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Titans blast Bulldogs

OTTAWA, OH – Red hot shooting and scoring from 10 players Friday night pushed the Ottawa Glandorf Titans to their 4th Western Buckeye League wins in as many tries 97-63 over visiting Celina.

For the third time this season the Titans offense scored 90 plus points in a game tonight and were led by Bryce Schroeder who tossed in a game high 19 points which included four three pointers.

Ottawa Glandorf jumped out to an early lead as Schroeder and a pair of players off the bench knocked down shots from behind the arc to give the home team a 29-19 first quarter lead.

Celina finished the first half 7/15 from inside the arc and were led by senior Kole Murlin with 8 points but hit on just 2/11 three pointers and saw the home squad’s advantage swell to 45-28 at the halftime buzzer.

Having shot 15/23 in the first half from inside, the Titans went back to work in the third quarter from inside as Ethan White kicked in 6 of his 15 points in the stanza on a jumper and a pair of fast break layups off a pair of the many Celina turnovers on the evening.

Leading 69-49 heading into the final period thanks to the three point shooting of Bryce Schroeder and leading scorer Owen Hiegel the Titans began to work their bench players into the ballgame and flex their deep bench muscle. Richie Knowlton, a senior who connected on a triple in the first period hit for 6 markers in the final right minutes and was joined in scoring multiple baskets by Jake Dible and Trevor Siefker in the fourth quarter to solidify the victory.

Celina (1-12, 1-3) finished the contest with three players in double figures led by the duo of Brett Schwieterman and Kole Murlin with a dozen each while Corbin Murphy nabbed 11. Senior guard Jimi Briand scored a big third quarter in the contest as he hit a three pointer from the wing and was successful on all four of his free throw attempts.

With the win the Titans, ranked #3 in the second Associated Press poll released on Monday evening improve their record to 13-0 on the season and move to 4-0 in WBL play. Ottawa Glandorf will be back in front of their home fans Saturday night as they welcome non-conference rival Lima Senior to town.


OG (97):

Owen Hiegel 13
Chad Duling 2
Carter Heringhaus 8
Bryce Schroeder 19
Ethan White 15
Jake Dible 8
Richie Knowlton 9
Trevor Siefker 8
Jay Kaufman 13
Ben Westrick 2

Celina (63):

Brett Schwieterman 12
Jimi Briand 9
Kole Murlin 12
Kaston Eichenauer 8
Kyle Flaute 2
Corbin Murphy 11
Brandon Yenser 3
Drake Langenkamp 6

JV: OG 66-49


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.


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


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.


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)


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.


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.


West sweeps girls D8 games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


D4 West:

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

D4 East (30):

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

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


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.


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


All-WBL Football selections announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bulldogs deal Riders 2nd straight loss

CELINA, OHIO – Not only did the Celina Bulldogs improve their WBL record to 5-1 on the season, they got to do so by beating their Grand Lake rivals the St. Marys Roughriders.

With just 1:21 remaining in the contest Bulldog Senior QB Caleb Hoyng capped off a 5:41 drive with a 2 yard touchdown run to put his squad on top 28-21.

One of the best ways to combat a ground attack like that of St. Marys is to flip the script and to sustain long time consuming drives of your own, something the Bulldogs excelled at from beginning to end of the game. After winning the coin toss and making the decision to take the football to open the game, Celina picked up a trio of first downs and used 10 plays in covering 85 yards for their first score. On the drives 10th play Hoyng connected on a 15 yard pass to the front of the endzone to Jacob Stolly to give the home squad a 7-0 lead.

St. Marys would see their first three drives come to an end after just three plays and a punt. After returning the football to the Riders 43 a pair of drives later the Bulldogs Zach Marks (19 carries, 142 yards) cashed in on the first of his two touchdown runs on the night, from a yard out to push the advantage to 14-0 with 11:56 to go in the opening half.

Celina’s fourth possession ended just as their third did, with a Marks touchdown run and upped their lead to 21-0 with 8:01 to go in the second stanza.

In order to keep the game from slipping away, the Roughriders needed a big play. As has been the case all season long, that play came from the WBL’s third leading rusher Eric Spicer whose 13 yard jaunt helped his team cross midfield for the first time in the game. Julius Fisher’s 4th touchdown run of the season would cap off a 12 play drive and get St. Marys on the board at 21-7 with 4:16 to go.

Despite being pinned back at their own 3 yardline after a long punt by Hoyng the Roughriders used just 2:05 on the Celina Stadium scoreboard clock to get within 7 points at the half when Dustin Howell connected with Spicer on a 33 yard scoring toss to make it 21-14 Celina.

Both squads would trade the football and field position to open the games penultimate quarter, and St. Marys would be the first to capitalize on it as they marched 73 yards to tie the contest at 21-21 with a 32 yard Eric Spicer touchdown run. Spicer’s touchdown run was his 9th of the season, he would finish his night with 19 carries for 145 yards and a pair of scores.

After the Hoyng touchdown gave Celina the lead at 28-21 the Roughriders began their final drive of the game at their own 24 with a pair of timeouts and quickly found themselves deep inside their opponents territory looking to tie the game and sent it to OT, but fell short as Howell was pressured into throwing an incomplete pass on 4th down.

Celina improves their record to 5-2 overall, and 5-1 in the Western Buckeye League. The Bulldogs will take on Van Wert (3-4) and look to keep pace in their run towards the playoffs.

St. Marys drops to 5-2 overall, and 4-2 in the WBL. The Roughriders will next play host to Defiance (1-6) on Friday night in their regular season home finale in a game that will be broadcast live on K94.3 FM beginning at 6:30.