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Buckeye's Carlton Watkins Heads To Tiffin
From the GAZETTE, by Dan Brown.
YORK TWP. — It’s not unusual for Carlton Watkins to miss a call on his cell phone. This call, however, was his future. Inching closer and closer to committing to Division III John Carroll University, the Buckeye High standout got a call that changed everything. “The night before my overnight to John Carroll, I got a call back from Tiffin,” Watkins said. “It was one of their coaches and they had just got done with a spring practice and he said they needed a receiver.”
The chance to play at the Division II level and join former teammate Austin Friel and Gazette boys track MVP — and cousin — Malik Tuck of Medina was too good to pass up, so Watkins made his commitment to play football and compete in track for Tiffin. “It caught me off guard,” Watkins said of the phone call. “I was actually golfing when I saw the missed call and got a message to give them a call. I couldn’t believe it. I thought someone was messing with me. They told me that going D-III, I was limiting myself. You can go a higher level and earn a scholarship.”
Those words were enough to sell the 5-foot-10, 170 pound wide receiver on the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference program, which is looking for a fresh start after a 1-10, 0-10 campaign. While Watkins didn’t know he was going to find himself on the western side of the state with his former quarterback, Friel seemed to know something else. “After I got the call, I called Austin and I told him, ‘You will never believe who called,’” Watkins said. “The crazy thing is, I never said anything and Austin already knew I was going and put my name down for housing. He just knew.” Selling Watkins the most was the fact he will be paying about $4,000 less at the D-II school, with the possibility of earning scholarship money his second year. Add in that Tiffin has one of the best criminal justice programs around and the former Buck is happy to be a Dragon.
“I had it settled with John Carroll and it was going to cost $7,000 to go there, so I thought, ‘Why not try some other schools,’” Watkins said. “Tiffin is great for two-sport athletes, and their criminal justice program is top five in the country, so it’s really a go academic-wise, and that’s why I want to go to college. To play football, too, that’s just a plus.” Tiffin runs a spread offense with four wide receivers, a system Watkins is familiar with, as Buckeye ran a hybrid of that offense last fall. “The opportunity is great to get in there this year,” said Watkins, who also was looking at Westminster (Pa.), Thiel (Pa.) and Notre Dame of Ohio. “All I have to do is show them what I can do. It’s in my hands.
“You’re going to get a chance with four wide, because they will be using their receivers every play. That’s where my chance comes in.” Watkins had spoken to the school’s track program just weeks after breaking the Buckeye school record in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 6 inches at the Ernie Moore Invitational in Doylestown. He knows that doing both sports at the collegiate level is a challenge, but with friends Friel and Tuck by his side and the confidence that helped him earn accolades in both sports at the prep level, Watkins is ready for the next test.
“It worked out good,” he said. “I’m going down there with two guys that I’m really close to, and after meeting the (football) team, I got real comfortable with them and they welcomed me with open arms. “Every school I talked to, I talked about doing both sports. The way I see it, why not? You only live once.” -- Contact Dan Brown at email@example.com.
From Waite & Son Funeral Home:
Tiffany Yohman, 43, of Valley City, passed away on July 18, 2011. She was born on April 18, 1968 to Robert and Dorothy Fozio. She is survived by her beloved husband of 22 years Jeff; loving children Zachary, Anna, Samantha, Jaret, and Rose Yohman; devoted mother Dorothy and parents-in-law Maxine and Bob Yohman; adoring sister Theresa Rose (Brian) Berthold, sister-in-law Karen (Patrick) Kirchner, and brother Mark (Kathy) Yohman; as well as many treasured nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her cherished father Robert. Tiffany’s greatest passion in life was her family. She worked in the Robert A. Fozio Training Center as an office manager. Family and friends may call on Thursday, July 21 from 5-9pm at Waite and Son Funeral Home (3300 Center Road, Brunswick 44212). Services will be held on Friday at 10am at St. Martin’s Church.
The JV Squad made it to the playoffs for the 2nd time going 6-3 on the season. The Jags were coached by 3rd year Head Coach Eric Keller and Assistants Kevin Capela, Cleatus Varney and Dave Chaney.
The Jags Pee Wee Squad played their 3rd Season and had another good year under Head Coach Jon Stahl and Assistants Dennis Gulden, Mickey Ballantyne and Jason Mamrak.
The Jags Flag Squad returned to the team as the Bucks Flag teams were disolved. The team is made up of 5 and 6 year olds. They get an introduction to football and ease into playing tackle when they move to the Pee Wee Division at age 7. The Flag team was coached by Head Coach Paul Schnepp and Assistant Mike Knapp.
Sheila Schnepp coached the Jags Varsity Cheerleaders, Cathy Maslanka coached the JV Jags Cheerleaders, Amy Nutter and Renee Manross were the Pee Wee Cheer Coaches and Tracy Taylor coached the Jags Flag Cheerleaders.
The JV Squad went 7-3 in League play and made the Championship for the second time. They came up short in a very hard fought game against the Brunswick Jets that went to overtime and saw the Brunswick Jets come out on top 6-0. The squad was coached by first year Head Coach Bill Graham and Assistants Greg Thomas, Carmen Monaco and Anthony Musarra.
The Pee Wee Squad was again under the leadership of Head Coach Dave Walker and Assistants Carmen Monaco and Assistants Mark Crooks, Terry Shrader, Andrew Nigh and Ryan Sweeney. This division keeps score but does not award a Championship. The team had another great season of instruction that gets them ready to move up to the JV Division.The Jets Flag Squad returned to the team as the Bucks Flag teams were disolved. The team is made up of 5 and 6 year olds. They get an introduction to football and ease into playing tackle when they move to the Pee Wee Division at age 7. The Flag team was coached by Head Coach Ryan Sweeney and Assistant Scott Marcum.
Kara Seese Jets Varsity Cheerleaders. Tammy Potter coached the Jets JV Cheer Squad, Nicole McGivern coached the Pee Cheer Squad and Kim Watkins returned to coach the Jets Flag Squad.