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Guerrero leaving Start, will coach golf at Lourdes

05/08/2014, 12:00am EDT
By BLADE STAFF

Gil Guerrero has resigned his boys basketball coaching position at Start High School and will retire from Toledo Public Schools in June.

“I have really enjoyed my three different stints at Start,” said Guerrero. “I was very lucky to have had great players, super parents, and the help of the excellent Start teaching staff and administrators. I give them all a very heartfelt thank you.”

Guerrero, 63, guided the Spartans for 14 total seasons, including stints from 1993-99, 2004-08, and 2010-14. He posted a 143-127 overall record and led the Spartans to City League championships in 1997 and 2013.

A 1968 graduate of Waite, Guerrero played basketball for the Indians and led the City League in scoring as a senior before playing at Syracuse University.

He was inducted into the City League hall of fame in 2010.

Guerrero recently accepted a position at Lourdes University as head men’s and women’s golf coach after resigning as the golf coach at St. Francis de Sales.

 

More basketball

Stritch picks coach

Rossford High graduate Jamie Kachmarik, a former college assistant, has been named the boys basketball coach at Cardinal Stritch.

Kachmarik has coaching experience at the Division I college level as well as volunteer coaching high school experience.

Kachmarik was with the University of North Carolina Wilmington from 2010-13 as an associate head coach. He also spent time with Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, William & Mary, and Ohio State.

The Rossford native and Bowling Green State University graduate was a forward on Rossford’s 1993 Northern Lakes League championship team.

 

Cummings signs with Trine

Ottawa Hills senior Ellis Cummings, a 6-foot-7 center, has signed to play at Trine (Ind.) University.

Cummings, who played basketball for the first time last winter, averaged 7.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

He helped lead the Green Bears to the Division IV regional semifinals and a No. 5 ranking in the state poll.

 

Track and field

Whiteford’s Johnson sets mark

Whiteford senior Miranda Johnson shattered her own school record in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 9 inches on April 29.

Johnson’s effort at a dual meet at Morenci also is the longest jump in Michigan’s Division 4, second best in all divisions this season, and is top 50 in the country. Johnson previous record was 18-3½.

She set the Division 4 state meet record when she won the title last season with a leap of 18-2½ to break the old mark of 17-11. It was her second straight state title in the event.

Johnson also sprinted to a state title in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.94 seconds.

 

Football

Delta hires Kubuske

Delta has hired Jim Kubuske as its next football coach.

Kubuske, who has more than 30 years of experience, has served as head coach at Cardinal Stritch, Lake, and Tiffin Calvert. His last stop was at Stritch, where his teams went 3-16 from 2011-12.

In nine seasons at Lake, Kubuske was 45-45 and led the Flyers to playoff appearances in 2000 and 2001 and to a Suburban Lakes League title in 2001.

Kubuske served an assistant at Genoa last season. He also has three years of experience at the college level (Murray State, Akron, and Heidelberg).

 

Softball/​Baseball

State rankings

Clay and Springfield are top-10 teams in the state coaches softball poll. The Eagles (19-2) are ranked No. 7 and the Blue Devils (15-4) are No. 8.

Springfield knocked off then No. 1-ranked North Canton Hoover on April 26.

The Blue Devils handed the three-time defending state champs only their second loss in their last 58 games. Senior Lauren Yates gave up seven hits and one run in the 4-1 victory. Kiley Aller went 3 for 4. Libby Mathewson, Lexi Buck, and Hannah Girlie all drove in a run.

But Archbold, ranked No. 7 in the Division III poll, knocked off Springfield 10-6 on April 29. The Blue Streaks (20-1) have six hitters who are batting over .400.

In the state coaches baseball poll, Perrysburg (14-3) is ranked No. 6 and St. John’s Jesuit (13-2) is No. 10. Patrick Henry (15-6) is ranked No. 9 in Division IV.

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