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, March 20, 2007

Think Spring

The spring sports season is always interesting.
And it’s mostly because of the weather. One day it will be 75 and sunny and the next it will be cold and rainy with the wind chilling you to the bone.
There’s nothing like sitting in a lawnchair in mid-May and watching a little high school baseball or softball. Keeping score, listening to the fans and coaches jaw with the umpire, the smell of freshly cut grass. It’s a beautiful thing and most of the time it‘s free
But I think I like covering prep track and field best in the spring. The reason is that there are so many different things to write about at a track meet. Throwers, jumpers vaulters. Sprinters, distance, hurdlers. There’s something for everyone to watch.
I think track has grown on me over the years working at The Courier. I’ve gotten to see Liberty-Benton, Cory-Rawson, Columbus Grove, Ottawa-Glandorf and Upper Sandusky all win state titles over the years in track and field. Not to mention countless state individual champions and placers from schools like Bluffton, Riverdale, Fostoria St. Wendelin, Carey and Hopewell-Loudon.
If the state indoor meet is any indication, it will be another banner year for area competitors.
Liberty-Benton’s Kesha Brooks, the defending Division III outdoor 800-meter state champ, won the indoor crown. But other area schools were well-represented in the girls meet too with Cory-Rawson’s Dana Ford and McComb’s Katie Borgelt placing in a pair of events.
It is nice to see Dana Ford doing well after she was forced to miss the final few weeks of last season with an injury. She should be one of the area’s top female sprinters again during this outdoor season.

COMINGS AND GOINGS: Marion Harding has hired a new football coach. Heath Hinton will take over as the Presidents’ next coach here’s a little synopsis here of the hiring from the Marion Star.
In addition to NW District small schools will be looking for basketball coaches. Tom Kowaleski has stepped down after 10 years at Sandusky St. Mary’s and Woodmore’s Ty Ray has also resigned. A couple of pretty decent jobs open right there.

THURSDAY: Title IX in high school and how to get more fans to attend the OHSAA girls state tournament. No blogging tomorrow I'm taking a full time out to see if I can find a place where the fish are biting :)

VASJ has plenty of hoops history
L-B ends St. Henry’s quest for Columbus
Diebler is top Division II player
St. John’s praises players
St. John’s finals loss brings out emotions
Ottoville does it with class and character
Tough third period denies St. John a title
New Knoxville girls are state runners up
Africentric ends New Knoxville‘s state bid
Cleveland Central Catholic ends St. John’s season


  • At 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have noticed your growing fondness of track and field over the years and appreciate it. How much of it has to do with having participated in another under-appreciated sport like wrestling?


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