Findlay High’s boys basketball team will have to go from being home-bodies to road-warriors– starting with today’s game at Toledo Whitmer — as the Trojans head into the final month of the regular season.
After playing eight of its first 12 games at home, Findlay will play seven of its final 10 regular-season games on the road.
Today’s game at Whitmer technically starts the second half of home-and-home league play for the Trojans. Because of Toledo Central Catholic’s extended run in the football playoffs, Findlay still has to play the Irish twice, including Friday’s home game with TCC. A weather-related postponement with Lima Senior also means the Trojans have yet to play the Spartans twice. The makeup of that Jan. 12 game will be this Saturday at Lima Senior.
Defense has been the name of the game for Toledo Whitmer, which beat Findlay 38-33 in a tight, low-scoring game on December 8. The Panthers are allowing a TRAC low 42.8 points per game.
Whitmer, coming off a 48-47 win over Lima Senior, has won four of its last five games and six of its last eight. The Panthers are 10-3 overall, 6-1 in the TRAC and alone in second place in the league standings behind Toledo St. John’s (10-2, 6-0 TRAC).
Findlay is 7-5 overall and 2-3 in the TRAC after back-to-back losses to state-ranked St. John’s (No. 5, Division I) and Ottawa-Glandorf (No. 3, Division III).
Findlay High’s girl’s team (6-9, 3-5 TRAC) is also in the midst of a road swing that included Monday’s game at Fremont Ross and Thursday’s contest at Toledo St. Ursula. The Trojans return home next week for league games against Oregon Clay (Feb. 1) and Toledo Notre Dame (Feb. 5), but also play two of their last three regular season games on the road.
Findlay High’s hockey team also finds itself facing some key league matchups this week. On Friday, the Trojans host No. 6-ranked Sylvania Northview in a Northwest Hockey Conference Red Division game at The Cube. On Saturday, Findlay travels up I-75 to battle Bowling Green.
The FHS wrestling team will take part in the regional dual-meet competition at Oregon Clay on Wednesday, and will send teams to both the Sally George Invitational at Marion Pleasant and the Elmwood Duals this weekend.
Findlay High’s swim teams, fresh off third-place finishes in both the boys and girls standings of the TRAC championship meet, will wrap up their regular season Wednesday when the Trojans host Marion Harding for Senior Night at the University of Findlay’s Sink Natatorium. Sectional and district swimming, the first steps on the road to the state meet, will be held Feb. 10 through the 17th.