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The First Coldwater Girls Basketball Team
Thanks to Title IX girls high school sports across the country would take a BIG step in to having competetive teams. In Ohio 1976 girls high school basketball would be the start of what we have in place today. That first season the Cavalier girls, with Head Coach Vickie Reitz, would play just eight games and end the season 2-6. Coldwater lost it's first ever game to Parkway 34-17, but would come back in game two to pick up the program's first ever win over Marion Local 42-15. The Cavs other win that season was over Bradford 33-31.
The first four seasons would see four different coaches run the program, in 1977 Coach (?) Ontrop would lead the Cavs to their first ever winning season going 10-4, in 1978 Karen Noll would take over and lead the team to a 3-10 year.
The fourth coach to take over the program in 1979 (9-9) was some guy named 'Charlie Maier'. That turned out to be the best move in the 40 year history of Coldwater girls basketabll as Maier's Hall of Fame career speaks for it's self.
1976 Results 2-6
Parkway 34 Coldwater 17 Coldwater 42 Marion Local 15 Ansonia 32 Coldwater 29 New Bremen 30 Coldwater 17 Ft. Recovery 33 Coldwater 22 Coldwater 33 Bradford 31 Minster 81 Coldwater 38 Bath 77 Coldwater 21The Seniors
1991 Ohio High School Regional Championship basketball game. Last second shot by Jill Froning for unranked Celina wins the game over Ohio's #1 rated Pickerington (were also rated in USA Today Top 5)...Celina went on to win the Ohio D1 State Championsip game. Game was played at Bellefontaine HS, Dave Schmidt doing the play-by-by for Celina Cable TV.