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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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Boys basketball: H-L rallies to stop Tigers

NORTH BALTIMORE — Garret Sendelbach scored 19 points, Ryan Lommerse added 13, and Hopewell-Loudon used an 18-11 fourth-quarter advantage to edge North Baltimore 48-46 in a Midland Athletic League matchup Friday.
Gauge Sadler added 11 points and a team high nine rebounds for Hopewell-Loudon (10-8, 6-2 MAL), which had an 18-6 advantage at the foul line.
Jacob Frost dropped 18 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead North Baltimore (7-10, 2-5 MAL).

hopewell-loudon (10-8, 6-2 MAL)
Hill 0-1–1, Sendelbach 7-3–19, Sadler 4-1–11, Salem 0-1–1, Bodart 0-3–3, Lommerse 2-9–13, Depinet 0-0–0, Steinmetz 0-0–0. TOTALS: 13-49 18-30–48.
north baltimore (7-10, 2-5 MAL)
Newcomer 2-2–7, DeLosReyes 1-0–2, Frost 6-1–18, Watson 1-0–2, Wright 3-2–8, Bishop 0-1–1, Trumbull 2-0–4, McMahon 2-0–4, Nichols 0-0–0. TOTALS: 17-42 6-10–46.
Hopewell-Loudon 12 8 10 18 – 48
North Baltimore 12 6 17 11 – 46
3-Point GOALS: Hopewell-Loudon 4-16 (Sendelbach & Sadler 2); North Baltimore 6-14 (Frost 5, Newcomer 1).
rebounds: Hopewell-Loudon 29 (Sadler 9); North Baltimore 26 (Wright 10).
turnovers: Hopewell-Loudon 11, North Baltimore 16.
junior varsity: North Baltimore, 34-24.
FREMONT ST. JOSEPH 76
ST. WENDELIN 54
FREMONT — Nick Root scored a game-high 19 points, but it wasn’t enough Friday at St. Wendelin lost to Fremont St. Joseph 76-54 in a Midland Athletic League boys basketball game.
Gabe Walters added 16 points and a team-best seven rebounds for St. Wendelin (6-10, 2-7 MAL).
Hunter Harrison had a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds for Fremont St. Joe (9-8, 6-1 MAL).

ST. Wendelin (6-10, 2-7 MAL)
Root 8-2–19, Campbell 3-1–7, Scudder 2-0–6, Murray 2-1–5, Walters 6-4–16, Frankart 0-0–0, Schetter 1-0–2, Rutter 0-0–0, Moon 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21-53 9-13 — 54.
Fremont St. Joseph (9-8, 6-1 MAL)
Williams 3-0–6, Kerr 1-0–2, Snodgrass 1-0–2, Linke 7-0–14, Harrison 7-2–18, Michael 7-0–16, Veleba 3-3–9, Mercer 4-2–10. TOTALS: 32-64 10-16 — 76.
St. Wendelin 11 16 16 11 – 54
Fremont St. Joseph 21 23 13 19 – 76
3-Point GOALS: St. Wendelin 3-15 (Scudder 2, Root); Fremont St. Joseph 2-10 (Linke 2).
REBOUNDS: St. Wendelin 18 (Walters 7); Fremont St. Joseph 41 (Harrison 14).
TURNOVERS: St. Wendelin 17; Fremont St. Joseph 17.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Fremont St. Joseph, 33-23.

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Girls basketball: Riverdale drops out of first in NCC

NEW WASHINGTON — It was a costly loss Friday night for Riverdale as the Falcons dropped a 50-48 North Central Conference girls basketball game to Buckeye Central.
Riverdale (15-5, 11-2 NCC) slipped one game behind Wynford (16-3, 12-1), a 70-17 winner over Crestline, in the NCC standings. The Falcons can earn a share of the conference championship Tuesday when the Falcons host the Royals.
Buckeye Central improved to 9-10 overall and 6-7 in the NCC with Friday’s win.
No individual stats from the game were available.

