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Riders shutout Cats

ST. MARYS, OH – A dominating effort on both sides of the football Friday night not only gave the St. Marys Roughriders their 6th win of the season it also kept them unbeaten and atop the Western Buckeye League as the lone unblemished squad.

Despite not scoring on their opening drive of their 49-0 win when a fourth down screen pass resulted in a loss and a turnover on downs, the Roughriders would score on each of the rest of their three offensive drives in the first half and lead into the break 35-0.

Sean Perry got the scoring started for St. Marys following a turnover on downs by visiting Bath as he rushed in 34 yards and into the endzone for his lone score of the ballgame to make it 7-0 in his teams favor with 2:55 in the first period remaining.

Two plays on their second possession were both fumbles for Bath, but it was the second one of the two that was the most costly for the Wildcats as Braeden Dunlap scooped and scored from 15 yards away to run the lead to 14-0 St. Marys just 41 seconds after the Perry score.

71 yards on on 12 plays came to an end with another St. Marys score at the 9:21 mark of the second quarter when Dunlap did the damage again, this time on the offensive end as he raced to the outside and in for a score from 15 yards away to put the Riders on top 21-0.

After forcing their second turnover on downs of the opening two quarters the Roughriders offense went back to work with a short field, this time starting at the Bath 40 and picked up a pair of first downs before Bo Kuenning thundered in for a 7 yard touchdown that put the hosts on top 28-0 with 3:01 remaining in the opening half.

Another quick ending to a Bath offensive possession gave the Roughriders a short field to work with and ended with a quick score, this time a 9 yard touchdown run by Shannon Fowler to give the WBL leaders a 35-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

On the second play of the second half Bath backup QB Devon Kinyon who was thrust into action late in the second period when starter Kobe Burchett was knocked out of the game had his pass batted into the air and pilfered by St. Marys linebacker Christian Triplett who promptly returned it for a 25 yard score to continue the Rider onslaught and run the score to 42-0.

With the game quickly rounding down due to the running clock rule in a 30 plus point differential the two teams would trade a quartet of punts and a turnover on downs by Bath when Kinyon was sacked by the Riders on fourth down before the young players for St. Marys added the games final marker.

Starting from the Bath 40 the new look St. Marys offense led by QB Kurt Bubp pushed seven more points onto the left column of the scoreboard as 5’11, 160 pound Freshman rusher Hunter Fraley rushed in from 5 yards out and Parker Enoch added the extra point for good measure to close the scoring and the contest with a 49-0 Roughrider victory.

Offensively Bath (1-6, 0-6) accumulated just 37 total yards with 8 of those coming on the ground on 29 carries. The Wildcats will travel to take the Van Wert Cougars next Friday night seeking to end their 6 game losing streak since beating Allen East 19-9 to open the season.

St. Marys (6-1, 6-0) was led in rushing by Sean Perry who finished with 61 yards on the ground and also added a touchdown on the evening. Rushing the football as a team the Roughriders rushed 36 times for 241 yards and finished with a 266-37 advantage in total offensive yardage.

Next week the Riders will travel across Grand Lake to take on their rivals the Celina Bulldogs. With a win St. Marys will lock up at least a share of their second consecutive Western Buckeye League championship and 27th overall.

As of 1 A.M. Saturday Joe Eitel has the Roughriders listed as the 3rd highest computer point total in Division 4 Region 14 that can be found here: D4R14 Computer Rankings

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2017 St Marys Football by the numbers

ST MARYS, OH – When the Roughriders kick off their 2017 season next Friday night at Sidney they will do so for the first time since 2009 as the defending Western Buckeye League champions as they finished in a 3-way tie for the title during their 2016 run to the Regional Finals and an 11-2 record.

By virtue of their WBL title last season the Riders have now placed 23 conference championships for football in the trophy case at Memorial High School, the most in the league (Van Wert is next on the list with 18 all-time trophies).

This season the Riders will look to replace not only a lot of their leadership but also some of the most productive players in school history and break in new players to the starting lineup.

Week 1 will see St. Marys travel south to Sidney to continue their opening round battle against the Yellow Jackets. Last season the Riders survived a scare from a talented Sidney squad and emerged 43-39 winners after rallying from a 19 point deficit with a Julius Fisher score to secure the victory.

All-time against Sidney the Riders sport a 34-23-4 record, including wins in their last three contests in the series by a combined 154-88 margin. Three seasons ago St. Marys hung a school record 71 on the Yellow Jackets, but will find a high paced offense led by Northwestern commit Isaiah Bowser and dual threat QB Andre Gordon hungry to hand them an opening game loss.

