August 29th, 2012
Gary A. Smith, 69, of Wapakoneta, died at 3:17 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at his residence.
He was born July 5, 1943, in Champagne County, the son of Parthenia and Alden Smith, who preceded him in death. On June 4, 1965, he married Linda C. Sparks, and she survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Brenda (Ernie) Nuesmeyer, of Lima; seven grandchildren, Dylan, Dakota, Austin, Devon, Victor, Allison, and Hayley; a brother, Wayne (Pat) Smith, of Michigan; two sisters, Kay (Ed) Coffey, of South Carolina, and Priscilla (Ron) Goodwin, of Michigan.
WAYNESFIELD – The Waynesfield-Goshen High School volleyball team battled hard before coming up on the short end of a marathon 25-23, 18-25, 26-24, 11-25, 11-15 loss to Delphos Jefferson Monday.
The two teams battled for two hours and 40 minutes before action was finally over.
Despite the loss, Waynesfield head coach Kelly Dunson said the team showed drastic improvement over its first game played Saturday at Botkins.
NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen Cardinals volleyball team picked up their first victory of the season Monday evening as they defeated the Botkins Trojans in three games 25-11, 25-14 and 25-21 in a non-league match played at New Bremen.
“I thought they played well tonight, but we still have things to work on,” Cardinals head coach Theresa Jenkins said. “I thought we were able to roll with the punches pretty well tonight.”
The Wapakoneta boys golf team defended their home course with a 163-191 victory over Shawnee.
Varsity head coach Kenny Wayman said there were some tough conditions Monday that his boys were able to fight through.
“We will take that score and the win today under some tough conditions. It was really windy and some rain involved. The scores were a little high today from both teams,” Wayman said. “However, shooting a 163 today under those conditions, we will take any day.”
The Wapakoneta Redskins opened their volleyball season with a 3-0 win against Sidney Monday night.
Winning the first three sets 25-14, 25-15, 25-18, Varsity head coach Keith Rambin said he was pleased with the way his team played.
“First game of the seaon, you never know what’s in store for the first game of the season,” Rambin said. “I was a little worried about Sidney because I know they had been improving, and they got a new volleyball player this year. I was a little worried.”
BOTKINS - In a game where both teams brought comparable firepower to the front line, it was the little things that made the difference as Botkins opened the season with a 25-9, 25-27, 25-12, 25-16 win over Waynesfield-Goshen Saturday.
Botkins served at a 98 percent clip with 20 aces and passed the ball more efficiently to set up top hitters Logan Pitts and Rachelle Maurer as they found themselves in control most of the time.
The Wapakoneta varsity boys golf team travelled to Springbrook for an 18-hole invitational, and senior Caleb Acheson walked away with an individual first place finish.
Out of 126 golfers, Acheson stood alone at No. 1 shooting a 70 Saturday morning. The team finished in fifth place, shooting a 330. Winning the tournament was Kalida with a score of 314.
Other Redskin scores:
Bobby Crow, 81
Aaron Johnson, 84
Ryan Hunlock, 95
WAYNESFIELD — An engineering consultant provided updates Monday on two major projects in the the village for Waynesfield Village Council members.
Craig Mescher of Fanning/Howey & Associates discussed the Westminster Street improvement project and bringing natural gas to the village.
Seven months ago, John Stacy, of Lima, bought several vehicles in hopes of building a 1945 Ford Rat Rod. On Saturday, he parked that car in the sun at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum as part of the third annual KAPOW Car and Craft Show and Flea Market.
Stacy’s car was one of more than 100 vehicles to participate in the one-day event held in the lawn on the southwest section of the museum grounds. The event attracted more than 30 cars from last year’s total of 75 vehicles. The craft show also attracted more vendors.
Children raced up a hill to check out two buckets of water ballons.
Smiles spread across their faces and laughter filled the air as the youth play a water game on a 90-degree day Saturday at Valley View Apartments — celebration at the final days of summer break before classes start today.