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Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Brad Richards, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin all scored in the third period to lift the New York Rangers past the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round playoff series Thursday night.

The game was tied at one apiece with 12:25 left in the third period when Flyers center Jason Akeson was called for a four-minute double minor for high-sticking. The Rangers capitalized with Richards and Stepan scoring 47 seconds apart.

Philadelphia actually took an early 1-0 lead when Andrew Macdonald’s slap shot found the back of the Rangers’ net at the 7:28 mark of the first period. But just minutes later New York answered back when Mats Zuccarello backhanded his own rebound past Flyers’ goalie Ray Emery.

Emery, who was filling in for the injured Steve Mason, made 32 saves in the loss. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 14 of the 15 shots he saw in the win.

The Flyers still haven’t won a game at Madison Square Garden since March 6, 2011.

Game 2 is Sunday in New York. The puck is scheduled to drop at noon.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Frank Haith has verbally agreed to leave Missouri and become the next men’s head basketball coach at Tulsa, according to ESPN.com.

Haith takes over for the recently departed Danny Manning, who is now the Wake Forest head coach.

Haith has spent the last three seasons in Columbia, compiling a 76-28 record and making the NCAA Tournament twice. Last season Haith guided the Tigers to a 23-12 record and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament, where the team lost to Southern Mississippi in the second round.

Haith takes over a Tulsa team that went 21-13 last season and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.

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Jamie Squire/Getty Images)(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Kentucky freshman James Young announced Thursday he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

“My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I’ll always treasure, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA,” Young said. “I’ve learned more this year, on and off the court, about life from Coach Cal and the staff and appreciate all of their guidance and support. I can’t say enough about my teammates; the journey helped us build a bond that we will always share for the rest of our lives.”

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season for a Wildcats team that advanced to the national championship game. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, many NBA executives believe Young is a first-round pick.

”From Day 1, the NBA people who came to our practices in the preseason raved about him,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said in a statement. ”He’s done everything we’ve asked of him all season, investing himself in his brothers for the betterment of the team, and I think we all saw the end result in the tournament and Final Four.

“Whatever team drafts James is not only getting a superb athlete, they are getting the ultimate teammate.”

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Van Buren School District is asking residents to approve a $29.3 million bond issue to expand its campus.
If voters approve the 37-year, 6.9-mill package on the May 6 ballot, it would pay for building 37 new classrooms and a new gym at the middle school and high school.
The district is not eligible for state funding for the project because its property valuation is too high, considering its enrollment.
“We’re very hopeful that the community will understand our needs,” Superintendent Tim Myers said.
Since announcing the bond issue in January, the district has hosted a number of open houses and information sessions that “were not highly attended,” Myers said.
Despite the low attendance, Myers is confident the levy will pass. “We’re not really hearing any intentional opposition to it,” he said.
Myers has also been active in communicating with community members via email and in the district’s newsletter about the expansion.
The project’s new classrooms and gym would replace an existing portion of the school that was built in 1918, making it almost 96 years old.
That part of the building is so old that it regularly has water main leaks, Myers said.
“It happens a lot just because of the years of deposits and sulfur buildup in the pipes,” Myers said.
The building’s chimney and floors are deteriorating, too. Older buildings also make it difficult to implement newer technology in classrooms, he said.
“We need to pass this levy or we’re going to have to keep pouring money into fixing these problems,” Myers said.
The project also would include improvements to the heating and air conditioning systems in both of Van Buren’s schools.
The district’s expanding enrollment and desire to further use technology in classes are additional reasons for the expansion, he said.
“Education has changed,” Myers said. “I’d like to think that we can create better learning spaces for our students than we have now.”
The district’s enrollment is about 1,100 students, Myers said.
“It’s not huge, but I don’t believe it’s ever been that high before,” he said.
To expand its campus, the district purchased two neighboring houses and is looking into buying three more if the levy passes.
In March, the Van Buren school board approved the purchase of 211 S. Main St. and 205 Maple St. at the combined price of $206,000.
Both properties were owned by Van Buren resident Ruthellen Yildez.
Yildez lives in one of the houses, and her daughter and grandchildren live in the other. Yildez asked the school district to expedite the purchase because her daughter was already looking at another house.
If the district is unable to make deals to purchase the remaining three properties, Myers said the district would just build around them.
“It’ll be fine, we would still have a quality facility,” he said of the school construction.
If the levy does not pass, Myers it will likely reappear on the November ballot. If it still fails to pass, the district would instead expand its parking lot onto the two properties it purchased.
“As landlocked as we are, we could always use additional parking too,” Myers said.
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AN ARTIST'S SKETCH  shows the plan for a new mural that will be painted on the side of First Federal Bank on South Main Street in downtown Findlay. The mural will feature images from the University of Findlay, and areas of the city such as the Hancock County Courthouse.  (Sketch provided to The Courier)

