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TOLEDO — Findlay High School’s boys tennis team got solid performances throughout its entire lineup Saturday as the Trojans finished second in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference tournament at Jermain Park.
The Trojans managed to finish second in all three singles divisions and at No. 1 doubles to earn to finish second in the tournament to powerful Toledo St. John’s and finish in a tie for second overall in the final league standings with Toledo St. Francis.
Toledo St. John’s topped Findlay 38-34 in the tournament standings as St. Francis was third with 29 points. The Titans won the overall title, which is based on finishes in league matches and tournament placement, with 16 points. The Trojans and Knights tied with 13 points.
Findlay No. 1 singles player Reid Teatsorth had a walkover win against Toledo Whitmer’s Matt Gullett before outlasting Toledo St. John’s Rajeev Laungani in the semifinals, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in a match that took 2½ hours to complete.
Teatsorth fell in the final to top-seeded Dugan Delp of Toledo Central Catholic 6-1, 6-4.
The Trojans Max MacDonald also had to win a three-set decision to make the No. 2 singles final. He whipped Oregon Clay’s Noah Durczynkis 6-0, 6-1 in his opener and stopped St. Francis’ Louis Filipiak 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 in the semifinals.
He was the only player in the division to even record a win against Toledo St. John’s Adam Zychowicz in the tournament as McDonald fell 6-4, 6-0 in the final.
Jake Elbin rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Whitmer’s Ryan Kusic and a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Toledo Central Catholic’s Drew Dominiak at third singles before losing to St. John’s Kevin Brown, 6-0, 6-0 in the championship match.
The Trojans’ Ian Laird and Brent Gorman led the way at No. 1 doubles by earning a runner-up finish.
They knocked off Whitmer’s Sean Hafner and Kathrine Zolciak, 6-0, 6-0 and St. Francis’ Tommy Manahan and Ethan Bevington 6-2, 6-1 before dropping a 6-1, 6-1 decision to St. John’s Jonah Carter and Ryan Brown.
Hyunchul Lee and Logan Sullivan ended up third in the No. 2 doubles bracket.
They stopped Toledo Central Catholic’s John Scally and Jacob Lepiarz 6-1, 6-0 but dropped a 6-2, 7-5 match to Toledo St. Francis’ Lucas Kasper and Javier Gomez, 6-0, 6-0.
The Findlay duo rebounded to take down Fremont Ross’ Dylan Henry and Marshall Kuieck, 6-4, 6-4
The Trojans play its Senior Day match against Wapakoneta Monday at 4:30 p.m. before hitting the road for a nonconference match against Celina in Tuesday.

TOURNAMENT TEAM STANDINGS
1, Toledo St. John’s 38. 2, Findlay 34. 3, Toledo St. Francis 29. 4, Toledo Central Catholic 29. 5, Fremont Ross 21. 6, Oregon Clay 18. 7, Lima Senior 8. 8, Toledo Whitmer 6.
OVERALL LEAGUE STANDINGS
1, Toledo St. John’s 16. 2, Findlay & Toledo St. Francis 13. 4, Fremont Ross & Toledo Central Catholic 9. 6, Oregon Clay 6. 7, Toledo Whitmer & Lima Senior 3.

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Liberty-Benton’s Austin Combs lets a throw fly during Saturday’s boys shot put at the L-B Invitational on Saturday. Combs won the event with a toss of 50-9. (Photo by Matthias Leguire)

By ANDREW WILLIAMS
Staff Writer
Two hundredths of a second.
That was all that separated Columbus Grove from becoming the first boys team not named Liberty-Benton to win a Liberty-Benton Invitational title since the Bulldogs did it back in 2003.
In the meet’s final event Saturday, Liberty-Benton’s Chase Conkle, Zach Garver, Jacob Lyberg and Bob Snook posted a 3:34.63 in the 1,600 relay to narrowly edge Grove’s David Bogart, Baily Clement, Alex Giesege and Bryce Sharrits and the two schools tied for the overall team championship with 101 points each.
Otsego, which placed fourth in the 1,600 relay, barely missed its own claim to the crown and finished in third with 100½ points.
Waynesfield-Goshen (90), Bluffton (70½), Arlington (30), Cory-Rawson (26), Leipsic and Pandora-Gilboa (23), Carey (21), Old Fort (19), Van Buren (18), Arcadia (16) and New Riegel, Vanlue and McComb (8) rounded out the field.
Bluffton senior Noah Stratton was a double winner, anchoring the Pirates’ 800 relay team that included Isaac Little, Robbie Stratton and Dylan Alt to a victory and followed that up by taking first in the 400 in 51.43 seconds.
With sustained winds reaching 25 mph and gusts as high as 36 mph, running conditions were not ideal in certain areas of the track for the longer races.
Stratton said that while the wind created problems, it was not something that could be controlled and it affected all the competitors. Adjusting to the elements is something that has to be done on the fly and is necessary during a race.
“Especially for the 400, you have to stay more relaxed on the backstretch where the wind’s at,” Stratton said. “And then kick it in more in the homestretch where there’s more wind to carry you.”
With so many teams and quality athletes on display Saturday, Stratton said he and his teammates were focused on putting together their best races to see where they stack up against some of the area’s best.
“We came into today knowing that it was going to be good competition so we just wanted to do our best,” he said. “The wind was a bit of a problem but we’re having good times for that so it’s awesome.”
Liberty-Benton’s Austin Combs won the shot put with a toss of 50-9 and Tyler Boes of Pandora-Gilboa hurled the discus 163-3 for top honors in that event.
Leipsic’s Terrill Murriel captured the 300 hurdles in a time of 41.85, while Grove’s Lee Altenburger and Colton Grothaus ran 10:32.11 and 10:32.20, respectively, in the 3,200 to finish 1-2.
Alex Giesege, Grothaus, Altenburger and Bryce Sharrits combined for a 8:37.42 to claim the 3,200 relay for the Bulldogs and Bluffton’s 400 relay team of Adam Wannemacher, Alt, Andrew Lee and Little posted a 44.88 mark to place first.
Liberty-Benton senior Chase Cook was back on the track Saturday after spending most of the season sidelined by a nagging left hamstring injury.
Cook, who placed in the long jump (third), the 200 (fourth), the 400 relay (fourth) and the 100 (sixth) at last year’s Division III state meet, only competed in the 200 and 800 relay as he works to get healthy toward the end of the season.
“I just wanted to be able to run clean and healthy,” said Cook, who was fourth in the 200 in 22.93 and anchored the runner-up 800 relay squad. “I didn’t want to get hurt again. In that 4×200 I just jogged the whole way and finished second. I’m just happy that I came out healthy today.”
With the Blanchard Valley Conference and district meets looming in the near future, Cook said he believes he will be ready by the time postseason competition rolls around. It’s simply a matter of taking care of the little things and continuing to make progress.
“I’m confident. I just need to warm up all the time, cool down properly,” Cook said. “I thought I warmed up pretty well before my injury, but coach pointed out that I need to warm up more.
“It was hurting a little bit, sore a little bit but I think I ran a nice time. I beat some people out here that I didn’t expect to beat so I’m just happy that it was a good race today.”

