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Flyers, Redskins advance to finals

KETTERING, OH – Fort Loramie and Marion Local each posted wins on Tuesday night at Trent Arena in Kettering and will now meet for a trip to Columbus next week on Friday night.

Marion Local jumped out to a big first quarter lead and never looked back in their game, winning 55-33 over Springfield Catholic Central in the opener while Fort Loramie staved off a late Russia run to down their SCAL mates 48-45.

Nate Bruns got things going quickly for the Flyers in the first quarter as he connected for a pair of three pointers before Justin Albers tossed in a shot from beyond the arc of his own. Marion Local pushed their end of the first quarter lead to 17-5 just before the buzzer as they connected on a two point jumper.

Despite shooting just 6/18 from the field in the first half the Irish pulled to within 23-16 at the halftime stoppage behind a balanced attack that included a pair of three point makes of their own from the duo of Trey Dunn and Sabien Doolittle.

A punishing defensive effort and scoring from six different Flyers in the final two periods helped to stymie their Ohio Heritage Conference opponents who were making their first regionals appearance in 21 season.

Senior Tyler Mescher ended the night with 12 points and helped his team shoot nearly 50% from the field by putting himself in position for big offensive rebounds that helped keep possessions alive and allow guard Matt Rethman to find Justin Albers and Bruns for points and account for a 32 point second half.

Catholic Central, champions of the OHC South this season see their 2017-18 campaign come to an end at 23-4. The Irish were led on the evening by Trey Dunn who connected on a trio from outside and a team high 14 markers.

Marion Local has now won 10 straight games and improves to 22-4 and were led by Bruns with 20.


Marion Local (55):

Nate Bruns 20
Collin Everman 2
Jack Buening 2
Nick Tangeman 4
Matt Rethman 3
Tyler Prenger 2
Tyler Mescher 12
Justin Albers 10

FG: 22/42
3PT: 5/8 (Bruns 2, Albers 2, Rethman)
FT: 6/7
TO: 11

SCC (33):

Trey Brown 1
Trey Dunn 14
Sabien Doolittle 7
Dominic Dewitt 2
Jacob Woeber 6
Deece Catanzaro 3

While the first contest of the night had nary a foul call for the most part the second game featured quite a few stops by the officials and resulted in the contest nearly being decided at the line.

In the final minutes of the game the Fort Loramie Redskins found themselves at the free throw line 18 times and connected on 8 of their fourth quarter attempts to eventually seal their 48-45 victory, their third of the season against conference rival Russia.

A low scoring first half saw the Redskins ahead by six at the break 20-14 led by the Division 4 Southwest District’s Player of the Year Dillon Braun who knocked down a pair of three pointers and 10 points.

Daniel Kerns led the Raiders in scoring heading into the fourth quarter with his team behind by 9 at 34-25 and saw the duo of Jordan Keck and Jack Dapore take over and get the game close in the final minutes as they nailed a quartet of three pointers.

Fort Loramie’s Tyler Siegel ended the night with 12 points and 10 rebounds with 6 coming in the final half of the fourth quarter underneath against a tough Russia double or triple team defensively.

With just seconds remaining in the contest Russia had a three point attempt to tie go long at the buzzer during an attempt to send the game to overtime.

Russia’s season ends at 16-9 while Fort Loramie moves into Friday night’s 7pm Regional Finals matchup with Marion Local will see the Redskins enter at 25-2.

Earlier this season on February 3rd, Fort Loramie defeated Marion Local at home 47-35 in a game that represents the last Flyer loss this year.


Fort Loramie (48):

Nick Brandewie 8
Evan Berning 6
Dillon Braun 17
Tyler Siegel 12
Eli Rosengarten 4

FG: 16/35
3PT: 5/9 (Braun 3, Brandewie, Rosengarten)
FT: 11/21
TO: 13

Russia (45):

Jordan York 15
Mason Dapore 5
Jack Dapore 10
Daniel Kerns 13
Evan Monnier 2

FG: 17/42
3PT: 4/14 (York 2, J. Dapore 2)
FT: 7/11
TO: 13


Titans nab Sectional title

MILLER CITY, OH – Twenty four hours after their schools girls programs met in Elida the Ottawa Glandorf and Spencerville boys battled in Miller City with the same result, a running clock Titan victory 89-42.

