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The sixth-ranked Waite Indians were one point ahead of Sylvania Northview entering the fourth quarter of a district final tournament game.
 
The Waite-Northview match-up pitted the City League champion against the Northern Lakes League champion, which are coached by Eastwood graduate Jerry Sigler. It pitted Waite’s Florida State-bound 6-foot-3 center Natasha Howard against 6-1 Eastern Michigan-bound Olivia Fouty.
 
The first three quarters, Northview was keeping up with Waite’s fast and furious pace, and was scoring just as quickly as the Indians. Entering the final stanza, each team had already committed 16 turnovers.
 
“I think the key point with us running up and down the floor we like that, we had 20 turnovers,” Waite coach Manny May said. “We cannot have turnovers like that, or we are going to have to go back to school.”
 
Yet, May seemed to remain calm along the sidelines through the first 24 minutes of a fast paced and ruggedly contested game at Central Catholic’s Sullivan Center.

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Konner Witt has his eyes on the prize this weekend at the Division II state

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wrestling tournament in Columbus.

"If I wrestle the way I've been wrestling all year, I should do well," the Oak Harbor junior said. "I think I can take care of everybody in my bracket. It's about who wants it more, and I want it pretty bad this year. We've been in the best tournaments you can get in and we practice hard and train hard, so anything is possible if you put your mind to it."

Witt, who competed at 160 pounds most of the season, takes a 45-3 record into the state tournament at the Schottenstein Center. Witt will compete at 152 pounds where three wrestlers, including two-time state champion Harrison Hightower of University School, qualified for this year's tournament.

Oak Harbor coach George Bergman said it made more sense for Witt to compete at 152 in Columbus rather than at 160.

"Konner went 152 at the Medina tournament and went 160 for the Ironman and ended up sixth, and those top six guys were all from Ohio, most of them in Division I," Bergman said. "In Division II, there are two very, very good guys at 160. At 152, there's a two-time state champ so we're going to a weight class where there is one outstanding guy instead of two outstanding guys."

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They say people feel better about themselves when they share, but Eastwood's

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boys basketball team wanted none of that.

When the Eagles took on Suburban Lakes League rival Otsego last Saturday in Tontogany, an outright SLL championship was on the line for Eastwood. Lose, and the Eagles would have to share the crown with the Knights.

"We didn't want to share it," said Eastwood senior co-captain Clay Rolf. "No one wants to share the league. We wanted to win it for the seniors and the coaches."

For everyone involved in the Eastwood program, the difference between sharing the league title and winning it outright was huge.

"That was our goal from the beginning and we didn't want to share with anybody, especially after going 14-0 last year," said Clayton Ruch, a 6-5 senior co-captain. "After losing to Elmwood, we really wanted to win it outright because we knew we shouldn't have lost to them."

The game at Otsego ultimately came down to one crucial play in the fourth quarter.

Following a missed Eastwood free throw, the Knights grabbed the rebound but the 6-7 Rolf swiped at the ball and tipped it to himself with about 20 seconds left in the game.

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Giving money to people along road

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