Baseball: Celina’s Lonsway Named WBL Player of the Year

(5-21-17) The Western Buckeye League announced their 2017 All Conference Baseball Team today.

WBL Player of the Year – Seth Lonsway

(Celina photos courtesy Snap In Time Photography)

Celina LHP  pitcher Seth Lonsway (Sr) has been named the WBL Player of the Year. Lonsway has committed to play at Ohio State, but will be a target in the upcoming MLB draft.

Celina Head Baseball Coach Andy Mikesell:

Seth Lonsway is a rare combination of talent and work-ethic. I have never seen someone dedicate themselves to a sport like he has to baseball and making himself as good as he can be.

In my mind he is now the best pitcher in the state and right there with the best in the country.

He his definitely a rare athlete but most importantly a rare person. He has gone through so much in his short life and has always maintained an exceptional personal standard and humility. He is always willing to help out with younger players, field maintenance or just any odd job I have for baseball or personally; he has always been there to help whoever needed it.

Wapakoneta Head Coach Jason Brandt was named as WBL Coach of the Year.

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Kole Murlin

Other Bulldogs named to the All-WBL team, Kole Murlin (Jr) was named to the second team, Isaiah Eichler (Sr) and Parker Maurer (Soph) were named to the third team.  Shawn Rose (Sr) was named Honorable Mention.

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Mauer and Eichler
2017 All-WBL Baseball Team
2017 All-WBL Baseball Team
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Shawn Rose
2017 WBL Champion - Wapakoneta
2017 WBL Champion – Wapakoneta – courtesy of @Wapak_Baseball twitter


Wapakoneta picked up the WBL Conference Championship going 8-1 on the season.

2017 WBL Standings
Teams			WBL Record
1.  Wapakoneta		8-1
2.  Defiance		7-2
2.  Kenton		7-2
4.  Celina		6-3
5.  Ottawa-Glandorf	5-4
5.  Bath		5-4
7.  Van Wert		3-6
7.  St. Marys		3-6
9.  Shawnee		1-8
10.  Elida		0-9

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2017 All WBL Softball Team Named

2017 All WBL Softball Team
2017 All WBL Softball Team

(5-17-17) The Western Buckeye League released it’s 2017 All-Conference softball team.

WBL Champion Wapakoneta swept both of the major honors, Blasia Moyler was named the Player of the Year and her coach, Bill Sammons, picked up Coach of the Year honors. Moyler will continue her softball career at Saginaw Valley State University.

Two other Redskins were also named to the 1st team, Megan Fisher and Savanna Oen.

Maddie Luebke
Maddie Luebke – Photo courtesy Snap In Time Photography

Celina’s Maddie Luebke picked up 1st team honors, Brooke Steinbrunner was named to the third team and Mackenzie Shaffer was on the Honorable Mention list.

The Redskins have won two consecutive WBL titles in a row, with an 18 in a row conference run during that time.

Baseball: Indian’s Thwaits Named MAC MVP, Cav’s Harlamert is Coach of the Year


(5-16-17) The MAC released it’s 2017 All-Conference Baseball Team.

Ft. Recovery’s Nick Thwaits (Jr) was named the Player of the Year.

Coldwater’s Brian Harlamert, after leading the Cav’s to their 30th MAC baseball title was named Coach of the Year.

Coldwater was represented on the 1st team by Dylan Thobe (Sr). Marion Local’s Duane Leugers represents the Flyers on the 1st team. Joining Thwaits on the 1st team was teammate Cole Wendel (Jr). Representing Parkway was Trace Walls.

2017 All MAC Baseball Team
2017 All MAC Baseball Team

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Softball: Parkway’s Hawk MAC Player of the Year, Esselstein Coach of the Year

Parkway’s Haley Hawk MVP- Photo by Pat Agler –


(5-16-17) Parkway swept both of the major honors on the 2017 All-MAC softball team.

Parkway’s Haley Hawk (Junior) was named Player of the Year in leading the Panthers to a MAC Title. Hawk’s Coach, Mark Esselstein, who picked up his 500th win this year, was named the MAC Coach of the Year.

Hawk was joined on the 1st team by two teammates, Bailey Bates and Alyx Slusher.

Coldwater was represented on the 1st team by Maura Hoying, Carly Post and Maddie Steinke. Alexis Ontrop was St. Henry’s representative on the 1st team.


2017 All MAC Softball Team
2017 All MAC Softball Team
Alexis Bickle - Courtesy Nikki Fox
Alexis Bickle – Photo Courtesy Nikki Fox

Parkway played with a ‘heavy heart’ this season after the tragic death of teammate Lexi Bickle, who lost her life in an auto accident in the fall.

