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Cavaliers rally past Indians

COLDWATER, OH – Fort Recovery may have led for a good portion of their MAC contest Friday night but a late rally by Coldwater helped the Cavaliers rally past them for a 66-63 victory in front of a packed crowd at the Palace.

First team All-Ohio football standout Dylan Thobe’s three pointer with 1:40 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the home squad a 60-59 advantage in the final period and teammates Neal Muhlenkamp and Marcus Bruns free throws helped ice the contest for the Cavs who have now beaten their Midwest Athletic Conference rivals three straight times.

Caleb Martin, the future Toledo Rocket Quarterback helped put his team on top early in the first quarter as he and Micaiah Cox combined to score 14 of the Indians opening quarter 23 markers. Three pointers helped keep Coldwater in the game in the first period as Sam Broering, Thobe, and Jacob Wenning all connected from behind the arc to bring their squad within 8.

With foul trouble limiting Cox’s availability on the floor in the middle two quarters the Indians were forced to look for scoring elsewhere and it was Martin they found willing to answer the call as he cashed in on nine points including a triple. Payton Jutte was effective as well for Fort Recovery, scoring 11 points in the contest but was unable to have a good night from the free throw line as he finished just 3/7.

Neal Muhlenkamp finished the game with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Coldwater but it was his second half that had the home fans talking. Tasked with guarding the inside and the big scorers for Fort Recovery the 6’3 Senior held his own as he helped engineer a handful of fast breaks during his teams comeback in the second half where he scored 13 of his points on the evening.

On the evening the Cavaliers outrebounded their opponents 29-27 and held an advantage at the free throw line where they connected on 17/22 offerings to just 7/12 for the Indians.

In the fourth quarter alone Coldwater Sophomore guard Marcus Bruns hit on 6/7 from the charity stripe and finished the game with a remarkable 11/12 performance to give his team their ninth win of the season.

Fort Recovery falls to 11-7 on the season and 3-4 in MAC play, the Indians will travel to Triad for a non-league matchup on Saturday night while Coldwater (9-9, 3-4) is home against Tri-Village.

Box Score:

Coldwater (66):
Marcus Bruns 15
Sam Broering 9
Dylan Thobe 13
Neal Muhlenkamp 14
Mitch Balster 2
Cole Frilling 4
Jacob Wenning 5
Derek Albers 4

FG: 20/47
3PT: 7/26
FT: 17/22
TO: 9

Fort Recovery (63):
Caleb Martin 18
Ryan Braun 5
Payton Jutte 11
Cade Wendel 2
Travis Sutter 2
Matt Bihn 6
Jason Roessner 5
Micaiah Cox 14

FG: 25/46
3PT: 4/13
FT: 7/12
TO: 7

JV: Coldwater 41-40

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Defense again shines in Titan win

LIMA, OH – Another game another strong defensive effort out of the gate for the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans leads the #1 team in Ohio’s Division 2 rankings to their 15th win over the season, 57-38 over Shawnee.

OG jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead in the first stanza as they forced a handful of Indian turnovers and turned them directly into fast break markers en route to a 21-6 advantage at the end of the opening eight minutes of play. Kylie White and Kadie Hempfling each scored six for the Titans in the period while Lexi Schroder tossed in five.

Shawnee’s first points of the ballgame came from 5’10 Junior and leading scorer Alissa Stahler who connected on a jumper with 2:42 remaining in the first to cut into the visiting squads lead.

Things didn’t get much better for Shawnee coach Jeff Heistan’s crew in the second quarter as the turnovers continued to pile up alongside the Titan point total. Erin Kaufman scored 7 of her 9 half points in the second quarter including her 21st three pointer of the season to help push the advantage out to 32-15 when the clock hit triple zeroes.

Allie Boone was a bright spot for the Indians in the second as she tossed in 7 of her team high 15 points including a three pointer of her own.

Kinsey Heistan’s three pointer from feet behind the arc early in the third period would help pull Shawnee closer to their opponents, but also represented the only points not to come from the free throw line where her team went 5/8 in the quarter.

