Clay’s Hess girls join Erin Gyurke at state meet
Clay freshman cross country runners Haley Hess and Hannah Hess joined junior Erin Gyurke as individuals competing for a Division I state championship Saturday.
They are coached by their uncle, 25th-year Clay cross country coach Dave Hess, who was named Three Rivers Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. All three Clay harriers were also first team All-TRAC.
At the Tiffin regional meet, Gyurke finished second in 18:42.38, exactly 10 seconds behind champion Janelle Noe, a senior from Sylvania Northview. Gyurke averaged 6:01.3 per mile. As a sophomore, Gyurke was an Ohio Association of Cross Country and Track Coaches All-Ohio selection.
Haley Hess finished 10th at the regional in 19:016.06 and Hannah finished 14th in 19:21.88. The Clay team finished sixth of 16 teams with 173 points, trailing Northview (73), Brunswick (122), Bay (123), North Royalton (165), and Rocky River Magnifact (169).
The state meet was last Saturday at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.
Eastwood volleyball run ends
Eastwood’s volleyball season came to an end at a Division II regional semifinal in Ontario, Ohio as Parma Padua Franciscan (23-2) swept the 12th-ranked Eagles, 25-6, 25-13, 26-24.
Padua moves on to face Norwalk in the regional final to determine which team will go to state. The Eagles, 23-4, went 14-0 in the Northern Buckeye Conference by winning all 42 sets in conference matches for the second straight year,
Nathan Lowe Soothsayer champ
Nathan Lowe must have learned something about football when he interned last summer at the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton.
|Lake graduate Nathan Lowe while interning
at the NFL Hall of Fame.
Lowe, a Lake graduate and Bowling Green State University journalism student, not only is the 2012 Press Soothsayer champion — he set an all-time record in winning percentage, besting a mark previously set by WRSCSports.com broadcaster Mark Reeves of Oregon.
Lowe, who finished at 122-24 (83.6 percent), says it wasn’t easy.
“People ask me all the time what kind of preparation goes into making my picks and my answer is always the same. There's really no secret. I don't study films or read reports. I just go with my gut," Lowe said.
"The games are easier to pick in the beginning of the year. Most teams schedule non-league cupcakes the first few games. I was able to build a big lead early, and I'm fortunate that I held on.
"I would have been shocked at the beginning of the year if you would have told me a rookie soothsayers would set an all-time Press record, and I'm shocked now," Lowe continued.
However the top four soothsayers this year all did well — the percentage of the top four soothsayers this year would have set an all-time record.
The first year for soothsayers, who pick local high school, college, and Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions football game, dates back 12 years to 2002.
Finishing tied for second was Genoa Banking Company President Marty Sutter and Press Sports Editor J. Patrick Eaken at 120-26 (82.2). Finishing fourth was Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian (113-33).
“If we would have had to pick games for a few more weeks, I'm sure Marty Sutter, Pat Eaken and Mike Seferian would have caught me. Those guys sure know how to pick rivalry games,” Lowe said.
"I knew going into the final week, that I would either be leading Marty and Pat or at worst be tied. Because of this, I tried to predict which teams they would pick, and I selected the same teams. My strategy worked as Marty and I picked all of the same teams."
Following Seferian was Oregon business owner Alan Miller (113-33), Press contributing writer Mark Griffin (107-39), Oregon business owner and former Northwood, Miami University, and professional football player Tim Williams (106-40), and former Oregon Mayor and retired school teacher Marge Brown (95-51).