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Patrick Henry, Columbus Grove post tournament wins

OTTAWA, OH – Patrick Henry and Columbus Grove punched themselves a return trip to Ottawa Glandorf High School for Friday night as they posted victories at the same venue on Tuesday evening.

Patrick Henry engaged in a slugfest with Leipsic and emerged 54-43 victors in the early game while the Bulldogs utilized a massive point output in the games last three quarters to win 71-36 over Arcadia in the nightcap at OG.

Senior Christian Petersen put his mark on the ballgame early for the Patriots in the first quarter as he connected on a long shot from the wing for 3 to give his team the lead and just moments later a basket from inside for five of his squads 12 markers in the opening period. On the evening Petersen led all scorers with 18 points including 5 three pointers.

Leading 12-8 after the first period the visitors on the Ottawa Glandorf scoreboard for the evening stayed hot from behind the arc to run their lead to 27-17 at the halftime break behind a 5/13 three point shooting performance by three different players led by Petersen with 3 triples.

Patriots leading scorer Xavier Wensink accounted for 9 of his 12 points in the third period to help his squad extend their lead to 15 heading to the fourth period.

Sophomore Wesley Garcia helped to lead a Leipsic run in the fourth stanza as he canned a pair of threes. Tyler Hiegel hit from beyond the arc late in the last quarter as well but the Patriots closed out the game to keep their lead near double figures by hitting 7 of 10 of their opportunities to secure the win.

“It’s always hard to lose a game, especially in the tournament but I’m really proud of the effort of this entire team all season and especially tonight. We tip our cap to Patrick Henry, they made their shots and we didn’t,” Leipsic coach Chris Kuhlman said about his team and their performance tonight.

Leipsic sees their second season under Kuhlman come to an end for the second straight campaign at OG and at 8-15 overall while Patrick Henry (10-13) will move on to play second seeded Kalida on Friday night at 6:15pm.


Patrick Henry (54):

Jarrett Maus 6
Xavier Wensink 12
Kolton Holloway 2
Kaiden McGraw 9
Christian Petersen 18
Tommy Vance 2
Garrett Schwiebert 3

3PT: 8 (Petersen 5, McGraw, Maas, Wensink)
FT: 10/16

Leipsic (43):

Cole Rieman 12
Tyler Hiegel 9
Clay Gerdeman 2
Alec Schroeder 6
Wesley Garcia 12
Reese Mangas 2

3PT: 7 (Garcia 3, Hiegel 3, Rieman)
FT: 4/10

Game two saw both Columbus Grove and Arcadia trade blows in the opening minutes but it was the Bulldogs who finished with a flurry in the first quarter to go on top 13-11 after a pair of buckets by Tayt Birnesser and never looked back.

Across the final three quarters the home team for the night in Columbus Grove reeled off 40 of the games next 50 points scored by the two squads.

Columbus Grove finished the first half by hitting 6/14 from behind the arc led by the duo of Birnesser and Blake Reynolds who combined to score 25 in the opening two quarters to put their team on top 37-17 at the break.

Just two shots found their way to the bottom of the net for Arcadia in the games penultimate quarter as Cole Coppus and Payton Simon each connected on fast break layups for the Redskins. Birnesser was the games high man with 21 points and added a pair of deep shots in the third quarter before taking a seat for good late in the period.

Cody Johnson of Columbus Grove off the bench had a big final eight minutes for the Bulldogs as he tossed in all 10 of his points and made his mark on the defensive end as well by committing four fouls.

In all on the evening the Bulldogs utilized 13 players in the contest and saw 9 of those young men reach the scorebook. Blake Reynolds was the third Grove player to finish in double figures as he ended with 12 points, all coming in the first half.

Friday night will see Columbus Grove (10-13) take on North Baltimore in the 8pm game at Ottawa Glandorf. Arcadia sees their season end with 5 straight losses at 3-20.


