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Panthers pull away from Big Green boys

PAULDING — Paulding outscored Ottoville 45-29 in the final three periods Saturday afternoon and grabbed a 59-44 non-conference boys cage win inside The Jungle of Paulding High School.

The game was a makeup from Jan. 25.

Leading the Panthers (13-4) were Kyle Kauser with 18, Guy Harder 13 and Javier Gonzales 10.

On behalf of the Big Green, Luke Schimmoeller netted 22 and Kyle Bendele 9.

Ottoville visits McComb Tuesday.


Tyler Roby 4, Austin Honigford 3, Brandt Landin 5, Luke Schimmoeller 22, Kyle Bendele 9. Totals 10-5-9-44.


Corbin Edwards 1, Quentin Vance 4, Ben Heilshorn 3, Kyle Kauser 18, Javier Gonzales 10, Julia Salinas 6, Gerod Harder 4, Guy Harder 13. Totals 19-4-9-59..

Score by Quarters:

Ottoville 15 9 6 14 - 44

Paulding 14 13 14 18 - 59

JV Score: 59-20 (Paulding).


Lady Bearcats punish Commodores

PERRY TOWNSHIP — The Spencerville girls cagers beat Perry 61-44 on Saturday afternoon at Perry High School.

Spencerville was led by Schylar Miller with 24 points and Jacey Grigsby, who had nine.

The Lady Commodores were led Lexie Davis with 14 points and Courtland Fowler and Katie Cox added nine each.

Spencerville (3-17) broke open a 13-13 tie after one period with a 17-8 advantage in the second period and pulled away from there.

The Lady Commodores fall to 2-18.

The Lady Bearcats visit Botkins 6 p.m. today in a game postponed from Jan. 2.


Schylar Miller 24, Jacey Grigsby 9, Karri Purdy 7, Katie Merriman 7, Amanda Crider 5, Emilee Meyer 4, Tori Hardesty 2, Audrey Bowsher 2, Caitlyn Probst 1. Totals 20-17-61.

PERRY (44)

Lexie Davis 14, Courtland Fowler 9, Katie Cox 9, Alanna Sanks 8, Alexis Young 4. Totals 15-13-44.

Score by Quarters:

Spencerville 13 17 12 19 - 61

Perry 13 8 8 15 - 44

Three-point goals: Spencerville, Miller, Purdy, Grigsby, Crider; Perry, Cox.

JV Score: 35-32 (Spencerville).


Bearcats ground Flyers

SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville made it a successful weekend Saturday night, downing Marion Local 65-58 at the New Walk-In Closet of Spencerville High School.

The Bearcats (13-4) overcame the tall timbers of the Flyers, led by sophomore Mason Nourse with 23 markers (4 bombs) and freshman Dakota Prichard’s 15.

On behalf of the Flyers, Luke Knapke dropped in 17, Ryan Bruns 11 and Adam Bertke and Dustin Rethman 10 each.

Spencerville hosts Lima Central Catholic Friday.


Luke Knapke 17, Ryan Bruns 11, Dustin Rethman 10, Adam Bertke 10, Dustin Seitz 7, Cole Griesdorn 3. Totals 15-6-10-58.


Mason Nourse 23, Jacob Meyer 9, Zach Goecke 5, Ben Bowers 7, Dakota Prichard 15, Bailey Croft 5, Griffen Croft 2. Totals 11-9-16-65.

Score by Quarters:

Marion Local 17 18 7 16 - 58

Spencerville 15 16 18 16 - 65

Three-point goals: Marion Local, Rethman 2, Bertke 2, Seitz, Knapke; Spencerville, Nourse 4, Meyer 3, Prichard 2.


Elida wins thriller over LCC

ELIDA — In a highly-anticipated non-conference boys matchup before a loud crowd at the Elida Fieldhouse, Elida senior Dakota Mathias broke the school record with a 42-point performance — including the game-winning free throw with under a second left — as the Bulldogs eked by Lima Central Catholic 70-69 on the Union Bank Court.

Mathias broke the career scoring record held by 2012 Elida graduate (and now playing for Akron) Reggie McAdams of 1,720 points — needing 13 coming in to do so — and Marquevious Wilson added nine for the Bulldogs (15-3).

