Sports Talk: After state track meet, it was ‘hasta la vista’ for Waterford coach
As you read this column, know that Waterford girls’ track and field coach Scott Miller and his family are sitting on some beach soaking up the sun in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Playa del Carmen is about 40 miles from Cancun, Miller said.
In case you’re wondering, Playa del Carmen is a popular tourist area in eastern Mexico along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo.
After helping guide Waterford thinclads’ Ally Rohrer and Maddy Sury to all-state status at the 2013 OHSAA Division III State Track and Field Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University Saturday, Miller and his wife Vickie returned to Washington County, got back in the car with bags packed, and headed east to Pittsburgh, Pa.
Early Sunday morning, the Miller family boarded a plane at Pittsburgh International Airport, and off into the “wild blue yonder” they went.
The plan was to vacation in Mexico for a week, Miller said.
Some track coaches know how to take a vacation in style.
Don’t forget to send us a postcard from the tropics, coach.
Cadiz Harrison Central, which eliminated Mark Farr-coached Warren (15-9) 3-0 in a Division 2 regional semifinal baseball game at Gant Municipal Stadium in Zanesville on May 30, was itself ousted in a state semi at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus last Friday morning.
The Huskies dropped an 11-1 decision to the Plain City Jonathan Alder Pioneers.
Huntington Park incidentally is the home of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers baseball team.
Jonathan Alder (24-9) in turn was defeated by the top-ranked Defiance Bulldogs (31-1) 8-2 in a state championship game Saturday night.
The Barb Sleek-coached Fort Frye softball team (24-1) bowed out of postseson tournament play against Magnolia Sandy Valley, 2-0, in a district final at Cambridge City Park on May 22.
Sandy Valley (22-8) then downed Milan Edison, 10-2, in a regional semi before falling 11-7 to Pemberville Eastwood in the regional title tilt.
Carroll Bloom-Carroll (30-3) ended up being state champ.
The Rachelle Pallini-led Warren softball team (20-4) beat Jackson twice during regular-season play before being eliminated by the Ironladies 6-3 in a Division II district final at Northwest High on May 27. (also Warren’s graduation day)
Jackson (17-10) was able to add another win in a regional semi against Duncan Falls Philo before dropping a 3-2 decision to Newark Licking Valley, the eventual state champion.
Ron Johnston is the Marietta Times sports editor and can be reached at 376-5441, or at firstname.lastname@example.org