Review Category : Local Sports

Several Crashes Reported As A Result Of Saturday Storm

2/16/15 – 5:27 A.M.

Wind and snow made for treacherous driving conditions over the weekend. Several crashes happened late Saturday morning and early Saturday afternoon as near whiteout conditions developed. Injury accidents were reported on State Route 698 at Hancock County Road 24, on U.S. 30 near Williamstown, and again on U.S. 30 in Orange Township.

Many more non-injury crashes were also reported throughout the area.

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Gas Prices Drop Below $2 Mark In Findlay

12/23/14 – 5:01 A.M.

Findlay residents wondering why gas prices were staying above $2 while nearby cities were paying below that can wonder no more. Gas stations in the city began selling at a $1.99 or less Monday. The average price of a gallon of regular fell nearly 20 cents over the course of the day.

That puts Findlay well below the statewide average. reports the average price around the state is $2.15 for a gallon of regular.

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Speedway Opens CNG Facility In Findlay

11/3/14 – 8:14 A.M.

It appears Findlay is becoming a destination for Compressed Natural Gas fueling facilities. Roughly a month-and-a-half after CNG Fuel Inc. opened a fueling station on Distrubution Drive on Findlay’s north side, Speedway has followed suit. The company’s second compressed natural gas facility is located at the Speedway store on County Road 99, just off of I-75.

A release from Speedway says one of the store’s fuel lanes is now dedicated to CNG. The company has partnered with IGS CNG Services to help run the compressed natural gas operation.

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Bluffton Council Disagrees On Water Tower Maintenance Issue

9/4/14 – 5:25 A.M.

There was plenty of disagreement over a water tower maintenance program at last night’s Bluffton Village Council meeting. The Courier reports the issue began when council member Roger Warren said he didn’t agree with a contact proposal for water tower work. The proposal had been been talked about at a recent Utilities Committee meeting. Warren said he wanted to know why more bids weren’t being sought.

Councilman Everett Collier said that Warren was out of order since he isn’t a member of the Utilities Committee.

Before that, Warren had requested an executive session, but it was voted down. That upset Councilman Sean Burrell, who said any council member should be able to request an executive session.

In the end, council agreed to seek more maintenance proposals from other companies that can service water towers.

MORE: The Courier

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Allen County Teen Pleads Guilty To Planning Attack At Middle School

8/12/14 – 6:49 A.M.

A 13-year-old Allen County boy has entered the equivalent of a guilty plea to charges stemming from a school threat. The Lima News reports the boy, who has not been named, was charged with two counts of possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone. He’ll be sentenced at a later date.

The teen had planned to kill the principal and assistant principal at Elida Middle School. Investigators say he also planned to attack anyone else who approached him. The boy brought three knives and a box cutter to school, but ended up admitting his plan to the principal instead of carrying out the assault.

MORE: Lima News

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UF Football Stadium Plans At a Standstill

6/27/14   5:10 p.m.

The University of Findlay has hit a bump in the road on the way to their new football stadium.

Marty Terry, vice president for business afairs at UF, said iGoHD, the company UF was working with for sponsorships, was facing delays in implementing their business plan for the project.

As a result, UF cut ties with the company.

The university does not have a new timeline for the stadium yet.

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College Baseball: Findlay High grad Orwick pitching well for Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Findlay High School’s Jimmy Orwick is already making an impact as a freshman for the University of Notre Dame’s baseball team this season.
The left-handed pitcher leads the Fighting Irish (6-9) with 10 appearances, all of them in relief, and has a 6.23 ERA.
In 41/3 innings pitched, he has allowed three earned runs on five hits. He’s walked four batters, struck-out three and hit two batters.
Orwick’s best outing came in Notre Dame’s 2-1 loss to UCLA. He pitched 12/3 scoreless innings of relief, had a strikeout and threw eight strikes in his 11 pitches.