Grove (71):

Caleb Barrientes 2
Blake Reynolds 12
Grayson Flores 4
Logan Schroeder 2
Alex Schneider 6
Tayt Birnesser 32
Logan Malsam 6
Garrett Nemire 2
Dane Selby 6
Cody Johnson 10

FT: 14/22
3PT: 9 (Birnesser 4, Reynolds 2, Schneider 2, Flores)

Arcadia (36):

Levi Squire 2
Cole Coppus 10
Eli Palmer 5
Hayden Rader 2
Justen Stoner 4
Trevor Brubaker 2
Luke Metzger 1
Dez Johnson 4
Payton Simon 4
Team 2

FT: 6/11
3PT: 2 (Coppus)


Jay sets record, scores 1000th in Rider win

LEIPSIC, OH – Derek Jay’s first and fourth quarters not only helped propel his team to a 62-47 road victory over Leipsic Tuesday night, they also helped put the St. Marys fourth year starter into rare company at St. Marys.

When the night began Jay needed to score 10 points to become the fifth player in program history to reach the 1,000 point plateau, a feat he nearly accomplished in the first quarter alone where he accounted for eight of his teams 18 markers. On the second three pointer the 2nd team All-WBL selection from a year ago collected in the opening period he overtook Garet Fledderjohann for first on the all-time Roughrider three point made list with 156 for his career.

Early in the fourth quarter it was the long ball again that helped Jay achieve a bench mark as he came off a screen and connected on a triple from straight away to run his high school total to 1,001 and received a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance and a hand shake from Leipsic mentor Chris Kuhlman.

Outside of Jay who finished with a game high 22 points on the evening the Riders saw their scoring supplemented by Jacob Grannon who scored 15 of his 19 in the third and fourth quarters and helped his squad outpace the Vikings 37-23 in the second half.

Offensively the Vikings were led in scoring by Grant Schroeder who shot 6/14 from the field and 5/7 from the free throw line for a team high 17 points.

Turnovers were a big problem in the game for the home squad as they were forced into 16 turnovers by a hounding St. Marys defense that also held them to just 18/45 shooting and 0/7 from behind the three point line.

St. Marys improves their record to 2-3 overall and will be home for the first of three straight games at the Horseshoe Friday night as they welcome New Knoxville to town.

Leipsic has dropped two out of their last three contests and sees their record rest at 4-2 overall. The Vikings will entertain Pandora Gilboa on Thursday night in Blanchard Valley Conference play for their second of four straight home contests.

Box Score:

Leipsic (47):
Cole Rieman 2
Chase Dunham 4
Grant Schroeder 17
Grant Rader 2
Dylan Schroeder 14
Alec Schroeder 1
Jordan Berger 7

FG: 18/45
3PT: 0/7
FT: 11/21
REB: 30 (Berger 8)
TO: 16

St. Marys (62):
Braedan Dunlap 5
Jacob Grannan 19
Ethan Mielke 2
Drew Jacobs 6
Colin Clements 2
Sam Young 4
Derek Jay 22
Bo Kuenning 2

FG: 23/46
3PT: 6/14 (Jay 5, Grannan)
FT: 10/13
REB: 27 (Jay 8)
TO: 14

JV: Leipsic 43-34


Kalida, Leipsic set to rematch in District Finals

OTTAWA, OH – Kalida defeated Miller City 3-0 in the opener and Leipsic knocked out BVC champion Arlington by a 4-2 margin as both teams claimed their place in Saturday’s District Final contest.

Kalida’s Austin Swift gave up a leadoff runner to Miller City in the form of Jackson Lammers but not much more as he struck out 10 Wildcat batters and gave up just a pair of walks in going all seven innings to pick up his sixth win of the season.

Trent Siebeneck led off the bottom of first inning for the Putnam County League champions with a single and was later driven in by Trevor Maag’s RBI groundout to put his team up 1-0.

In the third inning after Swift doubled and Jeff Knueve reached on a catchers interference call to open the stanza. Both runners would come around to score in the frame when a throwing error at first sailed high on an attempt to get Noah Lambert out.

Swift finished the game by striking out the side in the 7th inning and five of the last six hitters he faced to earn Kalida a date on Saturday with the winner of the nightcap.

With the win Kalida sees their record improve to 21-1 on the season while Miller City’s come to an end at 15-6. Lammers took the loss in the game despite giving up just three runs on six hits.

WP – Austin Swift
LP – Jackson Lammers

Game two kicked off with Arlington tagging a pair of runs onto the season count for Leipsic starter Grant Rader to end the opening half inning with a 2-0 advantage on an error and a pair of doubles.

