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Hawks soar past Leipsic

LEIPSIC, OH – A fast paced offensive attack led by two scorers in double figures led Maumee Valley Country Day past host Leipsic Saturday night 68-44.

Zeb Jackson, a 6’2 sophomore being recruited heavily by a host of schools hit for 9 of his game high 19 points in the first period of play against the Vikings on Saturday night. When he wasn’t busy dazzling the crowd with his athletic array of shots the Hawks 17.4 point per game scorer was leading the offense into the front court and handing out assists to the likes of Jaiden Woodley.

Leading 18-6 after the first period the visitors were slowed down by the Leipsic offensive attack in the second quarter as the home team got a trio of three pointers from the duo of Quintin Bruce off the bench and starter Tyler Hiegel to pull themselves within 10 at 34-24 when the time ran out on the second period.

As good as Leipsic was offensively in the second quarter, they were unable to sustain the run in the games penultimate period as they were held to just six points. MVCD for their part turned misses by their opponent into scores from six different players as they added to their lead.

Point guard Dez Jett accounted for four of his eight points in the third quarter as he utilized his ball handling skills as well as speed up and down the court to stick in a pair of fast break layups for Maumee Valley. The Hawks finished the game with 19 points off turnovers.

“I think we did a good job of breaking the initial pressure in the full court. Their overall length and quickness led to so many deflections and we just weren’t used to playing that pace. Transition points were ultimately the difference in this game. We were able to contain them in the half court but were unable to get back and make stops in transition” – Leipsic head coach Chris Kuhlman.

With the lead having swollen to 18 points after the fourth quarter the Vikings began to turn to the long ball to get back into things but were unable to hit them as a whole, finishing 6-26 for the contest. In the final eight minutes of play however the Leipsic offense netted three of their shots from deep as Cole Rieman, Kaiden Rader, and Tyler Gillespie were able to hit from deep.

Once the contest reached the final buzzer MVCD moved their season record to 9-3 with a 68-44 victory while Leipsic saw their mark fall to 5-7.

Leipsic who had not played a home game in almost exactly a full month coming into the game will be at home for a pair of contests next weekend as they will welcome Cory-Rawson to the LHS on Friday night for a Blanchard Valley Conference tilt before seeing Kalida visit for a Putnam County League battle on Saturday.

Box Score:

MVCD (68):

Dez Jett 8
Zeb Jackson 19
Steve Coleman 8
AJ Johnson 2
Lucas Fankhauser 8
Jaiden Woodley 16
Parker Chatman 7

FG: 26/63
3PT: 5/20
FT: 11/15
REB: 53
TO: 21

Leipsic (44):

Cole Rieman 5
Kaiden Rader 3
Tyler Gillespie 6
Tyler Hiegel 7
Austin Erickson 2
Alec Schroeder 8
Quintin Bruce 8
Reese Mangas 5

FG: 17/56
3PT: 6/26
FT: 4/9
REB: 30
TO: 18

JV: Leipsic 30-24

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PG’s Johnson headlines All-PCL list as Player of the Year

Pandora Gilboa Junior Drew Johnson and PG Head Coach Joe Braidic were tabbed Sunday as the Putnam County League Player and Coach of the Year respectively as they led the Rockets to their third PCL title in school history and first since 2009 as they finished with a 16-6 regular season campaign and went 6-1 in league competition.

Braidic who is in his third term as the head of the boys program at PG picked up his second win for the top mentor in the league. In 2008 Braidic was honored for the first time as he guided his Rockets to their first PCL crown.

In winning the player award Johnson, a dynamic 6’5 Junior forward who already nabbed his 1,000th point this season becomes the fourth player in school history selected for the honor and he joins Josh Lee who snagged it in the first two PCL title seasons of 2008 and 2009, Eric Hermiller who won in 1990, and Steve Fenstermaker who was honored in 1987.

Joining Johnson on the 1st team this season were Seniors Wade Stauffer of Continental, and Grant Schroeder of Leipsic. Juniors Mark Kuhlman of Miller City and Logan Kemper of Ottoville joined with Johnson to make it three underclassmen in this seasons top five vote getters.

