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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Van Wert independent sports

SPENCERVILLE — Cassidy Meyers scored four of her team high 14 points in the fourth quarter, including two late clutch free throws that helped the Lady Cougars secure their first victory of the season, 53-49 over previously unbeaten Spencerville on Tuesday night.

The Lady Cougars trailed 13-11 after the first quarter, and by just one, 29-28 at halftime. Sparked by two baskets by Reagan Priest and a three-point bucket by Alexis Metz, Van Wert outscored the hosts 13-6 in the third quarter and led 41-35 advantage entering the final period.

The fourth quarter was a close one, with the Lady Bearcats (4-1) regaining a late lead before Priest, who finished with 12 points hit a basket to put Van Wert up for good. A short time later, Meyers iced the game with two crucial foul shots.

After five straight road games, the Lady Cougars (1-4) will host Wapakoneta Thursday night. The game will be the Western Buckeye League opener for both teams.

Scoring summary:

Spencerville  13 16  6 14 – 49
Van Wert      11 17 13 12 – 53

Spencerville: Jenna Henline 6-1-16; AbbyGayle Satterfield 3-3-9; Jayden Smith 2-2-4; Melanie Koenig 1-1-3; Nelaya Bundren 3-5-11; Emma Leis 1-4-6

Van Wert: Sierra Shaffer 1-1-3; Alexis Metz 2-0-5; Jamison Clouse 2-0-4; Cassidy Meyers 6-2-14; Caylee Phillips 1-0-2; Jessica Huebner 3-0-7; Reagan Priest 6-0-12; Abby Jackson 2-2-6

POSTED: 12/13/17 at 7:17 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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The Cougar swim team hosted New Bremen, Minster and Lima Central Catholic at the Van Wert YMCA on Tuesday. Due to the four team competition, the meet was scored using an invitational format. Cougar swimmers swam well and achieved personal records in 80% of the events. Minster took first place for both the boys and girls, followed by New Bremen, Van Wert and LCC.

The next competition for the Cougars will be Thursday, when they host Elida and Ada in a double-dual meet.

Girls Results (all distances in meters)
200 Medley Relay: 4th (2:31.16 –Emma Verville, Rebekah Fast, Jamie Burenga, Madison Turnwald), 7th (3:05.51 – Rachel Spath, Allie Etter, Becky Rigdon, Olivia Kline)
200 Freestyle: 5th (2:49.70 – Noelle Heffner), 5th (2:55.39 –Chloe Brake)
200 Individual Medley: 1st (2:44.41 – Jamie Burenga), 5th (3:12.04 – Emma Verville)
50 Freestyle: 3rd (31.93 –Madison Turnwald), 7th (35.81–Rebekah Fast)
1 meter diving: 2nd (126.40 points –Adrianna Grothouse)
100 Butterfly: 5th (1:53.97 – Becky Rigdon)
100 Freestyle: 3rd (1:10.82 – Madison Turnwald), 7th (1:28.29 –Rachel Spath)
400 Freestyle: 5th (6:10.24 – Chloe Brake), 6th – (6:43.01 – Allie Etter)
200 Freestyle Relay: 3rd (2:10.75 – Jamie Burenga, Madison Turnwald, Chloe Brake, Noelle Heffner), 7th (2:30.81 – Allie Etter, Rachel Spath, Becky Rigdon, Olivia Kline)

100 Backstroke: 1st (1:17.42 –Jamie Burenga), 2nd (1:23.05 –Emma Verville)
100 Breaststroke: 3rd (1:38.44 –Noelle Heffner) 4th (1:8.67 –Rebekah Fast)
400 Freestyle Relay: 4th (5:19.58 – Chloe Brake, Emma Verville, Rebekah Fast, Noelle Heffner)

