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Area hoopers earn NCAA Tournament bids

Northwest Ohio has long been blessed with an immense amount of talent from the boys basketball ranks and that was never more evident than this season as a host of prep stars earned bids to compete for their collegiate squads in the upcoming NCAA Men’s Division 1 and Division 2 Basketball Tournaments.

University of Dayton Sophomore Ryan Mikesell of St. Henry will take the short trip to Indianapolis this weekend as his Flyers (24-7) begin their march to the finals in the South Regional where they will battle the Wichita State Shockers (30-4) starting at 6:10pm on Friday night.

Joining Mikesell at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are the Lima Central Catholic duo of Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton who are both Freshmen at Northern Kentucky University (24-10) and just a year removed from a trip to the OHSAA State Tournament where they helped the T-Birds capture a Division 3 championship. NKU will begin their trek on Friday night around 9pm as they take on Southeastern Conference Champion Kentucky (29-5) in the first round.

Also in action in Indianapolis will be the Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan Wolverines (24-11) and last seasons OHSAA Division 1 Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio Xavier Simpson (Lima Senior) as he and his team make the four hour trip for a Friday morning 11:15am matchup with Oklahoma State (20-12).

8th seeded Wisconsin (25-9) who begins their play Thursday night at approx 8:45pm against ninth seeded Virginia Tech (22-10) in Buffalo, NY is well represented by young talent from Ohio as they feature a foursome of talented players from the Buckeye state. Representing close to the area are the duo of Seniors Nigel Hayes (Toledo Whitmer), and Bowling Green Bobcat standout Vitto Brown.

The Midwest Regional will feature the Purdue Boilermakers (25-7) and Elida product Dakota Mathis as they take on a 29-5 Vermont squad in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday at 6:27pm.

19-14 Michigan State takes a trek to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they look to advance past the Miami Hurricanes (21-11) and advance to the second round with Versailles Tiger and current Sophomore guard Kyle Ahrens on Friday at 8:20pm.

Ivy League Champion Princeton (23-6) will have Ottawa Glandorf big man Noah Bramlage with them as they head east to Buffalo on Friday night for an early morning 11:15am start against ACC Tournament finalist Notre Dame (25-9) at the Key Bank Center.

Already in full swing with their team deep in the Division 2 bracket and with a Wednesday night date in Louisville, KY against Bellarmine University at 7pm, the Findlay Oilers are well represented by local products as they feature Bath’s Taren Sullivan, Defiance’s Katwan Singleton, Martyce Kimbrough of Lima Central Catholic, Elijah Kahlig of Fort Recovery, Ricardo Smith from Toledo Whitmer, and Toledo Central Catholic’s Trey Buford among their ranks.


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)


St Henry, LCC move on

ADA, OHIO – The matchup that basketball fans across the state have been waiting for will come to fruition Saturday night at Ohio Northern University’s King Horn Center when the St. Henry Redskins tangle with the defending state champion LCC T-Birds as both teams were victorious in their Semifinal matchups on Thursday night. LCC took the first game of the doubleheader 52-49 over Coldwater while the Redskins downed Liberty Benton 51-31 in the nightcap.

LCC got their offensive attack going just :49 into the contest as a layup by Tre Cobbs found the way to the bottom of the net, but Coldwater quickly tied the game just seconds later as 6’8 Junior Andy Brunet connected on a basket for his squad. Cobbs would find himself with the T-Birds first two buckets and leading at 5-2 on the teams ensuing possession as he connected on a shot from behind the arc. Following a rebound by Cobbs near the end of the quarter, LCC pushed their lead to 15-9 on a triple by leading scorer Dantez Walton.

Aided by 10 points in the second quarter from Josh Dixon the defending D3 champs found themselves with a 31-20 halftime lead. Coldwater shot 9/23 in the first half and utilized a pair of three pointers from deep on the wing by Ted Fisher to keep the LCC lead in the low double digits despite turning the ball over five times and only being able to force one turnover in the opening half.

Coldwater (12-12) would outscore LCC (22-2) 13-12 in the games penultimate stanza and have the lead cut to just 4 at 35-31 with a Derek Thobe triple at the 2:31 mark of the quarter before. LCC would add 8 points in the final two minutes as they utilized a three pointer by Garrett Thomas, a 6’0 Senior as well as 5 points by Cobbs to go into the 4th leading 43-33.

