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Nubians end Titans season

COLUMBUS, OH – Columbus Africentric outscored Ottawa Glandorf 27-16 in the second half of Thursday night’s Division 3 state semifinals and clinched their spot in the finals against Versailles 50-37 at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center.

Ottawa Glandorf opened the game on a 5-0 run in the first minute and a half on a free throw by Erin Kaufman and layups by junior classmates Paige Sutter and Ashley Schroeder. Africentric’s first points of the ballgame came on their third possession as Jordan Horston connected on her first jump shot to make it a 5-2 Titan advantage. Horston’s last jump shot of the first quarter with 15 seconds left in the period pulled the OG lead to 13-11 heading to a stoppage.

In the games middle periods the Nubians held their Western Buckeye League counterparts to just 12 markers and outscored them 21-12 to lead heading into the last eight minutes of play 32-25.

A 12-0 run by Africentric and a span of nearly six minutes without a score spanning from the late third period to the middle of the fourth saw the Titans deficit fall from 7 to 19 with 2:27 left.

Throughout the course of the game OG’s all-time leading scorer Kadie Hempfling found herself saddled with fouls and on the Titans bench and saw the Nubians go on sustained runs. Hempfling ended the night with 7 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals but was forced into 7 turnovers and 4 fouls by Africentric.

Erin Kaufman who ended the Titans scoreless run with one of just three of her teams three pointers at the 2:13 mark to pull within 44-30. Kaufman ended the game as the OG leader in scoring on the floor at the Schott for the second time in three years as she tossed in a team high 14.

Africentric was led by Horston who finished with 18 as one of her teams three players in double figures and was joined by Arianna Smith (13 points), and Nyam Thornton (10). For the game the Nubians outscored OG in the paint 28-16 led by the aforementioned trio.

In the Saturday afternoon finals the Nubians would go on to defeat Versailles for their 6th State Championship 53-47.

Ottawa Glandorf’s fourth straight trip to Columbus ended with a 25-3 record. The Titans senior class of Carri Johnson, Kadie Hempfling, and Mackenzie Meyer ended their brilliant careers with a pair of final fours and runner up trophies and a 104-10 record which is the best in school history.

Box Score:

Africentric (50):

Nyam Thornton 10
Tearra Cook 3
Maliyah Johnson 4
Jordan Horston 18
Arianna Smith 13
Kazhmere Smith-Hopgood 2

FG: 20/50
3PT: 2/9 (Thornton)
FT: 8/11
REB: 40
TO: 20

Ottawa Glandorf (37):

Ashley Schroeder 6
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 14
Kadie Hempfling 7
Kelsey Erford 3
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
Kasey Ellerbrock 3

FG: 11/45
3PT: 3/16
FT: 12/22
REB: 30
TO: 20

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Wildcats claim 3rd title

COLUMBUS, OH – Saturday afternoon inside the Schottenstein Center the Minster Wildcats finished the Division 4 State Championship game with a 63-48 victory over Ottoville to hoist their third gold trophy.

Janae Hoying put the Wildcats even at 29-29 with a three pointer, a steal, and a basket with 4:46 remaining in the third period. Hoying, the 5’4 freshman who her coach remarked “she’s not a freshman anymore” throughout the weekend was one of two first year players (Ivy Wolf) that Mike Wiss and fans could not stop raving about as the duo combined for 30 markers on the biggest stage of the year.

With 6:49 remaining in the final quarter the Ottoville Big Green lost the services of their two-time first team All-Ohio senior Bridget Landin when she hit the floor hard and was held out of the remaining minutes as a precaution.

Over the course of the same time frame the Wildcats were able to change their strategy on the defensive end into double teams and forced a handful of Ottoville turnovers that resulted directly in made baskets and free throws on the other end of the floor.

Ottoville missed their last 7 shots and ended 1/10 overall and without a point for 4:45 as the game wound down while Minster scored the Ohio State University nets to the tune of a 16-0 run to close out the contest.

A lead that was as large in the game as 10 for Ottoville in the first quarter that helped propel the Big Green to a 14-9 first quarter advantage and 24-20 at the half turned the rest of the way as Minster won the scoring battle in the second half 43-24. In the fourth period the Wildcats outscored Ottoville 24-8.

