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Fort Jennings downs rival Ottoville

FORT JENNINGS, OH – Fort Jennings got a lead for good in the first thanks to the long ball and held on to the lead late thanks to free throws as they defeated PCL rival Ottoville 56-42 Friday night in front of a packed home gymnasium.

In the opening minutes of the contest the Musketeers blitzed out to a 12-4 lead when the trio of Erik Klausing, Brandon Wehri, and Ian Finn combined to knock down four shots from beyond the arc.

After being able to pull within 15-10 at the end of the first quarter break the visiting Big Green found themselves unable to find a scoring punch in the second outside of Logan Kemper and Ryan Suever and trailed at the break 31-20.

Fans in attendance might have loved the offensive explosion at times in the first half but were treated to a defensive clinic at times by both squads in the final two quarters. During the games penultimate period the two teams combined to score just 9 points, a 5-4 advantage by Ottoville pulled the lead down to ten at 35-25 heading to the final eight minutes of play.

Cole Horstman scored one of the two baskets from the field for Fort Jennings in the third quarter before adding a pair of free throws while classmate Eric Klausing connected from long range in the fourth for the only other make from the field for their team in the second half.

Ottoville’s second half was more productive from the field than the Musketeers, but less so from the free throw line. Nick Moorman who is closing in on 1,000 points for his career led the Big Green offensive unit in scoring in the contest with 14 and hit on three triples in the fourth stanza to attempt to keep his team within striking distance of Fort Jennings.

Brandon Wehri entering play on the evening had accumulated 980 points in his career and finished the ballgame with 15 for a new total of 995. In the fourth quarter alone Wehri hit 10 of 12 free throws and finished the night with a 10 of 13 performance to go alone with a three pointer and layup in the first half.

As a team in the fourth quarter Fort Jennings nailed 18 of 24 from the free throw line and finished 24 of 33 in the game to help them put a stop to a two game Ottoville winning streak in a series between the two schools that dates back to a 1940 first meeting.

Overall the Big Green have won 95 of the 170 meetings all-time while Fort Jennings has now nabbed 75 victories.

Fort Jennings with the win has now won 11 games this season, the most by a Musketeers squad in a single season since the 2009/10 season when they finished 11-12. The Musketeers will put their 7-0 home mark this year on the line Saturday night as they welcome 4-9 New Knoxville to the Fort for a 7:30pm non-conference tilt.

Ottoville sees their record fall to 13-4 and will be off until next Friday night when they play host to the Kalida Wildcats. Before this season the Big Green have to look back to the 2014/15 season for the last time they were able to win 12+ games, a year in which they finished 12-11.

Box Score:

Ft Jennings (56):

Erik Klausing 9
Ian Ricker 7
Ian Finn 9
Luke Trentman 7
Cole Horstman 9
Brandon Wehri 15

FG: 12/26
FT: 24/33
3PT: 8/18 (Finn 3, Klausing 2, Ricker 2, Wehri)
REB: 24
TO: 16

Ottoville (42):

Ryan Bendele 6
Logan Kemper 13
Ryan Suever 5
Drew Fisher 2
Nick Moorman 14
Josh Thorbahn 2
Zane Martin 3

FG: 15/53
FT: 7/10
3PT: 5/34 (Moorman 3, Martin, Kemper)
REB: 24
TO: 9

JV: Ottoville 51-36

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Big Green streak past Spencerville

OTTOVILLE, OH – For the Big Green of Ottoville Saturday night’s 54-39 win over visiting Spencerville represented the start and end to a couple of streaks.

Ottoville’s win represented their first in nine tries against Spencerville dating back to their last victory in 2010 over the Bearcats when Tom Von Sossan called Heckman Gymnasium home.

Unfortunately for the Bearcats the loss represents a streak of a different kind, the fifth straight loss to open the season. The last time Spencerville suffered a five game losing streak was the opening of the 2009/10 campaign that saw the Northwest Conference squad drop their first seven contests before rallying to beat Bluffton in their eighth game of the year.