Alexis Bickle – Gone Too Soon

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All-WOHSBC Teams Announced, St. Henry’s Troy Buehler Bowler of the Year

St. Henry's Troy Buehler
St. Henry’s Troy Buehler

(3-20-17) The West Ohio High School Bowling Conference announced their 2017 All-Conference teams.

In the South Division, St. Henry’s Troy Buehler was named the WOHSBC South Bowler of the Year. Two other Buehlers picked up all-conference honors, Trey is also on the 1st team and Trent picked up 2nd team honors. Another Redskin, Logan Rindler,  was named to the Honorable Mention List.

Coldwater had four bowlers named to the 1st team, Trey James, Caden Seitz, Cory Whitacre and Joe Wenning.  The Cavs Ben Schmitmeyer is on the 2nd team, while Jason Wenning and Nathan Gaerke both were named to the Honorable Mention list.

Representing the North Division on the 1st team was Celina’s Cole Cisco, three Bulldogs were named to the 2nd team, Nate Langenkamp, Parker Maurer and Kolyn Wiehe.  Celina’s Dylan Gilbert was Honorable Mention.

Wapakoneta’s Tyler Miller was named the North’s Bowler of the Year.


Troy Buehler and Tyler Miller

WOHSBC Player of the Years

Morgan Heitkamp and Dayle Aldrich

In the South Division, State Champion Coldwater placed three bowlers on the all-conference 1st team, Paige Hartings, Brianna Wenning and Carlie Schoenherr. Three Cavs were named to the 2nd team, Kailey Niekamp, Emily Fortener and Madison Fox.

2017 DII Girls State Bowl – Team

Marion Local’s Lindsey Schemmel was named to the 2nd team, while the Flyers’ Shayla Bertke was named to the Honorable Mention List.


In the North Division, Celina’s Makenzie and Dorian Regendanz picked up 2nd team honors, while three Bulldogs picked up Honorable Mention nods, Karlee Huber, Bailee Kelch and Allison Lehman.

Parkway’s Alexis Frank was named to the second team.


2017 All-Big Northern Conference Boys Basketball Team Named



(3-10-17) In it’s first year with no divisions the Big Northern Conference announced its All Conference Boys Basketball team. Rockford Christian and Rockford Lutheran were co-BNC Champions, both went 9-1 in conference play.


Stateline area players named to the 1st team include,

  • Matt Glogowski  SR  Rockford Christian
  • Josh Streeter  SR  Rockford Lutheran
  • Andrew Morrissey  JR  Winnebago


Glogowski helped the Royal Lions to a share of the BNC title and a tournament run to the Super-Sectional, he scored 16 points and 8 rebounds a game. Streeter helped the Crusaders pick up the other share of the BNC title, averaging 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals a game. Morrisey led Winnebago with a double-double season, 14 points and 11 rebounds a game.


The BNC 2nd team includes the following Stateline area players:


  • Jackson Foltz  SR  Rockford Christian (3 assist avg.)
  • Luke Joiner  SR  Rockford Christian (5 rebound avg.)
  • Pauly Rico  JR  Byron (12 point avg., 3 assist avg.)
  • Jake Greeny  SR  Rockford Lutheran (11.3 point avg. )
  • Ty Waller  JR  Winnebago (14 point avg.)



2016-17 Big Northern Conference Boys Basketball All-Conference

First Team

  • Zach Miller  SR  Genoa Kingston
  • Matt Glogowski  SR  Rockford Christian
  • Josh Streeter  SR  Rockford Lutheran
  • Joe LaShonse  SR  Mendota
  • Andrew Morrissey  JR  Winnebago
  • Logan Pillars  SR  Rock Falls
  • Beau Bailey  SO  Dixon

Second Team

  • Justin McNeal  SR  Genoa Kingston
  • Jackson Foltz  SR  Rockford Christian
  • Luke Joiner  SR  Rockford Christian
  • Pauly Rico  JR  Byron
  • Jake Greeny  SR  Rockford Lutheran
  • Ty Waller  JR  Winnebago
  • Garrett Winfield  SR  Rock Falls

Honorable Mention

  • Bailey Foley  SR  Genoa Kingston
  • Malik Marshall  JR  Rockford Christian
  • Josh Dowling  JR  Rockford Christian
  • Trent Snodgrass  SR  Byron
  • Luke Harper  SR  Rockford Lutheran
  • Cam Phalen  SR  Mendota
  • Derian Duncan  SO  Dixon

2017 All-Northwest District Boys and Girls Basketball Teams

(3-9-17) The 2017 All Northwest District Boys and Girls Basketball Teams were announced today.

