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West sweeps D8 games

ELIDA, OH – Two differently played games ended with the same result, a West victory on Monday evening inside the Elida Fieldhouse.

Game one of the night not only featured the All-Stars of Divisions 1-3 but also a little bit of everything throughout the course of the two twenty minute long halves.

The East stars jumped in front and stayed in the lead early on with the use of deep three pointers from the group of Kori Barrett (Kenton), Ellie Miller (Kenton), Brittney Haas (Findlay), Emily Heiman (Findlay), and the hometown girl Shyah Wheeler of Elida.

Early on the only point the West was able to muster came from the free throw line on a make by St. Marys Makenna Mele to cut into the East 4-0 lead with nearly 6 minutes gone off the clock.

In the second half the West’s inside-outside game helped to pull the lead to within a couple of points and nearly into the lead on a couple of Sydney Cisco (St. Marys) deep triples.

With 8:42 left in the second half a runner from Crestview senior Paige Motycka gave her team their first advantage at 39-38. Motycka would strike again after a pair of East three point goals from Miller and Bath’s Jaidyn Hale on her only other make from the field to tie the ballgame at 43-43.

Wapakoneta’s Sarah Pothast, the games leading scorer dropped in the final marker to give her team a 47-46 win on the offensive end with under a minute while Shawnee’s Alissa Stahler blocked away a final East offering on the defensive end to secure the victory.

Scoring:

West
Sarah Pothast (Wapak) 15
Lexi Jacobs (Wapak) 2
Alissa Stahler (Shawnee) 6
Emily Poling (Defiance) 3
Makenna Mele (St Marys) 5
Sydney Cisco (St Marys) 12 (4 3’s)
Paige Motycka (Crestview) 4

3PT: 6 (Cisco 4, Pothast, Poling)
FT: 1/4

Playing but not scoring: Cassidy Meyers (Van Wert)

Not able to participate: Kourtney Diller (Coldwater), Kadie Hempfling (Ottawa Glandorf)

East
Lindsey Singhaus (Bath) 2
Jaidyn Hale (Bath) 6
Kori Barrett (Kenton) 6
Ellie Miller (Kenton) 11
Brittney Haas (Findlay) 3
Emily Heiman (Findlay) 6
Shyah Wheeler (Elida) 12

3PT: 12 (Wheeler 3, Hale 2, Barrett 2, Miller 2, Heiman 2, Haas)
FT: 1/2

Playing but not scoring: Bette Andrews (Bath), Alexa Lenhart (L. Benton)

Not able to participate: Kennedy Fagan (Bath)

Game two involved the stars of the Division 4 world and featured one team putting up a big offensive performance as the West rolled to a 77-47 victory paced by a pair of Midwest Athletic Conference stars.

Leading 33-30 at the halftime break the West rolled to a 44-17 second half of play and finished with 3 players in double figures in the win.

Fort Recovery’s Grace Thien and Taylor Kogge of the State Champion Minster Wildcats each dropped in 19 points apiece to lead their West squad while teammate and future University of Michigan Volleyball standout Paige Jones joined the duo in double figures as she notched 11. Thien was the big three point shooter on the evening as she notched 5 triples in the contest.

Kogge finished the game shooting 8/10 from the field and ended with just one miss each from inside and outside the three point arc on her way to play for Ohio Northern University at the next level.

Ridgemont’s Priscilla Howland led the East squad on the evening with 16 points and was the lone member of her team in double figures.

Scoring:

West
Sarah Klausing (Kalida) 2
Grace Thien (Ft. Rec) 19 (5 3’s)
Carley Stone (Ft. Rec) 6
CJ Kemper (Ottoville) 4
Paige Jones (N. Bremen) 11
Taylor Kogge (Minster) 19
Alli Fischer (Minster) 4
Kara Evers (M. Local) 9
Amber Miller (Ottoville) 3

3PT: 12 (Thien 5, Kogge 3, Jones 3, Miller)
FT: 1/3

Not available: Bridget Landin (OV), Kierra Meyer (Leipsic), Heather Lammers (Leipsic)

East
Anney Archer (Ada) 2
Aubrey Biederman (W-Goshen) 8
Amanda Clymer (Vanlue) 8
Priscilla Howland (Ridgemont) 16
Emma Saltzman (Arcadia) 4
Meadow Cromer (Ridgemont) 3
Lauren Schroeder (C. Grove) 4
Kayla Fergueson (P. Gilboa) 2

Playing but not scoring: Maddie Gossard (Ada)

Not available to play: Carlee McCluer (C. Grove)

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Flyers soar to state

KETTERING, OH – Marion Local utilized a hot start for the second time in as many games on Friday night at Trent Arena in Kettering to propel themselves to a 62-47 win over Fort Loramie and into next weeks Division 4 State semifinals.

