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OG headed to 4th straight regional final

ADA, OH – With their 48-37 victory on Tuesday night at Ohio Northern University the Ottawa Glandorf Titans are headed for their fourth straight regional finals appearance on Saturday afternoon and a chance at a fourth straight appearance in Columbus.

OG scored the first five points of the ballgame on a layup by Ashley Schroeder and a three pointer from Carri Johnson and never trailed as they handed Liberty Benton their second loss of the season. Back in December the Titans visited Findlay and defeated the Eagles 58-53 in come from behind fashion.

Erin Kaufman’s free throw pushed the Ottawa Glandorf lead to 6-0 before Liberty Benton was able to respond on a Caitlin Elseser charity toss and a pass from Savanah Richards to Elseser for two to cut the lead to 6-3. Elseser would lead the normally high flying Eagles offense with 7 of her game high tying 14 points but the Titan trio of Kaufman, Schroeder, and Carri Johnson would team up with Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Kadie Hempfling to help outscore them 17-9 heading into the second period.

Hempfling, who broke the schools scoring record in the District Finals matchup on Saturday against Crestview rode a personal hot streak for all six of her second stanza points and along with a 3 from Schroeder helped to put her club on top at the halftime stoppage 28-17.

Both teams ratcheted up their defensive intensity in the games penultimate quarter as Liberty Benton outscored their rivals 9-8 and cut the lead to 36-26. Balanced scoring from four players pushed the Eagles but OG was pushed by the duo of Hempfling and freshman guard Kelsey Erford who hit a layup and a pair from the free throw line for her only points on the night.

Savanah Richards sliced the Titan defense for a pair of layups but saw her scoring on the evening limited to nearly seven points below her average as she finished with 10. Elseser connected on a jumper and 3 of 4 from the free throw line but saw her team fall when the final quarter came to an end as Ashley Schroeder ended with half of her game high tying 14 take place in the fourth period.

The games final marker came on a long outlet pass from Hempfling to sophomore Brianna Schimmoeller who garnered her only two points on a fast break layup with :06 remaining to secure a 48-37 OG victory.

Liberty Benton has now fallen to the Titans five consecutive times including twice this season and ends their 2017-18 campaign as Blanchard Valley Conference champions and with a 25-2 mark.

Ottawa Glandorf improves to 24-2 on the season and will play the winner of Wednesday night’s matchup in Lexington of Amanda Clearcreek and Western Reserve at 1:30pm on Saturday afternoon in Lexington for the right to advance to the Division 3 Final Four.

Box Score:

OG (48):

Ashley Schroeder 14
Kelsey Erford 4
Carri Johnson 8
Erin Kaufman 6
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 20/49
3PT: 3/16 (Johnson 2, Schroeder)
FT: 5/13
REB: 34 (Hempfling 11)
TO: 7

Liberty Benton (37):

Sammy Shardo 1
Savanah Richards 10
Caitlin Elseser 14
Alissa Rhodes 2
Alexa Lenhart 2
Schy Shepherd 8

FG: 15/39
3PT: 0/7
FT: 7/12
REB: 26 (Elseser 11)
TO: 10


West sweeps girls D8 games

ELIDA – The 40th annual District 8 All-Star games took place Monday night at Elida with the West squad winning both contests. In the Division 1-2-3 outing the West outscored their Eastern counterparts 72-69 while the Division 4 game saw the West roll to a 64-30 victory.

Tied at 69-69 with seconds left to play in the game Ottawa Glandorf’s Dani Ellerbrock, who will play her college basketball at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University connected on a free throw to give the West a one point advantage before picking the pocket of Bath’s Brittany Ulmer and connecting on a layup for the games final score.

Future Bowling Green Falcon Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) led the east in scoring as she tallied 17 points in the game while teammate Heather Heiby of Celina joined her in double figures with 15, hitting on five three pointers in the loss.

Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) was the games leading scorer with 18 points in her final contest before traveling to Indiana for her collegiate ball at St. Josephs. Maddi Stiles (Wapak/Heidelberg) tallied four three pointers and finished with 15 points while Ellerbrock chipped in with 10.

