Sophomore forwards Eitniear, Plummer sign with Tiffin
Kendra Eitniear and Drew Plummer (Lake), sophomore forwards with the Express women's soccer team, will stay teammates next year as the two have signed at Tiffin University.
Tiffin is an NCAA Division II school and they compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. They finished 9-8-2 last year and advanced to the GLIAC quarterfinals.
Plummer came to the Express this past season following one year at Baldwin Wallace University.
This year, with the Express, she scored the team's first goal of the season — just under six minutes into a match against Cincinnati State. She would go on to finish third on the team in scoring with five goals and seven assists. She finished second on the team in assists and fifth in goals scored. Following the season, Plummer was named Second Team All-Region XII.
Plummer is currently tied for the single game assists mark with three, which she achieved against Kellogg Community College on Oct. 13.
At Lake, Plummer broke the career goals record with 53 and career assists record with 19.
Of last year's six-player sophomore class, Eitniear and Plummer are the first two to play at a four-year school. Two others, Kristina-Marie Rutherford and Haley Gasser, redshirted and will be sophomores this coming fall. The final two, Sarah Weaver and Jaime Sesock, will continue their academic careers.
Eitniear (Swanton) leaves the Express as the program's all-time leading scorer, and she is the program's first NJCAA Athletic All-American.
Following the season, she was named First Team All-Region XII and an NJCAA D-I Honorable Mention All-American. Additionally, she was named the Female Athlete of the Year by the athletic department.
All together, Eitniear holds the marks for second (21) and third (11) highest single season goal totals in program history, is second (50) and fifth (26) in single season points, first in career goals (32), second in career assists (12) and first in career points (76). (— submitted by Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information)
Maple Leafs honored
Between the first and second periods of a Toledo Walleye game this season, the Sylvania Maple Leafs youth hockey team was honored on the ice.
The Maple Leafs (Team Raszka), with five local players, won the 2012-2013 Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League Smythe Pee Wee AA Division championship. The Maple Leafs played the championship game on the Detroit Red Wings’ home ice at Joe Louis Arena, defeating the Kalamazoo Koha K-Wings
This is the Maple Leafs’ second season in the travel division and they are undefeated in the playoffs. The Leafs’ playoff record is 11-0 for both seasons. Last year, the Maple Leafs won the 2011-2012 Pee Wee A Smythe Division Championship.
Local players are J.J. Utter (Oregon), Cam Menchaca (Oregon), Reaghan Pietrowski (Curtice), R.J. St. John (Curtice), Caleb Williams (Genoa). Assistant coach Randy Menchaca is from Oregon and team manager Ray St. John is from Curtice.
“When you talk about "The Sylvania Maple Leafs Team Raszka, you must talk about work ethic, commitment, dedication, sacrifice and camaraderie,” the Joe Louis Arena public address announcer said in a statement written by Curtice resident Ray St. John, an avid Walleye and Red Wings fan.
“Under the coaching staff of ex-Toledo Storm player Taylor Raszka and Bedford High School coach Randy Menchaca, they have taken a group of 12 and 13 year olds and trained them not just on the ice, but off the ice as well,” St. John continued.
“This team has worked all summer long in the hockey camp of R & R Total Hockey run by Taylor Raszka, Randy Manchaca and Walleye fan favorite Evan Rankin. Due to the fact that this team has such great hockey instruction, their team motto has changed from "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard" to "To be the best you have to be trained by the best.”
Other Maple Leafs players are Alex Miller, Sam Sparmbleck, Jake Pizza, Luke Cavanagh, Sammy Vassar, Joe Dillon, Reed Boeke, Zach Wilhelm, Pierce Morrison, Nick Sulier, Connor Bishop, Theo Pechlivanos, Andrew Surgo, Mitch Digby, and Jake Coward. Dan Cavanagh is an assistant coach.
Zena Cole heads to France
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, today announced 76 athletes have been selected to compete for the United States at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships, July 19-28, in Lyon, France.
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.
The event in France is the first major international track and field competition since Team USA won 28 medals in the sport at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
“Over the weekend at the national championships, there were some incredible performances that we hope will translate to medals in Lyon,” said Cathy Sellers, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics track and field. “While we have come to expect great things from athletes like Tatyana McFadden, who won her six events, or David Prince, who set two world records, there were a lot of newcomers who caught our attention. It is an exciting time for U.S. Paralympics track and field. With the leadership of our veterans combined with the eagerness of our rookies, I know there will be no shortage of highlights at the world championships.”
The world team is highlighted by 23 men and 11 women who competed in London. Of the 18 Team USA athletes who combined for 28 medals at the Paralympic Games, 15 are on the world team.
The 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, June 14-16, in San Antonio, helped determine the selections for Team USA in conjunction with the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships Athlete/Guide Selection Procedures, which were approved by the USOC in March 2013.
The Oregon VFW 9816 will host a perch fishing tournament with proceeds to benefit Honor Flight Northwest Ohio starting at sunrise on July 13. There will be cash prizes for the biggest fish by weight. Cost is $15 per person, and four people are allowed per boat. Fish are donated to the VFW. Participants must be signed up and paid by July 10. Weigh-in on tournament day begins at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW, 1802 Aschcroft Street. In inclement weather, the tournament will be moved to the following Saturday. Call 419-698-8178.
The Sylvania Maple Leafs, with two players from Oregon, two from Curtice, and one from Genoa.