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Rob Belegrin says his heart is the “No. 1” reason he wants to see Clay basketball


competitive with the best in the City League.

This is his dream job, and he wants to succeed at it.

Belegrin was a 5-10, 160-pound point guard for the Eagles under Coach Doug Dippman. He replaces Joe Guerrero, who resigned following the 2008-09 season after 15 years as the Eagles' coach. Belegrin coached Clay's freshman boys’ team for six years and the junior varsity team for six years. He was Guerrero's varsity assistant last season before taking the helm this season.

"This is my dream job," Belegrin said. "I've always wanted it since I played there and when I started coaching."

The fact that Belegrin is now 37-years-old and has a wife and two children at home will not stop him from putting in the time when its needed.

“I’m 100 percent involved right now. That’s about a 70-hour work week for me, and this has been a ton of energy and a ton of time, but it’s got to get started,”


In 1939, the New York Yankees were World Series champions and the Green Bay Packers ruled the professional football landscape.

Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Greta Garbo and Betty Grable were making American males' hearts skip a beat.

Gone With The Wind" won the Oscar for best picture, and Dorothy was seen on the silver screen pleading with some Wizard to help her get back to Kansas.

That same year, a local priest, Father Andy Blasko, started the Holy Rosary Royals, a football team for Catholic youths in East Toledo. The Royals, who competed against five other CYO teams in the area, later became known as the East Side Raiders.

The Raiders formed two separate teams, a Pee Wee squad for grades 4-6 and a Junior team for grades 7-8. The teams had dedicated coaches - most of whom were former Raiders - who stuck with the team for a decade or more.

John "Jack" Barber was one of those coaches.

Barber coached the Holy Rosary/East Side Raiders from 1956-2003, He took a few years off here and there, but his coaching days ended following heart surgery in 2003.

"He went in for heart surgery and never really fully recovered after that," said Raul Quiroga, 45, who played for the Raiders as a kid and later coached Raiders teams from 1989-2009. "He never came back into coaching."


Brittany just one block shy of setting school record

Genoa’s Brittany Darling keeps on rolling along in her college basketball career at Owens Community College, scoring 20 points, grabbing 23 rebounds, and blocking 16 shots in two wins last week.

Darling’s eight blocked shots in each of two games was one short of a school record.

Last week, the No. 7 ranked (NJCAA Div. II national poll) Owens women defeated Jackson CC 83-51. The Owens women are now 12-2 on the season while Jackson falls to 5-6 on the season.

Leaders for the Owens women were Jasmine Blanton (Notre Dame) - 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists; Kaila Corrothers (Detroit Consortium) - 12 points, 3 steals; Ashley Hooker (Whitmer) - 12 points, 7 rebounds; and Darling - 8 points, 7 rebounds, 8 blocks

The Owens men defeated Kalamazoo Valley CC 83-64. The Owens men are now 6-8 on the season. Kalamazoo Valley C.C. is now 8-4 on the season.

Leaders for the men were: Earl Hardison (Westland John Glenn, Mich.) - 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals; Michael Lee (Inkster Wayne Memorial, Mich.) - 14 points; DaLante Heard (Rogers) - 12 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks; Jon Dunn (St. John's Jesuit) - 12 points, 4 assists; and Josh Robinson (Elkhart Central, Ind.) - 11 points


Giving money to people along road

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