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.
â€śI knew Bath wasnâ€™t going to come in here and roll over,â€ť 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.
Wapakonetaâ€™s Pickens and Bathâ€™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.
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.
â€śWow,â€ť he said. â€śWow. This is unbelievable.â€ť
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, Wapakâ€™s 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 didnâ€™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 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.
Letâ€™s talk football for a few minutes.
Xâ€™s and Oâ€™s, touchdowns and tackles, passes and punts, handoffs and hits.
And the fact that these are kids â€” playing a game.
Enough of the gossip and grumbling, rumors and remonstrations, drama and dirt-dishing.
These are kids.
Playing a game.
So letâ€™s talk football.
The Wapakoneta Redskinsâ€™ 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.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys soccer team continued the solid start to its season with a 3-0 win over the Elida Bulldogs in the Western Buckeye League opener for both teams Thursday night at Ryan Field.
Junior Travis Bertram scored two goals and senior Andy Faller added a goal and an assist as Wapak upped its record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the WBL.