State-ranked Truckers, Warriors to meet on Friday night

Norwalk is at Ontario in key Northern Ohio League matchup. Staff
Jan 14, 2014

For the second straight season, the Norwalk boys basketball team will play a regular season game involving two top 10 opponents.   

In the second weekly Associated Press state poll, released Monday, the Truckers are ranked No. 3 in Division II with five first-place votes.   

Meanwhile, Ontario is ranked No. 10 in Division  II.

The Truckers (12-0) and Warriors (13-0) will meet Friday night at Ontario in a Northern Ohio League showdown.   

Cleveland Central Catholic (10-1) and Dayton Dunbar (11-2) are ranked ahead of Norwalk in Div. II.   

This is Ontario’s first season as a member of the NOL, and the Truckers will put their 55-game regular season winning streak — the ninth longest in Ohio history — on the line.   

Last season, Norwalk hosted Toledo Whitmer in a game that featured the Nos. 4 and 5-ranked teams in the Division I poll at the time.   

In Division IV, after a tough 64-62 loss in the final seconds at rival Perkins, St. Mary Central Catholic (9-1) fell from fourth to No. 9 in this week’s poll.   

The Panthers rebounded to beat Cardinal Stritch on Saturday, 80-61, after the setback to the Pirates.   

SMCC has another huge weekend on tap in Sandusky Bay Conference play. The Panthers visit Huron (6-3, 4-1) on Friday. Both teams will look to stay one game in back of conference leader Perkins in the loss column.   

On Saturday, SMCC will host Clyde (6-2, 3-2) at The Den.   

Also of note in Div. IV, Buckeye Central (10-1) is ranked 11th and Plymouth (10-1) is 14th. Along with SMCC, all three teams are in the same district, to be played at Willard High School.   

The state girls basketball poll will be released today. It is expected that unbeaten Clyde will remain No. 1 in Division II.