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Eastwood looks to win title, advance in postseason By Yaneek Smith Press Contributing Writer

Eastwood’s Krista Jennings beats out a throw to first base in the Eagle's 10-6 victory over visting Genoa in Northern Buckeye Conference action Wednesday night. (Press photo by Russ Lytle) runs. The other top hitters include catcher Anna Rahrig (.394, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 5 2B), Tudor (.388, 1 HR, 27 RBI, 5 2B, 20 R), a left fielder, and the leadoff hitter, shortstop Mackenzie Albright (.375, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 8 2B, 30 R). The final two spots in the order have been occupied by four players, Shirling, center fielder Caitlin Clay and designated players Maddie Fix and Justina Casiano. “We’ve done a very good job of hitting the ball this season,” said Wyant, who also serves as Eastwood’s wrestling coach and an assistant on the football team. “It’s been a different person each time. We feel that we have seven very solid hitters, and our eight and nine hitters can put the ball in play and have made things happen. Lately, we’ve been winning with the bottom of the order.” Shirling has been just as good, if not better than her opponents in the circle. In her only season as the team’s ace, Shirling is 16-1 with a 1.07 ERA in 98 innings of work. She has 113 strikeouts, but probably the most remarkable statistic is her nine walks, four of which were intentional. That gives her a nearly 13:1 strikeout to walk ratio. And Riley Patterson, who will likely be the starter in the circle next season, is 5-0 with a 2.41 ERA and has 20 strikeouts

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At 21-1, things can’t get much better for Eastwood softball. They have a near-perfect record, are tied for first with a 9-1 mark in the Northern Buckeye Conference and have a No. 1 seed in the Division II district tournament. The Eagles have won the majority of their games by blowouts or in convincing fashion, but they’ve played well in the clutch, too, most recently defeating Woodmore, 1-0, in a thriller last week that saw Sam Shirling out duel Wildcat starter Maddie Phillips. Cassidy Rolf scored the winning run on Marissa Tudor’s sacrifice fly to keep Eastwood in the thick of the league race. Currently 9-1 in the NBC, with the lone loss coming to Elmwood, the Eagles, who have four games left on the league slate, host Elmwood on Monday in a game that could determine the conference champion. Eastwood, which went 29-4 in an incredible run that saw the club win a number of close tournament games before advancing to the Division III state semifinals, was second to Elmwood in the NBC last season. The Eagles won league titles in 2012 and ‘09 while the Royals have claimed the top spot in ‘10, ‘11 and ‘13 with Eastwood finishing second all three times. It’s also a testament to Coach Joe Wyant, now in his seventh year. While winning another NBC title is important to the Eagles, making another deep run in the postseason matters just as much. “I think they have a good chance to succeed after going far last year,” Wyant said. “They want to go as far as they can — they’re looking forward to the tournament. But right now we’re taking it one game at a time.” This season, Eastwood has gotten great pitching in the circle and consistent, wellbalanced hitting from its lineup. The batting lineup is impressive. The top six hitters have an average of .375 or better, and the No. 7 hitter, RF Michaela Bunge, is hitting .308. Rolf, a four-year starter who played third base, is hitting .542 out of the twohole with three home runs, 28 RBIs, 10 doubles and 35 runs, good enough to put her first on the team in all five categories. Second baseman Krista Jennings is right behind her, hitting .473 with two home runs, 23 RBIs, six doubles and 33 runs and 1B Morgan Getz is also hitting above .400 with a .412 average and one home run, 20 RBIs, six doubles and 20

in 29 innings. “Sam’s built confidence as the year went on,” Wyant said. “The key is she doesn’t walk anyone. That makes it hard (for opponents) to have big innings when she doesn’t walk them. She’s been getting about seven to eight strikeouts per game and that means (opposing hitters) are putting 14 balls in play. We’ve only been averaging one error per game. We’re playing really solid defense behind (Shirling).” Eastwood plays in a well-rounded softball conference, which Wyant says helps prepare them. Elmwood and Woodmore

have made runs through the tournament in recent years and Lake, Genoa and Rossford have consistently been in the mix in the NBC. Lake already started the Division II tournament with a first round victory over Central Catholic out of the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. “Of course there are Elmwood, and Woodmore, which both have a good team — their offense has really improved,” Wyant said. “Genoa has some good athletes and I think they’re better than their record. And I think you could say the same about Lake. I think our league is very good top to bottom.” When the Eagles competed in the Suburban Lakes League, they had to deal with Gibsonburg and Lakota, also top quality programs historically, so it’s nothing new to Wyant, who once coached at Lakota. The final four games on the slate include the Eagle’s game on Monday against Elmwood, plus an in-progress suspended game against Woodmore that is currently tied, 1-1, and Lake and Genoa. If Eastwood defeated Fostoria in the D-II tournament Friday, the Eagles play either Bowling Green, Maumee or Rogers on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Genoa district semifinal.

