Vermilion Eliminates Tygers In District Semifinals
With a spot in the Division II District Championship on the line, #3 Vermilion pulled out a gritty 59-51 victory over #4 Mansfield Senior in their own backyard, fueled by an impressive fourth quarter push.
Playing in front of a pro-Tygers crowd at Madison Middle School, Senior High took an 18-17 lead into the second quarter, extending their advantage to 22-19 by the break. The second half would not be as fruitful for the Tygers offensively, as the Sailors aggressive defense held Mansfield to a 26% shooting performance which included an 0-7 slump beyond the arc.
Vermilion outscored Senior High 16-10 in the third quarter then went on a 10-0 fourth quarter spurt that essentially ended the Tygers tournament. Senior guard Jonah Pfeil finished 7 of 14 from the field for a game-best 20 points with Mason Montgomery adding a dozen.
Quan Hilory’s 18 points landed him at exactly 1,000 for his career, joining an exclusive group of Mansfield Senior greats to accomplish that feat.
Next up for #3 Vermilion (19-5) is the District Championship against Norwalk (22-3).
Mansfield Senior finishes their season at 19-5 overall.
Tygers Beat Lex, Tie For OCC Lead
Lexington entered their second matchup of the season against cross-county rival Mansfield Senior with a chance to clinch an outright OCC championship, but a stellar defensive performance helped the Tygers earn a 61-51 victory to tie for the top spot in the league standings.
Quan Hilory fueled Senior High early, scoring 17 of his game-best 18 points in the opening half with Jakobee Reese adding 12 and 8 rebounds. The Tygers led 31-26 at the break and built on their advantage by pressuring the Minutemen into 18 turnovers which led to 11 points.
Lexington (15-5, 9-2) star senior Cade Stover was in foul trouble throughout the night, finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with three minutes remaining in the contest. Kyle Johnston also dropped 14 for the Minutemen while Josh Aiello added 10 to keep Lex within striking distance until Mansfield put the contest out of reach from the free throw line in the final minute.
The Tygers (15-4, 9-2) finish the season at home against Ashland with a chance to win a share of the OCC while the Minutemen will try to get a share of the league crown when they play at Wooster.
Tygers Outlast 52-49 Slugfest At Ontario
It was the definition of an “ugly win” for Mansfield Senior in a 52-49 battle at the O-Rena against a streaking Ontario bunch, shaking off a tough shooting night to end the Warriors 7-game win streak.
The Tygers (16-4) led for most of the night, riding senior De’Zion Taylor’s efficient opening half to a slim 21-19 advantage. Taylor dropped 8 of his 10 points in the first two frames before fellow senior guard Quan Hilory got things going in half number two.
Hilory cashed in for a team-best 13 points, all coming I the second half as Senior High maintained a 40-37 cushion heading into the fourth before Ontario (13-7) found their stride. A Warriors spurt, fueled Kolten Kurtz and Shaquan Coburn, who combined for 27 points, briefly saw the Warriors out in front past the midway point of the final frame.
Senior High finally capitalized on an offensive rebound by Jakobe Reese in the closing minutes to secure a hard fought win after shooting just 12-40 (30%) inside the arc for the contest. In victory, Hilory received the honorary T-Y “Hustle Chain” for his gutsy performance in the locker room after the game.
Tygers Gash Ashland For OCC Championship
For the Mansfield Senior boy’s basketball program, waiting seven years in between league championships feels like forever, but a 73-62 victory over Ashland in their regular season finale clinched the Tygers a share of the league crown for the first time since 2012.
On a special senior night at Pete Henry Gymnasium, Senior High’s seven senior team members scored 58 of the Tygers total points. The brown and orange took an early edge and never looked back, leading wire to wire after building a 12-5 first quarter advantage.
Behind Manny Bronson’s team-high 15 points, Mansfield built a 9-point halftime lead and grew the margin to double-figures by the end of the third. Fellow seniors Quan Hilory and Tavion Harris each added a dozen points as Senior High outscored the Arrows in every frame to earn a share of the OCC crown with Lexington, despite Garrett Denbow dropping a game-high 28 points.
