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Neighborhood group to meet — The PIQUA Southview Neighborhood Association will conduct its next general meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Mote Park Community Center. All who live or have a business in the area are welcome to attend. The speaker for the evening will be William Lutz, development program manager for the city of Piqua. For more information, call Jim Vetter, at 7781696.

PIQUA— When cutting through school property, a f e w fences a n d e v e n more backyards didn’t seem to work, the al- SAMPSON leged suspect in an early Wednesday morning police pursuit decided to take a dip in the Great Miami River. Cold and sopping wet, the suspect, Daniel L. Sampson, 27, of Minster, clung to safety flotation devices Piqua police officers threw to him for assistance after he bolted from his still-running vehicle, ran up the levee and later entered the river for a brief period in hopes of

making his watery getaway, police officials said. Once the man was rescued, he became combative with paramedics and officers, who later restrained the man before taking him to the Upper Valley Medical Center for an evaluation, according to police reports. On Wednesday morning in Miami County Municipal Court, Sampson appeared via a closed circuit television for his video arMIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTOS raignment on a dozen of Tire tracks, center right, indicate where the suspects car ran through one section charges stemming from of fence at Wertz Stadium, drove through a grass lot, then struck another section the short vehicle, foot and of fence, during an early Wednesday morning police chase. water pursuit. Sampson has been The 2000 Ford Taucharged with failure to rus allegedly comply with a police offidriven by Daniel L. cer, possession of drugs, Sampson, 27, of resisting arrest, obstructMinster, during an ing official business and early morning vandalism. All of the chase through charges are felonies. Piqua sits in a lot In addition, misdeat Lumpkin’s Paint meanor charges of operatand Body Shop ing a vehicle while after being imintoxicated, possession of pounded. See Suspect/Page 2



Planning begins for new Piqua school buildings ‘Project Partnering’ session held with local, county representatives

Moments in Time A cold wave hit Piqua in January 1936 with a solid week of below-zero temperatures.

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PIQUA — The Piqua City Schools facilities project is well under way — although ground won’t be CLEVELAND (AP) — turned at the three buildWednesday’s winning ing sites until spring 2013. Ohio Lottery numbers: On Wednesday, school Night Drawings: officials met with repre■ Classic Lotto sentatives from the Ohio 01-02-06-24-29-42 Schools Facilities Commis■ Rolling Cash 5 sion (OSFC), the school’s 06-09-11-21-32 architectural firm Fanning ■ Pick 3 Numbers Howey, contractors from 6-9-0 Gilbane Construction and ■ Pick 4 Numbers city and county leaders for 7-1-4-0 a “Project Partnering SesDay Drawings: sion.” ■ Midday 3 The session was faciliFOR PHOTO REPRINTS, GO TO WWW.DAILYCALL.COM MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO 8-8-1 Ventriloquist Mark Wade and his guest, Sammy the Shark, talk to students at tated by Rob Kelly Jr., a ■ Midday 4 Wilder Intermediate School on Wednesday afternoon about bullying and personal senior project manager 3-4-8-1 with Alpha Corporation, a choices. See related photo on Page 3. For Powerball numbers consultation firm that visit Courtesy of the Piqua Public Library


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works with the OSFC on school construction projects. The “partnering” process, Kelly said, “aligns roles and identifies interests,” of the various entities involved in the building project. Kelly also noted that these entities — school leaders, contractors, architects, city police and fire and other local government departments — needed to be “united” in order to have a successful project. The idea of partnering is cost-effective, Kelly said. A study completed by the University of Texas compares projects completed using the partnering process versus projects See School/Page 2

Ventriloquist tells students City outlines projects to just say ‘no’ to bullying planned with grants

BY BETHANY J. ROYER Staff writer

PIQUA — Wilder Intermediate students were given a special treat Wednesday afternoon thanks to a visit from America’s No. 1 children’s ventriloquist Mark Wade. What started out as a side job almost 30 years ago, this former educator with a teaching degree from The Ohio State University, has been able to use his unique talent to share an important message with close to a quarter of a mil-

lion kids a year. Just say “no” to bullying. While based out of Grove City, a suburb of Columbus, Wade and his wife Jody travel across the country with tips on how to have a good inner compass, self-control, be respectful and take responsibility. Though he’s opened for such big talents as Garth Brooks, Reba McIntire, Marie Osmond and Chubby Checker, even receiving a call from David Letterman but not able to make an appearance See Bullying/Page 2

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BY BETHANY J. ROYER Staff Writer PIQUA — A public hearing was held Wednesday night at the government complex to speak on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs directed by the Community Development Department.

This hearing gave development program manager Bill Lutz an opportunity to tell the community about the many projects in the works and those that have been completed. With economic development director Bill Murphy also in attendance, to discuss housing improvements, microenterprise See Grants/Page 2


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School Continued from page 1 labeled as traditional, where each entity worked alone to complete their part of the process. The study shows the costs of each project relatively the same, but the cost of project changes differing greatly — for example, 2.5 percent in construction change costs for a partnered project as opposed to 16.5 percent in change costs for a traditional build. Other comparisons included claims costs, with 0.1 percent (partnered) to 7.7 percent in a traditionally-built project. Piqua City Schools will be building three new structures — two identical 70,000 square-foot pre-K through third grade buildings at Springcreek and at Washington, with a 105,000 square-foot facility for grades 4, 5 and 6 at the former Piqua Memorial Hospital site. Bids for the hospital site demolition were opened Wednesday afternoon. City commission will be asked to approve the bids within the next month. It will take up to a year to go through the design and development process, said Curt South, project manager with Fanning Howey. South pointed out that the committee and design team, which has been meeting regularly since the district’s bond issue passed in November, was conscience of the “conservative community” that is Piqua. “The district is taking into consideration of the ‘living within our means,’” concept, which school officials promised to the community, South said. South also discussed the four phases of design that officials will go through during the coming year for all three buildings. They include program of requirements (how many rooms, gym space, how to divide each building’s floor

COVINGTON — The Covington Exempted Village Board of Education met in emergency session Wednesday night to accept the resignation of high school social studies teacher Amy Asher. According to Superintendent David Larson, Asher has resigned “to

Bullying Continued from page 1 as he was booked with his schools, Wade’s real love is working with kids. “I would do this before an opening act,” said Wade on his school shows where, along with the help of Sammy the shark, Duncan the duck and participation from his audience, he shares how to make good personal choices while doing good without expecting anything in return. This 40-minute show is broken into segments with puppets and student interaction, a combination of entertainment with an educational message that makes it more palatable for the kids to learn. In the case of bullying, students are told how to tell an adult, walk away, act confident and stay with a

space), schematic design (the actual drawing of the floor space), design development, and construction documents. The target timeline given Wednesday for the building project includes design completion within the next year (2012-13), construction starts in spring 2013, completion of all three buildings in 2014-15, with each building open and occupied by fall of 2015. Throughout the next year, the architect and contractors will be meeting with police, fire, the city’s health and engineering departments to ensure safety issues and codes are met at each location. Also, building project managers will be working with county officials at the Springcreek site. One idea discussed again Wednesday was for the school’s new buildings to become LEED certified — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Superintended Rick Hanes was pleased with the turnout and discussion during Wednesday’s partnering session. “I think it went well,” he said. In December, Hanes told the Daily Call that as soon as the design process gets under way, more community involvement will be needed. School staff, students, parents and other interested community members will be invited to give ideas on the development of each facility.

Martha L. Retterbush PIQUA — Martha L. Retterbush, 83, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at her residence. She w a s born in Piqua on May 1 7 , 1928, to the RETTERBUSH l a t e Carl and LaDonna (Bird) Nead. On June 6, 1964, in Piqua, she married Robert Retterbush. He survives. Martha is also survived by one son, Anthony “Tony” Deubner, Piqua; one sister: Doris Cissner,

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Piqua; and two grandchildren, Anthony R. Deubner, II, Greenville and Jennifer Deubner, Piqua; and one great grandchild, Anthony M. Deubner. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Martha was a homemaker. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua, with Dr. Frank G. Steyn officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Grant Continued from page 1 development and downtown revitalization. The department will be busy for 2012 with activities that include curb bumpouts and numerous street improvements. All the work will be done thanks to funding from the state, which also assists low to moderate income households through a Community Housing Improvement Program or CHIP. CHIP helps families with home repair, or home/rental rehabilitation and for the fiscal year (FY) 2010 the program was able to provide emergency assistance to 132 households, while five households received funding toward rehabilitation, 12 for home repair and two rental units received rehab assistance. Funding from the program also saw the completion of one out of two Habitat for Humanity homes in the city. In terms of the microenterprise program for FY 2012 applications are due in June into July. This program has helped such small businesses as Faith Driven Fitness. “It’s a nice program,” said Murphy, while noting limitations according to household income. Since 2001, the Downtown Revitalization program has received over $740,000 with the expecta-

pursue other interests.” Larson said the board wanted to accept the resignation at this time rather than waiting until the next regularly scheduled board meeting because Asher’s leave begins immediately. A long-term substitute will cover Asher’s classes for the remainder of the year. After the year con- Continued from page 1 cludes, board members will make a decision re- marijuana, open container and three charges of leavgarding the position. ing the scene of an accident also were filed against him. Lastly, a traffic citation of left of center also was isgroup. “Mark does a great job,” sued. It all started just before said Wilder Intermediate principal Curt Montgomery 2 a.m. Wednesday morning as his students sat riveted when an officer spotted a for the program. “He brings blue 2000 Ford Taurus hit an absolutely wonderful a parked car in the vicinity of the 400 block of East message.” Wade is not the only act Greene Street. The officer in the family, as Jody comes attempted to stop the car, with a similar love for the which eluded him for sevcraft. As a professional eral blocks, said Piqua clown the two having met Deputy Chief Tom Steiner. at a variety arts conference, Then, Sampson alshe’s been traveling with legedly drove his vehicle her husband the last 20 through school property years to help spread this located at the Roosevelt important message to Field House, through a nearly 400 schools a year. couple of fences and backThey couple also pro- yards before eventually mote books and reading at jumping out of his vehicle libraries across the country along Water Street. His for summer reading pro- still-moving vehicle then grams. struck yet another autoThe Wade’s next stops mobile, according to are in Canton and Kenton. Steiner. For more information “At that point, the visit driver took off running across the levee to the bike path and jumped into the river,” Steiner said. “He spokesman said the gover- was in the water and our nor intends to sign it into officers were yelling at him, ordering him to come law. The Ohio House bill, re- out of the water.” Eventually, police offiferred to as the Jessica Logan Act, is named for a cers used their rescue Cincinnati teenager who discs to help drag the man hanged herself in 2008 to safety, but once the susafter weeks of bullying at pect came ashore he grew combative with his resher school.


