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Rangers stop skid

NEW KNOXVILLE, OH – Behind a terrific team performance at the free throw line Monday night the New Knoxville Rangers stopped their three game losing streak as they handed their visitors their second loss of the season 43-28 to improve to 3-5 on the year.

Trailing early in the opening period the Bearcats pushed themselves into the lead at the end of the first quarter 7-6 and even further as the second period began on the back of an 11-0 run until a Megan Jurosic free throw put a stop to the shutout.

Following a nearly five minute drought the New Knoxville offense came back to tie the contest with 5:05 remaining in the opening half and into a 12-11 advantage when freshman Morgan Leffel connected on a pair of tosses from the charity stripe. For the evening the Ranger guard finished with 10 markers and hitting on all 10 of her free throws.

In the first half the Bearcats struggled from the field as they finished 3/12 from the field and found themselves behind the home team at the break 23-19.

Neither team was particularly sharp in the third stanza as they combined to score just 12 markers in the eight minute span.

As she had done early on for New Knoxville it was again Jurosic who was able to have herself a big quarter as she ended the final stanza with four of her game high 14 points.

Outscored 13-4 in the final period the Bearcats were hounded by the New Knoxville defense and able to connect on just one shot from the field, a basket by freshman guard Emma Leis.

Morgan Leffel led the Rangers fourth quarter attack as she connected on 4/4 from the line and added to her team high 8 rebounds on the evening.

New Knoxville finished the contest shooting 12/32 from the field as a team but a sensational total of 17/21 from the free throw line. Spencerville meanwhile ended the night just 9/33 from the field and 6/14 from the line to go with 19 turnovers.

The Rangers (3-5) will return to action on Thursday night when they play host to Anna while the Bearcats (5-2) will be off until December 28th when they travel to take on Fort Jennings for their second of five straight games in a month span away from the Walk-In closet.


New Knoxville (43):
Tasia Lauth 1
Tayler Doty 4
Morgan Leffel 10
Samantha Trego 10
Erin Scott 4
Megan Jurosic 14

FG: 12/32
FT: 17/21
3PT: 2/5 (Trego 2)
TO: 12

Spencerville (28):
Kaiden Grigsby 1
Jenna Henline 6
Abbygayle Satterfield 5
Jayden Smith 5
Melanie Koenig 2
Nelaya Burden 3
Emma Leis 6

FG: 9/33
FT: 6/14
3PT: 3/14 (Henline 2, Smith)
TO: 19

JV: Spencerville 37-24


Bearcats win 3rd straight

NEW KNOXVILLE, OH – Gary Schrolucke and Dakota Prichard combined for 21 of Spencerville’s 31 points in the second half, and the Bearcats grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the final two periods as the visitors defeated New Knoxville 54-42 in non-conference action at the Barn Friday night.

Each squad opened the first quarter with a pair of turnovers and shots from inside the arc but were unable to get into an effective flow of their offense early on as the opposing defense consistently found themselves in key position to keep the score in single digits. With only seconds left in the first quarter the Rangers nabbed an 11-10 advantage at the first quarter break as they sank a three pointer just before the buzzer.

Dakota Prichard’s seven second quarter points helped fuel a 12-7 second quarter that gave Spencerville a 22-18 halftime lead, but the Bearcat defense helped keep New Knoxville’s leading scorer Nick Topp to just one make from the field in the period and held the 6’1 Senior to 8 in the opening two quarters while not allowing him to create many open opportunities as well for his teammates.

Four players scored for the Bearcats in the second half as they again outscored their opponents in a quarter 12-7 and took their largest lead of the game into the final period leading by 9 at 34-25.

Missed free throws would become a story for Spencerville in the third and into the fourth quarter as the visitors finished just 7/15 on the evening but hit enough shots from the perimeter that they were able to keep the score near or in double digits until the clock struck all zeroes.

Nick Topp accounted for 10 of his team high 21 points in the final eight minutes but was unable to keep Prichard at bay for the Bearcats as he also tossed in 10 points. Schrolucke’s three pointer and basket provided 5 of his 13 markers in the ballgame and helped Spencerville to wrap up a 54-42 victory.

