Then how do they win volleyball, baseball, cross country, etc titles? Pee wee football has little to do with thier success. Genetics, coaching, and community define them. Some schools can match them in 1 or even two areas, but rarely all three. Kirtland is one of those places and you see them holding thier own vs. the MAC.Many believe not having pee-wee is the key to their success.
Great Article. The writer of that article also wrote this book.Linking the New York Times article on Marion Local because I believe that encompasses everything that makes the MAC great. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/sports/football/ohio-high-school-marion-local.html
Completely agree with your list and also I would place the priority in the same order.Talked to a coaching friend of mine a few years ago that has lost to them alot in the playoffs
1. Genetics - they have the Jimmies and Joes
2. Coaching - They rarely get outcoached, which means you have to be as good or better at #1, which rarely happens, except at places like Kirtland.
3. Community - great support, no soccer, lots of two parent homes that promote the a winning culture.
They are all probably related to each other. All of southern Mercer County is one big family tree.My son told me after the D7 state title game that the Marion Local players all looked like clones. Somewhat tall, somewhat lean and strong. It's in their DNA over there.
They are all probably related to each other. All of southern Mercer County is one big family tree.
Theres only roughly 40 last names in all of SoMer with an additional 15 or so exclusive to each community.If they aren't related directly, their families probably married at some point.
Exactly. And the state champion volleyball player marries the state champion FB player and they live in Mercer county and have 6 kids, which keeps the cycle going.They are all probably related to each other. All of southern Mercer County is one big family tree.
Not ot mention at least 4-5 to the NFL too since the 80s and into the 2000s.Exactly. And the state champion volleyball player marries the state champion FB player and they live in Mercer county and have 6 kids, which keeps the cycle going.
The MAC has probably sent more kids D1 in FB than the rest of the D6-7 conferences in Ohio put together.
Per Wikipedia, Coldwater has 3 wrestling state titles. Everyone else in the MAC, zero.Completely agree with your list and also I would place the priority in the same order.
For those who question if genetics are really that big of a deal, how many state wrestling titles does the MAC have? I dont actually know the answer to that question, but zero would be my bet. The kids are a few inches taller and few pounds heavier than normal Ohio.
I have mentioned this before, but I used to run the Minster October fest, and i would take note of many (probably 25%) or more of runners who were taller than myself. A few weeks after the October fest i would run the Turkey Trot in Miamisburg. It was likely only 2-3% who were taller than myself at that south of .Dayton race, and I figured most of them probably just came down from Mercer county for the race.