Lourdes sports information director receives honor

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Ryan Wronkowicz

For the third consecutive year, the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference honored Lourdes sports information director Ryan Wronkowicz as the 2017 Patrick Moore-Mike Dean SID of the Year. Named after former Madonna SID Patrick Moore, who passed away unexpectedly in 2015, and longtime WHAC statistician Mike Dean, it recognizes outstanding sports information professionals as chosen by SIDs in the conference. Wronkowicz joined Moore as three-time winners of the award.

In his 17th year in the profession, Wronkowicz just completed his fifth year with Lourdes. He has been an integral part of expanding the Gray Wolves social media presence and implementing live video streaming of games. In addition, he continued the relationship he started with BCSN to provide live and tape-delayed television coverage of sporting events.

“Lourdes is truly blessed to have Ryan on our team,” acknowledged athletics director JoAnn Gordon. “This award is a reflection of his tireless dedication and work ethic in bringing recognition to our student-athletes and the university as a whole.”

His service is not limited to the athletics department. He sat as a staff advisor for an inaugural student-run organization aimed at promoting Lourdes spirit as a whole on campus and in the community and is a popular member of several committees throughout the school.

Wronkowicz’s service spans through the conference and national levels as well. He served on the WHAC Softball ratings oversight committee this year and also finished his third year on the NAIA National Players of the Week voting committee.

“I am extremely grateful to receive this award from talented fellow SIDs in the WHAC, which makes this honor very special,” said Wronkowicz. “The credit for such an honor goes to the wonderful student-athletes, coaches, and staff here at Lourdes who allow me to work with them and promote their accolades on a daily basis.”

Wronkowicz earned his degree from Bowling Green University in 1999 and completed his master’s in sports administration in 2005 from Valparaiso University.




Bike MS: Bike to the Bay

Special to the AdVantage
–by John Mohn


Fred LeFebvre

On Saturday, June 24, Fred LeFebvre will begin his 11th Bike MS: Bike to the Bay, the successful local fundraising event that benefits efforts to eliminate Multiple Sclerosis. Pretty impressive for a guy who isn’t known for wearing out bicycle tires. Fred will never be accused of over-training for the event, because his motto is: “Do the Bike to the Bay, then put the bike away.” Listeners to Fred’s 1370 WSPD morning radio program have probably heard him say this a time or two. He says his training consists of a few 20 to 25-mile rides once the weather turns more spring-like. And the rest of the year? The bike waits in the garage.

But his commitment to the event far outshines his lack of commitment to training. For the last decade, Fred has been riding, promoting the event on his radio program, raising money for research and services for those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and putting one pedal in front of the other for this important cause.

“By the time of the race I’ve done some training. I’ve made some 20-25 mile rides, so I know I can do 100.” Yes, 100, as in miles. Fred, the non-biker, will be tackling the 100-mile portion of the event for the second straight year.

Fred will be one of the 100s of riders — not racers, since nothing is timed — who participate in June event. The all-volunteer staff provides water and food on the course, and rolling SAG (support and gear) wagons to help bikers when repairs are needed. The local sheriff departments keep the route safe. But nothing can be done about the wind. Northwest Ohio receives a prevailing west to east wind, which would seem to help the Saturday ride, blowing bikers toward the bay. Fred says the winds don’t seem to help. “It isn’t a straight shot from Owens to Port Clinton. The ride takes a lot of turns. And when we turn north toward Lake Erie it seems like the wind is always coming off the lake. That can be a struggle.” At least the weekend is traditionally dry. Fred remembers only one rainy Saturday in the years he’s been involved.

LeFebvre originally decided to ride when a WSPD Breakfast Club colleague was diagnosed with MS. In those days, he was pedaling the 35-mile route. He’s found it a very worthwhile cause. So it’s no surprise that he’s raised his level of commitment to the 100-mile challenge. “The money that is raised by the bikers goes to research, and services for those with MS: wheelchairs; research and development for medication; the hope that the symptoms from this disease can be slowed down for those who suffer from it. And in the future, a cure.”

LeFebvre is impressed by the corporate teams that participate year after year. Pharmaceutical companies working on MS medications send teams, as do local firms. “Some of these teams are very professional. They draft off each other, they treat it like a race.” But Fred doesn’t ride with a team — he rides alone.

