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Girls Basketball: Elmwood back-to-back NBC champions

By ANDREW WILLIAMS
STAFF WRITER

BLOOMDALE — Some nights it isn’t pretty and Elmwood coach Doug Reynolds knows that.

The Royals turned the ball over 18 times, were 5 of 12 from the free-throw line, got outrebounded 34-24 and struggled to put away Eastwood after building a 20-point lead less than halfway through the fourth quarter.

All those things are moot, though, if you win the game and Elmwood did just that by a 53-41 margin Thursday night to earn its second consecutive Northern Buckeye Conference championship.

“Bottom line is you win and some nights are ugly but we got a win,” Reynolds said. “They play hard. Back-to-back championships, that’s a big feat. Nobody thought we would be the one. We thought we could be right there.

“I thought Eastwood really battled. They played hard. We were not aggressive on the boards. We needed to be more aggressive. We had a 20-point lead and then we stopped. We let them get some drives. I was not happy with our defense. We cannot let them drive the middle. Good teams do not let you get into the middle of the key and we let them do that.”

The Royals’ victory assured them of at least a share of the conference title, but they needed some help to win it outright on Thursday night and they got it when Rossford edged Genoa 62-61.

Elmwood improved to 14-5 overall and 11-1 in the NBC with two league games left on the schedule. Rossford and Genoa are tied in second place with 8-4 league records.

Both teams got off to a slow start and Elmwood held a slim 7-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter after the teams combined to shoot 20 percent (5 of 25) and turned the ball over 11 times.

The Royals took control in the second quarter on the back of Kristen Curtis, who dumped in 11 of her game-high 20 points in the period, and outscored the Eagles 19-7 to make it 26-12 at halftime.

“We were cold,” Reynolds said. “First quarter, we missed a lot of shots. We’re struggling getting started the last few games out of the gate. We’re struggling on that. We need to get a quicker start.”

The teams played even through the third quarter and the Royals led 38-24 entering the fourth, but increased that margin to 48-28 less than three minutes into the final period thanks to baskets by Curtis, Courtney Emmitt and Samantha Ervin.

Eastwood (2-16, 1-13) refused to go away, though, and answered with a 7-0 run fueled by Mackenzie Albright and Emily Hayward to cut the deficit to 48-35 with less than three minutes to play.

Aubrey Peters was able to get it to 49-37 after a pair of free throws with 1:56 left, but that was as close as the Eagles would get the rest of the way.

“Our main goal tonight was to play all four quarters,” Eastwood coach Lindsay Ross said. “We’ve been struggling with that. They’ve been giving us the first half or just the second half and tonight we finally put it together with all four quarters. I’m very, very proud of them. They never gave up so that was our biggest thing tonight. Last game we played Elmwood it was 70-32 so tonight in itself is a victory for us.”

Ervin finished with 17 points, while Curtis and Madison Sears each grabbed six rebounds for the Royals.
Albright and Reagan Boice each scored a team-high 12 points for the Eagles, while Peters snatched 16 boards and Hayward added 13 rebounds.

Despite clinching a league title with the win, Reynolds said his team is not satisfied with that because there are still games left to be played. When the season comes to an end, he said they will be able to look back and reflect on how special the season has been.

“They fight,” he said. “We don’t usually blow anybody out, but we put ourself in a place where we can win.

You take a look, you’re 14-5, we are 11-1 in the league, I mean that is fantastic. But we said we’re not going to celebrate until the season is over. Then we can look back because that’s how you’ve got to drive yourself to get yourself ready for tournament. The kids know the things that they didn’t do. It’s still a win.”

EASTWOOD (2-16, 1-13 NBC)
Ameling 1-0–3, Albright 4-4–12, Boice 4-4–12, Jennings 2-0–4, Peters 0-2–2, Hayward 3-2–8. TOTALS: 14-55 12-16–41.

ELMWOOD (14-5, 11-1 NBC)
Sears 0-0–0, Hillard 1-0–2, Curtis 8-1–20, Veryser 1-1–3, Swavel 1-1–3, Harvey 0-0–0, Emmitt 3-1–8, George 0-0–0, Ervin 8-1–17, Kynard 0-0–0. TOTALS: 22-47 5-12–53.

Eastwood 5 7 12 17 — 41
Elmwood 7 19 12 15 — 53
3-POINT GOALS: Eastwood 1-15 (Ameling); Elmwood 4-15 (Curtis 3, Emmitt).
REBOUNDS: Eastwood 34 (Peters 16); Elmwood 24 (Sears & Curtis 6).
TURNOVERS: Eastwood 20; Elmwood 18.

