Archive - Nov 2011 - Sports Article
With a nickname like the âMastodons,â itâs tough to go wrong.
Morgan Quellhorst knew that much as a freshman.
Quellhorst, a senior at Wapakoneta High School, signed her national letter of intent to play college basketball at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne on Monday at Wapakoneta High School, honoring a verbal commitment she made as a sophomore.
âFreshman year, we went there for volleyball and we watched one of their games,â Quellhorst said Monday. âAnd it was just so cool. It was big, and they had the Mastodon, and it was different.â
Wapakoneta Redskins senior right guard Chris Schwartz was named the Offensive Lineman of the Year when the All-Western Buckeye League football teams were released on Friday.
Schwartz, who will attend the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY in the fall, earned the honor in a vote by the WBL coaches.
He was a key cog in an offense that led the league in rushing yards with 3,073 yards on the ground in the regular season.
Wapakoneta Redskins senior Andy Faller is adding to his growing list of honors.
After being named the Western Buckeye League boys soccer Player of the Year, Faller was selected Division II Second-Team All-State by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association and First-Team All-District by the Northwest Ohio Soccer Coaches Association on Friday.
Faller was the first Wapakoneta boys soccer player to ever be named the WBL Player of the Year.
Defiance Bulldogsâ Doug Herrett was voted the district Player of the Year. The Coach of the Year was Bath Wildcatsâ Jeremy Winegardner.
PIQUA â One-by-one, the Wapakoneta Redskins seniors stood before their younger teammates.
One-by-one, tears in their eyes, they told them, donât forget this feeling.
And donât let it happen again.
One of the greatest seasons in Wapakoneta football history came to a conclusion Friday night as the Trotwood-Madison Rams handed the Redskins a 27-6 defeat in a Division II regional semifinal at Piquaâs Alexander Field.
Wapak ends its season with a 10-2 record. The 2011 Redskins were just the third team in school history to win 10 games and the second to win a playoff game.
Robert Vogel sometimes becomes distracted watching action films and television shows.
No, heâs not disturbed by plotline loopholes or unrealistic dialogue.
The action hero during that big-budget shootout scene probably isnât holding his gun correctly to pull off that big move.
Vogel, a St. Marys native and a world-class competitive practical shooter and gun expert, notices things like that.
Wapakoneta Redskins varsity football coach Doug Frye is old school.
The veteran coach isn’t a real flashy guy, and his players reflect that.
Go to work. Do your job.
Then there is Maurice Douglass, the head man on the Trotwood-Madison Rams’ sideline. In between stints playing for the NFL’s Chicago Bears and New York Giants he worked as an exotic dancer. His wardrobe once earned him a comparison with musician Prince.
No one has ever compared Frye to Prince.
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) â Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant.
"This is a tragedy," Paterno said. "It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."
Wapakoneta vs. Trotwood-Madison
Friday, 7:30, at Piqua
Columbus St. Francis DeSales vs. Elida
Friday, 7:30, at Clyde
Genoa Area vs. Kenton
Saturday, 7, at BGSU
Versailles vs. Coldwater
Friday, 7:30, at Dayton
Del. St. Johnâs vs. Tiffin Calvert
Saturday, 3, at BGSU
Ada vs. Marion Local
Saturday, 7, at Lima Stadium
Fort Loramie vs. Minster
Saturday, 7, at Harmon Field
After finding slim pickings on seating last Friday, fans will have an easier go of it this week.
The Wapakoneta Redskinsâ Division II football regional semifinal game at 7:30 Friday night against the Trotwood-Madison Rams will be played at Alexander Field in Piqua, one of the more fan-friendly stadiums in the region.
The stadium, located on the campus of Piqua High School just east of Interstate 75, is a modern facility that seats 8,500 â 4,500 on the home side and 4,000 on the visitor side â according to the schoolâs Web site.