This past weekend could not have been nicer weather wise and teams in
northwest Ohio took full advantage to display their skills.
This past weekend could not have been nicer weather wise and teams in northwest Ohio took full advantage to display their skills.
One of the best places to be the past weekend was Rolf Park in Maumee. The Rolf complex served as the background for the 2nd annual Toledo City League/ Northern Lakes League Challenge. This event features the top softball teams from the Toledo City League and the Northern Lakes League playing against each other and, in only two years, has developed into a much anticipated event.
Teams from both leagues are traditionally among the area’s best squads and this format allows the leagues to argue which league is stronger. Last season the question went unanswered as the leagues split the series, 5-5, but this year the NLL left no doubt who was stronger from top to bottom as they ended the weekend winning 12 of the 16 games. Sylvania Southview, Anthony Wayne, Springfield, and Rossford of the NLL won both of their Challenge games while only one team from the City League, Whitmer, was able to do so.
As the teams prepare for this weekend’s state playoff draw meetings, the picture remains unclear as to whom the top teams are. As has been mentioned many times, the weather has played a significant factor this spring and the many cancellations have limited the number of games available to evaluate the teams. As a result, seeding should be even more interesting than it usually is.
Teams, however, that are likely to receive top seeds in baseball include Defiance, Anthony Wayne, Eastwood, Bryan, Sylvania Southview, Gibsonburg, and Lima Shawnee.
In softball, St. Ursula, Whitmer and Clay from the Toledo City League will undoubtedly receive seeding consideration. While Springfield, Rossford and Perrysburg from the NLL and Gibsonburg, Genoa and Eastwood sport the best records in their respective leagues. Evergreen and Archbold are hot in the NWOAL and Defiance and Lima Bath are equally so in the Western Buckeye League. In the smaller school divisions, Pettisville and New Riegel are both enjoying good seasons.
With the warmer weather, track performances should be improving. Evidence of this is the fact that northwest Ohio has already had two athletes, Eric Kynard of Toledo Rogers and Shaun Joplin of Sylvania Southview, clear the 7’ mark in the high jump. Kynard, as reported here last week, is the Ohio High School record holder in the high jump and Joplin just cleared 7’ for the first time this past week. Kynard and Joplin will not meet until the district tournament but it should be exciting. Stay tuned for updates as to both young men’s progress.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Shaun Joplin, Sylvania Southview: In a week when there were several no-hitters in baseball and softball, the athlete of the week is a track performer. Joplin, who has already had a remarkable year by playing a significant role on the D-II state champion Cougar football team and being a starter on the Cougar district semifinalist basketball team, has now added to his laurels by clearing the 7’ mark in the high jump. Joplin jumped 7’1” this past Tuesday in a dual meet with league rival Perrysburg.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Defiance Softball: The Lady Bulldogs continue to be impressive. Currently the Bulldogs stand 13-0 overall and 4-0 in the Western Buckeye League and have impressive wins over Archbold, Oregon Clay and state-ranked St. Mary’s Memorial. Of their remaining games, Wauseon and Lima Bath should provide the greatest challenge to the Bulldogs being able to capture a league title and finish the season undefeated.
NEWS, NOTES AND NUGGETS
Eastwood’s New Coach: The Eastwood girls’ basketball team will find itself starting the season with their third new coach in four years as last year’s coach, Hans Glandorff, has resigned after only two seasons. Glandorff cited the fact that his daughter is a freshman at Bowling Green High School and planning to play basketball as a significant reason for his resignation.
“I just wanted to be able to watch my daughter play basketball,” Hans Glandorff said.
With Glandorff at the helm, the Eagles were 13-30 overall and 10-18 in the Suburban Lakes League.
Glandorff replaced long-time coach Jim Grayck whose teams won 10 SLL titles in 17 years. A replacement for Glandorff has not been announced.
Elmwood No-Hitter: Elmwood’s Adam Tyson faced the minimum (18 batters) in pitching a 6-inning no-hitter against league rival Woodmore. Tyson struck out eight and walked only one. Elmwood easily won the contest, 19-0.
Kraus and Hausfeld Star: The post season basketball all-star games continue and two of northwest Ohio’s best, Luke Kraus of Findlay and Tim Hausfeld of Sylvania Southview, posted great numbers in leading their Ohio teammates over an Indiana team, 116-94, in the 17th annual Nancy Rehm Border Wars Classic at St. Francis College.
Hausfeld scored 30 points in the victory by connecting on 5 three-pointers while Kraus tallied 24.
Change Again in Paulding: Stability has not been the strong point of the Paulding boys’ basketball team. Over the past seven seasons, three different individuals have directed the program and the hope is that the newest coach, Shaun Brewer, will bring needed stability. 36-year old Brewer brings 8 years experience as the Paulding girls’ basketball coach, 3 years as the girls’ track coach, and 2 years as the boys’ track coach to the job.
Brewer is a graduate of Antwerp High School where he was a standout basketball player in the early 1990’s.
Sylvania Northview vs. Oregon Clay, baseball, Thursday, April 30, 2009: Key non-league match-up taking place just before the seeding meeting for the state playoffs. Outcome could have an impact on coaches’ seeding decisions.
Rossford vs. Anthony Wayne, softball, Friday, May 1, 2009: How good is Rossford? So far the Lady Bulldogs have been winning but contest with the Lady Generals will provide insight into whether or not the Bulldogs can seriously challenge for league honors.
Patrick Henry vs. Archbold, baseball, Monday, May 4, 2009: Patrick Henry chasing Bryan for league title. Archbold struggling a bit but still a test.
Oregon Clay vs. Toledo St. Francis, baseball, Monday, May 4, 2009: With no one taking charge in the Toledo City League, game has huge implications for both teams.
Pettisville vs. Delta, softball, Tuesday, May 5, 2009: Inter-league contest between two quality teams. Should be a good test for both teams.
Sylvania Southview vs. Springfield, Wednesday, May 6, 2009: Second game between these two teams as Springfield downed Southview earlier in the season, 3-1. It is a must win for Southview. Springfield trying to remain unbeaten.
Knight Relays, boys track, Friday, May 1, 2009: Well organized annual event featuring some of the best northwest Ohio track talent.