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Landin scores 1000th as Big Green stay undefeated

OTTOVILLE, OH – A big win over rival Ottawa Glandorf got bigger for Ottoville on Thursday night as senior Bridget Landin notched her 1,000th point in a 54-48 victory over the previously unbeaten Titans at L.W. Heckman Gymnasium in front of a packed house.

Landin, the future Findlay Oiler scored her 1,000th career point with 3:34 remaining in the fourth quarter from the free throw line to give her team a 45-39 advantage in the closing minutes of her teams win before adding three more points to finish the night with 1,003 total career markers.

In reaching the milestone on Thursday evening, Landin becomes the seventh player in Big Green history to accomplish the feat and joins a list that includes Sue Honigford, Melanie Miller, Tracy Wenzlick, Karla Wenzlick, Stacey Wannemacher, and most recently former Bowling Green Falcon Abby Siefker who played for Ottoville from 2010-13.

Behind a strong defensive performance from a future BGSU Falcon in Kadie Hempling, Landin was held scoreless until mid-way through the third quarter but saw her teammates respond with points from behind the arc and the free throw line to push them ahead of OG heading after the first period of play 14-12.

Trailing by two entering the second quarter the Titans (6-1) trailed for just :36 in the period before a three pointer from Hempfling gave them a 15-14 advantage they would carry into the halftime break at 26-18. Three pointers in the stanza from Carri Johnson, Brianna Schimmoeller, and Kasey Ellerbrock helped to fuel an Ottawa Glandorf run that helped hold Ottoville to just four quarter points and one make from the field.

Ottawa Glandorf found themselves on their heels in the third period as they were held to seven points in the quarter as the Ottoville defense clamped down on the basketball. Offensively the Big Green got strong quarters from Quinley Schlagbaum and Bridget Landin who also combined to finish 6/6 in the period from the charity stripe.

Perhaps the biggest shot for Ottoville in the third quarter came at the end of it as Abi Hilvers who had already connected on a deep shot from behind the arc in the third nailed a second deep three pointer as time expired to push the Ottoville advantage to 41-33 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Kasey Knippen and Haley Hoersten continued the three point barrage for Ottoville in the final period as they dropped in the sixth and seventh makes of the night to help push the teams lead out to 10 with two minutes to play at 51-41.

Having not lost a regular season game in their last 30 outings, the Titans would not go away quietly. Behind the duo of Hempfling and Ashley Schroeder scoring wise the Titans pulled their deficit to just four with minutes to go before the Big Green would salt the game away by hitting on 5/7 free throws in the period to secure their six point win.

OG was led on the night in the scoring column by Hempfling (16), and Schroeder (15) while the Ottoville was headed by junior sharpshooter Kasey Knippen who finished with 13 and connected on a trio from beyond the arc.

The Titans will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they take on Marion Local at home. Ottoville (8-0) has now won 18 straight regular season games dating back to the middle of last season when they were beaten by Bath, a team who will come to visit the Big Green on January 9th, 2018.

Scoring:

Ottoville (54):
CJ Kemper 6
Bridget Landin 10
Haley Hoersten 5
Quinley Schlagbaum 9
Amber Miller 3
Kasey Knippen 13
Abi Hilvers 8

FT: 15/20
3PT: 7 (Knippen 3, Hilvers 2, Miller, Hoersten)

OG (48):
Ashley Schroeder 15
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 4
Erin Kaufman 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 3
Kasey Ellerbrock 3
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 0/4
3PT: 6 (Hempfling 2, Schroeder, Johnson, Schimmoeller, Ellerbrock)

JV: 35-32 Ottoville

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Titans win battle of unbeatens

OTTAWA, OH – Just as they did on the road last Thursday night the OG Titans got behind early but were able to put together a late rally to remain unbeaten. Thursday night the Titan ladies handed previously unbeaten Ottoville their first defeat of the year 46-42 in front of a capacity crowd inside the Supreme Court.

Alexis Thorbahn and CJ Kemper got the scoring started early for the visiting Big Green, but the Titans surged back with five players tossing in points to close out the first quarter and found themselves on top 15-7 at the end of the opening period.

Ottoville turned up the pressure on the Titans in the second quarter and saw five of their own players hit the scoring column as they outscored the home squad 17-6 and headed into the lockerroom with a 24-21 halftime advantage. Thorbahn, a 5’9 Senior led the way for the Big Green in the second stanza as she connected on a three pointer to give her team the lead and a two point bucket to help them push their advantage with five of her nine first half points coming in the second.

As they have done repeatedly during 5th year Head Coach Troy Yant’s tenure the Titan ladies came out with a renewed defensive intensity in the second half’s early moments and turned many of their opponents miscues directly into points on the opposite end. Ottoville staved off a 6-0 run by OG late in the third quarter and were able to send the game to the final eight minutes with their score ahead of the home team 33-29.

