Outright champs

Sidney beats Piqua to wrap up North title


Sidney’s Andre Gordon alters his shot as Piqua’s Nate Monnin comes over to defend in action Friday night at Piqua. The Jackets won 55-45.

Sidney’s Andre Gordon alters his shot as Piqua’s Nate Monnin comes over to defend in action Friday night at Piqua. The Jackets won 55-45.

Lehman’s Kameron Lee, left, grabs a rebound next to Cade McKinley of Ridgemont at Lehman Friday night.

Staff report

PIQUA — The Sidney Yellow Jackets wrapped up an outright title in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division Friday night with a 55-45 victory over the rival Piqua Indians in high school boys basketball action at Piqua.

The win gave the Yellow Jackets a 12-1 record in the North and at least a three-game lead with just two to play.

Overall, Sidney is now 16-4 and is back in action at home on Tuesday against Vandalia.

The Jackets’ latest win didn’t come easy, despite the fact that the first time the two teams played, at Sidney back on Dec. 16, they won by 37 points (68-31).

“We knew it would be a tough game,” said Sidney coach John Willoughby. “Piqua held the ball more than any other team we’ve played, and they did a good job. I think the difference was our defense in the second half. We got some steals and were able to get the lead.”

This time, it was close throughout. Sidney led 22-16 in the first half but did not add another point before the intermission, and that allowed the Indians to score the final six of the half and knot the score at 22-22.

The Jackets outscored the Indians 13-11 in the third quarrter for a two-point lead with one to play. And then in the final quarter, Ratez Roberts led the way with eight of his 18 points to help the Jackets get a bit of a cushion.

Roberts was one of two Jackets in double figures. Andre Gordon added 13.

The Jackets hurt themselves with poor free-throw shooting, hitting just 7-for-18 from the line.

Sidney (55) — Bowser 7, Conrad 5, Roberts 18, An. Gordon 13, Rogers 7, Hudgins 5.

Piqua (45) — Schrubb 8, Smith 4, Schmiesing 20, Monnin 8, Patton 2, Rigola 3.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Sidney 4 (Bowser, Conrad, An. Gordon, Hudgins); Piqua 5 (Schmiesing 3, Smith, Rigola).

Records: Sidney 16-4, Piqua 5-14.


Lehman 86, Ridgemont 57

Lehman scored 47 points in the first half and went on to beat up on visiting Ridgemont in Northwest Central Conference action Friday night at Lehman, 86-57.

The win was the third in a row for the Cavaliers and puts them at 9-10 on the season. They are back in action tonight on the road, playing at Miami East in a non-league game.

Dylan Arnold gave an indication of the kind of night he would have when he scored 11 points in the first quarter to lead the Cavs to a 20-11 margin. He then followed that up with 13 in the second quarter, and that helped balloon the bulge to 47-21 at the intermission.

Arnold went on to finish with 31 points to lead the Cavaliers. Teammate Kam Lee added 17. Nine Cavaliers in all scored.

“I was super pleased with our performance,” said coach Tim Gleason. “We really shared the ball well tonight. We had 21 assists and only turned the ball over five times. So it was a real nice game for us.”

Ridgemont (57) — Jenkins 4, Martino 4, Salinos 4, Stover 23, James 2, Smith 3, Sparks 12, McKinley 5.

Lehman (86) — Gilardi 6, Sherman 1, Magoteaux 6, Sargent 3, Rourke 3, Kennedy 4, Rodgers 15, Arnold 31, Lee 17.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Ridgemont 7 (Stover 4, Sparks 3); Lehman 6 (Lee 2, Arnold 2, Rodgers, Rourke).

Records: Lehman 9-10, Ridgemont 3-15.


JC 40, Loramie 35, OT

JACKSON CENTER — The Jackson Center Tigers avenged their worst defeat of the season by springing a 50-35 upset of No. 9-ranked Fort Loramie in County action Friday.

The Tigers, who lost to Loramie 43-21 on Dec. 30, go to 12-6 on the year and 5-6 in the County with a game tonight at Lima Temple.

Loramie is 15-4 and 8-3 and is at Franklin-Monroe tonight.

Jackson tied the game on a bucket by Trent Platfoot with eight seconds remaining and it stood up to send the game to overtime.

The Tigers scored first in the OT and Loramie was never able to pull even.

Brady Wildermuth had 16 to lead the Tigers and Evan Berning had 12 for Loramie.

“The first time we played, they punched us in the mouth and we didn’t respond,” said Jackson coach Scott Elchert. “And we talked a lot about that this week.”

Loramie (35) — Brandewie 5, Berning 13, Braun 9, Rosengarten 2, A. Siegel, T. Siegel 4.

