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Jackets sting last in win

SIDNEY, OH – St. Marys and Sidney got off to an offensive explosion in their 2017 season opener on Friday night with the Yellow Jackets turning the table on the Roughriders from the previous seasons meeting and scoring last in their 39-32 non-conference victory.

Despite losing most of their record setters from an offense that finished as the second highest point scoring group in school history the Riders were able to get on the board first on the opening drive of the contest. In typical St. Marys style the Roughriders traveled 74 yards in 17 plays and took 8:45 off the opening quarter clock before Braedan Dunlap cashed in from four yards out to put his team on top 7-0.

Two plays is all it took for the Yellow Jackets to respond on their first possession as QB Andre Gordon connected on a 49 yard touchdown pass to Northwestern University commit Isaiah Bowser just :31 seconds after their first drive began. Ratez Roberts two-point conversion catch gave Sidney their first lead at 8-7 on the next play of the contest.

Showing that they too can score quickly, the Roughriders second possession lasted 2:39 before starting signal caller Colin Clements tossed the first of two deep balls for 39 yards and six points to Dunlap to give St. Marys an advantage of 15-8.

As they had done the first time they were given the football the home squad scored quickly to answer their opponents marker when Gordon marched in from 33 yards out to tie the ballgame at 15-15 with 10:48 to go in the opening half.

Four plays and a score for St. Marys culminated in a 52 yard touchdown pass from Clements to Dunlap and pushed the Riders back on top at 22-15 at the end of the next possession, and St. Marys added a field goal before the half from Gabe Vandever following a recovered onsides kick to lead 25-15 at the end of the period.

In the first half the Jackets ran 18 plays for 230 yards, while their opponents accumulated 239 yards on the back of 37 plays from scrimmage offensively.

A St. Marys penalty on the third quarter kickoff and two plays is all it took for Sidney and Bowser to get back to even at 25-25 as the GWOC’s leading rusher in 2016 thundered 39 yards for his second score of the ballgame with just :43 elapsed in the period.

Five and a half minutes flew off of the clock on St. Marys first possession of the second half and as it had done on nearly every possession in the first half, ended with a Rider touchdown. Sean Perry’s first touchdown of the season, a 10 yard jaunt pushed the visitors back out to a seven point lead at 32-25.

A turnover on downs by Sidney and a punt by St. Marys gave the Yellow Jackets the football inside the Riders territory for the second time in the half. As he had done earlier on in the game, Andre Gordon crossed the St. Marys goal line, this time from four yards out to tie the contest at 32-32 with 9:54 to go.

With their defense able to rise up and force the Roughriders to punt for the second straight possession, Sidney took over on their own 35 with 7:56 remaining in the fourth quarter and ultimately pushed ahead for good when Bowser scored from four yards away to give the home team a 39-32 advantage.

St. Marys last possession of the game began from their own 40 yard line thanks to a Dunlap kickoff return, but came to an end inside the Sidney 40 when Toledo committed defensive lineman Devan Rogers pilfered a Clements pass to help secure the win for his squad.

Sidney (1-0) and Head Coach Adam Doenges were led by the dual threat of Andre Gordon who connected on 10/14 passes for 185 yards, and rushed for a pair of scored and 67 yards on 9 carries. Isaiah Bowser added 205 yards for his sixth career 200+ yard rushing game to go along with his two touchdowns on the ground. As a team the Jackets amassed 426 total yards on 48 plays.

The Roughriders (0-1) fall for the first time in four games against the Yellow Jackets despite totaling 417 yards by their young offense on 63 plays. On the ground St. Marys rushed 55 times for 276 yards, while Clements finished 5/9 for 141 yards and a pair of scores to Dunlap on the evening.

Both teams will return to action next Friday night as Sidney travels to Bellefontaine while the Riders are off to Ottawa to take on a Titan team they have not beaten since 2009.

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Fairmont, IMG Academy post day 1 Flyin to the Hoop wins

KETTERING, OH – Flyin to the Hoop has become known as a place for highlight offensive plays over the past 15 years but Friday night it was a pair of strong defensive performances from Fairmont and IMG Academy that helped secure opening night victories.

Fairmont (7-6) used a pair of three pointers from Kamron Drollet and Kellan Bochenek to jump out to an early first quarter lead, but it was the defensive effort of the Firebirds and misses from the field by Sidney (9-2) that gave them a 13-2 lead after the opening period.

