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Friday, Jun. 23, 2017

Van Wert independent sports

Knights, Panthers split doubleheader

CONVOY — The Crestview Knights and Paulding Panthers played two on Thursday, with each team claiming a victory.

The Knights won game one 8-0, but the Panthers took game two 7-4. Each game was played to five innings.

Crestview’s Brant Richardson scored on a sacrifice fly in the opening inning of game one, then scored again in the second along with Charles Stefanek on a two-RBI single by Riley Saylor.

Crestview’s remaining five runs came in the fourth inning. Kole Small belted a two-RBI double that scored Dylan Hicks and Saylor, then Michael Joseph’s single allowed Korbin Hartman and Small to score. The final run was tallied, when Richardson singled home Joseph.

Richardson also earned the win on the hill by holding Paulding to three hits, while striking out seven.

In game two of the doubleheader, the Panthers scored four runs in the top of the fifth, and defeated the Knights 7-4.

On the strength of a Hicks sacrifice, an RBI single by Joseph that scored Hartman and errors that allowed Caden Short to score, Crestview enjoyed a 3-2 lead after two innings.

Paulding tied the score at three in the top of the fourth, then took advantage of Crestview walks and errors in the fifth to rally for the win.

The Knights managed a run in the bottom of the fifth when Saylor singled and scored Small, but Crestview was unable to draw closer.

Lancers outscore Elida

ELIDA — A day after knocking off unbeaten Van Wert, Lincolnview traveled to Allen County and defeated Elida 9-3.

Gavin Carter allowed two runs and struck out eight over six innings for the win. Thad Walker pitched the seventh inning, and allowed one run on two hits to earn the save.

Offensively the Lancers (14-4) had seven hits, and scored in five of the seven innings.

POSTED: 06/23/17 at 8:41 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

Lincolnview rallied from a 3-0 first inning deficit to defeat the Van Wert Cougars 8-3 in Wednesday’s Acme baseball game at Lincolnview High School.

It was the first summer league loss for Van Wert (10-1), while Lincolnview improved to 13-4.

The Lancers tallied seven of their eight runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Jaden Youtsey fires a pitch against Van Wert. Youtsey tossed a one-hitter against the Cougars. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

Brayden Evans opened the bottom half of the inning with a walk, then Gavin Carter and Jaden Youtsey singled, with Youtsey’s hit scoring Evans. Ethan Kemler singled and scored Carter, then Reece Farmer doubled to center field, scoring Youtsey and Kemler to make it 5-3 Lincolnview.

After Collin Overholt struck out, Farmer scored on an RBI single by Ethan Parsons. Sam Myers walked, then an error allowed Thad Walker to reach first, and scored Parsons. Chayten Overholt ripped a single that scored Myers, and made it 8-3.

Lincolnview’s other run came in the fourth, when Chayten Overholt’s two-out RBI single scored Kemler.

All three of Van Wert’s runs were scored without the benefit of a hit. Jake Lautzenheiser and Jonathon Lee opened the game by reaching first on back-to-back errors, then three straight walks allowed Lautzenheiser and Lee to score. Later in the first inning, Lawson Blackmore scored on a wild pitch by Youtsey.

After the rough start, Youtsey settled down and threw a complete game one-hitter, a two-out single in the fourth inning by T.J. Reynolds. Along the way, Youtsey struck out 11 batters, and walked four.

Holden Willingham started for the Cougars, and allowed a run on three hits in 3.2 innings. He struck out a pair, and walked two. Hayden Maples pitched 1.1 innings and gave up four runs on four hits, while striking out one and walking one. Jake Lautzenheiser pitched the remainder of the game and gave up three runs on three hits. He fanned two, and walked one.

The Lancers will play at Elida today. Van Wert’s game against Crestview was originally scheduled for today, but was moved to Monday.

Box score:

Van Wert      300 000 0 – 3
Lincolnview 000 107 x – 8

POSTED: 06/22/17 at 7:28 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

Ingredients: Great schools, community support, and coaches, hard working and coachable student athletes, along with good supportive families. Mix in accountability, great competitive drive and religion, and the finished product should be outstanding athletic teams.

