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Redskins cruise past Shawnee, clinch home field

November 2, 2013

Sports Editor

SHAWNEE — A furious start allowed the Wapakoneta Redskins to finish their regular season on a high note Friday, and now they will move onto the playoffs for the second time in the last three seasons.

The Redskins cruised to a 49-0 halftime lead against the Shawnee Indians, with seven touchdowns in the first 19 minutes of Friday’s game, in a 49-13 win in Western Buckeye League varsity football action.

Troy Christian blanks W-G in season finale

November 2, 2013

Sports Editor

The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers were shut out, 35-0, by the Troy Christian Eagles in a non-league varsity football game Friday in Troy, in the regular season finale for both teams.

W-G ended its season with a 2-8 record.

After an 0-5 start, the Tigers won two games before losing three to finish the season.

Troy Christian finished 4-4 for the year.

TC sophomore running back Luke Dillahunt rushed for 246 yards on 11 carries and four touchdowns Friday.

OHSAA opposed to separate postseason tournaments

November 1, 2013

From staff reports

The state’s governing body of high school athletics is now publicly opposed to separating postseason tournaments between public and non-public schools, Ohio High School Athletic Association Commissioner Dan Ross wrote in a one-page memo dated Tuesday that was recently sent to member schools.

Wapakoneta, Shawnee heading in opposite directions

October 31, 2013

Sports Editor

The two teams in Friday’s matchup are heading in opposite directions.

The Wapakoneta Redskins (8-1) have won seven consecutive games, have unofficially clinched a playoff berth and are virtually scoring at will.

The Shawnee Indians (2-7) have lost six straight games, have two wins against opponents with zero wins and are struggling to score points.

The two teams will meet Friday in Lima in the 2013 regular season finale for the varsity football year, in the ninth and final Western Buckeye League game.

Wapakoneta moves from 1st to 3rd in region

October 30, 2013

From staff reports

After three straight weeks as the top team in their region, the Wapakoneta Redskins moved to third in the penultimate weekly computer ratings for prep football, released Tuesday by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Wapakoneta (8-1) was ranked first in Division III, Region 10 from Oct. 8 until Tuesday.

Wapakoneta drops out of poll after 2 appearances

October 29, 2013

From staff reports

The Wapakoneta Redskins dropped out of the Associated Press poll in Monday’s version of the weekly ranking of Ohio high school football teams, voted upon by media members.

Monday’s poll was the penultimate one of the 2013 season, as the final version will be released next Monday following the conclusion of the regular season by week’s end.

Teams receiving at least 12 points appear in the poll after the voting.

Flora twins advance to state for Botkins

October 28, 2013

From staff reports

Chloe Flora and Cameron Flora, sophomore twins at Botkins High School, each qualified for the cross country state championships with finishes inside the top 16 of their respective races Saturday.

Cameron Flora, with a time of 16 minutes, 57.67 seconds, was 14th in the Division III, Region 10 boys race Saturday at Troy High School, while Chloe Flora took seventh with a time of 19:48.14 in the Division III, Region 10 girls race.

Wapakoneta's Zofkie ends season at regionals

October 28, 2013

From staff reports

Allie Zofkie concluded her strong first high school cross country season Saturday with an appearance at regionals.

The Wapakoneta Redskins freshman placed 66th overall out of 128 runners Saturday in the Division I, Region 2 girls cross country race at Hedges Boyer Park in Tiffin.

Zofkie completed the course in a time of 20 minutes, 37.71 seconds Saturday.

The top 16 individuals not on qualifying teams advanced from Saturday’s regional race to the state championships.

Redskins post season high in win over Van Wert

October 26, 2013

Sports Editor

The Western Buckeye League’s leading rushing team had virtually no issues against the league’s worst run defense Friday, as the Wapakoneta Redskins gained 473 yards on the ground against the winless Van Wert Cougars in their 61-20 win in varsity football action at Eggerss Stadium in Van Wert, on a night when the temperature slowly descended toward freezing.

Friday’s win was Wapakoneta’s seventh consecutive, moving the Redskins to 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the WBL.

Flora family bonds, learns through running

October 25, 2013

Sports Editor

BOTKINS — Many families bond around an activity, hobby or event that they enjoy doing.

For some, it may be traveling, boating or hunting.

For members of the Flora family in Botkins, they bond and learn through running.

The mother, Tina, 41, and the father, Matt, 44, each run on their own, as Tina runs on her own to stay in shape, while Matt competes in events every so often.

Tina has run the longest event of anyone in the family, having run a 50K marathon before.

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