Northwest Ohio Huddle: Decade of track dominance, a 203-foot discus throw and new head coaches hired


Northwest Ohio Huddle

If you abide by Merriam-Webster’s definition, a streak is simply a
consecutive series. Although, if you subscribe to the Eastwood track and
field definition, the meaning is a little different but just as easy to
grasp: a dominant chain of ten consecutive Suburban Lakes League

If you abide by Merriam-Webster’s definition, a streak is simply a consecutive series. Although, if you subscribe to the Eastwood track and field definition, the meaning is a little different but just as easy to grasp: a dominant chain of ten consecutive Suburban Lakes League championships.

Perhaps the Eastwood way should be the new standard.

Nationally-ranked thrower Justin Welch swept the shot put and discus events at Lake High to lead the defending Division II state champion Eagles boys’ team to a 10th straight SLL crown.

Welch, a two-time defending Division II state champion at discus, picked up the victory in his flagship event with a throw of 184 feet, 10 inches. He then won the shot put on a toss of 59-6 3-4

The Eagles finished with 173 points, outdistancing runner-up Genoa which had 97.

“I like the fact that we’ve been consistent,” Eastwood boys’ coach Gary White told the Toledo Blade. “We really try to downplay that [state championship] because we put a lot of emphasis on these [league] championships.”

Rachael McNay led the Eastwood girls’, sweeping the 100-meter hurdles (17.04 seconds) and 300 hurdles (49.51).

The Eastwood girls’ team scored 157 points for the win, beating out Woodmore which finished with 131.


Cody Riffle, St. John’s Jesuit, track and field: Riffle, one of the nation’s top throwers, set a meet shot put record with a throw of 66-1 last Friday at the City League track and field meet at Rogers High.

The University of Michigan recruit threw a staggering 203-5 to win the discus. Riffle was just one foot off the all-time Ohio record set by Akron Ellet’s Charles Moye in 1987.
Nationally, his 203-5 ranks third this season.


Perkins baseball: The Pirates continued their dominance of the Sandusky Bay Conference, winning their fifth consecutive championship with a 2-1 victory over Port Clinton.

It’s Perkins’ ninth SBC title since 2001, and 12th in 14 years. The Pirates (20-6, 13-1) – who have reached the 20-win plateau for the eight straight time – have never shared a championship during their run.

Pirates’ pitcher Camron Waldock limited Port Clinton to one unearned run on four hits with four strikeouts.


Crestline Rolls to Finals: Unproven Crestline starter Rose Salvati aced her first big test Tuesday, conceding two hits in six innings as the top-ranked Bulldogs knocked-off Sandusky St. Mary’s 9-1 in the Division IV district semifinal at Shelby High.

Crestline (26-3) – ranked No. 1 in Division IV the final coaches’ poll – moved on to the district championship, and will play either Buckeye Central or Colonel Crawford on Friday.

The Bulldogs kicked things off early, scoring five runs in the second inning. Natalie Ronk had an RBI single and Amanda Toy followed with a 2-RBI single to fuel the aforementioned rally that sunk St. Mary’s.

Crestline pinned 13 hits on St. Mary’s starter Jordan Edinger, who was never able to find her groove.

Bowsher Boots St. John’s: With one strike left in its season, Toledo Bowsher rallied for an 8-6 win to upset state-ranked St. John’s Jesuit in the Division I sectional final at Skeldon Stadium last Saturday.

Down 5-2, the Titans (20-2) – the 20th-ranked baseball team in Division I – scored four times in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead.

But with two outs and a 3-2 count in the seventh, the Rebels’ Zack Stokes drew a walk, prolonging the game and opening the window for Bowsher (14-8). The Rebels drew two more walks before a passed ball tied the contest. Jake Almanza’s go-ahead RBI single made it 7-6.

Schmenk, Perrysburg top Southview:
With a 4-1 win over 10th-ranked Sylvania Southview, third-ranked Perrysburg made a simple statement: the Northern Lakes League baseball championship is still up for grabs.

After the win, both teams have two losses in the NLL. Southview holds the edge at 10-2 while Perrysburg sits at 8-2.

