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OG headed to 4th straight regional final

ADA, OH – With their 48-37 victory on Tuesday night at Ohio Northern University the Ottawa Glandorf Titans are headed for their fourth straight regional finals appearance on Saturday afternoon and a chance at a fourth straight appearance in Columbus.

OG scored the first five points of the ballgame on a layup by Ashley Schroeder and a three pointer from Carri Johnson and never trailed as they handed Liberty Benton their second loss of the season. Back in December the Titans visited Findlay and defeated the Eagles 58-53 in come from behind fashion.

Erin Kaufman’s free throw pushed the Ottawa Glandorf lead to 6-0 before Liberty Benton was able to respond on a Caitlin Elseser charity toss and a pass from Savanah Richards to Elseser for two to cut the lead to 6-3. Elseser would lead the normally high flying Eagles offense with 7 of her game high tying 14 points but the Titan trio of Kaufman, Schroeder, and Carri Johnson would team up with Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Kadie Hempfling to help outscore them 17-9 heading into the second period.

Hempfling, who broke the schools scoring record in the District Finals matchup on Saturday against Crestview rode a personal hot streak for all six of her second stanza points and along with a 3 from Schroeder helped to put her club on top at the halftime stoppage 28-17.

Both teams ratcheted up their defensive intensity in the games penultimate quarter as Liberty Benton outscored their rivals 9-8 and cut the lead to 36-26. Balanced scoring from four players pushed the Eagles but OG was pushed by the duo of Hempfling and freshman guard Kelsey Erford who hit a layup and a pair from the free throw line for her only points on the night.

Savanah Richards sliced the Titan defense for a pair of layups but saw her scoring on the evening limited to nearly seven points below her average as she finished with 10. Elseser connected on a jumper and 3 of 4 from the free throw line but saw her team fall when the final quarter came to an end as Ashley Schroeder ended with half of her game high tying 14 take place in the fourth period.

The games final marker came on a long outlet pass from Hempfling to sophomore Brianna Schimmoeller who garnered her only two points on a fast break layup with :06 remaining to secure a 48-37 OG victory.

Liberty Benton has now fallen to the Titans five consecutive times including twice this season and ends their 2017-18 campaign as Blanchard Valley Conference champions and with a 25-2 mark.

Ottawa Glandorf improves to 24-2 on the season and will play the winner of Wednesday night’s matchup in Lexington of Amanda Clearcreek and Western Reserve at 1:30pm on Saturday afternoon in Lexington for the right to advance to the Division 3 Final Four.

Box Score:

OG (48):

Ashley Schroeder 14
Kelsey Erford 4
Carri Johnson 8
Erin Kaufman 6
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 20/49
3PT: 3/16 (Johnson 2, Schroeder)
FT: 5/13
REB: 34 (Hempfling 11)
TO: 7

Liberty Benton (37):

Sammy Shardo 1
Savanah Richards 10
Caitlin Elseser 14
Alissa Rhodes 2
Alexa Lenhart 2
Schy Shepherd 8

FG: 15/39
3PT: 0/7
FT: 7/12
REB: 26 (Elseser 11)
TO: 10


Titans remain unbeaten

OTTAWA, OH – Wednesday night Ottawa Glandorf found themselves facing an undefeated opponent and for the second straight contest the Titans were able to defeat that team to keep their own record unblemished as they downed visiting Liberty Benton 45-38 in front of a capacity crowd at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.

With their win the Titans move to 8-0 and will travel down Route 65 on Thursday evening to tussle with 7-0 Columbus Grove in a non-league affair.

Liberty Benton (7-1) jumped out to an early first quarter lead as Sophomore Savanah Richards dropped in six of her twelve points on the evening and the Eagles defense forced OG into a handful of turnovers.

Trailing 13-8 entering the second period the Titans turned to their own Sophomore point guard Erin Kaufman who continued her strong play this season by connecting on a three pointer and setting up a pair of fast break buckets for her teammates. Kylie White’s bucket and subsequent foul shot helped OG extend their advantage to two before Devon Warnecke’s free throws gave her team a 21-17 lead at the halftime stoppage.

Five Eagles scored a combined ten points in the games penultimate quarter, but it was White again who found herself as the biggest force on the court as she accounted for seven of game high 15 points and gave the home squad a 36-27 lead after three periods.

