2016-06-29 / Sesquicentennial Edition

Archbold Sports Teams Provide Wealth Of Memories

by Mario Gomez
Buckeye Sportswriter


Members of the 1912 AHS girls basketball team were, from left: Ada Ruffer, Emma Buehrer, Gladys Lauber, Maebelle Swisher, Erna Buehrer, Viola Grime, Mary Ehrat. The parrot in the cage, the team mascot, was owned by the Henry Hersch family. Members of the 1912 AHS girls basketball team were, from left: Ada Ruffer, Emma Buehrer, Gladys Lauber, Maebelle Swisher, Erna Buehrer, Viola Grime, Mary Ehrat. The parrot in the cage, the team mascot, was owned by the Henry Hersch family. Among other things, the Archbold Area School District is known for the athletic prowess of its student-athletes.

We dug into the archives of the Archbold Buckeye and found these memorable sports moments in Archbold history. There are many, many more, of course; we encourage readers to share their memories on our Facebook page.

State Team Titles

AHS volleyball, coached by Char Sharp, won its first state championship in 1978 when the Streaks captured the Class A title.

Sharp won her second Class A title in 1981 and a Division III title in 1998, when the Streaks went 30- 0.


Left: Members of the 1924 AHS boys basketball team that advanced to the state Class B. tournament were, front row from left: Howard Miller, Emerson Schnetzler, Earl Lovejoy. Middle row: Wilbur Lovejoy, Charles Bourquin, George Baker, E.R. Murbach. Back row: T.L. Parker, AHS principal; John Miller, captain; C.P. Henry, coach. The team lost to Bellepoint 24-20 in the state finals. Left: Members of the 1924 AHS boys basketball team that advanced to the state Class B. tournament were, front row from left: Howard Miller, Emerson Schnetzler, Earl Lovejoy. Middle row: Wilbur Lovejoy, Charles Bourquin, George Baker, E.R. Murbach. Back row: T.L. Parker, AHS principal; John Miller, captain; C.P. Henry, coach. The team lost to Bellepoint 24-20 in the state finals. Barb Short built a championship caliber AHS softball team, winning state titles in 1982, 1984 and 1986.

John Downey’s AHS football teams dominated the 1980s, but it was not until 1988 that Archbold won its only state championship, a 42-14 drubbing of Mogadore in the Div. V title game.

The 1978 Acme baseball team won its first state championship by defeating Greenville 12-8 in the state tournament.

The Junior Acme baseball team won the title in 2015 with a 2-1 win over St. Henry.

In 2005, the AHS baseball team claimed the Division III state championship under Kevin “Scoop” Miller, head coach, defeating Frankfort Adena 7-1 in the finals.

In 2004, Brian Becher led the AHS wrestling team to a state championship, defeating Bedford St. Peter Chanel in the finals of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Championships.

Individual Accomplishments

Archbold has been well represented with outstanding individual performances at state tournaments, resulting in a number of track and field championships.

The first recorded state championship by an individual was in 1918 by Olen Grime, who won a state title in the discus at the Ohio state track championships.

Fifty years later, Steve Schnitkey grabbed Archbold’s second-ever state crown, winning the high jump in the 1968 Class A state track championships.

Danny Young joined the list of state track champions in 2012, when he won the Div. III 300-meter hurdles.

Desmond Sleigh, Danny Young, Noah Keefer, and Nate Hammersmith won a state title in the 800-meter relay in 2010.

Rachel Sauder stole the show, winning eight state track titles in her high school career.

She won Div. III state championships in the 1600 and 3200 in 1989, ‘90, ‘91 and ’92.

Sauder also won a Div. II state cross country title in 1990.

In 1981, Sarah Meier, Sheryl Lauber, Beth Wyse, and Janet Dilbone won the girls 800 relay state track title.

Julie Smith, Benet Lauber, Sheryl Lauber and Beth Wyse won a state title in the 1600 relay in 1982.

In 2011, Darian Oberlin, Kassidy Garrow, Tressa Parsley, and Trisha King captured the state title in the 3200 relay.

Emily Roth, Meridith Short, Alicia Hernandez, and Jensyn Garrow took the gold in the 1600 relay in 2014.

Shari Coressel captured the first cross country state championship for AHS, winning the girls Class A title in 1984.

John Jimenez became Archbold’s first representative to the state wrestling tournament in 1960. It was only the third year for the Archbold program.

In 1973, John Cowell put Archbold wrestling on the map with its first state championship.

Shane Jernigan and Chad Martz won state wrestling titles in 1990, followed by Ben Baden in 1997.

Clark Forward won three state championships, in 1997, 1998, and 1999.

Archbold’s last state champion had a familiar name when Jordan Cowell, son of John, won a state title in 2012.

The AHS golf program, led by Larry Lirot, had its first state representative in 1981 when Dan Plassman placed eighth in the state tournament.

Mark Stevens made trips to the state golf tournament in 1985 and 1986, placing 10th in his final appearance.

Steve Rettig, head boys tennis coach, guided two netters to a state tournament appearance.

In 1997, Jesse Sensenig was the first Blue Streak to make a state tournament appearance in tennis. Andy Redd advanced to state in 2006.

Chandler Stevens qualified for the state bowling tournament in 2011, placing 49th.

Kinsey Smith was a gymnastics state qualifier in 2013, placed third in the floor exercise.

