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Titans claim district title, Hempfling snags record

ELIDA, OH – Kadie Hempfling’s game high 25 points Saturday afternoon in Elida not only led the Titans to a 55-40 victory over Crestview they also led the OG senior into the top spot in the school record book.

With a rebound and a basket in the middle of the fourth quarter for her 22nd point of the evening the future Bowling Green Falcon eclipsed the previous record of 1204 career points set by current University of Michigan assistant coach and OG standout Melanie Halker Moore that had stood since 1995. Along with the 25 points she would score on the night Kadie would also finish with a stat line that included 1 block, 5 assists, 6 steals, and 7 rebounds.

Video of the record breaking basket:

Early in the contest it was Hempfling who got OG off on the right foot in the ballgame as she accounted for all but two of her teams 13 first quarter points. The only non-Hempfling basket in the first quarter came off an assist from the All-Ohio selection to Paige Sutter who would go on to score 6 markers on the evening.

Crestview’s first half of play saw just two players in sophomore Lexi Gregory and senior and future Indiana Tech guard Paige Motycka, the NWC Player of the Year dent the scoring column.

Motycka and Gregory combined for 21 first half points and repeatedly cut into the Titans big runs on the scoreboard with makes from behind the arc. Lexi Gregory gave the Knights their first lead of the contest at 14-13 in the second period and Motycka tied the game at 19-19 before OG finished the final minutes on an 8-2 run into the break led by the Titan duo of Brianna Schimmoeller and Kasey Ellerbrock. Ellerbrock, the leading three point shooter on the season for her team knocked down a pair of three pointers just moments before Schimmoeller hit a three of her own and coupled it with a steal and score for the lead at 27-21.

Three pointers were again the story for the Knights in the second half as they would go on to represent 3 of their 6 makes from the field in the second half.

Ottawa Glandorf’s high pressure defense not only was able to force the Knights into 21 turnovers in the four quarters of play but also limit Motycka to just one point in the second half, a free throw in the third quarter.

Entering play the Titans have not set the world on fire from the free throw line. Saturday afternoon however OG finished nearly perfect on their free tosses as they sank 11 of their 14 tries to help salt away their victory.

Lexi Gregory led Crestview in scoring with 19 points and put down a three pointer in every quarter. Despite 8 of her points coming in the final eight minutes the Knights sophomore was unable to pull her team closer then 10 and saw them fall by 15 to end their 2017-18 campaign at 19-6 overall.

The Titans move to 23-2 on the season and will head to Ada’s Ohio Northern University on Tuesday night at 6:15pm for a matchup with Liberty Benton. On December 30th the two teams met in Findlay with the visiting Titans emerging victorious in comeback fashion 58-53.

With their win tonight the senior class for OG of Kadie Hempfling, Mackenzie Meyer and Carri Johnson established a new 4 year record of 102 wins and break the mark set by last seasons senior class.

Box Score:

OG (55):

Ashley Schroeder 2
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 2
Paige Sutter 6
Erin Kaufman 5
Brianna Schimmoeller 7
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Kadie Hempfling 25

FG: 20/49
3PT: 4/17 (Ellerbrock 2, Hempfling, Schimmoeller)
FT: 11/14
REB: 23
TO: 9

Crestview (40):

Bailey Gregory 3
Lyvia Black 2
Lexi Gregory 19
Ally McCoy 2
Paige Motycka 14

FG: 14/37
3PT: 7/20 (L. Gregory 4, Motycka 2, B. Gregory)
FT: 5/7
REB: 28
TO: 21


Titans end Bearcats season

ELIDA, OH – Spencerville’s first trip to the Districts since 2012 came to an end at Elida on Thursday night as they fell to Ottawa Glandorf 64-27.

Kaiden Grigsby gave the Bearcats their first and only lead to open the ballgame with a runner to make it 2-0 but the rest of the period would belong to the WBL Champions.

