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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


Titans remain unbeaten

OTTAWA, OH – Wednesday night Ottawa Glandorf found themselves facing an undefeated opponent and for the second straight contest the Titans were able to defeat that team to keep their own record unblemished as they downed visiting Liberty Benton 45-38 in front of a capacity crowd at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.

With their win the Titans move to 8-0 and will travel down Route 65 on Thursday evening to tussle with 7-0 Columbus Grove in a non-league affair.

Liberty Benton (7-1) jumped out to an early first quarter lead as Sophomore Savanah Richards dropped in six of her twelve points on the evening and the Eagles defense forced OG into a handful of turnovers.

Trailing 13-8 entering the second period the Titans turned to their own Sophomore point guard Erin Kaufman who continued her strong play this season by connecting on a three pointer and setting up a pair of fast break buckets for her teammates. Kylie White’s bucket and subsequent foul shot helped OG extend their advantage to two before Devon Warnecke’s free throws gave her team a 21-17 lead at the halftime stoppage.

Five Eagles scored a combined ten points in the games penultimate quarter, but it was White again who found herself as the biggest force on the court as she accounted for seven of game high 15 points and gave the home squad a 36-27 lead after three periods.

Jensen Hiegel hit on five of her six free throw attempts and was good for seven points in the final eight minutes, but wasn’t enough as the Titans despite making just seven of their twelve charity tosses came away with the victory.

In twenty four matchups between the two programs each has now won 12, and OG has been victorious in the last three meetings.

Nate Irwin’s Eagles are off until 2017 when they travel to WBL territory to take on the Wapak Redskins on January 3rd.

Box Score:

OG (45):
Devon Warnecke 2
Erin Kaufman 9
Lexi Schroeder 7
Kylie White 15
Kadie Hempfling 12

FT: 12/20
TO: 14

Liberty Benton (38):
Savanah Richards 12
Caitlin Elseser 6
Alissa Rhodes 5
Alexa Lenhart 2
Jensen Hiegel 13

FT: 9/12
TO: 19

JV: Liberty Benton 40-33


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)


PCL boys, girls snag wins

FINDLAY, OH – Last season the BVC won both games against the PCL, this season it was the Putnam County League who picked up victories in both the boys and girls contests at the University of Findlay’s Croy Gymnasium.

Led by Fort Jennings product Kylie Jettinghoff’s 15 points the PCL ladies snagged their first lead midway through the first of two twenty minute halves and never looked back as they beat the BVC 73-53.

With 4:50 remaining in the first half it was Kalida’s Brittany Kahle who gave the PCL a 28-26 lead when she buried the third of her shots from behind the arc and keyed a run that put her squad on top 44-28 at the break.

Taylor Gilliland of Van Buren led the Blanchard Valley Conference in scoring as she finished the game with 13 markers and finished as the only player for her team in double figures.

Miller City’s Cassie Niese (13), and Columbus Grove’s Ohio State University bound Lynea Diller (10) also reached double figures for the PCL. Niese scored a game high 11 in the first half while Diller added a three pointer in the second half as part of her total in the game.


PCL (73):
Kyrah Yinger (Columbus Grove) 5
Cassie Niese (Miller City) 13
Joni Kaufman (Kalida) 4
Brittany Kahle (Kalida) 9
Elizabeth Klear (Miller City) 2
Kylie Osterhage (Kalida) 9
Lynea Diller (Columbus Grove) 10
Kylie Jettinghoff (Ft. Jennings) 15
Lindsay Macke (Pandora-Gilboa) 0

BVC (53):

Taylor Gilliland (Van Buren) 13
Chloe Kromer (Vanlue) 4
Camryn Sudlow (McComb) 2
Lacey Trumbull (North Baltimore) 8
Emily Heldman (Cory-Rawson) 0
Nicolette DeVincentis (Liberty-Benton) 8
Taylor Farmer (Riverdale) 3
Taylor Frey (Riverdale) 1
Olivia Frost (North Baltimore) 7
Jackie Kloepfer (Vanlue) 7

In just the second year of the BVC/PCL All-Star Game the Putnam County League boys broke the scoring record of 107 points set last season by their counterparts as they exploded for 120 in the 120-92 victory.

