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Eastwood’s Henline, Rolf garner top All-Press awards
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 18 March 2010 15:05

Okay, so the 11 boys’ teams in the eastern Maumee Bay region did not fare as well as the girls’ teams.

That is only when you look at the accumulative records of the teams.

Three of the 11 boys’ teams were at .500 or better at the end of the season, while 5-of-10 girls’ teams had winning marks. At one point midway in the season, Eastwood had the best boys record but was still right at the .500 mark.

That changed in a hurry. Eastwood went on to defend its Suburban Lakes League championship, and as a result Todd Henline has been voted voted Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Coach of the Year and his 6-foot-8, 250 pound senior post player Clay Rolf is Player of the Year.

Both ran away with the voting. Waite coach Dave Pitsenbarger, Genoa coach Jeff Overmyer and Gibsonburg coach Brent Liskai also received votes.

During a time when we have a contingent of local coaches who are taking charge at their alma mater — Henline leads the pack.

It must make a difference because Northwood coach Matt Donegan, Stritch coach Jim Sheehy, and Clay coach Rob Belegrin all have been working to follow suit at their alma mater, and Sheehy has had success during his eight years there. Give Donegan and Belegrin some time — they just arrived onto the scene as head coach.

 
Genoa’s Ben Davies gets second team All-Press
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 18 March 2010 15:04

You be the judge. The Press media representatives and area coaches have spoken.

Genoa Community Christian Academy 5-foot-9 senior guard Ben Davies has been voted a Second Team Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press choice. He is the first GCCA player to do better than honorable mention (which only requires nomination) — which means Davies received a significant amount of votes.

Davies averaged 21 points and eight rebounds, and had a single game-high of 40 points and 15 rebounds this season. Davies also averaged 1.1 assists and 1.5 steals.

In voting by 11 area coaches and 12 media representatives, Davies received 14 points (a first team vote counts two points, second team one point).

Whether Davies’ numbers on the court can be compared to other players who are even chosen honorable mention is, how does the cliché go, “apples to apples and oranges to oranges.”

Genoa Christian is playing a schedule against other very small Christian schools from throughout the region — none of whom are members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. But The Press will recognize the voter’s wishes, because in his realm he must deserve it.

 
Clay’s Eric McGill chosen for state all-star game
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 18 March 2010 15:02

If every high school hockey team had a roster full of players like Clay senior

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         Eric McGill

defenseman Eric McGill, the coaches' lives would be a lot easier.

Mike Heck, who just completed his first season as the Eagles' head coach, will vouch for that.

"Eric was the heart of our team," Heck said. "He was one of our captains. He came out and started our off-ice conditioning way before I was ready to do it. I started it in October and he started it before that. He has a big, big heart. He cares about the team more than himself.

"He coaches our Junior Eagles spring league teams. He did it last year and he's doing it again this year, even as a senior who won't be back next year."

The 5-10 McGill, a four-year letterman who started full-time the last two seasons, said he enjoys coaching the area's younger hockey players.

"It's a different experience," he said. "I like to pass on my knowledge of the game to younger kids and, hopefully, show them that there are good kids out there to help them and do stuff for them. I like to look at myself as a leader and someone who can set a good example for how to be as a hockey player."

 
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