Yates Center boys claim TVL victory

YATES CENTER — The 2009-10 campaign has been a roller coaster for Yates Center High’s boys.
The Wildcats were able to avoid those pesky fourth-quarter struggles this time around, as they built an early lead and held it against Fredonia High.
Friday’s win, in Yates Center’s annual winter homecoming, lifts the Wildcats’ record to 5-4.
“It was one of those nights that we played well,” Wildcat head coach Jason Weilert said. “We played better tonight during the third and fourth quarters than we had been.
“I thought Donald Bennett showed us a side we hadn’t seen from him yet,” Weilert continued. “He really battled on both ends of the floor. It was exciting to see. We hope to see that every night out.”
Bennett poured in a game-high 23 points as the Wildcats jumped out to an early 24-11 lead. Fredonia stayed within shouting distance through the second and third periods.
But any hopes for a Yellowjacket comeback were snuffed by the Wildcat defense. Yates Center limited Fredonia to only five points in the fourth period to seal the win.
Dalton Smith added 15 points and Jake Morrison scored 13.
“We did a good job of moving the ball on offense,” Weilert said.
Devin Baker’s 12 points paced Fredonia.
The Wildcats are idle until Thursday when they travel to Flinthills.
Weilert said the added days off will allow Yates Center to put in a good week of practice.
“As a coach, I like it because it gives us a chance to work on things for more than just a practice or two,” he said.
Fredonia came out on top in the junior varsity contest 54-45. Steve Stone scored 16 to lead the Wildcat JV.
During homecoming festivities, Maggie German and Chase Oswald were crowned queen and king.
Fredonia (11-10-12-5—38): Miller 0-0-4-0, Siegele 3-0-0-6, Reuben 0-2-2-2, Weilert 3-3-0-9, Allen 2-4-3-8, Baker 6-0-0-12, Robert 0-1-0-1. TOTALS: 14-10-9-38.
Yates Center (24-9-14-12—61) (FG/3pt): George 4-0-4-8, Sicka 1-0-5-2, Bennett 11-1-2-23, Morrison 3-7-2-13, Knoblock 0-0-1-0, Francis 0-0-2-0, Aguirre 0-0-1-0, Smith 6/1-0-2-15. TOTALS: 25/1-8-19-61.