Quick scores from Dalton Prichard and Ben Dues gave the young Bearcats a 5-2 lead in the first quarter but once the Titan offense took the lead at 6-5 on a Richie Knowlton basket at 3:37 the rout was on for OG.

Jake Dible, a 6’6 senior who finished the game with 14 markers had it working down low early in the first period as he pushed in half a dozen markers to put OG on top 16-8 after the opening stanza.

Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Jay Kaufman who would go on to lead the game in scoring with 27 points and also record his 1,000th career point in the process on the night dominated the smaller Bearcat defenders in the second period as he pumped across 11 of his points.

Missing two starters in Owen Hiegel and Bryce Schroeder due to ankle injuries the Titans not only had to search for a pair of extra bodies, they also needed to replace a combined 23.7 points per contest. Ottawa Glandorf didn’t have to look very far for a big scoring output Friday night as Carter Heringhaus knocked down two of his five three pointers and gave the home team a 41-24 halftime lead.

Spencerville’s middle quarter scoring came from the duo of Drew Armstead and Keegan Goecke who combined for 18 of the Cats points in the game during a 16 minute span.

Every time in the second half it seemed like Spencerville might make a run at Ottawa Glandorf the Titans forced a myriad of turnovers and watched them be turned directly into points on the offensive end by Kaufman, Dible, or from behind the arc by Heringhaus who dropped in three of his triples in the third.

As time began to wind down OG began to turn to their senior Kaufman to continue his pursuit of his 1,000th career point. In the middle of the final quarter the All-Ohio selection finally pushed across the milestone and headed to the bench with the game firmly in hand to a loud round of applause from the Titan supporters in the building.

On the evening nine different Titans reached the scoreboard with three, Kaufman (27), Heringhaus (17), and Richie Knowlton (11) ending in double figures in the win.

Spencerville was led in scoring by Drew Armstead who finished with 12. The Bearcats season comes to an end at 3-20 while Ottawa Glandorf improves to 22-1 and will take on Tinora on Thursday, March 8th at 6pm inside Lima Senior High School to begin district play.

Game Notes: OG head coach Tyson McGlaughlin won 30 games at Miller City before coming to OG in two seasons.

Ottawa Glandorf has now defeated Spencerville all five times the two teams have met overall and all three times during their tournament meetings.


OG (89):

BJ Fortman 4
Jay Kaufman 27
Chad Duling 5
Carter Heringhaus 17
Ethan White 3
Jake Dible 14
Richie Knowlton 11
Trevor Siefker 3
Aaron Rieman 3

FT: 12/21
3PT: 7 (Heringhaus 5, Kaufman, Duling)

Spencerville (42):

Drew Armstead 12
Kale Lee 2
Jackson Goecke 4
Keegan Goecke 9
Dalton Prichard 5
Ben Dues 10

FT: 6/14
3PT: 1 (K. Goecke)


Cavaliers outlast Wildcats

ELIDA, OH – While points were coming at a premium in the first half for Coldwater and Delphos Jefferson on Wednesday night in Elida they seemed to come by the bunches in the last two quarters for Cavalier junior Marcus Bruns as he dropped 18 of his game high 27 markers to lead his squad to a 53-46 victory.

Bruns, a 1st team Midwest Athletic Conference selection this season for the Cavaliers (12-11) eclipsed the 20 plus point marker for the sixth time on the season with and set a new season high to eclipse his 23 point performance in January against Celina.

Delphos Jefferson (9-14) was led on the evening by sophomore Hunter Mericle with 14 points that included a quartet of made three pointers. Mericle got things going right away for the Wildcats as he helped his squad to an 8-7 first quarter lead with a shot from beyond the arc. Teammate Tyler Bratton who finished with 13 on the evening pumped in half of his teams first quarter scores with short jump shots.

The two teams combined to hit three triples in the second quarter to help pick up the games tempo but it was again the Cavs leading scorer in Bruns who did the damage to the opposition as he tallied 7 quarter points. With a 2/3 effort at the free throw line mid-way through the quarter Bruns gave Coldwater the games first markers from either side in a nearly five minute span and pushed the Cavaliers into the lead 18-17 at the halftime stoppage.

