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Lady Wildcats Net 1st Sectional Title In 20 Years With Win Over Wapakoneta

The Kenton Lady Wildcats won their first setional title in 20 years by defeating Wapakoneta 48-33 in Division 2 play at Leipsic on Saturday.

 

The Lady Wildcats (17-6) advance to district competition at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday at Paulding. Kenton will take on Napoleon, who defeated Bryan 44-34 in the other sectional title game Saturday at Leipsic.

 

Wapakoneta (13-10) was led by Makenzie Wilson's 11 points and nine rebounds.

 

Layne Taylor finished wiht 21 points and nine rebounds to pace Kenton while Ellie Miller added 12 points.

 

Taylor was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

(Photo: Heidi Barrett)

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Ridgemont Wins Sectional Title; Ada, Riverdale Come Up Short

The Ridgemont Golden Gophers defeated St. Henry 48-44 in Division 4 sectional championship action Saturday at Allen East.

 

The Gophers improve to 16-8 and advance to district play Thursday at Wapakoneta. Ridgemont will meet Fort Recovery at 6:15 p.m. in district semifinal action. The Indians won the other sectional title at Allen East on Saturday with a 59-16 win over Ada. The Bulldogs complete their season at 4-18.

 

In Division 4 title play at Hopewell-Loudon, Arlington defeated Riverdale 49-26. Alex Rothlisberger led the Falcons (11-12) with 10 points. Bry VandenBosch added eight points while Lexie Wright finished with seven points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.

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Kenton Wins Battle of Wildcats 62-57

Kenton withstood a fourth-quarter Bath rally to post a 62-57 victory in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday.

 

Kenton (14-8 overall, 3-6 WBL) led 53-37 after three quarters but Bath (8-14, 2-7) whittled the Cats' advantage to two points before Kenton put the game away at the foul line down the stretch.

 

Jaron Sharp scored a game-high 27 points for Kenton while Landon Rush added 19 points and Jayden Cornell tossed in 13 points.

 

Sharp was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Double Header Action at Coldwater

It was a night double-header action of girls basketball Sectional Action in Coldwater on WKTN last night.

 

In the first game of the night the Waynesfield-Goshen Lady Tigers lost to the New Bremen Lady Cardinals 46 to 22. The Cardinals sent 2 players into double-digit scores with Senior Paige Jones as the lead Scorer, raking in 17 points while Junior Kayla Bergman scored 10 Points.

 

The Lady Tigers had 5 points a piece from Senior Lynsey Lowe and Junior Kayla Wicker, 4 points a piece for Megan Barden and Aubrey Biederman, and chipping in 2 points a piece were Junior Cassidy Craig and Freshman Rylie Barrington.

 

The Cardinals advance to take on 7th seeded Marion Local at 6:00pm Saturday night at Coldwater

 

In the second match up of the night The New Knoxville Lady Rangers defeated the Upper Scioto Valley Lady Rams 60 to 26. The Lady Rangers put 2 players in double digits with Junior Tayler Doty leading the way with 18 points and Junior Erin Scott snagging 14 on the night.

 

The Lady Rams saw Senior Kaycee Carroll pick up 14 points, while Seniors Haley Hunsicker and Miranda Holbrook got 4 points a piece on the night and Junior Avery Sanders and Fresman Haylie Martin grabbed a pair a piece.

 

Lady Rangers will advance to take on 1st seeded Minster on Saturday at 8pm in Coldwater.

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Tournament Basketball Continues Tonight on WKTN

 

A Division 4 girls basketball tournament doubleheader is on tap tonight on WKTN.

 

In the first game at Coldwater, Waynesfield-Goshen will take on New Bremen. The Tigers are 7 and 14 and were the district’s ninth seed while the Cardinals finished 8 and 12 and were seeded third.

 

The nightcap will feature Upper Scioto Valley squaring off with New Knoxville in the second game at Coldwater. The 11th-seeded Rams are 5 and 17 while the eighth-seeded Rangers are 5 and 15.

 

WKTN will carry both games live from Coldwater, with the pregame show for the opener starting around 6:15 p.m.

 

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Ridgemont Wins In Triple OT; Hardin Northern Falls To Ottoville

Ridgemont defeated Parkway 59-52 in a triple overtime thriller in Division 4 girls basketball sectional tournament play Tuesday at Allen East.

 

The Golden Gophers improve to 15-8 and will meet St. Henry for the sectional title Saturday back at Allen East. The Panthers finish their campaign at 10-13.

 

Syndey Crouch led Parkway with 22 points.

 

Jennifer Jordan paced Ridgemont with 20 points. Meadow Cromer - who tied the game with two free throws in the final minute of regulation then forced the second overtime with a late basket - had 17 points. Priscilla Howland's runner with four seconds left in double overtime knotted the game at 48. She finished with 12 points.

 

At Paulding on Tuesday, Ottoville defeated Hardin Northern 58-8 in Division 4 girls basketball sectional tournament action. The Polar Bears end their season at 3-20.

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Girls Tournament Basketball Starts Tonight on WKTN

 
Girls basketball tournament action begins tonight on WKTN as the Ridgemont Golden Gophers meet Parkway in Division 4 action at Allen East.
 
The Golden Gophers are 14 and 8 and are the district’s fifth seed. The Panthers check in at 10 and 12 and were seeded sixth in the district.
 
This is also a rematch of a game played in late December in which Ridgemont defeated Parkway 61 to 59 in double overtime.
 
WTKN will have all the action live tonight from Allen East, with the pregame show starting around 7 p.m.
 
Also tonight, the Hardin Northern Polar Bears will take on Ottoville at 6:15 p.m. in Division 4 girls tournament action at Paulding. The Polar Bears are the 11th seed in the district while the Big Green earned the district’s top seed.

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Kenton Youth Wrestlers Compete in League Championship Match

 
Twenty-nine wrestlers from the Kenton Youth Wrestling team competed in the Miami Valley League Championship Meet in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, February 18th.  The team posted six champions, one runner-up, six third placers and  four fourth place finishers.
 
Anthony Hunt led the team with a 3-0 record on the day with 8 take downs, 1 near fall and 3 pins.  Wrestling in the 11 year old, 90 - 92 lb class, he defeated Tearra Robins of Beavercreek (:54), Conner Frame of Wapakoneta (1:40), and Brayden Koeller of Eaton (1:14) all by fall.
 
Tim Wilkinson, 11 year old 162.1 - 202.4 lbs weight class, posted wins over Smanatha McDaniel of Elida (:39), Jahnny Carnes of Wapakoneta (1:48), and Aiden Miller of Tecumseh (dec. 8-0).
 
Isaiah Mundy defeated Ethan Hallor of Miamisburg (Maj. 14-0), Jayce Ferrell of Graham (1:25), and Carson Lipps of Little Miami (dec. 6-0) to win the 8 year old 65.9 - 67.8 bracket.
 
Evan Elliott placed 1st in the 9 year old 80.7 - 82.9 lb weight group with wins over Phillip Curtis of Tecumseh (2:57), Kyler Chapman of Northwestern (dec. 10-3), and Garrett Hughes of Miami East (dec. 3-2).
 
Dailyn Ritchie started out with a scratch in the first round and then defeated Jaxson Wisby of Vandalia-Butler (dec. 5-3) and Brody Hamilton of Northwestern (dec. 9-3) to win the 6 year old, 58 - 60 lb weight class.
 