2nd team selections included a future St. Francis Cougar football player in Columbus Grove Senior Rece Roney, who was honored alongside four Juniors in Miller City’s Jacob Kuhlman, Ottoville’s Nick Moorman, Brandon Wehri of Fort Jennings, and Pandora Gilboa Sophomore Jared Breece.

Honorable Mention status for the league went to 16 players this year:

Caiden Grothaus (Senior) Columbus Grove
Logan Schroeder (Junior) Columbus Grove
Trevor Williamson (Senior) Continental
Jacob Williams (Senior) Continental
Ian Finn (Junior) Fort Jennings
Luke Trentman (Junior) Fort Jennings
Trent Siebeneck (Senior) Kalida
Collin Nartker (Senior) Kalida
Jordan Berger (Senior) Leipsic
Grant Rader (Senior) Leipsic
Matt Niese (Senior) Miller City
Noah Otto (Junior) Miller City
Ryan Bendele (Junior) Ottoville
Eric Von Sossan (Senior) Ottoville
Cooper McCullough (Junior) Pandora Gilboa
Riley Larcom (Sophomore) Pandora Gilboa

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Jay sets record, scores 1000th in Rider win

LEIPSIC, OH – Derek Jay’s first and fourth quarters not only helped propel his team to a 62-47 road victory over Leipsic Tuesday night, they also helped put the St. Marys fourth year starter into rare company at St. Marys.

When the night began Jay needed to score 10 points to become the fifth player in program history to reach the 1,000 point plateau, a feat he nearly accomplished in the first quarter alone where he accounted for eight of his teams 18 markers. On the second three pointer the 2nd team All-WBL selection from a year ago collected in the opening period he overtook Garet Fledderjohann for first on the all-time Roughrider three point made list with 156 for his career.

Early in the fourth quarter it was the long ball again that helped Jay achieve a bench mark as he came off a screen and connected on a triple from straight away to run his high school total to 1,001 and received a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance and a hand shake from Leipsic mentor Chris Kuhlman.

Outside of Jay who finished with a game high 22 points on the evening the Riders saw their scoring supplemented by Jacob Grannon who scored 15 of his 19 in the third and fourth quarters and helped his squad outpace the Vikings 37-23 in the second half.

Offensively the Vikings were led in scoring by Grant Schroeder who shot 6/14 from the field and 5/7 from the free throw line for a team high 17 points.

Turnovers were a big problem in the game for the home squad as they were forced into 16 turnovers by a hounding St. Marys defense that also held them to just 18/45 shooting and 0/7 from behind the three point line.

St. Marys improves their record to 2-3 overall and will be home for the first of three straight games at the Horseshoe Friday night as they welcome New Knoxville to town.

Leipsic has dropped two out of their last three contests and sees their record rest at 4-2 overall. The Vikings will entertain Pandora Gilboa on Thursday night in Blanchard Valley Conference play for their second of four straight home contests.

Box Score:

Leipsic (47):
Cole Rieman 2
Chase Dunham 4
Grant Schroeder 17
Grant Rader 2
Dylan Schroeder 14
Alec Schroeder 1
Jordan Berger 7

FG: 18/45
3PT: 0/7
FT: 11/21
REB: 30 (Berger 8)
TO: 16

St. Marys (62):
Braedan Dunlap 5
Jacob Grannan 19
Ethan Mielke 2
Drew Jacobs 6
Colin Clements 2
Sam Young 4
Derek Jay 22
Bo Kuenning 2

FG: 23/46
3PT: 6/14 (Jay 5, Grannan)
FT: 10/13
REB: 27 (Jay 8)
TO: 14

JV: Leipsic 43-34

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Vikings down Tigers in OT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Box Score:

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

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

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

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

JV: Leipsic 53-25

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Leipsic hires new boys basketball coach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vikings down Big Green in 100th meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scoring:

Leipsic (63):

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

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

Ottoville (50):

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

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

JV: 35-27 Leipsic

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Jay 24 point effort leads Riders past Leipsic

ST. MARYS, OH – A big night from Junior guard Derek Jay helped the St. Marys Roughriders improve to 3-4 on the season as they defeated the visiting Leipsic Vikings (2-3) 64-49 in non-league action Tuesday night.