Kadie Hempfling’s second quarter of scoring six points gave OG a 47-23 lead headed to the final stanza but it was Ashley Schroeder’s three pointer that provided one of the highlight reel plays in the quarter for the Titans.

The Indians finished the game with 31 turnovers on the evening but did find themselves outscoring OG 15-10 in the fourth quarter. Lexi Schroeder’s three pointer midway through the period helped her finish with a dozen markers on the evening and put the final touches on a 57-38 Ottawa Glandorf victory.

OG (15-0, 5-0) remained as the Western Buckeye League’s only unbeaten team with the win thanks to a 46-22 victory from Bath on the evening over Wapak that sees both teams behind the defending league champions at 4-1 in WBL play. The Titans will play host to Miami East on Saturday afternoon starting with a noon JV tilt inside the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

Shawnee (5-9, 0-5) saw their first eight possessions of the game go as turnovers Thursday night, they will next take on Kenton on January, 26th in a Western Buckeye League contest.

Box Score:

OG (57):
Ashley Schroeder 7
Paige Sutter 1
Erin Kaufman 11
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kylie White 10
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 6/10
3PT: 3 (A. Schroeder, L. Schroeder, Kaufman)
TO: 21

Shawnee (38):
Laken George 3
Dionna Lewis 3
Allie Boone 15
Alissa Stahler 6
Zariah Johnson 1
DeAsia Smith 2
Trinity Gearing 2
Mariah Painter 1
Kinsey Heistan 3
Ijah Austin 2

FT: 12/24
3PT: 2 (Boone, Heistan)
TO: 31

JV: OG 47-27

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Titans win 4th game of season

WAUSEON, OH – Ottawa Glandorf Tuesday night rolled to a 27 point victory at Wauseon to improve their record to 4-0 on the young season.

The reigning Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Kadie Hempfling got the scoring started early and often for the Titans as behind a bevy of steals and blocks by her team she accounted for 13 of her game high 19 markers in the first quarter. Kylie White snagged a handful of rebounds in the stanza as well and connected on 4/4 from the free throw line to go along with her made basket for 6 of her teams 22 points in the opening eight minutes of play.

Leading 22-6 when the second quarter began the Titans wasted no time adding to their lead as the duo of Erin Kaufman and Lexi Schroeder pumped in a three pointer and a fast break bucket while holding the Indians to 11 points in the period and just 17 in the opening half.

Ottawa Glandorf led 36-17 in the early moments of the third quarter and again used Kaufman to stretch their lead even larger as the Titan Sophomore found the bottom of the bucket on a trio of occasions to put her squad on top 46-22 heading into the final period.

Stifling defense helped the Titans force 26 turnovers on the night and immediately turn those directly into fast break points as the WBL Champions outscored their opponents 15-12 in the last quarter to secure the 61-34 victory.

Wauseon (0-4) was led in scoring by Karli Penrod who finished with 8 points, including a pair of three point goals in the third quarter.

OG finished with three players in double figures and was led by Hempfling’s 19 points. The Titans (4-0) will travel to St. Marys on Thursday night as they begin WBL play against the Roughriders with a 6pm tipoff for the JV.

Scoring:

Wauseon (34):
Mya Suarez 4
Ally Tefft 4
Kendra Gorczyca 3
Rylee Campbell 4
Karli Penrod 8
Brianna Castellano 5
Alexis Suarez 5
Aliza Dauterman 2

FT: 6/8
TO: 26

OG (61):
Carri Johnson 1
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 13
Mackenzie Meyer 4
Lexi Schroeder 8
Kylie White 11
Courtney Bockrath 3
Kadie Hempfling

FT: 7/10
TO: 13

JV: 44-21 OG

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Flyers post 7th shutout of season

SIDNEY, OH – The Marion Local defense came in to their Division 6 Regional Semifinal contest Friday night having shut out 6 of their opponents this season and by the end of the night were able to hang a 7th shutout as they defeated shutout rival St. Henry for the second time this season 22-0.

Marion Local totaled 445 yards of offense on the evening while their stingy defense gave up just 140 total yards on 37 plays by their opponents offense.

Despite having their first drive come to a screeching halt via a fumble inside St. Henry territory the Flyers put themselves ahead 7-0 early in the second quarter as QB Duane Leugers punched in from a yard out to cap off a 93 yard drive.

