BLOOMDALE — Kristi Reiser belted a second-inning home run to go with a double and a single as Elmwood dispatched Rossford 9-0 in a Northern Buckeye Conference softball matchup on Friday.
Miranda Benschoter gave up three hits and struck out seven in seven innings to pick up the victory in the circle. Olivia Myers doubled, singled twice and drove in three runs, while Rebecca Harvey had a double, a single and two RBIs for the Royals (15-4, 8-1 NBC).
Rossford (16-6, 7-4) mustered three singles in the contest.

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WP — Benschoter. LP — Longeway. top hitters: (Elm) Myers 2-1B, 2B, 3 RBI; Harvey 1B, 2B, 2 RBI; George 1B, RBI; Kenard 2B; Reiser HR, 2B, 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Rossford 16-6 overall, 7-4 Northern Buckeye Conference; Elmwood 15-4 overall, 8-1 Northern Buckeye Conference.

COLUMBUS GROVE 12
CONTINENTAL 3
CONTINENTAL — Hope Schroeder homered and singled, while earning the victory in the circle as Columbus Grove dropped Continental 12-3 to win the Putnam County League title outright on Friday.
The Bulldogs ended the Pirates’ streak of six straight PCL championships by finishing the year with a 6-0 mark in league play.
Brooke Hoffman singled three times, Katie Roose added a triple and a single and Deanna Kleman tallied a pair of singles for Columbus Grove (13-7, 6-0 PCL).
Continental (6-9, 2-2) got a triple and a double from McKenna Scott.

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Continental 000 201 0 — 3 6 6
WP — Schroeder. LP — Recker. top hitters: (CG) Kleman 2-1B; Schroeder HR, 1B; Roose 1B, 3B; Hoffman 3-1B. (Cont) Scott 2B, 3B.
records: Columbus Grove 13-7 overall, 6-0 Putnam County League; Continental 6-9 overall, 2-2 Putnam County League.
FINDLAY 16
FREMIONT ROSS 0
FREMONT — Findlay broke loose for three big rallies and rolled to a 16-0 win over Fremont Ross in Three Rivers Athletic Conference softball action.
Findlay junior Bree Snapp fired a one-hitter in the five-inning contest. The Trojans have won four of their last seven to improve to 7-18 overall, 5-7 in the league.
Alexis Winters had the lone hit for the Little Giants (5-17, 3-9 TRAC).

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Fremont Ross 000 00 — 0 1 2
WP — Snapp. LP — Swaisgood.
records: Findlay 7-18 overall, 5-7 TRAC; Fremont Ross 5-17, 3-9 TRAC.
ST. WENDELIN 1
TIFFIN CALVERT 0
TIFFIN — Edy Mowrey’s RBI triple in the top of the fourth inning scored the lone run in the game as Fostoria St. Wendelin edged Tiffin Calvert 1-0 in a Midland Athletic League game
Meghan Reiter allowed five hits and struck out 12 in seven innings to pick up the win in the circle, and also contributed a double and a single at the plate for the Mohawks (8-10, 3-4 MAL).

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WP — Reiter. LP — Bickley. top hitters: (FSW) Reiter 1B, 2B; Mowrey 3B, RBI.
records: St. Wendelin 8-10 overall, 3-4 Midland Athletic League; Tiffin Calvert 7-8, 1-5.
OLD FORT 17
VANLUE 0
VANLUE — Old Fort’s Sara Bell was a home run away from hitting for the cycle and had four RBIs as the Stockaders scored 10 runs in the second inning to blank Vanlue 17-0 in nonleague action.
Peyton Miller tripled and drove in three runs for Old Fort (11-8), which had nine hits. Chelsea Summit hit two singles to lead Vanlue (6-15).

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WP — Pence. LP — Hausserman. top hitters: (OF) Bell 3B, 2B, 1B, 4 RBI; Miller 3B, 3 RBI. (Van) Summit 2-1B.
records: Old Fort 11-8, Vanlue 6-15.

ADA 13
PANDORA-GILBOA 0
PANDORA — Alexis Gonzaga belted a home run, added a double and drove in two runs as Ada crushed Pandora-Gilboa 13-0 in five innings in nonleague softball action on Friday.
Ashley Sumner picked up the win and ripped two singles at the plate for Ada (12-7), and Tori Wyss singled and drove in three runs.

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Pandora-Gilboa 000 00 — 0 5 5
WP — Sumner. LP — M. Maag. top hitters: (Ada) Gonzaga HR, 2B, 2 RBI; Sumner 2-1B, RBI; Wyss 1B, 3 RBI; Wills 1B, 2 RBI. (P-G) Hovest, M. Maag, Sigler, Reagle & Gethrie 1B.
records: Ada 12-7, Pandora-Gilboa 5-11.

LIBERTY-BENTON 8
HOPEWELL-LOUDON 5
Liberty-Benton scored all of its runs in the fifth inning, half of them coming with two outs, in an 8-5 win Friday over Hopewell-Loudon in nonconference.
Katie Roberts, who allowed four Hopewell-Loudon runs in the top of the first, followed the fifth-inning rally by pitching two shutout innings to get the win for L-B (8-11).
Makayla Wilson was 3 for 4 with a triple and a double for Hopewell-Loudon.

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WP — Roberts (4-4) . LP — Goshe. top hitters: (H-L) Wilson 3-4, 3B, 2B; Sauber 3B. (L-B) Terrian 2-4, HR; Shoffstall 3-3; Roberts 2-4, 2B.
records: Hopewell-Loudon 2-17. Liberty-Benton 8-11.

VAN BUREN 14
MCCOMB 2
VAN BUREN — Van Buren scored eight runs in the first inning and added five in the fourth en route to a 14-2 drubbing of McComb in five innings in a Blanchard Valley Conference matchup.
Erin Neall doubled, singled twice and drove in a pair of runs, Paige Sudlow added two singles and two RBIs and Olivia Sattler notched a single and two RBIs for the Black Knights (11-12, 6-2 BVC).
Brenna Dee recorded a double and an RBI and Bridgette Swartz singled twice for McComb (3-18, 1-8).

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WP — Miller. LP — Buck. top hitters: (McC) Swartz 2-1B; Dee 2B, RBI. (VB) Miller 1B, 3B; Neall 2-1B, 2B, 2 RBI; Sattler 1B, 2 RBI; Rampe 2B, RBI; Sudlow 2-1B, 2 RBI.
records: McComb 3-18 overall, 1-8 Blanchard Valley Conference; Van Buren 11-12, 6-2.

RIVERDALE 4
WYNFORD 3
BUCYRUS — Riverdale forged a 4-0 lead, then relied on the pitching of Taylor Farmer and solid defense to hold off Wynford, 4-3, in a North Central Conference softball game.
Farmer, who had a single and a double and drove in a run on offense, allowed seven hits, two earned runs and struck out 10 to earn the pitching win. Shelby McKamey also had two hits, Hannah Morris had a two-run single and freshman Janessa Taylor belted a solo home run for Riverdale (13-9, 6-6 NCC).

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WP — Farmer. LP — Stuckman. top hitters: (Riv) McKamey 2-1B; Taylor HR; Morris 1B, 2 RBI; Farmer 1B, 2B, RBI; . (Wyn) SCott 3-1B; RBI.
records: Riverdale 13-9 overall, 6-6 North Central Conference; Wynford 6-12, 5-7.