Work will begin Monday on a new mural, to be painted on the side of First Federal Bank on South Main Street in downtown Findlay.
The University of Findlay is in charge of the project. The mural will feature images of the university’s Old Main building, students, and areas of the city such as the Hancock County Courthouse.
The concept behind the mural is to show the relationship between the city and the university.
“It’s very important,” said Greg Allen, southern market president at First Federal Bank. “The university brings a lot of very imp

AN ARTIST’S SKETCH shows the plan for a new mural that will be painted on the side of First Federal Bank on South Main Street in downtown Findlay. The mural will feature images from the University of Findlay, and areas of the city such as the Hancock County Courthouse. (Sketch provided to The Courier)

ortant people and things in. It helps make Findlay the community that it is.”

Martin Terry, vice president of business affairs and treasurer at the University of Findlay, agreed with Allen, saying “the city has been very accommodating” to the students and the university.
Officials from First Federal and the university will gather at university President Katherine Fell’s house on Wednesday for a private unveiling of the mural’s design. The ceremony is not open to the public, Terry said.
Oscar Velasquez has been hired by the university to paint the mural, which will replace a mural from Findlay’s bicentennial celebration.
“The bicentennial celebration is over, so we saw this as an opportunity to celebrate all the scholastic achievements the University of Findlay has accomplished,” Allen said.
Velasquez, who now lives in Macedonia, has painted nearly 30 murals in the area, including one depicting the Statue of Liberty on Main Street in downtown Findlay. Velasquez said he’s excited to have the opportunity to paint another mural in Findlay.
“I always look at every wall as a blank canvas,” he said. “Doing this is always challenging, but it’s rewarding, too.”
Velasquez is looking forward to the mural starting to take shape, and said he welcomes visitors who are interested in talking to him about it.
“I enjoy meeting people,” he said. “I usually end up making a few friends I didn’t have before, and end up with another project or two every time I do one of these.”
The mural’s images will start to become clear in the second week of painting, Velasquez said.
The project will take about three months to complete. Velasquez said he will be working between 40 and 50 hours a week to complete the mural by summer’s end.
Despite up-and-down temperatures, rain and maybe snow, Velasquez said he isn’t worried about the weather getting in his way. Velasquez said it’s typical to have one or two days of work rained out, and he’ll adjust his schedule as needed.
“I’ll be out there rain or shine,” he said.
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Sophomore Sarah Lankton led the charge with five goals as the University of Findlay women’s lacrosse team blasted Alderson-Broaddus 18-5 on Thursday at Donnell Stadium.
The Oilers, who improved to 6-8 on the season, controlled the ball for most of the game and held a 32-8 advantage in shots on goal.
Lankton also notched five ground balls, eight draw controls and two assists in the victory.
Nicole Stines finished with three goals, while Kyra Bradley and Mackenzie Barnwell each recorded two goals for UF.
The Oilers return to action on Saturday at Lake Erie in a contest scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Roughnecks trio honored
Three University of Findlay wrestlers were named to the NCAA Division II All-Academic team by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
NCAA 125-pound champion earned his fourth All-Academic award for the Roughnecks. He is a computer science major with a 3.50 grade point average and finished with a career record of 102-47 at UF.
Two-time NCAA runner-up Adam Walters also made the list. The senior 184-pound political science and history major had a 3.17 GPA and finished with a 96-32 career mark. He is also a four-time all-academic selection.
Sophomore 165-pound biology major Bradley Metz also made the list. He finished 30-12 this season and has a 3.73 GPA.

