Track: Regional Qualifiers From Spencerville District D III Meet

Spencerville High School
Div III NW District Track & Field
Thurs & Sat – 5/18/2017 to 5/20/2017
Spencerville HS Charles D Moeller Track
Results – Thursday, May 18th 2017

First Day Team Scores

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(5-19-17) Last night’s District III Track meet at Spencerville was postponed due to weather conditions.  The event will continue tomorrow (Saturday) with field events beginning at 10:30am and running at 12 noon.

Before the event was postponed several events were completed and local teams qualified individuals for Regionals.

One local winner was St. Henry’s Collin Mescher (Sr) who won the Long Jump with a leap of 19-07.5. Parkway qualified two jumpers, Caden May (Jr) was second and Andrew Baker was 4th (Jr).

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COMPLETE THURSDAY RESULTS

Other qualifiers headed to Regionals from Thursday include:

GIRLS

High Jump – Parkway – Clista Hellwarth (Sr)  4th (4’10”)

BOYS

4 x 800 Relay – Parkway (Caleb Rollins, Matt Gaerke, Ben Schlemmer and Reid Etzcorn) 3rd (8:35.30)

Shot Put – Parkway -Jeremy Feldes (Jr) 4th (45.05.50)

Pole Vault

  • St. Henry – Ryan Post (Soph) – 2nd (11’08”)
  • Marion Local – Luke Brunswick (Frosh) 3rd (11’0″)

 

 

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Greenville BOE Approves Field Turf For Football Field

(5-18-17) – The Greenville City Schools Board of Education tonight approved the addition of field turf at Harmon Field.

The preliminary budget from an  April of 2015 estimated project would cost as much as  $4,925,000 to complete the entire  project.  The football field improvements, including the turf was estimated at a cost of $650,000.

Harmon Field Cost
Harmon Field – Preliminary Budget

The Friends of Harmon Field have been behind the project and have already generated donations for the project.  One item still available for  $250,000 is the naming rights of the field.  Complete details of the project by the group can be found on the website.

Friends of Harmon Field

 

Two area schools are also considering turf fields for the future, St. Marys and Coldwater, while Parkway is looking at a renovation of it’s football facility and a possible site location. Most schools site the fact that more than just football use the field and would allow for many benefits in scheduling, including state play-off games, lower maintenance fees and other cost savings over the years.

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2017 All WBL Softball Team Named

2017 All WBL Softball Team
2017 All WBL Softball Team

(5-17-17) The Western Buckeye League released it’s 2017 All-Conference softball team.

WBL Champion Wapakoneta swept both of the major honors, Blasia Moyler was named the Player of the Year and her coach, Bill Sammons, picked up Coach of the Year honors. Moyler will continue her softball career at Saginaw Valley State University.

Two other Redskins were also named to the 1st team, Megan Fisher and Savanna Oen.

Maddie Luebke
Maddie Luebke – Photo courtesy Snap In Time Photography

Celina’s Maddie Luebke picked up 1st team honors, Brooke Steinbrunner was named to the third team and Mackenzie Shaffer was on the Honorable Mention list.

The Redskins have won two consecutive WBL titles in a row, with an 18 in a row conference run during that time.

Making Her ‘Dreams’ Come True In Wyoming

Breah Anderson-feat
Breah Anderson

(5-17-17) So how does a varsity cheerleader from Celina (Ohio) end up cheering at the University of Wyoming? Give up?

For Breah Anderson, it all makes sense if you think about it, here is how it all went down.

Her dad Brian and one of his best friends from high school, Mike, now a football coach at Wyoming, were talking on the phone and the result was a plan that might work for Breah.

Yep, it’s a true story and looking back, it looks like it was the right move. Who would of thought it, a DI football coach would help in the recruitment of a D1 cheerleader.

Mike Bath - Wyoming
Mike Bath

Former Celina Bulldog and the current Running Backs/Fullbacks Football Coach at Wyoming Mike Bath:

Brian has always been one of my closest friends, and last summer we were on the phone. Brian was talking about Breah’s not being settled on the places that she was checking out locally, and had a desire to ‘get away.’ We began to throw out there the idea of Wyoming as a possibility. We have a great law school here, and I knew that is the path that she had a desire in pursuing, and having known her parents since we were kids, I felt it would be a potential fit.

When Brian and Breah came out in the fall, I believe she felt at home. With my family and I being entrenched here, we could give Breah an honest picture of what Wyoming is about, while also introducing her to some additional adults that we have become friends with, which I believe made her parents more comfortable! Outside of cheerleading activities, my wife introduced her to the FCA director and some other student athletes that were involved with it as well. It’s been fun to have her and her parents come out and visit several times, and I know that my our children are looking forward to her coming out here for school.

