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Unmasking Wiley The Wildcat

For the past three years Kenton Wildcats sports fans have been mesmerized by the moves and skills. While you may be thinking about the student athletes on the field or the court, I’m talking about a different student athlete - Wiley the Wildcat.  Wiley has been seen doing handstands, giving shoulder massages, shaking his tail during free-throws, and taunting a few game officials and spectators. Even our very own Bob Simmons is a Wiley fan.

 

Wiley does a somersault after being introduced at a Kenton Wildcats game in 2017.

 

For Jenna Burd, it’s not just a costume. It’s a personality. When you ask Burd where she gets her ideas and energy she has a simple reply.

 

“I really don’t know. It just comes to me...I am a totally different person.” Burd said. “I could never dance or do somersaults in front of a whole crowd.”

 

Burd said that no matter the score of the game, she’s always ready to help fans enjoy themselves.

 

The Mascot taunts some visiting students athletes during a game this past season.

 

“It’s so much fun to just interact with the games and the people that love the games. I just like to help them enjoy it even more.”

 

Wiley is known for his slick dance moves to the tunes spun on the Public Address system or by the Wildcat pep band.

 

“Dancing is where some people ask ‘What is she doing?’ and some people that say ‘Oh okay! I get it!” Burd said.

 

Jenna had the original dream to go to Chicago and be her favorite mascot, Benny the Bull. However, will be attending Clark State University for nursing in the coming autumn semester, hanging up her mascot mask.

 

The unmasked Burd waves to her fans during the senior night festivities at her final home football game.

 

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Ridgemont Powers by Lehman Catholic in Softball Match-up

 
The Ridgemont Golden Gophers varsity softball teamed Claimed a Victory Over Lehman Catholic in blow-Out Fashion, 15-1
 
Ridgemont had all cylinders firing on offense on Friday, winning big over Lehman Catholic 15-1
 
The Golden Gophers opened up scoring in the first inning.  Kylie Turner doubled on a 0-2 count, scoring one run.
 
Ridgemont scored six runs in the second inning.  Turner, Shauna Richardson, Kaylie Eversole, and Nikki Freshcorn powered the big inning with RBIs. Freshcorn homers on a fly ball to center field. 
 
Cassidy Knapp led things off on the rubber for Ridgemont Golden Gophers  Varsity. She surrendered one run on two hits over five innings, striking out six and walking one.
 
H Wick led things off on the hill for Lehman Catholic. She went four innings, allowing 15 runs on 16 hits, striking out one and walking one.
 
Ridgemont collected 16 hits on the day.  Knapp, Priscilla Howland, Freshcorn, Turner, Eversole, and Richardson all collected multiple hits for the Gophers.  Howland and Knapp each managed three hits to lead Ridgemont Golden Gophers  Varsity.
 
G Brandt went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Lehman Catholic in hits.

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Bluffton Beats Upper Sandusky in Boys Tennis Action

 
Upper Sandusky dropped to 4-5 on the season, with a loss at home to Bluffton (3-9) by a score of 3-2 in boys tennis action.
 
1st Singles - Justin Haggard (B) def. Levi Malone 6-2, 6-1
 
2nd Singles - Clay Burger (US) def. Kory Strahm 6-0, 6-1
 
3rd Singles - Landon Ramos (US) def. Jordan Siefer 6-3, 6-1
 
1st Doubles - Drew Wilson/Christian Groman (B) def. Sam Stuckman/Keegan Hossler 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
 
2nd Doubles - Eden Nygaard/Grant Klingler (B) def. Micah Swinehart/Justin Blackburn 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
 
Coach Aaron Frazee said. "It was a disappointing loss for us this afternoon.  We just made too many mistakes in key spots.  I was proud of how Levi Malone played in his first match at 1st singles.  He is going to benefit from playing better competition, but we really threw him into the fire today against Haggard, who was a state qualifier last year.  I also thought that Clay Burger played his best match of the year.  Landon Ramos is really making strides at this point as well and he wants to hang on to that spot at 3rd singles."
 
JV doubles matches were won by Will Barnes/Grant Bower, Nick Clark/Logan Hamilton, and Jacob Herbert/Anson Hill.

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Ridgemont Shuts Down Horizon Science Academy in Softball Action

 
The Ridgemont Golden Gophers Varsity softball team defeated Horizon Science Academy 13-0 on Thursday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. 
 
Jackie Oates struck out Amanda to finish off the game.
 
Ridgemont secured the victory thanks to ten runs in the first inning.  The offensive onslaught came from singles by Kylie Turner, Shauna Richardson, and M Buckingham, walks by Autumn Manns and Kaylie Eversole, a home run by Cassidy Knapp, an error on a ball put in play by Nikki Freshcorn, and a double by Priscilla Howland.
 
The Golden Gophers got on the board in the first inning.  Turner singled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run.
 
One bright spot for Horizon Science Academy was a single by Aryelle in the second inning.
 
Freshcorn got the start for Ridgemont. She allowed zero hits and zero runs over one inning, striking out three and walking zero.
 
Emily toed the rubber for Horizon Science Academy. She surrendered 11 runs on ten hits over two innings, striking out three.  Tamyra threw two innings in relief.
 
Ridgemont tallied 12 hits in the game.  
 
Knapp, Howland, and Kelsey McKinley each had multiple hits for the Golden Gophers.  
 
McKinley, Howland, and Knapp each collected two hits for winning team.

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Perry Tops Ridgemont in Varsity Softball Action

 
The Ridgemont Golden Gophers Varsity team fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 9-4 loss to Perry on Monday.  
 
Perry scored on a double by K Wells in the first inning.
 
Ridgemont lost despite out-hitting Perry nine to six.
 
Perry opened up scoring in the first inning.  Wells drove in one when she doubled.
 
Ridgemont Golden Gophers  Varsity tallied three runs in the fifth inning.  Ridgemont Golden Gophers  Varsity's offense in the inning came from singles by Cassidy Knapp and Jackie Ramsey and a triple by Priscilla Howland.
 
Perry scored four runs in the fourth inning.  The offensive firepower by Perry was led by M Deal, K Trent,  Wells, and A Muniz, all driving in runs in the inning.
 
Wells led things off on the rubber for Perry. She went seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits, striking out 11 and walking one.
 
Knapp was on the mound for Ridgemont Golden Gophers  Varsity. She went four and a third innings, allowing nine runs on six hits and striking out four.  Nikki Freshcorn threw one and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen.
 
Ridgemont Golden Gophers  Varsity racked up nine hits in the game.  Autumn Manns, Ramsey, and Howland each had multiple hits for Ridgemont Golden Gophers  Varsity.  Manns went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Ridgemont Golden Gophers  Varsity in hits.
 
Wells led Perry with two hits in three at bats.  Perry didn't commit a single error in the field. D Money had the most chances in the field with 12.

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Marion Harding Beats Ridgemont in Softball Action

 
The Ridgemont Golden Gophers varsity softball team suffered a heartbreaking 12 to 10 loss to Marion Harding Thursday afternoon.
 
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Nikki Freshcorn threw a wild pitch allowing one run across the plate for Marion Harding.
 
Ridgemont collected eight hits and Marion Harding had 13 in the high-scoring affair.
 
Marion Harding took an early lead in the first inning.  A sacrifice bunt by M Wade scored one run for Marion Harding.
 
B Edwards got the start for Marion Harding. She lasted four and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits and eight runs while striking out two.
 
Kylie Turner was on the mound for Ridgemont Golden Gophers  Varsity. She went three innings, allowing eight runs on ten hits and striking out one.  Freshcorn threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen.
 
Ridgemont totaled eight hits. Jackie Ramsey and Shauna Richardson each managed multiple hits for Ridgemont Golden Gophers  Varsity.  Richardson and Ramsey all had two hits to lead Ridgemont Golden Gophers  Varsity.
 
Marion Harding collected 13 hits on the day.  M McKinnis, A Teft, Edwards, and A Kitzmiller each collected multiple hits for Marion Harding.  McKinnis led Marion Harding with three hits in four at bats.
 

