The Press Newspaper
Clay Rolf, Kaysie Brittenham SLL Players of the Year
respective boys and girls Suburban Lakes League Players of the Year.
Both players represent teams that won their conference championship. Eastwood boys finished the season 11-1, followed by Otsego (9-3), Elmwood (8-4), Genoa (8-4), Gibsonburg (4-8), Woodmore (2-10), and Lake (1-11).
Local first team boys choices include Rolf, Eastwood senior Clayton Ruch, Genoa senior Richard Wonnell, and Gibsonburg senior Lee Renner.
Second team choices include Eastwood senior Jon Juergens, Genoa seniors Matt Bassitt and Jon Lester, Gibsonburg sophomore Gage Beaber, and Woodmore senior Justin Garver.
Honorable mention selections are Eastwood sophomore Jake Faykosh, Genoa senior Nolan Eli, Lake seniors Alex Cordell and Joe Vancena, and Woodmore juniors Bryan Kuhlman and Grant Weirich.
Lake girls were undefeated at 12-0, followed by Genoa (9-3), Otsego (8-4), Woodmore (6-6), Eastwood (4-8), Elmwood (2-10), and Gibsonburg (1-11).
Local first team selections include Brittenham, Genoa junior Jessica Feller, and Gibsonburg senior Samantha Stainbrook.
Second team choices are Lake senior Kimberly Meyer, Lake juniors Jessica Abbey and Drew Plummer, Eastwood senior Kristin Martin, and Genoa juniors Alyssa Meis and Julie Swartzmiller.
Honorable mention choices are Eastwood seniors Ashley Fairbanks and Kerri Gangwer, along with Eastwood sophomore Courtney Rolf, Genoa senior Rachel Johnson, Gibsonburg seniors Aubrey Goetz and Jessica Whetsel, Lake senior Kayla Reilly, Woodmore seniors Melissa Busdeker and Tiffany Davenport, and Woodmore junior Meghan Haar.
Lake. Actually there are three Meyer coaches at Lake.
In the two years they have been there, they have an accumulative record of 99-3. Winning against Liberty Benton would have been their family's 100th win for Lake. Denny is 44-2 (both losses to L-B in tournament action), Michelle (junior varsity coach) is 39-1 with her only loss last year against Fostoria-St. Wendelin, and Stephanie (seventh grade coach) is 16-0.
All three coached teams that won SLL championships. In addition, Sharon is Denny’s wife and dedicates hours to the program, especially fundraising.
This is Genoa Christian’s fourth year of high school basketball, and the first year of the ICSOM, which also includes Monclova Christian, Grand Lake Christian (Auglaize County), Fountain City Christian (Williams County), and Bowling Green Christian.
GCCA player Ben Davies was an ICSOM all-conference player. The shooting guard averaged 21 points and eight rebounds, scoring a game-high of 40 points and having a high of 15 rebounds in a single game. Davies also averaged 1.1 assists and 1.5 steals.
Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame at the state tournament last weekend. Cubberly built Eastwood into one of the top Division II programs in the state. Eastwood captured five straight SLL titles under Cubberly before placing second behind Elmwood the last two seasons.
Joe Wyant took over Eastwood's wrestling program this year after serving as Cubberly's assistant for the past seven years. Cubberly, who coached the Eagles for 20 years, got a job as a teacher and coach at Defiance High School. He did not teach in the Eastwood School District.
Bosh taught health and physical education at Woodmore for 11 years and now teaches special education at the high school. The Wildcats finished 4-6 and 3-3 in the Suburban Lakes League last season. Bosh replaced Mike Lee as the Wildcats' head coach starting with the 1998 season.
Bosh led the Wildcats to the Division IV state playoffs in 2001 with an 8-2 record. The 'Cats, who finished second to Lake in the SLL that season, lost to eventual state runner-up Marion Pleasant 56-7 in the first round. Woodmore also qualified for the state playoffs in 1986, 1994, '95, '96 and '97.