LEIPSIC — Dylan Schey fired a four-hit shut out to pitch Leipsic to an 8-0 Blanchard Valley Conference baseball win over Vanlue on Wednesday.
Leipsic broke open a tight 1-0 game by pushing across six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Gavin Cupp singled twice driving in a pair of runs. Justin Ellerbrock and Pierce Henry also had two singles for the Vikings (3-5 overall, 1-0 BVC).
Austin Smith had two singles for Vanlue (1-5, 0-3).
Vanlue 000 000 0 — 0 4 4
Leipsic 001 061 x — 8 11 0
WP — Schey (1-1). LP — Hagerty. top hitters: (Leip) Cupp 2-1B, 2 RBI; J. Ellerbrock 2-1B; Henry 2-1B. (Van) Smith 2-1B.
records: Leipsic 3-5 overall, 1-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Vanlue 1-5, 0-3.

McCOMB 6
ARLINGTON 1
McCOMB — Clay Grubb allowed just one run on four hits and fanned 11 batters as McComb stopped Arlington 6-1 in a Blanchard Valley Conference game.
Grubb helped his own cause with a pair of singles and an RBI as McComb jumped on Arlington starter Tyler Richard for three runs in each of the first two innings.
Taylor Reardon added an RBI single sand Clay Dysert added a pair of RBIs for the Panthers (6-1 overall, 3-0 BVC).
Jordan Freed had an RBI single to lead the Red Devils (5-3, 2-1 BVC).

Arlington 000 001 0 — 1 4 0
McComb 330 000 x — 6 6 1
WP — Grubb (2-0). LP — Richard. top hitters: (McC) Grubb 2-1B, RBI; Readon 1B, RBI; Dysert 2 RBI. (Arl) Freed 1B, RBI.
records: McComb 6-1 overall, 3-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arlington 5-3, 2-1.
VAN BUREN 15
ARCADIA 5
ARCADIA — Van Buren’s Ross Adolph drilled three triples, a single, a drove in three runs to lead Van Buren past Arcadia 15-5 in six innings in a Blanchard Valley Conference baseball game Wednesday.
The Black Knights (5-2, 2-0 BVC) scored eight runs in the third inning.
Isaac Sexton ripped two singles, scored two runs and had an RBI, and Chance Sonnenberg tripled and drove in two runs.
A.J. Lentz hit two singles and had an RBI for Arcadia, and Bobba Vera singled and drove in two runs. The Redskins (1-3, 0-2 BVC) had five errors.

Van Buren 108 411 — 15 9 2
Arcadia 210 200 — 5 6 5
WP — Turner. LP — Pessell (0-1). top hitters: (VB) Adolph 3-3B, 1B, 3 RBI; Sexton 2-1B, RBI; Sonnenberg 3B, 2 RBI. (Arc) Vera 1B, 2 RBI; Lentz 2-1B, RBI.
records: Van Buren 5-2 overall, 2-0 Blanchard Valley Conference. Arcadia 1-3, 0-2 BVC.

PANDORA-GILBOA 10
HARDIN NORTHERN 1
DOLA — Pandora-Gilboa’s top four batters collected eight hits and drove in five runs to power the Rockets to a 10-1 win over Hardin Northern in Blanchard Valley Conference baseball action on Wednesday.
Lead-off batter Brian Schneck and No. 2 man Dustin Rieman had two hits each.
Reed Hovest had three hits and drove in two runs and clean-up hitter Jacob Basinger doubled and drove in three runs. Jared Tousley, batting in the No. 6 spot for P-G (4-2, 1-1 BVC), also plated three runs with a single and a double.
Hardin Northern got solid production from the top of its lineup as well with Jacob Gossard (1B, 2B), Kyle Lamb (3-1B), Brett Roby (1B, RBI) and Camron Deckling (2-1) collecting eight of the Polar Bears’ 10 hits.

Pandora-Gilboa 202 411 0 — 10 13 0 Hardin Northern 001 000 0 — 1 10 1
WP — Schneck. LP — Gossard. top hitters: (P-G) Schneck 2-1B; Rieman 2-1B; Hovest 3-1B, 2 RBI; Basinger 2B, 3 RBI; Tousley 2B, 3 RBI; Goedde 2-1B, RBI. (HN) Gossard 1B, 2B; Lamb 3-1B; Deckling 2-1B; Roby 1B, RBI.
records: Pandora-Gilboa 4-2 overall, 1-1 BVC; Hardin Northern 0-5, 0-2.

