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After Waite’s 61-55 Division I state semi-final win over Kettering Fairmont last weekend at Ohio State’s Value City Arena, the Indians took it easy Saturday while three other championship games were being played.

“We had a little shoot around early, about one o’clock,” Coach Manny May said. “We had lunch, we had breakfast, and just relaxed because we had Fairmont the night before, so we just wanted to let them relax their legs and be still a little bit. That’s all we did. Nothing drastic, nothing hard, just relax and keep your mind at ease.”

Senior Natasha Howard said, “We went out to eat, and chilled as a team. We had a team meeting about the next team and after that we had a little practice again and worked on what we needed to do with that team and what they will be doing.”

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In 1927, the Toledo Waite boys’ basketball team was state runner-up, and Waite boys’ teams also qualified for the state tournament in 1924, 1925, 1931, and 1940.      
       
Waite football was nationally prominent from the time of the school’s opening in 1914 to the early 1960s under legendary coaches Jack Mollenkopf and Don McAllister. 

Last weekend, the Waite girls’ basketball team put the nearly 100-year-old historic east side school back on Ohio’s map by becoming Division I state runner-up.

Tuesday, the Waite student body held a rally in Grant Murray Field House to honor the team. It was complete with a city proclamation presented by Councilman Mike Craig, a 1973 Waite graduate.

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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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Giving money to people along road

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