Karson Davis won the 11 year old, 80.4 - 81.7 lb weight class with a bye in the first round, a win of Jeremiah Bettison of Wayne (Maj. 9-0), and a win of Parker Guth of Elida in the finals (dec. 2-1).
 
Austin Root was the sole runner-up for Kenton.  Root wrestled in the 7 year old, 54 - 55.4 lb class.  He defeated Urijah Morgan of Eaton (2:41) and Henry Pachin of Kettering (dec. 10-9), but narrowly lost in the finals to Jackson Stacy of Xenia (10-12).
 
Third place finishers for Kenton were Isaac Blevins, Gavin Sealscott, Ronald Boyer, Robert Lawrence, Bob Wilkinson and Bill Wilkinson.

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Wildcats Come From 10 Down, Defeat Bluffton 59-53

The Kenton Wildcats rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to defeat Bluffton 59-53 in boys basketball action Saturday.

 

The Pirates (9-12) led 37-27 in the third quarter and were on top 38-35 after three quarters. The Wildcats used pressure defense, strong three-point shooting and a deft touch from the foul line to battle back and get the win.

 

For the game, Kenton (13-8) knocked down 12 three-pointers. The Cats also converted 11 of 12 foul shots down the stretch to seal the win.

 

Jared Piercefield had 15 points to lead Bluffton while Kaleb Jefferson had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Mason Soper scored 13 points.

 

Four Wildcats scored in double figures. Tye Sherman had 17 points while Jayden Cornell finished with 15 points and Jaron Sharp and Landon Rush tallied 10 points apiece.

 

Sherman was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Elida Overpowers Wildcats 63-34

The Elida Bulldogs defeated the Kenton Wildcats 63-34 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday.

 

The Bulldogs improve to 17-3 overall and 5-3 in the WBL while the Cats slip to 12-8 overall and 2-6 in the league.

 

Isaac McAdams scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds for Elida while Donte Johnson added 15 points and eight rebounds and Calan Henderson finished with 13 points.

 

Kenton got eight points and six rebounds from Jacob Eversole while Jaron Sharp also scored eight points.

 

Eversole was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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WKTN Ready For Weekend Basketball Action

 

The Kenton Wildcats wrap up the home portion of their season this weekend with home games against Elida and Bluffton.

 

Tonight, the Wildcats entertain an Elida team which has just three losses – all in Western Buckeye League play, by a total of 19 points. The Bulldogs are 16 and 3 overall and 4 and 3 in the WBL while the Wildcats are 12 and 7 overall and 2 and 5 in league action.

 

On Saturday, Bluffton comes to town. The Pirates are currently 9 and 10 on the season.

 

WKTN will carry both games live from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. both nights.

 

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Ridgemont Defeats USV in 8th Grade Boys Tournament

 

The Ridgemont boys 8th grade team defeated Upper Scioto Valley 59-43 in the semi-final of the NWCC Junior High basketball tournament.

 

Landon Newland led all scorers with 28 points for the Gophers. Mason Stuck added 15 points.

 

Jackson Rohrs scored 25 points for the Rams.

 

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Red Devils Slip Past Riverdale 72-64

The Arlington Red Devils defeated the Riverdale Lady Falcons 72-64 in girls basketball play Thursday.

 

The win moves Arlington to 13-9 for the season and was also the 200th career victory for Red Devil coach Seth Newlove.

 

Jenna Pepple had 32 points for the Red Devils while Sarah Solt and Maria Crawford scored 12 points apiece and Lindsay Dodds added 10 markers.

 

Riverdale (11-11) got 28 points and 10 rebounds from Lexie Wright while Reygan Frey finished with 19 points, six assists and four steals. Bry Vanden Bosch tossed in 10 points for the Falcons.

 

It was parents night at Riverdale Thursday. Pictured with their parents are:

 

Reygan Frey....

 

 

Gabi Rodriguez...

 

 

Lexie Wright...

 

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Voting Open for Local Athlete in MaxPreps Poll

Ridgmont Golden Gopher Senior Prescilla Howland has been selected for this Week's MaxPreps poll designed to highlight the best individaul hoops performance over the past week. 

 

Howland is competeing against other athletes from around the state.

 

Here's what MaxPreps/JJHuddle had to say about Howland:

"[The] Senior had 25 points, 21 rebounds and five assists in a 68-62 loss to Kenton. Added 24 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist in a 61-46 win over Riverdale."

You can vote here.

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Lady Cats Defeat River Valley, Seniors Honored

The Kenton Wildcats defeated the River Valley Vikings last night on Senior Night. The cats lead the scoring throughout the game with it being 11-9 after one, 25-19 at the half, 43-36 after three, and win the game 61-46.

 

Kenton Coach Ryan Miller says it’s tough to lose this outgoing group of seniors.

 

“We’ve got five great girls on this basketball team. This is kind of a sentimental game and I couldn’t be prouder of my seniors and how they stepped up and finished their last game here at home.” Said Miller.

 

Ellie Miller, Kori Barrett, Haylee Bushong, Layne Taylor, and Tawnie Keen all played their last game on Kenton Hardwood last night.

 

Miller says it’s refreshing knowing he has a talented group of underclassmen.

 

“Caitlin Tudor being our lone junior, she’s in there on the boards she gives everything she has every single game. We’ve got a couple sophomores there, Hannah Holland, [Sidney] Plott, and Sid has been very instrumental in our success this year. We’ve got a couple really promising freshmen as well...” Miller continued.

 

The lady cats are back in action Tomorrow as they travel to Elida. Winning that game will give the Lady Cats a winning season in the Western Buckeye League. Then the cats will travel to Leipsic to play Wapakoneta in the sectional championship game.

 

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Ada Vs. W-G in Girls Basketball Tonight

 

The Ada Bulldogs travel to Waynesfield-Goshen tonight to take on the Tigers in regional girls basketball action.

 

The Bulldogs are 4 and 15 for the season while the Tigers check in at 6 and 14.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Waynesfield-Goshen High School, with the pregame show starting around 6:45 p.m.

 

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Riverdale Senior Signs with Denison University

 

Riverdale Senior, Aidan Loveridge, has  signed with Denison University to continue his education and play football.

 

 

 

The story and photos have been submitted to WKTN.

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Kenton Youth Wrestlers Compete in Weekend Match

 
Ohio Northern University hosted one of five regional competitions in the Miami Valley Kids Wrestling Assocation on Sunday, February 11th.
 
The Kenton Youth Wrestling Team had thirty-two wrestlers compete in 8-man brackets against kids from Miami East, Northridge, Sidney, Wapakoneta, Lima Bath, Greenon, Bluffton, Ottawa-Glandorf, Elida, Allen East, Clarke Shawnee, Cory Rawson, St. Mary’s, Ada, and Lima Central Catholic.
 
Seven wrestlers came out as regional champions placing 1st, one as a runner-up, four finished in 3rd place, and three placed 4th at the tournament.
 
Robert Lawrence Jr. (7 year old, 55 lbs) and Tim Wilkinson(11 year old, 168 lbs) both lead the team going 3-0 on the day by 3 falls and 4 takedowns.
 
