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Lake girls soccer coach Steve Hoffman and the rest of the Flyers have been looking forward to the 2010 season

Lake sophomore forward Kayla
Encalado sends the soccer past
Rossford junior Alexa Jefferis at
the Bulldog’s soccer complex last
week on Glenwood Road. (Press
photo by John Pollock/www.pollock.

 ever since their double-shootout loss to St. Mary's Memorial in last year's Division II regional finals.

The Flyers graduated just one starter, midfielder Kristen Lehman, and return the top two vote-getters in last year's Suburban Lakes League Player of the Year voting.

“Everybody is expecting a big year out of our kids,” Hoffman said. “I would assume if you talk to anybody around this area, the expectations for us are huge. We have a lot of athletic girls back and girls who are difference makers. They all know their roles and all we're trying to do is excel in those roles.”

Lake has lived up to those expectations so far. Through three games, the Flyers are 3-0 and 1-0 in the SLL following shutout wins over Rossford (7-0), Genoa (6-0) and Delta (5-0).

Hoffman said he hopes Lake's early-season defensive dominance carries through the rest of the year.

“We're pretty deep,” the third-year coach said. “Of the three girls we have back on defense, two of them (Emily Whitmore and Tara Preble) are four-year starters and one of them (Hannah Cox) is a third-year starter. We'll be pretty strong defensively. We go six deep on the defensive end, and our goalie is outstanding.”

Goalie Ashley Timmons, a sophomore, was a second-team all-league pick a year ago when the Flyers finished 19-2-1. Lake went 7-0-1 in the SLL to win its second straight league title.

Hoffman said defenders Whitmore, Preble and Cox are “the strongest part of our team.” Preble earned first-team all-league honors in 2009.


Owens Community College volleyball player Lauren Lind (Lake) recorded five kills, six sets, two assists, one dig, two blocks and scored five points as the Express split a tri-match.

Owens defeated Muskegon 25-8, 20-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-9 and lost to Oakland 22-25, 19-25, 23-25. The Express are 4-2 on the season.

Lind, a 5-foot-10 sophomore outside hitter, has 11 sets, seven kills, three assists, one dig, five blocks, and 9½ points. Teammate Alyssa LaVoy (Eastwood), a 5-2 sophomore defensive specialist, has three sets.

At the Grand Rapids Invitational, Owens finished 3-1, defeating Michigan schools Jackson, Kellogg, Kalamazoo Valley (ranked 15th in national preseason poll) and losing to Grand Rapids (ranked fifth).

Owens soccer
Owens men's soccer opened the season 2-0 at the Delta College Invitational Tournament. The Express defeated Delta 3-0 Saturday on two goals by sophomore forward Rodcliff Hall and a tally from sophomore midfielder Michael Hamouda. Owens sophomore goalie Pavle Udovicic contributed seven saves for the shut-out.

In the championship game on Sunday, Hall and freshman Glenroy Miller scored on assists from Hamouda. Udovicic again contributed seven saves for the shut-out.

Hall was named tournament MVP.


Skilliter, Miller head into sophomore seasons at Mt. Union
The University of Mount Union football team returns only nine starters and 31 letter winners, but Coach Larry Kehres probably is approaching his 25th season as head coach much like the last 24, which is good if you are a fan of the Purple Raiders.

Kehres has two players from Genoa to help him determine who will get a chance to win a letter in 2010. Fiive-foot-8, 180 pound Blair Skilliter is a sophomore running back, and 5-10, 220 pound Tyler Miller, who lives in Genoa but attended St. Francis de Sales, is a sophomore defensive lineman.

As a freshman, Skilliter played in six games, rushing for 101 yards on 20 carries and returning three kicks for 44 yards. He had five rushes for 41 yards against Albright (Pa) on Dec. 5. He was an All-Ohio selection for Coach Mike Vicars at Genoa. Miller was a three year letter winner in football, All-City selection and Academic First Team for coach Dick Cromwell at St. Francis

Replacing players at key positions and reloading a roster will be the charge of Kehres and his staff who look to continue a run of 18 consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference Championships (1992-2009) while contending for a record 11th NCAA Division III National Championship.


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