2.18.19 PANTHERS EVEN RECORD AT 10-10
Oh what a game it was for the visiting panthers in hoosier land. Coming off a relatively easy win on Friday night, the panthers would have to work for a "W" in this one. Parkway started the contest off with a 5-0 run, but their hosts quickly caught up and had surpassed them when the buzzer sounded for the end of the first quarter. They were only down 16-12 and were ready to close the gap. The second period was a track meet compared to the first quarter. The panthers got as close as 18-19 midway through the period, but the flying jets were able to stretch it out to a 38-31 advantage at the half. Down by seven points, Parkway made their adjustments at the break and were ready to roll. Caleb Kinney got the 11-0 run started with a drive to the hoop to start the third period. That run gave Parkway a 42-38 lead late in the quarter. From there, adams central scored two quick buckets and we were tied once again at 42 all. Parkway had the ball and were working the clock for one last shot in the period. With the drive to the bucket, the ball was stolen and the jets flew down the court and threw up a prayer that went in at the buzzer. With three quarters in the books, it was a home team lead of 45-42. The fourth and final period is when it got really interesting. Up to this point we had really only had one questionable call, that everyone knew was incorrect. Ok, that happens and I understand the officials are doing their best. It needs to be better if that is the best that they can do. Midway through the period, the Parkway fouls started to really mount and were sending the jets to the charity stripe. On two separate occasions, Coach Hughes pointed out that the jets were camping out on our players backs. But his thoughts fell on deaf ears and eventually earned him a technical foul. The issue was the foul being called on the Parkway player rather than a jet. This was the second time in the game that it was clearly a wrong call, both giving points to the jets. This went down in the final few minutes of the game and it was intense for everyone rooting for the black and gold. Did it cause the panthers a win? Who can really say, all we asked for was a fair and evenly called game. The panthers to the 63-58 loss and now have an even record at 10-10. The jayvees won their contest and grounded the training planes.
2.15.19 FOUR IN DOUBLE FIGURES, PANTHERS WIN
It was a victorious night for the panthers and their seniors as they close out their high school basketball careers. Four panthers finished the game in double figures to continue the balanced scoring that Parkway has had the last several weeks. Preston Stober was the leading force for Parkway in tonights win. He completed the game having back to back games with a double/double. He must not have wanted to be outdone by his little sis. The panther defense also forced the rangers into turning the ball over 16 times in the game, many of those were then converted to Parkway points. The game started fast but soon slowed down as Parkway took control early on. Midway through the first quarter, Parkway went on a seven to zero run to finish the period with a 16-4 advantage. New Knoxville had their best quarter of the game in the second period. They were able to score just 8 points as the Parkway defense had them blanketed and frustrated all night. It also turned out to be the panthers best offensive quarter as the pushed the score to 36-12 at the half. It got a little rough in the paint during the third period and that resulted in lower scoring from both squads. While Parkway worked to get an open shot, the rangers weren't nearly as patient. Parkway finished the night shooting 48% from the field as they were 26 of 54. Nine treys swished in the net also as Parkway rolled over the visiting rangers. Late in the final period the starters were taken out and the bench finished the job for a 66-22 Midwest Athletic Conference victory. Mason Baxter, Corey Walls and Caleb Kinney all had 13 markers for the panthers. Parkway gets over the .500 mark now with a 10-9 record and will travel to Adams Central tomorrow. The jayvees also ran roughshod over the rangers.
2.9.19 STOBER FUELS WIN WITH DOUBLE/DOUBLE
Parkway continued the road trip on Saturday evening with a game against The Temple Christian pioneers. Both squads come into the contest with similar records, but Parkway has clearly played a better quality schedule. But the Pioneers have a 30 point per game player in Brody Bowman who can drain the trey. Parkway had plans to minimize his impact and it worked to perfection for them. We went back and forth throughout most of the period, but the panthers led 17-13 at the end of one quarter. It got sloppy in the second period, we had stumbles, steals, falls and a few jump balls. This led to Parkway increasing that advantage and the defense limited the host pioneers to just 6 markers. At the half, it was the visiting panthers holding a 30-19 lead over the pioneers. Parkway didn't let up in the third quarter, they came out and just steamrolled the pioneers. They built a 20 point advantage midway through the period. The defensive pressure was just too much for the pioneers to handle. With a 47-29 lead after three quarters, Parkway was in firm control of the game. They had an 18 point lead and were keeping the pioneers leading scorer in check. As a matter of fact, they held him to just 12 points, his lowest scoring output for the year. The panthers finished off the pioneers with a final score of 55-42 to draw even on the season at 9-9. Senior Preston Stober was tops with a 13 point and 13 rebound double/double on the night. Dylan Hughes also was in double figures with 11 points.
