January 17th, 2012
The intensity at both ends of the floor by the Wapakoneta Redskins led to a flood of points early, drowning the Indian Lake Lakers Monday in varsity girls non-league basketball action.
Pressure defense and a quicker trigger on the offensive end powered the Redskins to a 74-43 win as Wapak forced nine first half turnovers and junior guard Nicole Brown hit for a game high 20 points including tying a record six 3-pointers.
The boys are still undefeated.
The girls are still sitting on just one loss.
The Wapakoneta Redskins are â€” pardon the pun â€” bowling over the competition.
Wapakâ€™s boys team improved to 11-0 with a pair of wins in West Ohio High School Bowling conference varsity action Saturday at Varsity Lanes in St. Marys.
The Redskins remain in first place in the conference, just ahead of the also-unbeaten Versailles Tigers. Wapak and Versailles will square off in the regular-season finale Saturday, Feb. 11 at 20th Century Lanes in Lima.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys swimming finished fourth, and the girls seventh, at the Wapak/Celina Invitational on Saturday.
Ottawa-Glandorf, Celina and Ada were the top three teams in the 20-team boys meet.
Shawnee, Lima Central Catholic and Celina made up the girls top three out of 14 teams.
The boys grabbed a win and a second-place finish in the freestyle relays.
Nate Hager, Ryan Kremer, Brandon Christler and Ryan Greve won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:42.02. They teamed up again to take second in the 200 with a time of 1:37.38.
Wapakoneta Education Association (WEA) members re-enforced their position on contract negotiations Saturday during a public forum with Wapakoneta City School Board of Education members.
Board members officially conducted two meetings, the first being the district’s annual re-organizational meeting. The second meeting was used for discussing employment of personnel and negotiations, all discussed in executive session. However, the public comment section of each meeting highlighted the morning’s talks.
Cans of black and red spray paint, drip cloths and plastic replaced black and red pens, text books and notebook paper for a few hours Sunday afternoon.
Wapakoneta City School District teachers gathered at their headquarters in the former J&D Bicycle Shop on North Street to make signs which refer people to a website with information regarding their position in negotiations with school administrators and Board of Education members.
The owner and operator of the Bridal Emporium in downtown Wapakoneta, experienced first-hand over the weekend that at times things can turn out better than ever expected.
The shop held a grand re-opening over the weekend and had approximately 250 people pass through its doors to take advantage of specials offered over the weekend.
“It went very, very well,” Diana Varno said. “We are very happy with the response.”
BOTKINS â€” The Botkins Trojans ripped down a 49-27 victory over the Parkway Panthers in non-league varsity boys basketball action Saturday night at Botkins High School.
The Trojans dominated every aspect of the floor, from the initial tip-off down to the final minute in the first quarter as they pulled ahead of the Panthers 15-3.
But as the second quarter started, Parkway picked up its offensive mentality, matching Botkins with eight points each going into the half.
WAYNESFIELD â€” The 10th-ranked Ada Bulldogs rolled to a 74-51 win over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in a non-league varsity boys basketball matchup Saturday night in Waynesfield.
The loss was the eighth in a row for the Tigers after they opened the season with two wins. They now stand 2-8 overall.
Turnovers and missed shots hurt W-G in the loss.
â€śWe need to keep working and playing hard,â€ť W-G varsity coach Ryan Taylor said. â€śWe need to start playing mentally tough and get our confidence back.â€ť
WAYNESFIELD â€” The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers came up short in a hard-fought varsity girls basketball battle against the Bluffton Pirates, falling 44-32 on Saturday in Waynesfield.
The loss was the third in a row for W-G in what has been a tough week for the 4-6 Tigers.
â€śI think our shooting needs to improve,â€ť Tigers varsity coach Ted Patton said. â€śWe have to learn from our mistakes and head down the road.â€ť
The Tigers shot 10 of 46 (21 percent) on field goals and 1 of of 14 (7 percent) on three-point field goals.
Patti A. Hullinger, 51, 909 Tecumseh Drive, St. Marys, died at 4:17 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born Nov. 2, 1960, in Hammond, Ind., to Colleen (Popyk) and Ralph Rodgers. On Dec. 27, 1987, in Loveland, Colo., she married Timothy A. Hullinger, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Rob Hullinger, of St. Marys, and Korey Hullinger, of St. Marys.
Services are at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys, with the Rev. Jerry Schetter officiating.
Friends may call from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.