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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

Van Wert independent sports

NAPOLEON — This past Sunday, 24 young athletes from Convoy Wrestling Club stepped onto the mats at Napoleon High School for the first time ever in competition. Two months ago, many of these kids didn’t even know this sport existed.

When Chase Feasby stepped onto the mat shortly after 10 a.m. and the first whistle blew, Convoy made history. As the day progressed, these young wrestlers, their families, friends, and coaches became more amazed at how capable these young boys were. Convoy jumped out to a great start and never looked back. Every few minutes there would be a roar from the Convoy fans in the stands as another one of their wrestlers pulled off a great victory.

Shown are members of the Convoy Wrestling Club. (photo submitted)

Shown are members of the Convoy Wrestling Club. (photo submitted)

There were many moments throughout the day when fans watched these young kids grow in front of their eyes. Some grew through the confidence of a strong victory and some grew through a tough-fought loss. What was most impressive was that not one wrestler ever stopped giving 100 percent, regardless of the outcome.

As the day started to wind down, the roars of the Convoy crowd switched from celebrating match victories to celebrating awards ceremonies at the podium. Fourteen wrestlers placed top three in their weight class and brought home a medal around their neck. Finishing as tournament champions were Luke Sawmiller, Levi LaTurner, Ross Gerardot, and David Cereghin. Finishing in second place were Rex Gerardot and Conner Hammons, while wrestlers in third place included Chase Feasby, Joe Gerardot, Dylan Herron, Ethan Lugabihl, Gavin Grubb, Morgan Jackson, Jacob Dickman, and Kaden Wolford.

This was a great day for Convoy wrestling and the efforts shown by all members of the team was something to be proud of. The team will be back in action next Sunday, January 22, starting at 1 p.m., at Archbold High School.

The program is currently working towards raising funds to purchase its own wrestling mat and to help with tournament entry costs. Those who would like to help support this effort by making a donation towards these efforts can contact Jacob Sawmiller at 419.376.1986.

The program is also holding a Gibson Barbecue Chicken Dinner fundraiser on February 18 before the Crestview varsity boys’ basketball game at which State Senator Cliff Hite will be in attendance to show support towards the program’s efforts. Contact Sawmiller or a member of the Convoy Wrestling Club to purchase a ticket for this dinner.

POSTED: 01/17/17 at 9:01 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports

The Lincolnview Lancers notched an impressive non-conference home win with Saturday’s 55-53 victory over Miller City.

Entering the game, the Lancers (5-7) had dropped four of their last five games, while the Wildcats (7-3) had won six of their last seven, falling only to state-ranked Wayne Trace.

Lincolnview's Ethan Kemler (10) prepares to make the front end of a 1-and-1 to give the Lancers a 55-53 win over Miller City. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

Lincolnview’s Ethan Kemler (10) prepares to make the front end of a 1-and-1 to give the Lancers a 55-53 win over Miller City. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

Trailing by one with 30 seconds left in the game, Chayten Overholt’s deep three-pointer from the right wing gave the Lancers a 52-50 lead. But the Wildcats quickly regained the lead with a trey by Mark Kuhlman.

After a timeout with 22 seconds left, the Lancers ran a set play and scored on a short jumper by Ryan Rager to make it 54-53. Kuhlman immediately drove the length of the court, but missed a layup with 1.4 seconds left. Lincolnview’s Ethan Kemler grabbed the rebound, was fouled, and hit the front end of a 1-and-1 to help seal the victory.

“That last play we ran, that’s one we’ve run since I’ve been the varsity coach, and it worked out perfectly for us,” Lincolnview head coach Brett Hammons said. “When you have an athletic guy like Rager who can go up and get the basketball like that, that’s always going to help.”

“I just give credit to them that they were able to execute in that stressful situation down the stretch,” Hammons added.

Rager finished with a game high 22 points. Caden Ringwald added 16, and Overholt scored 9.

Lincolnview and Miller City opened the game by trading baskets, and the Wildcats led 16-14 after the first quarter. Lincolnview drilled four treys in the second quarter — two by Overholt and one each by Rager and Tristin Miller — and the Lancers outscored the Wildcats 18-8 on the way to a 32-24 halftime lead.

