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Oak Harbor's girls cross country team is peaking at the right time, and junior Kia Frank is leading the way.

Frank finished second overall and posted a career-best time of 19:45.38 last Saturday at the Division II district meet in Bettsville. The Rockets won the team title with 26 points - runner-up Maumee had 49 - by placing five runners in the top eight places.

"Kia has had an outstanding season," 11th-year coach Gina Warnke said. "She's kind of blown me away this season. This is a girl who her freshman and sophomore year never made the first or second team in the Sandusky Bay Conference, and she comes out her junior year and wins the meet.

"She put in some extra miles and had a strong base coming in during the preseason. She has come in focused and motivated, and it has paid off."

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Zack Powell is leading the Lake boys cross-country to places they haven’t been

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Lake cross country runner

Zack Powell is an SLL champ,

district champ, and now

looking to get a state

championship. (Photo courtesy

of Innovations Portrait Studio)

in a long time.

Thanks in large part to Powell and fellow senior Louis Szilagyi, Lake will be participating in the regional tournament as a team for the first time since 1998. Powell finished first at the district tournament, the same place he has finished in every race except one this year.

“Everything just kind of fell into place that day,” Lake’s second-year head coach said. “We had a couple of individual surprises in Steve Stanley and Riley Breese, who set a personal record.”

Szilagyi, the team’s No. 2 runner, finished fifth at districts and qualified for regionals as an individual, along with Powell.

It all starts with Powell, though, who has vastly improved on his individual accomplishments from last season.

“It’s phenomenal,” Powell said. “I honestly never thought I would be doing this well. I never thought I had a chance. I thought it was only for ‘one of those fast kids up there.’ I was thinking, ‘they’re nuts.’ Now, I’m the one being talked about like that, and it’s kind of nice.”

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Ashley LaFountain was 9-years-old when her father, Rick, took her to her first girls’ state tennis tournament in Columbus.

"I was looking around and I saw all the players and I knew I wanted to play there someday," said Ashley, a freshman at Oak Harbor. "The competition is really good there. At that age, I saw those girls and I thought they were amazing. I knew I wanted to start playing tennis a lot more."

Lafountain's dream became a reality last weekend, when she played in the Division II state tournament at the Elysium Tennis Center in Plain City. The semifinals and finals were played at Hilliard Davidson High School.

"It was a goal, and that's what I was working for this season," said LaFountain, 14, a 5-7 left-hander. "I was kind of expecting it, but it was a relief when I got down there. I had a good season no matter what, but it was my goal to make it to state. It was a bonus if I won a couple matches down there."

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Giving money to people along road

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