Defensively the Cavaliers would play one of their best quarters of the season in the last 8:00 as they held LCC to 0 points from the field. With the defense tightening up however it was the T-Birds who would utilize the free throw line that had been so kind to the Cavaliers up to that point and connect on 9/11 opportunities en route to the win. Following a made free throw by Cobbs that gave his team a 52-49 lead with :03 left, Coldwater’s Derek Thobe missed a heave from halfcourt as time expired.


LCC (52):

Dantez Walton 8
Jake Williams 5
Tre Cobbs 17
Nick Taflinger 4
Josh Dixon 13
Garrett Thomas 3
Cam White 2

FG: 17/46 (37%)
3: 4/17 (23.5%)
FT: 14/19 (73.7%)
Reb: 28 (10 offensive – J. Williams 7)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 10 (Cobbs 4)
TO: 7
Blk: 4 (Walton 3)
Stl: 7 (Cobbs 3)

Coldwater (49):

Ted Fisher 6
Andy Brunet 14
Derek Thobe 10
Aaron Harlamert 13
Dylan Thobe 4
Malave Bettinger 2

FG: 17/38 (44.7%)
3: 3/14 (21.4%)
FT: 12/17 (70.6%)
Reb: 28 (6 offensive – Fisher 6)
Fouls: 15
Ast: 13 (Harlamert 5)
TO: 11
Blk: 1 (Brunet)
Stl: 3 (Brunet, De. Thobe, Bettinger)

St. Henry got a measure of revenge in their game with Liberty Benton as the Eagles knocked them out of last seasons tournament in the Districts 57-34. This season the Redskins got off to a quick 4-0 lead with baskets by Ryan Mikesell and Mitchel Stammen before LB could even get off their first shot of the game.

With the score tied at 13 and just :04 seconds left on the clock, St. Henry’s Jesse Niekamp came up with a steal and raced to the opposite side of the court to hit a layup that beat the buzzer to send his team into the period break leading 15-13. Anthony Masterlasco, a 1st team BVC selection this season as a Sophomore scored 6 of his 12 points in the quarter for Liberty Benton.

Five points is all the LB offense would be able to muster in the second quarter as the Redskins defense turned up their intensity forcing the Eagles into 8 turnovers and 1/5 shooting from beyond the arc to lead 30-20 at the half. Mikesell was held to 13 points in the contest on 5/11 shooting but tossed in 7 of his points in the stanza, including a three pointer deep from the wing to help keep his squad on top going into the half. Liberty Benton was held scoreless in the quarter for 3:43 between baskets by Masterlasco and Nathan Craft.

Mitch Stammen was brilliant from the free throw line in the second half for the Redskins as he connected on 8/8 tosses from the charity stripe (he shot 10/10 overall from the line in the game). Jesse Niekamp and Mikesell combined to shoot 3/5 from the free throw line as well and helped St. Henry to a 41-26 lead after three quarters.

Jesse Niekamp became the third player for his team to get into double figures as he connected on a layup with 5:54 remaining that gave him his 11th point of the game, and his team a 47-29 advantage. Liberty Benton’s only make from the field in the fourth quarter came on a three pointer Senior Tyler Vorst. Only Jackson Logsdon would put points up for the Eagles in the last period other than the aforementioned three pointer from Vorst as he connected on a pair of free throws with 3:31 left. The charity tosses by Logsdon also proved to be the final points of the contest as St. Henry picked up the win 51-31.

Liberty Benton’s season comes to an end at 18-6 while the Redskins are now 22-2 and will play LCC on Saturday at 7pm at ONU in a game that will be broadcast live on WKKI K94.3fm and online at www.k943.com

Ryan Mikesell who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game added another award to his long list of accolades after the game as it was announced that he has been named as the Division 3 Northwest District Player of the Year. Joining Mikesell on the NW District team is teammate and Honorable Mention selection Mitch Stammen.


