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Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

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Girls’ sectional semifinal basketball tipped off around the area on Tuesday night. Below is a recap of games played by Lincolnview, Crestview and Van Wert.

Lincolnview 52 Delphos St. John’s 48 OT

Kayla Schimmoeller’s foul shot with no time left in regulation sent the game to overtime, then Lincolnview outscored Delphos St. John’s 12-8 in the extra session to win the Division IV sectional opener 52-48 at Paulding High School on Tuesday night.

Alena Looser scored seven of Lincolnview’s 12 points in the overtime period. She finished with 15 points, while Schimmoeller tallied 14. Taylor Zuber led the Blue Jays with 13 points, and Paige Gaynier chipped in with 11.

The two teams found themselves tied at 13 after one quarter, and Lincolnview led 21-17 at halftime. The Lady Lancers enjoyed a 31-29 lead after three quarters, but Delphos St. John’s (9-14) took a 40-39 lead late in the fourth quarter, setting the stage for Schimmoeller’s heroics.

The Lady Lancers (11-12) will return to Paulding Saturday to face NWC foe Delphos Jefferson (12-9) for the lower bracket sectional championship. The first game of the night will feature Ottoville and Pandora-Gilboa.

Crestview 60 Patrick Henry 34

The Crestview Lady Knights tipped off Division III sectional tournament action with a convincing 60-34 victory over Patrick Henry at Lincolnview High School on Tuesday night.

Crestview put the game away early with a 24-9 scoring advantage in the first quarter, followed by a 34-13 halftime lead.

The Lady Knights held the Patriots to 24 percent shooting (10 of 41), while connecting on 48 percent (23 of 48) of their own shots.

Paige Motycka led all scorers with 17 points, followed by Lexi Gregory (16) and Lyvia Black (15).

The loss ended Patrick Henry’s season at 7-16, while Crestview improved to 17-6. The Lady Knights will play Hicksville for the upper bracket sectional championship at Lincolnview at 6 p.m. on Saturday. It’s a rematch of a December 30 game, won by the Lady Aces 44-28.

Elida 61 Van Wert 44

Van Wert’s season came to an end with a 61-44 loss to Elida in the Division II sectional semifinals at Spencerville High School on Tuesday night.

The Lady Cougars trailed 19-10 at the end of the first quarter, 33-15 at the half and 45-28 after three quarters.

Reagan Priest led Van Wert (8-15) with 15 points and Caylee Phillips finished with 13.

POSTED: 02/21/18 at 7:30 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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LIMA — Jacoby Kelly scored 22 points but it wasn’t enough as the Cougars fell to Lima Central Catholic 58-51 on Tuesday night.

It was the third consecutive loss for Van Wert (10-10).

The Thunderbirds raced out to a 12-4 first quarter lead, but Van Wert fought back with a basket by Blake Henry and two buckets by Nate Place to make it 12-10 at the end of the period.

The second quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with the two teams trading the lead on several occasions. A layup and foul shot by Jacoby Kelly at the buzzer gave Van Wert a 23-21 halftime lead.

6-8 senior Mark Janowski opened the third quarter with a pair of quick baskets that gave Lima Central Catholic a 25-23 lead, but the Cougars responded with a three pointer by Kelly and buckets by Owen Treece and Drew Bagley. Janowski closed the period with a shot that gave the Thunderbirds a 38-35 advantage.

Matthew Cecala opened the fourth quarter with a triple to make it 41-35, and Lima Central Catholic (8-13) went on to outscore the Cougars 20-16 in the period.

Janowski and Cecala paced the Thunderbirds with 12 each. In addition to Kelly’s 22 points, Treece tallied 12 for Van Wert.

The Cougars will finish the regular season Friday at home against Defiance, before opening sectional tournament play against Maumee at Findlay High School next Wednesday.

POSTED: 02/21/18 at 7:30 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

The Lincolnview Lancers looked solid in all phases of the game during a convincing 55-39 homecoming win over Arlington on Saturday night.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Lancers (14-7) and it snapped Arlington’s (13-8) five game winning streak.