2.8.19 JAYS COME UP BIG AT CHARITY STRIPE
On paper these squads look very similar and this looked to be a close game throughout. The jays and panthers traded baskets for the entire first period, with the panthers coming out on top 18-16. So far this was a fast pace game with both teams having an effective offense. That changed quickly in the second period as Parkway couldn't buy a bucket. St. Johns nearly kept the panthers from getting in the paint for the entire quarter. The outside shot wasn't falling for Parkway either, that left the door open for the host blue jays to build a lead. Delphos went on a seven point run, actually it was Jared Wurst that scored all seven points. At the halftime break, the panthers found themselves down 31-24. But with some halftime adjustments they could be right back where they ere after the first quarter. Unfortunately for Parkway they couldn't cut into that blue jay lead in the third quarter. That left a score of 48-35 with just one more period for the panthers to come back for the win. The visitors had their most productive period of the game with 19 points in the quarter. But it just wasn't enough to overcome the blue jays advantage. The stat that really stood out to me was the 16 points that the blue jays converted from the charity stripe, to just 4 for Parkway. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the panthers were also battling a man on a mission. Jared Wurst, the St. Johns senior was in a groove and on a mission to get to his 1000 point career mark. He accomplished that with his 32 points late in the final period. Parkway battled hard all night, but fell short by a score of 63-54. Caleb Kinney led Parkway with 14 points, Mason Baxter added 12 markers and Preston Stober chipped in with 11 on the evening.
2.2.19 PANTHERS RUN OVER STARFIRES
The night started with the sound of breaking glass, as i looked up I saw the backboard was shattered. With 10 minutes till the start of the jayvee game, that left Parkway's athletic director Matt Triplett scrambling. But he and the maintenance crew came through with flying colors. The jayvee game was played in the middle school while the backboards were switched out and then the hall of fame ceremony took place before the varsity contest. Fittingly it was Preston Stober who scored to first two buckets for the panthers and gave them a 6-0 lead. The Parkway defense pressured the stars from the go and it paid off early in the game. That pressure translated into fast break points and open shots in the first quarter. That helped them build a lead that they wouldn't give up throughout the night. The panthers finished the first quarter with a 23-10 advantage. The pace slowed down in the second period for Parkway and the stars had settled in a bit. South Adams even outscored the panthers by 3 in the period. But the hosts still held a ten point lead at the half with a 34-24 score. Parkway continued that defensive pressure in the second half of the game and that helped keep South Adams at arms length. The tight defense also forced the stars into committing 23 turnovers. While the defense was keeping the stars at bay, the offense continued to add to their advantage in both the third and fourth periods. The panthers shot 46% from the field and knocked down six treys en route to a 65-47 victory. The win evens the Parkway record to 8-8 on the season. Once again there were multiple panthers in double figures. Caleb Kinney led all scorers with 20 points, Preston Stober finished with 14 while Mason Baxter chipped in with 13 markers. Dylan Hughes scored 10 points in the win. The junior varsity also had a huge win over the starfires.
