SCAT introduces ‘Life of an Athlete’

The staff of SCAT will introduce its newest program “Life of an Athlete/Human Performance Project” to the Sylvania Schools and community. This is a science-based program that educates students about the effects of alcohol and drugs on performance and the benefits of proper nutrition and adequate sleep, while training them to be peer mentors and school leaders for a healthy lifestyle.

The presentations for the students will take place March 21, 22 and 23. SCAT will also host an evening community presentation on March 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Southview Theatre. Any parent or community member who is not able to attend the evening presentation is welcome to attend any of the school presentations.

John Underwood, a former NCAA All American runner, coach of Olympic champions and consultant for U.S. Navy Seals, will present up-to-date information on video on how alcohol and other substances affect the body and brain as well as ways to boost performance for the athlete, dancer or student preparing for tests.

Underwood is a dynamic speaker who is passionate about sharing his expertise and insight on how to train, inspire and guide young students to perform at the peak of their ability.

According to Deb Chany, executive director of SCAT,“If you are a student and want to have a positive influence on your school, your community and improve and enhance your performance or if you’re a coach or a parent, this presentation is for you. Get an advance look at this exciting program that SCAT is bringing to the Sylvania Schools and the Sylvania community to teach lifestyles that will help your child succeed in life as well as sports.”

Interested persons can preview videos of presentations at www.lifeofanathlete.us. Click on “about” tab to view videos or go to Youtube videos-John Underwood: Life of an Athlete from Link. For more information, contact the SCAT office via email dchany@sylvaniaschools.org. or call 419/824-8588.

NV boys basketball team wins NLL; moves on to district play

BY MARY HELEN DARAH

The Northview High School boys’ basketball team will be moving on to district play after defeating Springfield High School. The Wildcats, who recently won the Northern Lakes League championship, lost twice to Springfield during regular season play. Northview (17-7) defeated Springfield 66-61 in the Division I sectional final on Feb. 26. The Wildcats will continue on to face St. John’s Jesuit High School on March 3 at Savage Area beginning at 8 p.m.

Head boys’ basketball coach, Jeremy M. McDonald, feels there have been many outstanding players this season. Aerin West, a 6’3″ senior guard, is the all-time leading scorer in NV history, averaging 13.6 points per game and 5.1 rebounds. Logan Jessing, a 6’5″ junior forward averaging 11.6 points, led the NLL in rebounding with 6.5 per game. Austin Rodgers, a 6’3″ senior guard has averaged 11 points and 5.5 rebounds and is shooting over 40 percent from the three-point line. Senior 5’11” guard, Mohamed Afifi, averages 8.3 points and 4.0 assists per game. Coach McDonald feels histeam isready to take on the Titans of St. John’s.

He stated, “Winning the league was one of our primary goals. Our guys did a great job of buying into our system and focusing on one game at a time. We have made tremendous improvements as a team and as individuals since I was hired in June. A major key for our team has been our second unit. These guys don’t show up in the box score, but they have done an incredible job in terms of preparation for opponents. Having all 14 guys contributing and taking pride in doing their jobs to help the team has helped us get to where we are.We are hoping to continue to build upon the success of this year’s team in the years to come.”

St. Ursula dance team: #5 in the nation

By Christine Holliday

The Dance Team at St. Ursula Academy competed in the UDA National Dance Team Championship, hosted by ESPN and held at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida Jan. 29-31. The Arrow team of two seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen competed in two categories—the Medium Varsity Jazz and Medium Varsity Pom. They competed against 49 other Jazz teams in the preliminary round and made it as far as the semi-finals. They placed fifth in the nation in the Pom competition, after scoring highest in the preliminary round and competing against nine other teams in the final round.

St. Ursula dance members that competed in the U.S. competition included Alexa Miehls, Chandler Riley, Alexa Keith, Caitlin Beak, Molly McGuire, Sarah Torchia, Olivia Hicks, Emma Kalucki, Kate Myers, Abby Reece, Alana Packo, Tori Hicks, Rae Glover, Elizabeth Brenneman and Kylie Ceglio.
St. Ursula dance members that competed in the U.S. competition included Alexa Miehls, Chandler Riley, Alexa Keith, Caitlin Beak, Molly McGuire, Sarah Torchia, Olivia Hicks, Emma Kalucki, Kate Myers, Abby Reece, Alana Packo, Tori Hicks, Rae Glover, Elizabeth Brenneman and Kylie Ceglio.

Coach Morgan Melchert explained that the team prepared for this competition since the summer, with extra practices since December and a marathon practice day on a day when there was no school due to snow. Caitlin Riley, an SUA alumna and former member of the Dance Team at Ohio State University, choreographed the Jazz dance for the national competition, and helped the team prepare for the national competition. Her sister, Chandler, is a senior member of the current team.

