Sectional champions!!!

From left are: Front row — Manager Miriam Rangel, manager Miriam Rangel, Hilary Lechlitner, De’Yahnna Styles, and manager Haley Schultz; second row — Inger Yoder, Taylor Fielstra, Tori Schwartz, Maddie Schwartz, Tif Alexander, Morgan Olson, and coach Steve Neff; third row — Albert Gongwer (filmer), Haley Roe, and Taylor Stutzman; and fourth row — coach Adam Yoder, Ashley Yoder, Jordyn Frantz, coach Gene Zercher, Savannah Bley, and coach Brad Newcomer. After losing the 2011 sectional final by a single point, the NorthWood High School girls basketball team, who lost just one player from that squad, was on a mission to regain the top spot in 2012, and rode a 13-1 first-quarter advantage to an easy 62-28 win over West Noble to capture the Class 3A sectional title. It was the 22nd sectional championship for the Black Swish under Hall-of-Fame coach Steve Neff and propelled Class 3A #3-ranked NorthWood into a showdown with Class 3A #1-ranked Norwell in next weekend’s Bellmont regional. The Panthers advanced to the final with a hard-fought 51-43 victory over Fairfield, easily the best game of the tournament.