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Eagle grapplers picking up right where they left off
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:27

Third-year Clay wrestling coach Gerry Anthony had plenty to be happy about following his program's season-opening weekend.

"We're pretty excited," Anthony said. "We just picked up where we left off from last year."

On Dec. 4-5, Clay's Gold team took second place behind Bedford Chanel at the 24-team Comet Classic in Solon. That same weekend the Eagles' Green team finished third out of 10 teams at the Oak Harbor Invitational. The host Rockets scored 279½ points, followed by Kettering Fairmont (223) and Clay (190).

On Dec. 5, the Eagles' freshman squad crowned six individual champions en route to winning the Maumee Invitational.

"This is probably the strongest freshman group we've had since I've been here," Anthony said. "Both of our middle schools won tournaments the same weekend. It was just a great weekend for Oregon wrestling."

Clay's varsity program will once again play two full team schedules this season. The Eagles return 30 lettermen from a squad that last season claimed its first City League title in 45 years.

 
Inexperienced Clay hockey relying on its defense
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:25

Defense will be the name of the game for the Clay hockey team this season.

The Eagles, 26-8 overall last season including 7-3 in the Northwest Hockey Conference's White Division, are predicted to finish fourth in the six-team division this season under first-year coach Mike Heck.

Bedford is the coaches' preseason pick to win the White Division, followed by Perrysburg, Maumee, Clay, Central Catholic and Whitmer.

The Eagles started White Division play 0-3, losing to Beford 10-0, Anthony Wayne 9-5, and Central Catholic 5-4. Heck knows he has his work cut out for him after losing much of his scoring to graduation.

Heck, who replaces Frank Butler, returns 14 lettermen but only three starters from last year's squad. The Eagles also graduated their top four goal scorers.

"We will be young and very inexperienced up front, and goal scoring will be the key factor to the success of the team," Heck said. "We should be very strong defensively this year."

 
Battle for Lemoyne Road always tends to get personal
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:25

Northwood's boys’ basketball team will host Lake on Tuesday night, and the only

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thing on the line will be bragging rights - and maybe a little revenge.

The Rangers, a member of the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, and Lake, a member of the Suburban Lakes League, are located just a few miles apart. 

"A lot of these kids know each other and will run into each other," first-year Northwood coach Matt Donegan said. "It's nice to have that bragging right over them. Not being in the same league may have lessened (the rivalry) a little bit, but I think we still look at it as a pretty big rivalry."

Lake beat Northwood 42-40 last year in the season opener at Lake. The teams went on to win a combined nine games in 2008-09.

On Dec. 15, the Rangers and Flyers each won their first games of the season. Northwood beat host Emmanuel Christian 53-44 to improve to 1-2 and 1-1 in the TAAC, while Lake downed visiting Oak Harbor 54-43 to improve to 1-2 overall.

 
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