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Confident Lakers have Chiefs’ full attention


Bellefontaine’s Max Oyer puts the ball up against Indian Lake’s Ivan Reichert during last season’smeeting between the two Logan County squads. They meet again Saturday at Indian Lake. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)

Off to a 1-4 start, Bellefontaine’s boys basketball team is searching for confidence. That is something Indian Lake has already found.

The Lakers, who have been very impressive in building a 3-2 record, look to keep their momentum rolling Saturday when they welcome the Chiefs for a Logan County battle.

“One thing you always know when Bellefontaine and Indian Lake play is the kids on both sides will be on the top of their games,” said Indian Lake head coach David Starr. “When we hand out the schedules every year, the first thing the kids do is look for where the Bellefontaine game is. This is a great game for both schools and for both communities.”

A senior-dominated Bellefontaine team was expected to be clicking at this point, while growing pains were thought to become a early-season hurdle for the Lakers.

However, those roles have been reversed. 

Playing without senior point guard Tristin Tillman because of a knee injury, Bellefontaine has yet to get everyone on the same page.

Meanwhile, Indian Lake has jelled quicker than many expected.

“Our young guys have meshed well with our older guys,” said Starr. “We have a young team and I felt it was going to take a couple of games under our belts to get comfortable. Our guys have done a good job of coming together and filling their roles. I feel good about the direction we are going.”

Indian Lake began its season with a 60-54 victory over Benjamin Logan. Following a 61-46 loss to a very talented Jackson Center squad, the Lakers opened a lot of eyes by going to Tecumseh and notching a 64-58 victory.

The Lakers then suffered a 68-65 double-overtime loss to Urbana, but bounced back Monday to rout Graham 77-60.

“This is a very good team,” said Bellefontaine head coach Henry Stolly of the Lakers. “They are very well-coached and they have four legitimate scoring threats.”


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Laker boys get bowling win over Jets


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West Liberty-Salem boys get bowling win over Greeneview

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Bellefontaine’s boys swim team defeated host Kenton 84-52 on Tuesday in a dual, while the Wildcats beat the Chieftain girls 93-61.

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Vito Rail Jam set for Saturday


A rider practices for the 2013 Louie Vito Rail Jam at MadRiver Mountain. This year’s event is set for Saturday.Registration for the competition begins at noon. The cost is$10 or a non-perishable food item. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Louie Vito is set to return to Mad River Mountain on Saturday for his annual rail jam.

The former U.S. Olympic snowboarder and X Games veteran will sign autographs and raffle off a wide array of prizes as part of the event.

Registration runs from noon until 2 p.m. in the trophy room at the lodge.

The cost to enter the rail jam is $10 or a non-perishable canned or boxed food item.

 An autograph session with Vito begins at 1 p.m. in the loft and will conclude at 3 p.m.

The competition gets started at 3 p.m. There will be divisions for ages 10-13, 14-17 and 18-and-over.

The bib raffle and product toss takes place at 7 p.m. in the loft, while the awards ceremony and the announcement of winners will be conducted at 8 p.m.

A fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. and there will be music featuring Sonic Boom in the loft at 10 p.m.This will be the 11th year for Vito’s rail jam.

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Lakers regroup to rip Graham


Indian Lake’s Jalon Tuttle goes to the basket against Graham’s Andrew Ford (12) and Dustin Harder(32) during the third quarter of their game Monday at Indian Lake High School. Tuttle scored a gamehigh 27 points in the Lakers’ 77-60 win. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

The sour taste of a double overtime loss from Friday didn’t sit well with Indian Lake’s boys basketball team.

The Lakers took out some of their frustration against visiting Graham on Monday as they rolled to a 77-60 win in Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division action.

“I am satisfied with the way we responded after losing to Urbana on Friday,” said Indian Lake head coach David Starr. “It was tough losing in double overtime, but we came back out and played with a purpose tonight.”

Indian Lake (3-2, 2-1) caught fire early against the Falcons. 

The Lakers did a lot of damage from long range with 12 three pointers, including seven in the first quarter.

“As a coach, the first thing you see is our spacing and our ball movement,” said Starr. “Our guys found the open guy and they stepped up. We hit a lot of those open shots and it certainly gave us momentum.”


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