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Barbara Hendel

ON THE TOWN

Smashing summer fun makes a splash

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    Wylie Fournier, 11, of Belmont Country Club, competes in the back stroke during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Kinsey Powell, left, and Justin Powell, from Stone Oak Country Club, cheer on their son while their son competes during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Sullie Yoder, 11, of Toledo Country Club, competes in the back stroke during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Sullie Yoder, 11, of Toledo Country Club, competes in the back stroke during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Swimmers and fans cheer from the side of the pool during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Jacob Bassler, 9, left, Sara Bassler, center, and Andrew Bassler, 11, right, of Belmont Country Club, during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Inverness Country Club swim team members, from left, Nikolas Bishop, coach TJ Haselman, Patrick Heldreth, and Connor Bishop during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Marcy Williams and her daughter Augusta Williams, 8, of Belmont Country Club, during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Ryan Sniegowski, and his niece Kenzi Slater, 11, of Toledo Country Club, during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Andrew Bassler, 11, of Belmont Country Club, competes in the butterfly during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Andrew Bassler, 11, of Belmont Country Club, competes in the butterfly during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Coach Robert SiSalle, of Stone Oak Country Club, speaks with some team members during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Kathy Lathrop, center smiles at friends Letitia Lathrop, left, and Kim Heldreth, right, of Inverness Country Club during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    John Gill and Jennifer Gill, of Stone Oak Country Club, during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Sullie Yoder, 11, of Toledo Country Club, competes in the back stroke during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Trophies during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    Justin Powell, left, Hudson Powell, center, and Kinsey Powell, from Stone Oak Country Club, during a Swim Championship meet at Stone Oak Country Club on July 25.

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    The winners list from the AdBash volleyball tournament.

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    From left, Ross Achter, Carter Petrusky, Kim Scharff, JJ Miller, and Zach Sonorant, of The Blade team, took first place at the AdBash volleyball tournament.

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    Marlene Buffy of Cookies by Marlene at the AdBash volleyball tournament.

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    The Governors took third at the AdBash volleyball tournament.

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    Outreach took second place at the AdBash volleyball tournament.

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    Communica was named best dressed at the AdBash volleyball tournament.

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    From left, Sarah Sherry, Ashley Forche, Autumn Sevich, and John Schlageter sported costumes from 'The Flintstones' for the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    From left, Noelle Shumer, Nicole Marlow, Sabrina Kurek, and Chelsey Hanson pose for a team photo during the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    From left, Anna Revill, Marisa Everett, Erica McElmurry, and Cecelia Alvarado competed together at the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    From left, Jason Kvach, Jack Couter, Mark Harris, and Collin Ankenbrandt competed together in the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    Damien Neill, left, and Eric Nash both sported costumes as they competed in the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    From left, J. Hanson, Andrew Kurek, Brian Hall, and Brian Smith pose for a team photo during the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    Brian Critch, left, Amy Critch, center, and Tonya O'Neal competed together at the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    Holly Hoagland-Fojtik, executive director of the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, left, Jesse Spier, owner of Toledo Sport and Social Club, center, and event coordinator Jasmine James attended the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    Jay Paholak, left, and Andrea Jaworski both competed in the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    From left, Lindsey Aldrich, Esosa Oshodin, Amanda Taylor, Elizabeth Cunningham, Jennifer Watson, and Anna Tremmel competed together in the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    Back row from left, Chris Turner, Jamie Brown, Joe Quick, and John Romine joined their teammates, front row from left: Sam Brown, Adriana Clouse, and Hana Molnar in competing together in the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    Jessica Black, left, Kiely White, center, and Lacy Morris competed in the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    Siblings Autumn Mitchell, left, Artie Mitchell, center, and Amber Mitchell competed together in the seventh annual Mud Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 25 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.

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    27th Annual Pollyball Tournament in honor of Polly Hylant-Tracy at International Park in Toledo on Aug. 18.

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    Brandon Winningham, left, of Virginia, spikes the ball during the 27th Annual Pollyball Tournament in honor of Polly Hylant-Tracy at International Park in Toledo on Aug. 18.

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    Jeannie Hylant, left, and Sandra Hylant, right, of Toledo pose for a portrait during the 27th annual Pollyball Tournament in honor of Polly Hylant-Tracy at International Park in Toledo on Aug. 18.

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    From left to right, Sarah Tracy, Geof Tracy, Lauren Tracy and Rachel Tracy of Toledo pose for a portrait during the 27th annual Pollyball Tournament in honor of Polly Hylant-Tracy at International Park in Toledo on Aug. 18.

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    Ang Mock, center, of Toledo celebrates during the 27th annual Pollyball Tournament in honor of Polly Hylant-Tracy at International Park in Toledo on Aug. 18.

