Turner-Smith, Veres to continue athletic careers at Owens
Two Cardinal Stritch Catholic athletes, Sarah Turner-Smith and Alexandra Veres, will continue their careers at Owens Community College.
Turner-Smith, an outside hitter, signed a letter of intent last Monday to play volleyball for the Express in 2013-14.
As a senior, she led the Cardinals to their third volleyball district championship in school history. During the season, she led the team in aces (66), kills (279), blocks (14.5) and hitting percentage (.265). They finished 14-8 overall and 10-2 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference.
During her volleyball career, Smith was honored as TAAC Player of the Year, Alan Miller Jewelers Press Co-Player of the Year, September's Buffalo Wild Wings Athlete of the Month, Blade Spotlight Athlete of the Week, team MVP and St. Sebastion Award.
She was named captain of her volleyball team her junior and senior years and she was also honored with first team all-district and first team All-TAAC.
The Stritch senior also has been named to the All-Academic team in the TAAC and District, and she was the December Student of the Month.
Turner-Smith joins Cierra Wirick, a setter/middle blocker from Benjamin Logan; Stephanie Kipp, an outside hitter/middle blocker from Ida (Mich.); Aricka LaVoy, a libero/defensive specialist from Eastwood; Jessica Cooper, a setter from Brandywine (Niles, Mich.); Bailey Dangler, a setter/outside hitter from Kalida; and Kayla Siefker, an outside hitter from Kalida as the 2013-14 Express volleyball freshmen class.
Veres will play softball for the Express next year. The 2013 graduate to be hasn't hit lower than .362 in her first three years with the Cardinals.
As a junior, she hit .362 with a .500 on base percentage while being named first team All-TAAC, second team all-district and Alan Miller Jewelers first team All-Press.
As a sophomore, she hit .528 with 24 RBIs, one home run and zero strikeouts. During that year, she was named first team All-TAAC, honorable mention all-district and first team All-Press. Over that summer, she was a USSSA World Series Champion with the Great Lakes Sharks (15U) travel team, where she was named to the all-tournament team.
As a freshman, she hit .370 with 19 RBIs in 84 at bats. She was named honorable mention All-TAAC, Honorable Mention All-District and honorable mention All-Press.
Academically, Veres has a 3.66 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and won the Bryan Reamsnyder Award. She is also the student council vice president.
Alexandra is the daughter of Frank and Gina Veres. She plans on majoring in occupational therapy.
Veres joins Chelsea Evans (RHP, Grass Lake, Mich.) and Leslie Ducat (RHP/1B, Evergreen) as one of three members of the 2013-14 Express softball freshmen class. (— submitted by Nicholas Huenefeld and Amanda Flowers/Owens Sports Information)
Family Promise of Greater Toledo, a non-profit organization at the heart of the community’s fight against family homelessness, is sponsoring a 100 Hole Golf Marathon at Whiteford Valley Golf Club on Apr. 29. Check-in time is 6 a.m. and play begins at 7 a.m.
“Metropolitan Toledo is ranked first in the nation in terms of concentrated poverty*,” said Elizabeth Tore, Executive Director of Family Promise of Greater Toledo. “Our local family shelters are continuously full, overwhelmed by the need, and turning families away. As a community, we must provide an answer. Family Promise mobilizes community resources to respond to the need.” (*Brooking Institute, November, 2012)
This year’s 100 Hole Golf Marathon is one of the major events sponsored by Family Promise which will directly benefit a new facility located in south Toledo. This new facility will demonstrate a renewed commitment to combat Toledo area homelessness.
Every marathon golfer will receive a “goody bag”, a golf cart for the day, balls and tees, as well as free food and drink throughout the day. Golfers will also receive a free pass for a future round of golf at Whiteford Valley Golf Club. A $1,000 grand prize will be awarded to the top overall fundraiser and golfers are welcome to bring a friend to act as a caddy. Each golfer is asked to target $2,500 worth of sponsorships which will be donated to Family Promise.
Family Promise works in partnership with faith-based communities to reach out to homeless children and their families throughout the region. Originally known as Interfaith Hospitality Network, we embrace a non-denominational approach to homelessness. Homelessness doesn’t discriminate and neither do we. More than a shelter, Family Promise is a program for families seeking immediate relief from the tragedy of homelessness and the opportunity to change their lives for the better.
For more information about Family Promise of Greater Toledo or the 100 Hole Golf Marathon go to www.ihntoledo.org.