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Vikings down Big Green in 100th meeting

OTTOVILLE, OH – The 100th all-time meeting between Ottoville and Leipsic went in the win column for the Vikings Saturday night as they outscored the Big Green 20-7 in the final quarter to win 63-50.

Minutes into the first quarter the Vikings jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead over the home squad but saw the contest come to a halt momentarily with 5:09 remaining when Ottoville Sophomore Logan Kemper was attended to and carried off the L.W. Heckman Gymnasium floor with a leg injury. Kemper would not return to the game after being carried to the lockerroom.

Five players tossed in 20 points for the Vikings in the first period led by 7 from Jordan Brown and led 20-12 at the quarter buzzer.

Trailing 31-28 with just seconds remaining before the halftime break the Big Green’s Nick Moorman connected on a jumper from the right wing and tied the game at 31 as the ball fell through the net at the buzzer.

Moorman and Ryan Bendele were the only two players to score for the home team in the third quarter but accounted for 12 markers including a pair of triples by Bendele to tie the game at 43 all after three quarters.

Leipsic committed seven turnovers in the game but none in the second half while their opponents were forced into eight second half turnovers and 14 overall. With a strong defensive presence that allowed them to create in transition the Vikings took control in the fourth quarter and were able to get themselves to the free throw line as well.

In the last period the Vikings connected on 7 of 14 tosses from the charity stripe and held the Big Green to just a trio of buckets from the floor from Bendele, Moorman, and Dustin Trenkamp in order to preserve the games final score of 63-50.

Before the contest the 2016 Homecoming Court was announced for Ottoville with Brendan Schnipke named King while Carly Kortokrax was named Queen.

Nick Moorman led the Big Green in scoring with a team high 19 points in the contest. Ottoville sees their record fall to 3-17 overall, and 2-5 in the Putnam County League. The Big Green have two regular season contests remaining, a home game at Van Wert on Monday night and a home game against Wayne Trace on Friday before they begin tournament play on the 23rd at OG against Fort Jennings.

With the win the Vikings up their record to 16-4 overall and 4-2 in the PCL where they are in a three way tie for second place. Leipsic was led in scoring by Jordan Brown with 19 markers and 9 rebounds. Thursday night the Vikings will look to finish Blanchard Valley Conference play at 10-1 when they travel to take on Hopewell-Loudon before finishing PCL play on Friday against Ft. Jennings. When the tournament begins the team will travel to Ottawa Glandorf to take on Continental on Wednesday Feb 24th.


Leipsic (63):

Matt Schroeder 11
Isaiah Lomeli 6
Grant Schroeder 8
Ross Mangas 7
Jordan Brown 19
Nate Brecht 5
Ross Schroeder 5
Jordan Berger 2

2PT: 22/39
3PT: 3/9 (M. Schroeder, R. Mangas, R. Schroeder)
FT: 12/22
TO: 7

Ottoville (50):

Ryan Bendele 9
Rudy Wenzlick 2
Andy Schimmoeller 2
Eric Von Sossan 3
Nick Moorman 19
Zane Martin 3
Dustin Trenkamp 12

2PT: 13/22
3PT: 6/18 (Bendele 3, Von Sossan, Moorman, Martin)
FT: 3/4
TO: 14

JV: 35-27 Leipsic


Bearcats storm past Bulldogs

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – For the second straight game the Columbus Grove Bulldogs found themselves with an opposing team player in double figures early. Spencerville Junior Damien Corso scored 11 of his 15 points in the opening quarter and his team would never trail as they walked away with a 73-47 conference victory Friday night.

In addition to Corso the Bearcats finished the contest with three other players in double figures as Dakota Prichard (20), Mason Nourse (14), and Zach Goecke (12) finished with big games to help the visitors push their NWC record to 5-1 on the year and stay just a game behind league leader Lincolnview.

Spencerville found the net on 13 of their 29 first half shots and 4 of 7 from the free throw line as they found themselves on top by a 35-22 score. Columbus Grove was held to 9/24 in the opening two quarters and with just four players able to dent the score column.

Gabe Stechschulte connected on a trio of three pointers in the third quarter and finished with 13 points overall, but with Rece Roney in foul trouble throughout the game the Bulldogs were unable to keep the Bearcats out of the lane and from scoring on the fast break especially.

