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Riders stay perfect in WBL, blast Bulldogs

ST. MARYS, OH – Heading into Friday night’s WBL matchup with Elida, St. Marys mentor Doug Frye had never lost to the Bulldogs in his career as the head coach of St. Marys. Following Friday night’s game Doug Frye has still not lost to Elida in his career with the Riders as he moved to a personal mark of 15-0 with his teams 63-21 victory that keeps his team as the WBL’s lone unbeaten at 5-0 in league tilts.

A blue and gold offensive bonanza began on the first drive of the contest as the home squad moved 80 yards in 5:44 and into a lead they would never relinquish when Sean Perry blazed down the sideline for a 26 yard score and the first of his two scores on the evening to make it 7-0 St. Marys.

Points weren’t just coming from the offense in the sixth game of the year for the Riders, they came just as quickly on Elida’s first possession from the St. Marys defense when Jackson Harris pilfered an Isaac McAdams pass out of the air and rumbled 45 yards to push his team on top 14-0 with 4:14 left in the opening stanza.

Elida pulled to within 14-7 on their second possession of the game when McAdams was able to dive into the endzone to cap off a 12 play 79 yard drive with 1:53 but again their joy would be short lived as the Roughriders would quickly give themselves back a two score lead just moments later.

Following a kick return to the Elida 40 the Riders raced into the endzone behind the trio of Braeden Dunlap, Shannon Fowler, and ultimately Sean Perry who ended the three minute drive with a 5 yard score to run the score to 21-7 St. Marys.

Not to be outdone by the ball control of their opponents the Bulldogs ensuing drive covered 17 plays and six minutes before the WBL’s leading passer McAdams connected with Xavier Gilkey on a two yard score to pull Elida back to within seven points at 21-14 with 5:07 to go in the opening half.

Ty Schlosser’s first of four touchdown runs on the night came on a 4th down and 1 to go play at the Elida 5 when he rushed off right tackle and into the Elida endzone to finish off a 4:30 drive and give the Riders a 28-14 halftime advantage.

With Elida forced to punt away their opening possession of the second half the Roughriders ripped off another quick three minute drive and topped it up with Schlosser’s second touchdown, this time an 8 yard jaunt to push the score out to 35-14 St. Marys with 7:21 left in the games penultimate quarter.

Two straight turnover on downs on failed fourth down attempts gave St. Marys 14 more points on their next two drives as Schlosser rushed in for his third and fourth scores on the ground of the evening to give his team a 49-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. In scoring his fourth rushing touchdown of the night Schlosser equaled teammate Bo Kuenning as the only players this season to hit that mark for St. Marys.

Down to the final 9:39 of the contest the Riders began their fourth drive of the second half at the Elida 27 and utilized just a single rush from Shannon Fowler before his backfield mate Ty Howell ran for his first score of the season, a 25 yard journey that pushed his squad ahead 56-14.

Eddie Fowler’s first career touchdown run with 2:48 left in the fourth quarter gave the home team a reason to celebrate Homecoming weekend early as it topped off a 63-14 advantage for the blue and gold.

Despite being down big on the scoreboard it was the Bulldogs youngsters who picked up the games final score when freshman QB Carter Harsh scored from a yard out to provide the final points of a 63-21 win for St. Marys.

Elida sees their season record fall to 4-2 overall, and 3-2 in WBL play. The Bulldogs will next play host to Van Wert next Friday night.

St. Marys (5-1, 5-0) will entertain the Bath Wildcats next Friday night and look to keep their position at the top of the league in tact and unblemished.

Despite kicking eight extra points on the night following St. Marys touchdowns, Junior kicker Gabe Vandever came up just one XP short of tying the school record of 9 in a game set by Tom Waller against Shawnee in 1983.

In the first half the Roughriders were outgained by Elida 212-200 in total yards, but the second half saw a reversal of that stat as St. Marys finished the final two quarters by outgaining the visitors 271-59.

Offensively St. Marys was led on the ground by Sean Perry who rushed 21 times for 161 yards. Shannon Fowler finished with 96 yards on 9 totes of the football.

