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West sweeps D8 games

ELIDA, OH – Two differently played games ended with the same result, a West victory on Monday evening inside the Elida Fieldhouse.

Game one of the night not only featured the All-Stars of Divisions 1-3 but also a little bit of everything throughout the course of the two twenty minute long halves.

The East stars jumped in front and stayed in the lead early on with the use of deep three pointers from the group of Kori Barrett (Kenton), Ellie Miller (Kenton), Brittney Haas (Findlay), Emily Heiman (Findlay), and the hometown girl Shyah Wheeler of Elida.

Early on the only point the West was able to muster came from the free throw line on a make by St. Marys Makenna Mele to cut into the East 4-0 lead with nearly 6 minutes gone off the clock.

In the second half the West’s inside-outside game helped to pull the lead to within a couple of points and nearly into the lead on a couple of Sydney Cisco (St. Marys) deep triples.

With 8:42 left in the second half a runner from Crestview senior Paige Motycka gave her team their first advantage at 39-38. Motycka would strike again after a pair of East three point goals from Miller and Bath’s Jaidyn Hale on her only other make from the field to tie the ballgame at 43-43.

Wapakoneta’s Sarah Pothast, the games leading scorer dropped in the final marker to give her team a 47-46 win on the offensive end with under a minute while Shawnee’s Alissa Stahler blocked away a final East offering on the defensive end to secure the victory.

Scoring:

West
Sarah Pothast (Wapak) 15
Lexi Jacobs (Wapak) 2
Alissa Stahler (Shawnee) 6
Emily Poling (Defiance) 3
Makenna Mele (St Marys) 5
Sydney Cisco (St Marys) 12 (4 3’s)
Paige Motycka (Crestview) 4

3PT: 6 (Cisco 4, Pothast, Poling)
FT: 1/4

Playing but not scoring: Cassidy Meyers (Van Wert)

Not able to participate: Kourtney Diller (Coldwater), Kadie Hempfling (Ottawa Glandorf)

East
Lindsey Singhaus (Bath) 2
Jaidyn Hale (Bath) 6
Kori Barrett (Kenton) 6
Ellie Miller (Kenton) 11
Brittney Haas (Findlay) 3
Emily Heiman (Findlay) 6
Shyah Wheeler (Elida) 12

3PT: 12 (Wheeler 3, Hale 2, Barrett 2, Miller 2, Heiman 2, Haas)
FT: 1/2

Playing but not scoring: Bette Andrews (Bath), Alexa Lenhart (L. Benton)

Not able to participate: Kennedy Fagan (Bath)

Game two involved the stars of the Division 4 world and featured one team putting up a big offensive performance as the West rolled to a 77-47 victory paced by a pair of Midwest Athletic Conference stars.

Leading 33-30 at the halftime break the West rolled to a 44-17 second half of play and finished with 3 players in double figures in the win.

Fort Recovery’s Grace Thien and Taylor Kogge of the State Champion Minster Wildcats each dropped in 19 points apiece to lead their West squad while teammate and future University of Michigan Volleyball standout Paige Jones joined the duo in double figures as she notched 11. Thien was the big three point shooter on the evening as she notched 5 triples in the contest.

Kogge finished the game shooting 8/10 from the field and ended with just one miss each from inside and outside the three point arc on her way to play for Ohio Northern University at the next level.

Ridgemont’s Priscilla Howland led the East squad on the evening with 16 points and was the lone member of her team in double figures.

Scoring:

West
Sarah Klausing (Kalida) 2
Grace Thien (Ft. Rec) 19 (5 3’s)
Carley Stone (Ft. Rec) 6
CJ Kemper (Ottoville) 4
Paige Jones (N. Bremen) 11
Taylor Kogge (Minster) 19
Alli Fischer (Minster) 4
Kara Evers (M. Local) 9
Amber Miller (Ottoville) 3

3PT: 12 (Thien 5, Kogge 3, Jones 3, Miller)
FT: 1/3

Not available: Bridget Landin (OV), Kierra Meyer (Leipsic), Heather Lammers (Leipsic)

East
Anney Archer (Ada) 2
Aubrey Biederman (W-Goshen) 8
Amanda Clymer (Vanlue) 8
Priscilla Howland (Ridgemont) 16
Emma Saltzman (Arcadia) 4
Meadow Cromer (Ridgemont) 3
Lauren Schroeder (C. Grove) 4
Kayla Fergueson (P. Gilboa) 2

Playing but not scoring: Maddie Gossard (Ada)

Not available to play: Carlee McCluer (C. Grove)

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Cavaliers outlast Wildcats

ELIDA, OH – While points were coming at a premium in the first half for Coldwater and Delphos Jefferson on Wednesday night in Elida they seemed to come by the bunches in the last two quarters for Cavalier junior Marcus Bruns as he dropped 18 of his game high 27 markers to lead his squad to a 53-46 victory.

Bruns, a 1st team Midwest Athletic Conference selection this season for the Cavaliers (12-11) eclipsed the 20 plus point marker for the sixth time on the season with and set a new season high to eclipse his 23 point performance in January against Celina.

Delphos Jefferson (9-14) was led on the evening by sophomore Hunter Mericle with 14 points that included a quartet of made three pointers. Mericle got things going right away for the Wildcats as he helped his squad to an 8-7 first quarter lead with a shot from beyond the arc. Teammate Tyler Bratton who finished with 13 on the evening pumped in half of his teams first quarter scores with short jump shots.

