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Showdown to feature running back spectacular
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 25 September 2009 11:24

Genoa football coach Mike Vicars knows this much about Eastwood senior

running back Cody Seifert.

"He's the fastest kid in the league," Vicars said.

Seifert will use his speed to test Genoa's stingy defense when the two Suburban Lakes League teams square off Oct. 2 in Genoa.

Seifert (5-10, 170) was a state-placer in the 100-meter dash at the Division II state track and field meet as a sophomore, and he was a state qualifier again last spring.

"We won't have anybody who can catch him," Vicars said. "He's faster than Blair (Skilliter, former Genoa back). He is a hard runner and he's not the only weapon they have. Obviously, he's one of their primary weapons. If he slips past the line of scrimmage, we'll have a hard time catching him. We have to keep him pinned in, which most teams haven't been able to do."

 
More than enough room at new wrestling facility
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 25 September 2009 11:19

Eastwood's wrestling team should have more than enough room to sprawl out in the years to come.

Although it has yet to be completed, the school's new steel-structure wrestling facility covers 6,000 square feet and is located between the administration building and the football stadium. The facility is more than three times as large as the old wrestling facility, which is located in the high school auxiliary gym.

Rob Eaton, who serves as a board member of the Eagle Wrestling Club, is the general contractor for the project. The Eagle Wrestling Club, a non-profit organization, consists of nearly 100 parents of current and former Eastwood wrestlers and serves more than 100 biddy, middle school and high school wrestlers in the Eastwood district.

"A number of companies have donated labor and supplies that have helped keep our costs tremendously low," Eaton said. "The facility is going to provide a practice area, full locker rooms, handicap accessible bathrooms that will be utilized by not only the wrestling team but by the community at any event held on the Eastwood campus. Also, there will be a ticket window at one end for overflow ticket sales."

 
Clay spikers inching ever-closer to City final four
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 25 September 2009 11:18

Tracy Donnelly has been the "new coach" before, and Clay's volleyball program is all too familiar with new coaches.

"These girls have been through so much change, very little consistency," said Donnelly, the Eagles' first-year coach. "These seniors have had a new head coach every year they've been in this program. I'm the fifth new head coach in five years."

Donnelly, who previously coached at Oak Harbor for three years and at Cardinal Stritch for six years, inherited a Clay squad that has a mixture of five seniors and three sophomores who are seeing regular playing time.

Donnelly said getting to know her new squad "was a learning process."

"We started practice on Aug. 10," she said, "and by our first match, on Aug. 28, they pretty much knew where I stood as far as how I coached and what I expect."

 
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