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SWIMMING: Redskins place at Knight Invitational

December 20, 2011

Wapakoneta Redskins Taylor Law and Josie Miller posted the best individual results of the day for the Redskins at the 10th Annual St. Francis Knight Invitational varsity swim meet last weekend in Bowling Green and Toledo.

For Wapak, Law and Miller each recorded a sixth-place finish on Saturday. Law took the spot in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.10. Miller was sixth in the 50 freestyle at 25.61.

Law also posted a 10th-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:04.11). Miller was 20th in the 100 backstroke (1:08.25).

BASKETBALL: Redskins suffer second close loss

December 19, 2011

ST. HENRY — Someone asked Matt Bradley how he was doing Saturday night.

“I’m not sure how to answer that,” said the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball coach.

Bradley had just watched his squad come up just short in a close game against a strong opponent for the second night in a row.

On Friday, Wapak’s late rally came just a little too late as the Redskins fell to the undefeated, Western Buckeye League-favorite Elida Bulldogs, 46-41.

BASKETBALL: Elida holds off Redskins' rally

December 17, 2011

ELIDA — The result may have been predictable.

How it happened, on the other hand, was anything but.

The Wapakoneta Redskins held the Western Buckeye League favorite Elida Bulldogs in check and mounted a late rally but came up just short in a 46-41 loss Friday at the Elida Fieldhouse.

BASKETBALL: Russia streaks past Trojans

December 17, 2011

RUSSIA — The Botkins Trojans came out with a vengeance.

The Russia Raiders finished with one.

Ultimately, it was the Raider streak that endured as they took home a 68-50 win over Botkins.

The Trojans opened up at an 8-4 deficit, but then hit their stride, it seemed they scored every trip down the floor as they built up a 23-17 lead in the first quarter.

“They were simply beating us on the dribble,” said Russia varsity coach Paul Bremigan. “Botkins has a very athletic team this year. We knew what they were going to do coming in and we still couldn’t stop it.

BASKETBALL: Perry trips Tigers

December 17, 2011

LIMA — Perry Commodores senior Kevontae Steele scored 23 points to lead Perry to a 54-47 win over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in a varsity boys basketball game Friday night at Perry High School.

The Tigers held onto a narrow 40-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Steele scored seven points in the final stanza to pace Perry. His three to open the quarter gave the Commodores a lead they would not relinquish.

W-G fell to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the Northwest Central Conference.

Perry is 2-2, 1-0 in conference play.

BASKETBALL: Wapak faces early test in Elida

December 15, 2011

By all appearances, the Western Buckeye League is going to the dogs in 2011-2012.

The Bulldogs.

Namesakes Elida, Defiance and Celina are the preseason favorites in the league, with Elida at the top of the list by most estimates.

The Wapakoneta Redskins will find out where they fit into the mix when they travel to the Elida Fieldhouse on Friday night to tip off the WBL season.

Elida added Shawnee transfer Cory Royster to an attack that already featured the league’s top player in University of Akron-bound Reggie McAdams and arguably the league’s best point guard in Dakota Mathias.

BASKETBALL: 'Skins stop 'Stangs

December 14, 2011

HARROD — Wapakoneta’s Courtney Knippen may be sporting a black eye but there is definitely nothing wrong with her shooting eye as she pumped in a game-high 33 points to propel the Redskins past Allen East, 72-40, in a non-league confrontation Tuesday night at Allen East High School.

The Redskins improve to 3-1 overall and Allen East evens its record at 3-3.

Knippen was a scintillating 12-of-14 from the floor and a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.

BASKETBALL: Rangers rally past Botkins

December 14, 2011

BOTKINS — The Botkins Trojans made a fight of it but came up short at home for the second night in a row.

The New Knoxville Rangers used a strong fourth quarter to put the Trojans away, 50-38, in a varsity girls basketball game Tuesday at Botkins High School.

“It was an ugly game,” Rangers varsity coach Tim Hegemier said. “I was really disappointed in our defense and the offense, but you are going to have those games.”

BASKETBALL: Cards clip Trojans

December 13, 2011

BOTKINS — New Bremen sophomore Julie Brown’s jumper with five seconds left allowed the Cardinals to defeat the Botkins Trojans 50-48 on Monday night.

It was a tight battle throughout the game with the lead changing hands often, but the clean jumper off a turnover by Brown gave New Bremen its first road win of the season.

“We needed this win,” Cardinals varsity coach Randy Eckert said. “It was one of those games that they got a lead and we got a lead and it went back and forth and we were just fortunate to win it at the end.”

SWIMMING: Wapak 8th, 10th at Napoleon

December 13, 2011

NAPOLEON — The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity girls swimming team finished eighth and the boys team 10th at the Napoleon Wildcat Invitational on Saturday.

In all, 16 teams competed in the meet.

The Wapak girls team scored 126 points to take eighth. Bath was seventh with 151 points. Napoleon won the event with 496 points.

Wapak’s boys team scored 92 points, just five points behind ninth-place Napoleon 2. Napoleon 1 took first with 550 points.

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