WAPAKONETA — The New Knoxville starting five left the floor and had a group hug on the bench with time to spare in the fourth quarter, a prospect that didn’t seem likely when two of the best teams in Division IV squared off.
Prepared for a battle between two of the top teams in the Midwest Athletic Conference, the New Knoxville girls basketball team instead steamrolled to a district title with a 54-31 win over Minster at the Division IV tournament at Wapakoneta on Saturday night.
COLDWATER – The New Bremen boys basketball team’s comeback just came up short in the fourth quarter against the Spencerville Bearcats on Friday night in a 52-48 loss in a Division IV sectional final at Coldwater.
Marion Local defeated Fort Recovery and its four-corner offense for the second straight week 27-23 to win the sectional title.
New Bremen battled adversity all night, including losing leading scorer Carson Manger, who scored 15 points, to fouls with six minutes left in the game.
LIMA — Late in the fourth quarter on Friday night, the prodigious high school basketball career of Elida guard and future Purdue Boilermaker Dakota Mathias and the expectation-laden season of top-seeded Elida were in danger of ending at the hands of an upstart St. Marys boys basketball team that refused to die.
WAPAKONETA — The New Knoxville and Minster girls basketball teams will meet for a Division IV district title after both earned double-digit wins over their opponents from the east on Thursday night at Wapakoneta.
New Knoxville held the Ada Bulldogs to just seven second-half points and won its 18th straight game in a 50-20 victory to start the night. Haley Horstman scored 13 points and Paige Lehman added 12 points with a 4 of 4 night from both the floor and the free throw line. Meg Reineke scored nine points for the Rangers.
LIMA — St. Marys head basketball coach Dan Hegemier laid out the blueprint for a tournament upset to his team just minutes after his Roughriders advanced in the tournament with a 64-58 win over Shawnee on Tuesday night and No. 14 Elida looming.
“I just told the guys in the locker room that I’ve been doing this awhile and I’ve beaten some good teams in the tournament and I’d like to do it again,” Hegemier said. “But you can’t be indecisive, you have to be confident, you have to play hard and you have to play together.”
COLDWATER — The New Bremen Cardinals had help from their bench and managed a second half comeback to defeat the New Knoxville Rangers 49-45 Tuesday in the first game of the Division IV sectional tournament held at the Palace in Coldwater.
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.