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Genoa heads into final year on gridiron with 11 titles
According to research on the Suburban Lakes League over its 48-year history since 1972-73, Eastwood has done the best overall in football and volleyball, Genoa tops in boys soccer, Lake the best in girls soccer, Woodmore in girls cross country, and Lakota is No. 1 in boys cross country.

The research, done by Eastwood 1968 graduate and long-time golf coach Mike Gardner, began during his college days at Bowling Green State University.

The SLL is heading into its final school year of competition. In 2011-12, the Northern Buckeye Conference will begin with Fostoria, Rossford, and former SLL members Eastwood, Lake, Elmwood, Woodmore, Otsego, and Genoa. SLL charter member Gibsonburg will begin its first year of competition in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, Lakota left last year for the Midland Athletic League.

So far, Genoa leads with 11 football championships. The Comets are followed by Eastwood (10), Gibsonburg and Otsego (7 each), Elmwood has (6), Woodmore (5), Oak Harbor (4), and Lake, Northwood, and Lakota each have one.

In volleyball, Eastwood has 23 titles, followed by Otsego (7), Genoa (5), Gibsonburg (4), Lakota and Northwood have two each, and Elmwood has one. Woodmore, Oak Harbor, and Lake have none. Eastwood won 14 straight championships from 1976 to 1989, with Otsego taking the crown in 1990, then the Eagles returned to take home titles every season from 1991 to 1995.

In golf, Genoa and Eastwood are tied with 13 championships each. Woodmore has eight, Otsego has two, and Gibsonburg, Elmwood, and Oak Harbor have one apiece. Lake, Northwood, and Lakota have none. Genoa had the longest streak — eight years consecutive from 1991 to 1998.

In cross country, Lakota leads with 17 titles, Eastwood has seven, and Genoa and Elmwood have four apiece. Following are Gibsonburg (3), Woodmore (2), and Oak Harbor and Otsego each have one championship. Northwood and Lake have none.

In boys’ soccer, Genoa has three titles and Eastwood two, and in girls soccer Lake has both championships. Schools that had soccer previously competed in the Midland-Suburban Soccer League with MAL schools.

Boys’ soccer was added and began counting toward the All-Sports Award in 2006-07. Only five schools had boys’ soccer in that first year. Elmwood, Gibsonburg, and Lakota did not.

Girls’ soccer was added and began counting in 2008-09. Only five schools had girls’ soccer that first year — Elmwood, Gibsonburg, and Lakota did not.

The SLL began in 1972-73 with eight schools — Eastwood, Elmwood, Genoa, Gibsonburg, Lakota, Oak Harbor, Otsego, and Woodmore. 

For the first seven years only seven boys’ sports counted towards the All-Sports Award. They were baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, wrestling, and track.

Girls sports began in 1974-75, but they did not count toward the All-Sports Award until 1975-76. The sports were volleyball, basketball, and track.

Girls cross country was added and began counting toward the All-Sports Award in 1979-80. Only five schools had cross country in that first year. Genoa, Gibsonburg, and Oak Harbor did not. Oak Harbor added girls cross country in 1980-81. Genoa and Gibsonburg added girls cross country in 1987-88.

Oak Harbor’s last year in the league was 1985-86, leaving to rejoin the Sandusky Bay Conference. The next year, Northwood replaced Oak Harbor.

Girls’ softball was added and began counting toward the All-Sports Award in 1992-93. Only six schools had softball that first year. Gibsonburg and Lakota did not. Lakota added softball in 1994-95 and Gibsonburg added softball in 1995-96.

Lake was admitted to the league as a ninth member in 1996-97. Northwood’s last year was 1999-2000, leaving for the TAAC and bringing the SLL back to eight members.


League takes steps
Progress is continuing to form a new league starting the 2011-12 school year after the eight schools met at Whitmer High School Tuesday.

“We are continuing to work on the structure of the league for example constitution and by-laws, schedules etc. It is a work in progress. We do have another meeting scheduled for next week,” states Jim Yeager in an e-mail to The Press.

Yeager is currently the SLL commissioner who is also a consultant to the schools involved in the formation of this new league.

The Oregon School Board voted unanimously to pass a resolution two weeks ago for Clay to leave the Toledo City Athletic League and join the new league. If the league is successful in finalizing its formation, the league will also include Whitmer, Fremont Ross, Findlay, Lima Senior, Central Catholic, St. John’s Jesuit, St. Francis DeSales, St. Ursula Academy, and Notre Dame Academy. The new league remains unnamed.


BGSU Athletics Night
The Bowling Green State University athletics department and the Toledo Mud Hens have partnered for the first “BGSU Night At Fifth Third Field” on Aug. 13 when the Mud Hens host the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo and all tickets are $9, with postgame fireworks included.

BG men’s basketball coach Louis Orr, women’s basketball coach Curt Miller, and hockey coach Chris Bergeron will throw out ceremonial first pitches and fans are invited to wear their BGSU gear to the game. The Mud Hens promotional staff will be looking for Falcon fans to involve in on-field contests and there will be a BGSU Fan Cam video board feature at some point during the game.

For information, contact Frank Kristie at 419-725-4392 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Sports Announcements
The Genoa athletic department will have its annual fall sports parent’s meeting on August 2 beginning at 6 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium. All parents of fall athletes in grades 7-12 should attend.  High school parents will break into separate sports meetings with their respective coaches.

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The Oregon Tigers 13 and under and Oregon Junior Eagles 14 and under baseball tryouts for the 2011 travel season will be July 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oregon Recreation William P. Coontz Complex, fields No. 5 and No. 6. For 13U, call Ryan at 419-467-4603 and for 14U call Bryan at 419-704-8620.

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