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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


Hempfling triple double helps Titans survive and advance

ADA, OH – Key adjustments for Ottawa Glandorf helped the Lady Titans survive and advance to their third straight Regional Final as they downed the Clyde Fliers 59-48 at Ohio Northern University Tuesday night.

In the opening quarter each team saw their 5’5 guard put a big mark on the contest as OG’s Erin Kaufman and Clyde’s Heidi Marshall both turned their opponents miscues into six points of their own. Kaufman would go on to become one of four Titans (Kaufman, Lexi Schroeder, Kylie White, Kadie Hempfling) to finish in double figures on the night.

When the game began to slow down the two opponents worked their way inside as the Titans Kylie White and the Fliers Addie Martin were able to bruise their way to the basket with ease at times and make the contest a 17-15 OG lead after the first eight minutes of play.

Marshall, a 1st team Sandusky Bay Conference pick showed her ball handling and speed with the basketball in the second period as she again accounted for half a dozen points and helped to pull her team within a point at 27-26 heading into the halftime break.

Coming out of the halftime break the Titans stormed out to a quick string of points aided by steals and long tosses for layups as they increased their lead to 41-30 at the end of the games penultimate stanza. “We wanted to get the tempo going a little quicker then what they were used to playing at” OG coach Troy Yant said about his team’s defensive effort and intensity in the third quarter.

Led by Kadie Hempfling’s second triple double of the season of 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds the Western Buckeye League champions were able to keep their perfect record intact as they stymied the Fliers offense and finished off a 59-48 victory.

Upon being asked about her triple double Hempfling replied to the post game media by saying “I had quite a few turnovers as well so I need to work on that” as the CO-WBL Player of the Year finished with 10 on the evening.

Clyde sees their season draw to a close with a 22-4 record and their first District title under 7th year Head Coach David Lozier.

Ottawa Glandorf continues to make history as they earned their 26th win of the season and tied the wins for most victories in a single season set the past two years as they Titans have fallen in the State Championship game and ended at 26-3.

Next up for OG will be the Norton Panthers (19-5) on Friday night at 7:30pm at Mansfield Senior High School for the right to play in the State Semifinals in Columbus. That game can be heard live on WZOQ Radio

Box Score:

OG (59):
Lexi Schroeder 13
Kadie Hempfling 12
Kylie White 17
Ashley Schroeder 2
Erin Kaufman 12
Carri Johnson 3

FG: 27/55
3PT: 2/10 (L. Schroeder, Johnson)
FT: 3/9
REB: 30 (Hempfling 11, White 10)
AST: 20 (Hempfling 12)
TO: 12

Clyde (48):
Bree Dowling 9
Addie Martin 8
Heidi Marshall 16
Ally Barrera 8
Jacqueline Smith 7

FG: 19/44
3PT: 4/12 (Dowling 2, Barrera 2)
FT: 6/7
REB: 27 (Martin 9)
AST: 10 (Marshall 5)
TO: 20

Score by quarter:
OG 17-10-14-18
Clyde 15-11-4-18

Attendance: 1086


OG, LCC secure Regional berths

ADA/LIMA, OH – Though they are in different divisions this season the OG Titans and LCC T-Birds will both once again be making their way to Bowling Green for the Regionals as each were victorious on Saturday. Ottawa Glandorf downed WBL foe Defiance 46-43 in the afternoon at ONU while LCC blitzed past Spencerville in the nightcap at Lima Senior 65-38.

Ottawa Glandorf Senior Nick Weihrauch connected on all four of his free throws and nailed a big three pointer in the first quarter of the game to help give his Titans a 13-10 lead at first stoppage.

Defiance’s Kameron Singleton was able to find a whole inside the OG defense early in the second quarter as he was able to grab a bucket and then added one from deep on the left wing to put the Bulldogs within a point of taking the lead midway through the stanza. Jordan Verhoff who finished the contest with a game high 17 points tossed in five points in the period and put OG up 22-19 at the break.

Both WBL Champions were able to connect on every free throw of the contest until the fourth quarter when OG was able to connect on just 8/15 tosses and watch their lead draw to even late in the final quarter.

