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Coldwater, St. Henry post OVISCO Classic wins

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

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

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

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

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

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

Box Score:
Coldwater (60):

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

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

Marion Local (51):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Box Score:

St. Henry (51):

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

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

Celina (34):

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

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

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St. Henry downs Coldwater in OT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Box Score:

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

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

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

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

JV: St. Henry 56-45

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Minster rallies past Coldwater

MINSTER, OH – Despite not scoring for the first five minutes of the first quarter and not procuring their first lead until late in the third the Minster Wildcats were able to come from behind to defeat MAC rival Coldwater 53-50 Friday night.

Defensively the Cavaliers were able to shut down the Minster offensive attack in the first half as they jumped out to a 32-23 advantage at the break but struggled stopping their opponent from inside the arc in the final two periods of the game.

Minster got a game high 17 points from 6’1 Junior Aaron Ernst including a trio of shots from behind the arc in the middle two quarters including one that gave his team their first lead at 38-37 with 1:27 to go in the third.

Offensively the Wildcats would find themselves outscored 13-9 in the fourth quarter by the visitors, but were able to thwart a late rally and hold on in the final seconds for the win.

With the win the Wildcats are now 11-7 on the season and find themselves in a tie for second place in the MAC as they sport a 5-2 record. Minster will welcome St. Marys to town Saturday night for a non-league tilt broadcast live on K94 94.3 FM at 7:30pm.

Coldwater was led in scoring on the night by 6’9 Senior Andy Brunet with 15 but sees their record fall to 11-6 overall and 5-2 in Midwest Athletic Conference play. The Cavs will travel south to New Madison as they take on defending Division 4 State Champion Tri-Village tomorrow evening in another non-conference matchup.

Scoring:

Coldwater (50):

Jack Hemmelgarn 4
Aaron Harlamert 11
Andy Brunet 15
Dylan Thobe 12
Neal Muhlenkamp 5
Marcus Bruns 3

2PT: 15/21
3PT: 3/17
FT: 11/20
REB: 28
TO: 16

Minster (53):

Josh Nixon 7
Jacob Stechschulte 10
Peter Falk 4
Aaron Ernst 17
Conner Tumbusch 6
Jared Thobe 2
Jared Huelsman 7

2PT: 13/30
3PT: 7/16
FT: 6/14
REB: 21
TO: 9

JV: 45-42 Minster

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Coldwater claims 4th straight crown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Big 3rd propels Coldwater past Spencerville

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Coldwater came out of the gate firing in the third quarter for the second night in a row and were able to walk out of Spencerville with a 48-34 victory Tuesday night.

Visiting Coldwater jumped out to a 5-0 lead on the Bearcats behind a pair of jumpers from Junior Madie Schoenherr but couldn’t hold it for long as the Cats came storming back behind Jacey Grigsby to take a 6-5 advantage. Maura Hoying and Danielle Welsch combined to go 4-4 from the free throw line in the rest of the quarter as the Cavaliers found themselves with a 17-13 lead after the opening stanza.

Behind Grigsby again in the second quarter the Bearcats were able to use their opponents turnovers for points and outscore the visitors 10-6 to send the game tied at 23 all into the halftime break.

Seven different Coldwater players scored in the third quarter, led by 5 from Hoying who finished the game with a team high 11 points. Of her 11 points, Hoying finished 7-7 from the free throw line. With an 18-4 quarter in their favor, the Cavaliers cruised into the final period with a comfortable 41-27 score.

Grigsby’s 12 points led all scorers in the contest, but the Bearcats were led on the perimeter by 5’10 Senior Caitlyn Propst who finished with 9 points, all on triples from the outside, including one late in the final period of the 14 point defeat.

“I’m happy I thought we competed in each possession”, said second year Bearcats coach Greg Ekis of his teams effort against the Cavaliers.

Coldwater improves their record to 2-1 on the season and will take on the Bath Wildcats on Saturday. Spencerville sees their season mark fall to 0-2 and will return to action on December 1st as the Elida Bulldogs come to town for a Tuesday night non-league tilt.