Baumann Auto Group has upped ante with Big Bucks Bump By Brian Liskai Special to The Press The Baumann Auto Group has upped the ante. Each week at Fremont Speedway if the driver scheduled to start on the pole of the feature accepts the Baumann Auto Group Big Bucks Bump challenge – to go to the tail of the starting grid – and come through to get the win there will be a $5,000 bonus

in addition to the normal payout. That’s for each of the three divisions – the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints; Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints; and the AAA Ohio Auto Club Dirt Trucks. And, if the pole-sitter turns down the Baumann Auto Group Big Bucks Bump, the outside front row starter will be given the chance. To sweeten the challenge even more, if the pole-sitter (or the outside front row starter if the pole-sitter turns down the

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Gibsonburg closing in on school record for victories By Yaneek Smith Press Contributing Writer With a senior-laden class and a number of key players returning, this was expected to be a good season for the Gibsonburg baseball team. That doesn’t make their 20-3 record any less impressive. As of Thursday, their 20 victories was one short of the school record of 21 set two years by the club that advanced to the regional semifinals. The season has included a number of blowout victories and some close wins against good competition. Of the three losses, all have come against the top-level teams in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, and two were by one run. Coach Kyle Rase credits his six seniors for providing leadership not just with their words but also with their play on the field. “I’m very pleased with what we’ve been able to accomplish,” Rase said. “The senior leadership has led the way, whether it’s pitching, defense, offense — it seems like they lead the way and set the tone for everyone.” The reason for the success stems from balance on the mound and at the plate. Gibsonburg, which sits in second place in the TAAC with a 6-3 mark and is still in the hunt for the league title, has three pitchers with at least 20 innings under their belt, and six with at least 15 innings of work. Gabe Hickman has a 6-1 record with a 1.95 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 36 innings and Matt Lutzman is 5-0 with a 2.80 ERA and 26 strikeouts. Bryce Ernsthausen is third in innings pitched (20.2), has 30 strikeouts to go with a 3-1 record and a 1.69 ERA. That trio has gotten plenty of help with Preston Arriaga (17 IP, 3-0, 0.82 ERA, 30 K), Andrew Dellinger (17 IP, 1-0 W-L, 2.88 ERA, 15 K) and Brent Hayward (15 IP, 1-1, 3.27 ERA, 18 K). “Our pitchers are giving us good outings,” said Rase, who led the Bears to the Division IV state championship in 2005. “We’ve had good pitching pretty consistently and that keeps you in the game from the get-go. For the most part, we’ve played pretty solid defense. Put that together with some timely and you’re going to win some games.”

Gabe Hickman at the plate for Coach Kyle Rase's Gibsonburg Golden Bears. (Photo courtesy of Innovations Portrait Studio/ The lineup has been just as effective. In fact, in 15 of their 23 games, the Bears have scored at least 10 runs. Seniors Sam Kohler and Andrew Cantrell, both of whom are four-year starters, have provided a consistent punch in the lineup. Kohler, who bats second and plays third base, has a remarkable .524 average to go with 30 RBIs and team-highs of 44 runs and seven stolen bases. Cantrell, who bats third and plays first base, is hitting .431 with a team-high 44 RBIs, 33 runs and six stolen bases. “They’re our top two hitters,” said