Chayten Overholt streaks past two Arlington defenders on the way to the basket on Saturday night. Overholt finished with 15 points. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

Lincolnview broke a 3-3 first quarter tie with eight unanswered points. Tristin Miller hit a trey, followed by a bucket by Zane Miller and a triple by Chayten Overholt. Arlington’s Ivan Berry ended the run with a basket and a foul shot, but (Zane) Miller and Ethan Kemler each responded with a basket to extend the lead to 15-6.

The Lancers opened second quarter scoring with a bucket by Isiac Bowersock, but Caleb Price answered with a triple to make it 17-12. After a Caden Ringwald layup, the Red Devils trimmed the deficit to 19-16 on a basket by Ryan Metzger and two free throws by Berry. From there, Alek Bowersock countered with a two and a three, then (Isiac) Bowersock closed the quarter with back-to-back baskets to give the Lancers a 28-18 halftime advantage.

“This is one of the best games he (Isiac Bowersock) has given us in a while,” Lincolnview head coach Brett Hammons said. “He gives us a spark and he’s the strongest kid we have. He rebounded well for us and did a fantastic job for us tonight.”

Arlington drew within six (32-26) in the third quarter, but the Lancers went on a 9-0 run, with Overholt connecting from the floor, (Tristin) Miller getting a steal and layup, Ringwald draining a trey and Overholt sinking two foul shots to stretch the Lincolnview lead to 41-26.

“Arlington had length on us, they had some size, they had some athleticism on us in certain areas and I thought we handled it well,” Hammons added. (more…)

POSTED: 02/19/18 at 7:40 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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Led by champions Gabe Steyer and Isaiah Bretz, the host Van Wert Cougars finished fifth at the Western Buckeye League wrestling tournament on Saturday.

Wapakoneta won the tournament with 146 points, followed by Ottawa-Glandorf (122.5), Shawnee (113.5), St. Marys (109) and Van Wert (106). Defiance (86), Bath (60), Kenton (44), Elida (43) and Celina (39) rounded out the order of finish.

Steyer pinned Ottawa-Glandorf’s Evan Ellerbock in 3:43 to win the 134 pound title, while Bretz captured the 140 pound title by pinning Preston Weichart of St. Marys in 5:21.

In addition, Van Wert’s Killian Sudduth finished second in the 108 pound weight class after being pinned by Clayton Drummond of St. Marys (2:15) and Josh Dorsch finished second in the 122 pound weight class after dropping a 6-2 decision to Lupe Martinez of Defiance. Malachi Battle (160 pounds) finished fourth, Trevor Spridgeon (184 pounds) finished third and Lloyd Eustler (222 pounds) finished fourth.

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MINSTER — The Van Wert Lady Cougars bowled well at the Division II sectional tournament at Community Lanes in Minster on Saturday but as a team came up 36 pins short of moving on to district competition. However, a pair of Van Wert bowlers qualified for district, as did one from Lincolnview.

The Lady Cougars put up their season high game in the second traditional game with a 839 and were positioned in third out of 10 teams. In the third game the lanes started to transition and the girls fell to fourth with New Bremen and Bath less then 19 pins behind. The baker games started well and ended well but the middle four games got the best of the team.

While the entire team didn’t move on, two girls – freshman Lorrie Decker and senior Cloey Spry – qualified for districts this Thursday at Interstate Lanes in Rossford.

Decker led the field of 61 bowlers with an individual score of 617 and Spry had the 10th best score with a 482 series.

Allison Hauter bowled two solid games of 153 and 163 to place 23rd. Other players contributing to overall score were Allie Morrow, Katie Hauter, Hanna Say and Seniors Kaylee McPhail and Ashley Matthews.

Meanwhile, Shiann Kraft became the first bowler in Lincolnview High School history to qualify for district competition. Kraft rolled a 155-179-190 for a 524 series which gave her the second high individual set (of the bowlers not advancing on a qualifying team) and the seventh high overall set. She

She’ll join Decker and Spry in Rossford on Thursday.

POSTED: 02/19/18 at 7:38 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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NEW KNOXVILLE — Derick Dealey led all scorers with 17 points and the Crestview Knights defeated New Knoxville 68-42 on Saturday night.

12 of Dealey’s points came from beyond the three point arc, while Jace Vining hit a trio of treys and finished with 12 points. Javin Etzler finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

The Knights led 22-11 after one quarter, 40-21 at halftime and 53-32 after three quarters.