Earlier in the season the two teams played in a classic contest at Minster that was won by the Wildcats 55-54.

While their season comes to an end at 27-3 the Big Green finish the year tied with the most wins in a single season in Putnam County history. Ottoville was led in the ballgame in scoring by the senior duo of Amber Miller, University of Findlay bound Bridget Landin and junior Kasey Knippen who all ended with 13 points.

Minster and coach Mike Wiss who finish the year at 25-3 and with the schools third state title were led by Xavier bound junior Courtney Prenger with 17 points that included a dominant stretch of the fourth quarter where she scored 8 points in the paint.

Box Score:

Minster (63):

Alli Fischer 2
Ivy Wolf 15
Taylor Kogge 10
Courtney Prenger 17
Demaris Wolf 2
Janae Hoying 15

FG: 21/44
3PT: 2/12 (I. Wolf, J. Hoying)
FT: 19/24
REB: 25 (11 O/14 D)
TO: 8

Ottoville (48):

CJ Kemper 9
Bridget Landin 13
Amber Miller 13
Kasey Knippen 13

FG: 18/39
3PT: 3/7 (Kemper, Miller, Knippen)
FT: 9/11
REB: 22 (8 O/14 D)
TO: 17

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Titans clinch 4th straight state trip

LEXINGTON, OH – Saturday afternoon the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans clinched their fourth straight trip to Columbus as they dispatched the Western Reserve Lady Roughriders 62-40.

Despite a slow start on the offensive end the Titans picked up their defense and transition game in the latter stages of the first period and found themselves survivors of an early Rider barrage and on top 14-12 at the quarter break thanks to baskets by 5 different players.

Against a 2-3 zone from their opponents the Titans knocked down a pair of shots from outside in the second stanza from the hands of senior Carri Johnson and sophomore Brianna Schimmoeller to push their lead into double digits for the first time. Cora Wyers scored on the only non free throw of the second eight minutes for two of her teams markers in the quarter and found her team trailing 30-16 at the break.

Western Reserve’s all-time leading three point shooter Andrea Robson connected on one of her two makes from behind the arc in the third period for three of her 8 points in the game but was unable to stop the Titans outside game as Carri Johnson struck twice to keep the OG offense in high gear.

5’11 junior post Paige Sutter knocked down a pair of jumpers in the third and finished with a career high 10 points but also used a stellar defensive night as she was able to help keep the bigs for Western Reserve in check through the games final three quarters.

Free throw shooting helped to keep the Roughriders afloat through the four quarters as they finished the contest 16 of 22 but just 11/31 from the field and 2/6 from beyond the three point line.

Ottawa Glandorf who led 48-28 heading into the final eight minutes on the Lexington Minutemen scoreboard got strong contributions from Kadie Hempfling (17 points, 10 steals, 6 rebounds, 4 assists), Erin Kaufman (14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), and Paige Sutter (10 points, 4 rebounds) in the dominating 62-40 victory.

The Western Reserve Roughriders see their season and first regionals trip since the 2011-12 season come to an end at 23-4 while Ottawa Glandorf improves to 25-2 on the year with the win.

Next Thursday night the Titans will make their fourth straight trip to the Schott and take on the Africentric Nubians, 61-60 overtime winners against Hiland on Saturday afternoon for the right to play in the State Championship game on Saturday afternoon.

OG vs Africentric can be heard live on WZOQ Radio with the pregame at 7:30pm.

Box Score:

OG (62):

Ashley Schroeder 5
Kelsey Erford 2
Carri Johnson 9
Paige Sutter 10
Erin Kaufman 12
Brianna Schimmoeller 3
Kadie Hempfling 17

FG: 28/54
3PT: 4/17 (Johnson 3, Schimmoeller)
FT: 2/4
REB: 29
TO: 12

Western Reserve (40):

Katie Hipp 4
Andrea Robson 8
Keragan Fannin 2
Emma Blankenship 4
Brooke Ommert 10
Cora Wyers 13
Tabi Pausch 1

FG: 11/31
3PT: 2/6 (Robson 2)
FT: 16/22
REB: 23
TO: 20

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St. Marys rolls past Highland into Week 12

ST. MARYS, OH – For the second straight year the St. Marys Roughriders earned a home playoff game based on the strength of their regular season, and for the second straight year the Riders thumped their Week 11 opponent in said game.

