By ROSS BISHOFF
I try not to be super high school sports nerdy or broadcast myself as such, but the fact is sometimes I fall down a rabbit hole.
Such was the case this past weekend.
Because I was a transplant into the Lima area, I often find myself going through conference histories on websites and record books on the OHSAA site, just to see who I recognize, what schools pop up, so on and so forth.
Yes, like I said, sports nerdy.
But that history is often fascinating to me, believe it or not, especially when you can compare great teams and players you cover(ed) to the rest of the state.
So this weekend I spent time jumping around the OHSAA website’s all-time Ohio sports records list and found a ton of local names, which wasn’t all that surprising, but it was impressive and interesting to see where all the past local athletes still rank among the elite.
Most of you 419-area natives probably remember a lot of these names and records, but here are a few from the winter sports categories that caught my eye. So we’re clear: There is no rhyme or reason to whom I picked out to highlight, simply they were top five-ish in some basketball, wrestling, swimming or bowling category.
- Ada’s Chase Sumner is one of three wrestlers to have recorded the all-time fastest pin in three seconds. It happened Dec. 23, 2016.
- Ottoville’s Amy Honigford has the all-time highest 3-point percentage in a girls basketball season at 53.7 in 2005-06.
- Ottawa-Glandorf’s Danielle Ellerbrock is third on the girls basketball list with 108 OHSAA games played from 2013-16. Her record as a four-year starter was an incredible 90-18.
- Shawnee swimmer Erik Risolvato was incredible during his career and still holds two boys Division II records from the 2012 season. His leadoff time in the 200-freestyle relay remains the 50-yard freestyle record at 19.62. He also helped the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Garrett Diltz, Logan Curl and Zachary Diltz reach a record time of 1:24.47.
- Pandora-Gilboa’s Courtney Schmersal is third on the most consecutive free throws made list with 47 straight in 2007. Wapakoneta’s Devon Golden is fifth on the list with 42 straight (2008-09). Schmersal also is third on the all-time highest free throw percentage for a career at 87.1 from 2004-07.
- Lincolnview’s Brandon Pardon is third on the boys basketball 3-pointers made list at 297. Pardon is also third on the “highest three-point percentage” list for his career at 45.2.
- Pardon also had 828 career assists from 1993-97, which is second best all-time, and had 286 assists in the 1996-97 season, third best all-time in one season. Crestview’s Doug Etzler had 732 career assists (1987-91) for third best all-time.
- In the category of most free throws made in a game, Upper Scioto Valley’s Jimmy Kearns is second on the list with 24 made in a game against Ada (1985) while Bill Faine of Cory-Rawson hit 22 against Spencerville in 1980.
- Three local players are fifth on the “most rebounds in a game” list with 37 in a game. Lincolnview’s Brian Adam (1970-71), P-G’s Roger Hermiller (1971) and Minster’s Ron Thieman (1964).
- Kenton’s Garrick Sherman had 1,317 career rebounds from 2005-09, putting him third on that list.
- In a single game,Ada’s Jeff Fries had 21 assists against Bluffton in a 1974-75 game, that’s second best all time.
- New Knoxville’s Evan Eschmeyer’s field goal percentage of 75.7 percent in the 1990-91 season is second all-time for one season.
- Spencerville’s Tyler Obringer had 130 pins for Spencerville during his career, which spanned 2007-2010, that’s seventh all-time.
- In bowling, St. Henry’s Trey Buehler has the highest state tournament single game with a 300 in 2017. Coldwater’s Trey James rolled a 299 for second on the list, also in 2017.
Number of the Week: 1,237
Pandora-Gilboa’s Drew Johnson became the school’s all-time leading boys scorer. He entered Friday’s game against Arlington needing five points to break Josh Lee’s mark of 1,228. He scored 14 to raise the scoring mark to 1,237 by night’s end.
Quote of the Week: “There was a lot of pride on the line, it was just a really big game.”
Perry’s Jamal Whiteside, who helped the Commodores record the first boys basketball win over LCC this past Saturday.