Northwest Ohio Huddle: Woodmore and Van Buren looking for football coaches

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Northwest Ohio Huddle

There was sad news out of northwest Ohio this week as hall of fame
coach, Tim Smith, passed away after a battle with cancer. Coach Smith
was one of the true gentlemen of the game. Good sportsmanship was
always paramount with him but he also stressed hard work and teamwork. He will be missed.


There was sad news out of northwest Ohio this week as hall of fame
coach, Tim Smith, passed away after a battle with cancer. Coach Smith
was one of the true gentlemen of the game.

Good sportsmanship was
always paramount with him but he also stressed hard work and teamwork.

Smith coached at Sandusky St. Mary’s, Holland Springfield, Akron St.
Vincent, Toledo St. John’s, Millbury Lake and Sylvania Northview in a
33 year career. In 2007 he was inducted into the Ohio High School
Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Since retirement from teaching and
coaching, Smith had begun new career as a broadcaster for a number of
television and radio outlets in the Toledo area. His presence in and
around Toledo area sports venues will be sorely missed.

On a
positive note, has the quality of basketball being played in northwest
Ohio, at least on the girls’ side of the ledger, improved dramatically
or is this portion of the state suddenly receiving more recognition? In
the first AP poll of the season, three northwest Ohio teams (Toledo
Start, #2, Toledo Waite, #5, and Marion Harding, #8) are ranked in the
Division I top ten and three more are in the top ten in Division II
(Tiffin Columbian, #6, Sandusky Perkins, #7, and Wauseon, #9, In the
other divisions the area does even better as four teams
(Liberty-Benton, #3, Anna, #8, Tinora,#9 and Millbury Lake,#10) are in
the top ten in Division III while the top four teams in Division IV,
(Delphos St. John’s, #1, Wynford,#2, Ottoville, #3, and Kalida, #4) and
six of the top ten teams overall (Holgate, #8, New Riegel, #9) hail
from northwest Ohio.

A remarkable achievement  and a testament to the
overall play of the area. Watching to see how these teams fare as the
state playoffs commence will be interesting.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Chad
Mossing, Evergreen:
Mossing has been flying under the radar for a
number of years. Opposing coaches in the NWOAL were well aware of
Mossing’s talents but state-wide Mossing has received little attention.
This may all change if Mossing continues to score points like he did
this past week. In his team’s 83-52 victory over Cardinal Stritch,
Mossing scored a school record 44 points.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Sylvania
Southview Girls Basketball:
The Sylvania Southview Lady Cougars
brightened the hopes of all the other members of the Northern Lakes
League as they upset cross-town rival, Sylvania Northview, 55-34.
Northview appeared poised to run away and hide from the rest of the
league but Southview’s victory brings Northview back to the pack and
creates a four way tie for first place.

NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS

Coaching Resignation: Woodmore
High School is looking for a new football coach as Lou Bosh is
reportedly not returning next season. The details of Bosh’s leaving
were not announced but Athletic Director Shane Dyer did admit that the
district was seeking a new head football coach. Bosh went 54-67 in his
12 years at the helm of the Wildcats.

Still Another Coaching Resignation: A
new football coach will be roaming the sidelines next season for the Van Buren
Black Knights. Jeremy Nutter, who has been the coach for the past six
seasons, has submitted his resignation. Nutter, who posted a 21-39
record in his tenure at Van Buren, felt it was time that someone else
attempted to build the program. Inadequate numbers continue to plague
the Van Buren program.

Hockey Attendance Record: A new
state high school attendance record was set recently and, in the
process, a good cause was also served as the Anthony Wayne Generals and
Clay Eagles met in the new Lucas County Arena. The new record of 4,020
surpassed the old record of 3, 992. The game was a benefit for Kyle
Cannon who suffered a paralyzing neck injury during a game last season.
All proceeds from the game were donated to a fund helping to defray
Kyle’s medical expenses.

ON TAP

Central Catholic (7-3) v. Notre Dame (8-1), Girls basketball, Thursday, Jan. 14:
Battle for a valued spot in the Toledo City League playoffs. Both teams
are chasing league leaders, Start and Waite, and need a win to insure
themselves a spot in the league playoffs.

Marion Harding (8-0) v. Findlay (8-2), girls basketball, Thursday, Jan. 14:
Showdown between two top teams in the Greater Buckeye Conference.
Findlay has homecourt advantage but Marion Harding comes in ranked
number 8 in the first AP basketball poll.

Genoa (8-1) v. Lake (8-0), girls basketball, Friday, Jan. 15: Another showdown game as the SLL’s best two teams meet for first place. Both teams are undefeated in the league.

Toledo Central Catholic (7-0) v. Toledo St. John’s (8-1), boys basketball, Friday, Jan. 15:
A first place battle between two guard oriented teams. Look for a
battle between Central’s defense and St. John’s offensive
explosiveness. A low scoring game favors Central Catholic.

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