SPENCERVILLE, OH – Coming off of a successful senior season where he became just the fifth player in Spencerville boys basketball history to score 1,000 plus career points, Dakota Prichard has announced where he will play college basketball.
Blessed to say that I have committed to play for Edison CC! 🏀🏆 I would to thank everyone who has pushed me and made me the player I am today
Dakota Prichard Twitter the 2016-17 Northwest Conference Player of the Year announced he will play at the next level for Edison Community College, a state college located in Piqua, Ohio.
During his senior campaign Prichard scored 18.0 points per game to lead the Bearcats who finished at 18-6. In addition to his scoring punch the future Charger handed out 2.7 assists and snagged 5.0 rebounds per game while connecting on 34.1% of his three pointers.
In addition to being a multiple time All-NWC selection on the hardwood Prichard also played quarterback for the football team and was a 1st team all-conference selection on the gridiron as a member of the defensive line and helped to lead that squad to three straight playoff appearances under the guidance of now former Head Coach John Zerbe.
ADA, OH – Key adjustments for Ottawa Glandorf helped the Lady Titans survive and advance to their third straight Regional Final as they downed the Clyde Fliers 59-48 at Ohio Northern University Tuesday night.
In the opening quarter each team saw their 5’5 guard put a big mark on the contest as OG’s Erin Kaufman and Clyde’s Heidi Marshall both turned their opponents miscues into six points of their own. Kaufman would go on to become one of four Titans (Kaufman, Lexi Schroeder, Kylie White, Kadie Hempfling) to finish in double figures on the night.
When the game began to slow down the two opponents worked their way inside as the Titans Kylie White and the Fliers Addie Martin were able to bruise their way to the basket with ease at times and make the contest a 17-15 OG lead after the first eight minutes of play.
Marshall, a 1st team Sandusky Bay Conference pick showed her ball handling and speed with the basketball in the second period as she again accounted for half a dozen points and helped to pull her team within a point at 27-26 heading into the halftime break.
Coming out of the halftime break the Titans stormed out to a quick string of points aided by steals and long tosses for layups as they increased their lead to 41-30 at the end of the games penultimate stanza. “We wanted to get the tempo going a little quicker then what they were used to playing at” OG coach Troy Yant said about his team’s defensive effort and intensity in the third quarter.
Led by Kadie Hempfling’s second triple double of the season of 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds the Western Buckeye League champions were able to keep their perfect record intact as they stymied the Fliers offense and finished off a 59-48 victory.
Upon being asked about her triple double Hempfling replied to the post game media by saying “I had quite a few turnovers as well so I need to work on that” as the CO-WBL Player of the Year finished with 10 on the evening.
Clyde sees their season draw to a close with a 22-4 record and their first District title under 7th year Head Coach David Lozier.
Ottawa Glandorf continues to make history as they earned their 26th win of the season and tied the wins for most victories in a single season set the past two years as they Titans have fallen in the State Championship game and ended at 26-3.
Next up for OG will be the Norton Panthers (19-5) on Friday night at 7:30pm at Mansfield Senior High School for the right to play in the State Semifinals in Columbus. That game can be heard live on WZOQ Radio
Lexi Schroeder 13
Kadie Hempfling 12
Kylie White 17
Ashley Schroeder 2
Erin Kaufman 12
Carri Johnson 3
PAULDING, OH – With their 75-56 victory in Paulding on Friday night the Spencerville Bearcats gave mentor Kevin Sensabaugh his 200th career victory.
In the midst of a six game swing away from home the Bearcats got solid contributions from their bench and saw four players finish in double figures as they improved to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in Northwest Conference play while dropping host Paulding to 3-7, and 0-2.
Seniors Dakota Prichard and Bailey Croft led the visitors attack as they scored 23 and 17 points respectively, but it was the contribution from Junior Ben Dues (11 points, 8 rebounds) that had the Bearcat mentor smiling most. “Ben has played really well for us in back to back games and gave us good minutes tonight” said Sensabaugh.
Daniel Corso had solid first and third quarters for Spencerville as well as he pumped in 11 of his 13 points, including hitting all four of his free throws in the contest.
Paulding finished with two players in double figures as Jaret Miller led the Panthers in scoring and was joined by 6’6 Senior Griffin Harder who netted 10 markers before fouling out late in the fourth period.
Spencerville outscored Paulding 14-12 in the first quarter and pushed their advantage to 27-19 at the halftime break before outpacing the hosts 48-47 in the second half to secure the victory, their 10th in the last 13 meetings with the Panthers.
