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Patrick Henry, Columbus Grove post tournament wins

OTTAWA, OH – Patrick Henry and Columbus Grove punched themselves a return trip to Ottawa Glandorf High School for Friday night as they posted victories at the same venue on Tuesday evening.

Patrick Henry engaged in a slugfest with Leipsic and emerged 54-43 victors in the early game while the Bulldogs utilized a massive point output in the games last three quarters to win 71-36 over Arcadia in the nightcap at OG.

Senior Christian Petersen put his mark on the ballgame early for the Patriots in the first quarter as he connected on a long shot from the wing for 3 to give his team the lead and just moments later a basket from inside for five of his squads 12 markers in the opening period. On the evening Petersen led all scorers with 18 points including 5 three pointers.

Leading 12-8 after the first period the visitors on the Ottawa Glandorf scoreboard for the evening stayed hot from behind the arc to run their lead to 27-17 at the halftime break behind a 5/13 three point shooting performance by three different players led by Petersen with 3 triples.

Patriots leading scorer Xavier Wensink accounted for 9 of his 12 points in the third period to help his squad extend their lead to 15 heading to the fourth period.

Sophomore Wesley Garcia helped to lead a Leipsic run in the fourth stanza as he canned a pair of threes. Tyler Hiegel hit from beyond the arc late in the last quarter as well but the Patriots closed out the game to keep their lead near double figures by hitting 7 of 10 of their opportunities to secure the win.

“It’s always hard to lose a game, especially in the tournament but I’m really proud of the effort of this entire team all season and especially tonight. We tip our cap to Patrick Henry, they made their shots and we didn’t,” Leipsic coach Chris Kuhlman said about his team and their performance tonight.

Leipsic sees their second season under Kuhlman come to an end for the second straight campaign at OG and at 8-15 overall while Patrick Henry (10-13) will move on to play second seeded Kalida on Friday night at 6:15pm.


Patrick Henry (54):

Jarrett Maus 6
Xavier Wensink 12
Kolton Holloway 2
Kaiden McGraw 9
Christian Petersen 18
Tommy Vance 2
Garrett Schwiebert 3

3PT: 8 (Petersen 5, McGraw, Maas, Wensink)
FT: 10/16

Leipsic (43):

Cole Rieman 12
Tyler Hiegel 9
Clay Gerdeman 2
Alec Schroeder 6
Wesley Garcia 12
Reese Mangas 2

3PT: 7 (Garcia 3, Hiegel 3, Rieman)
FT: 4/10

Game two saw both Columbus Grove and Arcadia trade blows in the opening minutes but it was the Bulldogs who finished with a flurry in the first quarter to go on top 13-11 after a pair of buckets by Tayt Birnesser and never looked back.

Across the final three quarters the home team for the night in Columbus Grove reeled off 40 of the games next 50 points scored by the two squads.

Columbus Grove finished the first half by hitting 6/14 from behind the arc led by the duo of Birnesser and Blake Reynolds who combined to score 25 in the opening two quarters to put their team on top 37-17 at the break.

Just two shots found their way to the bottom of the net for Arcadia in the games penultimate quarter as Cole Coppus and Payton Simon each connected on fast break layups for the Redskins. Birnesser was the games high man with 21 points and added a pair of deep shots in the third quarter before taking a seat for good late in the period.

Cody Johnson of Columbus Grove off the bench had a big final eight minutes for the Bulldogs as he tossed in all 10 of his points and made his mark on the defensive end as well by committing four fouls.

In all on the evening the Bulldogs utilized 13 players in the contest and saw 9 of those young men reach the scorebook. Blake Reynolds was the third Grove player to finish in double figures as he ended with 12 points, all coming in the first half.

Friday night will see Columbus Grove (10-13) take on North Baltimore in the 8pm game at Ottawa Glandorf. Arcadia sees their season end with 5 straight losses at 3-20.


Grove (71):

Caleb Barrientes 2
Blake Reynolds 12
Grayson Flores 4
Logan Schroeder 2
Alex Schneider 6
Tayt Birnesser 32
Logan Malsam 6
Garrett Nemire 2
Dane Selby 6
Cody Johnson 10

FT: 14/22
3PT: 9 (Birnesser 4, Reynolds 2, Schneider 2, Flores)

Arcadia (36):

Levi Squire 2
Cole Coppus 10
Eli Palmer 5
Hayden Rader 2
Justen Stoner 4
Trevor Brubaker 2
Luke Metzger 1
Dez Johnson 4
Payton Simon 4
Team 2

FT: 6/11
3PT: 2 (Coppus)


Defense powers Titans past Bulldogs

OTTAWA, OH – A strong team defensive effort Thursday night powered the OG Titans past Route 65 rival Columbus Grove 47-19 in non-league action.

