Archive - 2014 - Sports Article
A long-awaited event debuted this past weekend, and it was very successful in its inaugural year.
The Auglaize County Open Championship — a golf tournament among players from the county’s three courses — was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wapakoneta Country Club, Arrowhead Golf Club and Minster and Prairie View Golf Club in Waynesfield each hosted one day of the tournament.
Prairie View’s Doug Spencer said executing the idea for the tournament took less than one year, it was a routine desire among the county’s golfers.
ELIDA — Although the stadium lights didn’t do their job for a brief time Friday, the spotlight shined brightly all night long on the Wapakoneta Redskins’ defense.
Wapakoneta held the Elida Bulldogs scoreless, allowed only three first downs and 66 yards of total offense while forcing three turnovers in the Redskins’ 17-0 shutout of the Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League varsity football contest at Elida High School.
MECHANICSBURG — The Waynesfield-Goshen varsity football team has played clean football so far this season giving the ball away once heading into its non conference match against Mechanicsburg.
That changed Friday night as the Tigers coughed up the ball four times, leading to 21 unanswered points as W-G dropped to 1-2 on the season after a 48-0 defeat to the Indians.
LIMA — Two undefeated teams early in the 2014 varsity girls soccer season met for a Western Buckeye League showdown Monday.
The Wapakoneta Redskins and the Bath Ladycats — programs which are trending positively in recent years — were each 6-0-0 and receiving votes in the state coaches poll entering the game Monday.
KENTON — For the several hundred fans who were unable or unwilling to return to Kenton for the remainder of the suspended game Saturday afternoon, well, life is full of regrets.
The final 18-plus minutes of the resumed varsity football game between Wapakoneta and Kenton was a classic finish, one that saw the Redskins score a go-ahead touchdown with 6.7 seconds left in the game to steal a 15-14 win in the Western Buckeye League opener at Kenton High School’s Robinson Field.
KENTON — The varsity football game between the Wapakoneta Redskins and the Kenton Wildcats was postponed Friday due to impending inclement weather.
It will resume at 2 p.m. today back at Kenton High School’s Robinson Field.
The game was stopped with 6 minutes and 26 seconds remaining in the third quarter after game officials spotted lightning.
Both teams headed to their respective locker rooms.
WAYNESFIELD — What a difference a week can make.
A week ago, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers varsity football team was humbled by a 55-15 home opening blowout to Jefferson. That night the Tigers found themselves scoreless in the first half and mustered under 100 yards, but W-G turned in a different performance on Friday night.
At the expense of soon-to-be Northwest Central Conference opponent Hardin Northern, the Tigers amassed 237 total yards of offense and 30 points in the first half alone en route to a 49-0 shutout victory.
Although they led the entire game, the Wapakoneta Redskins had to buckle down to defend that lead for much of the second half.
Using their typical aggression offensively, the Redskins owned a 3-0 lead in the first half, but goals by the Elida Bulldogs right before and right after halftime narrowed the margin to 3-2.
KENTON — The start of the grand that is the nine-game Western Buckeye League schedule has arrived.
Members of the 10-team league will play only WBL schools the rest of the regular season.
For the Wapakoneta Redskins, their opening game in league play is against the defending WBL champion Kenton Wildcats, who went undefeated and gave runner-up Wapakoneta its only league loss last season.
Kenton throttled Wapakoneta 52-0 after three quarters in the meeting last season before reserves played the fourth quarter.
WAYNESFIELD — Hardin Northern and Waynesfield-Goshen are somewhat alike. Both teams have small rosters, are under the direction of first-year head coaches and have underachieved recently after dominating their competitors in the mid-2000s.
The glaring difference is the fact that Waynesfield has fielded a team for 68 consecutive seasons whereas that streak was broken for the Polar Bears last year.