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Wolff earns All-Ohio, gets All-Press Player of Year

By J. Patrick Eaken and Yaneek Smith sports@presspublications.com

Her fight, her desire to win is infectious (and) the other girls see that. They know she’s been playing varsity for four years. She leads by example.

Rarely does an area athlete possess the skills necessary to earn All-Ohio honors and a scholarship to compete at that sport in college. Count Eastwood senior outside hitter Elise Wolff among that distinct group. She is the Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Volleyball Player of the Year, and is the fourth Eagles in a row to get the honor. Press Coach of the Year goes to firstyear Clay boss Dave Conley, whose Eagles were state-ranked in Division I part of the season and lost Three Rivers Athletic Conference matches only to Notre Dame and St. Ursula, which was ranked No. 1 in the final poll and reached the state final. Clay seemingly had the visiting state runner-up Arrows on the ropes early in their first meeting, eventually losing 2025, 26-24, 25-20, 25-12. Clay also defeated Eastwood 25-19, 23-25, 25-12, 25-13 in a non-league match. No local team won a league title, but Eastwood, Clay and Cardinal Stritch Catholic came about as close as a team can get, finishing behind Elmwood, St. Ursula, and Toledo Christian. Three Clay players, because of the competition they faced, are first team All-Press. The honors are taken straight from league voting, with adjustments based on district voting. At Eastwood, Wolff concluded her prep career and led the Eagles to a 15-4 record, a second place finish in the Northern Buckeye Conference and a sectional title. She set a school record for kills, both in a single season (360) and in a career (913), both impressive feats in a successful program like Eastwood’s. She also set a state all-time record for kills in a single match, getting 34 in a match versus Otsego this year. In addition to her kills, Wolff finished the season with 289 digs, 40 aces and 38 blocks. As an underclassman, Wolff was instrumental in leading Eastwood to three league titles and a spot in the Division II regional semifinals last year. Wolff, a four-year letter winner, earned All-Ohio honorable mention and was the NBC and District 7 Player of the Year. An outside hitter, was joined on the All-Press team by junior setter Jaci Juergens, senior middle hitter Cassidy Rolf, libero/defensive specialist Mackenzie Albright, sophomore outside hitter Bri Hoddlebrink and senior middle hitter Emily Hayward. All six Eagles earned all-league status, too, which is more than any other team in the conference. Coach Jeff Beck, Press Coach of the Year the past two seasons who has won four league titles in five years at Eastwood and led Perrysburg to the Division I state

Eastwood senior (6) Elise Wolff, who broke alltime state records this year, goes for the kill. (Press photo by Russ Lytle)

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semifinal in 2006, knows a thing or two about great players. “(Wolff) had an outstanding year,” said Beck, the 2009 District 7 Coach of the Year. “I’ve been coaching Elise for four years (and) this was her best year. She was our captain, our go-to player. When we need a side out, we go to her. She works hard in practice, and when the whistle blows, she’s going to give it her best. She’s a gamer. She’ll give everything she’s got. She loves playing the game.” Beck said Wolff is a leader and that rubs off on her teammates. “She’s great in practice,” said Beck. “Her fight, her desire to win is infectious (and) the other girls see that. They know she’s been playing varsity for four years. She leads by example. She has high energy on and off the court.” Wolff will play volleyball next year at Alderson Broaddus University, a Division II college located in Philippi, West Virginia. Another area volleyball player, St. Ursula’s Lauren Daudelin, will be joining her there in 2014. Wolff plans on majoring in exercise science at the small liberal arts college which has an enrollment of 1,100 students. The Battlers compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, a league that features 11 schools in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Wolff is also a fine track athlete, evidenced by her success in the 100-meter hurdles and the pole vault. She set an NBC meet record in the pole vault last May by clearing the bar at 10 feet, 3 inches and also set a meet record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.41 while leading Eastwood to its 13th consecutive league title. Wolff also qualified for regionals in both events, missing out qualifying for state by just two spots in the pole vault. As for now, Wolff will likely prepare for the track season by competing in indoor track this winter. Last season, she placed 12th in the pole vault at the state indoor meet in Akron.

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DeStazio’s high-scoring Comets picked to take title By Press Sports Staff sports@presspublications.com Genoa girls basketball coach Mike DeStazio added that the Comets, who were picked by the coaches to win the Northern Buckeye Conference title ahead of Lake, plan to run up and down the court this season. “People better be in shape to play us,” he said. “We’re going to have a lot of depth. If we stay healthy and continue to improve on our basketball skills to match our athleticism, we could be very good. When you’re picked first, you have to work that much harder to finish first. The league is so even, they could have picked any one of four teams to win it.” Genoa returns four starters and six letter winners from last year’s team, including senior Ciara Albright, its leading scorer last season. The guard averaged 16.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. “We were young in key spots last year,” DeStazio said. “We started three juniors and a freshman point guard (now sophomore Haley Pickard). I have five sophomores on the varsity, but we’re not starting from scratch teaching a whole lot this year. We implemented a lot this summer (whereas) the last two years we constantly had to start over. Now, we’re building instead of starting over.” DeStazio said Albright might be the best all-around player in the league, plus he has a transfer expected to contribute. “I have other kids who can score this year, and I think that’s going to free her up. I expect a big year out of her.” Five-foot-11 sophomore Erica Harder went to St. Ursula Academy last year but moved back to Genoa. “When I moved Carly Gose up to varsity last year, she averaged five rebounds a game for me, and she has to be as quick and as competitive a kid as I’ve ever coached,” DeStazio said. “She’ll give us a lot of depth at guard. Erica, I think, has the potential to play at the next level. You never have to tell her to play hard. She gets after it. Christy is another sleeper. She has improved so much and will back up Brynn at the post spot. She’s impressing me quite a bit.” Former Eastwood coach Jim Gracyk, now at Lake, says his Flyers will have something to say about that. After finishing tied for second with Rossford in conference play, the bad news for the rest of the NBC contenders is that the Flyers may be even better in 2013-14. Woodmore has played two games, both losses, and coach Kyle Clair sees their lack of execution on offense as the primary reason for their struggles and plans to remedy that for league play. “The silver lining in our first two games is that we have had our weakness exposed,” he said. “Our challenge is to improve offensively. Our defense creates many opportunities for us and our transition game is right where it should be, but we do not finish well and reward our defensive efforts. We need leaders to emerge offensively and this can’t be done by just one person.” Eastwood brings in former Maumee junior varsity coach Lindsay Ross, and although picked to finish near the bottom, she hopes her first year will set the tempo. “We do have quick players who can apply pressure,” Ross said, adding that the NBC appears to be spread out with talent. “The league seems to be pretty even,”

Genoa guard Ciara Albright drives to the basket in last year's Northern Buckeye Conference match against Otsego. (Press file photo by Harold Hamilton/ HEHphotos. smugmug. com) she said, “and I think any team could beat anyone. It will be a battle this season — and we will be competitive.”