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Girls Basketball: O-G Titans winning with defense

By MICHAEL BURWELL
Staff Writer
OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf’s girls basketball team doesn’t rely on a prolific scorer that can get a team 20 points a game.
The Titans are young, with only three seniors on the team, and no player on the entire roster is taller than 5-foot-9.
So how does O-G have a 15-2 overall record this season and have a current 11-game winning streak in which it’s outscoring opponents by nearly 29 points per game?
“You have to play ferocious defense,” O-G head coach Troy Yant said. “I think we do that fairly well, probably as good as any team with our height.”
The Titans (15-2, 6-1 Western Buckeye League) are ranked eighth in the Division-III Associated Press poll due in part to that “ferocious defense” leading to fast-break chances on offense.
O-G has held its’ opponents to 35 percent shooting this season and has forced over 25 turnovers per game. The only time the Titans have allowed more than 50 points in a game was in a 65-45 loss to Liberty-Benton on Dec. 17.
Offensively, O-G averages over 60 points per game with only two players (Kristen Miller and Elissa Ellerbrock) averaging double figures in scoring.
Miller, one of the three seniors on the team, leads the Titans with 12.4 points, 3.4 steals and 2.2 assists per game. Ellerbrock averages 10.2 points per game, and Anna Bellman leads the team with 5.3 rebounds per game.
When Yant took over as coach at the start of the 2012-2013 season, he didn’t want to have to depend on one or two players carrying the team, so he implemented a transition offense where everyone could get the ball.
“When you have one or two good players, that’s great, but if you run into a team that has one or two good defenders, it’s easier to neutralize one or two players than if everybody’s touching the ball,” Yant said. “I think when we first talked about building an offense where we wanted to be more transition, we wanted girls to be able to touch the ball that maybe wouldn’t have confidence to handle the ball in a half-court set.”
O-G fell on tough times from 2008-2012, going 28-57 with no more than nine wins in either of its’ four seasons. Even when Yant first took over as coach, he ran into problems.
“They were reluctant to playing the kind of style of basketball that we play now,” said Yant, who has a 31-11 career record as O-G’s coach. “Some of them didn’t see the advantage of being so small and trying to run against teams that were more disciplined and stuff, and it was kind of a hard sell.”
But the Titans are all in with his system now.
“We’re all learning the new process,” Miller said. “It’s hard at times, but he pushes us like crazy, and we turned into a fast-break team, and that has been the most beneficial thing of our season.”
Although the Titans have a chance to get its’ best record since the 2006-07 season (21-3), there’s still room for improvement. O-G lost 47-44 to WBL-leading Lima Bath (16-1, 7-0 WBL) on Dec. 5, along with the 20-point loss to Liberty-Benton (16-1) in which the Titans had a 31-29 halftime lead.
“I think coming into this season, our girls made realistic goals,” Yant said. “Looking at our schedule, we thought we could beat everybody.
“We’d have to play well, but we thought if we were playing like we were last year, we could beat everybody. So it’s been a little bit disappointing that we let some games get away from us.”
Yant said the Titans played its’ best basketball of his tenure during last year’s tournament run that ended in a 40-37 loss in the district final to Archbold, which advanced to the regional final.
So far this season, Yant said the Titans haven’t yet played at that level.
“We need to have a couple of close games. We need to know that we can get over the hump because obviously, we’re hoping to do something in tournament,” Yant said. “We need those games and haven’t really had those, so we’re not sure where we’re at, and that’s the selling point to the girls.”
The Titans have five games left in the regular season, with the next game tonight against Elida. The biggest matchup will be against Division-III rival and second-ranked Archbold on Feb. 11.
“Our girls, they have Archbold in the back of their head all the time,” Yant said. “Archbold is what fueled us in the summer, knowing that we were close, knowing that they made it to regionals, we did not.”
O-G begins its’ tournament run Feb. 22 when it faces the Elmwood-Bluffton winner in the Elida district. Other area teams in the district include Columbus Grove, Upper Sandusky and Liberty-Benton.
Until then, Yant will be pushing the Titans in practice with suicides and lane slides to prepare for the rest of the season.
“He works on us getting faster and stronger because when we go up against those big players and those big teams later on in tournaments and stuff, we need to out-hustle them,” Miller said. “We need to win all the 50-50 balls. We need to be the better team defensively because like he says, defense wins games, and that’s working for us.”
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Prep Gymnastics: Findlay to defend TRAC title