Free throws were a big story for the game in the second half as the two teams committed enough fouls to put the other deep into the double bonus limit. Paulding hit on 15 of their 21 charity tosses while the Bearcats went 13/15 in the second half. Overall the Bearcats were 21/24 in the game from the line while Paulding finished 19/26.
Saturday night will see Spencerville take their 4-0 road record down St. Route 66 to St. Marys as they battle the Roughriders (2-5) in a non-conference tilt. Paulding will wait until next Friday night, January 13th when they travel to take on Allen East for their next contest, an NWC battle.
Daniel Corso 13
Gary Schrolucke 3
Brady Nolan 6
Dakota Prichard 23
Bailey Croft 17
Conner Holmes 2
Ben Dues 11
ST MARYS, OH – Behind a strong team defensive performance and a pair of big offensive performances the OG Titans opened the Western Buckeye League portion of their schedule Thursday on the road in St. Marys with a 57-46 victory.
All-Ohio selections Kadie Hempfling and Kylie White combined to score 36 of the Titans 57 points and snagged 18 total rebounds to help secure Coach Troy Yant’s fifth victory in five meetings with the Roughriders.
Makayla Koch connected on a pair of first quarter free throws for St. Marys and a deep three pointer and a pair of buckets from inside the paint during the first half but was held scoreless the rest of the way and hassled into a handful of turnovers across the rest of the contest.
White and Hempfling each tossed in a three point field goal in the first half and teamed up for all but a dozen of their teams 33 first half points and helped the visitors to a 33-22 halftime advantage.
Despite a fast moving half that saw the two WBL squads attempt just nine free throws, the second half would grind to a much slower pace as Ottawa Glandorf found themselves 7/12 from the line while their counterparts would go 6/12 in the same 16 minute span.
Sydney Cisco continued her streak of hitting shots from extreme distances during the game as she found herself able to connect on a pair in the first half and one late in the game to lead her team in points scored with 14 on the evening.
Seniors Shania Taylor and Quincy Rable were held scoreless in the first half by the Titans defense that switched back and forth between a 2-3 and a 1-3-1 at times to stymie the outside shooting the Riders have utilized successfully in their first four games, but finished with 3 and 10 respectively in the defeat.
Ottawa Glandorf and St. Marys both scored 24 points in the second half as each received contributions from six players during the course of the four quarters.
While the Roughriders (4-0, 0-1) were dealt their first defeat of the season they will get an opportunity to even their WBL record next Thursday night as they take on Van Wert. Before taking on the Cougars the Riders will take on Delphos St. Johns in a non-conference affair on Tuesday night.
OG (5-0, 1-0) was led in scoring by Hempfling’s 19 points (also grabbed a game high 12 rebounds) and will travel to Lima on Thursday night as they continue their run towards a second consecutive league championship when they take on the Wildkittens.
St. Marys (46):
Makayla Koch 9
Sydney Cisco 14
Makenna Mele 8
Jill Schmitmeyer 2
Quincy Rable 10
Devon Warnecke 5
Carri Johnson 6
Erin Kaufman 4
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kylie White 17
Kadie Hempfling 19
CANTON, OH – With a plethora of college scouts in attendance, young basketball players from all around came to showcase their skills on Sunday at the NEO Showcase event put on by Rich Harland and HOFHuddle.com.
A full recap of how the young ladies performed in the individual events as well as the full list of who participated can be found at this link: NEO Showcase performances
Photos from the event that took place at the historic Canton Memorial Fieldhouse: NEO Showcase Photos
A look at the event itself with organizer Rich Harland:
LIMA, OH – It may have taken three and a half quarters for them to pull away from Wayne Trace, but the Spencerville Bearcats scored 20 points in the fourth quarter on Thursday night and did just that, winning 64-53 to advance to Saturday’s District Final against LCC.
Wayne Trace Junior Ethan Linder scored nine of his 15 points on the evening in the first quarter, including a three pointer from the wing to help give his Raiders a 16-15 lead after the first quarter. The Raiders connected on 10 of their 27 attempts from the field in the first half and both free throws they attempted but trailed by a point at 28-27 at the halftime break due to scores from all five Spencerville starters.
Mason Nourse’s three pointer in the third quarter helped to give Spencerville one of their biggest leads of the contest midway through, but three separate baskets by Cole Shepherd and a pair of three pointers by Alec Vest and Brady Stabler were enough to again pull Wayne Trace within a single point at 44-43 at the quarter stoppage.
