PERRY TOWNSHIP — Perry clinched its third straight outright Northwest Central Conference boys basketball championship with a 76-37 victory Friday against Temple Christian.
The last time Perry won at least three straight league titles in boys hoops was the 1960s. The Commodores won four straight Northwest Conference titles from the 1960-61 season to the 1963-64 campaign, according to nwc-sports.com. All four teams went 10-0 in conference games those seasons. Perry also won the 1965-66 NWC crown, going unbeaten in conference play.
This is also the third straight season Perry went 7-0 in the NWCC.
Orion Monford (21), Kobe Glover (18), Jakoby Lane-Harvey (16) and Plummie Gardner (10) all scored in double digits for Perry (15-3). Brody Bowman had 12 points and Noah Howell scored 11 for Temple Christian (9-10, 4-3 NWCC).
Lima Senior 66, Fremont Ross 39
FREMONT — Lima Senior’s Jarius Ward scored a game-high 29 points and Keaton Upshaw added 16 points.
The Spartans improve to 8-4 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference and 13-6 overall.
Delphos Jefferson 51, Paulding 36
DELPHOS — Jefferson’s Jace Stockwell scored 18 points and Alex Rode added 12 points. For Paulding, Ethan Rhonehouse scored 12 points.
Jefferson improves to 9-10 overall and 5-1 in the NWC. Paulding slips to 5-13 and 3-4 in league play.
Shawnee 53, Bath 49
BATH TOWNSHIP — Shawnee’s Sean McDonald scored 16 points and Ray Mankey scored 10. For Bath, Chad Frey scored 18 points and Ryan Gossard and Kaden Sullivan each pumped in 11 points.
Shawnee improves to 11-8 overall and 4-3 in the WBL. Bath falls to 3-15 and 0-7 in league action.
Defiance 53, St. Marys 33
DEFIANCE — Defiance’s Will Lammers scored 16 points and Michael Menendez added 10 points. For St. Marys, Jacob Grannon scored 11 points.
Van Wert 58, Celina 52
VAN WERT — Van Wert’s Jacob Kelly scored 14 points and Nate Place and Dylan Lautzenheiser each added 13 points. For Celina, Brett Schwieterman scored 15 points and Kole Murlin and Ryan Harter each added 10 points.
Celina falls to 2-5 in the WBL and 4-14 overall. Van Wert improves to 3-4 in league action and 10-9 for the season.
Elida 63, Kenton 57
ELIDA — Elida’s Daniel Unruh scored a game-high 20 points and Calan Henderson added 15 points. Trey Harris chipped in 11 points. For Kenton, Thomas Phillips scored 15 points and Jaron Sharp added 13 points.
Elida improves to 12-5 and 6-1 in the WBL and Kenton slips to 10-8 and 1-6 in the WBL.
Continental 45, Ottoville 33
CONTINENTAL — Continental’s Trent Williamson scored 16 points and Wade Stauffer added 14 points. For Ottoville, Nick Moorman scored eight points.
Bluffton 57, Ada 45
BLUFFTON — Bluffton’s Luke Denecker scored 17 points and Zane Myers and Kaleb Jefferson each added 13 points. For Ada, Owen Conley scored 15 points.
Bluffton improves to 9-9 for the season and 4-2 in the NWC. Ada falls to 4-14 overall and 0-6 in conference action.
The Allen County tournament will be held today at Elida. The tournament was scheduled for Dec. 17, but was postponed due to inclement weather conditions that day.
Teams competing include Allen East, Bath, Bluffton, Delphos Jefferson, Delphos St. John’s, Elida, Lima Central Catholic, Lima Senior, Shawnee and Spencerville.
The format will be an individual pool tournament with places or placement matches determined by performance in the pools. The competition begins at 10 a.m. The final round will be at about 3 p.m.
Several games that were postponed Thursday have already been rescheduled. The games and new dates include:
Parkway at New Bremen, Feb. 13; Hopewell Loudon at Pandora-Gilboa, Feb. 14 and Ottawa-Glandorf at Wapakoneta, Feb. 18.
ROCKFORD — Alyx Slusher will be signing her letter of intent to play at Capital University at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room at Parkway High School.
2nd at Big Meet
ALLENDALE, Mich. — Ohio Northern’s Emily Richards posted the sixth fastest time in Division III history in the 1-mile run and finished second overall and was the first collegiate athlete to cross the finish line in a Grand Valley State Big Meet race that featured schools from Divisions I, II and III.
Richards finished second overall in 4:47.26 in the meet and also shattered the previous Ohio Northern school record held by Alison Steinbrunner by over 11 seconds.
ONU’s Matt Molinaro finished fifth overall in the 800-meter run and was first among D-III runners in 1:51.03.
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