Findlay High School’s depth and tradition will be key factors on Saturday when the Trojans will be the odds-on favorite to defend their title in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference gymnastics championships.
Oregon Clay won the first-ever TRAC gymnastics championship in 2011 with a young, freshman-dominated team. But Findlay has won the last two titles and done so comfortably. A year ago, the Trojans had a total of 141.90 points in the league meet and posted staggering margin of victory over second-place Toledo Notre Dame (130.95). Clay was third among the six TRAC schools who sponsor gymnastics teams.
Findlay has already out-pointed Oregon Clay in two big meets this season, at the Beauty and the Beast competition hosted by Findlay, and in the Wolfpack Invitational at Worthington, where the Trojans were third and Clay fourth.
The Wolfpack Invitational was two weeks ago, a good time frame according to FHS coach Traci Dunn.
“Two weeks is a good because it gives you that time to fine tune things and get healthy,” Dunn said after the Wolfpack Invitational.
Findlay no longer has Alex Settlemire, the TRAC Gymnast of the year as a sophomore, junior and senior. But the Trojans, with 10 gymnasts on the team, have more depth this year and a number of TRAC veterans returning. Tori Cox, a junior, was second to Settlemire in the all-around scoring in last year’s TRAC championships, Maranda Butler was fifth in the all-around standings and Leah Thomas was seventh. Cassidy Pruitt has also been among the Trojans’ leading scorers.
The TRAC championships will be held at the Exceleration Gymnastics Center in Toledo on Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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Prep Sports: Area prep athletes set college plans

A pair of area football players secured their futures with Bowl Championship Series programs to highlight National Signing Day for area high school athletes on Wednesday.
Patrick Henry’s Colt Pettit signed a letter of intent earlier in the week to play football at Virginia Tech, while Bluffton’s Isaac Little will be preferred walk-on at the University of Cincinnati.
Pettit was one of 28 players signed by the Hokies on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound all-Ohioan was recruited as on offensive lineman and will likely play guard at Virginia Tech.
Little, a first-team all-Ohio selection last season for the Pirates, is a 6-3, 207-pound linebacker.
“Isaac has all the potential in the world as he enters UC. He has only played linebacker for one year full time and will quickly make his presence known. He will be an important contributor from Day 1,” said director of recruiting Mike Waugh on the Bearcats’ Twitter page.
The rest of the area’s signees and commits will take their athletic talents to the NCAA Division II level in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
A pair of Liberty-Benton soccer players have committed to play in college.
Second team all-Ohio selection Kayla Trevino will play at Northwood University. She scored a team-high 34 goals with nine assists in leading the Eagles to an 18-1-1 record and Division III regional runner-up finish last fall.
Peyton Schroeder will join the University of Findlay men’s soccer program. Schroeder was a first-team all-league and second-team all-district selection for the Eagles. He scored 18 goals with 11 assists.
Findlay High School’s Ciara Ralston will be playing volleyball in the GLIAC for Ohio Dominican University. Ralston was a first-team all-Three Rivers Athletic Conference selection for the Trojans. She was one of the top hitters the past couple of seasons for Findlay.
The other area recruits will do battle against one another on the gridiron as eight area football players are headed to five GLIAC schools.
The University of Findlay’s 27-member freshmen class will include Pandora-Gilboa’s Jared Tousley and Alex Osborn as well as Ottawa-Glandorf’s Cody Alt.
Ashland signed 39 players, including Liberty-Benton’s Brandon May and Ada’s Matthew Wilcox.
May, a 6-3, 240-pound defensive end, recorded 179 tackles and 12 sacks for the Eagles over the last two seasons. He was first team all-Ohio and was the BVC’s Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Wilcox is a 6-1, 185-pound defensive back/quarterback. He was a second-team all-Ohio selection at safety and is an all-Ohio swimmer as well.
Mohawk linebacker Eric Maskey was one of a 26-member incoming class at Tiffin University. The 6-3, 210-pound linebacker was a first team all-league and third-team all-Ohio selection for the Warriors last season.
Patrick Henry’s Tobey Hernandez and Elmwood’s Sawyer Haines also signed letters of intent this week with Malone and Ohio Dominican respectively.
Hernandez, a 5-9, 195-pound running back, was a three-sport letterwinner at Patrick Henry. He earned first team all-league and all-district and was a third-team all-Ohioan for the Patriots.
Haines was a second-team all-conference selection as a defensive end this season for the Royals.