With the win the Bearcats (13-2, 5-1) have now defeated the Bulldogs (6-9, 0-5) four straight times and lead the overall series 29-23. Spencerville will play host to league foe Crestview on February 5th while Columbus Grove dips their toes into Putnam County League play as they are set to entertain Continental Saturday night.


Columbus Grove (47):
Baily Clement 7
Gabe Stechschulte 13
Xavier Aguirre 4
Grayson Flores 2
Logan Diller 11
Logan Ridenour 1
Rece Roney 6
Cody Johnson 3

FT: 4/6
3PT: 5 (Stechschulte 3, Clement, Diller)
TO: 13

Spencerville (73):

Mason Nourse 14
Damien Corso 15
Jacob Meyer 2
Zach Goecke 12
Gage Goecke 3
Dakota Prichard 20
Bailey Croft 7

FT: 5/8
3PT: 10 (Nourse 4, D. Corso, Z. Goecke, G. Goecke, Prichard 3)
TO: 5

JV: Columbus Grove 27-26


Schroeder career night pushes OG past Perrysburg

PERRYSBURG – For the third consecutive game the Ottawa Glandorf Titans were paced in scoring by a career high from one of their players as they downed Perrysburg 41-27. Junior Lexi Schroeder eclipsed her career high of 12 points by dropping in 15 in the contest, including a pair of triples to help her team improve to 5-1 this season on away from their home court.

Both squads got off to a slow start in the first quarter and found themselves on the end of a lot of empty possessions. OG was unable to get a point on the scoreboard until the 3:41 mark of the stanza when Kylie White connected on a pair of free throws to cut the Yellowjackets lead to 4-2. Trailing 8-7 in the last few seconds of the opening period, Dani Ellerbrock’s runner as the horn sounded would give the Titans a 9-8 advantage heading to the second stanza that would never relinquish.

A back and forth second quarter was won again by OG with 9 points as they pushed their lead to 18-17 at the half led by five points in that span from Schroeder who also connected on one of her two three pointers for the evening.

Perrysburg not only found themselves held to one basket from the field in the third quarter, but with a couple of players in foul trouble as the Titan attack began to wear down the defense of their opponents and lead to opportunities for easier baskets than had come in the first half. Ottawa Glandorf was also held to not much from the field but did muster a pair of hoops in the games penultimate period despite turning over the basketball far too many times for head coach Troy Yant’s liking.

Heading into the final period OG found themselves with a 26-21 advantage and would attempt to hold that lead as they looked to down the Jackets for the second consecutive season.

A pair of three pointers from Schroeder and White helped push the Titan advantage out to nine points in the opening part of the quarter. Perrysburg’s duo of Taylin Hunter and Ashlyn Brown who had spent a good portion of the contest in foul trouble ultimately found themselves disqualified and forced to watch the rest of the contest from the bench with their fifth fouls. White, Schroeder and Ellerbrock scored all of the Titans 15 points and helped their squad finish off the home team by a 41-27 margin.

OG, now 10-1 on the season will head to Celina on Thursday night for a battle of 3-0 teams in the WBL as they take on the Bulldogs. Pregame for the contest begins at 7:15pm and can be heard live on WZOQ Radio.

Perrysburg sees their season record fall to 5-5 and will travel to take on Maumee on Friday night.


OG (41):

Dani Ellerbrock 10
Erin Kaufman 5
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Kylie White 7
Lexi Schroeder 15
Courtney Bockrath 2

FG: 15-36
3PT: 5-13
FT: 6-11
TO: 21

Perrysburg (27):

Erika Joldrichsen 7
Taylin Hunter 4
Cameron Clark 4
Katie Diehl 2
Emily Baer 2
Ashlynn Brown 4
Sonia Krolak 2

FG: 11-46
3PT: 1-12
FT: 4-6
TO: 16


Big 2nd half leads Kalida past Spencerville

Kalida scored 35 of their 65 points Tuesday night in the second half and held the host Bearcats to 21 en route to beating Spencerville for the second straight season.