Sophomore guards Erin Kaufman and Ashley Schroeder gave and helped to extend the OG lead midway through the final quarter as the duo connected on a trio of shots from behind the arc on three straight trips down the floor for the Titans who jumped on top 36-32 heading into a timeout by Ottoville Head Coach Dave Klemen with just under six and a half minutes remaining.

Late in the period Ottoville’s CJ Kemper connected on a three pointer to give the Big Green a 39-38 lead, but it was not to be as the Titans finished the game on a 7-4 run to secure the 46-42 victory to remain unbeaten.

Looking for a bit of size to counter the height of the Big Green the Titans gave 5’11 Sophomore Paige Sutter her first career start and saw the bit of strategy pay off as she scored a career high five points in the opening period and gave the Titans a big presence inside early on.

Ottawa Glandorf (7-0) was led in scoring by Kaufman and Kylie White who finished with 10 points each. The Titans are off until Wednesday, December 28th when they welcome Liberty Benton to town.

Ottoville (6-1) suffers their first setback of the season but will only have to wait until Monday when they take on Wayne Trace to attempt to get back to their winning ways. The Big Green were led in scoring by CJ Kemper who finished with a game high 13 markers.

Box Score:

OG (46):
Ashley Schroeder 7
Paige Sutter 5
Erin Kaufman 10
Lexi Schroeder 8
Kylie White 10
Kadie Hempfling 6

TO: 20

Ottoville (42):
CJ Kemper 13
Bridget Landin 9
Kasey Knippen 4
Alicia Honigford 5
Alexis Thorbahn 9
Abi Hilvers 2

TO: 20

JV: Ottoville 50-34

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Ottoville, Miller City post tournament wins

FINDLAY, OH – The Ottoville Big Green and Miller City Wildcats will meet for a second time this season as on Saturday night at 8pm inside Findlay High School they will battle for a sectional championship by virtue of their wins Wednesday night. Ottoville jumped out on Continental and never looked back as they rolled to an 84-28 victory in the opening contest before Miller City downed McComb 59-48 in the nightcap.

Second seeded Ottoville shot 6/16 in the opening period and forced their opponents into just 2/12 from the floor en route to an 18-7 lead at the first stoppage. A 31 point second quarter for the Big Green provided most of the damage to the Continental hopes of winning as six players tallied markers for the designated home squad to push their advantage to 49-13 at the half.

On the evening the girls from Ottoville forced their opponents into 31 turnovers and allowed just 10/30 from the field as they routed the Pirates for the second time. In two meetings this season the Big Green outscored Continental 154-55.

With the win Ottoville improves their season record to 21-2, they were led in scoring by Bridget Landin and Brooke Mangas with 17 apiece. Continental finishes at 1-21 and was led in scoring by their leader on the season in Amber Logan with 10, four below her average.

Scoring:

Ottoville (84):
CJ Kemper 9
Madison Knodell 2
Bridget Landin 17
Nicole Kramer 8
Brooke Mangas 17
Amber Miller 6
Emily Landin 2
Alexis Thorbahn 12
Kasey Knippen 3
Brynie Hannerman 2
Quinley Schlagbaum 4
Haley Hoersten 2

FG: 26/64
3PT: 7 (Thorbahn 2, Kemper, B. Landin, Mangas, Knippen)
FT: 25/29
TO: 14

Continental (28):
Paige Lawhorn 3
Alivia Homier 3
Jaylen Armey 2
Blair Tegenkamp 4
Amber Logan 10
Madison Sharp 5
Ashley Mansfield 2

FG: 10/30
FT: 6/10
3PT: 3 (Logan 2, Lawhorn)
TO: 31

Tied 7-7 after the first quarter the second contest of the night between McComb and Miller City almost went to the half tied up as well, but the Wildcats were able to get one more marker than their opponents and carry a 23-22 lead into the break.

Miller City connected on 6/10 free throws and scored 18 points in the third quarter as they were able to jump on the Panthers and take a 41-33 into the final period.

Cassie Niese, a 5’7 Senior guard for the Wildcats scored a game high 20 points in the contest and hit on 5 of her 6 charity tosses as she helped her team earn the victory and move on to play again at Findlay on Saturday night.

McComb sees their season come to an end at 16-7 and were led in scoring by 1st team Blanchard Valley Conference selection Nora Hemminger who scored 15 points, all in the last three quarters. Miller City is now 12-11 on the season following the win.

Saturday night at 8pm in a game that will be broadcast live on Zsportslive.com the Wildcats will look for redemption for a 62-52 loss back in December when they take on Ottoville.

Scoring:

Miller City (59):
Cassie Niese 20
Paige Wenzinger 5
Tiffany Welty 6
Amanda Simon 12
Christina Berger 4
Elizabeth Klear 5
Jenelle Kuhlman 5
Megan Warnimont 2

FG: 20/38
FT: 14/20
3PT: 2 (Simon, Kuhlman)
TO: 23

McComb (48):
Nora Hemminger 15
Makenna Babb 14
Camryn Sudlow 7
Jenna Herr 10
Jordan Shelley 2

FG: 17/51
FT: 12/24
3PT: 2 (Babb, Herr)
TO: 12

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4 in double figures lead Ottoville past LB

OTTOVILLE, OH – Four players for Ottoville finished in double figures as the Big Green picked up their 20th win of the regular season 54-50 over visiting Liberty Benton Saturday afternoon.

