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waterloowonder

Member Since 11 Jan 2010
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In Topic: 2019 OHSAA Boy's Basketball State Tournament Attendance

25 March 2019 - 08:14 AM

It is certainly a different animal these days. I have been going to the State Tourn. for 50 years. The prices and venue have very little to do with dropping attendance. 50 years ago the arena was filled up with coaches, athletic directors, and school administrators. The general public could not even get in unless you were with a team playing. Today, hardly any school officials attend other than coaches. I am not in favor of moving the tournament back to St. John's Arena. The Schott is just fine, better parking, nicer arena, suites, just all round better. Just like I can't forget when John Cooper coached OSU football, I remember having to deal with rotten scalpers to get into St. John's. I agree, the glorified AAU teams playing mainly in D3 and bringing 75 fans to their games, along with the rough play, have ruined HS basketball. The public schools don't even bring as many fans as they used to. Berlin Hiland had a very disappointing crowd. St. Henry, Crestview, Olentangy Liberty, Sheridan, Columbus South, Trotwood all brought nice crowds. Parents and society in general have de-emphasized HS sports. Lots of parents push their kids into sporting activities at a very young age and the kids become burned out by the time they get to HS, or they quit because daddy can't control their playing time anymore. It is a lot easier to quit that to compete, and parents are promoting that. I don't have an answer how this can be turned around, because there is an ever increasing number of real crazy and mentally ill people out there these days.

In Topic: 2019 Coaching Changes

25 March 2019 - 07:43 AM

An Etzler playing for someone other than Crestview is hard to believe.

In Topic: Competitive balance seems to be working ....

17 March 2019 - 08:55 AM

The State Tourn. Final Fours are set. The Public - Parochial breakdown is as follows:
D1 3 Parochial and 1 Public
D2 4 Public
D3 4 Parochial
D4 4 Public
My observation is that competitive balance has driven the big city small privates to D3. At least 3 of the D3 schools have played in D4 in past years. The large big city private schools playing in D1 still have a great advantage by attracting all star teams from large population areas. The clear winners are teams playing in D4 since most of the privates have been bumped up a division with the new formula. D3 looks like the place not to be if you are a rural public school. This result was pretty much predictable with the new competitive balance formula. I still think we are heading to separate public / private tournaments. Apathy may be the only thing stopping that. I am not saying that some big city public schools don't attract athletes thru open enrollment, but it pales in comparison to what private schools do. My prediction is the Schott will be pretty empty during the D3 session and good attendance at the D4 session. I always enjoy watching the Moeller student cheering section.

In Topic: D4 Elida district

09 March 2019 - 07:34 AM

Two years in a row where the other team (Hicksville & Kalida) let Crestview - same player - shoot a 3 in the last seconds. Has anyone ever heard of a time when fouling in that situation didn't work. They talk about scenarios that can go wrong, but I have never witnessed it not working.

In Topic: D2 ONU district

07 March 2019 - 08:42 AM

ONU (O-No) is a terrible venue. Facility was outdated before it opened 40 years ago.