The Press Newspaper
Four athletes play roles in Owens soccer, volleyball
The soccer team won five matches in a row, to earn a berth in the NJCAA Region XII Championship at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Oct. 31 - Nov. 1.. The Express closed the regular season by defeating Lakeland CC 1-0, Delta 3-2, and Cuyahoga 5-0
Coached by Art Johnson, the Express took a 12-6-1 overall record into the four-team single elimination tournament where they played Schoolcraft (13-1-1) at 2 p.m. on Oct. 31. If they advanced, the Express were to play the Cincinnati State (15-2-1)/Ancilla College (9-5-0) winner Nov. 1 in the championship.
If they should win, the Express will host the NJCAA Region XXIV champion for the District D title and right to advance on to the NJCAA Division I national tournament. The district championship would occur on Friday, Nov. 6. The NJCAA Division I National Championship will be Nov. 19-22 in Trenton, N.J.
Johnson’s team finished in second in the final Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (3-3 record) standings.
Owens Express volleyball team suffered two losses last weekend. Owens lost to OCCAC rival Columbus State 25-18, 25-23, 25-15 and to Vincennes, In., 25-23, 25-19, 25-17. Owens remains second in the OCCAC with an 8-2 record and is now 29-17 overall.
For Owens, outside hitter Lauren Lind (Lake) in 59 games has 117 kills, one assist, one dig, 42 digs, 14 blocks, and 177 points. Defensive specialist Alyssa LaVoy (Eastwood) in 19 games has 16 digs. Both are freshman who Coach Sonny Lewis says should get more playing time as they gain experience.
“(LaVoy) is a defensive player and we’ve got a couple kids that are ahead of her,” Coach Sonny Lewis said. (Lind) sees her share of time — she’s like our third outside hitter.
Oak Harbor defeated Port Clinton 2-1 in a Division II district semifinal match at Lake Wednesday and played Lexington Friday in a district final. The Rockets defeated Clyde 11-0 and Fremont St. Joseph 3-2 to win a sectional championship.
Genoa defeated Tiffin Calvert 1-0 in the Division III district semifinal and was to play Huron Saturday at Malabar Soccer Complex. The Comets had defeated Old Fort 8-0 and Mohawk 4-1 to win a sectional title. Huron had defeated Mansfield St. Peter’s 3-0 to win a sectional championship and Mansfield Christian 1-0 in the district semifinal.
Woodmore boys season came to an end via a 2-0 tournament loss to Calvert, although two players were named First Team All-Midland Suburban Soccer League — junior defender Brian Alexander and senior midfielder Gavin Camp. Sophomore attacker Cody Maye was named second team.
Woodmore honourable mention selections were senior defender Nickolas Barber, sophomore attacker Hunter Klickman, freshman midfielder Donny Bowen, sophomore midfielder Travis Moenter, freshman midfielder Ryan Sandwisch, and freshman goalie Ryan Paul.
The Wildcat boys finished the season 6-8-3 overall and 4-1-1 in the MSSL, second behind Liberty-Benton (10-4-2, 5-0), and ahead of Tiffin Columbian (6-7-3, 4-1-2), Calvert (6-8-2, 4-2-1), Fremont St. Joseph (6-7-2, 2-3-2), Old Fort (5-8-3, 2-3-2), Mohawk (1-15, 1-6), and Seneca East (0-13, 0-6).
The Wildcat girls also finished second in the MSSL with a 7-6-3 overall record and 4-2 in the league. Liberty Benton (15-1, 6-0) won the championship, Van Buren (6-8-2, 2-4) was third and Cardinal Stritch (1-11-1, 0-6) fourth.
Woodmore girls had four first team selections—freshman defender Shannon O’Connor, sophomore attacker Kalyn Tate, senior midfielder Lauren Avers, and senior goalie Kate Wegart.
Second team selections were junior attacker Jessie Wolfe and senior midfielder Tori Klickman. HM picks were sophomore defender Taylor Avers, senior defender Mallory Belair, and senior attacker Amanda Hefflinger.
For Stritch, freshman defender Katie Siebenaller, senior attacker Katie Burien, junior midfielder Krystal Perry, and sophomore midfielder Roxanne Lewezynski were second team. Cardinal junior defender Kelsey Gallagher, senior defender Courtney Outland, and senior goalie Josie Fairbairn were HM selections.
