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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH, 2014

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High School Boys Basketball Action


THE HOMETOWN HUDDLE

Depth Of Montpelier Too Much Inconsistency Plagues Pettisville In


Season Opening Loss To Antwerp
For Edon To Overcome
(December 4th, 2014) EDON: Nine
players contributed to the Locomotive
scoring effort in the team's victory against
Edon Thursday night.
Nine of them.
The Bombers had just six boys see significant time throughout the game, with
five of them registering points in the contest. With just two player actively participating in the game off the bench, Edon understandably had a difficult time matching
Montpelier's consistent energy level. Fatigue played a large part in this development as the boys of Edon, who seemed
evenly match with the Locos in the early
minutes of the game, couldn't keep pace
when Montpelier began to pull away.
Though it felt like the Bombers were
about to go on a run several times in the
match-up with their visitors from the North
Western Ohio Athletic League, Montpelier
always had an answer to counter. A different Locomotive player would hit a basket,
or force a turnover, or make a big defensive
stand. There was constantly someone there
to disrupt the hometown Bombers' efforts
to fight their way back into the game.
By halftime, The Locomotive boys had
already begun to pull away. They held a
26-17 lead at that point in the game, due
in large part to a second quarter that saw
them score 16 points, while holding Edon
to just 8. In the second half, Montpelier
was able to extend their lead by 4 more
points, claiming a 47-34 road victory in
their first game of the season.
Michael Blake, a sophomore, led Montpelier with 12 points, half of which came

on 2 successful three-point attempts. Also


knocking down a three for the Locos was
Kyrin Schuman, who produced 8 points
in the game. All 6 of Jacob Leung's points
came from behind the arc as well. Both
Nate McCord and Dalton Surbey also generated 6 points Senior Cody Caudill added
4 points to the Locomotive total.
Edon looked to junior Landon Bloir for
their scoring. The junior was a presence
inside, earning most of his 11 points in the
paint. Alex Kirkingburg offered 10 points
to the Bomber cause, all of which came in
the first half. Foul trouble may have limited the aggressiveness of his play, however. Braden Miller and Brayden Bauer each
added 5 points to the Edon score, with
Bauer hitting Edon's only tree-pointer in
the contest. Senior Floyd Young scored 3
points.
Montpelier Coach Taylor Muehlfeld, an
Edon alumnus, did a masterful job managing his roster in this game. The Locos
seemed to have a fresh five players on the
floor all game long, and every boy who saw
time had a specific role to play. Against a
team like Edon, who, despite being quite
talented, lacks the depth to match such a
tactic, this greatly increases the chances
of victory.
The Bombers themselves appear to be a
well coached unit as well. However, they'll
need more production from their bench
players if they hope to have a strong season. Programs with deep player reserves
from which to tap will simply wear them
down otherwise.

(December 4th, 2014) - ANTWERP:


Beginning their season on the road, the
Blackbirds battled consistency issues
against the Archers of Antwerp.
After limiting the Archers to just 4
points in the first quarter, the Blackbird
defense gave up 18 in the second. During that same span, the Pettisville offense
generated 9 points per quarter, making
the score 22-18 in Antwerp's favor at the
half. The boys from Pettisville found their
defense again in the third stanza, holding
the Archers to 9 points. Upping their own
production to 13 points, the Blackbirds
entered the fourth quarter in a 31-31 tie
with the home team.
Then the fourth quarter happened.
Pettisville again allowed Antwerp to put
up 18 points. Meanwhile, their offense
stalled, offering just 6 points to the Blackbird effort. This put the final score at 4937, leaving Pettisville with a loss in their
first contest of the season.
Turnovers played a vital role in this
game for both teams. Pettisville had 19
such errors through the course of the
game, 12 of which came in the first half.
After halftime, the Blackbirds took better
care of the basketball, committing just 2
turnovers in the third period, when they
totaled their greatest points scored by
quarter. In the fourth quarter, however,
they turned the ball over 5 times.
Antwerp, on the other hand, had only
10 turnovers in the game. Of those mistakes, 4 of them occurred in the first period, where they were only able to amass
4 points. The second quarter saw them
cut that number in half, and their offense
thrived. Another 3 turnovers in the third
again limited their opportunities to put
points on the board, which they converted
into 9 points. With just 1 possession-costing error in the final period of play, the Archers again came up big offensively, scoring 18 points to close out the game.
From a shooting standpoint, Pettisville
was fairly solid. The guests shot 39% from
the floor, making 13 of their 33 attempts

in the contest. A more impressive statistic, though, is the 41% of their three-point
shots on which they connected, going 5
for 12 as a unit from behind the arc. Of
course, after those numbers would have
been higher if, after shooting between 40%
and 50% on field goals in the first three
quarters, their shooting percentage hadn't
dropped to a meager 25%.
Antwerp shot over 50% in both of their
18 point quarters. They were unable to
shoot better than 40% in the other two periods.
The most successful shooter for the
Blackbirds was Tate Kauffman. With 20
points, Kauffman produced more than half
of Pettisville's points against the Archer
defense. Going 4 for 7 from the three-point
line, the Blackbird senior made 63% of his
overall shots. He also put 2 of his 3 free
throw attempts through the bottom of the
net.
Free throws were an issue for the Blackbirds, though. With a 60% success rate,
one would think they simply missed too
many shots from the charity stripe. However, the real problem is that they only had
10 attempts from the line. Pettisville would
have been in much better shape, had they
found ways to earn more trips to the free
throw line. Such a lack of attempts is typically a symptom of teams settling for too
many jump shots, instead of being more
aggressive with the basketball.
Pettisville was good enough to beat Antwerp on the Archers' home court. Inconsistent play on the defensive end insured
they'd have an uphill battle to do so, however. It also didn't help that Kauffman
served as the only true scoring threat for
the Blackbirds in the game. In the fourth
quarter, when Pettisville only managed to
score 6 points, the senior missed his only
shot in the period. More players will need
to step up for Coach Nofziger's squad if
they plan on winning a lot of games this
year.
And they'll have to do so consistently.

