Boys HS Basketball – Lots of Changes in the National Rankings

Chino Hills and Mater Dei faced off for the 2017 CIF Southern Section semi-finals

(2-27-17) Lots of changes this week in the National Rankings with two top ranked California teams getting knocked off in CIF play-off games,  Chino Hills lost its second game of the season in OT to Mater Dei 83-80, while Sierra Canyon lost to Bishop Montgomery 70-63.

Those two games resulted in a new leader in the MaxPreps split Private school side, moving Mater Dei up to the #1 spot for the first time this season and dropping Sierra Canyon to #4.  With the win Bishop Montgomery moved up to #3.

On the Public school split rankings, Nathan Hale has settled in to the #1 spot and not looking to give it up in the near future. Memphis East moved up one spot to #2.

IMG Academy remains #1 in the MaxPreps Top 10 Independents, as do the Top 6 teams.

Nathan Hale holds down #1 spot in the USA Today Top 25, with La Lumiere moving up to #2, Sierra Canyon dropped to 12 and Chino Hills to #13. One new school in the USA Today rankings Has Brooklyn Abraham Lincoln in the #25 spot.


Palmer’s (Alaska) Clayton Southwick – SSN National Player of the Week – 2-26-17

(first # is split rankings in Public/Private rankings,second # is the ranking each school has in this week’s Top 25, the third # is last week’s ranking)MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).
MaxPreps will run separate high school boys basketball rankings for teams that compete for state championships as part of recognized governing body (High School Top 25) and those that do not (Independent Top 10).

MaxPreps High School Top 25 Boys Basketball Rankings


  1. – 2. (5) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 31-1
  2. – 6. (8) Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia), 25-2
  3. – 7. (9) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.), 26-2
  4. – 8. (2) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 27-2
  5. -10. (10) Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.), 22-4
  6. -11. (11) Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.), 33-3
  7. -12. (12) Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), 25-5
  8. -13. (13) Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), 26-4
  9. -16. (16) Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio), 22-0
  10. -20. (21) Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.), 28-2
  11. -25. (NR) Grand Rapids Christian (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 18-0


  1. – 1. (No. 1 last week) Nathan Hale (Seattle), 26-0
  2. – 3. (4) Memphis East (Memphis, Tenn.), 27-3
  3. – 4. (6) McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.), 28-0
  4. – 5. (7) Jonesboro (Ark.), 29-0
  5. – 9. (3) Chino Hills (Calif.), 29-2
  6. -14. (14) Shadow Mountain (Phoenix), 27-0
  7. -15. (15) Klein Forest (Houston), 32-0
  8. -17. (17) Champlin Park (Champlin, Minn.), 24-0
  9. -18. (18) Newton (Covington, Ga.), 28-1
  10. -19. (20) Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 18-0
  11. -21. (22) Skyline (Dallas), 31-1
  12. -22. (23) Edwardsville (Ill.), 26-1
  13. -23. (24) Webster Groves (Mo.), 23-2
  14. -24. (25) Union (Tulsa, Okla.), 25-0

MaxPreps Independent Top 10 Boys Basketball Rankings

1. (last week 1) IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 26-1
2. (2) La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.), 25-1
3. (3) St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.), 26-4
4. (4) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 23-4
5. (5) Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 32-3
6. (6) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), 35-4
7. (8) Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, Calif.), 26-2
8. (9) Westtown (Pa.), 32-2
9. (10) Huntington St. Joseph Prep (W.Va.), 25-4
10. (NR) Southwest Christian Academy (Little Rock, Ark.), 30-2