Columbus Grove came into the contest already without their big gun Paige Bellman who is out for her senior season, but were dealt a second blow when they were unable to utilize the services of junior guard Rylee Sybert who missed this contest due to injury as well.

Outside of the first quarter when three players, Carlee McCluer, Lauren Schroeder, and Abby Gladwell each hit from the field, the Bulldogs were held to just a trio of makes from the field the rest of the game.

Despite both teams giving away the basketball at a frantic pace in the first period, the scoring was plentiful as the two teams battled for the first stoppage lead down to the buzzer. Columbus Grove pulled within a point at 11-10 when a long two point shot trickled through the net as the horn sounded.

Ottawa Glandorf’s stifling full court team defense reared its head in the second stanza as the Titans forced a handful of Bulldog mistakes with their relentless pressure and surged out to a 26-12 halftime advantage behind a 15-2 quarter. The only basket of the second period came for the visitors when Lauren Schroeder who finished with a team high 7 points was able to drop one through the net.

Against a 2-3 and at times 3-2 zone defense the Titan attack was able to connect on a pair of shots from behind the arc from Carri Johnson and Ashley Schroeder, but would do most of their damage from inside behind senior Kadie Hempfling who finished the first half with 10 markers to lead all scorers.

Unable to score for most of the games penultimate stanza the Bulldogs nailed back to back shots in a span of the final :26 of the period when the duo of McCluer and Schroeder connected from well behind the right wing arc. Schroeder’s triple came with the buzzer ringing out inside Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium and represented the last make from the field of the ballgame for Grove.

Second half three pointers from Ashley Schroeder and a pair from Brianna Schimmoeller helped Ottawa Glandorf begin to salt away their sixth straight win in the series and seventh in the eight games since the series between the two schools was restarted in 2010.

For the game the Titans (8-1) were paced by Hempfling’s 12 points as she continues her quest to become the fourth Ottawa Glandorf player to reach 1,000 career points. Joining the future BG Falcon in double digits was the teams second leading scorer on the season in Schroeder who chipped in 10 for her sixth straight double digit effort.

Columbus Grove (5-5) featured just four players registering points including Danielle Bame who connected on one of two from the line in the fourth quarter for the only Bulldog points of the final eight minutes.

OG will travel to take on the Liberty Benton Eagles on Saturday night in Findlay while Columbus Grove will be off until January 6th when they take on Putnam County League rival Ottoville. Both games can be heard on WZOQ Radio.


OG (47):

Ashley Schroeder 10
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 5
Paige Sutter 4
Erin Kaufman 6
Brianna Schimmoeller 8
Kadie Hempfling 12

FT: 2/4
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Schimmoeller 2, Johnson)
TO: 14

Columbus Grove (19):

Danielle Bame 1
Carlee McCluer 6
Lauren Schroeder 7
Abby Gladwell 5

FT: 0/2
3PT: 4 (McCluer 2, Schroeder, Gladwell)
TO: 27

JV: 41-39 Ottawa Glandorf was victorious as Mylee Utrup hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Titans the victory.


Columbus Grove Girls 2017-18 Season Preview

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Columbus Grove lost 6 seniors who were a part of their 2016-17 squad that won both the NWC and the PCL and recently learned they will have an even bigger challenge replacing their punch from last season.

1st team All-Ohio selection Paige Bellman, a senior who is committed to play her college basketball at Detroit Mercy will likely miss all of this upcoming season as she deals with a possible torn ACL. Last season Bellman averaged 17.2 points per game and was named Player of the Year in both the Northwest Conference and the Putnam County League while helping the Bulldogs to a 23-2 mark.

Graduation hit the Bulldogs hard in the offseason as they lost not only 1,300 point scorer Jade Clement who is currently playing for Huntington University in Indiana, but also one of their best three point threats in Macy McCluer.

This season the success for Columbus Grove will rely heavily on how much the returning core of letter winners that includes seniors Carlee McCluer and Lauren Schroeder, alongside junior point guard Rylee Sybert who collectively averaged 16.0 points per game last year.