When Week 2 rolls around the Riders will be looking to become the first WBL school to record 400 wins in conference play as they travel to Ottawa to tangle with the team who beat them last in league play and snatched a share of the league title in the OG Titans. QB play was a big positive for the Titans in their 13-7 win at Skip Baughman last season, but OG will be missing starter Jay Kaufman this season due to injury. St. Marys leads the all-time series 34-15-1, but have not beaten Ken Shriner’s crew since winning in Ottawa in 2009 21-13.

Weeks three and four of the season will welcome Van Wert and Shawnee to Skip Baughman. Van Wert who finished winless last season has not beaten the Riders at home since 2013 when they posted their only victory of the season there 41-32. Overall the Roughriders find themselves 53-37-6 against the Cougars.

Shawnee finished 2016 with just a single victory, 28-26 at Van Wert and will break in a new QB after the departure of last seasons starter Ray Manley and attempt to end their two game skid against St. Marys who they have beaten just 19 times overall in 55 opportunities.

Kenton’s Wildcats play host to the Riders in week five as they venture away from home for just a single game in the middle of a four game homestand. Two seasons ago St. Marys ended a 7 game Kenton series winning streak by rallying back from a 17-0 Wildcat lead and scored a 42-23 win behind a school record tying 3 touchdown passes from Dustin Howell. Overall the Riders hold a 54-25-2 advantage in the two teams meetings.

A two game home stand against two teams from Lima in Elida and Bath highlights weeks six and seven at Skip Baughman. Last season the Riders defeated both squads on the road and improved their records against them all-time to 39-8 (Elida), and 34-18 (Bath).

The Battle of Grand Lake St. Marys takes center stage in week eight as the Riders travel to take on their rivals the Celina Bulldogs. Last season the Riders were victorious at home but they will no doubt be looking to erase memories of a 28-21 loss to the green and white that kept them from a possible playoff berth. Overall the Riders have dominated the series with a 63-29-6 lead.

As the season winds down the Roughriders will return back to the confines of the blue and gold colored stadium they’ve called home for the past 80 plus years to take on a Defiance squad they dominated last season, but have struggled with historically and hold just a 29-21 series lead against.

There’s no telling how the playoff race will have shaken out for the first nine weeks when the Riders travel to Wapak to take on the Redskins in the seasons final regular season game, but recent history suggests no matter what it will be a playoff type atmosphere at Harmon Field. St. Marys picked up a 13-7 victory last season at home in Week nine and owns a 67-40-5 record against the Redskins.

Overall against this seasons regular week opponents the Roughriders sport a 442-235-25 record. On the road at the aforementioned venues St. Marys is 77-35, and 80-29 at home.

2017 Season Schedule
8/25 at Sidney
– Series record: St. Marys leads 34-23-4
– St. Marys at Sidney: St. Marys leads 12-5
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

9/1 at OG
– Series record: St. Marys leads 34-15-1
– St. Marys at OG: St. Marys leads 16-6
– Current streak: OG won last season

9/8 vs Van Wert
– Series record: St. Marys leads 53-37-6
– St. Marys home vs VW: leads 19-7
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

9/15 vs Shawnee
– Series record: St. Marys leads 35-19-1
– St. Marys home vs Shawnee: St. Marys leads 13-4
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 2 meetings

9/22 at Kenton
– Series record: St. Marys leads 54-25-2
– St. Marys at Kenton: St. Marys leads 15-8
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 2 meetings

9/29 vs Elida
– Series record: St. Marys leads 39-8
– St. Marys home vs Elida: St. Marys leads 19-3
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

10/6 vs Bath
– Series record: St. Marys leads 34-18
– St. Marys home vs Bath: St. Marys leads 15-7
– Current streak: St. Marys won last season

10/13 at Celina
– Series record: St. Marys leads 63-29-6
– St. Marys at Celina: St. Marys leads 19-6
– Current streak: St. Marys won last season

10/20 vs Defiance
– Series record: St. Marys leads 29-21
– St. Marys home vs Defiance: St. Marys leads 14-8
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

10/27 at Wapak
– Series record: St. Marys leads 67-40-5
– St. Marys at Wapak: St. Marys leads 15-10
– Current streak: St. Marys won last season

All games this season can be heard live starting with pregame at 6:30pm on K94.3 FM with myself and Dennis Cisco.

*Records and numbers compiled with help of Paul Sadler and Roughrider Football History Website

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White, OG score big in win over Bath

PAULDING, OH – A big night for both Kylie White and the Lady Titans happened on Thursday evening at Paulding in the Division 2 District Semifinals as OG rolled to a 51-40 victory over Bath.

Entering the night 12 points shy of becoming just the third Lady Titan to reach the 1,000 point, plateau the 5’9 Senior wasted no time getting the achievement out of the way as she helped her team jump out to an 18-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter with seven points.

