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Last year at this time, then 6-year-old Sophie Eli could be seen flaunting a

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             Simone Eli

homemade, hand-painted t-shirt that proclaimed “My Big Sister is The Simone Eli” during Genoa’s fourth-straight appearance in the sectional basketball final.

At Genoa, 5-foot-8, 118 pound Simone amassed 1,350 career points, two Suburban Lakes League titles, one District 7 Player-of-the-Year award in four years.

Simone has scored a total of six points during her freshman season as a Bowling Green Falcon, but she has seen playing time — playing in 13 games

But she did get to wear the much-sweeter t-shirt trimmed in BG orange that read “2009-2010 MAC Champs” as an up-and-coming point guard for coach Curt Miller’s six-time Mid-American Conference-champion, NCAA postseason tournament-bound Falcons

“Really, ever since I was old enough to understand the importance of the NCAA tourney around the age of 6, I have watched every year the selections of the teams that have earned their positions to play, as one of the top 64 teams in the whole country,” enthuses the 18-year-old Eli.

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             Dave Spengler

If you are attending high school tournament games, and you spot a man, about 5-foot-6, wearing a baker boy cap and walking with a cane, chances are it is Dave Spengler.

Spengler, a 1971 Elmwood graduate, and Sylvania resident Dave Sigler, are the publishers of Davey1.com — a high school boys basketball website that publishes two editions of “The Trial Trash” each season.

Unfortunately, in the eastern Maumee Bay region most of the boys’ teams were done by the time sectionals ended. However, “The Swami” at Davey1.com in Year 17, Issue 1, predicted Genoa would win a Division III sectional title.

“Genoa is the mystery team at Whitmer. The Comets have some size and good athletes although the whole isn’t always greater than the sum of the parts. Evergreen cannot be excited having Genoa on their side of the bracket. Both Swanton and Lake could pull the upset with Swanton having the better chance,” The Swami wrote.

The Swami’s predictions did not come true. Spengler emphasizes that The Swami is Sigler, but it is Spengler who began the website. Spengler, who for the past decade has been an accounting and computer maintenance specialist at NAT Transportation about seven miles south of Pemberville, met Sigler when both lived in Bowling Green.

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Central Catholic wrestler Jake Henderson (49-1), an East Toledo resident, was a

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         Jake Henderson

state runner-up in Division II at the state tournament, losing 3-2 to Logan Erb of Wapakoneta in the 215 championship match at Value City Arena in Columbus. The loss to Erb was Henderson’s only defeat this season.

Henderson started the state tournament by defeating Jared Gravely (Gallipolis Gallia Academy) 11-6, and then winning a 3-2 decision over Joe Poyser (Louisville) in the championship quarterfinal. In the semifinal, Henderson defeated Trevor Strickland (Clyde) 6-0

Four Clay wrestlers competed at the Division I level — sophomore Angelo Amenta (130), 44-10; senior Nick Garcia (103), 40-3; senior Mark Orth (135), 26-12; junior Chico Cloyne (160), 29-14.

Garcia placed fourth, being pinned by George DiCamillo (Cleveland St. Ignatius) in 4:22 in the third place match.

Garcia opened with a 6-5 decision over Ryan Murdock (Dublin Coffman), then pinned J.R. Perry (Warren Howland) in the championship quarterfinals in 4:52. In the semifinal, he was pinned by Jack Young (Mentor) in 3:17. Garcia then defeated Murdock a second time, this time by a 7-0 shutout decision, placing him in the consolation final.

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