Graytown resident Dorothy Gackstetter seems to make news a lot.
But face it, when someone like Gackstetter is post 70-years-old, competes in horse shows, and is a perennial champion in Senior Olympics events, maybe she deserves the attention.
Gackstetter has done it again, taking the Gold Medal in three events and the Silver in three others during the State Senior Olympics at Kettering Fairmont High School near Dayton on July 25. She is on her way to the National Senior Olympics next year in San Francisco.
She says she was inches away in two events from taking two other events, but nonetheless, she can be considered a state champion.
The Senior Olympics are open to men and women ages 50 and over. Regional competitions are held yearly at eight sites around Ohio. State games are also held yearly, and are a sanctioned site to qualify athletes for The National Senior Games: The Senior Olympics. There are over 5,000 athletes competing in Senior Olympics in Ohio and organizers say that number grows every year.
Field events in Kettering that Gackstetter competed in included the discus, high jump, javelin, long jump, pole vault, shot put, and triple jump.
Four in a Row?
In the history of the International League, no team has ever won four straight divisional titles.
In fact, only three teams have won three straight – Columbus (1990-92), Durham (1998-00) and Toledo (2005-07). During those streaks, Columbus won the Governors’ Cup twice (1991, 92) and the Hens in 2005 and 2006. The Hens trailed Louisville for the IL West lead by three games mid-week.
The last team to have made the post-season four consecutive seasons is Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 1999-2002.
Even if the Hens are not able to win the division and play respectable ball for the rest of the season, they have a chance to make it four straight seasons over .500 – their first time since 1941-44.
The Hens announced that July 30 marked the 200th sell-out in the history of Fifth Third Field. An enthusiastic packed house was in attendance for the game versus the Indianapolis Indians.
The Hens have called Fifth Third Field home since the 2002 season after moving from Ned Skeldon Stadium located in Maumee. Since the transition to Fifth Third Field, Mud Hens fans have embraced the downtown atmosphere, Hens’ officials say.
In 2002, the first season at Fifth Third Field, the Mud Hens recorded 25 regular season sell-out games, plus two playoff game sell-outs (the first IL playoff game sell-outs in over 20 years).
Fans have their chance to purchase playoff tickets beginning on Tuesday, August 5 at 9:00 AM. Game dates are to be determined, based on the regular season final standings in the International League. To purchase tickets, stop by the Fifth Third Field box office located on Washington Street, by calling (419) 725-HENS or by visiting www.mudhens.com.
The Downtown Curtice Athletic Club’s Sixth Annual Memorial Golf Outing has been rescheduled for Aug. 17 at Chippewa Golf Course with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch of barbecued chicken will be served at Crazy Lady Saloon in Curtice. Honorees are Bob Schmidt and Bill Kuhlman, each of whom passed away this year. Proceeds go to scholarships for Genoa and Clay graduating seniors. Entry fee is $50 per player.
Local youth who wish to be batboys or batgirls, foul ball “shaggers” (prizes included), and ball “shaggers” on the field at the Home Run Derby (7:30 p.m., Thursday, August 7, Ned Skeldon Stadium) during the NABF College World Series should telephone Andrew at 419-367-4565.
Genoa High School athletic passes are now available for the 2008-09 season. A family pass is $300 (middle and high school); individual pass $125 (HS, MS); student pass $100 (HS, MS); senior citizen pass $10 (district resident), $25 (non district resident); reserved football seats are $35 and $40; and middle school family pass $75. To purchase a pass, call Genoa Middle School at 419-855-7781, ext. 18. Anyone who needs a Helping Hands pass can stop at the high school office August 13 from 6-8 p.m. to work again this year.
Eastwood eighth grade volleyball practice begins Aug. 4 from 4-6 p.m., with seventh grade Aug. 4 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tryouts are mandatory in the middle school gym. The seventh and eighth grade football begins Aug. 8 from 9-11 a.m., and equipment will be passed out. Eastwood middle school cross country practice begins Aug. 11 from 8:30-10 a.m. under the big Mulberry tree.