The Oak Harbor wrestling program has enjoyed a remarkable history. It
has produced hundreds of league and district champions but this year’s
team has accomplished something that no other Oak Harbor team has ever
done and, in fact, something that no other Sandusky Bay Conference team
has ever done…what is it?
As the date for playoff selections rapidly approaches, the seeding picture becomes more clouded. In Division I the teams seeking that coveted number one position keep beating up on each other making the selection of the top seeds more difficult. Right now Toledo St. John’s (10-2) would appear to have the inside track on the number one seed but their losses to Sylvania Southview and Romulus, Michigan raises some questions. Beyond St. John’s, Toledo Central Catholic (8-1) and Toledo Whitmer (8-3) are pushing St. John’s but Central has already lost to St. John’s and Whitmer does not play St. John’s until after the draw meeting. Therefore, St. John’s is the likely top seed but not a certain one.
In the other DI district, the battle until this past week was between 12-1 Perrysburg and Lima Senior (8-5) but Lima Senior has stumbled greatly in the past week and now Perrysburg remains on top by themselves. The Yellow Jackets just seem to reload every year and are in the process of putting together a remarkable season. Their schedule might be a bit soft but they have done what they needed to do.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Oak Harbor wrestling: The Oak Harbor wrestling program has enjoyed a remarkable history. It has produced hundreds of league and district champions but this year’s team has accomplished something that no other Oak Harbor team has ever done and, in fact, something that no other Sandusky Bay Conference team has ever done: capture four consecutive team championships. This accomplishment might be only the beginning for this team as they are presently ranked second in the state in their division and recently finished second in the state at the State Dual meet.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ian Miller and Konner Witt, oak Harbor wrestling: The player of the week is actually two individuals. Oak Harbor juniors Ian Miller and Konner Witt both posted their 100th win this past week in the Sandusky Bay Conference dual meet. Both young men are likely state tournament participants and looking to place.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Free Throw Magic: Last Friday’s boys’ contest between McComb (ranked No. 6 in DIV) and Pandora-Gil boa was a key match-up in the Blanchard Valley Conference race with McComb holding on for a 66-64 victory. The story, however, was how they won.
McComb’s Mason Roth converted on all 4 consecutive free throws in the game’s final 16 seconds, 14 of 16 in the fourth quarter and 16 of 20 for the game. McComb withstood a 38 point fourth quarter explosion by Pandora-Gilboa.
More Free Throws: On the girls’ side the Arlington Red Devils would not be outdone. Arlington’s Amelia Recker converted on 6 of 8 free throws in overtime and 18 of 22 overall to lead her Red Devil teammates to a 71-64 victory over league rival, Van Buren.
Bad News From the OHSAA: There were several Northwestern Ohio schools disciplined lately by the OHSAA, including…
Lexington High School’s boys’ soccer coach was suspended for the school’s first two games next year for a violation of Bylaw 8-3-3 which prohibits a team from leaving the field of play during the contest.
Monroeville’s cross country team had to forfeit several contests this past fall for allowing an ineligible student to participate.
Lima Shawnee, on the heels of a prior sanction that caused them to be prohibited from participating in this past fall’s state volleyball playoffs, has been hit with further sanctions. This time it is the Lima Shawnee softball team that has been found in violation of a state regulation. Shawnee had five players participate on a non-interscholastic team in violation of the “50 percent rule” that prohibits more than 4 players from the same school participating together. The sanctioning format being imposed against Shawnee is somewhat unusual in that they will not feel the impact too severely but it is front loaded so expect Shawnee to struggle early in the season.
Waynesfield-Goshen’s boys’ basketball program has been sanctioned for a violation of the 10 permissible summer coaching days and will, as a result, lose all but two those days this coming summer. The head coach was also reprimanded by the state.
Danbury’s girls’ basketball team was reprimanded for allowing an ineligible player to participate and the school must forfeit two games that they had won while this player played.
Catholic Tri-Meet: Strange as it may seem, Toledo St. John’s, Toledo Central Catholic and Toledo St. Francis have never met each other in a tri-meet in the 42 years that the three schools have co-existed. This year, however, it finally happened and it was turned into a festive event by the participants. St. Francis hosted the contest but it was Central Catholic emerging with the laurels. The Irish defeated St. Francis, 56-15, and defeated St. John’s, 49-24.
Wapak Gets New Football Coach: Former St. Mary’s Memorial football coach Doug Frye has moved over to rival Western Buckeye League member Wapakoneta and taken over the reins of their football program. Frye’s accepting the new post comes as a bit of surprise as the reason he gave for leaving St. Mary’s was to watch his sons play college football.
Van Buren (8-4) v. Pandora-Gilboa (11-2), girls’ basketball, Thursday, Jan. 28, 7:30 pm: Huge league contest between the two teams chasing league leader, Liberty-Benton. Both teams have one league loss and another will likely mean elimination from title contention.
Toledo Waite (6-6) v. Toledo St. Francis (8-4), boys’ basketball, Friday, Jan. 29, 7:30 pm: Two teams struggling to find their stride. A loss by either would cost the losing team a possible shot at the season ending league tournament.
Sylvania Southview (7-6) v. Bowling Green (9-4) , boys’ basketball, Friday, Jan. 29, 7:30 pm: Two teams going in opposite directions. Bowling Green won earlier contest between these two teams, 63-49, and Southview has lost 4 of their last 5 games.
Toledo Whitmer (8-3) v. Toledo Libbey (8-3), boys’ basketball, Friday, Jan. 29, 7:30 pm: Two 8-3 teams battling for positioning in the league tournament. Both teams are young and talented and this game should provide some good insight into what the future looks like in the Toledo City League.
Sylvania Southview (13-3) v. Perrysburg (10-4), girls’ basketball, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7:30 pm: Southview ladies are on a roll and looking to avenge early season loss, 37-36, to the Yellow Jackets. Both teams need win to stay in the race.