Leipsic’s first run of the contest came in the bottom of the third inning as after reaching on an error, catcher Justin Ellerbrock was brought in to score on a single by outfielder Dylan Schroeder to cut the Red Devils lead in half.

Ross Schroeder began the bottom half of the fifth inning by being hit in the head by a pitch from Arlington hurler Zach Durliat. Following the hit by pitch the Vikings added another run to tie the game as Dylan Schroeder knocked in his second run of the game on a single. Rader helped his own cause just one batter later as he was walked to put a runner at the first two bases. Both runners were moved over a base on a Jordan Berger sacrifice bunt before being brought in to take a 4-2 lead on a 2 RBI single by Robbie Laubenthal.

Despite his defense allowing the first two Arlington hitters to reach via error in the top of the seventh inning, Rader utilized a popout, a strikeout and a pop out to secure the win.

Leipsic (17-4) avenges an earlier season loss to Arlington (20-3) and moves on to a PCL rematch against Kalida on Saturday. In their regular season meeting the Wildcats survived an eight inning game and won 3-2 to clinch the conference crown for the first time since 2012, a title they shared with Leipsic.

WP – Grant Rader (7IP, 5 H, 4 K, 0 W, 2 HBP, 2 R)
LP – Zach Durliat (8-1) – 6 IP, 8 H, 4 K, 4 W, 1 HBP, 4 R

Hear Saturday’s game live at 1pm on Zsportslive.com


Leipsic hires new boys basketball coach

LEIPSIC, OH – Leipsic High School announced this evening they have found their next Boys Basketball coach in Chris Kuhlman.

The 33 year old Kuhlman will inherit a squad which graduated seven seniors from a team that secured their first Blanchard Valley Conference title in 20 years and were the first class in school history to win three straight sectional championships.

When Kuhlman begins his first season as head coach this fall he will be the 34th coach in program history. Kuhlman replaces Scott Maag, who resigned last month after posting a school record 130 wins against 85 losses in nine seasons that included a Division 4 State runner-up appearance in 2013.

In addition to spending the past 9 seasons as both a varsity assistant in charge of the program defense and JV head coach, Kuhlman, a graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School had also had a stop up north as the freshman mentor for 3 years at Toledo Central Catholic.

Returning for Leipsic this upcoming season will be incoming seniors Grant Schroeder, a 3rd team BVC selection who averaged 9.2 points per game while handing out a team high 3.0 assists per game, and 6’1 Jordan Berger who grabbed a pair of rebounds and tallied 3.5 markers a contest.

On what the future holds for Leipsic basketball this season and beyond: “We had a very nice JV program last season and our Freshmen only had one loss, that coming in the PCL Championship game with just five boys, so I’m excited about what this season and beyond holds for our program. Anytime you lose as much production as we did you need to find a way to replace it, so this summer will be an extremely important time that a lot of kids will have an opportunity to show what they can do to find minutes”, Kuhlman said.


Kalida wins in extras to take PCL lead

KALIDA, OH – It was one of those games that was a shame someone had to lose but in the end it was Leipsic who suffered their first PCL setback, 2-1 in an 8 inning affair at Holy Name Ballpark in Kalida Tuesday night.

Kalida’s Austin Swift struck out 9 in his 5.2 innings on the mound for the Wildcats but he also walked 8 Leipsic hitters before moving to the outfield and giving way on the mound to teammate Trent Siebeneck in the sixth inning.

Swift scored Kalida’s only run of the game in the first seven innings as he was knocked in by Austin Klausing in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the contest 1-0 in favor of the home squad.

With two outs in the top of the sixth inning and following a leadoff walk to Ross Schroeder the Vikings tied the game up at 1-1 with a sacrifice fly to the outfield. Siebeneck took over for Swift on the mound three batters later and with the bases loaded but got out of a jam when Cole Rieman grounded out to the first baseman Brady Laudick to end the threat.

Neither team was able to mount anything other than a runner at second base in the seventh inning and the game progressed into extra innings where Leipsic’s Grant Rader helped his own case for a pitching victory with a single and stolen base to open the frame. Rader would be driven in following a pair of outs in the inning by the DH Ross Laubenthal to put Leipsic ahead 2-1 marching to the final half inning.

