Let the fun begin. The next month is one of the most exciting in the
school year. Sure, football is king and probably draws the most
interest but for pure excitement the combination of the boys’ and
girls’ basketball playoffs, state hockey tournament and wrestling
playoffs is hard to beat.
Let the fun begin. The next month is one of the most exciting in the school year. Sure, football is king and probably draws the most interest but for pure excitement the combination of the boys’ and girls’ basketball playoffs, state hockey tournament and wrestling playoffs is hard to beat. The hockey playoffs have already begun, wrestling begins this weekend and girls’ basketball gets under way next week. It should be a great month that provides new excitement and fun every night.
Entering next week’s girls’ state playoffs, five northwest Ohio teams remain undefeated on the season. Interestingly, there is one team in each division with Division III having two with perfect records. In Division I, Marion Harding is 19-0 and ranked number 3 in the state. The Lady Presidents are hoping to advance to Columbus and avoid the upset that they suffered last year at the hands of the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets.
In Division II, it is Tiffin Columbian carrying the mantle for northwest Ohio. The Tornadoes are 18-0 and are presently ranked number one in the state. Time will tell whether their ranking is deserved.
Division III features two undefeated teams heralding from the area. Liberty-Benton at 18-0 and Lake at 17-0 are on a collision course that will occur early in the tournament. Both teams have enjoyed remarkable seasons and it is a shame that they will meet so early in the process.
Finally, there is 19-0 Ottoville in Division IV. The number one ranked Big Green are coming off their toughest test of the year in their defeat of league rival, Kalida, and should be primed for the tough playoff run.
Having five undefeated teams from the same area is unprecedented and the area should be quite proud. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an undefeated northwest Ohio representative in each of the four divisions on the floor in Columbus next month? When has that ever happened?
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Katherine Jamieson, Ottawa Hills, Girls Basketball: This past week the Ottawa Hills’ senior capped her outstanding career as a Green Bear by breaking the 1,000-point barrier. Jamieson scored 15 points this past week in her team’s 60-21 victory over Swanton to push her career total to 1,009 points. Katherine joins her older sister Megan in the 1,000-point club. Jamieson is also an outstanding field hockey player and sprinter in track.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Anthony Wayne Wrestling: For 38 years the Generals have competed as members of the Northern Lakes League. In those 38 years the Generals have had their fair share of individual wrestling champions but a league title has eluded them. All that changed this past weekend as Anthony Wayne captured its first, and only, NLL team wrestling title. The Generals’ title came as they outdistanced their nearest challenger, Perrysburg, by the score of 143 to 129.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Perfection: For the past two seasons the Lake Lady Flyers have been untouchable in the regular season. This past week the Flyers, presently ranked number five in the state in Division III, recorded their 38th consecutive regular season victory with a 40-29 non-league win over Clyde of the Sandusky Bay Conference. Entering the state playoffs, the Lady Flyers enjoy a perfect 18-0 record.
Eleven Year Drought Ended: It has been eleven years since the Toledo St. Francis Knights have been able to call themselves league champions in hockey but that is no longer the case as the Knights, the number one ranked team in the state, easily disposed of Toledo St. John’s, 4-2, to capture the Northwest Hockey Conference title. The Knights are overjoyed with their league title but have their sights set much higher as they begin the state playoffs.
Wrestling Titles: The state playoffs begin this weekend in wrestling but this past weekend saw several conferences crowning their champions. Among the title winners were Oregon Clay in the Toledo City League, Anthony Wayne in the Northern Lakes League, Wauseon in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, Elmwood in the Suburban Lakes League, and McComb in the Ohio Wrestling League.
All Around Excellence: Is there a better athlete in the state than Ottawa Hills’ senior Katherine Jamieson? This week’s player of the week is not only an outstanding basketball player but is an even better field hockey player and track competitor. Jamieson is an all-state performer in field hockey and a state champion in track.
Toledo St. John’s (15-2) v. Toledo Libbey (11-5), boys’ basketball, Friday, Feb. 19, 7:30 pm: A must win situation for the Cowboys. Cowboys need a win in order to qualify for the City League playoffs and to salvage a somewhat disappointing season.
Sylvania Northview v. Bowling Green, ice hockey, Wednesday, Feb. 24., 8 pm: A probable state playoff match-up between two of the state’s top ranked teams.
Wrestling Sectionals, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, various sites: State wrestling begins in earnest this weekend.