Northwest Ohio Huddle: Toledo City League’s all-time winningest football coach steps down

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Northwest Ohio Huddle

The weather has caused a major slowdown in activity in the area. Since
Friday, the cancellations have far outnumbered the actual held events
so there is not a lot of information to report. The girls’ basketball
seeding meetings did occur, however, and the stage is now set for an
exciting march to Columbus.


The weather has caused a major slowdown in activity in the area. Since Friday, the cancellations have far outnumbered the actual held events so there is not a lot of information to report. The girls’ basketball seeding meetings did occur, however, and the stage is now set for an exciting march to Columbus.

In Division I the competition should be particularly intriguing. Not only is there the anticipated re-match between Toledo Waite and Toledo Start there is Sylvania Northview waiting in the wings hoping for the chance to prove that they are every bit as good as either the Lady Indians or Lady Spartans.

The other northwest Ohio Division I bracket features the undefeated Marion Harding Lady Presidents looking to make an appearance in the regionals. The Lady Presidents fell last year to a good Perrysburg team and there is a strong possibility that a re-match between the two teams is in the cards again.

Division II has belonged to Lima Bath for the past couple of years but this year the top two northwest Ohio teams have been undefeated Tiffin Columbian and 15-1 Sandusky Perkins. Strangely, these two teams will meet early in the tournament so the drama will be somewhat minimized.

There is no shortage of quality teams in Division III. Undefeated Liberty-Benton is considered to be the favorite to come out of the region but there are a number of other teams biting at the bit for the opportunity to play in Columbus. Tinora at 16-1, Archbold at 15-2, and Fort Recovery at 13-3 have all been impressive and add in 14-2 Ottawa Hills and you have a strong field.

Two Putnam County teams, 17-0 Ottoville and 15-1 Kalida, are the class of Division IV but Delphos St. Johns, Pandora-Gilboa and Marion Local are all around to make it more interesting.

As always, there will be some surprises along the way but expect the area to be well represented in Columbus in mid-March.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Brooke Hunt, Toledo Waite, Girls Baksetball: Hunt may not receive the accolades that fellow point guard, Maleeka Kynard of Toledo Start, receives but this past week she demonstrated, at least for one game, that she was every bit as capable. In the much anticipated match-up between the two northwest Ohio Division I power houses, Hunt’s Lady Indians not only won the game, 62-42, but Hunt also won the individual contest with Kynard as Hunt stole the show by scoring 16 points, pulling down 6 rebounds, chalking up 6 assists and running the Lady Indian offense nearly flawlessly.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Waite Girls Basketball: Joining their point guard as the Player of the Week is the remainder of the Waite Lady Indians team. The Lady Indians sent shockwaves throughout northwest Ohio and the state by easily defeating league rival, Toledo Start, 62-42. A large crowd of over 2,000 fans saw the Lady Indians dominate the Lady Spartans in every phase of the game.

NEW, NOTES & NUGGETS

1,000 Point Club: As the 2009-2010 season winds down a number of players are quickly approaching that 1,000 point career plateau. This past week, three new players from northwest  Ohio reached that height. On the girls’ side Celina’s Cenzie Yoder  scored her 1000th point in her team’s 73-43 triumph over Kenton while Toledo Libbey’s  did likewise as she scored 19 points in a 48-29 win over Maumee Valley.  On the boys’ side of the ledger, Evergreen’s Chad Mossing is closing out his brilliant career by surpassing the 1000th point level. Mossing poured in 26 points in his team’s victory over Blissfield, Michigan, 78-41.

Hall of Fame Retirement: Although the week has been quiet as far as the competition is concerned, there was some shocking news none the less. The highly successful football coach at Toledo St. Francis, Dick Cromwell, announced his retirement from the coaching ranks after 26 seasons at the helm. Cromwell, the Toledo City League’s all-time winningest football coach with 208 victories, felt that he had lost his energy for the daily responsibilities of coaching. Under Cromwell, St. Francis won 11 City League titles. Cromwell will retire with an overall career record of 251-119-2 and as a member of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

Football Signings: Tyler Brause; Bucyrus Wynford – Kentucky;  Ray Bush; Toledo Rogers – Toledo;  Nick Caponi; Sandusky Perkins – Akron;  Michael Dennis; Carey – Michigan; Andrew Donnal; Whitehouse Anthony Wayne – Iowa;  Teven Eatmon; Bucyrus Wyndord – Kentucky; Brad Harrah; Marion Pleasant – Cincinnati; Jimmy Hall; Sylvania Southview – Northwestern; Clay Rolf; Eastwood – Bowling Green;  EJ. Tucker; Toledo Rogers – Toledo; Zac Rosenbauer; Lima Shawnee – Toledo

ON TAP

St. Francis v. St. Johns, ice hockey, Friday, Feb. 12, 9:00 PM:  These two teams just met last week with St. Francis winning in overtime, 4-3. The Knights are the number one team in the state and are likely looking ahead to the state playoffs but cannot afford to look past the Titans. Look for a capacity crowd and a great contest.

Kalida v. Ottoville, girls’ basketball, Thurs., Feb. 11, 7:30 PM: This is for all the marbles. Undefeated Ottoville against once defeated Kalida. The winner grabs the league title and the bragging rights for the next year. Ottoville ranked number one in the state and Kalida number two. Look for these two teams to meet again in the state playoffs.

Delphos St. John’s v. Ottoville, girls’ basketball, Sat., Feb. 13, 7:30 PM: Another big contest for Ottoville. Delphos looking to dethrone Ottoville from the undefeated and to hush the Ottoville fans.

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