Winckowski leads Erskine to NCAA Southeast Regional
Former Clay and Owens Community College baseball player Casey Winckowski is playing for Erskine College in South Carolina, which qualified for the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional as the sixth seed.
The 17th ranked Flying Fleet’s post season run ended after losing to fourth-ranked Columbus State 8-7 in an elimination game. Winckowski played his part in the final game, helping Erskine get off to a good start.
In the bottom of the second inning, Erskine’s Luke Danielewicz would hit a one out double down the line and then score on a single by Zach McCarthy. Winckowski would then double down the left field line and an error by the Cougar left fielder would allow McCarthy to score and Winckowski to advance to third.
Winckowski’s teammate, Matt Youngblood, would then lift a fly ball into right center field allowing Winckowski to tag up and slide in ahead of the throw from the outfield to give Erskine the 3-0 lead. The Fleet lead would be short lived as the Cougars would respond to take the victory and advance.
Winckowski, a junior shortstop at Erskine, started 32 games and batted .296 with 40 hits, six doubles, one triple, three home runs, three stolen bases in five attempts, and 19 RBI. The Fleet ended their season with a record of 41-17, the third most victories in school history.
New Stritch coaches
Both boys and girls basketball head coaches at Cardinal Stritch resigned. Stritch alumnus Jim Sheehy had been the boys coach for 10-plus years and Gary Lemle had been the girls coach for seven years.
Sheehy’s teams were a combined 94-81, but 2-19 overall and 1-11 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference last season. The Cardinals lost 71-62 to Northwood in last year’s opening round of the Division IV sectional tournament. Stritch has never won a TAAC boys basketball championship. The new boys coach is Dave Rieker, who was the girls head coach at St. Ursula in recent seasons and an assistant boys coach at St. Francis before that.
Lemle’s teams were a combined 88-63 and 6-15 overall and 6-6 in the TAAC last season. The Cardinals lost 45-34 to Rossford in the opening round of the D-III sectional tournament. The new girls coach is Terry Murnen, who was an assistant at Maumee the past three years and was an assistant at Central Catholic before that.
“Both coaches are highly respected in the Toledo high school basketball community,” Stritch athletic director Joe Gutilla said.
Grau makes SI
A photo of Brandon Knight from Pine Crest School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) taken by local freelance photographer Scott Grau of NWOPrepSports.com was published in Sports Illustrated.
Knight was playing in the McDonald’s High School All-American game at Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University. Knight, who played in the McDonald's All-American game as an uncommitted recruit, recently announced that he will play for Kentucky.
Grau’s press arrangements for two McDonald’s national prep all-star games were made by The Press Newspapers, primarily to photograph Waite’s Natasha Howard. The 6-foot-3 Howard, a Florida State recruit, was named most valuable player of the girls’ game. One week earlier, she had led Waite to a Division I state runner-up finish at the same venue.
Genoa photographer Rick Osentoski of Oz Digital, LLC had two images published in the SI baseball preview issue a few weeks ago. Ostentoski has had numerous images published in major sports magazines within the past year. Andrew Weber, the grandson of Lake Township residents Neil and Gloria Ford and a University of Toledo football player (place kicker), had a photograph published in SI last fall.
Kateri Catholic Academy will be holding the "Cardinal Summer Sports Camps" starting in June at Cardinal Stritch High School. The QUEST Speed Camp will be June 1-2 from 6-8 p.m.; the PK-5 Cheer Camp June 7-9 from 9 a.m.-noon. The high school football camp is June 7-10 from 4-8 p.m.; the youth football camp (grades 5-8) is June 14-17 from 6-8 p.m.; the boys basketball camp is June 21-23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; the volleyball camp is June 23-25 is 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; the girls basketball camp is June 28-30 is 4:30-8:30 p.m.; the cheer camp (grades 6-12) June 28-30 is 9 a.m.-noon; and the B/G Soccer Camp is August 3-5 from 6-8 p.m. Camp brochures and registration forms can be picked up in either the main office or the athletic office at the high school.
Owens Community College will offer area basketball players ages 8-15 an Express Girls “Summer Slam” Individual Basketball Camp, June 21-24. The camp will occur each day from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Camp instructors will include the Owens Express women’s basketball coaching staff and current players.
Led by Coach Michael Llanas and 6-foot-3 forward Brittany Darling (Genoa), the Express women’s basketball team finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 27-6 overall record and an 11-3 mark (second place) in the OCCAC regular season standings. Owens lost to Schoolcraft College in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships. The Express was ranked No. 6 in the final NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball poll.
Parents and coaches are invited to attend the camp to listen and observe at no additional charge. The camp fee is $75 per player, which includes a camp “gym sack” and awards. Call (567) 661-7941 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7941.