Northern Buckeye boys

Flyers expect to be challenged After leading Lake to a second place finish in Northern Buckeye Conference play in 2012-13, and improving his career record at Lake to 49-16, coach Ryan Bowen looks to once again keep his team near the top of the NBC heap and battling for league supremacy. “We will be young, but we will also be experienced,” Coach Bowen said. “(Junior guards) Connor Bowen (14.2 pts., 8.1 asst.) and Jared Rettig (14.7 pts., 3.0 asst.) have started every game since their freshman years, and we have a lot of young kids who play with a lot of heart. So, the effort is always there. Our success will come as everyone settles into their roles.” Eastwood coach Matt Routson said Rossford and Lake could be the top two teams in the NBC, but the Eagles “could be in the mix.” “To be successful we will have to play together,” he said. “We need to see a balanced scoring attack. We also need our players to utilize the experience they gained last year and to be prepared every game night and play together as a team.” Eastwood 6-foot-1 senior guard Jake Schmeltz (18 pts.) was the top scorer, was

second on the team off the glass (4.5 reb.), and led the team in averaging three assists. “He is a captain and we will look to him to be the leader on the offensive end of the floor,” Routson said. “Jake is a great weapon on offense.” Genoa, in “Year Two” under Coach Keith Diebler, return all five starters and eight lettermen. Diebler belives this team should benefit from having a full season of his system under their belts. “The biggest thing is, we worked hard over the past year with strength and skills, so we can execute within the framework of the system,” Diebler said. “We shot in the mid-30s (percent) last year. We’re going to be in good shape. We want to shoot 80 times (a game), so if we shoot 40 percent or above, we’ll be in good shape. We’re going to shoot 20-30 threes a game.” Diebler isn’t ready to proclaim Genoa on the verge of winning a conference title this year, but he liked what he saw in the team’s scrimmages. “We fared fairly well,” he said. “I wanted to see where our bench is depth-wise. This is the second year of the program, and a lot of my former players say it takes until about the third year (to win a title). I think we’re way ahead of that pace. We only won three games last year and I expect to triple that or do even better. We’re a year older, but we are still fairly young. I expect to be better, and so do the kids. We’re not going to be the doormat of the league.” Returning point guard Luke Rightnowar averaged 17.4 points, 4.7 rebounds

and four assists. “He’s in the tradition of some of the great players I’ve had,” Diebler said. “He is a year wiser, a year stronger and a year faster. I expect his numbers to go up. He can score inside and out and get fouled. The thing I like about him the most is, his defensive ability has improved. He’s going to be a good one in the back of our matchup (zone) and our press.” After losing a quality group of seniors, Woodmore coach Brad Sander will rely on inexperienced players. The Wildcats lost five seniors, most notably, Donny Bowen (16 pts., 9 reb.), one of the best players in school history. Woodmore, which finished 9-14 with a 6-8 mark in the NBC , managed to salvage their season after Bowen returned from an injury, finishing strong and putting up a fight before losing in overtime to Western Reserve in the Division III tournament. Sander is confident with the players he has coming back and what he’s seen from them. “There are 9 to 10 guys who are fighting for playing time,” Sander said. “Everything has been very competitive because the competition for playing time is so wide open; guys are still fighting for playing time.” Thus far, Sander is pleased with the effort of his players and thinks it might help to build some depth for the club. “It’s going to be one of those things where we have the ability to play 9 to 10 guys,” Sander said, “and that’s a good thing. It’s starting to bring out the best in those guys, and they understand that they have to elevate their game to earn playing time. We have guys that know they’re going to have to compete day in and day out.”

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Could this be the Bears’, Cards’ year? Veteran Gibsonburg boys basketball coach Brent Liskai says Ottawa Hills, Toledo Christian and Cardinal Stritch Catholic are the teams to beat in the TAAC. “Our league is one of the best, if not the best, Division IV leagues in the state and it will be extremely competitive once again,” the coach said. “The teams are extremely well coached, and you must bring your ‘A’ game on most nights.” But Stritch coach Dave Rieker said he gives Ottawa Hills the nod to win the TAAC this season, followed by Gibsonburg, Toledo Christian and Stritch “because of our lack of experience.” “We have a very balanced league,” Rieker said, “one of the most underrated leagues around.” The Cardinals, who tied Gibsonburg for third place in the TAAC last season, don’t return a ton of experience from last year but they do have good size and athleticism. “We are very long and must take advantage of our length,” Rieker said. “To be successful we have to play good defense and control the boards, and we need to hit some shots this year. I love the makeup of our team. I might have the best chemistry I’ve had since I’ve been here. They get along very well, and practices have been very intense.” “I would like him (6-5 guard/forward Austin Adams) to average a double-double this year,” Rieker said. “That is his goal.

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I think he feels he has to be that way for us to be successful. He is our go-to guy. I think he’ll be one of the best players in the league. He has improved on his jump shot, and the big thing is how will Austin adjust to being double and triple-teamed? It will be tough to guard him one-on-one. We have a lot of guys in the league like that.� Meanwhile, Gibsonburg returns nine returning lettermen including Kreglow, a second-team All-TAAC performer, and honorable mention all-conference picks Cantrell and Tyler Ernsthausen. “We will be up-tempo on both offense and defense,� Liskai said, “but we can play many ways and will do whatever it takes to give us the best chance to win each night. We have a versatile roster and we can adapt. Our players are smart, as witnessed by being third in the state with a 3.807 GPA last season. We need to focus on one game at a time and continue to improve as the season progresses. Rebounding is a point of emphasis. We need to compete on the glass nightly to compete.� Northwood coach James Scharer has just one senior and two juniors in his program, and the senior and junior on the varsity do not have experience at that level. One key football player expected to contribute, Luke Laviolette, was injured during the fall and is not playing basketball and Scharer said a couple other possible returnees were ruled ineligible. Lost to graduation are Alan Miller Jewelers AllPress second team selection Tyler Williams (16.6 pts., 2.5 reb.), a six-foot tall shooting guard, and honorable mention All-Press pick John Segura, a post player. His numbers, including a junior varsity and freshman team are not bad, but they include 17 sophomores and freshmen. His goal is to keep them working with the program through the offseason, also. “If they hang with it, in two years we’ll be fine,� Scharer said. “If they don’t hang with it, in two years we’ll be in pretty deep. They could be good but they have to play and have to commit themselves, regardless, that’s all there is to it. You can’t wait until October to come out and be a basketball player.

