Review Category : Local Sports

Army Corps Says Flood Studies Won’t Be Done For “18-24 Months”

4/9/14 – 11:48 A.M.

Suffice it to say, no one is happy with the Army Corps of Engineers timeline for finishing the study of the Blanchard River. They Corps held a press conference today to say it would take 18 to 24 months to finish the flood study. That’s a great deal longer than the anticipated first quarter of 2015 timeline.

Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, and Congressman Bob Latta have all condemned the timeline, calling it “unacceptable.”

The meeting itself is a point of contention. Corps members were in Findlay yesterday to meet with elected officials. It was only then that they were told there would be a press conference. WFIN and the Courier were not notified about the press conference.

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College Baseball: Findlay High grad Orwick pitching well for Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Findlay High School’s Jimmy Orwick is already making an impact as a freshman for the University of Notre Dame’s baseball team this season.
The left-handed pitcher leads the Fighting Irish (6-9) with 10 appearances, all of them in relief, and has a 6.23 ERA.
In 41/3 innings pitched, he has allowed three earned runs on five hits. He’s walked four batters, struck-out three and hit two batters.
Orwick’s best outing came in Notre Dame’s 2-1 loss to UCLA. He pitched 12/3 scoreless innings of relief, had a strikeout and threw eight strikes in his 11 pitches.

Yost hitting .308 at B-W
BEREA — Baldwin Wallace University senior Jay Yost, a Hopewell-Loudon graduate, is making the most of his appearances at the plate for the Yellow Jackets.
Yost, who usually plays second or third base, is batting .308 (4 for 13) in his four games for Baldwin Wallace (4-3). All of his hits are singles, and he has scored a run as well.
He went 1 for 3 in each of his last two games (Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Montclair State and Sunday’s 8-0 win over Salem State). Yost also went 2 for 4 with a run scored in the Yellow Jackets’ first game against Transylvania in a double-header on March 1, in which they won both games 8-5.

Watson off to solid start
TIFFIN — North Baltimore’s Jordan Watson’s first season as a pitcher for Heidelberg University is off to a good start, much like the Student Princes’ start to the season.
In his four appearances, the 6-foot-1 right-handed freshman has a 3.38 ERA and four strikeouts in eight innings pitched for Heidelberg, which is 8-2 and on an eight-game winning streak.
Watson also recorded a save in Saturday’s 14-4 win over Olivet in Fort Myers, Fla., in which he pitched three innings, allowed an earned run on three hits, and struck out three batters.

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Prep Hoops: Princeton’s Mitchell is Ohio’s Ms. Basketball

Princeton's Kelsey Mitchell (1) goes up for a shot against Mason's Makenzie Dixon (21) during a basketball game earlier this season. Mitchell was a unanimous choice as the 2014 Associated Press Ohio Ms. Basketball. (AP Photo)

By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS — Kelsey Mitchell, a unanimous choice as the 27th annual Associated Press Ms. Basketball winner, stands out from the crowd.
Except for team and family photos, that is.
Kelsey, a 5-foot-8 senior from state-bound Cincinnati Princeton High School, is a twin. And they are just one of two sets of twins in the immediate family.

Princeton’s Kelsey Mitchell (1) goes up for a shot against Mason’s Makenzie Dixon (21) during a basketball game earlier this season. Mitchell was a unanimous choice as the 2014 Associated Press Ohio Ms. Basketball. (AP Photo)