Scoring:
Coldwater – Hoying 11, Welsch 6, Grunden 2, Schoenherr 9, Klosterman 6, Schwieterman 6, May 2, Luthman 2
Spencerville – Kaiden Grigsby 2, Henline 1, Smith 8, Propst 9, Work 1, Jacey Grigsby 12, Mulholland 1

JV: Coldwater 45-25

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Coldwater dispatches Brookville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cavaliers win 20th straight

PIQUA, OH – Despite giving up a season high 14 points on the night the Coldwater Cavaliers used a big second half to hand Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy their second loss of the season, 44-14 and roll into the Regional Finals next Friday night.

CHCA’s first two drives on offense would last just a trio of plays each before the Cavaliers would force them into punting away the ball. Despite their own drive coming to an end on a fumble recovery by CHCA, the Cavs got on the scoreboard on their second drive with a 16 yard touchdown run by Aaron Harlamert.

Leading 7-0 and with the football following an Eagles turnover on downs, the MAC Champions marched 92 yards in 6:20 and pushed their lead to 14-0 with 5:32 remaining in the opening half on a 21 yard touchdown pass from MAC Offensive Player of the Year Jack Hemmelgarn to Chris “Petey” Post.

With the aid of an illegal procedure penalty on the ensuing kickoff the Eagles cut into the Cavs lead with 2:04 remaining in the half when runningback Kesean Gamble skirted untouched into the endzone from 3 yards out. Johnny Noyen’s extra point missed wide left and Coldwater’s lead stayed at eight points at 14-6.

Despite having just 1:57 and a pair of timeouts, Coldwater was able to drive 78 yards for a touchdown to go up 21-6 moments before the half as Hemmelgarn hooked up with Kyle McKibben for a 3 yard score.

Aaron Harlamert who came in on the night with just 49 yards rushing and a single touchdown opened the scoring for Coldwater in the games penultimate stanza as he rushed in from 11 yards out to push the defending champs lead to 28-6 with 9:24 remaining in the quarter.

As the defense had done in the first half the Cavaliers forced a turnover following a score when Safety Neal Muhlenkamp intercepted a Noyen pass and returned it to his opponents 7. Wasting no time, Coldwater’s offense put up their 34th point of the contest two plays later when Chris Post rushed in for his first of two touchdown runs on the night from a yard out.

Post’s second touchdown run of the night came just shy of three minutes later as he jaunted in from six yards out to cue the running clock with a 41-6 advantage for Coldwater with 4:56 remaining in the third. The Coldwater Senior finished the night with 23 carries for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground to go along with the receiving touchdown in the first half.

CHCA’s next possession took the running clock out of the equation however as the Eagles drove 75 yards in just nine plays and was capped off by a 10 yard touchdown from Gamble. Gamble would also catch the two point conversion for CHCA and cut the Cavs lead down to 41-14 with 9:47 left.

11 plays and over five minutes of game time would pass before Coldwater’s kicker Kyle McKibben connected on a 29 yard field goal to provide the games final margin of 44-14.

Defensively the Cavaliers were able to hold CHCA’s high powered offense that came in averaging 45.5 points per contest and had scored over 500 points on the season to just 14 in the win, a marker only reached against Coldwater by Marion Local in a 17-14 loss for the Flyers earlier this season.

Jack Hemmelgarn finished the game 16/18 passing for 180 yards and a touchdown pass while directing an offense that picked up 393 total yards on their 55 plays from scrimmage (213 rushing, 180 passing).

Coldwater (12-0) with the win now owns 3rd place in all-time OHSAA playoff wins (62) by themselves as they break a tie previously held with Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, and will face Brookville (12-0) who defeated Greeneville 49-7. That game will take place next Friday night, November 20th at 7:30pm and can be heard live on www.k943.com at 7:15pm for pregame with myself and Dennis Cisco on the broadcast.

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Cavs blitz Tigers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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East/West split Girls D8 game wins

ELIDA, OHIO – Monday night was one last opportunity for some Senior ladies to hit the high school hardwood one final time at the Elida Fieldhouse in the 39th annual District 8 Coaches Association All-Star Games.