TAAC girls

Everyone chasing Toledo Christian On the TAAC girls’ ledger, Gibsonburg will have good depth and quickness, but its weakness is a lack of size, coach John Ernsthausen said. The Bears will also look to avenge all those close games they lost last season. “We lost a couple close ones to Stritch, and we lost one in overtime to Northwood that we shouldn’t have lost,� he said. “We’re looking to hopefully win the close ones and grab as many as we can get. We’re going to be switching up (defensively) to try to keep teams out of their comfort zone. I don’t have any problem subbing. I don’t think we’ll miss a beat when we sub. We’re 8 to 10 deep.� Ernsthausen added that defending champion Toledo Christian is a big favorite to repeat as conference champion. “I think the TAAC will be pretty good,� Ernsthausen said. “It was a young league last year and everybody has a lot of returning letter winners. I think we have a shot to

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Clay guard Patricc Booth goes head to head with St. John's Jesuit in a conference game last year. (Press file photo by Jeff Smith/www.smith6312.smugmug.com) vie for the league, so we’re going to have to win the close games. It’s going to be challenging.� The Golden Bears, who return four starters, didn’t score a whole lot last season and they didn’t shoot very well, either. “Hopefully,� Ernsthausen said, “we turn the corner this year on that.� Northwood coach Bill Hamilton says “ditto� on the TAAC, explaining, “I feel we play in a very competitive league. Toledo Christian is picked to win it and to repeat as champions but I know the other teams are working just as hard as we are to make our league championship a tight race.� After 21 years as an assistant coach and junior varsity coach at Clay, and two years as an assistant and freshman coach at Stritch, John Free gets his first opportunity to lead a varsity program after Terry Murnen left the program just weeks before the season started. Free takes over a team that features seven sophomores and has every intention of dethroning Toledo Christian as the TAAC champion. The Cardinals took second in the conference a year ago. “We could be halfway decent if we shoot the ball well,� Free said. “If we shoot decent, we’ll be OK. We’ve got good athleticism. This is the most athletes we’ve had in my three years here. They’re young and they’re going to make mistakes, but we’re hoping to cut down on those mistakes as the season goes on.� Free said turnovers were a big issue with last year’s team, so that has to be fixed. Kali Hardy returns as the Cardinals’ starting point guard. “We’re hoping with a year of seasoning, she’ll be much improved as far as cutting down on turnovers,� Free said. “We really didn’t have anyone last year (at point guard), so we told her, ‘this is your job. Until you prove us wrong, you’re our point guard.’ She did OK. She had a game against Gibsonburg where she put the team on her shoulders. We need to get her to do that more often.�

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News flash: In what has been a recurring theme the past several years, Clay girls’ basketball once again won’t have a lot of size. The Eagles won’t be able to pound teams in the paint, so they will have to find other ways to win this season. “We’ll be playing a fast, up-tempo style of basketball this season,� coach Corey Slovak said. “Our overall size is very small by varsity standards, so our guard play is very important to our success. We’re going to try to spread teams out, use our dribble attack skills and, hopefully, make some 3-point shots. Defensively, we’ll have to be very aggressive with our full-court pressure; we’re going to try and force teams to play



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faster than they want to and rush shots.� “If we can minimize turnovers and shoot the 3-point shot well, we’re going to be competitive every night. Our biggest key will be rebounding on defense. With our lack of size, we’ll have to battle each night on the boards. I love our team’s energy and hustle so far in the preseason, and we are looking forward to carrying it over into the regular season. “Realistically, I hope to see us compete in the upper half of the league,� he continued. “Last season we won three league games, but we were very close in four or five of our losses. I know we are better and more experienced this season, so hopefully we can flip some of those losses into the win column this season.� The Clay boys return three starters and five lettermen. While the Eagles should be able to maintain with their guard play, their lack of height in the paint remains something they’ll have to overcome against TRAC opponents. Findlay, Central Catholic and St. John’s Jesuit will all boast taller lineups. “Lima Senior has a couple 6-6 kids,� Belegrin said, “and Fremont (Ross) has some nice size down low. We’re small compared to them. I like our guards. We don’t post a guy up; we’re a high post (offense) and we let our guards do their thing and go to the bucket. We like to pull the other team’s post guys out of position.� “Our goals are to win games,� Belegrin continued. “That’s what we want to do. How many games can we win? As many as we can. I don’t like to put a number on it. We attack every game — and every practice and every season — to win.� Patricc Booth (16.2 pts., 5.9 reb.) is one Eagle who can be a difference maker. “Pat is a great kid and has been in the top three in scoring the last two years in the TRAC,� Belegrin said. “He went for 16.8 (points per game) as a sophomore, and he’s a good scorer. He’s doing some good things in the preseason, getting to the rim more. If we can get him to the rim, he can get his average to the 18-point mark. He’s realizing he’s a better mid-range shooter than a 3-point shooter. He’s gotten to the line more in scrimmages, and we’ve been more successful.� (Press sports editor J. Patrick Eaken and writers Mark Griffin, Yaneek Smith, and Jeffrey D. Norwalk contributed to The Press basketball previews)

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Stritch sees championship within reach Stritch girls prepare to take next step Coach: David Rieker, fourth season. Last Year: 13-11 (9-5 TAAC). Key Players: Brooks Gasser, 6-2, Sr., PG; Austin Adams, 6-3, Jr., G; Jake Empie, 6-1, Sr., F; Austin Pratt, 6-4, Sr., P; Joe Sinay, 6-1, Jr., G/F; Eddie Uher, 6-3, Jr., F. Forecast: Adams is the top returning scorer, averaging 18 points, and rebounder, with almost six boards a game as a sophomore. Rieker said Gasser is the Cardinals’ leader. “Brooks is a very good defender and pretty much will run our offense,” the coach said. “We will run a motion offense and play some zone, and we will press on occasion.” Empie is coming off a knee injury (meniscus) he suffered during soccer season and practiced for the first time on Nov. 18. “He was my defensive stopper last year,” Rieker said. “He’s very hard-nosed and probably one of my better shooters. We have to hit some shots this year, and I have to count on him.” The Cardinals’ other top players include Uher, Pratt, Sinay and junior guard Brandon Payeff. Pratt is a transfer from Lake. “Uher has had a good preseason,” Rieker said. “He’s aggressive and he doesn’t back down from anybody, and he knows his role. I like Pratt’s grittiness, and he’s strong. He

didn’t get a lot of playing time at Lake, but we have a couple of kids who don’t have a lot of varsity experience. That first game we’ll be throwing them into the fire.” Rieker called Sinay, who played quarterback and running back on the football team, “kind of my wild card.” “He can be as good as pretty much anybody on the team, once he figures out he can be that good,” Rieker said. “He is a strong, durable young man. I need him to be a little more assertive this year. Brandon will be the first guard off the bench. I like his work ethic. If I could get him to slow down a little 2 4 10 12 14 20 21 23 24 32 40 42

