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Area hoopers earn NCAA Tournament bids

Northwest Ohio has long been blessed with an immense amount of talent from the boys basketball ranks and that was never more evident than this season as a host of prep stars earned bids to compete for their collegiate squads in the upcoming NCAA Men’s Division 1 and Division 2 Basketball Tournaments.

University of Dayton Sophomore Ryan Mikesell of St. Henry will take the short trip to Indianapolis this weekend as his Flyers (24-7) begin their march to the finals in the South Regional where they will battle the Wichita State Shockers (30-4) starting at 6:10pm on Friday night.

Joining Mikesell at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are the Lima Central Catholic duo of Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton who are both Freshmen at Northern Kentucky University (24-10) and just a year removed from a trip to the OHSAA State Tournament where they helped the T-Birds capture a Division 3 championship. NKU will begin their trek on Friday night around 9pm as they take on Southeastern Conference Champion Kentucky (29-5) in the first round.

Also in action in Indianapolis will be the Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan Wolverines (24-11) and last seasons OHSAA Division 1 Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio Xavier Simpson (Lima Senior) as he and his team make the four hour trip for a Friday morning 11:15am matchup with Oklahoma State (20-12).

8th seeded Wisconsin (25-9) who begins their play Thursday night at approx 8:45pm against ninth seeded Virginia Tech (22-10) in Buffalo, NY is well represented by young talent from Ohio as they feature a foursome of talented players from the Buckeye state. Representing close to the area are the duo of Seniors Nigel Hayes (Toledo Whitmer), and Bowling Green Bobcat standout Vitto Brown.

The Midwest Regional will feature the Purdue Boilermakers (25-7) and Elida product Dakota Mathis as they take on a 29-5 Vermont squad in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday at 6:27pm.

19-14 Michigan State takes a trek to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they look to advance past the Miami Hurricanes (21-11) and advance to the second round with Versailles Tiger and current Sophomore guard Kyle Ahrens on Friday at 8:20pm.

Ivy League Champion Princeton (23-6) will have Ottawa Glandorf big man Noah Bramlage with them as they head east to Buffalo on Friday night for an early morning 11:15am start against ACC Tournament finalist Notre Dame (25-9) at the Key Bank Center.

Already in full swing with their team deep in the Division 2 bracket and with a Wednesday night date in Louisville, KY against Bellarmine University at 7pm, the Findlay Oilers are well represented by local products as they feature Bath’s Taren Sullivan, Defiance’s Katwan Singleton, Martyce Kimbrough of Lima Central Catholic, Elijah Kahlig of Fort Recovery, Ricardo Smith from Toledo Whitmer, and Toledo Central Catholic’s Trey Buford among their ranks.

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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.

Scoring:
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.

Scoring:

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)

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Four schools earn state titles

COLUMBUS, OH – Hundreds of schools began the 2015-16 OHSAA boys basketball season with hopes of hoisting the State Championship trophy but only four were successful in their quest that ended inside the Value City Arena on Saturday.

The opening contest saw the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds (28-1) capture their 3rd state title in school history as they were victorious in the Division 3 Finals against Cleveland Villa Angela St Joseph 66-44.

In earning the crown this season the T-Birds avenged a loss to VASJ in last seasons final game and gave Head Coach Frank Kill his second championship as the teams mentor.

LCC Senior Tre Cobbs who finished just 2/9 and with 5 points in the loss to the Vikings last season accounted for 24 of his teams points this time around on 9/14 shooting (4/5 from 3), in addition to snagging 6 rebounds. Dantez Walton, a Senior headed to play at Northern Kentucky University pumped in 20 points and pulled down a game high 11 rebounds. Ethan O’Connor’s 11 points helped to pace the Thunderbirds against the VASJ attacking defense.

Gene Higgins was the lone scorer in double figures for Villa Angela (23-6) on the afternoon as he finished with 15 points on 5/14 shooting.

