Let me explain what the high school football scene is like here in Southwest Ohio. Simply stating: it bonds families, towns, friends, teachers, and employees together. It doesn’t matter how cold the games get, how tiring practices or weight-lifting get, or how demanding the coaches might be. It’s all worth it to hear the home town crowd cheer for a win.
There are several powerhouse schools in football in the Miami Valley in all divisions and conferences. I will be working for a radio station that covers one of these teams, the Wayne Warriors. These Warriors call the town of Huber Heights home. Located in between two state routes, the football field got a new face lift with a brand new press box. Nearly the center of Wayne’s athletic fields, Heidkamp Stadium doesn’t have a bad seat in the house. For the majority of my posts, I will be talking about Wayne High School sports due to my gig at WSWO 97.7 and 101.1FM in Huber Heights.
Wayne plays in the Greater Western Ohio Conference, which will be a conference of three divisions with six teams in each and eighteen total teams next year. The Warriors from Huber Heights are in the Central Division, which is the only division that is not adding a team.
Eight schools are located in Montgomery County, including Wayne. There’s three schools in Greene County, where Wright State is located. The farthest school to the north is Sidney, located in Shelby County. The farthest school to the west is incoming Greenville, located in Darke County. An interesting fact about Greenville is the nickname “Green Wave.” To what I have heard, it was something else before it became the Green Wave and a picture of corn. The southern most school is in Warren County, home of the Lebanon Warriors. The eastern most school is the Springfield Wildcats, located in Clark County and used to be two schools before 2008 (the Springfield South Wildcats and the Springfield North Panthers.)
In the Central Division, Wayne also entertains the Beavercreek Beavers, the Kettering Fairmont Firebirds, the Northmont Thunderbolts (district is comprised of four towns, with the main one being Englewood), Springfield, and the Centerville Elks. All schools are fairly close, with the farthest opponent being the Wildcats of Springfield.
The North Division will be adding Greenville into the mix to compete with the Troy Trojans, the Aviators of Vandalia-Butler, the Trotwood-Madison Rams, the Indians of Piqua, and the Sidney Yellow Jackets. The South Division is picking up the Pirates of West Carrollton to compete with the Lebanon Warriors, the Panthers of Springboro, the Buccaneers of Xenia, the Fairborn Skyhawks, and the nearby rival Miamisburg Vikings.
Wayne has a deep tradition of winning football teams, with the first winning season was the second year of existence. After a full year of existing in the 60’s compiling a 55-36-6, the 70’s proved to be a tough time with only two winning seasons. The 1980’s were truly the spark leading to the winning teams today, compiling 77 wins in ten years. The Warriors chipped in 63 more wins in the 1990’s and 79 more wins in the last decade. 2010 starts a new time for Wayne.
Led by Head Coach Jay Minton, the Warriors have made it to the playoffs eight times and six league titles since 1998 while never compiling a losing season. Last season, Wayne finished 4-1 in conference play and 7-4 overall. One of the golden spots was taking down annual powerhouse Centerville 42-20 and making it to the playoffs to see Cincinnati Elder (but lose 35-14).
2010 looks to have a final flash of a future Ohio State Buckeye in QB Braxton Miller. Joining the ride with Minton is the new offensive coordinator in former Fairmont head coach Brian Blevins. The season is a tough one for Wayne, as the first game is at Cincinnati Saint Xavier against Cincinnati Moeller. Next game is at Ohio Stadium against the Canton McKinley Bulldogs, who are looking for some revenge. Luckily, the next two games are at home against Louisville (KY) Seneca and Trotwood-Madison. To close out this paragraph and the rest is the schedule is the GWOC Central slate.
I know I skimmed over alot, like what is the rest of the team going to be like and other things. However, I wanted to give everyone a little taste as to what I will be covering during my new sportscasting gig. I hope to bring more to the table next time.