Rase, now in his 10th season. “There are some other guys that have some good numbers, too. It’s important (having a couple anchors) in the lineup like (Kohler and Cantrel). Those guys have played in eight tournament games altogether. We’ve had some experienced hitters that have done a good job leading the way through the conference season seeing the different pitchers.” Three other hitters, pitcher/outfielder Andrew Dellinger (.429, 10 RBI, 13 R), catcher Derek Angelone (.423, 17 RBI, 27 R) and Arriaga (.413, 16 RBI, 25 R), who

also plays left field, are all hitting above .400 and cleanup hitter Brent Hayward, who pitches and plays center field, is hitting .367 with 27 RBIs. The order consists of shortstop Jordan Kreglow at the top, Kohler, Cantrell, Hayward, Angelone, pitcher/infielder Hickman, Lutzman, right fielder Jacob Auld and Arriaga with Cyrus Foos playing second base. Cantrell, who has been part of three sectional title-winning clubs, credits the pitching for the team’s success. “The pitchers have done great,” he said. “What’s nice about us is our rotation is being so good. It’s nice for Coach Rase to have (options). He’s got enough elite pitchers that he can go to one or the other. The rotation has been great and it’s been very useful to have a number of pitchers.” Rase says Cantrell and his five fellow seniors, Kohler, Auld, Hickman, Foos and Lutzman, have set a tone in getting everyone to understand his role, and Cantrell understands that’s his job. “The thing about our team is that we are unselfish,” Cantrell said. “We do whatever it takes to get a guy home. A sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly, a hit it to the other side of the field. We all produce in some way to get runs. It doesn’t matter who scores or gets the RBIs. We just have to make sure we get more runs than the opposing team.” He says it’s also about how the team carries itself. “We want to stay classy,” Cantrell said. “We always had a thing about being classy to the opponents, not to talk trash and stuff like that. It sets a tone with the younger guys. Growing up with the seniors we had, they had good roles, and they made it known to the younger classes.” If the Bears defeated Danbury Thursday to win their fourth straight sectional title, they’ll face either Toledo Christian or Monroeville in the Division IV district semifinal at Clyde High School at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Perhaps Gibsonburg has another tournament run in them. “It’s been great winning the tournament games (in years past),” Cantrell said. “We enjoy going to enjoy the tournament atmosphere and not being nervous and just go out and play. I think that’s why we’ve won some games in the past.”

Elmore’s Alvin Roepke earns fifth Fremont Speedway victory By Brian Liskai Special to The Press Despite having several good runs at Fremont Speedway over past few years, Craig Mintz just couldn’t seem to find victory lane. A three-year drought ended Saturday on Baumann Auto Group Night as the two-time track champion took the lead at the half way point and cruised to his sixth career win. The 30-lap feature went caution free. The victory in the 410 sprints was emotional for Mintz on the eve of Mother’s Day as he lost his Mom last year. “Tomorrow’s Mother’s Day so this one is for my Mom,” said Mintz, who swept the weekend having won at Attica Raceway Park on Friday. “This is the greatest weekend we’ve had in quite awhile. All these guys back

here busted their butts. We tried something different this week…we put some good ProShocks on and Linder’s Speed Equipment put some different oil in them and tonight we were fast,” said Mintz beside his machine. Elmore’s Alvin Roepke is known as a bottom track racer. While everyone was racing on the bottom of the track Saturday Roepke decided to try the top and it worked as the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint feature only had one caution. He took the lead from Jordan Ryan on the white flag and then used a lapped car as a pick on the final lap and drove to his fifth career Fremont win. It ended a long drought at Fremont for “The Ripper” as well as he said it’s been since 2003 since he got a victory at “The Track That Action Built.” “You guys better write that on the calendar that I ran the top side. My brother (Danny) has been helping me on this. We

did a couple things tonight and Les Mintz (Craig’s dad) helped us out a little bit and gave us a little trick advice. This is one of Craig Mintz’ old cars,” said Roepke in the Engine Pro Victory Lane. “Lapped traffic was in our favor because they were down on the bottom. I just tried to keep the car straight. I think it helped that Jordan (Ryan) and John (Ivy) were racing…they didn’t know I was coming…especially not Al Roepke on the high side. “I want to thank all the people who have helped us out this year. Crown Battery…they’ve been a great supporter of racers and the race track. Joe and Fran Darmofal and Third World Space Cargo and American Race Cars and Bobby’s Truck and Bus Repair and of course my hometown, the village of Elmore,” added Roepke. Not to be outdone, Tiffin’s Art Ball, who holds the all-time feature win lead at Fremont, finally put the early season grem-

lins behind him and drove to his 75th career victory at “The Track That Action Built.” Coincidently, Ball’s win total matches his age. And, it was the 300th overall feature win for the Fremont Speedway Hall of Famer. “We’ve had horrendous luck this season. But these guys didn’t give up and have worked so hard on this truck,” said Ball beside his Chaney Roofing and Maintenance/ Distel’s Septic Service/Kear’s Speed Shop/ Harley and Bev Lee/Ritzler Accounting/ Faber Sub-Contractors/Lash Family Racing/TA Custom Cabinetry/Handy Graphix backed truck. “You can’t say these guys haven’t been trying. Every week they’ve torn this truck apart and put it back together. Last week we found out it was a simple ignition switch causing all the problems,” added Ball. “I felt like I was doing something wrong until tonight.”


