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Prep hockey: Trojans defeat Indiana squad

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Connor Curlis scored one goal and assisted on two others as Findlay High’s hockey team completed its weekend journey to Indiana with a 5-1 win over Noblesville on Sunday.
Kirby Simeon, Justan May, Clay Robertson and Jordan May also scored for the Trojans. Brandon Armstrong had two assists and Noah Hindall, Mason Williams and Matt Atkins collected one each. Joe Longo made six saves in goal as Findlay, which is scheduled to face Bowling Green today in a Northwest Hockey Conference game at the BGSU Ice Arena, ran its unbeaten streak to six straight and improved to 14-10-4 on the season.

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Girls basketball: Blue Devils defeat Riverdale 51-40

CAREY — Sydney Wentling and Hannah Draper combined for 30 points as Carey downed Riverdale 51-40 in a nonleague battle of teams atop their respective conferences.
The Blue Devils (16-1), who lead the Midland Athletic League standings, were 7 of 17 (41 percent) from 3-point range, with Wentling hitting four of them on her way to a game-high 16 points.
The Falcons, tied for first in the North Central Conference, finished 2 of 16 (13 percent) from beyond the arc and were outrebounded 28-19 in the game.
Jordyn Wright tossed in 14 points and grabbed six boards, while Bre Parish notched 12 points and six rebounds for Riverdale (14-4).

RIVERDALE (14-4)
Farrow 0-0–0, T. Wright 0-0–0, Holderman 0-0–0, Parish 4-4–12, J. Wright 6-2–14, Frey 2-0–6, Walter 1-0–2, Taylor 1-2–4, Hill 0-0–0, Kuenzli 0-0–0, Farmer 0-2–2. TOTALS: 14-40 10-14 — 40.
CAREY (16-1)
Kin 2-2–6, S. Wentling 6-0–16, M. Wentling 2-0–5, Rymer 2-0–4, Johnson 1-2–4, G. Wentling 1-0–2, Draper 4-2–14. TOTALS: 18-43 8-8 — 51.
Riverdale 8 9 15 8 — 40
Carey 5 20 16 10 — 51
3-Point GOALS: Riverdale 2-16 (Frey 2); Carey 7-17 (S. Wentling 4, Draper 2, M. Wentling).
rebounds: Riverdale 19 (Parish & J. Wright 6); Carey 28 (Rymer & Johnson 6).
turnovers: Riverdale 11; Carey 14.
junior varsity: Carey, 36-23.
ELMWOOD 58
GIBSONBURG 34
BLOOMDALE — Kristen Curtis poured in 19 points and Elmwood outscored Gibsonburg 52-24 after the first quarter Monday night en route to a 58-34 victory in a nonconference matchup.
The Royals, who improved to 12-5 on the season, outrebounded the Golden Bears 37-22 and forced 27 turnovers in the game.
Gibsonburg finished 14 of 41 (34.1 percent) from the field and was just 2 of 5 (40 percent) from the foul line.
Curtis also grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists, while Tiffany Hillard snatched five steals for Elmwood.
Danielle Fork and Amanda Shammo each finished with 10 points for the Golden Bears (5-12).

GIBSONBURG (5-12)
Pearles 2-0–4, Fork 4-1–10, Alvardo 1-0–2, Schmeltz 0-0–0, Shammo 4-0–10, Roberts 0-0–0, Pencina 0-0–0, Widmer 3-0–7, Ernsthausen 0-1–1, Mancha 0-0–0, Reed 0-0–0. TOTALS: 14-41 2-5 — 34.
ELMWOOD (12-5)
Sears 3-0–6, Hillard 1-1–3, Curtis 6-4–19, Veryser 3-1–7, Swavel 1-2–5, Harvey 0-1–1, Emmitt 3-0–8, George 0-0–0, Bradford 0-0–0, Ervin 3-1–7, Kynard 1-0–2, Marsh 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21-66 10-12 — 58.
Gibsonburg 10 12 10 2 — 34
Elmwood 6 18 16 18 — 58
3-Point GOALS: Gibsonburg 4-15 (Shammo 2, Fork & Widmer); Elmwood 6-23 (Curtis 3, Emmitt 2, Swavel).
rebounds: Gibsonburg 22; Elmwood 37 (Curtis 7).
turnovers: Gibsonburg 27; Elmwood 14.
junior varsity: Elmwood, 38-30.
PANDORA-GILBOA 47
CONTINENTAL 39
CONTINENTAL — Pandora-Glboa outscored Continental 28-22 in the second half and 12-5 from the line in earning a 47-39 Putnam County League win over the Pirates on Monday.
Megan Maag scored 20 points and Olivia Maag had 11 for Pandora-Gilboa. Olivia Maag and Hunter Hermiller accounted for all five 3-pointers, and Megan Maag and Shae Watkins combined for nine of P-G’s 12 free throws as the Rockets improved to 10-8 overall and 4-2 in the PCL.
Continental got another big game from Paige Ordway. The senior guard scored a game-high 21 points for the Pirates (9-8, 3-3 PCL).

PANDORA-GILBOA (10-8, 4-2 PCL)
McCullough 0-1–1, Hermiller 3-0–8, O. Maag 4-0–11, M. Maag 8—20, Watkins 0-5–5, Abelovska 0-2–2. TOTALS: 15-37 12-15–47.
CONTiNENTAL (9-8, 3-3 pcl)
Fitzwater 1-0–2, Scott 4-0–8, Quigley 0-1–1, Zachrich 2-2–6, Ordway 9-1–21, Kindilien 0-1–1. TOTALS: 16-39 5-12–39.
Pandora-Gilboa 10 9 11 17 — 47
Continental 8 9 9 13 — 39
3-Point GOALS: Pandora-Gilboa 5-17 (Hermiller 2, O. Maag 3); Continental 2-11 (Ordway 2).
rebounds: Pandora-Gilboa 21 (O. Maag 6); Continental 14 .
turnovers: Pandora-Gilboa 18, Continental 14.
junior varsity: Pandora-Gilboa, 37-21.
TIFFIN CALVERT 60
HOPEWELL-LOUDON 40
BASCOM — Tiffin Calvert built an 18-point lead by halftime Monday night on its way to a 60-40 Midland Athletic League win over Hopewell-Loudon.
The Senecas outscored the Chieftains 16-7 in the first quarter and took a 39-21 advantage into halftime.
Taylor Ritzler led the Senecas with 17 points and Kate Brickner added 12.
Courtney Burns led Hopewell-Loudon (10-6 overall, 3-4 MAL) with 13 points, while Brooke Arbogast had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Tiffin Calvert (10-4, 5-2 MAL)
Ritzler 4-9–17, Kontak 1-1″”3, Perry 2-2–7, Brickner 5-0–12, Bowers 1-0–2, L. Bickley 4-0–9, Perry 1-0–2, N. Bickley 2-4–8. TOTALS: 20-61 16-22–60.
Hopewell-Loudon (10-6, 3-4 MAL)
Burns 4-5–13, Feindel 3-0–6, Daniel 1-0–3, Leiter 1-0–2, Park 2-0–4, Arbogast 5-0–10, Brickner 0-2–2, Siegel 0-0–0. TOTALS: 16-50 7-11–40.
Calvert 16 23 12 9 — 60
Hopewell-Loudon 7 14 11 8 — 40
3-Point GOALS: Calvert 4-13 (Brickner 2, L. Bickley, Perry); Hopewell-Loudon 1-6 (Daniel).
REBOUNDS: Calvert 33; Hopewell-Loudon 26 (Arbogast 7).
TURNOVERS: Calvert 13; Hopewell-Loudon 13.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Calvert, 23-20.
LEIPSIC 47
BLUFFTON 38
BLUFFTON — Leipsic used a big edge in the first quarter and an even bigger edge from the line to post a 47-38 win over Bluffton in nonleague girls basketball action on Monday.
Leipsic blitzed Bluffton 13-2 in the first quarter and never looked back in notching its 16th win in 19 games.
Shaylynn Morman scored 14 points, Kelly Nadler 13 and Haley Gerten 10. The Vikings converted 19 of 31 free throws; Bluffton was 5 of 9 from the line.
Sarah Schriner and Paige Buroker scored nine points each to lead the Pirates (10-7).