Austin Root (7 years old, 50 lbs), Anthony Hunt (11 year old, 90 lbs) and Collin Dawson (8 year old, 100 lbs) placed 1st with 2 pins.  
 
Bill Wilkinson (11 year old 200 lbs) and Isaiah Mundy (8 year old, 68 lbs) also finished first with 1 pin on the day.
 
 Alannah Jackson (8 year old,  70 lbs) made it to the finals match, but fell short and took runner-up honors.
 
Third place finishers were Gavin Sealcostt (3-1, 3 pins), Colten Root (3-1, 1 pin), Ayden Albert (3-1, 1 pin) and Bob Wilkinson  (1-2).
   
Karson Davis (2-2, 1 pin), Sebastian Pascual (2-2, 1 pin) and Jace Broadstone (1-2, 1 Pin) finished in 4th placed.
   
    
As a team, Kenton posted  record of 47-46 on the day. The team also compiled a total of 26 Pins, 92 Takedowns, 41 Near Fall points, 24 Reversals and 24 Escapes. 
 
Colton Root had a team high of  eight takedowns for the tournament.

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Ridgemont 8th Grade Boys Advance in Tournament

 

Ridgemont defeated Waynesfield Goshen 59-20 in the first round of the 8th Grade Boys Basketball Northwest Central Conference tournament Saturday.

 

Landon Newland led the Gophers with 20 points and Mason Stuck added 16.

 

The Gophers take on USV Thursday night in Ridgeway in semi-final tournament action.

 

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Riverdale Falcon Competition Cheerleading Squad

The Riverdale Falcon Competition Cheerleading Squad will be competing at the 2018 OASSA State Cheer and Dance Championships next Sunday.

 

The Falcons are coached by Kyleigh Gillen

 

 

Front: Seniors Emma Carter, Katie Benitez, and Riley McKinniss

Back: Juniors Alexa Brooks Katelyn Martin, Katy Miller, Autumn Helms, and Sophomore Devi Harbor.


(Photo: Ben Miller)

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Lady Wildcats Move To 14-6 With Win Over W-G

The Kenton Lady Wildcats defeated Waynesfield-Goshen 53-38 in non-conference girls basketball action Saturday afternoon.

 

With the win, Kenton improves to 14-6 on the season. The Tigers are now 6-14 for the campaign.

 

The Lady Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday when they will host River Valley in their home finale. The JV game will start at 6 p.m

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Bluffton Edges Riverdale 51-45

Bluffton outlasted Riverdale 51-45 in boys basketball action Saturday night.

 

The Pirates (8-10) led by double figures in the first half but the Falcons (4-16) fought back to take a five-point lead in the fourth quarter. However, in a game of spurts, the final run belonged to Bluffton as it pulled away down the stretch to knock off Riverdale.

 

Dakota Bricker had 14 points for Bluffton while Kaleb Jefferson added 12 points and five rebounds and Mason Soper scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.

 

Brock Davis led everyone with 17 points and seven rebounds for Riverdale. Gage Murphy and Alec Loveridge had nine points apiece for the Falcons.

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Ridgemont Rallies Past Riverdale

The Ridgemont Golden Gophers rallied past Riverdale for a 61-46 victory in girls basketball play Saturday afternoon.


The Gophers (12-8) trailed 22-19 at the half but surged to a 37-36 lead after three periods and then outscored the Falcons 24-10 in the fourth quarter to get the win.

 

Priscilla Howland scored a game-high 24 points - all in the second half - and grabbed nine rebounds for the winners. Faith Jenkins finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for Ridgemont while Shaylee McGrath added nine points and eight rebounds and Jennifer Jordan scored eight points. Meadow Cromer had four points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

 

Riverdale (11-10) got 17 points from Reygan Frey while Lexie Wright tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds and Brooke Kuenzli finished with nine points.

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Wildcat Cheerleaders Perform For Home Crowd Tonight

The Kenton Varsity Competition Cheerleading Team is set to perform tonight at the wildcat basketball game.

Tomorrow the team will be competing at the OASSA Northwest Regional Competition at Southview  High School in Sylvania Ohio. Team members are seniors: Alex Howard, Mackenzie Phillips, junior Paige Osborn, sophomore Carah Deardorff, freshman Abby Caudill, Erin Lyons, Alyssa McLaughlin, Callie Wright. The team is currently coached by Kaleb Howard.

 

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Ottawa-Glandorf Too Much For Cats

State-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf overpowered Kenton 101-57 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.

 

The TItans, ranked 2nd in the latest Division III state poll, improve to 19-0 overall and 7-0 in the WBL. The Wildcats fall to 11-7 overall and 2-5 in the league.

 

Jaron Sharp led Kenton with 22 points while Jacob Eversole had 16 points and Landon Rush added 12 points. Jayden Cornell rounded out the Wildcat scoring with seven points.

 

Eversole was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Lots of Basketball Featured This Weekend on WKTN

 

A busy weekend of basketball on WKTN kicks off tonight as the Kenton Wildcats visit Ottawa-Glandorf.

 

The Titans were ranked 2nd in the latest state poll and are 18 and 0 overall. Ottawa-Glandorf is 6 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League and holds a two-game lead in the league race with three games to go.

 

Kenton is 11 and 6 overall and 2 and 4 in the WBL.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Hermiller Gymnasium, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

 

Two regional games will be featured on WKTN on Saturday. In the afternoon matinee, Riverdale will host Ridgemont in girls basketball action while in the nightcap, the Falcon boys will entertain Bluffton.

 

The pregame show for the girls game will start around 2:30 p.m. while we will go on the air for the boys contest around 7:30 p.m.

 

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State-Ranked Titans Top Lady Wildcats 43-33

The state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf Titans defeated the Kenton Lady WIldcats 43-33 in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action Thursday.

 

The 10th-ranked Titans improve to 19-2 overall and 8-0 in the WBL while the Lady Wildcats slip to 13-6 overall and 4-4 in the league.

 

The Titans led 11-2 after one quarter but Kenton fought back to tie the game midway through the second period. However, Ottawa-Glandorf surged to a 23-14 halftime lead and held the Lady Wildcats at arm's length throughout the second half to clinch at least a share of the WBL title.

 

Kadie Hempfling, who will be playing for Bowling Green State University next year, led the Titans with 13 points.

 

Kori Barrett had 11 points to lead Kenton and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Kenton Versus O-G in Girls Basketball Tonight

 

The Kenton Lady Wildcats entertain state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action tonight.

 

The Lady Wildcats are 13 and 5 overall. They are 4 and 3 in the conference, and a win tonight over Ottawa-Glandorf would clinch the program’s third straight winning season in league action, a feat that has not happened in over 30 years at Kenton.

 

The Titans, who were ranked 10th in the latest state poll, are 18 and 2 overall. They lead the Western Buckeye League with a 7 and 0 conference mark and can clinch at least a tie of the league title with a win tonight.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

 

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ONU Womens Basketball Team Beats Heidelberg

 
ADA — The No. 15-ranked Ohio Northern women's basketball team saw four athletes score in double-figures as the Polar Bears defeated Heidelberg 90-44 at the ONU Sports Center on Wednesday evening.
 
The Polar Bears improve to 20-2 overall, and 14-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while the Student Princes fall to 4-18, 2-13.
 
