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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Wow, who could have predicted this season's Bengals. The story of the team is the offensive line. I had thought that Palmer would be spending time on his back, but the patchwork O-line has gelled and exceeded expectations. What a slugfest with Pittsburgh. The defense is performing as expected, and the offense just needs to score enough to get the W.

Ohio State had better not overlook Michigan. On paper the game is anti-climatic, but this is the one chance for Michigan to redeem themselves for a lackluster season.

Great play off game between MAC teams Coldwater and St. Henry. 4 OT's to decide a winner! What a game to be a part of, it will become a part of local lore for years to come.

My sports coverage this winter will be sporadic. I am coaching Junior High basketball this winter. So there simply will not be enough time to cover the games(hey I like being married, so I have to spend some time at home!), my daughters, Chelsea and Vanessa, may be covering some games on my behalf so watch for them.

About the team - interesting group with a wide range of talent. Some first year players mixed in with some who have done youth league. So getting everyone on the same page could be a challenge.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

CCC Football Ends for This Season.

As has happened so frequently, Covington was the last team standing. They played a close playoff game with Marion Local only to lose 21-17 in the last quarter. If anyone can beat a MAC team in the playoffs, it would have been Dave Miller. He has come close, but will now have to wait for another chance. Congrats to the Buccs for finishing strong - that playoff win against Ansonia, a team that manhandled them in the regular season, was a remarkable turnaround.

My Panthers. Both Panthers teams didn't perform as well as I would have liked this season. South had some good seniors coming back on both the line and the skill positions. North has decent size on the line, a decent running back, and QB that can throw when given the time. I had thought that both teams would have winning seasons, but not this year. Both schools return classes that were in the junior high championship several years ago. Will any of that success carry over next year?

Trail got a win to end their winless streak. When I saw them play the team did not give up, they kept coming back - so that is a positive. Need some more kids out, their sideline looked pretty thin.

Bethel - Had a better season than I thought they would, so congrats to them.

Miami East - Wow, one loss and no playoffs. With several CCC schools shrinking to D6, it is really tough to make the playoffs for a D5 school. Does the CCC look for some bigger schools to join the conference and go with two divisions - a d5 and d6 division. Or schedule one more nonleague game?

Ansonia - undefeated in the regular season and then Covington upsets them in the first round. A great season for a good coach that I respect and the Tigers will come back hungry for next year.

Arcanum - Hard Hitting Team, but mistakes and turnovers contributed to their losses. Another season of maturity for a young team should make them improved.

Mississenewa Valley - An improved team that started strong and faded. Can they reload for next season?

Basketball local teams:

South loses Nisius(sp) to Dixie. The senior moved to that school district. Dixie has some good young talent, but they only won a handful of games last year. His points should help the Greyhounds, but I don't know that it will be enough for a title. South again has a good crop of seniors, and some younger players that should contribute. They will be competitive, but I don't know that they have enough horses to compete for league.

North will be scrappy and will have good play from their guards. The MacAdams brothers will be a formidable duo. But they need a supporting cast.

CCC Website - No Forums. The CCC website took down their forums. Too bad, because this was a great way for CCC fans to keep on all the chatter around the league. I know that it probably takes a lot of effort to keep up with it, for the little financial reward. But otherwise the CCC gets swallowed up in the Yappi and JJ huddle forums. I hope they reconsider, but I can understand if they do not bring them back.