With teammate Jay Kaufman grabbing nearly every rebound in a big situation, Verhoff was able to get ahead of the defense quickly and draw foul after foul and help himself to the line where he tossed in 4/6 attempts to help secure the 46-43 victory.

OG mentor Tyson McGlaughlin’s strategy of mixing up defensive looks against a Bulldogs attack that had beaten his team earlier in the season worked effectively and forced the normally surehanded squad into committing 7 turnovers and 16/46 from the field. Future Louisville Cardinal baseball standout Shay Smiddy was most affected by the defensive changes as he shot just 2/8 from the field and scored only 9 points, 5 from the charity stripe.

Thursday night at 6:15pm the Titans (20-5) will take on Lexington at the Stroh Center in BG (hear it live on Zsportslive.com). Defiance sees their season come to an end at 19-6.


OG (46):

Jordan Verhoff 17
Zac Unterbrink 6
Nick Weihrauch 10
Jay Kaufman 6
Kordell Stover 3
Jake Dibel 4

FG: 12/30
3PT: 4/6
FT: 18/26
REB: 29
TO: 14

Defiance (43):
Michael Menedez 5
Jordan Scott 10
Kameron Singleton 16
Noah Strausbaugh 3
Shay Smiddy 9

FG: 16/46
3PT: 3/12
FT: 8/9
REB: 22
TO: 7

To say Lima Central Catholic started off hot from the field in their District Finals matchup Saturday night against Spencerville would be an understatement. The T-Birds connected on their first three shots from the field and led 8-0 before Spencerville Head Coach Kevin Sensabaugh was forced to take a timeout to regroup his troops.

Unfortunately for Bearcat fans the Thunderbirds continued their white hot shooting after the stoppage and accounted for a trio of connections from deep from two of the all-time leading scorers in program history in Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton that ended the first period at 17-6 LCC.

Things weren’t much better for the Cats in the second period as they were held to just three makes from the field, a bucket by Tiffin bound Zach Goecke, a three from Mason Nourse and a slam dunk from Damien Corso and found themselves behind at the half 34-15 to their former NWC foes.

While they hit on half a dozen three pointers in the first half, the T-Birds wouldn’t hit one in the third quarter. LCC’s Josh Dixon, Walton, and Thomas Williams combined to score 14 of their teams 21 markers and put their team ahead 55-23 after the contests penultimate stanza.

Goecke, Spencerville’s leading scorer for the past three seasons was the Bearcats leader on this night as well as he scored four of his team high 10 points in the last period. Junior Bailey Croft put up seven points in the final minutes including a three pointer and finished with 9 points.

Defensively LCC’s plan to shut out their opponents leader in points worked to near perfection as they held Junior sharpshooter Dakota Prichard, who averages 15 points per game on the season to 0 before he fouled out late in the game.

LCC has now won 18 of 21 meetings with the Bearcats (18-5) all-time, and improves their season record to 24-1. The #1 ranked team in Division 3 will head north to Bowling Green on Wednesday night for the 6th time in 7 years and battle Milan Edison (23-2) at 6:15pm (hear it live on 1049 The Eagle with the “Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews).


Spencerville (38):

Mason Nourse 7
Damien Corso 8
Gary Schrolucke 2
Zach Goecke 10
Bailey Croft 9
Griffen Croft 2

3PT: 2/13 (B.Croft, Nourse)
REB: 19
TO: 15

LCC (65):

Tre Cobbs 14
Nick Taflinger 2
Josh Dixon 15
Ethan O’Connor 5
Dantez Walton 19
Thomas Williams 9
Mark Janowski 3

3PT: 8/21 (Walton 3, Cobbs 2, Dixon 2, Janowski)
REB: 21
TO: 4


LCC survives and advances to Regionals

ADA, OHIO – It was billed all season long as potentially one of the best matchups in the state as St. Henry took the court against the defending D3 Champions in LCC. For the first half of basketball it was more like a rout as the T-Birds jumped on the Redskins early and often before surviving a big run in the 3rd quarter and earning their 45-44 win Saturday night at ONU.

Led early by Dantez Walton who scored 5 of his team high 16 points in the first stanza, the T-Birds flexed their offensive muscle and led 11-7 after the first quarter and 30-15 at the half before the Redskins came out guns blazing after the break.