With the victory, Northern clinched one of the top-2 seeds in the OAC Tournament and will host a quarterfinal matchup at the ONU Sports Center on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
 
Senior Amy Bullimore (Morrow/Little Miami) led the way with a game-best 14 points, while senior Courtney Cramer (Arcadia) went 4-of-5 from 3-point range and scored 12 points for ONU.
 
Junior Emily Mescher (Maria Stein/Marion Local) added 11 points and freshman Sydney Ward (Columbus/Upper Arlington) tied a career-high with 10 points, shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor.
 
Mescher also had a game-high six rebounds.
 
Cramer came out of the gate firing as she hit back-to-back-back 3-pointers to give ONU a quick 9-0 lead and force an HU timeout with just over two minutes gone in the first quarter.
 
After Heidelberg responded with an 8-3 run to cut the deficit to 11-8, Northern closed the quarter by scoring 10 of the next 13 points to take a 21-11 lead into the second quarter.
 
Northern took control of the game in the second quarter as it outscored the Student Princes 23-6 to take a commanding 44-17 lead into the intermission.
 
In the third quarter, the ONU defense locked in and stifled the Heidelberg offense, allowing only seven points in the the quarter and scoring 27 points to take a 71-25 lead into the final period of play.
 
ONU saw its largest lead of the evening at the 1:02 mark of the fourth quarter following a free throw from Ward to push the lead 90-38.
 
Northern shot 35-of-61 (57.4 percent) from the field, including 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) from 3-point range, while the Student Princes were 13-of-53 (24.5 percent) from the field, and 7-of-27 (25.9 percent) from the 3-point line.
 
ONU shutout HU 17-0 in second chance points and won the rebounding battle by a 45-26 margin.
 
The Polar Bears return to action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to John Carroll for a 3 pm tipoff.

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Ridgemont 8th Grade Boys Top Lima Temple Christian

 

The Ridgemont 8th Grade Boys basketball team defeated Lima Temple Christian 70-18 Tuesday night.

 

Landon Newland led all scorers with 28 points for the Gophers.

 

Mason Stuck scored 18 and Grant Reppart added 14 points in the league win.

 

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Lady Wildcats Win OT Thriller Over Ridgemont 68-62

The Kenton Lady Wildcats defeated Ridgemont 68-62 in overtime in girls basketball play Tuesday.

 

Kenton (13-5) led 32-20 late in the first half, but the Golden Gophers scored the final five points of the second period to close to within seven at intermission. The third quarter belonged to Ridgemont (11-8) as the Golden Gophers outscored Kenton 21-8 to take a 46-40 lead.

 

Ridgemont extended its lead to double figures in the fourth quarter, but the Cats came roaring back. Haylee Bushong tied the game with two free throws, and then Layne Taylor put the Cats on top with two charity tosses with 35 seconds left.

 

However, Ridgemont's Faith Jenkins scored off a feed from Priscilla Howland with five seconds remaining to tie the game at 57 and force overtime.

 

Kenton then outscored Ridgemont 11-5 over the four-minute extra session to notch the win.

 

Howland scored 25 points to lead all scorers for Ridgemont while Meadow Cromer had 19.

 

Kenton placed four players in double figures. Taylor had 19 points while Bushong scored 18, Sidney Plott had 12 and Kori Barrett finished with 10 points.

 

Taylor was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Lady Wildcats are back in action on Thursday when they host state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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Kenton Travels to Ridgemont in Girls Basketball Tonight

 

The Kenton Lady Wildcats travel to Ridgemont tonight to take on the Golden Gophers in girls basketball action.

 

Kenton is 12 and 5 on the season and is coming off a 59 to 38 win over Shawnee. The victory was the second straight victory for the Lady Wildcats and their sixth in their last eight outings.

 

Ridgemont has also been playing some of its best ball of late. The Golden Gophers are 11 and 7 and have won eight of their last nine games.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Ridgemont, with the pregame show starting around 7 p.m.

 

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Kenton Youth Wrestling Team Wraps Up Busy Weekend

 
The Kenton Youth Wrestling Team competed in two meets this weekend.
 
Eleven members of the team made a trip to Troy, Ohio to wrestle in the Ohio Athletic Committee (OAC) Grade School State Qualifier Tournament at Troy Christian High School.  The team placed 4th at the tournament with Ronald Boyer (0-2) at Div. 2 - 50 lbs, Gavin Sealscott (1-2, 1 Pin) at Div. 2 - 55 lbs, Evan Elliott (0-2) and Mason Cook (3-2, 2 Pins) at Div. 3 - 85 lbs, Kade Smith (1-2) at Div. 4 - 75 lbs, Karson Davis (1-2) at Div. 4 - 80 lbs, Anthony Hunt (2-2, 1 Tech Fall, 1 Pin) at Div. 4 - 95 lbs), Landen Elliott (0-2) at Div. 4 - 100 lbs, Sam Taylor (0-5) at Div. 4 - 120 lbs, Seth Leffer (0-3) at Div. 4 - 130 lbs, and Tim Wilkinson (3-0, 1 Tech Fall, 2 Pins) at Div. 4 - 180 lbs.
 
Wilkinson placed 1st and Seth Leffler placed 3rd to qualify for the Grade School State Tournament in Youngstown, Ohio on March 24th. 
 
ELIDA RESULTS
On Sunday, the youth team completed its regular MVKWA season meets at Elida.  Thirty-six wrestlers competed with 10 placing 1st, 8 were runner-ups and 12 finished in 3rd place.
 
Jayden Mustain lead the team with a 3-0 record winning all his matches by fall, 7 take downs and a reversal.  Other 1st place finishers were Evan Elliott, Sebastian Pascual, Tristen Hale, Gavin Sealscott, Kasen Baker, Anthony Hunt, Isaiah Mundy, Alexander Fields and Bill Wilkinson.
 
Runner-ups on the meet were Robert Lawrence, Landen Elliott, Tim Wilkinson, Quinn Dyer, Kade Smith, Ronald Boyer, Collin Dawson and Bob Wilkinson.
 
As a team, Kenton posted  record of 52-47 on the day. The team also compiled a total of 19 Pins, 110 Takedowns, 54 Near Fall points, 1 Tech-Fall, 28 Reversals and 33 Escapes. 
 
Mustain, Elliott, Pascual, Fields, and Tim Wilkinson all posted 7 take downs for the weekly team high.   
  
REGIONAL
The MVKWA Regional Championships are up next for the youth team on Sunday, February 11th at Ohio Northern University in Ada.

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Allen East Wins Wrestling Meet at Ada

 

Allen East scored a total of 233.5 points to take the 2018 Northwest Conference Wrestling Championship held at Ada High School.

 

 Columbus Grove finished second in the tournament with 199 points while Bluffton took third at 195 points.  Repeating as conference champs for the second year in a row, Allen East's title was their seventh overall NWC wrestling championship.

Ada senior Chase Sumner (145) was named Wrestler of The Year in the NWC for the second year in a row.   Mike Abbey of Allen East was voted by his peers as NWC Coach of The Year.

Repeat winners from last year included Chase Sumner (Ada-145), Chase Caprella (AE, 113), Enoch Jones (CG, 170) and Deandre Nasser (BL-195).  Allen East led the way with 5 individual champions while Columbus Grove and Bluffton each had 3 individual champions in the tournament.  Sumner finished his conference career with a total of four individual titles.

