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Friday, December 31, 2010

My Top 10 of 2010 - # 1

This is my Top 10 Red Rider Sports Blog Moments of 2010. See the full list of posts here

Here we are...the #1 Red Rider Sports Blog moment of 2010 as decided by a panel of one.

I debated over the positioning of every other of the nine selections, and some that ended up not making the cut...but not this one. It was far and away the best moment of the year, and when looking back, it was many memorable moments wrapped up in one. more suspense, here's #1.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Top 10 of 2010 - # 3 and # 2

This is my Top 10 Red Rider Sports Blog Moments of 2010. See the full list of posts here

We're down to just a few on this countdown.  I chatted with a follower of the blog and Orrville alum today.  Said he was "on the edge of his seat" to see the final three.  Pretty sure it wasn't facetious.

Anyway, two familiar subjects on today's list...and I don't think there's any denying either from the top 10.  You could argue each could be #1.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Top 10 of 2010 - #5 and #4

This is my Top 10 Red Rider Sports Blog Moments of 2010. See the full list of posts here

We're getting closer, and that means the choices are much harder to make. Every one of these top 10 are moments to be proud of as Orrville citizens, students & alumni.

I think this one might cause some people to question my thought process.  I'll try to explain the best I can.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mike Plant speaks the truth....

Taking a break from the Top 10 of 2010, I wanted to draw attention to an article by Daily Record sportswriter Mike Plant. It appeared in this past Sunday's sports section. It was your obligatory "end of the year" article, full of gifts and wishes for 2011 in both the local, and national sports scene.

In one sentence, Mike sums up what a proud sports landscape we've carved out in this sleepy town of 8,000, and how proud we should be of our young athletes, and the community (us) that supports them.

Monday, December 27, 2010

My Top 10 of 2010 - # 7 and # 6

This is my Top 10 Red Rider Sports Blog Moments of 2010. See the full list of posts here

Got some catching up to do. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and took some time to relax with loved ones.

Back to business. I'm going to do two items per day for the next three and then the #1 Orrville Sports Blog happening of 2010 will be a post all it's own either Thursday or Friday.

Today, it's #7 and #6 on our list.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Top 10 of 2010 - # 8

This is my Top 10 Red Rider Sports Blog Moments of 2010. See the full list of posts here

We're up to #8 on the list, and this one is basketball related.  The 2009-10 Orrville boys basketball team was special for lots of reasons, but their two standout players accomplished very impressive individual milestones mere weeks apart from each other.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Top 10 of 2010 - # 9

This is my Top 10 Red Rider Sports Blog Moments of 2010. See the full list of posts here

Today we're up to #9...and it's one with plenty of personal significance for me, and not much at all to do with Orrville Sports. I'll get this one out of the way and the rest of the list is Orrville-centric....I promise.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Top 10 of 2010 - # 10

This is my Top 10 Red Rider Sports Blog Moments of 2010. See the full list of posts here

Business, as it relates to the 2010-11 Winter Sports schedule, hasn't quite kicked in to full gear yet, so things are a little slow around these blog parts.  So what will I possibly do to fill time between now and 2011?  Why a "Top 10" list, of course. 

Today kicks off the "Top 10 Blog Moments of 2010." It's a mix of Orrville Sports happenings and happenings connected to this site that may not be 100% related to OHS sports....but still very noteworthy, to me anyways.

We'll do one of these per day leading up to the #1 moment of the year.

But before we move forward, let's look back at a post from late in 2009.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hey...Smitty Classic is this weekend.

The 7th Annual WQKT/Steve Smith Holiday Hoops Classic is set for this Saturday at the College of Wooster's Timken Gymnasium. This year's Classic is sponsored by Orlo Auto Parts.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Let's talk Girls Basketball, OK?

A very nice start for Coach Alberts and the Lady Riders. A convincing 4-0 start that has seen the Lady Riders win very handily in 3 of the 4.

Leading the way again this season for the defending OCC champs is sophomore Hannah Plybon. Her numbers this season have been very impressive, leading the team in scoring in all four games so far, including a 35-point effort last week against Lexington. By the records listed in the Winter Sports program, 35 points is tied for the 3rd most in OHS girls history.

Here's the team results along with leading scorer info so far....

