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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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30 point effort from Mescher fuels Flyer win

NEW KNOXVILLE – A career high 30 point scoring effort from Sophomore Tyler Mescher helped push his Marion Local Flyers past the New Knoxville Rangers and to 2-0 in Midwest Athletic Conference play by a 61-52 margin Friday night.

Mescher started slow with just two points in the first quarter and was relegated to the bench for a stretch after picking up a pair of fouls, but rebounded in the second quarter as he tossed in eight points and saw his Flyers take a 28-20 advantage into the halftime break.

Not to be outdone however New Knoxville’s Logan Leffel began to heat up himself as he accounted for eight first half points himself. While the two players came about their points in drastically different ways, both poured them in by the bunches in the third and fourth quarters as Leffel scored 21 and Mescher 22 before the game came to a conclusion.

Leffel’s second half included a trio of triples from long distance that helped to cut his teams deficit to just a single point late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Rangers they would not be able to find a compliment to the 6’0 senior on the night and fell to the Flyers as they capitalized on 12 New Knoxville turnovers and connected from the free throw line en route to the win.

Marion Local finished the contest shooting just 12/27 from the charity stripe and 2/19 from beyond the arc, but they outrebounded the Rangers 33-26 with many of those coming in the form of offensive rebounds and stickbacks for their second half points.

Derek Albers added 11 points for Marion Local in the win while Nathan Tinnerman scored 13 for his team who dropped their first game of the season at home against three wins.

The Flyers (5-4, 2-0) will travel to Van Wert to take on the Cougars while the Rangers (3-7, 0-2) will be at home on Saturday night as they play host to the Jackson Center Tigers in a non-league affair.

Scoring:

Marion Local (61):

Derek Albers 11
Nathan Bruns 5
Cole Griesdorn 7
Ryan Thobe 4
Kyle Homan 2
Tyler Mescher 30

FG: 23/48
3PT: 2/19 (Albers 2)
FT: 12/27
REB: 33
TO: 13

New Knoxville (52):
Logan Leffel 29
Nick Topp 6
Nathan Tinnerman 13
Sam Stone 2
Zach Neuman 2

FG: 19/48
3PT: 3/10 (leffel 3)
FT: 11/14
REB: 26
TO: 12

JV: Marion Local 55-18

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Fourth quarter run pushes Flyers past Wildcats

MARIA STEIN, OH – A 23 point fourth quarter Friday night helped push the Marion Local Flyers to a win in their first game of the season as they defeated visiting Minster 58-47 in a Midwest Athletic Conference contest.

Despite having just 6 practices and less than two weeks together as a unit after another run to the OHSAA Division 6 State Football Championship game, the Marion Local Flyers came out in the first quarter on a mission to match each of the points by their opponent. Minster who came into the weekend with a pair of contests already under their belt this season got the better of the Flyers however in the opening period as they jumped out to a 16-13 lead at the end of the first eight minutes led by scores from six different players.

Balanced scoring would lead the visiting Wildcats to a 28-23 lead as they used a 12-0 run in the middle of the quarter to build their advantage, but a three pointer from Marion Local Senior Cole Griesdorn cut the Minster lead from eight to five as the buzzer sounded to end the opening half.

Having already gone on a big run in the first half the Wildcats jumped on the Flyers in the third period as a 7-0 run helped push Marion Local into having to call a timeout to regroup.

Marion Local would make their own big run across the end of the third and start of the fourth periods behind a three pointer and steal for a basket from Nathan Bruns and a bucket to open the fourth from Tyler Mescher to get the lead for the first time.

Most of the fourth and final period would see each team shoot free throws as the Flyers would connect on 12/19 to just 5/10 for Minster and help the Flyers complete the comeback win 58-47. 5’10 Senior Kyle Homan would do the most damage for Marion Local at the charity stripe as he finished the quarter by connecting on 7/11 tosses en route to nine points on the night.

Griesdorn and Tyler Mescher would find themselves as the games leading scorers as they each tossed in 15 points for the victorious Flyers. Marion Local (1-0, 1-0 MAC) will play host to Celina Saturday night in a non-conference contest that will be broadcast live on www.k943.com.