Mansfield Senior (17-4) will next open tournament play against Port Clinton in the D2 Bucyrus Sectional Semifinals while Ashland (15-7) will take on Anthony Wayne at Toledo Start in the D1 sectional finals.
Tygers Top Clear Fork For Sectional Crown
Mansfield Senior punched their ticket to Districts for a second consecutive season with a win over Clear Fork, edging their former conference rivals 47-42 for the Division II Bucyrus Sectional title.
The 4th-seeded Tygers defense was the story of the game, holding the Colts balanced offense in check throughout most of the contest. Senior High led 10-8 after the opening frame and extended their advantage to 25-20 by halftime before holding #5 Clear Fork to just four points in the third quarter.
The Tygers carried a 35-24 lead into the fourth, but the Colts would fight their way back in to the mix, cutting their deficit to 39-36 on a Jared Schaefer steal and layup with 1:34 to play. Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch would help Mansfield hang on for the win, however, finishing 13-18 from the charity stripe for the contest.
Schaefer led all scorers with 13 while Gannon Seifert added 11 in their final high school game. Quan Hilory led the Tygers with 11 points, as nine players found their way into the scoring column for the brown and orange.
Mansfield Senior (19-4) will next take on third-seeded Vermilion (18-5) in the Mansfield District Semifinals.
Clear Fork Tames Lady Tygers On Senior Night
In a matchup between former conference rivals at Pete Henry Gymnasium, visiting Clear Fork survived a tough battle with Mansfield Senior by leaving town with a 44-41 victory.
The Lady Tygers (7-13) were celebrating senior night in front of their home fans but came out of the locker room flat as the Lady Colts (6-15) ran out to a 12-5 first quarter edge. Behind senior Talayzha Catchings, who scored seven of her nine points in the second quarter, Senior High would storm back to claim a 21-20 advantage by the half.
Paced by senior Na’Kyra Petty’s team-high 12 points, Mansfield extended their lead to 30-26 heading into the fourth quarter. A balanced scoring attack that saw a trio of Clear Fork players (Alli Studenmund, Brooke Robinson & Kali Weikle) put up a dozen points or more would then aid an 18-11 fourth quarter in favor of the Lady Colts who claimed their second consecutive road win over the Lady Tygers.
Lima Senior Runs Over Mansfield With BIG 2nd Half
Mansfield Senior matched state-ranked Lima Senior’s physical play and tenacity throughout the opening half but couldn’t hang with the Spartans down the stretch as the Tygers fell 82-67 at Pete Henry Gymnasium.
Behind Quan Hilory, who scored 16 of his team-high 23 points in the first half, Mansfield built an 18-15 cushion heading into the second quarter and trailed by a single score at 36-34 heading into the break. Lima Senior then drilled 6 of 9 three-pointers in the second half as Jermaine Daniel came off the bench and connected on eight triples for a game-best 24 points.
The Spartans outscored Senior High 22-15 in the third and put the contest to rest with a 24-18 edge in the final quarter of play, receiving 18 points from Josiah Fulcher and 11 & 11 rebounds by Jamir Simpson. Ten different Tygers got in the scorebook for Mansfield, who finished 25-58 (43%) from the floor to Lima’s 30-65 (46%) shooting performance, but the Spartans 13-25 (52%) display from beyond the arc made the difference.
The loss ends Mansfield Senior’s (14-4) 3-game win streak while Lima Senior (15-3) now extends their streak to 3-straight.
Catchings Eclipses 1,000 Points In Lady Tygers Blowout Win
Senior guard Talayzha Catchings joined an elite club in Mansfield Senior’s 67-47 victory over visiting Mount Vernon, surpassing the 1,000 point mark for her career inside Pete Henry Gymnasium.
Ctachings entered the contest needing just three points to hit the career milestone and did so with an And-1 second quarter bucket that brought the home fans to their feet. The stud Lady Tyger finished with a team-best 17 points for the game as she joined Yannete Feagin, Rachael Mahan, Canea Williams and Jeryn Reese as the only girls to top 1,000 career points.