Spencerville 6’4 senior and All-Ohio Offensive lineman Ben Dues scored six of his team high 14 points in the first quarter down low to give his team an early 11-5 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

In the second eight minutes of the contest the Big Green found themselves with many opportunities at the free throw line while their opponents found a pair of their starters on the bench with a pair of fouls. Ottoville’s Keagan Leis connected on a pair of free throws with 3:00 to go in the first half to tie the contest at 17-17 just moments before teammate Ryan Bendele split a pair to put the Big Green on top for good at 18-17.

Nick Moorman nailed all four of his charity tosses in the second stanza to help lead his team to a 12/13 performance in the quarter and to a 25-22 advantage at the break.

Six players marked tallies in the scorebook for Ottoville in the third period led by Josh Thorbahn’s eight points and back to back three pointers that forced Spencerville to utilize a timeout in effort to stop the Big Green run.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the entire contest came in the waning seconds of the third stanza as 6’6 freshman Ryan Suever ripped away a Spencerville miscue and raced the length of the floor for a slam dunk just in front of the third quarter buzzer for two of his four points in the game.

The final eight minutes of the contest saw the visitors outscore the hosts 7-6 with four players adding buckets, including Dues for his final points of the evening. Ottoville’s Logan Kemper, a 6’3 senior tossed in all of his teams points and finished the night with a game high 17 in the victory.

Ottoville sees their record rise to 6-0 on the season and will host Elida on Friday night before traveling south to Delphos on Saturday night to take on the St. Johns Blue Jays.

Things don’t get any easier for the Bearcats (0-5) on the schedule as they will be home for a pair of games against former Northwest Conference rival Lima Central Catholic and PCL foe Kalida next weekend.

Scoring:

Ottoville (54):
Ryan Bendele 7
Logan Kemper 17
Ryan Suever 4
Keagan Leis
Drew Fisher 3
Nick Moorman 11
Zane Martin 2
Josh Thorbahn 8

FG: 17/46
FT: 17/20
3PT: 3/18 (Thorbahn 2, Moorman)
TO: 8

Spencerville (39):
Drew Armstead 4
Jackson Goecke 7
Keegan Goecke 5
Dalton Prichard 6
Conner Holmes 2
Kolten Murray 1
Ben Dues 14

FG: 13/30
FT: 11/15
3PT: 2/10 (J. Goecke, Prichard)
TO: 24

JV: Ottoville 56-29

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PG’s Johnson headlines All-PCL list as Player of the Year

Pandora Gilboa Junior Drew Johnson and PG Head Coach Joe Braidic were tabbed Sunday as the Putnam County League Player and Coach of the Year respectively as they led the Rockets to their third PCL title in school history and first since 2009 as they finished with a 16-6 regular season campaign and went 6-1 in league competition.

Braidic who is in his third term as the head of the boys program at PG picked up his second win for the top mentor in the league. In 2008 Braidic was honored for the first time as he guided his Rockets to their first PCL crown.

In winning the player award Johnson, a dynamic 6’5 Junior forward who already nabbed his 1,000th point this season becomes the fourth player in school history selected for the honor and he joins Josh Lee who snagged it in the first two PCL title seasons of 2008 and 2009, Eric Hermiller who won in 1990, and Steve Fenstermaker who was honored in 1987.

Joining Johnson on the 1st team this season were Seniors Wade Stauffer of Continental, and Grant Schroeder of Leipsic. Juniors Mark Kuhlman of Miller City and Logan Kemper of Ottoville joined with Johnson to make it three underclassmen in this seasons top five vote getters.

2nd team selections included a future St. Francis Cougar football player in Columbus Grove Senior Rece Roney, who was honored alongside four Juniors in Miller City’s Jacob Kuhlman, Ottoville’s Nick Moorman, Brandon Wehri of Fort Jennings, and Pandora Gilboa Sophomore Jared Breece.

