BLUFFTON — Chris McClain fired a three-hit shutout Saturday as Bluffton defeated Allen East 3-0 in a Division III sectional baseball semifinal at Bluffton.
The Pirates (11-8) play at Ottawa-Glandorf (17-4) at 5 p.m. Thursday in a sectional final.
Bluffton also had just three hits in the game, but the Pirates made them count with a three-run fourth inning. Trent Phillips reached on an error to start the frame, and Brett Rumer, Drake Luginbuhl and Braden Skilliter all had base hits.
McClain struck out two and walked four, and his teammates backed him up with errorless defense and a pair of double plays.

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WP — McClain. LP — Goodwin. top hitters: (AE) Stippich 1B; Ketchum 1B; Lawrence 1B. (Blu) Rumer 1B; Luginbuhl 1B; Skilliter 1B.
records: Allen East 13-11, Bluffton 11-8.

HOPEWELL-LOUDON 9
COLONEL CRAWFORD 2
BASCOM — All nine Hopewell-Loudon starters had at least one base hit and all nine scored a run Saturday as the Chieftains romped past Colonel Crawford 9-2 in a Division III sectional semifinal at Hopewell-Loudon.
The Chieftains (15-8) advance to Wednesday’s 5 p.m. sectional final at Huron.
Garret Sendelbach singled, doubled, drove in two runs and picked up the win on the mound. Sendelbach allowed just two hits and struck out 11.
Tyler Imes had three base hits and Jordan Stewart (2 RBI) and Ryan Depinet had two each for Hopewell-Loudon.
Connor McCreary had two RBIs for Colonel Crawford (7-14).

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WP — Sendelbach (6-3). LP — Burkhart. top hitters: (CC) McCreary 1B, 2-RBI. (H-L) Sendelbach 1B, 2B, 2-RBI; Depinet 2-1B; Imes 3-1B, RBI; Stewart 2-1B, 2-RBI.
records: Colonel Crawford 7-14, Hopewell-Loudon 15-8.

PARKWAY 8
VAN BUREN 0
VAN BUREN — Austin Adams scattered six hits over seven innings, while striking out three and not issuing a walk, and added a triple and three RBIs at the plate as Parkway blanked Van Buren 8-0 in a Division III sectional semifinal on Saturday.
Parkway advances to the sectional final at Liberty-Benton (19-3) on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Wyatt Felver doubled, singled twice and drove in a run and Austin Dennison added an RBI double for the Panthers.
Van Buren’s Jameson Jacobs recorded two of the six singles by the Black Knights (12-8).

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WP — Adams. LP — Turner. top hitters: (Pwy) Depweg 1B, RBI; Riley 2-1B; Adams 3B, 2 RBI; Felver 2-1B, 2B, RBI; Dennison 2B, RBI; Gibson 1B, RBI. (VB) Jacobs 2-1B.
records: Van Buren 12-8.

VAN WERT 9
RIVERDALE 0
VAN WERT — Four runs in the first inning put Van Wert well on its way Saturday and the Cougars shut out Riverdale 9-0 in a Division III sectional semifinal.
Ethan Williams had two singles and two RBIs and Justice Tussing had an RBI double for Van Wert. The Cougars will play at St. Henry at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a sectional final.
Van Wert ace Brant Henry limited Riverdale (4-16) to just two hits, singles by Evan McKee and Tristan Davis.

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WP — Henry. LP — Loveridge. top hitters: (Riv) McKee 1B; Davis 1B. (VW) Williams 2-1B, 2-RBI; Tussing 2B, RBI.
records: Riverdale 4-16.

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Fostoria's Chris Hampton  gets mobbed by his teammates at home plate after ripping a game-winning home run with two outs in the seventh inning against Upper Sandusky in an opening-round Division II sectional tournament game at Grant Jackson Field. Hampton's blast gave the Redmen a 4-3 win over the Rams and allowed them to advance to Thursday's 5 p.m. sectional final at Wapakoneta. (Photo by Matthias Leguire.)

Fostoria’s Chris Hampton gets mobbed by his teammates at home plate after ripping a game-winning home run with two outs in the seventh inning against Upper Sandusky in an opening-round Division II sectional tournament game at Grant Jackson Field. Hampton’s blast gave the Redmen a 4-3 win over the Rams and allowed them to advance to Thursday’s 5 p.m. sectional final at Wapakoneta. (Photo by Matthias Leguire.)