St. Henry shot 6/21 in the first half and 0-5 from 3 but shot 10/15 from the field and hit 5/8 triples in the 3rd quarter as they accounted for 20 period points and were found themselves down just four at 39-35 heading to the fourth quarter.

Caleb Bender got things going coming out of the halftime break for the Redskins as he tossed in a three pointer :12 into the third stanza that helped key a 17-9 run aided by triples by Bender, Ryan Mikesell, Mitch Stammen, and one by Evan Prenger that pulled the MAC Champions to 32-26 midway through the quarter just seconds before a Stammen steal and layup that forced LCC to take a timeout up 32-38 with 4:29 left in the 3rd.

Following the timeout and a missed LCC layup by Josh Dixon, the Redskins cut the lead to just a pair as Prenger scored on a layup assisted by Caleb Bender. On the ensuing possession for the T-Birds Aidan O’Connor’s turnover set up a three point play by Mitch Stammen who added a free throw to give his team a 32-31 lead when Josh Dixon picked up his 3rd foul of the game.

Despite being in foul trouble in the second half, Dixon was effective on the offensive end as he stuck back an O’Connor miss off the glass to put LCC back in the lead at 34-33 with 1:07 to go in the games second to last quarter. Cam White, a 6’2 Senior for the Birds connected on a jumper to push the lead to three but Mikesell’s layup just seconds later made it 36-35 LCC. With a trio of fouls on his own late in the third quarter Walton was subbed in defense for offense in the second half but loomed large with the basketball as he drained a fall away three pointer from the right wing at the buzzer to put his squad in front 39-35.

Lima Central Catholic utilized the clock very effectively in the final quarter as Junior Tre Cobbs, who did not get the start due to a shoulder injury showcased his superior ballhandling and dribbling abilities by running almost 3:00 off of the clock near the half court line. There was just 2:43 left in the fourth when Mikesell who was held to just 12 points in the game on 5/14 shooting connected on 1/2 free throws to cut the lead to 39-36.

Dantez Walton grabbed an offensive rebound off of an Aidan O’Connor miss and sent it back outside to Josh Dixon who connected on a three pointer that put LCC up 6 with 1:46 left. Not to be outdone however the Redskins cut the lead to three again on their next possession as Mitch Stammen connected on a triple that was immediately followed by a timeout for MAC Coach of the Year Eric Rosenbeck.

Almost a minute came off of the clock for the T-Birds before a free throw by Cobbs gave LCC a four point advatage at 43-39 with :46 left in the game. St. Henry got the ball next on a rebound by Jesse Niekamp and scored on a Mikesell layup with :16 left to make it 43-41 by Cobbs blazed a trail down the court and got a pair of points on a layup with high right hand that provided the final LCC points. Evan Prenger hit a three pointer with :04 seconds left to provide the final points in the 46-45 loss for the Redskins.

LCC (23-2) who shot a perfect 6/6 from 3 will travel to Bowling Green’s Stroh Center on Wednesday night at for the 6th straight season they will meet the OG Titans, and the 4th straight time in the Regional round as the two will tip off at 8pm in a game that will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com

St. Henry ends their season at 22-3 in the last contest for a highly decorated Senior class consisting of Caleb Bender (2nd team MAC), Scott Knapke, Blake Hoying, Evan Prenger, Justin Ahlers, and the 2015 Midwest Athletic Conference and Northwest District Player of the Year and future Dayton Flyer Ryan Mikesell who finishes his prep career with 1540 points.


LCC (45):

Dantez Walton 16
Jake Williams 6
Josh Dixon 11
Tre Cobbs 8
Cam White 4

FG: 18/30 (60%)
3: 6/6 (100% – Walton 4, Dixon, Cobbs)
FT: 3/8 (37.5%)
Reb: 22 (7 offensive – Walton 6)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 10 (Cobbs 6)
Blk: 2 (Walton 2)
Stl: 9 (Walton 2, Dixon 2, Cobbs 2)

St. Henry (44):

Caleb Bender 5
Mitch Stammen 17
Evan Prenger 10
Ryan Mikesell 12

FG: 16/36 (44.4%)
3: 5/13 (38.5%)
FT: 7/10 (70.0%)
Reb: 17 (6 offensive – J. Niekamp 5)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 7 (Bender 2, Stammen 2, Prenger 2)
Blk: 2 (Stammen, Prenger)
Stl: 9 (Mikesell 4)


Titans make history

ADA, OHIO – The Ottawa Glandorf Titans by virtue of their 43-20 win on Tuesday night against Archbold will get a chance on Saturday to do something no lady Titans squad before them has done before, play in the Regional Finals.

