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Eldora season starts Saturday
ROSSBURG, Ohio (April 16, 2015) – For the 62nd time in its illustrious history, the world-famous Eldora Speedway opens for business on April 18 with the Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS), DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and the Eldora Stock Cars all racing on the half-mile high banked clay oval. And there is big money involved. For the Sunoco American Late Model Series and DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, it’s $5,000 to win, while $1,000 will
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Versailles remains undefeated in MAC play; Lady Tigers run over Coldwater, By George Starks
VERSAILLES- Coming in with a not so impressive 4-4 mark, the Versailles Lady Tigers were able to remain undefeated in MAC play Thursday. On the strength of a four run first and second, Versailles went to 2-0 in the conference posting a convincing 11-2 win over Coldwater. Down 1-0 after the first half inning, the Tigers went to work in the bottom of the frame. With the bases juiced
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Wave-Trojans suspended by rain, By George Starks
GREENVILLE - Coming off a 9-3 victory over Troy Monday, the 4-1 Greenville Lady Wave softball team was looking to make it a clean sweep Wednesday. That sweep was forced to be decided another day as thunder, lightning and rain put the game into suspension. The game was called in the bottom of the sixth in a 1-1 score. Troy drew first blood against senior pitcher Ally
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Ryan Smith opens UNOH All Star point season with Attica win
ATTICA, Ohio (Saturday, April 4, 2015) – Ryan Smith of Kunkletown, Pennsylvania set out to experience different tracks in 2015. Well it paid off in a big way Saturday as the “Kunkletown Kid” led all 40 laps to record his first University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions victory during the 24th Annual HD Supply/Construction Equipment and Supply Spring Nationals at Attica Raceway Park. The win not only opened the season for Attica
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Eldora favorite track for fourth year
ROSSBURG, Ohio (March 31, 2015) – Another year, but the results remain the same. Officials from SPEED SPORT Magazine and NationalSpeedSportNews.com, America’s trusted motorsports authority since 1934, announced today that their readers have voted Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio as ‘My Favorite Track’ for the fourth consecutive year. Located just 60 miles northwest of Dayton, Ohio
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The Colton Linkous Story – Greater Than Fiction, By David Barger
NEW MADISON - As kids, we often dream of action and reenact moments of great valor.  As adults, we spectate and share in the desire to see these moments of boldness. Reality is they don’t happen often, it’s why those stories are often read in books or watched in movies. But sometimes, we can bear witness to real life legends. It was
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WOHSBC Girls Bowling All Conference Awards
On March 29th the girls bowling team had their year-end awards banquet held at Romer’s Catering in St Henry. Receiving awards for the Lady Tigers were: 1st Team- Senior Megan Ward, 1st Team- Junior Hannah Niekamp, Honorable Mention- Junior Oliva Bruening, and Honorable Mention- Freshman Makenzie Berning. 1ST Team  All Conference: Paige Harting-Coldwater (Bowler of Year), Amanda Stachler- Parkway, Britni  Hosterman- Wapak, Quincy Warren- Mississinawa Valley
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New young faces learning an old trade; Perdue stables grooming groomers, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- Harness horse racing in Darke County has been on the scene for many years and Dan Perdue is a name well associated with the sport. Recently, the Perdue Stables brought on two new faces in Ashley Hartley and Ivy Jones as groomers. Jones, a graduate of Greenville High School began learning the art less than a year ago, while Hartley, a graduate of Union County High School
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A day to remember, By George Starks
COLUMBUS- Thursday before the start of the Patriots semi-final game with Tuscawaras Central Catholic, I asked some of the other writers in the media workroom, "if Tri-Village wins today, what are the chances they will beat Harvest Prep?" The response was plain and simple. "They should beat them. It's their game to lose." As I sat in my
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Davidson named NAIA Rookie of the Year
The NAIA Collegiate Bowling regular season came to end this past weekend in Arlington Heights, Illinois. The regular season ending 2015 Bowlerstore.com NAIA Team Championships was held at Arlington Lanes. This tournament consisted of the top 20 Men’s and top 20 Women’s Teams in the country. The format was (24) Baker games on Friday to determine the top qualifying team as well
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Perfect season ends with gold, By George Starks
Patriots win state; go 30-0 - COLUMBUS- Tri-Village capped off a perfect 30-0 season Saturday, winning the D-IV boys state basketball title with a harrowing 48-46 victory over Canal Winchester Harvest Prep. But it didn’t come without a little drama… okay, a lot of drama. Holding a nice 25-15 lead at the break, it looked like the Patriots were in command and
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Patriots advance to state final; Harvest Prep the final hurdle, By George Starks
COLUMBUS - “As you can see the expressions on their face, you probably can’t tell if they won or lost. That’s kind of how we’ve been all year long, especially this group. They’ve been very poised. No roller coasters. Pretty even keeled. Obviously they’re excited, but this might be the most excitement you’re going to get out them.” Those were the words of Tri-Village coach Josh Sagester during the
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Six down, two to go for Patriots, By George Starks
NEW MADISON- When the regular season ended, Tri-Village coach Josh was asked if his kids had 8 more wins left them. The only thing Sagester could say was, "I hope so." That was six games ago and number seven will happen Thursday at 2 pm. Tri-Village (28-0) will hook up with Tuscarawas Central Catholic (TCC 25-3) in Columbus. The Patriots are
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Eldora Founder Earl Baltes Passes Away
April 27, 1921 – March 23, 2015 -- ROSSBURG, Ohio (March 23, 2015) – Earl Baltes, the founder and longtime promoter of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, passed away this morning at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He was 93. He is survived by Berneice, his wife of 67 years; daughter, Starr, and her husband, Joe Schmitmeyer; son, Terry, and his wife, Dee; beloved
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Patriots heading to Columbus one more time, By George Starks
T-V tops Marion Local in regional rematch - KETTERING- It was a year ago when Tri-Village and MAC power Marion Local went head to head in the regional finals in Kettering. On that night, the Patriots were able to prevail, only to fall in the state semi-final the following week. Thursday, the undefeated Patriots (27-0) went heads to head with Marion
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Versailles wins second state title, By George Starks
Lady Tigers hold off Lady Titans - Columbus-It was one year ago when the Versailles Lady Tigers had their hopes dashed in the state semi-finals. In the 2014 title game, Versailles would come up on the short end of a 49-37 score, losing to Columbus Africentric Early College. Versailles and head coach Jacki Stonebreaker wasn’t about to let history to
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V-Lady Tigers looking for state gold; Ottawa-Glandorf up next, By George Starks
COLUMBUS - It was just a year ago when the Versailles Lady Tigers punched their way into the state championship game with a 67-60 win over Fairland. In the title game, Versailles would come up on the short end of a 49-37 score, losing to Columbus Africentric Early College. The loss saw nine seniors saying good-bye as the 24-3 Tigers would fall a game short of another state title in D-III. The first
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Patriots advance to Elite 8 in tough battle, By George Starks