D 1-2-3 West (72):
Sara Smarkel (Findlay) 9
Marissa Wintrow (Findlay) 2
Kendra Siefring (Fort Recovery) 7
Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) 18
Dani Ellerbrock (OG) 10
Erika Angstman (St. Marys) 6
Riley Culver (Wapak) 5
Maddi Stiles (Wapak) 15

Playing but not scoring: Lindi Cisco (St. Marys)
Unable to attend: Lynea Diller (Columbus Grove)

D 1-2-3 East (69):
Brittany Ulmer (Bath) 5
Haley McGillvary (Celina) 5
Kelly Stahl (Celina) 4
Heather Heiby (Celina) 15
Denise Schwieterman (Coldwater) 4
Brooklyn Miller (Defiance) 4
Bailey Kuhn (Elida) 6
Essence Cowan (Lima Senior) 9
Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) 17

The Division 4 game featured the West squad led early by the hot shooting of Alyse Clune (New Bremen) and three pointers from five different players. With the East unable to score early on they found themselves behind at the halftime break 26-17. Marion Local’s Emily Mescher gave her West squad plenty of opportunities for extra chances in the half as she pulled down rebound after rebound.

LeAnn Huelsman of Minster and Clune combined to hit four threes in the second half and lead a defensive effort that held their counterparts to just 13 points in the second half en route to the 64-30 victory.

Huelsman and Clune led the way in the contest with 12 points apiece while Natalie Snider of Lima Central Catholic tossed in 8 points to lead her East squad.


D4 West:

Emily Bauer (Crestview) 3
Lexie Hayes (Delphos St. Johns) 3
Kylie Jettinghoff (Ft. Jennings) 7
Emily Mescher (Marion Local) 5
LeAnn Huelsman (Minster) 12
Hannah Schmitmeyer (Minster) 6
Alyse Clune (New Bremen) 12
Debbie Paul (New Bremen) 8
Rachel Leffel (New Knoxville) 5
Nicole Kramer (Ottoville) 3

D4 East (30):

Sydney Faine (Ada) 5
Rachel Wildman (Ada) 2
Brittany Kahle (Kalida) 5
Kylie Osterhage (Kalida) 4
Allison Recker (Kalida) 2
Natalie Snider (LCC) 8
Cassie Niese (Miller City) 4

Playing but not scoring: Micheala Curtis (Hardin Northern), Sara McFadden (Ridgemont), Chloe Kromer (Vanlue)


4 in double figures lead Ottoville past LB

OTTOVILLE, OH – Four players for Ottoville finished in double figures as the Big Green picked up their 20th win of the regular season 54-50 over visiting Liberty Benton Saturday afternoon.

In just the fourth all-time meeting between two teams who are perennial contenders for their respective divisions state championships it was the Eagles and Nicolette DeVincentis who came out firing early on. DeVincentis, a Senior guard headed to play her college basketball at St. Joseph College in Indiana tossed in nine of her squads 15 quarter points and helped LB amass a 15-12 advantage at the end of the opening stanza.

Despite having a handful of players in foul trouble early on in the second quarter the Big Green were able to make a run by virtue of the three pointer as four players connected from deep in the first half, led by a pair of triples from Alexis Thorbahn to take their first lead. Behind a pair of timely baskets from Brooke Mangas and CJ Kemper the home team pushed their advantage to 26-21 at the halftime break.

In the third quarter it was the Eagles who found themselves in foul trouble as Freshman guard Savanah Richards and Junior Jensen Heigel picked up their third and fourth fouls respectively and were forced to sit at different times. With one less foul than her counterpart, Richards did most of her damage to the Ottoville defense in the games penultimate quarter as she hit on 3/4 from the free throw line and scored 9 of her 11 points on the day. Not to be outdone however, DeVincentis finished 5/5 from the line and with 7 of her game high 18 points in helping the visitors lead 42-41 at the buzzer before the final period.

If there is one mark of a Dave Klemen coached squad over the years it is their ability to shoot free throws. Ottoville entered the afternoon shooting 69% as a team and did themselves no disservice in the final half of play as they connected on 14/16 charity tosses. Coupled with a gritty effort on the defensive end in the final eight minutes the Big Green were able to hold on for a 54-50 non-conference win in their last game before the OHSAA Tournament begins.