Jackson (40) — Platfoot 9, Booser 4, Sosby 3, Wildermuth 16, Winner 8.

Score by quarters:




Three-pointers: FL 2 (Brandewie, Braun); Jackson 4 (Winner 2, Sosby, Platfoot).

Records: Loramie 15-4, Jackson 12-6.

Reserve score: FL 54, JC 28.


Minster 64, Knoxville 59

MINSTER — Minster built up a 12-point lead after three quarters but had to withstand a 25-point final period by New Knoxville to come away with a 64-59 win in Midwest Athletic Conference play Friday.

Minster goes to 4-3 in the MAC and 9-8 overall heading to St. Marys tonight.

Knoxville is 1-6 in the league and 5-13 overall and is at Lima Shawnee Monday in a makeup game.

Minster put five players in double figures, led by Aaron Ernst with 17, including 4-for-6 in the final period. Isaac Schmiesing, Bryce Schmiesing and Jarod Schulze all had 11 points and Isaac Dorsten added 10.

New Knoxville got 22 from Nick Topp, 12 of those coming in the final period. Ben Lammers had 16 and Nathan Tinnerman 10.

New Knoxville (59) — Topp 22, Lammers 16, Lagaman 5, Tinnerman 10, Thobe 4, Poppe 2.

Minster (64) — I. Schmiesing 11, B. Schmiesing 11, Ketner 2, Ernst 17, Stubbs 2, Schulze 11, Dorsten 10.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: NK 7 (Lammers 4, Topp 2, Tinnerman); Minster 6 (Ernst 3, B. Schmiesing 2, I. Schmiesing).

Records: Minster 9-8, NK 5-13.


Russia 48, Fairlawn 46

RUSSIA — Russia edged Fairlawn to wrap up an outright County championship in action at Russia Friday night.

The Raiders go to 10-1 in the league and have a two-game lead over Fairlawn with one to play. Overall, Russia is 15-4 and is at Fort Loramie Friday.

Fairlawn falls to 8-3 in the league and 16-3 overall and hosts Lincolnview tonight.

Russia had a seven-point lead after a quarter and that’s how it stayed at the half. But the Raiders then managed only two points in the third quarter to fall behind 32-31 heading to the final quarter.

Russia’s balanced scoring was led by Jack Dapore with 10.

Fairlawn got 20 from Nathan Lessing and 11 from Drew Brautigam.

Fairlawn (46) — Lessing 20, N. Brautigam 7, Johnson 1, Hickman 3, D. Brajutigam 11, Reck 2, Curtner 2.

Russia (48) — Cordonnier 8, Sherman 9, Tebbe 4, Dapore 10, Kearns 8, Poling 5, cohee 4.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Russia 5 (Dapore 3, Cordonnier, Sherman); Faifrlawn 1 (Hickman).

Records: Fairlawn 16-3, Russia 15-4.

Reserve score: Russia 59, Fairlawn 26.


Anna 63, Botkins 54

ANNA — Botkins rallied back from a 13-point halftime deficit to trail by just five going to the final period.

But the Anna Rockets held the Trojans off and posted a 63-54 victory in County play Friday at Anna.

Anna is now 6-5 in the league and 12-8 overall and plays at Fairlawn Friday. Botkins finishes league play at 1-11 and is 7-13 on the year with Waynesfield coming to the Trojan gym tonight.

Wyatt Bensman poured in 26 to lead the Rockets, and three others had nine.

Lule Bergman had 19 and Alex Bergman 14 for Botkins.

Botkins (54) — Heuker 2, L. Bergman 29, A. Bergman 14, Butcher 9.

Anna (63) — Frilling 9, Bensman 26, Doseck 9, Platfoot 4, Cathcart 9, Fogt 2, Osborne 2, Schmitz 2.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Botkins 4 (L. Bergman 2, Butchers 2); Anna 6 (Bensman 2, Cathcart 2, Frilling, Doseck).

Records: Anna 12-8, Botkins 7-13.

Reserve score: Anna 44, Botkins 18.

Sidney’s Andre Gordon alters his shot as Piqua’s Nate Monnin comes over to defend in action Friday night at Piqua. The Jackets won 55-45.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/02/web1_021017mju_bb_shs_20-Copy-1.jpgSidney’s Andre Gordon alters his shot as Piqua’s Nate Monnin comes over to defend in action Friday night at Piqua. The Jackets won 55-45.

Lehman’s Kameron Lee, left, grabs a rebound next to Cade McKinley of Ridgemont at Lehman Friday night.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/02/web1_SDN021117LehBbball-1.jpgLehman’s Kameron Lee, left, grabs a rebound next to Cade McKinley of Ridgemont at Lehman Friday night.
Sidney beats Piqua to wrap up North title