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Oregon native, Falcons dive into D-I soccer schedule
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 18 September 2009 10:45

As an All-City League soccer player, Oregon native Kelsey Kovacs could have

gone to several schools to play collegiate soccer.

She recalled an interest to play at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier, and Dayton, but she chose to be closer to home and picked Bowling Green State University. She's glad she did.

"I committed by the beginning of my junior year," Kovacs said. "They offered and I accepted. I liked it. It's close to home and a lot of my family members are at home games. I'm still definitely away at college, but they're there if I need them. I love my coaches. They're there for more than just soccer. And, I love my team. The girls are all really nice and we're a very close team."

The 5-foot-5 Kovacs is a sophomore midfielder for Coach Andy Richards' Falcons. She is majoring in applied health science, but she is still undecided whether she wants to attend medical school or nursing school, or to become a physical therapist.

Defending Champs Meet in Game of the Week
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 18 September 2009 10:43

Respective league powers clash on Friday, Sept. 25 when Genoa, the two-time defending Suburban Lakes League champion, travels to Northwood.

Coach Ken James' Rangers have won back-to-back Toledo Area Athletic Conference championships and are the preseason pick to win a third straight title. Northwood, however, is off to a rocky start with a young team.

The Rangers (1-2), who start just five seniors, hosted Edon (0-3) this week.

"Edon is young, like us," James said. "They're trying to find themselves."

The Rangers opened the season with a 26-0 loss at Lakota, then beat Lake 32-20 before suffering a 41-22 loss at Hopewell-Loudon last week.

"We're hitting people, we're just not fundamentally where we need to be yet," James said. "We're competing, even in the preseason. If something bad happens, we don't let it bother us. Against Lake we were down 20-12 ... We just have to get better fundamentally in all areas.

After Leading Waite to City Titles, Amenta Retires
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 18 September 2009 10:40

Bob Utter has been involved with Waite High School for 27 years as a teacher

and athletic director, so he knows first hand how Carmen Amenta built the Indians' wrestling program from doormat to league champions.

"I can remember there being eight wrestlers in the program,' Utter said. "He was here 19 years, and beginning in 2000 we were the dominant team in the City League. His goal after a while became more than just City championships. His goal was to get as many kids to the state tournament as possible.

"He kept aggressive. He came in and set goals to make the team better at first. That's all you could do. Pretty soon, with the help of the biddy program and the volunteers he had, we went from being just as good as it could ever be, to being contenders."

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