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Four Titans named All-WBL

Western Buckeye League Champion Ottawa Glandorf was well represented on this seasons All-WBL Girls basketball selections as the Titans nabbed four spots.

Future Bowling Green University Falcon Kadie Hempfling was named the league’s top honor of Player of the Year for the third straight season, an honor no one else has received in recent voting. With her selection this season the Titans have now captured four of the last five trophies for the conference’s top player. Last season Hempfling shared the honor with teammate Kylie White, a year after winning the award by herself as a Sophomore. Kristen Miller who plays her college ball at Indiana University East won the award for the 2013-14 season.

Hempfling who is averaging 14 points per game to go along with 9.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists was joined on the 1st Team by a pair of recent 1,000 point scorers in Defiance’s Emily Poling who will play college basketball at Ursuline University, and Elida’s Shyah Wheeler.

Also on the 1st Team squad were Bath guard Jaidyn Hale and future Ohio Northern University teammate Lexi Jacobs from Wapakoneta along with Shawnee’s Alissa Stahler.

Second team honors were bestowed upon OG sharpshooter Erin Kaufman who ranks third on her team in scoring at 8.4 points per game and was a third team selection last season in a year where she broke the schools three point record with 56. This season Kaufman, a Junior has led the Titans in scoring four times, including on Saturday night with 13 in a Sectional Finals victory over LCC.

Joining Kaufman on the second unit is Bath’s Lindsay Singhaus, Kenton’s Ellie Miller, Wapakoneta’s Sarah Pothast who just recently announced her intent to play college basketball at Edison State Community College.

The final member of the 2nd Team was St. Marys forward Makenna Mele who saved her best performance of the season for the biggest game of her Senior year where on Saturday night in the Sectional Finals at Spencerville she recorded a career high 27 points to help her Roughriders end rival Bath’s season and propel St. Marys into their first District contest in 9 seasons.

Members of the league’s 3rd Team included Ottawa Glandorf Junior and second leading scorer Ashley Schroeder, Layne Taylor from Kenton, Cassidy Meyers of Van Wert, Kennedy Replogle of Defiance, and St. Marys Sydney Cisco.

Cisco is the only girls player to ever have hit 200 plus three pointers in her career and sits just five triples away from breaking the schools single season record. The four year starter will enter this weeks District Semifinals at Paulding as the Riders 9th all-time leading scorer and just 35 points away from being the 9th member of the programs 1,000 point club.

Honorable Mention nods went to OG Junior Paige Sutter (4.7 ppg, 3.3 reb), Celina’s leading scorer Lauren Jackson, Defiance’s Morgan Wityk, Abby Jackson of Van Wert, Lauren Cisco from St. Marys, Bette Andrews of Bath, Ijah Austin from Shawnee, Amira Freeman of Elida, Kori Barrett from Kenton, and Makenzie Wilson representing Wapakoneta.


OG downs Wapak, finishes home and WBL season unblemished

OTTAWA, OH – For the second time in as many seasons the Ottawa Glandorf Titans have finished unbeaten in both their regular season home games and their Western Buckeye League contests as they defeated visiting Wapak 54-43 Thursday evening at the Supreme Court.

In the past two seasons nobody has been able to beat OG in league play or inside the confines of Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium. The last team to accomplish either feat pulled off both on the same evening as Wapak themselves downed the Titans 39-36 in a tightly contested affair that came down to the closing minutes to be decided.

Since last losing to the Redskins the Titans have defeated their WBL rivals on four straight occasions after their win tonight.

Coming off of a win on Tuesday night against state ranked Archbold that saw OG hit 10 from beyond the arc, the Titans offense went to work early from outside as junior Ashley Schroeder canned a pair of first quarter triples to push her team to an early 6-2 advantage and ultimately a 14-4 lead at the end of the quarter.

Senior Kadie Hempfling who finished the night as the game leading scorer with 16 in her last home game led the Titan attack on the boards in the first half where she snagged 9 of her 13 rebounds and handed out a multitude of assists to teammates for easy baskets against an aggressive Wapak defense.

One of Hempfling’s assists came in the second quarter with her team already ahead to give fellow senior Carri Johnson a wide open three point attempt that helped OG push ahead by 10 at the break 27-17.