As of late Friday night according to Joe Eitel the Roughriders have moved up a spot from 4th to 3rd in Division 4’s Region 14 top 8 playoff chase: D4R14

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2017 St Marys Football by the numbers

ST MARYS, OH – When the Roughriders kick off their 2017 season next Friday night at Sidney they will do so for the first time since 2009 as the defending Western Buckeye League champions as they finished in a 3-way tie for the title during their 2016 run to the Regional Finals and an 11-2 record.

By virtue of their WBL title last season the Riders have now placed 23 conference championships for football in the trophy case at Memorial High School, the most in the league (Van Wert is next on the list with 18 all-time trophies).

This season the Riders will look to replace not only a lot of their leadership but also some of the most productive players in school history and break in new players to the starting lineup.

Week 1 will see St. Marys travel south to Sidney to continue their opening round battle against the Yellow Jackets. Last season the Riders survived a scare from a talented Sidney squad and emerged 43-39 winners after rallying from a 19 point deficit with a Julius Fisher score to secure the victory.

All-time against Sidney the Riders sport a 34-23-4 record, including wins in their last three contests in the series by a combined 154-88 margin. Three seasons ago St. Marys hung a school record 71 on the Yellow Jackets, but will find a high paced offense led by Northwestern commit Isaiah Bowser and dual threat QB Andre Gordon hungry to hand them an opening game loss.

When Week 2 rolls around the Riders will be looking to become the first WBL school to record 400 wins in conference play as they travel to Ottawa to tangle with the team who beat them last in league play and snatched a share of the league title in the OG Titans. QB play was a big positive for the Titans in their 13-7 win at Skip Baughman last season, but OG will be missing starter Jay Kaufman this season due to injury. St. Marys leads the all-time series 34-15-1, but have not beaten Ken Shriner’s crew since winning in Ottawa in 2009 21-13.

Weeks three and four of the season will welcome Van Wert and Shawnee to Skip Baughman. Van Wert who finished winless last season has not beaten the Riders at home since 2013 when they posted their only victory of the season there 41-32. Overall the Roughriders find themselves 53-37-6 against the Cougars.

Shawnee finished 2016 with just a single victory, 28-26 at Van Wert and will break in a new QB after the departure of last seasons starter Ray Manley and attempt to end their two game skid against St. Marys who they have beaten just 19 times overall in 55 opportunities.

Kenton’s Wildcats play host to the Riders in week five as they venture away from home for just a single game in the middle of a four game homestand. Two seasons ago St. Marys ended a 7 game Kenton series winning streak by rallying back from a 17-0 Wildcat lead and scored a 42-23 win behind a school record tying 3 touchdown passes from Dustin Howell. Overall the Riders hold a 54-25-2 advantage in the two teams meetings.

A two game home stand against two teams from Lima in Elida and Bath highlights weeks six and seven at Skip Baughman. Last season the Riders defeated both squads on the road and improved their records against them all-time to 39-8 (Elida), and 34-18 (Bath).

The Battle of Grand Lake St. Marys takes center stage in week eight as the Riders travel to take on their rivals the Celina Bulldogs. Last season the Riders were victorious at home but they will no doubt be looking to erase memories of a 28-21 loss to the green and white that kept them from a possible playoff berth. Overall the Riders have dominated the series with a 63-29-6 lead.

As the season winds down the Roughriders will return back to the confines of the blue and gold colored stadium they’ve called home for the past 80 plus years to take on a Defiance squad they dominated last season, but have struggled with historically and hold just a 29-21 series lead against.

There’s no telling how the playoff race will have shaken out for the first nine weeks when the Riders travel to Wapak to take on the Redskins in the seasons final regular season game, but recent history suggests no matter what it will be a playoff type atmosphere at Harmon Field. St. Marys picked up a 13-7 victory last season at home in Week nine and owns a 67-40-5 record against the Redskins.

Overall against this seasons regular week opponents the Roughriders sport a 442-235-25 record. On the road at the aforementioned venues St. Marys is 77-35, and 80-29 at home.