St. Henry’s Tyler Schlarman – courtesy Pat Agler

Marion Local’s Tyler Mescher was named to the 2nd Team D III squad, In D IV Ft. Recovery’s Micaiah Cox was named to the 2nd team and St. Henry’s Tyler Schlarman picked up 3rd team honors.

Ft. Recovery’s Whitney Will – courtesy Pat Agler and

On the girls teams, Ft. Recovery’s Whitney Will was the only Stateline area player to be named 1st team (D III). Coldwater’s Kourtney Diller was a D III 2nd team member.





  • Kole Murlin – Celina – Honorable Mention


  • Tyler Mescher (6’2 Junior) – Marion Local – 2nd Team
  • Nathan Bruns – Marion Local – Honorable Mention
  • Dylan Thobe – Coldwater – Honorable Mention
  • Maura Hoying – Coldwater – Honorable Mention


  • Micaiah Cox (6-5 Senior) Fort Recovery – 2nd Team
  • Tyler Schlarman (6’0 Senior) – St. Henry – 3rd Team
  • Ryan Luttmer – St. Henry – Honorable Mention



  • Whitney Will (6’0 Senior) Fort Recovery – 1st Team
  • Kourtney Diller (5’8 Junior) Coldwater – 2nd Team
  • Grace Thien – Fort Recovery – Honorable Mention
  • Jocelyn Kaiser – Fort Recovery – Honorable Mention
  • Danielle Lange – St. Henry – Honorable Mention
  • Sydney Crouch – Parkway – Honorable Mention


  • Sarah Fesenmyer – Marion Local – Honorable Mention
  • Macey Griesdorn – Marion Local – Honorable Mention
All-SSN Player of the Year – Micaiah Cox – Ft. Recovery – photoe courtesy Pat Agler

Hononegah’s King NIC 10 MVP


(3-9-17)  Hononegah Sophomore Jordan King is the 2017 All NIC 10 Girls Basketball MVP.

King led the NIC 10 in scoring with 20 points a game and 4 steals a game. She is joined on the  1st team by Sophomore teammate Cali Schmitz.

NIC 10 Champion Boylan had two players make the 1st team, McKenzie Brown (Junior) and Sarah Welsh (Senior).  East had three players named to the 1st team, Madaeja Cross (Senior), Victoria Malone (Senior) and Madilyn Hecox (Senior).

The rest of the 1st team included Jefferson’s Elizabeth Bankole (Senior),  Harlem’s Kahley Logan (Senior) and Guilford’s Kaleia Monterio (Senior).

Boylan Coach Paul Perrone, who led the Titans to a NIC 10 title and to the Super-Sectional was named Coach of the Year.

2017 NIC 10 Girlss BB All-Conference
2017 All NIC 10 Girls Basketball Team

Couper Repeats As NIC 10 MVP

(3-9-17) Boylan’s Zach Couper has been named the 2017 NIC 10’s Boy’s Basketball MVP for the second straight season. Couper helped the Titans to the NIC 10 title.  Couper averaged 23 points a game, including a 50 point game against Auburn this season.  Couper will continue his basketball career at the Air Force Academy.

Titan teammate Kevin Diemer was also named to the 1st team, Hononegah added two players to the top team, Josh Donaldson and Max Miller, Jefferson had two players on the squad as well, Quillin Dixon and Myquion Garrett. Filling out the rest of the 1st team, East’s Charles Burnell,  Auburn’s Terry Ford, Belvidere’s Will Morris and Harlem’s Allen White III.

The first team is made up of seven Seniors and three Juniors. First year Boylan Head Coach Brett McAllister was named NIC 10 Coach of the Year, McAllister stepped into the run the Titans after Mike Winters resigned at the end of last year.

2017 NIC 10 Boys BB All-Conference
2017 NIC 10 All Conference Boys Basketball Team



Stateline Area Conference Basketball Players of the Year

(3-2-17) This season has been one that has produced many quality Stateline area Boys and Girls Basketball Conference Players of the Year.  Each year, most likely voted on by conference coaches, each league selects an All-Conference team and a Player of the Year.

Below are Players of the Year for  area conferences.

In boys there are eight winners, the The Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) had co-players named, four are Juniors and four are Seniors. Girls winners, the Western Buckeye League (WBL) had co-winners, one player was the choice in two different conferences, of the  winners two were Juniors and seven were Seniors.

