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January 26th, 2012
A week ago, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team came up just short of stunning the unbeaten and state-ranked Defiance Bulldogs.
That game came on the heels of a nail-biter, five-point loss to the previously state-ranked Elida Bulldogs and a one-point win over the defending Western Buckeye League champion Celina Bulldogs.
If Wapak caught the trio of Bulldogs off-guard, it wonâ€™t get that opportunity against the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans on Friday.
The proverbial cover is blown.
Wapak is no longer a bye week for opposing teams.
How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school boys basketball teams in the third of seven weekly Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):
1, Cols. Northland (23) 11-1 288
2, Pickerington Cent. (1) 12-0 219
3, Cin. La Salle (1) 13-1 217
4, Olentangy Liberty (3) 14-0 201
5, Mentor (2) 11-1 161
6, Cin. Moeller 11-2 133
7, Cols. Walnut Ridge 12-0 127
8, Tol. Whitmer 12-1 108
9, Cle. Hts. 10-1 36
10, Tol. Cent. Cath. 10-2 31
How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the third of seven weekly Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):
1, Reynoldsburg (20) 15-0 257
2, Uniontown Lake (4) 14-0 219
3, Pickerington N. 14-1 195
4, Mâ€™burg Hts. Midpark 12-1 126
5, Twinsburg (2) 11-3 124
6, Cin. Princeton 12-2 116
7, Olentangy Orange 14-1 111
8, Springboro 12-1 93
9, Can. McKinley (1) 10-3 75
10, Kettering Fairmont 12-3 42
For three quarters, St. Henry and Wapakoneta battled toe-to-toe.
Then, suddenly, St. Henry stomped on the toes of its namesake and left them black-and-blue as it pulled away to a 53-47 win in a non-league varsity girls basketball game at Wapakoneta.
Trailing 37-33 late in the third quarter, St. Henry went on a 15-1 run â€” including 10 unanswered points to start the fourth quarter â€” to take a 48-38 lead with 3:15 left in the game.
Wapak was held without a field goal for a span of 8:31 during the run.
WAYNESFIELDÂ â€” In what Waynesfield-Goshen head coach Ted Patton called one of his teamâ€™s best overall outings of the season, the Tigers downed non-league foe Hardin Northern, 61-42, Tuesday night.
The Tigers improve to 6-7 on the season and Hardin Northern falls to 2-14 for the year.
â€śThis is probably the best team effort we have had,â€ť Patton said. â€śWe have had injuries all year and we have been playing with different groups all year,â€ť Patton said. â€śThis is the fourth game with this group and I think this was our best team effort and probably are best scoring balance we have had.â€ť
BOTKINS â€” The Botkins Trojans varsity boys basketball team hammered down a 68-36 victory over the Fairlawn Jets on Tuesday night at Botkins High School.
The win boosted Botkinsâ€™ record to 7-6 overall and 4-4 in Shelby County League play.
Botkins didnâ€™t waste any time establishing a mood of high intensity.
After winning the tip, the Trojansâ€™ grabbed two buckets right away and finished the quarter with a seven-point run to take a 13-10 lead.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity wrestling team finished fifth in its home invitational on Saturday at Wapakoneta High School.
Colerain scored 240 points to pull out the team win at the Wapakoneta Invitational. Vandalia Butler was second at 207.5 followed by Bellevue (197), Hilliard Bradley (192) and Wapak (156).
In all, 10 teams competed in the meet.
For the Redskins, Holden Hengstler was the only individual winner. Hengstler took the top spot at 170 pounds with a 5-3 decision over Bellevueâ€™s Brendan Adkinson in the title bout.
How do you describe a second-place finish at one of the toughest tournaments in the state? A tournament in which you finish ahead of two former state runners-up?
Well, if youâ€™re Wapakoneta Redskins junior John â€śJ.T.â€ť Martin, the answer is, â€śNot good enough.â€ť
That was exactly how the Redskins 106-pounder felt after his result at last weekâ€™s Top Gun Tournament at Alliance High School.
â€śItâ€™s a tough tournament,â€ť Martin said between matches at the Wapakoneta Invitational on Saturday. â€śIt feels good to be successful there. But I got second, so I know Iâ€™ve got to work.
SPENCERVILLE â€” Spencervilleâ€™s Jennifer Post layup with just under 10 seconds left on the clock propelled the Bearcats past Waynesfield-Goshen, 55-53, in a non-league confrontation Saturday.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 5-7 on the season. Spencerville improved to 6-7 for the year.
The Tigers did get a last second attempt by Kaylee Patton at the buzzer. But her driving shot towards the basket fell short to overshadow what was a huge game for the sharp-shooting junior who pumped in a game-high 41 points and kept her team in the game with several clutch baskets.
There could have been shouts of jubilation filling the Redskins lockerroom.
Instead, silence. Silence and tears.
For 32 minutes Friday night, the Wapakoneta Redskins gave the undefeated and state-ranked Defiance Bulldogs all they could handle and then some.
They held a team that had been averaging 64 points a game to a season-low 44.
They kept the Bulldogs from even scoring a field goal in the second quarter.
They led and they led and they led.