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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.
BOTKINS â€” The Anna Rockets girls basketball team remained undefeated by easily taking care of Botkins in a 58-35 win Tuesday.
Anna jumped out to a big lead early, capturing an 18-7 lead in the first period and never looked back.
â€śThey are a very good team,â€ť Botkins varsity coach Don Mack said. â€śThey get up and down the court in a hurry. We were able to force them into some outside shots but it wasnâ€™t enough.â€ť
Annaâ€™s quickness got them plenty of second shots, as they pulled down 13 offensive rebounds in the contest.
W-G at Van Buren, 6 p.m.
Marion Local at Wapak, 6 p.m.
Anna at Botkins, 7:30 p.m.
Wapak at Fort Recovery, 10 a.m.
Wapak at LCC, 6 p.m.
Wapak at Brecksville Tourney, 10 a.m.
Wapak at Lima YMCA, 3 p.m.
Wapak at New Bremen, 10 a.m.
Wapak at Union City, 3 p.m.
Botkins at Minster, 6:30 p.m.
Wapak at Brecksville Tourney, 10 a.m.
Even though the state wrestling tournament is still in the distant future, Wapakoneta wrestlers will get a glimpse of what might await them in March when the Redskins compete in the 51st annual Brecksville Holiday Invitational Tournament on Thursday and Friday.
This yearâ€™s edition of the long-standing tournament boasts 37 of some of the best teams in the state of Ohio and one squad from Georgia. Individually 98 of the grapplers entered have state tournament experience with a little more than half of those placing at state in 2011.
BOTKINS â€” The Botkins Trojans came ready to play in their 57-43 Shelby County League varsity boys basketball loss to Jackson Center on Friday night at Botkins High School.
The effort was there. The Trojans had a great game plan.
Simply put, the Tigers are just that good.
Botkins stayed close on the boards, losing them by only a 28-27 tote, and only turned the ball over nine times, but it wasnâ€™t enough.
The Tigers answered by converting 14 of their 19 field goals with an assist and only turned the ball over eight times in the win.
Wapakoneta Redskins senior Makenzie Klock is going to be a Racer netter.
Klock on Tuesday signed a national letter of intent to play tennis for the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers next year.
â€śIt was a good fit for me because it was close to home,â€ť Klock said. â€śI got a good opportunity.â€ť
As her father and as Wapak varsity girls tennis coach, Mike Klock felt a double dose of pride.
â€śSheâ€™s put a lot of hours on the tennis court. Iâ€™m just tickled that sheâ€™s taking it to the college level,â€ť he said.
BLUFFTON â€” Travis Bertram carved up the Bluffton Pirates defense like a Christmas ham Tuesday night, scoring 26 points to lead the Wapakoneta Redskins to a 52-35 win in a varsity boys basketball contest at Bluffton High School.
The junior forward scored 21 of the Redskinsâ€™ first 38 points â€” including 11 of their 14 first-quarter points â€” as Wapak pulled away and was never seriously challenged by the 0-5 Pirates.
Bertram was coming off a 28-point performance in Saturdayâ€™s 59-57 loss to the St. Henry Redskins.
The Wapakoneta varsity wrestling team recorded five pins in the final six matches to overcome a 15-point deficit and record a tough 42-33 victory over Indian Lake in a nonleague affair Tuesday night.
â€śIndian Lake is a good team and they have some good wrestlers so we are tickled to get a win out of it but we are not going to be satisfied because there is still a lot of work to be done,â€ť said Redskin varsity coach Jason Rostorfer. â€śThose guys are going to be in our district in our realignment so we better be ready to see them again.â€ť