In just the fourth all-time meeting between two teams who are perennial contenders for their respective divisions state championships it was the Eagles and Nicolette DeVincentis who came out firing early on. DeVincentis, a Senior guard headed to play her college basketball at St. Joseph College in Indiana tossed in nine of her squads 15 quarter points and helped LB amass a 15-12 advantage at the end of the opening stanza.

Despite having a handful of players in foul trouble early on in the second quarter the Big Green were able to make a run by virtue of the three pointer as four players connected from deep in the first half, led by a pair of triples from Alexis Thorbahn to take their first lead. Behind a pair of timely baskets from Brooke Mangas and CJ Kemper the home team pushed their advantage to 26-21 at the halftime break.

In the third quarter it was the Eagles who found themselves in foul trouble as Freshman guard Savanah Richards and Junior Jensen Heigel picked up their third and fourth fouls respectively and were forced to sit at different times. With one less foul than her counterpart, Richards did most of her damage to the Ottoville defense in the games penultimate quarter as she hit on 3/4 from the free throw line and scored 9 of her 11 points on the day. Not to be outdone however, DeVincentis finished 5/5 from the line and with 7 of her game high 18 points in helping the visitors lead 42-41 at the buzzer before the final period.

If there is one mark of a Dave Klemen coached squad over the years it is their ability to shoot free throws. Ottoville entered the afternoon shooting 69% as a team and did themselves no disservice in the final half of play as they connected on 14/16 charity tosses. Coupled with a gritty effort on the defensive end in the final eight minutes the Big Green were able to hold on for a 54-50 non-conference win in their last game before the OHSAA Tournament begins.

Brooke Mangas led Ottoville’s four double digit scorers on the afternoon with 11 points while CJ Kemper, Alexis Thorbahn and leading scorer Bridget Landin all tossed in 10 points to help the Big Green finish at 20-2. Ottoville will begin their tournament run on Wednesday night at 6:15pm at Findlay High School as they take on league foe Continental in a game that will be broadcast live on Zsportslive.com.

Liberty Benton was led in scoring by DeVincentis with 18 points, 1 below her season average and finishes their regular season at 14-8. The Eagles will start their tournament run on Wednesday night as well as they do battle with St. Henry at 6:15pm in a game at Wapak High School that will be broadcast live on K94.3.

Scoring:

Ottoville (54):

CJ Kemper 10
Bridget Landin 10
Nicole Kramer 6
Brooke Mangas 11
Amber Miller 3
Alicia Honigford 4
Alexis Thorbahn 10

2PT: 11/20
3PT: 5/16
FT: 17/21
REB: 14
TO: 11

Liberty Benton (50):

Krista Simon 3
Savanah Richards 11
Alexa Lenhart 4
Jensen Hiegel 14
Nicolette DeVincentis 18

2PT: 13/27
3PT: 3/7
FT: 15/20
REB: 15
TO: 10

JV: 47-29 Ottoville (Kasey Knippen 12, Haley Hoersten 11 for Ottoville)

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OG, Ottoville crowned District Champions

Saturday was a big day and night for a pair of teams from Putnam County as both the Ottawa Glandorf Titans and the Ottoville Big Green were crowned District Champions in their respective divisions.

Ottawa Glandorf got a bit of revenge against rival Liberty Benton for a 49-41 loss on December 29th, their last loss of the season before 16 straight wins by downing the previously undefeated Eagles 57-41.

Much like their District Semifinal match on Thursday in Elida, the Titans got off to a slow start from the field as they trailed 6-0 to Liberty Benton and did not get on the scoreboard until 4:53 to go in the opening quarter. Liberty Benton would jump on the Titans defense early and often in the first period and amass 20 points to just 8 for OG. With the clock winding down to end the quarter, Liberty Benton’s Jensen Heigel drained a shot from 30+ feet away as she crossed half court for the final three markers of the stanza.

If the first quarter belonged to the Eagles, the second quarter belonged to the Titans as they scored early and often, reeling off 17 straight points en route to grabbing the lead with 3:10 to go in the opening half on one of back to back three pointers by Danielle Schroeder who finished with 13 of her 18 points in the quarter. Despite drawing just one foul in the half and committing many of their own, OG led at the break 30-24.

Neither team set the nets at the Union Bank Court ablaze in the games penultimate period as LB outscored OG 7-5 to close the gap to 4 at 35-31 heading into the fourth quarter.

As they have done so many times this season, the Titans used a furious fourth quarter to put away their opponent. This time around the rally for OG was led by Freshman Kadie Hempfling who scored 11 of her 14 points in the period, including 3/3 from the free throw line. Kylie White and Danie Ellerbrock combined to go 4/5 from the line as well and helped the Titans put away the Eagles by a final score of 57-41 and remain perfect since the ball dropped to usher in 2015.

