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July 18th, 2014
The greatest athletes of Wapakoneta gathered near the Auglaize River last night to race in one of the most grueling, challenging and surprising competitions any of them could imagine.
OK, maybe they weren’t the best athletes in the area, and maybe the race wasn’t the most grueling, but a group of about 85 people did come together and have some fun for a good cause with a large crowd cheering them on.
The bed races are one of the events that help to kick off the annual Summer Moon Festival, and this year’s wet, wild adventure did not disappoint.
Wapakoneta resident Amy Kentner threw the ceremonial first pitch Friday prior to the Cleveland Indians’ game against the Chicago White Sox at Progresive Field in Cleveland.
The Indians hosted A Christmas Story House & Museum Night on Friday, featuring trivia and giveaways throughout the game relating to the popular 1983 film, parts of which were filmed in Cleveland.
She was asked to throw out the first pitch Friday — with a huge caveat attached.
Scoring 3,236 points over the course of the two-day championship meet, the Wapakoneta Waves swim team brought home the Western Ohio Aquatic League title, and smashed some records along the way.
WOAL is an eight-team league that also includes teams from Ada, Bluffton, Van Wert, Kenton, the Sherwood and Westside swim clubs and the Shawnee Country Club. This year’s final meet was held at Kenton.
Ryan Schneider, 14, set a new meet record in the boys 13-14 50-meter butterfly with a finals time of 28.52. The previous record was 28.83, set in 1993.
WAYNESFIELD — Jack Hayzlett is doing something he set out to do since high school: be a head coach for a high school basketball program.
That was his intention when he attended The Ohio State University to become a teacher as a career.
It never came to fruition at the time, but he now has the chance.
Hayzlett, a Wapakoneta resident, was hired in May to be the varsity boys basketball head coach for Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
Wapakoneta sent six different pitchers to the mound, and, collectively, they shut down Crestview in a 4-1 win Thursday in ACME baseball action at Wapakoneta High School.
The hosts’ pitchers allowed three hits and five baserunners in Crestview’s seven at-bats, and Wapakoneta relied on a four-run third for its offense.
Wapakoneta was needing to get certain pitchers some work heading into its tournament in Defiance starting Saturday.
From staff reports
A scholarship program has been created for future football players at Wapakoneta High School under first-year head coach Travis Moyer.
In a letter to potential donors, Moyer says, “Wapakoneta has identified a community service project that is meaningful to its school and community.”
The letter states “this scholarship is to commend players for their 4 years of participation in the Wapakoneta Varsity Football program and promote higher level of education beyond high school.”
TIFFIN — The Bryan Golden Bears had been on the verge of breaking through for a big inning all game Thursday. The Wapakoneta Redskins, meanwhile, were thirsting for chances to score all game long.
In the seventh inning, finally, the Bears broke through to unlock a 1-1 tie.
Bryan tallied two runs in the top of the seventh inning to get past the Redskins in a high school baseball Division II, Region 6 semifinal at Heminger Field hosted by Tiffin University.
BLUFFTON — For the second time in three days, walking Chandler Kaeck to face Chace Culver proved to be unwise for Wapakoneta’s opponent in the district tournament.
Culver delivered his second straight eventual game-winning hit with the bases-loaded, as he notched an RBI single for the Redskins’ third run of the seventh inning Saturday, giving his team a 5-4 lead after trailing by two entering their final at-bat.
BLUFFTON — Wapakoneta senior Chace Culver didn’t take too kindly to Celina intentionally walking the hitter in front of him to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth inning of Thursday’s Division II district semifinal.
“I was kind of insulted, to be honest with you, that they were going to walk to get to me,” Culver said. “I really wanted to get the hit after that.”
The Wapakoneta Redskins scored in every inning of their tournament game Saturday, and they needed every bit of those runs in their comeback win.
The Redskins overcame two separate four-run deficits against the visiting Napoleon Wildcats during a 10-8 victory Saturday in a Division II high school softball sectional final at Wapakoneta High School.
Redskins coach Bill Sammons explained what he felt was the reason his team rallied for a win Saturday, as Wapak trailed after Napoleon’s at-bat in each of the first four innings.