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Suburban Lakes League rivals Genoa and Eastwood are on a collision course.

The two SLL powers are scheduled to meet Oct. 2 at Genoa, with the winner having a leg up on the league championship. The Comets won last year's meeting at Eastwood, 24-0, and have won two out of three since Mike Vicars took over at Genoa in 2007.

That year, the Comets won the regular-season game 21-14, but Eastwood won the rematch, 14-7, in the state playoffs. Genoa leads the all-time series 28-23.

Coach Jerry Rutherford, in his 27th season at Eastwood, said next Friday's contest "will be a huge game. It's very exciting for everybody involved - the teams, the fans and the community."

Eastwood had beaten Genoa eight straight, by a 364-68 scoring margin, until Vicars took over at Genoa. Vicars said ending the Eagles' winning streak against Genoa in 2007 was a big step for his program.

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Many could say it is the “Bill Hrabak effect.” The coach who once was at Cardinal Stritch and Genoa was always known for thinking out of the box.

This so-called “effect,” as I term it, has an end result of Gibsonburg applying and being considered as a member of the Toledo Area Athletic Conference.

Why the Hrabak effect? Because Hrabak, once he became football coach at Fostoria St. Wendelin, was part of the movement there to get St. Wendelin out of the Midland Athletic League for football only. I’m not giving Hrabak or St. Wendelin a chance to defend themselves now because male enrollment is down there and the change can be understood. He has 22 players on his football team this year, and that includes two females who are listed as kickers.

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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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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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