So while some might marvel over her unique moves on the court, others wonder about her relationship with her 5-11 sister Chelsea, a Princeton star who is also joining her at Ohio State next year.
“We’re two relatively different people,” Kelsey said. “We do our own things, but then again she is one my best friends. So we talk about a lot of things together, but she’s so different from me. She very outgoing.”
Kelsey’s play speaks volumes, however.
She’s a do-everything guard who averages 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 4.1 steals a game for a team that is 26-2 heading into Friday night’s Division I state semifinal against Toledo Notre Dame (24-3).
“She does it all. She can get to the basket, she can shoot the 3, she finds open people and plays great defense,” said her coach, Jill Phillips.
What most amazes Phillips is that Kelsey’s motor is always running even if her mouth isn’t.
“I guess the thing is that she never takes a play off,” Phillips said. “Practice, game — there’s never a time when she’s not giving 100 percent.”
Kelsey is a McDonald’s All American who doesn’t let her ego get in the way of the No. 1 objective, winning.
Asked what she does best on the court, the student with a 3.76 grade-point average hesitated for a second.
“Best? I think I distribute the ball well,” she said. “Lately I’ve been averaging a lot of assists. My teammates have been making big-time shots in big-time games, so I’m more than happy to distribute the ball to them.”
Beware, opponents. That doesn’t mean you can slack off on guarding her.
The lefty shot 35 percent on 3-pointers this season. In the regional semifinal against defending state champion Kettering Fairmont, she piled up 50 points.
Funny, but there’s a debate whether the best girls player in the state is even the best player in her family.
First, Chelsea can play, a three-star prospect who’s a double-figure scorer on the state’s No. 1 team in the final AP regular-season poll.
Second and third, well, there are brothers Cameron and Kevin who play for Indiana University Southeast. The Grenadiers have a 25-4 record and are in the NAIA playoffs.
“My brothers are one of the reasons that I am the player that I am today,” Kelsey said. “They’re great basketball players, so they made me better.”
Kelsey and Chelsea will be playing on their future home court at Value City Arena when they play in the state tournament. As might be expected, it’s been an exciting week around Princeton, with tickets up for grabs, people making travel plans and everyone anticipating the Vikings’ big moment in the spotlight.
“I’m very excited. I’m happy that our team has made progress to get to state and I’m just honored to be there,” Kelsey said. “We’re just honored to be there.”
Ms. Basketball is determined in voting by a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
Past winners include Katie Smith, the leading scorer in professional women’s basketball history, along with two-time winner Ameryst Alston, now at Ohio State, and past Cincinnati-area standouts Kendall Hackney (Mount Notre Dame, 2009), Amber Gray (Lakota West, 2008), Mel Thomas (Mount Notre Dame, 2004), Michelle Munoz (Mason, 2000-01), Carol Madsen (Reading, 1989) and Janet Haneberg (Seton, the inaugural winner in 1988).
Other finalists for this year’s award included Reynoldsburg’s Alyssa Rice, Clyde’s Amanda Cahill, Kristen Confroy of Solon, Reedsville Eastern’s Jenna Burdette, Laina Snyder of Millersburg West Holmes and Cortland Lakeview’s Alli Pavlik.

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UF’s Holmstrom is All-American

GENEVA — University of Findlay sophomore Kaley Holmstrom earned All-American honors for the Oilers as she finished 15th in the women’s 200 individual medley on the opening day of the NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships Wednesday at the Spire Institute.
Holmstrom made the “B” final and finished 15th with a time of 2:05.47 to earn her third All-American award for the Oilers after placing in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke last season.
West Chester’s Katharina Fischer won the race in a meet-record time of 1:59.21.
Junior diver Ashleigh Weddington just missed a top 16 finish as she was 18th in the women’s 3-meter diving competition with 396.2 points.
Clarion’s Kristin Day won the event with 504.1 points.
Findlay sophomore Jessica Ward will compete in the 100 backstroke on Friday and the 200 backstroke on Saturday.
NCAA opening matches
CLEVELAND — First round matchups are set as the University of Findlay wrestlers begin competition at the NCAA Division II wrestling championships Friday at Cleveland’s Public Hall.
UF senior Adam Walters will be gunning for his third All-American award in the 174-pound weight class. A 2012 NCAA runner-up, Walters (28-3) will open the tournament against St. Cloud State’s Clayton Jennissen (24-13).
Senior 125-pounder Ben Sergent (19-6) will be making his third NCAA tournament appearance and is seeking his first All-American award this weekend as he opens against Minnesota State-Moorhead’s Blake Bosch (21-12).
UF 149-pounder Dalton Nicely (14-22) will take on Central Missouri’s Frank Cagnina (36-2) while Bradley Metz (29-13) wrestles West Liberty State’s Mike Emery (16-6) in his first-round bout at 165 pounds.

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College Basketball: BGSU fires Orr

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — Bowling Green State University has announced it will not renew the contract of seven-year men’s basketball coach Louis Orr.
Athletic director D. Christopher Kingston announced the firing on Tuesday.
Orr was 101-121 in seven seasons, including a record of 54-60 in Mid-American Conference play. The Falcons lost at Northern Illinois 54-51 in overtime on Monday night to close out a 12-20 season.
After going 13-17 in his first season in 2007-08, he led the Falcons to a 19-14 mark the next year and was voted the MAC’s coach of the year. His last three years, the team went 16-16, 13-19 and 12-20. His teams never made the NCAA tournament.

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Locally: Leppelmeier set to compete in NCAA championships

