Alyssa Decker, three divers qualify for state meet
Eastwood sophomore swimmer Alyssa Decker competed at the Division II state swim meet in the 200-yard medley and the 100-yard butterfly over the weekend at C.T. Branin Natatorium, Canton.
Decker finished sixth in the 200 medly at the district meet with a time of 2:22.38, just over six seconds behind champion Karrigan Vargo (2:16.72), a junior from Sandusky. She was also sixth in the butterfly, finishing in 1:04.71, which is just over three seconds behind champion Josie Miller (1:01.3), a junior from Wapakoneta.
|Eastwood’s state-qualifying swimmer Alyssa Decker.|
Decker is joined by three local divers at the state meet — Waite freshman Anna Campos (seeding score of 405.05) and two from Oak Harbor — sophomore Cooper Hicks (378.65) and senior Bryce Buderer (366.15).
At the D-I district meet, Campos was the top Northwest Ohio diver, finishing sixth after scoring 367.6 to trail the champion, Strongsville junior Julia Oppedisano (461.55), runner-up Rocky River sophomore Ryleigh Macalla (410.45) and Findlay senior Bethany Glick (408.05), Amherst Steele junior Holly Lamb (388.5), and Avon Lake senior Emily Krause (370.15).
At the D-II district, Buderer finished third, scoring 362.5 to trail Coldwater freshman Caleb Keck (418.95) and Lexington freshman Evan Heth (365.1). Hicks was 13th, scoring 283.75.
Two Comets first team
Genoa girls’ basketball players Ciara Albright, a senior guard, and Haley Pickard, a sophomore point guard, have been selected first team All-Northern Buckeye Conference.
They are joined on the first team by local selections Jordyn Taylor, a Lake junior guard, and Allie Wank, a Woodmore senior wing/post.
Local second team selections are Woodmore junior wing/post Mackenzie Johnson and Lake junior guard Catie Phalen.
Honorable mention picks include Eastwood sophomore guard Mackenzie Albright, Eastwood junior guard Reagan Boice, Lake junior guard Alexis Hansen, Eastwood senior post Emily Hayward, Genoa senior wing Katie Jensen, Genoa senior post Brynn Skilliter, Woodmore senior guard Grace Weirich, and Lake senior post Sumer Woodruff.
In boys’ basketball, Lake junior guard Connor Bowen is Player of the Year and his backcourt teammate, junior guard Jared Rettig joins him on the All-NBC first team. The NBC champion Flyers are the only team with two selections.
Other local first team picks are Eastwood senior guard Jake Schmeltz and Genoa junior wing Luke Rightnowar.
Local All-NBC boys second team picks are Eastwood senior post Grant Peters, Genoa senior guard Casey Gose, and Lake sophomore guard Brandon Neal.
HM choices are Eastwood senior post Steven Bradley, Lake senior guard Cody Witt, and Woodmore senior guard Erich Gruelich.
Clay gymnasts seek state
The Clay gymnastics team, which was narrowly defeated by Findlay and finished second at the Three Rivers Athletic Conference meet, competed in the district meet at Bowling Green State University Friday looking to advance to state. The state meet is Feb. 28 (team competition) and Mar. 1 (individual competition) at Hilliard Bradley High School.
Clay gymnast Jody DeMeo won the individual all-around TRAC title. She earned that title by winning the floor exercise and tying for first place on the beam. She tied for third on bars and tied for sixth on vault, earning her TRAC Gymnast of the Year honors. She is the first Clay gymnast to win that award since Kylee Ault led the Eagles to the City League title in 2011.
Clay finished second behind TRAC champion Findlay for the second straight year, by a final combined team score of 141.7 to 140.6.
Not noted in a feature last week was that at the TRAC meet, DeMeo’s teammate, Emilie Roman, was not able to finish the meet due to a knee injury suffered during her dismount from bars, which cost a one-half point deduction. Without that deduction, she might have finished third with an 8.8 score, but she tied for second with three other gymnasts with a score of 8.9, not fourth the feature stated.
As a result, she could not compete on the beam and floor exercise, which likely cost Clay the championship, and her mother, Patty Roman, says she was not able to compete at the district meet, either, but would be there to cheer the team on. She will likely need surgery for a torn ACL.
Also not mentioned was that Emilie finished 14th on the bars, Kayla Dickerson finished 12th on the bars, and Ashley O’Neal tied for 17th, as opposed to the 19th place stated in the article.
CAGE holds bash
The Woodmore CAGE program will hold its tenth annual Wildcat Benefit Bash on March 15 at the Sunrise Banquet Center in Millbury.
The event will feature the Midwest Dueling Pianos that played at last year’s event, the Woodmore Jazz Band, auction items, wine tasting and food. All proceeds will benefit the CAGE program and its efforts to improve Woodmore’s extracurricular facilities. Tickets are available at Pills n’ Packages in both Woodville and Elmore or online on the CAGE website.
More information about the event, including a ticket order form, can also be found on the CAGE website, www.woodmore cage.com.
Woodmore CAGE’s most recent project was to help provide funding for the stadium entry building at the high school. CAGE’s next project is to raise funds for a performing arts facility that can support choir and band concerts, as well as plays. CAGE is financially supported entirely through donations. (— By Woodmore To Window staff writer Drew Frederick)
The Eastwood boys track program received $4,800 in donations from three different benefactors, including $300 from Gary and Lori Dierker, $1,500 from an anonymous donor, and $3,000 from Owens-Illinois.
Rocket Little League Baseball (formerly Oak Harbor Little League and Rocky Ridge/Graytown leagues) will be accepting registration forms for the 2014 summer season until Mar. 8. Forms can be found online at www.leaguelineup.com/rllba. Contact Patrick Smith (419-707-1846) or Ron Lajti (419-340-5417).
Lake Erie NFL Flag Football sign-ups are open through Feb. 22. Online sign ups are at
North American Youth Sports will hold its annual spring youth basketball tournament at Bowling Green High School, Apr. 4-6. There are 10 different divisions for grades 5-6, seventh grade, eighth grade, grades 9-10, and 11-12, with separate boys’ and girls’ brackets for each age division. Entry fee is $150 and guarantees a minimum of three games. Entry deadline is Mar. 14. Call the toll-free NAYS spring tournament hotline at 1-866-352-5915, tournament director Mark Malinowski at 419-450-5595, or visit www.northamericanyouthsports.org.
Presale tickets for Oak Harbor’s varsity boys’ basketball sectional tournament game against Port Clinton are available in the high school main office. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for students in advance while all tickets will be $6 at the door on the night of the game. This game will take place at Willard High School on Feb. 25 at 6:15pm.