40 for Lessing

Houston’s Cameron Arnold, left, defends against his brother, Lehman’s Dylan Arnold, in action Saturday night at Lehman. The two brothers each led their respective teams in scoring in Lehman’s 53-51 victory.

Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Staff report

INDIAN LAKE — Fairlawn’s Nathan Lessing continued to roll on toward a new all-time County scoring record.

Lessing and his Jet teammates went on the road to face a good Indian Lake squad Saturday, and the senior standout exploded for 40 points to lead Fairlawn to a 75-70 victory.

He has 1,770 points in his career and is now just 64 points away from tying the mark of 1,834 held by former Fort Loramie standout Tom Brandewie.

As he usually does, Lessing got to the free throw line, where he was money in the bank. He finished the game 21-for-23 from the stripe.

He got offensive help, with Luke Hickman scoring 11 and Keshon Johnson adding 10.

The Jets led 42-32 at the half, but the lead was cut to 56-54 after three quarters. The Jets were able to hang on for a big road win.

“This was a great win,” said Fairlawn coach Justin Tidwell, whose team also won on the road Friday against Anna. “Indian Lake is a very good team. They are fundamentally sound and aggressive. Nathan had a great game again, and it was nice to see other guys step up and help him out.”

Fairlawn (75) — Lessing 40, Reck 6, D. Brautigam 8, Johnson 10, Hickman 11.

Indian Lake (70) — Shoffner 10, Naylor 10, Albright 5, Coburn 31, Grothous 8, Jacobs 4, Reichert 2.

Score by quarters:


Indian Lake`16`32`54`70

Three-pointers: Fairlawn 2 (Lessing, Hickman); Lake 7 (Shoffner 2, Naylor 2, Albright, Coburn, Jacobs).

Records: Fairlawn 8-1, IL 6-4.

Reserve score: IL 50, Fairlawn 34.


Lehman 53, Houston 51

Lehman and Houston were almost the undercard in their boys basketball meeting at Lehman Saturday night, sharing the billing with the duel between the Arnold brothers.

Lehman’s Dylan Arnold faced off against Houston’s Cameron Arnold, and the two traded buckets all night long.

When it was over, Dylan’s Cavaliers came away with a 53-51 win over Cameron’s Wildcats, rallying back from a 37-33 deficit heading into the final period.

Both Arnolds drained four three-pointers in the game, and both led their teams in scoring.

Dylan had 18 to lead the Cavaliers and Cameron poured in 26 points in a losing effort.

Lehman led 23-22 at the half, but Houston took a four-point lead after three quarters thanks to Cameron Arnold’s 10-point third quarter.

But in the final period, it was Dylan Arnold coming up big, scoring 11 of his 18 points and hitting three big three-pointers in the quarter to bring the Cavs from behind.

Also for Lehman, Kam Lee had 13 and Preston Rodgers 10.

Houston got 13 from Howie Ludwig.

Lehman is now 3-6 and hosts Riverside Friday.

Houston is 1-9 on the year and is at Russia Friday.

Houston (51) — Shoemaker 6, Beaver 2, Ludwig 13, Arnold 26, Hensley 4.

Lehman (53) — Gilardi 2, Magoteaux 1, Sargent 2, Rourke 7, Rodgers 10, Arnold 18, Lee 13.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Lehman 9 (Arnold 4, Lee 2, Rodgers 2, Rouerke); Houston 7 (Arnold 4, Ludwig 3).

Records: Lehman 3-6, Houston 1-9.


Russia 55, Loramie 37

RUSSIA — The Russia Raiders followed up their big win over Fort Loramie on Friday with a 55-37 win over visiting Ansonia in non-league action Saturday at Russia.

The win put the Raiders at 9-2 on the year heading into a big game on the road Tuesday against Fairlawn. The two teams are among three tied atop the County standings.

The Raiders controlled their latest win from the start, leading 19-10 after a quarter and 29-20 at the half.

