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Titans, Bearcats post Sectional Final wins

BLUFFTON, OH – Ottawa Glandorf and Spencerville punched their tickets for a date against one another next week in Elida as they each posted Sectional Finals victories Saturday night in Bluffton.

OG got the better of Lima Central Catholic in the early game 50-16 while the Bearcats were victorious in the night cap 43-35 against Liberty Center.

In the Titans first quarter against the T-Birds it was Erin Kaufman who ignited the offense to a white hot level as she accounted for 11 of her game high 13 markers in the period. Kaufman, a second team All-District pick this season erupted for her 26th career double figures game in the opening eight minutes by knocking down a pair of three pointers that helped OG distance themselves early from their opponents.

LCC’s only score of the first stanza came with 2:43 left in the first quarter as Erin Mulcahy drained a triple try to trim the Titans lead to 13-3. Nearly seven minutes after hitting her teams first shot, Mulcahy again pushed across a score to make the scoreboard read 34-5 with 2:44 left in the opening half.

A strong defensive effort from all 15 players the Titans sent into the ballgame resulted in just five shots being made from the field for LCC on the evening and into a multitude of makes in the fast break for OG.

Once the game became final with the Titans on top, 9 Ottawa Glandorf players found themselves in the scorebook led by Kaufman with 13. Kadie Hempfling finished the contest with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the WBL Champions who move to 21-2 on the season.

LCC (3-21) was led by the duo of Jessica Wilker and Mulcahy who each ended the night with 5 points apiece.

Ottawa Glandorf’s senior class of Kadie Hempfling, Carri Johnson, and Mackenzie Meyer have now tied a school record with their 101st career win.

Scoring:

OG (50):

Ashley Schroeder 2
Kelsey Erford 8
Paige Sutter 5
Erin Kaufman 13
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Jayla Balbaugh 1
Peyton Warnecke 4
Kadie Hempfling 9

FT: 7/14
3PT: 5 (Kaufman 2, Ellerbrock 2, Hempfling)

LCC (16):

Josie Mohler 4
Jessica Wilker 5
Jocelyn Morrisey 1
Erin Mulcahy 5
Kennedy Parker 1

FT: 5/10
3PT: 1 (Mulcahy)

Spencerville and Liberty Center engaged in a slugfest that lasted all four quarters with the Bearcats ultimately coming out ahead 43-35 in the second game of the evening.

Similar to how they reached the Sectional Finals in their first game at Bluffton earlier in the week the Bearcats finished with a flurry from the free throw line to secure themselves their first Sectional Championship since the 2012 season that saw them reach the District Semis.

Senior Kaden Grigsby and freshman Melanie Koenig connected on 8 of their 13 attempts in the games final eight minutes to separate themselves from the Tigers.

Neleya Burden got the offense off to a hot start in the first quarter for Spencerville (16-8) with all six of her games points but it was the duo of Grigsby and 5’5 freshman guard Emma Leis who laid down big shots from outside the arc to push their team into the lead 14-13 after one period.

Meghan Skeens launched and connected on both three pointers in the contest for Liberty Center (14-10) in the game. 5’10 senior post Jerica Hollenbaugh collected her points in the paint throughout the game and kept the Tigers close while finishing with 9 to lead her squad.

Liberty Center entered the fourth quarter with a 30-27 lead they would hold on to tight before Abbygayle Satterfield forced a 32-32 tie with 4:43 remaining.

Melanie Koenig’s free throw halfway through the final eight minutes put the Bearcats on top 34-33 where they would stay for good.

Spencerville was led in scoring by Leis with 10 markers on the evening while classmate Koenig ended with 9.

Thursday night’s district semifinals at the Elida Fieldhouse will be the first of two district games and can be heard live on WZOQ Radio .

