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Bearcats win route 66 battle

ST. MARYS, OH – Two Allen County rivals met on the hardwood in Auglaize County on Saturday afternoon when NWC rivals Spencerville and Delphos Jefferson took the court against one another, and the result was the same as it had been in the earlier meeting as the Bearcats pulled out a 63-57 victory over their foes from Delphos.

Delphos Jefferson was led by Senior guard and perennial All-NWC 1st team selection Jace Stockwell who pumped in a game high 27 points but saw his team fall short in their bid to force an early exit for the NWC Champions. Just a few days prior to this matchup inside Murotech Court at St. Marys HS the outgoing Wildcat tossed in a career high 29 points in a semifinals victory over Lima Central Catholic to earn his squad an opportunity to cut down the Roughriders nets.

Four players for Spencerville finished in double figures in the game led by the Northwest Conference player of the year Dakota Prichard who scored 12 of his team high 17 points in the first half as he helped give the designated home squad a 31-27 lead after the first two quarters.

Before being forced to exit late in the contest when he picked up his fifth foul, 6’2 Bearcat Junior Daniel Corso provided his team a spark in the opening minutes as he used his teams focused defensive attack to score on a pair of layups and a three pointer that would mark his only points of the contest.

Three Jefferson players (Stockwell, Drew Reiss, Tyler Bratton) hit from deep behind the arc in the opening eight minutes of the ballgame to keep the Jeffcats close but Delphos found themselves behind 1 at 15-14 at the first stoppage.

Alex Rode joined the Wildcats three point brigade in the second quarter as he connected on a triple try but as he had done just a few days prior it was once again Stockwell who took over and accounted for eight of his 12 first half markers to keep his team afloat when they struggled at times offensively against the Bearcats.

If the first half was a story about how many three pointers Delphos Jefferson could hit then the third quarter was a story about just how many Spencerville’s Gary Schrolucke could hit as the Bearcat Senior connected on three in a span of just two minutes and nearly hit a fourth that rolled back out. With Schrolucke and their offense hitting on most cylinders the Bearcats pushed their lead to 45-40 heading to the final stanza.

Talk to any coach about what is important and wins games and there is a good chance they will tell you defense and free throws, and that was the case on Saturday as the Bearcats connected on every one of their nine attempts in the fourth quarter while the Wildcats hit on just one of their three shots from the line.

Spencerville was led in scoring in the fourth quarter by Bailey Croft who tossed in nine of his 14 on the afternoon in the period but it was the rebounding by his brother Griffen (10 points/10 rebounds) that helped to keep possessions alive and ultimately help give Spencerville the Sectional Title and opportunity to move on.

Delphos sees their season come to an end under alumnus and first year Head Coach Jordan Jettinghoff at 12-12 while the Bearcats (18-5) will move on to play in the District Semifinals at Lima Senior High School on Thursday, March 9th at 6:15pm against a team they were victorious against in the regular season in the Marion Local Flyers.

Box Score:

Spencerville (63):
Daniel Corso 7
Gary Schrolucke 13
Dakota Prichard 17
Bailey Croft 14
Griffen Croft 10
Ben Dues 2

FG: 23/44
3PT: 7/17 (Schrolucke 3, Prichard 3, Corso)
FT: 10/11
REB: 25 (G. Croft 10)
AST: 14 (Prichard 5)

Delphos (57):
Jace Stockwell 27
Drew Reiss 5
Tyler Bratton 6
Alex Rode 17
Davion Tyson 2

FG: 22/46
3PT: 6/17 (Stockwell 2, Bratton 2, Reiss, Rode)
FT: 7/11
REB: 17 (Rode 6)
AST: 7 (Stockwell 3)


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


Vikings down Tigers in OT

LEIPSIC, OH – Leipsic has seen two of their first three games go to an overtime period and both times the Vikings have come out winners. Friday night the Vikings won their third straight game to open the season as they defeated North Baltimore 49-45 and improved to 2-0 in Blanchard Valley Conference play.

North Baltimore junior Chase Naugle came out hot in the first quarter scoring ten of his teams 15 first quarter points, but it was the Tigers defense that did the damage to their opponents early on as their relentless pressure forced the Vikings into a dozen first half turnovers.

Trailing 15-12 at the start of the second quarter, Leipsic took to the three ball themselves just as North Baltimore had done in the first quarter as Grant Schroeder and Grant Rader each connected with a triple to send the game to the halftime break tied 23-23.

Getting to the free throw line wasn’t an issue for the home squad in the second half as they accomplished the feat 17 times in the two periods but connecting on their attempts were as the Vikings hit on just six of those attempts and once again found themselves tied after another quarter had come and gone.