The next step in the process was making a trip to Wyoming for a visit to try-out in April. To cheer at a DI program is a ‘BIG’ deal in this very competitive sport, plus Breah, who suffered an injury last summer  and was unable to cheer this past year, made it all that more impressive.

Breah Anderson signing
Breah Anderson signing

The try-out process is more than smiling and just shaking your pom-pom, this is a tough sport and an athlete needs to have numerous skills, athleticism and toughness.

Matthew ‘Mateo_ Ortega
Matthew ‘Mateo’ Ortega

Matthew ‘Mateo’ Ortega Head Spirit Coach / Program Director, University of Wyoming:

Breah was one of 78 in-person and video submissions candidates for tryouts this year, She was one of 13 freshmen to make this year’s team.  Tryouts were a 3 day process.  Day 1 is a formal panel interview with a panel of 7 judges that focuses on character, academics, personality and social skills.  Day 2 and 3 are skill evaluation days that focus on assessing each candidate’s skills in performance ability, tumbling, stunting, and crowd leading. Both standing and running tumbling have become a requirement to make the team.  We had cuts on day 2 and final team selection on day 3.

Wyoming Small Coed Team
Wyoming Small Coed Team – courtesy University of Wyoming Spirit Team

The LARGE COED squad is made up of 9 couples (so 18 total, 9 men & 9 women) – the stunting style is one male basing one female.  The SMALL COED squad is made up of 3-4 men and the 16-17 females – the stunting style is ‘group’ stunting involving four positions: 2 bases, 1 back spot and 1 flyer.  Breah made the small coed team as a base.  We stress we are two squads but ONE TEAM.  We also have a 4 member mascot team to fill the role of our beloved mascot – Pistol Pete.

We cheer at all home football games, a significant number of away football games, as well as, all home volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball games.  We also take a select group of cheerleaders to cheer at bowl games, conference championships and tournaments.  We participate in over 120 hours of community service and public appearance each year and support other University of Wyoming sports as much as possible.  We have also competed nationally two out of the three past years and have placed top ten each time in our division.  Our cheerleaders are often featured on ESPN during game and tournament coverage.

UW Spirit Squad Recruitment Video

Breah was very fortunate to have a steady coaching influence during her cheer career at Celina, the sport continues to evolve and it takes someone who knows how to work with an athlete on this platform.

Breah’s cheer coach while at Celina Sandi Feltz:

I’ve coached Breah since she was in Middle School. She has always been a very determined young lady. Whatever goals she sets for herself or her team she accomplishes without fail.

I’ve coached competitive cheer, school cheer and competitive gymnastics for a combined 30 years and Breah is one of the hardest working, disciplined athletes I’ve ever coached. Breah consistently strives to better herself and her teammates. She is concerned for others as much as herself. I believe her philosophy is that ” you are only as strong as the weakest link“.  Breah is a team player.

Breah is a very skilled athlete. She has all qualities needed to be a top notch college cheerleader.  She has consistently worked on all aspects of cheerleading to improve.

Last summer Breah suffered a devastating injury.  This injury took her out of all sports for her entire senior year. It was devastating for her and myself as her coach.  Breah never lost sight of her goal to be a college cheerleader. Many people doubted that she would be able to try out in April for college cheer yet Breah kept her focus on her rehab and persevered through many set backs to achieve her goal. I never once doubted that if she desired to cheer in college she would do everything in her power to make that happen.

Breah is a very mature young lady who has the upmost respect for others. She will consistently “play by the rules” and never once did I discipline her for any infractions.  She is able to balance her school work, which includes college courses, and jobs with ease while maintaining a high GPA.

Breah is an amazing young lady and I am honored to have been her coach for six years.

The final ok came from Breah’s mom, Kelly, who went to Wyoming to check out the school and watch the try-outs.

On Facebook during the trip she shared her feelings.

My very first trip to Wyoming. It’s now very clear to me why Breah is so excited to be moving here! Beautiful people and beautiful views everywhere you look! Not to mention some really awesome friends Mike and Tara Bath.

Tonight I am thankful for $49 Frontier Flights because I’m sure we will be making this trip several times the next four years!

In a recent Daily Standard story Breah talked about why Wyoming was the right choice:

Within 30 minutes of being on campus. I looked at my dad and said  ‘We’re going to cancel all my other college visits. This is where I’m going.’ It was exactly what I was looking for.

