Legislature honors Kylee Ault, national champions
State Representative Tim Brown (R-Bowling Green) honored the Bowling Green State University cheerleading squad with House Resolution 345 for their athletic achievements. The university is located in Rep. Brown’s district, which includes all of Wood County.
The BGSU cheerleading squad was congratulated with this resolution for winning first place in the Division I small co-ed category at the 2014 College Cheer and Dance National Championships.
Kylee Ault, a 2012 Clay grad, is a member of that squad, which finished second to national champion Hofstra University the year before. The Falcons turned the tables this year. Ault, a state placing gymnast at Clay, was not a cheerleader in high school.
The Falcons are the first Mid-American Conference squad to win a national cheerleading championship.
|The Bowling Green State University national champion cheerleaders are honored by the Ohio legislature.
Front: Megan Swaney, Lindsi Aurelius, Kylee Ault, Krista Aurelius, Bekah Pasttor, Michelle Bowles. Back:
Tyler Bill, Taylor Tanner, Coach Anne Marie King, Representative Tim W. Brown, Megan Gill, Alex Koons.
They performed their routine for this competition in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports on January 18, 2014. Other top competitors in their division include Purdue, San Diego State, Rutgers, Syracuse University, and Hofstra University.
“Such an accomplishment can only be attained through hard work, determination, and teamwork. The team’s coach, Anne Marie King, helped pushed the team members to train tirelessly in order to achieve top physical and mental conditioning. The cheerleading program at Bowling Green has been a top five cheer program for the past four consecutive years. This year, however, the team was determined to take the title,” stated a press release from Rep. Brown’s office.
“The guidance and leadership of Coach King was a key contributor to the team’s success. To their credit, each individual team member could be counted on to perform their routine to the best of his or her abilities, exercising expert agility, precision, and enthusiasm.
Rep. Brown said, “It was nice to have the entire House of Representatives join me in saluting their accomplishments in cheerleading. This is an accomplishment that reflects their hard work and dedication, and I’m honored with their presence at the Statehouse so that we could offer them our congratulations.”
The university’s all-girl cheer squad and the dance team also competed in the event. The all-girl squad placed ninth in the semifinals in their division. The dance team placed in the top 20 in Jazz in Division 1A.
Clay graduate Kelsey Brandeberry and Oregon resident Molly Dedo, who attended a private school in Toledo, are also involved with the BGSU teams.
Dedo was on the all-girl cheer squad and Brandeberry, who has known Ault since middle school despite being a year older, was on the BGSU dance team. A junior health care administration major at BGSU, Brandeberry is in her third year with the dance team, but this is their first time competing in the national event.
“I absolutely loved it,” Brandeberry said. “It was really exciting for us because we haven’t had a chance to do that, so it was really cool to be able to get that experience.”
Brandeberry said four years as a Clay cheerleader prepared her well for her experience on the BGSU dance team.
“I thought so, because Clay was a lot of game-day stuff, which was our first priority before the nationals,” Brandeberry said. “Once we’re ready for our games, basketball and football, then that is when we start working on our national routine. We basically work on that for the whole year. Everything I worked on before I came here pretty much prepared me for that.”
Golf league celebrates 44 years
In 1970, a group of Elmore women formed the Wednesday Morning Ladies Golf League at Sugar Creek Golf Course, which had opened seven years prior.
Written records of the league’s existence date back to 1980. At that time, 43 women were divided into two groups — those playing just nine holes and those golfing all 18 holes. A and B flights were created for each group. The two groups separated in 1985, but continued to play the same day and shared a luncheon at season’s end. The 18-hole group dissolved in the early 2000s.
For many years, the nine-hole group maintained a membership in the 30 to 40 range. In 1988, four flights were created with the golfer placed according to her handicap. That system exists today. Weekly points are earned for low gross and low net in each flight. Points are accumulated and converted to cash awards at the end of the season.
Golf balls are awarded to those having low putts in each flight each week. In addition, cash awards are given for birdies, chip-ins, most improved player and lowest score. The ladies scramble monthly with cash awards going to first through third place winners. USGA rules are loosely interpreted and enforced to accommodate all skill level golfers. The season runs from May through mid-September. A $25 membership fee is collected to fund prizes and pay for the end-of-the-year luncheon.
Organizers say what makes this league unique and appealing to many women is that no substitutes or payments are required when a golfer cannot be present. The golfer only loses a chance for prizes.
Over the years, the Sugar Creek ladies’ golf league has drawn golfers from Toledo, Oregon, Gibsonburg, Woodville, Perrysburg, Curtice, Millbury, Genoa and other surrounding communities. For more information, call Mary Densic at 419-836-3259 or Sugar Creek at 419-862-1551.
Adult basketball for cancer
The Oak Harbor Basketball League is sponsoring an adult basketball tournament as part of Ottawa County's ACS Relay For Life. It will be June 7 at Oak Harbor High School. All games are 5-on-5. Each team is guaranteed to play at least three games. Teams are five to ten players. All must be 18 or older.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Game play is 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Morning play is round robin with no eliminations. Each team plays two games. Afternoon games are single elimination tournament play. Seeds are based on morning play.
Cost is $25/player if pre-registered by June 1. After that date, cost is $35. Pre-registered players also receive a t-shirt.
Trophies are awarded to each player on the top two teams. The field is limited to the first 16 teams to register. $125 (entries for five players) reserves a spot in the tourney. Additional players can be added up to game day.
To register, send checks payable to the American Cancer Society along with team name, team captain's name and cell phone number, a roster of player's name and date of birth to Jeff Hartlage, 11141 W. Kimberly Drive, Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449. For info, call or text Hartlage at 419-707-1751.