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Genoa Boosters prepare for 11th annual goal post gala

Genoa Comets Athletic Boosters, a volunteer organization for Genoa Area Local Schools, announced the upcoming 11th Annual Athletic Boosters Gala Fundraiser is to be held Aug. 2.

The gala was created to spearhead the drive to raise funds to move the Genoa Comets football field and stadium from Route 163 to the new campus on Genoa-Clay Center Road.

The committee has successfully completed the payment of the Genoa Comets football field and stadium. This year, all funds from the gala will be used to assist in the payment and continued enhancement for capital improvements to the Comets’ athletic complex. 

The gala will consist of the following two events: a golf outing beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at Chippewa Golf Club and evening festivities, including a reverse raffle and live entertainment from the Bourban Street Band at Sunrise Park and Banquet Hall, with doors opening at 6 p.m., dinner beginning at 6:30, and reverse raffle beginning at 7 p.m.

Two hundred tickets will be sold for the reverse raffle, with prizes as follows: grand prize of $3,000, second place of $1,500, third place of $500, fourth place of $250, and fifth place of $150. There will also be consolation prizes of two football season tickets.

Dress for the evening is black-tie optional and the night will include a sideboard drawing, silent auction stations, cash bar, grazing stations, dessert, and dancing.

To buy tickets, make a contribution or need more information, call Staci Jo McDaniel at 419-855-8381 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fifth Third Field nominated

Fifth Third Field has been nominated in the Best Minor League Ballparks category in the 2013 Ten Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award, according to The USA Today Travel Media Group. BestBallparks

Twenty nominees have been selected for this category of 10Best.com’s prestigious weekly contest, which runs throughout the year.  Fans have four weeks to vote for Best Minor League Ballparks, and the winner will be revealed on 10Best.com on August 14. 

Mud Hens fans can vote online for Fifth Third Field once per day during this four-week period. Visit http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-minor-league-ballpark/. The Mud Hens return home to Fifth Third Field on July 26 at 7 p.m. to face the Buffalo Bisons.



New Scoreboard

Thanks to three donors, Oak Harbor High School’s Rocket Stadium will have a new scoreboard beginning this upcoming football season.

The new Fair-Play scoreboard is eight feet longer than the previous one and features LED lighting which will prove to be more energy efficient and require less maintenance, say district officials.

A press release states that the International Board of Electrical Workers “donated the lion’s share” of the money required, while the Oak Harbor Athletic Booster Club and Tri-Motor Sales donated sizeable amounts as well. These three donors covered the entire cost.

“Thanks to IBEW, the Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters, and Tri-Motor Sales for being a part of this exciting upgrade to Rocket Stadium,” Director of Athletics Drew Grahl said.

Installation of this new scoreboard will begin later this month, depending on the weather, and will be done by the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District maintenance staff. Several more community donations of time and materials are currently being worked on to help with the installation.


Sports announcements
The mandatory fall OHSAA parents meeting at Oak Harbor High School will be held at 7 p.m. July 31 in the high school auditorium. Parents of Oak Harbor seventh through 12th grade students that plan on participating in a fall sports for Oak Harbor are asked to attend. 

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Genoa High School will be hosting a power lifting meet Aug. 3.  Entry fee for each athlete is $10 and is due when weigh-ins begin between 8-9:30 a.m. the day of the event. The event starts at 10 a.m. and is open to any high school student. More specific information is available at genoaschools.com or contact Michael Szymanski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Signups are underway for fall Lake Erie “NFL” Flag Football League, open to boys and girls going into grades 1-4. Two divisions are first/second grades and third/fourth grades. The league starts Aug. 20 and is played in Oak Harbor but open to any co-ed player from the area.  To register, visit www.leffl.net. The cost is $65 which includes a reversible NFL flag jersey. Sibling discounts are available online and in person. In person registration will be July 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Municipal Building, 146 N. Church St. Email Eric Parker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The PowerBaseball 14U youth baseball team is holding tryouts July 27 at 3 p.m. at the Oregon Recreation Center on Diamond No. 7. Call or text 419-206-8390.

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The Maumee Bay Power Baseball Club will hold tryouts for 8U and 9U teams for the 2014 season on July 27 at the Power Baseball home field located at Owens Community College softball field. The 8U tryout will begin at 10 a.m. and the 9U tryout will began at noon. Players must be 8 or 9 on or before April 31, 2014. Items to bring include birth certificate, glove, and cap. Email Coach Medina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Twilight basketball returns to the East Toledo Family Center for ages 16 and up on Mondays and Wednesdays through Aug. 15 from 8 p.m.-midnight. It is sponsored by the City of Toledo Community Recreation Program. Call 419-691-1429 or visit ww.etfc.org.