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Five Findlay High School senior athletes signed letters of intent this week with NCAA Division I and II and NAIA universities around the region.
Adam Twining made his commitment official to join the University of Findlay men’s basketball program. A four-year letterwinner and special mention all-Ohio selection, Twining ranked third in school history in most games played (85). He is also ranked in the top 25 all-time for the Trojans in rebounding (271) and scoring at (705).
Diver Bethany Glick signed to compete for Division I Youngstown State University. A four-time all-Ohioan, Glick holds all FHS diving records and was the 2014 Three Rivers Athletic Conference Diver of the Year.
Soccer player Clayton Hildebrand and volleyball player Ciara Ralston will sign with Division II Ohio Dominican University.
A three-year letter winner and the Division I District 8 Player of the Year, Ralston holds school records for most kills in a game (27) and season (387) and is a three-time academic all-Ohio selection.
Hildebrand, a two-year starter at goalkeeper, recorded 14 shutouts the past two seasons for the Trojans with a total of 179 saves.
Two-year boys basketball letterwinner, Braden Miller will play basketball for NAIA Taylor University. He was an honorable mention all-TRAC selection last season for the Trojans.
Two other area athletes have signed or will sign with schools this week.
• Mohawk senior three-sport standout Kasey Adelsperger has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Tiffin University.
Adelsperger was a third-team all-Ohio and first-team all-Midland Athletic League and District 6 selection. The outside hitter became only the second player in Mohawk history to reach the 1,000 kill plateau finishing with 1,019 for her career. She also finished second all-time in blocks (232), third in aces (102), fifth in kills (766), and fifth in hitting percentage (.262).
• Columbus Grove’s Will Vorhees will sign a letter of intent today to play basketball for NCAA Division II Notre Dame College.
The 6-foot-7 standout was a first-team all-Northwest Conference, second-team all-district and honorable mention all-Ohio pick last season after averaging 17.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

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By JOY BROWN
STAFF WRITER
Findlay City Council is methodically approving the closing of streets and alleys for projects that will eventually alter access and traffic patterns in three parts of the city.
Council this week gave third and final readings to legislation to vacate streets and alleys for Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s construction project.
It also heard the first readings of ordinances that will vacate an alley next to the Findlay-Family YMCA, and vacate streets so the University of Findlay can construct a football and lacrosse stadium.
Marathon won approval of these street closings:
• East Hardin Street from South Main to East streets;
• Beech Avenue from East Sandusky to East Lincoln streets;
• The north/south alley from East Hardin to East Lincoln streets.
Marathon said it intends to keep the vacated portions of Beech and East Hardin open “as thoroughfares through the campus,” but changes will eventually be made “to create a more pedestrian-friendly campus with traffic-managed streetscapes.”
The university has requested vacations of the following alleys and streets:
• West Foulke Avenue between Morey Avenue and Cory Street. The university intends to close it and remove 85 percent of it from the middle to accommodate the stadium, leaving an entrance to the Quonset parking lot from Cory Street on the east end, and an entrance to the 349 Trenton Ave./Oiler Point parking lot from Morey on the west end.
• The north/south alley between West Trenton and West Foulke avenues, which is the first alley east of Morey Avenue. The university said it will keep the alley open “and have a modified use to accommodate Hawley Chiropractic and the university parking needs between 341 to 349 Trenton Ave. and Oiler Point student housing.”
• The north/south alley between West Trenton and West Foulke avenues, which is the first alley west of Cory Street. It will be closed and removed to make room for the stadium.
• The north/south alley between West Trenton and West Foulke avenues, which is the second alley east of Morey Avenue. It will be closed and removed.
Groundbreaking for the 5,000-seat, open-air stadium is slated for late May or early June, the university said.
The YMCA at 300 E. Lincoln St. and Central Church of Christ at 307 E. Hardin St. are requesting a partial vacation of the east-west alley that runs between them.
YMCA Executive Director Brent Finley said the organizations want to close the alley for safety reasons.
“… Closing the alley jointly with the church provides much safety from frequent traffic between the buildings for kids and families,” Finley said.
This particular vacation could signal the beginning of larger changes that the YMCA has been considering.
Within the past few years, the organization has purchased seven homes on Hardin and Lincoln streets that are close to the organization’s headquarters “to one day prepare for downtown branch expansion,” Finley said.
Plans remain in a conceptual stage, he said. The YMCA website says in 2013, “a new 10-year strategic plan was officially created to lead the YMCA through 2023,” and the “final two” homes were bought for future expansion.
The YMCA may try to capitalize on the adjacent Marathon expansion, which is expected to bring hundreds of additional workers who may be interested in YMCA memberships.
The downtown YMCA last grew in 2001. A total of $7.2 million was invested in the downtown branch expansion. The nonprofit then concentrated on upgrading its east branch, which fully reopened in 2005.
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Fighter jets of the North American Aerospace Defense Command are scheduled to conduct exercises over northern Ohio between noon and 2 p.m. today.
Ohioans may hear or see fighter jets close to each other between the Marion and Toledo areas, the Air Force said.
The exercises could be delayed or canceled due to weather, according to the Air Force.
To test responses, systems and equipment, the military conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. All exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled, the Air Force said.
It has conducted exercises like this throughout Canada and the United States since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is a joint Canadian-American command that provides land and sea maritime warnings, and military air control, for Canada and the United States.