KETTERING- When Tri-Village and Russia hooked up in the Flyin to the Hoop showcase in January, it was the Patriots winning by seven at Trent Arena in Kettering, 56-49. Tuesday, the two teams met for the second time in the same venue and the results were almost identical. Tri-Village, looking to make its second straight run to Columbus, went to 27-0
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Versailles Bowlers Place 4th at State
For the 2nd straight year, the Versailles High School Boys Bowling Team made it to the State competition. The OHSAA State Bowling Tournament took place at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl on Saturday, March 7th. 16 Teams were competing for the State Title from all over the State. The format was 3 Regular Games and 3 Baker Games. Scores would be tallied and the top 8 teams
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Summit Country Day taps out to V- Lady Tigers defense, By George Starks
Versailles heading to final four - SPRINGFIELD - It’s been said many, many times. Offense wins games… Defense wins championships. Saturday in the Regional Championship game against Summit Country Day, the Versailles Lady Tigers slapped a little defense on the Silver Knights and scored a 41-24 victory over the undefeated Knights. “If you would have told me
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Patriot Express continues to roll; Tri-Village enters Sweet 16, By George Starks
DAYTON- Looking at the final score (88-67) one might think it was just another Ho-Hum Tri-Village Patriot win. Don’t be fooled by the 21 point margin of victory. It wasn’t that easy. After going through the sectional like a hot knife through butter, Tri-Village ran into a solid opponent in Georgetown Thursday at the University of Dayton Arena and the G-Men were up to the task. The only job Georgetown
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V-Lady Tigers overcome tough Anna team; McEldowney gives much needed spark, By George Starks -- SPRINGFIELD- The Versailles Lady Tigers punched their ticket to the Elite 8 Wednesday with a 59-47 win over rival Anna in the regional semi-final played at Springfield High School. In a game that saw seven ties with Versailles holding eight leads and Anna six, it was up and down the floor for 32 minutes. “That was a track race,” said Tigers coach Jackie Stonebreaker. “It was a fun game... read more
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Greenville Girls Softball Sign-Ups Underway
The 2015 Greenville Girls Softball Association sign-ups are underway as the organization sets plans for their 43rd season of softball in Greenville.  The community oriented organization offers slow pitch and fast pitch softball to all girls ages 4-19 years of age.  Slow pitch leagues are open to all Darke County girls and includes T-ball (4-6 yrs old), Munchkin (7-8), Minor (9-11), Junior (12-14), & Senior
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Ward places 11th at State, scores a Top-10 high game
March 6, 2015.  Megan Ward took the lanes with determination at the OHSAA State Tournament at Wayne Webb Lanes in Columbus Ohio.  In the individual competition, she and Coach Phlipot were placed on a lane with other individual bowlers from various schools.  She bowled 3 games and competed against 100 other individual bowlers.  Some of these
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Purcell Marion too much for Versailles, By George Starks
DAYTON- There are times when giving it you all and playing the best possible game just isn’t enough. Such was the case for the Versailles Tigers Tuesday at the University of Dayton Arena. Trailing by a 47-37 score with eight minutes left on the clock, the Tigers did everything they could to pull a rabbit out of their hat. On this night, it wasn’t to be
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2015 All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Tour Dates
INDIANAPOLIS (March 4, 2015) – The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series, recently purchased by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, today announced its 2015 tour dates. The schedule will consist of 54 total events spanning six states, including 29 events in Ohio and 14 in Pennsylvania. While the schedule began in February with five non-points events in Florida between Bubba Raceway
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Tri-Village moves on with big win for sectional title, By George Starks
Patriots to play for district crown Thursday - TROY- The first time Tri-Village locked up with Newton, it was a 73-42 victory for the Patriots. That was December 12, 2014. Friday, the Patriots and the Indians faced each other again but for a bigger prize. This time, it was for a sectional title and the right to move on in the OHSAA state tournament. Coming in undefeated
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Greenville bows out of sectional run; Wave finish with 18-6 mark, By George Starks
CENTERVILLE- It didn’t take long to see the game plan Xenia had to stop Greenville. Try to contain junior Clay Guillozet and shut down the one that is considered the backbone of the team…senior Aaron Balsbaugh. Guillozet netted 21 for the Wave Wednesday but the 6-8 Balsbaugh was checked on only two points the whole night. That coming early in the first quarter on a one handed
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Lady Tiger Bowlers compete at District; Ward qualifies for State
The Tigers bowled at Beaver-vu Lanes in Beavercreek, OH on Thursday, Feb 26th in District Tournament.  The lanes proved to be a little of a challenge for the girls to get started for the day.  The first game total for the Tigers was 650, well below their normal average.  This created a 200 pin deficit from 4th place.  The girls knew they needed to get up to at least 4th to advance to State. In game two they improved with a score of 800, moving
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Patriots soar over Jefferson to advance, By George Starks
Cook gets 1,000th career point - TROY- It’s not every day a player can achieve 1,000 points in his or her high school career. Tuesday, heading into his sectional semi-final game with Jefferson, Tri-Village senior Damien Cook, the son of 1992 graduate, Scoob Cook, was only eight points shy of that coveted milestone. Cook hit that plateau Tuesday with 11.2
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Versailles Boys Bowlers Heading to State
With all of the weather delays, it was a big week of bowling with Sectionals being held on Tuesday the 24th and Districts to follow on Thursday the 26th. The Tigers had no issues getting out of Sectionals by finishing in 5th place. 10 teams qualified for Districts out of 28 teams. They rolled a 900, 849 and 949 in the regular games. In the Baker Games, they rolled 158, 185, 180, 214, 147, 211. “I told
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Miami East no match for Versailles in sectional title; Lady Tigers cruise into district final, By George Starks -- TIPP CITY- It didn’t take long for Versailles to show its superiority over Miami East in sectional final action Thursday. Holding a 17-7 lead after one, the Lady Tigers shredded the Vikings sails and clawed out a 65-31 victory. The early lead brought some confidence to Versailles. “We hit some shots early and our press really frustrated then,” said Tigers coach... read more
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Tri-Village closes out season in perfect fashion, By George Starks
NEW MADISON- In most sports, success is often spelled DEFENSE. Wednesday, Tri-Village slapped a little defense on Brookville and walked away with a 77-44 victory over the Blue Devils. It all started and ended with defense as Brookville committed 19 turnovers and the Pats netted 22 points from those miscues. “I thought we did a good job defending for the most part,” said Patriots coach
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Lady Tiger Bowlers Finish 5th at Sectionals and Advance to Districts
The Lady Tigers competed in the sectional tournament this past Friday February 20th at Poelking Marian Lanes in Huber Heights. “Only the top 11 teams advance to the district tournament so it was important that the girls entered the tournament focused,” said Coach Phlipot. In this tournament scoring was based on total pin fall for 3 regular and 6 baker games. The Tigers were paired with the defending state champions, Mechanicsburg, in game one
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Tri-Village announces new head football coach, By George Starks
