Area roundup: Wapakoneta downs Kenton

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Boys basketball

Division II Sectional

Wapakoneta 60 Kenton 29

FINDLAY — Wapakoneta advanced to the sectional final after beating Kenton. The Redskins got 21 points from Adam Scott and 20 from Aaron Good. Wapakoneta will play will face WBL foe Defiance in Findlay at 8 p.m. Friday.

Division IV Sectional

McComb 60, Hardin Northern 49

VAN BUREN — Hardin Northern’s season came to an end after losing to McComb. For Hardin Northern, Nevin Robson scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and teammate Hunter Jolliff added 11. Hardin Northern ends its season with a 7-16 mark and McComb (10-11) will move on to play Pandora-Gilboa in Van Buren at 6:15 p.m. Friday.


Crestview’s Javin Etzler was chosen as the 2018-19 NWC Player of the Year for the second straight year by Northwest Conference boys’ basketball coaches at their annual selection meeting.

Etzler received 113 total points in the voting to finish ahead of Luke Denecker, a junior guard from Bluffton. Etzler averaged 14.4 points per game along with 7 rebounds and 2 assists per game for the Knights. Jaden is a 3-time NWC first-team selection.

Etzler and Denecker were joined on the NWC first team by Kalen Etzler (Crestview), Blake Reynolds (Columbus Grove), Tayt Birnesser (Columbus Grove) and Jaret Miller (Paulding). Etzler, Reynolds, and Birnesser are sophomores while Miller is a senior. Denecker and Reynolds and 2-time NWC first-team selections.

Coach of the Year honors in the NWC go to Chris Sautter of Columbus Grove. He led the Bulldogs to an 7-1 conference mark and a regular season record of 16-5. Columbus Grove and Crestview (21-1 overall) tied for the league championship with identical league records.

Making the second team were Zane Miller (Lincolnview), Tyler Clum (Allen East), Jared Piercefield (Bluffton), Fletcher Cook (Paulding), Mason Soper (Bluffton) and Drew Kline (Crestview).


Ottawa-Glandorf’s Owen Hiegel was named the 2018-19 Player of the year and his coach, Tyson McGlaughlin, garnered the Coach of the Year honors in the Western Buckeye League.

Joining Hiegel on the first team were his teamm

ate Ethan White along with George Mangas (Shawnee), Drew Bagley (Van Wert) and Adam Scott (Wapakoneta).

Collecting second team honors were Tyrel Goings (Defiance) Ben Westrick (Ottawa-Glandorf), Tyson Elwer (Shawnee), Nate Place (Van Wert) and Aaron Good (Wapakoneta).


Lima Senior’s Jamir Simpson was named first team All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference. The information was omitted from Wednesday’s Area Roundup.

Girls basketball


Ottawa-Glandorf’s Erin Kaufman (player of the year) and Troy Yant (coach of the year) took top honors in the Western Buckeye League.

Joining Kaufman on the first team were Chandler Clark (Bath), Mackenzie Wilson (Wapakoneta), Lauren Cisco (St. Marys), Ashley Schroeder (Ottawa-Glandorf) and Trinity Gearing (Shawnee)

The second team includes Madelyn Renner (Bath), Maddy Luebke (Celina), Kelsey Erford (Ottawa-Glandorf), Carly Caywood (St. Marys) and Katie Engle (Wapakoneta).

Making the third team were Carlee Smiddy (Defiance) Jenna Manz (Kenton), Grace O’ Connor (Shawnee), Kendall Dieringer (St. Marys), Audra Schaub (Wapakoneta) and Amira Freeman (Elida).



Bath product honored

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Three members of the Bluffton University men’s basketball team were recognized when the Heartland Conference announced it post-season awards on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Sophomore Dezman Brown (Elyria) has been named the first-ever Heartland Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player and along with that Honorable Mention All-HCAC. Andrew Renner (Cairo/Bath) and Isaiah Taylor (Yellow Springs) were also honored by the Heartland Conference coaches.

He averaged a team-high 35.4 minutes per game, including over 36 minutes a night in conference play. Brown was the only Beaver to start all 27 games and he topped the Beavers with 40 percent shooting from outside the arc (44-of-110). He bucketed 9.2 PPG and picked up 33 steals during his sophomore campaign. Brown was Bluffton’s best free throw shooter, knocking down 36-of-42 for 85.7 percent.

A season after earning Honorable Mention All-Heartland Conference acclaim, junior Andrew Renner was named Second Team All-HCAC. He finished third in the conference with 15.7 PPG and 6.6 RPG. Renner went for a career-high 32 points twice in the span of a week, the only 30+ point games by a Beaver this season. He is 48th all-time with 781 career points, just over 200 from eclipsing 1,000 markers as a Beaver. The long-range marksman is tied for 13th all-time with 98 career makes from distance. His 79.9 free throw percentage is 16th all-time (135-of-169).


ONU’s Dirksen honored

ADA — Ohio Northern senior Jenna Dirksen (Beavercreek/Carroll) has been awarded All-Ohio Athletic Conference First-Team accolades in women’s basketball for the 2018-19 season, the league office announced Wednesday morning.

This season, Dirksen led the Polar Bears and ranked fifth in the OAC with 14.2 points per game. She also paced the Orange and Black with 132 made field goals, 85 made free throws, 66 assists, and 35 steals in a team-high 857 minutes during the campaign. Additionally, the senior guard ended fourth with 397 total points, tied for fourth with a 40.7 percent three-point field goal percentage, and ended fifth with an 80.2 percent free throw clip on the conference leaderboards.

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