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         Walbridge Library’s weekly Senior “Library Lanes” Bowling League has become the in-place for seniors to hone their athletic skills.

        Games are played on the Nintendo Wii and the league is currently looking to add two more participants this season.

        The league, which is run by library supervisor Matt Mehling, is at 46 members, and typically has 48, so if you consider yourself a senior, get yourself a partner. The league has been going on since 2014.

        “It’s grown each year. We have a schedule set up. It starts at 11 a.m. and goes to 5, and the seniors come in and bowl two games,” Mehling said. “We usually fill every season. We have some people down in Florida this season and will be back for the fall. It’s always growing.

A time-honored tradition has been restored at the Original Tony Packo’s on Front Street in East Toledo. 

After a 17-year absence, the Cakewalkin’ Jass Band is back playing at the place that Toledo’s own Jamie Farr (Corporal Klinger from the long-running series M*A*S*H) made famous. Their jazzed-up Dixieland style – often with a bit of Blues thrown in – conjures up the feeling of being on Bourbon Street in the Big Easy.

        Oregon City Council approved the purchase of a splash pad and a fitness court to be used by the recreation department for public use in the Coontz Recreation Complex on Seaman Road.

        Council agreed to issue a purchase order for $122,724.28 to GameTime, of Harrison Ohio, for a sprayground custom baseball/softball arch splash pad at the baseball diamonds in the back of the recreation center.

        The splash pad will facilitate a more family-friendly atmosphere by using the recreation grounds as a recreational facility versus using it only as a sports facility, according to Tim Borton, the recreation commissioner.

Clinic schedule

        The Ottawa County Health Department has released the clinic schedule for Feb. 4-8. Unless otherwise stated, all clinics are held at the health department, 1856 E. Perry St., Port Clinton.

        Feb. 4: Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Clinic, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Feb. 5: Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Clinic, 12:45-4:30 p.m.; 60-Plus Clinic – Elmore Retirement Village, 9 a.m.-noon.

         The 13-3 Cardinal Stritch boys basketball team is in the midst of another successful season and seeking to get a trip to the Division III regional tournament.

        The Cardinals may have to get past sixth-ranked Genoa (13-0) and 14th-ranked Evergreen (12-2) and then could match up with No. 1 Archbold (15-0) or No. 7 Ottawa-Glandorf (12-2) at the D-III regional. Stritch has already provided Evergreen with one of their two losses.

        This year, a district title and a conference championship are both in their sights as the Cardinals sit at 5-1 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference. Three other teams were 4-2 heading into the weekend, however.

        Stritch has accumulated a record of 57-10 over the last three years while winning a district championship and a Toledo Area Athletic Conference title. In Jamie Kachmarik's five seasons coaching the team, the Cardinals are 89-28 (.761) and have won two district titles and three sectional championships while building one of the area's best programs.

        This year's club is led by two seniors — 5-foot-10 Jordan Burton and 6-3 Little Anderson — and a junior in 6-2 Joey Holifield. The three represent a balanced scoring attack and play with an enthusiasm for the game. Burton is the point guard, Holifield is the shooting guard and Anderson is the wing. The starting lineup also includes two posts, Ashton Caryer (6-6) and Nolan Finch (6-7), and Jhaiden Wilson (5-6), Justin Wiggins (6-3) and Ben Dunsmore (6-0) round out the rotation.

        Coach Jamie Kachmarik says team defense is an important part of Stritch's identity, but the Cardinals can also score and rebound the ball well. Burton (15 pts., 4.4 reb.), Holifield (14.1 pts., 6.8 reb.) and Anderson (14.3 pts., 7.1 reb.) average a combined 43 points.

        "It's really important because, night in and night out, any one of them can be the top scorers. Wilson and Finch are threats to score, too," said Kachmarik. "Finch scored 18 points in the win over Emmanuel Christian and has scored in double figures in six games this year."

        Wilson averages 8.8 points and Finch puts 6.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and Caryer helps on the rebounding front, averaging 5.1.

        This year's club features its share of size and athleticism and can shoot the ball well, too.

        "We're more athletic, we use more full-court pressure and we're pushing the ball. As a whole, this might be one of my better outside shooting teams," said Kachmarik.

        "We're shooting a very good percentage as a team, almost 40 percent from 3-point range. That's very good, especially for a high-school team. We have a balance of scorers inside and out. We're a little bit bigger inside. That's a little bit of a change in our overall size and team length."

        That size and athleticism has especially helped on the defensive end, helping the Cardinals to force turnovers and defend the post. This year, Stritch, which has defeated five Division I teams, has given up 50 or more points in just four games this season.

Heading south

        The club's three losses this season have come by a combined eight points, including a 48-45 loss to Blackman-Murfreesboro in a Tennessee showcase and 42-41 to perennial small school state power Marion Local in another showcase at Trent Arena’s Flyin’ to the Hoop in Kettering, Ohio.

        One of Stritch's marquee wins this season came in a dramatic, 78-76 victory in double overtime over Central Catholic. Holifield scored five of the Cardinals' seven points in the second overtime and finished with 21 points while Burton led all scorers with 25 points and hit a number of key baskets. Anderson also contributed, scoring 20 points.

        Stritch also knocked Evergreen from the ranks of the unbeaten earlier this season by defeating the Vikings, 67-54. Burton had a team-high 18 points and Anderson and Holifield helped key an 18-0 run in the first half that saw the Cardinals take control of the game.

        The Cardinals also defeated Maumee Valley Country Day (80-49) and beat Collins (Ky.) and Stewarts Creek (Tenn.) in the Sonic Slam Tournament in Lebanon, Tennessee before falling in the finals. The tournament presented tremendous challenges for Stritch, but Kachmarik says his team answered the call.

        "It was a tournament we were invited to in Lebanon, Tennessee. I thought it would be a great experience with the team. All the teams were the size of Division I schools,” Kachmarik said.

        “It was a great time to bond, it was a great experience for the team and we had success. We have 186 students and we were competing against schools with 1,800 to 2,500 students. The first team we beat, Collins, near Louisville, is ranked in the top-10 this season. They had two really good players that are going to be Division I college athletes," continued Kachmarik.

        "Then we played Stewart's Creek out of Murfreesboro and the last game was against Blackman High School out of Murfreesboro. They were very good, and it came down to the very end. I think (our players) represented Cardinal Stritch very well. Principal Melissa Empie went to the tournament with us and complimented us with how well they handled themselves."

        The winning ways have brought a swagger and a confidence to a group that expects to compete in the tournament.

        "Now, expectations are higher that we've put on ourselves and the coaching staff is putting on our kids. I think it makes our kids focused and hungry. When you start to look at postseason, you know you're going to challenged," said Kachmarik.

        "Our expectations are there. Every team is 0-0 when you get into the postseason. That's what we try to focus on. You know that every team is the same. Everyone is going for that same goal. We don't look too far ahead. It's one game at a time. (The players) know what it takes."




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