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Wildcats Rally In Second Half, Defeat USV 58-54

The Kenton Wildcats fought back from a 15-point first-half deficit to defeat Upper Scioto Valley 58-54 in boys basketball play Saturday night at Alumni Fieldhouse.

 

Upper Scioto Valley, which had its 10-game winning streak snapped, led 29-14 in the second quarter and held a 32-23 halftime advantage. Kenton (11-6) battled back in the second half, briefly taking the lead in the third period before the Rams reclaimed a 43-39 edge heading into the final stanza.

 

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with the Cats finally going on top for good on a late Jaron Sharp bucket. Jacob Eversole converted three of four foul shots in the closing seconds to seal the comeback victory for Kenton.

 

Quinn Sanders had 16 points and five rebounds for USV (13-3) while Wyatt Daniels added 15 points and five rebounds and Wayne Lowery scored 12 points.

 

Sharp scored a game-high 25 points for the Wildcats and also grabbed five rebounds. Trent Lawrence came off the bench to hit four three-pointers and finish with 12 points. Eversole added 10 points and four rebounds and Jayden Cornell tallied six points and a game-best eight rebounds.

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Shawnee Pulls Away From Kenton, Tops Cats 67-51

The Shawnee Indians pulled away late to defeat the Kenton Wildcats 67-51 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday at Lappin Gymnasium.

 

The Wildcats (10-6 overall, 2-4 WBL) led 13-3 in the first quarter, but the Indians scored the final seven points of the period to draw to within 13-10 after the first eight minutes. Shawnee (12-5, 3-2) used a late burst to close the second quarter to go up 28-21 at the half and then pounded the Cats on the offensive glass to maintain their eight-point edge through three periods.

 

In the fourth quarter, the Indians converted on their final eight shots and scored on their last nine possessions to break open a close game and notch the victory.

 

Jacob Eversole had 17 points for the Wildcats while Jaron Sharp had 14 points and six rebounds, Landon Rush scored 11 points and Jayden Cornell added nine points.

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Indians VP of Public Affairs Conducting Q&A at ONU

 

The Cleveland Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio and Indians’ radio announcer Jim Rosenhaus will conduct a question-and-answer session from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Feb. 6 in the Forum of James F. Dicke Hall at Ohio Northern University.

 

DiBiasio, who has been with the Indians for more than 30 years and is the brother of ONU President Dan DiBiasio, and Rosenhaus, who has been broadcasting the Indians since 2007, will discuss their respective roles with the Cleveland Indians as well as the current state of the team.

 

The event is free and open to the public.

 

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Kenton Boys Ready for Weekend Basketball Action

 

A pair of tough tests await the Kenton boys basketball team this weekend.

 

The Wildcats are 10 and 5 overall, including 2 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League, after Tuesday’s thrilling 52 to 50 win over Wapakoneta. The Cats will have their work cut out for them this weekend as they hit the road for games at Shawnee and Upper Scioto Valley.

 

Tonight, Kenton travels to Lappin Gymnasium to meet a Shawnee team that is looking to get back on the winning track. The Indians are 11 and 5 overall, including 2 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, but have lost their last two games and three of their previous four contests.

 

On Saturday, the Cats make the trip to Alumni Fieldhouse to meet the red-hot Upper Scioto Valley Rams. The Rams have won nine straight games heading into tonight’s action and are 12 and 2 for the season.

 

WKTN will carry both games live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. both nights.

 

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Howland Reaches Milestone In Ridgemont Win

Ridgemont's Priscilla Howland scored her 1,000th career point Thursday as the Golden Gophers crushed Perry 90-36 in girls basketball action.

 

The Gophers improve to 11-7 on the season with their eighth win in their last nine games.

 

Ridgemont will host Kenton Tuesday night in a game that will be carried live on WKTN.

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Wright's Double-Double Helps Falcons past Rockets

Lexie Wright recorded a double-double to help the Riverdale girls basketball team defeat Pandora-Gilboa 43-27 on Thursday.

 

Wright tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Falcons improve to 11-8 for the season.

 

Reygan Frey added 11 points and seven assists for Riverdale, who led 24-12 at the half and kept the Rockets at arm's length throughout the final two periods.

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Lady Wildcats Get 12th Win, Top Shawnee 59-38

 The Kenton Lady Wildcats improved to 12-5 with a 59-38 win over Shawnee in Western Buckeye League girls basketball play Thursday.

 

Kenton used a 9-0 run midway through the first quarter to take control of the game and led by at least seven points from late in the first quarter until the final whistle.

 

Kenton (4-3 WBL) got 16 points and 12 rebounds from Layne Taylor while Ellie Miller added 14 points and Kori Barrett finished with 12 points and six rebounds.

 

Shawnee (8-10 overall, 2-5 WBL) was led by Trinity Gearing's 12 points and seven rebounds.

 

Barrett was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

Kenton used a 9-0 run midway through the first quarter to take control of the game and led by at least seven points from late in the first quarter until the final whistle.

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Kenton Hosts Shawnee in Girls Basketball Action Tonight

 

The Kenton Lady Wildcats host Shawnee tonight in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action.

 

The Lady Wildcats are coming off a big 53 to 46 win over Arlington on Saturday. Kenton is now 11 and 5 overall, including 3 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League, heading into tonight’s game with the Indians.

 

Shawnee’s last outing was a 59 to 44 loss to Coldwater on Tuesday that dropped the Tribe to 8 and 9 overall. Shawnee is 2 and 4 in league action.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

 

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North Union Edges Ridgemont in 8th Grade Boys Basketball

 

The North Union 8th Grade Boys basketball team defeated Ridgemont 50-43 Wednesday evening.

 

Landon Newland scored 19 points and Mason Stuck added 16 for the Gophers in the losing effort.

 

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Cornell's Bucket Caps Big Kenton Comeback

Jayden Cornell's jumper with no time left capped off a big Kenton comeback and lifted the Wildcats to a 52-50 win over Wapakoneta in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Tuesday.

 

The Wildcats (10-5 overall, 2-3 WBL) trailed by double digits late in the first half and faced a 32-22 halftime deficit. Wapakoneta (11-6, 3-2) led 41-33 after three quarters, but a 10-2 Kenton run tied the game. After the Redskins had regained the lead, five points from Jaron Sharp pulled the Cats to within two points, and Landon Rush tied the game at 50-apiece with a pair of clutch foul shots with 10 seconds left.

 

Kenton then forced a Wapakoneta turnover with four seconds to go, setting the stage for Cornell's heroics.

 

Gage Schenk had 16 points for the Redskins while Ryan Carrico added 12 markers.

 

Sharp led all players with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Rush finished with 12 points.

 

Cornell was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Riverdale Takes Control Early, Sprints Past Tiffin Calvert 55-30

The Riverdale Falcons jumped out to a big early lead and coasted past Tiffin Calvert 55-30 in girls basketball play Tuesday.

 

Riverdale (10-8) led 20-6 after one quarter then built a 34-13 halftime advantage. The Falcons led by 31 points after three quarters and cruised down the stretch to notch the win.

 

Reygan Frey scored a game-high 22 points to pace the Falcons while also adding four assists and three steals. Brooke Kuenzli tallied 12 points while Lexie Wright finished with nine points and 16 rebounds.

