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.
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.