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If every high school hockey team had a roster full of players like Clay senior

         Eric McGill

defenseman Eric McGill, the coaches' lives would be a lot easier.

Mike Heck, who just completed his first season as the Eagles' head coach, will vouch for that.

"Eric was the heart of our team," Heck said. "He was one of our captains. He came out and started our off-ice conditioning way before I was ready to do it. I started it in October and he started it before that. He has a big, big heart. He cares about the team more than himself.

"He coaches our Junior Eagles spring league teams. He did it last year and he's doing it again this year, even as a senior who won't be back next year."

The 5-10 McGill, a four-year letterman who started full-time the last two seasons, said he enjoys coaching the area's younger hockey players.

"It's a different experience," he said. "I like to pass on my knowledge of the game to younger kids and, hopefully, show them that there are good kids out there to help them and do stuff for them. I like to look at myself as a leader and someone who can set a good example for how to be as a hockey player."


Three former Genoa Comets — infielder Jolynn Brossia, pitcher Aerica Susor, and infielder Lydia Eckel are all returning sophomores for the Owens Community College softball team.

Susor compiled a 6-3 record and a 2.57 earned run average last year. Eckel, a sophomore infielder, collected 25 hits, 10 doubles and 27 RBIs for the Express last year.

Joining them is first-year infielder Matea Rice (Clay), pitcher Elizabeth Weber (Oak Harbor); infielder Annie DeTray (Oak Harbor); and outfielder Courtney Mowery (Genoa).

Owens opened its home season against Muskegon Community College on March 19.

The Owens program is guided by seventh-year coach Duane Lanham. His assistants are Michael Murphy and Kevin Snyder.

The Express completed the 2009 season with a 34-10 overall record and captured its seventh Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (11-4 record) title in the program’s history. Owens has won four out of the last five OCCAC regular season championships (2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009). The Express lost to Lansing Community College in the NJCAA Region XII Championships.


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

             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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