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Marathon Petroleum Corp. has the most satisfied workers in the U.S., Business Insider website, based in New York, reported Thursday.
Marathon was competing with nearly 400 companies among the Fortune 500, based on employee survey responses. Marathon Petroleum ranks 33rd on the Fortune 500 list, and employs 1,900 at its Findlay headquarters.
It beat natural gas and energy producer Devon Energy Corp. of Oklahoma City, Okla.; natural gas provider El Paso Energy Corp. of Houston, which was bought by Kinder Morgan in 2012; and biotechnology company Celgene Corp., in Summit, N.J. They all tied for second place. Fifth place went to consumer products maker Colgate-Palmolive Co., New York City.
Ninety-three percent of Marathon Petroleum respondents reported being extremely satisfied or fairly satisfied with their jobs, said Melissa Stanger, associate editor of lists and rankings for Business Insider.
The vast majority of them also find their jobs to be meaningful. Seventy-four percent responded “very much so” and “yes” when asked if their jobs make the world a better place, Stanger said.
“We appreciate this recognition that is based on employee input, as we are constantly striving to ensure we provide a good work environment, opportunities and challenging jobs,” said Angelia Graves, director of public and state government affairs for Marathon Petroleum.
Marathon Petroleum also ranked 11th on Business Insider’s Best Employers list. That list was based on employee pay and other compensation, and employee survey responses about job satisfaction, meaningfulness, stress levels, schedule flexibility and experience.
Employee pay was weighed twice as much as the other factors in the best employers list, Stanger said.
Marathon Petroleum pays competitively, she said. But what really stood out in the surveys was employees’ satisfaction and the meaning employees found in their work, she said.
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Three Findlay residents are running for State Central Committee seats in the May primary election. All three have competition.
The Republican and Democratic parties each have a State Central Committee. A man and a woman are elected to each party’s committee in each Ohio Senate district.
The central committees help coordinate political activity for the parties, and are responsible for events like voter registration drives, voter outreach at public events, fundraising, election-year activities, and picking a replacement should an elected official in their party be unable to finish a term.
Competing for the Republican woman’s committee seat in the 1st Senate District will be incumbent Cheryl Buckland, 1413 Forest Park, Findlay, and challengers Julia Horton, 702 Hickory Lane, Delta, and Joan Zimmerly, 11153 Sun Set Drive, Ottawa.
For the Republican man’s committee seat in the 1st District, incumbent Frank Guglielmi, 332 Pheasant Run Place, Findlay, is being challenged by James Horton, 702 Hickory Lane, Delta.
Brenda Griffith of 1216 Magnolia, Defiance, who holds the 1st District woman’s seat for the Democratic Party, will be unchallenged.
Two Democrats will compete for the man’s position. Incumbent Charles R. Gray, 833 E. Second St., Defiance, is being challenged by Jeffrey S. Detmer, 731 Lincolnshire Lane, Findlay.

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McCOMB freshman Molly Leppelmeier lets the discus fly during Thursday’s Columbus Grove Invitational at Clymer Stadium. Leppelmeier swept the discus and shot put for the Panthers. (Photo by Matthias Leguire)

