By Joshua Morgret
On Twitter: @joshuamorgret
Knock, knock! Remember me?! What is up guys?! Long time, no chat. I'm back to catch you up on
what has been happening in the basketball season now that we're almost upon tournament time! It's
hard to believe tournament action starts next week! The first girls tournament games will be played
Wednesday, Feb. 15 around the area. It's hard to believe we are already here. My first game I had this
season was a Findlay men's basketball game back on Nov. 16 and time has quickly went by over the
last three months.
I'm going to break down a little bit about some of the teams in the area and give you an idea on how
their season is going. All boys records are accurate thanks to davey1.com (if you don't know what that
is, make sure you give him a visit. Dave is an absolute legend with his
schedules/scores/records/database). Hopefully all of the girls records are updated. The Northern 10
Athletic Conference has a great website thanks to Lonnie McMillan, so all will be good there. I'll get a
little information in here about the college basketball teams here in Tiffin. Lastly, I'm going to take a
minute and give a Super Bowl pick. I wasn't able to make it on HOOS with Nate a few nights ago, but
I'll give you my not-so-expert opinion in a minute.
Without further chat, let's get it started with the ladies! During the fall sports, we always started with
football, but with the girls tournaments starting next week and their regular season almost over, they
get top billing!
Tiffin Columbian (10-11 overall, 3-8 SBC Lake) – First-year Jaycie Foos has done a great job helping
improve the program. Columbian has had some really high moments – wins over Fostoria and Upper
Sandusky, nearly beating Bellevue at home, and wins over good teams like Wynford and Willard. But,
the Tornadoes have been on the wrong side of big losses to Liberty-Benton, Perkins, Fremont Ross, and
a bad loss to Sandusky (a team the Tornadoes beat by 36 the first time). Consistency has been a major
issue for Columbian this season. They face Clyde tonight to wrap up the regular season. Clyde won the
first meeting by three points back on Jan. 3. Players like Dallas Poll, Lexi Smith, and Mackenzie Davis
have shined this season for Columbian.
First tournament game: vs. Sylvania Southview, next Wednesday, 6 p.m. at Rossford
Tiffin Calvert (7-13 overall, 4-10 SBC River) – A rough season got a little more awkward when Josh
Clark resigned as head coach a few weeks ago. Athletic director Paul Shoemaker assumed the role and
will finish out the season as interim head coach for the Senecas. It has been for the most part a tough
season for Calvert, but the Senecas do have league wins over New Riegel and Old Fort. The no doubt
leader of this team is Alyssa Rishty, who is scoring almost 18 points per game. For a variety of reasons,
only three girls (Rishty, Carleigh Meier, and Mikenna Kancler) have played in every game this season
for the Senecas.
First tournament game: vs. Riverdale, next Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at Van Buren
Old Fort (7-13 overall, 5-9 SBC River) – What started out as an extremely promising season has turned
into rough sailing after all-Ohio point guard Macie Miller was hurt early in the season. She played in
just four games and averaged 17.8 points per game. The Stockaders started out 3-0 in the league, but
had lost nine out of 10 league games before a nice win over Hopewell-Loudon last Saturday. Things
got a little tougher too when Ryen Smith – who transferred in from Fremont St. Joseph – had to sit the
last half of the season due to transfer rules. Mackenzie Fortney has picked up some of the scoring for
Old Fort with 10.5 points per game. The Stockaders took Fostoria into the fourth quarter Monday
before Fostoria pulled away late.
First tournament game: vs. Arlington, next Thursday, 6 p.m. at Van Buren
Mohawk (15-6 overall, 7-6 N10) – When the season started, I really thought Mohawk was going to
have a chance to contend atop the Northern 10 Athletic Conference, but it has been much tougher than
anticipated. The Warriors lost by just five points to Buckeye Central and by four points in double
overtime to Upper Sandusky to really get behind the 8-ball in league play early. Mohawk couldn't get
either team the second time around and also lost both meetings to Colonel Crawford. Senior Emily
Klopp is an absolute machine for the Warriors, averaging 14.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks a
First tournament game: vs. New Riegel, Saturday the 18 th , 7:30 p.m. at Columbian
Seneca East (1-20 overall, 0-13 N10) – Struggles have been vast this season for first-year coach
George Parks. The Tigers lost a plethora of talent off of last year's team that played in its fourth-straight
district final. Seneca East has just a win over North Baltimore this season and the Tigers have five
seniors. Scoring has been one of the biggest issues for Seneca East, as it averages just 28.9 points per
game. Izzy Stockmaster – a freshman – leads the Tigers at 8.3 points per game.