leipsic (16-3)
Rieman 0-2–2, Morman 3-6–14, Gerdeman 3-2–8, Nadler 5-3–13, Gerten 2-6–10 . TOTALS: 13-19–47.
bluffton (10-7)
Schriner 4-0–9, Hunt 1-0–3, Buroker 3-3–9, Fruchey 1-1–4, Parkins 2-1–7, Prichard 3-0–6. TOTALS: 14-5–37.
Leipsic 13 12 9 13 — 47
Bluffton 2 13 14 9 — 38
3-Point GOALS: Leipsic 2 (Morman); Bluffton 5 (Schriner, Hunt, Fruchey, Parkins).
PATRICK HENRY 54
VAN BUREN 48
VAN BUREN — Patrick Henry created some breathing room with a 15-8 advantage in the third quarter and the Patriots held on for a 54-48 nonleague girls baksetball win over Van Buren on Monday.
Alyson Prigge scored all 12 of her points from beyond the 3-point line. Heather Gibson nailed three 3-pointers and added 11 points and Kristin Bostelman had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Patriots (5-11).
Lauren Wise scored a game-high 20 points for Van Buren (3-15). Paige Sudlow turned a double-double for the Black Knights with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

patrikc henry (3-15)
Bostelman 5-0–10, Kurtz 1-0–2, Nye 3-0–6, Brown 1-0–2, Gibson 4-0–11, Wagner 0-5–5, Prigge 4-0–12, Rosebrook 3-0–6. TOTALS: 21-59 5-11–54.
van buren (3-15)
Wise 9-2_20, Endicott 1-2–4, Wymer 3-0–9, Sturgill 1-0–2, Hassan 1-0–2, Sudlow 4-3–11. TOTALS: 19-57 7-11–48.
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Boys basketball: Wagner, Patrick Henry defeat McComb 57-49

MCCOMB — A.J. Wagner was 3 of 3 from 3-point range and hit 13 of 14 from the free-throw line for a game-high 22 points as Patrick Henry dropped McComb 57-49 in a nonleague matchup Monday night.
The Patriots (4-12) were 6 of 7 (85.7 percent) from beyond the arc and made 29 of 41 (70.7 percent) free throws in the game.
The Panthers finished 16 of 52 (30.8 percent) from the field, including 6 of 30 (20 percent) from 3-point distance, and committed 16 turnovers.
Kyler Seemann added 13 points for Patrick Henry.
Clay Grubb had 13 points and eight rebounds, while Trey Hanes added 13 points for McComb (9-6).

PATRICK HENRY (4-12)
Scheele 1-5–7, Wagner 3-13–22, Willford 2-2–7, Nickels 0-0–0, Bostelman 0-0–0, Seemann 3-7–13, Ehlers 0-0–0, Mangas 2-2–8. TOTALS: 11-22 29-41 — 57.
MCCOMB (9-6)
Grubb 5-2–13, Hanes 5-0–13, Glaser 2-0–4, Siferd 0-0–0, Dysert 0-7–7, Reardon 2-0–6, Clark 0-0–0, Adams 0-0–0, Shoop 2-2–6, Schroeder 0-0–0. TOTALS: 16-52 11-14 — 49.
Patrick Henry 16 14 6 21 – 57
McComb 6 12 3 28 – 49
3-Point GOALS: Patrick Henry 6-7 (Wagner 3, Mangas 2, Willford); McComb 6-30 (Hanes 3, Reardon 2, Grubb).
rebounds: Patrick Henry 21 (Wagner 6); McComb 25 (Grubb 8).
turnovers: Patrick Henry 7; McComb 16.
junior varsity: McComb, 41-35.

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College basketball: Kahlig rescues Oilers

By BRIAN LESTER
STAFF WRITER
Greg Kahlig stood at the top of the 3-point line and thought about his next move.
He motioned for a moment as if he was going to drive to the basket, but then found space to drill a 3-pointer.
It was a gutsy decision in a tight situation Monday as the University of Findlay men’s basketball team trailed Hillsdale by two points with 1:21 to go in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference battle between two South Division rivals.
The basket gave the Oilers the lead and was key to a 74-71 UF victory over the Chargers at Croy Gymnasium.
“I was trying to read the way he was defending me,” Kahlig said. “He was defending me to drive, but I got a step on him and he backed up enough where I was able to get the shot off. Thankfully, it went in.”
UF never looked back, and Kahlig was able to force Hilldale’s Tim Dezelski to take a tough 3-point shot in the closing seconds that bounced off the rim.
“It was pretty nerve-wracking,” Kahlig said. “We knew they had a chance to tie it. I just tried to play good defense and make him take a tough shot. He’s a good shooter, but fortunately he missed that one.”
Kahlig finished with 29 points, knocking down three treys along the way. He also had four rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
Kahlig seemed to be at his best as the pressure rose in a game the Oilers (15-4, 11-4 GLIAC) had to win to keep pace in the race for a conference championship.
His trey with 6:08 remaining gave UF a 60-58 lead and his second long-distance shot down the stretch broke a 60-60 tie.
He also hit two free throws, made a layup and knocked down a short jumper in the lane as he scored 15 points in the final six-plus minutes of action.
None of it surprised UF head coach Charlie Ernst.
“There are very few players who will take the kind of shots he takes under that kind of pressure,” Ernst said. “He has nerves of steel and believes every shot he takes is going in, and most of them did. But obviously he is a senior and he wanted this game bad.”
Nothing came easy against the Chargers (13-6, 9-6 GLIAC), who opened the game with a 16-9 run and hung around throughout with solid 3-point shooting. The Chargers drilled 11 treys and shot 48.1 percent (26 of 54) overall.
Dezelski paved the way with 17 points, hurting UF both inside and outside, while Kyle Cooper scored 15 points.
Brandon Pritzl added 14 points, but when the Chargers needed a shot the most, they couldn’t get one. Down 74-71 after two big free throws by Alphonso Baity, Zach Miller missed an open 3-pointer with 19 seconds remaining.
Dylan Kaufman, who only scored eight points but racked up three steals, said the team effort the Oilers gave on defense when it mattered most was key to nailing down a second consecutive win.
“We have faith in our defense. We take pride in it,” Kaufman said. “If all five of us are giving effort and playing our roles, that is when we are at our best on defense.”
The Oilers led 36-35 at halftime and seemed to be on their way to taking control when a layup by Mark Frilling, a jumper in the lane by Baity and a layup and free throw by Kaufman put the Oilers in front 49-43.
The Chargers battled back, though, and made sure this game was a fight to the finish. Dezelski’s 3-pointer gave HC a 58-55 lead with 7:30 left in the game.
“It was a rugged, rough and tumble game that was not only typical of this conference, but typical of this rivalry,” Ernst said. “This was the third game in five days for both teams, and you saw two tired teams out there tonight. But we found a way to win, and we continue to get better at finding a way.”
Baity scored 19 points for the Oilers, who shot 49.1 percent (26 of 53) from the floor. Jake Heagen added 13 points for UF, which remains a half game behind first-place Walsh in the division.
UF returns to action Thursday against Ohio Dominican (5-14, 3-12 GLIAC) in an 8 p.m. game at Croy Gymnasium.

