ROCKFORD â€” As the old clichĂ© goes, better late than never.
It took a little while for the Botkins Trojans varsity girls basketball team to get going Monday night, but once it did, it broke out in a big way.
After scoring just 27 points in the first three quarters, the Trojans put 22 points on the board in the fourth quarter to erase a 30-27 deficit and roll to a 49-36 win over the Parkway Panthers.
Botkins held the Panthers to just six points in the final quarter.
CRIDERSVILLE — Children walking to school should notice additional sidewalks in the village as the Safe Routes to Schools project tops the list of projects in the village, the Cridersville administrator says.
Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers said the Safe Routes to Schools project calls for installing sidewalks along Reichelderfer and Carlisle streets.
“We are looking forward to the direct connection from Main (Street) to the school,” Myers said.
New month, new location.
Startng Wednesday, area senior citizens will gather at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA, having outgrown their current site in the basement of the Wapakoneta Heritage Center located downtown.
Wapakoneta police officers are investigating an incident of inducing panic.
A police officer made contact with employees at the NAPA store, 8 Pearl St., at 10 a.m. Saturday about a complaint they received early Thursday morning from a female informing store employees that they may be in some sort of danger from a male possessing firearms.
According to the report, later in the day, it was learned that the allegations were false and there was no danger.
Wapakonetaâ€™s numerous chances to seal the game against Minster went awry, allowing the patient Wildcats to hang around and eventually surpass the Redskins 54-49 in overtime on Saturday night.
Minster scored the final seven points of the game to get back to .500 on the season.
â€śItâ€™s a little bit of perseverance,â€ť Minster head coach Mike Lee said. â€śThey didnâ€™t panic and they executed when they needed to execute...Itâ€™s a testament to gutting it out for as long as we did.â€ť
DOLA â€” As the basketball season enters the home stretch, Waynesfield-Goshen seems to be hitting its stride by garnering its third straight win after downing non-league opponent Hardin Northern, 64-46, Saturday night.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 5-8 on the season and keeps the Polar Bears winless on the year at 0-14.
Tiger head coach Ryan Taylor said the win is a big confidence booster for his squad who had struggled through an 8-game losing streak before stringing together this trio of wins.
A long-range shot, stellar defense and unwavering free throw shooting powered the Wapakoneta Redskins past the state-ranked Minster Wildcats.
With the game tied at 33 with 3:04 left in the fourth quarter, junior guard Annie Henderson drilled a 3-pointer forcing the Wildcats to foul the rest of the way, but Wapakoneta drained 9-of-12 from the free throw line to capture the 45-39 win.
JACKSON CENTER â€” The Botkins Trojans varsity girls basketball team crept back to within one game of an even record with a come-from-behind 47-43 win over the Jackson Center Tigers on Saturday at Jackson Center High School.
Trailing 16-12 at the half, the Trojans offense caught fire with 35 points in second half.
â€śWe finally decided to play in the second half,â€ť Botkins varsity coach Don Mack said. â€śWe were kind of lethargic in the first half and we stood around a lot.
James M. Luneke, 64, 5448 Wilson Drive, Celina, died at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at his residence.
He was born July 31, 1947, in Dayton, the son of Gertrude R. (Raffel) and Carl L. Luneke. On March 11, 1967, in Richmond, Ind., he married Phyllis A. George, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, James Luneke, of Dayton, and Tim Luneke, of Dayton; and a daughter Angela (Rodney) Simpson, of Celina.
Bessie Oellerman, 82, of Botkins, died Monday, Jan. 30, 1012, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.