New Knoxville (2-3) has not beaten the Bearcats at home since they were victorious over Spencerville by a 60-38 score on December 30th, 2008. The Rangers will be off until next Friday, December 30th when they travel to St. Marys to take on the Roughriders.

Spencerville sees their record move to 5-1 on the season and will have a week off for the Christmas break as well before they travel to take on the Kalida Wildcats on Friday night.

Box Score:

Spencerville (54)
Daniel Corso 3
Gary Schrolucke 13
Jacob Propst 2
Brady Nolan 5
Dakota Prichard 24
Bailey Croft 6
Griffen Croft 1

FG: 21/42
3PT: 5/17 (Schrolucke 2, Prichard 2, Nolan)
FT: 7/15
REB: 29 (10 Offensive – Prichard 8)
TO: 13

New Knoxville (42):
Nick Topp 21
Ben Lammers 3
Jonah Lageman 6
Nathan Tinnerman 6
Nick Thobe 4
Nathan Merges 2

3PT: 6/16 (Topp 4, Lammers, Tinnerman)
FT: 4/7
REB: 18 (4 Offensive – Tinnerman 8)
TO: 14

JV: Spencerville 32-19


St Henry, Minster earn sectional crowns

COLDWATER, OH – Minster and St. Henry earned sectional championships and a date against one another Friday night on the court at Coldwater High School. St. Henry downed New Knoxville for the second time this season, 66-50 while Minster earned a 62-43 victory against Ada in the nightcap contest.

St. Henry forward Evan Lefeld connected on a trio of first quarter three pointers while teammates Mitch Schwieterman and Mitchel Stammen each added one of their own to push the Redskins to a 23-18 advantage at the end of the opening stanza.

Defensively the Redskins were able to turn up their pressure in the second quarter as they held the Rangers to just five points, a triple from Logan Leffel and a pair of free throws to lead at the break 38-23.

Jesse Niekamp’s big third quarter propelled his team to a 14 point lead after three as he connected on eight of his 20 points in the period.

New Knoxville scored 14 points in the final eight minutes of the contest, their most since their 18 in the opening quarter led by Nathan Tinnerman with 6 points but were unable to cut into the Redskin lead and fell to their conference foes in the end 66-50.

The Rangers (9-15) were led in scoring by Logan Leffel who tossed in a 21 markers while the Redskins (17-6) were led by Mitchel Stammen and his 23 points.


St. Henry (66):
Evan Lefeld 15
Paul Stammen 2
Mitch Schwieterman 5
Mitchel Stammen 23
Ryan Bruening 1
Jesse Niekamp 20

FG: 22/43
3PT: 7/18
FT: 15/20
TO: 5

New Knoxville (50):
Logan Leffel 20
Nick Topp 5
Jonah Lageman 4
Nathan Tinnerman 12
Sam Stone 1
Zach Neuman 6

FG: 15/36
3PT: 5/11
FT: 15/20
TO: 17

Brayden Sautter had a big first quarter for Ada but balanced scoring from four Minster scorers helped the Wildcats jump out to 15-12 lead they would never relinquish.

Ten players for Minster found themselves able to dent the scorebook the rest of the way as the Wildcats, who shot 20/48 from the field were able to get the win and advance to the district semifinals.

Four Wildcats notched double figures led by Bryce Schmiesing’s 13 points as Minster upped their season record to 13-9. Ada ends their season with a record of 14-10 and were led in scoring by All-NWC selection Blake Willeke who poured in 14 on the evening.

With the win the Wildcats will take on St Henry on Tuesday night at 8pm in Wapak.


Minster (62):

Brett Hoelscher 1
Bryce Schmiesing 13
Josh Nixon 10
Jacob Stechschulte 10
Peter Falk
Aaron Ernst 2
Conner Tumbusch 5
Jared Thobe 6
Jared Huelsman 4
Andrew Broering 1

FG: 20/48
3PT: 5/15
FT: 15/26
REB: 30
TO: 11

Ada (43):

Jackson Secor 10
Brayden Sautter 11
Blake Willeke 14
Jordan Bailey 5
Owen Conley 3

FG: 15/48
3PT: 4/18
FT: 9/14
TO: 11


30 point effort from Mescher fuels Flyer win

NEW KNOXVILLE – A career high 30 point scoring effort from Sophomore Tyler Mescher helped push his Marion Local Flyers past the New Knoxville Rangers and to 2-0 in Midwest Athletic Conference play by a 61-52 margin Friday night.

