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Ringwald earns win as Bearcats hold off Musketeers

FORT JENNINGS, OH – Spencerville Sophomore pitcher Zach Ringwald earned his first career win on Tuesday night as he and his Bearcats teammates held on to defeat Fort Jennings 8-5 in a non-league contest.

Ringwald worked 6.2 innings and nearly fully completed his first career start but with two outs in the seventh inning and trailing 8-3 Fort Jennings Sam Vetter was able to procure a walk and quickly be tripled in by Connor Stechschulte to trim the Bearcat advantage to 8-4.

A single by Logan Hardeman drove in Stechschulte to make the score 8-5 before a walk to pinch hitter Connor Hoersten again put a runner on base for the home team. With the tying run in pinch hitter Devin Miller coming to the plate the Bearcats head coach Shane Falke would go to his bullpen and put Brady Nolan into the contest.

The decision to move to Nolan with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh was a good one for the visiting team as he was able to strike out Miller on five pitches to secure the victory for Spencerville and tie the all-time series at 16 wins apiece.

Bearcat shortstop and future Georgia Highlands College Charger Jacob Meyer who paced the defending Northwest Conference Champions by scoring three of their runs on the day in addition to driving in a pair of runs on two doubles and a single on the afternoon.

Meyer, Luke Market, and Brady Nolan, the top three hitters in the Spencerville lineup combined to reach base nine times in their 15 at bats on the day and drive in or score all but two of their teams scores.

Fort Jennings was led by Brandon Wehri who finished the day 2/4 at the plate and drove in a trio of runs including a pair on a bases clearing double in the fifth inning to pull his team to within five runs at the time of the Bearcats lead.

Both teams were active on the basepaths in the game as they accounted for 11 stolen bases (Spencerville 7, FJ 4).

With the win the Bearcats move their season record to 8-10 and will next travel to take on the Lincolnview Lancers on Thursday afternoon in NWC play. Fort Jennings (4-9) will be in action on Wednesday in Delphos against the Northwest Conference’s remaining unbeaten in the Jefferson Wildcats with first pitch at 4:30pm (hear the game live on WZOQ Radio)

WP: Zach Ringwald (1-0) – 6.2 IP, 5R, 6H, 2K, 111 pitches (63 strikes)
LP: Sam Vetter (1-1) – 4.0 IP, 5R, 10H, 1BB, 66 pitches (40 strikes)

Top Hitters:
Brandon Wehri (FJ): 2/4, 2B, 3RBI
Justin Thiery (SV): 2/3
Jacob Meyer (SV): 3/5, 3R, 2RBI
Brady Becker (SV): 1/4, 3 RBI


OG, LCC secure Regional berths

ADA/LIMA, OH – Though they are in different divisions this season the OG Titans and LCC T-Birds will both once again be making their way to Bowling Green for the Regionals as each were victorious on Saturday. Ottawa Glandorf downed WBL foe Defiance 46-43 in the afternoon at ONU while LCC blitzed past Spencerville in the nightcap at Lima Senior 65-38.

Ottawa Glandorf Senior Nick Weihrauch connected on all four of his free throws and nailed a big three pointer in the first quarter of the game to help give his Titans a 13-10 lead at first stoppage.

Defiance’s Kameron Singleton was able to find a whole inside the OG defense early in the second quarter as he was able to grab a bucket and then added one from deep on the left wing to put the Bulldogs within a point of taking the lead midway through the stanza. Jordan Verhoff who finished the contest with a game high 17 points tossed in five points in the period and put OG up 22-19 at the break.

Both WBL Champions were able to connect on every free throw of the contest until the fourth quarter when OG was able to connect on just 8/15 tosses and watch their lead draw to even late in the final quarter.

With teammate Jay Kaufman grabbing nearly every rebound in a big situation, Verhoff was able to get ahead of the defense quickly and draw foul after foul and help himself to the line where he tossed in 4/6 attempts to help secure the 46-43 victory.

