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The Toledo City League defending champion Clay Eagles didn't mess around with their difficult non-league schedule this season.

After nine games, Clay is unbeaten and looking like the 2009 squad that reached the Division I regional title game before losing to top-ranked and eventual state champion Elyria.

“I didn't expect us to be undefeated at this point, with all the strong teams we've faced,” Coach Brenda Radabaugh said Monday night. “That's been a nice surprise.”

The Eagles swept a doubleheader against Sylvania Southview, a district finalist a year ago, and have taken care of Waite, Findlay, Bowling Green, Perrysburg (nine innings), Notre Dame Academy, Sandusky and Amherst Steele.

Clay beat Sandusky, which it beat in the district finals last year, by a 3-0 margin and blanked Amherst Steele 1-0 in a 12-inning game. Amherst Steele defeated the Eagles last season.

In the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, seven-time defending Cardinal Stritch has a new coach in Don Zbierajewski, who served the last four years as an assistant to head coach Rick Henning.

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Connor Ryan figures he'll earn his black belt in tae kwon do in about a year.

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“I'm really looking forward to it,” Connor said, “because it's really fun and I like doing it. I like just having fun and learning self-defense and discipline. I don't misbehave anymore ... not as much as I used to.”

The 11-year-old Oregon resident, who has been involved in martial arts for three years, is working his way up the “belt” ladder – he is currently a red belt. Connor's younger sister, Delaney, 9, has been in martial arts for two years. Both Ryan siblings train at Toneff’s Tae Kwon Do, 4320 Navarre Ave.

“Connor had started with (martial arts) at the YMCA and kind of swayed away from it, and then he showed interest again,” said Connor's mother, Lorianne. “We took him to Mr. Toneff and he fell in love with it from day one.

“Delaney was taking dance across the hall, at Brewer's Dance Studio, and she

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Former Cardinal Stritch golfer Torey Brummett, a Toledo Area Athletic

Conference champion, and former Eastwood golfer Nick Speck are beginning their college golf careers this spring at Owens Community College.

Also playing for Owens is Brooks Gardner (Bowling Green), the son of State Representative Randy Gardner, an Eastwood graduate. After four events, this year’s team has an overall record of 8-17.

Owens’ golf program is guided by fourth-year coach Gil Guerrero. The Express golf team captured five match and invitational titles during the 2009 spring season, highlighted by its third consecutive first-place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Championships. The program also captured its fourth NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional championship after rounds of 317-314 (631) at Belmont.

“Our golf team is extremely young as we are without any returning student-athletes from last year’s conference championship squad,”stated Guerrero. “Even though we are young and inexperienced at the collegiate level, our goal remains the same as previous years, which is to compete at the highest level and contend for another conference title.”

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