Here’s a few things to watch this weekend:
Will Crestview’s softball team get back to state? The Knights have been to nine state tournaments and nearly won the state title a year ago. They’ve got a young pitcher, but hit the ball a ton and play great defense. I would predict we’ll be covering them next week in Ashland.
Can Wapak ace Johnny Crawford continue his streak? The Wapakoneta lefty will start Thursday against Parma Padua Franciscan in the regional semifinals. He hasn’t allowed a run in 44 innings, that’s fifth all-time in Ohio. It’s hard to predict a pitcher will throw a shutout, I mean anything’s possible: A bloop hit, a bad pitch, whatever. But jeez, the guy hasn’t allowed a run of any kind since his first start of the season. It’s amazing. A bigger question is can the Redskins get to state? They’d have to win Thursday and possibly get through Defiance on Friday. That’s not going to be easy, but if they do they’ll be only the third team in Wapak school history to get to a state tournament.
Will Shawnee’s softball team win the regional? What pitcher Bullock (Tommy John surgery) and Shelby Lucas (4 leg operations) have done to get back on the field is amazing, the fact they’re playing Thursday in the regional tournament is astounding. Their regional is very tough, but I have a feeling about this team. I mean, Bullock and Lucas weren’t even supposed to play this year and here they are, dominating. It’s just a great story. And if they were to get to state, who knows what kind of noise they could make.
Can the LCC tennis duo of John Kidd and Alex Swick bring home a state title? Absolutely. They have every quality necessary to win it all, namely experience in the biggest tournament in the state. Kidd and Swick have been to state two prior times, taking second a year ago. That doesn’t mean they’re a lock, obviously, but nobody should be surprised this team is back and could win it all.