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6 Riders named All-Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH – Following a successful season that included a trip to the playoffs and an unbeaten Western Buckeye League championship run, 6 St. Marys Roughriders were named to the Division 4 All-Ohio teams on Monday afternoon by the OPSWA.

First team selections went to offensive lineman Garrett Lauth and defensive lineman Reed Aller.

Lauth, a 6’2, 310 pound senior offensive lineman and multi-year starter on the front line for coach Doug Frye helped lead a Roughrider rushing attack that finished as the best in the WBL with a 323.9 per game average. In addition to his All-Ohio honors, Lauth was voted this season as the conference lineman of the year and a first team Northwest District pick.

Defensive lineman Reed Aller, a 6’1/245 pound senior and returning letter winner for the Riders ended the season with 55 tackles and was named as the WBL and Northwest District’s lineman of the year before being named 1st team All-Ohio this afternoon and was a key member of a defense that surrendered just 14 points to opponents during the last month of the regular season on their way to posting a trio of shutouts.

3rd team mentions went to runningback Sean Perry and linebacker Jackson Harris, a pair of dynamic players that helped the Riders to back to back playoff appearances.

Perry, a 5’10/170 pound junior was a 1st team Western Buckeye League pick and led the St. Marys rushing attack this season as he finished with 1,210 yards and 9 touchdowns. Catching the ball the elusive Perry finished second on the team in receiving with 87 yards and a touchdown. Nearly never leaving the field, Perry finished with 114 tackles and 3 interceptions in addition to nearly 500 return yards on special teams and an 87 yard return for touchdown as well.

Jackson Harris finished his career at St. Marys with back to back 100+ tackling seasons, including a team high 137 this season. The 6’3/195 pound senior was an integral part of a Riders defensive unit that ended the season surrendering 18.6 per contest in their 12 games this season and was also a 1st team selection at linebacker in the WBL.

Honorable Mention All-Ohio honors were given out to a pair of Riders as kicker Gabe Vandever and defensive lineman Austin Giesige picked up the nods.

Vandever, the 5’10/155 pound junior record setting kicker finished the year as one of the top scorers in the Western Buckeye League and broke a handful of school records on the way. During the course of the season Vandever connected on a school record 50 straight extra point attempts and 71 consecutive overall dating back to his sophomore season before his streak was snapped. Not only did he eclipse the schools career total for extra points but Vandever is also the St. Marys leader in all-time field goal makes heading into his senior season next August when the Riders return to the field.

Austin Giesige, a 6’1/215 pound senior finished his final high school season with 77 tackles. Giesige who started and earned all-league accolades at linebacker as a junior was moved to the defensive line this season where he utilized his speed on the front line to help keep opponents at bay and flourished at the new role as he helped keep opponents to just 3.9 yards per rushing attempt on the year.


OG and Versailles advance to finals

COLUMBUS, OHIO – For one squad the game on Saturday will be about redemption from last season, for the other it will be about making history.

Ottawa Glandorf is now 26-2 on the season after dispatching the Fairland Dragons from the OHSAA Division 3 tournament with a 55-27 win on Thursday night in the semi-finals. The 26 wins by the Titans this season is the most by an OG squad in a single season and has the young ladies that fill up the roster hungry for the final piece of the puzzle, the schools first ever state championship in girls basketball.

The Lady Titans motto all season has been about getting hype and staying there, and that has never been on display than more during the tournament run where they have run off five wins by a combined 132 points.

Moments into last nights contest against Fairland the Titans began to utilize what they have all season long, their immense pressure on the ballhandlers of the opposing team. Erin Basinger got things going for OG at the free throw line as off of an Elissa Ellerbrock missed three pointer she grabbed the rebound and was fouled and was sent for a pair of charity tosses where she hit 1/2 and put her team up 1-0.

