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As a four-time state qualifier for Oak Harbor in the 1990s, Andrea Sorg knew what it took to get to the state swimming and diving championships in Canton.

Now in her seventh season as the Rockets' coach, Sorg has sent a qualifier to the state's premier swimming and diving meet for four years running. She hopes to make it five when the postseason kicks off with the sectional meet Feb. 12-13 in Fremont.

"I'm fairly confident," said Sorg, a 1999 Oak Harbor graduate. "We have a lot of returning veterans who have gone to state and know what it takes to get there. The girls are ready and they're going to be primed and ready once we get to districts.

"They've done what they need to do to excel. They've put in the time and effort and blood, sweat and tears. Now it's time to make that cash withdrawal for all that effort. The goal is just to get to state."

The Division II state meet is Feb. 24-27 in Canton.

The Rockets, who took third at this year's Sandusky Bay Conference meet, are led by senior and two-time state qualifier Brielle Hanthorn.

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In case opposing wrestlers are wondering, there's a good reason why Eastwood

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senior 160-pounder Seth Hoffman has extraordinary strength in his hands and forearms.

For the past decade Hoffman has helped his father, Mark, bail hay and straw out of the family's 87-acre farm in Perrysburg. The family distributes the hay and straw to area homes and farms.

"We bail 30,000 bails of hay and straw from around May 20 through September," Mark Hoffman said.

Seth Hoffman, 18, has been working for his father "since he was 7 or 8," according to Mark. Hoffman's older brother, Adam, a 2006 Eastwood graduate who won more than 100 matches for the Eagles, bailed hay as well. All those years of hard work at home paid off for both wrestlers.

"It makes you a lot tougher," said Seth, who is 41-2 this season and ranked eighth in his weight class in the Brakeman Report. "I can tell I'm different than a lot of those other kids. We're out there on the mat and they're bellyaching about doing certain things and I'm like, 'suck it up.'

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In tourney, Lake, Genoa girls could meet for third time

Lake girls (15-0) got the No. 1 seed, Ottawa Hills (16-1) is No. 2, and Genoa (13-3) No. 3 in the Division III girls’ sectional tournament at Bowling Green and Bowsher high schools.

What does that mean? That means Lake and Genoa could face each other in the sectional final at 6:15 at Bowsher on Feb. 27. It would be the third meeting this year between the two teams this season. If Genoa can pull of a win this upcoming Thursday in key Suburban Lakes League match-up, the tournament game would be the rubber match.

Ottawa Hills plays the Rossford-Cardinal Stritch (Feb. 23, 8 p.m. at Bowsher) on Feb. 27 at 8 p.m., also at Bowsher. Lake would not run into Ottawa Hills until the district final Mar. 6 at Anthony Wayne (7 p.m.). That doesn’t mean Lake coach Denny Meyer is not concerned about the Green Bears.

“They are a very good team. They have the one loss, and I think that’s why we got the No. 1 seed, but I think that could have gone either way as far as them getting the No. 1 seed because they are very good team,” Meyer said.

Lake has two SLL games remaining besides Genoa — Gibsonburg (rescheduled for Feb. 20) and Eastwood. Gibsonburg got its first league win over Eastwood two weeks ago, and both Meyer and Genoa coach Tom Kontak say the Golden Bears are improving and could be dangerous for either team.

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