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The Northwood girls’ team's success in the Northwest Ohio Scholastic Soccer League's lower division gave the program a boost for 2009. Literally.

The Rangers went 8-0-2 and won back-to-back titles in the NWOSSL lower division in 2007 and '08, which enabled the program to move to the league's upper division this year.

As a lower division team, Northwood was playing NWOSSL teams Toledo Christian, Otsego, Whitmer, Start, Bowsher and Waite. In the upper division, the Rangers play league rivals Clay, St. Ursula Academy, Notre Dame Academy and Central Catholic.

"We want to win in the conference and we want to play these upper division teams and see if we can't win some of these games," fourth-year coach John Turkal said. "We're looking to having a winning season. Our goal is to be more competitive and successful in the state tournament.

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Suburban Lakes League rivals Genoa and Eastwood are on a collision course.

The two SLL powers are scheduled to meet Oct. 2 at Genoa, with the winner having a leg up on the league championship. The Comets won last year's meeting at Eastwood, 24-0, and have won two out of three since Mike Vicars took over at Genoa in 2007.

That year, the Comets won the regular-season game 21-14, but Eastwood won the rematch, 14-7, in the state playoffs. Genoa leads the all-time series 28-23.

Coach Jerry Rutherford, in his 27th season at Eastwood, said next Friday's contest "will be a huge game. It's very exciting for everybody involved - the teams, the fans and the community."

Eastwood had beaten Genoa eight straight, by a 364-68 scoring margin, until Vicars took over at Genoa. Vicars said ending the Eagles' winning streak against Genoa in 2007 was a big step for his program.

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Many could say it is the “Bill Hrabak effect.” The coach who once was at Cardinal Stritch and Genoa was always known for thinking out of the box.

This so-called “effect,” as I term it, has an end result of Gibsonburg applying and being considered as a member of the Toledo Area Athletic Conference.

Why the Hrabak effect? Because Hrabak, once he became football coach at Fostoria St. Wendelin, was part of the movement there to get St. Wendelin out of the Midland Athletic League for football only. I’m not giving Hrabak or St. Wendelin a chance to defend themselves now because male enrollment is down there and the change can be understood. He has 22 players on his football team this year, and that includes two females who are listed as kickers.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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