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Spartans shock Titans

LIMA, OH – Saturday afternoon at Lima Senior High School the Lady Spartans pulled off their biggest win of the season as they defeated #3 state ranked Ottawa Glandorf 51-47.

For Lima Senior a pair of juniors in Taja Oglesbee and Talor Washington combined to score 27 of the teams points in the game and helped put the game away in the fourth quarter from the free throw line. In the first quarter it was Washington who put the Spartans on top for the first time at 8-5 as she knocked down a shot from behind the line with 3:50 remaining in the period.

Leading 14-13 after the first quarter the home team added a pair of triples from Washington and freshman point guard Nakiya Sigman to put the Titans on their heels. Ottawa Glandorf was led in the period from the free throw line by Kadie Hempfling who connected on all four of her tries and helped to pull the Titans back to even at 21-21 with just seconds remaining before Sigman canned a three pointer at the buzzer to put LSH on top 24-21 at the halftime break.

In the first half Ottawa Glandorf found their shots few and far between, but found them much easier to come by in the third stanza as they utilized scoring from four different players including a three pointer from freshman Kelsey Erford to put them ahead 35-31 heading to the final eight minutes.

The fourth quarter would see many lead changes between the two teams occur before the final buzzer. Ottawa Glandorf hit a pair of three pointers from Hempfling and Brianna Schimmoeller but were unable to keep up with the scoring output from Oglesbee who accounted for a pair of three pointers and a 4/4 effort from the line in the end.

Late in the period the visiting Titans pulled within 1 but were unable to take the lead as Destiny McDonald was successful on a three point play to put her squad back on top for good.

Free throw shooting played a big part in the final result of the contest as OG finished 9/14 from the line while their opponents went 14/16.

Lima Senior (8-10) stops a two-game losing streak with the win and will take on Toledo Whitmer on Thursday night. Taja Oglesbee led the Spartans with 17 points and was joined in double figures by Nakiya Sigman (13) and Talor Washington (10).

Ottawa Glandorf (15-2) will return to Western Buckeye League play for a meeting with fellow conference unbeaten Defiance on Thursday night. The Titans were paced by Kadie Hempfling who tallied 21 points and 18 rebounds.


Lima Senior (51):

Ajohlon Bullock 2
Nakiya Sigman 13
Taja Oglesbee 17
Destiny McDonald 7
Talor Washington 10
Cheyanne Bean 2

OG (47):

Ashley Schroeder 6
Kelsey Erford 9
Paige Sutter 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 6
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 21

JV: 49-35 OG
Freshman: 27-12 OG


Titans move to 13-0 on season

OTTAWA, OH – After surviving a fast paced first quarter where visiting Lima Senior seemingly could not miss from the field on Saturday afternoon the OG Lady Titans settled down the Spartan attack and moved to 13-0 on the year with a 69-47 victory.

The #2 ranked team in Ohio’s Division 2 Associated Press rankings allowed 18 points in the opening quarter to their opponents including 7 from Senior point guard Kierre James, but got five or more points from three players of their own (Ashley Schroeder, Erin Kaufman, and Kadie Hempfling) to send the game to the end of the opening period at 24-18 OG.

Tough defense from the Titans held Lima Senior to no points from the field in the second stanza and saw the Spartans scoring come from three different trips by a trio of players (Ashiana Sigman, Destiny McDonald, and Talor Washington) end in made charity shots. Devon Warnecke’s three pointer midway through the quarter marked the third of the opening half for OG who jetted out to a 37-21 halftime advantage.

LaToine Cowan hit a pair of shots from beyond the arc for LSH to open the scoring for the Spartans in the third period to bring her team within 9 but the Titans responded just moments later as Kadie Hempfling’s toss down the court found its way to the hands of Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman for two of her eight quarter markers.

Ashley Schroeder and Kylie White joined Kaufman in double figures for the hosts in the third quarter as they each tossed in a pair of buckets to help OG push their lead to 54-37 heading to the final eight minutes.

Lima Senior kept battling in the fourth quarter early on as the Titans continued to apply their pressure and finally saw McDonald break through from the field with her eight point and first to come not from the free throw line.

As the final buzzer sounded the Titans picked up win 13 in a row to begin the season and defeated the Spartans for the 11th time in 14 meetings between the two schools who restarted their contests against one other last year following a decade hiatus.

Lima Senior (5-8) was led in scoring by Cowan’s 13 while the Titans (13-0) were led by Erin Kaufman’s career high of 21. Kadie Hempfling finished with just 7 points in the contest but led OG in steals (7), assists (9) and rebounds (18).

