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Cavaliers stop Bearcat comeback

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Coldwater jumped out to a big first quarter lead on Tuesday evening on the road at Spencerville and held on to that lead late as they defeated the host Bearcats 47-45 in a non-conference tilt.

Despite not having the services of leading scorer Kourtney Diller the Cavaliers blitzed out to a 16-6 first period lead as Mara Dues and Olivia Harlamert connected on a pair of jumpers from behind the arc to stymie the home teams defensive efforts.

Jenna Henline got the scoring going from the outside for the Bearcats as she connected on a shot from deep and finished the second quarter with seven of her 10 points in the ballgame. Layups off of Coldwater turnovers by Melanie Koenig and Jayden Smith helped to keep Spencerville in the contest and down just 29-25 at the halftime stoppage.

For the Cavaliers who finished the first half 12 of 27 from the field they were lead by Lauren Gilliland with 10 first half points and a handful of rebounds as well.

In the second half of the game the Cavaliers offense was held to just four makes from the field, including a second three pointer on the night by Harlamert that helped to quell a Bearcat run in the third period.

With their makes from the field limited, the visiting team turned to the free throw line and connected on 9 of 16 in the second half.

Trailing 40-33 at the start of the final stanza the Bearcats went to work from beyond the arc as the duo of Nelaya Burden and Koenig each tossed in a three ball to pull their team to within a bucket with just under ten seconds remaining.

As the ball was inbounded for the final time in the fourth quarter Spencerville was unable to steal the basketball and even the score before the clock reached zero and fell 47-45.

Coldwater has now beaten the Bearcats six straight times in the series and could possibly meet Spencerville once more this season as each are in the Division 3 Elida District come tournament time.

The Cavaliers have now won eight straight games and sees their record sit at 11-5 overall. Coldwater will travel to St. Henry on Thursday night and look to move their Midwest Athletic Conference record to 4-3.

Spencerville with the loss sees their two game winning streak come to and end. The Bearcats will take their 8-6 overall mark and 3-1 NWC record to visit Allen East on Thursday for a conference tilt as they look to stay in the race for their first conference crown in school history.

Gilliland led all scorers with 14 in the game for Coldwater while Burden was the high mark for Spencerville with 12 in the contest.

Box Score:

Coldwater (47):

Mara Dues 11
Alli May 2
Olivia Harlamert 8
Maura Hoying 4
Lauren Gilliland 14
Katie Alig 4
Grace Bruns 4

FG: 16/50
3PT: 3/11
FT: 12/21
TO: 15

Spencerville (45):

Kaiden Grigsby 2
Jenna Henline 10
Jayden Smith 8
Nelaya Burden 12
Emma Leis 2
Melanie Koenig 11

FG: 15/40

3PT: 3/15
FT: 8/13
TO: 14

JV: Spencerville 39-36


St. Henry downs Coldwater in OT

ST. HENRY, OH – It took an extra quarter Friday night but the St. Henry Redskins were able to complete their comeback in front of their home fans and down MAC rival Coldwater in OT 62-53.

Trailing for most of the contest the Redskins took a three point lead at 51-48 near the end of the fourth quarter but were unable to stop Coldwater Sophomore Cole Frilling from connecting on a right wing three pointer with just over ten seconds to go in the game to tie the contest at 51-51. On their final possession of regulation St. Henry was unable to get a shot to drop to pick up the win before the fourth period buzzer rang out.

Despite seeing Senior Mitch Schwieterman connect on just 2/7 from the free throw line in the overtime period and 2/9 in the fourth and OT the Redskins got solid contributions from Tyler Schlarman, Ryan Luttmer, and a basket from Schwieterman himself as they outscored the Cavs 11-2 en route to the victory.

Combined the two squads finished 30/97 from the field and shot 9/36 from behind the three point line.

St. Henry committed just a trio of turnovers in the game and utilized nearly every player on their roster and every foul available to them to combat their rivals. Coldwater finished the game with 14 turnovers and many that stymied possessions late in the ballgame that could have given the Cavs just their fourth win in the last 19 meetings with the Redskins.

