You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Springfield fatal shooting victim identified

Tigers picked to finish second in NCAC


Close to 150 Wittenberg football players will report to school today with the first practice scheduled for Thursday evening.

Coach Joe Fincham and his staff have a lot of names to learn before they start worrying about winning the North Coast Athletic Conference championship. But that is the eventual goal, and the 10 NCAC coaches picked the Tigers to finish second in the preseason poll released Monday.

Wittenberg received one first-place vote, and Wabash, the defending champion and preseason favorite, got the other nine.

“It ought to be a very competitive race,” Fincham said. “With DePauw coming into the league, that’s going to make it that much more competitive. I haven’t paid much attention to everyone else. I’m more worried about us. I worry about having to go to Wooster and Allegheny and places like that. I guess it’s good we have Wabash and DePauw at home.”

The Tigers face one of their toughest schedules in years, especially in the first half of the season. They open the season Sept. 1 at Capital, host NCAC newcomer DePauw on Sept. 15 and then travel to Wooster and Case Western before hosting Wabash on Oct. 6.

“In our first five games, there’s nobody where you say, ‘Thank God, those guys are coming to town,’ ” Fincham said. “Every week you’re going to have to be prepared to play.”

Wittenberg’s question marks are at the skill positions. It has a new quarterback — junior Southeastern High School graduate Reed Florence, who did get a lot of experience last year as a backup to Ben Zoeller. But its running backs and receivers will be unproven.

The defense is more experienced. The Tigers lost only two starters and return a group that includes South grads Jon Daniels on the line and Karlos Marshall at cornerback.

Wabash will be strong again with the return of third-year starting quarterback Chase Belton, a Northmont grad.

DePauw, picked to finish third, is trying to end a three-year drought against Wabash, its biggest rival, and now the Monon Bell game counts in the conference standings.

Wooster, picked fourth, had a disappointing season a year after losing starting quarterback Richard Barnes to a broken leg. He’s back, but competing with the quarterback who replaced him for his old job.

Here’s the complete poll: 1. Wabash (9 first-place votes) 98; 2. Wittenberg (1) 90; 3. DePauw 72; 4. Wooster 63; 5. Allegheny 62; 6. Denison 55; 7. Ohio Wesleyan 42; 8. Oberlin 38; 9. Hiram 16; 10. Kenyon 14.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

With seven starters back, Southeastern hopes to be contender in OHC
With seven starters back, Southeastern hopes to be contender in OHC

The Southeastern softball team had many of its 14 players involved in other activities at the school and had trouble getting its full squad together during preseason practice. The Trojans have games scheduled on six of the next eight days, beginning with their opener against visiting Bellbrook at 11 a.m. Saturday. Veteran coach Randy “Tojo&rdquo...
Xavier’s Elite Eight run similar to Dayton’s in 2014
Xavier’s Elite Eight run similar to Dayton’s in 2014

It will come as no surprise that fans of the Dayton Flyers still hate their old rival Xavier, even if the teams have played only once in the last four seasons and may not play again until who knows when. “I hate Xavier,” one fan wrote Thursday on Twitter. “I couldn't care less that we don't play them anymore. Fight me.&rdquo...
Catholic Central baseball coach sees better times ahead
Catholic Central baseball coach sees better times ahead

Third-year Catholic Central coach Jon Metzger is brimming with optimism with the return of his top eight players and nine of his top 10 from a year ago. Yes, the squad won only three of 23 games last season. But Metzger believes the Irish are better than what their record showed — and he has the numbers to prove it. With a predominantly freshmen...
Arroyo moves closer to joining Reds rotation
Arroyo moves closer to joining Reds rotation

Bronson Arroyo pitched the planned four innings Thursday in a 4-2 loss to the White Sox and felt no pain in his elbow or shoulder. “I felt really crisp the first three innings,” the 40-year-old right-hander said. “The fourth inning I got a little bit tired. I’m getting in shape. It felt like a regular spring game where I&rsquo...
UMass looking for a new coach again after Kelsey changes mind
UMass looking for a new coach again after Kelsey changes mind

One Atlantic 10 Conference program finds itself looking for a new coach for the second time this week. Massachusetts announced Tuesday it was hiring Cincinnati native and Xavier grad Pat Kelsey, the head coach at Winthrop. He arrived in Amherst on Wednesday, posed for photos and was all set to be introduced at a press conference Thursday. At the last...
More Stories