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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.


West sweeps girls D8 games

ELIDA – The 40th annual District 8 All-Star games took place Monday night at Elida with the West squad winning both contests. In the Division 1-2-3 outing the West outscored their Eastern counterparts 72-69 while the Division 4 game saw the West roll to a 64-30 victory.

Tied at 69-69 with seconds left to play in the game Ottawa Glandorf’s Dani Ellerbrock, who will play her college basketball at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University connected on a free throw to give the West a one point advantage before picking the pocket of Bath’s Brittany Ulmer and connecting on a layup for the games final score.

Future Bowling Green Falcon Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) led the east in scoring as she tallied 17 points in the game while teammate Heather Heiby of Celina joined her in double figures with 15, hitting on five three pointers in the loss.

Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) was the games leading scorer with 18 points in her final contest before traveling to Indiana for her collegiate ball at St. Josephs. Maddi Stiles (Wapak/Heidelberg) tallied four three pointers and finished with 15 points while Ellerbrock chipped in with 10.

D 1-2-3 West (72):
Sara Smarkel (Findlay) 9
Marissa Wintrow (Findlay) 2
Kendra Siefring (Fort Recovery) 7
Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) 18
Dani Ellerbrock (OG) 10
Erika Angstman (St. Marys) 6
Riley Culver (Wapak) 5
Maddi Stiles (Wapak) 15

Playing but not scoring: Lindi Cisco (St. Marys)
Unable to attend: Lynea Diller (Columbus Grove)

D 1-2-3 East (69):
Brittany Ulmer (Bath) 5
Haley McGillvary (Celina) 5
Kelly Stahl (Celina) 4
Heather Heiby (Celina) 15
Denise Schwieterman (Coldwater) 4
Brooklyn Miller (Defiance) 4
Bailey Kuhn (Elida) 6
Essence Cowan (Lima Senior) 9
Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) 17

The Division 4 game featured the West squad led early by the hot shooting of Alyse Clune (New Bremen) and three pointers from five different players. With the East unable to score early on they found themselves behind at the halftime break 26-17. Marion Local’s Emily Mescher gave her West squad plenty of opportunities for extra chances in the half as she pulled down rebound after rebound.

LeAnn Huelsman of Minster and Clune combined to hit four threes in the second half and lead a defensive effort that held their counterparts to just 13 points in the second half en route to the 64-30 victory.

Huelsman and Clune led the way in the contest with 12 points apiece while Natalie Snider of Lima Central Catholic tossed in 8 points to lead her East squad.


D4 West:

Emily Bauer (Crestview) 3
Lexie Hayes (Delphos St. Johns) 3
Kylie Jettinghoff (Ft. Jennings) 7
Emily Mescher (Marion Local) 5
LeAnn Huelsman (Minster) 12
Hannah Schmitmeyer (Minster) 6
Alyse Clune (New Bremen) 12
Debbie Paul (New Bremen) 8
Rachel Leffel (New Knoxville) 5
Nicole Kramer (Ottoville) 3

D4 East (30):

Sydney Faine (Ada) 5
Rachel Wildman (Ada) 2
Brittany Kahle (Kalida) 5
Kylie Osterhage (Kalida) 4
Allison Recker (Kalida) 2
Natalie Snider (LCC) 8
Cassie Niese (Miller City) 4

Playing but not scoring: Micheala Curtis (Hardin Northern), Sara McFadden (Ridgemont), Chloe Kromer (Vanlue)


4 in double figures propels OG to 6th straight win

LIMA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf’s starters accounted for 69 of their season high 76 points Saturday afternoon as they knocked off Lima Senior 76-63.

Kylie White, Lexi Schroeder and Kadie Hempfling each reached double figures in the first half of the contest and helped the Titans jump out to a 42 point first half at Lima Senior High School.

Spartans Senior Essence Cowan came into the day looking for 11 points to hit the 1,000 point mark for her career but did not accomplish the feat until connecting on a third quarter layup for her 12th marker on the day.

Ottawa Glandorf utilized 14 Spartan turnovers and turned almost every one of them into layups or scores from inside the arc where they finished the matchup 31 of 50 in the win.