Four players for St. Henry finished in double figures led by leading scorer Tyler Schlarman who tossed in three above his season average with a game high 17. Ryan Luttmer scored 14 in the contest with a pair of three pointers while Blake Hoyng added 13 and Parker Link tossed in 10 for the victors.

Marcus Bruns led Coldwater’s offensive attack with 13 while Dylan Thobe added a dozen on 5/11 shooting.

Coldwater sees their season record drop to 5-8 overall and 2-3 in Midwest Athletic Conference play while the Redskins up their mark to 10-5 overall and 3-2 in MAC play. The Cavaliers will play host to the Van Wert Cougars Saturday night while St. Henry travels to Wapakoneta to take on the state ranked Redskins in non-league play.

Box Score:

St. Henry (62):
Curtis Uhlenhake 3
Ryan Luttmer 14
Mitch Schwieterman 4
Ryan Bruening 1
Tyler Schlarman 17
Parker Link 10
Blake Hoyng 13

FG: 21/50
3PT: 5/18 (Uhlenhake, Luttmer 2, Link, Hoyng)
FT: 15/26
REB: 30
TO: 3

Coldwater (53):
Marcus Bruns 13
Sam Broering 9
Dylan Thobe 12
Neal Muhlenkamp 8
Derek Albers 6
Cole Frilling 5

FG: 19/47
3PT: 4/18 (Broering, Thobe 2, Frilling)
FT: 11/16
REB: 29
TO: 14

JV: St. Henry 56-45


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


Coldwater claims 4th straight crown

COLUMBUS, OH – For the fourth consecutive season the Coldwater Cavaliers ended their season hoisting a State Championship trophy, this time with a 35-18 win over the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders Friday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.

As they had previously done 12 times in their 14 games this season the Cavaliers wasted no time putting the first touchdown on the board as they capped off an 8 play drive with a touchdown run from two yards out by Kraig Schoenherr.

CCC’s response to the first punch from their opponents was a 75 yard drive over 6:40 that crossed into the first part of the second quarter and ended with a 40 yard field goal, the 15th make of the season from Kicker Dan Mills that cut the lead to 7-3.

With the football at their own 20 yardline following a touchback on the kickoff by Mills, the Cavaliers used just four plays to pick up their second touchdown of the morning when Aaron Harlamert’s highlight reel catch in the corner from 16 yards out put his team ahead 13-3. On the drives first play the Cavs got a 67 yard gain on a hook and lateral play that Schoenherr took a pitch and rumbled inside Crusaders territory and stiff armed three would be defenders into the ground on his trek.

For the rest of the first half each team was a little less protective of the football than they had been in the opening moments as they traded turnovers, 3 by CCC and 1 by Coldwater. Of the three turnovers forced by the Cavalier defense two of them were interceptions, the 5th and 6th of the season by Kyle McKibben including one that would end the first half and send the teams into the lockerroom.

One of the longest drives of the season for Coldwater came on their first possession of the second half as the Cavs used 13 plays including two in which they converted on fourth down to go 71 yards and lead 20-3 on a touchdown run, the 19th of the season by Chris “Petey” Post. On the play directly leading to the score the Cavs used a 33 yard pass from Senior QB Jack Hemmelgarn, the MAC/NW District/Division 5 Offensive Player of the Year to Kyle McKibben that put them just a couple of yards from the endzone.

Aaron Harlamert who finished with 7 catches for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns and became only the 5th Coldwater wideout to have 1,000+ yards receiving in a season kept the scoring going for the Cavs on their next possession as he hauled in a 33 yard pass for a score that pushed the advantage to 27-3 with just 2:24 remaining in the games third stanza.

Two plays is all it would take for the Crusaders as they finally were able to penetrate the Coldwater goal in the contest on their next drive when WR John Colangelo caught a Dan Platek screen pass and turned it into a 74 yard score to cut the lead to 27-11 following a successful two point conversion attempt by the Crusaders. Colangelo finished 2nd this season in the 100 meters at the State Track and Field Championship and showed his speed as no defenders were able to come close to him as he sped down the Ohio Stadium turf.

