BLOOMDALE — Elmwood broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the fourth inning and added another tally in the six inning to come away with a 5-4 win over Genoa Wednesday in Northern Buckeye Conference play.
Rebecca Harvey and Kristi Reiser each belted a home run for the Royals (14-4 overall, 6-1 NBC), with Harvey finishing with three runs batted in.
Brandie Vargas singled and drove in a run and Olivia Myers doubled for Elmwood.
Winning pitcher Miranda Benschoter fired a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Katie Jensen singled and knocked in two runs for the Comets.
Genoa 102 010 0 — 4 3 0
Elmwood 300 101 x — 5 6 1
WP — Benschoter. LP — Theisen. top hitters: (Gen) Jensen 1B, 2 RBI. (Elm) Myers 2B; Harvey HR, 3 RBI; Reiser HR; Vargas 1B, RBI. (Gen) Jensen 1B, 2 RBI.
RECORDS: Elmwood 14-4 overall, 6-1 Northern Buckeye Conference; Genoa 7-10, 1-7.

Elmwood’s Kristi Reiser is all smiles as she circles the bases after belting a go-ahead homer during the sixth inning of Elmwood’s 5-4 Northern Buckeye Conference softball win over Genoa. (Photo by Matthias Leguire)

KALIDA — Columbus Grove earned a share of the Putnam County League softball championship in a big way by whipping Kalida 23-7 on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs improved to 11-7 overall and 5-0 in the PCL. Kalida fell to 4-11 and 1-3.
Kyrah Yinger slammed a pair of doubles and Micah Stechschulte added a home run and single and Katie Roose added two doubles and a single for the Bulldogs.

Kalida 111 04 — 7 10 x
Columbus Grove 813 74 — 23 13 x
top hitters: (CG) Yinger 2-2B; Stechschulte HR, 1B; Roose 2-2B, 1B.
records: Columbus grove 11-7 overall, 5-0 Putnam, County League; Kalida 4-11, 1-3.

CAREY — Ali Rymer allowed one earned run on seven hits in seven innings pitched, and Hannah Draper hit three singles and drove in two runs, as Carey knocked off Old Fort 3-1 in a Midland Athletic League softball game.
Taylor Fletcher doubled and singled for the Blue Devils (11-6, 5-3 MAL), which scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings.
Krista Ward doubled, singled and drove in a run to lead Old Fort (10-7, 3-3 MAL).

Old Fort 001 000 0 — 1 7 2
Carey 101 010 x — 3 9 0
WP — Rymer (10-4). LP — Magers. top hitters: (OF) K. Ward 2B, 1B, RBI; Adelsperger 2-1B. (Car) Draper 3-1B, 2 RBI; Fletcher 2B, 1B; Schlack 2-1B.
records: Old Fort 10-7, 3-3 MAL. Carey 11-6, 5-3 MAL.

FOSTORIA — Allie Rutter collected a double, a single and three RBIs as Fostoria St. Wendelin totaled 14 hits in a 5-2 Midland Athletic League win over Fremont St. Joseph at Foundation Park.
Meghan Reiter fired off seven strikeouts while allowing two unearned runs on only four hits and no walks to earn the win.
Reiter also doubled and drove in a run and Krystal Krout hit three singles and drove in a run for the Mohawks (7-9 overall, 2-4 MAL). Cailin Reineck added a double and a single while Edy Mowrey and Cortney Babb each singled twice.
Be Reardon took the loss after striking out four and walking one in a complete game.
Natalie Zyski singled and drove in the Crimson Streaks’ lone run.

Fremont St. Joseph 000 002 0 — 2 4 0
Fostoria St. Wendelin 220 001 x — 5 14 2
WP — Reiter. LP — Reardon. top hitters: (FSJ) Zyski 1B, RBI. (FSW) Krout 3-1B, RBI; Reiter 2B, RBI; Mowrey 2-1B; Rutter 2B, 1B, 3 RBI; Babb 2-1B; Reineck 2B, 1B.
records: Fostoria St. Wendelin 7-9 overall, 2-4 Midland Athletic League; Fremont St. Joseph 2-5, 4-7.