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By ERIC SCHAADT
Staff Writer
NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore Council this week accepted the resignation of its village administrator, and hired a full-time interim emergency medical service chief.
Kathy Healy, the village administrator for more than seven years, submitted a letter of resignation to council, indicating she will retire July 11.
“It’s just time,” Healy told The Courier on Wednesday, saying she wanted to spend more time with her parents and other family.
Healy, 58, said she will help her replacement during the transition.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here,” she said. “I’m not leaving North Baltimore. I’ll still be around.
“It’s a nice village. It has a lot of assets,” she said.
Healy indicated she might return to village service in some capacity, such as serving on the tree commission.
Prior to arriving in North Baltimore, Healy was safety-service director for the city of Kenton, a post she was hired to in 1992.
Significant events during Healy’s tenure as North Baltimore administrator included the completion of a storm sewer/sanitary sewer separation project, the opening of the CSX railyard near the village, and an ongoing effort to obtain funding for upgrading the appearance of the village’s downtown.
In another employee matter this week, council emerged from a closed executive session late Tuesday to name Eric Larson as full-time interim chief of the North Baltimore Emergency Medical Service.
He had been selected as part-time interim chief last June, with a salary of about $4,000.
The full-time position will run from May 1 through the end of December at a salary of $35,000, while council decides how to reconfigure the EMS department.
In recent years, council has been attempting to improve the EMS department’s bill collection, bylaws and manpower.
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THE BARBARIANS clubhouse on Cass Township 215 remains boarded up seven months after more than 21 gunshots were fired there, wounding one man. Investigators say a lack of witness cooperation has hindered their efforts to make an arrest. (Photo By Randy Roberts)

THE BARBARIANS clubhouse on Cass Township 215 remains boarded up seven months after more than 21 gunshots were fired there, wounding one man. Investigators say a lack of witness cooperation has hindered their efforts to make an arrest. (Photo By Randy Roberts)

By RYAN DUNN
staff writer
Seven months ago, more than two dozen motorcyclists swarmed a Hancock County clubhouse. They left swiftly after one man was wounded in a flurry of gunshots.
One neighbor described the 21 gunshots as an “eruption” of gunfire.
But a lack of witnesses willing to describe the Sept. 21 shooting incident at 15270 Cass Township 215 has kept investigators from arresting a suspect, Hancock County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Jason Seem said.
“At this point, we’ve exhausted all our leads,” Seem said.
Dennis Hayden, 59, of Fostoria, also known as Scorpion, was shot during the incident at the Barbarians clubhouse, about two miles northeast of Findlay, Seem said.
Hayden appears to be recovering well, Seem said.
The shooting is believed to have been sparked by a territory dispute with a rival Detroit motorcycle club, Seem said.
The Barbarians motorcycle club moved to the property about five years ago, nearby residents said in interviews.
Deputies have dedicated more of their shifts to patrolling the area. They responded to a loud party there after the shooting, Seem said.
Detectives are still seeking information that may lead to an arrest. Seem said wide publicity about the shooting led to more false leads.
Ballistic evidence was obtained at the scene, but there is no credible suspect, he said.
Seem said the lack of witness cooperation with law enforcement was not surprising.
“That’s just the culture these groups display,” he said.
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Toledo Start starter Scyler Glass didn’t get the win with his arm Wednesday. But he did with his bat, lining an RBI single in the top of the tenth inning to give the Spartans a 2-1 nonleague baseball win over Findlay High School on Wednesday.
Findlay committed just two errors in the extra-inning contest. But one allowed Start to get a runner to third base in the tenth inning and Glass followed with his RBI single.
John Harris, who pitched seven scoreless inning in relief of Glass, gave up a lead-off double to Ryan Golden in the bottom of the tenth, but used two strikeouts and a pop-up to lock down Start’s fifth win in seven games.
Findlay (3-5) left 12 runners on base, including runners in scoring position in the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth innings.
Findlay got an excellent start from sophomore Chandler Stillings, who allowed just four hits and one run over eight innings. He struck out eight and walked three.
Jackson Geyer (2-1) allowed just one hit in the final two innings, Glass’s single in the tenth.
Toledo Start 010 000 000 1– 2 5 3
Findlay 000 100 000 0– 1 4 2
WP — Harris. LP — Geyer (2-1). top hitters: (TS) Glass 1B, RBI. (Fin) Golden 2B.
records: Toledo Start 5-2, Findlay 3-5.
FINDLAY JV 7, TOLEDO START 0
Findlay 200 000 5 — 7 4 2 Toledo Start 000 000 0 — 0 0 1
WP — Rinebolt. top hitters: (Fin) Cruea 2-1B, RBI; Rinebolt 3B.
NOTE: Sophomore lefthander Max Rinebolt struck out 16 in throwing the no-hitter.
records: Findlay JV 4-3, Toledo Start 3-4.
FOSTORIA 6
WOODMORE 4
FOSTORIA — Kaleb Bemis hit a pair of singles and got the win on the mound for Fostoria as it edged Woodmore 6-4 Wednesday in Northern Buckeye Conference play.
The Redmen used a four-run fifth inning to come away with the victory as they improved to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in the NBC, while the Wildcats dropped to 2-4 and 1-1 in the NBC. Hunter Abell added a double and a single for Fostoria while Chris Hampton hit a single and came in to close the game to get the save.
Brad Bringman had a double and a single for Woodmore, while Josh Cowell took the loss on the mound.

