Titans Survive and Advance

Columbus – Survive and Advance, the motto of one Jim Valvano and his 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack became the credo of Ottawa Glandorf this morning.

For the second straight year the Titans came into the State Semifinals but unlike last year they will advance to play for a Division 3 State Championship after surviving multiple runs from Ironton to win 61-60 in overtime.

After the first quarter Ironton led 19-12 behind 7 points in the opening stanza by Fighting Tigers 6 foot 7 power forward Trey Fletcher. Following a jumper and layup to open the second quarter from Fletcher to make it 23-12 in favor of Ironton the Titans responded with a 16-5 run to finish the quarter led by 9 points in the quarter and 17 in the half by TJ Metzger to tie at 28 heading into the break.

In the first half the Titans shot only 39.3% from the field (4-11 from 3) while Ironton shot 55% from the field (3-6 from 3). Neither team got to the free throw line that much in the first half as the Titans went 2-3 and the Fighting Tigers 3-4 from the charity stripe.

When the second half began, both teams had clearly changed their strategy from looking to shoot on the wing to a more post balanced draw the foul and get to the line oriented gameplan. Nobody was better from the free throw line in the second half than Ironton’s duo of Trey Fletcher and Trevor White who combined to finish 12-16 in their opportunities.

Ottawa Glandorf won the 3rd quarter 13-10 and lead after three 41-38. With both teams going to the ground and pound attack inside, the fouls began to mount up in bunches. The first casualty of the game came near the end of the half when Senior Trevor White fouled out for Ironton and finished his day with 14 points on a 3-3 from the field and 8-10 from the line performance in his last game for the Fighting Tigers.

With White gone the Titans went down inside to Rosebrock (3-13 shooting, 8 points 9 rebounds in 33 minutes) and Noah Bramlage(4-11 from the field, 8 points 4 rebounds in 34 minutes of work) to counter Fletcher’s unquestioned brute strength in the paint on offense.

The big guys down low may have been getting all of the looks on offense and from the refs, but it was Matthew “Chewey” Kaufman who was the most important “little” guy when it mattered as his layup with 2 seconds on the clock in regulation in which he knifed down the lane between three Fighting Tiger defenders pulled the Titans even at 56 heading into OT.

If the first half was all about the perimeter shooting(or supposed lack thereof) for both teams and the second half was all about the post players, the overtime was about how well each team could shoot from the free throw line. Ottawa Glandorf on the season only shoots 60.8% as a team from the charity stripe but didn’t show signs they aren’t the best in the state at it as Metzger iced the 61-60 win by hitting one of two free throws with 1 second remaining on the clock.

TJ Metzger finished the game with 25 points on 7-14 shooting (4-10 from 3), but it was fellow Senior Chewey Kaufman who stole away the player of the game award with his 11 point 6 assist 5 rebound performance. Kaufman came up huge all night long both in protecting the basketball and holding 1st Team All-Ohio guard Zac Carter of Ironton to 12 points on 4-16 shooting.

With the win the Titans up their record to 25-3 while the Fighting Tigers season ends at 23-3.

Who is next for OG you ask, well that would be none other than Midwest Athletic Conference’s 4th place regular season team in the 23-5 Versailles Tigers. Versailles defeated Leavittsburg Labrea 64-52 behind 21 points apiece from Damien Richard and All-Ohio selection in Sophomore Kyle Ahrens.

For Ottawa Glandorf to win their third state title overall and first since 2008 they will need to beat a very fast and streaky shooting Tigers squad much like themselves averaging 62.2 points per game.

Listen live to the game on www.zsportslive.com channel z1 on Saturday as pregame will begin around 10:20am with myself and Steve Wiener on the call. Can Ottawa Glandorf finish the mission? Tune in on Saturday to find out.

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Titans return to state, Leipsic earns first birth since 1925

For the second straight year the OHSAA State Basketball Championships will feature a team from Putnam County……or two.

Joining the Ottawa Glandorf Titans in Columbus will be the Leipsic Vikings and Coach Scott Maag. Leipsic utilized their pressure and outstanding play from D4 All-Ohio First Team selection Devin Mangas to earn the schools first state birth since Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States. 5 of the 16 schools involved in the tournament the last time the Vikings made it are no longer in existence even.

