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, October 10, 2006

The state of the GBC

I don’t really want to hurt anyone’s feelings. But on second thought I guess it doesn’t matter and the truth must be told.

It boils down to this, the Greater Buckeye Conference blows.

Man this is one bad conference in everything. Not just football, but volleyball, golf, soccer, cross country, track. It’s just plain bad in everything.

It’s sad too. Because of the conference schools have great sports traditions respectively over the years. When you think of all the great athletes that schools like Findlay, Fremont Ross, Sandusky, Marion Harding, Napoleon and Lima Senior have produced over the years it’s truly amazing.

But right now I can’t think of a single athletic program at any of the schools that you consider a state power. And every area conference has at least one program you can say on a state-wide stage they are one of the best in their sport. Like L-B girls cross country and HN football in the BVC, or Old Fort volleyball or Mohawk softball in the MAL.

You get the picture. Findlay dominates in a lot of sports like soccer, tennis and usually golf although Napoleon won the GBC golf title this season. But I guess everything goes in cycles and maybe the GBC schools will have their days in the sun yet again. Just not this year.

Looks like the weather today has held up so they’ll be able to get the girls district golf tournament in today at Sycamore Springs. With just 2 state bids up for grabs individually, it will be interesting to see if Findlay’s Kaitlyn Van Gunten can grab one of them and return to the state tournament for the Trojans. We’ll find out later today.

WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON: Let’s see what’s on the agenda. A story on the rivalry between Vanlue and Arcadia. I’m heading out to each school today and hopefully a look at the series by the numbers. Mark Heiman is working on a story about P-G football coach B.J. Queen and his lengthy daily commute. Of course a look at Findlay High School’s homecoming game with Fremont Ross by Dave Hanneman. I will be covering the NCOSA soccer match at Riverdale between C-R and the Falcons Thursday and Mark Heiman will be at RedHawk Thursday as the Trojans try and secure another bid to the Division I state golf tournament.

Weekly prep volleyball poll
Weekly prep soccer poll
Weekly prep tennis poll
Findlay Courier Monday sports round up
My column on the OHSAA this week
Turf growing in popularity
Golf error can’t crush family bond
Shelby volleyball storms past Fostoria


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