GLCL adds two teams for 2016

From staff and news reports

The Great Lakes Collegiate League has added two teams next year and subtracted one.

Northern Ohio Baseball (Strongsville) won’t be back next year, according to the league website.

The GLCL has expanded to add the Richmond (Ind.) Jazz and the Irish Hills Leprechauns. Richmond will play at McBride Stadium. Irish Hills will play at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich.

The GLCL will have 12 teams next year, including the defending GLCL champion Lima Locos.

Also in the league are the following: Galion, Cincinnati, Grand Lake, Hamilton, Irish Hills, Lake Erie, Licking County, Lorain County, Richmond, Southern Ohio and Xenia.

LCC’s Madison Stolly commits to Findlay

Lima Central Catholic junior Madison Stolly gave a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Findlay.

The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists last year. She set the single-game girls basketball school record with 39 points last year.

She also holds LCC school records for most free throws in a career and the single-season record for points.

Elida author Figley promotes Big Red Machine book

Local author Mark Figley is promoting this week’s release of his new book, “Queen City Dynasty: Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine,” with several Lima book signings.

A scheduled list of appearances are the following:

Sat., Dec. 5 - The Meeting Place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 8 - Vino Bellisimo 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 12 - Lima Public Library 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 12 - Lima Sports Collectibles (Lima Mall near Macy’s) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

An appearance is also planned in conjunction with the Cincinnati Reds Caravan in Lima in January. The book chronicles the men who comprised the 1975-1976 Cincinnati Reds. The cost is $17.95.

Wapakoneta girls basketball re-schedules game

The Wapakoneta junior varsity girls basketball game at Fort Recovery will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The varsity game will follow.

Marion Local changes boys basketball schedule

With Marion Local still playing in the football state semifinals, the Flyers have made the following changes to the boys basketball schedule:

At Covington: Moved from Nov. 28 to Jan. 23, at 6 p.m.

At Wapakoneta: Moved from Dec. 5 to Dec. 23 at 6 p.m.

At Coldwater: Moved from Dec. 11 to Jan. 26, 6 p.m.

Celina (Home): Moved from Dec. 12 to Dec. 19, 6 p.m.

Starr says trip to Lambeau could be his last

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr has been tossing the football again as he prepares to return to Lambeau Field for a special ceremony on Thanksgiving honoring another Green Bay Packers legend, Brett Favre.

Starr has been working out at a Birmingham, Alabama, gym three times a week and exceeding his trainer’s expectations.

Starr, 81, is moving a little slower these days after two strokes and a heart attack in 2014, but he’s on track to make the trip to Wisconsin — a trip Starr and his wife, Cherry, say could be their last to Green Bay.

The Starrs, who have been married 61 years, have twice flown to Mexico to take a chance on experimental stem cell treatments and say it has made a difference in Bart’s recovery.

The Starrs say the Favre ceremony has been a great motivator in Bart’s rehabilitation.

“He’s very motivated and of course this event we remind him that he’s going to do something very special this Thanksgiving day,” Cherry Starr said.

Bart Starr and Favre share a close bond off the field. Favre has always helped with a cause Starr has long promoted, Rawhide Boys Ranch, a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides residential programs for delinquent and emotionally disturbed adolescent boys in Wisconsin.

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