Remember When: Local Sports History on This Day, Jan. 14

Ottawa boys hoops earns late come-from-behind win over Streator in 2011 rivalry matchup at the Pops


10 years ago

January 14, 2011

The Ottawa boys basketball team trailed host Streator by 13 with 4:44 to go, but took the lead with under a half a minute to go and survived a trio of last-second desperation shots to earn a 40-39 triumph at Pops Dale Gymnasium. Kyle McLendon led the Pirates with 15 points and five steals, with Tyler Fiesel adding seven points — including what proved to be the game-winning free throw with 3.3 seconds remaining, and Neil Hanley netted six points — including a game-tying 3-pointer with 33 seconds to go. The Bulldogs were paced by a game-best 17 points from Brock Armstrong and seven points from Tyler Sabol.

The Woodland boys basketball squad used a 13-5 run to close out a 51-37 Tri-County Conference triumph over visiting Roanoke-Benson at the Warrior Dome. Connor Kaminke led the hosts with a game-high 16 points, with Mason Erschen adding 12 points, and Matt Hays [nine rebounds], and Nate Roemer chipping in 10 points apiece.

The Marquette boys hoops team ran to a 19-10 first-quarter lead on the way to a 63-55 victory over TCC foe Midland. The Crusaders were led by Ben Thumm [25 points, seven rebounds], Joey Ceja [13 points, 10 rebounds], and Kipp Caputo [10 points, six rebounds].

The Newark boys basketball squad — ranked No. 4 in Class 1A — rushed to a 26-9 opening-period advantage in a 74-54 Little Ten Conference triumph over host Somonauk. Kyle Anderson poured in a game-best 27 points for the Norsemen, with John Avery adding 14 points, and Brett Anderson [seven rebounds], and Jeremy Anderson chipping in nine points each. The Bobcats were paced by 12 points and eight rebounds from Jake Grenemeier and nine points from Cody Passero.

The Serena boys hoops club outscored host Paw Paw 25-10 in the third quarter, then held off a late rally by the Bulldogs to earn a 76-70 LTC win. The Huskers were led by 22 points from Rich McCaslin, 20 points from Brandon Clausel, and 10 points from Adam Janssen. The Bulldogs were paced by 19 points from Brandon Safranek and 14 points from Nicholas Siemers.

The Leland-Earlville boys basketball team ran to a 25-8 first-quarter lead on the way to a 86-44 victory over LaMoille-Ohio. The Panthers had five players reach double figures in scoring: Dalton Heath [19 points, 10 rebounds], Reed Goodbred [18 points], Tyler Frieders [13 points], Nathan Meaney [11 points], and Tyler Becker [10 points, 10 assists].

The Sandwich boys hoops club — behind 18 points from Justin Wegener and 10 points from Matt Chalfin — topped Hinckley-Big Rock, 44-33.

30 years ago

January 14, 1991

The Seneca girls basketball team — ranked No. 3 in Class A — stormed to a 20-4 first-quarter lead on the way to a 69-46 triumph over Sandwich. The Lady Irish were led by Angie Stubblefield’s 24 points and nine rebounds, while Veronica Hutfles posted 10 points and seven rebounds. The Lady Indians were paced by 17 points from Kelly Wilkinson and 13 points from Angie Miller.

The Leland girls hoops squad improved to 18-0 on the season with a 79-13 LTC rout of Waterman. The Lady Panthers, which led 22-2 after the opening period, were led by 24 points from Sarah Kidd and 23 points from Kathy Abbott.

The Flanagan girls basketball team defeated Midstate Conference foe Woodland 76-38. The Lady Falcons were paced by Janet Carstens’ 26 points and 12 rebounds, with Jackie Kapraun adding 15 points. The Lady Warriors received 11 points from Angie Trainor and 10 points from Charlene Venturi.

Brian Hoxsey

I worked for 25 years as a CNC operator and in 2005 answered an ad in The Times for a freelance sports writer position. I became a full-time sports writer/columnist for The Times in February of 2016. I enjoy researching high school athletics history, and in my spare time like to do the same, but also play video games and watch Twitch.