The final eight minutes of the game saw the Bearcats connect on 12 of their 13 free throws with Senior Zach Goecke connecting on 5/6 tosses. Dakota Prichard was not only 2/2 from the charity stripe but also tossed in a triple from long distance that helped the Bearcats seal the 9 point win 64-53.
Spencerville (18-4) finished with three players in double figures as Goecke led the way with 17 while Nourse ended with 16 and Prichard tossed in 14 markers to go with his 9 rebounds.
Wayne Trace’s season ends at 17-8 and the Raiders were led in scoring on the contest by Shepherd who scored 18 and was one of two players (Linder, 15 markers) in double figures.
With the win the Bearcats advance to the District Finals at Lima Senior on Saturday at 7pm as they take on the #1 team in D3 in Lima Central Catholic (23-1), a team that defeated them 88-66 back on February 19th at home.
ELIDA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf got up early on their opponent in the first quarter for the second game in a row and forced a myriad of turnovers en route to a 59-32 win over Elida Thursday night. With the win the Titans clinched their 5th outright Western Buckeye League championship in school history and first since 2006.
OG jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening minutes behind a trio of buckets from Kadie Hempfling and forced Elida into a timeout midway through the first period. Elida’s first basket of the contest came with :52 remaining in the opening quarter from Cienna Kuhn that put a stop to a 12-0 Titan run. Shyah Wheeler, the Bulldogs leading scorer on the season at 12.2 points per game connected on a runner at the horn that sent the game to a stoppage at 14-4 with the visitors in the lead.
Senior point guard Dani Ellerbrock scored six of her eight points in the game in the first half, including 4-4 from the free throw line as she helped push the Titan lead to 23-8. With 3:07 remaining in the second quarter the Bulldogs got themselves in double figures as Junior Lauren Alexander notched her only points of the game on a three pointer from the wing.
Kylie White, Kadie Hempfling, and Lexi Schroeder, the three top scorers in the game for OG accounted for 25 of their teams 31 points in the opening pair of quarters and 44 of the 59 overall.
The Titans outscored Elida 28-18 in the second half en route to the win led by seven different players etching their names in the scoring.
Ottawa Glandorf was led in scoring for the 9th time this season by Hempfling who finished with 20 points to go with 7 rebounds and 5 steals. White finished with another double double as she accounted for 15 markers, 12 rebounds and 5 thefts of her own.
With the win the Titans finish the regular season at 20-2 for the second consecutive regular season. The #1 seed in the Division 2 Paulding District, the Titans will open their tournament run on February 20th at 6:15pm in Leipsic against either Bryan or the same Elida Bulldogs in a game that will be broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.
Elida finishes their regular season at 5-17, and were led in scoring by Bailee Kuhn who accounted for 11 points.
Dani Ellerbrock 8
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Nina Brown 2
Kylie White 15
Lexi Schroeder 9
Kadie Hempfling 20
Courtney Bockrath 3
3PT: 2 (Schroeder 2)
Lauren Alexander 3
Cienna Kuhn 6
Shyah Wheeler 9
Mallory Etzler 1
Bailee Kuhn 11
Abby Smith 2
3PT: 2 (Alexander, Wheeler)
JV: OG 41-33 (Titans finish 9-13 in JV action this season)
OTTAWA, OH – One of the biggest quarters in Lady Titan basketball history helped OG stay undefeated Thursday night as they surged past visiting Shawnee 73-47.
Leading 23-16 after the first quarter the Titans turned up their defensive pressure on the Indians and outscored Shawnee by a 31-8 margin to push their lead to 54-24 at the halftime break. In the quarter the Titans found themselves on a 14-0 run where they could seemingly not miss, finishing the half by connecting on 19/23 shots from the field along with 10/11 from the free throw line.
Shawnee’s Ijah Austin actually gave her team a 2-0 lead in the early moments of the game but a run by OG fueled by 8 points from Lexi Schroeder put a stop to OG trailing in the game and gave the Titans a lead they would not again relinquish.
Of the 31 points the Titans found themselves with on the Supreme Court scoreboard in the second period 13 came from Sophomore Kadie Hempfling who was forced to sit in the first quarter after picking up a pair of quick fouls on the defensive end. Dani Ellerbrock utilized a pair of OG steals en route to four of her nine markers in the period and also drained a long three pointer from straight away. In all the Titans connected on 6/8 first half shots from deep.
Grace O’Connor’s trio of three pointers in the second half helped pull Shawnee closer, but it was not to be as despite 13 points from gritty point guard DeAsia Smith the Indians would fall and see their record drop to 3-10 on the season.
