Norwalk, Bellevue picked to win NOL

Will the Truckers win a fourth straight Northern Ohio League boys' basketball crown? Staff
Nov 15, 2013

The media thinks so.

The Norwalk boys and Bellevue girls were predicted to win the NOL this season.

The Truckers have captured three straight NOL titles after going 49 years without one prior to the 2010-11 season.

Norwalk won a district title in Div. I in 2011-12, the first in 38 years and enter this season on a 43-game regular season winning streak.   

The Truckers picked up 17 of the possible 18 first-place votes and scored 124 points total.

Ontario had the other first and 99 points overall.

Bellevue with 68 points; Willard 67; Shelby 54; Tiffin Columbian 47 and Sandusky 45 rounded out the other NOL boys’ voting.

On the girls’ side, Bellevue earned 114 points, including 14 firsts and was favored to win the NOL.

Willard was predicted second at 87 points, followed by Norwalk 78, Shelby 70 and two firsts, Ontario 50, Tiffin Columbian 43 and Sandusky 34 with the other first.

In the Firelands Conference, Plymouth’s boys and South Central’s girls were favored to win.

There were 10 voters in the boys’ voting.

The Big Red scored 78 points and eight firsts.

Western Reserve notched 72 points and two firsts.

New London was in at 53 points for third, followed by St. Paul 46, Crestview 40, Mapleton 29, South Central 28 and Monroeville 15.

Of the nine voters for the FC girls, South Central posted eight firsts and 65 points.

Western Reserve was selected second with 54 points and one first, followed by St. Paul 53, Mapleton 43, Crestview 35, Plymouth 26, Monroeville 24 and New London 23.

The girls' season is slated to start the weekend of Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 and the boys open the weekend of Nov. 29 and 30.