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Titans race past Bulldogs

CELINA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf scored off of the games opening tip and continued their scoring until the final buzzer on Thursday night as they remained unbeaten in WBL play with a 68-39 win over host Celina.

On the games opening tip the Titans had three players touch the ball in just a matter of seconds and saw the opening salvo fired as Ashley Schroeder stuck in a layup off a pass from Kadie Hempfling for her first of a dozen markers on the night.

Schroeder scored eight of her points in the opening period of play on an array of turnovers from the home team and was joined on quick run out scores on long throws from Hempfling by Erin Kaufman and even Hempfling her self on one occasion as the Titans pushed their advantage near the end of the stanza.

The only shot from deep the visitors made in the game in the opening half came from senior Carri Johnson who was making her first start of the season and helped to add to her teams 22-6 first quarter lead.

With their transition defensive in high gear the Titans turned to their leader Hempfling for second quarter scoring as she pumped in 9 of the teams 17 during the eight minute span.

As the clock displayed just 2:20 to go before the halftime break Lauren Jackson drilled a right wing three to pull her team into double digits in the contest but saw her team behind on the scoreboard 37-11 and then ultimately at the stoppage by a 39-13 margin.

Brianna Schimmoeller, a former starter for Ottawa Glandord dropped in six of her eight points on the evening in the third quarter as the sophomore was part of six different players to score in the period for the visitors who increased their lead to 30 leading into the fourth and final stanza.

Maddy Luebke, a 6’0 junior post who had finished in double digits in her last two contests against OG led her team in the third as she connected on 3/4 from the free throw line and even tossed in one of the two three pointers the Bulldogs would hit in the quarter.

In the final eight minutes with the game all but in hand for the Titans, head coach Troy Yant began to work in some of his reserves and see those players immediately produce results. Junior Kasey Ellerbrock dropped in a pair of fourth quarter three balls in the Titan onslaught while Mylee Utrup, Peyton Warnecke, and Emily Miller also added markers before the final buzzer for OG.

From their own bench the Bulldogs got contributions from senior Riley Miller and Marcedes Zeisloft but it was not enough to change the tide as Celina fell in the end 68-39.

Ottawa Glandorf (13-1, 5-0) has now defeated Celina (1-14, 0-5) in six straight meetings with the Bulldogs. Saturday afternoon the Titans will travel to Washington Court House to take on Miami Trace team they were able to defeat at home last season while the Bulldogs will trek to Versailles to battle the Tigers.

Scoring:

OG (68):

Ashley Schroeder 12
Carri Johnson 5
Paige Sutter 3
Erin Kaufman 7
Mackenzie Meyer 4
Emily Miller 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 8
Kasey Ellerbrock 7
Jayla Balbaugh 2
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 13
Mylee Utrup 2

FT: 11/17
3PT: 3 (Ellerbrock 2, Johnson)
TO: 11

Celina (39):

Carley Eichler 3
Emma Lutz 2
Makenna Klingshirn 6
Lauren Jackson 9
Emily Braun 2
Marcedes Zeisloft 2
Brooke Robbins 1
Bailey Exman 2
Maddy Luebke 8
Riley Miller 4

FT: 11/17
3PT: 3 (Eichler, Jackson, Luebke)
TO: 23

JV: 38-18 OG

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Coldwater, St. Henry post OVISCO Classic wins

CELINA, OH – Two teams punched their tickets Wednesday night to meet for the OVISCO Classic championship on Thursday evening as Coldwater and St. Henry were victorious over Marion Local and Celina inside the Celina Fieldhouse.

Coldwater earned their trip to the finals for the third straight season as they were victorious over Marion Local in the semifinal opener of the evening 60-51 while St. Henry defeated host Celina 51-34 in the nightcap.

Earlier in the season the Cavaliers fell 61-59 to Marion Local but were out to make a statement early on as the trio of Maura Hoying, Olivia Harlamert, and Lauren Bruns helped to give their team a 15-14 advantage at the end of the first period despite six markers from 6’1 Flyers senior Kara Evers in the post.