OG (23-2) will now head to Ada’s Ohio Northern University on Tuesday night at 6:00pm (will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com) to take on the Archbold Blue Streaks for the second time this season. On February 17th, the Titans defeated Archbold 59-39 at the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

Liberty Benton who ended OG’s season last year in the District round at Elida sees their season come to an end at 24-1. The Eagles were led in scoring by Nicolette Devincentis with 10 points, down from 19 in the previous meeting of the two D3 powers.

Scoring:

OG(57):

Dani Ellerbrock 6
Elissa Ellerbock 7
Erin Basinger 4
Danielle Schroeder 18
Kylie White 8
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 21/51 (41.2%)
3: 5/14 (35.7%) – D. Schroeder 4, Hempfling
FT: 10/11 (90.9%)
Reb: 33 (16 offensive)
Ast: 13
TO: 9

LB(41):

Krista Simon 2
Lauren Kotey 9
Gabby Lyon 6
Jensen Hiegel 9
Katie Simon 5
Nicolette Devincentis 10

FG: 16/31 (51.6%)
3: 3 (Heigel, Katie Simon, Devincentis)
FT: 6/12 (50.0%)

One round after defeating previously unblemished Crestview and ending the season of a Knights team that downed them in the first week of the season the Ottoville Big Green found themselves in another rematch, this time with the PCL Champion Kalida Wildcats, another team that had previously beaten them during the 2014-15 regular season.

Ottoville used their press and tough press en route to ending Kalida’s season 41-39 and claiming yet another District Championship for themselves and legendary coach Dave Klemen,

When the Big Green went to State two years ago, Annie Lindeman was a Sophomore who came off the bench behind All-PCL selections Rachel Beining (Bluffton University) and Abby Siefker (BGSU), but had since grown into not only a leader for Ottoville as a Senior but also a deadly outside shooter. She led off the game for her squad in the first by draining one of her four 3 pointers in the game to put her team ahead of Kalida at 3-0.

Kalida didn’t get on the scoreboard with their first point (a free throw by Jackie Gardner) until the 4:28 mark of the first quarter that cut the Big Green lead to 5-1. Brittany Kahle’s jumper with :11 left send the Wildcats into the second quarter trailing by just six at 13-7.

Things would not get much better for Kalida in the second quarter against the Big Green press as they were forced into 7 turnovers and shot just 5/17 from the field. Ottoville continues to capitalize from beyond the arc in the opening half as Lindeman added another triple and teammate Nicole Kramer added a pair of her own from long range off the bench that had the Big Green leading 25-14 at the break and seemingly in control for good.

7 of 16 is what the Wildcat offense would shoot in the 3rd quarter as they scored 14 points to just 6 for Ottoville and narrowed the gap to 31-28 heading into the final 8:00 of the game. Ottoville’s 6 points again came on shots from behind the arc as Lindeman and Brooke Mangas each tacked on a three ball. Kalida connected on 5 free throws in the quarter (4 by Brittany Kahle) and a triple of their own by Kylie Osterhage during their run.

With their offense finally hitting on all cylinders in the second half, the Wildcats turned up the pressure on Ottoville and kept the Big Green off of the scoreboard at Lima Senior for 6:26 seconds spanning both the third and fourth quarters. Nicole Kramer stopped the 9-0 Wildcat run when she found the bottom of the net on another triple, her third of the contest.

Trailing by a 34-33 margin after a Katelyn Siebeneck basket, Kalida tied and took the lead for the first time behind a pair of Gardner free throws 35-34 with 3:30 remaining in the contest.

Garnder again gave her team the lead with 1:57 remaining after Ottoville’s Bridget Landin had connected on a pair of free throws as she connected on a layup to put Kalida up by 2 at 37-35.

Landin, a 5’11 Freshman again paid dividends for the Big Green on their ensuing possession as she put her team ahead for good 38-37 with a three pointer. Annie Lindeman, following a turnover by the Wildcats hit her fourth triple with :55 left and put the Big Green ahead 41-37. Gardner would add a pair of free throws (she connected on 4/6 tosses in the period) to add the games final markers before Ottoville ran out the clock to win 41-39 and advance to the next round.

Kalida (20-6) was led in scoring by Brittany Kahle with 13 points. Ottoville improves to 18-7 on the season and will head to Elida’s Fieldhouse on Thursday night for a 6:15pm tilt against New Reigel in a game that can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com

Scoring:

Ottoville (41):

Bridget Landin 6
Nicole Kramer 9
Brooke Mangas 3
Alicia Honigford 4
Annie Lindeman 12
Lexi Wannemacher 2

FG: 14/35 (40%)
3: 8 (Lindeman 4, Kramer 3, Mangas)
TO: 15

Kalida (39):

Katelyn Siebeneck 5
Jackie Gardner 12
Brittany Kahle 13
Kylie Osterhage 7
Cathy Basinger 2

FG: 12/33 (36%)
3: 2 (Osterhage, Kahle)
TO: 12

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Ottoville defeats Arcadia

Elida – Is the 5th time the charm?