Boys TEAM STANDINGS
1, 1, Columbus Grove & Liberty-Benton 101. 3, Otsego 100½. 4, Waynesfield-Goshen 90. 5, Bluffton 70½. 6, Arlington 30. 7, Cory-Rawson 26. 8, Leipsic & Pandora-Gilboa 23. 10, Carey 21. 11, Old Fort 19. 12, Van Buren 18. 13, Arcadia 16. 14, New Riegel, Vanlue & McComb 8.
AREA Boys FINISHES
SHOT — 1, Combs (L-B) 50-9. 2, Inniger (Arl) 46-10. 3, Roney (CG) 44-6½. 4, Bly (W-G) 44-0. 5, Vorhees (CG) 44-0. 6, Smith (Blu) 43-6. 7, May (L-B) 43-5. 8, Huber (W-G) 42-11½.
DISCUS — 1, Tyler Boes (P-G) 163-3. 2, Huber (W-G) 162-9. 3, Watkins (Arc) 159-4. 4,Swartz (Car) 151-9. 5, Roney (CG) 150-11. 6, Rhodes (L-B) 148-9. 7, Wilcox (L-B) 148-2. 8, Boyd (L-B) 141-10.
HJ — 1, Lament (W-G) 6-2. 2, Miller (L-B) 5-10. 3, Clement (CG) 5-10. 4, Arredondo (Car) 5-10. 5, Brant Kitchen (Ots) 5-8. 6 (tie), R. Stratton (Blu) & Morgan (Ots) 5-6. 8, Rath (L-B) 5-4.
LJ — 1, Fridley (W-G) 20-4½. 2, Ink (NR) 20-4. 3, Starr (Arl) 20-1¾. 4, Arredondo (Car) 19-11¼. 5, Demellweek (Blu) 18-11. 6, Lugibihl (P-G) 18-11. 7, Hall (W-G) 18-9½. 8, Mowrey (VB) 18-7½.
PV — 1, Gorski (Ots) 15-7 (meet record). 2, Alexander (OF) 14-0. 3, Starr (Arl) 13-6. 4, Wilson (Blu) 13-6. 5, Lament (W-G) 13-0. 6, Searson (W-G) 12-0. 7, Shafer (CG) 11-6. 8, Warnecke (CG) 11-6.
3,200 RELAY — 1, Columbus Grove (Giesege, Grothaus, Altenburger, Sharrits) 8:37.42, 2, Liberty-Benton (Lyberg, Wolford, Gleason, Maag) 8:52.24. 3, Otsego (Harroun, Balmoria, Harnishfeger, Armstrong) 8:55.03. 4, Waynesfield-Goshen (Motter, Hennon, Wicker, Miller) 9:00.81. 5, Arlington (Jones, Elledge, Ross, McDowell) 9:12.07. 6, Van Buren (Hiris, Stall, Schumacker, Simmons) 9:15.22. 7, Bluffton (Hoff, Harnish, Andreas, Barnett) 9:17.16. 8, Old Fort (Bannister, Lopez, Manasian, Phillmore) 9:18.65.
110 HH — 1, Lament (W-G) 15.38. 2, Murriel (Leip) 15.40. 3, Snook (L-B) 15.44. 4, Rath (L-B) 15.90. 5, Recker (Arc) 15.94. 6, Huston (Van) 16.13. 7, Endicott (VB) 17.43. 8, Waltz (C-R) 17.54.
100 — 1, Gorski (Ots) 10.99. 2, Fridlay (W-G) 11.13. 3, Warnimont (C-R) 11.40. 4, Chamberlin (Leip) 11.44. 5, Conkle (L-B) 11.53. 6, Matthes (VB) 11.67. 7, Moser (C-R) 11.72. 8, Horseman (Ots) 11.89.
800 relay — 1, Bluffton (Little, R. Stratton, Alt, N. Stratton) 1:31.88. 2, Liberty-Benton (Lawson, Boehme, Conkle, Cook) 1:35.64. 3, Otsego (Schall, Digby, Hardison, Morgan) 1:36.34. 4, Cory-Rawson (Warnimont, Sands, Waltz, Moser) 1:36.67. 5, Columbus Grove (Warnecke, Gladwell, Price, Brubaker) 1:38.06. 6, Pandora-Gilboa (Walther, Lugibihl, Miller, Basinger) 1:39.74. 7, Arlington (Marquart, Essinger, Beck, Oates) 1:40.06. 8, Old Fort (Perry, Bannister, Lopez, Alexander) 1:40.13.
1,600 — 1, Avers (Ots) 4:38.70. 2, Grothaus (CG) 4:51.33. 3, Altenburger (4:51.65. 4, Harroun (Ots) 4:59.97. 5, Beeson (McC) 5:05.00. 6, McKinney (W-G) 5:05.94. 7, Jones (Arl) 5:05.99. 8, Vorst (L-B) 5:06.96.
400 relay — 1, Bluffton (Wannemacher, Alt, Lee, Little) 44.88. 2, Waynesfield-Goshen (Hennon, Hall, Brown, Fridley) 45.13. 3, Liberty-Benton (Lawson, Boehme, Conkle, Combs) 45.64. 4, Otsego (Hardison, Digby, Himmelein, Gorski) 45.90. 5, Columbus Grove (Warnecke, Price, Bogart, Clement) 46.24. 6, Cory-Rawson (Warnimont, Sands, Waltz, Moser) 46.58. 7, Arlington (Marquart, Essinger, Heaster, Oates) 47.63. 8, McComb (Schroeder, Auchmuty, Grubb, Dysert).
400 — 1, Stratton (Blu) 51.43. 2, Horseman (Ots) 54.24. 3, Demellweek (Blu) 55.09. 4, Latham (P-G) 55.31. 5, Matthes (VB) 55.66. 6, Dysert (McC) 55.70. 7, Bogart (CG) 56.19. 8, Morgan (Ots) 56.51.
300 ih — 1, Murriel (Leip) 41.85. 2, Snook (L-B) 42.30. 3, Recker (Arc) 42.54. 4, Huston (Van) 43.09. 5, R. Stratton (Blu) 43.85. 6, Rath (L-B) 44.56. 7, Tabler (CG) 46.83. 8, Waltz (C-R) 47.03.
800 — 1, Avers (Ots) 2:04.72. 2, Sharrits (CG) 2:06.22. 3, Bannister (OF) 2:07.28. 4, Giesege (CG) 2:07.61. 5, Harnish (Blu) 2:07.97. 6, Harnishfeger (Ots) 2:08.14. 7, Lyberg (L-B) 2:09.59. 8, Motter (W-G) 2:11.41.
200 — 1, Gorski (Ots) 21.72. 2, Warnimont (C-R) 22.73. 3, Hall (W-G) 22.88. 4, Cook (L-B) 22.93. 5, Stratton (Blu) 22.99. 6, Clement (CG) 23.07. 7, Digby (Ots) 23.37. 8, Boehme (L-B) 24.20.
3,200 — 1, Altenburger (CG) 10:32.11. 2, Grothaus (CG) 10:32.20. 3, Gleason (L-B) 10:33.57. 4, Cook (Car) 10:45.91. 5, Schumacker (VC) 10:53.88. 6, Rosenberger (L-B) 11:19.11. 7, Harroun (Ots) 11:21.18. 8, Stumpp (VB) 11:21.80.
1,600 relay — 1, Liberty-Benton (Conkle, Garver, Lyberg, Snook) 3:34.63. 2, Columbus Grove (Bogart, Clement, Giesege, Sharrits) 3:34.65. 3, Bluffton (R. Stratton, Alt, Little, N. Stratton) 3:36.96. 4, Otsego (Digby, Morgan, Harnishfeger, Horseman) 3:40.60. 5, Waynesfield-Goshen (Lament, Motter, Hennon, Hall) 3:40.76. 6, Old Fort (Bannister, Lopez, Phillimore, Alexander) 3:46.15. 7, Pandora-Gilboa (Lugibihl, Walther, Miller, Latham) 3:48.08. 8, Carey (Hyatt, Patton, Way, Distel) 3:49.93.
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BRYAN — With Ottawa-Glandorf clinging to a one-point lead over Defiance it all came down to the final event at Saturday’s Bryan Golden Bear Invitational.
The Titans came through.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Trevor Ellerbrock, Sid Moening, Austin McDermit and Brad Recker teamed up to nip Defiance at the finish line in the 1,600 relay by winning in 3:37.58 as the Titans topped the Bulldogs 152-151 for the boys team championship.
It was a big day for senior Matias Trampe-Kindt who was a triple winner for the Titans.
He rolled to wins in the 1,600 (4:36.43) and 3,200 (10:08.55) while teaming with Recker, Moening and Ellerbrock to win the 3,200 relay (8:29.00).
Logan McDermit added a victory in the 110 high hurdles (15.39) while Colin Laubenthal captured the long jump (18-10¼) for Ottawa-Glandorf.
The Titans won eight events in the girls meet but couldn’t overcome Defiance’s depth as the Bulldogs won with a 1537/8-130 margin over Ottawa-Glandorf.
The Titans took gold in three relays.