In the first half the Wildcats found themselves at the line for just a pair of tosses, in the second half Jefferson however saw their chances to shoot with the clock stopped increase as the game began to be called tighter by the officials. Unfortunately for the Jeffcats however they were their own worst enemy from the charity stripe as they would finish just 4/11 while their opponents hit on 9 of their 13 chances in the game.

Foul trouble from a trio of players in the second half forced Delphos coach Jordan Jettinghoff to go to his bench early and often and search for extra scoring. Sophomore Doug Long tossed in a solid offensive effort in the final two periods as he ended with 4 points and helped to slow down the hot shooting Coldwater offense.

Marcus Bruns seemingly could do no wrong for the Cavaliers in the second half as he not only connected on a pair of technical foul free throws in the third stanza but also hit a three pointer and 7 of his 8 tosses from the charity stripe.

Grant Meyer and Jacob Wenning knocked down a trio of three pointers and Cole Frilling, who finished with 12 in the game hit a wide open shot in the fourth quarter to push the Cavs into the next round with a 53-46 victory.

Tyler Bratton (13), and Hunter Mericle had strong performances in the game for Jefferson but it wasn’t enough to keep the Wildcats from bowing out in the sectional round for the second straight season.

Coldwater will take on Lima Central Catholic at the Elida Fieldhouse on Friday night in the 8pm contest with the victory for the right to move on to the district level next week.


Coldwater (53):

Marcus Bruns 27
Grant Meyer 6
Cole Frilling 12
Jacob Wenning 6
Ben Wenning 2

FG: 19/52
3PT: 6/17 (Bruns 2, Meyer 2, J. Wenning 2)
FT: 9/13
TO: 7

Delphos Jefferson (46):

Brenen Auer 5
Davion Tyson 2
Tyler Bratton 13
Hunter Mericle 14
Alex Rode 8
Doug Long 4

FG: 19/44
3PT: 4/15 (Mericle 4)
FT: 4/11
TO: 5


Patrick Henry, Columbus Grove post tournament wins

OTTAWA, OH – Patrick Henry and Columbus Grove punched themselves a return trip to Ottawa Glandorf High School for Friday night as they posted victories at the same venue on Tuesday evening.

Patrick Henry engaged in a slugfest with Leipsic and emerged 54-43 victors in the early game while the Bulldogs utilized a massive point output in the games last three quarters to win 71-36 over Arcadia in the nightcap at OG.

Senior Christian Petersen put his mark on the ballgame early for the Patriots in the first quarter as he connected on a long shot from the wing for 3 to give his team the lead and just moments later a basket from inside for five of his squads 12 markers in the opening period. On the evening Petersen led all scorers with 18 points including 5 three pointers.

Leading 12-8 after the first period the visitors on the Ottawa Glandorf scoreboard for the evening stayed hot from behind the arc to run their lead to 27-17 at the halftime break behind a 5/13 three point shooting performance by three different players led by Petersen with 3 triples.

Patriots leading scorer Xavier Wensink accounted for 9 of his 12 points in the third period to help his squad extend their lead to 15 heading to the fourth period.

Sophomore Wesley Garcia helped to lead a Leipsic run in the fourth stanza as he canned a pair of threes. Tyler Hiegel hit from beyond the arc late in the last quarter as well but the Patriots closed out the game to keep their lead near double figures by hitting 7 of 10 of their opportunities to secure the win.

“It’s always hard to lose a game, especially in the tournament but I’m really proud of the effort of this entire team all season and especially tonight. We tip our cap to Patrick Henry, they made their shots and we didn’t,” Leipsic coach Chris Kuhlman said about his team and their performance tonight.

Leipsic sees their second season under Kuhlman come to an end for the second straight campaign at OG and at 8-15 overall while Patrick Henry (10-13) will move on to play second seeded Kalida on Friday night at 6:15pm.