New Madison- When it comes to coaching football, Jason Schondelmyer knows his way around the field and on the sidelines. After recently announcing that Tri-Village will be starting a football program in September, Tri-Village athletic director, Brad Gray, announced Tuesday that Schondelmyer has been named as the very first head coach at Tri-Village. “I am writing to inform all of you that it is with great
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Versailles romps in sectional semi-final win; Miami East next on the Tigers prowl, By George Starks
TIPP CITY- Pat Wampler Gym is becoming a second home to the Versailles Lady Tigers. Monday, in second round action of the OHSAA basketball sectional, Versailles had a growl that left the Northeastern Jets sitting on the tarmac with their engines locked up. When the final horn had sounded, Versailles had rolled to a 72-29 victory over the Jets. With only seven seconds having expired
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The Lady Tiger Bowlers Finish 3rd in WOHSBC Conference       
The Lady Tigers dominated their last match of the year on Saturday beating LCC  T-Birds 2172 to 1047  at 20th Century Lanes in Lima. Due to weather conditions the match was shortened to just 2 regular games and 2 baker games to make it an official match allowing all to get home safe. The Lady Tigers came out firing on all cylinders the first game winning 913 to 464. “This was the high game of the year for the team” said Coach Phlipot, “the
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Greenville holds off stubborn Versailles team, By George Starks
Two teams heading in opposite directions - GREENVILLE- It was a night when no lead was safe…especially in the first half. Versailles and Greenville met for the second straight year and for the second straight year, the results were the same. It was just a year ago when Greenville topped Versailles on a last second shot in a game played at Versailles. Saturday
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Lady Patriots ground Jets in tournament action; Young FM team eliminated, By George Starks
BROOKVILLE - If there is one thing nearly every coach will say it next to impossible to beat the same team twice in the same year. Thursday, Tri-Village hooked up with Franklin Monroe for the third time this season. For the third time, the outcome was the same, a Lady Patriots victory. The two teams met in November in the opening night of the Burkett Tournament and the Patriots rolled to a 68-22 victory
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Ansonia Wall of Fame to induct new members
Ansonia OH- On Friday, February 20, 2015 the Ansonia Athletic Wall of Fame Committee will induct two new members, Melissa Grilliot (Richards) - Class of 1996 and Jim Whittington - Class of 1958.  The ceremony will take place at halftime of the varsity game against Newton. Jim Whittington is being inducted as an Honorary Member, getting recognized for his post high school athletic accomplishments, while mentioning his Ansonia High School
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Lady Tigers cruise in sectional opener; Northeastern next up for Versailles, By George Starks
TIPP CITY- The Versailles Lady Tigers got off to a bit of a rocky start against Northridge in the sectional opener at Tipp City Wednesday. In fact, the Lady Polar Bears held two leads early with the last being a 5-4 advantage. After that, Versailles kicked things into overdrive and cruised to a powerful 84-17 victory. “We were able to figure out who was shooting well,” said Versailles coach
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Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for Jack Nicklaus Announced
WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, March 24, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate will present a Congressional Gold Medal to Jack Nicklaus in recognition of his many contributions to the game of golf and his service to the community and the nation.
“When most people hear the name Jack Nicklaus, they think of the mark Jack has made on the game of golf,” Boehner said.  “To us Ohioans, he’s much more than that – he’s one of our own
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Versailles falls to Delphos on senior night, By George Starks
VERSAILLES- With two seconds left in regulation, the Versailles Tigers needed a miracle. Down by two, 57-55 to Delphos St. Johns and Blue Jays senior Tyler Conley at the stripe for one shot, Conley bricked it. Versailles had one last chance. With the ball just short of the mid-court stripe, senior Kyle Ahrens launched a prayer at the buzzer that
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Ansonia wins in come from behind fashion; Lady Tigers put three in double figures, By George Starks, ANSONIA- Coming in on a four game losing streak, the Ansonia Lady Tigers needed to get things back on track. With losses to some stiff competition, the most recent being Parkway in a 60-30 loss to the Panthers. Thursday, the Tigers were staring at its fifth consecutive loss but the Tigers would not be defeated. Ansonia, had to scratch and claw for everything it got but in the end, the Tigers held... read more
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Local driver gearing up for 2015 harness season; Mandy Jones ready to face big challenges, By George Starks -- GREENVILLE- With the onslaught of racinos in Ohio, not to mention the Reigle Memorial and the Three Diamonds harness races at the Darke County Fair, the 2015 race season will see more races. The emergence of lady drivers in the harness horse world has brought on new challenges for the ladies this season. During the 2014 season, only two races for lady drivers only... read more
Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers Now 9-4
The Versailles Varsity Bowlers beat Marion Local defeated Marion Local 2,852 to 1,931 at their home match on Saturday, January 31st. The Tigers were led by sophomores Alex Groff (221-215) and Kyle Cotner (246) and Senior Kenny Nagle 202. On February 7th, the Tigers traveled to Lima to take on conference rival Coldwater. The Tigers have had the Cavalier’s number the last 4 years and was hoping to make it
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Wave train continues to roll in huge GWOC win over Piqua, By George Starks
Guillozet nets 34 to lead the way - GREENVILLE- If basketball were determined by the amount of three point shots made in a game, Greenville would have been blown out of its own gym. Piqua dropped in an even dozen from beyond the arch Tuesday but it wasn’t near enough to beat Greenville. Wave junior Clay Guillozet dropped in a game
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Tough Loss For Lady Bowlers
The Lady Tigers lost a tough match Saturday, February 7th to the undefeated Wapakoneta Redskins with a score of 2582-2463 at Westgate Lanes in Lima. “Going into the match the girls knew that this was going to be a tough match and the girls would have to bowl there “A” game in order to win and have a 3 way tie for first place in the conference,” said Coach Phlipot. Bowling at Westgate Lanes is never easy as the lanes are old wood and usually
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Eldora tickets go on sale Monday
Fans May Purchase Online, Via Phone or at Box Office For 25 Races at Legendary Dirt Track - ROSSBURG, Ohio (Feb. 6, 2015) – The renewals were strong for Eldora’s “Big Four” races and at 10 am (EST) on Monday, Feb 9 fans can purchase tickets, suites and select campsites for all 25 racing events at the legendary half-mile dirt oval. All orders can be placed at www.EldoraSpeedway.com, by phone at (937) 338-3815 or at the box office at the
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Versailles rolls over Coldwater, By George Starks
Ahrens nets 42 in win - VERSAILLES- If there were an award handed out for showmanship in high school basketball, Versailles senior Kyle Ahrens would have been in the running for it Friday. The Tigers welcomed in their arch rivals from Mercer County, Coldwater, and sent the Cavaliers home licking their wounds, 69-53. Ahrens (6-5 and heading for
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Abner leads Arcanum in CCC victory over Ansonia, By George Starks
ANSONIA- It’s a well-known fact that one person doesn’t make a team. Then again, it’s also known that one person can make a huge difference in a team. Hence Arcanum junior, Alexis Abner. On a night when the only thing that went wrong for Abner was the fact she struggled at the foul line (5/9), Abner pumped in 28 points and yanked down 10 rebounds with seven coming on the offensive glass
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Lady Tigers Roll to A 9-1 Record
The Lady Tiger Bowlers defeated the Parkway Panthers with a score of 2419 to 2272 on January 31st at McBo’s Lanes in Versailles. “With this being the only home match of the year the underclassmen wanted to send Seniors Megan Ward and Heather Bey out with a win in their last home match. The girls knew this would not be easy,” said Coach Phlipot. The first game went back and forth with Versailles winning
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Lady Hawks lack in loss to Parkway, By George Starks
NEW MADISON- “I knew when we were warming up, we were in trouble.” Those were the thought of Mississinawa Valley head coach Roger Collins Tuesday after the Lady Hawks fell to Parkway, 49-43 in a non-conference clash. “We played pretty good in the second half but in the first half we had no energy,” said Collins. Holding a 10-9 lead midway
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Edison College Sports… Davis, Dunlevy Win OCCAC Player of the Week Honors, By Nicholas Huenefeld/OCCAC Sports Information -- Jan 27, 2015 -- Mike Davis and Brooke Dunlevy have been named the OCCAC player of the week selections (Jan. 19-25) in men's and women's basketball, respectively. Dunlevy, a 5'8" freshman guard for Edison Community College from Bradford High School, averaged 29 points. 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and two steals per game over three games last week... read more
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Patriots remain undefeated, By George Starks
And then there was only one - NEW MADISON- Heading into Friday’s Cross County Conference battle with Miami East, one thing was certain. Someone had to fall from the ranks. Tri-Village started the night with a 15-0 mark while the Vikings were sporting a 14-1 mark with the only loss coming to Versailles in the championship game of the
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3 More Wins for the Lady Bowlers
This week included 2 make up matches for the Tigers.  On Thursday Jan. 22 the bowlers took the lanes at McBo’s Lanes against New Breman. The Tigers defeated the Cardinals 2022 to 1550.  High individual games included Hannah Niekamp (222, 170), Megan Ward (188, 181), Heather Bey (185), and McKenzie Berning (202).  “The girls came out and bowled the best they have all year.  They are really starting to mesh as a team and continue to work hard
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Lady Patriots remain perfect in conference play; Ansonia up next, By George Starks
ARCANUM- Tri-Village got one step closer to achieving perfection in the Cross County Conference Thursday. The Lady Patriots used a huge fourth quarter rally to break open a 10 point third quarter lead (42-32) to defeat Arcanum 59-40 Thursday at Arcanum. It was a night when the Patriots realized what was on the line and played with confidence. “They knew how big it was,” said
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Ansonia Wall of Fame to induct new members
Ansonia OH- On Saturday, February 14, 2015 the Ansonia Athletic Wall of Fame Committee will induct two new members, Melissa Grilliot (Richards) - Class of 1996 and Jim Whittington - Class of 1958. Jim Whittington is being inducted as an Honorary Member, getting recognized for his post high school athletic accomplishments, while mentioning his Ansonia High School accolades. Melissa Grilliot (Richards), class of 1996 will be recognized for her athletic
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Eldora hands out 2014 Championship awards
ROSSBURG, Ohio (Jan. 24, 2015) – More than 400 drivers, crew members and fans gathered inside the Eldora Ballroom Saturday evening to bring an official close to the 2014 season with the annual Eldora Speedway Awards Ceremony.  Honored as divisional champions for the legendary half-mile clay oval were Matt Miller (DIRTcar UMP Late Model), Matt Westfall (DIRTcar UMP Modified)
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Lady Bowlers place 4th at Pioneer Classic
On Jan. 19 the Lady Bowlers took the lanes at Westgate Lanes in Lima, OH for the Pioneer Classic in a 16 team tournament.  “This is a good tournament where we are able to compete against some of the top teams in the state.  The format is similar to that of the OHSAA tournament in that we bowl 3 individual games with 5 baker games and then a cut occurs to include only the top 8 teams to bowl in a bracket format where advancement occurs
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OHSAA State Basketball and Wrestling Tickets Go On Sale Friday
Special ticket packages and the Center Court Club available for basketball state tournaments - COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ticket sales begin this Friday, January 30, for the upcoming Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournaments in basketball and individual wrestling, which will be held in March at the Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University. The public sale begins at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster or
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Franklin Monroe stops Arcanum on the road, By George Starks
Jets put three in double figures - ARCANUM- It’s no secret that when the Franklin Monroe Jets are successful, it has a lot to do with the offensive output of senior Martin Maksvytis and junior Zach Hyre. Tuesday, it was three unlikely FM suspects that proved to be poison for Arcanum. Led by senior Marcus Horner with 18 and Daniel Wiseman’s
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Lady Bowlers Improve To 5-1
The Lady Tiger’s defeated Russia 2357-0 on January 10th at Plaza Lanes in Celina. The lady bowlers were bowling unopposed this match due to Russia having a school conflict. Leading the way for the Tigers were Hannah Niekamp (212 and 193), Megan Ward (203), and Brooke Condon (160).  “Bowling an unopposed match is tough for the girls because going into the match the girls know we already have a win,” said Coach Phlipot.  We have
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Hawks win conference battle over Arcanum, By George Starks
MV holds on to third place in CCC - UNION CITY- There’s an old saying in sports. “It doesn’t matter how bad you start but how strong you finish.” Those words were never so true Friday when Arcanum invaded the Hawks nest at Mississinawa Valley Friday. On a night when both teams got a slow start out of the gate, it was the Blackhawks that would eventually
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Defense shines for Arcanum, By George Starks
ARCANUM- It was the kind of game Arcanum coach Rachel Fearon had been waiting on. On a night when the Lady Trojans shined brightly, it was Arcanum’s defense that turned the trick in a 56-40 Cross County Conference victory Thursday. “This was the kind of game I’ve been waiting on and I thought my kids capitalized on it tonight,” said Fearon with a smile. “Their all-out hustle and desire
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It was long overdue, By George Starks
NEW MADISON- Like everyone else in attendance, I waited patiently for the big announcement. I have to admit, I had a real good idea what was coming and my anticipation was growing by the second. When Tri-Village superintendent Josh Sagester made the announcement that football was coming to Patriot Nation, fans in attendance erupted in a loud cheer and a standing ovation was well underway
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Greenville girls self-destruct in loss to Covington, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- When basketball is played properly by two teams, it is a sport like no other. Playing the game properly is something Greenville Lady Wave coach Rachel Kerns would like to see. Monday, Greenville fans watched Covington dismantle their team to the tune of 68-19. Jumping out to a 18-0 run to start the game, Greenville never seen its first points
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Patriots football: A work in progress, By George Starks
Much work left to be done - NEW MADISON- Now that football has finally become a reality at Tri-Village, there are many things that must be accomplished. A work in progress to make the now reality a success. Starting in the fall of 2015, the junior high and junior varsity teams will take the field. The junior varsity will field only freshmen and sophomores. At the
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Football finally arrives at Tri-Village, By George Starks
