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VOLLEYBALL: Celina bumps Wapak

October 31, 2011

FINDLAY — The Celina Bulldogs have won four straight Western Buckeye League volleyball championships, losing just one match over that span.
Early in the season, the Bulldogs dismantled the Wapakoneta Redskins in three games — 25-14, 25-10, 25-12.
In other words, it was going to take a perfect match from the Redskins on Saturday to knock off Celina.
It wasn’t to be.
Despite a valiant Wapak effort, the Bulldogs pulled out a three-game sweep — 25-14, 25-14, 25-20 — in the Division II district title game Saturday at Liberty-Benton High School.

CROSS COUNTRY: Botkins bumped from regional

October 31, 2011

TROY — In a race loaded with state-ranked teams, the Botkins Trojans concluded their girls cross country season by placing sixth at the Division III regional meet Saturday at Troy.
West Liberty-Salem won the meet, followed by Versailles, Fort Loramie, Minster and Russia. It was the highest any girls Botkins team has finished at the regional meet since the 1996 season.
Brittany Bailey led the Trojans with a 17th-place individual finish, posting a time of 20:29.

October 28th

FOOTBALL: Kenton denies Wapak perfect season

October 29, 2011

The kings are still on the throne.
They left little doubt of that.
Maty Mauk sliced his way through the Wapakoneta Redskins defense — both in the air and on the ground — to lead the Kenton Wildcats to a 52-32 win in a battle of Western Buckeye League unbeatens Friday night at Harmon Field.
The win gave Kenton (10-0, 9-0 WBL) its fourth-straight league championship and denied the Redskins’ (9-1, 8-1) bid for a 10-0 season.
“He was a man among boys tonight,” Wapak coach Doug Frye said of Mauk. “Take him out of the picture and we’ve got us a football game.”

FOOTBALL: W-G routs Gophers

October 29, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — One thing is for sure, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers took care of their side of the bargain.
With a score more suited for the easy setting on the Madden Football video game, the Tigers defeated Ridgemont 72-30 Friday night at Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
Most importantly, the Tigers clinched an outright Northwest Central Conference title with the win.
Unfortunately for W-G, the playoff points did not work out in its favor as Lockland edged out the Tigers for the eighth and final spot after its win Friday night.

October 27th

FOOTBALL: Kenton-Wapak pits top offense vs. top defense

October 27, 2011

When the 2011 Western Buckeye League football schedule was released, eyes were instantly drawn to Week 10.
Kenton vs. Wapakoneta.
The buzz was immediate.
All the two teams had to do was survive the toughest WBL gauntlet in recent memory.
Each had their too-close-for-comfort moment — the Redskins’ 14-13 win over Bath in Week 3 and the Wildcats’ 30-28 win over Elida in Week 6.
But they came out on top. And now, here it is, Week 10.
9-0 vs. 9-0.
Wapak is ranked seventh in Division II in the latest AP state poll. The Wildcats are No. 1 in Division IV.

VOLLEYBALL: Wapak headed to district final

October 27, 2011

FINDLAY — Wapakoneta Redskins varsity volleyball coach Keith Rambin was flying blind.
No match film? No scouting report? No stats? No idea what to expect?
No problem.
The Redskins may not have known much about the Napoleon Wildcats, but they figured it out early enough to roll to a three-game sweep in a Division II district semifinal Wednesday at Liberty-Benton High School.
Wapak rallied for a narrow 25-23 win in the first game, then pulled away to win 25-20 in the second and 25-16 in the third.

October 25th

FOOTBALL: 'Skins in playoffs, 7th in state poll

October 25, 2011

The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity football team clinched a playoff berth with its 41-14 win over the Shawnee Indians on Friday.
According to the Web site joeeitel.com, which tracks the Harbin computer points, the Redskins are unofficially fifth in Division II, region 8.
The top eight teams in each region qualify. The top four teams get to play their opening round games at home.
Wapak can clinch a home game with a win Friday night against Kenton. A win would guarantee the Redskins either a third- or fourth-place finish in the points, depending on what other teams in the region do.

October 24th

VOLLEYBALL: Wapak earns trip to districts

October 24, 2011

LIMA — Armed with a new defensive scheme and a new line-up since the last time the two teams played, the Wapakoneta Redskins erased the memories of a past loss to St. Marys on Saturday night.
The Redskins won a sectional title with a three-game sweep of Auglaize County rival St. Marys  at Lima Senior High School.
The 26-24, 25-19, 25-22 Division II sectional final win means Wapakoneta advances to the district tournament for the first time since 1997.
Avenging a regular season loss to the Roughriders didn’t feel too bad to Wapak coach Keith Rambin and his Redskins, either.

FOOTBALL: Tigers hold off Lehman

October 24, 2011

SIDNEY — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers celebrated a team win Saturday night in a chess match of a game.
With injuries depleting his corps, Tiger varsity coach Gary Spencer credited his entire team for Saturday’s exciting victory over the Sidney Lehman Catholic Cavaliers — a game which came down to the final seconds.
As Spencer watched two-way starter Gabe Wilcox and then Cody Baker go down to injury, his coaching staff shuffled in and replaced tired or nicked up players.

October 21st

FOOTBALL: Nine down, one to go

October 22, 2011

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Another hurdle cleared.
And now the big one.
The Wapakoneta Redskins came up with a pair of big third-quarter stops and pulled away to a 41-14 win over the Shawnee Indians on Friday night at Shawnee.
Wapak remained unbeaten at 9-0 overall and 8-0 in the Western Buckeye League.
The win sets up what looks to be an epic Week 10 matchup against the also undefeated Kenton Wildcats for all the proverbial marbles.
“I couldn’t ask for a better season,” Wapak center Nick Warner said. “It’s been great. I never expected something like this out of my senior year.”

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