Morning Huddle: Is the Toledo City League doomed?


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• ‘Revolt’ forced out Mount Notre Dame basketball coach

• Toledo City League could face first withdraw tonight

• Basketball coach Guerrero returns to Start High School

• Hudson grad ready to play again at Harvard after broken arm

The beginning of the end for the CL? Funding cuts for the athletic programs at several Toledo City League schools have led many members to explore forming a new league. It’s looking like Clay High School in Oregon could be the first school to withdraw from the CL. An agenda for tonight’s Oregon School District meeting includes a proposal to withdraw Clay from the CL effective at the end of the 2010-2011 season. The goal would then be to form a new league with several other CL schools. The proposal mentions forming a new league with St. John’s, Central Catholic, St. Francis, St. Ursula, Notre Dame, Whitmer, Findlay, Fremont and Lima Senior. According to Clay athletic director Mike Donnelly, St. Francis de Sales “has not agreed to leave the City League at this time” and “Findlay and Lima Senior have not officially been invited, but all indications point to their being invited.”

Hard coaching or crossing the line? According to Cincy Sports Zone, Mount Notre Dame varsity girls basketball coach Dante Harlan’s resignation wasn’t entirely amiable. There was “a revolt of sorts from the parents of the athletes on his 18-player roster,” sources told There was at least one incident last winter between Harlan and one of his assistant coaches. When the assistant coach ended up sprawled on the floor, Harlan was soon suspended for two games. Other incidents and mounting parental pressure may have played a big role in Harlan’s resignation. “Mount Notre Dame is not just any high school program,” writes Cincy Sports Zone. “Harlan is not just any coach. The Cougars, coming off state championships from 2005-06 to 2008-09, is the first D-I program to win four straight girls state titles in the 34-year history of the OHSAA state tournament. MND is second in terms of all-time D-I championships won — trailing only Pickerington and Regina. Harlan was named D-I coach of the year in 2008-09.” The school thanked Harlan for his service, and now the search is on for a replacement at one of the top girls basketball programs in the state.

Back at the helm: Former head coach Gil Guerrero has been invited back to take over as head coach for Start High School’s (Toledo) boys basketball program. Guerrero previously coached the Spartans for a combined 10 seasons before stepping down in 2008 to work as an assistant coach at the men’s basketball program at Owens Community College. “That was one of the tough things about it,” Athletic Director Daniel Sanders said of Guerrero’s resignation in 2008, “but the committee looked beyond that. Gil’s a friend of friend of mine and he’s somebody I know I can work with.” Guerrero said he missed being a head coach after he moved to Owens: “Being an assistant wasn’t my cup of tea.” But there were more reasons at work, too. In May, Guerrero’s 28-year-old son, Steven, died in a car accident. “A big part of the whole thing was the people at Start High School,” Guerrero said, “and the love that they showed me when some pretty bad things happened. They all just poured their hearts out for me. When I heard the job opened up, I thought, ‘God, I want to do this again for them.'”

A Harvard man: Former Hudson High School football standout Alex Gedeon is adjusting to life at Harvard. “Hudson prepared me pretty well for it, but right away, it is a culture shock. You think to yourself, ‘How am I ever going going to keep up with them?’ I have five roommates, and most of the kids that come here are just like me — they have to put in six hours studying and pulling all-nighters,” Gedeon told the Akron Beacon Journal. He got game time as a Harvard freshman on special teams, then stepped into a wider role last season before breaking his arm. Gedeon’s now entering his junior season and expectations are high. At Hudson, he set two records his senior year: all-purpose yards (3,934) and touchdowns (35). He’ll play as a linebacker this fall, and he’ll do it between internships, classes and training. Even this summer he’s swamped, waking at 5:30 a.m. for an internship at a Boston lab, then training during the evenings. Hopefully, it’ll all pay off at kickoff time.

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