BETHANY -- The Okaw Valley girls basketball team made a lot of school history in early 2018 as the Timberwolves captured their first regional, sectional and super-sectional title and made their first trip to the girls state tournament in school history.
Led by seniors Paige Robinson, a two-time H&R Area Player of the Year and Natalie Jeffers, the team brought together the communities of Bethany and Findlay. The team's supporters, including retired Bethany Elementary School teacher Marge Overlot, were out in force in their blue and white at the the Class 1A state tournament. We also go to know senior Hope Ruppert, who had a little extra support in the stands from her son Ren.
Coached by Brad Ackers, the Timberwolves ultimately finished fourth at state and their 29-7 record included the most victories in a season in school history.
Robinson averaged nearly a double-double throughout the season with 24.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. In the state semifinal game she put on a show and scored 32 points against Stockton. Now as a freshman on Drury University's roster, she is the team's second leading scorer with 14.6 points per game and the Panthers have an undefeated start to their season, 11-0, and are ranked No. 4 among all NCAA Division II teams.