Despite seeing just one shot, a layup from Devan Rogers hit the bottom of the basket in the first eight minutes the Yellow Jackets got strong contributions from Andre Gordon and a three pointer from Ryan Heins to pull within 26-15 at the half. Fairmont shot 5/17 from the three point line in the first half while holding their opponents to just 7/27 from the field in that same time period.

A refocused Yellow Jackets starting lineup took the floor in the third quarter and got four quick points, including a steal and a slam from Gordon but still found themselves unable to cut the lead any lower then four before the stanza came to an end with their opponents leading 40-25.

Free throws became a big story in the fourth quarter as the home squad Fairmont hit on 15 of their 17 tosses and were led by Drollet who hit on 9/10 from the charity stripe. Sidney had no issues getting to the line themselves as they hit all eight of their attempts. While the Jackets outscored the Firebirds 26-20 they were unable to trim the lead and fell 60-51 when the final horn rang out.

Box Score:

Fairmont (60):
Kellan Bochenek 12
Sam Lickliter 3
Jansen Davidsen 6
Jack Hendricks 15
Kamron Drollet 20
Brandon Hall 2

FG: 19/55
3PT: 5/24
FT: 17/20
TO: 16

Sidney (51):
Isaiah Bowsher 9
Jace Conrad 8
Ratez Roberts 6
Andre Gordon 17
Devan Rogers 5
Josiah Hudgins 1
Ryan Heins 5

FG: 19/56
3PT: 3/18
FT: 10/12
TO: 15

Game two of the evening featured the IMG Academy Ascenders defeating Tennessee’s Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (16-5) 70-57.

IMG Academy led by the Nation’s top guard and unsigned product Trevon Duval jumped out to an early lead as Duval splashed in a pair of jumpers to add to his lengthy highlight reel and scored 8 of his teams 15 opening quarter markers. Hamilton Heights 13 points were led by University of Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 5 points in the first period.

Just six points would find their way to the board for the the Hamilton Heights Hawks in the second eight minutes as their opponents IMG clamped down and forced a myriad of steals en route to 20 points and a lot of highlights. Not only did 6’8 Junior Emmitt Williams, fresh off a 20 rebound performance in his last game slam home six points, the Ascenders big man also swatted away a pair of Hawks shots and turned them into fast break opportunities for his teammates.

Gilgeous-Alexander and Virginia Tech bound teammate Nickeil Alexander-Walker did their best to pull them team back inside a single digit deficit in the games penultimate period as they combined for 13 of their squads 16 but were unable to prevent the IMG lead from growing as the score was 49-35 heading to the fourth stanza.

Alexander-Walker and Gilgeous-Alexander again led their team in scoring in the final quarter with 17, but were unable to keep the score close as IMG continued to pour on the points en route to the win.

Silvio de Sousa, a 6’8 Junior for IMG Academy scored 8 points in the last quarter but it was via the highlight reel dunk variety that he did his damage as the big man from Luanda, Angola smashed home the exclamation point in a game that featured many many spectacular plays that can be viewed via the SUV TV twitter account here: SUV TV Twitter.

In the end it was IMG Academy who upped their record to 17-1 on the season with the win. Duval led the way for IMG with 20 while Alexander-Walker was the overall top scorer with 21 for Hamilton Heights on the evening.

Box Score:

IMG Academy (70):
Trevon Duval 20
DeAndre Osuigwe 4
Arseniy Andreev 3
Emmitt Williams 12
Keyontae Johnson 6
Isaiah Stokes 11
Fabian Rial 2
Silvio DeSoussa 12

FG: 30/54
3PT: 4/12
FT: 6/10
TO: 13

Hamilton Heights (57):
Nickeil Alexander-Walker 21
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 18
Therren Shelton-Szmidt 11
Mahamadou Diawara 4
Wheza Panzo 3

FG: 20/58
3PT: 5/19
FT: 12/14
TO: 11

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Rams eliminate Riders in shootout

PIQUA, OH – Two of the top ten teams in the final Associated Press rankings in Division 3 put on a contest for ages Saturday night Piqua for the right to go to the State Semifinals. Fans in attendance at Alexander Stadium were treated to a tightly contested game that in the end was won by the six time defending region champion Trotwood Madison Rams 34-27 over St. Marys.

