My Week 3 DR Football Picks

Is it week 3 already – the final week of non-conference games? Man, that went fast! Last week was definitely an exciting one with a few upsets (in my opinion), some blowouts, More »

My Week 2 DR Football Picks

It seems like just yesterday that I was writing my week 1 picks and watching football on Friday night. Week 1 definitely had a few surprises, a few blowouts, and the usual More »

My Week 1 DR Football Picks

Summer is officially over, as football season has started. It was a long and well-received time off, but I am excited to get back into the swing of things with the high More »

My First Season as a Head Baseball Coach

Several years ago I had been an assistant coach for the Triway varsity baseball team under current head coach Sean Carmichael. After my 4 years there in charge of outfielders, bunting, base-running, keeping More »

2014 Baseball Regional Tournament Matchups

Here is the list of matchups in the OHSAA baseball regional tournament. All regional championship games are on 5/30 at 5:00pm. DIVISION I Region 2 – Dublin (@ Dublin Coffman HS) 5/29, 2:00pm – More »

Breaking Down OHSAA’s Competitive Balance

After three consecutive years of failure to pass, the OHSAA’s newest proposal in an attempt toward “competitive balance” was passed by its members schools. It’s been a long time coming, as competitive More »

 

Week 3 Results and What I Learned

Non-conference schedules are now over, and the local teams jump into league play for the Wayne County Athletic League, Principals Athletic Conference, and Ohio Cardinal Conference. We definitely learned some more tidbits this week from the games, and hope to build upon that as teams begin competing for conference championships. Warning: If you do not want your IQ to drop, stop reading right now. If you want to become dumber, I encourage you to keep reading. I say this because I went a disastrous 11-11 in week 3! But on the flip side, that could mean that I have a lot to learn this week! So having said that, keep reading!

The Daily Record Football Picks (artwork courtesy The Daily Record)

My Week 3 DR Football Picks

Is it week 3 already – the final week of non-conference games? Man, that went fast! Last week was definitely an exciting one with a few upsets (in my opinion), some blowouts, and some frustrating games to watch, especially at the upper levels. There are definitely some intriguing matchups this week. Let’s dive right in!

Week 2 Results and What I Learned

It wasn’t the greatest weekend for Ohio State or Cleveland Browns fans, but there were definitely some… interesting games that took place on Friday night that gave the weekend some flare. As I said in my week 2 picks, week 2 is oftentimes the most difficult week to pick. I definitely felt that to be true after Friday night, as I did poorly in the high school games (9-6). But I think we also learned a lot about several teams. Keep reading for the weekend’s scores and what I learned!

The Daily Record Football Picks (artwork courtesy The Daily Record)

My Week 2 DR Football Picks

It seems like just yesterday that I was writing my week 1 picks and watching football on Friday night. Week 1 definitely had a few surprises, a few blowouts, and the usual games that went as expected. Sometimes week 2 is the most difficult week to pick, as we base so much on one game and not knowing much else. Teams can validate week 1 performances, or invalidate them just as easily. Or maybe we’ll learn more about these teams’ week 1 opponents. Who knows… I’m just glad for another week of football to be here. And for the NFL to start. Yay, fantasy football!

Week 1 Results and What I Learned

Week 1 is in the books! The summer actually seemed to go by pretty quickly, but it’s still special to have football season start and be able to watch some games under the lights on Friday night. There are many teams in the area this year that have some question marks, which makes it much more fun and unpredictable as scores and updates start rolling in on game night. It also makes the Daily Record Pick Contest more exciting, as each week could be devastating to anyone’s record. Keep reading for a list of scores from the week 1 games, a highlight of the Daily Record Pick Contest standings, and then what I learned from this past week in football!

The Daily Record Football Picks (artwork courtesy The Daily Record)

My Week 1 DR Football Picks

Summer is officially over, as football season has started. It was a long and well-received time off, but I am excited to get back into the swing of things with the high school, college, and (eventually) NFL football seasons. Like each of the last two years, I will be publishing my picks each week along with The Daily Record, whose sports staff runs a pick contest among its writers and a few extra panelists. In 2012 I finished 2nd behind Andrew Vogel, and in 2013 I beat the entire panel, finishing ahead of DR contest winner Aaron Dorksen. But it is a new season, and there are still many question marks for the teams in the area that are included in the weekly list of games, as well as those outside the area. It’s anyone’s ball game!

Triway Gold wins the Northwest All-Star Invitational

My First Season as a Head Baseball Coach

Several years ago I had been an assistant coach for the Triway varsity baseball team under current head coach Sean Carmichael. After my 4 years there in charge of outfielders, bunting, base-running, keeping book, and being the bench coach during games, I had to drop off due to my work schedule. However, I have always wanted to give back and contribute to the Triway baseball program where I could.

Last spring I was asked, since I was unable to work full-time with the high school teams, if I would volunteer to coach the Triway Gold (8th grade/14U) baseball team. I was planning a wedding at that time and could not throw in a coaching job, so I had to politely decline. This past year, though, they came back yet again asking if I would coach the 8th grade team.

St Fancis DeSales hoists the DII state championship trophy, completing back-to-back state championships

2014 Baseball Regional Tournament Matchups

Here is the list of matchups in the OHSAA baseball regional tournament. All regional championship games are on 5/30 at 5:00pm.

DIVISION I

Region 2 – Dublin (@ Dublin Coffman HS)
5/29, 2:00pm – Grove City vs Gahanna Lincoln
5/29, 5:00pm – Olentangy Liberty vs Pickerington North

Region 3 – Bowling Green (@ Stellar Field – BGSU)
5/29, 5:00pm – Whitehouse Anthony Wayne vs Sylvania Southview (@ Stellar Field – BGSU)
5/29, 5:00pm – Lakewood St. Edward vs North Royalton (@ Cuyahoga Community College West)

St Ignatius State Champs x11

Breaking Down OHSAA’s Competitive Balance

After three consecutive years of failure to pass, the OHSAA’s newest proposal in an attempt toward “competitive balance” was passed by its members schools. It’s been a long time coming, as competitive balance has been a known, agreed upon issue by administrators statewide, but the right resolution had not yet been brought to the table. The bylaws that were passed in early May address how high school sports teams are measured to place them into the appropriate competitive classes for post-season tournaments. Let’s take some time to break down each piece of the passed resolution, and what it all means.

Shawn Mills throws a complete game, 4-hit shutout over the Titans

PAC Baseball Coming Down to the Wire… AGAIN!

As Yogi Berra would say, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” The Principals Athletic Conference baseball season will come to a close with yet another (hopefully) dramatic finish. If you remember last year (similar to the year before), going into the final week of PAC play, there were seven different teams that had a chance to win the conference, and one scenario that would have produced a 6-way tie for 1st! Thankfully, this year is not that crazy. Since we are not to the final week of league play yet, we could definitely see some fireworks in the coming weeks to shake things up, especially as coaches are forced to make decision whether or not to plan around tournament games. Continue reading for the current PAC standings, a breakdown of the remaining league games on each team’s slate, and how the tournament will affect those teams.