By David Fong
COLUMBUS — Boys basketball in Miami County didn’t get much notice around the state as the first Associated Press state polls of the season were released Monday.
Miami East was the lone county school to receive any recognition, as the Vikings were ranked No. 10 in the initial Division III state poll. The Vikings currently are 10-1, with their lone loss coming to Chaminade Julienne, 62-53, in the Versailles Holiday Tournament.
Chaminade (10-2) currently is ranked No. 4 in the Division II state poll.
Miami East’s date with Tri-Village on Jan. 26 looms large. The Patriots — the defending Division IV state champion — opened the 2016 polls at No. 2 in Division IV.
The top teams in the initial poll were Wayne (Division I), Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (Division II), Lima Central Catholic (Division III) and Van Wert Lincolnview (Division IV).
The girls state high school basketball polls were scheduled to be released late Tuesday.
Staying Healthy: Few sports take as big a toll on the body as wrestling.
Which may explain, in large part, why some of the top wrestlers in Miami County have been noticeably absent in matches and tournament recently — particularly as they try to get healthy heading into the postseason, which begins next month.
“It’s a tough sport,” Troy coach Doug Curnes said recently following the Troy Invitational. “It’s a grind. It can wear on your physically and mentally. No disrespect to any of the other sports out there, but it’s about as tough as there is.”
Curnes should know. One of his top wrestlers — 106-pound sophomore Joe Pascale — will not return this season after suffering an injury in December at the Edgewood Invitational.
Nearly every program in the county has seen some of its top wrestlers miss action with injuries of varying degrees.
Miami East’s Alex Isbrandt, a state placer last season, missed the Troy Invitational. Milton-Union state qualifiers Kamron Paulus and Chase Mayabb both were forced to miss the GMVWA Holiday Tournament, as was Tippecanoe state placer Jack Peura.
A Century of Basketball: The Troy High School basketball programs are celebrating 100 years of Trojan basketball this season.
The Troy boys basketball team began playing full-time in 1916. The girls teams began playing several years later, but would not become a full-fledged varsity program until many years later.
The year-long celebration of Trojan basketball will culminate Feb. 6 at Hobart Arena when both programs will host Tippecan0e in five games that will be played throughout the day. The boys freshmen teams will begin the day at 11 a.m., the junior varsity girls will play at 12:30 p.m. and the junior varsity boys will close out the first session at 2 p.m.
The doors for the second session will open at 5 p.m., with the varsity girls playing at 6 p.m., and the varsity boys playing at 7:30 p.m.
All former boys and girls players and coaches are encouraged to attend and be recognized during the boys game.
Also, the Troy Pop Rocks jump rope team will perform during halftime of the boys varsity game.
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