Just a pair of shots from the field would fall for Marion Local in the second quarter as they were outscored 19-6 by their Midwest Athletic Conference rivals and trailed 34-20 at the halftime stoppage. Lauren Gilliand, the Cavaliers second leading scorer on the season hit for seven of her 12 points in the quarter to help fuel the Coldwater engine but it would be her later performance that would help salt away the contest.

Six Cavs etched their name in the scorebook in the third quarter to give their team a 17 point lead heading to the final eight minutes of the game.

Kara Evers knocked in eight of her game high 21 in the final stanza for the Flyers, but it would be Gilliland who iced the contest for Coldwater as she connected on 5/6 from line to secure a 60-51 victory and a spot in the OVISCO finals.

Box Score:
Coldwater (60):

Mara Dues 4
Kourtney Diller 8
Olivia Harlamert 7
Maura Hoying 16
Lauren Gilliland 12
Katie Alig 4
Grace Bruns 1
Lauren Bruns 8

FG: 24/53
3PT: 3/13 (Diller 2, Harlamert)
FT: 11/19
REB: 22
TO: 12

Marion Local (51):

Heidi Rethman 12
Natalie Rethman 9
Kara Evers 21
Emily Nietfeld 1
Brooke Homan 2
Morgan Heckman 4
Alania Pohlman 2

FG: 19/49
3PT: 0/3
FT: 9/10
REB: 32
TO: 19

A competitive first three quarters that saw a 34-29 lead for St. Henry turned into a rout in the final quarter for the Redskins as they defeated the Celina Bulldogs 51-34 in game two of the OVISCO semifinals to earn their trip into the Championship bracket finals Thursday night.

St. Henry connected on 11/12 from the free throw line in just the fourth quarter and finished 16/20 on charity shots overall as they held off the Bulldogs in the final eight minutes.

Defense and free throw shooting loomed large for the Redskins in the second half as they coupled their high caliber shooting from the line with just three makes from the field for the home team in that span.

Addy Vaughn was the leading scorer in the contest as she accounted for 21 of her teams 51 markers in the contest, and exploded for 10 in the games penultimate stanza and tied the Celina output for the quarter as well.

Six different players for the St. Henry were able to hit at least one free throw on the evening among the seven who added their named to the scoring column.

With the win the Redskins record moves to 7-2 on the year while Celina falls to 0-9. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by senior Lauren Jackson who dropped in 12. St. Henry won the previous matchup this season 59-40.

Thursday night’s OVISCO Classic consolation bracket will feature Celina vs Marion Local at 6pm with the finals of St. Henry vs Coldwater to follow approximately 15 minutes after and can be heard live on WKKI 94.3.

Box Score:

St. Henry (51):

Cora Stammen 1
Addy Vaughn 21
Allison Siefring 10
Marlee Vaughn 3
Alyssa Buschur 6
Nora Vaughn 7
Nikki Keller 3

FG: 17/43
3PT: 1/7 (M. Vaughn)
FT: 16/20
REB: 23
TO: 16

Celina (34):

Carley Eichler 3
Makenna Klingshirn 6
Lauren Jackson 12
Marcedes Zeisloft 3
Brooke Robbins 4
Bailey Exman 2
Maddy Luebke 4

FG: 11/42
3PT: 2/16 (Klingshirn, Jackson)
FT: 9/19
REB: 27
TO: 22

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Riders clinch share of WBL in rivalry win

CELINA, OH – “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens wrote these words in his 1859 classic “A Tale of Two Cities”, but it very well could have described Friday night’s at times back and forth match-up between rivals St. Marys and Celina.

In a contest to decide if the Bulldogs would be able to reach for an outside share of their first Western Buckeye League title since 1995 or if their cross lake foes would put themselves even further ahead in the race each team took their best shots at one another and seemed to have the game in their favor.

Right out of the gate to open the game the Roughriders offense found themselves clicking as they used just four plays to travel 67 yards and on top 7-0 when Sean Perry rushed though a pack of white jerseys and into the endzone from 19 yards away.

Following the Bulldogs first possession ending with a three and out the Roughriders put together a classic Doug Frye style drive as they utilized 15 plays and 6:59 to push ahead 14-0 on a 1 yard dive by Quarterback Colin Clements.