tions of either $15,000 for a Tier I planning assistance, or $400,000 towards facade and streetscape improvements on a Tier II. “I’m not sure if we’ll go after this or not,” explained Lutz as the city has $50,000 for the Brownfield Action Plan Pilot program. “I’d liked to see what the results of that are first before we go after this one.” Every year the city is allocated funds from the state towards CDBG to help eliminate slum or blight conditions, while also providing fair housing education and outreach. In 2008, the city received $101,000, allowing for the purchase and demolish of three vacant structures certified as slum and/or blighted as determined by the U.S. Census. Other years include funding for improvements to the Mote Park Community Center and streetscape enhancements to the 100 block of West Water Street. New park equipment at Mote Park along with improvements to Wayne, Market and High streets are more projects in the works for FY 2011. The next CHIP meeting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the commission chambers at the government complex. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. For more information visit

COFFSTOWN, N.H. — James L. Heater, 61, of 400 Mast Rd., Goffstown, N.H., died at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home. He was born March 25, 1950, in Portsmouth, N.H., to the late Charles Heater, and Betty (Ely) Heater who lives in Milford, N.H. Other survivors include two brothers, Robert (Marsha) Heater of Wilton, N.H. and Thomas (Mary) Heater of Woburn, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Corey.

Mr. Heater was a 1969 graduate of Milford High School, Milford, N.H. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at the Forest Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Jack Chalk officiating. Arrangements are being handled through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Piqua Community Foundation, P.O. Box 226, Piqua, OH 45356. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through

Francis M. Hereford TROY — Francis M. Hereford, 85, of Troy, passed away at 4:47 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Troy Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Jan. 24, 1927, in Greenup, Ky., to the late William and Marie (Riley) Hereford. He is survived by brother, Charles Hereford and sister, Maude “Ellen” Freese, both of Troy.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hereford was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters. He was a retired railroad worker. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens, Vandalia. Friends may express condolences to the family through

Dan Baisden WEST MILTON — Dan Baisden, 60, of West Milton, passed away peacefully after a brief struggle with cancer Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at his residence surrounded by family. Dan was born March 21, 1951, in Delbarton, W.Va. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Minnie (Harmon) and Loranzie Baisden; and brothers, Terry and Dewey Baisden. Dan is survived by his spouse of nearly 40 years, Terry (Hines) Baisden; brother, Tom Harmon of Lauraa; sister, Sherry Baisden of West Milton; son, Dan Baisden Jr. and daughter-in-law, Jessica (Ford) Baisden of West Milton; daughter, Jessica (Baisden) Brown and sonin-law Matt Brown Jr. of West Milton. Dan also has three grandchildren, Averie, Emerie and Garrett, who will dearly miss their “pap.” Dan attended Milton-

U n i o n H i g h School and was a veteran of the United States Navy. Dan’s love of the outdoors was evident in his frequent hunting trips and Lake Erie fishing excursions and his spirit will live on in the lives of the family and friends that hold him dear. In celebration of Dan’s life, a memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, 284 N. Miami St., West Milton with Pastor Scott Deane officiating. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 454373 or online at Envelopes also will be available at the funeral home.

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PIQUA — Clyde W. Kaemmerer, 61, of Piqua, passed away at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Melcher-Sowers cuers, but there were no injuries as a result of the Funeral Home, Piqua. entire incident, Steiner PIQUA — Ronald L. Elliott, 78, of Piqua, passed added. “Our guys did a good job away at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Miami of getting him clear of the Valley Hospital, Dayton. Arrangements are pending at Melcher-Sowers river and getting him aid,” the deputy chief said. “We Funeral Home, Piqua. recognize the dangers of WEST MILTON — Helen Kleather, 77, of West being in that water in that temperature. Any time is Milton, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at the not a good time to be in Troy Care & Rehabilitation Center, Troy. there, but especially in the Arrangements are pending at the Hale-Sarver middle of the night and in Family Funeral Home, West Milton. those temperatures.” Inside the vehicle, auSIDNEY — Ruth H. Ross, 77, of Sidney, passed thorities found LSD, mari- away at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at the Upper juana and an open Valley Medical Center in Troy. container, authorities reFuneral services will be held Saturday at World Misported. sions for Christ Church with Pastor David Wooten ofPolice continue to inves- ficiating. In keeping with Ruth’s wishes, her body will tigate the early morning be cremated following the funeral service. Interment vehicle and foot chase and of her ashes will take place at Shelby Memory Gardens said more charges could be at a later date. filed based on that investiArrangements are in the care of the Cromes Fugation. neral Home & Crematory, Sidney. A preliminary hearing will be held for Sampson SIDNEY — Betty E. Oen, 85, of Sidney, passed in municipal court in the away at 7:35 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at St. Rita’s near future, but no date Medical Center, Lima. had been set by WednesFuneral services will be held Friday at Cromes Fuday afternoon. He remains behind in neral Home, Sidney, with the Rev. Barbara Staley ofthe Miami County Jail on ficiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney. a $60,000 bond.

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Wilder Intermediate School principal Curt Montgomery introduces Mark Wade to students during an assembly on Wednesday. Wade has been a ventriloquist for more that 30 years.


PIQUA — Edison Community College will be hosting a public lecture series event dealing with the issues surrounding weight loss and healthy living at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Edison Theater of the Piqua campus. Edison faculty member Dr. Thomas D. Martinez will lead the lecture that will explore the necessary steps to having a healthy, successful weight–loss journey. The five-step process is an easy to understand guide designed to lead anyone who is truly committed to a achieving a healthy lifestyle, through common barriers experienced by just about anyone who has tried a diet and failed. This common sense approach is delivered in an easyto-understand system which participants can apply immediately, and achieve immediate results. Martinez, D.C., graduated with his degree in Chiropractic Medicine in 2005. He relocated to Piqua in 2010, to teach at Edison Community College as an Instructor of anatomy and physiology. While in private practice, he excelled as a family practitioner specializing in the treatment of athletes of all skill levels. He has actively treated or consulted on treatment on athletes for the NFL, NCAA, PBR, USOC, AFL, and NBA. The lecture series will have one more installment this spring, and each lecture lasts an hour or less. The sessions are open to all and everyone is encouraged to attend and participate. Topics will range from local to global matters focusing on everything from nutrition to exotic forms of music to the impact that pesticides have on our region’s ground water. This lecture series is sponsored by the Arts & Sciences Division of Edison Community College.

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Piqua City Schools News PIQUA — The following events and activities are taking place in Piqua City Schools: • Congratulations to Piqua High School sophomore Christin Libbee, who has been selected as the first place winner for the 10th grade writing competition for the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Writing and Multimedia Contest sponsored by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. More than 1,500 entries were received for this contest with only two winners selected from each grade level to receive recognition. Libbee will be recog-

HIGH SCHOOL nized at an awards ceremony in Columbus on Feb. 23. • Twenty-nine Bennett Intermediate fifth-grade students participated in the Glen Helen Outdoor Education camping trip Jan. 17 through Jan. 20. Students enjoyed camping life and hiking as a part of the science and social studies curriculum.

• Second quarter recognition programs will be held today at Bennett Intermediate and Friday at Wilder Intermediate. Students will be recognized for honor roll, behavior, attendance and Accelerated Reader Goals. • On Wednesday, Jan. 25, Wilder students welcomed ventriloquist Mark Wade. Wade and his characters shared a message on bullying. • On Friday, Chrissy Richardson will be at Wilder Intermediate to share the highlights of being a pharmacist and the importance of education to her success.

