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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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PG’s Johnson headlines All-PCL list as Player of the Year

Pandora Gilboa Junior Drew Johnson and PG Head Coach Joe Braidic were tabbed Sunday as the Putnam County League Player and Coach of the Year respectively as they led the Rockets to their third PCL title in school history and first since 2009 as they finished with a 16-6 regular season campaign and went 6-1 in league competition.

Braidic who is in his third term as the head of the boys program at PG picked up his second win for the top mentor in the league. In 2008 Braidic was honored for the first time as he guided his Rockets to their first PCL crown.

In winning the player award Johnson, a dynamic 6’5 Junior forward who already nabbed his 1,000th point this season becomes the fourth player in school history selected for the honor and he joins Josh Lee who snagged it in the first two PCL title seasons of 2008 and 2009, Eric Hermiller who won in 1990, and Steve Fenstermaker who was honored in 1987.

Joining Johnson on the 1st team this season were Seniors Wade Stauffer of Continental, and Grant Schroeder of Leipsic. Juniors Mark Kuhlman of Miller City and Logan Kemper of Ottoville joined with Johnson to make it three underclassmen in this seasons top five vote getters.

2nd team selections included a future St. Francis Cougar football player in Columbus Grove Senior Rece Roney, who was honored alongside four Juniors in Miller City’s Jacob Kuhlman, Ottoville’s Nick Moorman, Brandon Wehri of Fort Jennings, and Pandora Gilboa Sophomore Jared Breece.

Honorable Mention status for the league went to 16 players this year:

Caiden Grothaus (Senior) Columbus Grove
Logan Schroeder (Junior) Columbus Grove
Trevor Williamson (Senior) Continental
Jacob Williams (Senior) Continental
Ian Finn (Junior) Fort Jennings
Luke Trentman (Junior) Fort Jennings
Trent Siebeneck (Senior) Kalida
Collin Nartker (Senior) Kalida
Jordan Berger (Senior) Leipsic
Grant Rader (Senior) Leipsic
Matt Niese (Senior) Miller City
Noah Otto (Junior) Miller City
Ryan Bendele (Junior) Ottoville
Eric Von Sossan (Senior) Ottoville
Cooper McCullough (Junior) Pandora Gilboa
Riley Larcom (Sophomore) Pandora Gilboa

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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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