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August 27 was the last time Clay football won a game on Clay Memorial Stadium’s Ted Federici Field. 


Now, after two consecutive road games, the Eagles, losers in four of their last five, will try to change their string of bad fortunes at home against 11th year coach Rick Rios and his Rogers Rams this week.

Coach Donnelly’s Eagles have had a brutal schedule this season and things are not about to get any easier as the season winds down. The Eagles have played Central Catholic, Whitmer, and St. John’s Jesuit in back to back weeks and now host a gritty Rogers team and will end the season with an extremely difficult test against St. Francis at home. 

In order to beat Rogers, Coach Donnelly says, “We will work on improving our execution of our offense and defense and also our assignment discipline. Those have been our biggest issues the last month.”


Northwood football coach Ken James had zero head coaching experience when he took over for John Boles beginning with the 1986 season.

Boles had moved on to coach at Genoa, and James inherited a program that had just left the defunct Lakeshore Conference for the bigger Suburban Lakes League. Northwood had the smallest enrollment in the SLL.

“My first year was Northwood's first year in the SLL, and that probably helped me get the job,” James recalled. “It wasn't a real attractive (coaching) job. We went from being a school on par enrollment-wise, on a level playing field, to a situation where we had a lot less kids to work with than the other SLL schools. We were the smallest school in the league, by far.

“I went 1-9 my first two years. My first year, we had 32 kids on the team. We got up to the mid-30s or so after two or three years, and then we got it up to 45.”

James is now in his 25th season as the Rangers' head coach, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a more respected program in Northwest Ohio.


Phil Weirich was shocked the first time he was voted team captain for Oak Harbor's soccer team. He knew how

All-Ohio player Phil Weirich
dribbles downfield during Oak
Harbor’s match with Woodmore.
(Press photo by Dean Utendorf/

 rare it was for a sophomore to be given such an honor by his peers.

“I didn't expect it,” said Weirich, now a senior and a three-year captain. “The fact that it happened showed that my teammates supported me. Apparently they thought it was for the best. At first I was nervous about it, but it kind of sank in as the season went on.”

Weirich has proven his worth as a captain – and scorer – during his four-year career. Weirich and his fellow seniors are the key reason that the Rockets were able to clinch this year's Sandusky Bay Conference championship, according to sixth-year coach Rob Schimmoeller.

“Senior leadership - they've really come together as a group,” Schimmoeller said. “I have a dozen seniors and six of them start. They have great chemistry as a group.”


Giving money to people along road

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