By SHANNON DOVE
FOR THE COURIER
Two outs, two runners on base, down by two runs in the bottom of the last inning.
Every baseball player dreams of walking to the plate in this situation and knocking a home run out of the park, winning the game and perhaps a championship for their team.
Chris Hampton got to live it Saturday.
The Fostoria High School junior stepped up to the plate at Grant Jackson Field in the bottom of the seventh and sent the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to give the Redmen a 4-3 victory over Upper Sandusky in a Division II sectional semifinal.
“I was looking to hit it as hard as I could,” Hampton said.
Fostoria (14-9) advances to the Division II sectional championship game at Wapakoneta Thursday at 5 p.m.
“Unbelievable. I don’t know what else to say other than unbelievable,” Fostoria coach Dustin Smith said.
“We kept our heads in the game, battled and battled and battled, had lots of opportunities to score runs and just for whatever reason couldn’t get it done until the bottom of the seventh.”
Upper Sandusky coach Keith Miller was philosophical afterward.
“One more out. One more out and we’re out of here with a win. It’s part of baseball,” he said.
Hampton’s bomb was even more dramatic after the Rams (13-10) broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh.
With a runner on second and two outs, Smith decided to issue an intentional walk to Cody Gabriel, who had given the Rams a 1-0 lead in the third with a solo home run. However, that brought clean-up hitter Carson Mittermaier to the plate and he belted a triple to the gap in right-center field.
“Either way, you pick your poison,” Smith said. “You either pitch to (Gabriel) and leave a base open at first or … I was looking for forces at any base. (Mittermaier) hit it into the gap and that’s just the way the game goes.”
Twice earlier, it looked as if the Rams may take command.
Upper Sandusky put its first two hitters of the second inning on base on infield errors, but pitcher Trey Yates was able to work out of the jam when Dermot Garza hit into a fielder’s choice, Tylor Pritchard flied out to center field and Cameron Binau hit a pop fly that first baseman Hunter Abell caught in foul territory.
Upper Sandusky threatened again in the sixth when Mittermaier hit a leadoff double and moved to third on Alex Kenner’s single. After Kenner stole second, Andre Myers grounded out to shortstop, Garza grounded out to the pitcher and Pritchard hit a pop fly to shortstop Kaleb Bemis.
“One of our most consistent pitchers on the team and he’s a freshman,” Smith said of Yates. “Throws strikes, keeps the ball down, stays composed — I don’t really see him get riled, worried, out of whack or anything. He just does his thing, throws strikes, and he’s going to be good. He does a real nice job for us.”
Upper Sandusky stranded nine runners on base, including six in scoring position.
“We had other chances throughout the game, too, a lot of guys in scoring position, and couldn’t get them in when we needed to,” Miller said. “We still worked hard enough at the end that we got that two-run lead, and unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to hold up.”
Yates earned a complete-game win, allowing three earned runs on six hits, striking out three while walking.
Rams starter Sam Plott had a solid outing, giving up just one earned run on five hits and one walk while fanning nine in six innings.
Gabriel was charged with the loss in relief after surrendering three earned runs on three hits and striking out one in two-thirds of an inning.
Hampton also singled in the third inning and knocked in all four of Fostoria’s runs. Lance Smith added a pair of singles and Alex Jackson a double for the Redmen.

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WP — Yates. LP — Gabriel. top hitters: (US) Gabriel HR; Mittermaier 2-2B, 2 RBI. (Fos) Smith 2-1B; Hampton HR, 1B, 4 RBI; Jackson 2B.
records: Upper Sandusky 13-10, Fostoria 14-9.