BASCOM — North Baltimore took the lead with a three-run rally in the fourth inning, then went ahead to stay with single runs in the sixth and seventh in chalking up a 5-3 Midland Athletic League softball win at Hopewell-Loudon.
Hanna Brian and Makayla Light had two hits and an RBI each to back the five-hit, 10 strikeout pitching of North Baltimore (6-11, 2-4 MAL) pitcher Cheyenne Hernandez.
Abby Park had two of those five hits for Hopewell-Loudon (2-15, 0-7 MAL).

North Baltimore 000 301 1 — 5 8 2
Hopewell-Loudon 200 100 0 — 3 5 1
WP — Hernandez (4-3). LP — Coppus. top hitters: (NB) Brian 2-1B, RBI; Light 2-1B, RBI. (H-L) Park 2-1B.
records: North Baltimore 6-11, 2-4 MAL; Hopewell-Loudon 2-15, 0-7 MAL.

NORTH ROBINSON — Kyla Cusac allowed just two hits in seven innings and struck out five Colonel Crawford batters to lead Upper Sandusky past the Eagles 3-1 in North Central Conference softball action.
Sara Gier and Jaya Smalley each doubled for the Rams (13-6, 9-3 NCC).

Upper Sandusky 000 200 1 — 3 6 2
Colonel Crawford 000 100 0 — 1 2 3
WP — Cusac. LP — Reynolds. top hitters: Gier & Smalley 2B.
records: Upper Sandusky 13-6, 9-3 NCC. Colonel Crawford 6-13, 2-9 NCC.


NEW WASHINGTON — Taylor Farmer backed up her complete-game pitching performance with two singles and an RBI at the plate as Riverdale scored a run in the fifth and sixth inning to escape with a 5-3 win over Buckeye Central in a North Central Conference softball game.
Farmer allowed two earned runs on four hits, and Bre Parish doubled and drove in a run at the plate, for the Falcons (11-9, 4-6 NCC).

Riverdale 010 211 0 — 5 10 3
Buckeye Central 010 200 0 — 3 4 2
WP — Farmer. LP — Wurm. top hitters: (Riv) Farmer 2-1B, RBI; Parish 2B, RBI; McKamey & Morris 2-1B; Hill 3B. (BC) Hildebrand 1B, RBI.
records: Riverdale 11-9, 4-6 NCC. Buckeye Central 10-12, 6-6 NCC.

PEMBERVILLE — Samantha Shirling threw a two-hitter and recorded nine strikeouts for Eastwood in a 5-0 win over Fostoria in Northern Buckeye Conference action.
Michaela Bunge hit a double and drove in a pair of runs for Eastwood while Krista Jennings singled and also drove in two runs and Marissa Tudor had three singles.
Erica Moore doubled for the Lady Red (4-13, 0-7 NBC) while Jada Hampton hit a single.

Fostoria 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
Eastwood 050 000 X — 5 6 1
WP — Shirling. LP — Moore. top hitters: (East) Tudor 3-1B; Bunge 2B, 2 RBI; Jennings 1B, 2 RBI. (Fos) Moore 2B.
records: Fostoria 4-13 overall, 0-7 Northern Buckeye Conference; Eastwood 19-1, 7-1.

