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People might wonder how Ron Rightnowar has ever had time in his schedule topic-ronrightnowar take a deep breath.

Rightnowar and his wife, Julie, have lived in Oregon since Ron retired from Major League Baseball in 1995. He is currently the athletic director and admissions director at Toledo Christian High School.

Rightnowar, 45, who is in his fifth season (seventh overall) as the Eagles' varsity baseball coach, also coached TC's varsity basketball team while he and Julie, a 1983 Clay graduate, were in the process of raising five boys — Jake, 18, Nick, 17, Luke, 13, Michael, 8, and Derek, 7.

Along the way, Rightnowar coached his boys' youth baseball teams and co-owned a sports training center, U.S. Diamond Sports, in Perrysburg Township.

“Diamond Sports coincided with the birth of my fifth son, Derek, in January of 2002,” Rightnowar said. “That same month, I opened the indoor training center for baseball and softball and had it for four years. It was pretty successful, but the time commitment, once I became athletic director, became prohibitive. My partner couldn't do it himself, so we had to close it down.”

Rightnowar, a star pitcher at Whitmer in the early 1980s, went on to play at Eastern Michigan University. He was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in September 1986 and pitched for the Mud Hens from 1990-93.

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As the No. 1 starter for the Michigan State University baseball team, A.J. Achterpic-ajachter2 can't afford to have a long memory.

The 6-5, 215-pound junior right-hander and former three-sport star at Clay High School had a rough outing on April 30 at Penn State. Achter pitched the opening game of a three-game series against the Nittany Lions and went five innings while getting a no-decision in the Spartans' 18-7 loss.

Achter gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches as the Spartans and Nittany Lions combined for 41 hits. PSU swept the next two games, dropping the Spartans (28-13) into a sixth-place tie in the Big Ten with Penn State and Indiana.

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A few weeks ago in a home softball game against Otsego, Eastwood's No. 3 hitter, senior catcher Kerri Gangwer, belted an over-the-fence home run.

The next batter, Jimmi Gangwer, Kerri's twin sister, smashed a homer that landed in virtually the same spot. It was the first home run of the year for both players.

“I've been coaching for 15 years,” Eastwood coach Joe Wyant said, “and I've never seen that before. They were both hit in about the same spot — Jimmi hit hers about five feet farther.”

The fact that the Gangwer twins hit back-to-back dingers shouldn't have come as that much of a surprise. After all, they do virtually everything else together – except share the same bedroom.

“I'm good with everything the way it's gone,” Jimmi, a first baseman, said of being an identical twin. “She respects my privacy and I respect hers.”

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