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Klein excited for return to defense


By KURTIS ADAMS
ThisWeek Staff Writer At a glance
Storm Klein, a standout with the Licking Val- LICKING VALLEY PANTHERS
Colors: Red, white and blue
ley High School football team, has demonstrated Coach: Randy Baughman, 25th season
considerable patience. Key players: Josh Bailey, Jake German, Tim German,
Nearly everyone knew him either by name Cody Hammond, Donald Houston, Storm Klein, Nick
or reputation even before he began his fresh- Phillips and Drew Ryan
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man year, yet he never complained as coach 2007 SCHEDULE
Randy Baughman held off until the fourth game Aug. 24 ...........Zanesville............................Home
of 2005 before bringing him up to play varsity. Aug. 31 ...........North Canton Hoover .............Away
Then he had to be satisfied playing on just one Sept. 7............Hamilton (Ontario) Ryan........Home
Sept. 14..........Bexley...................................Away
side of the ball, something he wasn’t accustomed Sept. 21..........Heath..................................Home
to after playing running back and linebacker in Sept. 28..........Whitehall .............................Home
middle school. Oct. 5..............Granville ...............................Away
Klein, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior, finally Oct. 12............Lakewood............................Home
Oct. 19............Newark Catholic...................Home
is getting the opportunity to return to playing Oct. 26............Columbus Academy ...............Away
defense on a regular basis. He saw limited duty 2006 RESULTS
at linebacker a year ago as the Panthers finished (9-2 overall, 7-0 MSL-Ohio)
9-2 overall, won the MSL-Ohio Division title Jonathan Alder ..........................................L, 21-3
(7-0) for the third time in four seasons and Northridge................................................W, 30-0
Beechcroft ...............................................W, 34-6
advanced to the playoffs for the sixth time in Columbus Academy ................................W, 56-27
seven years and 10th time overall, falling to Can- By Rob Hardin/ThisWeek Bexley....................................................W, 41-17
ton South 27-17 in a Division III regional quar- Heath ....................................................W, 38-14
Randy Baughman enters his 25th season as head coach of Licking Valley, which opens Whitehall ...............................................W, 55-20
terfinal.
Friday at home against Zanesville. Granville ..................................................W, 35-0
“It’s been a while (since I played defense), Lakewood ................................................W, 50-7
except maybe for a few plays last year. Really, tle of the linebackers we had two years ago, and The Panthers, who also defeated playoff- Newark Catholic .......................................W, 35-0
the last time was my freshman year before I got I think that team only gave up 34 points (dur- bound Columbus Academy 56-27 in the MSL- PLAYOFFS
called up,” said Klein, who already has accepted ing the regular season with six shutouts).” Ohio opener and Newark Catholic 35-0 in the Canton South..........................................L, 27-17
a scholarship offer from Ohio State. “Coach Junior safety Drew Ryan (5-11, 160), who regular-season finale for their third shutout, have
Baughman and I talked about right after last made second-team all-district, also returns to replaced all three of last year’s non-league oppo- BE THE ONE to
year and then we talked some more a few months
ago.
help anchor a defensive secondary also featur- nents, including Northridge and Beechcroft. champion
ing senior Taylor Rakestraw (5-11, 170) at strong They’ll play Aug. 31 at Division I North Can- life for patients in need.
“I’m ready for it, definitely. I think our defense safety and junior Grant Markert (5-11, 160) at ton Hoover and Sept. 7 at home against Bishop
is going to be pretty good. I’ve been saving a 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
one of the corners. Senior Nick Phillips (6-1, Ryan Catholic, a big-school team from Hamil- BloodSavesLives.org

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few hits for when I got this chance (to play 180), who split time last year at quarterback ton, Ontario.
defense) again.” with graduate Derek Stein, at the other corner.
Klein rushed for 1,839 yards and 27 touch- Key defensive linemen include senior Michael
downs last year on 208 carries (8.9 average) and Kuhlwein (6-2, 200) and junior Vince German The Great Skate SKATE
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is approaching 3,000 career yards with two sea- (6-1, 225) on the ends and junior Joe Asselin
sons remaining with the Panthers, who will open (6-0, 255) at a tackle spot. Vince German and
Friday at home against Division II Zanesville.
He strengthens what already was going to be a
Kuhlwein also play tight end. 7 DAYS
Also on the offensive line, seniors Tim Ger-
strong group of linebackers with the return of
senior Josh Bailey (6-1, 185) on the weak side
man (6-5, 280) and Donald Houston (6-2, 270) A WEEK
return after making first-team all-district at tackle No matter what your age, the Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena has lessons,
along with first-team all-district and honorable- and guard, respectively. Senior Cody Hammond
mention all-state classmate Jake German (5-11, (6-0, 210) is another returning starter. Tim Ger- leagues and plenty of open ice time for everyone!
190) on the strong side. Klein, who made first- man made second-team all-state and Houston
team all-district and first-team all-state and was Learn to Skate – 6 Weeks
was honorable mention.
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named the district Offensive Player of theYear, They’ll provide solid protection for Phillips, for all skill levels.
will play in the middle. who completed 30 of 61 passes (49.2 percent)
“He has good instincts. Now it’s just a mat- and threw for 417 yards and two touchdowns Fall I Session September 4 – October 13, 2007
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ter of applying what he knows,” said Baugh- Tots (Beginner) – Beta (Intermediate) $60
and rushed for 317 and six touchdowns last year.
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man, who begins his 25th season at the school Stein threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns.
with a 216-71-1 career record, including 210 The Panthers also have to replace first-team all- Fundamentals in Action (Hockey Classes)
victories with the Panthers. “He’s still so young. district defensive back Seth Rine and second- This program is designed to focus on the fundamental
He just turned 16 and isn’t even driving yet. team all-district defensive lineman Luke Walker. of skating, stick handling, passing and shooting.
“With him in the mix, this reminds me a lit- Rine also made honorable mention all-state. Progressive drill sequence, overspeed &
resistance training are an integral part of this program.
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