Mescher started slow with just two points in the first quarter and was relegated to the bench for a stretch after picking up a pair of fouls, but rebounded in the second quarter as he tossed in eight points and saw his Flyers take a 28-20 advantage into the halftime break.

Not to be outdone however New Knoxville’s Logan Leffel began to heat up himself as he accounted for eight first half points himself. While the two players came about their points in drastically different ways, both poured them in by the bunches in the third and fourth quarters as Leffel scored 21 and Mescher 22 before the game came to a conclusion.

Leffel’s second half included a trio of triples from long distance that helped to cut his teams deficit to just a single point late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Rangers they would not be able to find a compliment to the 6’0 senior on the night and fell to the Flyers as they capitalized on 12 New Knoxville turnovers and connected from the free throw line en route to the win.

Marion Local finished the contest shooting just 12/27 from the charity stripe and 2/19 from beyond the arc, but they outrebounded the Rangers 33-26 with many of those coming in the form of offensive rebounds and stickbacks for their second half points.

Derek Albers added 11 points for Marion Local in the win while Nathan Tinnerman scored 13 for his team who dropped their first game of the season at home against three wins.

The Flyers (5-4, 2-0) will travel to Van Wert to take on the Cougars while the Rangers (3-7, 0-2) will be at home on Saturday night as they play host to the Jackson Center Tigers in a non-league affair.


Marion Local (61):

Derek Albers 11
Nathan Bruns 5
Cole Griesdorn 7
Ryan Thobe 4
Kyle Homan 2
Tyler Mescher 30

FG: 23/48
3PT: 2/19 (Albers 2)
FT: 12/27
REB: 33
TO: 13

New Knoxville (52):
Logan Leffel 29
Nick Topp 6
Nathan Tinnerman 13
Sam Stone 2
Zach Neuman 2

FG: 19/48
3PT: 3/10 (leffel 3)
FT: 11/14
REB: 26
TO: 12

JV: Marion Local 55-18


Predators win defensive struggle

PITTSBURGH, PA – It has often been said it is not how you win but that you win, and that was never more true than on Saturday afternoon as the NEO Predators pulled out a 7-6 win in Pittsburgh against the Rangers.

Pittsburgh began the game with a big kick return from Christian Jackson that once coupled with a penalty against the visitors put his team in business at their opponents 15 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage of the game Pittsburgh fumbled the football, and Jamal Gambrell pounced on top of it to bring his teams offense on the field for the first time in the contest.

Behind solid running from Derrick Slocum and Terrence Brown the Predators wasted little time going from their own 25 yard line to their opponents 25, but saw their drive come away with no points as kicker Zac Schultz missed his 35 yard field goal attempt.

Northeast Ohio almost came away with a safety on the ensuing possession for Pittsburgh, but QB David Brickner was able to pick up the ball at his teams own 1 yard line to keep it from occurring. Penalties and big gains propelled the Rangers offense into Predators territory again, but a stop on third down forced them to punt away the football.

Starting with their best field position of the contest at their own 45 yardline the Predators would use just five plays, all runs to put the games first points on the board as Eddie Smigelski rumbled in from 14 yards out to make it 7-0 NEO.

Punts and field position would become the story of the next couple of quarters of play as neither team was able to take advantage of the opposing defenses they were facing under a blistering Pennsylvania sun.

Markus Steele’s interception of Brickner (one of two he had on the day) in the third quarter once again put the football at the 45 for the Predators, but this time they were forced into a three and out to end the games penultimate stanza. Danny Skalecki’s punt to open the 4th quarter of play would quickly be returned 80 yards for the lone Pittsburgh touchdown of the game by Corey Paige to pull his team within 7-6.

Running out of the I formation, the Rangers were unsuccessful on their two point conversion attempt to keep the score of the contest within one point.

Neither team would be able to get into the endzone for the rest of the game, and the Predators survived the final 12:00 to earn the W 7-6.

Pittsburgh (5-4, 1-4 PAFL) finished the game with 186 yards but were hounded by turning the ball over on three occasions, they will entertain the PA Jagz on Saturday, July 18th.

