Titans end Bearcats season

ELIDA, OH – Spencerville’s first trip to the Districts since 2012 came to an end at Elida on Thursday night as they fell to Ottawa Glandorf 64-27.

Kaiden Grigsby gave the Bearcats their first and only lead to open the ballgame with a runner to make it 2-0 but the rest of the period would belong to the WBL Champions.

Ashley Schroeder, Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman, Brianna Schimmoeller, and Kasey Ellerbrock all knocked down first quarter three point goals to push the OG lead to 25-6 at the end of the first eight minutes of play. Johnson was the lone Titan who hit multiple times from outside as she struck down two from behind the arc in the first.

Freshman guard Emma Leis gave Spencerville their only three point goal in the first half midway through the second period but the Cats were forced into 18 turnovers and found themselves trailing at the intermission 39-11.

Spencerville was held to 5-21 shooting overall in the first half and connected on just 1/10 from beyond the arc while the OG attack was white hot in the opening two quarters finishing 14/26 overall and 8/12 from three.

Ottawa Glandorf senior Kadie Hempfling put her stamp on the ballgame in the third period when she sliced through the Bearcat defense for 12 of her game high 14 points to help the Titans enjoy a 30 point lead before watching the rest of the contest from the bench.

Jenna Henline, a senior who led Spencerville in three point makes this season connected on her 43rd and final attempt of the season in the third for one of her teams three field goals in the period. Moments after Henline found the bottom of the net on her triple, OG’s Paige Sutter connected on two free throws with 4:47 to go that made the game 49-14 and cued up the running clock at +35 for her team.

Nelaya Burden added the final markers of the period for Spencerville after the clock had reached zeroes on the scoreboard by connecting on her own free throws to trim the Titan lead to 59-20.

Burden would lead the scoring charge for the Bearcats on the night with 11 points and added a layup and a three pointer to her total in the final eight minutes.

Ottawa Glandorf’s only points of the last stanza came from Peyton Warnecke who hit for five points of her own including the Titans 9th and final three pointer on the evening to establish her own new personal high scoring mark.

For the game the Bearcats (16-9) finished off their best tournament run in six seasons by falling for the fourth time in school history to a Putnam County squad 64-27. Spencerville shot 11/41 overall and just 3/19 in the loss.

Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm OG (22-2) will take on Crestview inside the Elida Fieldhouse as the Knights were victorious in overtime against Coldwater 69-58.

The Titans finished the game shooting 24/44 overall and a blistering 9/16 from behind the arc and forced 23 Spencerville turnovers while giving away the ball just 12 times themselves.

Box Score:

OG (64):

Ashley Schroeder 9
Carri Johnson 9
Paige Sutter 7
Erin Kaufman 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 7
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Peyton Warnecke 5
Mylee Utrup 2
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 24/44
3PT: 9/16 (Johnson 3, Ellerbrock 2, Schroeder, Kaufman, Warnecke)
FT: 7/11
TO: 12

Spencerville (27):

Kaiden Grigsby 2
Jenna Henline 5
Olivia Goecke 2
Nelaya Burden 11
Emma Leis 3
Allison Bowsher 2

FG: 11/41
3PT: 3/19 (Leis, Burden, Henline)
FT: 2/5
TO: 23


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)


Four Titans named All-WBL

Western Buckeye League Champion Ottawa Glandorf was well represented on this seasons All-WBL Girls basketball selections as the Titans nabbed four spots.

Future Bowling Green University Falcon Kadie Hempfling was named the league’s top honor of Player of the Year for the third straight season, an honor no one else has received in recent voting. With her selection this season the Titans have now captured four of the last five trophies for the conference’s top player. Last season Hempfling shared the honor with teammate Kylie White, a year after winning the award by herself as a Sophomore. Kristen Miller who plays her college ball at Indiana University East won the award for the 2013-14 season.