First tournament game: vs. Mansfield Christian, next Thursday, 6 p.m. at Shelby
Carey (14-6 overall, 7-6 N10) – The Blue Devils have been right there with Mohawk and Colonel
Crawford as that next tier of teams after Buckeye Central and Upper Sandusky. Carey is actually the
No. 1 seed in the Fostoria district that starts next week. The Blue Devils only have one big loss – to
Upper Sandusky – but played the Rams close last week before losing in overtime. Six seniors lead
Carey including leading scorer Ady Stewart, who is averaging 12.9 points a game. The Blue Devils do
have two big wins over Wynford this season while topping Colonel Crawford after losing the first
First tournament game: vs. Old Fort/Arlington winner, Saturday the 18 th , 6 p.m. at Van Buren
New Riegel (4-16 overall, 3-11 SBC River) – Another team that has been struggling this season is New
Riegel. The Blue Jackets are playing without all-Ohio guard Olivia Schalk and are only averaging 35.1
points a game this season. Katie Dryfuse has been solid for New Riegel with 9.1 points and 8.6
rebounds per night, but I'm sure she is getting a lot of attention on the defensive end. The Blue Jackets
do have a league win over Old Fort and will get the chance to make it 2-for-2 against the Stockaders on
Saturday morning. I'll be there for that one.
First tournament game: vs. Mohawk, Saturday the 18 th , 7:30 p.m. at Columbian
Hopewell-Loudon (13-7 overall, 9-5 SBC River) – Hopewell-Loudon might be the most up and down
team in the area. The Chieftains started 7-1 in league play – including handing league champion Lakota
its only league loss – but have limped to a 2-4 record in league since then. Olivia Bishop paces the
Chieftains at 12.0 points per game, but came off the bench for H-L for a chunk of games. Carley
Coffman is averaging 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds a contest. The Chieftains have a chance to bounce
back before the tournament starts next week, where they are the No. 3 seed in the Fostoria district.
First tournament game: vs. Vanlue, next Thursday, 6 p.m. at Columbian
Fostoria (19-2 overall, 12-1 NBC) – An argument can be made for who is the best of the 14 teams in
this conversation and the Lady Red would have a case for that No. 1 spot. Fostoria topped Old Fort on
Monday to set the school record for wins in a season. But, the Lady Red came up short Tuesday against
Columbian. Later tonight, they will travel to Otsego with a chance to win its first-ever league title
against a team it beat 70-26 the first time. Fostoria is led by a pair of sophomores in Alycia
Middlebrooks and Lyrique Johnson, but seniors Garyana Overton and Jenna Johnson are tremendous as
well. Middlebrooks already has the record for career 3-pointers as a sophomore, Overton set the career
mark for blocks Tuesday, and Jenna Johnson is second all-time in assists in a career.
First tournament game: vs. St. Marys Memorial/Van Wert winner, Saturday the 18 th , 12 p.m. at Bluffton
Lakota (18-2 overall, 13-1 SBC River) – Coach Erin Foos was a senior on the 1997-1998 team that won
a league title. Fast forward 25 years and the Raiders clinched their first league title since then when
they topped New Riegel last weekend. Lakota is having a tremendous season with losses just to
Hopewell-Loudon and a non-league tilt to Woodmore. Leading the way is Carlie Foos, who is scoring
13.4 points per game. A bit of a shameless plug here, but check out my story I did on Foos that
appeared in the Wednesday, Feb. 1 edition of the Advertiser-Tribune for the trials Foos has went
through growing up. Also for Lakota, Emma Gregg is scoring 10.3 points a game and knocking down
43.7% of her 3s while Cassidy Foos adds 9.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
First tournament game: vs. Patrick Henry/North Baltimore winner, Saturday the 18 th , 6 p.m. at Bowling
Bellevue (17-4 overall, 10-1 SBC Lake) – In no shocking twist of events, Bellevue is in contention for
yet another league title. But unlike most of the last 12 seasons that the Lady Red have won one, they
will have to win a game on the last night of the regular season to earn it. And it won't be easy for
Bellevue tonight when they go to Norwalk to take on a 19-2 team that is searching its first-ever league
title. Sound familiar? The Lady Red are led by Hailey Rees and her 16.1 points per game. The thing
that jumped out to me about Bellevue when I've seen them this year is they have one senior. One. It's
Dominique Weisz and she's as scrappy as they come, but the Lady Red will be incredibly tough this
tournament run and next season. Bellevue topped Norwalk, 43-42 the first meeting, overcoming a 25-
12 halftime deficit to do it.