Patrick Henry (54):

Jarrett Maus 6
Xavier Wensink 12
Kolton Holloway 2
Kaiden McGraw 9
Christian Petersen 18
Tommy Vance 2
Garrett Schwiebert 3

3PT: 8 (Petersen 5, McGraw, Maas, Wensink)
FT: 10/16

Leipsic (43):

Cole Rieman 12
Tyler Hiegel 9
Clay Gerdeman 2
Alec Schroeder 6
Wesley Garcia 12
Reese Mangas 2

3PT: 7 (Garcia 3, Hiegel 3, Rieman)
FT: 4/10

Game two saw both Columbus Grove and Arcadia trade blows in the opening minutes but it was the Bulldogs who finished with a flurry in the first quarter to go on top 13-11 after a pair of buckets by Tayt Birnesser and never looked back.

Across the final three quarters the home team for the night in Columbus Grove reeled off 40 of the games next 50 points scored by the two squads.

Columbus Grove finished the first half by hitting 6/14 from behind the arc led by the duo of Birnesser and Blake Reynolds who combined to score 25 in the opening two quarters to put their team on top 37-17 at the break.

Just two shots found their way to the bottom of the net for Arcadia in the games penultimate quarter as Cole Coppus and Payton Simon each connected on fast break layups for the Redskins. Birnesser was the games high man with 21 points and added a pair of deep shots in the third quarter before taking a seat for good late in the period.

Cody Johnson of Columbus Grove off the bench had a big final eight minutes for the Bulldogs as he tossed in all 10 of his points and made his mark on the defensive end as well by committing four fouls.

In all on the evening the Bulldogs utilized 13 players in the contest and saw 9 of those young men reach the scorebook. Blake Reynolds was the third Grove player to finish in double figures as he ended with 12 points, all coming in the first half.

Friday night will see Columbus Grove (10-13) take on North Baltimore in the 8pm game at Ottawa Glandorf. Arcadia sees their season end with 5 straight losses at 3-20.


Grove (71):

Caleb Barrientes 2
Blake Reynolds 12
Grayson Flores 4
Logan Schroeder 2
Alex Schneider 6
Tayt Birnesser 32
Logan Malsam 6
Garrett Nemire 2
Dane Selby 6
Cody Johnson 10

FT: 14/22
3PT: 9 (Birnesser 4, Reynolds 2, Schneider 2, Flores)

Arcadia (36):

Levi Squire 2
Cole Coppus 10
Eli Palmer 5
Hayden Rader 2
Justen Stoner 4
Trevor Brubaker 2
Luke Metzger 1
Dez Johnson 4
Payton Simon 4
Team 2

FT: 6/11
3PT: 2 (Coppus)


Redskins rally past Riders in regular season finale

ST. MARYS, OH – A strong second half by Wapak led them past host St. Marys 52-46 on Friday night to wrap up the regular season for both teams.

Trailing 34-33 early in the final period the Redskins Jace Copeland sliced his way through the lane and connected on a basket to push his team into the lead for the first time since early in the fourth quarter at 35-34. Despite Copeland missing the free throw that accompanied a St. Marys foul the visitors would keep control of the scoreboard the rest of the contest.

Wapak’s first lead of the game came just moments into the first period on a Gage Schenk three pointer. An Adam Scott basket made the advantage 5-3 Wapak but would represent the last basket of the opening eight minutes as their team finished 2/13 from the field while the Roughriders nailed down a 5/12 performance led by Braeden Dunlap with a five point quarter and a 12-6 lead after one stanza.

For nearly a five minute span between the first and second quarter the Redskins were unable to put anything inside the Memorial High School baskets and watched as the Riders lead grew to 16-6. Adam Scott’s connection on 1/2 free throws with 5:13 to go in the opening two periods pulled his team to within 16-7 before leading a run that pulled the lead down to 24-17 at the break.

Perhaps the biggest play of the first half almost didn’t happen for St. Marys as Ethan Mielke’s tip in of an air ball from a teammates three point try just beat the buzzer to keep the Riders in the lead by 7.

In the opening moments of the third quarter the Wapak duo of Adam Scott and Aaron Good both hit a three point goal and pushed their teams offense into overdrive as they accounted for 14 of their squads 16 markers in the quarter. Austin Wilker’s two deep threes for St. Marys kept the Roughriders in the lead at 34-33 with the game headed to the final period.

