ODE Drops Investigation Into St. Marys Football Coaches

(4-27-17) According to a Tweet by the St. Marys Evening Leader the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has dropped it’s investigation into the St. Marys football  coaching staff stemming from allegations from five former players and two parents  last season.

In an email reply from St. Marys School Superintendent Howard Overman  on the Tweet:

What is stated above is all I know. ODE will not contact the school only the individuals involved. Hopefully this will clear the air for the coaches and the football program.

ODE’s  Brittany Halpin – Associate Director for Media Relations, Office of Communications & Outreach statement on the situation:

The Department is not able to confirm nor deny investigations. In addition, per Ohio Revised Code Section 3319.311 and Ohio Administrative Code Section 3301-73-04(A)-(G), all information obtained during an investigation is confidential and is not a public record under section 149.43 of the Revised Code except as provided in paragraphs (B) to (H) of the rule.

Any disciplinary actions taken against educators are added to our online educator conduct database and can be searched here:

The civil rights lawsuit (Case #: 3:16-cv-01665 ) was filed on June 29, 2016 in the Ohio Northern District Court and is a separate issue than the ODE ruling.

Frye led the Roughriders to a tri-championship in the Western Buckeye League (8-1)  this past fall and a play-off berth, losing to Trotwood-Madsion 34-27 in a Region Final,  and finishing the season at 11-2.

Frye will be coaching the Division I-III South team this week in the Ohio HS Football Coaches Association North-South game this week in Massillon:

Frye told the Lima News:

“I think we have a great area for sports and support of sports. It says a lot about the community. It says a lot about the parents and it says a lot of about the coaching these kids are getting.”

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Two Bulldogs To Continue Career at Defiance College

(4-27-17) Two more Celina Bulldogs will be playing soccer in college, Jarren Castro and Aden Gariety . Both have decided to continue their careers at DIII Defiance College.

Gariety said on his NCSA profile this year:

 As a kid I dreamed of playing professionally and as I grew older I realized college soccer is a good place to start. As an athlete I give it all I have and more. I love the game and I love playing goalie. Its natural to me and I hope I can carry this dream into the next level after high school.

Both players were keys in Celina’s run this season, including a WBL title and a berth in the OHSAA State semifinals.

Castro led the Bulldogs with 27 goals and 10 assists on the season, while Gariety, a first year starter in goal, had 11 shutouts and a goals-against average below one.

Castro was 1st team all-WBL and Gariety was named to the 3rd team.

Celina Head Coach Ryan Jemkins:

Jarren Castro

One of Jarren’s goals was to play at the next level.  I am happy to see that he found a place to accomplish that goal.  He had a very successful career and was our leading scorer the last two seasons.  Hopefully he can continue that success the next four years at Defiance.

Aden Gariety

Aden had an outstanding season as goalkeeper recording 11 shutouts this past fall.  I know he is looking forward to competing for the goalkeeper position at Defiance.  I am happy for him and look forward to following Defiance College soccer the next few years.

Coldwater’s Bruggeman Signs With St. Francis

Tina Bruggeman
Coldwater’s Tina Bruggeman Signs With St. Francis – photo courtesy Eric Goodwin

 

(4-26-17) Coldwater Senior Tina Bruggeman will continue her Track and Field career at the University of St. Francis (Indiana). Bruggeman has thrown both the shot put and discus during he Cavalier career.

Mark Bruns- Coldwater Head Track Coach

Tina has been a hard working athlete for us, she has put in her time and worked to get where she is today. It speaks to the dedication and determination to get better each day at what she does, and having that pay off to be able to go onto St. Francis and continue her throwing career. Tina is a very consistent thrower, and has been a big point during her career here at Coldwater high school. It takes many throwers a long time to refine their technique and build strength, and we have seen great improvements over Tina’s time here. She has put in that time and learned from a great throws coach, Randy Wright, who has been coaching throws for 30 years.

 

We are excited that she gets to join another Coldwater alumni Lauren Leugers at St. Francis, and we believe Tina will follow in those footsteps to go on to great things at the next level. Tina Bruggeman leaves a great legacy here at Coldwater High School, and we hope she ends her time here on a high note and advances as far as she can in the upcoming OHSAA state tournament.

