“Given the great difference in the fourth and fifth place, it seems as though — win or lose, we will be hosting a home play-off game,” Genoa athletic director Rick Briggle e-mailed The Press heading into Genoa’s Friday night contest hosting Otsego.
“Of course, we are not anticipating anything but a win Friday,” Briggle continued. “If, and it is a hypothetical if, we were to play today, we would host next Friday (Halloween) with Ottawa Glandorf. We are currently third and they are sixth in region.
“Eastwood would also be in and would, if play was to begin today, they'd play Lorain Clearview in Lorain. So, exciting times for the SLL and the immediate area.
“We are ecstatic to be included and it is truly a testimony to our kids and coaching staff for the accomplishments in recent years of the Comets. I believe the community will be equally up to the task for support of the occasion. If it can happen to others, it can happen to us and it has.”
Here is the entire listing of possible opponents, the top eight in Division IV, Region 14 heading into the last week of the regular season — Fostoria (8-1), Lorain Clearview (9-0), Genoa (9-0), Marion Pleasant (8-1), Huron (7-2), Ottawa-Glandorf (6-3), Eastwood (7-2), and Clear Fork (5-4).
All of Genoa’s playoff games will be internet broadcast live on Toledo Sports Radio.com with former Press sports editor Rick Waldron doing the play-by-play and Press contributing writer Jeffrey D. Norwalk providing the color.
Both Waldron and Norwalk are Genoa graduates, and they began broadcasting during the Genoa-Lake game and will continue on into the playoffs. All games are archived and can be listened to at any time.
Locally, there is only one team that seems to be shocked it most likely isn’t playing Halloween weekend. Heading into the final week, Northwood is ninth, one spot away in Division V, Region 18, but don’t hold your breath.
The Rangers were 8-1 heading into Friday’s contest with Cardinal Stritch in the Big Apple Deli Game, and they had outscored opponents 393 to 125. But even a victory over Division VI Stritch (1-8) may not help that much.
Coach Ken James realized that the opportunity may be missed once he found out that his school had moved up a division by just one male student. Toledo Area Athletic Conference contender Hilltop (7-2), which Northwood defeated, is eighth in Division VI heading into the final week of the regular season.
Here’s who is ahead of Northwood heading into Friday night’s Big Apple Deli contest, and who the Rangers hoped may have lost for the Rangers to be in the playoffs this upcoming weekend.
This list is full of some heavy Northwest Ohio football artillery — Patrick Henry (9-0), Liberty-Benton (9-0), Archbold (8-1), Wynford (9-0), Fairview (8-1), Liberty Center (8-1), Ashland Crestview (8-1), and Delphos Jefferson (8-1).
Szypka’s Rockets No. 19
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association released its Top 20 All-Academic Teams list on Wednesday and the Rockets were ranked No. 19.
UT posted a 3.342 GPA for 2007-08 thanks to stellar academic efforts by many Rockets. Shana Spzypka (Genoa) and Whitney Young both posted 4.0 GPAs in the 2007-08 academic year. Erica Singer earned a 3.839 GPA with Kate Ricchio close behind at 3.833. Brie Ford rounded out the top five Rockets with a 3.767 mark.
Toledo was one of four Mid-American Conference schools to be in the Top 20 with Akron (13), Eastern Michigan (18) and Kent State (20) joining the Rockets.
Tennessee Tech was the top Division I institution with a 3.54 GPA with Gardner-Webb (3.478) and Seton Hall (3.45) joining the Golden Eagles in the top three.
A training class for new high school wrestling officials in the Toledo area will be Monday nights at Wayne Trail Elementary School, Maumee, starting Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Fee is $80 and will finish Dec. 8. Call Dan Jaksetic, President, Greater Toledo Wrestling Officials’ Association at 419-259-8674.