So, you think you’re the biggest prep basketball fan in Northwest Ohio. Step aside for Dave Spengler, owner/operator of www.Davey1.com.
If you are at Bowling Green State University’s Anderson Arena or the University of Toledo’s Savage Hall to watch a district or regional boys’ tournament game, Spengler will be there, too — guaranteed.
Unlike other area prep sports sites, Spengler keeps his site updated. If you want to find rosters, news releases, or scores, his site is the one to go to.
Davey1.com has provided up-to-date schedules and game scores for 171 Northwest Ohio teams for the past four seasons. Spengler’s website covers the teams from 20 conferences, plus three independent teams.
“We offer the most comprehensive coverage, including tournament commentary (Spengler calls is “Trail Trash”) for Northwest Ohio that you will find anywhere on the internet,” Spengler claims.
In addition, Mike Jameson with Creative Video Imagery and Toledo Sports Radio will be providing coverage of high school basketball games in the Northwest Ohio market on its internet radio station, www.ToledoSportsRadio.com, along with airing the games on WMNT TV-48/58 on Sunday afternoon and replaying Sunday evenings, along with coverage on Time Warner Cable throughout Northern Ohio.
Jameson’s studio is in East Toledo, and he is a Cardinal Stritch grad, so Stritch will be one of the teams his company plans to broadcast. Other schools already on the agenda include Clay and Genoa, and Jameson is looking to expand to all 10 schools in The Press coverage area once he finds broadcasters who wish to specialize and invest in those productions. Schools include Northwood, Lake, Waite, Eastwood, Woodmore, Gibsonburg, and Oak Harbor. Jameson can be reached at 419-693-6667.
Former Press sports editor and retired radio general manager Rick Waldron (GHS, 1964) along with color analyst Jeffrey D. Norwalk (GHS, 1991), a Press contributing writer, are planning to broadcast Genoa games over Toledo Sports Radio beginning with the December 19 game at Eastwood.
Waldron says TSR, in conjunction with The Waldron Company, “will add games as season progresses, depending in part, on how the teams are doing,” but the schedule currently includes nearly all Genoa games.
Waldron says a commitment from at least one sponsor has been made for a “Player of the Game” award, and plans are afoot for a weekly coaches’ program as well.
“As a ‘thank-you’ to GHS, the final regular season boys game, Otsego, (Feb. 20) we will broadcast a triple-header. We will do the freshmen and reserve games too, giving the players on all three high school teams some coverage,” Waldron said.
Air-time for all games (with noted exceptions) will be 7:15 p.m. Waldron says every effort will be made to carry tournament games, as time and expense allows.
For info, Executive Producer Mike Jameson can be reached at 419-514-1302. For The Waldron Company, Waldron can be reached at 419-806-6233 and Norwalk at 419-704-7381.
Owens Community College will offer area baseball players the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of the sport as men’s baseball hosts a three-day Express Baseball Hitting and Pitching School, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 16-18.
The baseball pitching school will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 16), while the hitting school will occur from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 17-18).
Camp instructors will include Owens Express Head Coach Bob Schultz and Assistant Coaches Tom DeMarco and Gabe Medina. Youth ages 8-18 will be divided by age groups and receive individual instruction.
The Owens men’s baseball program finished the 2008 season with a 31-6-1 overall record and captured its seventh Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (14-2 record) title in the program’s history. The conference championship is the fourth in the last five years. Owens Express men’s baseball, which was ranked No. 9 in the final NJCAA Division II poll, lost to Lakeland Community College in the NJCAA Region XII Championships.
Parents and coaches are invited to attend the camp to listen and observe at no additional charge. Participants are encouraged to wear baseball pants or sweats, T-shirts and tennis shoes.
The camp fee for the three-day school is $85 per player, which includes a camp T-shirt. Owens’ camp fee is $35 per player for individuals interested in attending the pitching school only, while the camp fee for only the hitting school is $65 per player. For more information, or to register, call (567) 661-7936 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7936.
Former Elmwood High school and collegiate basketball coach Arnold Sutter, who helped start the basketball program at Genoa Community Christian Academy, is working with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Eastern YMCA, and his Western Basin Toledo AAU travel team to sponsor a shooting clinic at the Eastern YMCA on Dec. 29, 30, and 31 during afternoon hours.