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February 22nd, 2012
The photographer asked Ryan Kremer for a “game-face” pose.
Kremer clenched his face, looking as tough as he could, for all of three frames before a smile burst onto his face.
He was having too much fun.
And who could blame him? Prior to his freshman year he spent his winters as a benchwarmer on the basketball team.
His cousins swam at Delaware High School and suggested he take up the sport. So he did.
Boy, did he.
SIDNEY — By controlling the paint both offensively and defensively, Mechanicsburg ousted Botkins, 61-41, in the second round of the Division IV Southwest District Tournament Tuesday night.
With the loss, Botkins ends its season with an 8-12 mark. The Indians, now 17-4, advances to the quarterfinals against the winner of the Fort Loramie contest.
Trojans varsity coach Don Mack said the Indians’ defense proved to be the difference in the game.
Andy Faller and Kaleb Vondenhuevel were in the seventh grade the last time the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team won a Western Buckeye League game at home.
Friday night, in the final home WBL games of their careers, the two seniors saw the five-year drought come to an end.
Wapak overcame a sluggish start and held off the Shawnee Indians for a 63-58 win.
The Redskins had not won a league game at Wapakoneta High School since defeating the Celina Bulldogs on February 23, 2007.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee coach Jeff Heistan couldn’t remember ever seeing anything like it.
And Wapakoneta coach Rusty Allen didn’t ever want to see it again.
Heistan’s Indians blasted out to a 29-2 first-quarter lead and steamrolled their way to an 82-46 win over Allen’s Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball game Thursday at Shawnee High School.
RAWSON — When the hard ones won’t fall, you have to make the free ones.
Waynesfield-Goshen did just that, overcoming a tough shooting night to pull out a 63-53 win over the Cory-Rawson Hornets in a non-league varsity girls basketball game Thursday night at Cory-Rawson High School.
The Tigers shot a paltry 14-of-52 (27 percent) from the floor for the game. But they more than made up for that with a 29-of-39 (74 percent) performance from the free throw line.
Just looking at the records, the Wapakoneta Redskins appear poised for a strong finish in their final three games of the varsity boys basketball regular season.
The operative word being “appear.”
The games aren’t played — as goes the old cliché goes — on paper.
Wapak will host the Shawnee Indians in a Western Buckeye League matchup on Friday night and the Coldwater Cavaliers on Saturday night.
The Redskins wrap up the regular and league seasons next Friday at the Kenton Wildcats.
It wasn’t anything flashy.
But New Knoxville hasn’t won 17 games by being flashy.
The methodical Rangers did what they had to and held off the Wapakoneta Redskins for a 38-30 win in a non-league varsity girls basketball game Tuesday night at Wapakoneta High School.
New Knoxville ended its regular season at 17-3. Wapak is 10-9 and has a Western Buckeye League game Thursday at Shawnee remaining.
Perhaps no quarter typified the New Knoxville approach better than the fourth.
WAYNESFIELD — The Indian Lake Lakers used a strong second-half effort to pull away from the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers for a 67-52 win in a non-league varsity boys basketball game Tuesday night at Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
Holding on to a narrow 29-28 lead at the half, Indian Lake outscored the Tigers 16-10 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 45-38.
The Lakers added 22 more points in the fourth quarter while holding W-G to 14.
Tanner Arledge scored 12 of his game-high 16 points in the second half to lead the Lakers.
LIMA — Nine Wapakoneta Redskins varsity swimmers, seven of them in multiple events, advanced to the Division II district meet thanks to their performances in the sectional meet Saturday at the Lima Family YMCA.
The district meet will be held Friday at Bowling Green State University.
Senior Ryan Kremer led the way for the Redskins. Kremer won the 100 backstroke and is seeded sixth in that event. He took second in the 100 butterfly, earning the No. 2 seed.
WAYNESFIELD — Every time the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers made a run, the Parkway Panthers had an answer.
Eventually, the Tigers just ran out of runs.
Parkway used it’s full-court defensive pressure to slow down the up-tempo Tigers and hold on for a 66-59 win in a non-league varsity girls basketball game on Seniors Night on Monday at Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
The Panthers forced 24 W-G turnovers and kept the Tigers from attacking offensively.