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At the Suburban Lakes League Championships in Bettsville, behind Coach Ken Mysinger the Lake boys earned the school’s first-ever top-three finish in cross country.

Lake boys finished second overall and were led by Nathan Adkins, who finished in fourth place overall finish to earn first team All-SLL. Flyer Scott Brittenham placed eighth overall to earn second team, and senior Steve Stanley finished 13th overall to earn second team All SLL. Riley Breese and Nathan Scanlan finished 16th and 20th overall to earn Honorable Mention and round out the Flyers scoring.

The Lady Flyers were led by Stormi Roelle in 19th place overall. Hailee Greenlese followed in 24th, Amber Soncrant placed 38th, Stephanie Hull was 40th, and Tatiana Walters finished the scoring by placing 45th. The Lady Flyers finished sixth overall. Roelle’s finish earned her honorable mention honors.

Elmwood won both the boys and girls race. In the boys race, the Royals (30) were followed by Lake (61), Eastwood (74), Gibsonburg (107), Otsego (113), Genoa (149), and Woodmore (175). Eastwood senior Nick Twining was fifth and Gibsonburg senior Jordan Rosenberger was seventh.

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Sometimes it's not what a team does during the season that defines its success. What happens in the offseason can often be just as important.

“Our team meshed really well together this year,” Genoa senior Alyssa Meis said. “We had a lot of team bonding things before the season. We went to a team camp at the University of Michigan. We haven't really done that before and I definitely think that helped.”

Having seven returning seniors from last season certainly helped the Comets' volleyball team this fall. Genoa, which took third in the Suburban Lakes League a year ago, tied Eastwood for the SLL championship this season.

“This season we knew Otsego wasn't going to be as good and Eastwood was going to be the team to beat,” said Meis, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter. “We wanted to go out on top our senior year. I think we played awesome. We just have fun together, and it's better when you win all the time. It was a good time and really memorable.”

Second-year coach Amanda Cichocki's squad takes a 17-5 record (11-1 SLL) into Saturday's 3 p.m. home match against Northwood in the Division III sectional tournament. The Comets' lone league loss was to visiting Eastwood, in five games. The Comets won at Eastwood, also in five games.

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Ken James and his Northwood Rangers will look to win their fourth consecutive Toledo Area Athletic Conference championship, keep possession of the Big Apple Deli Trophy, and clinch a second consecutive playoff berth this week when they host Cardinal Stritch.

The Rangers have put together a solid season with their only losses coming in week 3 to Hopewell-Loudon at home and the real shocker came when the Rangers were outplayed and were defeated 15-7 at Delta High School on October 24th.

The Rangers won last season’s game, 64-7, but Coach James and company know they cannot look past the Cardinals, who will have some extra motivation to send Coach Joe Gutilla out with a victory.

“This is a backyard rivalry.  That alone is gonna make it intense.  Everyone knows everybody.  We’re sure our kids will be ready.  Some of our kids live in the same neighborhoods. We don’t want to give the trophy back.  We want to make sure the trophy stays in our case.  I’m excited.”

Gutilla, who will be moving to Texas following the conclusion of the season, has turned around the Cardinals this season after a 1-9 finish in 2009.  His team is much improved, beating the teams they should, but the Cards have not been able to compete with the upper tier teams in the TAAC this season.  All of Stritch’s wins have come against teams with losing records.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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