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DANBURY WINS Fifth-graders move on after county-wide Academic Challenge SCHOOLS 5A On sale this week: FreSh USDA InSpt. GroUnD ChUC k 1 $ .69 lb. 3# or more See Pages 6-7A FREE Volume 28 Number 6 Thursday, March 25, 2010 Standard Mail U.S. Postage Paid Port Clinton, Ohio Permit #80 Season has been quite a ride! Redskins celebrate with their fans By JOHN SCHAFFNER Publisher “What a ride!” Those are not my words, but those of a long-time Port Clinton Redskin fan and booster, Rich Kokinda Sr. Port Clinton Redskin basketball fans, who have lived through decades of disappointment come tournament time, are now enjoying the ride of their lives as the Redskins (25-0) travel to Columbus to face the Zanesville Blue Devils (17-6) Thursday night in the Ohio Division II state semifinals at the Schottenstein Center. They got there with a convincing 6655 win over Celina in the regional finals at Bowling Green last Saturday, as their mantra — consistency and focus — took over in the second half and they were able to cut down the nets at Anderson the tournaments, Hicks would not have Arena. They did it with solid defense and received the opportunity to break the a balance scoring attack. 1,000-point mark. “Our kids played outstanding defense “Ryan is a tremendous young man,” and gave our offense a chance to get go- said Diels. “Much like the other players ing. They all performed their roles very on this team, he does not play the game well,” said Coach Troy for individual accomDiels on Monday. plishments. Ryan wants “These kids That win followed a to win. He is a leader on heart-stopping 45-43 vichave grown up the floor for us and he tory over 21-2 Defiance playing the game.” so much. They loves in the regional semifiHicks has been a starter nal that was a defensive for the Redskins for four have learned gem for both teams. Josh years, a rare accomplisha tremendous ment. He has twice been Francis came up big in that one with one big play named to the All Sanamount from after another. dusky Bay Conference So how did this team our previous first team and once to the that ended last season in All District team. Followexperiences.” such lackluster fashion ing Saturday’s win over with essentially the same Celina, he raced into the TROY DIELS cast of characters, sudstands with the game ball denly find the magic this give to his father, Tim Redskins Head Coach to year? Hicks. “Maturity and experiThe younger Hicks has ence,” according to Diels. “These kids gained the respect of coaches and playhave grown up so much. They have ers from other teams, not because of his learned a tremendous amount from our scoring or rebounding or other statistics. previous experiences.” He gains respect for his overall game and One moment almost lost in the eupho- winning attitude that spills out onto the ria of Saturday’s Regional Champion- court. ship victory was the fact that the first two “Ryan is one of the fiercest competitors points scored by the Redskins put Ryan that I have ever known,” said Diels. “He Hicks at a career 1,000. Hicks, a four- hates to lose at anything. As with all of year varsity player, led the Redskins in our seniors, we are fortunate to watch scoring Saturday with 19. No doubt, had them play every time they take the floor.” the Redskins not gotten all this way in The next time he and his buddies take PHOTO BY BILL MIGALA Ryan Hicks, Allen Tigner, Cory Brown and Josh Francis show off the regional championship trophy after Saturday’s game. Jefferson Elementary fifth-graders visited Port Clinton Middle School to present Coach Troy Diels a banner they made for the undefeated basketball team on Friday. the floor will be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for all of them. They play at Value City Arena with a shot at the state championship. For more on Thursday’s game against Zanesville and PC City Schools’ revised schedules, see SPORTS 1B By JOHN SCHAFFNER Tell Tales One-track mind: 27-0! RESTAURANT DESTROYED The state fire marshal is investigating the fire that destroyed Port-nStarboard Restaurant Saturday night. Firefighters were at the eatery — which was closed when the fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. — for more than eight hours battling the blaze. Firefighters from Port Clinton Fire Department were joined by crews from Bay Township, Catawba, Erie Township and Lakeside. No one was injured. More photos online nnn For more photos of the blaze — or to post some of your own — visit or check us out on Facebook. INSIDE SOUND OFF 2A Experience Everybody I talk to is focused on one thing right now … the incredible run of the Port Clinton High School boys’ basketball team! Working the games last Thursday and Saturday, it was great to see so many fans rallying to this team — a team that is truly deserving of fan support. It was also great to see so many PCHS alumni, like former athletes Duane Colston, Rich Riley, Hall of Famer Phil “Porky” Gutkowski, Von Graffin (Bowling Green High School’s head basketball coach) and many more. We have generated another “Spirit Sign” this week, for those of you who have NOT put them in your windows at home or in your car. All I can say is … GO SKINS! n We had 79 correct entries in our Find Wylie contest last week. Our winner is Helen Gonzales, BEACON BITS 4A n of Port Clinton, who found Wylie in the Bolte Real Estate ad on page 1B last week. Helen wins a $20 gift card from Friendship Convenient Stores. We’ll hide Wylie again this week. If you find him, drop us a note at our office … or click on the Find Wylie icon online at www.thebeacon. net. nnn From a team of horses in the early 1900s to powerful tractors with up to 300 horsepower today, American farmers provide us all with more and better quality food than ever before. One farmer now supplies food for about 144 people in the United States, compared to fewer than 26 people in 1960. National Agriculture day was last Saturday, the first day of spring. Local agencies will celebrate Ag Week with a breakfast on Friday, March 26, in Oak Harbor. I went last year and it was great! BOOMERS & BEYOND 8A Living n BUSINESS 2B 5050 E. Muggy Road Catawba Island East of Thompson’s Landscaping WATERFRONT COMMUNITY • MARINA W/DIRECT ACCESS TO LAKE ERIE • POOL • CLUBHOUSE 419-797-2100 or 419-341-0863 nnn In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, RVI is “Opening Doors for Success” at Bassett’s Market this Friday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. They will be helping with Bassett’s “Going Green” campaign by handing out RVI reusable shopping bags. RVI (formerly Riverview Industries) continues its mission of providing valuable and meaningful work experience for adults with developmental disabilities. nnn The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in the Adolphus Kraemer Park at the Log Cabin. The egg hunt will be followed by a candy hunt downtown, and then to the VFW Hall on Main Street where there See TELL TALES 3A n REAL ESTATE 6B Model Home Hours: Monday - Saturday 9-5 Sunday 10-4 or Anytime by Appointment

The Beacon - March 25, 2010

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