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Boys Basketball: Trojans set to host St. John’s

By DAVE HANNEMAN
STAFF WRITER
Findlay will be trying to do what no other Three River Athletic Conference team, and only four highly ranked teams overall, has been able to accomplish this season when the Trojans host league-leading Toledo St. John’s Friday at the FHS Gymnasium.
“They have a really nice team,” Findlay coach Jim Rucki Tuesday after the Trojans dispatched Lima Senior 54-39.
“St. John’s has a skilled big kid (6-foot-9 senior Parker Ernsthausen), they have a Division I (college) guard (Anthony Glover, Jr.), they have guys who can come off the bench and make shots and guys who can come off the bench and knock down 3-pointers.
“They have the whole package.”
Findlay threw a bit of a scare into the Titans in a Jan. 3 matchup at St. John’s. The Trojans blitzed the Titans 23-13 in the third quarter but could not overcome a slow start in a 59-48 loss.
St. John’s led that game 15-4, 17-6 and 24-8 as Findlay went 1 for 6 from 3-point range and was 7 of 22 shooting in the first half.
“We shot the ball poorly and did not play well up there the last time,” Rucki said. “Hopefully we’ll come out with greater effort and greater focus, make some shots and give ourselves a chance to be in the game.”
St. John’s opened the 2013-14 season 0-2, a not-too-surprising start for a program that always plays a tough schedule and graduated a talented class that included Ohio’s Mr. Basketball Marc Loving.
Those first two losses were to Shaker Heights (14-4 and ranked No. 12 in the state) and No. 11-ranked Toledo Rogers (14-2). Since then, the Titans (15-4, 11-0 TRAC) have only fallen to No. 1-ranked Lakewood St. Edward’s (15-1) and No. 2-ranked Cincinnati Moeller (15-1).
In addition to their league win over Findlay, the Titans own a 62-59 overtime win over second-place Toledo Central Catholic (13-2, 8-1) and need a least two wins in their final three league games to clinch at least a share of second straight TRAC title.
Findlay, 14-4 overall, is 8-3 in league play after Tuesday’s win over Lima Senior. The Trojans struggled a bit for three quarters, but took control in the final period to win for the seventh time in eight games on their home floor.
“Our kids seem to feed off the energy of the crowd,” Rucki said. “With the storm, the snow, a lot of people couldn’t make it and there wasn’t a big crowd here.
“We didn’t seem to have a lot of energy early on. We’ll need to get off to a better start against St. John’s. We think we can play with them, but we have to have our ‘A’ game.”
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College Basketball: UF is figuring it out

