The 2021-’21 Rams, just out of reach

It’s been 10 days since the boys walked off the floor for the final time as the 2021-’22 Tinora Rams.

The Rams of Tinora boys basketball program came in with a slew of changes as they entered the 2021-‘22 season. A new staff for the Rams, new but also old, all in the same bundle.

The end of last season saw hall of fame coach Paul Wayne resign his head coaching position.  Paul Wayne, a HOF inductee in 2015 left with 539 career wins in his 41 years of coaching.  Coach Wayne was 43-68 in 5 seasons at Tinora.

Kris Lymanstall, a Tinora graduate, and a longtime assistant of 15 years, was named the new Tinora hoops coach on May 18, 2021.

One of the first things coach Lymanstall did was reach out to former Rams coach, Andy Hunter to assist on the sideline.

In a bit of reversed roles, Kris Lymanstall, severed as an assistant to Andy Hunter during Hunter’s previous tenure as head coach at Tinora from 2012 – 2016.
During his time as Rams hardwood leader, Hunter accumulated a 58-38 record in 5 seasons.

The Rams also welcomed back former player, Reid Anders.  Anders would take over the JV program, while Andrew Theil would take over as freshman coach.

Also, at hand for the new Tinora regime was replacing 50% of their scoring which was lost due to graduation.  The roles of Marcus and Max Grube as well as Jacob Bailey would need replaced. 

The Rams did return 5 letter winners, 3 starters & 5 seniors.  Returning for their final season were seniors Nolan Schafer, Lance Rinkel, Keegan Miles, Eric Bohn, and Tyler Weimken.

The 2021-22 Tinora Rams

Coach Lymanstall installed an up-tempo offense, last saw under coach Hunter, but also kept the dig in style of defense preached by former coach Wayne.

The new season started out well for the Rams, a season opening win on the road at Bryan gave coach Lymanstall his first careen varsity win.   The Rams downed the Golden bears, 42-36, led by senior floor leader Nolan Schafer.   Schafer would end the contest as the leading scorer, bucketing 19 points, connecting on 15-16 free throws.

WIn #1

After a defeat to a very good Miller City ball club, the Rams rebounded wit a road win at Delta, 33-26. Tinora junior Luke Harris 17 had his breakout party with 17 points, while Nolan Schafer canned five straight free throws to close out the win, Schafer would end with 10.  After the road win, the Rams would stand at 2-1.


Unfortunately for the Rams hoopsters, the remaining schedule would bring much excitement at the end of games, just not many tallies in the win column.
Also lost during this timeframe was Jr Eli Plassman.  Plassman was expected to supply the Rams with an outside threat, unfortunately he would miss a majority of the season with a broken hand.

Game four saw county rival Napoleon come to Tinora.  In a preview of things to come for Tinora, the Rams saw a 45-38 fourth quarter lead evaporate.  The Wildcats would walk away with a come from behind 57-53 win over the Rams, outscoring Tinora 19-8 in the final quarter.  Despite leading most of the game, the loss dropped the Rams to 2-2.

After the loss to Napoleon, the Rams would drop seven straight games.

Cole Anders

Despite a career high 18 from Lance Rinkel, a last second loss at Holgate would drop Tinora to 2-3.  After two more close losses at Fairview, and at Liberty Center, the Rams would drop to 2-5.

Next, Tinora would welcome in NWOAL foe Patrick Henry (5-1) right before Christmas. In a bah humbug moment, the Rams would lead the entire contest right to the final buzzer.   The Patriots Lincoln Creager launched a 16-foot jump shot from just beyond the free throw line with three seconds left, the shot was off, lading on the fingertips of Patriot Kaden Rosenbrook, Rosenbrook tipped the ball in at the buzzer, tying the game at 47. 
The Patriots first lead of the game came at the 3:00 mark in OT.  The Rams would fall 59-54 despite 22 from Luke Harris and 15 from Nolan Schafer.  After the heartbreaking loss, the Rams season record would be 2-6.

Unfortunately for Tinora, the Grinch had a layover as the Rams traveled over to Paulding to participate in the State Bank Holiday Classic.  The Rams would see heartache again in last second losses to Cardinal Stritch and Paulding during the tournament.
In the 51-48 loss to Stritch, Nolan Schafer ended with 21 points.  Tinora with a chance to tie at the buzzer, saw the shot fall just short. 

