Sunday, February 13, 2011

What a Difference a Week Makes

Not the best week for Orrville sports was it? I guess that will happen from time to time. The girls saw their 11-game win streak snapped by Wooster (yuck!) and the boys dropped two straight.  But fear not, faithful reader. All is not lost.

Let's charge forward with some good news to go along with the not-so-good.

Onward....

Girls Hoops
Two games left in the regular season, on back to back nights. The games present a sharp contrast in terms of the opponent. Both games are on the road but that's where the similarities end. Monday is a big game against West Holmes, who has only lost twice on the year..and Tuesday is against Ashland who has managed just one win against 18 losses.

I'm sure the goal will be to get to Wednesday with a healthy roster and get ready for tournament play. West Holmes has the OCC wrapped up so not much else is on the line other than bragging rights, and a season split with the Knights.

Once more, here's the girls bracket for the Division Three Triway District that kicks off a week from now.

Plybon Points
Lady Rider sophomore Hannah Plybon's season points stand at 372 (20.6 per game) which is neck and neck with Rhonda Winters' school record of 20.5 points per game average.

If she keeps her average over the final two regular season games, she will eclipse 800 career points, and with a good tournament run, she'll jump into the top 10 of CAREER scoring after just two years.

Boys Hoops
Thought we were turning a corner...but a 19-point loss to Lexington on Friday and a 2-point loss to Northwestern on Saturday has the Rider faithful again scratching their collective heads.

It was the 2nd WCAL team to defeat the Riders on the season, and evened their record against Wooster district teams to 2-2 (wins over Triway and Norwayne, losses to Hillsdale and Northwestern).

I'd like to think they still haven't played what Coach Slaughter would call a complete game, but 17 games into the season has me wondering if we've seen their best and just don't know it.  I don't buy that, but at this point, we kind of are what we are.

Brennan McKean
I was hoping to catch the soon-to-be-crowned Wayne County Player of the Year, but wasn't able to.  I wish I could have...it's not often that a member of the visiting team puts up nearly 50 in our gym, but that's exactly what Brennan did, including an amazing 25-for-25 from the foul line.  Sometimes you just have to tip your cap.

I wonder if that's the most points scored in our gym by a Red Rider opponent?  Anyone have a guess on that.  Maybe some like Triway's Larry Benning or Northwestern's Mason Alberts put up some big points years ago.  That's a tough stat to track I'm sure.

Wasson Watch
I've got Zach at 1,382 points for his career, which now puts him in 3rd place in school history for career points. He'll need 65 total points (22 points per game) over the final three regular season games to average 20 points per game for the season.

Boys District Draw
The Wooster Division 3 Tournament draw was yesterday, and the Riders pulled the 4 seed and will begin tourney play against Chippewa on Tuesday March 1st at 6pm against Chippewa. If they win, they'll play again on Friday March 4th at 7:30pm against the winner of the Tuslaw/Black River game.

Here's the entire bracket courtesy of OhioBasketball.net.

More coming on this later in the week...including the 2nd Annual Wooster District Preview with the help of Andrew over at OhioBasketball.net

Sports Hall of Fame Reminder
The OHS Hall of Fame committee is still taking nominations for the 2011 induction class. Nominations must be received by March 1st. Nomination forms/rules can be found at the top of the page under the "Booster Club" tab.

Remember...nobody is nominated by the committee (for obvious reasons), a nomination has to be submitted.

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