By BRIAN LESTER
STAFF WRITER
When the University of Findlay men’s basketball team takes the floor tonight against Ohio Dominican, the Oilers will be playing their fourth game in seven days.
It is a rigorous stretch of basketball that every team in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is dealing with during this final month of the regular season.
However, UF head coach Charlie Ernst hasn’t spent time talking about it with his team, which hosts the Panthers at 8 p.m. at Croy Gymnasium.
“Every team is in the same boat, so there really isn’t a reason to bring it up, but it is important that we don’t overtax the guys in practice,” Ernst said. “While there are a lot of things we want to cover, we want them to be fresh mentally and physically so they are in a position to play their best.”
Even if the schedule had not worked out the way it did this season, all GLIAC teams played on Monday this week, this is the point in the season where practice time is reduced.
“This is the first year we’ve had to play that extra game in a week, but normally when we get to February, our practice times begin to tail off a little bit anyway,” Ernst said. “We don’t practice nearly as long.”
The Oilers will be aiming for their third consecutive win, and very game counts a little more because teams are vying for not only positioning in the conference title race, but NCAA tourney positioning as well.
The good thing for UF (15-4, 11-4 GLIAC), which is a half game behind Walsh in the South Division and tied for second overall, is that its hitting its stride.
“As you go along in a season, you learn a lot about your team and figure out what works and what doesn’t work, and our team is really figuring out how it needs to play to be successful,” Ernst said. “Our players are developing confidence and finding their identity as a team.”
What the Oilers need to do against the Panthers is take care of business. In the first meeting, UF beat ODU (5-14, 3-12) 87-62 in Columbus.
The Panthers, just 1-8 on the road, have lost four of their last five and are coming off an 80-68 win over Tiffin on Monday.
But while ODU has struggled, the Oilers can’t afford to take them lightly.
“I told the guys this game is as important as every other game we will play,” Ernst said. “Our players understand the importance of it.”
Sophomore guard Mark Minch leads the Panthers as he is averaging 15.7 points per game. Sophomore guard Chad Nelson is clicking for 12.3 points per outing and has knocked down 27 3-pointers.
Sophomore forward Trent Weaver is also scoring in double figures for the Panthers, averaging 11.2 ppg. He is grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game as well.
The Panthers average 70.6 points per outing and allow 77.4. They are shooting 33.1 percent from the field while opponents are shooting 46.8 percent from the field.
Ernst said there are advantages and disadvantages to playing a team a second time.
“On one hand, from a defensive standpoint it is easier because you know what worked the last time you played them,” Ernst said. “But offensively, it’s a little more difficult because they are going to make adjustments, too.”
UF comes in averaging 82.8 points per outing and allowing 68.6. The Oilers edged Hillsdale 74-71 Monday in a pivotal division battle and are ready to carry that momentum forward.
Senior forward Greg Kahlig will play a pivotal role in that quest as he comes into the game averaging 21.9 ppg. He has 1,557 points and is 15 away from moving into 11th on the all-time scoring list. Kahlig remains on pace to be the first player to average 20 points per outing since Greg Denecker did it during the 1993-94 season.
Junior forward Jake Heagen (12.3), sophomore guard Dylan Kaufman (12.1) and sophomore point guard Dylan Kaufman (10.1) are also scoring 10 or more points.
The Oilers are in pursuit of their 12th division crown and this is the time of the year where they usually thrive. UF is 29-9 in February in the last five seasons.
“I don’t know if there is one thing you can put your finger on as to why we’ve had success in that month, but I think one of the biggest things is that we always have something to play for at this time of the year,” Ernst said.
Women trying to end skid
The UF women’s basketball team will look to end a two-game losing streak tonight when they take on ODU in a 6 p.m. GLIAC game at Croy Gymnasium.
The Oilers (9-10, 6-9 GLIAC) need a win to stay in the hunt for a conference tournament berth. They enter tonight two games behind the eighth-best team in the league and are in 11th in the overall standings. Only the top eight make the tournament.
In the first meeting with the Panthers (8-11, 5-10) the Oilers fell 79-72 in overtime. It was one of six games UF has lost this season by seven points or less.
ODU, coming off a 69-55 win over Tiffin, is averaging 63.1 points per game and allowing 64.5. Junior guard Kacee Hockenberry leads the Panthers, averaging 16.7 points per outing. Sophomore forward Melissa Scherpenberg is averaging 9.5 ppg and is grabbing 10.2 rebounds per outing as well.
Freshman forward Madi Rittinger is averaging 8.3 points per outing and the Panthers are shooting 38.8 percent from the field while holding opponents to 38.2 percent shooting from the floor.
Sophomore forward Margaret Wuebker leads UF in scoring at 12.8 ppg. Junior guard Ciara Geiger has come on strong as of late, leading Findlay in scoring in their last three games.
Geiger is averaging 9.3 points per outing and has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, including a 17-point effort against Malone on Saturday. She scored 13 in Monday’s 66-61 loss to Hillsdale.
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College Football: UF Oilers add 27 players

