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February 23rd, 2012
SPENCERVILLE — Wapakoneta Redskins varsity girls basketball coach Rusty Allen figured all his team needed at halftime was a little pep talk.
So he gave them one.
“There were a few choice words, I guess, in the lockerroom,” Allen said. “I think they understood what needed to be done.”
It seemed to work.
“Friendly confines” are not exactly words one might use to describe playing at Kenton High School.
And don’t let their winless 0-8 Western Buckeye League record fool you.
The Wildcats (4-13 overall) aren’t going to be a pushover when the Wapakoneta Redskins visit Friday night for the varsity boys basketball season finale for both teams.
“Kenton is a really dangerous team, despite their record,” Wapak coach Matt Bradley said.
CANTON — Botkins senior Logan Bauer returned home a state champion Wednesday as he won the state diving championship in finals at Canton.
But it wasn’t easy.
Bauer and Canton Central Catholic diver Alex Gonzalez were neck-and-neck throughout the entire competition. Gonzalez had a slight lead after the first dive, but Bauer recaptured the lead after the second dive and lead through the fourth dive.
Gonzalez again captured the lead after the fifth dive and was a fraction of a point ahead going into the final two dives.
The photographer asked Ryan Kremer for a “game-face” pose.
Kremer clenched his face, looking as tough as he could, for all of three frames before a smile burst onto his face.
He was having too much fun.
And who could blame him? Prior to his freshman year he spent his winters as a benchwarmer on the basketball team.
His cousins swam at Delaware High School and suggested he take up the sport. So he did.
Boy, did he.
SIDNEY — By controlling the paint both offensively and defensively, Mechanicsburg ousted Botkins, 61-41, in the second round of the Division IV Southwest District Tournament Tuesday night.
With the loss, Botkins ends its season with an 8-12 mark. The Indians, now 17-4, advances to the quarterfinals against the winner of the Fort Loramie contest.
Trojans varsity coach Don Mack said the Indians’ defense proved to be the difference in the game.
Andy Faller and Kaleb Vondenhuevel were in the seventh grade the last time the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team won a Western Buckeye League game at home.
Friday night, in the final home WBL games of their careers, the two seniors saw the five-year drought come to an end.
Wapak overcame a sluggish start and held off the Shawnee Indians for a 63-58 win.
The Redskins had not won a league game at Wapakoneta High School since defeating the Celina Bulldogs on February 23, 2007.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee coach Jeff Heistan couldn’t remember ever seeing anything like it.
And Wapakoneta coach Rusty Allen didn’t ever want to see it again.
Heistan’s Indians blasted out to a 29-2 first-quarter lead and steamrolled their way to an 82-46 win over Allen’s Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball game Thursday at Shawnee High School.
RAWSON — When the hard ones won’t fall, you have to make the free ones.
Waynesfield-Goshen did just that, overcoming a tough shooting night to pull out a 63-53 win over the Cory-Rawson Hornets in a non-league varsity girls basketball game Thursday night at Cory-Rawson High School.
The Tigers shot a paltry 14-of-52 (27 percent) from the floor for the game. But they more than made up for that with a 29-of-39 (74 percent) performance from the free throw line.
Just looking at the records, the Wapakoneta Redskins appear poised for a strong finish in their final three games of the varsity boys basketball regular season.
The operative word being “appear.”
The games aren’t played — as goes the old cliché goes — on paper.
Wapak will host the Shawnee Indians in a Western Buckeye League matchup on Friday night and the Coldwater Cavaliers on Saturday night.
The Redskins wrap up the regular and league seasons next Friday at the Kenton Wildcats.
It wasn’t anything flashy.
But New Knoxville hasn’t won 17 games by being flashy.
The methodical Rangers did what they had to and held off the Wapakoneta Redskins for a 38-30 win in a non-league varsity girls basketball game Tuesday night at Wapakoneta High School.
New Knoxville ended its regular season at 17-3. Wapak is 10-9 and has a Western Buckeye League game Thursday at Shawnee remaining.
Perhaps no quarter typified the New Knoxville approach better than the fourth.