St. Marys who came into the contest seeking their first winning record in the Western Buckeye League since finishing 5-4 in the 2014/15 season saw their conference record finish with a 4-5 mark once the final buzzer rang.

Austin Wilker led all scorers in the game with 22 points and a trio of three pointers. St. Marys (7-15, 4-5) will begin their tournament run on Tuesday night at 7pm against Grand Lake rival Celina at Findlay High School.

Wapak (14-8, 6-3) was led by Adam Scott’s 16 points and will travel to Lima Senior High School on Wednesday night for an 8pm battle with Napoleon.

Box Score:

Wapak (52):

Gage Schenk 14
Nick Schoonover 2
Brady Erb 4
Aaron Good 12
Jace Copeland 4
Adam Scott 16

FG: 18/42
3PT: 5/15
FT: 12/20
REB: 25
TO: 12

St. Marys (46):

Braeden Dunlap 5
Austin Wilker 22
Ethan Mielke 7
Drew Jacobs 5
Colin Clements 5
Ethan Steger 2

FG: 19/41
3PT: 6/16
FT: 2/4
REB: 26
TO: 15

JV: Wapak 49-38


Versailles stops skid

COLDWATER, OH – After beginning the season with 16 wins in the first 17 games the Versailles Tigers were rolling along but were saddled recently with three losses by a combined 12 points heading into Friday night’s MAC tilt at Coldwater where they emerged victorious 67-64.

“Everyone has been playing us with a box and one defense, we finally had a week to prepare for it and figured out how to shoot against it,” said Versailles coach Travis Swank on his teams approach to Coldwater’s defensive scheme to shut down his star senior and future Ohio State Buckeye Justin Aherns.

While Aherns was held to under half of his per game average of 26 points per game with 12, it was fellow senior Keaton McEldowney who had a big night as he sliced the Cavaliers defense for 15 of his game high 24 markers in the opening period.

Similar to the night Kami McEldowney recently had for the Versailles girls team, the 8.7 per game scorer connected on a trio of first quarter threes to put his team on top 20-18 at the first quarter break.

On the Coldwater side the night belonged to 6’2 junior Marcus Bruns who put in a pair from behind the arc early to help keep his team within striking distance of the Midwest Athletic Conference’s highest scoring club on the year.

With the game tied at 20-20 mid way through the second it was Aherns who would dent the scoreboard for the first time as he found the bottom of the net on a three pointer and then turned a score into a quick bucket to give Versailles a 25-20 advantage.

Cole Frilling finished the game with 15 points for the Cavaliers on the evening but it was his barrage of nine in the second stanza that helped pushed his crew to a 37-36 halftime lead.

Free throws and three pointers punctuated each teams many runs in the second half but it was the visiting Tigers who would strike last as they hit on 7 of 12 from the line to help secure their fourth straight win against the Cavs.

Similar to what he had done in the second period, Justin Aherns struck quickly as he stole a pass from Coldwater seconds after connecting on 1 of 2 from the charity stripe to re-energize his teams offense.

For the game the Tigers shot 10 of 19 from behind the arc and 13 of 20 from the line. The big story for the Cavaliers was their offensive rebounding as 10 of their 25 total snags came of the offensive variety and led to easy stick backs. From the line themselves the Cavs finished 13 of 16.

Versailles (17-4) moves to 7-2 on the season in the Midwest Athletic Conference and will wrap up their regular season on Saturday night when they host Greenville.

Nick Fisher and Coldwater fall to 10-10 overall and 3-5 in the MAC and will travel to Wapak on Saturday evening for a non-conference tilt with the Redskins to end their regular campaign.