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Coach: John Free, first season. Last Year: 12-11 (10-4 TAAC). Key Players: Kirsten Zalewski, 5-9, Sr., F; Maggie Merren, 5-6, So., G; Caty Rieker, 5-9, Sr., F; CeCe Gozdowski, 5-10, Jr., C; Kali Hardy, 5-5, So., G; Kama Hardy, 5-9, So., G. Forecast: Gozdowski is the team’s top returning scorer (10 ppg.) and rebounder (10 rpg.), and Free said the junior is going to have to be a team leader. “She’s a strong inside player and was second in the league in rebounding,” the coach said. “She works hard inside; that’s all positioning. She needs to keep that up this year for us to be successful.” Two other key returnees are Zalewski, who gained varsity experience last season and Merren, a returning starter. “We need Kirsten to score from outside. We need a shooter,” Free said. “She’s our best opportunity from the perimeter right now. I need her to step up and shoot well from outside, which she knows. Maggie is a good all-around player. She started last year as a freshman and she’s just a tough, hard-nosed kid. That’s why she plays. She will play guard and forward, because she is a good rebounder.” Rieker has moved from guard to small forward and is a solid all-around player. “We’ve kind of moved her around,

which has been a little adjustment for her,” Free said. “She’s never quite played with her back to basket, so we have to work with her. She’ll be able to handle it. She’ll flip out there to play on the wing once in a while, depending on substitutions.” Kama Hardy will also see a lot of playing time and could start about half of Stritch’s games, according to Free. “Her athletic ability will determine her output,” Free said. “She’s fast and she jumps well and runs well. She had something like 37 goals in soccer this year, so I’m hoping that will help her confidence.” 2 3 4 5 10 12 14 20 21 22 23 24

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Eagles facing tough league schedule Slovak seeks to rebuild Clay program Coach: Rob Belegrin, fifth season Last Year: 1-20 (0-14 TRAC) Key Players: Anthony Ramirez, 6-2, Sr., F; Dillon Twining, 6-3, Sr., F; Andrew McCrory, 5-8, Sr., PG; Kyle Row, 6-2, Sr., G; Pat Booth, 6-1, Sr., G Forecast: Booth, Row and Ramirez were full-time starters, while McCrory was a spot-starter. Booth, a three-year starter, averaged 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a game last season and has twice been voted to the All-TRAC second team. Row averaged 4.3 points and three rebounds as a junior but played in only 14 games after injuring his shoulder. “We were starting to click pretty good last year and then he hurt his shoulder,” Belegrin said. “We weren’t the same team. We went from being in games to losing key players, and he brings a toughness we need. He’s a leader, a very athletic kid who can play anywhere on the court, and he can guard anybody. He can increase his scoring. He’s a slasher and handles the ball very well, and he’s a very good passer.” Ramirez will look to boost last season’s averages of four points and 3.5 rebounds. “He’ll give us the second scoring option we needed last year,” Belegrin said. “He’s a very good post player and he has a decent mid-range game. He has a good feel for the game offensively, and he’s a good

foul shooter. McCrory is lightning quick and can shoot the open ‘J’ and make it. He’s a guy who can get in the paint and create problems for other teams.” Belegrin added that the 265-pound Twining, a tackle on the football team, has “come a long way.” Twining will start in the post. “He has great feet for a big guy,” Belegrin said. “He’s getting better at basketball and he will defend the paint well for us. He’s gotten to the point where we can use him offensively, but his main goal is to rebound and guard the bucket. It’s very impressive how far he’s come in four years.” 1 2 3 4 10 11 12 20 22 23 40

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Coach: Corey Slovak Last Year: 5-18 (3-11 TRAC) Key Players: Kayla Schafer, 5-5, Sr., G; Morgan Connor, 5-7, Jr., G; Samantha Enck, 5-7, Jr., G; Haley Orr, 5-7, Jr., G; Hannah Novak, 5-8, Jr., F; Haley Hess, 5-5, So., G; Hannah Hess, 5-8, So., G; Maddison Grimes, 5-9, Jr., F; Jessy Bohland, 5-10, Jr., F; Brooke Gallaher, 5-6, Sr., G Forecast: The Eagles have just two seniors, but nine of their 10 players have some varsity experience. “Our strength is our guard play and our ability to shoot,” Slovak said. The Eagles return three starters in Connor, Enck and Schafer. Connor averaged 9.9 points and seven rebounds, Enck averaged six points and four rebounds, and Schafer averaged five points and four assists. “Morgan and Samantha are going to be key players for us, on offense and defense,” Slovak said. “We will be relying on Morgan to score once again. Sam is one of our best defenders, and she has shown great improvement in her shooting over the summer. Kayla will be a big part of our fastbreak offense as well as being one of our 3-point shooters.” Slovak said the Eagles will lean on the versatility of Novak and the defensive prowess of Orr.

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“Hannah Novak is a versatile guard who can shoot as well as battle inside,” the coach said. “She is one of girls who started a few games last season and has great leadership skills that we will be relying on. Haley has had a great preseason, especially on defense, so we are counting on her to be one of our stoppers in the half court.” Sophomore twins Hannah and Haley Hess will also see significant minutes this season and should help with 3-point shooting and overall scoring. 4 10 12 20 21 22 24 30 32 34 42 44 52

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Lettermen, deep bench, to serve well New coach bringing new optimism Coach: Matt Routson Last Year: 8-15 (8-6 NBC) Key Players: Jake Schemltz, 6-1, Sr., G; Steven Bradley, 6-5, Sr., P; Grant Peters, 6-5, Sr., P; Jordan Faykosh, 6-2, Sr., G; Michael Flipse, 5-8, Sr., PG; Tim Hoodlebrink, 6-2, Jr., G; Jacob Rahe, 5-10, Sr., P Forecast: The Eagles return six seniors, including leading scorer Jake Schmeltz (18 ppg.), and seven lettermen from a year ago. Bradley led the Eagles in rebounding (5 rpg.) and was second in scoring (7 ppg.), while Flipse will start at point and is coming off a season where he was bothered by a foot injury. “Steven provides a shot blocking presence on defense and a scoring weapon on the offense,” Routson said. “Michael is healthy now and will be relied upon to handle the ball and get everyone involved in our offense.” Peters, who started last season on the junior varsity, was voted Eastwood’s most improved player in 2012-2013. Peters averaged seven points in 10 varsity games. “He will be a starter and a contributor,” Routson said. “He will provide another large presence in the post, and we will look to him for scoring in the post. Faykosh played quality minutes at the varsity level last season and will see considerable time this year as a starting guard,

according to Routson. The athletic Faykosh will be relied on heavily for his defense. “He is long and quick and really can defend well,” the coach said. “We also look for his contribution at the offensive end of the floor.” Rahe, Jacoby and Hoodlebrink will also see action. “We will be versatile in our attack, but mainly we will play with three guards and two posts,” Routson said. “We will focus on playing solid half-court defense. Defensively, we have improved after a year in our system, and we will look to be more aggres-

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Coach: Lindsay Ross, first season Last Year: 7-14 (5-9 NBC) Key Players: Emily Hayward, 6-0, Sr., P; Reagan Boice, 5-6, Jr., G; Mackenzie Albright, 5-6, So., PG; Aubrey Peters, 5-9, So., P Forecast: Ross, a 2007 graduate of Perrysburg High School, coached the freshman team at her alma mater before moving on to become the junior varsity coach at Maumee. She inherits an Eastwood team that returns zero starters from a year ago. “Our strength is we are quick when we want to be,” she said. “We do a good job of applying pressure, but we need to be consistent. We have to be consistent on offense and defense and keep the intensity level high. If we execute our offense, we will be successful. If we apply the appropriate pressure, we will force turnovers.” Boice and Albright both saw playing time on the varsity last season. “Reagan will be seeing a lot of the court this year,” Ross said. “She has a great shot and will be a threat offensively. She is one of the fastest girls on the court, so we will try to push the floor and use her strengths. Mackenzie is our point guard and will be a threat offensively, and she will be a key player to our defense.” Hayward and Peters will be looked upon to give the Eagles valuable minutes.