Scoring:

Spencerville (43):

Kaiden Grigsby 8
Jenna Henline 1
Abbygayle Satterfield 7
Jayden Smith 2
Melanie Koenig 9
Nelaya Burden 6
Emma Leis 10

FT: 10/17
3PT: 3 (Leis 2, Grigsby)

Liberty Center (35):

Meghan Skeens 6
Olivia Leatherman 2
Peyton Spieth 6
Syndi Altman 7
Kenzie Detmer 5
Jerica Hollenbaugh 9

FT: 7/15
3PT: 2 (Skeens 2)

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OG downs Wapak, finishes home and WBL season unblemished

OTTAWA, OH – For the second time in as many seasons the Ottawa Glandorf Titans have finished unbeaten in both their regular season home games and their Western Buckeye League contests as they defeated visiting Wapak 54-43 Thursday evening at the Supreme Court.

In the past two seasons nobody has been able to beat OG in league play or inside the confines of Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium. The last team to accomplish either feat pulled off both on the same evening as Wapak themselves downed the Titans 39-36 in a tightly contested affair that came down to the closing minutes to be decided.

Since last losing to the Redskins the Titans have defeated their WBL rivals on four straight occasions after their win tonight.

Coming off of a win on Tuesday night against state ranked Archbold that saw OG hit 10 from beyond the arc, the Titans offense went to work early from outside as junior Ashley Schroeder canned a pair of first quarter triples to push her team to an early 6-2 advantage and ultimately a 14-4 lead at the end of the quarter.

Senior Kadie Hempfling who finished the night as the game leading scorer with 16 in her last home game led the Titan attack on the boards in the first half where she snagged 9 of her 13 rebounds and handed out a multitude of assists to teammates for easy baskets against an aggressive Wapak defense.

One of Hempfling’s assists came in the second quarter with her team already ahead to give fellow senior Carri Johnson a wide open three point attempt that helped OG push ahead by 10 at the break 27-17.

While it was Ottawa Glandorf who made good from the free throw line at an 8/10 clip from Paige Sutter, Erin Kaufman, and Mackenzie Meyer it was Wapak who would spend time at the stripe in the second half as they nailed 7 of their 9 attempts.

Limited by fouls in the contest Wapak’s 6’1 senior Sarah Pothast who recently committed to play college basketball at Edison State was held below her 12.9 points per game average with just 7 points. Defensively junior Paige Sutter helped to shut Pothast down at times while falling just one shy of her career high in markers with 8 on the evening on the offensive end of the floor.

Mackenzie Meyer and Kelsey Erford tossed in three point baskets for the Titans in the final eight minutes of play for their team while Jessica Davis pushed across all of her 9 in the period to lead Wapak in the defeat.

Wapak who was led on the evening by freshman Katie Engel who was playing with a broken thumb with 11 points including a pair of three pointers ends their regular season at 13-9 overall and with a 6-3 mark in WBL play. The Redskins will begin their tournament run on 2/24 at 8pm in the Sectional Finals against Kenton in Leipsic.

Ottawa Glandorf finishes up their regular run as 20 game winners (20-2) for the fifth straight season and the 9th time in school history. The Titans will take on the winner of Lima Central Catholic and Perry on February 24th at 6pm in Bluffton.

The senior class for OG of Carri Johnson, Mackenzie Meyer, and Kadie Hempfling with the victory became the second winningest senior group in girls program history with their 100th career victory and will have a chance to tie the school record in their next game.

Scoring:

OG (54):

Ashley Schroeder 8
Kelsey Erford 3
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 8
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 10/17
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Erford, Kaufman, Meyer)
TO: 15

Wapak (43):

Lexi Jacobs 6
Audra Schaub 4
Samantha Sutton 2
Alex Debell 2
Makenzie Wilson 2
Katie Engel 11
Jessica Davis 9
Sarah Pothast 7

FT: 9/11
3PT: 2 (Engel 2)
TO: 18

JV: Ottawa Glandorf beat Wapak 41-33 to end the year with an 18-4 overall mark and a perfect 9-0 Western Buckeye League record just like their varsity counterparts.

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Titans race past Bulldogs

CELINA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf scored off of the games opening tip and continued their scoring until the final buzzer on Thursday night as they remained unbeaten in WBL play with a 68-39 win over host Celina.

