Eastwood senior point guard Jacob Schmeltz excels at football and baseball, too.
A three-year starter at quarterback and safety, Schmeltz led the football team to the inaugural Northern Buckeye Conference title in 2011 and an appearance in the regional semifinals. This gridiron season, he helped Eastwood finish 8-3 and advance to the postseason before losing to eventual Division V state champion Coldwater.
Schmeltz says his experiences as a football player is something that he will cherish forever.
“(Playing football) was one of the funnest times of my life,” Schmeltz said. “To be successful made it enjoyable. To have a good coach like Jerry Rutherford made it all worth it.”
Despite losing in the first round, Eastwood was probably one of the 10 best teams in the state this year. The Eagles did fall to Coldwater, 42-16, after being down just 21-16, at the half, and it should be noted that Eastwood played the Cavaliers are hard as any other team in the postseason. In fact, no other team came within 25 points during Coldwater’s run to the state title.
Schmeltz also helped lead the baseball team on a Cinderalla run during his freshman year when they advanced to the D-II regional semifinal. As a sophomore, Schmeltz, who primarily plays third base but also splits time between pitcher and outfielder, hit .345 and earned All-NBC honors, and just last spring, he was given honorable mention distinction in the league for his efforts. When it’s all said and done, Schmeltz will have earned 11 varsity letters (football 3; basketball 4; baseball 4) during his time at Eastwood.