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January 6th, 2012
The Wapakoneta Redskins have become quite proficient this season at the fourth-quarter comeback.
So when they walked onto the court down nine points with eight minutes to play Friday night against Bath, there was little cause for concern.
But there would be no comeback this time.
It was too little, too late.
The Bath Wildcats used a balanced offensive attack and took advantage of a lackluster showing by the Redskins to pull away to a 61-47 win in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game at Wapakoneta High School.
BOTKINS â€” The Botkins Trojans varsity boys basketball team returned to action Friday night and rallied for a fourth-quarter comeback win over the Fort Loramie Redskins.
The Redskins led for the first three quarters but couldnâ€™t quite hold on as Botkins stole the lead in the final minutes and came out with a 58-51 victory in a Shelby County League battle at Botkins High School.
The Redskins were only up 25-23 at the half but outrebounded the Trojans the entire first half.
Fort Loramieâ€™s intensity allowed it to pull away 37-31 starting into the third quarter.
ELIDA â€” Wins are nice, but Wapakoneta Redskins varsity wrestling coach Jason Rostorfer was looking for more than just wins on Thursday night.
He got both as the Redskins swept Elida and Defiance in a Western Buckeye League tri-match at Elida High School.
Wapak edged Elida 38-30 in the opener then rolled past Defiance 48-25 in the second match.
BATH TOWNSHIP â€” Controlling the boards can be just as important as putting the rock through the net in basketball and Wapakoneta found out that lesson the hard way in its 55-36 loss to Bath in a key Western Buckeye League matchup Thursday night.
By outrebounding the Redskins, 36-18, the Wildkittens overcame a subpar offensive night to stave off a determined yet frustrated Redskin squad which continually watched Bath get two and some time three shots at scoring by snaring carom after carom.
If Wapakonetaâ€™s matchup against Bath is anything like the last two, you might want to plan ahead.
This one could get late.
The past three Redskins/Wildcats contests have gone to overtime, with Bath ultimately prevailing in each.
So when the Wildcats (5-3, 0-1 WBL) come to Wapakoneta High School for a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball contest on Friday, it should be interesting.
â€śI would expect a close, physical, hard-fought battle,â€ť Redskins varsity coach Matt Bradley said. â€śHopefully we can stop that trend of Bath winning close games against us.
BOTKINS â€” Nine different players scored as the Botkins Trojans rolled to a 67-44 win over the Houston Wildcats in a Shelby County League varsity boys basketball game Tuesday at Botkins High School.
It was the first league win of the season for the Trojans (4-3, 1-2 SCL).
Botkinsâ€™ Tyler Egbert led all scorers with 21 points, scoring 15 of those in the second half.
Ethan Zimpfer added 11 for the Trojans. Gabe Lawrence chipped in with nine and Josh Schwartz contributed eight.
Botkins led 17-11 after one quarter and stretched the margin to 32-24 at the half.
LIMA â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys and girls swimming teams both finished seventh in the Holiday Invitational on Thursday at the Lima Family YMCA.
The Shawnee Indians won both groups.
In all, 18 boys teams and 17 girls teams competed in the annual event.
For the Redskins boys team, Ryan Kremer grabbed third in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the 100 freestyle.
Nate Hager took third in the 200 freestyle. He also placed sixth in the 50 freestyle.
Ryan Greve was fifth in the 100 breaststroke.
December 30th, 2011
For three quarters, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team had no pulse.
Then senior Andy Faller hit a jumper from the left wing.
And freshman Adam Henderson ventured into a forest of blue and gold trees, grabbed an offensive rebound and stuck it back in the basket.
Then Faller drained a 3-pointer.
Ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump.
Those three baskets ignited a 19-point fourth quarter as Wapak erased a nine-point deficit and pulled out a 39-35 win over the Marion Local Flyers on Friday at Wapakoneta High School.
LIMA â€” Scoreboard?
It didnâ€™t matter.
Whatever it had to say was secondary.
All that truly mattered was the condition of two young men.
For the record, the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds defeated the Wapakoneta Redskins 62-45 in a non-league varsity boys basketball contest Thursday night at LCCâ€™s Herr Gymnasium.
But a scary sequence just 29 seconds into the second half made the final score an afterthought.
Fifteen minutes after the conclusion of the Wapakoneta Redskinsâ€™ 56-42 loss to the Marion Local Flyers on Tuesday night, Redskins varsity girls basketball coach Rusty Allen still hadnâ€™t emerged from the home lockerroom.
Once he did, Allen knew what the first question was going to be.
â€śIt was the call,â€ť Allen said.
â€śThe callâ€ť was what Allen would later describe as a â€śphantom chargeâ€ť against senior guard Tasha Helmstetter.