“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.
OAK HARBOR — St. Marys junior Madison Taylor is returning to Canton and the Grand Lake St. Marys area dominated the top of the podium at the Division II girls district diving competition at Oak Harbor on Wednesday.
Taylor finished second and will make her second straight trip to the state competition. Taylor scored a 368.15, finishing behind only Celina’s Sawyer Weitzel and her 375.15 score. Taylor finished 15th in the state at last year’s state meet.
NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville Rangers did everything in their power to help Paige Lehman get 1,000th point with the game already well in hand on Monday night.
The persistence paid off. Lehman knocked down a free throw to score the 1,000th point of her career in the waning seconds of the Rangers’ 44-22 win over St. Henry.
Lehman had 12 of the 17 points she needed to reach the milestone at the half on 6 of 8 shooting, but the Redskins made it tough on the Ranger senior by packing the paint with a zone defense in the second half.
LIMA — St. Marys’ Madison Taylor, Molly Menker and Jared Deubler along with Minster’s Nikki Borgerding and Kara Kitzmiller all were crowned sectional champions as the Roughriders, and Wildcats along with New Bremen are sending swimmers to the district meet at Cleveland State after top finishes at Saturday’s Division II sectional at the Lima YMCA.
MINSTER — St. Marys’ defensive intensity went from lax to suffocating and the result of all the diving on the floor, quick hands in the passing lanes and runout baskets was a comeback 48-44 win at Minster to finish off a weekend sweep for the Roughriders.