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Riders clinch share of WBL in rivalry win

CELINA, OH – “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens wrote these words in his 1859 classic “A Tale of Two Cities”, but it very well could have described Friday night’s at times back and forth match-up between rivals St. Marys and Celina.

In a contest to decide if the Bulldogs would be able to reach for an outside share of their first Western Buckeye League title since 1995 or if their cross lake foes would put themselves even further ahead in the race each team took their best shots at one another and seemed to have the game in their favor.

Right out of the gate to open the game the Roughriders offense found themselves clicking as they used just four plays to travel 67 yards and on top 7-0 when Sean Perry rushed though a pack of white jerseys and into the endzone from 19 yards away.

Following the Bulldogs first possession ending with a three and out the Roughriders put together a classic Doug Frye style drive as they utilized 15 plays and 6:59 to push ahead 14-0 on a 1 yard dive by Quarterback Colin Clements.

Another three and out for Celina would give their visitors their best field position, this time at the Bulldogs 47 late in the opening period before Clements pushed in from 2 yards out for his second tally of the evening to put his squad on top 21-0 with 8:03 remaining in the second quarter.

A pair of punts would pin each team deep on their next possession before a big return gave Celina life at their own 40 with :26 to go in the first half. What was quickly a promising drive that moved the home team down to the Riders 20 came to and end when the stadium clock reached 0:00 however and sent the two teams into the locker room with a 21-0 St. Marys lead.

In the third quarter a Celina offense that had been out-gained by a plethora of yards in the first two periods sprang to life and were able to cut into the St. Marys lead with their first touchdown when QB Brett Schwieterman connected with Kole Murlin for a 6 yard touchdown late in the games penultimate quarter to make it 21-7 St. Marys.

Celina continued to stymie the St. Marys offense in the early part of the fourth quarter and pulled themselves to within 21-14 with just 9:57 remaining when tailback Kyle Zizleman raced in from 20 yards out for his 8th score of the season.

Despite Celina having the momentum in their favor the Rider offense was able to push the lead back out to a pair of scores and begin to deflate the Bulldog enthusiasm when Sean Perry, who finished with a career high 211 yards on the evening raced 59 yards down the sideline to put his team first and goal from the Celina 8.

Ty Schlosser’s 7th touchdown run of the season, an 8 yard jaunt gave the Riders a 28-14 lead with 8:55 remaining in the contest and all but assured his team would stay as the leagues lone unbeaten.

Two straight incomplete passes on third and fourth down for Celina and Schwieterman would force the Bulldogs to relinquish the football on their ensuing possession before St. Marys again put together another long drive to put the final touches on their second straight win in the series.

Starting from the Celina 48 the Roughriders utilized 9 plays and a key offside penalty on the Bulldogs inside the 10 to get Colin Clements his third rushing touchdown of the evening, a 1 yard plunge that provided the games final score and margin of 35-14.

Celina saw their final chance with the football come to an end as an errant pass found its way into the waiting hands of St. Marys defensive back Sean Perry and allowed his offense to take a pair of kneel downs to run out the remaining time in the contest.

With the loss the Bulldogs see their season record fall to 5-3 overall and 5-2 in Western Buckeye League play. Celina will be on the road next week as they will travel to take on Van Wert.

For the first time since the 2003 and 2004 seasons the Roughriders will lay claim to being at worst Co-WBL Champions. A win next week at home inside the friendly confines of Skip Baughman Stadium against Defiance would mean St. Marys (7-1, 7-0) would be the outright Western Buckeye League Champions for the first time since capturing the 2003 crown when they finished 9-2.

On the evening the Roughriders #1 ranked rushing offense picked up 366 yards on 59 rushes and held Celina to a total of 282 yards on 63 total plays. Leading the St. Marys attack was Sean Perry’s 211 yards on 24 carries. Ty Schlosser added 17 totes for a total of 90 yards, his second such rushing yardage contest of the season.

All-time St. Marys is now 64-29-6 against their lake counterparts, including 13-2 under current head coach Doug Frye who moves to a personal mark of 6-1 at Celina Stadium.

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Riders shutout Cats

ST. MARYS, OH – A dominating effort on both sides of the football Friday night not only gave the St. Marys Roughriders their 6th win of the season it also kept them unbeaten and atop the Western Buckeye League as the lone unblemished squad.

