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 05, 2006

A sports spectacle

If you like high school sports, head over to Tiffin on Saturday.

There won’t be any kiddie rides or suspicious looking characters trying to rip you off by enticing you to throw a softball to knock over some milk cans for a cheap stuffed animal.

But there will be a carnival.

The Tiffin Cross Country Carnival is set for Saturday at Hedges Boyer Park in Tiffin and anyone that’s a high school sports fan should check it out once whether they are a fan of cross country or not.

There will be around 6,000 runners from ages 6-18 competing in various races at Tiffin Saturday and it truly is a sports spectacle. The reason I kind of like cross country is that there are hundred of little races inside each and every race. When you watch the finish line you’ll see kids that step it up to beat the kids just infront of them and other kids that are out of gas and just can’t run an further.

Best of all, hopefully it will be a beautiful fall Saturday at the park and admission is FREE!

There will be plenty of area runners to watch like Liberty-Benton’s girls cross country team led by senior Kesha Brooks who will be trying to finally unseat Minster at the Division III state meet this season. Findlay High School’s Alison Leckrone should have a good showing in the Division I girls race as well.


-- Kudos to University of Findlay defensive coordinator Jon Wauford for an excellent game plan against defending NCAA Division II champions Grand Valley State last week at Donnell Stadium Holding the Lakers’ high-powered offense to just 13 points is quite an accomplishment for the Oilers. If their offense could have produced some points who knows it could have been one of the biggest upsets in Division II this season.

-- Riverdale’s losing streak now stretches to 29 games but don’t be surprised to see the Falcons finally get in the win column this week. The Falcons take on winless Ridgemont, who is coming off a 13-7 loss to Upper Scioto Valley last week. Ridgemont and St. Wendelin scrimmaged twice during the preseason and split. This should make for an interesting football game.

-- We should get some BVC stats this week. I will do my best to post some of the leaders of the conference in tomorrow’s blog.

--- Big test today as Liberty-Benton hosts unbeaten Ottawa-Glandorf in an area boys soccer match. For the first time in the past couple of seasons no area boys or girls soccer teams are listed in the state coaches’ poll.

-- Looked at the OSU football roster this weekend as I scoured Ohio college websites looking for area athletes competing in college. Former Hardin Northern player Jason Weihrauch is listed as a fresman back up punter for the Buckeyes this season.


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