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Kenton Vs. Wapak in Basketball Action Tonight

 

The Kenton Wildcats entertain Wapakoneta tonight in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action.

 

Tonight’s game is a makeup contest of a matchup that was originally scheduled for January 12th.

 

The Redskins are 11 and 5 overall and need a win tonight to stay in the thick of the WBL race. Wapakoneta is 3 and 1 in league play, and a victory over Kenton would keep the Redskins one game back of league-leading Ottawa-Glandorf as the regular season heads into its final month.

 

The Wildcats are 9 and 5 overall and 1 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League. Kenton is heading into its most difficult stretch of the season as five of the Cats’ next six opponents boast winning records.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

 

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Kenton Youth Wrestlers in Action Over the Weekend

 
The Kenton Youth Wrestling Team travelled to Wapakoneta on Sunday, Jan 28th for their sixth meet of the season.
  
Kenton had thirty-one wrestlers compete at the meet.  9 wrestlers placed 1st, 10 were runner-up and 6 finished 3rd.
    
Ayden Albert (5 yr old - 45 lbs) was the outstanding  wrestler of the meet posting a 3-0 record with 3 falls and 3 takedowns.    
   
Gavin Sealscott (3-0, 3 Pins), Sam Taylor (3-0, 2 Pins), Kole Anspach (3-0, 1 Pin), Robert Lawrence (3-0, 1 Pin, 1 Tech Fall), Tim Wilkinson (3-0, 1 Pin), Karson Davis (3-0, 1 Tech Fall), Alexander Fields (2-0) and Lucas Klotz (2-1) also placed 1st in their weight groups.
     
Second place finishers for the meet were Jayden Mustain, Bradley Hopkins, Collin Dawson, Landen Elliott, Jace Broadstone, theodor LaVassaur, Isaiah Mundy, Carter Gammon, Jaedon Ritchie and Anthony Hunt.
   
As a team, Kenton posted  record of 48-42 on the day. The team also compiled a total of 16 Pins, 107 Takedowns, 51 Near Fall points, 3 Tech-Falls, 30 Reversals and 22 Escapes. 
    
Robert Lawrence had a team high of 11 takedowns for the meet.
   
The youth team’s last mini-meet is at Elida on Sunday, February 4th, 2018. 
 
The end of the season Regional and League Championships will follow.

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Kenton Wrestlers Compete in Weekend Tournament

 
Sophomore Noah Eikenbary placed 3rd to lead Kenton as the Wildcat grapplers placed 16th in the team standings out of 23 teams at the Sally George Invitational at Marion Pleasant High School this past weekend. The Wildcats attended the two day 39th annual tournament with 9 wrestlers and advancing 5 wrestlers to the final day. 
 
Wrestling in the 195 pound class, Eikenbary won his first round match with a 7-0 decision over Nick Maget of Findlay and his second round match over Ray Culler of Liberty Center by a Pin fall at the 3:51 mark of the third period, rounding off the first day of wrestling Eikenbary won his third match of the evening with a major decision over Hector Barron of Columbus.
 
 
Ethan Manns Kenton’s 170 sophomore wrestler also had a stellar tournament with a first round 6-3 decision over Andre Seal of West Jefferson. Rounding out Mann’s night with a major decision over Chris Cox of North Union
 
 
Kenton’s freshman 182lbs wrestler Noah Thibaut dropped his first round to Jacob Ishmael of Marysville with a pin fall at the 1:08 mark in the first round.  Thibaut rebounds in the second round to beat Carter Zimmerman of Marion Pleasant B to round out his first day of wrestling. Ayden Mundy wrestling at 161lbs came up with a big 10-5 decision over Logan Harper of London and then being denied on his next two matches.
 
 
Eikenbary and Manns did not disappoint on day two. Eikenbary dropped his first match of day two to Adam Hettell of Marysville.  After beating Hettell the week prior Eikenabary was denied this week with a 2-1 decision with Eikenbary giving up Hettell’s only points on two controversial stalling calls and Noah earning an escape. Eikenbary rebounded to when his next two matches to secure his 3rd place finish. Eikenbary beat Jagger Snyder of Marysville with a pin and finishing off Eikenbary’s  third place finish with a 6-1 decision over Mitchell Dewitt of Upper Sandusky. Manns started day two with a tough lose to number one seed Brandon Strickland of Mount Gilead. Then rebounding for a big 5-1 decision against Pleasant’s Zane Dine before dropping his last match against Ian Johnson of Marysville in a 4-1 decision securing Manns a 4th place finish. After Thibaut dropped his first match he rebounds back to win his
 
Next two matches with a pair of pin falls over Matt Savick of Madison Comprehensive and Nate Wilson of West Jefferson. Before dropping his next two matches to Tyler Echler (Liberty Center) and Hunter Trimmer of Mount Gilead to lock up a 6th place finish giving Kenton record high of three place winners at the coveted tournament.

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Lady Wildcats Top Red Devils 53-46

The Kenton Lady Wildcats defeated the Arlington Red Devils 53-46 in non-league girls basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

 

The Lady Wildcats snap a two-game losing skid and are now 11-5 for the season. The Red Devils drop to 10-7 with the loss.

 

Kenton is off until Thursday when it hosts Shawnee in Western Buckeye League action. That game will be carried live on WKTN, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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Big Second Quarter Lifts Cats Past Ada

A big second quarter helped the Kenton Wildcats defeat the Ada Bulldogs 73-41 in boys basketball play Saturday.

 

The Cats (9-5) led the Bulldogs 23-18 after one period then outscored Ada 19-3 in the second quarter to seize control of the game.

 

Jaron Sharp led all scorers with 25 points for the Cats while Landon Rush had 14 points and Jayden Cornell finished with 11 points.

 

Ada (3-14) was led by Connor Frazier's 10 points.

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Hot-Shooting Pirates Down Falcons 61-48

The Bluffton Pirates knocked down 11 three-pointers as they defeated Riverdale 61-48 in girls basketball play Saturday afternoon.

 

The Pirates were 11-of-23 from three and 11-of-20 from two as they improve to 12-5.

 

The Falcons (9-8) got 26 points, eight rebounds and five steals from Lexie Wright while Reygan Frey added 12 points and six assists.

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Cougars Edge Cats 55-53 In Overtime

The Van Wert Cougars edged the Kenton Wildcats 55-53 in overtime in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday night.

 

The Cougars (7-7 overall, 2-3 WBL) placed four players in double figures, led by Nate Place's 17 points and eight rebounds. Drew Bagley and Jacoby Kelly had 11 points apiece while Blake Henry finished with 10 points.

 

The Wildcats (8-5, 1-3) got 22 points and nine rebounds from Jaron Sharp while Jayden Cornell added 14 points.

 

Sharp was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Busy Weekend for Kenton Basketball Team

 

The Kenton Wildcats entertain Van Wert and Ada this weekend.

 

The Wildcats are 8 and 4 overall and 1 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League heading into tonight’s clash with the Cougars. Van Wert is 6 and 7 overall and 1 and 3 in the league play, but has won three straight games heading into this evening’s game.

 

Then on Saturday night, the Wildcats will host the Ada Bulldogs, who are 3 and 12.

 

WKTN will carry both games live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. both nights.

 

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Tickets on Sale for OHSAA Sporting Events

 

All-session tickets for the upcoming Ohio High School Athletic Association wrestling and basketball state tournaments go on sale today.