St. Henry (51):

Caleb Bender 2
Mitch Stammen 16 (10-10 free throws)
Evan Prenger 5
Ryan Mikesell 13
Jesse Niekamp 15

FG: 18/47 (38.3%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 13/17 (76.5%)
Reb: 37 (14 offensive – Mikesell 10)
Fouls: 11
Ast: 9 (Mikesell 3, Prenger 3)
TO: 8
Blk: 2 (Mikesell, Jesse Niekamp)
Stl: 9 (Mitch Stammen 4)

Liberty Benton (31):

Anthony Masterlasco 12
Nathan Craft 9
Tyson Neiling 2
Tyler Vorst 3
Jackson Logsdon 5

FG: 13/37 (35.1%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 3/7 (42.9%)
Reb: 23 (5 offensive – Logsdon 5, Masterlasco 5)
Fouls: 16
Ast: 6 (Masterlasco 3)
TO: 13
Blk: 1 (Dager)
Stl: 6 (Masterlasco 2, Craft 2)


St. Henry shoots way to Sectional title

St. Henry started slow from the field but got their shots from deep to fall at a fast and furious pace for the final three quarters en route to an 82-39 win.

With the Royals leading 6-4 midway through the first quarter, St. Henry used 5 points from Senior Evan Prenger to help them finish off the stanza on an 8-0 run to lead 12-6 heading to the second.

In the second quarter the game became the Ryan Mikesell show for the fans in attendance at Findlay High School as the future Dayton Flyer poured in 10 of his game high 29 points including a pair of three pointers from well behind the three point line. Caleb Bender, Mitch Stammen, Prenger, and AJ Niekamp all joined the triple parade as the Redskins finished the first half with 7 shots from deep and went into the break with a commanding 40-16 lead on the backs of a 28 point period.

Things wouldn’t get much better for the Royals in the third period as they were only able to amass 9 points against the St. Henry 2-3 zone. On the offensive end the Redskins added the first of consecutive 21 point quarters and were again fueled by Mikesell as he tossed in 11 of his squads markers.

When the final quarter of the game began moments later, the Redskins held a 61-25 advantage over Elmwood. Mikesell would add his final points of the game when his three pointer opened the stanza to push the St. Henry lead to 64-25. before he checked out of the contest for good.

A mixture of starters and bench players would occupy the floor for the final 7:00 for the Redskins, with five players who had not scored in the contest in Evan Lefeld, Paul Stammen, Justin Ahlers, Blake Hoying, and Scott Knapke all got into the scorebook to complete a night in which 11 Redskins scored at least a pair of points.

Elmwood Junior Trevor Solether was the biggest threat of the second half for his squad as he not only connected on 5/6 free throws but also added a bucket in the fourth quarter to score 7 of his 9 points in the contest to lead his team in scoring. Keyon Camden, the only Senior on the roster for the Royals finished with 8 points and was given a standing ovation by the Elmwood fans in attendance as he exited near the end of the contest.

With the loss the Royals finish their season at 12-11 while the Redskins up their record to 21-2 and will play on Thursday night at Ohio Northern University at 7pm against Liberty Benton (61-36 winners against Van Wert in the nightcap at Findlay). You can hear St. Henry vs LB live as it happens on K94.3 fm via the radio or online at http://live.wkki.net/listen.asx

Ryan Mikesell led three players in double figures with 29 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 blocks. Mitch Stammen (11), and Evan Prenger (10) were the other two leading scorers for the Redskins on the evening.


St. Henry (82)

Ryan Mikesell 29
Mitch Stammen 11
Evan Prenger 10
Caleb Bender 7
Scott Knapke 6
AJ Niekamp 5
Evan Lefeld 4
Paul Stammen 4
Justin Ahlers 2
Jesse Niekamp 2
Blake Hoying 2

FG: 29/50 (58%)
3: 12/26 (46.2%) – AJ Niekamp, Bender, M. Stammen 2, S. Knapke 2, Prenger 2, Mikesell 4
FT: 12/15 (80%)
Reb: 25 (11 offensive) – Mikesell 12
Ast: 18 – Mikesell 5
TO: 2
Points in Paint: 32

Elmwood (39):

Deven Peter 6
Tayte Lentz 2
Andy Curtis 2
Jarrett Childress 7
Philip Buckingham 3
Keyon Camden 8
Trevor Solether 9

FG: 14/30 (46.7%)
3: 4/7 (57.1%)- Peter 2, Buckingham, Childress
FT: 7/8 (87.5%)
Reb: 13 (4 offensive) – 4 players with 2 each
Ast: 11 – Solether 5
TO: 14
Points in Paint: 18


3’s propel St. Henry over Wapak in “Battle of the Redskins”

Evan Prenger hit two of his teams nine three pointers in the first quarter Saturday night to set the tone from deep early for St. Henry and help the Redskins to a 63-42 non-conference win at Wapakoneta.