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hen money managers are asked why they deserve tens of millions of dollars for pushing around other people’s money, the answer is always, “the risk.” They took the risk; they made the bet and won. To the victor go the spoils. That makes a lot of sense. When you take a big risk, you deserve to make a lot of money. You deserve the beachfront house, the private jet, the second home in Aspen. Sure, that’s the same thing drug kingpins say, but there’s one big difference: When drug dealers make the wrong bet, they go to jail. When money managers lose a bet, they get a bonus. “Oh,” you might say, “but the money managers didn’t break the law.” Really? Who told you that? Oh, the money managers. I had a friend who chased down a purse-snatcher in Manhattan once and tackled the thief in a busy midtown crosswalk. The first thing out of the purse-snatcher’s mouth was, “I didn’t do anything!” He kept yelling that at the top of his lungs. When the police arrived, they wanted to arrest my thief-tackling friend instead, until the woman whose purse was stolen finally set them straight. So all the Wall Street money managers are yelling that they didn’t do anything. I keep wondering, when are all the people whose purses were stolen going to set them straight? JIM MULLEN It seems to me that if you’re Columnist going to be rewarded for taking a big risk and winning, you should be punished for taking a big risk and losing. Even if you’re a banker or a stockbroker. Even if you went to Harvard or Yale. There’s a reason we don’t give gold medals to the people who come in last at the Olympics. It doesn’t mean they are bad athletes — after all, you have to be pretty good just to compete in the Olympics. But they didn’t win. So why is it that if you’re a money manager, you can come in last place and win a golden parachute? If risk is the thing that determines how we reward people, why aren’t our combat troops making bags full of money for going to Afghanistan? Aren’t they taking a risk? Aren’t they risking a lot more than any stockbroker or banker? What about our police officers and firefighters? Wouldn’t you say they’re in risky professions? By Wall Street logic, they should all be paid $100 million a year for what they do. Maybe more. My friend Jack says, “If those Occupy Wall Street protesters are so against money, why aren’t they protesting rich movie stars and rich singers?” Excuse me, but has some rich movie star ever been bailed out of financial trouble with your tax dollars? Has some profligate basketball star been bailed out with the public’s dime? If so, I sure can’t find any news stories about it. Money-sucking stockbrokers want you to think that the protest is rich vs. poor, that those who object are jealous of the rich. That’s like saying you are jealous of the guy who mugged you because he now has more money than you do. No, you are ANGRY at the mugger for the mugging. And you want your money back. What if a mugger’s defense attorney argued: “Sure, my client took the money, but that’s the way capitalism works. That’s the risk you take by walking down a dark street. You know you’re going to get robbed someday — what difference does it make if my client robs you or if somebody else does? Besides, my client has these ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ cards that he printed on the back of thousand-dollar bills and sent to all his friends in Congress, so let’s just drop the whole thing.” If you made money losing your clients’ and your stockholders’ money by taking “legal” risks and you got a taxpayer-paid bonus, don’t call it “capitalism.” It’s something else entirely. Am I jealous of the money that rich stockbrokers made for themselves by losing money for their clients? No. Wall Street wants you to think it’s about money. It’s about justice.

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Perry made critical contribution to race dict XVI said during a rouack when he was tine visit of American bishjust another Repubops to the Vatican. The lican running for his pontiff went on to warn of party’s presidential nomi“certain attempts being nation, Texas Governor made to limit that most Rick Perry condemned the cherished of American freeObama administration’s doms, the freedom of reli“war on religion.” The man gion.” had a point: The left is “At the heart of every markedly hostile toward KATHRYN LOPEZ culture,” he said, “is a conreligion that does not conColumnist sensus about the nature of form to liberal views. reality and the moral good, And liberalism has become, in some respects, sexual libertinism. and thus about the conditions for human For liberals, it’s no longer just saying ‘any- flourishing.” Paying tribute to our nation’s origins, he thing goes,’ but that we have a fundamental right to an ‘anything goes’ lifestyle and praised America’s grounding “in a worldthe taxpayer-funded tools needed to sus- view shaped not only by faith but a commitment to certain ethical principles tain it. Perry had one of his best debates dur- deriving from nature and nature’s God.” Now, according to the pope, that coning a tumultuous night in New Hampshire, during which moderators insisted sensus has been “eroded significantly in on repeatedly asking questions about con- the face of powerful new cultural currents” traception and homosexuality, seemingly that are “not only directly opposed to core hoping to force a candidate to crack and moral teachings of the Judeo-Christian admit harboring secret plans to issue a tradition, but increasingly hostile to federal directive that would confiscate Christianity as such.” The pope wasn’t endorsing the Repubbirth control. A conversation about the power of the government to override reli- lican field, needless to say, but around the gious organizations on conscience issues world, people are noticing our culture — such as gay couples adopting children coming undone. It’s rare that a prime-time and publicly funded abortion — ensued, broadcast takes note, as well. But that taking in numerous candidates from a va- Saturday night on ABC, there the candidates were, discussing just such an unriety of religious backgrounds. Perry didn’t mince words about what he raveling. Perry’s late entrance into the presidenfelt was a bias toward Christian values on the part of the Obama administration. tial primary field was marked with con“When we see an administration that will troversy over his involvement in a prayer not defend the Defense of Marriage Act … rally in Texas. The rally was an affront to When we see this administration not giv- those who insist that religion and politics ing money to Catholic Charities … be- can never mix. Perry knows that belief in a creator is cause they don’t agree with the Catholic Church on abortion, that is a war against part of the American narrative as we’ve religion. And it’s going to stop under a known it. And while you’re free to not pray, as I am to do so, we’d better be carePerry administration.” He was talking about senior officials in ful about manipulating faith for the sake the Department of Health and Human of politics and ostracizing faith because of Services killing a deal to help interna- our politics, trampling on conscience tional victims of sex trafficking, merely be- rights in service to a phony tolerance. When history remembers Rick Perry’s cause the church’s views on contraception and abortion clash with the government’s. time on the campaign trail, it ought to reA certain man in Rome would likely be member this. He saw some of these things appreciative of Perry, even though the clearly and helped advance a conversaTexan is a Protestant. “It is imperative tion, keeping religious freedom out in the that the entire Catholic community in the open and protected. United States come to realize the grave Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-large of threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism National Review Online (www.nationalrewhich finds increasing expression in the She can be contacted at political and cultural spheres,” Pope Bene-


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To the Editor: On behalf of the Western Ohio Detachment of the Marine Corps League and the Marine Corps Reserve Toys-for-Tots program I would like to thank you for your overwhelming support once again this year. Because of the generosity of the citizens of Miami, Shelby and western Auglaize counties we were able to help provide toys to more than 3,000 children this year. During a time when the need has never been greater, individuals and groups in each local community stepped up and met that need. We would be unable to meet that need without your help and the success of our local campaign is a direct result of your help. Hopefully the economy will rebound and the need will not be as great next year, but if it is I know that you will be ready to once again step up and help the less fortunate kids in our area. Thanks again. —Robert A. Bloom Toys-for-Tots Local coordinator

Editorial roundup BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Excerpts of recent editorials of interest from Ohio newspapers: The Cincinnati Enquirer Many Ohio drivers would love to see the state’s speed limits increased where possible. We don’t really blame them. Most of us are at least tempted to lead-foot it at times you know that really boring stretch between Cincinnati and Columbus? But a bill in the General Assembly that would raise the speed limit to 70 mph on all interstate highways throughout the state looks like a clunker to us. It’s too sweeping, unfocused, and potentially costly to cities with highway segments that ought to have lower speed limits because of traffic congestion, road design, safety or other factors. … Frankly, we’re not convinced an increased speed limit is wise from a safety standpoint - or is even necessary, for that matter. Let’s be honest here. The de facto speed limit is at least 70 on many highways. That’s what people really drive anyway. So why the push to change it officially? Maag says that Ohio should hike the speed limit because the Ohio Turnpike and surrounding states (Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia) have 70 mph limits. But consistency for its own sake isn’t much of an argument.

Where to Write Public officials can be contacted through the following addresses and telephone numbers: ■ Lucy Fess, mayor, 5th Ward Commissioner,, 6159251 (work), 773-7929 (home) ■ John Martin, 1st Ward Commissioner,, 773-2778 (home) ■ William Vogt, 2nd Ward Commissioner,, 773-8217 ■ Joe Wilson, 3rd Ward Commissioner,, 778-0390 ■ Judy Terry, 4th Ward Commissioner,, 773-3189 ■ City Manager Gary Huff,, 778-2051 ■ Miami County Commissioners: John “Bud” O’Brien, Jack Evans and Richard Cultice, 201 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373 440-5910; ■ John R. Kasich, Ohio governor, Vern Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 644-0813, Fax: (614)

466-9354 ■ State Sen. Bill Beagle, 5th District, Ohio Senate, First Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215; (614) 466-6247; e-mail: ■ State Rep. Richard Adams, 79th District, House of Representatives, The Riffe Center, 77 High St. 13th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 466-8114, Fax: (614) 7193979; ■ Jon Husted, Secretary of State, 180 E. Broad St. 15th floor, Columbus, OH 53266-0418 (877) 767-6446, (614)466-2655; ■ David Yost, State Auditor, 88 E. Broad St., 5th floor, Columbus, OH 43215, 800-282-0370 or 614-466-4514 ■ Mike DeWine, State Attorney General, 30 E.Broad St., Columbus, OH 43266, (614) 466-4320 ■ U.S. Rep. John Boehner, 8th District, 12 S. Plum St., Troy, OH 45373, 339-1524 or (800) 582-1001 U.S. House Office, Washington, D.C., 1020 Longworth, HOR, 20515