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Jake Hoodlebrink continues on the family tradition By Mark Griffin Press Contributing Writer With his family’s long history of athletes at Eastwood High School, you’d think Jake Hoodlebrink would have wanted to make it a priority to carve his own niche in Eagles lore. Half-brother Baron Thoma and halfsister Lara Thoma both competed for Eastwood, as did brothers Justin, Anthony, Josh, Tyler, Lucas and Chris, and sisters Tiffany and Whitney. Jake is a senior at Eastwood, while younger brother Tim is a junior and baby sister Brianna is a sophomore. All three of them are currently on the Eagles’ track and field teams. Combined, Jake and his siblings have competed in volleyball, track, cross country, softball, golf, baseball, football and basketball. And yet Jake, 19, can only muster a “kind of” when asked if one of his goals was to out-perform his brothers and sisters. “When I was in middle school,” he said, “Josh and Luke were in high school and did track and they got awesome letters to go (to college). I thought, ‘I hope I can go somewhere pretty good.’ Everyone at my house is always talking track and we do the same events, so we can help each other a lot.” Eastwood boys track coach Brian Sabo sees Hoodlebrink not only as a valuable athlete on the track, but with his demeanor as well. “I love that he is so good at so many things,” Sabo said. “He’s adaptable to anything you would ask him to do. He has so many different friends because of his personality. He can fill in so many events for us and is always willing to do whatever for the team. He has a great personality, always smiling and enjoying life. He gets along with everyone on the team very well, and he was elected captain this year.” Hoodlebrink “can run anything from the 100 to the 800,” Sabo said, adding that Hoodlebrink has also competed in the long jump, high jump, 400 and 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Hoodlebrink’s specialty events this season have mainly been the long jump and

Eastwood athlete Jake Hoodlebrink. (Press photo by Scott Grau) high jump and as a member of the Eagles’ 4x100 relay. He will be an alternate on the 4x400 this postseason. Hoodlebrink had a good indoor track season, placing fourth in the long jump and third in the triple jump at the state indoor meet in Akron “I’ve done pretty good,” Hoodlebrink said of his spring season. “I started a little slow in the long jump, but I’m starting to hit the 21s (feet) better. The high jump, I started out pretty bad. I didn’t get 5-10 for the first four or five meets. My 400 times have dropped. My fastest is a 51.9 on the 4x400. I think I have a ways to go.”

The 6-foot-1 Hoodlebrink will be counted on to score points at Saturday’s Northern Buckeye Conference meet at Fostoria. He took third in the long jump, fourth in the 400 and placed in the top four in the high jump at last year’s conference meet. Hoodlebrink said he takes pride in his versatility. “I actually like doing a variety of (events), to see how good I am in other things,” he said. “If I’m taken out of the long jump, it gives other guys a chance to place and score points for the team, and I like doing that for them. My favorite event

is the long jump, and I’ve worked hard at that. After the state indoor meet, I felt so great about it and I’ve loved it so much more after that.” Sabo said that Hoodlebrink, who has gone 6-0 in the high jump, and teammate Devin Snowden “work extremely well together” in the long jump. Snowden always gets the upper hand on Hoodlebrink – Snowden has jumped 22-6 this season, while Hoodlebrink’s top effort is 21-10.25 – but Hoodlebrink is OK with that. “Devin beats me each meet,” Hoodlebrink said. “We always talk to each other and get each other jacked up before meets. He’s just a really good athlete.” Hoodlebrink said he’s also OK with giving up the 400 this postseason. A regional qualifier in that event last year, Hoodlebrink will instead focus on helping the Eagles’ 4x100 relay team reach the Division II state meet. Hoodlebrink runs the anchor leg with teammates Grant Geiser, Snowden and Brennan Seifert. “Just to make it out of our district this year in the 400 is going to be extremely tough,” Hoodlebrink said. “There are tons of state-meet returners in the 400. Last year I ran my PR to make it out of districts, then I ran my PR at regionals and finished ninth. Right now in the state our relay is ranked second, and that’s pretty good.” Hoodlebrink was out of his normal element in late March when he performed, for the first time on stage, in Eastwood’s school musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. “I played one of the brothers, and I loved it,” he said. “I had so much fun, meeting people and talking to new people. It was a great experience. I definitely wished I would have done it throughout high school. It was a ton of fun. My mom (Wendy) and I are going to Los Angeles in July. I’m going to do some modeling and acting for four days.” Hoodlebrink plans to shine on another big stage in the next few weeks, beginning with the NBC meet. “I want to go out strong and hit some personal bests before the season ends,” he said. “Hopefully, make it to state in my strong events.”

