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2017 NEO Showcase Recap

CANTON, OH – On Sunday, September 10th some of the best female ballers in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia descended upon the history Canton Memorial Fieldhouse to be a part of the annual NEO Showcase which is presented by Hall of Fame Huddle founder Rich Harland.

Designed to help girls basketball players in the 2018 through the 2021 classes showcase their talents to a bevy of college scouts in attendance the Showcase not only pitted the players against one another in a series of games, but also gave them an opportunity to get valuable coaching and skills help from the likes of Tyler Bates (Former Smithville All-Ohioan, Loudonville Head Coach) and (David ‘Cousy’ Border (Current Hiland Hawk assistant, multiple time state champion).

For a full list of players in attendance click here: NEO Showcase HOF Huddle

For their team games each of the color specific named teams were given a coach who has excelled on the court and is currently or on her way to college to continue playing such as Jackson star and future Maryland Terrapin Taylor Mikesell to gain a bit of guidance as they progress their game on the day.

When asked to sum up the event, Harland replied “It just brings so much joy to my heart to see all of these kids enjoying themselves while getting better and playing in front of so many coaches. It’s the biggest day of the year for me and it makes me feel so great to have so much support from the players, coaches, families and everyone involved. It’s truly so gratifying.”

For more information on the Showcase and future events be sure to check out the website at HOF Huddle or follow Rich on twitter @HOFHuddle_Rich

Showcase Photo Album: NEO Showcase Photos 2017

A handful of photos from the event:

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Hempfling signs with BGSU

OTTAWA – Ottawa Glandorf standout Kadie Hempfling announced this afternoon that she has made her choice on where she will play college basketball. Hempfling will take on the next level as a member of the Bowling Green State University Falcons Women’s Basketball squad.

Coming off a Junior campaign where she helped lead the Titans to a third straight trip to Columbus and a 27-1 season record the future Falcon will be a big piece of the defending WBL Champions squad as they look to make another deep run this season.

During her third season under Troy Yant, Hempfling not only tossed in a triple-double, but also finished with a total 348 points, 162 assists, 115 steals, and 207 rebounds. The 162 assists finished her season with the second highest single season total in school history, while her 115 thefts are the single season record for any player in one year at the school. As a Sophomore Hempfling snagged 73 steals which also puts her in the top ten for one single campaign at OG.

Going into her final year of her prep career the Titan All-Ohio selection and two-time reigning WBL Player of the Year will begin with 822 career points and look to become just the fourth Lady Titan to reach the 1,000 point mark at Ottawa Glandorf. With 63 assists on the season she will also become the all-time OG leader and surpass Michelle Bockrath who set the record in 1996.

Hempfling tweet announcing her signing:

Last season the Falcons finished their season at 8-23 overall, and 4-14 in the MAC. This season BGSU will feature a roster with just a pair of Seniors on it including former Liberty Benton standout Rachel Myers and will kick off their 2017-18 campaign at home on November 5th as they welcome Seton Hill to the Stroh Center.

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Prichard signs with Edison CC

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.

Per a post on his twitter Monday night (@dprich2017):

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.

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Hempfling triple double helps Titans survive and advance

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

Box Score:

OG (59):
Lexi Schroeder 13
Kadie Hempfling 12
Kylie White 17
Ashley Schroeder 2
Erin Kaufman 12
Carri Johnson 3

FG: 27/55
3PT: 2/10 (L. Schroeder, Johnson)
FT: 3/9
REB: 30 (Hempfling 11, White 10)
AST: 20 (Hempfling 12)
TO: 12

Clyde (48):
Bree Dowling 9
Addie Martin 8
Heidi Marshall 16
Ally Barrera 8
Jacqueline Smith 7

FG: 19/44
3PT: 4/12 (Dowling 2, Barrera 2)
FT: 6/7
REB: 27 (Martin 9)
AST: 10 (Marshall 5)
TO: 20

Score by quarter:
OG 17-10-14-18
Clyde 15-11-4-18

Attendance: 1086

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Bearcats victory earns Sensabaugh 200th win

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.

Box Score:

Spencerville (75):
Daniel Corso 13
Gary Schrolucke 3
Brady Nolan 6
Dakota Prichard 23
Bailey Croft 17
Conner Holmes 2
Ben Dues 11

FT: 21/24
3PT: 2 (Nolan, B. Croft)

Paulding (56):
Marcus Miller 2
Ethan Rhonehouse 6
Jaret Miller 15
Kameron Echols 6
Cameron Doster 5
Preston Ingol 5
Logan Bradford 1
Griffin Harder 10
Carson Shull 3
Fletcher Cook 3

FT: 19/26
3PT: 3 (Miller 2, Cook)

JV: Paulding 55-39

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OG opens league play with road win

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.

Scoring:

St. Marys (46):
Makayla Koch 9
Sydney Cisco 14
Makenna Mele 8
Jill Schmitmeyer 2
Quincy Rable 10
Shania Taylor

TO: 20
FT: 11/19

OG (57):
Devon Warnecke 5
Carri Johnson 6
Erin Kaufman 4
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kylie White 17
Kadie Hempfling 19

TO: 17
FT: 8/15

JV: Ottawa Glandorf 42-31

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NEO Showcase recap

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:

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Bearcats claw past Raiders

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.

Hear the game live as it happens courtesy of Zsportslive.com

Scoring:

Spencerville (64):

Mason Nourse 16
Damien Corso 8
Jacob Meyer 3
Zach Goecke 17
Dakota Prichard 14
Bailey Croft 6

FG: 19/48
3PT: 7/14 (Nourse 3, Prichard 3, Goecke)
FT: 19/24
REB: 23 (Prichard 9)
TO: 4

Wayne Trace (53):
Brady Stabler 3
Luke Miller 7
Cole Shepherd 18
Ethan Linder 15
Alec Vest 8
Justin Speice 2

FG: 22/51
3PT: 5/13 (Vest 2, Stabler, Miller, Linder)
FT: 4/5
TO: 8

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Titans clinch 8th WBL title in win over Elida

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.

Scoring:

OG (59):
Dani Ellerbrock 8
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Nina Brown 2
Kylie White 15
Lexi Schroeder 9
Kadie Hempfling 20
Courtney Bockrath 3

TO: 15
FT: 13/20
3PT: 2 (Schroeder 2)

Elida (32):
Lauren Alexander 3
Cienna Kuhn 6
Shyah Wheeler 9
Mallory Etzler 1
Bailee Kuhn 11
Abby Smith 2

TO: 17
FT: 4/9
3PT: 2 (Alexander, Wheeler)

JV: OG 41-33 (Titans finish 9-13 in JV action this season)

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2nd quarter run surges Titans to 5-0 in WBL

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.

Scoring:

OG (73):

Devon Warnecke 8
Carri Johnson 5
Dani Ellerbrock 10
Erin Kaufman 7
Nina Brown 3
Kylie White 7
Lexi Schroeder 10
Kadie Hempfling 22

FG: 27/46
FT: 11/15
TO: 22

Shawnee (47):

Grace O’Connor 9
Alissa Stahler 8
DeAsia Smith 13
Kerri Roberson 7
Rachel Adams 5
Kinsey Heistan 2
Ijah Austin 3

FG: 17/38
FT: 8/11
TO: 24

JV: OG 49-41

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