HILLSDALE (13-6, 9-6 GLIAC)
Grose 1-1–3, Cooper 6-2–15, Dezelski 7-1–17, C. Smith 1-1–3, Pritzl 5-0–14, Nelson 3-2–9, Miller 1-1–4, Manno 2-0–6, R. Smith 0-0–0, Pretzer 0-0–0. TOTALS: 26-54 8-15 — 71.
FINDLAY (15-4, 11-4 GLIAC)
Heagen 5-2–13, Kahlig 10-6–29, Frilling 2-0–4, Baity 6-6–19, Kaufman 3-2–8, Gardner 0-0–0, Samsel 0-0–0, Staley 0-0–0, Jones 0-1″”1. TOTALS: 26-53 17-26 — 74.
3-Point GOALS: Hillsdale 11-20 (Pritzl 4, Manno & Dezelski 2, Cooper, Nelson & Miller); Findlay 5-22 (Kahlig 3, Heagen & Baity).
rebounds: Hillsdale 33 (Pritzl 9); Findlay 31 (Filling 6).
ASSISTS: Hillsdale 16 (Pritzl); Findlay 10 (Kahlig 4).
STEALS: Hillsdale 7 (Dezelski 4); Findlay 8 (Kaufman 3).
BLOCKS: Hillsdale 3 (Cooper, Dezelski & Nelson); Findlay 10 (Kahlig 4).
TURNOVERS: Hillsdale 15; Findlay 11.
TOTAL FOULS: Hillsdale 23; Findlay 12.
FOULED OUT: None.
HALFTIME: Findlay, 36-35.
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College basketball: UF women let another game slip away

By BRIAN LESTER
STAFF WRITER
Jim Wiedie needed a minute to collect his thoughts. And no one can blame him for it.
It’s been a trying year for him as the first-year head coach of the University of Findlay women’s basketball team, and another tough night in the gym unfolded Monday night as the Oilers let a lead and an opportunity slip away in a 66-61 loss to Hillsdale at Croy Gymnasium.
The loss cuts the Oilers’ chances of making the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. UF is in 11th. The top eight make the tourney.
“We’re running out of opportunities. That is really frustrating,” Wiedie said. “We play well in stretches. We need to figure out how to put teams away. We make a run and play well, and then, in a span of about five minutes, we’re a totally different team.”
The Oilers (9-10, 6-9 GLIAC) led 49-41 with just more than 10 minutes to play after a 3-pointer by Karli Bonar.
But that is where it all changed.
The Chargers (9-10, 8-7 GLIAC) roared to life and drilled four straight 3-pointers, two by Kelsey Cromer and two by Ashlyn Landherr, as they took a 53-49 lead with 7:14 to go. Hillsdale never looked back.
“We have what we call ‘red’ where if the shot clock gets under 15, we go from zone to man,” Wiedie said. “I was screaming ‘red, red, red,’ and at least two, if not three, of those 3-pointers, there was no one on the shooter. It’s a total lack of communication with each other in crucial parts of the game.”
Those 3-pointers were part of a 16-0 run for the Chargers. Yet, the Oilers managed to battle back behind strong play from Margaret Wuebker.
Wuebker hit two free throws to cut the Hillsdale lead to 62-57, and her blocked shot led to an easy layup on the other end for Kristin Klausing, trimming the lead to 62-59.
Wuebker then knocked down a jumper and pulled the Oilers to within one at 62-61 with 46.8 seconds left.
Ciara Geiger had an opportunity to tie the game at 64 but her 3-pointer rolled in and out and the Chargers held on for the win.
The Oilers shot only 35 percent (21 of 60) from the field and Geiger led the way with 13 points. Wuebker finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Hillsdale shot 48.9 percent (23 of 47) from the floor and had four players in double figures, including 18 from Megan Fogt.
The Oilers managed to force 27 turnovers but turned the ball over 20 times themselves, wasting opportunities to put the game away.
“We have no killer instinct,” Wiedie said. “The kids are great. I love our players, but when it comes to being competitive and putting your foot down on somebody, we can’t do it. I’m not sure if that will change, but we need to realize we need to play 40 minutes to win games.”
UF struggled early and it looked as if it would be a long night as it trailed 20-11 midway through the opening half.
The Oilers missed several good scoring opportunities during that stretch but soon came to life and closed the half on a 20-8 run for a 31-28 lead at the break.
Karli Beasley helped fuel the run with a layup and 3-pointer and Geiger drilled a trey as well that gave the Oilers their first lead at 23-22 with 6:32 left.
A layup by Kaleigh Kenny and two free throws by Geiger put the Oilers up 31-28 at the half.
The Oilers led by as many as 10 in the second half after a layup by Kenny put UF in front 44-34.
UF will look to bounce back Thursday night when it battles Ohio Dominican (8-11, 5-10 GLIAC) in a 6 p.m. game at Croy Gymnasium.

hillsdale (9-10, 8-7 gliac)
Bisaro 1-2 0-0 2, Fogt 5-9 8-11 18, Cromer 5-9 0-0 13, Landherr 4-5 0-1 10, Berry 2-5 5-6 9, Moynes 0-1 0-1 0, Farrell 5-11 2-2 12, Geffert 0-2 0-0 0, Lloyd 0-0 0-0 0, Lowery 1-3 0-1 2. TOTALS: 23-47 15-22 66.
Findlay (9-10 6-9 GLIAC)
Wuebker 1-5 8-8 10, Beasley 2-8 0-0 5, Klausing 1-3 0-0 2, Geiger 5-13 2-3 13, Bonar 1-8 0-0 3, Klein 0-1 2-2 2, Kenny 3-5 0-0 6, Andrews 1-5 0-0 2, Gunning 2-7 2-3 7, Kessler 1-1 0-0 2, Lewis 4-4 1-2 9. TOTALS: 21-60 15-18 61.
3-Point GOALS: Hillsdale 5-13 (Cromer 3-5, Landherr 2-3, Berry 0-2, Farrell 0-1, Geffert 0-1, Lowery 0-1); Findlay 4-24 (Bonar 1-7, Beasley 1-5, Geiger 1-4, Gunning 1-4, Andrews 0-2, Kenny 0-1, Klein 0-1).
rebounds: Hillsdale 40 (Fogt 15); Findlay 33 (Beasley 6, Geiger & Kessler 5).
ASSISTS: Hillsdale 12 (Berry 8); Findlay 13 (Geiger 3).
STEALS: Hillsdale 7 (Fogt 3); Findlay 12 (Wuebker, Geiger & Bonar 3).
BLOCKS: Hillsdale 6 (Fogt 4); Findlay 2 (Wuebker & Geiger).
TURNOVERS: Hillsdale 27, Findlay 20.
TOTAL FOULS: Hillsdale 18, Findlay 22.
FOULED OUT: None.
HALFTIME: Findlay, 31-28.
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College football: Patriots’ Pettit fulfills dream