Honorable Mention status for the league went to 16 players this year:

Caiden Grothaus (Senior) Columbus Grove
Logan Schroeder (Junior) Columbus Grove
Trevor Williamson (Senior) Continental
Jacob Williams (Senior) Continental
Ian Finn (Junior) Fort Jennings
Luke Trentman (Junior) Fort Jennings
Trent Siebeneck (Senior) Kalida
Collin Nartker (Senior) Kalida
Jordan Berger (Senior) Leipsic
Grant Rader (Senior) Leipsic
Matt Niese (Senior) Miller City
Noah Otto (Junior) Miller City
Ryan Bendele (Junior) Ottoville
Eric Von Sossan (Senior) Ottoville
Cooper McCullough (Junior) Pandora Gilboa
Riley Larcom (Sophomore) Pandora Gilboa

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Prichard joins 1,000 point club in Bearcat win

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Dakota Prichard pumped in 29 points for Spencerville and helped his squad improve to 9-3 on the season Monday night as the Bearcats downed visiting Ottoville 73-56.

Prichard, a 6’4 Senior entered play Monday night needing 21 points to become just the sixth member of the schools 1,000 point club. Seven points in the opening eight minutes found their way on the board for the Bearcat leading scorer this season but it was an eight point first period from classmate Bailey Croft that helped push Spencerville to a 21-11 lead at the first quarter stoppage.

Ottoville responded to their opponents markers shot for shot in the second stanza as the Big Green outscored Spencerville 18-11 to trim the halftime lead to just three at 32-29 at the buzzer on a three point goal from Nick Moorman. Five first half shots from deep for Ottoville dropped in the hoop as Todd Turnwald’s crew were led by Moorman, Logan Kemper, and Eric Von Sossan’s makes.

In the third period the Bearcats added four shots from deep themselves including one from Prichard that beat the quarter buzzer and sent the home fans into a frenzy when it was announced that the make put Dakota at exactly 1,000 points and gave the home team a 56-42 lead.

Moorman finished the game with 26 points for the Big Green and did a lot of his damage from the free throw line in the second half as he connected on 6/7 in the final two quarters to couple along with a pair of shots from inside the arc and a late three for half of his scores on the evening.

Along with Prichard the Bearcats added two in double figures as the duo of Gary Schrolucke (12) and Bailey Croft (18) helped Spencerville secure their 11th win in 14 all-time meetings with their Route 66 Putnam County League foes.

Ottoville sees their record fall to 7-5 on the season with the loss and will travel to Miller City on Friday night in an attempt to hand the defending PCL winners their first conference loss of the season. Spencerville, the leaders of the Northwest Conference at 3-0 welcome Allen East to the Walk-In Closet Friday night for a league battle before Arlington finishes a three game home-stand for the Bearcats on Saturday night.

The previous five members of the Bearcat 1,000 point scoring club feature four players coached by current mentor Kevin Sensabaugh, who himself is a club member along with Zach Goecke, Logan Nourse (schools all-time leading scorer at 1500 points), Isaac Bowers and now Dakota Prichard. The remaining member of the group for the Bearcats to accomplish the feat is Mick Miller.

Box Score:

Spencerville (73):
Daniel Corso 4
Gary Schrolucke 12
Brady Nolan 3
Dakota Prichard 29
Bailey Croft 18
Griffen Croft 3
Ben Dues 4

3PT: 7 (Prichard 4, Schrolucke 2, Nolan)
FT: 10/16

Ottoville (56):
Ryan Bendele 5
Andy Schimmoeller 3
Logan Kemper 11
Eric Von Sossan 7
Nick Moorman 26
Zane Martin

3PT: 9 (Moorman 3, Kemper 2, Von Sossan 2, Martin, Bendele)
FT: 21/25

JV: Spencerville 39-15 *2 quarters*
Jacob Propst (SP) – 21 points (5 three pointers)

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Vikings down Big Green in 100th meeting

OTTOVILLE, OH – The 100th all-time meeting between Ottoville and Leipsic went in the win column for the Vikings Saturday night as they outscored the Big Green 20-7 in the final quarter to win 63-50.