In the games opening minutes the two teams combined to hit their first five shots from the floor as the Bearcats jumped out to an early 6-5 lead before Kalida surged ahead on a pair of triples from Drew Hovest to take the lead midway through the opening period. The Bearcat trio of Mason Nourse, Dakota Prichard, and Zach Goecke combined for 18 points and pushed the home squads advantage to 18-14 heading into the end of the first quarter.

Leading early on the second quarter the Bearcats would bring in 5’11 Junior Jacob Meyer off the bench looking for a spark and would watch him not only play solid defense on the Kalida ball handlers but also toss in a three pointer and a pair of free throws that helped Spencerville head into the halftime break leading 34-30.

Four players for the Wildcats would find themselves doing damage to their opponents offensively in the second half and finishing in double figures as a 20 point third quarter was fueled by 7 markers from Drew Hovest who finished with a game high 18 on the night. A rough quarter offensively for Spencerville would see them only able to score three times from the floor as the defensive pressure from Kalida left them little room to operate as well as they had done in the first half of play.

Six of the ten Spencerville points in the final quarter would come from the free throw line where the Cats finished 15/21 on the night. Kalida was able to not only take the air out of the basketball and away from the high scoring Spencerville offense, but also put up 15 points of their own and put the finishing touches on their 65-50 non-league win.

Kalida (5-4) was led in scoring by Drew Hovest with 18, Grant Unverferth with 13, 11 from Trent Gerding, and 10 from Brady Laudick. The Wildcats will next travel to take on McComb Saturday night before returning home next week to resume PCL play against Fort Jennings.

With the win Kalida Head Coach Dick Kortokrax’s record in 56 years of coaching improves to 882-365, including a 20-9 mark against Spencerville.

Spencerville (6-2) was led in scoring by Mason Nourse’s 14 points while Dak Prichard added 12. Senior Guard Zach Goecke who came in on the night 18 points shy of 1,000 for his career ended the contest with 11 points, 9 of which came in the games opening half. The Bearcats are off until they welcome Ada and Bath to the walk-in closet on January 8th and 9th.


Spencerville (53):

Mason Nourse 14
Daniel Corso 1
Damien Corso 2
Jacob Meyer 6
Zach Goecke 11
Dakota Prichard 12
Griffen Croft 4
Chandler Schrolucke 3

FT: 15/21
TO: 8

Kalida (65):
Trent Siebeneck 3
Grant Unverferth 13
Drew Hovest 18
Brady Laudick 10
Trent Gerding 11
Collin Nartker 4
Brandon Verhoff 6

FT: 10/17
TO: 10

JV: Kalida 49-41


Titans blowout Indians

OTTAWA, OH – The OG Titans improved their record on the season to 4-0 as they blew out the visiting Wauseon Indians 51-24 Tuesday night at Robert J. Hermiller Gynmasium.

Ottawa Glandorf got things going early on in the contest as their relentless pressure forced 19 Indian first half turnovers en route to a 29-7 halftime advantage.

Behind 8 first quarter points from Junior Kylie White the Titans were able to impose their will early on as they kept their record perfect on the season. Despite the pressure from OG, Wauseon was able to connect on 3 of 5 shooting in the quarter for their six points led by a pair of buckets from Rylee Campbell. Wauseon’s first basket in the contest put a stop to a 10-0 OG run to open the game and came with just under 3:00 to go in the first.

With frequent substitutions OG was able to turn up the pressure even more in the second period as they held the Indians to just a single point, a free throw from Lexi Sauber while scoring 13 of their own in the stanza led by 6 from Carri Johnson.

Wauseon’s second half wouldn’t start much better than their first as the young Indians struggled to break the Titans press and were held to just 6 points in the games penultimate stanza while their opponents were able to add 17 markers to the scoreboard in the period. Of her team high 7 points in the game, Wauseon’s Morgan Bzovi tossed in a bucket and finished 3/4 from the line in the period for 5 points.

As Ottawa Glandorf began to work in their substitutions in the final 8:00 the Indians were able to break through and put together their highest point output of the night as they outscored the Titans 11-5 to provide the final margin of the contest at 51-24.

OG was led in scoring by Kylie White and Sophomore Kadie Hempfling who each finished with 12 points apiece to go along with their myriad of rebounds and assists between them. For the first time in her young career Johnson finished in double figures with 10 points, a career high in her time with the varsity squad. The Titans will begin league play on Thursday night as they welcome the St. Marys Roughriders to town in a game that will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com beginning at 7:15pm with myself and Sydney Heitmeyer on the broadcast.