OG mentor Tyson McGlaughlin’s strategy of mixing up defensive looks against a Bulldogs attack that had beaten his team earlier in the season worked effectively and forced the normally surehanded squad into committing 7 turnovers and 16/46 from the field. Future Louisville Cardinal baseball standout Shay Smiddy was most affected by the defensive changes as he shot just 2/8 from the field and scored only 9 points, 5 from the charity stripe.

Thursday night at 6:15pm the Titans (20-5) will take on Lexington at the Stroh Center in BG (hear it live on Zsportslive.com). Defiance sees their season come to an end at 19-6.


OG (46):

Jordan Verhoff 17
Zac Unterbrink 6
Nick Weihrauch 10
Jay Kaufman 6
Kordell Stover 3
Jake Dibel 4

FG: 12/30
3PT: 4/6
FT: 18/26
REB: 29
TO: 14

Defiance (43):
Michael Menedez 5
Jordan Scott 10
Kameron Singleton 16
Noah Strausbaugh 3
Shay Smiddy 9

FG: 16/46
3PT: 3/12
FT: 8/9
REB: 22
TO: 7

To say Lima Central Catholic started off hot from the field in their District Finals matchup Saturday night against Spencerville would be an understatement. The T-Birds connected on their first three shots from the field and led 8-0 before Spencerville Head Coach Kevin Sensabaugh was forced to take a timeout to regroup his troops.

Unfortunately for Bearcat fans the Thunderbirds continued their white hot shooting after the stoppage and accounted for a trio of connections from deep from two of the all-time leading scorers in program history in Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton that ended the first period at 17-6 LCC.

Things weren’t much better for the Cats in the second period as they were held to just three makes from the field, a bucket by Tiffin bound Zach Goecke, a three from Mason Nourse and a slam dunk from Damien Corso and found themselves behind at the half 34-15 to their former NWC foes.

While they hit on half a dozen three pointers in the first half, the T-Birds wouldn’t hit one in the third quarter. LCC’s Josh Dixon, Walton, and Thomas Williams combined to score 14 of their teams 21 markers and put their team ahead 55-23 after the contests penultimate stanza.

Goecke, Spencerville’s leading scorer for the past three seasons was the Bearcats leader on this night as well as he scored four of his team high 10 points in the last period. Junior Bailey Croft put up seven points in the final minutes including a three pointer and finished with 9 points.

Defensively LCC’s plan to shut out their opponents leader in points worked to near perfection as they held Junior sharpshooter Dakota Prichard, who averages 15 points per game on the season to 0 before he fouled out late in the game.

LCC has now won 18 of 21 meetings with the Bearcats (18-5) all-time, and improves their season record to 24-1. The #1 ranked team in Division 3 will head north to Bowling Green on Wednesday night for the 6th time in 7 years and battle Milan Edison (23-2) at 6:15pm (hear it live on 1049 The Eagle with the “Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews).


Spencerville (38):

Mason Nourse 7
Damien Corso 8
Gary Schrolucke 2
Zach Goecke 10
Bailey Croft 9
Griffen Croft 2

3PT: 2/13 (B.Croft, Nourse)
REB: 19
TO: 15

LCC (65):

Tre Cobbs 14
Nick Taflinger 2
Josh Dixon 15
Ethan O’Connor 5
Dantez Walton 19
Thomas Williams 9
Mark Janowski 3

3PT: 8/21 (Walton 3, Cobbs 2, Dixon 2, Janowski)
REB: 21
TO: 4


Bearcats claw past Raiders

LIMA, OH – It may have taken three and a half quarters for them to pull away from Wayne Trace, but the Spencerville Bearcats scored 20 points in the fourth quarter on Thursday night and did just that, winning 64-53 to advance to Saturday’s District Final against LCC.

Wayne Trace Junior Ethan Linder scored nine of his 15 points on the evening in the first quarter, including a three pointer from the wing to help give his Raiders a 16-15 lead after the first quarter. The Raiders connected on 10 of their 27 attempts from the field in the first half and both free throws they attempted but trailed by a point at 28-27 at the halftime break due to scores from all five Spencerville starters.