Xavier Simpson exploded for 31 for the Thunderbirds (14-3), Martyce Kimbrough 16 and Dantez Walton 12.

Elida visits Bellefontaine Tuesday.


Xavier Simpson 31, Martyce Kimbrough 16, Tre Cobbs 4, Ethan O’Connor 2, Dantez Walton 12, Jake Williams 2, Cameron White 2. Totals 19-8-7-69.

ELIDA (70)

Marquevious Wilson 9, Max Stambaugh 3, Austin Allemeier 6, Louis Gray 8, Dakota Mathias 4, Chance Weitz 2. Totals 17-8-12-70.

Score by Quarters:

LCC 13 19 21 16 - 69

Elida 23 15 16 16 - 70

Three-point goals: LCC, Simpson 4, Kimbrough 4; Elida, Mathias 4, Gray 2, Wilson, Stambaugh.


Vikings seize unbeaten PCL crown

KALIDA — The return of junior speedster Jackie Gardner from injury wasn’t enough for Kalida to prevent Leipsic from securing an unbeaten Putnam County League girls crown with a 55-49 triumph Saturday afternoon at The Wildcat Den of Kalida High School.

Amber Gerdeman paced the Lady Vikings (17-3, 7-0 PCL) with 17, while Haley Gerten added 13 and Shalynn Morman added 10.

For the LadyCats (7-13, 2-4 PCL), Gardner led the way with nine and Elizabeth Turnwald added eight.

Kalida finished 15-of-30 shooting from 2-point land (50%), 3-of-22 beyond the arc (13.6%) and 10-of-19 free shots (52.6%). They amassed 31 boards, 14 offensive, as Kylie Osterhage had nine and Gardner six; eight turnovers; and 22 fouls.

For the Vikings, they netted 11-of-22 inside the arc (50%), 5-of-12 behind the arc (41.7%) and 18-of-31 singles (58.1%). They compiled 29 boards (4 offensive) as Gerdeman had 10; 15 turnovers; and 18 fouls.

Leipsic won the JV game 42-36.

Kalida visits Continental Thursday to close the regular season.


2-pts. 3-pts. FTs Pts.

Amber Gerdeman 7-0-3-17, Haley Gerten 2-2-3-13, Shalynn Morman 0-2-4-10, Rachel Rieman 1-1-3-8, Kelly Nadler 1-0-4-6, Maddie Steffan 0-0-1-1, Emily Shscklehoff 0-0-0-0, Nicole Kreinbrink 0-0-0-0, Miranda Niese 0-0-0-0, Hailey Kreinbrink 0-0-0-0. Totals 11-5-18-55.


2-pts. 3-pts. FTs Pts.

Nicole Recker 2-0-2-6, Makenna Vorst 1-0-0-2, Brittany Kahle 0-0-1-1, Nicole Reindel 1-0-0-2, Kennedy Hoffman 0-0-0-0, Joni Kaufman 0-1-0-3, Kylie Osterhage 1-0-4-6, Elizabeth Turnwald 4-0-0-8, Katelyn Siebeneck 0-2-0-6, Allison Recker 2-0-2-6. Totals 15-3-10-49.

Score by Quarters:

Leipsic 9 11 13 22 - 55

Kalida 8 8 9 24 - 49


Kalida boys shoot down Pilots

KALIDA — Devin Kortokrax poured in 22 points and Joe Gerdeman 19 to pace host Kalida past Ayersville 61-47 in non-league boys hardwood action Saturday night at The Wildcat Den of Kalida High School.

Trey Bauman was the lone point-getter in twin figures for the Pilots with 17.

Kalida was a torrid 11-of-17 on 2-pointers (64.7%), 5-of-16 on treys (31.3%) and a hot 24-of-27 on foul shots (88.9%). Gerdeman himself was 11-of-11 from the free-throw line.

Ayersville finished 12-of-31 inside the arc (38.7%), 3-of-13 downtown (23.1%) and 14-of-24 at charity (58.3%).

In junior varsity play, Kalida won 42-36.

