BATH TOWNSHIP — The end is nigh for the girls basketball regular season, and today’s seeding meetings are proof.
By tonight, seeds will be handed out and brackets set for the upcoming sectional tournaments, which begins Feb. 23. Regardless of record or seeds, whether good or bad, the tournament is the chance for all teams to start over.
“The placement of the teams is going to be based upon your record and your body of work, but really when the tournament starts, everybody is 0-0 and you’re starting all over again,” Bath coach Greg Mauk said. “It’s a new season.”
The Wildkittens stand a good chance of heading into their Division II sectional at Spencerville with a high seed. Joining them in the sectional are Western Buckeye League foes Celina, Elida, Ottawa-Glandorf, St. Marys, Shawnee, Van Wert and Wapakoneta.
Mauk said the top seed could come down to his squad and Shawnee, but admitted the process could go many different ways.
“I’m not sure how the whole thing will turn out. I think it’s almost a situation with the teams in our bracket that you could just about blind-draw it and do just as well,” Mauk said. “You’re familiar with them, but they’re also familiar with you. That’s what makes our sectional unique.”
Bath isn’t the only team facing familiar opponents. At the Division IV sectional in Paulding, undefeated Ottoville headlines a group that includes Putnam County League members Fort Jennings, Continental and Kalida, along with Ayersville and Wayne Trace.
Good money is on top seeds going to the Big Green, the state’s top-ranked Division IV team, and Kalida, ranked No. 2 in the state.
“We’re pretty excited about the whole thing,” Ottoville coach Dave Kleman said. “We keep talking to the girls that we want to do great, but it’s one game at a time; it’s the old coach’s cliché. You don’t want to look beyond the next game, because that one’s going to bite you.”
The winner from the Paulding site faces the winner from Parkway in the Van Wert district. The Parkway site includes state-ranked Delphos St. John’s, and three-loss teams Delphos Jefferson and Crestview.
“It’s not an easy road to hoe if you come through northwest Ohio,” Jefferson coach David Hoffman said. Hoffman anticipates a rematch against Crestview, a team they’ve beaten this season, in the sectional.
“It’s not easy to get a game in either one,” Hoffman said. “I don’t think getting a seed is that important in this area of the state.”
The boys basketball draw is next Sunday.
Friday’s winter snowstorm put a heavy dent into Saturday’s sports schedule. Most of the area’s basketball games were postponed on Saturday. The games that have re-scheduled have the new dates listed.
Here’s a list of the games that were postponed on Saturday:
Boys high school:
Wapakoneta at Liberty-Benton
Coldwater at Van Wert
McComb at Miller City
Kalida at Wayne Trace
Fairlawn at Waynesfield-Goshen
Temple Christian at New Knoxville
Fort Jennings at Perry
New Bremen at Botkins (6 p.m. Tuesday)
Bath at Marion Harding (Feb. 16)
Lincolnview at Delphos St. John’s (6 p.m. Tuesday)
Oregon Clay at Shawnee
Mount Union at Ohio Northern (1 p.m. Sunday)
Girls high school:
Wayne Trace at Miller City (Noon, Feb. 13)
New Knoxville at Sidney Lehman
Piqua at St. Marys (6 p.m. Monday)
Delphos Jefferson at Cory-Rawson (6 p.m. Tuesday)
Parkway at Upper Scioto Valley (6 p.m. Monday)
Riverside at Hardin Northern
Ohio Northern at Mount Union (1 p.m. Sunday)