Haley Hess named league’s top female track athlete
Clay sophomore runner Haley Hess was named the Three Rivers Athletic Conference’s top female athlete after winning two individual championships at the league meet.
Hess won the 1,600, finishing in 5:07.34 to outdistance runner-up Erin Gyurke, a senior from Clay, who finished in 5:08.42.
Gyurke did win the 3,200, finishing in 11:17.25 to defeat runner-up Emily Stahl (11:35.07), a junior from Findlay.
Haley Hess was part of the 4x800 meter relay team that won a TRAC championship with a time of 9:47.21, less than three seconds short of the league record set last year by a Clay team.
On the team this year were Haley Hess, sophomore Hannah Hess, Gyurke, and freshman Sydney Hess. Last year’s team included Hannah and Haley Hess, Gyurke, and Emilie Roman, now graduated. This year, that team defeated the runner-up team from Fremont Ross by over 17 seconds.
At the Division I district meet, the Clay team was fourth out of 13 teams scoring. The Eagles accumulated 78.4 points to finish behind Whitmer (102.9), Perrysburg (101.2), and Notre Dame (98).
At the district, the 4x800 team of Gyurke, Sydney Hess, Haley Hess and Hannah Hess finished second in 9:47.77 to advance to regionals last week in Amherst.
Clay junior Grace Winckowski won two district championships, including in the 100 hurdles (15.63) to defeat Notre Dame senior Alison Connelly (15.83) by one-fifth of a second.
Winckowski also won the 300 hurdles, finishing in 45.97 to defeat Sylvania Southview junior Taylor Fitchpatrick (47.1) by nearly two seconds.
Gyurke finished second in the 1,600 (4:59.62), losing by less than half a second to Perrysburg senior Courtney Clody (4:59.25). The district record in that event is held by Clay distance runner Jodi Harrington (4:59.11), who set it in 1999, but both Gyurke and Clody came scarily close to breaking it.Haley Hess was third in the 1,600, finishing in 5:14.5, and both Gyurke and Haley Hess advanced to regionals.
Haley Hess also advanced after finishing third in the 800 (2:23.38). Gyurke was second (11:31.84) in the 3,200, this time losing to Perrysburg senior (11:21.56) by over 10 seconds, but Gyurke did advance.
Clay sophomore Kayla Dickerson advanced in the pole vault after she finished fourth at districts with a jump of nine feet, three inches.
On the boys side, Clay sophomore Anthony Miranda advanced to the regional meet in the 400, finishing fourth in 51.65 at the district meet.
New Stritch cage coach
Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School has found its new head coach for the girls basketball program.
Cathy Hanek, a former college basketball player and coach, informed school officials that she will be accepting the position for next season. The Youngstown native has coaching experience at both the college and high school level.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our girls’ basketball program. We are excited Cathy is joining the Cardinal Family” said Athletic Director Craig Meinzer. “Cathy’s passion, knowledge, and coaching background will be a tremendous addition to our athletic community here at Stritch.”
Hanek was most recently the head womens’ coach for Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota. During her tenure she spent time recruiting and developing student athletes in addition to overseeing the operations of the basketball program. She also was involved with annual fundraising efforts for the school and coordinated community outreach projects.
Prior to Valley City State, Hanek was the head coach for Miles Community College in Miles City, Montana.
“Cathy is a great addition to our Stritch family. Her experience is incredibly valuable and her background helps her appreciate that we are a family of faith, knowledge, and strength in everything we do,” said Rev. Eric Schild, President of St. Kateri Catholic Schools. “We are excited to have Cathy join our community.”
3 Rockets second team All-SBC
Three Oak Harbor softball players, sophomore second baseman Olivia Rollins, senior third baseman Justine Webb, and freshman pitcher Emma Bergman are second team All-Sandusky Bay Conference selections.
Oak Harbor’s honorable mention choices are Maddy Rathbun, Chrislyn Stevenson, Kimmi Wahlers, and Brandy Lochotzki.
Four of the Rocket’s baseball players were HM All-SBC, including Ben Genzman, Garrett Harvey, Kyle Uher, and David Tooman.
Gose signs with Owens CC
Genoa senior utility player Casey Gose has signed with Owens Community College's baseball team. He joins left-handed pitcher William Hutt of Bowsher as one of two members in the 2014-15 freshman class.
Gose, a four-year varsity starter for the Comets, was a first team All-Northern Buckeye Conference selection as a sophomore and second team All-NBC as a junior. He was also an Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press selection his sophomore and junior years.
His senior year playing primarily outfield, he batted .323 with 20 runs, 13 stolen bases, 13 RBIs, and was “superb defensively,” said Coach Ron Rightnowar, which included three outfield assists.