In three previous opportunities the Titans had in the Regional Semifinals (02/03, 04/05, 06/07) under previous head coach Lori Smith the team came up on the short end of the straw. In their trip during the 2004/2005 season the Titans entered the Semifinals at 24-0 only to see their season end prematurely with a loss in the Sweet 16 of their division.

Senior Elissa Ellerbrock, a 70% free throw shooter during the regular season but an 85% shooter from the charity stripe through the Titans first three tournament wins this postseason got her squad on the scoreboard first as she made a pair of free throws moments into the contest.

Following rebounds by Erin Basinger and Ellerbrock, the Titans got a layup and a jumper from Dani Ellerbrock and Basinger to go up 6-0 before Archbold head coach Brian Ziegler was forced to utilize a timeout.

Cassidy Williams got the Bluestreaks into the scoring column with 3:30 to go in the opening quarter as she connected on a layup procured by Cayla Walker. Winter Fricke provided the last points of the first 8:00 for Archbold as she got her team within 1 point on a three pointer deep in the corner with a hand in her face.

Ellerbrock began the scoring in the second quarter just as she had in the first, with a pair of free throws after being hacked on her way to the rim, this time putting her team up 8-5 with 6:43 to go in the half.

In the first meeting between these two schools (a 59-39 Titans win on Feb 17th) the Titans forced the Bluestreaks into 26 turnovers. In the first half of this meeting Archbold would turn the ball over 20 times in total and see OG utilize their transition defense to offense for immediate points. Two of those steals to points opportunities would come on steals by Danielle Schroeder and Elissa Ellerbrock that saw the Titans lead balloon to 12-5 with 5:13 to go in the half.

Despite shooting 9/32 in the opening half and seeing the aforementioned duo shoot just 4/19 from the field, OG would outscore Archbold 16-2 in the quarter and lead 22-7 heading into the halftime break. Hannah Hesterman nailed a pair of free throws for the Bluestreaks at the 4:02 mark for her teams only points of the period before OG closed the half on a 10-0 run.

For the final half the Titans were able to rotate in and out players at will and keep Archbold off base with their speed and tenacious defense en route to forcing 34 turnovers, the second time in four tournament games that they have forced 30+ turnovers. Kadie Hempfling (9), Anna Bellman (4), and Elissa Ellerbrock (6) combined for 19 of the 23 OG steals in the contest.

Ottawa Glandorf tied or broke a handful of records Tuesday night including matching the 04/05 squad’s school record mark of 24 wins in a season. Elissa Ellerbrock 9/9 performance from the free throw line tied a Titans record for proficiency previously held by four different players in Haley Ducey (8/8 against Defiance in 04/05), Michelle Bockrath (8/8 vs St. Marys in 94/95), Becky Leopold (7/7 vs Bryan in 96/97), and Crystal Leatherman (9/9 vs Kenton in 97/98).

One place the Titans did not have much luck in was the three point shooting department where they finished 0/10, but did finish 15/17 from the free throw line in the win.

Archbold finishes their season with their 4th straight Regional appearance and at 18-8 overall.

OG is now 24-2 on the season and will play the winner of Wednesday night’s contest between 26-1 North Union and 17-8 Oak Harbor on Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm at Lexington High School, and can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com.


