Five-foot-10, 170 pound running back Cyrron Barringer is expected to help bolster the Defiance College offense this year.
Barringer, a two-year starter at Waite, was chosen as a team captain during his senior season and rushed for over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also racked up 56 tackles and eight interceptions.
Coach Brian Sheehan and his staff said they wanted to bring in explosiveness to the team.
“We had to add players who would increase our team speed and potentially add a spark to our offense and special teams. There will be a number of freshmen in the mix here and we believe they can help us be more varied in our attack this season,” said Sheehan.
Barringer’s dominance helped earn him the Toledo City League Player of the Year award. He was also named a first team All-City running back and first team All-City defensive back.
Barringer was also named a first team All-Northwest Ohio Division I running back and earned honorable mention all-state honors. He was chosen to play in the Northwest Ohio All-Star Game. Barringer also played on the varsity baseball team at Waite. He is the son of Richard and Melanie Barringer and is majoring in social work at Defiance.
The Defiance College Yellow Jackets were picked to finish seventh in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in the preseason coaches' poll. The Yellow Jackets, who totaled 40 points, were a part of a four-team group (4th-7th) that was separated by just five points in the ranking. Mount St. Joseph (45), Rose-Hulman (44), and Bluffton (43) were the other three teams in the group.
No. 19 Franklin College was picked to repeat as HCAC Champions for the fourth straight season. The Grizzlies received seven of the nine first place votes, with Hanover receiving the other two.
The Yellow Jackets started off the season on Saturday at Albion. The conference slate will begin Sept. 21 at Rose-Hulman.
Peaches downs pro player
Princess Peaches Pumpkin Pie, a rare orange-colored female cat, has successfully downed one of her soothsayer opponents — former professional football player Tim Williams.
Peaches finished 9-7 the first week, choosing each game from one treat or the other, while Williams finished 8-8 using his best football wisdom.
Williams, who owns Big Apple Deli on Woodville Road, starred at Northwood High School and Miami University before playing in the World Football League. Williams noted an multi-million dollar injury lawsuit professional players recently won from the NFL, blaming the fact he finished lower than the cat because of too many concussions.
Williams, who is seeking a private bet with Genoa Banking Company President Marty Sutter over who does better, replied by fax to The Press upon hearing about the cat doing better, “Ouch! No need to get testy! Never fear, my comebacks are legendary, even by cat standards. Look out Peaches, I mean Marty!”
Three other soothsayers, Oregon business owner Alan Miller, former Clay athlete Adam Mihalko, and WRSC sports broadcaster Alan Singlar, didn’t fare much better, tying Peaches at 9-7.
Peaches, who arrived at The Press a feral cat, or a “wild cat,” wears colors similar to Woodmore school colors, and she backed that up with her first week of picks.
In one of her shining moments, Peaches was one of only three Soothsayers to pick Woodmore to defeat Port Clinton, and the Wildcats did it in fashion as the Northern Buckeye Conference team blasted their Sandusky Bay Conference opponent, 55-7.
The Dirty Dog 5K Prediction Trail Run will be Nov. 23 at Cedar Creeks Preserve, 4575 Walbridge Rd., Northwood beginning at 10 a.m. Course is stone, grass, and dirt. Entry fees are $5 (no shirt) or $12 (with shirt) and must be postmarked by Nov. 9. After Nov. 9, fees are $10 (no shirt) and $20 (with shirt if available). Registration for runners and dogs begins at 8:45 a.m., and there are no registration fees for dogs but they must be on a leash. Checks payable to Dirty Dog Trail Run must be sent to Mark Beck, 2219 Pheasant Dr., Northwood, OH 43619. All proceeds to go support pet adoptions. Ten closest predictions receive a turkey and top 10 dogs win trophies. Call Beck at 419-367-1917 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eastside Turkey Trot 5K, sponsored by Second Sole and Eastern Community YMCA, will be Nov. 28 with registration at 7:30 a.m. and the race/walk beginning at 9 a.m. The course, which includes city streets and a water station, begins and ends at the Eastern Y. Awards and prizes for all age groups, plus a costume contest with prizes for best overall costume, best turkey look-alike, and race director’s choice. Entry fees of $20 payable by Nov. 18 and payable to and mailed to Second Sole, 42130 Levis Commons Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551. Stop in at Second Sole and register by Nov. 18 and get $2 discount. Free online registration available at www.imathlete.com until Nov. 24. Late registration or on the day of the race is $25. Call Second Sole at 419-931-8484.
The Oak Harbor Apple Fest 5K and Kids Mile will be held in downtown Oak Harbor on Oct. 13. Call Briana Jensen at 419-309-7999.
The Ohio State/Michigan 5K Run will be at St. Jerome Church, Walbridge, in November. Call Tammy Wilhelm at 419-699-3364.