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Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017

Van Wert independent sports

The following is a roundup of sporting events held Monday:


Crestview Knights win again

CONVOY – It was quite a game for Crestview’s Spencer Rolsten. He knocked in four runs and scored two more, and the Knights defeated Bluffton 10-1.

On the mound, Rolsten earned the win by allowing four hits over five innings, while striking out eight. Zechariah Simerman pitched the final two innings for the save.

Caden Hurless scored four runs, and Derek Stout finished with a pair of RBI. Jacob Painter had two of Crestview’s nine hits.

Crestview is now 9-3 (4-0 Northwest Conference).


Lady Knights win NWC slugfest over Bluffton

CONVOY – It was a game that featured 26 hits, 27 runs and 12 errors. When the dust settled, the Crestview Lady Knights topped Bluffton, 15-12.

Twelve of the runs were scored in the first inning alone–-eight by Crestview and four by Bluffon.

Sydney Bowen led the way for the Lady Knights, by going three-for-five at the plate with four RBI. Avery McCoy and Hannah Binnion each finished with two RBI, and Codi Miller, Kristen Etzler, Caitlin O’Hagan, Lexi Gregory and Alyssa Gent each chipped in with one.

Victoria Litchensteiger picked up her sixth win of the season, allowing 14 hits, walking three and striking out four.

Crestview improved to 7-8 (3-1 Northwest Conference).

Van Wert wins on the road

KALIDA – The Van Wert Lady Cougars picked up win number five on the season, with Monday’s six inning, 15-4 non-conference win over Kalida.

Van Wert scored four runs in the first inning, one in the third, three in the fourth and fifth innings, and four more in the sixth.

Kalida scored one run in the second and third innings, and a pair in the sixth.

Katlyn Dickson and Allison Kennedy paced Van Wert with three hits apiece, while Laine Spoor and Lauren each finished with a pair of hits.

Katie Coplin was given credit for the win, by pitching all six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, with seven strikeouts and seven walks.

POSTED: 04/25/17 at 7:34 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

It was an old fashioned pitchers duel.

Lincolnview freshman Gavin Carter allowed one run on five hits, while fanning 10 and walking just two. Paulding’s Westen Philpot also gave up five hits, struck out seven and walked two.

Lincolnview's Gavin Carter prepares to fire a pitch. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

Lincolnview’s Gavin Carter prepares to fire a pitch. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

But two of Lincolnview’s hits came in the sixth inning, during Monday’s 2-1 Northwest Conference victory over the Panthers.

Trailing 1-0, sophomore Ethan Kemler blasted a triple to center field, scoring Carter. Another sophomore, Braxton Fox then singled, scoring Kemler.

“He (Kemler) was in a tough spot,” Lincolnview head coach Eric Fishpaw explained. “He had two strikes on him in the count and also two outs, but put a good bat on one and sent it to the right center field gap.”

Carter was able to pitch a 1-2-3 seventh inning, including two strikeouts, to secure the win.

“He’s a very confident pitcher,” Fishpaw said. “He had a lot of success in junior high, and we’re very confident running him out on the mound.”

“I thought he did a great job tonight. He had great command of his pitches, and did a great job leading us on the mound,” Fishpaw added.

Paulding’s lone run came in the third inning, when Cameron Doster tripled, and scored Jaret Miller.

Fishpaw noted that after several close losses this season, Monday’s victory felt good.

“It’s something great to put under our belts come tournament time, with the tournament draw happening on Sunday,” Fishpaw said. Having a close game, being on the winning side of one, and having that pressure and overcoming it is something that will be beneficial come tournament time.”

The win boosted Lincolnview’s record to 5-10 (2-2 NWC), while Paulding dropped to 6-7 (2-3 NWC).

Box score:

Paulding       001 000 0–-1
Lincolnview 000 002 0–-2

POSTED: 04/24/17 at 9:21 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

The Lincolnview Lady Lancers spotted a three-run lead to Paulding, then countered with six runs of their own in the third inning, and four more in the sixth, during Monday’s 10-3 Northwest Conference victory over the Lady Panthers.

Lincolnview's Zoe Miller records an out at first base. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

Lincolnview’s Zoe Miller records an out at first base. Scott Truxell/Van Wert independent

Morgan Miller and Macala Ashbaugh each had three hits for Lincolnview, and each scored two runs. Carly Wendel, Alana Looser and Lakin Brant each finished with two hits and two runs scored. McKenzie Davis, Zoe Miller and Allison Berryman each tallied a hit for the Lady Lancers.

“I feel like our entire lineup hit in those two innings (third and sixth) and that’s what’s exciting, is when you can hit through the whole order,” Lincolnview head coach Kylie Owens said.

Owens also said she’s pleased with her team’s improved defensive play.

