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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)


East/West split Girls D8 game wins

ELIDA, OHIO – Monday night was one last opportunity for some Senior ladies to hit the high school hardwood one final time at the Elida Fieldhouse in the 39th annual District 8 Coaches Association All-Star Games.

In the first game of the night the Division 1-2-3 girls took the court with the East team coached by Liberty Benton mentor Nate Irwin came away with a 67-65 win over LCC coach Katie Krieg’s West squad. Game 2 featured the Division 4 All-Stars and was a runaway result with the West winning by a 70-36 margin.

Future Wright State Raider Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) continued a big couple of days shooting the basketball in All-Star games (17 the day before in the BVC/PCL All-Star game in Findlay) as she knocked down 7 from behind the arc en route to a game high 23 points. For her efforts Simon was rewarded with player of the game honors. Joining Simon in double figures were Carly Clum (Allen East), Abby Waddle (Elida), and Rachel Evans (Shawnee) all with 13 apiece.

The West squad was led in scoring by Wapak’s Megan Watt who tossed in 4 triples of her own en route to a team high 15 points. Wapak teammate Carly Buzzard added 10 points and was the only other player in double figures in the loss.


East (67):

Carly Clum (Allen East) 13
Abby Waddle (Elida) 13
Rachel Evans (Shawnee) 13
Lauren Kotey (Liberty Benton) 3
Maryssa Herschler (Shawnee) 4
Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) 23

3’s (14): Clum 2, Waddle 3, Evans 2, Simon 7

On the roster but not able to make the game: Alyssa Manley (Bath), Cassie Best (Bath), Bri Smith (Bath), Imara Haynes (Lima Senior)

West (65):

Megan Watt (Wapak) 15
Hannah Bruns (Coldwater) 8
Sarah Kanney (Coldwater) 9
Brooke Welsch (Coldwater) 6
Sydney Santaguida (LCC) 2
Kayla Verhoff (LCC) 3
Erin Morrow (Van Wert) 5
Carly Buzzard (Wapak) 10
Alexis Dowdy (Van Wert) 7

Playing but not scoring: Lauren Schrag (Defiance)

3’s (10): Watt 4, Kanney 3, Verhoff, Morrow, Buzzard

The West jumped out to an early lead in the Division 4 game and never looked back as they led 39-18 after the first 20:00 half and walked away with a 70-36 win to the delight of their two head coaches in Dan Grouthaus of Delphos St. Johns and Adam Huber of Kalida.

Mackenzie Riggenbach of Crestview led the victorious West squad in scoring with a game high 13 points and was joined in scoring by Knights teammate and 1,000 point prep scorer Lindsey Motycka who finished with 8 points in her last contest at the Fieldhouse before heading north to play her college ball at Lourdes University just outside of Toledo. Allie Thobe, the Midwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year added 10 points to join Riggenbach as the only two players in double figures.

A pair of players from the Blanchard Valley Conference in Arlington’s Hannah Johnson and the BVC Player of the Year in Arcadia’s Molly Glick finished with 10 points each for coaches Gary Kreinbrink of Leipsic and Bill Tafflinger of Ada in the loss.



Julia Thatcher (Lincolnview) 8
Allie Thobe (Marion Local) 10
Logan Arnold (Minster) 8
Alexis Wuebker (Minster) 9
Lindsey Motycka (Crestview) 8
Annie Lindeman (Ottoville) 3
Mackenzie Riggenbach (Crestview) 13
Tori Lennartz (Fort Recovery) 5
Meg Reineke (New Knoxville) 8

3’s (11): Arnold, Wuebker 2, Motycka, Lindeman, Riggenbach 3, Lennartz, Reineke

Playing but not scoring: Bridget Culp (Delphos Jefferson), Jackie Gardner (Kalida)

East (36):

Alexis Ambrugey (Ada) 2
Hannah Johnson (Arlington) 10
Megan Ritter (Cory Rawson) 4
Molly Glick (Arcadia) 10
Shay Moorman (Leipsic) 2
Kelly Nadler (Leipsic) 8

3’s (4): Johnson 2, Glick, Nadler

Playing but not scoring: Tori Wyss (Ada), Lindsey Walden (Ada), Kendra Tuttle (Cory Rawson)


BVC posts All-Star sweep

FINDLAY, OHIO – The first annual Blanchard Valley Conference vs Putnam County League All-Star game took place on Sunday afternoon at the University of Findlay’s Croy Gymnasium and both the BVC boys and girls walked away with wins.

