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The long, painfully-slow process of rebuilding decimated Lake High School has begun in earnest since a series of nightmarish tornadoes ripped through Lake Township and the neighboring community June 5.

On another campus 25 miles southwest of Lake, there are 30 Bowling Green State University students who are reaching out to lend a hand to the displaced Lake students. 

Students in the Telecommunication 4390 Sports Broadcasting class are organizing the “2010 Fast Break for Lake 3-on-3 Charity Tournament,” which will be held at the BGSU’s Perry Field House on Nov. 13 from 2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The BGSU students are participating in a service-learning course that stresses the importance of hands-on learning in real-world environments.

“This is a full-blown sports media project,” offers Dr. Lori Liggett, the instructor of the course. Liggett teaches interdisciplinary courses in media and sports studies and is spearheading the project. 


Lake sophomore midfielder Shelby Antonacci and Woodmore junior attacker Taylor Avers have been named Suburban Lakes League girls soccer Co-Players of the Year.

Suburban Lakes League Co-Player
of the Year Taylor Avers (8) from
Woodmore. (Press photo by Dean

Lake senior attacker Bryant Philo is POY in boys soccer, and

 in SLL volleyball, Eastwood senior setter Katie Primeau is POY.

Lake girls won the league soccer championship with an 8-0 record, followed by Genoa and Woodmore, who are co-runners-up at 5-3, followed by Eastwood (2-6) and Otsego (0-8). In the district tournament, Genoa defeated Lake in a semifinal, and Genoa was defeated in the final.

In boys soccer, Eastwood won the title with a 6-1-1 record, Lake was runner-up at 6-2, followed by Woodmore (3-4-1), Genoa (2-5-1), and Otsego (1-6-1). The Lake boys reached the district final.

Eastwood and Genoa were co-champions in volleyball at 11-1, Lake was third at 7-5, followed by Woodmore, Elmwood, and Otsego all at 4-8, and Gibsonburg at 1-11. Eastwood was defeated in five sets by Celina in the Division II district final at Liberty-Benton, and Genoa was eliminated in the D-III district final.


If you see Bryan Gasser walking around the University of Toledo campus with dark circles under his eyes, don't give him a hard time.

              Bryan Gasser

Chances are the Rockets' first-year football graduate assistant has been up all night looking at game film.

“It's a lot of hours, morning and night,” said Gasser, 26, a native of Northwood. “I've slept at the office a few times.”

Gasser, who played played football, basketball and track before graduating from Cardinal Stritch High School in 2002, was a standout tight end at Ohio Northern University. As a 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior in 2005, he earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference and OAC all-academic honors.

Gasser served as an assistant coach for the Polar Bears from 2006-08, working with tight ends and running backs. He earned a B.S. in business administration at ONU in 2006 and then earned a master's degree in sports administration from Bowling Green State University in 2010.

Last season, Gasser went back to high school – as the offensive line/special teams coach at Otsego. Now he's back in the big time.

Last summer, Toledo football coach Tim Beckman hired Gasser as a graduate assistant. His primary job is breaking down film of the Rockets and their upcoming opponent, and he also helps coach UT's offensive line.

“Bryan has been a definite asset to our offensive staff's success,” Beckman said. “He has all the characteristics of being a great coach.”

Gasser's position with the UT football program came about purely by happenstance.


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