The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

This week’s Random Thoughts center around a judge’s decision to issue a TRO against the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Competitive Balance Plan.

Roger Bacon vs. OHSAA

Cincinnati St. Bernard Roger Bacon, and apparently other schools in the Greater Cincinnati Catholic League’s coed division successfully obtained a temporary restraining order from a Hamilton County judge that essentially halts the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Competitive Balance Plan, at least for the time being.

I’m not going to pretend to know the ins and outs of why the schools sought a TRO, but based on what I do know, I don’t like it.

If this absolutely had to be done, why wait until now? It almost seems like OHSAA was blindsided by the judge’s ruling. Was there any dicussion between the schools involved and OHSAA beforehand? We may or may not learn the answers to those questions and more, but I think many people will agree on this – the timing is really bad.

When a school joins OHSAA, it agrees to abide by the organization’s rules and by-laws. Competitive Balance is a rule that was approved by the majority of member schools.

What now?

Unless there’s an agreement between the two sides (don’t count on that), some sort of hearing will be scheduled and testimony will be given by both sides. It’ll be up to the judge to decide what happens after that. But time is of the essence.

While the TRO won’t affect regular season games, it most certainly will have an affect on postseason tournaments covered by Competitive Balance – soccer, volleyball, football, basketball, baseball and softball. This can’t be dragged out for weeks. It needs to be resolved sooner instead of later, because it affects hundreds of other schools. (more…)

POSTED: 08/17/18 at 7:16 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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COLUMBUS — At least for now, the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Competitive Balance rule is on hold.

That’s because OHSAA was informed Wednesday that Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert P. Ruehlman issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) that prohibits the organization from continuing to utilize a component of the Competitive Balance process that OHSAA member schools voted into place in 2014.

The court’s TRO ruling was specific to the Tier 1 factor and specifically to St. Bernard Roger Bacon High School and the other members of its league – the Cincinnati Greater Catholic League’s coed division. However, OHSAA member schools voted to have the Competitive Balance process apply to all member schools, both public and non-public.

“We were advised this afternoon of the court’s TRO,” OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass said. “Although the court’s ruling was specific to one conference, the OHSAA is an organization that emphasizes treating all of our member schools fairly and consistently, so we will work diligently with our staff, Board of Directors and general counsel to determine the best course of action in light of the TRO.”

The ruling has no affect on regular season schedules or contests, however the OHSAA had already announced the tournament divisional breakdowns for 2018-19 using Competitive Balance for the sports that it affects – soccer, volleyball, football, basketball, baseball and softball. (more…)

POSTED: 08/16/18 at 6:10 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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LIMA – The Spencerville boys’ golf team edged Lincolnview 168-171 to win a Northwest Conference quad match at Tamarac Golf Course on Wednesday. Paulding was third with a 178, while Ada came in fourth with a 234.

Medalist for the match was Bearcat Gavin Harmon, who carded a 36 for the nine-hole event. Lancer Jaden Youtsey was medalist runner-up with a score of 38.

Other Lincolnview golfers’ scores are as follows: Ryan Moody, 41; Braden Evans, 42; Reece Farmer, 50; Zane Miller, 51; Landon Price, 54.

POSTED: 08/16/18 at 6:01 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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Ticket prices for varsity Western Buckeye League footbal gamesl, along with varsity basketball games are going up.

Beginning with the 2018 football season, tickets purchased at the gate for WBL varsity football games will be $7. Tickets purchased via pre-sale will be $6 for adults and $4 for students.

POSTED: 08/15/18 at 6:28 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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Antwerp’s Austin Lichty fired a 40 to earn match medalist honors, as the Archers defeated Crestview 183-218 in non-conference golf action at Hickory Sticks Club Club on Tuesday.

Nathan Lee finished with a 46, followed by Jaken Eaken (47), and Eric Thornell (50).

Crestview was led by Colton Lautzenheiser’s 47, followed by Will Sharpe (55), Dillon Underwood (56) and Evan Scarlett (60)

POSTED: 08/15/18 at 6:27 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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DEFIANCE — The Lady Lancer golf team traveled to St. Mike’s Golf Course in Defiance to take on Fairview and Hicksville on Monday, and the Lady Aces trumped the field by firing a 201 to easily take the team contest over the Apache’s and Lincolnview. Fairview topped the Lady Lancers 228 to best the Lancers 241.

Hicksville’s lead golfer, Senior Micah Schroeder, continued her early season success by taking the match medalist honors with a 43 while teammate Laney Balser shot a 49 to earn runner-up medalist honors.

For the young and inexperienced Lady Lancers, junior Shiann Kraft finished in third position overall as she carded a 51. Close behind was sophomore Winter Boroff with a 53 to take sixth overall. A pair of freshman, Aryonna Hoghe and Adalee Purk competed and tallied 65 and 70 respectively.

Fairview was led In scoring by Nicole Cottrell and Emily Singer, as they scored and 55 respectively.

