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Alyssa Shimel relishes return to state golf tourney
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 16 October 2009 11:54

Alyssa Shimel and Mikayla Young had different outlooks when it came to their chances of qualifying for this year's Division II girls state golf tournament.

On one hand you have Shimel, a senior at Eastwood who fully expected not only to qualify for her third state tournament, but to win medalist honors.

"Alyssa has just as good a shot as anybody to win," Eastwood coach John Cavendish said. "I'm sure she'll be disappointed if she doesn't do that. I know she's going down there to win it."

Young, a junior who helped Eastwood's girls bowling team win the state title last March, qualified to her first state golf tournament by winning a one-hole playoff at last week's district tournament.

"I didn't really think of going to state for golf," Young said. "I never expected it. I thought maybe we would go as a team, and that's it."

The Eagles missed qualifying for Friday and Saturday's state tournament by one stroke at the district at Sycamore Springs in Arlington. Eastwood shot 370 to finish tied with Lima Central Catholic for fourth place.

Genoa Golf Team at State Meet
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Friday, 16 October 2009 11:52

Genoa’s golf team is competing in the state golf meet at North Star Resort Course in Sunbury over the weekend.

Coach Tom Pickerel and the Comet golfers left Thursday morning at 7:45 a.m. for a practice round. 

“Obviously it's a very exciting time for Genoa golf,” Pickerel said. “We have had a great season.”
“What better way to top it off than to play in the state finals. I am so excited for a great group of seniors. They have worked extremely hard over their four years to get to this point. It is very gratifying to see all their hard work pay off.”

This year the Division II state finals are at the North Star Resort Course and not at Ohio State University’s Scarlet course. Division III and Division II switch every other year playing the Scarlet. This is D-III’s year to play the Scarlet Course.

Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Monday, 12 October 2009 08:38

Oregon volleyball player setting records at Ohio U.
Oregon native Ellen Herman knocked down 11 kills to become Ohio University’s all-time kills leader en route to helping the Bobcat volleyball team to a 14-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-12 victory over Buffalo on the road.

The win was the Bobcats' fourth-straight Mid-American Conference win. Herman surpassed former Ohio standout Melissa Griffin (2004-07) in the second set with a big kill to help the Green and White gain the momentum it would need the rest of the way.

Herman was the 2008 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. While in high school at Central Catholic, she was rated the 43rd top recruit in the nation by and was the first Fighting Irish player to receive all-state honors twice.

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