Boys Conference Players of the Year

  • WBL Player of the Year: Jay Kaufman, Ottawa-Glandorf (Junior)
  • MAC Player of the Year: Justin Ahrens, Versailles (Junior)
  • NWC Player of the Year: Spencerville, Dakota Prichard (Senior)
  • NWCC Player of the Year: Jackoby Lane-Harvey, Perry (Senior)
  • SCAL Player of the Year:  Nathan Lessing, Fairlawn  (Senior)
  • TRAC Co-Players of the Year:
    Vincent Williams Jr., St. John’s Jesuit (Junior)
    Jarius Ward, Lima Senior  (Senior)
  • CCC Player of the Year:  Caleb South, Bethel  (Junior)


Girls Conference Players of the Year

  • WBL Co-Players of the Year:
    Kadie Hempfling, Ottawa-Glandorf  (Junior)
    Kylie White, Ottawa-Glandorf    (Senior)
  • MAC Player of the Year: Rosie Westerbeck, Minster  (Senior)
  • NWC Player of the Year: Paige Bellman, Columbus Grove  (Junior)
  • Putnam County League Player of the Year: Paige Bellman, Columbus Grove  (Junior)
  • NWCC Player of Year: Emily Patton, Upper Scioto Valley (Senior)
  • SCAL Player of the Year:  Maria Herron,  Russia  (Senior)
  • TRAC Player of the Year: Bre Hampton-Bey, Notre Dame Academy (Senior)
  • CCC Player of the Year:  Allie Downing, Tri-Village (Senior)


One of the most well known Players of the Year if the Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) winner,  Junior Justin Ahrens who is already committed to play at Ohio State.  The Ahrens family is well known for boys basketball, brother Kyle plays for Michigan State.

The MAC’s Player of the Year was Minster’s Rosie  Westerbeck, she scored 13.3 points a game, was third on the team with 94 rebounds (4.5 avg),  second-best on the team with 53 assists on the team and second best in the MAC with 57 steals. She was is what made Minster roll this season.


The Western Buckeye League titles (boys and girls) went to Ottawa-Glandorf in undefeated conference seasons. The WBL Players of the Year were all Titans.

Junior Jay Kaufman led the way this year for O-G and was named the boys Player of the Year.


The O-G D II #1 State ranked girls team landed two players, Kadie Hempfling and Kylie White as Co-Players of the Year. The Titans have dominated this season thanks to these two.

Northwest Central Conference (NWCC) Girls MVP, Emily Patton, had a big season for the Rams, scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists a game.

Named as the NWCC Boys Player of the Year, Perry’s Jackoby Lane-Harvey who helped the Commodores to a conference title on a well-balanced team.

Northwest Conference (NWC) Player of the Year, Dakota Pritchard of Spencerville. Pritchard  scored his 1,000th career point this season, led the Bearcats to a NWC title, while averaging 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game.



The Shelby County Athletic League’s (SCAL) Player of the Year Nathan Lessing of Fairlawn showed the conference the Jets were for real. Lessing is presently 24th on Ohio’s all-time scoring list with 2,214 points as they continue in tournament play. Fairlawn was never known for basketball in the past, they are now.


The Three Rivers Athletic Conference named two Boys Players of the Year, both outstanding players that make the TRAC one of the area’s toughest conference.

Vincent Williams Jr., St. John’s Jesuit and Jarius Ward, Lima Senior  were both keys in their team’s success this season.



Caleb South of Bethel was the Player of the Year in the Cross County Conference (CCC) , leading his team to the conference title. South who is averaging almost 30 points a game, has already scored a 1,000 points in his career as just a Junior.



Columbus Grove Junior Paige Bellman did something not many high school players accomplish in a career, she was named Player of the Year in two conferences, the Northwest Conference and the Putnam County League (PCL).


Bre Hampton-Bey of Notre Dame Academy was named the Three Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year, the Senior picked up her 1,000th career points and the led the Eagles to a TRAC title and 14-0 conference record.



The Cross County Conference Player of the Year is Tri Village Senior Allie Downing, she scored 18.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.2 assist and 2.0 steals a game. She will represent District 9 at the Ohio North-South state All-Star game in April. The Patriots won the CCC title.



The Shelby County Athletic League’s Player of the Year was Russia’s Maria Herron, besides being a great basketball player and overall athletes, she was also named this year’s Homecoming Queen.  Now that’s a great Senior Season.

Russia’s Maria Herron – courtesy photo