St. Marys fired the first shot across their opponents bow in the opening stanza as they capped off a 70 yard drive when the Western Buckeye League’s Back of the Year Eric Spicer jaunted in from 27 yards out to give his team their first lead at 7-0 following a successful extra point by Gabe Vandever.

Having not trailed but just a few times during the season the Trotwood offense went back to work on their ensuing drive and marched 75 yards into the Rider endzone when Junior tailback Raveion Hargrove scored on a 16 yard run from scrimmage. Trotwood would look to throw the football on their two point conversion attempt but failed to connect as Spicer knocked away the pass in the front corner of the endzone to keep his team ahead 7-6.

Despite QB Dustin Howell hooking up with Sophomore back Sean Perry for a 40 yard gain on their next possession to put them inside Rams territory the Roughriders were unable to put points on the board once the football was returned to them as Julius Fisher was hit hard and fumbled the football at the Rams 13 and saw his opposition recover the ball to start their next drive.

One play, 87 yards, 17 seconds is what Trotwood needed on their next possession to put points on the board and pull ahead 14-7 because the All-Ohio back in Hargrove blitzed down the left sideline and into the endzone for a touchdown.

Behind superb blocking from the offensive line of four Seniors (Garrett Lauth, Jonathan Peterson, Joey Morlino, Aaron McGraw) and a Junior (Tyler Miller), the Roughriders evened the score at 14-14 as Spicer rushed for his 28th career touchdown just seconds into the second quarter.

Trotwood Madison QB Markell Stephens-Peppers sixteenth touchdown pass of the season, a 34 yard scoring strike just past the hands of the Riders secondary to Caleb Johnson gave the Rams a 20-14 advantage. Stephens-Peppers attempted to run in the two point conversion but was stopped by the St. Marys defensive line before he could do so.

Starting with 9:01 and at their own 20 yard line the Roughriders moved the football inside the Trotwood 20 but were forced to settle for a 23 yard Gabe Vandever field goal that cut the Rams lead to 20-17 a minute before the halftime break. In an attempt to ice Vandever, Trotwood head coach and former 11 year NFL veteran WR Jeff Graham took all three of his timeouts in succession whenever the Riders Sophomore kicker lined up to attempt his kicks.

Just as they had done to end the first half the Roughriders milked over seven minutes off the clock to open the second hald and utilized a 1 yard Julius Fisher touchdown burst to finish off a 15 play, 64 yard drive and go ahead of Trotwood 24-20.

On the second play of the next offensive drive for the Rams they were forced to hold their collective breath as they lost Hargrove to an apparent left leg injury when he was tackled for no gain by many members of the Rider defense. Four plays after the injury the Rams found themselves unable to connect on another two point conversion following a touchdown as backup tailback William McDaniel sliced his way 32 yards through the St. Marys defense to put his team back on top 26-24 with 2:55 to go in the third.

Another 23 yard field goal for St. Marys gave the Roughriders back the lead and came at the end of a long drive that saw the offense stopped on a third down play and made the score 27-26 in the WBL Champions favor with 10:00 remaining in the contest.

McDaniel would score once more in the game as with 6:54 to go he thundered in from two yards out to push the Rams advantage to 32-27. Stephens-Peppers connection on the two point pass conversion attempt was right on target to Caleb Johnson and made it 34-27 in their squads favor.

With 6:49 and all three timeouts the Roughriders began what would turn out to be their final drive of the game at their own 38. Behind big runs from Sean Perry, Dustin Howell, Fisher, and Spicer the Riders quickly made their way across the midfield stripe and into Trotwood territory.

Near the three minute mark the Riders were forced to make a decision on what play to run on fourth down and went with a pass to Sean Perry on the back side. Despite having a majority of the players chasing Howell on the opposite side of the field the Rams were able to make a stop on Perry before he could get a full head of steam and force a turnover on downs to end the St. Marys opportunity to put a score on the board.

Trotwood (11-2) would pick up a pair of first downs on their ensuing possession and run out the remaining 3:08 left in the contest to preserve the victory, their 7th consecutive trip to the State Semifinals. The Rams will now match up with unbeaten Toledo Central Catholic next Saturday night as TCC defeated Lexington by a 19-0 margin to set up a rematch from last season that was won by TCC 21-13.