Ringwald opened the third quarter by hitting back-to-back triples, and, at one point, the Lancers extended their lead to 11 points, 42-31. But the Wildcats went on a 13-1 run to give them a 44-43 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

Ringwald and Jacob Kuhlman traded buckets to open the final period, then both teams went into a lengthy scoring lull before the frantic finish.

After Friday’s loss to Bluffton, Hammons was pleased with how his team bounced back.

“Rager, Ringwald, and Overholt played well for us in clutch times, and the way our posts (Kemler, Isiac Bowersock and Zane Miller) have played in the last four games, credit those guys for executing down the stretch.”

Hammons also acknowledged it was a physical game.

“I give my kids credit, because we’re not the biggest team out there,” Hammons said. “It was physical throughout the game, and I’m glad our guys were resilient enough to handle the pressure they put on us.”

The Lancers will host Columbus Grove Friday night, and Antwerp Saturday night.

Box score:

Lincolnview    14  18  11  12–-55

Miller City       16    8  20    9–-53

Lincolnview (55) — Caden Ringwald 16, Ryan Rager 22, Ethan Kemler 5, Chayten Overholt 9, Tristin Miller 3.

Miller City (53) — Justin Snyder 2, Mitch Gable 7, Mark Kuhlman 15, Jacob Kuhlman 16, Jacob Schumm 3, Noah Otto 5, Luke Lammers 3.

JV game: Lincolnview won 53-35

POSTED: 01/16/17 at 7:55 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

DAVE MOSIER/independent sports

After its second overtime loss of the season on Friday, the Van Wert Cougars bounced back Saturday for a 65-54 non-conference victory over Marion Local.

The Cougars gave a balanced offensive effort, and, more importantly, hit their free throws down the stretch, while their defense did just enough to ice the win over the talented Flyers.

After a subpar night on Friday, Jacoby Kelly again led the way with 18 points, including three treys and a 5-for-5 night at the line. Nate Place added 16 points, while Dylan Lautzenheiser scored 15 points, and Nick Gutierrez had 12 points on the night. Marion Local’s Nate Bruns had 20 points to lead all scorers, while Tyler Prenger added 17 points — including five treys — and Tyler Mescher had 9 points on the night.

Cougar head logoMarion Local took the early lead and was up by three points, 14-11, at the end of the first quarter. Both teams scored 15 points in the second stanza and the Flyers maintained its three-point lead, 29-26, at the half. The difference in the game was the third quarter, when Van Wert outscored the Flyers 23-12 to go up by eight points, 49-41, at the three-quarter mark.

Marion Local rallied a bit in the final period, but the Cougars managed to stay with them enough to preserve the win, thanks, in part, to man-to-man, full-court defensive pressure that forced Maria Stein into eight of its 16 turnovers while the game was still in the balance.

Van Wert was 22 of 41 from field goal range (53.7 percent), including 5 of 13 from behind the arc (38.5 percent). The Flyers made 23 of 41 from the field (56.1 percent), including 6 of 14 from three-point range (42.9 percent). The difference in the game was free throw shooting something Van Wert has struggled with, at times, during the season. The Cougars made 16 of 19 free throws in the game (84.2 percent), while Marion Local was 4 of 6 at the line (66.7 percent).

The Van Wert defense was also on top of its game, forcing the Flyers into 16 turnovers, while making just 10 miscues. Marion Local had the edge in rebounding, 22-20.

The Cougars are now 6-5 overall, while Marion Local falls to 6-4 on the season.

Van Wert also won the junior varsity game, 44-36. Clayton Proffitt led the Cougars with 10 points, while Brice Klausing had 9 for the Van Wert JVs.

Box score

Van Wert        11 15 23 16—65

Marion Local 14 15 12 18—59

Van Wert (65) – Jacoby Kelly 18, Nate Place 16, Nick Gutierrez 12, Dylan Lautzenheiser 15, Drew Bagley 2, Blake Henry 2. Totals: 22 16-19 65.

Marion Local (59) – Nate Bruns 18, Collin Everman 3, Tyler Prenger 14, Matt Kahlig 4, Tyler Mescher 9, Ryan Thobe 3, Ryan Koenig 2, Kyle Koenig 3. Totals: 23 4-6 59.

