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Clay coach Rob Belegrin’s dilemma will be how to score points when facing the


undefeated and state ranked Central Catholic Irish this Friday in the Sullivan Center.

The Irish (7-0) have held two teams to under 30 points — St. Francis DeSales and Northview.

“They are very athletic, and they are stingy on defense,” Belegrin said. “That’s the athletic prowess and that’s a good coach teaching them to be at the right spot at the right time.”

“We have to patient,” Belegrin continued. “No. 1, we have to be strong with the basketball. They are going to be physical, they are going to bump you off balls, they are going to do certain things against you — chest cutters, and they are going to be very physical and if we go in there and not be ready to be physical, then we’re not going to put it in the hole very much.

“But I think we’ll be ready and I think the kids will respond,” Belegrin added. “I think that Central has to score off their defense quite a bit, too. I think that’s how good teams are — they get points off their defense and are able to execute offensively.”


Archie Griffin supporting Olympic hopeful J.D. Bergman

Olympic hopeful J.D. Bergman, a two-time state champion at Oak Harbor and a

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  Archie Griffin           J.D. Bergman

three-time All-American and NCAA Division I runner-up for the Ohio State wrestling team, has joined the Ohio Regional Training Center in supporting seven Olympic hopefuls, including himself.

Bergman, who joined the training center in September 2008, is a multiple-age group national champion as well as a 2006 University World Team Member.

“J.D. will compete in a wide open 96kg weight class, and we are very excited about J.D.’s potential to win numerous world medals during this quadrennium,” says a training center press release.

The seven Olympic hopefuls will represent different weight categories at the 2012 Olympic trials. On Feb. 2, the center will hold a fundraiser at Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons. The featured speaker will be two-time Heisman Award winner and former OSU football player Archie Griffin, but Bergman will speak as well.


Jasmine Blanton (Notre Dame Academy), a freshman guard for Owens

          Jasmine Blanton

Community College, was named the NJCAA Division II national player of the week for January 6.

Owens is 13-2 on the season and off to their best start in school history since the 1996-97 year when they also started 13-2. The 13 wins are also the most in school history before New Year's.

Blanton averaged 18 points per game over break for Owens, including a 27 point performance against Lake Michigan on Dec. 29. The 5-9 guard shot 77 percent from the free throw line and added 8.2 rebounds over the past four games. 

“Blanton's drive and determination are what sets her apart from most athletes according to head coach Michael Llanas. He admires her poise to compete for a league title and run at a regional title,” states the National Junior College Athletic Association website.


Giving money to people along road

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