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Defense will be the name of the game for the Clay hockey team this season.

The Eagles, 26-8 overall last season including 7-3 in the Northwest Hockey Conference's White Division, are predicted to finish fourth in the six-team division this season under first-year coach Mike Heck.

Bedford is the coaches' preseason pick to win the White Division, followed by Perrysburg, Maumee, Clay, Central Catholic and Whitmer.

The Eagles started White Division play 0-3, losing to Beford 10-0, Anthony Wayne 9-5, and Central Catholic 5-4. Heck knows he has his work cut out for him after losing much of his scoring to graduation.

Heck, who replaces Frank Butler, returns 14 lettermen but only three starters from last year's squad. The Eagles also graduated their top four goal scorers.

"We will be young and very inexperienced up front, and goal scoring will be the key factor to the success of the team," Heck said. "We should be very strong defensively this year."

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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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