Basketball: The Lima News players of the year are proven winners


Mangas, Wolf pile up victories during careers

By Jim Naveau - jnaveau@limanews.com



Minster senior guard Ivy Wolf drives to the basket with pressure from Fort Loramie’s Kenzie Hoelscher during a regular season match-up earlier this season.

Minster senior guard Ivy Wolf drives to the basket with pressure from Fort Loramie’s Kenzie Hoelscher during a regular season match-up earlier this season.


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SShawnee's George Mangas (23) drives against Defiance's David Jimenez plays defense during a Wednesday night Division II district semifinal at Spencerville. See more district photos at LimaScores.com. Don Speck | The Lima News


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Boys Coach of the Year

Girls Coach of the Year

The Lima News 2020-21 Basketball Dream Team

Boys

Tayt Birnesser

Columbus Grove

6-3, Sr.

15.1

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Brennen Blevins

Ottawa-Glandorf

5-11, Sr.

16.0

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Tyson Elwer

Shawnee

6-5, Sr.

10.2

==

Luke Erhart

Kalida

6-5, Sr.

16.1

==

Kalen Etzler

Crestview

6-8, Sr.

19.3

==

Khalil Luster

Lima Senior

5-6, Jr.

13.8

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR

George Mangas

Shawnee

6-4, Sr.

31.3

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Owen Nichols

Ottawa-Glandorf

6-7, Sr.

14.5

==

Blake Reynolds

Columbus Grove

6-4, Sr.

15.9

==

Josh Thorbahn

Ottoville

6-5, Sr.

20.9

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Honorable Mention

Owen Treece (Van Wert), Brayden Knight (Perry), LeTrey Williams (St. Marys), Brady Wheeler (Shawnee), Colin White (Ottawa-Glandorf), Austin Parks (St. Marys), Noah Ambos (Wapakoneta), Landon Newland (Ridgemont), Connor Sanders (Upper Scioto Valley), Nevin Robson (Hardin Northern), Rossy Moore (Lima Central Catholic), Evan Unruh (Lima Central Catholic), Jourdyn Rawlins (Lima Senior), Camren Miles (Lima Senior), Collin Overholt (Lincolnview), Blake McGarvey (Paulding), Creed Jessee (Lincolnview), Josh Henline (Spencerville), Ian Wannemacher (Delphos Jefferson), Gabe Clement (Columbus Grove), Tyler Clum (Allen East), Payton Beckman (Paulding), Mason Brandt (Leipsic), Mitchell Coleman (Continental), Evan Hoersten (Fort Jennings), William Miller (Ottoville), Ryan Suever (Ottoville), Ethan Post (Coldwater), Brian Bihn (Fort Recovery), Owen Jutte (Fort Recovery), Alex Eyink (Marion Local), Bryan Falk (Minster), Justin Nixon (Minster), Reece Busse (New Bremen), Dylan Hughes (Parkway), Caden Slusher (Parkway), Bennett Gels (St. Henry), Logan Lefeld (St. Henry).

Girls

Ruby Bolon

Bath

5-11, Sr.

10.6

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Chandler Clark

Bath

5-5, Sr.

10.3

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Kelsey Erford

Ottawa-Glandorf

5-9, Sr.

13.0

==

Paige Gaynier

Delphos St. John’s

5-6, Sr.

21.5

==

Kenzie King

Columbus Grove

5-7, Jr.

12.4

==

Grace Klausing

Kalida

5-9, Sr.

14.0

==

Nicole Knippen

Ottoville

5-7, Sr.

16.4

==

Emma Leis

Spencerville

5-8, Sr.

16.6

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Nakiya Sigman

Lima Senior

5-4, Sr.

13.2

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ivy Wolf

Minster

5-8, Sr.

20.3

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Honorable Mention

Erin Kaufman (Ottawa-Glandorf), Chloee Glenn (Ottawa-Glandorf), Grace Freiberger (Shawnee), Kendall Dieringer (St. Marys), Esther Bolon (Bath), Madelyn Renner (Bath), Amira Freeman (Elida), Zoe Best (Shawnee), Olivia Stolly (Lima Central Catholic), Sofia Houg (Van Wert), Brooke Nelson (Ridgemont), Amanda Howland (Ridgemont), Maddie Grappy (Hardin Northern), Rylie Barrington (Waynesfield-Goshen), Cali Gregory (Crestview), Alyvia Lindeman (Delphos Jefferson), Erin Downing (Columbus Grove), Olivia Cunningham (Crestview), Janae Pease (Paulding), Alycia Lindeman (Delphos Jefferson), Jalynn Parrett (Paulding), Bailey Gregory (Crestview), Kendall Bollenbacher (Lincolnview), Abi Lammers (Miller City), Natalie Koenig (Miller City), Catelyn Etter (Continental), Liz Scheckelhoff (Leipsic), Whitney Langhals (Leipsic), Alexa Honigford (Ottoville), Lacie Fenstermaker (Pandora-Gilboa), Riley Rismiller (Coldwater), Alli Vaughn (Fort Recovery), Kierra Wendel (Fort Recovery), Sammy Hoelscher (Marion Local), Heidi Rethman (Marion Local), Janae Hoying (Minster), Morgan Leffel (New Knoxville), Ellie Gabel (New Knoxville), Elli Roetgerman (New Bremen), Gabrielle Stober (Parkway).

