The story of the week has to be the absolute dominance of the Marion
Local volleyball team. Capping a perfect 28-0 season, the Flyers
captured their third straight DIV championship. ML was not the only northwest Ohio team to lift a state
championship trophy this past week as the Huron Tigers claimed their
third state title in the past eleven years.
The story of the week has to be the absolute dominance of the Marion Local volleyball team. Capping a perfect 28-0 season, the Flyers captured their third straight DIV championship by defeating Norwalk St. Paul, in four games, 25-17, 20-25, 25- 10 and 25- 13. Although the Flyers lost the second game of the match, they were in obvious control throughout. With only four members of this year’s team graduating and an undefeated junior varsity team could a fourth straight title be in the cards?
Marion Local was not the only northwest Ohio team to lift a state championship trophy this past week as the Huron Tigers claimed their third state title in the past eleven years as they downed Adena in three straight games. Huron’s prior titles were in 1999 and 2002.
In football the area was not as fortunate as several teams saw their season come to an abrupt end. Perhaps the most surprising result was the fall of the Genoa Comets in Division IV to an Orville team that was 7-3 in the regular season. Genoa had overwhelmed every opponent they faced this season but fell behind earl to Orville and, despite a gutsy second half rally, could not overtake the Red Riders. Orrville now faces another northwest Ohio squad in the form of the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans. The Titans advanced by routing Eastwood, 48-3.
Toledo St. Francis is the lone remaining team in Division II from northwest Ohio. When the playoffs began four teams from the area were in contention and all four enjoyed seeds but, alas, only one remains as two teams, Maume and Toledo Rogers, lost first round games while Toledo Central Catholic lost this past week to a very fast Maple Heights team, 19-13. It remains for St. Francis to carry the mantle for the area in Division II.
While there is no team in Division I from northwest Ohio, the area is guaranteed a representative in Division V as undefeated Patrick Henry and 11-1 Defiance Tinora square off this weekend in the regional finals. The Tinora squad has been pointing toward this moment all season and it will be interesting to see if their football team can match the feats of last season’s basketball team by reaching the state semi-finals.
In Division VI, Delphos St. John’s might possibly be the state’s most dominant team. The Jays have been talked about all season as potential state champions and they have done nothing to prove otherwise in the first two rounds. St. John’s, however, must face another undefeated team, Ada, in order to move forward and as the Genoa Comets can testify, “on any given day” and no one wins 12 straight games without having some talent.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Marion Local, Volleyball: In a week in which they won their third straight state volleyball championship how can any other team be considered for this honor. The Flyers have established themselves as one of the most dominating programs in the history of Ohio high school sports and with strong junior varsity, freshmen and junior high squads coming up this third straight title may be just the beginning.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Elliot Browarsky, Ottawa Hills, Boys Soccer: Although this past season ended sooner than he would have wanted the Ottawa Hills senior ended his spectacular high school career by being named this week as the Player of the Year by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association. Browarsky, who led his Ottawa Hills Green Bears to the 2008 Division III state championship, saw his team lose this year in the regional finals. Nevertheless, the Ottawa Hills title was the first ever for a Toledo area team and Browarsky was a key ingredient in that achievement. Browarsky has signed a national letter of intent with Elon University in North Carolina.
NEWS, NOTES AND NUGGETS
All-State Soccer Honors: The Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association and the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association have both announced their 2009 All-State teams. In boys’ soccer, Logan Lipinski of Anthony Wayne and Adam Montague of Toledo St. John’s were named to the Division I first team while the Division II team included Garrett Black of Lima Shawnee. Two young men from northwest Ohio were named to the Division III first team: Eliot Browarsky of Ottawa Hills and Ryan Klear of Miller City.
On the girls’ side, Katie Allen of Anthony Wayne was the only northwest Ohio player named to the first team in Division I. In Division II, Alicia Drewes of Archbold and Amanda Hyde of Liberty-Benton were both awarded first team recognition.
All-State Volleyball Honors: First team all-state honors were more plentiful for the area as no less than eight young ladies were awarded such honors. In Division I, Veronica Zimmerman of St. Ursula and Paige Roback of Notre Dame were the northwest Ohio representatives while in Division III Jesse Miedema of state champion Huron was named and Danielle Taflinger of Lima Central Catholic joined her. Finally, Division IV was dominated by four northwest Ohio ladies: Brittany Egbert of Hopewell-Loudon; Brandi Elking of St. Henry; Amber Welfle of Norwalk St. Paul and Alyssa Winner of Marion Local.
Last Second Excitement: Toledo St. Francis plays this weekend in the regional finals but it took some last second heroics by their senior placekicker, Pat Dyer, to make it possible. St. Francis trailed the entire contest against Avon Lake until the final three seconds when Dyer calmly kicked a 37-yard field goal to provide the Knights with a 13-10 come from behind victory. Dyer’s game-winning field goal was his second long range score of the game.
Baseball Signing: The spring sports season is still months away but two senior athletes recently signed national letters of intent. In baseball, Defiance’s Dace Kime is signing with Division I University of Louisville while in softball Lima Bath’s signed with Michigan State.
Sylvania Southview Hall Goes To Big Ten: Southview senior Jimmy Hall, who suffered through an injury plagued senior year, has commited to play football next season for the Northwestern Wildcats. Hall, who was a major contributor on the Sylvania Southview 2008 Division II state championship team, chose Northwestern over 15 other offers. He is projected to be a slot receiver with the Wildcats.
Tucker to UT: Another Toledo area athlete, E.J. Tucker of Toledo Rogers, committed this past week to play Division I football. Tucker, the Toledo City League player of the year, has announced his intent to sign with the University of Toledo. Tucker, who set 19 school records in his tenure at Rogers, has been reportedly offered the chance to play quarterback for the Rockets.
Toledo St .Francis (11-1) v. Mayfield Heights (10-2): football, Friday, 7:30 pm at Fremont’s Harmon Stadium: Mayfield’s quick up-tempo offensive style versus the deliberate style of St. Francis. Mayfield’s quickness has bothered two Toledo City League teams, Rogers and Central Catholic, will St. Francis be a third?
Ottawa-Glandorf (10-2) v. Orville (9-3), football, Saturday, 7:00 pm at Tiffin’s Frost-Kalnow Stadium: Unseeded Ottawa-Glandorf taking on a third seeded Orville team that won a close contest with the previously undefeated Genoa team. Two high scoring offenses that should provide plenty of fireworks for their fans.
Patrick Henry (12-0) v. Defiance Tinora(11-1), football, Friday, 7:30 pm at Defiance’s Fred Brown Stadium: The number one seed versus the number two seed. Some prognosticators have already penciled in Patrick Henry as the state champions but the Tinora Rams are eager to prove otherwise. Tinora fans had a test of state semi-final action last season with their basketball team and eager to return in football.
Bucyrus Wynford (12-0) v. Norwalk St. Paul (12-0), football, Saturday, 7:00 pm at Ashland Community Stadium: Two undefeated teams looking to advance to the state semis. St. Paul has advanced with two easy wins while Wynford has been more heavily tested. Can St. Paul continue to have its way with its’ opponents?
Delphos St. John’s (12-0) v. Ada (12-0) , football, Saturday, 7:00 pm at Findlay’s Donnell Stadium: Two more undefeated teams. St. John’s has been the darling of all the alleged football experts since the beginning of the season but Ada should provide a good test.