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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Miami Valley Sports Update Feb. 21

Pitchers and catchers report this week to spring training

Lady Falcons pull away from Lady Cats

More century old baseball cards up for sale

Lady Hurricane postponed to Thursday

Lady Cats fade after fast start 44 31

Cats lose another close one 57 52

Wrestlers vie for league titles

Reds open Spring Training

Raider coach still believes in his team

Browns GM admits to texting violation

Fourth quarter run earns Xenia outright GWOC South title

Lady Marauders outlast Ohio Valley

Patriots fall to rival in regular season final

Shot Squadron builds future Lady Aviators

Lady Aviators split with Piqua Trotwood

Aviators honor seniors

Troy holds off East

Bulldogs cool off hot Indians

Game of runs

Big weekend

Rockets eliminate Bulldogs

Born into baseball

Some questions to ponder

Lost momentum

Zawadzki sets another record

Cleveland school removed from girls tourney for too many games

Jackets try to play spoiler

Danica to backup after wreck

Former Bengal new high school coach

Jackson defeats Loramie 51 38

Jackets routed by Greenville 87 58

Russia wraps up outright title

1 Patriots

Romies 25 powers Anna over Botkins

Inside the Lines - Irish Handle Indians

Shooting for big finish

Big weekend for Lehman

Troy boys stun East

A night to celebrate

Lady Tigers cruise in tourney opener

Bath notches first WBL win

Coldwater girls win bowling sectional

WBL takes big step forward

Best seat in the house

Wrestling team falls

Elks stop Northmont

Lady Bolts whip Springfield

Wrestling team wins at Lakota East

Bolts end an era with win

Xenia MS has successful wrestling season

Marauders fall to Ohio Valley

Raider coach still believes in his team

Patriots fall to rival in regular season final

Fourth quarter run earns Xenia outright GWOC South title

Celebrating a Tipp legend

Flyers on Right Side of Bubble

Cincy Bengal Honored in DC

Mason Rolls to Title

Mason Girls 3 Seed

Mason Set to Clash

Comets Top Seed

Lebanon Senior Returns

Mason Falls to Elyria

Ansonia loses to Newton on senior night

Arcanum boys beat National Trail by 10

Cooks 50 points lead Tri Village past Lehman

FM wins on senior night

Ansonia loses in tourney on last second shot

Wave win GWOC North outright

Recorder in second phase of preserving records

Mississinawa Valley ends season with tournament loss to Russia

South Wins Battle of Panthers

It is an old expression, but when rivals meet you can throw out the record books. Rivals North and South ended the regular season in exciting fashion this past Friday night.  It looked for a while as though it was going to be a lopsided game.  But the game grew heated in the 4th quarter when there was an 11th hour surge that fell just short at the conclusion of the contest.

In the first quarter, it appeared that North’s Ryan Adams and South’s Wes Cole were going to put on a shooting clinic.  Each scored 11 points apiece in the first quarter for their teams. McAdams last shot of the quarter was a deep 3 point shot that hit the back of the rim – but it took an advantageous bounce straight up and swished through the net on way back down.  But South held the advantage at the end of the first period.

Both teams adjusted their defenses to put pressure on the other team’s shooters.  Anthony Augspurger and later Winston Crozier drew the task of defending McAdams in South’s man to man defense.  North adjusted their zone to take away Cole’s outside shooting.  This slowed down the pace of scoring.  And South had a decisive advantage at halftime, up 36-22.

Coming out of the break, North experimented with a man to man defense and also their offense seemed to focus on feeding the ball to the post.  But South came out and had a nice run – growing their lead to 18 points as the teams entered the last quarter. 

South was complacent in most of the 4th quarter.  The team seemed to dial back the intensity, but North seemed determined as ever.  They began to claw away at the lead one possession at a time. When they closed to 12 at the 4:44 mark, coach Augspurger took a timeout to re-focus his players. But to no avail - in another minute it was an 8 point game.  Now South was starting to sweat as the North crowd began to wake up and get into the game.  

At a minute and a half, it was 63-56 and North had the momentum. North went to the press as they tried hard to make up the difference in the little time left.  But South awakened from their slumber and scored on their next three possessions.  They were fouled on two made layups and made those free throws, then hit a shot from the field. This stretched out the lead again.  And North could not generate any offense when they needed it the most and would finally fall 72-56.