Woodmore 100 102 0 — 4 6 0
Fostoria 100 140 X — 6 6 0
WP– Bemis (1-1). LP — Cowell. top hitters: (W) Bringman 2B, 1B. (F) Bemis 2-1B; Abell 2B, 1B; Hampton 1B.
records: Woodmore 2-4 overall, 1-1 Northern Buckeye Conference; Fostoria 6-3, 1-0.
lake 9
elmwood 0
BLOOMDALE — Michigan has offered Lake High School pitcher Jayce Vancena a baseball scholarship and against Elmwood on Wednesday, with a number of pro scouts on hand as well, it was easy to see why.
Vancena shut down Elmwood without a hit, striking out 15 along the way, in pitching Lake to a 9-0 Northern Bucketye League win over the Royals. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander reportedly topped the 90-mph mark on a number of pitches.
“He was dealing,” said Elmwood coach Kyle Reiser, adding that Vancena reportedly terw a few pitches in thre 90-plus mph range. “Our you ng kids got a baptism tonigfht.”
Elmwood fell to 4-3 in its NBC opener. Anthony Pratt provided most of the offense for Lake (7-2, 1-0) with a homre run, double and tweo singles.

Lake 131 211 0 — 9 16 1
Elmwood 000 000 0 — 0 0 1
WP — Vancena. top hitters: (Lake) Pratt HR, 2B, 2-1B.
records: Lake 7-2 overall, 1-0 Northern Buckeye League; Elmwood 4-3, 0-1.
new riegel 7
carey 3
NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel built a 5-0 lead, weathered Carey’s comeback rally in the sixth inning, and held off the Blue Devils 7-3 in Midland Athletic League baseball action on Wednesday.
Aaron Reinhart and Alex Theis had two hits each, with Reinhart and John Zoeller both driving in two runs for New Riegel (3-4 overall, 1-1 MAL). Blue Devils’ starter Michael Kirian limited Carey to one hit and struck out eight over the first four innings.
Matthew Holsinger had two hits and Dylan Musgrave and Cody Ferguson had RBI singles for Carey (3-4, 1-1 MAL).

Carey 000 003 0 — 3 6 3
New Riegel 130 102 x — 7 5 2
WP — Kirian (2-1). LP — Holsinger (2-1). top hitters: (Car) Holsinger 2-1B; Musgrave 1B, RBI; Ferguson 1B, RBI. (NR) Reinhart 2-1B, 2 RBI; Theis 2-1B; Dryfuse 2B; Zoeller 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Carey 3-4 overall, 1-1 Midland Athletic League: New Riegel 3-4, 1-1.
SENECA EAST 7
NORTH BALTIMORE 1
NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore scored the first earned run of the season off Seneca East ace Andrew McWilliams but that was all the Tigers could muster in a 7-1 loss in the final Midland Athletic League baseball meeting between the two schools.
North Baltimore (1-6 overall, 0-1 MAL) finished with just two hits and senior Jacob Frost accounted for both of them.
McWilliams fanned nine batters in seven innings to get the win. Ethan Caudill had two hits for Seneca East (10-0, 2-0).

Seneca East 111 310 0 — 7 10 0
North Baltimore 100 000 0 — 1 2 2
WP — McWilliams. LP — Hollinger. top hitters: (NB) Frost 2-1B. (SE) Caudill 2-1B.
records: Seneca East 10-0 overall, 2-0 Midland Athletic League; North Baltimore 1-6, 0-1.
MILLER CITY 7
COLUMBUS GROVE 6
COLUMBUS GROVE — Miller City and Columbus Grove each scored a run in the eighth inning, but the Wildcats’ run in the top of the ninth proved to be the winner as Miller City edged Columbus Grove 7-6 in a Putnam County League baseball game on Wednesday.
Five Wildcats had multiple hits. Adam Drummelsmith hit two singles, a double and drove in two runs for Miller City (5-2, 2-0 PCL), and Ross Lehman hit a home run and had two RBIs. Drummelsmith also picked up the win in relief, allowing an run on four hits in three innings pitched.
Jake Utendorf had three singles for Columbus Grove (3-4, 2-1 PCL), and Elisha Jones earned the loss, allowing two runs on six hits in 32/3 innings.

Miller City 201 011 011 — 7 13 4
Columbus Grove 001 301 010 — 6 10 2
WP — Drummelsmith (1-1). LP — Jones. top hitters: (MC) Drummelsmith 2-1B, 2B, 2-RBI; Lehman HR, 2-RBI; Berner, C. Neise & Balbaugh 1B, 2B. (CG) Utendorf 3-1B; Stechschulte 2-1B; Brubaker 2B, 2-RBI.
records: Miller City 5-2 overall, 2-0 Putnam County League. Columbus Grove 3-4, 2-1 PCL.
BLUFFTON 2
OTTOVILLE 1
BLUFFTON — Austin Bricker banged out four of Bluffton’s seven hits as the Pirates used a run in the bottom of the fourth to edge Ottoville 2-1 in a nonconference game.
Bricker finished with three singles and a double, Zak Kuhlman picked up the win and added a pair of singles for Bluffton (5-4).
Kyle Bendele doubled for the Big Green (1-5).
Ottoville 001 000 0 — 1 4 0
Bluffton 001 100 x — 2 7 1
WP — Kuhlman. LP — Horstman. top hitters: (Blu) Bricker 3-1B, 2B; Kuhlman 2-1B; Phillips 2B. Bendele 2B.
records: Bluffton 5-4, Ottoville 1-5.
DELPHOS ST. JOHN’S 6
FORT JENNINGS 0
FORT JENNINGS — Delphos St. John’s Eric Vogt slammed the door on Fort Jennings as the Blue Jays blanked the Musketeers 6-0 in a nonconference baseball game.
Vogt yielded just two hits and struck out six in seven innings of work to get the win.
Kyle Pohlman doubled and hit three singles for Delphos St. John’s. Ryan Rau and Caleb Bankey both had singles for the Musketeers (2-8).
Delphos St. John’s 210 010 2 — 6 9 0
Fort Jennings 000 000 0 — 0 2 5
WP — Vogt. LP — Clay. top hitters: (DSJ) Pohlman 3-1B, 2B, RBI. (FJ) Rau 1B; Bankey 1B.
records: Fort Jennings 2-8.
LIMA SENIOR 6
ADA 0
LIMA — Brady Allen pitched a complete game, allowing no runs on just three hits and striking out nine, as Lima Senior blanked Ada 6-0 in a nonconference baseball game on Wednesday.
Mike Holobaugh, Isiah Burkholder and Aaron Reed each had two hits for Lima Senior (2-6), which scored a run in the first inning, two more in the third and fifth, and one in the sixth.
Ada falls to 1-5.
MOHAWK 14
ST. WENDELIN 3
FOSTORIA — Mohawk had little trouble taking care of Fostoria St. Wendelin 14-3 in a Midland Athletic League game at Lucadello Field on Wednesday.
The Warriors improved to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the league with the win. St. Wendelin fell to 2-8 and 0-3.
No other information on the game was available.