Box Score:

Versailles (67):

Justin Aherns 12
Kyle Jones 5
Keaton McEldowney 24
Michael Stammen 8
Carter May 5
Noah Richard 2
Evan Hiestand 4
AJ Aherns 7

3PT: 10/19 (McEldowney 4, J. Aherns 2, May, A. Aherns, Stammen, Jones)
FT: 13/20
TO: 8
REB: 24 (A. Aherns 8)

Coldwater (64):

Marcus Bruns 20
Cole Frilling 15
Sam Broering 6
Jacob Wenning 9
Mitch Balster 2
Myles Blasingame 1
Derek Albers 11

FG: 22/48
3PT: 7/17 (Bruns 3, Broering 2, Frilling, J. Wenning)
FT: 13/15
REB: 25 (D. Albers 11)
TO: 7

JV (OT): Versailles wins 59-58 on a on a Ryan Martin shot with 1.2 seconds left.


Fort Jennings downs rival Ottoville

FORT JENNINGS, OH – Fort Jennings got a lead for good in the first thanks to the long ball and held on to the lead late thanks to free throws as they defeated PCL rival Ottoville 56-42 Friday night in front of a packed home gymnasium.

In the opening minutes of the contest the Musketeers blitzed out to a 12-4 lead when the trio of Erik Klausing, Brandon Wehri, and Ian Finn combined to knock down four shots from beyond the arc.

After being able to pull within 15-10 at the end of the first quarter break the visiting Big Green found themselves unable to find a scoring punch in the second outside of Logan Kemper and Ryan Suever and trailed at the break 31-20.

Fans in attendance might have loved the offensive explosion at times in the first half but were treated to a defensive clinic at times by both squads in the final two quarters. During the games penultimate period the two teams combined to score just 9 points, a 5-4 advantage by Ottoville pulled the lead down to ten at 35-25 heading to the final eight minutes of play.

Cole Horstman scored one of the two baskets from the field for Fort Jennings in the third quarter before adding a pair of free throws while classmate Eric Klausing connected from long range in the fourth for the only other make from the field for their team in the second half.

Ottoville’s second half was more productive from the field than the Musketeers, but less so from the free throw line. Nick Moorman who is closing in on 1,000 points for his career led the Big Green offensive unit in scoring in the contest with 14 and hit on three triples in the fourth stanza to attempt to keep his team within striking distance of Fort Jennings.

Brandon Wehri entering play on the evening had accumulated 980 points in his career and finished the ballgame with 15 for a new total of 995. In the fourth quarter alone Wehri hit 10 of 12 free throws and finished the night with a 10 of 13 performance to go alone with a three pointer and layup in the first half.

As a team in the fourth quarter Fort Jennings nailed 18 of 24 from the free throw line and finished 24 of 33 in the game to help them put a stop to a two game Ottoville winning streak in a series between the two schools that dates back to a 1940 first meeting.

Overall the Big Green have won 95 of the 170 meetings all-time while Fort Jennings has now nabbed 75 victories.

Fort Jennings with the win has now won 11 games this season, the most by a Musketeers squad in a single season since the 2009/10 season when they finished 11-12. The Musketeers will put their 7-0 home mark this year on the line Saturday night as they welcome 4-9 New Knoxville to the Fort for a 7:30pm non-conference tilt.

Ottoville sees their record fall to 13-4 and will be off until next Friday night when they play host to the Kalida Wildcats. Before this season the Big Green have to look back to the 2014/15 season for the last time they were able to win 12+ games, a year in which they finished 12-11.

Box Score:

Ft Jennings (56):

Erik Klausing 9
Ian Ricker 7
Ian Finn 9
Luke Trentman 7
Cole Horstman 9
Brandon Wehri 15

FG: 12/26
FT: 24/33
3PT: 8/18 (Finn 3, Klausing 2, Ricker 2, Wehri)
REB: 24
TO: 16

Ottoville (42):

Ryan Bendele 6
Logan Kemper 13
Ryan Suever 5
Drew Fisher 2
Nick Moorman 14
Josh Thorbahn 2
Zane Martin 3

FG: 15/53
FT: 7/10
3PT: 5/34 (Moorman 3, Martin, Kemper)
REB: 24
TO: 9

JV: Ottoville 51-36


Hawks soar past Leipsic

LEIPSIC, OH – A fast paced offensive attack led by two scorers in double figures led Maumee Valley Country Day past host Leipsic Saturday night 68-44.