While it was Ottawa Glandorf who made good from the free throw line at an 8/10 clip from Paige Sutter, Erin Kaufman, and Mackenzie Meyer it was Wapak who would spend time at the stripe in the second half as they nailed 7 of their 9 attempts.

Limited by fouls in the contest Wapak’s 6’1 senior Sarah Pothast who recently committed to play college basketball at Edison State was held below her 12.9 points per game average with just 7 points. Defensively junior Paige Sutter helped to shut Pothast down at times while falling just one shy of her career high in markers with 8 on the evening on the offensive end of the floor.

Mackenzie Meyer and Kelsey Erford tossed in three point baskets for the Titans in the final eight minutes of play for their team while Jessica Davis pushed across all of her 9 in the period to lead Wapak in the defeat.

Wapak who was led on the evening by freshman Katie Engel who was playing with a broken thumb with 11 points including a pair of three pointers ends their regular season at 13-9 overall and with a 6-3 mark in WBL play. The Redskins will begin their tournament run on 2/24 at 8pm in the Sectional Finals against Kenton in Leipsic.

Ottawa Glandorf finishes up their regular run as 20 game winners (20-2) for the fifth straight season and the 9th time in school history. The Titans will take on the winner of Lima Central Catholic and Perry on February 24th at 6pm in Bluffton.

The senior class for OG of Carri Johnson, Mackenzie Meyer, and Kadie Hempfling with the victory became the second winningest senior group in girls program history with their 100th career victory and will have a chance to tie the school record in their next game.


OG (54):

Ashley Schroeder 8
Kelsey Erford 3
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 8
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 10/17
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Erford, Kaufman, Meyer)
TO: 15

Wapak (43):

Lexi Jacobs 6
Audra Schaub 4
Samantha Sutton 2
Alex Debell 2
Makenzie Wilson 2
Katie Engel 11
Jessica Davis 9
Sarah Pothast 7

FT: 9/11
3PT: 2 (Engel 2)
TO: 18

JV: Ottawa Glandorf beat Wapak 41-33 to end the year with an 18-4 overall mark and a perfect 9-0 Western Buckeye League record just like their varsity counterparts.


Riders roll by Wapak to finish 9-0 in WBL

WAPAKONETA, OH – For the first time since 1993 and the first time ever under head coach Doug Frye the St. Marys Roughriders finished their Western Buckeye League season undefeated at 9-0 with a 10-0 shutout win over rival Wapak on Friday night.

On a rainy and miserable night both teams started off slow offensively until St. Marys second possession of the first half when the Roughriders started at the Wapak 44. With 4:03 remaining in the opening quarter the visitors punched in the only touchdown of the contest when tailback Sean Perry scampered off the right end and into the endzone from 13 yards away to put his squad on top 6-0 before a Gabe Vandever extra point pushed the lead to 7-0 Roughriders.

A trio of punts and a turnover on downs gave St. Marys control of the football at their own 25 with 8:48 remaining in the opening half of play. On the 19th play of the drive the Roughriders would be forced to turn the ball over on downs as Perry, who carried the ball 14 times on the drive was stopped near the goal line on his attempt to push the lead to a two score advantage.

Leading 7-0 at the halftime break the Riders would begin the third quarter with the football and add the games only other score, a 20 yard field goal by Vandever to cap off a 13 play drive that emanated from their 30 and gave their fans a 10-0 lead to cheer for.

Defense was the word of the day in the second half as each team would stop the other from putting anything in the scoring column for the rest of the contest.

Wapak’s best chance to dent the score column came early in the 4th quarter as they utilized a 25 play drive that began at their own 4 yard line with 10:41 and ended near the Roughrider 15 when Blake Kanorr snagged a Brady Erb pass out of the air and gave his team a chance to run out the clock with 2:13 remaining in the game.

After being forced to punt away the football with just 1:48 remaining when they were unable to pick up 10 yards on their three plays, the Roughriders ended the Wapak hopes of winning as Sean Perry jumped in front of an intended Wapak target in the endzone and came away with the game clinching interception that allowed his team to take a knee and run out the final :33 of the win.

