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Sidelines: St. Francis, Loy claim Division-II success

In lacrosse action this spring, St. Francis de Sales won a Division II regional title.

St. Francis senior midfielder Scott Loy was named the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association player of the year.

The Knights finished with a 17-2 record. They defeated Central Catholic (13-1), Kenston (13-8), and Walsh Jesuit (13-7) to reach the regional final in their tournament run. But St. Francis then lost 14-4 to University School in the state semis.

The Knights finished ranked 10th in the state poll and also won the Toledo Area Lacrosse Association title. Mike Betz, a senior defender, also earned a spot on the All-OHSLA first team.

In Division I, Southview went 13-2 and handed St. Francis one of its only losses of the season. The Cougars beat Northview (20-5) and St. John's Jesuit (14-12) to reach the regional final. But Southview, which was playing its first season independent of Northview, lost 14-8 to Worthington Kilbourne in a D-I regional final.

Senior attack Branden Yoshino led the Cougars this season.

Up until this spring, the Southview team had been united with the Northview team to form a club team called the Leafs. The Sylvania Leafs won the last three high school state club titles.

At the club level this season, Ottawa Hills beat Eastlake 17-4 in the opening round, but then lost to Orange 20-6 in the second round.

- Mark Monroe

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