Food Network, book take on weight in chef whites LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK — Paula Deen’s diabetes revelation pretty much sums it up: Kitchen pros at all levels struggle with obesity and its dangerous aftertaste in the high-pressure, highcalorie world of food. The queen of Southern comfort cooking, now a spokeswoman for a diabetes drugmaker’s health initiative, announced last week that she hid her Type 2 diabetes for about three years while continuing to cook up deep-fried cheesecake and baconand-egg burgers between doughnuts on TV. Choosing to digest her ill health privately all those years, Deen’s story is familiar to those in chef’s jackets who already had gone public with the question few in their world love to talk about: How do you stay healthy while trying to earn a living making food? On Thursday, a dozen obese chefs, restaurant owners, caterers and others will search for the answer. That’s when the Food Network premieres “Fat Chef,” which follows participants for 16 weeks as they struggle to lose weight and learn a healthier way of life with the help of trainers, nutritionists and therapists. “You have this abundance of food all around you,” said pastry chef Michael Mignano, who’s one of the dozen. “You’re doing parties, you have weddings. There’s always a lot of food left over. You’re constantly tasting, working late hours, eating late.” Mignano, 36, owns a bakery in Port Washington, N.Y. At 6 foot 2, he weighed about 500 pounds soon after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2010, before “Fat Chef ” went into production last October. His resolve to do something about his weight grew stronger as the result of a different Food Network show on which he appeared in September, “Sweet Genius.” “I wasn’t nervous about that show, but I was nervous about whether the jacket would fit me,” said Mignano, who now weighs about 400 pounds and has a long road ahead to reach his goal weight of 250. “Watching myself on that show, I was the fat guy. That’s all I saw. I felt almost like a drunk seeing


In this July 19, 2007 photo, chef Art Smith poses in the kitchen at his home in Chicago, as he prepares vegetables for gazpacho. Smith was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about three years ago. Smith ballooned to 325 pounds until he decided to turn it all around and lose 118 pounds. Now 51, the Jasper, Fla., native, restaurant owner, cookbook writer and food TV personality has kept the weight off. himself on the floor passed out.” Going public with his weight loss journey hasn’t been easy for Mignano and others in similar unhealthy dire straits. As chefs, the constant food stimulation by sight, smell and taste was compounded by personal struggles and family obligations. Art Smith, who doesn’t appear on the show, is a child of fried chicken and other Southern staples like his old pal Deen. Like Deen, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about three years ago. Also 6 foot 2, Smith ballooned to 325 pounds while gorging on refined sugar, caffeine, PB&Js — anything that gave him an instant energy boost or filled him up at the end of an exhausting day as a chef for Oprah Winfrey. Exercise? He could barely walk a block, until he decided to turn it all around and lost 118 pounds. Now 51, the Jasper, Fla., native, restaurant owner, cookbook author and food TV personality has kept the weight off. Smith has run marathons, eats oatmeal and egg whites for breakfast, drinks plenty of water and has expanded Common Threads, his healthy eating initiative for low-income kids. He declares: “I’ve got my sexy back!” Obviously not all chefs struggle with obesity and

serious health threats like diabetes, but most do think about weight and how to hold back the extra pounds. Allison Adato, a senior editor and former food beat writer for People magazine, is out in April with a book, “Smart Chefs Stay Slim,” offering insights and tips from three dozen of the biggest names in the industry. “Paula Deen’s revelation may mark a turning point for some viewers and diners,” Adato said. “My hope is that this moment creates a broader awareness that the way a person eats does have an impact on his or her health. Fortunately, there are a lot of chefs who have already thought about how to balance a healthy lifestyle with enjoying wonderful food.” Surrounded by rich, decadent food and their need to earn a living from it, Adato’s chefs stay fit by keeping hyper-aware of every calorie. Some balance out their food excesses over a few days, indulging one day, but “eating clean” the next. They know the difference between tasting the food they prepare without gorging on it, and exactly how much dessert to enjoy. As a pastry chef, Mignano said his problem wasn’t so much the chocolate he was surrounded by. It was the junk food he’d slam down before and after work. Ally Vitella, 41, a New

York City caterer, discovered she had Type 2 diabetes at the first health check-in for “Fat Chef.” At 5-9, she weighed 345 pounds and was forced to sit guiltily by as her husband and mother-in-law lugged catering ovens and other equipment up and down the stairs of their Manhattan clients. After a job, “You’re kind of a scavenger. I was eating hors d’oeuvres for lunch and dinner. I would scoop up half a tray of food and eat it. We were ordering pizza and Chinese food at home because we were exhausted all the time,” she said. “We cook things you’re supposed to eat once in a while, but I was eating them every day.” Vitella, who lives in North Caldwell, N.J., dropped from a size 28 to a size 16 during the show, losing nearly 60 pounds. Her goal weight is 190, but the important thing, she said, is she can play again with her 7-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter. “I’ve learn that tasting means tasting, not tasting the same dish five times,” Vitella said. Escalation of Type 2 disease in the U.S. has been closely tied to obesity. Roughly 23 million Americans are believed to have the most common Type 2 diabetes; patients’ bodies either do not produce enough insulin or do not use it efficiently, allowing excess sugar, or glucose, to accumulate in the blood.

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Mom is miffed that birthday party was a shopping spree DEAR ABBY: My 12year-old daughter, “Mandy,” was invited to a friend’s birthday party along with 12 other girls. They were told to meet at the mall where they’d “go shopping” together, then go for a sleepover afterward. The birthday girl told her friends to bring money as gifts. Well, she raked in more than $300 then proceeded to spend it all on herself while her friends stood and watched. Mandy returned home the next day and told me that although the girl spent the money on herself, her mom did buy them each a beverage. Abby, I gave my daughter $20 to go to the party, thinking the money would be for all of their fun — not the birthday girl’s financial gain. I thought your readers might want to learn from my mistake. These days, a birthday party may not be a party at all! — HORRIFIED IN WICHITA DEAR HORRIFIED: While this may have been shocking to you, the kind of party you have described may be acceptable to your daughter and her circle of friends. The birthday girl’s intentions could have been made more clear — she requested money as gifts and instructed everyone to meet at the mall. However, they accepted the invitation on her terms. The sleepover may have been the party. I hope they were fed after the mall crawl because they must have been starving. DEAR ABBY: My dad died unexpectedly last year, three months before my 18th birthday. He had been kicked out of the house a few months prior to that because he was a horrible alcoholic who destroyed everything he ever cared about. He froze to death, alone. My boyfriend is my soul mate. He has been my only source of support since Dad died. Mom ignores everything and has left me alone to go through all of this, spending my Social Security on vacations we could never have afforded before. My


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Jehovah’s Witnesses transform building BY DAVID YONKE Toledo Blade Associated Press TOLEDO — More than a dozen volunteers wielding hammers, saws, and paintbrushes are busy renovating a former insurance office near downtown Toledo into a place of worship. The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Midtown Kingdom Hall, at the intersection of Cherry and Sherman streets, will be home to four congregations when it opens next month. When one of those congregations meets, the entire service will be conducted in American Sign Language. “It will be deathly quiet. Everything will be in sign language, all the songs, all the talking, all the presentations,” said Gary Martin, the project development director for the kingdom hall and an ASL interpreter. The ASL congregation has 39 members, he said, 9 of them deaf and the other 30 trained to speak in sign language. “The hearing people learned American Sign Language so we could speak the language and honor the deaf community,” Mr. Martin said. “Deaf people once were known as ‘deaf and dumb.’ They may be deaf but they are certainly not dumb.” Mark Smith, a spokesman for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, said the religious organization is making a push to spread the Gospel in every lan-


Volunteers are busy getting a former insurance office near downtown Toledo ready to open next month as Midtown Kingdom Hall. guage, including sign language. The denomination’s headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y., supports 59 versions of sign languages worldwide, and The 2011 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses reports that the 6.5 million Witnesses worldwide include 16,000 deaf members. “Our job is to preach the good news to everyone, and that includes the deaf,” Mr. Smith said. The Toledo metropolitan area has 17 congregations with between 80 and 100 members each that meet at seven kingdom halls.

Mr. Smith said there are two Spanish congregations and efforts are under way to start Arabic, French, and Chinesespeaking congregations. The new kingdom hall, across Cherry Street from the former White Castle restaurant, will be shared by Toledo’s Manhattan, Midtown, West Central, and ASL congregations. Mr. Martin said sharing a building makes good use of the property and keeps costs down. The funding for a new building comes from the Brooklyn headquarters and will be repaid by the

local congregations interest-free, preventing the need for bank loans, according to Mr. Martin. The former State Farm Insurance office, a spacious building with a number of large glass windows, was purchased in September for $425,000, and the local congregations plan to spend $128,000 to get it ready. The estimated value when completed will be $800,000, Mr. Martin said. About 400 volunteers, some driving from as far away as Mansfield, Ohio, and Indiana, have been working to renovate the

facility since construction began at the end of November. All volunteers must first complete a worker-safety program run by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which has 160,000 approved worker volunteers nationwide, Mr. Martin said. One of the first tasks for getting the new hall ready was cleaning up a trashstrewn alley behind it. Workers hauled away two dump trucks full of trash, such as old tires and used syringes. “We’re not the kind of people who will put up with that,” Mr. Martin

said. The Jehovah’s Witnesses was listed among the fastest-growing religious groups in the 2011 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, reporting a 2 percent increase from 2010 to 1,092,169 members. The denomination was founded in the 1870s in Allegheny, Pa., by Bible student Charles Taze Russell. Witnesses do not believe in the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit but instead believe there is only one God, Jehovah. They teach that Jesus is appointed to judge every person, and that those judged as righteous will be given everlasting life on a paradise earth, while those judged as unrighteous will not be tormented but will die and cease to exist. There is no clergy because everyone is considered equal in God’s eyes. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas, Easter, and birthdays, saying those occasions come from ancient false religions. “We follow the Bible, not traditions,” Mr. Smith said. They do not accept blood transfusions, although they may allow blood substitutes or components in emergencies. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been holding regional conventions in downtown Toledo every summer since 2005, with an estimated 7,000 people attending each of the three-day weekend sessions.

