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Redskins hand Cavs first MAC loss

COLDWATER, OH – In a contest that was an instant classic the St. Henry Redskins turned one big play and one run into a 1-0 victory on Thursday night at MAC rival Coldwater.

With a pair of Cavalier runners on the basepaths at the corners a deep shot headed towards the left centerfield alley by cleanup hitter Nate Grunden which would score both runners if it landed on the ground found its way into the glove of a diving Tyler Schlarman for the games final out and to secure the St. Henry victory.

Redskins hurler Daylon Lange (2-1) whose only loss of the season on the mound came on March 26th in a 2-0 loss to Coldwater tossed a beauty as he finished with a line of seven innings pitched, allowing three hits and zero runs while striking out four. Four Cavalier batters were plunked by pitches from Lange on the day but none, including Austin Riethman and Sam Broering in the final frame came around to score.

Cole Frilling (4-1) who beat Lange in the contest in March took the loss for the Cavaliers as he finished with seven innings pitched, allowing four hits and one run while striking out two and walking zero on 70 pitches.

Both teams were able to put baserunners on during the contest but unfortunately for the two squads they saw a handful of innings come to and end with those runners left on the bases as well. St. Henry left 5 men on base while their hosts would finish with 10 men left on base including the bases loaded in the first frame.

The lone run of the contest came in the top of the fifth inning when Sam Lefeld who had singled to open the inning was moved ultimately to third base by a hit batter and a fielders choice from teammates Jay Knapke and Daylen Froning. Ryan Bruening’s fielders choice knocked in Lefeld for the lone marker of the contest before a pop out to Frilling put a stop to the half inning.

Offensively the Redskins (6-3) who move into a tie atop the Midwest Athletic Conference standings with Coldwater at 4-1 were led by Schlarman who finished with a pair of singles while teammate Curtis Uhlenhake doubled to right field in the fourth inning but was left there when Schlarman grounded out for the third out moments later.

Coldwater (8-2) drops just their second game of the season and was led on the offensive side of the ball by Jacob Wenning who tallied all three of his teams hits on the day.

Next up for the Redskins will be a trip to Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Sunday where they will have a 4pm tilt against Covington. Coldwater will travel north to Bryan on Saturday for a three-way doubleheader with the Golden Bears and the Maumee Panthers.

WP: Daylon Lange (2-1)
LP: Cole Frilling (4-1)
Time of game: 1:30

*Stats compiled with help of Gamechanger*

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Coldwater, St. Henry post OVISCO Classic wins

CELINA, OH – Two teams punched their tickets Wednesday night to meet for the OVISCO Classic championship on Thursday evening as Coldwater and St. Henry were victorious over Marion Local and Celina inside the Celina Fieldhouse.

Coldwater earned their trip to the finals for the third straight season as they were victorious over Marion Local in the semifinal opener of the evening 60-51 while St. Henry defeated host Celina 51-34 in the nightcap.

Earlier in the season the Cavaliers fell 61-59 to Marion Local but were out to make a statement early on as the trio of Maura Hoying, Olivia Harlamert, and Lauren Bruns helped to give their team a 15-14 advantage at the end of the first period despite six markers from 6’1 Flyers senior Kara Evers in the post.

Just a pair of shots from the field would fall for Marion Local in the second quarter as they were outscored 19-6 by their Midwest Athletic Conference rivals and trailed 34-20 at the halftime stoppage. Lauren Gilliand, the Cavaliers second leading scorer on the season hit for seven of her 12 points in the quarter to help fuel the Coldwater engine but it would be her later performance that would help salt away the contest.

Six Cavs etched their name in the scorebook in the third quarter to give their team a 17 point lead heading to the final eight minutes of the game.

Kara Evers knocked in eight of her game high 21 in the final stanza for the Flyers, but it would be Gilliland who iced the contest for Coldwater as she connected on 5/6 from line to secure a 60-51 victory and a spot in the OVISCO finals.

