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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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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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College Basketball: Beavers hold off Manchester

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. — Bluffton University’s men’s basketball team was outscored 32-26 in the second half against Manchester University, but the Beavers held on for a 58-54 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win on Thursday.
Austin Rohde had a team-high 12 points for Bluffton (8-12, 4-9 HCAC). Billy Taflinger added 11 and Will Pope had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Jon Thompson scored a game-high 18 points for Manchester.

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College Basketball: Royal tosses in 16 in ONU victory

ADA — Dominique Royal dropped 16 points to lead Ohio Northern University over Otterbein 88-74 in an Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball game Thursday.
Lucas Pennington and Branden Rushton each added 12 points for Ohio Northern, which improved its record to 11-9 overall and 7-6 in the OAC.
Jake Phillis scored 19 points to lead Otterbein (4-16, 3-10 OAC).
The Polar Bears will travel to New Concord on Saturday to take on Muskingum at 4 p.m. in the second game of a men’s-women’s doubleheader with the Muskies.

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BVC Girls Basketball: Leipsic rallies to top McComb

MCOMB — Leipsic’s bus may have pulled up in front of McComb High School right on time. But the Vikings’ girls varsity basketball team showed up a bit late.
Leipsic scored just six points in the second quarter and trailed McComb 22-15 at the half of Thursday’s Blanchard Valley Conference matchup. It was a whole different team that sprinted out the halftime locker room, however, a team that poured in 28 points in the third quarter, dominated the second half and came away with a 58-41 victory in the final league game of the season.
Amber Gerdeman and Haley Gerten scored 19 points each and Shaylynn Morman added 11 as Leipsic improved to 17-3 overall, 8-1 in the league and finished second in the final BVC standings. Gerten was 9-for-10 from the line and Gerdeman pulled down 11 rebounds to complete her double-double.
Emily Clymer scored 11 points and Brenna Dee 10 for McComb (11-9, 4-5 BVC).

LEIPSIC (17-3, 8-1 BVC)
H. Kreinbrink 1-0–3, Morman 3-4–11, Gerdeman 8-3–19, Nadler 2-0–4, Gerten 4-9–19, Steffan 0-0–0, N. Kreinbrink 0-0–0 TOTALS: 18-55 18-22–58.
mCcOMB (11-9, 4-5 BVC)
Hemminger 1-2–4, Dee 4-0–10, Hammond 1-0–2, Clymer 5-1–11, Herr 2-3–8, Riegel 3-0–6, Buck 0-0–0. TOTALS: 16-50 6-11–41.
Leipsic 9 6 28 15 – 58
McComb 17 5 11 8 – 41
3-Point GOALS: Leipsic 4-13 (H. Kreinbrink, Morman, Gerten 2); McComb 3-15 (Dee 2, Herr).
REBOUNDS: Leipsic 27 (Gerdeman 11, Nadler 6); McComb 2 (Clymer 6, Dee 6, Herr 6).

ARCADIA 56
VANLUE 26
ARCADIA — Courtney Cramer scored 19 points and Molly Glick added 17 Thursday night as Arcadia rolled over Vanlue 56-26 in Blanchard Valley Conference play.
Glick also made five steals and Cramer racked up three assists to help the Redskins improve to 14-4 overall and 7-2 in conference play.
Arcadia held Vanlue (4-16, 0-9) below 10 points in every quarter and took a 36-12 lead into halftime.
At the offensive end, the Redskins shot 47 percent (23 for 48) while committing only seven turnovers.
Rebecca Kirian collected a team-high seven rebounds for the Redskins.
Jackie Kloepfer led the Wildcats with eight points and seven rebounds.
Vanlue (4-16, 0-9 BVC)
Wagner 0-0–0, H. Gerschutz 0-0–0, Kromer 2-0–4, Bonham 3-1–7, Hartman 0-0–0, C. Gerschutz 1-0–2, Clymer 2-0–5, Kloepfer 4-0–8. TOTALS: 12-37 1-5–26.
arcadia (14-4, 7-2 BVC)
M. Mock 0-0–0, Kieffer 0-0–0, Pina 1-0–2, Ball 0-0–0, Glick 7-3–17, Courtney Cramer 8-3–19, Dauterman 3-3–9, Coward 1-1–3, A. Mock 1-0–2, Ward 1-0–2, Ware 1-0–2, Kirian 0-0–0. TOTALS: 23-48 10-15–56.
Vanlue 6 6 9 5 – 26
Arcadia 14 22 12 8 – 56
3-Point GOALS: Vanlue 1-5 (Clymer); Arcadia 0-3.
REBOUNDS: Vanlue 23 (Kloepfer 7), Arcadia 21 (Kirian 7).
TURNOVERS: Vanlue 26; Arcadia 7.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Arcadia, 37-6.

