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Eagles Overpower Ada, Top Bulldogs 49-18

The Liberty-Benton Eagles defeated the Ada Bulldogs 49-18 in Division VI, Region 22 quarterfinal action Friday at Liberty-Benton High School.


The Eagles, the top seed in the region, improve to 10-1 and will face Hicksville next week in regional semifinal action. The Bulldogs end their season at 7-4.


Liberty-Benton piled up more than 500 yards of offense, with quarterback Austin May throwing for four touchdowns.


Seth Conley threw a pair of TD passes for Ada and also rushed for a score.


Ada Kicks Off Post Season Play Tonight


Two high-powered offenses will collide tonight in Liberty-Benton as the Eagles host Ada in Division 6, Region 22 quarterfinal action.


The Eagles, the top seed in the region, averaged 41 points a game against a daunting schedule. Liberty-Benton faced five playoff teams and played just two teams with losing records while rolling up a 9 and 1 mark in the regular season.


The Bulldogs, who are the region’s eighth seed, can also light up a scoreboard. Ada is 7 and 3 this season while averaging 31 points a game.


WKTN will have all the action from tonight’s regional quarterfinal game live from Liberty-Benton, with the pregame show starting at 7 p.m. The opening kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.



Ada Player Named Northwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year


An Ada Bulldogs football player was honored by Northwest Conference coaches at a meeting held this week.


Chase Sumner, a senior defensive back, was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year. Sumner also received first team offense honors along with teammate Jakob Hochak. Three Ada players: Noah Mattson, Aaron Everhart and Seth Conley received second team offense honors. Ethan Hall, Damien Fuqua and Jackson Conrad received honorable mention for offense. First team defense team honors for Ada was Jakob Hochak, second team defense players from Ada were Ethan Swaney and Aaron Everhart and honorable mention went to Xander White and Mason Waugh and Erryk Katayama.


Crestview junior quarterback Drew Kline was voted the Offensive Player of the Year.


Spencerville head coach Chris Sommers was selected as the Coach of the Year for the Northwest Conference in voting by coaches.



Riverdale Athletes Honored During Awards Banquet

Multiple Riverdale students received awards during award's night held at the school this week.
Awards handed out at the cross country banquet:
Liviya Benjamin - JH Most Valuable Runner
Brekken Rall - JH Most Valuable Runner
Josh Leopold - HS Most Valuable Runner
Juleigha Collier - HS Most Valuable Runner, 1st Team BVC, Scholar-Athlete Award
Kendra Collier - 2nd Team BVC, Scholar-Athlete Award
Adrian Digby - Scholar-Athlete Award
Isa Renteria - Scholar-Athlete Award
Audrey Leopold - BVC Honorable Mention, Most Improved, BVC All-Academic Team, Scholar-Athlete Award, 4th Year Letter 
Awards handed out at the golf banquet:
Justin Hartman - Scholar-Athlete Award
Curtis Tracy - BVC Honorable Mention, Scholar-Athlete Award, Sportsmanship Award
Christian Vazquez - Most Improved 
Rease Haley - BVC Honorable Mention, Rookie of the Year 
Jacob Tackett - Sportsmanship Award
Andrew Kuenzli - BVC 1st Team, 2nd Team All-Northwest Ohio, Player of the Year, State Golf Participant 
Mason Pickett - 4th Year Letter, Scholar-Athlete Award, BVC All-Academic Team, Academic All-Ohio 
Blanchard Valley Conference Football All-League Selections:
Aidan Loveridge - 2nd Team Running Back, 2nd Team Linebacker
Gage Murphy - 3rd Team Receiver
Wayne Frey - Honorable Mention
Ethan Hayes - Honorable Mention
Zach Himes - Honorable Mention
Aiden Vent - Honorable Mention
North Central Ohio Soccer Association Boys Soccer League Selections:
Taylor Bacon - 1st Team
Coby Miller - 1st Team
Luke Drerup - 2nd Team
Tyler Hart - Honorable Mention