Behind 41 first half points and a dominating defensive effort St. Marys rolled through the running clock to a 48-8 opening round victory Friday night in what could possibly be their last home game at Skip Baughman Stadium by downing visiting Highland.

After failing to score on their opening possession, the Roughrider offense wasted no time on their second chance with the football and pushed ahead for good at 7-0 when Junior Sean Perry scampered 9 yards virtually untouched into the endzone with 3:29 remaining in the opening quarter to give his team the first points of the contest.

In what would come to be a precursor to the rest of his night, Drew Jacobs picked off a Highland pass and set his team up at the Fighting Scots 38 yard line. Following a pair of touches by Ty Schlosser that resulted in a first down, QB Colin Clements tossed a 52 yard scoring strike to Braeden Dunlap to push the St. Marys lead to 14-0.

Highland’s next possession began with great field position at the Roughrider 47 thanks to a big kick return but got stopped almost as soon as it got started as they were unable to pick up a fourth down conversion and were forced to give the ball back to the home squad at their 32 midway through the second stanza.

Over the course of 2:08 the top ranked offense in the Western Buckeye League marched 62 yards to put themselves ahead by a trio of scores as Dunlap this time did the work himself on the ground and scored his third rushing touchdown of the season with an 11 yard jaunt.

Drew Jacobs second of three interceptions on the evening put a stop to another Highland drive just two plays after it got started once the defensive unit found its way back to the field and gave St. Marys the football at their opponents 22 yard line with 5:53 left in the opening half.

Entering Friday nights game St. Marys TE Wyatt Barhorst had caught just a pair of passes in his career for 14 yards. On Friday night Barhorst got his first of two opportunities to celebrate a touchdown reception as he caught a laser from Colin Clements to push his team ahead by a 28-0 margin from 19 yards out for his first career score.

Starting their next drive after forcing another Scots punt the Riders again wasted no time putting points on the board as Dunlap rushed in from 30 yards out for a score to run the lead to 34-0 with 4:40 remaining in the half.

Perhaps the only thing to go wrong in the first half for St. Marys followed immediately after the touchdown as kicker Gabe Vandever who had connected on a school record 71 consecutive extra points in his career and 50 straight on the season missed right on his 5th attempt of the evening.

The final score of the first half for St. Marys came with just :20 left before the halftime break when Barhorst caught his second touchdown pass of the night, a 25 yard tally on a fake field goal and pass from Clements. In scoring his second receiving effort of the night, Barhorst became the 12th Roughrider to have accomplished that feat in a single game and sent his troops into the locker room up 41-0.

Behind a running clock in the second half both teams were forced to pick up the tempo of their offenses which had already been in high gear pace wise in the opening two quarters.

Having picked up just 56 yards on 27 plays in the first half the Scots were looking to get things going their way in the third quarter but saw their time with the ball be short lived as Christian Triplett picked up a fumble at their 35 for St. Marys.

Three plays is all it took for Dunlap to strike again, this time from 25 yards away and provide the last Roughriders score at the 7:31 mark of the third period.

An overthrown pass by Highland QB Reese Weissenfluh found its way to the waiting arms of Jacobs again with 4:29 remaining in the third quarter and gave the Riders the ball at their own 5 and put a stop to the Scots deepest drive of the contest to that point.

With 19.9 seconds remaining the Roughriders chances of posting their first playoff shutout since 1993 when they blanked Uniontown Lake to win the State Championship came to an end when Weissenfluh raced in from 11 yards out for just his second rushing touchdown of the season. Brody Matthews added the two point conversion for Highland before time ran out in the contest to make the final score 48-8 St. Marys.

Highland, who finished as KMAC Champions this season sees their 2017 campaign come to an end at 8-3 in the first playoff appearance since the 2010.

St. Marys (10-1) has won 10 straight games and 7 straight now at Skip Baughman Stadium dating back to last seasons 42-8 opening round playoff win over Dayton Belmont. The Roughriders will move on to week 12 to do battle with the 11-0 Shelby Whippets and Minnesota bound signal caller Brennan Armstrong on Friday night at 7:30pm at Marion Harding High School.

