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Boys Basketball Roundup: Freed lifts Arlington past Miller City

ARLINGTON — Jordan Freed scored 17 points to help Arlington narrowly defeat Miller City 60-55 in nonconference boys basketball action Saturday.
Arlington (13-2) used a 19-12 second-quarter advantage to take a 31-24 halftime lead. Michael Blunk had a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Andrew Hunter added 11 points and seven assists for the Red Devils.
Cory Heuerman and Adam Niese each scored 13 points, and Jackson Lammers added 12, for Miller City (12-7).

miller city (12-7)
Heuerman 5-1–13, Gerten 2-3–9, J. Lammers 3-3–12, Drummelsmith 2-3–8, Niese 4-4–13, M. Lammers 0-0–0. TOTALS: 16-42 14-20–55.
arlington (13-2)
Freed 4-5–17, Courtney 2-1–5, McDowell 2-0–6, Blunk 7-0–14, Babb 1-0–3, Glick 2-0–4, Hunter 4-2–11, Starr 0-0–0, Green 0-0–0. TOTALS: 22-39 8-12–60.
Miller City 12 12 12 19 – 55
Arlington 12 19 10 19 – 60
3-Point GOALS: Miller City 9-25 (J. Lammers 3, Heuerman & Gerten 2, Drummelsmith & Niese 1); Arlington 8-15 (Freed 4, McDowell 2, Babb & Hunter 1).
rebounds: Miller City 19 (Gerten & Niese 5); Arlington 26 (Blunk 10).
turnovers: Miller City 7, Arlington 9.
junior varsity: Arlington, 53-36.

ADA 60
HARDIN NORTHERN 40
ADA — Blake Willeke and Austin Dumbaugh combined for 29 points to lead Ada over Hardin Northern 60-40 in nonconference boys basketball action Saturday.
Willeke’s 15 points included three 3-pointers. Ada (5-10) used a 12-2 third-quarter advantage to open up a 43-24 lead.
Rylie Drumm scored 12 points to lead Hardin Northern (1-18), while Jacob Gossard and Kyle Lamb each added nine points.

hardin northern (1-18)
R. Drumm 4-2–12, S. Drumm 0-1–1, Obenour 3-0–7, Gossard 4-0–9, Lamb 1-6–9, Prichard 1-0–2. TOTALS: 13-9–40.
ada (5-10)
Sautter 4-0–8, Willeke 6-0–15, Bass 2-3–7, Ansley 1-1–3, Conley 1-0–2, McBride 2-0–5, Lehsten 1-0–2, Dumbaugh 7-0–14, Archer 2-0–4, Waller 0-0–0. TOTALS: 26-4–60.
Hardin Northern 14 8 2 16 – 40
Ada 15 16 12 17 – 60
3-Point GOALS: Hardin Northern 5 (R. Drumm 2, Obenour, Gossard & Lamb 1); Ada 4 (Willeke 3, McBride 1).
junior varsity: Ada, 41-20.

TIFFIN CALVERT 61
MCCOMB 53
MCCOMB — The first quarter proved to be the difference Saturday night when Tiffin Calvert outscored McComb 16-8 in the first eight minutes and came away with a 61-53 victory in nonconference play.
The Senecas (6-11) shot 48 percent (20 of 41) from the field and hit 75 percent (18 of 24) at the foul line.
Mike Bennett led Calvert with 17 points, while Michael Smith added 13 and Drew Ritzler finished with 12.
Clay Grubb tallied 19 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Panthers (10-8).

TIFFIN CALVERT (6-11)
Bennett 6-4–17, Somers 1-0–2, Ball 2-1–5, Smith 3-7–13, Perry 0-4–4, Burns 2-0–4, Ritzler 4-2–12, Recker 2-0–4. TOTALS: 20-41 18-24 — 61.
MCCOMB (10-8)
Grubb 8-3–19, Hanes 2-0–6, Shoop 1-0–2, Dysert 4-0–8, Glaser 2-2–7, Reardon 3-0–9, Siferd 1-0–2, Schroeder 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21-65 5-8 — 53.
Calvert 16 13 16 16 – 61
McComb 8 14 16 15 – 53
3-Point GOALS: Calvert 3-11 (Ritzler 2, Bennett); McComb 6-30 (Reardon 3, Hanes 2, Glaser).
rebounds: Calvert 27; McComb 22 (Grubb 8).
turnovers: Calvert 15; McComb 11.
DELPHOS JEFFERSON 69
FORT JENNINGS 47
FORT JENNINGS — Trey Smith poured in 33 points as Delphos Jefferson used a hot shooting performance to roll past Fort Jennings 69-47 in a nonleague matchup Saturday night.
The Wildcats (10-7) shot a scorching 60 percent (24 of 40) from the field, including 80.9 percent (17 of 21) from inside the arc.
Jace Stockwell added 14 points and Ross Thompson posted a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds for Jefferson.
Nick Von Sossan was 6 of 9 from 3-point range and finished with 20 points to lead Fort Jennings (4-14).

DELPHOS JEFFERSON (10-7)
Smith 10-11–33, Stockwell 5-0–14, Thompson 5-0–10, Rice 3-1–7, Jettinghoff 1-0–3, Fitch 0-2–2, Mox 0-0–0, Reiss 0-0–0, Teman 0-0–0. TOTALS: 24-40 14-18 — 69.
FORT JENNINGS (4-14)
Von Sossan 7-0–20, Wallenhorst 3-2–8, Berelsman 2-1–5, Metzger 2-0–4, Wittler 2-0–4, Kehres 1-0–3, Sickels 1-1–3, German 0-0–0. TOTALS: 18-43 4-7 — 47.
Jefferson 19 25 16 9 – 69
Fort Jennings 7 14 12 14 – 47
3-Point GOALS: Jefferson 7-19 (Stockwell 4, Smith 2, Jettinghoff); Fort Jennings 7-19 (Von Sossan 6, Kehres).
rebounds: Jefferson 28 (Thompson 12); Fort Jennings 14 (Wallenhorst 4).
turnovers: Jefferson 10; Fort Jennings 5.
HOPEWELL-LOUDON 48
CORY-RAWSON 44
BASCOM — Ryan Lommerse finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks as Hopewell-Loudon nipped Cory-Rawson 48-44 Saturday night in nonleague play.
The Chieftains (11-8) held a 32-29 edge on the boards and were 14 of 20 (70 percent) at the foul line.
Garret Sendelbach added 12 points and seven rebounds for Hopewell-Loudon.
Matthew Alspach netted 17 points and Grant Risner had 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for Cory-Rawson (3-13).

