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Across Ohio, 776 prep baseball teams are striving to accomplish what Pemberville High School was able to achieve in 1939 — win a state championship.
 
Pemberville historian Dale Bruning can account for four members of that team who remain alive today, including then-sophomore outfielder Tom Bowlus, now a retired medical doctor, and senior catcher Donnan Marten, now an 88-year-old Bowling Green resident.
 
In 1939, Pemberville concluded a 25-1 season under the direction of Coach John F. Huebner by defeating Lockbourne Hamilton 8-6 in the Class B (small school) state final on the campus of Ohio State University.
 
It remains the only prep state baseball championship won by a school that eventually consolidated into the Eastwood district, and was also Wood County’s first state title.
 

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Clay Rolf and Clayton Ruch aren't related, but they probably feel like brothers.

The three-sport standouts, both seniors at Eastwood, live about a mile apart and have known each other “our whole lives,” Rolf said.

One (Rolf) stands nearly 6-foot-8 and the other is 6-5, and they've both been All-Suburban Lakes League baseball, football and basketball players the last few years.

Rolf, a pitcher and first baseman, bats third in the Eagles' order and Ruch, who pitches and plays shortstop, bats fourth for first-year coach Dave Barkholz. In a few weeks, their playing days together will come to an end.

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People might wonder how Ron Rightnowar has ever had time in his schedule topic-ronrightnowar take a deep breath.

Rightnowar and his wife, Julie, have lived in Oregon since Ron retired from Major League Baseball in 1995. He is currently the athletic director and admissions director at Toledo Christian High School.

Rightnowar, 45, who is in his fifth season (seventh overall) as the Eagles' varsity baseball coach, also coached TC's varsity basketball team while he and Julie, a 1983 Clay graduate, were in the process of raising five boys — Jake, 18, Nick, 17, Luke, 13, Michael, 8, and Derek, 7.

Along the way, Rightnowar coached his boys' youth baseball teams and co-owned a sports training center, U.S. Diamond Sports, in Perrysburg Township.

“Diamond Sports coincided with the birth of my fifth son, Derek, in January of 2002,” Rightnowar said. “That same month, I opened the indoor training center for baseball and softball and had it for four years. It was pretty successful, but the time commitment, once I became athletic director, became prohibitive. My partner couldn't do it himself, so we had to close it down.”

Rightnowar, a star pitcher at Whitmer in the early 1980s, went on to play at Eastern Michigan University. He was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in September 1986 and pitched for the Mud Hens from 1990-93.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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