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It still feels like a dream for Jordan Kovacs.

Last fall, the 2008 Clay graduate made the University of Michigan football roster as a walk-on. But, Kovacs' surgically repaired left knee which had been operated on in high school didn't make the grade with the UM medical staff.

"During my physical they found out I'd had knee surgery and they asked me a few questions about it," Kovacs said. "I guess I revealed a little too much information. They were still concerned about it. I had it checked out again and they ended up finding I had a torn meniscus."

Kovacs had arthroscopic surgery in Toledo last October, which forced him to sit out the entire 2008 season. He tried out for the team again as a walk-on last spring and made the '09 roster as a safety.

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As an All-City League soccer player, Oregon native Kelsey Kovacs could have

gone to several schools to play collegiate soccer.

She recalled an interest to play at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier, and Dayton, but she chose to be closer to home and picked Bowling Green State University. She's glad she did.

"I committed by the beginning of my junior year," Kovacs said. "They offered and I accepted. I liked it. It's close to home and a lot of my family members are at home games. I'm still definitely away at college, but they're there if I need them. I love my coaches. They're there for more than just soccer. And, I love my team. The girls are all really nice and we're a very close team."

The 5-foot-5 Kovacs is a sophomore midfielder for Coach Andy Richards' Falcons. She is majoring in applied health science, but she is still undecided whether she wants to attend medical school or nursing school, or to become a physical therapist.

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Respective league powers clash on Friday, Sept. 25 when Genoa, the two-time defending Suburban Lakes League champion, travels to Northwood.

Coach Ken James' Rangers have won back-to-back Toledo Area Athletic Conference championships and are the preseason pick to win a third straight title. Northwood, however, is off to a rocky start with a young team.

The Rangers (1-2), who start just five seniors, hosted Edon (0-3) this week.

"Edon is young, like us," James said. "They're trying to find themselves."

The Rangers opened the season with a 26-0 loss at Lakota, then beat Lake 32-20 before suffering a 41-22 loss at Hopewell-Loudon last week.

"We're hitting people, we're just not fundamentally where we need to be yet," James said. "We're competing, even in the preseason. If something bad happens, we don't let it bother us. Against Lake we were down 20-12 ... We just have to get better fundamentally in all areas.

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