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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.

Scoring:

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).

Scoring:

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

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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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T-Birds fly into Regional Finals

BOWLING GREEN – For the second consecutive season the LCC Thunderbirds were responsible for ending the Ottawa Glandorf Titans playoff run, this season by virtue of a 72-63 win on the campus of BGSU.

Ottawa Glandorf got off to a hot start early as the Titans would take a 5-2 lead on a Noah Bramlage three pointer from 25 feet away at the top of the key. LCC responded just moments later with a three pointer of their own to tie the game at 5. Following an LCC bucket that gave the T-Birds their first lead at 7-5, the Titans struck back on their ensuing possession to tie the contest up at 7 with 4:22 remaining.

In the first quarter of Wednesday night’s contest the two squads combined to amass 11 ties or lead changes, including one by OG with :54 left in the quarter behind a trio of made free throws from Brad Recker to push the lead to 15-12 Titans. LCC’s free throws with 3.7 seconds left sent the game to the second quarter with the Titans leading by 1 at 15-14.

The games final lead change would come just :27 seconds into the second quarter as LCC put two points on the board to go up by a single point at 16-15.

On two separate occasions in the period the Titans were unable to score for chunks of time as the Thunderbirds upped their lead by virtue of an 6-0 run and a 7-0 run to 33-24 at the break.

Despite having seen multiple starters commit their 3rd foul, LCC weathered the storm from OG in the 3rd period and scored 15 quarter points as they found themselves leading 48-35 after the games penultimate stanza.

As has been the case so many times in the series between the Titans and the Birds, the team trailing would not just roll over and watch their season come to an end. OG would outscore LCC 28-24 in the 4th quarter, including 8 points from Junior Nick Weirauch.

Every time the Titans would trim the lead to 7 or 9 points, LCC would race down the court and find themselves with a Tre Cobbs or Dantez Walton to push their advantage right back to where it had been previously and hold on for a 72-63 win to advance to the Regional Finals on Saturday.

LCC (24-2) will now play on Saturday night at 7pm looking for their 2nd straight Regional championship as they will take on Randy Kortokrax’s Bishop Hartley Hawks inside the Stroh Center. That contest can be heard live as it happens on 104.9fm, or online at http://1049theeagle.com/ with “The Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews on the broadcast.

With the loss the Titans see their season come to an end at 19-7 and will say goodbye to 8 Senior, including Princeton bound Noah Bramlage who led the team in scoring this season at over 20.0 points per game, despite finishing with just 17 tonight.

An interesting note on the series: with the win last night LCC has now taken command of the all-time series between the two at 34-33.

Scoring:

OG (63):

Jordan Verhoff 6
Zac Unterbrink 9
Brad Recker 7
Noah Bramlage 17
Cole Osting 2
Nick Weirauch 8
Zach Kuhlman 14

FG: 18/49 (36.7%)
3: 4/17 (23.5%)
FT: 23/27 (85.2%)
Reb: 28 (5 offensive – Bramlage 10)
Fouls: 22
Ast: 8 (Verhoff 3)
TO: 9
Blk: 7 (Bramlage 7)
Stl: 5 (Osting 2)

LCC (72):

Tre Cobbs 12
Nick Taflinger 10
Josh Dixon 13
Dantez Walton 22
Jake Williams 10
Aidan O’Connor 2
Ethan O’Connor 3

FG: 24/51 (47.1%)
3: 3/7 (42.9%)
FT: 21/34 (61.8%)
Reb: 39 (11 offensive – Walton 14)
Fouls: 21
Ast: 16 (Cobbs 7)
TO: 10
Blk: 8 (Walton 6)
Stl: 4 (J. Williams 2)

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3 point barrage fuels Titan win

Ottawa Glandorf downed a dozen three pointers en route to a home win over Kalida Saturday night 71-61 at the Supreme Court.

6’2 Senior Brad Recker got the Titans going from long distance in the opening quarter as he drained a trio of shots from long distance. Noah Bramlage accounted for the other six OG points in the stanza as they lead 17-9 at the buzzer.

Following the opening quarter in which they did not connect on any of their attempts from deep, the Kalida Wildcats utilized three triples of their own with one each coming from Devin Kortokrax, Brady Laudick, and Logan Roebke to keep the halftime deficit at 8, 36-24. OG kept their hot shooting from distance alive in the second period as Recker hit one while Juniors Jordan Verhoff and Nick Weihrauch each tossed in a pair from behind the line. For his part Weihrauch also had five three’s in the first quarter of the JV contest as well.

Coming off a game the night before in which he led his team with 17 points in a comeback win over Spencerville, Kortokrax would come out on fire to begin the second half as his shot from deep on the opening possession cut the OG lead to 36-27. Drew Hovest and Grant Unverferth would get into the deep ball act in the stanza as the Wildcats closed the lead to end the 3rd to 7 at 55-42. OG was led in the quarter on the scoreboard by Noah Bramlage’s 5 quarter points. Despite Kalida going 2-2 in the first half, the Titans wouldn’t see their first opportunity at the line until 4:03 to go in the stanza as Jason Schnipke finished off an and-one opportunity.

Bramlage who finished with a team high 21 points on the night (just 1 short of his average for the season) would be the key for OG in retaining their lead as he connected on 6 of 8 charity tosses in the quarter, only Schnipke would add points from the line otherwise for the Titans in the win.

“I’m thrilled we hit 12 3 pointers, but we gave up almost as many as we made, we can’t continue to do that and get away with it”, OG head coach Tyson McGlaughlin said about his teams defensive effort.

The duo of Bramlage and Recker who finished with 50 of the Titans 80 points on Tuesday night in the win over Archbold would team up for 38 of OG’s 71 on this night as they led the Titans to their 6th win of the season against just 1 loss. Western Buckeye League play is up next for OG as they will head to Celina on Friday night to take on the Bulldogs. Bramlage would also finish with a double double as he grabbed double digit rebounds for OG.

Kalida was led in scoring by Kortokrax’s 23 (10 in the 4th quarter) but drops to 5-3 with the loss, they will next travel to Ada Friday night for a non-league tilt against the Bulldogs before returning home Saturday night as they play host to the McComb Panthers.

Scoring:

Ottawa Glandorf (71):

Noah Bramlage 21
Brad Recker 17
Jason Schnipke 11
Jordan Verhoff 9
Nick Weihrauch 6
Blake Blevins 4
Zac Unterbrink 3

3 pointers (12):
Recker 5, Verhoff 3, Weihrauch 2, Bramlage 1, Unterbrink 1

Bench Points (10):
Weihrauch 6, Blevins 4

Free Throws (9/11):
Schnipke 3/3
Bramlage 6/8

Kalida (61):

Devin Kortokrax 23
Brady Laudick 17
Grant Unverferth 10
Logan Roebke 6
Drew Hovest 3
Trent Gerding 2

3 pointers (11):
Kortokrax 4, Laudick 3, Roebke 1, Unverferth 2, Hovest 1

Free Throws (8/9):
Unverferth 2/2
Kortokrax 5/6
Roebke 1/1

JV: 71-41 OG

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