While the Spartans will take on the Elida Bulldogs on Tuesday night the Titans will travel east to Berlin, Ohio for a 10 A.M. date with Massillon Tuslaw on Monday at the annual Classic In the Country event. (Hear it live on WZOQ Radio)

Box Score:

OG (69):
Ashley Schroeder 11
Devon Warnecke 5
Carri Johnson 2
Paige Sutter 1
Erin Kaufman 21
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kylie White 14
Courtney Bockrath 2
Kadie Hempfling 7

3PT: 3 (A. Schroeder, D. Warnecke, E. Kaufman)
FT: 4/6

Lima Senior (47):
Ajohlon Bullock 2
Ashiana Sigman 1
Lexi Williams 4
Destiny McDonald 10
Talor Washington 3
LaToine Cowan 13
Kierre James 11
Missy Jackson 3

3PT: 3 (L. Cowan 3)
FT: 9/14


63rd open season with victory

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Post 63’s first game of the season came with its fair share of challenges at times but when the darkness began to set in and the top of the 8th inning wrapped up the Fighting 63rd had outscored Troy 13-8.

Coming off of an 8-12-2 season and with just four players returning from last seasons squad the 63rd opened their first contest with a new lineup and opportunities to shine for their young club.

Kalida’s Brady Laudick got the start for Ottawa on the mound and surrendered four walks in the first inning, but saw just one turned into a run as he got a strikeout and a groundout from the bottom of the Troy order to help limit the damage against his team on the new scoreboard installed at Memorial Park.

Eight batters came to the plate for the home squad in the bottom of the opening frame and three would find themselves crossing home plate in the inning. Jackson Lammers (Miller City) got things going first as he doubled to the left field wall. Corbin Niese (Miller City) was issued a walk and Austin Swift (Kalida) singled to drive in a run. Ryan McCracken’s (Van Wert) RBI ground out to short and Austin Klausing’s (Kalida) sacrifice fly brought in the remaining two runners.

Troy Post 43, coming off of a 41-18 season last year that saw them reach the Great Lakes American Legion National Regional for the first time since 1970 came out swinging in the second inning as they plated five runs of their own to take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the second.

Ten batters came to bat for Troy in the top half of the inning that began with a single from Frank Gnuca and ended when Gnuca grounded out to Lammers at short following every one of his teammates having had their turn on the offensive end against relief pitcher Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee) who came in with one out in the inning.

Following a pair of scoreless innings on both side the visitors punched across a run in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead in the game.

Ottawa responded to their opponents marker in the fifth and sixth innings as they tallied eight runs to take an 11-7 lead into the seventh led by a triple and a double by Swift and McCracken to start the fifth, and a trio of singles by Niese, Swift, and Van Wert’s Ryan Stoller that followed up a leadoff double by Ada’s Brayden Sautter in the sixth.

Braden Nesbit (Tipp City Bethel/Muskingum) added the last run for Troy as he smacked a ball over the right centerfield wall to cut the Ottawa lead to 11-8 in the seventh before his next six teammates would be retired in order to end the game.

Corbin Niese singled to open the bottom of the seventh, Austin Swift was hit by a pitch on a 3-2 count, and McCracken singled in a run as all three would come around to score in the final Ottawa at bat before their turn came to an end.

McCracken finished the day 3-5 at the plate and with 4 RBI for the victorious Fighting 63rd (1-0) while Van Wert High School teammate Stoller finished 2-4 with a run scored and a walk on the day.

Lima Senior Junior Josiah Shoemaker (1-0) snagged the win for his squad while Noah Roswell (0-1) took the loss for Troy (2-3).

Troy will return home Friday night to begin WOL play as they take on Greenville while the Fighting 63rd are in Kalida for exhibition action against the Lima Locos at Holy Name Ballpark beginning at 7pm. Lima vs Ottawa can be heard live on: Zsportslive.com

Box Score:


Jackson Lammers (Miller City): 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 Runs
Corbin Niese (Miller City): 2-4, 1 BB, 3 Runs
Austin Swift (Kalida): 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3 Runs, HBP
Ryan McCracken (Van Wert): 3-5, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 Runs
Ryan Stoller (Van Wert): 2-4, BB, Run
Brady Laudick (Kalida): BB
Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee): 0-1
Josiah Shoemaker (Lima Sr): 0-2
Noah Howell (Temple Christian): 1-1
Austin Klausing (Kalida): 1-5, 2 RBI
Nate Arrington (Ottawa Glandorf): 0-4, BB, RBI
Matt Bowden (Bluffton): 1-2
Brayden Sautter (Ada): 2-2, 2B, SB, RBI, Run


4 in double figures propels OG to 6th straight win

LIMA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf’s starters accounted for 69 of their season high 76 points Saturday afternoon as they knocked off Lima Senior 76-63.

