Norwalk finishes second in state poll

Play No. 1 Ontario on Friday Staff
Feb 18, 2014


COLUMBUS — The Norwalk boys basketball team moved up two spots in the final Division II Associated Press state poll of the season.

The Truckers (20-1) moved from fourth to a No. 2 ranking. 

It is the second straight year Norwalk finished No. 2 in the AP poll, as it finished there in Division I a year ago. 

The Truckers were also 12th in the final Div. I poll in 2011-12.

Northern Ohio League foe Ontario (21-0) finished as No. 1 to become poll champions, and the two teams are set to meet Friday in Norwalk for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown.

The Warriors beat the Truckers on Jan. 29, 63-61. 

The loss snapped a 57-game regular season win streak for Norwalk, which ended as the ninth-longest in Ohio history. The Truckers also entered the game ranked No. 1 in the AP poll, and fell three spots after the loss.

While Norwalk can’t knock Ontario off from the unbeaten No. 1 ranks, it can hand them a loss and force a co-NOL title, which the Truckers need with hopes of a historic NOL four-peat. It has only been done four times in the 69-year history of the NOL, three times by Willard and once by Bellevue, which actually won six straight (1993-98).

Cincinnati Moeller (Div. I), Beachwood (Div. III) and Convoy Crestview (Div. IV) are the other poll champions this season.