2.28.17 CALEB KINNEY HAS DOUBLE/DOUBLE IN SECT. WIN
2.21.17 JETS TAKE ROUND TWO OF BORDER WARS
2.20.17 PANTHERS OUTLAST FALLING STARS
It was a close game from start to finish, but the panthers played a complete game and secured the victory with good foul shooting. After a fast and furious first quarter, we had a 14-14 tie score. As the second period unfolded, it was evident that these teams were evenly matched and this game was going to go down to the wire. At the halftime break, the host panthers had a slim 26-24 advantage. The starfires came out of the half and quickly turned the tables on Parkway. They not only caught the panthers, they took a lead for a brief time. That didn't last long as Parkway took back the lead and with three quarters in the books they led 43-42. Parkway took care of business in the final stanza and with solid defense they shut down the stars offense. South Adams was forced to foul Parkway in the late stages of the game. Apparently the starfires didn't know not to foul Jack Wehe, he did break a school record recently. True to form, Jack delivered from the charity stripe. He was eight for eight on the night, a perfect 100%. Parkway had a five point lead and a made bucket by the stars let the clock run out and secured the win for Parkway. The panthers notched win number seven by a score of 59-56. Mason Baxter led the way for the panthers with 18 markers, Justin Barna had a good night in the paint with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Jack Wehe was the only other panther in double digits with 10 points . With the win, the panthers move to 7-13 on the season. The jv panthers also got a big victory in come-from-behind fashion. It was a clutch 3 point shot from Gavin Stober late in the game that helped secure the 48-45 win.
2.17.17 PARKWAY FALLS DESPITE KINNEYS DOUBLE/DOUBLE
The visiting Parkway panthers were on the cusp of getting a second MAC victory as they held a three point lead with under three minutes to play. In a matter of two possessions the host redskins stole the ball and turned the panther miscues into a St. Henry lead. The panthers had their chances to keep pace , but the shots just didn't fall for them. Parkway was forced to commit fouls to just stop the clock, but they couldn't take advantage of it on the offensive end. When the final buzzer sounded, it was a MAC victory for the host redskins by a count of 55-46. The game was much closer than what the final score reflected. Parkway started off very good, surprising the 'skins a bit as they held a 14-11 advantage after the first period of play. St. Henry then got offensive and regained the lead at the halftime break,25-21. The panthers came out of the half playing some fierce defense and were able to limit the redskins to just nine markers while they put ip 14 of their own. We went to the final period with Parkway holding a slim 35-34 lead. The black & gold held a lead for most of the final period, but the redskins pulled out the victory at the final buzzer. The youth of the panthers is showing less as the season has went on and tonight was another good game put together by Parkway. Freshman Caleb Kinney has really stepped up his game as of late and tonight wasn't any different. Caleb finished with a double/double, he had 15 points and 10 rebounds against a solid St. Henry squad. Andrew Baker also hit doubles figures as he chipped in 10 points on the evening. The junior varsity also lost to the host redskins.
2.11.17 PANTHERS NOTCH FIRST MAC WIN SINCE 2012
What a night for freshman Caleb Kinney and his teammates. He totaled 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals as the host panthers got their first MAC win of the season. I am told it was also the first MAC win in boys basketball since 2012. Sophomore Jack Wehe also had a historic night for Parkway from the charity stripe. He eclipsed the previous record for free throws in a single game with 11. It was previously held by Travis Pond. Parkway cashed in at the foul line as they sank twenty of twenty two free throws for an amazing eighty-seven percent. The panther defense did a nice job on the cardinals, limiting the to just 42 points in the contest. Parkway lead from the go and never looked back, after the first quarter it was a home advantage of 14-9.Parkway increased that lead by three points at the buzzer and went into the half leading 27-19. Parkway started the third stanza on fire and had the best scoring period of the night. They chipped in 17 to just 12 for New Bremen. The panthers didn't just keep pace in the fourth and final quarter, they increased on that lead and got the 57-42 victory. There was one lone senior on the basketball team this year, Future Army Cadet Justin Barna. I love watching Justin play, he doesn't light it up from beyond the arc, that's Mason. He doesn't average six rebounds a game, that's Logan. You may think he gets 5 blocks a game, nope, that is "air" Crouch. We know he doesn't fly like "superman" May and isn't a "hot shot freshman Kinney-Hawk".Ok, by now you are asking just what the heck he does besides take up space at six foot -four and 230. I call him "Elmer", not Fudd, but the glue. He is a leader, and they follow by example. He is not just the senior on the team, he is a big brother. He gets his fair share of nights when he was the high score. But he is also the first one to jump on social media to apologize, for not winning? Really how many kids on a loosing squad will you hear apologize for giving 100%. Justin, you "get it" and thanks for taking the role that you did when you didn't have too. I don't know if cadets carry a lunch bucket , but I have a new one for you. By the way, he only had 5 points and a measly 4 rebounds.
