November 1st, 2011
Breathe easy, Redskin fans.
And make your plans for Friday nightâ€™s trip to Franklin.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) cleared Wapakoneta on Monday to compete in the football playoffs.
â€śIâ€™m glad to have this behind us,â€ť Wapakoneta Redskins varsity coach Doug Frye said. â€śWe want to move on and do whatâ€™s best for all the kids involved and continue to play football.â€ť
The OHSAA had been investigating the residency of one of the Redskins players after it had received a report he was not residing within the Wapakoneta school district.
By staff reports
The Wapakoneta Redskins football team is in the state playoffs.
Wapakoneta City Schools administrators met today with Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) officials, who decided the football team is still eligible to play. The student-athlete found in violation of the rule is still ineligible.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said school officials met with OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross and his assistant commissioners at their office in Columbus.
A week ago, the Wapakoneta Redskins were undefeated and a lock for the OHSAA football playoffs.
Now they are 9-1 and in wait-and-see mode.
Barring intervention from the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the fifth-seeded Redskins will travel to Franklin to take on the fourth-seeded Wildcats, who are 9-1 and looking to host the first home playoff game in the schoolâ€™s history.
After stumbling upon an OHSAA investigation into the residency of a player on the team, the school contacted the OHSAA on Wednesday and received confirmation of the investigation on Thursday.
FINDLAY â€” The Celina Bulldogs have won four straight Western Buckeye League volleyball championships, losing just one match over that span.
Early in the season, the Bulldogs dismantled the Wapakoneta Redskins in three games â€” 25-14, 25-10, 25-12.
In other words, it was going to take a perfect match from the Redskins on Saturday to knock off Celina.
It wasnâ€™t to be.
Despite a valiant Wapak effort, the Bulldogs pulled out a three-game sweep â€” 25-14, 25-14, 25-20 â€” in the Division II district title game Saturday at Liberty-Benton High School.
TROY â€” In a race loaded with state-ranked teams, the Botkins Trojans concluded their girls cross country season by placing sixth at the Division III regional meet Saturday at Troy.
West Liberty-Salem won the meet, followed by Versailles, Fort Loramie, Minster and Russia. It was the highest any girls Botkins team has finished at the regional meet since the 1996 season.
Brittany Bailey led the Trojans with a 17th-place individual finish, posting a time of 20:29.
Zombies once again invaded downtown Wapakoneta this past weekend.
The KAPOW (Kids A Priority of Wapakoneta) Club hosted their second â€śDARE To Be A Zombie Walkâ€ť on Saturday, with all the proceeds benefitting the Auglaize County DARE Program.
Approximately 70 creatively dressed zombies of all ages roamed around downtown Wapakoneta to haunted music, playing on the downtown sound system, as spectators watched and took pictures.
Three thefts â€” two at Bellefontaine Street businesses and one on Lima Street â€” were reported last week.
Gretchen Hager, who works for Radio Shack, reported to Wapakoneta Police Department officers the theft of a PlayStation game controller valued at $29.99 from the business. The theft occurred between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the store located at 1252 Bellefontaine St.
The theft would be a first-degree misdemeanor.
Two suspects are believed to be involved in the theft.
A Wapakoneta Middle School seventh-grader says she enjoys all aspects of schools.
Thirteen-year-old Cassidy Hughes enjoys the social time with her friends and also the academic part and being challenged in her classes.
â€śI like everything about school,â€ť Cassidy said. â€śI like hanging out with my friends and Iâ€™m interested in learning.â€ť
Cassidy said she enjoys many subjects, including language arts, science and social studies.
â€śI like to read and writing,â€ť the student said. â€śI read a lot.â€ť
When asked what her favorite book was, Cassidy could not pin-point just one.
Dr. Herbert C. Topp, 72 of Mechanicsburg, passed away, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 due to an automobile accident.
He was born Aug. 1, 1939 in New Bremen.
For over 47 years he was the owner and operator of the Mechanicsburg Veterinary Clinic. His survivors include his wife, Helen, his son, Douglas A. (Barbara), his daughter, DiAnn (William) McMillen, four grandchildren; his brothers, Marvin (Linda) and Thomas, his sisters, Martha (Paul) Ewing and Doris (Jerry) Carr and several nieces and nephews.
The kings are still on the throne.
They left little doubt of that.
Maty Mauk sliced his way through the Wapakoneta Redskins defense â€” both in the air and on the ground â€” to lead the Kenton Wildcats to a 52-32 win in a battle of Western Buckeye League unbeatens Friday night at Harmon Field.
The win gave Kenton (10-0, 9-0 WBL) its fourth-straight league championship and denied the Redskinsâ€™ (9-1, 8-1) bid for a 10-0 season.
â€śHe was a man among boys tonight,â€ť Wapak coach Doug Frye said of Mauk. â€śTake him out of the picture and weâ€™ve got us a football game.â€ť