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The Lake cross country teams competed at White Star Park in Gibsonburg in the second Suburban Lakes League Jamboree.

The Lake varsity boys’ team tied Eastwood for second after scoring the top five runners, but placed third overall when factoring in the sixth runner from both teams. The Flyers were led by senior Steve Stanley who finished eighth overall and Riley Breese in ninth.

“The Flyers were attempting to run more as a pack in the sweltering heat and had Nathan Scanlan placed 11th and Nathan Adkins in 12th,” Coach Ken Mysinger said.

Scott Brittenham rounded out the scoring for the Flyers by placing 17th overall.

The Lake girls finished sixth of the six teams, fielding a complete squad and were paced by Stormi Roelle'a 17th place overall finish. Hailee Greenlese and Hunter Johnson finished 22nd and 23rd while Amber Soncrant placed 26th and Destiny Coutcher 38th.

On September 18, Lake raced in the Lakota Invitational. The girls placed 14th of the 19 teams who finished and were led by Johnson in 55th place overall of the 216 finishers. Greenlese finished 68th,  Caitlin Stickler was 97th, Soncrant 108th, and Stephanie Hull ran a personal best to place 112th, Coutcher was 121st, and Tatiana Walters 143rd for the Flyers top seven.

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Now in his fifth season since taking over for Gordon Moore in 2006 as Lake’s golf coach, Terry Tansel has quietly

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made the Flyers a force to be reckoned with.

Tansel, 34, a business teacher at Lake, has led the Flyers to three district berths in his first four seasons as head coach — something that was a rarity for Lake golf teams before he took over. 

"We hadn't been to districts since 1984 and our program has really built off of the recent success," Tansel said.

Tansel credits the recent turnaround to the hard work his players have put in over the last several years. 

"It helps that these kids start playing golf at an early age and have experience when they get to the high school level, but the work they all put in has made the difference. They golf all summer long and really care about being successful and helping each other.

"They all know that they have to come and work hard six days a week and put in a lot of time in the summer. It's the competition among the guys that has improved our performance on the course. In the past, we had one or two guys who everyone else depended on. We had no jayvee team — no inner competition. The added pressure has pushed the kids to do their best. Next year, we will have 14 kids competing for six spots."

 After the birth of his two sons, Tansel, formerly a baseball and basketball coach at Lake, has turned all of his attention to resurrecting Lake's golf program. 

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The adage that sometimes the final score can be deceiving never rang more true than with the Waite Indians this season.

That was second-year Waite football coach Gardner Howard's take, even after the Indians were outscored 86-14 in season-opening losses to Maumee, Northview and Perrysburg.

“The score doesn't indicate how well we played in the first three games,” Howard said. “We've been playing phenomenal defense and we just haven't been able to capitalize by scoring on offense. We were probably averaging four turnovers a game. If it wasn't that, it was a breakdown on (special teams) coverages. The turnovers and bad field position cost us the first three games.”

With that in mind, this is what Howard told his team to focus on heading into last Friday night's City League opener at rival Clay: “The bottom line was believing in what they've done,” he said. “They've been out there and they know they can play, we just had to put four quarters together.

“That was the whole thing — how can we put four quarters together? We told them this is the time to put four quarters together.”

The Indians did just that, and it paid off with a 13-0 win over the Eagles, which enabled Waite to reclaim the Oil Barrel Trophy. The Indians (1-3, 1-0 CL) hadn't beaten Clay (2-2, 0-1) since a 34-31 victory in 2005. Clay holds a 30-10-3 all-time record in the series.

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