1/16 MAC Girls Basketball Scores

girls_basketball_150New Knoxville 59 Delphos St. John’s 35
Versailles 57 Fort Recovery 39
Marion Local 43 St. Henry 40
Minster 56 New Bremen 25
Coldwater 40 Parkway 34

MAC Girls Basketball Game of the Week – Fort Recovery at Versailles

girls_basketball_150As the mid-season in the 2013-14 girls’ basketball season is upon us, the Versailles Tigers are at the top of the mountain in the league standings as they currently sit 11-2 overall and 4-0 in league play.  They are looking to stay sharp this week as there are three teams breathing down their backs with one loss apiece in MAC play.  This week the Tigers host the Fort Recovery Indians, who are 6-4 overall and winless in league action.

Since their loss to Lima Bath a few weeks ago, the Tigers have rattled off five straight wins including their two most recent victories over Mechanicsburg and St. Henry.  Versailles have been paced offensively by a host of girls who have shared scoring responsibilities game in and game out, but Christa Puthoff has been the main scoring threat with nearly 12 points per game.  Stonebraker pointed out Brooke Pothast, Olivia Schlater, and Taylor Winner as her stalwarts on the defensive side of the ball.  “I think we need to be a little more consistent on the offensive side,” she explained.  “We tend to play two or three quarters with a sense of urgency to score and need to stop taking a quarter off.  I feel our rebounding has improved throughout the year and I hope it continues to get better.”

The Fort Recovery Indians enter Thursday’s game on the heels of a four-point loss to Parkway and an eight-point setback to Van Wert in their previous two outings.  The Indians are spear-headed offensively by Tori Lennartz, who leads the area in scoring at more than 16 points per game, while also connecting on more than 35% of her shots from behind the three-point arc.  She is also one of the tops in the area in rebounds and assists per game at seven and four respectively each time she hits the court.  Stonebraker understands the Indians are still without a win in their three conference games, but is quick to acknowledge that her girls cannot take them lightly.  “Every league game we play in at this point is important, so Fort Recovery is our concern this week,” she emphasized.  “They know how to win game and what concerns me the most is their unpredictability.  They can go on offensive runs at any point during a game, so we must contain them.  They are also very intense on defense by moving very well and really playing in their opponents face, so we will need to contend with that in order to come away with a victory this week.”

by Robb Hemmelgarn

By |2014-01-15T22:00:57-05:00January 15th, 2014|Basketball Girls, Fort Recovery Indians, MAC, Scores, Versailles Tigers|Comments Off on MAC Girls Basketball Game of the Week – Fort Recovery at Versailles

1/11 Boys Basketball Scores

boys_basketball_150Delphos St. John’s 63 Shawnee 49
Marion Local 52 Van Wert 43
LCC 55 Versailles 38
Fort Loramie 52 Minster 36
Coldwater 56 National Trail 33
Jackson Center 54 New Knoxville 42
St. Henry 56 Anna 46
Botkins 44 Parkway 39
Covington 73 New Bremen 50

1/11 Bowling Scores

Parkway 2056, Marion Local 1933
St. Henry 2198, St. Marys 2036
Van Wert 1888, New Bremen 1800
Wapakoneta 2414, Coldwater 2407
Versailles 2307, Minster 2066
Mississinawa Valley 2102, Parkway 1983
Marion Local 1907, Temple Christian 1483
Coldwater 2217, Lima Central Catholic 2105
Minster 1959, Ansonia 1606
Versailles 2388, Russia 2233
St. Henry 2404, New Bremen 2027

Minster 2033, Temple Christian 1653
Marion Local 1887, Russia 1851
Versailles 2621, Parkway 2069
New Bremen 1984, Ansonia 1636
Coldwater 2653, Wapakoneta 2227

1/10 MAC Boys Basketball Scores

boys_basketball_150Marion Local 44 New Knoxville 33
Versailles 53 St. Henry 39
New Bremen 86 Coldwater 54
Fort Recovery 57 Parkway 38
Delphos St. John’s 45 Minster 42

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

boys_basketball_150There are still loads of Midwest Athletic Conference games to be sorted out before anyone is crowned as the boy’s league champion this season, and that process will continue with a contest on Friday in Versailles between the 8-0 Versailles Tigers and 6-4 St. Henry Redskins.  The Tigers enter Friday’s matchup at 3-0 in MAC play after upending New Bremen, New Knoxville, and Parkway already this season, while St. Henry’s 2-0 mark in league action is the result of victories over Minster and New Knoxville.