Can Mangas continue the sensational run he has been on as of late in which he has put up multiple 30 point games en route to leading Leipsic to a 24-4 record and a spot in the Division 4 State Semifinals on Friday? To get his team to state and a possible matchup against likely Cleveland area powerhouse Villa Angela St Joseph he will need some help from his teammates, most notably Austin Brown and Aric Schroeder to apply the pressure to advance past 25-2 Lancaster Fairfield Christian. The Knights are led by Steven Carpenter, a 6-3 junior averaging 20 points per game, and 6-7 senior center Justin Potochnik who is averaging 18.4 points per contest. The contest will take place at 2pm from Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio and can be head on www.zsportslive.com channel z1 with Rudy Lomeli and Dave Boninsegna on the call.

Both teams starting lineups:
Leipsic:
G   3  Devin Mangas, 6-0, Sr., 18.0 ppg
F   5  Derek Steffan, 6-3, Sr., 5.4 ppg
F 10 Austin Brown, 6-3, Sr., 12.5 ppg
G 14 Caleb Barrera, 6-2, Sr., 6.3 ppg
G 24 Aric Schroeder, 5-10, Sr., 4.3 ppg

Fairfield Christian:
G 10 Zach Sullivan, 6-0, Sr., 7.5 ppg
G  11  Steven Carpenter, 6-3, Jr., 20.0 ppg
C   3  Justin Potochnik, 6-7, Sr., 18.4
F  14  Nick Spurgus, 6-4, Jr., 7.6 ppg
F  24  Tyler Stevens, 6-1, Jr., 3.9 ppg

Ottawa Glandorf’s 2011-2012 season ended in disappointing fashion as the Titans fell short of their goal of reaching the State Championship as they lost in heartbreaking fashion to Portsmouth.

OG comes into the game this year with a renewed focus and a ton of experience at the state level as they return senior and Northwest District Player of the year and D3 All-Ohio First Team selection TJ Metzger, as well as classmates and starting 5 members in Matthew “Chewey” Kaufman, Caleb Siefker and Michael Rosebrock. Experience will not be a problem for this Titans team as their starting 5 in completely intact from last season, something rare in Division 3 teams.

Matthew Kaufman cutting down the net

After getting a measure of redemption against LCC who beat them earlier in the season, the Titans dispatched a very strong shooting Bloom Carroll Bulldogs team that up to that point had only incurred one loss on the season 60-56  in OT to up their all-time record in tournament at BG to 25-4. Noah Bramlage led OG with 15 points/9 rebounds while Rosebrock and Metzger each poured in 13. Kaufman handed out 6 assists in the win, but was most dominant on defense by playing the point in the 3-2 Titans defense that was able to force Isaac McGlone (headed to Eastern Kentucky and had 30 in the game) to taking bad shots late in preserving the victory and sending Ottawa Glandorf back to Columbus.

Headed to OG in BG

OG(24-3) will face Ironton (23-2) whose only two losses this year took place at an early season tournament in Florida. Here’s a look at both teams starting lineups:
Ironton:
G  30  Zac Carter, 5-9, Sr., 23.9 ppg
G  34  Josh Glover, 5-10, Sr., 3.4 ppg
F 44 Trey Fletcher, 6-6, Sr., 20.4 ppg
F  42  Trevor White, 6-4, Sr., 9.2 ppg
C 45 Aaron Stephens, 6-4, Sr., 3.0 ppg

OG:
G 4 Matthew Kaufman, 6-0, 4.6 ppg
G  24  Caleb Siefker, 6-4, Sr., 6.0 ppg
F 23 Michael Rosebrock, 6-4, Sr., 12.9 ppg
F  31  Noah Bramlage, 6-7, So., 10.5 ppg
G  32  T.J. Metzger, 6-1, Sr., 16.1 3 ppg

Listen to the Zsportslive Postgame Show with myself and Rudy Lomeli as we interviewed Kaufman, Rosebrock and Noah Bramlage after the big victory: http://chirb.it/0aLIHh

OG after cutting down the nets

Ottawa Glandorf and Ironton will tipoff from the Value City Arena in Columbus at 10:45am on Thursday morning as myself and Steve Wiener will bring you the action live on www.zsportslive.com on channel z1.

 

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Can Ottoville be stopped?

How do you stop a team on a mission?

