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November 28th, 2011
COLUMBUS (AP) â Urban Meyer is coming back to coaching and joining beleaguered Ohio State, ESPN reported Monday.
The sports network did not cite a source for its report, but Meyer worked for ESPN the past year.
Meyer won two national championships in six years as the coach at Florida. He left the Gators a year ago, citing health concerns and a desire to spend more time with his family. Now, the 47-year-old Ohioan will be returning to his roots by becoming coach of a Buckeyes team facing NCAA problems.
WAYNESFIELD â Pretty? No.
The Wapakoneta Redskins bounced back from a six-point fourth-quarter deficit and pulled away to a 57-52 win over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in the varsity girls basketball season opener for both teams.
Redskins senior Courtney Knippen scored 15 of her team-high 19 points in the second half, including the go-ahead free throws with 3:24 to play.
âWe got the ball inside down the stretch a couple times and forced them to foul us,â Wapak varsity coach Rusty Allen said. âWe just kept doing the things we needed to do to get a âWâ tonight.â
Area high school basketball starts up tonight when the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity girls team travels to Waynesfield to take on the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers.
Wapak is coming off a disappointing 2010-2011 season marred by numerous injuries. Seniors Tasha Helmstetter, Mallory McDevitt and Morgan Quellhorst all missed time due to injuries last year but are back for the 2011-2012 campaign.
Unfortunately for the Redskins, senior Ashley Knippen is out for the season after suffering a knee injury in the powder-puff football game a few weeks ago.
Urban Meyer, 47, works as a college football analyst for ESPN and is a former college football coach. He is rumored to be the replacement for interim Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Luke Fickell.
Meyer, who was born in Toledo and raised in Ashtabula, played football at the University of Cincinnati. He served as the head football coach of the Falcons at Bowling Green State University and for the Utah Utes. He then was named head coach of the Florida Gators, where he won two national championships. He retired at the end of the 2010 season.
The Wapakoneta Redskins boys and girls varsity bowling teams opened the season with wins Saturday at Plaza Lanes in Celina.
The boys team defeated Fort Recovery 3,010-1,986. Only Versailles (3,092) rolled a higher score in the meet.
Anthony Kennard recorded the highest individual score with a 278.
The girls team posted a score of 2,354. The Redskins won in a forfeit by Celina, but the team score was the third highest of the meet behind Coldwater and St. Marys.
Due to the success of the Marion Local football team, the Boys JV/V Basketball game to be held at Wapakoneta on Dec. 10, 2011 vs. Marion Local has been moved to Dec. 30, 2011 with a 6pm JV start time. Please make this change on your schedules.
Home Team Listed First
Division I - State Semifinal Pairings, Saturday, November 26, 7 p.m.
Toledo Whitmer (13-0) vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius (11-2) at Mansfield Arlin Field
Pickerington Central (10-2) vs. Cincinnati St. Xavier (10-3) at Dayton Welcome Stadium
State Championship Game: Saturday, Dec. 3 at Canton Fawcett Stadium, 7 p.m.
Division II - State Semifinal Pairings, Friday, November 25, 7:30 p.m.
Aurora (12-1) vs. Avon (12-1) at Parma Byers Field
Columbus Marion-Franklin (13-0) vs. Trotwood-Madison (13-0) at Clayton Northmont Good Samaritan Stadium
Mrs. Stoffer â the unsung hero of the Wapakoneta Redskins 2011 football team.
Years ago she told a young, impressionable Doug Frye, âGood, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.â
Frye never forgot the words of his sixth-grade English teacher and passed them on to his young charges.
âI think our kids have to understand that what we did this year was a step in the right direction,â the Redskins varsity coach said. âBut it wasnât the ultimate accomplishment.â
A step in the right direction indeed.
Two years ago, the Redskins went 1-9.
The party has started in Elida.
It started early in Friday nightâs game.
The Bulldogs are headed to the Division III football state semifinals after dominating the Columbus Eastmoor Academy Warriors 37-10.
It was all about the defense as Elida held Eastmoorâs power rushing attack to just 44 yards and sacked quarterback David valdez nine times.