As a team, Crestview was 25-51 (49 percent) from the floor and 9-13 (69 percent) from the foul line. The Knights out-rebounded the Rangers 29-16.

Crestview (18-3, 7-0 NWC) will finish the regular season at Columbus Grove (9-12, 4-3 NWC) on Friday. A win would give the Knights an outright conference championship.

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Here is this week’s (February 19-24) high school basketball broadcast schedule for radio stations WKSD 99.7FM and WERT 1220AM/104.3FM. All games also stream live at Unless otherwise noted, coverage will begin at approximately 7 p.m. with tipoff at 7:30 that evening. Please note the schedule is subject to change.

Tuesday, February 20
Crestview vs. Patrick Henry (6:30 p.m., girls, WKSD)

Wednesday, February 21
Paulding vs. Coldwater (7:30 p.m., girls, WKSD)

Friday, February 23
Wayne Trace at Ottoville (boys, WKSD)
Defiance at Van Wert (boys, WERT)

Saturday, February 24

POSTED: 02/19/18 at 7:37 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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As the 2017-2018 winter sports regular season winds down, all area coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to send nominations for the Van Wert independent/Northwest Ohio Welch Trophy Student-Athlete of the week to:

Due to this week’s Presidents Day holiday, nominations must be received by 12 p.m. on Wednesday. One name will be picked and the winner will receive a T-shirt from Northwest Ohio Welch Trophy, 1034 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, and will be featured on Friday at

POSTED: 02/19/18 at 7:36 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

CONVOY — After a slow start, Crestview kicked it into high gear and clinched at least a share of the Northwest Conference championship with an 89-43 victory at Ray Etzler Gymnasium on Friday night.

Winners of 13 consecutive games, the Knights (17-3, 7-0 NWC) can win the outright conference title next Friday at Columbus Grove.

“It’s a goal that we had set and we talked about it as we went through the year,” Crestview head coach Jeremy Best said of the conference championship.

Crestview’s Trevor Gibson drives to the basket against Spencville. Gibson finished with eight points. Bob Barnes/Van Wert independent

“We have a piece, but we really don’t want to share it,” Best added. We know we have one more to finish out next week, but I’m proud of our guys.”

The game was tied at eight with 1:42 left in the first quarter, but Javin Etzler hit back-to-back triples to give Crestview a 14-8 lead. Spencerville’s Keegan Goecke hit a jumper that drew the Bearcats (2-17, 1-6 NWC) to within four at the end of the period.

“It took a while for us to get going, but that happens sometimes with emotion,” Best said. “Spencerville played pretty well and we looked a little bit flat early, but I thought we found a way to fight through that.”

A basket by Ben Dues to open the second quarter made it a 14-12 game, but that was as close as the Bearcats would get for the remainder of the contest. Jace Vining’s bucket, two baskets by Etzler and a pair of foul shots by Derek Stout increased Crestview’s lead to 23-12.

Later in the quarter, a steal and layup by Drew Kline sparked a 14-2 run by the Knights. Stout had six of those points, Etzler added four more and Crestview led 40-18 at halftime.

The Knights outscored Spencerville 22-11 in the third quarter, with Grant Schlagbaum hitting two triples, while Etzler and younger brother Kalen Etzler each connected on a trey and a basket. (more…)

POSTED: 02/17/18 at 8:18 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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PAULDING — Lincolnview capped off Northwest Conference play with a 65-54 win at Paulding on Friday night.

The victory assures Lincolnview (13-7, 7-1 NWC) of at least a second place finish in the conference. The Lancers can earn a share of the NWC title if Columbus Grove upsets Crestview next Friday.

Lincolnview enjoyed a 16-12 advantage after one quarter and a 32-26 lead at halftime. However, the Panthers fought back and took a 42-40 lead late in the third period. The Lancers led 45-44 at the end of the third quarter, then outscored the hosts 20-11 in the final stanza.

Chayten Overholt led Lincolnview with 14 points, followed by Zane Miller (13) and Alek Bowersock (11). Ethan Rhonehouse was Paulding’s top scorer with 12 points.

The Lancers will play their final two regular season games at home – tonight against Arlington and Friday against Perry.

POSTED: 02/17/18 at 8:17 am. FILED UNDER: Sports