That is a question that has been asked 27 times with no real response this season as the Big Green have continued to put up W after W in the win column.

Is Fort Loramie (25-3) the team to knock Ottoville off the top of the mountain? They certainly have the talent to do so in 1,000 point scorer 5-foot-8 junior guard Darian Rose, but can they handle the pressure Ottoville throws at you on defense for 32 minutes? Ottoville on offense will need to be able to break a full court pressure the likes of which they have not seen this season as Rose and company can force a lot of turnovers if teams are not careful with the ball. “They love to run and press,” says Ottoville Coach Dave Klemen.

The most recent meeting between these two storied programs occurred in 2010 in the Regional Semifinals with the Redskins claiming a 48-30 victory by forcing 20 Big Green turnovers. In that game the Redskins held Abby Siefker to 14 points and 8 rebounds while holding the rest of the team to only 16 points in the win. Fort Recovery has no players left from that night at Springfield High School.

Ottoville is making it’s 5th state championship appearance in search of their first state championship, Fort Loramie is making their seventh appearance at state and third in four years. For Fort Loramie it is a chance to improve on second place finishes in 1997 and 2011, for Ottoville it is a chance to prove you belong among the OHSAA’s elite programs and finish off a dream four years in the making.

How much can you make of statistics? These teams are virtual mirror images of each other heading into their Friday afternoon tilt: Ottoville is averaging 60.1 points per game while giving up 31.3, Fort Loramie is averaging 65 points per game while giving up 38.5 on the season.

“This team is so pumped to play on Friday,” says Siefker, one of four seniors for Ottoville.

Two players with every accolade you can come up with will be on display in the contest as the Shelby County League C0-Player of the Year Darian Rose(18.5 ppg, 3.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game) will look to avoid the Big Green pressure, and will be guarded likely by either Nicole Vorst (5-6, Sr., 5.3 ppg) or Taylor Mangas (5-10, Jr., 8.0 ppg., 46 percent 3-pointers). Ottoville will have future Bowling Green State University Falcon Abby Siefker, the D4 All Ohio Player of the Year as well as Putnam County League and All Northwest District Player of the Year(17 points and 12 rebounds per game) anchoring the post against the much smaller Redskins whose tallest player is 5’10” Renae Meyer.

The winner of the game will face either Reedsville Eastern (23-4) or Berlin Highland (25-3) for a the right to hoist the big gold trophy for the first time on Saturday at 5:15 pm from the Schottenstein Center in Columbus.

Catch all of the action tomorrow on www.zsportslive.com channel z1 as myself and Dave Boninsegna will be courtside in Columbus bringing you all of the action with the ball scheduled to go in the air at 3pm.

 

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Titans ground T-Birds

BOWLING GREEN – Remember the Titans.

You can be sure that LCC will as Wednesday night it was the Titans from Ottawa Glandorf who avenged an early season 51-48 home loss to the same Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds 60-52 in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,700 in Bowling Green at the Stroh Center.

Sell out crowd

OG improved their all-time OHSAA tournament record to 24-4 in games played in the city of Bowling Green with one of the best 2-3 zone defenses they have played all season. “We went with the 2-3 zone because we thought it would alter some of the things they like to do. (But) did I think it would get us a 15-point cushion at the half … I did not,” Titan coach Tyson McGlaughlin said after his defense stifled every LCC shooter not named Tre’on Johnson who finished his brilliant T-Bird career with a 26 points output. Johnson was especially on fire in the fourth quarter as he dazzled the crowd with fantastic dribbling and deep shots while connecting on 6 of 9 shots from beyond the arc.

After jumping on the athletic T-Birds early the Titans poured it on in the first quarter to lead 17-7 as the clock hit zero. The second stanza was just as cold and unforgiving as the Titans opened the quarter on an 11-0 run and led at the break by a 31-16 score. One of the big keys going into the game was that it would need to be the inside play of OG that would have to have a big night against the undersized T-Bird defenders. Michael Rosebrock and Noah Bramlage responded for the Titans as they led paint points by a 10-0 margin as the two squads headed to their locker rooms for a breather and some words of encouragement from their coaches.

