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November 27, 2013

Sidney, Ohio

Honors McMillan for her service Michael Seffrin


Sidney City Council Monday night looked to next year as it introduced ordinances for 2014 appropriations and utilty rate increases. Council also said goodbye to Katie McMillan, who was serving her last meeting as a member of council. Next year’s appropriations total about $96.37 million. Total appropriations are

64.3 percent more than 2013 This is based on a city staff of 209 full-time equivaappropriations. Most lent positions, which of the increase is capiis a 14 percent decline tal spending related to since 2008, achieved wastewater treatment mainly through attriplant and sewer collection, Adams said. tion system improveWater, sewer, stormments mandated by water and sanitation the Ohio Enviromental rates will go up next Protection Agency, city year. The breakdown Finance Officer Ginger McMillan of the increases are Adams told council. water flow, 29 percent; The operating porsewer flow, 20 percent; tion of the budget is 2.2 percent higher that 2013. EPA compliance fee, 2 per-

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cent; stormwater, 9 percent; and refuse pickup, 5 percent. Based on typical usage, a low-volume user would pay an additional $4.22 per month and an average family of four an additional $13.21 per month. New water and sewer rates will go into effect Jan. 1; refuse rates, April 1. Mayor Mike Barhorst asked about the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing efforts to get the EPA to modify its See COUNCIL | 3

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Fairlawn ag science teacher Nathan Sailor, of Sidney, demonstrates a Rubins tube during a chemical demonstration show held by the Fairlawn High School science department. The Rubins tube demonstrates sound waves and sound pressure as flames dance in time to music. Many other experiments were conducted, some involving dry ice and liquid nitrogen.

COLUMBUS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 12 people were killed in nine fatal crashes on Ohioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roadways. Seven of the 12 fatalities, 58 percent, were the result of an impaired driver. That is why troopers will be out in full force this weekend, looking for and removing these dangerous driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from our roadways. AAA predicts 43.4 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday, a decrease of 1.5 percent from last year. The Patrol expects traffic to increase Wednesday afternoon and is urging motorists to contribute to roadway safety by planning ahead for increased drive time and making safety their first priority. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all share the responsibility of contributing to a safe holiday on Ohio roadways by obeying all traffic laws and never driving impaired,â&#x20AC;? said Col. Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a member of the motoring public, you can help save lives by reporting unsafe and aggressive drivers to law enforcement.â&#x20AC;? Troopers recommend that motorists contact the Patrol by calling #677 to report drug activity or impaired drivers.

Daily News editor arrested in sting, resigns The Shelby County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office arrested more than a dozen people Tuesday following a sting investigation at a park in Shelby County. Among those arrested was longtime Sidney Daily News editor Jeff Billiel, who was charged with public indecency, a third-degree misde- Billiel meanor. Billiel resigned

his position with the newspaper late Tuesday. Billiel has worked for the Sidney Daily News for 41 years, joining the staff in 1972 as news editor and for the past 37 years has worked as managing editor. He began his career in journalism in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era and began his

newspaper career in 1966, as a reporter with the Greenfield Recorder in Greenfield, Mass. Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputies arrived at the Daily News office Tuesday morning, and took Billiel into custody, before transporting him to the county jail for booking. He was released on bond Tuesday afternoon. The Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office will be conducting a press conference at 9:30 a.m. today, at which

time the names of those arrested will be released. Those wishing to contact the newsroom, may call news editor Melanie Speicher at 498-5971 or via email at, reporter Rachel Lloyd at 4985976 or via email rlloyd@, or Susan Hartley, group content manager at 937-773-2721, Ext. 207,

Local retailers gear up for weekend Patricia Ann Speelman

Local retailers will do their best to attract shoppers to leave the big-box stores after Black Friday and head to their shops for Small Business Saturday, the next day. The Saturday after Thanksgiving â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this year, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been designated by American Express as Small Business Saturday, a day to acknowledge, celebrate and support small,

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local businesses. Begun in 2010, this year marks the third annual event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving,â&#x20AC;? according to the American Express website. In Sidney, Ron & Nitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will feature its annual pingpong sale

Friday and Saturday. Shoppers can pull a pingpong ball at the check-out counter for a discount that ranges from 10 percent to 100 percent off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing it for at least 30 years,â&#x20AC;? said Ron & Nitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner, Juanita McCrum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People ask about it. They expect it.â&#x20AC;? She said her decorated Christmas windows are â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News advertising we do all year, because people Nita McCrum, of Sidney, looks at one of her Christmas-themed, animatronic doll displays in a window of her business, Ron &

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Death notices Imwalle

MARY RICKEY Visitation tonight 4-8pm Funeral Service Fri 10am @Anna UMC

‪MARIA STEIN — Eugene V. Imwalle, 80, of Ohio 119, Maria Stein, died at 11:25 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at his home.‬ ‪ Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov., 30, 2013 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging residents to report incidences of panhandling. During the holiday season and throughout the year, panhandlers can be seen along the interstate freeway exit ramps asking for money. With local police stepping up their efforts to enforce panhandling ordinances, panhandlers are often relocating to exit ramps outside city and village limits. “More often than not, these people are not homeless and are able to work to make a living,” stated Sheriff John Lenhart in a recent press release. “As your sheriff, I would encourage you to give your money to a legitimate local charity (rather) than to hand it to these people standing along the interstate freeway exit ramps.” Panhandlers may be reported to the Sheriff’s Office at 498-1111 or the Sidney Police Department at 498-2351.

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The Sidney Daily News publishes abbreviated death notices free of charge. There is a flat $85 charge for obituaries and photographs. Usually death notices and/or obituaries are submitted via the family’s funeral home, although in some cases a family may choose to submit the information directly.

Tony loved animals, was fond of music, and enjoyed playing the guitar. In keeping with Mr. Brun’s wishes, his body will be cremated. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family with Pastor George Gnade officiating. Arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home & Crematory, 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to Tony’s family at the funeral home’s website, www.

Eva Watkins ST. PARIS — Eva Jane Watkins, 85, of St. Paris, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at 8:07 a.m. at the Koester Pavilion in Troy. She was born on Sept. 11, 1928, in Dayton, the daughter of the late Walter and Elizabeth (Bush) Gillman. On June 5, 1946, she married Harry Junior Watkins, who preceded her in death May 5, 2009. Eva Jane is survived by one son, Larry Watkins, and one daughter, Anne Shaffer, both of St. Paris; one sister, Betty Riddle, and one brother, Wally Gillman, and wife, Becky, all of Sidney; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandson. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Boyer,

and one sister, Louise Clayton. She was a member of the Pasco United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney, with Pastor Don Burley officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Point Cemetery in Pasco. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of service. Memorials may be made to the JSP Fire and EMS District in memory of Eva Jane Watkins. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the Watkins family at our website,

Village connection Osgood • The next recycling drive will be Dec. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. Items taken are paper, catalogs, magazines and cardboard. Items should b put in paper bags, tied up or in boxes that are easy to handle. No plastic bags will be accepted. Cancellations are aired on WCSM or on its website. If canceled, the drive will be held the following Saturday. • The Toys for Tots drive sponsored by St. Nicholas Youth Ministries is off and running. New or gently used toys for infant through 16 years of age will be accepted. The toys will be given to needy families in Darke County. The drive will continue until noon on Dec. 15. Donation boxes are located in the front entrance of the church. • Names drawn in the Osgood American Legion youth drawing for November were Robert Mescher, Austin Petty, Leroy Ahrns, Fred Winner, Smoke Werkamp

and Nick Wenning. • The Osgood Legion will sponsor a dance Dec. 7 from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., with Bill Corfield providing the music. There will be square dancing. • Casserole pans will be available this weekend. People who wish to make a casserole for the needy at St. Vincent Hotel should pick up a pan; recipes are included. Casseroles should be returned to locations in St. Nicholas and St. Louis parishes Dec. 11 between 6 and 7 p.m. The location will be announced later. • The Osgood Legion will have a New Year’s Eve dance. Walt Schmitmeyer and the Moonliters will provide ballroom, county and square dancing music. There will be a luncheon of sausage and kraut and a cash bar. The cost is $30 per couple. Call 419-5824551 for more information or to purchase tickets. A limited number of tickets are available.

Council approves rezoning Michael Seffrin

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SIDNEY — Carl A. “Tony” Brun, 48, of Sidney, passed away Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at 2:15 p.m. at Miami Valley Hospital. He was born on Feb. 23, 1965, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the son of Ann (Goshorn) Brun Hirschfeld, of Sidney, and the late Carl E. Brun. In addition to his mother, Tony is survived by four brothers, Bill Brun, of Sidney, Michael Brun, of Yelm, Wash., David Brun and wife, Lagina, of Sidney, and Joe Brun, of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his beloved grandmother, Dorothy Goshorn.


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He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Bob and Marie Gariety. Chris attended Piqua Schools and the Upper Valley JVS. He was a faithful Christian and had worked more than 10 years for G&H Sunoco/Day and Night Towing of Sidney. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle in charitable events and rides. He was an avid Cleveland Browns fan and NASCAR fan. Chris also enjoyed any time spent with friends and family, especially events including live music and food. A funeral service to honor his life will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua, with Pastor Daryl Peeples officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci. com.

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A special meeting of Sidney City Council will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers in the Municipal Building. This meeting replaces the December workshop session. Council will likely retire to executive session for the purpose of conducting interviews for the appointment of a 3rd Ward council member, city officials said. Tom Miller, the current 3rd Ward councilman, did not seek re-election and no one else ran for the seat in the November election. Newly elected council members Mardie Milligan, Charles Craynon and Steve Wagner will be sworn into office. Council members will then select a mayor and vice mayor for the next two-year term.

COVINGTON — Christopher Allen “Radar” O’Reilly, 43, of Covington, died at 3:41 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy. He was born April 17, 1970, in Piqua, to the late John O’Reilly and Beverly Gariety. He married Amy J. Manning on Sept. 18, 1999, in Bradford; she survives. Other survivors include his mother, Beverly Gariety, of Piqua; four children, Elizabeth and Devin Clark, of Memphis, Tenn., Dillion Allen O’Reilly, of Zanesville, Hayley Renee O’Reilly, of Covington, and Harley Earl Robert O’Reilly, of Covington; two grandchildren, Madison, Devin Jr., and an unborn grandchild; a sister, Ann Gambill, of Piqua; mother and father-in-law, Earl and Arlene Manning, of Bradford; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jody and Dan Heaton, of Gettysburg, Andrew and Ursula Grubb, of Dayton; and several nieces and nephews.

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Sidney City Council Monday night adopted an ordinance rezoning some industrial property on Vandemark Road. Council also introduced ordinances that would make supplemental appropriations, amend personnel policies, and detach property from the city. These ordinances will be scheduled for further deliberation at the Dec. 9 meeting. The rezoning was requested by TruPointe grain facility to change the eastern portion of 701 S. Vandemark Road from I-1, light industrial, to I-2, general industrial. The supplemental appropriations ordinance involves addi-

tions and subtractions in various funds, resulting in a net decrease of $985,543. The personnel policies ordinance makes a number of language changes. The only change that prompted discussion was one that says mileage reimbursement would be at the Internal Revenue Service standard rate. Vice Mayor Mardie Milligan thought the rate should be at the discretion of the city manager to give the city more flexibility with the budget. Mayor Mike Barhorst felt basing it on the IRS rate would be fairer. It was also noted mileage is seldom an issue because the city staff uses city vehicles most of the time instead of their private vehicles.

Council did decide to delete emergency language from the ordinance, deciding that the ordinance did not need to be adopted as an emergency. The property detachment ordinance involves a request by ETT Investments to remove 4.367 acres adjacent to Plum Ridge North Subdivision from the city. ETT said this tract cannot be economically developed as part of the subdivision and would fit better into Franklin Township. In other business, council: • Passed a resolution approving the Bensar Properties replat. Bensar wants to shift a lot line on its property on Vandemark Road in order to create new

parking facilities for semi rigs. • Passed resolutions reappointing John Frantz to a new, five-year term on the Stormwater Appeals Board and Amy Moloney to a three-year term on the Shelby County Regional Planning Commission. • Agreed to cancel its Dec. 23 meeting. • Heard Parks and Recreation Director Duane Gaier remind the public that swimming pool season passes will go on sale next week at the old prices. Prices will increase when the pool opens next spring. • Went into executive session to discuss acquisition of property for a water source.

Council From page 1 requirements so that the city would have more time to make wastewater system improvements and would be able to roll back rate increases. City Manager Mark Cundiff said the city staff will meet with EPA officials possibly as early as mid-December, but more likely in January. “I think we’ve got a good case,” he said. He said a new ordinance would be needed in order to roll back the rates. Both ordinances will be considered for adoption at the Dec. 9 meeting. In another measure that looks to next year, council introduced an ordinance amending pay

tables. The ordinance would increase nonunion pay scales by 2 percent. The exceptions are the tax administrator pay scale, which is frozen, and the pay scales for city manager, law director and city clerk, which are set by council. This ordinance will be considered for adoption at the Dec. 9 meeting as an emergency to make it effective on passage. This is necessary so that the entire first pay of 2014 is based on the new rates. Barhorst presented a proclamation to McMillan declaring Nov. 30, her last day in office, as “Katie McMillan Day.”

She is leaving her 2nd Ward seat after being defeated by Charles “Chuck” Craynon in the November election. She came to council in November 2008 when she was appointed to fill an unexpired term. She was elected to a full term in November 2009. “What a wonderful group of people to work with,” McMillan said in accepting the proclamation and praising the city staff and council. She said Sidney’s city government is “the epitome of teamwork. … Thanks for the opportunity to serve.” Council and the audience applauded McMillan at the end of the presentation.

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City record Police log MONDAY -3:19 p.m.: contempt. John L. Irvin Jr., 22, at large, was arrested on a contempt warrant from Sidney Municipal Court. -2:05 p.m.: criminal damaging. Damage to a window and screen was reported at Geise Law Office, 316 S. Main Ave. -10:23 a.m.: theft. Rita Pitrelli, of Sidney, reported her vehicle was taken without her permission from 619 1/2 S. Main Ave. -7:50 a.m.: criminal damaging. Kazlyn J. Floyd, of Sidney, reported someone wrapped her vehicle in plastic wrap and painted on the hood at 333 E. Lyndhurst St. -5:28 a.m.: theft. Christopher M. Leonard, 2009 Michigan St., No. 319, reported the theft of a vehicle. SUNDAY -10:23 p.m.: possession of drugs. Police received a report that someone who possibly was suicidal had overdosed on drugs. -5:31 p.m.: theft. Melissa Gibson, 1130 Colonial Drive, reported 125 sets of earrings, 75 rings, 35 jewelry sets, and 24 displays, valued at $1,565, were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at 615 Montrose Ave. -1:46 p.m.: contempt and driving under suspension. Police arrested David Spangler, 43, 511 Urban Ave., on a contempt warrant and for driving under suspension. -5:20 a.m.: theft and criminal damaging. Gordon Garten, of Waterford, Mich., reported someone broke a passenger side window to enter his vehicle and steal a GPS, valued at $400. Loss due to damage was set at $200. The crime occurred at 1959 Michigan St. SATURDAY -1:27 p.m.: theft and criminal damaging. James Davis, 512 Third Ave., reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle at 701 Campbell Road and stole the car stereo and speakers, valued at $350. The dashboard also was damaged, causing a $250 loss. -9:54 a.m.: assault. Mandy Sharp, 1465 E. Court St., Apt. C, reported she was assaulted. -3:40 a.m.: criminal damaging. A door frame was damaged at Mystic Apartments, 1515 E. Court St. Loss was set at $100. FRIDAY -10:26 p.m.: contempt. Police arrested Kiara Smith, 22, 651 St. Marys

Ave., on a contempt warrant. -5:28 p.m.: theft. Luis Callejas, 214 Piper St., reported an air compressor, valued at $600, was stolen from 109 N. Walnut Ave. -2:42 p.m.: contempt. Police arrested Darly Tate, 49, of Macon, Ga., on a contempt warrant. -1:10 p.m.: assault. Jaquelyn Tobin, 124 Kossuth St., reported she was assaulted. She suffered an apparent minor injury. -1:01 p.m.: contempt. Police arrested Maurice Jones, 33, of Dayton, on two contempt warrants. THURSDAY -6:22 p.m.: criminal damaging. Someone threw a rock and broke the windshield in the auto of Justin Neville, 723 Campbell Road. Loss was set at $200. -4:43 p.m.: possession of drugs. Police charged two 16-year-old boys with possession of marijuana. NOV. 17 -4:31 p.m.: theft. Kourtney Truax, 2698 Wapakoneta Ave., reported the theft of flat-screen TV, valued at $100, from her residence.


Cody A. Wagner, 22, 730 Chestnut Ave., was cited with driving under the influence and failure to control after an accident Sunday at 2:42 a.m. Wagner was eastbound in the 1500 block of Michigan Street and his car struck the end of a guardrail in the middle of the street. He told police his eyeglasses had fallen off and he was looking for them when the crash occurred. • Eugene Goings, 36, 857 S. Ohio, was cited with driving under the influence and failure to control after an accident Sunday at 3:50 a.m. Goings was turning from Pike Street onto Ohio Avenue. He ran a stop sign and was attempting to avoid another vehicle and struck a parked vehicle, pushing it into another parked vehicle. Owners of the parked vehicles were George W. Clawson, 619 N. Ohio Ave., and Zachary and Nicole, Zeitler, 617 N. Ohio Ave. Sidney Fire and Emergency Services took Goings and a passenger, Shane R. Copeland, 36, 421 Monterey Drive, to Wilson Memorial Hospital. Both were listed as having nonincapacitating injuries. • Cited with failure to control after an accident Thursday at 9:30 p.m. was Ryan J. Freisthler, 22, 630 Mires Lane. Police said Freisthler was driving recklessly in the parking lot at Tawawa Park and lost control of his pickup truck. The vehicle hit a

County record tree outside the parking lot. • Pamela E. Holeton, 53, 3130 Honeysuckle Drive, was cited with a traffic control device violation after an accident Friday at 2:54 p.m. Holeton was northbound on Main Avenue. She became distracted with a directional device and ran a red traffic light at South Street. Her auto hit a car driven by Regina Hittepole, 55, 5195 TawawaMaplewood Road, that was westbound on South. Sidney Fire and Emergency Services responded to the scene and checked Hittepole for possible injuries. • Ladene S. Butler, 60, 3401 S. County Road 25A, was cited with failure to control after an accident Friday at 7:24 p.m. Butler was attempted to park in front of a parked in the 100 block of West Court Street and struck the car. The owner of the parked auto was Diane Elliott, 615 S. Highland Ave. • Bridget Lesley, 19, 230 Jefferson St., Apt. 40, was cited with improper lane change and failure to stop after an accident following an accident Friday at 8:45 p.m. Lesley was westbound in the 1500 block of Michigan Street behind a car driven by Jessy Strunk, 33, 330 Franklin Ave. Lesley attempted to pass the Strunk auto, sideswiping it. Lesley continued westbound on Michigan. Strunk followed her while calling police. He followed her into the Walmart parking lot, where the two drivers made contact. • Djibril Alassane, 54, 934 Buckeye Ave., Apt. 213, was cited with failure to control after an accident Saturday at 6:45 a.m. Alassane was westbound on Countryside Street and went off the roadway, striking the parked car of Sadio Ba, 713 Countryside St. • Stephanie N. Swank, 25, 1375 Constitution Ave., was cited with failure to maintain an assured clear distance after an accident Saturday at 7:01 p.m. Swank was northbound on North Main Avenue behind a car driven by Thomas W. Dill, 71, 1241 Rutledge St. Dill stopped behind other cars that were stopped for a red traffic light at North Street. The Swank car hit the Dill auto in the rear. • Elizabeth Barr, 16, 1309 Hickory Court, was cited with failure to yield the right of way after an accident Saturday at 9:33 p.m. Barr was northbound on Westwood Drive and stopped at a stop sign at Fair Road. She then pulled out and her auto hit an eastbound car driven by David L. Travis, 45, 818 McKinley Drive.

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TUESDAY -11:04 a.m.: injury. Medics were dispatched to the 500 block of Bowman Drive. -9:38 a.m.: fire alarm. Crews responded to a fire alarm at 510 Buckeye Ave. It was an accidental alarm. -9:01 a.m.: medical. Medics were dispatched to the 2500 block of Ross Street. -8:29 a.m.: medical. Medics were dispatched to the 2800 block of Wapakoneta Avenue. -8:24 a.m.: medical. Medics were dispatched to the 200 block of West Poplar Avenue. -7:03 a.m.: medical. Medics were dispatched to the 1600 block of Campbell Road. -3:46 a.m.: medical. Medics were dispatched to the 900 block of Buckeye Avenue. MONDAY -11:24 p.m.: auto accident. Crews responded to an auto accident at the 87-mile marker on Interstate 75. There were no injuries or hazards. -7:56 p.m.: fire alarm. Crews responded to a general fire alarm at 125 N. Main Ave. The alarm was due to a malfunction in the system. -7:25 p.m.: medical. Medics were dispatched to the 700 block of Fulton Street. -6:18 p.m.: fire alarm. Medics were dispatched to 1304 E. Hoewisher Road on a fire alarm. No problem was found. -11:14 a.m.: medical. Medics were called to the 900 block of Winfield Court. -11:05 a.m.: medical. Medics were called to the 300 block of West Russell Road. -10:56 a.m.: medical. Medics were called to the 300 block of East South Street. -7:23 a.m.: medical. Medics were called to the 400 block of North Stolle Avenue. -4:35 a.m.: medical. Medics were called to the 1500 block of Cedarbrook Place. -1:01 a.m.: medical. Medics were called to the 2400 block of Industrial Drive. SUNDAY -10:23 p.m.: medical. Medics were called to the 500 block of North Vandemark Road. -8:14 p.m.: medical. Medics were called to the 300 block of East North Street. -7:54 p.m.: fire alarm. Firefighters were called to 1675 Campbell Road by an alarm. It was a false alarm. -2:36 p.m.: odor investigation. Firefighters were called to 804 Sixth Ave. A furnace problem was the cause of the odor.

TUESDAY -12:11 p.m.: larceny. The theft of an air conditioner was reported at 106 E. Main St., Port Jefferson. -11:59 a.m.: larceny. A larceny was reported at St. Michael Catholic Church, 33 Elm St., Fort Loramie. -10:25 a.m.: bad checks/ forgery. Bad checks/forgery was reported at the Shelby County Courthouse, 100 E. Court St. -12:18 a.m.: burglary. A burglary in progress was reported at 4570 HardinWapakoneta Road. MONDAY -6:53 p.m.: burglary. A door was reported opened and items moved around at 8190 Stoker Road.



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TUESDAY -9:37 a.m.: medical. PerryPort-Salem Rescue responded to the 5400 block of Ohio 29. MONDAY -6:16 p.m.: medical. Houston Rescue and Fire responded to the 10800 block of Schenk Road. -1:02 p.m.: medical. PerryPort-Salem Rescue responded


Sierra Stammen, 17, 5745 Wright-Puthoff Road, was cited with failure to control after an accident Saturday at 1:49 p.m. Stammen was driving northeast on Dawson Road when her auto went off the left side of the road and struck a telephone box and the corner of the residence at 8625 Dawson Road. The car came to a stop between the house and a tree. The owner of the house is Joe Elson. Fort Loramie Rescue took Stammen to Wilson Memorial Hospital. She had nonincapacitating injuries.

Blood drives scheduled The Community Blood Center will celebrate state pride, home-team heroics and helping save lives with CBC “Buckeye Strong” blood drives in the area. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a customdesigned “Buckeye Strong – Blood Donor” T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www. The T-shirt is gray with scarlet lettering and incorporates the CBC blood-drop logo. The shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate through Dec. 14 at any CBC donor center and most CBC mobile blood drives. December blood drives held locally include: • Dec. 3 — Honda of America, Anna, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., associate blood drive. • Dec. 4 — Honda of America, Anna, 4-8 p.m., associate blood drive. • Dec. 10 — Houston Community Center, 2:30-6:30 p.m., public blood drive. • Dec. 10 — Nash Finch, Bellefontaine, noon-4 p.m., employee blood drive. • Dec. 17 — Sacred Heart Church, McCartyville, 12:306:30 p.m., public blood drive. • Dec. 18 — Botkins High School, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., student/staff blood drive. • Dec. 20 — Fort Loramie High School, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., student/staff blood drive. • Dec. 26 — Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., public blood drive. The CBC has a redesigned website, www.GivingBlood. org. The site includes answers on how to make your first donation, organize a blood drive, or bring our education program to your school. Get all the updates in the CBC/ CTS newsroom, find quick

links to our social media pages, or schedule your next appointment to donate by connecting to www. Area blood drives were successful in November: • Nov. 1 — Peerless Group, Sidney, employee/ public blood drive; 31 registered, one deferred, 30 units of blood donated; Mike Gniazdowski, chairman. • Nov. 6-7 — Emerson employee blood drives; 60 registered, five deferred, 55 units. • Nov. 9 — Sidney Masonic Lodge public blood drive; 30 registered, one deferred, 29 units donated; Robert Allen, chairman. • Nov. 11 — N K Parts employee blood drive; 21 registered, one deferred, 20 units collected; Lisa VanHorn, chairwoman. • Nov. 14 — Cargill, Sidney, employee blood drive; 33 people registered, three deferred, 30 units collected; Penny Elsner, chairwoman. • Nov. 14 — Fairlawn High School public/student blood drive; 55 registered, eight deferred, 47 units collected; 18 gave blood for the first time. • Nov. 14 — Sidney Apostolic Temple; 70 registered, 14 deferred, 56 units collected; Jennifer Walls, chairwoman. • Nov. 15 — Sidney High School, student blood drive; 95 registered, 16 deferred, 79 units collected. • Nov, 18 — Only Believe Ministries, Botkins, public blood drive; 29 registered, six deferred, 23 units. • Nov. 20 — Sidney Senior Center, public blood drive; 68 registered, five deferred, 63 units collected; Lola Heintz, chairwoman.

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Thanksgiving not a speed-bump holiday Being thankful for the stupidity of turkeys “You see that sunset last When you consider that night?” Steve said. “Now porcupines have quills, and that was a honey.” not deer, it gives us pause for “I’ll say,” said Doc. “You praise, and we’re happy that know, with Thanksgiving on it’s skunks who carry scent us, I have to tell you I’m very glands and not squirrels. thankful for sunsets like that We are thankful, too, that one.” hurricanes and tornadoes Those of us who only happen in don’t live in the warm weather. It’s big cities tend to bad enough to lose be thankful for difthe barn without ferent things than being chill-factored those who may to death while it’s live in stucco cliff happening. dwellings. We tend “Turkeys,” Dud to look at the natusaid, sipping his Home ral blessings more coffee. Country than the manmade “What?” Slim Randles ones. Our gratitude “I’m thankful extends past not turkeys are stuhaving our teenager pid. Ever looked in a turgo to jail, or for the raise key’s eyes? Not only is no we just got at the factory. one home, but there was Our favorite ball team can a mass evacuation somewin or lose on its own with- time during the Eisenhower out our having to look for Administration. A turkey Divine Intervention, usually. has just enough brains to We tend to be grateful for operate his heart and lungs.” other things, like calves in “You’re thankful for that?” the spring, and how clean Doc said. they look before they dis“Sure,” said Dud. “If turcover mud. keys had been given the We are deeply grateful rudimentary intelligence that tasty rabbits arrive in of a garden snail, we might large litters, and bears don’t. be forced to eat sheep on When we think about it, Thanksgiving.” we are thankful that we get The writer is a veteran newspaperman and eggs from hens and not from outdoorsman who is a registered outfitter guide. He has written novels and nonrattlesnakes, as checking the and fiction books based on rural living and he rattler house each morning has also been an award-winning columnist could get ‘way too exciting. for the largest daily newspapers in Alaska and New Mexico. He lives in Albuquerque.