Ada Bulldogs in State Football Playoffs

The Ada Bulldogs will take on Liberty-Benton in the opening round of the state football playoffs on Friday. 
The Bulldogs had to wait until late Saturday night to make it official, but Ada did sneak into the postseason as the eighth seed in Division 6, Region 22. The Bulldogs, who are 7 and 3, will head north to take on Liberty-Benton in regional quarterfinal action at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. The Eagles are 9 and 1 and the top seed in the region.
The rest of Region 22 features second-seeded Wynford hosting seventh-seeded Carey; Seneca East, the third seed, entertaining sixth-seeded Hillsdale; and fifth-seeded Gibsonburg traveling to Hicksville to meet the fourth-seeded Aces.
The Bulldogs were the only regional team to qualify for the postseason. The Kenton Wildcats finished 5 and 5 and were ranked 14th in Division 4, Region 14, with Upper Sandusky, who went 3 and 7, placing 25th in the region.
In Division 7, Region 26, Upper Scioto Valley, which went 4 and 6, finished 15th while Hardin Northern, which was 3 and 7, ranked 16th and Ridgemont, which was 0 and 10, tied for 25th. In Region 22, Riverdale finished 18th after a 5 and 5 season while Arlington placed 11th in Division 7, Region 24 after a 5 and 5 campaign.
Two Western Buckeye League teams qualified for the postseason. St. Marys, which won the league championship, placed third in Region 14 and will host Highland while Elida is the eighth seed in Division 3, Region 12 and will visit Trotwood Madison.


Kenton Ends Season With 49-0 Win Over Bath

The Kenton Wildcats ended their season with a 49-0 win over Bath in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Robinson Field.


Kenton, which won four of its last five games, finishes its season at 5-5 overall and 5-4 in the WBL. Bath ends its campaign at 1-9 overall and 0-9 in the WBL.


Kenton's defense held Bath to 59 yards of offense, seven through the air and 52 on the ground. 


Jaron Sharp threw for 227 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for 131 yards and a touchdown. Landon Rush and Hunter Moore caught two TD passes each, with Alex Stephens also grabbing a scoring reception.


Clint Kitchen ran for a touchdown for Kenton and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


Kenton Boys Soccer Team Takes on Elida in District Championship Game

The Kenton Wildcats and the Elida Bulldogs square off tonight for the Division 2 boys soccer district championship at Elida. 
Tonight’s district title tilt features the two top seeds in the district, and the two best teams in the Western Buckeye League.
Elida, the district’s top seed, is 17 and 1 and finished atop the WBL with an 8 and 1 league mark. The Bulldogs scored six times in the first half as they rolled to a 7 to 2 win over St. Marys in district semifinal play on Monday.
Kenton was seeded second and is now 16-1-1 for the year. The Cats were the runners-up in the Western Buckeye League with a 7-1-1 conference record and qualified for the district final by posting a thrilling come-from-behind 2 to 1 win over Shawnee on Monday.
Adding another element to tonight’s game, these two teams met three weeks ago on this same field. Elida made an early goal stand up and handed the Cats their only loss of the season via a 1 to nothing count back on October 5th.
WKTN will have all the action from tonight’s district title game live from Elida, with the pregame show starting at 5:45 p.m. The opening kick is set for 6 p.m.


Lady Falcons Advance to District Championship

*Photo Credits Kim Camper





The Riverdale Lady Falcons defeated Van Buren last night to a final score of 1-0.


The only goal for the lady Falcons came from Reygan Frey at the 13:52 mark of the second half when Van Buren’s goalie came out of the box to try and dive for the ball. Frey was able to slip by and shoot into the back of the net putting the Falcons on the board and the only lead.


The Lady Falcons will face the Liberty Benton Eagles for the district Championship on Saturday at Findlay High School at 5pm.







Kenton Takes on Shawnee in Soccer Tournament Action Tonight

A rematch with Shawnee in the district semis is on tap tonight for the Kenton boys soccer team.
The Wildcats and the Indians fought to a 2-all draw on September 26th, but the stakes have been raised for tonight’s Division 2 district semifinal match at Elida.
The Wildcats won their first sectional title since 2004 by blanking Celina 3 to zip Thursday at Merold Field. Drew Hoppe scored twice for the Cats while Hayden Hicks added a goal of his own, giving Hicks a team-best 24 goals for the season, with Hoppe close behind with 23 tallies. The shutout was the 10th clean-sheet of the season for Kenton goalkeeper Luke Woodruff and the Wildcat defense.
The Indians are 12-2-3 after a 9 to nothing drubbing of Upper Sandusky in their sectional championship game last week, with Ryan McGuire’s three goals leading the way for Shawnee.
WKTN will have all the action from tonight’s district semifinal match live from Elida, with the pregame show starting at 4:45 p.m. The match will kick off at 5 p.m.
The other district semifinal at Elida will take place at 7 p.m. tonight, with top-seeded Elida meeting third-seeded St. Marys. Kenton was the second seed in the stacked district, with Shawnee checking in as the fourth seed.
The two winners of tonight’s semifinals will return to Elida at 6 p.m. on Thursday to battle for the district title.