 

 

 

Successful Michigan Coach ‘I am resigning because of parents’

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(4-25-17) According to a Daily Press story, Gladstone (Michigan) Clayton Castor, the 2017 U.P. Class ABC Coach of the Year in boys’ basketball, resigned as head coach .

His reasons:

  • Family considerations
  • difficulties launching the summer program
  • issues with the booster club
  • parents

Castor told the Daily Press

“At the end of the day, the reason why I am resigning is because of parents.  I don’t want to deal with them. The last five years I have coached at Gladstone I have given it my life. My time could have been better spent doing other things.”

“I really, really enjoy this. But parents have taken the fun and enjoyment right out of it. Maybe some of this is on me. I just don’t have thick enough skin or the will to put up with it. For that amount of time, it’s just not worth it.”

Castor’s resignation is starting to become the norm in this changing world of high school sports, just winning is not enough.  The issues continue to grow, lack of certified officials and now coaches whose jobs use to be considered ‘part-time’ are now year long and full-time.  Student-athletes continue to change schools in order to be ‘seen’, following AAU coaches to a new school or being recruited by a program at an independent private school.

 

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Coach Mikesell Talks About Defiance Win and Key WBL Match-up

Andy Mikesell
Celina Head Baseball Coach Andy Mikesell- thanks to http://www.snapintimepics.com

(4-25-17) The last time Defiance had lost a Western Buckeye League game, they dropped a home game to Celina 1-0 on April 21, 2015, the next time they lost again it was to Celina at home 1-0 this past Friday night.

How big was the Celina win?  Since 1999 it’s only the sixth win for the Green and the White, the most by any WBL member,  against one of Ohio’s strongest baseball programs.

The Celina’s Seth Lonsway threw six scoreless innings giving up two hits,  nine strikeouts and five walks in Friday night’s game. In 2015,  Lonsway threw seven scoreless innings, two hits, five walks and five strikeouts.

2015 the Bulldogs won the WBL title for the first time since 1988, tonight they hope to be in place to win another they when they play Wapakoneta in a battle of undefeated and original WBL members.

Celina Head Coach Andy Mikesell talks about the win and the game tonight:

Big Celina crowd made the trip, what did that mean to you and the kids?

The crowd was great, not that the kids needed the motivation but I think that definitely made the realize how much the community cares about baseball and our team.

Seth pitched out of a bunch of 2-runners on base situations, they used the bunt

They had a good game plan going in and that was small-ball but attacking the 1B line with a lefty on the mound. e just struggled with his command and put them in situations where they could bunt by walking guys but he battled through and got the outs we needed.

Did pitch count play in Seth only going 6 innings?

Not as far as OHSAA rules. He was just throwing a lot of pitches and I am not a proponent of pushing the limit with any kid so I pulled him and let Shawn come in and finish it up.

How big was Shawn Rose in the save?

Obviously it was big that we didn’t blow it for him even though it seemed like we were trying our hardest. Shawn has done the same thing for 4 years and that’s throw strikes. He came in and did the same thing and following up 90s with 60-70s will mess anyone up.

How big was Jake Smalley’s hit to score the only run, after the Dogs had left runners on base earlier in the game…

It was huge to get that run in. We missed a lot of opportunities to score. Part of it was on me for not forcing things a little more but they had a good pitcher on the mound who did a good job of getting out some jams.

How do you approach Wapak on Tuesday…

We need to hit. I think we will pitch and play defense but our bats have gone quiet as of late and we have too many good hitters to let that happen for a long period of time. I think we need to stay aggressive and not miss the good pitch to hit.

 

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Baseball: Celina-Wapakoneta In Key WBL Match-Up

(4-24-17) Celina and Wapakoneta are two of the original members of the Western Buckeye League,  one of the oldest conferences in Ohio (70 years). This Tuesday (April 25th)  they come into a key conference game both undefeated and hoping to have a chance to pick-up a WBL baseball title.

