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November 2nd, 2011
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.
The kings are still on the throne.
They left little doubt of that.
Maty Mauk sliced his way through the Wapakoneta Redskins defense â€” both in the air and on the ground â€” to lead the Kenton Wildcats to a 52-32 win in a battle of Western Buckeye League unbeatens Friday night at Harmon Field.
The win gave Kenton (10-0, 9-0 WBL) its fourth-straight league championship and denied the Redskinsâ€™ (9-1, 8-1) bid for a 10-0 season.
â€śHe was a man among boys tonight,â€ť Wapak coach Doug Frye said of Mauk. â€śTake him out of the picture and weâ€™ve got us a football game.â€ť
WAYNESFIELD â€” One thing is for sure, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers took care of their side of the bargain.
With a score more suited for the easy setting on the Madden Football video game, the Tigers defeated Ridgemont 72-30 Friday night at Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
Most importantly, the Tigers clinched an outright Northwest Central Conference title with the win.
Unfortunately for W-G, the playoff points did not work out in its favor as Lockland edged out the Tigers for the eighth and final spot after its win Friday night.
When the 2011 Western Buckeye League football schedule was released, eyes were instantly drawn to Week 10.
Kenton vs. Wapakoneta.
The buzz was immediate.
All the two teams had to do was survive the toughest WBL gauntlet in recent memory.
Each had their too-close-for-comfort moment â€” the Redskinsâ€™ 14-13 win over Bath in Week 3 and the Wildcatsâ€™ 30-28 win over Elida in Week 6.
But they came out on top. And now, here it is, Week 10.
9-0 vs. 9-0.
Wapak is ranked seventh in Division II in the latest AP state poll. The Wildcats are No. 1 in Division IV.