The Roughriders would see four of their players get into the scorebook in the first quarter including Jay who tossed in 4/4 free throw attempts to jump out to a 14-10 lead once the period came to an end over Leipsic.

Behind a monster quarter of 13 points the Vikings stormed into the lead at the halftime break with a 33-28 lead behind 6’4 Jordan Brown who came in on the evening averaging 19.0 points per game and 13.0 rebounds per contest. The Riders 14 points came from the hands of Colin Grothause and Jay who combined for all of the home squad markers in the quarter.

While Leipsic was held to just seven points in the third quarter the Roughriders put a dozen scores in their column and turned a handful of Viking turnovers directly into points as all five starters scored in the stanza.

A 20 point fourth quarter led by 7/7 from the charity stripe by Jay helped to finish off the Vikings who saw their leading scorer Brown held to just one score. Nate Brecht, a 5’10 senior who had accounted for 9 points in the first half was held scoreless by the tenacious Rider defense as well in the second half.

As the buzzer hit and the contest came to an end St. Marys found themselves able to put a stop to their two game losing streak with a 64-49 win led by a 24 point performance by Jay who finished the game by hitting 12/12 from the free throw line. The Roughriders will travel to New Knoxville on December 29th to finish off the 2015 part of their calendar.

Despite being held to just five points in the second half, Brown finished with a team high 18 points for the Vikings who will travel to Pandora Gilboa Saturday night to take on the Rockets live on PG vs Leipsic Boys.

Scoring:

Leipsic (49):
Matt Schroeder 4
Grant Schroeder 8
Ross Mangas 7
Jordan Brown 18
Devin Hiegel 2
Nate Brecht 9

FT: 6/14

St. Marys (64):
Jacob Grannan 9
Drew Jacobs 5
Derek Jay 24
Austin Wilker 14
Colin Grothause 12

FT: 18/20

JV: 42-41 St. Marys

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14 3’s help Titans past Vikings

Ottawa Glandorf utilized 14 triples on Monday night as they downed Leipsic by an 84-40 margin.

Senior forward Noah Bramlage drained 4 first quarter triples while Zac Unterbrink also added a shot from deep to give the Titans a 24-9 advantage after the first 8:00 on their opponents home court.

Things wouldn’t get much better for the Vikings in the second stanza as they were only able to put up 10 points and trail heading into the half by a 41-19 margin. Nate Brecht and Jordan Brown would combine to score 12 of the 19 in the first half for Leipsic.

With Leipsic missing their tallest player in Ross Mangas for the year, and Gavin Cupp in foul trouble the Vikings were unable to shut down the Titans on the perimeter as OG nailed 6 shots from deep in a row and put 33 points on the scoreboard in the period to just 5 for Leipsic.

OG’s press would cause problems for Leipsic all night as the Vikings were forced into 25 turnovers in the ballgame. Leipsic outscored OG in the 4th quarter by a 16-10 margin as Grant Schroeder would score all 9 of his points in the final stanza, but it was not enough as the Titans won their 4th straight against the Vikings, this time 84-40.

With the win the Titans up their record to 13-6 overall while the Vikings fall to 9-9 on the season. OG will get a bye in the first round of the tournament before taking on the Evergreen/Montpelier winner, Leipsic will begin their run in Van Wert as they take on Fort Jennings.