Ashley Schroeder, Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman, Brianna Schimmoeller, and Kasey Ellerbrock all knocked down first quarter three point goals to push the OG lead to 25-6 at the end of the first eight minutes of play. Johnson was the lone Titan who hit multiple times from outside as she struck down two from behind the arc in the first.

Freshman guard Emma Leis gave Spencerville their only three point goal in the first half midway through the second period but the Cats were forced into 18 turnovers and found themselves trailing at the intermission 39-11.

Spencerville was held to 5-21 shooting overall in the first half and connected on just 1/10 from beyond the arc while the OG attack was white hot in the opening two quarters finishing 14/26 overall and 8/12 from three.

Ottawa Glandorf senior Kadie Hempfling put her stamp on the ballgame in the third period when she sliced through the Bearcat defense for 12 of her game high 14 points to help the Titans enjoy a 30 point lead before watching the rest of the contest from the bench.

Jenna Henline, a senior who led Spencerville in three point makes this season connected on her 43rd and final attempt of the season in the third for one of her teams three field goals in the period. Moments after Henline found the bottom of the net on her triple, OG’s Paige Sutter connected on two free throws with 4:47 to go that made the game 49-14 and cued up the running clock at +35 for her team.

Nelaya Burden added the final markers of the period for Spencerville after the clock had reached zeroes on the scoreboard by connecting on her own free throws to trim the Titan lead to 59-20.

Burden would lead the scoring charge for the Bearcats on the night with 11 points and added a layup and a three pointer to her total in the final eight minutes.

Ottawa Glandorf’s only points of the last stanza came from Peyton Warnecke who hit for five points of her own including the Titans 9th and final three pointer on the evening to establish her own new personal high scoring mark.

For the game the Bearcats (16-9) finished off their best tournament run in six seasons by falling for the fourth time in school history to a Putnam County squad 64-27. Spencerville shot 11/41 overall and just 3/19 in the loss.

Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm OG (22-2) will take on Crestview inside the Elida Fieldhouse as the Knights were victorious in overtime against Coldwater 69-58.

The Titans finished the game shooting 24/44 overall and a blistering 9/16 from behind the arc and forced 23 Spencerville turnovers while giving away the ball just 12 times themselves.

Box Score:

OG (64):

Ashley Schroeder 9
Carri Johnson 9
Paige Sutter 7
Erin Kaufman 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 7
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Peyton Warnecke 5
Mylee Utrup 2
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 24/44
3PT: 9/16 (Johnson 3, Ellerbrock 2, Schroeder, Kaufman, Warnecke)
FT: 7/11
TO: 12

Spencerville (27):

Kaiden Grigsby 2
Jenna Henline 5
Olivia Goecke 2
Nelaya Burden 11
Emma Leis 3
Allison Bowsher 2

FG: 11/41
3PT: 3/19 (Leis, Burden, Henline)
FT: 2/5
TO: 23


Bearcats stop skid vs Knights

SPENCERVILLE, OH – It had been quite some time since the Spencerville girls had defeated the Crestview Knights but Thursday night the Bearcat ladies did just that as they downed their Northwest Conference rivals 49-40.

Freshman Nelaya Burden did a bit of damage to the Knights in the opening quarter as she connected on a trio of buckets for six of her ten points in the contest but Jenna Henline hit one of her three three pointers in the period and helped the home squad nab a 15-10 lead after the opening eight minutes.

Crestview Junior Paige Motycka scored seven of her game high 23 in the first quarter but couldn’t find her way in the second period due to the Bearcats strong defensive effort and was only able to add a pair of free throws to her total before the break.

Another three pointer from Henline in the second quarter along with four points from Tiffany Work helped to give the Bearcats a 26-18 advantage at the halftime buzzer.

In the third quarter the Knights cut the Bearcats lead that was as high as 11 at point to just four. Spencerville’s Kaden Grigsby’s theft of a pair of Crestview passes and scores helped thwart the visitors attack and give her own team a 36-28 lead heading into the final period.

Motycka would not let her squad give up in the fourth quarter and did everything she could to try to keep them in the contest as she dropped in 10 markers but would see that number not be enough as her team was outscored 13-12 in the final 8:00 and found themselves behind at the final buzzer.

