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Riders stave off Rangers

NEW KNOXVILLE, OH – The old adage of free throws win games was never more evident than it was at New Knoxville Thursday night when with just 5.9 seconds remaining, St. Marys senior Sydney Cisco connected on two from the line to give her team a 53-51 road victory in non-league action.

The charity tosses capped off a huge night for Cisco as it represented the last two of her game high 27 markers. Overall on the evening every point Cisco would be responsible for would come from either the free throw line where she finished 11 of 12, or from behind the arc where she hit on 5 of the 6 St. Marys three point goals.

The first nearly three minutes of the contest featured no score from either side. New Knoxville’s Tayler Doty gave the Rangers their first and only lead at 1-0 with 5:02 remaining in the opening quarter until midway through the third period when she connected on one of her to free throw attempts.

Foul trouble would find itself as a big key to the outcome of the contest and began to manifest itself when St. Marys senior Makenna Mele picked up her second foul in the first half and was forced to become a spectator until the beginning of the third stanza.

5’10 senior Madi Howell, playing with four guards for Riders coach Jon Burke and in place of Mele paced her teams inside game with a solid first half as she scored 8 of her 14 points in that time to help give St. Marys a 14-12 lead after the first quarter and a 24-20 halftime advantage.

New Knoxville sophomore Megan Jurosic put the Rangers on top of St. Marys at 31-30 with 3:16 to go for the first time since the first quarter connected on one of her two charity tosses. Not to be outmatched however, the Roughriders stormed back in to the lead at the 1:51 mark remaining in the stanza when Cisco hit on two of two from the line for her only points in the quarter to make it a 34-33 ballgame.

In the fourth quarter with the game beginning to grind down through the final handful of minutes each team would lose key players as the Rangers would be forced to part with Jurosic and junior sharpshooter Erin Scott. St. Marys post duo of Mele and Howell were both casualties of the number of fouls called as well as they were sent to the bench in the final minutes as well.

Following a basket by New Knoxville to tie the contest at 51-51 and a turnover by the Roughriders, Sydney Cisco stole a pass and then was fouled to set up the games winning charity tosses. New Knoxville ended with the basketball and one last opportunity out of the ensuing timeout but were unable to connect from deep for the win and saw their record fall to 1-2 on the season while St. Marys improved to 2-1 on the year with the victory. As a team the Roughriders helped their own cause in the win as they went 21/28 from the line.

Sydney Cisco led all scorers with 27 points and was joined in double figures for St. Marys by Madi Howell who tossed in 14. The Rangers ended the night with 3 in double figures led by Jurosic’s 17 points while teammates Tayler Doty and Morgan Leffel each ended the contest with 10.


St. Marys (53):
Ally Will 2
Sydney Cisco 27
Makenna Mele 4
Lauren Cisco 3
Jill Schmitmeyer 3
Madi Howell 14

FG: 13/41
FT: 21/28
3s: 6/12 (S. Cisco 5, L. Cisco)

New Knoxville (51):
Tasia Lauth 6
Tayler Doty 10
Morgan Leffel 10
Erin Scott 8
Megan Jurosic 17

FG: 19/42
FT: 10/16
3s: 2/8 (E. Scott 2)

JV: 19-12 New Knoxville (2 quarters)


Fledderjohann resigns as NK coach

NEW KNOXVILLE – In addition to losing five seniors from this past seasons 9-14 squad, the New Knoxville Rangers Boys Basketball program will be looking for a new Head Coach as Kort Fledderjohann given his resignation to the school this week.

Due to expanding job and family responsibilities, Varsity Boys’ Basketball coach Kort Fledderjohann has tendered his resignation. Coach Fledderjohann served in the basketball program for 13 years, the last 6 as head coach a press release from the school states. In that time he compiled a record of 71 wins and 64 losses. His 2010-2011 team claimed the Midwest Athletic Conference title. “We are grateful for coach Fledderjohann’s loyal service to our school and student-athletes over the years. He served as a positive role model and was a great representative of our community.”