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Riverdale and Carey’s baseball teams will square off on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a nonconference game at Toledo’s Fifth-Third Field.
Admission to the game is free and gates open at 12 noon.
Former Riverdale baseball coach Pat Weber will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for Riverdale. Volleyball coach Eric Vackert will throw out the first pitch for Carey.

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By DAVE HANNEMAN
sTAFF WRITER
With snow on the ground and a cold wind blowing, it sure felt like football weather on Tuesday.
If Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had his way, spring could be as important to the sport as August two-a-days and frosty fall nights.
At a coaches clinic before the annual OSU spring game, and again during a recent appearance at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, Meyer pushed the idea of allowing Ohio high school coaches, as colleges and many southern states do, to have an extended period in the spring to run football practices.
“We have to do something to keep giving our coaches access in the state of Ohio. Right now, our coaches don’t have a lot of that,” Meyer said in an article published in the Akron Beacon Journal. “When you go down to Texas you have 85 guys down there working back and forth.”
“I read that article, and I was at the coaches clinic where he (Meyer) talked about this,” said Findlay High football coach Mark Ritzler.
“I have many friends in the (Ohio High School Football Coaches Association) and I know they have been pushing for something like this. It’s been talked about for awhile.”
Spring football practice is common in many southern states, including Texas, where coaches can instruct student-athletes in 18 practices during a 30-day period.
Ohio high school football coaches have a 10-day period in the summer when they can conduct camps, clinics and/or seven-on-seven scrimmages. Full practices in preparation for the season begin in August.
Under the current rule, adopted by the Ohio High School Athletic Association just over a year ago, high school football coaches can instruct as many as four athletes in out-of-season sessions, but no more than four and that includes the entire school system.
“We can’t have a coach at Glenwood (Middle School) working with four kids there and a coach at the high school working with four kids (at the same time),” Ritzler said.
“It’s actually better than what we had, where we were allowed no contact outside of that 10-day summer period. Now you can coach, do drills, have a football … as long as you have no more than four players.”
There is no limit on the number of student athletes who can attend an open gym for sports like football or basketball. Under that concept, though, coaches can only serve as monitors, and cannot comment on players or offer instruction.
Ritzler would like see the current rule adapted.
“It makes sense, when it comes to football anyway, to be able to have at least seven players,” he said. “Then you can do more things as far as the offensive line or defensive formations.”
Ritzler isn’t sold, though, on what the whole concept of spring football would entail.
“When he (Meyer) says ‘spring football’ is he talking about true spring football like they have in the south and like they have in college, where you have a couple of days of acclimation, a couple of days in just helmets and a couple of days of full contact? Or are they talking about just working out with as many players as you want in shorts and t-shirts?
“I know the state coaches association is working with coach Meyer and (new Cleveland Browns coach) Mike Pettine on something, but as far as when, I’m not sure.
“What we have now is better than what we used to have, but I’d also appreciate an opportunity to be able to do something more.”
Introducing the idea of spring football has generated a buzz.
Implementing it would be another matter.
“I like the idea on paper, but personally I think it’s a pipe dream,” said Arlington football coach Dick Leonard.
“As a football guy, I’d love to be able to work with my team without being under the strict rules they have now. But I don’t think it’s ever going to happen because spring sports like baseball and track are too strong.
“We’re not as big as Texas or California. You can’t pull kids away from other sports. That would be devastating in a small-school setting like ours. I think kids have the right to play other sports and have fun doing it, and I wouldn’t want to see other sports effected by something like that.”
Ottawa-Glandorf football coach Ken Schriner agreed.
“I not a big fan of it (spring practice), because kids need time for other sports and most schools don’t have the size to support it,” Schriner said.
“We have a lot of football kids playing other sports and we have (football) coaches coaching other sports. How are they going to have the time to do all that?
“We have to share athletes at our level. If a kid has an opportunity to play college football or basketball, at that level I can understand that. But I am and always have been against specialization in one sport. But there’s a lot of specialization going on and I don’t think that’s good for the athlete and the program.”
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New Riegel pitcher Taylor Kirian fires the ball toward home during Wednesday's 12-4 Midland Athletic League win over Carey.  She also had three hits and drove in three as the Blue Jackets improved to 10-0 with the victory. (Photo by Matthias Leguire).