 

All three state tournaments are held at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, with wrestling March 8-10, girls basketball March 15-17 and boys basketball March 22-24.

 

Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com or from the Schottenstein Center box office or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS.

 

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ONU Women Beat Conference Foe Wilmington in Basketball Action

 
ADA — Senior Amy Bullimore (Morrow/Little Miami) and sophomore Emily Mescher (Maria Stein/Marion Local) led the No. 10-ranked Ohio Northern women's basketball team to its 17th consecutive victory as Northern defeated Ohio Athletic Conference-foe Wilmington 71-48 on Wednesday evening at the ONU Sports Center.
 
The Polar Bears improve to 17-1 overall and stay perfect in the OAC at 11-0, while the Quakers drop to 9-9, 4-7.
 
Bullimore led the way offensively with a game-high 20 points and also pulled down a game-best 12 rebounds, while Mescher added 10 points and grabbed seven boards for Northern.
 
ONU has now won 27 straight regular season OAC contests dating back to the 2015-16 campaign, where it fell to No. 17-ranked Capital on Jan. 23, 2016.
 
With 12 rebounds this evening, Bullimore is now five rebounds shy of tying former ONU standout Robin Patterson ('81-'84) as ONU's all-time leading rebounder and needs just six boards to break the 34-year old record.
 
The Polar Bears jumped out to a 13-3 lead with 5:01 in the first quarter led by eight points from Bullimore and capped off by a 3-pointer from senior Alexis Kirkbride (Zanesville/Bishop Rosecrans).
 
A 3-pointer from junior Alyssa Manley (Lima/Bath) pushed the Polar Bear lead to 18-8 after the first quarter.
 
A jumper from Bullimore and a 3-pointer from junior Tori Wyss (Ada) just under a minute into the second quarter would push the lead 23-8 with 9:07 left in the second quarter.
 
After another good three point ball from Wyss pushed the ONU lead to 30-14 with 7:18 left in the second period, back-to-back steals and fast break layups from sophomore Abby Weeks (West Chester/Mount Notre Dame) would stifle a nearly 4-minute scoring drought to extend the lead to 34-14 with 3:27 left in the half.
 
The Polar Bears would hold a 38-21 advantage at the intermission.
 
Weeks would help ONU grab its largest lead of the evening at the 1:32 mark in the third quarter as Manley found her for a wide open 3-pointer to push the lead to 54-27.
 
The Quakers wouldn't threaten Northern the rest of the way as ONU went on to claim the victory.
 
The Northern defense forced 17 turnovers and capitalized on the WC mistakes, outscoring Wilmington 18-7 on points off turnovers.
 
ONU shot 28-of-68 (41.2 percent) from the field, including 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) from the 3-point line, while the Quakers were 15-of-50 (30.0 percent) from the field, and 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from 3-point range.
 
The Polar Bears won the battle on the glass by a 42-34 margin.
 
Northern will return to the court on Saturday afternoon at 3 pm as it travels to Bexley to take on Capital at Performance Arena.

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Second-Half Surge Lifts Red Devils Past Bulldogs

The Arlington Red Devils rallied in the second half to defeat the Ada Bulldogs 57-47 in boys basketball play Tuesday.

 

The Bulldogs (3-12) led 25-22 at the half but the Red Devils (8-6) surged ahead 38-36 after three quarters and then pulled away over the final eight minutes to post their third straight win.

 

Ivan Berry had 14 points to lead Arlington while Caleb Price scored 13 and Ryan Metzger finished with 11.

 

Ada got a game-high 15 points from Connor Frazier and 10 more from Cade Mullins.

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Ada Takes on Arlington in Basketball Action Tonight

 

The Ada Bulldogs entertain the Arlington Red Devils tonight in regional boys basketball action.

 

The Bulldogs snapped a nine-game losing streak when they beat Hardin Northern 76 to 43 on Saturday and are 3 and 11 on the season.

 

The Red Devils, who are 7 and 6, are working on a two-game winning streak after they swept Liberty-Benton and Spencerville last weekend.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Ada High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

 

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Ridgemont Boys and Girls 8th Grade Basketball Team Post Wins

 

Both the Ridgemont 8th grade boys and girls basketball teams posted wins Monday evening.

 

The girls topped Sidney Lehman 31 to 12.

 

The Gophers were led by Callie Cromer’s 13 points and 7 rebounds.

 

They are back in action Wednesday evening against Crestline.

 

 

The boys beat Lehman Catholic 62 to 40.


Mason Stuck led all scorers with 26 points and 10 boards.


Landon Newland had a big night too, scoring 15 points and pulling down 14 rebounds to go with 9 assists in the win.

 

 

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Kenton Wrestling Team Competes in Weekend Match

 
The Kenton High School wrestling team attended the 2018 45th Annual North Union Don Wasserbeck Classic in Richwood Ohio over the weekend. 
 
Kenton placed sixth out of 17 teams. Kenton also had two wrestlers vying for the top spot in the finals. Noah Eikenbary Kenton's 195 lbs wrestler won his final match with a 6-1 decision over Jager Snider of Marysville securing his first place finish. 
Eikenbary, a number one seed, cruised thru his bracket with 5 wins; 3 pin falls and a decision sercuring his spot in the finals. 
Aiden Mundy Kenton's 160 lbs wrestler also was competing for the top spot in the championship round when he took a tough loss to Cody Mies of Ontario High School. Aiden Mundy was a number seven seed while working his way through the bracket he took his only loss of the day to Meese where he was pinned with 43 seconds to go in the 3 period. Mundy was runner-up going 4-1 on the day; all by pin fall.
 
Also placing for Kenton was was Junior hundred 138 lbs wrestler Brian Blankenship placing 4th. Noah Thibaut Kenton’s freshman 182 lb wrestler placed third.

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Wildcats Rally Past Tiffin Columbian 52-51

The Kenton Wildcats rallied from a halftime deficit to top Tiffin Columbian 52-51 in non-league boys basketball action Saturday.

 

Tiffin Columbian (2-12) led 29-25 at the half, but the Wildcats held a 27-22 edge over the final two quarters, scoring the winning bucket with six seconds to go.

 

Landon Rush had 13 points to lead the Wildcats (8-4), while Jayden Cornell added 10 markers. Tye Sherman added eight points while Jaron Sharp, Reed Cook and Jacob Eversole pitched in with seven points apiece.

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Roughriders Top Wildcats 55-47

The St. Marys Roughriders defeated the Kenton Wildcats 55-47 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday.

 

The Roughriders, winners of four of their last six games, improve to 4-8 overall and 2-1 in the WBL. The Wildcats slip to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in the league.

 

Jaron Sharp led all players with 25 points for the Wildcats while Jacob Eversole added 12 points.

 

Sharp was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Ridgemont 8th Grade Boys and Girls Teams Victorious

 

Both the Ridgemont boys and girls 8th grade basketball teams posted victories over Hardin Northern Wednesday evening.

 

The boys topped the Polar Bears 61 to 35.

 

Landon Newland led the Gophers with 27 points and Mason Stuck added 17. Nevin Robson scored 15 for the Polar Bears in the loss.

 

The girls beat the Bears 50 to 14.  

 

Leading all scorers was Brooke Nelson with 25 points. For the Gophers Amanda Howland dished out 13 points and 8 rebounds. Callie Cromer also added 10 points.