First tournament game: vs. Vermilion, next Thursday, 6 p.m. at Willard
Clyde (10-11 overall, 6-5 SBC Lake) – Clyde is in the middle of the pack in the SBC Lake, trailing
Bellevue, Norwalk, and Perkins, but the Fliers are playing well yet again under Dave Lozier. Clyde has
really won the league games it should and lost the ones it should. Katie Shiets and Lexi Carlson are
both averaging double digits for Clyde, but the Fliers are averaging right around 40 points per game.
Most nights in the SBC Lake, that's not enough to win. Clyde wraps up the regular-season tonight at
First tournament game: vs. Perkins, Saturday the 18 th , 7:30 p.m. at Willard
Buckeye Central (17-3 overall, 12-1 N10) – The more things change, the more they stay in the same.
The Bucks won their third-straight league title this season despite losing two of the best players in
school history last season. Kate Siesel leads the league with 14.3 points per game while Ryley Kantzer
is right behind at 10.2 points a game. Buckeye Central is allowing just 32 points per night. The lone
league setback for the Bucks came against rival Wynford, but BC can avenge that loss Saturday down
in Bucyrus. The Bucks are the No. 1 seed in the Willard district and will be prohibitive favorites to
advance to the Massillon regional once again.
First tournament game: vs. Crestline/St. Paul winner, Saturday the 18 th , 7:30 p.m. at Ashland Crestview
Upper Sandusky (15-6 overall, 10-3 N10) – The Rams have been right there when it comes to the
Northern 10 Athletic Conference. Upper Sandusky lost by two at home to Buckeye Central, by six in
overtime to Colonel Crawford, and by five the second time against BC. Remember, Upper Sandusky
played in a district final last season. The Rams have just three seniors – but two of them – Kaidance
Iles and Velourea Stowers – are among the leading scorers for the Rams. Upper Sandusky has a great
trio of sophomore guards – Grace Walton, Leah Kinley, and Addy Newman – who will make noise for
the Rams the next two years.
First tournament game: vs. Willard/Bucyrus winner, Saturday the 18 th , 12 p.m. at Buckeye Central
Tiffin Columbian (15-4 overall, 7-3 SBC Lake) – The Tornadoes have again been a very tough team this
season, led by Logan Beaston and Brayden Roggow. Beaston is scoring 19.3 points a night while
Roggow adds 12.9 points per game. Columbian went through a slump where it went 1-3 with losses to
Bellevue, Norwalk, and Sandusky to be knocked out of league contention, but they've won five straight
since the loss to Sandusky. The Tornadoes are also the only team this season to beat Sandusky.
Columbian is back to Division I for the first time since the 2004-2005 season.
First tournament game: vs. St. John’s/Waite winner, Friday the 24 th , 6 p.m. at Toledo Start
Tiffin Calvert (15-4 overall, 11-2 SBC River) – The Senecas lost their first two games of the season and
had suffered just one loss since when it dropped a 10-point game to Hopewell-Loudon a couple weeks
ago. But, the Senecas are right back in the league race by virtue of H-L topping Old Fort a few nights
ago. Calvert has already played its last home game of the season and finishes the regular season with
four straight road games. They will be favored in each of the last three – New Riegel, Fremont St.
Joseph, and Danbury. The Senecas are pretty young, but veteran Nick Palm leads the way at 11.7 points
per game. Gavin Wagner, Caden Otterbacher, Harrison Shultz, Carter Wolph, and Jacob Rombach all
average between 5.7 and 8.7 points per game.