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Just like last year, Columbus Grove figures to be the heavy favorite to defend its boys and girls titles at Friday’s Putnam County League track and field championships.
Just like last year, though, there’s a live underdog looking to steal the Bulldogs’ thunder in the girls portion of the meet.
Grove senior Julia Wynn knows not to take anything for granted. Pandora-Gilboa, just as Fort Jennings did last year, comes into the meet looking strong.
“When we go to the PCL and the (Northwest Conference) meets every year, our approach is to look at every event and try to place as high as we can,” she said. “Everybody has to work their hardest. We focus on one meet at a time.”
The meet begins with the field events at 4:15 p.m. The 3,200-meter relay finals are at 5:30, followed by sprint preliminaries at 6. Running event finals begin at 7.
The feature race looks to be the girls 300-meter low hurdles. Continental’s Paige Ordway, a state medalist in the event last year, returns to defend her championship against Columbus Grove’s Sydney McCluer, who medaled in the 100 intermediates last June in Columbus, and Ottoville’s Taylor Mangas, who smoked McCluer by more than a second in the event earlier this spring at the Columbus Grove Invitational.
The trio has the top three times in The Courier track and field honor roll this spring; Mangas enters at 46.80, McCluer at 48.19 and Ordway at 48.40.
Pandora-Gilboa, meanwhile, brings in a nice mix. The Rockets’ Breana Hovest is the defending champ in the 1,600 and 3,200 and will be a top contender in the 800. Mackenzie Swary will battle Grove’s legion of throwers, and the Rockets have a solid sprinting corps as well.
Wynn said she and all the area’s athletes are looking to sharpen their performances as the meat of the season begins.
“Both Sydney and I, we’ve been comparing our times from last year because we were both feeling that we’re not where we want to be right now,” she said. “But, when we look back to last year we’re both right where we should be.
“It’s not bad, when we look back to last year and what we accomplished in the end.”
Other athletes looking to defend their titles from last season include McCluer in the 100 hurdles, Ordway in the long jump, Leipsic’s Holly Averesch in the shot put and Grove’s Megan Verhoff in the discus.
On the boys side, Leipsic’s Jordan Chamberlin is back to defend his titles in the 100 and 200, and the Vikings’ Oscar Lopez-Gonzalez won the 800 last year. Grove’s Colton Grothaus won the 1,600 last year.
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In a battle of write-in candidates, Bill Reineke Jr. won the Republican nomination Tuesday to represent the 88th District in the Ohio House.
The district includes Sandusky County and most of Seneca County.
Reineke will face Democrat William Young, of Green Springs, in November.
Propelled by a strong Seneca County voter turnout, Reineke, a Tiffin car dealer, garnered 49 percent of the vote in the three-way contest of write-in candidates. Reineke received 2,247 votes to 1,657 votes for Rhonda Damschroder of Fremont, and 717 votes for Richard Geyer of Fremont, the elections boards in Sandusky and Seneca counties reported Wednesday.
Reineke drew 71 percent of the vote in his home county, Seneca. Seneca County also had a bigger voter turnout, with 2,450 votes cast in the race.
In Sandusky County, 2,171 Republicans voted in the race, and Rhonda Damschroder got 57 percent of them.
Reineke’s victory ended state Rep. Rex Damschroder’s effort to win re-election to the House seat.
Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont, had intended to be on the primary ballot but bungled his candidacy petitions and then withdrew his candidacy before being disqualified.
His wife, Rhonda, then ran as a write-in candidate but had no plans to serve in the House. If she had won, she planned to quit the race so Sandusky and Seneca County Republican leaders could replace her on the fall ballot with her husband.

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BLUFFTON — Athletes and teams from six counties will converge on Bluffton University Saturday for the Ohio Special Olympics Area 3 track and field championships.
Special Olympians from Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties will compete for a chance to compete in next month’s Ohio Special Olympics games in Columbus.
The day will start with the opening ceremonies at 9 .m. with the field events kicking off the meet at 9:30 a.m.
Admission to the event is free.

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University of Findlay junior pitcher Alex Williams was tabbed first-team all-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as the conference released its all-league baseball selections Wednesday.
Williams set a new single-season school record by making 21 appearances out of the pen for the Oilers during the 2014 campaign. He finished the year with a 4-3 record, making three saves. Williams also sported a 1.70 earned run average in 472/3 innings of work.
In addition, seniors Reid Rothenbuhler and Derek Draper were tabbed honorable mention all-conference.
Rothenbuhler, a third baseman from Elmwood, hit .289 on the season with 11 doubles, two home runs and 27 runs batted in.
Draper, a Riverdale grad who pitched and played first base for the Oilers, hit .294 with six doubles and 15 runs batted in. He also started eight games on the mound and finished with 31 strikeouts in 35 innings of work.