Troy-Hayner Cultural Center Judge won’t consider to kick off annual Poetry Series release for Amish leader various U.S. literary journals. In addition to receiving local recognition for her poetry, in 2009, Astor won an honorable mention in the New River TriAnnual Poetry Awards sponsored by the Florida State Poet’s Association Inc., a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Socie t i e s (NFSPS). In late 2011, she publ i s h e d T h i r t y Years Past (Finishing Line Press). A graduate of Jefferson High School, Astor went on to earn an associates degree from Sinclair Community College in 1978, and a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University in 1986. Astor joined the Dayton Visual Arts Center where she expressed her creative side as an artist. She developed her own company, Barbwire, where she designed cards featuring vintage photos of monkeys. At the same time

she became an avid writer, winning three poetry competitions and was featured on the YWSO radio program, “Conrad’s Corner.” The second reading in the Hayner Poetry series will take place on Thursday, March 8 and feature West Virginia native Ed Davis. In conjunction with the series the Hayner Center is currently accepting submissions of original poetry for their 2nd Annual Poetry Competition. Aspiring poets of all ages are invited to participate in the contest. Faculty members from Wright State University will review the poems. Winners will be awarded cash prizes and be invited to read or have their poetry read at the final poetry reading on April 5. Dr. David Petreman, coordinator of Hayner’s poetry series will be the Master of Ceremonies and guest reader. Complete details of the competition are posted on the Hayner website, The deadline for entries is March 9.

THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press CLEVELAND — A breakaway Amish leader charged in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish complained Monday that the government is trying to demonize him to keep him locked up, but a judge again rejected pretrial release. The attorney for Samuel Mullet Sr., 66, told the judge that the government is trying to invoke the memory of a deadly 1993 Waco, Texas, standoff in opposing Mullet’s release. U.S. District Dan Aaron Polster responded with a brief order rejecting the defense request to reconsider release on bond. Prosecutors say Mullet is a risk to flee and poses a danger to the community. The government declined comment on the renewed defense appeal. The government said earlier that Mullet could not be trusted to appear in court when ordered and sending officers to his Bergholz farm near Steubenville could lead to

“the risk of tragic consequences.” Mullet and 11 followers are charged in five beardand hair-cutting attacks on other Amish last year. All 12 have pleaded not guilty. Seven are jailed without bond. “The government persists in its efforts to raise irrational fears regarding Samuel Mullet Sr. and his attempt to be released on bond,” attorney Ed Bryan said in a court filing. “Undoubtedly, the government is attempting to harken memories of Waco, Texas, where the Branch Davidians, at David Koresh’s command, resisted Mr. Koresh’s arrest by an armed conflict.” The federal raid on the compound left four agents and six Davidians killed in the initial gunbattle. The 51-day standoff ended when the complex burned, killing Koresh and nearly 80 of his followers. Bryan disputed the characterization of Mul-

let’s farm as a fortified compound and said Mullet doesn’t have a stockpile of weapons. “There is no walled ‘compound’ or single facility where individuals can barricade themselves against law enforcement officers executing arrest warrants,” the defense filing said. A feud over church discipline allegedly led to attacks in which the beards and hair of men and hair of women were cut, which is considered deeply offensive in Amish culture. The seven-count indictment includes charges of conspiracy, assault and evidence tampering in what prosecutors say were hate crimes motivated by religious differences.



TROY — The TroyHayner Cultural Center will kick off their 11th Annual Poetry Series with an evening of original poetry read by author, Barbara Astor. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Hayner Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy. The event is free and open to the public. Award-winning poet, Astor, grew up in Jefferson Township, where she began writing poetry as a child. She developed a love of nature and found an outlet for her feelings through her autobiographical poems. According to Astor, who began to study poetry in the 1980s, she has always had a love for the written word. While growing up she used her love of the outdoors and nature to blunt some of the pain she experienced. Astor revisits her childhood to explore these feelings in this collection of poetry. Astor has published in

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in singing or playing available for use. For more Place from 10-10:30 a.m. The church is located at music. For information, information, email 104 W. Ward St., Vercall 773-8002. sailles. For more informaPIQUA — Calvary Baption, call 526-4194 or visit Church offers tist Church, 726 Wilson Church plans Ave., Piqua, announces new services blanket event the Rev. Carl Ward as its new pastor. TIPP CITY — A Project VERSAILLES — The Pastor Rasor to Ward, is a native of Linus Make a Blanket Versailles Christian present message Celina, has preached for Day event and collection Church will now offer two 18 years. Ward and his site will be from 10 a.m. to worship opportunities beBRADFORD — Pastor wife Beverly have re-lo- 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at Ging- ginning Sunday, Feb. 5. Vaughn Rasor will present cated to Piqua and invite hamsburg Church Disci- The services will be held the message during the the public to attend serv- pleship Center, 7695 S. at 9 a.m. and again at morning worship service ices, including Sunday County Road 25-A, Tipp 10:30 a.m. this coming Sunday at The two worship and Harris Creek Church of school at 10 a.m., with an City. 11 a.m. morning worship Participants can make celebration services will the Brethren on State and a 6 p.m. Sunday blankets for children in be identical, with nursery Route 721 N., Bradford. Evening praise and wor- need of some love and en- care, children’s classes Rasor is a 1976 graduship resuming Feb. 5, and couragement. Some pre- and activities and Bible ate of Bradford High a 6 p.m. Wednesday Hour cut kits will be available, studies also available at School and is presently of Power prayer meeting. as well as a limited num- both service times. Cafe pastor of Fairview Baptist Sunday evening services ber of “extra” sewing ma- 105 with coffee, juice and Church in Mt. Vernon, Ky. are open to anyone who chines. Irons/boards and snacks will be open each The public is invited to atwould like to participate rotary cutting mats will be week in The Gathering tend.

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S M O KS IEG N A L S Piqua Show Choir shines

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Staff: Eric Craft Robby Bloom Sarah McCrea Megan Jones Adviser: Debbie Allen


Deadlines approach for seniors

BY ERIC CRAFT Staff Writer The Piqua High School Show Choir, The Company, competed at the Beavercreek Midwest Show Choir Competition on Jan. 14. During the day they were class A champs while at night they were overall Grand Champions. They performed their usual contest show at the competition. Fifteen different schools from Ohio and West Virginia competed at the competition. Their show opened with the song “Love the Way You Lie” and continued with “I've Gotta Be Me,” “I'd Rather be Sailing,” “Smokin' in the Boys' Room,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” and “Fighter.” They won several awards including best combo and best vocals. Member Sam Roth won best male soloist, and Daret Spradley won best performer. This year show choir has done a phenomenal job getting better with each competition. The Show Choir was ranked nationally at this competition. Also, this past week, they held their own invitational. They performed their show to close the invitational. Congratulations, Piqua Show Choir on doing a great job this year. We are sure to see even more great performances to come.

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BY SARAH MCCREA Staff Writer For seniors, deadlines for scholarship and college applications are quickly approaching. One form is for students who have parents with low income and worry about paying for college: the FASFA or Free Application for Student Financial Aid application. Colleges and the government use this form to determine the amount of money that can be given to students to help pay for college that they will not have to give back. It also determines if they can receive any grants, scholarships, and subsidized or unsubsidized loans. The FASFA application is still accepted through the month of June but it is better if students get it turned in by the months of February or March. For parents and students having trouble filling out the form, there is a meet-

ing at Edison on Feb. 12 to guide parents through the process. If this date is inconvenient, Edison is holding another meeting from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 22 at Piqua High School. Students who still haven't taken the ACT or SAT should not wait any longer. The latest time a senior should take the ACT or SAT is in February. Colleges that students may have already applied to may still consider these scores and give more scholarship money to the student than they originally offered. This, however, is not advised. Not all colleges will consider later scores. As far as college applications go, students can apply whenever. However, the later the applications are turned in, the less likely students are to get a substantial amount of scholarship money or the less chance they have of getting into their desired program. They may have to begin taking basic classes and apply

for the program of their choice later, but there is still no guarantee they will be accepted. For seniors who have not yet made a decision, senior guidance counselor Robin Phipps feels it would be wiser to start out taking classes at Edison or Sinclair, so there is a chance for the student to dip their feet in the water and get a feeling for real college classes. While they are there, they can continue making a decision on the university they will later attend. Already being in the second semester, seniors are urged to complete their scholarship and college applications as soon as possible. Continually check the guidance office for scholarship forms, and the guidance website. All scholarship deadlines vary. Also, there is a list of dates on Phipps' door for important meetings and deadlines that seniors, parents, or any students can check out.

PHS class sign ups to commence BY ROBBY BLOOM Staff Writer Tis the season for getting your classes for next year. For class signups we will be doing the online signups. The steps for the sign-ups will go as follows: 1) Counselors will present the new classes, 2) Students will put requests for classes in the computer, and 3) There may still be some paper work. “We have expanded the career course section,” said Beth Rosenkrantz. Some new classes will

Media III and Robotics. Robotics will be an expansion of Research and Development. Students will make autonomous and controlled robots to perform a variety of tasks. The class will be for students in grades 10 through 12. The Ohio Northern Concurrent Enrollment classes will be expanding also with a new Sociology class, and maybe an Electronics class. Also AP Calculus and AP 12 Literature and Composition (or a similar English class) may possibly be ONU classes now.

To get in an ONU class, one must be a junior or senior with qualifying GPA of 3.0, and ACT scores of at least 19. If a student meets these requirements, he or she can take ONU classes for college credits. To take the math or science courses you must score a 23 on the respective tests on ACT. Concurrent enrollment students must maintain a C or higher in the classes if they wish to keep in the classes. Keep in mind that you will be planning your next year of high school, so choose carefully.