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By ANDREW WILLIAMS
Staff Writer
BLOOMDALE — Elmwood sophomore Trevor Solether admitted he was battling some nerves when he took the mound in the first inning of the Royals’ Division III sectional semifinal against Delta on Saturday.
That didn’t last long, though.
After fighting through a bumpy first inning, Solether took dead aim at the Panthers’ lineup. He allowed one unearned run on six hits, while compiling seven strikeouts and not issuing a walk in seven innings to lead Elmwood to a 10-1 victory.
The Royals, who improved to 9-11 on the year, advance to the Thursday’s 5 p.m. sectional final at Swanton (9-7).
Delta had the upper hand early on as Andrew Stickley and Jeffrey McQuillen hit back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the first. Elmwood second baseman Dylan Hall couldn’t handle a line drive off the bat of Cody Matthews and Stickley scored from third base on the error.
Solether struck out the next two hitters to end the threat, though, and kill just about any momentum the Panthers would have in the game.
“I was locating all my pitches really well,” Solether said. “I didn’t have my curveball really in control, but I was spotting my fastball really well today.”
After sending six batters to the plate in the first inning, the Panthers (7-12) never sent more than four in any inning the rest of the way. Solether recorded the complete game in 106 pitches.
“I was really nervous at first. First big game I’ve ever been in,” he said. “I just focused on throwing the ball to the glove, throwing a lot of strikes, depending on my defense and went up there and had confidence.”
Delta’s Blake Gladieux got off to a good start on the mound, only allowing a pair of singles through the first two innings thanks to Elmwood’s aggressiveness at the plate.
That all changed in the third when Tayte Lentz singled to right, Phillip Buckingham legged out a bunt single and Dylan Hall hit an RBI single to center to start off the inning. After Jacob Wise grounded out to first, Brett Jones smacked a two-RBI single to left that ended Gladieux’s day.
The sophomore suffered the loss, giving up three earned runs on eight hits in 21/3 innings.
Tyler Stone and Solether greeted reliever Wyatt Bronson with solid singles. Both eventually scored, as did Nolan Kerr, who reached on a walk.
The Royals sent 12 batters to the plate in the third inning, scored seven runs on six hits and grabbed a 7-1 advantage.
“We just started staying back instead of getting out on the front foot and swinging early at everything,” said Elmwood assistant coach Kile Eichenaur, who filled in for 26-year veteran Kyle Reiser who was attending his daughter’s college graduation. “When you have an inning like that it’s a lot of fun. It just keeps rolling after that.”
Pitching with a lead, Solether went to work and shut down Delta’s offense. He faced just three hitters each in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings, giving up three singles and never allowing a runner to make it past first base.
“Give them credit. Their pitcher threw well today,” Delta coach Damon Mattimore said. “He shut us down from there on through after we had little rallies there in the first.
“We should have scored a couple more runs. We had runners in scoring position in the second and third, just couldn’t get it done. The kid stepped up, threw strikes and got us out.”
Wise walked to start the sixth for the Royals and scored on a wild pitch from Anthony Demaline. After Jones reached on a throwing error, Elmwood’s victory was punctuated by Jacob Firsdon’s two-run home run to center.
Stickley and McQuillen each tallied two singles to lead Delta, while Solether finished with three singles for the Royals.

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WP — Solether. LP — Gladieux. top hitters: (Del) Stickley 2-1B; McQuillen 2-1B. (Elm) Hall 1B, RBI; Jones 1B, 2 RBI; Solether 3-1B; Firsdon HR, 2 RBI; Lentz 1B, RBI.
records: Delta 7-12; Elmwood 9-11.
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By MICHAEL BURWELL
Staff Writer
OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf’s baseball team has had its share of exciting one-run games this season, and Saturday’s 1-0 win over Lima Central Catholic in a Division III sectional semifinal was no different.
But it was the way that the Titans ended the game and how they regrouped after a scary collision knocked starting pitcher Tanner Schimmoeller out of the game that showed Ottawa-Glandorf’s mettle.
With two outs in the top of the seventh inning and O-G leading 1-0, Titans’ center fielder Tyler Zender threw out Luke Baumgartner at home plate to end the game.
Down to their final out, the Thunderbirds stayed alive when Baumgartner reached first base after O-G shortstop Brad Croy bobbled a groundball. The next batter, Drew Jennings, ripped a single to center field on an 0-2 count to advance Baumgartner to second base.
As Liam Stolly roped a line-drive to center field, Zender planned his game-winning throw to catcher Ben Dietering perfectly.
“It was a line drive right at me. I probably could have dove at that one, too, but I saw their coach was waving the guy around third,” Zender, who also made a diving catch in the fourth inning, said. “So I was like, ‘I’m going to set up and throw a ball right on the money’ and Ben (Dietering) was there, made a nice play, blocked the plate and it was a great tag on his part.”
O-G (17-4), a No. 4 district seed, will host sixth-seeded Bluffton, which knocked off Allen East 3-0 on Saturday, at 5 p.m. Thursday in a sectional final.
LCC (10-14) still has three regular-season games left, but the postseason run is over.
The win for the Titans, however, came with a potentially costly price.
In the fifth inning, Baumgartner hit a short pop-up in the infield between Schimmoeller and first-baseman Andrew Wischmeyer, and both players collided.
It appeared that Schimmoeller, a 6-foot-6 senior who will pitch for the University of Cincinnati next season, took a knee to the head. Both players were down for about a minute, and Wischmeyer was able to get up on his own. Schimmoeller stayed down.
LCC and O-G trainers and several players helped Schimmoeller get to his feet, but he fell right back down and, after a few more minutes, was helped off the field.
O-G head coach Nick Miller said that Schimmoeller had “more than likely a concussion.”
“Nobody likes to see that on the field there, and it affected both teams there, but we still had a game to play and Matt (Warnecke) came in and threw strikes, got out of the inning, got us back in the dugout where we collected our thoughts a little bit and found a way to finish the game,” Miller said.
Schimmoeller (3-1) picked up the win, pitching 41/3 innings and allowing no runs on no hits while striking out five batters and walking one.
Warnecke, another senior pitcher who’s had success for the Titans this season (5-2 record, 1.11 ERA), picked up right where Schimmoeller left off.
He struck out Jennings on four pitches and forced a groundout by Liam Stolly to get out of the inning. Overall, Warnecke pitched the rest of the game, allowing four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
“You got to give Warnecke credit, too,” LCC head coach John Schneiders said. “Here’s a kid who’s pitched against us for a couple years in the tournament and not had a whole lot of good fortune against us, and he comes in and in a really difficult position and became that senior leader that they really needed.
“When you looked at the body language of those O-G kids after watching their guy go down, he did a great job of stepping in and immediately continuing the momentum that they had.”
The lone run in the game came in the third inning from an RBI-single to left field from Austin Williams.
Croy ripped a one-out single to center field, stole second base and advanced to third two pitches later on a passed ball, and scored on Williams’ hit.
LCC’s Colin Stolly was saddled with the loss, pitching six innings and allowing a run on four hits. He had six strikouts, no walks and didn’t allow a hit after Williams’ third-inning hit.
Both coaches said the game played out exactly like they thought it would, with dominant pitching.
“Like we told our kids, this is not a typical opening round of the tournament game,” Miller said. “These two teams, when we get together, it’s always a battle, and luckily we were on the right side of this.
“All three pitchers commanded the strike zone very well. Colin, with his assortment of breaking pitches and changeup, was very tough…He really limited us, he did a heck of a job.”

