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What do the words "state champ" mean to Eastwood senior Alyssa Shimel?
"It means a lot,” Shimel said. "It's been a goal ever since I started high school and I finally achieved it. It's great."
On Oct. 16-17, at Ohio State University's Gray Course, Shimel became Eastwood's first state golf champion when she earned medalist honors at the Division II state tournament.
"She said she was going to win," Eastwood coach John Cavendish said.
Shimel, making her third trip to the state tournament, beat runner-up Morgan Ransom of Gahanna Columbus Academy by two strokes on the 5,560-yard, par 70 Gray Course. Shimel had a two-day total of 145, while Ransom's 147 matched her score from last year's tourney.
"It wasn't real emotional until I went over to give my dad (Jeff) a hug, and then it hit me that I had won," Shimel said. "He taught me how to golf at age 2. He started taking me to the range with him. He said he was so proud of me and just hugged me. It was kind of like all the pressure is off and I finally accomplished what I set out to do."
Lake and Ottawa Hills will be the first high school teams to take the ice for a game at the new $105 million Lucas County Arena, home of the Toledo Walleye.
Lake, a club team, will face the Green Bears from 12-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. The game will not count on the win-loss records of either team, who compete in the Blue Division of the Northwest Hockey Conference.
"The Walleye came to our league last year and asked if anybody was interested in doing it," Lake coach Craig Horvath said. "Nobody did anything or said anything. It was kind of quiet. The Walleye wanted us to sell 250 tickets and it would be a free game for us. It was a fundraiser for us. If you go right now to the Toledo Walleye to buy tickets, you're going to buy $15 tickets. You can buy one from me for $15 and Lake (hockey) gets to keep $5 for every ticket sold, up until Nov. 22."
Horvath said he plays hockey with an employee of the Walleye ticket office.
"I said, 'If I commit to this, can we be the first team?' " Horvath said. "He asked if I could get another team and I said I've done things with Ottawa Hills. Their kids get along with our kids. We were the first two teams to jump on it."
Former Ohio State head football coach John Cooper would say that his team doesn’t rebuild, they reload.
For the Lake girls’ soccer team, they may be approaching that mentality after their program’s turnaround has them at 14-1 this year with eight freshmen and only two seniors.
From 2006-2008, the team went 10-21-4. They gave up ten goals three times over that span, getting shut out in two of those games, and gave up four or more goals 14 times.
Last season, the team went 12-4-4 overall and won the SLL title under first-year head coach Steve Hoffman. They saw 11 players earn All-SLL honors, including the league player of the year Drew Plummer.
They capped off the year by making a tournament run where they outscored their opponents 8-0 before a 1-0 regional semifinal loss to Liberty Benton, a team they had lost to 7-1 the year before and 5-3 earlier in the season.
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