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The Wapakoneta Chiefs ended the season with a perfect 8-0 record and the coveted Junior Buckeye League Super Bowl championship trophy.
The Chiefs earned the right to be called champions by defeating the Upper Scioto Valley Rams, 34-22 Sunday at Harmon Field.
The Chiefs entered the contest with a 6-0 overall record and 38 points, while the Rams also sat at 6-0 but with 40 points.
The Chiefs conquered the Rams with a strong running game and a healthy passing attack.
WAYNESFIELD - Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers varsity football coach Gary Spencer was named the Northwest Central Conference coach of the year and senior linebacker Ron Jarvis was named the co-defensive player of the year when the all-league selections were released Thursday afternoon.
First-team offensive selections included junior quarterback Garret Miller, senior center Eric Glover, senior guard Ron Jarvis, sophomore tackle Gabe Wilcox, junior tight end Lee Turner, and junior running back Gabe Hennon.
On more than one occasion and by more than one pundit, the Western Buckeye League was described as a â€śgauntletâ€ť in 2011.
Four WBL teams â€” Wapakoneta, Elida, Ottawa-Glandorf and Kenton â€” qualified for the playoffs, and three others â€” Bath, Shawnee and Defiance were still mathematically alive going into Week 10.
But now the second season begins.
Wapak will face the Franklin Wildcats in a Division II regional quarterfinal at 7:30 Friday night at Franklin High School.
COLUMBUS (AP) â€” How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates high school football teams in the final weekly AP poll of 2011, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):
1, Hilliard Davidson (16) 9-0 246
2, Tol. Whitmer (7) 10-0 220
3, Cin. Colerain 9-1 174
4, Middletown (3) 9-1 168
5, Mentor 9-1 145
6, Cle. St. Ignatius 8-2 124
7, Can. GlenOak 9-1 108
8, Cin. St. Xavier 8-2 78
9, Lakewood St. Ed. 7-3 29
10, Solon 9-1 27
Breathe easy, Redskin fans.
And make your plans for Friday nightâ€™s trip to Franklin.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) cleared Wapakoneta on Monday to compete in the football playoffs.
â€śIâ€™m glad to have this behind us,â€ť Wapakoneta Redskins varsity coach Doug Frye said. â€śWe want to move on and do whatâ€™s best for all the kids involved and continue to play football.â€ť
The OHSAA had been investigating the residency of one of the Redskins players after it had received a report he was not residing within the Wapakoneta school district.
A week ago, the Wapakoneta Redskins were undefeated and a lock for the OHSAA football playoffs.
Now they are 9-1 and in wait-and-see mode.
Barring intervention from the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the fifth-seeded Redskins will travel to Franklin to take on the fourth-seeded Wildcats, who are 9-1 and looking to host the first home playoff game in the schoolâ€™s history.
After stumbling upon an OHSAA investigation into the residency of a player on the team, the school contacted the OHSAA on Wednesday and received confirmation of the investigation on Thursday.
FINDLAY â€” The Celina Bulldogs have won four straight Western Buckeye League volleyball championships, losing just one match over that span.
Early in the season, the Bulldogs dismantled the Wapakoneta Redskins in three games â€” 25-14, 25-10, 25-12.
In other words, it was going to take a perfect match from the Redskins on Saturday to knock off Celina.
It wasnâ€™t to be.
Despite a valiant Wapak effort, the Bulldogs pulled out a three-game sweep â€” 25-14, 25-14, 25-20 â€” in the Division II district title game Saturday at Liberty-Benton High School.
TROY â€” In a race loaded with state-ranked teams, the Botkins Trojans concluded their girls cross country season by placing sixth at the Division III regional meet Saturday at Troy.
West Liberty-Salem won the meet, followed by Versailles, Fort Loramie, Minster and Russia. It was the highest any girls Botkins team has finished at the regional meet since the 1996 season.
Brittany Bailey led the Trojans with a 17th-place individual finish, posting a time of 20:29.