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Natasha taking her basketball talents to Florida State
Written by Mark Griffin   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 16:29

The University of Connecticut came calling. So did South Carolina, Oklahoma,


Auburn, Xavier, and Maryland, among others.

Those schools all wanted the services of Waite senior Natasha Howard. In the end, Howard, a 6-3 guard-forward, chose Florida State University, in Tallahassee, Fla.

"Their players have good chemistry with the coaches," Howard said. "The distance doesn't bother me. It doesn't matter. The campus is real nice. I can see myself down there right now."

Howard signed a letter-of-intent to play for the Seminoles during a press conference at Waite on Nov. 13.  She was surrounded by her mother, Latasha, along with aunts, uncles, cousins, her godmother and teammates.

"It was great when I (signed)," Howard said. "Everybody was there supporting me and I was pretty happy about that."

Gibsonburg’s Craig Mintz among those honored
Written by Brian Liskai   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 16:28

Fremont Speedway handed out awards and prize money to the drivers who finished in the top 10 in points in the 410 sprints, 305 sprints and dirt trucks at a packed banquet on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Crowned champions were Bucyrus, Ohio's Brock Mayes in the Fort ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints, Liepsic, Ohio's Todd Heuerman in the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprints, and Risingson, Ohio's Steve Endicott in the Fremont Fence Dirt Trucks.

Mayes  competed in all 15 A-mains in 2009, scoring 12 top 10 finishes and an incredible 10 top five runs. He won on May 9, June 6, and Aug. 1 and had a runner-up finish at the June 27 All Star show. He also scored a third at the May 23 All Star race and the Sept. 26 All Star race.

Brock’s average A-main finishing position was 5th.

As for being a Genoa football fan, I remain thankful
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 16:26

From that first moment, when the Orrville Red Riders plunged into the end-zone


after a clock-devouring six on the game's opening drive, to the young "Comet Crazies" going, well, crazy in the student section near the end zone, one could tell that all was not right for our beloved Genoa Comets in Ashland on November 14.

That the bountiful football feast that we'd all grown so fat together on for the past three months or so, to the tune of 600 points being served up by our offense, with only 31 being squandered by our defense, was about to be spoiled.

Here it was, the SLL's leading rusher (1,526 yards, 140 attempts), Genoa's touchdown machine (28) in senior fullback and Lake transfer Greg Hillabrand, getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage by the Red Rider defense. This is something no other defensive unit has been able to do in 26 games to the 5-foot-8, 213 pound Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Player of the Year.

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