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February 3rd, 2012
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.
KENTON â€” Anyone who thought the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity wrestling team was in a rebuilding season might want to reconsider that notion.
Wapak continued its dominance of Western Buckeye League Wrestling with a sweep of dual meets against the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans and Kenton Wildcats on Tuesday at Kenton High School.
The Redskins thumped O-G 60-15 before crushing Kenton 69-12.
The wins lifted Wapak to 9-0 in WBL duals for the season.
The Redskins have not lost a WBL dual since the 2008-09 season. They are 27-0 over the past three seasons and 35-1 over the past four.
Call it lucky No. 13.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys bowling team rolled to its 13th victory of the season in as many tries by defeating a good St. Henry Redskins squad 2,951-2,810 on Saturday at McBoâ€™s Lanes in Versailles.
The win kept alive the possibility of a battle of unbeatens in the final contest of the regular season Saturday, Feb. 11 at 20th Century Lanes in Lima.
Wapak and the Versailles Tigers are both 13-0 in West Ohio High School Bowling Conference play with just one match standing in the way of the pairing.
The excitement could be heard in Wapakoneta Redskins swimming coach Mark Lawâ€™s voice as he talked about his boys and girls swim teams taking fifth-place finishes at the Western Buckeye League swim championships.
â€śWe had an outstanding day,â€ť Law told the Wapakoneta Daily News on Saturday. â€śOur top boys had an outstanding day. For our girls, last year we were ninth and we moved up to fifth this year and we have some really good swimmers coming up. I am really happy with the outcome.â€ť
ROCKFORD â€” As the old clichĂ© goes, better late than never.
It took a little while for the Botkins Trojans varsity girls basketball team to get going Monday night, but once it did, it broke out in a big way.
After scoring just 27 points in the first three quarters, the Trojans put 22 points on the board in the fourth quarter to erase a 30-27 deficit and roll to a 49-36 win over the Parkway Panthers.
Botkins held the Panthers to just six points in the final quarter.
Wapakonetaâ€™s numerous chances to seal the game against Minster went awry, allowing the patient Wildcats to hang around and eventually surpass the Redskins 54-49 in overtime on Saturday night.
Minster scored the final seven points of the game to get back to .500 on the season.
â€śItâ€™s a little bit of perseverance,â€ť Minster head coach Mike Lee said. â€śThey didnâ€™t panic and they executed when they needed to execute...Itâ€™s a testament to gutting it out for as long as we did.â€ť
DOLA â€” As the basketball season enters the home stretch, Waynesfield-Goshen seems to be hitting its stride by garnering its third straight win after downing non-league opponent Hardin Northern, 64-46, Saturday night.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 5-8 on the season and keeps the Polar Bears winless on the year at 0-14.
Tiger head coach Ryan Taylor said the win is a big confidence booster for his squad who had struggled through an 8-game losing streak before stringing together this trio of wins.