2017 Season Schedule
8/25 at Sidney
– Series record: St. Marys leads 34-23-4
– St. Marys at Sidney: St. Marys leads 12-5
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

9/1 at OG
– Series record: St. Marys leads 34-15-1
– St. Marys at OG: St. Marys leads 16-6
– Current streak: OG won last season

9/8 vs Van Wert
– Series record: St. Marys leads 53-37-6
– St. Marys home vs VW: leads 19-7
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

9/15 vs Shawnee
– Series record: St. Marys leads 35-19-1
– St. Marys home vs Shawnee: St. Marys leads 13-4
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 2 meetings

9/22 at Kenton
– Series record: St. Marys leads 54-25-2
– St. Marys at Kenton: St. Marys leads 15-8
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 2 meetings

9/29 vs Elida
– Series record: St. Marys leads 39-8
– St. Marys home vs Elida: St. Marys leads 19-3
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

10/6 vs Bath
– Series record: St. Marys leads 34-18
– St. Marys home vs Bath: St. Marys leads 15-7
– Current streak: St. Marys won last season

10/13 at Celina
– Series record: St. Marys leads 63-29-6
– St. Marys at Celina: St. Marys leads 19-6
– Current streak: St. Marys won last season

10/20 vs Defiance
– Series record: St. Marys leads 29-21
– St. Marys home vs Defiance: St. Marys leads 14-8
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

10/27 at Wapak
– Series record: St. Marys leads 67-40-5
– St. Marys at Wapak: St. Marys leads 15-10
– Current streak: St. Marys won last season

All games this season can be heard live starting with pregame at 6:30pm on K94.3 FM with myself and Dennis Cisco.

*Records and numbers compiled with help of Paul Sadler and Roughrider Football History Website

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Area hoopers earn NCAA Tournament bids

Northwest Ohio has long been blessed with an immense amount of talent from the boys basketball ranks and that was never more evident than this season as a host of prep stars earned bids to compete for their collegiate squads in the upcoming NCAA Men’s Division 1 and Division 2 Basketball Tournaments.

University of Dayton Sophomore Ryan Mikesell of St. Henry will take the short trip to Indianapolis this weekend as his Flyers (24-7) begin their march to the finals in the South Regional where they will battle the Wichita State Shockers (30-4) starting at 6:10pm on Friday night.

Joining Mikesell at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are the Lima Central Catholic duo of Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton who are both Freshmen at Northern Kentucky University (24-10) and just a year removed from a trip to the OHSAA State Tournament where they helped the T-Birds capture a Division 3 championship. NKU will begin their trek on Friday night around 9pm as they take on Southeastern Conference Champion Kentucky (29-5) in the first round.

Also in action in Indianapolis will be the Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan Wolverines (24-11) and last seasons OHSAA Division 1 Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio Xavier Simpson (Lima Senior) as he and his team make the four hour trip for a Friday morning 11:15am matchup with Oklahoma State (20-12).

8th seeded Wisconsin (25-9) who begins their play Thursday night at approx 8:45pm against ninth seeded Virginia Tech (22-10) in Buffalo, NY is well represented by young talent from Ohio as they feature a foursome of talented players from the Buckeye state. Representing close to the area are the duo of Seniors Nigel Hayes (Toledo Whitmer), and Bowling Green Bobcat standout Vitto Brown.

The Midwest Regional will feature the Purdue Boilermakers (25-7) and Elida product Dakota Mathis as they take on a 29-5 Vermont squad in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday at 6:27pm.

19-14 Michigan State takes a trek to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they look to advance past the Miami Hurricanes (21-11) and advance to the second round with Versailles Tiger and current Sophomore guard Kyle Ahrens on Friday at 8:20pm.

Ivy League Champion Princeton (23-6) will have Ottawa Glandorf big man Noah Bramlage with them as they head east to Buffalo on Friday night for an early morning 11:15am start against ACC Tournament finalist Notre Dame (25-9) at the Key Bank Center.