Braeden Dunlap led the St. Marys rushing attack with his first 100 plus yard effort of the season as he finished with 10 carries for 107 yards and a pair of scores. Sean Perry picked up 72 yards and a touchdown as well. In all the Roughriders rushed 38 times for 252 yards while using three players tossing passes that finished 5/10 for 124 yards and three scoring efforts in the victory.

Historical note: Heading into Week 12 this years team has scored 423 points which puts them as the 5th highest scoring offense in school history by points scored.

By connecting on 6/7 extra points on the night, Gabe Vandever broke the schools all-time extra points record previously held by Jeff Hughes with 119 successful attempts. Vandever has now hit on 124 in his career heading into next weekends contest with Shelby.

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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

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Bearcats win route 66 battle

ST. MARYS, OH – Two Allen County rivals met on the hardwood in Auglaize County on Saturday afternoon when NWC rivals Spencerville and Delphos Jefferson took the court against one another, and the result was the same as it had been in the earlier meeting as the Bearcats pulled out a 63-57 victory over their foes from Delphos.

Delphos Jefferson was led by Senior guard and perennial All-NWC 1st team selection Jace Stockwell who pumped in a game high 27 points but saw his team fall short in their bid to force an early exit for the NWC Champions. Just a few days prior to this matchup inside Murotech Court at St. Marys HS the outgoing Wildcat tossed in a career high 29 points in a semifinals victory over Lima Central Catholic to earn his squad an opportunity to cut down the Roughriders nets.

Four players for Spencerville finished in double figures in the game led by the Northwest Conference player of the year Dakota Prichard who scored 12 of his team high 17 points in the first half as he helped give the designated home squad a 31-27 lead after the first two quarters.

Before being forced to exit late in the contest when he picked up his fifth foul, 6’2 Bearcat Junior Daniel Corso provided his team a spark in the opening minutes as he used his teams focused defensive attack to score on a pair of layups and a three pointer that would mark his only points of the contest.

Three Jefferson players (Stockwell, Drew Reiss, Tyler Bratton) hit from deep behind the arc in the opening eight minutes of the ballgame to keep the Jeffcats close but Delphos found themselves behind 1 at 15-14 at the first stoppage.

Alex Rode joined the Wildcats three point brigade in the second quarter as he connected on a triple try but as he had done just a few days prior it was once again Stockwell who took over and accounted for eight of his 12 first half markers to keep his team afloat when they struggled at times offensively against the Bearcats.

If the first half was a story about how many three pointers Delphos Jefferson could hit then the third quarter was a story about just how many Spencerville’s Gary Schrolucke could hit as the Bearcat Senior connected on three in a span of just two minutes and nearly hit a fourth that rolled back out. With Schrolucke and their offense hitting on most cylinders the Bearcats pushed their lead to 45-40 heading to the final stanza.

Talk to any coach about what is important and wins games and there is a good chance they will tell you defense and free throws, and that was the case on Saturday as the Bearcats connected on every one of their nine attempts in the fourth quarter while the Wildcats hit on just one of their three shots from the line.

Spencerville was led in scoring in the fourth quarter by Bailey Croft who tossed in nine of his 14 on the afternoon in the period but it was the rebounding by his brother Griffen (10 points/10 rebounds) that helped to keep possessions alive and ultimately help give Spencerville the Sectional Title and opportunity to move on.

Delphos sees their season come to an end under alumnus and first year Head Coach Jordan Jettinghoff at 12-12 while the Bearcats (18-5) will move on to play in the District Semifinals at Lima Senior High School on Thursday, March 9th at 6:15pm against a team they were victorious against in the regular season in the Marion Local Flyers.

