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St. Francis de Sales High School football coach Dick Cromwell has fond memories of Brandon Speweik.

Speweik, who grew up in Oregon, was the Knights' starting quarterback and a team captain his senior year in 2004, when he led the team to the state playoffs.

"He was a very physical player," Cromwell said. "He was strong and fast for a quarterback, and he ran the option very well. He had a cannon for an arm and he was a good student."

Speweik threw for more than 500 yards and was St. Francis' second-leading rusher (368 yards) as a senior. His 10 rushing touchdowns and 60 points led the team, which lost to Canton GlenOak in the first round of the playoffs.

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All things being equal, Kate Achter would rather be on a basketball court right pic-kateachter1now than sitting in a classroom.

Achter, the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year last season, her senior year at Bowling Green State University, is back in school to earn a masters degree.

"When I sat down and mapped out my goals for the long term, I anticipated playing another two or three years, maximum," Achter said. "I wanted to get into coaching anyway. Being a graduate assistant and going into coaching go hand in hand, but I definitely didn't think six months after I graduated that I'd be back in school."

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The Eastwood Board of Education voted during this school year to make indoor track a varsity sport. The decision paid off last weekend.

The boys track team won the OATCCC Division II/III state indoor track and field championship at the University of Akron Field House.

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