“This makes like 15 quarters in a row where we have not played good defensively,” stated a frustrated coach Augspurger,  “We are going in the wrong direction.  I am clearly not happy with the way that we have playing. We had a great defensive game against Tri-Village – and we have not done that since.”

“There is no doubt that Wes’s last half of the season has been great,” replied coach Augspurger when asked about Wes Cole, He is playing with a lot of confidence.  I think a lot of it is that he is relying on the 3 point shot less, and attacking the basket more. Obviously we need him to keep doing the things that he has been doing. “

  On North’s McAdams, “McAdams played well, as a matter of fact he was great.  He had a fun night – he did some outstanding things.”

“I thought we started slow,” stated North’s coach King afterwards, “that has been the case the last 6 games.  It is tough when you have to fight back from a deficit.  We did do some good things tonight. Our defensive pressure was better, but I thought offensively we were lacking.“

About Ryan McAdams game, “He slowed down a bit in the second half, but still had a great game. He is very quick and athletic.  He has learned to take what the defense gives him.  When he plays within himself he is hard for other teams to handle.  What happens is the defense hedges down on him more and that opens things up for the other players.  There are 2-3 guys watching what he does, and the other players can cut to the basket. We were able to exploit that and get some layups.”

Scoring for North: “McAdams 29, Edgin 4, Cordes 2, Pitcock 7, Branson 4, Vanbrederode 10. South: Cole 26, Jason Utz 3, Cottingim 7, Bassler 5, Crozier 10, Augspurger 14, JJ Utz 7

TVS Hall of Fame Inductee's

Rea Ann Davis Crews.  Sports: basketball, volleyball, and track.

 Kathleen Ulrich Carpenter. Academic: class valedictorian, Rotary Honor Scholar, National Honor Society. 

Kelli Maggard Ott. Academic: Rotary Honor Scholar, National Honor Society. 

Brad Wright. Service: football, cross country, baseball. Coached High School sports, President of WABO, Salem Lutheran Church. 

Late Randy Woodard. Sports: Football, basketball, baseball. 

Jerry Cooper. Service: FFA, US Army, US Postal Service, Twin Valley Rod and Gun, NRA, Conservation, Salem Lutheran Church.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

South Drops Two

The Trojans came into their game against South with only 5 wins.  But for 4 quarters they gave 14 win Twin Valley South all that they could handle and more.  Although South made a couple of good runs, Arcanum was able to come back and gain the lead in the 4th quarter.  With seconds left in the game, South’s Wes Cole hit a shot from the field and tied the ball game.  Arcanum set up a play and shot and missed – but Colin Habel, who only had 2 points coming into the 4th quarter, would score on a put back with .4 seconds left on the clock for a 44-42 win.

South’s starting point guard, JJ Utz, was not dressed for the game due to an ankle injury.  In addition, Anthony Augspurger had signed earlier in the day with Walsh College to play football. So there were plenty of distractions for the team.  They really struggled to get a rhythm on offense in the first half and were streaky in the second half.  Arcanum was up by 5 at the first buzzer. South gradually caught up, thanks in part to Jake Osborn who had a good quarter - scoring 6 of his 10 points.  And it was Winston Crozier coming off the bench who tickled the net with a trey right before halftime to give South the lead.

Jacob Bassler and Wes Cole struck early in the 3rd quarter, both netting 3’s coming out of the locker room.  That gave South their biggest lead of the night – 8 points and they seemed ready to break the game open. But Arcanum took a time out and adjusted the pressure on the wings.  At quarters end it was 31-all.

The final quarter was a real battle as the lead went back and forth.  The Trojan crowd could begin to smell an upset and became very vocal the last 3 minutes of the game.  Arcanum had been working hard to prevent South from driving to the basket and they were accumulating fouls – giving up bonus, then double bonus.  

