Saturday, March 31, 2007

Now That's a Clean Windshield

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Tom Zellner of Travcole & Associates in Berlin Heights, Ohio, cleans the windshield on a Triton 2486. The Triton is at the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee, where the 2007 Toledo Boat Show got under way Thursday and continues through Sunday.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Faith in the Air

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Faith Hicks, 10, braces for impact after hopping off of the diving board at the Farm Bureau Family Night at Wauseon High School on Saturday.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Side by Side

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THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Toledo Symphony Orchestra trumpet player Lauraine Carpenter warms up outside the Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art before heading in to rehearse with the Toledo Youth Orchestra.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Brigid Parent, 16, of Bowsher High School, used her harp to help tune the bass of Derek Weller.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Jill Dentel, 17, of Anthony Wayne High School, goes over fingerings on her oboe while watching the Toledo Symphony Orchestra play an opening number before she and the one-hundred strong Toledo Youth Orchestra joined them on stage.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Storm'in Town

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Toledo's Matt Zultek (9) watches his shot enter the Reading net behind Royal goalie Yutaka Fukufuji in the first period of the Storm's 3-3 victory last night at the Sports Arena.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Props and Hookers

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Ray Roberts, left, and Ethan Heckman, right, are the props as Justin Forgash hooks the ball back toward the scrum during the tackling sled portion of practice for the Perrysburg Rugby Club on Monday at Orleans Park in Perrysburg. Four teams in the area field squads in the Michigan Youth Rugby Association-Findlay, Perrysburg, Anthony Wayne, and Sylvania.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Defeat of the Trojans

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Mac Cloud of Findlay, left, breaks up a pass intended for St. Edward's Delvon Roe in yesterday's Division I regional final. The undefeated Eagles ended Findlay's tournament run, dealing the Trojans a death by 3s in a 66-50 Division I boys regional championship game on Saturday at the University of Toledo's Savage Hall.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Findlay's Luke Kraus doesn't appear happy after being called for charging against Lakewood St.Edward's Pe'Shon Howard. The Trojans finish the season with a 20-4 record.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Latisha Miller

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Aireana McClellan, 7, with her mother Latisha Miller in her sister's home on Elm Street where they have been staying since a fire demolished their Bancroft street apartment on March 6th.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Aireana and her sister Alayza McClellan were rescued from this apartment complex by Toledo Firefighters on March 6th. That night, their mother broke through a bedroom window and jumped from this small porch, left, with her 4-year-old son Ryan, leaving the two girls inside. "When I first saw her, it looked like a doll's head on the floor," Toledo Firefighter Randy Roslin said, recalling seeing Aierana in the blaze, "When I picked her up, she took a breath."

Holgate's Night

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Holgate's Chris Klear jumps for joy after nailing a three-pointer in the fourth quarter. The Tigers typically rely on their defense, but on Friday night Holgate was 12 of 19 from the floor after the first period en route to a 37-34 win over the Black Knights of Van Buren to capture the Division IV regional championship victory at Bowling Green's Anderson Arena.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Holgate head coach Paul Wayne triumphantly shows off a freshly cut basketball net at Anderson Arena to an enthusiastic crowd of Tigers fans after his team captured the Division IV regional championship.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Originalist

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke at Doermann Theater as a part of the University of Toledo Law School's Centennial Speaker Series on Tuesday. Throwing out his prepared text in favor of expounding on his "originalist" theory of the Constitution, Scalia mocked those who believe in a "living Constitution" that matures alongside modern society as a politicizing group who see whatever they like in the document. He advocated letting the House of Representatives make laws that reflect what the people want. "I don't know what the evolving standards of the American people are… I live in isolation, inside the Beltway in Washington," he said. "I work in a marble palace. I don't know what's going on."

Ambulances in Toledo

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG MedCorp President Richard Bage, left, looks at Vice President Tony Anteau, after the Toledo City Council voted to set up its fire department in the ambulance business in the hopes of generating extra revenue for the city's general operating fund. MedCorp is the largest private local ambulance company operating in Toledo. "Obviously, it's a bad day for business," said Bage.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Rumpf Ambulance owner Donald Kish, being hugged by MedCorp EMT Paula Craig, says the city ambulance service likely will force him out of business after 16 years in Toledo.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Falcons Land in Michigan

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG The Bowling Green Lady Falcons basketball team reacts to finding out that they received a No. 7 seed and will play 10th-seeded Oklahoma State Sunday in East Lansing, Mich., a two-hour drive from Bowling Green. "We're going to pack that place," senior Ali Mann said.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Evergreen is where I'm a Viking

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Evergreen's Andrew Pinkelman leaves Patrick Henry defenders in his wake as he heads to the basket during the second quarter of the Viking's 60-55 overtime victory on Saturday night to claim the Division III district title. Pinkelman had a game-high 22 points as the Vikings advanced to the regional for the third time in school history.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Patrick Henry coach Kent Seeman and his team watch as the Evergreen Vikings accept their championship medals.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG The Division III district championship resides with Evergreen for the first time since 1999.

