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March 10, 2009

SPORTS

Hockey moves to District Finals Sports Editor The Northview Wildcat Hockey team advanced to the district quarterfinals with a crushing win over Ottawa Hills February 19. Nine different Cats scored in the 10-0 victory. Sophomore Nolan Culver was the only player to score twice in the game. Seniors Cody Ramm, Nile Culver, Kyle Hymore and Jordan Keefe added one goal apiece. Juniors Mark Hall and Tony Holley, along with sophomore Aaron Booth and freshman Dalton Carter also contributed with a goal each. “We had to come prepared to play like we usually do,” said Nolan Culver. “It was nice to see Dalton and Cody get their first goals. After participating all four years as a varsity hockey player, Hymore had his best season as a senior and was voted sportsman of the year and second team all red division. “It is an honor and feels good having other coaches in the league vote for me,” said Hymore. On February 26, NV took on the Clay Eagles in the second round of

the tournament. Booth scored first for the Wildcats on a power play assisted by sophomore Graham Kelsey. Senior Bobby Napierala, Nile Culver and Nolan Culver made the score 4-0 at the end of the first period. The Cats did not let down in the second period scoring three more goals. Two goals from Hymore and one from junior Shane Wheatley allowed NV to seal the win 7-1. Freshman goaltender Austin Gryca continued his hot play stopping 19 of 20 shots in the game. “I’m excited for the games to come. Our team is playing well and we have the potential to go far in the tournament,” said Gryca. The Wildcats faced Findlay in the district semi-finals February 28. NV started off strong with two first period goals from Booth and sophomore Tyler Harding. Hymore had two consecutive goals and Harding had his second of the game. The Cats felt like they were on their way to face St. Johns in the finals midway through the second period up 5-0, according to Napierala. The Cats had a 5-1 lead with six minutes left in the third period when the Trojans scored four unanswered goals in a span of two minutes, tying the game at five apiece.

Courtesy of Gary & JoAnn Hymore SENIOR KYLE HYMORE makes a goal in a game against the St. John’s Titans. The hockey team played on March 7 against St. John’s and had a chance to go to the Frozen Four. Booth scored the winning goal for NV in overtime and allowed them to advance in the playoffs. “I don’t think that we played anywhere near our potential but pulling through after their comeback was major for our team to carry into our next game,” said Harding. The Cats met the Titans on March 7

Spring Sports Conditioning Softball - conditioning started in

Baseball - conditioning started in

Track - distance conditioning

early December - running stairs, hitting in cages, pitching work, weighlifting, fielding. Tryouts started March 9 for three days. Scrimmages start soon

early November - hitting in cages, weighlifting, conditioning and agility work. Practices started outdoors on Thursday.

started in late November, jumpers and sprinters started running stairs and conditioning a few weeks ago. First official practices started March 9

Check out our next issue for more on the spring sports

in the district finals to see who would travel down to Columbus for the Frozen Four. It was their fourth time making it to the district finals in the last five years. “It is awesome to have such a good chance to win and go to the Frozen Four. I’m really excited and so is the team,” said Napierala.

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