Heptathletes at Hillsdale
HILLSDALE, Mich. — The University of Findlay’s Pam Showman and Lydia Guagenti competed in the heptathlon for the Oilers on the first day of the Hillsdale Classic on Wednesday.
Both athletes are seeking to qualify for the NCAA Division II championships in the event.
Showman finished first in the 100-meter hurdles (14.44), shot put (35-2) and the 200-meter dash (25.89). She was also second in the high jump (5-5) portion of the event.
Guagenti, a Bluffton graduate, took first in the high jump (5-71/4) and was third in the 200-meter dash (27.17). She placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.01) and shot put (31-33/4).
The heptathlon event will conclude tomorrow.

Hunt 17th at regional
EUREKA, Mo. — University of Findlay golfer Marcus Hunt wrapped up his career by tying for 17th place at the NCAA Division II Midwest/Central Region Tournament at the Fox Run Golf Club in Eureka, Mo.
Hunt fired a 4-over par score of 76 on the third and final day of competition to end the tournament with a 54-hole score of 224 strokes.

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NORTH BALTIMORE — The interim chief of the North Baltimore Emergency Medical Service stepped down from the post this week, as village officials continue to consider revamping the ambulance service.
Eric Larson, hired last month as interim, full-time EMS chief, submitted a letter of resignation that was accepted by North Baltimore Council.
Larson, who has been overseeing the reorganization of the village emergency medical service, is leaving to become a paramedic in Louisiana, according to village officials.
Larson’s contract was set to expire at year’s end.
“It’s disappointing,” Councilwoman Janet Goldner said Wednesday of Larson’s departure. “We were working toward him taking over” the EMS.
Council has offered the job of acting emergency medical service chief to village Fire Chief Ted Francisco until the end of this year.
If Francisco accepts, he would earn a $2,500 stipend this year, according to village officials.
Goldner chairs council’s Public Safety Committee, which has been working to upgrade the emergency medical service and its billing issues.
In recent years, council has had trouble staffing the emergency medical service with enough volunteers, especially during daytime shifts.
Goldner said the village is planning to hire paid emergency medical technicians to work 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
Current volunteers would be asked to work nights and fill other openings.
A salary for the proposed paid EMT positions has not been determined.
According to Goldner, council might also consider hiring a “lead medical person” to direct the emergency medical service. No decision has been reached.
“We’re keeping our options open on how we restructure,” Goldner said.
Also, Village Council is considering seeking a levy in the fall to pay for the full-time emergency medical technicians.
The councilwoman said council is “committed” to improving ambulance coverage for the safety of the community.
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Ohio Police Chief David Oliver may not oversee the biggest city, but on Facebook, his department is second only to New York City.
Oliver, police chief in Brimfield, Ohio, is known for his comments and open letters on his department’s Facebook page. The chief has been so successful at attracting followers that his department’s page has the second most “likes” after New York City’s Police Department, he told 30 Flag City Morning Rotary members during a visit to Findlay on Wednesday.
“I’m pretty good at not keeping my mouth shut on there,” Oliver said. “They say if you get 500 likes then you’re doing good.”
Brimfield’s Police Department now has 147,000 followers on Facebook, in a town of about 10,500 located in northeastern Ohio. While Oliver said his intention wasn’t to get as many likes as possible, he said the page has been a great way to inform the public and bridge the gap between police and citizens.
“Residents have a right to know what’s going on,” Oliver said.
Oliver shared some of the stories he’s posted on the department’s Facebook page, including one about a theft where a man tried to steal a 50-inch TV from a Walmart.
Police also filed drug charges against the thief after finding cocaine in his pocket, despite him denying that the pants he was wearing were actually his.
“I asked him, ‘Did you get dressed in the dark this morning?’ and he said, ‘Yes, I did, I didn’t recognize the pants weren’t mine.’”
Oliver has also shared open letters on Facebook to the families affected by the Sandy Hook massacre, and one to Kanye West, criticizing comments he made saying that performing was the same as being a police officer or a soldier. Both posts were liked and shared thousands of times, the first one in a few days and the second one within just a few minutes, Oliver said.
“I probably walked out to ask one of my officers what we were doing for lunch and within seven minutes I had an email from Facebook saying it went viral,” Oliver said about his open “Letter to West.”
Oliver was invited to speak at the Rotary meeting as part of a fundraiser for the Fraternal Order of Police’s Fort Findlay Lodge 20 “Shop with a cop” program, put on every holiday season to provide needy children with gifts.
The fundraiser will net the group around $200 to $300, helping it to buy presents for a few of the 110 kids it plans to help later this year, said David Hill, FOP president.
“Any amount helps,” Hill said. “Our main goal is to just help more and more each year.”
The union has helped nearly 1,000 kids since the program’s inception in 2002, Hill said.
Oliver said he also participates in a similar “shop with a cop” program in the Brimfield area. Oliver and his wife have also started a foundation in his name that helps survivors of sexual assault.
Oliver has also written a book, “No Mopes Allowed,” about being a police chief and an Internet sensation.
Oliver, who jokes about being named “the coolest police chief ever” on websites such as The Huffington Post and TMZ, said he spends about four hours a day monitoring the Facebook page and notifying community members of crimes through it.
“I printed that off and showed it to everyone in the department and said ‘look who you work for.’”
Despite his time spent online, Oliver said he’s still most committed to fulfilling his job of helping people, catching criminals and showing people that police are just like them.
“I will ride this horse as long as I can,” he said. “When I’m driving and I’m in my plain clothes and a cop gets behind me, I get nervous, too. I think, ‘Go follow a real criminal,’ unless I know him. Then I start swerving and messing with him. You have to mess with people sometimes.”
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MCGUFFEY — Addy Bame pitched a complete-game shutout, struck out 15 Upper Scioto Valley batters and allowed just four hits in Hardin Northern’s 2-0 nonconference softball win on Wednesday.
Bame also doubled and singled at the plate, and Micheala Curtis hit two singles for Hardin Northern (10-5). Lea Rowe had an RBI-single in the first inning.

