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OUR VIEW - Local teams bring joy, hope to fans

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM

It's a great time to be a sports fan in Huron County.

The Cleveland Indians return to the postseason for the first time in six years, seeking their first World Series title since 1948. They open their division series tonight by hosting those hated New York Yankees.

Fresh off his "Saturday Night Live" hosting experience, LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers have returned to the hard court this week, preparing for the season that opens at the end of this month. The Cavaliers are coming off a season in which they made their first-ever NBA Finals appearance.

Considering the recent success, Cleveland fans are hoping either the Tribe or the Cavs can end the city's title drought that dates back to 1964.

And speaking of 1964, the Cleveland Browns the team that won it all that year are actually competitive again. Through the first four games, they have upset division foes Cincinnati and Baltimore, and have come within a blocked field goal of being 3-1. This Sunday the Browns will travel to New England, where former Cleveland coach Bill Belichick already has earned three Super Bowl rings and has his Patriots primed for getting a fourth. Wouldn't that be a nice irony for his perfect season to get ruined by the Browns?

At the college level, Ohio State has been steadily climbing the football polls. The No. 4-ranked Buckeyes travel to No. 23 Purdue where they will face their stiffest test yet this season in a Saturday night affair. Under Jim Tressel, the OSU program has returned to the national powerhouse status it enjoyed under Woody Hayes.

But what we're most excited about is what's been happening at a local level especially in Norwalk.

In football, the Truckers host Upper Sandusky this Friday in a homecoming game. If they win that, the boys in blue and gold will improve to 5-2 one win away from posting their first winning season since 1977. Norwalk already ended one bad streak last week by winning at Bellevue for the first time since 1949. The Truckers' losses this season have been to quality opponents in Shelby and Huron, and both came by only a touchdown. This team is for real. Should they win out, the Truckers could be thinking about the P-word playoffs. Norwalk hasn't returned to the postseason since winning the state title in 1974.

St. Paul, meanwhile, is cruising toward another Firelands Conference title. The Flyers are a perennial playoff qualifier and have made several deep runs in recent years, including the final four last year and title game in 2004. In its history, St. Paul has finished second in the state three times. Could this be the year the Flyers take home the hardware?

In volleyball, the Ladies in Blue can clinch a share of the Northern Ohio League title with a win at home against Shelby. St. Paul, the defending state champs, are 11-0 in FC play and seeking an eighth-straight conference title.

Kudos to all the local teams for their success. And go Tribe!

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