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Wildcats shut down Bulldogs, remain perfect in PCL play

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Friday night the Kalida Wildcats used a combination of their bats and Columbus Grove errors to remain perfect in defense of their Putnam County League title with a 10-0 five inning victory over the Bulldogs.

It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to get on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning as Brady Decker and Derek Buss reached via a one out error and a hit by pitch. Trevor Lambert’s sacrifice fly to left field put the visitors on top 1-0 before the bases were again loaded by virtue of Kevin Hamburg being plunked with an Alex Schnieder offering. The third Kalida player, Owen Recker’s bases loaded walk pushed across the second run of the contest before the inning game to an end for the defending league champions.

Three up and three down would be the way things would go for the home squad in their first time through the lineup as all nine players were sent down in order via strikeouts, ground balls and fly outs by southpaw Trent Siebeneck.

Three more runs went up on the visitors half of the scoreboard in the second inning in the same fashion as the first as the Wildcats were again able to reach via walks, errors and by virtue of being hit by pitches thrown by Schnieder until he was relieved by shortstop turned pitcher Reid Stechschulte with a pair of outs in the inning after Jeffery Knueve’s sacrifice fly brought home a run.

Bases loaded walks to Kevin Hamburg and Owen Recker gave Kalida a 5-0 lead heading to the bottom of the second frame.

On the evening the Bulldogs were able to put four baserunners on against their opponents with the first of those in Grant Schroeder reaching via an error on a dropped flyball on the edge of the grass in the second. Schroeder would terminated from the bases moments later on a flyout doubleplay.

Knueve who finished the ballgame with a trio of runs batted in pushed across his last two in the third inning as he smacked a first pitch offering from Stechschulte to the right field wall and cruised into third bases with a triple to help give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead after the visiting teams third time at the bat.

Stechschulte began the bottom of the fourth with a single for the first hit of the game for the home Bulldogs but it was not to be in the inning as they would come up empty once again.

Three runs would come in to provide the final markers of the game for Kalida all in the top of the fifth inning as Siebeneck, Buss and Trevor Lambert would come around to score on a single and a pair of fielders choices to move the game to 10-0 Wildcats.

Adam Birkemeier walked with one out but was erased on a Nick Woods fielders choice in the bottom of the fifth inning. Wyatt Siebert provided the second hit of the contest for his squad but would see the game come to an end via the run rule in Ohio high school baseball just two pitches later when Emilio Delarosa popped out to end the contest.

Kalida now leads the all-time series with Columbus Grove 43-42 and has won 16 straight Putnam County League contests dating back two seasons ago when their only loss was to eventual league champion Miller City.

Trent Seibeneck (1-1) was the winning pitcher for Kalida (7-6, 4-0), while Alex Schnieder (1-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs (7-5, 4-2).

Key Performers:
Brady Decker (Kalida): 2/4, 2H, 3R
Jeffery Knueve (Kalida): 1/3, 3 RBI, 1 3B
Kevin Hamburg (Kalida): 0/1, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Owen Recker (Kalida): 0/1, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Reid Stechschulte (Grove): 1/2, 1H


Flyers soar to finals

LIMA, OHIO – Marion Local turned in another dominating performance on their way to a 4th straight state title game at Spartan Stadium Saturday night as they downed Columbus Grove 55-7 in the Division 7 State Semifinals.

Hunter Wilker of Marion Local got the scoring started in the first for the Flyers as he threw his first pass of the season, a halfback toss to a wide open Kyle Homan to put his team on top 7-0.

Following a Wilker interception of Bulldogs Sophomore signalcaller Reid Stechschulte, the MAC Offensive Player of the Year Jacy Goettemoeller scored the first of his three touchdowns on the night from 44 yards out to put the defending champs ahead 14-0 just 1:08 after their first score.

Columbus Grove cut the Flyer lead to 14-7 with 3:16 to go in the first stanza as Stechschulte tossed his 15th touchdown pass of the season to Senior wideout David Bogart who outran the Marion Local defensive backs for a 66 yard score.

Goettemoeller would see his number called again on the ensuing drive for Marion Local as he capped off a 9 play 80 yard drive that used 4:39 with an 18 yard touchdown run, his 29th on the ground this season that pushed the margin to 21-7 Flyers with 10:37 to go in the first half.