Starting from the CCC 45 the Cavaliers put their final touches on the games final score on their 10th play of the ensuing drive as Schoenherr added his second marker, a three yard rush with 9:36 remaining to make it 33-11. As the Cavaliers lined up to go for two points after the score they dusted off a version of a play they had used successfully in the Semifinals, a screen to McKibben who tossed back to Hemmelgarn for a successful conversion that pushed the lead to 24 at 35-11.

CCC got the last score of the game as they traveled 62 yards in 1:19 and picked up 6 when RB Justin Ditty burst into the endzone from eight yards out to shrink the final margin to 35-18 Coldwater.

In two meetings between the two schools in the D5 Championship the past two seasons in Columbus, the Crusaders were outscored 97-39 including 62-21 in last years record setting game for Coldwater en route to the title.

With the win the Cavaliers finish 15-0 and cap off the 7th undefeated season in school history, their first since 2012.

In helping his squad to their 6th State Championship, Hemmelgarn who was making just his 18th start at QB finished 18/27 passing for 287 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions on the day. On the ground the Cavs were led in rushing by Schoenherr’s 73 yards on 20 carries and 2 touchdowns. Schoenherr finished as the Cavs 2nd leading receiver on the day as well as he hauled in 3 passes for 80 yards.

A big defensive effort on the day was fueled by Safety Neal Muhlenkamp (10 tackles), and Mitch Clune (9 tackles) for a defense that came in as a top defense all-time in a single season in points allowed in school history. The Cavaliers defensive unit finished with just 99 points coming against them on the season.


Cavs headed back to finals

XENIA, OHIO – For the seventh consecutive year the Coldwater Cavaliers will play their last football game of the season for the ultimate prize, a State Championship as they defeated the Wheelersburg Pirates 36-6 Friday night in the Division 5 semifinals.

Behind Senior QB Jack Hemmelgarn and WR Aaron Harlamert who connected for a trio of touchdowns on the evening, and with a superb team defensive effort the Cavaliers were able to stymie the Pirates offense that had accounted for 521 points in their previous 13 contests and hold them to just six points and 155 total yards.

Hemmelgarn’s first scoring toss in the back corner of the endzone to Harlamert, a 13 yard hookup capped off a 12 play drive to open the contest and give Coldwater a lead they would never relinquish on the evening with 8:24 left in the opening quarter.

After forcing Wheelersburg (13-1) into a three and out on their first offensive possession the Cavaliers themselves were forced to punt the football right back to the Pirates. Following the second consecutive three and out and subsequent punt, Coldwater took over on the Burg 24 yard line and utilized six plays before Harlamert’s leaping catch in the back of the endzone put the designated home squad on top 14-0 late in the opening quarter.

Wheelersburg’s only score of the contest came on their ensuing drive as RB Tanner Bivens finished off a 13 play 80 yard drive with his first rushing touchdown of the season, a 6 yard jaunt to cut the lead in half at 14-6.

Despite twice being called for holding on their next possession the Cavaliers were able to add another Harlamert touchdown reception to their championship effort as he hauled in a 7 yard pass from Hemmelgarn to run the lead to 21-6.

Following a 40 yard punt by the Pirates which gave the Cavs great field position at their own 46 the offense was able to up their lead to 28-6 with 1:18 to go in the stanza on a 40 yard touchdown reception by Senior Kraig Schoenherr, who made one of the best catches of the night on his way to the 28th Coldwater point of the contest.

The games final score also came from Schoenherr as he rushed in from 42 yards out through the Pirates defense that came in giving up just 92 points on the season (7.1 average per game) to push the lead to 34-6. In an effort to trigger the running clock the Cavaliers went for and were successful on the two point conversion as WR Kyle McKibben connected with QB Jack Hemmelgarn on a pass in the endzone.

With the win the Cavaliers (14-0) will head back to Columbus to take on the squad they defeated for the title last season in Canton Central Catholic (10-3) in a 10am Friday morning tilt. Hear the game live from the Horseshoe in Columbus as it happens live on WKKI K94.3fm and online at www.k943.com with myself and Denny Cisco on the call beginning with the pregame at 9:45 am.

On the evening Coldwater accumulated 299 yards on 44 plays and were led in rushing by Schoenherr’s 118 yards rushing. Through the air the Cavaliers were led by Hemmelgarn’s 132 yards passing on 14/21 and 4 touchdown passes. Aaron Harlamert’s three touchdowns were half of his team high six catches for 66 yards on the night for the victorious Cavs.


