Northwest Ohio Huddle: Toledo City League in trouble, MLB Scouts and nationally ranked throwers


Northwest Ohio Huddle

The future of Toledo’s City League remains uncertain as the Toledo
Public Schools  determines what fiscal cuts it will
need to make to counter the district’s budget deficit. That’s the bad news. The good news is several Northwest Ohio athletes and teams shined in the postseason this past week…

The future of Toledo’s City League remains uncertain as the Toledo Public Schools board of education determines what fiscal cuts it will need to make to counter the district’s budget deficit, which reportedly is in excess of $30 million.

The first official hearing regarding the potential formation of a league that would not include the seven TPS member schools – Bowsher, Libbey, Rogers, Scott, Start, Waite and Woodward – was held Monday at Whitmer High.

According to the Toledo Blade, the unnamed new league would most likely consist of Whitmer, Clay, Central Catholic, St. John’s Jesuit, St. Francis de Sales, St. Ursula and Notre Dame academies, as well as Fremont Ross. Lima Senior and Findlay could also join.

Whitmer athletic director Tom Snook told the Blade that discussions have focused on steps non-TPS members would have to take to form a league, such as hiring a commissioner, drafting a constitution, setting guidelines for membership, and adopting league rules.

“We’re addressing what we need to do to form a league,” Snook told the newspaper. “What an athletic director, a principal, and a superintendent [have] to do and what a board [of education] has to do.”

While no official cuts have been announced, the TPS board of education have proposed a few changes, including the elimination of all junior high  and freshman sports, as well as the removal of varsity programs such as cross country, golf and tennis.


Cody Riffle, St. John’s Jesuit, track and field: For the second consecutive week, Cody Riffle proved why he is considered one of the best throwers in the nation.

Riffle won Division I district titles in both the discus and the shot put, and in the process, set new meet standards.

The University of Michigan recruit claimed the shot put title with a throw of 61-feet, 1.50-inches, besting runner-up Christopher Wormle of Toledo Whitmer by 11-feet.

In the discus, Riffle breezed to another victory, recording a toss of 190-5 and beating Whitmer’s Joseph Missler by a hair under 40-feet.

While more than good enough for the win, Riffle’s throw’s were down from his performance a week ago at the City League track and field championship, in which he threw 66-1 in the shot and a staggering 203-5 in the discus – third best this season in the nation.

His effort in the discus was just one foot off the all-time Ohio record set by Akron Ellet’s Charles Moye in 1987.


Woodmore boys’ and girls’ track and field: The heavily favored Woodmore’s boys and girls teams didn’t disappoint at the Division III district track championships at Eastwood, winning both team titles.

Justin Garver, Brock Avers, DeVaughnte Askew, and Grant Weirich teamed to win the 1600-meter relay in 3 minutes, 27.88 seconds, securing the win for boys’ on their final event.

Woodmore finished with 98 points, trailed by Gibsonburg with 93.

Garver and Avers aided Woodmore with individual victories, too. Garver won the 1600-meter run in 4:35.84, while Avers claimed his first district championship in the 800 with a time of 1:59.10.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats girls repeated as district champions after tallying 96 points, followed closely by Toledo Christian with 89.25.

Lynne Schroeder won the 800 in 2:25.17, and Katherine Smith cleared nine feet to win the high jump, lifting the Woodmore girls’ to another district title.

Carly Pendleton won the dicus with a toss of 145-0.


Kime, Bulldogs Blast Panthers: Defiance right-hander Dace Kime put on a clinic for MLB scouts Monday.

The Bulldogs starter stunned Maumee hitters with his blistering fastball and potent curveball, scattering five hits and striking out eight as Defiance rolled to a 5-2 win in the Division II district championship at Archbold High.

A University of Louisville recruit, Kime is expected to be selected in the third round of the upcoming MLB draft.  Scouts from the Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Pittsburgh Pirates were present as Kime dismantled Maumee. Kime has been clocked between 88 and 93 mph.

Defiance (27-1) – the third-ranked team in Division II – will play Parma Heights Holy Name in the regional semifinals on Thursday.

Maumee (16-12) starter Cal Reese allowed nine hits to seven different batters.
Southview Wins 1st District Title, Sets Up Regional Date With Rival Perrysburg: Southview got a boost from junior David Vandercook, and the Cougar won their first district baseball crown, beating Toledo Start 8-3 in the Division I district championship at Skeldon Stadium.

The Cougars’ win guaranteed an all-Northern Lakes League regional semifinal, thanks in part to Perrysburg, which beat Anthony Wayne 5-0 at Bowling Green.

The Cougars (23-3) and Jackets (23-4), who both have two NLL losses, will meet Thursday at 5 p.m. in the regional semifinal. Perrysburg – the third-ranked team in Division I – has a leg-up against No. 10 Southview, winning both league meetings.