Jensen Hiegel hit on five of her six free throw attempts and was good for seven points in the final eight minutes, but wasn’t enough as the Titans despite making just seven of their twelve charity tosses came away with the victory.

In twenty four matchups between the two programs each has now won 12, and OG has been victorious in the last three meetings.

Nate Irwin’s Eagles are off until 2017 when they travel to WBL territory to take on the Wapak Redskins on January 3rd.

Box Score:

OG (45):
Devon Warnecke 2
Erin Kaufman 9
Lexi Schroeder 7
Kylie White 15
Kadie Hempfling 12

FT: 12/20
TO: 14

Liberty Benton (38):
Savanah Richards 12
Caitlin Elseser 6
Alissa Rhodes 5
Alexa Lenhart 2
Jensen Hiegel 13

FT: 9/12
TO: 19

JV: Liberty Benton 40-33


4 in double figures lead Ottoville past LB

OTTOVILLE, OH – Four players for Ottoville finished in double figures as the Big Green picked up their 20th win of the regular season 54-50 over visiting Liberty Benton Saturday afternoon.

In just the fourth all-time meeting between two teams who are perennial contenders for their respective divisions state championships it was the Eagles and Nicolette DeVincentis who came out firing early on. DeVincentis, a Senior guard headed to play her college basketball at St. Joseph College in Indiana tossed in nine of her squads 15 quarter points and helped LB amass a 15-12 advantage at the end of the opening stanza.

Despite having a handful of players in foul trouble early on in the second quarter the Big Green were able to make a run by virtue of the three pointer as four players connected from deep in the first half, led by a pair of triples from Alexis Thorbahn to take their first lead. Behind a pair of timely baskets from Brooke Mangas and CJ Kemper the home team pushed their advantage to 26-21 at the halftime break.

In the third quarter it was the Eagles who found themselves in foul trouble as Freshman guard Savanah Richards and Junior Jensen Heigel picked up their third and fourth fouls respectively and were forced to sit at different times. With one less foul than her counterpart, Richards did most of her damage to the Ottoville defense in the games penultimate quarter as she hit on 3/4 from the free throw line and scored 9 of her 11 points on the day. Not to be outdone however, DeVincentis finished 5/5 from the line and with 7 of her game high 18 points in helping the visitors lead 42-41 at the buzzer before the final period.

If there is one mark of a Dave Klemen coached squad over the years it is their ability to shoot free throws. Ottoville entered the afternoon shooting 69% as a team and did themselves no disservice in the final half of play as they connected on 14/16 charity tosses. Coupled with a gritty effort on the defensive end in the final eight minutes the Big Green were able to hold on for a 54-50 non-conference win in their last game before the OHSAA Tournament begins.

Brooke Mangas led Ottoville’s four double digit scorers on the afternoon with 11 points while CJ Kemper, Alexis Thorbahn and leading scorer Bridget Landin all tossed in 10 points to help the Big Green finish at 20-2. Ottoville will begin their tournament run on Wednesday night at 6:15pm at Findlay High School as they take on league foe Continental in a game that will be broadcast live on Zsportslive.com.

Liberty Benton was led in scoring by DeVincentis with 18 points, 1 below her season average and finishes their regular season at 14-8. The Eagles will start their tournament run on Wednesday night as well as they do battle with St. Henry at 6:15pm in a game at Wapak High School that will be broadcast live on K94.3.


Ottoville (54):

CJ Kemper 10
Bridget Landin 10
Nicole Kramer 6
Brooke Mangas 11
Amber Miller 3
Alicia Honigford 4
Alexis Thorbahn 10

2PT: 11/20
3PT: 5/16
FT: 17/21
REB: 14
TO: 11

Liberty Benton (50):

Krista Simon 3
Savanah Richards 11
Alexa Lenhart 4
Jensen Hiegel 14
Nicolette DeVincentis 18

2PT: 13/27
3PT: 3/7
FT: 15/20
REB: 15
TO: 10

JV: 47-29 Ottoville (Kasey Knippen 12, Haley Hoersten 11 for Ottoville)


Titans close out 2015 with win

FINDLAY, OH – Behind a career high 14 points from Devon Warnecke and a second straight 20 point output from Kylie White the OG Titans defeated the Liberty Benton Eagles in Wednesday night’s non-conference matchup 56-52.