While punts and failed fourth down conversions were a big story in the first half, they weren’t the biggest issue St. Henry would face in the opening half. On their first drive of the first half after forcing the Flyers to punt, the Redskins found themselves in need of a change under center as starting signal caller Daylon Lange completed a 30 yard pass but was knocked down and forced to miss the rest of the contest in similar fashion to the two teams Week 9 meeting.

Redskin replacement QB Nathan Lefeld finished the night 7/17 for 98 yards but was picked off twice by the Marion Local defense.

With 7:53 left in the ballgame the Flyers extended their lead to 13-0 as Leugers second touchdown run of the night, a 6 yard effort near the right front corner of the endzone pushed his squads lead. After St. Henry was called for roughing Marion Local kicker Tyler Mescher the ball was placed on the one and a half yard line where Marion Local successfully converted a two point conversion to make it a 15-0 lead in their favor.

Starting from their own 42 yard line the Flyers utilized five plays and 2:21 before 5’9, 130 pound Sophomore runningback Matt Rethman showed off his speed and sprinted 23 yards for the games final points.

Jack Homan led the Marion Local rushing attack as he rushed 19 times for 101 yards while teammates Nate Moeller (12/51) and Leugers (11/94) showed off an impressive array of cuts that helped their team gain 279 yards on 47 carries on the evening.

Leugers finished 13/24 passing for 166 yards and saw his top two targets in Matt Kahlig and Ryan Thobe combine for 6 catches and 121 yards receiving in the contest.

St. Henry finishes their season at 8-4 and with their first playoff appearance since 2012 when they fell to the Flyers in the Regional Finals.

Marion Local (11-1) will move on to the Regional Finals and rematch with a Mechanicsburg (12-0) team that throttled Delphos Jefferson to the tune of over 500 yards tonight in a 56-20 victory. The same two teams met in last years Regional Finals in Bellefontaine that saw the Flyers victorious 9-7 on their way to the state finals.

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Riders blowout Indians, Frye gets 200th win

LIMA, OH – St. Marys hadn’t won at Shawnee Stadium since knocking off the then undefeated Indians in a 10-0 win in 2006 but came out swinging on Friday night as they moved to 3-0 with a 43-7 victory to give head coach Doug Frye his 200th career victory.

Roughriders senior Quarterback Dustin Howell continued his personal trend of setting offensive records against the over matched Indians defense as he tossed a trio of touchdown passes and connected on 6/7 passes for 129 yards on the evening. With his second quarter touchdown to Seth Vorhees of 20 yards that made the score 36-0 St. Marys, the third year starter broke the school record for career passing yards of 1,420 previously held by Derek Turner. On the next possession for the Riders, Howell broke the career touchdown pass record of 16 previously held by Derek Dunlap when he tossed a 33 yard score to Demarcus Fountain that gave his squad a 43-0 lead with time remaining in the first half.

Eric Spicer who this week was named to the Blue/Grey All-American Bowl that will be played in January in Jacksonville, Florida had a big night as well as he led the Riders in receiving yards in addition to toting the football five times for 68 yards on the ground. Spicer caught a pair of 38 yard passes from Dustin Howell on the first drive of the ballgame with the second accounting for the first points of the evening for the visiting squad.

Seconds after their first touchdown the Roughriders started their second possession at their opponents 45 yard line due to a botched attempt at fielding a short kick by Shawnee giving them back the football. Following a 33 yard run by the WBL’s second leading rusher in Julius Fisher, Eric Spicer scored his second touchdown in :47 by jaunting in from nine yards out. Further proving how well things were going for St. Marys on the evening, the Riders fumbled the extra point snap but had it land perfectly into the hands of kicker Gabe Vandever who walked into the endzone for the two-point conversion to push the advantage to 15-0.

Following a Grant Keith interception of Shawnee starter Ray Manley, the St. Marys offense utilized a six play 65 yard drive to go up 22-0 with 4:39 left in the opening stanza when Bo Kuenning scored his first touchdown of the season on a one yard touchdown run.

