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Bulldogs outslug Rockets in PCL battle

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Columbus Grove struck first and last in Tuesday night’s Putnam County League matchup with rival Pandora Gilboa as they defeated the Rockets at home 16-6 in a 5 inning contest.

PG nabbed the first two baserunners of the contest in their half of the opening stanza but came up empty on the scoreboard when Ryan Lee was forced out at third and Isaac Stahl was thrown out at the same base to end the top half of the first inning with the Rockets scoreless.

Columbus Grove wasted no time putting up runs in their first at bat as the Bulldogs would account for a five spot and bat around in their opening at bat. Just a pair of hits came across for the home team but a trio of walks and a hit by pitch from PG hurler Ryan Lee helped his opponents to a 5-0 advantage after the first six outs of the game.

In their second time at the plate the Rockets blasted off against Grove starter Kurt Griffith and utilized a trio of singles, a pair of walks and a sacrifice fly by Austin Decker to centerfield to tie the ballgame with a 5 run inning of their own.

Three runs on three hits in the third inning put Columbus Grove ahead for good as Dane Schroeder and Alex Schnieder both singled before catcher Brady Hauenstein was hit by a pitch for the second time in as any at bats before two of the three were knocked in by Tayt Birnesser to push ahead ultimately at 8-5 when the inning ended.

For the second time in the contest the Bulldogs batted around, this time coming in the bottom of the fourth inning. After seeing Hauenstein hit by a pitch for the third consecutive trip at the plate, Columbus Grove would send 12 batters to the plate and scratch across 7 runs on 4 hits to go ahead 15-5 after four innings.

Needing to get at least one run to keep from being run ruled the Rockets saw their catcher Josh Shartell reach on an error and quickly be moved to second base on a Kurt Griffith balk. Moments after right fielder Zeb George was hit by a pitch in the helmet and pinch run, PG would get Shartell on the scoreboard for their sixth run and keep the game going into the bottom of the fifth when shortstop turned relief pitcher Brennen Moorman singled him in.

With the bases loaded and just one out in the bottom of the inning it was the Bulldogs Dane Schroeder who provided the final hit of the ballgame as he singled into left center to bring home Brady Rudasill and provide the final score of 16-6 in the contest.

Kurt Griffith improved to 2-1 on the season on the mound for the Bulldogs who improve to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in Putnam County League play. Griffith threw 74 pitches on the day and gave up 6 runs on 6 hits while striking out and walking a pair in the win. Columbus Grove will be back in action on Wednesday as they take on Miller City in PCL action starting at 5pm.

Pandora Gilboa’s Ryan Lee sees his record fall to 0-1 on the year as he tossed 66 pitches over 2 innings of work, giving up 8 runs on 4 hits while walking 5 and striking out just one batter. The Rockets are in action against Vanlue in Blanchard Valley Conference play on Wednesday at home at 5pm.

Top Performers:

Ryan Lee (PG) 2-3
Alex Schneider (Grove) 3-4

*Stats compiled with help of Gamechanger*

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PG’s Johnson headlines All-PCL list as Player of the Year

Pandora Gilboa Junior Drew Johnson and PG Head Coach Joe Braidic were tabbed Sunday as the Putnam County League Player and Coach of the Year respectively as they led the Rockets to their third PCL title in school history and first since 2009 as they finished with a 16-6 regular season campaign and went 6-1 in league competition.

Braidic who is in his third term as the head of the boys program at PG picked up his second win for the top mentor in the league. In 2008 Braidic was honored for the first time as he guided his Rockets to their first PCL crown.

In winning the player award Johnson, a dynamic 6’5 Junior forward who already nabbed his 1,000th point this season becomes the fourth player in school history selected for the honor and he joins Josh Lee who snagged it in the first two PCL title seasons of 2008 and 2009, Eric Hermiller who won in 1990, and Steve Fenstermaker who was honored in 1987.

Joining Johnson on the 1st team this season were Seniors Wade Stauffer of Continental, and Grant Schroeder of Leipsic. Juniors Mark Kuhlman of Miller City and Logan Kemper of Ottoville joined with Johnson to make it three underclassmen in this seasons top five vote getters.

2nd team selections included a future St. Francis Cougar football player in Columbus Grove Senior Rece Roney, who was honored alongside four Juniors in Miller City’s Jacob Kuhlman, Ottoville’s Nick Moorman, Brandon Wehri of Fort Jennings, and Pandora Gilboa Sophomore Jared Breece.