Despite not scoring on their opening drive of their 49-0 win when a fourth down screen pass resulted in a loss and a turnover on downs, the Roughriders would score on each of the rest of their three offensive drives in the first half and lead into the break 35-0.

Sean Perry got the scoring started for St. Marys following a turnover on downs by visiting Bath as he rushed in 34 yards and into the endzone for his lone score of the ballgame to make it 7-0 in his teams favor with 2:55 in the first period remaining.

Two plays on their second possession were both fumbles for Bath, but it was the second one of the two that was the most costly for the Wildcats as Braeden Dunlap scooped and scored from 15 yards away to run the lead to 14-0 St. Marys just 41 seconds after the Perry score.

71 yards on on 12 plays came to an end with another St. Marys score at the 9:21 mark of the second quarter when Dunlap did the damage again, this time on the offensive end as he raced to the outside and in for a score from 15 yards away to put the Riders on top 21-0.

After forcing their second turnover on downs of the opening two quarters the Roughriders offense went back to work with a short field, this time starting at the Bath 40 and picked up a pair of first downs before Bo Kuenning thundered in for a 7 yard touchdown that put the hosts on top 28-0 with 3:01 remaining in the opening half.

Another quick ending to a Bath offensive possession gave the Roughriders a short field to work with and ended with a quick score, this time a 9 yard touchdown run by Shannon Fowler to give the WBL leaders a 35-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

On the second play of the second half Bath backup QB Devon Kinyon who was thrust into action late in the second period when starter Kobe Burchett was knocked out of the game had his pass batted into the air and pilfered by St. Marys linebacker Christian Triplett who promptly returned it for a 25 yard score to continue the Rider onslaught and run the score to 42-0.

With the game quickly rounding down due to the running clock rule in a 30 plus point differential the two teams would trade a quartet of punts and a turnover on downs by Bath when Kinyon was sacked by the Riders on fourth down before the young players for St. Marys added the games final marker.

Starting from the Bath 40 the new look St. Marys offense led by QB Kurt Bubp pushed seven more points onto the left column of the scoreboard as 5’11, 160 pound Freshman rusher Hunter Fraley rushed in from 5 yards out and Parker Enoch added the extra point for good measure to close the scoring and the contest with a 49-0 Roughrider victory.

Offensively Bath (1-6, 0-6) accumulated just 37 total yards with 8 of those coming on the ground on 29 carries. The Wildcats will travel to take the Van Wert Cougars next Friday night seeking to end their 6 game losing streak since beating Allen East 19-9 to open the season.

St. Marys (6-1, 6-0) was led in rushing by Sean Perry who finished with 61 yards on the ground and also added a touchdown on the evening. Rushing the football as a team the Roughriders rushed 36 times for 241 yards and finished with a 266-37 advantage in total offensive yardage.

Next week the Riders will travel across Grand Lake to take on their rivals the Celina Bulldogs. With a win St. Marys will lock up at least a share of their second consecutive Western Buckeye League championship and 27th overall.

As of 1 A.M. Saturday Joe Eitel has the Roughriders listed as the 3rd highest computer point total in Division 4 Region 14 that can be found here: D4R14 Computer Rankings

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Roughriders comeback ends in OT win

ST. MARYS – The Roughriders didn’t lead once in regulation but found themselves in the lead when it mattered most as they moved to 3-0 in Western Buckeye League play with a 35-34 overtime victory Friday night over visiting Shawnee.

After being forced to punt on their opening drive the Indians got their offensive machine rolling early on their second trip with the ball as they marched 56 yards in just over four minutes and on top of the scoreboard 7-0 when Quarterback Johnny Caprella connected on a 9 yard touchdown pass to runningback Javion Daniels.

As they would be forced to do for most of the contest the Roughriders would push one of their own scores across in response to an Indian marker. Led by big runs from the trio of Shannon Fowler, Sean Perry, and Braeden Dunlap the Riders found themselves quickly knocking at the door to achieve their first touchdown. Colin Clements second rushing touchdown of the season, this time from a yard out with 1:28 remaining in the opening period pulled St. Marys back to even at 7-7.

Shawnee tossed an interception that was secured by Drew Jacobs on an overthrown ball on their next possession, but would again find themselves in the scoring column as they capped off an 89 yard five minute plus drive following a 56 yard Trey Fisher punt that pinned the Indians at their own 11.