St. Henry (#4 in latest Division 3 Associated Press poll) jumped on top of the home team early and often in the first stanza and they blitzed out to a 16-8 first quarter lead. Ryan Mikesell made a pair of free throws in the opening quarter that turned out to be the only opportunity either squad would get from the charity stripe in the contest that featured just 13 fouls.

With junior big man Corey Crawford providing all 8 of Wapak’s points in the first quarter, the home Redskins looked for more of the same in the second stanza but were denied in the post by the defense of St. Henry. With nothing available on the inside Wapak turned to their perimeter game as Aaron Huffman would hit a pair of jumpers and a layup to lead his team with 7 in the period. With just seconds left in the second quarter and following a Mikesell miss from three, Huffman would blaze a trail up the left side of the court and hit a shot from the volleyball line on his homecourt to cut his teams disadvantage to just 6 at the break at 31-25.

Wapakoneta would be held to 8 points in the 3rd quarter but would get 6 of those points on a pair of back to back three pointers by Adam Henderson to keep St. Henry at bay midway through the third period. St. Henry would see four players get on the board in the quarter as they pushed their advantage heading into the 4th quarter to 49-33 behind 7 from Mitch Stammen and 6 from Mikesell.

Three of the triples on the night for St. Henry would find the net in the final quarter from AJ Niekamp on back to back possessions and Mikesell again. Wapak never relented despite the score being in the visitors favor and got a pair of three pointers from sophomore Michael Burton in the right corner that cut into the deficit they faced. Jarrett Koch added one of his two three pointers on the evening in the waning moments of the game as well, but his squad fell short as the clock hit 0:00 by a 63-42 margin.

St. Henry (14-1) was led in scoring by Ryan Mikesell who finished with 22 points to go along with his game high 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 blocks. In addition to Mikesell, three of his teammates finished in double figures as Mitch Stammen finished with 11, AJ Niekamp with 10, and Evan Prenger with 10. The Redskins remaining schedule features just two out of seven games against teams with winning records, both next weekend against New Bremen (Friday) and Celina (Saturday). The combined record of opponents for St. Henry heading into Saturday night’s contest sat at 43-52.

Wapakoneta (8-8) was led in scoring by Adam Henderson with 9. Sidney will play host to Wapak on Tuesday night for the Redskins before a weekend battle with WBL foe Ottawa Glandorf at the Supreme Court on Friday. Saturday night will see Wapak playing host to St. Marys.

Box Score:

St. Henry (63):


Ryan Mikesell 22
Mitch Stammen 11
AJ Niekamp 10
Evan Prenger 10
Evan Lefeld 5
Caleb Bender 3
Jesse Niekamp 2

Team Stats:

FG: 26/41 (63.4%)
3s: 9/15 (60%)
FT: 2/2 (100%)
Rebounds: 22 (4 Offensive) – Mikesell 11
Assists: 15 (Mikesell 8, M. Stammen 5, Lefeld, J. Niekamp)
Turnovers: 8
Total Fouls: 6
Points in Paint: 22

Wapak (42):


Adam Henderson 9
Corey Crawford 8
Aaron Huffman 7
Jarrett Koch 6
Ethan Good 6
Michael Burton 6

Team Stats:

FG: 17/36 (47.2%)
3s: 8/12 (66.7%)
FT: 0/0
Rebounds: 16 (5 offensive) – Henderson 5
Assists: 10 (Metz 3)
Turnovers: 10
Total Fouls: 7
Points in Paint: 18

Score by quarter:

St. Henry 16 15 18 14 63
Wapakoneta 8 17 8 9 42

JV: St. Henry 34-20


Redskins win top 5 matchup

Friday night at home in front of a packed gymnasium the St. Henry Redskins remained perfect in the MAC as they handed Marion Local their first conference loss of the season 57-51.

St. Henry, ranked #5 in the latest Division 3 AP poll used a game high 20 points and four three pointers from senior Evan Prenger en route to the win. Marion Local, the #5 team in the D4 rankings got 20 points and 11 rebounds from senior forward Ryan Bruns in the loss.