By ANDREW WILLIAMS
STAFF WRITER
When Patrick Henry senior Colt Pettit was a young boy, his father made his older brother and him a deal.
“One day when my brother was, I’d say 7th or 8th grade, and I was in kindergarten I believe, my dad promised us both that if we ever got a full-ride scholarship for academics, football, any sport in general, he’d buy us a car,” Pettit said.
“I got a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500. That’s a truck, so I was happy with it.”
Pettit’s father held up his end of the deal and this afternoon, Pettit will officially complete his.
The 6-foot-4, 250 pound offensive lineman will be surrounded by family, coaches and friends as he signs a National Letter of Intent to continue his football career this fall at Virginia Tech.
While Pettit said the enormity of the situation has begun to hit him slowly, he is looking forward to inking his name and making his intentions to become a Hokie official.
“It’s mixed feelings, honestly,” he said. “Been waiting for this day … my whole life. It’s a dream come true. I’m sad to see the recruiting process over but definitely glad it’s over, too. It was a wild time and I’m just glad to be, kind of in a way, starting a new chapter in my life so it’s very exciting.”
In his four years at Patrick Henry, Pettit helped the Patriots to a 36-11 record and made three trips to the state playoffs. He was named a first-team All-Ohio defensive lineman and Division VI co-defensive player of the year in 2013 and was selected first team All-Ohio as an offensive lineman in 2012.
For a young man who grew up in the small town of Deshler and played at a school the size of Patrick Henry, signing to play football in the Atlantic Coast Conference is a major achievement.
Bill Inselmann, who stepped down as head coach of the Patriots at the end of the 2013 season, said in his 23 years at the head of the program, Pettit is only the third PH player to receive a Division I offer. The other two are current Houston Astros outfielder Marc Krauss and Colt’s older brother Cody, who just finished his final season as an offensive lineman at Central Michigan.
“Well, it’s really neat for a small school like ours,” Inselmann said. “It’s not an everyday occurrence, obviously.
“Colt, first of all, is such a deserving young man both as a football player and just as a person. It’s really neat to see somebody like that, who’s just a great role model both on and off the field, get the recognition and get the opportunity that he’s going to get to play at the next level.”
Pettit said the biggest transition for him will be leaving his family for the first time when he departs for his freshman year in Blacksburg, Va., about 420 miles from his hometown. He believes his is ready for that adjustment, though, as well as the increased workload and level of competition he will experience in major college football.
“There’s no doubt it’s going to be a big jump,” he said. “There’s a lot of great teams, great smaller schools in the area but it’s nothing like going to the ACC. So, I’m just trying to prepare myself to the best of my ability. I’ve just got to work as hard as I can because of … the upped level of competition.”
By the end of the recruiting process, Pettit said he received about 20 offers, but ultimately decided on Virginia Tech because he “really felt like it was a true home.”
After speaking with offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, he expects to enter as a center or guard, depending on which is the best fit for both sides.
Inselmann believes no matter where Pettit lines up in terms of position, he already has all the tools to be successful.
“I think he’s got a good head on his shoulders,” Inselmann said. “There’s going to be a lot of adjustments that he’s going to have to make. Every time you get to another level, you’re going to start at the bottom of the ladder. Colt’s the type of he kid, he’s got a great work ethic and he listens. He’s a very disciplined young man. If you want to see what it’s going to take to be successful at any level in anything, it’s a work ethic and discipline. He’s got both those.”
While he’s still months away from joining the Hokies in body, Pettit is busy finishing up his senior year and heeding his brother’s advice to enjoy the process he has been through that will culminate this afternoon with the swish of a pen.
“It’s going to be pretty thrilling,” he said. “I’m pretty excited about it. It’s a dream come true. Just sitting there, just with my family, coaches, everyone who’s ever helped me out for the most part, it’s just going to be a great feeling. It’ll be a great experience and one that I’ll remember and cherish for the rest of my life.”
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Boys basketball: Trojans bounce back, defeat Lima Shawnee

By DAVE HANNEMAN
STAFF WRITER
LIMA — Jim Rucki was hoping for some balance from his Findlay High boys basketball team over the weekend.
He just didn’t know the Trojans would have to go to such extreme lengths to get it.
One night after its worst shooting night of the season, Findlay came through with one of its best, scorching the nets at a 71-percent clip in chalking up a 71-48 win over Lima Shawnee in the annual nonleague matchup between the two schools.
“Somebody told me that after shooting 20 percent last night (in a 40-32 loss to Toledo St. Francis), we’d have to shoot 80 percent tonight. We almost did that,” Rucki said after Findlay went 1-1 over the weekend and improved to 13-4 on the season.
Findlay made 30 of 42 shots overall. The Trojans converted 25 of 28 2-point attempts (89 percent) behind strong inside play from senior post Austin Gutting and senior forward Adam Twining, transition layups created by an opportunistic defense, and a crisp passing game that continually found the open man, resulting in 14 assists on Findlay’s 14 first-half baskets. Senior point guard Michael Clark had eight assists, Grant Niswander six and Twining five.
Findlay scored 12 of the game’s first 14 points, bumped it to 18-4 on Gutting’s 3-point play and a 3-pointer by Braden Miller, and pushed the lead to 24-9 on Niswander’s jumper and back-to-back baskets by Twining.
A rash of Findlay turnovers allowed Shawnee to earn back some momentum with a 7-0 run. But the Trojans, victimized by a similar slump on Friday, this time regrouped, rebounded and renewed the assault, ending the first half with a 9-3 burst and opening the second with 13-4 rally that doubled the lead to 46-23.
Twining had a team-leading double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Gutting scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds and Miller, a 5-foot-9 senior guard known more for his defense and rebounding, had a season-high 10 points.
Trey Brock scored 12 points and JaQuan Tucker and Jaden O’Neal had nine each for Shawnee, which dropped its fifth straight games and fell to 5-12.
Saturday’s win ended a two-game road swing for Findlay, which returns home this week for two Three Rivers Athletic Conference games. The Trojans will host Lima Senior on Tuesday and league-leading Toledo St. John’s on Friday.
Lima Senior won four of five games, including a 62-53 Three Rivers Athletic Conference win over Fremont Ross on Friday, to improve to 6-7 on the season, then suffered a 60-58 loss to Van Wert on Saturday.
“That (the loss to Van Wert) surprised me because Lima Senior had been playing very well,” Rucki said. “They were playing much better and had some nice wins in there. But I saw they were something like 15 of 30 from the line (against Van Wert). That’s the same thing that happened to us against St. Francis. Our shooting was horrible.
“These teams are solid, they have good athletes and it just shows if you don’t come ready to play and you don’t shoot the ball well, you’re going to have a tough time of it.”