Team Sports Participate In State Tournaments

Boys Basketball: In the first official state tournament in 1923, Archbold played in the Class B tournament and lost in the semifinals.

The next season Archbold returned to the state tournament and made the finals, only to fall to Bellepoint 24- 20.

In 1979, Dan Neff brought the Streaks back to the state tournament and fell to eventual champion Dayton Jefferson in the semifinals.

Doug Krauss brought his number-one state-ranked Streaks to the state tournament in 1996. They defeated Bedford St. Peter Chanel in the semifinals before losing in the finals to Casstown Miami East to finish as state runners-up.

Archbold also made state appearances in 2003, 2005 and 2006, losing in the state semifinals each year.

Football: The AHS football team made its first state playoff appearance in 1980.

The Streaks defeated Bucyrus Wynford for their first-ever playoff win before losing to Cincinnati Mariemont in the state semifinals.

Two years later, Archbold made it to the state championship game in Division IV, only to lose to West Jefferson 6-0 in what many Archbold fans called the “Mud Bowl.”

Archbold football has made the playoffs 11 times in team history.

Girls Basketball: The AHS girls basketball team made two trips to the state tournament. Char Sharp led her 1982 team to the Class A state tournament, losing in the semifinals to Buckeye Central.

Twenty years later, Kevin “Scoop” Miller guided the 2002 team to the Div. III tournament, defeating Cincinnati Madeira in the semifinals before losing to South Euclid Regina to finish as state runners-up.

Girls Soccer: The AHS girls soccer team, under James Kidder, head coach, advanced to the Div. III state semifinals in 2011, losing to Shaker Heights Laurel 1-0.

Boys Soccer: The AHS boys soccer squad, under Sean Stewart, head coach, made it to the Div. III state semifinals in 2015, losing to Canfield South Range 1-0.

Cross Country: The AHS boys cross country team, under Chuck Forward, head coach, advanced to the state tournament in 1988.

Softball: The AHS softball team, led by Joe Frank, head coach, advanced to the Div. III state semifinals in 2010, losing 3-2 to West Liberty Salem.

The Streaks also won their 11th straight Northwest Ohio Athletic League softball championship in 2016.

Golf: In 2008, Kevin “Sci- Fi” Miller coached his AHS golf team to a berth in the state tournament, where it placed ninth.

Memorable Moments

A few moments in Archbold sports history that stand out:

Feb. 1918: The AHS boys basketball team was invited to play in the Championship of Northern Ohio tournament in Delaware, Ohio under coach B.R. Mull, and lost to Mt. Vernon 23-20 in the finals.

Only eight teams were invited to compete. Archbold was the smallest team.

Jan. 19, 1922: Archbold defeats Swanton 151-10.

The game was played in 10-minute quarters and had a halftime score of 68-4. Orlan Whipple scored 89 points while John G. Clair contributed 54.

Feb. 3, 1968: Rick Stotzer hits a game-winning hook shot in Archbold’s 65-64 win over Pettisville.

It was the final regular season game between the two teams until the rivalry was renewed 39 years later on December 15, 2007.

Oct. 28, 1983: Archbold’s Andy Peterson and Wauseon’s Dave Rohrs put on an exciting show for the jam-packed football fans at Spengler Field in Wauseon’s 27-21 win.

Rohrs rushed for 256 yards with three touchdowns while Peterson rushed for 234 yards and three scores.

Feb. 9&11, 1989: Archbold and Delta, the number one and -two ranked wrestling teams in the state, respectively, squared off at Delta High School in front of a standing-room-only crowd. Delta won 27-23 to win the dual portion of the Northwest Ohio Athletic League title.

Two days later, AHS ran away with the NWOAL tournament to share the championship with Delta.

Nov. 2, 1990: Archbold and Ayersville, the top small school football teams in the area, meet in the Div. V regional semifinals.

Mike Rolon ran for 194 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Streaks defeated the Pilots 23-13 to advance to the regional fi- nals.

Nov. 2, 1991: Rachel Sauder, returning state champion in Div. II, crossed the finish line first at the state cross country championships, only to learn that a uniform violation disqualified the senior runner.

During check-in before the race, a race day clerk had given Sauder no indication that her uniform, which consisted of multi-colored tights, was in violation of state rules.

March 21, 1996: Brian Aeschliman nailed a jumper at the buzzer in the Div. III state basketball semifinals to defeat Bedford St. Peter Chanel 63-61, sending AHS to the state finals.

March 10, 2005: In the Division III boys basketball regional semifinals, Archbold trailed Woodmore 41-32 with 1:08 left.

With 11 seconds to go and the Wildcats leading 44- 41, Woodmore missed two free throws. Archbold’s Dan Borcherdt nailed a threepointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, where Archbold won 59-47.

AHS went on to win the regional finals to advance to state.

March 18, 2006: With the score tied at 54 against undefeated and third-ranked Johnstown-Monroe in the Div. III regional boys basketball final, David Borcherdt drilled a three-pointer to send Archbold back to the state tournament with a 57- 54 victory.

Best Of The Best

In the history of Archbold coaching, four coaches have achieved the ultimate honor of being inducted in the Ohio Coaches Hall Of Fame.

•Char Sharp, volleyball, 1988, Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association

•Barb Short, softball, 1994, Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association

•Chuck Forward, wrestling, 2000, Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association

•John Downey, football, 2014, Ohio High School Football Coaches Association.

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