Tyler Prenger, a 31.7% three point shooter on the season put the Flyers ahead early in the opening quarter as he nailed a pair of his five three point goals on the evening that propelled his team to a 15-4 first period lead.

For nearly the first 13 minutes of the opening half the Redskins were unable to connect on a field goal with the stingy defense provided by their opponents. Eli Rosengarten pulled his team to within 18-7 with 3:57 to go in the second quarter with a deep left wing three pointer for the first Fort Loramie field goal of the night. An Evan Berning two pointer made it a 12 point game with 1:45 left in the opening period and represented the closest the Shelby County League tri-champions would get through the first 16 minutes.

With just seconds to go in the second stanza Marion Local’s Matt Rethman connected on a deep corner three pointer to put his team ahead 26-13.

In the games penultimate stanza the Redskins hit on four field goals from four different players but saw their opponent continue to run away as Prenger again knocked down a shot from deep to keep the Flyers lead at 11 heading into the final quarter.

Dillon Braun knocked down four of his teams seven threes in the final period and finished with a team high 19 as the Redskins continued to not give up and used their pressure to force Flyer turnovers.

With their chance to play on the floor at Ohio State on the line for the final handful of minutes Marion Local connected on 14 of their 21 tosses from the charity stripe and watched as Tyler Prenger, Nate Bruns, and Matt Rethman combined to hit 12/16 free throws and finish the game with a combined 50 points.

Marion Local (23-4) avenged and earlier season loss at Fort Loramie with the victory and will play Pandora Gilboa on Thursday evening at 2pm at the Schott. The Redskins bow out on the year at 25-3.

Box Score:

Marion Local (62):

Nate Bruns 17
Collin Everman 3
Nick Tangeman 1
Matt Rethman 10
Tyler Mescher 6
Tyler Prenger 23
Justin Albers 5

FG: 18/40
3PT: 7/16 (Prenger 5, Everman, Rethman)
FT: 19/30
REB: 33 (Mescher/Bruns 11)
TO: 9

Fort Loramie (47):

Nick Brandewie 3
Evan Berning 8
Dillon Braun 19
Eli Rosengarten 3
Carter Mescher 3
Nathan Raterman 2
Tyler Siegel 7

FG: 14/45
3PT: 6/20 (Braun 4, Brandewie, Rosengarten)
FT: 10/12
REB: 27

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Flyers, Redskins advance to finals

KETTERING, OH – Fort Loramie and Marion Local each posted wins on Tuesday night at Trent Arena in Kettering and will now meet for a trip to Columbus next week on Friday night.

Marion Local jumped out to a big first quarter lead and never looked back in their game, winning 55-33 over Springfield Catholic Central in the opener while Fort Loramie staved off a late Russia run to down their SCAL mates 48-45.

Nate Bruns got things going quickly for the Flyers in the first quarter as he connected for a pair of three pointers before Justin Albers tossed in a shot from beyond the arc of his own. Marion Local pushed their end of the first quarter lead to 17-5 just before the buzzer as they connected on a two point jumper.

Despite shooting just 6/18 from the field in the first half the Irish pulled to within 23-16 at the halftime stoppage behind a balanced attack that included a pair of three point makes of their own from the duo of Trey Dunn and Sabien Doolittle.

A punishing defensive effort and scoring from six different Flyers in the final two periods helped to stymie their Ohio Heritage Conference opponents who were making their first regionals appearance in 21 season.

Senior Tyler Mescher ended the night with 12 points and helped his team shoot nearly 50% from the field by putting himself in position for big offensive rebounds that helped keep possessions alive and allow guard Matt Rethman to find Justin Albers and Bruns for points and account for a 32 point second half.

Catholic Central, champions of the OHC South this season see their 2017-18 campaign come to an end at 23-4. The Irish were led on the evening by Trey Dunn who connected on a trio from outside and a team high 14 markers.

Marion Local has now won 10 straight games and improves to 22-4 and were led by Bruns with 20.

