Honoring NW Ohio teams that have completed the
Regular Season with an Undefeated Record.
With so much emphasis placed on tournament success, regular
season accomplishments can be diminished over time. As a
season progresses, you gain an appreciation of how difficult
maintaining an undefeated record can be. An undefeated
regular season is a tremendous feat.
With that in mind, we created the Davey1.com Hall of Fame
to honor those teams from Northwest Ohio that finished their
regular season undefeated.
Beginning with Davey1.com's first season of 2004-2005 to
present, a total of eighteen teams from Northwest Ohio have
completed a perfect regular season to earn this honor.
Lima Senior (29-1)
On February 20, 2016
Lima Senior defeated Mansfield Senior, of the Ohio Cardinal
Conference, 81-69 to complete a perfect 22-0 regular season.
Led by Ohio Player of the Year and Ohio Mr. Basketball Xavier
Simpson, the Spartans went on to win seven tournament games before
being defeated in the Division I state championship game by
Westerville South, 57-55. Congratulations to Coach Quincy
Simpson and the Spartans on an undefeated regular season.
Upper Sandusky (23-1)
Coach Jeff Winslow
guided the Rams to an undefeated 22-0 regular season, winning the
final game of the season over Galion, 61-55. Upper Sandusky,
finishing 16-0 in the Northern Ten Conference, went on to win over
Wapakoneta, 62-55, before being defeated in the Division 2 District
semi-finals at Ohio Northern University by Ottawa-Glandorf, 79-67.
their regular season on February 27, 2015 with a win over non-league
foe Hopewell-Loudon, 70-46. Taking a bye in the first round of
the tournament, they won a sectional final versus Fostoria St.
Wendelin, 85-42. The Golden Bears suffered their only defeat
of the year in the district semi-final on March 10, 2015 against
league rival Cardinal Stritch, 66-60. Coach Brent Liskai was
named AP All-Northwest District Division 4 Coach of the Year. Golden Bear Jordan Kreglow, a 5 foot 11 inch senior, who broke the 1,000 point scoring
mark during the season was named to the AP All-Northwest District
1st team, and teammate Bryce Ernsthausen, a 6 foot 3 inch senior was
named to the AP All-Northwest District 3rd team. Kreglow
averaged 21.5 point per game and Ernsthausen averaged 16.4 points
Sylvania Southview (24-1)
After finishing the
regular season undefeated, Bruce Smith was honored as AP
All-Northwest District Coach of the Year in Division 1. The
Cougars went through the regular season undefeated, however they
lost in the District Final game at the University of Toledo's Savage
Hall on March 14, 2015 to Toledo St. John's, 57-30. Ben
Casanova, a 6 foot 6 inch senior averaging 17.0 points per game was
named to the AP All-Northwest District 1st team, Jeremiah Roberts, a
6 foot 4 inch senior was named to the AP All-Northwest District 2nd
team, and Aerin West, a 6 foot 3 inch junior was named to the AP
All-Northwest District 3rd team.
Convoy Crestview (29-0)
Convoy Crestview capped off a perfect season with a 71-44 win over
Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas in the Division IV state championship
game. The twenty-nine wins marked the most by an undefeated team
since Ayersville went 30-0 in winning the Class A state championship
in 1961. Coached by Jeremy Best, the Knights were champions of the
Northwest Conference and also defeated Division III state champion
Lima Central Catholic by a 66-54 score. In tournament play,
Crestview won a sectional title at Van Wert and the Elida district.
In the regional at Bowling Green’s Stroh Center, Crestview defeated
a pair of state-ranked teams in Ottawa Hills and Wayne Trace to
advance to the state tournament for the third time in school
history. The Knights advanced to the state championship game with a
win over state-ranked Tri-Village. Crestview players receiving
All-District honors from the Associated Press were Damian Helm (1st
Team) Cam Etzler (HM), and Tyson Bolenbaugh (HM).
Division I Norwalk became the first team
from Northwest Ohio to finish the expanded twenty-two game
regular season with an undefeated record. The Truckers ran
their regular season winning streak to forty-three games in
completing their second straight undefeated season.
Norwalk's last regular season loss was 55-52 to Huron in
February, 2011. Coach Steve Gray's team won Northern Ohio
League and Galion sectional titles. A highlight of the
season was a 70-55 win over eventual Division I state
runner-up Toledo Rogers in a game played at Norwalk. The
Truckers lost to Mansfield Senior by a 44-42 score in a
Division I district semifinal game played at Galion. Norwalk
players receiving All-District recognition from the
Associated Press were Jeff Thomas (1st Team), Ben Haraway
(2nd Team), and Jake Fetherolf (HM).
Champions of the Green Meadows
Conference, Division IV Edgerton took home a
Paulding sectional title and won the Napoleon district
championship with a win over Kalida. That marked the second
straight district title for the Bulldogs. In the regional
tournament at Bowling Green's Stroh Center, Coach Matt
Ripke's team defeated Colonel Crawford in a semifinal game
before falling to Arlington 56-33 in the regional
championship game. Edgerton's outstanding season came just
three years after a one-win season. Bulldog players honored
by the Associated Press on the Northwest Ohio All-District
team were Brody Flegal (1st Team), Nathan Stark (HM), and
Ben Riehle (HM).