Traveling back to Paulding the following day saw the Rams not only battle a snowstorm on the way to Paulding, but also saw more of the same.  Another last second loss, this time to the host Panthers, 44-43.  Again, Tinora with a chance in the final seconds saw a runner in the lane fall off the rim as the final buzzer sounded.  Tinora would drop to 2-8 as the 2021

Cole Anders

Despite the end of the calendar year record of 2-8, the Rams proved they could play with anyone at any time. Senior leaders stepped up, Schafer continued to score, Rinkel filled many roles on offense and defense, Eric Bohn battled inside each game despite being the Rams lone big man. Jr sharpshooter Luke Harris emerged as a threat, another Jr, Gavin Eckert, emerged as a lockdown on defense.  The scoring differential for the Rams through the first half of the season was just three points.

2022 would see the Rams welcome in State Ranked Wayne Trace. For the first time in 10 games, the Rams were dominated.  The Raiders Would walk away with a 55-37 win, dropping the Rams to 2-9.

Nolan Schafer

Tinora would finally see another win in the win column at Kalida.  Senior Lance Rinkel would score 10 points in the final five minutes, including a huge three pointer, as well as two key free throws late, giving Tinora a 44-40 road victory.  The Rams moved to 3-8 after the win over the Wildcats.


Up next for the Rams, a game everyone circles, a trip across the river to take on the 9-2 Pilots in the River Rivalry.
Despite trailing by as may as 18 early in the third, 30-12, the Rams dug deep, battling back to take a one-point lead late in the fourth.
Tinora’s Luke Harris drained a three pointer from the right corner, giving the Rams a 50-49 lead with 39 seconds remaining.  Harris would end with 20 points.
Ayersville’s Jacob Trevino put back a Schlacter miss with 25 seconds remaining, giving the Pilots a 51-50 lead. Tinora had a chance for the win, but lost the ball out of bounds with 1.5 seconds remaining, turning the ball over to the Pilots. Tinora stole the inbounds pass in the back court, but a 3/4 court heave was off the giving the Pilots of Ayersville a thrilling 51-50 win.  Again, the Rams battled a very good team, only to fall at the end, dropping to 3-9.

Luke Harris

Even after all the heartbreaks, the Rams traveled over to Stryker on 1/15 to get a win over the Panthers, a 46-40.
Stryker cut the Rams lead to 42-40 with just 26 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Tinora’s Gavin Eckert took the inbounds pass from Nolan Schafer coast to coast for a layup, giving the Rams a 44-40 lead with 15 seconds left. Luke Harris finished the scoring at the foul line, capping off his great night, hitting two free throws, giving the Tinora Rams a 46-40 win over the Stryker Panthers.  Tinora improved to 4-9 after the road win.

Gavin Eckert

The final quarter of the season would see more of the same.

In a return trip to Paulding in late January, this time in a GMC game, the Panthers and Rams would battle down to the end as they did over the holidays. In a game right down to the final shot saw the Panthers escape with a 41-40 win, Tinora fell to 4-12, winless in the GMC at 0-5.

 The Rams would finally pick up a conference win, sandwiched in between was losses to Archbold and Crestview.  The Rams with a season high of 63 points in the road victory.  Nolan Schafer paced the Ram attack with 21.  Tinora improved to 5-13, 1-5 in the GMC.

The Rams would close out the regular season with a makeup game vs the state ranked and GMC Champion Antwerp Archers, Antwerp was #1 in DIV IV.  Tinora did battle Antwerp through two+ quarters before falling to the Archers to end the Rams regular season at 5-13.

The Rams did have two games cancelled this season, vs hilltop and vs Pettisville.
Unfortunately for the Tinora senior class, their Senior Night game vs Pettisville was cancelled on a snowy February 17 Thursday Night, more on this coming up.

Tinora would get one last hurrah, the OHSAA sectional opener vs rival Fairview.  The Rams and Apaches battled down t the wire in their regular season tilt.

Eric Bohn

In a fitting finish for this 2021-’22 version of the Tinora Rams basketball team, the Rams held the lead, only to see the opposition rally down the stretch, tasting defeat in the final seconds, dropping their final game of the season, losing to the Apaches, 38-36. 
This version of the Tinora Rams walked off the court for the last time as a team at Miller City after the defeat.