OG (43):

Dani Ellerbrock 4
Elissa Ellerbrock 15
Erin Basinger 6
Danielle Schroeder 6
Kylie White 2
Anna Bellman 6
Lexi Schroeder 1
Kadie Hempfling 3

FG: 14/45 (31.1%)
3: 0/10 (0.0%)
FT: 15/17 (88.2%)
Reb: 29 (15 offensive – 3 with 5 each)
Fouls: 15
Ast: 5 (Bellman 2, Hempfling 2, D. Ellerbrock 1)
TO: 21
Blk: 2 (Bellman, L. Schroeder)
Stl: 23 (Hempfling 9)

Archbold (20):

Cassidy Williams 5
Hannah Hesterman 4
Kierstyn Repp 2
Winter Fricke 3
Kamryn Hostetler 2
Emie Peterson 2
Alexa Coressel 2

FG: 5/26 (19.2%)
3: 1/7 (14.3%)
FT: 9/12 (75.0%)
Reb: 25 (9 offensive – Wyse 6)
Fouls: 16
Ast: 3 (Williams, Hesterman, Repp)
TO: 34
Blk: 1 (Hesterman)
Stl: 13 (Hesterman 3)


Redskins survive Titans

ADA – When you get to this level in the tournament sometimes it just takes one play to decide the games outcome.

That play happened in the bottom of the 4th inning when Ottawa Glandorf Titans Senior pitcher Tanner Schimmoeller committed a balk to give St. Henry their 2nd run of the game to break the 1-1 tie the teams were locked in.

With a terrific performance for all seven innings, Redskins starter Ryan Mikesell improved to 7-0 on the season by only surrendering 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 7 Titans en route to leading his team to the District Finals.

Schimmoeller had a solid outing in his last start as a high schooler in which he went six solid innings striking out 4 and surrendering 4 hits. Unfortunately for Schimmoeller he also issued free passes to 3 Redskins hitters and gave up 2 runs, both earned to finish the season with a record of 3-2. The Senior hurler also helped himself out at the plate as he went 2-3 and drove in the only run of the day for the Titans as his 2nd inning single scored pinch runner Ryan Maas from 2nd base.

With the Wander Field in Ada succumbing to heavy winds playing havoc with the baseball, both pitchers combined to give up just 8 hits in the game and witnessed their defense provide stellar plays in the field to keep runners off base. When they did reach the base paths, St. Henry made the best use of it as they swiped 3 bases to just 1 for OG.

Saturday afternoon the Co-MAC Champion Redskins (26-3 now on the season) will meet up with the other Co-MAC Champion Coldwater Cavaliers (25-4) at 2pm in Ada. It will be the second time this season these two teams have met as Coldwater won the regular season meeting this year between the two squads.

Ottawa Glandorf finishes their season with a school record for wins with 19 and their 1st ever outright Western Buckeye League title (3rd overall WBL Championship in baseball).

Listen to the broadcast as it aired in it’s entirety from Zsportslive.com:


OG vs Huron Regional Semifinal Preview

The Ottawa Glandorf Titans and Huron Tigers were supposed to meet one another on Wednesday night in Bowling Green at the Stroh Center, but as she often does Mother Nature had other ideas. Following a postponement and a realignment of games in the state, OG will now meet Huron in Ada at Ohio Northern University on Thursday night at approximately 8pm.

Ottawa Glandorf, the defending Division 3 champions will enter the contest at 15-10 and riding a 3 game winning streak. Despite opening the season at 3-3 through their first six games, OG rallied to finish with 15 wins by stringing together two separate 4 game winning streaks in the middle of their schedule en route to their fourth straight District Championship.

Despite slow starts against both Archbold and Paulding in the District round at the Stroh Center, the Titans were able to survive and advance with blistering fourth quarters at the free throw line and full court pressure defense. In the win over Paulding that earned Ottawa Glandorf another chance to play in Bowling Green, the Titans shot 10-13 from the charity stripe to finish off the Panthers and cut down the Stroh Center nets.

Offensively the Titans are scoring at a 55.6 per game clip, but are giving up 52.6 points per contest, a razor thin margin for a team that has gotten off to such slow starts in the OHSAA Tournament.

Six of the Titans ten losses this season are to teams who played in a District Finals. Two of those six losses are to fellow Western Buckeye League teams in Bath (20-4) and Defiance (21-3), both of whom are still alive in the Division 2 Regional bracket.