Ottawa Glandorf was led in scoring by Hempfling’s 22 points and were backed up by a balanced effort as 7 of her teammates etched their name in the scoring column as well. The Titans record improves to 12-1 on the year and the win keeps them as the WBL’s only unblemished squad at 5-0. OG, ranked #5 in Division 2’s first AP Poll of the season will travel to Lima to take on the Lima Senior High Spartans on Saturday at 1:30pm.
Shawnee falls to 1-4 in Western Buckeye League play and will travel to Coldwater for a non-league affair on Saturday afternoon.
Devon Warnecke 8
Carri Johnson 5
Dani Ellerbrock 10
Erin Kaufman 7
Nina Brown 3
Kylie White 7
Lexi Schroeder 10
Kadie Hempfling 22
Friday night the annual Flyin To The Hoop High School Basketball Invitational which has showcased some of the best talent in high school basketball since 2002 will commence with a pair of games to open year #14.
In the first contest of the evening (6:30pm) the hosts of the event the Fairmont Firebirds will take on another team out of the GWOC in the Trotwood-Madison Rams.
Fairmont enters the game with their record currently sitting at 3-10 and on a 4 game losing streak while their opponents are 11-1 overall and have won 4 straight since their only loss of the season, an 85-70 defeat at the hands of Decatur Central.
The Firebirds last outing which took place on Tuesday night was a 91-74 loss to Xenia in a contest in which they actually led at the half 45-43. Fairmont was unable to control Xenia’s Ray James as he poured in 31 points. Conor Van Oss had a career night for Fairmont with 30 points in the contest but his team was outscored 48-29 in the second half in the loss.
Trotwood on Tuesday night traveled to take on Dunbar and handed the Wolverines their 5th loss of the season 81-72. In the win the Rams were led by Freshman Amari Daniels game high 22 markers. A balanced and relentless attack behind Daniels saw three players join him in double figures as Myles Belue added 18, Amir Foster 15 and Torry Patton 13 points.
The Firebirds and Rams last met in 2014 when Trotwood came away with a 98-77 victory.
Game two of the night will feature a pair of high flying squads when 15-3 La Lumiere travels from Indiana to do battle with 15-3 Prolific Prep based out of Napa, California in a highly anticipated matchup that will feature a multitude of talent headed to play at major college programs.
For the La Lumiere Lakers they will be led onto the court by Brian Bowen who is considered one of the top Juniors in the country. Alongside Bowen is a talented group in Texas commit James Banks and five star center prospect Jeremiah Tilmon. Freshman PG Tyger Campbell is a consensus top three pick at the position and has a handful of terrific games to his credit this season including a record 28 assists in 3 games during the Coventry TOC back in November. The future DePaul duo of Al Eichelberger and Brandon Cyrus also bring a lot of firepower to the Lakers offensive attack.
Prolific Prep is led by Josh Jackson, the #1 remaining unsigned player in the 2016 signing class. Jackson, a Detroit native moved to Prep after leading Detroit Consortium College Prep School to their first championship as a Sophomore and is reportedly considering Kansas, Michigan State, and Arizona among his final choices for the next level.
Alongside Jackson the team who is in their third season is led by UCONN bound Vance Jackson, future Utah Utes guard Devon Daniels and a pair of terrific unsigned players in Abu Kigab and recent transfer Ira Lee.
One this is for sure, with all of the talent on the court Friday night the Trent Arena in Kettering will be rocking as fans flock to the annual event to see the best players in the state of Ohio and from all around the country take on one another in the #2 ranked National event of its kind by CBS Sports and Maxpreps.
Both games Friday night as well as the remaining games on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday can be seen live as they happen via SUV TV and their terrific coverage at Flyin to the Hoop LIVE VIDEO
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The 2015 Hall of Fame Huddle NEO Showcase took place this past weekend at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Event organizer Rich Harland (@HOFHuddle_Rich) welcomed over 100 basketball players ranging from 8th grade to 12th grade from all over the state of Ohio to participate and be seen by college coaches.
With over 20 colleges and universities represented, the second annual event was easily deemed a success. In addition to playing games with new teammates and having to acclimate themselves to a new style of play, the young ladies were also put through a battery of drills and tests for the coaches in attendance to get a look at them and determine if they should be given the opportunity to compete for their respective teams in the future.
Some of the players that stood out to me during the day long event are listed below (note: I did not get a chance to see everyone nearly as much as I would have liked to with over 100 players and 3 games taking place at one time):
Taylor Mikesell (Sophomore, Jackson) – This young lady is not only a fantastic dribbler, but her decision making, court awareness and basketball IQ will put her easily near the top of her recruiting class for most D1 colleges and their wish lists very soon.
