Some 2016 Accomplishments…


— Some Other Stuff on the Menu —

A whole lot of Ohioans earned honors and claimed various accomplishments in 2016. Here are a few such things from my area in Northwest Ohio:

***Congratulations, Paul Wayne! Paul coached boys’ varsity basketball in Holgate, Ohio, for 36 years. In July, Tinora High School, outside Defiance, Ohio, hired Paul to lead the basketball varsity boys’ team.

In 2015, Paul was inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. At Holgate, he compiled a win-loss record of 496-336, while his teams won seven Green Meadows Conference titles, 13 District Tournament championships, a couple of Regional Tournament titles, and a Division Four State Tournament championship in 2004.

***Alan Francis, 46, of Defiance, Ohio, won his 21st National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tournament Championship, once again defeating Brain Simmons, many times his closest rival. Alan referred to this title as “the hardest fought tournament I’ve ever won”.

***At the Henry County Fair in Napoleon, Ohio, Michelle Bockelman received the hardware for Showman of Showmen of the Junior Fair, representing the beef category competition.

***The Napoleon Twisters won the trophy in the All-Star Junior Cheer Division of the Henry County Fair’s cheerleading contests. Holgate’s High School cheerleaders took honors in the Large Varsity Class in the cheerleading competition, and the school’s Junior High squad captured the hardware in the Junior High Division. The Spirit Division trophy was earned by the HOPE Services Cougars.

***Marlene Cooper, of Defiance, Ohio, won the first place trophy at the 2016 Class A Ohio State Women’s Championships in horseshoe pitching. At 73, Cooper took her second title in that competition, having also won in 1993. Astoundingly, Cooper didn’t even pitch a horseshoe until she was already in her 50s!

***In Cross Country championships this year, Holgate’s girls’ team won the Green Meadows Conference and the female squad from Liberty Center, Ohio, triumphed as champions of the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.

***Hayden Clingaman of Stryker High School, Stryker, Ohio, chucked a 73 on the golf course, winning medalist honors in the Defiance, Ohio, Defiance Invitational.

***The Ayersville High School, Ayersville, Ohio, cheerleading squad won Grand Champions at the Ohio State Fair.

***Wauseon, Ohio, resident Megan Spengler had her third book in a series released in August. It’s titled “The Truth About Pimply-Faced Geeks”. Megan graduated in 1997 from Napoleon High School, Napoleon, Ohio.

***In matters of the heart, the Women’s Giving Circle of Defiance, Ohio, signed on its 101st member. The organization exists to help the women and children of Defiance County who are in need, using grants and donations to spur their giving efforts. In 2010, the group started its mission with just 10 women on board.

***The Henry County Senior of the Year and the HOPE Services Senior of the Year were named at the Henry County Fair. Honors went to Janet Foxe and Morris Gerken, respectively.

Good stuff! Congratulations, everyone!

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