Complete box score: LCC vs VASJ

Game two of the afternoon session featured the Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Fighting Irish, ranked #3 in the final Associated Press poll of the season taking on the top ranked school New Concord John Glenn for the Division 2 title.

While SVSM was struggling to connect from the field in the first half, John Glenn continued to light up the Ohio State University scoreboard as they built a 15-7 lead after the opening stanza.

Things didn’t get much better for the Irish in the second quarter either as they finished the period 6/27 and limped into the lockerroom trailing 34-23 and with one of their leading scorers in Jayvon Graves 0-11 with just a pair of markers from the free throw line.

In the second half Graves would connect on 7/13 opportunities from the field and finish with 18 points on the night but it was not enough to counteract the John Glenn second half scoring output and the Irish would be defeated 76-72 despite making it a close game in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.

John Glenn, who was honored by the presence of their namesake before the contest finishes the season at 28-1 while SVSM ends at 26-4. The Muskies were led in scoring by Drew Rackley who finished with 25 points in the game.

Northwest Conference Champion Lincolnview, making their first State Finals appearance since 1997 took on Cornerstone Christian in the third game of the night and fell to the Patriots 74-52.

The Lancers fell behind early to the running game of Cornerstone Christian and trailed 19-12 at the end of the opening eight minutes of play. Lincolnview mustered just six points in the second quarter against a tenacious Patriots defense led by Michael Bothwell who finished with a team high 14 points.

Trailing by as much as 26 late in the 3rd quarter, the Lancers were able to cut their opponents lead down to 18 but not any further despite outscoring the Patriots 19-11 in the games final quarter.

Cornerstone Christan finished the year at 17-12 and with a title in their first trip to Columbus while the Lancers season came to an end at 27-2. Both Lincolnview losses on the season came to teams who finished as State Champions as their only other loss came to the Division 3 Champion LCC Thunderbirds.

Trevor Neate led all scorers in the game with 16 points for the Lancers while Bothwell and Jeremy Owens tallied 14 apiece for Cornerstone in the victory.

In one of the most anticipated matchups of the tournament the Lima Senior Spartans, making their 5th appearance in Columbus took on the Wildcats of Westerville South.

South jumped out to a 19-12 advantage after the first quarter as the Wildcats connected on a trio of triples. Lake Erie signee Jordan Humphrey gave his team a 22-12 lead in the opening moments of the second period with the fourth three point goal of the half.

Lima Senior would respond however in the second quarter behind Xavier Simpson, Rico Stafford and Ruben Flowers to cut the halftime lead to 31-28 with Flowers connecting on a putback as the buzzer sounded and the clock ran out.

With future OSU Buckeye Kaleb Wesson on the bench after committing his third foul of the game early in the third he was sent to the bench for South. In the time the 6’9 Junior was on the pine the Spartans took over behind Flowers and used a 15-14 scoring output to climb within two of the lead 45-43 heading to the final stanza of the season.

Through the first three quarter Ruben Flowers had connected on all seven of his shot attempts (5 field goals and 2/2 free throws).

Wesson picked up foul 4 early on in the fourth quarter and was again sent to the bench to not end his penultimate season by fouling out, but it was then his brother Andre who gave his team a 53-51 lead by connecting on a deep three pointer and forcing a Senior high timeout with 2:30 remaining.

Rico Stafford’s layup with :28 seconds remaining tied the game at 55-55, but Jordan Humphrey put Westerville South on top for good with a runner in the lane to procure a 57-55 victory and the State Championship in Division 1.

Lima Senior (29-1) was led in scoring by Mr. Basketball Xavier Simpson who finished with 17 points while Flowers (12) and Stafford (10) joined him in double figures.

Westerville South (26-5) was led in scoring by Humphrey who led all scorers with 19. Andre Wesson was the only other player in double figures for his team as he finished with 14 on 5/10 shooting.

