New St. Marys head football coach Greg Phillips wanted a fresh start for the players on a Roughrider team that ended last season at 1-9, in disarray and eventually with a new coach.
“I told the players when I first met them we need to learn a few things from last year, but at the same time we need to forget about last year,” said Phillips, who left Oak Hill to head the Roughrider program.
Phillips wanted few preconceived notions and no arbitrary limits on where and how his new players fit into his system when practices began the first week of August.
With the high school football season less than a month away, we will post preview capsules of WBL and MAC football teams as the coaches send them in.
The Evening Leader's Fall Sports Preview will be released on Friday, Aug. 19 and be inserted in that day's Evening Leader. Also look for a special online-only area football preview that will be downloadable from TheEveningLeader.com.
CELINA — Minster’s hopes for an ACME state title found a roadblock in the personage of Vandalia Butler catcher Lance Straley.
Minster had the tying run thrown out at the plate and bowed out of the state ACME tournament with a 3-2 loss to Vandalia Butler on Friday night.
Minster (17-8) appeared to be on the verge of evening the score and seizing the momentum in the loser’s bracket game when Ethan Wolf lined a single into centerfield with runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the sixth.
CELINA — Throughout its long high school and ACME tournament runs, the Minster baseball team has relied on its pitching and defense to carry it.
Both deserted the Wildcats on Wednesday night, as Bowling Green scored six runs on four Minster errors to defeat the Wildcats, 6-2, in the winners bracket semifinal of the 2011 ACME State Tournament held at Montgomery Field in Celina.
Minster now must work its way through the loser’s bracket with three straight wins in two days if it wants to earn an ACME state title.
The St. Marys City Schools will be holding a mandatory Fall Sports Parents Meeting for student athletes in grades 9-12 on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 8 pm. At least one parent and fall student athlete are required to attend. The meeting will be held in the Performing Arts Center of Memorial High School. Items of discussion will include eligibility, the athletic code of conduct, athletic training issues, and items specific to your respective fall sport.
CELINA — Minster's Doug Huber finished what he started.
Huber delivered a game-winning bases-loaded walkoff single to validate his complete game 10-strikeout one-hitter on the mound in Minster's 1-0 win over Springfield on Saturday in the opening game of the 2011 state ACME tournament in Celina.
Huber smacked a 3-1 pitch into the right field gap to bring home Devon Poeppelman and win the game after Springfield intentionally walked the two batters in front of him to set up a force at every base.
Where: Montgomery Field, Eastview Park, Grand Lake Road, Celina
When: Sat., July 23-Sat., July 30
Who: Minster opens the state ACME tournament on Saturday at noon against Springfield, the District 6 champion, a week after winning its own district crown at St. Henry over Coldwater in the final best-of-three series.