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Monday, March 18, 2013 2:48 PM

The Ottoville community gathers to honor the success of the 2012-13 Lady Green basketball team Sunday afternoon while the Ottoville Pep Band plays prior to the beginning of the celebration. (Photo submitted)

 

By BOB WEBER

The Delphos Herald

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OTTOVILLE — The Ottoville Community gathered on Sunday afternoon to show their appreciation and thanks to the Lady Green basketball team and coaches and to celebrate a fantastic 27-1 season.

The Lady Green’s only defeat came at Friday afternoon’s hard-fought Division IV State semifinal matchup against Fort Loramie, the eventual champion.

Although the team took this loss hard, head coach Dave Kleman reminded them that “If this is the worst day of your life, then your life is pretty good.”

During the invocation at Sunday’s celebration, Father John Stites prayed that this team would realize how much success they have had and how it has brought the community together.

And not only was this team supported by the community but by the entire county and surrounding communities as well. This was evident as fire trucks from Delphos, Continental, Fort Jennings, Columbus Grove, Ottawa, Glandorf, Leipsic, Kalida, and Miller City joined in the welcome-home parade for the team on Saturday evening around 9:30 p.m.

To recap the 2012-13 campaign, Ottoville’s Lady Green finished the regular season with a record of 21-0. They claimed the Putnam County League Championship with a league record of 7-0. Victories over Lincolnview and Crestview gave the Lady Green the District crown and they went on to conquer Leipsic and Arcadia to claim the Regional Championship title. The 2012-13 Lady Green basketball team consisted of four seniors, four juniors, six sophomores and one freshman.

Speaking at the celebration, the seniors (Rachel Beining, Abby Siefker, Rachel Turnwald and Nicole Vorst) reflected on what a wonderful basketball career they have had and the amazing support they have received from everyone in the community. They also thanked the Lady Green players from earlier years for being role models and encouraged young Lady Green hopefuls to continue to work hard and one day bring home that state title.

Kleman shared statistics about the team’s record during these girls’ four years, including going undefeated on their home court and compiling a record of 92-6 in their high school careers.

This season also saw a number of milestones reached: Siefker scored her 1,000th point and hauled down her 1,000th rebound; and Kleman notched his 400th career win in 21 seasons of coaching.

The players also garnered many awards including:

PUTNAM COUNTY LEAGUE HONORS

Siefker - 1st Team, Player of the Year, Scholastic Award

Beining - 1st Team, Scholastic Award

Vorst - 2nd Team

Turnwald - Honorable Mention, Scholastic Award

Junior Taylor Mangas - Honorable Mention

Kleman - Coach of the Year

DISTRICT HONORS

Siefker - 1st Team, Player of the Year

Beining - Honorable Mention

Vorst - Honorable Mention

Kleman - Coach of the Year

ALL-STATE HONORS

Siefker - 1st Team, Player of the Year

Kleman - Coach of the Year

ASSOCIATED PRESS DIVISION IV ALL-TOURNAMENT STATE TEAM

Beining

As the calendar and the season turns to spring, the Lady Green faithful will never forget the ride these girls allowed them to enjoy. Thanks for all the memories – best of luck to the four seniors in their upcoming graduation and college endeavors.

 

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