Alex Verhoff, Kelsey Bockrath, Kelly Schmitz and Anna Bellman won the 3,200 relay (10:45.12), Bellman and Schmitz teamed with Danielle and Elissa Ellerbrock to win the 1,600 relay and the Ellerbrocks, Michelle Maag and Veronica Knott won the 800 relay (1:51.78).
Elissa Ellerbrock got a third victory in the 400 (1:00.41) while Bellman was also a triple winner by taking the discus (117-1).
Maag recorded individual victories in the 100 (13.41) and high jump (4-9) and Melissa Knott finished off the list of winners for the Titans by crossing the finish line first in the 300 hurdles (52.62).
BOYS Team Standings
1, Ottawa-Glandorf 152. 2, Defiance 151. 3, Bryan 83. 4, Lake 55. 5, Napoleon 54. 6, Toledo Scott 30.
Area BOYS Finishes
SHOT — 2, Recker (O-G) 45-05½. 4, Schnipke (O-G) 42-02. DISCUS — 3, Recker (O-G) 120-01. 4, Nuveman (O-G) 119-11. HJ — 2, Moening (O-G) 5-10. LJ — 1, Laubenthal (O-G) 18-10¼. PV — 2, Laubenthal (O-G) 13-00. 3,200 RELAY — 1, Ottawa-Glandorf (Recker, Moening, Ellerbrock, Trampe-Kindt) 8:29.00. 110 HH — 1, L. McDermit (O-G) 15.39. 2, A. McDermit (O-G) 16.02. 800 relay — 3, Ottawa-Glandorf (Laubenthal, A. McDermit, L. McDermit, Niese) 1:37.80. 1,600 — 1, Trampe-Kindt (O-G) 4:36.43. 5, Pracht (O-G) 4:49.68. 400 relay — 2, Ottawa-Glandorf (Laubenthal, L. McDermit, Niese, Recker) 46.67. 400 — 2, Ellerbrock (O-G) 55.20. 300 ih — 3, Moening (O-G) 42.74. 5, L. McDermit (O-G) 44.79. 800 — 2, Recker (O-G) 2:03.45. 6, Hyman (O-G) 2:08.94. 200 — 6, Niese (O-G) 25.61. 3,200 — 1, Trampe-Kindt (O-G) 10:08.55. 4, Pracht (O-G) 10:52.01. 1,600 relay — 1, Ottawa-Glandorf (Ellerbrock, Moening, A. McDermit, Recker) 3:37.58.
GIRLS Team Standings
1, Defiance 153.83. 2, Ottawa-Glandorf 130. 3, Napoleon 90.83. 4, Lake 86. 5, Bryan 44. 6, Toledo Scott 15.33
Area GIRLS Finishes
SHOT — 5, Bellman (O-G) 31-10. 6, Schnipke (O-G) 29-2¾. DISCUS — 1, Bellman (O-G) 117-1. HJ — 1, Maag (O-G) 4-9. LJ — 3, Maag (O-G) 14-8¼. PV — 2, Siefker (O-G) 8-00. 3,200 RELAY — 1, Ottawa-Glandorf (Verhoff, Bockrath, Schmitz, Bellman) 10:45.12. 100 IH — 2, M. Knott (O-G) 17.70. 100 — 1, Maag (O-G) 13.41. 5, V. Knott (O-G) 14.08. 800 relay — 1, Ottawa-Glandorf (D. Ellerbrock, Maag, E. Ellerbrock, V. Knott) 1:51.78. 1,600 — 6, Meyer (O-G) 6:12.10. 400 relay — 3, Ottawa-Glandorf (D. Ellerbrock, Siefker, Sahloff, V. Knott) 54.89. 400 — 1, E. Ellerbrock (O-G) 1:00.41. 6, Schmitz (O-G) 1:06.98. 300 Lh — 1, M. Knott (O-G) 52.62. 800 — 2, E. Ellerbrock (O-G) 2:29.81. 4, Verhoff (O-G) 2:38.50. 200 — 5, V. Knott (O-G) 29.33. 3,200 — 6, Meyer (O-G) 13:52.74. 1,600 relay — 1, Ottawa-Glandorf (D. Ellerbrock, Bellman, Schmitz, E. Ellerbrock) 4:17.80.
Upper Sandusky second at Royer Relays
NORTH ROBINSON — Upper Sandusky’s boys track team had a strong showing in the field events as the Rams were second in Friday’s Bob Royer Relays at Colonel Crawford.
The host Eagles topped the Rams 137-124 for the boys crown as Mohawk was fourth with 73 points.
Upper Sandusky won three field and three track events.
Cody Clifford teamed with Hunter Luikart and Brad Roeder to win the long jump (52-10¼) and high jump (17-0). Alex Hampton, Collin Gardner and Jacob Wagers combined to win the shot put (131-2).
The Rams’ Garrett Miller, Shane Pack, Austin Myers and Dominic Solis won the distance medley (11:28.15) and Miller and Myers teamed with Dominic Solis and Mason Derr to win the 6,400 relay (20:02.10). Luis Ayala, Matthew Haycook, Alex McMillan and Anthony Reep won the shuttle hurdles (1:06.65) for the Rams.
Mohawk got a win in the pole vault relay (32-0).
Galion nipped Colonel Crawford 134-132 for the girls championship. Upper Sandusky (57) was fourth and Mohawk (54) fifth.
The Warriors’ Shauna Leeth, Richardson, McKenzie Richardson, Kayla Risner and Aubrie Flood set a meet record in the distance medley (13:52.14). Mohawk also won the 6,400 (24:37.10) and 3,200 (11:01.40) relays.
Upper Sandusky’s only win in the girls meet was in the high jump relay (13-8).
BOYS Team Standings
1, Colonel Crawford 137. 2, Upper Sandusky 124. 3, Galion 88. 4, Mohawk 73. 5, South Central 48. 6, Plymouth 32. 7, Crestline 17.
Area BOYS Finishes
SHOT — 1, Upper Sandusky 131-2. DISCUS — 2, Upper Sandusky 344-5. HJ — 1, Upper Sandusky 17-0. 4, Mohawk 10-4. LJ — 1, Upper Sandusky 52-10¼. 2, Mohawk 49-8. PV — 1, Mohawk 32-0. 3, Upper Sandusky 29-6. 3,200 RELAY –2, Upper Sandusky 8:49.18. 3, Mohawk 9:27.37 . 110 HH — 2, McMillan (US) 16.51. 5, Eaton (Moh) 18.37. 100 — 3, Reep (US) 12.08. 6, Emshoff (Moh) 13.21. 800 relay — 3, Mohawk 1:37.42. 6, Upper Sandusky 1:52.00. 1,600 — 2, Solis (US) 4:35.86. 5, Price (Moh) 5:41.40. 400 relay — 2, Upper Sandusky 46.21. 3, Mohawk 46.58. 40 — 4, Zender (Moh) 4.92. 6, Grose (US) 5.11. 1,600 relay — `1, Mohawk 3:38.90. 3, Upper Sandusky 3:39.87. 6,400 RELAY — 1, Upper Sandusky 20:02.10. 2, Mohawk 20:34.40. DISTANCE MEDLEY — 1, Upper Sandusky 11:28.15. 3, Mohawk 12:13.99. 800 SPRINT MEDLEY — 5, Upper Sandusky 1:46.27. SHUTTLE HURDLES — 1, Upper Sandusky 1:06.65.
GIRLS Team Standings
1, Galion 134. 2, Colonel Crawford 132. 3, Galion Northmor 76. 4, Upper Sandusky 57. 5, Mohawk 54. 6, Plymouth 37. 7, South Central 33. 8, Crestline 3.
Area GIRLS Finishes
SHOT — 4, Upper Sandusky 84-11. HJ — 1, Upper Sandusky 13-8. 6, Mohawk 4-8. LJ — 4, Upper Sandusky 37-¼. PV — 4, Upper Sandusky 9-6. 3,200 RELAY — 1, Mohawk 11:01.40. 5, Upper Sandusky 11:52.34. 100 IH — 3, Konkle (Moh) 17.95. 5, Searls (US) 18.49. 100 — 4, Daughenbaugh (US) 13.98. 800 relay — 4, Upper Sandusky 2:02.68. 6, Mohawk 2:11.27. 400 relay — 5, Upper Sandusky 56.71. 40 — 3, Daughenbaugh (US) 5.46. 5, Konkle (Moh) 5.58. 1,600 relay — 3, Mohawk 4:33.52. 6, Upper Sandusky 4:47.49. 6,400 RELAY — 1, Mohawk 24:37.10. 4, Upper Sandusky 26:30.10. DISTANCE MEDLEY — 1, Mohawk (S. Leeth, Richardson, Risner, Flood) 13:52.14 (meet record). 3, Upper Sandusky 15:10.93. 800 SPRINT MEDLEY — 4, Mohawk 2:05.17. 6, Upper Sandusky 2:08.30. SHUTTLE HURDLES — 4, Upper Sandusky 1:19.18

