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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Time for the girls to shine

It’s starting to get down to the nitty gritty.
Girls basketball teams will tip it off tomorrow night as district tournaments get underway throughout Northwest Ohio.
There are plenty of games to tickle your fancy if you are a prep basketball fan. All of them will obviously be better than the game I covered last night. There’s nothing like watching a boys game where the score is 11-8 at halftime.

Division I
First on the agenda is the Anthony Wayne-Findlay rematch. Anthony Wayne is 19-1 with its only loss coming to the Trojans in the first game of the season. This is the kind of game you love to watch. Since they played in the opener, you’ll be able to determine which team has improved the most throughout the course of the season.
Although the Trojans won the meeting between the two teams, wow any high school team that wins 19 straight that’s quite an accomplishment. I’ll actually be checking the Courier website when I am at the state wrestling tournament for updates on this one.

Division II
Ottawa-Glandorf plays Celina in the Division II district at Findlay High School. What makes this interesting is that it’s an all-Western Buckeye League district and four pretty solid teams with Bath and Wapak in the other half bracket. Whoever wins this district is well-deserving of a spot in next week’s regional.

Division III
Another wowser. At Shelby you have Ashland Crestview (18-4), who knocked a 1-loss Western Reserve team out of the tournament last week, against Andra Bell’s Upper Sandusky Rams (16-5). Is there a better girls coach out there than Andra? Plus the Rammies have a 16-5 record coming against a pretty good NOL schedule. In the other half of the bracket its periennial power Margaretta (17-3) and Riverdale (21-1). Both of these games will be worth the price of admission.
At Perrysburg you have Genoa (18-3) against BVC quad champion Liberty-Benton (13-7). I’d have to think based on records Genoa is probably the favorite but it’s tournament time and coach Nate Irwin’s Eagles are more than capable of the upset. Look for Columbus Grove (19-2) to roll in the other half of the bracket against an 8-14 Woodmore team.

Division IV
Seven area teams will be playing at three sites in Division IV
At Liberty-Benton it looks like Hopewell-Loudon (22-0) and Van Buren (16-4) might be on a collision course in Saturday’s finals. Van Buren takes on 8-11 Allen East while Hopewell-Loudon plays Pandora-Gilboa. If the Rockets or Mustangs win consider it the upset special of the night. I like the way Van Buren has been playing their rout of St. Wendelin in the sectional final speaks volumes to how far they have come.
At Fostoria, New Riegel (13-8) takes on Ottawa Hills (19-1). Based on records the Green Backs…I mean Green Bears should be favored but Old Fort (3-17) beating Danbury (13-7) has me wondering if the Blue Jackets can pull off the upset here. I wouldn’t be surprised Steve Lucius’ crew found themselves in the finals.
There are some pretty good teams in the Elida District too. Ottoville plays an upstart Kalida team that knocked off Leipsic in the sectional final and the other game at the fieldhouse features Convoy Crestview against Continental in a match up of 16-4 teams that one should be a dandy.

Who will be left standing and heading to regionals?
Among the area teams after looking into my cloudy crystal ball I’d say Ottawa-Glandorf, Columbus Grove, Ottoville and Hopewell-Loudon remain in the tournament after Saturday night’s finals.
Check in Sunday and see if I should be eating filet mignon or crow on those picks.

NOTEWORTHY: No bloggin’ on the Buzz probably until Monday. I’m off to cover the 67th OHSAA state wrestling tournament. I will be banging out some stuff from the Schott on area wrestlers on the Northwest Ohio Wrestling Blog here. Until then enjoy the hoops!

Findlay Courier Local Sports for Wednesday
Fostoria Review Times Sports for Wednesday
Fremont Ross ousts Marion Harding
Exciting tournament win ends Galion skid
Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune Wednesday Sports
UF boots Ashland from GLIAC Tourney
Colonel Crawford cuts down Hopewell-Loudon
Seneca East blitzes Gibsonburg
Bucyrus reaches sectional final
Murphy leads Galion past Clear Fork
Crestline sets up rematch with Buckeye Central
Defiance Crescent News Sports
Mansfield Area Boys Basketball Boxscores
Lima News Sports for Thursday
Fostoria bounces Port Clinton
Fostoria ends Port Clinton’s season
Bob Priest named Van Wert’s new football coach


  • At 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You guys at the Courier have one hell of a sports section. I looked and looked for the Lima Pburg score to see who Findlay plays next, nothing. You had a a list of games from Friday night,
    Findlay 54, Bowling Green 43
    Was that the only game at LB? Gee, I though Lima and Pburg played there after the Findlay game? You would think since the winner of that game would face Findlay next, it would at least get a spot for the score. Once again the Courier sports dept. shows its lack of committment to sports coverage.

  • At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    C'mon if your going to criticize, put your name on it.


  • At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why? Knowing who gave that opinion does not take away from the fact that its true.

  • At 4:08 PM, Blogger --J-- said…

    You must not have been looking too hard. The score was in Dave's story...

    Jesse Wohl scored 16 points, Luke Kraus had 15 and Tyler Birchmeier added 12 as Findlay (17-3) earned a spot in Thursday's district semifinals at Liberty-Benton against Lima Senior (8-14). Lima Senior knocked off No.2-seeded Perrysburg 59-58 in overtime in Friday's second sectional final at L-B.

    And in that day's scoreboard...
    Friday's Sectional Results
    Findlay 54, Bowling Green 43
    Lima Sr. 59, Perrysburg 58, OT

  • At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Spend all that time giving Jamie heck when the score was actually there? Wow, talk about lazy.


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