Southview plated five-runs in the first inning to help fuel its win against Start (17-6).
Vandercook hit a three-run home run over the 375-foot sign in right-center field, giving Southview a 3-0 lead.

Yellow Jackets Dispatch AW in District Final: David Gordon pitched a four-hitter and hit a three-run home run to aid his cause as No. 3 Perrysburg topped Anthony Wayne 5-0 in the Division I district championship at Carter Park, advancing to the regional tournament once again.

Gordon homered with two out in the bottom of the third for the Yellow Jackets (23-4).

In regular season action, Perrysburg’s shot of winning a Northern Lakes League baseball championship took a major hit Monday with a 6-5 loss to Bowling Green.

Exactly 48 hours after winning a district championship, Perrysburg fell one game behind 10th-ranked Southview, the NLL leader with a 11-2 record. Now the Yellow Jackets must beat Northview at home and hope Southview loses its regular season finale against Maumee (7-6) to earn a share of the NLL title for the first time in seven seasons.

Seifert paces Eastwood at District Track Meet: Eastwood star sprinter Cody Seifert bounced back from a hamstring injury to win district titles in the 100 and 200-meter dashes at the Division II track and field meet at Oak Harbor.

Backed by Seifert, the defending state champion Eagles, finished runner-up in the team standings with 93 points. Their female counterparts won the district championship, beating host Oak Harbor 86-79 despite not having an event champion.

Seifert, who tweaked his hamstring on May 8 sat out the sat out last week’s Suburban Lakes League championships and opted to skip the 400 and 1600 relays, won the 100 in 11.56 seconds and the 200 in 22.49.

Nationally-ranked thrower Justin Welch easily won the discus title, hitting 195-feet, 5-inches and outdistancing Perkins’ Mathew Hoty by 19-feet.

Hoty came back to beat Welch in the shot put, setting a new meet record with a throw 63-5 3-4. Welch, a D-II state champion a season ago, topped out at 61-11. 

Clay Captures CL Title – Again:
Following a disappointing loss to Springfield in the Division I district softball championship, Oregon Clay rebounded with a 4-0 win over St. Ursula in the City League Championship at Scott Park.

Starter Kasey Graham pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts, and center fielder Kim Crawford went 3 for 3 as the Eagles (24-5) – the eight-ranked team in the final coaches’ poll – won their second straight CL title and fourth in five years.

Crawford went 3 for 3 with a double, an RBI, and two runs. The sophomore was named the outstanding player in the CL playoffs.

Graham scattered hits in the first, sixth, and seventh innings, as well as walks in the third and fourth.

Maumee Valley’s Jaara State Bound: Maumee Valley’s Eyad Jaara won a Division II district singles title, and advanced to the state tennis tournament for the third time with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Trevor Bowers of Norwalk at Laurel Hill Swim & Tennis Club at Toledo.

Andrew Linden of Sandusky St. Mary’s defeated Johnny Rutter of Lima Shawnee in the consolation finals, and the Maumee Valley doubles team of Christian Fesko and Stephen Shin also earned a berth in the state tournament.

In Division I action, St. John’s Jesuit advanced two doubles teams to the state tournament.

Titan seniors Josef Pontasch and Devon Sbrocchi paired to win the district title by ousting teammates Evan Bechtel and Ryan Jorgensen 6-4, 7-5.

The top two doubles teams qualify for state. Playing doubles, Pontasch was a state champion a year ago.

In the singles title round, Perrysburg freshman Jeff Schorsch twisted his ankle and had to forfeit the match, but still earned a bid in the state tournament.

Wapakoneta Ends Dry Spell, Returns to Regionals: Greg Stoll hit a deep RBI single to left field, lifting Wapakoneta to a 4-3 walk-off win over Shawnee and its first Sweet 16 appearance in six years in the Division II baseball district championship at Bluffton University.

Wapakoneta (24-4) – the ninth-ranked team in Division II – is back in the regional tournament for the first time since 2004. The Redskins will play Sandusky Perkins at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Tiffin University.

Shawnee ducks out at 20-9.

Wapakoneta’s Justin Krebs singled to left off Shawnee reliever Virgil Ellett to kick-off the seventh. Josh Vorhees then reached on a bunt, and a Jordan Ruppert sacrifice put runners at second and third. Cale Tabler was walked intentionally to load the bases with one out, setting the plate for Stoll’s game-winning hit.

Elmwood Wins District Crown: Starter Adam Tyson picked up his seventh win, and Suburban Lakes League champion Elmwood beat Tinora 5-3 in the Division III district baseball title game at Defiance High.

Reid Rothenbuhler hit the game-winning RBI single in the seventh for the Royals (22-3) – the ninth-ranked team in Division III.

Elmwood, the D-III state runner-up in 2007, advanced to face top-ranked Coldwater Thursday in the regional semifinal at Elida Middle School.