Ottoville will head to the OHSAA State Semi-Finals on Friday afternoon following a thrilling 52-37 win over the Arcadia Red Devils Saturday night at the Elida Fieldhouse in front of a sell out crowd.

Sell out crowd

For Big Green coach Dave Klemen this was also a huge night. Not only will he take his 27-0 squad to Columbus to face Fort Loramie after they dispatched Tri-Village 69-43, but he also picked up his 400th career win “I felt like I was a pitcher throwing a no hitter towards the end as nobody would talk to me” he quipped during his postgame interview.

After Arcadia took an early 3-0 lead behind Senior guard and 1st team all Northwest District selection Miranda Palmer it was all Ottoville as they promptly responded with an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to build an 18-10 first quarter lead. The challenge for most teams who face  Ottoville is the same, which players do you key on and try to stop? Arcadia attempted to answer that question with Abby Siefker (9 points 8 rebounds) and Rachel Beining (11 points 3 rebounds). While the Redskins were successful at times flustering the aforementioned duo in goading them into 7 total fouls in the game and relegating them to the bench for long stretches of time they were not near as successful in stopping Rachel Turnwald. Turnwald, a Senior guard was the Big Green leading scorer on the night with 16 including big shots from the free throw line where she went 9 of 10 in the fourth quarter alone.

Palmer was able to hit some big shots in the game keep her team close as she finished with 19 on 6-16 shooting, but couldn’t get enough help from her teammates as the man to man defensive pressure from Nicole Vorst and Taylor Mangas proved to be too much for the Redskins to handle.

All of Putnam County will surely be in attendance as the #1 seeded Big Green will play 25-3 Fort Loramie on Friday afternoon at 3pm just as they have been throughout this entire historic post season run. Last season’s pursuit of a state title ended with a loss in the same building as Saturday night’s win at the hands of eventual state champion Arlington, something that Ottoville remembered and used as motivation for this season, “I think everybody would have been crushed (if we didn’t make it to state). It would have been the fourth year of getting so close. It feels great” said Siefker after the game.

After they got done cutting the nets down I was lucky enough to get to talk to Nicole Vorst, Taylor Mangas and Coach Klemen, take a listen to that interview here: http://chirb.it/Own9ah

Coach Klemen cutting down the nets and flashing a rare smile on the court

If you can’t make it to Columbus on Friday afternoon to the Schott grab your cellphone and download the TuneIn ap or head over to www.zsportslive.com z1 to hear the broadcast with myself and Dave Boninsegna to hear Ottoville and Fort Loramie do battle for a chance to play for a state championship on Saturday night.

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Columbus Grove, Leipsic, Ottoville advance

Tournament season is one of my favorite times of the year and this season has been one of the wildest in recent memory. I’ve been fortunate enough to call some absolutely fantastic games the past week next to Steve Wiener and here’s a recap of them for you to enjoy.

Liberty Benton High School, the home of Ohio State Buckeye point guard Aaron Craft provided a backdrop Tuesday night for a pair of Putnam County League boys teams trying to advance to play each other for a District Championship this weekend. Leipsic’s Vikings led by high scoring guard Devin Mangas came out for Game 1 against Arlington which took control early. Led by Blanchard Valley Conference 1st teamer Michael Blunk it was the Red Devils who jumped all over the high octane Vikings offense and led 7-4 about six minutes in. That is where things changed as Leipsic ended the quarter on a quick nine point run to make it 13-7 after the first stanza. Caleb Barrera, Austin Brown and Mangas took control of the game in the second quarter as the trio helped Leipsic jump out to a 37-15 halftime lead on the strength of a 10 of 12 shooting output. Despite their own hot shooting in the third quarter, the Red Devils had no answer for Mangas who proceeded to blow by Arlington defenders on his was to 11 third quarter points. Just how good was Mangas in the game with the ball in his hands? 9 of his 12 points came on layups, many in which the closest defender to him was left rubbing his sore ankles at the three point line as his layup went through the net. While Michael Blunk finished with 24 for the Red Devils it was not enough to overcome the deficit that was built early as the Vikings advanced with a 71-50 win behind the Mangas, an easy selection for player of the game who finished with 32 and needs just 8 points to break the 1,000 point barrier for his career tonight in his contest.