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WP — Schimmoeller (3-1). LP — C. Stolly. SV — Warnecke. top hitters: (LCC) Jennings, Romer & L. Stolly 1B. (O-G) Williams 1B, RBI.
records: Lima Central Catholic 10-14, Ottawa-Glandorf 17-4.
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By ANDY WOLF
SPORTS WRITER
MONROEVILLE — First, it was two straight walks.
Next, it was two straight wild pitches
Lastly, it was two straight errors.
It all added up to trouble for St. Wendelin, which allowed a six-run fifth inning en route to a 10-4 loss to Monroeville in a Division IV sectional semifinal Saturday at Clark Park.
The Mohawks trailed just 3-2 heading into the fifth, before starter Brad Buhrow gave up a leadoff single and walked the next two batters.
Two straight wild pitches boosted Monroeville’s lead to 5-2, Nathan Watt’s RBI single brought in another run, a throwing error plated two more runs for the Eagles.
Another error kept the inning alive and set up Brandon Hayes’ RBI single, making it 9-2.
Overall, the Mohawks (2-20) committed seven errors to just one from the Eagles.
Monroeville advances to take on Toledo Christian in Wednesday’s sectional final at 5 p.m. Toledo Christian.
Watt earned the win for the Eagles (7-14), racking up 11 strikeouts while allowing three earned runs on six hits and six walks in a complete game.
“His control was dialed in,” Monroeville coach Adam Gerber said. “Every game he pitches, he does better. This was the best game he’s pitched for us.”
Hayes had two RBI singles and Watt and Dakota Hanlon had two hits and an RBI each.
Buhrow took the loss after allowing two earned runs on seven hits. He walked six and struck out four in five innings.
“I thought our pitching was great,” Mohawks coach Nate Viets said. “We threw strikes, got ground balls and fly balls, and there’s nothing more we can do about that.”
At the plate, Buhrow also doubled, singled and drove home a run, while Trent Whetsel collected three singles and two RBIs.
Just two batters into the game, Buhrow doubled home Brady Rutte. Whetsel then singled home Buhrow to give the Mohawks a quick 2-0 lead.
“We jumped off to a good start,” Viets said. “We were hitting the ball as well as we have been.”
Watt got out of the innning with a pair of strikeouts to bring the Eagles up to the plate.
“I got my confidence up, going in,” Watt said. “Once I found my spot, I started unloading and just blowing it past them.”
St. Wendelin rallied for two runs in seventh inning, but the deficit was too much.

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WP — Watt. LP — Buhrow. top hitters: (Mon) Hayes 2-1B, 2 RBI; Hanlon & Watt 2-1B, RBI. (SW) Buhrow 2B, 1B, RBI; T. Whetsel 3-1B, 2 RBI.
records: St. Wendelin 2-20, Monroeville 7-14.