Kylie White, Lexi Schroeder and Kadie Hempfling each reached double figures in the first half of the contest and helped the Titans jump out to a 42 point first half at Lima Senior High School.

Spartans Senior Essence Cowan came into the day looking for 11 points to hit the 1,000 point mark for her career but did not accomplish the feat until connecting on a third quarter layup for her 12th marker on the day.

Ottawa Glandorf utilized 14 Spartan turnovers and turned almost every one of them into layups or scores from inside the arc where they finished the matchup 31 of 50 in the win.

Future Bowling Green State University Falcon Rion Thompson was the games high scorer with 31 points but was unable to help her team cut the visitors advantage to less than double digits in the second half of the programs 13th all-time meeting.

OG’s fourth player in double figures was Senior point guard Dani Ellerbrock who in addition to shutting down the Lima guards tossed in a dozen points including four on back to back steals and scores in the final period.

With the win the Titans pick up their 13th win of the season and sixth in a row. In the next week Ottawa Glandorf will play three contests, all at home against Anthony Wayne on Tuesday, Defiance on Thursday and Bryan on Saturday. Kadie Hempfling finished the game with a team high 22 points while White chipped in 19 points to go along with 14 rebounds while Lexi Schroeder pumped in 14.

Lima Senior sees their record fall to 7-5 on the season and will have a TRAC battle on their hands Tuesday night when St. Ursula Academy vists the bean.


OG (76):

Devon Warnecke 5
Dani Ellerbrock 12
Erin Kaufman 2
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kylie White 19
Lexi Schroeder 14
Kadie Hempfling 22

FG: 33/57
3PT: 2/7
FT: 8/18
TO: 13

Lima Senior (63):
Camille McLellan 2
Taja Oglesbee 6
Rion Thompson 31
Essence Cowan 12
Kierre James 8
Talor Washington 2
Amesha Reed 2

FG: 25/48
3PT: 4/15
FT: 9/16
TO: 14

JV: OG 35-26


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


Warriors set to kickoff 2013 season

LIMA – The Lima Warriors are set to kick off their 13th season by facing one of the best teams in the country, the Detroit Ravens.
Detroit will come to town sporting a 3-1 all-time record against the Warriors, including a 13-0 win last season en route to a 17-0 season and a National Championship.

Week two will see Lima playing in their first game as a member of the HFL South as for the first time the Pataskala Chaos will make their way inside Lima Stadium for a 7pm kickoff.

Another first time opponent will be welcomed to town on June 8th as the Miami Valley Thunder, another new member of the Heartland Football League will attempt to take down Warriors Offensive Coordinator Jim Worden’s new offense.

The remaining Warriors home games will showcase the first of two meetings between Lima and the Pickerington Wildcats, and a renewal of a formerly red hot rivalry with the Columbus War Eagles to finish off the home slate on July 13th.

Last season’s away slate of games saw the Warriors travel over 2,500 miles. This season will see more of the same as the Warriors will head on the road to both Racine Wisconsin to play eight time National Champion Racine’s Raiders July 6th as well as to Dunbar, WV to face off with the West Virginia Lightning on June 15th. Throw in a trip to play the defending HFL Champion Columbus Fire in Columbus on June 29th. Finishing off the road schedule are home and home rematches with both the Miami Valley Thunder and Pataskala Chaos.

To view the entire schedule please visit http://www.limawarriors.com/#page=2013%20Schedule.

Every Lima Warriors game this season can be heard live as it happens on www.limawarriors.com with myself, Steve Wiener and Ben Sherman. Kickoff for all games this season are set for 7pm with the pregame set for 6:45pm.

The Warriors of 2013 will look drastically different than those of 2012. Gone is Head Coach Sean Liles who has been re-replaced by Rich Stotts, the former defensive coordinator who went 14-1 in his lone season at the helm in 2011 while leading the Warriors to the HFL Championship game. Long time college coach Jim Worden will assume the team’s offensive coordinator role. Worden hopes to utilize the vast experience of his past in the collegiate game in leading Lima back to the Heartland Football League championship, for the first time as a member of the south conference.

Be sure to check out all of the latest news about the Warriors this season on limawarriors.com, by following them on twitter @limawarriors or on facebook at www.facebook.com/limawarriors