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Eagles face daunting task of defending state title
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 14:22

Last season turned out to be a pretty good year for Eastwood's boys’ track and field team.

The Eagles didn't lose a dual meet, they won every invitational and then went on to take Suburban Lakes League, district, and regional championships.

To top it off, Coach Gary White's squad captured the Division II state championship at The Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The Eagles scored 47 points to beat runner-up Cortland Lakeview by nine points.

Several key scorers from that Eastwood team have graduated, but the Eagles have plenty of talent returning.

“They're good,” said White, who led Eastwood to state runner-up finishes in 2003 and 2008. “We've got a lot of new faces and they're really working hard. They're going to do a good job. We knew we had a lot of outstanding talent right from the start last year. This year, we're working on them peaking at the end of the season.”

Eastwood is off to a strong start this spring. The Eagles defeated Clay and Tiffin Columbian in a tri-meet, and last Thursday they won the eight-team Liberty-Benton Relays.

 
2010 Baseball Previews
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 14:20

Two new coaches step up to plate in City League

In the past decade, Clay and Waite baseball have never been shy about trying to compete for a Toledo City League championship.

Under former coaches Danny Clayton (Waite) and Karl Knierim (Clay), one always believed that a title was possible. But now there are new coaches at both CL schools, and one of them, Garry Isbell, has to defend a championship at Clay in his first season.

At Waite now is one of Clayton’s prodigies. Clayton once called new coach David Quiroga one of the best high school catchers in Northwest Ohio. After a stellar career at Ashland University, Quiroga returned to his alma mater as an assistant, and became head coach this season.

Quiroga was a first-team all-league and all-district performer as a senior, when he was named the CL Co-Player of the Year.

Quiroga helped Waite win the CL title his junior year, in 2002, and take second place to St. Francis de Sales in 2003.

Quiroga was hired in mid-December. Clayton, who returned from an earlier stint to guide Waite the past two years, resigned. Quiroga said the reasons for wanting to become the Indians’ next coach were simple.

“I’ve been an east-sider my whole life,” he said. “I always took a lot of pride in Waite High School. I tried to make it out to as many Waite sporting events as I could when I was in school, and I still do now. I’ve always been a sports guy.

 
BGSU’s Kevin Leady named Mid-Am Pitcher of Week
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 14:17

After setting a new career high for strikeouts in a game against Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green Falcon pitcher Kevin Leady (Eastwood) was named the Mid-American Conference East Pitcher of the Week.

Leady was also named Papa John’s Athlete of the Week. Each week, the BGSU athletic communications department names a top athlete. On the season, Leady is 3-1 overall with a 4.34 ERA in six starts this season

The senior led the Falcons to their lone win that weekend against Eastern with a performance that ranks among the best of his career. Leady went 7.1 innings against the Eagles, allowing three runs and striking out ten hitters in the Falcons' 4-3 win on Sunday, Apr. 4.

Leady struck out four within the first two innings. He struck out the side in the second inning to end a threat when the bases were loaded with no outs and struck out the side for the second time in the game, fanning three straight in a one-two-three fifth inning.

Leady finished the game with a new career-high 10 strikeouts in the game, eclipsing a previous high set earlier this season (9) against Butler on March 8. He pulled down his third win of the season, the most by any Falcon starting pitcher this season.

Leady now leads the staff in strikeouts (33) and innings pitched (37.1). The start against EMU is his second consecutive quality start in a row, both in which he allowed only three earned runs and had a SO:BB ratio of 5:1. Combined in his last two starts, he has struck out 15, walked three and only allowed six earned runs (eight total) in 14.2 innings pitched.

 
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