Brooke Mangas led Ottoville’s four double digit scorers on the afternoon with 11 points while CJ Kemper, Alexis Thorbahn and leading scorer Bridget Landin all tossed in 10 points to help the Big Green finish at 20-2. Ottoville will begin their tournament run on Wednesday night at 6:15pm at Findlay High School as they take on league foe Continental in a game that will be broadcast live on Zsportslive.com.

Liberty Benton was led in scoring by DeVincentis with 18 points, 1 below her season average and finishes their regular season at 14-8. The Eagles will start their tournament run on Wednesday night as well as they do battle with St. Henry at 6:15pm in a game at Wapak High School that will be broadcast live on K94.3.


Ottoville (54):

CJ Kemper 10
Bridget Landin 10
Nicole Kramer 6
Brooke Mangas 11
Amber Miller 3
Alicia Honigford 4
Alexis Thorbahn 10

2PT: 11/20
3PT: 5/16
FT: 17/21
REB: 14
TO: 11

Liberty Benton (50):

Krista Simon 3
Savanah Richards 11
Alexa Lenhart 4
Jensen Hiegel 14
Nicolette DeVincentis 18

2PT: 13/27
3PT: 3/7
FT: 15/20
REB: 15
TO: 10

JV: 47-29 Ottoville (Kasey Knippen 12, Haley Hoersten 11 for Ottoville)


Titans close out 2015 with win

FINDLAY, OH – Behind a career high 14 points from Devon Warnecke and a second straight 20 point output from Kylie White the OG Titans defeated the Liberty Benton Eagles in Wednesday night’s non-conference matchup 56-52.

A pair of second quarter three pointers from Warnecke would give her 6 in the first half as OG pulled even with the Eagles at 19 with just seconds remaining in the opening half. Liberty Benton Junior Jensen Hiegel’s successful free throw with 1.2 seconds remaining put the home team on top 20-19 heading into the halftime break.

Senior PG Dani Ellerbrock got Ottawa Glandorf on the board in the third quarter as she picked up four of her 14 points in the game, but was forced to sit for the latter stages of the period when she picked up her fourth foul of the contest. Warnecke again stepped up huge for the Titans as she buried a triple and connected on a pair of free throws to help the visitors to a 13/30 shooting performance in the middle two quarters and a 36-34 lead going into the final stanza.

Ottawa Glandorf led most of the fourth quarter and pushed their advantage to double digits midway through behind an 8/9 output from the line from Warnecke and 11 from White before the Eagles began to cut into the lead. Three players scored for LB in the final period as Hiegel and Nicolette Devincentis poured in 16 points to keep things interesting in the final battle of 2015.

Despite cutting the lead to 4, the Eagles were not able to get any closer as a Devincentis three provided the final four point margin of victory for Ottawa Glandorf.

With the win the Titans improve their record to 9-1 on the year and will next travel to Perrysburg on Tuesday and Celina on Thursday night. Both games can be heard live on Zsportslive.com

Liberty Benton sees their record fall to 4-3 overall and will play host on Tuesday to Wapak before jumping into conference play by welcoming Arlington to town on Thursday.


OG (56):

Devon Warnecke 14
Carri Johnson 2
Dani Ellerbrock 14
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kylie White 20
Lexie Schroeder 6

TO: 17
FG: 18/37

Liberty Benton (52):

Krista Simon 3
Savanah Richards 14
Jensen Hiegel 19
Nicolette Devincentis 16

TO: 18
FG: 14/32

JV: Liberty Benton 36-17


St Henry, LCC move on

ADA, OHIO – The matchup that basketball fans across the state have been waiting for will come to fruition Saturday night at Ohio Northern University’s King Horn Center when the St. Henry Redskins tangle with the defending state champion LCC T-Birds as both teams were victorious in their Semifinal matchups on Thursday night. LCC took the first game of the doubleheader 52-49 over Coldwater while the Redskins downed Liberty Benton 51-31 in the nightcap.

LCC got their offensive attack going just :49 into the contest as a layup by Tre Cobbs found the way to the bottom of the net, but Coldwater quickly tied the game just seconds later as 6’8 Junior Andy Brunet connected on a basket for his squad. Cobbs would find himself with the T-Birds first two buckets and leading at 5-2 on the teams ensuing possession as he connected on a shot from behind the arc. Following a rebound by Cobbs near the end of the quarter, LCC pushed their lead to 15-9 on a triple by leading scorer Dantez Walton.