Box Score:
Coldwater (60):

Mara Dues 4
Kourtney Diller 8
Olivia Harlamert 7
Maura Hoying 16
Lauren Gilliland 12
Katie Alig 4
Grace Bruns 1
Lauren Bruns 8

FG: 24/53
3PT: 3/13 (Diller 2, Harlamert)
FT: 11/19
REB: 22
TO: 12

Marion Local (51):

Heidi Rethman 12
Natalie Rethman 9
Kara Evers 21
Emily Nietfeld 1
Brooke Homan 2
Morgan Heckman 4
Alania Pohlman 2

FG: 19/49
3PT: 0/3
FT: 9/10
REB: 32
TO: 19

A competitive first three quarters that saw a 34-29 lead for St. Henry turned into a rout in the final quarter for the Redskins as they defeated the Celina Bulldogs 51-34 in game two of the OVISCO semifinals to earn their trip into the Championship bracket finals Thursday night.

St. Henry connected on 11/12 from the free throw line in just the fourth quarter and finished 16/20 on charity shots overall as they held off the Bulldogs in the final eight minutes.

Defense and free throw shooting loomed large for the Redskins in the second half as they coupled their high caliber shooting from the line with just three makes from the field for the home team in that span.

Addy Vaughn was the leading scorer in the contest as she accounted for 21 of her teams 51 markers in the contest, and exploded for 10 in the games penultimate stanza and tied the Celina output for the quarter as well.

Six different players for the St. Henry were able to hit at least one free throw on the evening among the seven who added their named to the scoring column.

With the win the Redskins record moves to 7-2 on the year while Celina falls to 0-9. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by senior Lauren Jackson who dropped in 12. St. Henry won the previous matchup this season 59-40.

Thursday night’s OVISCO Classic consolation bracket will feature Celina vs Marion Local at 6pm with the finals of St. Henry vs Coldwater to follow approximately 15 minutes after and can be heard live on WKKI 94.3.

Box Score:

St. Henry (51):

Cora Stammen 1
Addy Vaughn 21
Allison Siefring 10
Marlee Vaughn 3
Alyssa Buschur 6
Nora Vaughn 7
Nikki Keller 3

FG: 17/43
3PT: 1/7 (M. Vaughn)
FT: 16/20
REB: 23
TO: 16

Celina (34):

Carley Eichler 3
Makenna Klingshirn 6
Lauren Jackson 12
Marcedes Zeisloft 3
Brooke Robbins 4
Bailey Exman 2
Maddy Luebke 4

FG: 11/42
3PT: 2/16 (Klingshirn, Jackson)
FT: 9/19
REB: 27
TO: 22

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Redskins move to 3-0

ST. MARYS, OH – Despite not scoring for a nearly 6 minute span between the third and fourth quarters the St. Henry Redskins downed the St. Marys Roughriders 43-32 Friday night in non-league action at the Horseshoe.

St. Marys senior Drew Jacobs opened the scoring for the home squad as his marker put the Riders on top 2-0 early. The WBL members lead would prove to be short lived unfortunately as it would mark his teams only points of the first period. A pair of three pointers for the Redskins from Curtis Ulenhake and Ryan Luttmer coupled with an 0-8 shooting performance by St. Marys would give the visitors a 10-2 lead at the end of the opening stanza.

In the second quarter it was Luttmer again who cashed in from beyond the arc, this time joined by junior Ethan Thieman from deep to help engineer a 14 point quarter to give St. Henry a 24-13 lead heading into the break.

With strong quarter performances both offensively and defensively in the third quarter, the Roughriders pulled to within 29-22 at the next stoppage. Sam Young who finished the night with 7 points connected on a three pointer and a shot from inside the arc to help pull the Redskins lead back into double digits for St. Marys. For their part the visitors were held to just one made basket from the field, a three point goal by Luttmer to go along with a pair of free throws made by sophomore Caden Niekamp.

The final eight minutes of the contest saw a slow down between the two teams and a pair of big performances by St. Henry senior Tyler Schlarman and St. Marys senior Austin Wilker.

