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Tyler Pickard was a rugged running back and punishing linebacker for the Genoa

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Comets' 11-1 state-playoff football team, even though as a back-up.

Don't think for second that the 5-10, 177 pound sophomore was merely content to pace up and down the sidelines.

One season ago, as a still-wet-behind-the-ears freshmen, Pickard was already toting the rock to glory for both the JV and freshmen squads and picking off last-minute, last-ditch passes by the Flyers to seal the deal for the ninth-graders on the SLL title.

This year on the Friday night varsity stage, he played a different role. Pickard personally accounted for a good number of the Comets' record-breaking 600 points as their chip-shot PAT ace.

Pickard took over the reigns of the Comets' kicking duties once the dust finally settled on a disappointing state final four loss to Kettering Alter in 2008. Then-incumbent PAT man James Leach was lost to a move to North Carolina, and both Blair Skilliter and starting punter Marcus Vicars to graduation.

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Fremont Speedway handed out awards and prize money to the drivers who finished in the top 10 in points in the 410 sprints, 305 sprints and dirt trucks at a packed banquet on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Crowned champion in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 sprints is Liepsic, Ohio's Todd Heuerman.

2. Paul Weaver from Fremont, Ohio. The two-time Fremont 305 sprint champion competed in all 17 A-mains recording an astounding 15 top 10 finishes. He scored 6 top 5 runs, including three wins - on July 4, July 18 and the NRA 305 challenge on Aug. 15. Finishing just one point behind champion Todd Heuerman, Weaver also scored a runner-up finish.

His average A-main finishing position was 7th.

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If you see Nick Grodi behind the wheel of a NASCAR automobile some day, don't

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be surprised.

Racing is in the Oak Harbor High School junior's blood.

Grodi's father, Mark, and his great-grandfather both raced Enduro cars, and his grandfather raced mini-stocks.

"I took the No. 40 from my grandpa and great-grandpa," Grodi said, "so I'm a third-generation driver. I love the adrenaline rush (racing) gives you and the thrill. It's cool.

"When I was about 4 or 5, we went to the Toledo Recreation Center for a home and garden show and me and my dad heard some noises at the track there, where they had the quarter midgets. We went over and checked that out and I liked them. I guess I told my dad, 'That one's mine!' and 'That one's mine!' A couple years later we got a race car and I really got into it."

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