COLUMBUS GROVE — One is a senior looking for his last hurrah at the high school level. The other is a freshman just bursting onto the scene.
But for Ada’s Matt Wilcox and McComb’s Molly Leppelmeier, the goal is the same: to stand atop the podium at the state track and field meet.
Both took steps toward that goal Thursday at the Columbus Grove Bulldog Invitational.
Wilcox won the 200 (23.00) and 400 (51.60) and placed second in the 100 (11.40). Leppelmeier swept the throws, setting personal records in the discus (135-2) and shot put (43-1¾).
“From day one of the season, the goal has been to be a state champion,” said Wilcox, who medaled as part of Ada’s seventh-place 800-meter relay quartet last year at the Division III track and field championships. “I want to prove myself, I want to prove I’ve been working hard all throughout my four years of track. I feel like the best way to show that is to be a state champion in an event at state, so that’s my number one goal this year.”
To that end, Wilcox, who made the 400 finals at state last year but finished out of medal contention in ninth place, is working extra hard this spring.
“I came in with much higher expectations this season,” he said. “My training is much more amped-up from last season. I definitely have higher goals I want to reach.”
Two wins and a second at Grove are a solid start to the meat of the track season. Wilcox knows he’s not quite there yet.
“I have a lot of room for improvement, especially in the start and finish of all my sprint races,” he said. “I’m still working on a lot of stamina and endurance in the 400, I feel like that’s an area I’m still pretty weak at. Hopefully in a few weeks I can make some adjustments, and I’ll be better then.”
He’d better be. Northwest Conference foe Noah Stratton of Bluffton will be there to push Wilcox, and vice versa, all season long.
“Last year we duked it out every time we had a meet together, and we pushed each other all the way to the state meet,” Wilcox said. “It’s really nice to have him right down the road, somebody to talk race strategy with. Especially in the 400. He’s there working just as hard as I am, he gives me a motive and I give him a motive to work harder every day.
“That’s what this sport is all about. That’s what I love about it.”
Leppelmeier, meanwhile, crushed the field as a double-winner in her freshman season. No, she didn’t threaten the meet records by oldest sister Jackie in 2011, but she did match older sister Becca who was a double-winner in the throws last season.
It’s a challenge being a Leppelmeier, she said. She doesn’t want to sully the family name with a subpar performance. After all, Jackie won two state shot put championship and holds the Division III state record, and Becca brought home a discus state title last year.
“It’s a lot of pressure, but they always drive me to do my best and help me through,” Leppelmeier said of her sisters. “It’s nice having them to help coach and help work through stuff.”
Her goal, she said, is to make it to state. Thursday’s performances already are state-caliber.
” I have goals, personal goals, distance-wise that I want to hit by the end of the year,” she said. “I want to go 145 (feet) in discus and 45 in shot. Those are my big goals.
“This meet really has me excited to see what the rest of the season will bring.”
Columbus Grove has to be pretty excited as well. The Grove girls defended their championship with a 911/3-83 margin over Botkins, and while the boys saw their win streak in the meet end at four, the Bulldogs were a solid second behind Anna, 137-110.
“This really showed our depth,” Grove girls coach Tim Staley said. “We didn’t win a lot of events, but we nickled and dimed our way through it.
“We scored in every field event and that gave us a great start, and I thought our girls ran well. Syndney McCluer and Julia Wynn have been the linchpins, and they ran well tonight.”
McCluer got a win in the 100 intermediate hurdles (17.60) and she and Wynn were part of winning 400 (53.00) and 800 (150.50) relays.
Arlington was third in the 12-team field with 62 points and got wins from Willow Thompson in the pole vault (11-0), Lauren Willow in the high jump (5-3) and Arden McMath in the 3,200. McMath lapped the entire field, won by more than 500 meters and set a meet record in 12:01.80.
Ada’s Brittney Archer was a double-winner as she swept the 100 (12.80) and 200 (26.70). Other area winners included Maddy Roth (McComb) in the long jump (15-¼), Ottoville’s Taylor Mangas in the 300 hurdles (47.90) and Riverdale’s Sarah Hunter in the 400 (1:01.50).
On the boys side, Grove got wins from Rece Roney, like Leppelmeier a freshman meet champ, in the discus (137-3); Alex Tabler in the 300 hurdles (44.00); and Colton Grothaus in the 3,200 (10:21.80).
Arlington tied for fourth in the meet with 44 points and Riverdale, led by Chad Pever’s win in the high jump (6-0) tied for sixth with Ada at 39 points.