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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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Fighting 63rd survives late Greenville rally

OTTAWA, OHIO – The Ottawa Fighting 63rd got up early in their matchup against the Greenville Legion squad but had to get a couple of key outs as they held on for an 11-10 six inning win Thursday night.

Ottawa got things going in the home half of the first inning as St. Marys’ Tristen Becker who opened the frame by slapping a single into the outfield off of Greenville starter AJ Bowers (Greenville HS) came around to score to make it 1-0. Brad Croy (OG) who reached on a dropped ball in centerfield also came around to score moments later on an error. 2nd team Putnam County League selection Fred Shepard (Continental) added the innings final pair of runs as he drove in a pair on a single to make it 4-0 Ottawa heading to the second inning.

After getting an inning opening strikeout of Greenville DH Tanner Maples (Tri-Village), Ottawa starter Adam Purdy (Elida) hit Quintin Wood (Greenville HS) to put him on base. Moments after putting Wood on first, Purdy started a 1-3-4 doubleplay as he fielded a sacrifice bunt attempt from Cole Burell (Arcanum) perfectly to get out of the second with no damage.

With 9 hitters coming to the plate in the first inning, Ottawa found themselves in the same spot to begin the bottom of the second inning, with the top of their lineup at bat. Becker, who finished 3-3 with a walk on the day doubled this time around and was driven in by Bath’s Jared Davis to put the score at 5-0 after two full innings.

Reese Hunt (Greenville HS) got the first Greenville hit of the contest in the 3rd but saw three of his teammates strike out and leave him stranded at first base.

A scary moment in the game took place in the bottom of the second inning when 63rd catcher William Kleffner (Shawnee) was injured chasing a foul ball back to the backstop. On the play Kleffner hit hard against the brick backstop and was taken via ambulance to the hospital in Lima to be examined.

Miller City’s Jackson Lammers took over in the 7th spot for Kleffner (Brad Stolly of LCC moved from 3rd to catcher on the switch) and immediately paid dividends as he singled. Lammers would find his way to 3rd base and be driven in by Becker to make it 6-0 Ottawa after 3 innings complete.

Kory Baker (Arcanum), and Brad Caudill (Fairlawn) would be the first two runs of the game for Greenville as they were driven in by Wood. Wood himself would come around to score after he stole home to cut Ottawa’s lead to 6-3 in the middle of the 4th inning.

Brad Croy (OG, 2015 WBL POY) began the bottom half of the inning for Ottawa by looping a ball into right field over the head of secondbaseman Chantz Martinez (Piqua) but was gunned out at first as rightfielder Logan Elmore (Tri-County North) fired a dart to nab him at first base and keep him off the bases.

Adam Purdy would account for the only run of the inning and push the score to 7-3 when he was driven in on an RBI double by OG’s Ben Deitering.

Baker who finished 2-3 with a hit by pitch in his last at bat scored a run on a Caudill RBI 5-3 groundout in the 5th to cut the lead to just 7-5 (Reese Hunt led off the inning with a walk and came around to score earlier in the stanza).

The fifth inning was especially kind to the Fighting 63rd as they increased their lead to 11-5 with runs by Becker (walk), Davis (RBI single), Croy (RBI single) before they saw their inning end on a lineout by Lammers to the shortstop Burell.

In their last chance at bat to lead off the 6th inning, Greenville would face two different pitchers in the inning in Deitering and Croy. 11 batters came to the plate in the inning with Burell, Martinez, Elmore, Hunt, and Baker all scoring runs in the inning. Burell’s second at bat of the inning would be the final out of the contest as he flew out to Kalida’s Austin Klausing to preserve the win for the Fighting 63rd as it was stopped following the 6th due to Memorial Field no longer having stadium lights and creeping darkness in the area.

Ottawa ups their record to 2-0 on the season and will welcome Whitehouse to town on Sunday for a doubleheader that begins at 1pm and can be heard live on Zsportslive.com. Adam Purdy went 4 innings, struck out 4, walked 5, hit a batter and gave up 4 runs to earn his first Legion win this season.