Having already scored on a pass reception, Daniels would add a rushing score to his resume on the evening as he jaunted four yards down the right sideline with 5:06 left in the half to make the game 14-7 Shawnee where it would stay throughout the halftime break.

If the first half was a defensive struggle then the second half could be best described as an offensive explosion between the two longtime WBL rivals.

St. Marys began the scoring explosion on the opening drive of the third as they moved themselves 63 yards in just under four minutes and to even at 14-14 when Dunlap connected with Ty Howell for a 25 yard pass and catch touchdown.

On the first play of the fourth quarter and on fourth and three to go the Indians pushed back ahead by seven points at 21-14 when Caprella sprinted down the right side and in to the endzone from 39 yards yard with just ten seconds gone in the period.

Similar to what they had done to open the half the Roughriders put together a quick strike drive that yielded the game tying touchdown with just 5:38 to go when Shannon Fowler scored on a six yard rush.

Not to be outdone by their hosts the Indians again scored quickly to retake the advantage just 2:20 later when Daniels scored for a third time in the game and for the second time on the ground on the evening with a 46 yard score to push Shawnee’s lead to 28-21 with 3:18 to go.

Eight plays and 68 yards is all it took for St. Marys to pull the ballgame back to even once again when the WBL’s second leading rusher Sean Perry scored for the first time on the night from 31 yards away to make it a 28-28 contest.

Despite being able to move the ball effectively thanks to quick feet from Caprella and screen passes to wideout Grant Wheeler the Indians were able to move to midfield with time winding down but were unable to score before the final buzzer of regulation and force the game to a first overtime period.

On their first and ultimately only possession in overtime St. Marys relied again on the duo of Fowler and Dunlap for their first lead of the game. With his second carry of the quick three play drive it was Ty Schlosser who pushed his team ahead 35-28 with a 1 yard touchdown run that utilized Gabe Vandever’s fifth extra point of the game to give the Riders a seven point lead.

Perhaps to the surprise of their opponents the Indians utilized four running plays and pulled within a point of tying the game when Caprella scored from five yards out.

Shawnee coach Frank Crea rolled the dice for his team and chose to attempt a game winning two-point conversion instead of possibly sending the game to a second overtime, but fell short when Caprella was stuffed near the goal line by the Riders who secured their sixth all-time overtime victory in ten chances.

Offensively Shawnee saw their QB Caprella rush for 143 yards on the evening in addition to throwing for 122 on 16/21 passing. Joining the Indian attack on the ground was Wheeler who carried 14 times for 120 yards.

Next week the Indians (2-2, 1-2) will be home as they take on the Van Wert Cougars.

St. Marys was led on the ground by Sean Perry who toted the football 15 times for 120 yards on the night. The Roughriders (3-1, 3-0) will travel to Kenton to take on the Wildcats in Week 5 next Friday night.

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Kuenning, rushing attack pushes Riders past Van Wert

ST. MARYS, OH – St. Marys both started and finished with an offensive flurry as they raced paced visiting Van Wert and into the drivers seat in the Western Buckeye League with a 50-34 Week 3 victory Friday night.

Just as the schools all-time leading rusher Koby Frye had done nearly a decade ago on the night he broke the top rushing mark, Bo Kuenning stamped his name in Roughrider lore against the Cougars as he rushed for four touchdowns in helping his team to victory.

Kuenning’s first touchdown of the night put his squad on top for good where they would remain for the evening as he bullied his way in from three yards out on the opening drive of the contest and capped off a six play, 61 yard drive to make the game 7-0 in favor of St. Marys.

Early in the second quarter and beginning from the Cougars 49 the Riders again wasted no time as Sean Perry, Braeden Dunlap, Shannon Fowler and eventually Kuenning himself pushed their teams lead to 14-0 on his second score of the night.

Following defensive lineman Blake Kanorr’s first career interception the Riders only miscue of the night on special teams came when they attempted to add a field goal to their tally, only to see the kick from Gabe Vandever doink off the left upright with 7:06 left in the opening half.

Starting at their own 20 yard line the Riders fifth drive of the opening two periods ended just as their first and third had done, with a Kuenning score, this time from a yard out to push Doug Frye’s crew ahead by 21 late in the half.