GIrls Team Standings
1, Columbus Grove 911/3. 2, Botkins 83. 3, Arlington 62. 4, Delphos St. Johns 561/3. 5, Riverdale 41. 6. (tie) McComb & Ottoville 39. 8, Delphos Jefferson 37. 9, Ada 341/2. 10, Anna 195/6. 11. Paulding 13. 12, Fort Jennings 10.
Winners and area finishers
PV — 1, Thompson (Arl) 11-0. 2, Beck (Arl) 10-0. 4, Roose (CG) 7-0.
Shot — 1, Leppelmeier (McC) 43-13/4. 3, Fruchey (CG) 32-71/4. 4, Schramm (CG) 34-1/2. 5, Pauley (Riv) 33-5.
Discus — 1, Leppelmeier (McC) 135-2. 2, Diller (CG) 119-3. 3, Verhoff (CG) 115-8. 4, Pauley (Riv) 106-10. 6, Thorbahn (Otto) 87-2.
LJ — 1, Roth (McC) 15-1/4. 2, Beach (Arl) 14-6. 4, Clymer (CG) 13-111/2. 5, Knodell (Otto) 13-103/4. 6, Marshall (Ada) 13-91/2.
HJ — 1, Willow (Arl) 5-3. 2, B. Mangas (Otto) 5-3. 3, Marshall (Ada) 4-10. 4, (tie) Ricker (CG) & Heminger (McC) 4-10. 6, Walden (Ada) 4-8.
3,200 Relay — 1, Delphos Jefferson (Ulm, Teman, Geise, Stockwell) 10:36.00. 3, Riverdale (Hunter, Martin, Arras, Manns) 10:50.00. 5, Ottoville (T. Mangas, Wendenberg, Kauffman, B. Mangas) 11:12.90. 6, Ada (Sutton, Hunter, Boyadzhiev, Walden) 11:28.10.
100 — 1, Archer (Ada) 12.80. 4, Flores (CG) 13.70.
100 IH — 1, S. McCluer (CG) 17.60. 3, Grone (FJ) 17.80. 5, Willow (Arl) 18.60.
800 Relay — 1, Columbus Grove (Flores, S. McCluer, K. Wynn, J. Wynn) 1:50.50. 3, Riverdale (Manns, Pickett, Penwell, Hunter) 1:53.20. 5, McComb (Heminger, Roth, Thepsourinthine, Herr) 1:54.60.
1,600 — 1, Flora (Bot) 5:23.3 (meet record). 2, McMath (Arl) 5:25.80. 4, Manns (Riv) 5:58.40. 6, Arras (Riv) 6:12.40.
400 Relay — 1, Columbus Grove (Flores, J. Wynn, Roe, S. McCluer) 52.40. 2, Ottovillle (Honigford, B. Mangas, Wendenberg, T. Mangas) 53.00. 3, Ada (Price, Marshall, Stuart, Archer) 53.70. 4, McComb (Roth, Thepsourinthone, Herr, Hemminger) 54.20.
400 — 1, Hunter (Riv) 1:01.50.
300 LH — 1, T. Mangas (Otto) 47.90. 3, S. McCluer (CG) 49.20. 6, Clymer (CG) 53.10.
800 — 1, Flora (Bot) 2:27.80. 2, Manns (2:32.70. 3, Russell (Arl) 2:36.70.
200 — 1, Archer (Ada) 26.70. 2, J. Wynn (CG) 27.20.
3,200 — 1, McMath (Arl) 12:01.80 (meet record). 3, M. McCluer (CG) 14:04.10. 4, Schimmoeller (FJ) 14:05.30. 5, Meyerholtz (CG) 14:05.70.
1,600 Relay — 1, Botkins (Heuker , Christman , Bornhorst, Flora) 4:21.90. 2, Ottoville (T. Mangas, B. Mangas, Honigford, Wendeberg) 4:24.10. 6, Columbus Grove (K. Wynn, Stephens, Malsam, Smith) 4:31.90.
Boys Team Standings
1, Anna 137. 2, Columbus Grove 110. 3, Delphos St. John’s 47. 4 (tie), Arlington & Paulding 44. 6 (tie), Ada & Riverdale 39. 8, Botkins 26. 9 (tie) McComb & Ottoville 18. 11, Fort Jennings 4.
Winners and area finishers
PV — 1, Konst (Anna) 12-6. 2, Starr (Arl) 12-0. 3, Warnecke (CG) 11-0. 6, Grothaus (CG) 11-0.