With OG able to key on Johnson they could continue to sit back in their 2-3 zone and wait for the shooters to come to them in the second half as they held every other shooter for LCC to 7 points or less in the game. As fouls began to mount in the second half they began to take their toll on the LCC starting lineup as Martyce Kimbrough picked up his fourth foul early in the fourth and was relatively ineffective for the rest of the game as he finished with only 4 points, well under his almost 14 points per game average on the season.

Following a third quarter in which both teams scored 11 points the fans who didn’t head for the exits early were treated to a fantastic back and forth quarter that saw the veteran Thunderbirds take on the personality of their Coach Frank Kill when he played and won a state title with Lincolnview in the 90’s by never giving up and cutting it to as low as 3 before the Titans pulled away for good. TJ Metzger who finished with a team high 23 points iced the game late as he knifed through the lane, hit a spinning reverse layup and the ensuing free throw to give his team a 57-50 lead with just 50 seconds remaining. “TJ is the Northwest District Player of the Year for a reason. He’s a baller,” Kill said.

In addition to the 23 from Metzger, his teammate Caleb Siefker finished with 21 to go along with his 10 rebounds. OG outrebounded LCC 37-30 in the game, but got the big rebounds when it counted too.

With the win the Titans improve to 23-3 on the season while ending LCC’s 2012-2013 campaign at 23-3.

Titans Advance

Saturday night Ottawa Glandorf will look to sell out the Stroh Center once again as they head north to BG to take on the 26-1 Bloom Carroll Bulldogs at 7:30pm for a chance to play next weekend in Columbus for a State Championship. Bloom Carroll defeated Huron 62-54 to win their first Regional Semi-Finals game since 2005. The Bulldogs will be led by Joey Schmitz who scored 26 in the win.

 

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Ottoville defeats Arcadia

Elida – Is the 5th time the charm?

Ottoville will head to the OHSAA State Semi-Finals on Friday afternoon following a thrilling 52-37 win over the Arcadia Red Devils Saturday night at the Elida Fieldhouse in front of a sell out crowd.

Sell out crowd

For Big Green coach Dave Klemen this was also a huge night. Not only will he take his 27-0 squad to Columbus to face Fort Loramie after they dispatched Tri-Village 69-43, but he also picked up his 400th career win “I felt like I was a pitcher throwing a no hitter towards the end as nobody would talk to me” he quipped during his postgame interview.

After Arcadia took an early 3-0 lead behind Senior guard and 1st team all Northwest District selection Miranda Palmer it was all Ottoville as they promptly responded with an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to build an 18-10 first quarter lead. The challenge for most teams who face  Ottoville is the same, which players do you key on and try to stop? Arcadia attempted to answer that question with Abby Siefker (9 points 8 rebounds) and Rachel Beining (11 points 3 rebounds). While the Redskins were successful at times flustering the aforementioned duo in goading them into 7 total fouls in the game and relegating them to the bench for long stretches of time they were not near as successful in stopping Rachel Turnwald. Turnwald, a Senior guard was the Big Green leading scorer on the night with 16 including big shots from the free throw line where she went 9 of 10 in the fourth quarter alone.

Palmer was able to hit some big shots in the game keep her team close as she finished with 19 on 6-16 shooting, but couldn’t get enough help from her teammates as the man to man defensive pressure from Nicole Vorst and Taylor Mangas proved to be too much for the Redskins to handle.

All of Putnam County will surely be in attendance as the #1 seeded Big Green will play 25-3 Fort Loramie on Friday afternoon at 3pm just as they have been throughout this entire historic post season run. Last season’s pursuit of a state title ended with a loss in the same building as Saturday night’s win at the hands of eventual state champion Arlington, something that Ottoville remembered and used as motivation for this season, “I think everybody would have been crushed (if we didn’t make it to state). It would have been the fourth year of getting so close. It feels great” said Siefker after the game.

After they got done cutting the nets down I was lucky enough to get to talk to Nicole Vorst, Taylor Mangas and Coach Klemen, take a listen to that interview here: http://chirb.it/Own9ah

Coach Klemen cutting down the nets and flashing a rare smile on the court

If you can’t make it to Columbus on Friday afternoon to the Schott grab your cellphone and download the TuneIn ap or head over to www.zsportslive.com z1 to hear the broadcast with myself and Dave Boninsegna to hear Ottoville and Fort Loramie do battle for a chance to play for a state championship on Saturday night.

