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Girls Basketball Roundup: Findlay falls to Toledo C.C.

Toledo Central Catholic jumped out to a 19-8 first-quarter lead over Findlay and cruised to a 61-38 win Thursday in a Three Rivers Athletic Conference girls basketball game.
Alex Matus poured in a game-high 16 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Toledo Central Catholic (12-6, 6-5 TRAC).
Demi Russell and Alissa Galernik also scored in double figures for the Irish, with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Sarah Thomas scored 14 points to lead Findlay (2-17, 2-10 TRAC).

toledo central cath. (12-6, 5-6 TRAC)
L. Matus 1-4–6, McClendon 1-0–2, A. Matus 5-2–16, Galernik 6-0–12, Morgan 2-2–7, Russell 6-2–14, Simon 1-2–4. TOTALS: 22 12-12–61.
findlay (2-17, 2-10 TRAC)
Swisher 1-0–3, Blatnik 1-0–2, Bendt 0-1–1, Smarkel 3-1–8, Hardesty 2-3–8, Thomas 5-2–14, Vielhaber 0-2–2. TOTALS: 12 9-12–38.
Toledo Central Catholic 19 11 17 14 – 61
Findlay 8 9 11 10 – 38
3-Point GOALS: Toledo Central Catholic 5 (A. Matus 4, Morgan 1); Findlay 5 (Thomas 2, Swisher, Smarkel & Hardesty 1).
junior varsity: Toledo Central Catholic, 40-35.
SHELBY — Upper Sandusky jumped out to a 35-22 halftime lead over Shelby, but the Rams only mustered 11 points in the second half and lost 65-46 in a nonconference girls basketball game Thursday.
Four players scored in double figures for Shelby (8-9), including Taylor Fulton (14 points), Jessica Miller (13), Kenna Goth (11) and Jackie Garett (10).
Taylor Graboski dropped a game-high 25 points for Upper Sandusky (9-9), but was just 1 of 9 (11 percent) from the foul line as the Rams shot 6 of 16 (38 percent) for the game.

upper sandusky (9-9)
Holly 0-3–3, Smith 3-0–6, Johnson 3-0–6, Cary 2-2–6, Graboski 12-1–25, Calvin 0-0–0, Cox 0-0–0, Stover 0-0–0. TOTALS: 20 6-16–46.
shelby (8-9)
Stephens 3-2–9, Miller 3-7–13, Goth 4-2–11, Fulton 5-4–14, Garett 4-2–10, Evans 4-0–8, Alfrey 0-0–0, Wagers 0-0–0, Fidler 0-0–0. TOTALS: 23 17-23–65.
Upper Sandusky 18 17 7 4 – 46
Shelby 6 16 22 21 – 65
3-Point GOALS: Upper Sandusky none; Shelby 2 (Stephens & Goth 1).
junior varsity: Shelby, 41-28.

BLUFFTON — Bluffton outscored Columbus Grove 29-20 in the second half to come away with a 45-39 Northwest Conference win in girls basketball action Thursday.
Paige Buroker was the only player to score in double figures (10) for the Pirates (11-7, 5-2 NWC). Sarah Schriner and Andie Schmutz each added nine points for Bluffton.
Sammi Stechschulte scored a game-high 13 points, including three 3-pointers and eight in the fourth quarter, for Columbus Grove (12-7, 4-3 NWC).