CORY-RAWSON (3-13)
Miles 1-1–3, Rossman 2-0–6, G. Risner 6-3–15, Moser 1-0–2, Shepler 0-0–0, Alspach 5-3–17, H. Risner 0-1–1, Silvers 0-0–0. TOTALS: 15-47 8-15 — 44.
HOPEWELL-LOUDON (11-8)
Hill 2-0–4, Sadler 3-1–8, Lommerse 4-10–18, Salem 1-0–2, Depinet 0-0–0, Bodart 1-0–2, Sendelbach 5-1–12, Steinmetz 0-2–2. TOTALS: 16-45 14-20 — 48.
Cory-Rawson 11 10 10 13 – 44
Hopewell-Loudon 13 8 15 12 – 48
3-Point GOALS: Cory-Rawson 6-21 (Alspach 4, Rossman 2); Hopewell-Loudon 2-10 (Sadler & Sendelbach).
rebounds: Cory-Rawson 29 (G. Risner 10); Hopewell-Loudon 32 (Lommerse 13).
turnovers: Cory-Rawson 11; Hopewell-Loudon 12.
junior varsity: Hopewell-Loudon, 40-28.
UPPER SANDUSKY 56
BUCYRUS 40
UPPER SANDUSKY — Wes Vent and Seth Frey each scored 17 points for Upper Sandusky as the Rams overcame a slow start to defeat Bucyrus 56-40 in a North Central Conference boys basketball game Saturday.
Bucyrus (11-8, 5-6 NCC) had a 24-15 halftime lead, but Upper Sandusky (10-9, 7-4 NCC) came out with a 27-6 third-quarter advantage to take control of the game. Cody Clifford also scored in double figures for the Rams with 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
Brian Snouffer led Bucyrus’ four scorers with 14 points. Austin Williams and DJ Dagher each added nine, and Greg Patrick had eight.

bucyrus (11-8, 5-6 NCC)
Snouffer 6-2–14, Williams 3-2–9, Patrick 2-3–8, Dagher 4-1–9, King 0-0–0, Murtiff 0-0–0, Hedges 0-0–0, Plumley 0-0–0. TOTALS: 15 8-15–40.
upper sandusky (10-9, 7-4 ncc)
Clifford 4-2–13, Roeder 1-4–6, Vent 6-4–17, Collins 1-0–3, Frey 7-3–17, Miller 0-0–0, Watkins 0-0–0, Myers 0-0–0. TOTALS: 19 13-17–56.
Bucyrus 12 12 6 10 – 40
Upper Sandusky 6 9 27 14 – 56
3-Point GOALS: Bucyrus 2 (Williams & Patrick 1); Upper Sandusky 5 (Clifford 3, Vent & Collins 1).
turnovers: Bucyrus 9, Upper Sandusky 14.

KALIDA 61
AYERSVILLE 47
KALIDA — Devin Kortokrax led all scorers with 22 points as Kalida rolled to a 61-47 nonconference boys basketball win over Ayersville Saturday night.
Joe Gerdeman netted 19 points as he went 11 of 11 from the foul line for the Wildcats (10-8).
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College Basketball: UF pulls away from Tiffin

By BRIAN LESTER
STAFF WRITER
Pressure frightens some players, but University of Findlay senior forward Greg Kahlig isn’t one who scares easily.
He seems to thrive when the pressure intensifies, relishing the opportunity to step up and hit big shots when it matters most.
Kahlig was at it again Saturday afternoon in a heated rivalry game against Tiffin that could have gone either way, drilling two treys down the stretch to highlight a 24-point performance and propel the Oilers to a 71-64 win over the Dragons at Croy Gymnasium.
Kahlig scored 22 points in the second half, and his two biggest treys came at the right time.
The first put the Oilers up 55-50 with a little over six minutes remaining. The second swished through with 3:48 to play, nudging the Oilers in front 62-57.
“Guys have faith in me to hit those shots, and it gives me confidence to hit them,” Kahlig said. “It’s good when they go in and it was good to get this win.”
Kahlig was hampered by foul trouble in the opening half, but he shook off with unmatched determination in the second half to help the Oilers avoid a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss that would have dealt a vicious blow to their title hopes.
UF (17-4, 13-4 GLIAC), a half game behind Walsh in the South Division and second in the overall standings, was ahead 30-29 at the half and Kahlig opened the second half with a trey.
When the Oilers trailed 40-35 a few minutes later, Kahlig hit two big shots in the lane, driving in both times before pulling up for a jumper. In both instances, he was fouled. He hit the free throw each time and UF went back in front 41-40 with 13:30 left.
“I told Greg not to get overly aggressive in the second half and let the offense come to you,” UF head coach Charlie Ernst said. “It took him 13 seconds to get his first shot up and he made it. He is such a confident player, and where that really helps is that he takes pressure off the other guys.”
Yet, it wasn’t just Kahlig that got it done as the Oilers extended their win streak to four games and emerged with a 4-1 record during a grueling stretch in the schedule where they played five games in nine days.
Jake Heagen was on point when it mattered as well, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds and two steals.
is most notable highlight was a jumper he hit with the shot clock winding down and the Oilers clinging to a 64-61 lead over the Dragons (8-13, 4-12).
Alphonso Baity drove in and rather than take a shot, he turned and kicked the ball out to Heagen up top. The ball swished through with 1:08 remaining and the Oilers went back up by five as the crowd of 1,123 roared.
“That was a good possession, maybe one of the best of the game,” Ernst said.
“We need to do more of that where we come under control at the end of penetration, pivot and find the open shooter.”
Defense defined the Oilers as well in the final pressure-packed minutes of this game against a TU team that played with all it had for 40 minutes.
UF limited TU to two field goals in the final 4:33, and a turnover on a pass inside by Joe Graessle proved costly to the Dragons, who trailed by five at the time.
“It was another good job by us defensively at the end of a game,” Kahlig said.
“We were able to get some stops and rebounds and put the game away. But give Tiffin credit. They came out and played hard. They played a heck of a game.”
The Dragons stunned the Oilers a year ago at Croy, earning a 57-55 win that cost UF homecourt in the conference tournament.
At times, it looked as if history might repeat itself. The Dragons shot 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from the field and Ashton Kahn led the way with 22 points.
Kelvin Toma scored 15 points and Khaleal McCormick finished with 11.
One of the keys to success for UF was that it was able to limit leading scorer Joe Graessle to seven points. The senior came in averaging 21.5 points per game.
“Tiffin is a good team and has talented players,” Ernst said. “Not only did they play hard, they played well. They were content to slow down and make us guard them. We didn’t handle it well until it mattered.”
UF also took advantage of strong play from its bench, especially in a tight first half.
Austin Gardner and Sean Samsel drilled back-to-back treys for a 17-11 lead and
Tyler Stern-Tucker provided a lift off the bench as well as he scored six points during a four-minute stretch.
Stern-Tucker scored on a layup and then hit two jumpers to put the Oilers in front 24-20 with 5:48 left.
“Tyler runs the scout team most of the time in practice, but he always works on getting better and playing harder,” Ernst said. “I did not hesitate to put him in when we had foul trouble. “He took what the defense gave him. I’m proud of him and I’m proud of our bench.”
The Oilers shot only 39.3 percent (22-of-56) from the field but they survived in a game that featured four ties and 10 lead changes. They now take their act on the road when they battle rival Ashland at 7:30 pm. Thursday at Kates Gymnasium.
Kahlig, who is now 10th all-time in scoring with 1,609 points, knows the Oilers have to be ready to be at their best again to knock off the Eagles (6-11, 9-12).
“We have to be ready because it’s always tough playing at Ashland,” Kahlig said. “We have to come out with a lot of intensity because we know they will do the same.”
tiffin (8-13, 4-12 gliac)
McCormick 4-10 2-2 11, Boan 3-6 1-3 7, Khan 10-12 1-2 22, Graessle 3-12 0-0 7, Toma 6-12 0-1 15, Imami 1-3 0-0 2, Sutherlin 0-1 0-0 0, Bouley 0-0 0-0 0, Pipkin 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 27-56 4-8–64.
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Girls Basketball Roundup: Pandora-Gilboa stuns Carey

PANDORA — Pandora-Gilboa’s Megan Maag nearly outscored Carey by herself Saturday as the Rockets knocked off the Blue Devils 43-33 in a nonconference girls basketball game.
Maag tossed in a career-high 32 points while adding six rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots for Pandora-Gilboa (12-8). She connected on 14 of 16 of her shots from the foul line.
Sydney Wentling was the only Carey player to reach double figures as she netted 11 points as the Blue Devils lost for just the second time in 19 games this season.