Wauseon Indians Win On


The Road Against Archbold
(December 6, 2014) WAUSEON: Traveling on the road can be a daunting task.
Knowing a rowdy student section from
one's rival school tends to amplify that
feeling.
Unless one plays for Wauseon, that is.
The Indian boys stepped onto the Archbold court and immediately took ownership. Outscoring the Blue Streaks in three
of four quarters on their way to a decisive
51-38 road win.
It was the performance of Jacob Newlove that allowed Wauseon to dominate the
PHOTOS BY T.J. HUG, STAFF Blue Streaks in their own building. NewPUTTING HIS BODY ON THE LINE ... Edons Trey Walz dives after a loose ball in the love scored 21 points while shooting 47%
Bombers game against Montpelier. Teammate Braden Miller (10) and Locomotive Mi- from the field. He also grabbed 7 rebounds,
made 3 assists, and took a charge in a herchael Blake (14) look on, waiting to react to the situation.
culean effort to lead his team to victory.
Newlove wasn't alone, though. Carter
Bzovi put up 14 points to go along with
his 9 rebounds, 2 steal, and 2 assists.
He also went 2 for 5 from the three-point
line. Meanwhile, Zach Johnson earned 12
points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

Together, Newlove, Bzovi, and Johnson


combined for 47 of Wauseon's 51 points.
The Indians shot 48% from the floor as
a team, making 53% of their shots from
within the arc. From beyond the threepoint line, the boys of Wauseon shot 25%,
connecting on 2 of 8 attempts.
On defense, Wauseon was able to hold
to 14 of 43 shots. More importantly, they
were able to do so without fouling. Archbold had just 11 attempts from the free
throw line, only making 4. Wauseon, on
the other hand found their way to the line
for 20 shots. However, they only connected
on 11 of them, good for 55%.
Turnovers weren't much of a factor in
this game. The Indians committed 15 errors, while the Blue Streaks gave up the
ball 13 times.
This game was, simply put, a case of
three players willing their team to victory.
Newlove, Bzovi, and Johnson did a little
bit of everything to get their team a win
against the hated Blue Streaks.

PHOTO BY ANGI WALKUP, STAFF

UP TO THE RIM ... Wauseon senior Zach Johnson elevates on a layup during the Indians game against Archbold. Johnson went on to score 12 points in the grudge match
against the Blue Streaks.

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Fayette Versus Maumee Valley


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Pettisville Falls At Delta


(December 6th, 2014) DELTA: The
Pettisville boys fell to 0-2 on Saturday, losing to the Panthers of Delta in a tough road
game.
On offense, the Blackbirds couldn't keep
pace with the Panthers in the first half. After being outscored 24-13 in the first quarter, the Pettisville defense was able to hold
Delta to 17 points in the second. Adding
another 13 points to their total during that
time, the visitors from Pettisville went into
the locker room down 41-26 at the half.
The third period saw the Blackbird boys
finally outscore Delta 20-17, allowing them
to chip away at the Panther lead slightly.
Delta just had too much firepower, however, scoring 18 in the final quarter of play
while Pettisville could only produce 17.
This left the score at 76-63 Delta.
Blackbird senior Tate Kauffman lead
all scorers with 23 points. Shooting 63%
from the floor, Kauffman made 2 of his 4
three-point attempts, while going 5 for 7
from within the arc. He also pulled down
6 rebounds, made 2 assists, stole the ball
twice, and blocked a shot in a well rounded
performance.
Not a big scorer, Caleb Rychener also
had a big impact on the game. With 13 rebounds, 4 points, and 2 blocks, Rychener
made things difficult in the paint for the
Panthers all game long.
Rebounding was actually an area
where Pettisville dominated Delta. Their

38 rebounds simply dwarfed the Panthers


27 boards. In particular, the Blackbirds
were able to pull down 5 more offensive
rebounds than the hometown Panthers,
which afforded them extra opportunities to
score.
Pettisville did a decent job from the
free throw line as well. With a 70% success rate, they made 15 of their 23 shots
from the line. Earning that many attempts
shows that they were playing aggressively, something that appeared to be lacking
from their game in the loss to Antwerp
during their season opener.
Where the Blackbirds fell short was
turnovers. Pettisville turned the ball over
22 times to the Delta defense. Not only
does failing to take care of the basketball
cost a team chances to score, it gives those
chances directly to the other team.
Yet, in the long term, Pettisville may be
on their way to finding a winning formula.
Kauffman has established himself as the
team's primary scorer, but, going into the
Delta game, there was a question of how
much his teammates would be able to contribute offensively. Several players took
on the scoring mantle during the contest.
Josh Liechty had 9 points. Eli King put up
8 points, and Evan King 6. Gabe Beck totaled 7. If these players can perform this
way consistently, Pettisville is going to be
hard to stop on offense.

PHOTOS BY ANGI WALKUP, STAFF

RISING ABOVE THE COMPETITION ... Senior Skylar Lantz (23) elevates beyond the
reach of two Maumee Valley defenders as he scores for the Eagles.

EXCUSE ME ... Lantz uses his speed to get around the Maumee Valley player attempting to guard him, leaving a lane to the basket at his disposal.

PHOTOS BY ANGI WALKUP, STAFF

A CLEAR SHOT FROM UP HERE ... Eli King (25), a Blackbird senior, uses his athleticism to get some elevation on his jump shot, allowing him to find a decent look at the
basket despite the two Delta defenders attempting to disrupt his shot.

HERE I COME! ... Eagle junior Grant Schaffner drives the basketball toward the paint,
taking full advantage of space the Maumee Valley defense has given him.

UP AND OVER THE COMPETITION ... Standing 67 tall, Fayette junior Tristen Bates
(44) has little trouble scoring over a duo of Maumee Valley defenders.

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order to get an unimpeded jump shot.

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THE HOMETOWN HUDDLE

Montpelier JV Team Wins At Edon


(December 4th, 2014) EDON: In their
first road game of the season, the Montpelier Junior Varsity squad didn't let the
Bombers' home court advantage get the
better of them.
Instead, they seized control of the contest, defeating Edon 38-18.
After a tight first quarter which saw
the Locos hang on to a 7-4 lead, Montpelier began to put some distance between
themselves and the Bombers. Going into
halftime, the Locomotives enjoyed a 19-9
advantage.

In the third period, the young Montpelier squad expanded their lead by outscoring their counterparts from Edon 9-1. A
tight fourth quarter made no difference on
the game's end result, as Montpelier took
the victory.
Blake Thiel led Edon with 7 points.
Freshman Travis Siebenaler added 5
points in the losing effort.
Junior Gunnar Matson put up 11
points against the Bomber defense. Colin
Rockey contributed 7 points with some excellent mid-range shooting.

PHOTOS BY T.J. HUG, STAFF

OVER YOUR HEAD ... Locomotive junior Andrew Luke (50) uses his height and athleticism to shoor over Edons Tyler Frantom.

