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FOOTBALL NOTES: Merricle comeback

November 4, 2011

If you think you’ve been hearing the name Jensen Merricle more the final three weeks of the season, you’re right.

After being benched earlier in the season, the Wapakoneta Redskins junior running back has returned to the lineup and become a significant contributor down the stretch.

After carrying the ball just four times in the previous four games, Merricle broke out in Week 8, rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown in six carries in the win over Van Wert.

FOOTBALL: Chiefs win JBL Super Bowl

November 4, 2011

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.

FOOTBALL: W-G's Spencer named coach of the year

November 4, 2011

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.

Second season: Franklin's balance speed to test Wapak

November 3, 2011

On more than one occasion and by more than one pundit, the Western Buckeye League was described as a “gauntlet” in 2011.
Four WBL teams — Wapakoneta, Elida, Ottawa-Glandorf and Kenton — qualified for the playoffs, and three others — 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.

Week 11 Power Rankings

November 2, 2011

FOOTBALL: Final AP poll

November 2, 2011

COLUMBUS (AP) — 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):

DIVISION I
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

FOOTBALL: Directions to Franklin

November 1, 2011

FOOTBALL: Wapak cleared to play, preparing for Franklin

November 1, 2011

Breathe easy, Redskin fans.
And make your plans for Friday night’s trip to Franklin.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) cleared Wapakoneta on Monday to compete in the football playoffs.
“I’m glad to have this behind us,” Wapakoneta Redskins varsity coach Doug Frye said. “We want to move on and do what’s best for all the kids involved and continue to play football.”
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.

FOOTBALL: Redskins hoping to face Franklin

October 31, 2011

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 school’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.

VOLLEYBALL: Celina bumps Wapak

October 31, 2011

FINDLAY — 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 — 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 wasn’t to be.
Despite a valiant Wapak effort, the Bulldogs pulled out a three-game sweep — 25-14, 25-14, 25-20 — in the Division II district title game Saturday at Liberty-Benton High School.

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