Schlarman who entered the contest through the first weekend of the season averaging 19 points per game was held to just 11 and picked up an intentional foul call late in the game exploded in the fourth quarter offensively for 7 of his markers.

Wilker would finish the night with a total of 8 points, but 6 in the final period. On the evening the 6’2 Wilker would help his team with the clock stopped as he connected on 6/6 from the free throw line.

St. Henry moves to 3-0 on the season and will be back in action on Saturday night as they travel to Lima to take on another Western Buckeye League squad in Shawnee.

St. Marys is now 0-3 on the year and has dropped 11 straight games dating back to last season. The Roughriders will welcome New Bremen to town for another WBL vs MAC showdown Saturday night before they begin conference play next Friday night at home against Ottawa Glandorf.

Scoring:

St. Henry (43):

Curtis Ulenhake 6
Ryan Luttmer 11
Ryan Bruening 2
Tyler Schlarman 11
Parker Link 4
Ethan Thieman 3
Caden Niekamp 6

FG: 14/33
FT: 9/16
3PT: 6/18 (Luttmer 3, Ulenhake 2, Thieman)
REB: 23 (Huelskamp 6)
TO: 10

St. Marys (32):
Braeden Dunlap 6
Sam Young 7
Austin Wilker 8
Ethan Mielke 3
Drew Jacobs 8

FG: 11/43
FT: 8/10
3PT: 2/13 (Young, E. Mielke)
REB: 30 (Dunlap 10)
TO: 13

JV: St.Henry 65-32

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Bearcats claw past St Henry

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Three pointers were the name of the game at the Walk-In Closet on Friday night as St. Henry and Spencerville combined to throw up 43 triple attempts on the evening. Spencerville finished the contest at 4/8 and in the end with a 56-49 victory in front of their home fans to open the season.

St. Henry held Spencerville scoreless for the first half of the opening quarter and held on to a 3-0 behind a Ryan Luttmer three pointer until the Bearcats got on the board with 4:05 left in the stanza when Senior Gary Schrolucke connected on 2/3 charity tosses. The Redskins tossed in a pair of three pointers from Ryan Bruening and Mitch Schwieterman to lead 15-11 after the first eight minutes of play.

The old adage is “live by the three, die by the three” and St. Henry put that to the test in the second quarter as their only points would come from the duo of Curtis Ulenhake and Luttmer who each hit from behind the arc.

Despite being held scoreless in the first quarter by the Redskins defense Dakota Prichard exploded in the second period with 9 points, including a three pointer of his own to help give his team their first lead at 16-15 with 4:24 left in the half. Junior Ben Dues two points in the quarter, his only marker of the game helped the Cats lead by four at the half 25-21.

Prichard struck the visiting defense again in the third quarter as he would pick up seven more points and a second made three pointer to bump his total to 16 and coupled with baskets from Bailey and Griffen Croft, and a three from Schrolucke handed the home squad a 40-36 lead going into the final quarter.

Spencerville finished from the free throw line 22/36 on the evening but did connect on 12/20 of their attempts in the fourth quarter that saw the Bearcats survive multiple miscues with the basketball and emerge victorious by seven. For their part the Redskins did put up 14 markers of their own but fall in the end 56-49.

St. Henry sees their season start at 0-1 but will be in action Saturday night at Russia. The Redskins were led in scoring by Ryan Luttmer who finished with 12 points, all coming on made three pointers.

The Bearcats were led in scoring by Dakota Prichard who finished with 22 points. Saturday night will see Spencerville on the road at Bluffton University for a 6pm tilt with Colonel Crawford.

