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Brandon Tantari didn't compete at last year's Division III state wrestling

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tournament, but he went anyway.

He soaked in the atmosphere, took some mental notes and vowed to return as a state tournament participant.

Tantari, a senior at Lake, qualified as a state tournament alternate last year after placing fifth at the district tournament. The top four district placers advance.

"When I was down at state last year, I noticed the guys in my weight class who were graduating," said Tantari, a 189-pounder. "Right there I made the goal that I should be wrestling here and that I wanted to place and get a spot on the podium. I was looking at the bracket and seeing how many guys graduated."

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Ohio University volleyball standout Ellen Herman, who hails from Oregon, headed to China with the United States Women's National Volleyball Training

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Team for an exhibition against the Guangdong Evergrande of the Chinese Professional League.

The competition, dubbed the "2010 Evergrande China-USA Women's Volleyball Challenge" was scheduled to take place on February 2..

Herman ended her stellar Bobcat career with a conference-record 1,984 kills on 4,925 total attacks. She also accumulated 809 digs, 65 service aces, 72 solo blocks and 141 assisted blocks.

Herman was Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year in 2006, back-to-back MAC Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, MAC Tournament MVP in 2008 in addition to earning conference First Team honors in all four years of her career. She was also named a 2009 Division One Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Joining Herman on the squad will be players such as Jilly Collymore (University of Washington), Megan Hodge (Penn State University), Angie Pressey (University of California) and Tracy Stalls (University of Nebraska). The team left for China on January 28.

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When Gibsonburg's girls’ basketball team gets its rematch with Suburban Lakes

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League rival Lake on Tuesday, the Golden Bears will have to play great defense and, yes, have a lot of good things go their way.

One other aspect of the game, however, will be just as crucial for the visiting Bears if they hope to knock off the state's eighth-ranked Division III team.

"We have to score with them, which is the hard part," said Gibsonburg coach Mark Sworden, whose team lost to the Flyers 58-30 on Jan. 18. "The last time, we worked real hard on defense and did a decent job of keeping their big three (players) in check.

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