Konieczny becomes all-time rusher at Oak Harbor
With three regular season games to go, Oak Harbor senior running back Mark Konieczny became the all-time leading rusher for Oak Harbor tallying up 178 rushing yards as the Rockets downed Huron 27-14 on Homecoming night.
Konieczny entered the battle with the Tigers needing 112 yards to beat former Rocket Roger Hamilton's record. Hamilton was a 1995 graduate of Oak Harbor.
Konieczny is around 1,400 yards for the season and just and just under 3,000 for his career with three regular season games remaining, said Oak Harbor coach Mike May.
Plus in Division IV, Region 14, Oak Harbor (6-1) was in seventh place in Division IV heading into last Friday’s game — if they can remain in the top eight, they will see playoff games. That will give Konieczny a chance to get more games.
It’s possible the Rockets could see a rematch in the playoffs with Genoa (7-0), which was in third place after seven weeks. Genoa, ranked sixth statewide by the Associated Press, won the regular season meeting, 43-21.
Behind a strong offensive line, Konieczny had little problem against Huron as he rushed the ball 31 times for 178 yards.
"Our line has done an amazing job all year," said Konieczny. "It was no exception tonight."
Despite the night belonging to Konieczny, the victory was a complete team effort.
A week earlier, Edison jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the opening quarter, but the Rockets rallied and then hung on for a 42-33 SBC victory in Milan.
"Edison came and executed," Oak Harbor coach Mike May said. "They came out and were firing on all cylinders. They were ready to play.”
Konieczny rushed the ball 28 times for 307 yards. The Rockets outgained the Chargers 489 to 413.
"(Konieczny) is our money man," said May. "We wanted to keep giving it to him because we knew he could eventually break one."
"Anytime you win in the SBC it is big," continued May. "We knew it was going to be a slugfest." ( — submitted by Oak Harbor student K.T.)
Nolan Eli All-MIAA
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named its 2012 All-MIAA Golf Team as the Thunder received three honorees, including Trine University junior Nolan Eli (Genoa), who was named to the second team. The Trine Thunder had the most players named All-MIAA among all conference schools.
Eli finished the fall season ninth in the conference with a total stroke count of 616 for an average of 77, including tying for a conference season-low 69 at the fifth jamboree of the season on Trine’s home course.
This marks the fourth time in school history that at least three Trine golfers have been named All-MIAA, the others came in 2004-2006. Trine has had an All-MIAA player each season since joining the MIAA in 2004.
The Thunder finished fourth for the MIAA Championship and qualified for the three-round spring automatic qualifier tournament.
A Crush Cancer Benefit hosted by the Eastwood volleyball teams on October 4 raised over $1,000 for the Victory Center in Toledo, wrote Superintendent Brent Welker in his weekly community email.
In the latest state coaches’ poll, the 17-3 Eagles are rated 16th in Division II. Their only losses have been to Clay, Bellevue, and Sylvania Southview, and the Eagles are undefeated in the Northern Buckeye Conference.
Every Eastwood victory has been in three straight games, including every league match, while Clay, a D-I team, defeated the Eagles in five games, 18-25, 25-17, 17-25, 25-23, 15-12. Bellevue won two of three games in a triangular setup, while Southview, also D-I, took two straight games.
The Eastern Community YMCA is hosting a pre-season shooting clinic for basketball players in grades 2-12. The clinic will be hosted by coaches Arnie Sutter and Brandon Floro with sponsors Western Basin Toledo AAU Basketball, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the University of Toledo basketball program. Call YMCA sports director Brandy Reynolds at 419-691-3523 or visit www.ymcatoledo.org.