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Lake equestrian team on track for fourth state title
Lake High School equestrian team coach Connie Workman says she is keeping her fingers crossed. Her team is on track to compete for their fourth straight consecutive state championship.

The Lake team won its second straight Division 2 district championship, scoring 130 points to down Port Clinton (102), Eastwood (95), Otsego (65), and Bowling Green (4).

Lake equestrian team members with their horses’ names are seniors Alissa Knieriem (Bristol), Ellen Johns (Oakley), Rhianna Reaume (Dance), junior Kylee Smith (Lola), sophomores Lauren Nissen (Alex), Taylor Barndt (Sassy), and freshmen Hannah Duty (Perks), and Hannah Johns (Bubba).

Meanwhile, Oak Harbor won a Division 1 championship, defeating runner-up Perrysburg 160-108, and Genoa was the Division 3 champion, scoring 49 points.

The last district meet was to be held Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Wood County Fairgrounds. The winners of each district championship based on cumulative scores will advance to the state show on October 12 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

Walleye fills roster
Forwards John Vigilante and Joey Sides have agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2013-14 season.

Vigilante hails from Dearborn, Michigan and has spent the last three seasons overseas playing in Europe. He collected 26 points (9g, 17a) in 52 games last year while playing with Oskarshamn in Sweden. Prior to heading to Europe, the 28-year-old appeared in 290 games over four season in the American Hockey League with Milwaukee, Syracuse, Quad City and Grand Rapids. His AHL totals include 48 goals and 80 assists. His last AHL season was 2009-10 with Grand Rapids when the 6’0” 200 pound forward collected 11 goals and 14 assists in 79 contests.

"John is an experience proven producer at many levels,” Coach Nick Vitucci said. “He will bring a consistent veteran presence and scoring to our team.”

Vigilante spent four seasons with Plymouth in the OHL before turning professional. In 254 total OHL games, he collected 246 points (93g, 153a) and was team Captain for Plymouth in the 2005-06 season.

Sides comes to the Walleye after spending the last two seasons with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL. Last season the native of Sun Valley, Idaho posted 21 goals and 19 assists in just 44 contests. In 2011-12, he only appeared in 29 games for the Eagles and collected a point per game with 29 points (15g, 14a).

“Joey has a scorers touch,” Vitucci said. “The last two years he has proven to be an excellent finisher at our level. Teams will have to game plan to stop his scoring.”

The 27-year-old has also spent part of one year overseas and two full seasons in the Central Hockey League. The forward also appeared in 6 games last year with St. John’s in the AHL, collecting a pair of assists. In his two years in the CHL with Arizona, the 5’11”, 185 pound forward appeared in 123 games with 44 goals and 54 assists.

– Forward Emerson Clark and Defenseman Garrett Clarke have agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2013-14 season.

Emerson Clark, a native of Whitby, Ontario, has skated the last four years in the Ontario Hockey League including last season with the Windsor Spitfires. In 63 games a season ago, the 20-year-old posted seven goals, 11 assists and 131 penalty minutes. The 5’10”, 185 pound forward has a total of 496 penalty minutes over the last four years, three of which we spent with the Oshawa Generals. He collected most of those penalty minutes via the fight, 72 of them over four seasons.

“Emerson is a tough, physical and strong young man,” Vitucci said. “He plays that Adam Keefe style and will bring a ton of energy into our line up each and every night.”

Garrett Clarke spent last season with the Allen Americans of the CHL and posted one goal, three assists and 223 penalty minutes in 54 games. It was the first professional season for the native of Windsor, Ontario after five seasons playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 6’0”, 198 pound defenseman appeared in 203 career games in the QMJHL, scoring 27 goals with 97 assists and 540 penalty minutes. His best offensive year was 2011-12 when the 20 year old scored nine goals with 28 assists in 55 games between Acadie-Bathurst and Gatineau.

“Garrett has very good skill and toughness,” Head Coach Nick Vitucci said. “He is strong in his own zone and has the upside to play in any situation on the ice.”

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

Forward Joey Sides signed to play with the Toledo Walleye. (Photo courtesy of Toledo Walleye)

Lake equestrian team member Hannah Johns with Oakley.

Lake equestrian team member Taylor Barndt  with Sassy,




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