By BRIAN LESTER
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Hanging out in the football office inside the Gardner Center on national signing day has become a tradition for University of Findlay head coach Rob Keys and his staff.
The coaches get together early in the morning, set up a nacho bar in a conference room and then relax and enjoy the day while waiting for the national letters of intent to roll in off the fax machine.
Keys, entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Oilers, almost didn’t make it to the office Wednesday because of the latest snow storm.
“I had an interesting start to my day because I couldn’t get my car out of the driveway,” said Keys, who planned to head out the door before the sun even came up. “I started walking to the school from my house at 5:30 a.m. and (offensive line) coach (Kory) Allen picked me up about half-way there.”
Keys did make it work and so did 27 letters of intent as the Oilers unveiled their 2014 recruiting class.
Four or five more players are expected to send in letters today. The storm closed most schools, which prevented those players from getting to a fax machine.
The class, which features seven linebackers, five wide receivers and five defensive backs, is the culmination of months of hard work by the staff to put together the class. Because of the countless hours spent on the recruiting trail, signing day is a chance for the coaches to see their hard work pay off.
“We just enjoy the day and seeing those players sign is a reward for all of the hard work we have put into the process,” Keys said. “My staff does a tremendous job of getting out there and identifying prospects. I am definitely happy with the class we have signed.”
Included in that list are three local players, including two from Pandora-Gilboa.
Wide receiver Alex Osborn, who led the Blanchard Valley Conference in yards per catch (22.4) last season while catching eight touchdown passes, and defensive end Jared Tousley, a three-year starter and team captain, are both standouts for the Rockets.
Ottawa-Glandorf linebacker Cody Alt is the other local athlete who signed with UF. Alt tallied 78 tackles last season.
Osborn said he was determined to be a college football player. He was a ball boy for the Rockets when current UF defensive lineman Josh Lee was a senior at P-G and always dreamed of having a chance to take his game to the college level.
“It’s a dream come true,” Osborn said. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work to get this chance and I wanted to put myself in a place where I could be successful. I see a lot of potential for our team and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Just as UF was successful recruiting players from a school 20 minutes or so down the road from campus, the staff also stretched its reach to as far as Georgia and Louisiana.
The Oilers landed defensive end Laceem McCall out of Peachtree Ridge High School in the Atlanta area and also took Mike Campbell Jr. out of Vermillion Catholic High in Abbeville, La.
McCall was the MVP of his team and tallied 45 tackles a year ago. He was rated as the 22nd best defensive end in the state of Georgia by MaxPreps.
Campbell helped lead his team to a state championship and rushed for 1,867 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior.
One of the other more notable out-of-state recruits is Ta’Vaughn Morton from Butler High School in Louisville. Morton helped lead his team to three consecutive state semifinal appearances and was an all-state selection.
Being able to sell players on a program that has risen over the last three seasons doesn’t hurt in the Oilers’ bid to bring in the best possible players.
UF is coming off its third consecutive winning season, going 8-3, and the expectations will be just as high in 2014 as the Oilers will be seeking their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and first-ever bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs.
“When I got here, we were selling kids on a vision of what we could do as a program,” Keys said. “Now, we can legitimately go up to players and show them concrete evidence of success. Competitive players are going to want to go to a winning program, and we can offer that to them. The talent level continues to go up.”
Making sure that happens involves a lot of time recruiting. Keys and his staff hit most of the schools in the state once the season ends and then spend hours watching film on potential recruits.
“Our coaches go through hours of film and put together a list of 10-15 guys that we want at each position,” Keys said. “I give a lot of credit to my coaches for their efforts,” Keys said.
“We have a deeper talent pool to choose from now, and while we might not get the No. 1 guy on our list, the No. 2 guy is just as good.”
The Oilers have spent the last three years building depth at all positions, reducing the need to rely heavily on newcomers.
But Keys told each recruit to come in ready to challenge for a starting job. If they are good enough to play, he will have them on the field in some capacity.
Osborn is ready to accept that challenge, but realizes it will take a lot of work to make the jump from high school to college.
“I’m going to have to put in a lot of time to be successful at the next level, but all of the work is worth it,” Osborn said.
“I have to hit the weight room more, eat right and just get in the best shape possible. I’m looking forward to the opportunity in front of me.”
2014 UF Recruiting Class
Jake Allton, wide receiver, Ashland; Rhonald Houston, wide receiver, Orange; Mike Campbell Jr., running back, Vermillion Catholic (La.); Terrance Cole Jr., defensive back, Toledo Springfield; Forrest Boyd, quarterback, Vermilion; Dorian Hunter, linebacker, Springfield; Andrew Alten, offensive …read more