McDonald’s Student of the Week BY MEGAN JONES Staff Writer The McDonald’s Student of the Week for the week of Jan. 23 is Brandon Pummill. Pummill is a senior at Piqua High School and is the son of Kimberly Williams. Pummill is involved in many activities at Piqua High School such as football, wrestling and men's chorus. Pummill was nominated for student of the week by Mr. Burns, one of the social studies teachers at Piqua High School. He was nominated for being responsible and courteous. Mr. Burns said, “Brandon is a very responsible and courteous young man whom can be counted on. He works hard in class and participates well in class discussion. Brandon is a pleasure to teach.” Pummill said that after he graduates, he wants to attend Findlay University and major in physical therapy. Congratulations to Brandon on being chosen for student of the week.

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Issue #17 - Jan. 26. 2012

Catholic Schools Week — Jan. 29 to Feb. 4 A week of celebration

An ACRE of faith

BY MARIA YANNUCCI Catholic Education Week is an annual celebration of the efforts put into the Catholic School system and the results of those efforts. It is also a time to show appreciation to its benefactors, students and teachers. National Catholic Education Week has traditionally occurred the last week in January and that holds true for this year. The various events locally will begin on Saturday, Jan. 28 with the Lehman Foundation Banquet, which is a dinner geared towards showing gratitude to the many Lehman donors. The week will close with the Lehman Chapter of the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 5. Other events in the week include: • Jan. 30 — Faculty Appreciation Day • Jan. 31— Sixth-graders from partner schools visit Lehman to get a preview of high school. • Feb. 2 — Student Appreciation Day • Feb. 3 — Weekly Mass at Lehman The events of the week are a great way for the school and students to show our appreciation for our teachers, staff, volunteers, and benefactors. Not only is it a funfilled tradition, but also serves a vital purpose in expressing our faith. For more about Catholic Schools Week, visit

BY NICK BOSHONEK You may be wondering what exactly is the ACRE test. Well ACRE stands for the Assessment of Catechesis/Religious Education, and it is used to evaluate the faith, knowledge, and attitudes of students in Catholic schools. The test is divided into three difficulties, with juniors and seniors in high school taking the hardest test. The test itself provides questions related to beliefs, attitudes, practices, and perceptions of the Catholic faith. It also measures religious beliefs as it relates to God, the Church, Liturgy and Sacraments, Revelation, Life in Christ, Church History, Prayer/Religious Practices and Catholic Faith Literacy. Lehman has done particularly well on the ACRE test. This year, Lehman’s freshmen and seniors took the ACRE test right before Christmas break, and our results were above the national average. So Mr. Schmeising, Mr. Cordonninier, and Father Hess, keep up the good work. The ACRE test is a great proof that Lehman is a top-notch Catholic high school, with excellent teachers and a great Catholic experience. As well as an evaluation of knowledge of the Catholic faith, the ACRE test is an evaluation of the conscience. The ACRE test also asks the test takers to mark two categories that they feel are concerns for young people today. Some of these categories include alcohol abuse, cursing and swearing, and cheating or lack of honesty. The results allow teachers to address these concerns in class to better prepare students to handle peer pressure and the challenges of living in our society. Father Hess said “The ACRE test is important for Lehman to see what the students take away from their knowledge on their faith. The test is a tool to compare Lehman to other schools to see how well the students are learning their faith. The test also allows a great examination of the student and what they need to improve on.”

“What does your Catholic education mean to you?” BY AMY WATERCUTTER

The mother of Catholic education BY LEXIE FRONING Above the doors of Lehman’s chapel, the words “Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton” are etched into the gray stone. Our chapel is dedicated to the woman who is the patron saint of education and has played an integral role in the history of Catholic education. She has also touched the hearts of many people, such as our own Sister Ginny. When asked about the saint, Sister stated, “Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the founder of my community, the Sisters of Charity. She is a saint for all people with all of her experiences. She was married, a parent, eventually a single parent, as well as a convert to Catholicism.” Sister Ginny was undoubtedly right when she said that Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton experienced many ways of life. She was born into a non-Catholic family, and raised by her father, Mr. Bayley, after her mother died. Elizabeth gained her love for knowledge from her father, who was a teacher. In 1794, Elizabeth married the love of her life, William Seton, and started her family. Unfortunately, one tragedy after another struck. After dealing with her father-in-law’s death, she watched her husband become buried in financial troubles and health issues. When William became extremely ill, Elizabeth accompanied him to Italy to stay with some business friends. While in Italy, Elizabeth was shown the light of God. William soon died of tuberculosis and Elizabeth returned to America without her husband, but with a new faith. Back in America, Elizabeth was ostracized for her Catholic beliefs. Instead of reverting back to her old religion to keep family and friends happy, she embraced God’s will and converted to the Catholic Church. With the encouragement of the president of St. Mary’s College, Elizabeth opened her own school. With some friends, she started the first American Catholic school that was free. In 1809, Elizabeth took the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Now with the title of ‘Mother Seton’, she led and taught others even though she contracted the same illness that took the life of her husband, tuberculosis. She started the Rule of the Sisterhood, which eventually became the basis of six different groups of sisters.

As Catholic Education Week approaches, we as a school, and a community of schools, have many rituals and special activities that we do to celebrate Catholic schools. How often do we think about how privileged we are to attend a Catholic school, and receive the education that we do? This question was posed to many students here at Lehman. Some stated the fact that they had never been asked this question before, and it gave them the opportunity to really think about how blessed we all are. Freshman Erik Jackson said, “It really means a lot to me. It helps me to learn about God and helps me lead a better life overall.” “I get to have a closer relationship with God, and I can see God in others,” said senior Sarah Davidson. “If I wouldn’t have come to Lehman, I wouldn’t know half as much about my faith,” said junior Ally Bergman. Senior Ben Theiman responded, “It’s important to me that I can have the ability to express my beliefs through ( my Catholic education.”


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Mammogram unit to make stop in Troy TriHealth to If you go: Free or lowoffer women cost• What:mammograms; may be available tests at library funding for those who qualify. BY MELANIE YINGST Ohio Community Media MIAMI COUNTY — One in eight women today will develop breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Yet, thanks to TriHealth Women’s Health Van’s mobile mammography unit, early detection will be available to the community on Valentine’s Day at the Troy-Miami County Public Library. The TriHealth Women’s Health Van will make its first-ever stop at the Troy library from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 14, providing uninsured or under-insured women the opportunity to receive a digital mammogram on board its mobile mammography unit. “This service is for women that may not otherwise be able to afford to receive a mammogram at a local hospital,” said Nyota Stoker, TriHealth’s mobile mammography coordinator. “We travel throughout the greater Cincinnati area and we get a great response,” Stoker said. The TriHealth’s Women’s Health Van is staffed by female mamtechnicians, mography specially trained in mammographic imaging. The digital mammography is the newest technology for the most accurate detection of early breast cancer, which the mobile unit is equipped to provide those who may not have access to the screenings by other means. Stoker said all participants must register for the screening by Feb. 13. “They must call to schedule an appointment

• Where: Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St., Troy • When: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 • Who: Under-insured or non-insured women in Miami County • Appointments: To set an appointment, call 1-(866) 236-7588

and we will call with a reminder a day or two before their appointment at the location,” Stoker said. Stoker said the screening takes approximately 15 minutes but participants should allow 30 minutes for the process. Patients can expect to spend 20 to 30 minutes in the van. According to TriHealth’s website, the Women’s Health Van utilizes the R2 Ima ageChecker, computer-aided detection system that detects 23.4 percent more breast cancers than mammography alone. “Results will be sent directly to their doctor’s office to review with the patient,” Stoker said. Arrangements may be made for those who do not have a current physician to review the mammogram results, she said. To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-236-7588. This no-cost mammography screening event is funded through a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Cincinnati Affiliate. For more information about TriHealth’s services and its Women’s Health van, visit


Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich meets with supporters at Wings Plus Restaurant on Wednesday in Coral Springs, Fla.

Candidates give preview of race Obama challenges Republicans to raise taxes on rich BY DAVID ESPO Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On a day that combined two campaigns into one, President Barack Obama on Wednesday challenged Republicans to raise taxes on the rich as Republicans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich swiped at him on the economy and criticized each other over immigration. With a week to go before the Jan. 31 Florida Republican presidential primary, the polls suggested a tight race, although Romney and his allies seized a staggering advantage in the television ad wars. They have reported spending $14 million combined on commercials, many of them critical of Gingrich,

Pumpkin show meeting scheduled BRADFORD — The Bradford Community Festival Association will meet meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the fire station. Committee chairpersons and local residents members are invited to attend to begin planning the 2012 Pumpkin Show.

