Oak Harbor soccer success Rob Schimmoeller in his fifth season at the helm has 13 returning letter winners and nine returning starters — a formula for success.
The only thing in the Rockets’ way leading to a 10-3-3 SBC championship season was a 3-0 sectional final loss to Eastwood.
Schimmoeller says this year’s team has “interchangeable parts and scoring ability from all over the field,” including 10 players who scored last year returning. That also includes the top three scorers from last year.
Returning for the Rockets are junior forward Phil Weirich (20 goals, nine assists), who earned First Team All-District and SBC honors last season; junior midfielder Tyler Eoff (17 goals, four assists), Second Team SBC: junior stopper/defender D.J. Reau, First Team SBC, Second Team District; senior forward Brandon Wasserman (nine goals, 17 assists), First Team SBC: senior midfielder Jesse Baker (four goals, three assists), Second Team SBC; senior goalkeeper Scott Hites (85 percent save average), Second Team SBC; junior defenseman Myles Backus, Honorable Mention SBC; and senior midfielder Drew Stone (one goal, two assists), Honorable Mention SBC.
Schimmoeller says top newcomers include sophomores Jake Hetrick, Caden Goldstein, J.J. Rathburn, and Trent Lacer.
Key players lost to graduation are defenseman Ethan Easterwood (Second Team SBC), midfielder Cristoph Koeglmyr, defenseman Dan Macko, and midfielder Bill Durivage.
Schimmoeller says he is worried about “adjusting to the replacement of Easterwood's leadership anchoring the center of our defense.”
Schimmoeller believes Oak Harbor, Perkins, and Huron, in any order, are the favorites to win the SBC title this year.
“If we stay healthy we should be a very solid team. We have creative play makers and a very fast defense. Our guys expect to compete for a conference title and advancing in tournament play,” Schimmoeller said. (See a feature on forward Phil Weirich in this week’s Press.)
Since it was the Eastwood boys soccer team that ended Oak Harbor’s season last year, taking a quick look at Coach Frank Schemenauer’s squad follows in line. Schemenauer is being assisted by coaches Ryan Gerwin and Josh Oberdick.
Schemenauer says this years’ Eastwood team will be led by senior tri-captains Simon Ashton, Prescott Sexton and Dakota Wendt. Other returning lettermen include Eric Magrum, Ryan Sieving, John Przybylski, Taylor Depew, Patrick Brogan, Sasha Ashton and Aaron Brinker.
“These players have significant experience and talent along with a good attitude and I am confident they will continue to succeed as a team,” Schemenauer said. “We had good success in summer tournaments and that should kick start our season and help us accomplish our main goals of winning a league title and also to do well in post season play.
Northwood girls’ soccer got off to a good start, defeating Cory-Rawson at home, 4-0, Tuesday. Northwood also had contests with Fremont Ross and Eastwood this past week.
Against Cory-Rawson, Megan Hess got five saves in recording the shutout. Kayla Kurth had three goals, including the only one of the first half, Shelby Romstadt scored one goal, and Jessica Grindle had an assist. The Rangers had 27 shots on goal to Cory-Rawson’s four.
“A first for both teams as until now they have always tied,” Northwood coach John Turkal said. “Both teams played cautiously the first half feeling each other out. Kayla Kurt then scored on a breakaway and a corner kick for her first hat trick of the season. The defense was led by Marissa Ramirez and Taylor Purtee,”
Fostoria joins NBC
Soon after the newly-formed Northern Buckeye Conference invited Fostoria, the school followed by formally applying, reports Dave Schmidt on the website www.TheSeniorReports.com.
Fostoria will join Eastwood, Rossford, Genoa, Otsego, Woodmore, and Lake when the NBC officially begins play in two years. The NBC has an invitation out to Elmwood to fill the eighth gap.
Meanwhile, Clay may have its old league opponents from the Great Lakes League days join them in the Toledo City Athletic League. Fremont Ross, Findlay, and Lima Senior have applied to join the CL, and TheSeniorReports.com says that all three schools may be close to being accepted.
Summer is almost over and shooting sports will be starting up again for the year. The purpose of Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports is to teach life skills to 4-H youth through the shooting sports curriculum and activities that will enable boys and girls to reach fullest potential as capable, caring and contributing citizens.
This program has been active in Ohio since 1992 with Ottawa County being active for about eight years and currently offering three disciplines: air rifle, pistol and archery. Ottawa County practices every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Camp Perry Indoor Shooting Range. The club has monthly matches and equipment to practice with. Call Michelle Woods at 419-797-2715 or Fred Sutton at 419-898-3866.