“We’ve made a few changes, and have been working on some new things in practice,” Owens explained “We need to play defense to keep up with their bats, and to keep the other team down.”

Ashbaugh earned the pitching win by allowing just three hits, while striking out three.

Lincolnview improved to 4-6 (2-3 NWC), while Paulding dropped to 4-8 (1-4 NWC).

The Lady Lancers will continue NWC play at Spencerville on Thursday.

Box score

Paulding       003 000 0–-3
Lincolnview 006 004 x–-10

POSTED: 04/24/17 at 9:21 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

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(Please note: games/events are subject to change)

Monday April 24

Baseball: Bluffton at Crestview (5 p.m.)
Baseball: Paulding at Lincolnview (5 p.m.)
Softball: Bluffton at Crestview (5 p.m.)
Softball: Paulding at Lincolnview (5 p.m.)
Softball: Van Wert at Kalida (5 p.m.)

Tuesday April 25

Tennis: Van Wert at Elida (4:30 p.m.)
Track and Field: Van Wert County Meet (Lincolnview, Crestview, Van Wert) (4:30 p.m.)
Softball: Crestview at Lima Central Catholic (5 p.m.)
Softball: Van Wert at Elida (5 p.m.)
Baseball: Lincolnview at Miller City (5 p.m.)
Baseball: Elida at Van Wert (5 p.m.)

Wednesday April 26

Baseball: Van Wert at Crestview (4:30 p.m.)
Softball: Crestview at Lima Bath (5 p.m.)

Thursday April 27

Baseball: Crestview at Columbus Grove (5 p.m.)
Baseball: Lincolnview at Spencerville (5 p.m.)
Softball: Van Wert at Ottoville (5 p.m.)
Softball: Lincolnview at Spencerville (5 p.m.)
Softball: Crestview at Columbus Grove (5 p.m.)

Friday April 28

Tennis: Bath at Van Wert (4:30 p.m.)
Track and Field: Lincolnview, Crestview at Cardinal Track Invite (4:30 p.m.)
Track and Field: Van Wert at New Haven Invite (4:30 p.m.)
Softball: Kalida at Lincolnview (5 p.m.)
Softball: Bath at Van Wert (5 p.m.)
Baseball: New Bremen at Lincolnview (5 p.m.)
Baseball: Wayne Trace at Crestview (5 p.m.)
Baseball: Van Wert at Bath (5 p.m.)

Saturday April 29

Softball: Crestview at St. Mary’s Memorial DH (11 a.m.)
Softball: Lincolnview at Marion Local (1:30 p.m.)

POSTED: 04/24/17 at 6:55 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

Weatherwise, it felt more like fall than spring, but Van Wert and Delphos St. John’s played two games at Smiley Park on Saturday.

The end result was a split–-the Cougars (13-4) won game one 8-3, and Delphos St. John’s (10-6) won the second game of the doubleheader, 5-1.

Van Wert wasted no time seizing control in the opening game. Caleb Fetzer’s RBI single to left field scored Mason Carr, who opened the bottom of the first with a single of his own. With two outs, the Cougars would score two more runs. James Acquaviva belted a double to left field, scoring Fetzer, then Hayden Maples singled home Acquaviva.

In the second inning and with two outs, Fetzer doubled to left, scoring Jake Lautzenheiser and Carr, who finished the game by going 3-for-3 at the plate, and scoring three runs.

The Cougars padded their lead in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Acquaviva walked, scoring Carr. Maples singled again, scoring Fetzer and Jaxson Amweg to make it 8-1. Maples and Fetzer each finished 2-for-3, with three RBI.

Maples also earned the pitching win, by scattering seven hits over seven innings, striking out four and walking two batters.

The Blue Jays scored their runs in the first and seventh innings. A double by Seth Linder scored Troy Schwinnen in the opening inning, and in the final inning, Aaron Reindel crossed home plate on an RBI single by Troy Elwer, then Schwinnen scored Josh Warnecke.

Delphos St. John’s turned the tables in game two by scoring four runs in the top of the ninth inning, in a 5-1 victory.

With two outs, the Blue Jays used a pair of RBI doubles to break a 1-1 tie. Seth Linder’s hit scored Colin Will, then Tony Sanders reached home plate on a two-bagger by Eric Vogt, who then advanced to third on an error, then scored on a subsequent error.

The other run by Delphos St. John was scored in the first inning, on single by Vogt that scored Schwinnen.

Van Wert’s lone run of the game came in the fifth inning, when Holden Willingham scored on an error. The Cougars finished the second game with three hits, singles by Willingham, Fetzer and T.J. Reynolds.

Willingham pitched 8.2 innings, and allowed four runs on six hits, while walking one and fanning one. Jake Lautzenheiser pitched the rest of the game, allowing a run on a single hit.