columbus grove (12-7, 4-3 NWC)
Schumacher 1-3–5, Stechschulte 5-0–13, Wynn 1-0–2, McCluer 1-3–6, Clement 0-4–4, Yinger 3-0–6, Diller 1-1–3, Hoffman 0-0–0. TOTALS: 12 11-23–39.
bluffton (11-7, 5-2 nwc)
Schriner 3-3–9, Hunt 1-0–3, Buroker 3-4–10, Fruchey 1-1–4, Schmutz 3-3–9, Parkins 1-4–6, Prichard 2-0–4, A. Baker 0-0–0, Joseph 0-0–0. TOTALS: 14 15-23–45.
Columbus Grove 7 12 7 13 – 39
Bluffton 9 7 12 17 – 45
3-Point GOALS: Columbus Grove 4 (Stechschulte 3, McCluer); Bluffton 2 (Hunt & Fruchey).
ADA 49
ADA — Ada blitzed Lincolnview 16-2 in the third quarter to turn a battle into a blowout, beating the Lancers 49-25 in a Northwest Conference girls basketball game on Thursday.
Alexis Amburgey scored 13 points and Lindsay Walden, Haley Wyss and Tori Wyss added seven each for Ada (8-10, 3-4 NWC).
Ashton Bowersock and Julia Thatcher led Lincolnview (7-12, 2-5 NWC) with eight points each.

lincolnview (7-12, 2-5 nwc)
Bowersock 4-0–8, Thatcher 3-0–8, Gorman 1-0–2, McCleery 1-0–2, Stemen 1-3–5. TOTALS: 10 3–25.
ada (8-10, 3-4 nwc)
Marshall 2-0–4, Amburgey 5-1–13, Archer 2-0–4, Faine 2-2–6, Wildman 0-1–1, Walden 3-1–7, H. Wyss 2-2–7, T. Wyss 3-1–7. TOTALS: 19 9–49.
Lincolnview 7 12 2 11 – 25
Ada 5 17 16 11 – 49
3-Point GOALS: Lincolnview 2 (Thatcher 2); Ada 4 (Amburgey, Faine 2, H. Wyss).
ELIDA — Ottawa-Glandorf’s girls basketball team extended its’ winning streak to 12 games with a 58-36 win over Elida in a Western Buckeye League matchup Thursday.
The Titans improve to 16-2 overall and 7-1 in the WBL. Elida falls to 7-10 and 4-4 in the WBL.
No individual statistics from the game were available.

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Girls Basketball: Elmwood back-to-back NBC champions


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: Stall ball can’t stop L-B Eagles


In staff meetings and practices this week, Liberty-Benton girls basketball coach Nate Irwin tried to figure out how Arlington would attack his team.

“We went back and fourth on what we thought he would try to do to us, the things he could do to try and exploit some of our weaknesses,” Irwin said of Arlington coach Seth Newlove. “The way they came out in the first half was not in my top three or four, I’ll be honest. It didn’t cross my mind.”

Arlington played the first half in a stall offense, taking just three shots. Three Liberty-Benton baskets early in the third quarter broke things open, and the Eagles stretched an 8-4 halftime lead into a 35-10 victory to wrap up an outright Blanchard Valley Conference championship.

The Eagles (17-1), ranked sixth in the latest Associated Press Division III poll, completed a perfect 9-0 run through the BVC and stretched their win streak to 17 games.

Arlington fell to 12-6, 6-3 BVC.

“It was a unique strategy, it kept it close for a half, but in the third quarter we hit some shots to extend our lead and forced them to come out and guard us a little more,” Irwin said.

Newlove’s idea was to keep the game within a basket or two heading into the late going.

“I think the strategy in the first half worked great,” he said. “If you tell me we’re only down four points at halftime, whether it’s 35-31 or 8-4, I could care less about that. I wanted to be up or down five points going into the fourth quarter.

“I was happy down 8-4 at half. That’s where we wanted it. The girls believed in the strategy, I believed in it and a bad start to the third quarter made us have to play. And you saw what happened.”

Rachel Myers opened the third quarter with a pair of layups for L-B. Carrie Reynolds knocked down a 3-pointer moments later, and the Eagles led 15-4 midway through the third quarter.

“It was a different pace for us, we didn’t get to go out and play a real basketball game,” Reynolds said. “But we adjusted to it, and everything worked out.”

Irwin credited his players for keeping their composure when possessions were at a premium.

“You’re all amped up, and you come out and you stand,” he said. “Our girls hit baskets, and there’s a little more pressure on them when it’s 8-4. Our girls didn’t panic, didn’t get rattled and I was extremely proud of our effort.”