“They played a matchup zone and we were patient against it,” said Russia coach Spencer Cordonnier. “And it made it kind of a slowdown game. But we shot well and did a good job of getting the ball inside.”

Jack Dapore led the Raiders with 11 and Drew Poling added 10. Three others had eight for excellent balance.

Ansonia (37) — Muir 22, Swabb 3, T. Alexander 6, L. Alexander 3, Bush 3.

Russia (55) — Cordonnier 3, Sherman 4, Monnier 3, Poling 10, Thobe 8, Tebbe 8, Dapore 11, Kearns 8.

Score by quarters:

Ansonia—10 20 31 37

Russia—19 29 46 55

Three-pointers: Ansonia 7 (T. Alexander 2, Muir, Swabb, L. Alexander, Bush); Russia 4 (Dapore 3, Monnier).

Records: Ansonia 5-5, Russia 9-2.

Reserve score: Russia 58, Ansonia 23.


Marion Local 63, Anna 60

ANNA — Marion Local and Anna battled from start to finish, with the Flyers pulling out a 63-60 thriller in non-league action Friday night at Anna.

The Rockets fall to 6-5 with the loss and host Fort Loramie Friday.

Marion Local is 6-2 and is at Versailles Friday.

Marion pounded the ball inside in the first half and scored most of its points that way, but still only led 33-31 at the half.

“We didn’t get backside help against their bigs in the first half,” said Anna coach Nate Barhorst. “We did a better job in the second half, but still gave up some easy shots. I can’t fault the effort of the kids. It was tough to come back after our loss to Fairlawn Friday and the kids gave it all they had.”

Austin Fogt went for 16 to lead the Rockets and Wyatt Bensman added 12.

Nathan Bruns had 19 and Tyler Mescher 18 for the Flyers.

Marion Local (63) — Koenig 3, Bruns 19, Everman 6, Kahlig 6, Thobe 2, Prenger 8, Huelsman 1, Mescher 18.

Anna (60) — Frilling 7, Bensman 12, Doseck 7, Platfoot 7, Cathcart 4, Fogt 16, Roe 4, Osborne 3.

Score by quarters:

Marion—18 33 49 63

Anna—16 31 48 60

Three-pointers: Anna 6 (Bensman 2, Fogt 2, Doseck, Platfoot); Marion 5 (Kahlig 2, Prenger 2, Koenig).

Records: Anna 6-5, Marion Local 6-2.

Reserve score: Anna 63, Marion Local 61, OT.


JC 55, Waynesfield 23

WAYNESFIELD — Jackson Center’s defense gave up an average of just 22 points in two games over the weekend.

The Tigers won Friday by a 39-21 final, and went to Waynesfield-Goshen Saturday and won 55-23 to go to 6-3 on the year with New Knoxville coming to the JC gym on Saturday.

“We came out and played with a lot of energy and locked them down defensively,” said Tiger coach Scott Elchert.

The Tigers locked Waynesfield down so tightly that the hosts had just three points at the half.

Brady Wildermuth poured in 22 points to lead the Tigers and Bryce Sosby added 13.

Jackson Center (55) — Platfoot 5, Booser 2, Heitkamp 3, Sosby 13, Burch 4, Bunke 2, Wildermuth 22, Winner 4.

Waynesfield (23) — Elliott 3, Bowersock 2, Blei 1, Kauffman 5, maxwell 1, Searson 2, Waitman 6, Spencer 3.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: JC 4 (Sosby 2, Burch, Platfoot); W-G 3 (Elliott, Kauffman, Waitman).

Records: JC 6-3, W-g 1-8.

Reserve score: JC 37, W-G 20.


Newton 67, Botkins 63

BOTKINS — Despite another big game from Luke Bergman, the Botkins Trojans came up short Saturday night in non-league action, 67-63 against Newton at home.

The loss left the Trojans at 3-8 on the year heading to Riverside Tuesday night.

Bergman poured in 27 points to lead the Trojans, who got off to a slow start. They fell behind 14-5 after one quarter and were down 33-22 at the half.