“Emily is injured,” Ross said, “but when she returns and is healthy she will be a huge asset to the team. Aubrey is young but very talented. She is someone who works hard all the time. She is a great rebounder and is someone who is willing to be aggressive. Aubrey will be a threat inside and outside as our post.” Ross said the Eagles will run a oneguard offense that is tailored to the team’s strengths, and they will switch things up defensively throughout each game. They will utilize full-court defensive pressure. 10 11 14 15 20 21 22 23 24 32 33 42 44 55

EASTWOOD GIRLS ROSTER

Ellie Skibicki Sarah Klink Kara Ameling Mackenzie Albright Alexa Schmeltz Reagan Boice Krista Jennings Becca Lambing Ploy Ketkalayarat Aubrey Peters Megan Leuck Maddie Fix Maghan Purney Emily Hayward

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Diebler expecting payoff to start now Comet named ‘Haley’ ready to lead Coach: Keith Diebler, second season Last Year: 3-19 (0-14 NBC) Key Players: Luke Rightnowar, 6-2, Jr., W/G; Casey Gose, 5-10, Sr., G/W; Grant Adams, 6-4, Sr., P; Amos Kauder, 6-2, Jr., W; Noah Goodrich, 6-5, Jr., W/P; Jimmy Heninger, 5-10, So., W; Jarod Brossia, 6-0, So., W; Jordan Brennan, 5-10, Jr., W Forecast: Rightnowar, Gose, Adams, Kauder and Goodrich all started at some point last season. Rightnowar averaged 17.4 points last season. Gose, a standout on the Comets’ football team, averaged 13.7 points and 3.8 rebounds a year ago and is “one of the best athletes in Northwest Ohio,” according to Diebler. “He’s coming back with a year under his belt, and the system fits him because of his speed,” the coach said. “As he gets his basketball legs under hm, he’s going to be one of the better players in the area.” Adams and Kauder return after averaging 8.7 points and 7.9 points a game, respectively. Kauder also brought down seven rebounds a game. “Grant’s going to be an important part of our team.” Diebler said. “He’s gotten stronger over the year and I think you’ll see him have a lot of success inside. I call Amos ‘Mr. Steady.’ He’s going to bring the same thing every day. I think he’s improved a lot,

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and he’s going to be a double-figure scorer. He was our most consistent rebounder last year.” Diebler added that Goodrich’s (7.2 ppg.) presence as an inside-outside player gave the Comets flexibility. “Noah played football and that helps on the strength end of things,” Diebler said. “As he gets his legs under him, he gives us a 3-point shooter. Playing inside and out, he becomes a matchup problem.” Brossia (3.3 ppg.), Brennan (3.3 ppg.) and Heninger (3.2 ppg.) will also see playing time this season. 2 5 10 12 14 20 22 23 33 34 40 42

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Coach: Mike DeStazio, fourth season Last Year: 8-15 (3-11 NBC) Key Players: Ciara Albright, 5-7, Sr., G; Katie Jensen, 5-8, Sr., W; Brynn Skilliter, 5-8, Sr., P; Haley Pickard, 5-6, So., PG; Haley Gerke, 5-4, So., G; Carly Gose, 5-0, So., G; Erica Harder, 5-11, So., W; Christy Dazley, 5-9 Jr., P Forecast: DeStazio said Albright “might be the best all-around player in the league, but that’s because I’m biased. She gets to the free throw line and she’ll shoot 70 percent. I think she took 200 free throws last year because she goes to the rim and finishes.” Pickard averaged nine points and five rebounds last season, while Jensen averaged 7.5 points and five boards. “Haley is the most athletic, physically and mentally tough kid I’ve ever coached – boys or girls,” DeStazio said. “Nobody works harder than she does in practice. She’ll work her tail off. I don’t have to tell her, ‘you’re not going hard.’ Katie Jensen is kind of a coach’s dream. I can put her anywhere on the floor. She’ll make people around her better and she gives you consistent stats. She’ll be one of our leading rebounders and leading assist leaders.” Skilliter scored just two points a game as a junior but led the conference in rebounding at 10 per game. DeStazio said she

learned to handle the ball more over the summer and should be more of an offensive threat. “We wanted to make that part of her game better,” he said, “and she’s accepted that. Teams are going to see more out of her this year.” Gerke (3.3 ppg., 1.3 rpg.) underwent knee surgery in the offseason and isn’t expected back until around game three. “She may be the best shooter in the league, and she’s probably one of the smarter kids on my team,” the coach said. Gose, Harder and Dazley will also see playing time.

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Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lettermen return for title chase Bears to challenge conference's best Coach: Brent Liskai. Last Year: 11-12 (8-6 TAAC). Key Players: Andrew Cantrell, 5-10, Sr., G; Jordan Kreglow, 5-10, Jr., PG; Tyler Ernsthausen, 6-1 Sr., F; Adam Copley, 6-3 Sr., P; Isaih Arriaga, 5-9, Sr., G; Andy Burmeister, 6-4, Sr., P; Bryce Ernsthausen, 6-3, Jr., P; Derek Angelone, 6-1, Jr., G; Matt Tille, 5-11, Jr., G; T.J. McGough, 6-3, Jr., W. Forecast: Kreglow led the Bears in scoring (14.1 ppg.) and assists (6.1), while Cantrell averaged 11.5 points and made a school-record 64 3-point field goals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kreglow can distribute the ball or score,â&#x20AC;? Liskai said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look to Jordan to push our tempo and create opportunities for us offensively. Cantrell is an outstanding outside shooter with great range. He stretches defenses, which allows his teammates room to penetrate.â&#x20AC;? Tyler Ernsthausen, who had a 35-point game as a junior, averaged 12.5 points and 7.1 rebounds. Liskai says â&#x20AC;&#x153;he can play multiple positions and is a one of our most versatile players.â&#x20AC;? Gibsonburg also returns several players who averaged between 5.6 and 2.3 points. Burmeister averaged 5.6 points and 5.1 rebounds, while Bryce Ernsthausen scored 4.1 points a game and added 2.3 rebounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Burmeister is an athletic big guy who

