The winter sports season is progressing and some patterns are already
developing. Two of the teams predicted to be among the state’s best
girls’ teams, Toledo Start and Toledo Waite have done nothing so far to
dispel pre-season predictions. Some others haven’t been so lucky.
The winter sports season is progressing and some patterns are already developing. Two of the teams predicted to be among the state’s best girls’ teams, Toledo Start and Toledo Waite have done nothing so far to dispel pre-season predictions. Start and Waite both stand at 3-0 and eagerly await their February 3 match-up. In the meantime, both schools face a tough non-league schedule in preparation. Look for both teams to be undefeated in the league come February 3rd.
Prognosticators picked Toledo St. John’s to repeat as Toledo City League boys’ champions and the Titans have started the season consistent with these predications. After two weeks, the Titans have breezed to three victories but have a span of three non-league games with Bowling Green, Sylvania Southview and Lakewood St. Edward’s that should provide insight into how good this Titan team will be.
Other than St. John’s the rest of the City League remains a mystery. Libbey stands at 3-0 but has been less than impressive in doing so and the same can be said for Central Catholic. Waite was expected to be strong but they remain winless. Rogers is 3-0 but their schedule has provided them with some advantage to date. Upcoming contests against Sylvania Southview and Toledo Libbey should provide a clearer picture of their strength.
Outside the City League, the most impressive team has been Perrysburg. The Yellow Jackets were expected to be down this year having lost heavily to graduation but Coach Boyce has apparently again put together a strong squad. Boyce’s squad has five victories in hand already with three of those coming in the league.
Toledo Waite and Toledo Start are powerhouses in girls’ basketball but Sylvania Northview is letting everyone know that they are a factor as well. The Ladykats, who are no stranger to the state stage, are also undefeated (5-0) and looking like the class of the Northern Lakes League. Led by Eastern Michigan bound Olivia Fouty, the Ladykats will likely play the season in the shadow of Waite and Start but look for them to attempt to make a statement come tournament time.
In the outlying regions of northwest Ohio, three teams in the boys’ Midland Athletic Conference , Baltimore, Fremont St. Joseph’s, and New Riegel remain perfect on the young season. On the girls’ side, however, only New Riegel enjoys the same status.
In the Northern Ohio league, the boys’Bellevue and Galion teams are both 2-0 with Tiffin Columbian being the lone girls’ team without a defeat. The Western Buckeye League has three boys’ teams with perfect starts, Elida, Van Wert, and Defiance . The Lima Shawnee girls’ team is off to another good start with a 5-0 record.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jackson Hayzlett , Wapakoneta, basketball: Most basketball players play their entire careers without scoring a buzzer beating game winner but Hayzlett did it twice within 24 hours. On Friday, during Wapakoneta’s home opener against Ada, Hayzlett, a senior forward, hit a layup as time expired to provide his team with the win. The following evening Hayzlett did it again as he retrieved an offensive rebound with less than a second remaining and again laid it in give his team a 43-41 victory over Marion Local.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Montpelier Wrestling: The Locomotives are this week’s team of the week. The Locomotives opened the 2009-10 season by overwhelming the field in the Stryker Invitational this past weekend. Montpelier scored 448 ½ points in taking the tournament championship. Runner-up Delphos Jefferson had only 278 points. Eight separate Montpelier wrestlers captured individual weight class championships.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
St. Henry Retires Number: Wally Post, a former St. Henry High School athlete (1943-1946), who helped lead the school to state runner-up finishes in 1945 and 1946, will have his number (26) in games with rival Fort Loramie. Post, who died in 1982, had a long and successful professional career with the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins. In fifteen years, Post amassed a .266 lifetime batting average, 210 homeruns and 699 RBIs. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1965.
Craft Watch: Buckeye basketball fans are eagerly watching Liberty-Benton’s Aaron Craft progress this season. Craft, who withdrew his verbal commitment to the University of Tennessee in order to sign with Ohio State, scored 26 points in his team’s 51-34 non-league victory over Eastwood.
Napoleon Doubles Up: The Napoleon Wildcats’ swimming teams, girls and boys, had a big weekend by capturing both team championships in their own swimming meet. The Wildcat boys outdistanced second place Celina, 406 to 255 while the girls were even more dominant by scoring 509 points to second place Celina’s 256 points.
TAAC Volleyball Honors: Northwood’s Shelby Gasiorowski and Toledo Christian’s Kayla Hagle were named as TAAC Players of the Year. Toledo Christian coach Dave Conley was named Coach of the Year.
Toledo Central Catholic (3-0) v. Toledo Whitmer (1-0), boys basketball, Friday, Dec. 18, 7:30 pm: Two teams trying to make a statement relative to their position in the Toledo City League basketball race. Contest will pit Central’s guard oriented attack against the interior strength of Whitmer.
Lima Senior (2-1) v. Toledo Libbey (2-0), boys basketball, Saturday, Dec. 19, 7:30 pm: Non-league contest featuring two traditional powers. Game should provide some insight into the relative strength of post squads.
Sylvania Northview (0-4) v. Sylvania Southview (2-1), boys basketball, Saturday, Dec. 19, 7:30 pm: On paper, game appears to be a mismatch but emotions run high in this game and will likely be a factor. Northview has played better than their 0-4 record indicates while inexperienced Southview squad is seeking consistent effort.
Central Catholic (4-0) v. Northview (4-0), girls basketball, Monday, Dec. 21, 7:30 pm: Two undefeated looking strong in the early going. Northview’s experience versus Central’s youth.
Allen County Wrestling Tournament, wrestling, Dec. 19, 9:30 am: Early season tournament providing glimpse into how the season might develop.