Caitlin Tytler (Senior, Jackson) – For the second Showcase in a row the sparkplug from Jackson impressed the coaches and scouts in attendance by doing all of the little things well. A hard nosed defender with a high motor, Tytler is also a very aggressive rebounder and played well for the Lilac team alongside high school teammate Mikesell. Talking with some college coaches during the event, they really liked what they say in Caitlin.
Naudier Becton (Sophomore, Jackson) – If Jackson does not have a banner year with the trio of Mikesell, Tytler and Becton I will be shocked. A lightning quick guard and unselfish passer, Becton makes good decisions on the court to always put her team in prime position to score at will.
Savannah Maynard (Sophomore, Green) – A nice rebounder with a solid nose for the ball, she will be a defensive presence for years to come as she doesn’t graduate until 2018.
Ahmarianna West (Freshman, Toledo Notre Dame) – One of the quickest first steps I have seen out of a young lady in quite some time, Ahmarianna can flat out fly with the basketball in her hands.
Brandie Snow (Senior, Lake) – A standout last season in both the combine and her high school year as a Junior at Lake, Snow has the capability to play a lot of places on the floor and play them well. High basketball IQ and good leadership along with a toughness to do the dirty work make her one of my favorite players to watch play on the court. While she might be a late signer, wherever she ends up will be getting a quality player.
Mikayla Poole (Sophomore, Carrollton) – Not only can she fly with the ball in her hands up and down the floor, but she is also a solid finisher at the rim who is not afraid to take contact and get to the line.
Jenna Strayer (Junior, Bellevue) – One of the best players all day that I saw play in terms of getting herself to the free throw line. During her teams games every time I looked up during the day she was at the free throw line. Gritty player with a toughness about her.
Lexee Miller (Junior, New Philadelphia) – Probably one of the most solid across the board players I watched play all day long, there is not a lot that she did not do well.
Kennedy Schlabach (Sophomore, Hiland) – One of six Hiland Hawks that made their way to the combine this season, it shouldn’t shock you to know she has a great understanding and awareness while on the court as her father, the legendary coach legendary Dave Schlabach. Being a coaches kid I would imagine has its pitfalls, but also its advantages and she has clearly taken his advice to heart as she is a quick and scrappy player.
Jayla Hall (Junior, Amherst) – If you need a forward to do your dirty work and keep the opposing team off of the glass, Jayla is that player. A good defender with room to grow, Jayla pulled down a ton of rebounds for her Cardinal squad while I was watching them and then quickly threw up the floor to start the offensive attack.
Natalie Wilson (Sophomore, Perry) – A smart passer that always has her head up and is looking up court to find an open teammate.
Taylor Geib (Senior, Ravenna) – A young lady with nice length on the front line and who gets a lot of rebounds.
Peyton Banks (Sophomore, Wadsworth) – Tough with a nice drop step, this young lady runs the floor very well and can hit the open jumper with range.
One of the teams that stood out the most for me as a whole was the Red squad coached by Lipscomb University guard Lexi Manos. Manos’ team featured a handful of young ladies that impressed in their abilities individually and in their effort to gel quickly as a team:
Ang Troyer (Junior, Hiland) – Another one of the Hiland players who had a terrific afternoon in North Canton. A solid all-around player who doesn’t seem to overly excel in any one thing on the floor, but does everything well will no doubt help lead the Hawks to another long run in March in the tournament.
Morgan McMillen (Sophomore, Hiland) – A Sophomore point guard transfer, she possesses a high basketball IQ and court awareness that could pretty much describe any of the point guards for Hiland, but none moreso than of McMillen. A nice passer and a solid leader, she raised more than a few eyebrows with the college coaches in attendance and likely will for years to come.
Emma Rankin (Junior, West Branch) – A nice shooter with touch on the wings, there didn’t seem to be very many places Rankin couldn’t knock down a shot from on the afternoon.
Kaylee Pierce (Sophomore, Massillon) – Yet another fantastic Sophomore, Pierce has a quick first step and can terrorize opponents as they attempt to guard her off the dribble. A smart defender as well, she rarely will put herself in a bad position where she will need to call for help.
There were MANY MANY more great ballers that I wish I could have gotten to see more, but trust me there are a ton you will soon be hearing about allover the state of Ohio once the season begins. Please feel free to take a to take a listen to myself and Rich Harland (HOF Huddle Website) discuss the event in the video below: