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Mihalik Discusses Issues Findlay Faces Following State of the City Address

04/29/15     3:20 p.m.

Following Tuesday’s state of the city address, Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik talked about some of the pressing issues the city is facing. One of those being the county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board working to open two addiction recovery homes. Mihalik said she met with ADAMHS Executive Director Precia Stuby and urged them to be more inclusive in the process.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

One of the other issues the mayor said the city is continuing to work is flood mitigation. Mihalik said the focus should now be on what happens once the Army Corps releases the final report next spring.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said the community should let the leaders they voted into office decide where to go with the plan the Corps presents.

Full audio from the mayor’s Good Morning’s Interview below:

Lydia Mihalik

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Candidate Profile: John Kovach

4/21/15 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our look at candidates running for Findlay council-at-large seats today.  John Kovach is seeking office for the first time since running for county commissioner in 2010.  He says it was the recent dust-up about the addiction recovery home that got him interested in running…

Audio: John Kovach

Kovach says while he believes there is room for a recovery house in Findlay, he doesn’t believe it should go in areas zoned for single family residences.

On the topic of flood control, Kovach says he thinks money spent on mitigation studies could have been used differently…

Audio: John Kovach

Kovach says from his experience as a developer, anytime you deal with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA, you’re going to spend a lot of time and money for a result you don’t like.

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test vid

The video demonstrates how flooding is reduced during a 100 year storm event, with water falling evenly across the Blanchard River Watershed.The combined flow of water in the Blanchard River and Eagle and Lye creek that results in flooding within the Blanchard River Watershed study area.The main components of the recommended plan include a levee installed from the Findlay Reservoir to Route 15 to prevent water in the Blanchard River from flowing into Lye Creek during high water events. Another component is a diversion channel that will reduce the amount of water flowing down Eagle Creek.The combined flows are reduced because of the recommended plan.

Posted by US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Findlay Man Arrested Following Easter Bar Assault

34/6/15 – 7:27 A.M.

A Findlay man was arrested following an Easter assault at an area bar. The Findlay Police Department reports the victim of the assault reported the incident around 11:40 p.m. Sunday night. The man walked into the police station and told officers he had been attacked at Nicki’s Bar at 139 North Main Street.

The victim had multiple injuries to his face and body and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. He also had money taken during the assault in the bar.

Officers arrested 30-year-old Antonio Johnson at a different location a short time later. He is facing a robbery charge and was lodged in the Hancock County Jail.

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Candle Light Vigil to be Held for Missing Tiffin Teen Tonight

03/29/15     8:44 a.m.


Madalyn Hiser, missing since Monday


There will be a candle light vigil and prayer for missing Tiffin teen Madalyn Hiser tonight. Hiser went missing last Monday and has not been seen or heard from since.

Those who wish to attend d are asked to meet at the September 11th memorial in Tiffin at 7 p.m. tonight.

Anyone who has any information on Hiser’s disappearance or her whereabouts should call Tiffin Police at 419-447-2323.

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Girls Basketball: O-G’s Yant leaning on McGlaughlin


OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf girls basketball head coach Troy Yant is glad he has Tyson McGlaughlin to ask for advice in preparing for the Division III state tournament in Columbus.

McGlaughlin, O-G’s boys basketball coach and athletic director, is no stranger to coaching in big games in his fourth season as the Titans’ coach. He led them to a state semifinal appearance in 2012, a state championship in 2013, a regional final last season and with a win on Wednesday against Lima Central Catholic, another regional final.

However, with O-G’s girls team advancing to state for the first time in school history after Saturday’s 43-30 regional final win over Richwood North Union, McGlaughlin’s advice has been much appreciated.

“Tyson has been a great resource,” Yant said during a teleconference with coaches and media on Monday. “Being down there recently and as the athletic director, he’s kind of taken a lot of things off my plate so we can just get started on scouting. That’s been a huge help to us.”

McGlaughlin’s record in tournament play as O-G’s coach, including this season, is a staggering 19-2. He also took Miller City’s boys basketball team to the regional semifinals in 2010 in his first of two seasons as the Wildcats’ head coach.

His experience making deep tournament runs, especially down in Columbus, is something Yant can use to his advantage, considering the fact that O-G’s girls’ opponent, Proctorville Fairland, is back in the state tournament after falling in the state semifinals last season.

“We know that they’re a quality team, obviously going down to state and making it to the final four last year,” Yant said of Fairland. “So they got a little bit of experience, and obviously getting beat in the semifinal game last year, they’re also probably quite hungry to get into that championship game.

“So it’s going to be a test, but it’s something that we’ll spend the next two days preparing for.”