Shot — 1, Schindler (Pau) 46-113/4. 2, Inniger (Arl) 45-13/4. 3, Roney (CG) 44-11. 6, Ansley (Ada) 42-83/4.
Discus — 1, Roney (CG) 137-3. 2, Dumbaugh (Ada) 134-10. 4, Bendele (Otto) 124-10.
LJ — 1, Bruce (Anna) 19-91/2. 2, Starr (Arl) 19-8. 3, Hunter (Arl) 19-21/2. 4, Bogart (CG) 17-113/4. 5, Mag (Otto) 17-10.
HJ — 1, Pever (Riv). 6-0. 3, Clement (CG) 5-10. 5, Downing (CG) 5-6. 6, Glick (Arl) 5-6.
3,200 Relay — 1, Anna (Gaier, Steinke, Larger, Berning) 8:25.80. 2, Columbus Grove (Giesege, Grothaus, Altenberger, Sharrits) 8:31.00. 3, Riverdale (Evans, Lauck, Fox, Pever) 8:48.60.
100 — 1, MacLennan (DSJ) 11.30. 2, Wilcox (Ada) 11.40. 5, Dysert (McC) 12.10.
110 HH — 1, Bruce (Anna) 17.10. 2, Hunter (Arl) 17.70. 3, Von Sossan (Otto) 17.90. 4, Tabler (CG) 18.00. 5, Hughart (Ada) 18.10.
800 Relay — 1, Anna (Bruce, Layman, Rioch, Cates) 1:33.60 (meet record). 2, Columbus Grove (Warnecke, Martin , Gladwell, Price) 1;38.70. 3, Riverdale (White, Ribley, Miller, Hunter) 1:38.80. 5, Arlington (Essinger, Heaster, Beck, Oates) 1:39.90.
1,600 — 1, Steinke (Anna) 4:41.20. 3, Sharrits (CG) 4:44.20. 4, Altenberger (CG) 4:45.10.
400 Relay — 1, Anna (Konst, Layman, Bruce, Cates) 44.70. 3, Columbus Grove (Warnecke, Price, Bogart, Clement) 46.20. 5, Arlington (Essinger, Heaster, Hunter, Oates) 47.40. 6, McComb (Davis, Auchmuty, Parker, Dysert) 47.50.
400 — 1, Wilcox (Ada) 51.60. 2, Dysert (McC) 53.60. 3, Bogart (CG) 54.90. 6, Evans (Riv) 55.40.
300 IH — 1, Tabler (CG) 44.00. 5, Von Sossan (Otto) 46.70. 6, Auchmuty (McC) 47.00.
800 — 1, Conley (DSJ) 2:03.90. 2, Pever (Riv) 2:04.30. 5, Giesege (CG) 2:07.90.
200 — 1, Wilcox (Ada) 23.00. 2, Clement (CG) 23.50. 3, Dysert (McC) 24.30. 4, Mag (Otto) 24.40.
3,200 — 1, Grothaus (CG) 10:21.80. 5, Weichart (FJ) 11:01.40.
1,600 Relay — 1, Anna (Larger, Arling, Berning, Rioch) 3:35.90. 2, Riverdale (Evans, Fox, Lauck, Pever) 3:38.60. 3, Columbus Grove (Bogart, Giesege, Sharrit, Clement) 3:42.00. 5, Fort Jennings (Blankemeyer, Grone, Berelsman, Ricker) 3:50.40. 6, Arlington (Elledge, Essinger, Beck, Hunter) 3:51.60.
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CAREY — Down 2-0, Carey struck for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to hand Arlington its first loss of the season 4-2 in a nonconference softball game on Thursday.
Ali Rymer got the win by allowing two runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts for the Blue Devils (4-4). She helped her own cause with an RBI double. Hannah Draper doubled and singled driving in a run and freshman Dani Bardinelli-Clark had an RBI triple for Carey.
Britnee Johnson had three singles with an RBI and Megan and Hannah Johnson both added a pair of singles to lead Arlington (7-1).