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Two Wildcat Ballers Commit

Two Lady Wildcat Basketball Players have committed to further their education and athletic careers to Ohio Universities.

 

Ellie Miller has commited to Ohio Northern University. Miller is pictured with her

Parents and Coach Ryan and Robin. Also pictured is Bev Miller.

 

Kori Barrett has commited to Capital University. Pictured with Barrett are

(front) Brother Kyle and Sister Keelee (back) Coach Ryan Miller, and parents Mark and Heidi Barrett

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Participants Sought for BVC Alumni Game

 

The McComb Athletic Department is seeking participants to play in the BVC's 3rd Annual Alumni Basketball Tournament.

 

Graduates of a Blanchard Valley Conference school can sign up and play by visiting the McComb schools website, which is mccomb local schools.org.

 

The event takes place June 2nd and 3rd at the McComb High School.

 

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KHS Holds Winter Sports Banquet

On March 21st Kenton High School held their annual winter sports banquet.  Athletic Director, Joey Day, congratulated each sports team on their success and thanked the student-athletes on their sacrifices and dedication.

 

Day commented on all the pieces that make up a strong program: "There are a lot of working parts that come together to make it work.  It's not a one man show." Day wanted to recognize each coach, parent, administrator and student-athlete that worked tirelessly to make this a successful Winter season.

 

Day also thanked retiring girls basketball head coach, Ryan Miller.  Day remarked that Miller has "set the expectation of success" for a sports program throughout his years of coaching.  Especially this season, as Miller lead his team to their first sectional title in 20 years.

Booster Awards were given to: Senior Cheerleader Mackenzie Phillips, Junior Boys Basketball Player Tye Sherman, Senior Girls Basketball Player Tawnie Keen, Senior Female Bowler Mariana Smith, Senior Male Bowler Lucian Lay, Junior Female Swimmer Haley Hunt, Senior Male Swimmer Mason Bloom, and Freshman Wrestler Carter Bays.

 

The teams then split off into their single meetings, where coaches reflected back on the season and each team and individual accomplishment.  Every coach commented on the hard work, dedication, and positivity within these student athletes; emphasizing the potential that each one has for the next season or the future as the seniors move on to the next chapter of their life.

 

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After Sectional Title, Kenton's Miller Steps Down

Jim Homan Interviews Ryan Miller following a win against the Golden Gophers of Ridgemont

 

Ryan Miller has been coaching since 1993 and has served as the head coach of the Kenton girls basketball program since 2010. Over those eight years, the Lady Wildcats won 99 games, posted six winning seasons and last month won the school's first sectional title since 1998. However, Miller has decided now is the time to step away from the sideline.

 

Director of Athletics at Kenton City Schools Joey Day said that Miller has created an atmosphere of success in the program.

 

“We really appreciate what Coach Miller has done for the girls basketball program here at Kenton over the last 8 years.” Stated Day. “He has really developed a foundation and an expectation of success and helped to raise the level of talent.” Explained Day. “He has worked to really build something that is sustainable and is a staple here. We really appreciate the time and effort that he has put in and committed to building that up.” Day said.

 

Miller, who began his coaching career as a Golden Gopher Varsity Assistant boys coach, transitioned to Kenton Middle School and High School boys hoops programs before making the jump to girls basketball.

 

“That was a big adjustment. There were a lot of things that I learned in those eight years about coaching girls. They are different and in a lot of really positive ways too.” said Miller, who credits great school and community support. “I had a ton of support from parents, I had a ton of support from administration, I had a great coaching staff. It’s about the people that you surround yourself with and I was surrounded by a bunch of great people.” Miller reflected.

 

This past season, the Lady Wildcats went 17 and 7 and won just the sixth sectional title in school history.
 

Miller said that while he would miss coaching, it was the right time to make the switch to focus on his family. However, he will not be leaving the district as he completes year one as an 8th grade social studies teacher at the middle school, where he has taught for a number of years.

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Kenton Little League Signup Deadline is Friday

 

Kenton Little League online registration will close on Friday, March 9th at 11:59 PM.

 

REGISTER TODAY: www.KentonLittleLeague.com

Tryout and Draft Day is on Sat., March 10th in the Kenton High School Athletic Building gym as follows:
 

Majors - 9 am
 

1st Farm - 11 am
 

2nd Farm - 1 pm

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Napoleon Defeats Lady Wildcats 54-44

Napoleon built an early lead and then held off a late Kenton charge to post a 54-44 victory in Divison 2 girls basketball district semifinal play.

 

Napoleon (16-8) held a 26-12 edge at intermission and led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter. Kenton (17-7) fought back, closing to within five points in the fourth period before Napoleon pulled away to advance to Saturday's district title tilt.

 

Taylor Strock led all players with 22 points for Napoleon.

 

Haylee Bushong had 13 points and four rebounds for Kenton while Kori Barrett added 11 ponts and seven rebounds. Ellie Miller and Layne Taylor scored nine points each.

 

Bushong was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Indians Knock Off Golden Gophers 58-

Fort Recovery defeated Ridgemont 58-24 in Division 4 girls basketball district semifinal action Thursday at Wapakoneta.

 

The Indians improve to 19-5 while the Golden Gophers close out a fine season with a 16-9 mark.

 

The Indians opened up a 13-3 edge after one quarter and extended their advantage to 29-11 at the half. Fort Recovery then continued to pull away in the second half to punch its ticket to the district finals on Saturday.

 

Priscilla Howland led the Gophers with eight points. Grace Thien paced Fort Recovery with 19 points while Val Muhlenkamp had 11 points.

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WKTN Features the Kenton Lady Wildcats in BB Action Tonight

 

Fresh off their first sectional title in 20 years, the Kenton Lady Wildcats travel to Paulding tonight to take on Napoleon in Division 2 district semifinal action.

 

Kenton, the district's fourth seed, is 17 and 6 while Napoleon, seeded third, is 15 and 8.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Paulding High School, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. The opening tip is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

 

Also tonight, the Ridgemont Golden Gophers will meet Fort Recovery in Division 4 district semifinal action. The Golden Gophers, who are playing in the district tournament for the first time since 1990, are 16 and 8 while the Indians are 18 and 5.

 

This game will tip off at 6:15 p.m. at Wapakoneta.

 

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Bath Defeats Kenton 64-58 In Tournament Opener

The Bath Wildcats defeated Kenton 64-58 in Divison 2 boys basketball sectional tournament action Wednesday at Findlay High School.

 

Bath (9-14) advances to Friday's sectional final where it will meet Van Wert. Kenton ends its season at 14-9.

 

Chad Frey led all scorers with 36 points for Bath while Devon Kinyon added 17 points.

 

Kenton got 22 points and five rebounds from Jaron Sharp while Jayden Cornell finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.

 

Sharp was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Kenton Boys Begin Tournament Play Tonight

 

The Kenton Wildcats begin tournament play tonight when they take on Bath at Findlay High School.

 

These two teams met a few days ago, with Kenton posting a 62 to 57 victory. Kenton, the district’s sixth seed, is 14 and 8 on the season while Bath, seeded ninth, is 8 and 14.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Findlay High School, with the pregame show starting around 8 p.m.

 

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Falcons, Bulldogs, Golden Gophers Knocked Out Of Tournament

Three regional boys basketball teams were knocked out of the tournament Tuesday.

 

New Riegel defeated Riverdale 57-40 in Division 4 sectional tournament action at Carey. Alec Loveridge scored 16 points to lead the Falcons, who finish their year at 5-18.

 

At Coldwater, Waynesfield-Goshen rallied to defeat Ada 66-59 in Division 4 sectional play. The Tigers improve to 7-16 while the Bulldogs end their campaign at 4-19.

 

In Division 4 sectional action at Bath, Lima Temple Christian was a 59-24 winner over Ridgemont. The Pioneers are now 13-10 while the Golden Gophers are 3 and 20.

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Tournament Games Featured Tonight on WKTN

 

Sectional boys tournament action begins tonight for regional teams.

 

In the first game tonight at Coldwater, Ada will take on Waynesfield-Goshen in Division 4 play. The Bulldogs are 4 and 18 while the Tigers check in at 6 and 16. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting around 6:15 p.m.