PANDORA-GILBOA 50
CORY-RAWSON 32
PANDORA — Megan Maag tossed in 18 points to power Pandora-Gilboa past Cory-Rawson 50-32 in a BVC play.
Anna Abelovska and Hunter Hermiller also reached double figures as both netted 10 points for the Rockets (11-8, 5-4 BVC).
Kiley Scott led the Hornets (6-12, 1-7) with 16 points. Megan Ritter just missed a double-double as she netted nine points with nine rebounds.

CORY-RAWSON (6-12, 1-7 BVC)
Shoemaker 0-0–0, Scott 6-3–16, M. Burkholder 0-1–1, VonStein 2-0–4, Ritter 3-3–9, Tuttle 1-0–2, Rettig 0-0–0, C. Burkholder 0-0–0, Galvan 0-0″”0, Biery 0-0–0, Holland 0-0–0. TOTALS: 12-36 7-20–32.
PANDORA-GILBOA (11-8, 5-4 BVC)
B. Hovest 0-0-0, McCullough 3-0–7, Hermiller 3-3–10, Dorn 0-0-0, O. Maag 1-0–3, Bri. Hovest 1-0-2, M. Maag 8-2–18, Swary 0-0-0, Watkins 0-0–0, Basinger 0-0–0, Abelovska 5-0–10, Macke 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21 5-10–50.
Pandora-Gilboa 12 15 13 10 – 50
Cory-Rawson 6 9 10 7 – 32
3-Point GOALS: Pandora-Gilboa 3 (McCullough, Hermiller & O. Maag); Cory-Rawson 1 (Scott 1).
rebounds: Cory-Rawson 25 (Ritter 9).
turnovers: Cory-Rawson 13.
VAN BUREN 53
HARDIN NORTHERN 46
VAN BUREN — Van Buren trailed Hardin Northern 32-31 after three quarters, but a 22-14 fourth-quarter advantage helped the Black Knights win 53-46 in a Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball game Thursday.
Paige Sudlow scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Van Buren (4-15, 3-6 BVC), which had a 21-10 advantage at the free-throw line.
Holly Wilson and Kylee Hooker scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Hardin Northern (2-15, 1-7 BVC).

hardin northern (2-15, 1-7 BVC)
Campbell 0-1–1, Curtis 3-0–6, Watts 3-2–8, Madison 3-0–6, Wilson 5-3–13, Hooker 4-4–12. TOTALS: 18-49 10-14–46.
van buren (4-15, 3-6 BVC)
Wise 4-5–13, Endicott 1-0–2, Wymer 1-2–4, Lasley 2-4–9, Sturgill 3-0–6, Hassan 0-4–4, Sudlow 4-5–14, Edler 0-1–1, Cooper 0-0–0, Miller 0-0–0. TOTALS: 15-54 21-32–53.
Hardin Northern 8 16 8 14 – 46
Van Buren 16 11 4 22 – 53
3-Point GOALS: Hardin Northern 0; Van Buren 2 (Lasley & Sudlow 1).
rebounds: Hardin Northern 16 (Wilson 5); Van Buren 26 (Sudlow 8).
turnovers: Hardin Northern 17, Van Buren 10.
junior varsity: Van Buren, 31-19.

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Boys Basketball: Falcons out-Fox Wynford

BUCYRUS — Jimmy Fox dropped 29 points, Lee Holderman added 18, and Riverdale outscored Wynford 31-18 in the fourth quarter to pull away with a 76-61 North Central Conference win on Thursday.
The Falcons (7-10, 4-6 NCC) shot 28 of 53 (53 percent) from the floor, including 10 of 20 (50 percent) from three-point range.
Mason Davis and Jake Glowaski each scored 24 points to lead Wynford (4-12, 2-8 NCC). Glowaski also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

riverdale (7-10, 4-6 NCC)
Rickle 1-0–2, Pever 3-0–9, Holderman 6-3–18, Snider 1-0–2, Fox 10-5–29, Frey 4-2–10, Loveridge 3-0–6, Pickett 0-0–0, Stewart 0-0–0. TOTALS: 28-53 10-14–76.
wynford (4-12, 2-8 ncc)
Roe 1-1–3, Miller 1-0–2, Pfeiffer 1-0–3, Shutler 1-1–3, Davis 9-4–24, Glowaski 11-2–24, Lear 1-0–2, Teynor 0-0–0, Styles 0-0–0. TOTALS: 25-54 8-15–61.
Riverdale 12 15 18 31 – 76
Wynford 15 16 12 18 – 61
3-Point GOALS: Riverdale 10-20 (Fox 4, Pever & Holderman 3); Wynford 3 (Davis 2, Pfeiffer 1).
rebounds: Riverdale 23 (Loveridge 7); Wynford 26 (Glowaski 7).
turnovers: Riverdale 8, Wynford 14.

