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October 21st, 2011
The St. Marys football team lived on the edge.
The Riders played it a little too close for comfort against an 0-8 team for three quarters, but St. Marys also found all the big plays it needed on the flanks of the Van Wert run defense to finally put away the Cougars.
After going to the half tied, St. Marys scored 20 unanswered points keyed by big plays in the second half to snap a three-game losing streak with a 34-14 win over a winless-but-scrappy Van Wert squad at Skip Baughman Stadium on Hall of Fame induction night on Friday.
ROCKFORD — Minster defeated fellow Midwest Athletic Conference opponent Parkway 28-16 in a must-win game for the Wildcats on Friday night.
COLDWATER — With a 53-yard interception return for a touchdown the Coldwater Cavaliers put away the New Bremen Cardinals in a close contest 30-21 Friday night at Coldwater.
“Our quarterback (Elliott Westerbeck) played his best game tonight,” Cardinals head coach Rob Messick said. “At the end in desperation time he threw a couple of interceptions, buthe played really good football.”
Westerbeck threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another touchdown.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Another hurdle cleared.
And now the big one.
The Wapakoneta Redskins came up with a pair of big third-quarter stops and pulled away to a 41-14 win over the Shawnee Indians on Friday night at Shawnee.
Wapak remained unbeaten at 9-0 overall and 8-0 in the Western Buckeye League.
The win sets up what looks to be an epic Week 10 matchup against the also undefeated Kenton Wildcats for all the proverbial marbles.
A St. Marys football team looking to get healthy and back on the winning track will seemingly find the right opponent in the Van Wert Cougars to accomplish those goals.
St. Marys could use some home cooking after two weeks away from Skip Baughman Stadium.
The Riders’ losing streak reached three last week after the wheels fell off in the second half of a 35-7 loss to Ottawa-Glandorf. The Titans scored 28 unanswered second-half points to drop St. Marys to 3-5 and 2-5 in the Western Buckeye League.
MINSTER — A missed extra point last week against Versailles may not have closed the door on Minster’s playoff hopes, but it did make Week 9 a must-win for the 5-3 Wildcats.
The 21-20 loss last week dropped Minster to eighth in the latest projected computer points rankings. That means the Wildcats (5-3, 3-3 MAC) will have to at least split their final two games and may need some help to get into the post season.
Division II Volleyball at Lima Senior
St. Marys, Wapakoneta to collide in sectional final on Saturday
LIMA — St. Marys teamed up to advance to the sectional final when Defiance’s blocking schemes frustrated the Roughrider volleyball team’s best hitter.
The Roughriders’ attacks came from all different sources in a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday night in a Division II sectional semifinal at Lima Senior.
Division IV Volleyball at Coldwater
COLDWATER — Auglaize County’s two Division IV volleyball teams had their seasons end at the hands of tough Midwest Athletic Conference opponents in sectional semifinal matches at Coldwater High School on Tuesday night.
New Knoxville took state-ranked Parkway to the brink in the nightcap, but the Panthers rallied to take the final game 17-15 and win the match, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23,23-25, 17-15.
WBL Cross Country Championships
KENTON — The St. Marys boys cross country team finished fourth and the girls squad finished sixth at the Western Buckeye League cross country championships, while the Van Wert boys and Shawnee girls teams captured league titles in Kenton on Saturday.
Runners raced in blustery, cold conditions on the new 3.1-mile circuit mowed out of the infield and surrounding land of the Hardin County Fairground track.
Girls Soccer: Shawnee 2, St. Marys 1
LIMA — Needing a win to keep its Western Buckeye League hopes alive, a two-goal deficit proved too much for the St. Marys girls soccer team to make up.
Shawnee captured its first Western Buckeye League championship in girls soccer with a 2-1 win over the Roughriders on Thursday night behind two goals from Kaitlyn Gronas.
St. Marys’ Ashleigh Falk drew the Roughriders to within 2-1 with 30:40 left in the match.