Coldwater dispatches Brookville

PIQUA, OH – It might be approximately 40 miles away from their home field but the Coldwater Cavaliers have treated Piqua’s Alexander Stadium as if it was their own in earning themselves a Regional Championship and return trip to the Division 5 State Semifinals with a 31-13 victory.

Brookville’s first two drives totaled 13 plays and over 8 minutes but were ended by a pair of punts as the Cavalier defense rose up on third down and prevented the Blue Devils from scoring, something they have done to the tune of over 40 points per contest this season.

Coldwater’s first score, a 5 yard run by Petey Post capped off a four play 55 yard drive and totaled just 1:24 in the first period. Starting at their own 43 on their second possession moments later the Cavs used 7 plays and 3:02 before Senior QB and Northwest District Player of the Year Jack Hemmelgarn hooked up with wideout Aaron Harlamert for a 32 yard score to push the lead out to 14-0 early in the 2nd.

The only miscue of the first half for Coldwater came on their next possession as Hemmelgarn’s intended pass was pilfered by Brookville’s Michael Lander. Brookville’s only score of the first half would come later with 2:13 remaining in the opening half as they cut the Coldwater lead to 14-7 when Senior QB Justin Heck’s screen pass was turned into a 23 yard touchdown by Austin Delk.

With 3 timeouts and 2:06 remaining in the opening half the Cavaliers were faced with the prospect of needing to go 84 yards to get their two score advantage back. A pair of big pass plays of 37 and 24 yards gave Coldwater an opportunity to get into the endzone, but Coach Otten and crew were forced to settle for a 20 yard fieldgoal Kyle McKibben that pushed the lead to ten for the Cavs at 17-7 at the break.

Having won the toss and chosen to defer to the second half, Coldwater found themselves with the football to open the games penultimate quarter at their own 33 yard line. Over the course of 4:18 and 11 plays the Cavs quickly marched into the Blue Devil endzone and extended their lead to 24-7 on a 3 yard touchdown pass from Hemmelgarn to McKibben.

Before being forced to punt on their first possession of the second half, the Blue Devils had no problem moving the ball from their own 20, but saw their drive stall as they were sacked for a 13 yard loss on third down.

On the ensuing drive following the punt, the Cavaliers embarked on their longest drive of the season, a 15 play endeavor that tallied 79 yards and 7:30 in length. Aaron Harlamert appeared to have gotten into the endzone for a second time in the game on the drives 14th play, but was stopped just inches short. Petey Post’s second touchdown of the game, from a yard out gave Coldwater their last score and pushed their lead to 31-7.

Brookville’s (12-1) last score of the game came from Michael Lander as he would catch a 19 yard pass from Heck to provide the final margin.

With the win the Cavaliers stay undefeated (13-0) and will reportedly play next Friday night in Xenia against Wheelersburg at 7:30pm in a game broadcast live on www.k943.com with myself and Denny Cisco.

Running the ball on the evening the Cavaliers were led by Post who tallied 97 yards on 16 carries to go along with his two scoring totes. As a team Coldwater picked up 184 yards on 38 carries. Hemmelgarn led the passing attack with 202 yards on 15/21 passing to go along with his two scores through the air and one interception. In total the Cavs picked up 387 yards on 59 plays from scrimmage.

Earlier in the night the MAC Champions received word as well that 10 of their players were named to the all Northwest District list: Brandon Forsthoefel (1st Team OL), Aaron Harlamert (1st Team WR), Kraig Shoenherr (1st Team LB), Jack Hemmelgarn (Offensive POY and 1st Team QB), Malave Bettinger (Defensive POY and 1st Team DL) were joined by 2nd teamers in Kyle McKibben (K), Mitch Clune (DL), Neal Muhlenkamp (DB), Brandon Homan (OL), Chris “Petey” Post (RB).


Cavs blitz Tigers

COLDWATER, OH – A matchup of two squads with very different playoff histories took place in Coldwater Friday night as the MAC Champion Cavaliers blitzed past the Bethel Tate Tigers 42-0 and in to the second round.

