This weekend in the GMC

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Wrestling, bowling, and boys basketball all in action.

Wrestling individuals: from the Maumee Bay ClassicSaturday


Anden Ankney (20-5) place is unknown and scored 8.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Anden Ankney (TINORA) 20-5 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Anden Ankney (TINORA) 20-5 won by fall over Brady Taubitz (Swartz Creek HS) 7-8 (Fall 1:03)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Anden Ankney (TINORA) 20-5 won by decision over Zaden Torres (WAUSEON) 21-10 (Dec 7-4)
  • Quarterfinal – Brock Christian (Perry (Perry)) 18-5 won by decision over Anden Ankney (TINORA) 20-5 (Dec 5-4)
  • Cons. Round 6 – Thomas Cassetty (Lake (Uniontown)) 22-4 won by decision over Anden Ankney (TINORA) 20-5 (Dec 5-3)


Aiden Helmke (11-7) place is unknown and scored 5.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Aiden Helmke (TINORA) 11-7 won by major decision over Ethan Neuwirth (MEDINA) 6-3 (MD 12-2)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Aiden Helmke (TINORA) 11-7 won by decision over Lucas Fraiser (CLAY) 14-9 (Dec 4-3)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Keegan Knapp (OLENTANGY ORANGE) 27-2 won by fall over Aiden Helmke (TINORA) 11-7 (Fall 2:00)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Creed Hill (Highland (Medina)) 20-9 won by fall over Aiden Helmke (TINORA) 11-7 (Fall 0:53)


Dalton Wolfrum (12-7) place is unknown and scored 11.5 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Dalton Wolfrum (TINORA) 12-7 received a bye () (Bye)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Dalton Wolfrum (TINORA) 12-7 won by fall over Cooper Fenik (ELYRIA) 5-10 (Fall 2:37)
  • Champ. Round 3 – Remington Bauer (EDISON) 21-8 won by decision over Dalton Wolfrum (TINORA) 12-7 (Dec 8-5)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Dalton Wolfrum (TINORA) 12-7 won by fall over Frank Aquila, III (SOLON) 4-8 (Fall 0:51)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Dalton Wolfrum (TINORA) 12-7 won by tech fall over Peyton Folzenlogen (LOVELAND) 13-13 (TF-1.5 1:59 (17-1))
  • Cons. Round 6 – Josh Melms (MARYSVILLE) 22-5 won by fall over Dalton Wolfrum (TINORA) 12-7 (Fall 2:31)


Gavin Bowers (6-6) place is unknown and scored 6.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Ryan Zentkovich (Washington (Massillon)) 25-5 won by fall over Gavin Bowers (TINORA) 6-6 (Fall 5:25)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Gavin Bowers (TINORA) 6-6 won by fall over Kyle Casperson (Lake (Uniontown)) 8-9 (Fall 2:48)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Gavin Bowers (TINORA) 6-6 won by fall over Seth Nerone (CUYAHOGA VALLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY) 1-9 (Fall 3:55)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Daryl Brown (SOLON) 8-11 won by decision over Gavin Bowers (TINORA) 6-6 (Dec 6-1)


Cameron Urivez (12-7) placed 7th and scored 9.0 team points.

  • Champ. Round 1 – Cameron Urivez (TINORA) 12-7 won by major decision over Japhet Gonzalez-Ramos (BEREA-MIDPARK) 9-8 (MD 14-4)
  • Champ. Round 2 – Colton Powers (MARYSVILLE) 12-1 won by fall over Cameron Urivez (TINORA) 12-7 (Fall 1:38)
  • Cons. Round 2 – Cameron Urivez (TINORA) 12-7 won by major decision over Keegan Klotz (FINDLAY) 8-12 (MD 12-0)
  • Cons. Round 3 – Cameron Urivez (TINORA) 12-7 won by decision over Anthony Onyiorah (SOLON) 13-12 (Dec 7-3)
  • Cons. Round 4 – Cameron Urivez (TINORA) 12-7 won by decision over Braden Headington (LEBANON) 15-11 (Dec 3-2)
  • Cons. Round 5 – Matt Hamula (MEDINA) 18-2 won by fall over Cameron Urivez (TINORA) 12-7 (Fall 3:46)
  • 7th Place Match – Cameron Urivez (TINORA) 12-7 won by decision over Jack Hoffman (SPRINGBORO) 18-12 (Dec 7-5)

