As the school year rapidly comes to an end the spring sports’ season is
heating up. League races in baseball and softball are being determined;
tennis champions are being crowned; and, spectators are rushing to
watch new records being set at track sites all over northwest Ohio.
As the school year rapidly comes to an end the spring sports’ season is heating up. League races in baseball and softball are being determined; tennis champions are being crowned; and, spectators are rushing to watch new records being set at track sites all over northwest Ohio.
In baseball, Defiance remains the king in the Western Buckeye League. The predicted demise of the Bulldogs was premature as they continue their league dominance. In other races, three teams remain alive in the Blanchard Valley Conference. Liberty-Benton remains undefeated at 8-0 but Leipsic at 7-1 and Arlington at 8-1 are waiting in the wings to capture at least a share of the title.
In the Northern Lakes League, Maumee and Anthony Wayne are battling it out. Rain outs have caused pitching problems for all league members and will likely affect the results. Add in tournament play and you have a dicey situation.
The Suburban Lakes League is a two team race with Genoa and Eastwood at the top. Similarly, Patrick Henry and Bryan are atop the Northwest Ohio Athletic League. Toledo Christian controls its own fate in the TAAC.
Finally, in the Toledo City League the four teams most likely to qualify for the season ending playoffs will be Clay, St. John’s, Central and St. Francis.
Softball races also remain undecided in most cases. McComb has captured the Blanchard Valley and Eastwood is in control in the Suburban Lakes League. Otherwise, Anthony Wayne looks to be in control in the Northern Lakes League by virtue of its two victories over Springfield but still must win out to capture the crown. Wauseon and Archbold are in a battle in the NWOAL but Wauseon’s recent victory over the Blue Streaks was a huge one.
The Western Buckeye has three teams, Defiance, Lima Bath and St. Mary’s at the top. Defiance can do no worse than tie for the title.
In the Toledo City League, four teams, Clay, St. Ursula, Whitmer and Central Catholic, meet this weekend to determine the league’s playoff champion. The Clay Eagles captured the regular season by posting a perfect, 11-0, record.
On a final note, tennis championships were awarded this week to three teams that are seemingly always at the top of their respective leagues. Toledo St. John’s, Perrysburg and Lima Shawnee all captured titles and did so in impressive style. Their continued success is a testament to the overall strength of their programs.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sam Spallinger, track, Pandora-Gilboa: The Putnam County League long jump record of 21-11.5 was set in 1922. This past Friday, 87 years later, Pandora-Gilboa’s Sam Spallinger finally broke the record by jumping 22-2 in his second attempt. In addition to his record setting performance in the long jump, Spallinger also set a new meet record in the 200 meter dash by running the distance in 22.02. He also won the 100 and 440 meter dashes.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Sandusky baseball: The Greater Buckeye Conference is a young league by most standards but the Sandusky Blue Streaks had never captured the league baseball championship. That all changed, however, this week as the Blue Streaks defeated the Napoleon Wildcats, 8-2, to seal their first ever league championship. With their victory Sandusky moves to 17-5 on the season (8-1 in the league) and are only four victories shy of a single season record for victories.
NEWS, NOTES AND NUGGETS
Haley’s Comets: The Springfield Lady Blue Devils have enjoyed an impressive season. To date, they are 19-2 and have dominated nearly everyone in northwest Ohio but Anthony Wayne’s Dani Haley has, on two occasions, made them look ordinary. Haley has handed the Lady Devils both of their season losses and has shut them out on both occasions. Additionally, Haley has struck out 13 Springfield batters in a 1-0 victory and 16 batters in a 6-0 victory.
A New Buckeye: Toledo has been good to the Ohio State Buckeye basketball program. Kelvin Ransey, Jimmy Jackson and Dennis Hopson have all made major contributions to the Buckeye basketball fortunes. Now, it appears that another Toledo City League product, Start’s Maleeka Kynard, might be headed south to play for the Buckeyes. The young sophomore phenom announced her intention to sign with the Buckeyes ending months of speculation in this regard. Under NCAA rules, Kynard cannot officially sign with Ohio State at this time, but she has verbally committed.
Toledo City League Softball Playoffs, Saturday, May 16, 2009: Top four teams in the regular season (Clay, St. Ursula, Whitmer and Central Catholic) battle for the league’s playoff championship. The semi-finals are on Saturday with the finals on Sunday afternoon.
Sectional Tennis Tournaments, Thursday, May 14, 2009: The road to Columbus begins in boys’ tennis in DI and DII sectionals at various locations. Preliminary rounds begin on Thursday with finals to be held on Saturday.
League Track Championships, Friday, May 15, 2009: The end of this week will see most league’s holding their track championships. Preliminaries and field events will be held on either Wednesday or Thursday with finals being conducted on either Friday or Saturday.