Box Score:

Spencerville (63):
Daniel Corso 7
Gary Schrolucke 13
Dakota Prichard 17
Bailey Croft 14
Griffen Croft 10
Ben Dues 2

FG: 23/44
3PT: 7/17 (Schrolucke 3, Prichard 3, Corso)
FT: 10/11
REB: 25 (G. Croft 10)
AST: 14 (Prichard 5)

Delphos (57):
Jace Stockwell 27
Drew Reiss 5
Tyler Bratton 6
Alex Rode 17
Davion Tyson 2

FG: 22/46
3PT: 6/17 (Stockwell 2, Bratton 2, Reiss, Rode)
FT: 7/11
REB: 17 (Rode 6)
AST: 7 (Stockwell 3)

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Riders return to postseason

ST. MARYS, OH – Despite their loss last weekend to OG that cost them the outright Western Buckeye League title, the St. Marys Roughriders three-way champions in their league will return to play in a Week 11 game for the first time since they last shared the WBL and reached the postseason in 2008. 

Coach Doug Frye and crew will not only return to the postseason for the first time in eight years, they will also play host to the contest inside Skip Baughman Stadium for just the third time in school history when Belmont (7-2) comes to town Saturday night.

Leading the St. Marys offensive attack are a pair of rushers who finished in the top ten in the conference in rushing in the form of the WBL’s leading rusher Eric Spicer (154 carries, 1168 yards, 11 touchdowns), and Julius Fisher (166 carries, 966 yards, 11 touchdowns). Spicer, a senior who was first team All-WBL last season moved from 12th to 8th on the school all-time rushing list with a 155 yard performance against the Titans in the regular season finale last week and sits just outside of 100 yards on the ground from reaching the top 5.

Defensively the Roughriders are led by a senior dominated group that have been starters for a couple of seasons now and have been playing well this season, giving up a league low 9.8 points per game.

Austin Giesige leads a talented defensive unit with 98 tackles while both Grant Keith and Jackson Harris are not too far behind with 88 tackles each. On the year the Riders have forced 10 interceptions and are led by Eric Spicer who has pilfered 3 passes by opposing quarterbacks.

Belmont is coming off of a 1-0 forfeit win over CMAC conference mate Dunbar and an interesting scenario to end up as the opponent for St. Marys as the Bison were not slated to play the Riders until Dunbar was forced to vacate a pair of wins due to an ineligible player taking part in both their Week 9 and 10 contests.

The Belmont offensive attack is responsible for tallying 345 yards per game on the ground and is led by the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference’s leading rusher Elijah Malcolm, junior tailback who rushed for 1290 yards and reached the endzone 20 times this season. Joining Malcolm in the CMAC’s top 10 rushers is fellow runningback Dawson Martin who finished with 793 yards and 9 touchdowns.

While the Bison offense has racked up 37.3 points per game, they have given up just 18.8 per contest and will come into the game as winners of 6 straight.

Sophomore Rayjee Warden leads the Belmont defense with 41 tackles and 3 sacks on the season while the trio of Martin, Jadon Furlow, and Chris Hunt lead the defense with two interceptions each.

If the contest turns into a passing game St. Marys would be the more experienced of the two teams, as the Roughriders have connected on 51/82 passes for 595 yards and 9 touchdowns. Belmont has tossed the football just 22 times on the season and completed 7 when they have decided to put the ball in the air for 140 yards and a score.

St. Marys is making their 16th all-time playoff appearance (20-12 record) while Belmont is making their 3rd showing in the postseason (0-2). Roughrider Head Coach Doug Frye is making his 8th trek into Week 11 and has won 7 while also losing the same amount.

With the kickoff slated for 7:00pm on Saturday night the pregame coverage on WKKI K94.3FM will begin at 6:30pm with myself and Dennis Cisco on the call: K94.3 FM Celina

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St. Marys blitzes past Kenton, moves to 4-0

ST. MARYS, OH – Through the first three weeks of the season the St. Marys Roughriders have been the Western Buckeye League leaders in points scored and did nothing to hurt themselves in that category Friday night as they rolled to a 58-14 home win over league rival Kenton.

The last time a Roughrider team put up 58 points or more, the current group of seniors donning the blue jerseys were 10 years old as they watched Coach Doug Frye’s WBL Champions hang 677 yards rushing and 68 points on Elida.

Behind a dominating performance from the starting offensive line unit of Junior Garrett Lauth and Seniors Joey Morlino, Jonathan Peterson, Adam Wicker, and Aaron McGraw the Roughriders rushed the football 58 times for 499 yards against a Kenton defensive unit who gives up an average of 181 yards per contest on the ground.

