherst News-Time •» <*> Z X Z x — -r> z o * r T < X -t r .7) _i -■" r" ^> .s> • - -. *» * * s ."n j. ,5, S n J Wednesday, October 18, 2000 Amherst, Ohio 3 c a Local sailor hurt in blast At least one Amherst man was among the injured after terrorists attacked the Naval Destroyer USS Cole, just as the ship prepared to depart the harbor of Yemen last week. Frederick H. Ings D, a 1996 Marion L. Steele High School graduate of the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, was off duty at the time of the explosion, and was sleeping in a sports chair in the crew living quarters forward of the area of the explosion. When the blast occurred the force of the explosion catapulted Ings out of the chair and slammed him against a bulk head (wall), injuring one shoulder, and then slammed him directly onto his backside. According to reports, he has sustained a good deal of soft tissue damage to his tail bone, and not seriously damaged his spine as first reported. Had Ings been on duty, he would have been on deck handling the ship's mooring lines; he is ranked BM3. Sometimes handling the lines placed him directly over the area where the blast occurred. In that case, the outcome may have been quite different for Ings's family. After notifying the family that Fred was alive, the Navy additionally told them that there may have been spinal injuries. The family was glued to the newspaper and CNN over the entire weekend for any updates. As they watched, they did finally catch a glimpse of Ing as a camera crew photographed him laying on a stretcher, in Germany on Saturday morning. According to Ings's sister, 1990 MLS graduate Jessica LoPresti of Amherst, her younger brother Fred was in stable condition at the Military Hospital in Norfolk, Va. Jessica and Fred have a younger brother, Steven Lock- ard, who is a 14-year-old student at Nord Junior High School. "We talked to him last evening, (Sunday night) and he is extremely tired and extremely sore, said LoPresti Ings joined the Navy out of high school and was assigned to the Cole in the summer of 1998. In early August they arrived in the Middle East for a six-month tour. The attack has severally damaged the ship, and forced the Navy to send a floating dry dock to return the stricken Cole back to Norfolk Naval Yard for repair. Ings's wife Bonita, daughter Cayci Nycole, his Mom Deborah and stepfather William Lockard are already in Norfolk to see him. His dad Fred senior and wife Katie, from Vermilion, left for Norfolk on Oct 17. "The Navy has been astounding with the support to see my brother,'' added Jessica, "We won't know the total extent of the injuries until next week." She is calm now, but Jessica wasn't so calm when she found out about the bombing. "At 8:45 when my dad called to tell me the ship had been bombed I dropped the phone and fell, to my knees and bawled my eyes out," Jessica said, "It was the worst day of my life. Fortunately, his wife (Bonita) held up pretty good." "We found out Thursday that he was still alive which was a big relief, but things improved a lot more for me when I heard his voice on Friday night," LoPresti said. "On Saturday morning we saw footage where Fred was walking toward the aircraft and he waved and smiled as if to tell us he was alright Much of the family is crowd- CONTINUED on page 3 At the top is Ings, next to his wife, Bonita, with his sister Jessica LoPresti and her husband Chad in the middle with their children Christopher Bollin, Fred's daughter Cayci Nycole and Jessica's other son Cameron. Fredrick H. Ings II \, i Raucous Comet crowd watches team win by JASON TOMASZEWSKI Naw Tim— reporter Preparation. That is one of the most important words in the vocabulary of a football team. If you are not prepared, no matter how good you are or how bad your opponent is, you will struggle. The Amherst Comets learned that lesson the hard way two Fridays ago when they were nearly defeated by an inferior Bay team. However, if a team prepares itself completely, they will almost always succeed, as was the case for the Comets this weekend. Amherst completely dismantled the number 1 ranked Avon Lake Shoremen in every aspect of tbe game to come away with a 33-13 win while preserving an undefeated "We just wanted 11 people flying to the ball," stated a jubilant Amherst head coach Jeff Reisen. "We knew if we did that and Avon Lake beats us. then they deserve to win." The Comets did just that. The entire defense, led by linebacker Brian Cesear, flew all over the field holding the area's leading ground gainer, Jeff Strauch. to less than 40 yards. Ia fact the Shoremen offense could only manage 198 yards with 87 of those yards coming on 2 plays. Mike D'Andrea, Avon Lake's leading receiver this year didn't have a single catch. Offensively, the Comets dominated as well. It was Cesear again Brian Cesear, Phil Kerlin, and Nick Bigrigg celebrate after defeating rival Avon Lake 33-13 at Memorial Stadium. The win sets up the SWC showdown with Olmsted Falls on Friday. carrying the load. Coach Reisen showed great confidence in him by handing him the ball on what seemed like every other play. He was aided in his running efforts by his front 7. The smaller Amherst offensive line was pushing tbe Shoremen back all night, giving Cesear, Adam Kuncel, and Bobby Madison room to run. Even the special teams played a key role. In the fourth quarter Madison blocked an Avon Lake punt attempt Cesear, who had taken his team on his shoulders, gobbled up the ball and ran it in for the score. The Amherst