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Through six weeks of the 2009 season, Lake led the Suburban Lakes League with a 3-0 record, a half-game ahead of 2-0 Genoa.

Coach Bob Abbey's Flyers, who traveled to Eastwood on Friday, already own wins over league rivals Gibsonburg, Otsego and Woodmore.

"We are not surprised," said Abbey, whose team went 3-17 overall the past two years. "We set our goals in the offseason to work to get better as the season progressed and to be league champions. We are in the middle of that process. We have a tough game coming up, but that is just another hurdle we will have to find a way to overcome."

After taking on Eastwood, which suffered a 54-11 loss at Genoa a week ago, the Flyers host Genoa on Oct. 16. The Comets (6-0), ranked fifth in Division IV, hosted Gibsonburg on Friday and have looked every bit the two-time defending SLL champions that they are.

Genoa coach Mike Vicars said he was "speechless" following the win over Eastwood.

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It has been, in the words of Toledo Area Athletic Conference Commissioner Dick Nowak, "a work in progress."

"There has been a lot of movement with a lot of different leagues," Nowak said, "and I think that's going to continue."

The exodus of area high schools from one league to another continued this week when Gibsonburg, a charter member of the 37-year-old Suburban Lakes League, was accepted as a member of the Toledo Area Athletic Conference beginning with the 2011-12 school year.

"Gibsonburg will become a full member on Jan. 1, 2010, as far as them having meetings and discussions within the conference," Nowak said.

Gibsonburg and another SLL school, Elmwood, had applied to join the Midland Athletic League after learning that the SLL will lose five of its current eight schools in two years.

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Louis Fahrbach is on a mission.

The Northwood senior golfer, a three-time district qualifier, has yet to make it to the Division III state tournament and this is his last chance.

On Thursday, Fahrbach competed in the Division III sectional tournament at Green Hills in Clyde looking to advance to the district tournament at Stone Ridge in Bowling Green.

The 6-0, 170-pound Fahrbach has spent the entire 2009 season preparing for the sectional.
 
"I feel pretty confident on the (Green Hills) course," he said. "I was first-team all-sectional the last three years. It's going to be cold out there, so hopefully I'll be warm enough and stay loose and not get too tight. It should be fine. I'm ready."

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