(6-2-22) Today many are mourning the death of Tyler Mescher. Mescher just turned 23 years old on May 6th, he was finishing up his college education at Bowling Green and was in the inclusive early childhood program and would have been certified to teach Preschool – 5th grade .and he was a 2018 Marion Local graduate.

During the 2018 season folks around the state had been overlooking the Marion Local Flyers. Mescher was a huge part of that team and will always be remembered for helping the Flyers achieve success that season.

On March 24th, 2018, with a never quit attitude, they did what many thought would not be possible, they won the OHSAA D IV State Boys Basketball State Championship in a classic double-overtime win over Cornerstone Christian 52-51.

It was a game that was not decided until the final buzzer in the second OT, right after Mescher hit both free throws after being fouled underneath his own basketball with just 2.6 seconds remaining. Those free throws will always be remembered by the Flyers faithful.

Mescher in that game was just a rebound away from a double-double with 18 points and 9 rebounds , including 2-2 at the free throw line that put the Flyers ahead to stay in the second overtime.


Tyler Mescher age 23 of Maria Stein, Ohio died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney, Ohio.  He was born on May 6, 1999 in St. Marys to Mark & Tracy (Griesdorn) Mescher. He is also survived by brothers & sister: Ryan Mescher, Chickasaw, Kyle & Darian Mescher, Maria Stein, Emily, Troy and Brayden all of Maria Stein, nephew & godson Harvey Mescher, grandparents Mark Griesdorn, Dennis Mescher and many aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was preceded in death by grandmothers: Margie (Rose) Griesdorn & Viola (Homan) Mescher. 

He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and was a 2018 graduate of Marion Local High School and 2022 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BS in Early Childhood Education and was looking forward to starting his career teaching at Spencerville Schools. Tyler loved spending time with children as he worked in daycare centers during his time in high school and college.

Tyler was a 3-sport high school athlete, he played football, basketball & track.  He was a four-time state champion, three in football and one in basketball. He was especially proud of his game winning free throws in the state championship game. Tyler always had a smile on his face and loved to hang out with his many friends from high school and college. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM on Monday, June 6, 2022 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Maria Stein.  Burial will take place in St. Rose Cemetery, St. Rose. Friends may call at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henery from 1 to 6 PM on Sunday, June 5, 2022 and from 9 to 10 AM on Monday.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to establish a scholarship fund in Tyler’s name.  Condolences may be left at www.hogenkampfh.com.

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