Yellow Jackets ace Alec Schmenk (5-0) beat the Cougars for the second time this season. Schmenk allowed three hits and needed only 78 pitches to dispatch Southview, giving the Yellow Jackets (19-3) the boost they need to keep up with the Cougars (18-3) in the league standings.

Zach Kolvey’s two-run home run off Southview starter Kirk Stambaugh (8-1) in the third gave Perrysburg a 3-0 lead.

Perrysburg followed that win up by splitting a doubleheader with Rochester (Mich.) Adams. The Yellow Jackets lost the first game 10-4, but rebounded in the nightcap 7-4.

Perrysburg – the third-ranked team in Division I – is now 20-4. Adams (18-4) is the seventh-ranked team in its respective division.

Eagles Claim 7th Straight TAAC Title:
The Toledo Christian boys’ track team won their seventh straight Toledo Area Athletic Conference championship last Friday at Northwood High. And the girls’ squad had a good day, too, claiming their third straight TAAC championship and fourth in five years.

Ottawa Hills’ Katherine Jamieson  – the defending state champion in the 300 hurdles – won an impressive four individual titles and was crowned the league’s female athlete of the year for a fourth time. Jamieson – who wrapped-up her league career by winning 15 of a possible 16 championships –won her signature event as well as the 100 hurdles, 200 and 800 relay.

Ryan Huffman and Greg Barringer won four times for the Eagles, with Huffman (200, 400, high jump, long jump) taking boys’ athlete of the year honors.

Toledo Christian beat out both of Ottawa Hills’ teams: 182-147 on the boys’ side and 184-119 on the girls’.

Blue Streaks End Drought, Capture Sectional Crown: Zak Eposito’s two-run homer in the sixth inning dug Sandusky out of a two-run hole and helped the Blue Streaks capture their first sectional championship since 1996, beating Marion Harding 12-9 at Shelby High in the Division I sectional final.

Brady Smith picked up the win in relief of Esposito, who pitched into the sixth inning but got into a jam as the Presidents scored eight times in the inning for a 9-7 lead. Offensively, Esposito was 4 for 4 with three RBIs.

Ross Boys’ Track Stays Unbeaten: Fremont Ross speedster Justin Hines won three individual titles to lift his Little Giants to a team title at the Greater Buckeye Conference track and field meet.

The Ross boys remained unbeaten this season, improving to 11-0.

Hines was the GBC champ in the 110 hurdles, the 300 hurdles and was part of the winning 400 relay team.

Clay, St. Ursula Meet in CL Championship: Oregon Clay and Toledo St. Ursula, winners of the City League softball title the last two years, met Monday to decide this season’s champion.

Clay (22-4), the defending CL champion, escaped with a 4-3 win over Whitmer last Saturday in the playoff semifinals at Scott Park, advancing to the finals.
The Arrows (17-6), champs in 2008, received a no-hitter from junior Grace Ammons en route to a 10-0 blanking of Toledo Central Catholic in the second semifinal.

Although before the league champ is crowned, both teams will meet in the Division I district semifinal at Rolf Park at Maumee where Clay and St. Ursula will fight for tournament crown.

Sectional Tennis Action in Full Swing:
St. John’s Jesuit’s Bobby Adumusilli and John Russell of Maumee each won Division I singles titles last Saturday at the sectional tournament.

Adumusilli beat teammate Madhav Mehta 7-5, 6-0 to advance to district play, while Russell edged Bowsher’s Nick Biniker 7-6(4), 0-6, 7-6(7).

Also advancing was Perrysburg freshman Jeffrey Schorsch, who upset defending champion Chikara Oshima of Findlay 6-3, 6-1.

In Division II sectional action, Maumee Valley’s Eyad Jaara defended his singles title by downing teammate Karan Padda 6-4, 6-2.

Defiance Drops Van Wert: Third-ranked Defiance used some home-cooking to fend off a feisty Van Wert, escaping with a 4-3 win last Saturday in the Division II sectional championship at Defiance High.