Alex Bergman added 15 for Botkins. Luke Bergman was also 7-for-8 from the line.

Newton (63) — Honeycutt 18, Jackson 10, Mollette 15, Evans 12, Miller-Search 6, Clymer 6.

Botkins (63) — Heuker 9, Opperman 2, Metz 6, L. Bergman 27, A. Bergman 15, Butcher 4.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Botkins 6 (A. Bergman 3, L. Bergman 2, Heuker); Newton 11 (Mollotte 4, Jackson 3, Honeycutt 3, Clymer).

Records: Botkins 3-8.


Minster 54, Ottoville 47

OTTOVILLE — Minster had lost three of its last four games heading into action at 7-2 Ottoville Saturday night, but came away with a 54-47 victory in non-league action.

The Wildcats go to 5-3 on the Year heading into a game at St. Henry Friday.

The Wildcats built up a 29-20 halftime lead and survived getting outscored 19-11 in the third quarter to pull out the win.

Aaron Ernst led the way with 14, Bryce Schmiesing added 13 and Mike Ketner finished with 10, a team-high six rebounds, and six steals. Jarod Schulze had three blocked shots.

Minster was 20 for 41 from the field for just under 50 percent and hit six of 11 three-point attempts. The Wildcats also outrebounded Ottoville 23-27.

Minster (54) — I. Schkmiesing 5, B. Schmiesing 13, Ketner 10, Broering 5, Huelsman 4, Ernst 14, Schulze 4.

Ottoville (47) — Bendele 8, Kemper 17, Von Sossan 5, Moorman 11, Martin 6.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Minster 6 (B. Schmiesing 2, Ketner 2, I. Schmiesing, Ernst); Ottoville 6 (Bendele 2, Kemper, Von Sossan, Moorman, Martin).

Records: Minster 5-3, Ottoville 7-3.


Versailles 73, F-M 56,

Ahrens gets 1000th

VERSAILLES — Versailles upped its record to 9-1 with a 73-56 victory over Franklin-Monroe at Versailles Saturday in a game highlighted by Justin Ahrens reaching a milestone.

Ahrens, an Ohio State commit, finished with 36 points to lead the Tigers, and his 34th point gave him 1,000 for his career.

The Tigers trailed 14-12 after a quarter, then outscored the Jets 23-11 in the second to take control.

AJ Ahrens added 12 for the Tigers, Wendel 11 and Knapke had 10.

F-M (56) — Ressler 4, Conley 8, Hesler 6, E. Conley 28, Thurmond 10.

Versailles (73) — Knapke 10, McEldowney 2, Wendel 11, J. Ahrens 36, Custenborder 2, AJ.Ahrens 12.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Versailles 5 (J. Ahrens 2, Knapke 2, Wendel); F-M 8 (E. Conley 4, Conley 2, Hesler 2).

Records: Versailles 9-1, F-M 7-3.


New Knoxville 55, Ada 39

NEW KNOXVILLE — New Knoxville led from start to finish in beating visiting Ada in non-league action Saturday 55-39.

The Rangers go to 4-4 on the year and play at Delphos St. John’s Friday.

Nathan Tinnerman had 16 to lead the Rangers. Lageman and Lammers both added 13.

Ada (39) — Conley 4, Bailey 10, Evans 1, Hoschak 2, Swaney 14, Conrad 2, Mullins 5, Frazier 1.

NK (55) — Bartholamew 7, Osborne 2, Lammers 13, Lageman 13, Tinnerman 16, Merges 5.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Ada 3 (Bailey, Swaney, Mullins); NK 4 (Lammers 3, Lageman).

Records: NK 4-4, Ada 2-6.

Reserve score: Ada 37, NK 23.

Houston’s Cameron Arnold, left, defends against his brother, Lehman’s Dylan Arnold, in action Saturday night at Lehman. The two brothers each led their respective teams in scoring in Lehman’s 53-51 victory.
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