Wednesday, February 10, 2010
OhioBasketball.net & Wooster District Talk
The site is run by a Triway guy, but don't let that cloud your judgement, it's one of the best local sports webpages out there. In terms of covering all local teams, it's in a class by itself....and reaches "must-visit-daily" status once basketball tourney play begins.
It's heavy on results, standings and history, but it's a very convenient one-stop to see how area teams are doing, who they've played and who they have upcoming.
Check it out here, and consider bookmarking it....specifically the sections pertaining to the Canton district (which Orrville and Triway used to be a part of) and the Wooster district pages.
Take a look at the history section of the Wooster and Canton pages. Take a look at Orrville's 9 district title game appearances since 1971 in Canton, or our 6 district title game appearances at the Smithville (now Wooster) district. Tell me those games and scores don't bring up some good (and not so good) memories.
The battles with St V. in the early 90's...the '95 game against Norwayne that had to be moved to the Canton Fieldhouse to accomodate the overflow crowd...the 36 point win over Canton South in 1996 on our way to a state title...our last district title win.
Anyway, give it a look and take a look again around this time next week, he'll be the first to post a tournament bracket online once the seed draw takes place this Sunday (Feb. 14th).
Speaking of the Wooster District, we're a few days away from seeing where the chips fall in terms of seeding. Should be an interesting draw. Until last weekend, I thought Orrville was a strong 1 seed, but losing to Triway puts that into question. If we win both games this weekend (Lexington and Clear Fork), I think we grab the 1....and 2 and 3 should be Triway and Smithville. I could see Smithville grabbing the 2 simply because more WCAL schools will vote for Smithville over Triway.
All 3 teams are playing well right now, and Smithville suddenly seems like a team that could win a 3rd consecutive district title with the return of junior guard Drew Frizell. Orr, Caldwell and Frizell is a trio that maybe only Orrville could match (Wasson, Pirman, Bolyard), and will be a tough matchup against anyone.
Hillsdale is looking like the 4 seed, Wellington the 5, and then a nice bunch of teams with .500 records (Black River, Northwestern, Loudonville & Tuslaw) will battle for the 6-9 seeds.
Should be interesting....I'll link to the boys bracket (here's the girls bracket) on my Facebook and Twitter pages when it's posted online.
It will be great to be back in Wooster for tourney play, but a big part of me will miss the Canton Fieldhouse.