Here are some of the top upcoming events involving Lima area high school teams.
Shawnee (5-9, 2-2 Western Buckeye League) at Elida (11-3, 3-1 WBL)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Shawnee pulled away from Kenton this past Friday for a 79-69 Western Buckeye League win. Shawnee had four players score in double figures against Kenton. Trey Brock poured in 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Indians. Brennan Gaffer scored 13 points, Austin Brachok had 11 points and Jaden O’Neal added 10 points for Shawnee.
On Saturday, Shawnee lost to Wayne Trace in nonleague action, 73-67 and then lost 67-45 to unbeaten Crestview on Tuesday.
Elida suffered a nonleague loss to Toledo Bowsher this past Monday night, 86-81. Dakota Mathias led Elida with 38 points, including seven 3-pointers. Austin Allemeier and Louis Gray each scored 14 points for Elida. Bowsher (10-1) has scored 100 points or more in five games this season.
This past weekend, the Bulldogs notched two victories. On Friday, Elida slipped out of Van Wert with a hard-fought 43-41 Western Buckeye League win over the Cougars. The Purdue-bound Mathias led Elida with 19 points – the only Elida player to score in double figures against the Cougars.
On Saturday, Elida defeated visiting Bowling Green in nonleague action, 67-48. Mathias poured in 23 points and came away with an astounding 22 rebounds.
On the season, Mathias is averaging nearly 27 points per game. Through Saturday, he was shooting 53 percent from the field, including 48 percent from behind the arc.
Odds and ends: Defiance, Bath, Celina and Elida all have just one WBL loss. So, every WBL matchup is huge for the Bulldogs, if they want to stay in the hunt for a league title.
The Brass Tacks: Historically, this has been a good crosstown matchup.
Bluffton (10-4, 4-0 Northwest Conference) at Allen East (10-5, 4-0 NWC)
When: 7:30 p.m. today
Kaycee Rowe hit a free throw late in the game against Elida this past Saturday to give Allen East a thrilling 53-52 win over the Bulldogs in nonconference action. Rowe led all scorers with 24 points, while teammate Carly Clum added 10.
Bluffton is coming off a 54-41 victory over Spencerville on Monday.
This past Saturday, Bluffton defeated Pandora-Gilboa 57-48. Paige Buroker led the Pirates with 15 points. Sarah Schriner and Andie Schmutz each added 12 points for Bluffton.
Odds and ends: With both teams undefeated in the NWC, this will be a huge contest.
The Brass Tacks: There’s a nice conference race shaping up in the NWC. Heading into this week, Crestview, Allen East and Bluffton were all undefeated in conference play.
The 11th annual Lima Central Catholic Thunderbird Invitational
When: First-round action will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Competition will resume at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
There will be 39 schools participating at this year’s invitational. The list of teams include: Allen East, Archbold, Ayersville, Blanchester, Bluffton, Calvert, Carey, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA), Coldwater, Columbus Grove, Cory-Rawson, Covington, Delphos St. John’s, Dixie (New Lebanon), Eastwood, Greeneview, Hicksville, Hillsdale, Lakota (Kansas), Lima Central Catholic, Lincolnview, Madeira (Cincinnati), McComb, Mechanicsburg, Miami East, New London, Newark Catholic, Northridge (Dayton), Patrick Henry, Spencerville, St. Joe Central Catholic, St. Paul (Norwalk), Swanton, Triad, Tri-County North, Van Buren, Wayne Trace, West-Liberty Salem and Woodmore.
Covington took home last year’s team title. Coldwater had the best local performance, finishing seventh. LCC came in ninth out of 42 teams.
The last time a local team won the title was 2006 when Coldwater won the team crown. Bluffton won the team title in both 2004 and 2005.
Local wrestlers to keep a close eye on include Bluffton’s Dustin Falk (132); Delphos St. John’s Avery Martin (113), Gunnar Lucius (120), Evan Mohler (132), Wes Buettner (170) and Alex Haunhorst (182); LCC’s Jack Huffman (195); Spencerville’s Cole Bellows (138), Cody Dickson (126) and Logan Vandemark (285).
Lima Senior (5-7) at Lima Central Catholic (11-1)
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Lima Senior is coming off a 77-65 loss to Toledo St. John’s on Tuesday. Jay Thomas led the Spartans with 28 points. Rico Stafford scored 19 points, while Ruben Flowers added 10 for Lima Senior.
Lima Senior went on the road this past Saturday and defeated Ottawa-Glandorf 53-47. Three players registered double figures for the Spartans. Thomas led the way for Lima Senior with 16 points. Brady Allen scored 14 points and Stafford had 11 for the Spartans.
LCC battled back from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to slip past Bath this past Saturday, 52-50. The T-Birds were led by Tre Cobbs’ 21 points. Cobbs scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter. Teammate Dantez Walton added 14 points and eight boards for LCC.
Odds and ends: Lima Senior leads the all-time series with LCC, 19-11. However, since the beginning of the “Lima Cup” in 2002-03, LCC holds a 6-5 edge.
The Brass Tacks: With the abundance of athleticism on both teams, this has all the makings of a very fast-paced type of game.