The Redskins have had a heart-breaking go of it in the first half of the season as two of their four losses have been in overtime, while the other two are by a combined three points on buzzer-beaters.  They average 56.2 point each time they take the floor, while allowing 48 points.  Ryan Mikesell has put together a phenomenal season to this point by averaging 23.4 and nearly ten rebounds per game, while Tyler Schwieterman has hit for 9.6 points per game.  “A variety of small details have cost us in all four of our losses,” head coach Eric Rosenbeck pointed out.  “Whether it is missing a rebound, missing a switch, or missing a free throw; we have consistently shot ourselves in the foot late in games with an opportunity to win.  Good teams make their own luck, so if we want to be a good team, we need to start shoring up the minor details before the last 30 seconds of the game.”

Despite the quick start to the season, Versailles will be hampered the rest of the way after losing Division I-recruit Kyle Ahrens to a leg injury for the remainder of the season.  Although they will certainly miss Ahrens, the Tigers will still be a potent team to deal with in the coming months.  “They are long, athletic, and can really push the issue on both offense and defense,” Rosenbeck explained.  “We need to take care of the basketball, rebound, and execute our game plan on offense and defense for a full game.  We can’t just do it 50 or 60 percent, or wherever we have been thus far in the year if we want to win on Friday.”

Since winning their own holiday tournament right after Christmas with victories over West Liberty Salem and Anna, the Tigers tallied wins last weekend over Parkway on Friday by 21 points and the following night over Fort Loramie, 59-50.  “The team was right on track until Kyle’s injury,” Versailles head coach Scott McEldowney pointed out.  “I still really love the progress of every player and the team overall, but it’s like starting all over again without Kyle. We have a lot of talent that can still do great things, but you cannot replace a player of his caliber. The team has maintained a positive attitude and is working harder than ever – we are a veteran team that will still pursue the same goals we had at the beginning of the year.”

In order to move to 9-0 on the season, Versailles will host a Redskin squad that handed them their first loss of the season last year at this time.  “St. Henry is very talented team that has one of the best players in the league in Ryan Mikesell,” McEldowney commented.  “We must contain him and keep everyone else in check. We must also limit our turnovers against their full court and half court pressure in order to come away with the win this week.”

by Robb Hemmelgarn

By |2014-01-09T23:23:08-05:00January 9th, 2014|Basketball Boys, MAC, Scores, St. Henry Redskins, Versailles Tigers|Comments Off on MAC Boys Basketball Game of the Week – St. Henry at Versailles

MAC Girls Basketball Game of the Week – Marion Local at Minster

girls_basketball_150Due to the weather conditions belting the area last week, the pivotal meeting on the girls’ basketball floor featuring Marion Local at Minster was postponed until Tuesday evening, which at this point is also still up in the air.  Whenever this battle happens to unfold, be assured both teams are itching to get back to action.  The Wildcats managed to get a game in this past Saturday when they dismantled Celina 57-30, while the Flyers haven’t played since their 54-48 overtime victory over Wapakoneta in the title game of the Wapakoneta Holiday tournament on December 28.  Despite the layoff, the Flyers are currently sitting in the top spot of the recently-released Division IV state poll released by the Associated Press on Monday.  “I feel things have been going well,” commented Flyers head coach Treva Fortkamp on how her team has performed to this point in the season. “We have showed some grit and toughness in close games, especially against Wapakoneta and we know there will be many challenges coming up.”