Van Wert’s lone score of the half, on their ensuing possession and starting at the St. Marys seven was set up by a Jacoby Kelly kickoff return of 70 yards. Two plays and a penalty after it began the Cougars first scoring drive came to a quick fruitful ending when Nate Place’s pass found it’s way into the waiting arms of Drew Bagley.

For the final score of the first half the Riders utilized a pair of runs by the Western Buckeye League’s all-purpose yardage leader Braeden Dunlap totaling 61 yards before Kuenning topped thundered over a Cougar linebacker to push the home lead to 28-7 near the halftime break. In total the Roughriders carried the ball 39 times in the opening 24 minutes of play for 270 yards.

At times the second half resembled an arena league football game with its fast paced offensive outbursts more than a high school football contest and began with Van Wert getting on the board on the third period’s opening drive with Place tossing his second touchdown of the night, an 11 yard strike to Tanner Barnhart that pulled the Cougars close at 28-14.

A series of mistakes and a punt in which punter Trey Fisher was buried by a trio of Van Wert defenders put the ball first and ten at the Riders 21. Place, the WBL’s leading touchdown rusher picked up his 5th ground score of the season to pull his troops to within 8 but saw the ensuing extra point attempt knocked away by St. Marys defender Reed Aller who burst through the line and timed his dive perfectly.

Two weeks in a row the St. Marys special teams have answered a score by an opponent with a score. Last weekend Dunlap broke the hearts of Ottawa Glandorf by returning a kick 91 yards early in the fourth, this week the honor against the Cougars belonged to Perry who scampered 87 yards to push the Riders lead back to double digits at 35-20.

Not ones to back down from an opponent score, the Cougars used just two plays to respond themselves as the duo of Place and Barnhart hooked up once again, this time from 63 yards out to make the score 35-26 after kicker Jake Lautzenheiser missed the extra point.

The fourth play of the following St. Marys drive looked a lot like the first play of the game as tailback Shannon Fowler sprinted 43 yards past the defense attempting to tackle him for a score. Fowler would also rush in on the two-point conversion to give the Riders a 43-26 advantage with 4:57 to go in the games penultimate stanza.

Starting with 3:19 left in the third quarter and from their own 37 the home team found themselves on a path the program has been known for, a long game breaking drive culminating in a score. Colin Clements QB sneak from a yard out touched off a 12 play drive and finished at the 9:19 mark of the fourth period with the scoreboard flashing 50-26 St. Marys.

Despite being sacked by Kuenning and Aller early on in the drive, Cougars signal caller Nate Place rebounded late in the same drive as he tossed a 15 yard pass in the back corner to Storm Pierce for a score. James Aquaviva, the WBL’s 9th leading rusher entering play was successful on the two-point conversion to get his team within 50-34 with 6:13 remaining.

Just as they had done on their previous drive the Roughriders took time off the Skip Baughman Stadium clock in bunches as they utilized carries by Fowler, Clements and Ty Schlosser to get inside the Van Wert five and milk the time off until the game reached the final whistle.

Not only did Van Wert (2-1, 1-1) see their unblemished record suffer its first setback, but the Cougars who ended a 10 game WBL losing streak last week by beating Wapakoneta 26-20 saw their losing streak against St. Marys move to four straight.

St. Marys (2-1, 2-0) was led by a career high yardage output from Shannon Fowler who finished with 16 rushes for 135 yards and a touchdown run. Bo Kuenning finished with 80 yards and four scores on 19 carries and helped the Roughrider ground attack finish with 447 yards on 68 carries.

Colin Clements finished 3/4 throwing the football for 67 yards. All three completions by Clements resulted in first downs for St. Marys who picked up 25 on the evening.

Next week the Roughriders will be in action at home against Shawnee and will honor the 1990/92/93 State Championship winning squads before the game while Van Wert will battle 1-2 Ottawa Glandorf at home looking to get back on the winning track.

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Whitehouse wins high scoring affair

OTTAWA, OH – Both Whitehouse and Ottawa got off to big opening innings in their meeting on Monday night and were held in check until breaking through late for even more scores.

Whitehouse scored three runs in the top of the first inning to jump out to an early lead and eventually added runs late to secure their 10-7 victory over the host Fighting 63rd.

