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Written by Mark Griffin   
Monday, 26 October 2009 14:04

Northwood, Stritch chasing Big Apple Deli Trophy

Northwood controls its own destiny as far as winning its third straight Toledo Area Athletic Conference title.

Cardinal Stritch, under first-year coach Joe Gutilla, is merely looking to end the 2009 season on a positive note to build momentum for next season.

A win over the Rangers to end the season, which would give Stritch the Big Apple Deli Trophy for the first time since 2006, would give the Cardinals just the boost they need heading into next year.

"Northwood has been the class of the conference for quite a few years," Gutilla said. "If you're going to win a conference championship, you have to go through Northwood to do it. The fact that they are our rival, it makes the game even that much more intense."

The winner of the annual showdown between Stritch and Northwood earns the Big Apple Deli Trophy. The two teams meet on Oct. 30 at Northwood, but first the two teams had to get past Hilltop and Toledo Christian, respectively, this weekend.

Press Box
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Monday, 26 October 2009 14:01

Oak Harbor freshman reaches state tennis tournament

Oak Harbor freshman tennis player Ashley LaFountain qualified to compete in last weekend’s Division II state tournament.

LaFountain was the No. 3 seed and was to open the state singles tournament against Waynesville junior Alyssa Ritchie. LaFountain would have to win four matches to win a state title.

In the Port Clinton district, LaFountain opened with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Rossford senior Hannan Saleh. She then defeated Ontario senior Brooke Trine 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinal, but lost to Ottawa Hills sophomore Drew Fillis 6-1, 7-5 in the semifinal. By reaching the district final four, LaFountain had secured her spot in the state tourney.

Soccer player Andrew Elchert puts in double duty
Written by Mark Griffin   
Monday, 26 October 2009 13:57

When Andrew Elchert was in grade school playing football for the East Side

Raiders, he and his father, Michael, would practice field goals and extra points in the family's backyard.

Elchert, 18, a senior at Cardinal Stritch, was already playing soccer by age 6.

"I was big compared to most kids back then," he said. "I played soccer and I said why not give football a try."
Elchert played running back, linebacker and kicker for the Raiders, but soccer was and still is his sport of choice.

"It started when I was young, in grade school," Elchert said. "Me and brother, Nicholas, always played soccer together until he graduated from Stritch two years ago. He's a different player than I am. I'm the small, quick one and he's the big monster (6-6, 160)."

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