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LIMA — Ottawa-Glandorf got runner-up finishes at No. 1 and No. 3 singles Saturday to place third at the Western Buckeye League tournament at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
The Titans scored 32 points in the tourney and finished behind Lima Shawnee (54) and Celina (46).
Coupled with its third-place finish in the regular season play, O-G placed third in the final WBL standings. Lima Shawnee and regular season champ Celina shared the final league crown.
O-G’s Alex Schroeder, at No. 1 singles, downed Wapakoneta’s Drew Wayman 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Van Wert’s Lane Mansfield 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-1 in the semis. Lima Shawnee’s Jason Barton defeated Schroeder 6-2, 0-6, 6-0 in the final.
The Titans’ John Schroeder beat Celina’s Nathan Lutz 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 in the quarters at No. 3 singles, and defeated St. Mary’s Justin Nedderman 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the semis. Lima Shawnee’s Ruthvik Avvari won the title match 6-2, 6-1.
Brandon Hempfling placed third for O-G at No. 2 singles. He beat Van Wert’s Eric Yeung 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the quarters, fell to Celina’s Alex Siebel 6-0, 6-0 in the semis and rebounded to defeat Kenton’s Jake Abbott 6-2, 6-1.
The Titans placed eighth at No. 1 double and sixth at No. 2 doubles.
Upper wins 4 NCC titles
BUCYRUS — It was a solid day Saturday for Upper Sandusky’s boys tennis team as the Rams claimed four championships and a runner-up at the North Central Conference tournament at Bucyrus High School.
The Rams swept the Nos. 2 and 3 singles spots and both doubles draws. Evan Sheck, at No. 2 singles, defeated Crestline’s Cody Taylor 6-0, 6-0 in the semis before beating Dalon King of Bucyrus 6-2, 6-0 in the final.
At No. 3 singles, Seth Frey downed Crestline’s Jacob Martin 6-0, 6-0 in the semis and defeated Galion’s Caleb Ivy 6-2, 6-0 in the final.
Danial Maltsbarger and Aaron Pirc beat Crestline’s Blake Miller and Hunter Music 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals at No. 1 doubles, and topped Bucyrus’ Greg Patrick and D.J. Dagher 6-1, 6-1 in the final.
At No. 2 doubles, Drew Barth and Noah Frey got a bye into the final, where they beat Galion’s Alex Barker and Nic Oehler 6-1, 6-2.
Upper’s Seth Sprang topped Galion’s Sam Maddox 6-0, 6-0 in the semis at No. 1 singles, and fell 6-4, 6-4 to Mark Musick of Bucyrus in the final.
Findlay 2nd in TRAC JV
LIMA — Findlay High’s Tanner Graves and David Hoban won the title at No. 1 doubles and the Trojans added two second- and two third-place finishes in placing second to Toledo St. John’s on Saturday in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference junior varsity tennis tournament held in Lima.

TRAC JV TENNIS TOURNAMENT RESULTS
TEAM STANDINGS: 1, Toledo St. John’s 114. 2, Findlay 88. , Toledo St. Francis 87. 4, Fremont Ross 15
No. 1 SINGLES — Steve Bowlin (Fin) def. Henry Nguyen (FR) 8-3; Nick Labaree (TSJ) def. Bowlin 8-1; Chris Krauctsky (TSF) def. Bowlin 8-6.
No. 2 SINGLES — Bryan Swick (Fin) def. Joe Meyer (FR) 8-2; Sam Thomas (TSJ) def. Swick 8-0; Swick def. Adam Gstordes (TSF) 8-6.
No. 3 SINGLES — Aditya Sharma (Fin) def. Hunter Smith (FR) 8-0; Shan Karnani (TSJ) def. Sharma 8-0; Jacob Kelly (TSF) def. Sharma 8-7 (4).
No. 1 DOUBLES — Tanner Graves/David Hoban (Fin) def. Briana Goodwin/Andrea Lee (FR) 8-1; Graves/Hoban def. Andrew Devaney/Brian Devaney (TSF) 8-5; Graves/Hoban def. David Eid/Mark Obri (TSJ) 8-4.
No. 2 DOUBLES — Fernando Blank/Ryan Price (Fin) def. Brandon Richter/Joell Stark (FR) 8-2; Omar Abdul-Aziz/Alex White (TSJ) def. Blank/Price 8-2; Blank/Price def. David Price/Logan Schofield (TSF) 8-7 (5).

