A Hot Seat, Hitless, and Then Hit Men


It’s that time of the year when the nights get cooler and the days, with a few exceptions, do likewise. About the only sure thing warming up this week is the hot seat in which THE defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs finds himself sitting.

Counting last year’s national title game loss to Alabama and the first two games this year against Minnesota and Oregon the Buckeyes have given up an average of 39.3 points per game. Coombs has to be a little jittery about his job security—at least most fast food places are hiring!

How about the other NCAA football upsets this past weekend? Southern California, Texas, and Florida State (maybe not an upset as the Seminoles are questionable but to Jacksonville State?) all went down while Notre Dame narrowly pulled out a late win over Toledo—on any given Saturday sometimes over-rated teams come up short!

I met Marissa Steen at Turtle Creek Golf Course last week while on the practice range and putting green. The LPGA pro, who currently resides in New Madison, is coming off a tenth place finish at this summer’s BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP which gave her exemption status for most tour events next year, a major accomplishment!

A personable young lady, Marissa will be the subject of an interview later this fall to be seen here at DarkeCountyNow.com.

For all of you Cleveland Indians (soon to be Guardians) fans, even though the Tribe is having a sub-par season, they at least set a major league record over the past few days. By losing a no-hitter to the Brewers, Cleveland became the first team to ever be no-hit THREE times in one year! For Pete’s sake, at least try to lay down a bunt!!

The US Open tennis tournament ended this past weekend with unexpected winners in both the men’s and women’s brackets. Daniel Medvedev dashed Novak Djokovic’s dream of claiming four major titles in the same year with a dominating performance, leaving “The Joker” still tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with twenty major championships.

In the women’s final it was hard to choose who to root for as both Emma Raducanu, 18, and Leylah Fernandez, 19, were exceptional. Emma had to qualify by winning three matches to even gain entry to the tournament while Leylah, who was unseeded, beat three top-five seeds to gain the final match. The future of women’s tennis is brighter because of young players like these two—Emma’s 6-4, 6-3 victory highlighted her string of 20 consecutive set wins in the Open, an almost unheard of feat!

The Green Wave gained their first win of the season, downing Fairborn 42-20. After three tough, close losses to open the year, Bart Schmitz’ men got things rolling early in routing the Skyhawks.

Junior running back sensation Brock Short took advantage of a rapidly improving offensive line’s performance, hitting gaping holes to the tune of 263 years and 5 TDs. Short now has 12 TDs and 1,043 yards rushing through the first four games as he threatens to eclipse ‘09 grad Zac Melling’s single season record.

The Wave take on a tough assignment this week, traveling to Green County to tangle with the Buccaneers of Xenia.

Quick hitters— The Bengals, for the most part, looked greatly improved in beating the Vikings in overtime. The Browns couldn’t quite hang on to upset the Chiefs in KC; gotta catch that snap before trying to punt!

The Reds have lost 12 of their last 18, desperately trying to become the second wild card in the NL. Fortunately 9 of those 18 are against the hapless Pirates!

The GHS soccer programs are struggling this fall, the boys 0-3 and being out-scored 30-1; the girls are 1-6, falling short goal wise 59-5. Positive notes show girls goalie Abby Raffel second in the MVL in saves, while goalie Avery Ernst is third in saves on the boys side. These young men and women need fan support as they try to improve on a weekly basis.If you get the chance make your way to Harmon Field sometime!

Finally, a great show Saturday night at Memorial Hall as The Hit Men rocked the rafters with a medley of classic hits covering the late ‘60s through the ‘90s. Exceptionally talented musicians who have appeared with some of music’s biggest stars, the Darke County Center for the Arts was fortunate to schedule them—my ears and rib cage are still vibrating, but hey, it was a rock concert!!

Until next time, stay healthy and active—maybe by then I’ll be able to hear what you say!!

Dr. Alex Warner | Correspondent for Darke County Now

Dr. Alex Warner / Correspondent

Alex Warner is a retired Greenville chiropractor as well as a former educator and high school coach. He has over 30 years experience in broadcasting high school sports on both radio and public access television in addition to producing over 50 episodes of the local television series “Our Town”. A man of many interests, he is naturally curious with a “gift of gab”. He currently writes the weekly sports column “Shots in the Darke” and hosts “Talk of the Town” featuring people, places, and events that make Darke County the place we choose to reside.

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