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It makes sense that when you have alumnus coaching high school sports, that coach has to be committed to the program.

At one point, Lake High School had eight boys basketball coaches over a span of 10 years. Now, Lake is banking that the recent hiring of boys basketball coach Ryan Bowen, a 1992 alumnus and owner of Ryan’s Barber Shop in Millbury, will pay off.

“It’s been a roller coaster. The seniors this year, I think I’m their third or fourth coach since they’ve been freshmen in high school, maybe. So, my thing is to build a solid program. I’m going to start young, hopefully see all those kids through,” Bowen said.

“Some guys will get their first-year job looking to go bigger. I don’t want to go anywhere. I’ve owned this business here, and I’ve been here for 16 years. This is the job I want. I don’t want another job.”

Lake has found success with football coach Bob Abbey — also a Lake alumnus.

“It’s fun talking to Bob because that was his dream job. Plus, I don’t want to say coaches don’t work hard, because we all do, but when you’re an alumnus, you get your roots put in there and you work a little harder because of that,” Bowen said.

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In 2006, former Woodmore coach Mike DeStazio told The Press he missed being

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   Mike DeStazio

involved with high school basketball and was be on the prowl looking for new opportunities.

This May 25 non-renewal of Tom Kontak’s contract by the Genoa school board gave him that opportunity. At the June 30 Genoa school board regular meeting, DeStazio was hired to replace Kontak.

DeStazio, an Elmore resident, coached both boys and girls basketball programs at Woodmore between 1980 and 2003. He coached girls from 1994-2003, recording 149 wins and 52 losses, which ranks him No. 1 at the girls’ level at that school. In 22 years at Woodmore, his teams won 260 games overall.

His girls’ teams won Suburban Lakes League titles in 1995 and 1997 and captured five sectional titles. Woodmore went on to the regional tournament three of four years.

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Dean Jacobs has been so close to finding victory lane this year. The Wooster,

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           Dean Jacobs car

Ohio driver finally found it at Fremont Speedway July 3 in a make-up feature, handing car owners Joe and Diane Seeling their first 410 sprint victory.

Not to be outdone, Chris Andrews may have salvaged his season as the Sandusky driver won the regular 410 sprint feature.

Jimmy Colvin, 17, held looked like a seasoned-pro, hitting his marks every lap to score his first career victory at the Track That Action Built in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints.

The two features – a make-up from two nights – featured some great side-by-side racing in the Dirt Trucks. Castalia’s Dan Hennig would battle all 20 laps of the first feature with Jimmy McGrath Jr. before securing his second win of the season. In the second feature, McGrath battled with Kent Brewer, Hennig, Steve Endicott and Bob Dible before claiming his second win of the season.

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