Jim Phillips takes over as Clay’s new baseball coach
Former Clay and Youngstown State University baseball player Jim Phillips is taking over as head varsity baseball coach at his high school alma mater.
Phillips, who played for former coach Karl Knierim at Clay, led his team to at least a share of the Great Lakes League championship during all three years of varsity play. He was all-state as a senior in 2001 and named Clay’s James F. O’Brien Award winner as Male Athlete of the Year that same year. In 2011, he was elected to Clay’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Attending Youngstown State on a baseball scholarship, Phillips was the YSU/Youngstown Vindicator Male Athlete of the Year and a member of YSU’s Horizon League championship team in 2004. That 2004 team went on to play in the NCAA Division I regional tournament in Austin, Texas.
Phillips was Horizon League second team all-conference in 2005, was on the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team in 2002, and was YSU team captain in 2005. He was a four-year starter for YSU.
Before taking the head coaching position, Phillips was a varsity assistant baseball coach under Greg “Hawk” Christian at St. John’s Jesuit in 2013, dealing predominantly with the hitters and outfielders.
He also coached the varsity running backs and was freshman offensive coordinator for the Clay football program under former coach Mike Donnelly in 2012. He was an assistant junior varsity baseball coach at Clay in 2011 and 2012, and in 2011 the JV team won the Toledo City League championship.
He also coached in the Oregon City Recreation youth fifth and sixth grade football program for two years.
Haar, Barney SBC’s best
Oak Harbor senior midfielder Tate Haar and freshman midfielder Emma Barney are the respective Sandusky Bay Conference’s Most Outstanding Performers for boys and girls soccer. Both teams won SBC championships.
Haar is joined on the All-SBC boys’ first team by Oak Harbor sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Draper, junior defender Brandon Schimming, and junior attacker Andy Burnette. Draper is a unanimous first team choice.
Rocket second team choices are junior defender Tyler Sievert and junior midfielder Tim Poiry. Honorable mention choices are Connor Eli, David Birchall, Derek Wood, Tyler Bowlick, and Allen Lenke.
The boys’ team finished 16-1-1 after losing Division II district semifinal to Maumee (11-5-1) at Central Catholic’s Gallagher Athletic Complex Wednesday night. Michigan State-bound midfielder Alex Wagener (29 goals, 8 assists) scored in overtime as the Panthers defeated the Rockets 2-1. Burnette scored the Rocket’s goal in the first half, while Wagener had both of Maumee’s.
The Rockets defeated Central Catholic 2-0 win a sectional championship on goals by Eli and Bowlick.
Joining Barney (27 G, 16 A) on the All-SBC girls’ first team are Oak Harbor junior defender Karis DeWalt (1 G, 1 A) and sophomore attacker Paige Velliquette (32 G, 3 A). Barney is the only unanimous choice from OH.
Rocket second team selections are junior goalkeeper Ivy Martin (99 saves) and senior midfielder Amanda Hetrick (two goals, five assists). HM choices are Maddy Rathbun (2 G, 1 A), Hannah Hess (1 G), Alexa Weis (16 G, 4 A), Noelle Petersen (1 G, 1 A), and Emily Winters (10 G, 3 A).
The Oak Harbor girls are 15-1-1 heading into a D-III district tournament semifinal against Swanton at Lake Community Stadium Thursday night.
The Rockets, ranked tenth in the state, defeated Cardinal Stritch Catholic 5-1 to win a sectional championship. Scoring for Oak Harbor was Velliquette, Barney, Winters, Nikki Weis, and Addie Barton.
Other scorers for the Rockets this year are MacKenzie Auger (10 G), Nikki Weis (5 G), Barton (4 G, 1 A), Ally Croy (3 G, 1 A), and Brittany Watkins (2 G, 1 A). Getting one goal and one assist each are Emily Bloom, Emily Kamann, and Tessa Tyburski. Eiriel Davis has one assist and back-up goalkeeper Chrislyn Stevenson has two saves.
On the All-SBC volleyball squad, Oak Harbor players Cassie Brenneman and Jordyn Thorpe are HM.
Olympic wrestling fundraiser
The Ohio Regional Training Center invites the public to attend its 2013 Fall Fundraiser on Nov. 6 at Funny Bone Toledo, Levis Commons Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m.
Cost is $100 per person, which includes a five-course meal, event gift and comedy show. It is $900 per table for six guests with sponsorship recognition. Meet and greet with RTC athletes and professional comedians, including All-American wrestler (1991) Greg Warren.
The Ohio Regional Training Center (RTC) is a non-profit organization that provides world-class training opportunities for athletes in the field of wrestling and mexists to promote and fuel the Olympic dream.
The Ohio Regional Training Center is considered the No. 1 training center in the United States for Freestyle Wrestling, officially recognized as such by USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport and subsidiary of the United States Olympic Committee. The Ohio RTC will have six athletes training over the next four years, all sharing one common goal – the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Athletes from all over the United States seek out Regional Training Centers to help them prepare for their Olympic dream. It is the combination of world- renowned athletes, coaches and facilities that make the Ohio Regional Training Center unique.
Contact Sheri Cobler at 614-204-1894 or
or Amy Rosselli at 614-985-4199 or
Bike Trail opens
The City of Toledo Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry opened the Ottawa-Jermain Park off-road bike trail in 2011. Since that time the trail has expanded and the division has added a jump park to complement the off-road features. The new park offerings have become a regional attraction for off-road bike enthusiasts.
Volleyball tryouts for the 2013-14 Arsenal 12, 13, and 14 and under travel teams are from 3-4:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 and for the 15 and under team, tryouts are Nov. 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 from 5:30-7 p.m. All tryouts are at the Rossford Recreation Center, 400 Dixie Hwy., Rossford, with registration beginning 45 minutes before the tryout start time. Tryout cost is $25, and players are offered a spot on the club within three days of being evaluated. Contact club director Dave Conley at 419-250-2328 or
Sandusky Bay Conference Most Outstanding Player, Oak Harbor senior midfielder Tate Haar (8) passes past Genoa sophomore midfielder Austin Sims (3) as Oak Harbor senior Connor Eli and Genoa sophomore midfielder Noah Goetz catch up to the action. (Press file photo by Russ Lytle)
Sandusky Bay Conference Most Outstanding Player, Oak Harbor senior midfielder Tate Haar (8) is congratulated while flanked by juniors Tyler Sievert (17), Andy Burnette (2), and John Pluto (7). In the background is Genoa senior midfielder Nathan Witt (8). (Press file photo by Russ Lytle)