Already in full swing with their team deep in the Division 2 bracket and with a Wednesday night date in Louisville, KY against Bellarmine University at 7pm, the Findlay Oilers are well represented by local products as they feature Bath’s Taren Sullivan, Defiance’s Katwan Singleton, Martyce Kimbrough of Lima Central Catholic, Elijah Kahlig of Fort Recovery, Ricardo Smith from Toledo Whitmer, and Toledo Central Catholic’s Trey Buford among their ranks.

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Titans finish unbeaten at home, snag WBL share

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf played 14 players on Thursday night and saw all 14 players score on their way to a 77-27 victory that clinched the Titans at least a share of their second straight Western Buckeye League title.

It seems only right the Titans were led by their senior class in scoring as they wrapped up the home slate of their schedule with a perfect 13-0 record on senior night with their 21st victory of the season and with a season high offensive output.

Kylie White finished the game with 24 points and 8 rebounds and inched her way closer to becoming just the third 1,000 point scorer in Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans history. White took over early in the first quarter in her last go round at the Supreme Court as she accounted for nine of her points and a handful of rebounds. Fellow seniors Lexi Schroeder, Devon Warnecke, and Courtney Bockrath combined to score eight of the Titans first quarter markers and help the home team out to an 18-7 lead after the opening stanza.

Elida leading scorer and 2nd team Northwest District pick Shyah Wheeler pumped in all of her team high 11 points in the first half, including a shot from deep behind the three point line in the first quarter. Outside of Wheeler however the Bulldogs (7-15, 3-6) were held to just a pair of points each from Cienna Kuhn and Hope Carter in the opening 16 minutes and trailed 40-17 when the halftime buzzer rang out.

Seconds before the end of the first half and with her team already leading by 21, Mackenzie Meyer banked in a shot for the Titans to help push their lead on the visiting Bulldogs.

Eight Titans scored in the third period including Kadie Hempfling, the Northwest District Player of the Year who knocked in her only two of the contest. Behind a handful of steals the Ottawa Glandorf offense was able to put point after point on the scoreboard via the fast break as the home team outscored Elida 22-3 in the period led by five from Lexi Schroeder.

The lone basket of the third period for Elida came with 52.8 seconds left as Trinity Koger drilled a triple deep from the right wing.

Trailing 62-20 at the start of the fourth quarter and seeing a revolving door of young players from their opponents, the Bulldogs would connect on just a pair of shots from long distance from Koger and Jaydon Hollstein for their only two makes from the field in the final eight minutes of the game.

On the evening the Titans hit on 15 of 26 tosses from the free throw line, but it was White who did the most damage from the line in the fourth as she connected on 4/5 tosses before taking a seat for the final time with tears streaming down her face and hugs from her teammates on the OG bench waiting.

When the final horn hit the Titans found themselves on top of Elida for the 9th straight time and 18th in the last 19 meetings.

OG will travel to Wapakoneta on Saturday afternoon to finish off the regular season portion of their schedule as they take on the Redskins with the outright WBL championship on the line. The JV tips off at 2pm with the varsity to follow on WZOQ Radio.

Scoring:

OG (77):
Ashley Schroeder 4
Devon Warnecke 5
Carri Johnson 5
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 11
Masie Utrup 4
Kylie White 24
Courtney Bockrath 6
Kadie Hempfling 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
Kasey Ellerbrock 1
Peyton Warnecke 1

FT: 15/26
3PT: 2 (Johnson, L. Schroeder)
TO: 12

Elida (27):
Hope Carter 3
Cienna Kuhn 4
Jaydon Hollstein 3
Shyah Wheeler 11
Trinity Koger 6

FT: 5/10
3PT: 4 (Koger 2, Wheeler, Hollstein)
TO: 20

JV: OG 51-26

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Riders roll to 5-0

ELIDA, OH – For the second straight season the St. Marys Roughriders will find themselves at 5-0 when Week 6 of the regular season kicks off as they traveled to and defeated Elida 35-7 Friday night in a WBL tilt.

