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Rider Notebook: Beating St. Marys means a lot to Shawnee head coach Dick West

October 29, 2011

Dick West left his St. Marys Memorial assistant defensive coaching job in the 1970s knowing full well the head coaching spot of the Roughriders wouldn’t be available any time soon — not with Skip Baughman entrenched in his third decade at the position.

In what  could be his final trip to the stadium named after his mentor, West left St. Marys on Friday night a 42-21 winner with his Shawnee Indians.

St. Marys girls soccer team falls 1-0 to Bath in district final

October 29, 2011

ELIDA — Lima Bath defeated the St. Marys girls soccer team 1-0 in a Division II district final match at Elida on Saturday afternoon.

St. Marys bows out of the tournament with a 13-2-4 record.

"It's always disappointing when you lose in a district final match," St. Marys head coach Paul Dingledine said.

Bath scored the match's lone goal with 13:32 left in the first half on a header off a corner kick.

Minster girls CC team, New Knoxville's Kuntz headed to state meet

October 29, 2011

The Minster girls cross country team and New Knoxville's Isaac Kuntz are headed to Hebron.

The Wildcats and the Ranger sophomore will run at National Trail Raceway next Saturday morning in the Division III state cross country championships.

Minster will run at 11 a.m. and Kuntz will run in the boys Division III race at 1:30 p.m.

Division II at Tiffin

A pair of Roughriders finished their cross country seasons on Saturday at Tiffin.

Shawnee continues to have Roughriders' number on gridiron

October 29, 2011

ST. MARYS — D.J. Manning became the first St. Marys running back to ever rush for 2,000 yards in a season, but it was Lima Shawnee that emerged from Friday night's game with a .500 record after a 42-21 win over the Roughriders at Skip Baughman Stadium on Friday night.
Shawnee's Sam Altenbach rushed for 226 yards and found the end zone four times, as the speedy but tough tailback went over 1,000 yards for the season.

Shawnee has won five straight games over St. Marys.

Minster roars into the playoffs with upset win over Coldwater

October 29, 2011

MINSTER — If projections hold up, the Minster football team will play Springfield Catholic Central for the second straight year in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday night.

JoeEitel.com projects Minster to be the sixth-seed in Division VI's Region 24 after the Wildcats stunned Coldwater, 22-6, on Friday night  to deny the Cavaliers a piece of the MAC title. Minster beat the top-seeded Irish in Springfield, 44-21, in the first round of its Cinderella run through the playoffs to the regional title game.

New Bremen falls to DSJ in season finale

October 29, 2011

NEW BREMEN — New Bremen got a pair of record-setting performances, but it wasn't enough against a Delphos St. John's team that clinched a piece of the Midwest Athletic Conference title with a 42-21 win  over the Cardinals on Friday night.

In the game senior Ben Chaney broke two records with most receiving yards in a season and most receptions in a season. Both records were held by Scott Steineman.

Wapak falls in battle of WBL unbeatens; Wapak's eligibility for playoffs still in limbo

October 29, 2011

WAPAKONETA —  Maty Mauk sliced his way through the Wapakoneta Redskins defense — both in the air and on the ground — to lead the Kenton Wildcats to a 52-32 win in a battle of Western Buckeye League unbeatens Friday night at Harmon Field.

The win gave Kenton (10-0, 9-0 WBL) its fourth-straight league championship and denied the Redskins’ (9-1, 8-1) bid for a 10-0 season.

Celina beats Bath for second win

October 29, 2011

LIMA — Braden Billger went 26-of-34 for 264 yards and a touchdown as the Celina Bulldogs pulled out their second win of the season, 49-34, over Bath on Friday night.

Celina's Derek Waterman led the Bulldogs with 7 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Bath was without leading rusher Aaron Smith for the second straight week. The Wildcats still rushed for 324 yards, with Keanu James picking up the slack for Smith with 188 yards and four TDs rushing on 24 carries.

Celina finishes the season 2-8. Bath finishes the season 4-6.

Rider girls soccer moving on to district final

October 27, 2011

CELINA — St. Marys’ Kelly Heitkamp bent a 35-yard rainbow from the right wing just over the reach of the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms with 35:42 left in the second half with what proved to be the game winner in a 1-0 Division II district semifinal win at Celina on Wednesday night.

St. Marys ends season at home against Shawnee

October 27, 2011

Through all the highs of record-setting rushing nights and a redemptive win over Celina to the lows of disappointing second halves against Kenton, Defiance , Wapak and O-G — St. Marys has a chance to improve its record by four games over last season and get to the .500 mark to end the season it hosts Shawnee at Skip Baughman Stadium on Friday night.

“This is important for us, to close this out,” St. Marys head coach Greg Phillips said.

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