With a pair of hitters having already reached in the top of the opening frame, Whitehouse quickly went up 3-0 when slugger Sam Toft blasted a Kaden Sullivan (Bath) 1-2 offering over the left centerfield wall for the first markers of the contest.

Ottawa responded in their half of the first as Sullivan and teammate Ryan Gossard (Bath) drove in Austin Horstman (Ottawa Glandorf), and Corbin Niese (Miller City) who had doubled and singled respectively with one out in the inning. Lima Senior product Josiah Shoemaker’s two out two RBI single pushed the home team ahead 4-3 before the frame came to an end with a Matthew Bowden (Bluffton) groundout.

The lead would remain in the 63rd’s possession until the top of the third inning when CJ Deacon (University of Toledo) was brought into tie the game at 4-4 on a Toft double down the right field line. Toft himself, and teammate Steve Haugh gave the visitors a 6-4 lead moments later as they were sent home by Quincy Rhodes 2 RBI single.

Two quick runs from the 63rd tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom half of the same inning as Sullivan was again brought around to score after reaching base, this time by Nathan Arrington (OG). Arrington himself would come to the plate as the tying run two hitters later as he scored on a Shoemaker RBI double.

Following four innings on the mound from Sullivan the home team turned to Ada product Seth Evans to face the Whitehouse hitters. In his first inning of work Evans gave up a pair of runs and three hits to see his team fall behind 8-6 in the middle of the fifth frame. After his offense came up empty in the bottom half of the inning, Evans would give up two more runs in the 6th and see his team fall behind by a 10-6 score.

In their last three chances at bat the Fighting 63rd put four runners on base but saw just a single one come across when Sullivan scored for a third time in the contest in the bottom of the 7th inning to pull his team to within three runs.

Facing the possibility of the game ending early due to impending darkness, both teams pitchers worked quickly and mostly effectively through their opponents lineups in the last third of the game and saw it finish with a 10-7 victory for visiting Whitehouse.

Whitehouse (5-3) was led in hitting by Sam Toft who finished just a triple short of hitting for the cycle at 5/5 and with a walk. Toft drove in four runs to help kickstart his teams offense as well.

Ottawa (0-3) was led by Sullivan who finished 2/5 on the day and with three of his teams runs. The Fighting 63rd will return to action on Tuesday night as they welcome Oak Harbor to town for a 6:30pm first pitch.

Aaron Murphy (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Whitehouse as he pitched 5 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs and struck out 2 while throwing 82 pitches. Seth Evans (0-1) took the loss for the Fighting 63rd, he allowed 5 hits and 4 runs in just 1.2 innings on the mound while striking out one and walking one.

Whitehouse finished with 10 runs on 16 hits to go along with their 4 errors while Ottawa scored 7 runs on 10 hits and themselves committed 5 errors.

The two teams will meet again on June 19th in Bowling Green, Ohio in a game that will be broadcast live on WZOQ Radio

*Stats provided with the help of Gamechanger*

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Ottawa Glandorf continues to set records in wins

PAULDING, OH – In winning their third straight District Championship Saturday night the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans broke a record that was set by one of the all-time great teams in school history.

On top of being able to cut down the nets, the Titans broke a record set by the 2005 Lady Titans that opened their season by winning 24 straight contests before seeing their season come to an end in just one contest later in the Regional Semifinals. This seasons incarnation was victorious in the Paulding District Finals on Saturday night as they downed WBL rivals Wapak 50-32, their second victory over the Redskins in the past 14 days.

Had the family of Kylie White not settled in and called Ottawa their home, the 5’9 Senior would have been right at home inside the Panthers gym as she hit for a team high 17 points on the evening just two days removed from a team high 16 against Bath on the same night she became just the third Lady Titan to score her 1,000th career point.

In an eerily similar fashion to how they jumped out big in the Semifinals on Thursday the Titans used their breakneck pace and defensive pressure to force a handful of Redskin turnovers and watch them be immediately deposited into their own bucket as points in the opening period of play. Led by Junior Kadie Hempfling’s seven points the Titans raced out to a 15-7 lead at the sound of the first quarter buzzer.

