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District 8 Boys All-Star Game results

ELIDA, OH – Tuesday night the boys 2017-18 basketball season wrapped up in Elida as the District 8 All-Star games took place with the sides splitting the two contests.

Game 1: D1-2-3
East 114
West 94


Isaac McAdams (Elida) 13
Chad Frey (Bath) 20
Austin May (L. Benton) 6
Jacob Logsdon (Findlay) 22
BJ Miller (Lima Sr) 5
Will Poling (L. Benton) 14
Skyler Smith (Elida) 5
Daniel Unruh (Elida) 18
Mark Janowski (LCC) 6
Donte Johnson (Elida) 5

3PT: 22 (Logsdon 7, Frey 6, Unruh 4, Poling 2, McAdams, Johnson, Smith)


Alex Rode (D. Jeff) 9
Austin Wilker (St. M) 2
Derek Albers (Coldwater) 10
Jacoby Kelly (VW) 16
Bryce Schroeder (OG) 13
Jake Dible (OG) 6
Harrison Gough (Bath) 11
Jace Copeland (Wapak) 5
Jay Kaufman (OG) 14
Tyler Bratton (D. Jeff) 8

3PT: 10 (Kelly 3, Schroeder 3, Kaufman 2, Copeland, Rode)

Game 2: D4
West 94
East 85


Tyler Mescher (Marion Local) 9
Logan Kemper (Ottoville) 10
Cole Horstman (Ft Jennings) 15
Mark Kuhlman (Miller City) 10
Derek Stout (Crestview) 14
Richard Cocuzza (DSJ) 7
Tyler Schlarman (St Henry) 5
Caden Ringwald (Lincolnview) 8
Nathan Tinnerman (N. Knoxville) 15

Playing but not scoring: Brandon Wehri (Ft Jennings)

3PT: 15 (Tinnerman 3, Ringwald 2, Kemper 2, Kuhlman 2, Stout 2, Mescher, Schlarman, Cocuzza, Horstman)


Noah Howell (Temple Christian) 8
Jacob Rider (McComb) 2
Drew Johnson (PG) 14
Logan Schroeder (Grove) 8
Eli Phillips (PG) 14
Levi Squire (Arcadia) 6
Ethan Swaney (Ada) 4
Eric Ritter (Cory Rawson) 13
Logan Dray (Perry) 17

Playing but not scoring: Caleb Price (Arlington)

3PT: 19 (Dray 5, Johnson 4, Ritter 3, Howell 2, Schroeder 2, Squire 2, Phillips)


Pickerington claims Tawa Run Classic title

OTTAWA, OH – Pickerington claimed the Tawa Run Classic Championship late Sunday afternoon as they rallied to defeat Findlay Post 3 10-6 in an 8 inning affair that featured multiple lead changes throughout.

Pickerington quickly took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the opening inning with Connor Ayers being hit by a pitch from Chandler Stillings and saw him brought in on a hit to right field by Donnie Waldrop who would come around to score himself before the inning ended with a strikeout by Stillings of Andrew Troup.

Grant Akin led off the game for Findlay in the bottom of the first by drawing a walk from Jordan Grubb (Walsh University) and was brought in to the score the games first run on an RBI single by teammate Nathan Insley (Arlington).

Three runs in the bottom of the second inning put Findlay ahead as Post 3’s Alec Harter reached on an error and was knocked in by Akin to tie the game at 2-2. Sam Palm’s RBI triple would account for the go ahead run before he scored to push the lead to 4-2 heading to the bottom half of the second stanza.

Following an inning in which Pickerington was unable to capitalize on a pair of singles, Findlay tossed in two more runs as catcher Kyle Reinbolt and Harter were driven in by Trey Bame and his one out double to make the score 6-2 in Post 3’s favor.

Newark Catholic catcher Mitch Lohr drew the first of his three consecutive walks to lead off the top of the fifth and counted as the third run of the game as he would score on Evan Young’s double. With the game 6-3 in Findlay’s favor Pickerington added a two RBI triple from Nick Whetnall (Tiffin University) that cut the lead to just one before Grubb and Collin Conrad (Fairmont State) fell victim to strikeouts by Elmwood reliever Trevor Solether that ended the frame.

Two runners reached for Findlay in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the threat did not come to pass as Solether and Reinbolt were erased via a 4-6-3 double play.