fans even out- cheered tbe Shoremen faithful. Comets fans packed the visiting side of Memorial Stadium a solid hour before kickoff, That is when the cheering began, and I'm not sure that it has stopped. Amherst found itself down early as the Shoremen went to the air. Quarterback Justin Booher found Anthony Stress open for a 42 yard touchdown strike. Cesear would answer on an 11 yard scoring run, but the point after was blocked. Kyle Klekota added a field goal putting the Comets us 9-7. Avon Lake would punt the ball away with only a few minutes remaining in the firs* half. Tbe Comets drove the ball nearly 60 yards in that time to set up Klekota's second field goal. The kick looked as though it was going to be wide right, before hooking around the upright as time expired. Amherst was happy to take a 12-7 lead into the half. The second half was more of the same as the Comets put 2 more scores up before the Shoremen would find the endzone. Cesear would score on a 2 yard run and the blocked punt- Avon Lake would again go to the air as Booher hit Zachary Lewis on a 45 yard bomb. The 2 point conversion failed. The Comets would strike one more time with Kuncel going in from 3 yards out to set the score of 33-13. That score was set up by one of the biggest plays of the nighL Facing a third and 10 on their own 25 yard line Comet quarterback Dominic Pellitteri hit tight end Nick Bigrigg over the middle for 8 yards. Bigrigg then broke one tackle, ran away from another and headed for the left sideline. After picking up a block, Bigrigg raced towards the endzone. Trying to avoid the gaining Shoremen defense, he veered back to the right sideline before getting tripped up at the 3. "I was dying," stated Bigrigg. **I had nothing left down at the 10." That play took all the starch oat of Avon Lake as they were left to ponder how this game of evenly matched teams got out of hand. Amherst is not out of the woods yet, as the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0 SWC) come to tow* Should the Comets come away wi*: the win, they will be the outright champions of the SWC. Gametime is 7:30 p.m. Fun run, Taste of Amherst' to highlight events As the colder weather invades, there is less and less to do outside. For come people raldng the leaves k the extent of their outdoor activity during the chilly months. This year the city of Amherst and the Amherst Downtown Business Association (ADBA) will be sponsoring an entire day of outdoor Am to help keep the cabin fever away for a little while. Sunday Oct 29 will tee everything from parades to food tasting, ndit will all be held in the heart of downtown Amherst The day will begin at 9 am. with a 5K run. The event which is being called the Run for Wellness is being sponsored by the Amherst Downtown Business Association, EMH Center for Joint Reconstruction, and the Amherst Historical Society. The run will begin in front of the old post office on Park Ave. and will stretch past City Hall Runners will wind their way to the Sandstone Center where they will head down South Lake Street From there they will head to the opening of the new MotroPaAs facility which is still under construction. Rumen will then retrace their steps until arriving back at the post office. Entrants may register online at wwwJitnaeacleveland.com, or by phone at 984-6709. There is a $13 pro-registration fee that includes an event t-shirt, refreshments, and various giveaways. The first second, and third place finishers in each of the 12 age froups will receive aa award. Registration on the date of the event will be $16. The Run for Wellness will be the first in what is planned to be an annual Amherst tall event Proceeds for the ran will go to the beautifica- tion aad preservation of historic For those of you who don't feel like running, or just don't want to get out of bed that early on the weekend, they can take part in tbe Amherst Halloween Parade. The parade will begin at 4:30 and will last until S pjn. Preceding the parade is a costume contest Tbe contest will be held at the Sans Springs building at 480 Park Ave. Registration for the contest will begin promptly at 3 pjn. with the judging to begin at 4 pjn. While^rou are waiting for these activities lo begin, you can sample a "taste of Amherst" Local merchants will have their doors open to the public so that they amy some of the local and unique flavors that make up downtown Amherst There will be plenty of things to do and plenty of goodies for the children. Some people might be worried that they will miss die big Browns game by spending the day downtown. They can put their fears to rest as Ziggy's downtown is home to the local chapter of the Browns Backers Society. They will be broadcasting the game so you can catch all of the excitement as the Bengali- visit Cleveland Browns While Dad is watching the game the kids can visk the Radio Disney fun van. The fun van will be located downtown and will feature the Mickey Mouse prize wheel. Hers the kids can spin the wheel and win all sons of goodies. When the kids are done with the prize wheel they can get ready for trick or treat which begins at 5 pm. and runs until 7 pjn. All of this promises to be a fa* filled day ia downtown Ainhent For more information about any df the activities call the Aaafcatijt Downtown Business AsaociatiOa |f 984-6709. <*
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-10-18|
|Date of Original||18-OCT-2000|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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