Zeb Jackson, a 6’2 sophomore being recruited heavily by a host of schools hit for 9 of his game high 19 points in the first period of play against the Vikings on Saturday night. When he wasn’t busy dazzling the crowd with his athletic array of shots the Hawks 17.4 point per game scorer was leading the offense into the front court and handing out assists to the likes of Jaiden Woodley.

Leading 18-6 after the first period the visitors were slowed down by the Leipsic offensive attack in the second quarter as the home team got a trio of three pointers from the duo of Quintin Bruce off the bench and starter Tyler Hiegel to pull themselves within 10 at 34-24 when the time ran out on the second period.

As good as Leipsic was offensively in the second quarter, they were unable to sustain the run in the games penultimate period as they were held to just six points. MVCD for their part turned misses by their opponent into scores from six different players as they added to their lead.

Point guard Dez Jett accounted for four of his eight points in the third quarter as he utilized his ball handling skills as well as speed up and down the court to stick in a pair of fast break layups for Maumee Valley. The Hawks finished the game with 19 points off turnovers.

“I think we did a good job of breaking the initial pressure in the full court. Their overall length and quickness led to so many deflections and we just weren’t used to playing that pace. Transition points were ultimately the difference in this game. We were able to contain them in the half court but were unable to get back and make stops in transition” – Leipsic head coach Chris Kuhlman.

With the lead having swollen to 18 points after the fourth quarter the Vikings began to turn to the long ball to get back into things but were unable to hit them as a whole, finishing 6-26 for the contest. In the final eight minutes of play however the Leipsic offense netted three of their shots from deep as Cole Rieman, Kaiden Rader, and Tyler Gillespie were able to hit from deep.

Once the contest reached the final buzzer MVCD moved their season record to 9-3 with a 68-44 victory while Leipsic saw their mark fall to 5-7.

Leipsic who had not played a home game in almost exactly a full month coming into the game will be at home for a pair of contests next weekend as they will welcome Cory-Rawson to the LHS on Friday night for a Blanchard Valley Conference tilt before seeing Kalida visit for a Putnam County League battle on Saturday.

Box Score:

MVCD (68):

Dez Jett 8
Zeb Jackson 19
Steve Coleman 8
AJ Johnson 2
Lucas Fankhauser 8
Jaiden Woodley 16
Parker Chatman 7

FG: 26/63
3PT: 5/20
FT: 11/15
REB: 53
TO: 21

Leipsic (44):

Cole Rieman 5
Kaiden Rader 3
Tyler Gillespie 6
Tyler Hiegel 7
Austin Erickson 2
Alec Schroeder 8
Quintin Bruce 8
Reese Mangas 5

FG: 17/56
3PT: 6/26
FT: 4/9
REB: 30
TO: 18

JV: Leipsic 30-24


Titans blast Bulldogs

OTTAWA, OH – Red hot shooting and scoring from 10 players Friday night pushed the Ottawa Glandorf Titans to their 4th Western Buckeye League wins in as many tries 97-63 over visiting Celina.

For the third time this season the Titans offense scored 90 plus points in a game tonight and were led by Bryce Schroeder who tossed in a game high 19 points which included four three pointers.

Ottawa Glandorf jumped out to an early lead as Schroeder and a pair of players off the bench knocked down shots from behind the arc to give the home team a 29-19 first quarter lead.

Celina finished the first half 7/15 from inside the arc and were led by senior Kole Murlin with 8 points but hit on just 2/11 three pointers and saw the home squad’s advantage swell to 45-28 at the halftime buzzer.

Having shot 15/23 in the first half from inside, the Titans went back to work in the third quarter from inside as Ethan White kicked in 6 of his 15 points in the stanza on a jumper and a pair of fast break layups off a pair of the many Celina turnovers on the evening.

Leading 69-49 heading into the final period thanks to the three point shooting of Bryce Schroeder and leading scorer Owen Hiegel the Titans began to work their bench players into the ballgame and flex their deep bench muscle. Richie Knowlton, a senior who connected on a triple in the first period hit for 6 markers in the final right minutes and was joined in scoring multiple baskets by Jake Dible and Trevor Siefker in the fourth quarter to solidify the victory.