Honorable Mention status for the league went to 16 players this year:

Caiden Grothaus (Senior) Columbus Grove
Logan Schroeder (Junior) Columbus Grove
Trevor Williamson (Senior) Continental
Jacob Williams (Senior) Continental
Ian Finn (Junior) Fort Jennings
Luke Trentman (Junior) Fort Jennings
Trent Siebeneck (Senior) Kalida
Collin Nartker (Senior) Kalida
Jordan Berger (Senior) Leipsic
Grant Rader (Senior) Leipsic
Matt Niese (Senior) Miller City
Noah Otto (Junior) Miller City
Ryan Bendele (Junior) Ottoville
Eric Von Sossan (Senior) Ottoville
Cooper McCullough (Junior) Pandora Gilboa
Riley Larcom (Sophomore) Pandora Gilboa

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Swift perfectly pitches Wildcats past PG

KALIDA, OH – Kalida’s Austin Swift faced 15 batters from Pandora Gilboa on Wednesday at home and he struck out all 15 of the Rockets hitters across five innings as his team picked up a Sectional Championship with an 11-0 victory.

Swift, a senior headed to play college baseball at Indiana Wesleyan University used just 55 pitches to help Kalida secure their first Sectional title since 2013. His 15 strikeouts saw him finish just four K’s short of the school record held jointly by William Stechschulte, Brian Klausing, and Chad Ehrnsberger (twice) and breaks his own personal record of 14 strikeouts set on four different occasions, three of which came during his junior campaign when he was named Putnam County League Player of the Year.

Of the 55 pitches Swift threw on the day only a pair were touched by a Rocket bat, and both of those resulted in foul balls. 45 of the tosses from the left hander went for strikes as well.

Offensively the Wildcats scored their first run in the bottom of the opening stanza when Swift’s sacrifice fly brought in the leadoff hitter Trent Siebeneck from third to make it 1-0.

Austin Klausing singled to open the bottom of the second inning for Kalida and later scored as he was brought around on an RBI single from teammate Derek Buss to push the home team advantage to 2-0.

Two more runs came across for Kalida in the third inning, an inning in which they sent eight batters to the plate and knocked in two more runs when Swift and his battery mate Jeff Knueve crossed the plate.

Despite giving up just four runs on five hits through the first three innings, PG sophomore starter Drew Johnson was smacked hard by the Wildcat bats in the fourth inning as he would give up seven runs on six hits before striking out Siebeneck and Trevor Maag to bring the inning to an end.

Pandora Gilboa came to bat in the top of the fifth inning needing to score a pair of runs to keep their tournament run alive, but were struck out to end the game in order by Swift (5-0, 73 strikeouts on the season) on 10 pitches to secure the victory.

Kalida (19-1) will now take on fellow Putnam County League school Miller City who was victorious 2-1 in an 11 inning affair with McComb. The game will take place on Wednesday, May 18th at 2:00pm at Ottawa Glandorf and can be heard live on Zsportslive.com.

Hitting Box Score:

Kalida:
Trent Siebeneck 2-4, 2 singles, run
Trevor Maag 1-3, 1 walk, single, run
Austin Swift 1-3, single, 2 RBI, 2 runs
Jeff Knueve 1-1, 2 walks, 2 RBI, 2 runs
Brady Laudick 1-2, walk, RBI, run
Austin Klausing 2-2, walk, single, double, 2 runs
Noah Lambert 2-2, 2 singles, walk, RBI
Trent Gerding 1-3, single
Derek Buss 1-3, single, RBI

Swift’s 15 strikeouts is the second most against Pandora Gilboa by a Kalida pitcher. Brian Klausing struck out 18 Rockets in a game between the two during the 1991 season.

Scorebook from the game:

kalida scorebook

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Boys District 8 All-Star Game Results

ELIDA, OHIO – Last years District 8 All-Star Games were about dunks, this year the games were about three pointers as only 4 dunks were thrown down Tuesday night.

In the first game of the night, the Division 1/2/3 game the West came away with a 98-96 win and avenged last seasons 150-97 loss to the East. Shawnee Indian product Jaquan Tucker (West) led all scorers in the contest with 40 points, including 6 three pointers. Not to be outdone however, the East’s Elijah Pughsley (Lima Senior) scored 35 points of his own including 10 shots from behind the arc in his last game close to home before jettisoning off to play his college ball at Western Carolina.