Letters to the editor

What’s the big fracking deal? To the editor: “What’s the big fracking deal?” was a recent headline in The Daily Advocate, Greenville. It reported a town hall meeting conducted by the Western Ohio Fracking Awareness Coalition. The big fracking deal is that western Ohio, a premier agricultural area in the country with a sole source aquifer, should not become the toilet for the oil and gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) industry of eastern Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Fracking wells in Ohio produce millions of gallons of chemical-laden, toxic, radioactive wastewater that needs a home. Our homes in western Ohio need to maintain pure drinking water, fresh air and productive farmland. Visiting oil and gas representatives claim that transporting truck and train loads of the slop here from the east would make Class II wastewater injection wells too costly. But scientists such as Dr. Julie Weatherington-Rice maintain that our underground Mount Simon sandstone provides an economic advantage over drilling much deeper through eastern shale. That’d be a big fracking mess. Even though in December 2011, earth-

quakes occurred near active wastewater injection wells at Youngstown, officials claim they are safe. Around-the-clock tanker traffic would destroy the local roads and there is no requirement for the multibillion dollar oil and gas companies to rebuild them. One hauling accident could ruin a community for generations, not to mention disabling health issues or death. That’s an earthshaking deal. By state law, Senate Bill 315, gas and oil companies do not have to disclose the chemicals used in the fracking operations. In the event of an accident with the toxic toilet water, first responders have no information regarding how to treat the secret chemicals. If disclosed to physicians they are under gag orders not to tell the patient. And that’s a big fracking deal. We need to contact elected officials to explain that we are not stupid and we will not become the nation’s toilet. No vague promises of jobs and getrich-quick schemes are worth risking our health and our birthright. We value our agriculture, our atmosphere and our aquifer. That’s the big fracking deal. Tom and Jane Staley 207 E. South St. Arcanum

Make sure you keep the best To the editor: To the great people that live in the great little town of Anna, wake up and don’t let them push the law in Sidney on you. They’re 10 to 15 minutes away and a lot can happen in a very short time. You’ve got a great guy in Police Chief Scott Evans; make sure you keep the

best. As for the trust, that guy that said that must not know him. I’ve known his family from Grandpa Art Evans on down and they are all great people. As I’m sure you want the best for your town, so let it be Scott. Helen Van Dine 255 Miami River Road

On this Thanksgiving, when all of us have so many reasons to be thankful, pausing to give thanks is more and more an afterthought in America. Let’s be clear: “Black Friday” is an amazing, soulful Steely Dan song, not the day after Thanksgiving to stand in line at 4 a.m., waiting for a store to open. Black Friday, the first day of the Christmas shopping season, is what many Americans are really thankful for. More attention is given to Black Friday than to Thanksgiving Day itself. Not at the Nugent household. No mention of Black Friday or Christmas is permitted on Thanksgiving at the Nugent household. We spend Thanksgiving Day pausing to give thanks for the numerous bless-

ings bestowed upon our play politically correct family and our nation. catch-and-release games I will take my sons at our house. I kill my and grandson hunting own Thanksgiving turat the crack of dawn on key. Anyone who has a Thanksgiving Day, problem with that celebrating the dwells in the land pureness of the of the mentally spirit of the wild lost. from which we We don’t watch derive our life’s NFL football on sustenance. We television on will sit in a huntThanksgiving, ing blind together though we may and wait for the Ted toss around a footmighty white- Nugent ball in the yard, tailed deer. With Contributing and we most defiColumnist a little luck, my nitely will shoot arrow will fly true our bows and and my grandson handguns while we will witness sustainable go for a family walk up yield — real-world cause the lane and talk about and effect the way God what we are most thankintended. ful for.’ The centerpiece of our As the Thanksgiving Thanksgiving will be a Day afternoon begins wild turkey that I killed. to wane, your humble Pure, organic, wild thun- Motor City Madman will derbird nutrition. The sneak to my favorite oak tastiest, healthiest meat tree in the swamp, where on the planet. We don’t I will sit quietly 20 feet

off the ground, armed with my bow and arrows. An overabundance of deer requires the herd be reduced. I can fix that. I give genuine thanks for the bounty of the land. Thanksgiving is not a speed-bump holiday for Christmas. I understand the need for merchants to make money, but I don’t understand the mentality of people who basically skip the essence of Thanksgiving in order to kick off the Christmas shopping season. Times are tough for many Americans and our nation. Regardless, all of us can find reasons to give thanks. Stop and give thanks on Thanksgiving, America. Black Friday can wait. The writer is an American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist. He is the author of “Ted, White, and Blue”: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Many things to be thankful for this year Each year, Connie and I look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday as a chance to spend time with our family and friends. It gives us a chance to reflect on the blessings that are too often overlooked. President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863 in the midst of the Civil War. Through the darkest days of war and gravest moments in our nation’s history, Lincoln saw the need to acknowledge our blessings. Nearly 150 years later, we continue to honor this tradition. We are blessed in Ohio to have colleges and universities that attract talent from across the country and across the globe. Ohio is home to dedicated teachers who educate our children and first responders who run towards danger when

everyone else turns away. of financial security. We are also blessed to Today more than 1.8 have thousands of ser- million Ohioans live in vicemen and women who poverty. One of six Ohio put their lives on the line families doesn’t know each and every from where their day to protect our next meal will freedoms. To those come. spending the holiAlleviating hundays far away from ger in America – your loved ones, including hunger thank you for your for food, work, service. On behalf and a fair shot at of a grateful state, providing for loved we wish you a safe U.S. Sen. ones – means and quick return Sherrod eliminating the home. Brown challenges many For all our blessworking- and midings, we know dle-class families there are challenges. face. This is a burden we We’re in the midst of ris- all share and must work ing rates of poverty and together to eliminate. income inequality. Last Ohio is blessed to year’s donors to food have communities from banks are today’s recipi- Dayton to Youngstown ents. that are dedicated to It’s that middle class helping those hit the squeeze that we see most hardest get back on their acutely during the holi- feet. Your activism has days – with rising energy, provided a lifeline to the food, and shelter costs millions of our friends undermining any sense and neighbors in need,

and for that, I thank you. We know there’s still work to be done, and I encourage all Ohioans to address the issues in their communities. Volunteer at your local shelter. Teach a child to read. Plant a community garden. We are never too old, too young, too rich, or too poor to serve. A Mississippi civil rights leader in the 1960s said: “Don’t tell me what you believe. Show me what you do, and I will tell you what you believe.” We should strive to show our fellow men and women what we do in the quest for social and economic justice. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our own blessings and work to ensure others may have the same. Connie and I wish all of you a safe Thanksgiving holiday.

States can help reduce national debt Here in the state of trol, several individual Ohio, we are required states have begun to step to balance our two-year in and take action. In Ohio, State Rep. budget, which means there are many difficult Matt Huffman, of Lima, introduced a meadecisions that have sure that ultito be made by lawmately hopes to makers in order to put a balanced comply with the budget amendOhio Constitution. ment into the But because of US Constitution. this requirement, The process for we are forced to amending the sit down and seriis ously consider State Rep. Constitution what things need Jim Buchy rightly complex. funding and what 84th District Rep. Huffman’s resolution calls for things don’t. a constitutional It is the same way for Ohio families. convention. They understand that If similar resolutions responsible budgeting passed in at least 34 requires smart decisions other states, then the and balances between convention would be what they take in and held, where each state what they spend. would send delegates to If you haven’t noticed, discuss and debate the this is not exactly the language for the amendcase in Washington, D.C., ment. Once that hapwhere the national debt pens, the amendment has ballooned to more would need approval than $17 trillion. That’s from at least 38 states “17” with 12 zeroes and in order to be ratified. The last I saw, at least four commas behind it. Some leaders in 17 states have already Washington understand passed resolutions callthe problems involved ing for the same thing. Along with families all with piling up those kinds of deficits year over Ohio I have great after year. Some others appreciation for the conclearly do not. Since stitution. This resolution Washington has given no was not introduced in indication that it will get response to a failure of its budgets under con- our Constitution, but

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rather a failure of leadership by both parties over many years. Rep. Huffman is a friend and someone I have great respect for. He has been a great leader on this issue for several years now in Ohio. When I was informed of his idea and learned more about how the states can lead the way on this, I was eager to sign on as a cosponsor. The beauty of federalism is that the states have the consti-

tutional ability to keep the federal government in check. This issue is a cause worth pursuing because the more we rack up the debt today, the more our children and grandchildren will have to pay for it tomorrow. I am interested to hear from you. Please provide feedback on this and other issues in the news this month by completing my survey at

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Typhoon Haiyan Steve Boyer For many this storm was an absolute pity When it cut a path through Tacloban City! The destruction was awesome and it did ravage These helpless people were hit by a savage. Thousands were dead and their homes washed away After howling winds and waves went astray; Destroying everything that stood in this town To wreak utter havoc and tear buildings down. The Philippines have appealed to the world’s wealth; “Send your aid to avoid a crisis of health.” Give assistance and food to those in need Who are desperately struggling, yes indeed! We must pray for them; they are trying to survive As they patiently wait for supplies to arrive. A city left in shambles; hoping for relief Has suffered a tragedy far beyond belief. Many were left dead, covered by the rubble It’s a despicable sight of terrible trouble. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all This city has taken a devastating fall! The writer is a former Anna resident.

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Caring for Christmas benefits hospice Wilson Hospice will receive donations to the 21st annual Caring for Christmas campaign. Instead of mailing Christmas cards to friends and relatives, area residents may choose to donate the money they would have spent on cards and postage to Caring at Christmas. Recently, Wilson Hospice Chaplain the Rev. Phil Chilcote, Wilson Foundation Executive Director Bonnie Faulkner and Wilson Hospice aide Misty White, visited with hospice patient Paul Billups, of Sidney. Billups became a hospice patient as a result of Parkinson’s disease. A few months ago, when the symptoms of the disease became more pronounced

and too difficult to manage, Georgia, Paul’s wife, reached out to Wilson Hospice. “I am very happy to have Misty come into our home and assist with Paul’s care,” said Georgia. “She plays such a critical role in helping with communication difficulties. Misty has been such a help to not only Paul, but to me as well.” “After spending time with Paul and his family and knowing that the Caring at Christmas program contributes directly to the care provided to this extraordinary man and his family, is really what the program is all about,” said Faulkner. “As a result of the Caring at Christmas program, Wilson Hospice has been able to help

so many wonderful patients over the years and we can’t thank the community enough for their continual support.” Donations, payable to Wilson Hospice, can be mailed to Wilson Hospice, Attn: Cashier, 915 W. Michigan St., Sidney, OH, 45365. Donations may also be made at any Chase Bank branch in Sidney. Shortly before Christmas, a greeting listing the names of all donors whose donations have been received by Dec. 9 will appear in the Sidney Daily News. For information about Wilson Hospice, call 4989335 or visit wilsonhospital. com.

Book list seeks public input WASHINGTON — From Ben Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Improved” to Sonia Sotomayor’s “My Beloved World,” nearly 100 titles of fiction, nonfiction, plays and poetry begin the initial roll of Books that Shaped Work in America, a centennial project of the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The web-based project,, launched as part of the department’s ongoing commemoration of its 100th anniversary, aims to engage the public about the Labor Department’s mission and America’s history as a nation of workers as portrayed through published works. “The Books that Shaped Work in America initiative explores the dignity of work and our progress in expanding America’s fundamental promise of opportunity for all through the lens of literature,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Think of this effort as an online book club where people from all walks of life can share books that informed them about occupations and careers, molded their views about work and helped elevate the discourse about work, workers and workplaces. At the same time, the site provides a unique way for people to learn about the mission

and resources of the U.S. Department of Labor.” Work, like our nation, is constantly evolving, and so Books that Shaped Work in America is no different. To get it started, 24 individuals, including Perez, eight former secretaries of labor from both Democratic and Republican administrations, department staff (including an intern), civil rights leaders, critics, authors, media personalities and staff from the Library of Congress submitted suggestions. Among the contributors: former Secretaries of Labor George P. Shultz and Robert Reich, authors Daniel H. Pink and Joan Acocella, Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith, Liz Claman, of Fox Business News, President of the National Urban League Marc Morial and Scott McGee, of Turner Classic Movies. Their recommendations are included on the initiative’s website, along with brief summaries of each book and links to related U.S. Department of Labor resources. Now the public is invited to expand the list. A simple, online form, which can be found at http://www.dol. gov/books/form, makes it easy for anyone to suggest a book. “From a simple tale for children like ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ to a scholarly tome like ‘Quality, Productivity and Competitive Position,’ the

books on the list demonstrate the rich breadth and depth of work in America,” said Carl Fillichio, the department’s senior adviser for public affairs and chairman of its centennial. “As we continue to mark the Department of Labor’s 100 years of service to workers in our country, this project is a terrific way to educate the public about work, workers and the work of the Labor Department. Watching the list grow, and hearing the discussion broaden, is going to be very exciting.” The project was inspired by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress’s 2012 Books That Shaped America exhibition, which explored the impact of books on American life and culture. Many of the books in that exhibition had work as a central theme, bringing to light the significant role published works have played in shaping America’s view of workers and workplaces throughout its history. Created in 1913, the mission of the U.S. Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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New Bremen Middle School NEW BREMEN — New Bremen Middle School has listed the following students on its honor roll for the first nine-week period: High honor roll, 4.00: grade 7: Jackie Schemmel, Molly Smith; grade 8: Katie Paulus, Wyatt Puthoff, Samuel Rutschilling. Honor roll, 3.5 and above: grade 7: Amy Balster, Alex Dicke, Caylie Hall, Andrea Heitkamp, Jarod Keller, Rachel Kremer, Ben Kuck, Nicholas Largent, Abigail McNaughton, Kelly Naylor, Madison Pape, Casey Parker, Ryley Schaefer, Erin Smith, Jacob Tangeman, Hanna Tenkman,

Justin Tenkman, Abbi Thieman, Katelyn This, Ethan Tinsley, Nicholas Wells, Lillian Wilson; grade 8: Emily Alt, Derek Bergman, Emily Bertke, Ashley Bowers, Cale Brackman, Lillian Brautigam, Caleb Bundy, Logan Dicke, Hunter Drewes, Madeleine Erb, Julia Goettemoeller, Alexandria Goings, Lillian Hirschfeld, Jane Homan, Paige Jones, Celeste Kuck, Samantha Kuck, Adrienne Laughman, Joe Maurer, Isabel Rhinehart, Charlie Sailer, Kenny Simindinger, Greg Steed, Nichole Wente, Luci Whitten. Merit roll, 3.00 to 3.49: grade 7: Payton Banner, Kayla Bergman,

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More floats make parade success Patricia Ann Speelman

Friday ’s Winter Wonderland Parade went off without a hitch, according to chairwoman Amy Breinich, of the Sidney/ Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. And that was gratifying, because there were more floats than ever before in the event that traditionally opens the holiday season here. “It was fantastic,” Breinich said. “We had to start the parade a block up (from where it was planned to start). We were lined up to the Big Four Bridge and on side streets.” Three of them went home with awards. Secret judges gave their first-place certificate

to the Sidney Apostolic Temple, whose float featured a living room complete with a decorated tree and stockings hung from the fireplace mantel. Grandparents in rocking chairs read to children sitting on the “floor.” The second-place float was by the Wilma Valentine Creative Learning Center, who had dressed children as gingerbread men. Menard’s won the thirdplace certificate for a float that featured life-sized Barbie and Ken dolls and toys for children of all ages. Four bands participated. They were the marching bands of Sidney High School, Sidney Alumni, Fairlawn High School and Lehman Catholic High School. For the first time, the

parade and Santa’s sleigh were sponsored by area businesses. Sponsors were Hits 105.5, Universal 1 Credit Union, Chris Cook’s Garage, Marketing Trends and Custom Screening, Ron and Nita’s and Holiday Inn Express. Eileen Hix served as grand marshal. “There was lots of candy,” Breinich said. And one group, the Tribe Motorcycle Club, distributed stuffed animals. “There was a great response from the public,” Breinich added. In addition to the parade, the city Christmas tree was lit in a ceremony Friday evening. “Instead of just lightLuke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News ing the tree, we lit up the Actors on the Sidney Apostolic Temple float react as Frosty the Snowman walks by during the Winter whole downtown at the Wonderland Parade Friday. same time,” Breinich said.

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ANNA — The Anna High School Class of 1963 celebrated its 50-year class reunion in September. The three day event included kicked off Sept. 20 with an informal welcome at the Sidney Moose Lodge. On Sept. 21, class members and their guests were given a tour of Anna Local Schools and the athletic complex. The tour was led by Dennis Raberding, school treasurer. After the tour, the classmates and guests ate

lunch at Anna Elementary School. The main event was a banquet on Sept. 21 at the Piqua Country Club. The evening included a dinner, a class photograph, music trivia, the results of a “Composite of Our Lives” survey, which were read. Each person attending was given a commemorative glass. The class honored five classmates who had passed away. On Sept. 22, a farewell brunch was held at the Sidney Moose Lodge. There were 37 class-

mates who attended at least one of the events during the weekend. There were 50 members in the graduating class. Classmates traveled from Australia, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Illinois to attend the reunion. The organizers of this year’s reunion were Joyce (Sollmann) Ailes, Wayne Fischbach, Gloria (Short) Klopfenstein, Claire (Smedley) Dwyer and Kathie (Wentz) Eshleman.

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Lisa Brady, of Sidney, bids on some brownies during the third annual Sidney High School Music Boosters auction fundraiser recently. Money raised will support the Sidney High School band, orchestra and choir.

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PHS class of ‘61 to lunch PIQUA — The Piqua Central High School Class of 1961 will meet Dec. 4, at 12:30 p.m. for

lunch at Lincoln Square V Restaurant, 1320 Archer Drive, Troy. Spouses and signifi-

cant others are welcome to attend. The group will order from the menu.

Ostomy group plans dinner TROY — The MiamiShelby Ostomy Support Group will meet for a Christmas dinner on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at Applebees in Troy. To attend, call (937)

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Programs provide information and support to ostomates and their families, and are beneficial to health care professionals as well.

Students to serve club FORT LORAMIE — The Fort Loramie Community Service Club will meet Tuesday at noon at Al’s Place. The club’s meeting Dec. 10 will be in

the Fort Loramie High School consumer science room. The school’s Healthy Foods class will prepare the meal. Entertaining the members will be the Fort

Loramie Elementary School Kids Korus. Anyone interested in joining the Community Service Club should call 295-3449.

Girls in second through fifth grades will have the opportunity to “Get Moving” in a series of workshops sponsored by Girl Scouts of Western Ohio at the First Church of God, 1510 Campbell Road. During the five-session

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Today in History The Associated Press

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2013. There are 34 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 27, 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone (mahs-KOH’-nee) and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White. On this date: In 1701, astronomer Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale, was born in Uppsala, Sweden. In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington, D.C. In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad began regularly serving New York’s Pennsylvania Station. In 1942, during World War II, the French navy at Toulon (too-LOHN’) scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of German troops. In 1953, playwright Eugene O’Neill died in Boston at age 65. In 1962, the first Boeing 727 was rolled out at the company’s Renton Plant. In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest. In 1973, the Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who’d resigned. In 1983, 181 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid’s Barajas airport. In 1989, a bomb blamed on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian Avianca Boeing 727, killing all 107 people on board and three people on the ground. In 1999, Northern Ireland’s biggest party, the Ulster Unionists, cleared the way for the speedy formation of an unprecedented ProtestantCatholic administration. In 2009, Tiger Woods crashed his SUV outside his Florida mansion, sparking widespread attention to reports of marital infidelity. Ten years ago: President Bush flew to Iraq under extraordinary secrecy and security to spend Thanksgiving with U.S. troops and thank them for “defending the American people from danger.” Five years ago: Indian commandoes fought to wrest control of two luxury hotels and a Jewish center from militants, a day after a chain of attacks across Mumbai. Iraq’s parliament approved a pact requiring all U.S. troops to be out of the country by Jan. 1, 2012. One year ago: Consumer confidence reached its highest level in nearly five years, with the help of rising home values, more hiring and lower gas prices. U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice met privately with three Republican senators who had indicated they would block her possible nomination to be secretary of state; they said afterward that they were even more troubled by her initial explanation of the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

Rain, snow threaten holiday travel snarl Meghan Barr Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to book earlier flights Tuesday to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain and wind that threatened to snarl one of the busiest travel days of the year and ground giant balloon versions of Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants in the Macy’s parade. The characters that soar between Manhattan skyscrapers every year may not lift off Thursday if sustained winds exceed 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph, according to city rules enacted after fierce winds in 1997 caused a Cat in the Hat balloon to topple a light pole and seriously injure a spectator. Current forecasts call for sustained winds of 20 mph and gusts of 36 mph. “At this time, it is too early to make any determinations on the flight of the giant balloons,” said Macy’s spokesman Orlando Veras. “On Thanksgiving morning, Macy’s works closely with the NYPD, who, based on real time weather data and the official regulations

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An agreement secured with its greatest global foe, the Obama administration pleaded Tuesday with a more familiar if often difficult negotiating partner not to scuttle last weekend’s Iran nuclear deal: Congress. Just back from his diplomatic triumph in Europe, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a video message to legislators as he urged that they not introduce new economic measures against Iran at a time the U.S. and fellow world powers are withdrawing some sanctions in exchange for the Iranians curtailing their nuclear program. Kerry asserted that now is the time to get to work on a final agreement that removes any suspicion that Iran is trying to produce nuclear weapons. “We all know that if the agreement falls apart, Iran is going to quickly face even tougher sanctions,” he said in the message. Although Kerry was reaching out personally to key senators, Democrats and Republicans appeared deter-

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William Witters, of Valparaiso, Ind., waits for a ride in a wheelchair after passing through security at Chicago Midway International Airport on Tuesday. Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to book earlier flights Tuesday to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain and wind that threatened to snarl one of the busiest travel days of the year.

the Northeast before Thanksgiving Day, with the weather mostly clearing up by Wednesday evening. Most airlines are hoping the storms won’t be too severe, allowing them to continue operating a nearly full schedule with few cancellations, but likely a lot of delays, said Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, a global flight tracking service. “Cancellations are used as a good, preventative measure to avoid cascading delays that can negatively impact

mined to increase the pressure on Tehran. Many in Congress are skeptical, if not outright hostile, to the deal reached in Geneva. Two key senators already are at work on legislation to reinstate the full force of sanctions and impose new ones if Iran doesn’t make good on its pledge to roll back its nuclear program. “The American people need an insurance policy to prevent a rerun of North Korea,” said Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., who is crafting a bill alongside Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. Critics of the accord reached in Geneva believe it could allow Iran to trick international monitors while it assembles an atomic weapons arsenal, similar to North Korea last decade. Iran sanctions evoke great passion in Washington. Although Obama sees the economic pressure as the key motivation for bringing Iran’s new moderate President Hassan Rouhani to the negotiating table, pulling them back is the administration’s only real carrot for securing nuclear concessions. Congress, which passed the sanctions, is leery. Israel sees any letup on the economic

pressure as a dangerous concession that allows Iran to move even closer to nuclear weapons capability. And the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee has joined the call, saying new sanctions are needed “so that Iran will face immediate consequences should it renege on its commitments or refuse to negotiate an acceptable final agreement.” Menendez and Kirk hope to have their bill ready for other lawmakers to consider when the Senate returns Dec. 9 from its two-week recess, according to legislative aides. The measure would require the administration to certify every 30 days that Iran is adhering to the terms of the six-month interim agreement and that it hasn’t been involved in any act of terrorism against the United States. Without that certification, sanctions worth more than $1 billion a month would be reimposed and new sanctions would be added. The new penalties would include bans on investing in Iran’s engineering, mining and construction industries and a global boycott of Iranian oil by 2015. Foreign companies and banks violating

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Monday high...................................34 Monday low......................................19

Monday.......................................trace Month to date..............................2.13 Year to date.................................26.7 Sunrise/Sunset Wednesday sunset..............5:12 p.m. Thursday sunrise................7:37 a.m. Thursday sunset..................5:12 a.m.

Precipitation Friday...........................................0.33 Saturday.....................................trace Sunday........................................none

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A few scattered snow showers were expected to continue overnight. Accumulation will be light for all of our counties, with steadier snow to move into our southeastern counties. That is Brian Davis where the most snow will fall, with 2 to 4 inches possible in portions of Clinton and extreme southeastern Greene counties. A few snow showers linger today, but the big story then turns to cold and wind. Looks like a dry, but cold, Thanksgiving!

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From page 1 rants throughout the area. The AAA offer runs through Dec. 24. Cindy Garland, owner of the Ivy Garland, a gift shop at 103 E. Court St., will offer discounts on select merchandise throughout the holiday season. Discounts will begin on Small Business Saturday. “I have everyday gifts, Christmas decor, Elf on a Shelf, Ohio State, lighted pictures. I have everything!” Local electronics retailer, Area Wireless Superstore, will have Sunday hours, noon to 5 p.m., from Dec. 1 to New Year’s, according to Sales Manager Jason Davis. “We have a lot of sales as to tablets, iPhones and android phones,” he said, “a couple only on Black Friday and a couple beginning Black Friday and running through Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving).” The specials will be available at both store locations, 2262 Michigan St. and 624 N. Vandemark Road. Small Business Saturday “began in 2010 when American Express founded Small

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Retail talk about them.” This year’s feature an 1860s living room on Christmas eve. Allison’s Custom Jewelry will offer 20 percent off storewide on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Bookkeeper/ advertiser Dana Sharp, of Sidney, said the shop will stage Ladies’ Weekend on Dec. 6 and 7 and Men’s Weekend on Dec. 13 and 14. “They come in and draw a bulb off the Christmas tree and get 15 to 50 percent off,” Sharp said. “We’ve stocked up. We’re ready for the holiday.” She expects sterling silver jewelry with diamonds to be the most popular sellers. “Colored diamonds will be real popular, too,” she said. Dana Conley, of Sidney, the accountant at AAA Shelby County, said the agency’s holiday promotion is already underway. “When (people) come in to buy a new membership, we’re giving them a free ‘Turbo’ DVD or a free Prestige card,” she said. The Prestige card lets people get a free meal for each other they buy at select restau-


100 years Nov. 27, 1913 Will Davis, a recent soloist with the Royal Gwent Welsh singers and leader of a chorus of 150 voices in his own country, will sing at the morning service of the Methodist Episcopal Church next Sunday. ––––– The seemingly impossible has at last been accomplished – moving pictures that talk and laugh and sing. Thomas A. Edison the wizard has at last made this possible and these wonderful talking pictures will be seen at the Lyric Theater, December 2. The Edison Talking pictures are genuine. The film and record are taken simultaneously and every sound and every action faithfully reproduced. 75 years Nov. 27, 1938 The Christmas opening of the Sidney merchants will be held on Friday and Saturday with the special feature of Friday evening being the illuminating of the courthouse with a big electrical display similar to that used so effectively in the past. During the past few days, the personnel of the Marion Reserve Power Co. have been erecting the display on the court house and about the street intersections so that Sidney will be one of the best Christmas lighted towns in the Miami Valley. At a later date in the month, Santa Claus will put in his personal appearance at a special house to be erected in the court square. ––––– Fire partially destroyed one of the huckster trucks of the Willman Department store at Fort Loramie last evening. The blaze had gained such headway before it was discovered that the front part of the truck and part of the body were damaged extensively.