Nearing the end of the first half the Co-WBL Player of the Year caught a pass from fellow Co-POY Kadie Hempfling and quickly deposited it into the bottom of the basket for her 1,001st marker and turned around to see a heavy Titan crowd erupt in cheer with white signs signifying the moment. In scoring her 1,000th, Kylie joins Melanie Hawker and her mother Sandy as the only trio of players to do so for OG.

OG fans hold signs signifying White’s 1000th point of her career

In addition to the huge first half of 16 points from White the Titans were led by Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman who hit on a three pointer at the end of the first and start of the second quarter to help push OG ahead 31-13 at halftime.

A much slower pace opened the third quarter as the Titans and Wildcats engaged in a battle of who will make the first mistake saw the two teams combine for just 17 points with seven of those for Ottawa Glandorf coming from Lexi Schroeder.

Trailing 40-21 to open the final period of action the Wildcats turned to the Senior duo of Heidi Craddock and Bailey Dackin and saw the pair hit for 15 fourth quarter points.

Free throw shooting which has plagued the Titans at times this season was not an issue on this night as the designated home squad connected on 7/12 in the final eight minutes and 12/18 overall en route to the victory.

With the win the Titans (24-0) tie the school record for consecutive victories set by the 2005 team who finished at 24-1. Bath sees their season come to an end at 16-8.

OG was led in scoring by White’s 16 markers and was joined in double figures by Lexi Schroeder (11), and Erin Kaufman (10) while Hempfling tossed in 7 points to go along with her 9 assist/11 rebound performance.

Saturday night at 7pm Ottawa Glandorf will venture to Paulding for the second time in three days as they are set to do battle with a Wapak Redskins squad they were victorious over on the road in the last game of the regular season that allowed them to clinch the regular season Western Buckeye League title for the second consecutive season.

Box Score:

OG (51):
Ashley Schroeder 6
Erin Kaufman 10
Mackenzie Meyer 1
Lexi Schroeder 11
Kylie White 16
Kadie Hempfling 7

3PT: 3 (Kaufman 2, L. Schroeder)
FT: 12/18

Bath (40):
Jaidyn Hale 2
Lindsay Singhaus 5
Bailey Dackin 16
Heidi Craddock 9
Kaleigh Ketcham 5
Elysabette Andrews 3

3PT: 3 (B. Dackin 2, Craddock)
FT: 8/13

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Titans and Wildcats secure District births

LEIPSIC, OH – While Ottawa Glandorf dominated in the early game the Bath Wildcats survived a battle in the late game at Leipsic High School Saturday night as both earned a matchup against one another next week in the District Semifinals.

Ten players scored for top ranked OG (23-0) as they moved within one game of the school record for consecutive wins with a 66-30 triumph over Shawnee.

5’9 senior Kylie White scored six of her game high 24 markers in the first quarter and moved her career total to 988 points in an effort to become just the third Titan to achieve the 1,000 point plateau. White also finished the contest with a double double before leaving to a standing ovation from her teams fans by snagging 10 rebounds.

Leading 13-6 after the first stanza the Titans forced the Indians into 16 turnovers in the opening two quarters and extended their lead out to 34-15 at the break behind 11 from White, 7 from Lexi Schroeder, and a second three pointer in the game from Sophomore Erin Kaufman.

Shawnee who sees their season finish at 7-16 was able to utilize a handful of OG miscues in the third quarter and turn them into points on their own offensive end as Alissa Stahler and DeAsia Smith combined to score nine of the 11 Indian points in the period.

Six of the ten players who scored for OG in the game did so in the fourth quarter. Four Titans (Devon Warnecke, Mackenzie Meyer, Brianna Schimmoeller, Kasey Ellerbrock) connected on a three pointer in the last eight minutes and helped the WBL Champions finish off a 66-30 victory and the rights to cut down the nets when the buzzer sounded.

Courtney Bockrath (7), Schimmoeller (5), and Ellerbrock (3) all posted career highs on the evening for the Titans who would force 35 turnovers on the evening en route to the victory.

Scoring:

OG (66):
Ashley Schroeder 2
Devon Warnecke 3
Erin Kaufman 6
Mackenzie Meyer 3
Lexi Schroeder 9
Kylie White 24
Courtney Bockrath 7
Kadie Hempfling 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 5
Kasey Ellerbrock 3

TO: 10
3PT: 7 (Kaufman 2, Warnecke, Meyer, L. Schroeder, Schimmoeller, Ellerbrock)
FT: 9/12

Shawnee (30):
Grace O’Connor 3
Dionna Lewis 6
Alissa Stahler 8
DeAsia Smith 7
Norah Painter 1
Kinsey Heistan 2
Ijah Austin 2

TO: 35
3PT: 1 (O’Connor)
FT: 6/13

The late game at Leipsic started slow offensively for both teams in the first quarter and was a slug fest for the final three. St. Marys (14-10) was unable to put a stop to a late Bath rally as the Wildcats (16-7) move on with a 48-38 victory.