Future Bowling Green State University Falcon Rion Thompson was the games high scorer with 31 points but was unable to help her team cut the visitors advantage to less than double digits in the second half of the programs 13th all-time meeting.

OG’s fourth player in double figures was Senior point guard Dani Ellerbrock who in addition to shutting down the Lima guards tossed in a dozen points including four on back to back steals and scores in the final period.

With the win the Titans pick up their 13th win of the season and sixth in a row. In the next week Ottawa Glandorf will play three contests, all at home against Anthony Wayne on Tuesday, Defiance on Thursday and Bryan on Saturday. Kadie Hempfling finished the game with a team high 22 points while White chipped in 19 points to go along with 14 rebounds while Lexi Schroeder pumped in 14.

Lima Senior sees their record fall to 7-5 on the season and will have a TRAC battle on their hands Tuesday night when St. Ursula Academy vists the bean.


OG (76):

Devon Warnecke 5
Dani Ellerbrock 12
Erin Kaufman 2
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kylie White 19
Lexi Schroeder 14
Kadie Hempfling 22

FG: 33/57
3PT: 2/7
FT: 8/18
TO: 13

Lima Senior (63):
Camille McLellan 2
Taja Oglesbee 6
Rion Thompson 31
Essence Cowan 12
Kierre James 8
Talor Washington 2
Amesha Reed 2

FG: 25/48
3PT: 4/15
FT: 9/16
TO: 14

JV: OG 35-26


T-Birds fly into Regional Finals

BOWLING GREEN – For the second consecutive season the LCC Thunderbirds were responsible for ending the Ottawa Glandorf Titans playoff run, this season by virtue of a 72-63 win on the campus of BGSU.

Ottawa Glandorf got off to a hot start early as the Titans would take a 5-2 lead on a Noah Bramlage three pointer from 25 feet away at the top of the key. LCC responded just moments later with a three pointer of their own to tie the game at 5. Following an LCC bucket that gave the T-Birds their first lead at 7-5, the Titans struck back on their ensuing possession to tie the contest up at 7 with 4:22 remaining.

In the first quarter of Wednesday night’s contest the two squads combined to amass 11 ties or lead changes, including one by OG with :54 left in the quarter behind a trio of made free throws from Brad Recker to push the lead to 15-12 Titans. LCC’s free throws with 3.7 seconds left sent the game to the second quarter with the Titans leading by 1 at 15-14.

The games final lead change would come just :27 seconds into the second quarter as LCC put two points on the board to go up by a single point at 16-15.

On two separate occasions in the period the Titans were unable to score for chunks of time as the Thunderbirds upped their lead by virtue of an 6-0 run and a 7-0 run to 33-24 at the break.

Despite having seen multiple starters commit their 3rd foul, LCC weathered the storm from OG in the 3rd period and scored 15 quarter points as they found themselves leading 48-35 after the games penultimate stanza.

As has been the case so many times in the series between the Titans and the Birds, the team trailing would not just roll over and watch their season come to an end. OG would outscore LCC 28-24 in the 4th quarter, including 8 points from Junior Nick Weirauch.

Every time the Titans would trim the lead to 7 or 9 points, LCC would race down the court and find themselves with a Tre Cobbs or Dantez Walton to push their advantage right back to where it had been previously and hold on for a 72-63 win to advance to the Regional Finals on Saturday.

LCC (24-2) will now play on Saturday night at 7pm looking for their 2nd straight Regional championship as they will take on Randy Kortokrax’s Bishop Hartley Hawks inside the Stroh Center. That contest can be heard live as it happens on 104.9fm, or online at http://1049theeagle.com/ with “The Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews on the broadcast.

With the loss the Titans see their season come to an end at 19-7 and will say goodbye to 8 Senior, including Princeton bound Noah Bramlage who led the team in scoring this season at over 20.0 points per game, despite finishing with just 17 tonight.

An interesting note on the series: with the win last night LCC has now taken command of the all-time series between the two at 34-33.


