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Flag football not necessarily for the feint of heart
Written by Mark Griffin   
Thursday, 16 July 2009 15:55

Oregon resident Dan Briones was working out in a gym in Northwood in the late 1980s when the gym manager approached him with an idea.

"He said, 'Have you ever played organized football?' " Briones recalled. "I said, 'I'd love to play football. What kind of commitment would it take?' "

Briones didn't know that the manager was talking about playing flag football.

"It was kind of an interesting game," Briones said. "They had referees and an actual league. It's basically eight-on-eight and full-contact, except tackling. I went out and started playing, and I have been playing ever since."

That was 1987, and Briones has since been inducted into the Ohio United States Flag and Touch League (USFTL) Hall of Fame. The USFTL is the national sanctioning body for organized flag football across the country.

Lake’s Tim Decant garners Owens “Coaches Award”
Written by Nicholas Huenefeld   
Thursday, 16 July 2009 15:53

Lake graduate Tim Decant recently completed his freshman season for the Owens baseball team by winning the coaches award.

Decant played in 41 games, had 44 hits, 11 doubles, five triples, 23 RBI, one home run, a .379 batting average and a .507 on base percentage. He also had 31 stolen bases in 31 attempts, almost three times as many swipes as the next highest total by Jared Gibbons, who had 11.

“When I play the game, I don’t think about what’s best for me,” Decant said. “I’m always thinking about what’s best for my team. I will do anything to put my team in the best situation to win. I think my coaches saw this quality in me and felt that I deserved this honorable award.”

Lake Boosters construct multi-use athletic building
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 16 July 2009 15:39

The Lake athletic boosters are constructing a 3,000 square foot brick building that will be located directly behind the track and soccer bleachers at the high school. 

It will have men's and women's public restrooms, concession stand, a covered picnic area, storage room and a press box when completed.  The building will service soccer, track, baseball, softball and cross country.

The building is entirely funded through private donations and booster club funds. School officials say no school district tax monies are being used on this project.

The booster club has taken a 15-year loan to pay the balance of construction costs after a generous donation to begin construction. Construction of the building is under the management of The Delventhal Company, and financing is being provided through the GenoaBank.

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