UPPER SANDUSKY 53
COLONEL CRAWFORD 30
NORTH ROBINSON — Upper Sandusky jumped out to a 19-8 first-quarter lead over Colonel Crawford and cruised to a 53-30 North Central Conference win in a girls basketball game Friday.
Taylor Graboski led the Rams (10-9, 8-5 NCC) with 22 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and five blocks. Sierra Carey also scored in double figures for Upper Sandusky (13 points), and Jenna Holly dished out four assists.
Cassie Sager scored eight points to lead Colonel Crawford (3-16, 3-10 NCC).

upper sandusky (10-9, 8-5 NCC)
Holly 1-0–2, Smith 2-0–4, Johnson 4-1–9, Carey 5-3–13, Cox 1-0–3, Graboski 8-6–22, Calvin 0-0–0, Stover 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21-53 10-13–53.
colonel crawford (3-16, 3-10 NCC)
Burkhart 2-0–4, Klingenberger 1-0–2, Sager 3-0–8, Siegel 4-0–8, Vehrs 3-1–7, Hoepf 0-1–1. TOTALS: 13 2-9–30.
Upper Sandusky 19 10 11 13 – 53
Colonel Crawford 8 8 5 9 – 30
3-Point GOALS: Upper Sandusky 1-9 (Cox 1); Colonel Crawford 2 (Sager 2).
rebounds: Upper Sandusky 32 (Graboski 14); Colonel Crawford 20.
turnovers: Upper Sandusky 8, Colonel Crawford 22.
junior varsity: Colonel Crawford, 36-31.

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Girls basketball: Riverdale drops out of first in NCC

NEW WASHINGTON — It was a costly loss Friday night for Riverdale as the Falcons dropped a 50-48 North Central Conference girls basketball game to Buckeye Central.
Riverdale (15-5, 11-2 NCC) slipped one game behind Wynford (16-3, 12-1), a 70-17 winner over Crestline, in the NCC standings. The Falcons can earn a share of the conference championship Tuesday when the Falcons host the Royals.
Buckeye Central improved to 9-10 overall and 6-7 in the NCC with Friday’s win.
No individual stats from the game were available.

UPPER SANDUSKY 53
COLONEL CRAWFORD 30
NORTH ROBINSON — Upper Sandusky jumped out to a 19-8 first-quarter lead over Colonel Crawford and cruised to a 53-30 North Central Conference win in a girls basketball game Friday.
Taylor Graboski led the Rams (10-9, 8-5 NCC) with 22 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and five blocks. Sierra Carey also scored in double figures for Upper Sandusky (13 points), and Jenna Holly dished out four assists.
Cassie Sager scored eight points to lead Colonel Crawford (3-16, 3-10 NCC).

upper sandusky (10-9, 8-5 NCC)
Holly 1-0–2, Smith 2-0–4, Johnson 4-1–9, Carey 5-3–13, Cox 1-0–3, Graboski 8-6–22, Calvin 0-0–0, Stover 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21-53 10-13–53.
colonel crawford (3-16, 3-10 NCC)
Burkhart 2-0–4, Klingenberger 1-0–2, Sager 3-0–8, Siegel 4-0–8, Vehrs 3-1–7, Hoepf 0-1–1. TOTALS: 13 2-9–30.
Upper Sandusky 19 10 11 13 – 53
Colonel Crawford 8 8 5 9 – 30
3-Point GOALS: Upper Sandusky 1-9 (Cox 1); Colonel Crawford 2 (Sager 2).
rebounds: Upper Sandusky 32 (Graboski 14); Colonel Crawford 20.
turnovers: Upper Sandusky 8, Colonel Crawford 22.
junior varsity: Colonel Crawford, 36-31.

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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: Huge win for Trojans

