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.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

First league champ crowned

Well the first area prep league champion of the 2006-07 school year had been crowned.

Drumroll please……It’s the golf team from Liberty-Benton High School.

The Eagles edged Van Buren in what was essentially a two-team battle for the BVC crown at the league tournament at Country Acres yesterday. I know, I know, for most of you out there the “why would I care factor” on this one ranks right up there probably with eating liver and onions washed down by a diet Dr. Pepper for breakfast.

But not everyone plays football and in the BVC where essentially everyone cares about football and basketball, I like to see the kids compete in other sports. The BVC has a pretty rich history in golf. Through the years, Van Buren has been one of the top small-school programs in the state and Liberty-Benton had been right there with the Knights usually just a half a step behind.

So kudos to L-B coach Ben Gerken and his BVC medalist and player of the year Sammy Curto for a job well done. But kudos also to each and every BVC athlete that played in the tournament too.

Some random thoughts…
-- It’s been a pretty good fall for that school the rest of the conference loves to hate just west of Dold Farms. The girls cross country team will likely be picking up another trophy in Columbus, the golf team has a pretty good chance to qualify for state and of course the football team is pretty doggone good as well. Oh, and the boys and girls soccer teams are both leading their conferences too. Everyone one complains about the number of students L-B has, well they have a lot more sports than everyone else does too, especially in the fall. I dream of the day when I can cover the L-B wrestling team taking on Arcadia for the BVC championship. Then again, I’d like to see a school like Leipsic or Arlington wrestle for a BVC title too.

-- Leipsic senior Jason Crow struggled (at least for him) with an 84 at the BVC tournament and earned second team all-conference honors for the Vikings after being a member of the all-BVC first team his first three years. Here’s hoping the 2004 state qualifier can get back on track Monday at the PCL for a run at another state tournament birth.

-- When Pete Brunow finally stops coaching teams on the football field at Hardin Northern. I think he should start a golf program and be the schools first golf coach. I have the utmost respect for Brunow and I think his golf teams would be the most competitive in the area if anyone can motivate a kid to play any sport it would probably be Pete.

MAL GOLF: Is this even blog worthy? Fremont St. Joseph will win the MAL golf tournament at Green Hills in Clyde on Friday. Bet the house on it. The Crimson Streaks might just eat up most of the spots on the all-conference first team. They are that good. As for second, who knows? Calvert, Seneca East, St. Wendelin, Carey or North Baltimore could all finish second on a good day.

SECTIONAL DRAWS: The sectional draws for boys and girls soccer and volleyball for the Northwest District will all take place Sunday, Oct. 8. As usual, the Courier will publish all of the draws from the Northwest District first.

WEEK 5 NOTES: I’ll try and finish them up tonight at work and post them before I leave.

OK better last week, but not perfect.

I was 14-4 last week bringing my overall season record to 50-18. See I know nothing more than anyone else does and I cover sports 8 days a week at The Courier.

Anyway here are my picks for Week 5
Findlay over Worthington Kilbourne -- The Trojans are about due to get that great big gorilla off their backs.
Pandora-Gilboa over Arcadia -- Might be the best game in the area this week but I’ll give the edge to the Rockets.
Arlington over Vanlue -- Vanlue has never beaten Arlington in BVC play.
Van Buren over Cory-Rawson -- Not sure why but I think this will be close.
Hardin Northern over Leipsic -- The Polar Express marches on to Week 11.
Liberty-Benton over McComb -- Too much offense and defense for the Panthers to handle.
Carey over North Baltimore -- Blue Devils pick up third straight victory.
Mohawk over St. Wendelin -- Good night nurse.
Hopewell-Loudon over Seneca East -- Gotta pick the Chieftains until someone in the MAL steps up to knock them off.
Buckeye Central over Riverdale -- I keep picking against them and they keep winning…you’re welcome Riverdale.
Fostoria over Shelby --This game will show the Redmen if they are NOL contenders or pretenders.
Tiffin Columbian over Upper Sandusky -- Columbian rips through the Rams like a tornado through a trailer park.
Ada over Bluffton -- Give the edge to the Bulldogs in this ancient rivalry that dates back to around 1900.
Columbus Grove over Spencerville -- Which Grove team is gonna show up? I hope it’s the one that beat LCC last week.
Patrick Henry over Evergreen -- I think this will be a high scoring affair 49-21, 56-28 something like that
Elmwood over Genoa -- Royals need every win they can get for playoff points.
Ottawa-Glandorf over St. Marys -- Go Titans.

Moose looking for love at Northern Michigan University
Findlay Courier Wednesday Sports Roundup (Includes: BVC volleyball roundup, BVC golf tournament, Ada-Bluffton and Findlay High school football previews)
Gibsonburg wins SLL golf crown
Little Giants fend off Presidents
Lima News prep football capsules
When in doubt, spread it out (Feature on spread offenses in Mansfield News Journal)
Area runners point to stretch run
Injuries decimate St. Paul Defense
Kicking it up a notch
NOL Football Stats
Tiffin Advertiser Tribune football preview capsules


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