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             Dave Spengler

If you are attending high school tournament games, and you spot a man, about 5-foot-6, wearing a baker boy cap and walking with a cane, chances are it is Dave Spengler.

Spengler, a 1971 Elmwood graduate, and Sylvania resident Dave Sigler, are the publishers of — a high school boys basketball website that publishes two editions of “The Trial Trash” each season.

Unfortunately, in the eastern Maumee Bay region most of the boys’ teams were done by the time sectionals ended. However, “The Swami” at in Year 17, Issue 1, predicted Genoa would win a Division III sectional title.

“Genoa is the mystery team at Whitmer. The Comets have some size and good athletes although the whole isn’t always greater than the sum of the parts. Evergreen cannot be excited having Genoa on their side of the bracket. Both Swanton and Lake could pull the upset with Swanton having the better chance,” The Swami wrote.

The Swami’s predictions did not come true. Spengler emphasizes that The Swami is Sigler, but it is Spengler who began the website. Spengler, who for the past decade has been an accounting and computer maintenance specialist at NAT Transportation about seven miles south of Pemberville, met Sigler when both lived in Bowling Green.


Central Catholic wrestler Jake Henderson (49-1), an East Toledo resident, was a

         Jake Henderson

state runner-up in Division II at the state tournament, losing 3-2 to Logan Erb of Wapakoneta in the 215 championship match at Value City Arena in Columbus. The loss to Erb was Henderson’s only defeat this season.

Henderson started the state tournament by defeating Jared Gravely (Gallipolis Gallia Academy) 11-6, and then winning a 3-2 decision over Joe Poyser (Louisville) in the championship quarterfinal. In the semifinal, Henderson defeated Trevor Strickland (Clyde) 6-0

Four Clay wrestlers competed at the Division I level — sophomore Angelo Amenta (130), 44-10; senior Nick Garcia (103), 40-3; senior Mark Orth (135), 26-12; junior Chico Cloyne (160), 29-14.

Garcia placed fourth, being pinned by George DiCamillo (Cleveland St. Ignatius) in 4:22 in the third place match.

Garcia opened with a 6-5 decision over Ryan Murdock (Dublin Coffman), then pinned J.R. Perry (Warren Howland) in the championship quarterfinals in 4:52. In the semifinal, he was pinned by Jack Young (Mentor) in 3:17. Garcia then defeated Murdock a second time, this time by a 7-0 shutout decision, placing him in the consolation final.


When Oak Harbor junior Ian Miller took an early lead in his Division II state tournament title match last Saturday in Columbus, Rockets coach George Bergman had a good feeling but he still wasn't taking anything for granted.

"Like anything else, you're never 100 percent sure, and the guy was third in the state the year before," Bergman said. "It's not like he was chopped liver. We were real confident after Ian took charge early. Our game plan was to stay on our feet because we knew the kid was real good on top. We weren't going to go 'down' unless it was a tight match."

Miller, who is known for his ability to take opponents down, did just that - repeatedly - in his 145-pound title match against senior Dylan Ice from Lisbon Beaver Local. The result was a 19-4 technical fall victory, giving Oak Harbor its 13th individual state champion.

Miller had two takedowns in the first 45 seconds to build a 7-1 advantage, and he led 11-3 at the end of the first period. By then, it was pretty much game over for Ice.

Miller, who placed third in the state at 135 a year ago, finished the season with a 41-1 record. His lone blemish was a double-overtime loss to the nation's top-ranked 140-pounder, Chris Villalonga from Blair Academy (N.J.), at the Ironman tournament on Dec. 12.


Giving money to people along road

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