On the games opening tip the Titans had three players touch the ball in just a matter of seconds and saw the opening salvo fired as Ashley Schroeder stuck in a layup off a pass from Kadie Hempfling for her first of a dozen markers on the night.

Schroeder scored eight of her points in the opening period of play on an array of turnovers from the home team and was joined on quick run out scores on long throws from Hempfling by Erin Kaufman and even Hempfling her self on one occasion as the Titans pushed their advantage near the end of the stanza.

The only shot from deep the visitors made in the game in the opening half came from senior Carri Johnson who was making her first start of the season and helped to add to her teams 22-6 first quarter lead.

With their transition defensive in high gear the Titans turned to their leader Hempfling for second quarter scoring as she pumped in 9 of the teams 17 during the eight minute span.

As the clock displayed just 2:20 to go before the halftime break Lauren Jackson drilled a right wing three to pull her team into double digits in the contest but saw her team behind on the scoreboard 37-11 and then ultimately at the stoppage by a 39-13 margin.

Brianna Schimmoeller, a former starter for Ottawa Glandord dropped in six of her eight points on the evening in the third quarter as the sophomore was part of six different players to score in the period for the visitors who increased their lead to 30 leading into the fourth and final stanza.

Maddy Luebke, a 6’0 junior post who had finished in double digits in her last two contests against OG led her team in the third as she connected on 3/4 from the free throw line and even tossed in one of the two three pointers the Bulldogs would hit in the quarter.

In the final eight minutes with the game all but in hand for the Titans, head coach Troy Yant began to work in some of his reserves and see those players immediately produce results. Junior Kasey Ellerbrock dropped in a pair of fourth quarter three balls in the Titan onslaught while Mylee Utrup, Peyton Warnecke, and Emily Miller also added markers before the final buzzer for OG.

From their own bench the Bulldogs got contributions from senior Riley Miller and Marcedes Zeisloft but it was not enough to change the tide as Celina fell in the end 68-39.

Ottawa Glandorf (13-1, 5-0) has now defeated Celina (1-14, 0-5) in six straight meetings with the Bulldogs. Saturday afternoon the Titans will travel to Washington Court House to take on Miami Trace team they were able to defeat at home last season while the Bulldogs will trek to Versailles to battle the Tigers.

Scoring:

OG (68):

Ashley Schroeder 12
Carri Johnson 5
Paige Sutter 3
Erin Kaufman 7
Mackenzie Meyer 4
Emily Miller 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 8
Kasey Ellerbrock 7
Jayla Balbaugh 2
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 13
Mylee Utrup 2

FT: 11/17
3PT: 3 (Ellerbrock 2, Johnson)
TO: 11

Celina (39):

Carley Eichler 3
Emma Lutz 2
Makenna Klingshirn 6
Lauren Jackson 9
Emily Braun 2
Marcedes Zeisloft 2
Brooke Robbins 1
Bailey Exman 2
Maddy Luebke 8
Riley Miller 4

FT: 11/17
3PT: 3 (Eichler, Jackson, Luebke)
TO: 23

JV: 38-18 OG

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Titans move to 4-0 in WBL

VAN WERT, OH – Big runs in both the second and third quarters Thursday night propelled Ottawa Glandorf past host Van Wert in Western Buckeye League play 68-43.

Leading 15-8 after the first quarter the visiting Titans (12-1, 4-0) blitzed ahead to a 38-22 halftime advantage thanks in large part to their fast break offense and 18 combined points by the trio of Ashley Schroeder, Erin Kaufman, and Kadie Hempfling.

Van Wert junior Alexis Metz not only gave her team the opening points of the contest, but she continued to add to the Cougar total from behind the line as she dropped in a quartet of shots behind the line to finish the night with 12 to lead her team.

Held to just a basket from Reagan Priest and a trio of free throws from Jamison Clouse and Priest herself, the Cougars were once again outscored by OG in the third quarter as the Titans enjoyed a 10-5 run and found themselves leading by 21 when the final stanza commenced.

