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Wildcats clinch PCL share behind Kuhlman no-hitter

MILLER CITY, OH – A no-hitter that began a month ago at Fort Jennings finished up on Monday night at Miller City as Jacob Kuhlman earned the bid and a 2-0 victory for his team to help them clinch a share of the Putnam County League.

April 10th when the contest between the two rival schools began and before it was halted due to storms and lightning in the area in the top of the fifth inning, Kuhlman had allowed just two baserunners to reach against him, each via a full count walk.

Monday night the Wildcat right hander was simply brilliant on the hill as he struck out three Musketeer hitters to open the bottom of the fifth inning and finished the contests last three innings by striking out six of the ten hitters he would see come up to the plate threatening to end his no-hit bid.

With the win Kuhlman moves his season record to 2-1 as he tossed 7 no hit innings, striking out ten Musketeers, handing out a pair of walks and hitting just one batter.

Brandon Wehri took the loss for Fort Jennings (5-13, 0-5) as he pitched 6 innings, striking out 9 Wildcat batters and giving up just a run while surrendering seven hits.

Miller City moves to 13-4 overall and finishes Putnam County League play at 6-1 and clinches a share of the PCL championship for the fifth time in nine years under head coach Dusty Pester. The Wildcats will play a non-conference affair on Tuesday at home against McComb before beginning their tournament run at home on Thursday afternoon.

Fort Jennings will travel to Delphos to take on Ada Tuesday night to begin their run to Columbus before finishing up their regular season with a pair of games later this week and early next week against Pandora-Gilboa, and Continental.

Top Performers:
Bryce Riepenhoff (MC) – 3/3, 2B, BB, 1R
Corbin Niese (MC) – 1/3, 1BB, 1RBI
Mark Kuhlman (MC) – 2/4, 1 RBI


Titans nab WBL share

ST. MARYS, OH – Ottawa Glandorf followed their gameplan to near perfection Friday night and forced St. Marys into four turnovers in a 13-7 win that clinched a share of the WBL title for the Titans.

With the OG win over St. Marys, the Titans, Roughriders, and Wapak Redskins will each snag a piece of this seasons Western Buckeye League crown.

Jay Kaufman, OG’s 6’4 Junior signalcaller engineered the first score of the game on his squads first possession of the contest as he led his team on a 49 yard drive and finished off the score with his 20th touchdown pass of the season by hooking up with Richie Knowlton for a 27 yard score to make it 7-0 visitors.

Unlike the way the Roughriders have gone all season long as they have led the WBL in turnover differential at +15, St. Marys would commit their first turnover of the game two possessions later in the contest as Connor Niese snagged a pass from Dustin Howell and returned the ball to the Titan 44 to set his squad up.

Kicker Tristen Ball accounted for the rest of the points in the first half and helped OG stretch their halftime lead to 13-0 as he connected on a 21 and 35 yard field goal attempt.

After forcing OG into a punt on their first possession of the second half the Roughriders found themselves beginning their drive just short of mid-field at their own 49. Seven plays and 51 yards after the start of their drive, St. Marys put their only points of the game on the Skip Baughman Stadium scoreboard as Dustin Howell hooked up with Bo Kuenning on a 17 yard toss to cut the OG lead to 13-7 with 7:57 in the games penultimate period.

A pair of St. Marys fumbles would put an end to two drives in which the Roughriders found themselves driving deep into Titan territory, but neither was more costly than the one that came with under 1:30 remaining in the game that gave OG the football at their own 36 and forced St. Marys to use their timeouts in an attempt to stop their opponents from trying to run out the clock.

Ottawa Glandorf has now beaten St. Marys for seven consecutive seasons, the longest such streak in the history of the series that dates back to their first meeting in 1967.

Offensively the Titans ran 57 plays and accumulated 215 total yards on the night. Through the air Jay Kaufman connected on 14/24 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 41 yards on 23 carries on the ground.

Eric Spicer shouldered the load for St. Marys as he toted the football 27 times for 154 yards but was unable to dent the endzone in the contest. Julius Fisher rushed 15 times for 59 yards as the Riders as a team totaled 233 yards on 48 carries against one of the top defenses in the league. Through the air Senior QB Dustin Howell was 9/13 for 77 yards but was intercepted for the second time this season.

Next week both teams will find themselves in the playoffs and with home games as OG (9-1, 8-1) is currently seeded second in Division 4’s Region 14 and will host Bellevue on Friday night at Titan Stadium according to Joe Eitel (D4R14 Rankings )

St. Marys will return to the playoffs for the first time since they last shared a WBL title back in 2008, and will host just their third home game and first since 2003 as they welcome Dayton Belmont to Skip Baughman Stadium for a 7pm Saturday night kickoff that can be heard live on WKKI K94.3 FM. (D3 Region 12 rankings)


Titan Boys/Girls post big wins

Both the Ottawa Glandorf boys and girls teams posted dominating non-conference wins on Saturday as the girls defeated Bryan 58-31 in the afternoon while the boys downed Route 65 rival Columbus Grove in the nightcap 74-31.

