1/31 MAC Boys Basketball Scores

boys_basketball_150Delphos St. John’s 60 Marion Local 41
Fort Recovery 66 Minster 48
St. Henry 61 New Bremen 42
Coldwater 54 Versailles 46
New Knoxville 50 Parkway 43

MAC Boys Basketball Game of the Week – Marion Local at Delphos St. John’s

boys_basketball_150Through the first four of weeks of the 2013-14 boys’ basketball season, the Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays were on fire, winning seven of their first eight games including their first two Midwest Athletic Conference battles of the season.  They suddenly ran into a few buzz saws though against some stiff competition and slipped in three straight contests to Fort Recovery, New Knoxville, and top-ranked Crestview.  Aaron Elwer’s crew started things heading in the right direction last week with a 61-47 win over St. Henry and will have the rigid task of squaring off with the Marion Local Flyers in Delphos this Friday night.  “Coming off of a tough week with five games in eight days and having our first real adversity hit this team it was good to see our players respond at St. Henry where it is always tough to play” Elwer commented.  “It was great to see the confidence with which our players played for thirty-two minutes – hopefully that is something we can keep going.”

The Flyers head to Delphos as one of two remaining unbeatens in MAC play at 4-0 in the conference.  Like St. John’s, the Flyers tipped the season off on a rampage by winning their first nine games before slipping in two of three against Celina and Jackson Center.  They were also victorious last week on the road against the Versailles Tigers and look to keep things heading in a positive direction this week against St. John’s.  “Our win over Celina in the Mercer County holiday tournament was a big win, but given the league ramifications and the fact that it was on the road probably makes the Versailles win last week our biggest of the year,” commented Marion Local head coach Kurt Goettemoeller. “We have put ourselves in a position to compete for the league title and it makes every league game have even greater importance.”

The Flyers have enjoyed balanced scoring all season and are led offensively by Luke Knapke and Ryan Bruns at 13.3 and 10.7 points per game, while Adam Bertke and Knapke have paced the Blue and Gold in the rebounding department with more than seven each time they take the floor.  “The first things that stands out about Marion Local is their size and length,” Elwer pointed out. “You simply cannot simulate the type of size that they bring which makes it very difficult to play against.  We will need to win all hustle plays, attempt to limit them to one shot each possession, and be really efficient at the offensive end in order to pick up a win this week.”

Goettemoeller understands the difficulties of playing against St. John’s on the road and will need to contend with Andy Grothouse and Ryan Koester, who lead the Blue Jays in scoring at 13 and 11 points per game respectively, while Alex Odenweller is tops in the MAC from beyond the three-point line by hitting more than half the long balls he launches.  “No doubt it is a difficult place to play, mainly because of the great players and coaches they have year in and year out,” Goettemoeller remarked.  “This year is no different – they have good players and will be well-prepared on Friday. We will have to limit turnovers, keep our composure, and not allow a 2-4 point run snowball into a 10-12 point run as can happen when playing up there.”


By Robb Hemmelgarn

By |2014-01-30T23:48:19-05:00January 30th, 2014|Basketball Boys, Delphos St. John's Blue Jays, MAC, Marion Local Flyers, News|Comments Off on MAC Boys Basketball Game of the Week – Marion Local at Delphos St. John’s

1/30 MAC Girls Basketball Scores

girls_basketball_150Versailles 47 Coldwater 34
Marion Local 52 Delphos St. John’s 41
Minster 52 Fort Recovery 28
St. Henry 45 New Bremen 30
New Knoxville 62 Parkway 38

MAC Girls Basketball Game of the Week – Delphos St. John’s at Marion Local

girls_basketball_150As they sit at 3-3 in Midwest Athletic Conference play and 5-11 overall, the Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays are looking for a shot of momentum in the next couple weeks as the Division IV tournament looms.  The Blue Jays slipped in league action to Coldwater two weeks ago, but they got things going in the right direction last Thursday with a victory over the St. Henry Redskins.  This Thursday, Dan Grothause’s girls travel to Maria Stein to square off against Treva Fortkamp’s Marion Local Flyers.  “We have been struggling all season long to be more consistent on both ends of the floor, and we did get big efforts from Madilynn Schulte (16 points), Rachel Pohlman (7 points), and Sydney Fischbach (12 rebounds) in a big win versus St Henry last week,” Grothause explained.  “Obviously a win this week at Marion would mean a lot at any point in the season, but it is always great if you can get quality wins heading towards the tournament to help continue to build your teams’ confidence.”