AJ Bowers (Greenville HS) took the loss for Greenville as he pitched 6 innings, gave up 11 runs, 9 hits, 3 walks, and 1 hit by pitch with no strikeouts. Greenville will travel to Xenia’s Athletes in Action Sports Complex to take on the Gem City Throwbacks on Saturday at 5pm in a scheduled 9 inning affair.

The two teams will meet again on July 7th at GTI Field at 7pm.

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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.

Scoring:

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).

Scoring:

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

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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.

Scoring:

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.

Scoring:

West:

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)

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LCC survives and advances to Regionals

ADA, OHIO – It was billed all season long as potentially one of the best matchups in the state as St. Henry took the court against the defending D3 Champions in LCC. For the first half of basketball it was more like a rout as the T-Birds jumped on the Redskins early and often before surviving a big run in the 3rd quarter and earning their 45-44 win Saturday night at ONU.

Led early by Dantez Walton who scored 5 of his team high 16 points in the first stanza, the T-Birds flexed their offensive muscle and led 11-7 after the first quarter and 30-15 at the half before the Redskins came out guns blazing after the break.

St. Henry shot 6/21 in the first half and 0-5 from 3 but shot 10/15 from the field and hit 5/8 triples in the 3rd quarter as they accounted for 20 period points and were found themselves down just four at 39-35 heading to the fourth quarter.

Caleb Bender got things going coming out of the halftime break for the Redskins as he tossed in a three pointer :12 into the third stanza that helped key a 17-9 run aided by triples by Bender, Ryan Mikesell, Mitch Stammen, and one by Evan Prenger that pulled the MAC Champions to 32-26 midway through the quarter just seconds before a Stammen steal and layup that forced LCC to take a timeout up 32-38 with 4:29 left in the 3rd.

Following the timeout and a missed LCC layup by Josh Dixon, the Redskins cut the lead to just a pair as Prenger scored on a layup assisted by Caleb Bender. On the ensuing possession for the T-Birds Aidan O’Connor’s turnover set up a three point play by Mitch Stammen who added a free throw to give his team a 32-31 lead when Josh Dixon picked up his 3rd foul of the game.

Despite being in foul trouble in the second half, Dixon was effective on the offensive end as he stuck back an O’Connor miss off the glass to put LCC back in the lead at 34-33 with 1:07 to go in the games second to last quarter. Cam White, a 6’2 Senior for the Birds connected on a jumper to push the lead to three but Mikesell’s layup just seconds later made it 36-35 LCC. With a trio of fouls on his own late in the third quarter Walton was subbed in defense for offense in the second half but loomed large with the basketball as he drained a fall away three pointer from the right wing at the buzzer to put his squad in front 39-35.

Lima Central Catholic utilized the clock very effectively in the final quarter as Junior Tre Cobbs, who did not get the start due to a shoulder injury showcased his superior ballhandling and dribbling abilities by running almost 3:00 off of the clock near the half court line. There was just 2:43 left in the fourth when Mikesell who was held to just 12 points in the game on 5/14 shooting connected on 1/2 free throws to cut the lead to 39-36.

Dantez Walton grabbed an offensive rebound off of an Aidan O’Connor miss and sent it back outside to Josh Dixon who connected on a three pointer that put LCC up 6 with 1:46 left. Not to be outdone however the Redskins cut the lead to three again on their next possession as Mitch Stammen connected on a triple that was immediately followed by a timeout for MAC Coach of the Year Eric Rosenbeck.

Almost a minute came off of the clock for the T-Birds before a free throw by Cobbs gave LCC a four point advatage at 43-39 with :46 left in the game. St. Henry got the ball next on a rebound by Jesse Niekamp and scored on a Mikesell layup with :16 left to make it 43-41 by Cobbs blazed a trail down the court and got a pair of points on a layup with high right hand that provided the final LCC points. Evan Prenger hit a three pointer with :04 seconds left to provide the final points in the 46-45 loss for the Redskins.

