Although July is traditionally the month during which sports writers — particularly those covering mostly high school sports and those getting up their in age (and I fit both categories) — we’ve been kicking around ideas for the DR football preview.
The Wayne County Athletic League, over the past decade or so, has evolved from the Holy Trinity of Haves — Dalton, Smithville and Waynedale — to where only one program, Chippewa, could be labeled a ‘Have-Not.’ Rittman may take a step back from the respectability it earned in 2010, but aside from the two schools who duel it out annually for the Big Chief trophy, I see the other six trading upper division finishes between them for the foreseeable future. Makes for great drama on a weekly basis, resulting in a true champ (or champs) for the last team standing.
I’m going to give an early opinion on the WCAL race here soon, but as a sneak preview, I’d say we might have a repeat of 2010, with the Norwayne-Hillsdale game deciding the champ. But the boys in green may have a say in it as well.