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Mayor, jeweler, banker, former pro join soothsayers
There will be some new faces among Press football soothsayers this fall. Four local business and government “celebrities” have been added to the mix.

Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian, Genoa Banking Company President Marty Sutter, Alan Miller Jewelers owner Alan Miller, and Big Apple Deli owner Tim Williams, a former NCAA Division I and professional football player, have agreed to be soothsayers this fall.

They will be joined by veteran sportswriter Mark Griffin, who will represent The Press, broadcaster and last year’s soothsayer champion Mark Reeves, Press contributing writer and author of Voice on the Street Deb Wallace, and former Owens Outlook editor and Press contributing writer Nick Huenefeld, who is known for his attempt at breaking the Guinness Book of World Records in ketchup drinking which earned him an appearance on the Jay Leno Show.


Huenefeld, who graduated from Owens Community College and has moved on to Bowling Green State University, and Wallace are both Lake graduates, Wallace attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, majoring in sports management. That is the same school where Williams played his college football before a stint in the World Football League.

This will be the tenth year Press soothsayers forecast the weekly performance of 10 local high school football teams along with NCAA Division I games played by Bowling Green, Toledo, Ohio State, and Michigan and NFL teams Cleveland and Detroit. The first week of picks will be listed in next week’s Press along with 2010 football previews.

Last year, Reeves not only won the soothsayer championship, he 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.

Championships are not new to Reeves. As a high school football player in the late 1970s, he was a lineman on a Fremont St. Joseph that was Class A state runner-up.

Today, Reeves not only broadcasts Clay sports for the internet broadcast company, he is a long-time statistician for Clay football. Following Reeves, in order, were 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 Wallace (106-42).

Near completion
Lake athletic director Dave Shaffer says the renovation of the football field is near completion. Shaffer said turf installation is complete and sand and rubber infill began Thursday. 

The school’s football field, Flyer Stadium suffered heavy damage from a June 5 tornado.

Oregon-based Maumee Bay Turf Center, owned by former Clay athlete and Clay and Northwood coach Brad Morrison and partner P.J. Kapfhammer, have been busy replacing the sod at the stadium this summer and putting in artificial turf. The old sod from the football stadium is being used to re-sod some of the other fields that were damaged.

The cost of the turf is $750,000, which is covered by insurance, and school officials believe it will save the district money in the long run because of less maintenance costs. Maumee Bay Turf also installed artificial turf at Perrysburg and Ottawa Hills high schools. The field will also be used for other outdoor sports, including soccer.

The football team may be on the field sometime this week for their first practice on the new field. Shaffer says work continues on installation of lights, the sound system, scoreboard, bleachers, and electrical service to the stadium.

B-W football
Aaron Manders (Cardinal Stritch), Andrew Pietras (Northwood), and Eric Rutherford (Eastwood) are playing football at Baldwin-Wallace this fall.

Manders is a 6-2, 190 pound sophomore wide receiver, Pietras is a 6-foot-3, 290 pound freshman offensive tackle, and Rutherford is a 5-10, 175 pound junior defensive back. Manders is listed second on the team’s depth charts behind senior WR John Myers.

Coach John Snell enters his ninth season at the helm of the Yellow Jacket program with a career record of 49-33 (.598).

“Our goals never change at B-W,” said Snell. “Each year we set out to win championships. We’re definitely not satisfied with where we have finished the last few years but that in no way changes our expectations for the upcoming year. We are motivated and feel we have the right team and staff in place to return B-W football to where it belongs.”

B-W plays in the Ohio Athletic Conference, which has three teams ranked in the top 25 nationally in all major Division III preseason polls. B-W is one of the winningest programs in college football history. The Yallow Jackets have an all-time record of 539-316-30 in its 105-year history on the gridiron. B-W has 40 winning seasons in the past 43 years, including a 38-year winning streak from 1967 through 2004.

WRSC broadcasts has released its 2010 prep football broadcast schedule. The internet broadcast station has reached agreements to broadcast Northwood, Genoa, Lake, Clay, and Whitmer games.

On Friday nights, the station will air a tailgate show from 6-7 p.m. focusing on the big games throughout Northwest Ohio and a preview of all games broadcast. The Press will also preview a WRSCradio game each week.

The game of the week schedule includes (Aug. 27) Northview at Clay; (Sept. 3) Northwood at Lake; (Sept. 10) Port Clinton at Genoa; (Sept. 17) Waite at Clay; (Sept. 24) Northwood at Delta; (Oct. 1) Genoa at Eastwood; (Oct. 8) Genoa at Gibsonburg; (Oct. 15) Lake at Genoa; (Oct. 22) Rogers at Clay; (Oct. 29) Cardinal Stritch at Northwood. The Game of the Week schedule is subject to change. For a complete listing of games broadcast, visit

Sports Announcements
The Oregon Eagle 11 and under baseball tryouts will be August 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Oregon Recreation Complex. Call Paul Lambrecht at 419-691-4660 or 419-708-5528.




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