Box Score:

St. Henry (49):
Curtis Ulenhake 3
Nathan Lefeld 1
Ryan Luttmer 12
Mitch Schwieterman 11
Ryan Bruening 7
Tyler Schlarman 7
Blake Hoyng 6
Cody Bruggeman 2

FG: 17/46
3PT: 9/35
FT: 6/10
REB: 24

Spencerville (56):
Dakota Prichard 22
Gary Schrolucke 11
Griffen Croft 9
Bailey Croft 7
Daniel Corso 5
Ben Dues 2

FG: 15/32
3PT: 4/8
FT: 22/36
REB: 28

JV: St. Henry 40-33

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Flyers post 7th shutout of season

SIDNEY, OH – The Marion Local defense came in to their Division 6 Regional Semifinal contest Friday night having shut out 6 of their opponents this season and by the end of the night were able to hang a 7th shutout as they defeated shutout rival St. Henry for the second time this season 22-0.

Marion Local totaled 445 yards of offense on the evening while their stingy defense gave up just 140 total yards on 37 plays by their opponents offense.

Despite having their first drive come to a screeching halt via a fumble inside St. Henry territory the Flyers put themselves ahead 7-0 early in the second quarter as QB Duane Leugers punched in from a yard out to cap off a 93 yard drive.

While punts and failed fourth down conversions were a big story in the first half, they weren’t the biggest issue St. Henry would face in the opening half. On their first drive of the first half after forcing the Flyers to punt, the Redskins found themselves in need of a change under center as starting signal caller Daylon Lange completed a 30 yard pass but was knocked down and forced to miss the rest of the contest in similar fashion to the two teams Week 9 meeting.

Redskin replacement QB Nathan Lefeld finished the night 7/17 for 98 yards but was picked off twice by the Marion Local defense.

With 7:53 left in the ballgame the Flyers extended their lead to 13-0 as Leugers second touchdown run of the night, a 6 yard effort near the right front corner of the endzone pushed his squads lead. After St. Henry was called for roughing Marion Local kicker Tyler Mescher the ball was placed on the one and a half yard line where Marion Local successfully converted a two point conversion to make it a 15-0 lead in their favor.

Starting from their own 42 yard line the Flyers utilized five plays and 2:21 before 5’9, 130 pound Sophomore runningback Matt Rethman showed off his speed and sprinted 23 yards for the games final points.

Jack Homan led the Marion Local rushing attack as he rushed 19 times for 101 yards while teammates Nate Moeller (12/51) and Leugers (11/94) showed off an impressive array of cuts that helped their team gain 279 yards on 47 carries on the evening.

Leugers finished 13/24 passing for 166 yards and saw his top two targets in Matt Kahlig and Ryan Thobe combine for 6 catches and 121 yards receiving in the contest.

St. Henry finishes their season at 8-4 and with their first playoff appearance since 2012 when they fell to the Flyers in the Regional Finals.

Marion Local (11-1) will move on to the Regional Finals and rematch with a Mechanicsburg (12-0) team that throttled Delphos Jefferson to the tune of over 500 yards tonight in a 56-20 victory. The same two teams met in last years Regional Finals in Bellefontaine that saw the Flyers victorious 9-7 on their way to the state finals.

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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.

Scoring:

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.

Scoring:

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

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Riders outshoot Redskins

St. Marys used hot shooting and scores from seven different players Monday night as they downed St. Henry in a non-conference tilt 67-56 to earn their 12th win of the season.

Despite the fact it was Senior Night at the Horseshoe it was a pair of Juniors in Quincy Rable and Shania Taylor who did a lot of the damage for the Roughriders (12-6) as the duo combined to score 34 points in the contest. Rable would finish the game with a season high 19 points and 6 rebounds while Taylor pulled down 8 rebounds to go with her 15 markers.

In the first the Riders got off to a big start as Taylor and Rable each tossed in a pair of baskets while Sydney and Lindi Cisco connected on a three pointer apiece and helped St. Marys jump out to a 19-12 lead after the opening eight minutes of play.

Despite having seven players find their way onto the scoreboard in the first half, the Redskins (4-14) were only able to total 20 points in the first half and find themselves trailing by 15 heading into the break. Seconds before the buzzer sounded the Roughriders etched the last two points of the half on an inbound pass from midcourt and the hands of Makayla Koch that was tossed in by Quincy Rable.