2.3.17 PARKWAY UPSET BID FALLS SHORT
Parkway loaded up the bus and headed south to the fort, Ft. Recovery that is. The panthers were focussed and ready to play a very good indians squad, that were state ranked until recently. After a very entertaining and solid win by the Parkway junior varsity, it was time for the varsity to do the same. That is just what the boys from panther land did. They came out and took it to the host indians, matching them with every shot as they rolled to a 14-13 lead after the first quarter. Even though the Ft. Recovery press put pressure on Parkway, the panthers worked through it. The further into the game we got , the home crowd realized that the panthers weren't going away that easily. As the first half wound down, the panthers went into halftime with a 31-29 lead. Ft. Recovery came out in the third period and quickly made a bucket and a steal and hoop that gave them the lead. The panthers didn't panic though, they just played the same game they had been. With just one stanza left to play, the panthers were down 44-41 and it was just one possession. Both teams didn't shoot that great on the night, just 38%. But only down 55-50 with two minutes to go, the Parkway shots weren't falling and they were forced to foul to stop the clock. It was a 61-50 score in favor of the home team when the final buzzer sounded. Jack Wehe and Mason Baxter each garnered 14 points and Nick Hawk chipped in 12 points.
1.28.17 LANCERS NEAR PERFECT AT STRIPE, HAND PANTHERS LOSS
In the fourth and final game of the day, the host panthers gave it a good fight, but fell short of getting the victory. Andrew Baker led the panther scoring with 15 points, but it wasn't enough to down the visiting lancers. The first period belonged to the lancers as they quickly went up 18 -12 on the panthers. Parkway didn't panic though, they calmly focussed and were able to flip the script in the second quarter. With some aggressive defensive pressure and timely shots, when the halftime buzzer sounded it was a panther lead. With a last second shot by Parkway, they went into the half holding a 30-29 advantage. It was in the third period that Lincolnview took control on the offensive side and garnered seven more points than the panthers. That translated into a 49-43 lancer lead. At this point, it was just a two possession game and the panthers were still very much in it. That's when the near perfection of the lancers from the charity stripe had come into play. The panthers could feel the game slowly slipping away and had to foul down the stretch. The visiting lancers took full advantage of the opportunity as they went 16 for 17 from the charity stripe. That translated to a whopping 94% free throw shooting and a Lincolnview victory. Parkway took a consecutive loss to a blue and gold by a score of 72-60 and fall to 4-11 on the season. Andrew Baker scored 15 points and Jack Wehe chipped in 11 markers, they were the only panthers in double figures on the night.
1.27.17 DISMAL SECOND QUARTER DAMPENS PARKWAY EFFORT
1.21.17 HOF INDUCTIONS AND A VICTORY FOR PARKWAY
It was the annual Hall of Fame induction night and both panther squads got in the win column. After the induction ceremony of Kelly(Rutledge)Sutton, Travis Bates and Brett Roehm, the panthers took care of business. Although the railroaders lacked size, they were very quick and could shoot the treys. Through out the first half, every time the panthers would look as if they would run away, the railroaders would hit a timely three and draw closer. Parkway finished the first two stanzas scoring three more points than Bradford and that translated to a 29-23 lead at the half for the host panthers. Once again in the third period, when the panthers would pull away, Brad ford would come back and eventually the outscored Parkway by a single point in the period. With a 39-34 advantage after three periods, the panthers went on a run and left no doubt that they would win the game. The defensive pressure finally got to the railroaders and they ran out of steam, no pun intended, lol. Parkway finished the game with a 59-44 score for the win. The panthers had three players in double figures, Jack Wehe and Mason Baxter each finished with 12 points and Caleb Kinney chipped in 11 markers. Andrew Baker also had a big night on the glass pulling down 9 rebounds. The panthers move to 4-9 with the home victory. The junior varsity also had a monster game highlighted by a slam dunk from Caden May en route to the victory.
