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If Alyssa Shimel is on top of her game, she just may find herself playing alongside a

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              Alyssa Shimel

pair of professional golfers she admires at the 26th Annual Jamie Farr LPGA Owens Corning Classic July 1-4 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania.

“I like Suzann Pettersen and Brittany Lincicome,” said Shimel, a 2010 graduate of Eastwood High School. “I just like their swings and how far they can hit it, around 270 or 280 yards. I hit around 260.”

Shimel, 18, has been attending the Jamie Farr Classic with her father, Jeff, since she was 5 or 6 years old. Later this month she will have an opportunity to qualify for the Classic pending her performance in a tourney qualifier June 28 at Sylvania Country Club.

“It definitely would be a great experience,” Shimel said. “I played in the Ohio Open last August in Kettering, and that was open to professionals and amateurs, but not the big-name pros. People with their (pro) cards were there, which was kind of neat because you get to compare your game with professionals. I finished 10th and I was the low amateur for the tournament.

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More than 24 hours after he had earned three medals at the Division III state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Woodmore senior Brock Avers was still on cloud nine.

“I'm just so happy,” Avers said. “I never dreamed about going down there in three events and placing. I'm just speechless. I can't believe I'm done with track.”

Avers placed sixth in the 800 meters and helped the Wildcats' 4x800 and 4x400 relays place sixth and seventh, respectively, in Columbus. Woodmore junior Carly Pendleton placed second in the discus in the Division III girls meet.

Woodmore's 4x800 relay team of junior Grant Weirich and seniors DeVaughnte Askew, Avers and Justin Garver qualified to the state meet in 8:06.88. The foursome, however, turned in a season-best time of 8:02.47 to finish sixth in Columbus.

Askew, Avers, Weirich and Garver – running in that order – placed seventh in the 4x400 in a school-record time of 3:24.20. Their state-qualifying time was 3:25.21.

“My main expectation was to go down there and run my best,” Askew said. “Being a senior, I wanted to end on a good note. We wanted to get on the podium. One of the best things about going to state is that you're running against the top 1 percent of all the teams from Ohio. We had three returners (in the 4x800) from last year, and Grant did really good running 800s.

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Back in the days of the Lakeshore Conference and the Michigan-Ohio Border Conference, Northwood was as much a small school baseball power as Clay was a big-school power then and today.

Granted, in 1989, the Rangers shared with Genoa and Eastwood their last league championship when Northwood was a member of the Suburban Lakes League.

This year, the Rangers came full circle and won the school’s first outright Toledo Area Athletic League baseball championship. Northwood is not just a football school, anymore.

Coach Dave Russell led Northwood to a 17-9 overall record and 11-1 in the TAAC. For his efforts, The Press is naming him the Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Coach of the Year.

Northwood junior left-hander Cameron Juhasz (6-3) pitched a three-hit, nine-strikeout gem in Northwood's 2-1 over Toledo Christian, coached by Oregon resident and former Major League pitcher Ron Rightnowar, on April 22 to win the outright title. Juhasz is an Alan Miller Jewelers First Team All-Press selection.

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