A pair of second quarter three pointers from Warnecke would give her 6 in the first half as OG pulled even with the Eagles at 19 with just seconds remaining in the opening half. Liberty Benton Junior Jensen Hiegel’s successful free throw with 1.2 seconds remaining put the home team on top 20-19 heading into the halftime break.

Senior PG Dani Ellerbrock got Ottawa Glandorf on the board in the third quarter as she picked up four of her 14 points in the game, but was forced to sit for the latter stages of the period when she picked up her fourth foul of the contest. Warnecke again stepped up huge for the Titans as she buried a triple and connected on a pair of free throws to help the visitors to a 13/30 shooting performance in the middle two quarters and a 36-34 lead going into the final stanza.

Ottawa Glandorf led most of the fourth quarter and pushed their advantage to double digits midway through behind an 8/9 output from the line from Warnecke and 11 from White before the Eagles began to cut into the lead. Three players scored for LB in the final period as Hiegel and Nicolette Devincentis poured in 16 points to keep things interesting in the final battle of 2015.

Despite cutting the lead to 4, the Eagles were not able to get any closer as a Devincentis three provided the final four point margin of victory for Ottawa Glandorf.

With the win the Titans improve their record to 9-1 on the year and will next travel to Perrysburg on Tuesday and Celina on Thursday night. Both games can be heard live on Zsportslive.com

Liberty Benton sees their record fall to 4-3 overall and will play host on Tuesday to Wapak before jumping into conference play by welcoming Arlington to town on Thursday.


OG (56):

Devon Warnecke 14
Carri Johnson 2
Dani Ellerbrock 14
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kylie White 20
Lexie Schroeder 6

TO: 17
FG: 18/37

Liberty Benton (52):

Krista Simon 3
Savanah Richards 14
Jensen Hiegel 19
Nicolette Devincentis 16

TO: 18
FG: 14/32

JV: Liberty Benton 36-17


East/West split Girls D8 game wins

ELIDA, OHIO – Monday night was one last opportunity for some Senior ladies to hit the high school hardwood one final time at the Elida Fieldhouse in the 39th annual District 8 Coaches Association All-Star Games.

In the first game of the night the Division 1-2-3 girls took the court with the East team coached by Liberty Benton mentor Nate Irwin came away with a 67-65 win over LCC coach Katie Krieg’s West squad. Game 2 featured the Division 4 All-Stars and was a runaway result with the West winning by a 70-36 margin.

Future Wright State Raider Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) continued a big couple of days shooting the basketball in All-Star games (17 the day before in the BVC/PCL All-Star game in Findlay) as she knocked down 7 from behind the arc en route to a game high 23 points. For her efforts Simon was rewarded with player of the game honors. Joining Simon in double figures were Carly Clum (Allen East), Abby Waddle (Elida), and Rachel Evans (Shawnee) all with 13 apiece.

The West squad was led in scoring by Wapak’s Megan Watt who tossed in 4 triples of her own en route to a team high 15 points. Wapak teammate Carly Buzzard added 10 points and was the only other player in double figures in the loss.


East (67):

Carly Clum (Allen East) 13
Abby Waddle (Elida) 13
Rachel Evans (Shawnee) 13
Lauren Kotey (Liberty Benton) 3
Maryssa Herschler (Shawnee) 4
Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) 23

3’s (14): Clum 2, Waddle 3, Evans 2, Simon 7

On the roster but not able to make the game: Alyssa Manley (Bath), Cassie Best (Bath), Bri Smith (Bath), Imara Haynes (Lima Senior)

West (65):

Megan Watt (Wapak) 15
Hannah Bruns (Coldwater) 8
Sarah Kanney (Coldwater) 9
Brooke Welsch (Coldwater) 6
Sydney Santaguida (LCC) 2
Kayla Verhoff (LCC) 3
Erin Morrow (Van Wert) 5
Carly Buzzard (Wapak) 10
Alexis Dowdy (Van Wert) 7

Playing but not scoring: Lauren Schrag (Defiance)

3’s (10): Watt 4, Kanney 3, Verhoff, Morrow, Buzzard

The West jumped out to an early lead in the Division 4 game and never looked back as they led 39-18 after the first 20:00 half and walked away with a 70-36 win to the delight of their two head coaches in Dan Grouthaus of Delphos St. Johns and Adam Huber of Kalida.