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Prep Basketball Standings

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL
Blanchard Valley Conference
League Overall
Arlington 7-0 11-2
Liberty-Benton 6-1 12-4
Van Buren 5-2 10-6
McComb 5-2 9-7
Leipsic 4-3 8-8
Pandora-Gilboa 3-4 3-14
Vanlue 2-5 6-10
Arcadia 2-5 5-10
Cory-Rawson 1-6 2-12
Hardin Northern 0-7 1-16
Three Rivers Athletic Conference
League Overall
Toledo St. John’s 11-0 15-4
Toledo Central Catholic 9-1 14-2
Findlay 8-3 14-4
Lima Senior 4-6 6-9
Toledo Whitmer 4-6 6-10
Fremont Ross 3-6 8-7
Toledo St. Francis 3-8 5-12
Oregon Clay 0-12 2-17
Midland Athletic League
League Overall
Carey 7-0 14-3
Old Fort 6-0 12-4
Fremont St. Joseph 5-1 8-8
Hopewell-Loudon 5-2 9-8
New Riegel 5-2 6-9
Tiffin Calvert 3-4 4-11
North Baltimore 2-4 7-9
Fostoria St. Wendelin 2-6 6-9
Mohawk 1-5 3-14
Lakota 1-6 6-11
Seneca East 0-6 0-17
North Central Conference
League Overall
Buckeye Central 8-1 14-2
Colonel Crawford 7-2 13-3
Galion 6-4 9-8
Upper Sandusky 6-4 9-9
Bucyrus 5-5 11-7
Riverdale 3-6 6-10
Wynford 2-7 4-11
Crestline 1-9 3-13
Northern Buckeye Conference
League Overall
Lake 8-1 15-1
Rossford 8-1 11-4
Eastwood 6-3 10-5
Genoa 6-4 8-9
Otsego 4-5 9-9
Elmwood 3-6 4-12
Woodmore 2-8 2-15
Fostoria 1-8 2-13
Northwest Conference
League Overall
Convoy Crestview 4-0 16-0
Spencerville 5-1 11-4
Lincolnview 4-1 8-8
Paulding 3-2 12-4
Columbus Grove 3-2 10-6
Bluffton 2-3 8-8
Delphos Jefferson 1-4 9-7
Allen East 1-5 5-11
Ada 0-5 4-10
Northwest Ohio Athletic League
League Overall
Archbold 4-1 12-4
Wauseon 4-1 11-5
Bryan 4-1 9-6
Delta 3-1 10-4
Liberty Center 3-2 12-4
Evergreen 2-2 8-6
Swanton 1-4 7-9
Patrick Henry 1-4 4-13
Montpelier 0-6 1-14
Putnam County League
League Overall
Columbus Grove 5-1 10-6
Miller City 4-1 11-6
Ottoville 4-1 7-10
Kalida 3-1 9-7
Leipsic 2-2 7-8
Continental 1-3 5-11
Fort Jennings 0-5 4-13
Pandora-Gilboa 0-5 3-14
Western Buckeye League
League Overall
Defiance 5-1 14-2
Elida 5-1 13-3
Lima Bath 5-1 12-3
Celina 5-1 11-5
Ottawa-Glandorf 4-2 11-6
Van Wert 2-4 8-8
Lima Shawnee 2-4 5-12
St. Marys Memorial 1-5 6-10
Kenton 0-5 4-10
Wapakoneta 0-5 2-13
Other NW Ohio
League Overall
Heritage Christian 0-0 7-5
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Blanchard Valley Conference
League Overall
Liberty-Benton 8-0 15-1
Leipsic 7-1 16-3
Arcadia 6-2 12-4
Arlington 6-2 12-5
McComb 4-4 11-8
Pandora-Gilboa 4-4 10-8
Van Buren 2-6 3-15
Cory-Rawson 1-6 6-11
Hardin Northern 1-6 2-14
Vanlue 0-8 3-15
Three Rivers Athletic Conference
League Overall
Toledo Notre Dame 10-1 13-3
Lima Senior 7-3 14-3
Toledo Whitmer 6-3 12-4
Oregon Clay 6-4 11-7
Toledo Central Catholic 5-5 11-6
Fremont Ross 2-6 8-7
Findlay 2-9 2-16
Toledo St Ursula 0-8 3-11
Midland Athletic League
League Overall
Carey 7-0 16-1
New Riegel 7-1 15-1
Old Fort 5-1 13-4
Tiffin Calvert 5-2 10-5
Fostoria St. Wendelin 4-3 13-4
Mohawk 4-4 8-8
Hopewell-Loudon 3-4 9-9
Seneca East 2-6 8-10
North Baltimore 2-6 7-11
Lakota 1-7 5-12
Fremont St. Joseph 1-7 3-12
North Central Conference
League Overall
Riverdale 11-1 15-4
Wynford 11-1 15-3
Bucyrus 8-4 15-5
Upper Sandusky 7-5 9-8
Buckeye Central 5-7 8-10
Colonel Crawford 3-9 3-15
Galion 3-9 3-15
Crestline 0-12 2-16
Northern Buckeye Conference
League Overall
Elmwood 10-1 13-5
Genoa 8-3 14-5
Rossford 8-4 12-6
Otsego 6-4 8-9
Woodmore 6-5 7-11
Lake 5-5 8-9
Eastwood 1-12 2-15
Fostoria 0-11 1-16
Northwest Conference
League Overall
Convoy Crestview 6-0 15-1
Allen East 6-0 13-4
Columbus Grove 4-2 12-6
Bluffton 4-2 10-7
Ada 2-4 7-10
Delphos Jefferson 2-4 7-10
Lincolnview 2-4 7-11
Paulding 1-6 5-12
Spencerville 1-6 2-12
Northwest Ohio Athletic League
League Overall
Archbold 7-0 17-1
Evergreen 6-1 13-4
Delta 5-2 11-7
Wauseon 4-2 9-9
Bryan 3-3 8-9
Swanton 3-5 8-9
Patrick Henry 2-4 5-11
Liberty Center 0-6 3-14
Montpelier 0-7 4-15
Putnam County League
League Overall
Leipsic 6-0 16-3
Ottoville 5-2 9-8
Columbus Grove 4-2 12-5
Pandora-Gilboa 4-2 10-8
Continental 3-3 9-8
Kalida 2-3 7-11
Fort Jennings 0-5 2-15
Miller City 0-6 1-15
Western Buckeye League
League Overall
Lima Bath 7-0 16-1
Ottawa-Glandorf 6-1 15-2
Van Wert 5-2 16-4
Wapakoneta 5-2 10-7
Elida 4-3 7-9
Lima Shawnee 3-4 7-10
Kenton 2-5 6-11
Celina 2-5 3-15
St. Marys Memorial 1-6 3-14
Defiance 0-7 3-14

