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Jordan Kovacs nominated for College Rudy Awards

The University of Michigan’s 5-10, 194 pound freshman safety Jordan Kovacs

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Jordan Kovacs

(Clay) has been nominated for the 2009 College Rudy Awards.

The awards honor Division I college football players “who best embody the principles of inspirational football legend Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger. Rather than measure the players stats, the Rudy Awards measures the size of a player's heart.”

The finalist will be named The Most Inspirational College Football Player, and the 2009 Recipient of the College Football Rudy Awards. They will receive an academic college scholarship in his name to his university and The Rudy Award Trophy personally presented by Rudy Ruettiger at a ceremony to be held on January 11, 2010 in Orlando, Fla.

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First-year Genoa wrestling coach Joe Ziebold saw his Comets start the 2009-10

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Garrett Scott

season on a high note Dec. 4-5 at the Jim Derr Invitational at Northwood High School.

The Comets scored 198 points to finish second behind champion Wauseon (295) and ahead of third-place Bowling Green (194.5).

"As a team, coming out in second place is a wonderful thing," Ziebold said. "We're just starting. We're going to get better and better as the weeks go on. We're pretty happy with the second-place finish, especially with a lot of Division I and Division II schools there, and we're Division III.

"We consider this as a starting point, as a beginning, and hopefully we can build on that through when the league (tournament) comes around."

The Comets placed 10 of 14 wrestlers, with half of those placers advancing to the championship finals.

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Bruno Marotta still has "quite a bit" of learning to do when it comes to how the

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Bruno Marotta

game of basketball is played in the United States, according to first-year Clay boys coach Rob Belegrin.

Where Marotta comes from, the courts are the same size and the rim still measures 10 feet high, but there are subtle nuances the Brazilian exchange student still finds himself brushing up on in the U.S.

"Little things like hand checking and foul shooting violations, his release on the foul shot," Belegrin said. "He did that last Friday night. He entered the lane on the release instead of waiting for the ball to hit the rim. They play a more physical game (in Brazil), and they call that stuff here.

"Also, he's carrying the ball a little bit on his dribble. He gets his hand under the ball on his hesitation moves. He's looked better in practice dribbling the ball, as far as (not) palming it."

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