Another three and out for Celina would give their visitors their best field position, this time at the Bulldogs 47 late in the opening period before Clements pushed in from 2 yards out for his second tally of the evening to put his squad on top 21-0 with 8:03 remaining in the second quarter.

A pair of punts would pin each team deep on their next possession before a big return gave Celina life at their own 40 with :26 to go in the first half. What was quickly a promising drive that moved the home team down to the Riders 20 came to and end when the stadium clock reached 0:00 however and sent the two teams into the locker room with a 21-0 St. Marys lead.

In the third quarter a Celina offense that had been out-gained by a plethora of yards in the first two periods sprang to life and were able to cut into the St. Marys lead with their first touchdown when QB Brett Schwieterman connected with Kole Murlin for a 6 yard touchdown late in the games penultimate quarter to make it 21-7 St. Marys.

Celina continued to stymie the St. Marys offense in the early part of the fourth quarter and pulled themselves to within 21-14 with just 9:57 remaining when tailback Kyle Zizleman raced in from 20 yards out for his 8th score of the season.

Despite Celina having the momentum in their favor the Rider offense was able to push the lead back out to a pair of scores and begin to deflate the Bulldog enthusiasm when Sean Perry, who finished with a career high 211 yards on the evening raced 59 yards down the sideline to put his team first and goal from the Celina 8.

Ty Schlosser’s 7th touchdown run of the season, an 8 yard jaunt gave the Riders a 28-14 lead with 8:55 remaining in the contest and all but assured his team would stay as the leagues lone unbeaten.

Two straight incomplete passes on third and fourth down for Celina and Schwieterman would force the Bulldogs to relinquish the football on their ensuing possession before St. Marys again put together another long drive to put the final touches on their second straight win in the series.

Starting from the Celina 48 the Roughriders utilized 9 plays and a key offside penalty on the Bulldogs inside the 10 to get Colin Clements his third rushing touchdown of the evening, a 1 yard plunge that provided the games final score and margin of 35-14.

Celina saw their final chance with the football come to an end as an errant pass found its way into the waiting hands of St. Marys defensive back Sean Perry and allowed his offense to take a pair of kneel downs to run out the remaining time in the contest.

With the loss the Bulldogs see their season record fall to 5-3 overall and 5-2 in Western Buckeye League play. Celina will be on the road next week as they will travel to take on Van Wert.

For the first time since the 2003 and 2004 seasons the Roughriders will lay claim to being at worst Co-WBL Champions. A win next week at home inside the friendly confines of Skip Baughman Stadium against Defiance would mean St. Marys (7-1, 7-0) would be the outright Western Buckeye League Champions for the first time since capturing the 2003 crown when they finished 9-2.

On the evening the Roughriders #1 ranked rushing offense picked up 366 yards on 59 rushes and held Celina to a total of 282 yards on 63 total plays. Leading the St. Marys attack was Sean Perry’s 211 yards on 24 carries. Ty Schlosser added 17 totes for a total of 90 yards, his second such rushing yardage contest of the season.

All-time St. Marys is now 64-29-6 against their lake counterparts, including 13-2 under current head coach Doug Frye who moves to a personal mark of 6-1 at Celina Stadium.

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2017 St Marys Football by the numbers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Titans run away from Celina

OTTAWA, OH – #2 ranked Ottawa Glandorf got up early on visiting Celina Thursday night at the Supreme Court and raced away from the Bulldogs to a 47-16 victory to remain unbeaten on the season and move to 4-0 in Western Buckeye League play.

In the 43rd all-time meeting between the two schools the Titans used their defense to create their offense as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kylie White tallied 6 of OG’s opening period points and was part of a stout defense that allowed the Bulldogs to only take a pair of shots from the field and that routinely forced Celina into turnovers.

Bailey Exman’s 10 foot jumper gave Celina their first points of the game with 6:38 remaining in the first half and cut the Titan advantage to 14-2. Behind one of three of the triples from Carri Johnson and seven points from Kadie Hempfling the home team pushed their advantage to 20. Celina’s second field goal of the game came just moments before the end of the opening two quarters from Junior Kassidy Fark but wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs as they trailed the defending league champions 26-4 at the break.