After their 3rd three and out of the first half Grove was forced to punt the back to Marion Local who took over at their own 47 yard line. Touchdown number three on the night for Goettemoeller would follow for Marion Local as on the 5th play of the drive Jacy would add an 8 yard touchdown run to his impressive first half that saw him pick up 177 yards and 3 scores.

Both teams traded turnovers for the rest of the half as Flyer safety Dustin Rethman picked off a Stechschulte offering but saw his teams following drive stall on the 6th play as Enoch Jones and Andrew Nichols converged and recovered a fumble for the Bulldogs.

Grove was forced to punt after their 4th 3 and out of the half and saw Marin Local get a 35 yard touchdown pass from Rethman (his 25th of the season) to Wilder (2nd of the game, 10th of the season) and head to the break leading 35-7.

A gamble not to take the football after winning the toss and giving Marion Local the football to open the contest had paid off as the Flyers used just three plays before punting on their opening drive, this would give Columbus Grove the ball to start the 3rd quarter but unfortunately for the Bulldogs offense that came in averaging 24.5 points per game they were quickly forced to punt it away after securing just 1 first down. Joey Warnecke who was held to just 11 yards in the first half matched that total on the drive as he scampered for an 11 yard gain and the aforementioned first down.

Hunter Wilker picked up his 4th rushing touchdown of the game on the first play of the next drive for Marion Local as he scampered 69 yards to give his team a 42-7 advantage and cue the running clock with 9:54 to go in the 3rd quarter.

From their own 29 yardline, Columbus Grove elected to go for it on 4th and short but were unable to pick up the yard needed and turned the ball back over on downs to the Flyers. With some of the Flyer starters resting with a 35 point advantage, the backups began to get work with what was left of the first team offensive line. Using just under 3:30 the Flyers upped their lead to 49-7 on a 4 yard Jack Homan touchdown run with 3:25 left in the penultimate stanza.

The Bulldogs could only muster 4 yards of offense on their following drive with the football before Warnecke was forced to punt for the 5th time in the game. With the ball at their own 48 and :31 left in the 3rd, the Flyers offense would march 52 yards over 4:59 and put their final marker on the scoreboard as Nate Moeller finished off a 10 carry 60 yard half with a 6 yard plunge.

Marion Local with the 55-7 win improves to 14-0, sees their win streak reach 36 games and will play next Saturday at 10am for a chance at their 4th consecutive championship trophy inside the Horseshoe in Columbus against Norwalk St. Paul, 41-13 winners over Glouster Trimble.

Columbus Grove sees their season and 6 game winning streak come to an end as they finish the followup to a 2-8 campaign last season at 9-5 and as the schools 4th state seminifinalist in program history.


State Semifinals Preview: Columbus Grove vs Marion Local

For one program it’s a return to a place they haven’t been in 11 years, for the other it’s a continuation of another run of dominance.

The last time Columbus Grove (9-4) found themselves at Week 14 of the OHSAA football season they advanced to and won the D6 State Championship game in 2003. Their opponent that season? The Marion Local Flyers. Marion Local came into the championship game at 11-3 while the Bulldogs and their high powered offense entered at 14-0. What transpired that night was a 40 carry 287 yard 3 touchdown performance by Columbus Grove all-time leading rusher Blaine Maag that led his team to their 15th win 28-26 on the turf at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.

In the previous 12 seasons before this one these two programs have been in different directions in terms of the playoffs. Columbus Grove is back in for the first time in a number of years, Marion Local is going for their 4th straight championship and looking to win the first two OHSAA D7 titles with a win this and next weekend.

Columbus Grove began their season with 3 straight wins against Pandora Gilboa, Allen East and Ada before four straight losses to LCC, Spencerville, Swanton and Delphos Jefferson that dropped their record to 3-4 after Week 7.

Determined to improve on their 2-8 season from the previous year and not let the season slip away, the Bulldogs defense banded together to allow just 19 points in wins over Paulding, Crestview and Bluffton to finish 6-4 and earn themselves a home playoff game and a rematch against Pandora Gilboa in Week 11.

