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Local Sports Action This Weekend

November 4, 2011 - Al Stephenson
If you are a sports fan living in Seneca County, this has to be a great weekend for you. The state Cross Country meet is tomorrow. Regional final action in volleyball is also on Saturday. Tonight and tomorrow marks the beginning of the OHSAA football playoffs. Five area teams will be on the gridiron including Buckeye Central, Calvert, Carey, Columbian and Hopewell Loudon. Mohawk High School's ladies will be gunning for a birth in the state volleyball finals after winning an exciting contest last night (the weekend of action started a little early).

Two boys teams will be running in the state cross country race and that would be Hopewell-Loudon and Seneca East. In addition, seven area individuals will live a dream by running against the best the state of Ohio has to offer. In all, 9 area schools will have teams or individual athletes in action this weekend.

I considered going to Sandusky to watch Tiffin Columbian's football team seek revenge on the Streaks. I also thought about heading to Bascom to watch the H-L Hitmen take on Hicksville. Chilly temperatures and old bones made me try something else however. I just returned from watching Heidelberg's nationally ranked volleyball team take on Baldwin-Wallace at Seiberling Gymnasium. They lived up to the hype as they turned away the Yellow Jackets in three games, though the third one was an exciting 26-24 barnburner.

The Heidelberg roster has some local athletes including players from Calvert, Hopewell-Loudon and Seneca East. The Berg also has the OAC 2010 Player of the Year in Jackie Reinhart from New Riegel. Now you can forgive me if I have a little bias toward New Riegel since I spent 30 years teaching and coaching there. But I have to tell you folks, Jackie Reinhart may be the most energized athlete I have ever seen perform.

Heidelberg entered the game with a 30-5 overall record and the enthusiasm of the team was overwhelming with Reinhart leading the way. I got tired just watching her fly all over the court - and that was in warmups. In the game several players had outstanding efforts and again it was Jackie Reinhart leading the way.

She has energy, enthusiasm and talent which reminds me of her dad, her mom, several aunts and uncles, cousins... well you get the idea. The view from my seat suggests that if you are a sports fan you should get out and watch some of the local people perform. Seneca County has some great athletes that are well worth watching.

Jackie Reinhart may just be the best.


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