Around the MAC — Jan. 20: New Bremen-Minster renew rivalry, Fort Recovery-Versailles puts MAC lead on the line

Minster's Jarod Schulze, who leads the Wildcats rebounds and blocks, and the Wildcats host New Bremen on Friday night. (Photo by John Zwez)
Staff Writer

The last two teams in the Midwest Athletic Conference without a league loss meet on Friday night with the inside track to the MAC title on the line.

Versailles travels to Fort Recovery this week. Both teams have just one non-conferece loss apiece to top-flight opponents back in December. Versailles lost to Dayton Dunbar and Fort Recovery  fell to Jay County (Ind.) last month.

Last year's meeting between the schools was a hum-dinger, as Fort Recovery won in overtime 54-51. The Indians have controlled the recent history against the Tigers, as well. Fort Recovery has won nine of the last 10 encounters.

Justin Ahrens leads Versailles, averaging 23 points per game. Miciah Cox averages 17 for the Indians.

Elsewhere in the MAC:

New Bremen at Minster
If the Minster Wildcats need a reminder on how records don't much matter in rivalry games like this one, they only need look back at last year's game. The Wildcats, who ended the season with a 13-10 record and entered last year's game against the rival Cardinals at 6-5, lost to a New Bremen team that was 1-11 at the time and ended the season at 4-19. Minster gave top-ranked Fort Loramie all it could handle despite a pair of losses last weekend to St. Henry and the Redskins. New Bremen could again play the role of spoiler against the Wildcats despite an 0-10 record. The Cardinals gave Fort Loramie trouble for a half earlier in the month and are well-rested after Saturday's game at Covington was postponed.

Coldwater at St. John's
St. John's is picking up steam, having won four straight games to improve to 7-3 on the season. Coldwater moved to 2-1 in the MAC with a 59-52 win over Parkway last Friday.

Parkway at Marion Local
Marion Local lost its first MAC game of the season against Versailles. The Flyers are in the busy part of their schedule. With a make-up game against Celina on Tuesday, the Flyers will have played five games in eight days between last Friday and Saturday's game at Jackson Center.

St. Henry at New Knoxville
St. Henry's season seemed to be trending downwards after back-to-back losses two weeks ago had them sitting at 4-5 and 0-2 in the MAC. Since  then they've won three games over Bath and Minster handily and then edged out Anna 51-50 on Saturday. New Knoxville  seeks its first win over St. Henry since 2011.