NEW MADISON- “This press conference was requested to share our thrilling information regarding the athletic landscape of Tri-Village Local Schools. AAs you are aware, we have a vibrant educational and athletic heritage and we aspire to see it prosper.  Therefore, on behalf of the Administration, Board of Education and Athletic Department of the Tri-Village Local School District, we are pleased to
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Greenville downs Arcanum in county game, By Dylan Knoop
Arcanum - Trailing 14-13 after one quarter of play to Arcanum, Greenville used a 16-4 second quarter run to lead the Wave to a 62-43 victory over the Trojans. While the score looked lopsided, the Trojans were able to win two of the four quarters, taking the opening quarter by one point and the third by a 16-13 score. Greenville coach Mike Bayshore gave high praise to Arcanum and Coach Bixler
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Football added at Tri-Village, By George Starks
Tri-Village superintendent, Josh Sagester formally announced Monday night in a press conference at the school, football as been added and will begin next fall. According to Sagester, football will be introduced this September with a full junior high schedule and junior varsity schedule that will include only sophomores and freshmen. In 2016, the schedule
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Versailles silenced by St. Henry, By George Starks
ST. HENRY- Through nine games of the season, Versailles and St. Henry were sporting 8-1 records and both were undefeated in the Midwest Athletic Conference. It was all on the line and the Tigers had hopes of a conference title. Those hopes were dashed as the Redskins, behind a 30 point, 13 rebound performance by senior Ryan Mikesell, dropped a
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V-Lady Tigers win big over St. Henry; Tigers get some good news afterwards, By George Starks
VERSAILLES- If the Versailles Tigers expected to keep pace in the Midwestern Athletic Conference, a win over rival St. Henry was a must. That crucial victory was never really in doubt Thursday as Versailles rolled to a 49-25 victory over the Lady Redskins. Then came the unexpected. It hadn’t been that long ago when New Knoxville upended Versailles in a conference game, dropping
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Arcanum puts up huge effort, By George Starks
Trojans fall short - ARCANUM- Heading into Tuesday night’s contest with Ft. Recovery, the Arcanum Trojans were coming off back to back victories. Friday, it was Arcanum handing Ansonia a huge CCC loss then pounding on Dixie Saturday. Arcanum’s modest two game winning streak came to an abrupt halt as the Indians dropped a 61-54 loss on the Trojans
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Trojans march to big conference victory, By George Starks
ARCANUM- Coming of an 82-45 loss to Tri-Village a week ago, the Arcanum Trojans put together four solid quarters of basketball Friday. Ansonia, coming off a 70-42 home loss on Tuesday to Twin Valley South needed find four quarters of basketball. In the end, the Trojans, despite a lackluster first quarter, found their defense and handed Ansonia a 57-38 CCC
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Muzzleloader Season… Ohio Hunters Harvest more than 13,000 Deer
COLUMBUS, OH – Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio’s healthy deer population. Hunters harvested 13,726 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2015 muzzleloader season, Jan. 2-5, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Hunters have checked 167,013 deer so far in all 2014-2015 hunting seasons, compared to 182,861 at the same point last year. Hunters harvested
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Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers Roll to 5-1
The Versailles Varsity Bowlers improved their record to 5-1 with a good win against St. Marys and Ansonia on Saturday, January 3rd at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta. They defeated St. Marys after being down by 35 pins after game 1. The final score was Versailles 2338 to St. Marys 2242. Leading scorers for the Tigers were Zach Marshal 234, Kyle Cotner 223 and Alex Groff with a 213. Kyle led the team with a 2 game total of 422. The 2nd match
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Another win for the Lady Tiger Bowlers
The Lady Tigers defeated Mississinawa Valley this week at Speedway Lanes in New Breman with a score of 2483 to 2263, improving their record to 4-1.  This week’s best individual scores were Hannah Niekamp (211, 172), Megan Ward (192, 222), Olivia Berning (167), and Brooke Condon (162).  The Tigers took control of the match early on by picking up spares.  “We missed some practice time with the holidays and a recent band trip
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Tigers roar stymied by South Panthers, By George Starks
ANSONIA- There are times when no matter how much effort a team puts forth on the floor, the end result is not what was originally expected. With the Arcanum-Ft. Recovery game having been cancelled Tuesday, Ansonia was the only place in the county where there was a game. Then again, it was a game by name only. Ansonia senior Dalton Subler was
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Dayton Business Journal… Ohio State championship tickets command big dollars, by Joe Cogliano, Jan 2, 2015 -- Want to see Ohio State University play for the college football national championship in person? Be prepared to shell out some big bucks, no pun intended. By winning the Sugar Bowl on Thursday, the Buckeyes won the right to face the Oregon Ducks on Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the first NCAA big school playoff. Massive fan interest is driving... read more
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Tri-Village steamrolls Arcanum, By George Starks
Defense sets tone early - NEW MADISON- It was a night when a basketball game resembled the human version of the Fast and the Furious. The faster the Tri-Village went, the more furious the Patriots got. Tri-Village put four in double figures Thursday, led by Damien Cook’s 28, in a masterful 82-45 Cross County Conference victory over Arcanum Friday
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Versailles remains undefeated in annual tournament, By George Starks
VERSAILLES- After knocking West Liberty-Salem off Monday night, 78-42, in the fourth annual Versailles Holiday Tournament, the Tigers were once again faced with the task of doing battle with Miami East in the title game Tuesday. The Vikings came in with a 6-0 mark and after knocking off Anna, 59-36, Miami East has aspirations of taking its first championship in the tournament. For the fourth
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Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers Now 3-1
After getting off to a tough start on the season again Ottowa Glandorf, the Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers have bounced back to improve their season record to 3-1. The final score was Versailles 2,667 to OG’s 2,800. Leading the Tigers were Kenny Nagel with a 232 and Zach Marshal with a 224. The Tigers bounced back against Van Wert at Plaza Lanes in Celina with a final score
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New Sports Photos Posted… Looking back on a fun year, By George Starks
DARKE COUNTY- With 2014 coming to a quick close, I've had some time to reflect on a few things in sports. Several schools made solid runs in the post season at the prep level. While Darke County hasn't had a lot to crow about in football, basketball has been another story. With high expectations, the 2014 basketball season started off with a bang
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Small towns show love for one, By George Starks
PITSBURG - “It was bigger than basketball, and it was really special. It shows the type of community they have in Pitsburg. We're extremely appreciative of what they've done for him here. Mitch has been fighting very hard.” Those were the words of Tri-Village coach Josh Sagester Tuesday after the Patriots big win over Franklin Monroe at The Hangar. Sagester was referring to 24-year-old Mitch McCabe
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A split decision for one hoops fan, By George Starks
PITSBURG - When the 2014-15 basketball schedule was released, Joann Stocksdale was faced with a problem most cannot fathom. As a young mother, the then Joann Richards was like most parents. She and her late husband, Jack Richards, were busy raising their children, Niles and Shaun, in Hollansburg in hopes of having a couple of Westmont Wildcats. Due to the consolidation
