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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)."

Genoa receiver Derek Allgier catches those others don’t
Written by Jeffrey D. Norwalk   
Monday, 26 October 2009 13:46

Genoa junior wide receiver Derek Allgier may not as of yet reached rock star

Genoa junior Derek Allgiers goes up for a
catch in windy conditions at Rossford. (Press
photo by Rick Osentoski/OzDigital,LLC/

status as the starting split end for the 8-0 (4-0, Suburban Lakes League) Genoa football team.


But ever since a 7-on-7 program with veteran All-SLL signal caller Matt Bassitt last summer, Allgier has been making noise towards the Comets' third-straight playoff run. Allgiers has 26 catches for 309 yards and five touchdowns and is being compared to 2008 record-setting senior receiver Zach Apel.

Because of his and other efforts, Genoa's offense leads the region this season with 426 total points going into week nine against Otsego, and the season looks eerily similar as last year.

"That was pretty cool last year, because coming in, we all knew up to that point Zach had never played organized football before. He was this outstanding soccer player. He was good at basketball. And he's phenomenal at baseball, and always has been, but he'd never really played football," lauds Alliger, a 17-year-old former freshman QB.

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