With the loss, Wapak will finish the season at 6-4 overall, and 6-3 in Western Buckeye League play. According to Joe Eitel projections the Redskins will miss the playoffs for the first time under 4th year head coach Travis Moyer.

St. Marys (9-1, 9-0) according to Joe Eitel D4R14 projections will be at home for Week 11 and play host to a yet to be determined team.

The Roughriders shutout of Wapak is their 27th in their 114 meetings and the first of the Redskins since a 13-0 win in 2001 at Wapakoneta.

Leading St. Marys offensively was Sean Perry who carried the football 28 times for a game high 153 yards and the games lone touchdown. Overall the Roughriders rushed 60 times for 258 yards while holding Wapak to just 104 yards on 35 carries, and 198 yards total.


Ottawa Glandorf continues to set records in wins

PAULDING, OH – In winning their third straight District Championship Saturday night the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans broke a record that was set by one of the all-time great teams in school history.

On top of being able to cut down the nets, the Titans broke a record set by the 2005 Lady Titans that opened their season by winning 24 straight contests before seeing their season come to an end in just one contest later in the Regional Semifinals. This seasons incarnation was victorious in the Paulding District Finals on Saturday night as they downed WBL rivals Wapak 50-32, their second victory over the Redskins in the past 14 days.

Had the family of Kylie White not settled in and called Ottawa their home, the 5’9 Senior would have been right at home inside the Panthers gym as she hit for a team high 17 points on the evening just two days removed from a team high 16 against Bath on the same night she became just the third Lady Titan to score her 1,000th career point.

In an eerily similar fashion to how they jumped out big in the Semifinals on Thursday the Titans used their breakneck pace and defensive pressure to force a handful of Redskin turnovers and watch them be immediately deposited into their own bucket as points in the opening period of play. Led by Junior Kadie Hempfling’s seven points the Titans raced out to a 15-7 lead at the sound of the first quarter buzzer.

Whether they were rattled by the defensive intensity of their opponents or by the large crowd on hand to support their opposition the Redskins found themselves unable to dent the scoring column in the second quarter until Megan Fisher cashed in on her teams only made shot from behind the field, a triple from deep to cut into the Titan advantage. Outscored 13-4 in the stanza the visitors on the scoreboard headed to their lockerroom trailing 28-13.

Just as she had done in the second period 48 hours earlier Kylie White delivered as she scored on a pair of long tosses from Hempfling and chalked up seven of her 11 first half tallies.

Celebrating her 18th birthday on the night 5’9 OG Senior Lexi Schroeder proved to be the biggest of the Titans offensive threats in the games penultimate quarter as she connected on a short jumper and layup for a quick four points to further the OG lead. Wapak’s answer for a stagnant first half offense coming out of the break was a steady dose of 1st team Western Buckeye League selection Lexi Jacobs who was responsible for getting herself to the line and points on the board for her team. In the third Jacobs hit 4/4 from the free throw line and scored four from the field as well and scored all but one of her teams third quarter points.

Trailing 37-22 heading into the fourth quarter the Redskins turned up their own defensive pressure and helped keep the Titans scoreless for nearly the first four minutes of the stanza but unfortunately for their fans they themselves were unable to dent the scoreboard for almost the exact same amount of time.

For her part Jacobs continued to rush into the heart of the Wapak defense in the final eight minutes and hit a three pointer to go along with her 4/6 performance from the charity stripe to finish off her game high 20 points before the game came to an end.

Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman for the third time in the ballgame split the middle of the Redskin defense and put in a layup as she finished with eight tallies to help finish off the ballgame and preserve a 50-32 lead once the clock struck 0:00.

Of their 22 free throw opportunities on the evening the Titans were their own worst enemy on the night as they hit on just 8 of their tosses and finished 5/13 in the fourth.

With the loss Wapak sees their season come to an end at 17-7. Ottawa Glandorf remains unbeaten at 25-0 and will put their unblemished record on the line Tuesday night at 8:00 PM in Ada at Ohio Northern University against Whitehouse District champion Clyde in a game broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.