The Indians were led in scoring by Bzovi’s 7, followed by Campbell and Kallie Strauss each with 4. Wauseon begins NWOAL play on Thursday as they play host to Montpelier.


OG (51):
Kylie White 12
Kadie Hempfling 12
Carri Johnson 10
Dani Ellerbrock 7
Courtney Bockrath 3
Erin Kaufman 2
McKenzie Meyer 2
Nina Brown 2
Devon Warnecke 1

Wauseon (24):
Morgan Bzovi 7
Rylee Campbell 4
Kallie Strauss 4
Lexi Stauber 3
Brianna Castellano 3
Jana Armstrong 2
Anna Marshall 1

JV: Wauseon 38-23


Predators win 3rd straight

Cincinnati, Ohio – The Northeast Ohio Predators closed out the non-league part of their season undefeated Saturday night as they traveled 226 miles southwest to Woodward High School to take on the River City Ravens and headed back home with a 16-10 win under their belts.

As they have done all season long for the Predators, the defense rose to the occasion early and often and forced the Ravens into a quick three and out to begin the game. Chris Green gave his offense great field position to start their first drive at the River City 44 as he returned a punt 36 yards for Northeast Ohio.

Matthew Gambrell got the start for the Predators at quarterback and wasted no time helping his team move near the goal line as he hooked up with receiver Danny Skalecki on a 40 yard pass play to get inside the Ravens 10. Following a defensive penalty that moved the ball down to the 2 yard line, Ian Rudnitskas plunged in for his second touchdown of the season and capped off a 5 play, 44 yard drive to put the Predators on top 7-0 midway through the games opening stanza.

Both teams defenses would be on display for the rest of the first quarter and the opening part of the second period, as the Predators forced a turnover on downs, an interception by Jerrell Sullens and a punt. River City’s defense would force 5 Predators turnovers in the first half including a pair of first quarter interceptions of Gambrell.

The third Gambrell inteception would be the most costly for the NEO offense in the first half as it was returned for a touchdown to tie the contest at 7 with 11:10 to go in the opening half.

Runningback Derrick Slocum’s fumble on the ensuing Northeast Ohio play following the fumble would set up the games next points as the Ravens kicker connected on a 40 yard field goal to put River City ahead 10-7 with 9:36 remaining before the break.

For a couple of seconds in the middle of the second stanza the game was actually tied at 10 apiece when Zac Schultz knocked home a 25 yard field goal for the visitors, but was short lived as they were the beneficiaries of a running into the kicker penalty that gave them first and goal inside the Ravens 10. Northeast Ohio took two shots at a quarterback sneak, but Gambrell was stripped of the football before he could make it into the home teams endzone.

River City was unable to capitalize on the stop and had to punt the ball away. The Predators did pick up 40 yards but were not able to stop the clock and get another play as they had no timeouts remaining and went into the lockerroom trailing 10-7.

In between a handful of punts by both teams to open the games penultimate stanza, the Predators got the only chance at scoring early, but Schultz could not connect from 55 yards away to keep the game at 10-7.

Ryan Young, the second quarterback competing to be the offense’s signalcaller when league play begins on June 6th took over under center to begin the second half, and wasted no time connecting with his favorite target this season in Skalecki as the duo hooked up for the third time this season on a 6 yard touchdown. With the successful extra point the visitors found themselves on top for the second time in the game at 14-10 with 9:35 remaining in the 3rd.

Just :10 and on the very next play of the game the Predators picked up two more points as the Ravens kick returner lost the ball off of his hand at the 1 yard line and was tackled in the endzone for a safety that put NEO up 16-10 and accounted for the games final points.

River City (1-1) finished the game with 7 straight incomplete passes and were unable to become the first team this season to score points on the Predators defense who posted their 3rd straight shutout as the points for the home team came on special teams and an offensive miscue.

With the win the Predators are now 3-0 on the season and will be off until they return home to Maple Heights High School to begin PAFL play against the Cleveland Cobras at 7:00pm on June 6th.