Kalida found themselves down to their final strike and out in the bottom of the eighth inning when Swift’s hard grounder to Schroeder at second base took just enough of a bounce away to allow the future Indiana Wesleyan hurler to reach base.

Catcher Jeff Knueve’s hard hit ball to third base stymied Devin Heigel just enough for throw to be off line across the diamond and give Kalida a pair of runners on with two outs.

Future Toledo Rocket Brady Laudick laced a 1-0 offering from Rader to the left side and into the infield bring in both Swift from second base to tie the game and pinch runner Grant Laudick for the winning run for Kalida.

Trent Siebeneck took the win for the Wildcats, who up their record to 13-1 on the season and take over sole possession of first in the Putnam County League at 4-0. In 2.1 innings Siebeneck gave up the only two hits of the contest for his team and struck out a batter while walking just one as well.

Despite a nice performance in his eight innings on the mound Grant Rader takes the loss for Leipsic (9-4) who suffer their first PCL loss of the year and sit tied for second place at 4-1 in league play.

Kalida is back in action at home on Wednesday at 5pm as they take on league foe Pandora Gilboa while Leipsic travels to take on Blanchard Valley Conference play against Vanlue.

Top Hitters:


Austin Swift: 2-4, 2 singles, 1 run
Jeff Knueve: 1-4, 1 run
Brady Laudick: 1-4, 2 RBI
Austin Klausing: 1-3, RBI

Justin Ellerbrock: 0-3, Walk
Ross Schroeder: 0-2, 2 Walks, 2 Stolen Bases, 1 run
Grant Rader: 1-3, 1 Walk, 1 run, 2 Stolen Bases

Pitching Performances:


Austin Swift: 5.2 IP, 9 K, 8 Walks, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER
Trent Siebeneck (WP): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 Walk, 1 R, 1 ER


Grant Rader (LP): 7.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 K


Leipsic’s Maag resigns

LEIPSIC, OH – When the 2016-17 season kicks off this fall the Leipsic Vikings boys basketball program will have a new head coach at its helm.

Scott Maag, the winningest coach in program history announced Wednesday night to his team that he had submitted his resignation to the school for the position of head coach he has held since replacing Kevin Brandt after the 2007 season that saw the Vikings finish at 0-21.

Maag, who teaches in the Ottawa Glandorf school system amassed a record of 130-85, including 20-5 this past season in which he was tabbed as the Blanchard Valley Conference Coach of the Year in part for helping Leipsic to a share of the league championship, their first since 1997.

During the 2013 season Maag led the Vikings to their first Regional Championship as well as into the Division 4 State Championship game where the Vikings were defeated by Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph 87-63. Despite the loss the Vikings finished the 2013 season with a school record 25 wins.

Whoever replaces Maag will be the 33rd coach of a boys program that traces their roots back one hundred years to 1916 and helm a squad that lost seven seniors, including top scorer and Putnam County League Player of the Year Jordan Brown.


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


Jay 24 point effort leads Riders past Leipsic

ST. MARYS, OH – A big night from Junior guard Derek Jay helped the St. Marys Roughriders improve to 3-4 on the season as they defeated the visiting Leipsic Vikings (2-3) 64-49 in non-league action Tuesday night.

The Roughriders would see four of their players get into the scorebook in the first quarter including Jay who tossed in 4/4 free throw attempts to jump out to a 14-10 lead once the period came to an end over Leipsic.

Behind a monster quarter of 13 points the Vikings stormed into the lead at the halftime break with a 33-28 lead behind 6’4 Jordan Brown who came in on the evening averaging 19.0 points per game and 13.0 rebounds per contest. The Riders 14 points came from the hands of Colin Grothause and Jay who combined for all of the home squad markers in the quarter.

While Leipsic was held to just seven points in the third quarter the Roughriders put a dozen scores in their column and turned a handful of Viking turnovers directly into points as all five starters scored in the stanza.

A 20 point fourth quarter led by 7/7 from the charity stripe by Jay helped to finish off the Vikings who saw their leading scorer Brown held to just one score. Nate Brecht, a 5’10 senior who had accounted for 9 points in the first half was held scoreless by the tenacious Rider defense as well in the second half.

As the buzzer hit and the contest came to an end St. Marys found themselves able to put a stop to their two game losing streak with a 64-49 win led by a 24 point performance by Jay who finished the game by hitting 12/12 from the free throw line. The Roughriders will travel to New Knoxville on December 29th to finish off the 2015 part of their calendar.