Hardin Northern 110 000 0 — 2 6 2
Upper Scioto Valley 000 000 0 — 0 4 3
WP — Bame. LP — Hites. top hitters: (HN) Bame 2B, 1B; Curtis 2-1B; Rowe 1B, RBI. (USV) Mullins 2-1B.
records: Hardin Northern 10-5.

RAWSON — Amie Ricksecker smacked two doubles and drove in a run and Taylor Marshall singled, doubled and drove in a run as Cory-Rawson used a four-run first inning to defeat Leipsic 7-3 in a Blanchard Valley Conference softball game on Wednesday.
Mikaela Ricksecker added a triple and two RBIs as well for Cory-Rawson (4-12, 2-6 BVC), which had 11 hits.
Rebecca Snyder singled and drove in a run for Leipsic (4-14, 1-5 BVC).

Leipsic 000 021 0 — 3 5 2
Cory-Rawson 400 120 x — 7 11 3
WP — Roth. LP — Gerten. top hitters: (Leip) Snyder 1B, RBI; Gerten & Escamilla 2B. (C-R) A. Ricksecker 2-2B, RBI; Marshall 2B, 1B, RBI; M. Ricksecker 3B, 2 RBI; Miller 2-1B; Hector 2B, RBI.
records: Leipsic 4-14, 1-5 BVC. Cory-Rawson 4-12, 2-6 BVC.

PANDORA — Ashley Alt singled twice and drove in three runs while Megan Maag and Hunter Hermiller each doubled and drove in two runs to lead Pandora-Gilboa to a 13-3 five-inning win over Vanlue in Blanchard Valley Conference softball action on Wednesday.
Pandora-Gilboa (4-10, 3-6 BVC) scored six runs in both the second and fourth innings.
Grace Wagner hit two singles for Vanlue (5-13, 3-6 BVC), while Haley Bonham and Kate Clymer each singled and had an RBI.