Kalida brings in Continental Friday.


2-pts. 3-pts. FTs Pts.

Trey Bauman 5-1-4-17, Brayton Martin 2-1-1-8, Pat Gerken 1-0-5-7, Mike mcGuire 1-1-2-7, Dawson Dales 2-0-0-4, Pete Thieroff 1-0-1-3, Luke Lawson 0-0-1-1, Zimmerman 0-0-0-0, Lamb 0-0-0-0, K.J. Martin 0-0-0-0, Odom 0-0-0-0, Cook 0-0-0-0. Totals 12-3-14-47.


2-pts. 3-pts. FTs Pts.

Adam Langhals 1-1-3-8, Luke Langhals 1-1-0-5, Devin Kortokrax 3-3-7-22, Randy Zeller 2-0-3-4, Logan Roebke 0-0-0-0, Cole Miller 0-0-0-0, Joe Gerdeman 4-0-11-19, Grant Unverferth 0-0-0-0, Trent Gerding 0-0-0-0. Totals 11-5-24-61.

Score by Quarters:

Ayersville 8 8 9 22 - 47

Kalida 18 6 11 26 - 61


Bath bops Bulldogs

COLUMBUS GROVE — Taren Sullivan led a quartet of Bath boys cagers in double digits with 27 to lead the Wildcats by homestanding Columbus Grove 77-51 in non-conference action Saturday night inside the Dog Pound.

A. Renner added 16, H. Atkins 14 and T. Frazier 10.

Will Vorhees, Jace Darbyshire and Logan Diller downed 10 counters each for the host Bulldogs (11-7).

The Bulldogs ended up shooting 12-of-27 2-pointers (44.4%), 1-of-13 3-pointers (7.7%) and 24-of-27 from 15 feet (88.9%); gathered 18 boards (Vorhees 8); eight assists (Darbyshire 3); and 17 turnovers.

Bath completed the game shooting 19-of-26 inside the arc (73.1%), 9-of-18 on triples (50%) and 12-of-16 singles (75%); with 16 boards, 11 miscues and 14 assists.

Grove visits Ada Friday.

BATH (77)

H. Atkins 14, A. Renner 16, C. Gossard 7, T. Sullivan 27, T. Frazier 10, T. Jones. Totals 19-9-12-77.


Will Vorhees 10, Riley Brubaker 8, Jace Darbyshire 10, Joey Warnecke 2, Elisha Jones 0, Noah Kohls 2, Logan Diller 10, Tanner Neu 1, Colton Grothaus 2, Baily Clement 5, Corey Schroeder 1. Totals 12-1-24-51.

Score by Quarters:

Bath 19 20 14 24 - 77

Col. Grove 10 10 17 14 - 51

Three-point goals: Bath, Renner 4, Sullivan 3, Frazier 2; Columbus Grove, Clement.

JV Score: 37-33 (Bath).


Red-hot Grizzlies fire past Beaver men

By Ryan Schadewald

Sports information assistant

FRANKLIN, Ind. — The Bluffton University men’s basketball team was looking to extend its 2-game winning streak on Saturday but host Franklin College had other plans as the Grizzlies used a red-hot shooting performance to short-circuit the Beavers in the Spurlock Center, 91-72.

Bluffton fell to 8-13 on the year and 4-10 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while Franklin upped its mark to 10-11 and 7-7 in the HCAC.

After both teams traded buckets early, Franklin went on a quick 5-0 spurt for an 11-6 lead just three minutes into the contest. A 3-pointer from Ryan Ebbeskotte (Fort Jennings/Delphos Jefferson) ignited a 16-9 run that gave Bluffton a 24-20 advantage midway through the first stanza. The jag was dominated by post play from the Beavers as Will Pope (Somerville/Preble Shawnee) tallied seven and sophomore Thayne Recker (Arlington) added six to go along with Ebbeskotte’s triple.

Franklin answered, outscoring the Beavers 7-0 in the next minute while pushing the lead to six points (44-38) at the halftime break.

