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September 9th, 2011
BATH TOWNSHIP â Forty times Bathâs Aaron Smith carried the ball.
And 40 times he blasted his way through the Wapakoneta defense like a bowling ball with legs through a host of pins.
But not the last time.
The Redskins stuffed Smith behind the line on a two-point conversion attempt in the waning moments of the fourth quarter to preserve a 14-13 win over the Wildcats in a Western Buckeye League football game Friday night at Bath Stadium.
As Smith took the handoff on the play, he was greeted by a wall of white jerseys led by senior nose guard Jim Knippen.
TROY â The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers are off the schneid.
W-G picked up its first win on the season with a 24-6 victory over the Troy Chriistian Eagles on Friday night in Troy.
The Tigersâ defense stepped up and made big plays to create offensive opportunities.
W-G shut out the Eagles in the first three quarters and held a 24-0 lead late into the fourth quarter until Troy Christian finally got on the board with 3:57 left in the game.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity volleyball team held off a determined Bath Wildcats squad to post a 3-1 win in its home opener Thursday at Wapakoneta High School.
After cruising to wins in the first and second games, Wapak saw the third game slip away and had to scrap to come up with the match winner in the fourth game.
The Redskins had to battle from behind in almost every game.
âI knew Bath wasnât going to come in here and roll over,â Wapak coach Keith Rambin said.
Bath opened the first game with an 11-5 lead and survived a Redskins rally to lead 22-19 late in the game.
BOTKINS â Coming off a victory at the Columbus Grove Invitational last Saturday, the Botkins Trojans girls cross country team is ranked 13th in the latest Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Division III state poll.
Botkins received 50 points in the poll, which was led by Minster in first and Coldwater in second.
The Trojans are back in action Saturday morning at 9 at Spencerville.
Bath 2, Wapak 0
BATH TOWNSHIP â Connor Rockhold and Garrett Renner scored goals to lead the Wildcats past Wapak in a Western Buckeye League match on Thursday.
Making the trip to Bath High School on Friday?
You might want to pack your mouth guard.
Between Connor Pickens and Aaron Smith, some fillings are going to get rattled.
Wapakonetaâs Pickens and Bathâs Smith will take center stage as the feature backs when the Redskins and the Wildcats square off at 7:30 in a Western Buckeye League football game.
In Week 2 wins, Pickens and Smith combined for 550 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Pickens totalled 267 yards on 33 carries with two touchdowns in a 29-18 win over Elida.
The inaugural G.A. Wintzer & Son Classic PBA Central Region Tournament will have some local flavor.
When the professional bowling tour stop kicks off tomorrow, three Wapakoneta bowlers will be in the mix after their results in qualifying tournaments.
The event opens Friday afternoon with a practice session from 2:30 to 4:30 and a Pro-Am tournament at 7.
The tournament begins Saturday with two shifts of bowlers playing eight games apiece. The top 12 scores from the two shifts will advance to the final round robin, which begins Sunday at 10 a.m.
All sessions are open to the public.
A relentless wind and a relentless barrage of shots by the Bath Wildcats were too much for the Wapakoneta Redskins to overcome as Bath rolled to 5-1 win in a varsity girls soccer match Tuesday at Ryan Field.
A stout 15-mph wind out of the north favored the team attacking the south goal.
In the first half that was Wapak.
But the Redskins could not take advantage and were only able to take a 1-1 tie into halftime thanks to a late goal by Sara Warner.
With the wind to its back in the second half, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys soccer team rallied from a 1-0 deficit to post a 3-1 win over the Bluffton Pirates on Tuesday at Harmon Field.
Bluffton took a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute on a goal by Lucas Harnish and held that advantage through the rest of the first half.
Colin Mankin put the Redskins on the board with a goal in the 52nd minute.
Travis Bertram scored on an assist from Andy Faller to put Wapak on top 2-1 in the 69th minute. And Cody Benny knocked in the Redskinsâ third goal in the 81st minute.
Connor Pickens shook his head.
âWow,â he said. âWow. This is unbelievable.â
Yeah, that pretty much summed it up.
Pickens rushed for a career-high 267 yards, narrowly missing a Wapakoneta single-game record, to lead the Redskins to a commanding 29-18 win over the Elida Bulldogs on Friday night at Harmon Field.
After a tight first half, Wapakâs offensive line took over, creating gaping holes in the Elida defense in the Western Buckeye League opener for both teams.
WAYNESFIELD â The heat may have hurt the Fort Recovery Indians at first.
But that didnât stop them from making a second-half comeback for a 34-30 win over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers on Friday night in Waynesfield.
The Indiansâ senior work horse, Jason Potkotter, scored the winning touchdown with only 19 seconds left in the game.
W-G started hot and took a 16-6 lead in the first quarter. The Tigersâ junior quarterback Garret Miller threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and a third in the second quarter to lead W-G at a 30-12 advantage by halftime.