Why is this such a big game?  The two schools have a combined 14 WBL baseball titles, which is 10 less (24) than what Defiance has won since they entered the conference in 1973.  Celina broke a 27 year drought when they won the title in 2015, the last title for Wapakoneta was 21 years ago in 1996.

Wapakoneta enters at 6-0 in conference play, while Celina is 5-0 after coming off a big 1-0 win over Defiance on Friday night behind OSU-bound pitcher Seth Lonsway. Defiance (3-1 WBL) will have an eye on this game as they only have the loss to Celina and will play Wapakoneta on Friday, a tough week for the Redskins.

Both teams have had scares during the season, Celina hung to pick up a 6-5 win over Shawnee in 9 innings in the first conference game of the year. The Redskins went 9 innings before finally putting Kenton away (4-13-17) 8-1.

Wapakoneta in their 6 conference wins, have four shut-outs and gave up just one run in the each of the other two games. Celina has three shut-outs and gave up a run to O-G and ffive runs in that Shawnee extra-inning win.

1948 Celina WBL Baseball Champions
1948 Celina WBL Baseball Champions

Celina Bulldogs WBL Championships
Baseball (7): 2015, 1988, 58, 53, 51, 49, 48

WBL Games this week-
4-25-17 vs Wapakoneta
4-28-17 vs St. Marys

WBL Wins – 6-0

  • 4-4-17  Shawnee 6-5 – 9 innings
  • 4-11-17 Elida 10-0 -5 innings
  • 4-13-17 Bath 1-0
  • 4-18-17 O-G 4-1
  • 4-21-17 Defiance 1-0

Wapakoneta Redskins WBL Championships
Baseball (7): 1996, 91, 87, 78, 73, 70, 64

WBL Games this week-
4-25-17 vs Celina
4-28-17 vs Defiance

WBL Wins – 6-0

  • 4-4-17 – St. Marys 7-0
  • 4-7-17 – Van Wert 6-1
  • 4-11-17 – Shawnee 1-0
  • 4-13-17 – Kenton 8-1 – 9 innings
  • 4-18-17 – Elida 7-0
  • 4-21-17 – Bath 5-0

Boys Lacrosse: Big Shake-Up In National Public HS Rankings

(4-24-17)  It was an interesting week for #4 Victor Senior as they picked up their 50th win a row against Loyola Academy (Ill) 5-4 on Thursday. On Sunday the streak would end when Brother Rice (Mich) would come back after trailing at half-time 7-3 to pick up a 10-9 win to end the streak.  The loss would drop Victor to 10th in the SSN National Public HS Boys Lacrosse Rankings.

Darien remains #1 again for another week, a big change saw #2 Ponte Verde drop out of the rankings after a 11-9 loss to Lake Mercy (17-6) in FHSAA Tournament play.

Moving up to #3 is The Woodlands.

Two new teams entered the rankings, both undefeated Neuqua Valley (13-0) and West Linn (11-0).

Monday night was a big night for Neuqua Valley Lacrosse as  the Indian Prairie School Board adopted lacrosse as an official high school sport in District 204 and compete in the new Illinois High School Association sport, which will mark its inaugural season in 2018.

Two teams dropped out from last week’s rankings, #7 Centennial and #10 Santa Monica.

SSN National Public HS RankingsApril 24th

  1. – (1) Darien (Conn) 8-0 –
  2. – (3) The Woodlands (Texas) 20-0
  3. – (5) Severna Park (Md) 9-0
  4. – (6) Mauldin (SC) 16-0
  5. – (8) Weddington (NC) 15-1
  6. – (9) Cherry Creek (Colo.) 10-1
  7. – (11) Atlee (Va) 8-0
  8. – (NR) Neuqua Valley (Ill) 13-0
  9. – (NR) West Linn (Ore) 11-0
  10. – (4) Victor Senior (NY) 6-1

 

Dropped out-

  • – (2) Ponte Vedra (Fla.) 20-2 – lost to Lake Mary (17-6) in FHSAA State tourney 11-9
  • – (7) Centennial (Ga) 13-3 – lost to IMG Academy (17-1) 21-9
  • – (10) Santa Monica (Ca) 12-1 – lost to El Sequndo (11-2) 13-9

 

BASEBALL: No Big Changes In SSN National Public HS Rankings

(4-23-17) Pretty quiet this week in the SSN National Public High School Baseball rankings. The Top 6 six schools remain the same, with the top two spots filled again by undefeated teams, Shawnee (31-0) and Spring Hill (27-0).