OG (50):
Ashley Schroeder 7
Carri Johnson 2
Erin Kaufman 8
Lexi Schroeder 7
Kylie White 17
Kadie Hempfling 9

FT: 8/22
3PT: 1 (Hempfling)

Wapak (32):
Lexi Jacobs 20
Megan Fisher 3
Brooke Schlenker 1
Sarah Pothast 3
Blasia Moyler 5

FT: 11/19
3PT: 3 (Jacobs 2, Fisher)


Titans and Wildcats secure District births

LEIPSIC, OH – While Ottawa Glandorf dominated in the early game the Bath Wildcats survived a battle in the late game at Leipsic High School Saturday night as both earned a matchup against one another next week in the District Semifinals.

Ten players scored for top ranked OG (23-0) as they moved within one game of the school record for consecutive wins with a 66-30 triumph over Shawnee.

5’9 senior Kylie White scored six of her game high 24 markers in the first quarter and moved her career total to 988 points in an effort to become just the third Titan to achieve the 1,000 point plateau. White also finished the contest with a double double before leaving to a standing ovation from her teams fans by snagging 10 rebounds.

Leading 13-6 after the first stanza the Titans forced the Indians into 16 turnovers in the opening two quarters and extended their lead out to 34-15 at the break behind 11 from White, 7 from Lexi Schroeder, and a second three pointer in the game from Sophomore Erin Kaufman.

Shawnee who sees their season finish at 7-16 was able to utilize a handful of OG miscues in the third quarter and turn them into points on their own offensive end as Alissa Stahler and DeAsia Smith combined to score nine of the 11 Indian points in the period.

Six of the ten players who scored for OG in the game did so in the fourth quarter. Four Titans (Devon Warnecke, Mackenzie Meyer, Brianna Schimmoeller, Kasey Ellerbrock) connected on a three pointer in the last eight minutes and helped the WBL Champions finish off a 66-30 victory and the rights to cut down the nets when the buzzer sounded.

Courtney Bockrath (7), Schimmoeller (5), and Ellerbrock (3) all posted career highs on the evening for the Titans who would force 35 turnovers on the evening en route to the victory.


OG (66):
Ashley Schroeder 2
Devon Warnecke 3
Erin Kaufman 6
Mackenzie Meyer 3
Lexi Schroeder 9
Kylie White 24
Courtney Bockrath 7
Kadie Hempfling 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 5
Kasey Ellerbrock 3

TO: 10
3PT: 7 (Kaufman 2, Warnecke, Meyer, L. Schroeder, Schimmoeller, Ellerbrock)
FT: 9/12

Shawnee (30):
Grace O’Connor 3
Dionna Lewis 6
Alissa Stahler 8
DeAsia Smith 7
Norah Painter 1
Kinsey Heistan 2
Ijah Austin 2

TO: 35
3PT: 1 (O’Connor)
FT: 6/13

The late game at Leipsic started slow offensively for both teams in the first quarter and was a slug fest for the final three. St. Marys (14-10) was unable to put a stop to a late Bath rally as the Wildcats (16-7) move on with a 48-38 victory.

Bath’s Bailey Dackin scored the first quarters only marker from the field to give the Wildcats a 2-1 advantage after the Roughriders reached the board first on a Makenna Mele free throw. Heidi Craddock hit 1/2 from the line late in the opening eight minutes and put the Wildcats on top 3-1 at the first quarter stoppage.

Just seconds into the second stanza St. Marys Junior Sydney Cisco connected on a pair of free throws to give the Riders a short lived 4-3 advantage.

With the ballgame resembling something more along the lines of a track meet in the middle of the quarter a moment of history was made as St. Marys leading scorer Shania Taylor became the 8th member of the schools 1,000 point club and the second Roughrider this season (Derek Jay vs Leipsic) to score their 1,000th career point at Leipsic High School when she hit a runner to push her team back ahead of Bath.

Trailing 18-13 after a furious first half finish for their opponents, the Wildcats blitzed by the Riders in the third stanza as they outscored them by a 19-7 margin led by six markers from Lindsay Singhaus and with six players scoring overall.

Free throws were the story of the fourth quarter as Bath was able to stave off a late Roughrider run by hitting on 10/12 from the charity stripe and earn a date in the District Semifinals with a 48-38 victory.