Scoring:

Marion Local (55):

Nate Bruns 20
Collin Everman 2
Jack Buening 2
Nick Tangeman 4
Matt Rethman 3
Tyler Prenger 2
Tyler Mescher 12
Justin Albers 10

FG: 22/42
3PT: 5/8 (Bruns 2, Albers 2, Rethman)
FT: 6/7
TO: 11

SCC (33):

Trey Brown 1
Trey Dunn 14
Sabien Doolittle 7
Dominic Dewitt 2
Jacob Woeber 6
Deece Catanzaro 3

While the first contest of the night had nary a foul call for the most part the second game featured quite a few stops by the officials and resulted in the contest nearly being decided at the line.

In the final minutes of the game the Fort Loramie Redskins found themselves at the free throw line 18 times and connected on 8 of their fourth quarter attempts to eventually seal their 48-45 victory, their third of the season against conference rival Russia.

A low scoring first half saw the Redskins ahead by six at the break 20-14 led by the Division 4 Southwest District’s Player of the Year Dillon Braun who knocked down a pair of three pointers and 10 points.

Daniel Kerns led the Raiders in scoring heading into the fourth quarter with his team behind by 9 at 34-25 and saw the duo of Jordan Keck and Jack Dapore take over and get the game close in the final minutes as they nailed a quartet of three pointers.

Fort Loramie’s Tyler Siegel ended the night with 12 points and 10 rebounds with 6 coming in the final half of the fourth quarter underneath against a tough Russia double or triple team defensively.

With just seconds remaining in the contest Russia had a three point attempt to tie go long at the buzzer during an attempt to send the game to overtime.

Russia’s season ends at 16-9 while Fort Loramie moves into Friday night’s 7pm Regional Finals matchup with Marion Local will see the Redskins enter at 25-2.

Earlier this season on February 3rd, Fort Loramie defeated Marion Local at home 47-35 in a game that represents the last Flyer loss this year.

Scoring:

Fort Loramie (48):

Nick Brandewie 8
Evan Berning 6
Dillon Braun 17
Tyler Siegel 12
Eli Rosengarten 4

FG: 16/35
3PT: 5/9 (Braun 3, Brandewie, Rosengarten)
FT: 11/21
TO: 13

Russia (45):

Jordan York 15
Mason Dapore 5
Jack Dapore 10
Daniel Kerns 13
Evan Monnier 2

FG: 17/42
3PT: 4/14 (York 2, J. Dapore 2)
FT: 7/11
TO: 13

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Coldwater, St. Henry post OVISCO Classic wins

CELINA, OH – Two teams punched their tickets Wednesday night to meet for the OVISCO Classic championship on Thursday evening as Coldwater and St. Henry were victorious over Marion Local and Celina inside the Celina Fieldhouse.

Coldwater earned their trip to the finals for the third straight season as they were victorious over Marion Local in the semifinal opener of the evening 60-51 while St. Henry defeated host Celina 51-34 in the nightcap.

Earlier in the season the Cavaliers fell 61-59 to Marion Local but were out to make a statement early on as the trio of Maura Hoying, Olivia Harlamert, and Lauren Bruns helped to give their team a 15-14 advantage at the end of the first period despite six markers from 6’1 Flyers senior Kara Evers in the post.

Just a pair of shots from the field would fall for Marion Local in the second quarter as they were outscored 19-6 by their Midwest Athletic Conference rivals and trailed 34-20 at the halftime stoppage. Lauren Gilliand, the Cavaliers second leading scorer on the season hit for seven of her 12 points in the quarter to help fuel the Coldwater engine but it would be her later performance that would help salt away the contest.

Six Cavs etched their name in the scorebook in the third quarter to give their team a 17 point lead heading to the final eight minutes of the game.

Kara Evers knocked in eight of her game high 21 in the final stanza for the Flyers, but it would be Gilliland who iced the contest for Coldwater as she connected on 5/6 from line to secure a 60-51 victory and a spot in the OVISCO finals.