Elida Outlasts Kenton 51-50 In Western Buckeye League Thriller

The Elida Bulldogs outlasted the Kenton Wildcats 51-50 in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Kraft Stadium in Elida.


The Bulldogs improve to 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the WBL while the Cats, who saw their win streak end at three games, are now 4-5 overall and 4-4 in the league.


Isaac McAdams had 232 yards and three touchdowns passing for Elida, and he also rushed for 185 yards and two more scores.


Kenton quarterback Jaron Sharp finished with 397 yards and three touchdeowns through the air while rushing for four scores and 113 yards. Hunter Moore (178 yards receiving), Landon Rush (112 yards) and Jayden Cornell (81 yards) each caught a TD pass from Sharp.


Sharp, Shawn Conover and Bryce Ellis had interceptions for the Cats.


Noak Eikenbary was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats conclude their season on Friday when they host Bath. WKTN will carry the game live from Robinson Field, with the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. The opening kick is set for 7 p.m.


Wildcats Blank Bulldogs 3-0, Win Sectional Title

The Kenton Wildcats posted their 10th shutout of the season Thursday, blanking Celina 3-0 in Division 2 boys soccer sectional title play at Merold Field.


The Wildcats improve to 15-1-1 and will take on Shawnee in district semifinal play Monday at Elida. The Bulldogs end their season at 7-9-2.


Drew Hoppe scored twice for Kenton, first off an assist from Hunter Larue and then off a feed from Landon Bartlett. Hoppe's two goals gave the Cats a 2-0 lead at intermission, and Hayden Hicks' unassisted tally in the second half provided the final margin as Kenton won its first sectional title since 2004.


Riverdale Girls Soccer Team Advances

***photos submitted by Kim Camper


The Riverdale Lady Falcons defeated the Allen East Mustangs last night in Division 3 Region 10 Sectional action to a final score of 7-0 last night at Riverdale High School. Gabi Rodriguez and Reygan Frey each had 2 goals a piece..



The Lady Falcons travel to Findlay High School on October 25th at 7pm to take on 7th seed Van Buren who defeated the #3 seed Mansfield Christian to a 2-1 Final.





Kenton Host Celina in Soccer Tournament Action

The Kenton Wildcats host Celina tonight in Division 2 boys soccer district tournament action. 
The Wildcats and the Bulldogs hooked up back in August in the opening match of Western Buckeye League competition, with the Cats posting a 2 to 1 win at Celina.
Of course, a lot has changed over the past two months. Celina, the district’s sixth seed, is 7-8-2 on the season and finished 2-6-1 in the Western Buckeye League. The Bulldogs opened postseason play on Monday by scoring four times in the first seven minutes on their way to a 5 to 2 win over ninth-seeded Napoleon.
A historic Kenton season earned the Cats the district’s second seed and a first-round bye. Kenton went 14-1-1 in the regular season – the best campaign in school history – and also had its best-ever year in the Western Buckeye League as the Cats were the league’s runners-up with a 7-1-1 conference mark.
A balanced attack and a stingy defense have keyed the Wildcats. Twelve players have put one past the keeper this season for Kenton, with Hayden Hicks scoring 23 times, Drew Hoppe tallying 21 goals and Landon Bartlett finishing with 16 markers. Defensively, aided by the strong play of keeper Luke Woodruff, the Cats have allowed just 12 goals while posting nine shutouts.
WKTN will have all the action from tonight’s tournament contest live from Merold Field, with the pregame show starting around 6:45 p.m. The match will kick off at 7 p.m.


Riverdale Boys Soccer Team Comes Up Short in Tournament Action


Riverdale lost in boys tournament soccer action Tuesday night.


The Falcons fell to Mansfield St. Peter's 2-1 in boys Division III soccer tournament action. 


Riverdale closes out their season with a record of 5-12 -1.




Photos courtesy of Kim Camper, Cheap Shots Photography






Riverdale Girls Take on Allen East in Soccer Tournament Game Tonight


1st seed Riverdale Lady Falcons will take on the 8th seed Allen East Mustangs tonight at Riverdale High School in Division 3 Region 10 Sectional play.


Allen East comes off a 3-0 sectional win over Cory Rawson Saturday night.


WKTN will carry all the action live tonight with kickoff set for 7pm.


Wildcats Make It Three Straight Wins By Edging Titans 35-30

The Kenton Wildcats won their third straight game as they topped Ottawa-Glandorf 35-30 Friday in Western Buckeye League football action at Robinson Field.


