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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


Cavaliers outlast Wildcats

ELIDA, OH – While points were coming at a premium in the first half for Coldwater and Delphos Jefferson on Wednesday night in Elida they seemed to come by the bunches in the last two quarters for Cavalier junior Marcus Bruns as he dropped 18 of his game high 27 markers to lead his squad to a 53-46 victory.

Bruns, a 1st team Midwest Athletic Conference selection this season for the Cavaliers (12-11) eclipsed the 20 plus point marker for the sixth time on the season with and set a new season high to eclipse his 23 point performance in January against Celina.

Delphos Jefferson (9-14) was led on the evening by sophomore Hunter Mericle with 14 points that included a quartet of made three pointers. Mericle got things going right away for the Wildcats as he helped his squad to an 8-7 first quarter lead with a shot from beyond the arc. Teammate Tyler Bratton who finished with 13 on the evening pumped in half of his teams first quarter scores with short jump shots.

The two teams combined to hit three triples in the second quarter to help pick up the games tempo but it was again the Cavs leading scorer in Bruns who did the damage to the opposition as he tallied 7 quarter points. With a 2/3 effort at the free throw line mid-way through the quarter Bruns gave Coldwater the games first markers from either side in a nearly five minute span and pushed the Cavaliers into the lead 18-17 at the halftime stoppage.

In the first half the Wildcats found themselves at the line for just a pair of tosses, in the second half Jefferson however saw their chances to shoot with the clock stopped increase as the game began to be called tighter by the officials. Unfortunately for the Jeffcats however they were their own worst enemy from the charity stripe as they would finish just 4/11 while their opponents hit on 9 of their 13 chances in the game.

Foul trouble from a trio of players in the second half forced Delphos coach Jordan Jettinghoff to go to his bench early and often and search for extra scoring. Sophomore Doug Long tossed in a solid offensive effort in the final two periods as he ended with 4 points and helped to slow down the hot shooting Coldwater offense.

Marcus Bruns seemingly could do no wrong for the Cavaliers in the second half as he not only connected on a pair of technical foul free throws in the third stanza but also hit a three pointer and 7 of his 8 tosses from the charity stripe.

Grant Meyer and Jacob Wenning knocked down a trio of three pointers and Cole Frilling, who finished with 12 in the game hit a wide open shot in the fourth quarter to push the Cavs into the next round with a 53-46 victory.

Tyler Bratton (13), and Hunter Mericle had strong performances in the game for Jefferson but it wasn’t enough to keep the Wildcats from bowing out in the sectional round for the second straight season.

Coldwater will take on Lima Central Catholic at the Elida Fieldhouse on Friday night in the 8pm contest with the victory for the right to move on to the district level next week.


Coldwater (53):

Marcus Bruns 27
Grant Meyer 6
Cole Frilling 12
Jacob Wenning 6
Ben Wenning 2

FG: 19/52
3PT: 6/17 (Bruns 2, Meyer 2, J. Wenning 2)
FT: 9/13
TO: 7

Delphos Jefferson (46):

Brenen Auer 5
Davion Tyson 2
Tyler Bratton 13
Hunter Mericle 14
Alex Rode 8
Doug Long 4

FG: 19/44
3PT: 4/15 (Mericle 4)
FT: 4/11
TO: 5


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)


Titans clinch 8th WBL title in win over Elida

ELIDA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf got up early on their opponent in the first quarter for the second game in a row and forced a myriad of turnovers en route to a 59-32 win over Elida Thursday night. With the win the Titans clinched their 5th outright Western Buckeye League championship in school history and first since 2006.

OG jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening minutes behind a trio of buckets from Kadie Hempfling and forced Elida into a timeout midway through the first period. Elida’s first basket of the contest came with :52 remaining in the opening quarter from Cienna Kuhn that put a stop to a 12-0 Titan run. Shyah Wheeler, the Bulldogs leading scorer on the season at 12.2 points per game connected on a runner at the horn that sent the game to a stoppage at 14-4 with the visitors in the lead.