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College Basketball: Kahlig, Heagen combine for 56 in rout of ODU

By BRIAN LESTER
STAFF WRITER
Jake Heagen was ready to make a big play and capitalized on the opportunity as he took the in-bounds pass and threw down a dunk early in the first half.
It was the first basket of the night for the University of Findlay junior forward, energizing himself and the crowd of 715, and the start of an impressive performance.
Heagen went on to carve up Ohio Dominican for a career-high 28 points and the Oilers rolled to another big win at home, trouncing the Panthers 91-71 Thursday night at Croy Gymnasium.
How good was Heagen?
He didn’t miss on five shots from beyond the arc and was 10-of-12 overall from the field.
Add in four rebounds, three assists and no turnovers to the stat line and what you have is a stellar effort that helped UF win its third consecutive game and keep pace in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship race.
“It was a real big game and I was fortunate to play well,” Heagen said. “When you play hard, good things happen. I hit some shots and put in a lot of hard work. The most important thing is we were successful as a team.”
Heagen’s dunk put the Oilers (16-4, 12-4 GLIAC) in front 10-7. Moments later, he knocked down a 3-pointer for a 15-10 advantage.
He hit two more treys in the opening half, the last giving the Oilers a 41-26 lead with 4:20 to go. UF went into halftime with a 47-32 lead.
“The dunk got me going and then the three’s started going in,” Heagen said. “When shots fall, you get into a rhythm. My teammates found me open and I made plays.”
Heagen is a tough matchup for opponents because of his slashing ability, but he is often given center stage for because of the emphasis opponents have to put on senior preseason All-American forward Greg Kahlig.
On this night, Kahlig still went off, torching the Panthers for 28 points. He hit back-to-back treys to open the game for a 6-0 lead and also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists. He now has 1,585 points and is 11th on the all-time scoring list.
“Teams fumble around with those matchups every game,” UF head coach Charlie Ernst said. “They have to decide who to put on Jake and who to put on Greg. They are two different players. When Jake shoots that well from the 3-point line, he is really tough to stop.”
The Oilers were 8 of 19 from beyond the arc and shot 57.1 percent (36 of 63) overall from the field. And while the Oilers are a dangerous team from the outside, Ernst wanted his team to scale back on the 3-point attempts in the second half.
“We relied on the 3-point shot too much in the first half, and that is when you get in trouble as a team. The 3-point line can be a fickle friend,” Ernst said. “We have to be balanced as an offense, score off the dribble, get to the line, find different ways to score. We are at our best when we do that.”
The Panthers (5-15, 3-13) tried to hang around and closed the gap to 55-44 when Reece Dils nailed a trey with 15:56 to play.
Heagen responded with a trey of his own before scoring on a strong drive to the basket. Back-to-back layups by John Staley stretched the UF advantage to 65-46 with 11:48 remaining.
ODU shot 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from the field and went 13 of 24 from the line. Jesse Ward led the way as he hit five treys and scored 17 points.
“We didn’t defend the 3-point line very well,” Ernst said. “It’s something we need to address. The last two teams have combined to go 24 of 44 from the 3-point line against us. That isn’t going to get it done.”
Still, any win in the rugged GLIAC is a good win, especially at home at a point in the season where the league title race is heating up. UF entered the night a half game behind Walsh for first place in the South Division.
“All in all, it was a good win,” Ernst said. “Ohio Dominican is playing better. The played hard and it’s tough to beat a team by 20 twice in the same season. I’m happy about that.”
Ernst is also pleased with the effort by his bench, which produced 24 points.
Quaran Jones led the way as he scored a career-high 12 points and grabbed three rebounds. He also tallied a steal in 14 minutes of work.
Jones said he’s put in a lot of time to improve his game. It showed against the Panthers.
“I do what I can with the minutes I get and play my hardest,” Jones said. “I give a lot of credit to coach (Dan) Shardo because he’s worked a lot with me and has critiqued my game to make me a better player.”
UF has only two regular-season home games remaining, the first coming on Saturday in a 3 p.m. game against rival Tiffin (8-12, 4-11).
The Oilers have all the motivation they need for this game as the Dragons earned a stunning 57-55 win at Croy last season.
The loss cut deep as it cost the Oilers home-court advantage in the GLIAC tournament.
Ernst reminded his players twice about the loss Thursday and his players took the words to heart.
“Everyone is going to give you their best shot, and we have a big game against Tiffin,” Heagen said. “We know they will play tough. We have to be ready to step up to the challenge.”

OHIO DOMINICAN (5-15, 3-13 GLIAC)
Weaver 2-4 2-2 7, Dils 2-6 0-0 6, Carr 0-0 0-0 0, Nelson 5-13 2-2 13, Ward 6-10 0-0 17, Dominique 0-0 0-0 0, Decker 1-1 0-0 3, Stennis 3-8 0-0 9, Minch 4-12 2-2 10, Leach 1-3 0-0 2, Kellum 2-5 0-0 4, Cowgill 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 26-62 6-6 –71.
FINDLAY (16-4, 12-4 GLIAC)
Heagen 10-12 3-4 28, Kahlig 10-17 6-7 28, Frilling 2-4 0-0 4, Baity 2-5 0-0 4, Kaufman 1-4 0-0 3, Gardner 1-2 0-0 2, Smith 1-1 …read more

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