Along with McGlaughlin’s help and support, the basketball-crazed O-G community is behind the girls team. The Titans held a reception on Saturday night at the high school for the girls team after the boys team’s 88-58 district final win over Delta in Whitehouse.

“Obviously, Ottawa-Glandorf has been down at the state championships a couple of times, state runners-up and three championships in boys basketball and the Titan faithful have always come out to support the team,” Yant said.

“It’s kind of a new test for the girls, but they came out in the regionals, even though we traveled for two hours, and we had the boys playing on the same day, we had a nice crowd there.

“And obviously, we had a lot of support when we got home, so we’re looking forward to getting down to Columbus and letting the Titans faithful follow us down there and I think it will be a nice following.”

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Prep Schedule & Updates: 03-18-18

A pair of University of Findlay teams are in action on a light Tuesday night local sports schedule.
The UF softball team travels to Cedarville for a 3 p.m. nonconference doubleheader.
The UF women’s lacrosse team will have a home game under the lights at Donnell Stadium as the Oilers host Urbana in a 7 p.m. contest.
We’ll also have previews of Ottawa-Glandorf and St. Wendelin’s state semifinal girls basketball games in Wednesday’s print edition.
You’ll get the best local sports coverage in the region in the daily print edition of The Courier and online at

Tuesday’s Events
College Athletics
BASEBALL – Bluffton at Albion, 4:15
SOFTBALL — Findlay at Cedarville, DH, 3
WOMEN’S LACROSSE — Urbana at Findlay, 7
Tuesday’s Regional Semifinals
Division IV
Plymouth vs. Wayne Trace, 6:15
Delphos St. John’s vs. Cardinal Stritch, 8
Marion Local vs. Jackson Center, 8

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Girls Basketball: Division I-II AP All-Ohio

All-Ohio Girls Basketball
Division I
FIRST TEAM — Shannon Coffee, Centerville, 6-5, sr., 20.5; Alison Smolinski, N. Royalton, 5-10, sr., 15.1; Kym Royster, Newark, 6-2, sr., 19.0; Kaayla McIntyre, Tol. Notre Dame, 6-2, sr., 19.2; Jodi Johnson, Wadsworth, 5-10, jr., 14.8; Lauren Cannatelli, West Chester Lakota West, 5-8, sr., 15.0.
Players of the year — Kaayla McIntyre, Tol. Notre Dame; Kym Royster, Newark; Lauren Cannatelli, West Chester Lakota West.
Coaches of the year — Sam Krafty, Powell Olentangy Liberty; Greg Brown, Trenton Edgewood; Matt Voll, New Philadelphia.
SECOND TEAM — Jaida Carter, New Philadelphia, 5-6, sr., 16.5; Alexa Fisher, Powell Olentangy Liberty, 5-9, jr., 16.4; Taylor Mikesell, Massillon Jackson, 5-9, fresh., 14.3; Kerri Gasper, Olmsted Falls, 5-11, sr., 15.8; Anna Hall, Cuya. Falls Walsh Jesuit, 5-8, sr., 22.3; Rion Thompson, Lima Senior, 5-9, jr., 21.7; Dee Bekelja, Solon, 5-7, soph., 15.2.
THIRD TEAM — Morgan Horvath, Lewis Ctr. Olentangy, 5-9, sr., 20.5; Monica Fury, Westlake, 5-9, jr., 14.3; Tyler Newkirk, Canton McKinley, 5-7, sr., 18.7; Emily Westphal, Sylvania Southview, 6-0, sr., 21.3; Kelly Wurth, Springboro, 5-9, jr., 19.0; Naomi Davenport, Cin. Mount Notre Dame, 5-11, sr., 17.4.
Special Mention (NW OHIO ONLY) — Allex Brown, Perrysburg; Jeryn Reese, Mansfield Senior.
Honorable Mention (NW OHIO ONLY) — Kendall McCoy, Sylvania Northview; Ramiah Henry, Tol. Waite; Natalie Yoder, Holland Springfield; Haley Hess, Oregon Clay; Hannah Hess, Oregon Clay.
Division II
FIRST TEAM — Halee Printz, Tipp City Tippecanoe, 5-10, sr., 18.2; Hallie Thome, Chagrin Falls, 6-5, sr., 20.5; Melinda Trimmer, Beloit West Branch, 5-7, sr., 20.4; Carly Santoro, Bellevue, 5-10, sr., 30.7; Bre Berryman, Wintersville Indian Creek, 6-5, sr., 22.2; Dominique Doseck, Athens, 5-7, sr., 22.0; Paige Cannon, Johnston-Monroe, 6-0, sr., 22.2; Maddie Bazelak, Kettering Alter, sr., 11.4; Akienreh Johnson, Tol. Rogers, 6-0, jr., 14.5; Lindsey Mayle, Geneva, 5-7, jr., 22.5.
Players of the year — Maddie Bazelak, Kettering Alter; Akienreh Johnson, Tol. Rogers; Melinda Trimmer, Beloit West Branch.
Coaches of the year — Charity Martin-Via, Cols. Eastmoor Acad.; Danny Hilty, Duncan Falls Philo; Toby Bickel, Port Clinton.
SECOND TEAM — Byrdy Galernik, Tol. Cent. Cath., 5-8, jr., 18.0; Sydney Bates, Springfield Kenton Ridge, 5-9, jr., 19.5; Camielle Adelman, Mogadore Field, 5-8, sr., 19.5; McKenah Peters, LaGrange Keystone, 5-7, soph., 17.7; Alexis Overly, Chillicothe Unioto, 5-9, sr., 17.2; Brooke Smith, Zanesville Maysville, 5-4, sr., 11.7; Alyssa Dean, Cols. Centennial, 5-8, jr., 22.2;
THIRD TEAM — Pavin Heath, Beloit West Branch, 5-10, sr., 13.0; Madison Dackin, Lima Bath, 5-9, sr., 18.3; Keely Hall, Oberlin Firelands, 6-1, jr., 13.9; Nikayla Edgell, East Liverpool, 5-6, sr., 25.1; Marissa Brown, Cols. Hartley, 6-3, sr., 15.2; Amani Burke, Cols. Eastmoor Acad., 5-8, jr., 14.3.
Special Mention (NW OHIO ONLY) — Deijah Swihart, Clear Fork; Natalie Koenig, Wauseon.
HONORABLE MENTION (NW OHIO ONLY) — Tanaya Beacham, Tol. Rogers; Kelsey Michaels, Clyde; Emily Ashley, Port Clinton; Gabby Stephens, Shelby; Mekaila Grose, Mansfield Madison; Alyssa Manley, Lima Bath.