New Riegel pitcher Taylor Kirian fires the ball toward home during Wednesday’s 12-4 Midland Athletic League win over Carey. She also had three hits and drove in three as the Blue Jackets improved to 10-0 with the victory. (Photo by Matthias Leguire).

NEW RIEGEL — Taylor Kirian singled, doubled, tripled and drove in three runs while picking up the win on the mound to lead New Riegel over Carey 14-4 in five innings in a Midland Athletic League softball game on Wednesday.
Lauren Zoeller hit three singles and had two RBIs as well for New Riegel (10-0, 2-0 MAL), and Morgan Noftz singled and drove in two runs. Kirian picked up her 10th win in as many games on the mound for the Blue Jackets.
Ali Rymer had two singles, an RBI, and took the loss in the circle for Carey (3-4, 1-1 MAL).

Carey 200 20 — 4 6 3
New Riegel 200 66 — 14 12 4
WP — Kirian (10-0). LP — Rymer (2-3). top hitters: (Car) Rymer 2-1B, RBI; M. Wentling 2-1B; Fletcher 1B, RBI. (NR) Kirian 1B, 2B, 3B, 3-RBI; Zoeller 3-1B, 2-RBI; Noftz 1B, 2-RBI.
records: Carey 3-4, 1-1 MAL. New Riegel 10-0, 2-0 MAL.
mohawk 10
st. wendelin 5
FOSTORIA — Mohawk used a fence-rattling 13-hit attack to pound out a 10-5 Midland Athletic League softball win over Fostoria St. Wendelin on Wednesday.
Julie Adelsperger had a home run and a double among her three hits, Hannah Kieffer tripled and singled, and winning pitcher Kasey Adelsperger had an RBI double as Mohawk, 5-3 overall, improved to 2-0 in MAL play. Mackenzie Sowers drove in three runs with a pair of base hits for the Warriors.
Edy Mowrey had three base hits and Meghan Reiter, Allie Rutter and Raegan Preble doubled for St. Wendelin (2-8, 0-3 MAL). Reiter struck out 11 Mohawk batters, but allowed 13 hits and six earned runs in the setback.

Mohawk 021 033 1 — 10 13 0
St. Wendelin 000 002 3 — 5 10 3
WP — K. Adelsperger. LP — Reiter. top hitters: (Moh) McClain 2-1B, RBI; Kohlenberg 2-1B; Sowers 2-1B, 3 RBI; K. Adelsperger 2B, RBI; Kieffer 3B,1B, RBI; J. Adelsperger 1B, 2B, HR, 2 RBI. (FSW) Reiter 1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Mowrey 3-1B, RBI; Rutter 2B, 1B, RBI, Digby 1B, RBI.
records: Mohawk 5-3 overall, 2-0 MAL; St. Wendelin 2-8, 0-3.
NORTH BALTIMORE 7
SENECA EAST 5
NORTH BALTIMORE — Jasmine Bretz hit a 2-run double in the first inning to get North Baltimore’s bats started as the Tigers upset Seneca East 7-5 in a Midland Athletic League softball game Wednesday.
Hanna Brian had three singles for North Baltimore (3-4, 1-0 MAL), which scored three runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-5 lead and had 13 hits in the game. Bailey Boyer doubled and singled as well for the Tigers.
Paige Reichert hit a 2-run home run in the first inning and also singled for Seneca East (6-4, 1-1 MAL).

Seneca East 211 000 1 — 5 11 0
North Baltimore 201 301 x — 7 13 1
WP — Bean (1-3). LP — Bauman. top hitters: (SE) Reichert HR, 1B, 2 RBI; Bordner 2B, 1B; Ruffing 2-1B. (NB) Bretz 2B, 1B, 4 RBI; Brian 3-1B; Boyer 2B, 1B.
records: Seneca East 6-4 overall, 1-1 Midland Athletic League; North Baltimore 3-4, 1-0.
elmwood 12
lake 1
BLOOMDALE — Rebecca Harvey’s grand slam highlighted a six-run fourth inning that helped power Elmwood to a 12-1 win over Lake in the Northern Buckeye Conference softball opener for both teams on Wednesday.
Chelsie Schmitz also homered and added a double and a single for Elmwood (5-1, 1-0 NBC). Sarah Williams and Kristi Reiser drove in two runs each to back the two-hit, seven-strikeout pitching of Miranda Benchoter.
Jessie Densic had the only two hits for Lake (3-5, 0-1).