BVC posts All-Star sweep

FINDLAY, OHIO – The first annual Blanchard Valley Conference vs Putnam County League All-Star game took place on Sunday afternoon at the University of Findlay’s Croy Gymnasium and both the BVC boys and girls walked away with wins.

Molly Glick, an Arcadia product headed to play her college ball at Northern Kentucky University led the BVC girls with 19 points and was one of three players in double figures in their squad’s 78-55 win. Shay Moorman of Leipsic, the PCL player of the year led her team with 15.

Arcadia players had a good night during the set of games as Josh Ireland scored 24 points and began the game with an emphatic dunk as his league posted their first victory in the series 107-91. Adam Niese of Miller City led the PCL with 21 points.

Girls scoring:

BVC (78):

Hailey Buck (McComb) 10
Lauren Kotey (Liberty Benton) 7
Hannah Johnson (Arlington) 5
Megan Ritter (Cory Rawson) 9
Nichole Miller (Van Buren) 2
Kendra Tuttle (Cory Rawson) 9
Katie Simon (Liberty Benton) 17
Molly Glick (Arcadia) 19

3’s (6) – Buck 3, Tuttle 2, Simon

PCL (55):

Jenna Calvelege (Ft. Jennings) 3
Jackie Gardner (Kalida) 2
McKenna Scott (Continental) 3
Shalynn Moorman (Leipsic) 15
Kelly Nadler (Leipsic) 4
Becca Endicott (Columbus Grove) 12
Gabby Clippenger (Ft. Jennings) 6
Annie Lindeman (Ottoville) 10

3’s (7): Calvelege, Moorman 2, Clippenger 2, Lindeman 2

Boys Scoring:

BVC (107):

Matthew Alspach (Cory Rawson) 15
Trey Hanes (McComb) 9
Lane Bishop (North Baltimore) 4
B.J. Lawson (Liberty Benton) 5
Draeton Fasone (Van Buren) 10
Aaron Starr (Arlington) 10
Jon Dager (Liberty Benton) 13
Josh Ireland (Arcadia) 24
Clay Grubb (McComb) 8
Ryan Lommerse (Hopewell-Loudon) 9

3’s (17): Alspach 3, Hanes, Bishop, Lawson, Fasone 2, Starr 2, Dager 2, Ireland 4, Lommerse

PCL (91):

Gabe Williams (Continental) 13
Tyler Roby (Ottoville) 5
Brandt Landin (Ottoville) 10
Joey Warnecke (Columbus Grove) 4
Jared Snyder (Miller City) 10
Austin Kehres (Ft. Jennings) 2
Devin Kortokrax (Kalida) 17
Adam Drummelsmith (Miller City) 9
Adam Niese (Miller City) 21

3’s (4): Williams, Roby, Drummelsmith, Niese


Titans make history

ADA, OHIO – The Ottawa Glandorf Titans by virtue of their 43-20 win on Tuesday night against Archbold will get a chance on Saturday to do something no lady Titans squad before them has done before, play in the Regional Finals.

In three previous opportunities the Titans had in the Regional Semifinals (02/03, 04/05, 06/07) under previous head coach Lori Smith the team came up on the short end of the straw. In their trip during the 2004/2005 season the Titans entered the Semifinals at 24-0 only to see their season end prematurely with a loss in the Sweet 16 of their division.

Senior Elissa Ellerbrock, a 70% free throw shooter during the regular season but an 85% shooter from the charity stripe through the Titans first three tournament wins this postseason got her squad on the scoreboard first as she made a pair of free throws moments into the contest.

Following rebounds by Erin Basinger and Ellerbrock, the Titans got a layup and a jumper from Dani Ellerbrock and Basinger to go up 6-0 before Archbold head coach Brian Ziegler was forced to utilize a timeout.

Cassidy Williams got the Bluestreaks into the scoring column with 3:30 to go in the opening quarter as she connected on a layup procured by Cayla Walker. Winter Fricke provided the last points of the first 8:00 for Archbold as she got her team within 1 point on a three pointer deep in the corner with a hand in her face.

Ellerbrock began the scoring in the second quarter just as she had in the first, with a pair of free throws after being hacked on her way to the rim, this time putting her team up 8-5 with 6:43 to go in the half.