Bowling results
Tinora: 2107
Patrick Henry: 2427
Tinora: 1643
Patrick Henry: 2107

Boys Basketball:
Friday – Ayersville 51 Tinora 50
Saturday Tinora 46 Stryker 40

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Tinora 46 Stryker 40

STRYKER – After yet another heartbreaking loss last night, this time in the River Rivalry, the Tinora Rams looked to pick themselves back up and bounce back at Stryker Saturday night.

Rams junior sharpshooter Luke Harris showed up at Stryker High School hotter than a firecracker. Harris was responsible for the Rams first seven points of the night, all in the first 90 seconds, as Tinora jumped out to a 7-5 lead. Harris ended the quarter with 10 points, three 3 pointers made for Luke Harris. Tinora led Stryker after the first quarter, 14-13.

Stryker head coach Tyler Woolace and the Panthers started the second quarter by putting the clamps on Tinora’s Luke Harris for the next 20 minutes, holding him scoreless until; the final minutes of the contest, more on that later.

The Panthers and Rams battled to a 20-17 halftime score. Tinora’s Harris with 10, and the Panthers Elijah Juillard had 6 first half points.

Tinora came out of the locker room looking to increase their lead, after a Gavin Eckert three, the Rams led 25-17midway through the third quarter. After a Panther timeout, the Panthers closed out the quarter on a 10-4 run, cutting the Tinora lead to 32-27 after three.

As the always entertaining final eight minutes began, Stryker continues their hot shooting cutting away at the Tinora lead, finally tying the game with a Juillard put back with just under six minutes remaining. The Rams Nolan Schafer hit a turnaround jumper in the lane, tying the game at 36 with 3:20 remaining.

This is where things could have gone south for the Rams. But, the team rallied themselves and said not again, not tonight.

The score remained was at 38 until the Rams Luke Harris finally got back in the scoring column with a left wing three, giving Tinora a 41-38 lead with 1:45 remaining.

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.

Harris ended with 15 points for Tinora, Stryker was led by Elijah Juillard with 14 points.

With the win, Tinora improves to 4-10. Tinora will host Hicksville and Hilltop next Fri & Sat from Tinora.

Stryker falls to 5-9, they will be on the road at Montpelier and at Archbold next Fr & Saturday.

Thanks again to Stryker AD Kent Holsopple who added us tonight in bringing the game to all.

The Higbea Embroidery Player of the Game award went to Gavin Eckert – Eckert with another great offensive performance, as well as a great effort of the defensive side of the ball. Congratulations to Gavin.

The 105.7 The Bull Player of the Game went to Luke Harris. Great job Luke!

TINORA 14 6 12 14 – 46
STRYKER 13 4 10 13 – 40

Tinora scoring:
L Harris – 15
Schafer 13
Eckert 9
Bohn 6
Miles 2
Rinkel 1

Stryker scoring:
Juillard 14
T Harris 7
Barnum 9
Cioffi 6
Donovan 4

JV- Tinora 46-33
Rams – Rittenhouse 11, Askins 10, Ackerman 10

Ayersville 51 Tinora 50

AYERSVILLE – In the second night of the River Rivalry, a jammed packed Hanger in Ayersville was treaded to the boys’ edition of the Rivalry.

After the Lady Rams captured a thrilling victory on Thursday night at Tinora High School over the Lady Pilots, 55-51, the crowd on hand was treated to another thriller.

The Pilots of Ayersville came in with the water running on hot, a 9-2 record, winning seven straight, and a 2-0 GMC mark.

The Rams of Tinora came in with a 3-9 record, 0-2 in conference play.

Tinora entered the contest knowing they were going to be undersized, the Pilots had 6′ 6″ junior Tyson Schlachter to man the middle.