Tate, making their first ever playoff appearance in school history was no match for the experience of the Cavaliers who have now made the playoffs 19 straight seasons and have reached the State Finals every year since 2008.

After winning the opening coin toss and deciding to go on defense to begin the game the Cavs forced the Tigers into their first of five first half punts and used just one play to get on the scoreboard. After catching a line drive from Senior QB and MAC Offensive Player of the Year, wideout Aaron Harlamert turned and tossed to his left to Chris “Petey” Post who blazed a trail 45 yards for the games opening marker to put his team on top 7-0. Post on the evening would account for exactly half of the Cavaliers scores as they led 42-0 at the halftime break.

On their second possession of the contest after forcing another punt, the Cavaliers used just four plays to pick up 58 yards as Harlamert took a handoff himself for a score of 43 yards to push his teams lead out to 14-0 with 5:06 remaining in the first stanza.

Following a 28 yard punt by Tate’s Jeffrey Botts that put the ball at their own 46, Coldwater scored on their second play of the drive on a 51 yard rumble by Senior Slot Kraig Schoenherr to push the advantage to 21-0 just 2:05 following the last score.

With their next drive coming to an end after just three plays the Tigers found themselves being forced to punt one more time in the first quarter and just as quickly found their offering returned 46 yards down to their 2 yard line by Senior Kyle McKibben, the MAC’s leader in punt return yardage this season. Despite his scoring opportunity being thwarted on the return by the Tigers kicker, McKibben would get into the endzone on the very next play as his rush from 2 yards out made it 28-0 Coldwater with 22.1 remaining before the start of the second period.

Six yards is all the Tate offense could pick up on the games ensuing drive before their fifth punt of the first half. Coldwater used just :52 to drive 74 yards and push the lead to 35-0 as on the third play from scrimmage of their fifth drive, Hemmelgarn connected on a screen pass to his left that Post rumbled 56 yards for the score on. As he crossed deep into the Tigers zone Post was aided by a huge block from Schoenherr that knocked Sophomore Austin Carter deep into the dirt.

Coldwater’s only miscue offensively came on their second to last drive as Hemmelgarn’s pass was picked off by Tate’s Cooper Dunn.

The Tigers best drive of the first half would follow as they used 11 plays to move from their 21 to the Coldwater 39, but could not connect on fourth down and were forced to give the ball back to the Cavs.

Using just four plays of their own the Cavaliers put the games final points on the board as Post rushed in from 5 yards out to push the lead to 42-0 at the break.

In Ohio if there is a 30+ point differential the game becomes a running clock game, and this game featured that element for the entire second half. Coldwater would have the ball for two of the three possessions and see their second team offense take nearly the entire fourth quarter to run out the game as they followed up a nearly 12 minute drive by Tate that ended in a turnover on downs.

Tate sees their season and first ever playoff appearance come to an end at 6-4 overall. On the evening the Tigers offense gained 147 yards on 55 total plays but were shutout of the endzone against the Midwest Athletic Conference’s top defense.

Coldwater ups their record to 11-0 on the season and improves their all-time wins in the playoffs to 61, which ties them for 3rd best with Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. The Cavaliers racked up 384 yards on just 38 plays, with 297 of those yards coming on the ground. Petey Post led the ground attack as he carried the ball 7 times for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Next Friday night the Cavaliers will get a rematch of the 2014 State Semifinals with Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, a team they defeated 34-3 en route to winning their third straight state title.

WKKI, K94.3fm (www.k943.com) will broadcast the contest between CHCA and the Cavaliers with myself and Dennis Cisco on the call beginning at 7:15pm next Friday night 11/13.


St Henry, LCC move on

ADA, OHIO – The matchup that basketball fans across the state have been waiting for will come to fruition Saturday night at Ohio Northern University’s King Horn Center when the St. Henry Redskins tangle with the defending state champion LCC T-Birds as both teams were victorious in their Semifinal matchups on Thursday night. LCC took the first game of the doubleheader 52-49 over Coldwater while the Redskins downed Liberty Benton 51-31 in the nightcap.