Three pointers were the way for the Titans in the third quarter as Johnson and Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman each connected on a pair from beyond the arc for the only OG points in the quarter (outside of a Hempfling free throw). Coach Troy Yant found himself at this point able to work in more players off the bench, while pushing their advantage to 41-11 at the end of the third.

Sophomore Bulldog starter Maddy Luebke scored all five of her squads points in the fourth quarter and finished as her teams leading scorer with 7 points on the evening. Mackenzie Meyer’s two free throws coupled with a career high 4 points from Masie Utrup were the only Titan markers of the final period as OG moved their record to 12-0 with a 47-16 victory, their fifth straight against Celina once the final buzzer sounded.

Celina (1-11, 0-4) has a week off before they travel to Defiance to take on the Bulldogs.

OG (12-0, 4-0) was led in scoring by Kaufman’s 13 will be in action next on Saturday afternoon against Lima Senior before heading to Berlin, Ohio for Classic in the Country where they take on Tuslaw at 10am on Monday, Jan 16th.

Box Score:

OG (47):
Ashley Schroeder 2
Carri Johnson 9
Erin Kaufman 13
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 2
Masie Utrup 4
Kylie White 8
Kadie Hempfling 7

FT: 5/9

Celina (16):
Kassidy Fark 2
Lauren Jackson 3
Brooke Robbins 2
Bailey Exman 2
Maddy Luebke 7

FT: 2/4

JV: OG 29-6 (*JV contest was just 2 quarters)

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Riders shut out Grand Lake rivals

ST. MARYS, OH – For the second straight week the St. Marys Roughriders defense held a WBL opponent to no points and under 200 total yards. In their 30-0 win over rival Celina the Riders accomplished a feat last done a decade ago by shutting out their second straight opponent.

Offensively the Roughriders got things going a few minutes later than they have been used to in the past month but still put up a touchdown in the first quarter when Eric Spicer streaked down the sideline on a 30 yard run from a pitch out of the hands of Braedan Dunlap for the games first marker.

Defensively St. Marys forced a pair of fumbles and turnover on downs in the opening quarter and a half but were unable to run their advantage any higher until the beginning of the second stanza when Spicer added to his WBL lead in touchdown runs with a 36 yard effort to make it 14-0 Roughriders.

A 13 play drive for Celina would stall at the Rider goal line when the visiting Bulldogs were stood up on four consecutive plays by the dominant defensive line of their opponents.

With just 9.9 seconds left in the first half the Roughriders turned to their Sophomore Kicker Gabe Vandever who connected on a 28 yard field goal, his third in two games to give his squad a 17-0 lead at the half for the second straight week.

Celina Sophomore QB Bret Schwieterman’s pass on the Bulldogs second drive of the third quarter floated past an intended target and into the hands of Spicer on the sideline to give the Roughriders the ball at their 39 yard line.

On the seventh play of their ensuing drive the Riders once again turned to their Senior tailback and watched as he ripped off a 25 yard run into the endzone for his third trip of the night and give his team a 24-0 lead with 11:31 left in the final period.

Austin Giesige’s second fumble recovery of the game put his squad in great field position once again at their own 45 yard line with 5:05 remaining in the contest. As they had done on three previous trips the Riders utilized a short amount of time before adding to the scoreboard on Julius Fisher’s ninth touchdown run of the season to mark the games final score of 30-0 and keep St. Marys unbeaten.

Before the game started the St. Marys Homecoming Queen for 2016 was named with Senior Attendant Taryn Swander receiving the honor.

Celina (3-4, 3-3) totaled 172 yards on 48 plays from scrimmage on the evening and was led by Ryan Harter who rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries, including a 41 yard scamper through the Rider defense. The Bulldogs will be home next weekend as they play host to the 0-7 Van Wert Cougars.

St. Marys (7-0, 6-0) has now outscored WBL opponents by a 246-34 margin and will travel next Friday night to take on the 1-6 Defiance Bulldogs in a game broadcast live on K94, WKKI.