Box Score:
Coldwater (60):

Mara Dues 4
Kourtney Diller 8
Olivia Harlamert 7
Maura Hoying 16
Lauren Gilliland 12
Katie Alig 4
Grace Bruns 1
Lauren Bruns 8

FG: 24/53
3PT: 3/13 (Diller 2, Harlamert)
FT: 11/19
REB: 22
TO: 12

Marion Local (51):

Heidi Rethman 12
Natalie Rethman 9
Kara Evers 21
Emily Nietfeld 1
Brooke Homan 2
Morgan Heckman 4
Alania Pohlman 2

FG: 19/49
3PT: 0/3
FT: 9/10
REB: 32
TO: 19

A competitive first three quarters that saw a 34-29 lead for St. Henry turned into a rout in the final quarter for the Redskins as they defeated the Celina Bulldogs 51-34 in game two of the OVISCO semifinals to earn their trip into the Championship bracket finals Thursday night.

St. Henry connected on 11/12 from the free throw line in just the fourth quarter and finished 16/20 on charity shots overall as they held off the Bulldogs in the final eight minutes.

Defense and free throw shooting loomed large for the Redskins in the second half as they coupled their high caliber shooting from the line with just three makes from the field for the home team in that span.

Addy Vaughn was the leading scorer in the contest as she accounted for 21 of her teams 51 markers in the contest, and exploded for 10 in the games penultimate stanza and tied the Celina output for the quarter as well.

Six different players for the St. Henry were able to hit at least one free throw on the evening among the seven who added their named to the scoring column.

With the win the Redskins record moves to 7-2 on the year while Celina falls to 0-9. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by senior Lauren Jackson who dropped in 12. St. Henry won the previous matchup this season 59-40.

Thursday night’s OVISCO Classic consolation bracket will feature Celina vs Marion Local at 6pm with the finals of St. Henry vs Coldwater to follow approximately 15 minutes after and can be heard live on WKKI 94.3.

Box Score:

St. Henry (51):

Cora Stammen 1
Addy Vaughn 21
Allison Siefring 10
Marlee Vaughn 3
Alyssa Buschur 6
Nora Vaughn 7
Nikki Keller 3

FG: 17/43
3PT: 1/7 (M. Vaughn)
FT: 16/20
REB: 23
TO: 16

Celina (34):

Carley Eichler 3
Makenna Klingshirn 6
Lauren Jackson 12
Marcedes Zeisloft 3
Brooke Robbins 4
Bailey Exman 2
Maddy Luebke 4

FG: 11/42
3PT: 2/16 (Klingshirn, Jackson)
FT: 9/19
REB: 27
TO: 22

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Titans dispatch Flyers

OTTAWA, OH – Days after losing their first regular season game in nearly two seasons the Ottawa Glandorf Titans got back on the winning track Saturday afternoon at home as they downed visiting Marion Local 68-42.

Marion Local senior Kara Evers had the Flyers inside game working early in the first quarter as she connected on four shots from down low for eight of her game high 14 points. Five players for Ottawa Glandorf got into the scoring column early, including freshman Kelsey Erford who pumped in all three of her points during her first start of the season before leaving the game late in the half with an injury.

Balanced scoring was the way of the Titan offense during the contest and was on full display in the second stanza as six players knocked in markers led by Erin Kaufman with six. Running their fast break offense to perfection and cutting down the turnovers that plagued them in the first quarter the Titans rolled into the break with a 37-19 advantage on the back of a 20 point eight minute span.

Through the second and into the third period the Marion Local offense relied heavily on the duo of Heidi and Natalie Rethman, their two leading scorers on the season. Beth Streib’s duo accounted for 10 of the visitors points in the stanza and assisted in setting up one of the other two baskets to help the Flyers try to keep pace with the fast paced Titan attack.

With foul trouble weighing heavily on the contest and beginning to mount up, each team would find themselves at the free throw line repeatedly in the final period. Marion Local’s Kara Evers connected on 4 of her 6 attempts and was successful driving into the post as she drew a foul that sent OG junior Paige Sutter to the bench for good late in the contest.

Ottawa Glandorf hit on 5 of their 6 tosses in the final stanza including a 2/2 performance from sophomore guard Brianna Schimmoeller who stepped in to shoot free throws designed originally for Kasey Ellerbrock who was fouled on a three point shot and was injured as she fell to the court. Despite her early exit from the contest, Ellerbrock knocked down a pair of threes and scored a career high 10 points.

Four Titan players finished in double figures led by Erin Kaufman with 12 on the afternoon while the Marion Local duo of Natalie Rethman and Evers finished with 14 apiece.

Marion Local sees their season record fall to 2-5 with their third straight loss and will next travel to Celina on Wednesday and Thursday night to play in the OVISCO Classic against Coldwater, St. Henry, and Celina.

