It has arrived! The 2008-09 high school sports season reaches an end
this weekend with the track, softball and baseball finals. The season
has provided loads of surprises and hours of great entertainment. It is
sad to see it end but the memories will last forever. Congratulations
to all the champions and best of luck to all the participants. Thank
you for a wonderful season.
It has arrived! The 2008-09 high school sports season reaches an end this weekend with the track, softball and baseball finals. The season has provided loads of surprises and hours of great entertainment. It is sad to see it end but the memories will last forever. Congratulations to all the champions and best of luck to all the participants. Thank you for a wonderful season.
Northwest Ohio did not fare too well in either the baseball or softball playoffs. Only three teams remain alive entering this weekend’s championship semifinals and none of the three are in DI or DII.
In baseball, two northwest Ohio teams, Coldwater in DII and Patrick Henry in DIV will play for the chance to capture a state title. Coldwater (30-2) will meet Hamilton Badin (28-2) at 1:00 pm Thursday while defending state champion Patrick Henry ( 23-4) meets Reading (24-3) on Friday at the same time.
The lone northwest Ohio representative in softball is Crestview (26-3). They will play Crestline (26-4) on Thursday at 3:00 pm. Hopefully, one of the three teams will emerge with a state championship so that northwest Ohio is not shut out on the state level.
The other big event this weekend is the track championships. Due to the shear numbers involved in staging this event, the track championships are a great way of finalizing the high school sports’ season in Ohio and this year’s event should be a great one.
High on everyone’s list will have to be the high jump competition. Two northwest Ohio athletes, Erik Kynard of Toledo Rogers, the state record holder, and Shaun Joplin of Sylvania Southview, have both cleared 7’ this season and should be in the running for the state title. Unfortunately, neither is presently completely healthy and this could impact their performances.
Other athletes to keep an eye on in the DI boys’ competition are Cody Riffle of Toledo St. John’s in the discus and shot put; Kevin Yarnell of Toledo St. John’s in the 1600 meter run; and Shaun Joplin of Sylvania Southview in the long jump.
In the DI girls’ events, Cameron Gardner of Perrysburg and Erika Schmidt of Anthony Wayne will compete in the 100 and 200 meter runs while Anthony Wayne’s 4 x 200 and 4 x 100 relay teams deserve watching. Individually, Ashley Zaper of Anthony Wayne will participate in the 300 meter hurdles and the long jump and Toledo Scott’s Shatora Lewis qualified in the discus and shot put.
DII boys’ will see Huron and Clyde’s relay teams battle again in the 4 x 200 and 4 x 400. These two Sandusky Bay Conference representatives have battled all year for local supremacy and now will take their show to the state level. Defiance’s Zach Wiles will attempt to do the impossible by running in both the 1600 meter and 3200 meter events and Delta’s Korbin Smith will do likewise in the 400 and 200 meter runs. Finally, Eastwood’s Justin Welch carries northwest Ohio honors in the discus and shot put.
DII girls to watch are the Upper Sandusky relay teams. Upper has the unusual distinction of having a team in all three relay events (4 x 100, 4 x 200, and 4 x 400) and it will be interesting to see close they can come to winning each of them. Whitney Rush of Norwalk deserves watching as well in the discus and shot put.
Northwest Ohio is blessed with an abundance of DIII schools and, as a result, it is here that the area often shines. Two talented athletes, Roger Guerra of Lakota and Sam Spellinger of Pandora-Gilboa, stand out as individuals to watch this weekend. Lakota’s Guerra will be competing in the 100 meter run, high jump and long jump while Pandora-Gilboa’s Spellinger will be competing in the 100 meter, 200 meter and long jump. Also, Archbold has qualified a relay team in all three relay events.
Finally, on the DIII girls’ side, there is Elmwood’s Katie Reiser, Ottawa Hills’ Katherine Jamieson and Woodmore’s Erin Pendleton. All three young ladies have qualified in dual events and should be competitive. Reiser will be running in the 100 and 200 meter runs; Jamieson in the 100 and the 300 meter hurdles; and Pendleton in the discus and shot put.
News, Nuggets, and Notes:
Senior All-Stars: Scott Brady of Fostoria, Blake Schmenk of Perrysburg, Mike Frank of Anthony Wayne, Tyler Grogg of Springfield, Drew Kuns of Clay, Mike Fuller of Southview, Cody Kopilchack of Lima Shawnee and Matt Hamons of Willard have all been chosen to play in the Mizuno Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association all-star game. The game, which features only graduating seniors, will be played June 12-13 at Paints Stadium in Chillicothe.
Genoa High School’s Dan Thompson has been selected as one of the coaches.
New Wapak Coach: Taking over a program that just finished 0-21 might not be everyone’s dream job but new Wapakoneta coach Matt Bradley is looking forward to the challenge. The Wapakoneta job is Bradley’s first head coaching job and he states that he “can’t wait to start.”
Western Buckeye League Honors: The Western Buckeye League crowned its player and coach of the year in baseball. Capturing the honor as co-players of the year were Lima Shawnee’s Cody Kopilchack and Defiance’s Dace Kime. Coach of the year was Defiance’s Tom Held.
Player of the Week: Only a junior, Ottawa Hills’ Katherine Jamieson had a spectacular week in winning two regional events and finishing second in another. Jamieson set a regional record in the 300 meter hurdles by running the distance in 43.58 seconds and capturing the 100 meter dash in 12.31. In the 200 she was edged out by fellow junior Katie Reiser of Elmwood. Jamieson will compete in all three events in the state finals this weekend.
Team of the Week: On the verge of repeating as the DIV state baseball champions, the Patrick Henry Patriots are the clear choice as this week’s team of the week. The Patriots face a tough Reading squad on Friday at 1:00 pm in an effort to win back-to-back state championships.
Coldwater vs. Hamilton BAden, baseball, state semi-finals, Thursday, 1:00 pm
Patrick Henry vs. Reading, baseball, state semi-finals, Friday, 1:00 pm
Crestview vs. Crestline, softball, state semi-finals, Thursday, 3:00 pm
State Track & Field Finals, Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am Friday; 9:00 am Saturday