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Columbus Grove Girls 2017-18 Season Preview

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Columbus Grove lost 6 seniors who were a part of their 2016-17 squad that won both the NWC and the PCL and recently learned they will have an even bigger challenge replacing their punch from last season.

1st team All-Ohio selection Paige Bellman, a senior who is committed to play her college basketball at Detroit Mercy will likely miss all of this upcoming season as she deals with a possible torn ACL. Last season Bellman averaged 17.2 points per game and was named Player of the Year in both the Northwest Conference and the Putnam County League while helping the Bulldogs to a 23-2 mark.

Graduation hit the Bulldogs hard in the offseason as they lost not only 1,300 point scorer Jade Clement who is currently playing for Huntington University in Indiana, but also one of their best three point threats in Macy McCluer.

This season the success for Columbus Grove will rely heavily on how much the returning core of letter winners that includes seniors Carlee McCluer and Lauren Schroeder, alongside junior point guard Rylee Sybert who collectively averaged 16.0 points per game last year.

Grove mentor Brian Schroeder who sports a 75-23 record and an appearance in last seasons District Finals has high hopes for his squad and mentions a handful of promising newcomers in his season media notes such as senior forward Teyah Sautter, junior guard Amy Vorst, sophomores Angel Schneider, Abigail Gladwell, and Emily Watt along with freshman guard Erin Downing as those to watch.

“This team will have a lot of new players filling new roles and learning how to play with each other. As long as we continue to work hard and improve each week, we hope to be much better at the end of the year than we are at the beginning” Schroeder remarked on his outlook for the upcoming campaign.

The Bulldogs kick off their season on Tuesday, November 28th when they travel to Lima to take on the Shawnee Indians in a non-conference clash before beginning their home slate on Saturday, December 2nd against the Bath Wildcats.

2017/2018 Schedule
Tue Nov 28 @ Shawnee
Sat Dec 2 Bath
Tue Dec 5 Continental (PCL)
Thu Dec 7 @ Crestview (NWC)
Tue Dec 12 Patrick Henry
Thu Dec 14 Paulding (NWC)
Sat Dec 16 @ Elida
Tue Dec 19 Kalida (PCL)
Thur Dec 21 @ Lincolnview (NWC)
Thur Dec 28 @ Ottawa Glandorf
Sat Jan 6 Ottoville (PCL)
Thu Jan 11 Spencerville (NWC)
Sat Jan 13 Leipsic (PCL)
Sat Jan 20 @ Miller City (PCL)
Mon Jan 22 @ Ft. Jennings (PCL)
Thu Jan 25 @ Bluffton (NWC)
Tue Jan 30 @ Liberty Benton
Thu Feb 1 @ Delphos Jefferson (NWC)
Thu Feb 8 Allen East (NWC)
Sat Feb 10 @ Arlington
Thu Feb 15 Ada (NWC)
Sat Feb 17 @ Pandora Gilboa (PCL)

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Bearcats stop skid vs Knights

SPENCERVILLE, OH – It had been quite some time since the Spencerville girls had defeated the Crestview Knights but Thursday night the Bearcat ladies did just that as they downed their Northwest Conference rivals 49-40.

Freshman Nelaya Burden did a bit of damage to the Knights in the opening quarter as she connected on a trio of buckets for six of her ten points in the contest but Jenna Henline hit one of her three three pointers in the period and helped the home squad nab a 15-10 lead after the opening eight minutes.

Crestview Junior Paige Motycka scored seven of her game high 23 in the first quarter but couldn’t find her way in the second period due to the Bearcats strong defensive effort and was only able to add a pair of free throws to her total before the break.

Another three pointer from Henline in the second quarter along with four points from Tiffany Work helped to give the Bearcats a 26-18 advantage at the halftime buzzer.

In the third quarter the Knights cut the Bearcats lead that was as high as 11 at point to just four. Spencerville’s Kaden Grigsby’s theft of a pair of Crestview passes and scores helped thwart the visitors attack and give her own team a 36-28 lead heading into the final period.

Motycka would not let her squad give up in the fourth quarter and did everything she could to try to keep them in the contest as she dropped in 10 markers but would see that number not be enough as her team was outscored 13-12 in the final 8:00 and found themselves behind at the final buzzer.