OG (63):

Jordan Verhoff 6
Zac Unterbrink 9
Brad Recker 7
Noah Bramlage 17
Cole Osting 2
Nick Weirauch 8
Zach Kuhlman 14

FG: 18/49 (36.7%)
3: 4/17 (23.5%)
FT: 23/27 (85.2%)
Reb: 28 (5 offensive – Bramlage 10)
Fouls: 22
Ast: 8 (Verhoff 3)
TO: 9
Blk: 7 (Bramlage 7)
Stl: 5 (Osting 2)

LCC (72):

Tre Cobbs 12
Nick Taflinger 10
Josh Dixon 13
Dantez Walton 22
Jake Williams 10
Aidan O’Connor 2
Ethan O’Connor 3

FG: 24/51 (47.1%)
3: 3/7 (42.9%)
FT: 21/34 (61.8%)
Reb: 39 (11 offensive – Walton 14)
Fouls: 21
Ast: 16 (Cobbs 7)
TO: 10
Blk: 8 (Walton 6)
Stl: 4 (J. Williams 2)


Bowling Green vs Rutgers Women’s NIT Live Blog

The Bowling Green Falcons (30-4) have yet to lose a game inside the friendly confines of the Stroh Center this year (16-0) and will look to continue that mark tonight as they host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (25-9) in the NCAA Women’s NIT. The game will mark the first ever meeting between these two schools.

In their first year and only year as a member of the American Athletic Conference (AAC) before heading west into the Big 10 next season, the Scarlet Knights posted a 12-6 conference mark and parlayed that into an At-Large bid into the NIT Tournament. Thus far on their run in the NIT, Rutgers has wins over Delaware 65-61, Harvard 63-52 and in 2OT over Seton Hall 91-79.

Rutgers is led by 1st Team AAC forward Kahleah Copper who averages 16.2 points per game to go along with 6.2 rebounds per game for legendary coach C. Vivian Stringer, a Naismith Hall of Fame selection in 2001 who has amassed over 900 career wins.

Bowling Green enters the contest on the backs of a 3 game winning streak just like the Scarlet Knights, having defeated High Point 72-62, St. Bonaventure 76-65, and Michigan 63-53 all at home inside the friendly confines of the Stroh Center where they have a 44-7 mark in the 3 years here since transitioning from Anderson Arena.

For Bowling Green the key to beat Rutgers is rebounding. The Falcons will need to grab every missed shot and keep Betnijah Laney off the boards where she averages a team-high 8.9 rebounds per contest. Rutgets main key to the game will be controlling the tempo and not allowing the BGSU duo of guard Jillian Halfhill (13.3 ppg) and Alexis Rogers (team-high 14.4 ppg) from getting out in the open court and on their way to the rim.

The starting lineups for both teams:

BGSU (Coached by Jennifer Roos, 54-15 in her 2nd year at BG):

#1 – Jasmine Matthews – 5’9 Junior Guard from Matteson, Illinois averaging 6.5 ppg
#11 – Jillian Halfhill – 5’6 Senior Guard from Canfield, Ohio averaging 13.3 ppg
#21 – Erica Donovan – 5’11 Redshirt-Sophomore from Northside, Texas averaging 10.9 ppg
#32 – Alexis Rogers – 6’1 5th Year Senior from West Chester, Ohio averaging 14.4 ppg
#40 – Jill Stein – 6’2 Senior from Clyde, Ohio averaging 6.6 ppg.

For Rutgers (Coached by C. Vivian Stringer 926-341 in 42 years, 406-206 in 19 years at Rutgers)

#1 – Rachel Hollivay – 6’4 Sophomore Center from Columbus, Mississippi averaging 8.0 ppg
#2 – Kahleah Copper – 6’1 Sophomore Forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania averaging 16.2 ppg
#3 – Tyler Scaife – 5’9 Freshman Guard from Little Rock, Arkansas averaging 3.4 ppg
#15 – Syessence Davis – 5’7 Junior Guard from Neptune, New Jersey averaging 5.0 ppg
#44 – Betnijah Laney – 6’0 Junior Guard/Forward from Clayton, Delaware.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00pm, BG will be wearing their home white jerseys with the white shorts and orange trim and numbers while Rutgers will counter with their red jerseys, white numbers and trim as the visitors.