Whether they were rattled by the defensive intensity of their opponents or by the large crowd on hand to support their opposition the Redskins found themselves unable to dent the scoring column in the second quarter until Megan Fisher cashed in on her teams only made shot from behind the field, a triple from deep to cut into the Titan advantage. Outscored 13-4 in the stanza the visitors on the scoreboard headed to their lockerroom trailing 28-13.

Just as she had done in the second period 48 hours earlier Kylie White delivered as she scored on a pair of long tosses from Hempfling and chalked up seven of her 11 first half tallies.

Celebrating her 18th birthday on the night 5’9 OG Senior Lexi Schroeder proved to be the biggest of the Titans offensive threats in the games penultimate quarter as she connected on a short jumper and layup for a quick four points to further the OG lead. Wapak’s answer for a stagnant first half offense coming out of the break was a steady dose of 1st team Western Buckeye League selection Lexi Jacobs who was responsible for getting herself to the line and points on the board for her team. In the third Jacobs hit 4/4 from the free throw line and scored four from the field as well and scored all but one of her teams third quarter points.

Trailing 37-22 heading into the fourth quarter the Redskins turned up their own defensive pressure and helped keep the Titans scoreless for nearly the first four minutes of the stanza but unfortunately for their fans they themselves were unable to dent the scoreboard for almost the exact same amount of time.

For her part Jacobs continued to rush into the heart of the Wapak defense in the final eight minutes and hit a three pointer to go along with her 4/6 performance from the charity stripe to finish off her game high 20 points before the game came to an end.

Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman for the third time in the ballgame split the middle of the Redskin defense and put in a layup as she finished with eight tallies to help finish off the ballgame and preserve a 50-32 lead once the clock struck 0:00.

Of their 22 free throw opportunities on the evening the Titans were their own worst enemy on the night as they hit on just 8 of their tosses and finished 5/13 in the fourth.

With the loss Wapak sees their season come to an end at 17-7. Ottawa Glandorf remains unbeaten at 25-0 and will put their unblemished record on the line Tuesday night at 8:00 PM in Ada at Ohio Northern University against Whitehouse District champion Clyde in a game broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.

Scoring:

OG (50):
Ashley Schroeder 7
Carri Johnson 2
Erin Kaufman 8
Lexi Schroeder 7
Kylie White 17
Kadie Hempfling 9

FT: 8/22
3PT: 1 (Hempfling)

Wapak (32):
Lexi Jacobs 20
Megan Fisher 3
Brooke Schlenker 1
Sarah Pothast 3
Blasia Moyler 5

FT: 11/19
3PT: 3 (Jacobs 2, Fisher)

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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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White, OG score big in win over Bath

PAULDING, OH – A big night for both Kylie White and the Lady Titans happened on Thursday evening at Paulding in the Division 2 District Semifinals as OG rolled to a 51-40 victory over Bath.

Entering the night 12 points shy of becoming just the third Lady Titan to reach the 1,000 point, plateau the 5’9 Senior wasted no time getting the achievement out of the way as she helped her team jump out to an 18-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter with seven points.

Nearing the end of the first half the Co-WBL Player of the Year caught a pass from fellow Co-POY Kadie Hempfling and quickly deposited it into the bottom of the basket for her 1,001st marker and turned around to see a heavy Titan crowd erupt in cheer with white signs signifying the moment. In scoring her 1,000th, Kylie joins Melanie Hawker and her mother Sandy as the only trio of players to do so for OG.

OG fans hold signs signifying White’s 1000th point of her career

In addition to the huge first half of 16 points from White the Titans were led by Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman who hit on a three pointer at the end of the first and start of the second quarter to help push OG ahead 31-13 at halftime.

A much slower pace opened the third quarter as the Titans and Wildcats engaged in a battle of who will make the first mistake saw the two teams combine for just 17 points with seven of those for Ottawa Glandorf coming from Lexi Schroeder.

Trailing 40-21 to open the final period of action the Wildcats turned to the Senior duo of Heidi Craddock and Bailey Dackin and saw the pair hit for 15 fourth quarter points.

Free throw shooting which has plagued the Titans at times this season was not an issue on this night as the designated home squad connected on 7/12 in the final eight minutes and 12/18 overall en route to the victory.

With the win the Titans (24-0) tie the school record for consecutive victories set by the 2005 team who finished at 24-1. Bath sees their season come to an end at 16-8.

