22-of-25 first team choices either Comets or Eagles
Of 25 selections on both sides of the football that were selected All-Suburban Lakes League first team, 22 are either Genoa or Eastwood players.
Genoa senior running back Blair Skilliter has been named Player of the Year, and he is joined on the first team backfield by junior backfield teammate Greg Hillabrand and Eastwood junior Cody Seifert. Elmwood junior Reid Rothenbuhler is the first team quarterback.
On the offensive line are (guard) Eastwood junior Matt Schling, Genoa senior Callan Bialorucki, (tackle) Genoa senior Ryan Bless, Eastwood junior Clay Rolf, and (center) Eastwood sophomore Jeff Rutherford.
Offensive ends are Eastwood senior tight end/wingback Mark Schult, Lakota senior split end Jacob Smith, and Genoa senior split end Zach Apel. Eastwood senior place kicker/punter Jason Faykosh was chosen as first team specialist.
On defense, linebackers are Genoa senior Marcus Vicars, Eastwood senior Ashton Brown, and Genoa junior Greg Hillabrand. Defensive lineman are (tackle) Bless, Eastwood senior James Morelock, Lakota senior Mike Kleman, (end) Rolf, and Genoa junior Richard Wonnell.
First team defensive backs are Schult at strong safety, Apel, Genoa junior Connor Wendt, and Eastwood cornerback Nick Schmeltz.
Local second team selections are (LB) Skilliter, Gibsonburg senior Pat Cantrell, (DL) Eastwood junior tackle Matt Schling, Gibsonburg sophomore tackle Jamie Mancha, (DB) Gibsonburg senior strong safety Nick Baker, Eastwood senior cornerback Matt Schlumbohm, (RB) Schlumbohm, (OG) Genoa senior Beau Lamb, (OT) Eastwood senior Jason Cowell, and Woodmore kickoff returner Max Nusser was chosen as specialist.
Local honorable mention choices are (Eastwood) Faykosh, senior Luke Eschenbrenner, junior Brock Rentz, (Genoa) junior Matt Bassitt, sophomore Seth Dufendock, senior Josh Hillabrand, senior Bryce Humbarger, sophomore James Leach, junior Devin Maza, senior Scott Traver, (Gibsonburg) Baker, sophomore Nick Black, senior James Cantrell, senior Lucas Damschroder, senior Tony Egbert, and senior Chris Repp, (Lake) senior Jake Griffith, junior Ryan Hotmer, senior Mike Mathews, senior Nick Mikels, junior Jacob Pack, senior Josh Samsel, junior Terry Tomanski, (Woodmore) Nusser, junior John Custer, senior Michael Fahle, sophomore Pierce Fonseca, junior Justin Gavin, junior Bryan Kuhlman, senior Dan Roepke, and junior Ben St. John.
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.
Clay, Lake, and Northwood were among 16 high school varsity girls basketball teams had the opportunity to compete against some of the best high schools from around the region as part of the first-ever Express Girls High School Mega Scrimmage hosted by Owens Community College on Friday, Nov. 21.
Other teams competing in mega scrimmage included Elmwood, Wayne Trace, Perrysburg, Scott, Paulding, Libbey, Otsego, Fostoria St. Wendelin, Norwalk St. Paul, Notre Dame, Monroe, Piqua, and Anthony Wayne. Each high school varsity team got to participate in several games throughout the scrimmage.
The Express women’s basketball program is led by Head Coach Mike Llanas and completed their 2007-08 season with a 23-10 overall record and finished tied for second in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (10-4 record). Llanas’ squad, which was ranked No. 28 in the final NJCAA Division II poll, lost to Mott Community College in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships. Early in the 2008-09 campaign, the Express’ overall record stands at 2-3 after five games.
Eastwood Middle School will hold its annual Tom Conkle Wrestling Dual Tournament December 6 starting at 9 a.m. in honor of former coach and teacher Tom Conkle. Participants are Eastwood, Maumee Gateway, Rossford, Swanton, Sylvania Timberstone, Fassett, Liberty Center, East Broadway, Washington Local, and McComb. Maumee Gateway is last year’s defending champion. Tickets are $5 (adult) and $3 (student).