Bath’s Bailey Dackin scored the first quarters only marker from the field to give the Wildcats a 2-1 advantage after the Roughriders reached the board first on a Makenna Mele free throw. Heidi Craddock hit 1/2 from the line late in the opening eight minutes and put the Wildcats on top 3-1 at the first quarter stoppage.

Just seconds into the second stanza St. Marys Junior Sydney Cisco connected on a pair of free throws to give the Riders a short lived 4-3 advantage.

With the ballgame resembling something more along the lines of a track meet in the middle of the quarter a moment of history was made as St. Marys leading scorer Shania Taylor became the 8th member of the schools 1,000 point club and the second Roughrider this season (Derek Jay vs Leipsic) to score their 1,000th career point at Leipsic High School when she hit a runner to push her team back ahead of Bath.

Trailing 18-13 after a furious first half finish for their opponents, the Wildcats blitzed by the Riders in the third stanza as they outscored them by a 19-7 margin led by six markers from Lindsay Singhaus and with six players scoring overall.

Free throws were the story of the fourth quarter as Bath was able to stave off a late Roughrider run by hitting on 10/12 from the charity stripe and earn a date in the District Semifinals with a 48-38 victory.

Thursday night the Wildcats will take on Ottawa Glandorf in the early game from Paulding High School while the late contest will feature another regular season rematch between Wapak and Defiance with the winners of each game meeting on Saturday night at 7pm in the same venue.

Scoring:

Bath (48):
Jaidyn Hale 6
Lindsay Singhaus 8
Bailey Dackin 13
Heidi Craddock 6
Kaleigh Ketchum 7
Elysabette Andrews 6
Haley Garland 2

St. Marys (38):
Makayla Koch 3
Sydney Cisco 7
Makenna Mele 5
Quincy Rable 5
Shania Taylor 13
Lauren Cisco 4

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OG rallies late, downs Bath

LIMA, OH – Bath started off hot on Thursday night at home against OG but the Titans finished the game hot and came from behind to defeat the Wildkittens 49-45 to remain unbeaten.

Trailing 7-0 in the opening minutes of the first quarter and with nothing going their way, the Titans put their first points of the opening stanza on the scoreboard at the 3:42 mark on a Lexi Schroeder layup. Kadie Hempfling and Kylie White would each add buckets for the visitors in the remaining minutes of the period, but the Titans would find themselves behind on the scoreboard heading to the first stoppage 11-6.

Bath’s hot shooting in the opening half continued into the next eight minutes of play as Heidi Craddock connected on a pair of shots from deep to help give her squad a 25-12 halftime advantage.

Trailing for the first time this season at the half the Titans came out of the visitors locker rooms with a renewed defensive intensity and immediately hung a quick five points on the board to cut into the home teams lead.

Ashley Schroeder and White each hit a shot from long distance to help their teams cause and draw the lead to within 11 at 37-26 with the game about to enter the final period.

Having survived another pair of three pointers from the Wildkittens in the third quarter the Titans began the fourth with an effective pressure that harassed their opponents into multiple turnovers that were quickly turned into OG scores.

The hounding OG defense allowed just eight points in the final stanza, with two of those having to be earned from the free throw line.

Ottawa Glandorf’s first lead of the game came with 2:03 remaining in the fourth quarter when Kylie White connected on a three point play as well as another bucket but saw the Titans grab the lead officially when a steal and a score came off an ensuing steal and layup from the Senior forward. OG would add a pair of free throws in the closing moments and finish off a 49-45 comeback win.

White was OG’s biggest point scorer on the night as she scored a season high 23 points in the win, including 9 in the final period and 19 in the second half alone. Kadie Hempfling, who had been held to 6 points in the opening half by solid defense from the Wildkittens finished the contest with 16 after tossing in 8 in the final period in addition to engineering a handful of steals for her team.

With the victory the Titans (6-0, 2-0) secure their first two game winning streak against the Wildkittens since beating them in back to back years during the 2007 and 2008 campaigns.

Bath (4-2, 1-1) has now dropped consecutive games and will look to rebound before they take on Coldwater in non-conference action next Thursday, December 22nd at home.