Kenton won the toss and chose to give St. Marys the football first to begin the game and the home squad wasted no time making their opponents pay for their choice as Eric Spicer jaunted in from 33 yards out to put the Riders ahead 7-0 with 9:46 remaining in the opening quarter.

As he did last week against Shawnee, Grant Keith picked off a pass and gave his offense good field position they once again wasted no time capitalizing on as Bo Kuenning bulled in from eight yards out to make it 14-0 St. Marys.

Trent Hites, an Honorable Mention selection at QB for Kenton last season responded when his team was in possession of the ball next and engineered a 74 yard play over the course of eight plays and hooked up with the WBL’s receiving yardage leader Chris Deardorff for a touchdown to trim the lead to 14-7 in the middle of the opening period.

Starting from their own 41 yardline the Roughriders again called on their Senior tailback in Spicer and again he delivered as he bounced to the outside and dove to pay dirt to make it 21-7 St. Marys.

On their next possession the Wildcats incurred a pair of intentional grounding calls against Hites, but it was the second one that was deemed to have taken place in the endzone that proved the most costly as it resulted in a safety and a 23-7 St. Marys lead with 2:28 in the first stanza.

With the ball coming their way via a free kick after the safety, the Riders traversed 51 yards south to the Kenton goal line before Dustin Howell called his own number and rushed in from a yard out for his fifth touchdown run of the season and pushed the score to 30-7 early in the second quarter.

Seven plays and 71 yards the Wildcats used on their ensuing drive to cut the Roughrider lead to 30-14 with 9:10 remaining before the halftime break as Hites connected on a nine yard hookup to Austin Buroker, but that is as close as they would come on the evening.

Fifteen seconds and 68 yards is all it took on the games next play from scrimmage for Eric Spicer to push the lead out to 23 at 37-14 as he scored for the third time in the first half with a touchdown that saw him knife through the heart of the Kenton defense and outrun everyone in his way for the final points in the opening two quarters.

Seconds after Hites had the ball fall out of his hands to the Skip Baughman Stadium grass, Matt Patten just as quickly scooped up the pigskin and gave his team their first offensive opportunity of the third quarter at the 50 yardline.

Both of the plays run on the following drive for St. Marys would see Julius Fisher, who entered the night with the second most rushing yards in the league pick up three yards and then 47 and a score to push his teams lead to 30 at 44-14 and cue the running clock for the rest of the game.

Another strong Kenton drive would follow the Roughrider touchdown but ended in a punt as Hites was sacked on third down. Following the punt the Riders began at their own 21 but wouldn’t stay there long as they would send Sean Perry into the endzone from seven yards out on his third carry of the drive and add another Gabe Vandever extra point for a 51-14 lead.

A pair of incomplete passes for Kenton brought another drive to an end minutes later and put St. Marys with the ball at their own 47. Using just under three and a half minutes the Riders put their final touchdown of the night on the board as Freshman Ty Schlosser scored on a 26 yard toss play with 52.8 seconds remaining and secured a 58-14 victory.

With their victory the Roughriders move to 4-0 for the second straight season and see their WBL record improve to 3-0. Kenton now sits at 1-3 overall after suffering their second straight loss and see their league mark fall to 1-2 on the year.

On the evening the Wildcats were held to -7 yards on 12 carries and finished with 54 offensive plays for 225 yards. Trent Hites, the WBL leader in passing yards/touchdowns/interceptions coming into the evening completed 27/42 passes for 232 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception while hitting wideout Chris Deardorff 12 times for 108 yards.

St. Marys accumulated 523 yards on 60 plays on the offensive end and were led in rushing by Spicer who toted the ball 16 times for 245 yards and a trio of scores. Julius Fisher’s 15 carries resulted in his fourth straight 100+ yard game to open the season as he picked up 121 yards and a touchdown.

Passing the ball the Roughriders were 2/2 from Dustin Howell and finished with 24 yards on the evening.

Kenton will head home for a date with 0-4 Van Wert next Friday night while St. Marys will begin their two week tour of Lima as they travel to Elida to take on the 2-2 Elida Bulldogs.