OG was led in scoring by White’s 16 markers and was joined in double figures by Lexi Schroeder (11), and Erin Kaufman (10) while Hempfling tossed in 7 points to go along with her 9 assist/11 rebound performance.

Saturday night at 7pm Ottawa Glandorf will venture to Paulding for the second time in three days as they are set to do battle with a Wapak Redskins squad they were victorious over on the road in the last game of the regular season that allowed them to clinch the regular season Western Buckeye League title for the second consecutive season.

Box Score:

OG (51):
Ashley Schroeder 6
Erin Kaufman 10
Mackenzie Meyer 1
Lexi Schroeder 11
Kylie White 16
Kadie Hempfling 7

3PT: 3 (Kaufman 2, L. Schroeder)
FT: 12/18

Bath (40):
Jaidyn Hale 2
Lindsay Singhaus 5
Bailey Dackin 16
Heidi Craddock 9
Kaleigh Ketcham 5
Elysabette Andrews 3

3PT: 3 (B. Dackin 2, Craddock)
FT: 8/13

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Titans and Wildcats secure District births

LEIPSIC, OH – While Ottawa Glandorf dominated in the early game the Bath Wildcats survived a battle in the late game at Leipsic High School Saturday night as both earned a matchup against one another next week in the District Semifinals.

Ten players scored for top ranked OG (23-0) as they moved within one game of the school record for consecutive wins with a 66-30 triumph over Shawnee.

5’9 senior Kylie White scored six of her game high 24 markers in the first quarter and moved her career total to 988 points in an effort to become just the third Titan to achieve the 1,000 point plateau. White also finished the contest with a double double before leaving to a standing ovation from her teams fans by snagging 10 rebounds.

Leading 13-6 after the first stanza the Titans forced the Indians into 16 turnovers in the opening two quarters and extended their lead out to 34-15 at the break behind 11 from White, 7 from Lexi Schroeder, and a second three pointer in the game from Sophomore Erin Kaufman.

Shawnee who sees their season finish at 7-16 was able to utilize a handful of OG miscues in the third quarter and turn them into points on their own offensive end as Alissa Stahler and DeAsia Smith combined to score nine of the 11 Indian points in the period.

Six of the ten players who scored for OG in the game did so in the fourth quarter. Four Titans (Devon Warnecke, Mackenzie Meyer, Brianna Schimmoeller, Kasey Ellerbrock) connected on a three pointer in the last eight minutes and helped the WBL Champions finish off a 66-30 victory and the rights to cut down the nets when the buzzer sounded.

Courtney Bockrath (7), Schimmoeller (5), and Ellerbrock (3) all posted career highs on the evening for the Titans who would force 35 turnovers on the evening en route to the victory.

Scoring:

OG (66):
Ashley Schroeder 2
Devon Warnecke 3
Erin Kaufman 6
Mackenzie Meyer 3
Lexi Schroeder 9
Kylie White 24
Courtney Bockrath 7
Kadie Hempfling 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 5
Kasey Ellerbrock 3

TO: 10
3PT: 7 (Kaufman 2, Warnecke, Meyer, L. Schroeder, Schimmoeller, Ellerbrock)
FT: 9/12

Shawnee (30):
Grace O’Connor 3
Dionna Lewis 6
Alissa Stahler 8
DeAsia Smith 7
Norah Painter 1
Kinsey Heistan 2
Ijah Austin 2

TO: 35
3PT: 1 (O’Connor)
FT: 6/13

The late game at Leipsic started slow offensively for both teams in the first quarter and was a slug fest for the final three. St. Marys (14-10) was unable to put a stop to a late Bath rally as the Wildcats (16-7) move on with a 48-38 victory.

Bath’s Bailey Dackin scored the first quarters only marker from the field to give the Wildcats a 2-1 advantage after the Roughriders reached the board first on a Makenna Mele free throw. Heidi Craddock hit 1/2 from the line late in the opening eight minutes and put the Wildcats on top 3-1 at the first quarter stoppage.

Just seconds into the second stanza St. Marys Junior Sydney Cisco connected on a pair of free throws to give the Riders a short lived 4-3 advantage.

With the ballgame resembling something more along the lines of a track meet in the middle of the quarter a moment of history was made as St. Marys leading scorer Shania Taylor became the 8th member of the schools 1,000 point club and the second Roughrider this season (Derek Jay vs Leipsic) to score their 1,000th career point at Leipsic High School when she hit a runner to push her team back ahead of Bath.

