Walton named player of the week for third straight week


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Walton named top player

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – It’s been 30 years since a Horizon League player has collected three-straight Nike® Horizon League Player of the Week accolades, but Northern Kentucky’s Dantez Walton, the Lima Central Catholic product, has ended the stretch with his third such honor in the last three weeks.

Walton averaged 25.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading NKU to a pair of wins, a 22-point road shellacking of Miami (Ohio) (76-54) and a 19-point defeat of Eastern Kentucky (76-57) at home. The senior forward was highly efficient across the two games, converting 65 percent (20-of-31) from the field and 50 percent (7-of-14) from beyond the arc.

In the first matchup of the week, Walton converted 13-of-20 field-goal attempts, including 4-for-9 from 3-point land, en route to 32 points at Miami. That marked his third 30-point outing in a four-game span. He added eight rebounds and four assists.

The native of Lima, Ohio, then made 7-of-11 field goals and 3-of-5 from long range in an 18-point, nine-rebound showing against Eastern Kentucky.

During Walton’s three-week run, the Norse have played five games against Division I competition and he is averaging 26.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. He’s also shot lights out during that stretch, making 57 percent all shots (47-of-83) and 50 percent (19-of-38) from 3-point territory.

Dayton’s Negele Knight was the last Horizon League player to win three-straight player of the week honors. The Flyer accomplished the feat in the 1989-90 season.

Northern Kentucky is currently 7-3 on the year and will be back in action at BB&T Arena on Sunday, Dec. 15, when it hosts Illinois State at 2 p.m.

High School

Girls Basketball

Bath 63, McComb 35

McCOMB — Fourth Bath players scored in double digits with Abby Dackin leading the way with 12 points followed by Madelyn Renner, who also had 11 rebounds, adding 11. Ruby Bolon, who had seven rebounds, and Chandler Clark each chipped in 10 points.

Bath improves to 6-0 on the season and McComb falls to 3-2.

Van Buren 58, Hardin Northern 50

DOLA — Hardin Northern’s Maddie Grappy scored a game-high 28 points and teammate Eris McCoy scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds. For Van Buren, Mady Parker scored 18 points.

Hardin Northern slips to 1-5 on the year.

New Bremen 64, Lincolnview 56

NEW BREMEN — New Bremen’s Kaylee Fruend scored 21 points and Madison Cordonnier added 15 points. Elli Roetgerman notched 11 points for the Cardinals. For Lincolnview, Brianna Ebel scored 19 points followed by Kendall Bollenbacher with 12. Teammates Annie Mendenhall and Jordan Decker each chipped 10 points.

Boys Bowling

Ottawa-Glandorf 2,826, Van Wert 2,434

OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf’s Jarreet Jones rolled a 429. Other Titan scores were Ethan Schroeder (418), Mitch Kaufman (409), Brandt Utrup (400), and Sean Kelley (395). For Van Wert, Aidyn Sidle had a 374. Other Cougar scores were Landon Nowalk (363), Logan Goodwin (363), Ian Ellis (234) and Jacob Place (141).

O-G remains unbeaten at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the WBL.

Girls Bowling

Van Wert 2,594, Ottawa-Glandorf 2,124

OTTAWA — Van Wert’s Lorrie Decker bowled a 439. Other Cougar scores were Ryliegh Hanicq (379), Makenzie Bowers (308)m Hanna Say (300) and Katie Hauter (287). For Ottawa-Glandorf, Emily Krukowski rolled a (345). Other Titan scores were Bri Siebeneck (314), Camryn Foppe (290), Hannah Hoehne (261) and Natalie Duling (256).

Wrestling

Columbus Grove 41, Ayersville 39

Archbold 47, Columbus Grove 35

AYERSVILLE — Columbus Grove got wins against Ayersville from Landon Scrhroeder (138 lbs.), AJ Shafer (195 lbs.), Dakota Sargent (220 lbs.) Against Archbold, the Bulldogs got victories from Noah Goecke (113 lbs.), Antonio Gray (120 lbs.), Ryan Bogart (182 lbs.) and Jeff Meyer (285 lbs.)

Area winners advance to district Elks Hoop Shoot

The 48th Annual Elks Hoop Shoot was held on Saturday with eight area schools participating. The Elks Hoop Shoot is the national free throw shooting contest for boys and girls age 8 - 13. The local 1st place winners will compete in the District Hoop Shoot in Ada, Ohio on Sunday. Winners will advance to the state, regional, and national Hoop Shoot competitions.

The local winners were: 8-9 Girls: Leeann Hunt – Miller City New Cleveland; 10-11 Girls, Brylee Geary – Delphos St Johns; 12-13 Girls: Cady Donaldson – Delphos St Johns; 8-9 Boys: Carter Roessner – Delphos St Johns; 10-11 Boys: Andrew Elwer – Delphos St Johns; 12-13 Boys: Cameron Elwer – Delphos St Johns.

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