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Coach: John Ernsthausen, third season. Last Year: 9-12 (7-7 TAAC). Key Players: Marisa Alvarado, 5-6, Sr., W; Dani Fork, 5-6, Sr., W; Amanda Shammo, 5-4, Sr., PG; Brittney Holcomb, 5-10, Sr., P; Hannah Ernsthausen, 5-7, Jr., P; Lyndsey Perales, 5-5, Jr., G; Leann Widmer, 5-6, Jr., W; Nina Mancha, 5-5, Jr., P; Meghan Reed, 5-5, Jr., W; Katy Roberts, 5-6, So., W. Forecast: Alvarado, Fork, Shammo and Holcomb are Gibsonburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s returning starters. Alvarado and Shammo both earned second-team All-TAAC honors, while Fork and Holcomb were honorable mention selections. Alvarado averaged seven points per game and was the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top rebounder at 4.5 a game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are expecting quite a bit out of her,â&#x20AC;? Ernsthausen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably my best athlete and best overall player. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for her to score 14-15 a game for us, night in and night out. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty well rounded. She can get to the basket and spot up and shoot the three. She is definitely a dual threat for us.â&#x20AC;? Fork averaged 5.2 points a game, while Shammo averaged 7.6 points to lead the team. She was also the Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; top 3-point shooter at just over 30 percent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dani is more of a 3-point shooter,â&#x20AC;? Ernsthausen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take it to the hole

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Lake cagers seeks an offensive edge Flyers expect to contend for trophy Coach: Ryan Bowen, fourth year Last Year: 19-4 (11-3 NBC) Key Players: Cody Witt, 5-11, Sr., G; Connor Bowen, 6-0, Jr., PG; Jared Rettig, 6-2, Jr., G; Todd Walters, 6-3, Jr., P; Cody Witt., 5-10, Sr., G; Sean Day, 6-3, Sr., W Forecast: Bowen and company may first have to answer one pivotal question from within: just how will a strong infusion of youth in up-and-coming sophomores Brandyn Neal, Adam Duncan, Aaron Witt, and Nathan Permar, and freshman Jake Rettig step up, and help this team to balance out the key losses of recent graduates Marcus Pierce (6-5), Ben Swartz (5-11), and Tyler Landis (5-11). . .all of who brought a ton of size, athleticism, and senior leadership last year? “We will be very young this year,” says Bowen, who suggests that if the Flyers are indeed to pick up right where they left off in the thick of things last year, his stable of incoming players will have to provide some tough, solid minutes. Look for Bowen, a first team All-NBC and all-district point guard, who averaged 14 points and eight dimes per game, as well as backcourt mate Jared Rettig, a second team All-NBC and all-district shooting guard, who scored 14 points and five rebounds per game, to ease Lake into this youth movement.

A team which looks to run up-tempo with Bowen and Rettig in charge of the offense, the Flyers will be fun to watch if everyone stays healthy. Once postman Walters heals from an ankle injury sustained in Lake’s football season, he’ll be sure to take some of the burden off of Bowen’s and Rettig’s shoulders by supplying some size and muscle down in the paint. Defensively, Walters can become a force in the shot-blocking department to complement Bowen, who averaged five steals per game last year. 3 10 12 15 20 22 23 24 30 32 42 45 54

LAKE BOYS ROSTER

Jared Rettig Todd Walters Trenton Besgrove Cody Witt Aaron Witt Jacob Rettig Brandyn Neal Adam Duncan Sean Day Connor Bowen Nathan Permar Drayton Williams Andrew Abbey

6'2 Junior 6'2 Junior 5'7 Sophomore 5'10 Senior 5'6 Sophomore 5'11 Freshman 5'9 Sophomore 5'9 Sophomore 6'3 Senior 5'11 Junior 6'2 Sophomore 6'0 Sophomore 5'10 Junior LAKE BOYS SCHEDULE Nov 29 @ Toledo Chr. Jan 11 SWANTON Dec 6 FOSTORIA Jan 14 OTSEGO Dec 7 OAK HARBOR Jan 17 @ Woodmore Dec 12 EASTWOOD Jan 24 @ Fostoria Dec 17 @ Genoa Jan 30 @ Eastwood Dec 20 ELMWOOD Feb 1 DELTA Dec 27-28 LAKE Feb 4 GENOA TOURNEY Feb 7 @ Elmwood Jan 2 @ Northwood Feb 11 ROSSFORD Jan 4 @ Old Fort Feb 14 @ Otsego Jan 10 ROSSFORD Feb 21 WOODMORE

Coach: James Gracyk, second year Last Year: 13-11 (10-4 NBC) Key Players: Sara Dabney, 5-10, Sr., P; Ana Henneman, 6-0, Sr., P; Sumer Woodruff, 5-8, Sr., W; Jordyn Taylor, 5-6, Jr., G; Alexis Hansen, 5-8, Jr., G; Catie Phalen, 5-5, Jr., G; Katie Swartz, 5-8, Jr., G; Sophomore Mckenzie Brittenham, 5-5, Jr., G Forecast: Sure, they recently lost scrappy 5-8 second team All-NBC and All-District 7 guard Alyssa Shaffer, but according to the coaches, this team is projected to finish no higher than NBC runner-up yet again. Perhaps the prognosticators aren’t taking into consideration is that Lake enters the season 100 percent healthy. Gracyk is looking to welcome in two new up-and-coming players in sophomore post player Lauren Ozuk, who has had some problems with her knees in the past, but who spent the summer getting them strong, and freshman guard Rebekah Swartz, who Gracyk claims has a varsity ball mentality. Then there’s the Jordyn Taylor factor. In her breakout sophomore season, she garnered first team All-NBC and All-District 7 honors. “Jordyn runs the show and she must score for us and distribute the ball to balance the scoring among the others,” says Gracyk. “We’ll be running a lot of new stuff

this year, so we’ll have to see. But we must rely on balanced scoring from everyone.” Veteran options to choose from include seniors Dabney, Henneman, and Woodruff; fellow juniors Hansen, Phalen, and Swartz; and sophomore Brittenham — all of whom have already won varsity letters. Gracyk says his team's basketball IQ is the most important factor. “We’ll be putting an emphasis on defense this year,” continues Gracyk, “because last year we fouled too much, and gave up too many easy scores. We don’t have what you’d call a legitimate shotblocker.”

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LAKE GIRLS ROSTER

Jordyn Taylor McKenzie Brittenham Katie Swartz Rebekah Swartz Sara Dabney Catie Phalen Alexis Hansen Ana Henneman Sumer Woodruff Lauren Ozuk

5'6 Junior 5'5 Sophomore 5'8 Junior 5'6 Freshman 5'10 Senior 5'5 Junior 5'8 Junior 6'0 Senior 5'8 Senior 5'8 Sophomore LAKE GIRLS SCHEDULE Nov 23 NORTHWOOD Jan 3 OTSEGO Nov 26 SWANTON Jan 7 @ Woodmore Nov 29 @ Fostoria Jan 13 @ Port Clinton Dec 2 @ Clay Jan 16 FOSTORIA Dec 5 EASTWOOD Jan 21 @ Eastwood Dec 10 GENOA Jan 23 @ Genoa Dec 13 @ Elmwood Jan 25 @ Delta Dec 19 ROSSFORD Jan 28 ELMWOOD Dec 21 CENTRAL CATH. Jan 31 @ Rossford Dec 28 ST. WENDELIN Feb 6 @ Otsego Dec 30 @ Whitmer Feb 12 WOODMORE

