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Nick Rightnowar's high school football career officially ended on Nov. 5, but the Toledo Christian senior quarterback still has plans to continue playing at the next level.

The problem is, when you're six feet tall and 165 pounds soaking wet, big-time universities aren't exactly knocking down your front door.

“Anyone that's 6-4, 220 is going to get looked at a lot closer,” Rightnowar said. “I can't really control that. I just do what I can do and try to be successful with what I've got.”

Rightnowar's ability under center as a three-year starter made a lot of fans take notice and made lots of opposing coaches lose sleep. Toledo Christian coach John Miller said that despite his lack of size, Rightnowar can make any downfield pass known to man.

“We have every throw and pass route in our playbook, from the screen to the 'go' route,” said Miller, who switched from a run-oriented offense to a spread offense prior to Rightnowar's sophomore year. “He's able to make those throws. He's got a strong arm. He's pretty accurate from 40-50 yards. His numbers are great, and he makes great reads.”

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Philo, Weirich led respective teams to championships

Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press boys’ soccer Co-Players of the Year Bryant Philo of Lake and Phil Weirich of Oak Harbor led their respective teams to championships.

For Lake, it was a Division II sectional championship, and the season ended with a district final loss, but it marked the continuation of Lake being a perennial contender. Still, after five seasons of SLL play ending this year, Lake never managed to win a title.

Eastwood won the league title this year, its third, and Genoa also has three. The Eagles and Comets were co-champs in the first year the league sanctioned boys soccer, 2006.

Eastwood's 4-2 home win over Lake on Oct. 14 gave the Eagles the SLL title this season. The Flyers finished second.

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It’s easy to determine there is “too much” talent locally in girls soccer to clearly define who is better than who. It has always been that way here.

Lake, Clay, Eastwood, Genoa, Northwood, and Oak Harbor have always been perennial contenders, and local girls have played roles on state qualifying parochial school teams.

It’s no different this year, so let’s think out of the box when we choose a Coach of the Year. Which team improved so much that someone considered it a “different team” at the conclusion of the season compared to the start of the season.

The answer? Genoa, according to one local soccer fan, and we concur.

The Comets proved it when they avenged a Suburban Lakes League loss to Lake in the Division II tournament. The Flyers routed the Comets the first matchup, Lake won by one goal in the match-up, and then the Comets took the tournament game.

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