Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Western Brown wins boys’ tourney title

MT. ORAB – The Western Brown Broncos captured the Brown County Holiday Tournament with a win over the Fayetteville Rockets 59-54 in what become a nail biter.

“It feels good, we’ve been wanting to win one for awhile,” Western Brown head coach Greg Foster said.

The Broncos played as well for Foster as he could ask in the first half. Led by Joe Sams, the Broncos built a solid 20 point lead over the Rockets. Sams helped lead a defensive charge that kept the Rockets at bay in the first half. Western Brown limited Fayetteville to just one opportunity down the court in the first half of the game.

“Last night we played an up-and-down game and it wasn’t a game for Joe’s style,” Foster said. “Tonight was for Joe and he went in and took advantage of the situation. Fortunately for us we had Joe there to rebound and get buckets when he was down there. They were hanging on him every time.”

Sams led the Broncos in scoring with 17 points during the contest of which 15 came in the first half of play. He played particularly well in the second quarter, dropping 13 points in the quarter. Not only was he an offensive threat in the first half, his big body helped forced Fayetteville into some poor shots and limited them to just on opportunity to score each trip down.

Fayetteville could not get anything going in the first half. The slow start was plagued by poor shooting and not having an answer for Sams in the low post. The Rockets scoring threats of Max Iles, Max Lanham, and Cole Schaefer were limited in the fist half to just eight total points. Their lackluster shooting and defense did no favors for them as they put themselves in a deep hole early on.

But in the second half, the Rockets made their charge. The squad went on a 16-2 run and pulled within five points at 51-46 with 2:33 remaining in the game. After Chaiten Tomlin was fouled, hitting one of his free-throws, Sams was called for a foul that put Schaefer at the line. He hit both shots to draw the Rockets even closer at 52-48.

Roughly one minute later, Schaefer struck again, hitting a three-pointer that pulled Fayetteville within just one point. But Lanahm fouled Logan Nickell, who hit both shots to give the Broncos a three-point lead. Tomlin and Butler each added baskets for the Broncos to increase the margin to six points at 57-51.

Lanham’s three-pointer gave Fayetteville hope, pulling them within three points with two seconds left, but the Rockets ensuing foul of Tomlin led to two more points for the Broncos, who would hold on for the victory.

The tournament win was Western Brown’s seventh overall but first since 2008. It was a nail-biter, and Foster said he thought his Broncos got too relaxed in the second half and it opened the door for Fayetteville’s charge.

“I think when we got the lead we got a little bit too comfortable,” Foster said. “We started to take some ill-advised shots and we started making some bad passes because of the pressure they put on us. We didn’t do that in the first half. We came out in the second half and gave them the ball back.”

Lanham led the charge for Fayetteville down the stretch by hitting three three-point field goals in the forth quarter and was helped out by Iles and Schaefer. The trio scored 37 of Fayetteville’s 54 points in the game.

Logan Nickel, Chaiten Tomlin, and Sams were the Broncos in double figures on the evening. Foster said the win is a huge boost of confidence moving forward. After losing a few league games, he said he hoped the back-to-back wins will get them back on track for the rest of the season.

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The Western Brown Broncos captured the 2015 Brown County Holiday Tournament with a 59-54 win over the Fayetteville Rockets.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_89971.jpgThe Western Brown Broncos captured the 2015 Brown County Holiday Tournament with a 59-54 win over the Fayetteville Rockets. Brian Durham | Civitas Media

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