The Northwest Conference is taking a different approach to crowning a football champion with a tournament type style to accommodate the six-game season.
The NWC split into two divisions and in the first three weeks they will play division games. Beginning in week four, the teams will participate in a tournament style of play as teams will be broken into brackets. Records will determine seeds and head to head results and drawings will be held to break any ties in the seeding.
The winner of game 7 will be the NWC champion, regardless of division record.
Crestview, Delphos Jefferson, Paulding and Spencerville will be in the West, and Ada, Allen East, Bluffton and Columbus Grove will be in the East.
“We decided to play divisions and have a tournament because we felt it is the best way to determine a true NWC champion,” Derryberry said. ” Our league size and geographic locations of the schools make this possible. We will do our best to make sure everyone plays three home games & three away games in weeks 1-6. If schools can reach an agreement, then we will use a coin flip to determine the host school (this will likely happen week 5, and game 7).”
Derryberry added that the higher seeded school is not guaranteed an opportunity to host and athletic directors will need to communicate, either early Saturday morning or late Friday night, to determine host schools in weeks 5 and 6.
Shawnee 5, St. Marys 0
ST. MARYS — Singles players Kunmi Ojo, Aria Patel and Alora Patel and the doubles teams of Donna Bowers and Rose Kottapalli and Delaney Dawson and Vanessa Paysen all won.
LCC 5, Elida 0
LIMA — Singles players Morgan Chaney, Libby Simmons and Paige Brinkman and the doubles teams of Nicole Patricio-Agosto and Ally Oravitz and Carrie Heider and McKenna Bager all won matches at the Collett Street Courts.
Bluffton 4, Kenton 1
BLUFFTON — Singles player Olivia Barnes and Pearl Lewandowski and the doubles teams of Libby Frazier and Ellie Nickel and Brooke Camper and Caitlyn Couch won for the Pirates. Grace Collins won for the Wildcats.
BELLEFONTAINE — Singles players Madison Snider, Ellie Schroer and Makenzie Schroeder and the doubles teams of Alyssa Good and Casey Minnig and Abby Metzger and Bailey Barrett all won.
NWC quad match
BLUFFTON — Bluffton had the low team total of 175 among the Northwest Conference squads followed by Columbus Grove (184), Crestiview (203) and Ada (211).
Medalist Kenny Lovett (39), Micah Minnig (42), Wes Brauen (45) and Jaden Coonfare (49) combined for the winning total. Columbus Grove’s Noah Macke (42), Crestview’s Tanner Myers (47) and Ada’s Dexter Woods (49) had the low scores for their respective schools at par 36 Bluffton Golf Club.
PCL quad match
OTTAWA — Ottoville had the low team score of 168 among the Putnam County League squads followed by Leipsic (188), Miller City (202) and Fort Jennings (228). Leipsic’s Mason Brandt was medalist with a 40 on the par 36 Pike Run Golf Club layout.
Ottoville’s Dru Hilvers and Jack Langhals (41 each), Miller City[’s TJ Michel (46) and Fort Jennings’ Gavin Schimmoeller (45) had the low totals for their respective teams.
DEFIANCE — Kalida (326) had the low score in the 16-team event at par 72 Auglaize Golf Course. Paulding tied for fourth with Wayne Trace at 343 and Delphos Jefferson (401) finished 14th.
Ryan Klausing, who had the second lowest score with a 73, Justin Siebeneck (81), Kayla Nartker (84) and Ethan Warnecke (88) combined for the winning total. Montpelier’s Hunter Burlew shot a 72 to earn medalist honors. Paulding’s Kyle Dominique (81) and Delphos Jefferson’s Logan Gallmeier (84) had the low rounds for their respective teams.
Lima Senior 266
Carson Muhlenkamp (37), Keegan Bruggeman (44), Nick Kline (47) and Keaton Bruns (48) combined for the winning score at the par 36 Mercer County Elks. Lima Senior’s individual scores were not reported by deadline.
BVC tri match
FOSTORIA — Van Buren (167) finished with the low score followed by Pandora-Gilboa (168) and McComb (198) in a matchup of Blanchard Valley Conference members. Jacob Suter and Grant Farthing each shot 41 to lead P-G at the par 36 Fostoria Country Club.
DEFIANCE — Shawnee finished sixth with a team score of 429 and Celina was seventh in the 12-team competition at par 71 Eagle Rock Golf Club. Wauseon won the fifth score tiebreaker after shooting the low team total of 384 along with Fairview.
Shawnee’s Haylee Wurm (83) and Madilyn Paphanchith (86) had the third and sixth lowest rounds respectively. Celina’s Kendra Marsee tied for 14th with a 98. Anthony Wayne’s Lilly Black and Wayne Trace’s Kenadie Daeger each shot 82 to tie for the low round.
Lexi Wright (45), Sarah Diller (46), Jordan Hemmelgarn (50) and Grace Buschur (51) combined for the winning total at the par 36 Mercer County Elks. Kenton’s individual scores were not reported by deadline.
for fall OAC sports
ADA — The Ohio Athletic Conference, which includes Ohio Northern, has announced the schedules for football, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer for the 2021 spring seasons.
All sports will begin competition on the weekend of March 12, 2021, and will conclude on the weekend of April 16 with championships games in all sports.
The four schedules feature conference-only competition and remain under the NCAA’s 50 percent waiver rule so that all student-athletes will not use a season of competition.
Football will be split into East and West divisions and will play a four-game round-robin schedule against divisional foes on Friday nights, beginning on March 12.
The championship game, featuring the East and West winners, will be at the home of the West champion April 16. The second through fifth place finishers will also play each other April 16, so each school will play a five-game schedule.
Volleyball will play on Friday and Tuesday evenings from March 12-April 9. Each night will feature two matches between the teams, resulting in an 18-match regular season schedule.
The OAC Tournament will be April 12 and 16 and will feature the top four seeds. Teams finishing 5-10 will have the option of playing twice during the week against each other, if desired, resulting in a maximum 20-match schedule for all.
The men’s and women’s soccer teams will take its originally scheduled fall round robin and move it to the spring. The men’s and women’s teams will play at opposite sites Thursdays and Sundays beginning March 14.
On April 18 the top seed will play host to the second seed for the OAC championship. The other eight teams will also play (with three hosting four, etc.) so that all schools will play a 10-match schedule.
Times and dates for all competitions are subject to further change due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
UNOH hires SID
LIMA — Joe Watkins, a 2016 Lima Central Catholic graduate, has been hired as the new University of Northwestern Ohio sports information director.
Watkins fills the position following the passing of Matt Zircher during the spring.
“When we interviewed candidates to fill the SID role, Joe rose to the top because of his prior experience in sports management during his undergrad years combined with having roots in the Lima community,” Athletic director Chris Adams said in a news release. “We were impressed with what he could bring to the table at UNOH and how he could fulfill our sports media needs at the university.”
Watkins completed his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Business Administration from Bluffton University this past May.
“I am looking forward to working with the talented athletes and coaches at UNOH as the sports information director and am excited to put some of what I learned in college to use within the Racers organization,” Watkins said.
LIMA — Join the Lima Family YMCA until the end of August and all youth and young adults pay nothing for the month. All adult and family memberships for August are $19. Contact Michelle Webken at 419-223-6045, email firstname.lastname@example.org, head to limaymca.net or stop by the Y at 345 S. Elizabeth St. for more information.
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