St. Marys sees their first trip to the Regional Finals come to an end at 11-2 and as three way champions in the WBL. The Riders will say goodbye to 21 Seniors, a group that were 0-10 in their Freshman year before Coach Doug Frye returned to lead the program to 22 wins in three seasons at the helm and help bring the program back from the bottom of the league where they had been with him absent.

Raveion Hargrove led Trotwood in rushing as he rushed for 212 yards for the third time in the last four games. Stephens-Peppers connected on 8/11 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown pass to lead the air attack for the Rams. Altogether Trotwood accumulated 441 yards on 47 offensive plays from scrimmage.

The Riders were led offensively by Julius Fisher’s 139 yards rushing and 1 touchdown on 28 carries while classmate Eric Spicer finished just behind him with 134 yards on 18 rushes and a pair of touchdowns. Through the air the Roughriders finished 4/6 for 59 yards and no touchdowns and overall picked up 416 yards on 64 plays.

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D3R12 Regional Final Preview

PIQUA, OH – Saturday night at Piqua Alexander Stadium and Purk Field the St. Marys Roughriders will take on the Trotwood Madison Rams at 7pm with a trip to the Division 3 State Semifinals on the line.

For the past six seasons the Rams have dominated the Region and have made seven overall trips to the State Semifinals but have come away with just one trophy (2011).

St. Marys is seeking their first trip to the State Semis since they 2004 when they finished as State Runner-Up to Benedictine.

On the season both teams have featured high powered offenses as Trotwood is averaging 41 points per game while the Roughriders are the third highest single season offensive attack in school history with 447 points (37.3). Defensively the Riders are surrendering just 11 points per contest while their opponents from Trotwood have given away just 103 markers on the season (8.6).

When Trotwood Madison has the football they will rely on a pair of All-GWOC selections in Junior RB Raveion Hargrove and South Division Co-Athlete of the Year in QB Markell Stephens-Peppers. Hargrove who finished with over 3,000 yards rushing as a Sophomore last season has accounted for 1186 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns while Stephens-Peppers has thrown for 1624 yards, 20 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions.

During their 12 games this season the Rams are giving up just 76.0 yards rushing per game which is second in the entire GWOC behind Wayne’s 65.8 yards allowed. Trotwood is led by Kobe Vinegar (103 tackles, 3 sacks) and James Parker (83 tackles) and have allowed more then 10 points only 5 times this season while also posting a pair of shutouts along the way.

Last week the Rams were victorious 47-10 over New Richmond in a contest they found themselves ahead 41-3 at halftime. In the win Trotwood accumulated 400 total yards and held New Richmond’s offense to 216 total yards. Hargrove scored the contests opening touchdown as he rushed for a 63 yard gain, and later added a marker from 4 yards out on his way to 117 yards on just 8 carries for the evening. Stephens-Peppers connected on 5/9 passing for 184 yards and a trio of touchdowns, including a 62 yard strike to Caleb Johnson that resulted in the Rams second score of the game.

In their 55-31 victory over Region 12’s top ranked Franklin Wildcats the Roughriders rushed for 450 yards as a team and just missed having three rushers finish with 100 plus yards on the evening (Eric Spicer 15/174, Julius Fisher 22/125, Sean Perry 11/98). St. Marys finished the contest with 650 all-purpose yards and were led by Spicer who in addition to his ground gain returned a 96 yard kickoff return for a touchdown just moments after a Franklin score.

Defensively the Roughriders gang tackling efforts saw seven players finish in double digits in tackles, led by Grant Keith’s 15 stops. On the season the Riders have three players (Austin Giesige 125, Keith 121, Jackson Harris 110) with triple digits in total tackles and two more within a pair of tackles from hitting that mark.

A big weapon for the Roughriders during their playoff run and through the course of the season has been their kicker Gabe Vandever. Last week Vandever connected on 7/7 extra point attempts and on both of his field goal attempts. On the year the St. Marys Sophomore has broken a pair of school records with 7/7 effort on field goals and is now the school single season leader and career leader for field goals made.

St. Marys Head Coach Doug Frye on the Rams offense: “They’ve been the team in the region to beat. Their QB play has been very good if not great, their QB has done a terrific job. This is the best Trotwood offense I’ve seen over the years. We just need to play great team defense and tackle a little better than we have in the past couple of weeks”.