Box Score:

OG (49):
Ashley Schroeder 3
Erin Kaufman 2
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kylie White 23
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 5/7
3PT: 2 (A. Schroeder, K. White)
TO: 10

Bath (45):
Jaidyn Hale 5
Lindsey Singhaus 6
Bailey Dackin 2
Heidi Craddock 12
Kaleigh Ketcham 8
Elysabette Andrews 6
Haley Garland 6

FT: 8/10
3PT: 4 (Craddock 2, Singhaus, Ketcham)
TO: 25

JV Score: OG 39-16

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Roughriders blank Bath

LIMA, OH – For the first time since in a decade the St. Marys Roughriders find themselves with a perfect record after the first six weeks of the season as they traveled to Lima on Friday night and downed the Bath Wildcats 34-0 to get to 6-0 on the season.

On the third play from scrimmage for the Roughriders it was Senior RB Julius Fisher who took a handoff and rumbled 66 yards up the middle and didn’t stop until he crossed the Bath goal line to give St. Marys their first of four rushing touchdowns in the contest.

Leading 7-0 and having just pinned the Wildcats deep in their own territory courtesy of a 45 yard punt from the WBL’s leading punter Matt Patten the Riders quickly found their offense headed back to the field as Eric Spicer picked off a pass from Bath’s Kaden Sullivan and fell at his opponents 25 yard line.

Seconds after surviving a fumble that was recovered by their offensive unit the Roughriders were able to run their advantage to 14-0 when Dustin Howell barged into the Bath endzone for his seventh score this season with 4:52 to go in the opening stanza.

On a night where field position was hard to come by, the two teams traded the football up and down the field until St. Marys was able to put together a scoring drive to increase the lead to 17-0 with 5:26 left in the half when Gabe Vandever connected on a field goal attempt from 29 yards away.

Having won the toss to open the game the Wildcats were rewarded with the opportunity to choose which half they wanted to open with the football and chose the second half, but were unable to advance the ball 10 yards before seeing their possession in the third come to an end with a 27 yard punt to the visitors.

Shannon Fowler’s six carries accumulated a bulk of his teams 55 yards on their next scoring drive as he burst through the Wildcat defense on a 34 yard run to set up an eventual one yard score by the WBL’s leading scorer Eric Spicer with 7:04 in the third period to make it 24-0 St. Marys. Fowler on the evening finished with 14 carries for 79 yards.

Another short Bath possession and another punt gave St. Marys more great field position on their ensuing drive and once again the Riders cashed in quickly as they utilized just over two and a half minutes and settled for a 32 yard field goal from Vandever to put his team on top on the scoreboard 27-0.

With a rainy day and slick football field the Wildcats handed their foes the football at their 13 when on the following kickoff the return man for Bath was unable to hold onto the ball. Julius Fisher’s second touchdown run of the day, this time from a single yard out gave St. Marys a 34-0 lead and cued the running clock with 1:22 remaining in the third.

Unlike their previous punts which had struggled to make it past midfield, the Wildcats next punt traveled 31 yards and was downed at the St. Marys 19 yard line.

Similar to a drive they used last weekend in putting away the Elida Bulldogs, St. Marys traveled deep into Bath territory once again behind a handful of backs and ran off the final 9:30 in the game to secure their 34-0 win and put a stop to a four game losing streak in the series against the Wildcats.

Gabe Vandever’s two field goals in the game were not only the first and second of his career, but were also the first field goals the Roughriders had made in almost two full seasons since Clayton Trogdlon connected on a 31 yard attempt during the 2014 season.

Defensively the Roughriders were once against dominant as they held the Wildcats to negative rushing yards and just 81 total yards on 33 plays.

Offensively St. Marys picked up 360 yards on 72 plays from scrimmage including 327 yards on 67 carries and were led in rushing by Julius Fisher’s 114 yards on 16 carries to go along with his two touchdown runs. Eric Spicer, the Western Buckeye Leagues leading rusher entering play this week was held to just 39 yards on 13 totes of the ball but did score a touchdown on the ground and snag an interception on the defensive end.

Bath falls to 1-5 overall, and 0-5 in the WBL and will next take on the Van Wert next Friday night looking for their first conference win against the winless Cougars.

St. Marys sees their record improve to 6-0 for the first time since they last won the league in 2008, and picks up their first shutout since beating Bath 6-0 in OT during the 2006 season. Next week the Roughriders return home for Week 7 to host their Grand Lake rival Celina in a contest that can be heard live on K94.3 FM with myself and Dennis Cisco beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame show: Live Football

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All-WBL Football selections announced

The WBL Champion Wapak Redskins who will play this Friday night against Trotwood-Madison in the Division 3 Regional Finals landed 10 players on the 1st team offense and defense in the league teams announced today including WBL Offensive Player of the Year Cameron Lauck, Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year Corey Crawford (also won Defensive Lineman of the Year), and Kicking Specialist Tristan Meyer.