JV game: Van Wert won 44-36

POSTED: 01/16/17 at 7:45 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

WAPAKONETA — The Van Wert Cougar swim team traveled to Wapakoneta for the annual Wapak/Celina Lions invitational involving 19 teams, including eight Western Buckeye League schools. The Cougar boy swimmers took 13th place, while the girls finished in 10th.

Van Wert's Peyton Fleming swims the 100-yard breaststroke during the Wapakoneta/Celina Swim Meet on Saturday. (photo submitted)

Van Wert’s Peyton Fleming swims the 100-yard breaststroke during the Wapak/Celina Lions Invitational on Saturday. (photo submitted)

Wapak took first place for the boys and Celina was the girls’ champion, with Celina runner-up for the boys and Wapak runner-up in the girls’ events.

The next meet for the Cougars will be a dual meet at Ayersville High School on January 17.

Girls Results (all distances in yards)

200 Medley Relay:  11th (2:11.09 – Katie McVaigh, Peyton Fleming, Bethany Fast, Madison Turnwald)

200 Freestyle:  19th (2:31.20 – Olivia Profit)

200 Individual Medley: 6th (2:35.89 – Katie McVaigh), 17th (2:44.55 – Bethany Fast)

50 Freestyle:  17th (28.63 –Madison Turnwald), 27th 0(28.88 – Peyton Fleming), 44th (31.41 – Olivia Profit), 69th (32.93 –Madison Jarrett), 73rd (33.31 – Rebekah Fast)

100 Butterfly: 5th (1:10.13 – Katie McVaigh)

100 Freestyle:  10th (1:02.77 –Madison Turnwald), 48th (1:12.37 – Emma Verville)

200 Freestyle Relay:  10th (1:55.29 –Katie McVaigh, Peyton Fleming, Madison Turnwald, Bethany Fast), 24th (2:08.87 –Emma Verville, Rebekah Fast, Olivia Profit, Madison Jarrett)

100 Backstroke:  16th (1:15.33 –Emma Verville), 29th (1:32.19 –Madison Jarrett)

100 Breaststroke:  10th (1:20.55 –Peyton Fleming) 11th (1:21.05 – Bethany Fast), 21st – (1:28.78 – Rebekah Fast)

400 Freestyle Relay:  16th (4:54.26 –Olivia Profit, Rebekah Fast, Madison Jarrett, Emma Verville)

Boys Results (all distances in yards)

200 Medley Relay:  11th (2:06.45 –Andrew Hamblett, Noah Arend, Dalton Heppeard, Brayden Cox)

200 Freestyle:  16th (2:27.84 – Brayden Cox)

50 Freestyle: 11th (25.93 –Dalton Heppeard), 29th (28.51 – Noah Arend), 30th (28.67 – Andrew Hamblett)

100 Butterfly: 14th (1:09.80. – Dalton Heppeard)

500 Freestyle: 11th (6:59.77–Brayden Cox)

200 Freestyle Relay:  11th (1:51.45 –Dalton Heppeard, Noah Arend, Andrew Hamblett, Brayden Cox)

100 Backstroke:  14th (1:14.25 –Andrew Hamblett)

100 Breaststroke: 16th (1:18.26 –Noah Arend)

POSTED: 01/16/17 at 7:44 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports

CONVOY — Points were at a premium, during Friday night’s Northwest Conference contest at Ray Etzler Gymnasium. In the end, the Crestview Knights (6-3, 3-0 NWC) scored just enough to defeat Delphos Jefferson 40-39.

The Knights shot 33 percent from the floor, while the Wildcats connected on just 29 percent of their shots. The two teams combined to hit 2 of 19 three-point attempts.