Grove mentor Brian Schroeder who sports a 75-23 record and an appearance in last seasons District Finals has high hopes for his squad and mentions a handful of promising newcomers in his season media notes such as senior forward Teyah Sautter, junior guard Amy Vorst, sophomores Angel Schneider, Abigail Gladwell, and Emily Watt along with freshman guard Erin Downing as those to watch.

“This team will have a lot of new players filling new roles and learning how to play with each other. As long as we continue to work hard and improve each week, we hope to be much better at the end of the year than we are at the beginning” Schroeder remarked on his outlook for the upcoming campaign.

The Bulldogs kick off their season on Tuesday, November 28th when they travel to Lima to take on the Shawnee Indians in a non-conference clash before beginning their home slate on Saturday, December 2nd against the Bath Wildcats.

2017/2018 Schedule
Tue Nov 28 @ Shawnee
Sat Dec 2 Bath
Tue Dec 5 Continental (PCL)
Thu Dec 7 @ Crestview (NWC)
Tue Dec 12 Patrick Henry
Thu Dec 14 Paulding (NWC)
Sat Dec 16 @ Elida
Tue Dec 19 Kalida (PCL)
Thur Dec 21 @ Lincolnview (NWC)
Thur Dec 28 @ Ottawa Glandorf
Sat Jan 6 Ottoville (PCL)
Thu Jan 11 Spencerville (NWC)
Sat Jan 13 Leipsic (PCL)
Sat Jan 20 @ Miller City (PCL)
Mon Jan 22 @ Ft. Jennings (PCL)
Thu Jan 25 @ Bluffton (NWC)
Tue Jan 30 @ Liberty Benton
Thu Feb 1 @ Delphos Jefferson (NWC)
Thu Feb 8 Allen East (NWC)
Sat Feb 10 @ Arlington
Thu Feb 15 Ada (NWC)
Sat Feb 17 @ Pandora Gilboa (PCL)


Defense keeps Bearcats perfect in NWC

SPENCERVILLE, OH – A strong defensive effort coupled with a big opening offensive run to open the game helped the Spencerville Bearcats move their league leading Northwest Conference record to 6-0 Friday night as they defeated rival Columbus Grove 47-27.

Hot shooting from four different Bearcats in the opening eight minutes gave the home squad a quick 12-0 lead minutes into the game. Bailey Croft, the Bearcats 6’6 Senior knocked down a shot from behind the arc and a pair of free throws en route to seven of his game high 14 markers and helped create a handful of Grove turnovers to push the Cats advantage to a dozen.

Trailing 12-0 with 2:32 remaining in the first quarter the Bulldogs finally posted a tally on the scoreboard when St. Francis football commit Rece Roney found the bottom of the net. Roney who found himself in foul trouble early for Columbus Grove would score the only points of the quarter for his squad and see the visitors trek into the break down 14-2.

Everything that went wrong in the first quarter for Columbus Grove went right in the second quarter as the Bulldogs forced the Bearcats into a myriad of fouls and capitalized to cut the lead to just four at 20-16 at the halftime break courtesy of a 10-0 run midway through the period that included five points from Junior Logan Malsam.

Turnovers and missed shots were the story of the third quarter as the two rivals combined to score just 17 points and see the Bearcats head to the final stanza leading 30-23.

Five players scored for Spencerville in the fourth quarter including their leading scorer on the season Dakota Prichard who secured seven of his 11 points on the evening in the period to help solidify the fifth straight win for the NWC leaders in the series 47-27.

Columbus Grove (4-11, 0-5) was led in scoring by Roney who finished with 10. The Bulldogs will travel to take on Continental in Putnam County League play Saturday night where they will look to improve their PCL mark to 3-2 against the Pirates.

Spencerville improves their record to 13-4 overall and 6-0 in the NWC. The Bearcats travel to fellow league undefeated foe Crestview on Friday night in a game that could very well determine the conference champion.


Spencerville (47):
Drew Armstead 2
Daniel Corso 8
Gary Schrolucke 6
Dakota Prichard 11
Bailey Croft 14 (9 rebounds)
Griffen Croft 6

FT: 7/14
TO: 8

Grove (27):
Caiden Grothaus 2
Ryan Tabler 2
Grant Cassidy 5
Logan Schroeder 2
Lachlan Clymer 1
Logan Malsam 5
Rece Roney 10

FT: 8/9
TO: 9

JV: Spencerville 50-49 (Brady Nolan putback with .6 left wins game for Bearcats)


Late free throw keeps Titans record unblemished

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – For the third straight game the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans have faced and handed a previously undefeated squad their first loss of the year.