Coach Troy Yant and the girls used suffocating defense and found themselves with 10 players picking up scores in their defeat of Bryan. OG jumped out to an early 20-3 lead after the first quarter behind triples from Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman and Kadie Hempfling. Continuing their hot shooting in the second quarter the Titans hung 22 more markers on the Supreme Court scoreboard with Dani Ellerbrock and Courtney Bockrath combining for 10 of their teams points leading to a 42-12 halftime advantage.

Bryan was led in the game by Sophomore Allye Minor’s 12 points but committed 23 turnovers and shot just 11/31 from the field as they saw their record fall to 4-9 on the year.

With a big lead to begin the second half the Titans were able to work in a mix of varsity and junior varsity players and figure out a mix that they might use going forward for the upcoming tournament including Jayla Balbaugh who scored her first points in the fourth quarter.

OG with the win ups their record to 16-1 on the season and will next travel to Kenton for a Thursday night WBL matchup looking to continue league play unbeaten on the season in a game broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.


OG (58):
Devon Warnecke 3
Dani Ellerbrock 10
Carri Johnson 9
Erin Kaufman 3
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kylie White 6
Lexi Schroeder 7
Kadie Hempfling 10
Courtney Bockrath 6
Jayla Balbaugh 2

FG: 24/38
3PT: 7 (Johnson 3, Hempfling 2, Warnecke, Kaufman)
FT: 3/3
TO: 19

Bryan (31):
Delaney Miley 1
Allye Minor 12
Baylee Krupp 2
Kennedy Lamberson 3
Riley Sabins 1
Mollie Lirot 4
McKenna Grube 4
Aria Shuherk 4

FG: 11/31
3PT: 1 (Minor)
FT: 8/11
TO: 23

JV: OG 47-27

In their loss to Defiance on Friday night the OG Titans gave up 13 three pointers but in their win over Columbus Grove less than 24 hours later it was the Titans who racked up the three pointers early on from the hands of Nick Weihrauch. Weihrauch was a one man wrecking ball against the Bulldogs defense early on as he knocked down four triples and finished the quarter with all 14 of his points on the evening.

Leading 22-4 after the first period the Titans went inside for their points as 6’4 Sophomore Jay Kaufman and 6’5 Sophomore Jake Dible picked up 12 of the 18 points for their team and pushed their advantage to 40-13 at the halftime break.

Unfortunately for Columbus Grove the second half wouldn’t get much better in terms of points scored as the Bulldogs were held to just 18 points en route to a 74-31 loss. Of the 18 points the home squad put up on the scoreboard they got 11 of those from the charity stripe where they finished the non-league contest 12/17.

Weihrauch and Dible led the Titans (12-4) in scoring with 14 apiece while the Bulldogs (6-8) were paced by swingman Gabe Stechschulte’s 12 points.

OG will be in action next on Tuesday night as they take on Liberty Center while Columbus Grove is off until Friday night when they host NWC foes Spencerville in an attempt to earn their first Northwest Conference win of the season in a game that will be broadcast live on Zsportslive.com.


OG (71):
Jordan Verhoff 8
Brady Kruse 6
Connor Niese 2
Nick Weihrauch 14
Jay Kaufman 8
Jake Dible 14
Bryce Schroeder 2
Bryce Utrup 2
Kordell Stover 8
Brandon Weis 6
Owen Hiegel 2

3PT: 6 (Weihrauch 6, Kruse 2)
FT: 10/13

Columbus Grove (31):

Baily Clement 2
Gabe Stechschulte 12
Xavier Aguirre 2
Logan Malsam 2
Logan Diller 5
Rece Roney 1
Cody Johnson 5
Dane Selby 2

3PT: 2 (Stechschulte 2)
FT: 13/17

JV: OG 36-22


All-WBL Football selections announced

The WBL Champion Wapak Redskins who will play this Friday night against Trotwood-Madison in the Division 3 Regional Finals landed 10 players on the 1st team offense and defense in the league teams announced today including WBL Offensive Player of the Year Cameron Lauck, Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year Corey Crawford (also won Defensive Lineman of the Year), and Kicking Specialist Tristan Meyer.

Joining Lauck and Crawford on the 1st team offense were teammates John Bourne (Center), Cody Klosterman (Guard), Kais Chiles (Tight End), and Colin Smith (Flex). Defensively the Redskins 1st teamers were Lauck (DB), Crawford (DE), Cort Merricle (Defensive Line), Jared Cockerell & Landon Hall (Linebackers).

