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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.


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.


Wildcats hand Riders first loss of season

ST. MARYS, OHIO – The Bath Wildcats continued their recent run of dominance Friday night against St. Marys as they dealt the Roughriders their first loss of the season.

With their 28-7 win over St. Marys, Bath has now defeated their WBL foes four consecutive times dating back to 2012.

Defensively the Wildcats came into the game as the Western Buckeye League’s top ranked rushing defense, and did nothing to hurt that ranking as they held St. Marys to their lowest total of the season, 89 yards.

Offensively Bath used their own potent ground game and racked up 294 yards and four scores in the win. The Wildcats ran 61 total plays from scrimmage and accounted for 316 total yards after being held under 300 for the first time this season last week in their 24-14 loss to Wapak.

After forcing the Roughriders into the first of a pair of three and outs, the Bath offensive unit wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as they used just 3:26 to cover 56 yards on 8 plays. Junior QB Kaden Sullivan had little trouble rushing in from 6 yards out as he accounted for the first of a pair of scores on the night with the jaunt at the 6:34 mark of the opening quarter. Bath’s ensuing two point conversion attempt was unsuccessful so they would hold their lead at 6-0 over the home squad.

With St. Marys again held to a three and out on offense, the WBL’s 3rd leading rusher in Sullivan again led his team deep down as they covered 45 yards on 11 plays including a 4th and 1 to get to their opponents 5 yard line before failing to convert on their second 4th and 1 and giving the ball back to St. Marys.

Bo Gross’ first of two touchdown runs came with 6:24 remaining in the opening half as he rushed into the endzone virtually untouched from 9 yards out to push the score to 12-0 Bath. Gross wasted no time on the very next play as he again penetrated the Rider defense to complete the two point conversion and give his squad a 14-0 advantage.

As the rain began to dampen the grass at Skip Baughman Stadium the ball became a bit slicker and squirted out of the hands of St. Marys returner Austin Tester on the ensuing kickoff and was quickly recovered by Bath at the Riders 27. Gross added his second touchdown in a four minute span as he cashed in from 6 yards out to give the visitors a 21-0 lead that they would carry into the halftime break.

Following an interception from St. Marys signalcaller Dustin Howell that did not result in any points, the Bath offense finally found themselves able to convert a turnover into points in the second half as the second touchdown from Sullivan, his 8th of the season ran the visitors tally to 28-0 with 9:03 to go in the game.

St. Marys was able to get on the board with 6:10 left and on the following possession as they traveled 74 yards using both the run and the pass effectively for the first time in the contest against the Bath defense. Howell’s 28 yard rush on the third play from scrimmage on the drive put the Riders in business at midfield, but it was his 29 yard completion through the air to Randy Slife that moved his offense deep into Bath territory. On the drives 11th play Eric Spicer got his team on the board and avoided being shut out for the first time since October 2013 from 2 yards out to run the final margin to 28-7 Bath.

Of the 186 yards gained by the Roughriders in the contest, Howell would throw for 97 and lead his team in rushing with 13 carries for 46 yards. Eric Spicer rushed 10 times for 25 yards and the lone Rider touchdown while Julius Fisher finished with 3 carries for 10 yards.

Bath with the win sees their record improve to 3-3 overall, and 2-3 in the WBL. Two teams with the same record in Bath and Van Wert will meet next weekend as they each look to improve their standing in the middle of the WBL pack.

With their first loss of the season, the Roughriders see their record fall to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in Western Buckeye League play. The Battle of Grand Lake will take place next Friday night as St. Marys travels to Celina to take on the 4-2 (4-1) Bulldogs in a game that will be broadcast live on K94.3 FM as well as www.k943.com.


MLB All-Star Game Coverage

Mother Nature had her temper tantrum early on in the day and forced the grounds crew to bring the tarp onto the field for about an hour, but she has since given way to a beautiful day here in Cincy for baseball’s Midsummer Classic.

