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Three Eagle athletes get volleyball, soccer’s top awards

Three Eastwood players, two soccer players and one volleyball player, earned Player of the Year awards in the Northern Buckeye Conference. 

Eastwood senior outside hitter Elissa Wolff is the league’s top volleyball player, senior midfielder Joey Salinas is the top boys’ soccer player, and senior attacking midfielder Courtney Niswander is joined by Lake junior center midfielder as the league’s co-POYs in girls’ soccer.

In volleyball, Wolff is joined on the first team by Eastwood junior setter Jaci Juergens and Woodmore senior middle hitter/defensive specialist Madeline Phillips as the only local selections. The Eagles finished in second place behind Elmwood.

Local second team selections are Genoa senior setter Megan Giles and Eastwood senior middle hitter Cassidy Rolf, along with Eastwood sophomore libero/defensive specialist Mackenzie Albright.

Honorable mention picks are senior defensive specialist Courtney Maunz (Lake), sophomore OH Bri Hoodlebrink (Eastwood), Eastwood senior MH Emily Hayward (Eastwood), Genoa sophomore OH Haley Pickard, Woodmore sophomore MH Meagan Smith, Genoa senior OH Kayla Tyler, and Lake senior DS/libero Courtney Maunez.

In girls’ soccer, Niswander and Taylor are joined on the first team by Woodmore junior defender Sarah Blausey, Lake junior center back Allison Perry, Eastwood sophomore center defender Megan Welker, and Woodmore junior defender Jordan Williams. Woodmore was the league champion.

Also on the first team are Woodmore senior midfielder Leah Henry and sophomore midfielder Maddy Hines, Woodmore sophomore attacker Courteney Buchanan, Eastwood sophomore forward Maddie Cherry, Lake freshman forward Kayla Saffran, and Genoa junior attacker Madison Sheahan.

On the second team are Eastwood freshman outside defender Kara Ameling, Genoa freshman defender Alexis Schumaker, Lake junior center midfielder Catie Phalen, Genoa junior midfielder Nichola Dominique, Eastwood junior outside midfielders Kortni Montag and Reagan Boice, Woodmore freshman attacker Camryn Bench, Eatwood junior forward Kaleigh Obrock, and Woodmore junior goalkeeper Julia Barbee.

HM choices are Eastwood junior defensive midfielder Kat Przybylski and Eastwood junior keeper Morgan Donaldson.

Salinas is joined on the boys’ soccer first team by Genoa senior defender Nathan Witt, Lake sophomore defender Damon Plummer, Lake senior midfielder Jeremy Likes, Eastwood senior midfielder Steven Bradley, Genoa junior forward Joshua Mabus, and Eastwood sophomore forward Lucas McCullough. Rossford won the league championship and advanced to the district final, losing to Maumee, 3-0.

Second team picks are Woodmore junior defender Ian Fruchey, Eastwood freshman defender Ryan Reiter, Woodmore senior midfielder Deric Anthony, Genoa senior midfielder Austin Schumaker, Lake senior midfielder Danny Patel, Lake junior forward Cody Pierce, Genoa senior forward Jake Schimming, and Eastwood freshman goalkeeper Rudy Bowe.

HM picks are Lake sophomore defender Cody Sutter, Genoa senior defender James Waltos, Genoa sophomore midfielder Jarrod Brossia, Woodmore junior midfielder Grant Weis, Eastwood freshman midfielder Logan Baugher, Eastwood freshman forwards Tim Heinzelmann and Jacob Montag, Woodmore senior forward Sean Mullin, and Genoa junior keeper Luke Heritage.

Genoa wrestlers favorites
At the Northern Buckeye Conference wrestling coaches meeting, Genoa was picked to win the 2013-14 championship with six first place votes and 55 points. Woodmore (46) was second, followed by Otsego (45), Lake (29), Elmwood (25), Rossford and Eastwood were tied for sixth with 22 points each, and Fostoria is eighth with eight points.

The NBC kicks off its league duals schedule consisting of two Tuesday night quads in December and a quad and a dual in January. The NBC championship tournament will be held at Elmwood High School on February 1. The season’s first NBC quad of the season is December 10. 

Genoa was NBC dual and tournament champions in 2013 followed by Eastwood, Lake, Woodmore, Elmwood, Otsego, Rossford and Fostoria.

Fremont track banquet
Fremont Speedway fans and race teams will get together one last time in 2013 to celebrate the 62nd season of “The Track That Action Built.”

The top 10 drivers in the track’s points will share in the 2013 point fund at the track’s banquet to be held Saturday, Nov. 16 in the Flower Building at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds. Fans are also encouraged to attend the banquet. Drivers need to attend the banquet in order to receive point fund money.

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased from Promoter Rich Farmer at the Racer’s Swap Meet at the fairgrounds to be held Saturday, Oct. 26 or by calling 419-307-4241.

Sports compacts dropped
A new division at Fremont Speedway in 2013 just didn’t work out. The sports compact division – four-cylinder, front wheel drive vehicles for teens – will not be back in 2014.

“We tried to create an entry level division for teens that was inexpensive where they could learn. Unfortunately, the division did not grow throughout the season and there were issues that made it cost-prohibitive for the track to continue to support it,” said Fremont Speedway Promoter Rich Farmer. “In hindsight, maybe a division for a vehicle that really wasn’t designed for the rigors of a dirt track for kids as young as 12 wasn’t right at this time. We encourage the older teens to look into the 305 sprints and dirt trucks to gain valuable seat time.”

Fremont Speedway will continue with the 410 winged sprints, 305 sprints and dirt trucks in 2014.

“We worked very hard to make our schedule not ‘regular nights’ in 2013. I think we gave the fans a different theme…a different angle every night and we are working hard to do that in 2014,” added Farmer.

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