OG moves their record to 7-1 on the season and has now won 16 straight at the Supreme Court. The Titans will host Columbus Grove on Thursday night before finishing up the 2017 part of their schedule on Saturday night at Liberty Benton.

Scoring:

OG (68):

Ashley Schroeder 11
Kelsey Erford 3
Carri Johnson 5
Paige Sutter 4
Erin Kaufman 12
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 6
Kasey Ellerbrock 10
Peyton Warnecke 4
Kadie Hempfling 11

FG: 26/50
FT: 9/13
3PT: 3 (Ellerbrock 2, Johnson)
TO: 16

Marion Local (42):

Heidi Rethman 7
Natalie Rethman 14
Kara Evers 14
Emily Nietfeld 3
Alania Pohlman 2

FG: 17/32
FT: 14/18
TO: 38

JV: OG 38-33

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Bearcats win route 66 battle

ST. MARYS, OH – Two Allen County rivals met on the hardwood in Auglaize County on Saturday afternoon when NWC rivals Spencerville and Delphos Jefferson took the court against one another, and the result was the same as it had been in the earlier meeting as the Bearcats pulled out a 63-57 victory over their foes from Delphos.

Delphos Jefferson was led by Senior guard and perennial All-NWC 1st team selection Jace Stockwell who pumped in a game high 27 points but saw his team fall short in their bid to force an early exit for the NWC Champions. Just a few days prior to this matchup inside Murotech Court at St. Marys HS the outgoing Wildcat tossed in a career high 29 points in a semifinals victory over Lima Central Catholic to earn his squad an opportunity to cut down the Roughriders nets.

Four players for Spencerville finished in double figures in the game led by the Northwest Conference player of the year Dakota Prichard who scored 12 of his team high 17 points in the first half as he helped give the designated home squad a 31-27 lead after the first two quarters.

Before being forced to exit late in the contest when he picked up his fifth foul, 6’2 Bearcat Junior Daniel Corso provided his team a spark in the opening minutes as he used his teams focused defensive attack to score on a pair of layups and a three pointer that would mark his only points of the contest.

Three Jefferson players (Stockwell, Drew Reiss, Tyler Bratton) hit from deep behind the arc in the opening eight minutes of the ballgame to keep the Jeffcats close but Delphos found themselves behind 1 at 15-14 at the first stoppage.

Alex Rode joined the Wildcats three point brigade in the second quarter as he connected on a triple try but as he had done just a few days prior it was once again Stockwell who took over and accounted for eight of his 12 first half markers to keep his team afloat when they struggled at times offensively against the Bearcats.

If the first half was a story about how many three pointers Delphos Jefferson could hit then the third quarter was a story about just how many Spencerville’s Gary Schrolucke could hit as the Bearcat Senior connected on three in a span of just two minutes and nearly hit a fourth that rolled back out. With Schrolucke and their offense hitting on most cylinders the Bearcats pushed their lead to 45-40 heading to the final stanza.

Talk to any coach about what is important and wins games and there is a good chance they will tell you defense and free throws, and that was the case on Saturday as the Bearcats connected on every one of their nine attempts in the fourth quarter while the Wildcats hit on just one of their three shots from the line.

Spencerville was led in scoring in the fourth quarter by Bailey Croft who tossed in nine of his 14 on the afternoon in the period but it was the rebounding by his brother Griffen (10 points/10 rebounds) that helped to keep possessions alive and ultimately help give Spencerville the Sectional Title and opportunity to move on.

Delphos sees their season come to an end under alumnus and first year Head Coach Jordan Jettinghoff at 12-12 while the Bearcats (18-5) will move on to play in the District Semifinals at Lima Senior High School on Thursday, March 9th at 6:15pm against a team they were victorious against in the regular season in the Marion Local Flyers.

Box Score:

Spencerville (63):
Daniel Corso 7
Gary Schrolucke 13
Dakota Prichard 17
Bailey Croft 14
Griffen Croft 10
Ben Dues 2

FG: 23/44
3PT: 7/17 (Schrolucke 3, Prichard 3, Corso)
FT: 10/11
REB: 25 (G. Croft 10)
AST: 14 (Prichard 5)

Delphos (57):
Jace Stockwell 27
Drew Reiss 5
Tyler Bratton 6
Alex Rode 17
Davion Tyson 2

FG: 22/46
3PT: 6/17 (Stockwell 2, Bratton 2, Reiss, Rode)
FT: 7/11
REB: 17 (Rode 6)
AST: 7 (Stockwell 3)

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Flyers hoist 9th state title

COLUMBUS, OH – It might not have been the prettiest win in Marion Local history but it certainly was just as meaningful as the past 8 state title victories Friday afternoon as the Flyers staved off previously unbeaten Cuyahoga Heights with a 21-17 victory.