Minutes into the first quarter the Vikings jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead over the home squad but saw the contest come to a halt momentarily with 5:09 remaining when Ottoville Sophomore Logan Kemper was attended to and carried off the L.W. Heckman Gymnasium floor with a leg injury. Kemper would not return to the game after being carried to the lockerroom.

Five players tossed in 20 points for the Vikings in the first period led by 7 from Jordan Brown and led 20-12 at the quarter buzzer.

Trailing 31-28 with just seconds remaining before the halftime break the Big Green’s Nick Moorman connected on a jumper from the right wing and tied the game at 31 as the ball fell through the net at the buzzer.

Moorman and Ryan Bendele were the only two players to score for the home team in the third quarter but accounted for 12 markers including a pair of triples by Bendele to tie the game at 43 all after three quarters.

Leipsic committed seven turnovers in the game but none in the second half while their opponents were forced into eight second half turnovers and 14 overall. With a strong defensive presence that allowed them to create in transition the Vikings took control in the fourth quarter and were able to get themselves to the free throw line as well.

In the last period the Vikings connected on 7 of 14 tosses from the charity stripe and held the Big Green to just a trio of buckets from the floor from Bendele, Moorman, and Dustin Trenkamp in order to preserve the games final score of 63-50.

Before the contest the 2016 Homecoming Court was announced for Ottoville with Brendan Schnipke named King while Carly Kortokrax was named Queen.

Nick Moorman led the Big Green in scoring with a team high 19 points in the contest. Ottoville sees their record fall to 3-17 overall, and 2-5 in the Putnam County League. The Big Green have two regular season contests remaining, a home game at Van Wert on Monday night and a home game against Wayne Trace on Friday before they begin tournament play on the 23rd at OG against Fort Jennings.

With the win the Vikings up their record to 16-4 overall and 4-2 in the PCL where they are in a three way tie for second place. Leipsic was led in scoring by Jordan Brown with 19 markers and 9 rebounds. Thursday night the Vikings will look to finish Blanchard Valley Conference play at 10-1 when they travel to take on Hopewell-Loudon before finishing PCL play on Friday against Ft. Jennings. When the tournament begins the team will travel to Ottawa Glandorf to take on Continental on Wednesday Feb 24th.

Scoring:

Leipsic (63):

Matt Schroeder 11
Isaiah Lomeli 6
Grant Schroeder 8
Ross Mangas 7
Jordan Brown 19
Nate Brecht 5
Ross Schroeder 5
Jordan Berger 2

2PT: 22/39
3PT: 3/9 (M. Schroeder, R. Mangas, R. Schroeder)
FT: 12/22
TO: 7

Ottoville (50):

Ryan Bendele 9
Rudy Wenzlick 2
Andy Schimmoeller 2
Eric Von Sossan 3
Nick Moorman 19
Zane Martin 3
Dustin Trenkamp 12

2PT: 13/22
3PT: 6/18 (Bendele 3, Von Sossan, Moorman, Martin)
FT: 3/4
TO: 14

JV: 35-27 Leipsic

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Bearcats win battle of Route 66

OTTOVILLE, OH – One night after suffering their first defeat of the season the Spencerville Bearcats traveled up Route 66 and were able to secure a road victory 49-36 in a non league matchup in Ottoville.

Sophomore Nick Moorman scored 5 of his game high 20 points in the first quarter and helped propel his squad to a quick 5-0 lead and were able to fend off the Bearcats for the rest of the stanza as they found themselves ahead 10-7 after the first eight minutes.

Other than a single free throw from Ryan Bendele all of the Ottoville points came from the hot hand of Moorman in the second quarter as he connected on three shots from the field. a 13-7 quarter put the Bearcats ahead at the break as a three pointer from Mason Nourse and a 4-4 performance from the free throw line from 6’4 Junior Bailey Croft provided most of the scoring in the quarter.