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Youth movement begins at Northwood Cruz, Rable bring stability to program Coach: James Scharer, second year Last year: 6-17 (3-11, TAAC) Key players: Dillan Cathers, So,, W/F; Joseph Woody, So., PG; Scott Slater, So., G; Dustin Sigurdson, Sr., PG; Stephen Sutton, Jr., W; Jacob Vickers, So., P; Jayson Johnson, So., W Forecast: The only returning letter winner is Sutton, who will play a wing position. At the point guard position is Woody and Sigurdson, who will also play a two-guard spot. Slater will be at the two or three guard, wings also include Cathers and Johnson, and Vickers will be at the post. “Those kids are the ones I am going to count on. They are going to be put into the fire, there is no doubt about it,” Scharer, a coaching veteran, said. “Sometimes fire can help prepare you for the future, and that’s what we are hoping.” “It’s one of those things, that not only are we young but we are super small. We are going to start probably 5-5, 5-6, 5-8, 6-0, 6-0,” Scharer said. Four freshmen, Gavin Fritz, Evan LaPlante, Austin Krueger, and Nicholas Bonnette, are expected to see varsity playing time, also. Scharer says this season, like last year, will continue to be a learning experience. “We’re going to try to do the same

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things we did last year so that we can teach the kids a little bit, and in a year or two we should be able to incorporate five scorers. We want everybody to be able to handle the ball and everybody to shoot the ball,” Scharer said. “I’m really happy with the kids I have. They work hard every day and we’re going to get better. It’s just going to be one of those things. We’ll see how the kids do, because I really enjoy coaching them. We’ll do our best. If we win a game, it will be huge. In two years, we’re going to be pretty good, but we should be able to compete. I really believe that.” 1 5 10 11 12 13 20 21 22 23 32

NORTHWOOD BOYS ROSTER

Dillan Cathers Joseph Woody Scott Slater Dustin Sigurdson Stephen Sutton Jacob Vickers Gavin Fritz Evan LaPlante Austin Krueger Jayson Johnson Nicholas Bonnette

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Coach: Bill Hamilton, third year Last year: 5-18 (4-10, TAAC) Key Players: Doma Cruz, 5-2 Sr.,, G; Lissy Wojcinski, 5-7, Jr., F; Alex Rable, 5-7, So., F; Kristi Sawmiller, 5-10 So., P; Dara Artino, 5-7 So., F Forecast: Senior Doma Cruz (4.6 pts.) returns after earning honorable mention in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference and in district voting, and she is joined by returning sophomore Alex Rable (5.7 pts.). They have newcomers joining the team to help them out. “Cruz and (freshman) Allison Roach will control the back court this season with speed and hard work ethic,” said Hamilton, who coached at Rossford four years before coming to Northwood. “Rable and Artino will lead things at the wing spots they will add the balance to the floor that is needed both offensively and defensively,” Hamilton continued. “Wojcinski and Sawmiller give us strength and power underneath the boards on both sides of the court. “Wojcinski, Rable, Artino and Sawmiller have all worked hard in the off season to improve their game and it is already showing a definite improvement in their game,” Hamilton continued. “Freshmen Allison Roach and Jade Laviolette will help us in their respective positions at the point and

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underneath the boards. Both players have worked to improve their game and they will give a great boost as the season goes on.” Whether Northwood can finish in the upper division, let alone compete for a TAAC championship, remains to be seen. “We are playing and practicing hard to be near the top, but time will tell,” Hamilton said. “We are working hard to improve everyday both on and off the court. It is that hard work ethic that we are going to use to our advantage. We work every day on our shooting and we are seeing improvement. We are also working on a few new wrinkles in our game plan and they are coming along as well.” 3 4 12 13 14 15 21 23 24 32 52

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DECEMBER 2, 2013

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Rockets could surprise league foes

Oak Harbor girls poised for title run

Coach: Eric Sweet, third year Last Year: 11-12, 7-7 SBC Key Players: Josh Sarahman, 6-3, Sr., P; Anderson Rathbun, 5-11, Sr., W; Derek Wood, 5-10, Sr., W; Cole Weirich, 5-8, Jr., PG/W Forecast: “We are not big, but we want to work the basketball inside out,” says Sweet. “We have many shooters, and we will try to get them spot up, and ready to shoot. We will be a team that relies on our shooting. We will look to get the best shot for our team, not just one person.” On offense, they’ll have plenty of experienced go-to guys, including Weirich and Sarahman, Oak Harbor’s two returning starters. Factor in swingmen Rathbun and Wood for senior leadership, junior point guard tandem Tyler Seivert and Deshawn Johnson, and pure shooter Paul Shay, and these Rockets could be building something special for the not-too-distant future. Look for new junior postman Garret Harvey, wing Andre Ramsey, and utility men Ben Cochran and Tate Haar to put in some long, hard minutes to help offset the graduation of Greg Haar and AJ Cecil, second team All-SBC perfromers, and Austin Weigand and Sam Laderach, both honorable mention All-SBC). Still, for these Rockets, the best offense may just be a good defense.

Coach: Tom Kontak, second year Last Year: 16-8 (8-6 SBC) Key Players: Amanda Hetrick, 5-6, Sr., G; Nikki Weis, 5-8, Sr., P; Andrea Cecil, 5-10, So., G/P Forecast: The Rockets lost second team All-SBC and second team All-District 7 post player Abbie Gezo; All-SBC guard Makayla Carpenter; HM All-SBC/HM District 7 guard Maria Boers; and former senior leader and guard, Erin Bryant, who led their team to an appearance in the Division II sectional final. This season, they’ will plug in proven players like seniors Hetrick (2.6 ppg, 1.5 apg, 3.9 rpg, returning starter, three-time varsity letter winner), and Weiss (1.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, two-time letter winner). They’ll also welcome back Cecil, who was one of the team’s top scorers with an average of 11.8 points, 1.2 dimes, and 5.9 boards per; and even notched HM All-SBC and All-District 7 accolades while helping to run the Rockets’ up-tempo offense. Defensively, Oak Harbor will look to lock up man-to-man with a dose of halfcourt and full-court zone pressure. Hetrick and Cecil picked their opponents’ pockets a total of 30 and 29 times, respectively, last year. “Certainly, it’s very safe to say that an

“Our defense is going to be in your face, and we want to mix it up, and make teams work to score all year,” adds Sweet, who says his team in not a shot-blocking team. “We have a quick, athletic team, and we want to use that to our advantage by working hard in the half court. We want to create offensive opportunities off of our defense. We want to make it hard on our opponents to run their offense, and we want to limit our opponents to one shot.” Leading that defensive mindset should again be Weirich, who averaged two 0 1 2 3 4 5 11 12 14 21 24 35 42 44