All Day K

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Joshua Small adds the finishing touches to the kite he is making in the pilot program at Woodmore Elementary. Woodmore is falling into the trend that most other Ohio districts have moved toward: offering an all-day, everyday program to provide kindergartners with more opportunities to grow and develop as they get ready for first grade.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

MLK Headaches

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG On Wednesday afternoon the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bristol Bay teamed up with tugboats to began to loosen the ice around a platform/materials barge that is stuck downriver after it was dislodged from its moorings at the construction site on the Martin Luther King, Jr., bridge on Sunday night.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG The King Bridge, which connects the east and west sides of Toledo over the Maumee River, has been undergoing a $43 million rebuilding program since 2001. Fines of up to $20,000 per day could be levied if work is not completed by the scheduled deadline of March 15th.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG A sign at a British Petroleum station on the east side of the Martin Luther King, Jr., bridge expresses a sentiment that many be shared by many business owners who say that the closure of the link has significantly hurt their bottom lines.

It's All About the Warmup and Fan Shots

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Blake Powell and Joe Clayter meet in mid-air during introductions of the undefeated Toledo Christian Eagles starting lineup before their district semifinal against Continental on Tuesday night at Liberty-Benton High School.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Toledo Christian fans celebrate in the fourth quarter as the Eagles beat the Continental Pirates 46-26 to advance to the Division IV district finals on Friday night.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Rocket Booster

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Tamesha Scotton jumps on the back of Lisa Johnson as the Rockets celebrate a victory over Buffalo Sunday in the opening round of the MAC women's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Rockets will face regular season champion Bowling Green on Tuesday.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

St. Johns Dominates

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Titans Andrew Heldt, left, jumps to congratulate Ray Morris on the first of his two goals of the district final against Findlay on Saturday night.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Dan Johnson of St. John's levels Findlay's Brandon St. Jean. After grabbing a 3-0 lead, the Titans concentrated on defense and wound up with a shutout in the district final at Tam O'Shanter.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Winners and Losers

Friday Night Basketball Slideshow

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Derek Andrzejczak of Northview takes a shot over Hakeem Greer of Scott in a Division I boys sectional final at Waite. The Wildcats upset the Bulldogs 83-71...

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG ...and the disappointment showed on the faces of the players riding the Scott bench in the fourth quarter.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG St. John’s Sean Patterson shoots over Start’s Sean Woods last night at Waite. Patterson led the 15-7 Titans with 19 points as the Titans dominated the Spartans 75-52 in their Division I sectional matchup...

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG ...leaving Start's Darius Washington (40) and Chris Wilson checking the scoreboard with a full quarter left to play.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Central Catholic v Waite

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG The District 1 semifinal matchup between Central Catholic and Waite was won and lost in the midcourt as Shareese Ulis of Waite, who finished with 17 points, battled with Central Catholic's Sharise Calhoun, who led the Irish with 18 points.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG The Central Catholic Irish avenged two regular season losses to Waite in their 56-49 upset of the third-ranked Lady Indians in the Division 1 district semifinal Thursday night at Clay High School.

A Lunar Eclipse, If We're Lucky

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Frank Merritt, left, president of the Toledo Astronomical Association, and Alex Mak of the Ritter Planetarium-Brooks Observatory will answer questions from sky gazers during tomorrow night's lunar eclipse viewing event at the observatory if....

...Mother Nature does not continue to interfere as she did last night in Oregon, Ohio.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Matthew Keil

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Swanton's Darlene Keil displays a photo of her son Matthew who was injured by a sniper's bullet in Iraq on February 23rd. Lending support are her daughter, Amanda, 15, and son Deken, 27. Sergeant Keil is at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Matthew Keil’s brother Aaron, 24, and father, Dave, make preparations to go to Walter Reed to visit the infantry sergeant, who was on his second tour of duty in Iraq when he was wounded.