THE HOMETOWN HUDDLE

Dominant First Quarter Propels


Wauseon To Win Over Archbold
(December 2nd, 2014) WAUSEON:
For three quarters of the game, the Lady
Bluestreaks went toe to toe with the hometown girls of Wauseon on the Lady Indians'
own court. During those periods, the two
titans of the North Western Ohio Athletic
League battled back and forth in an epic
struggle that one could only expect in a
contest between two heated rivals.
There was that first quarter, however,
which made all the difference in the 63-51
Wauseon victory.
For a majority of the opening stanza
to what was otherwise a tight clash between hated foes, the Archbold girls were
held scoreless by a stingy Indian defense.
During that same span, the Wauseon offense flourished. The spark of their scoring renaissance was the aforementioned
defense, which allowed the Lady Indians to
convert a few steals into easy lay-ups or,
if the Blue Streaks were close enough to
make contact, trips to the free throw line.
And the charity stripe was quite kind to
Wauseon. The home team made 21 of their
26 attempts at the line during the course
of the game. This put them at an proficient
81% free throw percentage. That's not to
say the girls from Archbold didn't have
success from the line as well. They made
32 appearances at the free throw line. The
visiting Blue Steaks couldn't capitalize on
the extra shots, however, placing just 22
at the bottom of the net. That was good for
69% shooting.
One player who excelled from the line
was Natalie Koenig, who connected on 11
of 13 shots for an 85% success rate. Routinely driving the ball down the court on
the break, not to mention her ability to
penetrate through the heart of their defense, it should come as no surprise that
Archbold would resort to fouling her so
much. By the end of the game, Koenig had
totaled 28 points to go along with her 6 assist, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. The assists
were especially impressive, as she was able
to recognize the attention she was drawing from Archbold defenders and was able
to get her teammates more involved in the
offense.
A player to benefit from this attention being diverted was fellow senior Sally
Frank. The 5'4 front court player went
6 of 8 from the floor on her way to a 16
point evening. Frank also pulled down 5
rebounds. For the game, she completed

75% of her field goals.


While not quite that high, the Lady Indians shot incredibly well as a team. Overall,
they hit 51% of their total field goals. This
included a 40% day from the three-point
line. This is an area where the Wauseon
defense really thrived, as they held the
Lady Blue Streaks to just 25% from the
floor, due in large part to them only being allowed a 27% on the normally reliable
two-point field goals.
Maddie Richer helped the Lady Indians with their 3-point percentage, making
1 of her 2 attempts from behind the arc.
Richer had a bit of a rough day, scoring
only 7 points on a night where the shots
just wouldn't go down. That didn't stop
her from bringing in 3 rebounds, as well
as making 2 assists and a steal, however.
As for the rebounding margin, Wauseon
edged out the competition with 26 rebounds to Archbold's 25. Most of these rebounds came on the defensive side of the
floor for the Indians, who reigned in 21 of
them off of missed Blue Streak shots. The
Archbold girls were more balanced in their
rebounding, though, as 13 of them came
on the offensive end. This diversity in rebounding was the result of the high number of Wauseon shots made, and the high
number of Archbold missed attempts.
Nowhere was this differential more noticeable than in the first quarter of play.
Every Archbold shot was contested, and
the Lady Indians already had 11 points
on the scoreboard before the Blue Streaks
scored their first points, which came from
the free throw line. Wauseon shared the
basketball, and ran the floor well during
that period. When the buzzer went off to
signify the end of the quarter, the Indians
held a 16-5 lead.
Segmented by quarter, the scores of the
other three periods were extremely close.
Archbold actually outscored the Indians in
the second quarter, 20-19, while the third
quarter saw the two teams battle to a 1010 tie. Wauseon narrowly won the fourth
quarter, 18-16.
In the sports world, where clichs rule
the day, games are said to be won in the
fourth quarter. This game broke that stereotype. Instead, it was a strong start that
gave Wauseon the edge against the hated
Blue Streaks.
The first quarter made all the difference.

PHOTOS BY T.J. HUG, STAFF

TAKE IT TO THE HOLE! ... Wauseon senior Natalie Koenig, center, drives to the rim,
zipping past the Archbold player attempting to foul her, as she creates an easy layup.

SANDWICHED ... Sophomore Colin Rockey (32), of Montpelier, fades back into Edon
freshman Logan Bloir (14) in order to avoid the waiting hand of Travis Siebenaler, another freshman Bomber.

MAKING A MOVE ... Sariah Yackee (15) uses the space given up by the Archbold defender assigned to her, beginning to drive toward the basket.

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Fourth Quarter Not Kind To


Montpelier In Loss To Ayersville
(December 2nd, 2014) MONTPELIER:
As the two teams gathered with their
coaches at the end of the third period, the
scoreboard displayed a 25-25 tie. Ayersville had battled back from a halftime deficit against a determined Montpelier squad,
setting the stage for a showdown of epic
proportions in the fourth quarter.
Then the Lady Pilots scored 31 points.
The final score may read 56-38 in Ayersville's favor, but that is hardly indicative of how this game played out. In fact,
the Lady Locos held the Pilots to as low as
4 points in the entire second quarter. This
match-up was a defensive struggle, and
the girls of Montpelier had the upper hand.
Even with that ridiculously productive
fourth period, the Lady Pilots were still
held to just 28% on their field goals by the
Montpelier girls, making just 18 of their 65
attempts. They also weren't allowed to connect on any of their 16 three-point shots in
the game. The Locomotives did an excellent job making things difficult for Ayersville's shooters.
What they didn't do well was rebound
the basketball. The visiting Ayersville girls
won the battle of the boards quite easily,
pulling down 38 rebounds to the Locos 24.
In particular, the Pilots' 21 offensive rebounds were damaging to the Montpelier
cause, giving Ayersville extra opportunities
at the basket. This is how they can manage
so many field goal attempts.
Of course, that's not the only reason Ayersville was able to put up so many shots.
Most of the Lady Locomotives 17 turnovers
were steals by the Pilots. Forcing turnovers
at such a high rate placed a lot of pressure on Montpelier, as transition defense

is the hardest part of basketball to master.


