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.

Monday, August 28, 2006

The big one

It’s time for the big one.

St. Wendelin vs. Riverdale.

I’ll take credit. I was the first to suggest these two teams play in Week 2 with Carey instead of taking on Riverdale playing St. Wendelin’s opponent Cardinal Stritch instead when I wrote a column last year.
It’s a one-shot deal though as Riverdale will play Lima Perry in Week 2 beginning next year.

I’m covering the game Friday night and honestly don’t know who is going to win. But someone will either Riverdale’s 28 game losing streak or St. Wendelin’s 24 game skid will come to an end at Baum Field.

There are lot of questions to be answered when other week 2 games get underway Friday night…

Can Findlay rebound from a disappointing loss to St. John’s in an anticipated tough game with Dublin Coffman?

Will Hardin Northern’s Nathan Bame leap buildings in a single bound or just run for another 300 yards against Vanlue this week?

Who will step up and surprise during the first weekend of Blanchard Valley Conference action?

Can Pandora-Gilboa shock someone else and be 2-0 after the first two weeks of the season?

How many points will Patrick Henry hang on poor Swanton this week?


-- After the first weekend of cross country, numbers are down on area teams and I’m not certain any area boys team will be good enough to qualify for Columbus this year. Hopewell-Loudon may be the best of the pack and we’ll find out more this weekend when Columbus Grove hosts its annual invitational.

-- The University of Findlay started the season with a victory thanks to a late blocked kick. You don’t get a chance to see a defending NCAA Division II champion team come to Donnell Stadium very often. Fans will get the chance Saturday night when Grand Valley State comes to Findlay Saturday night for a 7 p.m. contest.

-- The prep volleyball season got underway Saturday with a full slate of matches set for this week. It’s amazing, of the 30 schools in The Courier coverage area, there are 14 new volleyball coaches.

What we’re working on this week….

Dublin Coffman vs. Findlay preview

Today’s column will be one last shot at the OHSAA for its new division rules

A look at the Riverdale vs. St. Wendelin game

Pigskin picks with Jamie Baker and Joe Williams pinch hitting for Dave Hanneman and Mark Heiman

I’ll also be working on a story abolut a diabetic kid playing football for Van Buren this season.

We’ll also be working on some stories for the Courier’s pro football tab which comes out next week


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