 

After that game is finished, WKTN will bring you the Riverdale vs. New Riegel Division 4 matchup from Carey at 8 p.m. The Falcons are 5 and 17 while the Blue Jackets are 11 and 11.

 

Also this evening, the Ridgemont Golden Gophers will open tournament play when they meet Lima Temple Christian at 6:15 p.m. at Bath. Ridgemont is 3 and 19 while the Pioneers bring a 12 and 10 mark into the game.

 

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Presale Tickets For Ridgemont Girls Game Available Now

 

Presale tickets for the Ridgemont girls basketball District Tournament game Thursday versus Fort Recovery are being sold in the Welcome Center.

 

Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults. All tickets will be $6 at the game.

 

Ridgemont gets a share of the proceeds from presale. The deadline to buy tickets will be 2pm on Thursday March 1st.

 

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WBL Releases All-League Team Selections

 

The Western Buckeye League released its all-league teams on Monday, and three Lady Wildcat players as well as two members of the boys team were recognized.

 

On the girls side, Ellie Miller was named second team all-league while Layne Taylor was a third team pick and Kori Barrett was an honorable mention selection.

 

For the boys, Jaron Sharp made the All-WBL first team while Landon Rush merited honorable mention recognition.

 

The Lady Wildcats are 17 and 6 on the season and will take on Napoleon in the Division 2 district semifinals at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Paulding.

 

The Wildcats are 14 and 8 and will meet Bath in their Division 2 sectional tournament opener at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Findlay.

 

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Kenton Roundballers Earn All-League Honors

Several Kenton boys and girls basketball players have received all-league honors.

 

The Western Buckeye League released its all-league teams on Monday, and three Lady Wildcat players as well as two members of the boys team were recognized.

 

On the girls side, Ellie Miller was named second team all-league while Layne Taylor was a third team pick and Kori Barrett was an honorable mention selection.

 

For the boys, Jaron Sharp made the All-WBL first team while Landon Rush merited honorable mention recognition.

 

The Lady Wildcats are 17 and 6 on the season and will take on Napoleon in the Division 2 district semifinals at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Paulding.

 

The Wildcats are 14 and 8 and will meet Bath in their Division 2 sectional tournament opener at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Findlay.

 

Both games will be carried live on WKTN.

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5 Kenton Wrestlers Advance in Tournament

 

Kenton advances 5 wrestlers to the Division II District Tournament in Norwalk.

Kenton’s young team placed 6th at the District II Sectional Tournament in Clyde on Saturday. Kenton traveled to Clyde with 10 wrestlers and advances five top four finishers with three more district alternates. Brian Blankenship, Noah Thibaut and Josh Hart will have to wait to find out if they will wrestle in Norwalk.

Sophomores Noah Eikenbary and Mason Rhoades will be making their second appearance at districts after qualifying as freshmen in 2017 with Eikenbary placing third and Rhoades placing fourth in Clyde last year

 

Eikenbary, Kenton’s 195 pound wrestler finished in first place after beating Max Fausnaugh  of Bowling Green in a 5-0 championship round decision. Eikenbary started the tournament as a number one seed getting a first round bye, he then wrestled Colton DeAnda of Toledo Central Catholic beating DeAnde with a pin fall at the 1:35 mark in the first period advancing Eikenbary to the final round.

Mason Rhoades wrestled his way through the 120 pound bracket landing him in a final round show down for first. Rhoades a four seed beat J.T. Pickens of Bowling Green in a 9-2 major decision in the first round. Rhoades’s second victory came from Toledo Central Catholic’s junior number one seed Cresencio Solo with a pin at 2:54. Rhoades drops his final match to James Batesole where he was tech falled 19-2 in the championship round landing him in second place.

Carter Bays a freshman 145 pound wrestler was a number two seed will get his fist chance in Norwalk with a stellar second place finish. Bays had a first round bye, advancing him to a second round match against Mason Elson of Port Clinton. Bays pinned Elson at 5:25 mark advancing Bays to the finals. Dropping the championship round with a pin fall at the :33 mark, Bays wrestled number one seed Jacob Anderson, a senior from Columbian.

A pair of sophomore wrestlers Ayden Mundy and Ethan Manns secured their chance to compete at the district finals. Mundy Kenton’s 160 pound wrestler and number four seed beat Drew Homan of Toledo Central Catholic in a first round match with a fin fall at 3:59 in the match. Mundy dropped his second round match against number one seed Nick Jackson a senior from Bowling Green when he was pinned late in the opening round. Mundy dropped his next match against Kaeden Hatley of Columbian in a 7-2 decision landing Mundy in fourth place.   Ethan Manns wrestling at 170 pounds entered the sectional tournament as a number four seed wrestling and beating Gabe Reyes of Columbian with a 6-4 decision. Manns then lost his second round match to number one seed Noah Pasquinelli of Maumee Manns lost by pin fall at 3:34 before dropping his finals match against John Loparo of Clyde in a 5-2 decision.

Kenton will compete at the Division II District Tournament in Norwalk.

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Lady Wildcats Net 1st Sectional Title In 20 Years With Win Over Wapakoneta

The Kenton Lady Wildcats won their first setional title in 20 years by defeating Wapakoneta 48-33 in Division 2 play at Leipsic on Saturday.

 

The Lady Wildcats (17-6) advance to district competition at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday at Paulding. Kenton will take on Napoleon, who defeated Bryan 44-34 in the other sectional title game Saturday at Leipsic.

 

Wapakoneta (13-10) was led by Makenzie Wilson's 11 points and nine rebounds.

 

Layne Taylor finished wiht 21 points and nine rebounds to pace Kenton while Ellie Miller added 12 points.

 

Taylor was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

(Photo: Heidi Barrett)

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Ridgemont Wins Sectional Title; Ada, Riverdale Come Up Short

The Ridgemont Golden Gophers defeated St. Henry 48-44 in Division 4 sectional championship action Saturday at Allen East.

 

The Gophers improve to 16-8 and advance to district play Thursday at Wapakoneta. Ridgemont will meet Fort Recovery at 6:15 p.m. in district semifinal action. The Indians won the other sectional title at Allen East on Saturday with a 59-16 win over Ada. The Bulldogs complete their season at 4-18.

 

In Division 4 title play at Hopewell-Loudon, Arlington defeated Riverdale 49-26. Alex Rothlisberger led the Falcons (11-12) with 10 points. Bry VandenBosch added eight points while Lexie Wright finished with seven points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.

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Kenton Wins Battle of Wildcats 62-57

Kenton withstood a fourth-quarter Bath rally to post a 62-57 victory in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday.

 

Kenton (14-8 overall, 3-6 WBL) led 53-37 after three quarters but Bath (8-14, 2-7) whittled the Cats' advantage to two points before Kenton put the game away at the foul line down the stretch.

 

Jaron Sharp scored a game-high 27 points for Kenton while Landon Rush added 19 points and Jayden Cornell tossed in 13 points.

 

Sharp was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Double Header Action at Coldwater

It was a night double-header action of girls basketball Sectional Action in Coldwater on WKTN last night.

 

In the first game of the night the Waynesfield-Goshen Lady Tigers lost to the New Bremen Lady Cardinals 46 to 22. The Cardinals sent 2 players into double-digit scores with Senior Paige Jones as the lead Scorer, raking in 17 points while Junior Kayla Bergman scored 10 Points.

 

The Lady Tigers had 5 points a piece from Senior Lynsey Lowe and Junior Kayla Wicker, 4 points a piece for Megan Barden and Aubrey Biederman, and chipping in 2 points a piece were Junior Cassidy Craig and Freshman Rylie Barrington.

 

The Cardinals advance to take on 7th seeded Marion Local at 6:00pm Saturday night at Coldwater

 

In the second match up of the night The New Knoxville Lady Rangers defeated the Upper Scioto Valley Lady Rams 60 to 26. The Lady Rangers put 2 players in double digits with Junior Tayler Doty leading the way with 18 points and Junior Erin Scott snagging 14 on the night.