Minster (1-2, 1-1 MAC) welcomes Houston to town for a non-league tilt and was led in scoring on the night by Jared Thobe’s 10 point 6 rebound effort.

Scoring:

Marion Local (58):

Derek Albers 10
Cole Griesdorn 15
Kyle Koenig 2
Kyle Homan 9
Tyler Mescher 15 (11 rebounds)
Nathan Bruns 7 (7 rebounds)

FG: 19/48
3PT: 3/12
FT: 17/27
REB: 39 (14 offensive)
TO: 16

Minster (47):

Bryce Schmiesing 5
Josh Nixon 6
Jacob Stechschulte 9
Alex Eiting 6
Peter Falk 6
Aaron Ernst 2
Conner Tumbusch 3
Jared Thobe 10 (6 rebounds)

FG: 16/39
3PT: 3/15
FT: 11/19
REB: 23
TO: 18

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Flyers win defensive battle

BELLEFONTAINE, OH – The much anticipated Division 6 Region 22 Finals matchup that had people talking all season long took place Saturday night and lived up to the hype that had surrounded it.

Offensively Marion Local and Mechanicsburg both came into their matchup with points per game averages but despite each moving the ball well for most of the game neither were able to reach the endzone more than one time each.

Marion Local started the game with the ball and drove from their own 27 to the Mechanicsburg 5 but gave up the football on the 13th play of the games opening drive when Aaron Nietfeld was stripped of the football and it was quickly pounced on by the Indians defense.

Long drives were the norm on a cold snowy November night in the first half as the Flyers would have the shortest of the half of 7 plays that began with a 64 yard punt from Mechanicsburg and ended with a punt of their own that landed in the endzone for a touchback.

On the ensuing drives 15th play Kaleb Romero, Mechanicsburg’s terrific Junior QB found the endzone with 3:06 remaining in the opening half as he scampered 7 yards around the right end of the Flyers defense and into the endzone for the first score of the contest.

With a trio of timeouts and three minutes to go in the first half the Flyers quickly marched up field from their own 42 and into the endzone to get within a point on a Cole Griesdorn keeper from a yard out. The Flyers were unable to tie the game at 7-7 however as a bad snap forced Kicker Derek Albers to throw a conversion pass near the endzone that would be batted away by the Indians defense and keep them in the lead at 7-6.

Despite having a pair of timeouts and an electric offense that can score from any position on the field the Indians took a knee on their first play of their next drive and headed into the locker room ahead by a point.

Having won the toss and chosen to defer to the second half the Indians high octane offense which averages almost 48 points per game began the third quarter at their own 47 after recovering an onside kick attempt by the Flyers near midfield. As they had done on a couple of occasions previous in the game, Mechanicsburg would go for it on fourth down and just a single yard to go from the Marion Local goal line, but would be stopped on a Romero keeper and forced to turn the ball over on downs.

With the ball at their own three yard line to begin their drive the Flyers utilized eight plays to get deep into Mechanicsburg terriroty as the third quarter came to an end, but would see their best opportunity of the game to go ahead come to an end when a muffed exchange was scooped up by the Indians at their 15 with 11:53 remaining.

Derek Albers 20 yard field goal put the Flyers ahead for good at 9-7 after they forced another Burg punt and used a 26 yard run by Nietfeld to again drive deep into their opponents territory.

Facing a 3rd down and 14 the Indians and Romero would find themselves on the wrong end of a sack that forced a final 4th and 23 play that they needed to pick up to continue their season, something they were unable to do as a Romero pass fell incomplete and gave the ball back to Marion Local who ran out the last 1:53 for their 23rd straight playoff win.

On the evening the Flyers (12-1) were led by 206 yards rushing from Aaron Nietfeld while Mechanicsburg (12-1) were fueled by 132 yards from Romero, 1 yard above his average yards rushing per game.

Next weekends State Semifinals matchup will see the Flyers take on Tinora on Saturday night, and will be broadcast live on WKKI K94.3 and online at www.k943.com starting at 6:45pm.

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