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Every basketball coach wants a player like Jessica Abbey.


Coaches love athletes who take pride in playing outstanding defense, dive for loose balls, grab some rebounds, make a few steals and chip in around 10 points a game.

Anyone who has followed Lake's girls basketball team this season knows that describes Abbey, the Flyers' 5-8 junior guard.

"She almost never comes out of a game," Lake coach Denny Meyer said. "I compare her to our Heather Cox last year. She does a lot of things people in the stands don't notice, but we coaches do. She never looks tired. She's consistent and does all the little things coaches love to have, but she doesn't get a lot of recognition for doing it."

Abbey, in fact, relishes her role as a defensive stopper. She scored 18 points in one game this season, but that was an aberration.


Due to her vast improvement from last season, Genoa graduate Brittany Darling


is well on her way to becoming a NCAA Division I basketball player.

The 6-5 sophomore center on the Owens Community College basketball team is a leading force for the No. 6 ranked team in the country.

Following the team’s second game, where Owens upset National Junior College Athletic Association D-I No. 14 ranked Indian River 69-64 in Fort Pierce, Fla., Darling started getting looks from major colleges.

“(Indian River’s coach) knew the type of team that we had and began talking about our team in his coaching circles, and she therefore started getting inquiries from southern based schools,” said Owens coach Michael Llanas. “It has now circled around and we’re getting Midwest colleges calling.”


Eastwood bowlers begin trek to defend state title
The Eastwood girls bowling team, defending state champions, won the Fostoria sectional with a total score of 3,667. Their three games series was 2,612 and their six game baker series was 1,055.

Brandi Roller led the team with a 562 three games series, Mallory Fritz with 543, Mikayla Young with 539, Jessica Heestand with a 489, and Jessie Young with a 479.

The girls were to bowl in the District tournament at Interstate Lanes in Rossford on Friday, February 26. The top two teams out of 16 will advance to the state competition in Lancaster.

Joining the girls on the boy’s side at the District tourney were Eagle bowlers Tommy Blanchard and John Przybylski. The boys narrowly missed qualifying as a team for the District when they tied for the final spot and lost the tie-breaker.


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