GALION — The winter sports season for the Galion High School student athletes is set to begin shortly. This year, the usual sports will be played with the addition of a new program for the Tigers. Here’s a small look ahead at the seasons to come. The Galion Tigers belong to the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference.
Here’s a recap of how the Tigers fared last year in their respective sports.
The Galion boys basketball team will head to the courts this season with a new, yet to be named head coach. Last season, the Tigers, coached by Colby Bright, finished the season with a 12-12 record overall and 6-8 in the MOAC Red Division. This record put Galion in the bottom half of the league for the season. The Buckeye Valley Barons and the Jonathon Alder Pioneers tied for the league title last season with conference records of 12-2. The Tigers did gain a sectional championship under coach Bright though, defeating Castalia Margaretta, 52-35. They were bounced from tourney play in the district semifinals by Collins Western Reserve, 65-47. In both of the years that the Tigers have been in the MOAC, they have wrapped up their seasons with a 6-8 league record. The boys’ season starts on the road in Bucyrus on Dec. 12.
For the girls basketball team, up is the only way to go. Galion finished last season at 0-14 in the MOAC Red Division and 5-18 overall. Galion found their season last year ending in a loss to Bucyrus in their sectional game, 49-23. North Union and Pleasant tied for the league championship at 13-1. Pleasant’s season ended at the state championship game when they were defeated by Columbus Affricentric, 59-37. The Tigers finished up their first year in the league, 2014-2015, with a record of 3-19 overall and 0-13 in the league. The season tips off for the girls on Nov. 25 at home against Crestline.
Galion’s wrestlers will take to the mats this year after finishing in fifth of eight in last year’s MOAC Red tournament and fifth of seven in 2014-2015. Coach Brent Tyrrell’s squad had a first team all-conference wrestler in the 160 pound weight class last year in Drake Barnett, a second-teamer in Austin Reyes at 138 pounds and Honorable Mention all-conference wrestler Nick McDaniel at 220 pounds. The first meet for the Tigers will be a tri-meet on Dec. 2 at Marion Pleasant against the home Spartans and New Albany.
As for the aquatic student atheletes, both teams hope to continue the successes that they have had in the MOAC. In the two seasons that Galion has been in the league, the girls swimming squad has finished league runner-up behind Marion Pleasant. The boys have been league champions in both of the seasons since joining the MOAC. Both teams will hit the pool to start their season on Nov. 29, when they travel to Ontario to meet up with the Warriors.
Lastly, the 2016-2017 winter sports season will bring about the first year for league bowling for both the boys and the girls. Home matches will be held at Victory Lanes in Galion. The first competition for both teams will be on Nov. 21 against the River Valley Vikings at Buckeye Lanes. There is more to come on this sport and the rest in the near future.