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Lake has not had stability in the boys’ basketball program in over a decade.

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Jim Scharer is in his second season as coach, and if he stays it will mark the first time in years the same coach has been at the helm three consecutive years. When he arrived, he was the third coach in four years.

“We’re going to be here as long as they will keep me. I’ll work my fanny off, I know that,” Scharer said.

The Flyers are 3-16, and an 11-game losing streak and a 60-52 loss to 3-16 Fostoria St. Wendelin last Tuesday does not make the picture look any brighter.

“It’s been one of those kinds of years that the wins don’t count and it’s tough to keep the kids positive when they look at their record. There are no such things as morale victories, and that’s the thing,” Scharer said.

“We’ve had moments, but you know, when you lose it really doesn’t matter how well you play. It affects the mentality that the kids have. It’s very, very difficult to get them over that and that’s what we’re working at.”

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If you want to talk about a group effort, look only as far as Woodmore's girls

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The Wildcats, under second-year coach Kyle Clair, finished the regular season with a 12-8 overall record and a 6-6 mark in the Suburban Lakes League. Their leading scorer doesn't average 15 points a game, or 10, or even eight.

Melissa Busdeker, a 5-7 senior guard, is Woodmore's top scorer with a 7.4 average. The Wildcats' other four starters average between 6.5 and 4.9 points.

"I figured it would be more of a balanced scoring (team)," said Haley Speaker, a 5-8 senior wing who averages 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds. "None of us are necessarily a go-to player. We're more balanced and I like that. No one player has the limelight. I see it more as team unity."

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Every basketball coach wants a player like Jessica Abbey.

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Coaches love athletes who take pride in playing outstanding defense, dive for loose balls, grab some rebounds, make a few steals and chip in around 10 points a game.

Anyone who has followed Lake's girls basketball team this season knows that describes Abbey, the Flyers' 5-8 junior guard.

"She almost never comes out of a game," Lake coach Denny Meyer said. "I compare her to our Heather Cox last year. She does a lot of things people in the stands don't notice, but we coaches do. She never looks tired. She's consistent and does all the little things coaches love to have, but she doesn't get a lot of recognition for doing it."

Abbey, in fact, relishes her role as a defensive stopper. She scored 18 points in one game this season, but that was an aberration.

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Giving money to people along road

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