The Blue Jays have been paced this season by sophomore Sydney Fischbach at 7.4 points-per-game and she is also the leading rebounder with seven each time she takes the floor, enjoying four games this season in which she walked off the court with a double-double.  Grothause has also been receiving solid production from freshman Jessica Geise, who hits six points and 4.8 rebounds per contest. The Blue Jays also have four other girls who average four points per game or better in the 2013-14 campaign.

On the other side of the floor, 12th-ranked Marion Local has slipped in three of their last four Midwest Athletic Conference games to move to 3-3 in league play and 13-3 overall.  Brooke Winnner leads the area in scoring at more than 15 points-per-game and also pulls down five rebounds per game, just below teammate Emily Mescher who is one of the best in the area at 6.1 rebounds per contest.  Grothause understands the challenge that his troops face in Mercer County on Thursday evening.  “They are well-coached, tough kids, who play especially aggressive on the defensive end and don’t allow you to get comfortable in your offense,” he pointed out.  “In order to come away with a win, we have to limit our mistakes and don’t give them any easy baskets off turnovers. We need to make them work offensively and limit them to one shot by controlling the boards.  Marion Local is so tough at home – it will take a big TEAM effort to get a win at the Hanger.”

by Robb Hemmelgarn

By |2014-01-30T15:30:53-05:00January 30th, 2014|Basketball Girls, Delphos St. John's Blue Jays, Marion Local Flyers, Scores|Comments Off on MAC Girls Basketball Game of the Week – Delphos St. John’s at Marion Local

1/29 OHSAA Wrestling Regional Dual Team Tournament

OHSAAOHSAA Regional Dual Team Tournament: Division  III – Region 23 Covington
Covington 51 Versailles 14
Individual Results

OHSAA Regional Dual Team Tournament: Division  III – Region 24 Bath
Coldwater 48 Delphos St. John’s 21
Bath 45 Coldwater 25
Individual Results

By |2014-01-30T08:53:58-05:00January 29th, 2014|Coldwater Cavaliers, Delphos St. John's Blue Jays, Scores, Versailles Tigers, Wrestling|Comments Off on 1/29 OHSAA Wrestling Regional Dual Team Tournament

1/24 MAC Boys Basketball Scores

boys_basketball_150Delphos St. John’s 61 St. Henry 47
Fort Recovery 58 Coldwater 51
Marion Local 62 Versailles 46
New Bremen 69 New Knoxville 63
Minster 57 Parkway 49

1/23 MAC Girls Basketball Scores

girls_basketball_150Coldwater 36 Fort Recovery 31
Delphos St. John’s 44 St. Henry 30
Versailles 52 Marion Local 40
Minster 58 Parkway 34
New Knoxville 41 New Bremen 25

1/22 OHSAA Wrestling Regional Dual Team Tournament

OHSAAOHSAA Regional Dual Team Tournament: Division  III – Region 23-B Mechanicsburg
Versailles 67 Miami East 12
Versailles 40 Mechanicsburg 34
Individual Results

OHSAA Regional Dual Team Tournament: Division  III – Region 24-A Delphos St. John’s
Delphos St. John’s 54 Van Wert 18
Delphos St. John’s 40 Columbus Grove 30
Individual Results

OHSAA Regional Dual Team Tournament: Division  III – Region 24-A Coldwater
Coldwater 45 Paulding 24
Coldwater 45 Wayne Trace 26
Individual Results

By |2014-01-30T08:59:33-05:00January 22nd, 2014|Coldwater Cavaliers, Delphos St. John's Blue Jays, Scores, Versailles Tigers, Wrestling|Comments Off on 1/22 OHSAA Wrestling Regional Dual Team Tournament

