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Old 11-29-18, 11:33 AM
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Western Buckeye League Football 2019

Season just ended, but it’s never too early for predictions. Who do you think will be at the top? Who will have down years? Thoughts?

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Old 11-29-18, 12:31 PM
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If Kenton's QB is back and stay healthy they will be good.

WIll be interesting to see if VW is a one year wonder.

Cannot sleep on Shawnee with that new coach and being able to draw around LIma (Shawnee is OE, right?)

Its time for Celina to step it up. I know they picked up Coldwater in a scrimmage next year which will be a good battle.


SM and Wapak will do just fine. THey may have to reach out a little further for week 1 games than normal but they will get a game and be at the top of the league come week 10
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Old 11-29-18, 02:08 PM
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St. Maryís and Wapak are going to have to find new opponents because of Bellefontaine and Sidney moving to a new conference.
That's not until Fall 2020. Bellefontaine is remaining in the CBC. Sidney joined the newly formed MVL. The MVL is going to a 9-game league schedule in 2020 like the WBL. 2019 will be a transition year, for football, where Sidney and other schools will honor their existing contracts. Once Fall 2020 hits, Bellefontaine will be Sidney's only out of league game during week one of the year (dropping SM) which cause and effect results in Bellefontaine being unable to play Wapak week one.
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Old 11-30-18, 11:57 AM
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If Kenton's QB is back and stay healthy they will be good.

WIll be interesting to see if VW is a one year wonder.

Cannot sleep on Shawnee with that new coach and being able to draw around LIma (Shawnee is OE, right?)

Its time for Celina to step it up. I know they picked up Coldwater in a scrimmage next year which will be a good battle.


SM and Wapak will do just fine. THey may have to reach out a little further for week 1 games than normal but they will get a game and be at the top of the league come week 10
Kentonís QB was a senior, but I heard his backup is a stud as well.
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Old 11-30-18, 11:59 AM
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Kentonís QB was a senior, but I heard his backup is a stud as well.
Thought so. Assume he got the snaps this year when the Sr was injured? Could be very valuable experience going forward. They really need to make some hay and beat CW in week 1 for those harbins.
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Old 11-30-18, 12:45 PM
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Wapak will be very good with Kaeck on both offense and defense just needs to get healthy,
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Old 11-30-18, 02:58 PM
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Ottawa Glandorf was young this year - I feel they will be back - certainly in the top 5 of the league.
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Old 11-30-18, 03:00 PM
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Ottawa Glandorf was young this year - I feel they will be back - certainly in the top 5 of the league.
Hoping they can get back to form. Being in D5 certainly could help them come playoff time!
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Old 12-01-18, 09:11 AM
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Defiance has a really good junior class. They should be pretty good next year. Hopefully this past year was the start of the program getting back to being like the Defiance teams of the late 90's and early 2000's.
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Old 12-01-18, 04:27 PM
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I think the top of the league will be (high/low)
Wapakoneta (9-1/7-3)
- they bring back Kaeck, someone who can control a game by himself. They bring back 7 starters on defense. However they lost both of their corners, who is going to fill that void? Losing a senior leader like Erb will hurt, and they graduate their entire OL. How will the offense look?
St Mary’s(9-1/8-2)
- bring back plenty of talent, but graduate a lot of talented seniors. Kanorr will continue to solidify himself as one of the top linemen in the state. Howell and Schlosser are due for big years in the backfield.
Ottawa Glandorf(8-2/6-4)
- INCREDIBLY young last year. This could be a big year for them. OG could finish 3rd-4th in the WBL and still be one of the top teams in DV. I’m excited about this team.
Kenton(9-1/5-5)
- with that offense, two all Ohio caliber receivers in Cornell and Rush and a nasty defense, Kenton will complete.
The middle tier
Elida(7-3/5-5)
- this team will surprise people. They bring back Unruh, Spivey, Barnett, and Poe (however, I’ve heard rumors about Poe going to Wapak) on offense. The defense will he suspect, but with that kind of offense they could steal some wins from the top teams.
Shawnee(6-4/4-6)
- they lose Caprella and Ford, but the upcoming junior class is very talented. They also have a state championship coach.
Van Wert(6-4/4-6)
- brings back a lot, but also loses amazing players such as Place and Bagley. Question mark
Bottom tier
Celina(5-5/3-7)
- they lose their two best players in Schweiterman and Zizleman, and don’t seem to have much talent coming back. Celina seems to always compete, but this team doesn’t look promising
Defiance(5-5/3-7)
- I hate to say this after such a good year, but I think it was a one year wonder. That senior class was talented. Like Celina, a big question mark
Bath(1-9/0-10)
- they are Bath
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Old 12-04-18, 09:10 AM
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Wapak seems to always have a decent offensive line so hope that it continues. Wish during the season Moyer would have gave Crow some snaps at quarterback during some of our more lopsided games. When up 3 or 4 touchdowns give your backup a few series to get him some experience. The defense will be ahead of the offensive at the start of the season and will have to win some games for us. Kaeck will be healthy when the season starts hopefully. Has anyone heard who is replacing Bellefontaine next year.
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Old 12-04-18, 10:58 AM
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Wapak seems to always have a decent offensive line so hope that it continues. Wish during the season Moyer would have gave Crow some snaps at quarterback during some of our more lopsided games. When up 3 or 4 touchdowns give your backup a few series to get him some experience. The defense will be ahead of the offensive at the start of the season and will have to win some games for us. Kaeck will be healthy when the season starts hopefully. Has anyone heard who is replacing Bellefontaine next year.
Crow wonít be the QB next year. Word has it that Merricle will be the QB. He was the backup sophomore year but he is such an athlete they moved him to get some playing time. He will be the best athlete on the field next year. Kaeck is getting surgery this offseason and is sitting out wrestling. Sucks for him, he was ranked as a top 5 wrestler in the state.
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Old 06-05-19, 11:47 AM
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Divisional/Enrollment Breakdown

