FHS Sports: Trojans trying to stay in TRAC race

By DAVE HANNEMAN
STAFF WRITER
Findlay High School’s boys basketball team is looking to get the second half of the Three Rivers Athletic Conference season off to as good a start as they did the first.
So far, so good.
Findlay’s win over Oregon Clay on Tuesday boosted the Trojans’ record to 11-3 overall and 6-2 in the league. The Trojans are back in league play on Friday when they host Fremont Ross in a long-running rivalry with the Little Giants that can be traced through the Buckeye Conference days of the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80, the Buckeye Central Conference era of the 80s and 90s and the Great Lakes League and Greater Buckeye Conference competition that preceded the formation of the Three Rivers Athletic Conference.
Findlay outlasted the Little Giants 56-44 in a Dec. 10 game at Fremont’s Purple Pit, but had to fight off a number of Ross rallies to do it. Fremont battled back within five points of Findlay three times in the second half before Findlay was able to lock it down in the final 1:33.
With four starters and seven letter winners returning from a 15-9 team, Findlay was tabbed the preseason favorite in a vote of TRAC coaches. Predictions don’t win games, though, and Toledo St. John’s and Toledo Central Catholic, two deep and talented teams, zeroed in on the No. 1 target on Findlay’s back.
St. John’s capitalized on a slow Findlay start and weathered a gritty second-half comeback by the Trojans to post a 59-48 win on Jan. 3. Last Friday, Central Catholic used a 16-6 surge in the second quarter and some clutch free throws in the final 23 seconds to edge Findlay, 50-47.
St. John’s (11-3, 7-0 TRAC) also nipped Central Catholic (10-2, 5-1) 62-59 in overtime on the road and was alone in first as the second round of league play got under way on Tuesday. Findlay will host St. John’s on Feb. 7, and end regular-season play with a TRAC game at Central Catholic on Feb. 21. In between, St. John’s and Central Catholic will square off on Feb. 14.
It will be a busy week for the Trojans’ other varsity squads.
Findlay’s girls team, which opened league play with a 49-29 win over St. Ursula, will be looking to begin second-round TRAC play with another win over the Arrows when they clash on Thursday in Toledo.
Findlay (1-12, 1-5 TRAC) returns home to face Oregon Clay on Monday and state-ranked Toledo Notre Dame on Jan. 30.
Findlay High’s hockey team has a key matchup on Friday when the Trojans take on No. 2-ranked Toledo St. John’s in a Northwest Hockey Conference game at The Cube. St. John’s leads the NHC standings with a 4-1-1 record, that one tie being a 2-2 stalemate with Findlay.
Findlay’s gymnastics team, unbeaten in tournament competition this season, will go against some of the top teams in the state when the Trojans take part in the Wolfpack Invitational at Worthington Kilbourne High School on Saturday.
A week later, the Trojans will be looking to defend their league title in the TRAC championships.
Team and individual championships will also be on the line Feb. 1 when Findlay High’s wrestlers take part in the TRAC tournament at Fremont Ross.
Hanneman, 419-427-8405
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