Lake 001 00 — 1 2 0
Elmwood 030 63 — 12 10 0
WP — Benschoter. LP — Behlmer. top hitters: (Lake) Densic 2-1B. (Elm) Harvey HR, 4 RBI; George 1B, RBI; Schmitz 1B, 2B, HR, RBI; Williams 2-1B, 2 RBI; Reiser 1B, 2 RBI
records: Lake 3-5 overall, 0-1 Northern Buckeye League; Elmwood 5-1, 1-0.
LIMA CENT. CATH. 6
MILLER CITY 3
MILLER CITY — Lima Central Catholic’s Meredith Shepherd, the 2013 Northwest Conference Player of the Year, allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings pitched and had a big day at the plate as the Thunderbirds knocked off Miller City 6-3 in nonleague softball action on Wednesday.
Shepherd led LCC (3-4) with a double, two singles and an RBI. Sydney Santaguida also doubled, singled and drove in two runs as the Thunderbirds scored five runs over the final three innings after trailing 2-1.
Liz Schimmoeller allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits in seven innings pitched to get the loss for Miller City (2-3). Schimmoeller ripped a triple and a single, and Jessica Vennekotter hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.

Lima Central Catholic 001 030 2 — 6 9 0
Miller City 000 201 0 — 3 6 1
WP — Shepherd (2-2). LP — Schimmoeller (1-2). top hitters: (LCC) Shepherd 2B, 2-1B, RBI; Santaguida 2B, 1B, 2-RBI; Tabler 2B, RBI. (MC) Vennekotter HR, 2-RBI; Schimmoeller 3B, 1B; Schnipke 1B, RBI.
records: Lima Central Catholic 3-4, Miller City 2-3.
LAKOTA 11
HOPEWELL-LOUDON 2
BRADNER — Destiny Long-Meyer tallied a triple, a double, two singles and four RBIs for Lakota in a 11-2 win over Hopewell-Loudon Wednesday night in Midland Athletic League play.
Morgan Gangwer recorded three singles for the Raiders (4-1) while Aubrey Bickford had a double and two RBIs and Sam Miller added a double and a single and a RBI. Aspen Ray had a double and a RBI while Alaina Bickford and Bryan Long-Myer each had a pair of singles and Nikkia Cooper notched a single and a RBI.
Gangwer gave up just two earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings for the win.
Kelsey Coppus took the loss for the Chieftains (1-7) as she gave up five earned runs in four innings.
Emma Kirby hit a RBI-double for Hopewell-Loudon while Sierra Beers had a single and a RBI. Kassie Welley added a pair of singles and Makayla Wilson had a triple.
Hopewell-Loudon 000 110 0 — 2 8 3
Lakota 005 420 X — 11 16 0
WP– Gangwer. LP — Coppus. top hitters: (H-L) Welly 2-1B; Kirby 2B, RBI; Wilson 3B; Beers RBI. (L) Cooper 1B, RBI; B. Long-Myer 2-1B; Al. Bickford 2B, 1B; Gangwer 3-1B; Au. Bickford 2B, 2 RBI; D. Long-Meyer 3B, 2B, 2-1B, 4 RBI; Miller 2B, 1B, RBI; Ray 2B, RBI.
records: Hopewell-Loudon 1-7 overall, 1-2 Midland Athletic League Lakota 4-1, 1-1.
HARDIN NORTHERN 8
PANDORA-GILBOA 0
DOLA — Hardin Northern’s Addy Bame pitched a two-hit shut out and struck out 14 Pandora-Gilboa batters as the Polar Bears blanked Pandora-Gilboa 8-0 in Wednesday’s Blanchard Valley Conference softball game.
Shelby Schlatter had the big bat for Hardin Northern (3-1 overall, 2-0 BVC) as she smacked a double and two singles driving in three runs. Lea Rowe added a pair of singles.
Megan Maag and Vivian Nofizger both singled for Pandora-Gilboa (1-5, 1-2).

Pandora-Gilboa 000 000 0 — 0 2 3
Hardin Northern 022 400 x — 8 10 1
WP — Bame. LP — M. Maag (1-5). top hitters: (HN) Dye 2B, RBIl; Schlatter 2-1B, 2B, 3 RBI; Hooker 2B, RBI; Rowe 2-1B; Watts 3B; Curtis 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Hardin Northern 3-1 overall, 2-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Pandora-Gilboa 1-5, 1-2.
ARLINGTON 13
MCCOMB 3
McCOMB — The Johnson girls — Hannah, Megan and Britnee — combined for seven hits and eight RBIs in leading Arlington to a 13-3 romp over McComb in Blanchaed Valley Conference softball play on Wednesday.
Britnee Johnson drove in four runs with a triple and two singles. Megan Jonson (2-1B) drove in three runs and Hannah Johnson (2-1B) one.
Courtney Stoltz keyed Arlington’s 20-hit attack with four base hits. Dani Heaster, Aaliyah Comstock and Erin Helms added two each as Arlington remained unbeaten overall (7-0) and in the league (3-0).
Brenna Dee and Brooke Metzger had two hits each for McComb (1-7, 0-3).