UPPER SANDUSKY 9
GALION 5
GALION — Upper Sandusky hammered out 17 hits and plated four runs in the top of the eighth inning on Friday to outlast Galion 9-5 in a North Central Conference contest.
Maranda Stansberry and Kyla Cusac each notched three singles, Jaya Smalley added two doubles, while Abby Young doubled and singled twice for the Rams (14-6, 10-3 NCC).
Alex Gates had two singles and Jaime Ehrman doubled for Galion (5-14, 4-7).

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Galion 002 003 00 — 5 6 4
WP — Gier. LP — Bauer. top hitters: (US) Mar. Stansberry 3-1B; Smalley 2-2B; Cusac 3-1B; Taylor 2-1B; Young 2-1B, 2B. (Gal) Ehrman 2B; Gates 2-1B.
records: Upper Sandusky 14-6 overall, 10-3 North Central Conference; Galion 5-14 overall, 4-7 North Central Conference.

NAPOLEON 5
OTTAWA-GLANDORF 4
NAPOLEON — Ottawa-Glandorf outhit Napoleon 8-6 and committed three less errors in the game, but the Wildcats edged the Titans 5-4 in nonleague action
Beth Homan singled three times, Mercedes McNett added a triple and Madison Smith notched a single and two RBIs for Napoleon.
Megan Kitchen doubled, singled and drove in a pair of runs, while Stephanie Hempfling finished with three singles for Ottawa-Glandorf (14-4).

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WP — Lamming. LP — Kitchen. top hitters: (O-G) Hempfling 3-1B; Kitchen 1B, 2B, 2 RBI. (Nap) Homan 3-1B; McNett 3B; Smith 1B, 2 RBI.
records: Ottawa-Glandorf 14-4.

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Continental's Paige Ordway, left, beats  Columbus Grove's Sydney McCluer , right, and Ottoville's Taylor Mangas to the finish line in the 300 hurdles Friday at the Putnam County League championship meet at Columbus Grove. Ordway finished in 46.20 seconds.  (Photo by Matthias Leguire).

Continental’s Paige Ordway, left, beats Columbus Grove’s Sydney McCluer , right, and Ottoville’s Taylor Mangas to the finish line in the 300 hurdles Friday at the Putnam County League championship meet at Columbus Grove. Ordway finished in 46.20 seconds. (Photo by Matthias Leguire).

By TED RADICK
STAFF WRITER
COLUMBUS GROVE — Pole vault state champion Collin Grothaus. State medalist in the 3,200-meter run Jake Graham. Hurdles state finalist Derek Rieman.
Those are some of the athletes Columbus Grove lost from last year’s team, but the Bulldogs aren’t rebuilding.
They’ve reloaded.
Grove cruised to the boys team title Friday at the Putnam County League championship meet. The Bulldogs scored 204 points, easily outpacing Pandora-Gilboa (104½) and Continental (55).
The 3,200-meter relay quarted of Colton Grothaus, Alex Giesige, Lee Altenburger and Bryce Sharrits set a meet record of 8:24.80, erasing a mark Pandora-Gilboa set in 2008 at 8:25.10.
“We weren’t even sure what the PCL record was until earlier today, and we found out it was 8:25,” Grothaus said. “We thought that was definitely possible to achieve.”
“We’re just trying to get to state again this year, and we’re going goal by goal,” Giesige said. “This was one of the goals, for sure. We took a big loss from last year, but every day we come out and work hard.”
Grove boys coach Chris Grothaus has been pleasantly surprised by his team’s success this season. Last week, the Bulldogs tied for the team championship with Liberty-Benton at the L-B Invitational.
“I’ll admit, I’m as surprised in some ways as anyone because I knew what we lost,” he said. “But here we are, and these guys are putting up phenomenal numbers.
“I think tradition has a little bit to do with it,” he added, pointing out a spectator standing along the track. “Jake Graham is watching right over there, and our kids know the way he did things. I think there’s a direct carryover on that. The kids feel some responsibility.”
Grove rolled up its usual huge share of the points in the field events, as Kyle Shafer (pole vault, 12-3), David Bogart (long jump, 18-11½), Rece Roney (shot put, 45-10¾) and Bailey Clement (high jump, 5-9) all won. Chris Grothaus was pleased by the Bulldogs’ perfomance on the track as well.
“We’re getting some points from everywhere,” he said. “Even the speed relays are putting up times where they’re going to get points in the top six. It used to be, we wouldn’t have those relays in the finals or in the fast heats.
“I don’t know that we have the top-end athletes we had last year. Our goals were re-established to win the PCL, win the Northwest Conference meet and try to get somebody to state. I still think those are our goals.
“Our goals last year were possible state titles, possibly being in the top three at state. We don’t have those goals this year, but these guys have worked hard. They worked hard in the offseason, with weight room work, and they’ve fed off each other.”
Clement was a four-time winner as he added victories for Grove in the 200 (23.00) and was part of the winning 800 relay quartet (1:34.10) with Bogart, Joey Warnecke and Austin Price and 1,600 relay (3:37.80) with Bogart, Giesige and Sharrits.
Leipsic had a double-winner as Terrill Muriel swept the 110 hurdles (15.60) and 300 hurdles (41.30). Jordan Chamberlin won the 100 (11.60) for the Vikings.
Pandora-Gilboa got victories from Tyler Boes in the discus (142-5) and the 1,600 relay (46.00). Continental’s Jacob Williams won the 400 (53.60).
On the girls side, Columbus Grove was led by four-time winner Julia Wynn as the Bulldogs outpaced Pandora Gilboa 182-134. Ottoville was third with 74 points.
Wynn won the 100 (13.10), 200 (26.60), 400 (1:01.50) and joined Raiya Flores, Linnea Stephens and Sydney McCluer to win the 400 relay (50.80).
Ottoville freshman Brooke Mangas set a meet record of 5-5 in the high jump. It’s the third time she’s hit that mark, the highest in the area, so far this season.
“I don’t think I’ve ever jumped 5-5 in practice,” she said. “I’m hoping to get to state, that’s my biggest goal. I’m hoping I can go 5-7 or 5-8.”
Mangas hasn’t yet experienced the pressure of the postseason meets, but she’s confident she can keep her success rolling.
“When I was in junior high I did the state track meet, and my teammates and my sister, she’s a senior, all help me,” Mangas said.
Continental senior Paige Ordway won the 300 low hurdles against a stellar field including Grove’s McCluer and Taylor Mangas of Ottoville.
Ordway PRed in 46.20, with McCluer (47.20) and Mangas (48.10) well behind.
“When I was getting in my blocks, I was nervous,” Ordway said. “Honestly, I was really shaken up.
“I felt we were pretty close coming around the curve and when I hit the 100, I don’t know, I get to the point where I get mad and I go faster, and that pretty much carries me to the end.”
Ordway was a medalist in the event at the state meet last year and hopes to be back this spring.
“There’s a little bit of pressure, I know everybody’s thinking ‘Oh, she going to go,’” Ordway said. “I’ve been training really hard this year, so if I go down this year that would be great.
“It’s too early to talk about who’s the favorite or favorites. If I go down to Columbus, that would be awesome. If not, if won’t be the end of the world to me but it would mean a lot if I did.”

BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
1, Columbus Grove 204. 2, Pandora-Gilboa 104½. 3, Continental 55. 4, Leipsic & Ottoville 50. 6, Fort Jennings 49½.
INDIVIDUAL FINISHES
PV — 1. Shafer (CG) 12-3. 2, Ca. Grothaus 11-0. 3, Marinelli (P-G) 9-0.
LJ — 1, Bogart (CG) 18-11½. 2, Follas (CG) 18-8. 3, Baker (Cont) 18-5. 4, Williamson (Cont) 18-4¾. 5, Maag (Otto) 18-1¼. 6, Herr (P-G) 17-8.
SHOT — 1, Roney (CG) 45-10¾. 2, Deleon (Cont) 45-3. 3, Vorhees (CG) 44-8. 4, Boes (P-G) 42-5. 5, Hovest (P-G) 42-1. 6, Bendele (Otto) 41-10¾.
DISCUS — 1, Boes (P-G) 142-5. 2, Roney (CG) 137-3. 3, Bendele (Otto) 131-0. 4, Bremer (CG) 126-0. 5, Deleon (Cont) 115-9. 6, Walther (P-G) 110-9.
HJ — 1, Clement (CG) 5-9, 2, Baker (Cont) 5-8. 3, Lawhorn (Cont) 5-6. 4l, Downing (CG) 5-6. 5, G. Berelsman (FJ) 5-4. 6 (tie), Neuenschwander (P-G) & A. Berelsman (FJ) 5-2.
3,200 RELAY — 1, Columbus Grove (Giesige, Co. Grothaus, Altenberger, Sharrits) 8:24.80 (meet record). 2, Pandora-Gilboa (Herr, Traxler, Lugibihl, Latham) 9:09.60. 3, Fort Jennings (G. Berelsman, Blankemeyer, Wiechert, A. Berelsman) 9:13.70. 4, Ottoville (Williams, Fischer, Hanicq, Klimmet) 11:09.60.
100 — 1, Chamberlin (Leip) 11.60. 2, Basinger (P-G) 12.30. 3, Tousley (P-G) 12.30. 4, Warnecke (CG) 12.30. 5, Van der Sluijs (Otto) 12.50. 6, Ca. Grothaus (CG) 13.00.
110 HH — 1, Murriel (Leip) 15.60. 2, Tabler (CG) 17.50. 3, Von Sossan (Otto) 18.00. 4, Young (P-G) 18.90. 5, Halker (CG) 19.10. 6, Moore (P-G) 20.20.
800 RELAY — 1, Columbus Grove (Warnecke, Bogart, Price, Clement) 1:34.10. 2, Pandora-Gilboa (Diller, Tousley, Miller, Basinger) 1:36.60. 3, Ottoville (Maag, Van der Sluijs, Von Sossan, Bendele) 1:37.00. 4, Continental (Lawhorn, Stauffer, Warnement, Williams) 1:40.40. 5, Fort Jennings (Grone, S. Ricker, E. Ricker, Neidert) 1:43.60.
1,600 — 1, Altenburger (CG) 4:47.30. 2, Co. Grothaus (CG) 4:49.60. 3, Blankemeyer (FJ) 4:53.30. 4, G. Berelsman (FJ) 5:08.40. 5, Lopez-Gonzalez (Leip) 5:09.30. 6, Williams (Otto) 5:10.50.
400 RELAY — 1, Pandora-Gilboa (Diller, Lugibihl, Miller, Basinger) 46.00. 2, Columbus Grove (Warnecke, Fortman, Gladwell, Price) 46.00 3, Ottoville (Maag, Van der Sluijs, Von Sossan, Bendele) 46.60. 4, Leipsic (Lammers, Henderson, Murriel, Chamberlin) 47.00. 5, Fort Jennings (Neidert, Sickels, Stewart, Wurst) 52.60.
400 — 1, Williams (Cont) 53.60. 2, Sharrits (CG) 54.10. 3, Latham (P-G) 54.10. 4, Reynolds (CG) 55.80. 5, Grone (FJ) 56.70. 6, Warnement (Cont) 56.80.
300 IH — 1, Murriel (Leip) 41.30. 2, Tabler (CG) 44.80. 3, Radabaugh (CG) 45.00. 4, Von Sossan (Otto) 45.20. 5, Moore (P-G) 50.00. 6, Young (P-G) 51.30.
800 — 1, Giegese (CG) 2:05.80. 2, Brubaker (CG) 2:06.00. 3, Maynard (Leip) 2:15.60. 4, Traxler (P-G) 2:20.10. 5, Williams (Otto) 2:30.60. 6, T. Ricker (FJ) 2:32.10.
3,200 — 1, Wiechert (FJ) 10:44.00. 2, A. Berelsman (FJ) 11:18.60. 3, Herr (P-G) 11:35.50. 4, Marinelli (P-G) 11:41.00. 5, Krendl (Cont) 11:59.50. 6, Price (CG) 12:14.80.
1,600 RELAY — 1, Columbus Grove (Clement, Bogart, Giesege, Sharrits) 3:37.80. 2, Pandora-Gilboa (Miller, Walther, Tousley, Latham) 3:41.10. 3, Fort Jennings (Blankemeyer, S. Ricker, Grone, G. Berelsman) 3:41.70. 4, Continental (Stauffer, Warnement, Lawhorn, Williams) 3:54.20. 5, Ottoville (Kemper, Williams, Montano, Hanicq) 4:32.60.
GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
1, Columbus Grove 182. 2, Pandora-Gilboa 134. 3, Ottoville 74. 4, Leipsic 62. 5, Continental & Fort Jennings 31.
INDIVIDUAL FINISHES
PV — 1, Roose (CG) 7-6. 2, Brooks (P-G) 7-0. 3, Langhals (CG) 6-6.
LJ — 1, Ordway (Cont) 17-7¾. 2, Hilvers (P-G) 15-¾. 3, Honigford (Otto) 14-8¼. 4, Clymer (CG) 14-5¼. 5, Malsam (CG) 14-4¾. 6, Wendeberg (Otto) 14-3¼.
SHOT — 1, Diller (CG) 39-5¼. 2, Averesch (Leip) 36-9¼. 3, Fruchey (CG) 34-8. 4, Swary (P-G) 33-11½. 5, Brooks (P-G) 30-2. 6, Jettinghoff (FJ) 29-8½.
DISCUS — 1, Averesch (Leip) 131-7. 2, Swary (P-G) 108-4. 3, Schumacher (CG) 108-3. 4, Thorbahn (Otto) 92-5. 5, Jettinghoff (FJ) 85-4. 6, Auchmuty (P-G) 81-9.
HJ — 1, B. Mangas (Otto) 5-5 (meet record). 2, Ricker (CG) 4-10. 3, Vorhees (CG) 4-8. 4, Morman (P-G) 4-6. 5, Troyer (Cont) 4-2. 6, Neuenschwander (P-G) 4-2.
3,200 RELAY — 1, Pandora-Gilboa (Abelovska, Velasquez, Hroudova, Hovest) 10:31.10. 2, Ottoville (T. Mangas, Knodell, Kaufman, B. Mangas) 10:53.60. 3, Leipsic (Schroeder, L. Rieman, Quintero, R. Rieman) 10:55.20. 4, Columbus Grove (Myerholtz, Smith, Malsam, M. McCluer) 11:19.10. 5, Fort Jennings (Eickholt, German, Kraner, Heitemeyer) 13:26.30.
100 — 1, J. Wynn (CG) 13.10. 2, Flores (CG) 13.40. 3, Watkins (P-G) 14.00. 4, Ke. Basinger (P-G) 14.10. 5, Grone (FJ) 14.10. 6, Noriega (FJ) 14.10.
100 IH — 1, S. McCluer (CG) 16.20. 2, Honigford (Otto) 16.30. 3, Ordway (Cont) 16.70. 4, Roe (CG) 16.80. 5, Grone 17.60. 6, Goodwin (Leip) 17.80.
800 RELAY — 1, Columbus Grove (Roe, K. Wynn, Stephens, Schroeder) 1:51.60. 2, Pandora-Gilboa (Diller, Ko. Basinger, Ke. Basinger, Watkins) 1:53.10. 3, Fort Jennings (Wiedeman, E. Eickholt, K. Eickholt, Noriega) 2:02.80. 4, Leipsic (Steffan, Ellerbrock, Cuevas, Kreinbrink) 2:11.90.
1,600 — 1, Hovest (P-G) 5:40.50. 2, Velasquez (PG) 5:41.50. 3, Quintero (Leip) 6:06.50. 4, Ricker (CG) 6:15.70. 5, Schimmoeller (FJ) 6:27.30. 6, Armey (Cont) 6:46.40.
400 RELAY — 1, Columbus Grove (Flores, J. Wynn, Stephens, McCluer) 50.80. 2, Ottoville (Honigford, B. Mangas, Wendeberg, T. Mangas) 52.70. 3, Pandora-Gilboa (Diller, Ko. Basinger, Ke. Basinger, Watkins) 52.70. 4, Fort Jennings (Wiedeman, Grone, Eickholt, Noriega) 55.80. 5, Continental (Lawhorn, Krendl, Collier, Quigley) 56.40. 6, Leipsic (Rader, Mortimer, Schroeder, Goodwin) 56.60.
400 — 1, J. Wynn (CG) 1:01.50. 2, Schroeder (Leip) 1:01.70. 3, K. Wynn (CG) 1:03.80. 4, Knodell (Otto) 105.30. 5, Maag (P-G) 1:09.10. 6, L. Rieman (Leip) 1:09.50.
300 LH — 1, Ordway (Cont) 46.20. 2, McCluer (CG) 47.20. 3, T. Mangas (Otto) 48.10. 4, Honigford (Otto) 51.80. 5, Clymer (CG) 52.30. 6, Beechboard (P-G) 55.70.
800 — 1, Abelovska (P-G) 2:37.90. 2, R. Rieman (Leip) 2:38.50. 3, Smith (C-G) 2:40.10. 4, Hroudova (P-G) 2:40.30. 5, Malsam (CG) 2:45.00. 6, Knodell (Otto) 2:47.20.
3,200 — 1, Velasquez (P-G) 12:14.80. 2, Hovest (P-G) 12:51.80. 3, Quintero (Leip) 13:36.40. 4, Myerholz (CG) 13:49.40. 5, M. McCluer (CG) 13:49.40. 6, Schimmoeller (FJ) 13:58. 10.
1,600 RELAY — 1, Ottoville (T. Mangas, B. Mangas, Wendeberg, Knodell) 4:18.40. 2, Pandora-Gilboa (Diller, Ko. Basinger, Ke. Basinger, Watkins) 4:21.10. 3, Columbus Grove (K. Wynn, Schroeder, Roe, Stephens) 4:23.20. 4, Leipsic (Goodwin, L. Rieman, R. Rieman, Schroeder) 4:57.20. 5, Fort Jennings (Wiedeman, Noriega, Eickholt, German) 5:00.30.
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BLOOMDALE — Van Buren’s girls and Elmwood’s boys track teams captured second-place finishes to highlight the way at Elmwood’s John Ramsey Invitational Friday night.
Wauseon rolled to both team titles as the Indians topped Elmwood 227-102½ for the boys crown and Van Buren 214½-108 for the girls title.
The meet was called with two events remaining because of thunderstorms in the area.
The Black Knights scored three wins in the girls meet.
Lauren Wise, Abby Schroll, Kylie Sturgill and Bri Lasley won the 800 (1:53.13) and 400 (52.88) relays. Rachell Resnik won the 800 (2:28.00).
Arcadia’s Rebecca Kirian won the triple jump (31-6½) and Elmwood’s Courtney Emmitt tied for first place in the pole vault (9-6).
There were just a pair of area winners in the boys meet.
Elmwood’s Andrew Jasso, Chris Goodrich, Matthew Wagner and C.J. Jenkins won the 6,400 relay (20:32.00) and Arcadia’s Clint Recker finished first in the 300 intermediate hurdles (42.31).