For as lights out as the defense was to end the season and push for the playoffs, they have been just as great in the postseason as they defeated Pandora Gilboa, Tiffin Calvert and Arlington by a 57-20 combined score. In their three postseason wins, the Bulldogs have been able to cage 1,000 yard rushers in Josiah Basinger (PG), Tyler Long (Calvert) and Austin Rettig (Arlington) and keep them in check while forcing opposing offenses to become one dimensional and make a lot of mistakes with the football.

Offensively the Bulldogs are led on the ground by 1st team NWC selection Joey Warnecke’s 384 yards and 2 td’s this post season. Reid Stechschulte adds depth to the Grove rushing attack as a dual threat (114 yards rushing, 301 passing on 18/40, 3 td, 2 interceptions). A balanced crew receiving the ball with 3 players catching touchdowns this postseason (Tanner From, Baily Clement, Aidan Fortman) has spread the field and allowed Warnecke to blow through the open holes created by the spacing.

Marion Local has won 30+ consecutive games and 3 straight Division 6/Division 7 OHSAA championships under Tim Goodwin. The MAC Champions will look to return for another shot in the title game where they blew out Glouster Trimble (a team they could meet once again as they comprise two of the four teams remaining in Division 7) 35-0 at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium last December.

Only four teams have more wins in the playoffs all-time than do the Flyers with their 56 wins, but none have a better record than Marion Local’s 56-9 mark. If not for the 2003 championship game loss to Grove, Marion Local would be tied for 3rd all-time with 8 championships and looking for their 9th, but remain 4th with 7 trophies behind just Cleveland St. Ignatius (11), Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (9), Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (8) and Newark Catholic (8).

This season the Flyers are 13-0 and scoring at a 43.8 point per game clip including a 49-7 thrashing of Sidney Lehman Catholic at Harmon Field in Wapak last Saturday night behind another strong performance by runningback Jacy Goettemoeller.

Of the 81 points given up this season by the Marion Local defense 28 of those came at the hands of the Minster Wildcats, a team still alive in the playoffs themselves in a Midwest Athletic Conference game back in Week 4. No stranger to playing top teams, the Flyers also beat Coldwater 28-0 for the Cavs only loss of the season, they too play in the State’s Final Four this weekend.

Offensively the Flyers rushing attack is led by Jacy Goettemoeller (169 carries, 1459 yards and 27 touchdowns). Dustin Rethman runs the Marion Local passing attack and has connected on 94 of 157 passes for 1725 yards, 24 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions on the season. Rethman’s big target throwing the ball is Hunter Wilker (44 catches, 968 yards and 18 touchdowns this season) in addition to Ryan Bruns (29/458, 4 touchdowns) and Goettemoeller out of the backfield (12/273 and 3 scores).

Defensively the Flyers have a balanced output led by Joe Schwieterman (97 tackles, 5 sacks), Jacob Kunkler (99 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions) and
Ethan Nietfeld (85 tackles, 3 sacks). 9 players have accumulated 11 interceptions to go along with 24 sacks and 8 fumble recoveries and are giving up just 6.2 points per game. Marion Local has shut out 7 of their 13 opponents this season.

Can Columbus Grove hand Marion Local their first loss since 2012 and their first playoff loss since 2010 or will the Flyers soar south to Columbus for a date in the Finals? Find out this Saturday night as kickoff from Spartan Stadium in Lima will be at 7:00pm and can be heard on www.zsportslive.com with myself (@michaelhirnpbp) and Steve Wiener (@wienerman46) with the pregame beginning at 6:45pm.


Battle of Route 12 rematch

COLUMBUS GROVE, OHIO – For the second time this season the Columbus Grove Bulldogs defeated the Pandora Gilboa Rockets at Clymer Stadium, this time around 21-6.

Unlike their first matchup which was decided on a late safety by the Bulldogs, Columbus Grove dominated from the second quarter on.

Pandora Gilboa struck first in the contest as a Joey Warnecke punt was returned 90 yards for a touchdown by Jacob Basinger with 7:48 remaining in the opening stanza to give the Rockets a 6-0 advantage.

After once again being forced to punt, the Bulldogs got the football right back as Warnecke celebrated his birthday by collecting the first of five Jacob Miller interceptions on the evening.

Field position was a big part of the first quarter as both teams could move the football up the field but couldn’t get into the endzone before being forced to punt.