On fourth down and short and inside St. Marys territory the Indians decided to attempt to pick up yardage on their next possession, but were stopped when a screen pass failed to yield enough yardage to move the markers. Seven plays and 72 yards later the Roughriders found themselves ahead by 29 as Spicer struck again, this time from 39 yards out to run the lead to 29-0 with 5.8 remaining.

Another Shawnee long drive was stymied by the Rider defensive unit on the next possession before Howell and crew picked up the aforementioned scores and rode into the halftime break with a 43-0 on the road.

In the second half the game began with a running clock and allowed the Riders to sub in a lot of their younger players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and get them some varsity experience under the lights on Friday night.

The only score of the second half gave Shawnee just their second touchdown of the season when Grant Wheeler made tracks all over the field and 45 yards into the endzone with 5:45 remaining in the contest to provide the final margin of 43-7.

For the game the Roughriders finished with 326 yards rushing on 47 attempts while collecting 455 total yards against the Western Buckeye League worst statistical defensive unit.

Wheeler led Shawnee in rushing as he ran 16 times for 93 yards and a score while Julius Fisher accumulated 102 yards on the ground just as he did last week at Van Wert for St. Marys.

Ray Manley finished his evening 9/19 for 67 yards and a pair of interceptions against the Roughriders who forced 3 Shawnee miscues on the evening.

Shawnee (0-3, 0-2) will head to Van Wert next week to take on the winless Cougars who themselves fell to Ottawa Glandorf tonight by a 42-0 score.

St. Marys begins their second straight season at 3-0 and will play host to a Kenton squad that was defeated at home by Wapak 31-10 Friday night and has dropped their last contest against the Roughriders 42-23 a year ago.

Kenton vs St. Marys can be heard live as it happens on WKKI K94.3 FM next Friday night beginning with Pregame starting at 6:30pm and also online at K94.3 FM Celina

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All-WBL Football selections announced

The WBL Champion Wapak Redskins who will play this Friday night against Trotwood-Madison in the Division 3 Regional Finals landed 10 players on the 1st team offense and defense in the league teams announced today including WBL Offensive Player of the Year Cameron Lauck, Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year Corey Crawford (also won Defensive Lineman of the Year), and Kicking Specialist Tristan Meyer.

Joining Lauck and Crawford on the 1st team offense were teammates John Bourne (Center), Cody Klosterman (Guard), Kais Chiles (Tight End), and Colin Smith (Flex). Defensively the Redskins 1st teamers were Lauck (DB), Crawford (DE), Cort Merricle (Defensive Line), Jared Cockerell & Landon Hall (Linebackers).

Joining the Redskins on the 1st team were Bath Guard Tyler Shobe, Van Wert Tackle Nolan Smith, Elida QB Logan Alexander, St. Marys RB Eric Spicer, and Ottawa Glandorf WR Logan McDermott.

Defensively the 1st team was rounded out by Bath’s Kyle Lhamon, Kenton’s Aarin Tillman, and OG’s Connor Blossom on the Defensive line. The Bath Wildcat duo of Tyler Shobe and Bo Gross both made the team as a Defensive End and Linebacker respectively. In the secondary the WBL’s 1st was represented by Van Wert Senior Ryan Stoller and Bath’s Chase Clark. The Flex position was nabbed by another Bath defender in Dylan Burkholder.

With the exception of OG’s Bryce Utrup at WR the entire 2nd team offense was represented by a cat or dog mascot as 3 Bath Wildcats (Tackle Easton Rudasil, TE Dylan Burkholder and RB Bo Gross) joined 4 Elida Bulldogs (Center Tristan Edwards, Guard Tyler Kanitz, RB Cole Harmon and WR Brian Upshaw), 1 Defiance Bulldog (TE Abram Smith) and a pair of Celina Bulldogs (QB Caleb Hoyng/Guard Mitch Mabry).

The 2nd team defense consisted of Celina Freshman Seth Huston, Elida Sophomore Dan Tullis and Shawnee Junior Mitchell Shirk. Senior Defensive Ends Mitch Mabry (Celina), and Gavin Cross (Van Wert) joined Linebackers Zach Marks (Celina), Jack Cavanaugh (OG), and Evan Williams (Van Wert). Rounding out the 2nd team were Defensive Backs Jacob Stolly (Celina), Jay Garcia (OG), and Randy Slife of St. Marys who finished with a team high 5 interceptions.

