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The Suburban Lakes League golf tournament trophy will never again leave the Woodmore Wildcats' trophy case.

First-year coach Steve Burner's team secured final ownership of the two-foot trophy after winning Woodmore's ninth SLL tournament title last Tuesday at Green Hills in Clyde. The SLL is disbanding following the 2010-11 school year.

“We get to keep the trophy,” Burner said. “That was big for the kids.”

The Wildcats, an 11-time SLL tournament runner-up, earned the title by shooting 325 at Green Hills, which featured hot and gusty conditions. Three-time defending champion Genoa was second at 328, followed by Eastwood (332), Lake (336), Otsego (343), Elmwood (354) and Gibsonburg (362).

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As far as Richard Morgan is concerned, seeing his Eastwood boys cross country team ranked 12th in the preseason

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      Nick Twining

 Division II state coaches' poll was more of a head-scratcher than anything.

“We understand how these polls are made,” the Eagles' veteran coach said. “How do you know about every team across the state? Unless you're spending time studying all those teams, you're just guessing. I'm guessing they were basing it on our sixth-place (finish) at regionals (last year), and most of our boys are back. We ignored it, mostly. We're just trying to win our league and get out of districts, then we'll worry about getting to state.”

The last time Eastwood qualified for the state cross country meet was in 2001, when it placed ninth in D-II. The Eagles' Ryan Schroeder competed at Scioto Downs in 2002 and placed fourth overall.

Eastwood's last state cross country participant was freshman Bailey Ulinski, who placed 45th at the D-II girls state meet in 2007.

This year's state meet is Nov. 6 at Scioto Downs, and Morgan said his team has “a good shot” at qualifying.

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Now in his third season as head coach, Bob Abbey has changed the culture at Lake High School and has the Flyers

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Lake sophomore running back Ben Swartz
runs through traffic in the Flyer’s home
opener against Northwood. (Photo by Don
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 looking to take down Eastwood on Friday night and compete for a league title.

“Our focus each day is to practice hard, get better, and compete for an SLL championship.”

However, Jerry Rutherford’s Eastwood Eagles are ready to continue their recent dominance against the Flyers and make it back to the playoffs. It has been over six years since Lake last beat Eastwood. The Eagles have dominated the flyers since 2004, outscoring Lake by a combined 253 to 45 in six meetings, but both coaches know that Friday’s game will be much different.

“We can’t take them lightly,” says Rutherford. “They played us tough last year. We were fortunate to come out with a two point win. We know Lake’s a good team and we have a lot of respect for all of our opponents.  Coach Abbey has got things going right now.” 

Like last season’s contest, one in which Eastwood edged out a 9-7 victory against Lake in rainy Pemberville, another tight battle is expected Friday night at Lake Community Stadium.

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