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January 6th, 2012
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 Wapakonetaâs 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.
âI would expect a close, physical, hard-fought battle,â Redskins varsity coach Matt Bradley said. âHopefully 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 didnât 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 LCCâs 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 hadnât emerged from the home lockerroom.
Once he did, Allen knew what the first question was going to be.
âIt was the call,â Allen said.
âThe callâ was what Allen would later describe as a âphantom chargeâ 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.
âThey are a very good team,â Botkins varsity coach Don Mack said. âThey get up and down the court in a hurry. We were able to force them into some outside shots but it wasnât enough.â
Annaâs 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 yearâs 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.