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Guerrero reaches milestone with 300th coaching victory

02/13/2014, 12:45am EST
By By MARK MONROE BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Longtime boys basketball coach Joe Guerrero gained his 300th career victory Friday when Bowsher defeated Waite 105-80.

It was fitting for Guerrero to reach the milestone in a game at Waite, the school from which he graduated and then became a head coach for the first time.

“That made it more special,” he said. “I have a lot of great memories at Waite. It is quite a milestone that I'm proud of. All coaches will tell you that if you have good players, you have a good chance to win. I’ve had a lot of good players.”

In his 27 seasons at Waite, Clay, and Bowsher, Guerrero has always implemented a fast-paced attack.

He pushed his career record to 301-269 with a 68-58 victory Saturday over Woodward. The win against Waite was the eighth time the Rebels surpassed 100 points this season.

Guerrero took over at Waite in 1987, and the Indians were coming off an 0-21 season. Waite went 4-17 in his first season. Guerrero compiled a 77-70 record during seven seasons from 1987-94.

He moved on to Clay, where he spent 15 seasons and posted a 158-163 record. In Guerrero’s first season at Clay, the Eagles won the Great Lakes League title — the only one of his career.

Bowsher also had struggled before Guerrero came in 2009. The Rebels have a 66-36 record in his five seasons.

Bowsher is 16-2 overall and tied for first in the City League (8-1) with Scott.

Guerrero, 60, who has taught health at Clay since 1994, has been a teacher for more than 30 years. After playing baseball at Ohio Northern, Guerrero played professional baseball as a pitcher in Mexico for four years before coming back to teach at Waite.

His brother, Gil, who is the coach at Start, encouraged him to get into coaching as well as former Waite athletic director Bill Nopper.

“It’s been amazing,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of former players contact me. It’s been overwhelming. I never thought I [would] be in this long.”

More basketball

Stritch’s Adams sets record

Cardinal Stritch junior Austin Adams set the school record for points in a game on Feb. 4 despite not hitting a 3-point shot.

Adams scored 44 points in the a 86-25 win at Northwood. He broke the record held by Joe Gajdostik with 43 in 1986.

Adams hit 17 2-point field goals and made 10 of 12 free throws. Adams also had 12 rebounds, six steals, and four assists for Stritch (7-9).

Soccer

Jackets’ Timbrook steps down

Mike Timbrook has stepped down after 12 successful seasons as the boys soccer coach at Perrysburg.

Timbrook led the Yellow Jackets to a 142-57-28 record and 63-12-9 mark in the Northern Lakes League.

Timbrook spent 23 years at Perrysburg, first serving as an assistant under Pete Raffa for 11 seasons.

Timbrook, who is a jet pilot in the Ohio Air National Guard, said the decision to step down was made because of a change in his career path. He is retiring from the military to become a commercial airline pilot.

“It was nice to have so many dedicated kids over the years,” Timbrook said. “Running the program was like a full-time job [year round]. This transition period will not allow me to put in the time and dedication needed to be a soccer coach.”

Timbrook came to Perrysburg with Raffa, a fellow pilot, in 1989. They took over the varsity team in 1994. From 1998-2004, Perrysburg won seven straight NLL titles. During an 11-year span (1994-2005), Perrysburg won the league 10 times.

In 2001, the Yellow Jackets became the first team from the Toledo area to reach the state title game. In December of that same year, Raffa died suddenly from a heart attack.

Perrysburg went 10-7-2 overall, 3-2-2 in the NLL last year, and 15 seniors will be back.

Gymnastics

Findlay, Springfield win titles

Findlay repeated as Three Rivers Athletic Conference girls gymnastics champions Saturday at Exceleration Gymnastic Center.

The Trojans narrowly defeated Clay, which was the 2012 champion, by a score of 141.70 to 140.60.

Findlay’s Cassidy Pruitt won the vault (9.0), while teammate Tori Cox won the bars (9.1).

