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As far as Woodmore coach Lou Bosh is concerned, all of the credit for the Wildcats' turnaround these last three weeks goes to the players.

After starting out 0-6, a streak that included back-to-back 55-0 and 76-34 losses to Genoa and Eastwood, respectively, the Wildcats have bounced back to win their last three games. Woodmore (3-6, 2-3 Suburban Lakes League) hosted winless Otsego on Friday to close the regular season.

"They have continued to come back and come back," Bosh said of his squad. "What do you say when you're 0-6? We at times were starting to search in Week 5 and Week 6, (saying), 'What can we give these guys to keep their focus and keep their drive there.'

"I credit the kids. They stayed positive and kept coming back and working hard. They were focusing on the things we were doing in the whole process of getting better week by week. We started to see some rewards there and how hard we were playing. It worked out well for the guys."

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Mikayla Baer got some, well, not-so-nice stares from a few male opponents on

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Woodmore freshman golfer Mikayla

Baer is setting a new standard

at her school — excelling in girls

golf. (Press photo by Dean Utendorf

/www.woodmorephotos.com)

the golf course this past high school season.

Baer, a freshman at Woodmore, said those looks would come her way when she shot better scores than the junior varsity players and hit her tee shots farther than the varsity players.

"When I played jayvee, they were like, 'Oh my god, she hits that ball farther than I do!' " Baer said. "It was fun. This year I really wanted to maintain my focus and not worry about what other people were doing. Just play my game."

Baer is just the second female golfer Woodmore coach Scott Smith has had in his eight years with the Wildcats. Samantha Michaelis played for the 'Cats last season.

"It was really neat watching her play," Smith said of Baer, who alternated between the jayvee and varsity teams this fall. "The coaches, when they watch her first swing, the reaction they have is priceless. Her swing is incredible. Her length is awesome."

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Northwood, Stritch chasing Big Apple Deli Trophy

Northwood controls its own destiny as far as winning its third straight Toledo Area Athletic Conference title.

Cardinal Stritch, under first-year coach Joe Gutilla, is merely looking to end the 2009 season on a positive note to build momentum for next season.

A win over the Rangers to end the season, which would give Stritch the Big Apple Deli Trophy for the first time since 2006, would give the Cardinals just the boost they need heading into next year.

"Northwood has been the class of the conference for quite a few years," Gutilla said. "If you're going to win a conference championship, you have to go through Northwood to do it. The fact that they are our rival, it makes the game even that much more intense."

The winner of the annual showdown between Stritch and Northwood earns the Big Apple Deli Trophy. The two teams meet on Oct. 30 at Northwood, but first the two teams had to get past Hilltop and Toledo Christian, respectively, this weekend.

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