PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL Thursday’s Results Blanchard Valley Conference Arlington at North Baltimore, postponed Hardin Northern 42, Vanlue 30 Leipsic 63, Pandora-Gilboa 28 Liberty-Benton 56, Arcadia 26 Van Buren at Cory-Rawson, postponed Three Rivers Athletic Conference Findlay at Lima Senior, po…

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NORTH BALTIMORE — Makenzie Wentling smacked three singles and a triple to lead Carey past North Baltimore 7-4 in Midland Athletic League softball action on Saturday.
Jordan Strahm lined three singles and Ali Rymer doubled and singled for Carey (13-6, 6-3 MAL). Rymer also pitched a complete game, striking out six batters.
Bailey Boyer had two singles for North Baltimore (7-12, 2-5 MAL).

Carey 113 001 1 — 7 14 3 North Baltimore 000 200 2 — 4 7 2
WP — Rymer. LP — Bean (3-8). top hitters: (Car) Wentling 3B, 3-1B; Rymer 2B, 1B; Strahm 3-1B. (NB) Boyer 2-1B.
records: Carey 13-6, 6-3 MAL. North Baltimore 7-12, 2-5 MAL.

ST. WENDELIN 9
HOPEWELL-LOUDON 2
BASCOM — Allie Rutter fired a complete game, striking out six with no walks, as St. Wendelin defeated Hopewell-Loudon 9-2 on Saturday in a Midland Athletic League softball game.
Courtney Babb belted a two-run triple for the Mohawks (8-10, 3-4 MAL). Edy Mowrey added two singles, a double and an RBI; and Mikayla Gilliland two singles and an RBI.
Kelsey Coppus and Emma Kirby had RBI doubles for Hopewell-Loudon (2-18, 0-8 MAL).

St. Wendelin 021 001 5 — 9 11 0
Hopewell-Loudon 000 200 0 — 2 7 5
WP — Rutter. LP — Goshe. top hitters: (SW) Gilliland 2-1B, RBI; Mowrey 2-1B, 2B, RBI; Babb 3B, 2-RBI; Digby 1B, RBI; Weidner 2B, RBI’ Reineck 1B, RBI. (H-L) Coppus 2B, RBI; Kirby 2B, RBI.
records: St. Wendelin 8-10, 3-4 Midland Athletic League; Hopewell-Loudon 2-18, 0-8 MAL.

MILLER CITY 6
OTTOVILLE 5
OTTOVILLE — Miller City scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally for a 6-5 Putnam County League softball victory at Ottoville on Saturday.
Tiffany Welty hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 4-3 in the seventh. Cassie Niese doubled in a run to tie the game, and Morgan Inkrott and Alissa Schnipke added RBI singles to give the Wildcats the cushion theyy needed to survive Ottoville’s rally in the bottom of the inning.
Inkrott finished with three singles and Schnipke and Jessica Vennekotter added two hits each for Miller City (10-6, 4-1 PCL).
Alena Horstman doubled, singled and drove in a run and Mazzie Brinkman added a pair of singles and an RBI for Ottoville (1-12, 0-4).

Miller City 001 000 5 — 6 13 1
Ottoville 004 000 1 — 5 10 0
WP — Schimmoeller. LP — Von Sossan. top hitters: (MC) Inkrott 3-1B, RBI; Schnipke 2-1B, RBI; Vennekotter 2-1B; Welty HR, 2 RBI; Niese 2B, RBI. (Otto) Horstman 1B, 2B, RBI; Brinkman 2-1B, RBI; Turnwald 1B, RBI; Landwehr 2B; Burgei 1B, RBI.
records: Miller City 10-6 overall, 4-1 Putnam County League; Ottoville 1-12 overall, 0-4 PCL.

BLUFFTON 6
ALLEN EAST 5
BLUFFTON — Abbie Parkins doubled, singled and drove in three runs and Bluffton scored six runs in the first two innings and held on to edge Allen East 6-5 in a Northwest Conference softball game on Saturday.
Sami Fruchey (10-3) allowed five runs (one earned) on seven hits in seven innings to pick up the win for the Pirates (11-3, 6-2 NWC). She also had eight strikeouts and two walks.
Erin Conkle singled and blasted a solo home run for Allen East (17-6, 6-3 NWC).

Allen East 031 000 1 — 5 7 2 Bluffton 240 000 x — 6 8 4
WP — Fruchey (10-3). LP — Davis (15-5). top hitters: (AE) Conkle HR, 1B, RBI; Wireman 2-1B. (Blu) Parkins 2B, 1B, 3 RBI; Wilson 1B, 2 RBI; Hunt 2B, RBI.
records: Allen East 17-6, 6-3 NWC. Bluffton 11-3, 6-2 NWC.

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The Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce will recognize small businesses in Findlay and Hancock County with events this week.
More than half of Americans either own a small business or work for one. Small businesses create about two of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year, the chamber said.
Events recognizing local small businesses include:
• 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Sweet Retreat, 1600 S. Blanchard St. — “Business 2 Business,” a networking event, will enable participants to meet up to 20 business professionals, one-on-one, in five-minute increments.
• 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at LaRiche Chevrolet-Cadillac — Amy May’s Rockin’ Tacos and Kona Ice will be offering lunch of one taco and a small Kona ice. The event is open to the public.
• 6 p.m. Wednesday at Findlay Country Club — Hancock Leadership graduation, in which nearly 20 people from the small business community will be recognized for their commitment to Findlay-Hancock County.
• 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Findlay Country Club — Many area small businesses will be recognized at the 68th annual Safety Council awards for workplace safety.
• 11:30 a.m. Friday at Findlay Country Club — Women’s Leadership Forum, meant to engage, educate and develop women in leadership positions in the workplace and the community.
For more information or to register, contact the chamber at 419-422-3313 or visit FindlayHancockChamber.com.

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ADA — Ohio Northern University swimmers Jordan Breitigam and Lindsey Rayhill have been presented with awards signifying them as the outstanding male and female senior athletes at the school.
Jordan Breitigam received the Gale E. Daugherty Award as ONU top male athlete. A four-year letterman and three-time honorable mention all-American in the 200-meter butterfly event, Breitigam owns six school records and has won 14 OAC titles. The pharmacy major helped ONU win four straight conference championships and was the 2013 OAC Swimmer of the Year.
Rayhill received the Helen A. Ludwig award give to ONU’s outstanding female athlete.
Rayhill, who won seven individual and relay titles and was named OAC Swimmer of the Year this seasons.
A pharmacy major, Rayhill is a 20-time OAC champion and three-time Academic All-OAC selection.
Sanimquel leads UF
ALLENDALE, Mich. — The University of Findlay track teams wrapped up the regular season by competing in Saturday’s Laker Last Chance Meet at Grand Valley State.
Maud Sanmiquel took fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a NCAA automatic qualifying and school record time of 1:00.12.
Shelby Stump (Hardin Northern), Adrianna Powell-Lawrence, Kadesha Roberts and Kirsten Gaerke teamed to take second in the 1,600-meter relay (3:52.50).
In the men’s meet, Ben Hahler placed first in the shot put with a NCAA provisional qualifying toss of 54-9½.
Next up for the Oilers is the NCAA Division II outdoor national championships May 22-24 at Grand Valley State.

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By GENNA FREED
STAFF WRITER
In 2011, the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board surveyed 18- to 25-year-olds and found that an overwhelming 78 percent believed that prescription drug abuse or misuse is inappropriate and unacceptable.
The board is building its new “I Am Enough” anti-drug campaign based on that finding.
“The ultimate goal is to raise that 78 percent,” said Zach Thomas, the board’s director of wellness and education, during a campaign kickoff event Saturday in Findlay.
“The ultimate goal is that people will come to feel and believe that who they are is enough, that they don’t have to do anything else to make them be better, and that they’re part of the majority, so they don’t have to do anything they don’t want to do to fit in,” he said.
The board received a grant in 2011 from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, called a state incentive strategic prevention grant. The purpose of these grants is to help a community work through a specific series of steps to determine what issues are most pressing.
Thomas said the board used the grant to survey community needs, and then did an additional survey on community readiness. The board discovered the community realized there was a problem with prescription drug abuse, but didn’t feel equipped to handle or address it.
“… We discovered that really the majority of our target population don’t misuse prescription drugs, and they see the misuse as unacceptable or that it poses a high risk,” Thomas said. “In the prevention world, the idea is working with social norms, and you work to change that norm, or work to promote it or encourage more to join the norm.
“Since we saw our norm was a majority who doesn’t misuse/abuse prescription drugs, we are going to capitalize on that and say, ‘Hey, you know what, good for you! There’s a majority of people that don’t do it and think the same way you do, so keep it going.’”
The hope is that through the campaign, those who are abusing or are at risk of abusing will feel the influence of that social norm.
Modo Media has been working for the board since January to develop the “I Am Enough” campaign. The campaign will exist mainly on social media, to reach the targeted age group, but a campaign launch party was held Saturday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
“The idea of today’s event is to introduce the campaign to everybody, so the entire community is aware of the message and they can then share the message with people they encounter within the target population,” Thomas said at the launch party.
“We’re doing a second kickoff in the fall on the University of Findlay’s campus so that we can reach those kids, because they’ve already left for the summer. We thought since the campaign is going to be active on a physical level at least until December, why not reintroduce it when those kids are back on campus?”
A secondary goal of Saturday’s event was to collect selfies from those attending. A photo booth was available, and the pictures will be uploaded to the campaign’s Facebook page and website. The photos are meant to show that these people “are enough” without the aid of drugs.
“I Am Enough” also is accepting selfies submissions through a number of social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or email.
Online:
www.iamenoughproject.org
facebook.com/iamenoughproject
instagram: iamenoughproject
youtube.com/iamenoughproject
twitter.com/iamenough2014
snapchat: iamenoughproj
Freed: 419-422-5151
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McCOMB — A Leipsic man was injured in a motorcycle accident early Sunday morning in rural Hancock County.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported Michael Peterson, 32, of Leipsic, was driving a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Ohio 613 near Pleasant Township 117 at 12:24 a.m. Sunday when he lost control and traveled off the left side of the road. Peterson, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle.
Peterson was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s office.
Assisting at the scene were McComb firefighters, PMP Emergency Medical Service, McComb Police Department and Ed’s Towing.
The crash remains under investigation.