Hempfling who is averaging 14 points per game to go along with 9.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists was joined on the 1st Team by a pair of recent 1,000 point scorers in Defiance’s Emily Poling who will play college basketball at Ursuline University, and Elida’s Shyah Wheeler.

Also on the 1st Team squad were Bath guard Jaidyn Hale and future Ohio Northern University teammate Lexi Jacobs from Wapakoneta along with Shawnee’s Alissa Stahler.

Second team honors were bestowed upon OG sharpshooter Erin Kaufman who ranks third on her team in scoring at 8.4 points per game and was a third team selection last season in a year where she broke the schools three point record with 56. This season Kaufman, a Junior has led the Titans in scoring four times, including on Saturday night with 13 in a Sectional Finals victory over LCC.

Joining Kaufman on the second unit is Bath’s Lindsay Singhaus, Kenton’s Ellie Miller, Wapakoneta’s Sarah Pothast who just recently announced her intent to play college basketball at Edison State Community College.

The final member of the 2nd Team was St. Marys forward Makenna Mele who saved her best performance of the season for the biggest game of her Senior year where on Saturday night in the Sectional Finals at Spencerville she recorded a career high 27 points to help her Roughriders end rival Bath’s season and propel St. Marys into their first District contest in 9 seasons.

Members of the league’s 3rd Team included Ottawa Glandorf Junior and second leading scorer Ashley Schroeder, Layne Taylor from Kenton, Cassidy Meyers of Van Wert, Kennedy Replogle of Defiance, and St. Marys Sydney Cisco.

Cisco is the only girls player to ever have hit 200 plus three pointers in her career and sits just five triples away from breaking the schools single season record. The four year starter will enter this weeks District Semifinals at Paulding as the Riders 9th all-time leading scorer and just 35 points away from being the 9th member of the programs 1,000 point club.

Honorable Mention nods went to OG Junior Paige Sutter (4.7 ppg, 3.3 reb), Celina’s leading scorer Lauren Jackson, Defiance’s Morgan Wityk, Abby Jackson of Van Wert, Lauren Cisco from St. Marys, Bette Andrews of Bath, Ijah Austin from Shawnee, Amira Freeman of Elida, Kori Barrett from Kenton, and Makenzie Wilson representing Wapakoneta.


Titans, Bearcats post Sectional Final wins

BLUFFTON, OH – Ottawa Glandorf and Spencerville punched their tickets for a date against one another next week in Elida as they each posted Sectional Finals victories Saturday night in Bluffton.

OG got the better of Lima Central Catholic in the early game 50-16 while the Bearcats were victorious in the night cap 43-35 against Liberty Center.

In the Titans first quarter against the T-Birds it was Erin Kaufman who ignited the offense to a white hot level as she accounted for 11 of her game high 13 markers in the period. Kaufman, a second team All-District pick this season erupted for her 26th career double figures game in the opening eight minutes by knocking down a pair of three pointers that helped OG distance themselves early from their opponents.

LCC’s only score of the first stanza came with 2:43 left in the first quarter as Erin Mulcahy drained a triple try to trim the Titans lead to 13-3. Nearly seven minutes after hitting her teams first shot, Mulcahy again pushed across a score to make the scoreboard read 34-5 with 2:44 left in the opening half.

A strong defensive effort from all 15 players the Titans sent into the ballgame resulted in just five shots being made from the field for LCC on the evening and into a multitude of makes in the fast break for OG.

Once the game became final with the Titans on top, 9 Ottawa Glandorf players found themselves in the scorebook led by Kaufman with 13. Kadie Hempfling finished the contest with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the WBL Champions who move to 21-2 on the season.

LCC (3-21) was led by the duo of Jessica Wilker and Mulcahy who each ended the night with 5 points apiece.

Ottawa Glandorf’s senior class of Kadie Hempfling, Carri Johnson, and Mackenzie Meyer have now tied a school record with their 101st career win.