What: Division 3 Regional Finals
Who: St. Marys (11-1), Trotwood Madison (10-2)
Where: Alexander Stadium, Purk Field (Piqua, Ohio)

Listen live: WKKI Radio 94.3 FM (6:30pm Pregame, 7:00pm Kickoff)

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Riders storm back to down Sidney

ST. MARYS, OH – Even mother nature was not enough to keep St. Marys from defeating Sidney for the third straight year as the Riders opened their 2016 campaign with a 43-39 come from behind win.

Moments after fighting back from a 33-14 deficit early in the third quarter, Roughrider Seniors Dustin Howell and Eric Spicer combined to put eight points on the board and push their own advantage to 36-33 with just over nine minutes remaining in the last period.

Mother Nature as she has done so often to high school football teams in the past few seasons took her turn at the lead as lightning would delay the contest for over an hour with the home team on top by three points.

Out of the delay the Riders defense rose to the occasion as they forced the visitors to punt the football. Seconds after forcing a St. Marys punt the Yellow Jackets again found themselves in business as Sophomore signal caller Andre Gordon connected on a 76 yard toss that pushed the ball deep in the blue and gold territory. With just 4:14 left in the ballgame Sidney runningback Isaiah Bowser forced his way into the endzone from four yards out to give his team a 39-36 advantage.

Senior TJ Mele’s recovery of an attempted quick kick gave St. Marys the ball at midfield and 4:13 with just one timeout. Eleven plays and 3:08 later the Roughriders punched in the games final score with Julius Fisher barreling in from a pair of yards out before adding the extra point for the final score of the long night.

Perhaps only the big mistake that Gordon made in the game which saw him finish 18/36 for over 300 yards was his last throw of the night that sailed over the head of his receiver and into the arms of a waiting Spicer for the games final big play. As he has done a handful of times in his three years at the helm, Howell took a knee and ran out the remaining 54.4 to secure the victory.

Five of the Sidney scores on the night came on the third play of their respective drives and each one was a big play that accounted for more than 27 yards of chewed up field.

On the night Gordon threw a trio of touchdowns in addition to a pair of interceptions. Bowser on the evening added a plethora of yards to the Jacket rushing total as he scored on runs of 45, 27 and 4. One of the touchdowns thrown on the night by Gordon came on a busted play in which the 2015 Sidney Offensive MVP scrambled to create time and hit Bowser for a 54 yard score.

While Dustin Howell might have only connected on 16 yards passing for the evening, he did damage on the ground for St. Marys as he rushed in three times and totaled four yards on those scoring jaunts.

In addition to the rushing exploits of Fisher, Spicer, and Howell, the Riders utilized the legs of 5’11 Junior back Shannon Fowler to change up the pace and gain yards and chew up the clock to perfection as they tallied a school record 76 carries and 82 total plays from scrimmage in the victory.

Sidney (0-1), coming off of their first winning season in over a decade will return home to Sidney Memorial Stadium for a Friday night date with Bellefontaine.

St. Marys (1-0) next Friday night will travel to Van Wert to take on an 0-1 Cougars squad who dropped their opener to Bryan 28-19 and will be looking for revenge for the 21-20 loss they suffered at the hands of the Riders last season.

Hear the Roughriders take on the Cougars live with myself and Dennis Cisco on K94.3 FM Celina or the K94 mobile app with pregame beginning at 6:30pm.

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Trotwood, La Lumiere post day 1 wins at FTTH

KETTERING, OH – The 14th annual Flyin To The Hoop kicked off Friday night at the Trent Arena and featured a GWOC matchup between Trotwood Madison and the host Fairmont Firebirds that was won by Trotwood 82-65. Game two of the evening saw a national battle between California’s Prolific Prep and Indiana’s La Lumiere that went in the win column for La Lumiere by a 75-63 score.

In the opener the Firebirds connected on seven three pointers from five different players and found themselves with a 36-32 halftime lead over the visiting Rams.

Torrey Patton, a 6’3 Junior for Trotwood added to the 18 points he scored in the opening two quarters by finishing with 11 second half markers and helped his team lead heading into the final 8:00 by six at 52-46.

Despite their opponents have eight different scorers in the fourth quarter the Rams got a big stanza from the trio of Amari Davis, Johnny Trigg, and Myles Belue to stave off the home squad and walk out with their fifth straight win 82-65.

Patton was the games high scorer with 29 while Belue joined him in double figures with 18 points for the Rams (12-1) who will return home on Tuesday night to take on Greeneville.

