The Press Newspaper
Eastwood boys’ track and field coach Gary White doesn't think it's impossible for
his Eagles to repeat as Division II state champions at Friday and Saturday's state meet at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
The chance of that happening again, however, are “slim,” White said, simply because of the amount of talent Dayton Dunbar will showcase this weekend.
“Dunbar is just too good,” White said. “They're pretty good in a lot of events. They have a nice, deep team that's got a lot going on for them. We'll just do the best we can.”
The Eagles qualified three boys in five events, while Eastwood's girls’ squad will send two competitors to Columbus.
Woodmore will be represented in the Division III boys and girls state meet, while Genoa and Clay each qualified one boy.
Eastwood senior Cody Seifert, who is participating in his third state meet, qualifed in the 100 and 200 dash. Seifert, a state placer in the 100 dash and 4x100 relay in 2008, qualified last year but pulled a hamstring during a preliminary race and was forced to miss the rest of the meet.
Eastwood senior first baseman and pitcher Clay Rolf has been named the Suburban
Lakes League Player of the Year. Rolf is headed to Bowling Green State University on a football scholarship, but has not ruled out playing baseball also.
Joining the 6-foot-7 baseball pitcher in top league accolades is Walsh University-bound Clay senior second baseman Eryn Simon, who earned the same honor from Toledo City League softball coaches.
Simon’s teammate, Owens Community College-bound senior pitcher Kasey Graham, is CL Pitcher of the Year and Clay coach Brenda Radabaugh is Coach of the Year.
Joining Simon and Graham on the CL First Team is Clay catcher Sarah Stibaner and outfielders Kim Crawford and Danielle Holmes. Clay finished the season with a 24-5 record repeated as City champs.
On the CL Second Team are Clay second baseman Cassi Laberdee and infielder Hallie Thompson. Eagle honorable mention choices are Brooke Thompson and Miranda Cortez.
Rolf is joined on the SLL First Team from the area are Lake sophomore outfielder Ryan Kohlhofer, Gibsonburg sophomore outfielder Gage Beaber, Genoa senior second baseman Matt Bassitt, Lake sophomore second baseman Josh Tantari, Lake senior designated hitter and utility player Ryan Hotmer, Gibsonburg junior catcher Brett Diekman, and Genoa senior pitcher Connor Wendt.
The Genoa wrestling program is sponsoring the Sixth Annual Buckeye All-American Wrestling Camp June 15-17 at the Genoa High School Athletic Complex. Ohio State University All-Americans J.D. Bergman (Oak Harbor) and John Clark are counselors.
The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. Youth wrestlers will be separated from middle school and high school wrestlers. For info, visit genoawrestling.com.
Bergman is a three-time All-American and placed second at the 2008 NCAA Championships as a heavyweight (285 pound weight class) after moving up from 197.
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