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(updated: 10:36 p.m.) Perrysburg girls beat Lima Senior, advance to district final (2-27-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 22:27
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Perrysburg's Taylin Hunter (left) with the ball as Lima's Leighton Wireman closes in during their game Thursday night at Fostoria. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
FOSTORIA — It was certainly a tale of two halves for Perrysburg’s girls basketball team Thursday night against Lima Senior.
The Yellow Jackets missed layups early and often, leaving the Spartans with a halftime lead in a Division I district semifinal.
Then suddenly everything clicked for Perrysburg as it dominated the second half of a 66-48 win at Fostoria High School. PHOTO GALLERY
The sixth-ranked ’Jackets (22-3) play No. 7 Notre Dame Academy Saturday at 3 p.m. at Lake High School in a district final. It is Perrysburg’s fifth appearance in the district final in the last six years.
“I don’t think we played very well in the first half. ... There were just times that we missed a lot of shots that we normally make,” Perrysburg coach Todd Sims said. “It was just around the basket shots with nobody on us. We looked a little antsy.”
Trailing 28-26 at halftime, Perrysburg came out blazing in the third quarter hitting its first seven shots to take a 42-40 lead.
Sophomore Erika Joldrichsen subbed in for starting point guard Abby Sattler midway through the third, and she didn’t miss a beat. Sattler sat at the 4:31 mark with her third foul.
Although Joldrichsen did not score, she and Jenn Witt helped keep Perrysburg on track while facing heavy pressure from Lima’s full-court press.
“I was really nervous, obviously. But I knew I had to step up for my team and not make so many mistakes and try to handle the ball well and under control,” Joldrichsen said.
“It’s not easy to do,” Sims said of Joldrichsen’s effort off the bench. “As a coach you hope they can do it, but you never know what’s going on in someone’s head that was on the JV team and now she’s in the district semi against a team that was 20-4.”
With Sattler back in the mix at the start of the fourth, it was all but over for the Spartans.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 09:19
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Wednesday night's state scores (2-26-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 23:13
Wednesday’s Scores
Boys Basketball
Division I
Akr. Ellet 57, Copley 54
Ashtabula Lakeside 70, Chardon 51
Avon 74, Parma 42
Avon Lake 55, Elyria 46
Brunswick 64, Strongsville 48
Can. Glenoak 82, Akr. Firestone 47
Can. McKinley 65, Barberton 40
Centerville 22, Clayton Northmont 15
Cin. Withrow 58, Cin. Walnut Hills 50
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(updated: 10:13 p.m.) BGHS boys drop sectional opener, 70-48 (2-26-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 22:07
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Bowling Green's LaMonta Stone (right) handles the ball as Lima's Demontay Liles closes in during their Division 1 Sectional game Wednesday night at Otsego High School. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
TONTOGANY — Things went from good to bad in a hurry for Bowling Green’s boys basketball team Wednesday night against Lima Senior.
The Bobcats held a seven-point halftime lead, but unraveled in the third quarter en route to a 70-48 loss in a Division I sectional semifinal at Otsego High School. PHOTO GALLERY
BG committed eight turnovers in the first three minutes of the third quarter as the Spartans started a scoring fury that buried the Bobcats.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:24
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(updated: 10:06 p.m.) Eastwood boys rally for sectional win (2-26-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 22:38
OAK HARBOR — Eastwood’s boys found its footing in the fourth quarter Wednesday night to rally for a 54-47 victory over Collins Western Reserve in a Division III sectional semifinal at Oak Harbor High School.
Eastwood (17-6) advances to play Margaretta at Oak Harbor on Friday at 8 p.m.
After trailing 37-35 headed into the final eight minutes, Eastwood outscored the Roughriders 19-10. Seniors Grant Peters and Jake Schmeltz combined for 14 of those points.
“We’ve got a great group of seniors, and they want to continue to play together,” said Eastwood coach Matt Routson. “We really just stepped up and got some stops on defense and rebounds when we needed to.”
Schmeltz finished with 20 points and Peters added 16.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 23:07
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Perrysburg wrestlers ready for state tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE SZYMCZAK, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 09:34
A total of  12 wrestlers from Wood County high schools will journey to Columbus for the individual state wrestling tournament.  
Eight are of the 12 are from Perrysburg in Division I.
The number of qualifiers puts Perrysburg in contention for a team title. The competition will be stiff, but the Yellow Jackets have just fought their way through the  tough Cleveland State district.
"Normally, I would say that our district sets us up great for the state tournament, but all of our guys have some pretty tough draws," Perrysburg coach Sam Cotterman said. "We have seen the best competition, not just at our district, but at all the competitions we faced through the year. We are able to take our kids around the state to face the best competition. All these things will help us do well down in Columbus."
Many pundits like to say after the stress of the Cleveland State district that the state tournament might seem easier emotionally.
"I'd like to say it will be easier because this year's district was the most emotional tournament I have been a part of since my time here at Perrysburg," said Cotterman.  "But it's not. It will be even more competitive and even more emotional because the stakes are higher, and we have four seniors in our lineup who all made it to Columbus.
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