First team All-WBL selection Noah Bramlage leads the Titans offensively averaging about 18 points per game. The Junior also leads the team in rebounding as he pulls down 8 rebounds per contest as well. Bramlage has draw noticeable attention from major college programs such as Yale, Wright State, Purdue, and Northwestern among others. Coach James Johnson of Virginia Tech and his staff even made their way to see Bramlage in person earlier this season.

Huron’s Tigers find themselves in uncharted territory as far as the history of their program goes. Thursday night will make the first time in school history that Huron has ever had back to back Regional appearances. Despite losing to Bloom Carroll last season and fall one game short of a Regional Finals matchup with OG last season, the Tigers used the experience as something to build off of and will roll into Ada with an 18-6 mark on the season.

Leading the way for the Sandusky Bay Conference runners up is the Senior duo of Keegan Bollenbacher and Cody Thompson who have been teammates since the fourth grade and know where one another is on the court at all times. Bollenbacher, a Division 3 Northwest District Honorable Mention selection this season is averaging 10.9 points per game and has connected on nearly 100 shots from beyond the arc. Thompson is a two sport athlete who was selected as 2nd Team All-SBC in basketball last season is also a star on the gridiron where he was named 1st Team All-State at Defensive Back in Division 5 averages 10.5 ppg.

Offensively the Tigers average 56.9 points per game and give up 49 per game. Huron has been fantastic on defense as they have yet to allow a team more than 37 points in three tournament matchups during their run. A six game winning streak will be on the line for the Tigers as they last lost on February 15th at Norwalk 56-47.

Despite being a Division 3 team, Huron plays a tough schedule that is laden with Division 1 and 2 squads. Two of Huron’s six losses came at the hand of one team who is still playing in the Division 1 Tournament (25-1 Norwalk), and Division 2 Olmsted Falls who finished the season with 16 wins this year.

Tomorrow will mark the first time that Ottawa Glandorf has ever faced Huron, but it will mark the second time OG has played a team from the Sandusky Bay Conference as they lost to Clyde in the 1995 Regional Finals to Clyde.

One interesting note from the Titans fourth straight Regional trip is that it will mark the 27th consecutive year that at least one team from Putnam County has made it that far.

The game can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com at approx 8pm from the ONU Sports Center with myself, Steve Wiener and Leipsic Vikings Assistant Coach Chris Kuhlman with the winner advancing to the Regional Finals at 7pm on Saturday night against the winner of the earlier game as 21-4 Lima Central Catholic matches up with 18-7 Worthington Christian at 6pm in Ada.


Bearcats claw Kalida

On Friday night it was an old rivalry renewed as the Spencerville Bearcats played host to the Kalida Wildcats in a non-league contest at the Walk-In Closet.

Looking to put a halt to a three game series skid against the Wildcats, the Bearcats got the scoring going early from their three headed monster as Bailey Croft opened the game on the first possession with a corner triple that was one of eleven three pointers by his team on the night that gave Spencerville a 3-0 lead early.

Despite leading 10-9 late in the quarter, a quick 4-0 run had the home team leading 13-9 after the first stanza, and they would never trail again to the Wildcats.

Ben Bowers finished off a terrific first quarter with 7 points with 4 in the second quarter to finish the first half as the leading scorer in the game as Spencerville led 23-16 at the half. Just seconds before the half the home fans got a late Christmas present as Mason Nourse buried one of his game high five threes to send the Cats to the break with their biggest lead up to that point.

In the second half the Bearcats continued to shoot well from the field as they outscored Kalida 19-10 in the third quarter while using their brilliant defense in the final quarter to hold Kalida to just 7 points while scoring 13 of their own for a final score of 55-33.

The big three for the Bearcats again came up huge as Mason Nourse finished as the high scorer with 17 while Zach Goecke (16) and Ben Bowers (14) combined for 30 of the 55 Cats points on the night.

Kalida was led in points by Devin Kortokrax with 8, while Adam and Luke Langhals each came away with 7 in the game. All three players were successful in making a three point goal in the contest for the Wildcats.

With the loss the Wildcats drop to 5-3 on the season and will return to the road as they travel to take on McComb while the Bearcats improve to 7-2 on the year and travel up Rt. 66 to St. Marys to take on the Roughriders.

To listen to the game please check out the audio tab here on www.michaelhirn.com located at http://www.michaelhirn.com/media/audio/ in the media player.