Kent State junior thrower Jackie Leppelmeier, a McComb graduate, will compete this weekend in the weight throw at the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships in Albuquerque, N.M.
Leppelmeier enters the meet with a season-best throw of 69 feet, 81/4 inches and is seeded 11th. Top seed Brea Garrett of Texas A&M enters with a mark of 74-41/4.
The women’s weight throw begins with the preliminary throws at 7 p.m. Friday followed immediately by the finals.
Fostoria all-stars set
A total of 16 area boys and 23 area girls will take the court at Fostoria High School for the Fostoria Athletic Boosters All-Star Basketball Games, scheduled for Sunday.
The girls game will begin at 3 p.m., with the boys contest to follow.
east roys roster
FREMONT ROSS — Jack Gedeon, Jarvis Jones, Dylan Jagodzinski. GENOA — Casey Gose, Grant Adams. GIBSONBURG — Andrew Cantrell, Tyler Ernsthausen, Adam Copley. LAKOTA — Colin Timmons, Josh Kirkpatrck. MARGARETTA — Logan Brauer. RIVERDALE — Lee Holderman. TIFFIN CALVERT — Michael Bennett. TIFFIN COLUMBIAN — Josh Flint, Isaiah Moore.
west boys roster
CAREY — Matthew Holsinger, Laine Wentling. ELMWOOD — Aaron Arnold, Sebastian Baxter. FINDLAY — Michael Clark, Braden Miller. FOSTORIA — Hunter Abell, Drew Stennett, Tony Mauricio. NORTH BALTIMORE — Jacob Frost. ST. WENDELIN — Nick Root, Gabe Walters, Brady Rutter, Stephen Murray. UPPER SANDUSKY — Cody Collins.
EAST GIRLS ROSTER
ARCADIA — Rebecca Kirian. FREMONT ROSS — Abbi Hasselbach, Shania Kiser, Whitney Overmyer. HOPEWELL-LOUDON — Aleta Daniel, Courtney Burns, Hope Brickner. TIFFIN COLUMBIAN — Paige Smith. WOODMORE — Allie Wank, Grace Weirich. VAN BUREN — Mandi Endicott, Paige Sudlow. NORTH BALTIMORE — Mackenzie Stewart, Morgan Schloemp. LAKOTA — Morgan Mowry.
west girls roster
CAREY — Hannah Draper, Ali Rymer. ELMWOOD — Kristen Curtis, Marissa Swavel, Tiffany Hillard, Courtney Emmitt. FINDLAY — Zoe Swisher, Jacey Hardesty, Sarah Thomas. FOSTORIA — Mette Pedersen. NEW RIEGEL — Taylor Kirian, Lauren Ladd, Morgan Noftz. ST. WENDELIN — Edy Mowrey, Taylor Williams.
Wright an all-star
SHELBY — Riverdale senior Jordyn Wright was selected to be on the Team 1 all-star team and will play in the Shelby Rotary NCO All-Star Classic on Wednesday March 19 at 7 p.m. at Shelby High School.
Wynford’s Amy Sheldon will coach the Team 1 squad while Shelby’s Natalie Lantz will coach Team 2.
Tickets are $6 for adults and free for children whose parents donate a new or gently used book on game night to the Shelby Rotary Club.

TEAM 1 ROSTER
Macey Sheerer & Hannah Wyeth, Bucyrus; Brooke Karl, Buckeye Central; Kelly Rhodes, Lexington; Molea Thompson, Mansfield Madison; Sydnie Fetherolf, Norwalk; Jordyn Wright, Riverdale; Bella Stoll, Norwalk St. Paul; Meghan Harrer & Brenna Quinn, Wynford.
TEAM 2 ROSTER
Alexis Stoops, Ashland; Makala Daniel & Whitney Schalk, Bellevue; Fantasia Hood, Mansfield Madison; Naya Pender, Mansfield Senior; Kelly Norrod, New London; Kailee Flowers, Norwalk; Jayde Niss, Ontario; Taylor Fulton, Shelby; Tiza Jones, Mansfield St. Peter’s.
OAC all-academic
A total of 23 athletes from Ohio Northern University earned Ohio Athletic Conference all-academic honors in their respective sports.
Among them the honorees were a pair of former Putnam County League players. Senior Jared Horstman (Fort Jennings) from the ONU men’s basketball team earned the award along with senior women’s Basketball player Taylor Hermiller (Pandora-Gilboa).
In addition to the Ohio Northern honorees, Wilmington sophomore athletic training major Kirsten Glick (Arcadia) also earned a spot on the all-academic list for the Quakers.
To be eligible for the award, athletes must be at least sophomores, maintain varsity status and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

ONU OAC ALL-ACADEMIC
MEN’S BASKETBALL — Jared Horstman, sr.
MEN’S SWIMMING — Jason Luthman, jr..; Christopher Hoffman, jr..; Brian Heilbronner, jr.; John Williamowski, jr.; Tyler Lucian, soph.; Jordan Breitigam, sr.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL — Sara Kocian, sr.; Brooke Espenschied, soph.; Mary Miller, jr.; Taylor Hermiller, sr.; Carly Thomas, soph.; Jordan Kimes, jr.
WOMEN’S SWIMMING — Ashley Zoeller, jr.; Cassandra Hacker, soph.; Chelsea Cadle, jr.; Lindsey Rayhill, sr.; Allison Lohnes, soph.; Abigail Barlage, soph.; Jamie Garbash, sr.
WRESTLING — Cody Lovejoy, jr.; Colt Lovejoy, soph.; David Woolley, jr.
Preseason info needed
Area prep baseball and softball coaches are asked to return their preseason analysis forms to The Courier sports department as soon as possible.
Forms were mailed and faxed to each of the 31 schools in The Courier’s circulation area. Coaches can return their team’s preseason information by fax at 419-427-8480 or email at Send an E-mail to sports.
Coaches can call the sports department at 419-427-8409 daily after 5 p.m. to request additional forms or to obtain for more information.

