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T-Birds fly into Regional Finals

BOWLING GREEN – For the second consecutive season the LCC Thunderbirds were responsible for ending the Ottawa Glandorf Titans playoff run, this season by virtue of a 72-63 win on the campus of BGSU.

Ottawa Glandorf got off to a hot start early as the Titans would take a 5-2 lead on a Noah Bramlage three pointer from 25 feet away at the top of the key. LCC responded just moments later with a three pointer of their own to tie the game at 5. Following an LCC bucket that gave the T-Birds their first lead at 7-5, the Titans struck back on their ensuing possession to tie the contest up at 7 with 4:22 remaining.

In the first quarter of Wednesday night’s contest the two squads combined to amass 11 ties or lead changes, including one by OG with :54 left in the quarter behind a trio of made free throws from Brad Recker to push the lead to 15-12 Titans. LCC’s free throws with 3.7 seconds left sent the game to the second quarter with the Titans leading by 1 at 15-14.

The games final lead change would come just :27 seconds into the second quarter as LCC put two points on the board to go up by a single point at 16-15.

On two separate occasions in the period the Titans were unable to score for chunks of time as the Thunderbirds upped their lead by virtue of an 6-0 run and a 7-0 run to 33-24 at the break.

Despite having seen multiple starters commit their 3rd foul, LCC weathered the storm from OG in the 3rd period and scored 15 quarter points as they found themselves leading 48-35 after the games penultimate stanza.

As has been the case so many times in the series between the Titans and the Birds, the team trailing would not just roll over and watch their season come to an end. OG would outscore LCC 28-24 in the 4th quarter, including 8 points from Junior Nick Weirauch.

Every time the Titans would trim the lead to 7 or 9 points, LCC would race down the court and find themselves with a Tre Cobbs or Dantez Walton to push their advantage right back to where it had been previously and hold on for a 72-63 win to advance to the Regional Finals on Saturday.

LCC (24-2) will now play on Saturday night at 7pm looking for their 2nd straight Regional championship as they will take on Randy Kortokrax’s Bishop Hartley Hawks inside the Stroh Center. That contest can be heard live as it happens on 104.9fm, or online at http://1049theeagle.com/ with “The Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews on the broadcast.

With the loss the Titans see their season come to an end at 19-7 and will say goodbye to 8 Senior, including Princeton bound Noah Bramlage who led the team in scoring this season at over 20.0 points per game, despite finishing with just 17 tonight.

An interesting note on the series: with the win last night LCC has now taken command of the all-time series between the two at 34-33.


OG (63):

Jordan Verhoff 6
Zac Unterbrink 9
Brad Recker 7
Noah Bramlage 17
Cole Osting 2
Nick Weirauch 8
Zach Kuhlman 14

FG: 18/49 (36.7%)
3: 4/17 (23.5%)
FT: 23/27 (85.2%)
Reb: 28 (5 offensive – Bramlage 10)
Fouls: 22
Ast: 8 (Verhoff 3)
TO: 9
Blk: 7 (Bramlage 7)
Stl: 5 (Osting 2)

LCC (72):

Tre Cobbs 12
Nick Taflinger 10
Josh Dixon 13
Dantez Walton 22
Jake Williams 10
Aidan O’Connor 2
Ethan O’Connor 3

FG: 24/51 (47.1%)
3: 3/7 (42.9%)
FT: 21/34 (61.8%)
Reb: 39 (11 offensive – Walton 14)
Fouls: 21
Ast: 16 (Cobbs 7)
TO: 10
Blk: 8 (Walton 6)
Stl: 4 (J. Williams 2)


14 3’s help Titans past Vikings

Ottawa Glandorf utilized 14 triples on Monday night as they downed Leipsic by an 84-40 margin.

Senior forward Noah Bramlage drained 4 first quarter triples while Zac Unterbrink also added a shot from deep to give the Titans a 24-9 advantage after the first 8:00 on their opponents home court.

Things wouldn’t get much better for the Vikings in the second stanza as they were only able to put up 10 points and trail heading into the half by a 41-19 margin. Nate Brecht and Jordan Brown would combine to score 12 of the 19 in the first half for Leipsic.

With Leipsic missing their tallest player in Ross Mangas for the year, and Gavin Cupp in foul trouble the Vikings were unable to shut down the Titans on the perimeter as OG nailed 6 shots from deep in a row and put 33 points on the scoreboard in the period to just 5 for Leipsic.