The Rams and Pilots battled through the initial quarter, with the Pilots Schlachter showing his presence. The Rams held a 9-7 lead at the end of the first quarter before the Pilots Jacob Trevino tied the game at 9-9 after one quarter of play.

Over the next eight minutes, the Pilots outscored the Rams, 21-3 to grab a 28-12 halftime lead. The towing Schachter led the way with 15 first half points. Trevino pitched in seven for Ayersville as well. Tinora was led by two, individuals each with five in Luke Harris and Gavin Eckert. The Rams leading scorer Nolan Schafer was held scoreless by a tight Pilots defense.

Ayersville started the third like they ended the half, pedal to the metal, grabbing an 18 point lead over Tinora, 30-12 on a bucket by Ike Eiden. It was make or break time for the Tinora Rams.
Collectively, the Rams players and staff decided it was make or break time, and boy, they made a heck of a game of it.
The Rams slowly chipped away, courtesy of Luke Harris, Lance Rinkel and Gavin Eckert. Midway through the third, the Pilots led 39-27. Harris made it 41-33 on a three pointer, his tenth point of the quarter. The Rams closed the gap to 41-35 after Nolan Schafer’s first bucket of the game at the buzzer to end the third quarter.

A Gavin Eckert three to start the fourth cut the lead to just three, 41-38. Tinora grabbed their first lead of the contest with 3:50 remaining on a Lance Rinkel three point shot, Tinora after trailing by 18 now lead 46-45. Luke Harris hit one of two free throws to knot the game at 48 each with 2 minutes left in the fourth.

The presence of Tyson Schlachter again paid dividends with a put back with 60 seconds remaining, giving the Pilots a 49-47 lead. The bucket gave Schlachter 21 points for the game.
Tinora’s Luke Harris remained hot, drilling a three pointer from the right corner, giving the Rams a 50-49 lead with 39 seconds remaining.

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 Tinora Rams prove they can play with almost any team in the area, just coming up short.

The Pilot D held Tinora leading scorer Nolan Schafer to just four points.

The Rams shot 47% from the field while the Pilots shot 46%
Tinora made 8 of 14 three points attempts.

On the boards, the Pilots dominated the Rams, Ayersville 31 Tinora 10. The Pilots grabbed 19 offensive rebounds.

Tinora falls to 3-10, 0-3 in the GMC. The Rams travel to Stryker on Saturday night.

Ayersville improves to 10-2, 3-0 in conference play.

JV – Ayersville 26-14

Rams 9 12 35 50
Pilots 9 28 41 51

Tinora scoring:
Harris 20
Eckert 11
Rinkel 9
Anders 6
Schafer 4

Ayersville Scoring
Schlachter 21 – 12 rebounds
Trevino 16
Michel 8
Eiden 4
Miller 2

Lady Rams 55 Ayersville 51

TINORA – For the second consecutive year, the Lady Rams and The Lady Pilots gave everyone in attendance an instant classic.

As both teams took the floor on a Thursday night at Tinora, on the mind of both teams was staying atop the GMC standings, both Tinora and Ayersville were the lone undefeated teams in the conference play at 2-0.

The Lady Pilots came in red-hot, winners of 7 of their last 8, and 11-2 overall. The Lady Rams were coming in off a Tuesday night defeat to state ranked Elmwood, Tinora sported a 9-4 record.

In an electric atmosphere from Tinora, fans packed both sides, student sections were in full force as teams tipped off on a Thursday night.

In a first quarter where both teams tried to place their stake in the ground, Ayersville jumped out to an early lead over the Lady Rams 4-0, grabbing a 9-7 lead after the initial quarter.

Both coaches, Tim Nicely of Ayersville, and Kyle Tietje, realized they were in for a fight after a rugged first quarter.
The second stanza saw the Lady Pilots jump to a 19-7 lead midway through the quarter. As the fouls were mounting for the Lady Rams, Tinora mounted a rally in the final three minutes, outscoring Ayersville12-4, three point baskets by Anna Gray and Liv Mueller cut the Lady Pilots lead to 23-19 as both teams headed to the half.