Joining the Redskins on the 1st team were Bath Guard Tyler Shobe, Van Wert Tackle Nolan Smith, Elida QB Logan Alexander, St. Marys RB Eric Spicer, and Ottawa Glandorf WR Logan McDermott.

Defensively the 1st team was rounded out by Bath’s Kyle Lhamon, Kenton’s Aarin Tillman, and OG’s Connor Blossom on the Defensive line. The Bath Wildcat duo of Tyler Shobe and Bo Gross both made the team as a Defensive End and Linebacker respectively. In the secondary the WBL’s 1st was represented by Van Wert Senior Ryan Stoller and Bath’s Chase Clark. The Flex position was nabbed by another Bath defender in Dylan Burkholder.

With the exception of OG’s Bryce Utrup at WR the entire 2nd team offense was represented by a cat or dog mascot as 3 Bath Wildcats (Tackle Easton Rudasil, TE Dylan Burkholder and RB Bo Gross) joined 4 Elida Bulldogs (Center Tristan Edwards, Guard Tyler Kanitz, RB Cole Harmon and WR Brian Upshaw), 1 Defiance Bulldog (TE Abram Smith) and a pair of Celina Bulldogs (QB Caleb Hoyng/Guard Mitch Mabry).

The 2nd team defense consisted of Celina Freshman Seth Huston, Elida Sophomore Dan Tullis and Shawnee Junior Mitchell Shirk. Senior Defensive Ends Mitch Mabry (Celina), and Gavin Cross (Van Wert) joined Linebackers Zach Marks (Celina), Jack Cavanaugh (OG), and Evan Williams (Van Wert). Rounding out the 2nd team were Defensive Backs Jacob Stolly (Celina), Jay Garcia (OG), and Randy Slife of St. Marys who finished with a team high 5 interceptions.

Honorable Mention selections went out to 40 players, 4 from each school:

Bath: Tre Tenny, Kaden Sullivan, Jon Lieurance, Troy Korkate
Celina: CJ Kimmel, Ryan Harter, Austin Boeckman, Dussel Vondenhuevel
Defiance: Alex Gonzalez, Cole Allman, Jorden Scott, Kohle Clellan
Elida: Dylan Holcomb, Noah Mosley, Scott McDonnel, Noah Meeker
Kenton: Tyler Heintz, Austin Buroker, Trent Hites, Mason Crabtree
Ottawa-Glandorf: Zac Unterbrink, Connor Niese, Noah Recker, Jay Kaufman
Shawnee: Jalen Bagley, Austin Allison, Noah Hanjora, Spencer Jordan
St. Marys: Julius Fisher, Dustin Howell, Jonathan Peterson, Aaron Alexander
Van Wert: Justice Tussing, Gavin Gardner, Josh Braun, Jacoby Kelly
Wapakoneta: Cole Hogan, Aaron Huffman, Dylan Kuehl, Drew Voll


Titans score late, clinch playoff berth

OTTAWA, OH – In the era of what is fast becoming the first to 100 points wins, the OG Titans and St. Marys Roughriders found themselves scoreless at the half and embroiled in a defensive struggle deep into the games waning moments.

With the game deadlocked at 7-7 and 1:44 remaining in the contest, OG signalcaller Zac Unterbrink tossed a 35 yard touchdown to Logan McDermott that would turn out to be the games final tally. On the go ahead drive the Titans found themselves faced with three long third downs and connected on passes for 12, 22, and 15 yards to pick up a first down and push St. Marys back on their heels.

Following the score the Roughriders were limited to a pair of timeouts and 1:40 remaining but were unable to get into the endzone despite marching to the Titan three yard line. Junior QB Dustin Howell gave his team their best opportunity to tie the ballgame, but a pass intended for Logan Maze was unable to find its mark on third down.

Unterbrink, the WBL’s leading passer coming into Week 10 finished the contest 20/36 passing for 289 yards and a touchdown to go along with two costly interceptions by St. Marys Randy Slife on his own half of the field in the win.

St. Marys, who opened the season 5-0 got their lone touchdown from Junior back Julius Fisher which capped off a 14 play 72 yard scoring drive that pulled the game back to even at 7-7. Fisher’s touchdown run was a response to a 10 yard run from OG tailback Connor Niese just moments earlier in the period.

In earning their 7th win of the season (against just 3 losses), the Titans improved clinched themselves a playoff berth and will travel to Lewistown to take on Indian Lake according to the Division 4 Region 12 rankings posted by Joe Eitel (http://www.joeeitel.com/hsfoot/region.jsp?region=12&year=2015).