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ADA — With the Northwest Conference meet looming large in the week ahead, Bluffton’s boys track team got its stretch run into full gear Saturday by taking the team championship at the Ada Invitational.
Bluffton scored 111 points, easily outpacing Lima Central Catholic (86) and Spencerville (79½). Carey (49½) was seventh, Mohawk (38½) eighth and Ada (37) ninth in the 15-team boys field.
On the girls side, Versailles (123 points) romped to the team championship over Spencerville (62½) and McComb (48½). Mohawk (47½) was fourth, Ada (45½) sixth and Bluffton (44) seventh in the 16-team field.
Bluffton got event victories from Julian Harnish in the 1,600-meter run (4:44.87), Noah Stratton in the 400 (49.84), Robbie Stratton in the 300 intermediate hurdles (41.85), Clay Wilson in the pole vault (12-6) and Hunter Smith in the discus (140-11).
The Pirates also won the 400 (44.92), 800 (131.40) and 1,600 (3:34.18) relays.
Tommy Arredondo won the high jump (5-10), Kyle Swartz was second in the discus (137-10) and Jacob Goble second in the shot (48-6) put to lead Carey’s boys.
Mohawk’s Mitch Parker tied for third in the pole vault (11-0) and was fifth in the 800 (2:08.53).
Ada got a second-place finish from Matt Wilcox in the 400 (50.86) and Austin Dumbaugh was third in the discus (136-3).
Cory-Rawson’s Mason Warnimont was second in the 100 (11.17) and third in the 200 (22.80). Vanlue’s Colton Huston placed second in the 110 high hurdles (15.84) and third in the 300 hurdles (43.44).
McComb’s Molly Leppelmeier was a double winner, sweeping the throws with a 39-10 in the shot and 135-8 in discus. The Panthers were second in the 400 relay (52.83), while Maddy Roth was second in the long jump (14-10).
Mohawk got a win from Shauna Leeth in the 3,200 (12:29.51), and second-place finishes by Ali Konkle in the 100 hurdles (16.89) and 300 hurdles (50.37). Ada’s Carlee Marshall won the long jump (15-0), Lindsay Walden was second in the high jump (4-10) and the Bulldogs were third in the 400 relay (53.28). Ada’s Brittney Archer was third in the 100 (12.72).
Bluffton’s Erica Sheehan was third in the 100 hurdles (16.78) and Ashley Baker was third in the 300 hurdles (50.71).
Carey’s Gwen Wentling was second in the 400 (1:02.00), Amber Spurlock third in the 200 (27.30) and Blue Devils placed second in the 1,600 relay (4:19.38). Cory-Rawson’s Hannah Roebke was second in the 800 (2:25.08). Hardin Northern’s Kenzie Shepherd took second in the pole vault (10-0).