Senior point guard Dani Ellerbrock scored six of her eight points in the game in the first half, including 4-4 from the free throw line as she helped push the Titan lead to 23-8. With 3:07 remaining in the second quarter the Bulldogs got themselves in double figures as Junior Lauren Alexander notched her only points of the game on a three pointer from the wing.

Kylie White, Kadie Hempfling, and Lexi Schroeder, the three top scorers in the game for OG accounted for 25 of their teams 31 points in the opening pair of quarters and 44 of the 59 overall.

The Titans outscored Elida 28-18 in the second half en route to the win led by seven different players etching their names in the scoring.

Ottawa Glandorf was led in scoring for the 9th time this season by Hempfling who finished with 20 points to go with 7 rebounds and 5 steals. White finished with another double double as she accounted for 15 markers, 12 rebounds and 5 thefts of her own.

With the win the Titans finish the regular season at 20-2 for the second consecutive regular season. The #1 seed in the Division 2 Paulding District, the Titans will open their tournament run on February 20th at 6:15pm in Leipsic against either Bryan or the same Elida Bulldogs in a game that will be broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.

Elida finishes their regular season at 5-17, and were led in scoring by Bailee Kuhn who accounted for 11 points.


OG (59):
Dani Ellerbrock 8
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Nina Brown 2
Kylie White 15
Lexi Schroeder 9
Kadie Hempfling 20
Courtney Bockrath 3

TO: 15
FT: 13/20
3PT: 2 (Schroeder 2)

Elida (32):
Lauren Alexander 3
Cienna Kuhn 6
Shyah Wheeler 9
Mallory Etzler 1
Bailee Kuhn 11
Abby Smith 2

TO: 17
FT: 4/9
3PT: 2 (Alexander, Wheeler)

JV: OG 41-33 (Titans finish 9-13 in JV action this season)


Boys District 8 All-Star Game Results

ELIDA, OHIO – Last years District 8 All-Star Games were about dunks, this year the games were about three pointers as only 4 dunks were thrown down Tuesday night.

In the first game of the night, the Division 1/2/3 game the West came away with a 98-96 win and avenged last seasons 150-97 loss to the East. Shawnee Indian product Jaquan Tucker (West) led all scorers in the contest with 40 points, including 6 three pointers. Not to be outdone however, the East’s Elijah Pughsley (Lima Senior) scored 35 points of his own including 10 shots from behind the arc in his last game close to home before jettisoning off to play his college ball at Western Carolina.

Combined in the contest the two squads combined to connect on 31 shots from behind the arc, 15 for the West and 16 for the East. Evan Prenger of St. Henry scored 18 in the contest as he connected on 6 three pointers and was followed closely by Katwan Singleton of the State Champion Defiance Bulldogs with 17 points for Celina Coach Chris Bihn’s Western squad. Ryan Hoyng, the Western Buckeye League Player of the Year was the only other player to finish in double figures as he netted 11 markers.

Blanchard Valley Conference Coach of the Year Ben Gerken (Liberty Benton) was the mentor of the East squad and finished with three players outside of Pughsley in double figures as Austin Phillips (Kenton) had 20, Jon Daegar (LB) tossed in 19, and Elida’s Austin Allemeir delighted the home fans with 12 points in his last contest at the Fieldhouse.


West (98):

Connor Holliday (Van Wert) 3
Evan Prenger (St. Henry) 18
Jaquan Tucker (Shawnee) 40
Logan Delong (Celina) 4
Ryan Hoyng (Celina) 11
Katwan Singleton (Defiance) 17
Quinn Zaerr (St. Marys) 5

Playing but not scoring: Grant Laffin (Celina)
Not able to make it: Tanner Bates (Parkway), Adam Henderson (Wapak)

East (96):

Levi Kistler (Bluffton) 2
Austin Allemeir (Elida) 12
Elijah Pughsley (Lima Senior)35
Draeton Fasone (Van Buren) 6
Clark Etzler (Elida) 2
Austin Phillips (Kenton) 20
Jon Daegar (Liberty Benton) 19

Playing but not scoring: Ilias Wright (Lima Senior)
Not able to make it: Jake Williams (LCC)

Last season it was the first game that was the blowout of the two contests, this year it would prove to be the second as the East romped to a 105-77 win in the Division 4 contest led by 16 points each from New Bremen’s Carson Manger and Lincolnview’s Justis Dowdy.

