NEW KNOXVILLE â€” For most of the first half the New Knoxville Rangers basketball team controlled the action against the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers Friday night as they doubled the score on the Tigers 28-13 at halftime.
In the second half the Tigers caught fire and pulled within 10 at the end of the third. They closed the gap to two points a couple times in the fourth quarter, but the Rangers hit a few free throws down the stretch to defeat the Tigers 50-44 at the Barn in New Knoxville.
A trifecta of treys in a 73-second stretch in the fourth quarter gave the Wapakoneta Redskins the lead and staked them to 7-point advantage they never relinquished in a battle Thursday against the Kenton Wildcats in their Western Buckeye League opener.
Redskin junior guard Nicole Brown hit back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to give Wapakoneta a 50-49 lead at the 5:09 mark in the fourth quarter in a see-saw affair and then put the dagger in Kentonâ€™s comeback hopes with a second trey at the 4:36 mark and a third with 3:56 left in the quarter putting the Redskins up 56-49.
WAYNESFIELD â€” Waynesfield-Goshen junior Kaylee Patton needed 16 points Thursday night to eclipse the 1,000 point mark in her varsity girls basketball career.
And she needed less than two quarters to do it.
Patton passed the mark with a reverse layup with 1:37 left in the half, then went on to score a team-high 24 points to lead the Tigers to a 56-40 win over the Perry Commodores in the Northwest Central Conference opener for both teams.
â€śItâ€™s amazing,â€ť Kaylee Patton said. â€śMy teammates really help me out. They hit some outside shots and that let me get to the inside.â€ť
At first glance, the opening weekend of the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball season looks a lot like the opening weekend a year ago â€” a win over a not-so-good Piqua team on Friday followed by a loss to a very good Fort Recovery squad on Saturday.
At first glance.
To anyone who was actually paying attention, however, this is not the same Redskins team.
With as many as four sophomores starting at times and with Alex Greve sidelined by an injury, the 2010-2011 Wapak team went on to lose 11 of its next 12 games.
The Wapakoneta Redskins bounced back from a disappointing start to the varsity wrestling season to post a 46-34 win over the Van Wert Cougars on Tuesday at Wapakoneta High School.
Wapak struggled in the Findlay Trojan Duals on Saturday. But the young Redskins squad showed resilience in the Western Buckeye League dual-meet opener.
â€śWe improved a lot from Saturday,â€ť Redskins varsity coach Jason Rostorfer said. â€śIt was the first time a lot of these freshmen got to wrestle varsity, so they were a little nervous and apprehensive. ...
VAN WERT â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins boys swimming team placed second and the girls team took third in the Cougar boys finished third in the Van Wert Cougars Sprint Relay Invitational on Saturday at the Van Wert YMCA.
The boys team scored 158 to finish behind first-place Versailles (172 points).
The girls tallied 174 points to finish behind Bryan (180 points) and Versailles (178 points).
Wapak has its first home meet Thursday at the Wapakoneta YMCA.
TROTWOOD â€” The Botkins Trojans swim team kicked off its season by attending the Troy Pentathlon in Trotwood.