Two players finished in double figures for the Bearcats (5-14, 3-4) led by Henline with 15 and Burden with 10. Spencerville will be in action next on Saturday afternoon as they play host to Perry in non-league play.

The Knights see their record fall to 11-9 overall and 3-4 in NWC play. Crestview will be off until Monday when they welcome Wayne Trace to Ray Etzler Gymnasium.

Box Score:

Spencerville (49):
Kaiden Grigsby 6
Jenna Henline 15
Abbygayle Satterfield 4
Tiffany Work 8
Nelaya Burden 10
Julie Mulholland 4
Alex Carter 2

FT: 10/16
3PT: 3 (Henline 3)
TO: 12

Crestview (40):
Lexi Gregory 10
Alyssa Gent 3
Ashley Dealy 4
Paige Motycka 23

FT: 5/10
3PT: 3 (Motycka 2, Gent)
TO: 11

JV: Spencerville 38-19
* Alex Carter (Spencerville) – 18 points


Indians win season opener

FT RECOVERY, OH – The 2016 season kicked off Thursday night for the ladies of Fort Recovery as they defeated the visiting Knights from Crestview 57-37 at Fort Site Fieldhouse.

Fort Recovery jumped out to an early lead with St. Francis commit Whitney Will tossing in a basket and a pair of free throws and continued their hot shooting as Jocelyn Kaiser and Grace Thien connected on a pair of field goals each. Crestview Junior Paige Motycka was the lone scorer for her team in the opening period and was held to just one make from the field to go along with her 6/6 performance from the line.

Starting the second quarter trailing 21-8 the Knights did themselves no favors offensively as they were harassed into four turnovers by the Indians defense. Late in the half Crestview guard Lexi Gregory connected from the right wing on a three point goal to cut the lead down but was unable to help keep the score low on the home side as Will put up nine of her 13 first half markers and helped her team run to a 34-15 halftime break lead.

Just as she had done in the first quarter, Motycka scored all of her teams points in the third stanza as she connected on a three pointer, two from inside and a pair from the line for a total of 11 in the period. Despite getting to the line twice in the third, Motycka would see her streak of 14 consecutive made free throws come to and end as she missed on one moments before the quarter buzzer.

Grace Thien’s five points in the third quarter led the Indians but a three pointer from Kiah Wendel midway through the quarter helped put a stop to a trio of trips down the floor with a turnover by her team and push their lead to 46-24 at the buzzer.

Alyssa Gent popped in the third Crestview make from beyond the arc in the game early on in the fourth but the Knights again were unable to capitalize on their good fortune as two players in Lyvia Black and Gregory combined to shoot 3/4 from the charity stripe. Motycka finished off her performance of a game high 28 points with seven points but it wasn’t enough as the Knights dropped their second game in a row, 57-37.

Aided by seven points of her own in the final quarter before fouling out, Will finished with a team high 20 markers and 13 rebounds for Fort Recovery on 7/9 shooting from the floor and 2/4 from the free throw line.

Crestview (0-2) will find themselves off until Thursday, December 8th when they begin Northwest Conference play by traveling to Bluffton to take on the Pirates. Fort Recovery (1-0) will have just one day off before they welcome the Wapak Redskins to town for a Saturday afternoon non-conference battle.

Box Score:
Lyvia Black 2
Lexi Gregory 4
Alyssa Gent 3
Paige Motycka 28

FG: 9/45
FT: 15/19
3PT: 3/16
TO: 13

Fort Recovery:
Kiah Wendel 6
Grace Thien 10
Carley Stone 7
Brooke Kahlig 4
Val Muhlenkamp 2
Whitney Will 20
Jocelyn Kaiser 8

FG: 24/49
FT: 6/10
3PT: 3/10

JV: 33-26 Fort Recovery


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)


Bearcats make history, get redemption over Crestview

CONVOY, OHIO – For the Bearcats it wasn’t about redemption, it wasn’t about becoming the first team in school history to get a playoff win, it was about beating Crestview in Week 11. All of the aforementioned things happened at Crestview Stadium as Spencerville dominated the Knights 36-7 in the first week of the 2014 postseason that spoiled Crestview’s first ever home playoff game.