Joining Lauck and Crawford on the 1st team offense were teammates John Bourne (Center), Cody Klosterman (Guard), Kais Chiles (Tight End), and Colin Smith (Flex). Defensively the Redskins 1st teamers were Lauck (DB), Crawford (DE), Cort Merricle (Defensive Line), Jared Cockerell & Landon Hall (Linebackers).

Joining the Redskins on the 1st team were Bath Guard Tyler Shobe, Van Wert Tackle Nolan Smith, Elida QB Logan Alexander, St. Marys RB Eric Spicer, and Ottawa Glandorf WR Logan McDermott.

Defensively the 1st team was rounded out by Bath’s Kyle Lhamon, Kenton’s Aarin Tillman, and OG’s Connor Blossom on the Defensive line. The Bath Wildcat duo of Tyler Shobe and Bo Gross both made the team as a Defensive End and Linebacker respectively. In the secondary the WBL’s 1st was represented by Van Wert Senior Ryan Stoller and Bath’s Chase Clark. The Flex position was nabbed by another Bath defender in Dylan Burkholder.

With the exception of OG’s Bryce Utrup at WR the entire 2nd team offense was represented by a cat or dog mascot as 3 Bath Wildcats (Tackle Easton Rudasil, TE Dylan Burkholder and RB Bo Gross) joined 4 Elida Bulldogs (Center Tristan Edwards, Guard Tyler Kanitz, RB Cole Harmon and WR Brian Upshaw), 1 Defiance Bulldog (TE Abram Smith) and a pair of Celina Bulldogs (QB Caleb Hoyng/Guard Mitch Mabry).

The 2nd team defense consisted of Celina Freshman Seth Huston, Elida Sophomore Dan Tullis and Shawnee Junior Mitchell Shirk. Senior Defensive Ends Mitch Mabry (Celina), and Gavin Cross (Van Wert) joined Linebackers Zach Marks (Celina), Jack Cavanaugh (OG), and Evan Williams (Van Wert). Rounding out the 2nd team were Defensive Backs Jacob Stolly (Celina), Jay Garcia (OG), and Randy Slife of St. Marys who finished with a team high 5 interceptions.

Honorable Mention selections went out to 40 players, 4 from each school:

Bath: Tre Tenny, Kaden Sullivan, Jon Lieurance, Troy Korkate
Celina: CJ Kimmel, Ryan Harter, Austin Boeckman, Dussel Vondenhuevel
Defiance: Alex Gonzalez, Cole Allman, Jorden Scott, Kohle Clellan
Elida: Dylan Holcomb, Noah Mosley, Scott McDonnel, Noah Meeker
Kenton: Tyler Heintz, Austin Buroker, Trent Hites, Mason Crabtree
Ottawa-Glandorf: Zac Unterbrink, Connor Niese, Noah Recker, Jay Kaufman
Shawnee: Jalen Bagley, Austin Allison, Noah Hanjora, Spencer Jordan
St. Marys: Julius Fisher, Dustin Howell, Jonathan Peterson, Aaron Alexander
Van Wert: Justice Tussing, Gavin Gardner, Josh Braun, Jacoby Kelly
Wapakoneta: Cole Hogan, Aaron Huffman, Dylan Kuehl, Drew Voll

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Wildcats hand Riders first loss of season

ST. MARYS, OHIO – The Bath Wildcats continued their recent run of dominance Friday night against St. Marys as they dealt the Roughriders their first loss of the season.

With their 28-7 win over St. Marys, Bath has now defeated their WBL foes four consecutive times dating back to 2012.

Defensively the Wildcats came into the game as the Western Buckeye League’s top ranked rushing defense, and did nothing to hurt that ranking as they held St. Marys to their lowest total of the season, 89 yards.

Offensively Bath used their own potent ground game and racked up 294 yards and four scores in the win. The Wildcats ran 61 total plays from scrimmage and accounted for 316 total yards after being held under 300 for the first time this season last week in their 24-14 loss to Wapak.

After forcing the Roughriders into the first of a pair of three and outs, the Bath offensive unit wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as they used just 3:26 to cover 56 yards on 8 plays. Junior QB Kaden Sullivan had little trouble rushing in from 6 yards out as he accounted for the first of a pair of scores on the night with the jaunt at the 6:34 mark of the opening quarter. Bath’s ensuing two point conversion attempt was unsuccessful so they would hold their lead at 6-0 over the home squad.

With St. Marys again held to a three and out on offense, the WBL’s 3rd leading rusher in Sullivan again led his team deep down as they covered 45 yards on 11 plays including a 4th and 1 to get to their opponents 5 yard line before failing to convert on their second 4th and 1 and giving the ball back to St. Marys.