Julian Hagemeyer’s foot on the line shot from straight away in the early part of the fourth quarter was ruled a three pointer at the start of the period and helped push the Tigers ahead 33-30, but the Tigers were unable to handle the Vikings pressure in the middle part of the stanza and would cough up the ball multiple times. With forcing turnovers suddenly not a problem and their opponents unable to connect on anything from the field other than Hagemeyer’s two makes from beyond the arc, North Baltimore found themselves clinging to a two point lead late in the fourth period.

Despite missing seven straight free throws in the third and early fourth quarter, Grant Schroeder would connect on a pair from the line and send the ballgame into the final seconds tied at 43-43. North Baltimore had an opportunity with just one second remaining on the clock in regulation but were unable to get off a shot as the quarter expired.

The overtime period was all Leipsic as they outscored the Tigers 6-2 behind buckets from Rader and Jordan Berger, and a pair of free throws from Schroeder.

Leipsic improves their record to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in BVC play, the Vikings will take their unbeaten record to Miller City on Saturday night as they dip their toes into Putnam County League play against the Wildcats.

North Baltimore’s record falls to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in Blanchard Valley Conference contests, the Tigers will welcome Hardin Northern to town on Saturday night looking to get back on the winning track.

Box Score:

Leipsic (49):
Grant Schroeder 16
Grant Rader 13
Devin Hiegel 3
Dylan Schroeder 4
Hunter Moorman 2
Jordan Berger 11

FG: 19/50
3PT: 3/11 (G. Rader, G. Schroeder, D. Hiegel)
FT: 8/21
REB: 48 (35 DEF/13 OFF: Berger 13)
TO: 21

North Baltimore (45):
Levi Gazarek 4
Julian Hagemyer 16
Brady Rader 4
Adam Flores 2
Chase Naugle 14
Noah Brian 5

FG: 16/59
3PT: 6/22 (Hagemyer 3, Naugle 2, Brian)
FT: 7/12
REB: 31 (22 DEF/9 OFF: Naugle 8)
TO: 16

JV: Leipsic 53-25


Leipsic hires new boys basketball coach

LEIPSIC, OH – Leipsic High School announced this evening they have found their next Boys Basketball coach in Chris Kuhlman.

The 33 year old Kuhlman will inherit a squad which graduated seven seniors from a team that secured their first Blanchard Valley Conference title in 20 years and were the first class in school history to win three straight sectional championships.

When Kuhlman begins his first season as head coach this fall he will be the 34th coach in program history. Kuhlman replaces Scott Maag, who resigned last month after posting a school record 130 wins against 85 losses in nine seasons that included a Division 4 State runner-up appearance in 2013.

In addition to spending the past 9 seasons as both a varsity assistant in charge of the program defense and JV head coach, Kuhlman, a graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School had also had a stop up north as the freshman mentor for 3 years at Toledo Central Catholic.

Returning for Leipsic this upcoming season will be incoming seniors Grant Schroeder, a 3rd team BVC selection who averaged 9.2 points per game while handing out a team high 3.0 assists per game, and 6’1 Jordan Berger who grabbed a pair of rebounds and tallied 3.5 markers a contest.

On what the future holds for Leipsic basketball this season and beyond: “We had a very nice JV program last season and our Freshmen only had one loss, that coming in the PCL Championship game with just five boys, so I’m excited about what this season and beyond holds for our program. Anytime you lose as much production as we did you need to find a way to replace it, so this summer will be an extremely important time that a lot of kids will have an opportunity to show what they can do to find minutes”, Kuhlman said.


The King moves on

KALIDA, OH – Friday afternoon Kalida High School learned that they will be on the hunt to replace the OHSAA’s All-Time wins leader in boys basketball history Dick Kortokrax before the 2016-17 season begins as Kortokrax will announce his resignation from the position of Head Coach of the boys program in a 5pm press conference at the school.

Last season Kortokrax guided the Wildcats to a 13-10 record, and 20th Putnam County League championship at the school where he has amassed 665 of his record 890 career victories.

With Kortokrax not on the sidelines this upcoming season it will mark the first time since 1974 without him on the bench, as Kalida was led on the court by Ted Bushong who finished 11-10 overall in his only season at the helm before giving way to the former Ottoville and Fort Jennings leader.

The next coach at Kalida will take over a squad that ended last season at 6-1 in the PCL, but loses a ton of leadership from seven graduating seniors including leading scorer and captain Grant Unverferth.

Returning for the Wildcats next season will be three players who saw significant minutes at the varsity level during their junior campaigns.

“I don’t think anyone will ever beat 890 wins and I’m proud of what that stands for, for the people of Fort Jennings of Ottoville and here at Kalida to have all had a hand in that accomplishment over the years shows how good Putnam County basketball has been and is” Kortokrax said during the press conference.