Yost hitting .308 at B-W
BEREA — Baldwin Wallace University senior Jay Yost, a Hopewell-Loudon graduate, is making the most of his appearances at the plate for the Yellow Jackets.
Yost, who usually plays second or third base, is batting .308 (4 for 13) in his four games for Baldwin Wallace (4-3). All of his hits are singles, and he has scored a run as well.
He went 1 for 3 in each of his last two games (Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Montclair State and Sunday’s 8-0 win over Salem State). Yost also went 2 for 4 with a run scored in the Yellow Jackets’ first game against Transylvania in a double-header on March 1, in which they won both games 8-5.

Watson off to solid start
TIFFIN — North Baltimore’s Jordan Watson’s first season as a pitcher for Heidelberg University is off to a good start, much like the Student Princes’ start to the season.
In his four appearances, the 6-foot-1 right-handed freshman has a 3.38 ERA and four strikeouts in eight innings pitched for Heidelberg, which is 8-2 and on an eight-game winning streak.
Watson also recorded a save in Saturday’s 14-4 win over Olivet in Fort Myers, Fla., in which he pitched three innings, allowed an earned run on three hits, and struck out three batters.

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Prep Hoops: Princeton’s Mitchell is Ohio’s Ms. Basketball

Princeton's Kelsey Mitchell (1) goes up for a shot against Mason's Makenzie Dixon (21) during a basketball game earlier this season. Mitchell was a unanimous choice as the 2014 Associated Press Ohio Ms. Basketball. (AP Photo)

AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS — Kelsey Mitchell, a unanimous choice as the 27th annual Associated Press Ms. Basketball winner, stands out from the crowd.
Except for team and family photos, that is.
Kelsey, a 5-foot-8 senior from state-bound Cincinnati Princeton High School, is a twin. And they are just one of two sets of twins in the immediate family.

Princeton’s Kelsey Mitchell (1) goes up for a shot against Mason’s Makenzie Dixon (21) during a basketball game earlier this season. Mitchell was a unanimous choice as the 2014 Associated Press Ohio Ms. Basketball. (AP Photo)

So while some might marvel over her unique moves on the court, others wonder about her relationship with her 5-11 sister Chelsea, a Princeton star who is also joining her at Ohio State next year.
“We’re two relatively different people,” Kelsey said. “We do our own things, but then again she is one my best friends. So we talk about a lot of things together, but she’s so different from me. She very outgoing.”
Kelsey’s play speaks volumes, however.
She’s a do-everything guard who averages 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 4.1 steals a game for a team that is 26-2 heading into Friday night’s Division I state semifinal against Toledo Notre Dame (24-3).
“She does it all. She can get to the basket, she can shoot the 3, she finds open people and plays great defense,” said her coach, Jill Phillips.
What most amazes Phillips is that Kelsey’s motor is always running even if her mouth isn’t.
“I guess the thing is that she never takes a play off,” Phillips said. “Practice, game — there’s never a time when she’s not giving 100 percent.”
Kelsey is a McDonald’s All American who doesn’t let her ego get in the way of the No. 1 objective, winning.
Asked what she does best on the court, the student with a 3.76 grade-point average hesitated for a second.
“Best? I think I distribute the ball well,” she said. “Lately I’ve been averaging a lot of assists. My teammates have been making big-time shots in big-time games, so I’m more than happy to distribute the ball to them.”
Beware, opponents. That doesn’t mean you can slack off on guarding her.
The lefty shot 35 percent on 3-pointers this season. In the regional semifinal against defending state champion Kettering Fairmont, she piled up 50 points.
Funny, but there’s a debate whether the best girls player in the state is even the best player in her family.
First, Chelsea can play, a three-star prospect who’s a double-figure scorer on the state’s No. 1 team in the final AP regular-season poll.
Second and third, well, there are brothers Cameron and Kevin who play for Indiana University Southeast. The Grenadiers have a 25-4 record and are in the NAIA playoffs.
“My brothers are one of the reasons that I am the player that I am today,” Kelsey said. “They’re great basketball players, so they made me better.”
Kelsey and Chelsea will be playing on their future home court at Value City Arena when they play in the state tournament. As might be expected, it’s been an exciting week around Princeton, with tickets up for grabs, people making travel plans and everyone anticipating the Vikings’ big moment in the spotlight.
“I’m very excited. I’m happy that our team has made progress to get to state and I’m just honored to be there,” Kelsey said. “We’re just honored to be there.”
Ms. Basketball is determined in voting by a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
Past winners include Katie Smith, the leading scorer in professional women’s basketball history, along with two-time winner Ameryst Alston, now at Ohio State, and past Cincinnati-area standouts Kendall Hackney (Mount Notre Dame, 2009), Amber Gray (Lakota West, 2008), Mel Thomas (Mount Notre Dame, 2004), Michelle Munoz (Mason, 2000-01), Carol Madsen (Reading, 1989) and Janet Haneberg (Seton, the inaugural winner in 1988).
Other finalists for this year’s award included Reynoldsburg’s Alyssa Rice, Clyde’s Amanda Cahill, Kristen Confroy of Solon, Reedsville Eastern’s Jenna Burdette, Laina Snyder of Millersburg West Holmes and Cortland Lakeview’s Alli Pavlik.

