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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. 

New Clay Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Keller is introduced at
Memorial Stadium. From left to right in the foreground are Principal Jim
Jurski, Keller, Athletic Director Mike Donnelly, and in the background are
former Oregon Mayor Marge Brown, Loren Dirr, and Jim Dunn. (Press
photo by Jeff Smith/

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, Oak Harbor win district
In the District 2 team equestrian competition, Oak Harbor won the Division I championship and Lake was Division II winners at the Wood County Fairgrounds, Bowling Green.

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 brings skills
Forward Alden Hirschfeld, a Sylvania native, has agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2013-14 season.

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

Double eagle
Golfer Jordan Szozda, a Millbury resident and Press distribution manager, had two chances to get a double eagle within one week.

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.

Sports announcements
The Pioneer Inn Golf Outing, benefitting Tricia Dorring’s fight against breast cancer, will be Sept. 29 at 8 a.m. at Hidden Hills Golf Club. The four-person scramble is $50 per person, $200 per team, with a $25 deposit per team. Call Jerry at 419-343-1687.

The Oregon Junior Eagles travel baseball program will hold open tryouts for the 8 and 9 year age groups on Sept. 29, 1 p.m., at the Oregon Recreation Complex, 5330 Seaman Road. These tryouts are for the 2014 season. Boys from the entire Eastern Maumee Bay community, including Northwood, Walbridge, Curtice, Genoa, and Jerusalem Township are welcome. Call Jerry Eversman at 419-266-7776 or visit

The Woodmore cheerleaders are fundraising so they can perform at Quicken Loans Arena prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA game on Nov. 27. They have to sell 100 tickets, and prices are $40 and $85 for each game. A ticket for Nov. 27 includes a complimentary ticket for another game on Dec. 4 vs. Denver Nuggets, on Dec. 17 vs. Portland Trailblazers, on Dec. 23 vs. Detroit Pistons, or Dec. 26 vs. Atlanta Hawks, or other options are available. The cheerleaders perform at 7 p.m. and the Cavs-Lakers game tip-off is at 7:30. RSVP to Angie Baldauf at the high school with payment. Deadline is Oct. 21.

The Cardinal Wrestling Club is inviting pre-school and grade school athletes to a meet and greet with coaches and the team on Sept. 24 and Sept. 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. to start the 2013-14 youth wrestling season. The event will be at the Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School Wrestling Room, 3225 Pickle Rd. Practices begin Oct. 3 from 6-8 p.m. Contact head coach Dan Haynes or Chris Kamelesky at 419-654-6008.

The Benton-Carroll-Salem Food Pantry is running low on items, so the Oak Harbor Athletic Department and the volleyball team decided to get involved and help fill the pantry. Anyone that brings two canned goods to the Oct. 3 Oak Harbor vs. Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic volleyball game gets in for free.



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