In the first meeting between these two schools (a 59-39 Titans win on Feb 17th) the Titans forced the Bluestreaks into 26 turnovers. In the first half of this meeting Archbold would turn the ball over 20 times in total and see OG utilize their transition defense to offense for immediate points. Two of those steals to points opportunities would come on steals by Danielle Schroeder and Elissa Ellerbrock that saw the Titans lead balloon to 12-5 with 5:13 to go in the half.

Despite shooting 9/32 in the opening half and seeing the aforementioned duo shoot just 4/19 from the field, OG would outscore Archbold 16-2 in the quarter and lead 22-7 heading into the halftime break. Hannah Hesterman nailed a pair of free throws for the Bluestreaks at the 4:02 mark for her teams only points of the period before OG closed the half on a 10-0 run.

For the final half the Titans were able to rotate in and out players at will and keep Archbold off base with their speed and tenacious defense en route to forcing 34 turnovers, the second time in four tournament games that they have forced 30+ turnovers. Kadie Hempfling (9), Anna Bellman (4), and Elissa Ellerbrock (6) combined for 19 of the 23 OG steals in the contest.

Ottawa Glandorf tied or broke a handful of records Tuesday night including matching the 04/05 squad’s school record mark of 24 wins in a season. Elissa Ellerbrock 9/9 performance from the free throw line tied a Titans record for proficiency previously held by four different players in Haley Ducey (8/8 against Defiance in 04/05), Michelle Bockrath (8/8 vs St. Marys in 94/95), Becky Leopold (7/7 vs Bryan in 96/97), and Crystal Leatherman (9/9 vs Kenton in 97/98).

One place the Titans did not have much luck in was the three point shooting department where they finished 0/10, but did finish 15/17 from the free throw line in the win.

Archbold finishes their season with their 4th straight Regional appearance and at 18-8 overall.

OG is now 24-2 on the season and will play the winner of Wednesday night’s contest between 26-1 North Union and 17-8 Oak Harbor on Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm at Lexington High School, and can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com.


OG (43):

Dani Ellerbrock 4
Elissa Ellerbrock 15
Erin Basinger 6
Danielle Schroeder 6
Kylie White 2
Anna Bellman 6
Lexi Schroeder 1
Kadie Hempfling 3

FG: 14/45 (31.1%)
3: 0/10 (0.0%)
FT: 15/17 (88.2%)
Reb: 29 (15 offensive – 3 with 5 each)
Fouls: 15
Ast: 5 (Bellman 2, Hempfling 2, D. Ellerbrock 1)
TO: 21
Blk: 2 (Bellman, L. Schroeder)
Stl: 23 (Hempfling 9)

Archbold (20):

Cassidy Williams 5
Hannah Hesterman 4
Kierstyn Repp 2
Winter Fricke 3
Kamryn Hostetler 2
Emie Peterson 2
Alexa Coressel 2

FG: 5/26 (19.2%)
3: 1/7 (14.3%)
FT: 9/12 (75.0%)
Reb: 25 (9 offensive – Wyse 6)
Fouls: 16
Ast: 3 (Williams, Hesterman, Repp)
TO: 34
Blk: 1 (Hesterman)
Stl: 13 (Hesterman 3)


OG, Ottoville crowned District Champions

Saturday was a big day and night for a pair of teams from Putnam County as both the Ottawa Glandorf Titans and the Ottoville Big Green were crowned District Champions in their respective divisions.

Ottawa Glandorf got a bit of revenge against rival Liberty Benton for a 49-41 loss on December 29th, their last loss of the season before 16 straight wins by downing the previously undefeated Eagles 57-41.

Much like their District Semifinal match on Thursday in Elida, the Titans got off to a slow start from the field as they trailed 6-0 to Liberty Benton and did not get on the scoreboard until 4:53 to go in the opening quarter. Liberty Benton would jump on the Titans defense early and often in the first period and amass 20 points to just 8 for OG. With the clock winding down to end the quarter, Liberty Benton’s Jensen Heigel drained a shot from 30+ feet away as she crossed half court for the final three markers of the stanza.

If the first quarter belonged to the Eagles, the second quarter belonged to the Titans as they scored early and often, reeling off 17 straight points en route to grabbing the lead with 3:10 to go in the opening half on one of back to back three pointers by Danielle Schroeder who finished with 13 of her 18 points in the quarter. Despite drawing just one foul in the half and committing many of their own, OG led at the break 30-24.