LIMA SHAWNEE (5-12)
Tucker 4-0–9, Vernon 0-1–1, Brock 4-2–12, O’Neal 2-4–9, Fox 3-0–6, Gaffer 2-0–5, Roberts 1-0–2, Brown 1-2–4, Brachok 0-0–0, Hites 0-0–0. TOTALS: 17-8 — 48.
FINDLAY (13-4)
B. Miller 4-0–10, Niswander 3-0–6, Clark 2-0–4, Twining 8-2–20, Gutting 8-3–19, McKinniss 2-1–6, Gobrecht 2-0–4, Kairys 1-0–2, Buford 0-0–0, Nunn 0-0–0, Hammond 0-0–0. TOTALS: 28-6 — 71.
Lima Shawnee 6 13 8 21 — 48
Findlay 18 15 20 18 — 71
3-Point GOALS: Lima Shawnee 5 (Brock 2, Tucker, O’Neal & Gaffer); Findlay 5 (B. Miller & Twining 2, McKinniss).
junior varsity: Findlay, 64-37.
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Girls basketball: Ranked teams highlight Division III sectional at Riverdale

Two state-ranked teams who have squared off once already this season could be headed for a tournament rematch based on pairings released Sunday following girls sectional drawings.
Liberty-Benton, 15-1 and ranked No. 8 in Divsion III in the latest state poll, earned the No. 1 seed for the sectional tournament beginning Feb. 18 at Riverdale. Ottawa-Glandorf, 15-2 and ranked No. 7, was seeded second.
The Eagles and Titans clashed in mid-December at Liberty-Benton. O-G forged a 2-point halftime lead, but L-B rallied for a 65-45 victory, and the teams have been neck and neck in the state rankings ever since.
Liberty-Benton and Ottawa-Glandorf headline a strong field for the Division III sectional at Riverdale. Both took a first-round bye and will play for sectional championships on Feb. 22. L-B will meet the winner of a Feb. 18 matchup between Upper Sandusky and Kenton; O-G awaits the winner of a first-round contest between Elmwood and Bluffton.
The upper and lower bracket winners from the Mt. Blanchard Sectional advance to the Division III district at Elida. Supplying the other two teams for that lineup will be the Division III sectional at Wapakoneta: Columbus Grove, Coldwater, Allen East, Lima Central Catholic and Parkway.
Carey (15-1) and Riverdale (14-3) were seeded 1-2 for the Division IV sectional at Findlay High School. Carey took a first-round bye and awaits the winner of the Feb. 18 game between Arlington (12-5) and Vanlue (4-15). Riverdale jumped into the bracket and faces Fostoria St. Wendelin (12-4) in a Feb. 19 contest. That winner will take on Cory-Rawson (6-12) in the Feb. 22 sectional final.
Leipsic (15-3) and Pandora-Gilboa (9-8) earned the top seeds for the sectional at Ottawa-Glandorf. Leipsic took a bye and will face either North Baltimore (7-11) or Miller City (1-15) in one Feb. 22 sectional final.
In the four-team lower bracket, Patrick Henry and McComb meet in a 6:15 p.m. Feb. 19 opener, with P-G and Van Buren (3-13) meeting the second game. The winners meet on Feb. 22 for the right to advance to the district tournament at Lima Senior.
Findlay will be hoping the third time is the charm in the Division I sectional at Fostoria. The Trojans, who have lost once to Lima Senior in Three Rivers Athletic Conference play and face the Spartans again on Feb. 10, are paired against Lima Senior for their Division I sectional opener.
PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL
Sectional Pairings
Division I
AT FOSTORIA
UPPER BRACKET
Lima Senior vs. Findlay, Feb. 18, 6:15
Anthony Wayne vs. Ashland, Feb. 18, 8
Winners meet Feb. 22, 6:15 p.m. for sectional title.
LOWER BRACKET
Fremont Ross vs. Marion Harding, Feb,. 17, 7
Winner vs. Perrysburg, Feb. 19, 8
Oregon Clay vs. Mansfield Senior, Feb. 19, 6:15
Winners from Feb. 19 games meet Feb. 22, 8 p.m. for sectional title.
SEEDS: 1, Perrysburg. 2, Lima Senior.
AT TOLEDO CENTRAL CATHOLIC
UPPER BRACKET
Toledo Bowsher vs. Toledo Notre Dame, Feb. 18, 6:15
Springfield vs. Toledo Start, Feb. 18, 8
Winners meet Feb. 22, 6:15 p.m. for sectional title.
LOWER BRACKET
Sylvania Southview vs. Toledo Waite, Feb. 17, 7
Winner vs. Toledo Whitmer, Feb. 19, 8
Sylvania Northview vs. Toledo St. Ursula, Feb. 19, 6:15
Winners from Feb. 19 games meet Feb. 22, 8 p.m. for sectional title.
SEEDS: 1, Toledo Notre Dame. 2, Toledo Whitmer.
Division II
AT SENECA EAST
UPPER BRACKET
Sandusky Perkins vs. Edison, Feb. 18, 6:15
Winner vs. Bellevue, Feb. 22, 8
LOWER BRACKET
Norwalk vs. Sandusky, Feb. 18, 8
Winner vs. Willard, Feb. 22, 8
SEEDS: 1, Bellevue. 2, Willard.
AT SPENCERVILLE
UPPER BRACKET
Celina vs. St. Marys Memorial, Feb. 18, 6:15
Winner vs. Lima Bath, Feb. 22, 6:15
LOWER BRACKET
Lima Shawnee vs. Elida, Feb. 18, 8
Winner vs. Wapakoneta, Feb. 22, 8
SEEDS: 1, Lima Bath. 2, Wapakoneta.
AT HICKSVILLE
UPPER BRACKET
Defiance (3-13) vs. Napoleon (5-11), Feb. 19, 7
Winner vs. Van Wert, Feb. 22, 6:15
LOWER BRACKET
Wauseon (7-8) vs. Bryan (8-8), Feb. 22, 8
SEEDS: 1, Van Wert. 2, Wauseon.
AT TOLEDO BOWSHER
UPPER BRACKET
Toledo Central Catholic vs. Toledo Woodward, Feb, 18, 6:15
Winner vs. Lake, Feb. 22, 6:15
LOWER BRACKET
Toledo Rogers vs. Maumee, Feb. 18, 6:15
Winner vs. Toledo Scott, Feb. 22, 8
SEEDS: 1, Toledo Rogers. 2, Toledo Central Catholic.
AT OLD FORT
UPPER BRACKET
Bowling Green vs. Eastwood, Feb. 18, 6:15
Winner vs. Port Clinton, Feb. 22, 6:15 p.m.
LOWER BRACKET
Clyde vs. Tiffin Columbian, Feb. 18, 8
Winner vs. Fostoria, Feb. 22, 8
AT MANSFIELD SENIOR
UPPER BRACKET
Ontario vs. Lexington, Feb. 18, 6:15
Winner vs. Mansfield Madison, Feb. 22, 6:15 p.m.
LOWER BRACKET
Shelby vs. Galion, Feb. 18, 8
Winner vs. Clear Fork, Feb. 22, 8
Division III
AT DEFIANCE
UPPER BRACKET
Delta (11-7) vs. Tinora (7-9), Feb. 19, 6:15
Winner vs. Paulding (5-11), Feb. 22, 6:15
LOWER BRACKET
Archbold (16-1) vs. Liberty Center (3-13), Feb. 19, 8
Winner vs. Fairview (4-12), Feb. 22, 8
SEEDS: 1, Archbold. 2, Delta.
AT LAKE
UPPER BRACKET
Evergreen (13-3) vs. Northwood (3-13), Feb. 18, 6:15
Winner vs. Rossford (12-5), Feb. 22, 6:15
LOWER BRACKET
Swanton (7-9) vs. Otsego (8-8), Feb. 18, 8
Winner vs. Ottawa Hills (12-3), Feb. 22, 8
SEEDS: 1, Evergreen. 2, Ottawa Hills.
AT RIVERDALE
UPPER BRACKET
Upper Sandusky vs. Kenton, Feb. 18, 6:15
Winner vs. Liberty-Benton, Feb. 22, 6:15
LOWER BRACKET
Elmwood vs. Bluffton, Feb. 18, 8
Winner vs. Ottawa-Glandorf, Feb. 22, 8
SEEDS: 1, Liberty-Benton. 2, Ottawa-Glandorf.
AT PORT CLINTON
UPPER BRACKET
Margaretta vs. Gibsonburg, Feb. 18, 6:15
Winner vs. Oak Harbor, Feb. 22, 6:15
LOWER BRACKET
Genoa vs. Huron, Feb. 18, 8
Winner vs. Woodmore, Feb. 22, 8
AT WAPAKONETA
UPPER BRACKET
Columbus Grove vs. Coldwater, Feb. 19, 7
Winner vs. Allen East, Feb. 22, 6:15
LOWER BRACKET
Lima Central Catholic vs. Parkway, Feb. 22, 8
AT SHELBY UPPER BRACKET
New London (10-7) vs. Western Reserve (1-13), Feb. 18, 6:15
Winner vs. Wynford (14-5), Feb. 22, 6:15
LOWER BRACKET
Mohawk (8-8) vs. Ashland Crestview (6-12), 8
Winner vs. Bucyrus (14-5), Feb. 22, 8
SEEDS: 1, Wynford. 2, Bucyrus.
Division IV
AT PAULDING
UPPER BRACKET
Hicksville (5-13) vs. Antwerp (1-16), Feb. 18, 7
Winner vs. Holgate, Feb., 22, 6:15 p.m.
LOWER BRACKET
Ayersville (14-3) vs. Continental (9-7), 6:15
Edgerton (12-6) vs. Wayne Trace (12-5), 8
Winners meet Feb. 22, 8 p.m. for sectional championship.
SEEDS: 1, Holgate. 2, Ayersville.
AT KENTON
UPPER BRACKET
Lima Perry vs. Hardin Northern, Feb. 18, 6:15
Winner vs. Upper Scioto Valley, Feb. 22, 6:15
LOWER BRACKET
Waynesfield-Goshen vs. Ridgemont, Feb. 18, 8
Winner vs. Ada, Feb. 22, 8
SEEDS: 1, Upper Scioto Valley. 2, Waynesfield-Goshen.
AT TIFFIN COLUMBIAN
UPPER BRACKET
Norwalk St. Paul vs. Seneca East, Feb. 18, 7
Winner vs. New Riegel, Feb. 22, 6:15
LOWER BRACKET
Tiffin Calvert vs. Hopewell-Loudon, Feb. 19, 6:15
Old Fort vs. Monroeville, Feb. 19, 8
Winners meet Feb. 22, 8 p.m. for sectional title.
SEEDS: 1, New Riegel. 2, Tiffin Calvert.
AT ONTARIO
UPPER BRACKET
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Boys basketball: Carey tops state-ranked Buckeye Central