Despite being held to just five points in the second half, Brown finished with a team high 18 points for the Vikings who will travel to Pandora Gilboa Saturday night to take on the Rockets live on PG vs Leipsic Boys.


Leipsic (49):
Matt Schroeder 4
Grant Schroeder 8
Ross Mangas 7
Jordan Brown 18
Devin Hiegel 2
Nate Brecht 9

FT: 6/14

St. Marys (64):
Jacob Grannan 9
Drew Jacobs 5
Derek Jay 24
Austin Wilker 14
Colin Grothause 12

FT: 18/20

JV: 42-41 St. Marys


Columbus Grove, Miller City win in District Semis

ELIDA, OHIO – Miller City and Columbus Grove will meet for the second straight season at the District level in Elida as both posted wins on Wednesday afternoon. Unlike last season, this years meeting will be for a District Championship.

Miller City downed PCL rival Leipsic in the first game at Ed Sandy Field by a 3-2 margin, while the Bulldogs picked up a 2-1 victory over Holgate to set up the finals on Saturday afternoon.

In the first game the Wildcats picked up all three of their runs in the contest in the third inning as a pair of triples by the reigning Putnam County League Player of the Year Ross Lehman and teammate Jackson Lammers drove in a two of the three runs for Miller City. Designated hitter Logan Dukes drove in Lehman for the games first run on a single and was eventually driven in himself by Lammers. Following a Hunter Berner single, Corbin Niese’s single provided the last run of the inning as Lammers crossed the plate.

Leipsic responded in the next half inning as they opened up the fourth inning with an Alex Ellerbrock single. Ellerbrock moved to second moments later as the Viking cleanup hitter Jordan Berger was walked. Pierce Henry singled to load the bases for the visitors with no outs in the inning as he roped a Lehman pitch into short right field. Justin Ellerbrock’s single to left scored the runners from second and third to cut the lead to just one at 3-2 with no outs.

The games wildest play came when Grant Rader struck out for the first out of the inning and was then called for batters interference on a steal attempt by Justin Ellerbrock that erased both Vikings. Henry would come around to score on the play but find himself sent back to third as the ball was deemed dead on the interference, and the next batter in Robbie Laubenthaul would ground out to end the threat in the fourth.

Just two hits would come around for either team for the rest of the contest, with each starting pitcher able to work himself out of a handful of walks.

Leipsic would chase Miller City starter Lehman (6-1 with the win) in the 5th inning, but Jackson Lammers would finish the game by striking out six of the nine batter he faced for the rest of the game to earn the save.

Miller City (23-2) will now take on Columbus Grove (15-10) on Saturday for a chance to advance to Thursday’s D4 Regional Semifinals.

Columbus Grove punched their ticket to a second consecutive District Finals appearance as they were victorious over Holgate 2-1 in the second game of the day in Elida behind a dominant performance from hurler Elisha Jones.

Zach Shafer was hit by a pitch in the top of the first inning by Tigers starter Dylan Szabo and was driven in for the games first run three batters later as Second Team NWC selection Tanner From picked up his teams first hit of the inning with a single to the outfield. Logan Diller’s single provided an opportunity for Ryan Verhoff to come around to score to make it a two run game, but was thrown out at the plate to end the top half of the first.

Holgate wasted no time themselves getting a run on the scoreboard as Szabo came around to tie the game up following his teams first single of the day.

Marcos Olivo provided the spark for Columbus Grove in the fifth inning as he looped a 2-2 Szabo pitch into center for a single. Holgate catcher Matt Westrick’s attempt to pickoff Olivo at first base bounced away from Everett Klingshirn as Olivo reached third base on the error. Zach Shafer, the Grove third baseman who came in hitting .229 on the season provided the games final run as his single brought in Olivo from third.

Jones (5-3), the First Team NWC pick this season settled down after the first inning for the Bulldogs as he gave up just a pair of baserunners, a double by Westrick and a walk to Zach Brown after opening half inning.

The last chance for Holgate came from Brown in the seventh, but was thrown out from centerfield by From at third base as he attempted to slide in head first on a close play.