Honorable Mention selections went out to 40 players, 4 from each school:

Bath: Tre Tenny, Kaden Sullivan, Jon Lieurance, Troy Korkate
Celina: CJ Kimmel, Ryan Harter, Austin Boeckman, Dussel Vondenhuevel
Defiance: Alex Gonzalez, Cole Allman, Jorden Scott, Kohle Clellan
Elida: Dylan Holcomb, Noah Mosley, Scott McDonnel, Noah Meeker
Kenton: Tyler Heintz, Austin Buroker, Trent Hites, Mason Crabtree
Ottawa-Glandorf: Zac Unterbrink, Connor Niese, Noah Recker, Jay Kaufman
Shawnee: Jalen Bagley, Austin Allison, Noah Hanjora, Spencer Jordan
St. Marys: Julius Fisher, Dustin Howell, Jonathan Peterson, Aaron Alexander
Van Wert: Justice Tussing, Gavin Gardner, Josh Braun, Jacoby Kelly
Wapakoneta: Cole Hogan, Aaron Huffman, Dylan Kuehl, Drew Voll

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Fighting 63rd survives late Greenville rally

OTTAWA, OHIO – The Ottawa Fighting 63rd got up early in their matchup against the Greenville Legion squad but had to get a couple of key outs as they held on for an 11-10 six inning win Thursday night.

Ottawa got things going in the home half of the first inning as St. Marys’ Tristen Becker who opened the frame by slapping a single into the outfield off of Greenville starter AJ Bowers (Greenville HS) came around to score to make it 1-0. Brad Croy (OG) who reached on a dropped ball in centerfield also came around to score moments later on an error. 2nd team Putnam County League selection Fred Shepard (Continental) added the innings final pair of runs as he drove in a pair on a single to make it 4-0 Ottawa heading to the second inning.

After getting an inning opening strikeout of Greenville DH Tanner Maples (Tri-Village), Ottawa starter Adam Purdy (Elida) hit Quintin Wood (Greenville HS) to put him on base. Moments after putting Wood on first, Purdy started a 1-3-4 doubleplay as he fielded a sacrifice bunt attempt from Cole Burell (Arcanum) perfectly to get out of the second with no damage.

With 9 hitters coming to the plate in the first inning, Ottawa found themselves in the same spot to begin the bottom of the second inning, with the top of their lineup at bat. Becker, who finished 3-3 with a walk on the day doubled this time around and was driven in by Bath’s Jared Davis to put the score at 5-0 after two full innings.

Reese Hunt (Greenville HS) got the first Greenville hit of the contest in the 3rd but saw three of his teammates strike out and leave him stranded at first base.

A scary moment in the game took place in the bottom of the second inning when 63rd catcher William Kleffner (Shawnee) was injured chasing a foul ball back to the backstop. On the play Kleffner hit hard against the brick backstop and was taken via ambulance to the hospital in Lima to be examined.

Miller City’s Jackson Lammers took over in the 7th spot for Kleffner (Brad Stolly of LCC moved from 3rd to catcher on the switch) and immediately paid dividends as he singled. Lammers would find his way to 3rd base and be driven in by Becker to make it 6-0 Ottawa after 3 innings complete.

Kory Baker (Arcanum), and Brad Caudill (Fairlawn) would be the first two runs of the game for Greenville as they were driven in by Wood. Wood himself would come around to score after he stole home to cut Ottawa’s lead to 6-3 in the middle of the 4th inning.

Brad Croy (OG, 2015 WBL POY) began the bottom half of the inning for Ottawa by looping a ball into right field over the head of secondbaseman Chantz Martinez (Piqua) but was gunned out at first as rightfielder Logan Elmore (Tri-County North) fired a dart to nab him at first base and keep him off the bases.

Adam Purdy would account for the only run of the inning and push the score to 7-3 when he was driven in on an RBI double by OG’s Ben Deitering.