OG’s press would cause problems for Leipsic all night as the Vikings were forced into 25 turnovers in the ballgame. Leipsic outscored OG in the 4th quarter by a 16-10 margin as Grant Schroeder would score all 9 of his points in the final stanza, but it was not enough as the Titans won their 4th straight against the Vikings, this time 84-40.

With the win the Titans up their record to 13-6 overall while the Vikings fall to 9-9 on the season. OG will get a bye in the first round of the tournament before taking on the Evergreen/Montpelier winner, Leipsic will begin their run in Van Wert as they take on Fort Jennings.


OG (84):

Jordan Verhoff 4
Jason Schnipke 4
Zac Unterbrink 8
Cole Osting 8
Nick Weihrauch 6
Zach Kuhlman 6
Brad Recker 13
Bryce Utrup 2
Blake Blevins 7
Noah Bramlage 25
Sid Moening 1

3s: 14
FT: 9/13

Leipsic (40):

Gavin Cupp 2
Matt Schroeder 6
Isiaah Lomeli 4
Grant Schroeder 9
Jordan Brown 7
Nate Brecht 8
Hunter Meyer 2
Grant Rader 2

3s: 3
FT: 7/11


Kenton spoils OG Homecoming

OTTAWA, Ohio – When the Kenton Wildcats and Ottawa Glandorf Titans get together you can bet it will be hardhitting, and tonight was nothing less than just that as the two Western Buckeye League rivals slugged it out once again before a capacity crowd at Titan Stadium.

Ottawa Glandorf’s defense started out well as they forced Kenton to punt after a quick 3 and out that gave their offense just 53 yards to go to pick up points. Following a 7 play drive, the Titans were forced to settle for a 27 yard Mitch Niese fieldgoal that put them on top 3-0 with 8:00 to go in the first.

Following another Kenton possession ending in a quick punt, OG gave the football right back to Kenton following a Trevor Downing interception of Titans QB Zac Unterbrink.

Kenton would finally get on board a couple of possessions and another punt later as they marched 88 yards in 12 plays over the course of 4:05 when WR Kollin Stollar plunged in from the runningback slot to give his team a 7-0 following a successful XP.

Kenton would throw two interceptions while OG would cough up the football on a fumble and be forced into a turnover on downs for the rest of the half before they let time elapse in the waning moments of the second stanza trailing 7-3 to Kenton at the break.

Tristan Reichelderfer, the WBL’s leading tackler gave the Wildcats the football early in the second half as he put an end to the first Ottawa Glandorf drive of the 3rd quarter with an interception of Unterbrink. Kenton would not be able to cash in on the interception as the Titans defense flexed their muscle and put a stop to a 4th down conversion attempt by Kenton to regain the football.

On the second play of the ensuing drive, OG gave the ball right back to Kenton inside their own territory as Trevor Downing picked up his 2nd interception of the day before the Wildcats scored in a most unusual way. Following a completed screen pass across the middle from Sophomore QB Trent Hites to Colyn Blackford, Blackford was hit hard by the Titans defense and fumbled the football. Kollin Stollar would then pick up the ball at the OG 20 yardline and march in untouched down the sideline to give his team a 14-3 lead they would never come close to relinquishing.

Hites would add a touchdown on the ground of his own on the next Kenton possession as his 12 yard scamper would give the Wildcats a 21-3 lead they would hold onto until early in the 4th. The final score of the game came on a 7 yard touchdown pass, the 11th of the year for Hites as he connected with Blackford who had no problem holding onto this one and putting 6 more points on the board. On the night, Hites would go 19/30 for 297 yards, 1 td and 2 interceptions. On the ground he would lead the way for the Wildcats with 16 carries for 60 yards and the aforementioned td.

Blackford would lead Kenton in receiving on the evening as he hauled in 9 catched for 225 yards and a td. His 5th reception of the evening was the best of the night as it went for 75 yards right in front of his sideline on a 3rd and long play that saw the Wildcats pinned against their own goal line after a big stop of OG’s offense.

Ottawa Glandorf would be led offensively by Unterbrink who finished 22/36 passing for 145 yards, 3 interceptions and 0 touchdowns. On the ground, Kyle Niese led the way with 5 carries for 18 of the 37 yards OG accumulated as a team. Zach Kuhlman had another 10 catch game (one short of the school record of 11) for the second time in three weeks and finished with 95 yards.