The game itself will feature a dynamic pitching matchup “that counts” for homefield advantage for the winning league in the 2015 World Series, but the fans in attendance have already been treated to a first class setup by the Reds and Major League Baseball over the past week.

One of the coolest experiences I have been afforded in my life is the opportunity to attend the 86th All-Star Game here at Great American Ballpark by WKKI, K94.3fm out of Celina, Ohio.

Since arriving here in the stadium today I have been treated to a great time and have a fantastic view to write this blog and cover the game itself:

My view from the batters eye in centerfield.
My view from the batters eye in centerfield.

I am also happy to say that I have seen some of my favorite people here today as well in Dave Boninsegna, Sean Lyle, Jenna Hill and Chris Kuhlman, as well as two guys I am a huge fan of in the biz as they say in Fox 45 Dayton’s James Rider and his cameraman Doug Lambert.

Speaking of Doug, he and I are both from a small town called Spencerville. We took this picture on the field earlier today because it’s such a cool thing to us to both be from the same small NW Ohio town of 2500 people and both be covering this years game here in Cincy:

Bearcat boys done good
Bearcat boys done good

Another one of the coolest experiences I’ve had all day was the chance to get to talk to White Sox legend “The Big Hurt” Frank Thomas. Frank admitted that he is in love with the ribs from Montgomery Inn. Apparently he had them last night for dinner and was in absolute love with them. Today however the Big Hurt was mowing down a salad when he says to me “these are the best croutons I’ve ever had, you HAVE to come have one”. Soooo it’s Frank Thomas, so I did…and he was right, it was pretty damn good. Hopefully Montgomery Inn gives him a sponsorship.

Frank Thomas’ personal runner who procured his salad for the day also wrote this on his bag:


THE coolest moment so far (aside from the crouton incident clearly) was getting to sit and talk baseball with Pete Rose and Frank Thomas. The conversation with Pete started with him asking “where did they put the Chillicothe paper?”. The conversations about Northwest Ohio, specifically Lima Senior and Wapakoneta (another one he says he can’t spell so he doesn’t use) was great too.

Frank and Pete

Pretty loud moment here when the Reds Franchise 4 was announced of Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench and Pete Rose. This crowd is fantastic, they have been LOUD for everything during this hour long pregame.

On the other side of the coin from the loudest ovation going for the Home Run Derby champ Todd Frazier of Cincy, the loudest boos were for ANY of the St. Louis Cardinals, Ryan Braun of the Brewers and Albert Pujols of the Angels.

Really digging how they’re presenting the ceremonies beforehand in this game tonight….even if it means it will not start until almost 8:30pm, the introduction of the 4 greatest living players (Sandy Koufax, Johnny Bench, Henry Aaron and Willie Mays) was one of the loudest pops I have ever heard (yes, even louder than the aforementioned Pete Rose and Todd Frazier ones).

Beautifully done by MLB to have Koufax, the greatest Jewish pitcher and player of all-time throw out the first pitch to Johnny Bench, pure class.

THIS is American strength:

And what a classy move by the Reds. Never forget the heroes who allow us to do the things we take for granted.

Mike Trout is not only one of the best players in MLB currently but he’s the first since Bo Jackson in 1989 to lead off an All-Star Game with a home run. Bryce Harper of the Nationals was chasing the ball but had nothing to do but watch the wall scraper count for a run. 1-0 American in the 1st.

Zach Grienke is struggling mightily, he’s not even coming close to the strikezone on some of these pitches…..can’t imagine he’s going to be around for very long (as opposed to the 2 innings he’s projected to go anyways).

Took this right after the anthem, the jets scared the hell of out me I’ll admit it:

Bryce Harper came to the plate with 2 outs in the second and reminded me of a pretty cool story I heard about him. When he was a young kid his dad used to take beans and pitch them to him. The story goes that he used a broomstick to swing and the beans and got so good at it that he graduated to attempting to hit bottlecaps, while a fan blew behind him. His dad told him that if he could consistently hit the bottlecaps in the wind that he’d see baseballs like beach balls. Harper then went on to play on a 6 year old league team AT THE AGE OF THREE…..and own the kids twice his age. The rest they say for the 22 year old Nationals superstar, is history.

