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Published: Thursday, 3/15/2012

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Lake girls basketball coach Meyer resigns

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After four successful seasons, Denny Meyer has resigned as Lake girls basketball coach.

The Flyers claimed titles in each of his seasons -- three in the Suburban Lakes League before this year's Northern Buckeye Conference crown -- and produced an 81-10 overall record.

"It's been four of the best years of my life," said Meyer, who also was named Ohio Division III coach of the year in 2009. "I had a lot of great players to coach, which helped us to be successful."

The Flyers also won four sectional championships and a district title. His first two teams had 20-0 regular-season records.

Lake's dominance resulted in the school's first league title in 30 years during his first season. A school-record 62-game, regular-season winning streak was also a highlight.

However, Meyer believes the time is right for him to step down.

"I've had players dropping out of the program and it was just frustrating," Meyer said. "Players are dropping out of the sport, not just at Lake, it's everywhere. It's between the two other sports [volleyball and softball] and it's the longest season of them all."

Loving in all-star game

St. John's Jesuit's 6-foot-8 junior Marc Loving will play in the All-American Championship April 1 in New Orleans.

Loving, who has committed to Ohio State, will be a part of the North team competing in the showcase. It's the second year for the game that will feature about 40 of the nation's top players. The game will take place during the NCAA Final Four weekend in New Orleans.

"This is a tremendous honor for Marc," St. John's coach Ed Heintschel said. "We couldn't be more proud of him."

Loving, a guard/forward, poured in a Three Rivers Athletic Conference leading 22.9 points per contest this season. He also averaged a team-leading nine rebounds for St. John's, which finished 15-7 and placed second in the TRAC at 11-3.

Danbury's Aukerman steps down

Ron Aukerman has announced his resignation as the Danbury girls basketball coach. The Lakers were 14-26 in his two seasons.

Aukerman is a Port Clinton Middle School teacher. He was appointed to the Port Clinton city council and decided it would be in the program's best interest to step down.

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

Mercy Field dedicated

The new home for Central Catholic and Lourdes University softball and baseball teams was opened Wednesday with a dedication ceremony.

Mercy Field, the multimillion dollar diamond with a field designed with the use of Field Turf, is located off Holland-Sylvania Road between Hill and Angola. The 400-seat stadium also features lights, a clubhouse, press box, and batting cages.

Besides softball and baseball, Mercy Field will also be made available for boys and girls soccer.

Representatives from Mercy Hospital, Lourdes University, Central Catholic and the Diocese of Toledo participated in the dedication ceremony for the facility that took less than a year to construct.



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