Team Standings
1, Wauseon 227. 2, Elmwood 102½. 3, Van Buren 94. 4, Lakota 66½. 5, Toledo Woodward 65. 6, Arcadia 45. 7, Ridgedale 28.
Area BOYS Finishes
SHOT — 3, Baxter (Elm) 44-8. 5, Watkins (Arc) 43-6. 6, Krouse (Elm) 42-5. 7, Wagner (VB) 37-1. DISCUS — 2, Watkins (Arc) 161-7. 4, Baxter (Elm) 138-5. 6, Knepper (Arc) 123-6. 7, Lanyo (VB) 115-3. 8, An. Arnold (Elm) 107-8. HJ — 3, Saltzman (VB) 5-6. 6, Grossman (Elm) 5-4. 7, Baker (Elm) 5-0. LJ — 3, Mowrey (VB) 17-10½. 4, Jenkins (Elm) 17-1. 6, Adolph (VB) 16-8½. TJ — 1, Ohlrich (VB) 36-0. 6, Hocker (Elm) 28-11½. PV — 3, Keck (VB) 9-6. 6, Smith (Elm) 9-0. 6, Wolford (VB) 8-6. 6,400 RELAY — 1, Elmwood (Jasso, Goodrich, Wagner, Jenkins) 20:32.00. 2, Van Buren (Schumacker, Corey, Stall, Stumpp) 20:48.00. 3,200 RELAY — 2, Van Buren (Stall, Stumpp, Rinhert, Schumacker) 9:23.00. 4, Elmwood (Murray, Schultz, Ridenour, Nye) 10;21.00. 110 HH — 2, Recker (Arc) 15.47. 4, Endicott (VB) 17.18. 5, Z. Hocker (Elm) 17.93. 7, B. Hocker (Elm) 19.39. 100 — 5, Snowden (Elm) 11.59. 6, Au. Jasso (Elm) 11.91. 800 relay — 2, Van Buren (Mowrey, Ohlrich, Huber, Matthes) 1:39.38. 4, Arcadia (Counts, Johnson, Watkins, Metzger) 1:40.46. 1,600 — 2, Simmons (VB) 4:43.00. 3, Jenkins (Elm) 5:00.0. 6, An. Jasso (Elm) 5:12.71. 400 relay — 3, Van Buren (Mowrey, Adolph, Brand, Huber) 48.10. 400 — 4, Au. Jasso (Elm) 55.29. 5, Matthes (VB) 55.33. 7, Counts (Arc) 57.39. 300 ih — 1, Recker (Arc) 42.31. 3, Z. Hocker (Elm) 44.63. 5, Endicott (VB) 46.16. 6, B. Hocker (Elm) 46.47. 800 — 2, Simmons (VB) 2:07.59. 5, An. Jasso (Elm) 2:16.02. 7, Metzger (Arc) 2:16.98. 8, Jenkins (Elm) 2:17.53. 200 — 3, Au. Jasso (Elm) 24.24. 5, Z. Hocker (Elm) 24.64. 7, Johnson (Arc) 25.52. 8, Counts (Arc) 26.09.
GIRLS Team Standings
1, Wauseon 214½. 2, Van Buren 108, 3, Elmwood 100½. 4, Lakota 79. 5, Arcadia 45. 6, Toledo Woodward 38. 7, Ridgedale 30.
Area GIRLS Finishes
SHOT — 4, Dewey (Elm) 31-5. 6, Hertel (VB) 30-5. 7, Schmitz (Elm) 29-8½. DISCUS — 3, Dewey (Elm) 115-6. 6, Edler (VB) 94-9. 7, Burns (Arc) 94-7. HJ — 2, Instone (Elm) 4-10. 5, Sturgill (VB) 4-4. 6, Garnes (VB) 4-2. LJ — 2, Camden (Elm) 14-8½. 3, Hassan (VB) 14-2¼. 5, Garner (Elm) 14-1. 7, Endicott (VB) 13-6¼. TJ — 1, Kirian (Arc) 31-6½. 2, Avery (Elm) 26-5¼. PV — 1, Emmitt (Elm) & Reese (Lak) 9-6. 4, Schmelzer (VB) & Mohre (Elm) 7-0. 6,400 RELAY — 2, Van Buren (Nieto, Bado, Hoying, Irving) 29:35.00. 3,200 RELAY — 2, Van Buren (Sturgill, Flanagan, Endicott, Resnik) 10:54.00. 3, Elmwood (Baer, Clack, Krassow, Hocker) 11:45.00. 100 IH — 4, Kirian (Arc) 17.65. 7, Manley (VB) 18.28. 8, Barnhisel (Elm) 18.33. 100 — 3, Sears (Elm) 12.93. 6, Henderson (Elm) 13.44. 800 relay — 1, Van Buren (Wise, Shroll, Sturgill, Lasley) 1:53.13. 5, Elmwood (Henderson, Hocker, Mohre, Camden) 1:57.53. 7, Arcadia (Jordan, Metcalfe, Dingelstedt, Santa Cruz) 2:05.78. 1,600 — 2, Resnik (VB) 5:40.00. 4, Flanagan (VB) 5:53.00. 5, Musson (Arc) 5:57.00. 6, Krassow (Elm) 6:07.00. 7, Tracy (Elm) 6:32.00. 400 relay — 1, Van Buren (Wise, Shroll, Sturgill, Lasley) 52.88. 3, Elmwood (Henderson, Jones, Emmitt, Scramko) 55.09. 400 — 2, Schmelzer (VB) 1:04.81. 3, Santa Cruz (Arc) 1:06.32. 4, Klausing (VB) 1:08.02. 6, Camden (Elm) 1:12.59. 7, Mohre (Elm) 1:16.96. 300 Lh — 3, Kirian (Arc) 50.70. 7, Endicott (VB) 53.86. 8, Manley (VB) 53.90. 800 — 1, Resnik (VB) 2:28.00. 5, Irving (VB) 2:56.00. 7, Baer (Elm) 3:05.00. 8, Elgin (Elm) 3:07.00. 200 — 2, Sears (Elm) 26.96. 4, Santa Cruz (Arc) 26.68. 7, Hassan (VB) 29.02. 8, Shroll (VB) 29.06.
Stahl takes 3,200
GALION — Findlay High School’s boys 3,200 relay team placed second with a time of 8:38.28 as the Trojans finished eighth out of 14 teams in the Galion Kiwanis Invitational on Friday.
Findlay finished with 34 points, and Upper Sandusky was 13th with 20 points.
Justin Dickey’s high jump of 6-2 was good for third for the Trojans. Dominic Solis was the top finisher for the Rams. His time of 2:02.71 in the 800 meter run was good for third place.
Findlay’s Emily Stahl won the 1,600 (5:28.2) and Upper Sandusky’s Anna Massara finished second in the pole vault with a school record jump of 10-0.