The Grizzlies came out firing in the second half, beginning on a 9-2 run and building a 12-point lead over the road team five minutes into the final period. The teams exchanged buckets before the Beavers trimmed the deficit to eight points on a deep-ball from Brock Homier (Continental). However, the Grizzlies would seal it by scoring 17 of the next 25 points while building an insurmountable 17-point lead.

Franklin’s shooting was a big key to their success as they hit 60.4 percent (32-of-53) from the floor, 55 percent (11-of-20) from deep, and 94.1 percent (16-of-17) at the charity stripe. The Beavers also shot well in a losing effort, draining 51.9 percent (28-of-54) overall, including 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from distance. Turnovers were also costly as the Beavers committed 20 of them, while Franklin only committed 11. Bluffton outrebounded the Grizzlies, 31-22.

Bluffton was led by Pope with his career-high 31 points and six rebounds. The only other Beaver in double figures was Recker who scored 15 points, all in the first half, and added nine rebounds. Billy Taflinger (Lima/Central Catholic) chipped in with eight markers. Homier and Dustin Kinn (Alvada/New Riegel) both added six apiece, Ebbekotte scored four and freshman Austin Rohde (Shelby) had a deuce. Homier picked up four steals and handed out three assists for the visitors. Ebbeskotte and Taflinger dished out five and four dimes, respectively.

Franklin had four in double figures, led by Bailey Howard, who after scoring 45 on the Beavers in the first matchup, went for 25 on Saturday. Terry Sargent added 17 while Trey Porter and Dion Smith chipped in 16 points apiece.

The Beavers will return to action on Wednesday when they take on Mount St. Joseph in the Sommer Center for a 7:30 p.m. tip.


Franklin women roll past Lady Beavers

By Ryan Schadewald

Sports information assistant

FRANKLIN, Ind. — The Franklin College women jumped out to a 10-point lead less than four minutes into the contest and never looked back while rolling to a 75-53 victory over visiting Bluffton on Saturday.

The Beavers slipped to 11-10 overall and 7-7 in the HCAC following their third straight setback, while Franklin improved to 12-9 and an impressive 10-4 in HCAC action.

Five Bluffton turnovers in the first four minutes set the tone as Franklin took advantage of the miscues, going up 12-2 following a Hannah Ballard fastbreak layup at the 16:22 mark. The visitors showed signs of life with a 9-2 spurt which made the score 14-11 thanks to a pair of Rachel Beining (Ottoville) chip shots and a Gwen Downing (Kenton) trifecta.

An 18-4 run by the Grizzlies quelled Bluffton’s momentum and ended any thoughts of a 2013-14 Beaver sweep for the women. Franklin continued to pour it on as the first half wound down, taking a 49-25 lead into the break.

Bluffton came out and pulled within 17 (54-37) with 14:05 to play on the strength of consecutive Brooke Ruffer (Stryker) deuces and a hoop and harm from Taylor Knight (Perrysburg). However, seven straight points for Franklin put the game out of reach as the Grizzlies finished off their 75-53 victory on Saturday afternoon.

Brooke Ruffer tried to put Bluffton on her back with 19 points, five rebounds and five steals while hitting 8-of-14 from the field. Beining just missed out on a double-double with 11 points and eight boards. Freshman Anna Hairston (Mansfield/Ontario) pulled down four rebounds and Belicia Cooper (Painesville/Riverside) came up with three steals.

Bluffton hit just 19-of-52 (36.5 percent) from the field, including a meager 2-for-15 (13.3 percent) on triples. The Beavers also struggled from the line with 13-of-23 (56.5 percent) shooting, compared to Franklin’s 10-of-13 (76.9) on freebies. Franklin lit it up from the field, going 27-of-51 (52.9 percent), including a blistering 11-of-17 (64.7 percent) from distance. The Grizzlies pulled down two more rebounds (34-32) while Bluffton turned it over two more times (26-24).

The Beavers need to break out of their slump after falling to fifth place in the HCAC standings with just four games to play. Bluffton travels to Mount St. Joseph for a crucial matchup with the Lions on Wednesday. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Cincinnati. The Beavers wrap up their regular-season slate with three straight home contests starting Saturday when they welcome Rose-Hulman to the Sommer Center.


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