Fairmont (3-11) got 11 points from Jimmy Bergman including a trio of three pointers from long distance. The Firebirds are home again on Tuesday night against Miamisburg for the first of three straight games at Trent Arena.

Scoring:

Fairmont (65):

Darius Dunson 9
Cade Morgan 5
Jimmy Bergman 11
Sam Lickliter 3
Jansen Davidson 4
Kamron Drollet 6
Brandon Hall 8
Kellan Bochenek 6
Conor Van Oss 9
Ryan Hall 2
Austin Tackett 2

FT: 12/21

Trotwood (82):

Amari Davis 9
Johnny Trigg 8
Myles Belue 18
Amir Foster 6
Justin Stephens 8
D Rae Harris 4
Torrey Patton 29

FT: 19/28

With Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo in the building taking in the action, the second game between La Lumiere and Prolific Prep turned into a heavyweight showdown early on as each team traded punches and the lead back and forth.

Off of the first turnover of the contest Prolific Prep Senior Josh Jackson, the top remaining unsigned player in the country took a long outlet pass and slammed down a thunderous dunk to give his team the first lead of the contest just :14 in at 2-0.

Jackson would not be done putting up points in the first quarter however as he accounted for 9 of his teams 15. La Lumiere was led by Texas commit James Banks and his 4/4 performance from the free throw line and a pair of triples from Isaiah Coleman-Lands and Kevin Zhang as they pushed out to an 18-15 end of quarter advantage.

Coleman-Lands would bury the second of his four three pointers in the second quarter, but it would be one of just three shots the Lakers would connect on as they trailed at the half 29-26.

Despite another nice quarter from Jackson on the offensive end for their opponent (8 quarter points), the Lakers offense got itself into high gear as they tossed in a quartet of shots from beyond the arc and found themselves up 47-43 heading into the final stanza.

With Abu Kigab and Josh Jackson on the bench having each reached the five foul limit the Lakers connected on 15/19 free throws and finished off their opponents 75-63 to avenge a two point loss to Prolific Prep in last years Flyin To The Hoop matchup between the two programs.

Prolific Prep sees their record drop to 15-5 and will return to the Trent Arena court for a 6pm matchup Saturday night against Michigan State bound Miles Bridges and Huntington Prep (WV), a team they are 2-0 against this season. Josh Jackson was the games leading scorer as he tossed in 32 points on the evening.

La Lumiere, the #14 team in the nation according to Blue Star Media sees their record rise to 16-3 and will travel to Springfield, Mass for a Sunday 5:45pm matchup with The Patrick School based out of New Jersey. Isaiah Coleman-Lands paced the Lakers with 19 points while Brian Bowen, one of the top Juniors in the nation added 17 in the win.

Scoring:

La Lumiere (75):

James Banks 7
Brandon Cyrus 7
Isaiah Coleman-Lands 19
Tyger Campbell 8
Brian Bowen 17
Jeremiah Tilmon 9
Kevin Zhang 8

FG: 22/61
3PT: 9/16
FT: 22/27
REB: 57 (Banks 15, Tilmon 13)
TO: 12

Prolific Prep (63):

Piere Cockerell Jr 5
Devon Daniels 5
Vance Jackson 5
Josh Jackson 32
Abu Kigab 11
Ira Lee 5

FG: 18/58
3PT: 1/15
FT: 26/42
REB: 34 (Kigab 8, J. Jackson 7)
TO: 4

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Flyin To The Hoop Day 1 Preview

Friday night the annual Flyin To The Hoop High School Basketball Invitational which has showcased some of the best talent in high school basketball since 2002 will commence with a pair of games to open year #14.

In the first contest of the evening (6:30pm) the hosts of the event the Fairmont Firebirds will take on another team out of the GWOC in the Trotwood-Madison Rams.

Fairmont enters the game with their record currently sitting at 3-10 and on a 4 game losing streak while their opponents are 11-1 overall and have won 4 straight since their only loss of the season, an 85-70 defeat at the hands of Decatur Central.

The Firebirds last outing which took place on Tuesday night was a 91-74 loss to Xenia in a contest in which they actually led at the half 45-43. Fairmont was unable to control Xenia’s Ray James as he poured in 31 points. Conor Van Oss had a career night for Fairmont with 30 points in the contest but his team was outscored 48-29 in the second half in the loss.