With their head coaches in Aaron Elwer (Delphos St. Johns), and Kurt Goettemoeller (Marion Local) in charge, a pair of Bluejays (Andy Grothaus/Alex Odenweller) and a pair of Flyers (Luke Knapke/Ryan Bruns) would have a big night as the four players combined for 40 of their squads points on the night.

Knapke, a 6’10 center headed to play his college ball at the University of Toledo would also set the tone inside as he was responsible for a pair of eye popping slam dunks in the contest en route to 15 points and double digit rebounds.

Jace Darbyshire, the NWC and PCL Player of the Year, and the Perry Commodores all-time leading scorer Jared Poling would each finish with 13 points to lead the West who were coached by Nick Latta (McComb), and Jason Vermillion (Arlington) in scoring in the loss.

16 three pointers found their way through the nets for each side in the contest, led by four from the East’s Manger (headed to Lake Superior State University).


East (105):

Andy Grothaus (DSJ) 11
Alex Odenweller (DSJ) 4
Devin Kortokrax (Kalida) 10
Justis Dowdy (Lincolnview) 16
Carson Manger (New Bremen) 16
Andrew Arnett (New Knoxville) 8
Brandt Landin (Ottoville) 10
Luke Knapke (Marion Local) 15
Ryan Bruns (Marion Local) 10
Matthew Trushaw (Minster) 2

West (77):

Jace Darbyshire (Columbus Grove) 13
Austin Smith (Vanlue) 6
Aaron Starr (Arlington) 7
Grant McBride (Ada) 2
Trey Hanes (McComb) 7
Clay Grubb (McComb) 10
Markus Howell (Temple Christian) 5
Matthew Alspach (Cory Rawson) 11
Jared Poling (Perry) 13
Colin Fenstermaker (Pandora Gilboa) 2


East/West split Girls D8 game wins

ELIDA, OHIO – Monday night was one last opportunity for some Senior ladies to hit the high school hardwood one final time at the Elida Fieldhouse in the 39th annual District 8 Coaches Association All-Star Games.

In the first game of the night the Division 1-2-3 girls took the court with the East team coached by Liberty Benton mentor Nate Irwin came away with a 67-65 win over LCC coach Katie Krieg’s West squad. Game 2 featured the Division 4 All-Stars and was a runaway result with the West winning by a 70-36 margin.

Future Wright State Raider Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) continued a big couple of days shooting the basketball in All-Star games (17 the day before in the BVC/PCL All-Star game in Findlay) as she knocked down 7 from behind the arc en route to a game high 23 points. For her efforts Simon was rewarded with player of the game honors. Joining Simon in double figures were Carly Clum (Allen East), Abby Waddle (Elida), and Rachel Evans (Shawnee) all with 13 apiece.

The West squad was led in scoring by Wapak’s Megan Watt who tossed in 4 triples of her own en route to a team high 15 points. Wapak teammate Carly Buzzard added 10 points and was the only other player in double figures in the loss.


East (67):

Carly Clum (Allen East) 13
Abby Waddle (Elida) 13
Rachel Evans (Shawnee) 13
Lauren Kotey (Liberty Benton) 3
Maryssa Herschler (Shawnee) 4
Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) 23

3’s (14): Clum 2, Waddle 3, Evans 2, Simon 7

On the roster but not able to make the game: Alyssa Manley (Bath), Cassie Best (Bath), Bri Smith (Bath), Imara Haynes (Lima Senior)

West (65):

Megan Watt (Wapak) 15
Hannah Bruns (Coldwater) 8
Sarah Kanney (Coldwater) 9
Brooke Welsch (Coldwater) 6
Sydney Santaguida (LCC) 2
Kayla Verhoff (LCC) 3
Erin Morrow (Van Wert) 5
Carly Buzzard (Wapak) 10
Alexis Dowdy (Van Wert) 7

Playing but not scoring: Lauren Schrag (Defiance)

3’s (10): Watt 4, Kanney 3, Verhoff, Morrow, Buzzard

The West jumped out to an early lead in the Division 4 game and never looked back as they led 39-18 after the first 20:00 half and walked away with a 70-36 win to the delight of their two head coaches in Dan Grouthaus of Delphos St. Johns and Adam Huber of Kalida.