 

The Lady Rams saw Senior Kaycee Carroll pick up 14 points, while Seniors Haley Hunsicker and Miranda Holbrook got 4 points a piece on the night and Junior Avery Sanders and Fresman Haylie Martin grabbed a pair a piece.

 

Lady Rangers will advance to take on 1st seeded Minster on Saturday at 8pm in Coldwater.

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Tournament Basketball Continues Tonight on WKTN

 

A Division 4 girls basketball tournament doubleheader is on tap tonight on WKTN.

 

In the first game at Coldwater, Waynesfield-Goshen will take on New Bremen. The Tigers are 7 and 14 and were the district’s ninth seed while the Cardinals finished 8 and 12 and were seeded third.

 

The nightcap will feature Upper Scioto Valley squaring off with New Knoxville in the second game at Coldwater. The 11th-seeded Rams are 5 and 17 while the eighth-seeded Rangers are 5 and 15.

 

WKTN will carry both games live from Coldwater, with the pregame show for the opener starting around 6:15 p.m.

 

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Ridgemont Wins In Triple OT; Hardin Northern Falls To Ottoville

Ridgemont defeated Parkway 59-52 in a triple overtime thriller in Division 4 girls basketball sectional tournament play Tuesday at Allen East.

 

The Golden Gophers improve to 15-8 and will meet St. Henry for the sectional title Saturday back at Allen East. The Panthers finish their campaign at 10-13.

 

Syndey Crouch led Parkway with 22 points.

 

Jennifer Jordan paced Ridgemont with 20 points. Meadow Cromer - who tied the game with two free throws in the final minute of regulation then forced the second overtime with a late basket - had 17 points. Priscilla Howland's runner with four seconds left in double overtime knotted the game at 48. She finished with 12 points.

 

At Paulding on Tuesday, Ottoville defeated Hardin Northern 58-8 in Division 4 girls basketball sectional tournament action. The Polar Bears end their season at 3-20.

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Girls Tournament Basketball Starts Tonight on WKTN

 
Girls basketball tournament action begins tonight on WKTN as the Ridgemont Golden Gophers meet Parkway in Division 4 action at Allen East.
 
The Golden Gophers are 14 and 8 and are the district’s fifth seed. The Panthers check in at 10 and 12 and were seeded sixth in the district.
 
This is also a rematch of a game played in late December in which Ridgemont defeated Parkway 61 to 59 in double overtime.
 
WTKN will have all the action live tonight from Allen East, with the pregame show starting around 7 p.m.
 
Also tonight, the Hardin Northern Polar Bears will take on Ottoville at 6:15 p.m. in Division 4 girls tournament action at Paulding. The Polar Bears are the 11th seed in the district while the Big Green earned the district’s top seed.

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Kenton Youth Wrestlers Compete in League Championship Match

 
Twenty-nine wrestlers from the Kenton Youth Wrestling team competed in the Miami Valley League Championship Meet in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, February 18th.  The team posted six champions, one runner-up, six third placers and  four fourth place finishers.
 
Anthony Hunt led the team with a 3-0 record on the day with 8 take downs, 1 near fall and 3 pins.  Wrestling in the 11 year old, 90 - 92 lb class, he defeated Tearra Robins of Beavercreek (:54), Conner Frame of Wapakoneta (1:40), and Brayden Koeller of Eaton (1:14) all by fall.
 
Tim Wilkinson, 11 year old 162.1 - 202.4 lbs weight class, posted wins over Smanatha McDaniel of Elida (:39), Jahnny Carnes of Wapakoneta (1:48), and Aiden Miller of Tecumseh (dec. 8-0).
 
Isaiah Mundy defeated Ethan Hallor of Miamisburg (Maj. 14-0), Jayce Ferrell of Graham (1:25), and Carson Lipps of Little Miami (dec. 6-0) to win the 8 year old 65.9 - 67.8 bracket.
 
Evan Elliott placed 1st in the 9 year old 80.7 - 82.9 lb weight group with wins over Phillip Curtis of Tecumseh (2:57), Kyler Chapman of Northwestern (dec. 10-3), and Garrett Hughes of Miami East (dec. 3-2).
 
Dailyn Ritchie started out with a scratch in the first round and then defeated Jaxson Wisby of Vandalia-Butler (dec. 5-3) and Brody Hamilton of Northwestern (dec. 9-3) to win the 6 year old, 58 - 60 lb weight class.
 
Karson Davis won the 11 year old, 80.4 - 81.7 lb weight class with a bye in the first round, a win of Jeremiah Bettison of Wayne (Maj. 9-0), and a win of Parker Guth of Elida in the finals (dec. 2-1).
 
Austin Root was the sole runner-up for Kenton.  Root wrestled in the 7 year old, 54 - 55.4 lb class.  He defeated Urijah Morgan of Eaton (2:41) and Henry Pachin of Kettering (dec. 10-9), but narrowly lost in the finals to Jackson Stacy of Xenia (10-12).
 
Third place finishers for Kenton were Isaac Blevins, Gavin Sealscott, Ronald Boyer, Robert Lawrence, Bob Wilkinson and Bill Wilkinson.

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Wildcats Come From 10 Down, Defeat Bluffton 59-53

The Kenton Wildcats rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to defeat Bluffton 59-53 in boys basketball action Saturday.

 

The Pirates (9-12) led 37-27 in the third quarter and were on top 38-35 after three quarters. The Wildcats used pressure defense, strong three-point shooting and a deft touch from the foul line to battle back and get the win.

 

For the game, Kenton (13-8) knocked down 12 three-pointers. The Cats also converted 11 of 12 foul shots down the stretch to seal the win.

 

Jared Piercefield had 15 points to lead Bluffton while Kaleb Jefferson had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Mason Soper scored 13 points.

 

Four Wildcats scored in double figures. Tye Sherman had 17 points while Jayden Cornell finished with 15 points and Jaron Sharp and Landon Rush tallied 10 points apiece.

 

Sherman was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Elida Overpowers Wildcats 63-34

The Elida Bulldogs defeated the Kenton Wildcats 63-34 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday.

 

The Bulldogs improve to 17-3 overall and 5-3 in the WBL while the Cats slip to 12-8 overall and 2-6 in the league.

 

Isaac McAdams scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds for Elida while Donte Johnson added 15 points and eight rebounds and Calan Henderson finished with 13 points.

 

Kenton got eight points and six rebounds from Jacob Eversole while Jaron Sharp also scored eight points.

 

Eversole was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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WKTN Ready For Weekend Basketball Action

 

The Kenton Wildcats wrap up the home portion of their season this weekend with home games against Elida and Bluffton.

 

Tonight, the Wildcats entertain an Elida team which has just three losses – all in Western Buckeye League play, by a total of 19 points. The Bulldogs are 16 and 3 overall and 4 and 3 in the WBL while the Wildcats are 12 and 7 overall and 2 and 5 in league action.

 

On Saturday, Bluffton comes to town. The Pirates are currently 9 and 10 on the season.

 

WKTN will carry both games live from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. both nights.

 

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Ridgemont Defeats USV in 8th Grade Boys Tournament

 

The Ridgemont boys 8th grade team defeated Upper Scioto Valley 59-43 in the semi-final of the NWCC Junior High basketball tournament.

 

Landon Newland led all scorers with 28 points for the Gophers. Mason Stuck added 15 points.

 

Jackson Rohrs scored 25 points for the Rams.

 

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Red Devils Slip Past Riverdale 72-64

The Arlington Red Devils defeated the Riverdale Lady Falcons 72-64 in girls basketball play Thursday.

 

The win moves Arlington to 13-9 for the season and was also the 200th career victory for Red Devil coach Seth Newlove.

 

Jenna Pepple had 32 points for the Red Devils while Sarah Solt and Maria Crawford scored 12 points apiece and Lindsay Dodds added 10 markers.

 

Riverdale (11-11) got 28 points and 10 rebounds from Lexie Wright while Reygan Frey finished with 19 points, six assists and four steals. Bry Vanden Bosch tossed in 10 points for the Falcons.

 

It was parents night at Riverdale Thursday. Pictured with their parents are:

 

Reygan Frey....

 

 

Gabi Rodriguez...