CAREY (33)
Kin 1-1–3, S. Wentling 4-0–11, M. Wentling 1-1–5, Hoepf 0-1–1, Rymer 3-0–6, Johnson 1-1–3, Draper 0-4–4. TOTALS: 7-24 4-13 7-10–33.
PANDORA-GILBOA (43)
McCullough 1-0–2, Hermiller 0-3–3, M. Maag 9-14–32, Watkins 1-0–2, Abelovska 2-0–4. TOTALS: 13-24 0-6 17-22–43.
Carey 12 5 8 8 — 33
Pandora-Gilboa 8 8 14 13 — 43
3-Point GOALS: Carey 4-13 (S. Wentling 3, M. Wentling); Pandora-Gilboa 0-6.
rebounds: Carey 22, Pandora-Gilboa 17 (Maag 6).
turnovers: Carey 18, Pandora-Gilboa 17.
junior varsity: Pandora-Gilboa, 32-28.
LIMA CENTRAL CATH. 53
McCOMB 48
LIMA — Emily Clymer had a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds but it wasn’t quite enough Saturday as McComb fell to Lima Central Catholic 53-48 in a nonconference girls basketball game.
Nora Hemminger added 11 points to back Clymer as the Panthers fell to 11-10.
Meredith Shepherd, Sydney Mohler, Madison Stolly and Kayla Verhoff each netted 12 points for the Thunderbirds (14-6).

McCOMB (11-10)
Hemminger 5-1–11, Buck 1-0–3, Dee 1-1–3, Clymer 8-3–19, Herr 4-0–8, Riegle 1-2–4. TOTALS: 19-42 1-7 7-12–48.
LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC (14-6)
Santaguida 1-1–4, Shepherd 4-0–12, Mohler 5-2–12, Stolly 4-4–12, Verhoff 4-2–12, Kidd 0-1–1. TOTALS: 11-31 7-24 10-19–53.
McComb 15 11 14 8 — 48
Lima Central Catholic 15 8 7 13 — 53
3-Point GOALS: McComb 1-7 (Buck); Lima Central Catholic 7-14 (Shepherd 4, Verhoff 2, Santaguida).
rebounds: McComb 33 (Clymer 14); Lima Central Catholic 28 (Mohler 12).
turnovers: McComb 12, Lima Central Catholic 9.
LEIPSIC 55
KALIDA 49
KALIDA — Amber Gerdeman notched a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Leipsic outscored Kalida 24-17 in the middle quarters to earn a 55-49 Putnam County League girls basketball victory Saturday.
Haley Gerten finished with 13 points and Shalynn Morman added 10 for the Vikings (17-3, 7-0 PCL).
Jackie Gardner netted nine points and Kylie Osterhage grabbed nine rebounds for the Wildcats (7-13, 2-4).

LEIPSIC (17-3, 7-0 PCL)
Gerdeman 7-3–17, Gerten 4-3–13, Morman 2-4–10, Rieman 2-3–8, Nadler 1-4–6, Steffan 0-1–1, Scheckelhoff 0-0–0, N. Kreinbrink 0-0–0, H. Kreinbrink 0-0–0. TOTALS: 16-34 18-31 — 55.
KALIDA (7-13, 2-4 PCL)
Gardner 4-1–9, Turnwald 4-0–8, Osterhage 1-4–6, A. Recker 2-2–6, N. Recker 2-2–6, Siebeneck 2-0–6, Kaufman 1-0–3, Vorst 1-0–2, Reinidel 1-0–2, Kahle 0-1–1, Hoffman 0-0–0. TOTALS: 18-52 10-19 — 49.
Leipsic 9 11 13 22 — 55
Kalida 8 8 9 24 — 49
3-Point GOALS: Leipsic 5-12 (Gerten & Morman 2, Rieman); Kalida 3-22 (Siebeneck 2, Kaufman).
rebounds: Leipsic 29 (Gerdeman 10); Kalida 31 (Osterhage 9).
turnovers: Leipsic 15; Kalida 8.
junior varsity: Leipsic, 42-36.
ARCADIA 63
LAKOTA 31
KANSAS — Molly Glick scored 20 points and Courtney Cramer added 18 as Arcadia pummeled Lakota 63-31 in a nonconference game Saturday.
The Redskins (15-4) led 31-12 at halftime and shot 50.9 percent (28 of 55) from the field, including 56.8 percent (25 of 44) from inside the arc, in the contest.
Glick also grabbed seven rebounds and had six steals, Cramer recorded four assists and four steals, Taylor Ware snared eight boards and Abbie Dauterman snatched five steals for Arcadia.
Katie Park finished with eight points to lead the Raiders (3-14).

ARCADIA (15-4)
M. Mock 1-0–2, Kieffer 2-0–4, Kirian 1-2–4, Ball 0-0–0, Piña 0-0–0, Glick 9-0–20, Cramer 8-1–18, Dauterman 2-0–4, Ware 3-1–7, Coward 0-0–0, A. Mock 2-0–4, Ward 0-0–0. TOTALS: 28-55 4-7–63.
LAKOTA (3-14)
Reese 1-1–3, Smith 0-0–0, Mowry 1-2–4, B. Long-Meyer 2-0–4, Park 4-0–8, Alloway 0-0–0, Paxson 0-0–0, D. Long-Meyer 2-1–5, Gangwer 2-0–5, McDole 1-0–2. TOTALS: 13-31 4-10–63.
Arcadia 18 13 16 18 — 63
Lakota 6 6 8 11 — 31
3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 3-11 (Glick 2, Cramer); Lakota 1-7 (Gangwer).
rebounds: Arcadia 26 (Ware 8); Lakota 17 (Gangwer 4).
turnovers: Arcadia 14; Lakota 30.
junior varsity: Arcadia, 44-12.
TIFFIN COLUMBIAN 54
FOSTORIA 38
TIFFIN — Valesha Province’s 16 points led three Tiffin Columbian scorers in double figures Saturday as the Tornadoes dropped Fostoria 54-38 in nonleague action.
Columbian, which improved to 3-14 on the season, outscored the Redmen 13-3 in the second quarter to build a 28-18 halftime lead.
Payge Smith netted 12 points and Laura Heminger added 10 for the Tornadoes, while Province finished with nine rebounds and three assists.
Jada Hampton tallied 19 points to lead Fostoria (1-17).

