BOTKINS — After playing to a 19-19 tie at halftime, the winner of Monday’s game would be decided by whichever team won the second half.
The Botkins Trojans used a strong third quarter to cushion themselves against the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers, and despite a nice comeback by W-G, the Trojans prevailed for a 37-33 win in a non-league varsity girls basketball game at Botkins High School.
The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Trojans (2-5), while W-G was coming off of its first win of the season.
Keaton Metz scored a go-ahead layup in the final seconds to give the Wapakoneta Redskins a one-point win, 50-49, over the shorthanded Lima Senior Spartans in varsity boys basketball action Tuesday at Wapakoneta High School.
The Tuesday night contest was the season opener for both teams.
Leo Blevins — a local boy who was struck by a car almost two months ago and has been in a Columbus hospital ever since — was afforded an outstanding opportunity Thursday night.
Blevins, an eighth-grader at Wapakoneta who has been recovering from life-threatening injuries at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, was introduced in front of more than 10,000 fans Thursday night during the Ohio high school state football championship game, played at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, home of the Buckeyes.
With a dominating defense, a versatile offense and sound special teams play, the 2014 Wapakoneta Redskins varsity football team was the most accomplished in school history.
The standard this year’s team set is a lofty one for most high school football programs, but it’s a standard future Redskin teams will be expected to exceed moving forward under Travis Moyer, who just completed his first season at the school.
MINSTER — Life can throw you all sorts of audibles.
One minute you have your mind set on what you want to do with your life and then comes a 6-foot-3 safety blitzing right up the middle, bearing down as you drop back to launch a deep pass to the end zone.
This is the life of Wapakoneta native and Minster varsity football assistant coach Dustin Dobie, minus the pain of being whacked by that incoming safety.
Still, the metaphor holds its similarities to Dobie’s life.