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Clay inducts Keller, Crawford into athletic hall of fame
Clay High School inducted two Jeff Keller (1977) and Kristin Crawford (2002) into its Athletic Hall of Fame before the Clay-Waite football game at Memorial Stadium.
As a member of the Clay golf team, Keller was named first team All-Great Lakes League two times and most valuable player. As a basketball player, he was MVP his senior year as well as being voted to the first team All-GLL. Keller is currently the sitting judge for the Oregon Municipal Court.
Keller earned six varsity letters during his career at Clay, including three in golf and three in basketball.
In volleyball, Crawford earned first team All-GLL twice and first team all-district her senior year.
While playing softball, Crawford was first team All-GLL twice, second team all-district twice, and Player of the Year in the GLL.
Crawford was also a standout athlete in basketball, earning first team All-GLL on three occasions and was second team all-district twice. At the end of her senior year, she was named the Leta Wescott recipient as the top senior female athlete.
During Crawford’s athletic career, she earned nine varsity letters, including three in volleyball, four in basketball, and two in softball.
To be eligible for the hall of fame an athlete must be out of school for at least 10 years and achieved significant accomplishments as a member of a Clay High School varsity team. Representatives from each Hall of Fame class and members of the Hall of Fame committee select the incoming class.
Lake has won three straight Ohio Interscholastic Horsemanship state championships heading into this season.
In D-I (10-plus riders), Oak Harbor scored 125 points to outdistance Perrysburg (116) and Genoa (26). In D-II (5-9 riders), Lake scored 124 to down Port Clinton (94), Otsego (78), Eastwood (76), and Bowling Green (1). Toledo Christian won the Division III title (2-4 riders). District 2 has a total of 98 riders.
There are four districts having competition over the next two weeks and the state meet will be Oct. 12 at the Fulton County Fair Grounds, Wauseon. The next two district shows are Sept. 22 and Sept. 29, starting at 9 a.m.
District 1 shows are at the Harry Hughes Equestrian Center, Swanton; District 3 meets are the Henry County Fairgrounds, Napoleon, and District 4 shows are at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Fremont.
Hirschfeld split last season between Providence in the American Hockey League and South Carolina in the ECHL. He scored eight goals with eight assists combined between the two stops. He also appeared in one game with Portland in the AHL following his senior season at Miami of Ohio in 2012.
“Alden has good size and scoring punch,” Coach Nick Vitucci said. “He is a very smart hockey player that collected a lot of experience in his first pro season. He has the ability to play at the next level and will perform well here in Toledo.”
Prior to turning professional, the 25-year-old appeared in 134 games over four seasons with the Miami of Ohio RedHawks. In those contests, Hirschfeld scored 35 goals while assisting on 35 others. He was a member of the 2011 CCHA Championship team and was team captain in the 2011-12 season.
The 6-foot-1, 205 pound forward skated for three years at Sylvania Northview High School prior to his college career with his last year there being 2005-06 season, a season in which the Wildcats reached the state title game. He was named Mr. Hockey Ohio in 2006, an award given to the best player in Ohio high school hockey.
The 2013-14 Walleye season home opener is Oct. 26 against the Wheeling Nailers. Walleye single game tickets and game plans are on sale. Call 419-725-WALL or visit www.toledowalleye.com.
The first time, Szozda was “oh, so close” and the second time, he succeeded. Either way, he beat the odds.
The double eagle, also known as the albatross, is a rare bird on the golf course — much rarer than the hole-in-one. To make a double-eagle requires acing a par 4 or scoring a 3-under-par 2 on a par 5. The odds for a double eagle are quoted as six million to one, while hole-in-one odds are 13,000 to 1.
Szozda, a former Rossford golfer, had his second shot on the par five 18th hole at Tangle Wood Golf Course in Perrysburg Township hit the pin during play in the Monday Late Nite Golf League, but the ball fell a couple feet from the pin and he got his eagle.
The following Sunday, at Moose Ridge Golf Course in South Lyon, Mich., just north of Ann Arbor, on the 495 yard, par 5, No. 18, from the blue tees, he drove 315 yards off the tee and into the rough. His second shot, from 180 yards with a seven iron, curved around a tree, cutting the dogleg, landed in front of the green, kicked right, and went into the hole.
Szozda, from his perspective, did not see the ball fall, but two fellow golfers Tim Marko, formerly of Genoa and now living in Sylvania, and Carlos Lopez, formerly of Millbury and now living in Maumee, did. A fourth golfer, Brad Steinhurst, Millbury, missed out on the double eagle, turning down the opportunity to golf because he had to attend to family, Szozda said.