Joe Szyperski defends Soothsayer title

        In a shortened six-week season, long time area wrestling coach Joe Szyperski defended his soothsayer championship, finishing 50-12 (80.6 percent) in choosing the winners of high school and professional football games.
        He was under one percent behind the all-time record for correct picks. Szyperski, Last year in picking the winners of 148 high school, college, and professional football games, Ron Gladieux and Szyperski both finished 119-29, which at 80.4 percent was also slightly under the all-time record. Press soothsayers have been choosing winners, and losers, since 2001.
        Szyperski, a cancer survivor, works alongside Gladieux at Gladieux Home Center in Oregon, plus he has been a Press distribution carrier for 45 years, dating back to his youth. He still walks the same neighborhoods he grew up in delivering The Press each week.
        Finishing second this year was Mik Gonzales, one of the regular talk-show guests on Great Lakes Golf Show hosted by Mike Jameson on ESPN 106.5 The Ticket on Saturday mornings. Gonzales also broadcast games for Toledo Sports Network, is a cancer survivor and the press box at The Ice House on Alexis Road is named for him for all the years he dedicated broadcasting Toledo Cherokees games. Gonzales finished five games back of Szyperski at 45-17.
        Press Sports Editor J. Patrick Eaken (44-18) was third, followed by a tie between GenoaBank President Marty Sutter and Gladieux at 43-19. Oregon businessmen Alan Miller and Greg Dunn were 41-21 and Press sales person Leeanne LaForme, who played junior high football at Northwood and is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, finished at 39-23.


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