With both Trevor McMichael and Calvin Wilson, key contributors on offense this season limited to just defense on the evening, the Bearcats had to look to their deep stable of rushers to help shoulder the load of Zach Goecke. Logan Vandemark began the game in the backfield for the Cats and gave them the bruiser to compliment the Northwest Conference’s leading rusher against a tough Crestview front.

Spencerville would take the football first and as they have done a majority of the season, score on their first possession. It took the Bearcats just 3:33 to go 57 yards in 9 plays before QB Mason Nourse burst in from 2 yards out to give Spencerville a 6-0 lead with 8:19 left in the opening stanza.

On the ensuing possession the Knights would get their only score of the contest as the NWC Back of the Year and 1st Team QB Preston Zaleski put his club on top 7-6 with a 2 yard touchdown run of his own that capped off a 9 play 32 yard drive in just under 5 minutes.

Utilizing one of the best drives of the season the Bearcats got right back into the lead at 14-7 as Nourse’s 9 yard touchdown pass to the corner of the endzone landed perfectly in the hands of Zach Goecke. The subsequent 2 point conversion run punctuated a 12 play 58 yard drive that lasted over 5 minutes and spanned two quarters. On the 4th play of the drive the Bearcats chose not to punt the football away on 4th and 2 at midfield and gained a 1st down when Nourse’s hard count forced the Knights to jump and give the Cats a fresh set of downs.

Trevor McMichael ended Crestview’s last opportunity to score right before the half as he intercepted a Zaleski heave into the endzone, one of a pair of interceptions and four turnovers for the Knights on the evening.

The second half was all Spencerville as the Bearcats got touchdown runs from Goecke (40 yards) and a two point conversion that ran the score to 22-7 Bearcats in the middle of the 3rd quarter. Mason Nourse’s 2nd touchdown run on the night (1 yard at 9:28 in the 3rd quarter) made it 30-7 following another successful two point conversion.

Calvin Wilson’s interception of a Zaleski pass in front of the Spencerville bench led to the games final score as Logan Vandemark rumbled 55 yards for a td to give the Bearcats a 36-7 lead with 6 minutes to go in the game. Crestview finishes their season 8-3 with the loss.

With the win the Bearcats win their first ever playoff game in school history and even the programs playoff record at 1-1 (lost in 2006 41-21 to Allen East). Spencerville (9-3) will play next Friday night against top seeded Tinora (11-0) at 7:30pm (will be broadcast on www.zsportslive.com) as the Rams were victorious over Wayne Trace 47-20. The OHSAA will release the location of the contest on Sunday afternoon on their website www.ohsaa.org

Zach Goecke finished with 153 yards on 23 carries and a td in addition to his 2 catches for 20 yards and a touchdown while Mason Nourse adds 2 carries for 2 yards and a pair of touchdown runs. Logan Vandemark carried the football 9 times for 93 yards and a touchdown for the Bearcats who finished with 325 yards on the ground.

Mason Nourse went 3/4 passing for 43 yards and 1 touchdown for Spencerville while his counterpart Preston Zaleski of Crestview finished his night going 7/15 for 83 yards and a pair of interceptions. Offensively the Knights committed 4 turnovers and were led in rushing by Zaleski’s 12 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown.

Listen to the game in it’s entirety with Michael Hirn (@michaelhirnpbp) and Steve Wiener (@wienerman46) here:


Delphos defeats Spencerville, Claims NWC

DELPHOS, OHIO – Delphos Jefferson needed a win Saturday night to get into the playoffs but what they got was a dominating performance as they downed Spencerville 21-0.

In the annual battle of Route 66 between the Wildcats and Bearcats, both teams entered with different playoff scenarios on the line. For Delphos Jefferson they needed a win to get into the playoffs while their rival Spencerville was looking for a win to earn a home game in round 1.