Lake girls soccer was to play a Division II district final match Saturday against Wauseon after defeating Oak Harbor 2-1 in two overtimes during the semifinal. Flyer Lindsay Hoffman scored the winning goal on a penalty kick, and Kayla Encalado (Lake) and Sara Lipstraw (Oak Harbor) also scored.
Lake defeated Cardinal Stritch 12-0 and Woodmore 4-0 to reach the district final. In Lake’s win over the Wildcats, Shelby Antonacci scored twice and Drew Plummer and Kayla Encalado also scored for the Flyers.
Oak Harbor defeated Northwood and Genoa, both by 2-1 scores. In the Rockets win over Genoa, Kelly Bryant and Alex Weirich scored for OH, while Olivia Harder scored for Genoa.
In Division II, No. 1 seeded Eastwood defeated Defiance three games to one to reach the district semifinal, scheduled for Wednesday against Ottawa-Glandorf. If the Eagles won, they were to play hte Celina-Napoleon winner on Saturday.
Lake was to play Lakota Wednesday, and then the Otsego-Genoa winner Saturday. No. 1 seeded Genoa reached the district tourney by sweeping Rossford 25-20, 25-15, 25-19 in the sectional final.
Eastwood junior Nick Twining (16:57.66) finished fourth, followed by senior Chase Baldwin (seventh, 17:17.13), junior Dustin Herrick (13th, 17:44.86), junior Michael Bratton (15th, 17:46.27), junior Darin Goodman (17th, 17:47.95), sophomore Jacob Henry (38th, 18:44.88), and sophomore Johnny Shumay (43rd, 18:59.93)
Lake senior Zack Powell (16:39.11) was first again in the individual race. Lake senior Louis Szilagyi (17:04.69) ran to a fifth place overall finish while junior Steve Stanley (18:27.76) set a personal record, placing 25th. Sophomore Nathan Scanlan (18:34.37) placed 29th and sophomore Riley Breese (18:35.92) 30th also with a personal record. Freshmen Drew Northcut (21:20.83) and Trevor Walsh (23:11.98) finished in 66th and 76th place to round out the Flyers effort.
Individual qualifiers include Oak Harbor junior Adam Smercinas (eighth, 17:20.77), Genoa senior Gavan Benadum (ninth, 17:31.24), and three other Rocket harriers — sophomore Michael Hasselbach (34th, 18:41.32), junior Thomas Rhodes (35th, 18:42.17), and senior Aaron Riechman (36th, 18:42.73).
Oak Harbor girls won the D-II district championship as Kia Frank (19:45.38) finished second, and Eastwood was fourth. Both teams will advance. Oak Harbor scored 26 points, followed by Maumee (49), Bellevue (117), and Eastwood (125).
Eastwood runners were sophomore Madi Renollet (15th, 21:32.03), junior Missy Caris (21st, 22:07.58), sophomore Lauren Caris (24th, 22:18.95), junior Julie Russell (31st, 22:37.72), junior Samantha Decker (37th, 23:14.51), junior Kelsey Applehans (38th, 23:15.65), freshman Kelsey Long (53rd, 24:54.02),
Lake was led by sophomore Hunter Johnson placed 28th overall. Hunter was followed by freshman Amber Soncrant in 39th, sophomores Caitlin Stickler in 40th, Hailee Greenlese in 41st, and junior Stormi Roelle 44th to place ninth of the 11 teams competing. Junior Destiny Coutcher finished 51st and freshman Angela Santana 60th for the Lady Flyers.
The Clay boys cross country team has advanced to the Division I regional meet after finishing fourth at the Pearson Park District. District times were sophomore Thomas Gibbons (11th, 16:52.6), senior Taylor Durzynski (20th, 17:29.9), senior Brian Hopkins (25th, 17:38.2), junior Matt Wolfe (27th, 17:50.1), junior Sam Meier (30th, 17:54.6), and freshman John Gibbons (51st, 18:36.6).
Clay (113 points), finished behind Northview (24), Central Catholic (47), and Southview (85). Waite senior Cameron Naubert also qualified as an individual after finishing 39th with a time of 18:21.9.