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Cole Weirich 5'8 Junior Wing/Guard Andre Ramsey 5'8 Junior Wing/Guard Tyler Sievert 6'0 Junior Guard Ben Cochran 6'0 Senior Wing/Forward Derek Wood 5'10 Senior Wing Brandon Schimming 5'11 Junior Wing/Forward Anderson Rathbun 5'11 Senior Wing Jake Wistinghausen 5'8 Junior Wing Paul Shay 5'9 Junior Wing Deshawn Johnson 6'0 Junior Guard Tate Haar 5'9 Senior Wing/Guard Josh Sarahman 6'3 Senior Forward/Center Garrett Harvey 6'4 Junior Center Vince Szabo 6'3 Junior Center OAK HARBOR BOYS SCHEDULE Jan 10 @ Margaretta Nov 29 GENOA Dec 6 PORT CLINTON Jan 11 EASTWOOD Jan 14 @ Lakota Dec 7 @ Lake Jan 17 @ Port Clinton Dec 12 @ Edison Jan 18 EDISON Dec 14 HURON Jan 25 @ Huron Dec 20 CLYDE Dec 21 FRE. ST. JOSEPH Jan 31 @ Clyde Dec 27 SAND. ST. MARY Feb 7 @ Sand. St. Mary Feb 14 PERKINS Dec 28 @ Woodmore Feb 15 @ Danbury Jan 3 @ Perkins Jan 7 TIF. COLUMBIAN Feb 21 MARGARETTA

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Sophomores hope to lead resurgence Waite seniors want return to the top Coach: Adam Rodriguez, second season Last Year: 3-19 (2-8 TCL) Key Players: Taywyn Mason, 6-4, Sr., G/F; Phil Darrington, 5-9, Sr., PG; Eric Neal, 6-0, So., G; Alec Heslet, 6-1, So., W; Jeremy Pratt, 6-1, Jr., W/P; Tony Smith, Sr., P; Chris Johnson, 6-2, So., P; Kelvin Downer, 5-11, So., G/F; Tae’Kwon Pressley, 5-9, Sr., G/F Forecast: The one key player that Waite returns from last year is Mason, who averaged 19.5 points per game and earned second team All-Toledo City League honors. Unfortunately, Mason has a stress fracture and Coach Rodriguez is hoping to get him back around Christmas. “He is our only returning varsity player,” Rodriguez said, “and we know what we can be when he’s healthy.” Rodriguez has a number of other capable players, though most of them are young and inexperienced. Point guard Phil Darrington will lead the offense. “He’s a tough kid, really competitive,” Rodriguez said. “He brings out the best in all our kids; he makes our sophomores look like upperclassmen. He’s hard-nosed and likes to get in the lane and make things happen. He’s going to shock some people. Neal will likely start at shooting guard. Rodriguez credits him with greatly improving since playing freshman ball last year.

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'Cats look to replace departed seniors Woodmore to build off last year's run Coach: Brad Sander, fourth season Last Year: 9-14 (6-8 NBC) Key Players: Phil Thorbahn, 6-4, Sr., W; Erich Greulich, 6-0, Sr., W; Drew Speaker, 5-9, Sr., G; 5-9 Ryan Avers, 5-9, Jr., PG; Grant Weis, 5-10, Jr., PG; Drew Lewandowski, 6-2, Jr., W; Zach Gephart, 6-0, Jr., W; Sean Mullin, 6-4, Sr., P; Jake Matwiezcyk, 6-0, Sr., W Forecast: The Wildcats have three returning letter winners in Thorbahn, Greulich and Speaker. Unfortunately, Thorbahn dislocated his knee over the summer and recently re-injured it, leaving his status uncertain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what the diagnosis will be,â&#x20AC;? Sander said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phil has been out for the last three to four days. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not anything serious.â&#x20AC;? At point guard, Woodmore will use a combination of Avers and Weis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like have both those guys with the ability to run the point. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a situation where one of those guys will always be on the floor. We can also run both of them out there and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;feel out thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with the guys we have on the floor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ryan is very good at controlling tempo and getting us into our offense and settling us down and Grant, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really quick, he sees the floor pretty well and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty instinctive; he plays more on instinct, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Northwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grindle, Ramirez honored as regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best The No. 13 Owens Community College womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team has returned home following their run in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I national tournament, but brought some awards with them. Sophomore forward Jessica Grindle, who scored two goals in her teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two national tournament games, was named to the NJCAA D-I All-National Tournament team. She is the first soccer player, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, in the history of Owens to achieve that honor. Grindle had 23 goals and five assists in her final season with the Express. Additionally, she totaled 29 goals and eight assists over 31 games in her two-year career. She only played in 10 games her freshman year due to injury. Meanwhile, the Express womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team took home the NJCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lea Plarski Sportsmanship Award, which is given to the team in the national tournament that exhibits the best sportsmanship. The Express womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team finished 17-2-2 this year, while proving to be one of the best teams in the nation. Their two penalty kick games in the national tournament counted as ties, although they split those two games in PKs. During the season, the Express won 15 straight games after starting 2-2, and they captured the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Region XII tournament championship. Stay tuned to OwensExpress.com for offseason updates on which four-year schools Grindle and other players choose to attend, as well as updates on who the Express will sign for next year. Owens coach Mary Whisler was named Region XII Coach of the Year, while three of her players earned postseason honors. Whisler, in her third year as head coach at Owens, was named the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top coach after leading the Express to the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Region XII tournament championship last weekend. It is the first time Whisler has won the award. In three seasons coaching the Express, Whisler is 42-12-3, including a 17-2 record this year. In fact, the Express are currently on a school-record 15-match winning

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#38779-B

#37789-A

#39140-B

$4,500

$3,900

#38271-B

#39485-A

#P6356-A

#39873-A

$6,600

$6,700

$5,900

$5,700

$6,600

$5,500

‘00 FORD F-150

‘00 BUICK LESABRE

‘97 OLDS 88

‘05 KIA SPECTRA

‘00 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE

‘03 FORD TAURUS

#39791-B

‘07 EXPLORER EDDIE BAUER

‘10 TAURUS LIMITED

‘02 FORD FOCUS ZTS

‘02 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN

#39423-C

#39111-A

#39747-A

#39406-A

#39596B-1

#39662-A

#39544-A

#39459-A

$3,700

$3,700

$3,700

$3,700

$3,400

$2,900

$2,900

$2,900

‘03 FORD TAURUS

‘01 FORD WINDSTAR

‘07 FORD FOCUS ZX4

‘01 FORD EXPLORER

‘00 CHEVY MALIBU

‘01 DODGE STRATUS

‘99 FORD TAURUS SE

‘01 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE

#39622-A

$2,700

#39851-A

$2,700

#39658-A

#39522-B

#39719-C

#39469-C

#39809-B

#P6965-A

$2,100

$1,300

$1,200

$1,100

$900

$900

*see dealer for details

2811 Navarre Ave. Oregon, Ohio

Tel: 888.303.5636 buymathewsford.com

Hours: M-Th: 9-9, F: 9-6, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-5 Service Hours: M-F: 9-6, Sat: 7-1


Second Section 12/02/13