USA Today Top 25

01 Nathan Hale -Seattle, WA 26-0-Previous ranking (PR): 1
02 La Lumiere -LaPorte, IN 26-1-0 PR: 3
03 Memphis East -Memphis, TN 27-3-PR: 4
04 IMG Academy -Bradenton, Fl 26-1-PR: 5
05 Findlay College Prep -Henderson, NV 32-3-PR: 6
06 Imhotep Institute Charter – Philadelphia, PA 25-2-PR: 7
07 Montverde AcademyMontverde, FL 25-4-PR: 8
08 Oak Hill Academy -Mouth Of Wilson, VA 35-4-PR: 9
09 Bishop Montgomery -Torrance, CA 26-2-PR: 12
10 Shadow Mountain -Phoenix, AZ 27-0-PR: 11
11 Mater Dei -Santa Ana, CA 31-1-PR: 13
12 Sierra Canyon -Chatsworth, CA 27-2-PR: 2
13 Chino Hills -Chino Hills, CA 29-2-PR: 10
14 McEachern -Powder Springs, GA 28-0-PR: 14
15 Wasatch Academy -Mount Pleasant, UT 23-4-PR: 15
16 Jonesboro Senior -Jonesboro, AR 28-0-PR: 16
17 Klein Forest -Houston, TX 32-0-0PR: 17
18 Archbishop Moeller -Cincinnati, OH 22-0-PR: 18
19 Tulsa Union -Tulsa, OK 25-0-PR: 19
20 The Patrick School -Elizabeth, NJ 22-4-PR: 21
21 Edwardsville -Edwardsville, IL 26-1-PR: 22
22 Greensboro Day School -Greensboro, NC 33-3-PR: 23.
23 Sunrise Christian Academy -Bel Aire, KS 21-5-PR: 24
24 Gonzaga College -Washington, DC 25-5-PR: 25
25 Abraham Lincoln -Brooklyn, NY 25-3-PR: Not ranked.


2017 All-SSN Boys HS Basketball Team Named-Cox Player of the Year

All-SSN Player of the Year – Micaiah Cox – Ft. Recovery – photo courtesy Pat Agler


(2-27-17) This years All-SSN Boys Basketball team is a good mixture of veterans and young players.  The seven members of the group,  includes three Seniors, two Juniors and two Sophomores. Height is not a problem with four players 6’4 or better and shooting behind the arc includes two sharp-shooters.

2017 All-SSN Boys Basketball Team

Micaiah Cox – Ft. Recovery – 6’5 – Senior – Player of the Year

  • Jay Houck – Jay County – 6’5 – Senior

  • Kole Murlin – Celina – 6’1 – Junior

  • Tyler Schlarman – St. Henry – 6’0 – Junior

  • Mason Baxter – Parkway – 6’1 – Sophomore

  • Nathan Bruns – Marion Local – 6’5 – Sophomore

  • Dylan Thobe – Coldwater – Senior – 6’4 – Senior


Ft. Recovery’s Micaiah Cox is the SSN Player of the Year, during his four years he has been a big part of the Indians success. This season he averaged over 16 points and 8 rebounds a game.  At 6’5 his defense keeps control of the lane at both end of the floors. Cox became the 16th Indian to score a 1,000 points in his career.



Jay County’s Jay Houck became a career 1,000 point scorer and has been a big part of the Patriots success. His inside presence has been a big asset over his career.

Coldwater’s Dylan Thobe – photo courtesy Pat Agler

The other Senior is Dylan Tobe, coming of a very successful football season, he helped Coldwater this season on the floor as well, one of the top 3-point shooters in Mercer County and he averaged over 12 points a game.

St. Henry’s Tyler Schlarman – photo courtesy Pat Agler

Tyler Schlarman, the 6’0 Junior was a steady influence for St. Henry this season, averaging almost 14 points and 7 rebounds a game.

Celina’s Kole Murlin – photo courtesy Snap In Time Photography

Despite an off-year for Celina this season, one bright spot has been 6’1 Junior Kole Murlin who is averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds a game.

Marion Local’s Nathan Bruns – courtesy Press Pro Magazine

Marion Local’s Nathan Bruns is one of the Sophomores on this years team, at 6’5 he averages 11 points and 7 rebounds a game and continues to impress and improve every time he hits the floor.

Parkway’s Mason Baxter – courtesy Nikki Fox

One of the younger teams in the MAC is Parkway, Sophomore Mason Baxter is just one of those players that have given the Panther fans something to look forward too.  Baxter is deadly from outside and is one of the top 3-point shooters in the county, he is averaging 12 points a game.

Thanks to the following – Snap In Time Photography , Nikki Fox and Pat Agler for use of photos.

2017 All-WBL Basketball Teams Named

(2-26-17) The Western Buckeye League released it’s Boys and Girls All-Conference Basketball Teams.

