The Eighth grade boys’ basketball team finished their season by defeating Coldwater in the MAC championship game by a score of 54 to 43 on Saturday. The lead switched several times between the Tigers and the Cavaliers throughout the game and was tied at 37 going into the final stanza. The Tigers seized control of the game with some clutch shooting and timely defensive stops by outscoring Coldwater 17 to 6 in the fourth quarter. The Tigers ended their season at 18 and 1. Scoring for the Tigers: Ben Ruhenkamp-17, Eli McEldowney-11, Carter Luthman-7, Jaydon Litten-7, Chase McEldowney-6, Noah McEldowney-3, Jacob Treon-3. Key rebounding and stellar defense was also contributed by Cole Hamilton, Caden Hamilton and Justin Heitkamp.
The 2018 Versailles JH wrestlers have once again proven to be one the areas top JH programs. Throughout the season the young wrestlers have shown that discipline and good work ethic equal great success. The Tigers defeated Miami East(40-34), Williamsburg(75-6), Vandalia Butler(57-23), Greenville(54-18) and Covington(55-15) in dual meet competition, only falling to a very strong St. Paris Graham team. The young Tigers were able to finish top two in tournament competition by placing runner-up at both Milton Union Junior Bulldog and St. Marys Invitational. The Tigers showed improvement by placing first in their last two tournaments which included some of the same teams as earlier in the season. The young wrestlers placed first at both the Spencerville Invitational and the always tough Elida Invitational(21 teams). The future forecast continues to look good, with a nice group of talented eighth graders looking to add to the high schools success of finishing top 4 at team state. A special thanks goes out to all the JH wrestling parents who have been greatly supportive throughout the season and great role models for their children