Shots in the Darke

Pigskins, LemonShakes, and Lint Balls

DARKE COUNTY – Fair week in Darke County always dominates the thoughts and time of most local citizens and yet the outside world moves forward.

Let’s take a look at what’s happening sports-wise! High school football got underway last weekend with mixed results for area teams.

Greenville lost a heartbreaker to visiting Eaton after making a valiant second half comeback. The Wave trailed 25-18 late in the game and had a fourth down pass intercepted at the Eaton 7-yard line which was returned 93-yards for a game-clinching touchdown. Coach Bart Schmitz’ team played hard, never quit, and showed promise of better things to come.

One downside to the evening was the knee injury suffered by defensive stalwart DJ Zimmer early in the first quarter. Hopefully the 6’3” 225 pound senior will return to action shortly—all hands will need to be on deck as the Wave travel to Stebbins this Friday and take on a tough league foe!

Versailles, Arcanum, and Tri-Village all posted impressive wins, while Bradford, Ansonia, Mississinawa, and Union City took some lumps in their opening games.

Versailles hopes to challenge for MAC honors, led by strong line play; Arcanum starts WOAC (that sounds strange doesn’t it after all the years of the CCC!) play this week; and a loaded T-V squad looks to build on last year’s league championship success with veterans in the trenches and at the skill positions.

For high school football fans, this is the best time of the year! What a great moment prior to the start of the Greenville-Eaton game! Recognition was given for the 50 year anniversary of the 1971 undefeated MVL champion Green Wave football team.

Coming off three consecutive seasons with a 4-26 record, the Wave under the leadership of first-year head coach Tom Holman won the title in the last year of the “old” MVL. By the time Holman moved on to Fremont Ross two seasons later, the Green and White had compiled a 26-2-2 mark, adding SWBL laurels in ‘73 to the resume.

Twenty-one players from that ‘71 squad were honored last week to rousing applause. A few of those 65-68 year-olds looked like they could still suit up!

Sports Illustrated came out with its annual Top 25 rankings for college football this week. As expected, Alabama garnered the top spot (I’m getting a little tired of “Roll Tide”!) with THE second, even without any QBs who’ve completed a pass in a game (CJ Stroud assumes the play-calling role, at least to start the season). Rounding out the top five are Georgia, Clemson, and Oklahoma.

A big surprise (unless you’re a Bearcat fan) was the selection of Cincinnati at number six. Early season visits to Indiana (don’t discount the Hoosiers this year) and Notre Dame will determine if the ‘Cats are contenders or pretenders!

I just finished my assigned shifts of making lemon shakes at the Rotary Club trailer at the Fair over the weekend. After 34 years of shaking and getting sticky wet, I can almost be considered a veteran! Still the best drink and drink value at the Fair!

Speaking of which, thanks to the folks at the north gate for letting me in Sunday morning. I mistakenly ran my season pass through the washer and dryer Saturday night—finding the remnants in the lint filter, I took a ball of lint flecked with yellow paper and was admitted to the grounds. I think they took pity on this fool!

The GHS volleyball team, under the guidance of veteran coach Michelle Hardesty, returns to the court coming off last year’s 14-8 record, 12-6 in MVL play. Six seniors return led by setter Libby McKinney, who in addition to being the team leader led the MVL in assists last year and will be looking to become the Lady Wave’s career leader in assists.

Senior hitters Susie Blocher and Kaitlyn Gonzalez will anchor the front line with senior specialists Carmen Badell and Kieran Beavins heading the defense. Additional front row contributors will be freshmen Brooke Schmidt and Lily Camacho along with junior Morgan Hanes and senior Lilly Hayes.

Tipp City and Troy will be formidable foes, being favorites to take league honors. If you get the chance, stop out at the gym and watch some great, competitive volleyball action!

Harness racing is making a comeback at the Fair—the speed program had 12 races run Friday with 14 more on Saturday. Thursday night world champion three-year-old gelding pacer Charlie May was featured with free orange Team Tiger tee shirts given out.

Finally, those of us associated with hope you enjoy this new on-line format, bringing you up-to-date Darke County news, events, and happenings.

Pass along the web location to family and friends as we present the best in local coverage! Until next time, stay healthy and active!

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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