Combined in the contest the two squads combined to connect on 31 shots from behind the arc, 15 for the West and 16 for the East. Evan Prenger of St. Henry scored 18 in the contest as he connected on 6 three pointers and was followed closely by Katwan Singleton of the State Champion Defiance Bulldogs with 17 points for Celina Coach Chris Bihn’s Western squad. Ryan Hoyng, the Western Buckeye League Player of the Year was the only other player to finish in double figures as he netted 11 markers.

Blanchard Valley Conference Coach of the Year Ben Gerken (Liberty Benton) was the mentor of the East squad and finished with three players outside of Pughsley in double figures as Austin Phillips (Kenton) had 20, Jon Daegar (LB) tossed in 19, and Elida’s Austin Allemeir delighted the home fans with 12 points in his last contest at the Fieldhouse.

Scoring:

West (98):

Connor Holliday (Van Wert) 3
Evan Prenger (St. Henry) 18
Jaquan Tucker (Shawnee) 40
Logan Delong (Celina) 4
Ryan Hoyng (Celina) 11
Katwan Singleton (Defiance) 17
Quinn Zaerr (St. Marys) 5

Playing but not scoring: Grant Laffin (Celina)
Not able to make it: Tanner Bates (Parkway), Adam Henderson (Wapak)

East (96):

Levi Kistler (Bluffton) 2
Austin Allemeir (Elida) 12
Elijah Pughsley (Lima Senior)35
Draeton Fasone (Van Buren) 6
Clark Etzler (Elida) 2
Austin Phillips (Kenton) 20
Jon Daegar (Liberty Benton) 19

Playing but not scoring: Ilias Wright (Lima Senior)
Not able to make it: Jake Williams (LCC)

Last season it was the first game that was the blowout of the two contests, this year it would prove to be the second as the East romped to a 105-77 win in the Division 4 contest led by 16 points each from New Bremen’s Carson Manger and Lincolnview’s Justis Dowdy.

With their head coaches in Aaron Elwer (Delphos St. Johns), and Kurt Goettemoeller (Marion Local) in charge, a pair of Bluejays (Andy Grothaus/Alex Odenweller) and a pair of Flyers (Luke Knapke/Ryan Bruns) would have a big night as the four players combined for 40 of their squads points on the night.

Knapke, a 6’10 center headed to play his college ball at the University of Toledo would also set the tone inside as he was responsible for a pair of eye popping slam dunks in the contest en route to 15 points and double digit rebounds.

Jace Darbyshire, the NWC and PCL Player of the Year, and the Perry Commodores all-time leading scorer Jared Poling would each finish with 13 points to lead the West who were coached by Nick Latta (McComb), and Jason Vermillion (Arlington) in scoring in the loss.

16 three pointers found their way through the nets for each side in the contest, led by four from the East’s Manger (headed to Lake Superior State University).

Scoring:

East (105):

Andy Grothaus (DSJ) 11
Alex Odenweller (DSJ) 4
Devin Kortokrax (Kalida) 10
Justis Dowdy (Lincolnview) 16
Carson Manger (New Bremen) 16
Andrew Arnett (New Knoxville) 8
Brandt Landin (Ottoville) 10
Luke Knapke (Marion Local) 15
Ryan Bruns (Marion Local) 10
Matthew Trushaw (Minster) 2

West (77):

Jace Darbyshire (Columbus Grove) 13
Austin Smith (Vanlue) 6
Aaron Starr (Arlington) 7
Grant McBride (Ada) 2
Trey Hanes (McComb) 7
Clay Grubb (McComb) 10
Markus Howell (Temple Christian) 5
Matthew Alspach (Cory Rawson) 11
Jared Poling (Perry) 13
Colin Fenstermaker (Pandora Gilboa) 2

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Continental outlasts PG

Continental and Pandora Gilboa traded leads early in the game but the Pirates 20-0 run over the second and third quarter propelled them past the Rockets and to their 4th PCL win of the season 48-37 Thursday night.

Three lead changes took place in the first quarter as each team scratched and clawed their way to 9 first quarter points. With the score tied at 6-6 midway through the stanza, Continental pulled ahead at 9-6 when Trevor Williamson connected on a three pointer from the wing. Pandora Gilboa responded on their next possession with a two pointer and a subsequent free throw to send the game deadlocked into the next quarter.