St. Marys wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on their opening drive as they traveled 70 yards on eight plays and found themselves on top 7-0 when Julius Fished rumbled past Bulldog defenders and into the endzone for a six yard score with just 2:45 coming off the first quarter clock.

Seth Warniment’s interception of a redirected pass from Elida QB Isaac McAdams would set the Roughriders up at their opponents 46, and again the visitors would waste little time as the Western Buckeye League’s leading rusher and scorer Eric Spicer burst in from 17 yards out to give his squad a 14-0 advantage with 4:53 to go in the opening stanza.

Three punts and a turnover on downs by the two teams slowed the scoring down in for a while in the game but McAdams draws on fourth down and moments later on a 23 yard touchdown run untouched up the middle cut the home team deficit to just 14-7 with 3:55 before the halftime break.

With all three timeouts and 65 yards to go before the half the Roughriders quick strike offense used :26 before upping their advantage to 21-7 at the break when Dustin Howell connected with Spicer on a screen pass that was turned into a 51 yard marker for St. Marys.

Just as it had happened on three straight possessions in the first half, three straight punts came and went before the Riders were able to add another score on the board.

Starting at their own 43 with 6:03 to go in the games penultimate stanza, St. Marys totaled 11 plays and finished with a Dustin Howell one yard touchdown run coupled with the ensuing extra point by Gabe Vandever to make it 28-7.

One of the longest drives of the season happened near the end of the game as the Roughriders began with 9:48 left in the fourth quarter at their own five. Utilizing five different ball carriers the Riders marched 95 yards and connected on a fourth down attempt on an 18 yard touchdown run by Eric Spicer who blazed past the orange and black defenders for the games final score to push the advantage to 35-7.

On the evening the Roughriders totaled 458 yards on 72 plays from scrimmage to 41 plays and 177 yards for Elida.

Rushing the football the visitors carried 68 times for 384 yards led by Spicer (16/162/2 td), and Julius Fisher who capped off his fifth game of the season of over 100+ yards with a 120 yard effort on 20 totes to go with his touchdown jaunt.

Dustin Howell completed 4/6 of his passes on the evening for 66 yards and a touchdown, the 51 yard connection with Eric Spicer in the second quarter to run his school record total to 18 for his career.

Elida sees their record drop to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in Western Buckeye League play and will travel to Van Wert to take on the 0-5 Cougars next Friday night.

St. Marys is now 5-0 on the season and sits tied with Ottawa Glandorf and Wapak at the top of the WBL standings at 4-0 in league contests. The Roughriders will look to avenge their first loss of last season next Friday night as they travel to take on the Bath Wildcats (1-4, 0-4).

Listen live to St. Marys vs Bath with myself and Phil Schumann on the call with the pregame beginning at 6:30pm here:K94.3 FM Celina

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West sweeps girls D8 games

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

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

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

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

Scoring:
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.

Scoring:

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)

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Titans claim sectional crown

LEIPSIC, OH – Ottawa Glandorf jumped out to an early lead and turned that lead into an even bigger advantage as they forced 28 turnovers and downed WBL rival Elida for the second straight game, this time eliminating the Bulldogs from the OHSAA Tournament with a 42-26 triumph.

Elida’s first three turnovers were quickly taken from one end of the Leipsic court to the other and deposited for baskets by the duo of Dani Ellerbrock and Lexi Schroeder in the opening minutes and forced the Bulldogs to call a timeout to attempt to regroup. Bailee Kuhn gave Elida their first and only point of the first period with 2:53 remaining in the opening stanza but the Bulldogs found themselves trailing 22-1 when the buzzer sounded to the Western Buckeye League champs.

Offensively Ottawa Glandorf was held to four points in the second quarter, all by Sophomore and conference player of the year frontrunner Kadie Hempfling that included a spinning layup to push the Titan advantage to 26-2. Mallory Etzler gave the visitors on the scoreboard their first make from the field with 2:43 left in the opening half to cut their opponents lead to 26-4.