LCC got their offensive attack going just :49 into the contest as a layup by Tre Cobbs found the way to the bottom of the net, but Coldwater quickly tied the game just seconds later as 6’8 Junior Andy Brunet connected on a basket for his squad. Cobbs would find himself with the T-Birds first two buckets and leading at 5-2 on the teams ensuing possession as he connected on a shot from behind the arc. Following a rebound by Cobbs near the end of the quarter, LCC pushed their lead to 15-9 on a triple by leading scorer Dantez Walton.

Aided by 10 points in the second quarter from Josh Dixon the defending D3 champs found themselves with a 31-20 halftime lead. Coldwater shot 9/23 in the first half and utilized a pair of three pointers from deep on the wing by Ted Fisher to keep the LCC lead in the low double digits despite turning the ball over five times and only being able to force one turnover in the opening half.

Coldwater (12-12) would outscore LCC (22-2) 13-12 in the games penultimate stanza and have the lead cut to just 4 at 35-31 with a Derek Thobe triple at the 2:31 mark of the quarter before. LCC would add 8 points in the final two minutes as they utilized a three pointer by Garrett Thomas, a 6’0 Senior as well as 5 points by Cobbs to go into the 4th leading 43-33.

Defensively the Cavaliers would play one of their best quarters of the season in the last 8:00 as they held LCC to 0 points from the field. With the defense tightening up however it was the T-Birds who would utilize the free throw line that had been so kind to the Cavaliers up to that point and connect on 9/11 opportunities en route to the win. Following a made free throw by Cobbs that gave his team a 52-49 lead with :03 left, Coldwater’s Derek Thobe missed a heave from halfcourt as time expired.


LCC (52):

Dantez Walton 8
Jake Williams 5
Tre Cobbs 17
Nick Taflinger 4
Josh Dixon 13
Garrett Thomas 3
Cam White 2

FG: 17/46 (37%)
3: 4/17 (23.5%)
FT: 14/19 (73.7%)
Reb: 28 (10 offensive – J. Williams 7)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 10 (Cobbs 4)
TO: 7
Blk: 4 (Walton 3)
Stl: 7 (Cobbs 3)

Coldwater (49):

Ted Fisher 6
Andy Brunet 14
Derek Thobe 10
Aaron Harlamert 13
Dylan Thobe 4
Malave Bettinger 2

FG: 17/38 (44.7%)
3: 3/14 (21.4%)
FT: 12/17 (70.6%)
Reb: 28 (6 offensive – Fisher 6)
Fouls: 15
Ast: 13 (Harlamert 5)
TO: 11
Blk: 1 (Brunet)
Stl: 3 (Brunet, De. Thobe, Bettinger)

St. Henry got a measure of revenge in their game with Liberty Benton as the Eagles knocked them out of last seasons tournament in the Districts 57-34. This season the Redskins got off to a quick 4-0 lead with baskets by Ryan Mikesell and Mitchel Stammen before LB could even get off their first shot of the game.

With the score tied at 13 and just :04 seconds left on the clock, St. Henry’s Jesse Niekamp came up with a steal and raced to the opposite side of the court to hit a layup that beat the buzzer to send his team into the period break leading 15-13. Anthony Masterlasco, a 1st team BVC selection this season as a Sophomore scored 6 of his 12 points in the quarter for Liberty Benton.

Five points is all the LB offense would be able to muster in the second quarter as the Redskins defense turned up their intensity forcing the Eagles into 8 turnovers and 1/5 shooting from beyond the arc to lead 30-20 at the half. Mikesell was held to 13 points in the contest on 5/11 shooting but tossed in 7 of his points in the stanza, including a three pointer deep from the wing to help keep his squad on top going into the half. Liberty Benton was held scoreless in the quarter for 3:43 between baskets by Masterlasco and Nathan Craft.

Mitch Stammen was brilliant from the free throw line in the second half for the Redskins as he connected on 8/8 tosses from the charity stripe (he shot 10/10 overall from the line in the game). Jesse Niekamp and Mikesell combined to shoot 3/5 from the free throw line as well and helped St. Henry to a 41-26 lead after three quarters.