OG (50):

Ashley Schroeder 2
Kelsey Erford 8
Paige Sutter 5
Erin Kaufman 13
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Jayla Balbaugh 1
Peyton Warnecke 4
Kadie Hempfling 9

FT: 7/14
3PT: 5 (Kaufman 2, Ellerbrock 2, Hempfling)

LCC (16):

Josie Mohler 4
Jessica Wilker 5
Jocelyn Morrisey 1
Erin Mulcahy 5
Kennedy Parker 1

FT: 5/10
3PT: 1 (Mulcahy)

Spencerville and Liberty Center engaged in a slugfest that lasted all four quarters with the Bearcats ultimately coming out ahead 43-35 in the second game of the evening.

Similar to how they reached the Sectional Finals in their first game at Bluffton earlier in the week the Bearcats finished with a flurry from the free throw line to secure themselves their first Sectional Championship since the 2012 season that saw them reach the District Semis.

Senior Kaden Grigsby and freshman Melanie Koenig connected on 8 of their 13 attempts in the games final eight minutes to separate themselves from the Tigers.

Neleya Burden got the offense off to a hot start in the first quarter for Spencerville (16-8) with all six of her games points but it was the duo of Grigsby and 5’5 freshman guard Emma Leis who laid down big shots from outside the arc to push their team into the lead 14-13 after one period.

Meghan Skeens launched and connected on both three pointers in the contest for Liberty Center (14-10) in the game. 5’10 senior post Jerica Hollenbaugh collected her points in the paint throughout the game and kept the Tigers close while finishing with 9 to lead her squad.

Liberty Center entered the fourth quarter with a 30-27 lead they would hold on to tight before Abbygayle Satterfield forced a 32-32 tie with 4:43 remaining.

Melanie Koenig’s free throw halfway through the final eight minutes put the Bearcats on top 34-33 where they would stay for good.

Spencerville was led in scoring by Leis with 10 markers on the evening while classmate Koenig ended with 9.

Thursday night’s district semifinals at the Elida Fieldhouse will be the first of two district games and can be heard live on WZOQ Radio .


Spencerville (43):

Kaiden Grigsby 8
Jenna Henline 1
Abbygayle Satterfield 7
Jayden Smith 2
Melanie Koenig 9
Nelaya Burden 6
Emma Leis 10

FT: 10/17
3PT: 3 (Leis 2, Grigsby)

Liberty Center (35):

Meghan Skeens 6
Olivia Leatherman 2
Peyton Spieth 6
Syndi Altman 7
Kenzie Detmer 5
Jerica Hollenbaugh 9

FT: 7/15
3PT: 2 (Skeens 2)


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


Bearcats move past Tinora

BLUFFTON, OH – Spencerville hadn’t won a tournament game since nearly six years ago until they were victorious on Wednesday night in Bluffton 64-57 over Tinora.

Not only is the win the Bearcats first postseason victory since knocking off top seeded Delphos St. Johns in their 2012 sectional finals matchup, it was also one of their most impressive nights of the season from the free throw line.

With the game close late in the fourth quarter the Spencerville five of Abby Satterfield, Jayden Smith, Melanie Koenig, Nelaya Burden, and Emma Leis combined to hit 19 of 22 from the free throw line to help keep Tinora trailing on the scoreboard.

Tinora senior Amber Schliesser connected on 9 of 9 from the charity stripe for her own team in the game but it was her first quarter performance that helped to put the Rams on top 18-15 when she hit on all seven attempts in addition to a pair of jump shots for all of her 11 first half markers.

Trailing by three in the second period the Bearcats not only turned on their defensive pressure, they also dialed long distance on a pair of occasions as Grigsby and Leis connected on a pair of wing three pointers that helped push the NWC runner ups into the locker room with a 29-26 lead.

Junior Sydney Grieser was responsible for all but two of Tinora’s points in the games penultimate period as she scored 7 of her 14 points and drained a deep three which amounted for one of her teams three makes from the field in the quarter.