 

 

Lexie Wright...

 

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Voting Open for Local Athlete in MaxPreps Poll

Ridgmont Golden Gopher Senior Prescilla Howland has been selected for this Week's MaxPreps poll designed to highlight the best individaul hoops performance over the past week. 

 

Howland is competeing against other athletes from around the state.

 

Here's what MaxPreps/JJHuddle had to say about Howland:

"[The] Senior had 25 points, 21 rebounds and five assists in a 68-62 loss to Kenton. Added 24 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist in a 61-46 win over Riverdale."

You can vote here.

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Lady Cats Defeat River Valley, Seniors Honored

The Kenton Wildcats defeated the River Valley Vikings last night on Senior Night. The cats lead the scoring throughout the game with it being 11-9 after one, 25-19 at the half, 43-36 after three, and win the game 61-46.

 

Kenton Coach Ryan Miller says it’s tough to lose this outgoing group of seniors.

 

“We’ve got five great girls on this basketball team. This is kind of a sentimental game and I couldn’t be prouder of my seniors and how they stepped up and finished their last game here at home.” Said Miller.

 

Ellie Miller, Kori Barrett, Haylee Bushong, Layne Taylor, and Tawnie Keen all played their last game on Kenton Hardwood last night.

 

Miller says it’s refreshing knowing he has a talented group of underclassmen.

 

“Caitlin Tudor being our lone junior, she’s in there on the boards she gives everything she has every single game. We’ve got a couple sophomores there, Hannah Holland, [Sidney] Plott, and Sid has been very instrumental in our success this year. We’ve got a couple really promising freshmen as well...” Miller continued.

 

The lady cats are back in action Tomorrow as they travel to Elida. Winning that game will give the Lady Cats a winning season in the Western Buckeye League. Then the cats will travel to Leipsic to play Wapakoneta in the sectional championship game.

 

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Ada Vs. W-G in Girls Basketball Tonight

 

The Ada Bulldogs travel to Waynesfield-Goshen tonight to take on the Tigers in regional girls basketball action.

 

The Bulldogs are 4 and 15 for the season while the Tigers check in at 6 and 14.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Waynesfield-Goshen High School, with the pregame show starting around 6:45 p.m.

 

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Riverdale Senior Signs with Denison University

 

Riverdale Senior, Aidan Loveridge, has  signed with Denison University to continue his education and play football.

 

 

 

The story and photos have been submitted to WKTN.

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Kenton Youth Wrestlers Compete in Weekend Match

 
Ohio Northern University hosted one of five regional competitions in the Miami Valley Kids Wrestling Assocation on Sunday, February 11th.
 
The Kenton Youth Wrestling Team had thirty-two wrestlers compete in 8-man brackets against kids from Miami East, Northridge, Sidney, Wapakoneta, Lima Bath, Greenon, Bluffton, Ottawa-Glandorf, Elida, Allen East, Clarke Shawnee, Cory Rawson, St. Mary’s, Ada, and Lima Central Catholic.
 
Seven wrestlers came out as regional champions placing 1st, one as a runner-up, four finished in 3rd place, and three placed 4th at the tournament.
 
Robert Lawrence Jr. (7 year old, 55 lbs) and Tim Wilkinson(11 year old, 168 lbs) both lead the team going 3-0 on the day by 3 falls and 4 takedowns.
 
Austin Root (7 years old, 50 lbs), Anthony Hunt (11 year old, 90 lbs) and Collin Dawson (8 year old, 100 lbs) placed 1st with 2 pins.  
 
Bill Wilkinson (11 year old 200 lbs) and Isaiah Mundy (8 year old, 68 lbs) also finished first with 1 pin on the day.
 
 Alannah Jackson (8 year old,  70 lbs) made it to the finals match, but fell short and took runner-up honors.
 
Third place finishers were Gavin Sealcostt (3-1, 3 pins), Colten Root (3-1, 1 pin), Ayden Albert (3-1, 1 pin) and Bob Wilkinson  (1-2).
   
Karson Davis (2-2, 1 pin), Sebastian Pascual (2-2, 1 pin) and Jace Broadstone (1-2, 1 Pin) finished in 4th placed.
   
    
As a team, Kenton posted  record of 47-46 on the day. The team also compiled a total of 26 Pins, 92 Takedowns, 41 Near Fall points, 24 Reversals and 24 Escapes. 
 
Colton Root had a team high of  eight takedowns for the tournament.

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Ridgemont 8th Grade Boys Advance in Tournament

 

Ridgemont defeated Waynesfield Goshen 59-20 in the first round of the 8th Grade Boys Basketball Northwest Central Conference tournament Saturday.

 

Landon Newland led the Gophers with 20 points and Mason Stuck added 16.

 

The Gophers take on USV Thursday night in Ridgeway in semi-final tournament action.

 

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Riverdale Falcon Competition Cheerleading Squad

The Riverdale Falcon Competition Cheerleading Squad will be competing at the 2018 OASSA State Cheer and Dance Championships next Sunday.

 

The Falcons are coached by Kyleigh Gillen

 

 

Front: Seniors Emma Carter, Katie Benitez, and Riley McKinniss

Back: Juniors Alexa Brooks Katelyn Martin, Katy Miller, Autumn Helms, and Sophomore Devi Harbor.


(Photo: Ben Miller)

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Lady Wildcats Move To 14-6 With Win Over W-G

The Kenton Lady Wildcats defeated Waynesfield-Goshen 53-38 in non-conference girls basketball action Saturday afternoon.

 

With the win, Kenton improves to 14-6 on the season. The Tigers are now 6-14 for the campaign.

 

The Lady Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday when they will host River Valley in their home finale. The JV game will start at 6 p.m

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Bluffton Edges Riverdale 51-45

Bluffton outlasted Riverdale 51-45 in boys basketball action Saturday night.

 

The Pirates (8-10) led by double figures in the first half but the Falcons (4-16) fought back to take a five-point lead in the fourth quarter. However, in a game of spurts, the final run belonged to Bluffton as it pulled away down the stretch to knock off Riverdale.

 

Dakota Bricker had 14 points for Bluffton while Kaleb Jefferson added 12 points and five rebounds and Mason Soper scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.

 

Brock Davis led everyone with 17 points and seven rebounds for Riverdale. Gage Murphy and Alec Loveridge had nine points apiece for the Falcons.

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Ridgemont Rallies Past Riverdale

The Ridgemont Golden Gophers rallied past Riverdale for a 61-46 victory in girls basketball play Saturday afternoon.


The Gophers (12-8) trailed 22-19 at the half but surged to a 37-36 lead after three periods and then outscored the Falcons 24-10 in the fourth quarter to get the win.

 

Priscilla Howland scored a game-high 24 points - all in the second half - and grabbed nine rebounds for the winners. Faith Jenkins finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for Ridgemont while Shaylee McGrath added nine points and eight rebounds and Jennifer Jordan scored eight points. Meadow Cromer had four points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

 

Riverdale (11-10) got 17 points from Reygan Frey while Lexie Wright tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds and Brooke Kuenzli finished with nine points.

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Wildcat Cheerleaders Perform For Home Crowd Tonight

The Kenton Varsity Competition Cheerleading Team is set to perform tonight at the wildcat basketball game.

Tomorrow the team will be competing at the OASSA Northwest Regional Competition at Southview  High School in Sylvania Ohio. Team members are seniors: Alex Howard, Mackenzie Phillips, junior Paige Osborn, sophomore Carah Deardorff, freshman Abby Caudill, Erin Lyons, Alyssa McLaughlin, Callie Wright. The team is currently coached by Kaleb Howard.

 

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Ottawa-Glandorf Too Much For Cats

State-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf overpowered Kenton 101-57 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.

 

The TItans, ranked 2nd in the latest Division III state poll, improve to 19-0 overall and 7-0 in the WBL. The Wildcats fall to 11-7 overall and 2-5 in the league.

 

Jaron Sharp led Kenton with 22 points while Jacob Eversole had 16 points and Landon Rush added 12 points. Jayden Cornell rounded out the Wildcat scoring with seven points.