Business Saturday to help small pants are stores that have a conbusinesses get more exposure nection to American Express, during one of the biggest shop- some merchants who do not ping weekends of the year,” accept the American Express the American Express website card have planned special sales said. “Last year, over 100 mil- for the day. lion people came out to shop at independently owned small businesses on the day. Now, in its third year, Small Business Saturday will be even bigger. American Express is offering free and easyBy Dr. Jeff Van Treese to-use tools to help small businesses get the most omplex biological events occur out of the day and tools for in the mouth during pregnancy consumers to show their as they do all over the body. support.” Hormonal changes increase the potential Shoppers with American for inflammation, make the mouth more Express cards can get a susceptible to infection, and can sensitize the $10 credit on their bills gag reflex.  As a result, it may be difficult for when they purchase $10 some women to brush their teeth properly in items on Small Business during the first trimester of pregnancy.  Saturday from merchants An old adage used to be, “a tooth lost for who accept the card. Card each child.”  In an holders must register their unhealthy mouth, cards in advance at www. this may not be far from the truth Many shopkeepers put because periodontal signs in their windows, (gum) disease can announcing their participaprogress very rapidly tion in the special promoduring pregnancy.  tion. While most particiAside from the mother losing a tooth, current research has shown periodontal Jeff Van Treese, D.D.S. that disease may pose a threat to the unborn child. Gum disease can cause premature delivery and low birth-weight infants.  For these reasons, dental care before and during pregnancy is extremely important.

The truck burned in the garage where it had been placed for the night. The blaze was discovered by Edwin Quinlin who lives nearby and saw the flames through the garage windows. 50 years Nov. 27, 1963 DALLAS – A county grand jury today returned an indictment of murder with malice against flashy Jack Ruby, who shot President Kennedy’s accused assassin. Ruby, a striptease nightclub operator, shot Lee Harvey Oswald on Sunday while millions of Americans watched on live television. The shooting took place while Oswald was being brought out of city jail under heavy guard to be taken to a maximum security cell at the county jail. ––––– DEGRAFF – William Riek, junior high school social studies teacher and pastor of Huntsville Presbyterian Church, retold the story of President Kennedy’s funeral to his classes Tuesday. He and Mrs. Riek, teacher in Riverside elementary school and their daughter, Carol, 3, were present at Arlington when the President was buried. The couple left at 9 p.m. Sunday and arrived in Washington at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Also present at the ceremonies was Roger W. Cloud, speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, who accompanied Gov. James A. Rhodes to the nation’s capital. Both men marched in the funeral procession from the White House to St. Marys Church.


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expectant mother makes it difficult for her to sit in the dental chair. Because of the importance of the mother’s oral health to the unborn child, treatment of periodontal disease and dental abscess is critical regardless of the trimester. If serious dental problems develop during pregnancy requiring oral surgery, a dilemma is created. Sedation during pregnancy is not wise because of the potential effects on the baby. Therefore, shorter appointments are often necessary using local anesthesia. Anything that would require antibiotic and pain control medications could have potential ramifications for the baby.

Regular dental care is an essential part of pregnancy planning. Once it has been determined that pregnancy exists, a careful discussion should occur between the treating dentist and the mother.  The choice to complete dental treatment during pregnancy, to what extent, and when to do it must be made by each mother after careful consultation with her dentist and obstetrician.  The mother’s routine dental hygiene schedule should be maintained.  If possible, any essential dental care should be performed during the second trimester.  The stages of pregnancy are usually Elective dental care such as whitening, described as trimesters, or 3-month periods.  makeover procedures, etc., should probably During the first trimester, the baby’s critical be planned for sometime after delivery. organs and life-maintaining systems are formed.  Usually, this period is considered Jeffery R. Van Treese, D.D.S. has been the most critical period during which any providing comprehensive dentistry and caring elective dental care should be avoided and for patients in Sidney since 1987. His practice only non-invasive emergency dental care is located at 2627 Broadway Avenue in Sidney. should be provided.  The second trimester is For a free consultation, he may be reached at usually considered to be the “safe” period for 937-492-6984 or dental care because the baby is growing and the critical systems are already developed.  Funding for this article provided by Dr. Van Treese as a service. Contents of this article is not intended Elective dental care should again be avoided community to provide personal medical advice, which should be in the third trimester because stress from obtained directly from a dentist or other healthcare dental therapy could potentially induce professional. ©2013 Creativedge Marketing. All rights premature labor, and the anatomy of the reserved.


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Sidney Daily News My name is Kathleen Maynard and I am the mother of William (Bill) Trapp Jr. who passed away recently. As you may know, my son was accused of murdering his brother Gregg in 1998. I have never given my or Bill’s side of the story: As Bill has passed away I am now free to divulge details of what occurred. Bill was indicted and he was in jail for almost one year. The prosecution insists that Bill’s medical condition is what prompted them to drop the charges; nothing could be further from the truth. Their whole case was built on conjecture with no physical evidence. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case. At a certain point in the case, the Detectives believed that my son Bill was responsible for my other son’s murder. The only person convicted in this has been Vance Short. Of course Vance was convicted many years ago of Tampering with Evidence as a result of him throwing a bag of evidence from the murder scene into the woods behind the house. As soon as my son was murdered, I told the detectives that I believed that Vance Short was responsible for Greggy’s death. At that time, Detective Henry told me that Vance was not involved as he was a “snitch” for them. I disagreed with them but they insisted that Vance had nothing to do with my son’s murder. At the point where Bill became a suspect, he was interviewed for several hours and given a polygraph test. Although I was never shown the results of the test, the detectives said that the results were inconclusive. Then years later they then interpreted that as Bill was not being truthful. As you know, my son had a federal lawsuit filed against several agencies. His attorney in Dayton, Ohio, hired a retired FBI expert to administer a polygraph test on Bill earlier this year. He did not tell Bill he was being tested until he arrived for the test. Bill willingly took the test and I have attached a copy of the results of the test with this letter. The test concluded that my son had nothing to do with Gregg’s murder. In fact, when informed of how the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department administered the polygraph test, the FBI agent concluded that the Sheriff’s Department did not administer the test properly. This brings me back to the year that Bill spent in the Shelby County Jail. The prosecution offered him plea bargains that he continually turned down. Bill’s words never changed. He was always adamant that he had nothing to do with Gregg’s death and he turned down their many plea bargains offers. Less than a week before the trial was to begin, the prosecution offered Bill a Alford Plea if he admitted to having some part in Greggy’s murder. His sentence would have been time served and he would have been set free. Bill refused this plea and told them that he was talking the case to be heard by a jury of his peers. Shortly after that, the prosecution dropped the case and Bill was set free because they knew that they did not have a case. I am sick and tired of the Prosecution’s lies by saying that they dropped the case because of Bill’s medical condition. The trial was ready to begin and it would have lasted about one week. Yes, Bill did have serious medical conditions. While in jail, Bill’s kidneys began failing him and he had to begin dialysis. One week would not have mattered at that point. The prosecution knew as we did that they did not have any evidence and they would lose the trial. Bill worked most of his life and was receiving Social Security Disability and he had Medicare insurance. They could have put him on electronic home detention during the trial and his medical bills would have been paid by us and his Medicare. In an article you recently printed, a representative from the Prosecution said that Bill was given better care at jail then he received at my house. This is a bold face lie. Contact me and I will sign a release of information and you can contact Bill’s doctors as to who gave Bill Better care. Bill’s kidneys worked fine until he spent some months in the county jail. He never had kidney problems before that time. Bill was a double amputee below the knees and he was forced to crawl on his knees in and out of the Sheriff’s Department van to and from medical treatments. He was not given a special diet in the jail. They took out certain foods that were served other prisoners. But they did not order or get made special meals for people with diabetes. Finally, evidence found by the investigator hired by Bill’s public defender, Tim Sell, shows that the case was botched from the beginning. The autopsy was not conducted properly and they failed to interview several witnesses. Their only “evidence” was that Vance Short accused Bill of being involved. Throughout the investigation, Vance Short changed his story several times and identified different people as the person responsible for Greg’s death. Of course by the time my son was murdered, Vance was already a two time convicted felon. The prosecution indicated that they had a female witness who beard Bill and Vance talking about Greggy’s murder after the fact. I am not going to name this witness but this person was interviewed by the investigator hired by Tim Sell and the person denied ever saying that. In fact, the witness had told the detectives several years ago that Vance was the one responsible for Greggy’s death. Now as I sit here looking out my back porch along the Miami River, the leaves are falling and the holiday season is fast approaching. This would normally be a happy time but it is not for me. Both my sons are now dead. I blame the Shelby County Sheriff’s detectives who were working at that time as partially responsible for Bill’s death. Their poorly conducted investigation and the Attorney General’s malicious and unfounded prosecution has now cost my son his life. After his kidneys failed while in the Shelby County Jail, he was only able to hold on so long. He developed a heart problem this year and died after the operation. I would like to add that I have known people that work and have worked for the Sheriff’s Department. They were good people and there are good people that currently work there. This is not meant toward them, only the upper level of the current corrupt regime running the department. Having said that, I refuse to sit here anymore and let them kick dirt on me and besmirch the name of my son, Bill. They had their chance to try Bill and they chose to drop the case out of cowardice. My son Bill died a free man and an innocent man. R. L. EMMONS AND ASSOCIATES, INC. 842-A EAST FRANKLIN STREET DAYTON, OHIO 45459 (937) 438-0500 • FAX (937) 438-0577 CINCINNATI (513) 683-0933 CONFIDENTIAL POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION REPORT April 26, 2013 Dwight D. Brannon, Esq. 130 W Second St, Ste 900 Dayton, OH 45402 Dear Mr. Brannon: On April 25, 2013, your client William Trapp, Jr. voluntarily took a polygraph examination at the office of R.L. Emmons and Associates. Mr. Trapp had been charged criminally in the gun shot death of his brother and was incarcerated for nearly a year awaiting trial. In January, 2012 the charges were dismissed, without prejudice, in the Shelby County Court. Before the pre-test interview, Mr. Trapp signed a permission form indicating he was voluntarily taking the examination and that form will be retained in our case file. In the polygraph recordings there were definite indications of truthfulness when Mr. Trapp answered the pertinent test questions: 1) Do you know who murdered your brother? Answer: No 2) Did you murder your brother? Answer: No 3) Did you wipe that gun clean? Answer: No 4) Did you shoot your brother? Answer: No Therefore it is my opinion, based upon the polygraph examination of William Trapp Jr. that he is telling the truth to the pertinent questions. Respectfully, R.L. EMMONS AND ASSOCIATES, INC. Richard L. Emmons, A.C.P. Member:

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LEGALS Sheriffʼs Sale of Real Estate Revised Code, Sec. 2329.26 The State of Ohio, Shelby County. JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Plaintiff vs. John F. Pellman, et al., Defendant No. 13CV000165 In pursuance of an Order of Sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction, 1011 Evergreen Drive, Sidney, OH 45365 in the second floor lobby of the courthouse, in the above named County, on December 18, 2013, at 10:00 am, the following described real estate, Copy of full legal description can be found at the Shelby County Courthouse. Parcel No: 01-26-01-106-001 Prior Deed Reference: Volume 1824, Page 756 Said Premises Located at 1011 Evergreen Drive, Sidney, OH 45365

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LEGALS SHERIFF`S SALE OF REAL ESTATE CASE NO.: 13CV0046 Bank of America, N.A., Plaintiff vs. Terry Valentine, aka, Terry Lee Valentine, et al., Defendants

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COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, SHELBY COUNTY, OHIO: In pursuance of an Order of Sale to me directed from said Court in the above entitled action, I offer for sale at public auction, to be held on the 2nd Floor Lobby of the Shelby County Courthouse on December 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. of said day, the following described premises: A copy of the complete legal description can be obtained at the Shelby County Recorder's Office, OR Volume 5, Page 49. Said Premises Located at 843 Merri Lane, Sidney, OH 45365 APPRAISED AT: $36,000.00 TERMS OF SALE: TEN PERCENT (10%) OF SHERIFF'S APPRAISAL DOWN AT THE TIME OF SALE. BALANCE TO BE PAID WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS. ANY SUM NOT PAID WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS SHALL BEAR INTEREST AT THE RATE OF TEN PERCENT (10.00%) PER ANNUM FROM THE DATE OF SALE. John Lenhart, Sheriff Shelby County, Ohio CARLISLE, McNELLIE & RINI CO., L.P.A. By: Richard J. Feuerman Attorney for Plaintiff 24755 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 200 Cleveland, Ohio 44122 (216) 360-7200 November 27, December 4, 11


LEGALS Sheriffʼs Sale of Real Estate Revised Code, Sec. 2329.26 The State of Ohio, Shelby County. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Plaintiff vs. Barbara J. Clark aka Barbara Clark, et al., Defendant No. 12CV000357 In pursuance of an Order of Sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction, 1334 Park Street, Sidney, OH 45365 in the second floor lobby of the courthouse, in the above named County, on December 18, 2013, at 10:00 am, the following described real estate, Copy of full legal description can be found at the Shelby County Courthouse. Parcel No: 01-1826408.026 Prior Deed Reference: Volume 1717, Page 225 Said Premises Located at 1334 Park Street, Sidney, OH 45365 Said Premises Appraised at $54,000 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount. TERMS OF SALE: 10% down at time of sale, balance due in 30 days Sheriff John Lenhart Sheriff Shelby County, OH

COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, SHELBY COUNTY, OHIO: In pursuance of an Order of Sale to me directed from said Court in the above entitled action, I offer for sale at public auction, to be held on the 2nd Floor Lobby of the Shelby County Courthouse on December 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. of said day, the following described premises: A copy of the complete legal description can be obtained at the Shelby County Recorder's Office, OR Volume 860, Page 81. Said Premises Located at 8430 State Route 66, Fort Loramie, OH 45845 APPRAISED AT: $99,000.00 TERMS OF SALE: TEN PERCENT (10%) OF SHERIFF'S APPRAISAL DOWN AT THE TIME OF SALE. BALANCE TO BE PAID WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS. ANY SUM NOT PAID WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS SHALL BEAR INTEREST AT THE RATE OF TEN PERCENT (10.00%) PER ANNUM FROM THE DATE OF SALE. John Lenhart, Sheriff Shelby County, Ohio CARLISLE, McNELLIE & RINI CO., L.P.A. By: James L. Sassano Attorney for Plaintiff 24755 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 200 Cleveland, Ohio 44122 (216) 360-7200 November 27, December 4, 11 LEGALS

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NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION OF JOHN DUNLAP & ASSOCIATES, INC. TO CREDITORS AND CLAIMANTS AGAINST CORPORATION Notice is hereby given that on the 17th day of October, 2013, John Dunlap & Associates, Inc., an Ohio corporation (the “Corporation”), having its principal office in Shelby County, Ohio, by resolution of its Shareholder, elected to dissolve and wind up its affairs and that a Certificate of Dissolution was filed by the Corporation in the office of the Secretary of State of Ohio on the 25th day of November, 2013. In accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 1701.87, notice is hereby given to each known creditor and to each person that has a claim against the Corporation, including claims that are conditional, unmatured, or contingent upon the occurrence or nonoccurrence of future events, including the following: 1) All claims made shall be presented in writing and shall identify the claimant and contain sufficient information to reasonably inform the Corporation of the substance of the claim. 2) The mailing address to which a claim must be sent is: John Dunlap & Associates, Inc., Attn: John A. Dunlap, President, 615 Westover Avenue, Sidney, Ohio 45365. 3) The deadline by which the Corporation must receive the claim is sixty (60) days after the date this notice is given. 4) The claim will be barred if the Corporation does not receive the claim by the deadline. 5) The Corporation may make distributions to other creditors or claimants, including distributions to shareholders of the Corporation, without further notice to the claimant. Prepared by: Sebaly, Shillito & Dyer A Legal Professional Association 40 North Main Street 1900 Kettering Tower Dayton, Ohio 45423

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The State of Ohio, Shelby County.

In pursuance of an Alias Order of Sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction, on the Second floor lobby of the Shelby County Courthouse, in Sidney, Ohio, on Wednesday, the 18th day of December, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. oʼclock P.M., the following described real estate, to-wit: LEGAL DESCRIPTION CAN BE FOUND AT THE SHELBY COUNTY RECORDERʼS OFFICE. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 12468 Shroyer Road, Maplewood, Ohio 45340 PROPERTY OWNER: Jimmy F. Yost and Robin R. Yost aka Robin P. Yost PRIOR DEED REFERENCE: Volume 346, Page 142 on August 5, 1996 PP#: 44-14-25-301-002 Said Premises Appraised at $141,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of this amount. TERMS OF SALE: Cash. Cannot be sold for less than 2/3rds of the appraised value. 10% of purchase price down on day of sale, cash or certified check, balance on confirmation of sale. REIMER, ARNOVITZ, CHERNEK & JEFFREY CO., L.P.A. Callie J. Channell (Reg. #0089024) Attorney for Plaintiff November 27, December 4, 11

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LEGALS Sheriffs Sale of Real Estate Revised Code, Section 2329.25 The State of Ohio, Shelby County JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Plaintiff vs. Chad J. Remaklus, et al., Defendant No. 11CV000390 In pursuance of an Order of Sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction, in the second floor lobby of the Courthouse in the above named county, on Wednesday, the 18th day of December, 2013 at 10:00AM the following described real estate, situate in the County of Shelby and State of Ohio, and Township of Cynthian, to wit: Situate in the County of Shelby, State of Ohio, and in the Township of Cynthian, and bounded and described as follows: Situated in the Northwest Quarter of Section Twenty-Two (22), Township Eleven (11) North, Range Four (4) East, Cynthian Township, Shelby County, Ohio, being part of a 40 acre tract described in Deed Records Volume 146, Page 540, in the office of the Shelby County Recorder, and being more particularly described as follows: Commencing at a spike found called over a stone at the Northwest corner of said Northwest quarter and in the intersection of Loy Road and Darke-Shelby Road; thence South 0 degrees 45' 15" East along the West line of said quarter and along Darke-Shelby Road 380.00 feet to a spike set, being the true Point of Beginning for the tract herein described; thence North 89 degrees 15' 07" East along a new division line 621.40 feet to a point in the centerline of an existing ditch, witness an iron pin set South 89 degrees 15' 07" West 30.00 feet; thence South 28 degrees 30' 17" East along a new division line and along said ditch 186.46 feet to an iron pin set; thence South 5 degrees 45' 43" East along a new division line and along said ditch 227.87 feet to an iron pin set; thence South 55 degrees 35' 49" West along a new division line and along said ditch 93.84 feet to an iron pin set; thence North 83 degrees 18' 52" West along a new division line and along said ditch 231.95 feet to an iron pin set; thence South 89 degrees 15' 07" West along a new division line 420.00 feet to a spike set on the West line of said quarter and in said road; thence North 0 degrees 45' 15" West along said West line along said road 414.00 feet to the point of beginning, containing 6.715 acres, more or less. 6.563 acres exclusive of road right-of-way, being subject to legal highways and other easements of record. Bearings for the above description are based upon the North line of the Northeast quarter of Section 21 (North 89 degrees 15' 00" East) per prior survey. The above description was written and surveyed by James F. Stayton, Registered Surveyor #6739 from a survey plat made August 17, 2000. The above survey is recorded in Plat Book Volume 29, Page 51, in the office of the Shelby County Recorder. Said Premises Located at 7904 Darke Shelby County, Yorkshire, OH 45388

TERMS OF SALE: 10% deposit

John Lenhart Sheriff Shelby County, Ohio

November 27, December 4, 11 LEGALS

Sheriffʼs Sale of Real Estate Revised Code, Sec. 2329.26 The State of Ohio, Shelby County OSGOOD STATE BANK, Plaintiff, vs. DANIEL DELOYE, ET AL, Defendants. CASE NO.: 13-CV-122 In pursuant of an Order of Sale dated October 28, 2013, in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction at the 2nd Floor Lobby of the Shelby County Courthouse, in Sidney, Ohio, in the above named County, on Wednesday, the 18th day of December, 2013, at 10:00 oʼclock A. M., the following described real estate, situate in the County of Shelby and State of Ohio, and in the City of Sidney, to-wit: Part of the NW ¼ of Section 18, T 10, R 5 E, Cynthian Township, Shelby County, Ohio: Beginning at an iron pin found in the southeast corner of the northwest quarter of said Section 18; Thence N 89 deg. 49' 59" W, along the south line of said northwest quarter (Basinburg Rd.), 512.00 ft. to a P.K. Nail in the center of S.R. 66;

Sheriffʼs Sale of Real Estate Revised Code, Sec. 2329.26

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CITIFINANCIAL, INC., Plaintiff, vs. ALICE D. HICKS aka ALICE DARLINE HICKS aka ALICE D. MORRISON aka ALICE DARLINE MORRISON, et al., Defendants. Case No. 13CV000049 In pursuant of an Order of Sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction, at the 2nd Floor Lobby of the Courthouse, in Sidney, in the above named County, on Wednesday, the 18th day of December, 2013, at 10:00 oʼclock A.M., the following described real estate, situate in the County of Shelby and State of Ohio, and in the City of Sidney, to wit: Situated in the City of Sidney, County of Shelby and State of Ohio: Being Inlot Number One Thousand One Hundred Thirty-One (1131) in the Wagnerʼs Park Addition to said City. Said Premises Located at: 544 Rauth Street, Sidney, Ohio 45365 Said Premises Appraised at $33,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount. Terms of Sale: 10% down day of sale John R. Lenhart Sheriff Shelby County, Ohio JOSHUA J. EPLING (SC#0079568) Attorney for Plaintiff November 27, December 4, 11

Thence N 13 deg. 57' 00" E, along said center, 138.87 ft. to a point; Thence N 01 deg. 12' 00" E, along said center, 208.94 ft. to a P.K. Nail; Thence S 87 deg. 59' 00" E, 476.77 ft. to an iron pin on the East line of said northwest quarter; Thence S 00 deg. 24' 29" W, along said east line, 328.39 ft. to the place of beginning. Containing 3.743 acres more or less, being subject to all legal highways and easements of record, and being part of the premises recorded in Volume 326, Page 152 of the Shelby County Deed Records. Plat recorded in Volume 23, Page 862. Address: 8548 State Route 66, Fort Loramie, Ohio 45845 Parcel No.: 03-1718178.010 Prior Deed Reference: Volume 334, Page 15 Said Premises is Located at: 8548 State Route 66, Fort Loramie, OH 45845. Said Premises is Appraised at $138,000.00 and cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that appraised amount. TERMS OF SALE: 10% will be due on the day of the purchase and the remainder will be due at the confirmation of the sale using cash, bank money order, or certified check made payable to Shelby County Sheriff's Office. FAULKNER, GARMHAUSEN, KEISTER & SHENK A Legal Professional Association Attorney Joshua A. Koltak (0078164) John R. Lenhart Sheriff Shelby County, Ohio

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Auction Location: Realty 2000 Office, 100 South Main Sidney, Ohio Basic Terms and Conditions: The property has been appraised for $99,000 and must sell for at least 2/3rds of the appraised value. Therefore, the minimum acceptable bid shall be $66,000. The successful bidder shall enter into a purchase agreement immediately following the auction and make an earnest payment of 10% of the sales price. The payment may be made in the form of cash or bankable check. The earnest payment will be returned at closing. There will be no financing contingencies of any kind. Closing shall occur within 30 days of the auction. Taxes and assessments pro-rated to date of closing (i.e. long proration method) Property is being sold in AS-IS condition without warranty or representation. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining and paying for evidence of title Purchaser may require. Owner will provide at closing a duly executed and recordable Fiduciary Deed to the purchaser subject to and excepting real estate taxes, restrictions and easements of record, road right of way and zoning ordinances. Terms of the purchase agreement supersede the terms of this notice and any other terms or representations Realty 2000 Group is the exclusive agent for the seller.

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In pursuant of an Order of Sale in the above entitled action, I will offer for sale at public auction, at the 2nd Floor Lobby of the Courthouse, in Sidney, in the above named County, on Wednesday, the 18th day of December , 2013, at 10:00 oʼclock A.M., the following described real estate, situate in the County of Shelby and State of Ohio, and in the City of Sidney, to wit:

Tom Roll Auctioneer/Realtor



Said Premises Located at: 10011 Millcreek Road, Sidney, OH 45365


Said Premises Appraised at $39,000.00 And cannot be sold for less than two-thirds of that amount.




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Terms of Sale: 10% down day of sale John R. Lenhart Sheriff Shelby County, Ohio Colette S. Carr (SC#0075097) Attorney for Plaintiff

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Gossip in supervisor’s clothing Dear Annie: My supervisor is cause for such rumors to rarely states his desires clearly. take hold, and if so, correct it. But if I take the initiative or ask Still, it is no excuse for your him to clarify, he makes me feel supervisor to spread gossip. like an idiot. He is condescendHe also seems ineffectual as ing and highly critical of most a leader, because he does not people. He also is a nonstop make his wishes clear and gossip. He has portrayed me stifles attempts by employto others as racist, womanizing Annie’s ees to clarify. Normally, these and incompetent. Mailbox would be issues to document He has control over my payand then discuss with human able time and my vacation Kathy Mitchell resources or the supervisor’s requests. He has the ear of & Marcy Sugar boss. However, if you worry management and lives in the that doing so will create more same neighborhood as many of my problems, you have two choices: co-workers. I fear that bringing any Either conduct yourself in a way that of this up for discussion will create a is beyond reproach and do your best level of retaliation far worse than the to put up with it, or start looking for existing reality. Any suggestions? -- another job. Kansas Dear Annie: I love your column Dear Kansas: First, examine your and hope you can clear something up own behavior to see whether there for me. What is the correct thing to do

when sending a sympathy card? It seems that most death notices these days suggest donating to a favorite charity “in lieu of flowers.” But is it OK just to send a card? Should money always be enclosed? My friend says yes, but I had never heard of this. Is this a religious custom or popular in certain parts of our country? I get a different answer every time I ask someone. -- Casper, Wyo. Dear Casper: A sympathy card is always appropriate, and no, you do not have to enclose money. If the bereaved is struggling financially, it is a kindness to send something to help defray funeral costs, but it is absolutely not mandatory. A donation to a charitable organization is a suggestion and also not required. The point is to express your condolences. Anything beyond that is up to you.

Horoscope HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013: This year you will express strong social needs, yet you still will maintain your responsibilities. Others will respond positively. You easily could be witness to a major wish or desire becoming a reality. If you are single, you will spread your wings, network and meet many different types of people. You will date until you meet someone you want to be with. Give yourself the gift of time. Do not rush into commitment. If you are attached, you could become far more social as a couple and love every moment. LIBRA knows how to make you smile. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-Soso; 1-Difficult ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH You are ready for turkey. You inadvertently make others smile, which helps them get into the Thanksgiving mood. You might not be up for spending time away from home. Curl up with a good book and make it early. Tonight: Visit with an old pal. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH You efficiently will clear out a lot of work and/or errands. It appears as if you are assuming a strong role in the holiday celebrations. Someone might surprise you with a phone call later today. Make time to visit with this person. Tonight: Get into the holiday spirit.

