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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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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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