Molly Glick, an Arcadia product headed to play her college ball at Northern Kentucky University led the BVC girls with 19 points and was one of three players in double figures in their squad’s 78-55 win. Shay Moorman of Leipsic, the PCL player of the year led her team with 15.

Arcadia players had a good night during the set of games as Josh Ireland scored 24 points and began the game with an emphatic dunk as his league posted their first victory in the series 107-91. Adam Niese of Miller City led the PCL with 21 points.

Girls scoring:

BVC (78):

Hailey Buck (McComb) 10
Lauren Kotey (Liberty Benton) 7
Hannah Johnson (Arlington) 5
Megan Ritter (Cory Rawson) 9
Nichole Miller (Van Buren) 2
Kendra Tuttle (Cory Rawson) 9
Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) 17
Molly Glick (Arcadia) 19

3’s (6) – Buck 3, Tuttle 2, Simon

PCL (55):

Jenna Calvelege (Ft. Jennings) 3
Jackie Gardner (Kalida) 2
McKenna Scott (Continental) 3
Shalynn Moorman (Leipsic) 15
Kelly Nadler (Leipsic) 4
Becca Endicott (Columbus Grove) 12
Gabby Clippenger (Ft. Jennings) 6
Annie Lindeman (Ottoville) 10

3’s (7): Calvelege, Moorman 2, Clippenger 2, Lindeman 2

Boys Scoring:

BVC (107):

Matthew Alspach (Cory Rawson) 15
Trey Hanes (McComb) 9
Lane Bishop (North Baltimore) 4
B.J. Lawson (Liberty Benton) 5
Draeton Fasone (Van Buren) 10
Aaron Starr (Arlington) 10
Jon Dager (Liberty Benton) 13
Josh Ireland (Arcadia) 24
Clay Grubb (McComb) 8
Ryan Lommerse (Hopewell-Loudon) 9

3’s (17): Alspach 3, Hanes, Bishop, Lawson, Fasone 2, Starr 2, Dager 2, Ireland 4, Lommerse

PCL (91):

Gabe Williams (Continental) 13
Tyler Roby (Ottoville) 5
Brandt Landin (Ottoville) 10
Joey Warnecke (Columbus Grove) 4
Jared Snyder (Miller City) 10
Austin Kehres (Ft. Jennings) 2
Devin Kortokrax (Kalida) 17
Adam Drummelsmith (Miller City) 9
Adam Niese (Miller City) 21

3’s (4): Williams, Roby, Drummelsmith, Niese


Grubb, Gerken named BVC player/coach of the year

McComb Senior Clay Grubb has been named as the Blanchard Valley Conference Player of the Year while Liberty Benton Head Coach Ben Gerken snagged the Coach of the Year award after leading the Eagles to a 12-0 league record.

Grubb who is headed to Ohio Dominican University on a baseball scholarship this fall, averaged 15.8 points per game and will be joined on the first team by North Baltimore’s Chad Wright, Vanlue’s Austin Smith, Liberty Benton’s Anthony Masterlasco, Draeton Fasone of Van Buren, and Josh Ireland of Arcadia.

Second team honors went to Nathan Craft from BVC champ Liberty-Benton, Matthew Alspach of Cory-Rawson, Matt Glick from Arlington, Leipsic’s Jordan Brown, Colin Fenstermaker of Pandora-Gilboa, and Braxton Fasone from Van Buren.

Jon Dager of Liberty-Benton leads the third team and is joined by Trey Hanes from McComb, Shae Watkins of Arcadia, Lane Bishop of North Baltimore, Ryan Lommerse from Hopewell-Loudon, and Grant Loveridge of Riverdale.