Aided by 10 points in the second quarter from Josh Dixon the defending D3 champs found themselves with a 31-20 halftime lead. Coldwater shot 9/23 in the first half and utilized a pair of three pointers from deep on the wing by Ted Fisher to keep the LCC lead in the low double digits despite turning the ball over five times and only being able to force one turnover in the opening half.

Coldwater (12-12) would outscore LCC (22-2) 13-12 in the games penultimate stanza and have the lead cut to just 4 at 35-31 with a Derek Thobe triple at the 2:31 mark of the quarter before. LCC would add 8 points in the final two minutes as they utilized a three pointer by Garrett Thomas, a 6’0 Senior as well as 5 points by Cobbs to go into the 4th leading 43-33.

Defensively the Cavaliers would play one of their best quarters of the season in the last 8:00 as they held LCC to 0 points from the field. With the defense tightening up however it was the T-Birds who would utilize the free throw line that had been so kind to the Cavaliers up to that point and connect on 9/11 opportunities en route to the win. Following a made free throw by Cobbs that gave his team a 52-49 lead with :03 left, Coldwater’s Derek Thobe missed a heave from halfcourt as time expired.


LCC (52):

Dantez Walton 8
Jake Williams 5
Tre Cobbs 17
Nick Taflinger 4
Josh Dixon 13
Garrett Thomas 3
Cam White 2

FG: 17/46 (37%)
3: 4/17 (23.5%)
FT: 14/19 (73.7%)
Reb: 28 (10 offensive – J. Williams 7)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 10 (Cobbs 4)
TO: 7
Blk: 4 (Walton 3)
Stl: 7 (Cobbs 3)

Coldwater (49):

Ted Fisher 6
Andy Brunet 14
Derek Thobe 10
Aaron Harlamert 13
Dylan Thobe 4
Malave Bettinger 2

FG: 17/38 (44.7%)
3: 3/14 (21.4%)
FT: 12/17 (70.6%)
Reb: 28 (6 offensive – Fisher 6)
Fouls: 15
Ast: 13 (Harlamert 5)
TO: 11
Blk: 1 (Brunet)
Stl: 3 (Brunet, De. Thobe, Bettinger)

St. Henry got a measure of revenge in their game with Liberty Benton as the Eagles knocked them out of last seasons tournament in the Districts 57-34. This season the Redskins got off to a quick 4-0 lead with baskets by Ryan Mikesell and Mitchel Stammen before LB could even get off their first shot of the game.

With the score tied at 13 and just :04 seconds left on the clock, St. Henry’s Jesse Niekamp came up with a steal and raced to the opposite side of the court to hit a layup that beat the buzzer to send his team into the period break leading 15-13. Anthony Masterlasco, a 1st team BVC selection this season as a Sophomore scored 6 of his 12 points in the quarter for Liberty Benton.

Five points is all the LB offense would be able to muster in the second quarter as the Redskins defense turned up their intensity forcing the Eagles into 8 turnovers and 1/5 shooting from beyond the arc to lead 30-20 at the half. Mikesell was held to 13 points in the contest on 5/11 shooting but tossed in 7 of his points in the stanza, including a three pointer deep from the wing to help keep his squad on top going into the half. Liberty Benton was held scoreless in the quarter for 3:43 between baskets by Masterlasco and Nathan Craft.

Mitch Stammen was brilliant from the free throw line in the second half for the Redskins as he connected on 8/8 tosses from the charity stripe (he shot 10/10 overall from the line in the game). Jesse Niekamp and Mikesell combined to shoot 3/5 from the free throw line as well and helped St. Henry to a 41-26 lead after three quarters.

Jesse Niekamp became the third player for his team to get into double figures as he connected on a layup with 5:54 remaining that gave him his 11th point of the game, and his team a 47-29 advantage. Liberty Benton’s only make from the field in the fourth quarter came on a three pointer Senior Tyler Vorst. Only Jackson Logsdon would put points up for the Eagles in the last period other than the aforementioned three pointer from Vorst as he connected on a pair of free throws with 3:31 left. The charity tosses by Logsdon also proved to be the final points of the contest as St. Henry picked up the win 51-31.