Though the Rams finished with a 5-16, they proved to most they could hang with most teams in the area.  Of the Rams 16 losses, 10 of those contests saw Tinora with the lead or within a basket in the final minutes of each of those losses.

Although the Rams senior class of Nolan Schafer, Lance Rinkel, Keegan Miles, Eric Bohn, and Tyler Weimken failed to get a final cheer from the home fans, parents, and relatives, all the hustle, sweat and tears will not be forgotten. The senior five has made a mark during their years on the hardwood, leaving a trail for the underclassman to follow.  All have acted the part of the true student athlete, all five landing on the most recent all conference academic team.

Schafer, the longest tenured varsity senior, saw action in all four years on the court.  His departure will be a large void to fill for the Rams next season, both on and off the court. Nolan set career highs in points and rebounds this season, the senior capped off a stellar career in a Rams hoops uniform.
Nolan etched his name as one of the top Tinora athletes to play in the last decade.

Nolan Schafer

Lance Rinkel saw playing time increase throughout his varsity career on the court. Lance set a career high at Holgate with 18 points, also willing the Rams to a win at Kalida with huge buckets down the stretch.

Lance Rinkel

Eric Bohn also battled game after game.  Despite the Rams lack of height for several seasons, Bohn continued to battle down in the paint, giving 110% each contest. Career high of 13 at Fairview.

Although we didn’t get to see much of Kegan Miles until his senior season, the lefty Miles stepped up and filled the shoes when Schafer or Rinkel needed a break.

Keegan Miles

Also graduating will be Tyler Weimken.  Tyler was a great example of perseverance, always a team player, always assisting in whatever was needed. 

Ty Weinken

All in the numbers, season leaders:
Average PPG: 42.7 ppg
High game vs Edgerton – 63 -56 W
Leading scorer: Luke Harris 12.6 ppg
FT%: Nolan Schafer 75.8%
Record: 5-16 (1-6 in he GMC)

Coach Lymanstall and staff will have big shoes to fill with the five seniors graduating in the Spring.  However, returning for their senior season will be Gavin Eckert, Eli Plassman, Luke Harris, Trent Wiemken, Shae McMaster, & Cole Anders.

Eckert rebounded nicely after missing most of last season, while Harris was one of the GMC’s most improved players. Anders showed he is capable of leading at the point guard spot. Plassman should return to form for his senior season after missing most of his junior season due to injury.

Wiemken and McMaster played under coach Anders and should provide senior leadership that will be needed with the exit of this season’s senior class.

Coach Anders

A talented incoming junior class has several that could crack the starting varsity lineup in the 2022-’23 season.

Aiden Rittenhouse, Rylee Peters, Owen Ackerman, Micah Shelton, and Graham Askins all could see playing time.

The freshman team also had plenty of talent, those will be incoming sophomores. Ryan Neff, Alden Friedrickson, Adam Spychala, Cooper Ferrell, Connor Welling, Trentin Delarber, Alex Homier, and Mason McQuillen all should return.   

Coach Lymanstall is building a great program, a bright future awaits. The Rams increased their scoring average to close to 10 PPG from the previous season.

Thanks to the Rams cheerleaders as well!!
Cheer Assistant: Danielle Hagerman
Varsity Cheerleaders:
Teylen Gilroy, Savanna Brooks, Karli Vogelsong, Julia Plassman, Addison Tussing
Mascot: Jason DeWyse


Coach Lymanstall’s first win
Rams Seniors introduction@ Antwerp
Nolan vs. Napoleon
Anders vs Fairview
Bohn for 2 vs Antwerp
Harris vs Ayersville
Rinkel vs Kalida
Lance seals it vs Kalida
Eckert vs Stryker
Thank you seniors

Tinora Rams Live Player of the game awards below:
November ’21
*11/27/2021 vs Bryan – boys basketball – Nolan Schafer 19 points; Rams Head Coach Kris Lymanstall with career win #1.

December ’21
*12/3 vs Delta – Boys Basketball – Luke Harris 17 points – four 3’s

January ‘22
*1/8/2022 vs Kalida – boys basketball Lance Rinkel 10 points (2-3 pointers)
*1/15/2022 vs Stryker – boys basketball – Gavin Eckert – 9 points – great game on D.

February ’22
*2/11/2020 vs Edgerton – boys basketball – Nolan Schafer 21 points

Team pic courtesy: Rod Brown

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