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October 21st, 2011
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP â€” Another hurdle cleared.
And now the big one.
The Wapakoneta Redskins came up with a pair of big third-quarter stops and pulled away to a 41-14 win over the Shawnee Indians on Friday night at Shawnee.
Wapak remained unbeaten at 9-0 overall and 8-0 in the Western Buckeye League.
The win sets up what looks to be an epic Week 10 matchup against the also undefeated Kenton Wildcats for all the proverbial marbles.
â€śI couldnâ€™t ask for a better season,â€ť Wapak center Nick Warner said. â€śItâ€™s been great. I never expected something like this out of my senior year.â€ť
BOTKINS â€” The fact that Dayton Stivers came into Fridayâ€™s sectional matchup with Botkins as the underdog didnâ€™t have Botkins head coach Kevin Lynch fooled at all.
â€śI had scouted them,â€ť Lynch said. â€śWe knew going in that it wasnâ€™t going to be easy.â€ť
The Stivers team, loaded with eight seniors, matched up well with both Botkins speed and physical style of play before finally succumbing in Botkinsâ€™ 3-2 win.
Stivers showed they had come ready to play by quickly scoring the first goal of the game and leaving the Trojans scratching their heads.
As the Wapakoneta Redskins entered Week 9 of the high school football season a year ago, they had already exceeded expectations.
The memories of a 1-9 season in 2009 were gone and a playoff berth seemed in the bag.
Then came a 46-15 loss to Kenton in Week 9 and a 28-21 defeat at the hands of the Elida Bulldogs seven days later.
Suddenly it was time to pack up the equipment and start thinking about next year.
Now itâ€™s next year.
Wapakoneta Redskins senior Andy Faller became the first boys soccer player from Wapakoneta to be named the Western Buckeye League Player of the Year when the All-WBL teams were announced on Wednesday.
Faller said he was â€śspeechlessâ€ť when varsity coach Marc Dyrness told him he had won the award.
â€śI kind of thought I was going to be in the running for it,â€ť Faller said. â€śBut I had my doubts with Bath winning the WBL. I thought one of their players was going to get it. ... I was really happy.â€ť
LIMA â€” Talk about your interesting finishes.
The Wapakoneta Redskins reversed a bizarre momentum shift in the fifth game to pull out a 3-2 win over the Bath Wildcats in a Division II volleyball sectional semifinal Wednesday night at Lima Senior High School.
After pulling out to an 8-4 lead in the crucial fifth-game tiebreaker, Wapak was called for an illegal substitution.
The error had occurred two points earlier, so two points were taken from the Wapak score and Bath was awarded a penalty point and the serve.
Suddenly it was just a one-point 6-5 lead and the Wildcats were serving.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys soccer season came to an abrupt end as the Elida Bulldogs pulled off a 3-0 upset win in a Division II sectional semifinal Wednesday night at a rain-soaked Shawnee Field.
In a match that more closely resembled water polo than soccer at times, players raced through and slipped in puddles as the ball skipped all over the field.
A steady rain began falling early in the afternoon and only seemed to intensify as the match wore on.
ELIDA â€” The Waynefield-Goshen Tigers hung tough, but could not overcome a strong Ottoville Big Green squad in a Division IV volleyball sectional semifinal Wednesday at Elida High School.
The Big Green (9-11) were taller and deeper and fed a relentless line of power hitters to the front row in a 25-19, 25-11, 25-16 sweep of W-G.
â€śI think my girls faced up to that rather well,â€ť Tigers coach Karen Dunson said. â€śThey talked and they moved. We got some plays on the net that I think were really nice. Once they got used to the game, we were picking more stuff in the back.
The Wapakoneta Redskins remain fourth in the latest high school football computer ranking released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association Tuesday afternoon.
Wapak (8-0) trails Trotwood-Madison (8-0), Kings Mills Kings (8-0) and Tipp City Tippecanoe in the Division II, Region 8 points.
Only the top eight teams in points in each region qualify for the playoffs. The top four teams will have a home game for their playoff opener.
No one-year wonders here.
After an impressive 7-3 season in 2010 that saw the Wapakoneta Redskins football team miss the playoffs by the narrowest of margins, football is buzzing again in Wapakoneta. As a result, the varsity squad has jumped out to an even stronger mark this year with an 8-0 start.
However, the junior varsity Redskins are showing that the arrival of varsity coach Doug Frye is not just a brief fling.
In relative obscurity, the junior varsity team is following up the varsity squad with some impressive wins of its own.
Sectional Girls Soccer
West Liberty-Salem 2, Botkins 1 (D3 at West Liberty-Salem)
W-G vs. Ottoville (D4 at Elida), 7:15 p.m.
Sectional Boys Soccer
Wapak vs. Elida (D2 at Shawnee), 5 p.m.
Dayton Stivers vs. Botkins (D3 at Botkins), 5 p.m.
Wapak vs. Bath (D2 at Lima Senior), 7:15 p.m.
Botkins vs. Newton (D4 at Tippecanoe), 7:45 p.m.
Wapak at Shawnee, 7:30
W-G at Lehman, 7
District Cross Country
Wapak boys at Oregon
Wapak girls at Ottawa