 

Eversole was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Lots of Basketball Featured This Weekend on WKTN

 

A busy weekend of basketball on WKTN kicks off tonight as the Kenton Wildcats visit Ottawa-Glandorf.

 

The Titans were ranked 2nd in the latest state poll and are 18 and 0 overall. Ottawa-Glandorf is 6 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League and holds a two-game lead in the league race with three games to go.

 

Kenton is 11 and 6 overall and 2 and 4 in the WBL.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Hermiller Gymnasium, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

 

Two regional games will be featured on WKTN on Saturday. In the afternoon matinee, Riverdale will host Ridgemont in girls basketball action while in the nightcap, the Falcon boys will entertain Bluffton.

 

The pregame show for the girls game will start around 2:30 p.m. while we will go on the air for the boys contest around 7:30 p.m.

 

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State-Ranked Titans Top Lady Wildcats 43-33

The state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf Titans defeated the Kenton Lady WIldcats 43-33 in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action Thursday.

 

The 10th-ranked Titans improve to 19-2 overall and 8-0 in the WBL while the Lady Wildcats slip to 13-6 overall and 4-4 in the league.

 

The Titans led 11-2 after one quarter but Kenton fought back to tie the game midway through the second period. However, Ottawa-Glandorf surged to a 23-14 halftime lead and held the Lady Wildcats at arm's length throughout the second half to clinch at least a share of the WBL title.

 

Kadie Hempfling, who will be playing for Bowling Green State University next year, led the Titans with 13 points.

 

Kori Barrett had 11 points to lead Kenton and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Kenton Versus O-G in Girls Basketball Tonight

 

The Kenton Lady Wildcats entertain state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action tonight.

 

The Lady Wildcats are 13 and 5 overall. They are 4 and 3 in the conference, and a win tonight over Ottawa-Glandorf would clinch the program’s third straight winning season in league action, a feat that has not happened in over 30 years at Kenton.

 

The Titans, who were ranked 10th in the latest state poll, are 18 and 2 overall. They lead the Western Buckeye League with a 7 and 0 conference mark and can clinch at least a tie of the league title with a win tonight.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

 

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ONU Womens Basketball Team Beats Heidelberg

 
ADA — The No. 15-ranked Ohio Northern women's basketball team saw four athletes score in double-figures as the Polar Bears defeated Heidelberg 90-44 at the ONU Sports Center on Wednesday evening.
 
The Polar Bears improve to 20-2 overall, and 14-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while the Student Princes fall to 4-18, 2-13.
 
With the victory, Northern clinched one of the top-2 seeds in the OAC Tournament and will host a quarterfinal matchup at the ONU Sports Center on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
 
Senior Amy Bullimore (Morrow/Little Miami) led the way with a game-best 14 points, while senior Courtney Cramer (Arcadia) went 4-of-5 from 3-point range and scored 12 points for ONU.
 
Junior Emily Mescher (Maria Stein/Marion Local) added 11 points and freshman Sydney Ward (Columbus/Upper Arlington) tied a career-high with 10 points, shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor.
 
Mescher also had a game-high six rebounds.
 
Cramer came out of the gate firing as she hit back-to-back-back 3-pointers to give ONU a quick 9-0 lead and force an HU timeout with just over two minutes gone in the first quarter.
 
After Heidelberg responded with an 8-3 run to cut the deficit to 11-8, Northern closed the quarter by scoring 10 of the next 13 points to take a 21-11 lead into the second quarter.
 
Northern took control of the game in the second quarter as it outscored the Student Princes 23-6 to take a commanding 44-17 lead into the intermission.
 
In the third quarter, the ONU defense locked in and stifled the Heidelberg offense, allowing only seven points in the the quarter and scoring 27 points to take a 71-25 lead into the final period of play.
 
ONU saw its largest lead of the evening at the 1:02 mark of the fourth quarter following a free throw from Ward to push the lead 90-38.
 
Northern shot 35-of-61 (57.4 percent) from the field, including 11-of-23 (47.8 percent) from 3-point range, while the Student Princes were 13-of-53 (24.5 percent) from the field, and 7-of-27 (25.9 percent) from the 3-point line.
 
ONU shutout HU 17-0 in second chance points and won the rebounding battle by a 45-26 margin.
 
The Polar Bears return to action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to John Carroll for a 3 pm tipoff.

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Ridgemont 8th Grade Boys Top Lima Temple Christian

 

The Ridgemont 8th Grade Boys basketball team defeated Lima Temple Christian 70-18 Tuesday night.

 

Landon Newland led all scorers with 28 points for the Gophers.

 

Mason Stuck scored 18 and Grant Reppart added 14 points in the league win.

 

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Lady Wildcats Win OT Thriller Over Ridgemont 68-62

The Kenton Lady Wildcats defeated Ridgemont 68-62 in overtime in girls basketball play Tuesday.

 

Kenton (13-5) led 32-20 late in the first half, but the Golden Gophers scored the final five points of the second period to close to within seven at intermission. The third quarter belonged to Ridgemont (11-8) as the Golden Gophers outscored Kenton 21-8 to take a 46-40 lead.

 

Ridgemont extended its lead to double figures in the fourth quarter, but the Cats came roaring back. Haylee Bushong tied the game with two free throws, and then Layne Taylor put the Cats on top with two charity tosses with 35 seconds left.

 

However, Ridgemont's Faith Jenkins scored off a feed from Priscilla Howland with five seconds remaining to tie the game at 57 and force overtime.

 

Kenton then outscored Ridgemont 11-5 over the four-minute extra session to notch the win.

 

Howland scored 25 points to lead all scorers for Ridgemont while Meadow Cromer had 19.

 

Kenton placed four players in double figures. Taylor had 19 points while Bushong scored 18, Sidney Plott had 12 and Kori Barrett finished with 10 points.

 

Taylor was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Lady Wildcats are back in action on Thursday when they host state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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Kenton Travels to Ridgemont in Girls Basketball Tonight

 

The Kenton Lady Wildcats travel to Ridgemont tonight to take on the Golden Gophers in girls basketball action.

 

Kenton is 12 and 5 on the season and is coming off a 59 to 38 win over Shawnee. The victory was the second straight victory for the Lady Wildcats and their sixth in their last eight outings.

 

Ridgemont has also been playing some of its best ball of late. The Golden Gophers are 11 and 7 and have won eight of their last nine games.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Ridgemont, with the pregame show starting around 7 p.m.

 

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Kenton Youth Wrestling Team Wraps Up Busy Weekend

 
The Kenton Youth Wrestling Team competed in two meets this weekend.
 
Eleven members of the team made a trip to Troy, Ohio to wrestle in the Ohio Athletic Committee (OAC) Grade School State Qualifier Tournament at Troy Christian High School.  The team placed 4th at the tournament with Ronald Boyer (0-2) at Div. 2 - 50 lbs, Gavin Sealscott (1-2, 1 Pin) at Div. 2 - 55 lbs, Evan Elliott (0-2) and Mason Cook (3-2, 2 Pins) at Div. 3 - 85 lbs, Kade Smith (1-2) at Div. 4 - 75 lbs, Karson Davis (1-2) at Div. 4 - 80 lbs, Anthony Hunt (2-2, 1 Tech Fall, 1 Pin) at Div. 4 - 95 lbs), Landen Elliott (0-2) at Div. 4 - 100 lbs, Sam Taylor (0-5) at Div. 4 - 120 lbs, Seth Leffer (0-3) at Div. 4 - 130 lbs, and Tim Wilkinson (3-0, 1 Tech Fall, 2 Pins) at Div. 4 - 180 lbs.
 
Wilkinson placed 1st and Seth Leffler placed 3rd to qualify for the Grade School State Tournament in Youngstown, Ohio on March 24th. 
 
ELIDA RESULTS
On Sunday, the youth team completed its regular MVKWA season meets at Elida.  Thirty-six wrestlers competed with 10 placing 1st, 8 were runner-ups and 12 finished in 3rd place.
 