Kadie Hempfling finished the night with just 5 points but scored the biggest marker of the game when it counted most as the Junior made a free throw with 6.6 seconds remaining Thursday night to give her team a 45-44 road victory over Columbus Grove.

Trailing 9-8 with just seconds to go in the first quarter the Titans turned to the same place they have during their streak of doling out first losses, Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman who connected on a three pointer to give OG an 11-9 lead at the first break in the action.

Both teams went inside early and often to their post game in the second quarter in an attempt to slow down the others point output with varying results. Grove 6’0 Junior Paige Bellman scored six points in the second period but saw her squad held to just one basket from a teammate (Rylee Sybert) find its way into the net. Kylie White’s big quarter of 8 points coupled with a second three pointer from Kaufman and a jumper from Lexi Schroeder helped OG enter halftime with a 24-17 advantage.

Bellman, a 1st team Putnam County League selection last season who entered play averaging just under 18 points per contest through her teams first six contests this year continued her big night in the third quarter as she provided seven of the 11 markers her squad added to the board.

Midway through the stanza with her team struggling to find offensive opportunities against the 2-3 zone the Bulldogs were sitting back, Lexi Schroeder hit a pair of three pointers to help give OG a 33-29 advantage heading to the last eight minutes of the game.

Three pointers were the shot of the moment in the fourth quarter as both teams combined to hit on six from behind the arc.

Each time Columbus Grove needed a big shot in the final moments they turned to Senior Macy McCluer and watcher her deliver as she connected on three straight from deep to help the Bulldogs regain the lead on two different occasions. Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman, and Lexi Schroder each knocked down a triple in the quarter to help keep the Titans even with their hosts in the waning moments of the game before Hempfling’s free throw sealed the win for the defending WBL Champions.

Ottawa Glandorf with the win begins their season at 9-0 for just the third time in school history. In 2005 the Titans began their campaign with 24 consecutive wins before falling in the postseason, and in 2003 OG started 18-0 before falling to Kalida in their 19th game of the year.

Both teams will be off until the new year when OG welcomes Perrysburg to town while Columbus Grove (6-1) dips into NWC play where they are the defending conference champions by taking on visiting Delphos Jefferson on January 5th.

Box Score:

OG (45):
Carri Johnson 3
Erin Kaufman 9
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kylie White 16
Kadie Hempfling 5

FT: 4/10
3PT: 6 (Kaufman 3, L. Schroeder 3)
TO: 15

Columbus Grove (44):
Macy McCluer 15
Rylee Sybert 4
Jade Clement 6
Paige Bellman 19

FT: 3/6
3PT: 5 (M. McCluer 5)
TO: 18

JV: 25-24 Columbus Grove


Stechschulte to guide Kalida boys basketball

KALIDA, OH – Replacing a legend is never an easy thing to do but Kalida has found the man they believe to be capable of it as they have chosen and will hire Ryan Stechschulte as their next boys basketball coach.

The 2011 NWC Co-Coach of the Year amassed a 67-33 record in his four seasons behind the Columbus Grove bench and was at the helm of four straight sectional championship squads from 2012-2015.

In his four years as the Bulldogs head boss Stechschulte finished with a record of 20-8 in Putnam County League contests, including winning the league in 2012. Despite not winning a Northwest Conference championship at Columbus Grove, his teams finished with a 24-10 conference mark during his tenure.

This past season Stechschulte served in a smaller role for the program while former Grove standout Eric Maag acted as the day to day head coach.

Next season the Wildcats will have six players returning from a team that finished at 13-10 and as PCL Champions. Of the returning half dozen to be seniors, the leading scorers from last years campaign were Noah Lambert (3.3 ppg), and Trent Siebeneck (2.4 ppg).

Stechschulte is the third coach hired in the Putnam County League in the last week as Leipsic named Chris Kuhlman their new bench boss on Monday, while Pandora Gilboa tapped Joe Braidic to replace Logan Smith who resigned the position back in March. In Braidic the Rockets have high hopes that he will guide PG back to the success they enjoyed under him from 1998-2009.

