Streaks Face Bucyrus Wynford In Div. III Regional Semifinal
The Archbold Blue Streaks (19-4) travel to Anderson Arena at Bowling Green State University, tonight, Wednesday, March 5, to take on the Royals of Bucyrus Wynford in a Division III regional semifinal at 8:15 p.m.
The Royals, who are making their third straight trip to regionals, hold a 21-3 record. They were ranked 17th in the final Associated Press boys basketball poll; Archbold was 15th.
Wynford was in Div. IV in 2006 and 2007.
Two of Wynford's losses this season were to Ontario. The Royals advanced to the regional by beating Ontario 54-52 in overtime for the district championship at Mansfield.
The Royals are coached by Tim Ehresman. On the floor they are led by 6-foot-3 John Shifley, a senior and Div. III All-District selection.
Joining him are 6-4 Preston Eibling; 6-0 Brett Bauer; 6-1 Kyle Shroll, a perimeter player, and 5-11 Eli Snode, seniors; 6- 2 Nate Etler, 6-0 Tyler Harrer, and 6-0 Kyle Rall, all juniors. Sophomore Tyler Brause, 6-3, rounds out the roster.
Shifley averages 17.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Shroll and Bauer average 9 ppg, and Shroll hands out six assists per game.
In their district final, Etler scored 24 points with five threepointers, including a trey that forced overtime. Brause hit the winning basket as time expired in overtime.
According to the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum, the Royals were down by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter and by eight with less than three minutes left.
Ontario went the last 3:17 of the fourth quarter and all of the overtime without scoring.
As a team, Wynford averages 65.9 ppg and gives up 48 ppg. AHS averages 58.5 ppg and gives up 42.0 ppg.
"There is going to be a nice collection of teams at BG," said Doug Krauss, AHS head coach, whose team returns to the regional for the fourth time in six years. "We are going against Wynford. They are a real solid team.
"They are not a big squad, so we should have some good matchups. Their big kid is a First Team All-District. He's 6- 3 and everything runs through him.
"Wynford runs a lot of good offensive stuff. They also have a nice guards; not real big, but they have strong tough kids."
In Wednesday's first contest at 6:15 p.m., Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (14-8) takes on 13th-ranked Ottawa- Glandorf (19-5).
Ten of the AP's Top 20 Div. III teams have advanced to the Sweet 16.
The BGSU regional champion will be determined Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
The winner plays in a Final Four contest, Friday, March 14, 2 p.m. in Columbus.
The Div. III state championship game is Saturday, March 15, 5:15 p.m.