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Columbus Grove, Leipsic, Ottoville advance

Tournament season is one of my favorite times of the year and this season has been one of the wildest in recent memory. I’ve been fortunate enough to call some absolutely fantastic games the past week next to Steve Wiener and here’s a recap of them for you to enjoy.

Liberty Benton High School, the home of Ohio State Buckeye point guard Aaron Craft provided a backdrop Tuesday night for a pair of Putnam County League boys teams trying to advance to play each other for a District Championship this weekend. Leipsic’s Vikings led by high scoring guard Devin Mangas came out for Game 1 against Arlington which took control early. Led by Blanchard Valley Conference 1st teamer Michael Blunk it was the Red Devils who jumped all over the high octane Vikings offense and led 7-4 about six minutes in. That is where things changed as Leipsic ended the quarter on a quick nine point run to make it 13-7 after the first stanza. Caleb Barrera, Austin Brown and Mangas took control of the game in the second quarter as the trio helped Leipsic jump out to a 37-15 halftime lead on the strength of a 10 of 12 shooting output. Despite their own hot shooting in the third quarter, the Red Devils had no answer for Mangas who proceeded to blow by Arlington defenders on his was to 11 third quarter points. Just how good was Mangas in the game with the ball in his hands? 9 of his 12 points came on layups, many in which the closest defender to him was left rubbing his sore ankles at the three point line as his layup went through the net. While Michael Blunk finished with 24 for the Red Devils it was not enough to overcome the deficit that was built early as the Vikings advanced with a 71-50 win behind the Mangas, an easy selection for player of the game who finished with 32 and needs just 8 points to break the 1,000 point barrier for his career tonight in his contest.

Leipsic during the National Anthem

Columbus Grove rolled up north looking to meet their PCL mates Leipsic in the District Finals, but first they would need to defeat the Vanlue Wildcats and University of Toledo commit Zach Garber. Garber, the BVC leading scorer and player of the year stands at 6ft10 and is joined on the front lines for the Wildcats by 6ft5 Josh Clymer. Beating Vanlue would be no small task for Derek Rieman(6 foot 3), Will Vorhees(6 foot 6), and Brady Shafer(6 foot 3) as they were given the task of slowing down and bottling up the aforementioned duo. Garber put his team up early in the first quarter as he hit two three pointers and finished the quarter with 8. Vanlue got a questionable putback at the end of the quarter to put them on top 16-13 after one. In the second quarter the Bulldogs showed flashes of brilliance themselves when at times it was the Collin Grothaus show as he dazzled the capacity crowd with his fantastic dribbling skills and jump shots that put his team ahead 23-20 at the break. In the third the stifling Wildcat defense held the Bulldogs to only 5 points while going into the final stanza leading 36-31. Vanlue shot 1-5 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter but got the lead with 51 seconds remaining off a perfect backdoor cut by Nick Hagerty with an assist over the top of the defense from Garber. Columbus Grove found themselves with the ball and a chance to win as the clock ticked down to around 12 seconds, but Grothaus couldn’t get a shot to go as he was fouled. 6.5 seconds remained on the clock as Grove coming out of a timeout inbounded underneath their own basket to their point guard Grothaus who proceeded to slice through the Wildcat defenders and hit the game winner as time expired to give his team a 47-45 win and a shot at a District Title on Friday night against Leipsic. Grothaus finished with 22 but none bigger than the last shot of the game, Garber finished with 15 in the last game he will ever play for Vanlue.

Listen to the end of the game with myself and Steve Wiener here: http://chirb.it/bxp2vG

Final score after Grothaus game winner

Listen to the game between Leipsic (21-4) taking on Columbus Grove (17-7) on www.zsportslive.com with Dave Boninsegna and Rudy Lomeli from Liberty Benton with coverage starting at 7pm. Leipsic won the matchup between the two teams earlier this season 64-52.

 

Switching gears from boys to girls action it was the Ottoville Lady Big Green (25-0) and the Leipsic Lady Vikings (17-8) taking center stage last night at Elida’s Fieldhouse. Could the Vikings get even with the Big Green for defeating them earlier in the season or would this be just another notch in the belt of the #1 team in the state on their way to another Regional Finals appearance? Leipsic and coach Gary Krienbrink were making their first ever appearance in the Regionals while the Big Green were making stop #12 with the matchup.

