Oregon’s Zena Cole back on U.S. Paralympic Team
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today that 33 athletes, including four gold medalists from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, have been named to the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Team.
On the team is Oregon resident Zena Cole. Last year, Cole returned home from a month in London where she won a bronze medal in the Paralympic Games and set a new American record for the discus throw for a quadriplegic.
Cole, the oldest member of the American team at 55, broke her own Americas record for her class with a throw of 5.25 meters (18.04 feet). Twenty six year-old Josie Pearson of Australia won gold with a throw of 6.58 meters.
"It will be another exciting year for Paralympic track and field," said Cathy Sellers, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics track and field. "Last year, we had a large number of young athletes in their first Paralympic Games and a large number of finalists. We hope to be able to convert those finalists to medalists this summer at the world championships."
Athletes were nominated to the National Team on Jan. 1 and will retain their National Team status through Dec. 31, 2013, if they compete at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships in June. Additional athletes may also be added to the roster throughout the year.
More than 20 Team USA athletes held a Top 10 spot in the 2012 world rankings, marking a significantly successful year overall for the United States. At the Paralympic Games, 18 athletes won a combined 28 medals, including nine gold medals between four athletes. Six athletes earned silver medals in London and 12 also won bronze medals.
Jeremy Campbell (Perryton, Texas), Raymond Martin (Jersey City, N.J.), Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) and Shirley Reilly (Tucson, Ariz.) all return to the National Team after winning individual gold medals in London. Martin, named the 2012 Paralympic SportsMan of the Year by the USOC, led the way for Team USA with four gold medals while McFadden earned three.
"We should have some exciting races in the men's 100 and 200 meters for the 43 and 44 classes as the classes will be split for the first time in Paralympic history," Sellers said. "We look to be very competitive with Blake Leeper in the 43 and Richard Browne, Jerome Singleton and a healthy David Prince in the 44 class."
The U.S. also aims to build depth in the visually impaired and cerebral palsy classes in 2013.
The 2013 track and field season starts April 13 in Pomona, Calif. with the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational while the season-ending International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships are slated for July 16-29 in Lyon, France.
Other events include the Mt. SAC Relays, April 18-20 in Walnut, Calif., Kansas Relays, April 17-20 in Lawrence, Kan., Fast Cow competition on May 2 in Indianapolis, Ind., the Desert Challenge Games, May 17-19 in Mesa, Ariz., and the Swiss Series from May 25-June 2 in Pratteln, Nottwil and Oensingin, Switzerland.
Two considering City League
Marion Harding and Lima Central Catholic are considering joining the Toledo City League, says league consultant Dave Schmidt of TheSeniorReports.com.
Schmidt forwarded to The Press this comment from a city league official, “The two schools we have been in conversations with for months. We will continue to schedule games for next year with both teams but they will be non conference games. Additionally, we will continue to have conversations about possible inclusion into the City League.”
Currently, Waite is joined by Rogers, Start, Woodward, Bowsher, and Scott to make up the six-member City League.
In Clay girls basketball team’s 65-51 win over St. Ursula, the team set a school record by making 41 free throws, which puts the team second in Ohio’s girls all-state record book. They are only the second team ever in Ohio to make more than 40 free throws in one game.
Kayla Schaefer made 19, which puts her tied for 20th in the state record book and set a new Clay girls’ school record. The Eagles followed by losing a heartbreaker to Sylvania Southview, 56-52, in overtime. They are now 4-11 overall and 2-5 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference heading into last weekend’s play.
Thousands in donations
Eastwood Superintendent Brent Welker thanks a number of people for over $11,000 in donations to the district, mostly for sports programs. Over Christmas, the district approved a donation of $3,000 from Dave and Vicki Bruning for its new soccer building currently under construction and $2,000 from Bob Buschur, who won the softball reverse raffle held on New Year’s Eve at the Luckey Legion Hall.
The school is accepting an anonymous donation of $200 for baseball, $500 from KeyBank for the Eastwood Relays, $5,000 from Mick and Nancy Foster (which will be matched by Wells Fargo at some point) for softball, and $476 from Land O’Lakes and $525 from Luckey Farmers to the FFA program.
The Clay Alumni baseball game will be May 11, starting at noon at John Ousky Field at the City of Oregon’s William P. Coontz Recreation Complex. There may be two games, one intra-alumni and one alumni versus the varsity, depending on how many alumni players register. Pitchers and catchers are still needed. It is a $20 fee by check made out to Clay Baseball. Send to Gerry Wasserman 3703 Seaman Rd. Oregon, OH 43616 or drop off at City of Oregon Building Inspection. Also need shirt size, what number on the back, and contact info. They are also considering an alumni tourney for a fundraiser for the school programs in late summer, early fall. Any area schools interested can call Wasserman at 419-690-9371.
The Eastwood and Otsego cheerleaders are teaming together to participate in a community service event called the Fourth Annual "Jump over Cancer". During halftime of the varsity boys basketball game on January 24 between Eastwood and Otsego (at Eastwood), the cheerleaders will be timed for one minute to see how many cheerleading jumps they can complete in that minute. They are collecting pledges in the amount of 25, 50, 75 cents or $1 per jump they complete in that minute. Donations of any amount are also accepted. Every penny raised will be given to the American Cancer Society
High school (including DECA students) and college students wanting sports management experience may intern this summer to help the City of Toledo Recreation Department prepare for the National Amateur Baseball Federation College World Series in August. Sixteen summer college teams from across the country will arrive to play 31 9-inning wood bat baseball games in a televised event at four major baseball fields in the Toledo area. Intern hours may vary from 3-40 hours per week at Ottawa Park offices. Call Shawn Sobel at 419-936-3887.
The Genoa Little League is now holding sign-ups for 2013 season. Children ages 5-14 as of May 1, 2013 are eligible to play. Download a registration form on our website at www.leaguelineup.com/genoa. Contact Lee Nissen at 419-351-2398.
A seven-week Wii Bowling League will begin Feb. 1 starting at 12:30 p.m. and held either on Mondays or Wednesdays at the East Toledo Senior Center. Call Brenda Holdren at 419-691-2254, ext. 204.
East Toledo Family Center senior softball registration has begun and early bird registration fees must be postmarked by Jan. 31. Cost is $45 for one league and $60 for both leagues. Registration continues until Mar 15, but fees are $50 for one league and $65 for both. Two leagues are 50 and over and 58 and over, and you can also register as a preferred sub. After Mar. 15, there is a $10 late fee for registration. Visit http://HTOsports.com/etsacsoftball or call 419-691-2254, ext. 227.
The East Toledo Senior Center is holding drop-in basketball at the East Toledo Family Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. for anyone aged 50 or over, running through April. Call 419-691-2254, ext. 227.