A back and forth battle in the fourth quarter saw the Rams nearly pull even as they utilized their own pressure to force the Bearcats into miscues. Schliesser and Taylor Brown both worked turnovers directly into baskets in the final eight minutes of play. Madison Brown and Sarah Harris added shots from outside to the Rams count but ultimately the Spencerville free throw shooting would decide the games outcome once Grieser fouled out with just minutes remaining.

Amber Schliesser led all scorers with 18 points and was one of three Rams to finish in double figures as she was joined by Grieser with 14 and Brown with 10. The Rams finish their campaign at 11-12 overall under first year head coach Kyle Tietje.

Spencerville with the win now has their first 15 win season under fourth year coach Greg Ekis and will take on Liberty Center on Saturday night at 8pm in Bluffton looking for their first sectional championship since the 2012 season.

The Bearcats were led in scoring by Nelaya Burden who finished with 15. Joining Burden in double figures was the duo of freshman Emma Leis (13), and senior Jayden Smith who ended the night with 12 points.

Burden was named to the 2nd team Northwest Conference this week while teammates Kaiden Grigsby and Jenna Henline were named to the leagues Honorable Mention squad for the second straight season.


Spencerville (64):

Kaiden Grigsby 8
Abby Satterfield 6
Jayden Smith 12
Melanie Koenig 8
Nelaya Burden 15
Emma Leis 13
Allison Bowsher 2

FT: 21/30

Tinora (57):

Lexi Wachtman 2
Amber Schliesser 18
Taylor Brown 5
Madison Brown 10
Sydney Grieser 14
Sarah Harris 8

FT: 12/17


Riders advance to finals

SPENCERVILLE, OH – St. Marys was unable count on their biggest weapon in the three pointer on Tuesday night but kept fighting and found a way to defeat Shawnee for the second time this season by a 38-34 margin and send the Indians into the offseason.

In the first quarter the Roughriders were held to just one basket, a Makenna Mele make with 1:53 to go in the opening stanza but connected on 3/6 from the line to find themselves down just 7-5 after the opening eight minutes.

Shawnee standout Alissa Stahler connected on 11 of her game high 17 points in the first half but was held relatively in check in the second half by a ferocious St. Marys defense.

Jill Schmitmeyer who led the Riders on the boards with 7 caroms for the contest tossed in all 6 of her points in the second period and even hit the free throw that tied the game at 17 all just moments before the break. On the evening Schmitmeyer would be a repeated pest for the Shawnee offense as she stepped into the Indian passing lanes and pilfered a handful of passes to set up her own teams scores.

Through the first half neither team was able to connect on a shot from outside, but in the games penultimate period it was the nights designated visitors who struck from downtown first and second behind the duo of Madison Peterman and Eliyana Floyd.

Three Roughriders in Mele, Sydney Cisco, and Lauren Cisco pushed the game into the fourth quarter tied at 25-25 as they each dumped in one or two buckets from inside the arc for their squad.

As she had done earlier on, Stahler put up a pair of made baskets off of offensive rebounds but was forced to become a spectator nearly half way through the final quarter when she picked up her fifth foul.

Free throw shooting and one timely three pointer by St. Marys 9th highest all-time scorer Sydney Cisco put the Riders up for good late in the ball game as she hit on 5/6 in the final period to help secure the victory and sectional finals date on Saturday night.

Shawnee sees their season come to an end at 11-12 as well as the career of their longtime head coach Jeff Heistan with the loss to St. Marys for the second time in four seasons inside the Walk-In Closet at Spencerville.

With the win the Roughriders senior class moves to 48-47 overall, and 10-13 on the year. St. Marys will travel back up Route 66 on Saturday for a battle with WBL mate Bath at 6pm.


