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September 9th, 2011

FOOTBALL: W-G notches first win

September 10, 2011

TROY — 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 Tigers’ 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.

VOLLEYBALL: 'Skins stave off 'Cats

September 9, 2011

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.
“I knew Bath wasn’t going to come in here and roll over,” 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.

PREP ROUNDUP: Botkins girls make state cross country poll

September 9, 2011

BOTKINS — 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.

BOYS SOCCER
Bath 2, Wapak 0
BATH TOWNSHIP — Connor Rockhold and Garrett Renner scored goals to lead the Wildcats past Wapak in a Western Buckeye League match on Thursday.

September 8th

FOOTBALL: Wapak braces for smash-mouth matchup at Bath

September 8, 2011

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.
Wapakoneta’s Pickens and Bath’s 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.

Astro Lanes readies for PBA bowlers

September 8, 2011

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.

September 7th

GIRLS SOCCER: With wind, Wildcats whip Wapak

September 7, 2011

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.

PREP ROUNDUP: Redskins rally past Pirates

September 7, 2011

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 Redskins’ third goal in the 81st minute.

September 2nd

FOOTBALL: Pickens powers Wapak past Elida

September 3, 2011

Connor Pickens shook his head.
“Wow,” he said. “Wow. This is unbelievable.”
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, Wapak’s offensive line took over, creating gaping holes in the Elida defense in the Western Buckeye League opener for both teams.

FOOTBALL: Fort Recovery rallies past Tigers

September 3, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — The heat may have hurt the Fort Recovery Indians at first.
But that didn’t stop them from making a second-half comeback for a 34-30 win over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers on Friday night in Waynesfield.
The Indians’ 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 Tigers’ 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.

COLUMN: Focus, people. Focus.

September 2, 2011

Let’s talk football for a few minutes.
X’s and O’s, touchdowns and tackles, passes and punts, handoffs and hits.
And the fact that these are kids — playing a game.
Enough of the gossip and grumbling, rumors and remonstrations, drama and dirt-dishing.
These are kids.
Playing a game.
So let’s talk football.
The Wapakoneta Redskins’ matchup against Elida Bulldogs tonight at Harmon Field has all of the markings of a classic.
Both teams are on the upswing of major turnarounds.

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