The Eastwood Board of Education voted during this school year to make indoor track a varsity sport. The decision paid off last weekend.
The boys track team won the OATCCC Division II/III state indoor track and field championship at the University of Akron Field House.
The Eagles dominated the field by scoring 81½ points while runner-up Columbus Bishop Hartley was a distant second with 36 points. In order to qualify for this meet, the athletes had to be in the top 16 in the state during the indoor season.
In the girls D-II/III meet, University of Michigan-bound Woodmore senior Erin Pendleton had the best qualifying distance in the shot put with a toss of 41-5½, nearly two feet past Ontario junior Kelly Barnhill (39-7½). All distances and times are athletes’ qualifying times, not their exact time at the state meet.
Pendleton also had the best weight throw with a toss of 52 feet, nearly eight feet past Canton South senior Anna Knapsi (44-9).
Eastwood had two athletes competing that are ranked in the top ten nationally for their event. Justin Welch is ranked third in the weight throw and senior Josh Hoodlebrink is ranked seventh in the high jump.
Josh Hoodlebrink won the high jump (qualifying distance, 6-10¼) at the state indoor meet in Akron and Eastwood’s Lucas Hoodlebrink qualifying distance was seventh (6-1). Josh was second in the triple jump (41-9¼) while Lucas followed in second (41-4¾). Josh was second in the long jump (21-7¾) and Lucas was seventh (20-1¾).
Josh Hoodlebrink also led the 4x400 meter relay team (3:37.85) that included senior Josh Beaudoin, sophomore Nick Twining, and sophomore Taylor Depew that was second at the state meet.
Welch, the 2008 Division II state outdoor champion at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus last spring, was second in the shot put (61-2¾) at the indoor meet in Akron and won the weight throw event (73-1), while teammate Jeffrey Rutherford was fifth in the weight throw (51-7½).
The Eastwood 4x200 meter relay team of junior Jake Rogers, sophomore Pernell Conner, freshman Zack Conkle, and Depew was 12th (1:35.8).
In the 60 meter hurdles, senior Crosby Schemenauer was ninth (8.72); 60 meter dash, Cody Seifert, third (6.98); 800 meter run, Twining, fourth (2:02.67), and Beaudoin, 10th. In the pole vault, Schememauer was sixth (14-6) and junior Jake Rogers tied 13th (12-6).
Northwood senior Kyle Gunn tied for ninth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.62). In the 60 meter dash, Gunn was 15th (7.31) and Genoa senior Blair Skilliter was 16th (7.34).
Genoa senior Marcus Vicars was seventh in the shot put (51-5¼), third in the weight throw (55-8),
Woodmore high jumper Chris Jacobsen tied with Genoa junior Jon Lester as each had a top leap of 5-10.
On the girls’ side, Eastwood sophomore Whitney Hoodlebrink placed fifth in the triple jump (32-2¼) and tied for 11th in the high jump (4-10).
Woodmore senior Tatijana Jacobson was second in the girls’ high jump (5-3). Woodmore sophomore Lacy Nagy was ninth in the 1,600 meter run (5:46.92) and seventh in the 3,200 (12:14.73).
It was Eastwood’s second state title this winter. The girls bowling team won a state championship at Tikki Lanes in Lancaster just two weeks earlier.
It is also Eastwood’s second consecutive state indoor track championship.
Eastwood had the most athletes on the Suburban Lakes League All-Academic Team for winter sports with 13.
Eagles on the team include (boys basketball) Jason Faykosh, Zach Frobose, John Sanders, Matt Schlumbohm, Mark Schult; (girls basketball) Brooke Albright, Emily Bockbrader, Brooke Gottfried, Heather Haws, Katie Schuessler; (wrestling) Ashton Brown and David Eaton.
Gibsonburg has six — (boys basketball) Anthony Egbert, (girls basketball) Emily Clark, Katelyn Jones, (wrestling) Seth Collum, Aaron Roach, and Neil Spanfellner.
Lake has five — (boys basketball) Kyler Lucas, Joe Moon; (girls basketball) Heather Cox, Kelsey McCloskey, and Rebekah Will.
Woodmore has four — (boys basketball) Robert Schumacher; (girls basketball) Megan Bitter, Samantha Michaelis, and Kaylee Paul.
Genoa has two, both in boys basketball — Derek Dickinson and Marcus Vicars.
New Golf Pro
Matt Bryda has joined Eagles Landings Golf Course and its new Class A PGA Professional. Bryda has 16 years experience in the golf industry. He recently has been competing weekly in the North Carolina PGA sectional tournaments, the Tarheel Tour, and the Carolina Pro Golf Tour.
Bryda was the Director of Golf at Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort in Death Valley, California for four years. Besides many other professional golf course positions, Matt was also the head golf professional at Maumee Bay State Park Resort from March 2001 to November 2003.
Bryda says one of his goals is to reduce every Eagles Landing golfer's golf score by four strokes (if interested).
Eric Sauber, the Eagles Landing golf course superintendent, is in his third year (employed year round). Sauber says he is excited about the course conditions, even after all the snow that the area has received this winter. He says his goal is continued improvements of the course, grounds and practice center.
Woodmore will hold a 12 and 14 and under Memorial Day baseball tournament May 20-25 in Woodville. Call Mike Sorg at 419-836-9826.
A clinic for anyone 15 years and older who wishes to umpire for the Genoa Little League this year will be Apr. 19 at 5 p.m. at Veterans Park. Call Lee Nissen at 419-351-2398.
BASE Sports will have an open tryout for a 12 and under baseball team. Call Bruce Edwards at 419-534-2220.
The 20th Annual Chick Schaffner Memorial Charity Golf Classic will be June 22 at Catawba Island Club’s Arthur Hills Golf Course benefiting the American Heart Association and Stein Hospice. Contact Melissa Zeiger at