A handful of dazzling dunks from Leipsic’s Jordan Brown and a plethora of three pointers by both squads had the crowd at Croy on their feet all evening.

Columbus Grove product Gabe Stechschulte connected on a four shots from deep in the game and finished as the contests leading scorer with 20 points, he was joined in double figures by five PCL teammates. Brown, the Putnam County League Player of the Year was next in scoring as he added 18 markers. Jackson Lammers of Miller City was next with 16 points while Fort Jennings senior Drew Grone added 12. Grove’s Bailey Clement tossed in 11 points and Kody Kuhlman of Miller City had 10.

Four BVC All-Stars scored in double figures led by McComb’s Chas Shoop with 16 while Marcus Brand of Van Buren notched 13, Hopewell-Loudon’s Jackson Sebetto scored 12 and Spencer Osbourne from Liberty Benton finished with 10.


PCL (120):

Baily Clement (Columbus Grove) 11
Gabe Stechschulte (Columbus Grove) 20
Grant Unverferth (Kalida) 4
Jackson Lammers (Miller City) 16
Jordan Brown (Leipsic) 18
Drew Grone (Ft. Jennings) 12
Kody Kuhlman (Miller City) 10
Ross Schroeder (Leipsic) 8
Logan Diller (Columbus Grove) 9
Trent Gerding (Kalida) 9

BVC (92):

Jackson Hankins (Riverdale) 9
Jackson Sebetto (Hopewell-Loudon) 12
Sean Watson (North Baltimore) 9
Marcus Brand (Van Buren) 13
Chas Shoop (McComb) 16
Drew Bryan (McComb) 5
Nathan Craft (Libety Benton) 5
Chad Baker (Arcadia) 5
Shae Watkins (Arcadia) 8
Spencer Osbourne (Liberty Benton) 10


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)


Boys District 8 All-Star Game Results

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

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

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

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


West (98):

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

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

East (96):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


East (105):

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

West (77):

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


East/West split Girls D8 game wins

ELIDA, OHIO – Monday night was one last opportunity for some Senior ladies to hit the high school hardwood one final time at the Elida Fieldhouse in the 39th annual District 8 Coaches Association All-Star Games.

In the first game of the night the Division 1-2-3 girls took the court with the East team coached by Liberty Benton mentor Nate Irwin came away with a 67-65 win over LCC coach Katie Krieg’s West squad. Game 2 featured the Division 4 All-Stars and was a runaway result with the West winning by a 70-36 margin.

Future Wright State Raider Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) continued a big couple of days shooting the basketball in All-Star games (17 the day before in the BVC/PCL All-Star game in Findlay) as she knocked down 7 from behind the arc en route to a game high 23 points. For her efforts Simon was rewarded with player of the game honors. Joining Simon in double figures were Carly Clum (Allen East), Abby Waddle (Elida), and Rachel Evans (Shawnee) all with 13 apiece.

The West squad was led in scoring by Wapak’s Megan Watt who tossed in 4 triples of her own en route to a team high 15 points. Wapak teammate Carly Buzzard added 10 points and was the only other player in double figures in the loss.


East (67):

Carly Clum (Allen East) 13
Abby Waddle (Elida) 13
Rachel Evans (Shawnee) 13
Lauren Kotey (Liberty Benton) 3
Maryssa Herschler (Shawnee) 4
Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) 23

3’s (14): Clum 2, Waddle 3, Evans 2, Simon 7

On the roster but not able to make the game: Alyssa Manley (Bath), Cassie Best (Bath), Bri Smith (Bath), Imara Haynes (Lima Senior)

West (65):

