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The Blazer MS Wrestling squad delivered a strong performance but came just short of capturing the WOAC Conference Title Friday night at Preble Shawnee HS. Host Preble Shawnee edged out National Trail by the narrow margin of 113 to 111 dropping National Trail to a close 2 nd place finish for the WOAC crown. Gage Bush, Colt Foster, Remy Longfellow, and Tommy Toschlog all won league championship titles for their respective weights. Henry Roberts and Grady Ott followed up with 2 nd place league honors while Bronston Olivera and Nate Hale came away with 3 rd place finishes in the WOAC Conference Tournament. This season the Blazer Wrestling team made their name known at each tournament they competed in. Beginning with the Eaton Invitational: 7 th place, Coldwater Inv.: 8 th place, Triad Inv.: 11 th place, Versailles and Dixie Dual Tournaments, as well a 2 nd place finish at the WOAC Conference finals. The team won the Dixie Tri meet and the Home Quad meets. The wrestlers brought home countless placement medals with Remy Longfellow personally winning 5 individual tournament titles. The wrestlers posted some remarkable season Win/Loss Records with Remy Longfellow leading the way with a season best - 23 wins against only 2 losses the entire season! Other notable personal season records were: Colt Foster: 26-5 Grady Ott: 19-4 Tommy Toschlog: 20-8 Gage Bush: 20-9 Henry Roberts: 16-12 I could not be prouder of a team than I am of this group of wrestlers who have always conducted themselves in a manner their school would be proud of. They demonstrated good sportsmanship, hard work, discipline, and a willingness to learn---something every coach seeks in their athletes. Members of this year Middle School Wrestling team are: Gage Bush Colt Foster Remy Longfellow Henry Roberts Tommy Toschlog Grady Ott Bronston Olivera Grady Thomas Nate Hale...

2/21/2024

The boys finished their season with a first round exit against a bigger, more athletic Anna Rockets team. Trail came out hot in the first quarter and led Anna 14-10. The boys couldn't keep the Rockets off the offensive glass from that point on, eventually falling 61-33. Kellen Laird led the team with 14 points. Tyler Lesh finished off his career with 7 points. Tayden Blevins and Ethan Osswald each had 5 points. ...

2/20/2024

Trail lost to TCN in overtime on Saturday night. The team had 4 players in double figures, including senior Tyler Lesh, who finished with 13 points. The star of the night for Trail was Nick Brubaker. Brubaker hit 6 three pointers on his way to a season high 20 points. Brubaker hit the most exciting shot of the season, hitting a 30 footer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. The boys had nothing left in the tank for overtime and were outscored 12-3, making the final score 72-63. The team finished the regular season at 8-14, doubling it's win total from last season. They face Anna on Tuesday at 5:00. ...

2/17/2024

After a solid week of practice, National Trail took to the court in their first round Sectional against the defending State Champion Tri-Village Lady Patriots in Versailles Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the Lady Blazers came out flat, managing only two first quarter points, placing them in a 14-2 hole by the end of the first. The Lady Patriots’ leading scorer feasted on an undersized defense in the post, out scoring the entire Blazer team with 24 points, including 11-12 effort from the free throw line. The Blazers had multiple turnovers, both as a result of defensive pressure and unforced, with many passes just off the fingertips and loose balls going the other way. Uncharacteristically, the Blazers also gave up more offensive rebounds than they have all season, all leading to a 64-23 loss to put a wrap on the season. In her final game, Senior Kendyl Johnson had six points, giving full effort at both ends of the floor. Junior Josie Stiner had six; Freshman Lillian Cordle, four; fellow freshman Claire Osswald, three; and Junior Hannah Henderson and Sophomore Ollie Mason each had field goals. Thank you for the opportunity to represent National Trail this season, and for all the support you’ve given the team throughout the year. The offseason has already begun as we plan for the 2024-2025 campaign. ...

2/17/2024

Trail came out strong against Franklin Monroe on Friday night, but couldn't sustain their hot shooting, eventually falling to the Jets by a score of 65-53. Tyler Lesh hit two deep 3's in the first quarter and finished with 9 points. Lesh also held the Jets all WOAC player, EB Fall, to only 9 points in the game. It was Lesh's best game of the season and much needed with fellow senior, Logan Smith, battling illness all week. Smith did contribute 7 tough points despite his sickness. Ethan Osswald continued his impressive play of late hitting 2 three pointers and finishing with 8 points. Korbin Sullivan hit another 3 point shot in this game. Tayden Blevins pitched in 9 points and also battled illness all week. Nick Brubaker contributed 4 points and held Jets leading scorer Eric Brenner to only 5 first half points. Kellen Laird led the team with 13 points, scoring 8 in the 2nd half. NT hosts Tri County North on Saturday night. It will be the final home game for seniors Logan Smith and Tyler Lesh. ...

2/16/2024

The boys lost a heartbreaker to the Blackhawks on Thursday night, 29-26. Two contested 3's fell for the other team with under a minute left, the last dropping from deep at the buzzer and the Blazers were left dealing with a disappointing end to a good season. Mason Cordle had 3 points, Westin Lipps had 8 points, Talon Bousman had 7 points, Carson Laubenstein had 2, Coltin Lipps had 2, and Josh Brubaker had 4. Wyatt Gebhart also played hard in the loss. The Blazers finished their JH careers as one of the winningest classes in recent history. Last season they were conference runner-ups and brought home a plaque for the school, only the third JH Boys Basketball plaque in the last twenty years at National Trail. This year they finished second in the conference in the regular season, and came just short of being the only JH Boys class to make back-to-back championship games in many, many years. While the season came to an end one game early, the boys have been such a blessing to my life and have represented their school and community proudly. Congrats on a great season, and let's keep the journey going in the Blazer (1-2-3) FAMILY for the years ahead....

2/15/2024

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