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St. Paul teams would compete at same time

bigjoe • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

It's official. The St. Paul football team will meet Warren John F. Kennedy at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Div. VI regional semifinals at Ken Duke Stadium in Medina.

At the same time, the Lady Flyer volleyball team is hoping to be playing for a second straight state championship at Wright State University in Dayton.

The volleyball team is scheduled to meet Jackson Center on Friday night in the state semifinals. If the Lady Flyers win, the title match is set for Saturday. The Div. IV finals are the fourth and final match of the day, and will not begin before 5 p.m. It could, however, start much later depending on the times of the first three marches.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association offered St. Paul the opportunity to move its football game to 1 p.m. Saturday, but Norwalk Catholic School President Walt Klimaski said even with an afternoon football game, it just wouldn't work out for fans.

"Probably, first and foremost, is they (the Lady Flyers) could play as early as 5 o'clock," Klimaski said. "If they could play that early, it would be a disservice to both football and volleyball.

"There is no way you could be done (with the football game) about 4 or 4:30 and hope to be down in Dayton.

"And the safety was a key factor. For our kids, it would be a real challenge. It's not like we can get down there in an hour and a half like they can from Newark."

The floating time of the volleyball match is the biggest problem.

"What if the game starts at 7 or 7:30 ... we don't know. It's a big what-if," Klimaski said. "Nancy (Miller, volleyball coach) was part of the equation. She said most of the matches this season are running 74 minutes. It just wouldn't work out."

Klimaski said the key is doing the right thing for everybody.

"You have to look at it from the good side," he said. "We have girls playing in the state semifinals and, hopefully, the finals. We have a football team playing in the regional semifinals. That's pretty good. We have to be very grateful."

Klimaski said there are about 175 students involved with the football team and band. Throw in the 15 volleyball players and "that's about 190 of our 255 kids involved ... that's a big chunk of our student body."

Two other schools involved in both tournaments changed their football times. Marion Local will play Cincinnati Deer Park at 1 p.m. Friday at Clayton Northmont in their Div. V regional semifinal game, while Newark Catholic is scheduled to take on Danville in their Div. VI playoff game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Vernon Yellow Jacket Stadium.

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