1/18 Boys Basketball Scores

boys_basketball_150New Bremen 76 Anna 55
St. Henry 72 Ansonia 37
Crestview 49 Delphos St. John’s 34
Greenville 65 Coldwater 54
Minster 66 Mississinawa Valley 51
Ada 68 New Knoxville 60
St. Marys 53 Parkway 28
Jackson Center at Marion Local

1/18 Bowling Scores

Van Wert 2534, Parkway 2244
Coldwater 2971, Russia 2418
Marion Local 2234, New Bremen 1609
Versailles 2878, Lima Central Catholic 2664
St. Henry 2490, Temple Christian 1617
Minster 2632, Ottawa-Glandorf 2418

New Bremen 2210, Marion Local 2022
Coldwater 2809, Lima Central Catholic 1115
St. Marys 2559, Parkway 2299
Versailles 2753, Van Wert 1758
Minster 2211, Ansonia 1825

1/17 MAC Boys Basketball Scores

boys_basketball_150Coldwater 42 Parkway 40
New Knoxville 56 Delphos St. John’s 46
Fort Recovery 39 Versailles 37
Marion Local 45 St. Henry 37
New Bremen 55 Minster 52

MAC Boys Basketball Game of the Week – St. Henry at Marion Local

boys_basketball_150Following their blazing start to tip off the 2013-14 boys’ basketball season, the second-ranked Marion Local Flyers suffered their first loss of the season on Monday night against the Celina Bulldogs.  There is little time to sulk however, as they return home this Friday to entertain the 7-5 St. Henry Redskins in a Midwest Athletic Conference showdown.  The contest kicks off a three-game league stretch for head coach Kurt Goettemoeller’s crew that includes pivotal games at Versailles and Delphos St. John’s over the course of the next two weeks.

The Flyers’ 9-0 start to the season included league wins on the past two Fridays against Minster and New Knoxville, and if they want to continue their unblemished mark in conference play, they need to shake Monday’s 19-point setback to the Bulldogs off in a hurry.  “Our kids have been playing hard, but with limited practices we are getting by because we have some talented kids,” Goettemoeller explained.  “Celina kind of exposed our lack of fundamentally-sound play; I think as we get out of this run of games and have more opportunities to work in practice, our fundamentals will improve thereby enhancing our overall play.”

Marion Local is led on both sides of the court by Division I recruit Luke Knapke who averages 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots per game, while Ryan Bruns hits for 10.7 points and 2.2 blocks each time he steps onto the court.  Senior Adam Bertke is picking up nine points per contest and is labeled as the most active defender in his squad’s suffocating 3-2 zone defense.  “Our defense has been solid in half-court, but we would like to be able to do more in the full court when we get time to work on it,” remarked Goettemoeller.  “St. Henry will be a challenge – obviously when you have a Ryan Mikesell, containing him will be a big key. What concerns me is that they have other kids who can shoot the perimeter and they play well together. Coach Rosenbeck and Coach Cramer will have a great scheme to attack our zone Friday so we must be ready.”

The Redskins are searching for consistency as the middle of the season approaches.  They are currently 2-1 in MAC following their setback to Versailles last Friday and have notched conference victories over Minster and New Knoxville.  Outside of their loss to Versailles, St. Henry’s other four losses have been by a combined ten points and two have been in overtime while the other two were on buzzer-beaters.  They upended Anna on Saturday evening last week, fueled by a ten-point outburst from Mitchel Stammen in the final period.  Ryan Mikesell has continued to have an outstanding season with more than 23 points per game, while also leading the area in rebounds with nine each time out.    “Versailles just flat out beat us – we had a bad game, they played well, and we lost,” explained St. Henry head coach Eric Rosenbeck.  “I wish there was more to it, but there isn’t.  We are hoping that loss ignites us with a sense of urgency.  We need to take more charges, get on 50/50 balls, etc.  It should be a heckuva battle with Marion Local – they pass the ball very well, so we need to pressure them like crazy and box out.  Second-chance points are a key for them, so we need to limit those opportunities in order to have a chance to win this week.”

by Robb Hemmelgarn

By |2014-01-15T22:03:23-05:00January 16th, 2014|Basketball Boys, MAC, Marion Local Flyers, Scores, St. Henry Redskins|Comments Off on MAC Boys Basketball Game of the Week – St. Henry at Marion Local