Friday, December 10, 2010

Orrville Boys Basketball Ticket Info

Straight from Kent Smith & the ever-valuable Booster Club e-mail list.....
OCC Ticket Sales
For all OCC games we will do presale out of the OHS Athletic Office. Presale is $4.00/students and $6.00/adults. ALL tickets at the gate are $6.00. (Remember we have student passes available for home games that make the cost only $2.00)

The Smitty
The WQKT/Steve Smith Classic is coming up soon. (Dec. 18th) We play the feature game at 8:45 p.m. vs. Hillsdale. Presale tickets are $4.00/students and $6.00/adults. At the gate ticket prices go up to $5.00/students and $8.00/adults. One ticket is good for the entire day of basketball. Proceeds go toward scholarships given in Smitty’s name at our Senior Assembly in the spring. Here is the schedule for the day:

Noon- Norwayne vs. Manchester
1:45 p.m.- Northwestern vs. Avon
3:30 p.m.- Dalton vs. Lutheran East
5:15 p.m.- Wooster vs. Olentangy Liberty
7:00 p.m.- Triway vs. Brunswick
8:45 p.m.- Orrville vs. Hillsdale

Season Ticket Sales
Home season tickets will go on sale to those that haven’t renewed by mail this coming Monday. (Dec. 13th) Here is the schedule of sales:

6:00 p.m. - Renewals for those that did not renew by mail.
6:30 p.m. - Previous season ticket holders that wish to change seat locations
6:45 p.m. - Anyone Interested In Season Tickets For The First Time!

That Smitty ticket may be the best deal anywhere for an entire day of high school basketball. Even if you buy at the gate, it's still only $8 for 6 games. Send the girls Christmas shopping and stake out a seat at Timken Gym at the College of Wooster. They're building that SCOT Center that will connect to the gym, so that area of the college is a mess when it comes to parking. Plan accordingly.

Still wish Hiland would be a part of the Smitty. I'm of the understanding that they've been reached out to by tournament organizers, but maybe their schedule doesn't allow it. Maybe the fact that it's on a Sunday has something to do with it, too.

Happy Friday.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Complaining about Parochial Schools....again....and my solution.

I wrote on this topic last year, but it's such an easy target, I'll trot it out again this year. The just-completed state football championships again pointed out the lack of a level playing field in Ohio high school football, as 5 of the 6 state title winners were private schools.

Stats never lie...and I've got a bunch of 'em to prove my point.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

OHS Sports Hall of Fame Nominations

I was asked to post this on behalf of the Orrville Sports Hall of Fame committee and am happy to help get the word out.

The next induction isn't until next October but now is the time to start thinking about nominations.

Read below for all the details and for the nomination form and the entire list of previous induction classes.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

After Week 14...and the season.

And just like that, it's over. Another season of Orrville football has come and gone, the 101st season if my numbers are correct. The 21-3 loss to Chagrin Falls was not the way we wanted to go out, but on that night they were the better team and I wish them luck this Friday as they take on Bishop Hartley for the D-IV crown.

It stinks to see things end.  We're very proud of the team but when a season ends short of the ultimate goal, it's always so sudden and so final.  What makes the Orrville sports community special is what makes it very difficult at times too.  It's not a curse, that's the wrong word, it's just part of being a fan.  You have to be invested as a fan, and with that investment comes an acknowledgment that you have to take the good with the bad.

Some choose not to be invested, fearing a letdown.  I guess I've never been that way.  I try to enjoy the ride, knowing that you're always one game from the end, and there's never a gentle letdown.  It always comes to a screeching halt.

I wish our kids could have had a shot at the big prize this Friday morning in Massillon, but it wasn't to be I guess.

But you find the good...the silver lining, and you move on.  We'll turn the page to basketball and wrestling, then to baseball, softball and track in the spring.

Let's talk (quickly) about the Chagrin Falls game and look to next season. We'll talk some basketball too and throw in a few other things for good measure.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Simmons & Bowman wrap up college careers

Two fine college careers came to an end this past weekend as 2007 OHS graduates Kyle Simmons and Josh Bowman played their final collegiate game for Ohio Northern as they bowed out of the NCAA Division 3 Playoffs with a loss at North Central (Ill.), 28-9.

Josh was the Polar Bear's 5th leading tackler on defense this season with 61 stops, 4 being for losses and he also had 1 interception.

Kyle had a very productive season and a 4-year career that, statistically, will go down as one of the best ever at ONU. For the 2010 season, he had 2,023 passing yards to go along with 670 rushing yards and 29 total touchdowns (19 passing, 10 rushing).

