Take a moment to familiarize yourself with Nick Lopezâ€™s name.
Youâ€™re going to hear a lot of it Friday night when the Wapakoneta Redskins travel to Defiance to take on the Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League varsity football matchup.
He runs the ball, he catches the ball, he defends, he plays special teams.
MARION â€” The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers finished fifth in the Northwest Central Conference varsity boys golf tournament Wednesday at Whetstone Golf Club in Marion.
W-G turned in a team score of 417. Riverside won the tournament with a 342.
For the Tigers, Eric Shaner carded a 93, Justus Ball a 97, Garrett Hauenstein a 109 and Ryan Agnew 118.
Riversideâ€™s Kyle Hurley was medalist with an 83.
Fairbanks (375) and Perry (394) rounded out the top three. USV was fourth with a 402.
Most of the tournament was held in rainy conditions that varied from a drizzle to a downpour.
The Wapakoneta Redskins made a match of it but could not overcome the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans, falling 2-0 in a varsity girls soccer match Tuesday at Harmon Field.
Wapak withstood a relentless first-half assault then began to challenge in the second half. It took a Titansâ€™ goal with 2:12 remaining in the match to seal the win for O-G.
The Titans tried to exploit their speed advantage by pushing the ball into the corners, outracing the defense to the ball and crossing it back to the middle. But the Redskins managed to keep the ball in the corners and limit O-Gâ€™s crossing opportunities.
GREENVILLE â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity tennis team ran into a deep Greenville Green Wave squad Tuesday in non-league match. The Redskins fell 4-1 to Greenville.
Redskin senior Makenzie Klock dispatched of Greenville freshman Sophia Navas-Davis in straight sets. She blanked the freshman 6-0 in the first set and then continued her domination in the second set 6-2 in a match-up of first singles opponents.
DEFIANCE â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins scored twice in the first six minutes and cruised to a 3-1 win over the Defiance Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys soccer match Monday at Defiance.
Junior Travis Bertram put Wapak on the board at the 4:17 mark. And less than two minutes later, freshman Will Hinegardner made it 2-0.
The Redskins all but sealed the win in the 14th minute as senior Andy Faller scored on an assist from Pablo Arroyo to give Wapak the three-goal lead.
BOTKINS â€” With three people having to play out of position due to absences for various reasons, thrown in with a good game plan by Lima Temple Christian head coach BJ McPheron, things seemingly could not have been worse for Botkins in their 6-0 win over the Pioneers.
However, improvising is what great teams do best.
â€śThe first half we kind of played their style,â€ť Botkins coach Kevin Lynch said. â€śWe are usually more aggressive offensively. We calmed down in the second half and did much better.â€ť
The Wapakoneta Redskins used a second-quarter outburst to take a three-touchdown lead, then took advantage of Celina miscues to preserve a 41-20 win over the Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League football game Friday night at Harmon Field.
Wapak remained undefeated at 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in the WBL.
â€śWe won. Thatâ€™s positive,â€ť Wapak coach Doug Frye said. â€śWe didnâ€™t turn the ball over. Thatâ€™s positive. The rest of it needs a heck of a lot of work if weâ€™re going to be any good.â€ť
MILFORD CENTER â€” In an emotional game for both schools, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers edged the Fairbanks Panthers 12-6 on Friday at Fairbanks.
Waynesfield dedicated the game to long-time team bus driver, Deb Boday, and former athlete Ned Burden, both of which passed away earlier in the week.
And Fairbanks dedicated the game to senior quarterback, Mitch Rausch, who was involved in an automobile accident on Thursday night.
In what has become perhaps the most highly anticipated game on the Northwest Central Conference docket each year, the rivals dueled in a hard-fought defensive battle.
For 48 minutes Thursday night, the score was level.
Then the bubble shifted.
Wapakoneta Redskins sophomore forward Sara Warner scored the lone goal of the night to lead the Redskins to a 1-0 win over the Defiance Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League girls soccer match at Ryan Field.
Eight minutes into the second half, Warner streaked down the left side of the field and fired a shot across the front of the goal, past the outstretched arms of Defiance goalkeeper Brittany Froelich, and into the right side of the net.
VAN WERT â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity girls golf team picked up three wins with a quad-match win Thursday at Hickory Sticks Golf Course in Van Wert.
Wapak shot a 195 to best Marion Local (197), Lincolnview (210) and Crestview (210).
The wins lifted the Redskin to 6-8 on the season.
Wapak senior Courtney Knippen carded a 42 to tie Lincolnviewâ€™s Kailyn Brant for medalist honors.
Rounding out the scoring for the Redskins were Hannah Smith with a 45, Shelby Kohler â€” who had just returned from an illness â€” with a 53 and Bryly Beaman with a 55.