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Miller City upsets Lady Musketeers

MILLER CITY — In the annual season-ending Friday night Putnam County League girls basketball game between Fort Jennings and Miller City, the host Wildcats rallied with a 26-12 second half to knock off the Lady Musketeers 35-33 at J. Harry Leopold Gymnasium.

Melissa Michel paced the hosts with 13 points and seven boards.

The Lady Musketeers (8-14, 1-6 PCL) were topped by senior Macy Schroeder’s 17 counters. They lost despite forcing 22 turnovers (10 of their own).

Fort Jennings opens Division IV sectional action Tuesday at Bluffton versus Kalida in the second game.


Alyssa Schimmoeller 1-0-0-2, Macy Schroeder 5-1-4-17, Ashley Gable 0-2-0-6, Gabbi German 1-0-2-4, Emily Kehres 2-0-0-4. Totals 9/26-3/10-6/8-33.


Brandi Gerschutz 0-1-1-4, Liz Klear 1-0-1-3, Amanda Simon 0-0-1-1, Melissa Michel 5-0-3-13, Haley Lammers 2-0-2-6, Carolyn Niese 4-0-0-8. Totals 12/26-1/9-8/17-35.

Score by Quarters:

Fort Jennings 2 19 4 8 - 33

Miller City 4 5 12 14 - 35

Rebounds: Fort Jennings 15, Miller City 23.

Turnovers: Fort Jennings 10, Miller City 22.

JV score: 34-29 (Fort Jennings).


Last-second 3 lifts Kalida boys


The Delphos Herald

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CONTINENTAL — The phrase “It ain’t over til it’s over” was never more true than in the Kalida Wildcats’ contest against the Continental Pirates in boys Putnam County League basketball action on Friday night at The Pirates’ Cove.

The teams had battled all night with neither team gaining more than a 7-point lead.

The first basket of the game was a long-range shot, as was the last, with the latter being the biggest; Adam Langhals nailed his second three of the game, this one from the volleyball line on the Kalida side of the court, with the high-lofting shot banking high off the backboard and into the bucket to send the Wildcats’ fans into a frenzy as the guests came away with a thrilling 41-39 victory.

In the final six seconds of the game, each team hit a 3-point shot; Austin Mansfield draining his with :06 showing on the clock to give the Pirates a 39-38 edge but a lot can happen in six seconds. The ’Cats brought the ball to mid-court and called a timeout. When they executed the play out of the huddle, Langhals sent the Kalida fans home happy.

The teams hit a total of nine triples in the game, none bigger than that of Langhals.

Devin Kortokrax led all scorers with 14 points for the Wildcats (7-12, 5-2 PCL); Randy Zeller added 13, going 6-of-7 from the foul line.

Continental (6-13, 0-6 PCL) was paced by Tyler Dockery; the senior nailed three from long range and ended with 12 markers, Chaz Slattman contributed 10 in the effort.

The start of the contest set the tone for how the rest of the night would go: the foes traded long-range baskets. Zeller gave the guests a 6-3 lead as all three made buckets early on were from beyond the arc. Kalida went up 8-5 early but Dockery nailed a three to tie the game at 8-8 with 3:00 to go in the first frame. Three minutes later, the score was still tied, this time at 10-10.

The second frame saw its first real momentum swing as the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run and took a 19-12 lead after Kortokrax took to the baseline for two. However, the hosts delivered back. Dalton Bradford (9 points) hit back-to-back shots, ironically nailing a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the Kalida lead to 21-18 heading into the break

The guests held the lead for much of the third stanza but on a Dockery 3-pointer, the Pirates tied the game at 25-25 with just over two minutes left in the frame. Dockery gave Continental a brief lead with a minute to go, hitting the front end of two shots from the foul line, but Zeller nailed a deuce with 36 seconds showing on the clock to give the guests a 29-26 advantage at the end of three.

That’s when things got interesting: both teams got into foul trouble with three Continental players and three Wildcats in jeopardy of becoming spectators. The Pirates held their guests scoreless for the first four minutes of the frame before Zeller hit a pair of foul shots to give the ’Cats a 32-31 lead. Kortokrax scored the next four Wildcat points, all from the stripe. Dockery answered with charity stripe shots of his own. Slattman connected on 3-of-4 from the line for the Pirates in the fourth; however, the hosts stilled trailed 38-36 with just over a minute left.

The Pirates got the ball, trailing by two with just under a minute left, and, like they had in two of the previous three periods, held on for the last shot. However, Mansfield got open on the left wing and drained a three to make it 39-38 with those six seconds showing.

Six ticks later, the ’Cats had stunned the Continental fans when the Langhals “Hail Mary” was answered.

The JV contest was just as exciting as the Pirates won in double-overtime 29-28 when Caleb Baker connected on two from the line with just two seconds left.

Kalida visits Van Buren tonight.