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dragging your feet today. When it dawns on you that morning seems close to tomorrow is Thanksgiving, impossible. Indulge yourself and friends start calling, by getting in an extra hour your mood will perk up. Visit of sleep or by taking a nap with someone you rarely later. By late afternoon, have an opportunity to see. you will be joining friends Share some cheer together. and celebrating the holiday Tonight: More friends swirl with people you enjoy a lot. around you. Tonight: Get ready to greet SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) a friend. HHHH Prioritize and move CANCER (June 21-July 22) forward. You have a lot of ground to cover. You also will HHHH You’ll smile a lot want some special time with today, even if you’re very a visiting friend or relative. busy. In your book, being You might choose not to together with family and share everything that is on friends is a perfect recipe your mind. Tonight: Let go for living well. Catch up on and just do what you want. news, as an out of town friend appears on the scene. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21) Remember, people count HHH Requests continue more than turkey. Tonight: to flood your desk, and Happy at home. you might feel as if you do LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) not want to decline. You HHH Last-minute errands and an important purchase will surprise yourself and could occupy part of the day. say “no” midday to late afternoon. You might see Later in the day, you’ll let someone who you want go of other responsibilities to sit down with and visit. in order to start enjoying your Thanksgiving activities. Tonight: You might have an impromptu party. Many of you will be getting CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) together with friends. Tonight: Catch up on others’ HHHH Many of you might be news. taking off for Thanksgiving. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) If you are not, you could opt for a new adventure that HHHH You’ll wake up ready allows more openness about to go. Complete matters the holiday and between that have little to do with you and others. Resist Thanksgiving but need to be done. You might surprise thinking about Christmas and spending more money. yourself at how quickly you Tonight: Stay in the present. free yourself up. An office AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) party might be in order. Tonight: Honor the holiday HHHH You naturally will by kicking up your heels. gravitate to one person at LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) a time to socialize, which HHHH You might be is not your normal style. HHH Getting started this
















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Lean on Meat and cool it to put Dear Heloise: in the freezer, I Here is a quesalways would have tion that we have slick hands and thought about for bowls. By accident, quite some time. We I found that a mixbuy the LEANEST ture of vinegar and GROUND BEEF water sprayed on when we do buy Hints from my hands, sink and ground meat. bowls took away the Usually it’s 93/7 or Heloise slick from the okra. 97/3, yet all show Heloise -- Josie S., Rusk, white flecks in the Texas meat that look like I am never surprised ground-up fat. How do we know that we are truly get- at the many super uses ting very lean meat? -- P.J. for vinegar! It does cut through grease, slime and in Pennsylvania even okra slick! This is You are! What you see why I wrote my pamphlet is ground-up pieces of fat and marbling that is found Heloise’s Fantabulous Vinegar Hints and More, inside the meat. What filled with hints and reciyou are buying is a ratio pes for using vinegar. To of 97 percent lean meat receive one, send $5 and to 3 percent fat, which is a long, self-addressed, considered extra lean by stamped (66 cents) envegovernment regulations. lope to: Heloise/Vinegar, Here’s a hint when you P.O. Box 795001, San want to buy the leanest cuts of meat: Look for the Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Add cucumbers to applewords “round” or “loin” cider vinegar and water for in the name, such as “top sirloin” or “ground round.” 10 to 15 minutes to create a tangy, tasty treat. Adjust -- Heloise the amount of vinegar to P.S.: When it’s on sale your taste. -- Heloise or a good buy, pick up FOOD CARRIER some extra to keep in the Dear Heloise: I use an freezer. empty cereal box that I KEEP FRESH lay on its side to transport Dear Heloise: When friends or guests are going baked goods. You can slide the covered dish, plate or to be visiting, I like to whatever container inside. serve cake with coffee. I close the top and tape it It seems the cakes tend shut. Even if the box slides to go stale rather quickly around, the plate inside where the slices are cut. I stays covered and clean. -now place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper Kathy M., Lewes, Del. PICKLED over the sliced areas of the cake. As I cut each slice, I TOMATOES Dear Heloise: I save keep replacing the paper the jars and juices from to keep the cake “sealed.” sour pickles and jalapeno It really keeps the cake peppers. When I pull out fresher longer. -- Stacy P., my tomato plants, I take Hartford, Conn. the small green tomatoes, NO SLICK slice them very thin and Dear Heloise: We grow put them into the juices to okra in our garden every make “pickled” tomatoes year here in East Texas. and “hot” tomatoes. -When I would cut up the Jerry in New Jersey okra to fry it, or blanch

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Anna runs County win streak to 39 Anna used a big second half to defeat Fairlawn in County girls basketball action at Fairlawn Tuesday night. The Lady Rockets, 2-0 on the year, ran their consecutive County winning streak to 39 games with the victory. Fairlawn drops to 1-1 on the year. The game was a tale of two halves. Fairlawn led at the half 22-19, but Anna outscored the Lady Jets by a whopping 37-9 in the second half to win by a big margin. Fairlawn led 12-8 after a quarter and by three at the half. But the Lady Rockets outscored the lady Jets 17-4 in the third quarter and 20-5 in the final period. Anna had excellent balance in getting the win. Cayla Bensman led the way with 11 points, Holly Boyd had 10, Courtney Esser added nine points and Chelsea Kerns had eight. Bensman added seven steals and three assists, and Esser was 5-for-6 from the line and had three blocks. As a team, Anna hit 10 of 12 free shots. Fairlawn freshman Audrey Francis had 17 points to lead all scorers and also led the team in rebounds with six. Abbie Roe chipped in nine. Anna was 21-for-62 from the field for 34 percent. Fairlawn managed just 10-for-55 from the field, 18 percent. Anna (31) Bensman 4-0-9; Esser 2-5-9; Boyd 3-3-10; Kerns 4-0-8; Barhorst 3-0-6; Bettinger 2-0-4; Grimes 2-0-4; Spicer 1-0-2; Landis 0-2-2. Totals: 21-10-56. Fairlawn (31) Francis 6-5-17; Roe 3-39; Oates 0-2-2; Driskell 1-0-2; Tyler 0-1-1. Totals: 10-11-31. Score by quarters: Anna 8 19 36 56 Fairlawn 12 22 26 31 Three -pointers: Fairlawn 0, Anna 2 (Bensman, Boyd). Records: Anna 2-0, Fairlawn 1-1.

—— Houston goes to 3-0 HOUSTON — Houston made it three in a row to start the season Tuesday, hanging on to defeat Jackson Center 33-29 in County girls basketball action at Houston. The Lady Wildcats are 1-0 in league play. Jackson Center goes to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Nicole Maier led a balanced Houston attack with 12 points. Macey Stang added nine and Monique Booher had eight. Nicole Fogt had nine to lead Jackson Center. Jackson Center (29) Schaub 1-0-2; P. Meyer 2-0-4; Esser 2-2-6; Elchert 1-0-3; C. Meyer 1-1-3; Fogt 1-7-9; Metz 1-0-2. Totals: 9-10-29. Houston (33) Meyer 1-0-2; Maier 5-212; Winner 1-0-2; Stang 4-1-9; Booher 4-0-8. Totals: 15-3-33. Score by quarters: Jackson 5 17 22 29 Houston 8 23 29 33 Three -pointers: Houston 0, JC 1 (Elchert). Records: Houston 3-0, JC 0-2. Reserve score: Jackson Center 41, Houston 16. —— Russia downs Botkins 73-39 RUSSIA — Russia trailed 18-14 after one quarter, but outscored Botkins 59-21 over the next three quarters to win 73-39 in the third County game of the night Tuesday. Russia goes to 2-1 after its second win in a row and Botkins falls to 1-2. For Russia, Emily Borchers and Maria Herron had 11 points apiece and Kylie Wilson added 10. Kayla Heuker had 12 for the Lady Trojans. Botkins (39) Heuker 6-1-13; Ambos 3-3-9; Brown 1-0-2; Kramer 1-0-2; Esser 1-0-2; Bornhorst 0-22; Goettemoeller 3-3-9.

Totals: 15-9-39. Russia (73) Monnin 3-0-7; Borchers 4-0-11; Wilson 4-2-10; Herron 4-0-11; Kearns 3-2-8; Hatcher 2-0-5; Sherman 4-0-8; Heaton 4-0-9; Gariety 1-2-4. Totals: 29-6-73. Score by quarters: Botkins 18 22 28 39 Russia 14 37 59 73 Three -pointers: Botkins 0, Russia 9 (Borchers 3, Herron 3, Hatcher, Heaton, Monnin). Records: Russia 2-1, Botkins 1-2. Reserve score: Russia 51, Botkins 29. —— Loramie downs New Knoxville NEW KNOXVILLE — Fort Loramie went on the road and posted a big win, beating a good New Knoxville team 52-37 in a non-league battle of two of the area’s top teams Tuesday. The win puts Loramie at 2-0 on the year and drops Knoxville to 1-2. “Big win for us,” said Loramie coach Carla Siegel. “New Knoxville has a great team.” The Lady Redskins threatened to blow the game open early, jumping to an 8-0 lead. But the Lady Rangers had an answer each time the threat was made. But down the stretch, the Lady Redskins pulled away. Luke Gronneberg|Sidney Daily News Renae Meyer had a Anna’s Cayla Bensman applies pressure to Fairlawn’s Audrey Francis in gtirls basketball action big game for the Lady Tuesday at Fairlawn. Redskins, finishing with Loramie 50, Knoxville 17. five three-pointers. Abby 14 points, nine rebounds 6-2-14. Totals: 21-8-52. Proffitt added nine. —— New Knoxville (37) and three assists, and Emmanuel (24) Riverside gets Horstman 5-5-17; Ken. also holding Knoxville’s Rose 4-3-12; Roe 1-3-5; easy win 43-24 Paige Lehman to just two Schroer 1-0-3; Magoto DEGRAFF — Riverside Swank 1-1-3; Rogan 2-0-4. 1-0-3; Reineke 4-1-10; points. Jessica Boerger added Leffel 1-0-2; Lehman 1-0- got its first win of the Totals: 8-7-24. Riverside (43) season Monday, rolling 13 for Loramie and Darian 2. Totals: 13-6-37. Hurley 2-2-6; Teague 1-0to a 43-24 rout of visitScore by quarters: Rose finished with 11. ing Emmanuel Christian in 2; Hickey 5-6-20; Egbert Loramie 12 23 38 52 Meg Westerheide dished non-league girls basketball 2-0-4; Proffitt 3-3-9; Stevens Knoxville 10 17 29 37 out six assists. 0-2-2. Totals: 13-13-43. T h r e e - p o i n t e r s : action at home. Haley Horstman had 17 Score by quarters: The Lady Pirates, 1-1, and Meg Reineke 10 for Loramie 2 (Boerger 2); Emmanuel 0 9 8 7 are at West Liberty-Salem Knoxville 5 (Horstman New Knoxville. Riverside 7 19 29 43 2, Schroer, Reineke, on Saturday. Fort Loramie (52) Three -pointers: Brooke Hickey nearly Tu r n e r 2 - 2 - 6 ; Magoto) Records: Loramie 2-0, outscored Emmanuel all by Emmanuel 1 (Rose); Westerheide 2-0-4; Ja. herself, finishing with 20 Riverside 4 (Hickey 4). Hoying 2-0-4; Rose 4-3- Knoxville 1-2. Records: Riverside 1-1. Reserve score: points on the strength of 11; Boerger 5-1-13; Meyer

Reds complete 2-year deal with Schumaker Joe Kay

AP Baseball Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) — Skip Schumaker is returning to the NL Central, completing a $3 million, two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday that gives them a versatile player off the bench. Schumaker gets a $2 million base salary next season and $2.5 million in 2015. The deal includes a club option for 2016 with a $2.5 million base and a $500,000 buyout. The 33-year- old Schumaker was drafted by current Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and played his first eight

seasons in St. Louis, batting .288 with 23 homers and 211 runs batted in. He played for the Dodgers last season, batting .263 in 125 games with two homers and 30 RBIs. He played second base and all three outfield positions last season. “I’m not going to assume anything other than that I’ll be off the bench, the role I’ve been in the last couple of years in the major leagues,” Schumaker said during a conference call. “I don’t think it will be that much different — being used off the bench more than anything.” To open a spot on the 40-man roster, the Reds

Starting times change for Ben Logan Tip-Off Because of M e c h a n i c s b u r g ’s participation in the Division VI football playoffs this week, the starting time for the Ben Logan TipOff Boys Basketball Tournament have been adjusted. The four participants are the host team, Botkins, Riverside and Mechanicsburg.

Mechanicsburg and Riverside will now meet Friday afternoon at 4 p.m., followed at 6 by Botkins taking on Riverside. The Mechanicsburg football game against Wayne Trace will be at 7:30 at Wapakoneta. The consolation and championship games remain at 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

designated outfielder Derrick Robinson for assignment. Robinson split time between Triple-A Louisville and Cincinnati last season, batting .255 in 102 games for the Reds. Schumaker was interested in staying with the Dodgers, but got the impression he wasn’t a priority during contract talks. When the Reds showed an interest, he quickly decided to take the offer rather than go deep into the offseason as a free agent. “I had a great time in LA and especially with the run we had to get to the playoffs, the whole deal of how we started, how we finished — a pretty amazing run,” he said. “I felt there was some unfinished business and maybe going back there. “During negotiations, I kind of felt like maybe I was on the backburner, maybe hold on and sit and wait and see how things developed and what was going on in their organization. And I really didn’t want to Mark J. Terrill, File | AP wait. I felt so good about Skip Schumaker of the Dodgers fields a ball hit during the first inning of a game in Los Angeles last Cincinnati.” The Reds have won season. Schumaker signed a $3 million, two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday that 90 games and made the gives them a versatile player off the bench. playoffs in three of the last four seasons, but in Pittsburgh. Schumaker team that has a chance knew that division really failed to make it past the said the Reds’ recent suc- to win,” he said. “The well. Walt Jocketty draftfirst round. They fired cess was a major factor in Reds have been that way, ed me and gave me the one of the best teams in manager Dusty Baker his decision. “The first thing I want- the National League the opportunity to play proafter they lost the onegame wild card playoff ed to do was sign with a last three or four years. I fessional baseball.”

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Bucks, Wolves go different ways after 2011 game AP Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A lot has happened in the two years since players from Ohio State and Michigan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Buckeyes with their heads down, the Wolverines wildly celebrating â&#x20AC;&#x201D; left the field at Michigan Stadium. After beating their rivals seven years in a row, the Buckeyes lost that 2011 game 40-34. At the time, it seemed as if the game might mark a tectonic shift for the two teams. Those were dark days for Ohio State, which had seven losses that season, its most since 1897. And the NCAA was about to levy sanctions that would rock the program. Michigan, under firstyear coach Brady Hoke, captured its 10th win and appeared to have recaptured its national prominence after the woeful era of Rich Rodriguez. That one game appeared to have marked a sea change for both of the storied programs. Or did it? The third-ranked Buckeyes have won almost every game since and are in the thick of the national

championship chase under coach Urban Meyer, who has not lost on their sideline. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is completely different. We were reeling my freshman year,â&#x20AC;? defensive tackle Michael Bennett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then you have where we are â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a really strong team that is getting better every week. The confidence is through the roof.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, Hoke is dealing with yet another late-season swoon and the maize and blue have more doubters than believers. Will Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 110th edition of The Game flip things yet again? It was a nadir for Ohio State back in 2011. A season of innuendo, defections and investigations had resulted in the forced departure of coach Jim Tressel earlier that season. He was dismissed for failing to disclose that several of his players had most likely received improper benefits from the subject of a federal drug probe. Defensive assistant Luke Fickell took over a team that was weakened further when three-year starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor

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Dayton upsets No. 11 Gonzaga LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dayton loves Hawaii â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and not for the surfing. The Flyers much prefer fishing for wins against ranked teams. Jordan Sibert scored 23 points and Dayton upset No. 11 Gonzaga 84-79 on Monday night in the Maui Invitational, its third win against a top 12 team in seven games at the earlyseason tournament. Dyshawn Pierre hit four free throws with less than 30 seconds left and Kyle Dranginis narrowly missed an open 3-pointer that could have tied it for the Bulldogs in the final seconds. Gonzaga (4-1) led by as many as 16 in the first half. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The second half, the guys were ready to play,â&#x20AC;? Dayton coach Archie Miller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From that point forward, we were the team we wanted to be.â&#x20AC;? Sibert had 16 points in the second half as the Flyers (5-0) came back to give this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament its first major upset. Dayton took its first lead during a 7-0 run with less than 12 minutes to play after cutting into Gonzagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead as soon as the second half began. From there, it was a backand-forth game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our guys werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t panicked at halftime at all,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At halftime we talked about a few

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The Dayton bench, along with their fans, celebrate as time counts down on the game clock in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Gonzaga at the Maui Invitational on Monday in Lahaina, Hawaii. Dayton upset Gonzaga 84-79.

things and our guys were able to do those. The way we rebounded the ball and made shots, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what college basketball is about.â&#x20AC;? Dayton shot nearly 61 percent in the second half after hitting less than one-third of its shots in the first 20 minutes. The Flyers responded each time Gonzaga attempted to regain control, hitting big shots and free throws to stave off any sustained comeback. Kevin Pangos paced the Bulldogs with 27 points and nearly led a comeback to save his team from the loss, coming up with steals, layups and drawing fouls to keep

Gonzaga within striking distance. But he fouled out in the final minute and was unable to contribute to the last two possessions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just kind of blanked (out) there. Some of the coaches were telling me. That was my fault,â&#x20AC;? Pangos said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I should have known the foul situation. If I knew I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have gone for it, but I just blanked.â&#x20AC;? Pierre had 15 points and nine rebounds. Devin Oliver scored 12 and Khari Price 11 for the Flyers. Sam Dower Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who sat on the bench with foul trouble during some critical possessions late

in the game â&#x20AC;&#x201D; scored 18 points and shot 8 for 10 from the floor for the Bulldogs. Gary Bell Jr. had 12 points. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were battling foul trouble all game long so we had some strange lineups and scenarios out there, but Dayton did a great job staying with the game and they handed it to us,â&#x20AC;? Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. Dayton also beat No. 12 UConn and No. 6 Maryland during the 2000 tournament in Maui. The Flyers will play No. 18 Baylor on Tuesday with a spot in the finals at stake. Gonzaga will play Division II Chaminade in the losersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bracket.

Craft comes alive in 65-50 win COLUMBUS (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This has not been a vintage year for Aaron Craft on offense. But with his team trailing in the second half, Craft took over and gave seventh-ranked Ohio State a lift down the stretch. Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 20 points and Craft had all 10 of his points in a second-half surge to lead the Buckeyes past stubborn Wyoming 65-50 on Monday night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aaron really kind of took things over there,â&#x20AC;? coach Thad Matta said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went to him down the stretch and he was as good as he could be.â&#x20AC;? Craft, who came in shooting 35 percent from the field without a 3-pointer this season, was scoreless and having another forgettable offensive game until he began driving and scored 10 of the Buckeyesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 13 points during a 13-4 run that turned the tide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came into the first TV timeout and just looked at each other and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a great team. That was their run and now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to respond,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Craft said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really just kind of stemmed from our defense. We started guarding the ball a little better, getting stops, getting rebounds. Anytime we can do that, we usually get easy layups.â&#x20AC;? Amir Williams added 12 points and a careerhigh 16 rebounds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; six more than his previous best â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for Ohio State (5-0). Wyoming (4-2), down as many as 10 points in the first half and by four at the break, went on a 9-0 run to build a 43-39

lead with just over 14 minutes left. Riley Grabau hit a pull-up 3-pointer on the break, Josh Adams added a three-point play on a dribble drive and then Larry Nance Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; son of the former Cleveland Cavaliers star â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had a free lane for a rebound dunk. Matta called a timeout to try to get his team back in sync. Whatever he said worked. The Buckeyes stormed back, scoring the next six points to take a 45-43 lead on Craftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second consecutive driving layup in traffic. On the inbounds pass, Ohio Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shannon Scott got tangled with a Cowboy and appeared to shove him away with his forearm, resulting in a technical foul. Grabau hit both technical shots to tie it. But Smith hit a 3 from the left corner to give the Buckeyes the lead to stay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just took what the defense gave me,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just kept thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Keep shooting.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I was able to knock down my first 3 and my team was able to get me the ball. I had some good looks at it, so from a shooterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standpoint, I just caught it, had my feet under me and I let it go.â&#x20AC;? Ohio Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense suddenly starting taking control. Wyoming was poised for an upset until missing its last 11 shots and failing to hit a field goal over the final 10:01. The Pokes scored just two points from the 13:06 mark until Nance, fresh from sitting out with four fouls, hit two free throws with 4:48 remaining.

Meanwhile, Craft â&#x20AC;&#x201D; scoreless until midway through the second half â&#x20AC;&#x201D; started getting close to the basket. He hit two free throws, slashed across the lane for a layup and then scooped in an arching shot over a defenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outstretched arm to make it 54-45. After yet another Cowboys miss, Smith poured in a 3 from the right wing and the lead was too much for the Cowboys to challenge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Craft finally got on the board, lowering that shoulder and driving in for two layups,â&#x20AC;? said Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt, a Cleveland native who played at the College of Wooster (Ohio). â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then a corner 3 (by Smith). What was a fourpoint game turned into a 9- or 10-point game. Simply put, that was the difference.â&#x20AC;? Nance Jr., who got a nice round of applause when he was introduced, had 17 points and 12 rebounds despite heavy foul trouble for the Cowboys. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really cool to get back home,â&#x20AC;? said the Akron native. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously,

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hoops from long range. The Browns had one quarterback on their roster and needed some insurance in case Weeden, who has twice lost his job and is being booed by Browns fans, gets hurt or struggles. Tanney completed 40 of 73 passes for 423 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the exhibition season for the Cowboys. He signed as an undrafted free agent with Kansas City last year, but spent the season on injured reserve with a finger injury. At Monmouth, he set Division III career marks with 14,249 yards passing and 157 TDs. On Monday, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Campbell is following the NFL’s protocol for head injuries after he was hurt in Sunday’s home loss to Pittsburgh. Campbell was

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struck in the head by cornerback William Gay on a blitz and the Browns QB banged his head on the frozen turf when he fell. Campbell has not been formally ruled out, but Chudzinski said “chances are” Weeden will start. Weeden replaced Campbell and completed 13 of 30 passes for 209 yards with one interception — returned for a TD — and one score. The 30-yearold was targeted by some Browns fans, who booed him as he took the field and after every incompletion. Browns linebacker Paul Kruger said the team has not lost confidence in Weeden, and empathizes with his situation. “That’s the one position on the field that matters more than anything. You’ve got 53 other guys depending on you and you really can’t make a mistake,” he said. “You’ve got to be a special guy. That’s a tough position. That’s why they get paid the way they do, they’re protected the way they are. There’s a reason for those things and it’s because those guys can change the game for the better or the worse. “So I’ve got Brandon’s back. He’s a good player. He’s out here working hard every day. He’s got a strong arm. He’s smart. It’s a really hard position, and there’s only a few guys in the league who are exceptional at it.” NOTES: The Browns were awarded TE Andre Smith on waivers from the Dallas Cowboys and waived OL Patrick Lewis and WR Brian Tyms. In his second NFL season, Smith appeared in three games with the Cowboys

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NFL standings National Football League The Associated Press AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England 7 3 0 .700 254 199 N.Y. Jets . . . . 5 6 0 .455 186 287 Miami . . . . . . 5 6 0 .455 229 245 Buffalo. . . . . . 4 7 0 .364 236 273 South Indianapolis . 7 4 0 .636 263 260 Tennessee . . . 5 6 0 .455 250 245 Jacksonville . 2 9 0 .182 142 324 Houston. . . . . 2 9 0 .182 199 289 North Cincinnati. . 7 4 0 .636 275 206 Pittsburgh. . . 5 6 0 .455 243 256 Baltimore . . . 5 6 0 .455 227 215 Cleveland . . 4 7 0 .364 203 265 West Denver. . . . . . 9 1 0 .900 398 255 Kansas City . 9 2 0 .818 270 179 San Diego . . . 5 6 0 .455 269 260 Oakland . . . . 4 7 0 .364 213 269 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas . . . . . . 6 5 0 .545 298 279 Philadelphia . 6 5 0 .545 276 260 N.Y. Giants . . 4 7 0 .364 213 280 Washington. . 3 8 0 .273 253 338 South New Orleans . 9 2 0 .818 305 196 Carolina . . . . 8 3 0 .727 258 151 Tampa Bay . . 3 8 0 .273 211 258 Atlanta . . . . . 2 9 0 .182 227 309 North Detroit. . . . . . 6 5 0 .545 286 277 Chicago . . . . . 6 5 0 .545 303 309 Green Bay . . . 5 5 1 .500 284 265 Minnesota . . . 2 8 1 .227 266 346 West Seattle . . . . . 10 1 0 .909 306 179 Arizona . . . . . 7 4 0 .636 254 223 San Francisco 7 4 0 .636 273 184 St. Louis . . . . 5 6 0 .455 266 255 Monday's Game Washington 27, San Francisco 6 Thursday, Nov. 28 Green Bay at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. Oakland at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. New Eng. at Houston, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. Arizona at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Miami at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 Atlanta vs. Buffalo at Toronto, 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati at San Diego, 4:25 Denver at Kansas City, 4:25 N.Y. Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 New Orleans at Seattle, 8:40

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Division III Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday 1 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (13-0) vs. 2 Cols. Marion-Franklin (12-1) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium 2 Clyde (12-1) vs. 7 TrotwoodMadison (10-2) at Lima Stadium Division IV Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday 3 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (9-4) vs. 8 Steubenville (9-4) at Canton Fawcett Stadium 2 Kenton (13-0) vs. 2 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (12-1) at Dayton Welcome Stadium Division V Games at 7 p.m. Saturday 1 Akron Manchester (11-2) vs. 1 Cols. Bishop Hartley (12-1) at Mansfield Arlin Field 5 Coldwater (11-2) vs. 1 West Jefferson (12-1) at Piqua Division VI Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday 1 Kirtland (13-0) vs. 2 Cols. Bishop Ready (12-1) at Mansfield Arlin Field 5 Haviland Wayne Trace (12-1) vs. 4 Mechanicsburg (11-2) at Wapakoneta Division VII Games at 7 p.m. Saturday 1 Berlin Center Western Reserve (13-0) vs. 1 Glouster Trimble (13-0) at St. Clairsville Red Devil Stadium 3 Marion Local (13-0) vs. 8 Delphos St. John’s (9-4) at Wapakoneta

National Basketball Association The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto . . . . . . . . 6 7 .462 — Philadelphia . . . . 6 9 .400 1

