Though the 2009-10 season is still in its early stages, tonight figures to be an important one for several area leagues. A handful of games will help shape division races in both the Ohio Capital Conference and Mid-State League.


Though the 2009-10 season is still in its early stages, tonight figures to be an important one for several area leagues. A handful of games will help shape division races in both the Ohio Capital Conference and Mid-State League.

A few of the highlights:

BOYS

OCC-Ohio: Gahanna (5-0, 3-0) at Pickerington North (5-0, 3-0). The winner of this game will take sole possession of first place in the Ohio into the new year. Gahanna has yet to be tested this season, while North has played a tougher schedule.

OCC-Capital: Big Walnut (4-1, 2-1) at Delaware (4-2, 2-1). These are two teams jostling for the No. 2 spot in the division behind Olentangy Orange. Big Walnut's only loss of the year came against Orange on Dec. 11. Delaware rebounded from two road loses with comfortable victories over Olentangy and Watkins Memorial.

MSL-Ohio: Bexley (5-0, 2-0) at Granville (2-2, 2-0). Bexley's had no trouble so far, winning five games by an average margin of 19.2 points. This will be an opportunity for the hosts to show they plan to be a major player in the Ohio this season.

MSL-Buckeye: Bloom-Carroll (3-1, 1-1) at Canal Winchester (4-0, 2-0). Canal has looked like the class of the Buckeye thus far, having little trouble in its two opening league wins over Hamilton Township and Amanda-Clearcreek. B-C's only loss of the season came last Friday, a three-point defeat to Logan Elm, which is currently tied with Canal atop the standings.

GIRLS

OCC-Ohio: Pickerington North (5-0, 4-0) at Gahanna (5-0, 4-0): Probably the Game of the Week regardless of gender, this game pits two of area's top Division I programs and could very well be a preview of a game at the regional level. After four relatively easy games to begin the season, both teams were tested last Friday. Gahanna beat Pickerington Central by seven, while North needed overtime to beat Reynoldsburg.

OCC-Capital: Delaware (4-2, 3-1) at Big Walnut (6-1, 4-0): Winners of five in a row, Big Walnut had difficulty staying perfect in the Capital division last Friday, winning in overtime at Hilliard Bradley. Delaware will be trying to recover from a lopsided non league defeat at Scioto last Saturday.
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