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East Toledo Family Center Youth Sports will hold coed summer volleyball for ages 12 and up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave.. Call Brandon Thomas at 419-691-1429 for a consent form.

Natasha Howard (Waite) and the Florida State women’s basketball team will travel to Senegal and Italy next month as part of a foreign tour experience presented by Nike.

Howard’s spectacular defensive effort led FSU past No. 9 seed Princeton in last March’s NCAA tournament’s opening round. The Toledo native tied an FSU postseason record with five blocks as the Noles held the Tigers to a season-low 44 points.

Howard had one of the finest all-around seasons in Florida State history in 2012-13, leading the Seminoles to a 23-10 record and a Top 25 ranking throughout the season with averages of 12.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.8 steals, while shooting 49 percent from the floor. She was named to the All-ACC First Team and will enter her senior campaign already ranked ninth in FSU history in rebounds (740) and fifth in blocks (110).

While overseas, the Seminoles will take part in community service projects, play four games against foreign competition and experience new cultures in the two countries from Aug. 6-16.

“We are super excited and very thankful to Nike for sponsoring our trip,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “These foreign tour trips are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for our student-athletes and I’m so glad that we can provide this experience at FSU. We have a lot of new pieces on our team for the upcoming season and this will allow us to bond as players and a staff while playing games, giving back and seeing some incredible sites. Senegal has some breathtaking areas and a very powerful history, while Italy will give our players an opportunity to see some of the world’s most beautiful art, museums and architecture.”

FSU will face Senegal’s national team in Dakar on Aug. 8-9, before taking on the Italian Select team in Florence on Aug. 13 and the Chemcats Chemnitz in Lecco, Italy on Aug. 15.

In Senegal, the Seminoles will take part in community service projects at an orphanage and give a skills clinic in Dakar. Additionally, the team will tour historic Gorée Island and go on a Safari at the Bandia Animal Park while in Senegal.

In Italy, the FSU group is expected to visit the Academia Gallery in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio bridge, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and Lake Como.

The Academia Gallery features original art from Michelangelo, while Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge in Florence – built in 1345. FSU will take a cable railway through the Italian Alps over Lake Como. The Noles are also scheduled to visit the Santa Maria delle Grazie, home of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”

Every four years NCAA teams are allowed to make a summer foreign tour trip. These trips provide student-athletes the opportunity to visit parts of the world they’ve never seen before and experience brand-new cultures, while facing diverse competition in preparation for the upcoming season.


Boxing club gets grants
The Board of Trustees of Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant to the Oregon-based International Boxing Club in the amount of $6,000.

These funds will be used to develop the workshop for the free Vocational Training Program offered to the disadvantaged youth in the IBC program.

The Toledo Community Foundation grant will be used for the purchase and installation of electrical service and fixtures in the new storage and workshop building. The building will serve in part as a workshop for the Vocational Training Program, which teaches young people the basics of the building trades.

“We recognize that not every kid wants to go to college, and we encourage them to explore the skilled trades as a life-long occupation”, says Harry Cummins, Executive Director of the IBC. “We have worked with the state of Ohio and the local trade unions to prepare our Vocational Training students for entry into apprenticeship programs and technical school at the college level.”

For more information on the IBC, contact Cummins at 419-450-8435.


Owens golf fundraisers
The Owens Community College men's golf program has announced two Texas Hold 'Em Open Two-Person Golf Scramble fundraiser events.

Both events, which will be held Aug. 17 at Lakeland Golf Course in Fostoria and Sept. 28 at Heather Downs Country Club in Toledo, will consist of the same format. Here are some event details. The golf will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and cost $$55 per person.

Coordinated by the Owens men's golf program, the event will have players receiving a playing card for each stroke under par for the 18-hole round. They must select only two cards to play the hand. Every team will receive two cards regardless of score and best hand wins.

Contact Owens men's golf head coach Josh Williams at 419-356-4874. All proceeds from both events will go directly to the Owens golf program.

The Owens men's golf team had one of the best seasons in program history under the direction of Williams last year. They captured 12 regular season tournament championships, were undefeated in conference play, won the Sub-Region XII and Region XII tournament titles and finished 10th at the NJCAA D-II National Tournament.


Owens soccer tryouts
The Owens Community College men's soccer team will be holding an open tryout for anyone interested in playing this coming fall on July 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants should bring a copy or proof of a physical. Contact head coach Art Johnson at 567-661-7938 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Express men's soccer program competes at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I level. The team finished 14-6-1 last year and captured the program's first Ohio Community College Athletic Conference title. They were ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation before their season ended in the Region XII semifinals.

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The PowerBaseball 14U youth baseball team is holding tryouts July 27 at 3 p.m. at the Oregon Recreation Center on Diamond No. 7. Call or text 419-206-8390.

 

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