November 4th, 2011
FRANKLIN â Another slow start, another strong finish.
But not just any win â the second playoff win in school history.
The Wapakoneta Redskins scored 18 unanswered points to overcome an early deficit and pull away to a 24-13 win over the Franklin Wildcats (9-2) in a Division II regional football quarterfinal Friday night at Atrium Stadium in Franklin.
Wapak upped its record to 10-1 on the season and earned a trip to Piqua High School next Friday where the Redskins will take on the No. 1-ranked Trotwood-Madison Rams in regional semifinal action.
George Budd âPeteâ Winegardner, 88, of Lima, died at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011,at Lima Memorial Health Systems.
He was born Aug. 8, 1923 in Allen County, to Nellie Eleanor Albrecht and Lester Cole Winegardner. On April 23, 1943, he married Mary Jane Frisinger and she preceded him in death.
Surviving are two daughters, Karen Jane Kidd, of Kenton, and Kathryn Louise âKathyâ Hites, of Lima.
Jay J. Lenhart, 42, of Shadyside, Pa., died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, after a battle with cancer.
He was the son of Norma (Gene) Gill, of Wapakoneta, and Thomas (Glenice) Lenhart, Sr., of Sidney.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the ballroom side. at the Eagles Lodge in Wapakoneta.
Donations may be made to Gildaâs Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Arrangements are being handled by Soxman Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Jean M. Lewis, 73, died suddenly after a brave fight against a very aggressive cancer on Nov. 3, 2011 at St. Ritaâs Medical Center in Lima. She had recently returned to Bluffton to enjoy her retirement.
She was born on Aug. 30, 1938, the daughter of Catherine and Charles Bernard Lewis Bockrath.
Dale Eversman, 30, of rural New Bremen, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Lawrence M. Laveen, 73, 11675 Wapak-Freyburg Road, Wapakoneta, formerly of Sidney, died at 8:34 a.m. Wednesday, Nov., 2, 2011, at St. Ritaâs Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on Dec. 1, 1937, in Columbus, the son of the late Virginia (Sexauer) and Daniel âPatâ H. LaVeen. On July 20, 1958, he was married to Emily Ann Cunningham. On Nov. 6, 1969, he was married to Della Marie Kindle. On March 15, 1972, he was married to Marjorie Johnson. On Oct. 21, 1978, he was married to Darlene Hefner. On Dec. 19, 1988, he married Carole (Warner) Eversman, who survives him.
(MCT) - The other day I was sitting at a local bar catching a game of football with a friend. The bartender handed us a bowl of pretzels. Noshing on a few over a beer, I got to thinking.
I can't remember the last time I had a really great pretzel. Freshly puffed and temptingly aromatic, they're the ones with the deep brown sheen that _ if you're lucky _ you get still warm, the large specks of salt catching the light just so as they're slid out of the oven.
ST. MARYS â A 15-year-old male was taken into custody Friday morning after allegedly making threats involving a firearm.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said deputies took the teen into custody following a two-hour search for him.
Deputies arrived at a residence along Glynwood Road after receiving a telephone call at 7 a.m. indicating the boy told his mother he was going to harm himself or her with a handgun.
"He left the house, reportedly with a handgun," Solomon said. "A perimeter was set up and contact was made with the family to make sure they were OK."
If you think youâve been hearing the name Jensen Merricle more the final three weeks of the season, youâre right.
After being benched earlier in the season, the Wapakoneta Redskins junior running back has returned to the lineup and become a significant contributor down the stretch.
After carrying the ball just four times in the previous four games, Merricle broke out in Week 8, rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown in six carries in the win over Van Wert.
The Wapakoneta Chiefs ended the season with a perfect 8-0 record and the coveted Junior Buckeye League Super Bowl championship trophy.
The Chiefs earned the right to be called champions by defeating the Upper Scioto Valley Rams, 34-22 Sunday at Harmon Field.
The Chiefs entered the contest with a 6-0 overall record and 38 points, while the Rams also sat at 6-0 but with 40 points.
The Chiefs conquered the Rams with a strong running game and a healthy passing attack.