He will end his career having the most rushing yards (1,336) of any QB in ONU history, the highest career completion percentage at 59.1%, the 2nd most completions with 448, the 4th most passing yards all-time with 5,479 and maybe most impressively, Kyle will leave with more total yards than any other player in Polar Bear history with 6,815.

Kyle was also named All-OAC 1st Team for the 2nd straight year.

Wow. Two shining examples of student-athletes. Congrats to both on a great run and thank you for making Orrville proud.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Week 14 Preview - Orrville Red Riders vs Chagrin Falls Tigers

Who: Orrville Red Riders (10-3) vs Chagrin Falls Tigers (12-1)
What: An OHSAA Division IV State Semifinal
When: Friday November 26th, 2010
Where: Medina High School's Ken Dukes Stadium (Map here)
All-Time Meeting: This is the first meeting between the schools

Coaches:  Doug Davault is 42-17 in his 5th season at Orrville.  He has a 7-2 career playoff record in three appearances.  This is his first appearance in the state semifinals.  Mark Iammarino is in his 16th year as Tigers coach.  His career record is 108-58, including 10-6 in the playoffs.  He has guided the Tigers to 7 of their 8 playoff appearances in school history.

Playoff History:  Orrville is making their 21st appearance in the state playoffs, their all-time record is 28-19.  Chagrin Falls is making their 8th all-time playoff appearance with an all-time record of 11-7.  They are 7-1 in the playoffs over the last two seasons.

How They Got Here: Chagrin Falls defeated Garretsville Garfield (22-7), Cortland Lakeview (54-28) and Manchester (37-14).  Orrville defeated Triway (27-25), Elyria Catholic (22-14) and Genoa Area (16-6).

Radio: WQKT 104.5 FM will broadcast on-air and on-line at  Akron's WZIP 88.1 FM will also carry the game, online too.

Monday, November 22, 2010

One blog post....Supersized. - Genoa Video, Stats, Thoughts, Awards, Basketball & Volleyball

Trying to combine everything into one post. Short week and family gatherings mean less time for blog reading/writing. This one and the game preview will be about all I have time for before Friday. I do want to send a HUGE thank you to all the readers/followers of the site. It's a broken record and I apologize for constantly repeating it, but I'm just blown away at the latest readership numbers.

Since the Monday of Wooster Week (October 25th) through this past Sunday (November 21st), there have been over 8,000 site visits and over 20,000 page views. That's roughly double the visitors & page views from the same time period last year.

November is already the biggest month in site history, and we still have at least one more week of football to go.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for all those who contribute ideas, suggestions, comments and even criticisms. All are a part of making this site special.

My fellow Rider fan and OrrViews colleague Ned Hostetler mentioned in his latest article that his drive to keep doing his historical looks-backs for OrrViews stemmed from all the positive comments he received, and the fact that people anticipate his next article.  I couldn't have put it any better. I've said before that I'd still run this site even if nobody read it, but it's nice to know that folks appreciate the site.

It's always been my drive to give you informative, accurate & even-handed content that represents the knowledge and passion that so many of you demonstrate. The fact that so many of you are faithful readers is terribly humbling. It didn't take me long to figure out that my words have impact, and I will continue to take that responsibility very seriously.

Enough about me....let's get to the good stuff.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

After Week 13...Final Four edition

What a night that was. What a great all-around game by the entire team. This team is peaking at the right time, our defense is playing awesome. Last night was the 9th regional title in school history, and first since 1999. Now it's on to the state FINAL FOUR and a date with the Chagrin Falls Tigers this Friday at Medina.

This team has a look....a legitimate look at the state title. No one's getting ahead of themselves, but this team has a real chance to be the last team standing. Who'd have thought that at the beginning of the year? We have the talent on offense, a strong defense, and capable special teams.  We're also battle tested.  The scary part is we can still get better.

Let's talk about the Genoa game and all the lovely, lovely details of another playoff victory against an undefeated Comet team.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Week 13 Preview - Genoa Area Comets vs Orrville Red Riders

Who: #3 Orrville Red Riders (9-3) vs #4 Genoa Area Comets (12-0)
What: The Division IV, Region 14 Championship
Where: Avon Lake Memorial Stadium, Avon Lake, OH - (Map & Directions here, I've been told this is the best way to go)
When: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 7:30pm kickoff

All-Time Series: Orrville leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Orrville beat Genoa in a 2009 Region 14 semifinal, 36-35.

