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ST. HENRY â€” Someone asked Matt Bradley how he was doing Saturday night.
â€śIâ€™m not sure how to answer that,â€ť said the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball coach.
Bradley had just watched his squad come up just short in a close game against a strong opponent for the second night in a row.
On Friday, Wapakâ€™s late rally came just a little too late as the Redskins fell to the undefeated, Western Buckeye League-favorite Elida Bulldogs, 46-41.
ELIDA â€” The result may have been predictable.
How it happened, on the other hand, was anything but.
The Wapakoneta Redskins held the Western Buckeye League favorite Elida Bulldogs in check and mounted a late rally but came up just short in a 46-41 loss Friday at the Elida Fieldhouse.
RUSSIA â€” The Botkins Trojans came out with a vengeance.
The Russia Raiders finished with one.
Ultimately, it was the Raider streak that endured as they took home a 68-50 win over Botkins.
The Trojans opened up at an 8-4 deficit, but then hit their stride, it seemed they scored every trip down the floor as they built up a 23-17 lead in the first quarter.
â€śThey were simply beating us on the dribble,â€ť said Russia varsity coach Paul Bremigan. â€śBotkins has a very athletic team this year. We knew what they were going to do coming in and we still couldnâ€™t stop it.
LIMA â€” Perry Commodores senior Kevontae Steele scored 23 points to lead Perry to a 54-47 win over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in a varsity boys basketball game Friday night at Perry High School.
The Tigers held onto a narrow 40-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Steele scored seven points in the final stanza to pace Perry. His three to open the quarter gave the Commodores a lead they would not relinquish.
W-G fell to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Northwest Central Conference.
Perry is 2-2, 1-0 in conference play.
By all appearances, the Western Buckeye League is going to the dogs in 2011-2012.
Namesakes Elida, Defiance and Celina are the preseason favorites in the league, with Elida at the top of the list by most estimates.
The Wapakoneta Redskins will find out where they fit into the mix when they travel to the Elida Fieldhouse on Friday night to tip off the WBL season.
Elida added Shawnee transfer Cory Royster to an attack that already featured the leagueâ€™s top player in University of Akron-bound Reggie McAdams and arguably the leagueâ€™s best point guard in Dakota Mathias.
HARROD â€” Wapakonetaâ€™s Courtney Knippen may be sporting a black eye but there is definitely nothing wrong with her shooting eye as she pumped in a game-high 33 points to propel the Redskins past Allen East, 72-40, in a non-league confrontation Tuesday night at Allen East High School.
The Redskins improve to 3-1 overall and Allen East evens its record at 3-3.
Knippen was a scintillating 12-of-14 from the floor and a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.
BOTKINS â€” The Botkins Trojans made a fight of it but came up short at home for the second night in a row.
The New Knoxville Rangers used a strong fourth quarter to put the Trojans away, 50-38, in a varsity girls basketball game Tuesday at Botkins High School.
â€śIt was an ugly game,â€ť Rangers varsity coach Tim Hegemier said. â€śI was really disappointed in our defense and the offense, but you are going to have those games.â€ť
BOTKINS â€” New Bremen sophomore Julie Brownâ€™s jumper with five seconds left allowed the Cardinals to defeat the Botkins Trojans 50-48 on Monday night.
It was a tight battle throughout the game with the lead changing hands often, but the clean jumper off a turnover by Brown gave New Bremen its first road win of the season.
â€śWe needed this win,â€ť Cardinals varsity coach Randy Eckert said. â€śIt was one of those games that they got a lead and we got a lead and it went back and forth and we were just fortunate to win it at the end.â€ť
NAPOLEON â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity girls swimming team finished eighth and the boys team 10th at the Napoleon Wildcat Invitational on Saturday.
In all, 16 teams competed in the meet.
The Wapak girls team scored 126 points to take eighth. Bath was seventh with 151 points. Napoleon won the event with 496 points.
Wapakâ€™s boys team scored 92 points, just five points behind ninth-place Napoleon 2. Napoleon 1 took first with 550 points.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys bowling team took over the top spot in the West Ohio High School Bowling Conference standings after winning on Saturday at its home alley at Astro Lanes.
Wapak pushed its record to 4-0 with a 3,021-2,318 win over the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds.
The Redskins are one of four unbeaten teams left in the WOHSBC, along with the Versailles Tigers, Coldwater Cavaliers and Ottawa-Glandorf Titans. But Wapak leads the way in total pins through the four matches.