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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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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.

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Redskins shoot past Riders

ST. HENRY, OH – St. Henry used the deep ball early and often Friday night at home as they defeated visiting St. Marys 65-49 to open the home portion of their basketball schedule.

The Redskins didn’t score their first basket of the game from inside the arc until the second quarter clock showed 2:17 remaining in the period when Tyler Schlarman dropped in a layup for his squad.

Mitch Schwieterman began the Redskin barrage from deep in the opening stanza as he connected on a pair from behind the arc to help St. Henry lead 10-6 at the first quarter stoppage of the game.

Despite coming off the bench for coach Eric Rosenbeck, Parker Link tossed in four of the home teams seven three pointers in the quarter and ten in the first half as part of a 28-7 run to end the first 16 minutes of play and send the game to the locker room at 38-13 St. Henry.

6’3 Senior Derek Jay scored seven points in the first half of the contest for the Roughriders and then caught fire for his team in the third quarter as he connected on a pair of shots from deep and 10 of his game high 30 to help St. Marys crawl within 17 at the end of the period.

While Jay tossed his 13 more points in the final eight minutes of play for the visitors, the home squad did their damage from the free throw line as the Redskins six players hit on 11 of their 16 attempts to wrap up the final touches of their 65-49 victory.

St. Marys (0-1) was led by Jay’s 30 points while St. Henry (2-1) saw Link finish as their high man with 19 markers. The Roughriders will be in action on Saturday night as they travel to New Bremen while the Redskins will play host to Mississinawa Valley.

Box Score:

St. Marys (49)
Braeden Dunlap 4
Jacob Grannan 2
Ethan Mielke 2
Sam Young 3
Derek Jay 30
Bo Kuenning 6
Ethan Steger 2

FG: 15/45
3PT: 5/12
FT: 14/19
REB: 14 (6 OFF)
AST: 10
STL: 12
TO: 14

St. Henry (65)
Ryan Luttmer 4
Mitch Schwieterman 17
Ryan Bruening 7
Tyler Schlarman 12
Parker Link 19
Blake Hoyng 5
Clayton Heitkamp 3

FG: 18/37
3PT: 11/20
FT: 18/28
REB: 33 (11 OFF)
AST: 15
STL: 9
TO: 21

JV: St. Henry 57-29

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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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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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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.

Scoring:

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.

Scoring:

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)

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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.

Scoring:

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

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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.

Scoring:

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

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