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Prep Girls Basketball: Carey’s Vaughn, L-B’s Myers top area all-Ohioans

Liberty-Benton’s Rachel Myers was named first team all-Ohio in Division III and Carey coach Phil Vaughn earned co-coach of the year honors in Division IV in selections released Tuesday by The Associated Press.
Myers, a Bowling Green State University signee, averaged 23.3 points for the Eagles while shooting 46 percent from 3-point range.
The 5-foot-8 senior guard, who was also tabbed BVC and District 8 player of the year this season, led Liberty-Benton to a 22-3 overall record which included a Blanchard Valley Conference title and a spot in the regional tournament.
Myers broke the school record for career 3-pointers and finished with more than 1,600 career points.
Vaughn, who was also named Northwest District coach of the year in Division IV, has compiled a 103-38 record in six seasons at Carey.
He led the Blue Devils to a 23-3 record, which included a Midland Athletic League title and a regional finals appearance.
Fostoria St. Wendelin’s Kamryn Troike was a second-team All-Ohio choice in Division IV after averaging 20.7 points and 14 rebounds per contest.
The 6-3 sophomore was also the District 6 player of the year and led the MAL in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage. She scored 33 or more points three times and recorded 20 or more rebounds three times.
Upper Sandusky senior Taylor Graboski was a special mention selection in Division III, while senior Kristen Miller of Ottawa-Glandorf and Elmwood senior Kristen Curtis earned honorable mention recognition.
Arcadia junior Molly Glick and Continental senior Paige Ordway were special mentions in Division IV. Leipsic senior Amber Gerdeman, New Riegel junior Kara Scherger and Carey sophomore Sydney Wentling received honorable mention distinction.
2013-14 All-Ohio Basketball
Division III
FIRST TEAM
Alexa Hart, Cols. Africentric, 6-foot-2, senior, 16.2 points per game; Terra Stapleton, Proctorville Fairland, 6-4, sr., 17.8; Courtney Putt, Sugarcreek Garaway, 5-8, sr., 17.4; Jess Janota, Gates Mills Gilmour, 6-3, sr., 15.7; Ashton Lovely, Jamestown Greeneview, 5-9, sr., 23.5; Tanaya Beacham, Youngs. Ursuline, 6-1, soph., 16.8; Rachel Myers, Liberty-Benton, 5-8, sr., 23.3.
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Alexa Hart, Cols. Africentric; Terra Stapleton, Proctorville Fairland.
COACHES OF THE YEAR: Jeff Compan, Andover Pymatuning Valley; Jared Crowe, New Lebanon Dixie; Tom Kontak, Oak Harbor.
SECOND TEAM