Mason Nourse’s three pointer in the third quarter helped to give Spencerville one of their biggest leads of the contest midway through, but three separate baskets by Cole Shepherd and a pair of three pointers by Alec Vest and Brady Stabler were enough to again pull Wayne Trace within a single point at 44-43 at the quarter stoppage.

The final eight minutes of the game saw the Bearcats connect on 12 of their 13 free throws with Senior Zach Goecke connecting on 5/6 tosses. Dakota Prichard was not only 2/2 from the charity stripe but also tossed in a triple from long distance that helped the Bearcats seal the 9 point win 64-53.

Spencerville (18-4) finished with three players in double figures as Goecke led the way with 17 while Nourse ended with 16 and Prichard tossed in 14 markers to go with his 9 rebounds.

Wayne Trace’s season ends at 17-8 and the Raiders were led in scoring on the contest by Shepherd who scored 18 and was one of two players (Linder, 15 markers) in double figures.

With the win the Bearcats advance to the District Finals at Lima Senior on Saturday at 7pm as they take on the #1 team in D3 in Lima Central Catholic (23-1), a team that defeated them 88-66 back on February 19th at home.

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Spencerville (64):

Mason Nourse 16
Damien Corso 8
Jacob Meyer 3
Zach Goecke 17
Dakota Prichard 14
Bailey Croft 6

FG: 19/48
3PT: 7/14 (Nourse 3, Prichard 3, Goecke)
FT: 19/24
REB: 23 (Prichard 9)
TO: 4

Wayne Trace (53):
Brady Stabler 3
Luke Miller 7
Cole Shepherd 18
Ethan Linder 15
Alec Vest 8
Justin Speice 2

FG: 22/51
3PT: 5/13 (Vest 2, Stabler, Miller, Linder)
FT: 4/5
TO: 8


Bearcats advance to Districts

VAN WERT, OH – Not only did Spencerville defeat Marion Local for the second time this season, they also got a measure of payback for the defeat they suffered in the District Finals last season that ended their year as they eliminated the Flyers Saturday afternoon with a 51-43 victory at Van Wert High School.

Bailey Croft started off hot for the Bearcats in the first quarter as he tossed in seven of his twelve contest points and gave his squad a big presence inside. 1st team MAC selection Derek Albers, a 6’2 Senior connected on a pair of triples and scored eight in the first quarter as Marion Local finished the first quarter with three shots from deep and a 15-9 lead.

Two shots would find their way into the bottom of the basket for the Flyers in the second stanza as Tyler Mescher put in a bucket alongside another deep three pointer from Albers. Spencerville responded in the period by outscoring their opponent 9-5 as Zach Goecke and Dakota Prichard each hit a shot from behind the arc but still found themselves behind by 2 at the break.

Goecke, an Honorable Mention NWC selection this season along with the two 1st team selections in Prichard and Mason Nourse took over the scoring load for coach Kevin Sensabaugh in the games penultimate period as they combined for 14 of the Cats 16 markers. The trios hot scoring put their team in the lead at 34-33 heading to the fourth.

Despite having given up seven three pointers to the Flyers on the afternoon during the first three quarters, the Bearcats allowed none in the fourth quarter and repeatedly got themselves to the free throw line. Dakota Prichard hit 7 of his 8 charity tosses in the games final eight minutes and helped procure a 51-43 win and a Sectional Championship for Spencerville.

Marion Local sees their 2015-16 season come to an end at 11-12 and were led in scoring by Albers who scored a game high 16 in the loss.

Spencerville (17-4) was led in scoring by Prichard and Goecke with 14 tallies each while Bailey Croft joined the duo in double figures with 12. The Bearcats will now take on Wayne Trace on Thursday, March 3rd at 6:15pm at Lima Senior High School and that game can be heard live on Zsportslive.com.


Spencerville (51):
Mason Nourse 8
Jacob Meyer 3
Zach Goecke 14
Dakota Prichard 14
Bailey Croft 12

FT: 12/17
3PT: 5 (Goecke 2, Nourse, Prichard, Meyer)
TO: 13

Marion Local (43):
Derek Albers 16
Matt Kahlig 8
Cole Griesdorn 9
Kyle Homan 2
Tyler Mescher 8

FT: 0/0
3PT: 6 (Albers 3, Kahlig 2, Griesdorn)
TO: 9


Bearcats storm past Bulldogs

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – For the second straight game the Columbus Grove Bulldogs found themselves with an opposing team player in double figures early. Spencerville Junior Damien Corso scored 11 of his 15 points in the opening quarter and his team would never trail as they walked away with a 73-47 conference victory Friday night.

