Five local boys’ basketball teams will participate in a preview on November 28 at Waite’s Grant Murray Field House.
Genoa, Eastwood, Lake, Cardinal Stritch, and Waite will all be participating. In addition, fans will get to participate in a 3-point contest at intermission.
Each team will play two regulation quarters against two different opponents. Tickets are $3. Here is the schedule—
6:15 p.m. — Eastwood vs. Toledo Christian; 6:35 p.m. — Cardinal Stritch vs. Eastwood; 6:55 p.m. — Genoa vs. Toledo Christian; 7:10 p.m. — intermission ($1 bet to double your money on 3-pointers); 7:20 p.m. — Lake vs. Cardinal Stritch; 7:45 p.m. — Waite vs. Genoa; 8 p.m. — Waite vs. Lake.
Central Gridiron Stars
Two members of the 9-3 Central Catholic football team, which reached the second round of the Division II playoffs, losing 19-13 to Maple Heights in Huron last Saturday, are east side residents. The Irish opened playoff action with a 35-7 victory over 7-4 Rocky River.
One of the Irish’s leading tacklers is All-City League linebacker and East Toledo resident Jake Henderson, who is also a state contender in wrestling. The other starter from this side of town is lineman Ryan Gregory.
Henderson is being looked at in wrestling by North Carolina-Greensboro, Buffalo, Stanford, Columbia, Bucknell, Maryland, Cornell, and Princeton. His father, Dave Henderson, says he is considering Buffalo after a recent trip to the Mid-American Conference school, and adds that Henderson may attempt to walk on for football if he attends these schools.
Looking at Jake primarily for football are Mount Union, Lake Erie, Muskegon, Heidelberg, Notre Dame College, and Wabash College.
Another former Central player, 6-foot-4, 293 pound offensive lineman Eric Herman, is from Oregon and now plays for Ohio University. Herman was red-shirted in 2008.
While at Central, Herman posted 13 solo tackles and 48 total tackles with four tackles for loss and a sack as a senior. He registered 27 total tackles, nine tackles for loss and seven sacks as a junior and was a member of the 2005 Division II state championship team...
Herman claimed First-Team All-City Offensive and Defensive Line honors, was named to the First-Team All-District Offensive Line and Co-Lineman of the Year and Division II Northwest District Lineman of the Year. He was invited to participate in the Ohio North/South All-Star game. Lettered in football three years and track/field four...
Herman is the son of Chris Herman and Debbie Verkin-Siebert and his sister Ellen is a standout on the Ohio volleyball team.
Reeves Soothsayer Champ
WRSCradio.com sports commentator Mark Reeves not only won the 2009 Press Soothsayer championship by having the best record picking high school, college, and professional football games, he also set a new all-time record.
When the Bowling Green Falcons defeated the Buffalo Bulls on a last minute touchdown in a nationally-televised football game, it sent Reeves over the top. Reeves finished 120-28 in his picks, which at 81.1 percent is one-tenth of a percentage point better than the 81.0 mark set by the sports editor writing this column when soothsayer picks first began in 2001.
Reeves broadcasts Clay sports for the internet broadcast company and is a long-time statistician for Clay football. Following Reeves, in order, were Press contributing writer Mark Griffin (118-30), writer A.J. Szozda (115-33), writer Jeffrey D. Norwalk (113-35), broadcaster Al Singlar (112-36), broadcaster Rick Waldron (111-37), writer Scott Calhoun (108-40), and writer Deb Wallace (106-42).
College World Series
The Toledo Amateur Baseball Federation has been awarded the 2010 National Amateur Baseball Federation College World Series at the NABF annual national meetings in Annapolis, Maryland in early November.
The NABF CWS will be held Aug. 5-8, 2010 at Ned Skeldon Stadium and three other Toledo-area sites for the sixth time in the past seven years. LineDrive Sportz, based at the Lucas County Recreation Center, will be title sponsor and the national tournament will be internet broadcast by WRSCradio.com. For information, call City of Toledo recreation director Shawn Sobel at 419-936-3887.