Trailing 6-5 going into their final at bats of the game Pickerington looked to have a leadoff hit but a line drive from Waldrop was snagged by Findlay second baseman Palm for the first out. Evan Young and Nick Whetnall’s back to back singles gave their team runners on first and second base before a sacrifice fly off the bat of Troup moved the two runners up a base.

Alex Ritton (Fairfield Union), pinch hitting for Collin Conrad in the sixth spot drove in the tying run and sent the game to extra innings tied at 6-6 when Findlay was unable to put up a run in the bottom half of the seventh.

An offensive barrage for Pickerington in the eighth inning began with AJ Snyder singling to the outfield before being thrown out attempting to steal second base. Mitch Lohr’s third consecutive walk put a runner on first with one out and sent the teams leadoff hitter to the plate. A Findlay error put a runner at first as Lohr moved to third base before the second out of the inning erased Harlan at second base on a fielders choice from Donnie Waldrop.

After Lohr’s run broke the tie, Pickerington got a single from Young and a pair of run scoring doubles from Whetnall and Grubb to go ahead 10-6 in with just half an inning left to play.

Johnny Putnam (Otterbein) started off the eighth by getting a groundout and then quickly struck out Insley on a full count for the second out of the inning. After allowing a two out walk to Phillip Buckingham, Putnam struck out Kyle Reinbolt to end the game and give Pickerington the win to clinch the Tawa Run Classic.


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)


Harter pitches Findlay past Ottawa

OTTAWA, OHIO – Alex Harter went seven innings for his second straight start but unlike his last outing he came away with a win as Findlay Post 3 defeated Ottawa Thursday night 9-4 in a 9 inning American Legion Baseball contest at Memorial Field.

Ottawa’s Adam Purdy (Elida HS) got two quick outs to begin the game on the mound and was able to survive a full count walk of DH Maxwell Rinebolt (Findlay HS), and a single to a former member of the 63rd in McComb graduate Clay Grubb with a strikeout of Chandler Stillings (Findlay HS) to end the top of the first inning without surrendering a run.

Tristen Becker (St. Marys) who finished 3/5 in the contest got the offense going for Ottawa in the bottom of the first as he slapped a 2-1 pitch into the outfield for the first hit of the game. Brad Croy (OG) and Purdy himself would each reach on errors in the inning, the second of which would bring Becker in to score and put the home team up 1-0 heading to the second.

After a scoreless second inning from both squads, Findlay sent eight hitters to the plate in the third and hung three runs on the scoreboard as catcher Wyatt Young (Liberty Benton) singled and scored in the inning. Ross Adolph (Van Buren/University of Toledo) picked up his only hit of the day immediately after Young and also came around to score on a Grubb sac fly RBI. Rinebolt who finished the day 1-3 with a pair of walks drove in Young with an RBI single before being brought in himself on a Stillings single to see the visitors lead rise to 4-1 after 2.5 innings played.

Ottawa got a leadoff single in the bottom of the third inning from Becker, but he was thrown out attempting to steal second base on a two strike count to Jared Davis (Bath), and his team was sent down in order 1-2-3 for the second consecutive inning.

Connor Curlis of Findlay High School, who is headed to The Ohio State University to play his college baseball led off the inning but grounded out to Croy at short. Curlis would finish his day 0-5 against the three pitchers utilized by Ottawa. Young and Adolph followed Curlis by grounding out and flying out to end the Findlay fourth.

Harter would allow four singles by the Fighting 63rd over the course of the next three innings, but none would advance past second as he headed to the bench leading 8-1 with a line of of 7IP, 6K, 1 walk, 6 hits, 1 run.

With Kersh in now in his third inning on the mound in the top of the eighth inning, Findlay would add the games last run as Grubb collected his second RBI of the game by bringing in Phillip Buckingham (Elmwood HS) who had picked up a one out double.

Malachi Abbot, a Sophomore pitcher from McComb High School would take over for Harter as the 8th inning began. Things did not go smoothly for Abbott in the stanza as he began by giving up a single to Croy and a double to Purdy which brought across the second Ottawa run of the game. After St. Marys’ graduate Isaac Fitzgerald was walked, consecutive wild pitches would move he and Purdy up two bases each and bring Purdy in to score to cut the Findlay lead to 9-3. Brad Stolly, the second year member of the Fighting 63rd (LCC) was also walked in the inning and would be moved to second on an RBI single by OG’s Chandler Kersh who had come on in the sixth inning to pitch that made it 9-4 Findlay. Unfortunately for Ottawa, Fred Shepard (Continental), Jackson Lammers (Miller City), and Becker would all go down as outs to end the inning and send the game into the 9th inning.

