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OTTOVILLE — It’s been a big weekend for Ottoville coach Dave Kleman.

His daughter, Megan, had a baby at 12:09 a.m. Saturday morning in Cincinnati. After he visited with his daughter and new granddaughter in the wee hours of the morning, Kleman drove back to Elida to guide Ottoville to the regional championship Saturday night. The win lifted Kleman’s career record to 400-95 in 21 years.

“It was a super Saturday,” Kleman said after Ottoville’s 52-37 victory over Arcadia. “I’m a grandpa again.”

This weekend Kleman hopes to add to the good fortune by bringing home a state title to Ottoville.

Ottoville (27-0), ranked No. 1 in the state, will meet No. 7 Fort Loramie (25-3) in the Division IV state semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday at Ohio State’s Value City Arena.

It will mark the Big Green’s fifth trip to state after making the trek in 1993, 1996, 2005 (second) and 2007. Ottoville will be looking for its first girls basketball championship.

Fort Loramie is making its seventh state appearance and third in the last four years, including 2011 and 2010. The Redskins finished second in 2011 and 1997.

The two teams had a meeting in the regionals in 2010 at Springfield High School. Fort Loramie rolled out its press-and-run attack and forced the Big Green into 20 turnovers, 14 in the first half. That helped Fort Loramie to a 48-30 victory.

However, Fort Loramie has no players left from that team. Ottoville has Abby Siefker, who had 14 points and eight rebounds as a freshman in that game.

Kleman said he expects the same type of pressure Friday from Fort Loramie.

“That’s what they do, run and press,” Kleman said. “They won’t change.”

Fort Loramie coach Carla Siegel is the same coach from when the two teams met in 2010.

“We love full-court pressure,” Siegel said. “My team is completely different from three years ago, but I think we play as good a defense. We’ll try to pressure them and try to get points in transition. That’s the game plan.”

Fort Loramie is led by 5-foot-8 junior guard Darian Rose, who scored her 1,000th career point in the regional semifinal win over Marion Local. She’s averaging 18.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. She’s also averaging three steals. Rose was the Shelby County League Co-Player of the Year.

“She’s the first junior here to reach 1,000 points,” Siegel said. “She leads us in points, assists, steals and charges taken. She’s our go-to girl.”

The point guard is 5-6 junior Meg Westerheide, who is averaging 3.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds.

Jessica Boerger, a 5-10 freshman, is averaging 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds. She scored 16 in the regional win over Marion Local. Boerger, who was promoted to the varsity in Game 7, is Rose’s first cousin.

The inside game features 5-11 Renae Meyer (8.7 points, 5.8 rebounds) and 5-10 Paige Ordean (6 points, 5.1 rebounds).

Ottoville’s halfcourt game looks to 6-2 senior Abby Siefker, who is headed to Bowling Green State University. She’s averaging 17 points and 12 rebounds and is shooting 56 percent from the field. She was the All-Ohio Player of the Year, northwest district Player of the Year and the Putnam County League Player of the Year.

Opponents can’t build a tent around Siefker with 6-foot senior Rachel Beining, who is averaging 12 points, seven rebounds and shooting 59 percent from the field. She was first team all-PCL.

“They’ve (Siefker and Beining) gone against each other in practice since junior high,” Kleman said. “They’ve really honed their game against each other. I’ve told them if they can score against each other, they can score against anyone.”

Guard Rachel Turnwald, a 5-5 senior, is averaging 7.8 points. She scored 16, including 9 of 10 at the foul line, in the regional title victory.

“She’s (Turnwald) a good shooter and a good ballhandler” Kleman said.

Nicole Vorst, a 5-6 guard, is averaging 5.3 points.

“She’s (Vorst) our floor general and leads us in assists and steals,” Kleman said.

Taylor Mangas, a 5-10 junior, has taken over at point guard when Tonya Kaufman suffered a torn ACL injury after playing 13 games. Mangas is averaging 8 points and is shooting 46 percent on 3-pointers and 48 percent overall from the field.

“Taylor has come in and she’s blossomed,” Kleman said. “She’s had games of 18 and 20 points.”


Team: OTTOVILLE (27-0)

Coach: Dave Kleman (400-95, 21st year)

State appearances: 5th (2013, 2007, 2005 (2nd), 1996, 1993)

State titles: None

State ranking: No. 1


G—Nicole Vorst (5-6, Sr., 5.3 ppg.)

G—Taylor Mangas (5-10, Jr., 8.0 ppg., 46 percent 3-pointers)

G—Rachel Turnwald (5-5, Sr., 7.8 ppg.)

F—Rachel Beining (6-0, Sr., 12 ppg., 7 reb., 59 percent field goal)

C—Abby Siefker (6-2, Sr., 17 ppg., 12 reb., 56 percent field goal; over 1,000 career points, over 1,000 career reboundsl)

Team: FORT LORAMIE (25-3)

Coach: Carla Siegel (14th year)

State appearances: 7th (2013, 2011 (2nd), 2010, 2006, 1997 (2nd), 1991, 1979)

State titles: None

State ranking: No. 7


G—Darian Rose (5-8, Jr., 18.5 ppg., 3.6 reb., 4.1 ast., 3.0 stl.; over 1000 career points).

G—Meg Westerheide (5-6, Jr., 3.5 ppg., 2.1 reb., 3.2 ast.)

G—Jessica Boerger (5-10, Fr., 5.4 ppg., 3.4 reb., 1.8 ast).

F—Paige Ordean (5-10, Sr., 6.0 ppg., 5.1 reb.)

C—Renae Meyer (5-11, Jr., 8.7 ppg., 5.8 reb)

Team: BERLIN HILAND (25-3)

Coach: Dave Schlabach

State appearances: 13th (2013, 2012, 2010 (2nd), 2009 (2nd), 2008 (1st), 2006 (1st), 2005 (1st), 2004, 2000 (1st), 1999, 1997, 1990, 1989 (2nd).

State titles: 4

State ranking: No. 2


G—Emily Yoder (5-4, Jr., 6.3 ppg., 3.3 ast.)

G—Kendra Schlabach (5-4, Sr., 6.5 ppg., 2.9 reb., 2.6 ast.)

G—Regina Hochstetler (5-9, Jr., 17.7 ppg., 4.3 reb., 2.0 ast.)

F—Megan Beachy (5-9, Soph., 10 ppg., 2.6 reb.)

F—Jasmine Goings (5-10, Sr., 6.1 ppg., 5.5 reb.)


Coach: John Burdette

State appearances: 1st (2013)

State titles: None

State ranking: No. 10


G—Savannah Hawley (5-6, Sr., 7 ppg, 2 reb., 4 ast.)

G—Jordan Parker (5-10, Jr., 12 ppg., 5 reb., 4 ast.)

G—Jenna Burdette (5-8, Jr., 18 ppg., 4 reb., 5 ast.)

G—Maddie Rigsby (5-9, Jr., 8 ppg., 4 reb., 2 ast.)

C—Erin Swatzel (6-0, Jr., 10 ppg., 9 reb.)

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