Northwest Ohio Huddle: Norwalk St. Paul still flying high

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Northwest Ohio Huddle

The high school football season has come to an abrupt end with
northwest Ohio managing to capture only one state championship. In a
playoff season that began with such promise only Norwalk St. Paul was
able to establish themselves as the class of their division while all
the other area schools gradually fell by the wayside.


The high school football season has come to an abrupt end with
northwest Ohio managing to capture only one state championship. In a
playoff season that began with such promise only Norwalk St. Paul was
able to establish themselves as the class of their division while all
the other area schools gradually fell by the wayside.

The Flyers
capped a perfect 15-0 season by staging a come from behind victory,
24-21. Trailing by eleven entering the fourth quarter, Norwalk St. Paul
scored twice on long drives including the game winner with only 5
seconds remaining to snatch the state title from the previously
undefeated Delphos St. John’s team.

Norwalk’s win over Delphos
St. John’s ended a frustrating run of four prior state final
appearances by the Flyers, including two prior losses to the Blue Jays.

While
football has come to an end, basketball is just heating up. The girls’
season is entering its third week while the boys’ are finishing their
first but some trends have already developed. As expected, the Toledo
Start girls are already in mid-season form as they overwhelmed three
opponents to go 3-0 on the young season.  In their three wins, the Lady
Spartans have outscored their opponents, 203-88. Similarly, the Toledo
Waite Lady Indians are also off to a quick start. The Lady Indians
stand 2-0 and have been equally impressive.

In the Northern
Lakes League it has been the Sylvania Northview ladies raising eyebrows
so far this season. The Ladykats  are now 4-0 and have faced only one
serious test in that span. Included among those four victories is an
impressive 62-36 win over a Perrysburg team that was considered to be
Northview’s most serious challenger for league honors.

The boys’
season is not yet a week old and it is too early to determine what
might occur. Toledo St. John’s and Toledo Central Catholic both opened
the season with easy victories over the same team, Brooklyn (NY)
Westinghouse, in the NWOPrepSports Showcase while another City League
member, Toledo Start, has struggled to an 0-2 season opening mark.
Interestingly, Toledo St. Francis and Perrysburg played four extra
periods in their season opener last Friday. The Yellow Jackets
eventually prevailed, 88-85, but the closeness of the contest may be a
harbinger of how balanced the boys’ basketball season might be this
season in northwest Ohio.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Norwalk
St. Paul Football:
How could it be anyone else? The Norwalk St. Paul
Flyers not only captured their first state football title they also did
so in grand and exciting style. Down by 14 points with only 12 minutes
remaining the Flyers and their senior quarterback Eric Schwieterman
staged an impressive comeback by orchestrating two long drives of 72
and 97 yards to pull out a last second 24-21 victory.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tony
Bidble, Bowling Green, Basketball:
Anyone of a number of Norwalk St.
Paul football players could have been named to this honor this week but
it is now basketball season and so the honor will go to a basketball
player. Bowling Green senior Tony Dible had a sensational first week as
he scored 16 points against league rival, Sylvania Southview, in a
63-49 victory and 27 points in a 63-50 league contest with Maumee.
Included in this scoring spree was a stretch of 8 straight treys that
Dible drained.

NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS

SLL Names Soccer Players of the Year: The
Lake soccer program had a great season and it was capped off this week
as Lake captured both the boys’ and girls’ player of the year honors in
the Suburban Lakes League. Named as the boys’ Player of the Year was
Lake junior Bryant Philo while Lake freshmen Shelby Antonacci was named
as the girls’ Player of the Year.

Division I Commitments: Kenton’s
Mark Fackler has verbally committed to play football for Kent State
University. Similarly, St. Ursula’s Meghan Burham has verbally
committed to play volleyball for Northwestern University.

Another Football Coach Resignation: Rossford
head football coach, Chris Werbylo, has submitted his resignation
effective immediately. Werbylo has struggled through several difficult
seasons at the helm of the Bulldogs including an 0-10 record this past
year. The Bulldogs, playing as the smallest school in the Northern
Lakes League, however fielded a very young team this year and, with
their moving to a new league after next season, the future looked
better but will do so under new leadership.

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