26 players were named to the Honorable Mention BVC list:

ARCADIA: Hayden Ramsey, Dylan Conine

ARLINGTON: Logan Speyer, Aaron Starr

CORY-RAWSON: Ian Moser, Spencer Silvers

HARDIN NORTHERN: Andrew Stump, Zach Wilhelm

HOPEWELL-LOUDON: Garret Sendelbach, Gauge Sadler

LEIPSIC: Ross Mangas, Matt Schroeder

LIBERTY-BENTON: B.J. Lawson, Tyson Neiling

McCOMB: Chas Shoop, Drew Siferd

NORTH BALTIMORE: Levi Newcomer, Derek McMahon

PANDORA-GILBOA: Drew Johnson, Ryan Lee

RIVERDALE: Chad Pever, Alex Pickett

VAN BUREN: Ryan Turner, Nic Torres

VANLUE: Sam Wagner, Brody Hanna

The annual BVC vs PCL All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, March 29th at the University of Findlay’s Croy Center with the girls contest beginning at 5pm, and the boys to follow approximately 15 minutes afterwards.

Adam Smith from Hopewell-Loudon and C.J. Holman of Arcadia will serve as the games Co-Head Coaches for the contest.

Representing the Blanchard Valley Conference will be:

Clay Grubb
Draeton Fasone
Josh Ireland
Matthew Alspach
Trey Hanes
Lane Bishop
Ryan Lommerse
Jon Dager
Aaron Starr
B.J. Lawson

5 players were named as Alternates:

Sam Wagner
Ian Moser
Dylan Conine
Blake Glaser
Levi Newcomer


Rockets sting Hornets

PANDORA, OHIO – Seth Schmenk must be a huge fan of Peyton Manning.

On Thursday night it was Manning who accounted for seven touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, on Friday night it was Rocket Senior QB Seth Schmenk who took his turn at the usually unlucky number against Cory Rawson.

The first two weeks of the season have played out like a personal highlight reel for Seth Schmenk as last week against Columbus Grove he threw and ran for a pair of touchdowns in the Zsportslive.com Bowl win over the Bulldogs, and continued to show what he can do this week as he ran for a trio of scores while throwing four td’s to four different Rocket wideouts.

Schmenk finished the night completing 7 of 12 passes for 208 yards and the four td’s while also gaining 107 yards on the ground to go with his three trips to paydirt. Of his three rushing scores, it was the one midway through the first quarter that was the most exciting, as he took a snap in the shotgun and burst past a line of defenders for a 60 yard touchdown that put PG up 20-0 with 4 minutes still remaining in the first stanza.

After accounting for 125 yards last week in the opener, Senior tailback Jacob Basinger tallied his second 100 yard rushing game in as many weeks by toting the rock 11 times for 111 yards and a 4th quarter touchdown to go along with the 4 yard reception for a score he opened the game with.

One of the speediest players on the field for the Rockets this season has been Hunter Hovest. Hunter showed why he’s one of the shiftiest return men in the BVC when with 1:09 remaining in the first half he fielded a Jadyn Hall punt and promptly returned it 72 yards for a touchdown that ran the score to 52-0 heading into the half.

Cory Rawson had it’s own chance to score on special teams as after one of the PG touchdowns, Senior runningback and kick returner Dylen Hartman weaved in and out of traffic for an apparent 87 yard return for a score that was wiped away with a block in the back penalty. The Hornets never really got any closer to scoring and went down in defeat 58-0.

Little used Senior cornerback Sam Herr got the start on Senior Night and made the most of it as he was named the Zsportslive/Pizza Hut player of the game for his two huge interceptions of Hornet quarterback Ian Moser.

With the loss the Hornets drop to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in BVC play while the Rockets up their record to 2-0 and 1-0 in BVC league play. Pandora will next travel to face Arlington’s Red Devils who themselves won tonight by a 70-7 score over Arcadia.


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.