2014 PAC Baseball Preview

It’s become a yearly tradition – the Principals Athletic Conference race going down to the wire. It’ll be hard for 2014 to live up to the last two seasons, but anything is More »

Breaking Down the DIII Wooster District

The tournament draw for the Division III Wooster sectional/district boys basketball tournament was on Sunday. Once again, the district is deep, with several teams that will challenge for the trophy. With so many More »

DII Canton, DIII Wooster District Tournament Web Sites

As football season comes to a close and the boys basketball season gets underway, I think it is important to remind everyone of the primary purpose of my web site and the More »

Reliving Triway’s Memorable Football Season

Almost a week has passed since the Triway Titan football team played its final game of the 2013 season. It is bittersweet. On one hand, it’s never fun having a season end, More »

Manchester Pulls First Round Upset Over Ursuline

The Manchester Panthers were the number 1 seed in Division V Region 15, but they were anything but the favorites in Friday night’s first round playoff game against the Youngstown Ursuline Irish.  More »

Loudonville Grinds Out Playoff Win Over Northwestern

In a first round Division V Region 16 playoff game pitting area teams against each other, Northwestern hosted Loudonville in a clash of two run-heavy teams with big, dominant offensive lines. However, More »

Final 2013 DR Pick Contest Standings

Week 10 of the high school football season marked the end of the Daily Record Pick Contest. Over the course of the regular season, I’ve been following along with the contest, making More »

 
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2014 PAC Baseball Preview

It’s become a yearly tradition – the Principals Athletic Conference race going down to the wire. It’ll be hard for 2014 to live up to the last two seasons, but anything is possible as coaches and players gear up for another spring of baseball. Many teams have questions coming into this season, with an annual contender bringing in a new coach, top programs losing key players, and the returning champs only graduating 2 seniors, albeit pitchers. I guess we will find out when they roll the ball out and play! Keep reading for a preview of what each coach has to say about his team for the 2014 PAC baseball season.

DIII Wooster District Tournament Trophies

Breaking Down the DIII Wooster District

The tournament draw for the Division III Wooster sectional/district boys basketball tournament was on Sunday. Once again, the district is deep, with several teams that will challenge for the trophy. With so many teams seemingly interchangeable with each other, the seeding process was anticipated by many. But now that the process is over and it’s time to play the games, let’s take a look at the resulting seeds, bracket, and a breakdown of some of the keys to winning the district.

DIII Wooster District Tournament Trophies

DII Canton, DIII Wooster District Tournament Web Sites

As football season comes to a close and the boys basketball season gets underway, I think it is important to remind everyone of the primary purpose of my web site and the reason it all began over 5 years ago (this blog just keeps me busy the rest of the year). Toward the end of every basketball regular season, coaches are gathered around the state to vote on the teams in their respective divisions and districts, seeding and bracketing those teams for the various sectional and district tournaments.

In order to help coaches, media, and fans follow the process, I began tracking all the teams that were members of the Division II Canton District tournament at the Canton Fieldhouse – schedules, scores, records, divisional breakdowns, and so on. In addition to those teams, I also tracked the same for the rest of those teams’ conferences. My reasoning was that a record can only tell someone so much about a team; but if a coach was able to drill deeper to see how strong the rest of a team’s conference was, it would help provide a more well-rounded judgment.

Eventually I added the Divsion III Wooster District tournament and have been tracking both ever since. The web sites can be found here:

DII Canton: http://d2canton.pitmanstats.com
DIII Wooster: http://d3wooster.pitmanstats.com

Titans with their helmets up

Reliving Triway’s Memorable Football Season

Almost a week has passed since the Triway Titan football team played its final game of the 2013 season. It is bittersweet. On one hand, it’s never fun having a season end, especially after such a stellar run as the team had this season, winning 9 in a row that spanned over the conference schedule and on to the regional semifinals. But on the other hand, looking back on the season, there are so many highlights and moments in which the team and community can take great pride. Keep reading as we take a look back at the 2013 football season, what we can take from it, and a brief look ahead to 2014.

Jim France Gets Post-Game Gatorade Bath

Manchester Pulls First Round Upset Over Ursuline

The Manchester Panthers were the number 1 seed in Division V Region 15, but they were anything but the favorites in Friday night’s first round playoff game against the Youngstown Ursuline Irish.  However, that did not stop the Panthers from coming away with a 19-16 upset victory at James R. France Stadium in New Franklin.

“I’m just so proud of our kids,” said Manchester Head Coach, Jim France.  “We were outmanned at almost every position, but you could just see the heart in our kids, and we never gave up.”

Loudonville defensive stand against Northwestern

Loudonville Grinds Out Playoff Win Over Northwestern

In a first round Division V Region 16 playoff game pitting area teams against each other, Northwestern hosted Loudonville in a clash of two run-heavy teams with big, dominant offensive lines. However, it was the defense of both teams that came to play. In a game where Northwestern ran more plays, accumulated more yards of offense, and had more time of possession than Loudonville, it was the Redbirds who made the most of their opportunities in the back-and-forth battle. In the end, the Redbirds, who had less than 200 total yards of offense on the night, knocked off the Huskies 20-8.

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

Final 2013 DR Pick Contest Standings

Week 10 of the high school football season marked the end of the Daily Record Pick Contest. Over the course of the regular season, I’ve been following along with the contest, making my picks weekly along with the 9-person panel from the newspaper. Last year I finished 2nd place behind Andrew Vogel, but this year I was able to improve upon that mark! Also, congratulations to Aaron Dorksen for winning the Pick Contest among his colleagues! Keep reading for not just a tally of the final standings, but also a breakdown of how each panelist did by level: high school, college, and the NFL.

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

My Week 10 (Final) DR Football Picks

Well, this is it! It’s week 10, the final game of the high school football regular season, and the last week of the Daily Record Pick Contest! Full or rivalries, playoff races, and conference championships, week 10 is one of the best times of year! Even those not in any race are playing for pride in an attempt to jump-start into a successful off-season. It could be a cold, ugly, windy, rainy evening, so it’ll be interesting to see if that throws a wrench into anybody’s game plans. Here we go!

Week 9 Results and What I Learned

Week 9 came and went with some interesting finishes to games. There were some upsets that took everyone by surprise, and there were some blowouts in games where, on paper, it should have been much closer. There are still some playoff spots and league championships up for grabs, but many have been confirmed or eliminated by now. Week 10 is rivalry week, though, so there’s always some rivalry pride at stake. Let’s take a look at this past week’s results and what I learned, and then look ahead to week 10.

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

My Week 9 DR Football Picks

This is what high school football is all about! Meaningful games towards the end of the season with everything on the line – conference and league championships, playoff races, and, in some cases, pride. No how successful a season a team has had, 100% of the players, coaches, and fans for 100% of the teams are striving for the same thing – a strong finish. You could be 0-8. But if you finish the season on a 2-game winning streak, not only did the seniors get sent out on a positive note, but there’s momentum going into the next season. If you already have a playoff spot locked up, there’s no allowance for slowing down or backing off. You must keep the pedal to the metal so as not to lose any steam heading into the post-season. Every game counts from here on out. Which teams will show up to play these final 2 weeks? Let’s take a look at my Week 8 predictions.