First tournament game: vs. Gibsonburg, Wednesday the 22 nd , 7:30 p.m. at Fostoria
Old Fort (15-3 overall, 12-2 SBC River) – Speaking of the Stockaders, they got a massive win Tuesday
night at Hopewell-Loudon by knocking off the Chieftains and creating the logjam atop the River
standings. Old Fort started the year 6-0, went 3-3 across a six-game stretch, but have won six in a row
since. The Stockaders will be favored in their last two league games against Lakota and New Riegel,
but also have a nice non-league game against Wynford on Saturday. The Stockaders have three players
averaging double digits this season with Konnor Ernsberger (14.6 points per game), Carter DuBois
(11.1), and Isiah Perez (10.8) each being key contributors.
First tournament game: vs. Hardin Northern, Wednesday the 22 nd , 6 p.m. at Columbian
Mohawk (18-2 overall, 10-2 N10) – The best overall record in the area belongs to the Warriors and they
might be the best team in our area. They beat Hopewell-Loudon by 25 and topped Carey in the first
meeting. The end of the league schedule for Mohawk is brutal – home games against Wynford, Seneca
East, and Colonel Crawford, and a trip to Carey – but the Warriors have passed the first two tests. Their
first league loss was in double overtime at Wynford, but Mohawk beat them by 16 the second time
around last week. Now, a huge game against Colonel Crawford tomorrow night awaits. If Mohawk gets
by the Eagles, they will go to Carey with a chance to win a share of the league championship. AJ Hess
is averaging 20 points a game for Mohawk while Boomer Cleveland is scoring 11 points per contest.
First tournament game: vs. North Baltimore, Tuesday the 21 st , 6 p.m. at Fostoria
Seneca East (12-7 overall, 6-6 N10) – The Tigers were 5-1 when they hosted Colonel Crawford and
had a fourth-quarter lead on the Eagles before losing. Consistency since then has been tough for Seneca
East, who won four out of five after that CC loss, but then lost two in a row to Mohawk and Carey.
Now, SE has lost its last two games to Colonel Crawford and Mohawk by a combined 56 points. The
Tigers were down 25-0… yes, 25-0 at one point to Mohawk on Saturday. Things don’t get easier with a
trip to Wynford on Friday, a team the Tigers beat by two points in overtime in Attica. Isaac Mason is
pacing Seneca East with 16.2 points per game while Lucas Bordner is averaging 11.3 points a night.
Freshman Luke Mason is scoring 10.1 points a contest and looks to be an extremely bright spot for
Seneca East the next few years.
First tournament game: vs. Buckeye Central, Wednesday the 22 nd , 7:30 p.m. at Ashland Crestview
Carey (16-3 overall, 11-1 N10) – One of the best teams in the area, the Blue Devils are just a road win
over Upper Sandusky tomorrow night away from clinching at least a share of the Northern 10 Athletic
Conference. If Carey does beat the Rams and Mohawk loses to Colonel Crawford, the league title
would be belong solely to the Blue Devils. There was no late start to the season this year for Carey and
it seems as though that has benefitted the basketball team. Similar to Old Fort, The Blue Devils started
8-0, went 3-3 in a six-game span, but have bounced back to win their last five games. Carey has just
one scorer averaging double digits and that’s Carter Smiley, who I saw tie a school record when he
knocked down eight 3-pointers against New Riegel last week. Alexander Putnam adds 9.6 points and
5.5 rebounds a game while Brayden Young contributes 9.1 points per game.
First tournament game: vs. Parkway/Liberty-Benton, Friday the 24 th , 7:30 p.m. at Miller City
New Riegel (12-7 overall, 10-4 SBC River) – Flashes of good play have come from the Blue Jackets
this season, but there have also been some head-scratching losses. New Riegel started the season 5-1,
but haven't been able to pick off a top-team all season. The Blue Jackets also have an odd loss to
Buckeye Central in there. Had NR topped the Bucks, it would have strung together a six-game winning
streak for the Blue Jackets. Leading the way offensively for coach Dave Losey is Mathew Flores' 10.1
points per game while Reese Goshe adds 9.8 points per game. The Blue Jackets still have a chance to
pick up a quality win before the tournament as they host Calvert, Fostoria, and Old Fort to close out the
First tournament game: vs. Vanlue, Wednesday the 22 nd , 6 p.m. at Fostoria
Hopewell-Loudon (15-4 overall, 12-2 SBC River) – Hopewell-Loudon had a chance to clinch the
outright SBC River title against Old Fort on Tuesday, but the Stockaders picked up a big 61-42 win.