Lexi Schroeder scored five of her game high 12 points in the third period as she connected on one of two triples for the Titans and helped her squad to a 35-12 lead at the end of the third.

Shyah Wheeler, the leading scorer for Elida on the season at 12.4 points per game scored eight of her team high 10 points in the final minutes of the game but was aided by just a pair of baskets from the field in the quarter from teammates Destiney Owens and Shelby Mowery and a free throw by Abby Smith in the scoring column.

With the 42-26 win the Titans (21-2) move on to play 13-10 Celina for a second time this season on Thursday at 8pm at Paulding High School in a game that will be broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.

Elida sees their season come to an end with 6 wins on the campaign and just one in WBL play.

Scoring:

OG (42):

Devon Warnecke 5
Carri Johnson 2
Dani Ellerbrock 6
Erin Kaufman 6
Kylie White 5
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kadie Hempfling 6

3PT: 2 (Warnecke, Schroeder)
FT: 2/12
TO: 21

Elida (26):

Destiney Owens 2
Cienna Kuhn 3
Shyah Wheeler 10
Shelby Mowery 3
Mallory Etzler 3
Bailee Kuhn 4
Abby Smith 1

3PT: 2 (Wheeler 2)
FT: 5/16
TO: 28

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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

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Riders rush past Bulldogs

ST. MARYS, OHIO – Three different backs recorded 100+ yards for St. Marys as they improved to 5-0 on the season by downing Elida 35-21 on Friday nights Homecoming Game inside Skip Baughman Stadium.

With a couple of backs banged up and still on the sideline for his team, Roughrider Head Coach Doug Frye has utilized a “next man up” mentality in at times to fill their holes. In the previous two contests one of those hole pluggers has been Julius Fisher. Coming into the contest with 8 carries for 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the season, Fisher had a career night running the football as he toted the ball 14 times for 114 yards and a score from 3 yards out.

Offensively the Roughriders had no problems moving the ball up and down the gridiron against the Elida defense as they racked up 495 yards on 62 plays from scrimmage, an average of 7.9 yards per play.

Starting from their own 23 yardline to begin the game, St. Marys took 4:20 off the clock and put themselves up 7-0 as Dustin Howell tossed his 6th touchdown pass of the year, a dart over the middle to wideout Austin Tester.

Eric Spicer, who finished the contest with 17 carries for 194 yards scored the Riders second touchdown of the game on their next drive as he jaunted in from 26 yards to finish off a quick 61 yard drive with 3:19 to go in the opening stanza.

Elida’s Logan Alexander, the WBL’s leading rusher coming into Week 5 got the visitors on the scoreboard and down just 14-7 on the following drive as he bullied himself into the endzone from a yard out with 11:01 remaining before the half.

Julius Fisher’s 3 yard touchdown run pushed the lead back to a pair of scores at 21-7 and finished off a 15 play 89 yard drive that spanned four and a half minutes.

Despite having thrown just one touchdown pass on the season, Alexander regained the form that saw him throw for 269 yards last season as he hit wide receiver Noah Mosely across the middle for a 33 yard score to close the gap to 21-14 heading to the halftime break.

For the second time in the game and with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter, Spicer waltzed into the endzone, this time from 35 yards out to give his team a 28-14 lead.

The final score of the game for Elida came from Alexander as he brought his team within 7 at 28-21 near the end of the third, from 3 yards out to finish off a 9 play 57 yard drive.

Dustin Howell’s touchdown run of a yard following a Randy Slife interception at the Elida 19 added the final touches on the contest for St. Marys as it pushed the final margin to 35-21 with 9:42 to go.

One of the best drives of the season would come for Elida on their last time handling the football as they utilized 5:29 and drove from their own 32 to the St. Marys 20 before seeing Grant Keith put an end to the scoring opportunity with an interception in the back corner of the endzone to seal the contest.

St. Marys second leading rusher on the season Logan Maze finished the ballgame with 108 yards to add the third 100+ yard rusher on the evening.