The Players of the Year on The Lima News Basketball Dream Team both have amazing statistics and one of the most exceptional is the winning percentage of their teams during their varsity careers.

Shawnee’s George Mangas and Minster’s Ivy Wolf, the two Players of the Year, played in 190 varsity games and won 174 of them, which is a 91 percent winning percentage.

Shawnee was 74-5 in Mangas’ three varsity seasons and Minster went 100-11 in Wolf’s four seasons.

This connection between winning and Mangas was something Shawnee coach Mark Triplett talked about the week of the boys state basketball tournament.

“He embodies everything that it is and means to be a winner. He’s a kid who is not the most athletic kid on the floor, he’s not the biggest, strongest kid on the floor. He just competes and he’s a kid that I think makes others around him better,” Triplett said.

“There are a lot of talented kids who don’t necessarily do things within the team and the program and the system that are about winning plays types of things. But George is a kid who will do whatever it takes for us to be successful. He challenges guys and he makes guys better.”

Mangas, a 6-foot, 4-inch forward, averaged 31.2 points a game this season, the second year in a row he averaged more than 30 points a game.

He finished his career with 2,080 points and he set the Indians’ single game scoring record with 57 points in a 96-76 win over Trotwood-Madison this season.

Shawnee was a regional runner-up in 2019. It was undefeated and getting ready to play a regional semifinal game when COVID-19 halted the season in 2020 and a Division II state semifinalist this season.

Mangas made 77 percent of his two-point shots this season and 64 percent of his field goal attempts overall.

He was the Division II state Player of the Year last season and is one of the nominees for this year’s Mr. Basketball Award, which will be announced this week.

Mangas has not yet announced where he will play college basketball.

The other members of the 10-player boys Dream Team are: Tayt Birnesser (Columbus Grove), Brennen Blevins (Ottawa-Glandorf), Tyson Elwer (Shawnee), Luke Erhart (Kalida), Kalen Etzler (Crestview), Khalil Luster (Lima Senior), Owen Nichols (Ottawa-Glandorf), Blake Reynolds (Columbus Grove) and Josh Thorbahn (Ottoville).

Wolf, a 5-foot, 8-inch point guard, averaged 20.3 points, 5.2 assists and 4.3 steals per game this season.

She has been first-team All-Ohio the last three seasons and first-team All-Midwest Athletic Conference four years in a row.

She is Minster’s career scoring leader with 1,685 points, breaking the record of Lauren Shenk, who went on to play at Ohio State. Minster won state championships in her freshman and sophomore seasons. It was a state semifinalist last season but never got to play and lost a regional semifinal to state champion Fort Loramie this season.

Wolf signed with Miami University in November, making her the third NCAA Division I athlete in her family. Her brother Ethan played football at Tennessee and her brother Eli played football at Tennessee and Georgia.

“She’s a very smart player. She studies the game, spends all her extra time in the gym,” Minster coach Mike Wiss said. “She loves her teammates, loves playing for Minster. It’s been a pleasure to be a small part in her high school career.”

Logan Allen, a coach with her AAU team, the Dayton Lady Hoopstars, described her as “a dedicated athlete, a relentless competitor and a compassionate teammate” when she signed with Miami.

The other members of the girls Dream Team are: Ruby Bolon (Bath), Chandler Clark (Bath), Kelsey Erford (Ottawa-Glandorf), Paige Gaynier (Delphos St. John’s), Kenzie King (Columbus Grove), Grace Klausing (Kalida), Nicole Knippen (Ottoville), Emma Leis (Spencerville) and Nakiya Sigman (Lima Senior).

Minster senior guard Ivy Wolf drives to the basket with pressure from Fort Loramie’s Kenzie Hoelscher during a regular season match-up earlier this season.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/04/web1_Ivy-Wolf-vs-Fort-Loramie-3.jpgMinster senior guard Ivy Wolf drives to the basket with pressure from Fort Loramie’s Kenzie Hoelscher during a regular season match-up earlier this season. Bryant Billing | AIM Media Midwest
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SShawnee's George Mangas (23) drives against Defiance's David Jimenez plays defense during a Wednesday night Division II district semifinal at Spencerville. See more district photos at LimaScores.com. Don Speck | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/04/web1_Shawnee-Boys-BB-vs-Defiance-DS3-3.jpgSShawnee's George Mangas (23) drives against Defiance's David Jimenez plays defense during a Wednesday night Division II district semifinal at Spencerville. See more district photos at LimaScores.com. Don Speck | The Lima NewsBryant Billing | AIM Media Midwest
Mangas, Wolf pile up victories during careers

By Jim Naveau

jnaveau@limanews.com

Boys Coach of the Year

Girls Coach of the Year

The Lima News 2020-21 Basketball Dream Team

Boys

Tayt Birnesser

Columbus Grove

6-3, Sr.

