Rodriguez here to honor five local senior football players
Football players Michael Ackerman (Clay), Seth Hoffman (Eastwood), Michael Mallernee (Oak Harbor), Jacob Schreuder (Genoa), and Scott Traver (Genoa) are to be honored at the National Foundation Toledo Wistert Chapter scholar-athlete awards dinner Mar. 8.
University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez will be the featured speaker. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. at The Pinnacle in Maumee.
In total, 30 football players “who have performed with great prowess on the gridiron this season” will be honored. The awardees also have to be proficient in the classroom and contribute to their communities.
Others being honored are Spencer Bryant, Nico Caponi, Kyle Finn (Perkins), Chase Clark, Nathan Shaffer (Hilltop), Eric Cogan (Summerfield), Mason Cole (Bedford), Zach Crawford, Eric Schaible (Findlay), Patrick Dyer (St. Francis), Jacob Goatley (Maumee), James Hall (Southview), David Hector (Cory Rawson), Brandon Hummer (Napoleon), Daniel Jones (Carleton Airport), Brian Laubenthal (Ottawa-Glandorf), Lucas Logan (Sand Creek), John “J.C.” Miller (Toledo Christian), Joe Missler (Whitmer), Jason Morter (Mohawk), Alex Nofziger (Defiance), Brett Pasche (Liberty-Benton), Trey Westrick (Archbold), Philip Wingate (Whiteford), and Nathan Yoder (Fairview).
Tickets are $45. For an additional $30 you can attend a reception with Coach Rodriguez before dinner. Call Rachel at Team Sports at 419-865-TEAM (8326).
Vintage Base Ball
Lake graduate Craig “Coldwater Jim” Lammers is seeking for players for his vintage base ball team he organized, the North Baltimore Cyclones.
The cyclones open play May 23 in Cleveland, with a slight chance games will be added even earlier. The team has a game scheduled in Marion, Ohio’s historic Lincoln Park were minor league baseball was once played with the current grandstand in 1937 and 1944-51. Marion was affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Boston Red Sox.
A July 18 game in Mansfield will be played at the historic reformatory where the movie Shawshank Redemption was filmed. Post game prison tours will be offered after the game, Lammers said.
“We’ll have nice uniforms this year,” Lammers wrote in an e-mail. “They’ll be black (probably short sleeves) with an orange ‘C’ on the shirt. Pants will be flexible. Black solid color baseball pants are preferred but non-baseball pants black, gray, or a pair of jeans is okay.”
The team’s current schedule — May 23 at Whiskey Island Shamrocks, Cleveland, DH; June 6 home vs. Mansfield Independents, DH; June 12 vs. Columbus Unknowns at Marion’s Lincoln Park; June 20 at Tipp City vs. Canal Jumpers; June 27 home vs. Whiskey Island Shamrocks, DH; July 18 at Mansfield, DH; Aug. 1 home vs. Spiegel Grove Squires; Aug. 29 in Milford, Ohio vs. Cincinnati Buckeyes, DH.
The Cyclones are also seeking a spot in the Ohio Cup Tournament on Labor Day weekend and is seeking games in April, May, September and October.
J.J. Huddle.com has partnered with WRSCRadio.com to bring live high school sports from Northwest Ohio. WRSCRadio is an internet radio company with offices in Oregon that broadcasts Lake, Northwood, Genoa, and Clay sports.
WRSCradio.com made its J.J. Huddle debut last Thursday night with a pair of girls games, including Northwood at Cardinal Stritch and Genoa at Otsego. Those games are archived on the internet radio stations site and J.J. Huddle has a link on its site. Future broadcasts will include boys and girls basketball and ice hockey.
Another locally-based internet radio company, ToledoSportsRadio.com, is seeking high school students who want to learn the industry by taking part in broadcasting of their own school's sporting events. Call Mike Jameson at 419-693-6667.
Lake basketball will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. at the high school cafeteria on the day of the boys’ basketball game hosting Genoa, Feb. 26. Dinner tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children under age 8. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased from any Lake boys or girls basketball player. Take out is available. Proceeds are shared between the Lake boys and girls programs. The freshman game begins play that day at 4:30 p.m.
The Luckey Youth Organization will be holding little league baseball and softball registration on Feb. 27 and on Mar. 6 from 10 a.m. until noon in the Eastwood Middle School cafeteria. Registration will also be Mar. 8 from 6:15-7:30 p.m. at the Luckey Elementary gymnasium. Bring a copy of your child's birth certificate. At both Saturday registrations, Pemberville and Webster will also be present. The LYO is looking for parents who would be willing to help out on the LYO board. You can talk to Don Withrow, LYO president, at the registrations if you would like more information or would like to help.