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January 22nd, 2015
WAYNESFIELD — From the tiny town of Waynesfield to the inside of an NFL stadium, Brandon Bly, a senior at Waynesfield-Goshen High School, recently played in the Blue-Grey All-American Game in Tampa, Fla., at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
His teammates and opponents in the game originated from all over the country and included a few notable Division I recruits, some of whom will be playing football at FBS programs such as West Virginia, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Illinois.
NEW KNOXVILLE — The Wapakoneta Redskins are no strangers to games going down to the wire during this 2014-2015 season. The latest win was yet another instance of the Redskins coming through near the end.
Wapakoneta’s Kodi Morgan knocked down a game-winning jumper with 13 seconds left to give the Redskins’ varsity boys basketball team a 45-43 victory at New Knoxville on Tuesday night.
“We’ve played in a lot of close games this year,” Redskins coach Doug Selvey said. “I think those games helped us win this game.”
VAN WERT — Only two matches reached the third period, as the Wapakoneta Redskins demolished the Van Wert Cougars, 63-6, in a Western Buckeye League dual match Tuesday at Van Wert High School.
The win put Wapakoneta at 5-0 in WBL dual matches this season.
The match Tuesday came within a grueling schedule for the Redskins.
After a WBL tri-match Thursday which was also in Van Wert, they left immediately for the two-day Top Gun Tournament in Alliance, a more than three-hour trip.
Wapakoneta has another WBL tri-match Thursday in Ottawa.
BATH TWP. — Three buckets by Adam Henderson, and a pair of free throws each by Jarrett Koch and Kodi Morgan late in the fourth quarter helped the Wapakoneta Redskins emerge victorious Friday against the Bath Wildcats.
Wapakoneta overcame an eight-point halftime deficit and 23 points by Bath’s Andrew Renner to notch a 50-46 win Friday in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball contest at Bath High School.
The Redskins’ win was their second league victory this season, matching their WBL win total from last season.
Against a very good team like the Bath Wildkittens, opponents cannot come up short on executing the little things throughout the course of the game. The Wapakoneta Redskins, however, came up short on those facets of the game Thursday, in a matchup of two teams with 3-0 league records.
Madison Dackin poured in 19 points and guided Bath to a commanding 50-34 win over the Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball game in Wapakoneta.
BOTKINS — Appetites for competition will no longer be satisfied in “The Kitchen.”
As the Botkins school district commenced session in a new school building this month, a new gymnasium will host the school’s junior high athletic events in a 450-seat capacity facility, replacing the longtime, beloved home of Botkins High School basketball from 1957 until the early 1990s.
The game Tuesday was a tale of two halves.
The Wapakoneta Redskins led 20-10 at halftime, but a second half rally by the undefeated Liberty-Benton Eagles forced overtime.
The visiting Eagles took complete control in the extra session, holding Wapakoneta scoreless in overtime to land a 44-34 win in varsity girls basketball action Tuesday at Wapakoneta High School.
The Eagles trailed 20-10 at halftime but outscored Wapakoneta by 20 points to earn the non-league win, giving the Redskins their second straight loss to an unbeaten opponent.
This past fall a local Wapakoneta family was honored in two separate ways for its contributions to the sport of football — in the state of Michigan.
The sport that they have given so much to gave back last year.
Ryan Zerkel, a 1994 Wapakoneta High School graduate, played football at Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., and now teaches and coaches in the state.
Zerkel finished his third year coaching the St. Clair High School Saints last fall.
December 23rd, 2014
A 3-pointer by Bluffton’s Bret Rumer with 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the game at 46-46, and the undefeated Bluffton Pirates emerged from overtime with a 59-53 win Tuesday over the Wapakoneta Redskins in a non-league varsity boys basketball game at Wapakoneta High School.
The Redskins had a five-point lead with 2:39 left in the game and attempted to exhaust the remaining time, but a missed front end of a one-and-one gave the Pirates possession with 8.9 seconds remaining in regulation.
Facing their best opponent of the season — the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds — things did not come easy for the Wapakoneta Redskins often in Monday’s game.
The speed of the game and pressure was unlike what undefeated Wapakoneta had seen in its five previous wins.
The Redskins were eventually able to control the pace and handle the pressure, holding down LCC in the second half to record a 69-56 win Monday in non-league varsity girls basketball action at Wapakoneta High School.