6’5 Senior Colin Fenstermaker opened the second quarter with a score for the Rockets to give them an 11-9 lead. Unfortunately for the visitors it would be their last score for 7:44 of game action until a third quarter basket by Fenstermaker brought their 13th point of the game.

Over the same 7:44 Continental would go on a 20-0 run keyed by 7 points from Trevor Williamson and 4 from Gabe Williams to push the lead to 31-11 at the 6:16 mark of the 3rd.

Entering the final stanza of play the Rockets found themselves trailing 41-19 but never gave up. PG found themselves within 10 points at 45-35 but with just 34.3 seconds remaining on the clock as they outscored the Pirates 16-4 to that point in the quarter. Continental would muster just 7 points in the period but it would be enough as Gabe Williams connected on 3/4 free throws, including a pair with 29.9 seconds left to help his team hold on until the final buzzer by a 48-37 margin.

The Pirates were led in scoring by Trevor Williamson with 19, and get to 6-13 overall with the win. Continental finishes the PCL part of their schedule at 4-3, and will play host to Patrick Henry (7-13) Friday night to end the regular season.

Pandora Gilboa sees their season record fall to 3-18 overall and 0-7 in Putnam County League play. The Rockets will travel to Findlay on Friday night to take on Liberty Benton in BVC play to end the regular season.

Scoring:

Continental (48):

Joey Swager 2
Gabe Williams 12
Tyler Brecht 2
Derek Troyer 2
Trevor Williamson 19
Wade Stauffer 2
Caleb Olds 5
Paige Thomas 2
Jacob Williams 2

FG: 20/47
FT: 1/5
3s: 4 (Williamson 3, Olds)
TO: 15

PG (37):

Tyler Morris 1
Ryan Lee 2
Drew Johnson 10
Grant Murphy 5
Colin Fenstermaker 17
Layton McCullough 2

FG: 14/39
FT: 8/13
3s: 1 (Murphy)
TO: 21

JV: 37-33 Continental (OT)

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Bulldogs nip Rockets

The second annual Zsportslive.com Bowl took place Friday night in Columbus Grove between the Bulldogs and Route 12 rival Pandora Gilboa and was even better than advertised.

A full house at Clymer Stadium witnessed a battle between the Rockets and Bulldogs that wasn’t decided until the games final moments when the Rockets were assessed a penalty in their own endzone that resulted in a safety with 1:09 left on the clock which provided the final margin in their 30-28 loss.

Columbus Grove entered this season for the 3rd straight year with a new starting quarterback, this time in 5’11 Sophomore Reid Stechschulte. Stechschulte took the game over at times and delivered a fantastic first start for his team as he finished 11/24 for 216 yards and 3 touchdowns with just 1 interception.

Tanner From, playing in his first high school football game tonight as a Senior showed he has picked up the Bulldogs scheme as he accounted for two of the Bulldogs seven takeaways on the night.

Joey Warnecke who suffered a concussion in Week 8 last season had a big night for the second year in a row against his rivals, as he accounted for 86 yards on 16 carries and scored the games first touchdown, an 11 yard jaunt early in the second quarter to put Grove on top 6-0 following a missed extra point from his own right foot.

Jacob Basinger would answer on the next Pandora Gilboa possession in short time as he capped off an 84 yard drive by knifing up the home sideline 71 yards just two minutes later to give his team their first lead 7-6 following a made extra point of his own with 9:27 left in the first half.

David Bogart put Columbus Grove back in the lead on their next possession with an 11 yard touchdown catch from a corner endzone pass by Stechschulte as his Bulldogs drove 51 yards in 2:08 to go up 12-7. Columbus Grove failed on their two point conversion and held a 5 point lead with 7:16 left in the second stanza.

Following the second Tanner From interception of the half the Rockets got a safety from defensive end Brandon Walther to close the gap to 12-9 with just 3:03 before the break.

The final score of the half came on a 50 yard pass play down the sideline to Senior wideout/backup qb Jacob Miller from the hand of Basinger to put the Rockets up for the second time at 15-12 with just :51 seconds left before the half. A Miller interception on the next possession gave Pandora Gilboa a chance to up their lead, but a fumble seconds before the half quickly put an end to that opportunity.

Other than a Joey Warnecke interception on the first possession of the second half by the Rockets, turnover on downs and punts were the story of the 3rd quarter until David Bogart got behind a Pandora Gilboa defensive back and took off on a bullet from Stechschulte that netted the Bulldogs a 33 yard touchdown. With the touchdown the Bulldogs got the lead back at 19-15.

