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Everett “Pee Wee” Haas and his wife, Bertha, made sure their daughters and


grandkids grew up to be Detroit Tigers fans.

Maxine (Haas) Waters, the younger of Everett and Bertha's two daughters, lived in Florida in the 1960s, so Everett and Bertha took their older daughter, Liz, to Lakeland, Fla., every year for nearly four decades to watch the Tigers in spring training.

“They went to spring training for about 37 years, my mom and dad and Liz,” Maxine said. “They always took my kids — Cindy (Leffler) and Don, Rusty and Joe (Waters). I have a picture of Cindy and Don with Casey Stengel. I have upteen pictures of baseball players – some with Liz and some with the kids.”

Liz Haas was as passionate about the Tigers as you can imagine. In fact, if there was a sporting event on television, Liz was probably tuned in.

“She watched sports every day of the year - any sport,” said Maxine, 77. “If Detroit wasn't playing, she was watching somebody else. Liz loved sports. She was handicapped but she would forget she was crippled, because she did a lot. We took her to a lot of sporting events.”


Some people have what it takes, and some people don't.



Jodi Woessner had it – on the bowling alley, that is.

Woessner, an Oregon resident and a 1988 graduate of Lake High School, grew up hanging out in her father's bowling alley. John Woessner, who now lives in Texas, owned the eight-lane Deshler Lanes in Deshler, Ohio, when Jodi and her brother, Brady, were kids.

“We were basically there every other weekend,” Jodi recalled. “My brother bowled until his thumb fell off, but I get very bored if there is no competition. I'm not good with practice. If there's nothing to win at the end (I think), 'how boring is this?'

“I would bowl for an hour or so and then I would go play video games, and we could play those as long as we wanted. I was blessed with natural (bowling) talent, and I was more lazy about that practicing part than I should have been. But, I think I've done OK.”


The softball program at Clay is recognized statewide — similar to what the

                     Eryn Simon

baseball program established decades ago.

Let’s face it — Clay is a good school for diamond sports.

It was evident when Owens Community College coach Duane Latham stopped by the high school to help the softball players celebrate its defense of a City League championship and two seniors that will be playing for the Express next spring.

“It’s not only the quality of you guys as individuals, but the character of you guys compared to other programs that stand out,” Latham told the Clay girls, who were gathered for cake and soft drinks.

“I’m telling you it’s day and night and that’s based on the quality of the program that you guys display. You guys are A-plus in my book,” Latham continued.

“When we go out there looking, these are some of the things we look forward to in finding who will play — it’s not just what you do on the playing field. Success isn’t always represented in wins or losses but how you represent yourselves.”


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