Arlington 126 04 — 13 20 2
McComb 001 20 — 3 6 7
WP — B. Johnson (6-0). LP — Gomez (1-7). top hitters: (Arl) Stoltz 4-1B; H. Johnson 2-1B, RBI; M. Johnson 2-1B, 3 RBI; B. Johnson 2-1B, 3B, 4 RBI; Heaster 2-1B; Comstock 2-1B, RBI; E. Helms 1B, 2B, RBI; Sheldon 1B, RBI; S. Helms 2B. (McC) .
records: Arlington 7-0 overall, 3-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; McComb 1-7, 0-3.
ARCADIA 6
VAN BUREN 5
ARCADIA — Courtney Cramer’s two-run single capped the last of Arcadia’s two-run rallies and gave the Redskins a walk-off 6-5 win over Van Buren in Blanchard Valley Conference softball action.
Van Buren inched ahead 5-4 in the top of the seventh inning. But Arcadia, which already had two-run rallies in the second and fourth innings, staged one more when Haley Kieffer singled leading off the bottom of the seventh, Molly Glick walked and Lizzie Coward loaded the bases with a bunt single. Cramer’s game-winning single then boosted Arcadia’s unbeaten numbers to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the BVC.
Cramer (2-1B), Glick (2-1B) and Maddie Mock (2-2B) had two hits each for Arcadia.
Olivia Sattler (1B, 2B, 2 RBI), Brylie Rampe and Robyn Flick all had two hits for Van Buren (4-6, 1-1 BVC).

Van Buren 002 001 2 — 5 8 2
Arcadia 020 200 2 — 6 9 1
WP — As. Baird (5-0). LP — Miller. top hitters: (VB) Neall 2B; Rampe 2-1B; Sudlow 1B, RBI; Sattler 1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Flick 2-1B, RBI; Wymer 1B, RBI. (Arc) Mock 2-2B, RBI; As. Baird 2B; Cramer 2-1B, 2 RBI; Glick 2-1B, 2 RBI.
RECORDS: Van Buren 4-6 overall, 1-01 BVC; Arcadia 5-0, 3-0.

ELIDA 20
OTTOVILLE 2
OTTOVILLE — Elida’s bats exploded for 20 hits, including three home runs and six doubles, as the Bulldogs crushed Ottoville 20-2 in five innings in a nonleague softball game Wednesday.
Jenna Halpren (four singles, three RBIs) and Michaela Black (home run, three doubles, three RBIs) each had four hits for Elida (5-2), which scored 10 runs in the fourth inning. Sabrina Kline and Caitlyn Shroyer also hit a home run for the Bulldogs, and Shroyer allowed two runs on five hits in pitching a complete game.
Nikki Burgei singled and had an RBI for Ottoville (0-5).

Elida 413 (10)2 — 20 20 0
Ottoville 101 00 — 2 5 0
WP — Shroyer. LP — Von Sossan. top hitters: (Elida) Black HR, 3-2B, 3-RBI; Halpren 4-1B, 3-RBI; Sumption 2B, 2-1B, 4-RBI; Shroyer HR, 1B, 3-RBI; Kline HR, 2-RBI. (Otto) Burgei 2B, RBI.
records: Elida 5-2, Ottoville 0-5.
UPPER SANDUSKY 7
RIVERDALE 6
UPPER SANDUSKY — Upper Sandusky’s run in the top of the eighth inning against Riverdale was enough to give the Rams a 7-6 North Central Conference win over the Falcons in softball action on Wednesday.
The Rams (5-3 overall, 2-0 NCC) scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-5 lead, and Riverdale (2-6, 0-3) scored a run in the bottom half of the inning to extend the game. Maranda Stansbery and Kate Taylor each doubled and singled, and Maddy Stansbery added two singles for Upper Sandusky.
Janessa Taylor ripped a triple, two singles and drove in three runs to lead Riverdale.

Riverdale 004 010 10 — 6 12 3
Upper Sandusky 201 000 31 — 7 10 2
WP — Gier. LP — Farmer. top hitters: (Riv) Taylor 2-1B, 3B, 3 RBI; Hill 2-1B, 2 RBI; Naus & Holderman 2-1B. (US) Mar. Stansbery & Taylor 2B, 1B; Mad. Stansbery 2-1B.
records: Riverdale 2-6 overall, 0-3 North Central Conference. Upper Sandusky 5-3, 2-0.
LIBERTY-BENTON 12
TOLEDO BOWSHER 2
Pitcher Katie Roberts allowed just two runs on five hits as Liberty-Benton picked up its first win with a 12-2 nonconference victory over Toledo Bowsher on Wednesday.
Mica Terrian slammed a pair of doubles, a single and drove in four runs while Samantha Anders added a triple, double and two RBIs for the Eagles (1-4).
Toledo Bowsher 020 000 — 2 5 2
Liberty-Benton 122 214 — 12 11 2
WP — Roberts. LP — Boiselle. top hitters: (L-B) Terrian 2-2B, 1B, 4 RBI; Roberts 2B, 1B, RBI; Anders 3B, 2B, 2 RBI.
records: Liberty-Benton 1-4.
WOODMORE 9
FOSTORIA 1
FOSTORIA — Woodmore ace Madeline Phillips allowed just two hits and struck out 15 Fostoria batters in pitching the Wildcats to a 9-1 Northern Buckeye Conference softball win over the Redmen.
Phllips also starred at the plate with a double and two singles as Woodmore pushed its unbeaten record to 6-0.

Woodmore 331 000 2 — 9 9 2
Fostoria 001 000 0 — 1 2 4
WP — Phillips. LP — Hersch. top hitters: (Wood) Phllips 2B, 2-1B.
records: Woodmore 6-0, 2-0 NBC; Fostoria 1-6, 0-1.

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