Pandora Gilboa trailed for just :13 seconds of time in the 3rd as Jacob Basinger again continued his huge night (finished with 391 all-purpose yards) by sprinting past the Grove special teamers and scampering in on an 80 yard kickoff return for a touchdown to put PG up 22-19 with 1:52 left in the penultimate stanza.

Rarely seen by a Division 7 school is a made field goal, however for Joey Warnecke it was as simple as line up and nail it. Warnecke connected on a 34 yard try to tie the game at 22 with :12 left in the 3rd.

3:06 is all it took the Rockets on their next possession to go 54 yards and run the score to 28-22 following another touchdown by Basinger, this time from 10 yards out on a rush through the middle.

Not to be outdone again, Reid Stechschulte led the Bulldogs down the field with a :67 second drive that was aided by a PG personal foul penalty to give Columbus Grove new life. Reid connected with Aidan Fortman on a 39 yard throw to the 2 yardline that Aidan dove into the left endzone and tied the game at 28. Warnecke missed the ensuing extra point wide right and we remained tied at 28 with just 2:30 left in the contest before the aforementioned safety gave Columbus Grove a 30-28 advantage that they were able to close out the win with after a Bogart interception sealed the deal as PG was unable to stop the clock with no timeouts left.

With the win the Bulldogs even the Zsportslive.com Bowl Series at 1-1 and avenge their 26-12 loss last season.

Columbus Grove improves to 1-0 on the season and will be home next Friday night against 1-0 Allen East in NWC play. Grove vs Allen East can be heard with myself and Steve Wiener on www.zsportslive.com with coverage beginning at 7pm.

Pandora Gilboa drops to 0-1 on the season and will head home to take on the 1-0 McComb Panthers squad that has beaten them 8 out of their last 10 meetings. You can hear PG vs McComb live as it happens with Dave Boninsegna on WZOQ Radio.

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Leipsic, OG, Grove, PG, Ottoville all advance

By virture of their wins in Putnam County on Saturday night, Leipsic and Pandora Gilboa added dates next Thursday night in Allen County against Ottoville and Crestview respectively.

On the back of a 25 point night from Senior forward Megan Maag, the Rockets capped off the night at Ottawa Glandorf’s Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in which they could seemingly do no wrong.

Pandora jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter behind Maag who would go on to score her 1,000th point in the 3rd quarter and never looked back (Hear the call of it here: http://t.co/lm8ZfjtOKZ).

After the first quarter the scoreboard read Pandora 14-10 over McComb, a team the Rockets have now beaten twice this season. At the half the Rockets led 26-10. Pandora would push their advantage to 43-29 after three stanzas and finish it off with a 57-38 win.

With the win the Rockets improve to 16-8 on the season while McComb behind a big night from Emily Clymer finish their 2013-14 campaign at 12-12.

Thursday night at 6:15pm it will be second seeded Pandora Gilboa against top seeded Crestview. The game can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com

In the earlier contest of the night the Leipsic Vikings picked up win #20 as they dispatched the Miller City Wildcats 55-35.

Leipsic jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and led 36-13 at the half. In the contest Amber Gerdeman went well over her 12ppg average as she had 23 points in the win that will set up a rematch between the Vikings and the Ottoville Big Green that was won just a few weeks ago by the Vikings that denied Ottoville their 5th straight PCL title.

Ottoville will meet Leipsic at 8pm in the 2nd game at Lima Senior High School on Thursday night following completion of the Crestview/PG game. The Big Green racked up another sectional title with a 58-53 win over Kalida in Van Wert to earn themselves a rematch with the top ranked Vikings.

Two other Putnam County League schools also got an opportunity to cut down nets on Saturday night as the Columbus Bulldogs were victorious in Wapakoneta over the Allen East Mustangs 55-37 behind another big game at Wapak for Julia Wynn, and the Ottawa Glandorf Titans were winners as well 68-33 over Bluffton in the Riverdale sectional.

Ottawa Glandorf and Columbus Grove will meet in Elida on Thursday night in Division 3 Tournament action at the Fieldhouse with a 6:15pm tipoff that can be heard on www.zsportslive.com as well with Dave Boninsegna on the call.

Be sure to stay tuned to @zsportslive and @michaelhirnpbp to stay up to date on OHSAA tournament action, scores and news.

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