In addition to Corso the Bearcats finished the contest with three other players in double figures as Dakota Prichard (20), Mason Nourse (14), and Zach Goecke (12) finished with big games to help the visitors push their NWC record to 5-1 on the year and stay just a game behind league leader Lincolnview.

Spencerville found the net on 13 of their 29 first half shots and 4 of 7 from the free throw line as they found themselves on top by a 35-22 score. Columbus Grove was held to 9/24 in the opening two quarters and with just four players able to dent the score column.

Gabe Stechschulte connected on a trio of three pointers in the third quarter and finished with 13 points overall, but with Rece Roney in foul trouble throughout the game the Bulldogs were unable to keep the Bearcats out of the lane and from scoring on the fast break especially.

With the win the Bearcats (13-2, 5-1) have now defeated the Bulldogs (6-9, 0-5) four straight times and lead the overall series 29-23. Spencerville will play host to league foe Crestview on February 5th while Columbus Grove dips their toes into Putnam County League play as they are set to entertain Continental Saturday night.


Columbus Grove (47):
Baily Clement 7
Gabe Stechschulte 13
Xavier Aguirre 4
Grayson Flores 2
Logan Diller 11
Logan Ridenour 1
Rece Roney 6
Cody Johnson 3

FT: 4/6
3PT: 5 (Stechschulte 3, Clement, Diller)
TO: 13

Spencerville (73):

Mason Nourse 14
Damien Corso 15
Jacob Meyer 2
Zach Goecke 12
Gage Goecke 3
Dakota Prichard 20
Bailey Croft 7

FT: 5/8
3PT: 10 (Nourse 4, D. Corso, Z. Goecke, G. Goecke, Prichard 3)
TO: 5

JV: Columbus Grove 27-26


Big 2nd half leads Kalida past Spencerville

Kalida scored 35 of their 65 points Tuesday night in the second half and held the host Bearcats to 21 en route to beating Spencerville for the second straight season.

In the games opening minutes the two teams combined to hit their first five shots from the floor as the Bearcats jumped out to an early 6-5 lead before Kalida surged ahead on a pair of triples from Drew Hovest to take the lead midway through the opening period. The Bearcat trio of Mason Nourse, Dakota Prichard, and Zach Goecke combined for 18 points and pushed the home squads advantage to 18-14 heading into the end of the first quarter.

Leading early on the second quarter the Bearcats would bring in 5’11 Junior Jacob Meyer off the bench looking for a spark and would watch him not only play solid defense on the Kalida ball handlers but also toss in a three pointer and a pair of free throws that helped Spencerville head into the halftime break leading 34-30.

Four players for the Wildcats would find themselves doing damage to their opponents offensively in the second half and finishing in double figures as a 20 point third quarter was fueled by 7 markers from Drew Hovest who finished with a game high 18 on the night. A rough quarter offensively for Spencerville would see them only able to score three times from the floor as the defensive pressure from Kalida left them little room to operate as well as they had done in the first half of play.

Six of the ten Spencerville points in the final quarter would come from the free throw line where the Cats finished 15/21 on the night. Kalida was able to not only take the air out of the basketball and away from the high scoring Spencerville offense, but also put up 15 points of their own and put the finishing touches on their 65-50 non-league win.

Kalida (5-4) was led in scoring by Drew Hovest with 18, Grant Unverferth with 13, 11 from Trent Gerding, and 10 from Brady Laudick. The Wildcats will next travel to take on McComb Saturday night before returning home next week to resume PCL play against Fort Jennings.

With the win Kalida Head Coach Dick Kortokrax’s record in 56 years of coaching improves to 882-365, including a 20-9 mark against Spencerville.