 

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Balanced Scoring Leads Lady Wildcats To Victory

Four players scored in double figures for the Kenton Lady Wildcats as they defeated St. Marys 64-52 in Western Buckeye League girls basketball play Thursday.

 

Ellie Miller had 16 points to lead Kenton (10-3 overall, 3-2 WBL) while Haylee Bushong added 13 points and seven rebounds. Kori Barrett tallied 11 points and four rebounds and Layne Taylor finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Sidney Plott added seven more points for Kenton, which won its fourth straight game.

 

St. Marys (7-8, 2-3) got 10 points and 15 rebounds from Makenna Mele and 12 points from Syd Cisco.

 

Barrett was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Leipsic Overpowers Riverdale 58-40

The Leipsic Vikings defeated Riverdale 58-40 in Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball action Thursday.

 

The Vikings (11-1) led 33-16 at the half and then put the game away with a 19-14 edge in the third quarter.

 

Reygan Frey had 13 points to lead Riverdale (8-7) while Lexie Wright finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Brooke Kuenzli added eight points and three steals for the Falcons.

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Ridgemont Defeats Ada in 8th Grade Boys BB Action

 

Ridgemont 8th Grade Boys defeated Ada Wednesday night 51-30.

 

Landon Newland led the gophers with 21 points.

 

Mason Stuck added 19 in the win.

 

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Lady Wildcats Improve To 9-3 With 58-49 Win Over Harding

The Kenton Lady Wildcats improved to 9-3 with a 58-49 win over the Harding Presidents Tuesday night.

 

Ellie Miller had 23 points for Kenton while Haylee Bushong added 10 points and Layne Taylor finished with nine points and eight rebounds.

 

Miller was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Lady Wildcats are back in action on Thursday when they host St. Marys in Western Buckeye League action. That game will be carried live on WKTN, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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ONU Ladies Defeat Muskingum

The Ohio Northern Women's Basketball team rallied back to defeat Muskingum on Saturday night.

 

The tenth ranked Lady Polar Bears rallied back from an 11 point halftime deficit lead by three players who ended the night in double figures. Senior Amy Bullimore who gave the team 19 points, Junior Jenna Dirksen who added 12 points and Senior Courtney Cramer finished the night with 11 points. With their 73-66 win over Muskingum, the Polar Bears keep their 14 game winning streak and stay perfect in the Ohio Athletic Conference with an 8-0 record.  

 

The Polar Bears return to action on Wednesday evening as they travel to Heidelberg for a 7:30 pm contest.

 

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Big Early Lead Helps Ridgemont Past Riverdale 69-57

The Ridgemont Golden Gophers scored the game's first 14 points and never trailed as they defeated Riverdale 69-57 in boys basketball action Saturday.

 

The Gophers led by as many as 21 points and held off several Riverdale runs as they improved to 1-12 on the season. Jayden Streets led all scorers with 37 points for Ridgemont while Ethan Mouser tossed in 13 points.

 

Riveredale (1-11) got 21 points from Coby Miller while Alec Loveridge scored 20 points.

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Golden Gophers Win Fifth Straight Game, Top HN 56-32

The Ridgemont Golden Gophers won their fifth straight game, defeating Hardin Northern 56-32 in Northwest Central Conference girls basketball play Thursday.

 

Ridgemont (8-6 overall, 4-1 NWCC) got 19 points from Priscilla Howland while Faith Jenkins added 11 points and Shaylee McGrath scored 10 points.

 

Hardin Northern (1-13, 0-4) was led by Maddie Grappy's 12 points.

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ONU Basketball Teams Come Out on Top Wednesday

 

Both the mens and womens basketball teams from Ohio Northern University were victorious on Wednesday.

 

The 10th ranked Lady Polar Bears topped Baldwin Wallace 61-55 and improved to 13 and 1 overall and 7 and 0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference with their 13th consecutive win.

 

They travel to New Concord to take on Muskingum Saturday afternoon.

 

The mens team are on a win streak of their own after an 80 to 73 win at Baldwin Wallace.

 

It was the Polar Bears 11th win in a row and improves their record to 10 and 4 overall and 5 and 2 in the OAC.

 

They host Muskingum Saturday afternoon.

 

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ONU Women's Basketball Team Ranked in the Top Ten

 

The Ohio Northern women's basketball team cracked the top-10 in the sixth weekly D3Hoops.com poll after jumping four spots to No. 10 in the sixth weekly coaches poll.

 

After falling in their season-opener, the Polar Bears, who are 12-1 overall, 6-0 in the OAC, have won 12 straight, including handing undefeated and nationally-ranked Marietta its first loss of the season.

 

Ohio Northern received 360 points in the poll.

 

The Polar Bears return to action Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm as they welcome Baldwin Wallace to the ONU Sports Center.

 

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Kenton Holds Off DJ 61-53

The Kenton Wildcats built a double-digit lead and then held off a late Delphos Jefferson rally to post a 61-53 victory in boys basketball play Saturday night.

 

Kenton (6-3) led 43-30 early in the fourth quarter but Delphos Jefferson (3-8) stormed back to close to within two points down the stretch. However, the Wildcats were able to convert all 10 of their fourth-quarter foul shots to secure the win.

 

Alex Rode had 20 points to lead Delphos Jefferson.

 

Landon Rush finished with 23 points while Jaron Sharp added 19 points and 12 rebounds for Kenton.

 

Rush was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Lady Wildcats Knock Down 18 Three-Pointers In Win Over Ada

The Kenton Lady Wildcats knocked down 18 three-pointers in defeating Ada 94-32 in girls basketball action Saturday afternoon.

 

The Lady Wildcats (7-3) used a 16-0 run in the first quarter of the game and were never threatened.

 

Five players scored in double figures for Kenton, led by Jenna Manns' 18 points on six three-pointers. Kori Barrett had 17 points and five rebounds while Haylee Bushong added 14 points, Caitlin Tudor finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Ellie Miller tallied 11 points. Lindsey Smith had eight points and 10 rebounds and Layne Taylor had seven points and seven rebounds.

 

Ada (2-9) was led by Maddie Gossard's 10 points and eight rebounds.

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Defiance Edges Lady Wildcats 51-48

Defiance slipped past Kenton 51-48 in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action Friday night on the opening night for the Bulldogs' new gymnasium.

 

The win was the eighth straight for Defiance, which improves to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the WBL.

 

Kennedy Replogle led the Bulldogs with 16 points and six rebounds while Emily Poling added 12 points and four rebounds.

 

Kenton (6-3 overall, 1-2 WBL) got 11 points and nine rebounds from Layne Taylor. Ellie Miller finished with 11 points and five rebounds while Caitlin Tudor grabbed eight misses for the Lady Wildcats.

 

Taylor was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Bulldogs Defeat Wildcats 68-59

Defiance defeated Kenton 68-59 in Western Buckeye League boys basektball action Friday in the first game at the new Bulldog gymnasium.

 

Defiance (5-3 overall, 1-1 WBL) got 22 points and 10 rebounds from Tyrel Goings while Will Lammers added 21 points.

 

Kenton (also 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the league) was led by Jaron Sharp's 18 points and eight rebounds. Jayden Cornell scored 16 points and Landon Rush added 14 points.

Sharp was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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