Trailing 18-13 after a furious first half finish for their opponents, the Wildcats blitzed by the Riders in the third stanza as they outscored them by a 19-7 margin led by six markers from Lindsay Singhaus and with six players scoring overall.

Free throws were the story of the fourth quarter as Bath was able to stave off a late Roughrider run by hitting on 10/12 from the charity stripe and earn a date in the District Semifinals with a 48-38 victory.

Thursday night the Wildcats will take on Ottawa Glandorf in the early game from Paulding High School while the late contest will feature another regular season rematch between Wapak and Defiance with the winners of each game meeting on Saturday night at 7pm in the same venue.

Scoring:

Bath (48):
Jaidyn Hale 6
Lindsay Singhaus 8
Bailey Dackin 13
Heidi Craddock 6
Kaleigh Ketchum 7
Elysabette Andrews 6
Haley Garland 2

St. Marys (38):
Makayla Koch 3
Sydney Cisco 7
Makenna Mele 5
Quincy Rable 5
Shania Taylor 13
Lauren Cisco 4

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Titans finish unbeaten, win WBL outright

WAPAKONETA, OH – Despite not playing their best basketball for the first three quarters of their season finale on Saturday afternoon the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans outscored host Wapak 18-11 in the final period and claimed their second straight Western Buckeye League championship by a final score of 44-38.

For just the second time in school history the Titans (22-0, 9-0) will enter the postseason with an unblemished regular season record, joining the 2004/05 squad that went 20-0 into the tournament before finishing at 24-1 after they were defeated in the regional semifinals.

Wapak 6’1 junior post Sarah Pothast led the Redskins in the first half as she scored all seven of her teams first quarter points and 12 of her team high 14 in the opening two periods but found herself in foul trouble late as she attempted to keep the Titans off of the offensive boards and was relegated to a non-factor in the second half offensively minus one bucket in the final stanza.

Ottawa Glandorf seemed to buck their slow start early in the second quarter behind the duo of Kadie Hempfling and Kylie White but still found themselves trailing 15-14 at the halftime break and with Hempfling saddled with a trio of fouls.

Jessica Davis gave Wapak an advantage early in the third with Hempfling sitting on the bench as she hit for a two point and three point basket to pull the Redskins ahead of the visiting Titans.

White helped to keep the Titans afloat scoring wise as she herself hit on a three pointer from the top of the key before she was aided by triples from Devon Warnecke and the returning Hempfling to pull within one at the quarter break 27-26.

All-Northwest District pick Lexi Jacobs gave Wapak and early fourth quarter lead with a pair of buckets from inside the arc, but it was short lived as OG added a three from Erin Kaufman and a 9/13 effort by Hempfling, Lexi Schroeder, White, and Brianna Schimmoeller to seal a six point victory and claim the WBL championship for themselves for the ninth time overall and sixth time outright in school history.

Pothast led Wapak (15-6, 7-2) with 14 points. The Redskins will begin their tournament run on February 25th at 8:00pm in Spencerville as they take on either Napoleon or Elida.

Hempfling, the Northwest District Player of the Year led all scorers with 15 points and also snagged 12 rebounds. White’s 12 points were second most for the Titan attack and she also finished with 12 rebounds on the evening.

OG will begin their road to a possible third straight finals appearance on February 25th at 6:15pm in Leipsic against either the Shawnee Indians or the Celina Bulldogs in a contest broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.

Box Score:

OG (44):
Devon Warnecke 3
Erin Kaufman 5
Lexi Schroeder 5
Kylie White 12
Courtney Bockrath 2
Kadie Hempfling 12
Brianna Schimmoeller 2

FG: 14/48
3PT: 4/16 (Warnecke, Hempfling, White, Kaufman)
FT: 12/21
REB: 29 (Hempfling/White 12 each)
TO: 10

Wapak (38):
Lexi Jacobs 9
Megan Fisher 8
Katie Engel 1
Jessica Davis 6
Sarah Pothast 14

FG: 11/37
3PT: 3/16 (Fisher 2, Davis)
FT: 13/17
REB: 28 (Davis/Pothast 5 each)
TO: 13

JV: Wapak 47-39 (OT)

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