Mackenzie Riggenbach of Crestview led the victorious West squad in scoring with a game high 13 points and was joined in scoring by Knights teammate and 1,000 point prep scorer Lindsey Motycka who finished with 8 points in her last contest at the Fieldhouse before heading north to play her college ball at Lourdes University just outside of Toledo. Allie Thobe, the Midwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year added 10 points to join Riggenbach as the only two players in double figures.

A pair of players from the Blanchard Valley Conference in Arlington’s Hannah Johnson and the BVC Player of the Year in Arcadia’s Molly Glick finished with 10 points each for coaches Gary Kreinbrink of Leipsic and Bill Tafflinger of Ada in the loss.



Julia Thatcher (Lincolnview) 8
Allie Thobe (Marion Local) 10
Logan Arnold (Minster) 8
Alexis Wuebker (Minster) 9
Lindsey Motycka (Crestview) 8
Annie Lindeman (Ottoville) 3
Mackenzie Riggenbach (Crestview) 13
Tori Lennartz (Fort Recovery) 5
Meg Reineke (New Knoxville) 8

3’s (11): Arnold, Wuebker 2, Motycka, Lindeman, Riggenbach 3, Lennartz, Reineke

Playing but not scoring: Bridget Culp (Delphos Jefferson), Jackie Gardner (Kalida)

East (36):

Alexis Ambrugey (Ada) 2
Hannah Johnson (Arlington) 10
Megan Ritter (Cory Rawson) 4
Molly Glick (Arcadia) 10
Shay Moorman (Leipsic) 2
Kelly Nadler (Leipsic) 8

3’s (4): Johnson 2, Glick, Nadler

Playing but not scoring: Tori Wyss (Ada), Lindsey Walden (Ada), Kendra Tuttle (Cory Rawson)


OG races past Coldwater to District Finals

Both teams got off to a slow start shooting the ball Thursday night but once the Titans got it going they hit nearly half of their shots from the field en route to a 52-33 victory over Coldwater that propels them into the District Finals on Saturday afternoon.

Coldwater, coming off of an overtime victory against Columbus Grove on Saturday got the first basket of the game but it took them 2 minutes in the opening quarter to do so. OG responded to tie the game at 2-2 over a minute later before Coldwater pushed their lead out to 6-6 midway through the period. Defense was the story of both the early part and the finish of the first quarter as the Cavs broke an 8-8 tie with 1:57 remaining in the first with a bucket that would put their lead to 10-8 heading into the second quarter.

Ottawa Glandorf outscored the Cavaliers 34-18 over the next two quarters as they used a torrid shooting performance from the floor coupled with many Coldwater turnovers to do so.

Things would not get much better for the MAC representative in the final 8:00 as the Titans connected on many of their 15 makes from the free throw line to seal the win. For the game OG finished at 15/18 from the charity stripe, including 12/13 from Senior Elissa Ellerbrock.

47 combined turnovers in the contest kept both teams from being able to get into their offensive flow they are used to having until the second half.

Elissa Ellerbrock led all scorers with 23 points in the game to along with her 10 rebounds and 4 steals. OG (22-2) will return to the fieldhouse on Saturday to take on the #2 team in Division 3, the Liberty Benton Eagles. LB is the last team to have beaten OG as they did so back on December 29th of last year by a 49-41 margin at the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

One scary moment for the Titans came late in the first half as Sophomore starter Kylie White went down with an injury and did not return to the contest. Her status for Saturday is unknown as of now.

Coldwater finishes their season at 13-11 and were led in scoring by All-MAC selection Erica Sudhoff who tossed in 12 points for her squad.