NEO (7-1, 4-1) finished with 22 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown as a team, led by 7 carries for 55 yards from Terrence Brown. Ryan Young connected on just 7 of 20 passes for 83 yards, but was able to find Bijon Walker twice for 42 yards, and Chris Netters once for 35 yards. The Predators return home on Saturday night to take on the Lorain County Nightmares in their final regular season home game of the season.

The one reception by Chris Netters was a highlight offensively in the contest for the Predators, but was called back to a 35 yard gain instead of a touchdown as his helmet was ripped off by a Rangers defender at the 15 yard line. Northeast Ohio would not score on the drive as it ended with a blocked field goal by the Rangers.


Fledderjohann resigns as NK coach

NEW KNOXVILLE – In addition to losing five seniors from this past seasons 9-14 squad, the New Knoxville Rangers Boys Basketball program will be looking for a new Head Coach as Kort Fledderjohann given his resignation to the school this week.

Due to expanding job and family responsibilities, Varsity Boys’ Basketball coach Kort Fledderjohann has tendered his resignation. Coach Fledderjohann served in the basketball program for 13 years, the last 6 as head coach a press release from the school states. In that time he compiled a record of 71 wins and 64 losses. His 2010-2011 team claimed the Midwest Athletic Conference title. “We are grateful for coach Fledderjohann’s loyal service to our school and student-athletes over the years. He served as a positive role model and was a great representative of our community.”

Interested applicants for the position should submit an application (which can be found on the school website www.nk.k12.oh.us) and resume to athletic director, Jerry Vanderhorst at jvanderhorst@nkrangers.org Deadline for applications is April 10th.


Coldwater spoils Senior Night

Coldwater jumped out to an early lead through three quarters and were able to withstand a massive run by New Knoxville as they held on to defeat the Rangers 76-62 in MAC play Friday night.

It might have taken a full minute of game time in the first quarter for Coldwater to get their first points on the game, but once they did the Cavaliers got rolling early and often en route to spoiling the senior night celebration New Knoxville was having for their four players playing one final game at the Barn.

New Knoxville tied the game at 2-2 a couple of minutes into the contest but it would be the last time they would be that close as the visitors poured in 6 three pointers and utilized a 14-0 run to push their lead to 26-7 as the first quarter buzzer sounded. Dylan Thobe and Ted Fisher each finished with a pair of three pointers in the first stanza and combined for 12 points in the opening eight minutes.

The Cavaliers finished off a 7-0 run to open the second quarter with a two handed slam dunk from 6’8 junior Andy Brunet at the 5:52 mark got the fans who made the trip from Coldwater out of their seats. Despite trailing 33-7 after the slam the Rangers never gave up as they would go on to outscore the Cavs 12-10 for the rest of the stanza but still find themselves trailing at the half 42-19.

Senior Andrew Arnett entered the contest sitting on 903 points for his career for the Rangers. Arnett would score 8 of his 10 first half points in the second quarter as he connected on back to back three pointers to help pull his teams deficit closer near the break.

In the 3rd quarter the Rangers used 6 points from seniors Arnett, 5 from Adam Howe and 7 from Jalen Fullenkamp to outscore Coldwater 18-13 and send the game to the 4th quarter with the Cavs lead cut to 18 at 55-37.

Ten three pointers would fall for New Knoxville in the contest with half of those coming in the final period to get the Rangers as close as 63-55 with 2:07 remaining in the game when Shane Topp hit one of his two three pointers and forced the Cavs to take a timeout to regroup.

Free throws were the story of the fourth quarter however as the least successful of the two teams statistically in Coldwater connected on 15/18 tosses from the charity stripe en route to the win. Derek Thobe, a 60.6% shooter from the line on the year would do most of the damage for Coldwater in the period as he went 9/10 and led his squad to a 76-62 final margin when time expired.

Coldwater (9-10, 6-2 MAC) finished with 6 players getting into the scorebook, and 5 of those players finishing in double figures led by Thobe with 19. The Cavs will be home on Saturday night as they play host to the Wapak Redskins in non-conference action that can be heard on 94.3 WKKI (www.wkki.net) beginning at 7:30pm.