Following a Jefferson punt on the opening possession of the game, the Bearcats who started at their own 26 got inside the Delphos 20 yard line on the strength of their running game before seeing an 11 play drive finish with a turnover on downs when Junior QB Mason Nourse missed on a pass in the back of the Wildcat endzone intended for Calvin Wilson.

With a score dodged, the Wildcats used just 3 plays to go 70 yards in 59 seconds when Sophomore signal caller Jace Stockwell found a streaking Mike Cline up the middle of the field behind two Bearcat defenders for a 67 yard touchdown pass to put Delphos on top for good 7-0.

On the third play of their ensuing drive, the Bearcats fumbled the football as runningback Andrew Emery tried to gain extra a couple of extra yards right in front of his own bench before Josh Teman scooped it up and rumbled 38 yards for the second Jefferson score.

With the game at 14-0 both teams traded punts for their next four possessions of the half before Spencerville made a run at their first score late in the half. Utilizing a 15 play drive, the Bearcats rushed the football from their own 25 to the Wildcat 21 yard line before a pair of Nourse incomplete passes on third and fourth down saw them give it back to the Wildcats on downs.

Weather was not a factor Saturday night at Stadium Park as it had been just 24 hours earlier around Northwest Ohio, but both teams did struggle offensively to move the football to open the second half. The first four possessions of the second half resulted in three punts and a turnover on downs as Spencerville took over the ball with 2:55 to go in the 3rd quarter. On the evening the Bearcats fumbled four times and this was one of those as Calvin Wilson was hit and fumbled the football out of the backfield, Warren Poling fell on it for Delpho.

Andrew Emery’s second fumble of the night looked eerily similar to his first as it took place on nearly the same spot on the field as his first. Unlike his first fumble however the Delphos offense capitalized on his second miscue as they turned the fumble into a 7 play 33 yard scoring drive that was finished off from 11 yards out with a run for Freshman Brenen Auer to put Jefferson on top 21-0 late in the 4th.

Mason Nourse’s interception on the following possession for Spencerville put a finish to the contest as he was picked off by Jace Stockwell.

Offensively the Bearcats who lead the NWC with 350 yards rushing per game were held to just 146 by a strong Jefferson defense and were led by Zach Goecke the conference’s leading rusher with 64 yards on 19 carries. Delphos finished with 248 yards of total offense(166 rushing/82 passing).

With their win this year the Wildcats not only have a 2 game winning streak over the Bearcats, but finish 6-1 in the NWC and clinch the conference championship for the second straight season. Delphos improved their overall record to 8-2 on the season and will travel to take on Bucyrus Wynford Friday night at 7:30pm.

Spencerville finishes their NWC season with back to back losses to Crestview and Jefferson and is 5-2 in the NWC. Overall the Bearcats are 8-2 on the year and will travel to take on the Crestview Knights in a rematch from Week 8 in the season as they were defeated 22-21 in Convoy.

Spencerville vs Crestview can be heard live as it happens Friday night from Convoy on www.zsportslive.com with pregame beginning at 7:15pm.


Bearcats run away with Homecoming

Spencerville, Ohio – If Spencerville was looking to save their most explosive offensive performance of the season thus far for their last home game of the season they definitely accomplished that Friday night.

With their first 6-0 start since October, 1972 behind them the Bearcats came into their annual Northwest Conference matchup with the 1-5 Bluffton Pirates looking for more as the regular season winds down.

After forcing their 27th punt of the season, the Bearcats offense took over and went to work from their own 8 yard line. Utilizing a running game that averages 364 yards per contest, Spencerville rushed 15 times and threw just 1 pass(for 16 yards) over the course of 7:40 to pick up their first score and go on top 6-0 as Zach Goecke burst into the endzone from 1 yard out for his 17th rushing touchdown on the season.

Bluffton’s second possession would prove to be a lot more fruitful for them as on the second play of the drive, Mitchell Ault would throw his 20th touchdown pass of the season, 62 yards to a wide open Levi Kistler who had slipped behind the Bearcat secondary. With 2:24 to go in the first quarter, the Pirates found themselves on top 7-6 following a successful extra point.

