September 9th, 2014
LIMA — Two undefeated teams early in the 2014 varsity girls soccer season met for a Western Buckeye League showdown Monday.
The Wapakoneta Redskins and the Bath Ladycats — programs which are trending positively in recent years — were each 6-0-0 and receiving votes in the state coaches poll entering the game Monday.
KENTON — For the several hundred fans who were unable or unwilling to return to Kenton for the remainder of the suspended game Saturday afternoon, well, life is full of regrets.
The final 18-plus minutes of the resumed varsity football game between Wapakoneta and Kenton was a classic finish, one that saw the Redskins score a go-ahead touchdown with 6.7 seconds left in the game to steal a 15-14 win in the Western Buckeye League opener at Kenton High School’s Robinson Field.
CRIDERSVILLE — Two people died from injuries suffered in a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 75 near Cridersville Friday night.
According to a report from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, at approximately 9 p.m., John Strachan, 41, of Dayton, was driving a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on I-75 with a passenger, Helen Coleman, 47, of Dayton. Strachan was in the left lane with a group of approximately 20 other motorcycles. Several of the motorcycles lost control for an unknown reason.
The Auglaize County Fairgrounds’ grandstand was full of life Saturday afternoon as the K & R Mower Derby occupied the arena.
Drivers of all ages competed on mowers of all shapes, sizes and colors, all to benefit local charities.
Jeremy Resor, one of the founders of the K & R Mower Derby said it all started with a group of guys at the farm where he and Chad Kantner lived, and as the event grew in popularity it moved to the Knights of Columbus Hall on Dixie Highway, and now to its new home, the fairgrounds.
Auglaize Acres staff, volunteers, friends and family members gathered on Saturday to participate in the first annual “Memory Walk,” an event dedicated to improving the lives of patients who reside at the facility’s memory care unit.
Although the day brought gray clouds and a sprinkling of rain, cotton candy, carnival games and pinwheels brought smiles to residents’ and participants’ faces throughout the event.
Donald E. “Don” Cole, 80, of Wapakoneta, died at 7:07 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on Nov. 25, 1933, in Wapakoneta, to George and Leota (Hawkey) Cole, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 11, 1955, he married Susan Hill, and she survives in Wapakoneta.
Robert “Jake” Eugene Zimpfer, 82, of Jackson Center, went to be with our Lord in Heaven peacefully at 3:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Fair Haven in Sidney. Jake was born Nov. 12, 1931, to the late Paul and Helen Zimpfer.
Jake married his sweetheart Grace Irene Regula on April 25, 1953. They met in the church choir loft as young adults at Grace Lutheran Church where they later married.
KENTON — The varsity football game between the Wapakoneta Redskins and the Kenton Wildcats was postponed Friday due to impending inclement weather.
It will resume at 2 p.m. today back at Kenton High School’s Robinson Field.
The game was stopped with 6 minutes and 26 seconds remaining in the third quarter after game officials spotted lightning.
Both teams headed to their respective locker rooms.
WAYNESFIELD — What a difference a week can make.
A week ago, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers varsity football team was humbled by a 55-15 home opening blowout to Jefferson. That night the Tigers found themselves scoreless in the first half and mustered under 100 yards, but W-G turned in a different performance on Friday night.
At the expense of soon-to-be Northwest Central Conference opponent Hardin Northern, the Tigers amassed 237 total yards of offense and 30 points in the first half alone en route to a 49-0 shutout victory.
A local young man’s dream of playing high school football was taken from him upon being diagnosed with leukemia two years ago.
After months full of daily treatment and regular visits to a Columbus hospital, Josh Hilleary, a Wapakoneta High School senior, saw playing time in last Friday’s varsity football game in Bellefontaine.