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Ringwald earns win as Bearcats hold off Musketeers

FORT JENNINGS, OH – Spencerville Sophomore pitcher Zach Ringwald earned his first career win on Tuesday night as he and his Bearcats teammates held on to defeat Fort Jennings 8-5 in a non-league contest.

Ringwald worked 6.2 innings and nearly fully completed his first career start but with two outs in the seventh inning and trailing 8-3 Fort Jennings Sam Vetter was able to procure a walk and quickly be tripled in by Connor Stechschulte to trim the Bearcat advantage to 8-4.

A single by Logan Hardeman drove in Stechschulte to make the score 8-5 before a walk to pinch hitter Connor Hoersten again put a runner on base for the home team. With the tying run in pinch hitter Devin Miller coming to the plate the Bearcats head coach Shane Falke would go to his bullpen and put Brady Nolan into the contest.

The decision to move to Nolan with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh was a good one for the visiting team as he was able to strike out Miller on five pitches to secure the victory for Spencerville and tie the all-time series at 16 wins apiece.

Bearcat shortstop and future Georgia Highlands College Charger Jacob Meyer who paced the defending Northwest Conference Champions by scoring three of their runs on the day in addition to driving in a pair of runs on two doubles and a single on the afternoon.

Meyer, Luke Market, and Brady Nolan, the top three hitters in the Spencerville lineup combined to reach base nine times in their 15 at bats on the day and drive in or score all but two of their teams scores.

Fort Jennings was led by Brandon Wehri who finished the day 2/4 at the plate and drove in a trio of runs including a pair on a bases clearing double in the fifth inning to pull his team to within five runs at the time of the Bearcats lead.

Both teams were active on the basepaths in the game as they accounted for 11 stolen bases (Spencerville 7, FJ 4).

With the win the Bearcats move their season record to 8-10 and will next travel to take on the Lincolnview Lancers on Thursday afternoon in NWC play. Fort Jennings (4-9) will be in action on Wednesday in Delphos against the Northwest Conference’s remaining unbeaten in the Jefferson Wildcats with first pitch at 4:30pm (hear the game live on WZOQ Radio)

WP: Zach Ringwald (1-0) – 6.2 IP, 5R, 6H, 2K, 111 pitches (63 strikes)
LP: Sam Vetter (1-1) – 4.0 IP, 5R, 10H, 1BB, 66 pitches (40 strikes)

Top Hitters:
Brandon Wehri (FJ): 2/4, 2B, 3RBI
Justin Thiery (SV): 2/3
Jacob Meyer (SV): 3/5, 3R, 2RBI
Brady Becker (SV): 1/4, 3 RBI

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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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Late free throw keeps Titans record unblemished

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – For the third straight game the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans have faced and handed a previously undefeated squad their first loss of the year.

Kadie Hempfling finished the night with just 5 points but scored the biggest marker of the game when it counted most as the Junior made a free throw with 6.6 seconds remaining Thursday night to give her team a 45-44 road victory over Columbus Grove.

Trailing 9-8 with just seconds to go in the first quarter the Titans turned to the same place they have during their streak of doling out first losses, Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman who connected on a three pointer to give OG an 11-9 lead at the first break in the action.

Both teams went inside early and often to their post game in the second quarter in an attempt to slow down the others point output with varying results. Grove 6’0 Junior Paige Bellman scored six points in the second period but saw her squad held to just one basket from a teammate (Rylee Sybert) find its way into the net. Kylie White’s big quarter of 8 points coupled with a second three pointer from Kaufman and a jumper from Lexi Schroeder helped OG enter halftime with a 24-17 advantage.

Bellman, a 1st team Putnam County League selection last season who entered play averaging just under 18 points per contest through her teams first six contests this year continued her big night in the third quarter as she provided seven of the 11 markers her squad added to the board.

Midway through the stanza with her team struggling to find offensive opportunities against the 2-3 zone the Bulldogs were sitting back, Lexi Schroeder hit a pair of three pointers to help give OG a 33-29 advantage heading to the last eight minutes of the game.

Three pointers were the shot of the moment in the fourth quarter as both teams combined to hit on six from behind the arc.

Each time Columbus Grove needed a big shot in the final moments they turned to Senior Macy McCluer and watcher her deliver as she connected on three straight from deep to help the Bulldogs regain the lead on two different occasions. Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman, and Lexi Schroder each knocked down a triple in the quarter to help keep the Titans even with their hosts in the waning moments of the game before Hempfling’s free throw sealed the win for the defending WBL Champions.

Ottawa Glandorf with the win begins their season at 9-0 for just the third time in school history. In 2005 the Titans began their campaign with 24 consecutive wins before falling in the postseason, and in 2003 OG started 18-0 before falling to Kalida in their 19th game of the year.