Christa Puthoff, Versallies, 6-2, jr., 10.0; Olivia Besancon, Smithville, 5-6, sr., 16.5; Darianne Seward, Africentric, 5-5, sr., 10.2; Leanna Adkins, Oak Hill, 5-7, sr., 19.6; Geena Gabriel, Andover Pymatuning Valley, 5-9, sr., 18.2; Leah Leshnack, Youngs. Liberty, 5-5, sr., 20.6; Cassidy Wyse, Archbold, 5-10, sr., 14.1; Trina Current, Casstown Miami East, 6-1, sr., 15.8.
THIRD TEAM
Katie Ellzy, Cadiz Harrison Central, 5-9, jr., 18.2; Amisha Herd, Zanesville W. Muskingum, 5-4, sr., 15.7; Shania Massie, Greenfield McClain, 5-7, jr., 17.4; Mikah Aldridge, Beachwood, 5-6, sr., 14.2; Kelsea Brown, Andover Pymatuning Valley, 5-8, jr., 17.5; Andrea Cecil, Oak Harbor, 6-0, soph., 19.6; Kaycee Rowe, Allen East, 5-8, sr., 18.2; Abby Wolford, Cin. Christian, 5-7, sr., 20.7; Marissa Koob, Cin. Hills Christian Acad., 5-10, sr., 22.2; Mason Jamison, Richwood North Union, 5-10, sr., 19.5.
Special Mention
(Northwest Ohio only)
Taylor Graboski, Upper Sandusky
HONORABLE Mention
(Northwest Ohio only)
Ciara Albright, Genoa; Kristen Miller, Ottawa-Glandorf; Kristen Curtis, Elmwood; Meghan Harrer, Wynford; Brigan Wymer, Delta; Haili Mossing, Evergreen; Niki Meyer, Liberty Center.
Division IV
FIRST TEAM
Jenna Burdette, Reedsville Eastern, 5-foot-8, senior, 15.5 points per game; Darian Rose, Fort Loramie, 5-8, sr., 20.1; Jessica Isler, Windham, 5-9, jr., 21.4; Haley Horstman, New Knoxville, 5-7, sr., 15.5; Jenna Stegmaier, Cuyahoga Hts., 5-10, jr., 14.5; Regina Hochstetler, Berlin Hiland, 5-9, sr., 20.0; Jill Blacksten, Newark Cath., 6-1, jr., 22.2.
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Jenna Burdette, Reedsville Eastern; Darian Rose, Fort Loramie.
COACHES OF THE YEAR: Matt Proper, Danville; Al Martin, Cuyahoga Hts.; Phil Vaughn, Carey; Toby Sheets, Fayetteville-Perry.
SECOND TEAM
Molly Nash, Zanesville Rosecrans, 5-11, sr., 16.3; Jordan Parker, Reedsville Eastern, 5-11, sr., 16.4; Marissa Myles, Holgate, 6-0, sr., 14.0; Kamryn Troike, Fostoria St. Wendelin, 6-3, soph., 20.7; Makayla Rosselot, Fayetteville-Perry, 5-6, sr., 24.7; Bri Staats, Danville, 5-8, jr., 18.0.
THIRD TEAM
Ali Spayde, Worthington Christian, 5-8, sr., 19.3; Nicole Smolenak, Bridgeport, 5-4, sr., 11.8; Sidney Pell, Peebles, 5-9, sr., 20.3; Payton Buell, Mentor Cornerstown Christian, 5-8, soph., 21.0; Sarah Cash, Warren Lordstown, 6-3, sr., 17.8; Anna Hintz, South Central, 6-1, jr., 19.5; Jamie Dodane, Mechanicsburg, 5-7, jr., 19.3.
Special Mention
(Northwest Ohio only)
Molly Glick, Arcadia; Dana Fricke, Pettisville; Paige Ordway, Continental.
HONORABLE Mention
(Northwest Ohio only)
Darian Westmeyer, Tol. Christian; Amber Gerdeman, Leipsic; Molly Hammersmith, Ayersville; Kara Scherger, New Riegel; Sydney Wentling, Carey; Lindsey Motycka, Convoy Crestview; Brooke Winner, Marion Local.