Stahl wins 3,200 for Findlay
TOLEDO — Emily Stahl captured an individual championship in the 3,200-meter run to lead Findlay High School’s girls track and field team at Toledo Whitmer’s Nancy Erme Relays Friday night.
Whitmer outscored Bedford, Michigan, 141-119 for first place in the girls Gold Division. Findlay was fifth in the seven-team field with 75 points.
Stahl rolled to the 3,200 crown with a season and area-best time of 11:11.68 in her specialty.
Taylor Lavey was second in the 100 (12.71), Mikayla Ramsey was runner-up in the 300 hurdles (49.31) and the Trojans’ distance medley team of Mia Johnson, Sarah Barwig, Stahl and Haley Haas crossed the finish line second in 13:27.42.

GIRLS GOLD Team Standings
1, Toledo Whitmer 141. 2, Bedford, Michigan 119. 3, Perrysburg 113½. 4, Sylvania Southview 105. 5, Findlay 75. 6, Toledo Central Catholic 72. 7, Springfield 53½.
FINDLAY GIRLS Finishes
SHOT — 4, Findlay (Neal, Wolf, Plott) 80-2¼. DISCUS — 6, Findlay (Neal, Smith, Plott) 215-10. HJ — 3, Findlay (Haas, Ramsey) 10-0. LJ — 4, Findlay (Johnson, Grine, Haas) 42-7. 3,200 RELAY — 4, Findlay (Johnson, Barwig, Broerman, Wilson) 10:39.01. 100 IH — 5, Ramsey (Fin) 18.28. 100 — 2, Lavey (Fin) 12.71. 1,600 — 6, Barwig (Fin) 6:10.41. THROWER’S relay — 4, Findlay (Neal, Wolf, Smith, Plott) 1:05.35. 400 — 5, Lavey (Fin) 1:02.43. 300 ih — 2, Ramsey (Fin) 49.31. 800 — 6, Broerman (Fin) 2:38.39. 200 — 5, Gray (Fin) 28.29. 3,200 — 1, Stahl (Fin) 11:11.68. 1,600 relay — 4, Findlay (Kovaleski, Ramsey, Lavey, Gray) 4:15.86. 800 SPRINT MEDLEY — 4, Findlay (Lavey, Grine, Gray, Kovaleski) 1:59.91. DISTANCE MEDLEY — 2, Findlay (Johnson, Haas, Barwig, Stahl) 13:27.42.