In the first game of the night the Division 1-2-3 girls took the court with the East team coached by Liberty Benton mentor Nate Irwin came away with a 67-65 win over LCC coach Katie Krieg’s West squad. Game 2 featured the Division 4 All-Stars and was a runaway result with the West winning by a 70-36 margin.

Future Wright State Raider Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) continued a big couple of days shooting the basketball in All-Star games (17 the day before in the BVC/PCL All-Star game in Findlay) as she knocked down 7 from behind the arc en route to a game high 23 points. For her efforts Simon was rewarded with player of the game honors. Joining Simon in double figures were Carly Clum (Allen East), Abby Waddle (Elida), and Rachel Evans (Shawnee) all with 13 apiece.

The West squad was led in scoring by Wapak’s Megan Watt who tossed in 4 triples of her own en route to a team high 15 points. Wapak teammate Carly Buzzard added 10 points and was the only other player in double figures in the loss.

Scoring:

East (67):

Carly Clum (Allen East) 13
Abby Waddle (Elida) 13
Rachel Evans (Shawnee) 13
Lauren Kotey (Liberty Benton) 3
Maryssa Herschler (Shawnee) 4
Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) 23

3’s (14): Clum 2, Waddle 3, Evans 2, Simon 7

On the roster but not able to make the game: Alyssa Manley (Bath), Cassie Best (Bath), Bri Smith (Bath), Imara Haynes (Lima Senior)

West (65):

Megan Watt (Wapak) 15
Hannah Bruns (Coldwater) 8
Sarah Kanney (Coldwater) 9
Brooke Welsch (Coldwater) 6
Sydney Santaguida (LCC) 2
Kayla Verhoff (LCC) 3
Erin Morrow (Van Wert) 5
Carly Buzzard (Wapak) 10
Alexis Dowdy (Van Wert) 7

Playing but not scoring: Lauren Schrag (Defiance)

3’s (10): Watt 4, Kanney 3, Verhoff, Morrow, Buzzard

The West jumped out to an early lead in the Division 4 game and never looked back as they led 39-18 after the first 20:00 half and walked away with a 70-36 win to the delight of their two head coaches in Dan Grouthaus of Delphos St. Johns and Adam Huber of Kalida.

Mackenzie Riggenbach of Crestview led the victorious West squad in scoring with a game high 13 points and was joined in scoring by Knights teammate and 1,000 point prep scorer Lindsey Motycka who finished with 8 points in her last contest at the Fieldhouse before heading north to play her college ball at Lourdes University just outside of Toledo. Allie Thobe, the Midwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year added 10 points to join Riggenbach as the only two players in double figures.

A pair of players from the Blanchard Valley Conference in Arlington’s Hannah Johnson and the BVC Player of the Year in Arcadia’s Molly Glick finished with 10 points each for coaches Gary Kreinbrink of Leipsic and Bill Tafflinger of Ada in the loss.

Scoring:

West:

Julia Thatcher (Lincolnview) 8
Allie Thobe (Marion Local) 10
Logan Arnold (Minster) 8
Alexis Wuebker (Minster) 9
Lindsey Motycka (Crestview) 8
Annie Lindeman (Ottoville) 3
Mackenzie Riggenbach (Crestview) 13
Tori Lennartz (Fort Recovery) 5
Meg Reineke (New Knoxville) 8

3’s (11): Arnold, Wuebker 2, Motycka, Lindeman, Riggenbach 3, Lennartz, Reineke

Playing but not scoring: Bridget Culp (Delphos Jefferson), Jackie Gardner (Kalida)

East (36):

Alexis Ambrugey (Ada) 2
Hannah Johnson (Arlington) 10
Megan Ritter (Cory Rawson) 4
Molly Glick (Arcadia) 10
Shay Moorman (Leipsic) 2
Kelly Nadler (Leipsic) 8

3’s (4): Johnson 2, Glick, Nadler

Playing but not scoring: Tori Wyss (Ada), Lindsey Walden (Ada), Kendra Tuttle (Cory Rawson)

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St Henry, LCC move on

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

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

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

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

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

Scoring:

LCC (52):

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

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

Coldwater (49):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scoring:

St. Henry (51):

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

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

Liberty Benton (31):

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

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

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