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UF’s Holmstrom is All-American

GENEVA — University of Findlay sophomore Kaley Holmstrom earned All-American honors for the Oilers as she finished 15th in the women’s 200 individual medley on the opening day of the NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships Wednesday at the Spire Institute.
Holmstrom made the “B” final and finished 15th with a time of 2:05.47 to earn her third All-American award for the Oilers after placing in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke last season.
West Chester’s Katharina Fischer won the race in a meet-record time of 1:59.21.
Junior diver Ashleigh Weddington just missed a top 16 finish as she was 18th in the women’s 3-meter diving competition with 396.2 points.
Clarion’s Kristin Day won the event with 504.1 points.
Findlay sophomore Jessica Ward will compete in the 100 backstroke on Friday and the 200 backstroke on Saturday.
NCAA opening matches
CLEVELAND — First round matchups are set as the University of Findlay wrestlers begin competition at the NCAA Division II wrestling championships Friday at Cleveland’s Public Hall.
UF senior Adam Walters will be gunning for his third All-American award in the 174-pound weight class. A 2012 NCAA runner-up, Walters (28-3) will open the tournament against St. Cloud State’s Clayton Jennissen (24-13).
Senior 125-pounder Ben Sergent (19-6) will be making his third NCAA tournament appearance and is seeking his first All-American award this weekend as he opens against Minnesota State-Moorhead’s Blake Bosch (21-12).
UF 149-pounder Dalton Nicely (14-22) will take on Central Missouri’s Frank Cagnina (36-2) while Bradley Metz (29-13) wrestles West Liberty State’s Mike Emery (16-6) in his first-round bout at 165 pounds.

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Prep swimming: Findlay boys finish first at sectional meet