Offensively Marion Local committed four turnovers to just one for Cuyahoga Heights and held the high octane Redskins offense to 254 yards on the morning/afternoon.

Cuyahoga Heights started the scoring in the contest in the first quarter with a 31 yard field goal from kicker Mark Shafer to strike first and lead 3-0.

Marion Local’s response to their opponents field goal would come just moments later on the next drive of the game as the Flyers marched 71 yards on 8 plays and pulled ahead 7-3 as Nate Moeller took a toss sweep off the right side of the line and bounced into the Ohio Stadium endzone untouched for his squads first score.

Following a Redskins punt that was downed inside the Marion Local one yard line the Flyers dominant offensive line went to work with 1:24 left in the first quarter. 19 plays and 99 yards were covered by the Marion Local offense on their third possession of the game over the span of 9:40 ending at the 3:44 mark of the second quarter when QB Duane Leugers barreled in from a yard out to make it a 14-3 ballgame.

Leugers second rushing touchdown of the contest and 24th of the season would come at the 1:52 remaining mark of the same stanza as he rushed through a host of would be tacklers and for a score untouched that put Marion ahead 21-3 heading into the halftime break.

Despite possessing the football to open the third quarter with an 18 point lead the Flyers offense was unable to capitalize on a short third down and were forced to punt back to the Redskins. Starting at their own 31 and with 9:38 in the third the Cuyahoga Heights offense that had been held in check for most of the game up to this point struck for four first downs on their way to a 1 yard touchdown run for their QB and 1st team All-Ohio selection Brett Lowther that cut the Marion Local lead to 21-10.

Before tailback Nate Moeller could reach the football across the first down line on the ensuing Flyer drive he was stripped of the ball on his teams next possession and saw it end up in the hands of Lowther at the 46 to give the Redskins new life.

Aided by a blocked punt that landed at the Marion Local one, Cuyahoga Heights quickly got within four points of the Flyers with 11:41 remaining in the contest when Lucas D’Orazio rumbled in from a yard out into his opponents endzone for a score that made it 21-17 Marion Local.

Despite both teams turning the ball over on two different possessions each the Flyers were able to march to the Cuyahoga Heights 14 but were unable to pick up a crucial fourth down play and were forced to give their opponents the ball at their own 15.

With 85 yards to go and just :53 to do so the Redskins offense who had burned their last timeout on the previous defensive drive were forced to go into hurry up mode. Calm and cool, Lowther connected on three straight passes for a total of 49 yards and across midfield into Flyer territory. It was not meant to be however for Cuyahoga Heights as Lowther was sacked for a loss of 12 and hurried into back to back incomplete passes as time ran out on their season behind on the scoreboard.

Marion Local finishes the season 14-1 and with their 9th state title in 11 championship game appearances. Cuyahoga Heights in their first title game appearance sees their season end at 14-1 and as runners up in Division 6.

Midwest Athletic Conference teams are now 31-11 all-time in state championship contests and will get two more opportunities to bring home gold trophies as Minster and Coldwater will compete on Saturday in Division 7 and Division 5 play.

Stats link: D6 State Championship Box Score

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Flyers post 7th shutout of season

SIDNEY, OH – The Marion Local defense came in to their Division 6 Regional Semifinal contest Friday night having shut out 6 of their opponents this season and by the end of the night were able to hang a 7th shutout as they defeated shutout rival St. Henry for the second time this season 22-0.

Marion Local totaled 445 yards of offense on the evening while their stingy defense gave up just 140 total yards on 37 plays by their opponents offense.

Despite having their first drive come to a screeching halt via a fumble inside St. Henry territory the Flyers put themselves ahead 7-0 early in the second quarter as QB Duane Leugers punched in from a yard out to cap off a 93 yard drive.