Jayden Mustain lead the team with a 3-0 record winning all his matches by fall, 7 take downs and a reversal.  Other 1st place finishers were Evan Elliott, Sebastian Pascual, Tristen Hale, Gavin Sealscott, Kasen Baker, Anthony Hunt, Isaiah Mundy, Alexander Fields and Bill Wilkinson.
 
Runner-ups on the meet were Robert Lawrence, Landen Elliott, Tim Wilkinson, Quinn Dyer, Kade Smith, Ronald Boyer, Collin Dawson and Bob Wilkinson.
 
As a team, Kenton posted  record of 52-47 on the day. The team also compiled a total of 19 Pins, 110 Takedowns, 54 Near Fall points, 1 Tech-Fall, 28 Reversals and 33 Escapes. 
 
Mustain, Elliott, Pascual, Fields, and Tim Wilkinson all posted 7 take downs for the weekly team high.   
  
REGIONAL
The MVKWA Regional Championships are up next for the youth team on Sunday, February 11th at Ohio Northern University in Ada.

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Allen East Wins Wrestling Meet at Ada

 

Allen East scored a total of 233.5 points to take the 2018 Northwest Conference Wrestling Championship held at Ada High School.

 

 Columbus Grove finished second in the tournament with 199 points while Bluffton took third at 195 points.  Repeating as conference champs for the second year in a row, Allen East's title was their seventh overall NWC wrestling championship.

Ada senior Chase Sumner (145) was named Wrestler of The Year in the NWC for the second year in a row.   Mike Abbey of Allen East was voted by his peers as NWC Coach of The Year.

Repeat winners from last year included Chase Sumner (Ada-145), Chase Caprella (AE, 113), Enoch Jones (CG, 170) and Deandre Nasser (BL-195).  Allen East led the way with 5 individual champions while Columbus Grove and Bluffton each had 3 individual champions in the tournament.  Sumner finished his conference career with a total of four individual titles.

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Wildcats Rally In Second Half, Defeat USV 58-54

The Kenton Wildcats fought back from a 15-point first-half deficit to defeat Upper Scioto Valley 58-54 in boys basketball play Saturday night at Alumni Fieldhouse.

 

Upper Scioto Valley, which had its 10-game winning streak snapped, led 29-14 in the second quarter and held a 32-23 halftime advantage. Kenton (11-6) battled back in the second half, briefly taking the lead in the third period before the Rams reclaimed a 43-39 edge heading into the final stanza.

 

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with the Cats finally going on top for good on a late Jaron Sharp bucket. Jacob Eversole converted three of four foul shots in the closing seconds to seal the comeback victory for Kenton.

 

Quinn Sanders had 16 points and five rebounds for USV (13-3) while Wyatt Daniels added 15 points and five rebounds and Wayne Lowery scored 12 points.

 

Sharp scored a game-high 25 points for the Wildcats and also grabbed five rebounds. Trent Lawrence came off the bench to hit four three-pointers and finish with 12 points. Eversole added 10 points and four rebounds and Jayden Cornell tallied six points and a game-best eight rebounds.

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Shawnee Pulls Away From Kenton, Tops Cats 67-51

The Shawnee Indians pulled away late to defeat the Kenton Wildcats 67-51 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday at Lappin Gymnasium.

 

The Wildcats (10-6 overall, 2-4 WBL) led 13-3 in the first quarter, but the Indians scored the final seven points of the period to draw to within 13-10 after the first eight minutes. Shawnee (12-5, 3-2) used a late burst to close the second quarter to go up 28-21 at the half and then pounded the Cats on the offensive glass to maintain their eight-point edge through three periods.

 

In the fourth quarter, the Indians converted on their final eight shots and scored on their last nine possessions to break open a close game and notch the victory.

 

Jacob Eversole had 17 points for the Wildcats while Jaron Sharp had 14 points and six rebounds, Landon Rush scored 11 points and Jayden Cornell added nine points.

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Indians VP of Public Affairs Conducting Q&A at ONU

 

The Cleveland Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio and Indians’ radio announcer Jim Rosenhaus will conduct a question-and-answer session from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Feb. 6 in the Forum of James F. Dicke Hall at Ohio Northern University.

 

DiBiasio, who has been with the Indians for more than 30 years and is the brother of ONU President Dan DiBiasio, and Rosenhaus, who has been broadcasting the Indians since 2007, will discuss their respective roles with the Cleveland Indians as well as the current state of the team.

 

The event is free and open to the public.

 

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Kenton Boys Ready for Weekend Basketball Action

 

A pair of tough tests await the Kenton boys basketball team this weekend.

 

The Wildcats are 10 and 5 overall, including 2 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League, after Tuesday’s thrilling 52 to 50 win over Wapakoneta. The Cats will have their work cut out for them this weekend as they hit the road for games at Shawnee and Upper Scioto Valley.

 

Tonight, Kenton travels to Lappin Gymnasium to meet a Shawnee team that is looking to get back on the winning track. The Indians are 11 and 5 overall, including 2 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, but have lost their last two games and three of their previous four contests.

 

On Saturday, the Cats make the trip to Alumni Fieldhouse to meet the red-hot Upper Scioto Valley Rams. The Rams have won nine straight games heading into tonight’s action and are 12 and 2 for the season.

 

WKTN will carry both games live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. both nights.

 

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Howland Reaches Milestone In Ridgemont Win

Ridgemont's Priscilla Howland scored her 1,000th career point Thursday as the Golden Gophers crushed Perry 90-36 in girls basketball action.

 

The Gophers improve to 11-7 on the season with their eighth win in their last nine games.

 

Ridgemont will host Kenton Tuesday night in a game that will be carried live on WKTN.

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Wright's Double-Double Helps Falcons past Rockets

Lexie Wright recorded a double-double to help the Riverdale girls basketball team defeat Pandora-Gilboa 43-27 on Thursday.

 

Wright tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Falcons improve to 11-8 for the season.

 

Reygan Frey added 11 points and seven assists for Riverdale, who led 24-12 at the half and kept the Rockets at arm's length throughout the final two periods.

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Lady Wildcats Get 12th Win, Top Shawnee 59-38

 The Kenton Lady Wildcats improved to 12-5 with a 59-38 win over Shawnee in Western Buckeye League girls basketball play Thursday.

 

Kenton used a 9-0 run midway through the first quarter to take control of the game and led by at least seven points from late in the first quarter until the final whistle.

 

Kenton (4-3 WBL) got 16 points and 12 rebounds from Layne Taylor while Ellie Miller added 14 points and Kori Barrett finished with 12 points and six rebounds.

 

Shawnee (8-10 overall, 2-5 WBL) was led by Trinity Gearing's 12 points and seven rebounds.

 

Barrett was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

Kenton used a 9-0 run midway through the first quarter to take control of the game and led by at least seven points from late in the first quarter until the final whistle.

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Kenton Hosts Shawnee in Girls Basketball Action Tonight

 

The Kenton Lady Wildcats host Shawnee tonight in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action.

 

The Lady Wildcats are coming off a big 53 to 46 win over Arlington on Saturday. Kenton is now 11 and 5 overall, including 3 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League, heading into tonight’s game with the Indians.

 

Shawnee’s last outing was a 59 to 44 loss to Coldwater on Tuesday that dropped the Tribe to 8 and 9 overall. Shawnee is 2 and 4 in league action.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

 

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North Union Edges Ridgemont in 8th Grade Boys Basketball

 

The North Union 8th Grade Boys basketball team defeated Ridgemont 50-43 Wednesday evening.

 

Landon Newland scored 19 points and Mason Stuck added 16 for the Gophers in the losing effort.

 

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Cornell's Bucket Caps Big Kenton Comeback

Jayden Cornell's jumper with no time left capped off a big Kenton comeback and lifted the Wildcats to a 52-50 win over Wapakoneta in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Tuesday.

 

The Wildcats (10-5 overall, 2-3 WBL) trailed by double digits late in the first half and faced a 32-22 halftime deficit. Wapakoneta (11-6, 3-2) led 41-33 after three quarters, but a 10-2 Kenton run tied the game. After the Redskins had regained the lead, five points from Jaron Sharp pulled the Cats to within two points, and Landon Rush tied the game at 50-apiece with a pair of clutch foul shots with 10 seconds left.