Coaches: Doug Davault is 41-17 in his 5th year for Orrville.  His playoff record is 6-2 in three appearances.  Genoa coach Mike Vicars is 46-4 in just his 4th year as Comet coach, including a 7-3 record in four playoff appearances.  He's 146-97 in his coaching career with an all-time playoff record of 12-10 (11 appearances).

How they got here:  Genoa beat #5 seed Ottawa-Glandorf 7-6 in the first round and upset #1 seed Clear Fork, 38-29 in round two.  Orrville beat #6 seed Triway in the first round (27-25) and upset #2 seed Elyria Catholic last week by a 22-14 score.

Radio:  WQKT 104.5 FM will broadcast the game over the air and also online at 

Playoff History: This is Orrville's 21st all-time playoff appearance, their all-time playoff record is 27-19 with one state title (1998).  They have won regional titles 8 times.  Genoa is making their 4th appearance, with an all-time record of 7 wins and 3 losses.  Their only regional title was won in 2008.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Avon Lake Parking Assistance

Here's some advice on managing the potential parking nightmare around Avon Lake Stadium. I was informed that there will be a drama club play on the same night as the Orrville/Genoa game, and that half of the already limited parking spaces at the school will be reserved for that event.

In looking at the area in and around the stadium, parking was already quite scarce...but no worries...shuttle buses to the rescue!! See the map below for available parking and pickup/dropoff sites for the shuttle buses. Better and make plans ahead of time. Leave a few minutes earlier and be patient and I'm sure all will work out.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Max Pirman commits to Nebraska

I hate taking the focus off the Red Riders regional championship game this week against Genoa, but I'm not exactly the only one reporting this.

Orrville senior Max Pirman and junior Mason Monheim visited Lincoln, NE for the 'Huskers game versus Kansas at Memorial Stadium this past Saturday.  Max had previously committed to Indiana, but lately there has been some talk about IU coach Bill Lynch being on the hot seat, especially after Wisconsin hung 83 points on them. All of that was enough to give Max pause and at least re-evaluate his situation.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Week 13 Site.....Avon Lake High School

Well, I thought it was a lock for Huron or Tiffin (so did Genoa's AD)...but one thing is certain, never set it in stone when the OHSAA is involved. The site for the regional final between Orrville and Genoa has been announced. It will be held at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Avon Lake High School.

According to this link, it's a 4500-seat capacity stadium that has been completely renovated. Updates were made to the seating, concessions, restrooms, locker rooms and (most importantly) a brand new artificial turf playing surface. Here's a gallery of pictures from their renovation which was completed just before the 2010 season opened.

Genoa will be the home team (Orrville is the higher seed, but we're on the bottom of the bracket, so we're the visitor).  More seats on the home side, but there will be plenty of room for the Orrville contingent.  Genoa needs the extra room for their air horns (and inflated egos) anyway.

Google Maps says it's just shy of a 90-minute drive from Orrville....and just over 90 minutes from Genoa. So pretty equal in terms of drive. What has the potential to stink is dealing with what will amount to rush hour traffic in the Cleveland area. Looks like the best way to go is up Rt. 71 North to 90 West to the Route 83 North exit.

Stadium is less than a mile away from Lake dress warm.

Here's a map & directions.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

After Week 12 - Panthers caged...Comets on the horizon

How about them Riders?  What can you say about the effort that was put forth by the ENTIRE TEAM?  I know it was only an 8-point win, but it was very convincing to me.  I said it in the preview that we'd need to be excellent across the board to win.  And that's pretty much what happened.

Let's discuss it all and look forward to the regional final versus those pesky Comets from Genoa.

Picture from the Lorain Morning Journal.  Article and more pics here

Full gallery of game pics here, courtesy of Rod Dilyard Photography.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Week 12 Preview - Orrvile Red Riders vs Elyria Catholic Panthers

Who:  #2 Elyria Catholic Panthers (10-1) vs #3 Orrville Red Riders (8-3)
What:  An OHSAA Division IV, Region 14 Semifinal
Where:  Medina High School - Ken Dukes Stadium (map here, they will be charging $2 for parking also)
When:  Friday November 12, 2010, 7:30pm

All-Time Series:  Elyria Catholic leads 1-0
Last Meeting:  Elyria Catholic 14, Orrville 13.  1984 Division III State Semifinal.  My 1984 playoff lookback including the original game article is here.

