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Two local vintage base ball teams, the North Baltimore Cyclones and the Spiegel Grove Squires, are headstrong into their summer seasons.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center’s vintage base ball team, the Spiegel Grove Squires, will play their first home match of the season June 27 at 1 p.m. in Spiegel Grove.

The Squires will be joined in this competitive demonstration of 1860s-style base ball by the Forest City Base Ball Club. The match is free and open to all. Players wear vintage-style uniforms, use 19th-century-style equipment, and observe such regulations as no cursing, no base stealing, no untucked shirts, and no calling other players by their first names – the courtesy title “Mister” is used in all references to teammates or rivals.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.

This past Sunday Wood County’s newest vintage base ball team, the Cyclones, managed by Lake High School graduate and charter member of Toledo’s Roger Bresnahan Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research, Craig Lammers, played the Tippecanoe Canal Jumpers out of Tipp City, Ohio. The Cyclones lost 10-6, but Buckeye Cable Sports Network broadcaster Greg Franke, a player and friend of Lammers’, led the Cyclones with three hits including a triple.


Sports can often be used as a tool for competitors to forget about the ups and downs in their daily lives.

The East Suburban Thunder 14-U baseball team did just that at the Nations Baseball State Championship 54/80 Select Tournament June 17-20 in Dublin, Ohio.

The team, consisting primarily of Lake High School players age 14 and under, went 4-2 during the 21-team tournament and reached the championship game, where they lost 1-0 to the WBC Rattlers out of Canton.

That the team could even concentrate on baseball was probably surprising to some. The tournament was less than two weeks after a tornado devastated the Millbury area and demolished Lake High School on Saturday, June 5.

“The Columbus tournament was pretty much what we worked for all year, to go down and win this tournament,” first-year Thunder manager Wes Blank said. “Tuesday night, after everything had happened, we talked about how our team is like family and how my family at home has been affected by the tornado and how we leaned on the baseball team. It was neat that the kids wanted to be there. When I got the response from the kids that they wanted to play, it felt like they had a purpose to help bring the community together.”


Genoa basketball and softball coach Tom Kontak says he “assumes” the

     Tom Kontak

school board of education’s decision to non-renew of his basketball contract was of a “personal nature.”

Kontak reacted to the non-renewal by resigning from his softball coaching position a week ago.

“From a coaching standpoint, my heart is broke,” Kontak wrote in his resignation letter. “The young ladies I have asked to follow me as their leader expect answers. At this time, I do not have any answers to give them. This, to me, is unacceptable.”

Kontak was non-renewed for basketball at the May 25 board meeting and he said he was told the next day while in his classroom. He resigned his softball position a week ago Friday.

Kontak’s basketball teams over six seasons since 2004-05 are a combined 91-44. In 2008-09, he was named the District 7 Division III Coach of the Year.

He has coached 24 All-SLL player selections, 16 all-district players, four all-state players, one junior college player, and two NCAA Division I college players.


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