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Six local athletes among Ealey scholarship finalists

Through his Undefeated Spirit Foundation, former University of Toledo and Canadian Football League star Chuck Ealey gives back to the community by providing three $1,000 scholarships to area high school seniors. 

Twenty athletes — 10 football players (one $1,000 scholarship) and 10 girls’ basketball players (one $1,000 scholarship) have been selected as finalists.

Local football finalists include Johnny Douanglee (Waite) and John Segura (Northwood). Girls basketball finalists include Samantha Charcol (Clay), Kre’ana Henry (Waite), Abby Mass (Cardinal Stritch Catholic), and Megan Roach (Northwood).

Selection of finalists is based on the following criteria:

An undefeated spirit-inspiring drive and leadership with teammates, campus, community and/or youth.

Strong family values with strong family support and encouraging and supporting parent/family structure behind the athlete.

A strong focus on education and community, campus involvement, good grades, and extracurricular activities.

Ealey has partnered with Leadership Toledo to encourage area high school seniors to share with him their “Undefeated Spirit” stories through a 500-word essay contest.  He announced that 53 students from 17 area high schools entered the “Undefeated Spirit” essay contest. The three $1,000 scholarship winners will be announced during a ceremony scheduled for April 16 at The University of Toledo’s Driscoll Alumni Center.

Local finalists in the essay contest include Adriana Cannon (Lake), Olivia Latz (Stritch), and Alexa Wegman (Northwood).

For details about the banquet, contact Kristina White at 419-290-5027. 

Dipman visiting colleges
Genoa senior Bailey Dipman is so dedicated to diving, she has been working at the sport since she was 7-years-old. Now an All-Ohioan, Dipman is narrowing down which college she plans to continue her diving career.

Bailey Dipman (Photo by Impact
Action Sports Photography

Dipman, who took fifth place in Division II diving during the state meet in Canton, had told The Press she will likely choose between Youngstown State University or John Carroll University. After visiting schools, she has been accepted to one, but has not released the school’s name or made a decision. She is an honor roll student at Genoa and also a cheerleader.

The first Genoa diver to place that high at state, Dipman plans to lifeguard at two pools this summer and participate in off-season diving. She participated in an Ohio Diving League meet in Youngstown last week and says she is working on a new approach and hurdle.

At this year’s state swim meet, it was the second consecutive year in which Dipman finished fifth and the third year she finished in the top 10. This season, she finished with her highest score, compiling a mark of 385.75, barely 10 points better than her score last year (375.55). As a sophomore, she finished in ninth with a score of 361.4.

During the prep diving season, Dipman practiced at St. Francis de Sales High School under the direction of Coach Scott TenEyck. Dipman said that an average day of practice consists of her and other divers doing light exercising (abdominal workouts and pushups) before partaking in a workout set up by TenEyck. 

Vote for Zena Cole
Paralympic Games bronze medalist Zena Cole of Oregon is involved in a contest where she can win a new van to accommodate her power wheelchair and maintain her independence.

“The cost of a new van is in the range of $70,000 to $85,000 and this is not realistic in what the monthly payment would be for someone on a fixed income,” Cole said. “The only thing I am asking is please take the time daily to click on this link and vote for me. 

“In the box where you vote , hit the ‘click here’ button and get two votes for your effort. It honestly only takes a matter of a couple minutes to do, however the reward of the possibility of a safe and dependable means of transportation for my family and those I try to help would have such a lasting effect.”

Vote at The contesat runs through May 11.

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.

Wrestling history
A St. Kateri Academy middle school sixth grade wrestler has made history. Jasmine Daly, a female Cardinal Wrestling Club wrestler, won the Ohio Athletic Committee Grade School State Wrestling Championship in the Division IV 120-pound weight class in Youngstown. The daughter of Mike Daly and Melissa Morales, she has been wrestling since she was 4-years-old.

Daly pinned all five of her male opponents and was the first ever female champion winner in the history of this state tournament. She even had one male wrestler disqualify himself because he did not want to face her. St. Kateri also had James Limongi, another sixth grade wrestler, finish fourth in the tournament.

Sports announcements
Players are still being sought for the Clay alumni game. Game(s) are May 11 starting at noon at John Ousky Field. Registration includes a $20 check payable to Clay Baseball. Need: name, graduation year, # for jersey, size of jersey and contact info, mainly e-mail so organizers can create a mass mailing list. Send to 3703 Seaman or drop off at the City of Oregon building inspection office. Cut-off date will be April 1. Please designate if player is a pitcher or a catcher.  Call Gerry Wasserman at 419-693-8389 or 690-9371.

The Genoa Little League will be holding a U10 tournament June 13-16 and U12 and U14 tournaments June 26-30. Visit or contact Lee Nissen at 419-351-2398.

Genoa diver Bailey Dipman going through a twist at this year’s state meet. (Photo by Impact Action Sports Photography/



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