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BASKETBALL: Russia edges Botkins

January 28, 2012

BOTKINS — The 12-2 Russia Raiders’ slid by with a close 60-59 victory over the Botkins Trojans in Shelby County League action Friday night at Botkins High School.

The Trojans took a 44-39 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Raiders were not about to give up anything. Raising its level of intensity on defense, Russia managed to force a few much-needed turnovers late in the quarter to pull out the win.

BASKETBALL: Wapak hopes to bounce back vs. O-G

January 26, 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 won’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.

BASKETBALL: AP Boys State Poll

January 26, 2012

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):

DIVISION I
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

BASKETBALL: AP Girls State Poll

January 26, 2012

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):

DIVISION I
1, Reynoldsburg (20) 15-0 257
2, Uniontown Lake (4) 14-0 219
3, Pickerington N. 14-1 195
4, M’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

BASKETBALL: St. Henry rallies past Wapak

January 25, 2012

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 — including 10 unanswered points to start the fourth quarter — 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.

BASKETBALL: W-G whips Polar Bears

January 25, 2012

WAYNESFIELD — In what Waynesfield-Goshen head coach Ted Patton called one of his team’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.

“This is probably the best team effort we have had,” Patton said. “We have had injuries all year and we have been playing with different groups all year,” Patton said. “This 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.”

BASKETBALL: Trojans shoot down Jets

January 25, 2012

BOTKINS — 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 Botkins’ record to 7-6 overall and 4-4 in Shelby County League play.

Botkins didn’t waste any time establishing a mood of high intensity.

After winning the tip, the Trojans’ grabbed two buckets right away and finished the quarter with a seven-point run to take a 13-10 lead.

WRESTLING: Wapak fifth in home invitational

January 24, 2012

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 Bellevue’s Brendan Adkinson in the title bout.

WRESTLING: Wapak's Martin gunning for state title

January 23, 2012

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 you’re Wapakoneta Redskins junior John “J.T.” Martin, the answer is, “Not good enough.”

That was exactly how the Redskins 106-pounder felt after his result at last week’s Top Gun Tournament at Alliance High School.

“It’s a tough tournament,” Martin said between matches at the Wapakoneta Invitational on Saturday. “It feels good to be successful there. But I got second, so I know I’ve got to work.

BASKETBALL: Bearcats edge Tigers in final seconds

January 23, 2012

SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville’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.

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