Both teams will be off until the new year when OG welcomes Perrysburg to town while Columbus Grove (6-1) dips into NWC play where they are the defending conference champions by taking on visiting Delphos Jefferson on January 5th.

Box Score:

OG (45):
Carri Johnson 3
Erin Kaufman 9
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kylie White 16
Kadie Hempfling 5

FT: 4/10
3PT: 6 (Kaufman 3, L. Schroeder 3)
TO: 15

Columbus Grove (44):
Macy McCluer 15
Rylee Sybert 4
Jade Clement 6
Paige Bellman 19

FT: 3/6
3PT: 5 (M. McCluer 5)
TO: 18

JV: 25-24 Columbus Grove

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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.

Related Story: Kortokrax resigns

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63rd open season with victory

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Post 63’s first game of the season came with its fair share of challenges at times but when the darkness began to set in and the top of the 8th inning wrapped up the Fighting 63rd had outscored Troy 13-8.

Coming off of an 8-12-2 season and with just four players returning from last seasons squad the 63rd opened their first contest with a new lineup and opportunities to shine for their young club.

Kalida’s Brady Laudick got the start for Ottawa on the mound and surrendered four walks in the first inning, but saw just one turned into a run as he got a strikeout and a groundout from the bottom of the Troy order to help limit the damage against his team on the new scoreboard installed at Memorial Park.

Eight batters came to the plate for the home squad in the bottom of the opening frame and three would find themselves crossing home plate in the inning. Jackson Lammers (Miller City) got things going first as he doubled to the left field wall. Corbin Niese (Miller City) was issued a walk and Austin Swift (Kalida) singled to drive in a run. Ryan McCracken’s (Van Wert) RBI ground out to short and Austin Klausing’s (Kalida) sacrifice fly brought in the remaining two runners.

Troy Post 43, coming off of a 41-18 season last year that saw them reach the Great Lakes American Legion National Regional for the first time since 1970 came out swinging in the second inning as they plated five runs of their own to take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the second.

Ten batters came to bat for Troy in the top half of the inning that began with a single from Frank Gnuca and ended when Gnuca grounded out to Lammers at short following every one of his teammates having had their turn on the offensive end against relief pitcher Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee) who came in with one out in the inning.

Following a pair of scoreless innings on both side the visitors punched across a run in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead in the game.

Ottawa responded to their opponents marker in the fifth and sixth innings as they tallied eight runs to take an 11-7 lead into the seventh led by a triple and a double by Swift and McCracken to start the fifth, and a trio of singles by Niese, Swift, and Van Wert’s Ryan Stoller that followed up a leadoff double by Ada’s Brayden Sautter in the sixth.

Braden Nesbit (Tipp City Bethel/Muskingum) added the last run for Troy as he smacked a ball over the right centerfield wall to cut the Ottawa lead to 11-8 in the seventh before his next six teammates would be retired in order to end the game.

Corbin Niese singled to open the bottom of the seventh, Austin Swift was hit by a pitch on a 3-2 count, and McCracken singled in a run as all three would come around to score in the final Ottawa at bat before their turn came to an end.

McCracken finished the day 3-5 at the plate and with 4 RBI for the victorious Fighting 63rd (1-0) while Van Wert High School teammate Stoller finished 2-4 with a run scored and a walk on the day.

Lima Senior Junior Josiah Shoemaker (1-0) snagged the win for his squad while Noah Roswell (0-1) took the loss for Troy (2-3).

Troy will return home Friday night to begin WOL play as they take on Greenville while the Fighting 63rd are in Kalida for exhibition action against the Lima Locos at Holy Name Ballpark beginning at 7pm. Lima vs Ottawa can be heard live on: Zsportslive.com

Box Score:

Ottawa:

Jackson Lammers (Miller City): 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 Runs
Corbin Niese (Miller City): 2-4, 1 BB, 3 Runs
Austin Swift (Kalida): 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3 Runs, HBP
Ryan McCracken (Van Wert): 3-5, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 Runs
Ryan Stoller (Van Wert): 2-4, BB, Run
Brady Laudick (Kalida): BB
Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee): 0-1
Josiah Shoemaker (Lima Sr): 0-2
Noah Howell (Temple Christian): 1-1
Austin Klausing (Kalida): 1-5, 2 RBI
Nate Arrington (Ottawa Glandorf): 0-4, BB, RBI
Matt Bowden (Bluffton): 1-2
Brayden Sautter (Ada): 2-2, 2B, SB, RBI, Run

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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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Four schools earn state titles

COLUMBUS, OH – Hundreds of schools began the 2015-16 OHSAA boys basketball season with hopes of hoisting the State Championship trophy but only four were successful in their quest that ended inside the Value City Arena on Saturday.