U.S. Navy SEALs rescue American, other hostage Daring mission frees captives held in Somalia BY ROBERT BURNS Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia — Held captive since last fall, an ailing American woman and a Danish man are safely on their way home after a bold, dark-ofnight rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs. T h e c o m mandos slipped BUCHANAN into a Somali encampment, shot and killed nine captors and whisked the hostages to freedom. The raid’s success was welcome news for the hostages and their families, for the military and for President Barack Obama, who was delivering his State of the Union speech as the mission was wrapping up Tuesday night. He did not mention it in his address but dropped a hint upon arriving in the House chamber by telling Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, “Good job tonight.” It was the second splashy SEAL Team 6 success in less than a year, following last May’s killing of

Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The SEALs apparently encountered some degree of resistance from the kidnappers at the encampment. One U.S. official said Wednesday that there was a firefight but the length and extent of the battle were unclear. Pentagon spokesmen said they could not confirm a gun battle, although one defense official said it was likely that the SEALs killed the kidnappers rather than capture them because they encountered armed resistance or the threat of resistance. The Pentagon was mostly tight-lipped about details on Wednesday, citing a need to preserve the secrecy that can give SEALs and other special operations forces an edge against the terrorists, criminals and others they are ordered to kill or capture around the world under hazardous and often hostile conditions. Special operations forces, trained for clandestine, small-team missions, have become a more prominent tool in the military’s kit since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The Obama administration is expected to announce on Thursday that it will invest even more heavily in that capability in coming years. After planning and rehearsal, the Somalia rescue was carried out by SEAL Team 6, officially

known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, according to two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a secret mission. The same outfit did the bin Laden mission, the biggest counter-terror success of Obama’s presidency. It was not clear whether any team members participated in both operations. One official said the SEALs parachuted from U.S. Air Force aircraft before moving on foot, apparently undetected, to the outdoor encampment where they found American Jessica Buchanan, 32, and Poul Hagen Thisted, a 60-year-old Dane, who had been kidnapped in Somalia last fall. The raid happened near the town of Adado. Pentagon press secretary George Little said the captors were heavily armed and had “explosives nearby” when the rescuers arrived on the scene, but he was not more specific. He declined to say whether there was an exchange of gunfire and would not provide any further details about how the rescue was completed beyond saying all of the captors were killed by the Americans. The American raiders caught the kidnappers as they were sleeping after having chewed the narcotic leaf qat for much of the evening, a pirate who gave his name as Bile Hussein told The Associated Press by phone.

and a total at least seven times bigger that the investment made by the former House speaker and an organization supporting him. Obama’s political timeline was a different one, Election Day on Nov. 6. In a campaign-style appearance in Iowa, he demanded Congress approve a tax increase for anyone like Romney whose income exceeds $1 million a year. “If you make more than a million dollars a year, you should pay a tax rate of at least 30 percent. If, on the other hand, you make less than $250,000, which includes 98 percent of you, your taxes shouldn’t go up,” he said after touring a manufacturing plant in Cedar Rapids and in a state that he won in 2008 that was expected to be a battleground in the fall. “This is not class warfare,” he said. “That’s com-

mon sense.” As Obama surely knew, it was an offer Gingrich, Romney and the anti-tax Republicans in Congress are likely to find easy to refuse. In general remarks that his aides billed as a rebuttal to the State of the Union speech, Romney said Obama “seemed so extraordinarily detached from reality, so detached from what’s going on in Florida,” where unemployment is 9.9 percent and the mortgage foreclosure crisis has hit particularly hard. “He said last night how well things are going,” Romney said. “If you really think that things are going well, that we’re on the right track, and that his policies are working, then you ought to vote for him.” Gingrich was far harsher at an appearance in Miami. “If he actually meant

what he said it would be a disaster of the first order,” Gingrich said of the president’s call for higher taxes on millionaires. The former House speaker said the president’s proposal would double the capital gains tax and “lead to a dramatic decline in the stock market, which would affect every pension fund in the United States.” “It would affect every person who has a 401(k). It would attack the creation of jobs and drive capital outside of the United States. It would force people to invest overseas. It would be the most antijobs single step he could take,” he said. Under current law, investment income is taxed as the rate of 15 percent, a fact that has come to the fore of the campaign in recent days with the release of Romney’s income tax return.

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HOROSCOPE Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 Instead of looking for new fields to conquer in the year ahead, build upon the strong foundations you’ve already established. Situations in which you previously met with resistance are now likely to be laced with ample opportunities. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Unfortunately, you’re not suited for the role of being a borrower or a lender. Putting yourself in either position could place you squarely behind the eight ball. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Even though you might solicit advice from several people, it isn’t likely you will follow anyone’s suggestions. You’ll still erroneously do things as you initially intended. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Be both realistic and sensible about any of your physical limitations. For example, if you attempt to lift something that is far too heavy, you’ll suffer the consequences. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Unless you’re careful about how you conduct yourself when mixing with society, you’ll be in way over your head. A slip of the tongue will get blown out of proportion. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Don’t take your luck for granted when the stakes are higher than usual. Chances are you’ll miscalculate and take others down with you when it’s time to pay the piper. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Even if you’ve done something that is considered to be quite outstanding, subdue temptation to boast about it. Praise will sound a lot better coming from an impressed observer. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — There are a lot of sticky fingers out there, so be extra watchful of your possessions, especially the stuff you keep in your car. Don’t walk away and leave items in plain sight. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Your thinking about a personal situation is apt to be right on the money, but that doesn’t mean you can make judgment calls for others. You could be way off track. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — In situations where you are hoping to get more in return than you put out, you’re likely to be greatly disappointed. There are no free rides in this economy. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — When invited to a social gathering at a friend’s house, don’t overstay your visit. Even if you’re one of the late arrivals, be sure to be among those who know when to leave. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Guard against a strong inclination to blame a mistake that you make on another who was trying to help you out. Avoid at all costs doing anything that could make your friend feel used and unappreciated. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Be smart, and refrain from entering into a conversation with a friend who feels just as strongly about his or her opposing point of view as you do about yours. Both parties would lose out. COPYRIGHT 2012 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.








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Case No.: 11-846 Judge: Christopher Gee

Louis F. Decker, George H. Decker, Walter J. Decker, William J. Decker, John Smith, Administrator of the Estate of George Ersig, Rassinna C. Wolfart, Franz I. Ersig, Carl William Ersig, Mary Louise May, and their respective unknown heirs, devisees, administrators, executors, personal representatives, creditors, and assigns, will take notice that on the 12th day of December, 2011, Decker Investments Ltd and B & B Rentals, Ltd. filed a Complaint against them demanding that title be quieted to the real estate more particularly described in such Complaint.

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IN BRIEF ■ Basketball

Piqua Catholic splits games The Piqua Catholic junior high boys basketball teams split two games with Jackson Center. The seventh grade lost 23-18. Caleb Courter had five points, six rebounds, three steals and one assist; while Eli Baker had six rebounds, two steals and two assists. Taylor O’Leary had five rebounds and two stelas; while Tyler Scott had six steals, three rebounds and one assist. John Meyer added three rebounds and one assist. The eighth grade won 58-37. Colton Bachman had 27 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and two assists. Bradley Hohlbein had four assists, three rebounds and two steals; while Ian Smith had three rebounds, two steals and two assists. Stephen Monnin had three steals, two rebounds and two assists; while Mas Schutt had four assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Scores to air hoop games

Piqua wins six matches BY ROB KISER Sports Editor With several wrestlers missing from the lineup due to injuries, Piqua coach Scott Kaye wasn’t sure what to expect from his already young team Wednesday night in a dual with Sidney. But, Kaye had to be pleased with what he saw in a 39-25 loss to the

Yellow Jackets. “We had to put some young guys in the lineup because we had a few guys missing,” Kaye said. “I was concerned that Sidney might just steamroll us, but that didn’t happen.” Piqua won six of the 13 matches wrestled in a competitive night of wrestling. The Indians first win came in the See PIQUA/Page 16


Piqua’s Tyler Ouhl controls Zach Rood of Sidney.

Two more tough ones Trotwood, Xenia next up for Piqua boys team BY ROB KISER Sports Editor


Kindric Link drives to the basket against Springfield Tuesday night.



Pro Bowl in Hawaii

The schedule maker did the Piqua boys basketball team no favors this year. But, first-year coach Heath Butler is making no excuses. The Indians will continue a rough stretch, hosting Trotwood-Madison Friday in GWOC North action, before traveling to Xenia Tuesday. “That’s life in the GWOC,” Butler said. “It just so happened this year that we are playing a lot of the teams (in the Central and South) that are at the top of their division.” Trotwood-Madison has a deceiving 4-5 record after getting a late start from their football playoff run. The Rams are 3-1 in the GWOC North, while

Boys Weekend Hoop Schedule FRIDAY Trotwood-Madison at Piqua Bradford at T.C. North Newton at Covington Mississinawa at Miami East Houston at Jackson Center Russia at Botkins Graham at Greenon Versailles at Delphos SJ SATURDAY Yellow Springs at Bradford Graham at Wilmington Versailles at Russia

Piqua comes in 3-10 overall and 2-3 in the GWOC North. Because the first game with Trotwood was postponed until February, this will be the two teams first meeting. “I think they are pretty similar to what they have done in the past,” Butler said. “They like to get out and run. And they don’t See BOYS/Page 16

Raterman finalist for Lowe’s award Fans can vote on Facebook

OVERLAND PARK, KS – University of Dayton’s Justine Raterman was will air the following hoop one of 10 NCAA® women’s games: basketball student-athThursday: Jackson letes, who excel both on Center girls at Russia, and off the court, selected 7:10 p.m. as a finalist for the 2011Friday: Russia boys at 12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Botkins, 7:40 p.m. Award. Saturday: Houston girls Fan voting will be availat Fort Loramie, 2:10 p.m.; able at www.seniorCLASVersailles boys at Russia, and via the 6:10 p.m. Senior CLASS Award Facebook page at STUMPER LowesSeniorCLASSAward. Fans will be able to vote online through March 18th. How many To be eligible for the seconds is the shot clock in award, a student-athlete men’s college must be classified as an basketball? NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and QUOTED Achievement for Staying School®, the Lowe’s "It takes away in Senior CLASS Award fofrom the game cuses on the total studentwhen it's some- athlete and encourages students to use their platwhere else." form in athletics to make —Brandon Marshall a positive impact as leadin their communities. on playing the ersRaterman leads the



Giving Sidney good battle

Lady Buccs sweep Bethel

COVINGTON SCORING Seventh Grade Warner 11, Long 8, Cecil 5, Rosengarten 4, Dunn 2, Pond 2, Schaffer 2. Eighth Grade Crowell 27, Richards 12, Gostomsky 7, Olson 2, Yingst 2.

