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Lake, Ottawa Hills to be first to play at new arena
Written by Mark Griffin   
Monday, 26 October 2009 13:43

Lake and Ottawa Hills will be the first high school teams to take the ice for a game at the new $105 million Lucas County Arena, home of the Toledo Walleye.

Lake, a club team, will face the Green Bears from 12-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. The game will not count on the win-loss records of either team, who compete in the Blue Division of the Northwest Hockey Conference.

"The Walleye came to our league last year and asked if anybody was interested in doing it," Lake coach Craig Horvath said. "Nobody did anything or said anything. It was kind of quiet. The Walleye wanted us to sell 250 tickets and it would be a free game for us. It was a fundraiser for us. If you go right now to the Toledo Walleye to buy tickets, you're going to buy $15 tickets. You can buy one from me for $15 and Lake (hockey) gets to keep $5 for every ticket sold, up until Nov. 22."

Horvath said he plays hockey with an employee of the Walleye ticket office.

"I said, 'If I commit to this, can we be the first team?' " Horvath said. "He asked if I could get another team and I said I've done things with Ottawa Hills. Their kids get along with our kids. We were the first two teams to jump on it."

Lake girls soccer confident heading into tourney
Written by Nicholas Huenefeld   
Friday, 16 October 2009 12:02

Former Ohio State head football coach John Cooper would say that his team doesn’t rebuild, they reload.

For the Lake girls’ soccer team, they may be approaching that mentality after their program’s turnaround has them at 14-1 this year with eight freshmen and only two seniors.

From 2006-2008, the team went 10-21-4. They gave up ten goals three times over that span, getting shut out in two of those games, and gave up four or more goals 14 times.

Last season, the team went 12-4-4 overall and won the SLL title under first-year head coach Steve Hoffman. They saw 11 players earn All-SLL honors, including the league player of the year Drew Plummer.

They capped off the year by making a tournament run where they outscored their opponents 8-0 before a 1-0 regional semifinal loss to Liberty Benton, a team they had lost to 7-1 the year before and 5-3 earlier in the season.

Clay Eagles to switch to option offense right away
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 16 October 2009 12:00

Mike Donnelly knew it was coming.

The third-year Clay football coach looked at his 2009 schedule a few months ago and saw City League rivals Central Catholic, Whitmer, St. John’s Jesuit, Rogers and St. Francis de Sales staring him down.

No other CL team had such a brutal schedule to close out the last half of the regular season.

Central ended the Eagles' three-game winning streak with a 29-14 win on Oct. 2, and Donnelly's squad fell to 4-3 and 2-2 in the CL with an embarrassing 38-0 home loss to Whitmer (6-1, 3-1) last Friday.

Clay finished with two turnovers and just 12 yards passing and 40 yards rushing in the loss to the Panthers.

"The most disappointing thing was we only had two first downs," Donnelly said. "We didn't establish any type of running game at all. They were able to tee off and play man-to-man coverage. They just pinned their ears back because we didn't have a running game.

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