BGHS choir to sing, Boyce honored at state tourney

DAYTON — The Bowling Green High School choir will sing the national anthem before the Division IV boys state championship game, which starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 19 at the University of Dayton Arena.

In addition, Dave Boyce, head boys basketball coach at Perrysburg and the Ohio nominee as the National Federation of State High School Association’s Coach of the Year, will be honored Saturday at halftime of the 2 p.m. state semifinal game on Saturday, which features a Division III matchup between Canal Winchester Harvest Prep and Cleveland Heights Lutheran East.

Boyce was also the recipient of the 2019 Paul Walker Award. The Paul Walker Award is presented annually by the OHSBCA to an active coaching member of the association who has made significant contributions to high school basketball.

The award is named in honor of the late Paul Walker, the longtime coach of Middletown High School. At the time of his retirement, he had the most wins as a boys basketball coach in Ohio High School Basketball history.

Boyce completed his 23rd season at the as head coach of the Perrysburg program. He spent fifteen years (fourteen as head coach) at Westland High School in suburban Columbus. Boyce’s career began at the age of 20 as the freshman coach at Northwood High School for two years before becoming the head coach there for three years.

Boyce is a Cardinal Stritch (1978) and Bowling Green State University graduate (Finance 1982), receiving his teaching certification at the University of Toledo (1985) and his masters in educational administration from Ohio State University (1992).

Over the past 36 years at Westland and Perrysburg, Boyce’s teams have finished as high as Nos. 3, 5 and 7 in the final state Associated Press poll. He has also led each school to their first Division 1 district title.

He has won over a dozen conference championships, six District Coach of the Year Awards, the 2010 State Coach of the Year and won his 500th game in 2019. He coached the South team in the 1998 Ohio North-South game.

While at Westland, Coach Boyce spent 10 years as a District 10 Coaches Association Division 1 representative. At Perrysburg, he has served as President of District 7 for two years, headed up the Scholarship Committee and served as state representative to the OHSBCA from District 7.

He started the Great Lakes AAU program in 2001 – that program has given hundreds of players the opportunity to play spring basketball within an organized structure.

Boyce spent 18 years in the classroom teaching accounting and business courses, before entering administration in 2003.

Dave and his wife Karen reside in Perrysburg. Dave has two sons; David and Brian, who are both graduates of Ohio State and had outstanding careers playing for their dad.

Cheer clinics

SYLVANIA — The Lourdes University competitive cheer team will be holding three different cheerleading clinics this spring and summer for individuals entering sixth grade through high schools during the next school year.

These clinics will take place on April 15, May 20, and June 25 inside the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

At the clinic individuals will have the opportunity to meet the Gray Wolves team, work on jumps and motions, learn a dance, and spend time with tumbling and stunting as well. There will be a 20-minute break during the clinic and individuals are encouraged to bring a light lunch or snack. A meal will not be provided.

Cost for each clinic is $40 payable the day of the clinic.

For more information or to register, please visit or contact head coach Courtney Nieckarz at [email protected]