Archive - 2013
From staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins officially clinched a playoff berth Sunday as the Ohio High School Athletic Association released the final computer ratings of the season, which determine playoff qualifiers and regional pairings.
Wapakoneta (9-1) will play the Springfield Shawnee Braves (9-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a Division III, Region 10 quarterfinal at Harmon Field in Wapakoneta.
From staff reports
The Flora twins, sophomores representing Botkins High School, competed in their first state cross country championships Saturday at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.
Chloe Flora, with a time of 20 minutes, 13.84 seconds, was the 51st finisher Saturday in a field of 142 runners in the Division III girls race.
She was 28th after the first mile and 30th after the second mile Saturday.
Flora concluded her season with a third-place finish at both the Shelby County Athletic League meet and at the district race in Clayton.
Wapakoneta began preparing for the holidays only one day after Halloween, with the Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) sponsoring the Holiday Open House this weekend.
The event began Friday and will continue today and Sunday and will include most shops along Auglaize Street and a few other specialty shops. They will be extending their hours in celebration of the beginning of the holiday season, which, in Wapakoneta, is always the first weekend in November.
â€śWe have such a wonderful blend of eclectic shops in Wapakoneta,â€ť WASS President Landa Tomlinson said.
The federal government shutdown did not hinder one local middle school group from learning and experiencing the nationâ€™s capital.
Fifty-two Botkins Middle Schoolâ€™s eighth-grade students, who took a trip to Washington, D.C. in mid-October, still received a private tour of the capital city and other national landmarks, while lawmakers deliberated during the shutdown that ended on Oct. 16, one day after students returned from their trip.
Wapakoneta and eastern Auglaize County residents will be able to hit the voting booths Tuesday to elect local leaders.
The polls are set to open at 6:30 p.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m.
In Wapakoneta, voters must decide between four candidates for three councilor-at-large seats on Wapakoneta City Council.
The candidates are Republicans Tom Finkelmeier Jr. and Dan Graf, Democrat Randy Fisher and non-partisan candidate Rachel Barber. (A question and answer with the candidates appears on Page 5A and Page 6A.)
Playoff tickets for the Wapakoneta Redskins football game Friday, Nov. 8 at Harmon Field will be sold in advance of the game at Wapakoneta High School.
Reserved seats will be honored for the playoff game.
Reserved seat holders can purchase the same number of tickets they hold from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.
All reserved seat holders must purchase a ticket for this game and use their reserved seat card in order to get into the reserved seat section at game time.
SHAWNEE — A furious start allowed the Wapakoneta Redskins to finish their regular season on a high note Friday, and now they will move onto the playoffs for the second time in the last three seasons.
The Redskins cruised to a 49-0 halftime lead against the Shawnee Indians, with seven touchdowns in the first 19 minutes of Friday’s game, in a 49-13 win in Western Buckeye League varsity football action.
The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers were shut out, 35-0, by the Troy Christian Eagles in a non-league varsity football game Friday in Troy, in the regular season finale for both teams.
W-G ended its season with a 2-8 record.
After an 0-5 start, the Tigers won two games before losing three to finish the season.
Troy Christian finished 4-4 for the year.
TC sophomore running back Luke Dillahunt rushed for 246 yards on 11 carries and four touchdowns Friday.
Wapakoneta Middle School football fans received a surprise Thursday when NFL linebacker Devon McDonald gathered students for a DARE assembly.
The former Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Storm player visited the school with a message of hope. McDonald spoke about many youth-related issues, including bullying, goal-setting and good decision-making.
DARE Officer Samuel Blank organized the assembly with middle school guidance counselors as part of â€śRed Ribbon Week,â€ť a week dedicated to spreading awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Windy weather did not stop area facilities from hosting their trick or treat for the children.
At Auglaize Acres, residentâ€™s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and others stopped in for a visit.
â€śThis is a time for them to socialize with the younger generation,â€ť Activities Coordinator Barb King said. â€śThe residentsâ€™ faces light up when they see the kids â€” itâ€™s an important thing for them.â€ť
King said the trick-or-treat event allowed residents and staff members to mingle with family members that they speak about every day.