October 20th, 2011
As the Wapakoneta Redskins entered Week 9 of the high school football season a year ago, they had already exceeded expectations.
The memories of a 1-9 season in 2009 were gone and a playoff berth seemed in the bag.
Then came a 46-15 loss to Kenton in Week 9 and a 28-21 defeat at the hands of the Elida Bulldogs seven days later.
Suddenly it was time to pack up the equipment and start thinking about next year.
Now itâ€™s next year.
Wapakoneta Redskins senior Andy Faller became the first boys soccer player from Wapakoneta to be named the Western Buckeye League Player of the Year when the All-WBL teams were announced on Wednesday.
Faller said he was â€śspeechlessâ€ť when varsity coach Marc Dyrness told him he had won the award.
â€śI kind of thought I was going to be in the running for it,â€ť Faller said. â€śBut I had my doubts with Bath winning the WBL. I thought one of their players was going to get it. ... I was really happy.â€ť
LIMA â€” Talk about your interesting finishes.
The Wapakoneta Redskins reversed a bizarre momentum shift in the fifth game to pull out a 3-2 win over the Bath Wildcats in a Division II volleyball sectional semifinal Wednesday night at Lima Senior High School.
After pulling out to an 8-4 lead in the crucial fifth-game tiebreaker, Wapak was called for an illegal substitution.
The error had occurred two points earlier, so two points were taken from the Wapak score and Bath was awarded a penalty point and the serve.
Suddenly it was just a one-point 6-5 lead and the Wildcats were serving.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP â€” The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys soccer season came to an abrupt end as the Elida Bulldogs pulled off a 3-0 upset win in a Division II sectional semifinal Wednesday night at a rain-soaked Shawnee Field.
In a match that more closely resembled water polo than soccer at times, players raced through and slipped in puddles as the ball skipped all over the field.
A steady rain began falling early in the afternoon and only seemed to intensify as the match wore on.
Sound fiscal policy for the past decade and more paid off, a city elected official says, because city administrators have learned the city is in a stronger position to take advantage of state and federal funds for future street improvement projects.
State Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina, and state Rep. Jim Buchy, R-Greenville, spoke in detail Wednesday on the need to approve Issue 2 during a public meeting sponsored by the Auglaize County Patriots at the Wapakoneta Eagles.
The issue, which was an attachment to the recently passed budget bill in Ohio, limits some of the negotiating powers for public workers such as policeman, fireman, and teachers. Both legislators immediately came out in support of the issue and dispelled what they called myths about the issue.
A new physician has come back to her home area to practice in a familiar place.
Botkins Local Schools graduate Jamie Szelagowski recently moved back to the area and now works at a local family practice â€” one in which she used to be a patient.
â€śI always knew I wanted to be a doctor,â€ť Szelagowski said, â€śand now I get to work with the doctors I grew up with.â€ť
Szelagowski is the newest physician at Auglaize Family Practice Center, in Wapakoneta, along with physicians she had growing up, Parmie Herman, and George Herman and Deron Horman.
With multiple commercial and retail businesses locating in the past year in Celina and St. Marys to the west and in Bellefontaine to east of Wapakoneta, a city councilor questioned if enough is being done here to attract new stores.
Wapakoneta 4th Ward Councilor Dan Graf shared his concern with the work being done by the city on the commercial and retail front since most of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council (WAEDC) staffâ€™s energies seem to be devoted to filling the Job Ready Sites manufacturing site.
BOTKINS â€” With the Nov. 8 general election fast approaching, Botkins residents have discussed the different advantages and disadvantages of building a new school with state funds through the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
For one small group in Botkins, the disadvantages hit home.
As part of the project, the school is discussing the purchase of small area of land surrounding Belle Circle Drive for the use of an access point to the proposed school building site. That site is currently home to a small trailer court.
The economic recession has forced cuts to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, but they continue to focus on their No. 1 priority, the top agriculturalist in the state says.
Former Mercer County farmer and ODA Director Jim Zehringer said the ODA, similar to all governmental agencies, is looking at cuts to help with the down economy, but that they are maintaining their top priority â€” keeping food safe.