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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


2015 HOF Huddle NEO Showcase Recap

The 2015 Hall of Fame Huddle NEO Showcase took place this past weekend at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Event organizer Rich Harland (@HOFHuddle_Rich) welcomed over 100 basketball players ranging from 8th grade to 12th grade from all over the state of Ohio to participate and be seen by college coaches.

With over 20 colleges and universities represented, the second annual event was easily deemed a success. In addition to playing games with new teammates and having to acclimate themselves to a new style of play, the young ladies were also put through a battery of drills and tests for the coaches in attendance to get a look at them and determine if they should be given the opportunity to compete for their respective teams in the future.

Some of the players that stood out to me during the day long event are listed below (note: I did not get a chance to see everyone nearly as much as I would have liked to with over 100 players and 3 games taking place at one time):

Taylor Mikesell (Sophomore, Jackson) – This young lady is not only a fantastic dribbler, but her decision making, court awareness and basketball IQ will put her easily near the top of her recruiting class for most D1 colleges and their wish lists very soon.

Caitlin Tytler (Senior, Jackson) – For the second Showcase in a row the sparkplug from Jackson impressed the coaches and scouts in attendance by doing all of the little things well. A hard nosed defender with a high motor, Tytler is also a very aggressive rebounder and played well for the Lilac team alongside high school teammate Mikesell. Talking with some college coaches during the event, they really liked what they say in Caitlin.

Naudier Becton (Sophomore, Jackson) – If Jackson does not have a banner year with the trio of Mikesell, Tytler and Becton I will be shocked. A lightning quick guard and unselfish passer, Becton makes good decisions on the court to always put her team in prime position to score at will.

Savannah Maynard (Sophomore, Green) – A nice rebounder with a solid nose for the ball, she will be a defensive presence for years to come as she doesn’t graduate until 2018.

Ahmarianna West (Freshman, Toledo Notre Dame) – One of the quickest first steps I have seen out of a young lady in quite some time, Ahmarianna can flat out fly with the basketball in her hands.

Brandie Snow (Senior, Lake) – A standout last season in both the combine and her high school year as a Junior at Lake, Snow has the capability to play a lot of places on the floor and play them well. High basketball IQ and good leadership along with a toughness to do the dirty work make her one of my favorite players to watch play on the court. While she might be a late signer, wherever she ends up will be getting a quality player.

Mikayla Poole (Sophomore, Carrollton) – Not only can she fly with the ball in her hands up and down the floor, but she is also a solid finisher at the rim who is not afraid to take contact and get to the line.

Jenna Strayer (Junior, Bellevue) – One of the best players all day that I saw play in terms of getting herself to the free throw line. During her teams games every time I looked up during the day she was at the free throw line. Gritty player with a toughness about her.

Lexee Miller (Junior, New Philadelphia) – Probably one of the most solid across the board players I watched play all day long, there is not a lot that she did not do well.

Kennedy Schlabach (Sophomore, Hiland) – One of six Hiland Hawks that made their way to the combine this season, it shouldn’t shock you to know she has a great understanding and awareness while on the court as her father, the legendary coach legendary Dave Schlabach. Being a coaches kid I would imagine has its pitfalls, but also its advantages and she has clearly taken his advice to heart as she is a quick and scrappy player.

Jayla Hall (Junior, Amherst) – If you need a forward to do your dirty work and keep the opposing team off of the glass, Jayla is that player. A good defender with room to grow, Jayla pulled down a ton of rebounds for her Cardinal squad while I was watching them and then quickly threw up the floor to start the offensive attack.

Natalie Wilson (Sophomore, Perry) – A smart passer that always has her head up and is looking up court to find an open teammate.

Taylor Geib (Senior, Ravenna) – A young lady with nice length on the front line and who gets a lot of rebounds.

Peyton Banks (Sophomore, Wadsworth) – Tough with a nice drop step, this young lady runs the floor very well and can hit the open jumper with range.