Thursday night the Wildcats will take on Ottawa Glandorf in the early game from Paulding High School while the late contest will feature another regular season rematch between Wapak and Defiance with the winners of each game meeting on Saturday night at 7pm in the same venue.


Bath (48):
Jaidyn Hale 6
Lindsay Singhaus 8
Bailey Dackin 13
Heidi Craddock 6
Kaleigh Ketchum 7
Elysabette Andrews 6
Haley Garland 2

St. Marys (38):
Makayla Koch 3
Sydney Cisco 7
Makenna Mele 5
Quincy Rable 5
Shania Taylor 13
Lauren Cisco 4


Titans finish unbeaten, win WBL outright

WAPAKONETA, OH – Despite not playing their best basketball for the first three quarters of their season finale on Saturday afternoon the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans outscored host Wapak 18-11 in the final period and claimed their second straight Western Buckeye League championship by a final score of 44-38.

For just the second time in school history the Titans (22-0, 9-0) will enter the postseason with an unblemished regular season record, joining the 2004/05 squad that went 20-0 into the tournament before finishing at 24-1 after they were defeated in the regional semifinals.

Wapak 6’1 junior post Sarah Pothast led the Redskins in the first half as she scored all seven of her teams first quarter points and 12 of her team high 14 in the opening two periods but found herself in foul trouble late as she attempted to keep the Titans off of the offensive boards and was relegated to a non-factor in the second half offensively minus one bucket in the final stanza.

Ottawa Glandorf seemed to buck their slow start early in the second quarter behind the duo of Kadie Hempfling and Kylie White but still found themselves trailing 15-14 at the halftime break and with Hempfling saddled with a trio of fouls.

Jessica Davis gave Wapak an advantage early in the third with Hempfling sitting on the bench as she hit for a two point and three point basket to pull the Redskins ahead of the visiting Titans.

White helped to keep the Titans afloat scoring wise as she herself hit on a three pointer from the top of the key before she was aided by triples from Devon Warnecke and the returning Hempfling to pull within one at the quarter break 27-26.

All-Northwest District pick Lexi Jacobs gave Wapak and early fourth quarter lead with a pair of buckets from inside the arc, but it was short lived as OG added a three from Erin Kaufman and a 9/13 effort by Hempfling, Lexi Schroeder, White, and Brianna Schimmoeller to seal a six point victory and claim the WBL championship for themselves for the ninth time overall and sixth time outright in school history.

Pothast led Wapak (15-6, 7-2) with 14 points. The Redskins will begin their tournament run on February 25th at 8:00pm in Spencerville as they take on either Napoleon or Elida.

Hempfling, the Northwest District Player of the Year led all scorers with 15 points and also snagged 12 rebounds. White’s 12 points were second most for the Titan attack and she also finished with 12 rebounds on the evening.

OG will begin their road to a possible third straight finals appearance on February 25th at 6:15pm in Leipsic against either the Shawnee Indians or the Celina Bulldogs in a contest broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.

Box Score:

OG (44):
Devon Warnecke 3
Erin Kaufman 5
Lexi Schroeder 5
Kylie White 12
Courtney Bockrath 2
Kadie Hempfling 12
Brianna Schimmoeller 2

FG: 14/48
3PT: 4/16 (Warnecke, Hempfling, White, Kaufman)
FT: 12/21
REB: 29 (Hempfling/White 12 each)
TO: 10

Wapak (38):
Lexi Jacobs 9
Megan Fisher 8
Katie Engel 1
Jessica Davis 6
Sarah Pothast 14

FG: 11/37
3PT: 3/16 (Fisher 2, Davis)
FT: 13/17
REB: 28 (Davis/Pothast 5 each)
TO: 13

JV: Wapak 47-39 (OT)


Titans nab WBL share

ST. MARYS, OH – Ottawa Glandorf followed their gameplan to near perfection Friday night and forced St. Marys into four turnovers in a 13-7 win that clinched a share of the WBL title for the Titans.

With the OG win over St. Marys, the Titans, Roughriders, and Wapak Redskins will each snag a piece of this seasons Western Buckeye League crown.