The two teams combined to hit three triples in the second quarter to help pick up the games tempo but it was again the Cavs leading scorer in Bruns who did the damage to the opposition as he tallied 7 quarter points. With a 2/3 effort at the free throw line mid-way through the quarter Bruns gave Coldwater the games first markers from either side in a nearly five minute span and pushed the Cavaliers into the lead 18-17 at the halftime stoppage.

In the first half the Wildcats found themselves at the line for just a pair of tosses, in the second half Jefferson however saw their chances to shoot with the clock stopped increase as the game began to be called tighter by the officials. Unfortunately for the Jeffcats however they were their own worst enemy from the charity stripe as they would finish just 4/11 while their opponents hit on 9 of their 13 chances in the game.

Foul trouble from a trio of players in the second half forced Delphos coach Jordan Jettinghoff to go to his bench early and often and search for extra scoring. Sophomore Doug Long tossed in a solid offensive effort in the final two periods as he ended with 4 points and helped to slow down the hot shooting Coldwater offense.

Marcus Bruns seemingly could do no wrong for the Cavaliers in the second half as he not only connected on a pair of technical foul free throws in the third stanza but also hit a three pointer and 7 of his 8 tosses from the charity stripe.

Grant Meyer and Jacob Wenning knocked down a trio of three pointers and Cole Frilling, who finished with 12 in the game hit a wide open shot in the fourth quarter to push the Cavs into the next round with a 53-46 victory.

Tyler Bratton (13), and Hunter Mericle had strong performances in the game for Jefferson but it wasn’t enough to keep the Wildcats from bowing out in the sectional round for the second straight season.

Coldwater will take on Lima Central Catholic at the Elida Fieldhouse on Friday night in the 8pm contest with the victory for the right to move on to the district level next week.

Scoring:

Coldwater (53):

Marcus Bruns 27
Grant Meyer 6
Cole Frilling 12
Jacob Wenning 6
Ben Wenning 2

FG: 19/52
3PT: 6/17 (Bruns 2, Meyer 2, J. Wenning 2)
FT: 9/13
TO: 7

Delphos Jefferson (46):

Brenen Auer 5
Davion Tyson 2
Tyler Bratton 13
Hunter Mericle 14
Alex Rode 8
Doug Long 4

FG: 19/44
3PT: 4/15 (Mericle 4)
FT: 4/11
TO: 5

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Versailles stops skid

COLDWATER, OH – After beginning the season with 16 wins in the first 17 games the Versailles Tigers were rolling along but were saddled recently with three losses by a combined 12 points heading into Friday night’s MAC tilt at Coldwater where they emerged victorious 67-64.

“Everyone has been playing us with a box and one defense, we finally had a week to prepare for it and figured out how to shoot against it,” said Versailles coach Travis Swank on his teams approach to Coldwater’s defensive scheme to shut down his star senior and future Ohio State Buckeye Justin Aherns.

While Aherns was held to under half of his per game average of 26 points per game with 12, it was fellow senior Keaton McEldowney who had a big night as he sliced the Cavaliers defense for 15 of his game high 24 markers in the opening period.

Similar to the night Kami McEldowney recently had for the Versailles girls team, the 8.7 per game scorer connected on a trio of first quarter threes to put his team on top 20-18 at the first quarter break.

On the Coldwater side the night belonged to 6’2 junior Marcus Bruns who put in a pair from behind the arc early to help keep his team within striking distance of the Midwest Athletic Conference’s highest scoring club on the year.

With the game tied at 20-20 mid way through the second it was Aherns who would dent the scoreboard for the first time as he found the bottom of the net on a three pointer and then turned a score into a quick bucket to give Versailles a 25-20 advantage.

Cole Frilling finished the game with 15 points for the Cavaliers on the evening but it was his barrage of nine in the second stanza that helped pushed his crew to a 37-36 halftime lead.

Free throws and three pointers punctuated each teams many runs in the second half but it was the visiting Tigers who would strike last as they hit on 7 of 12 from the line to help secure their fourth straight win against the Cavs.

Similar to what he had done in the second period, Justin Aherns struck quickly as he stole a pass from Coldwater seconds after connecting on 1 of 2 from the charity stripe to re-energize his teams offense.

For the game the Tigers shot 10 of 19 from behind the arc and 13 of 20 from the line. The big story for the Cavaliers was their offensive rebounding as 10 of their 25 total snags came of the offensive variety and led to easy stick backs. From the line themselves the Cavs finished 13 of 16.

Versailles (17-4) moves to 7-2 on the season in the Midwest Athletic Conference and will wrap up their regular season on Saturday night when they host Greenville.

Nick Fisher and Coldwater fall to 10-10 overall and 3-5 in the MAC and will travel to Wapak on Saturday evening for a non-conference tilt with the Redskins to end their regular campaign.

Box Score:

Versailles (67):

Justin Aherns 12
Kyle Jones 5
Keaton McEldowney 24
Michael Stammen 8
Carter May 5
Noah Richard 2
Evan Hiestand 4
AJ Aherns 7

3PT: 10/19 (McEldowney 4, J. Aherns 2, May, A. Aherns, Stammen, Jones)
FT: 13/20
TO: 8
REB: 24 (A. Aherns 8)

Coldwater (64):

Marcus Bruns 20
Cole Frilling 15
Sam Broering 6
Jacob Wenning 9
Mitch Balster 2
Myles Blasingame 1
Derek Albers 11

FG: 22/48
3PT: 7/17 (Bruns 3, Broering 2, Frilling, J. Wenning)
FT: 13/15
REB: 25 (D. Albers 11)
TO: 7

JV (OT): Versailles wins 59-58 on a on a Ryan Martin shot with 1.2 seconds left.

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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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