CAREY — Bryan Powers’ 31 points, 20 from Zach Boes and a 32-12 first-quarter advantage helped Carey defeat state-ranked Buckeye Central 79-66 in a nonconference boys basketball matchup on Saturday.
Buckeye Central, which entered the game 14-1 and ranked eighth among Ohio’s Division IV schools, outscored Carey 40-32 in the second half, but the first-quarter damage was too much to overcome.
Carey (14-3) shot 25 of 43 (58 percent) from the floor, including 11 of 19 (58 percent) from three-point range.

buckeye central (14-2)
Kaple 9-3–25, S. Wurm 1-2–4, Robertson 3-2–8, A. Wurm 7-5–20, Ollis 2-0–4, Loy 1-0–3, Heydinger 1-0–2, Stacklin 0-0–0, Stahl 0-0–0. TOTALS: 24-49 12-17–66.
carey (14-3)
Holsinger 2-4–8, Boes 5-7–20, Powers 11-5–31, L. Wentling 4-0–11, J. Wentling 2-2–6, Distel 1-0–3, LaRoche 0-0–0, Rymer 0-0–0, Griffin 0-0–0. TOTALS: 25-43 18-23–79.
Buckeye Central 12 14 17 23 – 66
Carey 32 15 15 17 – 79
3-Point GOALS: Buckeye Central 6-17 (Kaple 4, A. Wurm & Loy 1); Carey 11-19 (Powers 4, Boes & L. Wentling 3, Distel 1).
rebounds: Buckeye Central 22; Carey 22 (Boes 9).
turnovers: Buckeye Central 12, Carey 15.
junior varsity: Buckeye Central, 52-50.
COLUMBUS GROVE 54
CONTINENTAL 29
COLUMBUS GROVE — Will Vorhees and Jace Darbyshire’s 31 combined points outscored the entire Continental team as the Bulldogs handled the Pirates 54-29 in a Putnam County League game Saturday.
Vorhees led all scores with 16, and Darbyshire’s 15 points included two 3-pointers.
The Bulldogs (9-6, 4-1 PCL) shot 18 of 35 (51 percent) from the floor, while Continental (5-11, 1-3 PCL) was 11-31 (35 percent).

continental (5-11, 1-3 PCL)
Williams 3-1–7, Rue 3-3–9, Mansfield 2-2–6, Stauffer 2-0–5, Williamson 1-0–2. TOTALS: 11-31 6-13–29.
columbus grove (9-6, 4-1 pcl)
Grothaus 0-2–2, Darbyshire 5-3–15, Brubaker 1-2–5, Warnecke 0-2–2, Jones 1-0–2, Diller 2-1–6, Neu 2-1–6, Vorhees 7-2–16. TOTALS: 18-35 13-15–54.
Continental 8 12 5 4 – 29
Columbus Grove 14 18 15 7 – 54
3-Point GOALS: Continental 1 (Stauffer 1); Columbus Grove 5 (Darbyshire 2, Brubaker, Diller & Neu 1).
rebounds: Continental 12; Columbus Grove 27.
turnovers: Continental 15, Columbus Grove 7.
junior varsity: Columbus Grove, 42-10.
OTTAWA-GLANDORF 48
NAPOLEON 37
OTTAWA — Noah Bramlage poured in 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Ottawa-Glandorf over Napoleon 48-37 in a nonconference boys basketball game Saturday.
The Titans (11-6) outscored Napoleon 14-7 in the fourth quarter to secure its’ fourth straight win. O-G shot 11 of 13 (85 percent) from the free throw line, and Napoleon shot 5 of 6 (83 percent).

napoleon (7-8)
Gilliland 1-0–3, Dunbar 2-2–8, Lankenau 5-3–15, Willeman 4-0–9, Devaul 1-0–2. TOTALS: 13-45 5-6–37.
ottawa-glandorf (11-6)
Schroeder 3-2–8, Verhoff 1-0–2, Kuhlman 3-2–8, Recker 1-0–3, Blevins 1-0–2, Bramlage 9-7–25, Zender 0-0–0. TOTALS: 18-40 11-13–48.
Napoleon 10 10 10 7 – 37
Ottawa-Glandorf 11 10 13 14 – 48
3-Point GOALS: Napoleon 6 (Dunbar & Lankenau 2, Gilliland & Willeman 1); Ottawa-Glandorf 1-9 (Recker 1).
junior varsity: Ottawa-Glandorf, 55-37.
SANDUSKY ST. MARY’S 68
ST. WENDELIN 33
FOSTORIA — Sandusky St. Mary’s outscored St. Wendelin 42-17 in the first half and crushed the Mohawks 68-33 in a nonconference boys basketball game Saturday.
Four players scored in double figures for Sandusky St. Mary’s (12-3), including Melvin Jackson (13), Denarius Harris (12), Brett St. Clair (10) and Justin Fraser (10).
Gabe Walters had 11 points and eight rebounds to lead St. Wendelin (5-9).