The team also competed at the OASSA regional competition on Feb. 7, and qualified for state competition in hip hop, jazz and pom categories. They will compete in Columbus on March 5.

NV hockey player scores historic goal

Maizy Crandall plays like a girl and that’s a good thing. When Sylvania Northview High School sophomore Maizy Crandall shot a puck in the goal in the game against Findlay on Feb. 5,she scored more than a point.Crandall made history as the first female to ever score a goal in a Northview varsity hockey game, as well as in the team’s Red Division.

Crandall is a two-year member of the Northview hockey program, playing on the junior varsity team. Shewas called up to varsity in a face off with Findlay. “I was really excited to play varsity,” Crandall recalled. “It’s a highlight just to play on Northview’s team.”

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“We had an opening in the lineup,” said head coach Mike Jones. “Our coaching staff evaluated what our best options would be and decided that Maizy fit the bill. She is a really cool kid and a real hockey player. She works hard and adds value to the team.”

He added, “Being a girl is not an issue. Everybody in our program has the greatest respect for her because of her contribution to the team.”

The one activity that her gender dictates is getting dressed in a separate locker room. “When she joins the team, she goes through the same drills and is treated just like everyone else,” Jones related. “She is part of the team.”

Crandall has been skating since she was 2 and began playing hockey on a team at age 4. According to Jones, “Maizy’s work ethic is second to none. Northview is not the kind of team that anyone can play for. The Wildcats hold tryouts every season and Maizy made the team because of her skill set and hard work.”

Player hopes to join national team

Lourdes University women’s soccer player Lexie Cano is trying out for the United States Deaf Women’s National Team, with the hope of making the team for the 2016 Deaf WorldCup in Capaccio, Italy.

A junior for the Gray Wolves this season, Cano started 16 of the team’s 17 matches during the program’s inaugural season. She registered five shot attempts, two of which were on goal.

Lourdes soccer player Lexie Cano.
Lourdes soccer player Lexie Cano.

The USDWNT ranges in age from 15 to 25, and all of the players on the team are deaf. The players practice and play without hearing devices, and referees use flags instead of whistles to control the play of the game. The USDWNT has played in four international soccer events: the Deaflympics in Australia in 2005, Taipei in 2009, and Bulgaria in 2013 as well as the Deaf World Cup in Turkey in 2012.

Cano recently attended the USDWNT camp in Chula Vista, Calif., and will be attending a second camp April 27-30 in SaintJoseph, Mich. She will know whether she made the squad shortly after the conclusion of camp.

Great Lakes Global TaeKwon-do hosts national seminar

Great Lakes Global Taekwon-do, 5429 Schultz Dr., hosted a two-day event on Jan. 22 and 23 at the Olivet Christian Life Center. Master Robert N. Wheatley, president of the United States International Taekwon-do Federation, President of the International Taekwon-do Federation in Ireland, France and Germany and well known around the world as an exceptional instructor in the “ART” of Taekwon-do presented a seminar on Saturday afternoon.

Sydney Delmonica of Arbor Hills and Marianna Temple of McCord engaged in self-defense exercises.
Sydney Delmonica of Arbor Hills and Marianna Temple of McCord engaged in self-defense exercises.

A black belt seminar was held on Friday night featuring 42 black belts from around the country.

Nick Larberg, right, held the board for Ian Sutherlin-Garsha to break with his palm.
Nick Larberg, right, held the board for Ian Sutherlin-Garsha to break with his palm.

Fifteen people, 10 of whom from Sylvania, ranging in age from 11 to 61 years of age, participated in a black belt testing event on Saturday. Carol Van Zile of Great Lakes Taekwon-Do, received her seventh degree black belt. She is one of only three females in the country to have attained this level. Others tested for one to six degree status.

First Row, L-R: Sydney Delmonico, Brandon Nickens, Marianna Temple, Kendra Hakkarainen, Malora Hakkarainen, Bryce Steinmiller. Second Row, L-R: Chris Spiller, Master Terry Batch, Master Terence Geoghegan, Master Robert Wheatley, Master Joseph Seszko, Master Nick Malefyt, Master Carol Van Zile, George Bole. Third Row, L-R: Misty Smith, Michael Spinelli, Joseph Ford, Robert Warner, Eugene Olsowka, Ian Sutherlin-Gorsha, Karen Badger, Chris Martin, Ken Steinmiller participated and were successful in a Black Belt Testing on Jan. 23.
First Row, L-R: Sydney Delmonico, Brandon Nickens, Marianna Temple, Kendra Hakkarainen, Malora Hakkarainen, Bryce Steinmiller. Second Row, L-R: Chris Spiller, Master Terry Batch, Master Terence Geoghegan, Master Robert Wheatley, Master Joseph Seszko, Master Nick Malefyt, Master Carol Van Zile, George Bole. Third Row, L-R: Misty Smith, Michael Spinelli, Joseph Ford, Robert Warner, Eugene Olsowka, Ian Sutherlin-Gorsha, Karen Badger, Chris Martin, Ken Steinmiller participated and were successful in a Black Belt Testing on Jan. 23.

