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 26, 2006

Hopewell-Loudon vs. Hardin Northern?

Hardin Northern No.1 and Hopewell-Loudon No.2.

That's how the Associated Press panel of sports writers and broadcasters ranks the Polar Bears and Chieftains in Division VI.

I went to watch the scrimmage between the two teams back in mid-August. Of course Hardin Northern was just getting their act together at that time. From what I understand they didn’t score a touchdown in the preseaon but managed to hang 67 on a pretty decent Ada team in Week 1.

The only score in the scrimmage was a 40-yard touchdown run by H-L running back Sean Brickner. The Chieftains have been getting better every week as last week;s 42-14 romp over a solid Seneca East team would indicate. The only real test left on the Chieftain schedule is Mohawk.

Wouldn’t it be cool to see a Hopewell-Loudon vs. Hardin Northern state final. And my question to all of you out there is who would win? Would you take the Polar Bears or Chieftains? And why?

Ohio Stadium is getting new turf and it’s coming from right here in the area. Cygnet Farms sod company is providing the new turf that will be installed in the coming days at Ohio Stadium, home of the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes next home game on their new turf will be against….Bowling Green. Ironic that BGSU will be playing against Ohio State on Wood County turf.

VIKINGS IN CHARGE: Leipsic is all alone atop the Blanchard Valley Conference volleyball standings after last night’s matches. Hardin Northern is in second place at 4-1. The Vikings and Polar Bears tangle next Monday night in a BVC showdown. Leipsic is also in the hunt in the Putnam County League where they remain unbeaten along with Columbus Grove and Kalida.

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT: Leipsic;s Jason Crow appears to be back on track after shooting a 71 to win medalist honors at yesterday’s PCL golf tournament at Pike Run. Ottoville captured the team title in the 5-team tournament. As a side note, it’s a shame that Continental and Columbus Grove no longer field golf teams. Sectionals for area teams begin Thursday at 9 a.m.

CLICK THIS LINK: Check out this link and tell me what you think of this sports writing. I don’t want to say anything bad but is it over the top? It’s hard for me to believe they put this stuff on their website. You tell me.

TOMORROW’S BLOG: I won’t be back from Columbus and the Associated Press Sports writers workshop until after 5 p.m. so the blog will be a little later than normal Wednesday.

Findlay Courier Monday Local Sports (Includes BVC volleyball roundup, Julie Cole Classic golf, GBC golf preview and prep football standings)
Ottoville falters in losses to Bluffton, McComb
Clay outlasts Little Giants in volleyball

Shelby volleyballers overwhelm Fostoria


  • At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'd take HN but don't think either would get past DSJ.

    Keep up the heat on Mr. Ross. The new division set-up is bad for all sports not just football.

    Link to Lima News dosen't work. One thing about the Lima news, I love their box scores on Saturday mornings. They'll put as many as they can get in the paper not just some "game of the week". Courier write-ups are a whole lot better though

  • At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'd take Hardin Northern, too. I think they are the fastest team they've had in a long time, and that's saying something. (I'd take HN or H-L over DSJ any day this year.)

    That Lima News story reads like an old-fashoned news report. It's so wordy and full of phrases you'd never use in real life. I know they have a new sports editor, maybe he's not on top of his job yet.

  • At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Your source for high school football scores, standings & rankings


    at Hopewell-Loudon (Bascom, OH)
    [2006] Hardin Northern (Dola, OH) 31, [2006] Hopewell-Loudon (Bascom, OH) 22

    at Hardin Northern (Dola, OH)
    [2006] Hardin Northern (Dola, OH) 31, [2006] Hopewell-Loudon (Bascom, OH) 21

    at neutral site
    [2006] Hardin Northern (Dola, OH) 31, [2006] Hopewell-Loudon (Bascom, OH) 21

  • At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Crow better shoot a 71 at his home course. It's like Curto shooting a 35 at Sycamore (like he does often).

  • At 7:53 AM, Blogger --J-- said…

    Yeah I guess you're right about Crow. Pike Run is Leipsic and Miller City's home course. It's funny they should hold the PCL Tourney there instead of a neutral site.

    I'm not sure whether Findlay woudl have beaten Napoleon for the GBC title this year on golf but playing on the Napoleon Municipal COurse certainly was an advantage for the Wildcats.

  • At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Blue Devil 2 said…

    "The only real test left on the Chieftain schedule is Mohawk"

    Wow Jamie, I'm a little disappointed in you...

    I'd take the Bears and Brunow.


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