It also adds to a team's chances to score.
Hannah Blake, Montpelier's junior
standout, did most of the team's scoring.
She put up 16 points against Ayersville,
including two three-pointers. She also
pulled down 8 rebounds, making 3 assists
and a block as well. Maddie Richmond also
knocked down a pair of threes, going a perfect 2 for 2 from behind the arc. Overall,
Richmond scored 10 points in the game,
adding a rebound and a steal to her contributions. Senior Baylee Hageman had a
tough game, connecting on only 1 of her
10 field goal attempts and totaling 4 points
on the evening.
As a team, the Locomotives shot 28%
from the floor as well. They did, however,
shoot an astounding 57% from the threepoint line, putting 4 of their 7 attempts
through the bottom of the net.
It was the free throw line where the Locos' shooting really suffered. Making only 8
of their 17 extra points put them at a mere
47% from the line. Ayersville wasn't too
much better, connecting on 61% of their
own shots from the charity stripe. Yet, taking 33 attempts from it skews the numbers
much more in the Pilots favor, giving them
20 points from the line.
So it was offensive rebounding, turnovers, and the free throw line that allowed
the visitors from Ayersville to pull away
from Montpelier so late into the game. Losing the fight in just one of these areas is
hard enough a challenge from which to
come back; being beaten in all three makes
staying in the game nearly impossible.
And yet, for three quarters none of that
mattered.

Pettisville Earns Big Win Over Delta


(December 2nd, 2014) DELTA: Pettisville is now 2-0 in the North Western Ohio
Athletic League (NWOAL), which is quite
an accomplishment.
After all, they're in the Buckeye Border
Conference.
The Lady Blackbirds, fresh off their season opening victory against NWOAL power
Wauseon, traveled to Delta to take on the
Lady Panthers. Pettisville built a lead early
in the game and never looked back, claiming a 42-33 win.
Offensively, the Blackbirds were able to
outscore Delta due in large part to the versatile scoring options on their roster. Seven of the nine players in Pettisville's lineup
contributed to the team's point total, including four that put up 5 or more points
and two that scored in double figures.
In contrast, the hometown Panthers had
five of their players register a basket, with
three totaling 5 or more points, and just a
single player scoring in double figures.
Lady Blackbird Head Coach Jason
Waldvogel attributed having a large number of players able to contribute as a reason for their victory.
We had different players step up at different times tonight. Waldvogel stated. A
solid team win tonight.
One player in particular stood out to
the veteran Pettisville coach, however.
Jordyn Pursel did a nice job tonight
defending Morgan Mattimore.
That's no small feat, either. Mattimore is
an elite shooter, able to knock down shots
most would find difficult with relative ease.
Coming off a 21 point performance in the

Panthers previous outing against Edon,


Pursel and the Blackbird defense were
able to hold the Delta standout to just 14
points, including just 1 make from behind
the three-point line.
The Pettisville defensive effort as a
whole was no less impressive. Holding
the explosive Delta offense to just 12 field
goals for the entire game, only two of which
were from beyond the arc, the Lady Blackbirds disrupted Panther shooters all night
long. The home team failed to score more
than 10 points in a quarter.
With 17 field goals on the evening, the
visiting Blackbirds shot significantly better
from the field. They were led by senior Mikala Avina, who hit the team's only threepointer on her way to a 13 point evening.
Dana Fricke, another senior, made all 5 of
her field goals from inside the arc, attacking the hoop for 12 points. Andi Aeschliman gashed through the Panthers defense
with her speed and ball handling skills,
earning herself 6 points. Sophomore Alexa
Leppelmeier didn't make a field goal, she
did, however, make 2 clutch free throws
down the stretch to help secure the win.
Free throws were a bit of an issue with
both teams in the game. Pettisville shot
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For the second game in a row, Pettisville won with strong defense and a collective effort on offense. Indeed, this year's
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PHOTOS BY T.J. HUG, STAFF

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CONTINUATION OF GIRLS BASKETBALL ACTION

Marines Of Hamilton Drown


In North Central Defense

(December 2nd, 2014) PIONEER:


Perhaps they took the term defend your
home court a bit too literally.
Indeed, the Lady Eagles of North Central personified defense when the Hamilton Marines attempted to invade their
nest. The hometown girls of North Central
fended off the Marine assault with ease,
holding them to under 20 points as a team.
When it was over, the final score reflected
a North Central victory, 50-19.
Hamilton only had three players produce points for the duration of the game.
None of said players reached double digits
in scoring. In fact, as a unit, the Lady Marines only managed to make 7 field goals
against the North Central defense. The
Lady Eagles, meanwhile, completed 18
field goals. Seven different North Central
players contributed to that number, including three that scored in double figures.
Leading the Eagles in scoring was Cady
VanDeVoorde, putting up 13 points in the
victory effort. That total came mostly from
the 4 three-point shots the junior knocked
down in the game. Senior Sabrina Pickford
scored 10 points off of 5 two-point field
goals against the Marines. The sophomore
duo of Makayla Hayes and Alyssa Swank
made up most of the remaining North Central total. Hayes offered up 10 points to the
Eagle cause, while Swank totaled 9 points.
North Central was far removed from
playing a perfect game, however, despite
what the score would indicate. To start,
the Lady Eagles shot poorly from the free
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sinking only 9 of their 21 attempts. Getting there clearly wasn't an issue for the
North Central girls, but they failed to make
the most of the extra points. Of course, the
fact that Hamilton was simply abysmal
from the charity stripe nullified this flaw
entirely. The Lady Marines shot just 27%
from the free throw line, connecting on 5
of 18 shots.
Turnovers were another problem faced
by the Lady Eagles. The home team committed 20 of the critical errors, which cost
them several possessions. Again, though,
their guests from Hamilton canceled out
the adverse effects of these mistakes, turning the ball over 27 times themselves.
And it was that defensive performance
that carried North Central to such a convincing victory. They limited the Marines
to 2 points in each of the first two quarters,
enjoying a 16-4 lead at the half. Hamilton
was able to more than double that first half
production in the third quarter, as they
were allowed 5 points. With momentum
on their side, the Lady Marines scored 10
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GOING UP ... Senior Sariah Yackee (15) rises as she takes a jump shot with two Golden
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As dominant as this win was by North
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more impressive it would have been had
the Lady Eagles taken care of the basketball and made their free throws. These are
things they are going to need to improve
upon going forward if they are to meet with
a high level of success in Buckeye Border
Conference play.