BOYS Team Standings
1, Pataskala Watkins Memorial 1462/3. 2, Westerville Central 104. 3, Ontario 652/3. 4, Clear Fork 59. 5, Ashland 44. 6, West Salem Northwestern 43. 7, Colonel Crawford 352/3. 8, Findlay 34. 9, Marion Harding 292/3. 10, Shelby 24. 11, Galion 232/3. 12, Lexington 212/3. 13, Upper Sandusky 20. 14, Mansfield Senior 12.
Area BOYS Finishes
SHOT — 6, Calkins (Fin) 46-1. 8, Wages (US) 44-0¾. DISCUS — 8, Calkins (Fin) 129-2. HJ — 3, Dickey (Fin) 6-2. 4, Roeder (US) 5-10. PV — 6, Hoerig (Fin) 12-6. 3,200 RELAY — 2, Findlay 8:38.28. 110 HH — 8, Ramsey (Fin) 16.87. 100 — 5, Ajala (Fin) 11.68. 1,600 — 7, Gaines (Fin) 4:40.16. 400 relay — 8, Upper Sandusky 46.32. 300 ih — 7, Ramsey (Fin) 42.15. 800 — 3, Solis (US) 2:02.71. 8, Gaines (Fin) 2:07.81. 1,600 relay — 5, Upper Sandusky 3:42.21. 7, Findlay 3:42.93.
GIRLS Team Standings
1, Watkins Memorial 98½. 2, Ashland 80. 3, Westerville Central 75. 4, Lexington 64. 4, Galion 64. 6, Colonel Crawford 55. 7, Findlay 54½. 8, Mansfield 49. 9, Clear Fork 28. 10, Marion Hardin 27. 11, Ontario 24. 12, Northwestern 19. 13, Shelby 13. 14, Upper Sandusky 12
Area GIRLS Finishes
SHOT — 6. Young (US) 31-5¾. DISCUS — 8, Young (US) 94-5. HJ — 3, Haas (Fin) 5-0. 7, Ramsey (Fin) 5-0. PV — 2, Massara (US) 10-0. 3,200 RELAY — 4, Findlay. 100 IH — 8, Ramsey (Fin) 17.41. 100 — 6, Lavey (Fin) 13.44. 1,600 — 1, Stahl (Fin) 5:28.20. 4, Barwig (Fin) 5:42.35. 400 relay — 10, Upper Sandusky. 300 Lh — 2, Ramsey (Fin) 49.07. 800 — 5, Stahl (Fin) 2:33.72. 200 — 4. Lavey (Fin) 27.25. Gray (Fin) 28.14. 3,200 — 8, Wilson (Fin) 12:57.26 . 1,600 relay — Findlay 4:16.22.
L-B’s Peplinski wins twice
OREGON — Liberty Benton’s girls and boys track teams won two events each to finish third and fourth, respectively, on Friday at the Oregon Clay Eagle Invitational meet.
Megan Peplinski won the long jump with a leap of 16-6¾ and also was a member of Liberty-Benton’s winning 1,600-meter relay team. Peplinski, along with Katie Hyre, Kelsey May and Michaela Butler crossed the finish line in 51.09 seconds.
Buoying the L-B boys effort was Zach Garver who won the high jump with a meet-best 6-4, and B.J. Lawson, who won the long jump with a distance of 20-3¼.