Trotwood on Tuesday night traveled to take on Dunbar and handed the Wolverines their 5th loss of the season 81-72. In the win the Rams were led by Freshman Amari Daniels game high 22 markers. A balanced and relentless attack behind Daniels saw three players join him in double figures as Myles Belue added 18, Amir Foster 15 and Torry Patton 13 points.

The Firebirds and Rams last met in 2014 when Trotwood came away with a 98-77 victory.

Game two of the night will feature a pair of high flying squads when 15-3 La Lumiere travels from Indiana to do battle with 15-3 Prolific Prep based out of Napa, California in a highly anticipated matchup that will feature a multitude of talent headed to play at major college programs.

For the La Lumiere Lakers they will be led onto the court by Brian Bowen who is considered one of the top Juniors in the country. Alongside Bowen is a talented group in Texas commit James Banks and five star center prospect Jeremiah Tilmon. Freshman PG Tyger Campbell is a consensus top three pick at the position and has a handful of terrific games to his credit this season including a record 28 assists in 3 games during the Coventry TOC back in November. The future DePaul duo of Al Eichelberger and Brandon Cyrus also bring a lot of firepower to the Lakers offensive attack.

Prolific Prep is led by Josh Jackson, the #1 remaining unsigned player in the 2016 signing class. Jackson, a Detroit native moved to Prep after leading Detroit Consortium College Prep School to their first championship as a Sophomore and is reportedly considering Kansas, Michigan State, and Arizona among his final choices for the next level.

Alongside Jackson the team who is in their third season is led by UCONN bound Vance Jackson, future Utah Utes guard Devon Daniels and a pair of terrific unsigned players in Abu Kigab and recent transfer Ira Lee.

One this is for sure, with all of the talent on the court Friday night the Trent Arena in Kettering will be rocking as fans flock to the annual event to see the best players in the state of Ohio and from all around the country take on one another in the #2 ranked National event of its kind by CBS Sports and Maxpreps.

Both games Friday night as well as the remaining games on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday can be seen live as they happen via SUV TV and their terrific coverage at Flyin to the Hoop LIVE VIDEO

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Sidney comeback downs Riders

ST. MARYS, OH – Despite not getting the lead until under a minute remaining in the contest, a three point play by Sidney Senior Sylvia Hudson gave the Yellowjackets a 46-43 non-conference win Monday night on the road.

Lindi Cisco, Quincy Rable, Sydney Cisco and Erika Angstman combined for 11 points for St. Marys in the first quarter but they were able to get the Sidney duo of Hudson and 6’2 Junior Celena Taborn in foul trouble and were able to keep the duo, who combine for 21 rebounds a game from getting their team second shot opportunities.

With St. Marys leading 11-6 after the first period the Roughriders were able to keep up the defensive pressure as they forced Sidney turnovers and turned them just as quickly into points on the fast break. Carrie Nuss connected on a pair of three pointers for the visitors to cut the St. Marys lead to 22-18 at the halftime break.

Showing why she was an Honorable Mention selection as part of last seasons Division 1 All-Ohio team, Hudson took the contest over in the third quarter as she accounted for 11 of her game high 21 points. With Hudson leading their offensive attack, the Yellowjackets added a three pointer from Jada Rowland and a marker from Taborn to find themselves down just a point 35-34 heading into the final stanza.

Rable, who had scored 11 of her team high 15 points coming into the fourth quarter added a pair of steals to go along with her four points in the final period for St. Marys, but the Roughriders were unable to connect on any more than just two shots from Shania Taylor and Angstman and found themselves on the wrong end of the final margin.

In the games final minutes the Yellowjackets points once again came from the duo of Taborn and Hudson who scored every point for the team in the second half with the exception of the one make by Rowland in the third quarter.

After having just tied the contest up Sidney got the games final score of the game on an and one conversion by Hudson on the fifth and final foul of the game as Angstman, who attempted to slide in front and keep her from getting sent her to the line. St. Marys was unable to get off a shot in the final seconds as the Yellowjackets dribbled out the clock for the 46-43 win.

Sidney with the win improves their record to 6-0 on the season and will next begin GWOC play on Thursday as they travel to Springfield to take on the Wildcats.

St. Marys drops to 4-3 on the season and will resume Western Buckeye League play on Thursday as they play host to Shawnee.

