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Genoa basketball coach Jeff Overmyer and Eastwood coach Todd Henline both

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expect a better basketball game when the two teams meet for their second go-around.

On December 11, one would have thought gridiron coaches Mike Vicars and Jerry Rutherford were in charge, and the game was being played at Freedom Field or Comet Stadium. The Eagles managed a 52-48 victory in a physical battle on their home court.

“It was very rugged,” Henline said. “Both of us looked like we were coming off of football season. We weren’t really in basketball mode yet.” 

Overmyer, the dean of SLL coaches, promises basketball fans will see a different game when the two teams clash on the Comet’s court this Thursday.

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In 81 seasons, Clay High School's baseball program had three varsity head coaches.

That number will increase to four next month, following the resignation of coach Karl Knierim, who led Clay's successful program for the past 13 years. Knierim resigned in mid-December.

"It's kind of sad to go," Knierim said. "I'm just a little burned out and I just need to step back from being the head coach for a little while. I'd certainly like to stay with the program if it can be worked out. The kids have been great with me, and the administration has been very supportive. I have no qualms with any of that."

Clay Athletic Director Mike Donnelly said, according to the school district's policy, the baseball coaching position was posted within the Clay school district and one candidate was interviewed for the job.

"We decided we're going to stay in-house," Donnelly said. "Our recommendation is for Garry Isbell, who has been Karl's assistant for the past eight years and has been a football assistant for the past three years."

Donnelly said the Oregon Board of Education will vote on his recommendation to hire Isbell during its Feb. 17 meeting.

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Diving coach Scott TenEyck is confident that both of his pupils, Genoa’s Bailey Dipman and Lake’s Samantha TenEyck, can make it to the state meet in Canton this season. He said he sees a lot of potential in Dipman.

"It's just a matter of how much effort she wants to put into it," he said. "She's ahead of most freshmen. Her scores need to improve, but that will improve as we compete more and she gets more experience. Right now she's getting pitted against sophomores, juniors and seniors. She's definitely got talent."

Dipman placed third at the Solon Extravaganza and was sixth at the Knight Invitational. She placed fourth out of 37 divers at the Fremont Ross meet.

"She is just finally coming into her own," coach TenEyck said. "She's got a pretty tough (diving) list, so it's just a matter of cleaning it up. Her advantage is she has great lines. She's tall and slender with great lines for a diver. That highlights what she does."

Dipman, 14, has been diving for half of her life.

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