Spencerville (6-2) was led in scoring by Mason Nourse’s 14 points while Dak Prichard added 12. Senior Guard Zach Goecke who came in on the night 18 points shy of 1,000 for his career ended the contest with 11 points, 9 of which came in the games opening half. The Bearcats are off until they welcome Ada and Bath to the walk-in closet on January 8th and 9th.


Spencerville (53):

Mason Nourse 14
Daniel Corso 1
Damien Corso 2
Jacob Meyer 6
Zach Goecke 11
Dakota Prichard 12
Griffen Croft 4
Chandler Schrolucke 3

FT: 15/21
TO: 8

Kalida (65):
Trent Siebeneck 3
Grant Unverferth 13
Drew Hovest 18
Brady Laudick 10
Trent Gerding 11
Collin Nartker 4
Brandon Verhoff 6

FT: 10/17
TO: 10

JV: Kalida 49-41


Late inning rally pushes Bearcats past Kalida

KALIDA, OHIO – Spencerville found themselves behind Kalida 8-2 heading into the 5th inning of their non-conference regular season matchup Tuesday night but came back to outscore the Wildcats 7-0 in the final three innings en route to a 9-8 comeback victory.

Noah Lambert and Austin Swift each had big nights for the home team as the duo accounted for three singles, a hit by pitch, and a pair of runs scored against Bearcat starter Brady Nolan in the first two innings. Kalida’s Derrick Schimmoeller and Brent Hovest each pitched 1/3 of an inning as part of the Senior Day festivities for the Wildcats, but it was Trent Gerding who stymied the Bearcats offense in the fourth inning as he quickly dispatched them in order with three straight ground balls and used just seven pitches in the inning.

A pair of runs came across every inning for the first four innings for Kalida as they chased Nolan in the 3rd after he was hit with 6 runs on 7 hits in just 2.2 innings. Nick Freewalt came on in relief of Nolan in the 3rd and was responsible for giving up 3 runs on 4 hits before finally getting Trent Gerding to flyout to center to end the bottom of the fourth with his team down by 6 runs.

Spencerville began the 5th inning on fire as Freshman Jaret Montenery was issued a free pass to first base and was then promptly driven around to score on an RBI double by second baseman Jacob Meyer to cut the lead to 8-3 with no outs in the inning. Meyer himself would later be hit home on a Thad Ringwald single to make it 8-4. Spencerville’s final run of the inning brought the lead down to just 3 at 8-5 after four and a half innings played.

Only four batters would come to the plate for the Wildcats in the home half of the 5th inning as just Lambert reached first base before Colton Farrell flew out to end the inning and send the Bearcats back to the plate in the 6th.

Despite starting off 0-2 in the game, Montenery lead off the 6th inning by slapping a single into the outfield, and would again be driven in by Meyer who finished 4-5 with a pair of RBI in the contest to make it 8-6 Kalida. Nick Freewalt who began the game at DH would drive in Meyer to cut the Wildcat lead to 8-7 in the inning. Mitchell Youngpeter attempted to reach home from second base on the play by was erased as he was gunned down at the plate for the second out of the inning. The Bearcats threat was ended in the 6th as pitcher Brady Laudick struck out Luke Carpenter to end the inning.

For the first time in the game the Wildcats went down in order themselves to the third Bearcat hurler in Carpenter 1-2-3 on just six pitches to keep the score 8-7 Kalida with the visitors coming up in the 7th.

Brady Becker led off the inning for Spencerville by blooping a ball into left field that should have just been a single, but an error defensively on a throw to second allowed him to move across the diamond to 3rd base as the games tying run. Outfielder Justin Thierry tied the game at 8 when his three pitch at bat resulted in a single against the 6th Kalida pitcher in Colton Farrell.

Thierry moved over to second base just moments later on a stolen base and came around to score on a passed ball between Farrell and catcher Jeffery Knueve for the games final run. Jacob Meyer would single in the inning but be left on base as Mitchell Youngpeter struck out to end the Bearcats threat that accounted for a pair of runs to put them on top at 9-8 heading to Kalida’s final at bat.

