Border Wars: City Leaders Go Off the Rails

Avon Lake Supt. Robert Scott, Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka, Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen and Avon Supt. Mike Laub stand at the border of Avon and Avon Lake

The titanic Regional Championship football game slated for tomorrow night with 12-0 Avon meeting 11-1 arch-rival Avon Lake at North Ridgeville Ranger Stadium has city officials getting in on the border war.

Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen and Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka joined Supts. Of Schools Robert Scott of Avon Lake City Schools and Mike Laub of Avon in donning their team’s jerseys as they met at the railroad tracks dividing the communities yesterday.

The mayors made a friendly wager – the loser of the game to donate $100 to Community Resource Services in the winning community’s name.

Predictions? Both mayors are looking for a close game. And each predicts a win for their own home team.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association reports the game represents the closest geographic rivarly (4.5 miles) of any of this week’s state-wide regional championship meetings. The game also means that the Southwestern Conference is assured of a representative in the state Final Four.

Supt. Laub simply says everyone’s already a winner in this contest – it’s a regional championship meeting that is sure to go off the rails!

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