On whether his retirement was of his own choice or whether it was made for him Kortokrax had the following to say: “The Kalida schoolboard has decided to take things in a different direction. They can take this from me but they can not take away my love of the game”.

Hear the press conference where Coach Kortokrax announces his retirement:


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


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


Vikings down Big Green in 100th meeting

OTTOVILLE, OH – The 100th all-time meeting between Ottoville and Leipsic went in the win column for the Vikings Saturday night as they outscored the Big Green 20-7 in the final quarter to win 63-50.

Minutes into the first quarter the Vikings jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead over the home squad but saw the contest come to a halt momentarily with 5:09 remaining when Ottoville Sophomore Logan Kemper was attended to and carried off the L.W. Heckman Gymnasium floor with a leg injury. Kemper would not return to the game after being carried to the lockerroom.

Five players tossed in 20 points for the Vikings in the first period led by 7 from Jordan Brown and led 20-12 at the quarter buzzer.

Trailing 31-28 with just seconds remaining before the halftime break the Big Green’s Nick Moorman connected on a jumper from the right wing and tied the game at 31 as the ball fell through the net at the buzzer.

Moorman and Ryan Bendele were the only two players to score for the home team in the third quarter but accounted for 12 markers including a pair of triples by Bendele to tie the game at 43 all after three quarters.

Leipsic committed seven turnovers in the game but none in the second half while their opponents were forced into eight second half turnovers and 14 overall. With a strong defensive presence that allowed them to create in transition the Vikings took control in the fourth quarter and were able to get themselves to the free throw line as well.

In the last period the Vikings connected on 7 of 14 tosses from the charity stripe and held the Big Green to just a trio of buckets from the floor from Bendele, Moorman, and Dustin Trenkamp in order to preserve the games final score of 63-50.

Before the contest the 2016 Homecoming Court was announced for Ottoville with Brendan Schnipke named King while Carly Kortokrax was named Queen.

Nick Moorman led the Big Green in scoring with a team high 19 points in the contest. Ottoville sees their record fall to 3-17 overall, and 2-5 in the Putnam County League. The Big Green have two regular season contests remaining, a home game at Van Wert on Monday night and a home game against Wayne Trace on Friday before they begin tournament play on the 23rd at OG against Fort Jennings.

With the win the Vikings up their record to 16-4 overall and 4-2 in the PCL where they are in a three way tie for second place. Leipsic was led in scoring by Jordan Brown with 19 markers and 9 rebounds. Thursday night the Vikings will look to finish Blanchard Valley Conference play at 10-1 when they travel to take on Hopewell-Loudon before finishing PCL play on Friday against Ft. Jennings. When the tournament begins the team will travel to Ottawa Glandorf to take on Continental on Wednesday Feb 24th.


Leipsic (63):

Matt Schroeder 11
Isaiah Lomeli 6
Grant Schroeder 8
Ross Mangas 7
Jordan Brown 19
Nate Brecht 5
Ross Schroeder 5
Jordan Berger 2

2PT: 22/39
3PT: 3/9 (M. Schroeder, R. Mangas, R. Schroeder)
FT: 12/22
TO: 7

Ottoville (50):

Ryan Bendele 9
Rudy Wenzlick 2
Andy Schimmoeller 2
Eric Von Sossan 3
Nick Moorman 19
Zane Martin 3
Dustin Trenkamp 12

2PT: 13/22
3PT: 6/18 (Bendele 3, Von Sossan, Moorman, Martin)
FT: 3/4
TO: 14

JV: 35-27 Leipsic


Minster rallies past Coldwater

MINSTER, OH – Despite not scoring for the first five minutes of the first quarter and not procuring their first lead until late in the third the Minster Wildcats were able to come from behind to defeat MAC rival Coldwater 53-50 Friday night.

Defensively the Cavaliers were able to shut down the Minster offensive attack in the first half as they jumped out to a 32-23 advantage at the break but struggled stopping their opponent from inside the arc in the final two periods of the game.

Minster got a game high 17 points from 6’1 Junior Aaron Ernst including a trio of shots from behind the arc in the middle two quarters including one that gave his team their first lead at 38-37 with 1:27 to go in the third.

Offensively the Wildcats would find themselves outscored 13-9 in the fourth quarter by the visitors, but were able to thwart a late rally and hold on in the final seconds for the win.

With the win the Wildcats are now 11-7 on the season and find themselves in a tie for second place in the MAC as they sport a 5-2 record. Minster will welcome St. Marys to town Saturday night for a non-league tilt broadcast live on K94 94.3 FM at 7:30pm.

Coldwater was led in scoring on the night by 6’9 Senior Andy Brunet with 15 but sees their record fall to 11-6 overall and 5-2 in Midwest Athletic Conference play. The Cavs will travel south to New Madison as they take on defending Division 4 State Champion Tri-Village tomorrow evening in another non-conference matchup.