Leipsic during the National Anthem

Columbus Grove rolled up north looking to meet their PCL mates Leipsic in the District Finals, but first they would need to defeat the Vanlue Wildcats and University of Toledo commit Zach Garber. Garber, the BVC leading scorer and player of the year stands at 6ft10 and is joined on the front lines for the Wildcats by 6ft5 Josh Clymer. Beating Vanlue would be no small task for Derek Rieman(6 foot 3), Will Vorhees(6 foot 6), and Brady Shafer(6 foot 3) as they were given the task of slowing down and bottling up the aforementioned duo. Garber put his team up early in the first quarter as he hit two three pointers and finished the quarter with 8. Vanlue got a questionable putback at the end of the quarter to put them on top 16-13 after one. In the second quarter the Bulldogs showed flashes of brilliance themselves when at times it was the Collin Grothaus show as he dazzled the capacity crowd with his fantastic dribbling skills and jump shots that put his team ahead 23-20 at the break. In the third the stifling Wildcat defense held the Bulldogs to only 5 points while going into the final stanza leading 36-31. Vanlue shot 1-5 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter but got the lead with 51 seconds remaining off a perfect backdoor cut by Nick Hagerty with an assist over the top of the defense from Garber. Columbus Grove found themselves with the ball and a chance to win as the clock ticked down to around 12 seconds, but Grothaus couldn’t get a shot to go as he was fouled. 6.5 seconds remained on the clock as Grove coming out of a timeout inbounded underneath their own basket to their point guard Grothaus who proceeded to slice through the Wildcat defenders and hit the game winner as time expired to give his team a 47-45 win and a shot at a District Title on Friday night against Leipsic. Grothaus finished with 22 but none bigger than the last shot of the game, Garber finished with 15 in the last game he will ever play for Vanlue.

Listen to the end of the game with myself and Steve Wiener here: http://chirb.it/bxp2vG

Final score after Grothaus game winner

Listen to the game between Leipsic (21-4) taking on Columbus Grove (17-7) on www.zsportslive.com with Dave Boninsegna and Rudy Lomeli from Liberty Benton with coverage starting at 7pm. Leipsic won the matchup between the two teams earlier this season 64-52.

 

Switching gears from boys to girls action it was the Ottoville Lady Big Green (25-0) and the Leipsic Lady Vikings (17-8) taking center stage last night at Elida’s Fieldhouse. Could the Vikings get even with the Big Green for defeating them earlier in the season or would this be just another notch in the belt of the #1 team in the state on their way to another Regional Finals appearance? Leipsic and coach Gary Krienbrink were making their first ever appearance in the Regionals while the Big Green were making stop #12 with the matchup.

Ottoville got on the scoreboard first as Taylor Mangas continued her white hot shooting as of late by burying a three on their first possession, and they never looked back. After the first quarter the Big Green led 19-6 and Leipsic never got any closer as Ottoville used a handful of big runs including a 12-1 run in the second to lead at the half 30-20. One of the adjustments that Leipsic made in attempting to close the gap in the second stanza was to switch from a zone defense that had been giving up three pointers by the bushel to a man defense that forced 6 quick turnovers. Ottoville came out determined in the second half of the game, looking to avoid a second straight year in which their season ended in the Regional Semi-Finals by making their foul shots and just about every other shot they put up to run their lead to 42-24 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter the Big Green got three of their starters into double figures as before being taken out for good Turnwald dropped in 12, Beining 10, and Mangas 10. Abby Siefker and Nicole Vorst both just missed double digits as they each scored 9 to go along with Vorst’s 6 steals in the 52-29 win. All 5 of Leipsic’s points in the fourth quarter came from the free throw line as they were held scoreless for most of the second half at the hands of the stifling Ottoville defense which not only doesn’t allow you to score at times but doesn’t let you even attempt a shot when they don’t want to it seems.

Ottoville improves to 26-0 on the season and now has 2 more wins than the previous single season record for wins that was set in 1995-96. Leipsic finishes a fine season with their first Regional Semi-Finals appearance at 17-9 behind 7 points from Shaylyn Moorman.

Ottoville moves on

Saturday night’s Regional Finals will feature the Big Green taking on Arcadia (23-2) who got a big night from Senior guard Miranda Palmer who finished with 18 to dismiss the Pettisville Blackbirds in Game 1 of the night. Arcadia did not hit a shot until almost 2 minutes left in the 1st quarter but used a 14-0 run in the second quarter to take control for good and cruise to a 46-36 win in which they hit 6 deep balls and only committed 10 turnovers.

Panorama inside the fieldhouse during Arcadia’s win

Ottoville and Arcadia can be heard live as it happens from the Fieldhouse in Elida on www.zsportslive.com channel z1 with myself and Steve Wiener with the winner playing either Tri-Village or Fort Loramie in Columbus next week.

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Crestview survives, Big Green roll to District Finals matchup

It may have said February 28th on the calendar, but it March Madness was definitely in full effect last night at Lima Senior. The Northwest Conference champion Crestview Knights brought their 21-2 record into yesterday’s District Semi-Finals against the 15-8 Kalida Wildcats in hopes of returning on Saturday night to play for a chance at a District Championship and walked away with a 53-47 Double Overtime win, but it’s how they earned it that makes the story unique.