Liberty Benton’s season comes to an end at 18-6 while the Redskins are now 22-2 and will play LCC on Saturday at 7pm at ONU in a game that will be broadcast live on WKKI K94.3fm and online at www.k943.com

Ryan Mikesell who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game added another award to his long list of accolades after the game as it was announced that he has been named as the Division 3 Northwest District Player of the Year. Joining Mikesell on the NW District team is teammate and Honorable Mention selection Mitch Stammen.


St. Henry (51):

Caleb Bender 2
Mitch Stammen 16 (10-10 free throws)
Evan Prenger 5
Ryan Mikesell 13
Jesse Niekamp 15

FG: 18/47 (38.3%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 13/17 (76.5%)
Reb: 37 (14 offensive – Mikesell 10)
Fouls: 11
Ast: 9 (Mikesell 3, Prenger 3)
TO: 8
Blk: 2 (Mikesell, Jesse Niekamp)
Stl: 9 (Mitch Stammen 4)

Liberty Benton (31):

Anthony Masterlasco 12
Nathan Craft 9
Tyson Neiling 2
Tyler Vorst 3
Jackson Logsdon 5

FG: 13/37 (35.1%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 3/7 (42.9%)
Reb: 23 (5 offensive – Logsdon 5, Masterlasco 5)
Fouls: 16
Ast: 6 (Masterlasco 3)
TO: 13
Blk: 1 (Dager)
Stl: 6 (Masterlasco 2, Craft 2)


OG, Ottoville crowned District Champions

Saturday was a big day and night for a pair of teams from Putnam County as both the Ottawa Glandorf Titans and the Ottoville Big Green were crowned District Champions in their respective divisions.

Ottawa Glandorf got a bit of revenge against rival Liberty Benton for a 49-41 loss on December 29th, their last loss of the season before 16 straight wins by downing the previously undefeated Eagles 57-41.

Much like their District Semifinal match on Thursday in Elida, the Titans got off to a slow start from the field as they trailed 6-0 to Liberty Benton and did not get on the scoreboard until 4:53 to go in the opening quarter. Liberty Benton would jump on the Titans defense early and often in the first period and amass 20 points to just 8 for OG. With the clock winding down to end the quarter, Liberty Benton’s Jensen Heigel drained a shot from 30+ feet away as she crossed half court for the final three markers of the stanza.

If the first quarter belonged to the Eagles, the second quarter belonged to the Titans as they scored early and often, reeling off 17 straight points en route to grabbing the lead with 3:10 to go in the opening half on one of back to back three pointers by Danielle Schroeder who finished with 13 of her 18 points in the quarter. Despite drawing just one foul in the half and committing many of their own, OG led at the break 30-24.

Neither team set the nets at the Union Bank Court ablaze in the games penultimate period as LB outscored OG 7-5 to close the gap to 4 at 35-31 heading into the fourth quarter.

As they have done so many times this season, the Titans used a furious fourth quarter to put away their opponent. This time around the rally for OG was led by Freshman Kadie Hempfling who scored 11 of her 14 points in the period, including 3/3 from the free throw line. Kylie White and Danie Ellerbrock combined to go 4/5 from the line as well and helped the Titans put away the Eagles by a final score of 57-41 and remain perfect since the ball dropped to usher in 2015.

OG (23-2) will now head to Ada’s Ohio Northern University on Tuesday night at 6:00pm (will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com) to take on the Archbold Blue Streaks for the second time this season. On February 17th, the Titans defeated Archbold 59-39 at the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

Liberty Benton who ended OG’s season last year in the District round at Elida sees their season come to an end at 24-1. The Eagles were led in scoring by Nicolette Devincentis with 10 points, down from 19 in the previous meeting of the two D3 powers.