 

Kenton then forced a Wapakoneta turnover with four seconds to go, setting the stage for Cornell's heroics.

 

Gage Schenk had 16 points for the Redskins while Ryan Carrico added 12 markers.

 

Sharp led all players with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Rush finished with 12 points.

 

Cornell was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Riverdale Takes Control Early, Sprints Past Tiffin Calvert 55-30

The Riverdale Falcons jumped out to a big early lead and coasted past Tiffin Calvert 55-30 in girls basketball play Tuesday.

 

Riverdale (10-8) led 20-6 after one quarter then built a 34-13 halftime advantage. The Falcons led by 31 points after three quarters and cruised down the stretch to notch the win.

 

Reygan Frey scored a game-high 22 points to pace the Falcons while also adding four assists and three steals. Brooke Kuenzli tallied 12 points while Lexie Wright finished with nine points and 16 rebounds.

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Kenton Vs. Wapak in Basketball Action Tonight

 

The Kenton Wildcats entertain Wapakoneta tonight in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action.

 

Tonight’s game is a makeup contest of a matchup that was originally scheduled for January 12th.

 

The Redskins are 11 and 5 overall and need a win tonight to stay in the thick of the WBL race. Wapakoneta is 3 and 1 in league play, and a victory over Kenton would keep the Redskins one game back of league-leading Ottawa-Glandorf as the regular season heads into its final month.

 

The Wildcats are 9 and 5 overall and 1 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League. Kenton is heading into its most difficult stretch of the season as five of the Cats’ next six opponents boast winning records.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

 

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Kenton Youth Wrestlers in Action Over the Weekend

 
The Kenton Youth Wrestling Team travelled to Wapakoneta on Sunday, Jan 28th for their sixth meet of the season.
  
Kenton had thirty-one wrestlers compete at the meet.  9 wrestlers placed 1st, 10 were runner-up and 6 finished 3rd.
    
Ayden Albert (5 yr old - 45 lbs) was the outstanding  wrestler of the meet posting a 3-0 record with 3 falls and 3 takedowns.    
   
Gavin Sealscott (3-0, 3 Pins), Sam Taylor (3-0, 2 Pins), Kole Anspach (3-0, 1 Pin), Robert Lawrence (3-0, 1 Pin, 1 Tech Fall), Tim Wilkinson (3-0, 1 Pin), Karson Davis (3-0, 1 Tech Fall), Alexander Fields (2-0) and Lucas Klotz (2-1) also placed 1st in their weight groups.
     
Second place finishers for the meet were Jayden Mustain, Bradley Hopkins, Collin Dawson, Landen Elliott, Jace Broadstone, theodor LaVassaur, Isaiah Mundy, Carter Gammon, Jaedon Ritchie and Anthony Hunt.
   
As a team, Kenton posted  record of 48-42 on the day. The team also compiled a total of 16 Pins, 107 Takedowns, 51 Near Fall points, 3 Tech-Falls, 30 Reversals and 22 Escapes. 
    
Robert Lawrence had a team high of 11 takedowns for the meet.
   
The youth team’s last mini-meet is at Elida on Sunday, February 4th, 2018. 
 
The end of the season Regional and League Championships will follow.

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Kenton Wrestlers Compete in Weekend Tournament

 
Sophomore Noah Eikenbary placed 3rd to lead Kenton as the Wildcat grapplers placed 16th in the team standings out of 23 teams at the Sally George Invitational at Marion Pleasant High School this past weekend. The Wildcats attended the two day 39th annual tournament with 9 wrestlers and advancing 5 wrestlers to the final day. 
 
Wrestling in the 195 pound class, Eikenbary won his first round match with a 7-0 decision over Nick Maget of Findlay and his second round match over Ray Culler of Liberty Center by a Pin fall at the 3:51 mark of the third period, rounding off the first day of wrestling Eikenbary won his third match of the evening with a major decision over Hector Barron of Columbus.
 
 
Ethan Manns Kenton’s 170 sophomore wrestler also had a stellar tournament with a first round 6-3 decision over Andre Seal of West Jefferson. Rounding out Mann’s night with a major decision over Chris Cox of North Union
 
 
Kenton’s freshman 182lbs wrestler Noah Thibaut dropped his first round to Jacob Ishmael of Marysville with a pin fall at the 1:08 mark in the first round.  Thibaut rebounds in the second round to beat Carter Zimmerman of Marion Pleasant B to round out his first day of wrestling. Ayden Mundy wrestling at 161lbs came up with a big 10-5 decision over Logan Harper of London and then being denied on his next two matches.
 
 
Eikenbary and Manns did not disappoint on day two. Eikenbary dropped his first match of day two to Adam Hettell of Marysville.  After beating Hettell the week prior Eikenabary was denied this week with a 2-1 decision with Eikenbary giving up Hettell’s only points on two controversial stalling calls and Noah earning an escape. Eikenbary rebounded to when his next two matches to secure his 3rd place finish. Eikenbary beat Jagger Snyder of Marysville with a pin and finishing off Eikenbary’s  third place finish with a 6-1 decision over Mitchell Dewitt of Upper Sandusky. Manns started day two with a tough lose to number one seed Brandon Strickland of Mount Gilead. Then rebounding for a big 5-1 decision against Pleasant’s Zane Dine before dropping his last match against Ian Johnson of Marysville in a 4-1 decision securing Manns a 4th place finish. After Thibaut dropped his first match he rebounds back to win his
 
Next two matches with a pair of pin falls over Matt Savick of Madison Comprehensive and Nate Wilson of West Jefferson. Before dropping his next two matches to Tyler Echler (Liberty Center) and Hunter Trimmer of Mount Gilead to lock up a 6th place finish giving Kenton record high of three place winners at the coveted tournament.

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Lady Wildcats Top Red Devils 53-46

The Kenton Lady Wildcats defeated the Arlington Red Devils 53-46 in non-league girls basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

 

The Lady Wildcats snap a two-game losing skid and are now 11-5 for the season. The Red Devils drop to 10-7 with the loss.

 

Kenton is off until Thursday when it hosts Shawnee in Western Buckeye League action. That game will be carried live on WKTN, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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Big Second Quarter Lifts Cats Past Ada

A big second quarter helped the Kenton Wildcats defeat the Ada Bulldogs 73-41 in boys basketball play Saturday.

 

The Cats (9-5) led the Bulldogs 23-18 after one period then outscored Ada 19-3 in the second quarter to seize control of the game.

 

Jaron Sharp led all scorers with 25 points for the Cats while Landon Rush had 14 points and Jayden Cornell finished with 11 points.

 

Ada (3-14) was led by Connor Frazier's 10 points.

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Hot-Shooting Pirates Down Falcons 61-48

The Bluffton Pirates knocked down 11 three-pointers as they defeated Riverdale 61-48 in girls basketball play Saturday afternoon.

 

The Pirates were 11-of-23 from three and 11-of-20 from two as they improve to 12-5.

 

The Falcons (9-8) got 26 points, eight rebounds and five steals from Lexie Wright while Reygan Frey added 12 points and six assists.

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Cougars Edge Cats 55-53 In Overtime

The Van Wert Cougars edged the Kenton Wildcats 55-53 in overtime in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday night.

 

The Cougars (7-7 overall, 2-3 WBL) placed four players in double figures, led by Nate Place's 17 points and eight rebounds. Drew Bagley and Jacoby Kelly had 11 points apiece while Blake Henry finished with 10 points.

 

The Wildcats (8-5, 1-3) got 22 points and nine rebounds from Jaron Sharp while Jayden Cornell added 14 points.

 

Sharp was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Busy Weekend for Kenton Basketball Team

 

The Kenton Wildcats entertain Van Wert and Ada this weekend.

 

The Wildcats are 8 and 4 overall and 1 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League heading into tonight’s clash with the Cougars. Van Wert is 6 and 7 overall and 1 and 3 in the league play, but has won three straight games heading into this evening’s game.

 

Then on Saturday night, the Wildcats will host the Ada Bulldogs, who are 3 and 12.

 

WKTN will carry both games live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. both nights.

 

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