Reid Stechschulte threw the first of his two touchdown passes on the night to Senior WR Tanner From who got himself open on a double move and got his fingertips on a 38 yard heave at the goal line to even up the game at 6 before Warnecke’s extra point gave the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead with :19 left in the first quarter.

At halftime the game was 7-6 Grove, but as the Bulldogs had won the toss and deferred to the second half they would get the football to open the third quarter and waste no time getting more points in their column as Stechschulte ran to paydirt from four yards out behind great blocking from his offensive line. Warnecke’s second extra point of the game upped the Grove lead to 14-6 with 9:44 left in the 3rd.

Columbus Grove’s defensive pressure would provide big hits and four interceptions in the second half by Logan Diller, Christian Stechschulte, Tanner From and David Bogart. Offensively the big boys up front did a fantastic job holding their blocks and clearing the way for Stechschulte on the touchdown and for Warnecke who finished with 103 yards rushing.

For the second time on the night Reid Stechschulte tossed a 38 yard touchdown pass, this time to Aiden Fortman with 7:17 left in the third to put Groves lead at 21-6.

The only thing that did not go the way of the 1st Team NWC K/P/RB/LB Warnecke on his birthday was his miss on a 40 yard field goal in the fourth quarter that bounced at the goal line and gave the ball back to Pandora Gilboa before the Bogart interception ended the contest.

With the win the Bulldogs, making their first playoff appearance since 2009 when they lost to Carey in the first round see their record go to 7-4. Pandora Gilboa with the loss sees their first playoff appearance since 2008 end their season at 6-5.

Columbus Grove will play on Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm in Findlay at Donnell Stadium against #1 seeded Tiffin Calvert and can be heard on www.zsportslive.com with myself and Steve Wiener.


Grove outlasts Ada in “Battle of Bulldogs”

ADA, OHIO – Another Friday night another win for the Columbus Grove Bulldogs.

Following the storms that rolled through last weekend, the Columbus Grove Bulldogs traveled to Ada War Memorial this weekend expecting a fight from their conference nemesis in Ada who had beaten Grove 7 of the past 10 meetings, and a fight is exactly what they got.

Columbus Grove won the toss and deferred to the second half, so it would be the Ada Bulldogs who would get the football to open the game looking to get on the scoreboard early following a 42-0 loss to Spencerville last weekend. Making just his 3rd start at Quarterback, 5’11 Freshman Seth Conley lead a Bulldogs drive that began at their own 27 yard line and went 8 plays but stalled at the Columbus Grove 27 when his 4th down pass fell incomplete.

Joey Warnecke wasted no time getting his Bulldogs onto the scoreboard as he capped off a 7 play 66 yard drive over that spanned 2:49 by bursting in from 36 yards out for his first of two touchdown runs on the day to put Grove in the drivers seat 7-0 early following a successful PAT by Warnecke himself.

Ada picked up where they left off on their previous drive as Conley tossed his 5th touchdown pass of the season, a 15 yarder to 6’3 Sophomore wideout Owen Conley to tie things up at 7 with 2:09 left in the first stanza.

On their next possession, Columbus Grove utilized a 9 play drive to get their offense from their own 25 out to midfield before they were forced to punt for the first time in the contest. Joey Warnecke’s punt was muffed by the Ada return man however and Columbus Grove pounced on the football at the Ada 13 before being forced to settle for a 28 yard field goal by Warnecke to put the score at 10-7 Grove.

Following a punt by Ada, Grove got the ball at their opponents 49 yard line but an errant throw by Sophomore QB Reid Stechschulte was returned 57 yards for a touchdown by Luke Long-Green of Ada and gave the home crowd a 14-10 advantage to cheer for with 6:34 left in the 1st half.

Both teams traded field position and punts for the rest of the first half, and the Ada Bulldogs had themselves a 14-10 lead at the break.

At the beginning of the penultimate quarter, Columbus Grove got two big passes from Stechschulte to Aiden Fortman (35 and 28 yards) and regained the lead 17-14 following another made extra point by Warnecke after their first possession of the second half.

On the evening, Reid Stechschulte who came into the game as the top yardage grossing passer in the NWC tossed a trio of interceptions including one on the next Grove possession, this time to Grant McBride.

