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, September 15, 2006

Just Six weeks left

It’s hard to believe but after tonight there will only be a month and a half left of the high school football season. Plus tournaments in prep golf and tennis will also be starting during the next couple of weeks.

It’s been a busy week with lunchtime meetings with the OHSAA and area athletic directors and all of the things to be done on a daily basis.

I did a lot of complaining about the OHSAA earlier in the week and it was justified in my opinion. But after talking to longtime Northwest District Athletic Board Secretary Dick Krauss, one of the nicest people you will ever in your life meet, I have to give the folks in Columbus some credit.

They run the best high school tournaments in the country, bar none, and all of the gentlemen I’ve complained about on this divisional issue have put in countless hours to make sure the OHSAA is the best among the state athletics associations in the country. For that they deserve the thanks of every sports writer, parent, athlete and coach in Ohio.

They do a remarkable job.

A REMARKABLE SPEAKER: I got the opportunity to listen to former Buckeyes and Browns great Dick Schafrath speak during the Northwest Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators fall workshop in Findlay Wednesday. What stories the man has. Can you imagine playing for both Woody Hayes and Paul Brown? Coming from the background Schafrath did, a kid from Amish Country and making it to the NFL and the statehouse in Columbus where he served as a state senator for 15 years is amazing. He has a new book out and I’ll try to find a link to it on Amazon and post it tomorrow.

EARLIER STARTS: Don’t expect the Northern Ohio League to follow the lead of the North Central Conference and other Mansfield area leagues in moving their starting times for football games from 7:30 to 7 p.m. The NOL administrators that were in Tiffin didn’t like the earlier starts. They felt it didn’t allow some parents enough time to get to the games after getting off work. As a sports writer the earlier the start the better as far as I am concerned but I can understand the concerns of administrators and working parents that want the later start.

Bryan ready for rebound against Napoleon
Galion, Mt. Gilead hot heading into Galion CC meet
Bucyrus area football previews
The Plain Dealer breaks down the Herbstreit Challenge
Scouting the Herbstreit Challenge
Yankees end their relationship with the Columbus Clippers
Columbus Dispatch looks at the Herbstreit Challenge
Lady Jays dump Fort Jennings
Findlay Courier Sports Roundup including a story on Dick Schafrath and retiring NW District Secretary Dick Krauss
Fostoria has ciritcal game with Galion; St. Wendeln tangles with Carey
Fremont area football capsules
Ross faces powerful Benedictine
Mansfield area prep round up
Port Clinton Area Prep Football previews
St. Marys may recognize bowling as a varsity sport
Tiffin Advertiser Tribune sports for the last two days


  • At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a question that is not directly related to your column. Who reports the scores to the AP? I ask because I live in the Columbus area and the Columbus Dispatch lists scores from around the state. But when I look for BVC scores, they are usually missing.

  • At 11:30 AM, Blogger --J-- said…

    The AP gets its statewide scores from it's members newspapers like us and others throughout the state. AP either calls us for our scores or we email them to them.

    You probably don't get them in the Dispatch because their deadline to go to press is probably too early before AP has the scores from our area. I've encountered the same thing when I'm down in Columbus for state wrestling and look at the Dispatch for our area basketball scores...they don't have them.

    I'll do this tonight. As soon as we have all the scored from the BVC I'll email them to the AP in Columbus. Tell me if they appear in tomorrow's Dispatch.


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