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Fort Jennings downs rival Ottoville

FORT JENNINGS, OH – Fort Jennings got a lead for good in the first thanks to the long ball and held on to the lead late thanks to free throws as they defeated PCL rival Ottoville 56-42 Friday night in front of a packed home gymnasium.

In the opening minutes of the contest the Musketeers blitzed out to a 12-4 lead when the trio of Erik Klausing, Brandon Wehri, and Ian Finn combined to knock down four shots from beyond the arc.

After being able to pull within 15-10 at the end of the first quarter break the visiting Big Green found themselves unable to find a scoring punch in the second outside of Logan Kemper and Ryan Suever and trailed at the break 31-20.

Fans in attendance might have loved the offensive explosion at times in the first half but were treated to a defensive clinic at times by both squads in the final two quarters. During the games penultimate period the two teams combined to score just 9 points, a 5-4 advantage by Ottoville pulled the lead down to ten at 35-25 heading to the final eight minutes of play.

Cole Horstman scored one of the two baskets from the field for Fort Jennings in the third quarter before adding a pair of free throws while classmate Eric Klausing connected from long range in the fourth for the only other make from the field for their team in the second half.

Ottoville’s second half was more productive from the field than the Musketeers, but less so from the free throw line. Nick Moorman who is closing in on 1,000 points for his career led the Big Green offensive unit in scoring in the contest with 14 and hit on three triples in the fourth stanza to attempt to keep his team within striking distance of Fort Jennings.

Brandon Wehri entering play on the evening had accumulated 980 points in his career and finished the ballgame with 15 for a new total of 995. In the fourth quarter alone Wehri hit 10 of 12 free throws and finished the night with a 10 of 13 performance to go alone with a three pointer and layup in the first half.

As a team in the fourth quarter Fort Jennings nailed 18 of 24 from the free throw line and finished 24 of 33 in the game to help them put a stop to a two game Ottoville winning streak in a series between the two schools that dates back to a 1940 first meeting.

Overall the Big Green have won 95 of the 170 meetings all-time while Fort Jennings has now nabbed 75 victories.

Fort Jennings with the win has now won 11 games this season, the most by a Musketeers squad in a single season since the 2009/10 season when they finished 11-12. The Musketeers will put their 7-0 home mark this year on the line Saturday night as they welcome 4-9 New Knoxville to the Fort for a 7:30pm non-conference tilt.

Ottoville sees their record fall to 13-4 and will be off until next Friday night when they play host to the Kalida Wildcats. Before this season the Big Green have to look back to the 2014/15 season for the last time they were able to win 12+ games, a year in which they finished 12-11.

Box Score:

Ft Jennings (56):

Erik Klausing 9
Ian Ricker 7
Ian Finn 9
Luke Trentman 7
Cole Horstman 9
Brandon Wehri 15

FG: 12/26
FT: 24/33
3PT: 8/18 (Finn 3, Klausing 2, Ricker 2, Wehri)
REB: 24
TO: 16

Ottoville (42):

Ryan Bendele 6
Logan Kemper 13
Ryan Suever 5
Drew Fisher 2
Nick Moorman 14
Josh Thorbahn 2
Zane Martin 3

FG: 15/53
FT: 7/10
3PT: 5/34 (Moorman 3, Martin, Kemper)
REB: 24
TO: 9

JV: Ottoville 51-36

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Swift 1 hitter pushes Kalida past Ft Jennings

KALIDA, OH – Austin Swift did it all for Kalida on Thursday. The future Indiana Wesleyan hurler not only struck out 14 Musketeer hitters, he also added a pair of singles and swiped four bases to help the Wildcats secure a 4-0 victory.

After Trevor Maag and Swift opened the bottom of the first inning with a one out walk and single respectively, cleanup hitter Jeffery Knueve grounded out to second base and drove in Maag from third for the first run of the game.

After striking out the side in the top of the second inning, Swift surrendered his first baserunner to Fort Jennings in the game in his next trip to the mound when he walked catcher Nolan Grote. Grote would find himself picked off leaning between first and second base following a pair of strikeouts and see the inning come to an end with his team still behind on the scoreboard.

Having reached base on a two out error by the Musketeer infield, Swift proceeded to swipe second base and again give his team a runner in scoring position and would score after taking third base and then home on an errant throw into left field to make the score 2-0 Kalida after three innings of play.

