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Vietnam vets, Ike Blessitt, hosting Detroit Tigers trip

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Greater Toledo Chapter, is sponsoring a bus trip to Comerica Park to see the Detroit Tigers play the Baltimore Orioles on June 19. Game time is 1 p.m. in Detroit.

Gene Shurtz, treasurer of the local chapter, said tickets for the game and bus trip are available to not only veterans, but also the general public.

“We have announced the baseball game trip to our Vietnam veterans, and to the local VFW and American Legion organizations, and now we want to let everyone know this is a great opportunity to take their child or grandchild to a major league game,” said Shurtz. “We could certainly use a little help filling up the bus.”

The chartered Lakefront Lines bus seats 56 passengers. The cost of the bus trip is $55 which includes a game ticket in the lower reserved section, bus fare, and a free hot dog and pop at the game. On the bus there will be prizes to give away from local merchants. The bus will depart from Mathews Ford, Oregon.

Perhaps the biggest highlight will be the chance to meet former Detroit Tigers players, such as Ike Blessitt, who will be riding the bus to the game and Tom Matchick who is scheduled to be at Mathews Ford to great those going on the bus trip. At the stadium, Ike Blessitt has arranged for Willie Horton, Gates Brown, and Craig Monroe, to meet the bus.

Matchick, Horton, and Brown all played on the 1968 Detroit Tiger team that won the World Series. Blessitt played for the Toledo Mud Hens and the 1972 Tigers team. Blessitt hosted a free baseball clinic in Oregon, last July.

Interested persons can download a flyer at or can obtain additional information by calling Jerry Eversman at 419-266-7776.

Run/walk to benefit cancer research
Marcos Requena is hosting a 5,000 meter run/walk (approximately 3.1 miles/entrance fee of $20) on June 8 to help raise money to find a cure for cancer. There is also a Fun Run for Kids (1 Mile Run/entrance fee of $15) and a balloon release ($5 donation). The race will take place, rain or shine, at Trailmarker Park in Woodville, and it will begin at 9 a.m.

This is a fundraiser event and all proceeds will go to benefit Childhood Cancer Research. Call 419-680-9261 or email Marcos at Additional information can be found on Facebook – Run for the Gold 5K and Kids Running for Kids Fun Run. (— submitted from Window To Woodmore)

Sports announcements
The Toledo Area Athletic Conference is looking for an interested school to join the conference. Athletic scheduling would begin in the 2014-15 athletic season or whatever meets the individual needs of the school.  Contact league president Tim Erickson at

Lake boys’ basketball will hold an open skills camp for grades 1-8 June 3-5 from 6-8 p.m. Head varsity coach Ryan Bowen and his staff will conduct the camp, held at the Lake Flyer Field House. Registration is $40 per athlete payable to Lake Athletic Department and can be turned into the school office. Call Aaron Endicott at 419-466-2591.

The Woodmore Youth Boys Basketball Camp will be open for boys entering grades 4-9. There will be a $40 fee for joining, which includes a t-shirt and training. The boys’ basketball camp will be June 24-26 from 1-4 p.m. The Woodmore Girls Basketball Summer Camp is open to girls who will be entering grades 3-8. There will be a $40 fee for all campers, which includes training and a t-shirt. Camp will start July 8-11 from 1-4 p.m. Registration forms can be found in the high school office.

The Second Annual Woodmore Youth Football Camp is open for all boys entering grades 7-8. There will be a $20 fee per camper for training and a t-shirt. Camp will begin July 22-25 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the practice fields at the high school. Registration forms can be found in the high school office.

Fremont Memorial Health Care Physical Medicine Department is hosting a speed and agility clinic at Woodmore High School this summer for Woodmore students in grades 5-12. This program is proven to increase speed, quickness and power, increase vertical leap, decrease shuttle time and decrease 40 meter time. Seventy-five Woodmore athletes benefited from this program last summer. This will be a six week program (12 sessions) taking place on Mondays and Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the high school. The program will start June 10 and the last session will be on July 19. Registration forms are available in the high school office. The cost of the clinic is $50 and checks should be made payable to Woodmore Athletic Department. This money can be turned in to Coach Britten Devier or Angie Balduf in the high school office. (— submitted from Window To Woodmore, written by Lexi Krum)

The Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society will be at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School on June 7-8. A golf fundraiser benefitting the Relay for Life in Oregon will be at Heather Downs Country Club on June 29 with registration at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Fee is $300 per foursome, which includes steak lunch.  Call Relay for Life of Oregon event chair and volunteer Erica Brower-McElmurry at 419-944-6036 or Jeanie Branstutter at 419-309-6457 or

Team Tscherne’s Relay for Life Golf Outing will be June 9 at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club. Cost is $75 per golfer with an 8:45 a.m. registration and shotgun start at 10 a.m. Contact Allyson Tscherne at or 419-261-2559 or go to Facebook/TeamTscherne.

The Oregon-Northwood Rotary Club will hold its annual golf invitational fundraiser June 21 at Chippewa Golf Course with registration at 11:30, lunch at noon, and shotgun start at 1 p.m. The golf outing is the main fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Oregon/Northwood and our members organize the event to raise funds to send the Oregon, Northwood and now Kateri fifth grade students on a mission to Challenger Learning Center in Oregon.  Registration deadline is June 13. Cost is $100 per player. Contact Pat Gory at or 419-320-2114 or Matt Mackowiak at

Christ Dunberger Post 537 will hold a golf outing June 29 at Chippewa Golf Course with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $60 per player. Call Corky at 419-704-8509.

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 August 1-4. 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, with the championship set for Lourdes College’s Mercy Field. Intern hours may vary from 3-40 hours per week at Ottawa Park offices. The committee is also seeking youth baseball and softball players to be batboys. Contact Shawn Sobel at 419-936-3887 or




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