Crestview's Drew Kline (2) goes high for a layup during Friday's NWC win over Delphos Jefferson. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

Crestview’s Drew Kline (2) goes high for a layup during Friday’s NWC win over Delphos Jefferson. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

The Wildcats (4-7, 2-1 NWC) had two chances to win late in the fourth quarter. After a steal with 25 seconds left, Delphos Jefferson missed a shot, but pulled down the offensive rebound and called timeout with 3.6 seconds showing on the clock. The Wildcats put the ball back in play, but could only get off a contested three-point attempt from the right sideline that hit the backboard as time expired.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats battled back from a 35-29 deficit with three straight baskets by Alex Rode. The Knights broke a 35-35 tie with two free throws and a basket by Javin Etzler to make it 39-35, but Delphos Jefferson responded with two charity tosses by Jace Stockwell, who finished with a team-high 12 points.

With 53 seconds left in the game, Crestview’s Drew Kline scored what proved to be the winning point. The 5-9 sophomore hit the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw, but was unable to connect on the second attempt.  Down 40-37, the Wildcats pulled down the rebound and went on to score on a second chance shot by Drake Schmitt.

The game got off to a slow start, with Crestview leading 10-6 after the first quarter, and 21-18 at halftime.  Led by Kline’s three baskets, the Knights managed to outscore the Wildcats 10-7 in the third quarter and led 31-25 going into the fourth quarter.

Etzler led all scorers with 14 points, while Kline finished with 13. Derek Stout added 8, and Trevor Gibson finished with 5.

“We had to try to match their physicality, and I think we were able to do that,” Crestview head coach Jeremy Best said. “Sometimes it looked painful and it was.”

“But I’m proud of the kids and their effort,” Best added.

The Knights will travel to Arlington, while the Wildcats will host state-ranked Wayne Trace. That game will air live on WSKD 99.7, and will stream live on The Van Wert Independent (

Box score

Crestview                 10  11  10   9–-40

Delphos Jefferson      6   12   7  14–-39

Crestview (40) — Drew Kline 13, Javin Etzler 14, Derek Stout 8, Trevor Gibson 5.

Delphos Jefferson (39) — Jace Stockwell 12, Drew Reiss 4, Brenen Auer 5, Davion Taylor 2, Drake Schmitt 9, Alex Rode 7

Rebounds: Crestview 32, Delphos Jefferson 25

Turnovers: Crestview 11 Delphos Jefferson 6

JV game: Crestview won 43-31

POSTED: 01/14/17 at 8:36 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

DAVE MOSIER/independent sports

SHAWNEE TWP. — An “off” game by top scorer Jacoby Kelly and the failure to hold a lead and better handle Shawnee’s defensive pressure were factors in the Van Wert Cougar boys’ 64-57 overtime loss to the Indians in a Western Buckeye League contest played at Shawnee on Friday.

Van Wert had plenty of opportunities to win the game, but seemed to lose focus at times, although some of that could be attributed to the Indians’ full-court pressure throughout the game. The Cougars missed a number of easy layups and field goals they normally would make. Kelly was just 3 for 13 in the game and ended up with 6 points.

Cougar head logoNate Place was the Cougars’ top scorer with 21 points, including 10 field goals, while Nick Gutierrez added 13 points and Drew Bagley scored 9 points for Van Wert. Sean McDonald tied Place with 21 points to lead Shawnee, while Ray Manley added 16, Jerad Thomas scored 10 points, and Zarian Graves added 9 for the Indians.

The Cougars were particularly ineffective at the foul line, hitting just 7 of 17 free throw attempts. Shawnee was 11 of 18 from the line. Van Wert shot 40.7 percent from the field (24 of 59), including 2 of 9 (22.2 percent) from three-point range. The Indians were 25 of 50 (50 percent) from the field, including 3 of 11 from behind the arc (27.3 percent).

Neither team was hitting in the first quarter, as the Cougars nursed an 8-6 lead at the end of the period. The Indians outscored Van Wert 11-10 in the second quarter to trail by a point, 18-17, at the half. Both teams picked up their scoring the second half, with the Cougars going on a 19-15 run in the third quarter to take a five-point lead, 37-32, into the final stanza. But Shawnee rallied to outscore Van Wert 19-15 in the final stanza and then went on a 13-6 run in the overtime period to eke out the win.

The Cougars now 5-5 overall and 1-2 in the WBL, while Shawnee is 8-3 overall and 2-1 in league play.

The Indians had the edge in rebounding, 31-30, while Van Wert had fewer turnovers, 12-16.

