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Lake boys basketball coach Jim Scharer is preparing to face the Genoa Comets two more times, and in succession.
The Flyers close the regular season by hosting Genoa Friday, Feb. 26, and then have the honor of playing Genoa again in both team’s Division III sectional tournament opener at Whitmer Mar. 2 (8 p.m.). Scharer calls it a “doubleheader.”
Genoa was the fourth seed, and the Comets had three options during the draw.
“We either had to play Otsego to play Delta, or we could have gone to the bye, or we could have went to the open line, which we did,” Genoa coach Jeff Overmyer said.
How will Scharer prepare for the Comets, especially when playing two games in a row? They already met once, with Genoa taking a 57-51 victory on the Comet’s floor Jan. 22.


1982-83 Oak Harbor basketball star Dan Christie, 45, went on to play four years at the University of Dayton, where he was voted the Flyers' team MVP as a senior.

Now a financial advisor in suburban Dayton, Dan said he has never watched the full tape of Oak Harbor’s Class AA state championship game against Bexley in St. John’s Arena.

"We lost," he said. "Who wants to look back at it? I never wanted to dwell on it. I wanted to move on in life. It was water under the bridge at that point in time. I've gone back and looked at parts of it, a couple years ago. I guess I never really felt the need to watch the whole thing. It was the end of my high school career, so I wasn't going to cry over it or dwell on it."

Teammate Larry Fizer, 44, now lives in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas, where he works as an account manager for a large oil and gas company. Fizer, who returns to Oak Harbor once a year, also said he's never had any desire to watch the state title game tape.

"I've gone back and looked at the Wellsville tape, which was one of the best games we played," Fizer said. "They had a big center, 6-5 or something, and I ended up guarding him. That's the game I remember most. The Bexley game, that was a loss and who wants to dwell on it."


Kent State freshman Keith Witt and redshirt sophomore Ryan Buckner are

                Keith Witt

making an impact with the Golden Flashes wrestling team.


At 174 pounds, Witt is 22-10 in his first season in a starting role. He is 11-4 in dual matches and 3-1 in Mid-American Conference matches. At 197, Buckner is 8-8 with two falls, one technical fall, and one major decision to his credit.

Eighteen of the team's 25-man roster for this season are either freshmen or sophomores.

"We are very proud of our guys and know we get the most out of them," Kent State coach Jim Andrassy said. "And on their end, they have a lot of pride in our program and want to see themselves, their teammates and the program do well."

In addition to the introduction of a new attitude for the program, Andrassy has also benefitted from recruiting some top-notch talent, enjoying a national top 10 class in 2007 and top 20 in 2008.


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