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A local student-athlete will trade the cold, brutal Ohio winter weather for a bit of warm temperatures in the Sunshine State this weekend.
Christian Hoskins, 16, of Wapakoneta, will be playing in a world baseball championship this weekend in Florida on a team of 15 players from throughout the United States, as he will be competing for Team Avenue Baseball in the Winter Wood Bat World Championships from Dec. 28-31. Each team is guaranteed to play a minimum of five games.
Hoskins is a junior at Botkins High School.
From staff reports
Chandler Kaeck was the conference’s top bowler Saturday, as the Wapakoneta Redskins dominated in their win over the Temple Christian Pioneers.
Wapak won 3,079-1,915 in a West Ohio High School Bowling Conference varsity boys match Saturday at Northland Lanes in Lima.
Kaeck’s top score of 257 was the highest among conference bowlers Saturday, and his 241 average was the top one among WOHSBC bowlers who rolled two games.
The Wapakoneta Redskins are looking to regain health in a hurry because they are falling behind in the Western Buckeye League wrestling standings, possibly to the point already where they cannot win the regular season title.
The team took its second loss in league play Thursday in a 46-27 defeat to the Bath Wildcats and also landed a sound 55-12 win over the Elida Bulldogs in a WBL tri-match at Elida High School.
After watching the Elida Bulldogs dominate the style of play and scoreboard, Wapakoneta Redskin varsity coach Rusty Allen preached to his team to slow down, regain their composure and take over the tempo in the Western Buckeye League matchup.
Allen acknowledged there had to be nervous fans as the Bulldogs came out hot and scored on their first four possessions and hit 9-of-15 from the floor, but he was not one of them.
BLUFFTON — A banked-in 3-pointer as time expired in the third period Tuesday all but deflated the Wapakoneta Redskins.
The triple put the Bluffton Pirates ahead by seven points, 36-29, entering the fourth period and proved to be enough of a cushion in the low-scoring affair.
Bluffton used the momentum from the buzzer-beater to more than double its margin by game’s end in a 57-41 win Tuesday over Wapakoneta in a non-league varsity boys basketball game in Pirate Gymnasium at Bluffton High School.
WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers did what they should have Monday in handling a banged up Botkins Trojans team.
On paper, W-G was the favorite entering Monday’s contest, and the result on the scoreboard matched what showed on paper by the game’s end, as the Tigers managed a 65-37 victory in a non-league varsity girls basketball contest.
The Tigers are now 5-1 overall after Monday’s win.
The Trojans had only eight healthy players in the entire high school entering Monday’s game.
“I’m just excited for this baseball season, and I’m not even going to throw a ball.”
Brian Garman, recently released by the Milwaukee Brewers, will soon undergo surgery to repair his labrum.
The operation will shelve him for one year.
In the mean time, the Wapakoneta native is going to be in town for during his rehab process.
While snow and ice blanketed the region, a sport played exclusively outside on local fields was being practiced by kids inside this weekend, as the 4th Annual Brian Garman Pitching Camp was held Saturday and Sunday at Wapakoneta Elementary School.
The two-day camp for youth in grade 3-12 was hosted by Wapakoneta native Brian Garman, a professional pitcher in MLB’s minor leagues.
Garman, a 2006 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, explained some takeaways he hopes the youngsters retrieve after all of the camp’s instruction.
After giving up the lead briefly to start the second half, the Wapakoneta Redskins quickly rebounded and closed out the Minster Wildcats in a tight ball game Saturday, giving first-year coach Doug Selvey his first win with the Redskins.
After leading virtually the entire first half, Wapak quickly regained the lead and held onto it the rest of the game in a 53-48 victory Saturday over Minster in the Wapakoneta High School gymnasium.
A strong start in the fourth period by the Wapakoneta Redskins allowed them to pull away Thursday for a victory over the Kenton Wildcats.
Leading by nine, 42-33, entering the final period, the Redskins quickly pushed their lead to 15 in less than 2 minutes and to 20 points another 2 minutes later.
The result was a 62-43 win in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball contest in the Wapakoneta High School gymnasium.