St. Marys (38):

Sydney Cisco 11
Makenna Mele 13
Lauren Cisco 6
Jill Schmitmeyer 6
Haley Felver 2

FG: 13/49
3PT: 1/12 (S. Cisco)
FT: 11/20
REB: 28
TO: 14

Shawnee (34):

Samya Wright 2
Madison Peterman 3
Alissa Stahler 17
Tessa Jordan 4
Eliyana Floyd 8

FG: 13/46
3PT: 2/14 (Ma. Peterman, Floyd)
FT: 6/8
REB: 37
TO: 23

Game 2: Elida defeats Van Wert 61-44 and will face Defiance on Saturday


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.


OG downs Wapak, finishes home and WBL season unblemished

OTTAWA, OH – For the second time in as many seasons the Ottawa Glandorf Titans have finished unbeaten in both their regular season home games and their Western Buckeye League contests as they defeated visiting Wapak 54-43 Thursday evening at the Supreme Court.

In the past two seasons nobody has been able to beat OG in league play or inside the confines of Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium. The last team to accomplish either feat pulled off both on the same evening as Wapak themselves downed the Titans 39-36 in a tightly contested affair that came down to the closing minutes to be decided.

Since last losing to the Redskins the Titans have defeated their WBL rivals on four straight occasions after their win tonight.

Coming off of a win on Tuesday night against state ranked Archbold that saw OG hit 10 from beyond the arc, the Titans offense went to work early from outside as junior Ashley Schroeder canned a pair of first quarter triples to push her team to an early 6-2 advantage and ultimately a 14-4 lead at the end of the quarter.

Senior Kadie Hempfling who finished the night as the game leading scorer with 16 in her last home game led the Titan attack on the boards in the first half where she snagged 9 of her 13 rebounds and handed out a multitude of assists to teammates for easy baskets against an aggressive Wapak defense.

One of Hempfling’s assists came in the second quarter with her team already ahead to give fellow senior Carri Johnson a wide open three point attempt that helped OG push ahead by 10 at the break 27-17.

While it was Ottawa Glandorf who made good from the free throw line at an 8/10 clip from Paige Sutter, Erin Kaufman, and Mackenzie Meyer it was Wapak who would spend time at the stripe in the second half as they nailed 7 of their 9 attempts.

Limited by fouls in the contest Wapak’s 6’1 senior Sarah Pothast who recently committed to play college basketball at Edison State was held below her 12.9 points per game average with just 7 points. Defensively junior Paige Sutter helped to shut Pothast down at times while falling just one shy of her career high in markers with 8 on the evening on the offensive end of the floor.

Mackenzie Meyer and Kelsey Erford tossed in three point baskets for the Titans in the final eight minutes of play for their team while Jessica Davis pushed across all of her 9 in the period to lead Wapak in the defeat.

Wapak who was led on the evening by freshman Katie Engel who was playing with a broken thumb with 11 points including a pair of three pointers ends their regular season at 13-9 overall and with a 6-3 mark in WBL play. The Redskins will begin their tournament run on 2/24 at 8pm in the Sectional Finals against Kenton in Leipsic.

Ottawa Glandorf finishes up their regular run as 20 game winners (20-2) for the fifth straight season and the 9th time in school history. The Titans will take on the winner of Lima Central Catholic and Perry on February 24th at 6pm in Bluffton.

The senior class for OG of Carri Johnson, Mackenzie Meyer, and Kadie Hempfling with the victory became the second winningest senior group in girls program history with their 100th career victory and will have a chance to tie the school record in their next game.


OG (54):

Ashley Schroeder 8
Kelsey Erford 3
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 8
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 10/17
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Erford, Kaufman, Meyer)
TO: 15

Wapak (43):

Lexi Jacobs 6
Audra Schaub 4
Samantha Sutton 2
Alex Debell 2
Makenzie Wilson 2
Katie Engel 11
Jessica Davis 9
Sarah Pothast 7

FT: 9/11
3PT: 2 (Engel 2)
TO: 18

JV: Ottawa Glandorf beat Wapak 41-33 to end the year with an 18-4 overall mark and a perfect 9-0 Western Buckeye League record just like their varsity counterparts.


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