BASKETBALL NBA standings Boston . . . . . . . . . 6 10 .375 1½ 3 Brooklyn . . . . . . . 3 10 .231 New York. . . . . . . 3 10 .231 3 Southeast Division Miami . . . . . . . . . 11 3 .786 — Atlanta . . . . . . . . 8 6 .571 3 Charlotte . . . . . . . 7 8 .467 4½ Washington . . . . . 5 8 .385 5½ Orlando . . . . . . . . 4 9 .308 6½ Central Division Indiana. . . . . . . . 13 1 .929 — Chicago . . . . . . . . 6 7 .462 6½ Detroit . . . . . . . . . 6 8 .429 7 Cleveland . . . . . . 4 10 .286 9 Milwaukee. . . . . . 2 11 .154 10½ WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio . . . . 13 1 .929 — Houston . . . . . . . 10 5 .667 3½ Dallas . . . . . . . . . 9 6 .600 4½ Memphis . . . . . . . 7 7 .500 6 New Orleans . . . . 6 7 .462 6½ Northwest Division Portland . . . . . . . 13 2 .867 — Oklahoma City . . 9 3 .750 2½ Denver. . . . . . . . . 7 6 .538 5 Minnesota . . . . . . 8 8 .500 5½ Utah . . . . . . . . . . 2 14 .125 11½ Pacific Division L.A. Clippers . . . 10 5 .667 — Golden State . . . . 8 6 .571 1½ L.A. Lakers . . . . . 7 7 .500 2½ Phoenix . . . . . . . . 7 7 .500 2½ Sacramento . . . . . 4 9 .308 5 Wednesday's Games Philadelphia at Orlando, 7 p.m. Indiana at Charlotte, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Brooklyn, 7:30 Memphis at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Houston, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Washington at Milwaukee, 8 Golden State at Dallas, 8:30 Portland at Phoenix, 9 p.m. New York at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Men’s Top Twenty Five The Associated Press The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Nov. 24, total points based on 25 points for a firstplace vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

College Top 25 Record Pts Prv 1. Michigan St. (56) . 6-0 1,616 1 2. Kansas (8) . . . . . 4-0 1,559 2 3. Kentucky . . . . . . 4-1 1,445 4 4. Arizona. . . . . . . . 5-0 1,425 5 5. Oklahoma St. (1) . . 4-0 1,347 7 6. Duke. . . . . . . . . . 5-1 1,285 6 7. OHIO ST. . . . . . 4-0 1,206 8 8. Syracuse. . . . . . . 4-0 1,161 9 9. Louisville . . . . . . 5-1 1,103 3 10. Wisconsin . . . . . 6-0 960 12 11. Gonzaga . . . . . . 4-0 830 13 12. Wichita St. . . . . 5-0 809 14 13. UConn . . . . . . . 6-0 798 18 14. Oregon . . . . . . . 4-0 731 17 15. Florida . . . . . . . 4-1 729 16 16. Nor. Carolina . . 4-1 712 24 17. Iowa St. . . . . . . 4-0 521 21 18. Baylor. . . . . . . . 4-0 437 20 19. UCLA . . . . . . . . 5-0 416 22 20. Creighton . . . . . 4-0 373 23 21. Memphis . . . . . 2-1 354 11 22. Michigan . . . . . 4-2 238 14 23. Iowa . . . . . . . . . 5-0 197 — 24. UMass . . . . . . . 6-0 188 — 25. Marquette . . . . 3-1 126 25 Others receiving votes: New Mexico 82, VCU 71, Florida St. 63, Virginia 61, Indiana 47, Boise St. 35, Charlotte 35, Belmont 31, Arizona St. 23, Harvard 22, Colorado 19, Villanova 16, Xavier 11, Pittsburgh 10, Missouri 8, Cincinnati 7, Tennessee 7, Minnesota 6, Illinois 2, George Washington 1, Georgetown 1, Texas A&M 1. —— USA Today Top 25 Poll Record Pts Pvs 1. Michigan St. (30) . 6-0 798 1 2. Kansas (2) . . . . . 4-0 762 3 3. Arizona. . . . . . . . 5-0 722 4 4. Kentucky . . . . . . 4-1 672 5 5. Duke. . . . . . . . . . 5-1 639 6 6. OHIO STATE . . 4-0 617 8 7. Syracuse. . . . . . . 4-0 611 7 8. Oklahoma St.. . . 4-0 593 9 9. Louisville . . . . . . 5-1 591 2 10. Gonzaga . . . . . . 4-0 454 12 11. Wisconsin . . . . . 6-0 440 15 12. Wichita State . . 5-0 405 16 13. Florida . . . . . . . 4-1 395 14 14. Connecticut . . . 6-0 337 18 15. Oregon . . . . . . . 4-0 327 17 16. North Carolina 4-1 325 19 17. Baylor. . . . . . . . 4-0 213 21 18. Creighton . . . . . 4-0 199 23 19. Memphis . . . . . 2-1 194 11 20. Michigan . . . . . 4-2 185 13 21. UCLA . . . . . . . . 5-0 156 24 22. Iowa State . . . . 4-0 151 NR 23. Iowa . . . . . . . . . 5-0 97 25 24. VCU . . . . . . . . . 4-2 78 10 25. Indiana. . . . . . . 5-1 72 22 Also: Massachusetts 69; New Mexico 56; Marquette 42; Florida State 27; Virginia 24; Boise State 19; Pittsburgh 18; Arizona State 17; Colorado 13; California 12; Saint Mary's 10; Tennessee 9; Saint Louis 8; Charlotte 7; New Mexico State 7; Missouri 6; Utah State 5; Villanova 5; Belmont 4; Notre Dame 3; Providence 3; Harvard 2; Georgetown 1. —— The Women's Top Twenty Five The Associated Press Record Pts Prv 1. UConn (36). . . . . 8-0 900 1 2. Duke. . . . . . . . . . 5-0 864 2 3. Tennessee. . . . . . 5-0 799 3 4. Louisville . . . . . . 6-0 779 4 5. Notre Dame . . . . 4-0 750 5 6. Stanford . . . . . . . 4-1 719 6 7. Kentucky . . . . . . 6-0 701 7 8. Maryland . . . . . . 4-1 634 8 9. Baylor. . . . . . . . . 6-0 630 9 10. Nebraska . . . . . 5-0 511 11 11. North Carolina 4-1 476 12 12. Texas A&M . . . 3-0 465 13 13. Penn St. . . . . . . 3-1 458 14 14. Colorado . . . . . . 4-0 365 16 15. LSU . . . . . . . . . 4-1 360 15 16. Purdue . . . . . . . 4-0 304 18 17. South Carolina 6-0 294 19 18. Oklahoma . . . . 3-2 285 10 19. Oklahoma St.. . 5-0 275 20 20. California . . . . . 3-2 236 17 21. Michigan St. . . 4-1 213 21 22. Georgia. . . . . . . 5-0 192 23 23. Iowa St. . . . . . . 4-0 190 22 24. Gonzaga . . . . . . 3-1 105 24 25. DePaul . . . . . . . 3-0 103 25 Others receiving votes: Iowa 24, Florida St. 17, UCLA 17, Dayton 6, Arkansas 5, Georgia Tech 5, Marquette 4, West Virginia 4, Texas 3, Middle Tennessee 2, BYU 1, Bowling Green 1, James Madison 1, Syracuse 1, UTEP 1.

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Black Friday History... For millions of people Black Friday is the time to do some serious Christmas shopping --even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone! Black Black is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it’s one of the major shopping days of the year in the United States -falling anywhere between November 23 and 29. While it’s not recognized as an official US holiday, many employees have the day off -except those working in retail. The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and

black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season. In the 1960’s, police in Philadelphia griped about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians, calling it “Black Friday.” In a non-retail sense, it also describes a financial crisis of 1869: a stock market catastrophe set off by gold spectators who tried and failed to corner the gold market, causing the market to collapse and stocks to plummet. Why did it become so popular? As retailers began to realize they could draw big crowds by discounting prices,

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Black Friday became the day to shop, even better than those last minute Christmas sales. Some retailers put their items up for sale on the morning of Thanksgiving, or email online specials to consumers days or weeks before the actual event. The most shopped for items are electronics and popular toys, as these may be the most drastically discounted. However, prices are slashed on everything from home furnishings to apparel. Black Friday is a long day, with many retailers opening up at 5 am or even earlier to hordes of people waiting anxiously outside the windows. There are numerous doorbuster deals and loss leaders – prices so low the store may not make a profit - to

entice shoppers. Most large retailers post their Black Friday ad scans, coupons and offers online beforehand to give consumers time to find out about sales and plan their purchases. Other companies take a different approach, waiting until the last possible moment to release their Black Friday ads, hoping to create a buzz and keep customers eagerly checking back for an announcement. More and more, consumers are choosing to shop online, not wanting to wait outside in the early morning chill with a crush of other shoppers or battle over the last most-wanted item. Often, many people show up for a small number of limited-time “door-buster” deals, such as

large flat-screen televisions or laptops for a few hundred dollars. Since these coveted items sell out quickly, quite a few shoppers leave the store empty handed. The benefit of online shopping is that you will know right away if the MP3 player you want is out of stock, and can easily find another one without having to travel from store to store. Also, many online retailers have pre-Black Friday or special Thanksgiving sales, so you may not even have to wait until the big day to save. So, there you have it - the Black Friday history behind the best shopping day of the year!


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December 8 Walt Sanders’ Christmas Show 1:00PM-3:00PM Bill Corfield performs 2:00PM4:00PM (near Elder-Beerman) December 13 Sidney High School Orchestra 11:30AM-1:00PM December 14 Mystic Winds 12Noon-1:00PM Bill Corfield performs 1:00PM3:00PM (near Elder-Beerman) December 15 Warmth for Winter Coat Campaign Ends-Thank you for your support! Spittin’ Image performs 1:00PM-2:00PM Melody Mom’s perform 2:00PM-3:00PM December 18 Miami East Choir 6:00PM-7:00PM December 19 Tim Musser’s Guitar Students 6:00PM-7:00PM

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Top Five Toys of 2013 Thanksgiving is coming up at the end of November, which means that kids are soon to start filling their Christmas lists with all the latest toys. The holiday season is an important time for retail companies as consumers flock to stores and stock up on gifts for friends and family. It’s a major benchmark for stores like Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target, but it’s just as important for the companies making the products. With that in mind, here’s a look at the toys, games and gadgets that are expected to drive big business in the next couple of months. Ever After High dolls After the success of its Monster High dolls, Mattel decided to expand into the realm of fairy tales with Ever After High. Featuring characters like Apple White, Hunter Huntsman and Madeline Hatter, the line features the children of popular fairy tale characters and casts them in a high school setting. The dolls are divided into Royals, who are destined to lived happily ever after, and Rebels, who want to change their destinies. Ever After High dolls can be pre-ordered for about $20.

Minion Dave talking action figure DreamWorks’ Despicable Me 2 was one of the biggest boxoffice hits of the year, pulling in more than $350 million this summer. So it’s no surprise that the movie has spawned a line of popular toys. There are a variety of Despicable Me toys out there — everything from small figures to Despicable Me Monopoly — but the big-ticket item for this Christmas are the collector’s edition toys. The minions, in particular are expected to sell fast, like the Minion Dave Talking Action Figure. It’s pricey for an action figure, retailing for as much as $70, but it has plenty of features to justify that expense. The figure comes with talking-sound effects, changeable expressions, fart sounds and — the real selling point — “super fart sounds.” Disney’s Infinity game Video games do big business in the fourth quarter, and Disney is looking to double up on the spike in video game and toy sales with its Disney Infinity game. Infinity, released earlier this year, is a video game that uses toys with near-field commu-

nication technology. The toys show up in the game, which means if you want to play as, say, Buzz Lightyear, you have to buy the Buzz Lightyear toy first. It’s a great method for extortion profit-making, first pioneered by Activision’s Skylanders series of video games. Speaking of which, the latest Skylanders game, Skylanders: SWAP Force, was set to release on Oct. 13, and should be another Christmas hit. Disney Infinity retails for around $60, and SWAP Force will release at $75; both include starter toys, and are available across multiple platforms. PlayStation 4 and XBox One Most eyes in the video game industry will be on Microsoft and Sony after they release their next-gen consoles, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. The new consoles are upgrades of systems that have been around for more than six years, which means gamers are eager for new specs, better graphics and (hopefully) improved game play. Both consoles are boasting wide catalogs of launch titles, including entries from Activision, Electronic Arts and others.

The Playstation 4 released Friday for about $400, while the Xbox One will launch Nov. 22 for around $500. Imaginext Batcave Superheros never go out of style, and Mattel is looking to capitalize on that with the next Imaginext Batcave through its Fisher-Price brand. The Batcave spans multiple levels (with an elevator for conve-

nient travel) and includes Batman and Robin figures. Kids (or Batman-obsessed adults) can monitor the Joker on the Batcomputer, fly around in the Batwing glider and even drive Batman around on the Batcycle. The Batcave retails for about $40 and does not come with superpowers.

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Belgium The children there believe it is kindly Saint Nicholas who brings them their presents. They also believe he rides a horse so they leave him hay and carrots and water for the horse just outside the house on December 6. Canada/U.S. Christmas trees are decorated and stockings are hung on the ďŹ replace for Santa Claus to ďŹ ll with gifts. Cards and gifts are exchanged with friends and relatives. Children put on pageants and go caroling. China The Christians in China light their homes with beautiful paper lanterns. Santa is called Dun Che Lao Ren. The children hang stockings just as we do. CZECHS They serve a very large and delicious dinner with many courses. Courses are like a appetizer, followed by soup, then a salad, then maybe the ďŹ rst meat dishes, and so on till the dessert is served. They serve this meal on Christmas Eve and it does not matter how big the family is, there is always a place set at the table that is set for the Christ Child. Denmark Santa is known as Julemanden and he arrives in a sleigh pulled by reindeer with a sack full of gifts. Danish children know the elves as Juul Nisse, and believe that they live in the attics of their homes. Instead of cookies and glasses of milk, they leave rice pudding and saucers of milk out for them. England From England we have acquired several customs. The ďŹ rst is the use of Christmas trees. This was made popular during the rein of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Prince Albert came from the country of Germany and missed his native practice of bringing in trees to place on the tables in the house, therefore one Christmas the royal couple brought a tree inside the Palace and decorated it with apples and other pretty items. The second custom is what is known as Boxing Day. It is celebrated the ďŹ rst weekday after Christmas. What this means is that small wrapped boxes with food and sweets, or small gifts, or coins are given to anyone who comes calling that day. Santa is known as Father Christmas, wearing long red robes and had sprigs of holly in his hair. Instead of mailing out their christmas list, children throw it into the ďŹ replace and Father Christmas reads the smoke. England is also where the tradition of hanging stockings by the chimney began, due to the fact that Father Christmas once accidentally dropped some gold coins on his way down the chimney which got caught in a drying stocking. Another interesting thing is that instead of opening up their gifts as soon as they wake up, English children wait until the afternoon. France Santa is known as Pere Noel. He is accompanied by Pre Fouettard who keep track of who has been good or bad for Pere Noel. In some parts of France, Pere Noel brings small gifts in the beginning of December (Dec 6) and comes back to deliver more on Christmas. In France the children get to open their gifts on Christmas, but the parents and other adults have to wait until New Years. In France the children place there shoes by the ďŹ re place in hopes that le Pere Noel/Father Christmas of le Petit Jesus/Little Jesus will place gifts for them. They also have dinner at midnight on December 24 this is called Le Reveillon. They have a cake called La Buche de Noel that is served after the dinner. Tiny clay ďŹ gures are used in the Christmas Crèches, Mangers. These ďŹ gures are most unique as they are dressed in what is popular in provincial clothing that year. The ďŹ gures are Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the Wise Men, the Shepherds, and Angels. Italy It Italy, the main exchange of gift doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t occur until January 6th, the day traditionally believed that the Wise Men reached the baby Jesus. Italy has La Befana who brings gifts to for the good and punishment for the bad. She is the same character as Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Babouschka who refused to give the Wise Men food and shelter. The nativity scene may have ďŹ rst been set up by Saint Francis of Assisi. This ďŹ rst one was set up in a cave outside of a village and the villagers were so impressed by the display that now many of the communities compete for the best nativity. India Houses are decorated with strings of mango leaves. Lights are place on the window sills and walls and a star is hung outside. A sweet holiday treat is made called thali and it is

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It’s a Face Off ! Black Friday versus Cyber Monday!

We’re living in the middle of a sea change in commerce, and in response to the big Black Friday sales events, online retailers have retaliated with aggressive discounts on “Cyber Monday,” which started as online sales offered on the Monday after Thanksgiving. (Black Friday started as a huge sale day on the Friday after Thanksgiving). So assuming that you weren’t born to shop on both days, then when is the better time to shop, on Black Friday or on Cyber Monday? Is it more fun and economical to go to the Atlantic Center Mall or Kings Plaza or the Fulton Mall on “Black Friday” in Brooklyn? Or sit out the sales and wait till Cyber Monday? Hmmmmm..... it would be a bargain shoppers dilemma. Except, as even Time Maga-

Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States. The term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made

zine points out, Cyber Monday has morphed into Black Friday. Sales began even before Thanksgiving. Call it huge competition for a buck, whether you spend that buck online or in a store. When & Where to Look for the Deals As the two streams of commerce - retail stores and online stores converge, it’s hard to say where the best deals will be. And, of course, many of the stores that consumers might visit in person are the same brand names that one might visit online. But who ever said bargain hunting was easy? You have to do some homework. To scope out Cyber Monday, definitely check the CyberMonday website, and also the sites of any of your favorite stores or

brands. For Black Friday, check out the local newspapers, TV and radio ads, as well as looking online, on Thanksgiving Day. 5 Pros: Reasons to Shop Cyber Monday Rather Than Black Friday Sales 1.It’s easier and faster. 2.If you were busy with family or travel on Thanksgiving Friday and missed the in-store sales, Cyber Monday gives you another opportunity to take advantage of reductions. 3.You can easily compare prices online. 4.You can shop in your pj’s, from work, or while waiting for the plumber. 5.You don’t need a babysitter. The five cons of Cyber Monday? You can’t “kick the tires” and see the merchandise, it might

be hard to access a computer for shopping purposes, you’ll have to wait for shipping, and some people hate returning purchases by mail. Most importantly, your boss really might not love it if you spend Cyber Monday shopping at your desk! 5 Pros: Reasons to Shop Black Friday Rather than Cyber Monday 1.You can actually see what you are buying — measure it, try it on, see if you like the color. 2.The prices might be better. 3.Not everything that’s on sale on Black Friday will be available on Cyber Monday. 4.It’s an outing. You can bring a friend or spouse for fun and advice. 5.If you don’t go, you might miss some great bargains! The five cons of Black Friday?

The definition of Cyber Monday

its debut on November 28, 2005 in a press release entitled “’Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”. According to the

zRate Research 2005 eHoliday Mood Study, “77 percent of online retailers said that their sales increased substantially on the Monday after Thanksgiving, a trend that is driving serious online discounts and

promotions on Cyber Monday this year (2005)”. In 2010, comScore[2] reported that consumers spent $1.028 Billion online on Cyber Monday (excluding travel, 2009: $887M), the highest spending day of 2010.

Some of the merchandise is lower-end; prices may continue to drop as the holiday season approaches; it’s too easy to over spend in the midst of a buying frenzy, it’s crowded, and the real bargains may be limited in quantity and sold to earlybird shoppers. So, when to shop? Whatever your personal answer is, the smart thing to do is decide beforehand not just what you want to purchase, but also your budget parameters. That way, come post-Thanksgiving Tuesday (a day for which, gratefully, there’s no retailing name yet), you won’t feel like a turkey with a hangover of buyer’s remorse!

Cyber Monday has become an international marketing term used by online retailers in Canada, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Chile, Colombia, and Japan.

High risk - High reward

Black Friday has long been a high-risk, highreward day for retailers. While consumers anticipate long lines and extended hours at stores across the country, the day after Thanksgiving requires some complicated maneuvering behind the scenes for retailers hoping to boost their sales figures. Massive markdowns mean that hundreds of promotions need to be coordinated, inventory must be scrutinized, advertisements must be distributed, and, at the brick and mortar stores, hundreds of employees must be on hand to ensure that the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season goes smoothly. In the years to come, however, customers who once waited for hours in the cold to score a flat-screen TV or a digital camera at a hefty discount may not even turn up when retailers’ doors open. The Black Friday customer, once prone to waking with the dawn to go bargain hunting, is changing. Now, if they even leave their house at all, they’re checking social networking sites to see which stores are the most hectic. They’re scrolling through ads on their tablets without even picking up a newspaper, and they’re comparing prices across hundreds of stores, both online and off, as they wait in line. Last year, customers spent more than $1.4 billion on Cyber Monday, a relatively new shopping holiday just three days after Black Friday. Those Cyber Monday shoppers didn’t need to leave the comfort of their homes and offices to score major discounts—a trend that will surely continue. Black Friday, much like retail in general, is changing. But retailers have a huge opportunity to rise to the challenge of catering to a choosier, hyper-connected consumer every single day of the year. Retail sales are pegged to grow 8 percent annually between now and 2016. Much of this growth will be led by e-commerce sales, which exceeded $1 trillion last year and will grow by an estimated 15 percent this year. While these numbers are huge for retailers, they’re equally as distressing. Retailers may have perfected their supply-chain and inventory management systems to service all their brick and mortar locations, but that doesn’t mean they’re prepared to handle the demands of e-commerce. What’s more, retailers are now expected to deliver the same experience on a desktop computer as on a mobile device. The growth of mobile e-commerce is driving different conversations at the board level of retailers across the country, and this is coming as a shock to those who have just gotten a steady desktop e-commerce experience off the ground.

Customers look at online, mobile, and instore as essentially one thing—the brand they are interacting with—and they now expect to be able to buy whatever they want whenever and wherever they want—an idea we call “commerce anywhere.” Customers want to be able to buy a jacket while lying in bed at 2 a.m. on a Wednesday. They want to order the latest iPhone as they wait in line at the grocery store. They want to see a couch on the showroom floor and have it delivered to their door the next morning. They expect the same ease of access, payment methods, and inventory online as in the store, and they’re not hesitant to voice their opinions, both positive and negative, on Facebook and Twitter. Retailers that can meet the demands of this commerce-anywhere consumer are positioned to reap major benefits. But for those that remain bogged down with outdated legacy systems and are unable to leverage parts of the platform to improve the user experience, this new reality will be a brutal one. An Integrated Approach Retailers must align their business to meet this reality. Successful commerce-anywhere retailing requires making optimal use of data from every part of the business that affects the customer experience. Your strategy must take into account not only online, mobile, and in-store operations, but also supply chain and promotions. Oracle’s charter is to help retailers deliver commerce anywhere to customers, whether they’re on the go, in the store, or on the web. The simplest way to think about that is to enable commerce from planning and supply chain operations through the store, mobile, or e-commerce transaction. The “anywhere” part of that requires wellintegrated operations that leverage a single view of the customer and inventory. When a customer browses boys jackets on her iPhone and shows up in a nearby store, the integrated approach is capable of delivering an e-coupon based on her long-term buying history and today’s mobile session. Available inventory and recent demand influence the offer, and her decision to buy drives downstream merchandising, marketing, and replenishment operations that impact margin performance. As consumer behavior changes, so too must retailers alter their strategies. As competition becomes more extreme, consumers will not sit back and wait for individual retailers to update their systems to meet their needs— they’ll go elsewhere. That’s something retailers can’t afford to let happen.

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Winter Sport Preview

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Winter Sports Preview Last season was the most memorable in Shelby County history after two of the four state champions crowned in Columbus were from the Shelby County League. Not long after the state tournament, the two teams gathered at Fort Loramie High School to take this photo, which was later turned into a “State Champions” poster. On the left are the Anna Lady Rockets, who won the Division III state championship for the second time in the last three years. And on the right are the Fort Loramie Lady Redskins, who won the Division IV state title, the school’s first.

Last year upped SCL girls state title number to 6 Bob Wise

Shelby County League Basketball Historian

Last season the Shelby County League girls came home from Columbus with two state c championships. That prompted this old statistician/historian to search the records for previous state champions in the SCL basketball annals. There have been six girls basketball state championships, three by Anna, two by Jackson Center and one by Fort Loramie. Add to these numbers, three state runners-up, two by Fort Loramie and one by Anna. Thirteen different girls teams have been to the state tournament and several more have been one step away. And 35 different girls teams from Shelby County have won 20 or more games in a single season. Some other noteworthy records are: 44 girls have scored 1,000 career points or more since Russia’s Donna Schwartz and Jackson Center’s Brenda Barker became the first two in 1977. Twenty-four new names have been added since 2000. Of the top 10 career free throw shooters (74 percent, 100 attempts), only Julie Regula (JC 1996, 75 per-

cent) played before 2000. Of the top 10 season free throw shooters (80 percent, 80 attempts) none played before 2000. The Anna Lady Rockets made their third straight trip to the championship game in Division III and only an overtime loss prevented them from winning three straight titles. (50-game win streak in the middle) New head coach Dave McFeely takeover the Anna girls program. He is a veteran coach who took Fort Loramie Lady Redskins to the state championship game in 1997, losing in the final minute. He coached four years at Fort Loramie, winning 75 percent of the 99 games he coached. Fort Loramie girls have been to Columbus three times in the last four years and won their first state crown last year. Anna and Fort Loramie are poised to battle each other again this season. Anna has defeated Loramie the last six games. However; from 1986-2006 Fort Loramie girls won 45 straight games over the Anna girls. The Lady Rockets have won three straight league titles and have a total of 38 consecutive league wins (still intact) and have won 28 straight home games (still intact). Fort Loramie girls are led by senior

Darian Rose, who was the first Lady Redskin to score 1,000 points by the end of her junior year. She likely will become Loramie’s all time leading scorer, passing Sarah DeLoye. Darian may also play in more games than any Redskin player. She has 80 games, Courtney Reed 104 games. Other Loramie records Darian owns: most free throws made and attempted both career and season, and most season points. She is the only county player to have made 20 or more consecutive free throws twice (26 straight as a sophomore and 22 straight as a junior). The county record is 27 straight by Anna freshman Sarah Schulze. Two Anna players, Natalie Billing and Erica Huber, set a county record last year by playing in 111 varsity games. Natalie is the county’s second all-time leading scorer behind fellow Anna graduate Amy Anderson. The Jackson Center boys won their second straight league title last year. Coach Scott Elchert begins his 14th season at Jackson Center. He also guided the Tigers to back-to-back league titles in 1997 and 1998. Schools with three consecutive league titles: Jackson Center 1935-1936-1937, Houston

1961-1962-1963, Fort Loramie won six straight league titles 1991 thru 1996, Anna won three straight titles 1952-1953-1954, 1974-1975-1976 and 2008-2009-2010. Botkins won three straight 1977-1978-1979 and Russia won three straight 20052006-2007. The following is an interesting look at the number of games played by recent players: Jackson Center has two players, Trey Elchert, the coach’s son, and Alex Meyer, who both played in 100 varsity games. Of those, 77 were winning games. Both numbers are county records. The previous record holder was Russia’s Jay Borchers, who played in 97 games with 76 wins. Other players in no particular order are; Kreg Elsass of Anna 95 games, 56 wins, Andy Hoying of Jackson Center, 94 games 67 wins, David Hurley of Anna, 94 games, 63 wins, Joel Naseman of Anna, 92 games, 56 wins, Mark Frilling of Fort Loramie, 90 games, 54 wins, Tom Brandewie, Fort Loramie 86, games 71 wins, Derek Billing of Anna, 84 games, 74 wins and Wes Hunsucker of Anna, 76 games, 68 wins. Last year Botkins had six players hit a three-pointer in one game.

My first thought was has any other team accomplished this feat? After searching my records, I found five other schools have preceeded this game. Only Anna and Jackson Center have never had six players hit a three-pointer in one game. Fort Loramie had one game in 2007 and Russia had one game in 2007. Houston had two games 2007 and 2012, Fairlawn had two games 2002 and 2013. Botkins has had eight games in their history when six players hit a three; 1992, 1993 (2), 2001, 2012 (2) and 2013 (2). Botkins also set the county mark on Dec. 3, 1988 when they had seven different players hit a three in the same game. But Russia equaled that record on Dec. 7, 2003. What has happened to the game of high school basketball since the introduction of the 3-point goal in 1987-88? Many younger players practice these long shots from junior high thru high school. Coaches have tried to adjust by requiring teams to clamp down defensively. But these youngsters keep firing away.

