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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Yep if you read The Courier today and saw the big Goose-egged headline on B1 yep, I wrote it.

As miserable as we as Browns fans are we get some solace in knowing Steelers fans are just as miserable. But I digress today I want to talk a little soccer.

I know not everyone out there is a soccer fan. For many, sometimes myself, it’s like watching paint dry. Maybe it’s because I didn’t grow up playing soccer, in fact, I had no exposure what so ever to the sport until I started working at The Courier.

I’ll admit my appreciation for soccer has grown somewhat recently. Thanks to my English stepdad I can name at least six clubs in the English Premier League. My mates at work sometimes look at me funny when I volunteer to go to certain events like soccer, cross country, golf, etc. They get out every Friday night and hog all of the gridiron glory while I’m stuck in the office so if I can find a way to get out and cover something I’m game for the opportunity.

OK back to area soccer. The league of most interest to us is the North Central Ohio Soccer Association. Cory-Rawson, Van Buren, Upper Sandusky, Mohawk, Tiffin Calvert, Ada, Riverdale and Old Fort are in the conference. There are the haves…Cory-Rawson, Ada, Van Buren and Riverdale. They are well-established programs with a solid base of youth soccer players. The tweener…Upper Sandusky. Above the bottom but not quite with the top-tier teams. And of course the MAL soccer programs like Calvert, Old Fort and Mohawk where there is little youth soccer to help bolster the HS programs.

I always kind of felt sorry when I would see Ada or Riverdale bomb Calvert or Mohawk 10-0 and thought maybe there needed to be a change in the way the league was organized. One team that should be added is Liberty-Benton. They are a natural coming from the BVC but I have heard various stories from both sides, the NCOSA doesn’t want them and that they have no interest in joining the NCOSA. I don’t understand either. How about reorganizing and adding L-B and Bluffton? I know the Pirates play a difficult schedule that includes many Putnam County League and Western Buckeye League schools. It’s just something that I thought I would throw out there.

It looks like the league will come down to Riverdale’s game against Cory-Rawson. They are the lone unbeatens left in NCOSA play.

As for the PCL, who knows? Fort Jennings is 2-0-1 and the only unbeaten team left in the PCL.Pandora-Gilboa has been a big surprise with wins over a struggling Van Buren team and a victory over Continental. It should be interesting down the stretch. You gotta love a conference that bucks Friday night high school football and plays some soccer matches on Friday night. I think that’s pretty cool.

A Findlay High School coach once told me when I asked him how the Trojans would do against some of the area’s smaller schools that FHS would beat Riverdale, Bluffton or C-R 12-0 or 13-0. Somehow I just don’t believe that.

NOTEWORTHY:-- The AP prep football poll is out and Hardin Northern is No.1 and Hopewell-Loudon is No.2 in Division VI. The first official OHSAA computer rankings are due out tonight.

-- Area high school golfers will play in championship tournaments this week. The BVC kicks things off Wednesday at Country Acres. The SLL and MAL Tournaments are at Green Hills Thursday and Friday respectively, the WBL Tournament is Friday at Lost Creek in Lima and the NWOAL is Friday at Auglaize Country Club. Monday the PCL and NWC Tournaments take place. Sectional tournaments in Division II and III begin one week from Thursday.

Courier prep sports round up includes BVC golf preview
Girls Prep Tennis Poll
Lerner increases his stake in Aston Villa
AP State Football Poll
Clarett to serve at least 3½ years in prison
Ohio State stakes out plans for new turf from Cygnet
Bluffton superintendent looking elsewhere
Mapleton stops 33 game losing streak


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