The Clay girls did not qualify as a team, but junior runner Megan Csehi finished third (19:24.9), just 15 seconds behind district champion Lexi Lopez (Southview, 19:09.7) and runner-up Andrea Alt (Perrysburg, 19:22.2).
Three Waite harriers qualified as individuals from the girls district at Pearson—freshman Morgan Boisselle (40th, 23:59.4), freshman Sydny Anderson (41st, 24:04.4), and senior Christine Smith (46th, 24:59.2).
In D-III boys, Gibsonburg finished third and advanced, scoring 67 points to follow Elmwood (48), Old Fort (63), and ahead of Sandusky St. Mary (93).
Gibsonburg junior Jordan Rosenberger finished seventh in 17:18.75, followed by senior Elias Dandar (ninth, 17:23.3), senior Kendall Bates (15th, 17:52.07), freshman Miguel “Tony” Flores (18th, 18:05.48), sophomore Holden Sondergeld (22nd, 18:18), junior Josh Tornow (23rd, 18:20.27), and freshman Jacob Merryfield (27th, 18:35.51). Cardinal Stritch freshman also advances after finishing 33rd in 19:07.27.
Woodmore boys just missed, finishing fifth with 116 points behind Liberty-Benton (74), Tiffin Calvert (93), New Riegel (110), and Hopewell-Louden (112). However, senior Brock Avers (sixth, 17:19.73), junior Hunter Hepler (11th, 17:37.79), junior Austin Utendorf (29th, 18:21.5), and freshman Chris Hines (34th, 18:26.34) will advance as individuals.
Gibsonburg girls also advanced, finishing fourth with 109 points, following Liberty-Benton (42), Old Fort (48), and Carey (104). Gibsonburg junior Samantha Hoffman finished second (20:09.42), followed by sophomore Lauren Kirwen (22nd, 22:15.85), freshman Cassidy Kasischke (24th, 22:29.12), junior Lisa Holcomb (30th, 23:01.92), freshman Courtney Ksenich (41st, 23:47.18), freshman Katelyn Walsh (54th, 24:50.11), and senior Kirsten Eickert (56th, 24:55.42).
The Woodmore girls advanced, finishing second with 69 points behind Elmwood (59) and ahead of Tiffin Calvert (80) and Toledo Christian (100). Woodmore had a one-two combination in champion Lacy Nagy (19:50.63) and runner-up Bailey Ulinski (19:54.19), both juniors.
Wildcats following were junior Angela McCooy (13th, 20:39.41), senior Lynne Schroeder (23rd, 21:43.06), sophomore Taylor Avers (34th, 22:45.61), junior Shelby Cuevas (53rd, 24:44.53), and junior Melissa Merrow (54th, 24:50.75).
Qualifying as individuals are Genoa sophomore Elizabeth Mosher (14th, 20:54.26) and Stritch sophomore Lauren Cervetto (24th, 21:46.85).
As athletics activities director for the City of Toledo, Myers “contributions to the NABF have been numerous. He oversees the administration of the Toledo Amateur Baseball Federation, and as tournament director, he has been instrumental in the pre-planning and execution of the College Division (22 & under) World Series in 2008 and 2009,” says a press release.
“Aaron has worked diligently to increase team participation, at all age divisions, in the Toledo area for the NABF. It is his dedication to and passion for amateur baseball that has brought much success to each of the tournaments that the City of Toledo has hosted.
“His parents, Andrea and Jim Myers, taught him the importance of bringing quality to whatever he decided to do in life, and to do it with passion. In his younger days, he played every sport, pick-up game, and/or competitive function you could think of around the neighborhood and for his schools. He took that love for competition into his adult life and started coaching baseball, basketball, and football for various school and organizations.”
Myers continues to take on the challenge of coaching the youth of today at defending Northern Lakes League champion Sylvania Southview, where he is the assistant varsity baseball coach under Ed Mouch.
“His love for the game has led him to believe ‘I’m right where I’m supposed to be, in reference to my job and my life,’” Myers is quoted by the NABF.
Myers will be honored at an NABF banquet in Annapolis, Maryland on November 6.