All but two back for state runner-up

VERSAILLES — Coming off a state runner up finish, the Versailles boys basketball team has high hopes again this season with a lot of talent returning to the Tigers’ lineup. All but two players from Versailles’ Division III state runner up team return for this season. The Tigers lost Chad Winner and Jacob Heitkamp, both of whom started last year, to graduation. While both players will be tough to replace, Versailles has a great group returning, coach Scott McEldowney said. The Tigers have a lot of balance and a lot of experience. “A lot of experience that got good quality minutes last year,” McEldowney said.

Versailles’ top returning player is junior Kyle Ahrens, who The Associated Press named special mention allOhio last year as he led the Tigers with 19.1 points a game, 6.2 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game. The 6-foot 5-inch junior has received interest for several colleges, including some Big Ten teams, and has even picked up some scholarship offers. “It’s nice to have a kid who is 24/7 in the gym and really dedicates himself to basketball,” McEldowney said of Ahrens. “He can hurt you in a lot of ways.” Versailles has another tough matchup for opponents in senior Damien Richard, a 6-foot 3-inch guard. Richard, who was

honorable mention all-Midwest Athletic Conference last season, averaged 10.6 points per game last year. Richard really came on strong late in the year and had a team-high 21 points in the state semifinals. McEldowney hopes RIchard can pick up where he left off last year and step up as the team’s second scorer, a role Winner held last year. “We definitely need him,” McEldowney said of Richard. “He’s another tough matchup.” Senior guard Nick Campbell also returns to Versailles’ starting lineup with Ahrens and Richard. The 6-foot 1-inch Campbell can do a lot of things such as bring the ball up the court, distribute the ball,

post up and be one of the team’s best defenders, McEldowney said. Senior Evan Phlipot will join the starting rotation as the inside presence, replacing Heitkamp. The 6-foot 5-inch Phlipot came on strong late last year and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the state championship game. Phlipot was one of the reasons for Versailles’ postseason success last year, McEldowney said, and his improved post game will give the Tigers a strong inside threat. “We’re expecting a lot from him inside,” McEldowney said. Other key contributors for Versailles this year will include 6-foot 4-inch senior Ryan Knapke, 6-foot 2-inch

senior Jacob Wenning and 5-foot 10-inch junior Jace Barga. With the Tigers’ athleticism, Versailles will be strong in running the floor. But they’re also getting better in half-court situations, McEldowney said. Even though Versailles went to the state championship game last year, the Tigers only finished 5-4 in the MAC. McEldowney knows they’ll be tested again with strong opponents such as Marion Local, St. Henry and Delphos St. John’s. “There’s a lot of good teams and good talent in the MAC,” McEldowney said. “Every Friday night it is going to be a heck of a fight.” Versailles’ non-conference schedule also is tough this

year with Lima Central Catholic added to the schedule. Also, Versailles will face Christian Brothers from Missouri, who McEldowney said is one of the nation’s top ranked teams, in the Flyin’ to the Hoop basketball invitational on Jan. 20. “Our season is really going to get us ready for the tournament,” McEldonwey said. When tournament time rolls around, Versailles will have a lot of challenges to face in its quest to return to state with teams such as Roger Bacon and Chaminade Julienne in Division III. Even with all the tough tests ahead of them, Versailles still has big goals for this season. “We definitely set high goals,” McEldowney said.

9 seniors head Versailles girls VERSAILLES — Having lost just one player from last year’s Midwest Athletic Conference championship squad, the Versailles girls basketball team has high expectations entering this season. For the second year in a row, Versailles enters the season having only lost one player to graduation. This year that player is Meagan Winner, a strong defensive player who also provided leadership on and off the court. But leadership won’t be in short supply for the Lady Tigers as they have nine seniors on this year’s roster — Rachel Kremer, Chloe Warvel, Amanda Winner, Olivia Schlater, Courtney Prenger, Kayla

McEldowney, Brooke Pothast, Emily Harman and Katie Heckman. “They’ve done a nice job staying together,” Versailles girls basketball coach Jacki Stonebraker said. “They’ve all kind of come together these last two years.” Having only had one senior each of the past two seasons, this year’s crop of Lady Tigers has a lot of experience at the varsity level. Juniors Lauren Bruns, Taylor Winner and Christa Puthoff also return to the varsity roster for Versailles. Two other juniors, Tami Groff and Shelby Hyre, moved up to the varsity level this year to round out the roster.

With 14 athletic players all capable of contributing at the varsity level, Versailles will play aggressively to wear down its opponents. On defense the Lady Tigers will run a full-court press and on offense they’re going to get up and down the court quickly. “It’s probably going to be very beneficial to us to hopefully wear out the other team,” Stonebraker said. The biggest challenge for Stonebraker will be finding the correct rotation for her players. With Versailles’ success in fall sports — most of the girls were on one of the cross country, golf or volleyball teams that all made state this year — the basket-

ball team has had limited practice time together. With limited practice time to sort things out and talent among all the players, Stonebraker said the starting lineup will be determined on a game-by-game basis. “You can name all 14 players and say this is what they’re good at,” Stonebraker said. At point guard, Warvel and Schlater both are recovering from ACL injuries. The Tigers’ top two point guards a year ago, they both suffered the injuries last season so Versailles has some experience working without its top ball handlers, which required the rest of the roster to share duties of bringing

the ball up the court. “We’ve kind of groomed everybody else,” Stonebraker said. Hyre, one of the two new additions to the varsity squad, will help take over some of the point guard duties while Warvel and Schlater work their way back. And again other nonpoint guards will help take on those responsibilities. “It was something that we got used to last year,” Stonebraker said. “And all our girls are good ball handlers.” Guards also will include a mix of Bruns, Groff, Kremer, McEldowney, Pothast and Amanda Winner. Harman, Heckman (a

Mercyhurst University commit), Prenger, Puthoff and Taylor Winner will man the post. “They’re all going to have an important role in the team,” Stonebraker said of her 14 varsity players. Stonebraker said she hopes the inside presence of the Lady Tigers will be a strength this season. Versailles will look inside-outside and also has tall guards who can cause matchup problems for opponents. Last year Versailles went 8-1 in MAC play, its lone loss coming to Marion Local, and shared the league championship with New Knoxville.

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Winter Sports Preview

Short takes over Sidney boys basketball L EHMAN

Winter is a busy time for sports at Sidney High School, and will be again. Headlining things this year is a new head boys basketball coach, as Nathan Short takes over the program. Jim McCracken, meanwhile, is in his 35th year as the head wrestling coach.



BOYS BASKETBALL Sidney enters the season with a new coach as Nathan Short takes over the program for Greg Snyder, who stepped down following last season. Short has a young team in his first year, with three seniors, four juniors and four sophomores. He expects a lot of playing time out of those four youngsters, too. “Some of the kids got experience last season,” he said. “But it’s taking time for them to get to know me and me them. But I really think we can be competitive and the kids we have are all good athletes. And I think we have them in the right positions. I don’t think we’ll have a big scorer, but I can see somebody stepping up every night.” The three seniors include guard Jalen Herd, post player 6-foot-7 Gold Barnes and forward Travious Burns. “Jalen has been really good at getting to the basket,” said Short. “Gold does a good job around the basket, and can block shots and rebound. And Travious is an excellent role player and a good spot shooter.” The juniors include Eric Beigel, a sixfooter who saw varsity action last year; 6-3 Zack Napier, 6-3 Micah Miller and 5-11 Derek Larger. “Eric can shoot and he’s a steady player who makes good decisions,” said the coach. “Zack is good offensively. He can step out and shoot, and he’ll help us on the boards. Micah and Derek will be good role players for us. Micah knows what we want out of him, and Derek plays with a lot of heart.” The sophomores are Cameron Gallimore, Darryl McNeal, Tyren Cox and Lorenzo Taborn. “Cameron handles the ball really well,” said the coach. “He scores in spurts and he’s a good distributor. Darryl is a great rebounding guard and will be one of our better defenders. Tyren goes to the basket well but can also step out and shoot. And he’s

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been really aggressive in preseason. And Lorenzo is an offensive machine. He has fantastic post moves and is a good shooter.” Taborn is about 6-5 and 270 pounds, but he can also step out and shoot the three. “I expect the sophomores to all play a lot,” said Short. “Everybody brings something different to the table, and if they fill their roles, we’ll be okay. The kids are having to learn a new offense and a new defense in four weeks, so our biggest concern right now is a lack of clarity and the kids being a little unsure yet. But they’ve adjusted well.”





WRESTLING Jim McCracken has been the head coach at Sidney High School for an amazing 35 years, with an overall record of 301-111-4. And this season he feels his team has the potential to win its third consecutive GWOC North championship. The Yellow Jackets and McCracken welcome back 10 lettermen from last season, led by Logan Calvert, who was a GWOC champion with a 30-11 record, and first-team All-Area last year. “We lost four outstanding seniors in Jacob Sharp, Mason Calvert, Jacob Lochard, and Maurice Ickes,” said McCracken. “The four of them combined for 120 wins last season, and all four were also district qualifiers. Mason qualified for state. Those seniors were our leaders, the heart and soul of the squad last year. We need lots of kids stepping it up and taking over for them.” The l e t t e rmen include Ryan Penley at 160, Rhett Rosengarten at 138145, Noah Straman at 195, Jordan Fox at 170182, Garrick Ginter at 170-182, Alex Willman at 138, Calvert at 145, Jared Tangeman at 126, Jeremiah Slagle at 152, and Kyle Pierce at 106-113. Penley was fifth in the GWOC and the


sectional, and finished 24-15. Rosengarten was 16-15 last season and placed fourth in the GWOC. Both are three-year lettermen. Straman was a district qualifier last year with a 24-19 record. “He greatly improved last year as his confident level increased,” McCracken said. Jordan Fox was 9-13 last year in his first wrestling season ever. “He contributed well and I look for him to score more team points for us in tournaments this year,” McCracken said. Ginter is a two-year letterman and was third-team all-area last year and third in the GWOC. He qualified for the district and finished with a 37-11 record. “I look for him to qualify for state,” said McCracken. “He has worked hard to master his wrestling and he’s much bigger and stronger than a year ago.” Willman was 32-14 last season and is a two-time district qualifier. “Look for him to have another great season and he has a shot to make it to state,” the coach said. Calvert was 30-11 Luke Gronneberg|Sidney Daily News last season as a sophoSidney’s new head boys basketball coach Nathan Short has three seniors on his first Sidney High more. “He has all the squad, including Travious Burns (10) Gold Barnes (22) and Jalen Herd. tools to be an excellent



Rhett Rosengarten of Sidney is shown in action last season. He is a three-year letterman returning for his senior season.

wrestler. I look for him to go deep in the postseason,” McCracken said. Tangeman was 14-15 last season and is a two-year letterman. He was a district qualifier two years ago but injuries hampered him last season. He was a also a regional qualifier this year in cross country. Slagle gained experience last year in a backup role and fin-

ished 7-10. “I think he’ll surprise a lot of opponents this season,” said McCracken. “He’s improved greatly. He could be a big key for us.” Pierce had a good freshman season last year, finishing with a 21-9 record. Other wrestlers to watch this season, according to McCracken, are senior Levi Fitzpatrick at 285, returning to wrestler

for the first time since his freshman season, Zach Rood at 145-152, Greg Smith at 152-160, Bradley Blosser at 160, Jac Beatty at 220 and Chris Cantrill at 106. Rood was 14-4 on the junior varsity last year, and Smith had 11 wins in his first season of wrestling. “We’ll be very tough in the middle weight classes, 138to-170 pounds,” said McCracken. “We will be a little light with

experience in about four of our weight classes. If those younger kids can improve we should be very solid for the league tournament.” In the post-season, the OHSAA will again sponsor the Team Dual Tournament, which begins in Jan. 22. The Jackets were regional runner-ups to Oregon Clay in 2013. See SIDNEY| 3B


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a lot from this year’s group and am excited about the season. The program gathered a lot of interest this year with a total of 38 kids out (22 boys and 16 girls). It’s great to see that so many students want to be active and involved in the bowling program.”


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There are four seniors on this year’s Sidney High girls basketball team. They are, left to right, Brittany Iriarte, Kylee Watercutter, Miaya Foy and Bria Foy.

GIRLS BASKETBALL Sidney had its first winning record in the past 12 years last season, finishing with a 15-10 mark. But head coach Megan Mummey, beginning her third season, says it’s back to square one for her Lady Jackets this season. “We lost a lot but now we have a lot to gain,” said the young coach. “We had a great chance to win the GWOC North last year but fell short.” She said a goal for this year is to find someone to replace the seniors who graduated. One of them, leading scorer Konner Harris, is now playing at Chicago State. “Konner made a lot of things happen for us,” said Mummey. “She was our dominant offensive threat. It’s very difficult for our program to lose a 20-point scorer and bounce back offensively. And Lauren Elmore will be missed because she

did all the little things like take care of the ball. And she had experience.” The only returning starter for the Lady Jackets this season is Sylvia Hudson, who started last year as a freshman and did an excellent job. She averaged 10 points and six rebounds, and improved throughout the season, said her coach. “This year I’m putting a lot on her shoulders,” said Mummey. “She is going to have to make plays for us down low and stay out of foul trouble.” Also returning for the Lady Jackets are Kaitlyn Davis and Bri Wells-Barnes. Davis was the first player off the bench last year and will have to play a bigger role this year. “She will have to be an outside threat for us,” Mummey said. “One thing she does great is be physical and battle for rebounds. She is the best overall athlete on the floor






and needs to use that to her advantage. She is a strong leader as a sophomore so she will have to take leadership responsibilities.” Wells-Barnes transferred in from Houston last year and saw some action. She will help down low and on the outside this year. “I need her to gain more confidence in her outside shot.” There are four seniors on this year’s team who have seen little varsity action. Three of the four, Miaya Foy, Kylee Watercutter and Brittany Iriarte, were all JV players last season, but Foy is expected to be a big addition to the varsity. “She will be a huge addition to our defensive game,” said Mummey. “I would like her to look to shoot and get more physical this season. Bria Foy is the other senior, and she did not play last year as a junior. New additions are


freshmen Selena Taborn and Ashley Egan. Taborn is 6-foot-2 so she will be a presence in the post and is expected to score and also rebound. Egan, meanwhile, will be the starting point guard this year. “She has made tremendous improvements from playing AAU,” said Mummey. “I think her shot has gotten a lot better as has her ability to handle the ball. She has to make good decisions and take care of the ball for us.” Sidney will again face a difficult schedule, playing in the GWOC. “Being one of the smaller schools, it’s tough to compete at times,” she said. “Our goal is to play the GWOC North tough and try to win as many games as possible. We’re hoping to work hard, give our best effort, and make ourselves, our school and our community proud.”

2012-13 BASKETBALL STANDINGS 2012-13 High School Basketball BOYS League All W-L W-L County Jackson Center . . . . . . . . . . . 10-2 22-5 Botkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 16-9 Fort Loramie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 13-12 Fairlawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 16-8 Anna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 11-14 Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8 10-14 Russia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9 6-17 Greater Western Ohio Conference North Trotwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-0 22-4 Vandalia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 10-13 Greenville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 8-15 Troy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 6-17 Sidney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7 3-20 Piqua . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 7-16 Central Wayne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2 21-5 Northmont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 17-8 Centerville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 15-11 Beavercreek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 13-10 Springfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 13-10 Fairmont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 6-18 South Springboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-0 22-5 Miamisburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4 17-8 West Carrollton . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4 16-9 Lebanon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 8-15 Xenia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7 10-14 Fairborn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9 8-15 Midwest Athletic Conference St. Henry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1 22-4 Delphos St. John’s . . . . . . . . . 8-1 20-6 New Bremen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 18-6 Versailles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 23-6 Fort Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 18-5 New Knoxville . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 12-12 Minster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6 12-11 Coldwater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6 9-14 Marion Local. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 11-13 Parkway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-9 2-21 Others Lehman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-14 Riverside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5 6-17

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GIRLS County •Anna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-0 26-4 ••Fort Loramie . . . . . . . . . . 10-2 27-3 Russia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-4 15-9 Botkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 13-11 Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8 9-14 Jackson Center . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10 5-18 Fairlawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-12 2-21 •Division III state champion ••Division IV state champion Greater Western Ohio Conference North Troy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2 12-11 Greenville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3 12-11 Sidney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4 15-10 Trotwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 9-14 Vandalia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8 8-16 Piqua . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 7-16 Central #Fairmont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1 27-1 Centerville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1 26-2 Beavercreek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4 12-11 Wayne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 7-17 Northmont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 3-20 Springfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-10 1-22 #Division I state champion South Fairborn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-0 22-3 Springboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2 17-7 Miamisburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 15-10 Lebanon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 14-10 Xenia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 5-18 West Carrollton . . . . . . . . . . 0-10 2-20 Midwest Athletic Conference Versailles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1 21-4 New Knoxville . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1 19-4 Minster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 17-8 Marion Local. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3 19-8 Fort Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 14-9 Coldwater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 13-10 New Bremen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6 11-12 St. Henry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6 10-13 Delphos St. John’s . . . . . . . . . 1-8 9-15 Parkway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-9 3-20 Others Lehman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-17 Riverside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 5-18

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BOWLING Coach Greg Hines has five lettermen back on the boys bowling team, and just two on the girls team this season. The girls were 9-1 in the GWOC North last season and finished first, and went on to bowl in the state tournament, finishing sixth. But a lot of talent was lost from that team. The only two bowlers returning are seniors Holli James and Jaclyn Covington. “The girls team lost quite a few seniors from last year,” said Hines. “So it will be a new experience for quite a few of them this year. Most of them will be experiencing their first tournament scenarios, which will provide them with an all new perspective of bowling. We are hoping for the most success we can achieve while enjoying the experience.” Back for the boys are are five seniors in Jacob Blankenship, Lucas Goubeaux, Sean Holthaus, Cody Joyce and Kegan Latimer. The boys were 8-2 in the GWOC North, good enough for second place. “The primary bulk of our boys team remains intact this season with only one senior lost from last year,” said Hines. “There are high hopes for this group of boys.” He said freshman bowler Josh Abbott will be a contributor this season as well. “I’ve been looking forward to this season,” said Hines. “I expect

SWIMMING The Sidney High swim team is starting the season with 24 swimmers, split evenly between the boys and girls teams. “This is one of the smallest teams that Sidney has had in a few years, but they are all good swimmers,” said longtime Sidney swim coach Mary Jannides. “The boys team is led by six seniors and all but two are lettermen. The letter-earners include Eric Barnes, Conner Bowers, Ian Harvey and Newell Voress, and Jannides calls them the backbone of the team. Andrew Jensen and Ian Stephens are junior returnees, and Aaron Jensen is the lone sophomore returning. Add to that, freshmen Kevin Fultz and Logan Johnson. “Logan is presently on the YMCA team and Kevin has had several years of Y swimming so both add experience for the boys team,” Jannides said. “The team may be small in numbers but have a wealth of experience. The boys have high expectations for the coming season.” She says the girls team is not as fortunate when it comes to experience. Maddi Homan is the only senior returning, along with junior Kieran Freistuhler. Julia Wellauer and Maija Arimo are seniors showing great promise as foreign exchange students swimming competitively for the first time. Adding experience are freshmen Carly Drury and Emili Aselage, who have beenYMCA swimmers for years. “It will be a tough year for the girls team with little depth in certain events, but they are working hard,” said Jannides. “The bright side is that eight of the 12 are underclassmen and will have plenty of experience to bring to the team next year. It is a rebuilding year and the team is ready to do its best for a good season.”

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Rockets return two of their top three scorers B of assists because OTKINSahe’slota good passer.

ANNA — It should be a good year for the Anna boys basketball team, head coach Nate Barhorst welcoming back a lot of experience and a strong senior group this year.

“Carter (Bensman) is probably our best defender,” the coach said. “There are times he just finds a way to make a play. We’ll make him more of a twoguard this year to get him more looks.” There are two more seniors in 5-10 Nick Doseck and Brady Cates. “Nick is the kids of player who really likes playing at the defensive end,” said Barhorst. “And he continues to improve on his offensive game. Brady is a great athlete and has worked hard on his game since last season. He can rebound and he can lead the break. He’s another player we will count on.” The juniors are led by Christiaan Williams, a 5-10, 220-pound guard who is coming off not only a great football season, but also a foot injury that caused him to miss Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News nearly four games. He’s The Anna boys are experienced enough to challenge for a County title this season, and will be led by these five senior players. They are the brother of last year’s Carter Bensman (3), Joel Albers (33), Nick Doseck (5), Josh Robinson (15) and Brady Cates. leading scorer, Chandon Williams. season, and McFeely took could do it all, from han- year and is not going to 5-foot-11.The sophomore “Christiaan will be his place on the hot seat. dling the ball, to rebound- be able to play this year class is huge in numbers. another key player,” said In addition, one of the ing, to hitting some big because of it. McFeely Nicole Barhorst, Mindy Barhorst. “He’s got such players expected to be a shots in the clutch. said she would have been Schmitmyer, Holly Boyd, great court vision. He key for McFeely this year, Kristin Grimes, Elizabeth She was incredible in a starter. sees it so well. And he’s Rachel Noffsinger, decid- the state tournament, In addition, Courtney Landis, Sarah Bettinger able to finish at the rim.” ed to concentrate on her getting 26 points, eight Landis hurt her knee and Chelsea Kerns are all Grant Glover is another volleyball career and not rebounds, five assists and in volleyball, Kayla sophomores looking to junior, a six-footer who play basketball. “We only hitting 12 of 16 shots Blankenship is injured, contribute. “Bettinger has Barhorst said had a good had three people coming from the field in the semi- and Avery Bensman had been a real nice surprise,” offseason. “He’s really back with experience and finals, and finishing with knee surgery in June. said McFeely. “She played worked hard and will split she was one of them,” said 21 points, eight rebounds McFeely hopes to have this summer and was time with Christiaan at McFeely. and four assists in the her back sometime in all over the place. She’s the point,” said Barhorst. extremely quick, and plays Add in some real injury championship game. Anna December. “He’s very athletic and problems, and you under- won both games easily. What McFeely has is a excellent defense. Nicole very explosive.” stand why McFeely is a “We’ve got to keep lot of youth, with a long can shoot the three, and Evan Romie is a 6-2 bit concerned. Cayla healthy,” said list of sophomores and Mindy is about 5-11 and junior who will provide was a cross country runCayla Bensman is the McFeely. “She’s still just even some freshmen. some outside firepower. top returnee, being a key a junior and she’s getting There are two seniors ner. She will probably play “He can drive, he’s a good player on the last two state some nice (college) looks. in Ellen Fogt and Amy JV for now. Chelsea will defender and he brings tournament teams. But She visited Kent State and Albers, neither of whom play at the point, Holly intensity,” said Barhorst. she hasn’t been healthy she’s been hearing from played varsity ball last at one or two-guard and There will be one for much of the preseason, other MAC schools as year. Courtney Esser is Kristin will be on the sophomore in Carter struggling with a back well as Dayton.” a junior who also played wing. Kristin had a real Huelskamp, a six-footer. problem, according to the Chandler Bensman was junior varsity last year. nice scrimmage for us.” “He really played well for coach. She was second on another player with expe- The good thing about There are also a couple the JV team last year,” the team in scoring last rience last year, but she that group, however, is of freshmen in the mix in said Barhorst. “He’s year at 12.2 per game, and had knee problems last that they are all at least Claire Spicer, who is six another athletic kid. He’s foot, and Mindy Glover, strong, can take it to the who is 5-8. “Claire has hole, and he’s really startgood size, but right now ing to kick it into gear.” I worry about freshmen Barhorst thinks the playing against the schedRockets will need to take ule we play. She is very advantage of a couple athletic for a big girl and things. runs the floor well. She “I think we’re going to has a good chance of have to take advantage making varsity. Kennedy of our speed and athis very athletic but has leticism,” said the coach. to learn the speed of the “We need to speed up the game.” game because I think we’ll McFeely says high on have good depth. Last his list of priorities is findyear we struggled in the ing someone to take some half court, but as long of the load off Bensman. as we keep the ball mov“I think Cayla is feeling ing, that’s not as much of a lot of pressure that she a concern this year. Our has to be the person,” said defensive intensity needs McFeely. “We’re trying to be at a big-time level, to convince her to relax, and we need to rebound. have fun and just enjoy That’s something we’ve it, because her game is really stressed this year. there. She will draw the Last year it wasn’t where top defender. We feel that we wanted it to be.” when Avery gets back, GIRLS BASKETBALL she’ll take some of that New Anna head coach pressure off. Dave McFeely is hoping “Depth will have to it’s not a case of “all good come as the season goes things must come to and along,” he continued. end.” But he’s wondering. “We’re going to try to The Lady Rockets have play a quick game like had arguably the top prolast year, but we have to gram in Ohio over the protect the ball, reduce last three seasons — three turnovers and look for straight trips to the state someone other than Cayla tournament, two state to do the scoring. And I championships, one runthink Grimes and Boyd ner-up, and 38 consecucan both score for us. We tive wins in County play. hope to get points out of But the architect of the post. If we get into the that success, Jack Billing, Thre are just two seniors on this year’s defending Division III state champion Anna Lady Rockets, half court, Fogt is pretty stepped down after last including Ellen Fogt (left) and Amy Albers. good inside.”




Girls basketball, which has been so successful the past three seasons, is going through some changes, with a new coach and a lot of new faces. And injuries have been a real problem in preseason. The Lady Rockets carry a 38-game County win streak into the season. BOYS BASKETBALL With two of his top three scorers returning, Anna boys basketball coach Nate Barhorst is understandably optimistic going into the season. The Rockets had an upand-down season a year ago, and wound up finishing 11-14. But they ended the season with something to build on, winning two tournament games in Division III and playing for a district championship at the UD Arena. “With the group of seniors we have coming back, and the experience, we’re looking for good things,” said Barhorst. That senior group includes five players, and two of them were among the area leaders in scoring last season. Joel Albers, a 6-foot-5 post player, was a second-team All-County selection last season after averaging 12.8 points per game. He hit 58 percent from the field and also led the Rockets in blocked shots. Carter Bensman is a 5-10 senior guard who averaged 12.1 points per game last season. He’s dangerous from long range, too. Last season, he drained 41 three-pointers, leading the Rockets and hitting the third-most in the area. He hit 37 percent from beyond the arc. Josh Robinson gives the Rockets more size at 6-3, and he will likely be encouraged to shoot more this season since he hit 52 percent from the floor last year. “Josh really came on in the second half of last season,” said Barhorst. “He can stroke it from the outside, but he can also get to the rim. We’re going to count on him. There are other kids who will probably get more attention, so I think Josh can be a big factor. “Joel was our go-to guy last year,” said Barhorst of Albers. “He drew a lot of attention last year and will again this year. But he reads the defense pretty well, and will probably get






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Lehman comes into the winter season with two new head coaches in basketball. John Tollefson takes over the boys program and Craig Hall heads up the girls team. BOYS BASKETBALL New head coach John Tollefson used the word “potential,” as in a lot of it for his Cavalier squad this season. But he tempered that remark a bit in talking about this team. “We have a lot of potential, but any time you have a new coach, and a whole bunch of juniors stepping into big-time roles, I would say it’s only potential until we see what happens on Friday night,” he said. The Cavaliers were 10-14 under head coach Isaiah Williams last season, and he stepped down not long after the campaign concluded. Tollefson came from Northridge High School in Dayton, where he led the Polar Bears to an 11-win season, their best in several years. He likes what he’s seen out of his team so far, and said for the first time in his coaching career, he plans on playing 12 guys. “I think we have a very smart group,” he said. “I’ve actually never had such an intelligent group of players.They pick up on a lot of concepts and execute them almost immediately. We work hard and we’re scrappy, and one thing I do know — I’m going to have a lot of fun coaching them. Rarely do I enjoy every moment of practice, but I am right now. I like these guys so much I actually felt bad during conditioning. It’s a fun group and they like each other. I just hope the potential develops.” He has seven seniors on this team, led by 6-foot3 James Rego, who may find himself really blossoming under Tollefson’s plan. “I think James is going to turn some heads this year,” said the coach. “He has really focused on basketball, and he’s doing some real good things. He’s one of our best three-point shooters, though I don’t know if he’s even attempted one in varsity play. He was pretty much told not to leave the block last year, but he’s flashing to the high post and out to the top of the key. He’s a very smart defender, too. He can do a lot and I know he’s excited for this season.” The other seniors are 6-10 Nathan Hall, Drew Westerheide, Thomas Covault, Josh Smith, Kris Lee and John Husa. Hall is a huge presence inside. “He has a lot of potential,” said Tollefson. “He has phenomenal feet down on the low block and he can finish. We just have to develop him so he’s not just a big sycamore tree down there.” “Drew is so funda-

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Lehman has a new head boys basketball coach this year in John Tollefson, and he has these six seniors to work with. From the left are Drew Westerheide, John Husa, James Rego, Nathan Hall, Josh Smith and Kristopher Lee.