One of the teams that stood out the most for me as a whole was the Red squad coached by Lipscomb University guard Lexi Manos. Manos’ team featured a handful of young ladies that impressed in their abilities individually and in their effort to gel quickly as a team:

Ang Troyer (Junior, Hiland) – Another one of the Hiland players who had a terrific afternoon in North Canton. A solid all-around player who doesn’t seem to overly excel in any one thing on the floor, but does everything well will no doubt help lead the Hawks to another long run in March in the tournament.

Morgan McMillen (Sophomore, Hiland) – A Sophomore point guard transfer, she possesses a high basketball IQ and court awareness that could pretty much describe any of the point guards for Hiland, but none moreso than of McMillen. A nice passer and a solid leader, she raised more than a few eyebrows with the college coaches in attendance and likely will for years to come.

Emma Rankin (Junior, West Branch) – A nice shooter with touch on the wings, there didn’t seem to be very many places Rankin couldn’t knock down a shot from on the afternoon.

Kaylee Pierce (Sophomore, Massillon) – Yet another fantastic Sophomore, Pierce has a quick first step and can terrorize opponents as they attempt to guard her off the dribble. A smart defender as well, she rarely will put herself in a bad position where she will need to call for help.

There were MANY MANY more great ballers that I wish I could have gotten to see more, but trust me there are a ton you will soon be hearing about allover the state of Ohio once the season begins. Please feel free to take a to take a listen to myself and Rich Harland (HOF Huddle Website) discuss the event in the video below:

Pictures from the event:


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)


NEO Girls Basketball Combine Showcase

The first ever Northeast Ohio Combine & Showcase took place this past Sunday, September 7th at Tuslaw High School in Massillon, Ohio and was a rousing success according to Rich Harland who operates Hall of Fame Huddle, one of the two organizers of the event:

Jim Dabbelt of the Dabbelt Report, the Dayton girls basketball guru who is hosting his own event in Tipp City on September 21st for young ladies looking to get college exposure also stated he too was more than happy with how well the event went, “I think it went very well and is a great starting point for future events here in Northeast Ohio.”

With many college scouts in attendance, the event got started at 9am with a multitude of skills challenges such as a standing vertical measurement and a lane agility test for all of the 80 young ladies in attendance.

One of the most impressive measurements of the day that I caught a glimpse of was the 74 inch wingspan displayed by Triniti Lee, a Freshman from nearby Massillon Jackson. IMG_0465

Following completion of the measurements and a few drills, the girls were split up into teams to each play a pair of games inside the Tuslaw High School and Middle School gyms.

The first game of the day in the HS gym featured the Purple and Pink teams matching up. Coming into the combine I had heard a lot about a young lady who is the reigning NBC player of the year in Ali Poole, and the Junior from Carrollton lived up to her billing. One of the things I was most impressed with during the course of the two games were the quick hands that Ali showed off as she pilfered a couple of balls and led her team on easy drives to the basket on the opposite end, as she is fantastic with the ball in the open court and as a finisher.

Junior Caitlin Tytler really impressed me underneath the basket in the two games I saw of her as she has a tough personality on the court and is a terrific rebounder with a real nose for the basketball. On one possession in the first game I watched her in awe as she used her body to position herself for three straight offensive boards before being fouled while trying to score one herself.

On the other side of the ball, the pink team had two players jump out at me right away in Karlee Pireu (Junior, Perry) for her high basketball IQ and her quick jumpshot from the perimeter. I’ve got a feeling that Perry is going to be quite good this season between Karlee and teammate Kimmie Borck who is one of the toughest finishers at the rim I saw all day. Gabby Mitchell, a much heralded Freshman who will be plying her trade for the Solon Comets this season also impressed the heck out of me with her great range and ability to hit from deep as she drilled a pair of three pointers with a hand in her face from the wing in the first contest.

#54 Karlee Pireu – SO, Perry
#54 Karlee Pireu – SO, Perry

With each team playing 25 minute halves, it gave the spectators a chance to rotate gyms and check out a couple of games at a time, something I took full advantage of at halftime to catch a half of the Green vs Orange matchup in the much warmer Tuslaw Middle School gym.