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    27th annual Pollyball Tournament in honor of Polly Hylant-Tracy was held at International Park in Toledo on Aug. 18.

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    Lauren Tracy of Toledo bumps the ball during the 27th annual Pollyball Tournament in honor of Polly Hylant-Tracy at International Park in Toledo on Aug. 18.

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Summer is always so much fun, especially with outdoor activities including volleyball and swim team events. It’s Labor Day weekend, and even though the days are shorter, a few trees are beginning to show fall colors, and many schools are in session, summer is not over till Sept. 22. So enjoy the warm weather while it’s here.

THE 27th annual Pollyball Tournament presented by the Hylant Family Foundation at International Park was a smashing time for the 650 attendees who helped raised more than $90,000, with funds still being accepted. The event, started in the name of Polly Hylant-Tracy, who lost her battle with cancer in 1990, benefits the YWCA of Northwest Ohio’s ENCOREplus Breast Cancer Awareness and Assistance Program.

This year, Pollyball was dedicated to Bess Tracy, sister of Geof Tracy, Polly’s husband. Bess died the previous week from glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

Back at the sand and sunshine, food trucks including Deet’s BBQ, Nick & Nino’s, Po Mo’s Ribs, Beastro Burger, and Atlantic Breeze Chicken Coupe sated appetites and Heidelberg Distributing Co. quenched thirsts as Dan Eshman provided tunes. Orion Institute provided free massages to players and guests. Meanwhile, Kids Zone kept children busy with crafts, bounce houses, and obstacle courses.

Fifty-three teams — 48 backyard and 5 advanced — participated. The winning team was Advanced Champion, Tireman, with NOW Title Exams runner-up; Backyard Champion, Ohio Living Swan Creek and O-I runner-up. Tireman placed first and Ohio Living Swan Creek was the runner-up in the head-to-head category.

Thanks go to ProMedica, the lead sponsor, along with folks at the YWCA who were instrumental in the success of the event.

TOLEDO Sport and Social Club’s seventh annual Bump, Set, Splat, Mud Volleyball event presented by Dave and Buster’s at the Lucas County Fairgrounds drew about 1,000 people for the sold-out event. Two 162-feet-by-60-feet-by-one-foot-deep pits, dug out a few days earlier, held 10 courts, nets and all.

A DJ played tunes from 9 a.m. ’till nearly 9 p.m., revving up the action as spectators watched the 80 teams slip and slide in the mud. Teams were from all over, including Cleveland and sites in Alabama.

Food trucks Deets’ BBQ and Pepperoni Tony’s were busy as was the Bud Lite booth by Treu House of Munch.

People dressed in great costumes including Batman, Fred Flintstone and his friends in a Yabba Do Car, and The Incredibles. Many were rewarded with refreshments for dressing up.

The winners were the Team Country Fresh from Willard, Ohio, the upper-bracket winner; and Legends of the Muddy Temple from Toledo, the lower-bracket winner.

Including this year, more than $45,000 was raised for the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, which ran the event and provided the volunteers.

AdBASH presented by the American Advertising Federation-Toledo drew 23 teams and lots of spectators at the Sand Courts at The Docks in International Park overlooking the Maumee River.

DJ Michael Toth cranked up the tunes for a fun evening. Food was catered by Le Petit Gourmet, Cookies by Marlene, and spirits from NWO Beverage. H.O.T. Graphic Services and Pepsi generously donated water to keep everyone hydrated.

Among the teams at the rain or shine event were Hart, H.O.T. Graphic Services, Louisville Title, Metzgers, The Andersons, MadAveGroup, Hanson, Franklin Park Mall, and Cooper Smith.

Winners were: First place, The Blade; second place, Outreach; third place, the Governors, and fourth place, InfoStream Solutions. The best-dressed award went to Communica.

Kudos to Greg Reece and his team of volunteers for running the show. A few thousand dollars was raised to add to the pot for charitable donations not yet determined.

SWIMMING is always a fun part of summer, especially for those who are on swim teams at local country clubs.

The Club Championship Swim meet at Stone Oak Country Club was an all-day affair of the four main strokes: free-style, back stroke, breast stroke, and butterfly. The teams from Inverness Club, Toledo Country Club, Belmont Country Club, Brandywine Country Club, and of course, Stone Oak all performed well, but the winning team was Belmont. Stone Oak followed in second place.

The following week each club held its own awards banquets, by the pools, no doubt.

The clubs’ pools will no doubt be busy today and tomorrow as members take a last dip before the season ends.

Barbara Hendel is The Blade's Society Editor. Contact her at bhendel@theblade.com or call 419-724-6124.

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