Marion Local started off hot from the floor in the first quarter but saw the Redskins take the lead on one of two first quarter threes from Prenger to put St. Henry on top 16-15 at the buzzer.

Despite just two points in the stanza from 6’7 Dayton bound guard Ryan Mikesell the Redskins lead at the half 27-22 over the Flyers as balanced scoring from Evan Lefeld, Caleb Bender, and Mitch Stammen propelled the team to an 11-7 quarter that saw them pull ahead going into the break.

Not to be outdone, the Flyers who were looking to stay perfect in conference play and pick up the next step in defending their first MAC title since 2001 would outscore the Redskins 17-5 to take a 39-32 lead into the final period. Ryan Bruns who had scored 8 of his 20 points in the opening quarter would toss in 6 more in the stanza while teammate and future Toledo Rocket added 5. Dustin Rethman scored all 5 of his points in the period for the Flyers as well.

The final 8:00 of the game would feature many lead changes and free throws as the Redskins utilized the latter and finished 14/16 in the quarter to secure the win. Knapke and Bruns combined for all 12 of their teams points in the last quarter including a putback dunk by Knapke late in the stanza.

St. Henry is now 11-1 on the season and improves to 3-0 to remain the MAC’s only unbeaten squad. The Redskins, winners of 10 straight will take on Ansonia in a non-conference matchup tonight before taking on Wapak out of the WBL in a non-league road game next weekend that will be heard live on K94.3 fm.

Marion Local drops their second game of the season (both to St. Henry) and is 9-2 overall, 3-1 MAC. The Flyers will travel to Jackson Center tonight to take on the Tigers before traveling to Lima to take on the WBL’s Shawnee Indians next Saturday night in a rescheduled non-league battle.

Box Score:

St. Henry (57)

Evan Prenger 20
Ryan Mikesell 13
Mitch Stammen 9
Evan Lefeld 7
Caleb Bender 6
Jesse Niekamp 2

FG: 17/52 (32.7%)
3s: 6/20 (30.0% – Prenger 4, Lefeld, M. Stammen)
FT: 17/21 (81.0%)
Rebounds: 18 (11 offensive – Prenger 5, Mikesell 5, J. Niekamp 5)
Assists: 8 (M. Stammen 3)
Turnovers: 10
Points in Paint: 16

Marion Local (51):

Ryan Bruns 20
Luke Knapke 18
Dustin Seitz 6
Dustin Rethman 5
Cole Griesdorn 1
Kyle Homan 1

FG: 22/42 (52.4%)
3s: 2/10 (20.0%)
FT: 5/13 (38.5%)
Rebounds: 34 (11 offensive – Bruns/Knapke 11 each)
Assists: 10 (Knapke 4)
Turnovers: 26
Points in Paint: 38


Redskins outpace Tigers

St. Henry used a big night from the duo of Ryan Mikesell and Mitch Stammen to knock Versailles from the ranks of the MAC unbeatens Friday night 72-49.

The Redskins duo combined for 48 of the teams points and helped hold Versailles Senior guard Kyle Ahrens to just 13 points.

17-7 was the score after the end of the first quarter as three pointers from Caleb Bender and Stammen himself began to fall like rain. With Kyle Ahrens struggling to get things going against the St. Henry 2-3 zone defense (no points in the first quarter), younger brother Justin took over the scoring load and paced the Tigers with a pair of first half triples.

Versailles would use four three pointers of their own in the second quarter to try to combat the Redskins zone, but would still find themselves trailing 34-29 at the halftime break lead by 8 points from each Ahrens. Mikesell would add 10 points in the second stanza and finish with 14 for the half.

Justin Ahrens and Ryan Mikesell continued to duel in the third as they hit for 7 and 10 points respectively, but it was the defense and scoring of Stammen that helped the Redskins push their lead to 51-38 heading into the final stanza.

St. Henry would shoot 6/6 from the free throw line and finish a perfect 9/9 from the charity stripe on the night. Kyle Ahrens would add 5 points including a deep three pointer to finish with 13, but could not pull his team any closer as they were outscored 38-20 in the second half.

Justin Ahrens led Versailles in scoring with 18 points on the night. Versailles drops to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in the Midwest Athletic Conference with the loss, they will play the #1 ranked team in D3 Saturday night as they take on the undefeated LCC Thunderbirds.

