Northwest Ohio Huddle: Findlay’s Gilliland Ks 20, Perrysburg baseball continues roll

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Northwest Ohio Huddle

It is beginning to sound like a
broken record but weather continues to be the story in northwest Ohio. In the
past week very few games and matches have been able to be held and scheduling
make-up dates is beginning to be a real problem for the area’s athletic
directors and coaches. The rest of the week looks promising and, hopefully,
next week we will be able to report on some great performances.

 


It is beginning to sound like a
broken record but weather continues to be the story in northwest Ohio. In the
past week very few games and matches have been able to be held and scheduling
make-up dates is beginning to be a real problem for the area’s athletic
directors and coaches. The rest of the week looks promising and, hopefully,
next week we will be able to report on some great performances.

In baseball, two NLL teams are on a
roll. The Perrysburg Yellow Jackets completed a highly successful trip to Florida
where they went 7-2 to improve their overall season record to 15-2. Anthony
Wayne, meanwhile, has improved to 6-2. Both teams begin league play this week
and an early match-up, April 17, will go a long way toward determining who will
emerge as the NLL’s top team.

In the Toledo City League, the
picture remains murky. League play has been limited but the Toledo Start
Spartans and Clay Eagles stand in the best position leading into further league
play by virtue of their having key victories in hand against Toledo Central
Catholic and Toledo St. John’s respectively.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Maggie Gilliland, Findlay Softball:
Pitcher struck out 20 opponent batters on her way to leading her team to a 1-0
Greater Buckeye Conference victory over the Sandusky Blue Streaks. Gilliland
allowed only 2 hits and 2 walks.

Gilliland holds the Findlay High
School single-season record of 178 strikeouts which she set last season.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Perrysburg Baseball: The Yellow
Jackets traveled south to Florida and demonstrated that baseball in the North
is every bit as good as that played in the warmer climes by going 7-2 against
some high quality programs. Perrysburg participated in the Cocoa Expo spring
training program that brings together teams from all over the nation to provide
quality competition in a warm, spring setting.

NEWS, NOTES AND NUGGETS

Letters of intent: Archbold’s Lauren Kern has signed a letter of intent
with the University of Toledo to continue her softball career. Kern has been a
standout for her high school team since her freshmen year.

In volleyball, Notre Dame’s Paige
Roback, only a junior, has provided Eastern Michigan with an oral commitment.
Roback has been one of the main reasons that Notre Dame has risen to be one of
northwest Ohio’s top volleyball programs.

New coaches: Two new coaches will be taking over football teams
in the Toledo City League. Toledo Bowsher will be led by a first time head
coach Wendell Hills, while Gardner Howard will be leaving as head coach at
Toledo Scott to take over at Toledo Waite.

No Hitter: Defiance’s Dace Kine pitched his second career
no-hitter this past Thursday in a league game against Celina. In pitching his
no-hitter, Kine, registered 14 strikeouts and no walks. Only a late game error
prevented Kine from pitching a perfect game. Kine’s prior no-hitter was last
spring against Tinora.

Mewhort to play in World
Championships:
Ohio-state bound Jack
Mewhort from Toledo St. John’s has been chosen to play for USA Football’s 2009
Junior National team. The Junior National team will play in the Junior World
Championship later this summer in Canton, Ohio. Presently, Mewhort is an early
enrollee at the Ohio State University.

Great pitching: Ayersville’s Lauren Mengerink pitched her team to a
2-0 victory over league rival Hicksville. In the process, Mengerink allowed
only one-hit, striking out four Hicksville batters, and walking no one.

Program changes: Continental has decided to not field a varsity
volleyball team next fall. This decision comes after they previously dropped
cross country, golf and tennis. On the flip side, Ada has decided to add a new
wrestling program. Varsity competition will begin in the winter of 2011.
Finally, Van Buren has added a girls’ soccer team to its athletic program.
Their first varsity opponent will be Rossford.

On Tap

Toledo Christian vs. Ottawa
Hills, baseball, Thursday, April 16, 2009:
Historically,
the top two teams in the TAAC meet in an early season match-up to determine
league superiority.

Toledo Start vs. Sylvania
Northview, baseball, Thursday, April 16, 2009:
A non-league meeting between two teams that participated in last
season’s district semi-finals.

Anthony Wayne vs. Perrysburg,
baseball, Friday, April 17, 2009:
Two NLL
favorites meet.

Defiance vs. Wapakoneta,
baseball, Friday, April 17, 2009:
Test for
Defiance to see if they are indeed a threat for another league title.

Start vs. Clay, baseball,
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
: Key City League
game between two teams expected to battle for the league regular season
championship.

Perrysburg vs. Anthony Wayne,
softball, Friday, April 17, 2009:
Two of
NLL’s top programs to battle it out.

Eastwood vs. St. Ursula,
softball, Thursday, April 17, 2009:
Two
favorites for league title meet in non-league match-up

Southview vs. Springfield,
softball, Friday, April 17, 2009:
Must win
situation for both teams.

St. Ursula Invitational Softball
Tournament, softball, Saturday, April 18, 2009:
Games featuring some of the area and state’s top softball programs

Perrysburg vs. Springfield, softball,
Wednesday, April 22, 2009:
Pre-season
favorite Springfield to face a serious challenge from Yellow Jackets.

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