JayJahnae Feagin added 16 points while Ma’Kaya Marshall poured in 10 to help Mansfield Senior improve to 6-9 on the season. Layne Lepley was the lone Yellow Jacket to crack double-figures with a game-high 20 points.
Lexington Ends Mansfield’s Streak, Ties For OCC Lead
The two hottest teams in the OCC met at Lexington with first place in the OCC up for grabs where the Minutemen put an end to Mansfield Senior’s 9-game win streak with a dominating 53-39 victory.
It was an exciting, fast-paced first quarter of play that saw the Tygers out in front 14-13 before offensive struggles became the story for Senior High for the rest of the evening. An 11-7 second quarter edge put Lex on top 24-21 at the break and they never trailed again as no Mansfield player scored more than 7 points.
The Tygers finished the night 14-54 from the field for an abysmal 26%, which included a 2-10 (10%) shooting performance from beyond the arc. The Minutemen took advantage of Mansfield’s shooting woes by outscoring Senior High 18-8 in the third and closed out the win with an 11-10 fourth quarter advantage, outrebounding the Tygers 36-29.
Cade Stover led the charge for Lexington with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Ben Vore added 11 pts and Josh Aiello contributed with 7 and 9 as the now 9-3 Minutemen tied Mansfield (9-1), who hadn’t lost since opening night, for the top spot in the league.
Tygers Take Battle of Mansfield at Malabar
In a special meeting between cross-city rivals Mansfield Senior and Madison at Malabar Intermediate School in Mansfield, the Tygers used a monster third quarter and rebounding edge to secure a 76-53 victory.
With a narrow 33-30 halftime advantage, Senior High put their play into another gear to open the second stanza, outscoring the Rams 21-6 to start the third quarter. The Tygers also pulled down 14 rebounds in the frame to Madison’s three, as they hammered the Rams on the glass for a 55-36 rebounding advantage in the game.
Mansfield Senior received a team-high 17 points from Dontavious Burtin who also grabbed 8 rebounds while Quan Hilory added 14 & 9 with De’Zion Taylor chipping in with 11 points. Jashawn Au was the game’s top scorer with 18 while Tyler Tacket was the only other Ram in double-figures with 10.
Tygers Take Gritty Win vs Shelby at 419 Challenge
It took all 32 minutes and some clutch free throws down the stretch to survive a short-handed Shelby squad, but Mansfield Senior (6-1) took home a 50-44 victory from the 419 Challenge at the O-Rena.
The game was tightly contested throughout with the margin between the two Richland County teams rarely exceeding one-possession during the second half. Without a pair of senior starters, Shelby hung with the veteran Tygers until the final seconds where Senior High was able to pull away behind a sharp 13-14 free throw performance in the final frame.
Quan Hilory netted a game-best 19 points for Mansfield, going a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe and earned the “T-Y Hustle Chain” for his play at both ends of the floor. The win marks the sixth straight for the Tygers who will play their next five in OCC play.
Shelby (3-4) received a team-high 13 points from sophomore T.J. Pugh with Uriah Schwemley adding 11. The Whippets have now lost four of five including their last three without the services of 6’ 7” senior Hunter Hoffman and Nick Amstutz who are both expected to return after Christmas.
Tygers Soccer Season Ends At Ontario
For the third time in the last four seasons, the Ontario boys’ soccer team is advancing to districts in tournament play. The third-seeded Warriors defeated #8 Mansfield Senior 5-0 to claim the sectional championship, their second consecutive shutout to open postseason action.
Senior forward Andrew Cacchio scored a pair of goals and added an assist, as Ontario took a 3-0 halftime edge over the Tygers. Early in the second half senior defender Jayden Jacobs scored his first goal of the season on a perfectly timed header while Brennan Blaising rounded out the Warriors scoring attack.
Ontario (11-5-2) now advances to the Division II District Semifinals to battle #2 Vermilion (14-1-2) at Lexington.
Tyger’s Swat Yellow Jackets With A 33-19 Win
Mansfield Senior held serve at home with a 33-19 victory over Mount Vernon under cold and wet conditions.
