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‘Tis the time of year for local high school golf coaches to be optimistic.

Clay boys coach Rob Belegrin and girls coach Kevin Crosson are no different – except that one coach (Belegrin) returns a veteran squad and Crosson graduated his top six performers from last year’s Three Rivers Athletic Conference runner-up team.

Belegrin, in his 17th season, brings back the bulk of a team that took fourth in the TRAC a year ago but graduated second-team all-conference performer and four-year varsity letterman Blake Heilman and Kurt Lazur, who is now golfing at Heidelberg.

“One of the things about this team is they’re all going to shoot around the same score, 77 to 82,” Belegrin said. “That’s a good thing. The bad thing about that is, we don’t have that one kid who shoots even-par or below.”

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Mike Gardner won’t know for sure what kind of boys’ golf team he’s going to have this season for a few weeks yet, but he’s eager to find out during his 43rd year as Eastwood’s coach.

“After 42 years, you’d think it’s getting kind of old and boring,” Gardner said. “But with the quality of young men I’ve got on the team, that allows me to want to keep going. I love to teach golf. They’re really top-notch young men.”

A year ago the Eagles tied Woodmore for second place in the Northern Buckeye Conference behind Lake. Gardner has to replace two of his top six golfers from that team — Steven Bruning, a two-time first team all-conference player and the 2012 NBC Player of the Year, and second team All-NBC performer Kyle Waynick, an academic All-Ohio honoree.

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Three local players helped the Toledo Hawks 16-U baseball team have a successful summer under first-year coaches Zach Michael and Ryan Wilkinson, including one Clay junior who topped the charts in a national tournament.

The Hawks, who went 5-0 in the Toledo League and finished 15-11 overall, reached the semifinals of the NABF World Series held in Toledo. The Hawks lost to the Youngstown Astro Falcons, 10-5, in the semis on July 26 at Bowman Park. The Astro Falcons were defeated by SAYO Grays (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 9-3, in the televised championship game.

The Hawks also reached the semifinals of the Nations State Tournament in Bowling Green.

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