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Botkins' historic gym “The Kitchen” closes for good

January 15, 2015

BOTKINS — Appetites for competition will no longer be satisfied in “The Kitchen.”

As the Botkins school district commenced session in a new school building this month, a new gymnasium will host the school’s junior high athletic events in a 450-seat capacity facility, replacing the longtime, beloved home of Botkins High School basketball from 1957 until the early 1990s.

Eagles rally in 2nd half, control overtime in win over Wapakoneta

January 7, 2015

The game Tuesday was a tale of two halves.

The Wapakoneta Redskins led 20-10 at halftime, but a second half rally by the undefeated Liberty-Benton Eagles forced overtime.

The visiting Eagles took complete control in the extra session, holding Wapakoneta scoreless in overtime to land a 44-34 win in varsity girls basketball action Tuesday at Wapakoneta High School.

The Eagles trailed 20-10 at halftime but outscored Wapakoneta by 20 points to earn the non-league win, giving the Redskins their second straight loss to an unbeaten opponent.

Football gives back to local family

January 6, 2015

This past fall a local Wapakoneta family was honored in two separate ways for its contributions to the sport of football — in the state of Michigan.

The sport that they have given so much to gave back last year.

Ryan Zerkel, a 1994 Wapakoneta High School graduate, played football at Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., and now teaches and coaches in the state.

Zerkel finished his third year coaching the St. Clair High School Saints last fall.

Bluffton tops Wapakoneta in overtime

December 23, 2014

A 3-pointer by Bluffton’s Bret Rumer with 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the game at 46-46, and the undefeated Bluffton Pirates emerged from overtime with a 59-53 win Tuesday over the Wapakoneta Redskins in a non-league varsity boys basketball game at Wapakoneta High School.

The Redskins had a five-point lead with 2:39 left in the game and attempted to exhaust the remaining time, but a missed front end of a one-and-one gave the Pirates possession with 8.9 seconds remaining in regulation.

Wapakoneta earns tough win over LCC

December 23, 2014

Facing their best opponent of the season — the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds — things did not come easy for the Wapakoneta Redskins often in Monday’s game.

The speed of the game and pressure was unlike what undefeated Wapakoneta had seen in its five previous wins.

The Redskins were eventually able to control the pace and handle the pressure, holding down LCC in the second half to record a 69-56 win Monday in non-league varsity girls basketball action at Wapakoneta High School.

Redskins rout Kenton with big 2nd half

December 20, 2014

The lightswitch turned back on for the Wapakoneta Redskins’ offense in the third quarter after a lull in the second quarter against the visiting Kenton Wildcats.

The Redskins rolled to 47 points in the second half, stretching their lead to 30 points, 72-32, midway through the fourth quarter, while junior point guard Ethan Good scored a career-high 23 points.

Redskins sweep dual, avenge loss to Bath

December 17, 2014

BATH TOWNSHIP — The Wapakoneta Redskins avenged one of their league losses from last season on Tuesday night, defeating the Bath Wildcats 44-25 in a Western Buckeye League dual match.

The Redskins also crushed the Celina Bulldogs, 63-6, in their other dual match Tuesday at Bath High School.

Last season Bath, along with Defiance, accounted for Wapakoneta’s two losses in WBL competition, which ultimately ended the Redskins’ streak of four straight league championships.

Botkins denies Waynesfield-Goshen comeback

December 16, 2014

BOTKINS — After playing to a 19-19 tie at halftime, the winner of Monday’s game would be decided by whichever team won the second half.

The Botkins Trojans used a strong third quarter to cushion themselves against the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers, and despite a nice comeback by W-G, the Trojans prevailed for a 37-33 win in a non-league varsity girls basketball game at Botkins High School.

The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Trojans (2-5), while W-G was coming off of its first win of the season.

Sutton breaks school mark in Wapakoneta win

December 12, 2014

From staff reports

Charlie Sutton took down one more school record Thursday, as the Wapakoneta Redskins junior notched his fifth all time mark out of eight individual events.

Sutton broke the Wapakoneta swimming record in the 100-yard butterfly Thursday in a tri-meet at Wapakoneta Family YMCA in varsity boys action.

Sutton, who set four school records last season, posted a time of 55.01 seconds to best the previous mark of 55.18 set by Ryan Kremer in 2012.

Wapakoneta takes down Lima Senior

December 10, 2014

Keaton Metz scored a go-ahead layup in the final seconds to give the Wapakoneta Redskins a one-point win, 50-49, over the shorthanded Lima Senior Spartans in varsity boys basketball action Tuesday at Wapakoneta High School.

The Tuesday night contest was the season opener for both teams.

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