Playoff History:  Orrville has qualified for the state playoffs 21 times.  Their playoff record is 26-19 with one state championship (1998).  Elyria Catholic has 14 appearances, their record is 16-10 with 3 state titles (1976, 1983, 1984).

Coaches: Ben Malbasa is in his 4th season as Panther coach, this is his 2nd playoff appearance. His record is 31-11, including a 1-1 record in the playoffs. Doug Davault is 40-17 in his 5th year as Orrville head coach. He's 5-2 in 3 playoff appearances.

Radio: Wooster's 104.5 WQKT will broadcast the game on-air and online at WEOL 930 AM will also carry the game. Their website is here, can't really tell if they'll be webcasting, but I'm guessing so.

Other Region 14 Game: In the other semifinal, #4 Genoa takes on #1 Clear Fork at Tiffin. Both teams run the ball almost exclusively so this game should take about 90 minutes to play. It may be over by the time the Orrville game is at halftime.

In a rematch from the 1984 Division 3 playoffs...two of northeast Ohio's most accomplished programs will meet on the field for only the second time.  The winner gets a berth in the regional title game.  It's preview time...and for this week, I've asked a special guest to handle the Elyria Catholic side of things.  Read on for all the wonderment. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

After Week 11 - Great effort ,Titans & Bring on the Panthers

Another playoff game...another heartburn inducing, down-to-the-wire finish. In the end, Orrville survives and advances. Let's talk about the game, the great performance turned in by Stewart Turner, the gutsy effort from the Titans and plenty of other topics. I know it wasn't the cleanest performance ever, but a win is a win.

Think of it this way, Orrville is one of 16 teams in division 4 (and 1 of 96 in the state) that aren't cleaning out their lockers and turning in their uniforms this week.  This is a good thing.

Pictured at right...the 2010 Elyria Catholic Panthers.  Numbers-wise, they're about the same as Orrville.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Nathan Rosenbaum finishes 27th at State Cross Country Meet

Orrville senior Nathan Rosenbaum clocked a time of 16 minutes, 30 seconds in the Division 2 State Cross Country race in Columbus earlier today, good enough for a 27th place finish.

His time was nearly 30 seconds quicker than his regional time of 16:56 (14th place).

Coming out of a stacked Boardman, Nathan was one of 11 regional qualifiers to finish in the top 30 of the state meet.

Full results form the D-2 race is here.

Congrats to Nathan and his family. He was named OCC Boys Runner of the Year, won the Ohio Cardinal Conference meet as well as the Wayne County Invitational and was the first Orrville male runner to qualify for the state meet since 2000 (Ryan Hochstetler).

Hochstetler, who is one of Rosenbaum's coaches/trainers said that he thinks Rosenbaum's finish is the 3rd fastest finish in a 5,000k (3.1 mile) race at the state meet by an Orrville runner, behind 2-time state champ Ben Weeman and Ben Stangelo.  Not sure on the time of Stangelo, but Weeman ran a 15:14.6 in 1983 which earned him a 2nd consecutive state title.

I spoke to Nathan's father last night and he said he is looking to major in engineering in college, and would like to continue competing in cross country. He mentioned Ohio Northern as a possible college destination for Nathan.

Cross Country is an interesting sport.  I know every sport requires off-season preparation, but that's where cross country meets are won, in your off-season conditioning.  Nathan put in the work and his running this season were a direct result of that work and dedication.

It's a testament to his hard work and drive, and will serve him well as he endeavors on his college and post-college careers.

Congrats Nathan, from all of Orrville.  Great accomplishment, and I think you did just fine in "putting Orrville running back on the map," as you told the Daily Record.  In that regards, 'Mission Accomplished.'

Mason Monheim gets offer from Illinois

Well, now that it's out in the open, I guess I'll chime in on it. As of yesterday afternoon, Orrville junior RB/LB Mason Monheim received his first football scholarship offer...and it's a big one.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Week 11 Preview - Div. 4 Regional Quarterfinal - Orrville vs Triway

Who: #3 Orrville Red Riders (7-3, 5-2 in OCC) vs. #6 Triway Titans (8-2, 6-1 in PAC)
Where: Red Rider Stadium - Orrville, OH (Map & Directions)
When: Friday November 5, 2010, 7:30pm

All Time Series: Orrville leads 32-6 (detail here)
Last Meeting: Week 2, 2010 (Orrville won 41-18)
Last Week: Orrville beat Wooster 42-17, Triway beat Canton Timken 41-0.