Ottoville got on the scoreboard first as Taylor Mangas continued her white hot shooting as of late by burying a three on their first possession, and they never looked back. After the first quarter the Big Green led 19-6 and Leipsic never got any closer as Ottoville used a handful of big runs including a 12-1 run in the second to lead at the half 30-20. One of the adjustments that Leipsic made in attempting to close the gap in the second stanza was to switch from a zone defense that had been giving up three pointers by the bushel to a man defense that forced 6 quick turnovers. Ottoville came out determined in the second half of the game, looking to avoid a second straight year in which their season ended in the Regional Semi-Finals by making their foul shots and just about every other shot they put up to run their lead to 42-24 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter the Big Green got three of their starters into double figures as before being taken out for good Turnwald dropped in 12, Beining 10, and Mangas 10. Abby Siefker and Nicole Vorst both just missed double digits as they each scored 9 to go along with Vorst’s 6 steals in the 52-29 win. All 5 of Leipsic’s points in the fourth quarter came from the free throw line as they were held scoreless for most of the second half at the hands of the stifling Ottoville defense which not only doesn’t allow you to score at times but doesn’t let you even attempt a shot when they don’t want to it seems.

Ottoville improves to 26-0 on the season and now has 2 more wins than the previous single season record for wins that was set in 1995-96. Leipsic finishes a fine season with their first Regional Semi-Finals appearance at 17-9 behind 7 points from Shaylyn Moorman.

Ottoville moves on

Saturday night’s Regional Finals will feature the Big Green taking on Arcadia (23-2) who got a big night from Senior guard Miranda Palmer who finished with 18 to dismiss the Pettisville Blackbirds in Game 1 of the night. Arcadia did not hit a shot until almost 2 minutes left in the 1st quarter but used a 14-0 run in the second quarter to take control for good and cruise to a 46-36 win in which they hit 6 deep balls and only committed 10 turnovers.

Panorama inside the fieldhouse during Arcadia’s win

Ottoville and Arcadia can be heard live as it happens from the Fieldhouse in Elida on www.zsportslive.com channel z1 with myself and Steve Wiener with the winner playing either Tri-Village or Fort Loramie in Columbus next week.

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Crestview survives, Big Green roll to District Finals matchup

It may have said February 28th on the calendar, but it March Madness was definitely in full effect last night at Lima Senior. The Northwest Conference champion Crestview Knights brought their 21-2 record into yesterday’s District Semi-Finals against the 15-8 Kalida Wildcats in hopes of returning on Saturday night to play for a chance at a District Championship and walked away with a 53-47 Double Overtime win, but it’s how they earned it that makes the story unique.

Lindsey Motycka, a 1st Team All-NWC selection led her Knights early as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter but were matched as a run by the Wildcats closed the gap to 12-10 after the first stanza. A 10-5 second quarter run gave Kalida a 20-17 lead at the break and set up what would be a fantastic second half. For the next two quarters Kylie Osterhage for Kalida and Emily Bauer of Crestview waged a war underneath that had both picking up buckets and fouls along the way. After 3 quarters had elapsed the scoreboard shows Kalida ahead by 1 at 29-28. Both teams were able to put a lot of points on the board in the fourth quarter from the field and especially the free throw line where the Knights were able to make a killing. In the final minute of the game it was Summer Holtkamp who put the Wildcats up 43-40 with her coast to coast layup that left only 5 seconds on the clock. During the ensuing timeout there is no doubt that Coach Adam Huber told his players in emphatic fashion DO NOT FOUL THE THREE, but that is exactly what happened as the Knights stepped to the line with 1.9 seconds remaining in the game needing Mackenzie Riggenbach to hit all three just to tie, which she did. Kalida got one final heave from halfcourt that came up short to send the game to overtime.

In the first overtime neither team was really able to do very much as they only hit one bucket each to send the exhausted players to a second overtime tied at 43. Overtime #2 was all Knights however as they outscored Kalida 8-2 to move on to face the winner of Ottoville and Lincolnview on Saturday night and improved to 22-2 on the season. With the loss Kalida’s season ended at a respectable 15-9 and will no doubt have them hungry next season for a return trip to Districts.