The Flyers have been led offensively by Allie Thobe and Brooke Winner, who have averaged 13 and 18 points per game respectively at the mid-point of the season.  Despite the unbeaten record to this point, lofty state ranking, and being one of three teams still unblemished in MAC play, Fortkamp understands the Wildcats will pose a major hurdle, as they bring an 8-2 record to the table and are only one game behind in the MAC standings with a 2-1 slate.  “I am definitely concerned, especially since it is Minster and we haven’t played in over a week,” she explained.  “I was not allowed to practice on Monday and we play on Tuesday, we will see how the kids respond.  I expect Minster to be Minster – very fundamentally-sound while playing good defense. They are very well coached and we will have to play solid defense and get hands in the faces of their shooters in order to come away with the victory.”

On December 19, the Wildcats begin a suffocating portion of their schedule with a loss to seventh-ranked Versailles in Minster.  A couple of days later, they blasted defending Division IV state champion and third-ranked Fort Loramie by 14 before heading to the holiday tournament at Lima Bath the following week.  They opened the tournament with a loss to Wadsworth, the second-ranked team in Division I, before upending Lima Central Catholic in the consolation game.  Their win over Celina was their eighth of the season as they head into their battle with the top-ranked, 11-0 Flyers.  The Wildcats don’t currently have anyone averaging in double-digits, which is uncharacteristic for their program, but they have eight girls hitting between four and eight points per game, while allowing only 40 each time out.  “Marion Local is always a tough game, whether in regular season or in tournament, so this should be a good ole MAC war,” Minster head coach Nann Stechschulte advised.  “We need to take care of the ball, shoot respectable, but most importantly we need to limit their shot attempts by rebounding well if we want to have a shot at winning.”

by Robb Hemmelgarn

By |2014-01-09T23:21:32-05:00January 9th, 2014|Basketball Girls, MAC, Marion Local Flyers, Minster Wildcats, Scores|Comments Off on MAC Girls Basketball Game of the Week – Marion Local at Minster

1/9 MAC Girls Basketball Scores

girls_basketball_150Coldwater 49 New Bremen 39
Parkway 58 Fort Recovery 54
Minster 46 Delphos St. John’s 37
New Knoxville 49 Marion Local 33
Versailles 45 St. Henry 30

Coldwater, Marion Local, Minster & Versailles are ranked in the first AP Girls Basketball State Poll.

girls_basketball_150The first AP Girls Basketball State Poll was released.  Versailles is ranked 7th and Coldwater is ranked 10th in Division III.  Marion Local is ranked 1st and Minster is ranked 13th in Division IV.

Complete Girls Basketball State Poll

By |2014-01-08T23:20:15-05:00January 8th, 2014|Basketball Girls, Coldwater Cavaliers, Marion Local Flyers, Minster Wildcats, News, Scores, Versailles Tigers|Comments Off on Coldwater, Marion Local, Minster & Versailles are ranked in the first AP Girls Basketball State Poll.

1/4 Boys Basketball Scores

boys_basketball_150Bath 61 St. Henry 56
Celina 80 New Bremen 59
Coldwater 47 Shawnee 46
Fort Recovery 62 Lincolnview 31
Paulding 63 Parkway 43
Marion Local 59 Anna 43
Ottoville 50 Minster 46
New Knoxville 72 Botkins 30
Versailles 59 Fort Loramie 50

1/4 Bowling Scores

Wapakoneta 2080, Marion Local 1682
Versailles 2104, Temple Christian 1395
Coldwater 2234, St. Marys 2132
Ansonia 1464, New Bremen 1294
Minster 1821, Parkway 1649
St. Henry 2191, Lima Central Catholic 2037
Marion Local 1741, Mississinawa Valley 1673
Versailles 2291, Ansonia 1503
Coldwater 2293, Ottawa-Glandorf 2045
Parkway 2040, Temple Christian 1467
St. Henry 2204, Van Wert 1948
Russia 1932, Minster 1877
St. Marys 2219, New Bremen 1483

Mississinawa Valley 2295, Minster 2206
Parkway 1688, Temple Christian 1375
Coldwater 2643, Ansonia 1762
Versailles 2407, Lima Central Catholic 1476
New Bremen 2219, Russia 2042
Temple Christian 1810, Marion Local 1736
New Bremen 2320, Minster 2114

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