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Mike DeStazio’s itch to coach again gets scratched
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 08 July 2010 14:02

In 2006, former Woodmore coach Mike DeStazio told The Press he missed being

   Mike DeStazio

involved with high school basketball and was be on the prowl looking for new opportunities.

This May 25 non-renewal of Tom Kontak’s contract by the Genoa school board gave him that opportunity. At the June 30 Genoa school board regular meeting, DeStazio was hired to replace Kontak.

DeStazio, an Elmore resident, coached both boys and girls basketball programs at Woodmore between 1980 and 2003. He coached girls from 1994-2003, recording 149 wins and 52 losses, which ranks him No. 1 at the girls’ level at that school. In 22 years at Woodmore, his teams won 260 games overall.

His girls’ teams won Suburban Lakes League titles in 1995 and 1997 and captured five sectional titles. Woodmore went on to the regional tournament three of four years.

So close until now — Jacobs finally finds victory lane
Written by Brian Liskai   
Thursday, 08 July 2010 13:56

Dean Jacobs has been so close to finding victory lane this year. The Wooster,

           Dean Jacobs car

Ohio driver finally found it at Fremont Speedway July 3 in a make-up feature, handing car owners Joe and Diane Seeling their first 410 sprint victory.

Not to be outdone, Chris Andrews may have salvaged his season as the Sandusky driver won the regular 410 sprint feature.

Jimmy Colvin, 17, held looked like a seasoned-pro, hitting his marks every lap to score his first career victory at the Track That Action Built in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints.

The two features – a make-up from two nights – featured some great side-by-side racing in the Dirt Trucks. Castalia’s Dan Hennig would battle all 20 laps of the first feature with Jimmy McGrath Jr. before securing his second win of the season. In the second feature, McGrath battled with Kent Brewer, Hennig, Steve Endicott and Bob Dible before claiming his second win of the season.

Lady Flyers summer basketball team California-bound
Written by Deb Wallace   
Thursday, 08 July 2010 13:55

From Wednesday, June 23 to Tuesday, June 29, Lake Lady Flyers summer basketball team members were at the University of San Diego for a basketball camp.

The Flyers were one of 62 teams participating with most of them being from California along with some teams from Nevada, Arizona and Colorado.

When Lake coach Denny Meyer was at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona he had taken that varsity team to this very same camp.

When he took the coaching job at Lake he says he told the parents and players, “We would fundraise and take an out of state trip every summer.” He is keeping his promise.

Last year the team went to Phoenix, and going to San Diego this year was special because none of the players had been to California before.

Coach Meyer said, “The reason we make a trip every year is for team bonding and also to play against competition from other parts of the country.”

The coach added, “This trip was a very good learning experience.  We played against six very athletic teams and we competed very well. The coach from USD told me on the first day that she gave us a very tough competitive schedule. 

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