Two players finished in double figures for the Bearcats (5-14, 3-4) led by Henline with 15 and Burden with 10. Spencerville will be in action next on Saturday afternoon as they play host to Perry in non-league play.

The Knights see their record fall to 11-9 overall and 3-4 in NWC play. Crestview will be off until Monday when they welcome Wayne Trace to Ray Etzler Gymnasium.

Box Score:

Spencerville (49):
Kaiden Grigsby 6
Jenna Henline 15
Abbygayle Satterfield 4
Tiffany Work 8
Nelaya Burden 10
Julie Mulholland 4
Alex Carter 2

FT: 10/16
3PT: 3 (Henline 3)
TO: 12

Crestview (40):
Lexi Gregory 10
Alyssa Gent 3
Ashley Dealy 4
Paige Motycka 23

FT: 5/10
3PT: 3 (Motycka 2, Gent)
TO: 11

JV: Spencerville 38-19
* Alex Carter (Spencerville) – 18 points

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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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Bearcats claw past St Henry

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Three pointers were the name of the game at the Walk-In Closet on Friday night as St. Henry and Spencerville combined to throw up 43 triple attempts on the evening. Spencerville finished the contest at 4/8 and in the end with a 56-49 victory in front of their home fans to open the season.

St. Henry held Spencerville scoreless for the first half of the opening quarter and held on to a 3-0 behind a Ryan Luttmer three pointer until the Bearcats got on the board with 4:05 left in the stanza when Senior Gary Schrolucke connected on 2/3 charity tosses. The Redskins tossed in a pair of three pointers from Ryan Bruening and Mitch Schwieterman to lead 15-11 after the first eight minutes of play.

The old adage is “live by the three, die by the three” and St. Henry put that to the test in the second quarter as their only points would come from the duo of Curtis Ulenhake and Luttmer who each hit from behind the arc.

Despite being held scoreless in the first quarter by the Redskins defense Dakota Prichard exploded in the second period with 9 points, including a three pointer of his own to help give his team their first lead at 16-15 with 4:24 left in the half. Junior Ben Dues two points in the quarter, his only marker of the game helped the Cats lead by four at the half 25-21.

Prichard struck the visiting defense again in the third quarter as he would pick up seven more points and a second made three pointer to bump his total to 16 and coupled with baskets from Bailey and Griffen Croft, and a three from Schrolucke handed the home squad a 40-36 lead going into the final quarter.

Spencerville finished from the free throw line 22/36 on the evening but did connect on 12/20 of their attempts in the fourth quarter that saw the Bearcats survive multiple miscues with the basketball and emerge victorious by seven. For their part the Redskins did put up 14 markers of their own but fall in the end 56-49.

St. Henry sees their season start at 0-1 but will be in action Saturday night at Russia. The Redskins were led in scoring by Ryan Luttmer who finished with 12 points, all coming on made three pointers.

The Bearcats were led in scoring by Dakota Prichard who finished with 22 points. Saturday night will see Spencerville on the road at Bluffton University for a 6pm tilt with Colonel Crawford.

Box Score:

St. Henry (49):
Curtis Ulenhake 3
Nathan Lefeld 1
Ryan Luttmer 12
Mitch Schwieterman 11
Ryan Bruening 7
Tyler Schlarman 7
Blake Hoyng 6
Cody Bruggeman 2

FG: 17/46
3PT: 9/35
FT: 6/10
REB: 24

Spencerville (56):
Dakota Prichard 22
Gary Schrolucke 11
Griffen Croft 9
Bailey Croft 7
Daniel Corso 5
Ben Dues 2

FG: 15/32
3PT: 4/8
FT: 22/36
REB: 28

JV: St. Henry 40-33

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Indians win season opener

FT RECOVERY, OH – The 2016 season kicked off Thursday night for the ladies of Fort Recovery as they defeated the visiting Knights from Crestview 57-37 at Fort Site Fieldhouse.

Fort Recovery jumped out to an early lead with St. Francis commit Whitney Will tossing in a basket and a pair of free throws and continued their hot shooting as Jocelyn Kaiser and Grace Thien connected on a pair of field goals each. Crestview Junior Paige Motycka was the lone scorer for her team in the opening period and was held to just one make from the field to go along with her 6/6 performance from the line.