Seth Evans (Ada HS) who came into the game for Ottawa in the 8th inning as a defensive replacement struck out to begin the frame, and Croy grounded out to first for a pair of quick outs to open the games final at bat for Ottawa. Adam Purdy who had moved to Right Field after his five innings on the mound (2K, 2 walks, 7 hits, 5 runs, 1 wild pitch) singled to keep the inning going, but would be stuck at third base when the game ended after being moved over by a pair of Abbott wild pitches. After Fitzgerald was walked to keep the inning going, Stolly grounded out to end the game.

Findlay is now 5-1 and has won 5 straight games, they will play host to Ottawa at Flag City Field on Thursday, July 9th.

Ottawa (4-2) will host the Tawa Run Classic this weekend and be in action for three games: Friday at 6pm vs Fostoria, Saturday at 3pm vs Piqua, and 6pm vs Ashley Legion. For more information on the Tawa Run Classic check out the 63rd’s website at Ottawa Legion Baseball.

WP: Harter (1-1)
LP: Purdy (0-2)

Ottawa 10
Findlay 11

Ottawa 1 (Croy)
Findlay 4 (Buckingham 3, Sendelbach)


BVC posts All-Star sweep

FINDLAY, OHIO – The first annual Blanchard Valley Conference vs Putnam County League All-Star game took place on Sunday afternoon at the University of Findlay’s Croy Gymnasium and both the BVC boys and girls walked away with wins.

Molly Glick, an Arcadia product headed to play her college ball at Northern Kentucky University led the BVC girls with 19 points and was one of three players in double figures in their squad’s 78-55 win. Shay Moorman of Leipsic, the PCL player of the year led her team with 15.

Arcadia players had a good night during the set of games as Josh Ireland scored 24 points and began the game with an emphatic dunk as his league posted their first victory in the series 107-91. Adam Niese of Miller City led the PCL with 21 points.

Girls scoring:

BVC (78):

Hailey Buck (McComb) 10
Lauren Kotey (Liberty Benton) 7
Hannah Johnson (Arlington) 5
Megan Ritter (Cory Rawson) 9
Nichole Miller (Van Buren) 2
Kendra Tuttle (Cory Rawson) 9
Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) 17
Molly Glick (Arcadia) 19

3’s (6) – Buck 3, Tuttle 2, Simon

PCL (55):

Jenna Calvelege (Ft. Jennings) 3
Jackie Gardner (Kalida) 2
McKenna Scott (Continental) 3
Shalynn Moorman (Leipsic) 15
Kelly Nadler (Leipsic) 4
Becca Endicott (Columbus Grove) 12
Gabby Clippenger (Ft. Jennings) 6
Annie Lindeman (Ottoville) 10

3’s (7): Calvelege, Moorman 2, Clippenger 2, Lindeman 2

Boys Scoring:

BVC (107):

Matthew Alspach (Cory Rawson) 15
Trey Hanes (McComb) 9
Lane Bishop (North Baltimore) 4
B.J. Lawson (Liberty Benton) 5
Draeton Fasone (Van Buren) 10
Aaron Starr (Arlington) 10
Jon Dager (Liberty Benton) 13
Josh Ireland (Arcadia) 24
Clay Grubb (McComb) 8
Ryan Lommerse (Hopewell-Loudon) 9

3’s (17): Alspach 3, Hanes, Bishop, Lawson, Fasone 2, Starr 2, Dager 2, Ireland 4, Lommerse

PCL (91):

Gabe Williams (Continental) 13
Tyler Roby (Ottoville) 5
Brandt Landin (Ottoville) 10
Joey Warnecke (Columbus Grove) 4
Jared Snyder (Miller City) 10
Austin Kehres (Ft. Jennings) 2
Devin Kortokrax (Kalida) 17
Adam Drummelsmith (Miller City) 9
Adam Niese (Miller City) 21

3’s (4): Williams, Roby, Drummelsmith, Niese


Grubb, Gerken named BVC player/coach of the year

McComb Senior Clay Grubb has been named as the Blanchard Valley Conference Player of the Year while Liberty Benton Head Coach Ben Gerken snagged the Coach of the Year award after leading the Eagles to a 12-0 league record.