2.1.19 PARKWAY BATTLES, BUT FALL TO #4 SKINS
1.26.19 PANTHERS KNOCK OFF LANCERS
The Lincolnview lancers have had the panthers number the last several years, that stopped with tonights victory over Lincolnview. Parkway was on top of their game tonight, shooting 64% from the field will equal a win nearly every game. Lincolnview came in to tonights game with a 9-5 record and tied for second in the N.W.C. with Columbus Grove. Parkway knew that it would be a battle as it always is. The first quarter saw five lead changes and the lancers had the advantage at the end of the period. It was a mere one point lead for Lincolnview with a 20-19 score. Just three possessions into the second quarter, the panthers took the lead and would not relinquish it for the rest of the game. It was a fast pace from both squads and that came out in Parkways favor. The home team looked smooth with the passes and that was turning into scores for them. When we went into the half, Parkway had opened up a 9 point lead over the lancers. They pushed the score to 42-33 and they were on a roll. I'm not sure what Coach Hughes discussed at half, but it worked to perfection for Parkway. They set the ton with a Preston Stober trey from the top of the key to start the period. That lead to a 12-0 run for Parkway as they shutdown the lancers for most of the quarter. That gave Parkway a 20 point lead and they finished the stanza with a 60-41 score. At this point the lancers and their faithful were still trying to figure out what hit them. Lincolnview found their groove in the final period and kept pace with the panthers, but it was too late for them. Coach Hughes cleared the bench at the end of the quarter and those boys successfully played keep away from Lincolnview. The panthers placed six players in double figures en route to an 80-63 victory. The closest that the lancers cut the lead in the fourth period was to eleven points. Mason Baxter and Caleb Kinney each had 15 points, Preston Stober garnered 14, Jack Wehe added 13 markers, Dylan Hughes chipped in with 12 and Corey Walls had 11 points in the win. The junior varsity also got a victory over the lancers. Parkway evens their record now to 7-7 on the season.
1.25.19 KINNEY ON FIRE IN M.A.C. VICTORY
It was another league battle tonight for the panthers as they hosted the Versailles tigers. Although the panthers hadn't won a conference game yet, tonight proved different. Versailles got the first bucket of the game, but the initial period belonged to Caleb Kinney. Kinney was all over the court in the first quarter and he garnered 13 of his game high 27 in the period. Parkway jumped out to a 17-12 lead after just one quarter. Versailles punched buck in the second period and they kept pace with the panthers. After a fast paced second period we had a 31-26 score at the half. Although Parkway held a slim 5 point lead, that never enough. Parkway played well in the first half and were looking to continue into the third quarter with that effort. But the tigers came out quick and all but erased the Parkway lead just minutes into the period. After trading buckets and the lead throughout the third quarter, we were tied when the buzzer sounded. Knotted at 41-41, it was a new ball game for either team to win. Versailles took the lead early in the period, but that would be their last of the contest. It wasn't until midway in the final period when Parkway took control of the game. The pressure from the panthers on defense caused the tigers to turn the ball over and then they committed fouls. Down the stretch it was the foul shooting of the panthers that sealed the win. Caden Slusher, Preston Stober were instrumental making the final 7 points for the panthers. The tigers coach lost his composure and recieved a technical foul, seconds later a player also got "rang up". Parkway finished the game with a sense of urgency like we hadn't seen lately, it paid off for them in the "W" column. Kinney exploded for 27 points on the night and Preston Stober followed up with 13 markers. The panthers are now 6-7 and have a league win under their belt. The jayvees lost to the tigers.
1.20.19 ANOTHER HEARTBREAKER AT THE BUZZER
The "nest" was full on Friday night and we had a "barnburner" that went to the final buzzer. The game didn't start off that way though. Parkway had the hot hand early on and they jumped out to an 11 point advantage and looked as if they would run away with it. But the cards got into a rhythm and whittled the score down to 21-14 after just one quarter. Not only did New Bremen close the gap, they flipped the script on the panthers in the second period. Drew Bowers had the hot hand early for the cards, he and Jack Wehe were trading buckets early in the period. With that effort the hosts had closed to within just four points of the panthers. By the halftime break, the Parkway lead had all but disappeared. We went into the half with just a 28-27 advantage. The panthers were able to keep the cards at arms length for most of the third stanza and maintain their lead. But the New Bremen pressure defense caused Parkway to give up the ball and that translated into a 39-42 lead for the cards after three periods of play. This was familiar territory for Parkway, they have had close games all season. New Bremen jumped out to a 7 point lead by mid-quarter and it wasn't looking good for the visitors. The two seniors, Mason Baxter and Preston Stober closed that gap for the panthers late in the period. Down by two points Dylan Hughes made two huge free throws to tie the contest with about 15 seconds left in the game. Parkway just needed to hold the cards to go to overtime. The cards had the ball at the top of the key with nowhere to go, the defense was working. But then a pass to the right wing and from 20 feet Bryce Blickle let it fly. The buzzer sounded as the ball floated through the air and with the swish of the net, it was another heart breaking loss for the panthers. The shot was good at the buzzer and made it a final score of 51-48. We are just over half way through the basketball season and the panthers have a 5-7 record. That is not the record that many thought Parkway would have had at this point. They could be 9-3 if it weren't for the fact that five games have been won or lost by six points or less. That is nearly half of the games up to this point of the season. Many people have theories why a team gets so close, but just can't get over the "hump". So is the glass half full or half empty? I prefer to think that it is half full and the coaches and players are working so hard to fill it to the rim. They will get it there, we just have to "trust the process".
