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February 6th, 2014
A gymnasium was recently named in honor of Botkins native Gene Zorn for his many years teaching math and coaching basketball at Newton Falls High School in Newton Falls, a small town in northeast Ohio.
The gymnasium was named in Zorn’s honor on Jan. 17.
Zorn said he was not aware of the plans to dedicate the gymnasium in his honor.
“I knew something was going on, but they wouldn’t tell me,” Zorn said. “Two days before, someone let it slip, so I found out then.”
Persistence paid off for the Wapakoneta Redskins on Tuesday.
After showing signs of improvement in recent weeks, the Redskins broke through with a win Tuesday to end a 10-game loss streak.
KENTON — The Wapakoneta Redskins’ streak of four consecutive Western Buckeye League wrestling titles ended Saturday but they managed to have two league champions — freshman Landon Hall and senior Jarred Carpenter — and eight placers.
Carpenter won his second straight WBL title in the 220-pound weight class, recording three straight pins Saturday in his title-winning performance, including one at 3:49 over Celina’s Kevin Lockwood in the finals.
Hall squeezed out a 5-3 victory in the 182-pound final against Defiance’s Eli Brown.
Noah Bramlage and Brad Recker combined to score 19 of Ottawa-Glandorf’s final 21 points in Friday’s game, and perhaps more importantly was when the duo accounted for those points as they helped the Titans fend off a hungry Wapakoneta Redskins squad.
O-G escaped the Wapakoneta High School gymnasium with a 56-50 win Friday in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball contest.
After the Western Buckeye League Championships were postponed to Wednesday of this week, the Wapakoneta Redskins had to deal with a meet being scheduled on back-to-back days, as their final regular season swim meet, their home finale, was held Thursday at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.
The Redskins experimented with different lineups throughout the night.
On the boys side, Wapakoneta beat Minster, 59-25, and crushed Indian Lake, 61-11.
In the girls meet, the Redskins topped Minster, 55-38, and demolished Indian Lake, 77-11.
From staff reports
The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers clinched a share of the Northwest Central Conference title in varsity girls basketball action Thursday in Ridgeway.
With a 66-18 rout of the Ridgemont Golden Gophers in NWCC play, the Tigers repeated as conference champion.
W-G and Upper Scioto Valley split the conference title, each with 4-1 records.
Lehman Catholic, which is 3-1 in conference play, can earn a share of the NWCC title with a win Feb. 4 against Riverside.
The deadline to apply for the open varsity head football coaching position at Wapakoneta High School expired Tuesday.
The school district received 48 applications for the position as of Tuesday after Doug Frye’s resignation less than three weeks ago.
Wapakoneta City Schools Athletic Director Brad Rex said the hiring committee met Wednesday night to discuss the applicants.
The Wapakoneta Redskins had the requisite points for a Western Buckeye League girls swimming and diving title Wednesday but were disqualified after a relay race in which they took first place.
Wapakoneta’s 200-yard freestyle relay team finished with a time of 1 minute, 42.46 seconds, which was 33 hundredths of a second ahead of Celina’s quartet.
The event win would have given Wapakoneta 32 points instead of zero, while Celina would have taken 26 points for second in the race.
A top-three finish is what the Wapakoneta Redskins wanted, and a third-place finish is what they got, while Redskins sophomore Charlie Sutton continued a record-breaking season Wednesday.
Wapakoneta placed third Wednesday in the boys Western Buckeye League Swimming and Diving Championships at the Defiance Area YMCA.
Sutton set a new WBL record in the 100-yard freestyle race and broke his own school record in the 200 free.
“I don’t think it gets much better than that,” Redskins coach Mark Law said.
From staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins and the St. Marys Roughriders will meet today for the second time this season in a dual match.
This time, however, the Auglaize County rivals will meet far from the county borders, as the two schools will travel to Toledo this afternoon to continue their participation in the state dual team tournament.
After tonight’s round of competition, the 24 state tournament participants will be determined.