Genoa gridiron fans will be able to watch the Comets’ Division IV regional final playoff game against Ottawa Glandorf on local cable television.
Friday’s game at Bowling Green State University’s Doyt Perry Field will be shown on Time-Warner Cable numerous times starting on Monday on Channel 21, says producer Mike Jameson, owner of Creative Video Imagery and Toledo Sports Radio.com.
Broadcasters include two Genoa graduates, play-by-play announcer Rick Waldron and color announcer Jeffrey D. Norwalk, who will be assisted by a crew that includes spotter Danny Knopp and statistician Mark Reeves, both of Oregon. Broadcaster Steve Taylor will provide commentary from the field.
Waldron, the play-by-play man, is a former sports editor for The Press Newspapers and retired radio station general manager. Norwalk is former co-host of The Neutral Corner, a boxing radio show, along with East Toledo native and International Boxing Club president Harry Cummins.
Norwalk and Waldron began broadcasting Comet football games this season over the internet for Toledo Sports Radio.com. The audio broadcast can also be heard on Jameson’s website. Broadcasts of the Comets’ 48-21 win over Huron and 28-14 victory over Fostoria are archived and can be listed to at any time.
Both Norwalk, who provides color for the football games, and Waldron, remain editorial contributors to The Press. Both are contributing to the upcoming publication Soaring Comets: A Profile of the 2008 Genoa High Football Season.
Friday’s game will also be available “local on-demand” at Channel 1111 for anyone wanting to watch the playoff game. Jameson believes that Ottawa-Glandorf fans who are Time-Warner subscribers may be allowed the same opportunity via a local on-demand setup.
Friday’s game will also be broadcast over broadcast airways on WMNT Channel 48/58 out of Toledo twice Sunday — noon and 8 p.m.
Jameson said that if Genoa defeated Ottawa-Glandorf Friday, his company plans to purchase rights to broadcast the state semifinal. If Genoa reaches the state final, Jameson’s company will not be able to broadcast as the Ohio High School Athletic Association has already sold the rights.
Jameson is looking for internet broadcasters at other area schools. His company has been broadcasting Cardinal Stritch, Clay, Genoa, Toledo Cherokee hockey games, and other sporting events and talk shows. Toledo Sports Radio.com has in the works possible future broadcasts of Northwood and Lake sporting events.
Jameson’s company, which has been in the video business 13 years, got its first experience with a television broadcast with the CYO Toy Bowl, which was broadcast twice over Ch. 48/58 last Sunday.
Although the broadcast had a few glitches, Jameson said the first-time experiment helped set the tone for continued local prep sports broadcasting with Ch. 48/58. His studio was originally located in the Andrews River East Building on Front Street in East Toledo. Despite the closing of that building for future demolition, Jameson has kept his studio in East Toledo.
Eastwood leads all Suburban Lakes League schools with 25 Suburban Lakes League All-Academic choices, while Genoa has 17, followed by Lake and Woodmore (13 each), Elmwood (12), and Lakota, Otsego, and Gibsonburg each have eight.
Eastwood all-academic choices are (cross country) Joshua Beaudoin, David Eaton, Kyle Henry, Taylor Pasquale, Emma Morgan, (football) Ashton Brown, Jason Faykosh, Zachery Frobose, James Morlock, Mark Richards, Matt Schlumbohm, Mark Schult, (golf) Colin McKibben, (soccer) Tyler Mohre, Nicholaus Oberhouse, Jonathon Sanders, Rhea Black, Cesandra Fitch, Elizabeth Knott, Leanna Rade, (volleyball) Brooke Albright, Stacy Kotula, Alyssa LaVoy, Carrie Moenter, and Katie Schuessler.
Genoa selections are (cross country) Derek Dickinson, Ryan Mock, Dan Robaszkiewicz, (football) Callan Bialorucki, Ryan Bless, Zach Purney, Blair Skilliter, Marcus Vicars, (golf) Jared Hillman, Rob Orlans, (soccer) Cody Harder, Alan Scheanwald, Nicole Buchanan, Melissa Curry, Kelsey Imbery, Chelsea Meyer, (volleyball) and Alexis Ansell.
Lake — (cross country) Steve Scanlan, (football) Jacob Griffith, Joshua Sampsel, (soccer) Chris Rollins, Matt Simkus, Heather Cox, Jaclyn Kinsey, Kelsey McCloseky, Samantha Netz, Ashley Pettit, Emily Philo, (volleyball) Kately Baumbach, and Rebekah Will.
Woodmore — (cross country) Talijana Jacobson, Emma Sullivan, (football) Maxwell Nusser, (golf) Ryan Rospert, Robert Schumacher, (soccer) Jordan Deck, Kyle Walterbach, Carly Mitz, (volleyball) Colleen Anderson, Megan Bitter, Rachel Bouldin, Tiffany Keaton, and Kaylee Paul.
Gibsonburg — (cross country) Seth Collum, Vicki Davies, (football) Lucas Damschroder, Anthony Egbert, Aaro Roach, (volleyball) Emily Clark, Lisa Davis, and Katelyn Jones.
Toledo Mud Hens pitcher Blaine Neal (30) of Gibbstown, N.J., has been named to the Topps’ Triple-A All-Star Team. The 30-year-old recorded saves in 11 consecutive appearances for the Toledo Mud Hens on his way to 26 for the season. The right-hander struck out 39 batters in 37.1 innings and held opposing hitters to a .207 average. The Detroit Tigers signed him as a free agent in March.
The Northern Ohio Buckeye Baseball League will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Tri-County Lanes in Woodville for 10, 12, and 14 and under community based travel teams. Call Lee Nissen at 419-351-2398.
College students majoring in sports management, communications, marketing, broadcasting, finance, or other applicable majors who wish to intern for the 2009 National Amateur Baseball Federation College World Series in Toledo (played at Ned Skeldon Stadium, Scott Park, Bowman Park, and Owens Community College) should call City of Toledo recreation director Shawn Sobel at 419-936-3887.