The Yellow Jackets were competitive in the first half scoring first, but Mansfield Senior would take a 14-7 lead into the break and started off the second half strong. Fueled by Angelo Grose's 3 TD performance, the Tygers ran the score up to 27-7 and held a 33-11 edge early in the final frame.
A late Mount Vernon special teams score closed the gap to a two-possession game, but the Tygers would not allow them to get any closer, holding on for a 14-point victory on senior night.
Next week Mansfield Senior (4-5) will travel across town to face rival Madison (1-8) while Mount Vernon will defend home turf against West Holmes (7-2).
Wooster Tames Tygers For Piece Of OCC Title
A dominant second half performance by Wooster at Arlin Field secured the Generals at least a share of the OCC championship with a 27-7 win over Mansfield Senior.
Following a battle for field position in the opening quarter, the Tygers would draw first blood on a 2 yard touchdown run by Amajeon Robertson early in the second stanza. Wooster shook off a turnover deep in Senior High territory by forcing a take away of their own and cashed it in for a Brayden Taylor 8 yard TD scamper to knot things up at 7-7 heading into the half.
The final two quarters were completely dominated by the Generals, who on a cold, rainy night relied on their run game and defense to capture a road victory. Wooster only attempted one pass the entire second half as they chewed up 225 yards and 3 scores on the ground with senior QB Dylan Dagley leading the charge with 106 yds & 2 TD’s on 15 carries.
The Generals defense forced 5 Tygers turnovers in the game, intercepting Cam Todd three times in the final two frames to keep Mansfield at bay, holding Senior High to 261 total yards to their 366. The win by Wooster at Arlin Field is their 7th in 8 meetings since they became OCC rivals in 2003.
Wooster (6-2, 5-0) will next take their 5-game win streak back home to face Firelands (1-6) while Mansfield Senior (3-5, 1-3) will host Mount Vernon (3-5).
Tygers Take Thriller In Ashland With Last Minute Score
Mansfield Senior controlled most of the action in their Week 7 OCC showdown at Ashland but still needed a late minute touchdown drive to secure a 26-21 road victory.
The Tygers were dominant in the opening half at Community Stadium, taking a 12-0 edge into the break by chewing up major yardage in the ground game while making the Arrows one-dimensional by shutting down their running attack. Senior High would eventually extend their lead to 19-0 early in the fourth quarter as Treshaun Windham, TaVion Harris and Amajeon Robertson all tasted paydirt for the Tyger on the ground.
Ashland then came storming back with a 21-0 run in less than a six minute span, as quarterback Mitch Heilman got red hot and connected with Cade McQuate on scoring drives twice before an 18-yard toss to Ross Garrison in the end zone gave the Arrows a 21-19 advantage with 3:41 remaining. Though the momentum had completely swung in Ashland’s favor, Mansfield Senior was still able to put together a game-winning touchdown drive, capped-off by a 5-yard TD pass from Cam Todd to Angelo Grose with just 23 seconds left on the clock to escape with a dramatic win.
For the game, the Tygers dominated time of possession 34:37-13:23, and had 411 total yards to the Arrows 183. Senior High held Ashland to just 11 rushing yards on 22 carries, racking up nearly 300 yards on 60 run plays and won the turnover battle 3-1.
Mansfield (3-4) will next host Wooster (5-2) while Asahland (5-2) will welcome Lexington (3-4) for their final home game.
Lexington Rides Explosive Plays To Win At Mansfield
Lexington Rides Explosive Plays To Win At Mansfield It was a slow start for Lexington on the road at Mansfield Senior but the Minutemen produced a number of big plays in the second half to claim a 44-16 win at Arlin Field in Week 6.
After falling behind 9-0, Lex would produce some momentum with a blocked punt in the second quarter that turned into a Kayden Berry fumble recovery in the end zone and the big plays would begin snowball from there for the purple and gold. Berry would give the Minutemen a 14-9 halftime edge with a 9-yard TD run before the break, and the Lex ground game would take over from that point forward.