In their first season as a Division I
team, the Truckers won the Northern Ohio League title as
well as the Willard sectional and the Bowling Green
district. The win over Anthony Wayne in the district
championship game gave Norwalk their first district title
since 1974 when the Truckers were a Class AA school. The
N.O.L. championship was their first outright league title
since 1962. Norwalk's season ended with a 40-32 loss to
Division I state runner-up Toledo Whitmer in a regional
semifinal game played at the University of Toledo. Receiving
All-District honors from the Associated Press were Jeff
Thomas (2nd Team), Jake Fetherolf (3rd Team), and Ben
Haraway (HM). Coach Steve Gray's team had only two seniors
on the roster.
Division IV McComb won the Blanchard Valley Conference
breaking Liberty-Benton's string of five consecutive
conference championships. The Panthers won a sectional title
at Ottawa-Glandorf and the Liberty-Benton district
championship with a one point win over Leipsic. That marked
the second district title in three years for McComb. In the
regional tournament at Bowling Green's Anderson Arena, the
Panthers defeated Edgerton in a semifinal game before
dropping a 37-34 decision to Continental in the regional
championship game. McComb players receiving All-District
recognition from the Associated Press were Mason Roth (1st
Team), Taylor Hanes (3rd Team), and Andrew Dee (HM).
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For the third time in four
years, Division III Liberty-Benton finished the regular
season undefeated. The Eagles finished the season having
won eighty-four of their previous eighty-five regular season
games going all the way back to February 2006 with the lone
loss in overtime to Tallmadge in December 2008. In 2010,
L-B won a fifth straight Blanchard Valley Conference title
running their BVC winning streak to forty-two consecutive
games. Coach Steve Williman’s team captured a sectional
title at Findlay marking the twentieth straight season that
the Eagles advanced to the district level. Liberty-Benton
lost their district semifinal game at Elida by a 52-39 score
to eventual Division III state champion Lima Central
Catholic. L-B players receiving All-District honors from
the Associated Press were Aaron Craft (1st Team)
and Brett Pasche (HM).
Division III Plymouth ran their regular season winning streak to
thirty-seven games and Firelands Conference winning streak to
twenty-nines games in completing an undefeated regular season. The
Big Red won a second straight Firelands Conference championship
along with a sectional title at Lexington. With a win over Ontario
in the district final at Mansfield Senior, Coach Brad Turson’s team
captured their third consecutive district championship and the
school’s fourth district title in five seasons. The previous
district championships came as a Division IV school. Plymouth’s
42-37 win over Archbold in a regional semifinal at Bowling Green
marked the first regional win in school history. In the regional
final at BGSU, Plymouth lost 56-54 in overtime to eventual Division
III state champion Lima Central Catholic. Plymouth players
receiving All-District recognition from the Associated Press were
Brook Turson (1st Team), Brandon McCalley (2nd
Team), and Mitch McKenzie (HM).
Port Clinton (26-1)
Division II Port Clinton won a Sandusky Bay Conference title with
their undefeated regular season and added a sectional championship
at Sandusky. Coached by Troy Diels, the Redskins won their first
district championship since 1943 with a victory over Bellevue in the
district final at Ashland University. In the regional at Bowling
Green’s Anderson Arena, Port Clinton earned the first trip to the
state tournament in school history with a 45-43 semifinal win over
Defiance and a 66-55 win over Celina in the championship game. In
their Division II state semifinal game, the Redskins defeated
Zanesville 51-50. After leading at halftime in the championship
game, Port Clinton fell 64-50 to Dayton Dunbar to finish as the
state runner-up in Division II. Port Clinton players receiving
All-District honors from the Associated Press were Ryan Hicks (1st
Team), Josh Francis (3rd Team), Allen Tigner (HM), and
Derek Colston (HM).
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New Knoxville (22-1)
Defending Division IV state champion New Knoxville ran their regular
season winning streak to sixty-three games in capturing a third
straight Midwest Athletic Conference title. That is the fourth
longest regular season winning streak of all time according to the
OHSAA. Coached by Dan Hegemier, the Rangers added a sectional
championship at Coldwater. In the district championship game at
Wapakoneta, New Knoxville’s forty-nine game winning streak was
snapped by Ada by a 52-45 score. The loss to Ada gave the Rangers a
74-2 record over three seasons. New Knoxville players receiving
All-District recognition from the Associated Press were Brad Piehl
(1st Team), Ryan Vanderhorst (2nd Team),
Austin Arnett (HM), and Caleb Allen (HM).
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In Div. 3 the Eagles lost to St. Henry, 51-38, in the District Semi-Final
game at Elida.
New Knoxville (27-0)
New Knoxville finished a perfect season with a win over Worthington
Christian, 74-52 in the Div. 4 State Championship game at Value City Arena on March
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Liberty-Benton advanced to the Div. 3 State Championship game, losing to
Cincinnati North College Hill, 50-45.
New Knoxville (25-1)
The Rangers advanced to the Div. 4 Regional Final and were defeated by
eventual State Champion Georgetown, 60-57.
Toledo Christian (22-1)
The Eagles were defeated by Van Buren, 58-47, in the Div. 4 District Final
at Liberty-Benton on March 9, 2007.
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The Big Green were defeated on March 7, 2006 by Columbus Grove, 66-50, in
the Div. 4 District Semi-Final game at Elida.
In Div. 2,
Willard, ranked #2 by the Associated Press, was defeated by #1 ranked Akron
St. Vincent-St. Mary, 65-63, in the Regional Final game at the University of
Toledo on March 18, 2006.
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Upper Sandusky (27-0)
The Rams completed a perfect season, winning the Div. 2 State Championship by
defeating Wooster Triway, 94-86, in their final game on March 19, 2005.