Stroh Center is about 3/4th full and seats approx 4,400 with most of the fans in attendance clad in orange and brown.

Bowling Green is doing a terrific job in both getting themselves to the rim as well as keeping Rutgers out on the perimeter and forcing the Scarlet Knights out of their game early as they lead 8-2 4 minutes into this quarterfinal.

8-4 BGSU at the first media timeout. 15:42 to go in the first half, Falcons will have the ball when play resumes.

The winner of tonight’s game will take on the South Florida University women’s team in the next couple of days at a site yet to be determined as the Bulls knocked off Mississippi State last night. The Bulls men’s team made a splash today as well as they hired away Kentucky assistant coach and former Globetrotter Orlando Antigua whose Wildcats will face off with Wisconsin in the Final 4 on Saturday.

The pressure inside from BGSU in the first 8 minutes of the game thus far on defense again has been suffocating as the looks on the players faces for Rutgers is that of frustration as they continue to miss shots from 5-8 feet on each of their last 4 possessions.

Already down to 11:37 in the first half with BG leading 12-6. Ottoville product Abby Siefker has checked into the game the first time for Bowling Green.

Curious to know the story behind the black eye that BG guard Deborah Hoekstra is sporting. If anyone knows please tweet me @michaelhirnpbp

Bowling Green over the past 8 minutes has really been sparked by the play of Senior Jillian Halfhill as she hit a running floater to give her team a then 18-15 lead, and a rebound to start a fast break the other way with resulted in a pair of missed free throws by Miriam Justinger.

A monster 3 from 2 feet behind the left arc by Jasmine Matthews gives BG a 23-17 lead and sends the capacity crowd into a frenzy. Falcons have the basketball and about 2 minutes left in the first half as another up and under by Jill Stein ups the lead to 25-17.

Two straight trips by Rutgers have resulted in an offensive foul as BG continues to pile on the points before losing the ball out of bounds much to the dismay of the orange and brown faithful.

As the two teams head into the locker room here at the Stroh Center I noticed that Rutgers starting center and their best shot blocker Betnijah Laney had one of her shoes off, a bag of ice in her hand and was walking gingerly to get it looked at.

BG leads at the break 25-21 over the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers has gone on an 11-4 run in the first 4 minutes of the 2nd half and currently lead 32-29…..however they just had one of their players and leading scorer in Copper go down hard. She is currently on the bench looking to try and get back into the game which is now 36-29 after BG has missed their last 2 shots from the field.

Next season when the Falcons take the court they will have a recruit from Findlay Liberty Benton to help their offensive woes in career 3 point leader Rachel Myers. Myers broke the schools all-time 3 point record this season that had previously been held by Ohio State University standout Cait Craft.

Bowling Green scores their first points in 8 shots as after a wild jump ball call with Halfhill trying to call a timeout for BG, Rutgers gets the ball off the scrum and hits another basket to run their lead to 40-31 with just 11:51 left in the game.

Crowd in attendance behind where we are sitting at midcourt has been VERY vocal and into the game all night long for Bowling Green.

Tune in for the remaining 10 minutes of play at http://wbgufm.com/player.html as BG trails 40-33 with 10:15 to play and Scaife for Rutgers at the line. 41-33 Scarlet Knights.

Offensive foul on BG draws major boos from the crowd here and 2 more points on the Scaife jumper. She has Rutgers last 3 points as they push their lead back to 10 at 43-33.

BG is on a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 49-42 with 4:19 left in the game but the best play of the game came just moments ago as BG guard Jillian Halfhill hit a running right hand hook shot for 3 with 1 second left on the shot clock that banked in to cut it to a 3 point lead at the time at 45-42.

Dave Boninsegna (@zsportslive) of www.zsportslive.com makes a great point about a little thing that BG is not doing right now on their inbounding: “They are picking the ball up immediately, Rutgers is applying NO pressure in the backcourt, why not let it roll and pick it up to save time while you’re trailing?”