Playoff History: Orrville is making their 21st and second consecutive playoff appearance, their all-time playoff record is 25-19. Triway is making their 5th appearance, and is 2-4 all-time in the playoffs.  Triway is making their 3rd straight trip to the playoffs.  Their last playoff win came in 2003 over Manchester (21-14) in round 1.

Coaches: Doug Davault is 39-17 in his 5th year as Orrville coach, he's 4-2 in playoff games. Tony Lee is 16-5 in his 2nd season as Triway coach, he's 0-1 in the playoffs.

Radio/TV: Options aplenty...WQKT 104.5 FM out of Wooster will be doing the game, naturally. Also, 95.3 WKLM out of Millersburg and WZIP 88.1 FM out of Akron will be broadcasting as well. So depending on where you are, you could possibly listen to the game on three different FM radio stations at the same time.

Both WQKT and WZIP have live streams on their website, I know for sure that WQKT will be streaming the game at, I imagine Z88 will stream the game as well, here.

Oh yeah, Clear Picture cable out of Wooster will also be doing the game....and Fox8's SkyFox will be there too. The load limit of that pressbox will be tested Friday night.

I'll be sending updates to my Twitter and Facebook accounts. Don't bother checking both, it's the same update, just sent to both services. Or just stay here on the blog homepage and keep an eye on the Twitter gadget on the right hand side of the page. Refresh every 20 minutes or so for the latest.

Other Region 14 Games:  #8 Ontario travels to #1 Clear Fork, #7 Huron travels to #2 Elyria Catholic & #5 Ottawa-Glandorf travels to #4 Genoa Area.  The entire D-4 bracket is here.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Football Playoff News & Notes

Lets talk football, I hardly ever do that, right?

It's playoff time, and it's the OHSAA's biggest tournament, so there's so much more information floating out there than any other sport.

Here's some information as it relates to Orrville being in the playoffs and some historical information too.

Monday, November 1, 2010

After Week 10...Ho-hum...another Wooster win & playoff talk

'Woo Who?' Indeed. 42-17.  Sixth straight win is very nice.  But don't let anyone fool was a nervous week.

A week after being shutout by Clear Fork, I don't think I was alone in NOT knowing what to expect from this team, and that was concerning after nine weeks. All I, and everyone else, knew was that two straight losses to end the year would have been bad. And late Friday night it became more clear that if we lost to Wooster, we'd be traveling to Ottawa-Glandorf for the first round of the playoffs. Nobody wanted that.

But nobody really knew which Orrville team would show up. Would we get the team we saw in week 2 that dismantled Triway, or would we get the inconsistent team that was prone to penalties & turnovers? In a distracted week of special events like the Senior Assembly, Bonfire, captains lunch, no school on Friday and all the pre-game activities on a Saturday night in Wooster, it just had all the makings of a tough night for the Riders.

I got confident when I saw all those Red Rider alums form the tunnel for this years Rider team to run past. At that moment, it was like all the good vibes, all the hard earned victories, all the sacrifice and all of what encompasses 'Red Rider Tradition' was passed from past decades of Red Riders to this years team. It was then I knew that it was just a matter of playing Rider football.

We weren't losing this game, and we didn't.

For the 24th time in the last 34 rivalry games, the red, White & black came out the winners....and Wooster's all-time lead is down to single digits (50-41-9).  That hasn't happened since WAY back in 1935 when Wooster held a 16-7-3 edge over the Riders.

On to the minute details....PS - photos by Rod Dilyard. Full gallery here.

Volleyball & Football Ticket Info...and Rosey!!!

I'm sorry if you've already got this info from the Booster Club via e-mail....just doing my part to get the word out.

Below is ticket info for Thrusday's volleyball match with Gilmour Academy, Friday's football playoff game versus Triway....and info on Orrville senior Nathan Rosenbaum running in the state cross country meet.

Thanks to Kent Smith and Deb Goudy in the athletic office for getting this info out to the masses.