Shawnee easily won the junior varsity contest, 60-46, with John Capella’s 24 points making the difference. Chico Luna added 12 points and Jake Hutchins scored 10 points for the Indian JVs, while Tanner Barnhart scored 14 points to lead Van Wert. Joey Schaufelberger added 11 points for the Cougar JVs.

The Cougars will have another tough road game tonight at Maria Stein to take on the Marion Local Flyers in a non-conference game.

Box score

Van Wert     8 10 19 14  6—57

Shawnee     6 11 15 19 13—64

Van Wert (57) – Jacoby Kelly 6, Nate Place 21, Nick Gutierrez 13, Dylan Lautzenheiser 6, Drew Bagley 9, Blake Henry 2. Totals: 24 7-17 57

Shawnee (64) – Sean McDonald 21, Riley Rosado 3, Ray Manley 16, Jerad Thomas 10, Zarian Graves 9, John Capella 3, Jalen Bagley 2. Totals: 25 11-18 64.

JV game: Shawnee won 60-46.

POSTED: 01/14/17 at 8:33 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports

It was a nostalgic night and a high school basketball thriller, all rolled into one.

Crestview's Drew Kline (10) and Van Wert's Jacoby Kelly (5) face off in Saturday's non-conference rivalry game played at the S.F. Goedde Building. The Cougars rallied to beat the Knights 47-44. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

Crestview’s Drew Kline (10) and Van Wert’s Jacoby Kelly (5) face off in Saturday’s non-conference rivalry game played at the S.F. Goedde Building. The Cougars rallied to beat the Knights 47-44 (click here for more game photos). Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

In front of a full house at the S.F. Goedde Building, the Van Wert Cougars (5-4) rallied from a double-digit deficit to defeat the Crestview Knights 47-44. Saturday night’s game was the first varsity basketball game played at the original Den in over a decade.

Jacoby Kelly was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter, hitting four free throws and two technical shots. He finished with a game-high 20 points, and accounted for 16 of Van Wert’s 24 second half points.

The Cougars needed every one of those points, as Crestview’s Drew Kline, Wade Sheets and Grant Schlagbaum each drilled treys, on the way to a 17-9 first quarter lead.  Midway through the second quarter, the Knights extended the lead to 22-11, when Schlagbaum hit a basket and free throw, and Javin Etzler connected for two.

But the Cougars stormed back late in the second quarter when Kelly hit a triple, and Dylan Lautzenheiser scored on a tip-in at the buzzer to trim the halftime deficit to 28-23.

“Dylan’s tip at the buzzer was huge for us,” Van Wert head coach Mark Bagley said. “It gave us momentum going into the third quarter.”

Van Wert opened the third period by scoring the first five points — another triple by Kelly and a layup by Nate Place to tie the game at 28.  The Knights (5-3) responded with a basket by Derek Stout and a three-pointer by Etzler to put Crestview back up by five, but the Cougars countered with a bucket by Place, then a two-point basket and a trey by Kelly, then a layup by Place, to finish the third quarter with a 37-33 lead.

Crestview's Javin Etzler (15) puts a shot up while anxious Van Wert fans watch. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

Crestview’s Javin Etzler (15) puts a shot up while anxious fans watch. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

Crestview scored the first six points of the fourth quarter on free throws by Sheets and baskets by Stout and Kline to take a 39-37 lead. Caleb Bagley connected for two to tie the game at 39, then Stout’s bucket gave Crestview a 41-39 advantage.

That’s when Kelly took over, scoring Van Wert’s final eight points. Two free throws by the 5-10 junior tied the game at 41 with 2:30 left. He then hit a short jumper with 1:44 remaining to give the Cougars a 43-41 lead. Two more free throws by Kelly pushed the lead to 45-41, but Crestview’s Wade Sheets drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it 45-44 with 12 seconds left.

After a missed Cougar free throw, the Knights had one final chance. After racing down the court, Stout attempted a baseline drive but was called for traveling when he tumbled to the court after contact with a defender.

Crestview coaches argued the call, and a technical foul was assessed with .09 second left. Kelly hit both technical shots to ice the game.

Bagley was pleased with the outcome and the atmosphere.

