Streaks talented enough to repeat as champs


By Max Householder - mhouseholder@aimmediamidwest.com



DJ Newman of Archbold passes a ball before landing out of bounds during a game with Swanton last season. He returns for his senior season in 2021-22.

DJ Newman of Archbold passes a ball before landing out of bounds during a game with Swanton last season. He returns for his senior season in 2021-22.


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Alex Roth of Archbold dribbles the ball with Trent Weigel of Swanton defending. Roth averaged 10.5 points per game for the Blue Streaks a season ago.


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Archbold boys basketball, with six letter winners returning, has enough talent to repeat as Northwest Ohio Athletic League champions.

Along with experience, overall team speed and quickness are strengths for the Blue Streaks this season according to head coach Joe Frank. Weaknesses include not having proven defensive stoppers and communication.

“As is the case with each team, identifying and defining roles will be important,” stated Frank. “This team has a lot of experience but we are missing our best 2 defenders from last year’s squad. We are looking for players to step up and be willing to fill the role that they are asked to play for this team. I think we will be able to score but our first priority will always be on the defensive end. Our success will hinge on our ability to consistently guard and rebound the ball.”

DJ Newman will be back to lead the Streaks in 2021-22. He averaged 11.9 points per game and 5 rebounds last season. Newman was also named first team All-NWOAL, second team All-Northwest District and All-District 7, and honorable mention All-Ohio.

Alex Roth (10.5 ppg) is back after being named second team All-NWOAL and honorable mention in both the Northwest District and District 7 in 2020-21.

Also returning is Ashton Kammeyer (7.1 ppg), an honorable mention All-District 7 selection, Brady Johns, Tyler Hurst and Gavin Bailey.

Newcomers to the squad will be Cade Brenner and Jayden Seiler.

“Hard-working group that is eager to prove itself on the floor,” said Frank of his team. He also noted they have “seniors who, for the most part, lead by example.”

Gone from last year’s team are Noah Gomez (second team All-NWOAL, first team All-District 7), Trey Theobald (honorable mention All-NWOAL, District 7), and Austin Roth.

Archbold finished last season at 21-5 overall and 7-0 in the NWOAL. They bowed out of the tournament in the regional semifinal to Ottawa-Glandorf.

They look to get better as the season goes on in order to reach their goals by the end of the year.

“Our schedule will be a challenging one but we are confident it will prepare us well for the tourney trail,” Frank said. “The NWOAL will be as balanced as it has been in years. Each game will be a challenge with quality coaches and players representing all of the schools in the NWOAL.”

DJ Newman of Archbold passes a ball before landing out of bounds during a game with Swanton last season. He returns for his senior season in 2021-22.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2021/12/web1_Newman-passing-1-.jpgDJ Newman of Archbold passes a ball before landing out of bounds during a game with Swanton last season. He returns for his senior season in 2021-22. File photo

Alex Roth of Archbold dribbles the ball with Trent Weigel of Swanton defending. Roth averaged 10.5 points per game for the Blue Streaks a season ago.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2021/12/web1_Roth-and-Weigel.jpgAlex Roth of Archbold dribbles the ball with Trent Weigel of Swanton defending. Roth averaged 10.5 points per game for the Blue Streaks a season ago. File photo

By Max Householder

mhouseholder@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.