February 12th, 2012
FORT LORAMIE — Lucas Leffel scored 25 points and Jake Allen added 18 points as New Knoxville burst past Fort Loramie with a big fourth quarter in a 52-43 win on Saturday night.
New Knoxville entered the fourth quarter trailing by one point before outscoring the Redskins 19-9 in the fourth quarter.
New Knoxville knocked down 21 free throws in the win.
The Rangers improved to 9-9 on the season. They will go to Versailles on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.
CELINA – The New Bremen Cardinals basketball team showed just how aggressive they can be on offense and defense Saturday night against the Celina Bulldogs.
The Cardinals received 21 points apiece from Aaron Clune and Elliott Westerbeck to defeat the Bulldogs 69-60 at the Fieldhouse.
ANNA – A big start by the number one-ranked Anna Rockets propelled them to a 61-35 victory Saturday afternoon over the Minster Wildcats girls basketball team in a non-league game at Anna.
“We had two bad quarters today,” Minster head coach Nann Stechschulte said. “We had a bad start and a bad finish.”
“We got outscored 20-8 in the first quarter and 16-1 in the fourth quarter and that told the whole story,” Stechschulte said.
DEFIANCE — The St. Marys wrestling team finished eighth at the Western Buckeye League wrestling championships at Defiance High School on Saturday, while Wapakoneta added to its long line of league crowns with a runaway league title win.
The Roughriders scored 75 points.
St. Marys' Kaleb Chaney was the top finisher for the Roughriders, taking second place at 106 pounds.
Chaney fell to Wapakoneta's John Martin in the championship match via a pin at the 0:38 mark.
How the top 10 teams in the AP state poll fared
COLUMBUS (AP) — How the top teams in the weekly Associated Press state boys basketball poll fared:
NEW KNOXVILLE — It all came down to free throws as Minster defeated New Knoxville 56-52 in a Midwest Athletic Conference contest on Friday night.
“Going on the road, you just have to make sure that you stay aggressive, even though it wasn’t pretty,” said Minster head coach Mike Lee. “Hats off to their team as well. I thought both teams competed hard.”
After trailing by a point with 1:44 left in the game, Minster hit 8-of-10 free throws in the final 1:02 for the victory.
ST. MARYS — Ottawa-Glandorf emerged with a 58-54 win over the St. Marys boys basketball team on Friday night in a ragged, physical game that featured 65 combined free throws — 28 of which were missed — and the constant interrupting trill of whistles.
The Titans went on a 6-0 run late in the fourth quarter to build a big enough cushion to overcome an awful night at the free throw line and from the floor. O-G won for the fifth time in their last six outings.
NEW BREMEN — A 7-0 run midway through the third quarter got the Versailles Tigers some space. They went on to defeat the New Bremen Cardinals 67-62 Friday night in a key MAC contest played at New Bremen.
“I thought it was a product of them being more aggressive in the second half,” Cardinals head coach Adam Dougherty said. “Early in the second half they were more aggressive than we were. (Mitch) Campbell got the ball and went to work.”
Carman A. Hirschfeld, 95, of New Bremen, died at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at the Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Minster.
He was born on Feb. 17, 1916, on a farm near New Bremen, the son of Benjamin and Malinda (Kellermeyer) Hirschfeld, and they preceded him in death.
On Oct. 4, 1940, he married Norma Davenport, and she preceded him in death on May 30, 1998.
Lester L. Johnson, 76, of 220 Lincoln Drive, Celina, died at 9:44 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on March 29, 1935, in Mercer County, to Albert W. and Mary Lavaun (Kendall) Johnson, and they preceded him in death.
On July 8, 1963, he married Jeanie Ousley, and she survives in Celina.
He is also survived by his daughter, Candy (Tom) Wale of Celina; a granddaughter.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War in Germany.