New Knoxville (7-13, 1-7 MAC) finishes the home part of their 2014-15 campaign at 3-8 and will travel to Convoy Saturday night to take on the defending state champion Crestview Knights. The Rangers were led in scoring by Arnett who finished with 24 points, giving him 927 for his career in his chase for 1,000.

Box Score:

Coldwater (76):

Derek Thobe 19
Aaron Harlamert 13
Andy Brunet 10
Dylan Thobe 10
Ted Fisher 18
Malave Bettinger 6

FG: 23/44 (52%)
3: 9/19 (47.3%)
FT: 21/27 (81.7%)
Reb: 36 (12 offensive) – Brunet 10 reb
TO: 13
Bench Pts: 6

New Knoxville (62):

Andrew Arnett 24
Logan Leffel 9
Shane Topp 6
Jalen Fullenkamp 19
Adam Howe 4

FG: 25/57 (43.8%)
3: 10/27 (37%)
FT: 4/4 (100%)
Reb: 25 (10 offensive) – Howe/E. Kuck 5 each
TO: 9
Bench Pts: 15

JV: New Knoxville 39-30


St Henry outlasts New Knoxville

Despite trailing 15-9 after the first quarter the St. Henry Redskins were able to shoot well enough in the final three quarters to down the Rangers on their home court 54-47.

Ryan Mikesell for St. Henry who came into the game averaging 24.0 points per game was held to just two in the first quarter but erupted for 18 in the second stanza (4 of the St. Henry 5 3’s as well) and 12 in the fourth to finish with a game high 36 points to go along with the 9 rebounds and 4 blocks he accumulated on the evening.

New Knoxville opened the game with balanced scoring as six players split their 15 opening quarter points with just Andrew Arnett having more than one bucket. Balanced scoring wouldn’t be as much of a story for the Rangers after the opening stanza however as their remaining 32 points came from just four players.

St. Henry would find themselves trailing for a majority of the first half until there was just 1:08 remaining in the 2nd quarter when a Mikesell free throw put the Redskins up 27-26. The Redskin lead would be short lived however as the Rangers held for the final shot of the half and added a two point basket to lead at the halftime break 28-27.

In the third quarter the Redskins 2-3 zone defense would begin to take its toll on the hot outside shooting that New Knoxville had displayed as the Rangers were held to just 5 points in the stanza and trailed after three quarters 36-33. For their part the Redskins would struggle to score as well and put up only 9 points of their own behind Evan Prenger, AJ Niekamp and Mikesell.

Andrew Arnett and Jalen Fullenkamp would combine to score 33 points on the evening for New Knoxville with 12 of those points coming in the final period. For his part however Ryan Mikesell would own the waning moments of the game as he would find himself shooting 9 free throws and connecting on 4/9. Paul Stammen and Mitchel Stammen would also get themselves a pair of free throws with each connecting on both of their tosses.

With the win the Redskins improve to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in Midwest Athletic Conference play. St. Henry will return home for a Saturday night contest against the Bath Wildcats before jumping back into MAC play next Friday night against Versailles at home.

New Knoxville drops to 2-6 with the loss and sees their MAC record fall to 0-2, they will travel to Botkins for a Saturday night tilt before heading to Maria Stein to take on the Marion Local Flyers next Friday night in conference play.


St. Henry (54):

Ryan Mikesell 36
Evan Prenger 7
AJ Niekamp 3
Evan Lefeld 2
Paul Stammen 2
Caleb Bender 2
Mitchel Stammen 2

FG: 18/40
3: 5/19 (Mikesell 4, Prenger)
FT: 13/19
Rebounds: 22 (11 offensive) – Mikesell 9
Assists 11 (Mikesell 3)

New Knoxville (47):

Jalen Fullenkamp 18
Andrew Arnett 15
Shane Topp 6
Adam Howe 4
Nick Topp 2
Logan Leffel 2

FG: 19/34
3: 5/14
FT: 4/6
Rebounds: 14 (3 offensive) – Fullenkamp 5
Assists: 7 (Shane Topp 3)

Quarter Scoring:

SH 9 18 9 18 – 54
NK 15 13 5 14 – 47

JV: St. Henry 51-37