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World-class fishing and down-home hospitality await anglers gearing up for the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit stop on Lake Erie out of Sandusky, Ohio, June 18-20. The big lake’s waters are primed with walleyes, and the Sandusky area is rolling out the red carpet for the MWC.

“The city of Sandusky is proud and honored to once again host the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit Tournament,” said Judy Nagy, Recreation Division supervisor. “Our community is anxiously waiting to welcome all MWC anglers with open arms and lots of great fishing!”

Long a legendary walleye destination, Erie is firing on all cylinders again this season. Biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources report an abundance of 'eyes from the 2007 and 2003 hatches, with ample survivors of the 2001, 2005 and 1999 hatches as well. Add it up and you have opportunities for fish from 19 to well over 28 inches.

“With the quality of walleyes that Erie has to offer, it’s always fun to fish an event there,” said Matt Davis of Marion, Ohio. Davis and partner Dan Gies, of Huron, Ohio, are the reigning MWC Team of the Year, and placed 14th at Sandusky in 2009. “MWC teams will have a lot of options, as the fishing has been very good recently in many different areas — and a variety of techniques are producing. If the weather cooperates, I expect to see a lot of big fish cross the scales during the tournament.”

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Two-time state discus champion and Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium record-holder Justin Welch is not the only thrower from Eastwood who is competing at a high level.

Carnegie-Mellon sophomore thrower Anthony “Alex” Hernandez, an Eastwood grad, is a top thrower in three events with that college’s track and field team. Right now he is following in the footsteps of C-M school record holder James Hulley, a senior from Massachusetts.

As a freshman, Hernandez was named was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Men’s Outdoor Rookie of the Year by the track and field coaches association.  The honors come after the Tartans placed second at the UAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Hernandez claimed the UAA title in the hammer throw with a distance of 48.75 meters.  The freshman also placed sixth in the discus throwing 38.03 meters.  Hernandez became the third men’s track and field outdoor rookie of the year honoree and second in three years

Hernandez’s top outdoor shot put is 11.51 at Washington & Jefferson, his top discus throw is 39.62 Washington and Lee), and his top hammer throw is 49.17 at the Carnegie Mellon Tri Meet.  He finished third in the discus throw and first in the hammer throw at the UAA Championships.

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The 2009 track season didn't end the way Cody Seifert and Nick Twining envisioned.

Seifert, then a junior at Eastwood, qualified to the Division II state meet in the 100-meter dash and the 4x100 relay. He pulled his hamstring in the 100 preliminary race, and the Eagles went on to capture the state title without him.

Twining, now a junior at Eastwood, suffered a stress fracture in his foot after last year's district meet, so his doctor told him to shut it down to avoid further damage.

“I was disappointed,” recalled Twining, an 800-meter specialist. “I had the same chance as this year, going to state. I was really upset watching my teammates participate last year and end up winning, and I didn't have anything to do with it. It was frustrating.”

Seifert and Twining had a lot to do with coach Gary White's Eagles repeating as Division II champs June 4-5 at the state meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

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