Reynolds, who finished with 10 points, hit a 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer and Myers, who had a game-high 16 points, started the fourth quarter with a midrange jumper. That put the Eagles up 25-8.

“If you give Rachel that many opportunities, she’s going to hurt you,” Newlove said. “That’s a girl that has spent hours and hours in the gym, and she deserves all the awards she’s going to get. She has made herself one of the best basketball players our league has ever had.”

Liberty-Benton got contributions from its other seniors as well. Reynolds went 3 of 4 from the floor and hit both of her 3-point attempts, and 5-foot-7 Kayla Trevino held her own in the post when Lauren Kotey spent extended periods on the bench with foul trouble.

“You’d think when we got Kotey in foul trouble we could do some things inside,” Newlove said. “They cover up really well and don’t give you a lot of places to shoot it. When we did shoot it, we struggled. We missed some easy shots in the third quarter.”

“Kayla was definitely our defensive MVP tonight,” Irwin said. “They attacked right at Lauren and got her in foul trouble, and they continued to attack at Kayla. She played some huge minutes for us. Things could have gotten interesting if she wasn’t able to defend in the post.”

The league title is a special one for L-B’s three seniors.

“It was our first goal on the list for our senior year, as far as team goals go,” Trevino said. “Step one is complete, so we need to go on from here.”

“To be 9-0, in our senior year, feels great,” Reynolds said. “It’s a great accomplishment.”

“It’s awesome to win the win the league, but to go 9-0 is even more of an accomplishment,” Myers said. “It feels even better.”

Sierra Nichols hit her first two field-goal attempts early in the game and led Arlington with five points.

The Red Devils made just 1 of 16 shots after taking a 4-2 lead late in the first quarter. Whitney Dodds had a team-best four rebounds.

Nicolette DeVincentis had seven points for L-B, and Jensen Hiegel grabbed a game-high five rebounds.

ARLINGTON (12-6, 6-3 BVC)
H. Johnson 0-1–1, Heaster 0-2–2, Dodds 0-0–0, Mains 1-0–2, Dillon 0-0–0, Nichols 2-1–5, M. Johnson 0-1–1, Schmehl 0-0–0, McMath 0-0–0, Webb 0-0–0, Alexander 0-0–0. TOTALS: 3-18 4-10–10.

Kotey 0-0–0, Myers 6-3–16, Hiegel 0-2–2, DeVincentis 2-2–7, Reynolds 3-2–10, Trevino 0-0–0.

TOTALS: 11-24 9-11–35.
Arlington 4 0 4 2 — 10
Liberty-Benton 5 3 14 13 — 35

3-POINT GOALS: Arlington 0-6, Liberty-Benton 4-9 (Reynolds 2, Myers, DeVincentis).
REBOUNDS: Arlington 13 (Dodds 4), Liberty-Benton 18 (Hiegel 5).
TURNOVERS: Arlington 9, Liberty-Benton 5.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Arlington, 21-13.

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Prep Hockey: FHS Trojans seeded fifth in district

SYLVANIA — Toledo St. John’s and Sylvania Northview were seeded first and second and Toledo St. Francis, Bowling Green and Findlay followed soon after as the five teams that make up the Northwest Hockey Conference’s Red Divison, a group that has a combined 54 Final Four appearances and 10 state titles, headed up the pairings for the Northwest District hockey tournament beginning Feb. 13 at Tam-O-Shanter Arena.
Toledo St. John’s, Ohio’s No. 1-ranked prep team, was seeded first at Thursday’s tournament draw and took a first-round bye. Second-seeded Northview also passed on a first-round game.
Findlay, the No. 5 seed, will face Fremont in a 6 p.m. opener on Feb. 14 at Tam-O-Shanter. A win would send the Trojans (13-11-4) against either Springfield or No. 4-seeded Toledo St. Francis in a second-round game on Feb. 18.
The district semifinals will be held Feb. 21 and 22 and the district final on March 1. The district champion will advance to the state tournament March 7-8 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