Jay Kaufman, OG’s 6’4 Junior signalcaller engineered the first score of the game on his squads first possession of the contest as he led his team on a 49 yard drive and finished off the score with his 20th touchdown pass of the season by hooking up with Richie Knowlton for a 27 yard score to make it 7-0 visitors.

Unlike the way the Roughriders have gone all season long as they have led the WBL in turnover differential at +15, St. Marys would commit their first turnover of the game two possessions later in the contest as Connor Niese snagged a pass from Dustin Howell and returned the ball to the Titan 44 to set his squad up.

Kicker Tristen Ball accounted for the rest of the points in the first half and helped OG stretch their halftime lead to 13-0 as he connected on a 21 and 35 yard field goal attempt.

After forcing OG into a punt on their first possession of the second half the Roughriders found themselves beginning their drive just short of mid-field at their own 49. Seven plays and 51 yards after the start of their drive, St. Marys put their only points of the game on the Skip Baughman Stadium scoreboard as Dustin Howell hooked up with Bo Kuenning on a 17 yard toss to cut the OG lead to 13-7 with 7:57 in the games penultimate period.

A pair of St. Marys fumbles would put an end to two drives in which the Roughriders found themselves driving deep into Titan territory, but neither was more costly than the one that came with under 1:30 remaining in the game that gave OG the football at their own 36 and forced St. Marys to use their timeouts in an attempt to stop their opponents from trying to run out the clock.

Ottawa Glandorf has now beaten St. Marys for seven consecutive seasons, the longest such streak in the history of the series that dates back to their first meeting in 1967.

Offensively the Titans ran 57 plays and accumulated 215 total yards on the night. Through the air Jay Kaufman connected on 14/24 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 41 yards on 23 carries on the ground.

Eric Spicer shouldered the load for St. Marys as he toted the football 27 times for 154 yards but was unable to dent the endzone in the contest. Julius Fisher rushed 15 times for 59 yards as the Riders as a team totaled 233 yards on 48 carries against one of the top defenses in the league. Through the air Senior QB Dustin Howell was 9/13 for 77 yards but was intercepted for the second time this season.

Next week both teams will find themselves in the playoffs and with home games as OG (9-1, 8-1) is currently seeded second in Division 4’s Region 14 and will host Bellevue on Friday night at Titan Stadium according to Joe Eitel (D4R14 Rankings )

St. Marys will return to the playoffs for the first time since they last shared a WBL title back in 2008, and will host just their third home game and first since 2003 as they welcome Dayton Belmont to Skip Baughman Stadium for a 7pm Saturday night kickoff that can be heard live on WKKI K94.3 FM. (D3 Region 12 rankings)


Riders clinch WBL share, end Wapak streak

ST MARYS, OH – It stands to reason that since Doug Frye was the head coach at Wapak when they began their record 33 game winning streak in WBL contests that he would be the one to be the coach of the team to end it right? That question was answered with a resounding yes Friday night at Skip Baughman Stadium in St. Marys as his Roughriders ended the aforementioned streak with a 13-7 victory that clinches at least a share of the Roughriders first league title since 2008.

For the second straight meeting between St. Marys and Wapak the Roughriders found themselves marching a long distance and chewing up a ton of clock on their opening drive, but unlike last season were unable to cash in for points and were forced to punt away the football to Wapak midway through the period.

Following a long punt from the WBL’s leading punter Matt Patten that pinned them against their own endzone at the six, the Redskins themselves were able to get to midfield before having to turn to their own big leg in punter Tristan Meyer to kick the ball away. Unfortunately for the throngs of Wapak fans in attendance however Meyer was unable to give his team a chance to flip the field as he shanked a ball out of bounds at the Rider 43.

The first score of the contest came with 5:48 left in the first half when St. Marys Sophomore kicker Gabe Vandever connected on his fourth field goal in as many attempts on the season to put his squad on top 3-0.

St. Marys would add a touchdown to their tally after forcing Wapak to punt for the third time in the opening two quarters on a reverse halfback pass from Senior tailback Julius Fisher of 33 yards in the endzone to Seth Warniment, a Senior wideout who had caught just two balls for 12 yards on the season coming into the contest to go up 10-0 on the visiting team.

Vandever’s second field goal of the evening gave St. Marys a 13-0 lead with 10:38 to go in the game and forced Wapak’s offense to go into hurryup mode behind Junior QB Manny Vorhees.

