Mt. Vernon Register-News


February 27, 2013

Woodlawn falls to Oblong

ALTAMONT — Woodlawn battled back against Oblong but couldn’t complete its comeback in Tuesday’s 1A sectional semifinal.

Oblong won the game 64-60 and advances to Friday’s sectional championship.

Woodlawn trailed for most of the game, leading briefly after a 10-0 run in the second quarter. Oblong took a 31-27 advantage into halftime but added to the lead with another surge in the third. Up by three, the Panthers went on a 7-0 run to push its advantage to double digits late in the third.

“There were several times that we chipped back into (the deficit), and we were on the verge of really getting back to where we could get the lead again and they were always able to keep us at a 10-point deferential,” Woodlawn coach Shane Witzel said.

Oblong held a nine-point edge with a minute left before Woodlawn furiously rallied. The Cardinals’ Kris Harlow canned a jumper and stole the ball on the next possession. Gabe Owens fired up a 3-pointer that sliced the deficit to 61-57. Woodlawn crept closer after an Oblong free throw made.

Jayson Hapeman connected from long-range to make the score 62-60 with five seconds left.

“At that point you’re in scramble mode where you’re trying to trap and if you foul you foul,” Witzel said. “You try to trap in the backcourt and see if you can try and get some turnovers.

“We made a couple threes from deep.”

Woodlawn fouled Collin Messe who stepped to the free throw line and made both of his attempts. Hapeman threw up a shot as the buzzer sounded.

Owens led the Cardinals with 19 points, and Harlow added 11. Anthony Johnson finished with 17 points to lead the Panthers.

Oblong opened up its first significant margin late in the opening quarter. Up 14-11, the Panthers ended the quarter with five straight points. The Panthers led 21-13 before Woodlawn used the momentum of an Oblong intentional foul to rattle off 10 straight points and took its only lead of the game. Kurt Knollenberg got tangled up with Matt Kennedy along the baseline and was hit with the intentional. Owens canned a pair of free throws to start the run. He ended it with a pair of 3-pointers midway through the second quarter.

Woodlawn held Johnson to two points at the half. He averages 25 a game.

Post player Jarod Mayhew hurt the Cardinals with a dozen points in the opening half.

Woodlawn finished the season 26-4 this season.

Text Only
  • Brian Gamber resigning as Spartans basketball coach

    Brian Gamber is resigning as Spartans basketball coach after two seasons.

    April 23, 2014

  • Boyd Ballard Ballard takes over Rams wrestling

    Boyd Ballard has wrestled at the highest levels and now he's taken over the Mt. Vernon program.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodlawn-Patoka baseball Patoka knocks off Woodlawn

    Patoka built an early cushion against the Cardinals and hung on for a 5-3 win.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Centralia baseball Rams outlast Orphans

    The offensive floodgates finally opened in the ninth inning for Mt. Vernon's baseball team.

    The Rams piled up six runs in the ninth inning to claim a 7-3 extra-inning victory Tuesday.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mt. Vernon looks to move quickly on basketball opening

    The summer is a critical time period in the development of a high school athlete.

    With the resignation of Mt. Vernon boys basketball coach Scott Gamber becoming official at Monday's school board meeting, Mt. Vernon will look to move quickly to fill the position with summer workouts approaching. MVTHS principal Wes Olson said Tuesday the school will try to have a candidate at the May board meeting.

    April 22, 2014

  • Gamber resigns as Rams coach

    Scott Gamber has resigned as Rams basketball head coach after six seasons.

    April 21, 2014

  • Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime

    Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • MTV-Flora boys tennis Rams edge Flora

    The Rams tennis matchup against Flora on Thursday came down to the final match.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Salem tennis Rams sweep Salem

    The Rams tennis team swept past Salem 9-0 Wednesday.

    It was the opening match of the season for Mt. Vernon after three cancelations to start the year under first year boys coach Randy Knox.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodlawn-Carmi softball Carmi downs Woodlawn

    Carmi-White County jumped out early in an 11-3 win over the host Lady Cardinals on Wednesday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Tom Lindley Sports