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March 7th, 2012
NEW BREMEN — An Auglaize County girl, with connections to Wapakoneta, recently finished in second in a state-wide free throw shooting contest in Columbus.
Kelly Naylor, 11, a fifth-grader at New Bremen Elementary School, hit 15-of-25 free throws in the Elks Hoop Shoot contest to finish second state-wide.
“I am happy I made it that far,” the fifth grader said.
It was purely by accident that Kelly found her talent at hitting free throws.
LIMA — The waters could only be held back for so long.
Then the dam finally gave way and the wave came crashing down.
Underdogs all season long, the Wapakoneta Redskins made a run at an upset Friday night only to watch the Elida Bulldogs make their own run to pull out a 51-39 win in a Division II sectional final at Lima Senior High School.
COLUMBUS — A pin here, a pin there.
Eventually they piled up.
After a strong start, the Wapakoneta Redskins faltered and finished seventh at the state boys bowling tournament Friday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
The Coldwater Cavaliers, who Wapak edged in last week’s district tournament and in the regular season standings, knocked off Springfield Kenton Ridge for the state title.
COLUMBUS — Wapakoneta Redskins junior J.T. Martin’s dream of a state championship vanished on Day One.
Goal No. 2, to place, disappeared on Day Two.
Martin came up short in his bid to become the third state wrestling champion and was bumped out of the top eight on Friday.
The 106-pounder opened on Thursday with a loss to Eaton freshman Michael May, the No. 2 seed out of the Goshen district, on a pin at the 5:40 mark.
Wapakoneta Redskins junior J.T. Martin (106 pounds) was pinned by Eaton freshman Michael May at the 5:40 mark of their first-round match at the Division II state wrestling meet Thursday at Value City Arena in Columbus.
Martin bounced back with a 5-1 win over Whitehall-Yearling sophomore Noah Jay in the consolation opener to advance to the second day of competition today.
The best Martin can place now is third.
See http://www.baumspage.com/ohsaa/brackets/2012/bracket2.pdf for live updated brackets.
COLDWATER — St. Henry’s large size and deep bench was too much for Waynesfield-Goshen to handle.
“We were intimidated going into the game,” Tigers varsity coach Ryan Taylor said.
The Redskins rolled to a 67-31 win over W-G in a Division IV sectional semifinal Wednesday at the Palace in Coldwater. St. Henry improved its record to 17-4. Waynesfield-Goshen finished the season 6-15.
Wapakoneta senior Courtney Knippen headlined the Redskinsâ€™ selections on the All-Western Buckeye League basketball teams released Thursday morning.
Knippen was the only Redskins player â€” boys or girls â€” to be named to the First Team.
The 5-foot-9 post player led Wapak to an 11-11 record in a season filled with injuries and roster shake-ups.
Classmate Tasha Helmstetter earned Second-Team honors.
Junior guard Nicole Brown was named to the Third Team.
Bath Wildkittens post Emily Ruhe was selected as the WBL Player of the Year. Bath coach Greg Mauk was named Coach of the Year.
LIMA — It didn’t matter if that was how the play was drawn up.
“He made it,” Wapakoneta Redskins coach Matt Bradley said.
Yes, he did.
Alex Greve’s 3-pointer with two seconds left on the clock lifted the Redskins to a 43-40 win over the rival St. Marys Roughriders in a Division II boys basketball sectional semifinal Tuesday night at Lima Senior High School.
PIQUA — The Russia Raiders slid by the Botkins Trojans for a 55-41 victory in a Division IV boys basketball sectional semifinal Tuesday night at Piqua High School, but not without a struggle.
Down six at the half, Russia went on a 15-0 run to start the third quarter and quickly stretched its lead to 39-32.
“Coming out of halftime, we managed to take care of the ball, rebound the basketball and keep Botkins to one point,” Russia coach Paul Bremigan said.
Wapakoneta Redskins junior J.T. Martin is heading to the state wrestling tournament for the third time.
He will open the event against a wrestler making his first trip.
Martin will square off with Eaton freshman Michael May in the first round of the Division II 106-pound state tournament, which starts at 4:15 Thursday at Value City Arena on the campus of the Ohio State University.
Martin is coming off a third-place finish at the district tournament last weekend in Marion. He has a 37-6 record on the season.