Columbus Grove (15-10) vs Miller City (23-2) can be heard live at 5pm on Zsportslive.com


OG Girls, Grove boys post Saturday wins

Ottawa Glandorf’s lady Titans outscored the visiting Bowling Green Bobcats Saturday afternoon in the first quarter 23-16 and held on for a 70-33 win in non-conference action.

Utilizing a different starting lineup and trying to generate a chemistry between his players, OG coach Troy Yant would see his gamble pay off as Dani Ellerbrock, Kylie White, Lexi Schroeder, Sydney Heitmeyer and Kadie Hempfling combined for all but four of the Titans 23 first quarter points. Elissa Ellerbrock, one of the usual starters for OG would come off the bench to score 4 of her game high 21 points in the opening period.

Behind the duo of Kendal Glandorf and leading scorer Livvy Dill, the Bobcats duo who combined for 18 points in the first half, Bowling Green would keep the score in single digits until late in the second quarter when the Titans would take over. Kylie White and Elissa Ellerbrock combined for 17 of the teams 21 quarter points to push their halftime lead to 21 at 44-23.

Bowling Green would manage just 6 points in the penultimate quarter with half coming on a late three pointer from Hailey Maas. OG led after 3 by a 61-29 score.

The game would unfortunately come to a halt with 3:53 remaining and the Titans on top 70-33 when a Bowling Green player was injured and taken away by the emergency staff to be checked out.

OG picked up win #9 on the season against just 2 losses and will travel to Defiance on Thursday to take on the Bulldogs. BG will be off until Tuesday when they face Bryan. The Bobcats are now 5-8 on the season.


OG (70):

Elissa Ellerbrock 21
Kylie White 16
Kadie Hempfling 11
Erin Basinger 6
Lexi Schroeder 6
Dani Ellerbrock 5
Danielle Schroeder 3
Sydney Heitmeyer 2

BG (33):

Livvy Dill 14
Kendal Glandorf 8
Hailey Maas 5
Adrianna Robinson 3
Bayley Bowers 3

In the second Hoops For Hope game of the day between the Columbus Grove Bulldogs and the Leipsic Vikings boys basketball programs, the Bulldogs came out on top with a 60-54 Putnam County League road win Saturday night.

Joey Warnecke came out hot for the Bulldogs as he dropped in a pair of threes in the opening quarter and doubled his season average of four in the stanza to lead his squad to a 17-12 advantage after the first 8:00.

Leipsic would fire back in the second period to keep the score close behind balanced scoring from five different players and a trio of shots from deep from Matt Schroeder and Nate Brecht. Grove got a runner from Jace Darbyshire to drop from just beyond the free throw line as time expired in the first half to lear 32-29 heading into the locker room.

The second half would be a battle for both teams as the competition would take itself to another level as the lead changed hands a multitude of times as well.

Grove would get a trio of triples in the quarter and a pair of free throws from Darbyshire and ballooned their lead to 47-38 heading into the last quarter of action. Leipsic used 6 points from Isaiah Lomeli to keep it within striking distance at 9 points for the Vikings.

With a handful of calls going against both squads and tensions boiling over, each team would find themselves striking back and forth but it was Columbus Grove who would get the 60-54 win. Jace Darbyshire in the fourth quarter went 8/8 from the free throw line and 11/11 overall from the charity stripe to finish with 25 points.

Leipsic was led in scoring by Jordan Brown who finished with 18 points, Lomeli added 11 in the loss. The Vikings are now 5-6 overall and will travel to Pandora Friday night to take on the Rockets before visiting Patrick Henry on Saturday.

Columbus Grove improves their record to 8-2 on the season and has now won 3 straight following back to back losses next weekend. Northwest Conference action is up next for the Bulldogs as they will entertain Paulding Friday night at home before Kalida comes to visit for a Saturday night PCL tilt (both games can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com).


Grove (60):

Jace Darbyshire 25
Joey Warnecke 10
Gabe Stechschulte 9
Logan Diller 8
Colton Grothaus 2
Bryce Sharrits 2
Tanner From 1
David Bogart 1

Leipsic (54):

Jordan Brown 18
Isaiah Lomeli 11
Ross Mangas 7
Matt Schroeder 6
Nate Brecht 5
Gavin Cupp 3
Ross Schroeder 2
Grant Schroeder 2