Both teams trade baskets and it’s not 53-50 Rutgers with 16.8 seconds left and Rutgers ball after the timeout.

Bowling Green gets the rebound off of a missed free throw by Copper, and rushes a 3 on the other side which misses. Rutgers gets fouled with 4.8 seconds left and nails a pair of free throws to secure the 55-50 win.

Alexis Rogers is the leading scorer in the game with 16 for BG, Copper falls one point short of her average and finishes with 14 as Rutgers ups their record to 26-9 overall and will play South Florida in the next round of the NIT this week. BG ends their season with their first loss inside the Stroh Center (16-1) and at 30-5 on the season.

Thank you for reading this and congrats to both teams on moving on and a spectacular season. #GoFalcons.


T-Birds fly south to Columbus

Each of the previous two seasons have ended for Lima Central Catholic on the floor of the Stroh Center at the hands of the Ottawa Glandorf Titans, but not this season.

LCC used a big performance by Martyce Kimbrough to secure the win as the Senior tossed in another 20 point performance to lead his team to a 55-40 win over the defending Division 3 State Champion OG Titans.

OG trailed after the 1st quarter 10-8 but despite another outstanding 4th quarter from the free throw line as they have done in all 3 visits to the Stroh Center this postseason were not able to get enough points to outscore the T-Birds.

The Titans were led in scoring by 6-7 Junior Noah Bramlage with 19.

OG’s season comes to an end at 16-11 while LCC improves to 23-4 and will next play on Friday afternoon at 2pm inside the Schottenstein Center in Columbus against Roger Bacon for a chance to play either defending Division 4 State Champion Villa Angela St. Joseph or Columbus Bishop Ready in the State Finals. Ready and VASJ will meet in the early contest on Friday at 10:45am.

2010 was the last time LCC was able to hoist a State Championship trophy but will be making their 7th appearance since 1989 on Friday.

Hear the T-Birds take on Roger Bacon with the “Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews beginning at 1:30pm Friday on www.931thefan.com or listen to all of the games on via your tunein ap courtesy of www.zsportslive.com

Hear the game as it aired with Michael Hirn and Chris Kuhlman:


LCC/OG advance to meet for 5th straight year

Ottawa Glandorf and Lima Central Catholic both picked up wins last night at the ONU Sports Center and will now meet on Saturday night in the D3 Regional Finals in Bowling Green for the 5th straight postseason.

Lima Central Catholic advanced with a win in the first game at ONU 64-37 over Worthington Christian. LCC jumped out to an early lead and used a couple of quick 1st quarter runs to lead 15-8 after the first stanza.

The second quarter did not get any easier for the Warriors as LCC torched them for 23 points to lead 38-14 at the halftime break.

A cool moment in the second half came when Martyce Kimbrough scored his 1,000th point, much to the delight of the LCC student section who in unison began to chant “That’s 1000” to show their appreciation in the stands.

LCC would continue to shoot a high percentage in the second half as they outscored the Warriors 26-23 to advance to the Regional Finals for the second straight season in Bowling Green and pick up win number 22 on the season against just 4 losses. Worthington Christian finishes their season at 19-7.

Lima Central Catholic was led in scoring by Kimbrough with 18 and followed in double figures by Xavier Simpson with 14, and Tre Cobbs with 13. Worthington Christian was led by 13 from Johnny Wordlaw.

In the nightcap the defending Division 3 State Champion Ottawa Glandorf Titans took the floor in front of 1367 fans for the first time against the Huron Tigers with the winner knowing they’d advance to play LCC on Saturday night.

Despite slow starts in both District games last week, the Titans were able to jump out to a fast one against Huron as they led 16-8 after the first stanza behind 7-14 shooting while holding the Tigers to just 3-9 from the field.

Noah Bramlage who had 6 of the Titans first quarter points continued to torment the smaller defenders as he added three more before the half, but it was teammate Zach Kuhlman who did the most damage before the break as he accounted for 8 points in the quarter and 11 total to give his team a 35-23 advantage at the half.