Ryan Mikesell paced St. Henry with 30 points and 17 rebounds and punctuated his last steal and points of the game with a massive fast break dunk. The Redskins see their record improve to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the MAC, they will host Anna on Saturday night before traveling to Maria Stein next Friday night to take on Marion Local in a game that will go a long way in deciding who wins the conference this season.


St. Henry (72):

Ryan Mikesell 30
Mitch Stammen 18
Evan Prenger 8
Caleb Bender 8
AJ Niekamp 6
Jesse Niekamp 2

FG: 26/52 (50%)
3: 11/22 (50%) – Mikesell 3, Bender 2, Stammen 2, Prenger 2, AJ Niekamp
FT: 9/9 (100%)
Rebounds: 29 (10 offensive) – Mikesell 17
Assists: 15 (Bender 5)
Turnovers: 11
Points in the paint: 28

Versailles (49):

Justin Ahrens 18
Kyle Ahrens 13
Jace Barga 7
Brett McEldowney 5
Justin Marshal 4
Zach Steinbrunner 2

FG: 20/41 (48.8%)
3: 7/18 (38.9%)
FT: 2/6 (33.3%)
Rebounds: 18 (3 offensive) – Kyle Ahrens 5
Assists: 12 (Kyle Rutschilling 3)
Turnovers: 15
Points in the paint: 18

JV: St. Henry 50-45


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


St. Henry, Marion Local post wins

The Palace in Coldwater last night played host to the 2014 edition of the Asset Allocation Associates Inc. Holiday Classic where Marion Local downed host Coldwater 66-57 in the Consolation game and St. Henry won the Championship with a 48-41 win over Celina.

A late Christmas party came for Marion Local one night earlier in their loss to St. Henry when their 6’10 star in Luke Knapke came off the bench to play for the first time since breaking his wrist and sitting for over two months. Knapke would pay dividends just 24 hours later as he finished 11/12 from the line for the Flyers and led them in scoring with 21.

Marion Local would find themselves leading 13-12 after one behind balanced scoring from 4 players. Aaron Harlamert for Coldwater kept things close for his squad as he hit a late 3 in the stanza and finished with half of his teams points after one.

Five players would score a total of 18 points for Coldwater in the second quarter, led by 6 on a pair of three pointers by Ted Fisher as the Cavs found themselves leading 30-26 at the break despite shooting just 10/25 from the field.

Coming out of the lockerroom the Flyers shot the lights out as they connected on 20 quarter points to just 9 for Coldwater and led heading into the 4th 46-39.

Luke Knapke would find himself at the free throw line quite often in the fourth quarter as he also made up for an earlier failed slam dunk attempt by flushing one home for two points. Knapke and the Flyers finished out the game by going 11/14 from the charity stripe in the 4th stanza en route to the 66-57 win.

With the win the Flyers get to 3-1 on the season following their 2nd defeat of the Cavaliers in the past 11 days. Coldwater drops to 0-5 on the season with the loss and will next play against Kenton on Saturday in a game rescheduled from Dec 6th due to both schools deep runs in the football playoffs. Marion Local will return home to take on Wapak on Friday night.


Marion Local (66):

Luke Knapke 21
Dustin Rethman 12
Ryan Bruns 11
Cole Griesdorn 7
Kyle Homan 4
Dustin Seitz 4
Collin Mescher 3
Tyler Mescher 2
Derek Albers 2

Coldwater (57):

Aaron Harlamert 18
Derek Thobe 14
Dylan Thobe 8
Andy Brunet 6
Ted Fisher 6
Jack Hemmelgarn 2
Neal Muhlenkamp 2
Malave Bettinger 1

In what will be one of two matchups this season (the other coming Feb 7th at Celina) between the St. Henry Redskins and Celina Bulldogs, the Redskins got the better of the Bulldogs early as they jumped out to a quick 12-5 lead after one quarter behind 9 points from UD bound Ryan Mikesell.

Celina responded in the second quarter as they matched the Redskins in points with 8 for the stanza to send cut the lead to 7 at 20-13 heading into the half time break. Both teams started slow in the first half as zone defenses utilized by both coaches proved dividends in keeping their offensive counterparts at bay.

At the half just 3 players from each team (Lefeld/AJ Niekamp/Mikesell for St Henry, Laffin/Caleb Hoyng/Ryan Hoyng for Celina) were able to put markers in the scorebook.