Celina’s Kole Murlin

Celina’s Kole Murlin (Junior) was named to the third team and Bulldog teammate Ryan Harter picked up Honorable Mention honors. On the girls side, Lauren Jackson, the only Bulldog onthe list was named Honorable Mention.


Ottawa-Glandorf swept the Player of the Year Awards, Jay Kaufman for the boys and Co-Players of the Year for the girls are O-G’s Kadie Hempfling and Kylie White who will share the award. The honors come after the Titans ‘perfect season’ as they both won WBL titles, both going 9-0.

St. Marys Derek Jay

Thanks to  WOSN You Tube Videos below—

All-WBL Boys Basketball Team

Player of the Year
Jay Kaufman – Ottawa-Glandorf

First Team

  • Michael Menendez – Defiance
  • Daniel Unruh – Elida
  • Jay Kaufman – Ottawa-Glandorf
  • Derek Jay – St. Marys
  • Sean McDonald – Shawnee
  • Nick Schoonover – Wapakoneta

Second Team

  • Thomas Phillips – Kenton
  • Hunter Phillips – Kenton
  • Jake Dible – Ottawa-Glandorf
  • Jacoby Kelly – Van Wert
  • Kyle Huffman – Wapakoneta

Third Team

  • Kole Murlin – Celina
  • Baylen Stinson – Elida
  • Owen Hiegel – Ottawa-Glandorf
  • Nate Place – Van Wert
  • Jace Copeland – Wapakoneta

Honorable Mention (Stateline area)

  • Ryan Harter – Celina
  • Jacob Grannan – St. Marys



All-WBL Girls Basketball Team

Co-Players of the Year

  • Kadie Hempfling – Ottawa-Glandorf
  • Kylie White – Ottawa-Glandorf

1st Team

  • Kadie Hempfling – Ottawa-Glandorf
  • Kylie White – Ottawa-Glandorf
  • Lexi Jacobs – Wapakoneta
  • Ashley Morris – Kenton
  • Shania Taylor – St. Marys
  • Bailey Dackin – Bath

2nd Team

  • Emily Poling – Defiance
  • Megan Fisher – Wapakoneta
  • Shyah Wheeler – Elida
  • Ellie Miller – Kenton
  • Lexi Schroeder – Ottawa-Glandorf
  • Alexis Stahler – Shawnee

Third Team

  • Heidi Craddock – Bath
  • Sarah Pothast – Wapakoneta
  • Sydney Cisco – St. Marys
  • Erin Kaumfan – Ottawa-Glandorf
  • Morgan Porter – Defiance

Honorable Mention (Stateline area)

  • Lauren Jackson – Celina
  • Quincy Rable – St. Marys

Northwest Guilford’s (NC) Elizabeth Kitley SSN National Girls HS Basketball Player of the Week

#31 Northwest Guilford’s Elizabeth Kitley



(2-26-17) Northwest Guilford’s (North Carolina) Elizabeth Kitley (6’4 C,PF Sophomore) is this week’s SSN National Girls High School Basketball Player of the Week.

Kitley was a key in Saturday night’s Northwest Guilford’s (27-2) 80-40 win over Dudley in the 4A NCHSAA Sectional Finals. She scored 24 points to help the Vikings move forward to round four in tournament play. Kitley has been diagnosed with mononucleosis, but if last night was any indication she seems ready to go. With the Vikings having just one Senior on the roster, she has had to help with a leadership roll on the team.  Kitley has been getting lots of attention and offers from D1 coaches from around the country this season and continues to impress others.

Northwest Guilford Head Coach Darlene Joyner told after the game:

“She does set the tone. She’s has the largest matchups on the floor. She’s finishing really well right now.”

The Vikings have now won 22 straight games this season, with their last loss coming two weeks before the holiday break in early December.  Northwest Guilford moves on to round four of the tournament.

Roughriders Considering New Football Facility For The Future

Skip Baughman Stadium- Stadium picture courtesy of Michael Hirn

(2-24-17) The future of Skip Baughman Stadium as the home of the St. Marys Roughriders could see a big change in the near future if a fund-raising project is successful.