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Prep Girls Basketball: Carey’s Vaughn, L-B’s Myers top area all-Ohioans

Liberty-Benton’s Rachel Myers was named first team all-Ohio in Division III and Carey coach Phil Vaughn earned co-coach of the year honors in Division IV in selections released Tuesday by The Associated Press.
Myers, a Bowling Green State University signee, averaged 23.3 points for the Eagles while shooting 46 percent from 3-point range.
The 5-foot-8 senior guard, who was also tabbed BVC and District 8 player of the year this season, led Liberty-Benton to a 22-3 overall record which included a Blanchard Valley Conference title and a spot in the regional tournament.
Myers broke the school record for career 3-pointers and finished with more than 1,600 career points.
Vaughn, who was also named Northwest District coach of the year in Division IV, has compiled a 103-38 record in six seasons at Carey.
He led the Blue Devils to a 23-3 record, which included a Midland Athletic League title and a regional finals appearance.
Fostoria St. Wendelin’s Kamryn Troike was a second-team All-Ohio choice in Division IV after averaging 20.7 points and 14 rebounds per contest.
The 6-3 sophomore was also the District 6 player of the year and led the MAL in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage. She scored 33 or more points three times and recorded 20 or more rebounds three times.
Upper Sandusky senior Taylor Graboski was a special mention selection in Division III, while senior Kristen Miller of Ottawa-Glandorf and Elmwood senior Kristen Curtis earned honorable mention recognition.
Arcadia junior Molly Glick and Continental senior Paige Ordway were special mentions in Division IV. Leipsic senior Amber Gerdeman, New Riegel junior Kara Scherger and Carey sophomore Sydney Wentling received honorable mention distinction.
2013-14 All-Ohio Basketball
Division III
FIRST TEAM
Alexa Hart, Cols. Africentric, 6-foot-2, senior, 16.2 points per game; Terra Stapleton, Proctorville Fairland, 6-4, sr., 17.8; Courtney Putt, Sugarcreek Garaway, 5-8, sr., 17.4; Jess Janota, Gates Mills Gilmour, 6-3, sr., 15.7; Ashton Lovely, Jamestown Greeneview, 5-9, sr., 23.5; Tanaya Beacham, Youngs. Ursuline, 6-1, soph., 16.8; Rachel Myers, Liberty-Benton, 5-8, sr., 23.3.
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Alexa Hart, Cols. Africentric; Terra Stapleton, Proctorville Fairland.
COACHES OF THE YEAR: Jeff Compan, Andover Pymatuning Valley; Jared Crowe, New Lebanon Dixie; Tom Kontak, Oak Harbor.
SECOND TEAM
Christa Puthoff, Versallies, 6-2, jr., 10.0; Olivia Besancon, Smithville, 5-6, sr., 16.5; Darianne Seward, Africentric, 5-5, sr., 10.2; Leanna Adkins, Oak Hill, 5-7, sr., 19.6; Geena Gabriel, Andover Pymatuning Valley, 5-9, sr., 18.2; Leah Leshnack, Youngs. Liberty, 5-5, sr., 20.6; Cassidy Wyse, Archbold, 5-10, sr., 14.1; Trina Current, Casstown Miami East, 6-1, sr., 15.8.
THIRD TEAM
Katie Ellzy, Cadiz Harrison Central, 5-9, jr., 18.2; Amisha Herd, Zanesville W. Muskingum, 5-4, sr., 15.7; Shania Massie, Greenfield McClain, 5-7, jr., 17.4; Mikah Aldridge, Beachwood, 5-6, sr., 14.2; Kelsea Brown, Andover Pymatuning Valley, 5-8, jr., 17.5; Andrea Cecil, Oak Harbor, 6-0, soph., 19.6; Kaycee Rowe, Allen East, 5-8, sr., 18.2; Abby Wolford, Cin. Christian, 5-7, sr., 20.7; Marissa Koob, Cin. Hills Christian Acad., 5-10, sr., 22.2; Mason Jamison, Richwood North Union, 5-10, sr., 19.5.
Special Mention
(Northwest Ohio only)
Taylor Graboski, Upper Sandusky
HONORABLE Mention
(Northwest Ohio only)
Ciara Albright, Genoa; Kristen Miller, Ottawa-Glandorf; Kristen Curtis, Elmwood; Meghan Harrer, Wynford; Brigan Wymer, Delta; Haili Mossing, Evergreen; Niki Meyer, Liberty Center.
Division IV
FIRST TEAM
Jenna Burdette, Reedsville Eastern, 5-foot-8, senior, 15.5 points per game; Darian Rose, Fort Loramie, 5-8, sr., 20.1; Jessica Isler, Windham, 5-9, jr., 21.4; Haley Horstman, New Knoxville, 5-7, sr., 15.5; Jenna Stegmaier, Cuyahoga Hts., 5-10, jr., 14.5; Regina Hochstetler, Berlin Hiland, 5-9, sr., 20.0; Jill Blacksten, Newark Cath., 6-1, jr., 22.2.
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Jenna Burdette, Reedsville Eastern; Darian Rose, Fort Loramie.
COACHES OF THE YEAR: Matt Proper, Danville; Al Martin, Cuyahoga Hts.; Phil Vaughn, Carey; Toby Sheets, Fayetteville-Perry.
SECOND TEAM
Molly Nash, Zanesville Rosecrans, 5-11, sr., 16.3; Jordan Parker, Reedsville Eastern, 5-11, sr., 16.4; Marissa Myles, Holgate, 6-0, sr., 14.0; Kamryn Troike, Fostoria St. Wendelin, 6-3, soph., 20.7; Makayla Rosselot, Fayetteville-Perry, 5-6, sr., 24.7; Bri Staats, Danville, 5-8, jr., 18.0.
THIRD TEAM
Ali Spayde, Worthington Christian, 5-8, sr., 19.3; Nicole Smolenak, Bridgeport, 5-4, sr., 11.8; Sidney Pell, Peebles, 5-9, sr., 20.3; Payton Buell, Mentor Cornerstown Christian, 5-8, soph., 21.0; Sarah Cash, Warren Lordstown, 6-3, sr., 17.8; Anna Hintz, South Central, 6-1, jr., 19.5; Jamie Dodane, Mechanicsburg, 5-7, jr., 19.3.
Special Mention
(Northwest Ohio only)
Molly Glick, Arcadia; Dana Fricke, Pettisville; Paige Ordway, Continental.
HONORABLE Mention
(Northwest Ohio only)
Darian Westmeyer, Tol. Christian; Amber Gerdeman, Leipsic; Molly Hammersmith, Ayersville; Kara Scherger, New Riegel; Sydney Wentling, Carey; Lindsey Motycka, Convoy Crestview; Brooke Winner, Marion Local.