Fumbles and bad punts punctuated the rest of the 3rd quarter as again the two squads swapped field position until Ada tied the score up at 17 with a 23 yard field goal by Aaron Everhart with 5:18 left in the game.

Before anyone inside the Stadium could even tweet the score the Bulldogs of Columbus Grove scored on an 87 yard kickoff return for touchdown by Baily Clement that saw just :13 come off the stadium scoreboard and would prove to be enough points for the win.

Warnecke struck again as he darted through the Ada defense for a 54 yard touchdown scamper to make the final score 31-17 Columbus Grove. A week after being named Homecoming King in a ceremony inside Clymer Stadium, Warnecke amassed 115 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with his kicking and stellar defensive effort.

Logan Diller’s interception of a Conley pass in the endzone that let Columbus Grove just kneel down to run the time out was the first time this season that the Bulldog signalcaller has been picked off this season, he finished 24/39 for 219 yards to go along with his lone interception and touchdown pass.

Reid Stechschulte finished 8/21 for 99 yards and 3 interceptions in addition to his lone touchdown pass, and carried the ball 9 times for 20 yards.

With the win Columbus Grove improves to 3-0 on the season (2-0 in NWC) and will play host to the 2-1 Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds at 7pm next Friday night (Sept 19th) at home in Clymer Stadium. LCC has won the last 7 matchups between the two schools including a 49-6 win in Lima last season.

Ada will attempt to regroup and even their record at 2-2 as the Fort Loramie Redskins will bring their 2-1 record to town for a Friday evening showdown in the 3rd all-time meeting between the two programs. Ada holds a 2-1 series advantage, but the Redskins downed the Bulldogs last season by a 14-8 margin.

Live broadcast of the game as it happened with Michael Hirn and Steve Wiener courtesy of www.zsportslive.com:


Bulldogs lead Mustangs but not Mother Nature

Columbus Grove was in a celebrating mode Friday night with it being Homecoming, but Mother Nature was not as she got the contest between the Bulldogs and Allen East Mustangs to come to a screeching halt with 4:03 remaining in the 3rd quarter and Grove on top 19-0.

Before the game itself got started the Bulldogs crowned their 2014 Homecoming King and Queen in Joey Warnecke and Rachel Kohls respectively.


Once the game started, the Bulldogs were all business as they wasted no time off the opening kickoff driving 80 yards in just over four minutes behind 4 first downs before the offense turned it over on downs with a pair of incomplete passes from Sophomore QB Reid Stechschulte.

Punts from both sides on the next three possessions of the game gave the ball back to the Bulldogs and this time they were able to finish off a scoring drive that saw Stechschulte slide in from 3 yards out to give his team a 6-0 lead with 7:54 to go in the 1st quarter.

Following another big performance on defense by the Bulldogs and a handful of tackles from both Enoch Jones and Andrew Nichols, Columbus Grove added a 2nd score to the board as this time Stechschulte utilized his arm to connect with Aidan Fortman on a 49 yard touchdown pass to make it 12-0 Grove with 4:05 to go in the first half.

Grove’s final possession of the 1st half saw Allen East defensive back Caleb Smelcer intercept a pass and set his team up at midfield, but his Mustangs were unable to cash in before the halftime break and went into the lockerroom down 12-0.

Lightning threatened to delay the start of the second half but failed as the referees decided to give both teams a shot to get the ballgame in. Fortunately for Columbus Grove they were able to stave off an 11 play drive that saw Allen East drive from their own 23 yardline inside their own 20 yard line before forcing another turnover on downs in a display of bend but don’t break for Coach Andy Schaefer’s defensive mentality.

Columbus Grove’s next drive started on their own 23 yardline, and saw the Bulldogs use 8 plays to go 77 yards in 3:03 to run the score to 19-0 when Reid Stechschulte ran one in from 5 yards out this time for his second score of the day to give Columbus Grove a 19-0 lead following the made extra point by Warnecke.

Play was stopped just moments later as lightning was spotted in the area that became just too close to ignore. The contest was stopped with 4:03 to go in the 3rd quarter with Grove on top 19-0. Play is scheduled to resume on Saturday, September 6th at 3pm at Clymer Stadium in Columbus Grove.