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Mike Ackerman was awarded the James F. O’Brien and Meghan Scharer the

Leta Wescott Award as the top male and female senior athletes at Clay this past year.

Clay has presented the O’Brien every year since 1974 and Wescott since 1976. It goes to the athlete, who in the judgment of coaches and in combination with the athlete’s participation, scholastic, and individual achievements, merit the award.

This is the most prestigious award that is presented to a Clay High School athlete, Clay athletic officials say.  The winner is always a senior and is chosen by the coaches who rank their senior players in leadership, attitude, sportsmanship, commitment, grade point average, and value to the team. Number of years of participation in sports and individual accomplishments are also factored in.


Dave Shaffer, Lake High School's director of athletics and director of buildings and grounds, probably doesn't remember what a summer vacation feels like.

Shaffer, along with other Lake staff, students, members of the community and local businesses, have been hard at work trying to get things back in semi-order since the June 5 tornado blew threw Millbury and destroyed the high school.

One of Shaffer's many tasks this spring and summer is to figure out a way for the Flyers' athletic teams - for fall sports in particular — to continue their schedules as planned.

“It's like rebuilding an athletic department and school from scratch,” Shaffer said. “Our focus is on everything. We want to be able to operate fall sports and we also have to line up winter facilities. We don't have a facility. The only outdoor facility not affected by the tornado was the softball field. Everything else has had some level of damage to it.”

The school's football field, Flyer Stadium, suffered heavy damage from the tornado, and Shaffer said he and his staff are still assessing that damage.


Bowling Green State University baseball player Patrick Martin (Clay) was a


last minute addition to the Ohio Monarchs Gold summer collegiate team, but he is coming up big.

“He’s helped us in getting key base hits in RBI situations,” said general manager Steve Timofeev.

Through nine games played, Martin has a .320 average, a .560 slugging percentage, and a .433 OBP. In 30 plate appearances, he has eight hits, six runs, four RBIs, and five walks. Of those eight hits, he has three singles, four doubles, and one triple – good for 14 total bases.

In addition, he has two stolen bases in two attempts. Manager Ed Mouch said Martin has played in right or center field, and not on the mound, per request of his coach at BGSU.

On the mound for BGSU this past season, Martin went 2-1 in 14 appearances (2 starts) with a 3.60 ERA. He struck out 14 in 25 innings pitched. He did not have any hitting stats.


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