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Prep Sports: Area coaches, athletes make Mission Possible

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FORMER FINDLAY HIGH girls basketball coach Connie Lyon poses with a pair of youngsters who attended a summer sports camp organized by Lyon and several current and former area residents in the Dominican Republic last summer. Student-athletes from Liberty-Benton and Findlay were involved in the trip along with several area organizations that donated time, equipment and other resources to make the mission trip a success. (Photos provided to The Courier)

Editor’s Note: This story is from the Winter 2013-14 OHSAA Magazine and published with permission from the OHSAA
By Tim Stried
OHSAA Director of Information Services
During most summer sports camps, student-athletes work on fundamental skills at their local high school.
Last summer, that took on a whole new meaning for members of the Findlay community as student-athletes from Liberty-Benton and Findlay high schools, along with several area organizations, teamed up to take a sports camp and hundreds of pieces of sports equipment to Barahona, Dominican Republic.
In a town where poverty is severe and some children did not have shoes, teaching the fundamental skills of basketball, volleyball and soccer at the camp also included giving kids their own T-shirt and pair of shorts and, for most of them, their first sports ball that they could call their own.
The local high school was Ebenezer School, located in Villa Central.
Working with Mission Possible, a volunteer service organization headquartered in Findlay with contacts in the Dominican Republic, former Findlay High School girls basketball coach Connie Lyon organized a massive donation effort that included support from many local organizations, including the Findlay High School girls and boys basketball programs, Findlay/Hancock County Soccer Association, Upward basketball and football, Liberty-Benton Soccer Association and the Liberty-Benton High School girls basketball, girls soccer and cheerleading programs.
The efforts of various groups in Findlay, resulted in 22 bags of water bottles, sports balls, camp shirts, jerseys, shorts and food for breakfast and dinners. Even the Liberty-Benton home economics class got into the act, sewing about 30 drawstring bags for the camp.
The student-athletes were from Liberty-Benton High School, where the Lyon family kids attend, and included Gabrielle and Mackenzie Lyon, Kayla Trevino, Rachel Myers, Alexis Shoffstall and Alyson Hughes. Fifth-graders Noah Lyon and Keaton Rath also joined the group. Mackenzie, who had been on six such service trips through Mission Possible, served as one of the group’s Spanish translators, along with two of the adults.
Assisting Lyon as trip leaders were Mission Possible representative Tracy Rath, Findlay High School and Bluffton University graduate Brittany Roth, Findlay High School and Georgia Tech graduate Ali Niekamp, Findlay High School assistant girls basketball coach Shawn Lyon (Connie’s husband) and recent high school graduates Marisa Burkett (Liberty-Benton), Shelby Eddington (Arlington) and Shelby Schmersal.
“We used sports as a vehicle to help the local school in its endeavors to educate and raise up positive leaders,” Connie Lyon said. “That is the goal of Mission Possible. At the start of each day at camp we talked about values that will enable them to develop strong leadership skills and character.”
The sports camp was the first of its kind in the area. About 80 local boys and girls ages 8 to 20 participated in the five-day camp. Local women worked in the school kitchen to serve lunch to the campers and staff each day.
It was as much a learning experience for the camp staff as it was for the locals. Not only did they plan out the daily camp activities, but they lived together on the roof of the school for the week and cooked their own dinners in a small kitchenette. Bunk beds and a cold, dripping shower were their only amenities.
The daily camp schedule included a morning session, then lunch, then an evening session. On some evenings, the older teenagers returned to the court to scrimmage the Findlay natives. During breaks, the most popular activity of the young girls was to braid and comb the hair of the Ohioans.
“Probably the biggest highlight of the week was when we handed every child their own T-shirt, water bottle and sports ball,” Connie said. “Their eyes just lit up and they all had the biggest smiles. It was a huge deal to them. We also were able to leave them six nets for their basketball hoops and some other equipment.”
In fact, so much sports equipment was donated that almost half went to a Mission Possible project in Haiti and other items went to a donation center in Findlay.
“The camp was just one of the things these kids have done,” Connie said, noting several of their other service projects in northwestern Ohio. “Any opportunity you can give kids to see beyond themselves will have an impact on their future. We want to expose kids to these kinds of opportunities and show them that there is so much beyond Findlay, Ohio. They are all so capable and learn so much. It’s a privilege to represent your school and your community and with that comes great responsibility. As coaches and leaders, that’s our challenge.”
That message certainly got through to all the kids on the trip and to others who were a part of the donation effort.
“With the focus and pressure that comes with sports today, the trip helped me see that there are more important things in the world,” Gabrielle Lyon, a freshman volleyball and basketball student-athlete at Liberty-Benton, said.
“Our ultimate purpose is to bless others, and oftentimes you feel like you are the one that ends up getting blessed,” Connie said. “Trips like this make you realize how fortunate you are. Sports can be used as a tool to bring something like this to those less fortunate than we are and also give the kids the opportunity to spend a week with them, learning just like the campers. For so many kids, their identity is only being a high school student-athlete, but that’s not their true identity. They can be so much more than that.”

