There were several big winners this past week in Northwest Ohio. The Stryker girls basketball team wrapped up it’s fourth straight Buckeye Border Conference title, while Lake won its first Suburban Lakes League title – ever. On the boys side Waite and Sylvania Southview staged an epic meeting. Round 2 could be just weeks away. Who else had a big week? Read on.
The game of the week in Northwest Ohio this week was the match-up between the Toledo City League’s top team, the Waite Indians, and the Northern Lakes League’s top team, the Sylvania Southview Cougars. Fans of both teams have been eagerly awaiting the staging of this contest and the teams did not disappoint. Playing before a standing room only crowd, Southview held on for an 86-85 victory.
Although the Cougars won this meeting it is highly likely that the two teams will meet again very shortly. The Indians were awarded the No. 1 seed in the D-I Toledo District tournament while Southview was No. 2. Many other teams have their eyes on the district finals but Waite and Southview have been the area’s top D-I teams all season and it would be hard to bet against either one of them not being on the University of Toledo floor for the district finals.
On the wrestling scene it will be interesting to see how the Monroeville team does now that it is tournament time. In the recently published Brakeman Report, Monroeville had no fewer than four wrestlers – Hunter Stieber (119), Logan Stieber (125), Cam Tessari (130), and Chris Phillips (171) – rated as the top competitor in their respective weight class. Surprisingly, even with four likely state champions, the same report still ranks them as only the second best D-III team in the state. According, to Brakeman, Troy Christian is the favorite in to capture their third straight title. If they falter, however, Monroeville will surely be there to pick up the title.
On the girls’ side of the basketball score, the Lake Lady Flyers proved convincingly that their earlier victory over the Genoa Lady Comets was not a fluke. Lake defeated the Lady Comets 66-45 before another standing room only crowd in the rematch. The Flyers’ victory ensured them of their first Suburban Lakes League championship as they improved their overall record to 19-0. The Lady Flyers are presently ranked No. 6 in the Division III AP state poll.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Perrysburg, Girls Basketball: The Jackets defeated the Bowling Green Bobcats, 57-41, to complete a perfect 20-0 regular season. In doing so, the Jackets also captured back-to back Northern Lakes League championships.
The Lady Jackets enter next week’s sectional tournament as the No. 1 seed in their district.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tim Hausfeld, Sylvania Southview, Boys Bsketball: The senior has had quite a week shooting 3s. Last Friday in his team’s 74-65 victory over Holland Springfield, Hausfeld scored 24 points and nailed six 3-pointers. This past Tuesday he added another five 3-pointers and scored 28 points in his team’s 86-85 win over Toledo Waite. Hausfeld is Southview’s all-time leading scorer.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
St. John’s Jesuit Ices Championship: The Northwest Ohio Hockey League has enjoyed unparalleled parity this season but, in the end, the title was still won by one of the usual candidates, St. John’s. The Titans secured the championship by routing Sylvania Northview 6-0 before a capacity crowd at Sylvania’s Tam-O-Shanter. In the league, the Titans were 7-2-1, while Northview was second (6-4) and Findlay third (4-4-2).
Down to the Wire: Entering the final week of the regular season, four teams have a chance to win the Sandusky Bay Conference boys basketball title, including current-league leader Edison, Perkins, Clyde and Port Clinton. All are mathematically alive.
Edison and Clyde meet on Friday in a game that will go a long way toward determining who survives.
A Team of One: Compiling a roster for the Eastwood swimming team is an easy and quick task. For the past two years the roster has consisted of one person: senior Amy Myers. Myers has quietly carried the Eastwood name to tournaments throughout the state and done so in near anonymity. At times carrying on has been difficult but Meyers is determined to finish the task at hand and, hopefully, qualify as an individual for the D-II state meet for the fourth consecutive year.
McDonald’s All-Americans: Four young ladies and gentlemen have been nominated for the 2009 version of the McDonald’s All-American basketball team.