Arlington 100 010 0 — 2 7 2
Carey 000 004 x — 4 7 3
WP — Ali Rymer (3-3). LP — B. Johnson (6-1). top hitters: (Car) Rymer 2B, RBI; Draper 2B, 1B, RBI; Bardinelli-Clark 3B, RBI. (Arl) M. Johnson 2-1B; B. Johnson 3-1B, RBI; H. Johnson 2-1B.
records: Carey 4-4, Arlington 7-1.
NEW RIEGEL — Lexi Buck surrendered four hits and no earned runs in seven innings to earn the win in the circle as Springfield handed New Riegel its first loss of the season in a 6-1 nonleague contest on Thursday.
Kierra Hague singled twice and drove in two runs, Hanna Girlie added a pair of singles and an RBI and Kiley Aller contributed three singles for the Blue Devils (9-1).
Taylor Kirian (10-1) gave up five earned runs on 10 hits as the Blue Jackets dropped to 10-1 on the season.
Lauren Zoeller had a pair of singles to lead New Riegel.

Springfield 103 101 0 — 6 10 1 New Riegel 010 000 0 — 1 4 0
WP — Buck. LP — Kirian (10-1). top hitters: (Spr) Aller 3-1B; Girlie 2-1B, RBI; Hague 2-1B, 2 RBI. (NR) Zoeller 2-1B.
records: Springfield 9-1, New Riegel 10-1.
MOUNT BLANCHARD — Maranda Stansberry smacked a pair of triples and drove in three runs as Upper Sandusky dropped Riverdale 9-5 in North Central Conference action on Thursday.
Sara Gier worked seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits to pick up the victory in the circle. She also added three singles to help the Rams improve to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in NCC play.
Hannah Morris singled, doubled and recorded two RBIs, Bre Parish added a double and a triple and Taylor Farmer contributed a pair of singles for the Falcons (2-7, 0-3).

Upper Sandusky 142 002 0 — 9 10 2
Riverdale 110 003 0 — 5 8 4
WP — Gier. LP — Farmer. top hitters: (US) Mar. Stansberry 2-3B, 3 RBI; Gier 3-1B. (Riv) Morris 1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Farmer 2-1B; Parish 2B, 3B.
records: Upper Sandusky 6-3 overall, 3-0 North Central Conference; Riverdale 2-7, 0-3.
ADA — Unbeaten Bluffton scored in five of the six innings to knock off Ada 12-1 in a Northwest Conference softball game on Thursday.
Mackayla Wilson smoked a home run, double and single driving in five RBIs and Taylor Monday had a pair of doubles to lead Bluffton’s 15-hit attack. Sami Fruchey allowed one run on six hits in six innings to get the win for the Pirates (6-0 overall, 2-0 NWC).
Ashley Windle had a pair of singles for Ada (4-2, 0-2).
Bluffton 220 323 — 12 15 0
Ada 000 001 — 1 6 3
WP — Fruchey. LP — Amburgey. top hitters: (Blu) Wilson HR, 2B, 1B, 5 RBI; Monday 2-2B; L. Parkins 2B, 1B, RBI; Willis 3-1B; Hunt 2-1B; A. Parkins 2B, 2 RBI; Sneary 1B, RBI; Fruchey 1B, RBI. (Ada) Windle 2-1B; Amburgey 1B, RBI.
records: Bluffton 6-0 overall, 2-0 Northwest Conference; Ada 4-2, 0-2.

HAMLER — Alison Imbrock limited Montpelier to just one run on three hits as Patrick Henry rolled to a 12-1 Northwest Ohio Athletic League softball win over the Locomotives Thursday.
Katie Kurtz tripled with two singles with four RBIs while Natalie Herder homered and singled with two RBIs and Kristen Bostelman added a double and single with two RBIs for Patrick Henry (7-2 overall, 1-2 NWOAL).
Sidney Houk had an RBI triple for Montpelier.

Montpelier 100 00 — 1 3 2
Patrick Henry 331 5x — 12 9 2
WP — Imbrock (5-0). LP — Duchene. top hitters: .
records: Patrick Henry 7-2 overall, 1-2 Northwest Ohio Athletic League; Montpelier 4-4, 2-3.
PANDORA — Liberty-Benton scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to escape with a 5-3 win over Pandora-Gilboa in a Blanchard Valley Conference softball game on Thursday.
Shaye Rodesky hit a single and drove in two runs in the top of the ninth for Liberty-Benton (2-4 overall, 1-2 BVC). Maddy Pape had a single and picked up the win.
Jenna Sigler had two singles and an RBI for Pandora-Gilboa (1-6, 1-3 BVC), which had seven errors.

