Written by J. Patrick Eaken
Friday, 03 October 2008 15:42
The formal dedication of the Andy “Golden Tee” Toth Press Box at Morrison R. Waite High School’s newly renovated Mollenkopf Stadium will be October 17, prior to the Waite varsity football game against Rogers.
The press box was renovated mostly “gratis” by in-kind donations, said Bill Nopper, a former athletic director at Waite.
Andy Toth, who recently passed away from an illness, had co-captained Waite’s last Toledo City League championship football team in 1963, received All-City honors, and earned two varsity letters in baseball at the University of Toledo.
He received a scholarship to play football for the Rockets, but chose to concentrate on baseball. He graduated from UT in 1969 with a Bachelor of Education degree.
He was employed by Toledo Public Schools as a mathematics and auto mechanics teacher and vocational director for 30 years. He was an applicant for the Teacher in Space Program and in 1988, was named the Ohio Auto Mechanics Teacher of the Year. He was also on the board of the Toledo Federation of Teachers.
Toth coached at Woodward for six years and directed the Polar Bears to the Greater Toledo Chess Federation championship two years in a row. He coached baseball for 13 years in Toledo Public Schools. He married Elaine M. George (a Woodward graduate) in 1971.
In memory and honor of Andy, a reception and light dinner will be held in the Career Center cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. for invited guests. Following, guests will proceed to Mollenkopf Stadium where Toth’s family and friends will meet at the 50-yard line of the football field for the proceedings, which will begin at approximately 6:55 p.m.
Toth was born an East Sider on May 22, 1946 at 110 Birmingham Terrace, the residence of his parents Andy and Dorothy Toth. He attended Garfield Elementary and graduated from Waite in 1964.
It may not seem like a good time to celebrate the 1-3 Cleveland Browns and 0-4 Cincinnati Bengals, nor the 1-5 2008 Toledo Waite Indians. However, a book about both of the NFL teams’ founder, Paul Brown, was featured in The Press two weeks ago.
The 256-page Paul Brown: The Man Who Invented Modern Football, featured four pages on historic Toledo Waite football from the days when Brown’s Massillon High School teams played Waite. The book, written by 40-year veteran Detroit Free Press and Detroit News sportswriter George Cantor with a foreword by Bill Walsh, is available for $24.95 at www.triumphbooks.com.
Clay Tennis Fourth
The Clay girls’ tennis team took fourth at the City League Tournament. Kenzie Fork was fifth in first singles, Lindsay Durant fourth in second singles, Heather Klatt fifth in third singles, the first doubles team of Bev Beavers and Elana Zalar took fourth, and the second doubles team of Rebecca Noethen and Nicole Laberdee took third.
Prior to the start of the tournament there was an awards presentation for the 2008 Senior All Academic Girls Tennis Team, and the following 7 were awarded: Durant, Emily Finger, Katherine Finger, Laberdee, Klatt, Alyssa Emch, and Beavers. Coaches are Walt Ralph and Assistant Kristie Row
The Oak Harbor Wrestling Club will be sponsoring ‘freeze-out Texas hold ‘em’ tournaments October 10-11 at 7 p.m. at the Oak Harbor American Legion, 221 Park St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday night. The club will hold re-buy ‘Texas hold ‘em tournaments’ Oct. 11-12 starting at 1 pm. Doors open at noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Entry fee for all tournaments is $60. Call 898-2302.