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Too bad for Oak Harbor girls basketball fans that Dan Christie decided to raise



his family in Central Ohio instead of his hometown.

Christie, a 1983 Oak Harbor grad who led the Rockets to the 1983 Class AA state championship game, played basketball at the University of Dayton. He married and stayed in the Dayton area, where he is a financial advisor for UBS Financial Services.

Had Dan and Margie Christie, who will be married 21 years in June, moved to Oak Harbor two decades ago, the Rockets' girls basketball program would have reaped the benefits of their three daughters' basketball skills.

Ashley Christie, 18, is a senior guard at Kettering Archbishop Alter High School. Her sister, Courtney, 16, is a junior guard at Alter while their older sister, Nicole, 20, was a standout for the Knights and is now a sophomore at Ohio University.

Nicole and Ashley were both starters and Courtney was a freshman sub in 2008, when Alter won its first girls state basketball title in school history. The Knights beat Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 60-46 in the Division II title game at Value City Arena in Columbus.


Rodriguez here to honor five local senior football players
Football players Michael Ackerman (Clay), Seth Hoffman (Eastwood), Michael Mallernee (Oak Harbor), Jacob Schreuder (Genoa), and Scott Traver (Genoa) are to be honored at the National Foundation Toledo Wistert Chapter scholar-athlete awards dinner Mar. 8.

University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez will be the featured speaker. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. at The Pinnacle in Maumee.

In total, 30 football players “who have performed with great prowess on the gridiron this season” will be honored. The awardees also have to be proficient in the classroom and contribute to their communities.

Others being honored are Spencer Bryant, Nico Caponi, Kyle Finn (Perkins), Chase Clark, Nathan Shaffer (Hilltop), Eric Cogan (Summerfield), Mason Cole (Bedford), Zach Crawford, Eric Schaible (Findlay), Patrick Dyer (St. Francis), Jacob Goatley (Maumee), James Hall (Southview), David Hector (Cory Rawson), Brandon Hummer (Napoleon), Daniel Jones (Carleton Airport), Brian Laubenthal (Ottawa-Glandorf), Lucas Logan (Sand Creek), John “J.C.” Miller (Toledo Christian), Joe Missler (Whitmer), Jason Morter (Mohawk), Alex Nofziger (Defiance), Brett Pasche (Liberty-Benton), Trey Westrick (Archbold), Philip Wingate (Whiteford), and Nathan Yoder (Fairview).

Tickets are $45. For an additional $30 you can attend a reception with Coach Rodriguez before dinner. Call Rachel at Team Sports at 419-865-TEAM (8326).


Two years ago, as a sophomore middle linebacker at Eastwood, Matt Schling

Eastwood wrestler Matt Schling gets
his opponent into a hold. (Press photo
by Lee Welch/

made a tackle against Woodmore and his head snapped back in the process.

He suffered nerve damage to his C-5 vertebrae, and the injury has bothered him ever since. In fact, it forced him to miss five games as a senior guard/middle linebacker last fall.

"It's been getting worse," said Schling, a senior who competes at 215 and 285 pounds for coach Joe Wyant's Eagles wrestling team. "I'm in constant pain all day, and it gets worse when I wrestle. I have to be a lot more careful with the shots I take. If I hit somebody too hard with my head, it causes extreme pain and I can't use my arm. I can't move it or control it."

Schling, who stands 5-9 and normally weighs 225 pounds, has still managed to excel on the mat. He has a 36-6 record with 20 pins this season and has a 118-37 career mark.

He went 8-1 at the Napoleon Dual Meet Tournament earlier this season and placed second at a tournament in Eaton. The Brakeman Report has him rated as the 13th-best heavyweight in the state in Division II.

Schling is 7-0 with three pins at heavyweight this season.


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