GET OFF OF ME! ... Natalie Koenig fends off the Bryan player trying to disrupt her shot
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CONTINUATION OF GIRLS BASKETBALL ACTION

Win Over Stryker Panthers

(December 5th, 2014) WEST UNITY:


Another day, another Lady Cadet establishes herself as a top shelf scorer.\
This time it was Allie Schmitt who came
up big for the Hilltop girls. Propelled by 2
successful three-point attempts, the Cadet junior scored 19 points in her team's
50-39 home win against the neighboring
Panthers of Stryker. Schmitt also had 3
steals in the game, and made 7 of her 8
free throw attempts.
And she wasn't the only one to shoot
well from the charity stripe, either. For
the second game in a row, the Hilltop girls
performed exceedingly well from the free
throw line. As a team, the Lady Cadets
shot carried a 72% success rate from the
line. While not an eye-popping percentage,
it becomes a bit more impressive when one
takes into consideration that they earned
29 free throw attempts, which puts them
at 21 makes. Stryker attempted just 24
shots from the line, making 11 of them.
Taylor Haines earned a third of those
attempts for the Lady Panthers, an amazing feat for the 5'2 guard. The sophomore
only connected on 3 of 8 attempts, however. She did knock down both of Stryker's
three-pointers on her way her way to 11
points, though.
The free throw line was much kinder
to crafty Hilltop senior Destiny Denton. In
fact, all 8 of her points came from the line,
as the guard worked the Stryker defense
to earn 10 trips to the charity stripe. She
also looked to get her teammates involved
in the offense, handing out 6 assists in the
game. On the other end of the floor, Denton stole the ball 3 times as well.
Turnovers were a problem for Stryker. They committed 23 of them against a

strong Cadet defense. Early in the game,


the Lady Panthers were forcing their fair
share of turnovers on the Hilltop girls, but
the Lady Cadets cleaned up their game as
the contest wore on. Hilltop only turned the
ball over 14 times throughout the game.
Stryker Freshman Haley Doehrmann
had a solid outing against the Lady Cadets.
The 5'10 post player managed 8 points, all
of which came from within the paint. She
didn't earn a single trip to the free throw
line, however. As she matures as a player,
Doehrmann will likely learn how to force
opposing defenders to foul her, which will
make her even more valuable to the Lady
Panthers.
One thing the Hilltop post players did
well was rebound. Karissa Crisenbery
pulled down 9 boards to go along with her 4
points. Cierra Grant, who had a huge scoring game against Liberty Center in the previous week, brought in 6 rebounds while
putting up 9 points. Sophomore Ariana
Brown also had 6 rebounds in the game,
scoring 4 points as well. In the contest, the
Cadets outrebounded Stryker 34-22.
A young Hilltop team controlled the
game against a younger Stryker squad.
They were able to do this by taking care of
the basketball, making their free throws,
and getting rebounds. Mix in the fact that
now two players have shown the potential
to be major scorers, and it's hard to imagine the Lady Cadets not having a lot of success this season.
Stryker, on the other hand, is having
a rough year so far. Their youth is making things difficult for them thus far, but
the potential is clearly there. As the season
progresses, this team will mature and begin to see some success of its own.

(December 5th, 2014) PETTISVILLE:


North Central and Pettisville met in each
team's first foray into Buckeye Border
Conference play on the young season, with
the Blackbirds pulling off an impressive
victory on their home court.
Never allowing the Lady Eagles to score
more than 5 points in a quarter, Pettisville
claimed a decisive win against a league opponent, 38-14.
Pettisville Head Coach Jason Waldvogel
was not satisfied with his team's performance, however.
I dont believe we ever got into the flow
of the game, Waldvogel stated. Our defense was firm, but did not execute the offense like we should have.
Offensively, the senior duo of Mikala
Avina and Dana Fricke continued to score
often, but the team's production dropped
off significantly behind them. Fricke led all
scorers with 15 points, while Avina connected on 2 three-point attempts as she
earned 11 points. The next leading scorer
for Pettisville was sophomore Alexa Leppelmeier with 4 points.
The Blackbird defense played well
enough to counter the imbalance of the offense, though. Pettisville held North Central to just 3 field goals in the contest. With
just 13 attempts, the Lady Eagles had a
much harder time getting into their offense
than the Pettisville girls. The hometown
Blackbirds shot 39% from the floor, as op-

posed to North Central's 23%.


Rachel Oxender, a senior for North
Central, was the primary source of points
for the Lady Eagles with 6. Junior Cady
VanDeVoorde earned 4 points against the
tough Blackbird defense. The third field
goal belonged to Charlie Baker, a sophomore.
The offensive struggles of the Eagles
didn't cease with their shooting woes. They
also turned the ball over 21 times against
Pettisville. In stark contrast, the Lady
Blackbirds only had 11 turnovers.
In terms of rebounding, North Central
found themselves outmatched as well. Collecting 15 boards as a unit, the Lady Eagles saw Pettisville beat their total by ten,
with 25 rebounds.
If there is a consistent weakness to this
Blackbird team, it's free throw shooting.
The Eagles actually edged them out with
a 57% success rate, as opposed to the
Pettisville girls' 55% effort from the line.
Both teams have had a hard time with free
throws so far this season.
While the defeat may seem like a bad
one for North Central, Pettisville has
played extremely well so far this year,
knocking off North Western Ohio Athletic
League foes Wauseon and Delta. While the
Lady Eagles still have a lot of work to do,
this is far from a trend to be expected by
the North Central faithful.

PHOTOS BY ANGI WALKUP, STAFF

YOU SHALL NOT PASS ... Eagle Junior Cady VanDeVoorde (3) struggles to get past Pettisville senior Jordyn Pursel (14).

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ITS A TRAP! ... Lady Cadet Allie Schmitt (10) hesitates for but a moment, yet Taylor
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CONTINUATION OF GIRLS BASKETBALL ACTION

Fayette Takes Down Edon In Opener


(December 5th, 2014) FAYETTE: The
Lady Eagles got off to a great start in their
game against Edon on Friday night, and
they never really looked back.
Enjoying a 5 point lead by the end of the
first period, the Fayette girls put more and
more distance between the Lady Bombers
and themselves with the passing of each
quarter. By halftime, the hometown Eagles
held a 29-18 advantage over their guests
from Edon.
In the second half, the Bombers increased their offensive production. Still,
they couldn't quite match the Lady Eagles'
potent offense. At the end of the game, the
scoreboard read 59-42 in favor of Fayette.
Surprisingly, Edon rebounded quite
well against a much taller Fayette team.
The Lady Bombers reigned in 30 rebounds,
while the Lady Eagles narrowly edged them
out with 36. With a smaller team, the senior guard duo of Alex Kiess and Kaitlin
Chrisman had to play a very active role
in rebounding the basketball, pulling in 7
and 6 boards, respectively.
It was Kaitlyn Sonneberger who took
the initiative when it came to going up and
getting the ball. The junior brought in 9
rebounds over the course of the game. She
also happened to lead all scorers with 13
points. Kiess added 11 for the Bombers,
while Chrisman contributed 7 points in
the loss.
For the Lady Eagles, seniors Page Keefer and Kaela Seiler each had 8 points, with