Grubb who is headed to Ohio Dominican University on a baseball scholarship this fall, averaged 15.8 points per game and will be joined on the first team by North Baltimore’s Chad Wright, Vanlue’s Austin Smith, Liberty Benton’s Anthony Masterlasco, Draeton Fasone of Van Buren, and Josh Ireland of Arcadia.

Second team honors went to Nathan Craft from BVC champ Liberty-Benton, Matthew Alspach of Cory-Rawson, Matt Glick from Arlington, Leipsic’s Jordan Brown, Colin Fenstermaker of Pandora-Gilboa, and Braxton Fasone from Van Buren.

Jon Dager of Liberty-Benton leads the third team and is joined by Trey Hanes from McComb, Shae Watkins of Arcadia, Lane Bishop of North Baltimore, Ryan Lommerse from Hopewell-Loudon, and Grant Loveridge of Riverdale.

26 players were named to the Honorable Mention BVC list:

ARCADIA: Hayden Ramsey, Dylan Conine

ARLINGTON: Logan Speyer, Aaron Starr

CORY-RAWSON: Ian Moser, Spencer Silvers

HARDIN NORTHERN: Andrew Stump, Zach Wilhelm

HOPEWELL-LOUDON: Garret Sendelbach, Gauge Sadler

LEIPSIC: Ross Mangas, Matt Schroeder

LIBERTY-BENTON: B.J. Lawson, Tyson Neiling

McCOMB: Chas Shoop, Drew Siferd

NORTH BALTIMORE: Levi Newcomer, Derek McMahon

PANDORA-GILBOA: Drew Johnson, Ryan Lee

RIVERDALE: Chad Pever, Alex Pickett

VAN BUREN: Ryan Turner, Nic Torres

VANLUE: Sam Wagner, Brody Hanna

The annual BVC vs PCL All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, March 29th at the University of Findlay’s Croy Center with the girls contest beginning at 5pm, and the boys to follow approximately 15 minutes afterwards.

Adam Smith from Hopewell-Loudon and C.J. Holman of Arcadia will serve as the games Co-Head Coaches for the contest.

Representing the Blanchard Valley Conference will be:

Clay Grubb
Draeton Fasone
Josh Ireland
Matthew Alspach
Trey Hanes
Lane Bishop
Ryan Lommerse
Jon Dager
Aaron Starr
B.J. Lawson

5 players were named as Alternates:

Sam Wagner
Ian Moser
Dylan Conine
Blake Glaser
Levi Newcomer


Bulldogs eliminate Tiffin Calvert

FINDLAY, OHIO – The Columbus Grove Bulldogs are peaking at the right time of the season. Defensively the Bulldogs used one of their finest performances of the season at Donnell Stadium in Findlay Saturday afternoon as they dominated Tiffin Calvert and won 17-7.

The last time the Bulldogs and Senecas met on the gridiron was in the 2002 Regional Finals, a game won by Columbus Grove 10-6. For the first half it seemed like the game would be headed towards a similar low scoring affair as each team punted multiple times and struggled to move the football at times.

Offensively Calvert came in to the game scoring 35.5 points per game, but struggled to move the ball in the first half as their first four possessions in the first quarter all ended in 3 and outs at the hands of a strong defensive Grove line.

Joey Warnecke’s 38 yard field goal with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter capped off a 7 play 37 yard drive and was the only score of the first half as the Senior had no problem splitting the north uprights of the Donnell Stadium endzone to put his team on top 3-0.

At the end of the first quarter the Senecas and star Senior Tyler Long found themselves with just 2 yards to show for their four possessions.

Columbus Grove would begin the second half with a bang as they took the opening kickoff and marched 59 yards in just 4 plays as Warnecke blitzed in from 46 yards out with 10:32 to go in the 3rd stanza to put his team on top 10-0.

Eli Schroeder had an interception of a Drew Ritzler pass but the Bulldogs would see their drive come to an end as they failed to convert a 4th and 1 at midfield. On the ensuing Calvert possession however, Grant Schroeder would continue to add to the big day for the Bulldogs defensive unit as he forced a Long fumble to give the Grove offense new life.

Both teams struggled to finish drives and were forced to punt into the middle of the 4th quarter until Reid Stechschulte hooked up with Baily Clement on a 53 yard touchdown pass to push the Bulldogs lead to 17-0 with 9:13 remaining in the ballgame.