Boys Results (all distances in meters)
200 Medley Relay: 2nd (2:19.33 – Brayden Cox, Noah Arend, Dalton Heppeard, Holden Reichert)
200 Freestyle: 4th (2:50.41 – Brayden Cox)
200 Individual Medley: 3rd (2:45.48 –Noah Arend)
50 Freestyle: 3rd (24.68 – Holden Reichert), 5th (30.04 –Dalton Heppeard)
100 Freestyle: 3rd (1:06.77 –Dalton Heppeard), 5th (1:11.88–Stephen Hamblett)
400 Freestyle: 1st (5:54.43 –Holden Reichert)
200 Freestyle Relay: 2nd (2:02.35 – Dalton Heppeard, Holden Reichert, Noah Arend, Stephen Hamblett)
100 Backstroke: 2nd (1:30.67 –Brayden Cox)
100 Breaststroke: 5th (1:38.30 –Stephen Hamblett)

POSTED: 12/13/17 at 7:16 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

ELIDA — Lincolnview made a 12-2 first quarter advantage hold up, in a 33-26 road win over Elida on Tuesday night.

The Lady Lancers led 22-13 at halftime and 29-18 after three quarters. Lincolnview held Elida to just 10-46 (22 percent) from the floor and enjoyed a 27-22 advantage on the boards.

Alena Looser was the leading scorer for the Lady Lancers, finishing with 12, including two three point buckets. Kayla Schimmoeller dropped in 11, while Maddie Gorman had five.

Lincolnview (3-2) will open Northwest Conference competition at Spencerville on Thursday.

POSTED: 12/13/17 at 7:16 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Several members of the Crestview girls’ basketball team, along with their coaches recently assisted with a kids’ night out held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in conjunction with The Village Ministry Center in Convoy. The girls played games, served dinner and gave out gifts to the kids in attendance. photo submitted

POSTED: 12/13/17 at 7:15 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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Van Wert Elks Lodge No. 1197 wants to remind boys and girls of the upcoming Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest which will be held on Sunday, December 17, at the Goedde Building on West Crawford Street.

Girls will register at 1:45 p.m. and shoot at 2:00 p.m. Registration for boys will begin at 2:45p.m. and their contest will start at 3:00 p.m.

The contest is open to all boys and girls ages 8 thru 13. Boys and girls will be competing separately in their age class. All local winners will receive trophies and will be eligible to compete in the district competition at the University of Findlay on January 14, 2018.

All contestants will receive a free t-shirt compliments of Van Wert Pizza Hut, Laudick’s Jewelry, Lee’s Ace Hardware and Lee Kinstle GM Sales and Service.

This contest, as are all Elks Hoop Shoot Contests, is free of charge with no registration fees required. All boys and girls are encouraged to participate this year.

POSTED: 12/13/17 at 7:15 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Lincolnview hosted New Bremen in non-conference basketball action on Monday night. The Lady Lancers led 17-14 after one quarter, but eventually fell to the Lady Cardinals 49-41. In this video Lincolnview’s Lakin Brant hits a bucket and Maddie Gorman drills a three-pointer. Gorman and Alena Looser each scored 11 for the Lady Lancers (2-2), while Brant finished with eight. For best results, click on the headline first. Video by Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 12/12/17 at 8:23 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

Basketball, wrestling, bowling and swimming – it’s all underway as part of the 2017-2018 winter sports season. Today we’ll focus on Van Wert and Lincolnview girls’ basketball, Crestview boys’ basketball and we’ll say thanks to area coaches and athletic directors.

Van Wert Lady Cougars looking to break out

It’s been a bit of a rough start for the Lady Cougars. Van Wert is 0-4, but it should be noted the losses have come to Ottoville, Coldwater, Delphos Jefferson and Defiance, four teams with a combined record of 16-3.

Rob Adams

The schedule isn’t much easier this week: at Spencerville (4-0) tonight, the Western Buckeye League and home opener vs. Wapakoneta (2-1) on Thursday and Minster (5-0) at home on Saturday.

However, head coach Rob Adams remains optimistic.

“Certainly 0-4 is not where we want to be, but we are headed in the right direction,” Adams said. “We have the right blend of leadership and youth, and it’s just a matter of putting it together for four quarters.”

“We are starting to understand the team concept and growing with each other,” Adams continued. “There is so much more to the season than wins and losses. The wins will come once we understand the value in team work. If we want to crack a win, the girls will need to play four quarters and power through adversity.” (more…)

POSTED: 12/12/17 at 8:22 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

CONVOY — It took less than 15 seconds for Crestview to get the ball rolling against Parkway Saturday night.