1.20.17 PANTHERS CAN'T "BUY" A BUCKET IN THE HANGER
The gymnasium at Marion Local is appropriately called the "hanger", on Friday evening the visiting panthers were "grounded'. Whether it was from beyond the arc, in the paint or from the parking lot, it was a very tough night shooting for the panthers. Parkway finished the game with just a 26% shooting average, that won't win many games. It wasn't like the flyers were setting the nets on fire, they were just getting the shots to fall. It was in the first and third period that Marion Local did the bulk of the damage. They started the game out by doubling up Parkway in the first stanza, with a 19-8 score. Then they came out of the halftime break and were able to add another thirteen points to their lead. After three periods, the flyers held a commanding 55-28 advantage. The panthers continued to plug away , but at the final buzzer it was a 73-40 victory for the flyers. Parkway did have two players score in double figures. Caleb Kinney had 13 points and 7 rebounds while Mason Baxter chipped in 11 points and also pulled down 7 rebounds. The junior varsity also lost to the host flyers.
1.14.17 POTENT COMMODORES BLAST PANTHERS 95-54
After a rough and tumble road game on friday evening, the panthers hit the road again on saturday for a game with the Lima Perry commodores. This would be another tall task for Parkway as the commodores are a very good team. Perry set the tone for the game early, coming up with several steals and just a few minutes into the contest the commodores had went on a 14-3 run. Parkway battled hard throughout the contest, but the speed and quickness of Perry was just too much for Parkway. The commodores nearly doubled up the panthers in every period except the fourth quarter. Parkway kept pace with them in the final stanza with 18 points each. That very stout defense for Perry also created 21 turnovers by Parkway. Although the panthers were blown out on the defensive end, on the offensive side the did respectably well considering how tough the defense of Perry was. Jack Wehe was the only panther in double figures, he finished the game with 11 points. With the 95-54 loss, the panthers drop to 3-8 on the season. The junior varsity also lost to perry. The panthers will hit the road next week for a matchup with the Marion Local flyers.
1.13.17 PARKWAY FALLS TO CAVS 59-52 LATE IN CONTEST
1.6.16 TIGERS DEFENSE SLAMS THE DOOR ON PANTHERS
It was just another day at the office for the Versailles tigers. We knew coming into the game that it would be tough keeping Justin Ahrens in check. The key for Parkway would be to keep pace with the tigers, but that didn’t happen.The tempo and momentum were both in the tigers favor as they pulled out to a 14-0 lead before the panthers finally got a bucket. At the close of the first quarter, the potent tiger offense had a 20-3 advantage. Parkway played much better in the second period, which happened to be their best quarter of the game. The panther defense held Versailles to just 13 points in the period, while they chipped in nine points of their own. At the halftime break the visiting tigers were well in control with a 33-12 lead over parkway. Versailles came out in the third period and picked up where they left off. Unfortunately it was much the same for parkway as the shots just wouldn’t fall. After three periods the host panthers were in a very deep 53-22 hole. The panthers fought hard the entire game, but fell to probably the best team in the Midwest Athletic Conference and one of the best in the state. When the final buzzer sounded it was another win for the visiting tigers by a count of 71-29. That smothering Versailles defense also held the panthers from anyone scoring in double figures. Parkway falls to 3-6 on the season. The junior varsity also lost their contest with the tigers.
12.30.16 BAKER LEADS PANTHER ONSLAUGHT WITH DOUBLE/DOUBLE
What a way to end the first day of the Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament, with a panther victory. It was all Parkway, early , often and all night long. The panthers jumped out to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter. The defense was tenacious and limited the polar bears to no more than seven points in each period.Parkway built on that first quarter lead and it ballooned to a 40-13 panther advantage at the half. Parkway continued the onslaught in the second half and the entire bench got in on the action. The panthers easily rolled to a 91-25 final score. Parkway had five players in double figures, Andrew Baker had 19 and 11 rebounds for a double/double, Caleb Kinney had 13, Jeremy Feldes with 11, Logan Huff with 13 and Mason Baxter chipped in with 13. Parkway will face a very tough Maumee Valley Country Day squad in the Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament championship game.