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By CASSIE TURNER
Is your family ready for bicycle season? It is time to dust the bicycle off and get ready for fun.
Bicycling is a great family activity. It is good exercise and a simple way to send time together as a family.
Before the family heads out on their bicycles, take some time for a safety inspection. It is a good habit to form and will lead to a more enjoyable time out without unnecessary accidents, injury or breakdowns on the road.
Make the safety check a family duty. Research studies and personal experience tell us that young children practice what they see their parents doing.
Is your bike in good shape? Are the tires inflated properly, brakes working, reflector panels in place and, if you have lights, are they working correctly?
What personal equipment do we need? All riders should have a properly fitted helmet and bright clothes.
Helmets protect you and your child’s brain by lessening the impact of a fall. Even the best riders have accidents: loose gravel, an animal darting across the street, a simple loss of balance, for example.
Helmets should fit snug to the head and the straps should be fastened snug under the chin.
Bike helmets can be economically purchased at department stores, bike shops and are given away at some community events.
It is also important to know when to replace a helmet. Manufacturers and health officials recommend that helmets be replaced after a fall in which the helmet hits the ground.
It is not possible to see small cracks or dents that stop the helmets’ effectiveness for protection. When in doubt, get a new helmet, at a minimum, have it inspected at a bike shop, a health department, or a police department.
Proper clothing is also important. Youth should wear bright clothes that are not too lose or long that might get tangled up with a bike.
Remember, just because you as a rider can see someone in a car does not mean he or she can see you.
It is important to have proper reflectors and lights on your bike when riding in the evening and wear reflective clothing.
Bike riders should also be aware that if riding after dusk, it is law to have working lights, in addition to reflectors on your bike. It is law that, while riding at night, a white light should be on the front and a red light on the rear.
Local law enforcement share that riders should ride with traffic not against it.
Young riders may ride on sidewalks but should also give the right of way to people on foot.
Bike safety should be something that enhances a ride and has a family coming home safely. There are lots of fun ways to learn more through scouts, 4-H, and community activities.
Today is the 3rd Annual Bike Rodeo sponsored by Bikes, Books and Badges; Safe Kids; and the City of Findlay; at the Marathon larking lots in Findlay from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
This free family event includes a WOW Unicycling 4-H Club demonstration, obstacle courses, bike giveaway, guided rides in the community, helmet fitting, free food and more. Third through sixth graders may win bike giveaways.
Come out for a fun morning and be sure your family is ready for the biking season!
Turner is a Ohio State University Extension educator for 4-H Youth Development.

