The Press Newspaper
They say people feel better about themselves when they share, but Eastwood's
boys basketball team wanted none of that.
When the Eagles took on Suburban Lakes League rival Otsego last Saturday in Tontogany, an outright SLL championship was on the line for Eastwood. Lose, and the Eagles would have to share the crown with the Knights.
"We didn't want to share it," said Eastwood senior co-captain Clay Rolf. "No one wants to share the league. We wanted to win it for the seniors and the coaches."
For everyone involved in the Eastwood program, the difference between sharing the league title and winning it outright was huge.
"That was our goal from the beginning and we didn't want to share with anybody, especially after going 14-0 last year," said Clayton Ruch, a 6-5 senior co-captain. "After losing to Elmwood, we really wanted to win it outright because we knew we shouldn't have lost to them."
The game at Otsego ultimately came down to one crucial play in the fourth quarter.
Following a missed Eastwood free throw, the Knights grabbed the rebound but the 6-7 Rolf swiped at the ball and tipped it to himself with about 20 seconds left in the game.
Rocket relay team places in two events at state meet
In the 200 relay, Oak Harbor finished in a preliminary time of 1:41.22 and in the finals at 1:41.89, scoring 10 points for Oak Harbor. In the 400, the relay team finished with a time of 3:45.27 in the prelim and 3:44.51 in the final, scoring eight points for the Rockets.
Those two events helped the Rockets finish 31st in the state meet with 18 points. Gates Mills Hawkens was the Division II state champions with 333 points, and 54 schools scored points in the D-II girls meet. Porter also competed in the 50 freestyle individual race.
Lake sophomore Sam TenEyck (D-II) and St. Francis DeSales junior Dylan Szegedi (D-I), an Oregon resident, each finished 11th in diving. Szegedi had a score of 261.8 in the semifinal and 377.3 in the final. TenEyck scored 223.15 in the semi and 295.45 in the final.
Eastwood’s Nathan Decker finished 15th in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:00.25 in the preliminaries and 4:59.44 in the final.
The Oak Harbor wrestling team capped a tough weekend of wrestling by taking
home the overall team championship in the Division II district tournament at Marion Harding High School.
When all the dust had settled the team had won by 28.5 points over familiar foe Lexington.
Three wrestlers won individual district titles, setting them up for next week's state tournament. Senior Drew Stone (36-3, 125) won his second straight district title by defeating an opponent from Padua 3-1. Junior Ian Miller (37-1, 145) won his second straight district title as well by defeating a Van Wert foe by a fall in 1:27. Junior Konner Witt (45-3, 152) would follow Ian's lead and take an individual title for himself at the 152 pound weight class with a 7-1 victory.
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