BOYS Team Standings
1, Whitmer 124½. 2, Sylvania Southview 111½. 3, St. Francis 99½. 4, Liberty-Benton 69. 5, Anthony Wayne 64½. 6, Steele 55. 7, Sylvania Northview 34. 8, Clay 19
Area BOYS Finishes
SHOT — 4, Combs (L-B) 50-1¾. 7, May (L-B) 41-7½. DISCUS — 6, Boyd (L-B) 129-9. 7, Rhodes (L-B) 119-10. HJ — 1, Garver (L-B) 6-4, Miller (L-B) 6-0. LJ — 1, Lawson (L-B) 20-3¼. 3,200 RELAY — 5, Liberty-Benton (Lyberg, Gleason, Wolford, Maag) 9:12.56. 110 HH — 7, Snook (L-B) 17.10. 100 — 6, Combs (L-B) 12.25. 800 relay — 3, Liberty-Benton (Lawson, Whitaker, Conkle, Boehme) 1:36.00. 400 relay — 3, Liberty-Benton (Lawson, Cook, Conkle, Combs) 44.54. 800 — 7, Boehme (L-B) 2:10.8. 200 — 6, Conkle (L-B) 24.21. 3,200 — 2, Gleason (L-B) 10:38.4. 1,600 relay — 4, Liberty-Benton (Conkle, Garver, Lyberg, Snook) 3:37.94.
GIRLS Team Standings
1, Clay 126½. 2, Whitmer 102. 3, Liberty-Benton 85½. 4, Sylvania Southview 74½. 5, Steele 73. 6, Sylvania Northview 58. 7, Anthony Wayne 44½. 8, St. Ursula Academy 19.
Area GIRLS Finishes
SHOT — 6, Smelcer (L-B) 29-3¾. HJ — 2, Peplinski (L-B) 5-1. 4, Myer (L-B) 4-10. LJ — 1, Peplinski (L-B) 16-6¾. 4, Myer (L-B) 15-6. 3,200 RELAY — 2, Liberty-Benton (Recker, Briggs, Baumlein, Thomas) 10:25.04. 100 IH — 6, Myer 17.76. 100 — 4, Hyre (L-B) 14.02. 1,600 — 3, Bartel (L-B) 5:35.44. 400 relay — 1, Liberty-Benton (Hyre, May, Peplinski, Butler) 51.09. 300 Lh — 4, Myer (L-B) 51.51. 800 — 4, Recker (L-B) 2:26.79. 7, Briggs (L-B) 2:33.06. 200 — 5, Hyre (L-B) 28.43. 3,200 — 2, Bartel (L-B) 12:02.54. 1,600 relay — 2, Liberty-Benton (Peplinskim, Recker, Briggs, Butler) 4:17.20.
Fostoria last at Perkins
SANDUSKY –The Fostoria boys distance medley team of Aquiles Estrada, Corey Gavin, C.J. Matheny and Rayshon Martin finished third with a time of 11:47.59 to lead the Redmen in the Sandusky Perkins Relays on Friday.
On the girls side, the long jump relay team of Taylor Tucker and Olivia Valenti combined for a jump of 30-4¼ to finish fourth.

