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Rob Schimmoeller has been in a pretty good mood lately, and for good reason.

For starters, as of Tuesday his Oak Harbor baseball team was tied for first place in the Sandusky Bay Conference with perennial SBC power Perkins. Secondly, on April 12 the sixth-year coach got his first win over the Ray Neal-coached Pirates when the Rockets handed the visitors a 4-3 loss.

“That gave us a lot of confidence, to beat the defending league champions,” said Schimmoeller, whose team traveled to Perkins on Wednesday. “They've won our league at least eight or nine of the last 10 years. Beating them gave the kids a ton of confidence going into the league schedule.”

Senior pitcher Damion McAtee scattered nine hits over five innings to earn the win over Perkins, using his fastball, slider, curve, and knuckleball to “keep Perkins' hitters off-balance,” according to Schimmoeller.

Through 15 games, Oak Harbor had a 12-3 overall record including 5-1 in the SBC. Its only conference loss (4-0) was to an Edison team that returned most of a squad that reached the regional tournament in 2009.


Woodmore eighth grader competes against the world
Woodmore eighth grader Kathy Reynolds, a member of the USA Junior National Karate Team, won the Silver Medal at the USA Team Trials in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida last July.

Reynolds went on to represent the USA at the Junior Pan American Games in El Salvador, where she won the Gold Medal. In 2010, Reynolds is building on her success by recently winning the bronze medal at the International Junior Olympics at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Nevada.

Reynolds was also part of a three-person Kumite (Sparring) team which won a Silver Medal in The USA Open, also in Las Vegas. Reynolds paired up with teammates from Lima, Peru and Frisco, Texas.  After a sound defeat of the Italian Team, the team lost the Gold Medal Match to Canada by one point.


The Clay hockey team did not make it to the state championship game this


season, but an Oregon resident played his role in Ohio’s big showdown at Nationwide Arena.

Keith Sokoloski was rewarded by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for his 10 years of consecutive service officiating hockey games by reaching the pinnacle in his sport — officiating his first state championship game in the 18,000 seat home of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets.

“That was amazing. That was my Olympics, my Gold Medal game, my Stanley Cup. I can’t go any higher than that,” Sokoloski said.

Cleveland St. Ignatius captured its second championship by defeating Sylvania Northview, 4-1. Northview, making its fourth state final appearance, ended the season at 21-9-3 with the program’s fourth state runner-up finish.

Bowling Green leads the state with 19 state hockey tournament appearances and St. John‘s Jesuit is third with 14. BG has six state titles (1999, 98, 97, 91, 84, 80).


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