Fundraising already has started to help move forward a plan to construct a new football stadium at the high school/middle school property (just off of US 33) and would be built around the existing artificial-turf field and the 10-lane track. The Roughriders Philanthropic Association is looking for donations to build a $6 million stadium that would have a seating capacity of  3,800 to 4,000 fans, that would also have over  1,400 parking places available on game nights.

The plan would call for Skip Baughman Stadium to be dismantled and removed.

Dan Burke, who is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Roughriders Philanthropic Association, told the Celina Daily Standard:

“We are, in my opinion, at a crossroads with the football stadium here in St. Marys. We’re at the point now that the current Skip Baughman Stadium has a lot of issues.”

The City of St. Marys might consider the current stadium property as part of the recreational program if funding can be found.

Proposed St. Marys Stadium

Planners on Wednesday shared conceptual drawings of a possible new stadium. The drawing is the most recent plan to be considered if private funding is raised.

What would the new stadium  be named? No word on what is being considered, however; there are plans to place a memorial of some kind to Skip Baughman at the new location.

The future of high school football stadiums in the Stateline area and surrounding communities has been quite active in 2017.  WBL member Van Wert and MAC members Coldwater and Parkway are looking at possible renovations or changes for the future.


Eggerss Stadium – courtesy The Cougar’s Roar


Coldwater Considering Field Turf For Cavalier Stadium

Coldwater Cavalier Stadium


Parkway Looking At Football Field Options

Parkway Support at current field

HS Basketball Twitter ‘Video’ HIGHlights – 02-25-17

(2-25-17) Boys and girls high school basketball tweets from across the US this past week.
































Celina Girls Bowling Advances To Districts

2017 Celina Girls Bowling Team


(2-24-17) The Celina girls bowling team put on quite a show in the DI Sectionals with a 2nd place finish and just 21 pins behind (3,878-3,857) Sectional Champs Bowling Green. WBL rivals Wapakoneta (3,824)  and Shawnee (3,578) finished third and fourth to advance with Celina to the Districts next week.

It was a record breaking day, in the 3rd game  the Bulldogs rollled a 973 school record led by Mackenzie Regedanz’s 234, Dorian Regendenz with a 232,  and Allison Lehman 198.

Dorian Regendenz

The Regendenz sisters were on fire, Mackenzie rolled a 638 series (190, 214, 234) and Dorian rolled a 622 series (244, 146,232) to lead the way.


2017 D1 Girls Bowling Sectional Team Scores


Celina Girls Bowling Sectional Scores

Coldwater Girls Bowling Wins District, Advances To State Finals

2017 District Bowling Champions – photo courtesy Rick Hartings


(2-24-17) The Coldwater girls bowling team will join the Cavs boys teams next week in Columbus at the State Finals.  The Cavs did it in style winning the District outscoring Wauseon 3,763-3,622.

The Cavs were led by Paige Hartings who finished 3rd overall with a 614 (206, 171, 237) series. Carlie Schoenherr rolled a 545 (167, 198, 180) series to finish 1oth.

St. Marys finished fourth, just 5 pins behind Willard 2489-2,484, and just missed moving on to the State Finals.


2017 DII Girls District Bowling Team Scores




2017 D II District Bowling Individual Scores

NFHS Adds New Rule Changes For Football

football field

NFHS Release

— New rules on blindside blocking are the most recent steps taken by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee in minimizing the risks associated with the sport.

The establishment of a new definition of a blindside block in Rule 2-3-10 and the addition of Rule 9-4-3n prohibiting a blindside block were two of 11 rules changes recommended by the NFHS Football Rules Committee at its January 20-22 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Bob Colgate, director of sports and sports medicine at the NFHS and staff liaison for football:

“The NFHS Football Rules Committee’s actions this year once again addressed risk minimization, officiating, competitive balance and game administration.”

The definition of a blindside block established by the committee is “a block against an opponent other than the runner, who does not see the blocker approaching,” and now results in a 15-yard penalty.

The committee stated that the blindside block:

“involves contact by a blocker against an opponent who, because of physical positioning and focus of concentration, is vulnerable to injury. Unless initiated with open hands, it is a foul for excessive and unnecessary contact when the block is forceful and outside of the free-blocking zone.”