By DAVE HANNEMAN
sTAFF WRITER
Even in tense, physical, gut-check games, Braden Miller seems to have a smile on his face.
And after Findlay knocked off Toledo St. John’s 63-57 on Friday, it’s a good bet it’s going to be planted there for awhile.
“Tonight was a huge game, and seeing us play hard on our home court and finally get a big win over a team like St. John’s, that makes us all smile, especially the seniors,” Miller said.
Miller hit a big 3-pointer and two key free throws in a pressure-packed fourth quarter, Michael Clark and Adam Twining combined for 36 points, and excellent bench depth allowed Findlay to survive some serious foul trouble as the Trojans, for the second straight year, hung a rare Three Rivers Athletic Conference loss on St. John’s.
“Any time you can beat a team like St. John’s it’s a great win,” said Clark, who scored seven points in the fourth quarter and 14 of his 19 points in the second half.
“That loss to St. Francis (40-32) did not help us at all as far as the league goes. But a win like this against such a good team at this time of year, maybe we can get a little momentum going heading into tournament.”
St. John’s, whose other four losses had been to state-ranked teams, fell to 15-5 overall and 11-1 in the TRAC. Toledo Central Catholic beat Toledo St. Francis 60-36 on Friday to improve to 15-2 overall, 10-1 in the TRAC.
St. John’s and Central Catholic square off at St. John’s next Friday. Findlay (15-4, 9-3 TRAC) is at Central Catholic on Feb. 21.
In a Jan. 3 game at St. John’s, Findlay struggled early, fell behind 31-15 at the half and never recovered in a 59-48 loss.
Back home on Friday, Findlay got off to a much better start.
Twining scored six points, Clark five and Grant Niswander four to help Findlay jump in front 15-10. Niswander’s tip-in to open the second quarter put the Trojans up seven (17-10).
St. John’s is too talented, too deep and too steeped in basketball tradition to ever go quietly, though. The Titans trimmed the deficit to 24-23 at the half, overcame Findlay’s 5-0 start of the second half by closing within 39-37 after three quarters, and twice trailed by just four midway through the final period.
Austin Gutting, saddled with foul trouble most of the night, converted an offensive rebound, though, and Miller nailed a 3-pointer from the right corner to put Findlay back up 54-47. Gutting then took a charge and Twining nailed a 3-pointer to make it a 10-point game, 57-47.
St. John’s converted four free throws in an eight-second stretch to cut the deficit to six. But Findlay held on, connecting on 7 of 9 fouls shots in the final 90 seconds to nail it down.
Clark was 2-for-2 on 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and 4-for-4 for the game. As a team, Findlay hit 8 of 13 3-pointers.
“We need to shoot the ball to be a great team, and we have guys who can make shots,” said FHS coach Jim Rucki.
“Against Central Catholic, we made 1 of 13 3-pointers and lost by three (50-47). Against St. Francis we were 4 of 13 from the free throw line and got beat. Up at St. John’s earlier this season, we couldn’t put the ball in the ocean that first half.
“I knew we’d come out and play hard tonight. I knew we’d compete because our kids were hungry to beat these guys. I was hoping we’d shoot the ball better than last time because when we shoot the ball the way we’re capable of shooting, and with the way we play defense, I knew we’d have a chance.”
“I was not happy with how well Findlay shot the 3, but I was not surprised,” said St. John’s coach Ed Heintschel, who entered the game with 624 career wins, one shy of ninth place on Ohio’s list of the winningest prep boys basketball coaches.
“I know they did not shoot the ball well last week (against St. Francis). They have not shot well at our place. We have a lot of respect for their shooters. They’re an experienced team, they’re at home and you have to expect that.”
“When we played up there, the first quarter kept us from getting the ‘W’” said Twining, who scored 17 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
“We knew we had to come and play hard from the get-go. We couldn’t let them get too much momentum going forward, whether that meant a big stop on defense or running our plays and getting an easy basket.”
St. John’s quickness created matchup problems and led to fouls. Gutting picked up two in the first 3:30 of play and Miller and Niswander were playing with four each in the fourth quarter.
“We’re a veteran team,” Clark said. “We have confidence in those guys coming in — Duke (Gobrecht), Nick Kairys, Grant Niswander — that really helps.”
In Friday’s opener, St. Johns upened Findlay 52-46 in the junior varsity contest. Joey Hammond scored 15 points as Findlay’s reserves fell to 17-2 and suffered their first JV loss (11-1) against TRAC opponents

TOLEDO ST. JOHN’S (15-5, 11-1)
Glover 5-15 4-4–16, Kynard 5-7 0-0–10, Walsh 1-2 3-3–5, Ernsthausen 2-9 7-8–12, Vaughn 3-8 0-0–8, Celis 1-4 3-4–6, Moore 0-0 0-0–0, Copeland 0-0 0-0–0. TOTALS: 17-45 1-19–57.
FINDLAY (15-4, 9-3)
B. Miller 2-4 2-2–8, Niswander 3-4 2-2–8, Clark 7-9 1-2–19, Twining 6-14 4-6–17, Gutting 1-4 4-4–6, Gobrecht 1-2 0-2–2, McKinniss 1-4 0-2–3, Kairys 0-0 0-0–0, C. Miller 0-0 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21-40 13-20–63.
Toledo St. John’s 10 13 14 20 — 53
Findlay 15 9 15 24 — 63
3-Point GOALS: Toledo St. John’s 6-24 (Glover 2-8, Kynard 0-2, Celis 1-3, Ernsthausen 1-4, Vaughn 2-7); Find;lay 8-13 (B. Miller 2-4, Clark 4-4, Twining 1-3, McKinniss 1-3).
rebounds: Toledo St. John’s 28 (Ernshausen 7, Celis 5); Find;lay 23 (Twining 8, Gutting 6).
turnovers: Toledo St. John’s 12, Find;lay 10 .
junior varsity: Findlay 60-45.
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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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