Lindsey Motycka, a 1st Team All-NWC selection led her Knights early as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter but were matched as a run by the Wildcats closed the gap to 12-10 after the first stanza. A 10-5 second quarter run gave Kalida a 20-17 lead at the break and set up what would be a fantastic second half. For the next two quarters Kylie Osterhage for Kalida and Emily Bauer of Crestview waged a war underneath that had both picking up buckets and fouls along the way. After 3 quarters had elapsed the scoreboard shows Kalida ahead by 1 at 29-28. Both teams were able to put a lot of points on the board in the fourth quarter from the field and especially the free throw line where the Knights were able to make a killing. In the final minute of the game it was Summer Holtkamp who put the Wildcats up 43-40 with her coast to coast layup that left only 5 seconds on the clock. During the ensuing timeout there is no doubt that Coach Adam Huber told his players in emphatic fashion DO NOT FOUL THE THREE, but that is exactly what happened as the Knights stepped to the line with 1.9 seconds remaining in the game needing Mackenzie Riggenbach to hit all three just to tie, which she did. Kalida got one final heave from halfcourt that came up short to send the game to overtime.

In the first overtime neither team was really able to do very much as they only hit one bucket each to send the exhausted players to a second overtime tied at 43. Overtime #2 was all Knights however as they outscored Kalida 8-2 to move on to face the winner of Ottoville and Lincolnview on Saturday night and improved to 22-2 on the season. With the loss Kalida’s season ended at a respectable 15-9 and will no doubt have them hungry next season for a return trip to Districts.

Crestview defeats Kalida in 2OT

The second game of the night had a LOT to live up to as the #1 team in Division IV and top seeded Ottoville, sporting a 23-0 record laced up their sneakers against the 18-5 NWC representative Lincolnview Lancers. Prior to the game much had been made about the star studded matchup in PCL 1st Team and Player of the Year Abby Siefker, PCL Coach of the Year Dave Klemen and the Big Green’s matchup with 1st Team NWC selection Katie Dye and Coach Dan Williamson’s Lancers.

Lincolnview jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the game and seemingly had Ottoville staggered early, but as they have done all season Ottoville quickly responded and led 13-12 after one. Most teams who have a bad quarter are usually staring down the barrel of a blowout, those who have two like Lincolnview did in the middle two quarters and are outscored 36-5 during that stretch had better begin planning for next year. Ottoville led 33-14 at the half. At the break the Lancers had turned the ball over 16 times and only scored 14 points, a surefire recipe for disaster against an average team, let alone a team like the Big Green who thrive on others mistakes and can turn them into quick points behind Nicole Vorst, Taylor Mangas and Rachel Turnwald.

After three quarters Ottoville led 49-17, but Abby Siefker the future Bowling Green State University Falcon had outscored Lincolnview 19-17 herself. Coach Dave Klemen and his staff pulled their starters with about 7 minutes to go in the fourth for good, but even the reserves got into the act as Nicole Kramer buried two 3 pointers to extend the lead. Never a squad to throw in the towel however the Lancers never gave up as they continued to try to battle back by scoring 10 points in the stanza to make the final 62-27 Ottoville. Siefker was the games leading scorer with 19 while her teammate Taylor Mangas chipped in 11 after battling back from an apparent ankle injury in the first half. Claire Dye was the only player in double figures for Lincolnview with 10 in the loss.

The Big Green upped their record to 24-o on the season while ending the Lancers 2012-13 campaign at 18-6. Ottoville will meet Crestview on Saturday night at Lima Senior for a chance at another District Championship, but will need to shore up their ballhandling as they committed 25 turnovers in the contest, a number that undoubtedly can not happen against a very stout Crestview defense if the Big Green look to advance to Regionals at Elida’s Fieldhouse next week.

Ottoville advances

The audio from both games is posted at http://www.michaelhirn.com/media/audio/

 

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Leipsic throttles North Baltimore

OTTAWA – The old adage about a game being close until tip-off was never proven more true than at Robert J Hermiller Gymnasium on Wednesday night. After Leipsic won the opening tipoff Devin Mangas went to work for the Vikings, hitting a three pointer to give his team a 3-0 lead just seven seconds in that they would never relinquish.

Leipsic utilized a tenacious press in the first quarter to steal any pass North Baltimore attempted and vaulted out to a 29-8 lead as the first stanza buzzer sounded. If you were one of the handful of Tiger fans it did not get any easier to stomach what happened next as the much bigger and faster Viking lineup put up 31 second quarter points to lead at the half 60-23. As the teams headed into the locker-room for a ten minute break the scoreboard showed the fans in attendance that Leipsic had four players in double figures.

Third quarter action was not very kind to the Tigers either as the only offense they were able to muster on a consistent basis came from Jacob Frost who chipped in a team high 14 once the smoke cleared. Heading into the final 8:00 there were only two questions remaining, could the Vikings hit 100 points for the third time this season and would every Viking get into the scorebook? Both of those questions were answered in the affirmative as a jumper by Oscar Lopez put the Vikings over the century mark with about two minutes to go. Derrick Bennett for the Vikings was the last player on his team to get points into the scoring column when he hit a runner to give Leipsic a 107-39 lead.