The Cats are now 4-4 overall and 4-3 in the WBL while the Titans slip to 3-5 overall and 3-4 in the league.


Jaron Sharp threw for 358 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 167 yards and two TDs as the Cats piled up 525 yards of total offense against the league's top-rated defense. Jayden Cornell finished with eight receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown, with Hunter Moore and Landon Rush adding TD grabs as well.


Luke Baird was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they travel to Kraft Stadium to take on Elida. The pregame show will start at 6:30 p.m., with the opening kickoff on tap for 7 p.m.


Kenton Girls Soccer Match Cancelled This Saturday


The Kenton girls varsity soccer match that was scheduled for this Saturday at Van Buren has been cancelled.


According to a release from Kenton Athletic Director Joey Day, the cancellation was necessary due to a postseason conflict for Van Buren.



Big Night For Area Sports Teams


It was a big night last night for regional sporting action. The Kenton girls shattered 4 records last night. They were: best school record of the Western Buckeye League, best overall record, most wins in a season, and beating the Bath Wildcats on their home turf for the first time with a final score of 3-2.


The Kenton boys soccer team shutout Marion Harding on the road 10-0 picking up their record and 13th win. They improve to 12-0-1 on the season.


The Lady Wildcat Volleyball team notched their first Western Buckeye League win over Elida since 2011 in 5 sets on Senior Night.


The Ada Lady Bulldog Volleyball team defeated Columbus Grove on the road in 3 sets to obtain the Northwest Conference Championship Title for the 3rd time. The team was welcomed back to the village by the Ada Fire/EMS in a video posted to the school’s twitter feed.



Happy Homecoming For Wildcats As They Top Shawnee 43-37

The Kenton Wildcats posted a thrilling homecoming win over Shawnee, edging the Indians 43-37 in Western Buckeye League play Friday at Robinson Field.


The two teams combined for 1,123 yards, and the game ended when the Indians were tackled at the Kenton 4-yard line as time expired.


KHS homecoming queen Haylee Bushong and her court saw Jaron Sharp throw for 464 yards and five touchdowns to pace the Wildcat attack. He also rushed for a score as the Cats improve to 3-4 overall and 3-3 in the WBL.


Jayden Cornell had 11 catches for 226 yards and three touchdowns while Hunter Moore caught 15 passes for 157 yards and a TD and Alex Stephens had three catches for 51 yards and the other Wildcat score.


The Indians slip to 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the league.


Moore was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Wildcats host Ottawa-Glandorf on Friday. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.


Kenton Boys Soccer Team Comes Up Short at Elida

The Kenton boys soccer team lost their first game of the season Thursday.
In a great battle at Elida, the Cats fell to the Bulldogs 1-0.
The Wildcats fall to 12-1-1 on the season and 6-1-1 in the Western Buckeye League.
The Bulldogs scored less than minutes into the contest and made the goal stand out with some great defensive play.  
Luke Woodruff had 5 saves for the Cats in goal.
The JV Cats defeated Elida 2-0 and move to 6-4-2 (3-3-2 WBL).
The Cats travel to Marion Harding Tuesday evening with a JV kickoff at 5pm.


Lady Wildcats Win 9-2 On Senior Night

The Kenton Lady Wildcats sent their seniors out in style as they blitzed Harding 9-2 on "Senior Night" at Merold Field on Thursday.


Sidney Plott scored three times for Kenton while Kori Barrett, Hannah Holland and Jazmine Mendez had two goals each.


The Lady Wildcats improve to 5-5-3 while the Presidents are now 8-7.


Thursday's match was the final home game for Kenton seniors Kori Barrett, Kylie Krohmer, Molly Pees, Layne Taylor and Hannah Barlow.


Lady Wildcats Soccer Game Featured Tonight on WKTN

The Kenton Lady Wildcats wrap up the home portion of their schedule tonight when they host Harding. 
Tonight is senior night for the Lady Wildcat program, and it is also the final home regular season game for the cats. Kenton is 4-5-3 for the season and is looking to snap a three-game losing skid tonight. The presidents, on the other hand, have won their last two matches and bring an 8-6 mark into tonight’s contest.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Merold Field, with the pregame show starting around 6 p.m.
Also this evening, the Kenton boys soccer team will play arguably the biggest match in program history when it travels to Elida to meet the Bulldogs in a battle of state-ranked teams. The Wildcats are 12-0-1 overall and lead the Western Buckeye League with a 6-0-1 mark. The Bulldogs are 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the league, and the winner of tonight’s match will have the inside track to winning the league title. The JV match at Elida will start at 5 p.m., with the varsity contest kicking off around 7 p.m.


