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Clay seniors Jody DeMeo and Amethyst Floyd competed in the individual state gymnastics meet Saturday at Hilliard Bradley High School.

DeMeo was in the all-around competition, and also as an individual in the beam and floor exercises. Floyd competed in the vault and bars.

At the district meet at Harold Anderson Arena on the campus of Bowling Green State University, Clay just missed sending their entire team to state on a third place tiebreaker. One of the reasons for that may have been because Emilie Roman was injured in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference meet and could not participate in the district meet.

Clay gymnast Jody DeMeo. (Press photo by Scott Grau)

The team finished behind champion Findlay and runner-up Springfield, which both sent teams to the state meet. Findlay also won the TRAC championship, and in both the league and district meets, thanks in part to Clay missing out on scoring because of Romans’ ACL injury.

At the district, DeMeo was third on the floor (9.225), fourth in the all-around (35.375), and sixth on the beam (8.95). Floyd was fourth in the vault (9.05) and fifth on the bars (8.75).

In addition, four Clay gymnasts were honored by the state high school girls gymnastics coaches association as scholar-athletes. They include DeMeo, Roman, Erin Gyurke, and Sydney McGath.

Vitucci steps down

Toledo Walleye Head Coach Nick Vitucci is stepping down from the position he has held for almost five years. He has given his resignation, which is effective immediately, to Toledo Walleye President and General Manager Joe Napoli.

"I have enjoyed my time coaching the Walleye,” Vitucci said. “It has been extremely fulfilling to start a new team and to mentor young hockey players who have a passion for the game, but I feel that it’s time for some new leadership and a new approach. This will always be a highlight in my career.”

“Nick has been a valuable team builder, mentor and colleague,” Napoli said. “I have been honored to work with him as head coach in developing the Toledo Walleye. But he’s ready to try other options and I – we – support him in his decision. Nick’s decision to make this move now, gives us the appropriate window to find a coaching replacement in time for recruiting and preparing for next season. I am happy to say that he will remain with the Walleye organization. His future role, which is yet to be finalized, will capitalize on his nearly 25 years of professional hockey experience.”

Toledo Walleye Assistant Coach Dan Watson, will assume the leadership coaching position for the remainder of the season. He has been with the Toledo Walleye since its inception.

As of the announcement, the Walleye were 16-31-3-1, good for fifth in the East Coast Hockey League North Division. The previous week they were 0-3-0-1 and had a winless streak of eight games running.

Henry, Cecil first team

Waite junior guard Ramiah Henry is first team All-Toledo City League, and senior wing Taylor Works is second team. Waite honorable mention selections are senior guard Yatiah Caldwell and 6-foot-1 senior center Lathesha Craig.

In the Sandusky Bay Conference, Oak Harbor six feet tall sophomore post Andrea Cecil is first team and 5-8 freshman post Maddy Rathbun is second team. The Rockets’ HM selections are freshman guard Emma Barney, senior guard Amanda Hetrick, and sophomore guard Athena Eli.

The Oak Harbor boys team has three HM wings — senior Anderson Rathbun, senior Tate Haar, and junior Andre Ramsey.

DeStazio honored

Genoa girls basketball coach Mike DeStazio was honored by the Woodmore school board for getting his 200th career win. DeStazio is a Woodmore school board member who earned most of his victories as the former coach of the Lady Wildcats’ girls’ basketball team.

Coaches came into play in two other agenda items during the February school board meeting. Brad Sander announced this will be his last season coaching the Woodmore boys’ basketball team. Also, Leah Williams, John Williams, and several students expressed their support for Woodmore’s football coaches, who are facing possible litigation in a civil suit claiming a player was abused during a hazing incident.

Sports announcements

St. Mark Lutheran Church, 611 Woodville Rd., Toledo, will host its eighth annual golf scramble on June 1 starting at 1:30 p.m. at Chippewa Golf Course. The event is sponsored by the Luther League Youth of St. Mark and proceeds will help offset expenses for youth to participate in a mission trip this summer. Cost is $70. Call 419-691-3597 to register or for registration forms, which can be faxed to 419-691-8952 by May 20.


The Bill Blausey Sr. Memorial Golf Scramble hosted by the Solomon Lutheran School development committee will be Aug. 2 at Hidden Hills Golf Course. Cost is $55 per golfer. Call 419-849-3600.


The Solomon 5-“Kay” Run/Walk, held in honor of Key Nickelson’s retirement after 37 years teaching at Solomon Lutheran School, will be May 24 in Woodville. There will also be az one-mile Kid’s Fun Run. Register at the school website, and at


The East Toledo Wrestling Club will hold a spaghetti dinner, auction, and reverse raffle on Apr. 5 at Millbury Firemen’s Hall. Contact Tom Moon at 419-691-8520 or Jennifer Becker at 419-917-7520. Businesses can mail auction items or gift certificates to Attn: ETWC, 560 Quail East Dr., Oregon, OH 44616.


The Maumee Bay Bisons 8-and-under travel baseball team will hold tryouts Mar. 9 at 1 p.m. at StrikeZone Sports Training Center at the Great Eastern Shopping Center in Northwood. Call 419-260-6030.



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