Box scores:

Game one
Delphos St. John’s 100 000 2–-3
Van Wert                  320 003 x–-8

Game two
Delphos St. John’s 100 000 004–-5
Van Wert                  000 010 000–-1

POSTED: 04/24/17 at 6:54 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

The Lincolnview Lancers ran into a buzzsaw Saturday, dropping both games of a baseball doubleheader against the state-ranked Fairview Apaches (third in Division III), 7-4 and 10-0.

In game one, Lincolnview trailed 6-0 in the fourth, but the Lancers put three runs on the board in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Jaden Youtsey hit a triple to center field that scored Brayden Evans and Ethan Kemler, then Youtsey scored on an RBI single by Braxton Fox.

The Lancers scored again in the sixth inning, when Fox hit a single that plated Gavin Carter to make it 6-4.

The Apaches sealed the victory with an insurance run in the seventh.

The Lancers did manage to  load the bases in the bottom of the inning with singles by Nick Motycka and Evans, and a walk by Ethan Parsons, but the game ended with back-to-back strikeouts.

Lincolnview (4-10) was held to three hits in the second game, and fell 10-0 in six innings. Youtsey, Evans and Nick Motycka each singled for the Lancers.

Fairview (12-1) scored once in the second inning, twice in the fourth, four in the fifth and two more in the sixth. The Apaches finished the game with 13 hits.

Box scores:

Fairview 110 400 1–-7
Lincolnview 000 301 0–-4

Fairview 010 242 x–-10
Lincolnview 000 000 x––0

POSTED: 04/24/17 at 6:53 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

Van Wert independent sports

Track and Field

Lancer boys finish first, girls finish fourth at St. John’s Invite

DELPHOS – Lincolnview enjoyed a strong showing at Saturday’s Delphos St. John’s Invitational, with the boys scoring 143 points to bring home the championship trophy, while the girls finished with 94 points, to finish fourth out of eight teams.

“It was a great meet for both teams,” head coach Matt Langdon said. “We had a tough week of practice, and it was good to see the kids come out and compete at such a high level. They fought hard the entire meet and showed great focus and preparation.”

Ryan Rager claimed first place finishes in the 400 meter run (52.77 seconds) and the long jump (19-08.75), while Evan Cox placed first in the high jump (5-8.00).

The 4×800 meter relay team of Karter Tow, Alek Bowersock, Jacob Keysor and Austin Elick took first place (8:58.88 seconds), as did the 4×400 meter relay team of Logan Williams, Brad Korte, Elick and Rager (3:44.84 seconds).

Second place finishes were claimed by Tow (1600 and 3200 meter runs), Elick (800 meter run) and Korte (high jump).

On the girls side, Olivia Gorman placed first in the long jump (14-00.00) along with the 4×100 meter relay team of Gorman, Raegan Boley, Brooke Thatcher and Makenna Klausing (55.93 seconds).

Klausing also finished second in the long jump.


Lincolnview, Kalida split doubleheader

The Lady Lancers won game one 13-7, but the Lady Wildcats won game two 5-4 during Saturday’s doubleheader at Lincolnview High School.

Lana Carey finished the afternoon with six hits, Carly Wendel had four, and Lakin Brant, Alana Looser and Zoe Miller each had three.

Lincolnview (3-6) will host Paulding today.


Cougars compete at Elida Invite

ELIDA — Gahanna Lincoln won Saturday’s four-team Elida Invitational with 16 points, while Van Wert and Wapakoneta tied for second with seven points apiece. The host Bulldogs finished fourth, with six points.

Van Wert’s Ryan Keber claimed second place honors, as did the doubles duo of Michael Etter and Gabe Rollins.

The Cougars will return to Elida tomorrow, for regular season Western Buckeye League action against the Bulldogs.




POSTED: 04/24/17 at 6:52 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

It could be considered a signature win for the Lincolnview Lancers baseball program.

The Lancers trailed by five runs early in the contest, rallied to tie the game, grabbed the lead in the sixth inning, then held off state-ranked Delphos St. John’s in the seventh for an 8-7 victory.

Friday’s game was a late addition to the schedule. Lincolnview was supposed to play Hicksville, but the Aces were forced to pull out for a makeup game against Green Meadows Conference opponent Edgerton.

The Blue Jays (9-5) opened the scoring in the first, when Eric Vogt’s single to left field scored Troy Elwer and Troy Schwinnen. St. John’s tacked on three more runs for a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Elwer’s sacrifice fly scored Josh Warnecke, then Schwinnen doubled to left to score Aaron Reindel. A batter later, Schwinnen scored on a double by Seth Linder.