Elisha Jones picked off a Ritzler pass with 3:55 to go in the 4th that gave the Bulldogs their 4th gained turnover.

Following a turnover on downs at the Senecas goal line by Columbus Grove, Calvert would march 99 yards in just :51 to push across their only score of the contest as the Senecas all-time leading rusher Tyler Long got into the scoring column with :17 left from 1 yard out to make it 17-7. Tanner From who took a nasty hit on his only reception of the game but was able to come back into the contest would fall on it and a kneel down from Reid Stechschulte would run out the clock.

Joey Warnecke led the Bulldogs in rushing with 180 yards on 29 carries while Stechschulte would complete 6 of 15 passes and 124 yards to go along with his touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Baily Clement led the wideouts with 2 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown for Grove.

Calvert was led offensively by Ritzler who finished with 9 carries for 41 yards and completed 15 of 31 passes for 160 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Tyler Long in his final high school game was held to 19 carries for 35 yards and a touchdown by a fantastic defensive performance by Columbus Grove.

With the win the Bulldogs get their second playoff win this season and up their record to 8-4 on the year. For the first time since 2003 when they won the D6 State Championship the Bulldogs will find themselves as a Regional Finalist and will take on Arlington’s Red Devils (11-1) who were victorious 34-14 for the second time this season over McComb. The game will take place Saturday, November 22nd at 7pm at a location to be announced at 2:30pm Sunday by the OHSAA and can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com with myself and Steve Wiener.

Tiffin Calvert sees their season come to a close at 9-3 under 5th year Head Coach Todd Fox after defeating Leipsic in the first round of the playoffs last weekend.

Listen to the broadcast as it happened courtesy of www.zsportslive.com with myself (@michaelhirnpbp) and Steve Wiener (@wienerman46):


Battle of Route 12 rematch

COLUMBUS GROVE, OHIO – For the second time this season the Columbus Grove Bulldogs defeated the Pandora Gilboa Rockets at Clymer Stadium, this time around 21-6.

Unlike their first matchup which was decided on a late safety by the Bulldogs, Columbus Grove dominated from the second quarter on.

Pandora Gilboa struck first in the contest as a Joey Warnecke punt was returned 90 yards for a touchdown by Jacob Basinger with 7:48 remaining in the opening stanza to give the Rockets a 6-0 advantage.

After once again being forced to punt, the Bulldogs got the football right back as Warnecke celebrated his birthday by collecting the first of five Jacob Miller interceptions on the evening.

Field position was a big part of the first quarter as both teams could move the football up the field but couldn’t get into the endzone before being forced to punt.

Reid Stechschulte threw the first of his two touchdown passes on the night to Senior WR Tanner From who got himself open on a double move and got his fingertips on a 38 yard heave at the goal line to even up the game at 6 before Warnecke’s extra point gave the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead with :19 left in the first quarter.

At halftime the game was 7-6 Grove, but as the Bulldogs had won the toss and deferred to the second half they would get the football to open the third quarter and waste no time getting more points in their column as Stechschulte ran to paydirt from four yards out behind great blocking from his offensive line. Warnecke’s second extra point of the game upped the Grove lead to 14-6 with 9:44 left in the 3rd.

Columbus Grove’s defensive pressure would provide big hits and four interceptions in the second half by Logan Diller, Christian Stechschulte, Tanner From and David Bogart. Offensively the big boys up front did a fantastic job holding their blocks and clearing the way for Stechschulte on the touchdown and for Warnecke who finished with 103 yards rushing.

For the second time on the night Reid Stechschulte tossed a 38 yard touchdown pass, this time to Aiden Fortman with 7:17 left in the third to put Groves lead at 21-6.

The only thing that did not go the way of the 1st Team NWC K/P/RB/LB Warnecke on his birthday was his miss on a 40 yard field goal in the fourth quarter that bounced at the goal line and gave the ball back to Pandora Gilboa before the Bogart interception ended the contest.

With the win the Bulldogs, making their first playoff appearance since 2009 when they lost to Carey in the first round see their record go to 7-4. Pandora Gilboa with the loss sees their first playoff appearance since 2008 end their season at 6-5.

Columbus Grove will play on Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm in Findlay at Donnell Stadium against #1 seeded Tiffin Calvert and can be heard on www.zsportslive.com with myself and Steve Wiener.


