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Making his own name

Luke Riemenschneider has a game-winning interception return and a record-setting fumble return to his credit in the past two weeks. 
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Luke Riemenschneider remembers going with his dad to a Baldwin Wallace football game when he was in grade school. His father, Dirk, was an All-American offensive tackle for the Yellow Jackets in the 1980s.

“That game had a huge impact on me,” Riemenschneider said. “I remember him taking me into the training room and it was very cool. To be able to play at the same school he did means a lot to me.”

Riemenschneider’s connection to Baldwin Wallace runs deep. Not only did his father play there, but his uncle, Chris, was an All-American defensive end. His great-grandfather started the Riemenschneider-Bach Institute of Music at the school.

Riemenschneider is now making his own mark at the school. The senior defensive end is a captain for the Yellow Jackets this season and one of the leading tacklers on the team with 34.

And the last two weeks have been memorable as he has turned two turnovers into touchdowns. In a 35-7 win over Muskingum two weeks ago, Riemenschneider returned a fumble 86 yards for a touchdown, a Finnie Stadium record.

This past weekend on the road against Marietta, the senior picked off a pass and ran it back 26 yards for the game-winning score in a 40-33 win over Marietta.

“I was just in the right place at the right time,” Riemenschneider said. “On the fumble, I just happened to pick it up and run with it. With the interception, it was a flare pass and I was able to reach out and get my hands on it. I took advantage of the opportunities.”

In doing that, he has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week in two straight weeks. He has earned the honor a total of three times in his career.

“I just go out there and play every play, trying to do my job as best as I can,” Riemenschneider said. “I’ve been lucky the last two weeks to make such big plays.”

His efforts have helped the Yellow Jackets win two consecutive games and improve to 3-2 on the season. Baldwin Wallace is 2-2 in conference play.

Coach John Snell can’t say enough about the role Riemenschneider plays on the defense.

“His play has been huge for us,” Snell said. “He’s one of the key players on our defensive line and he is one of those players who finds a way to step up every week.”

Riemenschneider played mainly on the junior varsity team as a freshman but played in three games for the varsity team. A year later, Riemenschneider racked up 25 tackles in 10 games.

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Brian Lester

Brian Lester is a reporter in Findlay, Ohio. He has 14 years of experience at newspapers in Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio, spending the last 10 at The Courier in Findlay. Lester also writes an Around the Region column for He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois.

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