Laina Snyder joins the 1,000-point club

By KEVIN LYNCH Daily Record Sports Writer Published:

Prior to the West Holmes game last week against Wooster, Lady Knights coach Lisa Patterson presented junior Laina Snyder with a game ball commemorating her 1,000th point.

Snyder became the seventh player in West Holmes history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. She joined all-time leading scorer Lisa Cline (2,958), who amazingly scored more than 1,000 points in a single season, and that was before the 3-point shot, which helped No. 2 Christa Wells amass her 2,038 points during her illustrious career at West Holmes.

Other players to hit the 1,000-point plateau at West Holmes include: Tina Morris (1,151), Lindsey Piar (1,136), Sarah Hammond (1,101) and Tristan Dye (1,087).

Snyder is so unassuming and humble, she was embarrassed when they stopped the game at Hiland High School during the Classic in the Country to announce her achievement.

Her coach is happy for her to have put the landmark behind her. Now they can focus on the bigger picture, and that is another trip to Columbus as the tournament gets under way in less than two week.

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I couldn't believe my eyes Saturday at the Ohio Cardinal Conference wrestling tournament, when Ashland sophomore Tyler Wilson grabbed Max Rohskopf by the injured hand and pulled on it during their 145-pound championship match.

Rohskopf suffered the injury earlier in the match, but after a brief time out to tape the finger, he was back out on the mat.

Now I realize that anything goes on the mat: you've got guys grabbing and squeezing and poking and pulling as they try to gain the upper hand, and an injury is a weakened area, so it is only smart to attack the weak if you want to win. Especially if you are the weaker opponent, which Wilson clearly was, as Rohskopf manhandled him essentially one-handed.

Was he cheating by grabbing the injured hand and pulling?

It's hard to say.

It certainly wasn't the sporting thing to do, that's for sure.

I think he just angered Rohskopf by doing so, which made it tougher on himself in the long run.

Rohskopf clutched his fist in anger and was ready to pop Wilson, but fortunately, he was able to overcome the urge and simply pummeled him on the mat.

My only hope is that Rohskopf's injury doesn't slow him down on his quest to become the third state champion in West Holmes wrestling history.

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