With a full count as the first batter of the top of the fourth inning the Musketeers pushed across their only hit of the contest as Luke Trentman’s single gave the visitors their second baserunner of the game. A pair of strikeouts and a groundout would end the Fort rally in the inning however and they would not see another runner reach the basepaths.

Swift’s second run of the game came in the fifth inning when after picking up a single and stealing second base he was driven in by his battery mate Knueve for the second time and run the advantage to 3-0 Kalida.

Derek Buss singled with a pair of outs in the bottom of the sixth for Kalida and was quickly pinch run. Leadoff hitter Trent Siebeneck who had previously grounded out twice and struck out added the last run of the contest as he doubled to the outfield.

Of his 14 strikeouts in the contest, Swift would finish by striking out the final four hitters and and six of the last nine he faced. In 17 innings on the mound this season the reigning PCL Player of the Year has yet to allow a run.

Swift (3-0) took the win for the home squad while Brandon Wehri who finished with 5 K’s and surrendered 6 hits was tagged with the loss. Defensively the Musketeers committed three errors in the contest that gave Kalida opportunities to score as well.

Trent Gerding finished 2 for 3 in the game for Kalida as he singled, doubled and stole a base in the win.

Kalida improves to 4-1 on the season, 1-0 in the Putnam County League and drops Fort Jennings to 1-6 overall, 0-2 in the league.

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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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Bearcats win home opener

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Spencerville opened their home opener Saturday night by outscoring the visiting Fort Jennings Musketeers from start to finish and improved their record to 3-0 with a 73-49 win.

With their leading scorer of the past three seasons Zach Goecke unable to play due to an ankle injury suffered against Delphos Jefferson on the gridiron, the Bearcats were lead in scoring by the duo of Mason Nourse and Dakota Prichard who combined for 14 of the Bearcats 20 first quarter points and 37 total on the night. Defensively the Cats were able to hold their opponents to just five first quarter points.

In the second quarter the home squad again turned up their pressure and were able to quickly turn the Musketeers miscues directly into fast break points behind the trio of Nourse, Prichard and Senior Damien Corso. When forced to play a halfcourt game by the Fort Jennings defense the Bearcats would rely on the outside shooting from Gary Schrolucke who connected on 2/4 shots from behind the arc and helped Spencerville push their advantage to 45-23 at the halftime break. Despite being tagged for a pair of early fouls, Fort Jennings’ Alex Berelsman was able to race past defenders for a pair of fast break layups and a three pointer for 7 quarter markers. Sophomore Brandon Wehri in the stanza connected on 6-6 free throws as well for the Musketeers.

Luke Trentman’s 8 points in the 3rd period helped the Musketeers cut into the Bearcat lead, but a 21-15 quarter helped propel Spencerville into a 66-38 lead heading into the games final stanza.

Fort Jennings outscored Spencerville 11-7 as five players accounted for the points, but the damage was already done as 15 turnovers in the game and a 17-49 performance from the field would give their opponents their 6th consecutive win in the series.

Spencerville (3-0) will travel to take on Lincolnview on Friday night before traveling to Ottoville on Saturday night while the Musketeers (1-3) will begin PCL play on Friday night on the road taking on the same Big Green.

Both teams games next weekend against Ottoville can be heard live as they happen on www.zsportslive.com

Scoring:

Spencerville (73):

Mason Nourse 20
Damien Corso 11
Gary Schrolucke 9
Dakota Prichard 17
Bailey Croft 8
Chandler Schrolucke 8

FG: 28-58
3PT: 6-16
FT: 11-14
TO: 10

Fort Jennings (49):

Alex Berelsman 9
Aaron Neidert 2
Austin Luebrecht 1
Drew Grone 2
Logan Hardeman 6
Ian Finn 6
Luke Trentman 10
Connor Stechschulte 2
Brandon Wehri 11

FG: 17-49
3PT: 2-11
FT: 13-17
TO: 15

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Bulldogs finish with a flurry

Columbus Grove started slow Monday night against the visiting Fort Jennings Musketeers but finished with a flurry in the final three quarters as they downed the Musketeers 57-37 in PCL action.

Neither team got on the scoreboard until midway through the first quarter when Ft. Jennings forward Erin Osting scored the first of her three buckets in the quarter. Sophomore Jade Clement scored the Bulldogs only points of the quarter on a three pointer but saw her squad trail 6-3 at the end of the first stanza.