LCC (23-2) who shot a perfect 6/6 from 3 will travel to Bowling Green’s Stroh Center on Wednesday night at for the 6th straight season they will meet the OG Titans, and the 4th straight time in the Regional round as the two will tip off at 8pm in a game that will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com

St. Henry ends their season at 22-3 in the last contest for a highly decorated Senior class consisting of Caleb Bender (2nd team MAC), Scott Knapke, Blake Hoying, Evan Prenger, Justin Ahlers, and the 2015 Midwest Athletic Conference and Northwest District Player of the Year and future Dayton Flyer Ryan Mikesell who finishes his prep career with 1540 points.

Scoring:

LCC (45):

Dantez Walton 16
Jake Williams 6
Josh Dixon 11
Tre Cobbs 8
Cam White 4

FG: 18/30 (60%)
3: 6/6 (100% – Walton 4, Dixon, Cobbs)
FT: 3/8 (37.5%)
Reb: 22 (7 offensive – Walton 6)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 10 (Cobbs 6)
Blk: 2 (Walton 2)
Stl: 9 (Walton 2, Dixon 2, Cobbs 2)

St. Henry (44):

Caleb Bender 5
Mitch Stammen 17
Evan Prenger 10
Ryan Mikesell 12

FG: 16/36 (44.4%)
3: 5/13 (38.5%)
FT: 7/10 (70.0%)
Reb: 17 (6 offensive – J. Niekamp 5)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 7 (Bender 2, Stammen 2, Prenger 2)
Blk: 2 (Stammen, Prenger)
Stl: 9 (Mikesell 4)

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LCC vs Liberty Benton Live Blog

Liberty Benton is in their road blues, LCC in their home white jerseys.

Katie Simon hits a three right off the tip, took just 12 seconds to put LB up 3-0 over the T-Birds. LCC responds by having Sydney Santaguida stand out front at half court with the basketball for :60, they have taken 2 minutes off the clock without a shot. The second LCC possession took just 20 seconds but ended with their first bucket by Madison Stolly.

LCC’s strategy here tonight is to have Santaguida stand out front of the 2-3 zone from LB and hold on to the basketball as they’ve done so for about half of the first quarter so far, the LB fans are not happy about it obviously as we go under :90 in the first quarter. LCC has struggled to make shots so far (they trail 7-4) once they do get going towards the bucket.

LB leads 7-6 after 1.
LCC stall ball has the Eagles on their heels defensively.

Stolly 8 of LCC first 11 points. (jumper with 540 in 2nd ties it) – Katie Simon answers with a 3 to give LB a 14-11 lead 7 seconds later.
Stolly with 345 bucket cuts it to 14-13 LB. Eagles can not buy a bucket.

LCC got the ball with over 2:00 left in the second quarter and ran out the time, attempting to take a shot with 9.5 left, turnover gave LB the ball and Heigel scored to put her squad up 16-13 at half.

Heigel 6, Katie Simon 6, Lauren Kotey 4 at the break for Liberty Benton.
Madison Stolly 10, Verhoff 3 at the break for LCC.

22-18 LB at the 530 mark of the 3rd as Katie Simon has hit back to back 3’s for the Eagles. LCC’s answer to get to 18 came when Stolly buried a 3 from the left wing.

Lauren Kotey for LB fouls Stolly with 2:18 left in the third, the Sophomore nails both free throws to cut the lead to 2 at 22-20 as we hit 2 minutes remaining in the quarter.

Katie Simon is on fire right now as she hits a deep two pointer for her 14th point of the game, LB up 24-20.

Winner takes on OG who defeated Coldwater 52-33 on Saturday at the Fieldhouse. Hear it live on www.zsportslive.com beginning with pregame at 2:45pm.