Megan Watt (Wapak) 15
Hannah Bruns (Coldwater) 8
Sarah Kanney (Coldwater) 9
Brooke Welsch (Coldwater) 6
Sydney Santaguida (LCC) 2
Kayla Verhoff (LCC) 3
Erin Morrow (Van Wert) 5
Carly Buzzard (Wapak) 10
Alexis Dowdy (Van Wert) 7

Playing but not scoring: Lauren Schrag (Defiance)

3’s (10): Watt 4, Kanney 3, Verhoff, Morrow, Buzzard

The West jumped out to an early lead in the Division 4 game and never looked back as they led 39-18 after the first 20:00 half and walked away with a 70-36 win to the delight of their two head coaches in Dan Grouthaus of Delphos St. Johns and Adam Huber of Kalida.

Mackenzie Riggenbach of Crestview led the victorious West squad in scoring with a game high 13 points and was joined in scoring by Knights teammate and 1,000 point prep scorer Lindsey Motycka who finished with 8 points in her last contest at the Fieldhouse before heading north to play her college ball at Lourdes University just outside of Toledo. Allie Thobe, the Midwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year added 10 points to join Riggenbach as the only two players in double figures.

A pair of players from the Blanchard Valley Conference in Arlington’s Hannah Johnson and the BVC Player of the Year in Arcadia’s Molly Glick finished with 10 points each for coaches Gary Kreinbrink of Leipsic and Bill Tafflinger of Ada in the loss.



Julia Thatcher (Lincolnview) 8
Allie Thobe (Marion Local) 10
Logan Arnold (Minster) 8
Alexis Wuebker (Minster) 9
Lindsey Motycka (Crestview) 8
Annie Lindeman (Ottoville) 3
Mackenzie Riggenbach (Crestview) 13
Tori Lennartz (Fort Recovery) 5
Meg Reineke (New Knoxville) 8

3’s (11): Arnold, Wuebker 2, Motycka, Lindeman, Riggenbach 3, Lennartz, Reineke

Playing but not scoring: Bridget Culp (Delphos Jefferson), Jackie Gardner (Kalida)

East (36):

Alexis Ambrugey (Ada) 2
Hannah Johnson (Arlington) 10
Megan Ritter (Cory Rawson) 4
Molly Glick (Arcadia) 10
Shay Moorman (Leipsic) 2
Kelly Nadler (Leipsic) 8

3’s (4): Johnson 2, Glick, Nadler

Playing but not scoring: Tori Wyss (Ada), Lindsey Walden (Ada), Kendra Tuttle (Cory Rawson)


BVC posts All-Star sweep

FINDLAY, OHIO – The first annual Blanchard Valley Conference vs Putnam County League All-Star game took place on Sunday afternoon at the University of Findlay’s Croy Gymnasium and both the BVC boys and girls walked away with wins.

Molly Glick, an Arcadia product headed to play her college ball at Northern Kentucky University led the BVC girls with 19 points and was one of three players in double figures in their squad’s 78-55 win. Shay Moorman of Leipsic, the PCL player of the year led her team with 15.

Arcadia players had a good night during the set of games as Josh Ireland scored 24 points and began the game with an emphatic dunk as his league posted their first victory in the series 107-91. Adam Niese of Miller City led the PCL with 21 points.

Girls scoring:

BVC (78):

Hailey Buck (McComb) 10
Lauren Kotey (Liberty Benton) 7
Hannah Johnson (Arlington) 5
Megan Ritter (Cory Rawson) 9
Nichole Miller (Van Buren) 2
Kendra Tuttle (Cory Rawson) 9
Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) 17
Molly Glick (Arcadia) 19

3’s (6) – Buck 3, Tuttle 2, Simon

PCL (55):

Jenna Calvelege (Ft. Jennings) 3
Jackie Gardner (Kalida) 2
McKenna Scott (Continental) 3
Shalynn Moorman (Leipsic) 15
Kelly Nadler (Leipsic) 4
Becca Endicott (Columbus Grove) 12
Gabby Clippenger (Ft. Jennings) 6
Annie Lindeman (Ottoville) 10