Crestview defeats Kalida in 2OT

The second game of the night had a LOT to live up to as the #1 team in Division IV and top seeded Ottoville, sporting a 23-0 record laced up their sneakers against the 18-5 NWC representative Lincolnview Lancers. Prior to the game much had been made about the star studded matchup in PCL 1st Team and Player of the Year Abby Siefker, PCL Coach of the Year Dave Klemen and the Big Green’s matchup with 1st Team NWC selection Katie Dye and Coach Dan Williamson’s Lancers.

Lincolnview jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the game and seemingly had Ottoville staggered early, but as they have done all season Ottoville quickly responded and led 13-12 after one. Most teams who have a bad quarter are usually staring down the barrel of a blowout, those who have two like Lincolnview did in the middle two quarters and are outscored 36-5 during that stretch had better begin planning for next year. Ottoville led 33-14 at the half. At the break the Lancers had turned the ball over 16 times and only scored 14 points, a surefire recipe for disaster against an average team, let alone a team like the Big Green who thrive on others mistakes and can turn them into quick points behind Nicole Vorst, Taylor Mangas and Rachel Turnwald.

After three quarters Ottoville led 49-17, but Abby Siefker the future Bowling Green State University Falcon had outscored Lincolnview 19-17 herself. Coach Dave Klemen and his staff pulled their starters with about 7 minutes to go in the fourth for good, but even the reserves got into the act as Nicole Kramer buried two 3 pointers to extend the lead. Never a squad to throw in the towel however the Lancers never gave up as they continued to try to battle back by scoring 10 points in the stanza to make the final 62-27 Ottoville. Siefker was the games leading scorer with 19 while her teammate Taylor Mangas chipped in 11 after battling back from an apparent ankle injury in the first half. Claire Dye was the only player in double figures for Lincolnview with 10 in the loss.

The Big Green upped their record to 24-o on the season while ending the Lancers 2012-13 campaign at 18-6. Ottoville will meet Crestview on Saturday night at Lima Senior for a chance at another District Championship, but will need to shore up their ballhandling as they committed 25 turnovers in the contest, a number that undoubtedly can not happen against a very stout Crestview defense if the Big Green look to advance to Regionals at Elida’s Fieldhouse next week.

Ottoville advances

The audio from both games is posted at http://www.michaelhirn.com/media/audio/

 

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Leipsic throttles North Baltimore

OTTAWA – The old adage about a game being close until tip-off was never proven more true than at Robert J Hermiller Gymnasium on Wednesday night. After Leipsic won the opening tipoff Devin Mangas went to work for the Vikings, hitting a three pointer to give his team a 3-0 lead just seven seconds in that they would never relinquish.

Leipsic utilized a tenacious press in the first quarter to steal any pass North Baltimore attempted and vaulted out to a 29-8 lead as the first stanza buzzer sounded. If you were one of the handful of Tiger fans it did not get any easier to stomach what happened next as the much bigger and faster Viking lineup put up 31 second quarter points to lead at the half 60-23. As the teams headed into the locker-room for a ten minute break the scoreboard showed the fans in attendance that Leipsic had four players in double figures.

Third quarter action was not very kind to the Tigers either as the only offense they were able to muster on a consistent basis came from Jacob Frost who chipped in a team high 14 once the smoke cleared. Heading into the final 8:00 there were only two questions remaining, could the Vikings hit 100 points for the third time this season and would every Viking get into the scorebook? Both of those questions were answered in the affirmative as a jumper by Oscar Lopez put the Vikings over the century mark with about two minutes to go. Derrick Bennett for the Vikings was the last player on his team to get points into the scoring column when he hit a runner to give Leipsic a 107-39 lead.

Leipsic with the win upped their record to 19-4 and will be back at Ottawa Glandorf on Friday night to play Cory Rawson at 8pm. North Baltimore with the loss saw their season end for the second consecutive year at OG, the site of a 71-12 loss last season and will finish 3-20. In the win Austin Brown led the way with 20 for the Vikings, Devin Mangas hit a trio of 3’s to finish with 19, and Zach Kuhlman with 16, very balanced scoring led the way for Leipsic in the win as Coach Scott Maag talked about after the game: http://chirb.it/ELN0qw

 

A look at the scoreboard after the game:

Leipsic wins big

Thursday night please tune in to hear myself and Steve Wiener as we will have two fantastic girls matchups as the 15-8 Kalida Wildcats will take on the 21-2 and top seeded Crestview Knights at 6:15pm from Lima Senior High School. Game #2 of the night will follow approximately 30 minutes after the first as the 23-0 Ottoville Big Green led by Abby Siefker will do battle with the 18-5 Lincolnview Lancers. All of the action from both games can be found on www.zsportslive.com channel z1 with pregame for the first contest starting at 5:50pm.