OG (52):

Dani Ellerbrock 12
Elissa Ellerbrock 23
Kadie Hempfling 2
Anna Bellman 3
Erin Basinger 8
Lexi Schroeder 4

FG: 17/39 (43.6%)
3: 1/11 (9.0%) – E. Ellerbrock
FT: 15/18 (83.3%)
Reb: 38 (17 offensive) – E. Ellerbrock 10
Ast: 12 (5 players with 2 each)
Blk: 1 (Lexi Schroeder)
TO: 22

Coldwater (33):

Maura Hoying 4
Brooke Welsch 7
Hannah Bruns 4
Erica Sudhoff 12
Lauren Leugers 2
Denise Schwieterman 2
Emma Homan 2

FG: 11/35 (31.4%)
3: 2/7 (28.6%) – (Welsch, Sudhoff
FT: 5/9 (55.6%)
Reb: 27 (10 offensive) – Maura Hoying 6
Ast: 8 (Hoying 3)
TO: 25


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.

Here the broadcast here with myself and Steve Wiener via www.zsportslive.com :

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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


Miller City, Crestview roll on

A District Tournament doubleheader on Tuesday night in Elida provided two drastically different games for fans to see.

In the first game the NWC Champion Crestview Knights upped their perfect record on the season to 24-0 with a 65-34 victory over Columbus Grove. For the second time this season the Bulldogs lost to the Knights, but this time they didn’t get as close as they did in their OT loss during the regular season in Convoy.

Crestview utilized a 16-2 run before Grove could get their bearings on the Union Bank Court and continued the onslaught behind a trio of triples in the first half from off the bench by Isiah Simmerman who finished the game with 11.

Led by All-NWC players including the NWC Player of the Year Damian Helm (14 points), Crestview utilized the three point arc all night long as they finished 7-15 from deep. Hitting a ton of 3’s is no new feat for the Knights as they shoot 34% from there on the season, an unusually high number for a high school basketball team that has taken as many shots as they have.

Grove was led in scoring by All-NWC and PCL 1st team selection in Senior Will Vorhees and 2nd team selection in Junior Jace Darbyshire with 12 apiece.


Always a class act, Vorhees proved how much respect he has for his opponents as he walked first to the Crestview bench to shake hands with Coach Best and his staff before taking a seat on the bench in his final game as a high schooler to a standing ovation from the Grove crowd in attendance.

In the nightcap, it would be easy to say that Delphos St. Johns and Miller City both got off to a slow start. Delphos St. Johns got on the scoreboard first at the 3:47 mark of the 1st quarter as they hit 1 of 2 free throws to lead 1-0. At the end of the first quarter however it was Miller City who led 6-3.

The second stanza did not prove fruitful for the Bluejays as they did not make their first free throw in the game until almost 3 minutes in, and only put up 7 points in the quarter as they trailed 18-10 at the break.

Miller City would find themselves facing a Bluejays squad with a renewed vigor in the second half that came out swinging as they tied it up to end the 3rd at 23 after a 13 point 3rd quarter.

The final stanza played out like a heavyweight prize fight, as both teams bumped and bruised not only each other but also the rims and backboards with their misses. Miller City would go on to finish 13-47 from the field while the Jays went 14-49 overall.

With their season on the line late, the Wildcats were able to have their leaders in Adam Drummelsmith and Adam Niese, both All-PCL selections connect from the free throw line and survive a DSJ onslaught for the 39-36 win. DSJ and Miller City have played 4 times at the Fieldhouse with each of them now having two wins apiece.


Friday night in Elida will see Miller City at 16-8 taking on the 24-0 Crestview Knights for a D4 District Title and a chance to move to the Regionals at BGSU’s Stroh Center early next week. On December 27th this season, the Knights bludgeoned the Cats by 22 and will be looking for a similar outing this time around.

Will Crestview pick up win #25 this season or will Miller City keep their best season in over 20 years going? Tune into www.zsportslive.com at 7pm on Friday night to find out as myself and Steve Wiener will have the call of all the action.