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02-26-04: Versailles looking to close season perfect

From staff reports

A mix of season-ending games make up the schedule on Friday as the Midwest Athletic Conference wraps up the schedule this week.
Coldwater is the only team finished with the MAC schedule. This Friday the Cavaliers will look to get their ninth win of the season in a home game with Jay County of Indiana.
For the Parkway Panthers, it will be a unique situation of playing two league games in as many days. The original game on Friday with New Knoxville is now set for tonight and Friday will see MAC-leading Versailles in Rockford to wrap up the regular season after starting the tournament on Wednesday.
Due to an earlier postponment, the game between the Panthers and Tigers was not finalized until last week. The Panthers and Rangers agreed to move their game to Thursday to not force Versailles to play both Wednesday and Thursday. Tonight the Tigers will look to complete a perfect regular and conference season.
The Tigers opened sectional play against Middletown Madison with a commanding 68-36 win at the University of Dayton and won’t have to play another sectional game until March 4.
The Tigers continue to romp over teams, posting a 21-point win over Marion Local on Friday and a 33-point win over Brookville on Saturday. The average margin of victory for Versailles this season is 24 points.
Parkway had a tough time with Minster last week and faces a major task of getting ready for the postseason with two tough league games back-to-back.
Marquee Matchup: Joe Shardo vs. Mark Snyder.
Shardo nearly put Marion Local away by himself in posting a personal 14-2 run on the Flyers on Friday and finishing with 16 points. Shardo gave the home fans something to remember with three dunks in scoring 19 in the win over Brookville.
Snyder came up with the top game for Parkway in the loss to Minster, scoring 11. A good game on Friday could get the team’s confidence up for sectional.

Marion Local at St. John’s
Last year the Flyers were looking to win a share of the MAC title at home against the Blue Jays.
This year, the team is looking to get a boost before sectional after suffering through one of its toughest seasons in a few years.
The Flyers shook off the tough loss to Versailles on Friday by beating Russia on Saturday, who was state-ranked for a good portion of the season. Now the Flyers head to a place that has given them some tough losses over the years.
Two years ago, the Flyers went to Delphos looking for a share of the league title and exited the Vatican — Arnzen Gymnasium — with a loss. This year both teams are out of the running for a leauge title and will look to get a good tuneup as both teams will have to play a sectional semifinal game after having been a seeded team the past several seasons.
The Blue Jays will have the home side ready for the Flyers, especially after blowing a big lead last years as the Flyers got ready for a state title run.
Marquee Matchup: Cory Luebke vs. Chad Reynolds.
Both are tall and both added an inside game after being sharpshooters last season. Now both will look to get a good jump on the tournament as the regular season winds down.
Luebke had some frustrations with foul trouble on Friday at Versailles but still scored 16 points to pace the Flyers. The 6-3 senior added 20 points against Russia on Saturday.
Reynolds came up with 19 points in the loss to St. Henry but was 2-of-6 from the three-point line for 33 percent, nearly 10 percentage points less than his season average.
St. Henry at New Bremen
Both teams enter 14-5 as the Redskins look to get a last tuneup before a week’s rest as the top seed at the Elida sectional. A big win on Friday had allowed coach Joe Niekamp to bring in the newest varsity Redskin as freshman Andy Puthoff got some playing time. A big cog on the junior varsity team, Puthoff scored 11 in his debut, giving the Redskins an additional shooter off the bench.
New Bremen held off New Knoxville last week as the Cardinals’ superb season for the continued. A home win over a strong St. Henry team could give the second-seeded Cardinals a big kick as they head to the Coldwater sectional. Home has been good to the Cardinals with big wins over St. John’s and highway-rival Minster at Cardinal Gym under their belts.
Marquee Matchup: Scott Schmiesing vs. Nate Stahl.
Stahl has been coming on as of late and scored 21 points in the win over St. John’s to raise his average to 14.1 ppg.
Schmiesing had a double-double in the close win over New Knoxville, scoring 18 and pulling down 12 rebounds. Schmiesing has been getting more help in the scoring column with Troy Lammers getting into double digits with 10.7 ppg.
Minster at Fort Recovery
The Wildcats suffered a tough loss on Monday to state-ranked Fort Loramie, a matchup that could be repeated at the regional level if both teams make it through the first two rounds of the tournament.
Minster hopes to get healthy before starting tournament after coach Mike Lee missed the Loramie game after being hospitalized. Senior center Tony Kremer also did not play against the Redskins.
The Indians suffered a loss in the middle when center John Bihn missed the Spencerville game and likely will not play for the rest of the season for undisclosed reasons.
Bihn-less, the Tribe held its own against a tough Spencerville team before losing by three on Saturday.
Marquee Matchup: Dane Sommer vs. Dusty Tobe.
Both players have the ability to shoot the lights out when getting on hot streaks. Sommer scored 15 in the loss at Fort Loramie and raised his three-point total to 45 on the season.
Tobe scored 12 in the big win over Coldwater on Friday and added another 17 as the scoring leader on Saturday. Tobe had help from C.J. Tobe, who had 15 points against the Bearcats.


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