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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jan 28th Miami Valley Sports Update

Quakers look to avenge early loss to Capital

Panthers outgun Astros in SCOL tilt

Hurricane crushes Carroll in state duals wrestling

Morton wrestlers win Wilmington Invitational

Lady Aviators withstand second half push by Trotwood Madison

Sharp named Wrestler of the Week

Lady Aviators donate to Ronald McDonald House

first place showdown looms

Aviators outswim Miamisburg Bellbrook

Vikings hold off Bees stay atop CCC

Piqua grad flying high

Never give up the dream

The right decision

Bees outlast Buccs 50 34

Vikings roll

Rowland powers Sidney to win

Sidney boys win Pirate Challenge

Key test for Lady Jackets tonight

Lady Jackets get by Houston

Tigers stay tied for first in County

Raiders edge Redskins 51 48

Jackets fall to Springfield

Wapak downs Lady Rangers

Eaton boys split pair of games

North loses two match ups

NT wins local meet

win four out of five

Eaton responds with a big win after tough loss

South finishes week with two wins

Trail ends skid gets back to winning

Seton Catholic Bane Our Guy

Patriots Perfect

Mississinawa Valley girls defeat Bradford

Versailles girls beat Mechanicsburg

Free throws help Wave beat Cavs

Tri Village powerlifters compete at Kenton Ridge

Arcanum swimmers set personal bests

Bradford boys place 3rd girls 4th in powerlifting meet

Greenville boys take 2nd at Pirate Challenge

Versailles moves up in rankings

FM boys defeat rival Arcanum

Fairborn hits buzzer beater to defeat Greenville

Patriots Tigers move up in polls

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jan. 25th Miami Sports Stories

Felicity remains unbeaten at 16 0 with win over Blanchester

Piqua downs reeling Aviators

Lady Aviators roll to third straight win

Cope smashes record at SW District Classic

Morton wrestlers win Wilmington Invitational

Lady Aviators withstand second half push by Trotwood Madison

Lady Aviators donate to Ronald McDonald House

Trojans drop 6th straight

Red Devils rout Indian Lake now 16 0

Vikings pull away late

Newtons Rutledge commits to Heidelberg

Deflategate in high school

Hudsons 33 leads Trojans

Lady Jackets rout Greenville

Anna girls get County win over Botkins 58 44

Sidney teams top Greenville

Greenville rolls past Sidney

Anna upsets Russia 71 66

Bremen holds off Minster

Jackson rallies past Marion

Rowland powers Sidney to win

Wrestling against best

Dog Olympics: A doggone good time

Potts staying close to home

Piqua Rivalry win

Piqua hoops goes 11 7

Lehman cant hold lead

Working overtime

Roaders drop road game

Piqua second at Caldwell Duals

Piqua rally falls short

Former OSU Lima coach makes unplanned return to coaching

Lima Senior tops O G for 9th straight win

4 from LCC score in double digits in win over Shawnee

Smith scores 33 in Delphos Jefferson victory

Wildcats win at buzzer

Northmont wrestling team holds Senior Night

Wrestling team beats Brookville 56 12

Lady Bolts rally to defeat Fairborn

Dagnon sinks Buccaneers

Offensive woes doom Beavercreek on the road

Golden Eagles second at wrestling quad

Bees win two straight

Trail falls to Miami East

Free Throws Lift Union City

West Lineman Commits to Michigan

Miamisburg Myers Commits to OSU

Ansonia girls lose to National Trail

Mississinawa Valley wins rematch against Arcanum

Jets cruise to Homecoming win

Bradford varsity football to return this fall

Ansonia girls dominate Tri County North

Versailles girls swim team defeats Celina

Greenville stays atop GWOC North

Mississinawa Valley girls defeat Bradford

Versailles girls beat Mechanicsburg

Darke County teams win WOHSBC matches

South Wins at Last Second

South finally found themselves on the right side of a one basket game.  South has had tough luck when it comes to 1 and 2 point games – losing to two quality teams Stivers and Tri-Village by slim margins. But thanks to a put back at the buzzer, South survived against Valley View for a 50-48 victory. South also had a conference victory over Newton, and so were able to capture two wins on the road after losing at the last second to Tri-Village at home the week before.  So it was good to see that team did not deflate after that loss.

South was able to handle the quick guard play of the Indians and generated plenty of offense in a 68-53 victory over the Indians. The referee’s almost wore out their whistles though as Newton shot 27 free throws for the night. The Panthers scored 3 players in double figures – Jacob Bassler  and Anthony Augspurger with 13, and Wes Cole 17.  Also scoring were: Winston Crosier 6, Jake Osborn 9, JJ Utz 6, Jason Utz 2, Josh Cottingim 2.

“Newton does not have a great record, but in some respects they were the worst matchup for us,” stated coach Augspurger afterwards.  “They are short but quick, with good ball handlers. And the guards shoot well from the perimeter.  We just didn’t match up with them as well when they spread the ball out like that.  It was a win, and we controlled it pretty much all the way, but it was frustrating that we didn’t play as well.  And you have to give credit to Newton, they played to their strengths.”
Next up for the Panthers was a furious game with several lead changes at Valley View.  The Spartans have size in the post and decent shooting from outside and despite their record Valley View battled South all night. South lead early, but the Spartans had a decent second quarter and got the lead by halftime.  South lead in the third quarter as their defense stepped up a notch and got some stops.