Van Wert (9-13) erased a three-run deficit in the sixth, but Bulldog ace Dace Kime retired the final three Cougars to secure the win and the sectional championship. Kime – who was clocked at 91 mph on several occasions – allowed three runs on two hits with an incredible 11 strikeouts in seven innings.

Lee Throws 1-Hitter, Elmwood Wins Sectional Crown:
Marissa Lee pitched a one-hitter last Saturday, and Elmwood got its lone run in the third inning as the Royals beat Patrick Henry 1-0 to win the Division III sectional softball title.

Lee struck out eight and walked one. Emily Reynolds scored the game’s only run in the game on a wild pitch.

Patriots End Indians’ NOAL Streak:
  Juniors Tori Meyer and Krystin Reiser won twice, and the Patrick Henry girls’ track team snapped Wauseon’s string of four consecutive Northwest Ohio Athletic League titles.

The Archbold boys’ won for the second year in a row.

Meyer was first in the 100-meter hurdles and the pole vault, and Reiser won the high jump and the 400-meter dash for Patrick Henry, which claimed six events and scored 135 points – three more than Wauseon – for the title.

On the boys’ side, Archbold scored 154.5 points for the win, leaving Wauseon with another runner-up finish.

The Streaks swept the relays and had three individual champions in sophomore Danny Young (300 hurdles), junior Noah Keefer (800-meter run) and senior Nathaniel Hammersmith (200).

Northwood Now 9-1 in TAAC: Northwood upped its record to 9-1 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference with a hard-fought 7-6 victory over Ottawa Hills in 13 innings last Saturday.

Marc Canaday went 2 for 5 with a double for the Rangers, while pitcher Anthony Rorigi earned the win.

Miller Tabbed New Girls’ BB Coach at Kenton:
Kenton High announced the hiring of its new girls’ basketball coach Monday.

Ryan Miller was approved by the Kenton City Schools Board of Education as the varsity girls’ coach. Miller is filling the void of Julie Porter, who left in March following a two-season run.

A 1989 Kenton graduate, Miller is equipped with more than 20 years of coaching experience at various levels.

Rall Takes Over at CC: Amber Rall, who led Wynford to Columbus in two sports, was hired Monday as girls’ basketball coach at Colonel Crawford.

Rall was a three-sport star (volleyball, basketball, track), and led the Royals to the state basketball Final Four in 2003 and advanced to the state track tournament as an individual three times, winning a long jump title in 2003.

At Ashland University, Rall – who’s Royals went 26-0 in 2003 before falling in the Division III Final Four to Worthington Christian – was an All-American and holds numerous basketball records.


Crestline vs. Buckeye Central/Colonel Crawford softball, Division IV district championship, Shelby High, Friday, 5 p.m.: Regardless of which team the top-ranked Bulldogs face in the final, they are guaranteed an All-North Central Conference championship. And that boils down to one great final.

Division I district track meet, Toledo St. Francis High, Tonight and Saturday: Track stars galore are set to attend the D-I district track meet at St. Francis. All eyes, though, will be on St. John’s Jesuit’s Cody Riffle as he begins his journey back to the state tournament, where he finished 1-inch shy of a state discus title and was third in the shot put. Riffle set district meet records in both the discus (181-05) and shot put (62-10.75) a year ago.

Division II district track meet, Oak Harbor High, Friday:
The Eastwood boys’ team is looking for its sixth straight district title, and two-time defending state discus champion Justin Welch is looking to start his postseason off strong. Napoleon, Genoa and host Oak Harbor each have strong teams and are hoping to knock Eastwood off.
Perrysburg vs. Ashland baseball, Division I district semifinal, Bowling Green’s Carter Park, Tonight, 7:15 p.m.:
Zach Kolvey and the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets – the third-ranked team in the big-school division – are looking to knock-off Ashland and set-up a championship date with either Anthony Wayne or Sandusky.

Defiance vs. Toledo Central Catholic baseball, Division II district semifinal, Archbold High, Tonight, 7p.m.:
Hoping to preserve its dynamite season, Defiance – the third-ranked team in Division II – faces off against Toledo Central Central – which sits at No. 19 in the state – the right to advance and play either Byran or Maumee in the district finale.  

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