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Patriots defense dominates FM, By George Starks
Jets flame out early - PITSBURG- Usually when a Jet engine flames out, it will be in mid-flight. In the case of Franklin Monroe, the Jets engines flamed out and never made it to the runway. Tri-Village, led by senior Damien Cook’s 25 points, put four players in double figures Tuesday as the Patriots rolled into The Hangar and dropped a 63-33 Cross County Conference loss
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Edison names Shimp as Head Volleyball Coach
Jessica ‘Shelby’ Shimp makes a return to Edison Community College to lead the volleyball team in the upcoming 2015 season. Shimp is no stranger to Edison Community College. Joining Edison’s Volleyball team as the libero in 2009, Shimp received numerous accolades during her time at Edison including Best Defensive Player and Most Valuable Player. Upon graduating
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Lady Bowlers Suffer First Loss
It was a tough week for the Lady Tigers as they rolled against the Coldwater Cavs at Olympic Lanes in Van Wert.  Nerves affected the girls initially but they all came together and gave Coldwater a challenge.  The Tigers were ahead 69 pins heading into the five baker games.  The first game was a victory for the Tigers 906 to 854.  Leading the way for the Tigers in the first game were Hannah Niekamp (233), Megan Ward (212), and Makenzie Berning
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Greenville wins big GWOC North battle over Butler, By George Starks
Balsbaugh proves to be a beast in the paint - GREENVILLE- Greenville coach Mike Bayshore got something many coaches would love to have. A team that could string together four straight quarters of basketball. That is exactly what the Wave coach got Friday against the Butler Aviators in a crucial Greater Western Ohio Conference North match. Greenville used a solid
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Hawks freeze Bees in conference win; MV puts three in double figures, By George Starks
UNION CITY- “Sixteen uncontested shots. We missed 16 uncontested layups.” Those were the opening thoughts of Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks coach Roger Collins Thursday after his team dumped a 57-33 Cross County Conference loss on Bethel. Absent from the lineup was sophomore point guard Kylie Willis who suffered a bad ankle sprain in practice Wednesday
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Versailles dominates in duel setting, By George Starks
Forfeits hurt Greenville - VERSAILLES- When a team gives up seven matches to forfeits, it doesn’t leave much room for error. Such was the case for Greenville Tuesday. The Wave grapplers headed to the Northeast part of the county to do battle with Versailles. With forfeits at 106, 113, 120, 126, 160, 220 and 285, Greenville stood little chance and in
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The Lady Bowlers Continue a Winning Season
The Tigers bowled at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater defeating the Minster Wildcats 2188 to 2022, improving their record to 3-0.  Leading the way for the Tigers was Makenzie Berning (198) and Megan Ward (179).  There was a total team effort in the five baker games as they dominated the Wildcats.  “Pla-Mor lanes lays an oil pattern that is one of the greatest challenges in the league
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Versailles gains hard fought MAC victory, By George Starks
New Bremen proves to be a handful - VERSAILLES- “He’s going to get double and triple teamed all year long and we know that.” Those were the words of Versailles boys basketball coach Scott McEldowney Friday, talking about his star senior, Kyle Ahrens, after the Tigers survived a brutal 56-50 victory over New Bremen Friday. On the night, Ahrens was forced to
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Mississinawa Valley gets hard earned victory; Fourth quarter defense propels Lady Hawks, By George Starks -- UNION CITY- It took a little bit of everything Thursday for Mississinawa Valley to gain its first victory of the year. It all came together in the final eight minutes. Holding a slim 42-37 lead after three quarters of play, Mississinawa Valley used a solid fourth quarter defense coupled with good rebounding and timely offense to post a 67-53 CCC victory over Ansonia. The Lady... read more
More than 65,000 Deer Checked during Gun Hunting Season  
COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 65,485 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2014 gun hunting season, Dec. 1-7, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Rifles using specific straight-walled cartridges were allowed during Ohio’s deer-gun season. Gun hunters took advantage of the new opportunity and checked 5,360 deer with straight-walled cartridge rifles. Hunters have checked 148,830 deer so far in all 2014
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MV takes down Newton in season opener, By George Starks
Barga proves successful in debut - UNION CITY- When Tim Barga took the reins at Mississinawa Valley as the head boys basketball coach, there were several things he did not know. The two biggest were the fact that he did not know his kids and he didn’t know much about the teams in the Cross County Conference. Barga may still not know much about the teams
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Eldora announces event tickets on sale
Race Fans Can Go Online, Call or Visit Starting 10 a.m. For Tickets and Campsites -- ROSSBURG, OH (December 2) – For Eldora Speedway race fans, the first Saturday in December is one of the most anticipated dates on their ‘off-season’ calendar.   It is the traditional date for the opening of public ticket and campsite sales for the historic speed plant’s marquee major events for the
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Tri-Village spoils home opener for MV, By George Starks
UNION CITY- The Tri-Village Lady Patriots remained undefeated on the young season Thursday, posting a sound 53-28 victory over Mississinawa Valley in Cross County Conference play. Led by sophomore Allie Downing with 18 points, the Patriots were in control most of the evening. Senior Echo Brown was on a mission when it came to the board work, collecting 15 rebounds, six off the
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Ft. Recovery defense stops Arcanum, By George Starks
Johnting nets 17 for Trojans - ARCANUM- “We’ve got to get better.” Those were the words of Arcanum coach Rachel Fearon Tuesday after her Lady Trojans fell 44-29 to Ft. Recovery in non-conference action. “We have to get better,” Fearon re-iterated on a night when there was very little to talk about. “The big red X is on our backs and right now, we’re folding in and letting people hit that
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Lady Bowlers Open the Season with Two Wins
The season opener was a success for the lady bowlers beating Celina 2281 to 2043.  The first match was held at Community Lanes in Minster.  Leading the way for the Tigers in the individual games was Hannah Niekamp with a 160 & 164.  Olivia Bruening also came out strong with a 168 & 154.  Bridget Holsapple and Maggie Hedrick both rolled a strong single game with a 158 and 159 respectively. The Tiger scores in the five baker games were
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Ansonia finishes third in Burkett, By George Starks
NEW MADISON- After falling to Arcanum Friday, 73-51 in the opening game of the 27th annual Bill Burkett Tournament, the Ansonia Lady Trojans rebounded on Saturday with a 57-28 victory over Franklin Monroe. Getting the win put the Tigers at 1-1 on the season but the third place finish was a repeat of a year ago. With a very young team (only two seniors) the Tigers were able to hold their
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ONN News… OSU President Drake Joins Governor in Banning Letter
Friday 11/28/2014 - COLUMBUS - Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake today banned the use of the letter M on Ohio State campus through Saturday. Ohio State's president made the announcement on the eve of the 111th edition of the greatest rivalry in sports, as Ohio State faces its adversary from the university to the north off U.S. Route 23 in Ann Arbor. "From Mirror Lake to Morrill Tower, we will be turning this letter upside down
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T-V wins title for fifth straight year, By George Starks
