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In a surprise move, Loth leaves Otterbein for Western Connecticut State

 

Joe Loth (courtesy of Otterbein athletics)

In a surprise move late last Thursday, May 17, head football coach Joe Loth surprised Columbus area media, the town of Westerville and Otterbein fans when rumors started circulating around town that he was leaving his alma mater, to sign a multi-year contract to rebuild the program at Western Connecticut State.

Loth’s leaving probably even shook the media relations department because until this day, there has not even been an article written declaring his resignation or leaving the university. That is strange in itself.

Western Connecticut State University is a public state university, established in 1903. It has an enrollment of 5,907 and located in Danbury, Connecticut. It is an NCAA Division III school with 14 varsity sports. Their nickname is the Colonials and play in two conferences, the ECAC, Eastern College Athletic Conference and the LEC, Little East Conference.

(courtesy of WCSU via wikipedia commons)

The rebuilding job at Western Connecticut State will take longer than at Otterbein. But Loth will recruit from talent in Connecticut, New York City and Long Island.

The football team plays in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, where it has had a tough time under former coach John Burrell, going 0-10, 0-10, 2-8 and 2-8. Its last winning season was in 2005.

The 45-year-old Loth could not pass up the chance at WCSU where he is very familiar with the town and university. He was the Colonials defensive coordinator from 1993-1997. His wife, Keri graduated from the school as well.

Loth is certainly good at rebuilding. During his tenure at Otterbein, he saw the football program receive a shot in the arm with new facilities for the football program, including a renovated Memorial Stadium and football field. Also, before he was hired by former athletic director Dick Reynolds, the Cardinals had only one winning season in 23 years. In his final seven seasons, the program had four winning years and saw the school’s first berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2008 with a 9-2 record and 8-1 in the OAC, second to Mount Union. Loth was named OAC Coach of the Year and Ohio Coach of the Year that season.

 

Info compiled from Western Connecticut State University, Radio & TV news

 

 

 

City League cross-division game tonight at 7pm on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, South at East

 

Bob White, East coach is dean of City League basketball coaches with 22 years of experience

Tonight’s HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE will have Columbus South of the City League South against the Columbus East Tigers of the City League North in a cross-division battle.

The game comes your way at 7 p.m. The pre-game show will start 10 minutes before the game here on megasportsnews.com.

LISTEN LIVE click here.

Or you go to the HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE page in the upper right hand corner of the website, click it and scroll down to the February 14 game and click listen and the game comes up there. We’ll be on the air 10 minutes before the game with our usual information. The game will be archived forever on that page to listen to anytime.

South, under Ramon Spears, comes into the game at 6-12 and East under Bob White, has a 7-11 record.

Otterbein head basketball coach and athletic director Dick Reynolds, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 40 years, will be our halftime guest.

The game is brought to you in part by SWIFT TAX SERVICES.

 

 

Swift Tax Services provided their own photo

Coach Bob White & South banner photo by megasportsnews.com

Westerville home crowd sees Otterbein self-destruct against Heidelberg

Heidelberg University 1920 pennant (photo by Sobebunny via wikipedia commons)

A nice crowd of 3,754 saw the home team, Otterbein cough up six turnovers and allowed 31 first-half points and 496 yards in a 41-20 OAC loss to Heidelberg at Memorial Stadium in Westerville.

Michael Mees threw for 187 yards and three touchdowns for the Student Princes which scored 24 points in the second quarter. They also piled up 331 yards rushing, including 106 by Germany Woods.

Info compiled from OAC & Heidelberg athletics

Ohio Northern holds off Otterbein in OT, 34-33

 

(file photo)

Everytime Ohio Athletic Conference rivals Otterbein and Ohio Northern play each other, it is a high-scoring affair to the end.

Last weekend at Ada, Ohio, located in the Lima area, Ohio Northern won in overtime, 34-33.

Quarterback Austin Schlosser led the Cardinals attack with 266 total yards, but he missed a two-point conversion in overtime  which cost Otterbein in the OAC opener for both teams.

Tyler Rue put the Polar Bears ahead in overtime with an 8-yard touchdown run.

After Brock Burzanko’s 7-yard TD reception, the Cardinals opted to go for the win, but Schlosser’s pass to Trey Fairchild on the two-point try was incomplete.

Ohio Northern is 2-0, 1-0 in the OAC; Otterbein is 1-1, 0-1 in the OAC.

The Cardinals return to Westerville next Saturday at 2 p.m. as they host the Heidelberg Student Princes at Memorial Stadium.

Info courtesy of Otterbein athletics

OHIO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Players of the Week

 

(courtesy of Ohio Athletic Conference)

OFFENSIVE: Marietta sophomore wide receiver Kirby Harris from Greenville, South Carolina, tallied 11 receptions for 116 yards and three touchdowns to help the Pioneers to a 32-24 win over Thiel College.

DEFENSIVE: Ohio Northern junior linebacker Joe Powell, from Findlay, Ohio, returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown to go along with his eight tackles, including five solo and a 1.5 tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery in the Polar Bears 38-20 win over North Carolina Wesleyan.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Otterbein junior punter Aaron Kingcade from Worthington, Ohio, helped lead the Cardinals past Gallaudet, 28-27, with a career-best 46.8 average on five punts for a total of 234 yards, including a career-long 54-yard punt.

Marietta junior punter Sean Munfield, a hometown product, tallied 184 yards on four punts for a 46.0 average with a long of 54 yards in the Pioneers’ 32-24 win over Thiel.

Info courtesy of the Ohio Athletic Conference

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