COLDWATER — Minster faced a worst-case scenario when it comes to playing New Knoxville: almost all of the Rangers’ half-dozen perimeter threats were knocking down shots.
For the Wildcats (12-11) it meant a long night of scrambling around, playing a virtual game of defensive wack-a-mole while New Knoxville spread the floor and whipped the ball around to find wide-open looks from beyond the arc.
LIMA — The last time the St. Marys boys basketball team had won a sectional tournament game before Tuesday night, the players on the current Roughrider roster were in junior high and elementary school.
St. Marys put an end to that postseason drought, winning the program's first tournament game in five years with a 60-50 victory over Kenton in a Division II sectional semifinal at Lima Senior High School on Tuesday night.
MINSTER — The last five minutes of the game were profitable Friday night for the New Knoxville Rangers as they outscored the Minster Wildcats 24-14 to pull away with a 61-51 victory in the final regular season game for both teams.
They’ll see each other again in just five days when they play a Division IV sectional semifinal match-up on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at Coldwater High School.
CANTON — The St. Marys boys 200 yard medley relay team went where no Roughrider relay team has gone before.
St. Marys had four swimmers compete in two events at the OHSAA state swimming
championships on Thursday night at C.T. Branin Natatorium. While the quartet said they were disappointed that they didn’t qualify for Friday’s championship finals or consolation races, the four Roughriders with shaved heads were proud of what they accomplished this winter in the pool.
CANTON — St. Marys sophomore Madison Taylor made the most of her opportunity at the state diving championships, making it past both of the cuts and finishing 15th in the Division II girls competition at Canton McKinley’s venerable C.T. Branin Natatorium on Wednesday morning.
“I just feel honored to make it through all the cuts with it being my first year, it’s just awesome,” said Taylor, draped in a towel on the deck of the pool after the completion of the more than three-hour competition.
ST. MARYS — Garet Fledderjohann wasn’t content to just score his 1,000th point in his next-to-last home game at Memorial High School. The St. Marys senior guard put on a fourth-quarter display that had an entire gymnasium gawking during the Riders’ 60-52 loss to Van Wert on Friday night.
DELPHOS — With a four-point lead with just 16 seconds left in regulation the New Bremen boys basketball team had at least a share of the Midwest Athletic Conference title in its grasp. Delphos St. John’s Curtis Geise’s heroics and later a technical foul at an inopportune time let it slip away.
BOWLING GREEN — St. Marys junior Jared Deubler had a pair of top eight finishes — including a second-place finish — as an individual to highlight the St. Marys swim team’s day in the pool at the Division II district meet at Bowling Green State University on Friday.
Deubler took second in the boys 100 backstroke. Deubler finished in 54.63 seconds. Deubler also finished eighth in the boys 100 freestyle with a 49.47-second time.
COLDWATER — The New Knoxville girls basketball team didn’t wait its turn to get a share of a Midwest Athletic Conference title.
Even with a roster without a single senior that’s likely to make the Rangers the conference favorite for 2013-2014, when the opportunity to earn the MAC championship presented itself this winter No. 11-ranked New Knoxville seized the moment.