the latter pulling down 9 rebounds. Michaela Bates, a junior for Fayette, claimed
8 points and 8 rebounds as well. Overall,
the Eagles had eight players register 5
points or more against the Lady Bombers.
A decent amount of those points came
from the free throw line. Shooting 69%
from the line, the Lady Eagles were able to
make 18 of their 26 attempts. Edon also
had a decent night from the charity stripe.
The Lady Bombers shot 67% on their extra
points, hitting on 16 of 24 attempts.
Neither side was particularly careless
with the ball. Committing 18 turnovers,
Edon could have done a better job in this
area, but that isn't what lost them the
game. Bates had a hand in a good many of
those turnovers, stealing the ball 5 times
from the Bombers. Her team limited their
turnovers to 12.
Depth is what decided this game. Edon
played seven girls in the contest while,
again, Fayette had eight players score 5 or
more points. Not only that, but the Lady
Bombers are still relying too heavily on
the trio of Kiess, Sonneberger, and Chrisman, though teammates Hannah Kaylor
and Shaylee Manahan, both sophomores,
showed they had the potential to do more,
scoring 5 points each.
Fayette is widely considered the favorite to win the Buckeye Border Conference
this season. If they continue to play as balanced as they did against Edon, then it's
hard to go against that prediction.

Montpelier Locomotives Shoot


Past Edgerton In Road Victory
(December 6th, 2014) EDGERTON:
In a North Western Ohio Athletic League
versus Green Meadows Conference
match-up, the Locomotives made the trip
to Edgerton to take on the Lady Bulldogs.
In an offensive flurry, the girls of Montpelier took control of the game right away,
never relinquishing their sizable lead.
When the dust finally settled, the Lady
Locos stood victorious, 63-39.
The three-point line was very kind to
the Locomotives in this game. They went
7 for 11 from beyond the arc, working
the corners of a vulnerable Edgerton defense. Maddie Richmond was particularly
efficient in enacting this strategy, hitting
4 of her 5 three-point attempts. She finished the day with 15 points.
Montpelier junior Hannah Blake also
earned 15 points, as well as 6 assists
and 4 steals in the contest. She, too, hit
a three-pointer, but most of her scoring
came from mid-range jump shots and
driving toward the basket for layups.
Though she was aggressive in attacking the rim, the Lady Bulldogs only sent
Blake to the free throw line once. She
made both attempts.
In general, Montpelier was effective
with their extra point attempts. Making
16 of 24 shots, the team connected on
67% of their attempts.

They also scored on 45% of their field


goals, hitting 20 out of 44 shots in the
game. Of those makes, 7 of them came
from the post. Baylee Hageman, a senior
for the Lady Locomotives, shot 50% from
the floor on her way to 10 points. Meanwhile, Audrey Pirtle made 60% of her
shots, totaling 9 points.
Taking care of the basketball wasn't
an issue for Montpelier, either. They
managed to keep their error into single
digits with just 8 for the entire game.
This allowed the Locos to maximize their
possessions by not depriving themselves
of scoring opportunities.
Montpelier couldn't have played a better game than the one they played on
Saturday. Most of their shots went down.
They didn't turn the ball over very much.
Several players contributed to the scoring effort. There's not much more Coach
Nicely could have expected from his girls.
Richmond and Pirtle could be key
elements to how Montpelier performs
this year. The Locomotives are looking
for consistent scorers outside of Blake
and Hageman, and both Richmond and
Pirtle have shown the ability to be just
that early into the season. Now it's just
a question of whether or not they'll be
able to maintain this level of production
throughout the year.

PHOTOS BY JAKE WEBER, STAFF

A NICE, RELAXING DRIVE ... Alex Kiess (22), an Edon senior, blows by Fayettes Hannah Machacek (15) as she looks to score.

PHOTOS BY T.J. HUG, STAFF

ITS GOOD! ... Lady Loco Maddie Richmond (5) connects on one of her four successful
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FLOATER ... Hannah Blake lets the ball glide out of her hand, over three Edgerton defenders turned spectators, and into the basket for two points.

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JV Girls Basketball Action


THE HOMETOWN HUDDLE

Wauseon Indian JV Girls


Lose At Home To Archbold
(December 2nd, 2014) WAUSEON: In
an intense junior varsity grudge match,
the Lady Indians of Wauseon fell to Archbold 29-20.
The game was a sloppy one, with both
sides turning the ball over quite a bit. Of
course, both sides were playing the passing lanes hard, so whether this was do to

poor decision making or excellent defense


remains to be seen.
The Lady Indians' scoring was spread
out among several players. Halen Mealer
put up 3 points, as did Torri Bost. Ally
Tefft added 4 points. Hannah Spadafore
did the same.

Hilltop JV Holds On Against Stryker


(December 5th, 2014) WEST UNITY: It
looked as though the Lady Cadets had the
game well in hand, with a 10 point lead going into the fourth period.
Stryker wasn't about to just give up,
however.
The junior varsity contest was a thrilling one, as the hometown Hilltop girls were
able to fend off a late rally from the Lady
Panthers in the final quarter of play for a
31-27 win. The game began as a tight contest as well, with both teams battling to a
7-7 tie at the end of the first stanza. The
Lady Cadets gained some separation in the

second quarter, carrying a 12-8 lead into


halftime.
The Cadets came out in the third period
with an offensive burst, building a 25-15
advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Stryker made a run, though, threatening
to steal the game from Hilltop. Their efforts
fell just short.
Julia Dunson, a junior for Hilltop, and
teammate Aubrey Wyse guided their team
to victory with 7 points apiece. Paige Speelman and Emily Cadwell, both sophomores
for the Lady Panthers, also produced 7
points each in the losing effort.

PHOTOS BY T.J. HUG, STAFF

A CLEAR PATH ... Karli Penrod (21) breaks through the Archbold defense, giving herself
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LOOKING TO SHOOT ... Lady Panther junior Audra Rupp, who is wide open, takes a
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(December 1st, 2014) EVERGREEN:
The Indian Bowling Teams defeated their
counterparts from Evergreen in North
Western Ohio Athletic League action.
The boys were carried by Nic Kearney.
Following a 233 in game one, Kearney
bowled a 210 in game 2, giving him a total
score of 443. Desmond Rapp bowled a 158
and a 180 for a combined total of 338. Peyten Shadbolt bowled a total score of 331,
while Noah Stickley nailed a 303. Clayton
Ricker rounded out the Indian scoring
with a 297.
The Indians beat the Vikings 17121384. They also one the Baker games, giv-

ing them a combined score of 2234-1804


for the overall victory.
The Wauseon girls had a bit of a tougher
time earning their victory. Summer Brown
led the charge for the Lady Indians with a
total score of 308. Aleea Volkman made a
249, while her sister Aneesa scored a 223.
Allie Lovett managed a 218, and Sarah
Mikolajcyk bowled a 112 in a single game
contribution.
Going into the Bakers games, Wauseon
held a slim lead, 1225-1103. After winning
the Bakers Games 288-276, the Lady Indians claimed the win 1513-1379.