Four Spencerville scorers accounted for another big quarter in the third as the visitors continued to grow their lead with time winding down in the contest. Dakota Prichard who was left in the game by Head Coach Kevin Sensabaugh midway through the quarter after picking up his third foul of the contest was the leading scorer in the games penultimate quarter as he tossed in 5 of his 9 points on the night.

Mason Nourse for the second time in the contest used a quick steal of an errant Ottoville pass to connect on consecutive shots as he opened the period by scoring 4 of his 9 markers in the game to help his Bearcats begin to pull away from the Big Green.

Bailey Croft scored 10 of his team high 14 points on the night in the fourth quarter as he went 2/2 from the free throw line and scored 8 points from the field in addition to the many rebounds he was able to pull down to help Spencerville add to the games final margin once time ran out.

Spencerville (4-1, 0-1 NWC) has now downed Ottoville in 9 of their last 13 meetings including the last 7 in the series. The Bearcats will be home for a pair of games next weekend as they play host to Paulding in NWC play Friday night and entertain New Bremen in a non-league contest on Saturday night.

Ottoville (1-4) takes on Delphos Jefferson Tuesday night on the road before returning back to visit the Vatican and Delphos St. Johns on Saturday night December 19th.

Scoring:

Spencerville (49):

Mason Nourse 9
Gary Schrolucke 5
Zach Goecke 4
Dakota Prichard 9
Bailey Croft 14
Chandler Schrolucke 7
Gage Kline 1

FT: 9-15

Ottoville (36):

Ryan Bendele 2
Rudy Wenzlick 1
Eric Von Sossan 6
Nick Moorman 20
Dustin Trenkamp 7

FT: 8-22

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Grove wins, stops 2 game skid

The Columbus Grove Bulldogs got back in the win column Tuesday night as they defeated Ottoville’s Big Green 63-55 in a PCL contest.

Both teams would take a couple of minutes in the first quarter before they dented the scoreboard with Grove doing it first 1:28 into the contest. The Bulldogs would utilize a pair of three pointers from Gabe Stechschulte and Joey Warnecke to lead 12-11 after the opening stanza. Ottoville would see their first points in the scoring column at the 5:27 mark of the first as Tyler Roby and Brandt Landin combined for 9.

All of Columbus Grove’s points in the second quarter came via the longball as Jace Darbyshire, Gabe Stechschulte and Tanner From combined to hit four threes in the quarter. Ottoville was led in scoring in the quarter by Roby with 8, Freshman Nick Moorman added 4 and the Big Green found themselves with a 25-24 lead at the break.

In the first half there were double digit lead changes, a trend that would continue into the second half as the teams would give the lead back and forth many times during the final 16:00.

With the game tied at 36 after 3 quarters both teams kicked it into high gear putting up points in the final stanza as Grove would put up 27 to Ottoville’s 19.

Despite shooting a perfect 12/12 on the evening from the free throw line, the Big Green weren’t able to keep the Bulldogs from hitting 3’s (12) or off of the free throw line (15/25) in the loss.

Columbus Grove is now 1-1 in the PCL and 6-2 overall and puts a stop to a 2 game losing streak (LCC/Ft. Jennings last weekend) and will next play on Saturday night vs Leipsic (www.zsportslive.com) in the Hoops for Hope contest. Ottoville drops to 5-6 overall and 0-2 in the PCL. The Big Green will have two games this weekend as they travel to take on USV in a non-conference matchup on Friday night before taking on Pandora Gilboa Saturday night in a league contest.

Scoring:

Columbus Grove (63):

Jace Darbyshire 23
Gabe Stechschulte 18
Joey Warnecke 9
Logan Diller 5
Tanner From 4
Baily Clement 2
David Bogart 2

Ottoville (55):

Tyler Roby 20
Brandt Landin 18
Kyle Bendele 8
Nick Moorman 4
Colin Bendele 3
Austin Honigford 2

JV: Ottoville 25-24

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