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When Andrew Elchert was in grade school playing football for the East Side

Raiders, he and his father, Michael, would practice field goals and extra points in the family's backyard.

Elchert, 18, a senior at Cardinal Stritch, was already playing soccer by age 6.

"I was big compared to most kids back then," he said. "I played soccer and I said why not give football a try."
Elchert played running back, linebacker and kicker for the Raiders, but soccer was and still is his sport of choice.

"It started when I was young, in grade school," Elchert said. "Me and brother, Nicholas, always played soccer together until he graduated from Stritch two years ago. He's a different player than I am. I'm the small, quick one and he's the big monster (6-6, 160)."


Genoa junior wide receiver Derek Allgier may not as of yet reached rock star

Genoa junior Derek Allgiers goes up for a
catch in windy conditions at Rossford. (Press
photo by Rick Osentoski/OzDigital,LLC/

status as the starting split end for the 8-0 (4-0, Suburban Lakes League) Genoa football team.


But ever since a 7-on-7 program with veteran All-SLL signal caller Matt Bassitt last summer, Allgier has been making noise towards the Comets' third-straight playoff run. Allgiers has 26 catches for 309 yards and five touchdowns and is being compared to 2008 record-setting senior receiver Zach Apel.

Because of his and other efforts, Genoa's offense leads the region this season with 426 total points going into week nine against Otsego, and the season looks eerily similar as last year.

"That was pretty cool last year, because coming in, we all knew up to that point Zach had never played organized football before. He was this outstanding soccer player. He was good at basketball. And he's phenomenal at baseball, and always has been, but he'd never really played football," lauds Alliger, a 17-year-old former freshman QB.


What do the words "state champ" mean to Eastwood senior Alyssa Shimel?

"It means a lot,” Shimel said. "It's been a goal ever since I started high school and I finally achieved it. It's great."

On Oct. 16-17, at Ohio State University's Gray Course, Shimel became Eastwood's first state golf champion when she earned medalist honors at the Division II state tournament.

"She said she was going to win," Eastwood coach John Cavendish said.

Shimel, making her third trip to the state tournament, beat runner-up Morgan Ransom of Gahanna Columbus Academy by two strokes on the 5,560-yard, par 70 Gray Course. Shimel had a two-day total of 145, while Ransom's 147 matched her score from last year's tourney.

"It wasn't real emotional until I went over to give my dad (Jeff) a hug, and then it hit me that I had won," Shimel said. "He taught me how to golf at age 2. He started taking me to the range with him. He said he was so proud of me and just hugged me. It was kind of like all the pressure is off and I finally accomplished what I set out to do."


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