Kaylee Dockery led the Pilots with seven, while the Rams were led by Nova Okuley who tallied nine first half points.

Teams knew what was on the line as they exited the locker room, and they both showed it in the third quarter.
Bodies flying, players diving for loose balls, student sections shouting, each player emptied the tank in the last 16 minutes.

The Lady Rams tied the game at 25 right out of the gate to start the third, courtesy of Liv Mueller and Karli Okuley three point baskets. Ayersville wasted little time grabbing the lead back at 26-25. Ayersville would go on to increase their lead to as many as seven at 33-26.
Lady Rams head coach Kyle Tietje asked for a timeout after a Tinora turnover with just under three minutes left in the third.

Full court pressure by the Lady Rams, as well as five quick points out of the timeout, closed the lead to 33-31. The Lady Pilots would end the third quarter with a 40-35 lead.

A fourth quarter for the ages was to come. Lady Pilot Kaylee Dockery was willing her teammates as she was scoring 14 second half points. Lady Rams Liv Mueller, Anna Gray, Karli Okuley, and Nova Okuley were doing the same.
Tinora chipped away at the Ayersville lead, finally grabbing their first lead of the game at the 4:21 mark on a Nova Okuley runner in the lane, 47-46.

The lead was short lived as Ayersville’s Dockery converted a three point play, giving the Pilots a 49-47 lead.
A Nova Okuley steal and score with 3:30 remaining tied the game at 49-49.

Nothing defines the night other than the Lady Rams possession with just over two minutes remaining. The Lady Rams left everything on the floor, although they didn’t score, but would not give in as they had five straight offensive rebounds as tey battled the Lady Pilots in the paint.

The following Pilots possession resulted in a Live Mueller steal and an Amanda Meyer put back, giving the Lady Rams a 51-49 lead at the two-minute mark.

A runner in the lane by Ayersville’s Dockery cut the Rams lead to 52-51 with just 40 seconds remaining. After a steal and a miss from the Lady Pilots, Karli Okuley was fouled with 29 seconds remaining.

Karli stepped to the line shooting 33%. The crowd was a frenzy as Okuley toed the line with the Rams leading by one, 52-51.
In a moment the Lady Rams will remember for a long time, a little guy came running on the court from the stands to get the basketball from Karli. As everyone went from cutting the tension with a knife to bursting out laughing, the 10 seconds of laughter seemed to calm the Tinora sophomore as she stepped back to the line, nailing both free throws, giving the Lady Rams a 54-51 lead.

The Tinora defense stepped up in the last 20 seconds, denying the Pilots. Lady Rams Emily Harr hit one of two free throws with 14 seconds left, giving the Lady Rams a hard fought, exhausting 55-51 win in the River Rivalry.

This was a total team win, no doubt about it. Each Lady Rams player left 110% effort on the floor tonight, win, lose or draw.

The Higbea Embroidery Player of the Game award was shared tonight between Nova Okuley and Karli Okuley.

Nova with a great rebound game after being held scoreless on Tuesday, Karli with nerves of steel as she sank two free throws with 29 seconds remaining to give the Rams a three point lead. Congratulations to both ladies.

With the win, Tinora improves to 10-4, 3-0 in GMC play. Tinora will travel to Hicksville on the 20th in another HUGE league game.

Ayersville falls to 11-3, 2-1 in the GMC. Ayersville plays at Kalida on the 18th.

Quarter by quarter:
1st: 9-7 Ayersville
2nd: 23-19 Ayersville *Ayersville led 21-8 at one point
3rd: 40-35 Ayersville
Final: 55-51 Tinora

Nova Okuley 16 points (2 3 pointers)
Anna Gray 13 points (2 3 pointers) 8 rebounds
Liv Mueller 12 points (4 3 pointers)
Karli Okuley 8 points (1 3 pointer) 4 rebounds
Emily Harr 3 points
Amanda Meyer 3 points 5 rebounds

Kaylee Dockery 21 points (2 3 pointers)
Taylor Craft 8 points 15 rebounds
Ally Schindler 6 points 7 rebounds
Kacee Okuley 6 points
Maci Froelick 4 points 8 rebounds
Neva Sheets 4 points
Mabel McGuire 2 points

Team Rebounds
Tinora 27
Ayersville 38

Team Turnovers
Tinora 10
Ayersville 19

Team 3 Pointers
Tinora 9-23
Ayersville 2-9

Team Free Throws
Tinora 10-22
Ayersville 16-23

JV Score 42-9 Tinora
Sierra Brown, Dakota Shaffner, & Julia Durfey all with 10 each for the Lady Rams.