FOSTORIA (1-17)
Moore 3-2–9, Hampton 8-0–19, Valenti 3-0–6, Williams 0-4–4. TOTALS: 14-48 6-16– 38.
TIFFIN COLUMBIAN (3-14)
Baker 2-3–7, Hatchins 1-1–3, Heminger 5-0–10, Schwartz 0-1–1, Province 4-4–16, Zimmerman 1-3–5, Smith 5-2–12. TOTALS: 18-45 14-21–54.
Fostoria 15 3 15 5 — 38
Tiffin Columbian 15 13 8 18 — 54
3-Point GOALS: Fostoria 4-17 (Hampton 3, Moore); Tiffin Columbian 4-14 (Province 4).
rebounds: Fostoria 17 (Smith 5); Tiffin Columbian 27 (Province 9).
turnovers: Fostoria 18, Tiffin Columbian 20.
OREGON CLAY 58
FINDLAY 32
Oregon Clay jumped out to a 37-12 halftime lead over Findlay and coasted to a 58-32 Three Rivers Athletic Conference win Saturday in girls basketball action.
Kayla Schaefer scored 13 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Oregon Clay (12-8, 7-5 TRAC). Samantha Enck and Morgan Connor added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Jacey Hardesty and Sarah Smarkel each scored seven points to lead Findlay (2-18, 2-11 TRAC).

oregon clay (12-8, 7-5 trac)
Schaefer 4-1–13, Orr 2-0–4, Bohland 1-1–3, Haley Hess 3-0–8, Enck 6-0–12, Connor 5-0–10, Hannah Hess 1-2–4, Grimes 1-0–2, Novak 1-0–2. TOTALS: 24 4-13–58.
findlay (2-18, 2-11 trac)
Bendt 1-2–4, Miller 1-0–2, Smarkel 3-1–7, Hardesty 2-1–7, Wintrow 1-1–4, Taylor 2-0–5, Thomas 1-0–3. TOTALS: 11 5-8–32.
Oregon Clay 20 17 6 15 — 58
Findlay 7 5 7 13 — 32
3-Point GOALS: Oregon Clay 6 (Schaefer 4, Haley Hess 2); Findlay 5 (Hardesty 2, Wintrow, Taylor & Thomas 1).
junior varsity: Oregon Clay, 40-32.
ARLINGTON 69
COLUMBUS GROVE 39
ARLINGTON — Hannah Johnson’s 17 points, five rebounds and five assists led Arlington over Columbus Grove 69-39 in nonconference girls basketball action Saturday.
The Red Devils (13-6) outscored Columbus Grove 27-10 in the second quarter to take a 43-19 halftime lead. Whitney Dodds and Dani Heaster each added 10 points for Arlington, which shot 25 of 45 (56 percent) from the floor.
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Prep Gymnastics: Back-to-back TRAC champs

TOLEDO — Findlay High School’s Cassidy Pruitt and Tori Cox won individual titles as the Trojans’ gymnastics team made it back-to-back Three Rivers Athletic Conference team championships at Exceleration Gymnastic Center on Saturday.
Pruitt’s win on vault with a 9.0 and Cox’s victory on bars with a 9.1 helped lead the Trojans to a 141.75-140.6 margin over runner-up Oregon Clay in the team standings.
The Trojans were unable to win the meet’s top individual prize, the all-around championship, as Oregon Clay’s Jody Demeo took top honors with a score of 36.1.
Three Findlay High School gymnasts did finish among the top five in the all-around competition though.
Cox was second with a 35.85, Leah Thomas placed third with a score of 35.55 and Pruitt ended up fifth at 35.25.
Findlay had several top-notch performances in individual events.
Thomas and Maranda Butler tied for second behind Pruitt in the vault with an 8.9.
Thomas was second to Cox on bars with an 8.9 and Cox finished second in the floor exercise at 9.25.
The Trojans will compete in the Northwest District championships on Feb. 21 at Bowling Green State University’s Anderson Arena.

TEAM STANDINGS
1, Findlay 141.75. 2, Oregon Clay 140.6. 3, Toledo St. Ursula 136.3. 4, Toledo Notre Dame 134.85. 5, Toledo Whitmer 122.5. 6, Toledo Central Catholic 59.95.
CHAMPIONS & FINDLAY TOP 10 FINISHES
Vault
1, Cassidy Pruitt (Fin) 9.0. 2, Leah Thomas & Maranda Butler (Fin) 8.9. 7, Tori Cox (Fin) 8.7.
Bars
1, Tori Cox (Fin) 9.1. 2, Leah Thomas (Fin) 8.9. 4, Cassidy Pruitt 8.8. 7, Maranda Butler (Fin) 8.6.
Beam
1, Jody Demeo (Oregon Clay) 9.3. 8, Leah Thomas 8.9.
Floor Exercise
1, Jody Demeo (Oregon Clay) 9.3. 2, Tori Cox (Fin) 9.25. 4, Leah Thomas (Fin) 8.55. 7, Maranda Butler (Fin) 8.75.
All-Around
1, Jody Demeo (Oregon Clay) 36.1. 2, Tori Cox (Fin) 35.85. 3, Leah Thomas (Fin) 35.55. 5, Cassidy Pruitt (Fin) 35.25. 8, Maranda Butler (Fin) 34.45.

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Boys basketball: Leipsic’s Kuhlman reaches milestone

LEIPSIC — Zach Kuhlman reached the 1,000th career points mark for his career to power Leipsic past Pandora-Gilboa 74-43 in a Blanchard Valley Conference boys basketball game Friday night.
Kuhlman scored 19 points in the first half on his way to a game-high 24 points as the Vikings improved to 9-8 overall and 5-3 in the BVC.
Jordan Brown knocked down 17 points and Matt Schroeder added 10 for Leipsic.
Seth Schmenk netted 19 points and Colin Fenstermaker popped in 13 for the Rockets (3-15, 3-5 BVC).

PANDORA-GILBOA (3-15, 3-5 BVC)
Schmenk 7-4–19, Hovest 1-0–2, Rieman 0-0–0, Tousley 2-0–4, Fenstermaker 6-1–13, Schneck 0-3–3, Miller 0-0–0, Osborn 0-0–0, Alexander 0-0–0, Verhoff 0-0–0, Waters 1-0–2. TOTALS: 17-40 8-16–43.
LEIPSIC (9-8, 5-3 BVC)
Mangas 2-0–4, Cupp 2-1–5, Kuhlman 9-1–24, Lopez 3-1–7, Haselman 2-0–5, Hiegel 0-0–0, Brown 8-1–17, Scheckelhoff 0-0–0, Brecht 0-0–0, R. Schroeder 0-1–1, M. Schroeder 5-0–11, G. Schroeder 0-0–0. TOTALS: 31-52 6-11–75.
3-Point GOALS: Pandora-Gilboa 1-11 (Schmenk); Leipsic 7-14 (Kuhlman 5, Haselman & M. Schroeder).
rebounds: Leipsic 27 (Cupp 7, Haselman 6); Pandora-Gilboa 17 (Tousley 7).
turnovers: Pandora-Gilboa 16, Leipsic 8.
CORY-RAWSON 53
ARCADIA 45
ARCADIA — Grant Risner knocked down 17 points as Cory-Rawson used a 21-14 advantage in the fourth quarter to pull away from Arcadia for a 53-45 Blanchard Valley Conference win.
Matthew Alspach netted 14 points and Drew Miles chipped in 11 for the Hornets (3-12, 2-6 BVC).
Hayden Ramsey led a trio of Arcadia players in double figures with 14 points. Shae Watkins netted 13 points with eight rebounds and Josh Ireland also scored 13 for the Redskins (5-11, 2-6).