Carpenter who came into the game having pitched just 3.1 innings on the season was absolutely brilliant in the 7th as he threw just 12 pitches and struck out a pair of batters, including Knueve to end the game and give the Bearcats a comeback win.

Luke Carpenter (1-0) got the win for the Bearcats (11-10), while Colton Farrell (5-1) took the loss for Kalida (18-5). Both teams will begin their tournament run on Wednesday afternoon at 5pm as Spencerville will host New Bremen while the Wildcats will welcome Holgate to Holy Name Ballpark for a Sectional Finals date.


Spencerville: 9-13-2
Kalida: 8-12-5

WP: Carpenter (1-0)
LP: Farrell (5-1)

Score by innings:
Kalida: 2-2-2-2-0-0-0

Top Performers:

Jacob Meyer 4-5, 2 RBI, 3 doubles, 2 runs
Jaret Montenery 1-3, 2 walks, 2 runs
Mitchell Youngpeter 3-4, 1 RBI, 3 runs
Thad Ringwald 1-1, 2 walks, 2 runs, 1 RBI

Noah Lambert 2-5, 2 singles, 2 runs
Austin Swift 2-2, 1 HBP, 2 walks, 2 runs
Trevor Maag 3-4, 2 singles, 1 double, 2 RBI, 2 runs
Derrick Schimmoeller 1-2, 1 single, 2 RBI


Bearcats, Bulldogs split doubleheader

Spencerville, Ohio – Both Spencerville and Elida utilized big innings in their doubleheader against one another to take one victory apiece Saturday afternoon.

Elida took game one against the Bearcats as the Bulldogs jumped out to 1-0 lead in the first two innings against Spencerville starting pitcher Nick Freewalt.

Spencerville would storm back in the second inning as they would put up 3 runs and go ahead 3-1 on the Bulldogs.

Elida got a run out of bases loaded situation in the second, and would tie the game on a Freewalt wild pitch in their half of the third inning. Things would get even better for the visitors in the inning as they took advantage of the bases still being loaded and there being just one out as they accounted for 6 runs and went ahead 7-3 heading into the bottom of the second.

With a four run deficit on the scoreboard the Bearcats got a run back on the first swing of the bottom half of the second inning when Thad Ringwald’s flyball down the left field line cleared the 305 foot distance to cut the lead to 7-4.

Hunter French came on in relief of Freewalt in the third inning for Spencerville and would inherit three runners on base with no outs. Elida would manage to get one of the runners in on a sacrifice fly to double up the Bearcats at 8-4.

9-5 would be the closest the Bearcats would get the score in the game as they did so on a French 2 out rbi in the 6th. A handful of wild pitches and a grand slam for the Bulldogs would provide the rest of the scoring as they would go on to win 15-5 and take game one of the afternoons doubledip.

Nick Freewalt took the loss for the Bearcats in the contest.

Freshman Brady Nolan took the hill for the Bearcats in the second game and settled into a nice groove early as his team sat the Bulldog hitters down 1-2-3 in the opening inning with a throw out on a stolen base attempt and a double play.

After being sent down in order themselves to in their first chance at the plate, the Bearcats hurler hit a pair of Elida hitters with no outs to open the next half inning. A ground out scored one of the two runners for the visiting team and put them on top of the scoreboard 1-0.

Mitchell Youngpeter, the Bearcats young catcher gave the Cats their first runner in scoring position of the contest as he slapped a ball into the outfield and zoomed into second base. Youngpeter would later be driven in to tie the game at 1-1 on a ball that took an awkward bounce for the Bulldogs second baseman and allowed the hitter to reach first base.

Nick Freewalt gave Spencerville their first lead of the game on his next foray to the plate as his single in the bottom of the third inning plated the second run of the game for the Cats.

Nolan would be taken off of the mound in the fourth inning after a pair of hitters reached base with just one out. Freshman Jaret Montenery would next inhabit the mound for the Bearcats and go the rest of the way for his squad. One of the runners that Montenery inherited from Nolan would come around to score and close the door on Brady’s line (3 1/3 innings, 2 runs, 3 hits) for the game and tie the contest at 2-2 heading into the bottom half of the fourth inning on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt attempt.

