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Wapakoneta senior Courtney Knippen headlined the Redskinsâ€™ selections on the All-Western Buckeye League basketball teams released Thursday morning.
Knippen was the only Redskins player â€” boys or girls â€” to be named to the First Team.
The 5-foot-9 post player led Wapak to an 11-11 record in a season filled with injuries and roster shake-ups.
Classmate Tasha Helmstetter earned Second-Team honors.
Junior guard Nicole Brown was named to the Third Team.
Bath Wildkittens post Emily Ruhe was selected as the WBL Player of the Year. Bath coach Greg Mauk was named Coach of the Year.
LIMA — It didn’t matter if that was how the play was drawn up.
“He made it,” Wapakoneta Redskins coach Matt Bradley said.
Yes, he did.
Alex Greve’s 3-pointer with two seconds left on the clock lifted the Redskins to a 43-40 win over the rival St. Marys Roughriders in a Division II boys basketball sectional semifinal Tuesday night at Lima Senior High School.
PIQUA — The Russia Raiders slid by the Botkins Trojans for a 55-41 victory in a Division IV boys basketball sectional semifinal Tuesday night at Piqua High School, but not without a struggle.
Down six at the half, Russia went on a 15-0 run to start the third quarter and quickly stretched its lead to 39-32.
“Coming out of halftime, we managed to take care of the ball, rebound the basketball and keep Botkins to one point,” Russia coach Paul Bremigan said.
Wapakoneta Redskins junior J.T. Martin is heading to the state wrestling tournament for the third time.
He will open the event against a wrestler making his first trip.
Martin will square off with Eaton freshman Michael May in the first round of the Division II 106-pound state tournament, which starts at 4:15 Thursday at Value City Arena on the campus of the Ohio State University.
Martin is coming off a third-place finish at the district tournament last weekend in Marion. He has a 37-6 record on the season.
SPENCERVILLE — There was only so much the Wapakoneta Redskins could do.
Emily Ruhe was just that good.
The Bath junior scored 20 points and pulled down 17 rebounds — both game highs — to lead the Wildkittens past the Redskins, 48-31, in a Division II girls basketball sectional final Saturday night at Spencerville High School.
ROSSFORD — The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys bowling team is headed back to the state tournament.
Runners up a year ago, the Redskins rolled their way to a district championship Saturday at Interstate Lanes in Rossford to earn a trip the state tournament Friday in Columbus.
Wapak piled up a team score of 4,000. Coldwater was a distant second at 3,873. Port Clinton was third at 3,820.
MARION — Wapakoneta Redskins junior J.T. Martin took another step forward in his quest for a state wrestling championship.
Martin qualified for the state meet thanks to his third-place finish at the district meet Saturday in Marion.
The top four finishers in each district advanced to the state tournament, which starts Thursday at Value City Arena on the campus of the Ohio State University in Columbus.
KENTON — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers fell short 51-45 in overtime to the Upper Scioto Valley Rams in a hard-fought Division IV girls basketball sectional final Saturday night in Kenton.
The game went into overtime with the scored tied at 40-40. But the Rams pulled away for the victory.
W-G’s small bench made it hard for their young players to step up to USV.
KENTON — The Wapakoneta Redskins started strong and nearly finished strong.
But they hit a wall in the second quarter and never fully recovered, suffering a 54-46 defeat at the hands of the Kenton Wildcats in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game Friday night at Kenton High School.
Wapak scored just two points in the second quarter on a Travis Bertram jumper at the 4:53 mark.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats went on a 10-0 run the final three minutes of the quarter to take a 22-14 lead at the half.
PIQUA — Freshman Mitchell Goubeaux hit the two most important free throws of his high school career in the final seconds as the Botkins Trojans claimed a 50-49 victory over the Fort Loramie Redskins in a Division IV first-round sectional tournament game Friday night at Piqua High School.
The game was tied up 40-40 with 1:25 left on the clock in the fourth quarter. Redskins senior Tyler Miracle drained a three-point shot to instantly rejuvenate his teammates.