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January 20th, 2012

BASKETBALL: Redskins nearly upset Defiance

January 21, 2012

So close.

There could have been shouts of jubilation filling the Redskins lockerroom.

Instead, silence. Silence and tears.

For 32 minutes Friday night, the Wapakoneta Redskins gave the undefeated and state-ranked Defiance Bulldogs all they could handle and then some.

They held a team that had been averaging 64 points a game to a season-low 44.

They kept the Bulldogs from even scoring a field goal in the second quarter.

They led and they led and they led.

BASKETBALL: Tigers snap skid

January 21, 2012

WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers ended an eight-game losing streak with a big conference win, edging the Upper Scioto Valley Rams 40-35 on Friday night in Waynesfield.

The Tigers improved to 3-8 overall and 1-2 in Northwest Central Conference play.

The score was tied with 6:54 left in the game. But clutch free throws late by Colton Miller and Jacob Frank helped the Tigers eke out a victory.

“The guys played hard tonight and it was a good win,” W-G varsity coach Ryan Taylor said.

Seussical brings Broadway to Wapak

January 20, 2012

“Oh the thinks you can think,” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unfortgettable musical caper.

The off-Broadway production of Seussical is being presented at the Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, by a professional touring company out of New York and features enhanced scenic and costume elements.

Wapakoneta Performing Arts Center Coordinator Pam Egbert said she found the off Broadway play when she attended the Ohio Arts Presenters Convention in Columbus in the fall of 2010.

United Way campaign reaches goal

January 20, 2012

ST. MARYS — As of Thursday morning, the United Way of Auglaize County raised $285,000 for its 2011 campaign, just $15,000 shy of its $300,000 goal — and a few phone calls to two Wapakoneta businesses made a big difference.

“This morning, (United Way of Auglaize County Executive Director) Randy (Fisher) and I were on the telephone, and at one point, I thought he was going to come through the telephone line to get a high five,” Campaign Chair Rex Katterheinrich said at the fourth annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Thursday afternoon.

Seventh-graders make a difference

January 20, 2012

Three middle school students came together, voiced their opinion in a professional manner and instituted a change on behalf of their fellow peers.

Wapakoneta Middle School seventh-grade students Adam and Alex Walter and Nolan Benny became the spokesmen for their school as they voiced their concerns over their school lunch menu — involving sweet potato fries.

“When we first had the sweet potato fries, we saw no one was eating them,” Benny said. “People were throwing them away and it was wasted.”

Carolyn Romshe, M.D., 74

January 20, 2012

Carolyn A. Romshe, M.D., 74, of Carmel, Ind., passed away Wednesday, Jan.. 18, 2012.
She was born Sept. 28, 1937, in Lima, the daughter of the late Florence F. (Kaeck) and Howard F. Romshe.
Surviving are a sister, Sandra (Bradway) Phillips; and three cousins, Richard (LaVonne) Romshe, Alice (Don) Sandkuhl, and Steve (Carolyn) Romshe.

Ina Blakeley-Fisher, 88

January 20, 2012

Ina A. Blakeley-Fisher, 88, formerly of 05201 Lock 14 Road in rural Auglaize County, died at 5:42 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Golden Living Center – Valley in St. Marys.
She was born Jan. 15, 1924 in Shamrock, Okla., to Vada (Ankney) and Clyde Stauffer. She married Frederick W. Fisher, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter Ginger Ann Brown, of Van Wert; and three sons Samuel N. Blakeley, of Lima, Larry Blakeley, of Van Wert, and Paul Fisher, of Park Hill, Okla.

Ina Blakeley-Fisher, 88

January 20, 2012

Ina Blakeley-Fisher, 88, of St. Marys, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Golden Living Center – Valley in St. Marys.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.

BASKETBALL: Redskins shoot down 'Dogs

January 20, 2012

DEFIANCE — Nicole Brown and Tasha Helmstetter apparently found Defiance High School’s gymnasium to their liking.

The Wapakoneta Redskins guards lit up the Defiance Bulldogs for a combined 37 points on nine 3-pointers to lead the Redskins to a 58-48 win in a Western Buckeye League varsity girls basketball matchup on Thursday.

Brown, a junior, scored a team-high 20 points, connecting on 6 of 11 (54.5 percent) three-point attempts. Helmstetter, a senior, knocked down 3 of 5 attempts (60 percent) on her way to 17 points.

BASKETBALL: Trojans win thriller

January 20, 2012

BOTKINS — Back-and-forth the pendulum swung.

And when the horn sounded, it was on Botkins’ side.

In a game of momentum swings, the Trojans ultimately came out on top, defeating the Russia Raiders 52-45 in overtime in a Shelby County League varsity girls basketball game Thursday at Botkins High School.

The Trojans scored all nine of the points in the overtime from the free throw line. They connected on 9 of 12 attempts in the period.

Russia managed just one field goal in the overtime — a Shana Meyer layup with 19 seconds left. By then it was too late.

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