Blanchard River Buzz

A blog for rabid sports fans in the Findlay Area. Maintained by Findlay Courier sports writer Jamie Baker. The opinions expressed are my own crazed ramblings and not those of my employer the Findlay Publishing Company and its subsidiaries.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Can they compete?

Back to preps.

I was pretty naughty in May. I wrote a column that started a whole big flap about Liberty-Benton and people complaining that they are too big for the Blanchard Valley Conference. And I said, simply put, you don’t like the Eagles winning in track then get better. Put more into your programs and take it more seriously.

Sure they have a numbers edge, there’s no doubt about that. But when they get on the football field with Hardin Northern, that doesn’t stop the Polar Bears from trying and in most recent years knocking their blocks off.

Anyway, only Cory-Rawson fields as many boys sports in the fall than Liberty-Benton does. In addition to football, they have golf, soccer and cross country.

Really the only school that might have a beef is Vanlue because they are so much smaller than anyone else in the rest of the conference. I’ve never heard a complaint from the folks at Vanlue. They know they are at a disadvantage numerically but they go out on the field and courts and do the best they can with what they have every time out.

My question of the day is that does Liberty-Benton’s enrollment advantage make a difference?

Only two schools have never won a Blanchard Valley Conference football crown…Arcadia and Vanlue.

Can they win it in the next 10, 20 or 30 years? What do they have to do to win the conference?
Any thoughts?


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