If anyone is planning to attend all three (and possibly four if the girls win on Thursday), give me a shout.  Got an idea for a little road-trip assignment.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Week 10 Preview - The 100th Game

Who: Wooster Generals (7-2, 5-2) vs. Orrville Red Riders (6-3, 5-2)
Where: Follis Field - Wooster
When: Saturday October 30th, 7:30pm

All Time Series: Wooster leads 50-40-9 (Detail here)
Last Meeting: 2009 (Orrville won 15-7)
Last Week: Orrville lost to Clear Fork 33-0, Wooster beat West Holmes, 41-8.
Coaches: Doug Davault is 38-17 in his 5th year as Rider coach, his teams are a perfect 5-0 in Wooster games. Mike McCreary is 65-56 in his 12th year as Generals coach, he is 5-6 against Orrville.

Radio:  The game will be on AM 960 WKVX due to the Ohio State game being on 104.5 WQKT.  They're contractually bound to broadcast the Buckeyes game on 104.5.  Webcast of the Orrville-Wooster game will be at WWW.WQKT.COM beginning at 7pm

Playoff Standings: Orrville is 4th in Division 4-Region 14 having already locked up a playoff spot.  A win would guarantee a first round home game.  Wooster is currently 10th in Division 2-Region5.  They need a win over Orrville and for non-conference opponents Galion, Wadsworth and Ellet to all win their week 10 games for the Generals to have a shot at the post-season.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The 1939 Orrville Red Rider Football Team

It's always a good day when pictures like this show up in your inbox. The following three pictures are from the 1939 & 1940 seasons. Thanks to the dedicated reader who took time to send them in.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Football Playoff Scenarios....

I wouldn't risk jinxing the playoffs coming off a real bad loss and 7-win Wooster waiting on us...but the numbers are all but official. The Red Riders are a playoff team, no matter how much we DON'T look like one right now.

So let's look at some of the potential week 11 matchups by projecting the week 10 games that will impact the region.

After Week 8.......

We'll save the football stuff for last. I'd rather highlight the positive first.  Let's talk Orrville Cross Country & Volleyball before we get to the ugliness that was Friday night against Clear Fork.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

OCC Postseason Volleyball Honors

Good news from Ohio Cardinal Conference headquarters. No, I haven't been named official OCC blogger, this has to do with OCC post-season volleyball awards. Several Red Riders made the list and one senior Red Rider checks in at the top of the list.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Week 9 Preview - Clear Fork Colts at Orrville Red Riders

Who: Clear Fork Colts (7-1, 5-0) vs Orrville Red Riders (6-2, 4-1)
Where: Red Rider Stadium - Orrville (Click here for map & directions)
When: Friday October 22nd, 7pm

All Time Series: Orrville leads 9-0 (Click here for detail)
Last Meeting: 2009 (Orrville won 28-7 in first round of Div. 4 Playoffs)
Last Week: Orrville beat Mansfield Madison 35-14, Clear Fork beat Ashland 48-33.

Coaches: Doug Davault is 38-16 and in his 5th year as Red Rider coach. Dave Carrol is 14-5 in his 2nd year as Colts' boss.

Region 14 Standings: Clear Fork is 1st in Region 14 and has already locked up a home game for the first round of the playoffs. They have the 3rd highest points of any team in Division 2 through 6, and the 12th highest point total in all six divisions. Orrville is currently 3rd in Region 14, and have pretty much locked up a spot in the top 8. A win over Clear Fork will most likely cement a week 11 home game as well.

Radio:  The game will be broadcast on the 50,000 watt sports powerhouse, 104.5 WQKT.  Game will also be webcast at I believe this is the 3rd time Orrville has been on WQKT.  Triway, Ashland were the two others.  The Wooster game will make four broadcasts on the year.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

OHSAA Harbin Computer Points.....A Tutorial.

I got asked on Twitter about explaining how Ohio's system of ranking teams via computer points works. I never thought twice about taking time to explain how they're calculated, for that I apologize.

I'll give it my best shot. I would however recommend that you take this information and file it away. Do not, I repeat, do not attempt to track computer points for Orrville's or any other region. It will consume you. You will not sleep. Trust me. I tried it in the 2008 season....never again.

On a personal note, I remember tracking computer points during study halls spent in Mr. Phil Young's room (loved those blue 'get out of study hall' passes). I'd input the teams and points on a bar graph, it was nothing more than a graphical representation of what you read in the paper, but it LOOKED like work, so I was golden.

Let's get geeky.

Here's Kyle Simmons in a commercial....again.

Remember this post from last year? Well, Kyle's a commercial star again, but this year, one commercial wasn't enough. It's two this year.

All kidding aside, why would you NOT want to feature him in material that promotes your school's academics and athletics? He might be the ultimate definition of a student athlete. Excelling on the field and off the field. Everyone Orrville should be proud to call him a Red Rider.

