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The Northwood School District has a youth football program for third- and

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P.J. Kapfhammer (left) & Brad Morrison

fourth-graders. So do other school districts in the area.

Oregon does not, but that is about to change next fall.

"Oregon is one of few communities around that does not have a youth tackle football program at the third- and fourth-grade level," Brad Morrison said. "Myself and some other parents in the community who have played or coached have kicked it around, but nobody really has stepped up."

Morrison, a 1987 Clay graduate, and his business partner at Maumee Bay Turf, P.J. Kapfhammer, are organizing a Maumee Bay Youth Tackle Football League for third- and fourth-graders in the Oregon School District. They also plan to have teams for youngsters who do not attend school in Oregon.

"This is geared more toward kids who want to be trained for Clay High School football some day," Morrison said. "There will be no cuts, and we will focus on footwork, quarterback drops and other fundamental things that any age can handle.

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Clay Rolf is impossible to miss on the basketball court.

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         Clay Rolf

At nearly 6-7 and 250 pounds, it's easy to see why Bowling Green State University offered the Eastwood senior a football scholarship.

Do fans who for the first time watch Rolf play basketball view him merely as a football player who happens to play basketball? Or, do fans walk away thinking, 'Hey, this kid can really ball.' "

"Here's what I would say," third-year Eastwood basketball coach Todd Henline said. "They're going to be more impressed with his athletic ability than his basketball ability. Because of his size, he's going to be able to score and rebound in the Suburban Lakes League. But he moves well and he has a soft touch, which are great basketball attributes.

"Basketball is third on the list for Clay. He is really good at saying whatever sport happens to be in season, that's his favorite sport. He's a great kid, but the time he's put into basketball has been minimal. For what he's done for us the last three years - he's averaged a double-double and he disrupts other teams' offenses - if he would have concentrated on basketball and worked at it, he would have been one of those players where you were saying 'Wow!' "

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Pendleton girls don’t miss a beat as indoor season begins
The University of Michigan women's track and field team picked up three victories at the Penn State Northeast Challenge on Jan. 17, winning the 20-pound weight throw, shot put and 4x800-meter relay at the Ashenfelter III Track.

The Pendleton sisters from Woodmore helped the Wolverines achieve a sweep in the 20-pound weight throw.

The Wolverines swept the top three spots in the event, led by Ashley Greer's (Ann Arbor Pioneer) first-place throw of 17.3 meters (56-9¼). Sisters Erin Pendleton and Emily Pendleton took second and third, with Erin throwing 17.28 meters (56-8½) for runner-up and Emily recording a third-place throw of 17.05 meters (55-11¼).

Emily has already had quite a career at Michigan. After graduating from Woodmore in 2007, she earned First Team All-Big Ten in last year’s outdoor season.

Emily finished in ninth place in the discus throw at NCAA Championships with a top throw of 160-11 (49.06m) and had a career-best throw of 180-8 (55.06m) in the discus at the NCAA Mideast Regional, automatically qualifying her for the NCAA Championships.

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