Vorhees, a first year starter whose cousin Seth caught a couple of balls for the Roughriders offense on the evening engineered a 12 play 73 yard drive that encompassed just under five minutes of the fourth quarter and ended with a six yard touchdown pass to Kais Chiles that cut the home teams lead to 13-7 with 5:36 remaining.

Four minutes and twenty seconds came off the clock on the ensuing Roughrider possession but ended via a punt when Julius Fisher was stuffed by the Redskins and was unable to pick up a first down on the ground.

Despite picking up three first downs on the drive that began at their own 12 with 1:10 and no timeouts remaining, the Wapak offense was unable to connect on three straight tosses from Vorhees to his intended targets before the final play of the game was a pass completed as time ran out with the Redskins unable to reach the endzone to give their foes the win.

On the night the fourth ranked offense in the WBL was held by St. Marys to just 144 total yards on 41 plays while the Roughriders were able to amass 265 yards of their own on 64 plays.

Despite not having a 100 yard rusher for the second straight game the Roughriders got strong contributions from Julius Fisher (21 carries, 68 yards), Eric Spicer (21 carries for 54 yards), and Dustin Howell who tallied 42 yards on 10 totes of the ball.

Eric Spicer’s 54 yards gives the WBL’s leading rusher 1022 yards on the year and 3049 for his career, which places him 12th all-time on the St. Marys rushing list.

In addition to his yardage on the ground, Howell connected on 7/9 passes for 68 yards on the evening but tossed his first interception of the season in the third quarter.

Defensively the Roughriders gave up their first points in 17 quarters when Wapak scored in the fourth, but have surrendered just 41 points to league opponents on the year.

By virtue of their win tonight St. Marys not only claims at least a share of their 23rd league championship, but they also put an end to Wapak boss Travis Moyer’s 86 game regular season win streak that dates back to the 2006 season where he roamed the sidelines at Bucyrus Wynford.

With the win the Roughriders (9-0, 8-0) clinch their first playoff spot since the 2008 season. St. Marys will host Ottawa Glandorf next weekend and can win the conference outright with a win over the 8-1 Titans.


St. Marys, Wapak set for WBL showdown

ST. MARYS, OH – When Friday night’s WBL Week 9 matchup kicks off it will end in one of two ways: Wapak (8-0, 7-0) will continue their record 33 game WBL winning streak, or St. Marys (8-0, 7-0) head coach Doug Frye will be the man to put an end to the streak that began for Wapak when he was the man roaming the sidelines at Harmon Field.

Wapak has won the last six matchups in the series but trails overall in the series 65-40-5 dating back to the two schools first meeting in 1921 that was won 19-0 by St. Marys.

Two communities whose football fields are separated by just 13 miles and who share a history of exciting finishes and hard hitting games will look to hand one another their first loss of the season and clinch at least a share of the league title when the contest kicks off at 7:00pm.

Last season St. Marys utilized almost the entire opening quarter on their first drive of the game and nearly the entire length of Wapak’s Harmon Field turf to go up 7-0, but would not see another point come their way. Behind a 14 carry 143 yard 2 touchdown performance from Senior tailback Cam Lauck the Redskins accounted for 46 unanswered points in winning their 24th straight league contest on their way to another playoff berth.

St. Marys is coming off of three straight shutouts (Bath/Celina/Defiance) for the first time since they opened the year with four straight shutouts to begin the 1982 season in which they finished 9-1. Defensively overall St. Marys is surrendering just 9.1 points per game and is leading the WBL where they are even stingier at 4.9 ppg.

Offensively the Roughriders are leading the league at 41.3 points per game and with their highest season point total in the past decade. Senior runningback Eric Spicer, the WBL’s leading rusher enters the game with a 9.0 yard per carry average, 968 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Fellow senior Julius Fisher is tied with Spicer with 11 scoring runs and is second in the league at 839 yards on 130 totes of the football.

Wapak is led by first year dual threat starting QB Manny Vorhees and a pair of terrific runners in Landon Hall and Maddux Liles, and is averaging 31.8 a game while giving up just 11.6 per game on the defensive end.

