Lake’s Powell first at Lakota Invite, SLL Jamboree
Lake senior Zack Powell went through the mile with three other runners, but by at the two mile he was all alone and pushing to the finish to win the Lakota Invitational's large school division 5K cross-country race in 16:04.
Senior teammate Louis Szilagyi set a personal best by finishing in sixth place in 16:58. Sophomore Nathan Scanlan again set his personal best by placing 29th overall in 17:52. Sophomore Riley Breese and junior Steve Stanley rounded out the Flyers scoring in 63rd and 92nd place of 185 runners. Freshman Drew Northcut, Trevor Walsh, and Tyler Coutcher all set personal records during this race as well. The Flyers finished in sixth place in the team race out of 16 teams.
At the second Suburban Lakes League cross country Jamboree held at Elmwood, Powell took charge at the 1½ mile mark to finish in first place overall. Szilagyi placed fifth overall, Scanlan and Breese finished in 13th and 29th. Stanley rounded out the Flyers scoring by placing 40th overall. The Lake boys team placed third of seven teams competing, just missing second by four points.
Powell placed fourth overall of 321 runners in the Division II-A varsity race in a personal best 16:09 (5:12 plus per mile pace) to lead the Flyers effort at the Tiffin Carnival. Powell’s time is now the number one time ever run by a Lake cross-country runner for a 5K cross-country race.
At the Otsego Cross Country Invitational/Wood County Championships, Powell and Szilagyi ran away from their competition after the first mile to finish first (Wood County Champion) and second (Wood County Runner-up), respectively, and lead the Flyers to third place overall behind Perrysburg and Bowling Green.
At the Norm Bray Cross-Country Invitational at Walsh Park in Fremont, Powell took control of the Division II-III varsity race to win by 26 seconds in 17:04. Senior Louis Szilagyi placed 5th. In the team race, Lake finished third (with 98 points) of the 12 teams competing finishing behind first place Tiffin Columbian (83 points) and Gibsonburg (95 points) in second.
With sophomore Hunter Johnson out sick, freshman Amber Soncrant and junior Stormie Roelle finished 16th and 17th to lead the Lady Flyers effort at the Jamboree, followed closely by sophomore Caitlin Stickler in 19th. Sophomore Hailee Greenlese placed 27th and junior Destiny Coutcher 41st to finalize the scoring for Lake.
In the girls’ large school division race at Lakota, Johnson led the Flyers placing 32nd overall. Roelle followed in 44th place running a personal best time of 22:44 and Soncrant placed 45th. Stickler and Greenlese finished in 57th and 58th place. Hailee's time was a seasonal best for the 5K distance. The Flyers placed 8th out of the 13 teams running.
UT football player
Like most football players, Andrew Weber has always dreamed of having his photograph in Sports Illustrated.
The only difference is, Weber takes the photos. And unlike most college football players, his dream actually came true. The University of Toledo football player is the grandson of Lake Township residents Neil and Gloria Ford.
Weber, a UT sophomore from Perrysburg, had one of his photographs, a two-page spread of Stafon Johnson's game-winning touchdown from the Ohio State-USC game, appear in the "Up Front" section of SI. Weber, a walk-on who is listed as the team's fourth-string kicker, was in uniform for Toledo's 54-38 victory over Colorado on Friday, then drove down to Columbus on Saturday as a stringer for Presswire, a photographic agency that sells photos to magazines and newspapers.
"It's a high point for me," said Weber, who has had smaller baseball photos published in Sports Illustrated but nothing as big as this week's issue. "I was shocked when I found out. I didn't know what to say."
Weber, a marketing major at UT, is seeking a career as a photojournalist. It's clear he's off to a good start.
"A lot of photographers try their whole lives to get a photo this big in SI," he said. "I was just in the right place at the right time."
Weber was back in uniform for Saturday's game against, you guessed it, the Ohio State Buckeyes. No camera in his hands this time, though. Just a kicking tee. (from a UT press release)
Hernandez takes charge
While three out of five local Suburban Lakes League volleyball teams have new coaches this year, it doesn’t end there.
Guillermo “Memo Hernandez” takes over at Oak Harbor this season, but like the others, she has plenty of experience. That includes as an Oak Harbor volunteer assistant last year. Hernandez’s assistant this year is Jackie Gezo.
Hernandez does have seven more years of previous coaching experience, including at the varsity level at Lakeland Christian, Florida. While there, Lakeland Christian won a league and district championship and Hernandez was voted Polk County Coach of the Year in 2001.
Last year, Oak Harbor finished 6-15 and seventh in the Sandusky Bay Conference. Hernandez has two returning lettermen to help improve on that — Abby Zurvalec and Nicole Buehler, but adds that the “SBC is very strong and competitive in volleyball.”
For those who receive Time-Warner cable, the Genoa-Northwood football game will be shown on channel 21 on Monday at 9 p.m., Tuesday at noon and 9 p.m., on Wednesday at 5 p.m., and also on Time Warner Cable Local On Demand, channel 411.
The Genoa athletic department will be selling advanced tickets for this week’s Genoa-Eastwood game on Oct. 2. Tickets will be sold beginning Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 in the high school cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are also available Sept. 30 in the middle school office from 3-6 p.m.