Never to be outdone, the Bearcat offense utilized a 14 play drive on their second chance with the football to go 87 yards over the course a 5:38 drive that spanned the final moments of the first quarter and the early moments of the second. Calvin Wilson, a 5’7 Sophomore would finish the drive for Spencerville with one of his three scores on the day as he scored on a 9 yard touchdown run to put Spencerville on top for good 14-7 following a successful two-point conversion in which Wilson also caught a pass from QB Mason Nourse.

Wilson would score the 14th consecutive point for the Bearcats just moments later as he returned a punt from Ault 47 yards down the right sideline to put Spencerville up 22-7. Andrew Emery added another two-point conversion for the Cats after the Wilson touchdown.

Bluffton would not go away easy however, as on their next possession they put together a 10 play 75 yard drive that was finished off with Ault’s 6th rushing touchdown on the season to trim the Bearcat lead to 22-14 following the extra point for the Pirates. After initially forcing a three and out, Bluffton got a second chance to continue their drive as Ault was hit late by the Bearcat special teams and awarded a roughing the punter penalty.

Moments after forcing a rare Spencerville punt, the Pirates went right back to work on offense as once again Ault hooked up with Levi Kistler, this time on a 31 yard toss. Ault, facing a stern Bearcat blitz lofted one off of his back foot that perfectly landed in Kistler’s hands as he fell into the endzone to close the gap to 22-20 heading into the half. Bluffton had attempted to go for the two point conversion to tie the game but an Ault pass was knocked down in the endzone by Spencerville.

38 straight points went up on the Memorial Field scoreboard for the Bearcats in the second half, 12 of those points came from Zach Goecke who finished with 21 carries for 230 yards and 3 touchdowns on the night. Coming into the contest, Goecke needed 103 yards to hit the 1,000 yard mark for the season and wasted no time picking that and more up on just his two touchdown runs (36 and 84 yards) early in the 3rd quarter.

Trevor McMichael would find paydirt in the contest as well, as he rushed to the right on a sweep 21 yards to put Spencerville on top with 6:56 to go in the 3rd 30-20.

Calvin Wilson would be called upon again in the game as he ran to the endzone for a 5 yard touchdown. Wilson finished the night with 20 points scored, as many as the Pirates would be able to put up.

The final score of the contest came with 7:47 to go in the game as Logan Vandemark plunged in from 4 yards out to push the score to 60-20 Spencerville.

On the evening the Bearcats rushed for 465 yards, 100 above their NWC leading average. Mason Nourse finished the game with 27 yards passing for the Bearcats.

With the win the Bearcats, the #10 team in the D6 AP poll move to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in Northwest Conference play. Spencerville will next head across Route 30 to take on the Crestview Knights who suffered their first loss tonight 22-15 at the hands of the Ada Bulldogs (a team Spencerville beat earlier in the year 49-0).

Bluffton drops to 1-6 overall and 0-5 in NWC play, they will return home and play host to Western Reserve Academy on Saturday, October 18th at 7pm. That contest can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com with myself and Steve Wiener on the call.

With his 18 points scored, Zach Goecke is now just 18 points short of tying the school record for points in a season by an individual set by Phil Sensabaugh (148 points) in 1963, the last time the Bearcats won an outright NWC title.

Before the game, Senior Schylar Miller was named the Spencerville Homecoming Queen for 2014.


District 8 All Star Games results

For the final time tonight the Seniors in the 8th District of the Coaches Association took the court at the Elida Fieldhouse.

The first game of the night was the Division 1-2-3 contest where Taren Sullivan and Martyce Kimbrough of Bath and LCC respectively combined to put on a show the likes of which only their respective fanbases have been privy to this season.