1.11.19 FLYERS GO SUPERSONIC OVER PARKWAY
1.5.19 A BARNBURNER VICTORY FOR PARKWAY
The panthers have had four games this year that have been decided by less than six points, this was one of them. Parkway had a bit of a height advantage, but that really didn't come into play as the night went on. The cavaliers quickness was to their advantage. The score lead went back and forth until late in the first quarter. Parkway took advantage of the fast break and jumped out to a 14-9 lead at the end of one period. Parkway slowly built on that five point advantage, Although they weren't able to increase the lead as much as they would have liked, they did out score the cavaliers in the quarter. With a 30-21 lead coming out of the half, the visitors were poised to run away with the game. But Lehman catholic had a different plan for the remainder of the game. Lehman gradually chipped away at the Parkway lead in the third stanza, en route to making it just a three point game after three quarters of play. It was evident that this game was going to come down to the final shot at the buzzer, and it did. With a quick look at the stats, they are telling just how close this game really was. Both teams shot 19/41 from the field for 46%. The panthers made just one more trey than the cavs did and both had 14 attempts. It was the same for the free throws, Parkway went 9 for 14 and Lehman went 8 for 14. Lastly, both squads committed 15 fouls in the contest It just couldn't have been any more evenly matched. Now for that nail biter of a finish. The cavs eventually tied and surpassed the visitors in the waining moments of the game. Parkway found themselves down three, but they had the rock. After a timeout, Mason Baxter launched a trey from deep and with the sound of the net swishing the game was tied at 53-53. But with just seconds left, a ticky tack foul was called on Caden Slusher. It was a 1 and 1 from the charity stripe for the cavs. It was off the mark and rebounded by the panthers, giving them a chance for the victory. With the ball in hand, Dylan Hughes drove the lane past a defender to lay the floater int he hoop for a 53-51 score. That left just 2 seconds on the clock that the panthers defended perfectly to secure the buzzer beating win. Dylan Hughes, Mason Baxter and Caleb Kinney all garnered double figures in the game. With the win, Parkway moves back to .500 for the season at 5-5. The jayvees also defeated the cavaliers.
1.4.19 PANTHERS FINISH FLAT IN LOSS
12.29.18 2018 JJ WINNS HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT CHAMPS
After the dismantling of the Fremont eagles, the panthers were riding on a high note and were ready to battle with the boys from "up north". The consolation game was a good and even went into overtime, the championship game would be just as good. Parkway picked up where they left off on Saturday. They were draining threes and gliding to the bucket with ease en route to a first period lead of 22-12. The panthers hot start would be instrumental in the game. The wildcats 6' 5" big man didn't really effect Parkways play in the initial period, that would soon change. Onsted settled down and put some pressure on the panthers in the second quarter, while getting their offense going in the process. The wildcats kept it closer in the period and at the half it was a 35-22 Parkway advantage. Coming out of the half, the panthers knew they weren't going to cruise to a win. Onsted started fast and really kept Parkway off balance coming out of the break. It was the panthers lowest output for the tournament, with just seven points in the period. With three quarters in the books, Parkway had a seven point 42-35 advantage. Both squads have played tough up to this point in the contest and you could just feel it would be a tight finish. Midway through the final period the wildcats would tie the score. Parkway has been in this spot a few times this season, would this be the game that they get over the "hump". Well Parkway settled in and kept their composure, with good passing and patience they rebuilt that lead. Although the wildcats seemed to have an answer for every Parkway score, the panthers kept fighting. The wildcats were forced to foul late in the game and the panthers answered the call at the charity stripe when they needed it most. Parkway would hold on to capture the J.J. Winns Holiday Tournament Championship. Preston Stober led Parkway with 18 points while Mason Baxter had 12 markers and Dylan Hughes chipped in with 10 points in the victory. Parkway evens their record at 4-4 on the season with league rival Coldwater next on the schedule.