Starting the second quarter trailing 21-8 the Knights did themselves no favors offensively as they were harassed into four turnovers by the Indians defense. Late in the half Crestview guard Lexi Gregory connected from the right wing on a three point goal to cut the lead down but was unable to help keep the score low on the home side as Will put up nine of her 13 first half markers and helped her team run to a 34-15 halftime break lead.

Just as she had done in the first quarter, Motycka scored all of her teams points in the third stanza as she connected on a three pointer, two from inside and a pair from the line for a total of 11 in the period. Despite getting to the line twice in the third, Motycka would see her streak of 14 consecutive made free throws come to and end as she missed on one moments before the quarter buzzer.

Grace Thien’s five points in the third quarter led the Indians but a three pointer from Kiah Wendel midway through the quarter helped put a stop to a trio of trips down the floor with a turnover by her team and push their lead to 46-24 at the buzzer.

Alyssa Gent popped in the third Crestview make from beyond the arc in the game early on in the fourth but the Knights again were unable to capitalize on their good fortune as two players in Lyvia Black and Gregory combined to shoot 3/4 from the charity stripe. Motycka finished off her performance of a game high 28 points with seven points but it wasn’t enough as the Knights dropped their second game in a row, 57-37.

Aided by seven points of her own in the final quarter before fouling out, Will finished with a team high 20 markers and 13 rebounds for Fort Recovery on 7/9 shooting from the floor and 2/4 from the free throw line.

Crestview (0-2) will find themselves off until Thursday, December 8th when they begin Northwest Conference play by traveling to Bluffton to take on the Pirates. Fort Recovery (1-0) will have just one day off before they welcome the Wapak Redskins to town for a Saturday afternoon non-conference battle.

Box Score:
Crestview:
Lyvia Black 2
Lexi Gregory 4
Alyssa Gent 3
Paige Motycka 28

FG: 9/45
FT: 15/19
3PT: 3/16
TO: 13

Fort Recovery:
Kiah Wendel 6
Grace Thien 10
Carley Stone 7
Brooke Kahlig 4
Val Muhlenkamp 2
Whitney Will 20
Jocelyn Kaiser 8

FG: 24/49
FT: 6/10
3PT: 3/10

JV: 33-26 Fort Recovery

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Stechschulte to guide Kalida boys basketball

KALIDA, OH – Replacing a legend is never an easy thing to do but Kalida has found the man they believe to be capable of it as they have chosen and will hire Ryan Stechschulte as their next boys basketball coach.

The 2011 NWC Co-Coach of the Year amassed a 67-33 record in his four seasons behind the Columbus Grove bench and was at the helm of four straight sectional championship squads from 2012-2015.

In his four years as the Bulldogs head boss Stechschulte finished with a record of 20-8 in Putnam County League contests, including winning the league in 2012. Despite not winning a Northwest Conference championship at Columbus Grove, his teams finished with a 24-10 conference mark during his tenure.

This past season Stechschulte served in a smaller role for the program while former Grove standout Eric Maag acted as the day to day head coach.

Next season the Wildcats will have six players returning from a team that finished at 13-10 and as PCL Champions. Of the returning half dozen to be seniors, the leading scorers from last years campaign were Noah Lambert (3.3 ppg), and Trent Siebeneck (2.4 ppg).

Stechschulte is the third coach hired in the Putnam County League in the last week as Leipsic named Chris Kuhlman their new bench boss on Monday, while Pandora Gilboa tapped Joe Braidic to replace Logan Smith who resigned the position back in March. In Braidic the Rockets have high hopes that he will guide PG back to the success they enjoyed under him from 1998-2009.

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Bearcats clinch NWC share

SPENCERVILLE, OH – For just the second time in school history the Spencerville Bearcats baseball team can call themselves Northwest Conference Champions as they forced a split with Paulding by defeating the Panthers 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Thad Ringwald’s no hit but was officially broken up in the 6th inning, but the Bearcat hurler rebounded and allowed just a run and a hit in a complete game win. Ringwald opened the contest by forcing the Panthers first nine hitters to come up and be sat down without reaching base by inducing multiple fly balls and ground outs to go along with a pair of strikeouts.