One new team enters the ranking for the first time, Massillon Jackson, the #1 team in Division I in Ohio,  is 14-0 and checks in at #11.

Two teams drop out of the rankings this week, #7 South Hills lost three games this past week, while Vandalia-Butler picked up it’s second loss of the season 7-5 to Centerville (9-6).

SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings
April 24th

  1.     – (1)   Shawnee (Okla.), 31-0
  2.     – (2)   Spring Hill (Tenn) 27-0
  3.     – (3)   Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.), 22-1
  4.     – (4)   North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) 28-2
  5.     – (5)   Colleyville Heritage (Tx) 28-1-1
  6.     – (6)   Huntington Beach (Calif.), 19-3 –
  7.     – (8)   La Cueva (NM) 21-1 – has won 21 in a row after season opening game loss
  8.     – (9)   Owasso (Okla) 24-2 –
  9.     – (10)  Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA) 20-2
  10.     – (11)  Decatur (Alabama) 30-3
  11.     – (NR)  Massillon Jackson (Ohio) 14-0

Dropped Out—
– (7)   South Hills (West Covina, Calif.), 16-6 – lost 3 games this week
-(12)   Vandalia-Butler (Oh) 16-2 – Centerville (9-6) 7-5

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Baseball: Etiwanda’s (Calif) Steven Rivas Named SSN National Player of the Week

Baseball: Etiwanda’s (Calif) Steven Rivas Named SSN National Player of the Week

(4-23-17) Etiwanda’s (Calif) Steven Rivas is this week’s SSN National Baseball Player of the Week.

On Wednesday in a 23-3 win over Chino Hills, Rivas (Senior 6-1 / 180 OF, P) hit two three-run home runs, a bases-loaded double, a two-run triple, score four runs and finished with a school record 11 RBIs.  He was just a ‘single’ short of hitting for the cycle.

To finish off the week on Friday again against Chino Hills, he had two doubles, one RBI and scored two runs in a 4-3 win. On the season Rivas is hitting .522 with 28 RBIs, 8 doubles, 3 triples and 5 HRS.

Rivas will continue his education and baseball career at Long Beach State.

 

 

Softball: South Adams’ (Ind) Kaitlin Augsberger Named SSN National Player of the Week

Kaitlin Augsberger
South Adams’ Kaitlin Augsberger

(4-23-17) This week’s SSN National Softball Player of the Week is South Adams’ (Ind) Pitcher (Senior) Kaitlin Augsberger.

In three starts this week Augsberger struck out 18, 17 and 18 hitters to lead the Starfires to three wins.

On Tuesday night South Adams beat Homestead 2-0, Augsberger struck out 18 and gave up just one hit.

Starfires Head Coach Jessie O’Dell

Anytime we can go to Homestead and defeat a program of that size and ability is an accomplishment.

And then Katelin was Katelin. Homestead is a good program, but Katelin was not intimidated by who they were, but came into the game with attitude of “this is who we are!” She is a competitive kid. She throws hard and her ball moves. Plain and simple she is hard to hit. She can paste both parts of the plate. We have also defended the bunt very well too. Pitching strikes and playing defense is the name of the game. Right now we are doing a great job of that. Katelin is a big reason for that. Her hard work and time she has put into the years of lessons and summer ball has really paid off for her. She is special.

Augsberger would follow that up Thursday in the opening conference game in a 6-1 win over Bluffton with 17 K’s, giving up just 1 runs on three hits.

To finish off the week she struck out 18 in a Saturday 6-0 win over Lakewood Park with 18 K’s.

Her season stats are quite impressive:

Won-Lost: 9-0
56 innings
18 hits
17 BB
5 runs
4 earned runs
134 k’s
.50 ERA

 

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Katelin Augsburger has signed her letter of intent to continue her playing career at the University of Saint Francis (Ind).

 

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