Updated Records
JV- 14-1 (3-0)

Elmwood 48 Tinora 38

The Tinora Lady Rams welcomed in the Elmwood Royals to Tinora High School on a Tuesday night non league contest.

All Elmwood brought with them was a 9-2 record, a state ranking of #11, and oh, one of the better players in NW Ohio, if not all of Ohio in Brooklyn Trash.

Trash entered averaging 21 points per game, 10 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 6.5 steals per game. The Elmwood senior was everything advertised and more.

In one of the more physical games in quite some time at Tinora, several bloody noses, many a bruise, and plenty of skin on the hardwood was laid over the course of 32 minutes.

The Lady Rams trailed after one quarter, 9-3. The lone Tinora bucket was an Anna Gray three point basket.

Tinora battled back despite trailing 17-8 midway through the second quarter. The Lady Rams continued to fight, cutting the lead to just one, at 17-16 with just under one minute to go in the half. Two consecutive Tinora turnovers turned into Elmwood points, the Lady Royals took a 22-16 lead to the half.

Elmwood was led by Brooklyn Trash with 12 at the half, Tinora was led by Anna Gray who has six points in the half.

Quarter three saw more Trash points, and an Elmwood lock tight defense. The Royals swarming defense held Lady Rams leading score Nova Okuley without a point in the contest.
The Lady Rams battled back to take a one point lead, 23-22, early in the third on an Anna Frazier steal and score.
After what was ruled an intentional foul on the Lady Rams, Trasher gave the Lady Royals a lead they would never relinquish again, 24-23 midway through the quarter.
Elmwood increased their lead over the Lady Rams to 35-27 at the end of three.

The final quarter saw Tinora make a mini run, cutting the Elmwood lead to 37-35 with just over four minutes remaining. However, Elmwood senior leader Brooklyn Trash continued to make buckets, scoring eight points over the course of the next 3:30, ending with a game high 27 points with 12 rebounds.

Lady Rams Liv Mueller drained a three, cutting the lead to 40-38 with just over two minutes remaining. The Royals defense paid heavy dividends, forcing several Tinora turnovers down the stretch as the Lady Royals broke free from Tinora late, winning 48-38.

With the loss, Tinora falls to 9-4. The Lady Rams will host Ayersville Thursday in a HUGE GMC showdown. PLEASE get out and support the Ladies!

Elmwood moves to 10-2 with the win. They will play at Rossford on Thursday.

Quarter by quarter:
1st: 9-3 Elmwood
2nd: 22-16 Elmwood
3rd: 35-27 Elmwood
Final: 48-38 Elmwood

Liv Mueller 11 points (3 3 pointers)
Karli Okuley 7 points (1 3 pointer)
Anna Gray 6 points (2 3 pointers)
Emily Harr 5 points (1 3 pointer) 5 rebounds
Anna Frazer 5 points 4 rebounds
Addison Lee 3 points 5 rebounds
Amanda Meyer 1 point 6 rebounds

Brooklyn Thrash 27 points 12 rebounds
Anna Barber 13 points 5 rebounds
Anna Meyer 5 points 3 rebounds
Cara Frank 2 points 8 rebounds
Brandi Beckfort 2 points

Team Rebounds
Tinora 26
Elmwood 30

Team Turnovers
Tinora 19
Elmwood 18

Team 3 pointers
Tinora 7-31
Elmwood 0-4

Team Free Throws
Tinora 3-7
Elmwood 12-16

JV 37-21 Julia Durfey 11; Sierra Brown 8

Updated Records:
JV 12-1 (2-0)