Alexandra Veres returns to bat .343 for Owens softball Cardinal Stritch graduate Alexandra Veres saw increased playing time for the Owens Community College softball team as the season progressed. “As the season went on, she really started to show herself as a college ballplayer,” said Owens softball coach Duane Lanham. The freshman catcher spent the first part of the year recovering from an injury, and once she started getting more reps and time on the side, she made 13 starts. Overall, she appeared in 21 of the team’s 36 games. “The biggest question mark for her was her stick, but she went out there and got the job done,” Lanham said. “As the season went along, she improved in all the things you ask for in a catcher.” Lanham also said nice things about the work ethic of Veres, who put in a lot of time on the side, in the bullpen and before each game for the Owens softball team, which was ranked in the nation’s top 20 most of the year. Offensively, Veres hit .343 with a .425 on base percentage this past year. In 35 at bats, she had 12 hits, eight runs, eight RBIs, four walks and two stolen bases. In postseason play, she had a two-run single against Lansing Community College, followed by a 1-for-2 performance against Kellogg

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Genoa pitching has kept Comets in the league race By Mark Griffin Press Contributing Writer High school baseball is all about arms — right arms and left arms and arms that can blow fastballs by hitters and arms that can make hitters think they just saw a (curveball) ghost. Genoa coach Ron Rightnowar has a staff full of good arms. Four of the Comets’ top seven pitchers are juniors, and two of them (seniors Quentin Spiess and Gabe Yanez) are lefties. Because of the pitching staff, Genoa is still in the hunt for a Northern Buckeye Conference championship, despite a 7-5 loss at Eastwood Wednesday. The Comets (13-6, 8-2 NBC) were scheduled to play a sectional final on Thursday at Fairview. “When I took over this program a couple years ago I recognized right away we were short on arms,” Rightnowar said. “Luke (Rightnowar, Ron’s son) was still at Toledo Christian his freshman year and just came over last year. He gave us a big shot in the arm pitching-wise. We’ve been developing guys and trying to develop some pitching, and the guys have done a great job. “There is plenty of room to improve — we’ve walked too many guys — but as far as them listening and being able to learn and compete and do the little things it takes to win, I’m very proud of them.” Genoa started the season with a threegame road trip to Nashville, Tenn., where it played teams that were already well into their 2014 season. The Comets lost 12-5 in their opener and then lost 6-1 and 3-1. Genoa’s other losses are 2-1 to Lake (20-2, 9-0 NBC) and 3-0 to Whitmer. Luke Rightnowar, a junior, has stepped into Genoa’s No. 1 spot in the rotation following a sophomore season in which he went 9-0 and earned honorable mention all-conference honors. “Luke is a talented kid who just keeps getting better and better on the mound,” coach Rightnowar said. “He has a good understanding of who he is and he stays within himself. He locates very well and really competes in the big spots.”

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Rightnowar, who is 15-2 in his high school career, suffered a complete-game 3-1 loss in Tennessee and also lost a 2-1 duel against Lake’s star pitcher, Michiganbound Jayce Vancena. Through 18 games, Rightnowar is 5-2 with a 1.40 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 40 innings. Genoa’s other starters are junior Matt Aumiller, Spiess and junior Kyle Edwards. Coach Rightnowar said Aumiller is perhaps the Comets’ most versatile player. Aumiller is 1-1 with a 1.09 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings. “He’s a kid who just wants to play. It doesn’t matter where,” coach Rightnowar said. “He can play all nine positions with effectiveness defensively, and he swings the