3’s (7): Calvelege, Moorman 2, Clippenger 2, Lindeman 2

Boys Scoring:

BVC (107):

Matthew Alspach (Cory Rawson) 15
Trey Hanes (McComb) 9
Lane Bishop (North Baltimore) 4
B.J. Lawson (Liberty Benton) 5
Draeton Fasone (Van Buren) 10
Aaron Starr (Arlington) 10
Jon Dager (Liberty Benton) 13
Josh Ireland (Arcadia) 24
Clay Grubb (McComb) 8
Ryan Lommerse (Hopewell-Loudon) 9

3’s (17): Alspach 3, Hanes, Bishop, Lawson, Fasone 2, Starr 2, Dager 2, Ireland 4, Lommerse

PCL (91):

Gabe Williams (Continental) 13
Tyler Roby (Ottoville) 5
Brandt Landin (Ottoville) 10
Joey Warnecke (Columbus Grove) 4
Jared Snyder (Miller City) 10
Austin Kehres (Ft. Jennings) 2
Devin Kortokrax (Kalida) 17
Adam Drummelsmith (Miller City) 9
Adam Niese (Miller City) 21

3’s (4): Williams, Roby, Drummelsmith, Niese


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)


Grubb, Gerken named BVC player/coach of the year

McComb Senior Clay Grubb has been named as the Blanchard Valley Conference Player of the Year while Liberty Benton Head Coach Ben Gerken snagged the Coach of the Year award after leading the Eagles to a 12-0 league record.

Grubb who is headed to Ohio Dominican University on a baseball scholarship this fall, averaged 15.8 points per game and will be joined on the first team by North Baltimore’s Chad Wright, Vanlue’s Austin Smith, Liberty Benton’s Anthony Masterlasco, Draeton Fasone of Van Buren, and Josh Ireland of Arcadia.

Second team honors went to Nathan Craft from BVC champ Liberty-Benton, Matthew Alspach of Cory-Rawson, Matt Glick from Arlington, Leipsic’s Jordan Brown, Colin Fenstermaker of Pandora-Gilboa, and Braxton Fasone from Van Buren.

Jon Dager of Liberty-Benton leads the third team and is joined by Trey Hanes from McComb, Shae Watkins of Arcadia, Lane Bishop of North Baltimore, Ryan Lommerse from Hopewell-Loudon, and Grant Loveridge of Riverdale.

26 players were named to the Honorable Mention BVC list:

ARCADIA: Hayden Ramsey, Dylan Conine

ARLINGTON: Logan Speyer, Aaron Starr

CORY-RAWSON: Ian Moser, Spencer Silvers

HARDIN NORTHERN: Andrew Stump, Zach Wilhelm

HOPEWELL-LOUDON: Garret Sendelbach, Gauge Sadler

LEIPSIC: Ross Mangas, Matt Schroeder

LIBERTY-BENTON: B.J. Lawson, Tyson Neiling

McCOMB: Chas Shoop, Drew Siferd

NORTH BALTIMORE: Levi Newcomer, Derek McMahon

PANDORA-GILBOA: Drew Johnson, Ryan Lee

RIVERDALE: Chad Pever, Alex Pickett

VAN BUREN: Ryan Turner, Nic Torres

VANLUE: Sam Wagner, Brody Hanna

The annual BVC vs PCL All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, March 29th at the University of Findlay’s Croy Center with the girls contest beginning at 5pm, and the boys to follow approximately 15 minutes afterwards.

Adam Smith from Hopewell-Loudon and C.J. Holman of Arcadia will serve as the games Co-Head Coaches for the contest.

Representing the Blanchard Valley Conference will be:

Clay Grubb
Draeton Fasone
Josh Ireland
Matthew Alspach
Trey Hanes
Lane Bishop
Ryan Lommerse
Jon Dager
Aaron Starr
B.J. Lawson

5 players were named as Alternates:

Sam Wagner
Ian Moser
Dylan Conine
Blake Glaser
Levi Newcomer