Kalida (41)

Matthew 1-2-4, Langhals 2-0-6, Kortokrax 3-6-14, Zeller 4-4-13, Miller 2-0-4. Totals 12-12-41.

Continental (39)

Dockery 3-3-12, Schwartzman 1-0-3, Rue 1-0-2, Bradfield 4-1-9, Slattman 3-4-10, Mansfield 1-0-3. Totals 13-8-39.

Score by Quarters:

Kalida 12 9 8 12 - 41

Continental 12 6 8 13 - 39

Three-point goals: Kalida, Langhals 2, Kortokrax 2, Zeller; Continental, Dockery 3, Schwartzman, Mansfield.


Knights win defensive slugfest over Grove boys


DHI Correspondent

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COLUMBUS GROVE – The Columbus Grove Bulldogs hosted the Crestview Knights in Northwest Conference boys basketball action on Friday night.

The Knights used tough pressure defense to control the second and early third quarters on their way to a 39-26 win over the Bulldogs.

Columbus Grove got off to a good start to begin the game. Senior Collin Grothaus hit a three to open up the scoring and Derek Rieman followed with a putback off an offensive rebound to give the Bulldogs the early 5-0 lead. The hot shooting of Crestview junior Cam Etzler kept the Knights in the game early and throughout the contest. Etzler hit a three to make the score 5-3 but Grove came back with consecutive baskets by Rieman and Will Vorhees. Etzler again hit a three for the Knights to bring them within three but Grothaus answered with a three of his own to push the lead back up to 12-6, which is where the first quarter ended.

The second quarter was the deciding factor in the game. Crestview held Columbus Grove scoreless, while putting up 14 points themselves. Etzler led the scoring for the Knights in the quarter with eight points, including two more threes. Damien Helm hit the go-ahead basket for Crestview to make the score 13-12 with just under three minutes to play in the quarter. Juniors Tyson Bolenbaugh and Isiah Simerman also had baskets during the run. The big quarter gave Crestview the 20-12 advantage at the break.

Crestview also began the third quarter on a 10-3 run to extend its lead to 30-15 but the Bulldogs didn’t go away easily. Vorhees hit a jump shot to cut into the lead, then Grothaus hit a three and a two, cutting the Crestview lead down to eight, 30-22, which is where the third quarter ended.

It looked like Columbus Grove had the momentum when Vorhees hit a shot in the paint to cut the lead down to six but the Knights stood firm. Etzler hit two free throws to give Crestview an 8-point lead. Vorhees again answered with a paint shot to get within six, 32-26, but the Knights took over from there. Crestview scored the final seven points of the contest, including four more from Etzler, to leave Columbus Grove victoriously.

Columbus Grove was led in scoring by Grothaus and Vorhees, who both had 11 points. Rieman chipped in with four points and was the only other Bulldog to score on the night.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 12-7 on the year and 5-3 in the NWC. They host Miller City tonight.

“You can’t have droughts in scoring like we had. (You can’t) give away possessions and do some things from a mental standpoint that we did tonight and beat a good team,” said Grove coach Ryan Stechschulte. “We just weren’t good enough. They are a really good team and you can’t have spouts against a good team. We didn’t score in the second quarter, got off to a slow start to begin the third and then we didn’t score the last six minutes of the fourth. You can’t do those things and expect to beat a good team like Crestview.”

On the other side, Etzler led all scorers for the game with 24 points, including hitting 4-of-5 3-point attempts. Bolenbaugh had seven points.

“Toughness; that’s it. We had toughness tonight. That was good to see from this team,” said Crestview coach Jeremy Best. “I thought (Grove) hit some big shots. Grothaus hadn’t practiced early in the week and he came out and hit some big shots and played well but I figured the game would be contested defensively with a low margin of error. It wasn’t a thing of beauty but it’s good we can win a game where you have to execute, which we didn’t do a good job of last Saturday night. Grove is a quality club but I’m just proud of our toughness.”

The victory improves Crestview to 17-3 on the season, 6-2 in the NWC. They visit New Knoxville tonight.

The junior varsity Knights were also victorious Friday night, thanks to a three by Mitchell Rickard with no time left that gave Crestview the 39-37 victory.

Rickard also led the Knights (13-6) in scoring with 18 points on six 3-pointers.

Crestview (39)

Zaleski 0-0 0-0 1-2 1, Etzler 2-4 4-5 6-6 24, Helm 1-7 1-1 0-0 5, Simerman 1-1 0-0 0-1 2, Bolenbaugh 3-8 0-0 1-1 7.

Columbus Grove (26)

Grothaus 1-5 3-5 0-0 11, Vorhees 5-10 0-0 1-1 11, Rieman 2-5 0-0 0-1 4.

Score by quarters

Crestview 6 14 10 9 – 39

Col. Grove 12 0 10 4 – 26


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