BELLEFONTAINE — The new era of Wapakoneta Redskins football will unfold Friday as the team plays its first regular season game under first-year head coach Travis Moyer, against the Bellefontaine Cheiftains.
After a 9-2 record in the 2013 season, which ended in the school hosting its first ever home playoff game, the Redskins completed the best four-year stretch in program history under Doug Frye, who returned to coach St. Marys.
Moyer will face 10 unfamiliar opponents during the regular season, with Bellefontaine first in line to take on the Redskins.
The Wapakoneta Redskins overcame a rocky start to their scrimmage Saturday but settled down to show some positive outcomes, as Wapakoneta topped the Minster Wildcats, 21-14, in three quarters of football.
Quarterbacks were not subject to live tackling in Friday’s scrimmage, as officials’ whistles often blew with the QBs sitting in the pocket or scrambling for yardage.
Kicks and punts were allowed but blocking and tackling on returns were not.
RAWSON — The 2013 season was a big disappointment for the Waynesfield-Goshen varsity football team.
The Tigers finished 2-8 overall and 2-4 in the Northwest Central Conference, however at Cory-Rawson High School on Friday, W-G showed improvement and talent along with some techniques that need some ironing out.
“Overall, we need to clean up our performance, but we are coming together nicely,” said Tigers coach Tyler Turner.
After being rained out for their first game of the season, the Wapakoneta Redskins’ boys varsity soccer team showed the crowd at Harmon Field Thursday night what they should be looking forward to for the 2014 season.
At least for one-half anyway, as the Redskins defeated nonconference foe Bellefontaine 7-1 in a season opening match.
The start of the 2014 high school football regular season is less than two weeks away.
First, however, in less than 24 hours, the Wapakoneta Redskins will face their first instance of live, opposing competition, as Wapakoneta will host the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds in a scrimmage starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Harmon Field.
The Redskins will demonstrate Saturday the initial results of summer weightlifting and conditioning, followed by team practices and instruction sessions in July and August.
Drew Wayman captured an individual title Wednesday, as the Wapakoneta Redskins senior shot a 74 to lead all players in the Auglaize County Open.
Wayman and the Redskins placed third out of six teams with a 360 team score Wednesday in their second straight tournament in as many days at Arrowhead Golf Club in Minster.
“He was solid all day today,” Wapakoneta coach Kenny Wayman said Wednesday about his son, Drew. “He battled a few holes that his drive got away from him but battled back mentally and ended up with a very good round.”
On the course just a couple hours after sunrise Wednesday morning, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers began the 2014 high school boys golf season about as early as a team could, as the official start of the season was Wednesday.
The Tigers began their season with a tournament at Hawthorne Hills Golf Course in Lima.
W-G arrived in Allen County early Wednesday morning, escaping fog that blanketed their departure from Waynesfield in Auglaize County.
The greatest athletes of Wapakoneta gathered near the Auglaize River last night to race in one of the most grueling, challenging and surprising competitions any of them could imagine.
OK, maybe they weren’t the best athletes in the area, and maybe the race wasn’t the most grueling, but a group of about 85 people did come together and have some fun for a good cause with a large crowd cheering them on.
The bed races are one of the events that help to kick off the annual Summer Moon Festival, and this year’s wet, wild adventure did not disappoint.