Each team featured a handful of players I was looking forward to seeing, but none moreso than Orange’s Taylor Mikesell (Freshman from Jackson) who is already receiving interest from every major college program (Notre Dame, Florida State, Indiana, Iowa) before she even laces up her Nikes for the first time in a high school game, and the Green squad’s Brandie Snow (Junior, Lake) who had impressed me earlier in the morning during the skills portion of the day.

Both players were true warriors for their respective squads and got a real challenge for being the best player on the court from their teammates in the Green team’s aforementioned Gabby Mitchell (Fr, Solon) who is beyond lightning quick in transition, and the Orange’s Bethany Koons (Jr, Tuslaw) who impressed me with her ability to create her own shots and turn those opportunities into chances at the free throw line. I only got to witness the second half of this one, but it held up the rest of the day as one of the best games of the day. A funny moment from it came however when the Orange team hit a 3 point basket to break a 27-27 tie but was then realized by the referee that both teams were going the wrong way to open the second half before the score was changed to reflect the mistake.


Back in the HS gym it was time for the Red squad to take on the Light Blue squad in what turned out to be quite a physical battle later in the game. Light Blue jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first 3 minutes of the game and kept the Red team scoreless until the 16:06 mark when they dented the scoring column with a 13 foot jumper.

With the whole team full of players who impressed me throughout the day it was hard to pick just a couple of players who stood out, especially for the Light Blue squad. Two of the young ladies that stuck out in the first half of this one were Caitlyn Kroll (JR, Bridgeport) for her ability to read the passing lane on defense and use of her size and Lindsey Baker (JR, Wheeling Central (WV) ) who was one of the days best shooters.

While those two young ladies as well as teammate Cortney Huffman (SR, Sandy Valley) were all impressive to me, it was Hoover Junior Lexi Manos that stole the show. With her astonishing court vision and dribbling skills that the Globetrotters would be envious of, Lexi put her team in a prime position to be up on the scoreboard at all times. It is easy to see that being a part of a Hoover team who made it to the State Championship game has given this young lady worlds of confidence as the leads her team this season.

Team Red has some very nice young scorers on their team that were on display as Camille Adelman (SR, Field) showed off her ballhandling skills with both hands and quick scoring ability on multiple trips down the floor. Camille was joined in throwing in a big performance by Izzy Meese (JR, Garaway) who showed she is a beast to deal with near the rim and will work hard to finish a play at all times.

Caitlyn Kroll (Blue) works against Olivia Belknap (Red)
Caitlyn Kroll (Blue) works against Olivia Belknap (Red)

Destinee Lee (Soph, Jackson) really stood out to me for the Maroon team in the final game of the day in a high scoring contest against the aforementioned Light Blue squad. Her ability to defend and rebound really stood out and helped her team while she was in. Unfortunately for her however, her teammates could not keep up with the frantic and pinpoint rhythm set by Manos and Baker. Jackson is going to have a VERY nice team this year I think because of Destinee and Caitlyn Tytler who both put on solid displays for the scouts in attendance.

Dani Norquest (Blue) working hard under the bucket
Dani Norquest (Blue) working hard under the bucket

If I had to wittle down all of the players I was most impressed with to an “All Combine Team” so to speak it would be these 5:

Lindsey Baker – The Junior from Wheeling Central West Virginia is a nice shooter and all around selfless player.

Taylor Mikesell – I mean come on, there’s a reason BIG schools are after her before her FIRST HIGH SCHOOL GAME.

Ali Poole – I thought she got off to a slow start in the morning but really picked it up and is a fantastic leader/scorer.

Brandie Snow – Lake’s Junior really jumped off the charts at me early in the morning as one of the best all-around players and did nothing to hurt that.

Lexi Manos – There aren’t enough superlatives to describe this young lady. A Magic Johnson-esque touch with the basketball jumps her to the head of the class, schools have to be drooling to get her onto their campus.

A big thank you to all of you for reading this and for Jim and Rich for bringing me in to cover this. If you’d like to send me your thoughts just hit me up on twitter @michaelhirnpbp. Be sure to check out the photo gallery from the event by liking my facebook page at www.facebook.com/michaelhirnpbp



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.