bat well, too. His ability to throw in all roles on the pitching staff helps because I can use him in any situation. I love him because he just wants to compete and he always does what is needed and with a great attitude.” Spiess, who is 3-1 with a 3.85 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 20 innings, continues to develop his confidence on the mound, according to coach Rightnowar. “He has a good arm from the left side and has an above average curveball, which high school kids don’t get to see often,” Rightnowar said. “His strength is that he remains calm in competition, and he has really helped us a ton with the innings he’s picked up for us.” Edwards, who missed all of last season

after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his elbow, is 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 21 innings. “I am really proud of Kyle,” coach Rightnowar said. “He battled back from missing all of last season to being one of our steady guys this season. He’s gotten better as his trust and confidence in his arm has grown. He pitches well as a starter or coming out of the bullpen. He will continue to improve each time out and will be a mainstay in our rotation going forward.” Senior Alex Hayes, Yanez and junior Jake Wojciechowski have all performed well out of the bullpen. Hayes, a first-team All-NBC designated hitter last season, was one of Genoa’s top two pitchers a year ago. “We can rely on Alex to pitch in any role, including starting if necessary,” coach Rightnowar said. “His experience on the mound in big games is a real bonus. He throws strikes and has a good idea what he’s doing.” Rightnowar said he moved Hayes out of the starting rotation in order to ease the strain of playing shortstop. “It has worked out well for the team, and Alex,” the coach said. “He has played tremendous shortstop for us without having to worry about having a sore arm to then try and make plays.” Rightnowar said Yanez has been a pleasant surprise out of the bullpen after spending most of last season with the junior varsity squad. “As a left-hander, he mixes his pitches well and really keeps hitters off-balance,” Rightnowar said. “He can pitch often and is able to come into a game in a number of situations, which gives me great flexibility.” Wojciechowski, a second-team allconference outfielder last year, has only scratched the surface of his potential on the mound, Rightnowar said. Wojciechowski was used as a late-inning reliever in 2013. “He had modest success, but generally he was inconsistent,” Rightnowar said. “He continued to work at it and he urged me to use him, but I was skeptical. I could see he was making progress, so lately we’ve gotten him back into that late-inning role and he has been tremendous. His energy is perfect in that role and he really wants the ball.”

Lake grad now considered an accomplished veteran By J. Patrick Eaken Press Sports Editor Genoa 410 sprint driver Brian Lay, a 1998 Lake graduate, has been racing sprint cars 12 years. Starting this year, fellow drivers know Lay is going to be a contender on any given night. In Fremont Speedway’s 62nd year, Lay ended the 2013 season sixth in the 410 sprint standings. He recorded seven top 10 finishes including a season-best second on Sept. 7. His average feature finishing position was 10th. At Attica, Lay was eighth. He racked up his first two ever Attica wins on July 19 and Aug. 17. Lay recorded five top 10 finishes and besides his wins scored a pair of third place finishes. His average feature finishing position was 12th. Lay, who was raised in Millbury, says racing has always been in his blood. “It’s about the only thing I’ve ever known. I started racing two-wheelers when I was a young kid, about 4-years-old, and

Brian Lay. (Photo by Action Photos)

the ‘old man’ was always into cars and stuff like that,” Lay said. “We went through some three- and four-wheel racing and got into go-karts, and from ’87 up until ’99 was our last full year of go-kart racing, and then in ’02 we got a sprint car. We realized we had so much money in those go-karts we decided we might as well buy a real race car. It’s been everything I’ve ever known.” As a youth, Lay won some local track championships in go-kart racing, plus a runner-up finish in a national championship and multiple race wins. “I was always up front, always on the podium,” Lay said. “We never really liked points racing because you are forced to go to certain places at certain times.” Lay said his idols while growing up were race car drivers, even local drivers, and it was considered a privilege to scrape mud off a racer’s sprint car after it had been running on dirt or clay. “I remember when I was that age, just to have a driver in a driving suit come shake your hand, that was ‘Oh my God,’ and that

kid will never forget your name,” Lay said. “It’s pretty much been in my blood ever since.” When he began driving sprint cars, he went straight from a 125-shifter car to the 410 sprint car. “We originally wanted to go 305 racing, and we bought a car that had a 360 in it, and we found out that the 360s run against the 410 anyways, so we traded the 360 before I even sat in the seat,” Lay said of the April 2002 purchase that got him started. He was just 22-years-old and never raced a big car in a competitive race. “It was one of those things. I said, ‘I’m going to have to figure out how to put it on the floor and see what happens. It was out at Sandusky Speedway, and it was an open practice day, and we wanted to go out there and shake this thing down,” Lay said. “I waited until I got in a straight line, and I stood on it. When I get out of it, I wasn’t used to the suspension and things were moving so much that I was kind of falling out of the seat and holding on to the wheel at the same time.”