BOYS Team Standings
1, Clyde 98. 2, Sandusky Perkins 91½. 3, Sandusky 91. 4, Avon Lake 78. 5, Bowling Green 70½. 6, Medina Buckeye 35. 7, Willard 31. 8, Fostoria 15.
Area BOYS Finishes
LJ — 4, Fostoria (Martin, Cramer) 38-1. 800 sprint medley — 4, Fostoria (Fisher, Bunley, Matheny, Martin) 1:40.00. distance medley — 3, Fostoria (Estrada, Gavin, Matheny, Martin) 11:47.59. 1,600 — 6, Estrada (Fos) 5:01.58.
GIRLS Team Standings
1, Bowling Green 107. 2, Sandusky Perkins 104. 3, Clyde 86. 4, Sandusky 79. 5, Avon Lake 67. 6, Willard 54. 7, Medina Buckeye 16. 8, Fostoria 7.
Area GIRLS Finishes
LJ — 4, Fostoria (Tucker, Valenti) 30-4¼. 100 IH — 6, Tucker (Fos) 17.70. 1,600 — 5, Keeley (Fos) 6:53.83.
H-L wins at Ottawa Hills
TOLEDO — Hopewell-Loudon won five of the relays and added a 1-2 finish in two of the individual events in claiming the boys title on Friday in the Ottawa Hills Green Bears Relays.
Hopewell-Loudon earned big points in the 300 intermediate hurdles where Ben Bodart finished first (42.30) and Patric Gase second (43.40), and in the 3,200 run where Alex Wood (10:28.40) and Chet Swartzmiller (10:39.80) gave the Chieftains a 1-2 finish.
Gase also ran a leg on the winning shuttle hurdle (1:06.60) and 800 (1:34.10) relays. Elancio Velasquez ran on the 800 relay as well, and helped both the 400 (45.60) and sprint medley (3:55.70) relays to wins.
Hopewell-Loudon piled up 112½ points and outsdistanced Summerfield (Mich.) by 19 points for the boys title. North Baltimore (22) was sixth in the 10-team field.
Evergreen won the girls portion of the meet with 90 points. Gibsonburg edged Hopewell-Loudon 84-80 for second, and North Baltimore was fifth (40).
Leah Reinhart won the girls 3,200 (13:50.50) and anchored the winning distance medley relay team (15:02.10) to lead Hopwell-Loudon’s girls team. The Chieftains also won the pole vault relay anf the shuttle hurdles relay.
BOYS Team Standings
1, Hopewell-Loudon 112½. 2, Summerfield 93½. 3, Gibsonburg 64½. 4, Evergreen 39½. 5, Ottawa Hills 29. 6, North Baltimore 22. 7, Maumee Valley Country Day 12. 8, Danbury 11. 9, Emmanuel Christian 7, 10, (tie) Northwood and Cardinal Stritch 2.
Area BOYS Finishes
SHOT — 4, North Baltimore (Dick, Switzer, Crouse) 93-3¾. DISCUS — 4, North Baltimore (Dick, Switzer, Nominee) 324-0. HJ — 5, Hopewell-Loudon (Gase) 5-6. LJ — 2, Hopewell-Loudon (Tooker, Clouse, Sadler) 40-2¼. 5, North Baltimore (DeLosReyes, Dick, T. Bishop) 37-7¾. PV — 3, Hopewell-Loudon (Dell, Kleinfelter)16-0. 100 — 2, Tooker (H-L) 11.70. 4, Malone (H-L) 12.00. 800 relay — 1, Hopewell-Loudon (Velasquez, Gase, Breidenbach, Tooker) 1:34.10. 5, North Baltimore (DeLosReyes, Pelton, L. Bishop, T. Bishop) 1:48.00. 400 relay — 1, Hopewell-Loudon (Velasquez, Malone, Breidebbach, Tooker) 45.60. 6, North Baltimore (T. Bishop, Pelton, L. Bishop, Richmond) 49.40. 300 ih — 1, Bodart (H-L) 42.30. 2, Gase (H-L) 43.40. 3,200 — 1, Wood (H-L) 10:28.40. 2, Swartzmiller (H-L) 10:39.80. 6, Hotaling (NB) 12:02.60. 400 SHUTTLE HURDLE relay — 1, Hopewell-Loudon (Gase, Clouse, Hedrick, Bodart) 1:06.60. SPRINT MEDLEY relay — 1, Hopewell-Loudon (Velasquez, Malone, Kurtz, Williams) 3:55.70. 3, North Baltimore (L. Bishop, Richmond, Stimmel, Swope) 4:02.70. DISTANCE MEDLEY relay — 1, Hopewell-Loudon (Alvarado, Ardner, Napier, Wood) 11:53.90. 5, North Baltimore (Ornpaeng, Stimmel, Swop,e Hotaling) 12:49.40.
GIRLS Team Standings
1, Evergreen 90. 2, Gibsonburg 84. 3, Hopewell-Loudon 80. 4, Danbury 56. 5, North Baltimore 40. 6, Summerfield 37. 7, Emmanuel Christian 20. 8, Northwood 10, 9, Cardinal Stritch 8. 10, Ottawa Hills 6.
Area GIRLS Finishes
SHOT — 3, North Baltimore (Powell, Okuley, McCartney) 79-8¾ . DISCUS — 3, North Baltimore (Okuley, McCartney, Busch) 235-1. 6, Hopewell-Loudon (Siegel, Williams, Gatchel) 170-11. HJ — 4, Hopewell-Loudon (Naus, Feindel, Arnold) 12-6. 5, North Baltimore (Davis, Hiser) 9-0. LJ — 3, North Baltimore (Heitrick, McCartney, Stefanka) 32-5¼. 4, Hopewell-Loudon (Leiter, Searles) 26-5½. PV — 1, Hopewell-Loudon (Leiter, Siegel, Heldman) 23-0. 2, North Baltimore (Carles, Leonard, Ernsberger) 21-0. 100 — 6, Hiser (NB) 14.50. 800 relay — 2, Hopewell-Loudon (Erlanger, Arnold, Leiter, Morel) 1:56.10. 5, North Baltimore (Davis, Ernsberger, Hiser, Carles) 2:02.70. 400 relay — 2, Hopewell-Loudon (Vargas, Strahm, Arbogast, Morel) 56.40. 3, North Baltimore (Ernsberger, Davis, Hiser, Carles) 56.60. 300 Lh — 2, Erlanger (H-L) 49.50. 5, Ernsberger (NB) 453.80. 6, Feindel (H-L) 54.70. 3,200 — 1, Reinhart (H-L)13:15.50. 5, Shaver (H-L) 14:25.70. 400 SHUTTLE HURDLE relay — 1, Hopewell-Loudon (Erlanger, Feindel, Vargas, Arbogast) 1:12.00. SPRINT MEDLEY relay — 3, Hopewell-Loudon (Morel, Leiter, Dodge, Feindel) 4:59.60. 6, North Baltimore (Davis, Carles, Heitrick, Fleckner) 5:19.00. DISTANCE MEDLEY relay — 1, Hopewell-Loudon (Portentoso, Klaiss, Heldman, Reinhart) 15:02.10.

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Six people were arrested by the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force during an undercover prostitution investigation this week in Findlay.
Arrested on Wednesday for soliciting, a third-degree misdemeanor, were:
• John Roquemore, 42, of Versailles.
• Adam Bishop, 34, of Pandora.
• Scott Simmons, 30, of Livonia, Michigan.
• Raymond Messenger, 59, of Arlington.
• Norman Noblit, 62, of Van Buren.
• Terry Moran, 44, of Carey.
The Wood County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.
Information was not available Friday about where the prostitution investigation took place.

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Chris Oaks spoke with Karol DeWulf Nickell, editor-in-chief of LiveHappy magazine.
Q: The June issue of your bi-monthly magazine, which is on newsstands now, focuses on acts of compassion as a way to find happiness in our own lives. What was the genesis of using compassion as a theme for this issue?
A: Our magazine is dedicated to the one thing we all want for ourselves, our children, or family and friends: to simply be happy and get more enjoyment out of life.
Now, that sounds simple, but what’s interesting with the theme of compassion is that research shows not only are we happier when we show compassion for others, we’re healthier, too.
Our heart rate slows, we produce more oxytocin, known as the bonding hormone, and our brain is stimulated in the regions which are linked to pleasure and contentment.
Q: The reason this topic caught my eye was because locally, the Backyard Mission and Days of Caring projects were just held in the past couple of weeks, which mobilize hundreds of community volunteers to help others. Is that what you’re talking about?
A: Those are wonderful things, and I’m impressed that yours is a community which recognizes the truth that when you give, you receive. And, yes, that’s a perfect example of receiving the happiness that comes with giving to others. But the same benefit can come from much smaller, everyday gestures.
Our “call to action” includes one simple idea for every day of the month, such as sending a handwritten note of encouragement to someone who’s going through a difficult time. Or, simply thank a veteran.
These are simple things we can do that apply the psychology of compassion for health and happiness, for yourself and others.
Q: As mentioned before, the theme of compassion carries through the whole issue of the magazine, and you expand on that with an article on mentoring.
A: What we’re talking about here are the personal connections such as adults mentoring kids, women mentoring other women, and professionals mentoring veterans.
The one thing we hear time and time again from those who become mentors is that they get just as much, if not more, out of that relationship than those they are mentoring. And, if you really think about it, is that really a big surprise?
Q: One other concept I found interesting is the idea of self-compassion. What do you mean by that?
A: We included a piece on self-compassion because it’s not a term we hear often, and yet we all could do a better job of it.
How often do we beat ourselves up when we haven’t lived up to certain, sometimes unreasonable, expectations? How often do we compare ourselves to others and dwell on our own shortcomings? Or, put another way, when was the last time we gave ourselves a pat on the back?
One of the best lessons about true happiness is finding that level of self-compassion. Give yourself a break.
Q: In conjunction with this theme, you are encouraging people to post their own stories on your website?
A: We would love it. It’s called “Acts of Happiness,” and you can go to livehappy.com to share your stories and read others’. We’ve found many of them are quite inspiring.
“Good Mornings!” with Chris Oaks airs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays on WFIN, 1330 kHz. He can be reached by email at chrisoaks@wfin.com, or at 419-422-4545.