Eric Spicer led the way on the ground for his blue and gold attack as he turned 19 carries into 182 yards and 3 scores. Julius Fisher was held under 100 yards rushing in a game for the first time this season but still accumulated 58 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries as the Roughriders rushed 51 times for 279 yards and totaled 366 yards on 60 plays.

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Howell pitches Riders past rival Celina

CELINA, OH – Dustin Howell’s Thursday night on the mound against Grand Lake rival Celina went extremely well. The junior hurler scattered six hits across seven innings and with timely defense from his teammates picked up a 5-0 complete game victory.

St. Marys opened the game and picked up the first pair of runs in the contest as Nathan Wilker and Drew Jacobs reached base via singles before Wilker was brought around to the plate on Howell’s single as the third batter.

Chase Roop brought in another run on a sacrifice fly to right field and the Riders sent eight hitters to the plate before Michael Eberle grounded out to put a stop to the St. Marys turn at bat.

Despite having a batter reach in each of the first inning the Bulldogs failed to push across a run as a strikeout ended the first, a flyout the second, and three straight strikeouts by Dustin Howell ruined a leadoff single by Kole Murlin in the third.

Pitcher CJ Kimmel and Ohio State University bound Seth Lonsway singled as the first two hitters of the fourth for Celina but again the Bulldogs were stymied by Howell and his defense when Kevin McGohan flew out to left for the final out of the fourth.

Kimmel pitched well into the top of the seventh inning, but was taken out after the Roughriders loaded the bases. Tanner Freeman moved from third base to the pitchers mound in replacement of Kimmel and gave up three runs in the inning before getting the ninth batter of the frame in Jacobs to ground out.

A two out single from Isaiah Eichler gave the home squad a runner in the bottom of the final half inning but was erased when the final out of the game happened three pitches later with Nathan Wilker throwing out Kimmel to preserve Howell’s shutout. Celina left seven runners in the game stranded at second and third base in the loss.

With the win Howell sees his record improve to 2-1 on the season and his ERA drop from the 1.575 mark he brought into the day, he finished with 6 strikeouts to go along with two walks in his complete game shutout. St. Marys is now 8-10 overall and 4-5 in Western Buckeye League play. The Riders will take on Spencerville at home in a non-league tilt Friday night at 5pm in a game broadcast by Celina WKKI 94.3 FM.

Celina’s record falls to 11-10 overall, and 4-5 in the WBL. The Bulldogs will begin their tournament run on Saturday morning at 11am at home against Toledo Rogers in another contest broadcast live on K94.3 FM.

CJ Kimmel is now 6-2 on the season on the mound for the Bulldogs, as he went 6.1 innings giving up 13 hits and 5 runs while striking out 4.

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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.

Scoring:
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.

Scoring:

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)

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Titans claim sectional crown

LEIPSIC, OH – Ottawa Glandorf jumped out to an early lead and turned that lead into an even bigger advantage as they forced 28 turnovers and downed WBL rival Elida for the second straight game, this time eliminating the Bulldogs from the OHSAA Tournament with a 42-26 triumph.

Elida’s first three turnovers were quickly taken from one end of the Leipsic court to the other and deposited for baskets by the duo of Dani Ellerbrock and Lexi Schroeder in the opening minutes and forced the Bulldogs to call a timeout to attempt to regroup. Bailee Kuhn gave Elida their first and only point of the first period with 2:53 remaining in the opening stanza but the Bulldogs found themselves trailing 22-1 when the buzzer sounded to the Western Buckeye League champs.

Offensively Ottawa Glandorf was held to four points in the second quarter, all by Sophomore and conference player of the year frontrunner Kadie Hempfling that included a spinning layup to push the Titan advantage to 26-2. Mallory Etzler gave the visitors on the scoreboard their first make from the field with 2:43 left in the opening half to cut their opponents lead to 26-4.

Lexi Schroeder scored five of her game high 12 points in the third period as she connected on one of two triples for the Titans and helped her squad to a 35-12 lead at the end of the third.

Shyah Wheeler, the leading scorer for Elida on the season at 12.4 points per game scored eight of her team high 10 points in the final minutes of the game but was aided by just a pair of baskets from the field in the quarter from teammates Destiney Owens and Shelby Mowery and a free throw by Abby Smith in the scoring column.