Jacob Meyer came around to score in the fifth inning from second base for Spencerville as he was driven in by Freewalt’s bloop single in the outfield to put the Bearcats on top 3-2. Spencerville would add 3 more runs in the inning (an rbi single from Youngpeter, a Brady Becker rbi single, and error by Elida). All four of the Bearcat runs in the inning came with just 1 out on the scoreboard.

Montenery sent the game into the bottom of the sixth inning at 6-2 Bearcats after he fanned the side for the Bulldogs. In their last at bat of the game the Cats would push across four more runs and go up 10-2 as a Youngpeter single scored a pair of the runs. Becker came up with his second rbi single of the contest just moments later as he pushed the score to 9-2 before he himself finished as the games final run when he reached home on an Elida wild pitch.

Jaret Montenery picked up his second win of the season for the Bearcats (3-7). Elida’s record after the split is now 6-7. Spencerville is next in action on Monday (4/20) against rival Delphos Jefferson at home in an NWC contest.


Home sweet home

Spencerville lost their first game of the season at home back in December to state ranked St. Henry but have since reeled off seven straight wins with their Monday night non-conference 66-61 victory over New Bremen.

Both teams came into the game scoring 58 points per game and struggled to get on the scoreboard in the first few minutes. Each squad traded free throws for the first few moments of the game and the lead for the rest of the opening stanza. Spencerville ended the first quarter with a 10-9 lead with a two point goal with :31 seconds remaining in the quarter after New Bremen had gone ahead just moments earlier.

On their first possession of the second quarter the Bearcats pushed their lead to four at 13-9 when Jacob Meyer nailed a three pointer. Meyer would find himself at the free throw line just seconds later as New Bremen was assessed a technical foul, the Sophomore would hit one of the two charity stripe tosses to give his team a 14-9 lead with 7:12 to go in the opening half. Kaelen Reed’s three triples in the stanza helped the Cardinals take and keep the lead for the next couple of possessions.

New Bremen tied the game with 4:07 to go in the second stanza at 20-20, and would go ahead just seconds later at 21-20 when Junior Deion Hoehne knocked home one of two free throws for his squad. Spencerville would eventually tie the game at 24-24, but New Bremen would close the quarter on a 5-3 run over the final two minutes to head into the lockerroom with a 29-27 halftime lead. Bailey Croft scored 9 of his 12 points in the quarter and kept numerous possessions alive with offensive rebounds or tap outs back to his teammates.

Carson Manger, a 6’3 Senior who will play his college basketball at NCAA Division 2 Lake Superior State opened the scoring for New Bremen in the second half as he drained a deep three pointer that gave his squad a 32-27 lead just seconds into the stanza. Damien Corso responded on the first Bearcat possession of the second half with a three pointer of his own to cut the lead to two at 32-30, then tied the game at 32 on the ensuing trip down the floor with a jumper.

Three lead changes would take place over the following 1:03 between the two clubs. Spencerville regained the lead at 36-35 and would never find themselves even or trailing once again despite a combined 26 points in the second half by Manger and Hoehne. The Bearcats were led in the quarter in scoring by Zach Goecke who tossed in 10 of his 12 points in the quarter.

With the Bearcats ahead 58-53 on the scoreboard it was Meyer who would add the proverbial nail in the coffin to the contest as his three from deep in the corner propelled his teams lead out to 61-53. After a New Knoxville bucket on the opposite end of the court that cut the lead to 61-55, the Cardinals found themselves watching Meyer again shoot a pair of free throws following a technical foul. With 1:58 to go in the game Meyer split a pair of shorts from the line and gave his team a 62-55 lead.

Spencerville held on over the final two minutes for a 66-61 win, their 9th in the last 12 meetings in the series. With the win the Bearcats up their season record to 13-5. If the Bearcats can defeat the Lincolnview Lancers on Friday night inside the Walk-In Closet they will find themselves as the outright NWC Champions before they head into postseason play on March 6th.

New Bremen sees their season record fall to 12-10. The Cardinals will be off until March 4th when they travel to Coldwater to take on Fort Recovery (a team they defeated 78-49 in January) to begin postseason play.