Lady Patriots defend Burkett title - NEW MADISON- What started out as what could be defined as a dogfight, ended up as a track meet. For the fifth consecutive year, the Tri-Village Lady Patriots kept the Bill Burkett title at home with a 69-53 victory over Arcanum Saturday. Coming close a year ago, the Lady Trojans wanted to knock off the Patriots
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Collins optimistic at Mississinawa Valley, By George Starks
UNION CITY- With one year as the junior varsity coach at Mississinawa Valley, now head coach Roger Collins it gearing up for his opening game date with the Union Lady Rockets of Modoc, Indiana on December 2 starting at 6 p.m. With three scrimmages under his belt and one scheduled for today at home with Dixie and Dayton Christian, Collins is liking what he sees with his newly acquired squad
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Eldora champions to be honored Jan. 24
ROSSBURG, OH (November 17) – An intense points chase at Eldora Speedway that culminated with first-time champions Matt Westfall (DIRTcar Modified) and Frank Paladino (Eldora Stock Car); along with Matt Miller’s defense of his DIRTcar Late Model title, will be honored Saturday evening January 24, 2015 with the annual Awards Celebration. To be held in the adjacent Eldora Ballroom, the doors will swing open at 5 p.m., with opening remarks
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Servicemen Invited to Attend Free Basketball Game
Edison Community College invites past and present servicemen to attend the men’s basketball game against Wright Patt Air Force Base free of charge. The game will be played on Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m. at the Piqua Campus gymnasium. Edison recognizes the tremendous contribution veterans and reservists make as citizens and students, and are honored by of the level of diversity, experience and academic excellence they bring to campus
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Breitbart Sports… DEA Blitzes NFL with Surprise Drug Inspections at Sunday Games
17 Nov 2014 -- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) crashed NFL games on Sunday to search for narcotics. The DEA questioned team medical staff and inspected bags in an effort to determine whether teams illegally distribute drugs to players. The San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks admit that federal agents searched them after their road games. The feds focused on road teams
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Ahrens will play for Izzo at Michigan State
VERSAILLES – It was never a secret as to where Versailles senior Kyle Ahrens would play college basketball. The only question was when he would sign. That question was put to rest Thursday night as Ahrens finally inked his letter to go to Michigan State, trading the black and orange for the green and white of the Spartans. Ahrens, the son of Kevin and Susan Ahrens, had a signing ceremony
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Puthoff to become a Lady Oiler at Findlay
VERSAILLES – Versailles senior Krista Puthoff will be heading to Findlay next fall. Puthoff signed her letter of intent to play basketball there next fall on Thursday. The daughter of Marlene and Steve Puthoff, Krista had originally planned on a volleyball career, but opted to play college hoops instead. At the end of her junior season, Puthoff had earned second team all-Ohio from the AP averaging
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Russell signs to Wright State University, By George Starks
Lady Wave senior happy with decision - GREENVILLE- Greenville senior Ally Russell signed her letter of intent Wednesday and will be heading to Fairborn next fall to play softball for Wright State University. "I'm very excited," said Russell. "At first, I really didn't thing signing was a big deal but I got my papers in the mail Monday and I was excited that it was really
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V-Tigers declawed by Minster, By George Starks
Wildcats too much to handle - PIQUA- “They’ve got a lot of weapons. I give all the credit to Minster for playing well. And I’m very proud of our kids for their effort. I felt they did what they could do.” Those were the words of Versailles coach Adal Miller Friday after Minster dropped a massive 45-19 loss on the Tiger in the regional semi-finals played at Piqua
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Fearon gearing up for new season; Arcanum looking to improve, By George Starks
ARCANUM- The first scrimmage of the new season revealed many things to Arcanum coach Rachel Fearon. As with all first scrimmages, a coach will see the good, the bad and the ugly and Fearon talked about it all. “I think we did a really nice job getting the ball up the floor tonight,” said Fearon after the Trojans scrimmage with Greenville and St. Henry. “That’s definitely a positive of our game. The girls
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Ball handling key for Greenville girls; Kerns back at the helm, By George Starks
ARCANUM- Rachel Kerns is once again at the helm in Greenville, leading the way for the Lady Wave basketball team. Tuesday, the Wave took part in a three way scrimmage as the former Wave standout will lead the young Wave into battle during the upcoming season. With Arcanum and Ft. Loramie providing the competition, Kerns soon found out what issues needed to be addressed. While the offense
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Eldora Speedway… World of Outlaws and USAC Weekend Highlights 2015 Calendar
ROSSBURG, OHIO (Nov 6, 2014) – Over its first 61 seasons, tradition and innovation have played a huge role in Eldora Speedway’s growth. Tradition will be again be served in 2015 through the return of Eldora’s signature major events, while the innovative twist includes another first in the industry. Over the weekend of Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, Eldora will pull together the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series and the United States Auto Club (USAC)
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Hunter Education Courses Available
Free Courses Available in Several Southwest Ohio Counties - XENIA, OH- Space is available for potential hunters who want to take Ohio’s hunter education course before many of the state’s popular seasons begin, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s hunter education courses are taught by certified instructors and are designed for every age and ability. Courses are taught by some of
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Versailles holds on for big victory, By George Starks
Peters runs wild against Vikings - CASSTOWN, OH- “It all begins at the line of scrimmage,” said Versailles coach Adam Miller. Versailles did exactly what it had to do Friday night against Miami East. The Tigers controlled the line of scrimmage and would score a 34-27 victory in the opening round of the OHSAA football playoffs. Versailles junior running back Colin Peters
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Versailles defeated in state semifinals of volleyball; Tigers finish with 26-2 mark, By George Starks -- FAIRBORN - For most teams, a fourth place finish in the state is an accomplishment. At Versailles, it’s a huge disappointment. Thursday, the Tigers made the trip to the Ervin J. Nutter Center and a date with Gate Gilmour Academy. It was just a year ago the Tigers outlasted the Lady Lancers for the state title, sending the Cleveland area team home with the silver. This year, the tables were turned... read more
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Versailles rocks Miami East in three sets; Tigers to play today in regional finals, By George Starks
KETTERING - When you’re ranked number one in the state, playing around with you opposition is something a team doesn’t do. Versailles didn’t play around too much with Miami East Thursday as the Tigers earned the right to play today in the regional finals after dropping a convincing 25-13, 25-9, 25-12 loss on the Vikings. Led by seniors Lauren Bruns with 12 kills and 19 service points with four aces, Krista
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Robison named Player of the Year; FM soccer senior humbled, By George Starks
PITSBURG- Recently, Franklin Monroe senior Brian Robison was named Player of the Year in the Cross County Conference in soccer. While the FM senior has received many accolades in the past, Robison was very quick to point certain things out in regards to his award. “I’m very grateful,” said Robison.  “I couldn’t get to where I am without my team and the coach (Danny Diceanu) and I’m just glad I could represent