The Roughriders 2015 season comes to an end at 6-4 (5-4 WBL). For St. Marys it is their first winning season since 2008 (the last time the Riders were able to participate in Week 11) and improves on their 5-5 record in 2014. Despite losing a lot of talent on both sides of the ball the Riders will draw from their experienced Junior class to lead them next season including QB Dustin Howell.


Records fall during Titan win

LIMA, OHIO – Ottawa Glandorf raced out to a quick 10 point league and never looked back against Shawnee Friday night.

Behind a school record performance from Senior Wide Receiver Zach Kuhlman the Titans offense which came in ranked 3rd in the WBL in total offense rolled up 404 yards on the Shawnee Indians.

Mitchell Niese got the Titans on the scoreboard early in the 1st quarter on their first drive by booting a 27 yard field goal, his longest of the season to put OG on top 3-0 just 3:15 into the contest.

Shawnee’s first drive would preview how their night would go as they were forced to punt by the Western Buckeye League’s 4th ranked defense, one of 7 times the young Indians would be forced to do so on the evening.

Ottawa Glandorf wasted no time on their next possession as Junior signalcaller Zac Unterbrink connected with Kuhlman down the left sideline for a 33 yard touchdown on their first play of their second drive to put OG up 10-0 midway through the first stanza.

Shawnee would utilize a pair of big passes from their own QB Griffin Hites who was filling in for the injured Collin Rambin who suffered a leg injury late last week in the teams loss to Van Wert. Hites connected on a first down of 24 yards and one from 17 yards, but Dylan Hefner coughed one up near midfield that the Titans immediately pounced on to recover possession early in the second quarter.

Kuhlman would get touchdown catch #2 as Ottawa Glandorf completed an 82 yard 14 play drive that spanned 7 minutes and 53 seconds when Unterbrink threw his 13th touchdown of the season (against just 2 interceptions) and connected with Zach from 15 yards out to run the deficit for Shawnee to 17-0.

With a 17-0 lead and the ball at their opponents 41 yardline after a Shawnee punt on their ensuing possession, the Titans utilized 7 plays to go up 24-0 as 6’2, 190lb fullback Bryce Utrup bulled his way in from 1 yard out with 6:25 to go before the half.

Jake Kahle would pick off Hites on the next Shawnee drive following the Utrup touchdown run, but the Indians defense would force Cole Osting to punt after a three and out possession to get the ball back, before being forced to punt back to Ottawa Glandorf for the third time in the first half.

Just 33 seconds were left on the clock the next time OG got themselves into the endzone with a 25 yard pass again from Unterbrink to Kuhlman to send the teams into the lockerroom before the band came out to perform with the Titans up 31-0. With his 3rd touchdown catch of the game, Kuhlman tied Chris Kuhlman (vs Celina in 2000) and Al Laubenthal (vs Delphos St. Johns in 1976) as the only players to have 3 touchdown catches in a game at Ottawa Glandorf High School.

A new rule instituted just this season by the Ohio High School Athletic Association decreed that the 2nd half would be met with a running clock due to the +30 point differential between the two squads.

One of the bright spots for the Shawnee defense in the matchup (ranked 6th in the WBL out of 10 teams and giving up 295 yards per game) is that they allowed Ottawa Glandorf no points in their two trips down the field during the 3rd quarter.

For the fourth quarter however, the Titans would punch it in twice more as the first came 15 seconds into the stanza as Unterbrink threw his fourth touchdown pass of the night again to Kuhlman. This 4th connection was 44 yards and allowed Zach to break a second Laubenthal record that had stood since 1976 by finishing with 214 yards receiving, 3 yards ahead of the old mark.

Another record that at the time might’ve went unnoticed on that pass is that Unterbrink tied Jake Meyer (2007 vs Bath), and Tony Ball (twice, in 2000 vs Celina and in 1999 vs Shawnee) for most touchdowns passing in a game by an OG qb. Unterbrink would finish 18 of 29 passing for 291 yards and 4 touchdowns. His 4 touchdowns on the season give him 15 through his teams first four games and right on pace to give chase to Meyer’s 21 touchdowns in 10 games over the course of the 2007 season.

The final score of the game came with 5:09 left when backup tailback Connor Niese burst through the backup Indian defenders for a 13 yard touchdown to make it 45-0 and up the Titans record on the season to 4-0 (2-0 WBL). Shawnee with the loss sees their record fall to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the Western Buckeye League.

Griffin Hites led the Shawnee passing attack by completing 5 of 12 passes for 74 yards and 1 interception as the Indians were held to 118 yards by Ottawa Glandorf.

Shawnee will look to pick up their first WBL win of the season next Friday night as the Kenton Wildcats come to town, Ottawa Glandorf will head back home and prepare for the trip to Defiance next Friday night to take on the Bulldogs in WBL action.