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The Lake cross country teams competed in the Wood County Championships at Mary Jane Thurston State Park.

The boys team placed their top five among the first 18 runners to secure second place overall. Bowling Green won the team title. Lake junior Nathan Adkins finished second overall, junior Riley Breese was sixth followed by freshman Scott Brittenham in 13th, junior Nathan Scanlan 14th, and senior Steve Stanley 18th to receive All-Wood County honors. Sophomore Drew Northcut placed 32nd and junior Dustin Preble was 33rd. The Flyers competed this past Saturday at the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival, the nation's second largest cross country event.

At the county championships, the Lake girls finished sixth overall of the seven teams and were led by senior Stormi Roelle and junior Hunter Johnson's 18th and 20th overall placements. Juniors Hailee Greenlese, and Caitlin Stickler placed 25th and 26th and sophomore Amber Soncrant rounded out the scoring for the Lady Flyers finishing 27th. The top 25 are All-Wood County.

At the Norm Bray Invitational in Fremont, in the open race, Adkins toured the course to easily win the boys’ open race by 39 seconds. Scanlan placed third overall in the male open. In the male varsity race, junior captain Riley Breese finished fifth overall to lead the Flyers to a fifth place overall team standing out of the 12 teams competing. Brittenham placed 14th overall, senior Steve Stanley was 25th, and sophomores Northcut and Preble rounded out the top five runners placing 49th and 50th.


It all started for two Martin area families Friday night at the Genoa-Rossford football game and ended at Oregon’s

A time enhanced photo of six-foot-9,
285 pound former Genoa and Owens
Community College athlete Zach
Diekman, who won the “steinstossen”
with a throw of 12 feet, 11 inches.
(Press photo by Harold Hamilton/HEHphotos.

 German-American Festival Sunday.

Both the Diekman and Reeder families have that tough middle European ancestral blood, and it was demonstrated over a single weekend.

Because the Comets had a significant lead in their win over Rossford, as is Genoa coach Mike Vicars’ custom, the starters were pulled early and Genoa began to substitute younger players to give them experience. 

One of the freshmen was the 120-pound fullback Max Reeder. Being a wrestler, ranked No. 3 in the state as an eighth grader in his weight division, and able to bench press 215 pounds, Reeder had both the balance and the strength to handle the position. These qualities more than make up for his 5-foot-3 height. In fact, his height may have been an advantage as it seemed the Bulldog linebackers could not see him behind Genoa’s front line until he broke through. Reeder was given the ball more than six times and he gained yardage nearly every time. 

Olivia Reeder, Max’s “big” sister and 5-4 senior, is also a Genoa athlete. She was the leading scorer on the 2009 soccer team and is a catcher on the Comet softball team. She wants to play college soccer somewhere next year.

Not to be out done by Max, Olivia at 120 pounds can squat lift 210 pounds. Get the feeling that there’s some athletic ability in this family? 

The following Sunday, at Oregon’s German American Festival waiting for her father to compete in the steinstossen” (stone throw), Olivia said, “That looks like fun. I wonder if I should try.”


Stritch returns to Clay Memorial Stadium for home games
Typically public and private schools operate completely independent of one another. However, this is not the case for Cardinal Stritch and Clay high schools during this year’s football season.

The two Oregon schools recently finalized a mutually beneficial partnership for the 2010 football season. Stritch’s homecoming game last Friday night against visiting Plymouth Christian (Mich.) saw Cardinal football return to Ted Federici Field at Clay’s Memorial Stadium.

Stritch had a long history of playing its home games at Clay before relocating them to Northwood in recent seasons.

Oregon Schools has agreed to share the use of its football stadium with Cardinal Stritch. As part of the agreement, Cardinal Stritch will rent Oregon Clay Memorial Stadium for five varsity-level football games.

For each home game, Clay will make available locker room facilities, ticket booths, concession stands, rest rooms, press box, PA system, the newly installed scoreboard, as well as parking. The Clay Band Boosters will provide the concession items for each home game and Cardinal Stritch will provide the volunteers. The Clay Band Boosters will split the profits from concession sales for each game with the Stritch athletic department.


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