Boys basketball notebook: Bertke’s big night, St. John’s wins in OT, LCC finds tempo, Spencerville wins

Shawnee’s Beckett Bertke had the kind of game most players just dream about Saturday night.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore scored 39 points and nabbed 11 rebounds, as the Indians beat St. Henry in a 79-68 overtime game.

Shawnee (2-2) had trailed by nine points at the half. A 23-16 run in the third quarter pulled them closer.

Once the game got into OT, it was all Shawnee, though, as the Indians held a 15-4 edge in the extra session.

Working overtime

Delphos St. John’s survived an overtime thriller against Kalida on Friday night. Neither team led by more than six points in the game.

Cameron Elwer scored 26 points and Aaron Moenter had 12 points, hitting two huge shots late in the fourth quarter and making the go-ahead shot in overtime for the Blue Jays.

“That’s what he does. He’s just a gamer,” Cameron Elwer said about Aaron Moenter, a three-year varsity player. “They fought us tooth and nail, and that’s what we want. It’s our first road game, and we made the plays.”

Aaron Moenter said, “It was just a momentum game. We got it back in overtime, and we stuck to it.”

The Blue Jays lost their Saturday night game to Elida.

Braylon Smith’s 13 points led Kalida (0-2). Logan Kerner scored 12 points, and Jackson Schroeder had 10 points.

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Finding the tempo

Lima Central Catholic boys basketball coach Sean Powell wanted his team to push the tempo.

In Friday’s matchup with Allen East, the Thunderbirds got behind 7-2 before closing out the quarter on a 13-0 run on their way to a 53-37 victory.

“Our goal is to get up and down (the court) and create shots,” Powell said. “We want to create numbers. We’re not the best at it right now. … It’s something that we are working on.”

Jordan Priddy led LCC and all scorers Friday night with 19 points, including four 3-pointers. Billy Bourk (6-foot-6, forward) had 10 rebounds and two blocks for the T-Birds.

Ethan Young led Allen East on Friday with 12 points, on four 3-pointers. Young also came away with nine boards.

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Back to winning

Spencerville bounced back from an 0-2 start to the season with a 72-39 win against Fort Jennings on Saturday night. The Bearcats are now 1-2.

Carder Orr (15 points, 6 rebounds), Evan Osting (15 points), Carder Sudhoff (14 points, 8 rebounds) and freshman Will Sensabaugh (12 points) led Spencerville.

“It was big. We’re going to build off this and have a good season,” said Sudhoff, a 6-foot-6 center.

Orr said, “It’s a very crucial confidence builder for us. It helps us get momentum and move forward because those two losses were rough.”

Jarron Swick, with 13 points, was the leading scorer for Fort Jennings (2-2).

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Big scorers

Several area boys basketball players topped the 15-point plateau in recent games:

• Ottawa-Glandorf’s Colin White scored 29 points in the Titans’ 81-60 win against Van Buren on Saturday. That followed up a big Friday when White scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half of the Titans’ come-from-behind 45-40 win at Bluffton on Friday.

• Ottawa-Glandorf’s Kaden Erford tallied 24 points in Saturday’s win against Van Buren. That was after he scored 15 in the win at Bluffton on Friday.

• Calvin Menke tallied 22 points, and Jarron Swick scored 20, in Fort Jennings’ 61-43 win at home against North Central on Friday. Swick had 14 of his points in a key third-period run.

• Spencerville’s Will Sensabaugh had 21 points in a 56-55 loss to Elida on Friday night.

• Karden Agner scored 19 points in Delphos Jefferson’s 50-36 win against Fairview on Friday.

• A’Mari Wash scored 17 points as Elida advanced to 3-1 with a 54-47 win against Delphos St. John’s on Saturday.

• Elida’s David Etzkorn scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, in Saturday’s win at Delphos St. John’s.

• Continental’s Monty Rayle scored 17 points in Continental’s 58-41 loss Saturday to Lincolnview.

• Temple Christian’s Darrell Clay scored 17 points and had six rebounds in Temple Christians’ 83-44 loss at Arlington on Saturday.

• Dominic Lynch scored 15 points in Shawnee’s 61-56 loss to Crestview on Friday.

• Bath forward Jaxon Foster, who celebrated his birthday Saturday, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull his team within eight points in the third quarter of a 61-44 loss. He finished with 15 points.