Celina (1-12, 1-3) finished the contest with three players in double figures led by the duo of Brett Schwieterman and Kole Murlin with a dozen each while Corbin Murphy nabbed 11. Senior guard Jimi Briand scored a big third quarter in the contest as he hit a three pointer from the wing and was successful on all four of his free throw attempts.

With the win the Titans, ranked #3 in the second Associated Press poll released on Monday evening improve their record to 13-0 on the season and move to 4-0 in WBL play. Ottawa Glandorf will be back in front of their home fans Saturday night as they welcome non-conference rival Lima Senior to town.


OG (97):

Owen Hiegel 13
Chad Duling 2
Carter Heringhaus 8
Bryce Schroeder 19
Ethan White 15
Jake Dible 8
Richie Knowlton 9
Trevor Siefker 8
Jay Kaufman 13
Ben Westrick 2

Celina (63):

Brett Schwieterman 12
Jimi Briand 9
Kole Murlin 12
Kaston Eichenauer 8
Kyle Flaute 2
Corbin Murphy 11
Brandon Yenser 3
Drake Langenkamp 6

JV: OG 66-49


Big Green streak past Spencerville

OTTOVILLE, OH – For the Big Green of Ottoville Saturday night’s 54-39 win over visiting Spencerville represented the start and end to a couple of streaks.

Ottoville’s win represented their first in nine tries against Spencerville dating back to their last victory in 2010 over the Bearcats when Tom Von Sossan called Heckman Gymnasium home.

Unfortunately for the Bearcats the loss represents a streak of a different kind, the fifth straight loss to open the season. The last time Spencerville suffered a five game losing streak was the opening of the 2009/10 campaign that saw the Northwest Conference squad drop their first seven contests before rallying to beat Bluffton in their eighth game of the year.

Spencerville 6’4 senior and All-Ohio Offensive lineman Ben Dues scored six of his team high 14 points in the first quarter down low to give his team an early 11-5 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

In the second eight minutes of the contest the Big Green found themselves with many opportunities at the free throw line while their opponents found a pair of their starters on the bench with a pair of fouls. Ottoville’s Keagan Leis connected on a pair of free throws with 3:00 to go in the first half to tie the contest at 17-17 just moments before teammate Ryan Bendele split a pair to put the Big Green on top for good at 18-17.

Nick Moorman nailed all four of his charity tosses in the second stanza to help lead his team to a 12/13 performance in the quarter and to a 25-22 advantage at the break.

Six players marked tallies in the scorebook for Ottoville in the third period led by Josh Thorbahn’s eight points and back to back three pointers that forced Spencerville to utilize a timeout in effort to stop the Big Green run.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the entire contest came in the waning seconds of the third stanza as 6’6 freshman Ryan Suever ripped away a Spencerville miscue and raced the length of the floor for a slam dunk just in front of the third quarter buzzer for two of his four points in the game.

The final eight minutes of the contest saw the visitors outscore the hosts 7-6 with four players adding buckets, including Dues for his final points of the evening. Ottoville’s Logan Kemper, a 6’3 senior tossed in all of his teams points and finished the night with a game high 17 in the victory.

Ottoville sees their record rise to 6-0 on the season and will host Elida on Friday night before traveling south to Delphos on Saturday night to take on the St. Johns Blue Jays.

Things don’t get any easier for the Bearcats (0-5) on the schedule as they will be home for a pair of games against former Northwest Conference rival Lima Central Catholic and PCL foe Kalida next weekend.


Ottoville (54):
Ryan Bendele 7
Logan Kemper 17
Ryan Suever 4
Keagan Leis
Drew Fisher 3
Nick Moorman 11
Zane Martin 2
Josh Thorbahn 8

FG: 17/46
FT: 17/20
3PT: 3/18 (Thorbahn 2, Moorman)
TO: 8

Spencerville (39):
Drew Armstead 4
Jackson Goecke 7
Keegan Goecke 5
Dalton Prichard 6
Conner Holmes 2
Kolten Murray 1
Ben Dues 14

FG: 13/30
FT: 11/15
3PT: 2/10 (J. Goecke, Prichard)
TO: 24

JV: Ottoville 56-29