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West sweeps girls D8 games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


D4 West:

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

D4 East (30):

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

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


PCL boys, girls snag wins

FINDLAY, OH – Last season the BVC won both games against the PCL, this season it was the Putnam County League who picked up victories in both the boys and girls contests at the University of Findlay’s Croy Gymnasium.

Led by Fort Jennings product Kylie Jettinghoff’s 15 points the PCL ladies snagged their first lead midway through the first of two twenty minute halves and never looked back as they beat the BVC 73-53.

With 4:50 remaining in the first half it was Kalida’s Brittany Kahle who gave the PCL a 28-26 lead when she buried the third of her shots from behind the arc and keyed a run that put her squad on top 44-28 at the break.

Taylor Gilliland of Van Buren led the Blanchard Valley Conference in scoring as she finished the game with 13 markers and finished as the only player for her team in double figures.

Miller City’s Cassie Niese (13), and Columbus Grove’s Ohio State University bound Lynea Diller (10) also reached double figures for the PCL. Niese scored a game high 11 in the first half while Diller added a three pointer in the second half as part of her total in the game.


PCL (73):
Kyrah Yinger (Columbus Grove) 5
Cassie Niese (Miller City) 13
Joni Kaufman (Kalida) 4
Brittany Kahle (Kalida) 9
Elizabeth Klear (Miller City) 2
Kylie Osterhage (Kalida) 9
Lynea Diller (Columbus Grove) 10
Kylie Jettinghoff (Ft. Jennings) 15
Lindsay Macke (Pandora-Gilboa) 0

BVC (53):

Taylor Gilliland (Van Buren) 13
Chloe Kromer (Vanlue) 4
Camryn Sudlow (McComb) 2
Lacey Trumbull (North Baltimore) 8
Emily Heldman (Cory-Rawson) 0
Nicolette DeVincentis (Liberty-Benton) 8
Taylor Farmer (Riverdale) 3
Taylor Frey (Riverdale) 1
Olivia Frost (North Baltimore) 7
Jackie Kloepfer (Vanlue) 7

In just the second year of the BVC/PCL All-Star Game the Putnam County League boys broke the scoring record of 107 points set last season by their counterparts as they exploded for 120 in the 120-92 victory.

A handful of dazzling dunks from Leipsic’s Jordan Brown and a plethora of three pointers by both squads had the crowd at Croy on their feet all evening.

Columbus Grove product Gabe Stechschulte connected on a four shots from deep in the game and finished as the contests leading scorer with 20 points, he was joined in double figures by five PCL teammates. Brown, the Putnam County League Player of the Year was next in scoring as he added 18 markers. Jackson Lammers of Miller City was next with 16 points while Fort Jennings senior Drew Grone added 12. Grove’s Bailey Clement tossed in 11 points and Kody Kuhlman of Miller City had 10.

Four BVC All-Stars scored in double figures led by McComb’s Chas Shoop with 16 while Marcus Brand of Van Buren notched 13, Hopewell-Loudon’s Jackson Sebetto scored 12 and Spencer Osbourne from Liberty Benton finished with 10.


PCL (120):

Baily Clement (Columbus Grove) 11
Gabe Stechschulte (Columbus Grove) 20
Grant Unverferth (Kalida) 4
Jackson Lammers (Miller City) 16
Jordan Brown (Leipsic) 18
Drew Grone (Ft. Jennings) 12
Kody Kuhlman (Miller City) 10
Ross Schroeder (Leipsic) 8
Logan Diller (Columbus Grove) 9
Trent Gerding (Kalida) 9

BVC (92):

Jackson Hankins (Riverdale) 9
Jackson Sebetto (Hopewell-Loudon) 12
Sean Watson (North Baltimore) 9
Marcus Brand (Van Buren) 13
Chas Shoop (McComb) 16
Drew Bryan (McComb) 5
Nathan Craft (Libety Benton) 5
Chad Baker (Arcadia) 5
Shae Watkins (Arcadia) 8
Spencer Osbourne (Liberty Benton) 10


Bearcats storm past Bulldogs

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – For the second straight game the Columbus Grove Bulldogs found themselves with an opposing team player in double figures early. Spencerville Junior Damien Corso scored 11 of his 15 points in the opening quarter and his team would never trail as they walked away with a 73-47 conference victory Friday night.

