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Archie Griffin supporting Olympic hopeful J.D. Bergman
three-time All-American and NCAA Division I runner-up for the Ohio State wrestling team, has joined the Ohio Regional Training Center in supporting seven Olympic hopefuls, including himself.
Bergman, who joined the training center in September 2008, is a multiple-age group national champion as well as a 2006 University World Team Member.
“J.D. will compete in a wide open 96kg weight class, and we are very excited about J.D.’s potential to win numerous world medals during this quadrennium,” says a training center press release.
The seven Olympic hopefuls will represent different weight categories at the 2012 Olympic trials. On Feb. 2, the center will hold a fundraiser at Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons. The featured speaker will be two-time Heisman Award winner and former OSU football player Archie Griffin, but Bergman will speak as well.
Jasmine Blanton (Notre Dame Academy), a freshman guard for Owens
Community College, was named the NJCAA Division II national player of the week for January 6.
Owens is 13-2 on the season and off to their best start in school history since the 1996-97 year when they also started 13-2. The 13 wins are also the most in school history before New Year's.
Blanton averaged 18 points per game over break for Owens, including a 27 point performance against Lake Michigan on Dec. 29. The 5-9 guard shot 77 percent from the free throw line and added 8.2 rebounds over the past four games.
“Blanton's drive and determination are what sets her apart from most athletes according to head coach Michael Llanas. He admires her poise to compete for a league title and run at a regional title,” states the National Junior College Athletic Association website.
In a strange sort of way, a loss for a team with high expectations can be a good thing.
At the same time, a narrow victory can give a team confirmation that it will be able to adapt and overcome when the going gets tough.
Take the case of the Genoa and Lake girls basketball teams, who meet in the Press Game of the Week on Jan. 15 in Millbury.
On Dec. 28, a 7-0 Genoa team suffered its first loss of the season, a 53-39 setback at home against a 5-2 Toledo Christian squad.
"It was a poor shooting night," Comets coach Tom Kontak said. "Toledo Christian is a solid team. They did some things defensively that we were not ready for offensively. The good news is, it was a learning experience and we've adapted a few things from that loss.
"In a strange sort of way, that loss turned into a positive. We're still learning who we are. That was one of those games we learned from."
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