FREMONT — Findlay High’s boys team finished first, its girls team was second and the Trojans set eight total records during the sectional swimming and diving meet held Saturday at Fremont Ross.
Findlay’s boys piled up 654 points, most among the Division I and II teams that competed in the sectional. Findlay’s girls had 527 total points.
Findlay divers Bethany Glick and Caleb Aho both set pool records in winning their specialties. Glick, already a three-time state qualifier, won the girls Division I one-meter event with a 408.05 total. Aho topped the boys competition with a total of 403.15.
Findlay swimmers set six sectional records as well and Justin Hopkins had a hand in four of them.
Hopkins broke existing sectional marks in winning the 200 (1:43.38) and 500 (4:44.00) freestyle events for the second straight year. He also swam on two record-setting relays, joining Jeremy Wilson, Graham Copus and Jacob Kreinbrink on the first-place 200 free (1:31.39) and Ross Stansbery, Wilson and Tucker Stocker in the 400 (3:20.56).
Stocker established a new sectional record in winning the 100 butterfly (53.32), while Laura Wilson, Hannah Clinger, Kendra Wadding and Kaila Butterworth set a new mark in the girls 200 free relay (1:53.85).
Findlay will head to this weeks district meet at Cleveland State University seeded highly in several events.
Hopkins, a sophomore, has the top-ranked times in both the 200 and 500 freestyles. His 200 free time is three full second better than the ssecond-ranked time of Ashland’s Davis Garrison (1:46.72). Hopkins’ 500 free time is even more impressie, over 10 second better than the 4:54.45 mark of No. 2 qualifier Mason Beck of Lakewood St. Edward’s.
Stocker is seeded third in the 100 fly and sixth in the 200 free. Wilson has the sixth fastest qualifying time in the 50 free, Stansbery is seventh in the 100 back (57.65) and Aho is ranked sixth in diving.
Findlay’s three relays are ranked second (200 medley), third (400 free) and fifth (200 free).
On the girls side, Clinger, a freshman, heads to the district with the second fastest qualifying time in the 200 IM (2:13.82) and third best mark in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.00).
Glick has the third-best marks in diving and Wilson is seeded eighth in the 100 fly (1:02.00) and ninth in the 100 back (1:03.36). Among Division I district qualifiers, FHS relays are ranked second (200 medley), sixth (400 free) and ninth (200 free).

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Findlay (Laura Wilson, Hannah Clinger, Kendra Wadding, Kaila Butterworth) 1:53.85. 200 IM — 2, Clinger, 2:13.82. 50 FREE — 4, Butterworth 26.13; 5, Rachel Zelinsky 26.81. DIVING — 1, Bethany Glick 408.05. 100 BUTTERFLY — 2, Wilson 1:02.00; 3, Wadding, 1:02,.15. 100 FREE — 3, Butterworth 57.40; 6, Octavia Homka 58.93. 200 FREE RELAY — 2, Findlay (Homka, Angelica Gray, Hannah McClellan, Zelinsky) 1:47.08. 100 BACK — 2, Wilson 1:03.36; 5, Homka 1:07.28. 100 BREAST — 1, Clinger 1:09.00; 2, Wadding 1:11.76; 3, Zelinsky 1:13.06. 400 FREE RELAY — 2, Findlay (Butterworth, Clinger, Wadding, Wilson) 3:49.72.
200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Findlay (Ross Stansbery, Graham Copus, Tucker Stocker, Jeremy Wilson) 1:40.07. 200 FREE — 1, Justin Hopkins 1:43.38; 2, Stocker 1:4.97. 200 IM — 2, Copus 2:11.78; 3, Grant Weickert 2:14.68; 4, Spencer Evans 2:15.35. 50 FREE — 1, Wilson 22.22; David Jorge 23.90. DIVING — 1, Caleb Aho 403.15; 2, Chris Wohl 374.10; 3, Marquis Ramsey 370.25. 100 FLY — 1, Stocker 53.32. 100 FREE — 2, Jorge 51.94; 3, Jacob Kreinbrink 52.06; 4, Stansbery 52.12. 500 FREE — 1, Hopkins 4:44.0; 2, Wilson 5:39.70; 3, Connor Lauth 5:39.94. 200 FREE RELAY — 1, Findlay (Wilson, Copus, Kreinbrink, Hopkins) 1:31.39. 100 BACK — 2, Stansbery 57.65; 4, Weickert 1:00.52. 100 BREAST — 1, Copus 1:02.71; 2, Evans 1:03.78; 3, Kreinbrink 1:05.01; 5, Luke Taylor 1:07.69. 400 FREE RELAY — 1, Findlay (Stansbery, Wilson, Stocker, Hopkins) 3:20.56.

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