Baker who finished 2-3 with a hit by pitch in his last at bat scored a run on a Caudill RBI 5-3 groundout in the 5th to cut the lead to just 7-5 (Reese Hunt led off the inning with a walk and came around to score earlier in the stanza).

The fifth inning was especially kind to the Fighting 63rd as they increased their lead to 11-5 with runs by Becker (walk), Davis (RBI single), Croy (RBI single) before they saw their inning end on a lineout by Lammers to the shortstop Burell.

In their last chance at bat to lead off the 6th inning, Greenville would face two different pitchers in the inning in Deitering and Croy. 11 batters came to the plate in the inning with Burell, Martinez, Elmore, Hunt, and Baker all scoring runs in the inning. Burell’s second at bat of the inning would be the final out of the contest as he flew out to Kalida’s Austin Klausing to preserve the win for the Fighting 63rd as it was stopped following the 6th due to Memorial Field no longer having stadium lights and creeping darkness in the area.

Ottawa ups their record to 2-0 on the season and will welcome Whitehouse to town on Sunday for a doubleheader that begins at 1pm and can be heard live on Zsportslive.com. Adam Purdy went 4 innings, struck out 4, walked 5, hit a batter and gave up 4 runs to earn his first Legion win this season.

AJ Bowers (Greenville HS) took the loss for Greenville as he pitched 6 innings, gave up 11 runs, 9 hits, 3 walks, and 1 hit by pitch with no strikeouts. Greenville will travel to Xenia’s Athletes in Action Sports Complex to take on the Gem City Throwbacks on Saturday at 5pm in a scheduled 9 inning affair.

The two teams will meet again on July 7th at GTI Field at 7pm.

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Boys District 8 All-Star Game Results

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

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

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

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

Scoring:

West (98):

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

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

East (96):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scoring:

East (105):

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

West (77):

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

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Indians sink Commodores

Fort Recovery forced 31 Perry turnovers and got scoring from 10 players as they defeated the Commodores 63-18 in Division 4 sectional semifinals action Wednesday night at the Palace in Coldwater.

1st Team All-MAC selection Tori Lennartz got things going for the Indians on their first possession as she drained a three pointer from the left wing to put her squad on top for good at 3-0. Both teams would struggle from field in the first quarter, Fort Recovery would go nearly three minutes until they were able to put up another point on the scoreboard. 16 consecutive points would find their way into the home column for the Indians until Perry’s Kyazia Healy connected on her fourth free throw attempt of the quarter to break the streak. Fort Recovery led after the opening quarter by a 16-1 margin.

Perry would open the second quarter with a score from Sophomore guard Kylyn Collins that cut the Fort Recovery lead to 16-3 in the opening moments of the second quarter but never got any closer as the Indians responded by outscoring the Commodores 15-5 the rest of the first half. Collins would add another two point marker in the quarter but only 2nd team NWCC pick Courtland Fowler would be able to dent the scoring column as she connected on a deep three pointer from the wing for Perry.

For the second consecutive quarter the Commodores opened up the scoring to begin the second half as a triple from Latrisha Edmonds got them within 20 at 31-11. Carley Stone would lead 5 players in points for the quarter for the Indians her 6 period points helped her squad push their lead out to 51-15 heading into the final stanza.

Just one score is all the Commodores would muster in the 4th quarter, a three point basket from Edmonds as they would be outscored 12-3 and fall to the Indians 63-18 when the clock reached 0:00.

Perry was led in scoring by Latrisha Edmonds with 6 points, but saw their season come to and end for the second consecutive season at 4-19.

Lennartz would lead both teams in scoring with 18 as she used 5 first half three pointers to do so. Fort Recovery moves their season record to 17-6 and will head back to Coldwater to play on Saturday night’s second Sectional Finals matchup which tips off at approximately 8pm. Ada will be the opponent for the Indians as they were victorious in Game #1 of the night against Hardin Northern 62-39.