Clay’s Jody DeMeo captured the all-around title (36.1) and was named the TRAC gymnast of the year. DeMeo won the floor exercise (9.3) and tied for first place on the beam with Kyleigh Baird of St. Ursula (9.3).

St. Ursula coach Megan Wojtkowiak was named TRAC coach of the year. The Arrows finished third followed by Notre Dame, Whitmer, and Central Catholic.

The Springfield gymnastics team repeated as champions of the Northern Lakes League on Saturday at the YMCA in Perrysburg. The Blue Devils posted 137.4 points, while Southview (130.45) finished second.

Northview’s Katelyn McKown won the all-around title (34.8) by finishing second in the bars (8.625), second on the beam (9.0), and second in the floor (8.95).

Springfield’s Kaylynn Frantz won the floor (9.175), while teammate Jacey Gray won the bars (8.725).

Cassandra Frantz of Springfield tied with Southview’s Kendall Fitchpatric in the vault (9.0).

Anthony Wayne’s Kayla Galton placed first in the beam (9.025).

Hockey

NHC Red Division race

The Northwest Hockey Conference Red Division title will be on the line when St. John’s takes on St. Francis at 7 p.m. Friday at Tam-O-Shanter.

St. John’s (4-1-1, 9 points), the defending league champions, is one point in front of the Knights (4-3-0, 8 points). The Titans beat St. Francis 7-2 on Dec. 14.

St. Francis needs to defeat St. John’s and hope the Titans lose or tie their final game at Findlay to win the championship.

Hall of Fame

Springfield to induct Gwin

Former Springfield football coach Steve Gwin will be inducted into the school’s hall of fame at the boys basketball game on Friday night.

Gwin coached the Blue Devils from 1988-99, and his teams posted an overall record of 74-38 (.661 winning percentage) and 51-25 (.671) in NLL play. The Devils captured four consecutive league championships from 1991-94.

Gwin, who is the principal at Springfield, had two teams qualify for the state playoffs.

Swimming

Knights cruise at sectional

St. Francis de Sales once again dominated the Division I swimming and diving sectional last weekend at Napoleon.

The Knights' Jack DiSalle won the 100 and 200-yard yard freestyle events. Christian Sobczak took first in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley.

DiSalle and Sobczak also led the 400 freestyle relay team to victory. St. Francis’ medley relay team of Sobczak, Jack Barone, Ben Gordon, and Nick Brodie also took the title.

Brodie posted the fastest time in the state (21.05) in the 50 freestyle.

In Division II, Napoleon sophomore Jon Creager won the 500 free and 100 breaststroke. His senior teammate, Jon Smith, took first in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM. The Wildcats won all three relays.

In the Division I girls at Napoleon, St. Ursula junior Zhada Fields took first in the 200 free and 100 backstroke.

Bryan freshman Ashleigh Franks won both the 50 free and 100 free in the D-II meet. Her sophomore teammate Lauren Chaney took first in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM. Bryan also won the 400 and 200 medley relays.

Wauseon sophomore Kasey Darnell captured the 200 free and 500 free in D-II.

In the girls meet at Fremont Ross, Meghan Moses won the 50 and 100 free events for the Little Giants in D-I.

Haley Fisher of Fremont Ross placed first in the 200 IM and 500 free. Her teammate, Morgan Waggoner, won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Ross also won the 200 and 400 relay events.

In the boys meet, Findlay sophomore Justin Hopkins won the 200 free and 500 free, while also helping the Trojans win the 200 and 400 relays.

Fremont Ross sophomore Trent Williams took the 100 backstroke and 100 free.

Bowling Green junior Emmy Sehmann won both the 100 and 200 free in D-I girls at Ayersville. The Bobcats also won the 200 and 400 relays.

Elmwood senior Savannah Naugle-Baker took first in the 200 free and 500 free in D-II.

Eastwood sophomore Alyssa Decker won the 100 butterfly and 200 IM.

In the boys meet, Anthony Wayne freshman Kain Reyes won the 50 free and 100 free.

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