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Five weeks ago, after a 61-47 loss to the Bath Wildcats, Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball coach Matt Bradley challenged his team to ramp up its defensive effort.
Since that time, a span of seven games, the Redskins have given up no more than 55 points in any game.
They went 2-5 over that stretch, one of the toughest on the schedule with quality opponents such as Defiance, Ottawa-Glandorf and Liberty-Benton.
And it wonâ€™t get any easier Friday when veteran coach Dave Froelich brings his Van Wert Cougars to town.
COLDWATER â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins tried to claw their way out of the hole.
Unfortunately, the hole was just a little too deep â€” two points too deep, in fact.
Wapak rallied with 21 fourth-quarter points but came up just short of a comeback win, falling to the Coldwater Cavaliers 52-50 in a non-league varsity girls basketball game Tuesday night at Coldwater High School.
The loss dropped the Redskins to 10-7 on the season.
In a game of momentum swings, the final Cavsâ€™ swing was too much to overcome.
Two regular games and five Baker games.
Thatâ€™s all that stands between the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys bowling team and an undefeated season.
Well, that and the equally undefeated Versailles Tigers.
Wapak and Versailles head into the final match of the West Ohio High School Bowling Conference season with identical 14-0 records. The Redskins are listed in first place based on total pins this season.
But that wonâ€™t matter when the two teams square off at 1 p.m. Saturday at 20th Century Lanes in Lima.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Jacob Frank scored 31 in a pair of varsity boys basketball contests over the weekend. But the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers split the games, both at home, to fall to 6-9 on the season.
W-G lost a tough one to Northwest Central Conference foe Ridgemont as the Golden Gophers came out on top 63-57 on Friday.
With the scored deadlocked at 29-29 at halftime, Ridgemont outscored the Tigers 17-11 in the third quarter to take a six-point lead.
That would be the final margin as W-G battled but came up short of knocking off the 10-5 Golden Gophers in the fourth quarter.
FINDLAY â€” Twenty-four hours after a tip-to-buzzer win over the rival St. Marys Roughriders, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team found itself on the other end of the scoreboard.
The Liberty-Benton Eagles jumped out to an early lead and rolled to a 55-33 win over the Redskins on Saturday night at Liberty-Benton High School.
Coached by 500-game winner Steve Williman, Liberty-Benton took a 15-6 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
BOTKINS â€” A strong team effort for the New Bremen Cardinals allowed them to travel into Botkins Saturday night and defeat the Trojans 67-48 in a non-league game played at Botkins.
â€śOur kids really responded tonight,â€ť Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said. â€śIt was nice to see the energy they used after the heartbreaking loss we suffered Friday night. I thought we really responded well.â€ť
â€śTheir pressure hurt us a little bit tonight,â€ť Trojans head coach Brent Meyer said. â€śWe also didnâ€™t shoot very well from the floor shooting 29 percent.â€ť
ST. MARYS â€” For 16 seconds, the score was tied.
From there on out, it was all Wapak.
The Wapakoneta Redskins rolled to a convincing 60-40 win over the rival St. Marys Roughriders in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game Friday night at St. Marys High School.
Jake Buzzardâ€™s 3-pointer from the right corner gave the Redskins a 3-0 lead. It was the closest St. Marys would get the rest of the way.
â€śAny time you can beat your rival on their home floor, in a conference game, good crowd, it feels really good,â€ť Wapak varsity coach Matt Bradley said.
Once the nerves subsided, nearly every shot one team took tickled the twine, while the other team struggled to rattle the rim.
The offensive onslaught continued the entire first half as the Wapakoneta Redskins held a 16-0 lead before St. Marys hit a long-range bomb at the first-quarter buzzer. The struggles continued in the second quarter as the Redskins built a 36-7 half-time lead en route to a 61-27 victory.
WAYNESFIELD â€” The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers earned a much needed Northwest Central Conference win, defeating the Fairbanks Panther 66-50 Thursday night in Waynesfield.
The Tigers are now 9-8 overall and 5-1 in NWCC play.
â€śOur shooting started out great,â€ť W-G varsity coach Ted Patton said.
The Tigers started with a 20-12 lead in the first quarter of play. Hard defensive pressure prevented the Panthers from scoring.
Fairbanks caught up late in the second with rebounds.
â€śRebounds did help us initially. They kept us in the game,â€ť Fairbanks varsity coach Brock Oakes said.
Statistically there isnâ€™t a lot riding on Friday nightâ€™s showdown between the Wapakoneta Redskins and the St. Marys Roughriders.
Like thatâ€™s ever mattered before.
The cross-county foes renew their rivalry with little else on the line besides bragging rights and momentum heading into the home stretch of the season.
Neither team is a contender in the Western Buckeye League standings, where they share identical 1-4 league records.
Both teams are trying to salvage seasons that are on the verge of spiraling out of control.