After winning back-to-back NCC championships in 2012 and '13, the Ontario baseball team entered play last season in the Northern Ohio League and promptly won that league as well. Along the way, veteran baseball coach Dan Gorbett picked up career win number 500 with a 13-3 win last May over Willard. As Gorbett begins his 35th season of coaching, sixth at Ontario his biggest concern is defense in the field, saying his team early on in scrimmages has made too many physical and mental errors that need to be cleaned up.
The Galion Tiger track team will open the season at home Tuesday as they take on county rival Colonel Crawford. Like the Eagles, the Tigers hope to send several athletes back to Columbus come that first weekend in June on the 5th and 6th. Coaches Todd Roston and Colby Bright say their numbers are up with nearly 90 athletes to work with combining both girls and boys.
With charter member Orrville leaving the Ohio Cardinal Conference after the 2015- '16 athletic season for the Principles Athletic Conference, OCC Commissioner Ron Dessecker announced on Sunday evening that Mount Vernon, a long time member of the the Columbus based Ohio Capital Conference, will join the Ohio Cardinal Conference in 2016-'17. Commissioner Dessecker commented that he looks forward to working with the Mt.Vernon administration and believes the addition will make the league stronger.
Next week spring sports will kick into gear, weather permitting of course. On the softball side, one of the best teams in the area over the past several years has been Clear Fork. The Colts a season ago finished up at 23-8 overall, 9-5 in the Ohio Cardinal Conference and finished as Division II district runner-up to Clyde falling in a close game 3-2 at Buckeye Central.
Some of the best basketball players in this area took the floor Wednesday night for the second annual Shelby Rotary North Central Ohio Girls All-Star Game. Two games were played, a game for underclassmen which was won by team Black 107-83, and a second game featuring all seniors playing in their final high school game. Team White coached by Kevin Chaze of New London downed team Black coached by Colonel Crawford's Kyle Fenner 84-68.
The Sports Buzz Holiday Madness bracket challenge rolls on into the Final Four. America has spoken and the final pairings are now official.