With the win the Wildcats go to 4-2 on the year, 4-1 in WBL play and will next be at home for Elida next Friday night. Ottawa Glandorf’s loss is their first of the season as they are now 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the WBL. OG is on the road next Friday night to take on #1 ranked Wapakoneta who handed Kenton one of their two losses this season back in Week 2 of the season.


Records fall during Titan win

LIMA, OHIO – Ottawa Glandorf raced out to a quick 10 point league and never looked back against Shawnee Friday night.

Behind a school record performance from Senior Wide Receiver Zach Kuhlman the Titans offense which came in ranked 3rd in the WBL in total offense rolled up 404 yards on the Shawnee Indians.

Mitchell Niese got the Titans on the scoreboard early in the 1st quarter on their first drive by booting a 27 yard field goal, his longest of the season to put OG on top 3-0 just 3:15 into the contest.

Shawnee’s first drive would preview how their night would go as they were forced to punt by the Western Buckeye League’s 4th ranked defense, one of 7 times the young Indians would be forced to do so on the evening.

Ottawa Glandorf wasted no time on their next possession as Junior signalcaller Zac Unterbrink connected with Kuhlman down the left sideline for a 33 yard touchdown on their first play of their second drive to put OG up 10-0 midway through the first stanza.

Shawnee would utilize a pair of big passes from their own QB Griffin Hites who was filling in for the injured Collin Rambin who suffered a leg injury late last week in the teams loss to Van Wert. Hites connected on a first down of 24 yards and one from 17 yards, but Dylan Hefner coughed one up near midfield that the Titans immediately pounced on to recover possession early in the second quarter.

Kuhlman would get touchdown catch #2 as Ottawa Glandorf completed an 82 yard 14 play drive that spanned 7 minutes and 53 seconds when Unterbrink threw his 13th touchdown of the season (against just 2 interceptions) and connected with Zach from 15 yards out to run the deficit for Shawnee to 17-0.

With a 17-0 lead and the ball at their opponents 41 yardline after a Shawnee punt on their ensuing possession, the Titans utilized 7 plays to go up 24-0 as 6’2, 190lb fullback Bryce Utrup bulled his way in from 1 yard out with 6:25 to go before the half.

Jake Kahle would pick off Hites on the next Shawnee drive following the Utrup touchdown run, but the Indians defense would force Cole Osting to punt after a three and out possession to get the ball back, before being forced to punt back to Ottawa Glandorf for the third time in the first half.

Just 33 seconds were left on the clock the next time OG got themselves into the endzone with a 25 yard pass again from Unterbrink to Kuhlman to send the teams into the lockerroom before the band came out to perform with the Titans up 31-0. With his 3rd touchdown catch of the game, Kuhlman tied Chris Kuhlman (vs Celina in 2000) and Al Laubenthal (vs Delphos St. Johns in 1976) as the only players to have 3 touchdown catches in a game at Ottawa Glandorf High School.

A new rule instituted just this season by the Ohio High School Athletic Association decreed that the 2nd half would be met with a running clock due to the +30 point differential between the two squads.

One of the bright spots for the Shawnee defense in the matchup (ranked 6th in the WBL out of 10 teams and giving up 295 yards per game) is that they allowed Ottawa Glandorf no points in their two trips down the field during the 3rd quarter.

For the fourth quarter however, the Titans would punch it in twice more as the first came 15 seconds into the stanza as Unterbrink threw his fourth touchdown pass of the night again to Kuhlman. This 4th connection was 44 yards and allowed Zach to break a second Laubenthal record that had stood since 1976 by finishing with 214 yards receiving, 3 yards ahead of the old mark.

Another record that at the time might’ve went unnoticed on that pass is that Unterbrink tied Jake Meyer (2007 vs Bath), and Tony Ball (twice, in 2000 vs Celina and in 1999 vs Shawnee) for most touchdowns passing in a game by an OG qb. Unterbrink would finish 18 of 29 passing for 291 yards and 4 touchdowns. His 4 touchdowns on the season give him 15 through his teams first four games and right on pace to give chase to Meyer’s 21 touchdowns in 10 games over the course of the 2007 season.

The final score of the game came with 5:09 left when backup tailback Connor Niese burst through the backup Indian defenders for a 13 yard touchdown to make it 45-0 and up the Titans record on the season to 4-0 (2-0 WBL). Shawnee with the loss sees their record fall to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the Western Buckeye League.

Griffin Hites led the Shawnee passing attack by completing 5 of 12 passes for 74 yards and 1 interception as the Indians were held to 118 yards by Ottawa Glandorf.