CORY-RAWSON (3-12, 2-6 BVC)
Risner 8-1–17, Alspach 4-4–14, Miles 4-3–11, Shepler 1-0–2, H. Risner 1-0″”2, Silvers 0-0–0, Moser 0-0–0, Rossman 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21 13-25–53.
ARCADIA (5-11, 2-6 BVC)
Ramsey 5-2–14, Watkins 5-3–13, Ireland 4-3–13, Baker 2-1–5, Conine 0-0″”0, Pessell 0-0″”0, Kieffer 0-0″”0, Metzger 0-0–0. TOTALS: 16-42 9-17–45.
Cory-Rawson 11 9 12 21 – 53
Arcadia 8 16 7 14 – 45
3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 4-13 (Ramsey & Ireland 2); Cory-Rawson 2 (Alspach 2).
rebounds: Arcadia 25 (Watkins 8).
LIBERTY-BENTON 88
VANLUE 31
Adam Cytlak led 11 Liberty-Benton scorers with 21 points as the Eagles crushed Vanlue 88-31 in a Blanchard Valley Conference basketball game on Friday.
Nathan Craft (15 points), John Darnall (11) and Ryan Geise (11) also scored in double figures for Liberty-Benton (13-4, 7-1 BVC), which outscored Vanlue 52-19 in the first half.
Nick Hagerty scored 12 points to lead Vanlue (6-11, 2-6 BVC).

vanlue (6-11, 2-6 BVC)
Smith 3-0–8, Hagerty 4-3–12, Wagner 3-0–7, Coldren 1-1–4, Huston 0-0–0, Hendricks 0-0–0, Red 0-0–0, Ross 0-0–0, Keeney 0-0–0, Wingate 0-0–0. TOTALS: 11-30 4-5–31.
liberty-benton (13-4, 7-1 bvc)
Cytlak 9-0–21, Darnall 5-0–11, Lawson 2-0–4, Haan 1-1–3, Geise 4-0–11, Garver 2-2–6, May 4-0–8, Craft 7-1–15, Steinman 1-0–2, Dager 2-0–4, Boyd 1-1–3, Rhodes 0-0–0, Archer 0-0–0. TOTALS: 38-55 5-9–88.
Vanlue 7 12 5 7 – 31
Liberty-Benton 26 26 20 16 – 88
3-Point GOALS: Vanlue 5 (Smith 2, Hagerty, Wagner & Coldren 1); Liberty-Benton 7 (Cytlak & Geise 3, Darnall 1).
rebounds: Vanlue 7; Liberty-Benton 26 (Craft 7).
turnovers: Vanlue 20, Liberty-Benton 3.
junior varsity: Liberty-Benton, 56-5.

MCCOMB 68
HARDIN NORTHERN 35
DOLA — Chas Shoop dropped 18 points and Taylor Reardon added 15 on five 3-pointers to lead McComb over Hardin Northern 68-35 in a Blanchard Valley Conference boys basketball game Friday.
The Panthers (10-7, 6-2 BVC) jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 41-17 at halftime. Clay Dysert also scored in double figures for McComb with 12 points.
Jacob Gossard and Kyle Lamb scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Hardin Northern (1-17, 0-8 BVC).

mccomb (10-7, 6-2 BVC)
Reardon 5-0–15, Glaser 1-1–4, Hanes 1-0–2, Dysert 4-4–12, Shoop 8-2–18, Siferd 3-0–9, Grubb 1-2–4, Adams 2-0–4, Schroeder 0-0–0, Bryan 0-0–0. TOTALS: 25 9-13–68.
hardin northern (1-17, 0-8 BVC)
R. Drumm 2-2–6, S. Drumm 0-1–1, Obenour 2-1–5, Thomson 1-0–2, Gossard 4-1–11, Lamb 3-3–10, Watts 0-0–0, Prichard 0-0–0. TOTALS: 12 8-13–35.
McComb 20 21 18 9 – 68
Hardin Northern 6 11 11 7 – 35
3-Point GOALS: McComb 9 (Reardon 5, Siferd 3, Glaser); Hardin Northern 3 (Gossard 2, Lamb).

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Boys basketball: Three-way tie at top of PCL

MILLER CITY — Miller City moved into a tie atop the Putnam County League standings with a key 42-40 win over Kalida Friday night.
The Wildcats improved to 12-6 overall and 5-1 in the PCL and are tied with Columbus Grove and Ottoville for the top spot. Kalida fell to 9-8 and 3-2 with the loss.
Cory Heuerman led a balanced Miller City scoring effort with 12 points. Jackson Lammers and Adam Drummelsmith both netted 10 points. Drummelsmith also grabbed 10 rebounds with four assists for a double-double.
Devin Kortokrax knocked down 15 points and Joe Gerdeman added 11 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double for Kalida.

KALIDA (9-8, 3-2 PCL)
A. Langhals 2-1–6, L. Langhals 2-0–5, Kortokrax 6-0–15, Gerdeman 5-1–11, Zeller 0-1–1, Miller 0-2–2. TOTALS: 15-41 5-7–40.
MILLER CITY (12-6, 5-1 PCL)
Lammers 4-0–10, Niese 1-1–3, Drummelsmith 4-0–10, Heuerman 4-2–12, Gerten 3-0–7. TOTALS: 16-50 5-11–42.
Kalida 10 14 8 8 — 40
Miller City 15 10 8 9 — 42
3-Point GOALS: Kalida 5-19 (Kortokrax 3, A. Langhals & L. Langhals); Miller City 5-19 (Heuerman & Lammers 2, Gerten).
rebounds: Kalida 29 (Gerdeman 10); Miller City 25 (Drummelsmith 10).
turnovers: Kalida 8, Miller City 7.
junior varsity: Kalida, 31-18.
OTTOVILLE 62
CONTINENTAL 55
CONTINENTAL — Luke Schimmoeller led four Ottoville players in double-figure scoring with 16 points as the Big Green used a big second half to knock off Continental 62-55 in a Putnam County League matchup Friday.
Brandt Landin (14 points), Tyler Roby (12) and Austin Honigford (11) each scored in double figures for Ottoville (8-10, 5-1 PCL), which outscored Continental 41-29 in the second half.
Austin Mansfield netted a game-high 20 points for Continental (5-12, 1-4 PCL), and Tyler Rue added 17 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

ottoville (8-10, 5-1 PCL)
Schnipke 1-0–3, C. Bendele 0-2–2, Roby 3-5–12, Honigford 2-7–11, Landin 4-6–14, Schimmoeller 3-10–16, K. Bendele 1-2–4. TOTALS: 14-28 32-35–62.
continental (5-12, 1-4 pcl)
G. Williams 3-2–8, Rue 5-7–17, Mansfield 6-4–20, Stauffer 3-0–7, J. Williams 1-0–2, Baker 0-1–1. TOTALS: 18-42 14-19–55.
Ottoville 9 12 20 21 — 62
Continental 12 14 12 17 — 55
3-Point GOALS: Ottoville 2-6 (Schnipke & Roby); Continental 5-12 (Mansfield 4, Stauffer).
rebounds: Ottoville 14; Continental 18 (Rue 7).
turnovers: Ottoville 15, Continental 10.
junior varsity: Ottoville, 31-25.

