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

Eastern defense stifles Georgetown

The Eastern Warriors and Georgetown G-Men took radically different paths to the consolation game of the boys’ Brown County Holiday Classic.

Georgetown battled Fayetteville throughout the game before falling to the Rockets late. Eastern came out blazing against the Western Brown Broncos, opening up a 25-12 lead in the first half before going silent in the second, being out-scored 42-15 in the second half en route to a 54-40 loss.

Eastern head coach Ric Beucler had a message for his team after the loss.

“I told the kids, I said ‘We have to create our own destiny,’” Beucler said. “That’s what we didn’t do last night: finish the game off. They came back, made their run and they just out-hustled us last night.”

The two teams met Wednesday afternoon and yet again Eastern opened up a big lead. However, unlike the day before, the Warriors were able to maintain this one.

Eastern scored the first 21 points of the game. Georgetown didn’t get on the board until Jacob Cady’s free-throw with 5:28 left in the second quarter. Yes, the second quarter.

By halftime it was 27-3 Eastern Brown, and while Georgetown did put points on the board in the third quarter, they still trailed 39-10 entering the final eight minutes of play. Eastern then pulled back a bit in the fourth quarter, but Georgetown still could not get back in the game, falling to the Warriors 48-24.

No Georgetown player finished in double-digits. Logan Doss led the team with six points. The Warriors were led by Marcus Day, who scored 11 points.

Georgetown may have entered the contest with a 1-6 record, but Beucler said he knew the team would face a difficult task against the G-Men.

“We didn’t defend real well,” Beucler said. “We defined several areas. Tonight I told them we had to play real hard. This team was right there against Fayetteville last night, they played very well. We have six seniors, I told them this was their last trip. Last year we finished fourth, I told them we didn’t want to do that again.”

Shutting teams out in basketball is hard to do, and Beucler couldn’t give all the credit to his team’s defense. He acknowledged that Georgetown just had an off-night.

“They missed some shots,” Beucler said. “I saw them shoot yesterday and they were lighting it up. That was one of my concerns, I was sitting there thinking we’d have to take the air out of it. We played pretty hard. Our defense was good in the first half, the kids did what they were supposed to do. It’s something we have to keep working on.”

Eastern has now won two of their last three games and will look to build even more momentum as league play resumes Tuesday, Jan. 5 against West Union. Beucler said his seniors are going to have to continue to step up in the same way they did against the G-Men.

“These kids are new with varsity experience, they’re getting better every game,” Beucler said. “We’ve got seniors and they should be pretty strong and physical. They knew we were disappointed last night so I think they came in and played a little harder and that’s what we’re going to have to do if we’re going to be competitive.”

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By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

Eastern Brown 48, Georgetown 24

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

GT

0

3

7

14

24

EB

15

12

12

9

48

GT – Underwood 1 2 4, Cotter 2 0 4, Doss 3 0 6, Brookbank 0 3 3, Dietrick 2 0 4, Cady 0 1 1, Rhoten 0 2 2

EB – Bellamy 3 1 8, Day 4 3 11, Doss 3 0 6, Hundley 3 1 7, Kelch 1 0 3, Under 3 0 6, Deiner 0 1 1, Rigdon 0 2 2, Purdy 2 0 4

Halftime: Eastern Brown 27, Georgetown 3

Three-pointers: Eastern Brown 2 (Bellamy, Kelch)

Reach Garth Shanklin at 937-378-6161 or follow him on Twitter at @GNDShanklin

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