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Boys Basketball: Area trio makes first team N-10

Two Carey and one Upper Sandusky player earned first-team honors as the Northern 10 Conference released its all-conference selections in boys basketball for the 2014-15 season.
Carey seniors Jared Wentling and Zach Boes and Upper Sandusky sophomore Wes Vent were all named to the N-10 first team.
Wentling led the conference in scoring at 22.3 points per game. He also was second in rebounds (8.3), third in steals (2.9), first in blocked shots (2.0) as forward.
Boes, a guard, led the N-10 in assists with 6.3 per game. He scored 14.2 points and grabbed 6.9 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils as well.
Vent led a successful season for the Rams by scoring 15.2 points per game. He was also among the league leaders in rebounds (7.6).
Upper Sandusky’s Carson Mittermaier made the all-Northern 10 second team while Mohawk’s Gunnar Johnson, Carey’s Zach Logsdon and the Rams’ Cody Clifford made the honorable mention list.
League champion Colonel Crawford swept the top awards as Todd Entenmann was named the player of the year while Dave Sheldon was voted the coach of the year.

Todd Entenmann, sr., G, Colonel Crawford; Dylan Gulley, sr., G, Colonel Crawford; Austin Wurm, sr., G, Buckeye Central; Jared Wentling, sr., F, Carey; Zach Boes, sr., G, Carey; Grant Loy, jr., F, Buckeye Central Wes Vent, soph., G, Upper Sandusky.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR “” Todd Entenmann, Colonel Crawford.
COACH OF THE YEAR “” David Sheldon, Colonel Crawford.
Hunter Miller, sr., G, Wynford; Nate Coffman, sr., F, Crestline; Dalon King, sr., G, Bucyrus; Monroe Britton, jr., G, Ridgedale; Owen Adams, jr., G, Colonel Crawford; Alex Crall, jr., G, Wynford; Carson Mittermaier, jr., F, Upper Sandusky.
Hunter Salyors, sr., G, Seneca East; Cody Clifford, sr., G, Upper Sandusky; Gunnar Johnson, sr., F, Mohawk’ Jacob Cannon, sr., F, Ridgedale; Cole Murtiff, sr., G, Bucyrus; Zach Logsdon, sr., G, Carey; Nick Kemper, sr., F, Colonel Crawford; Jacob Trent, sr., G, Crestline; Scott Heydinger, jr., G, Buckeye Central; Braxton Tea, jr., G, Wynford.

