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A.J. Achter signs with Minnesota Twins

Michigan State pitcher A.J. Achter’s (Clay) college baseball career is officially over. That’s a good thing.

Achter was drafted and signed with the Minnesota Twins this week. He immediately was sent to Elizabethtown, Kentucky to begin his professional career. The Elizabethtown Twins compete in the Appalachian Rookie League.

This summer, Achter was selected to the wood bat summer college Cape Cod League All-Star Team. Achter, who was fifth in the Cape Cod with a 1.00 ERA, represented the West Division in the annual Cape Cod League All-Star Game July 28 at Fenway Park. The game was televised live on CBS College Sports.

Playing for the Cotuit Kettleers, Achter has proven to be one of the premier pitchers in the most prestigious collegiate summer league in the country. In 11 appearances and 27 innings pitched, Achter has only allowed three earned runs while striking out 23 batters. He owns a 2-2 record and has recorded three saves.


For six of 10 local football teams, this is the final year to win a championship in their current league.

For three of the remaining four, their league will look a little bit different in 2011.

Eastwood, Genoa, Gibsonburg, Woodmore, and Lake are competing in their final season of the Suburban Lakes League. Gibsonburg will join the Toledo Area Athletic Conference in 2011, and the other four schools will then become members of the newly formed Northern Buckeye Conference.

Clay will leave the Toledo City Athletic League after this school year to join the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. Clay is not the only school leaving the City League. For the purpose of football, three Catholic schools (St. John’s Jesuit, St. Francis De Sales, Central Catholic) and Whitmer will leave in 2011 for the TRAC.

For Waite, Cardinal Stritch, and Northwood, this is the final year in which their league will look as it does — although all three schools will remain where they are, conference-wise.

Starting in 2011, Waite will compete against only Bowsher, Start, Woodward, Scott, and Rogers for a league gridiron championship.


Dan Watson (Assistant Coach), Dave Aleo (Equipment Manager), and Brad Fredrick (Athletic Trainer) all set to return…

The Toledo Walleye have announced the supporting staff for Head Coach Nick Vitucci for the 2010-11 season.
Joining Vitucci for a second straight season will be Dan Watson (Assistant Coach), Dave Aleo (Equipment Manager), and Brad Fredrick (Athletic Trainer).

Vitucci said, “We are thrilled to announce that Dan Watson will be returning to the Walleye coaching staff.  Dan made great strides in his first season behind the bench. He brings a wealth of experience from his playing days and is greatly respected by all the players and staff.  I am very excited to be going into this season with Dan by my side once again.”

Dan Watson (Assistant Coach)
Watson (31) is a native of Glencoe, Ontario and most recently worked at Puckmasters in Cleveland, OH as Head Coach. Watson played three seasons with the Sarnia Sting (OHL) and appeared in 202 consecutive games.  He was named the 1998-99 Scholastic Player of the Year at Sarnia and the 1999-00 Defensive Player of the Year (Sarnia). Watson also played in the 1998-99 OHL All-Star Game.


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