Scoring:

Sidney (45):

Carrie Nuss 9
Jada Rowland 5
Sylvia Hudson 21
Celena Taborn 11

FG: 12/32
3PT: 4/17
FT: 7/13
TO: 7

St. Marys (43):
Lindi Cisco 5
Sydney Cisco 10
Quincy Rable 15
Shania Taylor 6
Erika Angstman 9

FG: 13/29
3PT: 4/16
FT: 5/13
TO: 7

St. Marys won the JV contest 48-27 behind 21 points from Makenna Mele

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Maze shines in Riders win

SIDNEY, OHIO – To say that Logan Maze had a fantastic night in his teams 40-28 win over Sidney on Friday night would be a gross understatement.

The St. Marys Senior accounted for a quartet of touchdowns during the 2015 season opener, but it was his 92 yard kick return that was the most impressive of the 24 points he accounted for in the contest. With his team deadlocked at 7-7 midway through the first quarter, the speedy tailback fielded a kickoff at his own 8 yardline and proceeded to outrun everyone down his own sideline and to paydirt to give his squad the a 14-7 advantage.

Not to be outdone however the Yellowjackets used just a pair of plays to go 53 yards and tie the game up at 14-14 on Junior signalcaller Jack Feazel’s second touchdown pass of the opening stanza as he hit Darryl McNeal in stride for the score.

Despite not gaining many yards on through the air in last seasons 71-21 win over Sidney, St. Marys aired it out early on as the first play of the game went for 37 yards on a throw by Dustin Howell to Eric Spicer. The Roughriders got on the scoreboard first as they pulled off a perfectly executed hook and ladder play. Howell started things off for the Riders as he completed a pass in the flat to Seth Vorhees that was quickly tossed to Logan Maze who jaunted into the endzone for six points.

6’2 wideout Allec Gordon who had just one catch in his high school career was the recipient of the first of the two touchdowns from Feazel as he scored on a bullet pass in the back of the endzone to tie the game at 7 early on.

Following the second of the two touchdown passes and with 6:26 to go in the first quarter, Sidney attempted and recovered an onside kick that gave them possession of the football at midfield. Sidney wouldn’t take long to cash in and go ahead 21-14 as Isaiah Bowser rumbled in from 10 yards out.

After each team traded turnover on downs, the Riders drew within a point at 21-20 as Logan Maze reached the endzone on a 6 yard jaunt that capped off a 73 yard drive. Howell’s attempted two point pass conversion attempt to put his team on top was thwarted as McNeal caught his pass in the endzone.

Maze as it turns out was just getting going as following an Eric Spicer interception that was returned to the Sidney 18, he would add his second touchdown on the ground, this time from 9 yards out to push his squads lead to 26-21 when a second two point conversion failed with a stuff by the Yellow Jackets at the goal line.

Taking a page out of the home teams book, the Roughriders attempted and were successful at recovering the ensuing onside kick and set up shop at their opponents 36 yardline. 7 plays, all runs quickly became 6 more points as Maze rushed in from 5 yards out to push the lead to 32-21 with 1:49 remaining in the opening half.

Whatever the pep talks were from each coaching staffs at the half must have been taken to heart as neither offense could muster any points in the opening moments of the games penultimate period and were forced to either punt or turn the ball over on downs.

Andre Gordon, a sensational Freshman athlete for the Yellow Jackets sprinted from his slot in the shotgun and 4 yards to cap off a 57 yard drive that pulled his team within 5 at 33-28 after a successful extra point by teammate Danny Dean.

The games final score came with 6:27 remaining as Dustin Howell called his own number at the goal line and reached the endzone from 1 yard out that provided the final 40-28 margin.

Both teams accounted for over 300 yards in the contest, a statistic both coaching staffs will look to fix before their next contest on Friday night. For his efforts, Howell finished 5/9 for 60 yards and a touchdown, which his counterpart Jack Feazel connected on 14/23 passes for a pair of touchdowns and one interception.

Sidney (0-1) will be on the road next weekend at Dodd Stadium in Bellefontaine for a 7:30pm contest as they take on a Chieftains team that was on the losing end of their opening game 33-0 to Wapak.

St. Marys (1-0) improves to 33-24-4 all-time against the Yellow Jackets and will have their WBL and home opener at 7:00pm against 1-0 Van Wert, 42-14 winners over Bryan. St. Marys vs Van Wert can be heard live as it happens on WKKI, K94.3fm or online at www.wkki.net with myself and Dennis Cisco.

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