Norwalk boys, Western Reserve picked to win NOL, FC

The volleyball and football seasons are still upon us, but the basketball seasons will start later this month. Staff
Nov 9, 2012

Who will win the Northern Ohio League, Firelands Conference, North Central Conference and Midland Athletic Conference?

Area members made their predictions Thursday night in Willard.

Here is what we had to say:

The Norwalk boys and Western Reserve boys and girls were predicted to win their respective leagues during the annual basketball voting by area media members Thursday night in Willard.

The Truckers, two-time Northern Ohio League champions and Division I regional semifinalists last season, received 12 of the 13 first-place votes and scored 77 points.

Bellevue collected the other first and 56 points, followed by Willard at 50, Shelby 39, Tiffin Columbian 28 and Sandusky 22.

Western Reserve swept the Firelands Conference voting.

On the boys’ side, Western earned 54 points, including five firsts.

New London, a Division III regional semifinalist from last season, posted 48 points and two firsts.

The rest of the FC voting went Plymouth and St. Paul with 39 points each, South Central 25, Monroeville 21, Crestview 20 and Mapleton nine.

Meanwhile, the Lady ’Riders, Division III regional semifinalists last season, notched all seven first-place votes and scored 56 points.

South Central finished second in the voting at 49 points, followed by St. Paul with 42, Plymouth 28, New London 25, Crestview 24, Monroeville 17 and Mapleton 11.

The NOL girls’ voting was close between Shelby and Bellevue.

Shelby picked up 67 points and five firsts, while Bellevue checked in with seven firsts and 66. They shared the NOL crown last season.

Willard received 51 points, Norwalk 39 and one first, Tiffin Columbian 30 and Sandusky 20.

Voting was also conducted in the North Central Conference and Midland Athletic League.

In the NCC Black Division for boys, Ontario had eight firsts and 44 points.

Upper Sandusky gained 37 points and one first, Galion and Wynford each 21 and Bucyrus 12.

The Silver Division for boys saw Colonel Crawford register 44 points and eight firsts.

Buckeye Central attained 35 points and one first, followed by Riverdale at 26, Crestline 17 and Lucas 13.

In the girls’ Black Division voting, Upper Sandusky had 41 points and five firsts.

Wynford checked in with 37 points and three firsts, Bucyrus 29 and one, Ontario 16 and Galion 12.

Colonel Crawford picked up 45 points and all nine firsts in the Silver Division.

Riverdale had 33 points, Buckeye Central 29, Crestline 15 and Lucas 13.

New Riegel swept the MAL voting.

On the boys’ side, they scored 100 points with five firsts.

Old Fort was predicted second with 96 points and four firsts, Carey 84, Tiffin Calvert 81, Fremont St. Joseph 78, Hopewell-Loudon 62, Seneca East 59, Mohawk 47, Fostoria St. Wendelin 38, Lakota 23, North Baltimore 21 and Bettsville 13.

The girls’ voting saw New Riegel gain 106 points and eight firsts.

Mohawk placed second with 97 and one first, followed by Carey at 94, Hopewell-Loudon 70, St. Joseph 65, Tiffin Calvert 63, Seneca East 51, St. Wendelin 42, Old Fort 41, North Baltimore 40, Lakota 23 and Bettsville 9.

The girls’ season starts Nov. 23 and the boys’ Nov. 30.