Lehman’s girls basketball team has five seniors on this year’s roster in Katie Heckman (3), Madeline Franklin (12), Julia Harrelson (14), Jenna Kronenberger (24) and Jordi Emrick. They have a new coach this year in Craig Hall.

mentally sound, and will probably be the second guard off the bench,” the coach continued. “Thomas has been a good surprise and has worked out with James (Rego). He’ll get some time. And Josh is a nice lefty and he really battles. He’s 6-3 and will compete to start. Husa can benchpress the school and run like a deer. And he knows his role. Handles the ball well and never takes bad shots. And Kris is athletic and a good defender, which will be his role.” The junior class is stacked, with two of the team’s top three scorers last season as sophomores. Greg Spearman averaged 11.4 points per game last season, second on the team, and Jackson Frantz was at 10.8. They are both back for Tollefson. Frantz, who is 6-4, also led the Cavs in rebounding at 5.7 per game. “Spearman still has shoulder issues from

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has already enjoyed success at Lehman, before the team played a regularseason game. Hall took over a program that was teetering on the edge, not having enough players for a junior varsity team last season. But he reported this season that “it looks like we’re going to have around 24 to 26 girls out this year.” That means the junior varsity program has resumed, and Hall said there is excitement all throughout the program. “We have a lot of excitement right now,” he said recently. “The kids have been showing a lot of excitement and appear eager to learn. We spent a lot of time trying to get to know each other, what my philosophies are and what my approach to things is. And things have been nothing but positive so far this year, so I’m really looking forward to it. And that should relate to more competi-

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mix will be important,” Tollefson said. “We have to guard on the ball much better. We are great at help-side defense, but we like to poke at the ball a little bit more than we should, and don’t move laterally like we should. We need to keep our hands off people and not commit stupid fouls.” He did a little research while pondering his offensive strategy and came up with an interesting bit of information. “The old time of possession you always hear about in football,” he said. “I spent the offseason timing games on TV and also some old high school games. And believe it or not, the team with the most time of possession wins most of the games. So we want to scream up and down the court, but we want to be disciplined in the half court.” GIRLS BASKETBALL New Lehman girls basketball coach Craig Hall

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football, but I’ve been told he’ll be good to go,” said the coach. “I think he’ll score a lot, and the great thing about him is he wants to win. He’ll be asked to be our primary ball-handler. “Jackson is very much a true shooting guard,” he went on. “He likes to put the ball on the floor, likes to get out on the open court and run. The thing I’m really excited about is he was challenged to be more than a guy who just stands by his man defensively. He gets to the spot on defense. He’s taken the challenge and I’m really excited about him and Greg.” Nick Rourke and Nick Earhart are also juniors and will compete for playing time. They were the two leading scorers on the junior varsity last year. He’s also looking at AJ Hemmelgarn, Austin Arnold, and sophomore Stephen Monnin. “Finding the right

tiveness.” Along with that, there is excitement about competing in a league again. The Lady Cavaliers will be playing in the Northwest Central Conference. The senior returnees he has include Julia Harrelson, Jenna Kronenberger and Jordi Emrick. Harrelson was the team’s leading scorer last year, and Hall said he looks for her to have a strong final season. “Jenna and Jordi both came on a lot in the second half last year so I look for them to pick up where they left off,” he said. Junior Ava Schmitz is the returning point guard from last season’s 6-17 team. Hall said he’s hoping for more scoring out of her this season. Allison Hall, a sophomore, started on the varsity last season as a freshman and is 5-8. “She’s a player we can put almost anywhere,” said the coach. “It just depends on if we can take advantage of a mismatch. She can handle the ball or play in the post.” Sara Fuller is another sophomore who did not play last year, but played well in junior high. She’s planning to play, but is nursing a foot injury right now. After that, it comes down to freshmen and Hall says he has some that will help out on varsity. “With a lot of new faces, including some seniors that haven’t played for a couple years, it might be tough to decide what style to play,” Hall said. “We’re definitely stressing defense. Day in and day out you might not have any offensive skills, but you can play defense and you can rebound. There are no off nights on defense. And I think our depth will allow us to be more aggressive on defense.”




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FORT LORAMIE — Last year’s winter sports season was highlighted by the first state championship for the girls basketball program. And with what Carla Siegel has back this season, it could very well happen again. Meanwhile, coach Karl Raterman has two key starters returning and a whole host of lettermen as the Redskin boys take aim at the County title this season. BOYS BASKETBALL Fort Loramie coach Karl Ratermann had to wait a little longer to get his players on the practice floor this year, thanks to another outstanding season by the school’s football team, which made it to postseason again. But that didn’t squelch his enthusiasm for the coming season, based on six returning lettermen from a team that won 13 games last year. “It’s going well considering 75 percent of our guys also play football,” said Ratermann. “For the most part, we only had one player come in a little nicked up, and that was a cross country runner.” The returnees are led by senior Craig Fullenkamp, a three-year starter at point guard, and 6-foot4 Grant Olberding, who was brought up from the junior varsity last season and went on to have a good year. He finished as Loramie’s second-leading scorer behind the graduated Seth Guillozet. Both he and Fullenkamp were honorable mention AllCounty. “Craig really started coming into his own in that leadership role last year,” Ratermann said. “Not just by his actions, but by being vocal on the court. And Grant had a nice year. He did a nice job scoring and became a decent presence for us defensively. We’re looking for big things out of him.” Also returning are 6-4 junior Ty Frilling, sixfoot Tanner Rittenhouse, 6-3 junior Devon Braun and 5-10 junior Clint Raterman. “Ty will be in the post but we could put him at a wing,” the coach said. “Tanner will play at a wing. He came off the bench last year and gave us good, quality minutes, and hopefully he’ll give us some scoring this year, too. Devon can shoot the ball really well. He came up the same time Grant did last year. He gives us a good perimeter threat, and he developed into a good penetrator, too. Clint will be the backup at the point. He came up about halfway through last year and was able to give Craig some rest.” Another senior is 6-2 Zach Brandewie, also coming off an outstanding football season. He hasn’t played since his freshman season but Ratermann thinks he’ll be a big contributor. “His leadership will be important,” said the coach. “He leads by example and is also a vocal leader. He came out this year and has been a pleasant surprise. He’ll be a strong presence inside, too.” Kyle Pleiman is a 6-8 senior up from the junior varsity last season. “Really good skills and a nice shot,” said Ratermann. “He will be an integral part of our post game.” The are three more juniors in 5-10 wing Andy Grewe, 6-2 wing/ post Frank Riethman and 5-11 wing/post Cole Cordonnier. “I like for Andy to come in off the bench, and Frank to use his uncanny ability to drive to the basket. Cole will give us depth at wing and post.” Ratermann said he was playing four sophomores at times last season.

“With all that experience, I think we have guys that can score for us this season,” he said. “It could be one guy one night and somebody else another night. I think we have a bunch of guys that can put the ball in the basket. And I think this can be a pretty good defensive team, too. The last couple years, our defense hasn’t been as good as we’d like. But this team is pretty athletic and we’ve been working hard at the defensive end.” He said his biggest concern heading into the season is consistency. “That was a concern last year,” he said. “We’d have a couple of good games and then take a step back. After the middle of January, we got a lot more consistent. We had some losses in there, but that was the schedule. Hopefully, we can stay consistent all season.” The Redskins capped off last season with two tournament wins to clinch a winning season at 13-12. GIRLS BASKETBALL







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Coach Karl Ratermann has a lot of experience back this season, and four seniors, including, from the left, Craig Fullenkamp, Zach Brandewie, Kyle Pleiman and Tanner Rittenhouse.

This photo is bad news for the rest of the Division IV girls basketball teams in Ohio. Fort Loramie won the D-IV state championship last season, and has eight seniors returning off that team. In the front, from the left, are Megan Imwalle, Meg Westerheide, Elizabeth Barhorst and Hannah Meyer. In the back, from the left, are Darian Rose, Amy Holthaus, Renae Meyer and Julie Hoying.

The Lady Redskins finally reached the top of the mountain last season, capturing the Division IV state championship. And expectations are extremely high again, with the league’s top player and nine letter-winners in all returning from the team that overcame a key earlyseason injury to compile a 27-3 record, capping it all off by beating the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the state tournament. “It meant so much to our program to finally get the achievement,” said head coach Carla Siegel. “It’s a good feeling, a very satisfying thing. The girls worked hard and just didn’t have any stop in them. Expectations are high but this is a group that thrives on it. Despite our success, we haven’t won the league in three years, and I think that’s high on their radar. But the one thing we try to remember is one game at a time. We have a very strong schedule so we can’t overlook things. We don’t want to sound overconfident, but they want to make a return to Columbus.” And the prospects look quite good for that to happen. Not only does Siegel have all-everything Darian Rose returning for her senior season, but she says she has her tallest team in many years. So all the ingredients seem

to be there. Rose was second in the area in scoring last year at 17.3, was second in the area in assists during the regular season, and fifth in steals. “Darian had a wonderful year,” said Siegel. “She became the first girl in school history to reach 1,000 points before her senior year, and as for school records, I can’t even tell you how many she holds. She’s by far the best player I’ve coached and I’ve been fortunate to coach some great players. Her knowledge of the game, her passion for the game, and she’s a natural athlete. And she’s humble.” Also returning is Renae Meyer, who is 5-foot-11 and was the second-leading scorer and leading rebounder last season. “I would love to see that again,” said her coach. Meg Westerheide is back at the point. “She has phenomenal speed and plays great defense,” Siegel said. “She doesn’t score a lot but she doesn’t have to. She knows her role and does it so well.” Hallie Benanzer is also back. Last year, the Lady Redskins were in real trouble against Ottoville in the state semifinals, but Benanzer came to the rescue with three huge three-pointers to bring her team back. Megan Imwalle, Julie Hoying, Hannah Meyer,

Amy Holthaus and Liz Barhorst are seniors who will come off the bench, and all will see ample playing time. Kelly Turner is a 6-1 sophomore who will be starting. She is coming off a volleyball season that saw her earn County Player of the Year honors. “I think she can score and she’s a great shot-blocker and rebounder. She will definitely give us a one-

two punch in the post.” Janell Hoying, Jillian Barga and Jess Boerger are three more sophomores who will contribute, and Barga is a 5-10 off-guard. “Janell can shoot the three and Jillian will help us out in the post,” said Siegel. “We have a good group back,” Siegel summed up. “We have so many different weapons, a lot of girls who can score from dif-

ferent areas on the floor. It should be an exciting season.” Highlighting the regular-season schedule this year is the Lady Redskins playing in the annual Classic in the Country at Belin Hiland on Jan. 18. The event brings together many of the top teams in Ohio, in all divisions. Fort Loramie will play Division II West Branch.




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Fairlawn boys coach Justin Tidwell had two of the area’s top players last year, and it led to a good season. But they are gone and so are others, leaving him with just a few points returning. And in girls basketball, numbers will again a problem, but with another Francis on the roster, the Lady Jets are looking for big improvement over last year. BOYS BASKETBALL The Jet boys basketball team had a big year last year, with two of the top scorers in the area leading the way to a 16-win season. Anthony Gillem led the area in scoring at 18.2 per game and Trey Everett was fifth at 15.2. And Everett, who’s now playing at Bluffton, also pulled down 8.1 rebounds a game. Not only are those two lost to graduation, but head coach Justin Tidwell estimates that he lost about 95 percent of his scoring from a year ago. So he’s concentrating a lot on defense this year because he doesn’t expect the Jets to be an offensive juggernaut with so many new faces. “We’re trying to get after it, still trying to convince the kids that we’re not going to score a lot of points so we need to play defense,” Tidwell said. “We’re going to look to score in transition and play good hard-nosed defense.” He has three players returning this season in 6-foot-1 senior Brad Caudill, senior Luke Brautigam and junior Joey Cockroft. Brautigam provides the size for the Jets, standing around 6-4. Cockroft is 5-11. “There’s some experience there, but it was more of role-playing experience last season for them,” Tidwell said. “We don’t have a big scorer like we have had the last couple years, so we’re going to have to have more balanced scoring this season.” He also has two other seniors in Wes Bolton and Trey Fletcher who did not letter last season, and are looking to make a move this year. “We’ll put a lot on the seniors,” said Tyler. The juniors include Kindal Spradlin, who is 6-2, off-guard Seth Bishop and Jacob Pennington. “I’m looking for Kindal to contribute big minutes,” said Tidwell. “Seth has the ability to create, and Jacob will be looked at as a defensive stopper.” The lone sophomore is Logan DeMarcus. “He’s a good hustler and we’re

looking for him to come in off the bench and knock down some shots,” said Tidwell. The Jets will also have two freshmen on the varsity roster, and one of them will likely be a key player. Nathan Lessing had an outstanding junior high career and has brought that to the high school. Tidwell said he’s looking at Lessing to man the point this season. “I don’t know if we’ll do that right from the start since he’s only a freshman,” the coach said. “But he’ll play there a lot.” The other newcomer





previous day.” GIRLS BASKETBALL Fairlawn will again come up short in numbers this season, meaning there won’t be a junior varsity team for the second straight year. But coach Randy Tyler likes what he sees of the talent that is out this season as the Lady Jets look to make dramatic improvement over last year’s 2-21 finish. “We have two girls hurt and that only leaves 12,” said Tyler. “But these girls are as athletic as can Todd B. Acker | Sidney Daily News be. They may not be the Fairlawn senior basketball players include, from the left, Madison Tyler, Olivia Tyler, Kelsey Oates and best basketball players, Brittany Hughes. but they make up for it


Fairlawn will be led by these four seniors. From the left, they are Trey Fletcher, Wesley Bolton, Luke Brautigam and Brad Caudill.

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said is getting stronger every day, and Molly Roe is a 5-11 sophomore who hasn’t played since the seventh grade. So Tyler has a lot of inexperienced players this season. “It’s a better situation this season than last,” Tyler said. “With the number of players on the varsity, they all have to work, and they’re pushing each other. Last year, everyone knew pretty much what was going to happen. But this year, if you’re not working hard, somebody else will be there.” Tyler has another daughter in the program, freshman Whitney. But she tore her ACL in soccer and will not be able to play basketball this season.


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with their quickness and hustle. We lost our two leading scorers from last season, but we should be more balanced and we’re a lot deeper than last year.” One of the reasons for optimism is that another Francis has appeared on the high school scene. Audrey is just a freshman, but her reputation preceeds her after what she accomplished at the junior high level, and in varsity volleyball just completed. She’s the sister of two of Fairlawn’s all-time basketball greats, Amanda and Andy Francis. “She will run the point for us,” said Tyler. “She’s a very talented player. She can handle the ball, and handle the pressure, and

three.” Abby Roe and Cheyenne Driskell are both juniors who will see a lot of floor time. “Abby is extremely quick and her defense is excellent,” Tyler said. “Cheyenne is a strong post player who jumps well and moves well. I expect her to be our top rebounder.” Madison Guinther is another junior who hasn’t played since her freshman season, but Tyler said she’s improving quickly and will be at a wing. Brittany Hughes is another junior who also hasn’t played since her freshman year, and Allison Watkins is a junior who Tyler says will likely be the first player off the bench. Megan Dudgeon is a 5-10 junior who Tyler

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is Nick Brautigam, who Tidwell said is “on the fence” between varsity and junior varsity. “We’re looking at going seven or eight deep,” said Tidwell. “I’m hoping the kids will play defense the way we want to, give us all the energy they can on the defensive end to generate offense. “We’re going to struggle rebounding the ball with not a lot of height,” he added. “And I think we might struggle generating points in the half-court. So we’ll need to make baskets in transition and get some points off our defense. We’ll be a work in progress, no doubt. Our goal in preseason was to be better one day than we were the

she makes things happen. We’ll probably do some different things for her, move her around. And I expect her to be one of our top rebounders and defenders, too.” Tyler has several seniors on this year’s team. Kelsey Oates will be a shooting guard. “She’s really improved and worked so hard over the summer,” said Tyler. His twin daughters, Olivia and Madison, saw action in the last six games last season and are looking for bigger contributions this season. “Olivia brings a lot of fire and hustle,” said the coach. “She flies around, and is one of our best defensive players. Madison will handle the ball, and she can hit the



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Different situation this year for Tigers R S USSIA IDNEY

JACKSON CENTER — It will be a season of change for the Jackson Center boys, who have dominated County basketball recently. Head coach Scott Elchert has little in the way of experience returning, but he likes the group of players he has to work with this season. And in girls basketball, Makaine Quatman has some veterans mixed with some good youngsters as the Lady Tigers try to avoid a third straight losing season. BOYS BASKETBALL Jackson Center has had an amazing run of success in boys basketball recently, with two straight County championships by teams that have produced the last two Players of the Year in the league in Andy Hoying and Alex Meyer, who are both off playing college basketball now. Their departure, as well as the loss of first-team All-County guard Trey Elchert from last season, has left longtime head coach Scott Elchert, in his 15th season, in a much different situation this season — not a lot of experience returning. The Tigers went deep into the tournament last season, one year after playing for a state championship, and finished the campaign with a 22-5 record, Meyer took 17 points per game with him when he left, and Elchert led the Tigers with 113 assists during the regular season. And both could hit from long range. “Things haven’t gone too bad, considering we’re pretty young and we’re inexperienced,” said Elchert. “We lost four of our top five players and seven of our top eight. So we’re just looking to gain experience and compete every night out. And I think we’ll be able to do that.” Gavin Wildermuth, a 6-foot1 junior, is the lone player

The previous Tiger teams have set the bar pretty high for this squad. “We’re hoping they realize that,” Elchert said. “We hope that these kids have been around long enough to know what the standard is and the expectations. Every night we go out and put ourselves in a position to compete at a high level. I think we have guys that can score but early in the season I’ll be concerned with how well they’re adjusting to playing at that next level. Especially in a league that is predominantly veteran.” GIRLS BASKETBALL The Lady Tigers will be trying to avoid a third straight Bryan Wahrer | Sidney Daily News losing season, finishing 5-18 Seniors Kaneta Schaub (left) and Courtney Gies are back for last year and posting only two Jackson Center. wins in County play. Head coach Makaine Quatman’s team averaged just be a leader out there and take said Quatman. “Mostly in the post. 40 points a game last season control.” Zimpfer is nursing a knee There are also two freshBryan Wahrer | Sidney Daily News and lost the leading scorer off Jackson Center will rely on Drew Sosby, left, and Gavin Wildermuth that team. So there aren’t a lot injury, and the coach said they men that could see a lot of this season. of proven scorers returning for are bringing her along slowly playing time. Cassie Meyer, and trying to get her healthy who showed her athletic abilthis season. ity by being named first-team But there are good numbers, again. returning with any varsity basketball knack,” said Elchert. with 18 out for the program. Payton Esser is a sophomore All-County in volleyball, is one. experience. “He’s kinda wiry, he’s good Two of them are seniors in who worked her way up to the “She had a great volleyball “We’re going to rely on him around the rim and he can Kaneta Schaub and Courtney varsity before the season was season and we look for her to lead the way by showing shoot it. He can do a little bit of Gies. “They will both give over last year, so she’s being to be very good in basketball what it takes to play at the everything. The biggest thing us some good playing time,” counted on to be a key player. as well,” said Quatman. “She varsity level, what it takes night is learning how to play at this said Quatman. “I look to them She was the starting point played well over the summer.” in and night out,” said Elchert. level and being able to defend.” for leadership, and both have guard at the end of last season. Kamryn Elchert is also lookThere is just one senior on Elchert said there are a few shown a lot of that. I guess I’m Pauline Meyer and Nicole ing at varsity time. “She has this year’s team in Zach other juniors and sophomores looking forward to them kinda Fogt are two more sophomores a great shot and will be able Buckmaster, who is 5-10 and who will be fighting for some being the voice of reason.” that are likely to play key roles. to contribute,” said Quatman. will be counted on to play a role playing time. “Nicole has been working “Last year as 8th graders, we She has juniors Courtney off the bench. “We have four starting spots Zimpfer and Haley Elchert, extremely hard,” said Quatman. knew this class was going to There is one other junior in set in the two Wildermuths, who she said will be big con- “With volleyball going as far as be special, with six or seven Travis Helmstetter, who will Sosby and Crumes,” said tributors this season. “Haley they did, we were able to work talented and athletic girls. play guard, and three sopho- Elchert. “The thing that we’re has been more of an all-around on her individual skills and get And they’re hungry and want mores in six-foot guard Drew working on is we still want to player in the past, but we’re her and some other girls ready. a spot.” Sosby, who will run the show be a very good defensive team thinking we’ll focus on her We look for Pauline to use her The keys for the Lady Tigers from the point, 6-1 Tupac that makes it tough on other being a shooter,” Quatman speed. Last year she was a little this season? Crumes, and also Ethan Zorn. teams to score. We’re still not continued. “At 5-9, she’s one out of control, but I think she’s “I think our defense will be a “Tupac is 6-1 and pretty power- there yet, so we’re striving to of our taller girls. Courtney has matured. She’s competitive and big key,” said Quatman. “Also, ful,” said Elchert. “He will do a get to where we’ve been the last always been a good defender a great athlete. I look for her just having the girls have conlittle bit of everything.” three years. I think this group for us, but this summer we to blossom into the player she fidence that they can score. In Elchert is also looking at is more athletic than previous stressed that we want her to can be.” the past, we relied too much on getting help from a freshman, teams. I feel we have several be more of a scorer. This will Erin Metz is another sopho- certain girls. We need every6-4 Brady Wildermuth, who guys that can get the ball off the be her third year as a starter, more who is battling for play- body to be a threat and we realis Gavin’s brother. “He has a rim and get down the floor.” so we’re counting on her to ing time. “She will play a lot,” ly need to lean on our defense.”









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Seniors (from the left) AJ Huelsman, Prater Otting and Brandon Hoying lead the Minster Wildcats Minster has four senior returnees this season. From the left are Minster Kayla Richard, Kathy Prenger, Hannah Sherman and Claire Fischer. this season.

Only two letterman back for Minster MINSTER — While the Minster girls have seven letter-winners returning from a team that won 17 games last season, longtime boys coach Mike Lee says this team has the least number of letterman returning in his 21 years as coach. Boys basketball Once he got everybody out after football season ended, longtime Minster coach Mike Lee looked over his team and one thing stood out. “The reality is that this is the least number of lettermen I’ve had in my 21 years,” he said. “That’s the downside, and you can look at it as the glass being halfempty or half-full. And I look

at it as half full.” The two lettermen are 5-10 senior Brandon Hoying and 5-9 sophomore Jacob Stechschulte. “Brandon is a two-year letterman so we will look to him for a bunch of leadership,” Lee said. “And Jacob lettered last year as a freshman, and went against the top guards every night out.” The leading scorer from last year, 6-foot-6 Ethan Wolf, is a senior, but he’ll be graduating early and heading off to the University of Tennessee, where he will join the Vols’ football team. There are two other seniors in 6-3 Prater Otting and 5-10 AJ Huelsman. Both • Deck Staining & • Interior & Exterior Refinishing Painting • Door Wood Graining • Finished Carpentry P.O. Box 329 103 E. Walnut St. Botkins, Ohio 45306


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got most of their time last season on the junior varsity team, but are ready to step in this season. Lee likes what he sees out of the junior class. They include 6-1 Austin Brackman, 6-3 Gabe Goodwin, 6-4 Eli Wolf, 6-4 Matthew Trushaw, 6-4 JR Nixon, and 6-5 Drew Ripploh. And there is one other sophomore besides Stechschulte in 5-10 Josh Nixon, who had an outstanding season as the quarterback in football. “Eli and Drew got most of their minutes on the JV team last year but those are kids that will have to do a lot of the dirty work for us,” said Lee. “Josh Nixon will be in the mix. He had an outstanding fall season and we watched him gain confidence all season. Matt, Eli and Drew give us some length. They aren’t only around 6-4, but they can cover some spots defensively. We have some kids that get after it defensively.” JR Nixon had shoulder surgery last summer so Lee is planning patience with him. “I think we’ll be looking to go up-tempo more than in the past,” said Lee. “There

will be some growing pains, but I think we’ll have to get points in transition. We averaged just over 53 points last season and only have 13 points returning. That’s not a whole lot and that’s something we’ll have to get figured out early. We’re putting kids in situations they’ve not been in before, and probably the biggest concern is where the points will come from in a true half-court set. “I’m hoping that this is a bunch that will get better over time, and I think that will happen.” Girls basketball The Minster girls challenging for a MAC championship isn’t unusual under longtime coach Nann Stechschulte. So this year will be business as usual, since the Lady Wildcats return seven players from a team that finished 17-8 overall and took third in a very challenging league last season. Two of her returnees are two-year letter-winners in 5-7 senior Claire Fischer and 5-6 senior Kayla Richard, both guards and both captains. Also returning are two more seniors in 6-0 forward

Hannah Sherman and 5-8 forward Kathy Prenger. The other three returnees are juniors in 5-7 guard/ forward Alexis Wuebker, 5-9 guard/forward Logan Arnold and 5-3 guard Taylor Trego. “We have seven kids back, and that’s good, as long as they’re the right seven,” the coach said with a laugh. “It’s a good group, but we still have a lot of work to do.” Despite having all that experience returning, there isn’t a lot of offense back. The player that took care of most of the scoring and rebounding last year graduated. Bridgett Geiger averaged 14.4 points, fifth in the area, and 7.1 rebounds, sixth in the area, last season. And Sara Dahlinghaus also graduated, and also played in the post. “So we don’t have a lot of experience inside,” said the coach. “I think points will be spread out pretty evenly this year,” said Stechschulte. “Last year, teams played to stop two people when they played us. I don’t think they will be able to do that this year.” The rest of the ros-

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ter is all junior newcomers, including 5-7 forward Alana Poeppelman, 5-7 guard Mariah McKenzie, 5-10 guard/forward Lauren Roetgerman, 5-11 forward Marissa Luthman and 5-10 post Alicia Arling. The junior class has been pretty successful in their careers, and a lot of them played for the JV team that was 19-2 last year,” said Stechschulte. “That gives us a lot of depth, so we will be more up-tempo.” Minster is always stingy on the defensive end. The Lady Wildcats allowed just 37.5 points per game last season, best in the area. Stechschulte expects the MAC to be strong again. And her Lady Wildcats face the two teams she thinks are the favorites right off the bat. “Two of our first three leagues games are against Versailles and New Knoxville, and they tied for the league championship last year. And both have a lot of players returning,” Stechschulte said. “So we’re going to have to be ready to play right off the bat.”