 

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Game Recap/Previews for this week

Tuesday night I had a chance to see Ottoville absolutely dismantle Perry and Kalida come back from a close first half to end the Fort Jennings Musketeers season.

Ottoville and Perry tipoff
Ottoville and Perry tipoff

Ottoville jumped out to a 25-1 lead during the first quarter and ended the stanza 28-5 after Perry hit a 22 foot three pointer with 9.8 seconds left in the first for their only bucket from the field in the quarter. The second quarter went a little better for the Commodores as they shot far better from the field, Ottoville still outscored them for the quarter however 27-20 to lead 52-25 at the half. 15 more Perry points in the third quarter including some NBA range three pointers propelled them to a decent quarter, but it was still all Ottoville at the end of three, 74-35. With their season on the line the Commodores never gave up on both ends of the floor, but in the end the Big Green were too much for Perry as they rolled to a 93-46 win to pick up their 22nd win on the season.

Going forward, Ottoville will next take on 5-18 Columbus Grove on Saturday night at 6:15 pm. You can hear the game live as it happens with myself and Steve Wiener on www.zsportslive.com channel z1 as the first of our two tournament games we will be covering that night. When these two programs hooked up on January 5th of this year it was a going away win for Ottoville as they prevailed 57-14. Will Saturday be a chance at redemption for the Bulldogs or more of the same for the Big Green?

Ottoville has relied most of the season on their Senior duo of future Bowling Green Falcon Abby Siefker and Rachel Beining. Those two along with superb shooting from Nicole Vorst, Rachel Turnwald and the injured Tonya Kaufman has propelled Coach Dave Klemen’s squad to a perfect regular season, a 22-0 record and a fourth consecutive Putnam County League title. Can they keep up the pressure not only on their opponents but also themselves as teams start doubling down low and scouting them harder in an attempt to dethrone them in what could be their last run at a state title? Well I guess time will tell, but right now I honestly can’t see anyone being able to hang with them for the foreseeable future. One of the key matchups that probably won’t get enough attention in my opinion beforehand is Ottoville’s Rachel Turnwald and Taylor Mangas defending speedy Grove guard Sidney McCluer, however if Beining and Siefker are dominating in the post like they did in game one between the two this year it might be a moot point.

Ottoville blows out Perry
Ottoville blows out Perry

Kalida’s Wildcats came into Tuesday night’s matchup with Fort Jennings having already have beaten the Musketeers handily at their place in December by a 50-27 score. Both teams didn’t have their best offensive nights early, but it was Kalida who got a spark near the end of the first half when Julia Vandemark hit a 3 near the buzzer to put the Wildcats ahead 24-22 at the break. Whatever the speech Kalida coach Adam Huber gave his team at the half must have been one for the ages as his Wildcats came storming out of the locker room in the third and took over with a 20-4 quarter that included two separate 10-0 runs to blow the game open. Kristi Honigfort added a pair of treys as well as a steal and a bucket during the second run to finish off her personal 8-0 run to end the third stanza and put Kalida ahead for good as they rolled to a  49-31 win for their 15th victory of the season.

Kalida ends Ft Jennings season
Kalida ends Ft Jennings season

With the victory the Wildcats will come back to Bluffton to play Continental on Saturday night at 8pm. Taylor Williamson and her Pirate teammates were not very good Valentines Day dates for Kalida as they came into the palace and brutalized the Cats and survived late while giving themselves the gift of a 32-26 PCL victory. Just as it was during their first meeting, the key matchup in this game will likely be in the point guard matchup as Taylor Williamson of Continental will once again lock horns with the speed and tenacious defense of Wildcat leader Summer Holtkamp.

Tournament season is one of my absolute favorite times of the year and with just two games under our belt already, I can see that this season is shaping up to be something special as we inch closer and closer to Columbus.

Please be sure to check out the audio page as you can hear these games on demand whenever you would like to.

Have a great day and an even better tomorrow.

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