Shawnee will look to pick up their first WBL win of the season next Friday night as the Kenton Wildcats come to town, Ottawa Glandorf will head back home and prepare for the trip to Defiance next Friday night to take on the Bulldogs in WBL action.


District 8 All Star Games results

For the final time tonight the Seniors in the 8th District of the Coaches Association took the court at the Elida Fieldhouse.

The first game of the night was the Division 1-2-3 contest where Taren Sullivan and Martyce Kimbrough of Bath and LCC respectively combined to put on a show the likes of which only their respective fanbases have been privy to this season.

Kimbrough, fresh off of a 22 point performance in the Division 3 championship game win over VASJ on Saturday wasted no time getting it going in this game as he hit 6 first half three pointers en route to 8 total and over 30 points for the East squad in his last high school game before heading off to the University of Indianapolis in the fall. Taren Sullivan added an array of spectacular dunks, including one off of a 4 man tip drill as time expired to finish himself with over 30 points in the contest. Sullivan will play college ball with 2 of his teammates tonight in Bath teammate Colin Gossard and Findlay Trojan star Adam Twining.

The game also featured 22 dunks from 6 different players.

The West was led by 3’s from OG point guard Alex Schroeder, Coldwater’s Brandon Wolters and Shawnee’s Trey Brock.

The East defeated the West 150-97, here the broadcast with myself and Steve Wiener here:

The nightcap at the Fieldhouse was a much closer affair as the last 5 minutes of the contest provided the most defense on the night between the two squads. Elijah Kahlig of Ft. Recovery nailed a late 3 pointer that seemingly was set to give the West the win at 121-118 with just 7 seconds left, but the East’s Bruce Hodges (Perry) flew down the court on the opposite side and buried a triple to send the game to a 3 minute overtime period tied at 121.

In the extra period, again the defense of both teams kicked in to high gear, but the shooting of the West squad proved to be too much as they prevailed 135-129 behind strong performances behind the State Champion Crestview Knights trio of Tyson Bolenbaugh, Cam Etzler and NWC Player of the Year Damian Helm along with a plethora of threes from ultra deep range from Kahlig.

Will Vorhees led the East squad with 36 points and some powerful throwdowns.

Here the broadcast here with myself and Steve Wiener via www.zsportslive.com :

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LCC/OG advance to meet for 5th straight year

Ottawa Glandorf and Lima Central Catholic both picked up wins last night at the ONU Sports Center and will now meet on Saturday night in the D3 Regional Finals in Bowling Green for the 5th straight postseason.

Lima Central Catholic advanced with a win in the first game at ONU 64-37 over Worthington Christian. LCC jumped out to an early lead and used a couple of quick 1st quarter runs to lead 15-8 after the first stanza.

The second quarter did not get any easier for the Warriors as LCC torched them for 23 points to lead 38-14 at the halftime break.

A cool moment in the second half came when Martyce Kimbrough scored his 1,000th point, much to the delight of the LCC student section who in unison began to chant “That’s 1000” to show their appreciation in the stands.

LCC would continue to shoot a high percentage in the second half as they outscored the Warriors 26-23 to advance to the Regional Finals for the second straight season in Bowling Green and pick up win number 22 on the season against just 4 losses. Worthington Christian finishes their season at 19-7.

Lima Central Catholic was led in scoring by Kimbrough with 18 and followed in double figures by Xavier Simpson with 14, and Tre Cobbs with 13. Worthington Christian was led by 13 from Johnny Wordlaw.

In the nightcap the defending Division 3 State Champion Ottawa Glandorf Titans took the floor in front of 1367 fans for the first time against the Huron Tigers with the winner knowing they’d advance to play LCC on Saturday night.

Despite slow starts in both District games last week, the Titans were able to jump out to a fast one against Huron as they led 16-8 after the first stanza behind 7-14 shooting while holding the Tigers to just 3-9 from the field.

Noah Bramlage who had 6 of the Titans first quarter points continued to torment the smaller defenders as he added three more before the half, but it was teammate Zach Kuhlman who did the most damage before the break as he accounted for 8 points in the quarter and 11 total to give his team a 35-23 advantage at the half.

For the first half the Titans shot 15-28 from the field while holding the Tigers to 9-22 from the field and just 3-10 from deep. Cody Thompson had a good first half for his team leading the way with 9 points on 4-9 shooting for Huron.

Bramlage, the 1st Team All-WBL selection this season started off the 3rd quarter for OG with a bang as he ignited a quick 4-0 run for his team with a jumper off an assist by Matias Trampe-Kindt to put OG up 36-27 just 26 seconds into the stanza.