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The Voices in Perfection Show Choir Spring Fling will be held on Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. in R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School. The cabaret-style program features solo, ensemble and full group performances by the VIP members and accompanying instrumentalists, The Rippers.
General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Senior citizens with a Findlay City Schools pass receive free admission. Tickets can only be purchased at the door. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.
VIP and The Rippers will perform their spring show, which includes the following selections: “Route 66,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “From Where I Stand,” and “R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.”
The group recently represented Findlay High School in Chicago performing in exhibition at The Field Museum of Natural History in March.
Members of VIP are: Kaylee Beard, Lindsay Blackwell, Emily Block, Gabbi Calvert, Grace Dickmann, Erin Dunne, Sophie Evans, Emily Howard, McKenna Kouns, Alyssa Montalbine, Kimberly Murphy, Ellysia Price, Emily Rabinowitz, Brooke Rettig, Alexis Rothenbuhler, Kendyl Sammet, Madi Sloman, Hannah Smith, Allison Snider, Kelsey Welch, Jordan Whitman, Hannah Willeke, Olivia Williams, William Bright, Bryce Esper, Carter Fox, Calvin Meyer, Zach Montgomery, Patrick Pavlidis, Jacob Pepple, Zach Short, Jordan Simons, Aaron Strahm, Justin Turley, Steven Wagner and James Wittenmyer.
Members of The Rippers are Race Lerma and Austin Hamilton.
Seth Carey directs VIP. Alycia Althaus, a Findlay High School graduate, is the assistant director and Ashley Carey, also a Findlay High School grad, is the choreographer.
For additional information, contact the high school’s vocal music office at 419-425-8282.

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THE OLD MILLSTREAM Ringers will ring in “The Magical Music of Disney” during their spring concert being held May 17 at the Dock at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. The concert is free and open to the public. (Photo provided)

The sounds of bells will fill the Dock at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, when the Old Millstream Ringers handbell ensemble presents its spring concert, “The Magical Music of Disney.” The Dock is located at 800 S. Main St. in Findlay.
The free concert will feature music from some of the most beloved Disney films from “Aladdin” to “Mary Poppins.” It is open to the public, and a free-will offering will be accepted.
The Old Millstream Ringers are a community handbell ensemble from Findlay and surrounding communities. It was formed in the summer of 2000 by Martha Avery, a retired music educator and avid handbell musician. The original group consisted of 13 musicians and a number of substitutes, many of whom still ring with the group today. A volunteer organization, the Old Millstream Ringers was formed to provide quality music for the community and beyond as well as education programs.
The ensemble is a nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence in ringing and to promoting musical education at all levels. In addition to public concerts, the Old Millstream Ringers participates in handbell festivals sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America. They are also available for seasonal concerts, weddings, banquets and other occasions.
For more information, contact Martha Avery at 419-859-2410, Gail Malloy at 419-424-1751 or Jeanie Waaland at 419-306-3680.

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JAVONTE HILL, 8, rides a unicycle around the Marathon Petroleum Corp. parking lot on Saturday during the Findlay Police Department's annual Bike Rodeo. The event offered bicycle inspections, helmet fittings, and obstacle courses for those in grades three through six. (Ryan Dunn photo)

JAVONTE HILL, 8, rides a unicycle around the Marathon Petroleum Corp. parking lot Saturday during the Findlay Police Department’s annual Bike Rodeo. The event offered bicycle inspections, helmet fittings, and obstacle courses for those in grades three through six. (Ryan Dunn photo)

By RYAN DUNN
staff writer
Dozens of area children learned some safety tips while testing their bicycle skills this weekend.
Findlay police on Saturday held their third annual Bike Rodeo at the Marathon Petroleum Corp. parking lot. The event offered bicycle inspections, helmet fittings, and obstacle courses for those in grades three through six.
“Each year, we seem to get more and more kids, volunteers and donations,” Crime Prevention Officer Brian Dill said.
The Bike Rodeo is part of the department’s Bikes, Books and Badges program, in which police refurbish abandoned bicycles and provide them to children in need.
Dill said he was grateful to again use Marathon’s parking lot, although the company’s construction projects may cause the event to move next year.
“This has been a great spot because a lot of the kids can ride right from downtown and get here,” he said.
Dill, a cyclist himself, said he hopes the program encourages safe riding and better health.
“It kind of makes it worthwhile to see them having a good time and getting out on a beautiful Saturday morning,” Dill said.
Dunn: 419-427-8417
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Arlington’s Willow Thompson (right) is congratulated by coach Clint Dillon after setting a new meet record in the girls pole vault at Saturday’s L-B Invitational. (Photo by Matthias Leguire)