Lady Falcons Soccer Team Captures Conference Title With Victory

The Riverdale Lady Falcons are flying high today after a 6-0 win over the Upper Sandusky Rams in North Central Ohio conference Action yesterday. 
The win brings with it a much sought-after League Championship title for the Falcons. 
The Rams played with momentum early and kept the score 1-0 in the 1st half, but a goal early in the 2nd  by Reygan Frey started the Falcons on a commanding goal run and the Rams could not recover.
Goals were scored by Reygan Frey (2), Haley Frey (1) Haley Beltz (2) and Gabi Rodriguez (1)
A celebration of fans and players ensued after the game and the Lady Falcons left no doubt they deserve the title, ending their conference play with a record of 5-0. 


Wildcat Boys Soccer Team Tops Ottawa Glandorf


The Kenton Wildcats defeated Ottawa Glandorf Monday night 2-1 in a back and forth battle.  


Kenton struck first in the first half on a PK by Landon Bartlett in the first half.  OG tied the game with 9 minutes left and Drew Hoppe scored the game winner off an assist by Hayden Hicks with 3:30 left in the contest. Luke Woodruff had 5 saves in goal for the Cats.


With the win the Cats improve to 12-0-01 (6-0-1 WBL) and tie the school record for victories in a season.  


The JV Cats defeated OG 1-0 when KP Miller scored off an assist by Chase Wireman.  The JV Cats move to 6-4-1 (3-2-1 WBL) on the season.  


Both teams are back in action Thursday in Elida.



Wildcats Knock Off Cougars 35-27

The Kenton Wildcats defeated the Van Wert Cougars 35-27 Friday in Western Buckeye League football action at Eggerss Stadium.


The quarterback for each team put up big numbers. Jaron Sharp threw for 312 yards and rushed for another 212 yards as the Wildcats improve to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in the WBL. Nate Place had a strong night for the Cougars (3-3, 2-3) as he finished with 293 yards passing and 114 yards on the ground.


Hunter Moore, Landon Rush and Cory Ludwig caught TD passes from Sharp, and the Kenton signal-caller also rushed for a pair of scores.


The Wildcats forcred three Van Wert turnovers, with Shawn Conover intercepting a pair of passes.


Sharp was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they entertain Shawnee in the Kenton's annual Homecoming game. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. The opening kick is set for 7 p.m.


Kenton Travels to Van Wert in Football Action Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats travel to Van Wert tonight to take on the Cougars in Western Buckeye League football action. 
Tonight’s game is a pivotal contest for the Wildcats, who are looking to snap a two-game losing streak as they head into the back-half of their schedule.
The Cats, who are 1 and 4 overall and 1 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League, will have their hands full this evening against the surprising Cougars.
Van Wert went winless last year but is 3 and 2 at the midway point of the 2017 season. The Cougars are 2 and 2 in Western Buckeye League action, with their conference victories coming over defending league champs Wapakoneta and Ottawa-Glandorf.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Eggerss Stadium in Van Wert, with the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
In other games tonight around the region, Upper Sandusky travels to Seneca East; Ridgemont entertains Elgin; Hardin Northern hosts Lehman Catholic; Columbus Grove makes the trip to Ada for the “Battle of the Bulldogs”; Riverdale visits Cory-Rawson; and Upper Scioto Valley entertains Perry.


Kenton Boys Soccer Plays at Mapfre in Columbus

The Cats visited Mapfre Stadium in Columbus yesterday and defeated Graham 5-0 last night. The Cats improve to 11-0-1 on the season.


Drew Hoppe scored ten minutes into the contest off a crossing assist from Hayden Hicks. Three minutes later the Cats doubled the lead when Cobe Heydinger found Landon Bartlett with drop trail ball and finish. With 15 minutes left in the half Trevor Brown assisted Cobe Heydinger to put the Cats up 3-0. Eight minutes into the 2nd half Reed Cook won a nice challenge and Drew took the rebound to goal to put the Cats up 4-0. Rounding out the scoring was Luke Woodruff scoring off an assist to Isaac Mendez. 


The Cats outshot Graham 11-3 in the contest. Luke Woodruff had 1 save and Patrick Bartlett had 2 saves. The Cats finished with 8 corner kicks on the evening.


The Cats are back in action Monday evening when they host Ottawa Glandorf. JV game starts at 5 and Varsity at 7. We will be doing parents night as well and would ask parents to be at the Kroger's end of the stadium around 6:15.



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