In what nearly resembled a track meet at times, the fourth quarter would find a combined 13 players adding their names to the scorebook with a single or multiple buckets.

Ottawa Glandorf sharpshooters Carri Johnson and Mackenzie Meyer put their mark on the final score for the evening as each connected on a pair of late game triples. Van Wert’s duo of Metz and Jaylyn Rickard were also able to connect on two of their teams six three pointers before the final buzzer sounded.

For the game OG’s Kadie Hempfling finished as the leading scorer with 16 while Ashley Schroeder ended the night with 14 markers.

The Cougars (2-10, 0-4) will be back in action on Saturday when they play host to Lincolnview while the Titans will be off until next Thursday, January 18th when they travel to the Celina Fieldhouse to take on the Bulldogs and attempt to win their 15th straight Western Buckeye League contest. Hear the Titans take on Celina: WZOQ Radio

Scoring:

OG (68):

Ashley Schroeder 14
Carri Johnson 5
Paige Sutter 8
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 3
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Kasey Ellerbrock 5
Jayla Balbaugh 2
Peyton Warnecke 5
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 4/8
3PT: 4 (Johnson, Meyer, Ellerbrock, Warnecke)

Van Wert (43):

Sierra Shaffer 2
Alexis Metz 12
Jamison Clouse 1
Cassidy Meyers 6
Jerica Huebner 5
Reagan Priest 9
Abby Jackson 5
Jaylyn Rickard 3

FT: 9/13
3PT: 6 (Metz 4, Huebner, Rickard)

JV: Ottawa Glandorf 35-18

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Titans rout Bulldogs

ELIDA, OH – Trailing 11-9 after the opening quarter of play Thursday night the OG Titans used back to back 22-5 quarters to move to 4-0 on the season with a 63-31 victory at Elida.

Shyah Wheeler and Hayleigh Bacome each connected on a three pointer and helped lead Elida (1-3, 0-1) to a two point lead at the end of the first quarter on the backs of a handful of Titan miscues turned directly into their own markers.

Reigning Western Buckeye League player of the year Kadie Hempfling took up the scoring mantle for visiting Ottawa Glandorf in the second period as she tossed in eight of her eleven first half points. Kasey Ellerbrock who would finish with a career high 8 points hit on a three pointer and a three point play in the stanza as she and Kelsey Erford helped the Titans anchor a 31-16 halftime advantage.

In the third quarter the Bulldogs would score on just one shot from the field, a three pointer from Wheeler who was responsible for all five of her teams scores in the stanza.

Ottawa Glandorf connected on four shots from behind the arc in the games penultimate period as Ashley Schroeder nailed a pair and assisted on makes by teammates Erin Kaufman and Mackenzie Meyer to push their lead out to 53-21 heading into the final 8:00.

Across the final period each team would utilize their bench players with the contest out of hand. Elida senior Destiney Owens connected on a pair of free throws and a pair of shots from the field to finish with 6 points. OG got scoring in the final minutes from 5 players, including a pair of free throws from Mylee Utrup to secure the 32 point win.

With the win the Titans begin with a successful defense of their WBL championship from a year ago and will attempt to move to 2-0 when they host St. Marys next Thursday night. Elida will return to action on Tuesday night in non-league action against Lincolnview at the Elida Fieldhouse.

Ashley Schroeder led all scorers as she tied her career high for points on the evening for OG with 14. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Shyah Wheeler who finished with 13.

Scoring:

OG (63):
Ashley Schroeder 14
Kelsey Erford 4
Paige Sutter 6
Erin Kaufman 7
Mackenzie Meyer 5
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Kasey Ellerbrock 8
Jayla Balbaugh 2
Kadie Hempfling 11
Mylee Utrup 2

FT: 6/9
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Kaufman, Meyer, Ellebrock)

Elida (31):
Hayleigh Bacome 7
Destiney Owens 6
Erika Suever 1
Brooke Reese 1
Shyah Wheeler 13
Alyssa Doty 3

FT: 9/14
3PT: 4 (Wheeler 2, Bacome, Doty)

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Titan Boys/Girls post big wins

Both the Ottawa Glandorf boys and girls teams posted dominating non-conference wins on Saturday as the girls defeated Bryan 58-31 in the afternoon while the boys downed Route 65 rival Columbus Grove in the nightcap 74-31.