Along with stud senior Cade Stover, who racked up 228 yards and 2 scores on 15 carries, Berry would help lead Lex to a dominating victory with 147 rush yards and a pair of scores. Tygers junior WR Angelo Grose also produced several explosive plays, scoring both Senior High’s TD’s on the night, but twice had long scores called back due to penalties.
The win keeps Lexington (2-4, 2-1) just a game back in the OCC race with a big game next week against West Holmes (5-1, 2-1). Mansfield Senior falls to 2-4, 0-2, and will next travel to Ashland (5-1, 2-0) for a date with the Arrows.
Tygers Can't Keep Pace With Maple Heights
Division II, Ninth-ranked Maple Heights trampled the Tygers for a 32-14 victory at arlin field.
Mustangs ride 5-0 for the season and the 24-point mark against the Tygers is the largest margin for Maple Heights yet. Mansfield Senior (2-3) got within 12-7 early in the second period when Angelo Grose caught an 11-yard TD pass from Donovan Haney. But the Tygers could only deliver one more touchdown, a 10-yard scoring pass from Alijah Grose to Angelo Grose in the third quarter.
Mansfield Senior (2-3) will next host Lexington (1-4) while the mustangs (5-0) return home to host Bedford (1-4)
Tygers Pounce On Westerville North Early For 31-21 Win
Mansfield Senior ran out to an early lead in their home opener against Westerville North and closed out the Warriors for their second win in a row. The Tygers secured a 28-7 halftime lead and held off a late charge for a 31-21 victory.
Ta’Vion Harris scored a trio of rushing touchdowns in the first two-quarters of action while the Senior High defense held Westerville North to just 24 yards of total offense. Jahi Glass returned a kick back for a Warriors touchdown midway through the first quarter but Armon Huguely took the ensuing kick back for a Tygers score to snatch back the momentum in an instant.
After a Zac Riley field goal on Mansfield’s opening possession of the second half, the Warriors scored a pair of unanswered touchdowns to close the gap to 31-21, but the Tygers aggressive defense would close the door on a Westerville North comeback.
Mansfield Senior (2-1) will next open conference play at unbeaten West Holmes (3-0) house.
Tygers Survive Perkins In 3 OT’s
Mansfield Senior avoided an 0-2 start with a thrilling 35-34 win at Sandusky Perkins in triple overtime.
The Tygers couldn’t get much going early in the contest, trailing the Pirates 7-0 at the half before scoring 14 unanswered points to hold a 14-7 edge in the final minutes of regulation. With just 24 seconds remaining, Perkins would score to force overtime where both teams were solid offensively.
Each squad found the end zone in all three extra sessions, but Senior High would block the Pirates PAT that would have forced a fourth overtime to secure a gutsy road win.
Tygers Jr. QB Angelo Grose went 6-13 for 44 yds and 2 TD, rushing 12 times for 103 yds and a score while Amejeon Robertson carried the rock 26 times for 70 yds and 2 TD.
Next up for Mansfield (1-1) is their home opener against Westerville North (2-0) while Perkins (0-2) will travel to Genoa Area (2-0).
Norwalk Rolls Over Tygers In Home Opener
Mansfield Senior received a Week 1 eye-opener on the road in Norwalk, falling into a deep hole early and never recovering.
Behind an explosive offensive performance, the Truckers ran out to a 35-0 halftime advantage and rolled to a 42-21 victory. Norwalk senior RB Trevon Raymore racked up 252 yds and 2 TD’s on 26 carries while sophomore QB went 9-12 through the air for 196 yds and 2 scores.
Tygers junior QB Angelo Grose carried 14 times for 96 yds and completed 7-11 passes for 60 yds, TD & Int, while running back Ta Vion Harris was held to just 57 yds on 20 carries.
Next up for Norwalk (1-0) is a Week 2 trip to Norwayne (0-1) while Mansfield (0-1) will travel to play Sandusky Perkins (0-1).
Tygers Football Competing To Wrap-Up Summer
The start of the high school football season is just around the corner as summer practice sessions wind down for area programs. Mansfield Senior used a few of their 10-day practices to compete in 7 on 7 tournaments over the last week, including a contest at Arlin Field against some of the top programs in Ohio.