Spencerville got a pair of runs in their first time at bat and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead by virtue of a four hit opening frame.

Paulding’s first base runner of the contest came on an infield error in the top of the fourth inning, but was erased at second base on a fielders choice. The Panthers stranded the runner and found themselves down heading to the fifth inning by the same 2-0 deficit.

Brady Becker’s RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth stanza would score plate a pair of Bearcat runners to make it 4-0 before he himself was driven in by Ringwald to give the home team a 5-0 advantage. With a pair of outs in the inning the Panthers third pitcher of the contest would issue a pair of walks to make it 7-0 before a flyout sent the game to the sixth inning.

The only run of the game for the Panthers came in the sixth inning as they were able to cut the lead to 7-1. In their last at bat the Bearcats added the games final tally before Ringwald finished off Paulding in the seventh to secure the win.

For Spencerville (12-11) they finish the conference slate with the same record of 7-1 as Paulding (10-6) and clinch their second NWC Championship in school history, the other coming in 1986.

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Bearcats claw past Raiders

LIMA, OH – It may have taken three and a half quarters for them to pull away from Wayne Trace, but the Spencerville Bearcats scored 20 points in the fourth quarter on Thursday night and did just that, winning 64-53 to advance to Saturday’s District Final against LCC.

Wayne Trace Junior Ethan Linder scored nine of his 15 points on the evening in the first quarter, including a three pointer from the wing to help give his Raiders a 16-15 lead after the first quarter. The Raiders connected on 10 of their 27 attempts from the field in the first half and both free throws they attempted but trailed by a point at 28-27 at the halftime break due to scores from all five Spencerville starters.

Mason Nourse’s three pointer in the third quarter helped to give Spencerville one of their biggest leads of the contest midway through, but three separate baskets by Cole Shepherd and a pair of three pointers by Alec Vest and Brady Stabler were enough to again pull Wayne Trace within a single point at 44-43 at the quarter stoppage.

The final eight minutes of the game saw the Bearcats connect on 12 of their 13 free throws with Senior Zach Goecke connecting on 5/6 tosses. Dakota Prichard was not only 2/2 from the charity stripe but also tossed in a triple from long distance that helped the Bearcats seal the 9 point win 64-53.

Spencerville (18-4) finished with three players in double figures as Goecke led the way with 17 while Nourse ended with 16 and Prichard tossed in 14 markers to go with his 9 rebounds.

Wayne Trace’s season ends at 17-8 and the Raiders were led in scoring on the contest by Shepherd who scored 18 and was one of two players (Linder, 15 markers) in double figures.

With the win the Bearcats advance to the District Finals at Lima Senior on Saturday at 7pm as they take on the #1 team in D3 in Lima Central Catholic (23-1), a team that defeated them 88-66 back on February 19th at home.

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Scoring:

Spencerville (64):

Mason Nourse 16
Damien Corso 8
Jacob Meyer 3
Zach Goecke 17
Dakota Prichard 14
Bailey Croft 6

FG: 19/48
3PT: 7/14 (Nourse 3, Prichard 3, Goecke)
FT: 19/24
REB: 23 (Prichard 9)
TO: 4

Wayne Trace (53):
Brady Stabler 3
Luke Miller 7
Cole Shepherd 18
Ethan Linder 15
Alec Vest 8
Justin Speice 2

FG: 22/51
3PT: 5/13 (Vest 2, Stabler, Miller, Linder)
FT: 4/5
TO: 8

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Bearcats storm past Bulldogs

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – For the second straight game the Columbus Grove Bulldogs found themselves with an opposing team player in double figures early. Spencerville Junior Damien Corso scored 11 of his 15 points in the opening quarter and his team would never trail as they walked away with a 73-47 conference victory Friday night.

In addition to Corso the Bearcats finished the contest with three other players in double figures as Dakota Prichard (20), Mason Nourse (14), and Zach Goecke (12) finished with big games to help the visitors push their NWC record to 5-1 on the year and stay just a game behind league leader Lincolnview.

