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Old Fort Stockaders High School Athletics



Joining us this morning on “Sports Saturday” are high school boys’ basketball coaches Troy Schwemley of Shelby, Michael Snowbarger of Wooster, Ed Rich of Bellevue, Jason Engel of Wynford and Eric Hoover of Old Fort. Plus, pieces from Friday night with Tim Mergel of Madison, Mike Smith of Norwalk St. Paul, Joe Bedingfield of Willard, and Steve Gray of Norwalk. Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports on the Browns and Indians and Kevin Noon, publisher of buckeyegrove.com, on all things Ohio State. The show runs from 10 AM to 1 PM on www.swanonsports.com



Old Fort Meets Defending Champs


          Sandusky Bay Conference River Division leader Old Fort plays host to defending champion Sandusky St. Mary’s in a division game on Friday night.

          Yes, I know that isn’t quite right as last year it was the Sandusky River League, but it is the same teams plus Tiffin Calvert.

          The Stockaders beat Calvert (75-58) last Saturday to remain unbeaten in “SBC” play.  Coach Eric Hoover says it was one of their better performances of the season.  “We had a really good game Saturday night.  Probably the most complete game that we have played all season so far.  We came out with a lot of confidence and get ahead early and just kind of controlled the game the whole time,” said Hoover.

          Although they have been good all year, Hoover believes the players are still working hard to improve on both ends of the court.  “It is good to see that we are continuing to get better at certain things that we are working on in practice.  We are still only halfway through the season, so we have a long way to go.  We want to keep getting better and be at our best at the end of the season come tournament time,” he said.

          St. Mary’s (7-3,4-1) scores points in bunches and they blew out Kansas Lakota (87-56) last Saturday and remain a game behind Old Fort. 

          Hoover says the Panthers have two explosive scores on the court.  “We have been in the league with them two years now.  They won the Sandusky River League both years, so they have been outstanding.  They still have two very good individual offensive players,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “They have the two leading scorers in the league in Luca Mormina and David Miller.  They are going to be a difficult team to stop offensively.”

          The Panthers are a team that likes to force the pace and run the floor and Hoover says for then it will be a key to the slow they down and make somebody other than Mormina and Miller beat them.  “We need to focus on those two guys.  They score 65 to 75 percent of their points just out of those two players.  It is going to take a team effort and do our best to take away their individual strengths and just try to make them feel uncomfortable.  They like to push the ball offensively.  We have to limit their opportunities that they get in transition for us taking quick, bad shots or turning the ball over.  If we can do those things I think we can have a good competitive game,” said Hoover.


Published 1/12/17

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