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HILLSDALE, Mich. — Pam Showman led the University of Findlay women’s outdoor track and field team by placing first in the heptathlon with a school-record point total of 4,952, which was also a NCAA provisional qualifying total, at the Hillsdale Classic on Thursday.
Lydia Guagenti (Bluffon) took second in the heptathlon with a NCAA provisional mark of 4,510 and also had a provisional mark in the high jump portion of the event at 5-7¼.
Maud Sanmiquel was first in the 400 hurdles with an NCAA provisional time of 1:01.21 and teamed with Kadesha Roberts, Adrianna Powell-Lawrence and Shelby Stump (Hardin Northern) to take third in the 1,600 relay at 3:47.85. The time in the relay race was also a provisional mark.
Erika King took fourth in the hammer throw with a provisional toss of 174-8, while Liberty-Benton graduate Alex DeVincentis was fifth in the discus with provisional toss of 151-0.
For the men’s team, Demorrio Leggett won the triple jump with a provisional mark of 48-10¼, while Ben Hahler was second in both the shot put and discus. He scored a provisional mark of 54-1 in the shot put and threw 160-6 in the discus.
Marcus Vicars had a provisional mark in the hammer throw by placing third with a toss of 182-10, while Alexander Zolotoglavyy was third in the long jump at 23-04 and Parker Schroeder (Columbus Grove) was third in the discus at 157-0.

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By LOU WILIN
STAFF WRITER
The University of Findlay continues to lay groundwork, with Findlay city officials’ help, to build a $9 million, 5,000-seat lacrosse/football stadium off Trenton Avenue.
Findlay City Planning Commission on Thursday recommended City Council close Foulke Avenue from Morey Avenue to Cory Street, and also close four nearby alleys. Council will have the final say in a few weeks, but the university makes a compelling argument.
“West Foulke runs straight through where the middle of the stadium would be, roughly on the 50-yard line,” said Todd Jenkins, engineering project manager for Peterman Associates.
Closing the street and alleys will enable water, sewer and other utility lines to be moved and stadium designs to advance, he said.
The four north-south alleys which would be closed all extend from Trenton Avenue to Foulke Avenue, between Morey Avenue on the west and Cory Street on the east.
A construction date for the open-air stadium has not been set yet. But the university plans for the women’s lacrosse team to play on the new turf by spring 2015, and the football team to use it in fall 2015.
The stadium will be in the block bounded by Morey Avenue on the west, Cory Street on the east, Trenton Avenue on the north and Howard Run on the south. The area is now the site of Kremer Field, and is behind the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex, residential housing and offices.
The stadium also will offer more space to the university’s intramural sports programs, which include 25 activities and 3,000 participants.
It also will host eight concerts a year which will be live-streamed online.
Wilin: 419-427-8413 Send an E-mail to Lou Wilin

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By LOU WILIN
STAFF WRITER
Construction of a Taylor Volkswagen dealership will start soon at the southeast corner of Hancock County 99 and Speedway Drive in Findlay.
It will likely open in early 2015, Taylor Automotive General Manager Steve Taylor said Thursday.
Plans for the $5 million, 25,000-square-foot building with offices, showroom, service and parts departments were approved Thursday by Findlay City Planning Commission.
Taylor will employ 25 to 30 at the dealership.
“We are itching to break ground and get going,” Taylor said. “We think there’s pretty good demand for Volkswagen in Findlay.”
He is hoping to sell 100 new and used cars per month. With 9.5 acres at his site, he has room to expand the dealership eventually, he said.
Taylor a year ago had been considering building the dealership at the former site of Imperial House Motel, 1305 W. Main Cross St. The hotel was demolished in 2008, and the site just southeast of the Interstate 75-Ohio 12 interchange is barren.
But Taylor had to give up on that site when it turned out it had less space than it initially appeared. The state has right of way claims which it may use for a planned Interstate 75 widening.
The Volkswagen dealership will be Taylor’s third dealership in Findlay, joining Taylor Hyundai at 15199 U.S. 224 East, and Taylor Kia at 12002 Hancock County 99, northeast of the Speedway Drive site.
Taylor Automotive bought the Hyundai property and franchise in 2012 from Tom Ahl. It opened the Kia dealership in 2010.
It also owns Cadillac and Kia dealerships in Toledo, a Hyundai franchise in Perrysburg and a Kia franchise in Lima.
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By JOY BROWN
STAFF WRITER
Terms of the settlement in the Carla Reeg civil rights case were “confidential,” but Findlay government’s monetary payments and attorney fees in the case are public matters, according to legal precedents.
On April 8, Law Director Don Rasmussen provided City Council members with a letter stamped “FYI,” explaining his request to appropriate $3,344 from the city’s self-insurance fund.
The money was to go toward “the settlement claim we reached in the Reeg matter that I discussed with you in executive session,” he wrote to council.
“I remind you that this settlement is confidential. I am providing this letter to you directly for your information only,” Rasmussen told council. “This letter will not be read at council.”
At its April 15 meeting, council gave the ordinance for the appropriation a first reading, with no discussion. The ordinance was given a second reading this week.
No explanation for the proposed appropriation was offered in the council meeting packets that are made available to the public prior to each regular council meeting.
The packets include information on matters that council is expected to consider, and other information such as committee meeting minutes.
The Courier on April 16 made a public records request that asked for copies of correspondence from this year labeled “FYI” that had been included in council members’ meeting packets but had not been released to the public.
Rasmussen’s April 8 letter was not provided until a reporter asked him about it in person. Rasmussen said he didn’t immediately release the letter because settlement details were still being completed and he didn’t want to jeopardize them.
The city released the document last week.
Brown: 419-427-8496
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The University of Findlay honored Kohei Suzuki, founder of GSW Manufacturing, and his son Joji “George” Suzuki, the company’s former president, during a ceremony at the Findlay Country Club on Thursday.
The university awarded Kohei Suzuki with an honorary doctor of business administration, and George Suzuki received a distinguished alumnus award from the university’s alumni association.
The university presented the honorary degree in recognition of Kohei Suzuki’s efforts to bridge the culture gap between Japan and Findlay, creating understanding, friendship and joint economic benefits, according to the university.
Kohei Suzuki, who founded several companies in Japan, established GSW Manufacturing in Findlay’s Tall Timbers industrial park in 1989, the first wholly Japanese-owned company in Findlay. GSW serves as the North American headquarters for G.S. Eletech, which manufactures automobile electrical and hose assemblies.
Under Suzuki’s leadership, GSW spearheaded a Japan study tour for educators and community leaders to experience Japan first-hand. GSW supported the trip for 10 years between 1993 and 2003, sending more than 20 community leaders. The program is now supported by the Friends of Findlay, a consortium of Japan-based companies in northwestern Ohio.
He also invested in downtown Findlay, bringing authentic Japanese culture and cuisine to the community with the establishment of Japan West restaurant.
Joji “George” Suzuki was honored for his international business career and for setting an example as a 1999 graduate of the University of Findlay’s master of business administration program.
George Suzuki is the president of G.S. Eletech of Japan, a position he has held since 2013.
In 1987, George Suzuki started G.S. Wiring Systems in California, and in 1989 he moved to Findlay to start GSW Manufacturing, where he served as president from 1994 to 1999, according to the university.
In 2001, George Suzuki became a managing director of G.S. Eletech in Aichi, Japan.
The next year, he came back to Findlay to lead GSW Manufacturing, again as president, and then he returned to Japan in 2008.

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