Bo Gross’ first of two touchdown runs came with 6:24 remaining in the opening half as he rushed into the endzone virtually untouched from 9 yards out to push the score to 12-0 Bath. Gross wasted no time on the very next play as he again penetrated the Rider defense to complete the two point conversion and give his squad a 14-0 advantage.

As the rain began to dampen the grass at Skip Baughman Stadium the ball became a bit slicker and squirted out of the hands of St. Marys returner Austin Tester on the ensuing kickoff and was quickly recovered by Bath at the Riders 27. Gross added his second touchdown in a four minute span as he cashed in from 6 yards out to give the visitors a 21-0 lead that they would carry into the halftime break.

Following an interception from St. Marys signalcaller Dustin Howell that did not result in any points, the Bath offense finally found themselves able to convert a turnover into points in the second half as the second touchdown from Sullivan, his 8th of the season ran the visitors tally to 28-0 with 9:03 to go in the game.

St. Marys was able to get on the board with 6:10 left and on the following possession as they traveled 74 yards using both the run and the pass effectively for the first time in the contest against the Bath defense. Howell’s 28 yard rush on the third play from scrimmage on the drive put the Riders in business at midfield, but it was his 29 yard completion through the air to Randy Slife that moved his offense deep into Bath territory. On the drives 11th play Eric Spicer got his team on the board and avoided being shut out for the first time since October 2013 from 2 yards out to run the final margin to 28-7 Bath.

Of the 186 yards gained by the Roughriders in the contest, Howell would throw for 97 and lead his team in rushing with 13 carries for 46 yards. Eric Spicer rushed 10 times for 25 yards and the lone Rider touchdown while Julius Fisher finished with 3 carries for 10 yards.

Bath with the win sees their record improve to 3-3 overall, and 2-3 in the WBL. Two teams with the same record in Bath and Van Wert will meet next weekend as they each look to improve their standing in the middle of the WBL pack.

With their first loss of the season, the Roughriders see their record fall to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in Western Buckeye League play. The Battle of Grand Lake will take place next Friday night as St. Marys travels to Celina to take on the 4-2 (4-1) Bulldogs in a game that will be broadcast live on K94.3 FM as well as www.k943.com.

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Harter pitches Findlay past Ottawa

OTTAWA, OHIO – Alex Harter went seven innings for his second straight start but unlike his last outing he came away with a win as Findlay Post 3 defeated Ottawa Thursday night 9-4 in a 9 inning American Legion Baseball contest at Memorial Field.

Ottawa’s Adam Purdy (Elida HS) got two quick outs to begin the game on the mound and was able to survive a full count walk of DH Maxwell Rinebolt (Findlay HS), and a single to a former member of the 63rd in McComb graduate Clay Grubb with a strikeout of Chandler Stillings (Findlay HS) to end the top of the first inning without surrendering a run.

Tristen Becker (St. Marys) who finished 3/5 in the contest got the offense going for Ottawa in the bottom of the first as he slapped a 2-1 pitch into the outfield for the first hit of the game. Brad Croy (OG) and Purdy himself would each reach on errors in the inning, the second of which would bring Becker in to score and put the home team up 1-0 heading to the second.

After a scoreless second inning from both squads, Findlay sent eight hitters to the plate in the third and hung three runs on the scoreboard as catcher Wyatt Young (Liberty Benton) singled and scored in the inning. Ross Adolph (Van Buren/University of Toledo) picked up his only hit of the day immediately after Young and also came around to score on a Grubb sac fly RBI. Rinebolt who finished the day 1-3 with a pair of walks drove in Young with an RBI single before being brought in himself on a Stillings single to see the visitors lead rise to 4-1 after 2.5 innings played.

Ottawa got a leadoff single in the bottom of the third inning from Becker, but he was thrown out attempting to steal second base on a two strike count to Jared Davis (Bath), and his team was sent down in order 1-2-3 for the second consecutive inning.

Connor Curlis of Findlay High School, who is headed to The Ohio State University to play his college baseball led off the inning but grounded out to Croy at short. Curlis would finish his day 0-5 against the three pitchers utilized by Ottawa. Young and Adolph followed Curlis by grounding out and flying out to end the Findlay fourth.

Harter would allow four singles by the Fighting 63rd over the course of the next three innings, but none would advance past second as he headed to the bench leading 8-1 with a line of of 7IP, 6K, 1 walk, 6 hits, 1 run.

With Kersh in now in his third inning on the mound in the top of the eighth inning, Findlay would add the games last run as Grubb collected his second RBI of the game by bringing in Phillip Buckingham (Elmwood HS) who had picked up a one out double.

