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Locally: St. Wendelin shelves softball program

The numbers bug has struck at St. Wendelin once again.

With only nine players on its roster and the start of the season looming, the school’s softball program will not play a 2017 schedule, Director of Parish and School Matt Meyers said in an email.

“We anticipated a small returning roster and despite best efforts to attract more players, only 9 signed up to play, which of course means any time even one athlete cannot make the game, we would not have enough to play,” Meyers said in the email. “Due to players’ personal schedules, we cannot commit to playing 9 of 12 games in our league (the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division) as currently scheduled, in addition to several other nonleague games.

“Rescheduling of this magnitude, or only partially fulfilling our league obligation, were not options due to complexities of other schools’ schedules in such a short season, including involving baseball transportation as well. This move also removes the uncertainty, for both us and our opponents, if we will have enough players game to game should injuries, illness, or other unforeseen circumstances arise.”

Members of the team may still play this season for the schools in their home districts.

Low numbers also forced St. Wendelin not to field a golf team in the fall. And, after having to play several eight-man games in 2016, football has been shelved for the foreseeable future.

Danbury heading to SBC

Danbury has been accepted as the newest member of the Sandusky Bay Conference, according to a short release issued by the conference on Thursday.

Danbury, a charter member when the SBC was formed in 1948, left the league in 1957. The school will leave the Toledo Area Athletic Conference and begin competition in the SBC beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

The Lakers will play in the SBC’s River Division, which will include St. Wendelin, New Riegel, Lakota, Old Fort, Tiffin Calvert, Fremont St. Joseph and Sandusky St. Mary’s. SBC members Willard and Margaretta will play in the River Division for football only and are in the Bay Division for other sports.

At the end of the school year, much of the Northern Ohio League will be folded into the SBC.

For football there will be three divisions, the Bay, River and Lake Divisions.

Clyde, Tiffin Columbian, Norwalk, Sandusky Perkins, Sandusky and Shelby will compete in the Lake Division while Edison, Huron, Oak Harbor, Port Clinton and Vermilion will be in the Bay Division.