FINDLAY â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity wrestling opened its season with a tough showing at the Trojan Duals on Saturday at Findlay High School.
Wapak suffered losses to Bluffton and Eaton in pool competition before rebounding to notch wins over Napoleon and Shawnee in bracket competition.
Nate Valentine (138 pounds) posted a 4-0 record in the meet, including a pin in the win over Shawnee.
Junior John Martin had three wins, including a pair of pins, at 106 pounds.
VAN WERT â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins boys swimming team placed second and the girls team took third in the Cougar boys finished third in the Van Wert Cougars Sprint Relay Invitational on Saturday at the Van Wert YMCA.
The boys team scored 158 to finish behind first-place Versailles (172 points).
The girls tallied 174 points to finish behind Bryan (180 points) and Versailles (178 points).
Wapak has its first home meet Thursday at the Wapakoneta YMCA.
TROTWOOD â€” The Botkins Trojans swim team kicked off its season by attending the Troy Pentathlon in Trotwood.
Two popular television series helped a local youth with an act of heroism â€” saving his younger brotherâ€™s life.
Representatives from Lima Memorial Hospital visited the Wapakoneta Middle School on Monday to present sixth-grade student Jake Turner with a Life-Saving Hero Award.
On Nov. 19, Jake rescued his two-year-old brother, Noah, who had fallen into a pond in their grandparentsâ€™ back yard in Lafayette, near Lima.
Jake and his siblings were playing outside, when all of a sudden his younger sister, Jenna, came running up to him and said that Noah had fallen into the pond.
A city ordinance making certain synthetic, or designer, drugs illegal to possess, sell and use is off the books â€” it has been replaced by a state law.
Wapakoneta city administrators welcomed the change after Wapakoneta City Council members adopted an ordinance on Monday rescinding the cityâ€™s previous ordinance making illegal certain synthetic drugs, such as â€śbath salts.â€ť
Overall, the Auglaize County dog wardenâ€™s proposed budget for 2012 should decrease by 13 percent, even though he is requesting a salary increase for his assistant.
Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey reviewed his budget proposal Monday with the Auglaize County commissioners as they heard the first presentation in a full week of meetings with department heads and elected officials, who will go through details of their budgets in preparation of developing the countyâ€™s 2012 budget.
FORT RECOVERY â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team suffered its first loss on the season, falling 61-38 to the Fort Recovery Indians on Saturday at Fort Site Gymnasium.
Partly thanks to a significant size disadvantage at the guard positions, Wapak struggled shooting the ball and were never really able to mount a challenge to the Indians.
The Redskins shot just 35.7 percent (15-of-42) from the floor, including an abysmal 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) in the second half.
FORT RECOVERY â€” Wapakoneta Redskins varsity girls basketball coach Rusty Allen knew it was going to take the Redskinsâ€™ best effort to beat Fort Recovery on Saturday.
The Indians were off to a 2-0 start and returned a wealth of experience from a team that went 23-2 and advanced to the Division III state semifinals a year ago.
He didnâ€™t get it.
Fort Recovery led tip-to-buzzer and rolled to a 58-44 win over the Redskins at Fort Site Gymnasium.
WAYNESFIELD â€” One Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers recorded a double-double and another narrowly missed the honor as the Tigers took control early in their second win of the season.
The Tigers started out fast and forced a slew of Triad Cardinal turnovers as they outdistanced the Champaign County team, 72-53, in varsity boys basketball action.
â€śI thought we played pretty strong,â€ť Tiger varsity coach Ryan Taylor said. â€śDefense was good and our guys are pretty aggressive. We had good effort form Garret Hauenstein, Lee Turner and Dylan Little.â€ť
WAYNESFIELD â€” Despite poor shooting from beyond the arc and from the field, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers still had a chance for a win against the neighboring Allen East Mustangs.
Missed shots doomed the Tigers Saturday as they lost for the second time during the 2011-12 campaign Saturday, getting beat by Allen East, 50-47, before a Waynesfield-Goshen home crowd. The Tigers fall to 1-2 on the season.
People crowded onto Main Street waiting in line to talk with Santa Claus or to skate on a temporary rink, to get signatures from a professional baseball player or to ride a pony, to take a carriage ride or a train ride.
Cartoon characters walked among an estimated 3,000 people who turned out for this past weekendâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hometown Holiday in downtown Wapakoneta.
Started five years ago in the effort to help stimulate business downtown, the eventâ€™s primary organizer, Elaine Poppe said the big crowd made it the largest turnout the event has had yet.