By TED RADICK
staff writer
Liberty-Benton’s girls track team won just three events at Saturday’s 40th annual L-B Invitational.
But the Eagles did what they do best — consistently score points in nearly every event — in winning the team title for the ninth consecutive year.
Liberty-Benton scored in all but the 800-meter run in racking up 126 points, beating Columbus Grove by 20 points for the championship. Arlington was third with 66 points while Pandora-Gilboa (631/2) and Van Buren (611/2) rounded out the top five.
Senior Megan Peplinski won the high jump (4-10) and long jump (16-7) and placed in both hurdles races to account for 28 of L-B’s point total.
She typifies the Eagles’ approach: score points and let the team total rise as the meet goes on.
“Everything’s for my team,” Peplinski said after placing third in the 300 low hurdles. “That’s kind of my thing. I’m put into places where I can be successful, so that’s how my events are chosen.”
Peplinksi’s versatility means she often won’t compete in the same events from meet to meet. She’s strong in the jumps and hurdles, but she can also pole vault, run middle distances and fill spots in relay quartets as needed.
Team aside, winning a pair of events Saturday was a shot in the arm.
“I should be a little better, the wind conditions were pretty bad today,” she said.
Peplinski nearly won a third event. She was leading the 100 intermediate hurdles late into the race but tripped over the final hurdle. Still, she picked herself up and placed seventh.
“It’s so frustrating,” she said. “I was seeded fourth going into the final, so I was nervous. I guess I was too low on the final hurdle. I got seventh, so that’s 2 points.”
L-B also won the 400 relay as Katie Hyre, Kelsey May, Tatum Teeple and Michaela Butler finished in 51.81.
Arlington’s Arden McMath won the 1,600 (5:34.60) and 3,200 (12:14.90) and helped the Red Devils to sixth in the 3,200 relay. She was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer.
“I’m happy with how I’ve been doing, and I definitely have goals that I want to attain this season,” McMath said. “I’m thinking about running in college, so my times need to come down.
“That’s part of the reason at some of the smaller meets this season, I’ve been pushing myself harder whereas last year it would be more of a practice meet.
McMath, who has competed at state in the 3,200 the past two years and the 1,600 last year, will attend Miami and hopes to walk on to the track and cross country teams.
“I want to get my (1,600) below 5:20. I’m at 5:26 now, so I have a few seconds to go.”
One meet record was set Saturday. Arlington’s Willow Thompson won the pole vault at 12-0, eclipsing the mark of 11-7 set by Columbus Grove’s Jenna Oard in 2006.
Thompson didn’t know she was attempting 12 feet. Arlington vault coach Clint Dillon told her the bar was set at 11-10, which would have been a personal best.
Meanwhile, Dillon had the meet officials set the height at 12. Thompson, last year’s Division III state champion, cleared the bar with ease on her first attempt.
“I can finally say my PR is 12,” Thompson said. “I’ve been waiting for that for a long time.”
Dillon explained the height was more of a mental barrier than physical for Thompson.
“We have pictures of her and video of her over 12 multiple times in practice,” he said. “Sometimes, athletes get inside their own head and they are their own worst enemy. This way, she could trust her training and trust her ability and not worry about a number.”
Also hitting a vault milestone was Hardin Northern’s Kenzie Shepherd, who cleared 10-4 to place second behind Thompson. That mark tied her personal best and school record.
“I want to get 10-6 to set the new school record, and advance to regionals and maybe even further,” Shepherd said.