A story of a cheerleader, who set her goals, worked hard, overcame a serious injury, knew what she wanted, good grades, great family, friends and coaches and is a good person…it’s a formula for a successful run for Breah Anderson.

Cheerleading Facts:

What is a base on a cheerleading squad:

  • Base: the cheerleader on the bottom of a partner stunt/pyramid

What steps it took to be a squad member at Wyoming?

Skills needed to be a base on small coed team:

  • Standing Tuck, Running Tuck (those with layouts and above will be given preference), base full-up, switch-up, low-to-high & inverted stunts, etc.

Breah and her team can be followed on social media at:

FacebookWyoming Spirit Squad, Twitter: @wyospirit, Instagram: @wyomingspirit, Website: www.wyomingspiritprogram.com

 

 

 

Baseball: Indian’s Thwaits Named MAC MVP, Cav’s Harlamert is Coach of the Year

 

(5-16-17) The MAC released it’s 2017 All-Conference Baseball Team.

Ft. Recovery’s Nick Thwaits (Jr) was named the Player of the Year.

Coldwater’s Brian Harlamert, after leading the Cav’s to their 30th MAC baseball title was named Coach of the Year.

Coldwater was represented on the 1st team by Dylan Thobe (Sr). Marion Local’s Duane Leugers represents the Flyers on the 1st team. Joining Thwaits on the 1st team was teammate Cole Wendel (Jr). Representing Parkway was Trace Walls.

2017 All MAC Baseball Team
2017 All MAC Baseball Team

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Softball: Parkway’s Hawk MAC Player of the Year, Esselstein Coach of the Year

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Parkway’s Haley Hawk MVP- Photo by Pat Agler – http://www.pantherzden.com

 

(5-16-17) Parkway swept both of the major honors on the 2017 All-MAC softball team.

Parkway’s Haley Hawk (Junior) was named Player of the Year in leading the Panthers to a MAC Title. Hawk’s Coach, Mark Esselstein, who picked up his 500th win this year, was named the MAC Coach of the Year.

Hawk was joined on the 1st team by two teammates, Bailey Bates and Alyx Slusher.

Coldwater was represented on the 1st team by Maura Hoying, Carly Post and Maddie Steinke. Alexis Ontrop was St. Henry’s representative on the 1st team.

 

2017 All MAC Softball Team
2017 All MAC Softball Team
Alexis Bickle - Courtesy Nikki Fox
Alexis Bickle – Photo Courtesy Nikki Fox

Parkway played with a ‘heavy heart’ this season after the tragic death of teammate Lexi Bickle, who lost her life in an auto accident in the fall.

Alexis Bickle – Gone Too Soon

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Softball: Two Greenville (Oh) Freshman Pitchers Named SSN National Players of the Week

Greenville Frosh
Caitlin Christman and Baylee Petry

– photos courtesy of Gaylen Blosser  – The Early Bird Newspaper

UPDATED: Petry perfect in LWSB run rule win over Minster

Above game was after this story was released yesterday, Petry throws the perfect game in a win over Minster.

 

(5-15-17) This week we have two Players of the Week, two freshman pitchers from Greenville, Ohio combined to pitch two-perfect D II state sectional tournament games in a row, Caitlin Christman and Baylee Petry.

The two ‘Green Wave‘ aces helped Greenville in their first two D II Sectional games, beating Dayton Dunbar 18-0 and following that with a 17-0 win over Trotwood-Madison.

Against Dunbar it was a ‘perfect‘ perfect game as both pitchers combined to strike out all 15 hitters in the 5 inning game win.

In the Trotwood-Madison game, Petry had 7 strikeouts and Christman added four more K’s in the 5 inning win.

The two combined for 26 K’s out of the 30 outs in the two games.

On the season Petry has won 20 games, has a 1.02 ERA, while offensively she is hitting .439 with 23 RBIs.  Christman on the season has a 1.64 ERA on the year.

Greenville Head Coach Jerrod Newlan told the Daily Advocate after the Dunbar game:

“Both pitchers are freshman pitchers. Petry’s had a great season. We hope to continue that until we end in Akron. This was a unique opportunity today, and all the girls got to play. We are getting ready to dodge some bullets coming up though as the games get tougher. ”

Related stories- from www.earlybirdpaper.com

Boys Lacrosse: SSN National Public HS Rankings – 5-15-17

www.lax.com – In a meeting between two of the top high school lacrosse programs in the state of Colorado, Cherry Creek beat Kent Denver 11-3 at the Stutler Bowl.