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Golf The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual scrambles golf tournament at Maumee Bay State Park on Thursday, June 26. Registration deadline is June 19. Call Brent Shimman at 419-6939000 or email him at

At the clubs The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 5th Annual Village wide Garage Sale Days June 6 & 7. A complete list of sales will be available at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Harbor Public Library, and also on starting Wednesday June 4. If you would like to place your sale on the list, there is a $3 minimum donation and the chamber must receive your information by June 2. For info call 419-898-0479.

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• Branden Lee Maya, 316 S. Coy, Oregon, $212 court costs and fines, illegal use or possession of marijuana. • Crystal M. Hall, 160 Ravine, Toledo, bound over to the Lucas County grand jury, possession of drugs. • Michael Edward Gary, 863 Berry, Toledo, bound over to the Lucas County grand jury, theft. • Roger E. Pacheco, 8700 Main, Bowling Green, 180 days Correction Center of Northwest Ohio (CCNO), 130 days suspended, license suspended six months, $846 court costs and fines, operating a motor vehicle under the influence. • Desiree Renee Kirkwood, 1268 Noble, Toledo, 90 days CCNO, 75 days suspended, $155 court costs and fines, petty theft. • Sheila Phillips, 921 Utah, Oregon, 30 days CCNO, 30 days suspended, unauthorized use of property. • Cynthia L. Crandall, 1606 Glenross, Oregon, 180 days CCNO, 120 days suspended, $137 court costs and fines, theft. • Jersey Gray Boring, 1614 S. Wheeling Toledo, 90 days CCNO, 75 days suspended, $137 court costs and fines, attempt to commit an offense. • Jersey Gray Boring, 1614 S. Wheeling, Toledo, 90 days CCNO, 90 days suspended, $25 court costs and fines, obstructing official business. • Thomas Rodney Hendrickson, 12398 Hoisington, Gains, MI, $107 court costs and fines, disorderly conduct. • Daryl Livingston, 3420 Pope, Toledo, 180 days CCNO, 180 days suspended, $187 court costs and fines, receiving stolen property. • Erma J. Pittman, 3420 Polk, Toledo, 180 days CCNO, 170 days suspended, $187 court costs and fines, attempt to commit an offense. • Jammi A. Streight, 2510 Consaul, Toledo, 3 days CCNO, 3 days suspended, attempt to commit an offense. • Brandon Burnett Connors, 502 Hayes, Fremont, $107 court costs and fines, disorderly conduct. • Stanley J. Gubanski, 2860 Pickle, Oregon, $137 court costs and fines, disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

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Ag Notes Richard Anderson to speak Sauder Village is hosting a free Agricultural Lecture Series at the Heritage Inn this season in conjunction with the renovation of the historic Grist Mill. Richard P. Anderson, Chairman of The Andersons, Inc., will present the first lec-

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People Wildlife officer assigned Ohio State Wildlife Officer Matthew Leibengood was assigned to Sandusky County, effective May 4, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. Leibengood, a 1995 graduate of Clyde High School in Sandusky County, received his associate degree in Wildlife Management from Hocking College in 1997. A 2005 graduate of the Wildlife Officer Academy, he has served with the Division of Wildlife since 1997. Prior to attending the Wildlife Officer Academy, he worked at the Sandusky Fish Research Station and at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery. As the county wildlife officer, he will be responsible for enforcing the law on public land and private property and providing assistance to other law enforcement agencies as needed. He will also interact with Ohio sportsmen and women in the field, perform fish and wildlife surveys, advise on nuisance wildlife issues and give presentations on wildlife management, hunter education, fisheries management and trapper education. Visit to learn more.

Podium donated One of the many items destroyed in the June 2010 tornado that swept through Lake Township was a podium in the meeting room of the township trustees. At their last meeting, the trustees accepted a new podium crafted by Dale Klavinger, a resident and member of the township’s Friends of the Parks Committee. The podium is made of birch. Klavinger has also made a gavel and a holder for a ceremonial shovel used to break ground for the township administration building. The township trustees also received word recently that Gary Schulte, who retired this year as the cemetery sexton after 30 years, is willing to mow the lawn at the cemetery as a volunteer.

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