Monday, January 4, 2010
Lots going on....Boys & Girls Hoops...Top Moments of '09
The holidays are over and I'm refreshed. Let's talk about some stuff, shall we?
Coach Slaughter has the Riders off to a 4-1 start with a big game tomorrow night against Akron East. The hallmark of this team so far has been the team's lockdown style of man-to-man defense. They're not torching the nets so far, but when you're holding the opponent in the 30's, you don't need to. Jake Bolyard leads the team in scoring through 5 games.
I like what I've seen so far. The team certainly has no shortage of athletes, and if they can define roles for everyone, they'll be a deep and talented team come tournament time.
It was nice to see Sam Miller and Chase Hoobler return to action against Smithville and the trio of Miller, Dillon Corbett and Andre Ingram provides a real energetic spark off the bench.
Coach Sly seems to have a plan for this team and from reading his comments, thinks this team has yet to come close to peaking. Plenty of challenges, both in and out of the OCC, await the Riders.
In maybe the biggest surprise in the OCC and the Wayne County area, the Lady Riders are off to an impressive 8-0 start, including 5-0 in the OCC. Led by freshman Hannah Plybon (17.2 ppg), the Riders have won their share of close games, and always have an answer late in games.
They will get a test each of the next 2 Thursday's, as they travel to Wooster on the 7th, and to Lexington on the 14th.
Top Moments of 2009
I'll limit my choices to the top 3...you may agree, you may not. Either way is fine.
Moment #3 - "The Fleet" opens it's doors. The design, construction and dedication of Fleet Brenneman Field gave Rider fans a reason to get excited about the OHS baseball team for the first time in long time.
Moment #2 - Dennis Raber finishes runner-up at 171 lbs. at the 2009 State Wrestling Tourney. Here's hoping Dennis can win one more match in a few months.
Moment #1 - Orrville 36 - Genoa 35. Never gets old. Easily the top moment of the year.
Others in the running....The hiring of Sly Slaughter, Chase Hoobler & Sam Miller commit to D1 colleges, Grondbreaking of the multi-purpose facility, Michael Craig qualifies for state track meet in multiple events.