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September 16th, 2011
MILFORD CENTER â€” In an emotional game for both schools, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers edged the Fairbanks Panthers 12-6 on Friday at Fairbanks.
Waynesfield dedicated the game to long-time team bus driver, Deb Boday, and former athlete Ned Burden, both of which passed away earlier in the week.
And Fairbanks dedicated the game to senior quarterback, Mitch Rausch, who was involved in an automobile accident on Thursday night.
In what has become perhaps the most highly anticipated game on the Northwest Central Conference docket each year, the rivals dueled in a hard-fought defensive battle.
For 48 minutes Thursday night, the score was level.
Then the bubble shifted.
Wapakoneta Redskins sophomore forward Sara Warner scored the lone goal of the night to lead the Redskins to a 1-0 win over the Defiance Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League girls soccer match at Ryan Field.
Eight minutes into the second half, Warner streaked down the left side of the field and fired a shot across the front of the goal, past the outstretched arms of Defiance goalkeeper Brittany Froelich, and into the right side of the net.
VAN WERT â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity girls golf team picked up three wins with a quad-match win Thursday at Hickory Sticks Golf Course in Van Wert.
Wapak shot a 195 to best Marion Local (197), Lincolnview (210) and Crestview (210).
The wins lifted the Redskin to 6-8 on the season.
Wapak senior Courtney Knippen carded a 42 to tie Lincolnviewâ€™s Kailyn Brant for medalist honors.
Rounding out the scoring for the Redskins were Hannah Smith with a 45, Shelby Kohler â€” who had just returned from an illness â€” with a 53 and Bryly Beaman with a 55.
Time to shift gears.
Last week it was Bathâ€™s bruising back Aaron Smith.
Friday night it will be Celina Bulldogs quarterback Braden Billger and his arsenal of weapons.
The spread offense is coming back to Harmon Field when the 3-0 Wapakoneta Redskins host 0-3 Celina in a Week 4 Western Buckeye League matchup.
And the Redskins defense could have its hands full with Billger.
The junior quarterback has thrown for 820 yards on 70 of 124 (56.5 percent) with seven touchdowns and three interceptions already this season.
He has thrown scoring strikes to four different receivers.
WAYNESFIELD â€” As has been the case for several years now, the game between NWCC foes Waynesfield-Goshen and Fairbanks has determined the league title. This year, it appears to be no different.
â€śAbsolutely,â€ť Waynesfield coach Gary Spencer said. â€śThe road to a league title goes through Fairbanks. The kids know that. They are a great football program.â€ť
It took less than 10 minutes for the tide to turn.
And turn it did.
The Celina Bulldogs scored three goals in a span of 9:19 to pull out a 3-2 win over the Wapakoneta Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys soccer match Tuesday at Ryan Field.
Trailing 1-0 late in the first half, Celina tied it at the 10:07 mark, took a 2-1 lead on an own-goal by Wapak, and stretched it to 3-1 with 48 seconds left in the half.
From there the Bulldogs held on, allowing just an Andy Faller penalty kick in the second half for the 3-2 win.
The Minster Wildcats posted a 180-206 win over the Wapakoneta Redskins in a varsity girls golf match Tuesday at the Wapakoneta Country Club.
Wapak sent out just four players as No. 2 golfer Shelby Kohler missed her second-straight match with an illness.
Courtney Knippen and Hannah Smith both carded 47â€™s to lead the Redskins. It was a personal-best round for Smith.
â€śEven though we did not come out with a win tonight the ladies played much more in control of their games,â€ť Wapak coach Dawn West said. â€śIt was a nice comeback from last nightâ€™s match. ...
Thanks to a 3-0 start, the Wapakoneta Redskins are ranked No. 13 in the first Associated Press state high school football poll released Monday evening.
Wapak is coming off back-to-back Western Buckeye League wins. The Redskins held off Bath 14-13 in Week 3 and defeated Elida, a 2010 playoff team, 29-18 in Week 2.
They routed Bellefontaine 48-0 in the season opener.
The WBL is well represented in the poll. In addition to Wapak in Division II, Kenton is ranked third and Ottawa-Glandorf eighth in Division IV.
A miscue on a scorecard hurt the Wapakoneta Redskins but not enough to cost them the win.
Wapak pulled out a 183-185 win over the rival St. Marys Roughriders in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys golf dual match on Monday at Wapakoneta Country Club.
â€śIt wasnâ€™t the greatest score but a win is a win,â€ť Wapak coach Ken Wayman said.
Freshman Drew Wayman was disqualified after signing a scorecard that contained an incorrect score on one of the holes.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Having narrowly won the first set and trailing early in the second, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity volleyball coach called a timeout.
Redskins coach Keith Rambin challenged his team to play to their potential.
Trailing 5-4 to the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers moments into the second set, the Redskins worked hard until they finally tied the score at 14-all and took the lead on the next point to gain momentum in the set and the match. They outscored the Tigers 11-4 the rest of the way and won the second game 25-18.