Liberty-Benton 012 000 002 — 5 6 3
Pandora-Gilboa 111 000 000 — 3 6 7
WP — Pape (1-2). LP — Maag (1-6). top hitters: (L-B) Rodesky 1B, 2 RBI; Anders 1B, RBI. (P-G) Sigler 2-1B, RBI; M. Maag & O. Maag 1B, RBI.
records: Liberty-Benton 2-4 overall, 1-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Pandora-Gilboa 1-6, 1-3.
LEIPSIC — Leipsic’s Haley Gerten hit two triples and picked up the win as the Vikings charged past Kalida 16-6 in five innings in a Putnam County League softball game on Thursday.
Leipsic (2-8, 2-1 PCL) scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game at six, then exploded for nine runs in the fourth to take a 15-6 lead.

Kalida 150 00 — 6 6 3
Leipsic 330 91 — 16 6 1
WP — Gerten. LP — Nagy. top hitters: (Leip) Gerten 2-3B.
records: Kalida 2-3 overall, 1-1 Putnam County League; Leipsic 2-8, 2-1.
VAN BUREN — North Baltimore scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie Van Buren at five apiece, then the Tigers scored three runs in the eighth to come away with an 8-5 win in a nonleague softball game on Thursday.
Kelcie Bean ripped two singles and a double and picked up the win for North Baltimore (4-4). Cheyenne Hernandez doubled and singled, and Haleigh Fleck hit a double and drove in two runs.
Brylie Rampe hit a single and had an RBI for Van Buren (4-7).

North Baltimore 002 100 23 — 8 9 4
Van Buren 001 040 00 — 5 6 3
WP — Bean. LP — Miller. top hitters: (NB) Bean 2B, 2-1B; Hernandez 2B, 1B; Fleck 2B, 2 RBI; Boyer 2-1B. (VB) Rampe 1B, RBI.
records: North Baltimore 4-4, Van Buren 4-7.
Fostoria committed 10 errors and fell behind 11-2 after three innings in a 13-2 loss to Arcadia Thursday night in nonconference action.
Megan Hill had a double and a single for Arcadia (6-0).
Ashley Baird was the winning pitcher for the Redskins, while Erica Moore took the loss for the Lady Red.
Moore recorded a home run, a triple and a single for Fostoria.
Arcadia 263 02 X — 13 10 1
Fostoria 200 00 X — 2 6 10
WP– Baird. LP — Moore. top hitters: (ARC) Hill 2B, 1B. (FOS) Moore HR, 3B, 1B.
records: Arcadia 6-0, Fostoria 1-6.
BASCOM — McComb picked up its second victory of the season with a 13-3 nonconference run-rule victory against Hopewell-Loudon on Thursday.
The Panthers improved to 2-7 with the win while the Chieftains fell to 1-8.
Brigitte Swartz doubled with three singles and an RBI and Brenna Dee added two singles and a double with an RBI to lead McComb at the plate.
Shelby Sauber had two singles and Gabby Gregg added a double and single for the Chieftains.
McComb 000 274 — 13 13 0
Hopewell-Loudon 020 010 — 3 6 0
WP — Gomez. LP — Coppus. top hitters: (McC) Swartz 3-1B, 2B, 4 RBI; Dee 3B, 2-1B, RBI;’ Lanning 2-1B; Ward 2-1B, RBI. (H-L) Sauber 2-1B; Gregg 2-1B; Wilson HR.
records: McComb 2-7, Hopewell-Loudon 1-8.
CELINA — Haley Kitchen struck out 10 batters and tossed a complete game five-hitter as Ottawa-Glandorf shut out Celina on Thursday in Western Buckeye League softball.
Kitchen also doubled for Ottawa-Glandorf (5-1, 1-1 WBL), as did Michell Sdao.
Mel Donovan allowed three earned runs on six hits in three innings of work for Celina (3-3, 2-1).
Celina 000 000 0 — 0 5 0
Ottawa-Glandorf 002 100 x — 3 8 1
WP — Kitchen. LP — Donovan. top hitters: (Cel) McGillvary 2B, Barga 2B. (O-G) Miller 2B, Sdao 2B, Kitchen 2B.
records: Celina 3-3, 2-1 Western Buckeye League; Ottawa-Glandorf 5-1, 1-1.

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