February 10th, 2012
The Van Wert Cougars started out so fast they nearly left skid marks on the floor of the Wapakoneta High School gymnasium.
Van Wert raced out to an early 24-7 lead, withstood Wapak’s lone rally, and posted a 59-44 win in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game Friday.
The Cougars hit five of their first six shots and finished the quarter 10-of-15 from the floor, 3-of-3 from three-point range.
BOTKINS — The Botkins Trojans made several runs.
But Anna proved to be just too much as the Rockets cruised to a 73-61 win in a Shelby County League varsity boys basketball game Friday at Botkins High School.
The Trojans briefly took a 20-18 lead early in the second quarter when Tyler Egbert scored from the paint on back-to back trips down the floor and then connected on the second of a pair of free throws.
By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Grants applied for by the Auglaize County Solid Waste District should assist with county recycling if they are awarded locally.
A community development grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) would be used to purchase needed equipment to help with county recycling efforts.
By CARLA MEYER
Unzipping his baseball equipment bag in the Wapakoneta City Council chambers, a local teen pulls out a handgun and an assault rifle.
Councilors did not panic. The youth then explained a new hobby centered on airsoft guns. The replica guns have the weight, look and feel of an actual weapon.
The Wapakoneta High School eighth-grader stressed to councilors the need to develop a policy to ensure the welfare of the youngsters possessing these guns and the well-being of the cityâ€™s police officers.
By CARLA MEYER
Four local families from Wapakoneta are ecstatic regarding a recent proclamation signed this week by Gov. John Kasich.
The week of Feb. 7-14 is to be designated as Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week in Ohio â€” as Kasich signed the document this month.
Kasich noted thousands of children are born with birth defects every year, including approximately 40,000 children in the U.S. who begin life with one or more than 35 identified forms of congenital heart defects.
With Wapakoneta facing costly sewer upgrades, the Clean Water Affordability Act introduced Thursday by a U.S. legislator could provide some relief for the city and the city’s utility consumers.
A Wapakoneta administrator would support the measure if it provided such relief to the city which acted proactively and whose residents keep the city solvent.
A recent tragic accident claimed the life of a Mercer County teen while she was driving in Putnam County. She accidently drove her car off the roadway and entered a nearby pond.
Seventeen-year-old Brianna Coon, of Rockford, called 911 for help, but the sinking vehicle soon trapped the youth and took her life.
Chiefs of two Wapakoneta departments say developing a plan and rehearsing a possible emergency exit — even in a person’s mind — can help a person stay calm and contribute to saving a motorist’s life.
Hoping to save teens and their parents some money and find them beautiful dresses to wear to prom, one local Relay for Life team is again planning a Prom Dress Exchange.
“I think the last few years have been financially difficult on people either directly or indirectly, and they want to save and make money,” said the event organizer Tiffany Fullenkamp. “This also gives them the opportunity to support a well known organization (the American Cancer Society) on a local level.
VAN WERT — The Van Wert Cougars used their clear size advantage to cruise to a 54-39 win over the Wapakoneta Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball game Thursday at Van Wert High School.
The game turned in the second quarter when the Cougars outscored Wapak 16-3 to take a 26-11 lead into the lockerroom.
Van Wert held the Redskins without a field goal for a span of 13:36, starting late in the first quarter and extending into the first five minutes of the third.
Five weeks ago, after a 61-47 loss to the Bath Wildcats, Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball coach Matt Bradley challenged his team to ramp up its defensive effort.
Since that time, a span of seven games, the Redskins have given up no more than 55 points in any game.
They went 2-5 over that stretch, one of the toughest on the schedule with quality opponents such as Defiance, Ottawa-Glandorf and Liberty-Benton.
And it wonâ€™t get any easier Friday when veteran coach Dave Froelich brings his Van Wert Cougars to town.