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Lake and Northwood has traditionally been a rival in sports. However, after last weekend’s events, the Ranger athletic family has stepped in to help their rivals clean up.

Northwood head football coach Ken James said he went with his son to Millbury in the middle of the night after the tornado hit to help a Northwood faculty member who lived on Main Street and had damage to her house.

“It was like a bomb had exploded,” James said of the scene. “It was like being on a movie set.”

James began to have thoughts of helping more, and then some of his players approached him after last Monday’s afternoon weightlifting session and offered to help the Lake community.

So, they went from one property to another helping to move rubble to the side of the road. James had first gone under the cover of darkness to see the damage, but the daylight allowed him to see more of the damage.

“You never expect to find a washer and a dryer in a field,” he said. “We felt bad. The kids were eager to help because if the tornado turns two miles north, we’re in their situation.”

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The future home, or homes, of Lake athletics is unknown at this time following last weekend’s storm.

For the most part, the tornado that traveled through Millbury and destroyed Lake High School left Lake’s baseball, softball, soccer and track fields in decent, playable shape. With some work, Flyer Stadium could be home to Lake’s football games this fall.

“Another definite goal is to hold home football games in our stadium in the fall. We want to try and keep some semblance of a normal school life for the kids, parents and the community,” said school treasurer Jeff Carpenter.

Tim Krugh, school board president, added that athletic and extra-curricular programs will also continue in the fall.

“We have already met with the coaches, band and music directors, etc. and we are committed to continuing offering all of our programming,” Krugh said.

However, the tornado left the boys and girls basketball teams, along with volleyball and wrestling, in scramble mode for open gyms, camps, and eventually a home court for their games and matches this fall and winter. Plus, the outdoor sports still have to find places to practice.

That is a lot of work considering there are junior high programs along with freshmen, junior varsity and varsity sports that all have to have practice and schedule games.

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World-class fishing and down-home hospitality await anglers gearing up for the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit stop on Lake Erie out of Sandusky, Ohio, June 18-20. The big lake’s waters are primed with walleyes, and the Sandusky area is rolling out the red carpet for the MWC.

“The city of Sandusky is proud and honored to once again host the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit Tournament,” said Judy Nagy, Recreation Division supervisor. “Our community is anxiously waiting to welcome all MWC anglers with open arms and lots of great fishing!”

Long a legendary walleye destination, Erie is firing on all cylinders again this season. Biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources report an abundance of 'eyes from the 2007 and 2003 hatches, with ample survivors of the 2001, 2005 and 1999 hatches as well. Add it up and you have opportunities for fish from 19 to well over 28 inches.

“With the quality of walleyes that Erie has to offer, it’s always fun to fish an event there,” said Matt Davis of Marion, Ohio. Davis and partner Dan Gies, of Huron, Ohio, are the reigning MWC Team of the Year, and placed 14th at Sandusky in 2009. “MWC teams will have a lot of options, as the fishing has been very good recently in many different areas — and a variety of techniques are producing. If the weather cooperates, I expect to see a lot of big fish cross the scales during the tournament.”

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