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The 23-2 Waite girls basketball team left for Columbus March 18 to face 22-2

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Kettering Fairmont in a Division I state final four semifinal after rocking Perrysburg 54-31 for the Norwalk regional crown.

“We’re ready to handle whatever comes our way,” said coach Manny May prior to his team’s departure.

The Indians left for Value City Arena in the immediate wake of senior 6-3 forward Natasha Howard officially becoming Ms. Ohio Basketball — awarded to the state’s top ladies high school player.

The Florida State-bound Howard (23.6 pts., 11 reb., 2.6 asst., 4.1 steals) is the first girl from Lucas County to earn the prestigious distinction. Prior to her, only Libbey’s William Buford (2008) and Macomber’s Jim Jackson (1988, 1989) brought the state’s best prep player status to Toledo.

“She’s been putting in the hard work and it’s starting to pay off for her,” May said of Howard’s latest achievement. As a McDonald’s All-American, she might just wind up as the national player of the year.

“She’s a kind and respectful kid who loves to do good things for her teammates and other people.”

In the meantime, May was tabbed the D-I co-coach of the year along with Fairmont’s Tim Cogan.

“Hats off to my coaching staff and all the good people in my life for helping me become successful,” May offered.

This is the Lady Indians’ first venture to the state final four, but the stars seemed aligned for them to finish the ultimate task and bring back their first state title to Northwest Ohio.

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Okay, so the 11 boys’ teams in the eastern Maumee Bay region did not fare as well as the girls’ teams.

That is only when you look at the accumulative records of the teams.

Three of the 11 boys’ teams were at .500 or better at the end of the season, while 5-of-10 girls’ teams had winning marks. At one point midway in the season, Eastwood had the best boys record but was still right at the .500 mark.

That changed in a hurry. Eastwood went on to defend its Suburban Lakes League championship, and as a result Todd Henline has been voted voted Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Coach of the Year and his 6-foot-8, 250 pound senior post player Clay Rolf is Player of the Year.

Both ran away with the voting. Waite coach Dave Pitsenbarger, Genoa coach Jeff Overmyer and Gibsonburg coach Brent Liskai also received votes.

During a time when we have a contingent of local coaches who are taking charge at their alma mater — Henline leads the pack.

It must make a difference because Northwood coach Matt Donegan, Stritch coach Jim Sheehy, and Clay coach Rob Belegrin all have been working to follow suit at their alma mater, and Sheehy has had success during his eight years there. Give Donegan and Belegrin some time — they just arrived onto the scene as head coach.

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You be the judge. The Press media representatives and area coaches have spoken.

Genoa Community Christian Academy 5-foot-9 senior guard Ben Davies has been voted a Second Team Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press choice. He is the first GCCA player to do better than honorable mention (which only requires nomination) — which means Davies received a significant amount of votes.

Davies averaged 21 points and eight rebounds, and had a single game-high of 40 points and 15 rebounds this season. Davies also averaged 1.1 assists and 1.5 steals.

In voting by 11 area coaches and 12 media representatives, Davies received 14 points (a first team vote counts two points, second team one point).

Whether Davies’ numbers on the court can be compared to other players who are even chosen honorable mention is, how does the cliché go, “apples to apples and oranges to oranges.”

Genoa Christian is playing a schedule against other very small Christian schools from throughout the region — none of whom are members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. But The Press will recognize the voter’s wishes, because in his realm he must deserve it.

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