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J.D. Bergman sets goal to become U.S. Olympian
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 14:10

J.D. Bergman graduated from Ohio State University in 2008 with a degree in

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communications.

"I want to do sports broadcasting," Bergman said, "or even more of a dream job would be acting in TV or movies."

Becoming the next Robert Pattinson or Seth Rogan will have to wait, because Bergman, a two-time state wrestling champion at Oak Harbor High School, is busy chasing his dream of competing at the 2012 Olympics in London.

"I want to make the Olympic team and ultimately win a gold medal," Bergman said. "My short-term goals are to make the 2010 World Team and the 2011 World Team. I'm going to Turkey, Iran, Russia, and Belarus in the next two months and I plan on winning all those tournaments.

"I plan on being the No. 1 guy in our country. Only one guy at each weight gets to compete at the World Championships. Right now I'm ranked third because I got third at the World Team Trials last June."

The 6-2 Bergman, 25, who has been wrestling for 15 years, competes internationally in the 96 kg weight class (211.5 pounds).

 
Inexperienced Lake Flyers turning into veterans
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 14:07

Many coaches will tell you the signs of success are not necessarily displayed in

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wins and losses, but in how a team has improved over the course of a season.

The Lake Flyers were 3-9 overall, 1-5 in the Suburban Lakes League heading into the Jan. 28 conference game at Elmwood. That virtually puts them out of the league race nearly halfway through the season.

However, in Lake’s last two league games the Flyers had a chance to defeat two of the SLL’s top contenders.

At Eastwood (7-4, 5-1), Lake had the lead with three minutes to go. But a Flyer turnover translated into a 3-point play at Eastwood’s end, and the Eagles took a two-point lead. Lake did get a couple more chances with the basketball.

“We had two good 3-point looks, and we could not knock either one of them down,” second-year coach James Scharer said.

Down 39-37 with six seconds to go, Lake was forced to foul and the Eagles closed the deal to take a 41-37 victory.

Three days later at Genoa, Lake came back from 18 points down to pull to within three with 32 seconds remaining. Yet, the Comets came away with a 57-51 victory.

 
Clark’s 7 treys breaks Plantz’s, Mollenhauer’s record
Written by Jeffrey D. Norwalk   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 13:47

Forget all about the great American Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773.

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Instead, remember Saturday, January 16, 2010.

That date will forever go down as the "G-Town 3-Party," during which Genoa (7-4, 4-2 Suburban Lakes League) poured in 11 three-pointers during a 79-42 non-league win over Cardinal Stritch.

That included one by senior guard Nolan Eli late, one by junior post player Luke Sutter early, and two back-to-back by Eric Schimming in the waning ticks. 

Meanwhile, junior shooting guard "Steamin" Stephen Clark fired a  ridiculous 7-of-10 from three-point land for a career-high 22 points.

"This was the best perimeter shooting display in a game by a Genoa Comet that I've seen in all the years that I've been here," said Coach Jeff Overmyer, the dean of SLL coaches with 10 campaigns nearly under his belt.

Clark’s seven treys shot down longstanding school records for three-pointers set by both Jimmy Plantz in the 1988-89 season and Nate Mollenhauer in 1993-94. Plantz knocked down six treys against both Rossford and Otsego, and Mollenhauer hit six versus the Knights.

 
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