September 2nd, 2011
Letâs talk football for a few minutes.
Xâs and Oâs, touchdowns and tackles, passes and punts, handoffs and hits.
And the fact that these are kids â playing a game.
Enough of the gossip and grumbling, rumors and remonstrations, drama and dirt-dishing.
These are kids.
Playing a game.
So letâs talk football.
The Wapakoneta Redskinsâ matchup against Elida Bulldogs tonight at Harmon Field has all of the markings of a classic.
Both teams are on the upswing of major turnarounds.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys soccer team continued the solid start to its season with a 3-0 win over the Elida Bulldogs in the Western Buckeye League opener for both teams Thursday night at Ryan Field.
Junior Travis Bertram scored two goals and senior Andy Faller added a goal and an assist as Wapak upped its record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the WBL.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys golf team defeated the Celina Bulldogs 168-184 in a Western Buckeye League dual match Thursday at the Wapakoneta Country Club.
Wapakâs 168 was its lowest round of the year at home and its first time to break 170.
âWhen you have two scores in the 30âs and two in the 40âs, the team score will improve,â Wapak coach Ken Wayman said. âWe are improving match-to-match. But I still think our best score is yet to come.
âAll we need is to have two guys shoot consistently in the low 40âs and we will have a really good score.â
WAYNESFIELD â If the first week is any implications of what is to come in week two, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers could be in for another game of offensive highlight reels against Fort Recovery.
The Tigers have taken deep steps with their football program, winning 51 games in the last seven years. However, an often less-than-impressive schedule often left them untested. As a result, the schoolâs first playoff win in their history has still eluded them despite their regular season success.
About three years ago, the coaching staff began to formulate a plan to take care of that problem.
Results for Wapakoneta City Schoolsâ two elementaries on state report cards were a bit different but the focus of administrators â improving â remains the same.
Wapakoneta Elementary School was designated an excellent school while Cridersville Elementary School was designated an effective school, based on the results of the 2010-11 school report card.
A Wapakoneta native will soon be traveling to the East Coast to dig deeper in her studies at a theological seminary school, and she will have the support of her home church, St. Paul United Church of Christ.
Twenty three-year-old Kendra Short has made the decision to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary School, in South Hamilton, Mass. â which is outside of Boston.
Short, who graduated from Hope College, in Mich., with degrees in philosophy and psychology in the spring, talked with a seminarian, who helped her to discover a career path after college.
A traveling recreational group is starting its 40-day voyage across four states at the KOA Campgrounds in Wapakoneta.
The Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) converged at the campgrounds Wednesday to begin its voyage. The recreational club travels in only Airstream trailers. With a traveling theme if âWatch It Made in the U.S.A.,â participants said it was only natural that the club begin its journey near Jackson Center, where Airstreams are made.
Sharon and George Hilton, of New Mexico, are wagon masters for the journey.
Billy Joe âBillâ Carl, 77, of rural Alger, died at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at his residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Armentrout Funeral Home in Waynesfield.
Wapakoneta Middle and High schools both received designations of excellent on their schoolsâ state report cards recently released by the Ohio Department of Education.
Administrators at the schools said they are pleased with their successes, but, of course, have areas upon which they continue to work.
âWe had some very good areas and some areas of concern,â Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne said.
With the deadline for write-in candidates to file to run for office in Auglaize County passing Monday, no one has filed.
Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said the passing of the deadline to file as a write-in finalizes the list of candidates for the Nov. 8 general election.