“It was a great game, and this is what high school basketball is all about,” Bagley said. “Crestview’s a great team and they’re going to win a lot of games this year.”

“We’ve been in this position in several of our games,” Crestview head coach Jeremy Best said. “Our guys at times do great things, but then we go into funks, and we need to find a way to get out of that.

“You’re never going to play a perfect game, we know that,” Best added. “Our guys continue to be youthful in some situations, and we just have to keep coaching those situations up.”

The Knights will host Delphos Jefferson Friday night, and will travel to Arlington Saturday.

The Cougars will play at Shawnee Friday, and at Marion Local Saturday.

Box score:

Van Wert    9  14  14 10–-47

Crestview  17  11   5 11–-44

Van Wert (47) — Jacoby Kelly 20, Nate Place 10, Dylan Lautzenheiser 10, Drew Bagley 7.

Crestview (44) — Drew Kline 7, Wade Sheets 10, Javin Etzler 11, Derek Stout 8 Grant Schlagbaum 5, Trevor Gibson 2.

JV game: Crestview won 42-33.

POSTED: 01/09/17 at 9:03 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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The Mid-west Buckeye Umpires’ Association will be hosting a training course for prospective baseball umpires interested in earning Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) certification for the upcoming 2017 season.

Anyone age 14 or over is eligible to enroll in the class. Cost of the course is $135, which includes all instructional materials, OHSAA membership fees, rule books, and annual membership dues to MBUA.

Classes will be held at Van Wert High School on Monday evenings, beginning February 6 and concluding on March 20. Course registration and payment can be completed online by visiting and clicking on the “Register” link at the top of the page.

Once those interested have created a free account, they should click on “Select a Course” and search for “Van Wert.” For more information, contact Ryan Thompson at 419.305.0426 or Ron Golemon at 419.513.0439. To ensure that course materials are received prior to the first class, register by January 30.

POSTED: 01/09/17 at 8:42 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

DAVE MOSIER/independent sports

The Van Wert boys gave unbeaten Ottawa-Glandorf all it could handle in Friday’s Western Buckeye League match-up, but the failure to shut down prolific scorer Jay Kaufman and the inability to hit free throws ultimately led to the Cougars’ heartbreaking 67-63 loss in overtime.

Cougar Dylan Lautzenheiser (24) put in a layup during Van Wert's heartbreaking loss to Ottawa-Glandorf. Jan Dunlap/Van Wert independent

Cougar Dylan Lautzenheiser (24) put in a layup during Van Wert’s heartbreaking loss to Ottawa-Glandorf. Jan Dunlap/Van Wert independent

Kaufman had 10 field goals and, just as important, was 12 of 17 from the foul line to lead all scorers with 32 points. Jake Dible added 11 points for the Titans. The Cougars had its best offensive effort of the young season, with four players scoring in double figures, led by Jacoby Kelly’s 15 points. Blake Henry scored 13 points, while Nate Place and Dylan Lautzenheiser each added 12 points for Van Wert.

Ottawa-Glandorf took the early lead and was up by two points, 13-11, at the end of the first quarter. The Cougars responded, though, outscoring the Titans 20-16 in the second stanza to lead by two, 31-29, at the half.

O-G knocked a point off the Cougar lead to trial by a point, 41-40, at the three-quarter mark, and then made 7 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 55-all by the end of regulation.

Free throws were again important in overtime, as the Titans made 6 of 8 — half of its 12 total points — to eke out a win over Van Wert.

Free throw shooting was crucial for Ottawa-Glandorf, because the Cougars outshot the Titans everywhere but at the free-throw line. Van Wert was 24 of 44 from the field (54.5 percent), including an outstanding 6 of 11 from three-point range (54.5 percent). The Cougars were a less-than-stellar 9 of 18 (50 percent) at the line.

O-G was 20 of 52 from the field (38.5 percent), including just 1 of 14 from behind the arc (7.1 percent). Unfortunately for Van Wert, the Titans had 35 free throw attempts and made 26 of those (74 percent).

The taller O-G also outrebounded the Cougars, 36-23, and had one fewer turnover (14-15) than Van Wert.