Lincolnview Lancer logo 4-2015From there, the Lancers (4-8) went to work. Sam Myers scored on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the second, then Brayden Evans trimmed the deficit to 5-3 with a triple to right field that scored Chayten Overholt and Dylan Lee.

The Lancers scored again in the third, when Reece Farmer crossed home plate on a sacrifice by Braxton Fox, then Lincolnview tied the game at five in the fourth, when Evans scored on a passed ball.

After a scoreless fifth inning, the Lancers plated three runs in the sixth. Bunts by Gavin Carter and Ethan Kemler scored Overholt and Evans, then Carter scored on a sacrifice by Jaden Youtsey.

Overholt, Evans and Carter each finished the game with a pair of hits. Evans had two RBI and scored two runs.

A seventh inning rally by the Blue Jays fell short. A double to center field by Colin Will scored Vogt and Buddy Jackson, but the game ended a batter later, when Warnecke was called out on strikes.

Despite a rocky start, Ethan Parsons earned the win on the mound. He allowed five runs on seven hits, struck out three and walked three.

Overholt relieved him in the seventh inning and picked up the save. He gave up two runs on one hit, struck out one and walked two.

Box score:

Delphos St. John’s 230 000 2–-7
Lincolnview              031 103 1–-8

POSTED: 04/22/17 at 8:17 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

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The following is a roundup of sporting events held Friday:


Lady Knights hammer Kalida

KALIDA – The Crestview Lady Knights scored 11 runs to open the game, then scored in each of the remaining four innings, en route to a 25-0 win over Kalida.

After the opening inning explosion, Crestview (6-8) scored five in the second, four in the third, three more in the fourth, then two runs in the fifth.

Kristen Etzler accounted for three hits and seven RBI, while Hannah Binnion had four hits and five RBI. Codi Miller and Hailie Chesbro each finished with three RBI.

Avery McCoy picked up her first pitching win of the season, by allowing just two Kalida hits in three innings of work. She struck out two, and walked one.

Van Wert falls to Kenton

The Lady Cougars trailed 10-0 after three innings, and lost to Kenton 15-9

The Lady Wildcats scored four runs in the second inning, and six more in the third. Van Wert scored four in the fourth, and each team scored five in the fifth inning.

Laine Spoor, Katlyn Dickson, Olivia Kline and Kateri Steinecker each had a pair of hits in the loss. One of Steinecker’s hits was a home run.

Olivia Profit and Kline each scored two runs for Van Wert.


Knights race past Continental

CONVOY – Propelled by seven runs in the third, the Crestview Knights downed Continental 11-0 in a game shortened to five innings.
Caden Hurless had two hits, including a triple for the Knights, and he earned the pitching win, by allowing just one hit.

With the win, the Knights are 8-3.


Cougars victorious over Kenton

The Van Wert Cougars improved to 4-4 (4-3 Western Buckeye League) with a 4-1 victory over Kenton.

At first singles, Michael Etter defeated Kyle Goodin 7-6, 6-2, and at third singles, Ryan Keber topped Brandon Feltner 6-1, 6-1.

At second singles, Kenton’s Kenji Kobayashi beat Gabe Rollins 2-6, 7-6, 6-3.

Van Wert’s first doubles team of Spencer Teman and Kannen Wannemacher defeated Alex Stephens and Landon Rush 6-1, 6-1, and at second doubles, Zane Fast and Michael Hellman downed Kenton’s Andrew Boyer and Blake Swearengin 6-4, 6-3.

POSTED: 04/22/17 at 8:17 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent sports editor

KENTON – A three-run fifth inning by the Wildcats doomed the second-ranked Van Wert Cougars, in Friday’s 4-3 loss to Kenton.

Van Wert fell to 12-3 (2-3 Western Buckeye League), while Kenton improved to 7-6 (3-2 WBL).

Trailing 2-1 in the fifth, Kenton took advantage of two Van Wert errors, then tied the game when Trent Reicheldefer scored on a fielder’s choice. Shawn Conover’s double to right field scored Ty Carmean and Brad Donnelly to make it 4-2.

Cougar head logoThe Cougars opened the top of the seventh inning by loading the bases. James Acquaviva singled, then Jonathon Lee and Cade Chiles walked. After that, Darrius Eddins hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Acquaviva and trimming the deficit to 4-3. The game ended, with back-to-back fly ball outs.

Van Wert led 1-0 in the first inning, when Mason Carr scored on an error by Kenton. The Wildcats tied the game in the bottom of the second, when Conover scored on an RBI single by Nathaniel Leffler.

The Cougars scored again in the fifth inning, when Jake Lautzenheiser’s single scored Lee for a 2-1 advantage.

Lawson Blackmore pitched a complete game for Van Wert, and gave up five hits, while striking out seven and walking three.





POSTED: 04/22/17 at 8:16 am. FILED UNDER: Sports