Leipsic with the win upped their record to 19-4 and will be back at Ottawa Glandorf on Friday night to play Cory Rawson at 8pm. North Baltimore with the loss saw their season end for the second consecutive year at OG, the site of a 71-12 loss last season and will finish 3-20. In the win Austin Brown led the way with 20 for the Vikings, Devin Mangas hit a trio of 3’s to finish with 19, and Zach Kuhlman with 16, very balanced scoring led the way for Leipsic in the win as Coach Scott Maag talked about after the game: http://chirb.it/ELN0qw

 

A look at the scoreboard after the game:

Leipsic wins big

Thursday night please tune in to hear myself and Steve Wiener as we will have two fantastic girls matchups as the 15-8 Kalida Wildcats will take on the 21-2 and top seeded Crestview Knights at 6:15pm from Lima Senior High School. Game #2 of the night will follow approximately 30 minutes after the first as the 23-0 Ottoville Big Green led by Abby Siefker will do battle with the 18-5 Lincolnview Lancers. All of the action from both games can be found on www.zsportslive.com channel z1 with pregame for the first contest starting at 5:50pm.

 

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Game Recap/Previews for this week

Tuesday night I had a chance to see Ottoville absolutely dismantle Perry and Kalida come back from a close first half to end the Fort Jennings Musketeers season.

Ottoville and Perry tipoff
Ottoville and Perry tipoff

Ottoville jumped out to a 25-1 lead during the first quarter and ended the stanza 28-5 after Perry hit a 22 foot three pointer with 9.8 seconds left in the first for their only bucket from the field in the quarter. The second quarter went a little better for the Commodores as they shot far better from the field, Ottoville still outscored them for the quarter however 27-20 to lead 52-25 at the half. 15 more Perry points in the third quarter including some NBA range three pointers propelled them to a decent quarter, but it was still all Ottoville at the end of three, 74-35. With their season on the line the Commodores never gave up on both ends of the floor, but in the end the Big Green were too much for Perry as they rolled to a 93-46 win to pick up their 22nd win on the season.

Going forward, Ottoville will next take on 5-18 Columbus Grove on Saturday night at 6:15 pm. You can hear the game live as it happens with myself and Steve Wiener on www.zsportslive.com channel z1 as the first of our two tournament games we will be covering that night. When these two programs hooked up on January 5th of this year it was a going away win for Ottoville as they prevailed 57-14. Will Saturday be a chance at redemption for the Bulldogs or more of the same for the Big Green?

Ottoville has relied most of the season on their Senior duo of future Bowling Green Falcon Abby Siefker and Rachel Beining. Those two along with superb shooting from Nicole Vorst, Rachel Turnwald and the injured Tonya Kaufman has propelled Coach Dave Klemen’s squad to a perfect regular season, a 22-0 record and a fourth consecutive Putnam County League title. Can they keep up the pressure not only on their opponents but also themselves as teams start doubling down low and scouting them harder in an attempt to dethrone them in what could be their last run at a state title? Well I guess time will tell, but right now I honestly can’t see anyone being able to hang with them for the foreseeable future. One of the key matchups that probably won’t get enough attention in my opinion beforehand is Ottoville’s Rachel Turnwald and Taylor Mangas defending speedy Grove guard Sidney McCluer, however if Beining and Siefker are dominating in the post like they did in game one between the two this year it might be a moot point.

Ottoville blows out Perry
Ottoville blows out Perry

Kalida’s Wildcats came into Tuesday night’s matchup with Fort Jennings having already have beaten the Musketeers handily at their place in December by a 50-27 score. Both teams didn’t have their best offensive nights early, but it was Kalida who got a spark near the end of the first half when Julia Vandemark hit a 3 near the buzzer to put the Wildcats ahead 24-22 at the break. Whatever the speech Kalida coach Adam Huber gave his team at the half must have been one for the ages as his Wildcats came storming out of the locker room in the third and took over with a 20-4 quarter that included two separate 10-0 runs to blow the game open. Kristi Honigfort added a pair of treys as well as a steal and a bucket during the second run to finish off her personal 8-0 run to end the third stanza and put Kalida ahead for good as they rolled to a  49-31 win for their 15th victory of the season.

Kalida ends Ft Jennings season
Kalida ends Ft Jennings season

With the victory the Wildcats will come back to Bluffton to play Continental on Saturday night at 8pm. Taylor Williamson and her Pirate teammates were not very good Valentines Day dates for Kalida as they came into the palace and brutalized the Cats and survived late while giving themselves the gift of a 32-26 PCL victory. Just as it was during their first meeting, the key matchup in this game will likely be in the point guard matchup as Taylor Williamson of Continental will once again lock horns with the speed and tenacious defense of Wildcat leader Summer Holtkamp.

Tournament season is one of my absolute favorite times of the year and with just two games under our belt already, I can see that this season is shaping up to be something special as we inch closer and closer to Columbus.

Please be sure to check out the audio page as you can hear these games on demand whenever you would like to.

Have a great day and an even better tomorrow.

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