Todd Tharp, chair of the NFHS Football Rules Committee and assistant director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association:

“As has been the case for many years, the NFHS Football Rules Committee continued to place their main emphasis on risk minimization. With this new definition of a blindside block and the penalty to be assessed, the committee stresses the importance of proper coaching techniques under the rules and accurate enforcement by the game officials.”

Another significant risk-minimization change was elimination of a pop-up kick in new Rule 6-1-11. A new definition of a pop-up kick in Rule 2-24-10 is defined as “a free kick in which the kicker drives the ball immediately to the ground, the ball strikes the ground once and goes into the air in the manner of a ball kicked directly off the tee.”

The committee implemented this change in an effort to reduce risk of injury due to the increased use of the pop-up kick on onside kickoffs. Such kicks will be penalized as a dead-ball free-kick infraction, as noted with new Rule 6-1-11 PENALTY.

The NFHS Football Rules Committee also expanded Rule 2-32-16 regarding a defenseless player by adding specific examples of a defenseless player. Those examples include, but are not limited to:

a) Blind A player in the act of or just after throwing a pass;

b) A receiver attempting to catch a pass who has not had time to clearly become a runner;

c) The intended receiver of a pass in the action during and immediately following an interception or potential interception;

d) A runner already in the grasp of a tackler and whose forward progress has been stopped;

e) A kickoff or punt returner attempting to catch or recover a kick, or one who has completed a catch or recovery and has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a ball carrier;

f) A player on the ground including a ball carrier who has obviously given himself up and is sliding feet-first;

g) A player obviously out of the play or not in the immediate vicinity of the runner; and

h) A player who received a blindside block with forceful contact not initiated with open hands.

Todd Tharp

“A great deal of time was spent by the committee creating specific criteria to define exactly what a defenseless player is. Coaches can use these examples to focus on the proper mechanics of blocking and tackling, and game officials now are able to use this expanded definition to focus on continued risk minimization of the players.”

Changes to Rule 7-1-6 expand on the situations required for encroachment to occur after the ready-for-play and after the snapper has placed his hand(s) on the ball. The rule previously stated that encroachment occurred if “any other player breaks the plane of the neutral zone.” In addition, now defensive players are restricted from contacting the ball prior to the end of the snap or making contact with the snapper’s hand(s) or arm(s) until the snapper has released the ball.

The remaining changes approved by the NFHS Football Rules Committee:

  • touched on a new ball specification (1-3-1h)
  • uniforms [(1-5-1b(3)]
  • game officials (1-5-4)
  • post-scrimmage kick fouls (2-16-2h)
  • penalty time clock management (3-4-7)
  • prosthetic limbs (4-2-2l)
  • forward-pass interference (7-5-10), in which the previous foul for non-contact face guarding was eliminated as forward-pass interference.

Regarding the uniform change in Rule 1-5-1b(3), effective with the 2021 season, “the jerseys of the home team shall be a dark color that clearly contrasts to white.”

Bob Colgate

“The committee revised the rule to provide schools and manufacturers more clarification regarding the game’s current trend of utilizing lighter gray shades. The requirement for teams to wear contrasting colors to white is not a new rule, and it is the committee’s expectation that this new clarification will allow changes to be made during normal replacement cycles.”

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, football is the most popular sport for boys at the high school level with 1,083,308 participants in 11-player football. Another combined 28,943 boys participated in 6-, 8- and 9-player football. In addition, 2,140 girls participated in one of the four football offerings during the 2015 season.

Whitacre Leads Cavs To Bowling State Finals

Coldwater’s Cory Whitacre

(2-23-17) Coldwater’s Cory Whitacre helped the Cavs advance to the State Finals with a 3rd place team finish and winning individual honors  rolling a 650 (216, 205, 229) series.  Trey James added a 636 (197, 246, 193) series and Ben Schmitmeyer (190, 224, 203) added a 617 series.

The Top 5 teams were all within 80 pins of each other, St. Marys won the District title with 4,094 pins, Coldwater was just 32 pins back at 4,062.

St. Henry finished fourth, but does not move on to State,  Trey Buehler will move on for the Redskins as an individual as he finished just behind Whitacre  five pins back with a 645 (168, 211, 256) series.

(Special thanks to Coach Rick Hartings for stats and pictures)

2017 Boys Bowling District Team Scores


2017 Boys District Bowling Stats