Western Buckeye League

`WBL `Overall

Ottawa-Glandorf `0-0 `3-0

Elida `0-0 `3-1

St. Marys `0-0 `2-1

Wapakoneta `0-0 `2-1

Celina `0-0 `0-0

Defiance `0-0 `2-2

Kenton `0-0 `2-2

Shawnee `0-0 `2-2

Bath `0-0 `0-3

Van Wert `0-0 `0-4

Northwest Conference

`NWC `Overall

Crestview `0-0 `4-0

Leipsic `0-0 `3-0

Bluffton `0-0 `2-1

Allen East `0-0 `1-1

Columbus Grove `0-0 `0-0

Delphos Jefferson `0-0 `1-2

Lincolnview `0-0 `1-2

Spencerville `0-0 `1-2

Ada `0-0 `0-3

Northwest Central Conference

`NWCC `Overall Elgin `1-0 `1-3

North Baltimore `0-0 `2-0

Temple Christian `0-0 `2-1

Hardin Northern `0-0 `1-1

Perry `0-0 `1-2

Ridgemont `0-0 `1-2

Cory-Rawson `0-0 `0-1

Upper Scioto Valley `0-0 `0-3

Waynesfield-Goshen `0-0 `0-2

Ridgedale `0-1 `1-1

Putnam County League

`PCL `Overall

Pandora-Gilboa `0-0 `3-0

Ottoville `0-0 `3-0

Leipsic `0-0 `3-0

Miller City `0-0 `2-1

Fort Jennings `0-0 `2-2

Columbus Grove `0-0 0-0

Kalida `0-0 `0-3

Continental `0-0 `0-4



Crestview 61, Shawnee 56

Delphos Jefferson 50, Fairview 36

Delphos St. John’s 60, Kalida 54, OT

Elida 56, Spencerville 55

Fort Jennings 61, North Central 43

Hicksville 39, Continental 24

Lima Central Catholic 53, Allen East 37

Miller City 56, Holgate 27

New Knoxville 39, Waynesfield-Goshen 32

Ottawa-Glandorf 45, Bluffton 40

Pandora-Gilboa 63, Arcadia 28

Scott 64, Lima 59

Saturday Archbold 51, Kalida 37

Arlington 83, Temple Christian 44

Elida 54, Delphos St. John’s 47

Lincolnview 58, Continental 41

McComb 62, Ada 34

Minster 49, Wapakoneta 32

Ottoville 61, Bath 44

Perry 55, Delphos Jefferson 44

Shawnee 79, St. Henry 68, OT

Spencerville 72, Fort Jennings 39

Ottawa-Glandorf 81, Van Buren 60


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Antwerp at Ottoville, 7:30 p.m. Kalida at Pandora-Gilboa, 7:30 p.m. Patrick Henry at Miller City, 7 p.m. Whitmer at Lima Senior, 7:30 p.m.


Bath at Shawnee, 7:30 p.m.

Bluffton at Delphos Jefferson, 7:30 p.m.

Columbus Grove at Ada, 7:30 p.m.

Elida at Kenton, 7:30 p.m.

Fort Jennings at Ottoville, 7:30 p.m.

Holgate at Kalida, 7:30 p.m.

Lima Senior at Woodward, 7:30 p.m.

New Knoxville at Delphos St. John’s, 7 p.m.

Ottawa-Glandorf at Wapakonea, 7:30 p.m.

Pandora-Gilboa at Riverdale, 7:30 p.m.

Patrick Henry at Miller City, 7 p.m.

Spencerville at Crestview, 7:30 p.m.

Temple Christian at Perry, 7:30 p.m.

Upper Scioto Valley at Waynesfield-Goshen, 7:30 p.m.


Arlington at Columbus Grove, 5:30 p.m.

Bellbrook at Lima Senior, 7:30 p.m.

Bluffton at McComb, 6 p.m.

Miller City at Leipsic, 7:30 p.m.

Pandora-Gilboa at Cory-Rawson, 7:30 p.m.

Perry at Ada, 7:30 p.m.

Shawnee at Upper Scioto Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Spencerville at Ottoville, 7:30 p.m.

Van Wert at Kalida, 7:30 p.m.

Waynesfield-Goshen at Jackson Center, 6:30 p.m.


Bellbrook at Lima Senior, 7:30 p.m.


Allen East at Wapakoneta, 7:30 p.m.

Arcadia at Temple Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Continental at Delphos St. John’s, 7:30 p.m.

Crestview at Fort Jennings, 7:30 p.m.

Lima Central Catholic at Bath, 7:30 p.m.

Miller City at Tinora, 7:30 p.m.

New Knoxville at Ada, 7:30 p.m.

Shawnee at Perry, 7:30 p.m.



Ansonia 51, Waynesfield-Goshen 50

Crestview 71, Delphos St. John’s 30

Kalida 47, Elida 31

Lima Senior 61, Lima Central Catholic 28

Miller City 51, Pandora-Gilboa 27

Ottawa-Glandorf 69, Fairview 34

Ottoville 66, Bluffton 42

Perry 47, Ada 22


Antwerp 48, Miller City 45, OT

Lima Senior 60, Woodward 24

Perry 61, Pandora-Gilboa 50


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Leipsic at Fort Jennings

Lincolnview at Elida

Ottawa-Glandorf at Liberty-Benton

Riverdale at Ada

Shawnee at New Knoxville

Van Wert at Spencerville


Ada at Columbus Grove, 7:30 p.m.

Allen East at Van Buren, 7:30 p.m.

Crestview at Spencerville, 7 p.m.

Delphos Jefferson at Bluffton, 7:30 p.m.

Delphos St. John’s at New Knoxville, 7 p.m.

Emmanuel Christian at Lima Central Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

Kenton at Elida, 7:30 p.m.

Ottoville at Miller City, 7 p.m.

Riverdale at Pandora-Gilboa, 7:15 p.m.

Shawnee at Bath, 7:30 p.m.

Wayne Trace at Lima Senior, 7:30 p.m.

Wapakoneta at Ottawa-Glandorf, 7:30 p.m.

Waynesfield-Goshen at Upper Scioto Valley, 7:30 p.m.