Koza: Leave negativity out of Lima area teams’ success


I am not from Lima.

I came here in 1980.

Yet, I call Lima my hometown.

I met my wife here in Lima.

My twin daughters were born in Lima.

I love Lima.

There’s a lot of negativity outside of Lima — that talks bad about our city — and we must stand together as one Lima.

There’s a lot of negativity inside our city, — that talks bad about our city — and we must stand together as one Lima.

We are Lima.

That was my message Tuesday night at Lima Mayor Dave Berger’s community rally, celebrating three incredible basketball teams: Lima Senior, Lima Central Catholic and the Allen County Sharks.

Yet, the naysayers in the beloved social media world, hiding behind words, complaining about why only those teams — or why are you having it on a night where there’s a city prayer night — or having it on the same night as the District 8 All-Star basketball games or …!

I hate negativity.

Can’t we just enjoy having a special rally?

In the crazy world we live in, there’s always something going on every night for families.

The mayor of our fair city was just trying to be positive.

If you were there, and more than an estimated 500 made it to the Civic and Convention Center downtown to be a part of it, it was truly a special night.

Thank you, Mayor Dave Berger for putting together such a wonderful event.

A positive event, in the midst of what has become a negative world.

Why can’t people just be positive?

Other Koza thoughts:

• You could make a case that Lima Central Catholic was the best overall team at the boys’ state tournament over the weekend — no matter the division. The T-Birds crushed both of their opponents, and really didn’t have a close postseason game. Congrats LCC on its second state championship in three years!

• You could also make a case that Lima Senior didn’t lose the Division I state championship to Westerville South, the Spartans just ran out of time. If there had been more time left on the clock, I was envisioning Ohio’s Mr. Basketball Xavier Simpson hitting a game-winning shot, just like he did in the “Battle of the Lima Cup” when the Spartans handed LCC its only loss of the season in a game that lived up to all of the hype — and then some. And by the by, Westerville South was a really good team — last year’s state runner-up, and two of its players — Andre and Caleb Wesson — have both been offered by Ohio State. I think their best player was Jordan Humphrey who hit the 12-foot runner in the lane versus Lima Senior to give the Wildcats the victory Saturday night.

• This is why I love the state tournament. You have to “play the game!” An example from 2015 was Defiance winning the Division II state crown, even though the Bulldogs looked like decided underdogs in matchups versus Dayton Dunbar and Cleveland Central Catholic. Hey, in both instances, the better “team” won the game, even though it appeared that both Dunbar and Cleveland C.C. had better talent.

This past weekend, if I told you that New Concord John Glenn would knock off six-time state champion Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, you would have thought I was crazy. But watching the game Saturday afternoon, there was no question whom the better “team” was — it was John Glenn. And did you know that John Glenn actually beat the Irish 54-51 in Akron during the regular season?

I love the state tournament!

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You can comment to Vince Koza at koza@cmgroup.co.

You can comment to Vince Koza at koza@cmgroup.co.

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