Perkins Makes 7th Regional Trip in 13 Seasons: Perkins starter Xavier Turner (4-1) yielded no earned runs in a complete-game four-hitter as the Pirates beat state-ranked Mansfield Madison 4-3 in the Division II district championship at Heise Park at Galion.

The Pirates (23-6) play Wapakoneta Thursday at Tiffin University in the Sweet 16. Perkins is making its seventh regional trip in the last 13 seasons.

Perkins started 6-5 but bounced back to win 17 of 18.

Eighth Inning Rally Lifts Green Bears Over Eagles: Ottawa Hills pushed across two runs in the top of the eighth inning to capture a 7-5 win over Toledo Area Athletic

Conference rival Toledo Christian in the Division IV district final at Findlay’s Flag City Field.

Ottawa Hills’ winning eighth-inning rally began when Deckebach drew a one-out walk from Ivan, then moved to second on a balk. J.J. Buckey hit a clutch two-out RBI single to center in the eight that broke a 5-all center, and Adam Moreau followed with his fourth single of the day, pushing Buckey to third, and the Green Bears used a double-steal to bring Buckey home the insurance run.

Ottawa Hills starter Tom Jamieson limited TC to just six hits in 4 1-3 innings for the win.

The Green Bears set scored four times in the first and took advantage of Toledo Christian starter Anthony Dodd early on.

WT Knocks-Off Antwerp: Andrea Padilla hit a first inning three-run shot, and Marcie McDougle had 11 strikeouts in a complete game effort as Wayne Trace knocked-off No. 7 Antwerp 8-2 in the Division IV district championship at Bryan High.

The Raiders will face Arlington in the regional semifinals Thursday at Findlay.

Webb, St. John’s Rout Miller City:
Delphos St. John starter Nate Webb was in the zone, throwing his knuckleball, curveball and changeup for strikes, and helping the Blue Jays get past No. 6 Miller City 6-1 in the Division IV district finale at Elida’s Ed Sandy Field.  

The Blue Jays (15-10) will now face Patrick Henry in the Sweet 16 Thursday at Patrick Henry.

Miller City – which finished sixth in the Division IV state poll – concluded its season 20-5.

BC Back in Regionals: Buckeye Central reliever David Walsh stopped a late Wynford rally, and the seventh-ranked Bucks advanced to their second regional tournament in three tries with a 9-8 win in the Division IV title game at Colonel Crawford.

The Royals (12-17) scored three runs in the seventh inning to draw to 9-8 when Walsh cut Wynford’s run short, and lifted the Bucks back to the Sweet 16.

Buckeye Central (22-7) will next meet Columbiana in the regional semifinal Thursday at the Lorain Pipe Yard.

New Riegel Outlasts SW, Earns Share of MAL Crown: Two days after winning the Division IV district title at Fostoria High, New Riegel faced off against St. Wendelin for the second time in five days.

A week ago, it was in the district semifinals, and Monday it was a showdown between two 9-0 Midland Athletic League teams.

And for the second time, New Riegel withstood a seventh-inning St. Wendelin run, winning 5-3 and earning a share of the program’s first MAL title.

Taylor Mathias picked-up the win for the Mohawks (22-6), who will face fifth-ranked Convoy Crestview in Wednesday’s regional semifinal.


Perrysburg vs. Sylvania Southview baseball, Division I regional semifinal, Bowling Green State University, Today, 5 p.m.: Without question, this match-up between Northern Lakes League rivals in the Sweet 16 will provide nothing less than a blockbuster baseball game. Perrysburg (23-5) – the third-ranked team in Division I – is chasing No. 10 Southview (23-3) by one game in the NLL standings, and both teams have a lot on the line.

Defiance vs. Parma Heights Holy Name baseball, Division II regional semifinal, Tiffin University, Today, 5 p.m.: Defiance (27-1) – the third-ranked team in Division II – is fresh off an impressive district title win over Maumee, and is looking for its first tournament test against unranked Holy Name (18-9), which beat Medina Highland to earn a regional berth.

Wapakoneta vs. Sandusky Perkins baseball, Division II regional semifinal, Tiffin University, Today, 2 p.m.:
Both teams are coming off  strong showing in the district finale, ninth-ranked Wapakoneta (24-4) against Lima Shawnee and Perkins (23-6) against Mansfield Madison, and both are vying for a shot to potentially face Defiance in the Elite Eight.
Division I regional track and field meet, Amherst High, Wednesday through Friday:
Among the hundreds of athletes vying for a state tournament bid, Toledo St. John’s Jesuit’s Cody Riffle will highlight the bunch. Riffle, 1-inch shy of a state discus title a season ago, appears on a mission this spring, setting district discus and shot put records along the way.

Division II regional track and field meet, Lexington High:
Justin Welch and the Eastwood boys’ track and field team are looking to repeat as regional champions. Welch – on his way to his second straight state championship in the discus – led the Eagles to three event wins as Eastwood beat out Orrville 72.5-56 for the team title.

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