Spencerville found the net on 13 of their 29 first half shots and 4 of 7 from the free throw line as they found themselves on top by a 35-22 score. Columbus Grove was held to 9/24 in the opening two quarters and with just four players able to dent the score column.

Gabe Stechschulte connected on a trio of three pointers in the third quarter and finished with 13 points overall, but with Rece Roney in foul trouble throughout the game the Bulldogs were unable to keep the Bearcats out of the lane and from scoring on the fast break especially.

With the win the Bearcats (13-2, 5-1) have now defeated the Bulldogs (6-9, 0-5) four straight times and lead the overall series 29-23. Spencerville will play host to league foe Crestview on February 5th while Columbus Grove dips their toes into Putnam County League play as they are set to entertain Continental Saturday night.

Scoring:

Columbus Grove (47):
Baily Clement 7
Gabe Stechschulte 13
Xavier Aguirre 4
Grayson Flores 2
Logan Diller 11
Logan Ridenour 1
Rece Roney 6
Cody Johnson 3

FT: 4/6
3PT: 5 (Stechschulte 3, Clement, Diller)
TO: 13

Spencerville (73):

Mason Nourse 14
Damien Corso 15
Jacob Meyer 2
Zach Goecke 12
Gage Goecke 3
Dakota Prichard 20
Bailey Croft 7

FT: 5/8
3PT: 10 (Nourse 4, D. Corso, Z. Goecke, G. Goecke, Prichard 3)
TO: 5

JV: Columbus Grove 27-26

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Bulldogs stay perfect in NWC

SPENCERVILLE, OH – The Columbus Grove Bulldogs put four players in double figures Thursday night as they routed their NWC rivals Spencerville 72-41 to remain as the Northwest Conference’s only unbeaten squad in league play.

Columbus Grove won the games opening tip and wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Jade Clement tossed in a three pointer with just :06 gone in the first quarter. While Clement would score 9 of her game high 18 points in the opening quarter, teammates Macy McCluer, McKenzie Bame, Lynea Diller and Paige Bellman combined to score 15 points and give the visitors a 24-12 lead after the first period.

While the Bearcats were able to muster just 7 points in the second stanza, the Bulldogs again found themselves with a handful of players turning their opponents miscues into points and led 38-19 heading to the lockerroom for the halftime break.

Jenna Henline was the big scorer for the Bearcats on the evening as she finished with 14 points on the night. Henline’s big quarter came in the third stanza as she hit a pair of three pointers and a trio of shots from the free throw line to help her Cats cut into the Bulldogs lead. Columbus Grove’s low post duo of Diller and Bellman, each playing with a pair of fouls scored 10 of the Dogs 17 points and helped keep the home team out of the lane in the quarter.

With a big lead midway through the final period the Bulldogs pulled their starting lineup out of the game, but not until Clement connected on 5/6 free throws in the opening minutes and Diller tossed in her final basket to become the fourth players to reach double figures. Grace Schroeder, a 5’7 Junior accounted for all seven of her points including a three pointer from the wing to push the Grove lead to 30 at the time. When the clock reached zero the Bulldogs found themselves with their fourth straight defeat of the Bearcats and eighth win in a row.

Columbus Grove (17-1) will next take on Allen East at home in NWC play on February 4th and will await the tournament draw on Sunday where they likely will find themselves as a top seed and in line for a bye in sectional play.

Spencerville sees their record fall to 7-11 overall and 3-3 in Northwest Conference action. The Bearcats will return to action on Tuesday, Feb 2nd as they play host to New Bremen in a non-league tilt.

Scoring:

Grove (71):

Macy McCluer 11
Jade Clement 18
McKenzie Bame 9
Grace Schroeder 7
Hallie Malsam 2
Lynea Diller 11
Paige Bellman 14

3PT: 6 (McCluer 3, Clement, Bame, G. Schroeder)
FT: 12/17
TO: 17

Spencerville (41):

Jenna Henline 14
Jayden Smith 8
Tiffany Work 6
Jacey Grigsby 6
Allison Bowsher 2
Alex Carter 5

3PT: 3 (Henline 3)
FT: 8/12
TO: 22

JV: Columbus Grove 51-27

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