With the win the Roughriders improve to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Western Buckeye League. The first Friday in October will see St. Marys play host to the Bath Wildcats in a contest you can hear live on www.k943.com with the pregame beginning at 6:30pm.

Elida sees their record fall to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in WBL play, they will next play host to Van Wert (3-2) next Friday night.

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Bearcats, Bulldogs split doubleheader

Spencerville, Ohio – Both Spencerville and Elida utilized big innings in their doubleheader against one another to take one victory apiece Saturday afternoon.

Elida took game one against the Bearcats as the Bulldogs jumped out to 1-0 lead in the first two innings against Spencerville starting pitcher Nick Freewalt.

Spencerville would storm back in the second inning as they would put up 3 runs and go ahead 3-1 on the Bulldogs.

Elida got a run out of bases loaded situation in the second, and would tie the game on a Freewalt wild pitch in their half of the third inning. Things would get even better for the visitors in the inning as they took advantage of the bases still being loaded and there being just one out as they accounted for 6 runs and went ahead 7-3 heading into the bottom of the second.

With a four run deficit on the scoreboard the Bearcats got a run back on the first swing of the bottom half of the second inning when Thad Ringwald’s flyball down the left field line cleared the 305 foot distance to cut the lead to 7-4.

Hunter French came on in relief of Freewalt in the third inning for Spencerville and would inherit three runners on base with no outs. Elida would manage to get one of the runners in on a sacrifice fly to double up the Bearcats at 8-4.

9-5 would be the closest the Bearcats would get the score in the game as they did so on a French 2 out rbi in the 6th. A handful of wild pitches and a grand slam for the Bulldogs would provide the rest of the scoring as they would go on to win 15-5 and take game one of the afternoons doubledip.

Nick Freewalt took the loss for the Bearcats in the contest.

Freshman Brady Nolan took the hill for the Bearcats in the second game and settled into a nice groove early as his team sat the Bulldog hitters down 1-2-3 in the opening inning with a throw out on a stolen base attempt and a double play.

After being sent down in order themselves to in their first chance at the plate, the Bearcats hurler hit a pair of Elida hitters with no outs to open the next half inning. A ground out scored one of the two runners for the visiting team and put them on top of the scoreboard 1-0.

Mitchell Youngpeter, the Bearcats young catcher gave the Cats their first runner in scoring position of the contest as he slapped a ball into the outfield and zoomed into second base. Youngpeter would later be driven in to tie the game at 1-1 on a ball that took an awkward bounce for the Bulldogs second baseman and allowed the hitter to reach first base.

Nick Freewalt gave Spencerville their first lead of the game on his next foray to the plate as his single in the bottom of the third inning plated the second run of the game for the Cats.

Nolan would be taken off of the mound in the fourth inning after a pair of hitters reached base with just one out. Freshman Jaret Montenery would next inhabit the mound for the Bearcats and go the rest of the way for his squad. One of the runners that Montenery inherited from Nolan would come around to score and close the door on Brady’s line (3 1/3 innings, 2 runs, 3 hits) for the game and tie the contest at 2-2 heading into the bottom half of the fourth inning on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt attempt.

Jacob Meyer came around to score in the fifth inning from second base for Spencerville as he was driven in by Freewalt’s bloop single in the outfield to put the Bearcats on top 3-2. Spencerville would add 3 more runs in the inning (an rbi single from Youngpeter, a Brady Becker rbi single, and error by Elida). All four of the Bearcat runs in the inning came with just 1 out on the scoreboard.

Montenery sent the game into the bottom of the sixth inning at 6-2 Bearcats after he fanned the side for the Bulldogs. In their last at bat of the game the Cats would push across four more runs and go up 10-2 as a Youngpeter single scored a pair of the runs. Becker came up with his second rbi single of the contest just moments later as he pushed the score to 9-2 before he himself finished as the games final run when he reached home on an Elida wild pitch.

Jaret Montenery picked up his second win of the season for the Bearcats (3-7). Elida’s record after the split is now 6-7. Spencerville is next in action on Monday (4/20) against rival Delphos Jefferson at home in an NWC contest.

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