It’s a recipe members of the Midwest Athletic Conference use each and every school year, and it’s led to 120 state championships in various sports since the MAC began athletic competition in the fall of 1973.

Minster leads the way with 30 state titles, including two during the 2016-2017 school year — Girls Division III cross country and Division IV baseball. Coldwater has 24 state titles, St. Henry 20, Marion Local 17, and Delphos St. John’s also has double digit state championships, with 10.

Even more impressive is the fact that except for the 1973-74 school year (the MAC’s first year), and the 1981-1982 school year, the conference has claimed at least one state title.

All of this has led many to believe the MAC is the premiere small school conference in Ohio, and perhaps the entire country.

“I think the record of accomplishments of the MAC schools in all sports speaks for itself,” conference commissioner Don Kemper said. “I am probably a little biased, but I think our schools could compete year-in and year-out in all sports with any conference made up of similar sized schools, no matter where they are located.”

Regardless if it’s the fall, winter or spring sports season, MAC schools face top-notch competition that prepares each team well for tournament play.

“Some of the best competition the teams face in the regular season is against other MAC teams,” Kemper said. “The teams also play some of the best competition in non-conference games. The WBL, NWC, SCAL and other conferences and leagues help prepare our teams for the tournament as well, and deserve some of the credit.”

While fans from other parts of the state faithfully root on their teams, MAC fans seem to do it differently.

“The attendance and fan support at our sporting events is tremendous,” Kemper explained. “I’m not certain the fans and student-athletes understand that it is not like that everywhere in the state. It is special, and playing in front of large crowds becomes normal to them.”

“When one school is eliminated from the tournament, it is not uncommon for some of the fans of that school to follow other MAC schools deeper into the tournament and provide support,” Kemper added.

“If you are around the rivalries in the conference and understand that one school absolutely hates to lose to another MAC school, and then see fans from that school cheering for one it considers it’s biggest rival, it is very special and I don’t think it is as accepted anywhere in the state as it is in the MAC.”


POSTED: 06/21/17 at 7:26 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

On a perfect night for baseball, it was another solid outing by Van Wert.

The Cougars scored five runs in the middle two innings, and went on to an 8-2 Acme baseball league win over visiting Ottawa-Glandorf on Tuesday.

The victory improved Van Wert’s record to 10-0.

Hayden Maples prepares to bunt against O-G. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

Trailing 2-1 entering the third inning, Ryan Hollingsworth tied the game by scoring on a fielder’s choice by Jonathon Lee. A batter later, Jake Lautzenheiser gave Van Wert a 3-2 lead by scoring on an error. Lautzenheiser also scored on wild pitches in the first and sixth innings.

The Cougars added three more runs in the fourth inning. Lawson Blackmore’s single to left field scored Hayden Maples, then Blackmore crossed home plate on a double by Darius Eddins. Jalen McCracken’s RBI double scored Eddins, and put Van Wert up 6-2.

In the fifth inning Eddins tripled to left, scoring Maples from first.

Van Wert finished the game with eight hits, including two each by Lautzenheiser and Eddins. Lautzenheiser scored three runs while Eddins had two RBI, and scored a run.

Blackmore pitched all seven innings and allowed just two hits, while striking out six and walking four.

The Cougars will play at Lincolnview today.

Box score:

Ottawa-Glandorf 200 000 0 – 2
Van Wert                102 311 x – 8

POSTED: 06/21/17 at 7:23 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Rounding third base is Ethyn Dunno during Tuesday’s Van Wert Youth Baseball League game between the Van Wert Service Club Comets and the Lee Kinstle Lugnuts. The third baseman is Gavin Metzger. The game ended in an 8-8 tie. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

POSTED: 06/20/17 at 8:37 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

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CELINA — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer, Auglaize and Van Wert Counties will host its annual Golf for Kids Sake on Friday, July 14, at the Mercer County Elks Club, 3242 U.S. 127 in Celina.

Registration includes a sack lunch, 18 holes of golf, golf cart, prizes, a pork chop dinner, a $10,000 hole in one prize, 50-50 drawing, a silent auction, and a chance to win a new club.

