necessarily a good thing. In recent years the preseason favorites have
failed to get the job done. Sylvania Southview coach Marc Jump,
however, is appreciative of the respect accorded his squad in being
selected by the other NLL coaches as this season’s preseason favorite.
Southview has taken its lumps the past few seasons as Jump’s young charges learned their lessons the hard way. After a championship season in 05-06, the Cougar cupboard was quite bare but two freshmen arrived on campus that offered promise for the future. These two freshmen, Tim Hausfeld (5’6”, Jr.) and Shaun Joplin (6’1”, Jr.) have matured nicely and seemed to find themselves in last year’s postseason tournament. After an up and down regular season, Southview, behind the leadership of Hausfeld and Joplin, advanced all the way to the district semifinals before losing in a closely fought contest with a powerful Libbey team. Along the way the young Cougars picked up many admirers and, thus, a preseason choice as NLL frontrunners.
Five years ago the NLL coaching community picked up a good one when Von Graffin signed on at Bowling Green. Since that time Graffin has built a minor basketball factory and just seems to reload and manage to challenge for the league title. This year is no different.
Even though the Bobcats were impacted heavily by graduation the consensus among basketball experts in Northwest Ohio is that BG will be in the mix as the season winds down.
Graffin has a good one in guard Tony Dible (6’1”, So.). Dible saw plenty of action last season and is one of the keys this season. Because of graduation, Dible will have to step up and take on more of the scoring responsibilities in order for the Bobcats to be successful. Big men, Matt Vannett (6’3”, Sr.) and Connor Kilpatrick (6’5”, Sr.), are the most experienced players on the roster and, as such, must provide leadership.
Perrysburg’s Dave Boyce is another of the NLL’s great coaches and, like BG’s Graffin, his presence on the bench, automatically makes the Yellow Jackets a contender in the NLL. The Jackets were also impacted by graduation and only have two starters returning but expect Boyce to get the absolute most out of his players and find a way to win.
The returning starters for Perrysburg are the coach’s son, David (6’0”, Sr.), and Neal Linrhicum (5’10”, Sr.). Both young men can put points on the board and will have to carry the load in the early going until a promising group of newcomers develop.
The NNL’s best big man probably resides at Anthony Wayne. Post player Kyle Jazwiecki (6’7”, Sr.) had a solid junior year and should be even more of a force this season. Surrounding Jazwiecki are a number of solid athletes. Included among these players are seniors Tyler Launder (6’2”) and Anthony Roveris (5’9”).
The League’s remaining four members, Rossford, Maumee, Springfield and Northview, are not likely title contenders. Rossford will likely be the most competitive of this group but lacks the depth for the long haul that league play involves. The other three just simply lack the talent right now necessary to contend.