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Clay hockey joins wrestlers, gymnasts as champions

Good things are likely in store the next two years for the Clay hockey team.

When this year’s Clay winter sports banquet is held, the hockey team will celebrate a championship alongside the wrestling team and gymnastics team, which was meet dominant but just missed league and district championships by a fraction of a point.

In addition, the hockey team has just four seniors and three juniors. The other 10 players are freshmen and sophomores, including two who earned all-league.

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Clay’s White Division tournament champions — Back row standing, from left — Coach Greg Richard, Coach Mike Heck, Coach Robert Bundy, Coach Rob Steele, Andrew Sterling, Devin Gabella, Dylan Berg, Jake Woodrum, James Laplante, Collen Carpenter, Ben Malczewski. Middle row kneeling, from left — Nick Bryant, Justin Heck, Andrew Pappas, Adam Burns, Alex Roe, Kevin Below, Jared DiMario, Chandler Cannon, Ethan VanHersett (little boy), R.J. Stringham. Laying down in front — Goaltender Eric Kutchenriter. Front row, sitting — Michelle VanHersett and Jared VanHersett (holding plaque).

Clay won the Northwest Hockey Conference’s White Division playoff championship, defeating Perrysburg 3-1, Sylvania Southview, 8-4, and then downed Maumee 5-4 in overtime in the championship match. The match-up with Maumee was a rubber match, with Clay taking the first game and the Panthers the second game during the regular season. The Eagles finished the season 18-16 overall and 7-6 in the division.

Seniors Jake Woodrum and Andrew Pappas are second team all-league selections, and earning honorable mention is senior Dylan Berg, junior Devin Cabella, senior Cody VanHersett, sophomore Justin Heck, and freshman goalkeeper Eric Kutchenriter. Berg was also an academic all-league choice.

The roster is filled out by juniors Collen Carpenter and Ben Malczewski, sophomores Adam Burns, Chandler Cannon, R.J. Stringham, James LaPlante, Andrew Sterling, Kevin Below, and freshmen Alex Roe, Jared DiMario, and Nick Bryant.

Heck’s assistants are Bob Bundy, Rob Steele, and Greg Richard. Coach Heck said before the season that the team needed to come together as a unit, and Coach Bundy emailed The Press that it is exactly what happened in the tournament.

“We believe that this finally started to take shape at the end of the year and especially in the tournament,” Bundy said. “We had to defeat Perrysburg and Southview to whom we lost to twice each during the regular season to make it to the finals.”


Jody DeMeo All-Ohio

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Clay All-Ohio gymnast Jody DeMeo after
earning Three Rivers Athletic Conference
Gymnast of the Year.
(Press photo by Scott Grau)

After Clay missed qualifying as a team for the state gymnastics meet by one-half point, two gymnasts placed as individuals.

Jody DeMeo finished sixth in the beam, her career best, and she was 24th in the floor and 29th in the all-around competition. Amtheyst Floyd was 26th in the vault and 23rd in the bars.

For DeMeo, her top ten placement on the bars earned her All-Ohio status and she got her first state medal. She also received the Sportsmanship Award.


Sports announcements

Woodmore High School is seeking a new head coach of the varsity boys basketball program. Interested candidates should forward letter of interest, resume, and references to: Jim Kieper, Principal, Woodmore High School, 633 Fremont Street, Elmore, Ohio 43416; or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Deadline is Mar. 26.


The Independent Umpires Association in Oregon will conduct a class for anyone interested in becoming an umpire. The class will be on four consecutive Sundays beginning on Mar. 23 from 1-4 p.m. and is for anyone ages 16 and up. Contact John Meyers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-467-0519.


The Independent Umpires Association in Oregon will host the Sixth Annual Dusty Gloves Baseball Tournament Apr. 24-27 at the Oregon Recreation Complex and is open to ages U9-U14. Every team will play four games plus the championship based on a full field and weather permitting. Cost of this year’s tournament is $375 and includes balls, umpires, awards and gate fee for spectators. Contact Joe Miller at 419-376-6543 or visit www.dustygloves.com.


The Navarre Park Tennis Association will hold a youth tennis clinic at the East Toledo Family Center Mar. 20-21 from 5:30-7 p.m. The program is free and for youth ages 6-10. No prior experience is necessary. Rackets will be provided. Call Jodi Gross at 419-691-1429.

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