COLDWATER — When shots aren’t falling, the New Knoxville girls basketball team has a pretty good safety net in a defense that shuts down opponents and a player like Haley Horstman who can create quality shots off the dribble.
Far from an offensive masterpiece, the Rangers team again showed they’re more than capable of winning a low-scoring affair to capture a Division IV sectional title with a 47-32 win over Fort Recovery on Saturday night.
LIMA — The St. Marys girls bowling team finished as the district runner-up and will compete at the OHSAA state bowling championships this weekend in Columbus while senior Kristen Dammeyer was the top bowler with a 608 series.
St. Marys finished second with a final team score of 3,529 pins. Coldwater won the district title with a score of 3.680. Napoleon (3,433) and Port Clinton (3,391) also advance to state.
CANTON — Jared Deubler finished off his record-setting swimming career at St. Marys Memorial with a 14th-place finish in the 100 yard backstroke at the Division II state swimming championships on Friday.
Deubler, who advanced to the B Final after finishing 10th in the preliminaries on Thursday night at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, turned in a 55.06-second time on Friday — about seven-tenths of a second off his time in the prelims.
VAN WERT — St. Marys junior center Quinn Zaerr controlled everything inside the paint on Friday as he put up 28 points and 11 rebounds, but Van Wert padlocked the perimeter defensively in its 60-51 victory over the Roughriders in the Western Buckeye League and regular season finale.
Zaerr’s career night wasn’t enough to keep up with an energized Van Wert team that spit fire after losing back-to-back games last weekend to Wapakoneta and Delphos Jefferson.
St. Marys senior Jared Deubler's 54.85-second time in the 100 backstroke was good enough to qualify him for a return to the Division II OHSAA state swimming championships. Deubler, who finished fifth at the district meet on Friday night at Cleveland State, will make his third trip to state in his career.
Deubler will join teammate Madison Taylor, who will compete in the girls diving meet after her second-place finish at the district diving meet at Oak Harbor last week.
“Put on a hat!” St. Marys boys basketball coach Dan Hegemier bellowed out at Nathan Wilker as the junior exited Memorial High School after a 67-59 win against the defending Division III state champ Ottawa-Glandorf.
It was the most forceful instruction Hegemier had to give out Friday night. As the St. Marys boys basketball team gains confidence, Hegemier can do less steering and let his athletes do their thing on the court.
The Roughriders improvised their way to a fourth straight win by answering every O-G rally with one of their own.
ST. MARYS — Jared Knous, who played all over the field for the St. Marys Roughriders and became the worst nightmare for every Western Buckeye League quarterback during his senior season — will now move on to the next level.
Knous announced on Tuesday he will play college football at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne.
Fifty years ago this week in 1964, the New Knoxville Rangers and New Bremen Cardinals both moved on to the second round of the Auglaize County Boys’ Basketball tournament with a pair of victories over intra-county foes.
The Rangers upended Wapakoneta St. Joe 75-44, while New Bremen knocked off Buckland by a final of 38-29.