Western Buckeye League 2021

jonmoxon

Active member
Exactly. Like, "not very competitive in any sport." ANY??? Did I not just write that they already have 2 team WBL championships this year. 😄
There’s also 7 sports that Bath is either last or next to last in. And this is with a “once in a generation” class.
 

limabean

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He's from Bluffton. Dad became the AD at Bath, so they moved their kids to Bath. Now, he's not the AD, so going back to Bluffton, where they live.
I heard a rumor that they are moving to Columbus. No idea where in Columbus if that is true. Not sure if Bluffton has good enough basketball and football programs for him.
 

*67

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I heard a rumor that they are moving to Columbus. No idea where in Columbus if that is true. Not sure if Bluffton has good enough basketball and football programs for him.
If that's the truth, he'd be more than likely moving to Dublin.
 

tucson

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There’s also 7 sports that Bath is either last or next to last in. And this is with a “once in a generation” class.
I hear that, but don't say they aren't very competitive in ANY sport when the WBL offers 20 sports and you're just talking about those 7. They do have competitive success, albeit in sports folks pay less attention to.
 

BlessEmAll

Moderator
That may be true. I heard from a Bath parent that they will have 1 combined MS football team next year. The rising 7th grade has only single digit participation in football. Do any WBL schools play a combined 7th/8th grade schedule? Those numbers will kill a program. Apparently Bath won't consider leaving the WBL, even though boys sports would all benefit by a league change.
Milton-Union and most SWBL schools play a combined Junior High.
 

jonmoxon

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Each Friday we get a little bit closer to the start of football! I'm pumped for the WBL this year, lots of exciting teams in 2021 and the WBL is always a competitive league where you definitely have to bring your A game against every team or you could get beat. I would put the league into tiers this year and it's always subject to change.
Tier 1: Van Wert, OG, St. Marys, Wapak
Tier 2: Elida, Kenton, Shawnee
Tier 3: Celina, Defiance, Bath
 

jonmoxon

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Does anyone think Doug Frye retiring will change what the league will look like in 2021 and going forward? It'll be interesting whoever replaces him they will have big shoes to fill in a very tough league.
 

tucson

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Does anyone think Doug Frye retiring will change what the league will look like in 2021 and going forward? It'll be interesting whoever replaces him they will have big shoes to fill in a very tough league.
I think there's too many questions yet to fully answer this. I think most folks would guess that SM will drop in their predictions for the 2021 season. That's reasonable really any time a legendary coach retires. Presumably, they'll go with an inside hire (or someone with a similar philosophy) and do their best to maintain their current culture. It'll be a transitional year no matter what, but the extent will depend on who becomes the next SM HC. In short, I'd say I'd place them firmly behind VW, O-G, and Wapak. 4th place in the WBL in the first year of a new head coach would be pretty good with all things considered.
 

Beezer70

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I think there's too many questions yet to fully answer this. I think most folks would guess that SM will drop in their predictions for the 2021 season. That's reasonable really any time a legendary coach retires. Presumably, they'll go with an inside hire (or someone with a similar philosophy) and do their best to maintain their current culture. It'll be a transitional year no matter what, but the extent will depend on who becomes the next SM HC. In short, I'd say I'd place them firmly behind VW, O-G, and Wapak. 4th place in the WBL in the first year of a new head coach would be pretty good with all things considered.
I feel with him wanting to stay on to help would mean it will come down to Bo as the front runner and possibly Nick Yahl the long time defensive cor. the other choice. I stated in another post you will not find a coach outside his staff willing to come in and have the ex-coach on the coaching staff.
 

dhsdog06

Well-known member
Just throwing it out. Have no idea if he'd consider it. But Buti is still the AD. It wouldn't totally shock me if he can't find a good coach this late if he comes back for a year.
 

StateChampion2012

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Just throwing it out. Have no idea if he'd consider it. But Buti is still the AD. It wouldn't totally shock me if he can't find a good coach this late if he comes back for a year.
Considering the circumstances, I'd say that'd be the best course of action and try to find a coach next offseason. How old is Buti nowadays?
 

ramdog22

Member
On staff is also Travis Cooper, but that name doesn't exactly inspire much confidence.
Why is that? He won at Bryan, a program that didn't win before he got there, and Wauseon. One incident and he isn't the man? I hope he is the next coach at Defiance! He deserves the chance after the BS that happened to him at Wauseon!
 

tucson

Active member
Not specific to football, but Bath also announced hires today. Sean Powell for boys basketball and Kristen Holt as athletic director. Powell is coming over from Botkins where he won the D-IV state title this year and Holt has been a collegiate coach in NCAA D1 women's basketball for many years, according to the press release. Both seem like outstanding hires. Especially since WBL posters tend to talk about how terrible Bath is and that they should be in the NWC. This certainly seems encouraging for Bath Athletics.
 
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