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Genoa basketball and softball coach Tom Kontak says he “assumes” the

     Tom Kontak

school board of education’s decision to non-renew of his basketball contract was of a “personal nature.”

Kontak reacted to the non-renewal by resigning from his softball coaching position a week ago.

“From a coaching standpoint, my heart is broke,” Kontak wrote in his resignation letter. “The young ladies I have asked to follow me as their leader expect answers. At this time, I do not have any answers to give them. This, to me, is unacceptable.”

Kontak was non-renewed for basketball at the May 25 board meeting and he said he was told the next day while in his classroom. He resigned his softball position a week ago Friday.

Kontak’s basketball teams over six seasons since 2004-05 are a combined 91-44. In 2008-09, he was named the District 7 Division III Coach of the Year.

He has coached 24 All-SLL player selections, 16 all-district players, four all-state players, one junior college player, and two NCAA Division I college players.


Everett “Pee Wee” Haas and his wife, Bertha, made sure their daughters and


grandkids grew up to be Detroit Tigers fans.

Maxine (Haas) Waters, the younger of Everett and Bertha's two daughters, lived in Florida in the 1960s, so Everett and Bertha took their older daughter, Liz, to Lakeland, Fla., every year for nearly four decades to watch the Tigers in spring training.

“They went to spring training for about 37 years, my mom and dad and Liz,” Maxine said. “They always took my kids — Cindy (Leffler) and Don, Rusty and Joe (Waters). I have a picture of Cindy and Don with Casey Stengel. I have upteen pictures of baseball players – some with Liz and some with the kids.”

Liz Haas was as passionate about the Tigers as you can imagine. In fact, if there was a sporting event on television, Liz was probably tuned in.

“She watched sports every day of the year - any sport,” said Maxine, 77. “If Detroit wasn't playing, she was watching somebody else. Liz loved sports. She was handicapped but she would forget she was crippled, because she did a lot. We took her to a lot of sporting events.”


Some people have what it takes, and some people don't.



Jodi Woessner had it – on the bowling alley, that is.

Woessner, an Oregon resident and a 1988 graduate of Lake High School, grew up hanging out in her father's bowling alley. John Woessner, who now lives in Texas, owned the eight-lane Deshler Lanes in Deshler, Ohio, when Jodi and her brother, Brady, were kids.

“We were basically there every other weekend,” Jodi recalled. “My brother bowled until his thumb fell off, but I get very bored if there is no competition. I'm not good with practice. If there's nothing to win at the end (I think), 'how boring is this?'

“I would bowl for an hour or so and then I would go play video games, and we could play those as long as we wanted. I was blessed with natural (bowling) talent, and I was more lazy about that practicing part than I should have been. But, I think I've done OK.”


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