Erik Sondergelt has never been tabbed MVP of the Wayne High School football program. But he should be.
Sondergelt has been the chief videographer of Warriors football teams for 30 seasons. As any head coach will tell you, that’s as valuable as a shut-down defense.
He has been lauded as the next best thing: the Collegiate Sports Video Association’s High School Video Coordinator of the Year for 2012-13.
Sondergelt estimated that he’s shot more than 430 high school, college and semi-professional football games during his career, at least 370 of those for Wayne. In addition, the Beavercreek resident has taped 16 seasons of Beavercreek High School ice hockey.
He was selected by a majority vote of his peers who are CSVA members. That also makes him a finalist for the Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year award, which will be revealed on Thursday.
Lauded Aviators: Vandalia-Butler recently added 10 members to its athletic hall of fame with its second class of inductees.
New members are: Amy (Munn) Chaffin, 1987 graduate, soccer, basketball softball; Brian Fogt, ’87, golf and basketball; Bob “Cazzie” Costello, football basketball, track and baseball coach from 1964-94; Greg Brockert, ’75, football, wrestling and baseball; Abby (Showers) Beam, ’03, volleyball, track; Dr. James Smith, distinguished service; Ray Zawadzki, ’81, basketball and baseball; G. Adam Cox, ’00, soccer, wrestling and baseball; Jack Hollon, athletic director and coach, 1962-91; and Dr. Dave “Doc” Amlin, football and basketball.
Kuntz to retire: Longtime Carroll AD Jim Kuntz will retire next month. He’s been in education for 45 years and serves as the Patriots’ AD for 30.
Kuntz is a 1963 Fairmont grad. He started the Carroll wrestling program in 1965 as an undergrad at the University of Dayton and was the head coach from 1970-84. He also coached football with former Carroll coach Jim Spoerl from 1970-76.
He also has been inducted into many athletic halls of fame. He eased his way into retirement by downsizing to an associate AD in 2012. Boys soccer coach Scott Molfenter has shared the AD duties since then.
He’s No. 1: Kody Kirk of Northridge is the state power lifting champion in the 250-pound weight class.
He was No. 1 in squat (600), second in bench (300) and third in dead lift (480) for a total of 1,380 pounds.
The event was held at Kenton Ridge. Kirk is trained by Larry Pacifico.
Manning to Oakwood: Fairmont assistant AD Joy Manning will succeed Mark Hughes as Oakwood’s AD.
Manning is expected to be approved at a school board meeting tonight. She has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UD.
Jervis honored: Oakwood girls and boys swim coach Jen Jervis has been named the Neil Skinner Ohio Coach of the year.
Oakwood’s boys won the 2013 Division II state team championship at Canton and the girls team placed second in D-II.