But the Spartans closed and tied in the decisive last minutes of the game. Anthony Augspurger hit a trey to put South up, but the Spartans responded from behind the arc on their next possession to tie the game right back up.  As the clock wound down, South set up a play for Wes Cole, who shot but missed.  The Panthers went savagely to the boards for the rebound and it was point guard JJ Utz who tapped the ball in just before the buzzer to cement the Panther victory.

“I don’t think we played with as much of a defensive edge as what we’ve done,” commented coach Augspurger, “and that happens sometimes in the middle of the season.  We had a big emotional game last week against Tri-Village.  And there might be a bit of a let down from that, I don’t think we were as steadfast as what we have been.  Valley View has been a Jekyll and Hyde team this year.  They have size and decent shooters – but they are streaky.”

He continued, “I thought the team did a good job on weathering the storm.  We just couldn’t score, shots wouldn’t go down.  But we got some good stops in the last quarter.  As a team we just have to remember that defense is our strength and to always play with that intensity.  Jacob Bassler and Wes Cole did a good job offensively for us.  And JJ Utz did a good job of recognizing the time left in the game, and pretty much batting the ball back to the hoop.”

Jacob Bassler’s weekend: “He is logically our third scorer. He takes more shots and just sometimes needs to be more aggressive. But I thought that he did that this weekend.  He was able to take the ball to the basket at times.  He hit the offensive boards to get rebounds and score.  If he continues to play this way it will be a great benefit to the team.”

Mississinewa Valley (10-3): “They have a 7 game winning streak. They have done a really job overall. They struggled against 3 really good state ranked teams.  They got beat soundly in those games, but they have beat everyone else.  So they are coming in here with some confidence.  They play different zone defenses and we will have to be ready to go after them.”

Scoring for TVS: Cole 20, Jason Utz 2, Jacob Bassler 10, Anthony Augspurger 10, Jake Osborn 6, JJ Utz 4.

Hounds Hammer Arrows

"We played 4 good quarters of basketball for the first time all season," stated Coach Williams after the game. Dixie used an inside/outside game that Shawnee could not defend for long.  Dixie got an early lead, gave it up briefly in the second quarter, but had a strong second half to put Shawnee away 62-43. Shawnee threw all the defenses they could at Dixie in the second half, but Dixie hit clutch shots all night long in the Dog Pound.  At the end of the night Dixie was on top 62-43.

Coming into the game, it appeared that Shawnee would be the team with the momentum.  They are in the middle of the pack in the SWBL and were coming off of a win over second place Carlisle – which gave Carlisle just their second loss this season. Meanwhile Dixie had gotten shelled by league leading Northridge 79-45 on their home court.  So Shawnee had to feel good coming into the game.

But the Hounds have short memories.  Using a zone to box in Arrow post player Thomas Buell and hitting their outside shots, Dixie got an early lead as the game started.  But the Arrows adjusted – hitting some outside shots and causing Dixie to switch to a man to man defense and also doing some half court trapping to get some turnovers and throw Dixie’s offense off rhythm.  Shawnee’s Toby Williams hit a 3 with 22 seconds left in the quarter to knot the game up at 11 all.

And for a period it seemed like Dixie was just going to camp on the perimeter and try to fire up 3’s all night.  But coach Williams told the team during that first break that needed to get the ball inside and challenged post player Cody Grubb to get the inside game going.  Shawnee got the lead early in the 2nd quarter, but with Dixie’s refocused offense having effect on the inside and some half court trapping on defense, Dixie regained the lead.  Shawnee simply was not getting many open shots as the Dixie defense stepped up.

Down by 6 points at halftime, Shawnee doubled down on defense in the second half.  Trying about every defensive alignment in their play book. Zone, man to man, half court trap and finally in the last quarter they did some full court pressing.  Dixie fans did have to get a little uncomfortable when Shawnee scored the first 2 baskets of the last quarter.  But Dixie calmly settled into their groove and went on a 10-2 run of their own to again put the lead at double digits.  Cody Grubb did get his 4th foul midway through the final quarter, however by that time Dixie had a healthy 15 point lead.  

Cody Grubb had a great game – scoring only one basket in the first quarter, but going on to score 24 more points in the final 3 quarters to lead all scorers. Freshman Devin Worley netted 13 points. Justin Leonard 6, Shane Hale 2, Blain Miller 10, Joe Gengler 2, Justin Kiernes 2.

An upbeat Coach Williams commented after the game, “I feel relieved, we defended really well today. We played well for all 4 quarters. Usually in a game we have a good quarter, then a bad quarter, but today we were focused for all 4 quarters.”

Cody Grubbs: “I told them that this game has to go from the inside – out. We need to attack their bigs, we need to get some jump shots, we need to drive inside and get some layups.  If we can do that, it will open up our 3 point shooting.  At one point I thought we were just going to settle for 3’s - settle outside and shoot. But we were able to attack the inside and I think they saw how it opened things up.”

Devin Worley, “He is a freshman and he is just starting his 4th game.  But every game he has been playing very well.  He is understanding the game better and is not turning the ball over as much.  As a team we can shoot the ball.  A lot of it is when we take our shots, and sometime our shots are rushed. Today I thought that he and everyone else did a great job getting that extra pass and getting off open shots.”