As the T-Birds get the ball near the end of the third quarter they again take :90 off the clock. Unlike the end of the second quarter that cost them a bucket defensively, this quarter ends with a Madison Stolly bucket that cuts the lead to 27-22 Liberty Benton after 3. Stolly now with a team high 16.

Katie Simon has 17 for LB to begin the 4th.

LCC held the ball for 3:33 behind Santaguida before they took a timeout. They still have the ball and are down 27-22 with 4:27 left.

Steve Wiener (@wienerman46) says LCC is over 9:00 of holding the ball at the point.

The clock gets down to 3:16 before a jump ball is forced….possession arrow says LB.

2:52 left now as Madison Stolly collects her 1st foul.

Thunderbirds try a deep 3 from Natalie Snider that bounces out of bounds, last touched by the Eagles. 1:28 left and again LCC calls a timeout.

Off the timeout the Birds airball a deep three pointer but get the basket on a rebound and score underneath.

Clock stopped with 57.2 left, LB up 27-24.

LCC fouls with 44.5 left sending Katie Simon to the line (Santaguida’s 4th). First free throw is good, 28-24 Eagles now. Second away and good, 29-24, 35.3 left in the game.

T-Birds can’t get a shot off, Santaguida fouls out of her last contest in an LCC uniform and sends Lauren Kotey to the line where she puts her team up 31-24 with a pair of made free throws.

Snider’s 3 for LCC cuts the lead to 31-27 but Gabby Lyon sneaks behind the defense for 2. LB adds one last 3 as Tatum Teeple’s bank goes in at the buzzer but it comes after the buzzer had sounded so it is no good.

Final score 33-30 Liberty Benton.

Katie Simon leads the way for the Eagles with 19 points.

Liberty Benton remains undefeated and will now take on the OG Titans, a team they defeated 49-41 earlier this season in Ottawa.

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District 8 All Star Games results

For the final time tonight the Seniors in the 8th District of the Coaches Association took the court at the Elida Fieldhouse.

The first game of the night was the Division 1-2-3 contest where Taren Sullivan and Martyce Kimbrough of Bath and LCC respectively combined to put on a show the likes of which only their respective fanbases have been privy to this season.

Kimbrough, fresh off of a 22 point performance in the Division 3 championship game win over VASJ on Saturday wasted no time getting it going in this game as he hit 6 first half three pointers en route to 8 total and over 30 points for the East squad in his last high school game before heading off to the University of Indianapolis in the fall. Taren Sullivan added an array of spectacular dunks, including one off of a 4 man tip drill as time expired to finish himself with over 30 points in the contest. Sullivan will play college ball with 2 of his teammates tonight in Bath teammate Colin Gossard and Findlay Trojan star Adam Twining.

The game also featured 22 dunks from 6 different players.

The West was led by 3’s from OG point guard Alex Schroeder, Coldwater’s Brandon Wolters and Shawnee’s Trey Brock.

The East defeated the West 150-97, here the broadcast with myself and Steve Wiener here:

The nightcap at the Fieldhouse was a much closer affair as the last 5 minutes of the contest provided the most defense on the night between the two squads. Elijah Kahlig of Ft. Recovery nailed a late 3 pointer that seemingly was set to give the West the win at 121-118 with just 7 seconds left, but the East’s Bruce Hodges (Perry) flew down the court on the opposite side and buried a triple to send the game to a 3 minute overtime period tied at 121.

In the extra period, again the defense of both teams kicked in to high gear, but the shooting of the West squad proved to be too much as they prevailed 135-129 behind strong performances behind the State Champion Crestview Knights trio of Tyson Bolenbaugh, Cam Etzler and NWC Player of the Year Damian Helm along with a plethora of threes from ultra deep range from Kahlig.

Will Vorhees led the East squad with 36 points and some powerful throwdowns.

Here the broadcast here with myself and Steve Wiener via www.zsportslive.com :

@michaelhirnpbp on twitter

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