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Russia seniors this season include, from the left, Kyle Poling, Austin Tebbe, Chase Hammonds, and Russia girls basketball seniors this season are Maggie Kearns, left, and Camille Puthoff. Isaiah Counts.

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RUSSIA — Paul Bremigan returns for another season as the head coach of the Russia boys, and he’s anxious to improve on last year’s 6-17 record. The girls basketball team, meanwhile, has a new coach in Tim Hatcher and he has a lot of veteran players to work with this season. BOYS BASKETBALL The Russia junior varsity was 20-2 last year and the freshmen 19-1. Now those kids have moved up, and it’s given longtime Raider coach Paul Bremigan a good problem – who to play. “I’ve been thinking of doing it like hockey and just having line changes,” Bremigan said. “We have 14 juniors and seniors, so playing time is still to be determined. It could be a thing that is competitive all year. These kids are competing hard for playing time and it won’t stop. I don’t see depth as being a problem, and we’ve got different groups that we can put on the floor. We don’t have a lot of size but I think we’ve gotten quicker and stronger. And kids like Nolan Francis, Bryce Cordonnier and Jordan Gariety played a lot of varsity last year and I think that experience will show.” There are four seniors in 6-2


Tebbe, and 5-9 guard Chase Hammonds, who is coming back from a knee injury. Francis averaged 12.1 per game last season and also led the team in rebounds at 5.8. Other juniors include Bryce Cordonnier, Justin Gariety, Ryan Magoto, Jacob Pleiman, David York, Luke Dapore, Jordan Gariety and Adam Hoying. Both Pleiman and York are 6-4. “Nolan was our go-to guy last year when Treg Francis went out,” Bremigan said. “But I think we have more options to score this year. Adam Hoying is back and played in the post, and we’re looking for him to be better. I’m looking for everybody to be better. “It’s going to be a challenge but the kids all stick together and work hard in practice,” he continued. “In the past, we always had varsity and JV practice together, but this year we’re going away from that because of our numbers. The JVs practice with the freshmen. There are a few kids who stand out and will get a lot of playing time. But we’ll see who rises to the top.” The Raiders were 6-17 last season.






GIRLS BASKETBALL Basketball coaches will tell you it is where you are at heading into the tournament, not where you are at when the season starts. Never has that been more true than at Russia, where Tim Hatcher takes over as varsity coach after being hired in the fall when Alan King Jr. left to coach at Wilmington University. “We have had a lot to do in a short period of time,” Hatcher said. “It might be Christmas before we get to where other teams are now.” The good news is Hatcher has some familiarity with his team — from coaching against them as Lehman’s JV coach to being a varsity assistant last year. “To be honest, I was more of consultant last year,” Hatcher said. “I was just getting to know Alan and his assistant and a lot of the girls. There were probably a handful of girls I had to get to know when I got the job. But I do have a familiarity with the program and the girls and that helps.” Along with a talented returning corp of last year’s sectional finalist. The starters right now include Kylie Wilson, Claire Sherman, Claudia Monnin, Maggie Kearns and Lauren Heaton. Wilson, a 5-10 junior post,

started inside for the Lady Raiders a year ago and led them in scoring at 12.8 per game. Kearns, a 5-11 senior, is a shooting guard/wing. Sherman is a 5-10 junior post and Monnin is a 5-7 junior guard, who will run the point and play off-guard as well. Heaton, who stepped in to the point guard role last year as a freshman, is a 5-5 sophomore. “She was hurt in eighth grade, so she made the jump from seventh grade to varsity,” Hatcher said. “She is so quick and strong. She is faster than just about anyone. The two things you can’t teach are length and speed and we have both.” Rounding out the roster include junior shooting guard Emily Borchers, junior post Allison Gariety, sophomore post Rachel Heuing and freshman guards Tiffany Hatcher and Maria Herron. “Emily (Borchers) and Allison (Gariety) are going to help us,” Hatcher said. “We have two freshman in my daughter Tiffany and Maria Herron who can help us if we need it.” Senior point guard Camille Puthoff hopes to return from a preseason injury and play point and shooting guard at some point. Russia could play a similar up-tempo style as a year ago.

“We will wait and see on that,” Hatcher said. “We’re doing a lot of the same things Alan did with the short time we’ve had a to get ready for the season. There’s been a lot going on. We’ve had cross country go to state, volleyball in the district finals and a state band concert.” The Lady Raiders will defend their title in the Buckeye Insurance Group Holiday Classic at Piqua. “That ‘s something that is nice for the kids,” Hatcher said. “We look forward to that.” And the Shelby County League, with two state champions last year, will be as strong as ever. “Wow, two state champions (Fort Loramie and Anna),” Hatcher said. “Jackson Center looks to be strong. Fairlawn will not be overlooked. They have a freshman in Audrey Francis who is one of the best players around. The league is so strong, it is an honor to be part of it. And I like that. What better way could you have to get ready for sectionals.” Hatcher admits it is a surprise to find himself in this position. “I thought I was done with coaching when I left Lehman,” he said. “But I am looking forward to this.”


Eagles look forward to new conference Christian Academy basketball coaches Nathanial Tennant (boys) and DJ Heintz are both looking forward to good things this season, with plenty of experience back. And they are also looking forward to the Eagle teams competing in a new conference this season. BOYS BASKETBALL The Christian Academy Eagles finished 6-14 last season, but there are six players returning that should lead to improvement on that mark this season. Returning are senior forwards Isaac Abbott and Aaron Amsden, junior guards Nick Gibson, Nate Brown and John Kindig and sophomore guard Ethan Young. Abbott was the area leader in blocked shots last year with 74, so he’ll make the going tough inside for Christian Academy opponents. The Eagles lost leading scorer Derek Spencer to graduation, but second-leading scorer Nathan Brown is returning after scoring at an 11.4 clip a year ago. And having Amsden back means the Eagles will be strong on the boards. He led the area in rebounding a year ago at

10.8 per game. “We are excited to be joining a newly-formed league this season, the Independent Christian Schools of Ohio (ICSO),” said Tennant. “It’s a conference consisting of schools that are similar in size that will really allow for some good matchups for us all season. “We have two seniors in Abbott and Amsden who give us a really good presence in the paint and that will allow the team to put a lot of pressure on the ball on the perimeter defensively. Offensively, we are going to look to spread the floor and really push the ball to take advantage of fast-break opportunities. The boys have some bad habits that the coaches are working to get them past, but as long as the commitment and effort is there, I have no doubt we will be competitive.” The top newcomers to the team are junior forward Craig Smith, sophomore guards Evan Amsden and John Hancock, and freshmen guards Jay Curliss and Paul Kindig. GIRLS BASKETBALL Coach DJ Heintz has four players back from a


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BOTKINS — Both boys basketball coach Brett Meyer and girls coach Don Mack face some rebuilding after the loss of key layers from last season. But swim coach Heather Thaman is excited with the return of eight letter-winners in all. BOYS BASKETBALL Head coach Brett Meyer is back to lead the Trojans again this season, and he’s having to undertake bit of a rebuilding project after losses to graduation from last year’s squad that finished 13-11 overall and even in the County at 6-6. “We lost two guys that had started as sophomores and another that would have,” Meyer said in reference to Josh Schwartz, Heath Geyer and Seth Hoying. “And when you add in Gabe Lawrence, that’s four highly-intelligent basketball players. So definitely, we lost some highquality seniors from last year.” Schwartz was the seventhbest scorer in the area last season at 14.9 per game, and also led the team on the boards with 6.3 rebounds per game. But Meyer is, of course, focused on the players has has over the ones he lost, and he likes the makeup of this team. He feels there’s enough depth to go to a higher-tempo style this season. “We have Alex Roberts back at point guard, and that’s a good place to start,” he said. “And we also have Mitch Goubeaux and Roger Miller returning, and those are kids that had some big minutes last year. But we lost a lot of our offense and a lot of our rebounding, so we have some areas of concern.” He said the big reason theTrojans had success last year was cutting way down on turnovers, which had plagued them the previous couple seasons by limiting the number of shots they got. “We only averaged about 12 or 13 turnovers a game, and they enabled us to get 15 more shots a game,” Meyer said. “We need that to continue, although I realize playing at a faster tempo will probably mean more turnovers. I just don’t want them to be turnovers that give our opponents easy baskets. We have to focus on limiting that.” He has a strong group of seniors, led by Roberts, a 5-foot-10 point guard, and Miller, another 5-10 guard who can get hot from long range. In the first meeting with the Russia Raiders last season, he drained five threepointers. Another senior is 6-3 Brock Fullenkamp, who must be anxious to get on the court. He broke his wrist after the first scrimmage last season, sidelining him. And Meyer said he would have seen some varsity playing time. Trent Bergman is a 5-10 senior guard, Zach Greve a 5-9 senior guard, and Spencer Stutsman a 6-1 senior post player. “All the seniors will see plenty of playing time because we’re going to play a lot of guys, and we’re pretty even when it comes to tal-

ent level,” said Meyer. “I feel comfortable putting anyone in the game this year.” There are four juniors on the squad in Goubeaux, a 5-10 power forward who averaged around five points per game last year as a sophomore, Phil Greve, a strong 5-10 post player; Austin Jones, a 6-1 shooting guard, and Reed Manger, a 5-10 guard. There are also two sophomores in the mix, one being 6-6 Chad Bergman. “He’s really come along,” said Meyer. Jared Goubeaux, another sophomore, will likely be the backup at the point. Meyer said defense will be a focus for this group. “We need to concentrate at the defensive end, especially help-side defense. We need to get that shored up,” he said. “But my biggest concern is consistency. There were times over the summer when we scored in bunches and then went a couple minutes without scoring. I definitely think this will be a team that will get better as the season goes along, and I think someone different will step up every night. But it that doesn’t happen, we need to play defense and be consistent. If we can get more consistent, the rest will take care of itself.” GIRLS BASKETBALL Don Mack is back for his third season as the varsity girls coach, and he’s fighting a numbers battle this year. “Right now, we’re debating how many kids to play a couple quarters of (junior varsity),” Mack said. “And that’s tough, too, as far as the JVs getting into any kind of rhythm. So our biggest thing this year will be keeping track of quarters.” It’s not a unique situation. New Bremen has just 12 girls out for basketball in its entire school this season, and there were a couple of teams, including Lehman and Fairlawn, that did not have JV teams last season. The girls Mack has out this season lack any real experience. In fact, only one, Michaela Kramer, saw any significant playing time on the varsity last season. “That’s expected when you have six seniors who all contributed very well last season,” said Mack. Kramer and Kayla Heuker are the only two letter-winners back. Heuker is still just a sophomore and will take care of the point-guard duties. “We’re hoping for big things out of her,” Mack said. Kramer, meanwhile, is 5-10 and Mack will be counting on her for a lot this season. “She might play every position on the floor,” he said. “That speaks to her abilities. She handles the ball well and has enough height and strength to play inside if we need her to.” There are two other seniors on the squad in Andrea Goettemoeller and Emily Brown, two juniors in MacKenzie Brown and Brooke Bornhorst, and two sophomores in Natalie Ambos and Taylor Doseck, who will likely split time between JV and varsity. “Andrea played well in scrimmages and finished well around the bucket,”






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The boys basketball team at Botkins is loaded with seniors this season, including, from the left, Zach Greve, Roger Miller, Spencer Stutsman, Brock Fullenkamp, Trent Bergman and Alex Roberts.



Botkins has four seniors to lead the way in girls basketball, including (left to right) Emily Brown, Andrea Goettemoeller, Michaela Kramer and Mikaila Lawrence.

Mack said. “We need her to grab some rebounds for us. Emily is only about 5-6 but she plays hard and will be in the mix. Brooke and MacKenzie will probably play off-guard. MacKenzie is very athletic and Brooke does anything you ask of her. And I really like the future of Natalie Ambos. She is very athletic and knows how to work hard. Probably one of her best attributes is that she’s so competitive and wants to do everything right. She has athleticism and speed and will probably play wing or post.” With such a small roster, Mack said the Lady Trojans won’t be able to be helterskelter this season. “Definitely not,” he said. “We definitely have to pick our poison. Rebounding will

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be a concern. I was pleased in our one scrimmage on how well we checked out. We’re going to have to put bodies on people, and we’re still working on the defensive end to be in spots.” SWIMMING Coach Heather Thaman is excited about the Botkins swim teams for the winter season. She has a couple of threeyear letter-winners back on the girls team, and six returnees in all. And two more on the boys team. I am very excited about my girls team this year,” she said. “We have an excellent group of returning swimmers along with newcomers who all have some swimming experience.” Three-year letter-winners are seniors Rachel Cooper in the 100 breast stroke and senior Rachelle Maurer in the 50 and 100 frees. Bailey Schnippel is a junior two-year letterwinner who competes in long distance, and Taylor Weatherhead is a junior who swims short frees and the 100 back. Amber Buehler and Keirstyn Rogers are both sophomores, Buehler in the 100 free and 100 breast strokes, and Rogers in the 50

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and 100 free. Thaman also had two more juniors in Hannah Wagner in the short distance freestyle and Corrine Woodruff in the 100 breast stroke and freestyle. There are also two freshmen in Morgan Law in the backstroke and freestyle, and Paige Oakley in the 200 IM and 100 breast stroke. Maurer and Bailey were the team MVPs last season. “Paige and Corrine are both great additions to the team and I’m excited to see how they will contribute,” said Thaman. “I think that we will be very competitive in all of our meets, especially in small team meets. “Rachel and Rachelle are fourth-year seniors and will lead the team both in and out of the pool,” she continued. “All of the relays should be strong with Keirstyn and Rachelle anchoring them. The girls have set high goals for themselves and are hoping to advance to the districts both individually and in relays. With this team, we should have most of the events covered. I have quite a few girls who are able to swim anything and are quite versatile. The spots for the relays will be

very competitive.” The two returning for boys swimming are both sophomores in Kyle Maurer in the 100 free and breast stroke, and Dillon Underwood in the 100 and 200 free. Joining them will be sophomore Noah Burton in the 100 back and freestyle events, and four freshmen, including Trent Egbert and Kaleb Hanby in the 100 breast stroke and freestyle events, Isaac Oen in the 50 and 100 free, and Joe Shuga in the 200 IM, 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke. “Even though we are short on returning swimmers this year, we have plenty of newcomers with talent,” said Thaman. “Trent and Joe both have experience in the pool and will be major assets. Even with a smaller boys team, I think that we will still be competitive, especially in the freestyle events.” The Trojan swimmers have an 11-meet schedule this season, with many against teams from the area. “By staying local, it allows us to compete against teams that are our size and skill level. We only have two days each week in the pool and the kids utilize that time very well,” Thaman said.

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New Bremen will be led by these three senior returnees, Brent Goettemoeller (52), Ben Homan (50) Four seniors return to lead the New Bremen girls this season. From the left, they are Melissa Thieman, Kim Brown, Janelle Elking and Karli Jones. and Zach Hegemier.


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NEW BREMEN — While boys head coach Adam Dougherty returns some key players from last season’s 18-6 squad, girls coach Chris Burden is wondering where the players are. BOYS BASKETBALL Coach Adam Dougherty is in his third season as the head coach of the New Bremen boys, and he’s had plenty of success in the first two, with twice as many wins as losses. Last year’s record wound up 18-6, with a 7-2 mark in the Midwest Athletic Conference, which got the Cardinals third place. A lot was lost to graduation from that team, but plenty returns, including two starters, one of whom was first-team allMAC last season. Carson Manger, a 6-foot3 junior guard, averaged 14 points, 4.5 rebounds and just under three steals a game last season. He was first-team All-

MAC, second-team District 8, second-team All-Northwest District, and honorable mention All-Ohio. “Carson had a huge spring and summer and has really worked hard in the offseason,” said Dougherty. “He has improved his ability to handle the ball and is much stronger than a year ago.” The other returning starter is Ben Homan, who averaged 8.7 points and 8.7 rebounds a game. The 6-6 senior was honorable mention All-MAC last season. “Ben should be one of the strongest and most physical post guys in the area,” said Dougherty. “He’s an extremely hard worker, and one of the best team defenders to play here.” There is one more returning letterman in Brent Goettemoeller, who split time last season between varsity and junior varsity. He’s penciled in






as a probable starter, and at 6-5, he will team with the two returning starters to put an imposing lineup on the floor in terms of size. “Brent is a real athletic post guy that gets more skilled every day,” said Dougherty. “He is probably our best athlete and defender. We will ask him to guard a lot of different positions.” The other two starting spots likely belong to 5-9 sophomore guard Ben Schwieterman, and six-foot junior Trey Naylor, both up from the JV team last year. The rest of the squad will include 6-5 junior Nolan Fox, who will be the first one off the bench, 5-10 sophomore Kaelen Reed, 5-9 junior Nate Herriott, 6-1 senior Zach Hegemier, 6-1 junior Braden Elshoff, and 6-0 sophomore Deion Hoehne. Dougherty says the Cardinals have a good post game, rebound well and play good

team defense. But he said work is needed on perimeter shooting, ball-handling and shot selection. “We will be a very inexperienced team early,” said Dougherty. “We hope to get better every day and play best in March. We lost a lot to graduation but return two really good guys with big-game varsity experience. Our success will be determined by how ready our younger guys are to contribute, how well we gel, and how we handle adversity.” GIRLS BASKETBALL The girls program is struggling mightily with numbers this season, with only 12 girls out for the sport in the entire school. Because of that, New Bremen has asked opponents to limit junior varsity games to just two quarters. But coach Chris Burden, in his second year, is looking to build on last year’s 11-12 finish,

which included a 3-6 mark in the MAC. “We’re looking to play a good man-to-man and create turnovers that will lead to some easy buckets,” Burden sad of this year’s team. “It’s going to be key to get off to a good start with a lot of young players playing. They look to improve on a daily basis and get better as the season progresses.” Gone from last year’s team are the top two scorers, Haley Moeller and Kyla Otting. Moeller also led the team in rebounds. He has three letter-winners back in 5-foot-11 senior forward Melissa Thieman, 5-8 senior guard Janelle Elking, and 5-7 senior guard/forward Karli Jones. He thinks the top newcomers will be 5-10 senior Kim Brown, 5-8 sophomore Debbie Paul, 5-6 sophomore Alyse Clune and 5-8 freshman Rosie Westerbeck.


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New Knoxville has six players returning from last season, including these seniors, Ryan Lageman (12), Haley Horstman (left) and Paige Lehman were key players for New Knoxville last year and return for their senior seasons. Isaac Kuntz (10) and Ben Kuck.

Top three scorers return for Lady Rangers NEW KNOXVILLE — The Ranger boys have six players back from a team that won 11 games last season. And the Lady Rangers return two of the top players in the area from a team that finished 17-4. BOYS BASKETBALL The Rangers finished 11-12 in the Midwest Athletic Conference last season, but with six players back coach Cort Fledderjohann has reason for optimism heading into the season. He has six players returning from last year’s squad, including second-leading scorer Andrew Arnett, who went for 10.1 points per game last season. He was also second on the team in assists.

Arnett will be at the point and is still just a junior. Also back are three seniors in forwards Ryan Lageman and Isaac Kuntz, and center Ben Kuck. Kuntz was second on the team in field goal percentage behind only Arnett. There are two more juniors who lettered last season in guards Adam Howe and Shane Topp. Lageman led the Rangers in three-pointers last season with 31, Topp was second with 29 and Kuntz fourth with 26, so the Rangers return plenty of outside firepower. There are two other players that Fledderjohann thinks will be key players for the Rangers this season in juniors Jalen Fullenkamp, a forward, and Ethan Kuck, a post player.

“We have a solid nucleus back from last year, so we should be competitive with everyone on our schedule,” said Fledderjohann. “As far the the conference goes, Versailles and Marion Local look to be the favorites.” GIRLS BASKETBALL The Lady Rangers were outstanding last season, winning the always-tough Midwest Athletic Conference and finishing with an overall record of 17-4. Coach Tim Hegemier has reason to believe this season could be just as successful, with seven letter-winners returning from that team. There are two seniors on the team, and they are talented ones who have seen a

lot of success in athletics in their careers. Haley Horstman was the area’s third-leading scorer last season, averaging 16.9 points per game. In addition, she finished the season hitting 40.4 percent from threepoint range, second-best in the area, and was lights out at the free throw line, hitting 84 percent on 52 of 62. As if that wasn’t enough, she led the area in steals with 85, and led her team in assists with 42. Also back is Paige Lehman, who averaged 10.2 points per game, second behind Horstman. She was also the area leader in field goal shooting, hitting 58.9 percent. Meg Reineke is a junior who also lettered last year. In

fact, she averaged 10.1 and gives the Lady Rangers their top three scorers back from a year ago. She was second on the team in field goal percentage. There are four other returning letter-winners in junior guard Caitlin Magoto, junior guard Kalyn Schroer, and sophomore forwards Rachel Leffel and Madison Lammers. The top newcomers are expected to be sophomore Abi Lageman, a forward, and freshman guard Kenzie Schroer. “With seven letter-winners returning, we hope to challenge for the MAC title again,” said the coach. “Versailles, Minster and Marion Local will also be very strong.”

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Phlipot back for senior-laden Wildcats J C ACKSON

HOUSTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Houston didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have many seniors to lose from last year in boys basketball, meaning head coach John Willoughby has nearly all of his team back this season. And girls coach Greg Ward thinks his team can improve on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9-win campaign. BOYS BASKETBALL Longtime Houston boys basketball coach John Willoughby said one of the problems his 10-14 team had last season was a lack of depth. But with a roster that is top-heavy with seven seniors, he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect that to be a concern this season. And with one of the Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top players returning for this season, you can see why Willoughby enters this season with a lot of optimism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always good to have experienced kids back. It makes practice better and you get things done quicker,â&#x20AC;? said the coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of our problems last year was depth, and we made an effort this year to deepen our bench. We have seven seniors, and three sophomores who will help us out. They will give us good minutes and some energy we were lacking last year.â&#x20AC;? There is only one junior in the program, and Willoughby said he will likely play junior varsity, so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a â&#x20AC;&#x153;gap.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;If anything has hurt the senior class, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not having any juniors behind them pushing them,â&#x20AC;? Willoughby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And last year we only had one senior, so this senior class had nobody in front of them or behind them. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just lucky this senior class has big numbers.â&#x20AC;? Headlining the returning players is Jesse Phlipot, a 6-foot-5 forward whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in his fourth year of varsity ball. Last year he was second-team All-County after averaging 14.2 points per game and 8.1 rebounds, which was third in the area. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adept around the bucket, as evidenced by his 58 percent shooting from the field last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the biggest thing for Jesse will be the play of everybody else,â&#x20AC;? Willoughby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think everybody will play a lot better and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to help him. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want him to have to do everything and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think he will have to. The kids have had great attitudes and have worked hard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesse needs to shoot more than four or five times a game,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to get more shot attempts than last year. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t press or



run because of our numbers, but we added depth so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to press and push the ball a little more.â&#x20AC;? The other six seniors include 5-10 guard Jake Braun, 6-1 forward/center Austin Sarver, 6-1 forward Nate Ritchie, 5-8 guard Evan Winner, 6-1 center David Nagel and 5-10 guard Luke Flaute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Jacob is one of the best defenders weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had for a while,â&#x20AC;? said Willoughby. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evan can pressure full court and never gets tired. Those two players out front will give us a lot of defensive pressure. Luke is new. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first year heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s played. And David brings a lot of energy. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raw, but it seems like heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s able to get rebound after rebound. There will be a spot for him when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not getting the energy we want out there. The three sophomores on the varsity are 5-9 guard Domyneik Phipps, six-foot forward Zach Jolly and 6-3 center Zach Freytag. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our sophomores do a good job defensively,â&#x20AC;? the coach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zach Freytag will help us inside. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a smart defender, and a good help defender. Zach Jolly has good length and long arms. When he has the effort, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real good offensive rebounder.â&#x20AC;? He expects this team to be good on the glass. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should be a good rebounding team,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We should have no excuses there. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about effort and attitude and so far weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re showing that. Practices have been really good. And I love good practices. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot more fun to coach that.â&#x20AC;? Houston is one of the teams mentioned as being a challenger for a County title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we can,â&#x20AC;? Willoughby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These guys have been playing for three years and been competitive for three years, and I think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to take that next step. But there are always other teams. Anna is in the same boat as us, with real good depth. Fort Loramie has great athletes and good young players, and Russia has a lot of kids and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get back to that running and trapping thing that they did so well. So it should be an interesting year.â&#x20AC;? G I R L S BASKETBALL Greg Ward is in his 14th year as head coach of the girls and has a good group of veterans back from a team that finished with a 9-14 record last season. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changed his philosophy a little this season in that he has just eight girls on the var-






Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

It was a large group of senior basketball players that greeted longtime Houston head coach John Willoughby on the first day of practice for the coming season. From the left, they include Evan Winner, Luke Flaute, Dave Nagel, Jesse Phlipot, Austin Sarver, Nathan Ritchie and Jake Braun.

sity to start out. Part of that could be because the numbers arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the best, with just 16 girls out for the sport this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I worry about the numbers,â&#x20AC;? Ward said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That makes it tough. But I definitely think this team can improve on our record from last year. The girls are working real hard and I like where their heads are and the dedication and effort theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re showing. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing things different in practice, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do more running this year, hopefully to give them more interest and get their game legs under them.â&#x20AC;? There are three seniors on the team in 5-9 Monique Booher at forward, 5-8 Heidi Cox at guard and forward, and Terrie Powell at a guard. Nicole Maier is a junior who will man the point guard spot, and Amber Meyer is another junior guard. Macy Stang is a sophomore guard who will play the two-guard spot, but also play some at the point with the idea of freeing up Maier for more scoring opportunities. There are two more sophomores in Jenna Winner and Micayla Hensley. Winner played mostly junior varsity last year, but she was brought up at the end of the seaLuke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News son and scored 15 points The Houston Lady Wildcats are looking to improve on last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record, and these three seniors are in the tournament game. leading the way. They are Terrie Powell (left), Heidi Cox (with the ball) and Monique Booher. And sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5-10. Hensley is â&#x20AC;&#x153;very active,â&#x20AC;? said Ward, and he thinks she the progression the girls faces a difficult sched- of pride for the league will be a big help defen- have made since the first ule. After all, the league with two state champs sively. scrimmage,â&#x20AC;? he said. produced two of the four last year,â&#x20AC;? Ward said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defensively, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able state champions crowned thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four of your games try to play some tough to keep that up.â&#x20AC;? last March. this year.â&#x20AC;? man-to-man, and I like He knows his team â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely a source Ward said he has one other sophomore that will play JV and the rest are freshmen in the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to bring them up early, but hopefully at some point in the season, a couple will be ready to play,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I think they need to get some experience first.â&#x20AC;?



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