For the first half the Titans shot 15-28 from the field while holding the Tigers to 9-22 from the field and just 3-10 from deep. Cody Thompson had a good first half for his team leading the way with 9 points on 4-9 shooting for Huron.

Bramlage, the 1st Team All-WBL selection this season started off the 3rd quarter for OG with a bang as he ignited a quick 4-0 run for his team with a jumper off an assist by Matias Trampe-Kindt to put OG up 36-27 just 26 seconds into the stanza.

Huron would close the gap to 45-37 at the end of the 3rd quarter as they outscored Ottawa Glandord 14-10 but couldn’t get any closer in the 4th.

As they have done the past couple of games, OG shot almost flawlessly from the charity stripe in the 4th quarter to finish 14-18 on free throws to ice the game to secure the 63-45 win.

OG finished 23-45 from the field but just 3-10 from 3 in the win with two of those coming from Bramlage. Huron was outscored 18-8 in the 4th quarter and finished 15-43 from the field, 8-14 from the free throw line, but were able to stay in the game by making 7-22 3 pointers on the night.

Huron was led in scoring by Junior Adam Storer who poured in 18 points on 5-10 shooting and 4-9 from 3 to go along with his perfect night from the free throw line (4-4). Ottawa Glandorf was led by 19 from Bramlage, 14 from Zach Kuhlman and 12 from Tyler Zender in the win.

The Tigers and coach Bobby Jones finish their season at 18-7 and fall in the Regional Semifinals for the 2nd straight season in the Bowling Green Regional. Ottawa Glandorf ups their record to 16-10 and into a Regional Finals rematch from a year ago where they defeated the Thunderbirds en route to the D3 State Championship.

Hear the matchup Saturday night on www.zsportslive.com at 7pm from Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center with myself, Chris Kuhlman and Steve Wiener as the T-Birds look for retribution against a Titans team who has ended their last two seasons at the Regional level.


Fire torch Warriors

CANAL WINCHESTER – Four in a row?

Saturday night the Lima Warriors entered their 5th straight conference championship game and 6th in the past 7 years as they traveled to take on the #1 ranked Columbus Fire. Lima entered the game looking to do two things, advance to another league championship game and end the three game winning streak the Fire have posted against the boys from the bean.

After getting the opening kick and returning 30 yards, the Warriors made the first mistake of the game when Kaene Runion was stripped by Chad Woodfork and returned 50 yards to put the Fire on top less than a minute into the game 8-0.

Following a Brandt Huttis interception of the Fire it was the Warriors turn to get into the scoring as Billy Cozad’s 30 yard touchdown pass to Jay Jay Johnson completed an 89 yard drive that spanned 16 plays and 6:30 to make it 8-6 Fire following an incomplete oass on the two point conversion.

Columbus upped their advantage to 11-6 early in the second stanza as JT Kafury booted a 25 yard field goal through the uprights.

In one of the bigger highlight reel plays of the night, Antwaun Gibbs leaped over the Lima defense and into the endzone on the ensuing Fire drive to up the lead to 18-6 at the midway point of the second quarter as the Fire began to roll offensively.

Lima closed the Fire lead to 18-12 with 4:58 to go in the first half as Bobby Huttis, the Warriors all-time leading receiver caught a disputed 35 yard touchdown catch in the endzone that capped off a 73 yard drive that spanned just under three minutes.

Starting at their own 37 yardline it was the Fire who widened the scoring gap in just two plays as Gibbs hooked up with a streaking Mike Tatum for a 47 yard score to make it 25-12 heading to the break following a missed field goal by Kafury and a turnover from each team.

A punt and an interception ended the first possession for each team in the second half, but it was the Fire who ran their lead to 20 at 32-12 when Gibbs tossed touchdown pass number two on the night to Gary Smith with 7:22 remaining in the third.

Columbus would get on the board again one final time in the opening moments of the fourth quarter when Josh Turnbow thundered in from 6 yards out to make the score 38-12 Fire.

Kafury missed his second fieldgoal of the game wide left and the Warriors made the best out of it by using 4:30 to go 75 yards to cap off a drive that included 30 yards worth of unsportsmanlike conduct penalities and an ejection on the Fire’s part. Billy Cozad ran out of the shotgun and straight into the right corner of the endzone for his first rushing touchdown of the day to bring the scoring on the day to a close and.

