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Northwood's boys’ basketball team will host Lake on Tuesday night, and the only

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thing on the line will be bragging rights - and maybe a little revenge.

The Rangers, a member of the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, and Lake, a member of the Suburban Lakes League, are located just a few miles apart. 

"A lot of these kids know each other and will run into each other," first-year Northwood coach Matt Donegan said. "It's nice to have that bragging right over them. Not being in the same league may have lessened (the rivalry) a little bit, but I think we still look at it as a pretty big rivalry."

Lake beat Northwood 42-40 last year in the season opener at Lake. The teams went on to win a combined nine games in 2008-09.

On Dec. 15, the Rangers and Flyers each won their first games of the season. Northwood beat host Emmanuel Christian 53-44 to improve to 1-2 and 1-1 in the TAAC, while Lake downed visiting Oak Harbor 54-43 to improve to 1-2 overall.

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Winning the C Division championship at the Cold Turkey Thanksgiving Holidaypic-eastwoodhockey Tournament at Tam-O-Shanter did more for Eastwood's club hockey team than just garner it a trophy.

"It gained us some respect," said sixth-year coach Brian Contris, a 1993 Eastwood graduate. "A lot of teams look at us as just a team of players who were cut or just weren't good enough to make other teams. These guys are all very good high school hockey players.

"The majority, if not all of them, could play on an organized high school hockey team if that's what they chose to do."

The Eagles beat Garfield Heights Trinity, Whitmer, and Fremont Ross to advance to the Cold Turkey title game, then beat Whitmer again for the championship.

Through Dec. 16, the Eagles, an independent team, had a 9-1 record with wins over Fremont Ross (twice), Central Catholic and Ottawa Hills. Their only loss is a 7-2 decision against Perrysburg, which was picked to finish second behind Bedford (Mich.) in the Northwest Hockey Conference's White Division.

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Bob Abbey was an assistant coach in track and football at Lake High School when

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the school district was trying to pass an operating levy in the mid-2000s.

After several failed attempts to pass the levy, voters approved a 6.75-mill, five-year operating levy in August 2006. By that time, however, many Lake students had transferred to other local high schools in order to play sports or be involved in other extracurricular activities.

Dave Shaffer, Lake's director of athletics, said the Flyers "lost approximately 150 kids district-wide."

Included in that group were several standout athletes. Abbey, who became the Flyers' head football coach beginning with the 2007 season, said his team lost "probably five kids who were starters at our school."

"Those were good kids, hard workers, quality individuals and good football players at the varsity level," Abbey said. "And then they leave. That leaves a big hole, not just that year but a couple years down the road. You lose leaders on the practice field and in the locker room.

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Giving money to people along road

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