The opening contest saw the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds (28-1) capture their 3rd state title in school history as they were victorious in the Division 3 Finals against Cleveland Villa Angela St Joseph 66-44.

In earning the crown this season the T-Birds avenged a loss to VASJ in last seasons final game and gave Head Coach Frank Kill his second championship as the teams mentor.

LCC Senior Tre Cobbs who finished just 2/9 and with 5 points in the loss to the Vikings last season accounted for 24 of his teams points this time around on 9/14 shooting (4/5 from 3), in addition to snagging 6 rebounds. Dantez Walton, a Senior headed to play at Northern Kentucky University pumped in 20 points and pulled down a game high 11 rebounds. Ethan O’Connor’s 11 points helped to pace the Thunderbirds against the VASJ attacking defense.

Gene Higgins was the lone scorer in double figures for Villa Angela (23-6) on the afternoon as he finished with 15 points on 5/14 shooting.

Complete box score: LCC vs VASJ

Game two of the afternoon session featured the Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Fighting Irish, ranked #3 in the final Associated Press poll of the season taking on the top ranked school New Concord John Glenn for the Division 2 title.

While SVSM was struggling to connect from the field in the first half, John Glenn continued to light up the Ohio State University scoreboard as they built a 15-7 lead after the opening stanza.

Things didn’t get much better for the Irish in the second quarter either as they finished the period 6/27 and limped into the lockerroom trailing 34-23 and with one of their leading scorers in Jayvon Graves 0-11 with just a pair of markers from the free throw line.

In the second half Graves would connect on 7/13 opportunities from the field and finish with 18 points on the night but it was not enough to counteract the John Glenn second half scoring output and the Irish would be defeated 76-72 despite making it a close game in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.

John Glenn, who was honored by the presence of their namesake before the contest finishes the season at 28-1 while SVSM ends at 26-4. The Muskies were led in scoring by Drew Rackley who finished with 25 points in the game.

Northwest Conference Champion Lincolnview, making their first State Finals appearance since 1997 took on Cornerstone Christian in the third game of the night and fell to the Patriots 74-52.

The Lancers fell behind early to the running game of Cornerstone Christian and trailed 19-12 at the end of the opening eight minutes of play. Lincolnview mustered just six points in the second quarter against a tenacious Patriots defense led by Michael Bothwell who finished with a team high 14 points.

Trailing by as much as 26 late in the 3rd quarter, the Lancers were able to cut their opponents lead down to 18 but not any further despite outscoring the Patriots 19-11 in the games final quarter.

Cornerstone Christan finished the year at 17-12 and with a title in their first trip to Columbus while the Lancers season came to an end at 27-2. Both Lincolnview losses on the season came to teams who finished as State Champions as their only other loss came to the Division 3 Champion LCC Thunderbirds.

Trevor Neate led all scorers in the game with 16 points for the Lancers while Bothwell and Jeremy Owens tallied 14 apiece for Cornerstone in the victory.

In one of the most anticipated matchups of the tournament the Lima Senior Spartans, making their 5th appearance in Columbus took on the Wildcats of Westerville South.

South jumped out to a 19-12 advantage after the first quarter as the Wildcats connected on a trio of triples. Lake Erie signee Jordan Humphrey gave his team a 22-12 lead in the opening moments of the second period with the fourth three point goal of the half.

Lima Senior would respond however in the second quarter behind Xavier Simpson, Rico Stafford and Ruben Flowers to cut the halftime lead to 31-28 with Flowers connecting on a putback as the buzzer sounded and the clock ran out.

With future OSU Buckeye Kaleb Wesson on the bench after committing his third foul of the game early in the third he was sent to the bench for South. In the time the 6’9 Junior was on the pine the Spartans took over behind Flowers and used a 15-14 scoring output to climb within two of the lead 45-43 heading to the final stanza of the season.

Through the first three quarter Ruben Flowers had connected on all seven of his shot attempts (5 field goals and 2/2 free throws).

Wesson picked up foul 4 early on in the fourth quarter and was again sent to the bench to not end his penultimate season by fouling out, but it was then his brother Andre who gave his team a 53-51 lead by connecting on a deep three pointer and forcing a Senior high timeout with 2:30 remaining.

Rico Stafford’s layup with :28 seconds remaining tied the game at 55-55, but Jordan Humphrey put Westerville South on top for good with a runner in the lane to procure a 57-55 victory and the State Championship in Division 1.

Lima Senior (29-1) was led in scoring by Mr. Basketball Xavier Simpson who finished with 17 points while Flowers (12) and Stafford (10) joined him in double figures.

Westerville South (26-5) was led in scoring by Humphrey who led all scorers with 19. Andre Wesson was the only other player in double figures for his team as he finished with 14 on 5/10 shooting.

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