Team registration is $300 and individual registration is $75. Call 419.584.2447 by Friday, July 7, to register.

POSTED: 06/20/17 at 8:18 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

The Midwest Athletic Conference has piled up 120 state championships in various sports. Those numbers are staggering, especially for a conference that has only been in existence since the early 1970’s.

Many people believe the MAC is the best small school conference in Ohio, and perhaps even the entire country.

Check Wednesday’s VW independent for a special story that includes a closer look at the numbers, along with the MAC’s recipe for success.

POSTED: 06/20/17 at 8:17 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

Local radio stations Classic Hits WKSD 99.7 FM, and Unforgettable 1220 AM/104.3 FM WERT have announced their broadcast schedules for the 2017 high school football season.

“Our schedule is set, and again features both backyard rivalry games, and key conference and league match ups,” WKSD/WERT General Manager and Vice President Dave Roach said.

Here is the high school football broadcast schedule for Classic Hits 99.7 FM:

WKSDLogoAugust 25: Wayne Trace at Paulding
September 1: Hicksville at Crestview
September 8: Paulding at Antwerp
September 15: Wayne Trace at Antwerp
September 22: Fairview at Wayne Trace
September 29: Spencerville at Crestview
October 6: Ada at Crestview
October 13: Antwerp at Hicksville
October 20: Hicksville at Wayne Trace
October 27: Paulding at Crestview

“In addition, Ron Burt will host the Final Buzzer Show after our Friday night games on WKSD 99.7 FM, with all the scores from area games,” Roach said.

Along with the games listed above, all 10 Van Wert football games will air on Unforgettable 1220 AM, with a twist.

“We’re excited to announce that Van Wert games broadcast on WERT can be heard on (the new) 104.3 FM and 1220 AM,” Roach explained.

Here is the broadcast schedule for Unforgettable 1220 AM/104.3 FM:

IMG_20170618_133721August 25: Van Wert at Bryan
September 1: Wapakoneta at Van Wert
September 8: Van Wert at St. Marys
September 15: Ottawa-Glandorf at Van Wert
September 22: Van Wert at Shawnee
September 29: Kenton at Van Wert
October 6: Van Wert at Elida
October 13: Bath at Van Wert
October 20: Celina at Van Wert
October 27: Van Wert at Defiance

All regular season football broadcasts, along with any and all playoff games also can be heard on WKSD and WERT’s free mobile apps, and all games will continue to stream live at

POSTED: 06/19/17 at 6:22 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

Matchups have been announced, for ACME baseball sectionals.

In the west sectional at Crestview High School, Delphos Jefferson and Lincolnview will square off in the upper bracket semifinals June 30 at 4 p.m., with the winner playing Van Wert in the sectional finals July 1 at 11 a.m.

Baseball photo 3-2017In the lower bracket at Crestview, St. Marys will meet Spencerville June 30 at 6:15 p.m. The winner will play Crestview July 1 at 1:30 p.m.

All non-winners in semifinal games will drop to the losers bracket, in a double elimination format.

East sectional tournament games will be played at Bath High School, and the host Wildcats will open competition by playing Lima Central Catholic June 30 at 4 p.m., followed by Delphos St. John’s and Allen East. Winners will meet for the sectional title July 1 at 3 p.m.

Shawnee and Elida will meet in a semifinal game July 1 at 10 a.m., and the winner will advance to play Wapakoneta July 2 at 1 p.m.

All winners will move on to the Elida district.

POSTED: 06/19/17 at 6:19 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

ROCKFORD — The Lincolnview Lancers improved to 12-4 in ACME league play, with Saturday’s 10-3 win over Parkway.

Jaden Youtsey earned the win, by going five innings and striking out eight. Thad Walker pitched the remaining two innings, and struck out four.

Offensively, the Lancers were led by Ethan Kemler, who went 3-4 with two doubles and a single, and Reece Farmer, who went 3-3 with three singles.

Lincolnview is back in action at Delphos Jefferson at 6 p.m. today.

POSTED: 06/19/17 at 6:18 am. FILED UNDER: Sports