Joining Master Wheatley were Master Terry Batch, 8th degree from Midland, Mich., Master Terence Geoghegan, 8th degree from Vista, Calif., Master Joe Seszko, 8th degree from Martins Ferry, Ohio and Master Nick Malefyt, 7th degree from Fairfield, NJ.

SV student is an Evans Scholar

Southview High School senior Samuel Sanders was the only Sylvania student recently awarded the Chick Evans Scholarship, which is valued at more than $80,000 over four years. The Evans Scholars are chosen based on a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need, and outstanding character.

Sylvania Country Club caddy and Southview student Samuel Sanders.
Sylvania Country Club caddy and Southview student Samuel Sanders.

After writing an initial essay, Sanders was chosen as a finalist for the scholarship, which then led him to a very unique interview. “It was set up like a press conference,” he stated. The interview, which ultimately determined that he would receive the scholarship, was held at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, where he spoke at a podium in front of nearly 80 club representatives. Though Sanders confessed to being nervous, he said a funny moment broke the tension when one of the representatives found out that he could unicycle. “They were impressed with that,” he said.

Sanders, who has caddied at the Sylvania Country Club for the past four years, stated that his brother also received the scholarship four years ago. In fact, according to Sanders it was his brother who taught him a lot about being a caddy and that they’ve worked together as caddies for several years. With his eye set on Miami University in Oxford and pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering with hopes to later attend dental school, Sanders has a lot on his plate but he isn’t quite ready to give up caddying, “I’ll caddy whenever I come back. For the summers definitely.”

SUA names interim head volleyball coach

Sydney Antonio has been named St. Ursula Academy’s interim head volleyball coach for the 2016-17 school year. Coach Antonio comes to SUA with a background as a collegiate player for Miami University, former assistant volleyball coach at SUA, and current associate club director of Toledo Volleyball Club. She is also a 2014 graduate of SUA.

“We are pleased that Sydney has agreed to this new role at St. Ursula. Her passion for volleyball and coaching young women was evident during the interview process. As a former SUA volleyball player and graduate, Coach Antonio understands the traditions and expectations of St. Ursula volleyball. We are excited about the future of St. Ursula volleyball,” said SUA Athletic Director Mike Donnelly.

Coach Antonio is taking the place of John Buck who coached for 20 seasons. As the interim head coach, Antonio’s work over the coming year will be focused on laying the foundation for a smooth transition.

The record of SUA’s volleyball program over the past six years include: six league titles, six sectional titles, six district titles, five regional titles, state champions in 2010, and state runner-up in 2011 and 2013.

Pickleball now at the Sylvania YMCA/JCC

Fans of the sport Pickleball have a new location to play. The Sylvania YMCA/JCC, 6465 Sylvania Ave., is now offering Pickleball sessions on Mondays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m.

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. “It’s a great activity for all ages,” said Scott Ritchey, program director at the Sylvania YMCA/JCC. “It offers a wonderful way to exercise, stimulate the mind, and it’s a fun way to burn calories. Best of all, it’s a good workout, yet easy on the joints and muscles,” he added.

For more information on the Pickleball sessions or YMCA membership, visit ymcatoledo.org or call 419/885-4485.

Black Swamp Lacrosse U13A qualifies team for Florida tourney

The Black Swamp Lacrosse U13A travel team brought home two championships during their 2015 summer season: Roller Coaster Rumble in Sandusky, Ohio, on June 21 and Lacrosse Roads in Indianapolis, Ind., on July 19. The team finished with a 22-4 record for the 2015 season. The wins earned the boys two bids to play in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions in Florida in December on Dec. 29-31. The regional team is made up of boys from Anthony Wayne, Ottawa Hills, Sylvania and Perrysburg and is coached by Tony Hunter, Cary Glay and Ed Alzapiedi. Players from Sylvania include Luke Alzapiedi, Brad Biggs, James DiSalle and Teddy Walker. Black Swamp Lacrosse, in existence for five years, is a competitive club that fosters the love of the game for boys and girls and is focused on furthering youth lacrosse in northwest Ohio.

Players and coaches are committed to giving back to the community and support Cherry Street Mission and Racing for Recovery.
More information is available at www.blackswamplax.com.