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 07, 2006

Familiar face in new places

We’re gearing up for the football tab. But I think that’s all people think we do. There are a ton of things to be done in the sports department to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Everyone likes to take shots at their local newspaper but until you’ve worked at one and understand what we have to do, please have at least a little understanding. You can’t be everywhere to cover everything and there’s a limited amount of space each day to do it in. And believe me we do the best we can.

The fall sports season is the most difficult. Sure we’re getting ready to put plenty of hours in this week working on the football tab. But we are also trying to get previews ready for the other fall sports like cross country, soccer, tennis, golf and volleyball. Plus there’s getting the list of coaches and schedules from all 30 schools in our coverage area.

There’s something new to do every day and I for one will be glad once the school year starts and all the prep work that we’re doing right now is in the can.

We’ve got some coaches lists back and the one I was most intrigued with is Upper Sandusky.

One of the area’s high profile boys basketball coaches is trying his hand at volleyball this fall. Upper Sandusky’s Keith Diebler will be the head volleyball coach at Upper Sandusky this fall. The Rams have struggled mightily in volleyball for about as long as I can remember. In addition, wrestling coach Bill Thornton is taking over as the new girls tennis coach.

It’s not like Bill doesn’t have experience coaching girls though as the Rams had four ladies on last year’s wrestling team.

Two other coaching moves of note…

Former Vanlue and Pandora-Gilboa head boys basketball coach Al Thomas has taken over as the new basketball coach and athletic director at Marion Catholic High School. There was a story in the Marion Star you can here.

Columbus Grove’s Jerry Bunn has hung up his whistle after nearly 30 years as the school’s cross country coach. Bunn coached the Bulldogs to numerous state meet appearances during his tenure. The new boys cross country coach at Grove will be Terry Schnipke.


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