Scoring:

Fort Recovery (63):

Kelsey Evers 2
Mikayla Post 2
Grace Thien 6 (also 5 rebounds)
Kendra Siefring 10 (also 5 rebounds)
Tori Lennartz 18 (5 3’s and 7 rebounds)
Haley Knapke 2
Cassidy Rammel 2
Whitney Will 3
Jocelyn Kaiser 6
Carley Stone 10

FG: 21/46 (45.6%)
3: 6/16 (37.5%)
FT: 10/15 (66.7%)
Reb: 36 (9 offensive)
TO: 11

Perry (18):

Kylyn Collins 4
Latrisha Edmonds 6
Kyazia Healy 3
Courtland Fowler 3 (also 4 rebounds)
Kaitlyn Cox 2

FG: 5/30 (16.6%)
3: 3/17 (17.6%)
FT: 5/10 (50.0%)
Reb: 24 (4 offensive)
TO: 31

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Minster uses OT, defeats Fort Recovery

It took an extra 4:00 but the Minster Wildcats got it done Friday night as they used a 14-4 run in OT to down visiting Fort Recovery 64-54.

Minster’s home court has not been that friendly to them this season as they came into the night with a 1-5 record on their own floor. The Wildcats reversed their struggles at home in the first quarter as they used scores from four different players to lead 18-12 at the end of the first quarter. With just moments to go in the stanza however the most controversial call of the game came with just seconds remaining as senior Gabe Goodwin hit what appeared to be (and was ruled) a three pointer to send the teams to their benches with a 19-12 score. During the break between quarters however the officials correctly determined that Goodwin’s foot was in fact across the line and took away the extra point, to the elation of the Indians coaching staff.

Balanced scoring was a key for both teams in the second quarter as Fort Recovery finished the stanza with three players (Kyle Schroer, Darien Sheffer, Caleb Martin) with a pair of buckets, and one in Micaiah Cox who finished with a single score. Minster also had four players score in the quarter but found themselves behind in the stanza 14-12 to see their lead cut to just four at 30-26 heading to the break.

Cox had a big 3rd quarter for Fort Recovery as he finished with a pair of buckets and 3/4 from the free throw line to help the Indians keep pace with the Wildcats and quell an 8 point lead for Minster down to just 4 at 42-38 at the end of the period.

All of Minster’s points in the fourth quarter came from senior Matthew Trushaw as he connected on a pair of layups, a three pointer and 1/2 from the free throw line for his teams 8 quarter points.

Fort Recovery committed no turnovers in the fourth quarter and outscored the Wildcats 12-8 to tie the game at 50 with just seconds left. Trushaw had a chance to win the game from the left wing but was forced to alter his final shot attempt as regulation came to a close and misfired to send the game to overtime.

Free throws are not something that Minster excels at on the season (just 59.9% as a team) but they hit just enough in the extra period to come away with the win as they connected on 6/11 attempts.

Three players finished in double figures for the Wildcats with Trushaw leading the way with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Josh Nixon added 12 points, and Gabe Goodwin tossed in 11 markers before fouling out to help Minster even their season record at 7-7 overall and improve to 2-3 in the MAC. The Wildcats will take on Jackson Center at home tonight in non-conference action.

The Indians were led in scoring by Micaiah Cox who finished 6/10 from the field for his 15 points. Fort Recovery falls to 4-13 overall under 1st year coach Chris Guggenbiller and 1-5 in the MAC, they will take on Mississinawa Valley on Saturday night in a non-league tilt.

Box Score:

Minster (64):

Josh Nixon 12
Jacob Stechschulte 3
Peter Falk 3
Gabe Goodwin 11
Conner Tumbusch 3
Matthew Trushaw 26
JR Nixon 6

FG: 23/55 (41.8%)
3: 3/10 (30.0%)
FT: 12/22 (54.5%)
Reb: 37 (11 offensive)
Ast: 10 (Nixon 5)
Stl: 5 (Stechschulte 2)
TO: 10

Fort Recovery (54):

Derek Backs 3
Chase Bruns 7
Kyle Schroer 9
Darien Sheffer 9
Brandon Schoen 7
Caleb Martin 4
Micaiah Cox 15

FG: 21/52 (40.4%)
3: 4/12 (33.3%)
FT: 8/11 (72.7%)
Reb: 27 (8 offensive)
Ast: 12 (Schoen 6)
Stl: 10 (Schroer 3)
TO: 8

JV: 57-46 Minster

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