The second half would see both teams hit the floor with a much more balanced offensive attack as they looked to get more players involved by attacking the rim more frequently. One of the biggest contributions all night for Celina came from 6’4 senior Ryan Hoyng as he scored 15 of his team high 19 points in the second half to keep Celina within a handful of points of the St. Henry lead.

Even Lefeld’s triple in the 3rd quarter would help keep St. Henry on top 34-33 at the buzzer, but a big quarter from Hoyng (10 points) would help close the gap heading to the final stanza.

12 seconds into the fourth quarter the Bulldogs would get their first lead in quite some time as they picked up a bucket to make it 35-34 Celina. St. Henry would respond in the next couple of minutes as they outscored Celina 14-8 in the final period to win the championship.

St. Henry (6-1) will play next on January 9th at New Knoxville while the Bulldogs will play again on Saturday at home against Toledo Central Catholic (5pm JV start) in a game that can be heard on www.wkki.net, on 94.3 fm or via the K94 ap with Jim Hyatt and Phil Schumann on the call.


St. Henry (48):

Ryan Mikesell 15
Evan Lefeld 11
Jesse Niekamp 6
Evan Prenger 6
AJ Niekamp 5
Caleb Bender 3
Mitchel Stammen 2

Celina (41):

Ryan Hoyng 19
Grant Laffin 7
Caleb Hoyng 7
Logan Delong 5
Eric Moeder 3

All Tournament Team:

Aaron Harlamert – Coldwater
Luke Knapke – Marion Local
Grant Laffin – Celina
Ryan Hoyng – Celina
Caleb Bender – St. Henry

MVP – Ryan Mikesell (43 total points in 2 games)


St Henry wins Battle of Redskins

St. Henry opened the first quarter on fire Tuesday night in their non-league battle and did not slow down one bit in the final 3 quarters en route to a 59-44 win over Fort Loramie.

Three different players for St. Henry tossed in four 3 pointers (Even Lefeld, Evan Prenger, Ryan Mikesell x2) and lead the Redskins to a 20-5 lead after the first stanza, a lead they would not relinquish in the contest.

Fort Loramie cut the lead to 33-15 at the half behind 7 quarter points from Drew Wehrman but could not slow down Mikesell as he went for 10 in the quarter and picked up 5 first half blocks as well.

Only two players would score for St. Henry in the 3rd as Fort Loramie won the quarter 14-8 as Ty Frilling and Grant Olberding (came in averaging 15 points per game but was held scoreless until the 3rd) combined for all but two of those points.

With free throws coming into play in the final 8:00, St. Henry capitalized and went 6/8 from the charity stripe. The only misses from the line for the visiting Redskins would be from Paul Stammen with 4:02 remaining in the game.

Ryan Mikesell on the evening led the way for St. Henry as he tossed in a triple double (25 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks) en route to leading the Redskins to their 4th win of the season against just 1 loss. St. Henry will next play on Monday in Coldwater in a game that can be heard live on www.wkki.net as part of the AAA Holiday Classic.

Fort Loramie and 1st year coach Corey Britton sees their record drop to 5-2 overall. The home Redskins were led in the scorebook by Devin Braun’s 16 on 6/14 shooting from the field. New Bremen will be the next opponent for Fort Loramie as they will travel to take on the Cardinals on January 2nd.


St. Henry:

Ryan Mikesell 25

Mitch Stammen 10

Evan Prenger 9

Jesse Niekamp 6

Evan Lefeld 5

Paul Stammen 2

Caleb Bender 2

Shooting: 22/43 field goals

5/21 from 3 (Mikesell 3, Prenger, Lefeld)

10/12 FT

32 rebounds (Mikesell 14)

17 assists (Mikesell 3, Prenger 3, Bender 3)

11 blocks (Mikesell 10)

Fort Loramie:

Devin Braun 16

Grant Olberding 9

Drew Wehrman 7

Ty Frilling 6

Andy Grewe 3

Clint Ratermann 2

Logan Brackman 1

Shooting: 17/48 field goals

2/13 from 3 (Wehrman, Grewe)

8/13 FT

26 rebounds (Frilling 6)

6 assists (Rosengarten 2)

3 blocks (Braun, Olberding, Frilling)