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Pickard sets state record, Genoa sixth in state poll

Genoa sophomore place kicker Cody Pickard became the first prep football in Ohio to successfully kick six field goals in the Comet’s 58-7 win over Fostoria.

Cody is the younger brother of former Genoa kicker Tyler Pickard, who last year kicked eight field goals during the season and scored 115 points, including seven touchdowns and 49 extra points.

Ben Buchanan (Westerville Central) made five field goals against Sunbury Big Walnut on Sept. 21, 2007, and John Aerni (Westlake) also had five against Amherst Steele in 1986. Eleven have kicked four field goals in a game.


The Associated Press had Genoa (4-0) ranked sixth in Division IV when it released its weekly poll after four weeks of play.

Genoa, with 106 points, trailed Columbus Bishop Hartley (212), Creston Norwayne (181), Clarksville Clinton-Massie (176), Ironton (145), and Ottawa-Glandorf (126).

Northwood (4-0) was ranked ninth in D-IV with 58 points, trailing Coldwater (231), Kirtland (184), Lima Central Catholic (153), Patrick Henry (148), Wynford (133), Columbiana Crestview (104), Youngstown Ursulina (98), and Cuyahoga Heights (83).

In the first computer poll generated by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Genoa was fourth in the region, trailing Bishop Hartley, Columbus Bishop Ready, and Ottawa-Glandorf. Oak Harbor (3-1) was ranked 11th.

Northwood was second in its region’s computer rating behind Patrick Henry. Trailing Northwood was Lima CC, Liberty Center, Archbold, Delphos Jefferson, Oberlin, and Carey. The top eight teams in each region at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs, with the top four getting home games the first round.

Defiance College frosh
Four former area prep sports stars are beginning their college careers as freshman at Defiance College.

Tyler MacDonald (Cardinal Stritch) is a 5-8, 170 pound freshman running back for Defiance College. Defiance (0-3, 0-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) played at home on September 22, when it looked to extend a seven game win streak against Anderson (0-3, 0-1 HCAC).

Katey McQueary (Clay) is a 5-7 freshman defensive specialist for Defiance’s volleyball team, playing in six matches with 23 digs.

Cody Maye (Woodmore), former ESSL Arsenal player and a four letter-winner and second team All-Suburban Lakes League selection for the Wildcats, is a 6-0, 155 pound freshman boys’ soccer player. Amber Moomey, a two-year letterwinner under Oak Harbor soccer coach Renee Goldstein, is a 5-foot-5 freshman goalkeeper for Defiance.

Rocket volleyball 6-6
Oak Harbor volleyball lost to Perkins last week 25-20, 25-11, 25-19 in a Sandusky Bay Conference match to fall to 6-6 heading into a match at home against Margaretta. 

Leading the Rockets in assists was Abbie Gezo with 18 and Maggie Zurvalec recorded seven kills and Katelyn Tice had six kills. Leading with digs was Lindsey Reau and Maggie Zurvalec each with 10. Cassie Brenneman had three aces. 

The Rockets earlier beat Sandusky St. Mary's 25-11, 25-18, 25-21. Gezo lead the team with 25 assists and Tice led with eight kills and Jordyn Thorp added seven.  Leading in digs were Reau with 11 and Rebecca Florio with nine.   Gezo had six blocks and Tice had four. 

In another SBC match, Oak Harbor lost to Huron 25-9, 25-11, 25-11.  Gezo had 11 assists and Tice recorded six kills.  Reau and Zurvalec both had 13 digs for the Rockets.

The Rockets also lost to Edison 25-8, 25-15, 25-16.   Gezo lead the team with 12 assists and Thorp recorded 6 kills.   Zurvalec led the team with 17 digs. Oak Harbor JVs also lost 25-22, 15-25, 12-25.

In a tri-match with Scott and Fremont Ross, the Rockets beat Scott 25-11, 13-25, 25-7, 25-9.  Gezo had eight assists and Hannah Waldron recorded four kills.  Reau had four digs and Zurvalec had six aces for the Rockets.

The Rockets lost to Ross 25-20, 25-21, 25-20.  Gezo had 10 assists and 9 digs.  Tice recorded five kills.

In an SBC win, Oak Harbor beat Port Clinton 25-20, 25-17, 25-18. Gezo lead the team with 23 assists and Tice recorded 12 kills.  Cassie Brenneman and Gezo each had seven digs and Thorp led the team with seven aces. The Oak Harbor JV won in three games 19-25, 25-18 and 25-16.

Oak Harbor coach Jacki Gezo said her team had a rough start in the first two games with Margaretta during their first SBC match, pulled themselves together to compete in the third game, but lost to Margaretta, 25-7, 25-13, 25-19. Reau led the team with 11 digs and Katelyn Tice recorded five kills.   Gezo had eight assists and led the team with five aces. The Oak Harbor JV lost 25-12, 25-14.

Sports announcements
There is now open registration for the indoor golf league at Lake High School. Each league session is 10 weeks and limited to 36 golfers. Cost for the league is $150. The league starts on October 21.  Golfers will play world famous courses such as Pebble Beach, St. Andrews and others on a simulator. There will be an open house for the league on October 7 from  4-7 p.m. at the indoor golf learning center, which is located in the southeast corner of the Lake football stadium building. Contact Terry Tansel at

The Medina Athletics U9 travel baseball team will be holding tryouts at Starr Elementary School on Sept. 30 from noon-2 p.m. Contact Marc Medina at 419-691-8767 or**********

An iPad3 raffle benefiting the Ohio Stingrays U12 Baseball Team is being held. Four hundred tickets are available at $10 each. Organizers say they can ship the item to the winner. The drawing is to be held October 27 and winner need not be present. Call or text  to 419-205-0782.

The Lake Junior Flyer Cheerleading Clinic will be Oct. 10-11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Lake Elementary Gymnasium each day with performance day Oct. 12 beginning at 6 p.m. for varsity football against Fostoria at Lake Community Stadium. Registration deadline is Sept. 25. Cost is $25 per participant and includes shirt, clinic, and admission into the game. Contact Kristen Dippman at

The Eastwood cross country program is sponsoring an Elementary Cross Country Race beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept 25.  Races are open to all Eastwood students.  There is no charge to participate and there will be prizes available.  All runners and spectators should meet by the big cross country tree on the Luckey Road side of the high school. Contact Stephanie Schneider-Sims at or Richard Morgan at




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