While punts and failed fourth down conversions were a big story in the first half, they weren’t the biggest issue St. Henry would face in the opening half. On their first drive of the first half after forcing the Flyers to punt, the Redskins found themselves in need of a change under center as starting signal caller Daylon Lange completed a 30 yard pass but was knocked down and forced to miss the rest of the contest in similar fashion to the two teams Week 9 meeting.

Redskin replacement QB Nathan Lefeld finished the night 7/17 for 98 yards but was picked off twice by the Marion Local defense.

With 7:53 left in the ballgame the Flyers extended their lead to 13-0 as Leugers second touchdown run of the night, a 6 yard effort near the right front corner of the endzone pushed his squads lead. After St. Henry was called for roughing Marion Local kicker Tyler Mescher the ball was placed on the one and a half yard line where Marion Local successfully converted a two point conversion to make it a 15-0 lead in their favor.

Starting from their own 42 yard line the Flyers utilized five plays and 2:21 before 5’9, 130 pound Sophomore runningback Matt Rethman showed off his speed and sprinted 23 yards for the games final points.

Jack Homan led the Marion Local rushing attack as he rushed 19 times for 101 yards while teammates Nate Moeller (12/51) and Leugers (11/94) showed off an impressive array of cuts that helped their team gain 279 yards on 47 carries on the evening.

Leugers finished 13/24 passing for 166 yards and saw his top two targets in Matt Kahlig and Ryan Thobe combine for 6 catches and 121 yards receiving in the contest.

St. Henry finishes their season at 8-4 and with their first playoff appearance since 2012 when they fell to the Flyers in the Regional Finals.

Marion Local (11-1) will move on to the Regional Finals and rematch with a Mechanicsburg (12-0) team that throttled Delphos Jefferson to the tune of over 500 yards tonight in a 56-20 victory. The same two teams met in last years Regional Finals in Bellefontaine that saw the Flyers victorious 9-7 on their way to the state finals.

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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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Bearcats advance to Districts

VAN WERT, OH – Not only did Spencerville defeat Marion Local for the second time this season, they also got a measure of payback for the defeat they suffered in the District Finals last season that ended their year as they eliminated the Flyers Saturday afternoon with a 51-43 victory at Van Wert High School.

Bailey Croft started off hot for the Bearcats in the first quarter as he tossed in seven of his twelve contest points and gave his squad a big presence inside. 1st team MAC selection Derek Albers, a 6’2 Senior connected on a pair of triples and scored eight in the first quarter as Marion Local finished the first quarter with three shots from deep and a 15-9 lead.

Two shots would find their way into the bottom of the basket for the Flyers in the second stanza as Tyler Mescher put in a bucket alongside another deep three pointer from Albers. Spencerville responded in the period by outscoring their opponent 9-5 as Zach Goecke and Dakota Prichard each hit a shot from behind the arc but still found themselves behind by 2 at the break.

Goecke, an Honorable Mention NWC selection this season along with the two 1st team selections in Prichard and Mason Nourse took over the scoring load for coach Kevin Sensabaugh in the games penultimate period as they combined for 14 of the Cats 16 markers. The trios hot scoring put their team in the lead at 34-33 heading to the fourth.

Despite having given up seven three pointers to the Flyers on the afternoon during the first three quarters, the Bearcats allowed none in the fourth quarter and repeatedly got themselves to the free throw line. Dakota Prichard hit 7 of his 8 charity tosses in the games final eight minutes and helped procure a 51-43 win and a Sectional Championship for Spencerville.

Marion Local sees their 2015-16 season come to an end at 11-12 and were led in scoring by Albers who scored a game high 16 in the loss.

Spencerville (17-4) was led in scoring by Prichard and Goecke with 14 tallies each while Bailey Croft joined the duo in double figures with 12. The Bearcats will now take on Wayne Trace on Thursday, March 3rd at 6:15pm at Lima Senior High School and that game can be heard live on Zsportslive.com.

Scoring:

Spencerville (51):
Mason Nourse 8
Jacob Meyer 3
Zach Goecke 14
Dakota Prichard 14
Bailey Croft 12

FT: 12/17
3PT: 5 (Goecke 2, Nourse, Prichard, Meyer)
TO: 13

Marion Local (43):
Derek Albers 16
Matt Kahlig 8
Cole Griesdorn 9
Kyle Homan 2
Tyler Mescher 8

FT: 0/0
3PT: 6 (Albers 3, Kahlig 2, Griesdorn)
TO: 9

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