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Northwood’s Matt Donegan returns to build a program
Written by Mark Griffin   
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 10:57

As a senior at Northwood during the 2002-03 basketball season, Matt Donegan


averaged 15.7 points a game and led the Toledo Area Athletic Conference in rebounding with a 12.3 average.

The 6-1 forward, a first-team All-Press and All-District 7 selection, also played football for four years and played baseball his freshman and senior year.

Northwood football coach Ken James, who was also Donegan's coach at the time, has always been a big believer in an offseason weightlifting program. Therefore, Donegan and anyone else who played both football and basketball for the Rangers had to balance their basketball season and lifting for football.

"Football was my No. 1 sport, but I liked them both," Donegan said. "I liked doing stuff for football and I loved basketball. It wasn't a chore if they asked me to lift weights or play basketball in an open gym. We had a couple kids like that, but we had a few who were like, 'Oh, I have to come to this?'

"We want kids who really enjoy the game. That makes them want to learn and be excited, and they are the ones who have to want to work at it."

Hathaway Brown forfeits Division II state soccer title
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 10:56

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday that the Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown girls soccer team must forfeit its 2009 Division II state championship – and any other victory in which an ineligible student-athlete participated – because of a violation of Transfer Bylaw 4-7-2.

The OHSAA does not release the name(s) of individual student-athlete(s) involved.

Bexley will officially be listed as the 2009 Division II girls soccer state champion.

OHSAA Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D., has informed the school that a student-athlete from Hathaway Brown was in violation of Bylaw 4-7-2 when she transferred to another school during the second semester of the 2008-09 school year and then transferred back to Hathaway Brown at the start of the 2009-10 school year. Because the student-athlete did not meet one of the exceptions to the OHSAA transfer regulation, she should have been ineligible for interscholastic participation for one year from the date of her return to Hathaway Brown.

Rob Belegrin’s heart geared towards Clay basketball
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 10:56

Rob Belegrin says his heart is the “No. 1” reason he wants to see Clay basketball


competitive with the best in the City League.

This is his dream job, and he wants to succeed at it.

Belegrin was a 5-10, 160-pound point guard for the Eagles under Coach Doug Dippman. He replaces Joe Guerrero, who resigned following the 2008-09 season after 15 years as the Eagles' coach. Belegrin coached Clay's freshman boys’ team for six years and the junior varsity team for six years. He was Guerrero's varsity assistant last season before taking the helm this season.

"This is my dream job," Belegrin said. "I've always wanted it since I played there and when I started coaching."

The fact that Belegrin is now 37-years-old and has a wife and two children at home will not stop him from putting in the time when its needed.

“I’m 100 percent involved right now. That’s about a 70-hour work week for me, and this has been a ton of energy and a ton of time, but it’s got to get started,”

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