Following a period with just one make from the floor, the Bulldogs would outscore the Musketeers 20-10 in the second quarter. Grove would finish the first half shooting 10/25 (40%) to just 6/19 (31%) for the visitors. Carlee McCluer gave Columbus Grove their first lead of the game at 11-9 with 4:02 to go in the half, a lead they would never relinquish. Jade Clement would again lead the Bulldogs in scoring for the quarter as she would finish with 7 markers and be trailed by just one point in the stanza by freshman Carlee McCluer with 6.

For as good as the Bulldogs were shooting the basketball in the second quarter they were almost as good in the 3rd as they outscored the Musketeers 17-7. Not to be outdone by the 7 in the second quarter, Clement would hit a pair of threes and put in 8 points in third. Carlee McCluer added one of only two three pointers (Mackenzie Wurth) not made by Jade on the evening.

The Bulldogs outscored Fort Jennings 54-31 in the final three quarters of play as they secured the win behind a game high 26 from Clement who added 1 to her game high total of 25 from Saturday in a win over Miller City. Fort Jennings was led in scoring by Erin Osting with 13.

Fort Jennings drops to 1-15 (1-6 PCL) with the loss and will next take on the Ottoville Big Green on Thursday. Columbus Grove improves their season record to 10-6 and gets to .500 in the PCL at 3-3, they will take on the Spencerville Bearcats in NWC play at 7pm in a game that will be broadcast live on .

Scoring:

Grove (57):

Jade Clement 26
Carlee McCluer 13
Lynea Diller 7
Mackenzie Wurth 5
Becca Endicott 2
Kyrah Yinger 2
Brooke Hoffman 2

Quarter Scoring:

Grove 3 20 17 17
Ft. Jen 6 10 7 14

JV: 52-33 Grove

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Roughriders outlast Musketeers

FORT JENNINGS, OHIO – Both Fort Jennings and St. Marys started slow in their opening game of the season Friday night at The Fort, but the Roughriders utilized a 33-25 advantage in the second half to secure a 56-48 win over the Musketeers in non-league play.

After Fort Jennings won the opening tip on their home court, the Musketeers had no problem getting the ball in the basket as Erin Osting scored her teams first 6 points on just 4 shots. Not to be outdone on her offensive end of the court, St Marys Sophomore Shania Taylor tied the game at 2 and 4 with two of her three first quarter baskets. St Marys would get their first lead of the game with 3:20 to go in the 1st quarter on a Taylor bucket and lead at the end of the stanza 11-9.

Quincy Rable, a 5’8 Sophomore dropped 7 of her 13 points in the second quarter but was thwarted by the balanced scoring from Kasidy Klausing, Ostin, Alyssa Louth and Kylie Jettinghoff for Fort Jennings to put the Musketeers on top at the break 23-18.

With her team trailing by 5 to begin the 3rd quarter, Taylor took over the Roughriders offense and scored 12 of her game high 24 points in the quarter. Erin Osting utilized a pair of buckets to tie the game at 35 heading into the final quarter for Fort Jennings.

Despite Alyssa Louth connecting on 4 of 6 free throws in the fourth quarter, the Musketeers were not able to keep pace with Taylor (6 points in the quarter) and the hot shooting of Makayla Koch (2-2 for 5 points in the stanza) and Sydney Cisco who scored all 5 of her points in the fourth to help secure the 56-48 win.

St. Marys and 1st year coach Nikki Miars (St. Marys all-time leading scorer and University of South Carolina product) improves to 1-0 on the season and will play Fort Recovery on Saturday night looking to avenge a 60-39 loss from last season under then coach Kelly Fulmer. Fort Jennings drops to 0-1 and travels to Spencerville to take on the Bearcats, a team they defeated 62-47 last year.

Scoring:

Fort Jennings:
Kasidy Klausing 12, Jenna Calvelage 1, Jessica Young 2, Keri Eickholt 0, Hanna Clay 6, Erin Osting 14, Gabby Clippinger 4, Alyssa Louth 7, Kylie Jettinghoff 4

St. Marys:
Lindi Cisco 7, Makayla Koch 7, Sydney Cisco 5, Skylar Liming 0, Rachel Meier 0, Quincy Rable 13, Shania Taylor 24

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