Warriors run over Pickerington

LIMA – It was Hall of Fame night at Lima Stadium Saturday night, but it was Glen Frazier who was on display.

The last time Pickerington and Lima met in June, the Warriors offense gave away some points and the team trailed at the half. That would not be the case on this night however as Lima started the scoring early when on their first offensive play from scrimmage, Justin Henderson tossed a 34 yard pass into the middle of the endzone right into the arms of Billy Cozad to put the home team on the scoreboard and ahead for good 6-0 just 52 seconds in.

Devin Stover recovered his second fumble of the game on the next Wildcats drive, but the Warriors were forced into their only punt of the game on their next drive. Glen Frazier capped off a 10 play 55 yard drive that spanned over five minutes late in the first quarter as he plunged in from 3 yards out to put the Warriors on top 14-0 when Jason Diley added his second extra point on the night.

Riley Bransteter’s interception on the next drive provided the third of six eventual turnovers and once again led to a Frazier touchdown, but through the air this time as Henderson lobbed his second touchdown pass of the day to him from 3 yards out to make it 22-0 following a botched snap and a completed pass from Billy Cozad to Kaene Runion just seconds into the second quarter.

A quick three and out led to Lima utilizing another long scoring drive, this time going 8 plays 62 yards in 5:46 and running the score to 29-0 as Frazier bolted in from 12 yards out for his second rushing td of the game.

Justin Henderson tossed his third of four scoring strikes on the night as he lofted one perfectly down the right sideline that Runion floated under and walked into the endzone for a 62 yard touchdown reception that ran the score to 36-0 with 5:21 left in the half.

Anthony “Tone” Mikesell did what he has done so many times as a Lima Warrior on the ensuing drive, recover a fumble to set up his offense. David Johnson scored on the first of his two touchdown rushes and sent the game to the half with the Warriors on top 43-0.

Once halftime commenced, the Warriors gave back to four members of the organization who have helped to make it what it is today by inducting them as the 2013 Lima Warriors Hall of Fame class.

Jason and Jeremy Bott, Toledo Mitchell, and Debbie Hanlin were inducted on Saturday night in front of the Lima Stadium crowd.

Fireworks started as the second half began as Jay Jay Johnson returned the second half kick 65 yards to the Pickerington 15 yard line. A sure fire future Hall of Famer himself, Justin Henderson tossed touchdown pass number four on the evening to Porfirio Sutton from 8 yards out to put the home team on top 50-0 following Randy Ryan’s first extra point.

David Johnson, who finished with a team leading 5 carries for 60 yards added his second touchdown of the night on the next drive from 6 yards out to put Lima ahead 56-0 following the missed extra point.

One of the best moments in the game came on the very next series as first year Warrior defensive tackle Bennie Woods picked up a Wildcat fumble and rumbled 8 yards into the endzone for his first career touchdown to put his squad ahead 63-0.

Andrew “Baby” Peel added his third interception of the season and returned the ball 45 yards down to the Pickerington 2 yard line before Glen Frazier added touchdown run number three on the night near the end of the third stanza to put Lima ahead 70-0 and tie the team record for points scored in a game held by Bobby Huttis with 24 as well as Jeremy Bott and Chris Brooks’ record of three rushing td’s in a single contest.

The only score of the fourth quarter came as the Warriors finished off a 12 play 68 yard drive that spanned 10:37 with Glen’s adding his 4th rushing touchdown from 1 yard out to end the game 76-0 Lima and give the Warriors the their second highest scoring output ever. The 76-0 win was also the Warriors biggest point differential win in team history.

Glen Frazier finished the night with 30 yards rushing, 30 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. Justin Henderson finished with 191 yards passing to go alongside his four touchdowns. Kaene Runion led the way catching the ball with 3 catches for 70 yards including his 62 yard reception.

As a team the Warriors outgained the Wildcats 341-43 on the night.

With the loss, Pickerington falls to 1-7 in HFL play while the Warriors up their record to 6-4 overall, but most importantly they move into second place in the HFL South playoff picture at 6-2 before heading on the road next week to take on the Columbus Fire (12-0, 9-0).