Wauseon Falls To Rossford


(December 2nd, 2014) ROSSFORD:
Both the Wauseon Boys and Girls Bowling
teams fell to Rossford last week.
The boys lost a tight match. Clayton
Ricker had an outstanding performance,
bowling a 416 total. Noah Stickley also
performed admirably, totaling a 411. Nic
Kearney was close behind with a 402 average. Desmond Rapp put up a 346, and
Peyten Shadbolt rounded out the scoring
with a 296.
At the end of the standard games, the
Indians trailed by the narrowest of margins, 1871-1896. Rossford pulled away
in the Baker games, however, winning
the team matches 1123-874. This put the

Indian boys on the wrong side of a 30192745 score.


The Lady Indians had an even tougher
time against the stiff competition provided
by Rossford. Aneesa Volkman led Wauseon
with a 297 average. Summer Brown carried a 265 total, while Allie Lovett managed a 262. Aleea Volkman put up a 217,
and Sarah Mikolajcyk bowled a 111 in one
game.
Already down 1662-1249, the odds
were strongly against the Wauseon girls
mounting a comback in the Baker games.
Rossford shut down any hope of that anyway, as the Indians fell 689-523. The final
score was 2351-1772 against Wauseon.

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CONTINUATION OF JV GIRLS BASKETBALL ACTION

Montpelier JV Falls At Edgerton


(December 6th, 2014) In a back and
forth affair, the junior varsity girls of Montpelier came up just short against the Lady
Bulldogs of Edgerton.
The Lady Locos found themselves on
the wrong side of a 28-24 score on Saturday. The two teams battled all game long,
with the Edgerton girls gaining the upper
hand in the third quarter. With a late run,
Montpelier nearly came back, but a rushed

High School Swimming Action


THE HOMETOWN HUDDLE

Wauseon Indians Swim


Laps Around Ayersville

three-point attempt missed its mark, and


the Lady Bulldogs were able to make their
lead a two-possession one with just seconds to go.
Rebekah Carr played a fantastic game
for the Lady Locomotives. She fought
through an aggressive Bulldog defense,
driving for close range jumpers and layups.
(December 2nd, 2014) WAUSEON:
She finished the game with 13 points.
The Indians Swim and Dive Team hosted
Ayersville last week, and the Wauseon
squad dominated the meet.
During the relay portion of the contest,
Wauseon boys and girls both had multiple
teams finishing before the lone Pilots team
could complete the event. The Indians'
times were significantly lower than Ayersville's in the standard races as well.

The diving portion of the meet saw only


Wauseon compete, as the Pilots didn't
seem to have a diving team. That didn't
mean the Indians held back, however.
They completed several complex dives assigned to them, and did so with great effort
and proficiency.
The final scores of the meet were 11222 for the girls meet, and 102-25 for the
boys.

PHOTOS BY T.J. HUG, STAFF

SPLITTING THE DEFENSE ... Aubree Moss (10) sees a crease in the Edgerton defense
and looks to exploit it off the dribble drive.

PHOTOS BY T.J. HUG, STAFF

PASSING THE LANE ... As one Wauseon swimmer completes his lap, a teammate dives
into the water to continue the relay.

FIGHTING THROUGH THE FOUL ... Rebekah Carr (3), of Montpelier, is fouled as she
penetrates the defense. She was still able to get the shot up, though.

AND THEYRE OFF ... Two Indian swimmers sandwich the Ayersville competitor as the
three dive into the pool to begin their race.

LEAN BACK ... Carr fades back to avoid Bulldog defenders as she lets loose a great midrange jump shot.
STROKE! ... A Lady Indian swimmer completes the backstroke lap in her race. Each lap
requires the competitors to use a different style of swimming.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

High School Wrestling Action


THE HOMETOWN HUDDLE

Montpelier Wins Ironhorse


Invitational, Wauseon Takes Fifth
(December 6th, 2014)
MONTPELIER: The Locomotives took first place
overall at the Ironhorse Invitation on Saturday.
Against a field of nine
other teams, the Locomotives were able to win their
host tournament. They
were able to do so with a
number of great individual
performances
scattered
throughout the various
weight classes.
Deane Ramey took first
place in the 126 pound division. Logan Hutchison
earned a second place fin-

ish in the 132 pound division. Keaton Byers and


Thomas Wolfenbarger finished in third and fourth,
respectively, for the 138
pound division. Hunter
McKelvey won first place
in the 182 pound division, while C.J. Roth took
third. Isaac Hutchison was
awarded third place for the
195 pound division. Zech
Thompson took second,
and Chris Blosser fourth
in the 220 pound division.
Noah Conklin finished in
fourth place in the 285
pound division.

Wauseon earned a fifth


place team finish, and had
several individuals shine at
Ironhorse.
McKayla
Campell
claimed second place in the
106 pound division. Omar
Armas took second place
in the 126 pound division.
Gavin Foote and Justin
Gaucin finished in third
and fourth place, in that
order, for the 132 pound division. Brady Neifer earned
a second place finish in the
160 pound division. Alex
Sosa won the 285 pound
division.

PHOTOS BY ANGI WALKUP, STAFF


OH NO YOU DONT ... Loco wrestler Dallas Royer refuses to allow his Archbold foe to get
back to his feet in their match at the Ironhorse Invitational in Montpelier.

AND STAY DOWN ... Wauseons Omar Armas, right, holds a Bryan wrestler to the
ground.