Tygers head coach Chioke Bradley, now entering his 9th season leading his alma mater, sees a lot of value in competing at 7 on 7 events to “get the football juices flowing”. Bradley says, “Whenever you can get an opportunity to put your kids in situations to compete and find ways to win, I believe that’s priceless.”
Mansfield Senior begins 2-a-day practice sessions on July 30 and will kick off the new season on August 24 at Norwalk.
Tygers Football Takes On The "179th Herc Challenge"
When it comes to summer workouts for high school football programs, coaches try to keep things interesting by creating innovative conditioning drills. Wednesday evening at Arlin Field, Mansfield Senior got a creative taste of training courtesy of the Air National Guard.
Sergeant Nicholas Alexander of the 179th Airlift Wing stationed at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base collaborated with Tygers head coach Chioke Bradley to create the “179th Herc Challenge” for the football team. The name stems from the C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft members of the 179th train with on a regular basis and the drills associated with the challenge are a combination of exercises utilized by the Air National Guard.
Tygers players began the challenge by running roughly two miles through the city before returning to Arlin Field for a series of push-ups, stadium stairs, sit-ups, more stadium stairs, burpees, tire flips then a 100 yard sprint from one end zone to the other in that order. Every athlete finished the routine but junior QB Cameron Todd won the inaugural event with a time of 19:28.
Following the challenge players enjoyed some much deserved pizza and learned more about 179th Airlift Wing. Bradley says he hopes to grow the event and continue it for many years to come.
Tygers Grose Duo Leading Charge On The Track
It’s been said regarding track & field events, “If you have a Grose, you have a chance.”
Those are the words of Mansfield Senior head track coach Tyree Shine who happens to have a pair of Grose siblings leading the squad on both the boy’s and girl’s side of the team.
The Tygers track & field unit doesn’t have the same type of firepower the program tends to produce this season but they do have 1-2 punch in Alaya and Angelo Grose that are capable of picking up the slack.
Older sister Alaya is a decorated senior sprinter and hurdler this year that bypassed her final season of prep basketball to focus on indoor track and will be competing on scholarship at Ohio University in the future. Younger brother Angelo is just a sophomore but has already shattered meet records this season in the long jump and consistently contends for gold in the high jump, sprints, and hurdles.
Mansfield Senior will be competing at the Marion Night Invitational on Friday against more than 20 teams where the Grose duo will have to shine brightly to get the Tygers a spot on the podium.
Sandusky Out-Guns Tygers In District Semi's
Fourth-seeded Sandusky received incredible performances from their perimeter trio of Tahj Staveskie (17 pts), Dylon Jones (17 pts) and Keith Williams (15 pts) in a 56-49 victory over Mansfield Senior for a spot in the Division II Madison District Championship game.
The Blue Streaks (17-8) started the game hot with a 7-0 spurt and built a sizeable cushion with a 17-10 3rd quarter run to hold off a late Tygers comeback. Da'Quan Hilory paced Mansfield with a game-high 20 pts with BJ Patrick adding a dozen in his final game wearing a Tygers uniform.
First-year head coach Marquis Sykes was pleased with the improvement of his squad that won just 6 games a season ago, stating that "Tyger basketball is back" after finishing the season at 16-8.
Tygers Bounce Colts For Sectional Title
Mansfield Senior claimed the Division II Bucyrus Sectional championship with a 67-57 win over former conference foe Clear Fork.
The Tygers featured a balanced scoring attack with 7 players contributing at least 6 points, led by senior BJ Patrick with 13, Christian Haney who added 12 and Breyon Mills with 11.
Senior forward Chance Barnett filled it up for a game-high 22 points in his final game in a Colts uniform while Brennan South netted 13 and AJ Blubaugh scored 11.
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Cade Stover (15 pts, 16 rebs) and Ben Vore (game-high 17 pts) had stellar performances for the Minutemen but an opportunistic Tygers defense that scored 31 points off 23 turnovers stole the show along with Mansfield senior guard BJ Patrick who scored his 1,000th career point in the contest.
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