Kimbrough, fresh off of a 22 point performance in the Division 3 championship game win over VASJ on Saturday wasted no time getting it going in this game as he hit 6 first half three pointers en route to 8 total and over 30 points for the East squad in his last high school game before heading off to the University of Indianapolis in the fall. Taren Sullivan added an array of spectacular dunks, including one off of a 4 man tip drill as time expired to finish himself with over 30 points in the contest. Sullivan will play college ball with 2 of his teammates tonight in Bath teammate Colin Gossard and Findlay Trojan star Adam Twining.

The game also featured 22 dunks from 6 different players.

The West was led by 3’s from OG point guard Alex Schroeder, Coldwater’s Brandon Wolters and Shawnee’s Trey Brock.

The East defeated the West 150-97, here the broadcast with myself and Steve Wiener here:

The nightcap at the Fieldhouse was a much closer affair as the last 5 minutes of the contest provided the most defense on the night between the two squads. Elijah Kahlig of Ft. Recovery nailed a late 3 pointer that seemingly was set to give the West the win at 121-118 with just 7 seconds left, but the East’s Bruce Hodges (Perry) flew down the court on the opposite side and buried a triple to send the game to a 3 minute overtime period tied at 121.

In the extra period, again the defense of both teams kicked in to high gear, but the shooting of the West squad proved to be too much as they prevailed 135-129 behind strong performances behind the State Champion Crestview Knights trio of Tyson Bolenbaugh, Cam Etzler and NWC Player of the Year Damian Helm along with a plethora of threes from ultra deep range from Kahlig.

Will Vorhees led the East squad with 36 points and some powerful throwdowns.

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Knights move on

Most fans will tell you that the team who is able to hit the most amount of shots will win the game, and that was never more evident than last night at the Elida Fieldhouse where Miller City could not buy a bucket in the first half of their Division 4 District Championship game against the Crestview Knights as they went down in defeat 54-39.

Another poor shooting first half on the Union Bank Court at Elida doomed the Wildcats as they were unable to rebound in the second half Friday night like they did on Tuesday night against Delphos St. Johns.

Miller City scored only 5 points in the first stanza, with all of their points coming from the foul line. “We just weren’t able to make shots tonight, we’ve got a bunch of good shooters on this team, but not a lot of mature shooters,” Miller City mentor Bryan Kuhlman said. The Wildcats went 0-14 from the field in the first quarter, but 5-6 from the charity stripe as they trailed 8-5 heading into the second quarter in a matchup between the PCL and NWC Champions for the second time this season.

For the game, Miller City shot 10-41 from the field (2-16 from 3) and were forced to rely on their free throw shooting (17-20) to keep them in the game. Crestview shot 19-44 on the evening but were 8-18 from behind the arc including 4-7 from NWC Player of the Year Damian Helm. On the season the Knights shoot over 70% from the line as a team and did nothing to diminish that statistic as they hit 8-9 from the line on the night.

Helm was the game’s high scorer as he finished with 21 points to go along with his 6 rebound 5 assist night before checking out of the game for good with just under 2 minutes to go and his team enjoying a double digit lead. Tyson Bolenbaugh was the second leading scorer for Crestview as he finished with a double double, 12 points and 13 rebounds. Only five Knights broke into the scoring column as Cam Etzler finished with 9 while the duo of Connor Lautzenheiser and Mitchell Rickard each scored 6.

The Wildcats were led in scoring by Adam Niese with 16 points (8-8 FT) to go along with his 10 rebounds. Adam Drummelsmith finished with 8 points, Corey Heuerman finished with 6 despite going 2-10 from the field with Jacob Gerten (5) and Jackson Lammers (4) provided the rest of the scoring for Miller City.

With the win the Knights improve their record to 25-0 on the season and win for the first time in three years in Elida during the tournament, they will next play on Tuesday night in Bowling Green against Ottawa Hills in Regional play. Miller City’s season comes to an end at 16-9, but with their first PCL Championship since 1994 when Kevin McGlaughlin was their head coach.

Hear the broadcast as it aired on www.zsportslive.com here with myself (@michaelhirnpbp) and Steve Wiener (@wienerman46): Miller City vs Crestview Broadcast