BOYS Team Standings
1, Bluffton 111. 2, Lima Central Catholic 86. 3, Spencerville 79½. 4, Versailles 55. 5, Upper Scioto Valley 53½. 6, Bucyrus 53. 7, Carey 49½. 8, Mohawk 38½. 9, Ada 37. 10, Allen East 27. 11, New Knoxville 25. 12, Cory-Rawson 21. 13, Vanlue 14. 14, McComb 9. 15, Hardin Northern 3.
Area BOYS Finishes
SHOT — 2, Goble (Car) 48-6. 4, Smith (Blu) 46-3. 7, Ansley (Ada) 42-½. 8, Beeker (McC) 41-6½. DISCUS — 1, Smith (Blu) 140-11. 2, Swartz (Car) 137-10. 3, Dumbaugh (Ada) 136-3. 6, Williams (HN) 125-8. 7, Mullins (Moh) 122-7. HJ — 1, Arredondo (Car) 5-10. 6, R. Stratton (Blu) 5-8. 8, Logsdon (Car) 5-6. LJ — 7, Parker (McC) 17-10½. 8, Arredondo (Car) 17-8. PV — 1, Wilson (Blu) 12-6. 3 (tie), Parker (Moh) 11-0. 8 (tie) Rymer (Car) 10-6. 3,200 RELAY — 4, Mohawk 9:00.05. 6, Ada 9:24.17. 7, Bluffton 9:24.41. 110 HH — 2, Huston (Van) 15.84. 4, Hughart (Ada) 16.81. 100 — 2, Warnimont (C-R) 11.17. 3, Little (Blu) 11.23. 6, Moser (C-R) 11.46. 7, Wannemacher (Blu) 11.93. 800 relay — 1, Bluffton 1:31.40 5, Mohawk 1:35.97. 7, Ada 1:37.23. 8, Cory-Rawson 1:37.36. 1,600 — 1, Harnish (Blu) 4:44.87. 6, Stillberger (Moh) 5:01.21. 8, Hyatt (Car) 5:05.14. 400 relay — 1, Bluffton 44.92. 3, Mohawk 46.17. 4, Ada 46.40. 8, Carey 47.49. 400 — 1, N. Stratton (Blu) 49.84. 2, Ma. Wilcox (Ada) 50.86. 3, Kromer (Car) 52.65. 5, Dysert (McC) 53.30. 6, Hyatt (Car) 53.63. 7, Demellweek (Blu) 53.85. 300 ih — 1, R. Stratton (Blu) 41.85. 3, Huston (Van) 43.44. 8, Haines (Blu) 44.83. 800 — 4, Mi. Wilcox (Ada) 2:07.16. 5, Parker (Moh) 2:08.53. 7, Hoff (Blu) 2:09.84). 200 — 2, N. Stratton (Blu) 22.76. 3, Warnimont (C-R) 22.80. 6, Moser (C-R) 23.87. 3,200 — 5, Cook (Car) 10:30.42. 6, Koehler (Moh) 11:08.88. 7, Menard (McC) 11:10.41. 1,600 relay — 1, Bluffton 3:34.18. 3, Mohawk 3:40.89. 4, Carey 3:44.26. 8, Ada 3:57.47.
GIRLS Team Standings
1, Versailles 123. 2, Spencerville 62½. 3, McComb 48½. 4, Mohawk 47½. 5, New Knoxville 46. 6, Ada 45½. 7, Bluffton 44. 8, Allen East 42½. 9 (tie) Bucyrus & Delphos Jefferson 38. 11, Carey 35½. 12, Upper Scioto Valley 31. 13, Lima Central Catholic 25. 14, Cory-Rawson 17. 15, Hardin Northern 8. 16, Vanlue 2.
Area GIRLS Finishes
SHOT — 1, Leppelmeier (McC) 39-10. 5, Nelson (Ada) 30-1½. 7, Bash (Car) 29-9. DISCUS — 1, Leppelmeier (McC) 135-8. 5, Edgington (Blu) 97-5. 7, Kloepfer (Van) 93-11. HJ — 2, Walden (Ada) 4-10 3 (tie) Marshall (Ada) 4-8. 6, Thepsourinthone (McC) 4-8. 7 (tie) Heminger (McC) 4-8. LJ — 1, Marshall (Ada) 15-0. 2, Roth (McC) 14-10. 5, A. Baker (Blu) 14-1½. 6, Craig (Car) 14-1½. PV — 2, Shepherd (HN) 10-0. 5, Welter (Moh) 8-6. 6 (tie) Wickiser (Car) 8-0. 8, Badertscher (C-R) 8-0. 3,200 RELAY — 4, Bluffton 10:37.69. 5, Mohawk 10:47.60. 7, Cory-Rawson 10:52.98. 100 IH — 2, Konkle (Moh) 16.69. 3, Sheehan (Blu) 16.78. 100 — 3, Archer (Ada) 12.72. 5, Roth (McC) 13.67. 7, Wilson (McC) 14.31. 800 relay — 3, Carey 1:52.14, 4, Ada 1:52.26. 5, Bluffton 1:53.85. 6, Mohawk 1:54.31. 7, Cory-Rawson 1:54.72. 400 relay — 2, McComb 52.83. 3, Ada 53.28. 5, Mohawk 54.38. 8, Cory-Rawson 59.55. 400 — 2, Wentling (Car) 1:02.00. 4, Steinmetz (Blu) 1:03.09. 7, H. Baker (Blu) 1:07.49. 300 Lh — 2, Konkle (Moh) 50.37. 3, A. Baker (Blu) 50.71. 4, Sheehan (Blu) 51.32. 6, vonStein (C-R) 52.88. 800 — 2, Roebke (C-R) 2:25.08. 6, Risner (Moh) 2:37.61. 200 — 3, Spurlock (Car) 27.30. 3,200 — 1, Leeth (Moh) 12:29.51. 7, Richardson (Moh) 13:13.36. 1,600 relay — 2, Carey 4:19.38. 6, Bluffton 4:26.87. 7, McComb 4:34.69. 8, Ada 4:35.74.