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Prep Gymnastics: Findlay to defend TRAC title

Findlay High School’s depth and tradition will be key factors on Saturday when the Trojans will be the odds-on favorite to defend their title in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference gymnastics championships.
Oregon Clay won the first-ever TRAC gymnastics championship in 2011 with a young, freshman-dominated team. But Findlay has won the last two titles and done so comfortably. A year ago, the Trojans had a total of 141.90 points in the league meet and posted staggering margin of victory over second-place Toledo Notre Dame (130.95). Clay was third among the six TRAC schools who sponsor gymnastics teams.
Findlay has already out-pointed Oregon Clay in two big meets this season, at the Beauty and the Beast competition hosted by Findlay, and in the Wolfpack Invitational at Worthington, where the Trojans were third and Clay fourth.
The Wolfpack Invitational was two weeks ago, a good time frame according to FHS coach Traci Dunn.
“Two weeks is a good because it gives you that time to fine tune things and get healthy,” Dunn said after the Wolfpack Invitational.
Findlay no longer has Alex Settlemire, the TRAC Gymnast of the year as a sophomore, junior and senior. But the Trojans, with 10 gymnasts on the team, have more depth this year and a number of TRAC veterans returning. Tori Cox, a junior, was second to Settlemire in the all-around scoring in last year’s TRAC championships, Maranda Butler was fifth in the all-around standings and Leah Thomas was seventh. Cassidy Pruitt has also been among the Trojans’ leading scorers.
The TRAC championships will be held at the Exceleration Gymnastics Center in Toledo on Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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Prep Swimming: Sectional diving set for tonight

Division I sectional girls diving was supposed to kick off sectional swimming and diving in northwest Ohio on Wednesday.
Mother Nature’s wrath took care of that.
Instead, Findlay High School’s boys and girls divers will both compete today in Division I sectional action at Fremont Ross.
The only other area school with divers, Ottawa-Glandorf, will compete in Division II sectional competition at Ayersville on Friday.
Area swimmers, meanwhile, will get their chance to compete on Saturday.
Findlay High School’s boys and girls teams will compete at the Fremont Ross Sectional, swimmers from Ottawa-Glandorf, Leipsic and Elmwood will be at the Division II Ayersville Sectional, Upper Sandusky and Ada will try and advance at the Lima YMCA Sectional and Fostoria and St. Wendelin travels to Napoleon for sectional action.
The 30 individuals and 20 relay teams with the best times from throughout northwest Ohio qualify for next week’s district championships at Cleveland State University.

Fremont Ross Sectional
TEAMS COMPETING — Toledo Bowsher, Tiffin Calvert, Toledo Central Catholic, Oregon Clay, Tiffin Columbian, Findlay, Fremont Ross, Genoa, Huron, Lake, Lakota, Margaretta, Maumee, Maumee Valley Country Day, Norwalk, Oak Harbor, Sandusky Perkins, Port Clinton, Sandusky, Fremont St. Joseph, Sandusky St. Mary’s, Norwalk St. Paul, Toledo Start, Toledo Christian, Toledo Waite, Toledo Whitmer.
Ayersville Sectional
TEAMS COMPETING — Anthony Wayne, Ayersville, Bowling Green, Celina, Coldwater, Defiance, Eastwood, Elmwood, Evergreen, Fort Recovery, Leipsic, Ottawa Glandorf, Pettisville, Van Wert.
Lima YMCA Sectional
TEAMS COMPETING — Ada, Lima Bath, Elida, Kenton, Lima Central Catholic, Lima Senior, Marion Local, St. Marys Memorial, Minster, New Bremen, Lima Shawnee, Upper Sandusky, Upper Scioto Valley, Wapakoneta.
Napoleon Sectional
TEAMS COMPETING — Bryan, Fostoria, Hicksville, Napoleon, Perrysburg, Springfield, Toledo St. Francis, Toledo St. John’s, Fostoria St. Wendelin, Sylvania Northview, Sylvania Southview, Wauseon, Toledo St. Ursula, Toledo Notre Dame.

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