Oak Harbor to honor ’83 cagers, Koffarnus, Jenkins

Aug 31, 2022 | Sports | 0 comments

Oak Harbor High School will honor two elite athletes and the 1983 state runner-up boys basketball team as it inducts them into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Lindsay (Lange) Koffarnus, who graduated in 1999, had a stellar career in swimming before going on to a successful collegiate career at Purdue University. In high school, she finished in the top 10 in Ohio four times in the breaststroke, peaking at second place as a senior. At Purdue, she was an All-American three times and competed at the Olympic Trials.

Like Koffarnus, Andy Jenkins, a ’97 graduate, competed at the Olympic Trials in the midst of his collegiate career at Bowling Green State University. At Oak Harbor, he was a four-time state qualifier in swimming and once for golf. Jenkins still holds three Oak Harbor swimming records and one golf record. He also had a successful collegiate career at BG and was named the 2001 Male Athlete of the Year as a senior.

The iconic ’83 boys basketball team that advanced to the Class AA state championship game and finished with a 26-1 record will be honored as well. The Rockets, led by AA Player of the Year Dan Christie, and his father, Dave Christie, the coach, won Suburban Lakes League, sectional, district and regional titles before falling to Columbus Bexley in the championship game, 77-58.

Tickets for the event, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the high school, cost $15. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 419-898-6216.

The inductees will be recognized on Sept. 9 between the first and second quarter of the Oak Harbor-Toledo Woodward football game.

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