TOLEDO — Toledo Whitmer and Toledo Central Catholic were the favorites to win the Three Rivers Athletic Conference football title this season, according to preseason polls conducted by coaches of Three Rivers Athletic Conference fall sports teams released on Tuesday.
Toledo Whitmer and Toledo Central Catholic received 57 points each and tied for the top spot in the preseason balloting among TRAC football coaches. Findlay, 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the league, was seventh in the voting with 20 points.
Findlay High’s girls soccer team was picked to finish first and the boys soccer team second.
League runner-up the past two seasons, Findlay is expected to have six all-league players returning this season: first-teamers Amanda Kovaleski and Halle McCleave, second-team picks Elizabeth Alexander, Sierra Perry and Alexis Gray, and Kylee Rudolph, who received honorable mention all-TRAC recognition.
Findlay received 51 points in voting by TRAC girls soccer coaches. Toledo St. Ursula (47), 2013 champion Toledo Notre Dame (41) and Oregon Clay (40) were 2-3-4 in the balloting.
Toledo St. John’s, unbeaten in league games the past two seasons, earned 64 points as the No. 1 pick among TRAC boys soccer coaches. Findlay, which shared second place (5-1-1) with Toledo St. Francis in last year’s standings, was picked to finish second (53 points) and St. Francis third (50).
No preseason polls were conducted in the fall sports of girls tennis, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls golf or volleyball.
Preseason TRAC Polls
FOOTBALL — 1, (tie) Toledo Whitmer and Toledo Central Catholic, 57 points. 3, Toledo St. Francis 44. 4, Lima Senior 38. 5, Fremont Ross 33. 6, Toledo St. John’s,31. 7, Findlay 20. 8, Oregon Clay 8.
BOYS SOCCER — 1, Toledo St. John’s, 64 points. 2, Findlay 53. 3, Toledo St. Francis 50. 4, (tie) Lima Senior and Toledo Whitmer 33. 6. Toledo Central Catholic, 28. 7, Oregon Clay 25. 8, Fremont Ross 12.
GIRLS SOCCER — 1, Findlay, 51 points. 2, Toledo St. Ursula 47. 3, Toledo Notre Dame 41. 4, Oregon Clay 40. 5, Toledo Central Catholic 26. 6, Toledo Whitmer 21. 7, Lima Senior 14. 8, Fremont Ross 12.