 

(5-15-17) Darien continues to control the top spot in this week’s SSN National Public High School Boys Lacrosse Rankings.  #2 this week is Severna Park who moves up a spot and continues to build on their 32 game winning streak.  Slipping to #5 this week is The Woodlands who lost to Episcopal School of Dallas 11-8 in the semi-finals of the Texas Lacrosse D I State Championships.

Grayslake North suffered it’s first loss of the season losing to private school power house Loyola Academy 12-4 and drops from #7 to #10.

The rest of the Top 10 all moved up one spot from the week before.

SSN National Public HS Rankings

May 15th

  1. – (1) Darien (Conn) 15-0
  2.  – (3) Severna Park (Md) 16-0
  3. – (4) Weddington (NC) 17-1
  4. – (5) Cherry Creek (Colo.) 16-1
  5. – (2) The Woodlands (Texas) 23-1 – lost to Episcopal School of Dallas 11 Woodlands 8
  6. – (6) West Linn (Ore) 18-0
  7. – (8) Wakefield Memorial (Mass) 14-0
  8. – (9) Cold Spring Harbor (NY) 15-0
  9. – (10) Atlee (Va) 12-1
  10. – (7) Grayslake North (Ill) 15-1 – lost to Loyola Academy (12-7) 12-4

Dropped out– NONE

Shawnee Wins 2017 SSN National Public HS Baseball Championship

Shawnee Celebration after winning State Title

(5-14-17) Shawnee is the 2017 SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings Champion. The Wolves finished a perfect season(40-0) picking up their third consecutive 5A Oklahoma State Baseball Championship this weekend beating Claremore 12-7.

Shawnee Head Coach Todd Boyer told news-star.com after the championship:

“If you had told me at the beginning of the season that we would win 40 straight, I’d have told you that you were crazy… There’s so many variables that can happen throughout the ballgame with high school kids. It’s just an incredible feat.”

North Gwinnett continues to win and is still ranked #2.

#3 La Cueva, who started the season with a loss, reeled off 28 straight wins and beat Cleveland 10-4 this weekend for the New Mexico 6A State Championship. The title is La Cueva’s fifth in the last ten years.

La Cueva’s Senior center fielder Ryan Phillips told the Albuquerque Journal after the state final game:

“We stand as a team. The past 28 games has been a fun ride.”

Two teams,  Huntington Beach and Owasso, dropped out of the rankings this week after both picked up their fourth loss of the season.

Earlier this year, Neuqua Valley baseball coach Robin Renner was inducted to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the “skipper” gives his thoughts on the award.

Two northern schools take their place for the first time this season, Neuqua Valley (28-1-1) and Saline 22-1.

Three schools moved up to #4, #5 and #6 after this past week, Massillon Jackson, Spring Hill and Rancho Bernardo.

SSN National Public High School Baseball Rankings
May 15th

  1. – (1) Shawnee (Okla), 40-0
  2. – (2) North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.), 34-2
  3. – (3) La Cueva (NM), 28-1
  4. – (7) Massillon Jackson (Ohio), 24-1
  5. – (9) Spring Hill (Tenn), 33-2
  6. – (10) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif), 27-3
  7. – (4) Buchanan (Clovis, Calif), 26-3 – lost to Clovis North 3-2
  8. – (8) West Monroe, (La), 38-3 lost to Baton Rouge Central (30-13) 4-2
  9. – (NR) Neuqua Valley (Illinois) 28-1-1
  10. – (NR) Saline, (Mich) 22-1

Dropped Out—
– (5) Huntington Beach (Calif), 25-4 – lost to Newport Harbor (13-16) 17-2
– (6) Owasso (Okla), 31-4 – lost to Mustang 3-0

 

 

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Baseball:Oyster River’s (NH) Brennen Oxford Named SSN National Player of the Week

(5-14-17) – Oyster River’s (New Hampshire) Brennen Oxford (Junior, LHP) is this week’s SSN National High School Baseball Player of the Week.

Oxford pitched his third consecutive no-hitter on May 10th beating Laconia 4-0, striking out 15 and walking 5.  On May 3rd he beat Pembroke 3-0 , striking out 8 and walking four, his first of the three no-hitters was on April 27th in 9-0 win over Goffstown.

Over his last four appearances he now has 23.2 hitless innings of baseball.

Laconia Head Coach John Meyers told fosters.com:

“Honestly, we haven’t seen somebody throw that hard in a couple years. (Oxford) has very good presence. He’s certainly very confident in his curveball, mixes it up so well it is hard to get our timing down.”

Oxford has verbally committed to play his college baseball at Wake Forest