Outscoring their opponents by the truckload has been a commonplace for both squads as Wapak has done so by a 20.1 per contest margin while St. Marys is #1 in the league with a 32.1 difference in their eight times out this year.

Doug Frye’s career record in 30 years sits at 205-111 overall, 108-44 in his second tenure at St. Marys. Wapak coach Travis Moyer has complied a 150-30 mark in 16 years, 32-2 at Wapak in his third year, and has won 86 games in a row dating back to his 13 years behind the Bucyrus Wynford bench.

If you cannot make it to the game on Friday night to see a titanic matchup between two Northwest Ohio heavyweights you can listen live to WKKI K94.3 FM with myself and Dennis Cisco on the call and see who comes out the top dog in the WBL: Wapak vs St Marys Broadcast Link


West sweeps girls D8 games

ELIDA – The 40th annual District 8 All-Star games took place Monday night at Elida with the West squad winning both contests. In the Division 1-2-3 outing the West outscored their Eastern counterparts 72-69 while the Division 4 game saw the West roll to a 64-30 victory.

Tied at 69-69 with seconds left to play in the game Ottawa Glandorf’s Dani Ellerbrock, who will play her college basketball at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University connected on a free throw to give the West a one point advantage before picking the pocket of Bath’s Brittany Ulmer and connecting on a layup for the games final score.

Future Bowling Green Falcon Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) led the east in scoring as she tallied 17 points in the game while teammate Heather Heiby of Celina joined her in double figures with 15, hitting on five three pointers in the loss.

Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) was the games leading scorer with 18 points in her final contest before traveling to Indiana for her collegiate ball at St. Josephs. Maddi Stiles (Wapak/Heidelberg) tallied four three pointers and finished with 15 points while Ellerbrock chipped in with 10.

D 1-2-3 West (72):
Sara Smarkel (Findlay) 9
Marissa Wintrow (Findlay) 2
Kendra Siefring (Fort Recovery) 7
Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) 18
Dani Ellerbrock (OG) 10
Erika Angstman (St. Marys) 6
Riley Culver (Wapak) 5
Maddi Stiles (Wapak) 15

Playing but not scoring: Lindi Cisco (St. Marys)
Unable to attend: Lynea Diller (Columbus Grove)

D 1-2-3 East (69):
Brittany Ulmer (Bath) 5
Haley McGillvary (Celina) 5
Kelly Stahl (Celina) 4
Heather Heiby (Celina) 15
Denise Schwieterman (Coldwater) 4
Brooklyn Miller (Defiance) 4
Bailey Kuhn (Elida) 6
Essence Cowan (Lima Senior) 9
Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) 17

The Division 4 game featured the West squad led early by the hot shooting of Alyse Clune (New Bremen) and three pointers from five different players. With the East unable to score early on they found themselves behind at the halftime break 26-17. Marion Local’s Emily Mescher gave her West squad plenty of opportunities for extra chances in the half as she pulled down rebound after rebound.

LeAnn Huelsman of Minster and Clune combined to hit four threes in the second half and lead a defensive effort that held their counterparts to just 13 points in the second half en route to the 64-30 victory.

Huelsman and Clune led the way in the contest with 12 points apiece while Natalie Snider of Lima Central Catholic tossed in 8 points to lead her East squad.


D4 West:

Emily Bauer (Crestview) 3
Lexie Hayes (Delphos St. Johns) 3
Kylie Jettinghoff (Ft. Jennings) 7
Emily Mescher (Marion Local) 5
LeAnn Huelsman (Minster) 12
Hannah Schmitmeyer (Minster) 6
Alyse Clune (New Bremen) 12
Debbie Paul (New Bremen) 8
Rachel Leffel (New Knoxville) 5
Nicole Kramer (Ottoville) 3

D4 East (30):

Sydney Faine (Ada) 5
Rachel Wildman (Ada) 2
Brittany Kahle (Kalida) 5
Kylie Osterhage (Kalida) 4
Allison Recker (Kalida) 2
Natalie Snider (LCC) 8
Cassie Niese (Miller City) 4

Playing but not scoring: Micheala Curtis (Hardin Northern), Sara McFadden (Ridgemont), Chloe Kromer (Vanlue)