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Arcanum struggles in road victory, By George Starks
O’Donnell carries team to win - UNION CITY- When quarterback Daniel O’Donnell employs his will on the football field, it makes others take notice. The Arcanum junior rushed for 193 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns as he led the Trojans to a 21-6 Cross County Conference victory Friday over Mississinawa Valley. In addition, O’Donnell topped the 1,000 yard
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Jets title bid falls short, By George Starks
MONROE- Franklin Monroe gave it all it had Thursday in the Jets district title game with Cincinnati Seven Hills at Monroe High School. With 7:41 remaining, Seven Hills senior George Karamanoukian knocked in the winning goal as the Stingers dropped a 3-2 district title loss on the Jets. “It’s very difficult to get to this position and I’m very proud of my guys and I thought they did a great job to get here,” said Jet
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Pheasant Releases Provide Additional Hunting Opportunities in Ohio
Hunters have the opportunity to pursue ring-necked pheasants this fall at many wildlife areas across Ohio. More than 15,000 ring-necked pheasants will be released at 27 Ohio public hunting areas to provide additional hunting opportunities. Pheasants will be released Friday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 31, prior to the small-game weekends for youth hunters. Hunters age 17 and younger can hunt statewide for rabbits, pheasants, and all other legal game in season during two designated
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DC Crew goes to Wright State
The DC Crew U11/U10 boys soccer teams from the Darke County Soccer Association took part in the Wright State vs. Cleveland State Men’s Soccer game Wednesday October 15th @ Wright State University Alumni Field.  The 11 DCSA players were introduced and walked out onto the field with the starters for WSU prior to the game with Cleveland State.  The players were ball kids during the game, but at half-time
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Ansonia earns big win over Mississinawa Valley, By George Starks
Hoening now with 199 career wins - ANSONIA- It was just a year ago that Mississinawa Valley finally did the unthinkable. The Blackhawks beat Ansonia for the first time in the history of football at Mississinawa Valley. Friday night, the winless Hawks looked to make it two in a row but that never came close to happening. On the strength of 149 yards
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Jets soar over hapless Cardinals; Triad no match for FM, By George Starks
PITSBURG- Marcus Horner, Jacob Shellabarger and Colby Chrisman scored two goals each with Gustavo Ferreira adding another for good measure Thursday, as the Franklin Monroe Jets sent Triad back to North Lewisburg with a 7-0 sectional loss. The game winner came off the foot of Shellabarger, a sophomore, with 32:14 left in the opening half. Less than five minutes later, it was the senior, Marcus Horner that got into the act
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Unlikely hero produces winning goal for FM, By George Starks
Lady Jets to advance to second round - Pitsburg- When Franklin Monroe coach Scott Howell was told that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than it is to be good and he got lucky on this night, he responded, “Amen…amen.” With only 12 girls dressed, Howell had to use every resource he had Tuesday in the Lady Jets first round sectional game against
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Cole Named Edison Director of Athletics and Student Life
After an extensive search, Edison Community College has hired Nathan (Nate) Cole as the new Director of Athletics and Student Life. Cole will play a pivotal role in working with student athletes and coaches while also helping to create an enjoyable culture for the students of Edison. A seasoned coach and higher education professional, Cole brings more than 19 years of
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Lady Wave falls on senior night, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- For 18 minutes, the Greenville Lady Wave played Springfield even. At the high school level, it takes 40 minutes to produce a win, not 18 as Greenville well knows. Monday, the Wildcats dropped a 3-0 loss on Greenville in the final match of the year. Greenville wanted to send its lone senior, Michaela Colby, out with a win but it wasn’t to be. “We wanted to send off Michaela in a good way but we just didn’t make the plays
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Jets flame out while Ansonia and MV advance, By George Starks
TROY- With three teams in action Saturday, the picture became a little clearer in the Troy sectional. In the opener, Franklin Monroe put op a battle with Newton but in the end, the Indians prevailed, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-19. The loss ended the Jets season at 8-14. Ansonia will advance to the second round to face a tough Ft. Loramie team. The Redskins popped Bethel in
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Trojans score big homecoming victory over Ansonia, By George Starks
ARCANUM- Defending your home turf is always a must on football night. It’s even bigger on homecoming night. Ansonia threw everything it had at the Trojans, including the kitchen sink, but in the end it was a successful homecoming for the Trojans. Arcanum junior quarterback had two scoring passes, one a school record of 87 yards, a school record, and
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The journey to state has begun, By George Starks
DARKE COUNTY- For many Darke County sports teams, the journey for state gold has come and gone. For others, it has just begun with some volleyball teams playing today in first round sectional action. In the D-IV Troy sectional, Franklin Monroe, Mississinawa Valley and Ansonia all squared off in early morning matches. The Jets battled Newton at 10 am, while Ansonia went up against Troy Christian with the Hawks
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Arcanum takes care of Hawks in three, By George Starks
MV seniors sent out on a down note - UNION CITY- Solid net play and a bend but don’t break attitude helped propel Arcanum over Mississinawa Valley in the straight Tuesday in Cross county Conference play. Rolling to a convincing 25-11 win in the opener, the Lady Trojans found the going a little rougher before posting duplicate wins of 25-21 for a 3-0 match win. After
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I never realized until... By George Starks
GREENVILLE - The date was Tuesday, September 30th and my plan that day was to go to Mississinawa Valley for volleyball. As I thought about things that day, it struck me the fall sports was winding down and many sports were coming to an end. The biggest of which was soccer and my grandson, Dylan Knoop, a senior at Greenville. I looked at the Wave schedule
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Tigers remain in playoff hunt, By George Starks
VERSAILLES- In a defensive struggle, it was the Versailles defense that made the difference. With 2:32 showing on the game clock, St. Henry senior Jessie Neikamp took the ball in from one yard out. That score brought the Redskins to within a 14-13 count. Going for the two point conversion and a one point lead, the Skins would have loved nothing more than
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Hawks win in three over Bradford; Match ends in controversy, By George Starks
BRADFORD- No matter what the sport, every coach wants to win. No coach wants to win on a controversial call. With the Bradford Lady Railroaders down 2-0 to Mississinawa Valley and trailing 24-18 in the final set, Bradford coach Jamie Hocker did what any coach would want to do on senior night. Let the seniors finish on the floor together. Before the match had started Thursday, Hocker asked the officials if putting the seniors
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Wave drops tough GWOC game with Trotwood, By George Starks
Greenville now 2-12 overall - GREENVILLE - Take nothing away from Greenville. “The Wave gave it everything they had and left it all on the field,” said one referee. “It was a well-played game.” Fighting to a 0-0 score after the first half of play, Greenville and GWOC North foe, Trotwood went at each other deep into the second half. With 16:36 left in the game
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