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Cecil, Kontak earn All-Ohio honors

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After being recognized with Division III District Honors two weeks ago, Oak Harbor's Tom Kontak and Andrea Cecil did one better last week, earning All-Ohio honors for girls basketball for their performance during the 2013-14 season.

Kontak, now in his second season with the Rockets, was named the Co-Coach of the Year, along with Andover Pymatuning Valley's Jeff Compan and New Lebanon Dixie's Jared Crowe, after leading Oak Harbor to a 20-5 record, an appearance in the district finals and a second-place finish in the Sandusky Bay Conference. He is 36-13 in two years with the Rockets after going 91-44 in six seasons at Genoa (2004-10).

"What I'd like to think, over time, is we've been doing this long enough for people to recognize (our accomplishments)," Kontak said. "You have to win, that's part of the equation. Hopefully, we've won (and) we've won the right way. We've won with great kids who compete hard and are grateful to compete for the opportunity (to compete) for their school. That's what I like about this group. We'll have to work hard to improve, and that commitment will be the x-factor." 

Alongside Emma Barney, Amanda Hetrick, Athena Eli and Maddy Rathbun, Cecil led Oak Harbor to an 18-4 record in the regular season before the Rockets defeated Margaretta (59-31) for its first sectional title in six years. The Rockets beat Bucyrus (54-48) in the district semifinal before falling, 40-37, to Bucyrus Wynford on a 25-foot shot at the buzzer.

Because Oak Harbor has played so well recently, they're starting to get recognition from other teams around the state. In fact, the Rockets will compete in the McDonald's Holiday Tournament at Lima Bath High School on Dec. 29-30 with some other great teams--Lima Bath, Lima Central Catholic and Minster; and later this summer, Oak Harbor will join some of the state's best teams in The Battle of Fort Stephenson, a tournament that will take place at the Fremont Rec Center on July 27-28. The 16-team tournament, which is being organized by Clyde head coach John Cahill, includes Clyde, Shaker Hts. Hathaway Brown, Whitmer and Central Catholic.

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Coach Diels resigns from Redskin basketball

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Coach Troy Diels met with his team following the last boys basketball game to tell them it would be his last as the Redskin’s basketball coach. He has coached basketball at PCHS for the past nine years. Mr. Diels will remain with the Port Clinton City School District as the Assistant Middle School Principal.

Port Clinton High School Principal, Gary Steyer said, “Coach Diels has been a positive influence in the lives of our student-athletes and has made major contributions to our boys’ basketball program. We appreciate what he has meant to our students and how he has supported them throughout their basketball careers as well as in their personal lives.”

Long after his coaching career is over, he will always be remembered as leading the Port Clinton Redskins during their 20-1 season. That journey sparked renewed Redskin Spirit in the Port Clinton community supporting the team would go on to be the 2010 State basketball runners up. In addition, his teams had one SBC championship, three sectional titles, one district and one regional championship. 

"I have decided that it is time to step down as head coach,” said Coach Diels. “There are a lot of little factors as to why, but above all I think the time is right for a change. I want to thank the Board Of Education, Mr. Adkins, and the high school administration for allowing me the opportunity to be the head coach over the last nine years. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been the head coach at Port Clinton and I will forever cherish the bonds that I have with my former players and well as my coaching staff."

Mr. Diels will continue as the Port Clinton Middle School Assistant Principal and will have more time to spend with his wife Marianne and their three children. 

Patrick Adkins, Superintendent of Schools added, "Coach Diels brought more than just basketball knowledge to our program. He has played a vital role in the lives of our student athletes not only while they were in high school but beyond. He has been a positive role model and will be missed considerably."

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Kontak named District Co-Coach of the Year

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After leading the Oak Harbor Rockets to a 20-5 record, a spot in the Division III District Finals and a second-place finish in the Sandusky Bay Conference, Tom Kontak was named the Associated Press District 7 Co-Coach of the Year.

Kontak, who shared the honor with Liberty-Benton’s Nate Irwin, was joined on the All-District Team with his top player, sophomore forward Andrea Cecil. Cecil, who averaged 19.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, helped lead Oak Harbor to the district finals, where they fell in heartbreaking fashion, 40-37, on a buzzer-beater to Bucyrus Wynford. 

Port Clinton forward Tiffany Colston, with a per-game average of 13.5 points and 8 rebounds, also earned first-team honors at the Div. II level. Colston helped lead the Redskins to an 18-5 record and a second-place finish in the SBC. In her final two years, Port Clinton went 39-9, won a sectional title and twice finished second in the league.

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