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Prep Sports: Area coaches, athletes make Mission Possible

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FORMER FINDLAY HIGH girls basketball coach Connie Lyon poses with a pair of youngsters who attended a summer sports camp organized by Lyon and several current and former area residents in the Dominican Republic last summer. Student-athletes from Liberty-Benton and Findlay were involved in the trip along with several area organizations that donated time, equipment and other resources to make the mission trip a success. (Photos provided to The Courier)

Editor’s Note: This story is from the Winter 2013-14 OHSAA Magazine and published with permission from the OHSAA
By Tim Stried
OHSAA Director of Information Services
During most summer sports camps, student-athletes work on fundamental skills at their local high school.
Last summer, that took on a whole new meaning for members of the Findlay community as student-athletes from Liberty-Benton and Findlay high schools, along with several area organizations, teamed up to take a sports camp and hundreds of pieces of sports equipment to Barahona, Dominican Republic.
In a town where poverty is severe and some children did not have shoes, teaching the fundamental skills of basketball, volleyball and soccer at the camp also included giving kids their own T-shirt and pair of shorts and, for most of them, their first sports ball that they could call their own.
The local high school was Ebenezer School, located in Villa Central.
Working with Mission Possible, a volunteer service organization headquartered in Findlay with contacts in the Dominican Republic, former Findlay High School girls basketball coach Connie Lyon organized a massive donation effort that included support from many local organizations, including the Findlay High School girls and boys basketball programs, Findlay/Hancock County Soccer Association, Upward basketball and football, Liberty-Benton Soccer Association and the Liberty-Benton High School girls basketball, girls soccer and cheerleading programs.
The efforts of various groups in Findlay, resulted in 22 bags of water bottles, sports balls, camp shirts, jerseys, shorts and food for breakfast and dinners. Even the Liberty-Benton home economics class got into the act, sewing about 30 drawstring bags for the camp.
The student-athletes were from Liberty-Benton High School, where the Lyon family kids attend, and included Gabrielle and Mackenzie Lyon, Kayla Trevino, Rachel Myers, Alexis Shoffstall and Alyson Hughes. Fifth-graders Noah Lyon and Keaton Rath also joined the group. Mackenzie, who had been on six such service trips through Mission Possible, served as one of the group’s Spanish translators, along with two of the adults.
Assisting Lyon as trip leaders were Mission Possible representative Tracy Rath, Findlay High School and Bluffton University graduate Brittany Roth, Findlay High School and Georgia Tech graduate Ali Niekamp, Findlay High School assistant girls basketball coach Shawn Lyon (Connie’s husband) and recent high school graduates Marisa Burkett (Liberty-Benton), Shelby Eddington (Arlington) and Shelby Schmersal.
“We used sports as a vehicle to help the local school in its endeavors to educate and raise up positive leaders,” Connie Lyon said. “That is the goal of Mission Possible. At the start of each day at camp we talked about values that will enable them to develop strong leadership skills and character.”
The sports camp was the first of its kind in the area. About 80 local boys and girls ages 8 to 20 participated in the five-day camp. Local women worked in the school kitchen to serve lunch to the campers and staff each day.
It was as much a learning experience for the camp staff as it was for the locals. Not only did they plan out the daily camp activities, but they lived together on the roof of the school for the week and cooked their own dinners in a small kitchenette. Bunk beds and a cold, dripping shower were their only amenities.
The daily camp schedule included a morning session, then lunch, then an evening session. On some evenings, the older teenagers returned to the court to scrimmage the Findlay natives. During breaks, the most popular activity of the young girls was to braid and comb the hair of the Ohioans.
“Probably the biggest highlight of the week was when we handed every child their own T-shirt, water bottle and sports ball,” Connie said. “Their eyes just lit up and they all had the biggest smiles. It was a huge deal to them. We also were able to leave them six nets for their basketball hoops and some other equipment.”
In fact, so much sports equipment was donated that almost half went to a Mission Possible project in Haiti and other items went to a donation center in Findlay.
“The camp was just one of the things these kids have done,” Connie said, noting several of their other service projects in northwestern Ohio. “Any opportunity you can give kids to see beyond themselves will have an impact on their future. We want to expose kids to these kinds of opportunities and show them that there is so much beyond Findlay, Ohio. They are all so capable and learn so much. It’s a privilege to represent your school and your community and with that comes great responsibility. As coaches and leaders, that’s our challenge.”
That message certainly got through to all the kids on the trip and to others who were a part of the donation effort.
“With the focus and pressure that comes with sports today, the trip helped me see that there are more important things in the world,” Gabrielle Lyon, a freshman volleyball and basketball student-athlete at Liberty-Benton, said.
“Our ultimate purpose is to bless others, and oftentimes you feel like you are the one that ends up getting blessed,” Connie said. “Trips like this make you realize how fortunate you are. Sports can be used as a tool to bring something like this to those less fortunate than we are and also give the kids the opportunity to spend a week with them, learning just like the campers. For so many kids, their identity is only being a high school student-athlete, but that’s not their true identity. They can be so much more than that.”

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