Coldwater (50):

Jack Hemmelgarn 4
Aaron Harlamert 11
Andy Brunet 15
Dylan Thobe 12
Neal Muhlenkamp 5
Marcus Bruns 3

2PT: 15/21
3PT: 3/17
FT: 11/20
REB: 28
TO: 16

Minster (53):

Josh Nixon 7
Jacob Stechschulte 10
Peter Falk 4
Aaron Ernst 17
Conner Tumbusch 6
Jared Thobe 2
Jared Huelsman 7

2PT: 13/30
3PT: 7/16
FT: 6/14
REB: 21
TO: 9

JV: 45-42 Minster


Flyin To The Hoop Day 1 Preview

Friday night the annual Flyin To The Hoop High School Basketball Invitational which has showcased some of the best talent in high school basketball since 2002 will commence with a pair of games to open year #14.

In the first contest of the evening (6:30pm) the hosts of the event the Fairmont Firebirds will take on another team out of the GWOC in the Trotwood-Madison Rams.

Fairmont enters the game with their record currently sitting at 3-10 and on a 4 game losing streak while their opponents are 11-1 overall and have won 4 straight since their only loss of the season, an 85-70 defeat at the hands of Decatur Central.

The Firebirds last outing which took place on Tuesday night was a 91-74 loss to Xenia in a contest in which they actually led at the half 45-43. Fairmont was unable to control Xenia’s Ray James as he poured in 31 points. Conor Van Oss had a career night for Fairmont with 30 points in the contest but his team was outscored 48-29 in the second half in the loss.

Trotwood on Tuesday night traveled to take on Dunbar and handed the Wolverines their 5th loss of the season 81-72. In the win the Rams were led by Freshman Amari Daniels game high 22 markers. A balanced and relentless attack behind Daniels saw three players join him in double figures as Myles Belue added 18, Amir Foster 15 and Torry Patton 13 points.

The Firebirds and Rams last met in 2014 when Trotwood came away with a 98-77 victory.

Game two of the night will feature a pair of high flying squads when 15-3 La Lumiere travels from Indiana to do battle with 15-3 Prolific Prep based out of Napa, California in a highly anticipated matchup that will feature a multitude of talent headed to play at major college programs.

For the La Lumiere Lakers they will be led onto the court by Brian Bowen who is considered one of the top Juniors in the country. Alongside Bowen is a talented group in Texas commit James Banks and five star center prospect Jeremiah Tilmon. Freshman PG Tyger Campbell is a consensus top three pick at the position and has a handful of terrific games to his credit this season including a record 28 assists in 3 games during the Coventry TOC back in November. The future DePaul duo of Al Eichelberger and Brandon Cyrus also bring a lot of firepower to the Lakers offensive attack.

Prolific Prep is led by Josh Jackson, the #1 remaining unsigned player in the 2016 signing class. Jackson, a Detroit native moved to Prep after leading Detroit Consortium College Prep School to their first championship as a Sophomore and is reportedly considering Kansas, Michigan State, and Arizona among his final choices for the next level.

Alongside Jackson the team who is in their third season is led by UCONN bound Vance Jackson, future Utah Utes guard Devon Daniels and a pair of terrific unsigned players in Abu Kigab and recent transfer Ira Lee.

One this is for sure, with all of the talent on the court Friday night the Trent Arena in Kettering will be rocking as fans flock to the annual event to see the best players in the state of Ohio and from all around the country take on one another in the #2 ranked National event of its kind by CBS Sports and Maxpreps.

Both games Friday night as well as the remaining games on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday can be seen live as they happen via SUV TV and their terrific coverage at Flyin to the Hoop LIVE VIDEO

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Fledderjohann resigns as NK coach

NEW KNOXVILLE – In addition to losing five seniors from this past seasons 9-14 squad, the New Knoxville Rangers Boys Basketball program will be looking for a new Head Coach as Kort Fledderjohann given his resignation to the school this week.

Due to expanding job and family responsibilities, Varsity Boys’ Basketball coach Kort Fledderjohann has tendered his resignation. Coach Fledderjohann served in the basketball program for 13 years, the last 6 as head coach a press release from the school states. In that time he compiled a record of 71 wins and 64 losses. His 2010-2011 team claimed the Midwest Athletic Conference title. “We are grateful for coach Fledderjohann’s loyal service to our school and student-athletes over the years. He served as a positive role model and was a great representative of our community.”

Interested applicants for the position should submit an application (which can be found on the school website www.nk.k12.oh.us) and resume to athletic director, Jerry Vanderhorst at jvanderhorst@nkrangers.org Deadline for applications is April 10th.