District Hockey Tournament
Sylvania Southview vs. Toledo Whitmer, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.
Toledo St. Francis vs. Springfield, Feb. 13, 8 p,.m
Findlay vs. Fremont Ross, Feb. 14, 6 p.m.
Bowling Green vs. Ottawa Hills, p.m.
Maumee vs. Perrysburg, 6:30 p.m.
Oregon Clay vs. Anthony Wane, 8:30 p.m.
Oregon Clay/Anthony Wayne winner vs. Sylvania Northview, 6 p.m.
Sylvania Southview/Toledo Whitmer winner vs. Toledo St. John”s, 8 p.m
Toledo St. Francis/Springfield winner vs. Findlay/Fremont winner, Feb. 14, 6 p.m.
Bowling Green/Ottawa Hills winner vs. Maumee/Perrysburg winner, 8 p.m.

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Girls Basketball: O-G Titans winning with defense

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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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Area Prep Basketball Leaders

PREP Boys Basketball
Area Scoring Leaders
G Pts Avg.
Jared Wentling, Carey 17 375 22.1
Zach Kuhlman, Leipsic 15 301 20.1
Will Vorhees, Columbus Grove 15 290 19.3
Jacob Gossard, Hardin Northern 16 289 18.1
Bryan Powers, Carey 17 298 17.5
Noah Bramlage, Ottawa-Glandorf 17 296 17.4
Josh Ireland, Arcadia 13 212 16.3
Levi Kistler, Bluffton 16 257 16.1
Wes Vent, Upper Sandusky 17 269 15.8
Michael Blunk, Arlington 13 203 15.6
Adam Twining, Findlay 18 275 15.3
Jimmy Fox, Riverdale 15 230 15.3
Jacob Frost, North Baltimore 16 243 15.2
Mitch Parker, Mohawk 17 254 14.9
Austin Smith, Vanlue 14 205 14.6
Sawyer Junge, Van Buren 16 232 14.5
Clay Grubb, McComb 15 217 14.5
Ryan Lommerse, Hopewell-Loud. 17 244 14.4
Jace Darbyshire, Columbus Grove 15 215 14.3
Adam Cytlak, Liberty-Benton 16 224 14.0
Lee Holderman, Riverdale 15 204 13.6
Grant Risner, Cory-Rawson 11 148 13.5
Ryan Geise, Liberty-Benton 8 106 13.3
Austin Gutting, Findlay 18 236 13.1
John Darnall, Liberty-Benton 15 197 13.1
Zach Boes, Carey 11 143 13.0
Andrew Hunter, Arlington 13 166 12.8
Adam Niese, Miller City 16 202 12.6
Nick Hagerty, Vanlue 15 189 12.6
Aaron Arnold, Elmwood 15 187 12.5
Seth Schmenk, Pandora-Gilboa 16 197 12.3
Chad Pever, Riverdale 15 175 12.1
Chad Wright, North Baltimore 16 192 12.0
Jake Dryfuse, New Riegel 15 180 12.0
Jordan Brown, Leipsic 15 178 11.9
Hayden Ramsey, Arcadia 13 151 11.6
Tyson Frey, Riverdale 15 170 11.3
Gabe Walters, St. Wendelin 14 149 10.6
Seth Frey, Upper Sandusky 17 179 10.5
Nathan Craft, Liberty-Benton 15 158 10.5
Rylie Drumm, Hardin Northern 12 126 10.5
Nick Root, St. Wendelin 14 146 10.4
Jackson Lammers, Miller City 16 167 10.4
Tim Ink, New Riegel 15 155 10.3
Cody Clifford, Upper Sandusky 17 175 10.3
Matthew Alspach, Cory-Rawson 14 143 10.2
Area Rebounding Leaders