Mackenzie Riggenbach of Crestview led the victorious West squad in scoring with a game high 13 points and was joined in scoring by Knights teammate and 1,000 point prep scorer Lindsey Motycka who finished with 8 points in her last contest at the Fieldhouse before heading north to play her college ball at Lourdes University just outside of Toledo. Allie Thobe, the Midwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year added 10 points to join Riggenbach as the only two players in double figures.

A pair of players from the Blanchard Valley Conference in Arlington’s Hannah Johnson and the BVC Player of the Year in Arcadia’s Molly Glick finished with 10 points each for coaches Gary Kreinbrink of Leipsic and Bill Tafflinger of Ada in the loss.



Julia Thatcher (Lincolnview) 8
Allie Thobe (Marion Local) 10
Logan Arnold (Minster) 8
Alexis Wuebker (Minster) 9
Lindsey Motycka (Crestview) 8
Annie Lindeman (Ottoville) 3
Mackenzie Riggenbach (Crestview) 13
Tori Lennartz (Fort Recovery) 5
Meg Reineke (New Knoxville) 8

3’s (11): Arnold, Wuebker 2, Motycka, Lindeman, Riggenbach 3, Lennartz, Reineke

Playing but not scoring: Bridget Culp (Delphos Jefferson), Jackie Gardner (Kalida)

East (36):

Alexis Ambrugey (Ada) 2
Hannah Johnson (Arlington) 10
Megan Ritter (Cory Rawson) 4
Molly Glick (Arcadia) 10
Shay Moorman (Leipsic) 2
Kelly Nadler (Leipsic) 8

3’s (4): Johnson 2, Glick, Nadler

Playing but not scoring: Tori Wyss (Ada), Lindsey Walden (Ada), Kendra Tuttle (Cory Rawson)


OG, Ottoville crowned District Champions

Saturday was a big day and night for a pair of teams from Putnam County as both the Ottawa Glandorf Titans and the Ottoville Big Green were crowned District Champions in their respective divisions.

Ottawa Glandorf got a bit of revenge against rival Liberty Benton for a 49-41 loss on December 29th, their last loss of the season before 16 straight wins by downing the previously undefeated Eagles 57-41.

Much like their District Semifinal match on Thursday in Elida, the Titans got off to a slow start from the field as they trailed 6-0 to Liberty Benton and did not get on the scoreboard until 4:53 to go in the opening quarter. Liberty Benton would jump on the Titans defense early and often in the first period and amass 20 points to just 8 for OG. With the clock winding down to end the quarter, Liberty Benton’s Jensen Heigel drained a shot from 30+ feet away as she crossed half court for the final three markers of the stanza.

If the first quarter belonged to the Eagles, the second quarter belonged to the Titans as they scored early and often, reeling off 17 straight points en route to grabbing the lead with 3:10 to go in the opening half on one of back to back three pointers by Danielle Schroeder who finished with 13 of her 18 points in the quarter. Despite drawing just one foul in the half and committing many of their own, OG led at the break 30-24.

Neither team set the nets at the Union Bank Court ablaze in the games penultimate period as LB outscored OG 7-5 to close the gap to 4 at 35-31 heading into the fourth quarter.

As they have done so many times this season, the Titans used a furious fourth quarter to put away their opponent. This time around the rally for OG was led by Freshman Kadie Hempfling who scored 11 of her 14 points in the period, including 3/3 from the free throw line. Kylie White and Danie Ellerbrock combined to go 4/5 from the line as well and helped the Titans put away the Eagles by a final score of 57-41 and remain perfect since the ball dropped to usher in 2015.

OG (23-2) will now head to Ada’s Ohio Northern University on Tuesday night at 6:00pm (will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com) to take on the Archbold Blue Streaks for the second time this season. On February 17th, the Titans defeated Archbold 59-39 at the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

Liberty Benton who ended OG’s season last year in the District round at Elida sees their season come to an end at 24-1. The Eagles were led in scoring by Nicolette Devincentis with 10 points, down from 19 in the previous meeting of the two D3 powers.



