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Published: Thursday, 3/4/2010

Sidelines: Findlay, Northview coaches connected by BGSU hockey

BY MARK MONROE
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

A mentor will face a former student Saturday in the district hockey final.

Findlay coach Dan St. Jean and his Trojans (21-8-2) will take on Northview coach Mike Jones and the Wildcats (19-8-3) at 7 p.m. at Tam O'Shanter.

St. Jean was an assistant coach at Bowling Green State University when Jones was a defenseman for the Falcons (1996-2000).

"I have to face my good buddy that I coached at Bowling Green," St. Jean said. "I'm sure he'll have his team well prepared."

Findlay freshman Matt Davis scored two goals and senior Greg Toupalik netted the game-winner in overtime to cap a stunning upset Monday of No. 1-ranked St. Francis de Sales. The Trojans, ranked No. 14 in the final state coaches poll, defeated the top-rated Knights 3-2 in the district semifinal.

"Mike sent me a text before the game saying good luck," St. Jean said. "He said, 'We'll see you on Saturday.' I don't know if he is so sure about that now."

Northview defeated St. John's Jesuit 4-3 Saturday to advance out of the other semifinal. It was the third time the Wildcats defeated the Titans this season. Senior Mark Hall scored the game-winner for Northview.

"We have to play another really good team again," St. Jean said. "They have size, speed and good shooters."

St. Francis had defeated the Trojans twice in the regular season. The Knights also won their first Northwest Hockey Conference Red Division title since 1999.

"On paper our team looked solid," St. Francis coach Brian Kinsella said. "But a paper team doesn't win hockey games. You have to deliver on the ice. Now we have to sit back and watch instead of playing."

Northview has a chance to reach the state final four for the first time since 2006 when it finished runner-up.

Findlay advanced to the district final for the first time since 2007. The Trojans last reached the state semis in 2002.

"I have a good feeling about this whole tournament right now," St. Jean said. "We just need to stay under control and believe in ourselves."

With 18 points in Tuesday's Division I boys basketball sectional semifinal win by Start over Southview at Waite, senior guard Anthony Henderson surpassed both of Start's career scoring leaders to claim the top spot at 1,331 points.

The 6-foot-2 Henderson, the City League's scoring champion the last two seasons, passed previous No. 2 Craig Lynch (1,320 points, 1969-72) and No. 1 Jim Dotson (1,324, 1988-92), according to Start athletic director Dan Sanders.

Through 20 games this season, Henderson is averaging 28.2 points per game. He topped the CL at 22.1 last season.

There is a connection between the only two boys coaches in the Blade poll area who had the only undefeated teams this regular season.

Troy Diels guided Port Clinton to a 20-0 mark, as did Steve Williman at Liberty-Benton. The Redskins won the Blade's Division II poll, while the Eagles were tops in D-IV.

Both coaches are Old Fort graduates.

Perrysburg senior Charlie Hughes needs to score six points tomorrow in a Division I sectional game against Findlay to break the school's all-time scoring record.

Hughes scored 19 points last Friday in a 67-52 win over Springfield. Hughes, who will attend the University of Chicago, has 1,120 career points. The record of 1,125 was set by John Webster, a 1968 graduate.

"Sure I would have liked to have done it. But it was really just about getting the win so we could cut down these nets," Hughes said as his teammates celebrated a Northern Lakes League championship.

The Yellow Jackets (19-1) went 14-0 in the NLL.

Monclova Christian captured the Association of Christian Schools International state boys basketball title.

The Thunder defeated Emmanuel Christian 75-49 Saturday in Hartville, Ohio, to earn the school's first ACSI title.

Jordan McCloud and Kenny N'Douba each scored 16 points to lead Monclova Christian (17-6). Cody Harris tallied 15 points and Zach Black added 13.

McCloud, a senior, broke the school's single-game scoring record with 40 points in an 85-54 win Dec. 12 over Elyria Community Christian. McCloud hit five 3-pointers in the win.

Mark Davidson, an All-Ohio volleyball player, was inducted Saturday into the Springfield athletic hall of fame.

Davidson, a 1994 graduate, led the boys volleyball program to four regional championships.

As a sophomore, Davidson was a starting middle blocker on the Blue Devils team that finished as state semifinalists. During his junior year, Springfield won its first state championship with a record of 43-4. As a senior, the outside hitter and captain led the team to another state quarterfinal.

Davidson earned three varsity letters. He was selected first team All-Ohio as a junior and senior. Davidson was named the team's most valuable player as a senior.

After playing at Ohio University, Davidson returned to Springfield in 2001 as an assistant volleyball coach. He became the girls coach in 2005, and is the boys tennis coach.

The Napoleon girls bowling team finished second at the district tournament Monday at Interstate Lanes in Rossford to advance as a team to the state tournament this weekend.

The Wildcats had a total pinfall of 3,656 to place second behind Coldwater (3,692). Defending state champion Eastwood (3,558) took fourth place. Only the top two teams advance to the state meet.

Junior Jessica Parsons led Napoleon with a 584 series (200-191-193) to place fourth overall. Danielle Williams, a junior, was fifth overall the Wildcats with a 583 (223-179-181). Sophomores Rachael Gill (201-201-136-538) and Victoria Gonzalez (162-

181 168-511) also helped Napoleon qualify. Senior

Ellen Hoops (173-149-134-456) rounded out the lineup.

On the boys side, Anthony Wayne junior Mike Pedro qualified for the state tournament. Pedro rolled games of 207-232-245 for a 684 series.

Coldwater finished first and Wapakoneta was second to advance to state.

Contact Mark Monroe at:

mmonroe@theblade.com

or 419-724-6354.



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