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FC, SBC Lake rivals could meet in district

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Oct 7, 2019 at 8:19 PM

WILLARD — To the surprise of no one, the Monroeville, St. Paul and Buckeye Central volleyball teams are the top three seeds at the Division IV Willard district draw, which was held Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles (19-1) — ranked No. 5 in this week’s state coaches poll — will have a first-round bye. They await the winner of New London-Mansfield St. Peter’s at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 in a sectional championship match at the Monroeville Athletic Complex.

The other four opponents and the Eagles’ potential district semifinal opponent will include Seneca East, Lucas, Crestline and Mansfield Christian.

In the bottom half of the bracket, St. Paul (17-2) also took a bye. The No. 7-ranked Lady Flyers will await the South Central-Plymouth winner in a sectional title match at7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 inside the Harvey Keller Gymnasium.

St. Paul closes the regular season this week against both teams, beginning tonight at home against the Trojans. The Eagles and Lady Flyers will both share the Firelands Conference title with a pair of wins this week. Each team won the home matchup during the regular season.

Buckeye Central — ranked No. 12 in the state — also took a bye and awaits either St. Mary Central Catholic or Danbury at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Should St Paul and Buckeye both win, they would meet at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 in a district semifinal at Willard High School. The upper half of the bracket will play its semifinal at 5:30 p.m.

The district title match is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at Willard.

In 17 seasons since 2003, Buckeye Central, Monroeville and St. Paul have played at least one of each other in the district tournament in all but one season (2006).


Bellevue, Norwalk top seeds

ATTICA — In another expected draw, the top two teams in the Lake Division — who meet this week yet — were the top two seeds at the Div. II Seneca East district.

Bellevue (15-5, 8-2) is the top seed and also took a bye to the 7:30 pm. Oct. 17 sectional title game. It awaits the Shelby-Port Clinton winer in that match.

Norwalk (12-8, 9-1) is the No. 2 seed and will play first, electing a sectional semifinal vs. Clear Fork (3-18) at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at Norwalk High School. A win advances Norwalk to a home sectional title match at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 vs. Kenton (3-15).

Should Norwalk reach the district semifinal, it will potentially face Tiffin Columbian (12-6) for a third time. The two teams split in the regular season, with the away team winning each time. Mansfield Senior, Ontario and Lexington are the other three teams in the Norwalk half.

Vermilion (13-8, 6-5) is the No. 3 seed and could also potentially play Bellevue in a match where each team won the home meeting.

Tonight, Norwalk visits the Sailors with a chance to clinch at least a share of the SBC Lake title ahead of Thursday’s rematch with the Lady Red. Norwalk beat Bellevue at home in four games on Sept. 17.

The district semifinals at Seneca East are set for 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 21, with the winners returning for the title match at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.


Willard seeded fourth

ATTICA — In the Div. III district also held at Seneca East, the Crimson Flashes (13-7) earned the No. 4 seed in a loaded field.

Willard will entertain Bucyrus (2-18) at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 in a sectional semifinal, then face either Western Reserve (13-6) or Bucyrus Wynford (9-10) should it advance in the 5:30 p.m. sectional final on Oct. 19 at Galion.

In the bottom half of the bracket, Edison (8-11) is the No. 8 seed and visits Hopewell-Loudon (11-5) at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 in a sectional semifinal. The winner faces the Eastwood-Margaretta winner at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Huron.

Willard reached a regional title match in Div. II last season. Galion (19-1), Huron (15-4) and Eastwood (13-6) are the top three seeds in the district. The Tigers are ranked third and Galion eighth in the latest state coaches poll.

The district semifinals are set for 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Seneca East, with the two winners coming back for a 7 p.m. district final on Oct. 24.


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