Knippen tabbed top PCL girls player


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Ottoville junior Nicole Knippen was named the Putnam County League Player of the Yer and Columbus Grove’s Brian Schroeder was tabbed as the Coach of the Year Sunday.

Columbus Grove went 7-0 it capture the PCL title and were 18-3 overall.

Joining Knippen on the first team were Kenzie King (Columbus Grove), Kristen Luersman (Fort Jennings), Grace Klausing (Kalida) and Natlie Koenig (Miller City).

Making the second team were Angel Schneider (Columbus Grove), Abby Gladwell (Columbus Grove), Catelyn Etter (Continental), McKayla Maag (Kalida), Elizabeth Scheckelhoff (Leipsic) and Abi Lammers (Miller City).

Garnering honorable mention honors were: Erin Downing (Columbus Grove), Savanah Ridenour (Columbus Grove), Addy Armey (Continental), Alex Hoeffel (Continental) Chloe Wieging (Fort Jennings), Jessie Foust (Fort Jennings), Brenna Smith (Kalida), Abby Wurth (Kalida), Whitney Langhals (Leipsic), Marisa Hermiller (Leipsic), Adrienne Kuhlman (Miller City), Alexa Honigford (Ottoville), Jocelyn Geise (Ottoville), Lacie Fenstermaker (Pandora-Gilboa) and Regan Russell (Pandora-Gilboa).

Seniors making the scholastic awards team were Abby Gladwell (Columbus Grove), Addison Schafer (Columbus Grove), Addyson Armey (Continental), Alexis Hoeffel (Continental), Kerri Prowant (Continental), Katie Keller (Continental), Kristen Luersman (Fort Jennings), Annabelle Wisner (Fort Jennings), McKayla Maag (Kalida), Carlie Rampe (Kalida), Ashley Berger (Leipsic) Shy Giron (Leipsic), Kylee Hoersten (Ottoville) and Becca Luttfring (Pandora-Gilboa).

Buckeyes rally to beat Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Madison Greene scored 14 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter and Ohio State rallied to beat No. 20 Indiana 80-76 on Sunday.

Indiana (20-7, 10-5 Big Ten Conference), which was trying to end a 13-game skid against the Buckeyes (16-9, 9-5) dating to 2010, led 36-34 at halftime and upped its lead to 55-49 heading into the final quarter.

The Hoosiers quickly pushed their lead to 10 before Greene and the Buckeyes took control to notch their fifth straight win. Trailing 59-49 with 9:07 remaining in the game, Greene had a layup and two 3-pointers in an 18-7 run that ended with a Janai Crooms layup for a 67-66 Buckeyes’ lead.

After Aleksa Gulbe made 1 of 2 free throws to pull Indiana even, Greene sank two foul shots, Jacy Sheldon nailed a 3-pointer and Braxtin Miller capped the 7-0 spurt with a layup for a 74-67 lead at the 2:07 mark. Ohio State never trailed again.

Greene sank 5 of 8 shots from the floor, including both 3-point tries, and 10 of 14 free throws for Ohio State. Sheldon scored 16 on 7-of-10 shooting, while Dorka Juhasz scored 13 with eight rebounds before fouling out.

Ali Patberg topped Indiana with 22 points and six assists. Jaelynn Penn added 14 points and eight rebounds. Gulbe finished with 14 points and Grace Berger scored 12 with seven rebounds before fouling out.

Rudolph’s agent: Garrett legally liable after ESPN interview

The agent for Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph says Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett opened himself up for potential legal action after reiterating his claim that Rudolph used a racial slur shortly before their infamous brawl in November.

During an interview with ESPN, his first since being hit with a suspension after slugging Rudolph in the head with Rudolph’s own helmet in the final seconds of a Browns win on Nov. 14, Garrett said Rudolph called the defensive end “the N-word.”

Rudolph, as he did when Garrett made the claim while appealing the suspension in November, called the allegation “a disgusting and reckless attempt to assassinate my character.” Tim Younger, Rudolph’s agent, went a step further. Because Garrett conducted the interview in California, Younger said Garrett’s “defamatory statement” has now exposed the former No. 1 pick to “legal liability.”

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin also came to Rudolph’s defense. Tomlin said he interacted with “a lot” of people within the Browns’ organization in the aftermath of the fight and that no player or coach indicated there was a racial element to the incident.

“In my conversations (with the Browns), I had a lot of sorrow for what transpired,” Tomlin said in a statement.

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