Like Calvert and Old Fort, the Chieftains battled through a tough top of the league, beating out the
Stockaders, Calvert, and New Riegel. It’s a three-way tie right now with a few league games left. A
three-way split of the championship seems likely. H-L has used pretty balanced scoring to take out
teams methodically. Evan Kreais (16.8 points per game), Blake Berrier (10.1), Carter Yarbrough (9.5),
Donovan Elmore (9.3), and Braylon Martinez (8.0) are all great scoring options for the Chieftains. The
only league loss for Hopewell-Loudon before Tuesday came at Tiffin Calvert. H-L got Calvert the
second time and split with Old Fort.
First tournament game: vs. SJCC/McComb winner, Friday the 24 th , 6 p.m. at Columbian
Fostoria (6-11 overall, 5-6 NBC) – My alma mater, the Redmen have yet to win three games in a row
this season. It was just over a week ago when Fostoria won back-to-back games – against Elmwood
and Woodmore – and almost made it three straight, but Eastwood scored near the buzzer to slip by the
Redmen by a point. Fostoria certainly has some winnable games left – Lake, Van Buren, Elmwood,
New Riegel, and Otsego. The Redmen beat Lake, Elmwood, and Otsego the first time around while
Van Buren is under .500 for the season. Machi Johnson and Jordan Ferguson are a great 1-2 punch for
the Redmen, who have just a small handful of seniors on the team.
First tournament game: vs. Kenton, Wednesday the 22 nd , 6 p.m. at Kenton
Lakota (2-17 overall, 2-12 SBC River) – Things have been tough for the Raiders this season under
coach Adam Gnepper. Lakota has two wins and they were nearly identical – 36-33 and 43-38, both in
overtime against Gibsonburg. Outside of that, things haven't gone well at all for the Raiders. The
leading scorer for Lakota is Colin Zender's 7.1 points per game. The Raiders average just 31.4 points
First tournament game: vs. Edison, Tuesday the 21 st , 7:30 p.m. at Hopewell-Loudon
Bellevue (13-5 overall, 7-3 SBC Lake) – The Redmen continue to improve under head coach Ed Rich.
Bellevue split two meetings against Columbian and also have nice wins over Margaretta, Huron, and
Eastwood. Ty Ray leads the Redmen at 12.8 points per game while Cody Lindsay chips in 8.9 points
per game. Bellevue also swept Perkins this season and has four games in eight days to end the regular
First tournament game: vs. Norwalk/Mansfield Senior winner, Friday the 24 th , 7:30 p.m. at Bucyrus
Clyde (4-15 overall, 2-8 SBC Lake) – The Fliers still probably have the most eyebrow-raising win this
season when they topped Colonel Crawford at home. Clyde was 0-7 at the time and also lost their next
five games after the win over Colonel Crawford. The Fliers did bounce back and win three out of their
next five before a tough loss to Huron last Saturday. Clyde is young and the future is bright for coach
Ryan Fretz. The Fliers showed they have the ability to put up points, tallying 89 in a win over Perkins
and 87 in a win over Edison a few days later. Brayden Olson is pumping in a league-high 20.6 points
per game while Brennan Wilson is in the top-10 at 13 points a night.
First tournament game: vs. Port Clinton, Wednesday the 22 nd , 6 p.m. at Toledo Bowsher
Buckeye Central (6-13 overall, 2-10 N10) – Not being able to string a couple wins in a row together has
been tough for the Bucks this year. Buckeye Central started 2-0, but hasn’t won back-to-back games
since. Matchups against Bucyrus and Galion over the next few nights could be a chance to get back on
the winning track before the tournament starts next week. Tyler Sanderson paces the Bucks at 12.6
points per game while Jack Phillips has come on strong to average 6.2 points a night.
First tournament game: vs. Seneca East, Wednesday the 22 nd , 7:30 p.m. at Ashland Crestview
Upper Sandusky (3-16 overall, 3-9 N10) – One of the more surprising teams – and not in a good way –
this season has been the Rams. Don’t get me wrong, Upper Sandusky lost a lot of talent off of last
year’s team, but just two wins over Bucyrus and one over Buckeye Central has been it for the Rams.