Wauseon, District, & State


Recognize The Achievements
Of The Tribe Footballers
By: Timothy Kays
THE VILLAGE REPORTER

The community of Wauseon has a lot to


be proud of when it comes to their scholar
athletes, the latest being the 2014 Indians' Football Team. That pride again came
to the fore in the Wauseon High School
Auditorium on December 4 with the presentation of the Tribe Football Awards ceremonies.
2014 was a campaign for the ages in
Wauseon. On the way to an undefeated
regular season and the outright 2014
NWOAL Championship, they snapped the
two-year run of the Bryan Golden Bears
atop the conference dealing the defending champions a 61-0 lambasting in the
process. The Tribe marched into the postseason, where they came away with the
title of D-IV Region 12 Runners Up. ANY
coach would call it successful season right
there. This is Wauseon though, where the
term 'success' transcends just the wins
and losses.
There was a lot to add to the 2014 season picture though it's not all about the
game for these guys. There are 16 seniors
on the team, and as revealed in the ceremonies on this evening, ten of them, 63 percent of those eligible, attained a minimum
3.5 GPA to be named All-NWOAL Scholar Athletes. With the exception of Delta
at seven, no other school in the NWOAL
had nearly as many football players in the
scholastic stratosphere as Wauseon. The
All-Ohio Scholastic awards are still being
calculated in Columbus. They take the top
22 GPAs of the team, average them out,
thereby giving a team score. The Tribe is
currently weighing in at 3.81 proof positive that these guys are as effective in the
classroom as they were on the field!
18 members of the team were named to
the ranks of All-NWOAL, including six on
First Team Offense and five on First Team
Defense, with Zac Robinson earning the title of Offensive Player of the Year, and Anthony Werder getting the Defensive Player
of the Year call.
Twelve Indians made the All-District
Team, including seven on the First Team,
with Robinson getting the nod as Offensive Player of the Year, and Werder being
named the Lineman of the Year.
Taking the honors to the next step, seven members of the Wauseon team earned
2014 All-Ohio honors, including All-Ohio
First Teamers Robinson and Noah Castle,
with Werder being named to the Second
Team squad.
Coach Travis Cooper and his staff,
along with the parents of the team and
the teachers of Wauseon High School have
done an exemplary job in giving the community a group of young men for which
to be very proud... and at the same time
given college recruiters some serious food
for thought.
Congratulations on a spectacular 2014
campaign, Wauseon!
2014 Wauseon All-NWOAL
Scholar Athletes
Caleb Andrews
Noah Castle
Zach Johnson
Joshua Kauffman
Jacob Newlove
Zac Robinson
Derek Rupp
Jackson Sluder
Nate Suntken
Anthony Werder
2014 Wauseon All-NWOAL Selections
Offensive Player of the Year
Zac Robinson

Defensive Player of the Year


Anthony Werder
First Team Defense
Jacob Flory
Zac Robinson
Ty Leininger
Anthony Werder
Peyten Shadbolt
First Team Offense
Zac Robinson
Jacob Newlove
Noah Castle
Anthony Werder
Caleb Andrews
Josh Kauffman
First Team Specialist
Mason Creager
Second Team Defense
Noah Castle
Nate Suntken
Second Team Offense
Nate Suntken
Second Team Specialist
Josh Whitcomb
Honorable Mention
Tyler Wilson
Collin Siller
Danny Hench
Derek Rupp
Jacob Raabe
Luke Rychener

2014 Wauseon All-District Selections


Offensive Player of the Year
Zac Robinson
Lineman of the Year
Anthony Werder
First Team
Zac Robinson
Jacob Newlove
Noah Castle
Anthony Werder
Josh Kauffman
Ty Leininger
Peyten Shadbolt
Second Team
Caleb Andrews
Jacob Flory
Nate Suntken
Josh Whitcomb
Special Mention
Mason Creager
2014 Wauseon All-Ohio Selections
First Team
Zac Robinson
Noah Castle
Second Team
Anthony Werder
Special Mention
Jacob Newlove
Josh Kauffman
Ty Leininger
Peyten Shadbolt
2014 Wauseon Team Awards
Best Defensive Lineman - Anthony Werder
Best Linebacker / Defensive Back - Jacob
Flory
Defensive MVP - Anthony Werder
Best Offensive Back / Receiver - Jacob
Newlove
Best Offensive Lineman - Josh Kauffman
Offensive MVP - Zac Robinson
Most Improved Ty Leininger
Coaches Award - Jacob Newlove
The Barry Beaverson Award - Zac Robinson
Freshman MVP - Everett Bueter
JV MVP - The Offensive Line:
Gordon Winland
Clay Byers
Luke Grime
Derek Schuette
Chris Gonzalez
Joe Richer
Timothy Kays can be reached at
tim@thevillagereporter.com

PINNED DOWN AT THE MOMENT ... Alex Sosa, top, uses all of his weight to pin the his
opponents shoulders onto the mat.

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WAUSEON FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS ... Front - Tyler Wilson, Derek Rupp, Noah Castle, Josh Kauffman,
Danny Hench and TJ Lieninger. Middle - Peyton Shadbolt, Zac Robinson, Jacob Newlove, Josh Whitcomb, Jacob
Flory and Anthony Werder. Back - Caleb Andrews, Nate Suntken, Mason Creager, Collin Siller, Nick Raabe and
Luke Rychener.

Winter 2014-2015 Sports Schedules


December 12 - December 18
Basketball Boys
(Dec 13) Antwerp @ Fayette
(Dec 13) Edon @ Hicksville
(Dec 13) Fairview @ Wauseon
(Dec 13) Ayersville @ Hilltop
(Dec 13) Montpelier @ Edgerton
(Dec 13) North Central @ Liberty Center
(Dec 13) Pettisville @ Tinora
(Dec 18) Archbold @ Montpelier
(Dec 18) Hilltop @ Pettisville
(Dec 18) North Central @ Fayette
(Dec 18) Stryker @ Edon
(Dec 18) Swanton @ Wauseon

Basketball Girls
(Dec 12) Fayette @ Stryker
(Dec 12) Hilltop @ North Central
(Dec 12) Pettisville @ Edon
(Dec 12) Wauseon @ Montpelier
(Dec 13) Antwerp @ Fayette
(Dec 15) Hicksville @ Hilltop
(Dec 15) Wauseon @ Stryker
(Dec 16) Antwerp @ North Central
(Dec 16) Fayette @ Edgerton
(Dec 16) Hilltop @ Delta
(Dec 16) Montpelier @ Edon
(Dec 16) Stryker @ Hilltop

Bowling
(Dec 12) Wauseon @ Defiance
(Dec 15) Wauseon @ Delta
Swimming and Diving
Swimming and Diving
(Dec 13) Wauseon/Ayersville @ Defiance
(Dec 13) Wauseon @ Napoleon Invite Diving
(Dec 16) Bryan @ Wauseon
Wrestling
(Dec 12) Wauseon @ Walsh Jesuit Invitational
(Walsh Jesuit HS)
(Dec 13) Wauseon @ Walsh Jesuit Invitational
(Walsh Jesuit HS)

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014