15.1

==

Brennen Blevins

Ottawa-Glandorf

5-11, Sr.

16.0

==

Tyson Elwer

Shawnee

6-5, Sr.

10.2

==

Luke Erhart

Kalida

6-5, Sr.

16.1

==

Kalen Etzler

Crestview

6-8, Sr.

19.3

==

Khalil Luster

Lima Senior

5-6, Jr.

13.8

==

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

George Mangas

Shawnee

6-4, Sr.

31.3

==

Owen Nichols

Ottawa-Glandorf

6-7, Sr.

14.5

==

Blake Reynolds

Columbus Grove

6-4, Sr.

15.9

==

Josh Thorbahn

Ottoville

6-5, Sr.

20.9

==

Honorable Mention

Owen Treece (Van Wert), Brayden Knight (Perry), LeTrey Williams (St. Marys), Brady Wheeler (Shawnee), Colin White (Ottawa-Glandorf), Austin Parks (St. Marys), Noah Ambos (Wapakoneta), Landon Newland (Ridgemont), Connor Sanders (Upper Scioto Valley), Nevin Robson (Hardin Northern), Rossy Moore (Lima Central Catholic), Evan Unruh (Lima Central Catholic), Jourdyn Rawlins (Lima Senior), Camren Miles (Lima Senior), Collin Overholt (Lincolnview), Blake McGarvey (Paulding), Creed Jessee (Lincolnview), Josh Henline (Spencerville), Ian Wannemacher (Delphos Jefferson), Gabe Clement (Columbus Grove), Tyler Clum (Allen East), Payton Beckman (Paulding), Mason Brandt (Leipsic), Mitchell Coleman (Continental), Evan Hoersten (Fort Jennings), William Miller (Ottoville), Ryan Suever (Ottoville), Ethan Post (Coldwater), Brian Bihn (Fort Recovery), Owen Jutte (Fort Recovery), Alex Eyink (Marion Local), Bryan Falk (Minster), Justin Nixon (Minster), Reece Busse (New Bremen), Dylan Hughes (Parkway), Caden Slusher (Parkway), Bennett Gels (St. Henry), Logan Lefeld (St. Henry).

Girls

Ruby Bolon

Bath

5-11, Sr.

10.6

==

Chandler Clark

Bath

5-5, Sr.

10.3

==

Kelsey Erford

Ottawa-Glandorf

5-9, Sr.

13.0

==

Paige Gaynier

Delphos St. John’s

5-6, Sr.

21.5

==

Kenzie King

Columbus Grove

5-7, Jr.

12.4

==

Grace Klausing

Kalida

5-9, Sr.

14.0

==

Nicole Knippen

Ottoville

5-7, Sr.

16.4

==

Emma Leis

Spencerville

5-8, Sr.

16.6

==

Nakiya Sigman

Lima Senior

5-4, Sr.

13.2

==

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ivy Wolf

Minster

5-8, Sr.

20.3

==

Honorable Mention

Erin Kaufman (Ottawa-Glandorf), Chloee Glenn (Ottawa-Glandorf), Grace Freiberger (Shawnee), Kendall Dieringer (St. Marys), Esther Bolon (Bath), Madelyn Renner (Bath), Amira Freeman (Elida), Zoe Best (Shawnee), Olivia Stolly (Lima Central Catholic), Sofia Houg (Van Wert), Brooke Nelson (Ridgemont), Amanda Howland (Ridgemont), Maddie Grappy (Hardin Northern), Rylie Barrington (Waynesfield-Goshen), Cali Gregory (Crestview), Alyvia Lindeman (Delphos Jefferson), Erin Downing (Columbus Grove), Olivia Cunningham (Crestview), Janae Pease (Paulding), Alycia Lindeman (Delphos Jefferson), Jalynn Parrett (Paulding), Bailey Gregory (Crestview), Kendall Bollenbacher (Lincolnview), Abi Lammers (Miller City), Natalie Koenig (Miller City), Catelyn Etter (Continental), Liz Scheckelhoff (Leipsic), Whitney Langhals (Leipsic), Alexa Honigford (Ottoville), Lacie Fenstermaker (Pandora-Gilboa), Riley Rismiller (Coldwater), Alli Vaughn (Fort Recovery), Kierra Wendel (Fort Recovery), Sammy Hoelscher (Marion Local), Heidi Rethman (Marion Local), Janae Hoying (Minster), Morgan Leffel (New Knoxville), Ellie Gabel (New Knoxville), Elli Roetgerman (New Bremen), Gabrielle Stober (Parkway).

Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.

Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.

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