This devotion to a cause like defeating MS could be disheartening. Running to defeat breast cancer year after year, or biking to wipe out MS for 11 years, one must think, How much longer will I need to do this? But gripping those handlebars, head down against a strong wind, LeFebvre loyally continues to challenge his under-trained body, rolling over pavement that he’s seen before. He would prefer not to have to make this ride — which would mean the disease has been defeated. But he’s ready to ride another 11 years if that’s what it takes.


Local motorcross rider turns pro

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

R.J. Schroyer

Motocross rider R. J. Schroyer is realizing his dream. Just recently he earned professional status through the AMA sanctioning body. He will compete in the 250 A Class.

He plans to compete in his first race as a professional in the High Point National in Mt. Morris, Penn., in June. He hopes to qualify for the RedBud National track in Buchanan, Mich., over the July 4 weekend.

Schroyer of Ottawa Lake, Mich., is a third generation Motocross racer following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father and uncles. “I have been riding for several years thanks to the support and help from my family,” he said. “I really take this to heart.”

According to Schroyer, Motocross is one of the most physically demanding sports and he spends lots of time in the gym to be physically ready to ride. “It takes a lot of hard work to hold onto your bike. Each race is 30 minutes plus two laps. In addition to being in top condition, you have to be concerned about your diet and stay properly hydrated during a race,” Schroyer related.

Schroyer works out with Lori Miller at least three times a week for an hour and a half to two hours and rides as much as possible practicing on his backyard track, a private track owned by family friend, one behind the Milan race track and a fourth on Airport Highway. “Each track is different,” he said.

“I practice for hours and the experience of different tracks is very helpful as the tracks where we race are all different,” Schroyer said. “Those tracks all have from 10 to 15 jumps and many turns with different track surfaces,” he added.

“I love the sport,” he confessed. “I love the freedom of being on a bike and being able to express myself by riding my bike hard. And, I’m pretty flashy on the track. I wear bright colors and throw my bike around a bit. I love every time I get on a bike,” Schroyer reported.

“I also love the competition. I love to get in that first turn and mix it up with the other riders. That makes all the training time and money worth it,” he smiled.

Schroyer has set several new goals since he obtained his pro card. He wants to qualify for nationals and to be part of the fastest 40 drivers. He also wants to keep progressing and to grow as an athlete. He also wants to finish in the top 20 in his class.

SV soccer player to play in Israel

by Patrick Andres

Charley Kale

Charley Kale, a Southview High School senior soccer player who will be playing collegiately at Akron next year, is headed east. And not just headed east to the Rubber City. Over the summer, she is headed east to the Old City.

Yes, Kale will play in Jerusalem this June and July in the 20th Maccabiah Games, a Jewish multi-sport event she describes as a “mini-Olympics.” She will play on a junior girls’ soccer team representing the United States in the festival of 10,000 athletes, which trails only the Olympics and Pan Am Games in participation. Notable American soccer players who have competed in the Maccabiah in the past include National Soccer Hall of Famer Jeff Agoos and 2007 Gold Cup champion Jonathan Bornstein.

Kale, a versatile, reliable contributor to the Cougars this year who was named Honorable Mention All-District, is admittedly apprehensive ahead of the excursion. “I’m really nervous about playing in such as a big thing,” she says.

Kale will be playing in the Junior Division, a division exclusively for female athletes born between 1999 and 2001. The schedule for the Games has yet to be released in detail.

“I always wanted to go to Israel,” Kale said, adding she is looking forward to visiting the Dead Sea, which surely beats the Cuyahoga River.

Success is first on Kale’s mind, as the United States men’s and women’s teams both won gold at the 2013 event in the Open division and she is hoping to add to that legacy of victory. “I’ll be going out there, giving 100 percent, and trying to win the gold medal,” she says, which the team should have a decent shot at barring unforeseen circumstances.

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Resident of Bittersweet to train and ski for Special Olympics

by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Beth Meyer in training.
Beth Meyer in training.

For the ninth year in a row, Bittersweet’s resident Beth Meyer will spend a week up north to train and ski at the Boyne Mountain Resort.  Each year, Meyer prepares for the Boston Mills and Brandywine Special Olympics Competition held this year on Feb. 1-2, in Cleveland.  During Jan.  22-27, Meyer will receive daily two hour private lessons from the best and most experienced ski instructors at Boyne Mountain Resort.  In addition to training and lessons, Meyer gets to enjoy the benefits of the mountain resort such as staying in a private room donated by a member of the Michigan Alpine Competition Council, water park activities, and riding on the snow groomer at least once during her stay.