Scoring:

OG (84):

Jordan Verhoff 4
Jason Schnipke 4
Zac Unterbrink 8
Cole Osting 8
Nick Weihrauch 6
Zach Kuhlman 6
Brad Recker 13
Bryce Utrup 2
Blake Blevins 7
Noah Bramlage 25
Sid Moening 1

3s: 14
FT: 9/13

Leipsic (40):

Gavin Cupp 2
Matt Schroeder 6
Isiaah Lomeli 4
Grant Schroeder 9
Jordan Brown 7
Nate Brecht 8
Hunter Meyer 2
Grant Rader 2

3s: 3
FT: 7/11

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LCC/OG advance to meet for 5th straight year

Ottawa Glandorf and Lima Central Catholic both picked up wins last night at the ONU Sports Center and will now meet on Saturday night in the D3 Regional Finals in Bowling Green for the 5th straight postseason.

Lima Central Catholic advanced with a win in the first game at ONU 64-37 over Worthington Christian. LCC jumped out to an early lead and used a couple of quick 1st quarter runs to lead 15-8 after the first stanza.

The second quarter did not get any easier for the Warriors as LCC torched them for 23 points to lead 38-14 at the halftime break.

A cool moment in the second half came when Martyce Kimbrough scored his 1,000th point, much to the delight of the LCC student section who in unison began to chant “That’s 1000” to show their appreciation in the stands.

LCC would continue to shoot a high percentage in the second half as they outscored the Warriors 26-23 to advance to the Regional Finals for the second straight season in Bowling Green and pick up win number 22 on the season against just 4 losses. Worthington Christian finishes their season at 19-7.

Lima Central Catholic was led in scoring by Kimbrough with 18 and followed in double figures by Xavier Simpson with 14, and Tre Cobbs with 13. Worthington Christian was led by 13 from Johnny Wordlaw.

In the nightcap the defending Division 3 State Champion Ottawa Glandorf Titans took the floor in front of 1367 fans for the first time against the Huron Tigers with the winner knowing they’d advance to play LCC on Saturday night.

Despite slow starts in both District games last week, the Titans were able to jump out to a fast one against Huron as they led 16-8 after the first stanza behind 7-14 shooting while holding the Tigers to just 3-9 from the field.

Noah Bramlage who had 6 of the Titans first quarter points continued to torment the smaller defenders as he added three more before the half, but it was teammate Zach Kuhlman who did the most damage before the break as he accounted for 8 points in the quarter and 11 total to give his team a 35-23 advantage at the half.

For the first half the Titans shot 15-28 from the field while holding the Tigers to 9-22 from the field and just 3-10 from deep. Cody Thompson had a good first half for his team leading the way with 9 points on 4-9 shooting for Huron.

Bramlage, the 1st Team All-WBL selection this season started off the 3rd quarter for OG with a bang as he ignited a quick 4-0 run for his team with a jumper off an assist by Matias Trampe-Kindt to put OG up 36-27 just 26 seconds into the stanza.

Huron would close the gap to 45-37 at the end of the 3rd quarter as they outscored Ottawa Glandord 14-10 but couldn’t get any closer in the 4th.

As they have done the past couple of games, OG shot almost flawlessly from the charity stripe in the 4th quarter to finish 14-18 on free throws to ice the game to secure the 63-45 win.

OG finished 23-45 from the field but just 3-10 from 3 in the win with two of those coming from Bramlage. Huron was outscored 18-8 in the 4th quarter and finished 15-43 from the field, 8-14 from the free throw line, but were able to stay in the game by making 7-22 3 pointers on the night.

Huron was led in scoring by Junior Adam Storer who poured in 18 points on 5-10 shooting and 4-9 from 3 to go along with his perfect night from the free throw line (4-4). Ottawa Glandorf was led by 19 from Bramlage, 14 from Zach Kuhlman and 12 from Tyler Zender in the win.

The Tigers and coach Bobby Jones finish their season at 18-7 and fall in the Regional Semifinals for the 2nd straight season in the Bowling Green Regional. Ottawa Glandorf ups their record to 16-10 and into a Regional Finals rematch from a year ago where they defeated the Thunderbirds en route to the D3 State Championship.

Hear the matchup Saturday night on www.zsportslive.com at 7pm from Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center with myself, Chris Kuhlman and Steve Wiener as the T-Birds look for retribution against a Titans team who has ended their last two seasons at the Regional level.