Keep an eye on the TV listings for SportsTime Ohio to catch some of Kyle's games. They've already featured the Mt. Union game and will be showing the Baldwin-Wallace game Monday morning (tomorrow) at 5am. Fire up the DVR and record one of his last games as a college athlete.

Here's the first video

And the second one...the part about Kyle starts about a minute in.

I'm guessing that his future will be whatever he chooses to make it.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Here's the Division 3 Volleyball - Smithville District Bracket

Volleyball tournament play begins next week.  Orrville begins on Tuesday the 19th against Rootstown. All sectional/district games played at Smithville High School.

Top 4 seeds are...
1.  Smithville
2.  Orrvillle
3.  Norwayne
4.  Northwestern

Here's the complete bracket.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Week 8 Preview - Mansfield Madison at Orrville

Who: Orrville Red Riders (5-2, 3-1) vs. Mansfield Madison Rams (2-5, 1-3)
Where: Red Rider Stadium
When: Friday October 15th, 7:00pm

All Time Series: Orrville leads 24-15-1 (Click here for detail)

Last Meeting: 2009 (Orrville won 41-24)
Last Week: Orrville lost to Ashland 42-28, Madison lost to Clear Fork 62-14.

Coaches: Doug Davault is 37-16 and in his 5th year as Red Rider coach. Sean Conway is in his first year as Ram head coach.
Radio: None

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Orrville vs Wooster - The 100th game - News & Updates

Any news and info surrounding "The 100th Game" will be posted here.  It's linked at the top of the page, so click there every few days for the latest.  I'll post the newest info at the top of the page.

First thing I want to show off get out of the way is this...........(Click for fullsize)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What's up with the Orrville helmets?

Ooooooh...the ultra-rare "two posts in one day." I'll keep this one short.

I noticed this over the weekend when looking at the pictures sent to me by Rod Dilyard from the West Holmes game, but neglected to mention it in my "week 6 review" post.

Take a look at the picture below...notice anything?

Week 7 Preview: Orrville at Ashland

Who: Orrville Red Riders (5-1, 3-0) vs. Ashland Arrows (5-1, 3-0)
Where: Ashland Community Stadium (Click Here for Map & Directions)
When: Friday October 8th, 7:00pm

All Time Series: Ashland leads 11-8, there has been 1 tie. (Click here for detail)
Last Meeting: 2009 (Ashland won 14-13)
Last Week: Orrville beat West Holmes 38-6, Ashland beat Mansfield Senior 49-20

Coaches: Scott Valentine is 70-27 in his 9th season as Ashland head coach.  Doug Davault is 37-15 in his 6th season as Orrville coach.
Radio:  WQKT travels West into Ashland County for this one.  Also will stream at
Computer Points:  Orrville sits at #3 in Division 4, Region 14, Ashland sits in 7th in Division 2, Region 5.

Let's be honest, the minute we beat Lexington back in week 4, everyone's eyes turned to the Ashland game as the next roadblock on our schedule. Both teams come into the game with a 5-1 record and an unblemished 3-0 OCC record. The winner will take one big step towards an OCC title and help their playoff chances immensely.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Thoughts after Week 6.

Orrville has now won 3 straight, and are sitting pretty in the OCC race.  A big test against Ashland awaits.  Let's look back at the 38-6 win over West Holmes and talk about Region 14, penalties, the rest of the OCC...and some interesting comments from a certain conference team down in the valley.

Pic as always from Rod Dilyard.  Derek Graber and Matt Davis chase down West Holmes QB Gabe Snyder.  Check out his full gallery, available for viewing and purchase here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Week 6 Preview - West Holmes at Orrville

Who: Orrville Red Riders (4-1, 2-0 in OCC) vs. West Holmes Knights (1-4, 0-2 in OCC)
Where: Red Rider Stadium, Orrville
When: Friday October 1st, 7:00pm

All Time Series: Orrville leads 25-12 (Click here for detail)
Last Meeting: 2009 (Orrville won 42-0)
Last Week: Orrville beat Mansfield Senior 28-14, West Holmes lost to Ashland 53-14.)

Coaches: Kevin Maltarich is in his first year as Knights head coach. Doug Davault is 36-15 midway through his 5th season as Orrville head coach.
Broadcast:  Game will be aired on TheVoiceof  Click here starting at 6:40pm on Friday night.