Malachi Abbot, a Sophomore pitcher from McComb High School would take over for Harter as the 8th inning began. Things did not go smoothly for Abbott in the stanza as he began by giving up a single to Croy and a double to Purdy which brought across the second Ottawa run of the game. After St. Marys’ graduate Isaac Fitzgerald was walked, consecutive wild pitches would move he and Purdy up two bases each and bring Purdy in to score to cut the Findlay lead to 9-3. Brad Stolly, the second year member of the Fighting 63rd (LCC) was also walked in the inning and would be moved to second on an RBI single by OG’s Chandler Kersh who had come on in the sixth inning to pitch that made it 9-4 Findlay. Unfortunately for Ottawa, Fred Shepard (Continental), Jackson Lammers (Miller City), and Becker would all go down as outs to end the inning and send the game into the 9th inning.

Seth Evans (Ada HS) who came into the game for Ottawa in the 8th inning as a defensive replacement struck out to begin the frame, and Croy grounded out to first for a pair of quick outs to open the games final at bat for Ottawa. Adam Purdy who had moved to Right Field after his five innings on the mound (2K, 2 walks, 7 hits, 5 runs, 1 wild pitch) singled to keep the inning going, but would be stuck at third base when the game ended after being moved over by a pair of Abbott wild pitches. After Fitzgerald was walked to keep the inning going, Stolly grounded out to end the game.

Findlay is now 5-1 and has won 5 straight games, they will play host to Ottawa at Flag City Field on Thursday, July 9th.

Ottawa (4-2) will host the Tawa Run Classic this weekend and be in action for three games: Friday at 6pm vs Fostoria, Saturday at 3pm vs Piqua, and 6pm vs Ashley Legion. For more information on the Tawa Run Classic check out the 63rd’s website at Ottawa Legion Baseball.

WP: Harter (1-1)
LP: Purdy (0-2)

Hits:
Ottawa 10
Findlay 11

Errors:
Ottawa 1 (Croy)
Findlay 4 (Buckingham 3, Sendelbach)

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34 and counting

Bath has not lost a regular season Western Buckeye League game since January 6th, 2011 when they fell 50-48 at home to St. Marys. Since that loss the Wildkittens and Coach Greg Mauk have won 4 straight WBL Championships and have a streak of 3 consecutive years at 9-0 in league contests.

Thursday night at home inside the Tub as it is affectionately referred to the Wildkittens forced 27 turnovers and held Ottawa Glandorf to just 4 chances at the free throw line in their 66-35 win over the Titans.

Despite not scoring until 4:50 remaining in the first quarter the Wildkittens hit their stride in the second half of the stanza offensively, utilizing triples from Maddie Dackin and Hayley Brenek to lead 12-8 at the end of the first quarter.

With Ottawa Glandorf not able to protect the basketball (16 of their 27 turnovers came in the first 16 minutes of play) the Wildkittens capitalized by utilizing the backdoor pass and solid screens to put together a 22-6 run during the second quarter led by 7 from Dackin and 6 each from Cassie Best and Anna Brandon. Bath’s lead heading into the lockerroom sat at 34-14.

Ottawa Glandorf would outscore Bath in the 3rd quarter 9-8 but could only cut the Kittens lead to 42-23 heading into the final period of play.

The 4th quarter, commonly referred to as the “money quarter” belonged to Bath Senior Maddie Dackin as her offensive prowess would see her rewarded with two baskets and 11 shots from the free throw line (7 of which she connected on) en route to a game high 21 points. Bath connected on 15 of their 22 free throws on the evening.

OG was led offensively by 3 players who each had 6 points apiece in Elissa Ellerbrock, Kylie White, and Kadie Hempfling who came off the bench to score a pair of three pointers when the games outcome had already been decided.

Both teams will get a week off before they head into their second Western Buckeye League contest next Thursday, December 18th. OG (3-1, 0-1 WBL) will play host to the Van Wert Cougars in a game you can hear live on www.zsportslive.com while Bath (5-0, 1-0 WBL) will travel to Celina to take on the Bulldogs, a team they have beaten 10 straight times including by a point at home last season 39-38. Bath vs Celina can be heard live as well on www.wkki.net.

Scoring:

Ottawa Glandorf (35):

Dani Ellerbrock 2
Elissa Ellerbrock 6
Erin Basinger 4
Danielle Schroeder 5
Kianna Siefker 2
Kylie White 6
Jill Rosselit 2
Lexi Schroeder 2
Kadie Hempfling 6

3 pointers (3): Danielle Schroeder, Kadie Hempfling (2)

Bath (66):

Bri Smith 3
Anna Brandon 6
Alyssa Manley 2
Ellie Dackin 11
Maddie Dackin 21
Cassie Best 15
Haylee Brenek 3
Lauren Singhaus 2
Lexi Foley 3

3 pointers (5): Ellie Dackin, Maddie Dackin (2), Haylee Brenek, Lexi Foley

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