Hear St. Marys vs Elida beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame show here: St. Marys vs Elida Broadcast

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The King moves on

KALIDA, OH – Friday afternoon Kalida High School learned that they will be on the hunt to replace the OHSAA’s All-Time wins leader in boys basketball history Dick Kortokrax before the 2016-17 season begins as Kortokrax will announce his resignation from the position of Head Coach of the boys program in a 5pm press conference at the school.

Last season Kortokrax guided the Wildcats to a 13-10 record, and 20th Putnam County League championship at the school where he has amassed 665 of his record 890 career victories.

With Kortokrax not on the sidelines this upcoming season it will mark the first time since 1974 without him on the bench, as Kalida was led on the court by Ted Bushong who finished 11-10 overall in his only season at the helm before giving way to the former Ottoville and Fort Jennings leader.

The next coach at Kalida will take over a squad that ended last season at 6-1 in the PCL, but loses a ton of leadership from seven graduating seniors including leading scorer and captain Grant Unverferth.

Returning for the Wildcats next season will be three players who saw significant minutes at the varsity level during their junior campaigns.

“I don’t think anyone will ever beat 890 wins and I’m proud of what that stands for, for the people of Fort Jennings of Ottoville and here at Kalida to have all had a hand in that accomplishment over the years shows how good Putnam County basketball has been and is” Kortokrax said during the press conference.

On whether his retirement was of his own choice or whether it was made for him Kortokrax had the following to say: “The Kalida schoolboard has decided to take things in a different direction. They can take this from me but they can not take away my love of the game”.

Hear the press conference where Coach Kortokrax announces his retirement:

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Alter claims D2 crown

COLUMBUS, OH – Ottawa Glandorf climbed within four points of Kettering Alter in the waning moments of the third quarter Saturday afternoon but were unable to complete the comeback after losing one of their leaders in Kadie Hempfling to injury and falling to the Knights 74-48 in the Division 2 State Championship game.

As she has done all season long the WBL Player of the Year dove to the floor to procure a loose ball for the Titans, but Hempfling landed awkwardly on her right hand and suffered what was later revealed to be a dislocated finger that would keep her out of the remaining ten minutes of the contest.

With the Sophomore relegated to the bench and cheering on her team as she had been forced to do in the middle of the season for five games, Ottawa Glandorf was outscored 34-12 the rest of the game by Alter.

Braxtin Miller, a Junior who is being heavily recruited by most major Division 1 colleges poured in 33 points in the game and helped her team score a State Championship game record 26 points in the final stanza to secure their second straight championship.

Freshman guard Erin Kaufman led the Titans in points for the game as she finished with 12 markers. Over a span of two minutes in the the game the youngest Titan starter accounted for ten of her scores on the afternoon and helped to push her teams momentum into an Alter timeout that had the huge OG following on their feet.

Playing in her 108th game, Senior Dani Ellerbrock who will play her college basketball at Mount Vernon Nazarene University next season handed out five assists and helped OG run the fast break to perfection at times but fouled out early in the fourth quarter to end her prep career. In her four years at Ottawa Glandorf Ellerbrock started every game of her career amassed a 90-18 record.

Kara Stephenson and Duquesne bound Libby Bazelak each scored 10 points for Alter (28-2) while Northern Kentucky bound Haley Combs added 9 for the Knights who shot 22/38 from the field, 9/15 from beyond the arc and 21/28 from the free throw line in the win.

Ottawa Glandorf’s season ends with a 26-3 record for the second straight season and ties the highest amount of wins in a single campaign in school history.

Scoring:

Alter (74):
Kara Stephenson 10
Olivia Gillis 1
Libby Bazelak 10
Braxtin Miller 33
Hayley Combs 9
Lauren Lush 3
Ty Markoff 5
Allie Godfrey 1
Riley Priest 2

FG: 22/38
3PT: 9/15
FT: 21/28
REB: 26
TO: 12

OG (48):
Dani Ellerbrock 6
Erin Kaufman 12
Kylie White 11
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kadie Hempfling 10
Devon Warnecke 3

FG: 21/46
3PT: 3/16
FT: 3/9
REB: 22
TO: 18

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