Neither team set the nets at the Union Bank Court ablaze in the games penultimate period as LB outscored OG 7-5 to close the gap to 4 at 35-31 heading into the fourth quarter.

As they have done so many times this season, the Titans used a furious fourth quarter to put away their opponent. This time around the rally for OG was led by Freshman Kadie Hempfling who scored 11 of her 14 points in the period, including 3/3 from the free throw line. Kylie White and Danie Ellerbrock combined to go 4/5 from the line as well and helped the Titans put away the Eagles by a final score of 57-41 and remain perfect since the ball dropped to usher in 2015.

OG (23-2) will now head to Ada’s Ohio Northern University on Tuesday night at 6:00pm (will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com) to take on the Archbold Blue Streaks for the second time this season. On February 17th, the Titans defeated Archbold 59-39 at the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

Liberty Benton who ended OG’s season last year in the District round at Elida sees their season come to an end at 24-1. The Eagles were led in scoring by Nicolette Devincentis with 10 points, down from 19 in the previous meeting of the two D3 powers.



Dani Ellerbrock 6
Elissa Ellerbock 7
Erin Basinger 4
Danielle Schroeder 18
Kylie White 8
Kadie Hempfling 14

FG: 21/51 (41.2%)
3: 5/14 (35.7%) – D. Schroeder 4, Hempfling
FT: 10/11 (90.9%)
Reb: 33 (16 offensive)
Ast: 13
TO: 9


Krista Simon 2
Lauren Kotey 9
Gabby Lyon 6
Jensen Hiegel 9
Katie Simon 5
Nicolette Devincentis 10

FG: 16/31 (51.6%)
3: 3 (Heigel, Katie Simon, Devincentis)
FT: 6/12 (50.0%)

One round after defeating previously unblemished Crestview and ending the season of a Knights team that downed them in the first week of the season the Ottoville Big Green found themselves in another rematch, this time with the PCL Champion Kalida Wildcats, another team that had previously beaten them during the 2014-15 regular season.

Ottoville used their press and tough press en route to ending Kalida’s season 41-39 and claiming yet another District Championship for themselves and legendary coach Dave Klemen,

When the Big Green went to State two years ago, Annie Lindeman was a Sophomore who came off the bench behind All-PCL selections Rachel Beining (Bluffton University) and Abby Siefker (BGSU), but had since grown into not only a leader for Ottoville as a Senior but also a deadly outside shooter. She led off the game for her squad in the first by draining one of her four 3 pointers in the game to put her team ahead of Kalida at 3-0.

Kalida didn’t get on the scoreboard with their first point (a free throw by Jackie Gardner) until the 4:28 mark of the first quarter that cut the Big Green lead to 5-1. Brittany Kahle’s jumper with :11 left send the Wildcats into the second quarter trailing by just six at 13-7.

Things would not get much better for Kalida in the second quarter against the Big Green press as they were forced into 7 turnovers and shot just 5/17 from the field. Ottoville continues to capitalize from beyond the arc in the opening half as Lindeman added another triple and teammate Nicole Kramer added a pair of her own from long range off the bench that had the Big Green leading 25-14 at the break and seemingly in control for good.

7 of 16 is what the Wildcat offense would shoot in the 3rd quarter as they scored 14 points to just 6 for Ottoville and narrowed the gap to 31-28 heading into the final 8:00 of the game. Ottoville’s 6 points again came on shots from behind the arc as Lindeman and Brooke Mangas each tacked on a three ball. Kalida connected on 5 free throws in the quarter (4 by Brittany Kahle) and a triple of their own by Kylie Osterhage during their run.

With their offense finally hitting on all cylinders in the second half, the Wildcats turned up the pressure on Ottoville and kept the Big Green off of the scoreboard at Lima Senior for 6:26 seconds spanning both the third and fourth quarters. Nicole Kramer stopped the 9-0 Wildcat run when she found the bottom of the net on another triple, her third of the contest.

Trailing by a 34-33 margin after a Katelyn Siebeneck basket, Kalida tied and took the lead for the first time behind a pair of Gardner free throws 35-34 with 3:30 remaining in the contest.

