Ottawa-Glandorf heads to state, led by star sophomore Colin White

13abc Athlete of the Week - Colin White
Published: Mar. 18, 2022 at 5:54 AM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - After a Final Four appearance last year, Ottawa-Glandorf has had a target on their backs all year. Especially Colin White.

“You need your players to make big plays,” Titans head coach Tyson McGlaughlin said. “Whether it’s Colin getting a dunk or Caleb getting a stop, we’re going to support one another.” 

The high-flying, high-energy sophomore guard supports his teammates every way possible.

”I’m a facilitator,” White, the Division III Northwest Ohio Player of the Year, says of his role on the team. “I’m a scorer. I thrive on the offensive end, but of course I play the front line in our press. That defensive pressure, that’s what we want to do.” 

“We’re able to isolate for him a lot,” senior guard Landen Jordan added. “We can always count on him to score with the ball in his hand. When he scores, it brings all the [defensive] guys down and opens others [offensive] guys up.” 

White led the way with 22 points and 8 rebounds in a regional final win over Colonel Crawford, securing a second straight trip to Dayton as a team. Nine different players have finished as the second leading scorer on the box score, a testament to White’s impact and a total team effort. 

“The thing I like about Colin maybe more than anything: when somebody else accomplishes something, like when Caden hits three three’s in the first half against Colonel Crawford, he’s the guy out there jumping up and down getting the crowd involved,” McGlaughlin said. “It’s not about Colin, it’s about the experience. It’s about the moment.” 

The Titans face Columbus Africentric on Friday, just two wins away from the program’s fourth state title. “It’s just fun, you know?” White said with a smile. “Of course there’s pressure that comes with it, but when we’re having fun, we’re at our best. Pressure is a privilege, especially here at OG.”

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