Dani Ellerbrock 6
Elissa Ellerbock 7
Erin Basinger 4
Danielle Schroeder 18
Kylie White 8
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 21/51 (41.2%)
3: 5/14 (35.7%) – D. Schroeder 4, Hempfling
FT: 10/11 (90.9%)
Reb: 33 (16 offensive)
Ast: 13
TO: 9


Krista Simon 2
Lauren Kotey 9
Gabby Lyon 6
Jensen Hiegel 9
Katie Simon 5
Nicolette Devincentis 10

FG: 16/31 (51.6%)
3: 3 (Heigel, Katie Simon, Devincentis)
FT: 6/12 (50.0%)

One round after defeating previously unblemished Crestview and ending the season of a Knights team that downed them in the first week of the season the Ottoville Big Green found themselves in another rematch, this time with the PCL Champion Kalida Wildcats, another team that had previously beaten them during the 2014-15 regular season.

Ottoville used their press and tough press en route to ending Kalida’s season 41-39 and claiming yet another District Championship for themselves and legendary coach Dave Klemen,

When the Big Green went to State two years ago, Annie Lindeman was a Sophomore who came off the bench behind All-PCL selections Rachel Beining (Bluffton University) and Abby Siefker (BGSU), but had since grown into not only a leader for Ottoville as a Senior but also a deadly outside shooter. She led off the game for her squad in the first by draining one of her four 3 pointers in the game to put her team ahead of Kalida at 3-0.

Kalida didn’t get on the scoreboard with their first point (a free throw by Jackie Gardner) until the 4:28 mark of the first quarter that cut the Big Green lead to 5-1. Brittany Kahle’s jumper with :11 left send the Wildcats into the second quarter trailing by just six at 13-7.

Things would not get much better for Kalida in the second quarter against the Big Green press as they were forced into 7 turnovers and shot just 5/17 from the field. Ottoville continues to capitalize from beyond the arc in the opening half as Lindeman added another triple and teammate Nicole Kramer added a pair of her own from long range off the bench that had the Big Green leading 25-14 at the break and seemingly in control for good.

7 of 16 is what the Wildcat offense would shoot in the 3rd quarter as they scored 14 points to just 6 for Ottoville and narrowed the gap to 31-28 heading into the final 8:00 of the game. Ottoville’s 6 points again came on shots from behind the arc as Lindeman and Brooke Mangas each tacked on a three ball. Kalida connected on 5 free throws in the quarter (4 by Brittany Kahle) and a triple of their own by Kylie Osterhage during their run.

With their offense finally hitting on all cylinders in the second half, the Wildcats turned up the pressure on Ottoville and kept the Big Green off of the scoreboard at Lima Senior for 6:26 seconds spanning both the third and fourth quarters. Nicole Kramer stopped the 9-0 Wildcat run when she found the bottom of the net on another triple, her third of the contest.

Trailing by a 34-33 margin after a Katelyn Siebeneck basket, Kalida tied and took the lead for the first time behind a pair of Gardner free throws 35-34 with 3:30 remaining in the contest.

Garnder again gave her team the lead with 1:57 remaining after Ottoville’s Bridget Landin had connected on a pair of free throws as she connected on a layup to put Kalida up by 2 at 37-35.

Landin, a 5’11 Freshman again paid dividends for the Big Green on their ensuing possession as she put her team ahead for good 38-37 with a three pointer. Annie Lindeman, following a turnover by the Wildcats hit her fourth triple with :55 left and put the Big Green ahead 41-37. Gardner would add a pair of free throws (she connected on 4/6 tosses in the period) to add the games final markers before Ottoville ran out the clock to win 41-39 and advance to the next round.

Kalida (20-6) was led in scoring by Brittany Kahle with 13 points. Ottoville improves to 18-7 on the season and will head to Elida’s Fieldhouse on Thursday night for a 6:15pm tilt against New Reigel in a game that can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com


Ottoville (41):

Bridget Landin 6
Nicole Kramer 9
Brooke Mangas 3
Alicia Honigford 4
Annie Lindeman 12
Lexi Wannemacher 2

FG: 14/35 (40%)
3: 8 (Lindeman 4, Kramer 3, Mangas)
TO: 15

Kalida (39):

Katelyn Siebeneck 5
Jackie Gardner 12
Brittany Kahle 13
Kylie Osterhage 7
Cathy Basinger 2

FG: 12/33 (36%)
3: 2 (Osterhage, Kahle)
TO: 12