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'Jackets try to regain NLL title (03-25-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ Sentinel Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:34
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Perrysburg's Troy Weider returns the ball during practice at the Perrysburg Tennis Center. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - The boys tennis program at Perrysburg High School has arguably the most successful Northern Lakes League program over the last 20 years.
The Yellow Jackets have captured an estimated 12 NLL titles in that time span, according to fourth-year tennis coach Mark Weider.
But Perrysburg, even with the state's best singles player, failed to capture that championship a year ago. In fact, the 'Jackets are in the midst of a two-year title drought.
Perrysburg last won an NLL title is 2011 before placing second in each of the last two years. Now the 'Jackets are ready to feel that championship jubilation again.
"We just didn't get it done last year, so we want to get it done this year. That's our goal," Weider said. "We talk about it every day. You're hungrier when you don't win."
Perrysburg finished second in the NLL last year at 5-2, losing dual matches to Southview and Northview. Southview was 7-0 and went on to win the NLL tournament.
"We didn't win it last year and we had the best player in the state playing for us," Weider said. "It's truly a team competition because it's not just about one guy. It's about the whole seven."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:51
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Appold to play volleyball at OSU (03-25-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:28
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Audra Appold
PERRYSBURG - Audra Appold didn't wait long to decide on where she'll play college volleyball.
Only a junior, the Perrysburg High School standout has verbally committed to play at Ohio State.
Appold earned a scholarship to play for the Buckeyes.
The 5-foot-11 outside hitter had 391 kills and 284 digs last fall. She also was a third-team All-Ohio selection, and was the Northern Lakes League and District 7 player of the year.
"(OSU) was close to home," Appold said. "It's a great conference to play volleyball. Great academics. I like the challenge. I liked the coaches and the players, too.
"It's great competition every night. The girls you play against are big and strong. That challenges me every day to work my hardest and become a better passer, and a stronger hitter and server."
The OSU coaching staff watched Appold play last fall and she visited the school in November. She committed to OSU earlier this month.
Appold also received interest from Ohio University, Northwestern, Georgia and Kansas.
The Buckeyes were 18-14 overall and 6-14 in the Big Ten Conference last season, but were 23-11, 13-7 in 2012 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:29
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Division III, IV All-Ohio boys basketball teams announced PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 18:40
Associated Press Division III All-Ohio boys team
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 2013-14 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio boys basketball team, based on the recommendations of a media panel:
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Four repeaters an all-county girls team (03-19-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:41
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There are four repeat selections, including two from Perrysburg, on the All-Wood County girls basketball team this season.
The Yellow Jackets' Sarah Baer, a senior, and Allex Brown, a junior, are repeat selections along with Elmwood senior Kristen Curtis and Rossford senior Julie Hotz.
Rounding out the first team are Bowling Green senior Hanna Williford, and Lake junior Jordyn Taylor. Williford and Taylor were honorable mention picks last season.
The team was selected by the Sentinel-Tribune sports staff.
Baer and Brown provided a tough inside tandem for the Yellow Jackets, who were ranked sixth in the state while winning the Northern Lakes League championship and finishing 22-4 overall.
Two of Perrysburg's losses were to Toledo Notre Dame, including a season-ending defeat in the district final. Notre Dame advanced to the state semifinals before losing.
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Coach Heck had genuine care for everyone (03-18-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ Sentinel Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:03
There is something to be said for a coach who amasses a substantial number of wins.
There is more to be said for a coach who has genuine care for his players, assistant coaches and opponents alike.
When talking about Mike Heck you noticed all of these.
The coach who led Rossford's boys basketball program through its last dominant stretch, the coach who fine-tuned 10 collegiate basketball players, and the coach who was named to the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches' Hall of Fame as an assistant and head coach died March 5, at the Cleveland Clinic. He was 68.
Described by many as a passionate and fierce competitor, Heck led Rossford to a 135-67 record including two Northern Lakes League titles, four sectional titles, a district title, and an appearance in the regional finals.
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