Jesse Niekamp became the third player for his team to get into double figures as he connected on a layup with 5:54 remaining that gave him his 11th point of the game, and his team a 47-29 advantage. Liberty Benton’s only make from the field in the fourth quarter came on a three pointer Senior Tyler Vorst. Only Jackson Logsdon would put points up for the Eagles in the last period other than the aforementioned three pointer from Vorst as he connected on a pair of free throws with 3:31 left. The charity tosses by Logsdon also proved to be the final points of the contest as St. Henry picked up the win 51-31.

Liberty Benton’s season comes to an end at 18-6 while the Redskins are now 22-2 and will play LCC on Saturday at 7pm at ONU in a game that will be broadcast live on WKKI K94.3fm and online at www.k943.com

Ryan Mikesell who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game added another award to his long list of accolades after the game as it was announced that he has been named as the Division 3 Northwest District Player of the Year. Joining Mikesell on the NW District team is teammate and Honorable Mention selection Mitch Stammen.


St. Henry (51):

Caleb Bender 2
Mitch Stammen 16 (10-10 free throws)
Evan Prenger 5
Ryan Mikesell 13
Jesse Niekamp 15

FG: 18/47 (38.3%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 13/17 (76.5%)
Reb: 37 (14 offensive – Mikesell 10)
Fouls: 11
Ast: 9 (Mikesell 3, Prenger 3)
TO: 8
Blk: 2 (Mikesell, Jesse Niekamp)
Stl: 9 (Mitch Stammen 4)

Liberty Benton (31):

Anthony Masterlasco 12
Nathan Craft 9
Tyson Neiling 2
Tyler Vorst 3
Jackson Logsdon 5

FG: 13/37 (35.1%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 3/7 (42.9%)
Reb: 23 (5 offensive – Logsdon 5, Masterlasco 5)
Fouls: 16
Ast: 6 (Masterlasco 3)
TO: 13
Blk: 1 (Dager)
Stl: 6 (Masterlasco 2, Craft 2)


OG races past Coldwater to District Finals

Both teams got off to a slow start shooting the ball Thursday night but once the Titans got it going they hit nearly half of their shots from the field en route to a 52-33 victory over Coldwater that propels them into the District Finals on Saturday afternoon.

Coldwater, coming off of an overtime victory against Columbus Grove on Saturday got the first basket of the game but it took them 2 minutes in the opening quarter to do so. OG responded to tie the game at 2-2 over a minute later before Coldwater pushed their lead out to 6-6 midway through the period. Defense was the story of both the early part and the finish of the first quarter as the Cavs broke an 8-8 tie with 1:57 remaining in the first with a bucket that would put their lead to 10-8 heading into the second quarter.

Ottawa Glandorf outscored the Cavaliers 34-18 over the next two quarters as they used a torrid shooting performance from the floor coupled with many Coldwater turnovers to do so.

Things would not get much better for the MAC representative in the final 8:00 as the Titans connected on many of their 15 makes from the free throw line to seal the win. For the game OG finished at 15/18 from the charity stripe, including 12/13 from Senior Elissa Ellerbrock.

47 combined turnovers in the contest kept both teams from being able to get into their offensive flow they are used to having until the second half.

Elissa Ellerbrock led all scorers with 23 points in the game to along with her 10 rebounds and 4 steals. OG (22-2) will return to the fieldhouse on Saturday to take on the #2 team in Division 3, the Liberty Benton Eagles. LB is the last team to have beaten OG as they did so back on December 29th of last year by a 49-41 margin at the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

One scary moment for the Titans came late in the first half as Sophomore starter Kylie White went down with an injury and did not return to the contest. Her status for Saturday is unknown as of now.

Coldwater finishes their season at 13-11 and were led in scoring by All-MAC selection Erica Sudhoff who tossed in 12 points for her squad.