BG CHRISTIAN 51
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 49
Heritage Christian’s Lewis Larsen had a double-double but it wasn’t enough Friday night as the Minutemen dropped a 51-49 nonconference decision to Bowling Green Christian Academy Friday night.
Larsen scored 18 points with 13 rebounds to lead the Minutemen (6-6). Matt Beal added nine rebounds.
Josh Siembarski scored 20 points and Andrew Siembarski added 11 for Bowling Green Christian (8-10).

BOWLING GREEN CHRISTIAN (8-10)
J. Siembarski 8-3–20, J. Winters 1-0-2, G. Winters 4-0–8, A. Siembarski 3-4–11, Miller 4-0–8, Turk 0-2–2. TOTALS: 20-48 9-16–51.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (6-6)
Oestreich 2-0–4, VanDenBerghe 2-3–8, Schultz 3-1–7, M. Beal 1-1–3, Long 1-0–2, Berry 3-0–7, Larsen 9-0–18. TOTALS: 21-65 5-8–49.
Bowling Green Christian 16 15 11 9 — 51
Heritage Christian 10 16 9 14 — 49
3-Point GOALS: Heritage Christian 2-12 (VanDenBerghe & Berry); Bowling Green Christian 2-7 (J. Siembarski & A. Siembarski).
rebounds: Heritage Christian 43 (Larsen 13, M. Beal 9); Bowling Green Christian 38 (Miller 8).
turnovers: Bowling Green Christian 16, Heritage Christian 10.

WAUSEON 61
PATRICK HENRY 27
HAMLER — Wauseon limited Patrick Henry to single-digit scoring in all four quarters on its way to a 61-27 Northwest Ohio Athletic League boys basketball win over the Patriots Friday night.
Wauseon’s Corry Byers led all scorers with 17 points. Noah Castle and Jacob Newlove added 16 and 13 points respectively for the Indians, who lead the NWOAL standings at 5-1 in the league and 12-5 overall.
AJ Wagner, Kyler Seemann and Ben Mangas each scored six points for the Patriots (4-14, 1-5).

WAUSEON (12-5, 5-1 NWOAL)
Byers 7-2–17, Castle 8-0–16, Newlove 6-1–13, Johnson 2-2–6, Andrews 2-0–4, Lillich 1-0″”3, Williams 1-0–2, Boysel 0-0-0, Robinson 0-0–0, Schantz 0-0–0. TOTALS: 27-42 2-12–61.
PATRICK HENRY (4-14, 1-5 NWOAL)
Wagner 2-2–6, Mangas 3-0–6, Seemann 1-3–6, Willford 2-0–5, Scheele 0-0–0, Breece 0-0–0, Bostelman 0-0–0, Nickels 0-0–0, Bonner 0-0″”0, Nelson 0-0–0. TOTALS: 9-32 7-11–27.
Wauseon 17 18 12 14 — 61
Patrick Henry 8 9 2 8 — 27
3-Point GOALS: Patrick Henry 2-16 (Seemann & Willford); Wauseon 2-12 (Byers & Lillich).
rebounds: Wauseon 21 (Castle 6); Patrick Henry 21.
turnovers: Patrick Henry 7, Wauseon 5.

LAKE 76
ELMWOOD 33
BLOOMDALE — Lake outscored Elmwood 48-16 in the second half to come away with a 76-33 win in a Northern Buckeye Conference boys basketball game Friday.
Lake (16-1, 9-1 NBC) shot 29 of 54 (54 percent) from the floor and outrebounded Elmwood 26-18.
Tayte Lentz scored seven points to lead Elmwood (4-13, 3-7 NBC), and Aaron Arnold added six points and eight rebounds.

lake (16-1, 9-1 NBC)
J. Rettig 4-0–8, Walters 2-2–6, Witt 2-1–5, A. Rettig 6-2–19, Neal 4-3–12, Bowen 8-1–19, Duncan 2-0–5, Permar 1-0–2. TOTALS: 29-54 9-14–76.
elmwood (4-13, 3-7 nbc)
Lentz 3-0–7, Aufdencamp 0-2–2, Childress 2-0–4, Baxter 1-0–2, Buckingham 1-0–2, Arnold 3-0–6, Jones 2-1–5, Solether 2-0–5. TOTALS: 14-35 3-6–33.
Lake 12 16 27 21 — 76
Elmwood 10 7 6 10 — 33
3-Point GOALS: Lake 9 (A. Rettig 5, Bowen 2, Neal & Duncan 1); Elmwood 2 (Lentz & Solether 1).
rebounds: Lake 26; Elmwood 18 (Arnold 8).
turnovers: Lake 13, Elmwood 33.
ELIDA 89
OTTAWA-GLANDORF 69
OTTAWA — Dakota Mathias poured in 38 points for Elida as the Bulldogs took care of Ottawa-Glandorf 89-69 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action on Friday.
Mathias, who will continue his basketball career at Purdue University, drained seven 3-pointers. Elida (14-3, 6-1 WBL) shot 32 of 49 (65 percent) from the floor and 17 of 20 (85 percent) from the foul line.
Noah Bramlage scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Titans (11-7, 4-3 WBL) and Tyler Zender added 12 points.

elida (14-3, 6-1 wbl)
Etzler 1-2–4, Wilson 6-1–13, Allemaier 4-0–8, Gray 6-7–20, Mathias 12-7–38, Press 2-0–4, Wentz 1-0–2. TOTALS: 32-49 17-20–89.
ottawa-glandorf (11-7, 4-3 wbl)
A. Schroeder 3-0–7, Unterbrink 0-1–1, T. Schroeder 2-2–8, Wischmeyer 1-0–2, Trampe-Kindt 2-0–4, Kuhlman 3-2–9, Recker 3-0–7, Zender 4-4–12, Blevins 1-0–2, Bramlage 7-1–15, Alt 1-0–2. TOTALS: 27-59 10-20–69.
Elida 28 14 29 18 — 89
Ottawa-Glandorf 12 9 25 23 — 69
3-Point GOALS: Elida 8-20 (Mathias 7, Gray 1); Ottawa-Glandorf 5-15 (T. Schroeder 2, A. Schroeder, Kuhlman & Recker 1).
rebounds: Elida 17; Ottawa-Glandorf 27 (Bramlage 6).
turnovers: Elida 11, Ottawa-Glandorf 13.
junior varsity: Ottawa-Glandorf, 52-32.
ROSSFORD 73
FOSTORIA 18
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Prep hockey: Trojans fall on Senior Night

The Findlay High School hockey team climbed back from a two-goal deficit with a pair of second-period tallies, but two Bowling Green goals in the third period was the difference Friday as the Trojans dropped a 4-2 Senior Night decision in a Northwest Hockey Conference match at Huntington Bank Arena.
Clay Robertson, assisted by AJ Bishop and Mason Williams and Noah Hindall, assisted by Williams, scored for the Trojans (13-12-4, 1-4-2 NHC). Those goals evened things up after the Bobcats had opened up the scoring with two goals in the first period.
Bowling Green’s Jeremy Chambers scored the game-winning goal with just less than six minutes left in the game. The Bobcats added an empty-net goal late in the game.
Bowling Green (4-3 NHC) outshot Findlay 31-19. Trojans goalie Joe Longo faced 30 shots and made 27 saves; Bowling Green’s Tanner Fausnaugh stopped 17 shots.
Findlay committed 10 penalties in the game; Bowling Green had four.
The Trojans have one NHC game remaining, a makeup date at home Feb. 15 against Toledo St. John’s. Before then, though, Findlay will begin district play at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 against Fremont Ross at Tam-O-Shanter Arena in Sylvania.

