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Five things I think about the local sports scene
December 28, 2011 - Zach Baker
Here's a pre-New Year's look at what's going on in Tiffin:
1. I think that New Riegel's girls basketball team has a very good chance to go undefeated in the Midland Athletic League. It looked like the Blue Jackets would be pushed to the edge last week against Mohawk when they fell behind, 13-2.
It didn't happen. Taylor Kirian scored six points in the final minute of the first half, and not only did New Riegel win, it dominated the rest of the game and won going away, 52-39. The amazing thing about the game was that Brooke Scherger, one of the team's top scorers, was held in check, with 11 points. The Blue Jackets have a number of scoring and rebounding threats. I don't know if any team in the MAL can match them.
2. Calvert's boys basketball team has shown almost no ill-effects from its football playoff run, and is playing as well as anyone locally.
What I like about Calvert is that it plays a style, an uptempo push, and plays it well. Because few teams run the way the Senecas do, the defense seems to struggle to adjust. Last week against St. Joe, the Streaks were able to run with Calvert into the third quarter, but then seemed to lose its energy. I think this might be something we'll see more of. I really like Calvert's post, Ben Nielsen. He's not flashy, but he works as hard as any player in the league, and seems to find a way to get eight or so rebounds a night.
3. I think Columbian's Anna Williams is a very good player on a very inexperienced team. She has a smoothness to her game, a nice shot, and an ability to get the loose ball. I'm not sure TC will win many games this year, because of its inexperience and tough NOL schedule. But Williams is having a great season.
4. Tiffin University can win the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference South Division. Right now, Tiffin has a 4-2 conference mark, trailing only Lake Erie (3-1) and Ashland (5-0). Two things to remember here:
* Tiffin has already played Michigan Tech. * Tiffin hasn't played Ashland or Lake Erie. It has two games against each.
Mandy Jaeb, Karli Mast and Jessica Harris are all having strong seasons. But the rotation has expanded this year, and players like Amanda Baute, Melissa Gilliland and a healthy Holly Focke have made a big difference.
5. Heidelberg's men's basketball team has a big couple of games this week in Wooster. They are not conference games, but HU needs to get some confidence before facing Ohio Northern Jan. 6. Heidelberg has a lot of talent, but hasn't put it together so far in the OAC, with a 1-3 mark. The win over Muskingum was big, but I think winning in Ada is just as big, since the difference between 1-4 and 2-3 is a big one.