sandusky st. mary’s (12-3)
Jackson 5-3–13, Harris 3-6–12, St. Clair 3-3–10, Fraser 4-0–10, Bostater 3-1–7, Fitzthum 3-0–6, Nye 2-0–4, Zimmerman 1-1–3, Will 1-0–3, Crocks 0-0–0, Snow 0-0–0. TOTALS: 25-66 14-19–68.
st. wendelin (5-9)
Walters 4-3–11, Root 3-1–8, Campbell 2-2–6, Rutter 1-0–2, Frankart 1-0–2, Scudder 1-0–2, Murray 1-0–2, Schetter 0-0–0, Moon 0-0–0. TOTALS: 13-46 6-12–33.
Sandusky St. Mary’s 18 24 16 10 – 68
St. Wendelin 4 13 8 8 – 33
3-Point GOALS: Sandusky St. Mary’s 4-17 (Fraser 2, St. Clair & Will 1); St. Wendelin 1-15 (Root 1).
rebounds: Sandusky St. Mary’s 27 (Harris 7); St. Wendelin 19 (Walters 8).
turnovers: Sandusky St. Mary’s 14, St. Wendelin 24.
GALION 52
UPPER SANDUSKY 43
GALION — Galion limited Upper Sandusky to just 11 points in the first half as the Tigers beat the Rams 52-43 in a North Central Conference boys basketball game on Saturday.
Ridge Durbin led with 16 points while teammate Tony Kirk chipped in 11 for Galion (7-8, 5-4 NCC).
Upper Sandusky’s Seth Frey led all scorers with 19 points.

UPPER SANDUSKY (8-9, 5-4 NCC)
Clifford 0-4–4, Roeder 1-3–5, Miller 1-2–4, Vent 0-6–6, Collins 1-1–3, Frey 7-3–19. TOTALS: 11 19-27–43.
GALION (7-8, 5-4 NCC)
Durbin 4-6–16, Valentine 3-2–9, Bohach 1-0–3, Kirk 5-0–11, Huggins 0-1-1, Blair 3-1–8, Ratcliff 1-2–4, Carpenter 0-0–0, Rinehart 0-0–0. TOTALS: 17 12-24–52.
Upper Sandusky 6 5 11 21 – 43
Galion 15 11 12 14 – 52
3-Point GOALS: Galion 6 (Durbin 2, Valentine, Moore, Bohach & Blair); Upper Sandusky 2 (Frey 2).
junior varsity: Upper Sandusky, 35-28.

BUCYRUS 65
MOHAWK 50
BUCYRUS — Brian Snouffer’s 17 points led four Bucyrus players in double figures as the Redmen rolled to a 65-50 nonconference boys basketball win over Mohawk Saturday.
Greg Patrick tossed in 16 points and Austin Williams and Damien Hedges added 12 and 10 points respectively as the Redmen improved to 10-7.
Mohawk’s Mitch Parker led all scorers with 18 points. Hunter Fitschen added 10 for the Warriors (3-11).

MOHAWK (3-11)
Johnson 0-4–4, Fitschen 3-1–10, Parker 7-3–18, Stillberger 0-2–2, Easton 1-1–3, Dunlap 3-1–8, Morter 2-0–5. TOTALS: 16 12-18–50.
BUCYRUS (10-7)
Snouffer 4-8–17, King 1-0–2, Mutchler 0-0–0, Murtiff 0-0–0, Hedges 4-2–10, Plumley 0-0–0, Williams 5-2–12, Patrick 4-4–16, Hollis 0-0–0, Vorhees 0-0–0, Dagher 2-4–8. TOTALS: 20 20-35–65.
Mohawk 5 8 12 25 – 50
Bucyrus 15 9 15 26 – 65
3-Point GOALS: Mohawk 6 (Fitschen 3, Parker, Dunlap & Morter); Bucyrus 5 (Patrick 4, Snouffer).
rebounds: Mohawk 29 (Johnson 7); Bucyrus 29 (Dagher & Hedges 7).
turnovers: Mohawk 17, Bucyrus 13.
junior varsity: Bucyrus, 48-42.
COLONEL CRAWFORD 71
NEW RIEGEL 44
NORTH ROBINSON — Todd Entenmann scored 30 points and Connor McCreary added 19 to power Colonel Crawford past New Riegel 71-44 in a nonconference boys basketball game Saturday.
Colonel Crawford drained nine 3-pointers, with McCreary connecting on five of them and Entenmann four. The Eagles (13-3) outscored New Riegel 48-23 in the first half.
Chad Cassidy and Tim Ink each had 12 points for New Riegel (6-9).

new riegel (6-9)
Lescallett 1-0–2, Mathias 1-0–2, Cassidy 5-2–12, Williams 1-0–2, Ink 4-4–12, Dryfuse 3-2–8, Acree 1-4–6. TOTALS: 16-41 12-21–44.
colonel crawford (13-3)
Klingenberger 2-2–6, McCreary 7-0–19, Treisch 0-2–2, Sager 2-0–4, Gulley 1-1–3, Entenmann 11-4–30, Van Meter 1-1–3, Brian 0-4–4. TOTALS: 24 14-20–71.
New Riegel 10 13 8 13 – 44
Colonel Crawford 26 22 8 15 – 71
3-Point GOALS: New Riegel 0; Colonel Crawford 9 (McCreary 5, Entenmann 4).
rebounds: New Riegel 27 (Dryfuse 7); Colonel Crawford 25 (Entenmann 9).
turnovers: New Riegel 19, Colonel Crawford 13.
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Boys basketball: Fast start pushes Arlington past Falcons

MOUNT BLANCHARD — Arlington got off to an 18-8 start against Riverdale on its way to a 62-57 nonconference boys basketball win Saturday over the Falcons.
Andrew Hunter and Michael Blunk both scored 19 points. Blunk also finished off a double-double with 10 rebounds. Jordan Freed chipped in 12 as the Red Devils improved to 11-2.
The Falcons had excellent balance. Lee Holderman netted 15 points, Jimmy Fox popped in 14 and Chad Pever and Tyson Frey scored 13 for Riverdale (6-9).

Riverdale (6-9)
Rickle 0-0–0, Pever 5-1–13, Holderman 4-3–15, Snider 0-0–0, Fox 5-2–14, Frey 5-2–13, Loveridge 1-0–2. TOTALS: 20-47 10-11–57.
Arlington (11-2)
Hunter 5-7–19, Freed 5-0–12, Starr 1-4–6, Glick 1-0–2, Blunk 9-1–19, Courtney 2-0–4. TOTALS: 23-50 12-17–62.
Riverdale 8 15 20 14 – 57
Arlington 18 9 19 16 – 62
3-Point GOALS: Arlington 4-11 (Hunter & Freed 2); Riverdale 7-19 (Holderman 3, Fox 2, Pever & Frey).
rebounds: Arlington 28 (Blunk 10); Riverdale 23 (Fox 6).
VAN BUREN 65
BLUFFTON 62
BLUFFTON — Marcus Brand’s four free throws in overtime proved to be the difference as Van Buren outlasted Bluffton and picked up a 65-62 win in nonleague play Saturday night.
The Black Knights (10-6) were 10 of 25 (40 percent) from the free-throw line, but made eight of those attempts in overtime.
Braxton Fasone popped in 18 points, Daniel Roberts finished with 12 and Sawyer Junge chipped in 11 for Van Buren.
Bluffton (8-8) was led by Levi Kistler’s 18 point-effort, while Austin Bricker added 15 points and Jordan Skilliter contributed 10.