Vanlue 000 03 — 3 7 3
Pandora-Gilboa 061 6x — 13 11 1
WP — M. Maag (4-10). LP — Hausserman. top hitters: (Van) Wagner 2-1B; Bonham & Clymer 1B, RBI. (P-G) Alt 2-1B, 3 RBI; M. Maag & Hermiller 2B, 2 RBI.
records: Vanlue 5-13, 3-6 BVC. Pandora-Gilboa 4-10, 3-6 BVC.

ARLINGTON — Aaliyah Comstock had four singles and two RBIs for Arlington as the Red Devils stopped Kenton 6-2 in a nonconference softball game.
Hannah Johnson added a homer and two singles and Britnee Johnson tripled with two singles and an RBI for the Red Devils (14-4).
Hannah Legge doubled and singled for the Wildcats (4-14).

Kenton 000 101 0 — 2 4 0
Arlington 211 011 x — 6 13 5
WP — B. Johnson (13-4). LP — Boling. top hitters: (Arl) Comstock 4-1B, 2 RBI; B. Johnson 2-1B, 3B, RBI; H. Johnson 2-1B, HR, RBI; M. Johnson 2-1B; Sheldon 1B, RBI. (Ken) Legge 2B, 1B.
records: Arlington 14-4, Kenton 4-14.

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RICHARD CLARK JR., at left, weeps Wednesday during his sentencing in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court. Clark, 65, will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing two people last year at the Carey Conservation Club.  (Photo by Matthias Leguire)

RICHARD CLARK JR., at left, weeps Wednesday during his sentencing in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court. Clark, 65, will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing two people last year at the Carey Conservation Club. (Photo by Matthias Leguire)

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UPPER SANDUSKY — Richard Clark Jr. will serve life in prison for a shooting spree last year that killed two people and terrorized several others inside a Carey clubhouse.
The 65-year-old rural Tiffin man, weeping at times, was sentenced Wednesday in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court for two counts of aggravated murder.
Clark killed former girlfriend Cynthia Hawkinberry and her friend, Roger Fredritz, on Nov. 1.
Prosecutors on Wednesday outlined an 11-minute period, starting with the moment Clark entered the Carey Conservation and Sportsman’s Association clubhouse, and ending with his arrest following the shootings.
Surveillance footage showed Clark briefly speaking with Fredritz, 49, of rural Carey, and Hawkinberry, 49, of rural Tiffin, at about 9:20 p.m. He departed and returned moments later with a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun.
He shot both Fredritz and Hawkinberry multiple times, said William Latham, an investigator for the county prosecutor.
During the gunfire, Hawkinberry attempted to escape, and Clark dragged her back, Latham said. She tried to deflect his firearm as he pointed it toward a crowd of people, Latham said.
After the shootings, Clark called a relative and smoked a cigarette outside before his swift arrest, Latham said.
A twisted affection for Hawkinberry drove Clark’s actions, Prosecutor Jonathan Miller said.
“Your honor, this was not a crime of passion, this was a crime of possession,” Miller told Judge Kathleen Aubry.
Miller said Clark planned the crime and showed no genuine remorse afterward. Clark was found with 16 rounds of unused ammunition, he said.
Family members of Hawkinberry and Fredritz told the judge the two victims were loved, joyful and kind.
Clark repeatedly cried through the hearing and briefly apologized to those in attendance.
One of Clark’s supporters told the judge prior to sentencing that Clark was “over the moon” in love with Hawkinberry.
Clark led a law-abiding life prior to Nov. 1, said defense attorney Robert Grzybowski. Clark cannot explain his actions, but regrets using violence, Grzybowski said.
“He will always be judged by those actions, and he will always be accountable for those actions,” the defense attorney said.
Judge Aubry ordered Clark to serve life in prison for each murder count, without the possibility of parole.
She said Hawkinberry’s relatives had discouraged her relationship with Clark, and Clark had proved them right.
Clark is a “selfish, cowardly” person who executed a woman he claimed to care about, the judge said.
“Had the defendant ever really loved Cynthia, he could not have killed her,” Aubry said.
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