Brandt Huttis added a second interception on the night in the closing seconds of the game to prevent another Fire touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as time ran out on the game and the Warriors season with the 38-18 loss.

Columbus improves to 15-0 with the win and will advance to the HFL Championship game on Sept 7th in Green, Ohio against the undefeated HFL North Champion Ohio Legends.

Lima will end the season at 7-6 overall and will say goodbye to some key players who are heading off into the sunset. What will next years team look like you ask? That is a question for another day that you can read about right here on limawarriors.com in the future.

On the night Billy Cozad finished as the leading rusher with 18 carries for 65 yards while connecting on 20/40 passes for 216 yards. Jay Jay Johnson finished as the leading receiver with 6 catches for 71 yards and his touchdown.


Titans ground T-Birds

BOWLING GREEN – Remember the Titans.

You can be sure that LCC will as Wednesday night it was the Titans from Ottawa Glandorf who avenged an early season 51-48 home loss to the same Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds 60-52 in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,700 in Bowling Green at the Stroh Center.

Sell out crowd

OG improved their all-time OHSAA tournament record to 24-4 in games played in the city of Bowling Green with one of the best 2-3 zone defenses they have played all season. “We went with the 2-3 zone because we thought it would alter some of the things they like to do. (But) did I think it would get us a 15-point cushion at the half … I did not,” Titan coach Tyson McGlaughlin said after his defense stifled every LCC shooter not named Tre’on Johnson who finished his brilliant T-Bird career with a 26 points output. Johnson was especially on fire in the fourth quarter as he dazzled the crowd with fantastic dribbling and deep shots while connecting on 6 of 9 shots from beyond the arc.

After jumping on the athletic T-Birds early the Titans poured it on in the first quarter to lead 17-7 as the clock hit zero. The second stanza was just as cold and unforgiving as the Titans opened the quarter on an 11-0 run and led at the break by a 31-16 score. One of the big keys going into the game was that it would need to be the inside play of OG that would have to have a big night against the undersized T-Bird defenders. Michael Rosebrock and Noah Bramlage responded for the Titans as they led paint points by a 10-0 margin as the two squads headed to their locker rooms for a breather and some words of encouragement from their coaches.

With OG able to key on Johnson they could continue to sit back in their 2-3 zone and wait for the shooters to come to them in the second half as they held every other shooter for LCC to 7 points or less in the game. As fouls began to mount in the second half they began to take their toll on the LCC starting lineup as Martyce Kimbrough picked up his fourth foul early in the fourth and was relatively ineffective for the rest of the game as he finished with only 4 points, well under his almost 14 points per game average on the season.

Following a third quarter in which both teams scored 11 points the fans who didn’t head for the exits early were treated to a fantastic back and forth quarter that saw the veteran Thunderbirds take on the personality of their Coach Frank Kill when he played and won a state title with Lincolnview in the 90’s by never giving up and cutting it to as low as 3 before the Titans pulled away for good. TJ Metzger who finished with a team high 23 points iced the game late as he knifed through the lane, hit a spinning reverse layup and the ensuing free throw to give his team a 57-50 lead with just 50 seconds remaining. “TJ is the Northwest District Player of the Year for a reason. He’s a baller,” Kill said.

In addition to the 23 from Metzger, his teammate Caleb Siefker finished with 21 to go along with his 10 rebounds. OG outrebounded LCC 37-30 in the game, but got the big rebounds when it counted too.

With the win the Titans improve to 23-3 on the season while ending LCC’s 2012-2013 campaign at 23-3.

Titans Advance

Saturday night Ottawa Glandorf will look to sell out the Stroh Center once again as they head north to BG to take on the 26-1 Bloom Carroll Bulldogs at 7:30pm for a chance to play next weekend in Columbus for a State Championship. Bloom Carroll defeated Huron 62-54 to win their first Regional Semi-Finals game since 2005. The Bulldogs will be led by Joey Schmitz who scored 26 in the win.