G Reb Avg.
Jared Wentling, Carey 17 160 9.4
Chad Wright, North Baltimore 16 146 9.1
Grant Risner, Cory-Rawson 11 99 9.0
Noah Bramlage, Ottawa-Glandorf 17 148 8.7
Rylie Drumm, Hardin Northern 12 100 8.3
Mitchell Ault, Bluffton 16 131 8.2
Ryan Lommerse, H-Loudon 17 140 8.2
Will Vorhees, Columbus Grove 15 122 8.1
Wes Vent, Upper Sandusky 17 138 8.1
Jordan Brown, Leipsic 15 121 8.1
Seth Schmenk, Pandora-Gilboa 16 123 7.7
Gabe Walters, St. Wendelin 14 108 7.7
Jared Tousley, Pandora-Gilboa 15 112 7.5
Michael Blunk, Arlington 13 95 7.3
Jake Dryfuse, New Riegel 15 110 7.3
Michael Kirian, New Riegel 15 104 6.9
Clay Grubb, McComb 15 100 6.7
Jacob Frost, North Baltimore 16 106 6.6
Austin Gutting, Findlay 18 119 6.6
Levi Kistler, Bluffton 16 102 6.4
Zach Boes, Carey 11 69 6.3
Adam Niese, Miller City 16 96 6.0
Seth Frey, Upper Sandusky 17 101 5.9
Adam Twining, Findlay 18 107 5.9
Jimmy Fox, Riverdale 15 85 5.7
Adam Drummelsmith, Miller City 16 90 5.6
Tyler Zender, Ottawa-Glandorf 17 96 5.6
Zach Kuhlman, Ottawa-Glandorf 17 95 5.6
Aaron Arnold, Elmwood 15 83 5.5
Tyson Frey, Riverdale 15 82 5.5
Sawyer Junge, Van Buren 16 83 5.2
Jacob Gossard, Hardin Northern 16 82 5.1
Marcus Brand, Van Buren 16 80 5.0
Braxton Fasone, Van Buren 16 80 5.0
Nick Hagerty, Vanlue 15 75 5.0
Grant Loveridge, Riverdale 15 74 4.9
Hayden Ramsey, Arcadia 13 64 4.9
Area Assists Leaders
G Asts Avg.
Daniel Roberts, Van Buren 16 90 5.6
Andrew Hunter, Arlington 13 68 5.2
Deven Peters, Elmwood 4 19 4.8
Zach Boes, Carey 11 52 4.7
Michael Clark, Findlay 18 82 4.6
Adam Cytlak, Liberty-Benton 16 70 4.4
Mitchell Ault, Bluffton 16 66 4.1
Bryan Powers, Carey 17 69 4.1
Lane Bishop, North Baltimore 16 61 3.8
Aaron Arnold, Elmwood 15 55 3.7
Matthew Holsinger, Carey 11 40 3.6
Nick Hagerty, Vanlue 15 52 3.5
Brayden Dunlap, Mohawk 17 59 3.5
Cody Clifford, Upper Sandusky 17 57 3.4
Sawyer Junge, Van Buren 16 54 3.4
Zach Kuhlman, Leipsic 15 50 3.3
Jacob Gossard, Hardin Northern 16 51 3.2
Adam Twining, Findlay 18 56 3.1
Hunter Hovest, Pandora-Gilboa 15 47 3.1
Adam Endicott, Van Buren 16 45 2.8
Jace Darbyshire, Columbus Grove 15 42 2.8
Austin Smith, Vanlue 14 39 2.8
Area Steals Leaders
G Stls Avg.
Wes Vent, Upper Sandusky 17 64 3.8
Chad Pever, Riverdale 15 44 2.9
Cory Heuerman, Miller City 16 41 2.6
Mitch Parker, Mohawk 17 44 2.6
Braden Miller, Findlay 18 40 2.2
Jared Wentling, Carey 17 38 2.2
Matthew Holsinger, Carey 11 24 2.2
PREP GIRLS Basketball
Area Scoring Leaders
G Pts Avg.
Rachel Myers, Liberty-Benton 16 374 23.4
Kamryn Troike, St. Wendelin 16 326 20.4
Courtney Cramer, Arcadia 16 291 18.2
Emily Clymer, McComb 19 338 17.8
Paige Ordway, Continental 18 316 17.6
Molly Glick, Arcadia 16 278 17.4