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Boys basketball: Defense the difference for Arlington

By TED RADICK
staff writer
VAN BUREN — Not every game is going to be an offensive masterpiece.
Often times, it’s the little things that make a difference, and Arlington boys basketball coach Jason Vermillion was quick to point that out Friday after the Red Devils downed Van Buren 54-43 in a Blanchard Valley Conference game.,
“We’ve always preached what we want to get done defensively, and tonight was a pretty good indication of being able to secure this thing on the defensive end,” Vermillion said.
Arlington was missing center Michael Blunk for large parts of the game with foul trouble, and point guard Andrew Hunter had an off night with a 4 for 14 shooting performance.
Defense kept the Red Devils in control as Arlington forced 25 Van Buren turnovers.
“We were able to get some scores off turnovers,” Vermillion said. “For us to come out of here with a double-digit victory feels pretty good, despite us not having our offensive game be what we’d like it to be.”
Arlington (12-2, 8-0 BVC) clinched at least a share of the league title with Hardin Northern remaining on the conference schedule.
“Trying to clinch something is not easy, and Van Buren is very much a quality opponent,” Vermillion said. “Coach (Marc) Bishop has that group going in the right direction. They are getting better each year, and they made us work for everything we wanted to get done tonight.”
The Black Knights (10-7, 5-3 BVC) showed their mettle in the third quarter, when they cut a nine-point Arlington lead to four.
Daniel Roberts got things started with a mid-range jumper. Marcus Brand canned a 10-footer, and Braxton Fasone worked inside for a layup.
Jameson Jacobs scored on a layup on Van Buren’s next possession, and the Black Knights’ 9-4 run closed the Arlington lead to 32-28 with a minute remaining in the third.
“We’re in a much better place this year, in the third year of my tenure, but there’s still improving to be done,” Bishop said. “I thought tonight, beyond skill, our guys took the floor tonight with a lot more confidence. I could see it in their eyes, they were out there to win. They actually believed it, but it just didn’t happen tonight.”
An Arlington scoring run to answer the one the Knights put together played a large role. Hunter ended the third quarter with a layup, and Matt Glick had back-to-back layups early in the fourth quarter.
The second of those, which put Arlington up 39-30, was on a runout after a steal. Van Buren was plagued by turnovers all night, and gave the ball away at least five times in all four quarters.
“Turnovers is the one thing we’ve talked about all year, and I’ve told them that against good teams we just cannot afford to have that many turnovers,” Bishop said. “We tell the kids, too, that’s its OK to have aggressive turnovers. If we get out and run and throw some away, that’s one thing. But, tonight, we had some unforced turnovers and that’s not going to get you wins.”
Blunk scored nine points in the fourth quarter as Arlington pulled away, and finished with 13 points. Jordan Freed also scored 13 for the Red Devils, with Hunter and Glick adding 11 each.
Freed hit three 3-pointer in the first quarter, the first of which broke an 8-8 tie. A trey at the buzzer to end the first put Arlington up 19-12.
“He hurt us tonight,” Bishop said, “and good teams have players that step up and make those shots. That was pretty much the difference in the score at the end of the first half.”
Fasone led the Black Knights with 13 points off the bench. Roberts had 12 points.

Arlington (12-2, 8-0 BVC)
Hunter 4-3–11, Freed 5-0–13, Starr 1-0–2, Blunk 4-5–13, Courtney 0-1–1, Glick 4-3–11, Green 0-1–1, Babb 0-2–2, McDowell 0-0–0, Speyer 0-0–0. TOTALS: 18-42 15-25–54.
Van Buren (10-7, 5-3 BVC))
Endicott 1-0–2, Junge 2-0–5, Brand 1-0–2, Roberts 5-1–12, Williams 0-0–0, Fasone 3-7–13, Jacobs 3-0–6, Franklin 0-0–0, Turner 0-0–0, Adolph 1-0–3. TOTALS: 16-36 8-11–43.
Arlington 19 7 9 19 — 54
Van Buren 12 7 9 15 — 43
3-Point GOALS: Arlington 3-14 (Freed 3); Van Buren 3-10 (Adolph, Roberts & Junge).
rebounds: Arlington 18 (Glick 6), Van Buren 28 (Jacobs 6).
turnovers: Arlington 10, Van Buren 25.
junior varsity: Arlington, 32-28.
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Boys basketball: Old Fort downs Carey in OT

By ANDREW WILLIAMS
STAFF WRITER
OLD FORT — As he had already accounted for 35 points through four quarters and overtime Friday night, it is safe to say Old Fort wanted the ball in Hunter Perry’s hands with 15.4 seconds to play in the extra period and the score tied 73-73 against Midland Athletic League rival Carey.
The Stockaders got the end result they wanted, too. It was how it happened that was slightly less predictable, as Old Fort held on for a 75-73 overtime victory to put it alone atop the MAL standings with a 13-4 overall record and 7-0 mark in league play.
The Blue Devils doubled Perry almost immediately after he crossed half court, and the Stockaders’ leading scorer found Jon Lotycz wide open under the hoop for the basket and a foul to put Old Fort ahead 75-73 with four seconds to play.
Lotycz missed the free throw, but Carey’s Bryan Powers lost the handle on the ball on the ensuing possession and could not get a shot off in time.
“I saw them come out,” Perry said of Carey’s defense on the final possession. “I had a good look at (Lotycz) and he finished it. It was a good play.”
“The kids, they just battled,” Old Fort coach Eric Hoover said. “We were in some tough spots there and they just battled. They kept believing that we could do it and made all the necessary plays to get it done.”
While Perry didn’t hit the game-winning shot, his heroics gave the Stockaders the opportunity to win it in overtime.
Old Fort entered the fourth quarter with a 52-51 lead, but found itself down 63-62 after Jared Wentling’s basket with 1:58 in the quarter.
A pair of free throws by Brad Bannister pulled the Stockaders within 66-65 with 10.4 seconds left in the period and Wentling went to the line after being intentionally fouled with 8 seconds remaining.
He hit the first one to give the Blue Devils a 67-65 advantage. Wentling couldn’t get the second one to go down, though, and Perry grabbed one of his team-high 11 rebounds and weaved through traffic the length of the floor for the game-tying layup as time expired.
“It’s no secret Hunter does a lot for us,” Hoover said. “He makes everything go, but other people stepped up and made plays tonight too. Jon (Lotycz) had a couple nice finishes there at the end, Maison Steyer had a great second half, Brad (Bannister) did a great job on defense. We just made enough plays and everybody stepped up and did their job.”
Old Fort held a 17-14 lead at the end of the first quarter and was up 19-16 minutes into the second before Carey put together a run to take over the game.
The Blue Devils outscored the Stockaders 19-6 to close the half, thanks in part to Powers’ 11 points over that span, and went into halftime up 35-28.
The momentum shifted in the third quarter and the boost came from an unlikely source.
Steyer, who scored just two points in the first half, poured in 15 in the third period as the Stockaders went from being down 40-30 minutes into the quarter to grabbing a 52-51 lead to end it.
“I could just tell when he came out at the beginning of that third quarter there that he was determined to get it done,” Hoover said of Steyer. “I know he’s very capable. People probably underestimate what he can do. He had a good week of practice finishing around the basket and really stepped up and made huge plays for us.”
Powers finished with a team-high 25 points for Carey, while Wentling added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Zach Boes contributed 18 points.
The loss drops Carey to 14-4 overall and 7-1 in the MAL with two league games left on its schedule, including Fremont St. Joseph which sports a 6-1 mark in MAL play. Old Fort still has to face St. Wendelin, Mohawk and New Riegel in the conference, but can win an outright crown if it wins those three contests.
“It was a tough game all the way around,” Carey coach C.J. Kin said. “I thought Old Fort shot the ball well. Hunter (Perry) really shot the ball well tonight. I think, down the stretch, we made some poor decisions. We weren’t very disciplined and I think that probably cost us the game.
“It was two good teams. Like a prizefight. We throw the punch, they make a response. I knew it wasn’t going to be a blowout either way. It was going to be a tough game. It just came down to who made that last shot and they did it.”