VAN BUREN (10-6)
Fasone 7-1–18, Endicott 4-0–8, Jacobs 0-0–0. Junge 4-1-11, Brand 0-4–4, Roberts 5-1–12, Franklin 3-1–8, Williams 1-2–4. TOTALS: 24 10-25 — 65.
BLUFFTON (8-8)
Bricker 6-3–15, Stratton 1-2–4, Phillips 2-1–7, Kistler 7-2–18, Ault 2-3–8, Rumer 0-0–0, J. Skilliter 3-1–10, Parkins 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21 12-20 — 62.
Van Buren 11 11 15 14 14 – 65
Bluffton 13 13 9 16 11 – 62
3-Point GOALS: Van Buren 7 (Fasone 3, Junge 2, Roberts & Franklin); Bluffton 8 (J. Skilliter 3, Phillips & Kistler 2, Ault).
HOPEWELL-LOUDON 48
ARCADIA 47
BASCOM — Hopewell-Loudon closed the game with a 15-8 edge in the fourth quarter for a 48-47 comeback victory against Arcadia on Saturday night in nonleague action.
The Chieftains (9-8) trailed 29-25 at halftime and 39-33 entering the final period.
Ryan Lommerse led all scorers with 20 points to go with 12 rebounds for Hopewell-Loudon.
Shae Watkins dumped in 18 points and grabbed 12 boards, while Josh Ireland tallied 16 points and three steals for the Redskins (5-10).

ARCADIA (5-10)
Ramsey 3-0–9, Kieffer 0-0–0, Ireland 7-0–16, Keefe 0-0–0, Conine 0-0–0, Baker 1-2–4, Pessell 0-0–0, Watkins 8-2–18. TOTALS: 19-45 4-9 — 47.
HOPEWELL-LOUDON (9-8)
Depinet 1-1-3, Steinmetz 1-0–2, Lommerse 8-3–20, Sendelbach 1-3–5, Hill 4-1–9, Sadler 0-0–0, Bodart 0-0–0, Salem 4-0–9. TOTALS: 19-51 8-12 — 48.
Arcadia 15 14 10 8 – 47
Hopewell-Loudon 12 13 8 15 – 48
3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 5-17 (Ramsey 3, Ireland 2); Hopewell-Loudon 2-14 (Lommerse & Salem).
rebounds: Arcadia 33 (Watkins 12); Hopewell-Loudon 23 (Lommerse 12).
turnovers: Arcadia 17; Hopewell-Loudon 7.
junior varsity: Hopewell-Loudon, 39-35.
VANLUE 58
RIDGEMONT 42
VANLUE — Vanlue blew a close game open with a 20-6 barrage in the third quarter and went to post a 58-42 win over Ridgemont in nonleague boys basketball action on Saturday.
Austin Smith and Sam Wagner combined for six of Vanlue’s seven 3-pointers. Smith finished with 21 points and Wagner popped in 13. Nick Hagerty added 12 points as the Wildcats ended a three-game skid and improved to 5-10.
Zane Connolly led Ridgemont (2-13) with nine points.

RIDGEMONT (2-13)
Stover 2-0–4, Connolly 4-0–9, Ch. Weyant 3-0–7, Sparks 0-2–2, McKee 2-4–8, Co, Weyant 2-3–7, McKinley 1-1–3, Ramsey 1-0–2. TOTALS: 15-39 10-14 — 42.
vANLUE (5-10)
Huston 1-1–3, Smith 9-0–21, Hagerty 4-3–12, Wagner 5-0–13, Coldren 1-3–5, Reed 1-0–2, Wingate 1-0–2. TOTALS: 22-56 7-9–58.
Ridgemont 8 8 6 20 – 42
Vanlue 13 10 20 15 – 58
3-Point GOALS: Ridgemont 2-16 (Connolly, Ch. Weyant); Vanlue 7-22 (Smith 3, Hagerty, Wagner 3).
rebounds: Ridgemont 29; Vanlue 25 (Huston 6).
turnovers: Ridgemont 21, Vanlue 12.
junior varsity: Ridgemont, 35-11.

MILLER CITY 68
MCCOMB 41
MILLER CITY — Miller City built a 33-17 halftime lead and never let McComb threaten in the second half as the Wildcats earned a 68-41 nonconference victory Saturday night.
Miller City (11-5) was led by Adam Niese’s 20 points. Jackson Lammers finished with 15 points; Adam Drummelsmith added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists; and Cory Heuerman recorded 10 points and four steals.
Trey Hanes’ 17 points were tops for McComb (9-6).

MCCOMB (9-6)
Hanes 7-0–17, Dysert 4-0–8, Shoop 0-4–4, Siferd 1-3–5, Bryan 1-0–3, Grubb 1-2–4. TOTALS: 14-41 9-9 — 41.
MILLER CITY (11-5)
J. Lammers 5-2–15, A. Niese 7-4–20, Drummelsmith 5-2–13, M. Lammers 1-0–2, Heuerman 4-2–10, Gerten 1-2–4, M. Kuhlman 0-2–2, T. Niese 1-0–2, K. Kuhlman 0-1–1. TOTALS: 24-50 15-24 — 68.
McComb 9 8 6 18 – 41
Miller City 15 18 15 20 – 68
3-Point GOALS: McComb 4-20 (Hanes 3, Bryan); Miller City 6-19 (J. Lammers 3, A. Niese 2, Drummelsmith).
rebounds: McComb 11 (Hanes 3); Miller City 35 (Drummelsmith 7).
turnovers: McComb 17, Miller City 10.
CORY-RAWSON 55
NORTH BALTIMORE 46
NORTH BALTIMORE — Cory-Rawson jumped on North Baltimore for a 15-6 lead after one quarter Saturday night, but the Hornets needed an even bigger rally in the fourth period to earn a 55-46 nonconference win over the Tigers.
North Baltimore erased its early deficit with a 31-18 advantage in the second and third quarters. Cory-Rawson rallied back, though, outscoring the Tigers 22-9 in the final eight minutes.
Grant Risner finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Matthew Alspach chipped in 12 points and Chad Shepler added 10 for Cory-Rawson (2-12).
Jacob Frost tallied 15 points and Chad Wright netted 11 for the Tigers (7-9).

CORY-RAWSON (2-12)
Moser 0-1–1, Alspach 2-8–12, Silvers 1-0–2, Rossman 0-0–0, Tuttle 0-1″”1, G. Risner 8-2–18, Shepler 4-1–10, H. Risner 2-2–6, Miles 2-1–5. TOTALS: 19-44 16-29 — 55.
NORTH BALTIMORE (7-9)
Newcomer 2-1–6, Frost 4-6–15, Watson 1-0–2, Wright 5-1–11, Bishop 0-1–1, Trumbull 2-5–9, McMahon 1-0–2, De Los Reyes 0-0–0, Nichols 0-0–0. TOTALS: 15-48 14-23 — 46.
Cory-Rawson 15 4 14 22 – 55
North Baltimore 6 13 18 9 – 46
3-Point GOALS: Cory-Rawson 1-8 (Shepler); North Baltimore 2-16 (Newcomer & Frost).
rebounds: Cory-Rawson 28 (G. Risner 12); North Baltimore 32 (Wright 9).
turnovers: Cory-Rawson 14; North Baltimore 18.
junior varsity: North Baltimore, 47-33.
LAKOTA 68
HARDIN NORTHERN 38
KANSAS — Colin Timmons led four Lakota scorers in double figures with 15 points as the Raiders crushed Hardin Northern 68-38 in a nonconference matchup Saturday night.
Josh Kirkpatrick added 13 points, while Hunter Chalfin and Kyle Below each tallied 11 for Lakota (6-10), which outscored the …read more

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