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OG vs Huron Regional Semifinal Preview

The Ottawa Glandorf Titans and Huron Tigers were supposed to meet one another on Wednesday night in Bowling Green at the Stroh Center, but as she often does Mother Nature had other ideas. Following a postponement and a realignment of games in the state, OG will now meet Huron in Ada at Ohio Northern University on Thursday night at approximately 8pm.

Ottawa Glandorf, the defending Division 3 champions will enter the contest at 15-10 and riding a 3 game winning streak. Despite opening the season at 3-3 through their first six games, OG rallied to finish with 15 wins by stringing together two separate 4 game winning streaks in the middle of their schedule en route to their fourth straight District Championship.

Despite slow starts against both Archbold and Paulding in the District round at the Stroh Center, the Titans were able to survive and advance with blistering fourth quarters at the free throw line and full court pressure defense. In the win over Paulding that earned Ottawa Glandorf another chance to play in Bowling Green, the Titans shot 10-13 from the charity stripe to finish off the Panthers and cut down the Stroh Center nets.

Offensively the Titans are scoring at a 55.6 per game clip, but are giving up 52.6 points per contest, a razor thin margin for a team that has gotten off to such slow starts in the OHSAA Tournament.

Six of the Titans ten losses this season are to teams who played in a District Finals. Two of those six losses are to fellow Western Buckeye League teams in Bath (20-4) and Defiance (21-3), both of whom are still alive in the Division 2 Regional bracket.

First team All-WBL selection Noah Bramlage leads the Titans offensively averaging about 18 points per game. The Junior also leads the team in rebounding as he pulls down 8 rebounds per contest as well. Bramlage has draw noticeable attention from major college programs such as Yale, Wright State, Purdue, and Northwestern among others. Coach James Johnson of Virginia Tech and his staff even made their way to see Bramlage in person earlier this season.

Huron’s Tigers find themselves in uncharted territory as far as the history of their program goes. Thursday night will make the first time in school history that Huron has ever had back to back Regional appearances. Despite losing to Bloom Carroll last season and fall one game short of a Regional Finals matchup with OG last season, the Tigers used the experience as something to build off of and will roll into Ada with an 18-6 mark on the season.

Leading the way for the Sandusky Bay Conference runners up is the Senior duo of Keegan Bollenbacher and Cody Thompson who have been teammates since the fourth grade and know where one another is on the court at all times. Bollenbacher, a Division 3 Northwest District Honorable Mention selection this season is averaging 10.9 points per game and has connected on nearly 100 shots from beyond the arc. Thompson is a two sport athlete who was selected as 2nd Team All-SBC in basketball last season is also a star on the gridiron where he was named 1st Team All-State at Defensive Back in Division 5 averages 10.5 ppg.

Offensively the Tigers average 56.9 points per game and give up 49 per game. Huron has been fantastic on defense as they have yet to allow a team more than 37 points in three tournament matchups during their run. A six game winning streak will be on the line for the Tigers as they last lost on February 15th at Norwalk 56-47.

Despite being a Division 3 team, Huron plays a tough schedule that is laden with Division 1 and 2 squads. Two of Huron’s six losses came at the hand of one team who is still playing in the Division 1 Tournament (25-1 Norwalk), and Division 2 Olmsted Falls who finished the season with 16 wins this year.

Tomorrow will mark the first time that Ottawa Glandorf has ever faced Huron, but it will mark the second time OG has played a team from the Sandusky Bay Conference as they lost to Clyde in the 1995 Regional Finals to Clyde.

One interesting note from the Titans fourth straight Regional trip is that it will mark the 27th consecutive year that at least one team from Putnam County has made it that far.

The game can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com at approx 8pm from the ONU Sports Center with myself, Steve Wiener and Leipsic Vikings Assistant Coach Chris Kuhlman with the winner advancing to the Regional Finals at 7pm on Saturday night against the winner of the earlier game as 21-4 Lima Central Catholic matches up with 18-7 Worthington Christian at 6pm in Ada.

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