The Knights (1-1) won the opening tip and scored on a quick basket by Wade Sheets and never looked back on the way to an 86-54 non-conference victory over the Panthers (2-1) at Ray Etzler Gymnasium.

Javin Etzler splits two defenders and scores against Parkway. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

Crestview scored 28 points in short bursts throughout the quarter, including five by Sheets, four by Derek Stout, and 14 by Javin Etzler, who went on to finish with a game high 28. Midway through the opening quarter, Etzler scored seven consecutive points.

“He (Etzler) got off to a really great start, but we’re a ‘we over me’ kind of team and we got a lot of we out there tonight, a lot of good things from a lot of guys and that’s what I’m excited about,” Crestview head coach Jeremy Best said.

The Knights didn’t take their collective foot off the gas in the second quarter, as Crestview outscored the Panthers 24-14 for a 52-28 halftime lead. Etzler scored 10 straight points in the quarter, including back-to-back deep treys. Trevor Gibson and Kalen Etzler also hit three point baskets in the period. As a team, the Knights finished with 10 three pointers.

“I just thought the game got away from us because we struggled to contain them and we struggled to get back on defense,” Parkway head coach Doug Hughes said. “We had lots and lots of defensive breakdowns, but it’s early in the year and we’ll get a lot better.”

Sheets opened Crestview’s third quarter scoring with a bucket, Derek Stout hit a basket from the paint and Drew Kline hit two free throws and a two point field before Etzler drilled another three pointer, all within the first three minutes of the quarter. After a Parkway timeout, Jace Vining hit a pair of foul shots and a three pointer, and by the end of the quarter it was 71-40. (more…)

POSTED: 12/11/17 at 12:05 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Wrestlers from 12 area schools competed at Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview High School. Parkway went on to win the team title (see related story). Featured above is simultaneous action from four different mats. Video by Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent 

POSTED: 12/11/17 at 12:03 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

Van Wert and Parkway each had three individual champions, but the Panthers won the 12-team Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview High School on Saturday.

The Panthers finished with 232.5 team points, followed by Ada (209) and Van Wert (207.5). Host Lincolnview finished 12th with 48.5 points.

For Parkway, Preston Browning won the 120 pound title by pinning Mark Rice of Delphos Jefferson at the 5:39 mark, while Reese Fokine won the 152 pound title with a tight 3-2 decision over Celina’s Ethan Ly. Kaine Younker defeated Van Wert’s Ryan Pratt for the 160 pound title.

Van Wert’s three first place finishers were Josh Dorsch (126), Gabe Steyer (138) and Lloyd Eustler (195). Dorsch pinned Parkway’s Titus Meyer at the 2:45 mark, Steyer pinned Malachi Tracy of Defiance in 1:48, and Eutsler pinned Delphos Jefferson’s Jordan Bonifas at the 2:31 mark.

In addition to Pratt’s second place finish, Van Wert’s Isaiah Bretz (145) finished second, losing to Ada’s Chase Sumner 3-2, and Malachi Battle finished as the runner up in the 170 pound weight class, after getting pinned by Sidney Lehman Catholic’s Ethan Knapke (1:23).

Van Wert’s other placers were Ben Lange (5th, 132 pounds), Macein Bigham (6th,132) and Dale Hammons (6th, 182).

Lincolnview’s Luke Bollinger finished second in the 113 pound weight class, after he was pinned by Antwerp’s Randall Mills (2:55). Lancer teammate David Parsons finished fifth in the 285 pound weight class with a :39 pin of Ada’s Noah Arnett.

Final team standings: 1) Parkway 232.5; 2) Ada 209; 3) Van Wert 207.5; 4) Delphos Jefferson 133; 5) Spencerville 129; 6) Delphos St. John’s 122; 7) Sidney Lehman Catholic 110; 8) Defiance 104.5; 9) Celina 95; 10) Hicksville 85; 11) Antwerp 59; 12) Lincolnview 48.5

POSTED: 12/11/17 at 12:01 am. FILED UNDER: Sports