12.28.18 TRUST THE PROCESS....... IT WORKS
"Trust the Process".... That's just what the panthers did and in a big way. In the first round of the tournament, Parkway was paired against the eagles from Fremont, Indiana. To say that the panthers were ready to play is an understatement. It was the game of the year so far for Parkway. Although Coach Hues would disagree with me, not much went wrong for the panthers. Parkway stormed out of the gates and never took their foot off the gas. The panther defense cast a net over the eagles and they were grounded for most of the contest. Before Fremont could breathe, they found themselves down 24-5 in just the first period. Parkway turned up the heat a bit more in the second quarter, adding another 28 markers to their lead. Although the eagles doubled their score, that only tallied 10 points for them. At the half it was a monster lead for Parkway at 52-15. Parkway cooled down in the third stanza and the eagles held them to just 10 points while putting up 15 markers themselves. After three quarters the score rested at 62-30. It wasn't too far into the fourth period that Coach Hughes cleared the bench. There wasn't any letdown either, the panthers were still flipping the scoreboard for 29 points in the quarter. The panthers get a big 91-45 victory over the eagles from hoosierland. Parkway lit up the stat sheets with 10 treys, they were 13/14 from the charity stripe for 93% and five panthers were in double figures on the night. Freshman Caden Slusher had his best game to date with 14 markers, draining 3 from beyond the arc. Caleb Kinney led all scorers with 22 points, Corey Walls and Slusher each had 14. Dylan Hughes chipped in with 12 and Gavin Stober had 10 points. The panther victory put them into the championship game against the Onsted Michigan wildcats on Saturday.
12.22.18 ANOTHER SLIPS AWAY FROM PANTHERS
12.14.18 PARKWAYS FINAL SHOTS FALL SHORT
It was a hard fought game to the finish against the visiting Indians from Ft. Recovery. The determination and fortitude of the panthers showed throughout the contest. With just mere seconds left on the clock, Parkway needed a trey to put the game into overtime. But the ball just wouldn't fall in the panthers favor. It is the third consecutive game that Parkway has scratched and clawed, but came up short by mere points. Both squads had their highs and lows in this game. We finished the first quarter of play with the Indians leading by 10-8. But in the second period they just couldn't miss. Ft. Recovery pulled out in front of Parkway as we went into the halftime. That two point lead turned into a ten point advantage at 33-23. Parkway came out of the half and took the fight to the Indians. Drives by Preston Stober and Dylan Hughes started the panther attack. Then with a blocking call on a Cory Walls drive to the lane, it was hoop and harm. The Panthers cut that lead in half just minutes into the third quarter. Parkway kept the pressure on the vistors and continued to chip away at that lead. After three periods it was just a one point game, 46-45 still in the forts favor. The lead changed several times in the final quarter and with a 61-58 score the panthers had a chance to tie the game. As the seconds ticked away, Parkway just couldn't get the rock to fall. The panthers had three tries in the last 13 seconds to tie the game, it had to be a trey. But time ran out on the panthers and ft. Recovery got the MAC victory. Four panthers finished in double figures on the evening. Caleb Kinney had 13 points, Stober followed with 12, Mason Baxter and Hughes both chipped in 11 for the panthers. The jayvees also lost to the Indians. Parkway will travel to St. Mary's next Saturday for a match up with the roughriders.
