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Tracy Donnelly has been the "new coach" before, and Clay's volleyball program is all too familiar with new coaches.

"These girls have been through so much change, very little consistency," said Donnelly, the Eagles' first-year coach. "These seniors have had a new head coach every year they've been in this program. I'm the fifth new head coach in five years."

Donnelly, who previously coached at Oak Harbor for three years and at Cardinal Stritch for six years, inherited a Clay squad that has a mixture of five seniors and three sophomores who are seeing regular playing time.

Donnelly said getting to know her new squad "was a learning process."

"We started practice on Aug. 10," she said, "and by our first match, on Aug. 28, they pretty much knew where I stood as far as how I coached and what I expect."

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Being around student athletes is nothing new for Joe Wyant.

Eastwood's new head wrestling coach has been around wrestling for 35 years, either as a head coach or as an assistant. Wyant, 56, has also coached football and softball at Eastwood and Lakota.

"I enjoy sports," he said. "I was a head coach in three sports at one time during a five-year period at Lakota."

Wyant takes over Eastwood's wrestling program after serving as Ralph Cubberly's assistant for the past seven years. Cubberly, who coached the Eagles for the past 20 years, got a job as a teacher and coach at Defiance High School. He did not teach in the Eastwood School District.

Earlier this month, the Eagle Wrestling Club hosted a "thank you and good luck" picnic to honor Cubberly at the home of Todd and Karen Schling on Strail Road.

Wyant has also been Eastwood's football defensive coordinator for the past four years under Jerry Rutherford, and he has coached the Eagles' softball team for two years.

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Gibsonburg's boys cross country team was a regional qualifier for five straight years until that streak was broken in 2008.

"I think they're more motivated to get there this year," veteran coach Beth Kohler said. "We graduated five of our top seven from the (2007) team, so we definitely thought last year would be a learning experience.

"This year, our top four have come in ready to run. I have a lot of young runners this year. This is the biggest team I've ever had (in 22 years). We have 19 boys, and for the younger runners it's been a gradual thing."

The Golden Bears will try to win their first Suburban Lakes League title in several years when the league meet comes around Oct. 17. The Bears were third last season and took fourth in 2007, the same year they won the Division III district title.

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Giving money to people along road

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