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
1, Liberty-Benton 126. 2, Columbus Grove 106. 3, Arlington 66. 4, Pandora-Gilboa 631/2. 5, Van Buren 611/2. 6, Otsego 47. 7, Bluffton 35. 8, McComb 281/2. 9, Carey 28. 10, Waynesfield-Goshen 231/2. 11, Arcadia 22. 12, Cory-Rawson 21. 13, Leipsic 18. 14, Hardin Northern 11. 15, Old Fort 4. 16, Vanlue 1.
INDIVIDUAL FINISHES
DISCUS — 1, Averesch (Leip) 142-7. 2, Verhoff (CG) 118-8. 3, Shumacher (CG) 117-3. 4, Swary (P-G) 112-4. 5, Edler (VB) 110-7. 6, Wicker (W-G) 97-8. 7, Smelcer (L-B) 95-1. 8, Kloepfer (Van) 93-11.
SHOT — 1, Leppelmeier (McC) 43-3. 2, Averesch (Leip) 40-5. 3, Diller (CG) 37-8½. 4, Swary (P-G) 32-6½. 5, Wicker (W-G) 32-6. 6, Smelcer (L-B) 30-11½. 7, D. Schramm (CG) 30-11. 8, Hertel (VB) 30-10.
HJ — 1, Peplinski (L-B) 4-10. 2, Myers (L-B) 4-10. 3, Ricker (CG) 4-8. 4, Vorhees (CG) 4-6. 5 (tie), Thepsourinthone (McC) 4-6 & Valenti (W-G) 4-6. 7, Heminger (McC) 4-6. 8, Oberly (Blu) 4-6.
LJ — 1, Peplinski (L-B) 16-7. 2, Myers (L-B) 16-2½. 3, Roth (McC) 15-5½. 4, Kirian (Arc) 15-2½. 5 (tie), Hassan (VB) 15-1½ & Hilvers (P-G) 15-1½. 7, Baker (Blu) 14-10. 8, Motter (W-G) 14-8.
PV — 1, Thompson (Arl) 12-0 (meet record). 2, Shepherd (HN) 10-4. 3, Johnson (L-B) 10-0. 4, Beck (Arl) 10-0. 5, Meier (Ots) 8-6. 6, Archambo (Ots) 8-6. 7, McMillion (HN) 7-6. 8, Snyder (Car) 7-6.
3,200 RELAY — 1, Otsego (Wynn, Fackler, Beach, Wenig) 10:15.45. 2, Liberty-Benton (Recker, Briggs, Baumlein, Thomas) 10:20.18. 3, Pandora-Gilboa (Abelovska, Velasquez, Hroudova, Hovest) 10:27.42. 4, Bluffton (Steinmetz, Humphreys, Schweyer, Sommers) 10:46.75. 5, Van Buren (Flanagan, Endicott, Sturgill, Resnik) 11:06.59. 6, Arlington (Russell, Miller, Webb, McMath) 11:27.06. 7, Waynesfield-Goshen (Case, Braden, Barrington, Hennon) 11:36.50. 8, Columbus Grove (Langhals, Ricker, Malsam, M. McCluer) 11:43.32.
100 IH — 1, Sheehan (Blu) 16.92. 2, Myers (L-B) 17.25. 3, Kirian (Arc) 17.26. 4, Motter (W-G) 17.40. 5, Forshey (Ots) 17.42. 6, Roe (CG) 17.64. 7, Peplinksi (L-B) 17.79. 8, A. Baker (Blu) 18.25.
100 — 1, Flores (CG) 12.73. 2, Hyre (L-B) 12.73. 3, Stoltz (Arl) 12.96. 4, Ke. Basinger (P-G) 13.06. 5, Lasley (VB) 13.14. 6, H. Johnson (Arl) 13.36. 7, Watkins (P-G) 13.41. 8, Stephens (CG) 13.54.
800 RELAY — 1, Columbus Grove (Flores, S. McCluer, Stephens, J. Wynn) 1:49.53. 2, Liberty-Benton (Hyre, Recker, Briggs, Butler) 1:51.00. 3, Arlington (H. Johnson, Stoltz, Beck, M. Johnson) 1:51.63. 4, Pandora-Gilboa (Diller, Ko. Basinger, Ke. Basinger, Watkins) 1:52.11. 5, Carey (Palte, Heinz, Wentling, Spurlock) 1:55.13. 6, McComb (Heminger, Roth, Thepsourinthone, Harden) 1:55.41. 7, Van Buren (Wise, Klausing, Sturgill, Shroll) 1:56.98. 8, Otsego (Forshey, Long, Garrett, Shroll) 1:56.98.
1,600 — 1, McMath (Arl) 5:34.60. 2, Bartel (L-B) 5:39.81. 3, Hovest (P-G) 5:45.25. 4, Resnik (VB) 5:48.40. 5, Velasquez (P-G) 5:48.94. 6, Fackler (Ots) 5:50.98. 7, Miller (L-B) 5:54.07. 8, Garza (OF) 5:54.83.
400 RELAY — 1, Liberty-Benton (Hyre, May, Teeple, Butler) 51.81. 2, Columbus Grove (Flores, J. Wynn, Roe, S. McCluer) 52.10. 3, Arlington (H. Johnson, M. Johnson, Beck, Stoltz) 52.53. 4, Pandora-Gilboa (Diller, Ko. Basinger, Ke. Basinger, Watkins) 53.70. 5, Van Buren (Wise, Schmeltzer, Hassan, Lasley) 54.38. 6, McComb (Roth, Theopsourinthone, Harden, Heminger) 54.72. 7, Waynesfield-Goshen (Motter, Hennon, Turner, Elliott) 55.95. 8, Bluffton (Wright, oberly, A. Baker, H. Baker) 56.05.
400 — 1, Wentling (Car) 1:02.84. 2, K. Wynn (CG) 1:04.68. 3, Recker (L-B) 1:04.78. 4, Beach (Ots) 1:05.85. 6, Santa Cruz (Arc) 1:06.40. 7, Briggs (L-B) 1:07.22. 8, Sturgill (VB) 1:09.75.
300 LH — 1, McCluer (CG) 48.19. 2, Kirian (Arc) 49.99. 3, Peplinski (L-B) 50.16. 4, VonStein (C-R) 53.01. 5, Clymer (CG) 53.05. 6, Endicott (VB) 53.26. 7, Forshey (Ots) 55.31.
800 — 1, Roebke (C-R) 2:27.90. 2, Resnik (VB) 2:29.41. 3, Wenig (Ots) 2:30.75. 4, Steinmetz (Blu) 2:32.10. 5, Sommers (Blu) 2:38.85. 6, Barrington (W-G) 2:39.75. 7, Russell (Arl) 2:40.70. 8, Fackler (Ots) 2:41.02.
200 — 1, J. Wynn (CG) 26.33. 2, Spurlock (Car) 26.67. 3, Lasley (VB) 27.12. 4, M. Johnson (Arl) 27.28. 5, L. Wynn (Ots) 27.31. 6, Hyre (L-B) 27.72. 7, Wise (VB) 27.99. 8, McMillion (HN) 28.72.
3,200 — 1, McMath (Arl) 12:14.90. 2, Bartel (L-B) 12:29.50. 3, Velasquez (P-G) 12:30.09. 4, Hovest (P-G) 13:14.81. 5, Flanagan (VB) 13:19.55. 6, Rhoads (OF) 13:35.69. 7, Marshall (Blu) 13:51.00. 8, Vanhorn (Ots) 14:03.53.
1,600 RELAY — 1, Van Buren (Wise, Schmelzer, Resnik, Lasley) 4:24.99. 2, Columbus Grove (K. Wynn, S. McCluer, Smith, J. Wynn) 4:26.03. 3, Pandora-Gilboa (Diller, Ko. Basinger, Ke. Basinger, Watkins) 4:32.22. 4, Carey (Wentling, Heinz, Worst, Spurlock) 4:34.03. 5, Bluffton (Steinmetz, Wright, Monday, Ribley) 4:38.79. 6, Otsego (Beach, Smith, Long, Wenig) 4:41.57. 7, Cory-Rawson (VonStein, Rettig, Scott, Roebke) 4:47.52. 8, McComb (Newcomer, Roth, Harden, Thepsourinthone) 4:51.75.
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Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minnesota Vikings declined to pick up quarterback Christian Ponder’s fifth-year option before Saturday’s midnight deadline, meaning the former first-round pick will become a free agent after this season.

Ponder would have made over $9.6 million in 2015 if the option was picked up.

The 26-year-old Ponder seems to be behind Matt Cassel on this season’s depth chart and there has been speculation that the Vikings could take a quarterback in the upcoming draft.

Ponder has played all three of his NFL seasons with the Vikings. During that time he has a 14-20-1 record, completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 6,436 yards, 38 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

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Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – First Round: Indiana Pacers 92 – Atlanta Hawks 80 (Pacers win series, 4-3)

NHL Playoffs – Second Round: Boston Bruins 5 – Montreal Canadiens 3 (Series tied, 1-1)

MLB: Chicago Cubs 3 (11-17) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (15-16)

Boston Red Sox 6 (15-16) – Oakland Athletics 3 (18-12)

New York Yankees 9 (16-13) – Tampa Bay Rays 3 (14-17)

Minnesota Twins 6 (13-15) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (15-13)

Seattle Mariners 9 (13-15) – Houston Astros 8 (10-20)

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Elliott Sadler wins the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Kentucky Derby: California Chrome wins the 140th renewal of the Kentucky Derby.

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