OG (52):

Dani Ellerbrock 12
Elissa Ellerbrock 23
Kadie Hempfling 2
Anna Bellman 3
Erin Basinger 8
Lexi Schroeder 4

FG: 17/39 (43.6%)
3: 1/11 (9.0%) – E. Ellerbrock
FT: 15/18 (83.3%)
Reb: 38 (17 offensive) – E. Ellerbrock 10
Ast: 12 (5 players with 2 each)
Blk: 1 (Lexi Schroeder)
TO: 22

Coldwater (33):

Maura Hoying 4
Brooke Welsch 7
Hannah Bruns 4
Erica Sudhoff 12
Lauren Leugers 2
Denise Schwieterman 2
Emma Homan 2

FG: 11/35 (31.4%)
3: 2/7 (28.6%) – (Welsch, Sudhoff
FT: 5/9 (55.6%)
Reb: 27 (10 offensive) – Maura Hoying 6
Ast: 8 (Hoying 3)
TO: 25


Coldwater spoils Senior Night

Coldwater jumped out to an early lead through three quarters and were able to withstand a massive run by New Knoxville as they held on to defeat the Rangers 76-62 in MAC play Friday night.

It might have taken a full minute of game time in the first quarter for Coldwater to get their first points on the game, but once they did the Cavaliers got rolling early and often en route to spoiling the senior night celebration New Knoxville was having for their four players playing one final game at the Barn.

New Knoxville tied the game at 2-2 a couple of minutes into the contest but it would be the last time they would be that close as the visitors poured in 6 three pointers and utilized a 14-0 run to push their lead to 26-7 as the first quarter buzzer sounded. Dylan Thobe and Ted Fisher each finished with a pair of three pointers in the first stanza and combined for 12 points in the opening eight minutes.

The Cavaliers finished off a 7-0 run to open the second quarter with a two handed slam dunk from 6’8 junior Andy Brunet at the 5:52 mark got the fans who made the trip from Coldwater out of their seats. Despite trailing 33-7 after the slam the Rangers never gave up as they would go on to outscore the Cavs 12-10 for the rest of the stanza but still find themselves trailing at the half 42-19.

Senior Andrew Arnett entered the contest sitting on 903 points for his career for the Rangers. Arnett would score 8 of his 10 first half points in the second quarter as he connected on back to back three pointers to help pull his teams deficit closer near the break.

In the 3rd quarter the Rangers used 6 points from seniors Arnett, 5 from Adam Howe and 7 from Jalen Fullenkamp to outscore Coldwater 18-13 and send the game to the 4th quarter with the Cavs lead cut to 18 at 55-37.

Ten three pointers would fall for New Knoxville in the contest with half of those coming in the final period to get the Rangers as close as 63-55 with 2:07 remaining in the game when Shane Topp hit one of his two three pointers and forced the Cavs to take a timeout to regroup.

Free throws were the story of the fourth quarter however as the least successful of the two teams statistically in Coldwater connected on 15/18 tosses from the charity stripe en route to the win. Derek Thobe, a 60.6% shooter from the line on the year would do most of the damage for Coldwater in the period as he went 9/10 and led his squad to a 76-62 final margin when time expired.

Coldwater (9-10, 6-2 MAC) finished with 6 players getting into the scorebook, and 5 of those players finishing in double figures led by Thobe with 19. The Cavs will be home on Saturday night as they play host to the Wapak Redskins in non-conference action that can be heard on 94.3 WKKI (www.wkki.net) beginning at 7:30pm.

New Knoxville (7-13, 1-7 MAC) finishes the home part of their 2014-15 campaign at 3-8 and will travel to Convoy Saturday night to take on the defending state champion Crestview Knights. The Rangers were led in scoring by Arnett who finished with 24 points, giving him 927 for his career in his chase for 1,000.

Box Score:

Coldwater (76):

Derek Thobe 19
Aaron Harlamert 13
Andy Brunet 10
Dylan Thobe 10
Ted Fisher 18
Malave Bettinger 6

FG: 23/44 (52%)
3: 9/19 (47.3%)
FT: 21/27 (81.7%)
Reb: 36 (12 offensive) – Brunet 10 reb
TO: 13
Bench Pts: 6

New Knoxville (62):

Andrew Arnett 24
Logan Leffel 9
Shane Topp 6
Jalen Fullenkamp 19
Adam Howe 4

FG: 25/57 (43.8%)
3: 10/27 (37%)
FT: 4/4 (100%)
Reb: 25 (10 offensive) – Howe/E. Kuck 5 each
TO: 9
Bench Pts: 15

JV: New Knoxville 39-30