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        Cardinal Stritch’s basketball team has its share of talent, but there is also plenty of depth.

        There is star power in guards Joey Holifield (5-11) and Jordan Burton (6-3), but it's the likes of Little Anderson (6-3), Terrance Taylor (6-4), Alex Adams (6-6) and a formidable bench that has also been instrumental in leading Stritch to 13 wins.

        At 13-1 and 7-0 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, the Cardinals, ranked seventh in the Associated Press Division III state poll, find themselves alone atop the league standings with impressive victories over Toledo Christian, Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Maumee Valley and Willoughby Cornerstone Christian.

Mya Staczek is making up for lost time.

Staczek, a 5-foot-8 junior guard at Lake, said she has “come so far from my freshman year” when she injured her foot in the second quarter of the Flyers’ fourth junior varsity game of the season. She never played again that year.

“I was going around a girl to shoot a layup and my (left) foot popped,” Staczek said. “I fractured my fifth metatarsal. Rehab was slow, and I’m a person who criticizes myself if I’m not where I want to be. I had to stay focused because track season was next and I wanted to reach my goals (as a sprinter), and I did.”

First-year Waite wrestling coach Russell Jennings “only” tips the scales at around 220 pounds, yet he’s willing to go mano-a-mano with senior LaMarcus Neal in the practice room every day.

Neal, who weighs 275 pounds, competes in the 285-pound weight division for the Indians. He is a first-year wrestler who earned All-City League honors in football last season. Jennings trains with Neal because no one else on the team weighs anything close to Neal.

“He beats up on me every day,” said Jennings, a 1996 Waite grad. “He’s a very quick heavyweight with very good hips. He has a judo background and he’s been involved in judo his whole life.”


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