carey (14-4, 7-1 MAL)
Boes 8-1–18, Powers 10-3–25, L. Wentling 1-0–2, J. Wentling 8-3–19, Distel 3-0–7, Rymer 1-0–2. TOTALS: 31-57 7-13–73.
old fort (13-4, 7-0 mal)
Perry 16-1–35, Cleveland 3-0–8, Bannister 2-2–6, Anstead 0-1–1, Steyer 7-2–17, Lotycz 3-2–8, Alexander 0-0–0. TOTALS: 31-59 8-14–75.
Carey 14 21 16 16 6 — 73
Old Fort 17 11 24 15 8 — 75
3-Point GOALS: Carey 4-12 (Powers 2, Boes & Distel 1); Old Fort 5-17 (Perry & Cleveland 2, Steyer 1).
rebounds: Carey 41; Old Fort 37 (Perry 12).
turnovers: Carey 19, Old Fort 11.
junior varsity: Carey, 66-47.
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Prep sports: Gomer headed to OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame

COLUMBUS — Ottawa’s Sam Gomer is one of 15 officials being honored when the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame enshrines its class of 2014 on June 14 in Columbus.
The newest inductees are being honored for significant contributions to interscholastic officiating in Ohio.
Gomer is being honored for his longtime contribution as a track and field official in Ohio.
Two other Northwest Ohio officials will also be inducted. Elida’s Dave May has officiated baseball, softball, basketball and football while Elida’s Steve Trout will also be inducted as a basketball, volleyball and softball official.
Taflinger honored
University of Findlay senior volleyball player Danielle Taflinger was honored as a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner’s award recipient.
The awards are presented after the fall, winter and spring athletic seasons to six female and six male student-athletes that excel both in the classroom and on the fields of play.
Taflinger has carried an overall grade point average of 3.75 and is majoring in education at The University of Findlay. She has also been a two-time academic all-excellence pick by the GLIAC and earned academic all-conference honors once during her career.
On the court, Taflinger has been named honorable mention All-American in each of the past two seasons. The Lima native ended her career as Findlay’s all-time leader in hitting percentage at .347 and also ranks fourth all-time in blocks (400) and eighth all-time in kills (1,118) at UF.
UF trio win awards
Three University of Findlay track and field athletes were named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference athletes of the week.
Junior Dillon Webster was named the men’s track athlete of the week after taking first place in the 800-meter run with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:52.53 at last week’s Findlay Open.
Justin Welch, earned field athlete of the week honors after placing third in the elite weight throw competition. Welch achieved a NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 72-¼, which also tied his school record and is the top mark in the country.
Kendra Averesch (Leipsic) earned field athlete of the week honors on the women’s side after recording a NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 52-½ in the elite shot put competition. The throw, which set a new school record, is the longest in NCAA Division II this season.
Birchfield and Young win
Bev Birchfield and Jason Young teamed up to in the 5th annual Mixed Doubles Tournament at AMF Sportsman Lanes.
Birchfield had a 135-172-136–444 series while Young rolled a 279-198-216–693 series for a total of 1,380. Lisa (140-201-189–530) and Mike Frost (279-232-233–744) were second with a 1,371.
Ordway selected
Continental standout Paige Ordway was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region Team for the 2013 season.
Ordway is one of 62 players from five states and one of 40 players from Ohio to earn a spot on the All-Region Team. An all-Ohio selection, Ordway was also the PCL Player of the Year.
Averesch leads UF track
BOSTON — University of Findlay junior Kendra Averesch (Leipsic) placed second in the shot put and fourth in the weight throw at the Valentine Invitational held at Boston University on Friday.
Averesch, a Leipsic graduate, had a throw of 50-91/4 in the shot and 54-21/2 in the weight throw. Two Liberty-Benton graduates also placed in those events, with Alex DeVincentis (Liberty-Benton) finishing 14th in the shot (39-21/4) and Liz Streacker tenth in the weight throw (50-103/4).
Bluffton gradute Lydia Guagenti was third in the high jump (5-7) and Lilia Malyarova was seventh in the triple (38-81/4). UF’s 1,600 relay team of Pam Showman, Kadesha Roberts, Adrianna Powell-Lawrence and Shelby Stump (Hardin Northern) was eighth (3:51.62).
UF’s men’s team will begin competiton in the event today.
Sergent wins
INDIANAPOLIS — Ben Sergeant notched Findlays’ lone win on Friday when the University of Findlay wrestling team dropped a 39-6 decision to No. 11-ranked University of Indianapolis.
Sergeant pinned U-Indy’s Mathew Mastison in 2:48 in the 125-pound match.

125 — Ben Sergent (UF) pinned Mathew Mastison 2:48.
133 — Joshua Kieffer (UI) maj. dec. Jarad VanVleet, 14-6.
141 — Justin Kieffer (UI) tech. fall Nicholas Skonieczny, 15-0.
149 — Cameryn Brady (UI) tech. fall Dalton Nicely, 20-4.
157 — Sheldon Struble (UI) dec. Jordan Cowell, 3-2.
165 — Jeff Weiss (UI) pinned Bradley Metz, 5:41.
174 — Shelby Mappes (UI) won by forfeit.
184 — George Lopez (UI) maj. dec. Alec Bissel, 15-3.
197 — Taylor Scott (UI) dec. Gerald Beck, 3-1.
285 — Evan Wooding (UI) dec. Luke Fleming, 6-0.

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