Meyer said, “This ski trip means the world to me.  Not only is skiing a great adrenaline rush, but it’s also very therapeutic. Skiing is a great physical activity, and the training I receive while at Boyne Mountain gets me into shape for racing.  I’m so thankful to Gino, Boyne Mountain, the Toledo Ski Club, and MACC for sponsoring me each year.”

Gino Chiappetta from C.H. Asset Management generously arranges and donates funds each year that give Meyer this incredible opportunity. The Boyne Ski School, Michigan Alpine Competition Council, Toledo Ski Club, and personal funds also help to provide the funding for Meyer to train at Boyne Mountain Resort.


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Sylvania athletes to be inducted in Hall of Fame

The Sylvania Schools Athletic Foundation’s ninth annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction will be held Oct. 29 at Sylvania Country Club beginning at noon. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Those honored include:

Burnham High School:
Arliss W. Porter,  class of 1946 for basketball, track, baseball and golf

Sylvania High School:
Ken Corliss, Class of 1966, golf and
Jim Greiner, Class of 1967, wrestling.

Northview High School:
John Schantz, 1987, basketball;
Cara Whelan, 1988, tennis;
Michael Jones, 1994, hockey; and
Coach Tim Smith, tennis and basketball.

Southview High School:
David Kidd, 1978, hockey,
Andrew Malcolm, 1998, golf,
Bahiyajaui Allen, 2006, track and field.

Sue Jolley will be presented with the Jim Glase Distinguished Service Award at the event.

Sponsors for the event are Mercy Health, Ralphie’s Sports Eatery and Cooper-Smith Advertising.

Tickets are $40 per person.

For reservations call Brian Kezur at: 419/304-7561.

The Sylvania Schools Athletic Foundation was formed to raise funds for constructing and renovating district athletic facilities in addition to hosting the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Cousins recruited to play soccer, hockey at collegiate level

by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Gordon Myer, son of Mike Myer and Kim Myer and grandson of Connie and Ken Myer, has signed a letter of intent to play hockey at The Ohio State University.

Jacob Myer, son of Todd and Kelley Myer and grandson of Ken and Connie Myer, has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Niagara University in Buffalo, N.Y.

Both boys were born in Sylvania and began playing their respective sports at the age of 3. They have traveled worldwide to compete.

Gordi Myer started playing hockey at Tam-O-Shanter when he was three years old. He played for house leagues and advanced to the travel program with the Sylvania Maple Leafs while attending Maplewood Elementary and McCord Junior High schools.

When he was in the seventh grade, he was invited to try out for the Cleveland Barons AAA travel team and successfully played with them for six years.

After travelling from Sylvania to Cleveland three nights a week plus many weekends, plans were made for him to move to Cleveland and live with a billet family. He transferred from Northview after completing his sophomore year and continued his education at Lakewood High School, graduating in 2014.

At that point, he was recruited to play in Nebraska with the Tri-City Storm USHL Junior Program and was traded to the Green Bay Gamblers. He has joined the hockey program at OSU.

His cousin, Jacob, and his family moved to Reston, Va., when Jacob was five years old. He had started playing soccer in Sylvania and continued after the move. He played three varsity seasons for The Heights School where he was named rookie of the year as a sophomore and defender of the year as a senior.  He played club soccer for Barca 97 Elite, which was the 24th ranked team in the country and reached the Virginia State Cup semifinal.

The Voice of the Northview Wildcats—Bob Wambold

by Mary Helen Darah

The Sylvanian You Need to Know
The Voice of the Northview Wildcats—Bob Wambold

Bob Wambold
Bob Wambold

Many people are more familiar with the voice of Sylvanian Bob Wambold than his face. For more than three decades he has been on the sidelines announcing the play-by-play action to sport fans. Wambold has a ‘day job’ as VP of corporate purchasing for Automation and Control Technologies, but his true passion is serving as PA in various roles throughout our community. “Back in 1979, a very good friend of mine, Bill Sanford, was the athletic director for the Catholic Club. He asked if I wanted to MC at some Toy Bowl football games,” recalled Wambold. “We announced six or seven games. It was a great time. Then Bill (Sanford) got married to Mary Kay Sanford, who had taken a job at the University of Toledo. It was her job to find a PA guy. She reached out to me. In 1982, women’s basketball was in its infancy. The only people in the stands were parents. For the next 23 seasons I announced at the UT Women’s Basketball games. I was then asked to PA for the men’s basketball team that I ended up doing for 15 seasons from 1990 – 2005. I only missed a few home games. I also was the PA at volleyball games and did a few football games for UT.”