Pretty amusing that the first run of the game for the National League here in the 2nd inning was driven in by……A ST LOUIS CARDINAL. How much does it pain Reds fans to cheer Jhonny Peralta?

So Albert Pujols moved back to St. Louis? No wonder he got booed so much:


I just remembered this from earlier as Pujols flies out to McCutchen to end the inning: Pete Rose earlier says to a group of people “do you think I could just leave? Nobody would notice right?”. YEAH….nobody would notice the one guy they came to see walk out of here right?

Apparently a big thing right now on Twitter as I type this is that Pete Rose met with the MLB commish today….I would like to think that since he was up here around all of us after that that he would’ve likely tipped it off how it went (he’s not a keep stuff to yourself kind of guy)….but hey, what do I know?

Mike Trout singled in his first ASG to leadoff, doubled in his second, tripled in the third and homered here tonight in his fourth….natural ASG cycle or no? Kid if going to be an all-time great.

Cool little tidbit I just saw on espn.com about the Pirates AJ Burnett (who is wearing Batman inspired cleats when he comes in tonight): A.J. Burnett finally will make his all-star debut in his 17th season. His 2,470 strikeouts are the most by a player before making his all-star debut.

I was quickly going to jump on the Trout for MVP bandwagon after his scored the 2nd run for the AL as he motored around from second base, but then Lorenzo Cain doubled in a run to make it 3-1 AL so he’s also making a case.

In case you missed it this week, here at the game they have crab legs, shrimp and a ton of seafood in one of the vendors spaces….how much must that go for if I “paid” $15 for 5 chicken wings and 2 sides? *I didn’t pay anything, in lieu of a media spread they gave us a voucher to get food inside the park.

Indians fans will be happy here in the 5th as Jason Kipnis is now in to play 2nd base behind his new pitcher in Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer who is pitching in his first all-star game.

There was a video package they showed between innings here coming back from the break that is sparking some conversation in the pressbox: 20 of the guys in the game tonight don’t know what a rotary phone is, what a walkman was or ever made a mixtape…..never trust anyone who didn’t make a mix tape or record songs off the radio and pray the DJ didn’t talk to mess it up.

43,656 is the announced attendance for tonight’s game (the building holds 42,319) so that’s a sellout. Last year in New York was 41,048…way to go Cincy. The 43,656 is the 5th largest crowd in park history and falls 943 fans short of the #1 spot.

Holy bomb city with that home run by Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen……that ball landed in the upper deck, I hope it doesn’t bring rain as high as it was.

Brock Holt from Boston came on to pinch run for Mike Trout, proceeded to steal second base and be knocked in by Baltimore’s Manny Machado. He spent about 4 minutes on base in his first appearance.

Josh Turner did a nice job on God Bless America, the crowd here in Cincy loved it during the 7th inning stretch. AL seems to be putting this game out of reach.

With Todd Frazier going 0-3 tonight (a night after a blistering performance in winning the Home Run Derby), the Reds are 0 for their last 22 in the All-Star Game.

Nothing will make kids head to Wikipedia sooner than mentioning WKRP in Cincinnati I’d imagine. Couple that with the earlier comments about technology.

Cannot say how happy I am to have had my picture taken with the legend himself (now donning a Red jacket) before he went back to work:


Chapman came in to begin the 9th inning, he proceeded to throw 14 pitches, 12 of those of 100 miles an hour or more. Of the 2 pitches he missed 100 mph with they were 98 and 99 miles an hour. That is some heat.

Ryan Braun opens up the bottom of the 9th against Minnesota’s Glen Perkins with a triple and gets cheered for the first time from this Reds crowd.

Heck of a time here from GABP, American League earns home field advantage with a 6-3 win.

My vote is Trout for MVP…..time to fight traffic. Thanks for reading, be sure to follow me on twitter @michaelhirnpbp