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The Clay hockey team did not make it to the state championship game this


season, but an Oregon resident played his role in Ohio’s big showdown at Nationwide Arena.

Keith Sokoloski was rewarded by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for his 10 years of consecutive service officiating hockey games by reaching the pinnacle in his sport — officiating his first state championship game in the 18,000 seat home of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets.

“That was amazing. That was my Olympics, my Gold Medal game, my Stanley Cup. I can’t go any higher than that,” Sokoloski said.

Cleveland St. Ignatius captured its second championship by defeating Sylvania Northview, 4-1. Northview, making its fourth state final appearance, ended the season at 21-9-3 with the program’s fourth state runner-up finish.

Bowling Green leads the state with 19 state hockey tournament appearances and St. John‘s Jesuit is third with 14. BG has six state titles (1999, 98, 97, 91, 84, 80).


Brittany Darling has worked at The Home Depot at the Rossford Crossroads for


about two years, but she won't be there much longer.

“I'm mainly a cashier but sometimes I pick up shifts in other departments, like plumbing,” said Darling, a 2008 Genoa graduate. “I kind of go everywhere, but mostly cashier.”

Darling, 20, spent the last couple years working, going to school and playing basketball for coach Mike Llanas at Owens Community College. This season, the 6-3 center earned first-team All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference honors and was named the Express' co-MVP after averaging 13.6 points and 11 rebounds (ranked 20th nationally) a game.


Oak Harbor High School track and cross country standout Kia Frank didn't have


much athletic success in junior high.

“I didn't have very much fun,” said Frank, now a junior, about running for the younger Rockets.

Her decision to go out for track and field this season has made Oak Harbor girls track coach John McKitrick a happy man.

“She wasn't bad, but she definitely didn't stand out in junior high,” McKitrick said. “She ran cross country her freshman and sophomore years and didn't really stand out. All of a sudden, her junior year she takes off, which is unusual for a girl. She had an awesome junior year.”



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