A family affair
Women’s basketball took off and kept pace with the enthusiasm of the Wambold family for the UT Rockets. “My family had season tickets,” stated Wambold. “We would take the family to Savage Arena and most of the time the Rocket women won. My Dad became a season ticket holder as well. It was great spending time with my Dad who would accompany me to the away games. It truly became a family event.”

Rockets to Wildcats
In 2006 the University of Toledo and their announcer parted ways. “The University wanted to hire someone with radio and television training,” stated Wambold. “My daughter Katie is a Northview graduate. While she was a student at Northview in 2005, Chris Irwin, the athletic director for the school, somehow got my name and asked if I would PA at boys’ basketball games. It was close to home and Katie could go to games with me. Then I started doing boys and girls’ soccer, women’s basketball and the occasional wrestling match. I am busy spring, fall and winter with Northview High School sports. High school sports are pure and the student athletes still listen to their coaches. The high school work is the best. It’s also loud—obnoxiously loud.”

Memorable moments
Wambold has had many memory making moments during his career. “One of the highlights was when Savage Arena hosted a basketball tournament. I got to see LeBron James when was playing for St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio. I got fairly close to LeBron when he was a junior. The event brought the biggest crowds I ever witnessed to Savage,” recalled Wambold. “Another great game was when Ohio State University Men’s Basketball Team came to Savage Arena.”

A shout out for pink
For the past 10 years Wambold has been cheering runners and walkers across the finish line at the Susan G Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure. “It is such a special event,” he stated. “When Komen first asked me to participate, I did not know the extent of what I was getting into. Everyone knows someone who survived or has lost someone to breast cancer. One year I turned around and saw an old friend who I didn’t know battled the disease. It is more announcing survivorship than who comes in first. It gives me chills to see the women who have battled breast cancer come across the finish line. The majority of them want me to tell people how long they have survived and as loud as possible. It’s just a great day and I look forward to once again announcing at the Race this year on Sept. 25.

Listen up
If you hear a familiar enthusiastic voice, it may be our local Sylvania PA professional. Wambold continues to keep busy announcing races, boxing, and at the Sylvania Fall Festival. He has even gotten people up and dancing while serving as DJ at a family friend’s bar mitzvah. “I have been blessed to do this,” he stated. “I love being involved at Northview. I am a big fan of Sylvania Schools. I will be at Northview as long as they will have me which I hope is a very, very long time.”

GenoaBank golf outing planned

GenoaBank announced plans to sponsor its annual Scholarship Golf Outing. This annual golf scramble provides scholarships to local students planning to major in business at a two- or four-year college or university of their choice.

This year’s outing is scheduled for Sept. 9, at the Oak Harbor Golf Club in Oak Harbor. Shotgun starts will begin at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The entry fee is $260 per team. The event also includes a mixed division in addition to the open division. The day’s events will include various all-day skill prizes, betting holes, raffle prizes, and two 50/50 cash drawings.

To mark the 22nd year of its scholarship program, GenoaBank President and CEO, Martin P. Sutter recently awarded $8,000 to 16 graduates within the Class of 2016. Since its inception in 1994, GenoaBank has awarded over $100,000 through the GenoaBank Scholarship. Award recipients are chosen by their high school counselors and scholarships are awarded on a combination of criteria, including academic achievement.
Sutter summarized the bank’s motivation behind the scholarship when he stated: “There is little question that for most families, college financing is the next biggest expenditure after their home. While GenoaBank recognized this in the 1990s, I do not think that anyone could have foreseen the escalation of costs over these past twenty-two years. As a result, it’s extremely rewarding to know that we can provide this type of direct assistance to hard-working and deserving students. The Bank has a long history of supporting members of our community.”

This year, the money collected will benefit the following schools: Cardinal Stritch, Clay, Danbury, Genoa, Lake, Maumee, Northwood, Northview, Oak Harbor, Perrysburg, Port Clinton, Put-in-Bay, Rossford, Southview, Waite and Woodmore.