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New conference
Wheels begin moving to entice Fostoria, Maumee
According to Dave Schmidt’s website,, the newly formed six-team Northern Buckeye Conference (Eastwood, Rossford, Genoa, Lake, Woodmore, and Otsego) has put the wheels in motion to become an 8-team league by its first season in 2011-12.

The website, citing published news articles, reports that Fostoria has applied to join the NBC and that Maumee has received a verbal invitation to join the league. Fostoria, currently a member of the Northern Ohio League, had applied to join the Suburban Lakes League, which would disband in 2011-12, but was turned down.

The website states that the Maumee Board of Education is “seeking community input” about leaving the Northern Lakes League and joining the NBC.

If Maumee does leave the NLL, that would open the door for Clay to be admitted to the NLL. Rossford has already left the NLL effective 2011-12, and the NLL chose Napoleon over Clay to fill that void.

However, two other members of the SLL, Elmwood and Gibsonburg, have been left out of the NBC and Schmidt’s website reports that both schools are holding faith that the SLL will remain intact. The website adds that Elmwood has applied to the Midland Athletic Conference.

According to the 2008-09 Ohio High School Athletic Association School Director, boys enrollments for prospective NBC members were Maumee (412), Rossford (261), Fostoria (246), Eastwood (232), Genoa (211), Otsego (203), Lake (198), and Woodmore (144)

Girls enrollments were Maumee (345), Fostoria (236), Eastwood (234), Rossford (217), Otsego (206), Lake (185), Genoa (179), and Woodmore (151).

Clay Baseball Day
The City of Oregon officially proclaimed July 27 as Clay High School Varsity Baseball Day. The team and coaches were commended for “their outstanding accomplishments during the 2009 baseball season” in a proclamation read during council’s regular meeting.

The Eagles took an 8-6 victory in the City League title game over defending champion Central Catholic. It was the second league title in three years for Clay (17-8), the No. 1 seed that went 10-1 in CL regular-season play for the second straight year. With the championship, it completed a sweep of CL diamond championships this year that also included the Clay softball team.

"When you talk about a total team effort, it really exemplifies this team," said Coach Karl Knierim, who also won three Great Lakes League titles at Clay. "It's been everybody doing their job. When you look at the City championship series, the final four City teams, that goes back to early in the season to get yourself in position to get to the final four. We've gotten a lot of contributions from everybody."

Caleb Coltani, a 12-year-old from Millbury, got a hole-in-one while participating in the junior program at Hidden Hills Golf Club. Coltani aced the 135-yard No. 14 with his driver.

Sports Announcements
Eisenhower seventh and eighth grade football players are to report for practice Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. Practices will continue each night until 8 p.m., and on Aug. 14 a mandatory parents meeting will be held after practice.

Eastwood eighth grade volleyball practice begins Aug. 10 from 4-6 p.m., and seventh grade Aug. 10 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The Eastwood seventh grade football practice begins Aug;. 14 from 9-11 a.m. and equipment will be passed out. Seventh and eighth grade cross country begins Aug. 10 from 8:30-10 a.m. and meets under the big Mulberry tree at the high school. All fall sport athletes must have a physical turned into the school before practicing. Forms are available at or pick one up at the middle school or high school office.

Jerusalem Recreation is registering for fall soccer, flag football, and tackle football in person Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon or Aug. 10 from 5-7 p.m. in the rec office. Forms are available in the office lobby behind the township hall and can be left in the security box with proper payment. Call Mike at 419-343-4629.

The Oregon Hurricanes 14 and under girls fast pitch softball team will be having open tryouts on August 15-16.  Players can find registration forms at   The Hurricanes compete in spring, Summer Gold, and summer tournament schedules in Northwest Ohio. Tryouts will be at the Oregon Recreation Center.

Tryouts for the 11 and under Ohio Diamond Hawks baseball team will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 2) and Monday (Aug. 3) at the Oregon Rec. Center at 5330 Seaman St. If interested, please submit contact info to or call 419.691.3021.

Fast pitch softball tryouts will be at the Oregon Rec Field No. 4 for girls 10 and under Aug. 15. Call Sarah at 419-972-7999.

A final call is being made for boys and girls ages 9-14 who wish to shag balls at the College World Series Home Run Derby at Ned Skeldon Stadium Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Bat boys and bat girls are also still needed for The LineDrive Sportz National Amateur Baseball Federation College World Series presented by Buckeye Cable Sports Network. Games are at Ned Skeldon Stadium, Scott Park (University of Toledo), Rich Arbinger Field at Bowman Park, and Owens Community College Aug. 6-9. Youth arriving at the World Series in little league uniforms with intentions to do so will receive free admission. Call CWS youth coordinator Irshad Bannister at 419-575-0229, 419-936-3884, or e-mail

The Lake Erie Flag Football League will be holding fall sign ups on August 1 and August 8 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Municipal Building.  This NFL Flag Football League is for youth ages 6-8 and 9-11, co-ed. The cost is $50, which includes an NFL reversible jersey. Late sign-ups are extremely limited. Visit or e-mail

The Fourth Annual Jim Cowell Memorial Golf Outing will be at Sugar Creek Golf Course Aug. 15. Registration for the 9-hole, 4-person scramble begins at 8 a.m., and play begins at 8:30. Cost is $18.50 per person. Deadline to register is Aug. 8. Call Art at 419-691-9324, Roger at 419-698-4542, or the golf course at 419-862-2551.




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