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The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra and the Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra will present a final spring concert on Monday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School.
The Chamber Orchestra will begin the concert by performing three selections: “Irish Suite,” “Allegro from Symphony No. 12 in G” and “Gregorian Rhapsody.” The Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1987, is composed of a select group of 19 string players who also perform in the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra. The Chamber Orchestra rehearses on Monday afternoons throughout the year and performs challenging music written specifically for chamber groups.
Next, Hiromasa “Alex” Harada will perform a violin solo, “Allegro Molto Appassionato from Violin Concerto, Op. 64 in E Minor” by Felix Mendelssohn. He will be accompanied on piano by Anita Schaible, assistant director of the FHS Symphony Orchestra. Harada has played violin in the Findlay City Schools orchestra program for eight years. He has been the concertmaster of the Toledo Youth Orchestra for four years, and won the TYO concerto competition in 2011 and 2013. He participated in Ohio Northwest Regional Orchestra for four years (serving as concertmaster two of those years) and was selected for the Ohio All-State Orchestra for four years. He also participated in various national honors orchestras, performing at The Kennedy Center and the Grand Ole Opry. He has also performed the national anthem and solo works at various sporting, academic, church and fundraising events. A Findlay senior, he plans to attend the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to study economics and international relations, while minoring in music and violin performance.
The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra, comprised of 81 students, will perform six selections at the concert, including “Winds of Poseidon” by Robert W. Smith, which is based on the classic story, “The Odyssey,” about a shipwrecked warrior who wanders the land and sea for 10 years. Three other selections were performed by the orchestra at the Ohio Music Education Association State Orchestra contest, where they received a “Superior” rating from a panel of judges. The three selections are: “Shalom Chavarin,” “Procession of the Sardar” and “Bacchanale from Sampson and Delilah.”
The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ken Pressel, with assistant director Anita Schaible. This is Pressel’s 21st year teaching orchestra at Findlay City Schools. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in violin performance from Ohio University.
The concert is free and open to the public.

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LIMA — Ottawa-Glandorf got runner-up finishes at No. 1 and No. 3 singles Saturday to place third at the Western Buckeye League tournament at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
The Titans scored 32 points in the tourney and finished behind Lima Shawnee (54) and Celina (46).
Coupled with its third-place finish in the regular season standings, O-G placed third in the final WBL standings. Lima Shawnee and regular season champ Celina shared the final league crown.
O-G’s Alex Schroeder, at No. 1 singles, downed Wapakoneta’s Drew Wayman 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and Van Wert’s Lane Mansfield 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-1 in the semis. Lima Shawnee’s Jason Barton defeated Schroeder 6-2, 0-6, 6-0 in the final.
The Titans’ John Schroeder beat Celina’s Nathan Lutz 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 in the quarters at No. 3 singles, and defeated St. Mary’s Justin Nedderman 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the semis. Lima Shawnee’s Ruthvik Avvari won the title match 6-2, 6-1.
Brandon Hempfling placed third for O-G at No. 2 singles. He beat Van Wert’s Eric Yeung 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the quarters, fell to Celina’s Alex Siebel 6-0, 6-0 in the semis and rebounded to defeat Kenton’s Jake Abbott 6-2, 6-1.
The Titans placed eighth at No. 1 double and sixth at No. 2 doubles.

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By AMY M. CARLES
Vacations are a much-deserved treat, and are necessary for health and emotional well being. However, they can be quite costly and they can put you in debt.
Do not let the idea, “We deserve it!” set you back financially. There are ways to enjoy a vacation on a budget.
Start by planning your trip. If you plan early enough, you can set up a vacation savings account to pay for it.
Setting up an automatic deposit each month is more effective than putting money in a jar, plus it will earn you a little interest. It also helps you avoid dipping into your vacation fund.
Planning early can also often save you money on travel. However, you can often find last-minute deals if you can be flexible when and where you go.
Create a vacation spending plan. Determine where you are going, how you will get there, what you will do there, and what you will need to take with you.
You should also create a daily budget for food, drinks, activities, souvenirs and shopping.
Make a list of people you want to buy for and set a spending limit. Before buying souvenirs, ask yourself if you really need another trinket you will not use.
Would a photo of a landmark or tourist attraction be just as good? Consider purchasing souvenirs to use every day.
Be careful not to underestimate vacation expenses, and build in a cushion for the unexpected.
Travel during the off-season, take your own food, and eat large meals at lunch or breakfast to save money on meals. Look for packaged, all-inclusive deals and coupons.
Consider staying with friends and family. But, if you do, make sure you do not overstay your welcome, and give a nice gift to say thank you for the hospitality.
Pack light to save money on baggage fees. However, packing all you need may avoid expenses when you arrive at your travel destination and cost you less in the long run.
The weather may not be what you expect. Pack with this in mind by packing clothes that are versatile and easily layered, and do not forget a jacket and umbrella.
Alert your bank and credit card companies of your travel plans, especially if leaving the state or country. Otherwise, you may discover your ATM card or credit card shut down because the bank believes it to be stolen.
If you are going to use a credit card for your trip, make sure you can pay it off to avoid going into debt. Putting a vacation on credit is not a good idea.
The debt will make the vacation more expensive and create stress that takes the fun of your vacation. Taking out a home equity loan for a vacation is considered bad debt, and could put your house at risk.
If the only way you can have a vacation is to charge it, consider a “staycation” instead, then start planning and saving for a vacation later.
If you need help, Hancock Saves can help at www.hancocksaves.org.
Carles is with the Ohio State University Extension, Hancock County, and program coordinator for Hancock Saves.

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