With a minute left in the game and the lead, Arcanum went in a slowdown.  South resorted to fouling now to get the ball back. And it was South’s Wes Cole who tied the game when he hit a shot from the field to tie it at 42-all with maybe 20 seconds left.  Arcanum hastily worked the ball around on offense and took a deep shot but missed. Colin Habel scored 7 of his 9 points in the 4th quarter. And none was more important than his last basket as he crashed the offensive boards, raked in the rebound and sank the put back with .4 seconds left on the clock. It was chaos on the Trojan bench as the team celebrated the upset.

“I want to give credit to Arcanum’s coach Bixler – he is one of the best,” stated subdued coach Augspurger after the game, “I think he is one of the best coaches in the league.  He does a good job of getting his team ready.  And I thought they were prepared better than we were.  We played like a team expecting to win – and they played like a team with nothing to lose.   They were playing loose and excited and we were playing uptight. We were a little out of sync without our point guard.  But tonight we were just outplayed.”

South then visited Dayton Christian where they had a slim halftime lead, but had a bad 3rd quarter.  Perimeter shooting provided the offense for Dayton Christian – they would drop 10 treys in the contest. Despite a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, South would lose 54-49.  Wes Cole and Jacob Bassler lead scoring for South with 15 and 13 points respectively.  South will wind down their regular season on Friday when they host rival Tri-County North.

Miami Valley Sports Feb. 17th

Miami Valley Sports Stories:

WC track breaks 2 school records

2 seed in tournament

Lady Falcons drop regular season finale

Reds open spring training looking for new starting rotation

Browns hire OConnell as QB coach worked with Manziel

Pitchers and catchers report this week to spring training

Falcons own up to fake noise allegations

Panthers remain in GWOC South contention

Shot Squadron builds future Lady Aviators

Lady Aviators split with Piqua Trotwood

Butler swim teams sweep sectional titles

Aviators honor seniors

Let the games begin

Too many weapons


Eagles finish regular season with win

Jackson achieving new goals

Jamison scores 35 Indians hold off Bees

Too little too late

Troy wrestling splits tri match

Trojans fall in 2 OT

Zelnicks run at state begins

Be prepared when ice fishing

Jackson edges Anna 47 44

Jackets win thriller in 2 OTs

Gordon wins Daytona pole

Sidney boys win North tournament

Sydney Lady Jackets 6th in state

Newton keeps on winning

Lefeld hits game winner for Buccs

Piqua opens with Tecumseh

Lady Tigers win sectional

Versailles boys compete at sectional

Buccs sweep own tourney

Lima Senior headed to Otsego

Ernie Banks family caretaker battling over new will

Crestview now 21 0

Carpenter new football coach at Shawnee

Crestviews Motycka signs with Lourdes

Thunderbolt wrestlers take 2nd at Eaton

Northmont athletes sign Letters of Intent

Wayne beats Bolts

Elks stop Northmont

Lady Bolts whip Springfield

Wrestling team wins at Lakota East

Northmont Swimmers advance to district

Panthers remain in GWOC South contention

Patten sets 3s mark in Fairborn win

Carroll comes back to beat Bellbrook

Firebirds complete sweep of Beavers

Tipp girls win CBC outright

Bulldog girls fall in OT

Celebrating a Tipp legend

Cole scores 1000th

Arrows looking to 2nd in SWBL

Eagles swimmers make school history

Eaton highest seed in tourney draw

lose to Greenville

LIVE Seton boys basketball vs Tri

Devils Bulldog advance to state

Red Devils girls truly champions

Winchesters Enis quick to points

Study Educated youth coaches can cut injuries

Centervilles Michaels a Takedown Machine

Mason Wrestling Title

Mason Girls 3 seed

Mason Girls Win Title

Ansonia beats Bradford on senior night

Versailles loses at home for 1st time this season

Greenville wrestling loses to Piqua Troy

Patriots set records win CCC

Bradford erases 18 point deficit but loses to Lehman

Greenville suffers 1st GWOC North loss

WOHSBC teams conclude regular season with wins

Abner leads Arcanum to victory

Tri Village 1 seed

Versailles girls win sectional swim meet

Tri Village improves to 20 0

Bradford announces schedule changes

Darke County swimmers qualify for district meet

Bradford boys place 3rd girls 4th at Shawnee meet

Tri Village powerlifting teams finish 6th at Shawnee