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.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Kenton weirdness and this and that

The story in Kenton just keeps getting weirder

Kenton coach Mike Mauk was interviewed on the Columbus Sportsradio station and had some very interesting observations. One thing I didn’t know was one of the boys had two prior run ins with the law and one of them was a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Mauk termed the incident as hormones getting the best of him.

You can listen to a replay of the interview by clicking here. It’s from Thursday’s The Big Show and click the link for the time slot 3-4 p.m. It’s best to have a broadband or DSL connection to download. My dial-up just doesn’t cut it.

As coach myself, I always tried to stress to my kids to do the right thing and they knew if they chose the wrong path there would be consequences. While you always hate to give up on a kid and you want to defend them and help them as much as you possibly can, I line has to be drawn and these boys may just have crossed the line.

On to other subjects…


In Saturday’s Prep Extra page in The Courier and Review Times there will be prep golf and tennis capsules with information on every area team…with the exception of Upper Sandusky tennis.

Next week everything else gets underway prep-wise. Soccer starts on Monday, volleyball on Saturday and cross country also begins. Oh yeah, Friday night is the start of the football season!!!

Hardin Northern has hired a new basketball coach. Aaron Thompson, an Upper Scioto Valley graduate and former HN freshman coach will take over the program and try and get the ship righted in Dola.

Here’s what we have planned…

The 2006 Prep Football Tab comes out either Wednesday or Thursday I can’t remember which day. And the following day the 2006 College Football Tab is published.

Our first week of prep football coverage will feature a Findlay High School preview for its game against Toledo St. John’s and a couple of stories about the impact of the new divisional rules the OHSAA has put in place for the 2007-08 season. Mark Heiman will have a story featuring some strong negative reaction from administrators and coaches on the new rules. I am working on a story why the new rules were put in place from the OHSAA’s perspective after talk with Findlay High AD and OHSAA Board of Control president Jerry Snodgrass and members of the Blue Ribbon Committee that formulated the rules including Bluffton principal Greg Denecker.

In addition:

We’ll have area boys and girls soccer capsules in next Saturday’s Prep Extra page.

I’m still trying to track down former Ada and Kent State punter Josh Brazen for a feature on his stint at the Buffalo Bills training camp.

I’m also working on stories about the UF wrestling recruiting class for this season as well as several other stories that if I told you about I would have to kill you in order to keep them a secret.

As always story ideas on area coaches and athletes are always welcome by emailing me at


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