Huron would close the gap to 45-37 at the end of the 3rd quarter as they outscored Ottawa Glandord 14-10 but couldn’t get any closer in the 4th.

As they have done the past couple of games, OG shot almost flawlessly from the charity stripe in the 4th quarter to finish 14-18 on free throws to ice the game to secure the 63-45 win.

OG finished 23-45 from the field but just 3-10 from 3 in the win with two of those coming from Bramlage. Huron was outscored 18-8 in the 4th quarter and finished 15-43 from the field, 8-14 from the free throw line, but were able to stay in the game by making 7-22 3 pointers on the night.

Huron was led in scoring by Junior Adam Storer who poured in 18 points on 5-10 shooting and 4-9 from 3 to go along with his perfect night from the free throw line (4-4). Ottawa Glandorf was led by 19 from Bramlage, 14 from Zach Kuhlman and 12 from Tyler Zender in the win.

The Tigers and coach Bobby Jones finish their season at 18-7 and fall in the Regional Semifinals for the 2nd straight season in the Bowling Green Regional. Ottawa Glandorf ups their record to 16-10 and into a Regional Finals rematch from a year ago where they defeated the Thunderbirds en route to the D3 State Championship.

Hear the matchup Saturday night on www.zsportslive.com at 7pm from Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center with myself, Chris Kuhlman and Steve Wiener as the T-Birds look for retribution against a Titans team who has ended their last two seasons at the Regional level.


Leipsic vs St. Johns Preview

LEIPSIC – It’s hard to believe but the 2013 OHSAA football regular season has already come and gone.

The calendar may say that it’s the first week of November, but it certainly hasn’t felt like it outside the past couple of weeks as both Leipsic and Delphos St. Johns made their final runs at the postseason.

Mostly cloudy, 52 degrees and a 10% chance of rain is on the forecast for Saturday night when the Vikings and Bluejays hook up on the gridiron. Who will that benefit, that remains to be seen.

Coming into the game the Delphos St. Johns Bluejays are sporting a 6-4 record and are seeded 8th in Region 24. Led by Senior tailback and 1,000 yard rusher Tyler Jettinghoff, the Jays will look to run the ball and run some more against the Vikings defensive front. On the season the Jays have rushed for 2,162 yards while only passing for 510 yards mainly on the arm of Nick Martz.

Across Ohio it is well known that the Midwest Athletic Conference is one of the toughest around, and this year is no different as the MAC will send three teams (DSJ, Coldwater and Marion Local) to the playoffs where the conference has already accounted for 28 state championship trophies.

Despite losses in three of their first four games of the season, the Jays responded nicely as they finished the season on a four game winning streak to sneak into the playoffs. Last week in their regular season finale the Jays trailed 21-14 heading into possibly their last quarter of the season before riding the legs of Jettinghoff for three scores in the final stanza en route to defeating Minster 35-28. After being shredded for almost three hundred yards in the first half, Delphos made some adjustments for the second half to slow down the Wildcats:
“Defensively, assistant coach (Steve) Recker spent a lot of time at halftime, making adjustments,” St. John’s coach Todd Schulte said. “Those were great adjustments by our defensive staff. Then our kids went out and executed it…That’s pretty darn good.”

Up the road in Leipsic, this years Vikings will look to do something that no previous team has been able to do in beating the Bluejays. Seeded #1 in the region at 8-2, it has been a great season for Senior Quarterback/Safety Zach Kuhlman who has thrown for 20 touchdowns, but won’t mean a thing if his team cannot avenge last seasons playoff loss to Delphos.

One of the biggest weapons that Kuhlman will have against the St. Johns defense will be his runningback and 1,200 yard rusher in Jordan Chamberlain. Chamberlain has accounted for 21 touchdowns this season and will look to use his agility to take advantage of a Bluejays defense that is giving up 351 yards per game along with 6 yards per play.

Under coach Joe Kirkendall, the Vikings have made the playoffs four straight years and are putting themselves in position to be an annual BVC power as they chase only the third state championship in Blanchard Valley Conference history (Hardin Northern and McComb).

Who will prevail? Will it be the Vikings and their balanced offensive attack or the Bluejays and their smashmouth style?

Tune in Saturday night at 7pm on www.zsportslive.com with myself and Rudy Lomeli to find out who wins and gets one step closer to the state championship.

Don’t forget to get your scores and game notes from us on twitter @michaelhirnpbp or @zsportslive.