Garnder again gave her team the lead with 1:57 remaining after Ottoville’s Bridget Landin had connected on a pair of free throws as she connected on a layup to put Kalida up by 2 at 37-35.

Landin, a 5’11 Freshman again paid dividends for the Big Green on their ensuing possession as she put her team ahead for good 38-37 with a three pointer. Annie Lindeman, following a turnover by the Wildcats hit her fourth triple with :55 left and put the Big Green ahead 41-37. Gardner would add a pair of free throws (she connected on 4/6 tosses in the period) to add the games final markers before Ottoville ran out the clock to win 41-39 and advance to the next round.

Kalida (20-6) was led in scoring by Brittany Kahle with 13 points. Ottoville improves to 18-7 on the season and will head to Elida’s Fieldhouse on Thursday night for a 6:15pm tilt against New Reigel in a game that can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com


Ottoville (41):

Bridget Landin 6
Nicole Kramer 9
Brooke Mangas 3
Alicia Honigford 4
Annie Lindeman 12
Lexi Wannemacher 2

FG: 14/35 (40%)
3: 8 (Lindeman 4, Kramer 3, Mangas)
TO: 15

Kalida (39):

Katelyn Siebeneck 5
Jackie Gardner 12
Brittany Kahle 13
Kylie Osterhage 7
Cathy Basinger 2

FG: 12/33 (36%)
3: 2 (Osterhage, Kahle)
TO: 12


OG races past Coldwater to District Finals

Both teams got off to a slow start shooting the ball Thursday night but once the Titans got it going they hit nearly half of their shots from the field en route to a 52-33 victory over Coldwater that propels them into the District Finals on Saturday afternoon.

Coldwater, coming off of an overtime victory against Columbus Grove on Saturday got the first basket of the game but it took them 2 minutes in the opening quarter to do so. OG responded to tie the game at 2-2 over a minute later before Coldwater pushed their lead out to 6-6 midway through the period. Defense was the story of both the early part and the finish of the first quarter as the Cavs broke an 8-8 tie with 1:57 remaining in the first with a bucket that would put their lead to 10-8 heading into the second quarter.

Ottawa Glandorf outscored the Cavaliers 34-18 over the next two quarters as they used a torrid shooting performance from the floor coupled with many Coldwater turnovers to do so.

Things would not get much better for the MAC representative in the final 8:00 as the Titans connected on many of their 15 makes from the free throw line to seal the win. For the game OG finished at 15/18 from the charity stripe, including 12/13 from Senior Elissa Ellerbrock.

47 combined turnovers in the contest kept both teams from being able to get into their offensive flow they are used to having until the second half.

Elissa Ellerbrock led all scorers with 23 points in the game to along with her 10 rebounds and 4 steals. OG (22-2) will return to the fieldhouse on Saturday to take on the #2 team in Division 3, the Liberty Benton Eagles. LB is the last team to have beaten OG as they did so back on December 29th of last year by a 49-41 margin at the Supreme Court in Ottawa.

One scary moment for the Titans came late in the first half as Sophomore starter Kylie White went down with an injury and did not return to the contest. Her status for Saturday is unknown as of now.

Coldwater finishes their season at 13-11 and were led in scoring by All-MAC selection Erica Sudhoff who tossed in 12 points for her squad.


OG (52):

Dani Ellerbrock 12
Elissa Ellerbrock 23
Kadie Hempfling 2
Anna Bellman 3
Erin Basinger 8
Lexi Schroeder 4

FG: 17/39 (43.6%)
3: 1/11 (9.0%) – E. Ellerbrock
FT: 15/18 (83.3%)
Reb: 38 (17 offensive) – E. Ellerbrock 10
Ast: 12 (5 players with 2 each)
Blk: 1 (Lexi Schroeder)
TO: 22

Coldwater (33):

Maura Hoying 4
Brooke Welsch 7
Hannah Bruns 4
Erica Sudhoff 12
Lauren Leugers 2
Denise Schwieterman 2
Emma Homan 2

FG: 11/35 (31.4%)
3: 2/7 (28.6%) – (Welsch, Sudhoff
FT: 5/9 (55.6%)
Reb: 27 (10 offensive) – Maura Hoying 6
Ast: 8 (Hoying 3)
TO: 25