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Ohio Monarchs Gold outfielder/shortstop Casey Winckowski doesn't have any

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                  Casey Winckowski

problem having fun on the baseball diamond.

“He's a character,” Monarchs manager Ed Mouch said. “He kind of keeps everybody loose, but when it comes down to playing, he plays as hard as anybody. He just has a good time playing.”

Winckowski, a 2007 Clay grad, is in his third season with the Gold team, which will compete in the NABF College World Series Aug. 5-8 at various sites around Toledo. The Gold won the 2008 NABF World Series title and reached the semifinals last season.

“I don't see any reason why we shouldn't win it all,” Winckowski said. “Not to sound like a big shot, but we won it two years ago and this team all-around is just better than that team. When we won it our freshman year, we were splitting every series on the weekends and losing here and there. This year we're going 4-0 on weekends and we're shocked when we lose. I think this team is better than when we won it two years ago.”

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Mike Fahle had an impressive debut with the Bowling Green State University

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Ohio Monarchs Blue catcher Michael Fahle
(Woodmore/Bowling Green) in a game against
Toledo Amateur Baseball Federation rival Ohio
Monarchs Gold at Fifth Third Field. (Press photo
by Scott Grau)

baseball team this spring.

The freshman catcher, a 2009 Woodmore graduate, was sent to the plate for his first collegiate at-bat in the bottom of the ninth inning of an April 10 game against visiting Ball State.

“We were getting beat up pretty good that day,” Fahle recalled. “My coach put me in to pinch hit and get an opportunity.”

Fahle made the most of that opportunity by smashing a home run to the deepest part of BG's Warren Steller Field, resulting in a grand slam in what ended up as a 32-10 Falcons loss. After that loss, however, BG went on to win 13 of its next 14 games en route to finishing with a 32-23-1 record.

“I think it brought up the team's morale,” Fahle said of his grand slam. “I think it sparked our team.”

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Former Ohio University volleyball standout Ellen Herman has signed a contract to play professional volleyball with VT Aurubis Hamburg, a member of Germany’s 14-team premier league, the Bundesliga.

Herman is an Oregon native who attended high school at Central Catholic.

"I am eagerly awaiting my departure to Germany," Herman said. "It has been my dream to play professional volleyball ever since I can remember and now I can make that dream come true. Not only am I excited to play at a high level of competition, but I cannot wait to immerse myself in the culture and experience life on an international level."

At Ohio, Herman was a part of three Mid-American Conference regular season championships, three MAC tournament championships and four NCAA tournament berths. This past season, she helped the Bobcats reach the NCAA second round with a win over Notre Dame.

“It was an honor to coach Ellen,” Coach Ryan Theis said. “She was not only a difference- maker on the court, breaking almost every record in Ohio and MAC history, but she meant even more to this program and the Ohio volleyball family off the court. Her personality brought the community closer to our program and her work ethic, along with her effort, inspired teammates and fans. She exemplified what it means to be an All-American.”

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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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