Northwest Ohio Huddle: Two high jumpers clear 7-0 in head-to-head meeting at districts

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Northwest Ohio Huddle

The end is near. In two weeks another high school sports season will
come to an end. Seems like yesterday that we were all anxiously
awaiting that first football game, yet, now it is time for graduation
and this year’s seniors will soon be a part of history.


The end is near. In two weeks another high school sports season will come to an end. Seems like yesterday that we were all anxiously awaiting that first football game, yet, now it is time for graduation and this year’s seniors will soon be a part of history.

One of the features of this week was the long awaited match-up between two of the state’s top high jumpers. Current state record holder, Erik Kynard of Toledo Rogers, and Sylvania Southview’s Shaun Joplin, who cleared 7’1” earlier this year, met in the DI district championships held at Toledo St. Francis.  Both competitors cleared the 7’0” mark but Kynard came out on top once again by out-jumping Joplin by one inch. As to his defeat at the hands of Kynard, Joplin stated:

“He is just better than me.”

Other notable achievements in track this week include Toledo St. John’s Cody Riffle setting a new district record in the discus with a throw of 181-05 and the shot put with a distance of 62-10.75; Anthony Wayne’s Ashley Zaper setting a new standard in the girls long jump with a leap of 18-07.5; Toledo Rogers’ Erik Kynard and Sylvania Southview Shaun Joplin both breaking the old DI District long jump record that was over thirty years old by exceeding the 24-00 mark – Kynard won the district title by leaping 24-03; Eastwood’s Justin Welch breaking his own DII district record in the discus by besting his 2008 throw and setting the new standard at 198-06; also in DII, Matt Hoty of Sandusky Perkins set a new record in the shot put with a 62-09.25 and Eastwood’s Crosby Schemenauer cleared 15-02.00 in the pole vault; DIII records fell in the 300 meter girls’ hurdles as Ottawa Hills’ Katherine Jamieson ran a 45.60; Fremont St. Joseph’s Mike Komorowski established a new record in the shot put with a 52-06.”

Moving over to baseball, titles were claimed by Sandusky in the Greater Buckeye Conference; Bucyrus in the North Central Conference; Fostoria in the Northern Ohio League; Convoy Crestview in the Northwest Conference; Bryan in the Northwest Ohio Athletic Conference; Genoa in the Suburban Lakes League; Defiance in the Western Buckeye League; and Oregon Clay in the Toledo City League.

Softball titles were claimed by McComb in the Blanchard Valley Conference; Fremont Ross in the Greater Buckeye Conference; Mohawk in the Midland Athletic Conference; Crestline in the North Central Conference;  Convoy Crestview in the Northwest Conference; Eastwood in the Suburban Lakes League;  Continental in the Putnam County League; and Clay in the Toledo City League.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Erik Kynard, Toledo Rogers, Boys Track: With records falling everywhere last week there were a number of strong candidates for this week’s honors but Toledo Rogers’ Erik Kynard has to be the choice. Kynard won district championships in three separate events (110 hurdles, long jump, high jump) clearing 7’ in the high jump and setting a new district record in the long jump. Kynard was in position for a fourth title as he had the best preliminary time in the 300 meter hurdles as well but failed to finish.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Sandusky, All Sports: The choice for the Team of the Week is somewhat unconventional. Usually a single team from a specific school is chosen but this week an entire school’s spring program is being chosen. The Sandusky Blue Streaks have been a member of the Greater Buckeye Conference since 2001 but had never won a conference title in any sport. This spring the Blue Streaks not only claimed two conference titles – one in baseball and one in boys’ track – but also saw their softball team advance to the DI district semi-finals. After nearly a decade of failed title chases, the Blue Streak program exploded and deserves recognition as the Team of the Week.

NEWS, NOTES AND NUGGETS

New Elida Tennis Coach: Elida High School has fielded a boys’ tennis team for 36 years and for all 36 years Denny Schwinnen has been the coach. This will all change next year, however, because coach Schwinnen has announced his retirement. After 243 Western Buckeye League wins and 11 WBL titles, Schwinnen will turn over the reins.

Toledo City League Merry-go-Round:
Earlier this spring, Joe Guerrero resigned as the head basketball coach at Clay High School. His resignation came as a surprise to some and others speculated that Guerrero’s coaching career was not over. Well, the speculators were correct as Guerrero has moved from Clay to take over the program at fellow Toledo City League member, Bowsher.

Perfection:
Archbold’s Lauren Kern pitched a perfect game for Archbold in their 5-0 DIII playoff championship game against Wayne Trace. Kern’s perfect game included 11 strikeouts and no walks.

New League:
After weeks of wrangling and posturing the Suburban Lakes League may soon become a thing of the past. Five teams (Otsego, Genoa, Eastwood, Lake and Woodmore) from the SLL have decided to leave the league and join present Northern Lakes League member Rossford to form a still unnamed league. Several different proposals have be discussed by league members but apparently a stalemate developed and the league could not be saved.

Toledo Start’s Arbinger Retires:
After 34 years and 759 wins, Toledo Start’s head baseball coach, Rich Arbinger has decided to hang up the spikes. Arbinger’s run with the Spartans began in 1976 and included 7 trips to the state tournament. His team won DI state titles in 1994 and 2000 and were runners-up in 1987, 1997, and 2000. Arbinger ranks as the fourth winningest coach in Ohio high school history.

ON TAP

Toledo St. Francis vs. Whitehouse Anthony Wayne, baseball, regional semi-finals, Thursday, May 28: Survivors of the two northwest Ohio DI brackets meet to advance to the regional finals.

Tinora vs. Coldwater, baseball, regional semi-finals, Thursday, May 28: Tinora’s senior class continues its magical year. Can the baseball team match the success of the basketball team?

Toledo Christian vs. Hopewell-Loudon, baseball, regional semi-final, Thursday, May 28:
First game of the all-northwest Ohio regional. Unheralded Toledo Christian has become the DIV Cinderella team.

Patrick Henry vs. Leipsic, baseball, regional semi-final, Thursday, May 28:
The next step in Patrick Henry’s attempt to repeat as state champions.

Boys State Tennis Championships, Stickney Tennis Center, Friday, May 29 & Saturday, May 30: In singles Findlay freshman Chikara Oshima is northwest Ohio’s only representative in DI; In DII, Ottawa Hills’ Evan Bechtel, Maumee Valley’s Eyad Jaara and Elida’s Evan Neuman are in the mix.

Regional Track Championships, various sites, Friday, May 29    

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