12.8.18 TOUGH WEEKEND ENDS WITH LOSS
After a hard fought battle on Friday evening, the panthers followed that up taking on the Crestview knights and their twin towers. Not sure just how much Parkway had in the tank after Friday's battle, they proved that they could play with anybody. It was a fast paced first quarter that saw the visitors finish it with a 19-16 lead. At this point, Parkway was hanging tough and playing stride for stride with the knights. But Crestview got a hot hand in the second period and jumped out in front by a score of 34-24 at the half. The knights outscored Parkway 15-8 in the second stanza, but the panthers flipped the script and bested the knights in the third quarter. As we headed to the final period, the panthers were still scratching and clawing. The Parkway defense kept the pressure on Crestview and Pulled to within four points, but that is as close as they got. Late in the period the knights stretched their advantage back to ten points to close out the game. Dylan Hughes was the catalyst for Parkway on the night. He finished with 19 points, 11 of which were from the charity stripe. Preston Stober chipped in with 11 markers as he and Dylan led the home squad in scoring. Crestview typically "lives or dies" with the three point shot. Tonight was no different as they pumped in eight shots from beyond the arc. The height of the knights hurt Parkway in the rebounds column. Holding the panthers to just 18, which is well below their average. With a 62-52 score, Parkway falls to 2-2 on the young season. After a tough weekend against two quality squads, the panthers had a pretty good showing. Looking forward, it looks to be a very promising season ahead.
12.7.18 PANTHERS LOSE HARD FOUGHT GAME
12.1.18 SENIORS LEAD THE WAY TO VICTORY
The panthers move to 2-0 on the season after a clash with the young trojans from Botkins. Parkway came into the contest with a seemingly more seasoned squad, but don't let the age of the trojans fool you, they are a very good team. Parkway jumped out to a 12-6 lead after the first quarter and the trojans had looked like a young team. But in period number two, the visitors had calmed down and settled in a bit. Botkins even out scored the host panthers by a point in the quarter. They kept pace with Parkway and matched them bucket for bucket en route to a 31-26 advantage for the panthers. Parkway came out in the third quarter and continued to build on their five point halftime lead. They were able to increase that to an eleven point lead after three quarters. With a score of 46-35 we headed to the fourth period and the panthers were wanting to increase that advantage. But once again the trojans just wouldn't go away. They hounded Parkway on defense and came up with timely shots, eventually forcing a tie score late in the contest. Just as in the second period, Botkins out scored the panthers in the fourth quarter. But it was the experience and patience of Parkway that made the difference down the stretch. Much like the games of yesteryear, Parkway handled the ball well and that forced the visitors into a fouling situation. The panthers took advantage of that from the charity stripe and increased the score to 61-53 for the victory. Parkway continues to unselfishly share the rock well and had 10 assists on the night and only committed 7 turnovers. Parkway also shot nearly 50 percent from the field on the night. Three panthers were in double figures, leading the way was Mason Baxter with 18 markers. He was followed by Preston Stober who just missed a double/double with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Caleb Kinney also chipped in with 10 points and 3 rebounds. The jayvees were also winners in an overtime game. Parkway will travel to Van Wert next Friday for a catfight with the cougars.
11.30.18 FIVE PANTHERS IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN WIN
It was a wonderful start to what we hope will be a very good season of Parkway basketball. The host panthers started off strong in the opening minutes and never took their foot off the gas pedal. Before the visiting tigers could say "wow", the panthers held a 20-6 first quarter advantage. Waynesfield-Goshen had no answer for the Parkway offense. The second period was much of the same for Parkway as everyone was getting into the game. On the defensive side of the ball, the hosts were relentless. They blocked shots and pressured the tigers into turnovers at a relentless rate. As we went into the halftime break, the Parkway lead had swelled to 19 points. It was a 41-12 score midway through the contest. In the second half of the game, the panthers were rotating much like a hockey line. Everyone on the bench saw playing time and they took advantage of the opportunity. Parkway continued through the final period on cruise control and came away with a 73-32 victory to start the season. The panthers shot 53% from the field and were 5 of 11 from beyond the arc on the night. There were five panthers in double figures. Caleb Kinney led the way with 16 points, Dylan Hughes had 15, Corey walls added 14 while Mason Baxter and Caden Slusher each chipped in 10 points. The panther jayvees also cruised to a victory against the tigers. Up next is the Botkins trojans for the panthers on Saturday evening.