Interested applicants for the position should submit an application (which can be found on the school website www.nk.k12.oh.us) and resume to athletic director, Jerry Vanderhorst at jvanderhorst@nkrangers.org Deadline for applications is April 10th.


Coldwater spoils Senior Night

Coldwater jumped out to an early lead through three quarters and were able to withstand a massive run by New Knoxville as they held on to defeat the Rangers 76-62 in MAC play Friday night.

It might have taken a full minute of game time in the first quarter for Coldwater to get their first points on the game, but once they did the Cavaliers got rolling early and often en route to spoiling the senior night celebration New Knoxville was having for their four players playing one final game at the Barn.

New Knoxville tied the game at 2-2 a couple of minutes into the contest but it would be the last time they would be that close as the visitors poured in 6 three pointers and utilized a 14-0 run to push their lead to 26-7 as the first quarter buzzer sounded. Dylan Thobe and Ted Fisher each finished with a pair of three pointers in the first stanza and combined for 12 points in the opening eight minutes.

The Cavaliers finished off a 7-0 run to open the second quarter with a two handed slam dunk from 6’8 junior Andy Brunet at the 5:52 mark got the fans who made the trip from Coldwater out of their seats. Despite trailing 33-7 after the slam the Rangers never gave up as they would go on to outscore the Cavs 12-10 for the rest of the stanza but still find themselves trailing at the half 42-19.

Senior Andrew Arnett entered the contest sitting on 903 points for his career for the Rangers. Arnett would score 8 of his 10 first half points in the second quarter as he connected on back to back three pointers to help pull his teams deficit closer near the break.

In the 3rd quarter the Rangers used 6 points from seniors Arnett, 5 from Adam Howe and 7 from Jalen Fullenkamp to outscore Coldwater 18-13 and send the game to the 4th quarter with the Cavs lead cut to 18 at 55-37.

Ten three pointers would fall for New Knoxville in the contest with half of those coming in the final period to get the Rangers as close as 63-55 with 2:07 remaining in the game when Shane Topp hit one of his two three pointers and forced the Cavs to take a timeout to regroup.

Free throws were the story of the fourth quarter however as the least successful of the two teams statistically in Coldwater connected on 15/18 tosses from the charity stripe en route to the win. Derek Thobe, a 60.6% shooter from the line on the year would do most of the damage for Coldwater in the period as he went 9/10 and led his squad to a 76-62 final margin when time expired.

Coldwater (9-10, 6-2 MAC) finished with 6 players getting into the scorebook, and 5 of those players finishing in double figures led by Thobe with 19. The Cavs will be home on Saturday night as they play host to the Wapak Redskins in non-conference action that can be heard on 94.3 WKKI (www.wkki.net) beginning at 7:30pm.

New Knoxville (7-13, 1-7 MAC) finishes the home part of their 2014-15 campaign at 3-8 and will travel to Convoy Saturday night to take on the defending state champion Crestview Knights. The Rangers were led in scoring by Arnett who finished with 24 points, giving him 927 for his career in his chase for 1,000.

Box Score:

Coldwater (76):

Derek Thobe 19
Aaron Harlamert 13
Andy Brunet 10
Dylan Thobe 10
Ted Fisher 18
Malave Bettinger 6

FG: 23/44 (52%)
3: 9/19 (47.3%)
FT: 21/27 (81.7%)
Reb: 36 (12 offensive) – Brunet 10 reb
TO: 13
Bench Pts: 6

New Knoxville (62):

Andrew Arnett 24
Logan Leffel 9
Shane Topp 6
Jalen Fullenkamp 19
Adam Howe 4

FG: 25/57 (43.8%)
3: 10/27 (37%)
FT: 4/4 (100%)
Reb: 25 (10 offensive) – Howe/E. Kuck 5 each
TO: 9
Bench Pts: 15

JV: New Knoxville 39-30