The second half of play began with both squads connecting on a handful of shots from beyond the arc that allowed St. Henry to trim the home teams lead to 14 at the end of the quarter by virtue of a 10-3 run.

Alexis Ontrop and Ellie Stammen combined for five of the Redskins three pointers in the second half but the duo were unable to get themselves and their squad any closer than nine points before the Riders got a pair of threes from Erika Angstman in the final period to push the advantage back to double digits and secure the win.

With three league games remaining the Roughriders find themselves in a four way logjam at 4-2 in the Western Buckeye League and behind leaders Ottawa Glandorf (6-0) heading into their final 3 conference tilts against Wapak, Defiance, and Thursday night against Celina.

St. Henry is 0-6 in MAC play and will look for their first league win of the year Thursday night as they take on New Bremen.

Scoring:

St. Marys (67):

Lindi Cisco 3
Makayla Koch 6
Sydney Cisco 12
Makenna Mele 1
Quincy Rable 19
Shania Taylor 15
Erika Angstman 11

FG: 21/43
3PT: 8/16
FT: 11/13

St. Henry (56):

Ellie Stammen 12
Kendra Rose 5
Alexis Ontrop 15
Alyssa Siefring 7
Britney Siefring 2
Jacey King 10
Nikki Keller 2
Danielle Lange 3

FG: 22/53
3PT: 8/23
FT: 4/7
TO: 11

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Redskins keep streak alive vs Riders

ST MARYS, OHIO – With their 62-41 victory Friday night the St. Henry Redskins have now defeated the Roughriders for nine straight games between the two schools.

St. Marys came out firing early on behind 6’3 Derek Jay’s six first quarter points and found themselves leading 13-12 at the end of the stanza.

In the second quarter it was the Redskins who would takeover behind 6’0 Senior and last season 1st team MAC selection Mitchel Stammen who tossed in 12 of his game high 23 points, including a pair of makes behind the arc to put his squad ahead at the halftime break 30-21.

With a lead coming in to the third period and an experienced group on the floor the Redskins began to milk the clock and space the floor in an effort to force St. Marys to breakdown defensively. In a pair of their possessions St. Henry was able to find a space on the baseline against the Riders defense and it would result in a layup for a pair of points from Jesse Niekamp who finished as one of three players in double figures for his team with 12. Niekamp hauled in 9 rebounds on the night and came up just short of becoming the second player for his team to have a double double (Evan Lefeld 14 pts, 11 rebounds) on the night.

Leading 42-31 at the beginning of the fourth quarter the Redskins were able to penetrate the lane and get to the free throw line often behind Stammen who finished 3-6 from the charity stripe in the period. Of his team high 20 points on the night, Jay would toss in 12 of those in the second half including a pair of triples.

Despite the big night from Jay for the Roughriders they were unable to get enough points on the board and fell to 0-2 by a 62-41 score, they will be home tonight as they play host to New Bremen in non-conference action.

With the win the Redskins improve to 2-1 on the season and will be on the road tonight to take on Mississinawa Valley.

Scoring:

St. Henry (62):

Evan Lefeld 14
Paul Stammen 3
Mitch Schwieterman 5
Mitchel Stammen 23
Tyler Schlarman 3
Ryan Bruening 2
Jesse Niekamp

FG: 23-52 (44.2%)
3PT: 6-21 (28.6%)
FT: 10-19 (52.6%)
REB: 32 (10 Offensive)
TO: 8

St. Marys (42):

Jacob Grannan 5
Randy Slife 2
Drew Jacobs 3
Derek Jay 20
Austin Wilker 3
Chase Roop 2
Colin Grothause 4
Colin Clements 2

FG: 15-37 (40.5%)
3PT: 4-12 (33.3%)
FT: 7-12 (58.3%)
REB: 20 (4 Offensive)
AST: 6
TO: 18

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Boys District 8 All-Star Game Results

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

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

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

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

Scoring:

West (98):

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

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

East (96):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scoring:

East (105):

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

West (77):

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

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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.

Scoring:

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)

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