Dani Ellerbrock 6
Elissa Ellerbock 7
Erin Basinger 4
Danielle Schroeder 18
Kylie White 8
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 21/51 (41.2%)
3: 5/14 (35.7%) – D. Schroeder 4, Hempfling
FT: 10/11 (90.9%)
Reb: 33 (16 offensive)
Ast: 13
TO: 9


Krista Simon 2
Lauren Kotey 9
Gabby Lyon 6
Jensen Hiegel 9
Katie Simon 5
Nicolette Devincentis 10

FG: 16/31 (51.6%)
3: 3 (Heigel, Katie Simon, Devincentis)
FT: 6/12 (50.0%)

One round after defeating previously unblemished Crestview and ending the season of a Knights team that downed them in the first week of the season the Ottoville Big Green found themselves in another rematch, this time with the PCL Champion Kalida Wildcats, another team that had previously beaten them during the 2014-15 regular season.

Ottoville used their press and tough press en route to ending Kalida’s season 41-39 and claiming yet another District Championship for themselves and legendary coach Dave Klemen,

When the Big Green went to State two years ago, Annie Lindeman was a Sophomore who came off the bench behind All-PCL selections Rachel Beining (Bluffton University) and Abby Siefker (BGSU), but had since grown into not only a leader for Ottoville as a Senior but also a deadly outside shooter. She led off the game for her squad in the first by draining one of her four 3 pointers in the game to put her team ahead of Kalida at 3-0.

Kalida didn’t get on the scoreboard with their first point (a free throw by Jackie Gardner) until the 4:28 mark of the first quarter that cut the Big Green lead to 5-1. Brittany Kahle’s jumper with :11 left send the Wildcats into the second quarter trailing by just six at 13-7.

Things would not get much better for Kalida in the second quarter against the Big Green press as they were forced into 7 turnovers and shot just 5/17 from the field. Ottoville continues to capitalize from beyond the arc in the opening half as Lindeman added another triple and teammate Nicole Kramer added a pair of her own from long range off the bench that had the Big Green leading 25-14 at the break and seemingly in control for good.

7 of 16 is what the Wildcat offense would shoot in the 3rd quarter as they scored 14 points to just 6 for Ottoville and narrowed the gap to 31-28 heading into the final 8:00 of the game. Ottoville’s 6 points again came on shots from behind the arc as Lindeman and Brooke Mangas each tacked on a three ball. Kalida connected on 5 free throws in the quarter (4 by Brittany Kahle) and a triple of their own by Kylie Osterhage during their run.

With their offense finally hitting on all cylinders in the second half, the Wildcats turned up the pressure on Ottoville and kept the Big Green off of the scoreboard at Lima Senior for 6:26 seconds spanning both the third and fourth quarters. Nicole Kramer stopped the 9-0 Wildcat run when she found the bottom of the net on another triple, her third of the contest.

Trailing by a 34-33 margin after a Katelyn Siebeneck basket, Kalida tied and took the lead for the first time behind a pair of Gardner free throws 35-34 with 3:30 remaining in the contest.

Garnder again gave her team the lead with 1:57 remaining after Ottoville’s Bridget Landin had connected on a pair of free throws as she connected on a layup to put Kalida up by 2 at 37-35.

Landin, a 5’11 Freshman again paid dividends for the Big Green on their ensuing possession as she put her team ahead for good 38-37 with a three pointer. Annie Lindeman, following a turnover by the Wildcats hit her fourth triple with :55 left and put the Big Green ahead 41-37. Gardner would add a pair of free throws (she connected on 4/6 tosses in the period) to add the games final markers before Ottoville ran out the clock to win 41-39 and advance to the next round.

Kalida (20-6) was led in scoring by Brittany Kahle with 13 points. Ottoville improves to 18-7 on the season and will head to Elida’s Fieldhouse on Thursday night for a 6:15pm tilt against New Reigel in a game that can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com


Ottoville (41):

Bridget Landin 6
Nicole Kramer 9
Brooke Mangas 3
Alicia Honigford 4
Annie Lindeman 12
Lexi Wannemacher 2

FG: 14/35 (40%)
3: 8 (Lindeman 4, Kramer 3, Mangas)
TO: 15

Kalida (39):

Katelyn Siebeneck 5
Jackie Gardner 12
Brittany Kahle 13
Kylie Osterhage 7
Cathy Basinger 2

FG: 12/33 (36%)
3: 2 (Osterhage, Kahle)
TO: 12