317 Wapakoneta (D-III)
313 Celina (D-III)
303 Defiance (D-III)
300 Elida (D-III)
294 Shawnee (D-III)
285 St Marys Memorial (D-III)

256 Van Wert (D-IV)
210 Kenton (D-IV)
210 Ottawa-Glandorf (D-IV)

191 Bath (D-V)

Only a few changes in the WBL. SM and OG both jumped up a division while Bath dropped. The map will probably have all the D4 schools in the same region and split the D3 schools - Defi, Elida, and Shawnee going North and Wapak, Celina, and SM going South.
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Old 06-05-19, 02:55 PM
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I knew they'd been trending downward for a while now but it's kind of surprising to see Bath at the bottom of the league in terms of enrollment.

Crazy rebound happening at VW though! Remember not long ago they had slipped to D5? Now they're in the top half of D4 and threatening up get back to D3.
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Old 06-05-19, 03:59 PM
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I knew they'd been trending downward for a while now but it's kind of surprising to see Bath at the bottom of the league in terms of enrollment.
Unfortunately it's not just enrollment. Only 5 of their 20 sports teams finished in the top half of league play compared to 8 of their sports teams finishing in last place. Bath was probably last in the WBL all-sports standings, but I didn't see full standings released this year. The Bath football and boys basketball teams were a combined 1-32 overall this past year. I don't know the context as to why Bath is in such a down state of affairs, but I'd love to see them bounce back.
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Old 06-05-19, 04:08 PM
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I remember some great Defiance-Bath battles in football in the late 90s into my time in high school in the mid 2000s. Sad for me seeing both at the bottom of the league now.

I don't want to be "that guy" and it's just as likely they level out in enrollment and get competitive again, but if Bath's enrollment continues to drop and they can't turn it around, would they eventually look at the NWC? Especially if the BVC poaches someone. I'd hate to see it come to that, I like how stable the WBL has been. It feels like we're one big, dysfunctional family at this point.
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Old 06-05-19, 04:49 PM
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Bath - last in football, 9th in BXC, 8th in GXC, last in boys golf, 9th in boys soccer, 3rd in girls soccer, 5th in girls tennis, 7th in vball, last in boys bball, tied for 2nd in girls bball, last in boys swimming, 5th in girls swim, last in wrestling, tied for 7th in baseball, 3rd in softball, last in boys tennis, 6th in girls track and last place in boys track, last in boys bowling and 7th in girls bowling

Haven't lived in the Lima area in a good 15 years BUT what has happened to athletics at Bath????? No league titles this year and finished last in 8 sports (ALL boys sports).

I get it if enrollment is down but its probably down across the WBL as a whole (compared to 10-20 years ago). Whats the deal out at Bath these days? Grant it I haven't been in high school since the late 90s but Bath use to be a decent to good football program and always had very good softball, baseball, girls bball, etc.... Bath was also a relatively decent wrestling school not too long ago and now last place??? Seems like some coaches have jumped ship in a variety of sports too as of late.

What gives?

FWIW I don't know that I could ever see Bath leaving the WBL. They've been a member since the mid 1960s. Plus with over 400 kids total in the building they'd be significantly larger than anyone else in the NWC. Plus with open enrollment they COULD get city athletes from Lima. We all know how much the NWC loves Lima schools.
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Old 06-12-19, 04:23 PM
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Divisional/Enrollment Breakdown

317 Wapakoneta (D-III)
313 Celina (D-III)
303 Defiance (D-III)
300 Elida (D-III)
294 Shawnee (D-III)
285 St Marys Memorial (D-III)

256 Van Wert (D-IV)
210 Kenton (D-IV)
210 Ottawa-Glandorf (D-IV)

191 Bath (D-V)

Only a few changes in the WBL. SM and OG both jumped up a division while Bath dropped. The map will probably have all the D4 schools in the same region and split the D3 schools - Defi, Elida, and Shawnee going North and Wapak, Celina, and SM going South.
Well, got the regional predictions pretty much wrong.

D3R10
Defiance

D3R12
Celina
Elida
Shawnee
St Marys
Wapakoneta

D4R14
Ottawa-Glandorf
Van Wert

D4R16
Kenton

D5R18
Bath

No major surprises. Hard to guess - sometimes NW OH is paired with Cleveland/Akron and sometimes with Dayton. D3R10 stretches from Defiance to East Cleveland and Akron. Most the other divisions are pretty compact and feel like true regionals. D4R14, for example, has mostly northwest and north central schools with a few Akron/Cleveland area outliers. D3R12 certainly looks to be the toughest among WBL members in general not to mention the likely WBL favorites - SM and Wapak - are both in that region.
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