Taylor Graboski, Upper Sandusky 17 290 17.1
Jordyn Wright, Riverdale 17 278 16.4
Kristen Curtis, Elmwood 16 256 16.0
Tori Wyss, Ada 17 257 15.1
Nora Hemminger, McComb 19 285 15.0
Megan Maag, Pandora-Gilboa 17 255 15.0
Kasey Adelsperger, Mohawk 16 277 14.8
Kiley Scott, Cory-Rawson 17 245 14.4
Aleta Daniel, Hopewell-Loudon 15 210 14.0
Lauren Kotey, Liberty-Benton 16 221 13.8
Kara Scherger, New Riegel 17 230 13.5
Sydney Wentling, Carey 16 208 13.0
Julie Adelsperger, Mohawk 16 203 12.7
Courtney Burns, Hopewell-Loud 14 176 12.6
Haley Gerten, Leipsic 18 223 12.4
Kristen Miller, Ottawa-Glandorf 17 211 12.4
Sydney Holderman, Riverdale 11 133 12.1
Paige Sudlow, Van Buren 16 208 12.1
Lauren Ladd, New Riegel 17 205 12.1
Nichole Miller, Van Buren 16 190 11.9
Samantha Ervin, Elmwood 16 184 11.5
Taylor Arbogast, New Riegel 17 194 11.4
Taylor Kirian, New Riegel 17 193 11.4
Amber Gerdeman,Leipsic 18 205 11.4
Ali Rymer, Carey 16 178 11.1
Olivia Frost, North Baltimore 15 167 11.1
Dani Heaster, Arlington 17 180 10.6
Nicolette Devincentis, L-B 16 168 10.5
Elissa Ellerbrock, O-G 17 173 10.2
Area Rebounding Leaders
Kamryn Troike, St. Wendelin 16 218 13.6
Taylor Graboski, Upper Sandusky 17 221 13.0
Lauren Kotey, Liberty-Benton 16 162 10.1
Brooke Arbogast, H-L 15 145 9.7
Kelly Nadler, Leipsic 18 149 8.3
Ali Rymer, Carey 16 131 8.2
Lauren Ladd, New Riegel 17 138 8.1
Amber Gerdeman,Leipsic 18 146 8.1
Emily Clymer, McComb 19 152 8.0
Tori Wyss, Ada 17 136 8.0
Megan Maag, Pandora-Gilboa 17 129 7.6
Rebecca Kirian, Arcadia 16 122 7.6
Molly Glick, Arcadia 16 120 7.5
Chloe Kromer, Vanlue 19 143 7.5
Olivia Frost, North Baltimore 15 109 7.3
Kristen Curtis, Elmwood 15 114 7.1
Jensen Hiegel, Liberty-Benton 16 112 7.0
Samantha Ervin, Elmwood 16 112 7.0
Taylor Kirian, New Riegel 17 118 6.9
Hope Brickner, Hopewell-Loudon 15 100 6.7
Kiah Powell, North Baltimore 18 119 6.6
Logan Johnson, Carey 16 104 6.5
Abbie Dauterman, Arcadia 16 104 6.5
Alexis Amburgey, Ada 17 104 6.1
Area Assists Leaders
G Asts Avg.
Brenna Dee, McComb 19 106 5.6
Vanessa McCullough, P-Gilboa 17 88 5.2
Sydney Wentling, Carey 16 74 4.6
Aleta Daniel, Hopewell-Loudon 15 67 4.5
Taylor McClain, Mohawk 16 68 4.3
Haley Bonham, Vanlue 19 80 4.2
Hannah Draper, Carey 16 67 4.2
Kendra Tuttle, Cory-Rawson 17 68 4.0
Rachel Myers, Liberty-Benton 16 62 3.9
Courtney Burns, H-L 14 50 3.6
Haley Gerten, Leipsic 18 63 3.5
Marissa Swavel, Elmwood 16 55 3.4
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Boys Basketball: Trojans set to host St. John’s

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

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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