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Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:19
Lichtensteiger earns courage award
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kory Lichtensteiger, a former Bowling Green Falcon who is now playing for the Washington Redskins, has been named the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.
The award is given annually to a player from each National Football League team who displays courage in the face of adversity.
Lichtensteiger, who played at Bowling Green from 2003-07, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
After playing in just 16 games (no starts) in his first two seasons, Lichtensteiger has found a home with the Redskins. Since coming to Washington in 2010, he has started 33 of the 35 games in which he has played.
His 2011 season was cut short due to a severe knee injury.
His comeback this season was the reason Lichtensteiger was given the award.
"Leading into surgery and following surgery, Kory was dedicated to his rehabilitation program and getting himself ready for the following year," said Larry Hess, the Redskins head athletic trainer.
Lichtensteiger, the starting left guard, is part of an offensive line unit that has helped the Redskins lead the NFL in rushing yards this season, averaging 164.8 yards per game.
"Kory is a warrior," said Mike Shanahan Redskins' Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan. "He not only came back strong and healthy from a torn ACL in less than a year, but he tore his MCL in that knee as well. To be playing at the high level he is, speaks to the hard work he put in during the offseason."
The Courage Award is named after Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian.

BG's Lemke recognized for academics
Zach Lemke, a member of Bowling Green's men's soccer team, has been named to the 2012 Academic All-Ohio Team by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA).  Lemke earns the honor for the second consecutive year.
In the classroom, Lemke is a sport management major, and had a 3.66 cumulative grade-point average at the time of nomination (prior to the end of the fall semester).

County residents earn academic honors
TOLEDO - Seven Wood County residents, who attend Toledo Central Catholic, have been named to the Three Rivers Athletic Conference all-academic team for the fall sports season.  To qualify, students must be sophomore, junior, or senior varsity letter winners and must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
The county honorees were: Perrysburg, Jane Emmenecker, volleyball; Jacqueline Espinoza, tennis; and Austin Horlamus, football; and Rossford, Kirsi Heban, Madison Lehman, and Jenifer Vliet, volleyball; Ryan Roberts, football.

Elmwood-Lakota girls game set for early start
KANSAS - The Elmwood at Lakota girls basketball game on Saturday is a 1 p.m. junior varsity start with the varsity game to follow.

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