Spencerville (66):

Mason Nourse 8
Damien Corso 12
Jacob Meyer 13
Zach Goecke 12
Dakota Prichard 5
Bailey Croft 12
Griffen Croft 4

FT: 8/20

New Bremen (61):

Carson Manger 21
Ben Schwieterman 5
Trey Naylor 2
Greg Parker 2
Kaelen Reed 9
Deion Hoehne 17
Braden Elshoff 1
Nolan Fox 4

FT: 15/20

JV: Spencerville 41-29


Bearcats hand Bulldogs first NWC loss of season

In their previous 9 meetings Spencerville had beaten Columbus Grove 7 times, the Bearcats added to that statistic Friday night at the Walk-In Closet as the Cats weathered an early Grove run to win 59-42.

Columbus Grove got out to a quick 4-0 lead behind 5’10 senior guard Jace Darbyshire and pushed their lead to 22-14 at the end of the first 8:00 behind 14 of his 16 first half points. Tanner From combined with Darbyshire to hit a total of four shots from deep in the stanza and force the Bearcats to have to utilize a zone defense for the rest of the game to neutralize the hot shooting of the visitors.

The move to the zone paid off beginning early in the second quarter as the Cats held the Bulldogs to just 4 second quarter points and picked up their first lead with just 1:23 to go in the period as a runner from junior Zach Goecke, the Bearcats leading scorer bounced off the glass and found a way in to put the Bearcats up 28-26 where they would lead at the half. Balanced scoring was the way to go for the home team as six players combined for the 28 points led by Goecke with 9 first half markers.

With a variance between a 2-3 and a 3-2 zone at the times the Bearcats dominance on the perimeter continued into the 3rd quarter. Spencerville held Grove to just 8 quarter points while scoring 16 themselves. 6’4 sophomore Bailey Croft came up with 7 of his 11 points in the games penultimate period to help put his squad on top 44-36 heading into the last 8:00.

Despite the toughness displayed by both teams and the frantic pace of play, each team only shot a handful of free throws with most of those coming from the home team in the fourth quarter. Mason Nourse who came off the bench for the Bearcats would shoot 5/6 from the line in the quarter.

Three players finished in double figures for the Bearcats in the win as they were led in scoring by the 20 from Nourse, the games leading scorer despite coming off the bench was joined by Zach Goecke with 13 and Bailey Croft with 11. Croft pulled down a myriad of offensive rebounds off of missed shots that he kept in play for his team or put back himself for a score.

Columbus Grove finished with just two players in double figures in Darbyshire who was only able to muster 2 points in the second half, both from the line in the 3rd quarter for a total of 18, and 10 from Logan Diller.

In the defeat the Bulldogs suffered their 1st loss in NWC play and sees their record fall to 9-4 overall, they will play on Saturday night on the road in Ottawa at the Supreme Court in non-conference action against Putnam County rival Ottawa Glandorf who was a big winner over WBL foe Kenton tonight.

Spencerville gets their 10th win of the season and improves to 10-3 overall, 4-1 in the NWC with conference games against Crestview (next weekend), Delphos Jefferson and Lincolnview remaining this season. Saturday night the Bearcats will hit the road and travel to the Vatican in Delphos to take on St. Johns.


Spencerville (59):

Mason Nourse 20
Zach Goecke 13
Bailey Croft 11
Jacob Meyer 6
Damien Corso 5
Dakota Prichard 2
Griffen Croft 2

FG: 22/45
3s: 3 (Nourse, Meyer, Goecke)
Rebounds: 19
FT: 10/14
TO: 10

Columbus Grove (42):

Jace Darbyshire 18
Logan Diller 10
Tanner From 8
Gabe Stechschulte 2
Rece Roney 2
David Bogart 2

FG: 17/46 (7/23 in the 2nd half)
3s: 4 (Darbyshire 2, From 2)
Rebounds: 15
FT: 4/4 (Darbyshire 4/4)
TO: 11

Quarter Scoring:

Spencerville 14 14 16 15

Columbus Grove 22 4 10 6

JV: Grove 42-35