Off of a steal by Danielle Schroeder the Titans put up 3 more quick points this time around as Ellerbrock connected from behind the arc in the deep right corner of the Schott to go up 4-0. The final two points of the opening quarter run came seconds later following a missed triple from Schroeder, Ellerbrock kept the possession alive with an offensive rebound and a made jumper to go up 6-0 with 5:45 left in the opening period before Mackenzie Riley got the Dragons on the scoreboard with a layup at the 5:24 mark. OG would outscore Fairland the rest of the way in the quarter 7-1 and lead at the quarter stoppage 13-3.

Things wouldn’t get much better for Fairland in the second quarter either as the high pressure relentless attack of OG would connect for 7 points off of turnovers and head into the half with a 27-10 Titans advantage. Fairland was held to just 2/14 shooting from the perimeter and had to rely on their free throw shooting (6/10 in the half) to get their score into double digits.

Despite shooting just 9/22 in the second half, OG was able to stretch their lead to 40-17 heading into the final period as they utilized a 13-7 quarter and connected on a multitude of free throws. Ottawa Glandorf outscored Fairland 15-10 in the fourth quarter and advanced with a 55-27 win in front of 5,368 cheering fans in attendance.

Caitlin Stone, a 5’3 Senior headed to play for former OG Titan Haley Ducey at Urbana University was held to just 3 points in the contest on 1/10 shooting. Her lone made shot of the game came on a three pointer. Kelsey Riley, a 4 year starter and McDonalds All-American Game nominee for the Dragons was also held in check by the pressure defense employed by the Titans as she finished her career with 11 points on 4/7 shooting combined with 3/5 from the charity stripe.

Ottawa Glandorf was led in scoring by Elissa Ellerbrock with 11, and followed closely by Erin Basinger with 10. The Titans advance to Saturday afternoon at 2pm where they will play the Versailles Tigers, 54-43 winners over the previously unbeaten Doylestown Chippewa Lady Chipps in the early contest.

The Division 4 State Championship game can be heard live as it happens on www.zsportslive.com

Box Score:

OG (55):

Dani Ellerbrock 5
Elissa Ellerbrock 11
Anna Bellman 1
Erin Basinger 10
Danielle Schroeder 7
Devon Warnecke 2
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kylie White 8
Lexi Schroeder 5
Kadie Hempfling 4

FG: 18/42 (42.9%)
3: 2/7 (28.6%) – D. Ellerbrock, E. Ellerbrock
FT: 17/26 (65.4%)
Reb: 36 (17 offensive – E. Ellerbrock 9)
Fouls: 16
Ast: 13 (D. Ellerbrock 5)
TO: 12
Blk: 0
Stl: 12 (E. Ellerbrock 3, Hempfling 3)
Points in paint: 28
Points off turnover: 24
2nd chance points: 18
Bench scoring: 21

Fairland (27):

Taylor Staten 4
Mackenzie Riley 4
Kelsey Riley 11
Caitlin Stone 3
Jenna Fulks 3
Emily Chapman 2

FG: 7/32 (21.9%)
3: 1/12 (10.0%) – Stone
FT: 12/20 (60.0%)
Reb: 23 (9 offensive – M. Riley 5)
Fouls: 20
Ast: 4 (M. Riley 2)
Blk: 2 (Fulks 2)
Stl: 5 (5 players with 1 each)
Points in paint: 12
Points off turnover: 10
2nd chance points: 1
Bench scoring: 2

Versailles (25-4) used their stellar defense and a big performance from Freshman phenom and Honorable Mention MAC selection Kami McEldowney who finished with a team high 13 points. Joining McEldowney in double figures for the Tigers were Seniors Lauren Bruns (headed to Dayton on a Volleyball scholarship), and Taylor Winner with 12 points apiece.

Division 3 All-Ohio 1st teamer and Player of the Year Ashley Richardson finished with a game high 18 points on 8/13 from the field, she also grabbed 11 rebounds. Outside of Richardson however the Lady Chipps finished just 4/26 from the field and could only muster 43 points to Versailles 54 in suffering their only loss of the season (finished 28-1).

One positive note however for Chippewa, their 28 wins is the most in a single season by a Lady Chipps squad and they will return two of their key players in Carly Koncz and Taylor Richards.