OG Girls, Fort Jennings Boys Soccer advance

Putnam County will be represented in the OHSAA Regional Soccer Finals on Saturday with both a boys and girls squads one game away from advancing to the State Final 4.

Ottawa Glandorf defeated the Archbold Blue Streaks on Tuesday night 5-1 in Ottawa Hills with a dominating offensive performance on the host Green Bears turf.

Over the course of the 80 minutes played, the Titans outshot the Blue Streaks 28-4 and upped their season record to 18-1-1 under Coach Chris Podraski.

Megan Siefker scored the first goal of the game at the 21:13 mark of the first half that put OG ahead 1-0. Exactly 5 minutes later Elissa Ellerbrock set up Grace Warnecke for the 2nd goal of the contest and picked up an assist on the play.

OG would run their lead to 3-0 with 5:44 left in the opening half on a Marna Hempfling goal.

Archbold’s Brooke Kohler scored the only marker of the game for her squad on a free kick from 30 yards out just over the head of Titan goalkeeper Cassie Schroeder 3:53 into the second half to cut the lead to 3-1.

With 27:11 left in the game, Megan Siefker’s 2nd goal of the contest upped the OG lead to 4-1. Grace Warnecke notched her 2nd goal late in the game to close out a 5-1 OG win.

Ottawa Glandorf’s senior class has never advanced into district play before this season, but they will now look to get to the State Semifinals if they can defeat Akron Manchester on Saturday at 3pm in Lexington, Ohio in a game that will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com with Dave Boninsegna.

Fort Jennings traveled north to Tiffin to take on the Swanton Bulldogs Wednesday night looking to continue their run towards a trip to the State Semifinals for the first time in 10 years (last in 2004 when they lost to Cuyahoga Calley Christian Academy 1-0).

Utilizing frequent substitutions in the game, Coach Gregg Luthman’s Musketeers team was able to utilize fresh legs and make repeated runs at the Swanton net. With 10:09 to go in the first half a run finally paid off as Mark Metzger put a shot on goal that skipped past the Bulldogs goalkeeper and give Fort Jennings a 1-0 lead.

Troy Ricker would provide the 2nd goal and only other scoring play of the contest with 13:57 to go in the 2nd half to make it 2-0 with a 22 yard strike into the back of the Swanton net.

With the win the Musketeers are now 12-5-4 on the season and will play in the Regional Finals at Findlay’s Donnell Stadium at 12pm against Mansfield Christian who were victorious 1-0 over Elyria Catholic. Fort Jennings vs Mansfield Christian can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com with myself on the call and a very special interview with the OHSAA’s Jerry Snodgrass at the half.


Lightning strikes Warriors

St. Albans WV – Country roads, take me home.

Saturday afternoon at Crawford Field the Warrors did battle with two opponents, the West Virginia Lightning and themselves.

Traveling shorthanded had the Warriors at a disadvantage, but the poor tackling during the game put them at an even bigger disadvantage against a hungry Lightning squad looking for payback to their earlier loss in Lima this season.

West Virginia got on the scoreboard first when after a scoreless first quarter a Kaene Runion pass was intercepted and taken 25 yards for the first score of the game to put the home squad on top 6-0. Following a second interception just four plays later by Runion, West Virginia capped off a 16 play 8:11 drive right before the half with a 2 yard touchdown run to send the game to the break with the Lightning leading 14-0.

Lima would get the ball to open the second half, but be forced to punt after just four plays. West Virginia added the first of it’s two 40+ yard field goals in the game to run the score to 17-0 in the middle of the third quarter. The other West Virginia score saw one of the backs break free through the line and scamper 49 yards to put the Lightning ahead 24-0 before the second field goal made it 27-0.

The Warriors would finally get on the scoreboard and prevent being shut out for the first time since the 2012 season opener against the Detroit Ravens as James Cravens thundered in from 10 yards out to make it 27-6. Runion would run in the two point conversion to close the gap to 27-8, but that would be the final.

In the game Jordan Marshall picked off a pass for his fourth in three weeks, Chris Brooks added the only sack on defense, and David Johnson had a 46 yard kickoff return.

With the loss the Warriors fall to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in HFL play. Also with the loss the team falls into third place in the HFL south playoff race.

For the first time in team history the Warriors will be in action on Independence Day weekend as they head to Racine, Wisconsin for a non-league tilt against the defending National Champion Racine Raiders. Kickoff from Racine is slated for 8pm EST and can be heard on limawarriors.com.