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JADEN STAHL, who is pictured in the medical technologies lab at the Millstream Career Center, has been elected president of the state Skills USA chapter. She is the first Millstream student to hold that position. (Photo by Nick Moore)

JADEN STAHL, who is pictured in the medical technologies lab at the Millstream Career Center, has been elected president of the state Skills USA chapter. She is the first Millstream student to hold that position. (Photo by Nick Moore)

By Max Filby
STAFF WRITER
For Jaden Stahl, joining Skills USA was a way to try to move on.
The 17-year-old Cory-Rawson and Millstream Career Center junior lost her mother last fall. This year, she has risen to the highest office in the Skills USA organization’s state chapter.
“My teacher said it would be a good thing for me to do,” Stahl said. “She thought it would make me happy.”
In April, Stahl was named president of the state chapter, the first student to hold the post in Millstream’s nearly 30-year history.
It’s a position Stahl wasn’t planning on being elected to so quickly, but it’s one she’s excited to serve in.
“I definitely have a nice weight on my shoulders, but I’m happy about it,” Stahl said. “I know now that I have to really be a leader and work extra hard in my field.”
Skills USA is a professional organization for students to network and learn about professionalism. The organization has more than 300,000 student members and more than 13,000 chapters in 54 states and territories, according to its website.
Stahl is a student in the medical technologies program at Millstream. Upon graduation in another year, she’ll have earned her State Tested Nursing Assistant’s license and is hoping to further her medical training by attending the University of Michigan or University of Kentucky.
Stahl credits most of her success in school and at Skills USA to Millstream, its administration and its teachers.
“I owe a lot of it to them,” Stahl said. “They all really encouraged me and really helped me campaign for it.”
As part of her role in serving as the state chapter’s president, Stahl will participate in at least 10 statewide conferences this year and will speak at several.
Stahl’s medical technology teacher, Carol Treece, said she’s proud of her for achieving something that no other Millstream student has.
“Jaden truly is inspirational,” said Treece. “She’s full of confidence and an example for every high school student.”
Competition is fierce for such positions, one reason why Millstream has never before had a student ascend to the state chapter’s presidency, said Chris Renn, director at Millstream.
Renn said Stahl’s abilities and skills make her one of the best candidates for leadership in Skills USA.
“It’s very easy for us to see why it’s Jaden,” Renn said.
Stahl was elected by a group of delegates from the state’s nearly 100 career centers, Renn said. To run for the position, Stahl had to give something of an impromptu speech to an audience of a few hundred.
“You’re up there and you’re just having a heart attack but it was worth it in the end,” Stahl said.
Although the group of students Stahl spoke to may have been an intimidating audience, the delegates who elected her are ones Stahl said she plans on staying friends with for a long time.
“We still have group text messages and I still see most of them, especially the ones nearby,” Stahl said.
Filby: 419-427-8422
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Twitter: @MaxFilby

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A Findlay man was arrested following a high-speed chase that began on the east side of Findlay Saturday night.
According to Findlay police, an officer attempted to stop a motorcycle driven by Kenneth H. Beasley, 20, of Findlay, in the 14400 block of Hancock County 212 at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Police reported Beasley, who was riding a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle, failed to comply with the officer and fled.
The motorcycle continued east on Hancock County 212, turning south on to Hancock County 236 until reaching the parking lot of Walmart at 2500 Tiffin Ave.
Police say the motorcycle traveled through the parking lots between Walmart and Kohl’s Department Store at 2310 Tiffin Ave. before turning east onto Tiffin Avenue.
Beasley headed east out of Findlay on U.S. 224, reaching speeds in excess of 130 mph. He came to a stop in the parking lot at 2860 U.S. 224 at the intersection of U.S. 224 and U.S. 23 in Alvada, where he was arrested.
According to police, Beasley has been charged with failing to comply with an order or signal of police officer, a third-degree felony, and is being held at the Hancock County Justice Center.
The pursuit lasted about 9 minutes and covered 13 miles. No one was injured.

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