In addition to Corso the Bearcats finished the contest with three other players in double figures as Dakota Prichard (20), Mason Nourse (14), and Zach Goecke (12) finished with big games to help the visitors push their NWC record to 5-1 on the year and stay just a game behind league leader Lincolnview.

Spencerville found the net on 13 of their 29 first half shots and 4 of 7 from the free throw line as they found themselves on top by a 35-22 score. Columbus Grove was held to 9/24 in the opening two quarters and with just four players able to dent the score column.

Gabe Stechschulte connected on a trio of three pointers in the third quarter and finished with 13 points overall, but with Rece Roney in foul trouble throughout the game the Bulldogs were unable to keep the Bearcats out of the lane and from scoring on the fast break especially.

With the win the Bearcats (13-2, 5-1) have now defeated the Bulldogs (6-9, 0-5) four straight times and lead the overall series 29-23. Spencerville will play host to league foe Crestview on February 5th while Columbus Grove dips their toes into Putnam County League play as they are set to entertain Continental Saturday night.


Columbus Grove (47):
Baily Clement 7
Gabe Stechschulte 13
Xavier Aguirre 4
Grayson Flores 2
Logan Diller 11
Logan Ridenour 1
Rece Roney 6
Cody Johnson 3

FT: 4/6
3PT: 5 (Stechschulte 3, Clement, Diller)
TO: 13

Spencerville (73):

Mason Nourse 14
Damien Corso 15
Jacob Meyer 2
Zach Goecke 12
Gage Goecke 3
Dakota Prichard 20
Bailey Croft 7

FT: 5/8
3PT: 10 (Nourse 4, D. Corso, Z. Goecke, G. Goecke, Prichard 3)
TO: 5

JV: Columbus Grove 27-26


Bulldogs stay perfect in NWC

SPENCERVILLE, OH – The Columbus Grove Bulldogs put four players in double figures Thursday night as they routed their NWC rivals Spencerville 72-41 to remain as the Northwest Conference’s only unbeaten squad in league play.

Columbus Grove won the games opening tip and wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Jade Clement tossed in a three pointer with just :06 gone in the first quarter. While Clement would score 9 of her game high 18 points in the opening quarter, teammates Macy McCluer, McKenzie Bame, Lynea Diller and Paige Bellman combined to score 15 points and give the visitors a 24-12 lead after the first period.

While the Bearcats were able to muster just 7 points in the second stanza, the Bulldogs again found themselves with a handful of players turning their opponents miscues into points and led 38-19 heading to the lockerroom for the halftime break.

Jenna Henline was the big scorer for the Bearcats on the evening as she finished with 14 points on the night. Henline’s big quarter came in the third stanza as she hit a pair of three pointers and a trio of shots from the free throw line to help her Cats cut into the Bulldogs lead. Columbus Grove’s low post duo of Diller and Bellman, each playing with a pair of fouls scored 10 of the Dogs 17 points and helped keep the home team out of the lane in the quarter.

With a big lead midway through the final period the Bulldogs pulled their starting lineup out of the game, but not until Clement connected on 5/6 free throws in the opening minutes and Diller tossed in her final basket to become the fourth players to reach double figures. Grace Schroeder, a 5’7 Junior accounted for all seven of her points including a three pointer from the wing to push the Grove lead to 30 at the time. When the clock reached zero the Bulldogs found themselves with their fourth straight defeat of the Bearcats and eighth win in a row.

Columbus Grove (17-1) will next take on Allen East at home in NWC play on February 4th and will await the tournament draw on Sunday where they likely will find themselves as a top seed and in line for a bye in sectional play.

Spencerville sees their record fall to 7-11 overall and 3-3 in Northwest Conference action. The Bearcats will return to action on Tuesday, Feb 2nd as they play host to New Bremen in a non-league tilt.


Grove (71):

Macy McCluer 11
Jade Clement 18
McKenzie Bame 9
Grace Schroeder 7
Hallie Malsam 2
Lynea Diller 11
Paige Bellman 14

3PT: 6 (McCluer 3, Clement, Bame, G. Schroeder)
FT: 12/17
TO: 17

Spencerville (41):

Jenna Henline 14
Jayden Smith 8
Tiffany Work 6
Jacey Grigsby 6
Allison Bowsher 2
Alex Carter 5

3PT: 3 (Henline 3)
FT: 8/12
TO: 22

JV: Columbus Grove 51-27