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Memories galore after a big weekend

Joe Centers • Mar 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM

It was a weekend that brought back a whole lot of memories for this old former sports editor.

The first came Friday night after South Central’s big 48-37 win over Colonel Crawford for the school’s first district title since 1974. The Trojans have returned to the district a number of times in the last 45 years, but have never been able to lift that championship trophy until Friday night.

Head coach Brett Seidel was able to enjoy the victory with his two sons, Isaiah, a junior, and Sam, a freshman (see Mark Hazelwood’s feature on page B-1).

Brett Seidel is a 1995 graduate of South Central. His team played Crestline in the district finals that year, losing 70-63.

I’ll always remember that game and the performance by Seidel, who scored 27 points in the fourth quarter alone in a losing effort.

It was one of the best high school performances I have ever seen. After the game I asked South Central coach Pat “Bull” Durham about the effort in the fourth period.

Looking me right in the eye, Durham answered with the simple response: “Yeah, but what did he do the first three quarters?”

Durham meant no harm. That was the way he was, and still is, as he is now Seidel’s assistant coach.

Durham would have given anything to coach in the regionals and state tournament. As it turned out, he got his Trojans baseball team to the state finals where it lost a heartbreaker in the title game in Toledo.

Good luck to the Trojans (21-4) as they take on New Middletown Springfield (21-5) at 8 tonight in the regional semifinals at the Canton Fieldhouse.

It also was a big wrestling weekend with the Edison Chargers placing third in Div. III and the Norwalk Truckers sixth in Div. II. In all, 10 local wrestlers stood on the podium in Columbus — five from Edison, four from Norwalk and one from St. Paul.

When I came to Norwalk 40 years ago I had very little wrestling knowledge. The only wrestling I ever watched was Big Time Wrestling on Saturday mornings with Bobo Brazil, from Benton Harbor, Mich., and and Pampero Firpo.

My first year here Ed Young won his first of two state titles at St. Paul. I remember the Jaworski brothers each winning a title, along with the late Dave Rospert and John Wasiniak.

I’ll never forget Tim Corrigan coming so close at Norwalk with his father, the late Denny Corrigan, coaching in his corner.

And who can ever forget the Fab Four at Monroeville? I remember the one year when Monroeville was Firelands Conference champion for about five minutes. They called the Eagles up to the podium at South Central for a photo shoot. But it wasn’t long before they realized the score was wrong and Ashland Crestview had actually won the title (and by then the Cougars were on the road, so they never got to stand on the podium).

With 10 state placers and three area boys’ teams playing in the regionals this week (South Central, Willard and Norwalk), it’s been quite a week.

Steve Gray has another outstanding team at Norwalk, while Joe Bedingfield has the Willard Flashes back in the regionals for the first time in 13 years.

I could write a whole column about the Flashes of old under coach Bob Haas.

They are all great memories, and there is more to come.

Good luck to the Truckers, Trojans and Flashes.

Joe Centers is Reflector managing editor. He can be reached at [email protected]

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