Arlington, OG see their state title dreams end in semi's

Two teams from the northwest part of the Buckeye state went into Thursday in Columbus with the same dream, a state championship.

Unfortunately, both schools finished just short of the state title game falling in the state semi-finals.

In Division IV, the Arlington boy's could not duplicate the state championship their girl's team won just last week, falling to Berlin Hiland 46-37.

Senior Thayne Recker, atttempting to become the fourth member of his family to win a state title in a week, led the Red Devils with 14 pionts and 7 rebounds.

"They were double teaming me," said Recker. "As coach said, you miss your shot your not going to get rebounds like I have in the past. It's harder to shoot. They were pretty disciplined."

"It's been a crazy few weeks for us up in our town with the success of the girl's which is outstanding," said Arlington coach Jason Vermillion. "These guys have held their poise and composure throughout this whole run and we gave our best effort and it wasn't good enough today."

Arlington closes out the year 23-4.

In Division III, Ottawa-Glandorf lost to Portsmouth 74-66.

The Titans had a one point lead after the first quarter but were outscored 39-13 in the second and third quarters.

OG finishes the season 19-7.

(Video is courtesy of WLIO-TV in Lima, OH)