Undefeated Southview recently received unexpected assistance in its final push toward a Northern Lakes League championship and perfect regular season.
Tim Hausfeld, a standout golfer and basketball player, has joined the team as a kicker.
In three games, he s made 14 of 17 extra-point attempts and a 26-yard field goal.
The Cougars 5-foot-6 sharpshooting point guard had not played organized football since junior high. He was a placekicker then and also has a soccer background before putting much of his attention toward basketball and golf.
In basketball, Hausfeld led the NLL in scoring last season, averaging 19.2 points per game.
At this year s NLL golf tournament, Hausfeld finished in third place.
Southview coach Jim Mayzes invited Hausfeld to come and kick for the Cougars after the team s other two kickers expressed interest to concentrate on their other positions.
Field goals are worth three points and there is this thing in basketball that is a 3-pointer, and we know that [Hausfeld] is the best 3-point shooter, Mayzes said. There s not anyone more that you d want to handle the pressure.
Tim is hardcore and he can handle any situation. He can go up against a player a foot taller than him and he can score.
Hausfeld could play a key role for the Cougars (9-0, 6-0 NLL) as they finish the regular season against Maumee (8-1, 5-1 NLL) and enter the playoffs.
Football: NLL to start earlier
Northern Lakes League officials have grown weary of longer football games on Friday nights.
League principals recently decided to move up the kickoff times for league games to 7 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m., beginning with the 2009 season.
Northview athletic director Chris Irwin and Anthony Wayne athletic director Jeff Schwerer said the move is supported by league athletic directors.
Irwin said late-ending games, whether due to overtime play or teams that pass often, can have an affect on entire athletic department. Late-ending games may result in clean-up crews working later in order to prepare for events scheduled to take place on Saturday mornings.
There was also concern students are getting home too late on Friday nights.
Football: Shepler scores
In Springfield s 42-19 win over Rossford last week, the Blue Devils Tony Shepler, who scored two touchdowns on runs of 12 and 17 yards, was misidentified in the game story.
Field hockey: Ottawa Hills falls
Ottawa Hills saw its season come to a close with a 2-1 loss Tuesday to Columbus Bishop Watterson.
The Green Bears saw their hopes of advancing to the state quarterfinals dashed when Watterson, which lost in the state title game last season, scored on a penalty corner with 1:04 to play.
Ottawa Hills, which finished with a 12-4-2 record, was led by junior Katherine Jamieson, who had 19 goals thanks in part to eight multi-goal games and a pair of hat tricks and senior Serena Dasani, who had a team-high 11 assists.
Maumee Valley was eliminated from the tournament Oct. 15 in a 5-1 loss at Olentangy Liberty.
The Hawks, who finished at 3-13, were led by senior Neely Upamaka, who had four goals.
Tennis: ND fourth at state
Notre Dame finished fourth in the Division I state team tournament last weekend, an event sponsored by the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association.
The Eagles, who reached the semifinals thanks to wins over Celina, Southview and Perrysburg, lost that match to Upper Arlington 3-0. Notre Dame then lost to Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 3-0 in the consolation final.
Upper Arlington, the top-ranked D-I team in the state, eventually won the state team title with a 3-0 victory over Brecksville.
Water polo: Knights at state
St. Francis de Sales will be seeking its 16th state water polo championship beginning tomorrow when the state semifinals are contested at Mason High School near Cincinnati.
The Knights, under fifth-year coach Dave Eisenstein, will meet Milford in a 8:45 p.m. semifinal. If St. Francis wins, it will take on the Upper Arlington/Thomas Worthington semifinal winner in Saturday s 6 p.m. championship. The semifinal losers will meet in a consolation game at 3 p.m.
The Knights, who have also been state runners-up five times, are led by senior captains Adam Borgman and Tom Dillon and sophomore goalie Rowan Williams. Other regulars include juniors Joe Hoffman, Jake Hunter, Zach Vailgosky, Matt Marshall and Andrew Swartz.
St. Francis last won a state title in 2001, and last reached the final in 2004. The Knights eliminated defending state champion Worthington Kilbourne in North Region competition last Saturday to advance to state.