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Coach Vicars’ receivers get the job done at Big 33

Genoa football coach Mike Vicars was in charge of the pass

receivers during the Ohio’s win over Pennsylvania in the Big 33 game at Hershey, Pa., and his receivers were very important to the outcome.

The all-star game was won by Ohio, 38-31, when Micah Hyde (of Fostoria and now heading to Iowa) caught a slant pass of 99 yards from quarterback Adam Boucher (Kettering Alter) and Stan Joplin (heading to Bowling Green State University from Division II state champion Sylvania Southview) caught a pass for another touchdown.

Former Genoa athletic director Rick Briggle noted in an e-mail to The Press how Boucher (now going to Miami, once headed to Toledo, and even rumored to be headed to Ohio State) used his magic (he did similar against Genoa in the Division IV state semifinals) to not only win the Division IV Ohio championship for Kettering Alter, but also in this prestigious game's ending.

“Funny how things work out,” Briggle wrote.

The game, played Hersheypark Stadium, pits 33 of the top players from Ohio against 33 players from Pennsylvania.

"To me, it's Ohio's highest all-star coaching honor," Vicars said. "You're supposed to have Ohio's best 33 players against Pennsylvania's 33 best. I got here last Friday, so it's kind of a big commitment. We've got seven (future) Ohio State players on our team.

Pennsylvania had won the previouis three Big 33 games, including 31-16 last season, and still has a 9-8 edge in the series.

Now entering its 51st year, the PNC Big 33 Football Classic is often described as “the Super Bowl of high school football.”

There has never been a Super Bowl without a Big 33 alumni. Some of the game's alums include Tony Dorsett, Matt Millen, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, John Cappelletti, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, Orlando Pace, Marvin Harrison and Ben Roethlisberger.

Vicars was no stranger to coaching in high school all-star games. Last summer he was an assistant coach for the North in the Ohio North-South All-Star game in Columbus. His son, Derrick, played defensive line for the North, which won big over the South squad.


Vintage Base Ball
The North Baltimore Cyclones, Wood County's newest Vintage Base Ball team, will be playing in Alliance, Ohio on August 23 on the grounds of Glamorgan Castle. 

The castle is beautiful so it should be a great setting for the game,” team manager Craig Lammers said.

Lammers says the Cyclones will strive for entertainment and historical accuracy. They are available to play at local fairs and festivals. Manager Lammers is a member of the Society For American Baseball Research (SABR), and has had three articles published on Wood County baseball history. 

The Cyclones are named after a professional team that operated in North Baltimore in 1897.  Former major leaguer Bert Inksand future major leaguers Topsy Hatsel, Jack Harper and Bert Blue played for the original Cyclones.  Hartsel was a key member of Connie Mack's American League Champion Philadelphia Athletics in 1905 and 1910. 

Vintage Base Ball is baseball played by the rules of the 19th century, usually the 1860's.  Gloves are not used to play the game. Lammers can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Fishing Rodeo
A Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held July 11 at Sleepy Hollow Pond (Dorr Street at Richards Road), presented by the City of Toledo, Department of Neighborhoods, The Toledo City Parks Commission and Cabellas.

For info, contact:  Sherrie Shipman, Division of Recreation, 419-936-2700. The schedule of fishing times by age bracket (registration for all ages from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.): 5-6 year olds, 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.; 7-8 year olds, 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.; 9-10 year olds,  11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.; 11-12 year olds, 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.; 13-15 year olds, 1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the boy and girl within each age bracket who catch the biggest fish. Kids must register prior to the start of their age bracket. Kids must provide proof of age if they appear older than 15 years. Kids must furnish their own fishing equipment, bait and stringer or bucket. Call the City of Toledo, Department of Neighborhoods at 419-936-2700.


Double Eagle
It wasn’t a hole-in-one Bill Sine got at Hidden Hills Golf Club, it was even better. Sine improved his score immensely by going 3-under-par on a single hole—he got a double eagle on the 460 yard No. 5 with a five-wood.


Summer Volleyball
Cardinal Stritch is hosting a girls' volleyball camp July 15-16 with sessions for girls in grades 3 through 5 to be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Sessions for girls in grades 6 to 8 will be held from noon until 3 p.m. Cost is $40 and includes a t-shirt. Visit www.cardinalstritch.org and click on the Sports Camp logo for a registration form or call 419-693-0465 and leave a message.

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The Maumee Bay Classic Volleyball Tournament, billed as “a premier tournament for high school teams in the state to get a preview of their upcoming seasons,” will be July 23-25. Genoa High School will host five courts for “this very large tournament,” says a press release. There will be 85 teams participating. Call Gail Bertz at 419-304-9510, Genoa concession chair, who is seeking donations for the concession stand. Donations can also be sent to Genoa Comet Volleyball, Attn: Coach Amanda Cichocki, 2810 N. Genoa-Clay Center Rd., Genoa, Ohio 43430.

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