The Cougars are now 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the WBL, while the Titans are 8-0 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Van Wert returns to action tonight against Crestview at the S.F. Goedde Building. The game will be broadcast live on WERT radio (1220 AM), and streamed live on The Van Wert independent (

The junior varsity game set the tone for the night, with the Cougar JVs again losing a heartbreaker, 49-45, in overtime. Clayton Proffitt led the Van Wert JVs with 15 points, while Carter Heringhaus was the Titan JVs top scorer with 14.

The Van Wert JVs are also 4-4 and 1-1.

Box score

Ottawa-Glandorf 13 16 11 15 12-67

Van Wert             11 20 10 14   8-63

Ottawa-Glandorf (67) – Connor Niese 8, Owen Hiegel 8, Jay Kaufman 32, Jake Dible 11, Ethan White 5, Trevor Siefker 2, Chad Duling 1. Totals: 20 26-39 67

Van Wert (63) – Jacoby Kelly 15, Nate Place 12, Nick Gutierrez 4, Dylan Lautzenheiser 12, Drew Bagley 7, Blake Henry 13. Totals: 24 9-18 63.

JV game: O-G won 49-45 in overtime

POSTED: 01/07/17 at 8:58 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports

Fueled by Ryan Rager’s 21 points and 10 rebounds, the Lincolnview Lancers topped the Allen East Mustangs 57-40 in Friday night’s Northwest Conference contest at Lincolnview High. Twelve of Rager’s 21 points came in the second quarter, when the Lancers seized control of the game.

Lincolnview's Ryan Rager (5) puts in a reverse layup against Allen East in Friday's Lancer win. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

Lincolnview’s Ryan Rager (5) puts in a reverse layup against Allen East in Friday’s Lancer win. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

After leading 8-6 after the first quarter, Rager scored the first six points of the second stanza, added two more baskets in the middle part of the quarter, then beat the halftime buzzer with another two-pointer to give Lincolnview a 28-13 advantage.

The 6-1 senior hit two free throws in the third quarter, and two more baskets in the fourth. Rager also pulled down five rebounds in each half.

“He’s the most athletic kid we have,” Lincolnview head coach Brett Hammons said. He’s finally getting his chance this year, and to see him succeed the way he is just great as a coach.”

Ethan Kemler also hit double digits with 12 points, including 10 in the second half. The 6’2” sophomore scored the final six points of the third quarter, then tacked on four more in the fourth period.

Caden Ringwald finished with nine, and Tristin Miller came off the bench to knock down two treys–-one each in the second and third quarters, as the Lancers (4-5, 1-1 NWC) extended their lead to 23 on two occasions in the third period.

Meanwhile, Lincolnview’s swarming defense held the Mustangs (5-3, 0-1 NWC) to 40 points–-23 below their season average. Spencer Miller and Caleb Smelcer came in averaging a combined 36 points per game, but finished with just 21.

“I thought we did a good job putting ball pressure on, and we mixed up our defense a little bit,” Hammons said. “I thought our guys in the gaps did a great job of not letting them get in the paint, and that was our goal when we went in.”

“Our posts did a great job of helping also, and I couldn’t have asked for a better performance from our defense to hold a team that scores that well to 40,” Hammons added.

Hammons also acknowledged the victory was a big one, coming off Tuesday’s 74-49 loss at Wayne Trace.

“This one was crucial, and I think our guys stepped up big,” the coach said.

“I told them they needed to forget about Tuesday night, learn from it, move on and get prepared for tonight.

“I think this just gave us confidence as we prepare for our next opponent.”

The Lancers will host Fort Recovery tonight.

Box score:

Lincolnview   8 20 19 10–-57

Allen East      6  7  14 13–-40

Lincolnview (57) — Caden Ringwald 9, Ryan Rager 21, Ethan Kemler 12, Chayten Overholt 5, Isiac Bowersock 4, Tristin Miller 6.

Allen East (40) — Caleb Smelcer 5, Spencer Miller 16, Shane Gipson 2, Chrin Kleman 4, Johnny Brinkman 6, Brayden Newland 6, Caleb Austin 1.

JV game: Lincolnview won 48-40.

POSTED: 01/07/17 at 8:53 am. FILED UNDER: Sports