With the 42-26 win the Titans (21-2) move on to play 13-10 Celina for a second time this season on Thursday at 8pm at Paulding High School in a game that will be broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.

Elida sees their season come to an end with 6 wins on the campaign and just one in WBL play.

Scoring:

OG (42):

Devon Warnecke 5
Carri Johnson 2
Dani Ellerbrock 6
Erin Kaufman 6
Kylie White 5
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kadie Hempfling 6

3PT: 2 (Warnecke, Schroeder)
FT: 2/12
TO: 21

Elida (26):

Destiney Owens 2
Cienna Kuhn 3
Shyah Wheeler 10
Shelby Mowery 3
Mallory Etzler 3
Bailee Kuhn 4
Abby Smith 1

3PT: 2 (Wheeler 2)
FT: 5/16
TO: 28

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4th quarter rally keeps Titans unbeaten in WBL

CELINA – Ottawa Glandorf had just 25 points coming into the fourth quarter against a tough zone defense from Celina but managed to hang 26 on the Bulldogs in the fourth en route to a 51-41 win that propels them into the WBL lead as the conference’s only unbeaten.

Playing for the first time since the Titans put an end to the Bath 43 game Western Buckeye League winning streak back on December 10th, Sophomore Kadie Hempfling scored 17 points in the contest. In the fourth quarter alone Hempfling outscored the Bulldogs 14-12 with a pair of layups, a three pointer and a 7/8 performance from the free throw line.

Not to be outdone however Kylie White tossed in her third straight game with 20+ points and finished with a game high 23 and shot 9/10 at the free throw line as well. White was a key factor in the rebounding department for the Titans as she grabbed carom after carom and helped keep possessions alive or put the points on the scoreboard herself in between Bulldog defenders.

Celina got a big first quarter from their 6’0 senior post Kelly Stahl and found themselves leading 8-0 in the opening minutes of the contest behind six points from her hands before OG could get their offense in gear. Unfortunately for the home team those 10 markers would be the only of the contest for Stahl and she would spend a good portion of the rest of the game on the bench in foul trouble.

Leading 22-19 at the half the Bulldogs were able to turn a handful of OG turnovers directly into points on the opposite end on the fast break behind Heather Heiby and Jenna Berry and keep the Titans off balance until midway through the third when they took the lead briefly for the first time. OG’s first lead of the contest at 23-22 came near the three minute mark of the period on a pair of White buckets, but was not to be as the Bulldogs took the advantage back heading into the fourth quarter 29-25.

Hempfling and White owned the fourth quarter for the Titans as they would account for 21 of the 26 points their team pumped in during the final eight minutes of play. Lexi Schroeder, the OG junior coming off of a career high 15 points against Perrysburg on Tuesday night added four points to go along with a solo point from Dani Ellerbrock to finish off the Bulldogs who were held to 12 in the period. Jenna Berry found herself open a couple of times on back door cuts against the Titan defense and accounted for half of her squads markers in the stanza.

In the final period the visitors connected on 13/18 shots from the charity stripe while finishing the entire game by hitting 21 of their 27 attempts.

OG (11-1, 4-0) with the win remains the only undefeated team in the WBL and will next take on Shawnee (3-9, 1-3) on Thursday night at home in a contest that can be heard live on the Home of the Lady Titans WZOQ Radio.

Celina (7-4, 3-1) drops their third consecutive game in a row and falls into a three way tie in second place in the league alongside St. Marys and Wapak. The Bulldogs will be off until Tuesday, January 12th when they travel to take on Marion Local which can be heard live via the K94 stream at K94.

Scoring:

OG (51):

Dani Ellerbrock 3
Mackenzie Meyer 1
Kylie White 23
Lexi Schroeder 7
Kadie Hempfling 17

FG: 13/36
FT: 21/27
TO: 22

Celina (41):

Mackenzie Moorman 1
Heather Heiby 15
Jenna Berry 8
Caelyn Reineke 2
Trish Dennis 3
Haley McGillvary 2
Kelly Stahl 10

FG: 16/30
FT: 6/12
TO: 25

JV: Celina 44-26

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