12.16.16 MISSED OPPORTUNITIES EQUALS ONE POINT LOSS
Missed opportunities was the theme for Parkway against the visiting rangers from New Knoxville. Shots that should be routine, just weren’t falling for the panthers tonight. To compound the poor shooting from the field, the panthers were only 8 of 17 from the charity stripe for 47%. Although they found themselves down 21-13 at the halftime break, they were still in the game. Parkway came out of the break and methodically chipped away the the ranger lead while they limited New Knoxville to just four points. With just one quarter to go, New Knoxville held a two point lead at 25-23. Both teams fought hard in the fourth quarter and Parkway outscored the rangers in the period. When the final buzzer sounded, it was another all too familiar one point loss for Parkway. New Knoxville escaped the “den” with a 35-34 MAC victory. The jv panthers won easily over the rangers this evening.
12.10.16 SMOTHERING DEFENSE, TURNOVERS ARE PANTHERS DEMISE
Coming off a tough two point loss on friday, the panthers were ready to get back in the win column. It is always a very physical game with the Crestview knights and this game was no different. The “big men” had a good battle in the paint throughout the contest. Parkway’s Justin Barna had a good night with twelve points and six rebounds, but the knights Derick Stoudt put up twenty points and pulled down four rebounds. Crestview’s quickness on the defensive end put a damper on the panther offense. The knights forced Parkway into committing 21 turnovers, which many were turned into points for Crestview. Parkway kept it close in the first quarter, but only managed three points in the second period that led to a Crestview 27-15 lead at the halftime break. Parkway cut into that deficit in the third period as they outscored the knights 18-12 and pulled to within six points at 39-33. That’s as close as the panthers would get, Crestview kept Parkway just at arms length and finished the game with a ten point 54-44 win. Parkway falls to 1-3 on the season and will face the 1-2 New Knoxville rangers in the opening game of the MAC play.
12.09.16 LAST SECOND PRAYER FALLS, PANTHERS DROP HEARTBREAKER
Parkway took a trip to the ”covered wagon” for their first road game of the season. Both squads started a little sloppy, but then the panthers put it together and went on a 14-5 run. It was a big 18 point quarter for parkway as they held the pioneers to just eight points. Parkway continued to play solid and at the half they led by a 28-19 count and seemed to be in control. As the saying goes, it was definitely a tale of two halves. The pioneers got into a rhythm and ole’ mo jumped to their side as they were hitting treys at every posession. Heading into the final stanza Temple Christian held a 43-37 advantage, much of that came from the hot shooting from beyond the arc. The pioneers had nine made three’s, that’s seventy percent of their total score. Parkway didn’t quit though, the panthers stormed back and with 1:50 left in the game, we were all knotted at 47 apiece. With just 36 seconds left it was a tie score again at 50-50, the pioneers had possession and the panther defense was tight. As the clock was winding down, the pioneer with the ball was falling down, he tossed up an underhanded prayer from 5 feet out and it went in moments before the final buzzer for the Temple Christian 52-50 win. Parkway had three panthers in double figures on the night, Mason Baxter led the way with 13 points, Jeremy Feldes chipped in with 11 markers and Nick Hawk had a solid performance with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The panther junior varsity was successful in winning their game. The Panthers fall to 1-2 and host the crestview knights on saturday.
12.3.16 TROJANS OUTLAST PANTHERS DOWN THE STRETCH
12.2.16 PARKWAY OPENS SEASON WITH 65-46 VICTORY
Logan Huff scored 14 points to bring Parkway to a 65-46 victory over Waynesfield-Goshen on Friday. The Panthers grabbed the lead against Waynesfield-Goshen on a two-pointer from Jeremy Feldes in the second period and held on. Putting up a 23-22 lead at the half, Parkway scored 21 points in both the third and fourth quarters. Coach Hughes utilized his bench and down the stretch parkway was just too much for the tigers to handle. Huff was on the ball for Parkway, making 50% (5-for-10) of shots attempted and hitting 75% (3-for-4) of free throws attempted. Two other players also scored in the double digits for Parkway. Jack Wehe put up 11 points. Mason Baxter sank two three-pointers and scored 12 points total. Also contributing for Parkway were Justin Barna (9 points, 2 rebounds), Feldes (8 points), Andrew Baker (8 points, 2 rebounds), Caleb Kinney (2 points, 3 rebounds), and Nick Hawk (2 points, 4 rebounds). Baxter was a big defensive contributor as well, racking up five rebounds. Parkway finished the game with 42 rebounds (26 offensive / 16 defensive). The jv panthers were also victorious with a huge 90-16 win.