Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Marion Local and Coldwater are the only local teams to qualify for playoffs
By Bruce Monnin
It was a tough night for two local teams as Celina and Minster saw their playoff bubbles burst.
Minster would not have qualified for the postseason even if it had won Friday night but Celina would still be playing next week had the Bulldogs been able to defeat Elida last night.
Both local conferences will be sending three teams to the playoffs. Wapakoneta, Kenton and Defiance will be representing the Western Buckeye League while Marion Local, Coldwater and Delphos St. John's will try to uphold the tradition of postseason success by the Midwest Athletic Conference.
Here is how all the local (and some of the other WBL and MAC) teams stand in the computer points rankings.
1. 26.40 - Tippecanoe (10-0)
2. 24.85 - Franklin (9-1)
3. 23.20 - Wapakoneta (9-1)
4. 22.82 - Western Brown (10-0)
5-6. 22.1 to 19.5 - Thurgood Marshall (5-3)
5-6. 21.15 - Springfield Shawnee (9-1)
7. 18.44 - Trotwood-Madison (7-2)
8. 15.30 - Kenton Ridge (9-1)
9. 15.20 - New Richmond (9-1)
10. 14.45 - Celina (7-3)
Celina falls to 10th after its loss to Elida (5-5). For the second year in a row, had the Bulldogs won their game, it would have been good enough to get them into the eighth and final playoff spot and earned them a trip to play undefeated Tippecanoe next week.
Wapakoneta finished third in the region but will not learn its opponent until after Saturday night's game between Thurgood Marshall (6-3) and Ponitz Tech (3-6). Thurgood Marshall is the prohibitive favorite to win the game, meaning the Redskins will likely host Springfield Shawnee (9-1) next week.
1. 22.75 - Columbia (10-0)
2. 21.67 - Liberty-Benton (9-0)
3. 21.45 - West Salem Northwestern (9-1)
4. 19.91 - Pemberville Eastwood (8-2)
5. 18.95 - Coldwater (8-2)
6. 17.65-17.70 - Loudonville (9-1)
7. 16.55-17.45 - Huron (7-3)
8. 15.60 - Doylestown Chippewa (8-2)
As expected, Coldwater comes up a little bit short of being able to host a playoff game. Instead, the Cavs will travel to play Pemberville Eastwood (8-2), a team which has never had the privilege of facing an MAC team in the postseason. Should the Cavaliers win that game, unbeaten Columbia Station Columbia likely awaits in the second round.
8. 11.95 - Tri-County North (7-3)
9. 10.48 - Fayetteville (7-2)
10. 8.80 - Minster (6-4)
Minster lost its last hope at a postseason berth when the Wildcats lost to Delphos St. John's (6-4). However, even a win would not have been enough for the Wildcats, as they would have ended up with 11.10 computer points, thus finishing one place out of postseason contention in ninth place.
1. 23.45 - Triad (10-0)
2. 21.95 - Covington (10-0)
3. 21.15 - Marion Local (10-0)
4. 17.29 - Sidney Lehman (9-1)
5. 14.75 - Paint Valley (8-2)
6. 14.2-14.6 - Fort Loramie (8-2)
7. 11.9-13.3 - Portsmouth Notre Dame (7-2)
8. 10.70 - Cedarville (7-3)
Undefeated Marion Local ends the regular season with the third seed in the region and a home playoff game next week. The Flyers will get to play Fort Loramie (8-2) in the first round. Fort Loramie has lost to MAC teams in the playoffs each of the last four seasons, including losses to Marion Local in both 2009 and 2010. A potential second-round matchup against unbeaten Covington will be highly-anticipated by many local fans.
Other Regions of Interest:
Despite getting blown out by Kenton, Defiance (6-4) earns the eighth and final playoff spot in Region 8. The Bulldogs will travel to play undefeated Toledo Central Catholic next week. Elida was able to climb all the way to ninth in this region with its win over Celina but that is one spot short of the postseason.
Undefeated Kenton secured the second seed in Region 12 and the Wildcats will host Galion (9-1) next week.
Delphos St. John's used its win over Minster to take the eighth and final postseason bid in Region 24. The Blue Jays will travel to play Leipsic (8-2) next week, a team the St. John's defeated in four previous playoff matchups in 1994, 2009, 2011 and 2012.