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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."

Cubberly honored for 20 years coaching at Eastwood
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 25 September 2009 11:15

Being around student athletes is nothing new for Joe Wyant.

Eastwood's new head wrestling coach has been around wrestling for 35 years, either as a head coach or as an assistant. Wyant, 56, has also coached football and softball at Eastwood and Lakota.

"I enjoy sports," he said. "I was a head coach in three sports at one time during a five-year period at Lakota."

Wyant takes over Eastwood's wrestling program after serving as Ralph Cubberly's assistant for the past seven years. Cubberly, who coached the Eagles for the past 20 years, got a job as a teacher and coach at Defiance High School. He did not teach in the Eastwood School District.

Earlier this month, the Eagle Wrestling Club hosted a "thank you and good luck" picnic to honor Cubberly at the home of Todd and Karen Schling on Strail Road.

Wyant has also been Eastwood's football defensive coordinator for the past four years under Jerry Rutherford, and he has coached the Eagles' softball team for two years.

Rudy Ruettiger to speak at Northwood ceremony
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Friday, 25 September 2009 11:11

Former Notre Dame football player Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, the inspiration for the blockbuster film “Rudy,” will be the keynote speaker at the Northwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony.

In his book, Dream Big and Never Quit, Ruettiger stated that his odyssey trying to walk onto the Notre Dame football team and other people’s goals “start with a dream.”

“Visualize your dream and make a commitment. Having a dream is what makes life exciting. Never underestimate the power of a dream. It will change your life. A dream gives you the ability to determine your future,” Ruettiger wrote.
The event, sponsored by the NHS athletic boosters and the athletic department, will be Oct. 24 from 2-4 p.m. at the high school.

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