Upcoming broadcast schedule week of 1/10

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🏀Tuesday – GBB home vs Elmwood JV at 6 pm, varsity at 7:15 pm
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🏀Thursday – GBB Home vs Ayersville – JV at 6 pm, varsity at 7:15 pm
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🏀Friday – BBB @ Ayerville – Radio only 7:15 pm
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📺Ayersville video link – $10

🏀Saturday – BBB @ Stryker – JV at 6 pm, varsity at 7:15 pm
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Proceeds will help with the new weight room and Huddle subscription upgrades for boys and girls basketball, football, and volleyball. Contributions were used this year for dirt on the softball diamond, as well as a shooting gun for the basketball programs.
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Tinora 44 Kalida 40

KALIDA – The Tinora Rams made the trip over to Putnam County to take on the Kalida Wildcats, Tinora was looking to break through the ice and end their eight game losing streak.

The Wildcats were hit hard with graduation, returning but just one letter winner after being ranked much of last season in the top five in DIV IV. The Wildcats brought a three game winning streak as well as a 6-6 record to the table, the Rams toted a 2-9 record.

The first quarter saw the Wildcats jump out to an 11-6 lead, courtesy of six points from Tyson Siefker. Luke Harris hit two threes, tallying six in the initial quarter.

Quarter two saw much of the same from both teams, Kalida took a 19-16 lead to the locker rooms. Both defenses tightened up, The Rams D held Siefker scoreless, and Tinora’s Harris bucketed just two points in the quarter.

As teams took the floor in the third, Kalida extended their lead right out of the gates to 23-16. Harris responded with a three, cutting the Wildcats lead to 23-19. Kalida extended the lead out to as many as eight, 30-22, midway through the third. The Rams defense rallied, cutting the Wildcats lead to 32-29 after three, limiting the ‘Cats to just a single bucket over the last four minutes of the quarter.

As the Rams were headed to the floor to start the final quarter, fans, players and staff were probably thinking they’ve been down this road before. Same story, same movie, same ol’ script, a close game, Rams will grab a lead only to see it fly out the window late.

Tinora senior Lance Rinkel grabbed that script and ripped it in two as he headed out of the huddle. The senior guard was held scoreless in the first three quarters after coming off a 12 point game vs the Raiders of Wayne Trace Friday night.

Rinkel exploded for 10 points in the final five minutes. After bucketing his fifth point courtesy of a long distance three, the game was knotted at 34-34. Tinora sharpshooter Luke Harris nailed a three pointer on Tinora’s next possession, giving the Rams their first lead of the night, 37-34 with four minutes remaining.

A Wildcat bucket by Justin Siebebeck with two minutes remaining gave Kalida the lead back, 38-37. “Here we go again”, mumbled each Rams hoops fan. Rams Luke Harris grabbed the lead, 39-38 with a baseline jumper.

After a Kalida miss, Rinkel dialed up a three pointer from the left corner, giving Tinora a 42-38 lead with 50 seconds remaining. Another Wildcat miss resulted in a foul, sending Rinkel back to the line for a one and one free throw. The senior calmly stepped to the line with 20 seconds remaining, and canned both free throws, giving the Rams a 44-38 lead.

Tyson Siefker’s last bucket of the night cut the lead to 44-40 with just seconds remaining, the Rams were able to run out the last few seconds, breaking their eight game losing streak.

Big games by Harris, Schafer, and Rinkel rallied the Rams to a 44-40 win over the Kalida Wildcats.

The Higbea Embroidery Player of the Game award went to Lance Rinkel, great job Lance!

Tinora improves to 3-9, the Rams will play at Ayersville on Friday night.

Kalida falls to 6-7, the Wildcats will host Columbus Grove next Saturday.

Tinora scoring:
Harris 17
Schafer 11
Rinkel 10
Eckert 2
Bohn 2

Kalida Scoring:
Siefker 12
Smith 9
JU Siebeneck 7
Vorst 5
D Fersch 4
Warnecke 3

Freshman – Tinora 21- Kalida 20
JV – Kalida 39 Tinora 24 -Aiden Rittenhouse 14 points