Northwood’s Jessica Grindle Player of the Year
Northwood coach Monte Bandeen and soccer player Jessica Grindle have respectively been chosen Northwest Ohio Scholastic Soccer League Coach of the Year and Player of the Year. In addition, Clay boys soccer coach Kenny Katschke has been chosen NWOSSL Division 1 Coach of the Year.
Grindle is joined on the first team by teammate Marissa Ramirez and Kaylee Elliot (Cardinal Stritch Catholic) and Alaina Ruiz (Waite). The Rangers were league champions this year.
Second team choices are Katie Siebenaller (Stritch), Taylor Cruz (Northwood), Talia Ulrich (Waite), Megan Hess (Northwood), Kelsey Bercher (Stritch), and Kayla Kurth (Northwood). Honorable mention selections are Roxanne Lewczynski (Stritch), Olivia Latz (Stritch), Sandra Koch (Northwood), Nichole Davenport (Northwood), Lauren Miller (Waite), and Amanda Kolc (Waite).
Senior All-Academic selections are Elliot, Lewczynski, Davenport, Koch, Ramirez, Amanda Martin (Stritch), Abigail Moore (Stritch), Rebecca Bisbee (Northwood), Alysha Henzler (Northwood), Anna Raymond (Northwood), Tara Distel (Waite), and Andrea Martin (Waite).
Coach Katschke has three Clay players on the NWOSSL Division 1 first team — Damyn Earl, Cody Wisniewski, and Dean Shousher. Clay second team picks are Jared Burson, Brandon Resendez, Alex Dempsey, and Clay Meyers. HM selections are Zach Soncrant and Gabe Mendoza. All-Academic choices from Clay are Meyers, Soncrant, and Wisniewski.
In the NWOSSL Division 2, Waite players Dylan Clifton-Lorton and Gustavo Ramirez are HM, while Clifton-Lorton and Ruben Hernandez are All-Academic.
Rolf Player of Year
Eastwood volleyball player Courtney Rolf is the Northern Buckeye Conference Player of the Year. The Eagles won the league title with a 14-0 record, and finished the regular season 20-2.
Otsego (15-7, 12-2), finished second, followed by Elmwood (11-10, 8-6), Genoa (10-12, 8-6), Rossford (11-10, 7-7), Woodmore (9-12, 5-9), Lake (4-18, 1-13), and Fostoria (2-20, 1-13).
Rolf is joined on the first team by teammates Jaci Juergens, Brooke Salazar, and libero Aricka LaVoy. Genoa’s June Schlievert and Rossford’s Shayna Lindley is also first team.
Local second team selections are Julie Hotz (Rossford), Brittney Firsdon (Eastwood), Hunter Giles (Genoa), Elise Wolff (Eastwood), Patricia Snyder (Genoa), Margo Jackson (Rossford), and libero Sammy Whiteman (Lake).
HM picks are Cassie Sarabia (Rossford), Madeline Phillips (Woodmore), Andrea Bouldin (Woodmore), and Allison Sutton (Eastwood).
Reeves Soothsayer champ
WRSCsports.com broadcaster Mark Reeves is this year’s Press football soothsayer champion with a 108-37 (74.5 percent) record choosing local high school, college, and professional football games. It is the second time in three years Reeves has won the championship.
“I feel very fortunate to have won. The entire panel is good at picking games,” Reeves, a former longtime Clay football statistician, said. “I feel am truly blessed to be part of this and to have won this year.
“It is kind of a crapshoot. I guess I am proof of the old ‘a monkey can choose the winner’ urban myth. But really I try to stay away from picking my heart, yet listening to my gut feeling. I think we all do that though. The Eastwood pick last Friday night was just a gut feeling in a toss-up game. They meet again in the playoffs I may pick Genoa, who knows. Things just fell my way this year, for that I thank God,” continued Reeves.
Reeves, an Oregon resident, played for the Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic Class A state final four qualifiers in 1978. The Streaks were defeated in the semifinals by state runner-up Lorain Clearview, 19-12, and finished the season 8-3.
Following Reeves in this year’s 10-week soothsayer contest is Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian, runner-up at 104-41, followed by defending champion and Genoa Banking Company president Marty Sutter (103-42), Oregon businessman Alan Miller (101-44), Press contributing writer Nick Huenefeld (100-45), former professional football player and local businessman Tim Williams (98-47), and tying for the final spot are Press contributing writers Deb Wallace and Mark Griffin at 93-52.