Nominated for the boys game are Luke Kraus of Findlay, Garrick Sherman of Kenton, Shaun Joplin of Sylvania Southview and Toledo Christian’s Ethan Michael.
Nominations for the girls game include Allison Papenfuss of Anthony Wayne, Brianna Jones of Toledo Central Catholic, Jasmine Blanton of Toledo Notre Dame and Toledo Start’s Yolanda Richardson.
The McDonald’s All-American game will be played April 1 in Miami, Florida.
A Late Bloomer: Fremont Ross wrestler Yohe Rojas (135) took up the sport of wrestling at a late age (14) but he has wasted little time in not only learning the basics but also moving up the ranks in high school wrestling. Over the past five years, Rojas has managed, through hard work and participation in every event he could find, to move from a mere novice to the all-time leader in victories at Fremont Ross.
As his senior year comes to an end, Rojas has one major goal left to attain – earning an appearance in the state finals. Rojas takes the first step towards that goal this weekend as the sectional tournaments begin.
Lady Panthers Capture Fourth Straight League Title: The Stryker Lady Panthers had stiff competition all season from Pettisville but they outlasted the Blackbirds this past week, 43-39, and, in doing so, captured at least a share of their fourth straight Buckeye Border Conference championship. They also kept alive the possibility of a third straight 10-0 conference record. With their win the Lady Panthers now stand 14-2 overall and 8-0 in the BBC.
City League Girls’ Playoffs, Semifinals on Wednesday, Finals on Sunday, TCC Sullivan Center: The Toledo City League girls’ playoffs highlight this week’s list of games. On Wednesday, the league’s top four teams, Start, Waite, Central Catholic and Notre Dame, will pair off in the tournament semifinals being held this year at Central Catholic’s Sullivan Center. In the first game, Notre Dame will take on the top seeded Start Lady Spartans at 6:30 while Central Catholic and Waite will meet in the second game at 8:30. The winners meet Saturday afternoon for the league championship.
TCL Boys Action Winds Down: Two teams have found their way into the Toledo City League boys’ playoffs. Although being upset last Friday by Toledo Central Catholic, the Waite Indians retain the top seed by only one game over the resurgent St. John’s Titans but three teams remain in contention for the final two spots. All three teams, Central Catholic, Start, and Rogers play their last regular season games on Friday and, if all three teams win, Central and Start grab the final two spots. If all lose, the scenario remains the same. For Rogers to qualify, they must win and hope that either Start or Central Catholic lose.
Perrysburg at Sylvania Southview, Boys Basketball, Friday: For the second consecutive year the Northern Lakes League boys’ title comes down to the last weekend of the season with the same two opponents: Sylvania Southview and Perrysburg. At the present time, Southview stands atop of the league with an perfect 12-0 record while Perrysburg follows closely at 11-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of Southview in an early season meeting. Last season the two schools shared the NLL title as they split their season series. This year the stage is set for a similar result.
District Hockey Playoffs: Although St. Johns enters the tournament as the favorite, the regular season saw a situation in which on any given night almost anyone of the district’s top seven or eight teams could beat most anybody and there is no reason to expect that this will change in the playoffs. Games are being played nightly at Sylvania’s Tam-o-Shanter with the district semi-finals taking place next Saturday, February 28th, beginning at 6:30 pm.
Swimming Districts: The natatorium on the campus of Bowling Green State University will be the site for the Division I and Division II district swimming championships. The various events have been spaced throughout the week beginning with the Division I girls’ diving on Wednesday and ending with the Division II swimming championships on Saturday afternoon.
Green Meadows Boys Action: The title chase in the Green Meadows Conference will become much clearer this Friday when Tinora and Antwerp meet. Tinora is in control of their own destiny as they are presently undefeated at 7-0. With a victory, Tinora would put themselves two games up on 6-1 Antwerp and possess a game-in-hand against 6-1 Ayersville.