Coach Troy Yant and the girls used suffocating defense and found themselves with 10 players picking up scores in their defeat of Bryan. OG jumped out to an early 20-3 lead after the first quarter behind triples from Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman and Kadie Hempfling. Continuing their hot shooting in the second quarter the Titans hung 22 more markers on the Supreme Court scoreboard with Dani Ellerbrock and Courtney Bockrath combining for 10 of their teams points leading to a 42-12 halftime advantage.

Bryan was led in the game by Sophomore Allye Minor’s 12 points but committed 23 turnovers and shot just 11/31 from the field as they saw their record fall to 4-9 on the year.

With a big lead to begin the second half the Titans were able to work in a mix of varsity and junior varsity players and figure out a mix that they might use going forward for the upcoming tournament including Jayla Balbaugh who scored her first points in the fourth quarter.

OG with the win ups their record to 16-1 on the season and will next travel to Kenton for a Thursday night WBL matchup looking to continue league play unbeaten on the season in a game broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.

Scoring:

OG (58):
Devon Warnecke 3
Dani Ellerbrock 10
Carri Johnson 9
Erin Kaufman 3
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kylie White 6
Lexi Schroeder 7
Kadie Hempfling 10
Courtney Bockrath 6
Jayla Balbaugh 2

FG: 24/38
3PT: 7 (Johnson 3, Hempfling 2, Warnecke, Kaufman)
FT: 3/3
TO: 19

Bryan (31):
Delaney Miley 1
Allye Minor 12
Baylee Krupp 2
Kennedy Lamberson 3
Riley Sabins 1
Mollie Lirot 4
McKenna Grube 4
Aria Shuherk 4

FG: 11/31
3PT: 1 (Minor)
FT: 8/11
TO: 23

JV: OG 47-27

In their loss to Defiance on Friday night the OG Titans gave up 13 three pointers but in their win over Columbus Grove less than 24 hours later it was the Titans who racked up the three pointers early on from the hands of Nick Weihrauch. Weihrauch was a one man wrecking ball against the Bulldogs defense early on as he knocked down four triples and finished the quarter with all 14 of his points on the evening.

Leading 22-4 after the first period the Titans went inside for their points as 6’4 Sophomore Jay Kaufman and 6’5 Sophomore Jake Dible picked up 12 of the 18 points for their team and pushed their advantage to 40-13 at the halftime break.

Unfortunately for Columbus Grove the second half wouldn’t get much better in terms of points scored as the Bulldogs were held to just 18 points en route to a 74-31 loss. Of the 18 points the home squad put up on the scoreboard they got 11 of those from the charity stripe where they finished the non-league contest 12/17.

Weihrauch and Dible led the Titans (12-4) in scoring with 14 apiece while the Bulldogs (6-8) were paced by swingman Gabe Stechschulte’s 12 points.

OG will be in action next on Tuesday night as they take on Liberty Center while Columbus Grove is off until Friday night when they host NWC foes Spencerville in an attempt to earn their first Northwest Conference win of the season in a game that will be broadcast live on Zsportslive.com.

Scoring:

OG (71):
Jordan Verhoff 8
Brady Kruse 6
Connor Niese 2
Nick Weihrauch 14
Jay Kaufman 8
Jake Dible 14
Bryce Schroeder 2
Bryce Utrup 2
Kordell Stover 8
Brandon Weis 6
Owen Hiegel 2

3PT: 6 (Weihrauch 6, Kruse 2)
FT: 10/13

Columbus Grove (31):

Baily Clement 2
Gabe Stechschulte 12
Xavier Aguirre 2
Logan Malsam 2
Logan Diller 5
Rece Roney 1
Cody Johnson 5
Dane Selby 2

3PT: 2 (Stechschulte 2)
FT: 13/17

JV: OG 36-22

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