POSTED: 08/15/18 at 6:27 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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St. Henry was first and Lincolnview took second at the Lancer Golf Invite held Monday at Hickory Sticks Golf Club south of Van Wert.

St. Henry carded a team 18-hole score of 332 to easily win the tournament. St. Henry’s Jack Romer was also the individual medalist with an 18-hole score of 80, while Redskin Lucas Grieshiop carded an 83 as runner-up medalist.

Lincolnview finished with a team score of 349 for second place, while Lancer Ryan Moody’s 84 was good enough for a tie for third place with St. Henry’s Rylee Deitsch.

Allen East was third with a 386, Delphos Jefferson finished in fourth place with a 388, Crestview was fifth at 429, and Parkway was sixth with a team score of 460.

POSTED: 08/14/18 at 8:53 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

On any given Saturday afternoon or night during the autumn months, the golden tones of Paul Keels can be heard on radios throughout Ohio.

Keels is entering his 21st season as “The Voice of the Buckeyes”, broadcasting Ohio State football games during the fall on the Ohio State IMG Sports Network, which is comprised of more than 70 radio stations, including WKSD 99.7FM.

Paul Keels

He also broadcasts most Ohio State basketball games, and is the host of the popular Buckeye Roundtable and the Urban Meyer Call-In Show during the football season, and the Chris Holtmann Show during basketball season.

Keels, along with on-air partner Jim Lachey, describe the action of each football game in fine detail. For his efforts, Keels has been named as the NSAA Broadcaster of the Year four times – 2007 (shared with Marty Brennaman), 2010, 2011 and 2012, and he was inducted into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.

If you’ve ever listened to Keels, it’s obvious he has a natural talent for sports broadcasting, but that talent is matched with a lot of hard work and preparation.

“A large part of the work is the week leading up to the game,” Keels explained. “Ohio State’s weekly press conference along with attempts to interview opposing head coach, the weekly coaches radio show, Monday through Friday daily interviews with the head coach and weekly sports updates all go into it.” (more…)

POSTED: 08/14/18 at 4:10 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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Radio station WKSD 99.7 has announced plans to once again carry Ohio State football games, while its sister station, WERT 1220AM/104.3FM will join the Toledo Rockets football radio network in 2018.

Below are the schedules with kickoff times.

WKSD (Ohio State Buckeyes football)

September 1 vs. Oregon State 12 p.m.
September 7 vs. Rutgers 3:30 p.m.
September 14 vs. TCU (at Arlington) 8 p.m.
September 22 vs. vs. Tulane TBA
September 29 at Penn State TBA
October 6 vs. Indiana TBA
October 13 vs. Minnesota TBA
October 20 at Purdue TBA
October 27 BYE
November 3 vs. Nebraska TBA
November 10 at Michigan State TBA
November 17 at Maryland TBA
November 24 vs. Michigan 12 p.m.

WERT (Toledo Rockets football)

September 1 vs. VMI 7 p.m.
September 7 BYE
September 15 vs. Miami (FL) 12 p.m.
September 22 vs. Nevada TBA
September 29 at Fresno State TBA
October 6 vs. Bowling Green 3:30 p.m.
October 13 at Eastern Michigan TBA
October 20 vs. Buffalo 12 p.m.
October 25 at Western Michigan 7 p.m.
October 31 vs. Ball State 7:30 p.m.
November 7 at Northern Illinois TBA
November 15 at Kent State 6 p.m.
November 23 vs. Central Michigan TBA

POSTED: 08/14/18 at 4:08 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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WREN – The Wren Homecoming Wiffleball Tournament Committee has announced the Wrenway Park Wiffleball Warehouse Tournament and Junior Wiffleball Tournament first-round draws.

Friday, August 17

  • 6 p.m. — Eager Beavers vs. Richardson Photo
  • 6:50 p.m. — Shears vs. Putman Stables
  • 7:40 p.m. — Luginbill Construction vs. Whiffers
  • 8:30 p.m. — Northwest Ohio Welch Trophy vs. Longballers

Saturday, August 18

  • 8:30 a.m. — Back Door Sliders vs. Wren Restaurant Bunnies
  • 9:20 a.m. — Average Joe’s vs. Clean 13/KPM
  • 10:10 a.m. — Gibson’s Barnyard BBQ vs. Van Wert First Federal Honeybadgers
  • 11 a.m. — Ball Busters vs. MKS Siding

The following is the Wrenway Park Junior Wiffleball Tournament first round draw:

Thursday, August 16

  • 5 p.m. — Ulman Carpet Cleaning vs. Galley Restaurant
  • 5:45 p.m. — Tri Star Career Compact vs. Slusher’s Jewelry
  • 6:30 p.m. — MKS Siding vs. winner of game 1
  • 7:15 p.m. — Winner of Game 2 vs. Crack Pack

Junior Wiffleball games will be played at Wren Ballpark. The Junior Wiffleball championship game will be played at the Wiffleball Warehouse

This is a double-elimination tournament with six teams.

POSTED: 08/13/18 at 7:46 am. FILED UNDER: Sports