Upper Sandusky couldn’t make it two over Buckeye Central as the Bucks won 63-58 in triple overtime
last weekend. Holden Daris leads Upper Sandusky at 12 points per game while Levi Lamb (11.4) and
Ethan Kessler (10.8) are right behind. The Rams wrap up the regular season with three straight home
games against Carey, Shelby, and Colonel Crawford, who are a combined 48-10 right now.
First tournament game: vs. Elida, Wednesday the 22 nd , 7:30 p.m. at Elida
Heidelberg men (15-7 overall, 10-5 OAC) – The Student Princes won nine out of their first 10 games,
but are just 6-6 since and that includes a win over Capital last night. Heidelberg was near the top of the
conference standings through the first round of play, but a few losses have knocked them out of that
thought. Emmanuel Perdue is leading the Student Princes at 13.4 points per game while Isaiah Young is
right behind at 13.1 points a night. Tre Watkins was averaging 10.9 points a contest before being hurt.
Clyde graduate Seth Hohman is scoring 10.6 points per game too. Heidelberg averages almost 80
points a game. The Student Princes host Otterbein on Saturday in their last home game of the season.
Heidelberg women (2-19 overall, 0-14 OAC) – It has been a rough go for the Student Princes in Rachel
Ferri’s third season at the helm of the program. Heidelberg won its second game of the season and
again Dec. 7 against Wooster, but that’s been it for the Student Princes. Scoring has been an issue for
Heidelberg a lot this season, as it only averages 49.3 points a game. Hallie Rogers, who I was
impressed with that night against Wooster, leads the Student Princes with 11.4 points per game while
Elisha Carter averages 8.4 points a night. Only three ladies – Carter, Morgan Alterburger, and Ashley
Ballard – have appeared in all 21 games for Heidelberg. The Student Princes have started 12 different
ladies across the 21 games.
Tiffin men (9-13 overall, 6-8 GMAC) – The Dragons won four games in a row in the middle of
January, but have gone 1-3 since including consecutive losses to Walsh and Cedarville last week.
Carius Key leads the Dragons with 11.9 points per game while Joshua River is contributing 11.8 points
a game for coach Tom Church. Also for Tiffin, Wesley Jordan is scoring 11.1 points per game. Tiffin
hits the road for games against Kentucky Wesleyan and Trevecca Nazarene – two teams the Dragons
topped earlier this season. Then Tiffin is back home to face Northwood next Thursday night.
Tiffin women (6-16 overall, 3-11 GMAC) – Just like Heidelberg’s women, things have been tough this
season for the Dragons. Tiffin won their first two games of the season. The Dragons had lost seven in a
row before slipped by Cedarville, 71-70 last Saturday. Like the men, Tiffin faces Kentucky Wesleyan
and Trevecca Nazarene this weekend. The Dragons lost by just seven points the first time against
Trevecca Nazarene. Leading Tiffin offensively is Savanah Richards’ 12.1 points per game. Catara
Dejarnette is scoring 8.2 points a night while Kirsten Williams is averaging eight points per contest.
If you’ve made it this far with me, kudos because I wrote a lot. If you skipped down here just to see
this, go back up and read what I wrote! Anyways, for Sunday night’s Super Bowl between the Kansas
City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, I think it’s going to be a dandy. I think these are two very even
teams and you can see that when you look at the stats. I’m sure you’ve seen the graphic about the same
amount of points scored this season and both were the No. 1 seeds in their conference. I can honestly
tell you I’m not excited at all about the commercials. They typically don’t entertain me or make me
laugh any more (I say that now, but watch me been LMBO on Sunday). Halftime this year is meh to
me. I’m 100% excited about the game and a matchup between Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts.
At the end of the day, I think Patrick Mahomes is too good. The Eagles’ defense is solid, but the best
quarterback in the NFL proves why he is by winning his second Super Bowl. I could see Mahomes
ending up with four or five Super Bowls before he’s done. Remember, he’s only 27. Imagine if he plays
at this level of play for the next 10 years?
Kansas City – 31
Philadelphia - 27