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Boys Basketball: Rivalry continues for O-G, LCC


Ottawa-Glandorf’s Noah Bramlage was waiting his turn to climb the ladder and snip a memento from the net following Saturday’s 88-58 win over Delta in the Division III district finals.

That was the gravy, though. The meat and potatoes of tournament basketball, as far as Bramlage and his teammates were concerned, was just then coming through on twitter, Facebook and cell phone connections.

“I just heard Lima Central Catholic won. That’s great. I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Bramlage said. “I’m proud this team gets another shot at them and I’m glad Northwest Ohio’s best rivalry gets to come back together one more time.”

Ottawa-Glandorf and Lima Central Catholic, as strong a rivalry as there is in prep basketball, will add another chapter to the growing history and legacy of the two schools when they square off at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Division III regional semifinals at the Stroh Center on the Bowling Green State University campus.

Ottawa-Glandorf and Lima Central Catholic get together for a regular-season matchup every year. But it’s their post-season tussles that put some glitter on the rivalry.

Wednesday’s game will mark the fourth straight year O-G and LCC are meeting in the regional tournament and sixth straight year they have advanced to the district finals or beyond.

The last three years, the winner has reached the Division III Final Four, with LCC (2014) and O-G (2013) using regional wins over their arch rival as a springboard to a state championship.

LCC also won state in 2010 after beating O-G in the district finals, and O-G advanced to state after a regional final win over LCC in 2012.

Ottawa-Glandorf has won three of the last four tournament matchups with the Thunderbirds.

But LCC has won four straight regular-season game with the Titans, including a 69-44 beat down last Dec. 20, at O-G’s Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.

“That was a 3-point game at halftime,” said O-G coach Tyson McGlaughlin. “Three minutes into the third quarter, we only down 5. Then we kinda just go brain dead. They put it to us, and put it to us good. That is a really good team.”

That win helped propel the T-Birds to a 23-2 record. O-G, which started the season 3-0 but was still trying to carve out its own identity, went 7-4 in its next 11 games before finishing the regular season at 16-6.

The farther teams go in tournament, though, the more pivotal regular season turning points seem to stand out.

Looking back from the perspective of the regional semifinals, McGlaughlin can see when it all began to come together. It started, he said, with a decision to switch to the all-out pressing, scrambling, pressuring team O-G has been known for.

“We were struggling a bit in the half-court. We were standing around too much because teams were focusing so much on Noah,” McGlaughlin said of Bramlage, a 6-foot-7 senior Princeton signee, four-year starter and 2014 second-team all-Ohio selection who is averaging 20.2 points and 10.1 rebounds a game.

“I think the faster we play, the less thinking our guys do. And, you know, when our guys just go out there and play, good things have happened. We always have to be in what we call ‘attack mode,’ and I think our guys have done a pretty good job of that.”

Danzel Walton, a 6-4 junior averaging 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds, and junior guard Tre Cobbs (13.5 ppg) have been LCC’s top guns this season.

Some felt the T-Birds would see a significant drop after Martryce Kimbrough graduated and Xavier Simpson, another junior from last year’s state championship team, transferred to Lima Senior, where his father Quincy had been named head coach.

“They lost those two guys,” McGlaughlin said. “But they had like the next seven guys coming back, so I don’t think anybody was feeling sorry for them. They have so much talent there, and with Walton and Cobbs leading the way, they are as good as anybody in the area.”

As important as scouting reports and game film can be, McGlaughlin, whose 110-44 career record at both O-G and Miller City includes a 24-4 record in post-season games, knows that the biggest factor influencing Wednesday’s game will come from his locker room, not LCC’s.

“Right now it’s not so much about what LCC does as what we do,” McGlaughlin said.

“Our guys think we’ve gotten significantly better and we’re looking forward to coming out and proving that. You want to be clicking at the right time and our guys are playing with confidence, they feel comfortable with what they’re doing.

“Guard play, I think, is what wins in high school basketball and our guard play, across the board, has really improved. The development between Jordan Verhoff and Zac Unterbrink, how much they’ve matured this season, the confidence that Brad Recker is showing, and throw in Cole Osting the significant minutes he’s given us this season … sometimes it takes a little longer than you want for it to all come together but we’re starting to see it and that guard play solidifies everything and makes it go.

“I don’t think we have to change anything (from the first matchup). I think out attitude, our mind-set has changed to where our kids are thinking we’re a pretty good basketball team.

“At the beginning of the year, I think we had guys hoping. Now I think I have guys who know.

“They’ve seen the results. They’re playing at a confidence level I think we all saw in them, but I don’t know if they knew they had it in them.”

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