■ Funeral procession for Paterno, page 15. ■ OSU rolls past Penn State, page 16.


PIQUA CATHOLIC SCORING Seventh Grade Courter 5, Baker 3, Pickrel 3, T. Scott 3, O’Leary 2, Curtis 2. Eighth Grade Bachman 27, Schutt 9, Monnin 8, Hohlbein 5, T. Scott 3, Z. Scott 2, Pickrel 2, Curtis 2.

The Covington junior high girls basketball teams won two games with Bethel. The seventh grade won 34-14 to improve to 7-8 on the season. Justice Warner led the Lady Buccs with 11 points. The eighth grade won 50-12 to up its record to 13-2. Jessie Crowell had 27 points, including three 3point field goals. Arianna Richards added 12 points.


Flyers in scoring and rebounding this season and is in the top 10 of several career categories. She has led UD in scoring every year and led the Flyers to the postseason in each of her three previous seasons. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 60 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men’s and women’s basketball head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the men’s Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four®, which will be held March 31 and April 2 in New Orleans. The women’s award winner will be announced during the NCAA Women’s Final Four®, AP PHOTO which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver. Justine Raterman is one of the finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

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Colts going defensive Hire Pagano as new coach


Bill Belichick has his team at the top of the NFL again this year.

Gear up for Belichick Bowl New England coach always strives for consistency FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Season opener or Super Bowl, every game is a big game to Bill Belichick. His consistent approach to preparation for the next opponent, whether a powerhouse or a pushover, is the cornerstone of the coaching that has brought the New England Patriots to their fifth Super Bowl in 11 years. The more intense the practices, the more prepared his players are for the game. "You know what to expect week-in and week-out with him," wide receiver Matthew Slater said. "The attention to detail is always there. It doesn't matter if it's a bye week or if it's a divisional playoff round. He's committed to winning and that commitment never falters, no matter what the circumstance, no matter how much success we've had or how many games we may have lost in a row. "That commitment to winning is always there." During practices, Belichick strolls the field, sometimes twirling his whistle on a lanyard, other times stopping to talk with players. His daily message is simple — get the fundamentals right and just do your own job while preparing for the uniqueness of the next opponent. That's resulted in 10

straight victories, eight in the regular season and two in the playoffs. Another win on Feb. 5 against the New York Giants would give the Patriots their fourth Super Bowl championship. "I think every game is a big game," Belichick said Tuesday. "Every time we get an opportunity to compete then we try to take advantage of the time leading up to that opportunity — the practice week, the preparation, the film study, understanding our game plan and our adjustments, all of those kinds of things. "What else is there to work on but the game, the next one on your schedule, the one that you're playing? You try to cover all your bases for that game, you play it, and then you start the process all over again with the next one." Right guard Brian Waters played his first 11 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. But when he signed with the Patriots on Sept. 4, eight days before the season opener, he quickly sensed the difference in Belichick's style. "I wasn't here in training camp but, from day one, I can tell that he's all about the details," Waters said. "He's all about everybody doing their own job and staying in their lane. Everybody has their own responsibilities. That's something that you learn

early on and that's something that he still makes sure that we understand today." Another part of the Belichick playbook: Don't focus on the past or far into the future, just on the next practice and the next game. That's a big enough workload, considering how hard he pushes his players. James Ihedigbo didn't start a game the past three seasons with the New York Jets, but did go to AFC championship games the past two seasons. The Jets lost both. This season he started 12 of 16 games at safety for the Patriots and reached the Super Bowl. The Patriots are special, he said, "because we prepare. We prepare harder than any other place that I've played and it definitely gets you focused in on your opponent and knowing them and understanding their strengths and how they want to attack you. "So that's what we're keyed in on this week." And this season's playoff wins over Denver, 4510, and Baltimore, 23-20, are fading rapidly from players' minds. "It has been going on all year and you just have to put everything in the past," tight end Rob Gronkowski said. "If you have a good game, that is

all over with and you just have to keep moving on forward to the future and make sure you have a good practice week." Running back Stevan Ridley, drafted in the third round last April, was the team's second-leading rusher during the regular season. When the playoffs began, he didn't notice much difference in Belichick's intensity. "You know coach Bill, man, every game is serious," Ridley said, "playoffs, regular season, preseason." One of the Patriots' most veteran players, left tackle Matt Light, also has played for just one head coach. Drafted in 2001, only Tom Brady and Kevin Faulk have been with the team longer. What stands out most about Belichick is his "consistency, just his ability to stay focused to the nth degree and do that repetitively, week-in and week-out," Light said. "It's not an easy thing, obviously, running a team and putting up with a lot of guys like myself and the rest of the knuckleheads in that locker room. "But you know what? I think that coming in and setting that example with our entire coaching staff and how he approaches everything, it makes it easy for all of us to fall in line."

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The next chapter in the Peyton Manning saga could take a decidedly defensive turn. Indianapolis hired Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as its new coach Wednesday and will introduce him at a news conference Thursday afternoon. It's the third time Jim Irsay has turned to a defensive-minded coach since replacing his father as team owner in 1997, first hiring Jim Mora and then Tony Dungy as Mora's replacement in 2002. "I like it," Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Mathis wrote on Twitter. The Colts are hoping the change produces better results after Indy went 2-14 last season, its worst record in two decades. But there are questions about how this decision will impact the future of Manning and his teammates. The 51-year-old Pagano had been a career assistant until Wednesday. He had coached previously in the NFL at Oakland and Cleveland and also worked extensively in college with stops at Miami and North Carolina. He's the fourth Ravens defensive coordinator to get a head coaching job in less than a decade. The others were Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Jets coach Rex Ryan and former 49ers coach Mike Nolan. Those who have worked closely with Pagano believe he's ready for the promotion. "Chuck has a leadership quality about him. He's humble but he also knows when to take the reins and take charge," Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger said. "He doesn't try to dominate you in every meeting. He's just a coach that knows exactly how players are and what direction they need." But Pagano is taking over a team in transition. Irsay's dizzying array of moves this month has essentially cleaned house. It began with the firings of the father-son front office tandem of Bill and Chris Polian on Jan. 2, the day after the season. The next week, Irsay hired 39year-old Ryan Grigson as the new general manager. Last week, coach Jim Caldwell was fired after his third season because he won only two games while Manning sat out with a neck injury and now, eight days later, Indy has his replacement -with more changes to come. Quarterbacks coach Ron Turner, receivers coach Frank Reich and offensive line coach Pete Metzelaars all have been

let go, too. That leaves offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, running backs coach David Walker and tight ends coach Ricky Thomas among those with fates yet to be determined. Back in 2002, when Mora was fired, Irsay hired Dungy but kept most of the offensive staff intact. The offseason moves are taking a toll on the team's morale. In an interview published Tuesday by The Indianapolis Star, Manning called the complex not a "very good environment" for healing. Irsay must pay Manning a $28 million bonus by March 8 or the fourtime league MVP, who turns 36 in March, could become an unrestricted free agent after having three neck surgeries in 19 months. The Colts have the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, which most expect to be used on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Either way, Pagano should have a solid foundation on offense. And with his defensive pedigree, the Colts are hoping for a big jump from a unit that ranked near the bottom of the league. "What makes him good? He relates to the players a whole lot," Baltimore defensive end Cory Redding said. "He's almost like a player in a D-coordinator's position. The guy has so much fun with us. He treats you like more than a player. It's like we're his sons. He wants us to do well. He keeps it fresh. He knows everybody's strengths and puts them in position to make plays." Pagano spent three years as the Ravens' secondary coach before replacing Bryan Mattison as Baltimore's defensive coordinator a year ago. The Ravens ranked third in total defense and allowed the third-fewest points in the NFL last season. The Wyoming graduate and former strong safety for the Cowboys began his coaching career in 1984 as a graduate assistant at Southern California and spent time at in the college ranks at Boise State, UNLV, East Carolina and Miami before joining Cleveland to coach the secondary. In 2005-06, he was defensive backs job at Oakland, then served as defensive coordinator at North Carolina before joining the Ravens when John Harbaugh became head coach four years ago. "Chuck is unorthodox," Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "He's like The Joker. You never really expect what he's going to do, and everything has a motive."

Raiders continue to change pattern Organization with offensive-minded history hires Allen to coach team ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — For more than three decades, the Oakland Raiders operated under a similar formula with late owner Al Davis hiring offensive-minded head coaches and remaining deeply involved in devising the team's defense. That pattern has changed with new general manager Reggie McKenzie's first major hiring since taking over the football operations earlier this month. McKenzie is finalizing a contract to make Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen the team's next head coach, a person familiar with the process

said Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly discussing the search. Fox Sports and ESPN first reported Tuesday night that the Raiders had chosen Allen to replace the fired Hue Jackson and become the team's seventh coach since 2003. "He's a smart guy," said Raiders punter Shane Lechler, who played college ball with Allen at Texas A&M. "He knows defenses well. He schemes really good. It'll be interesting to see how he handles the head coaching role. This will be his first time. We'll see." Allen, 39, will be the

first new Raiders coach to come from the defensive side of the ball since Davis hired linebackers coach John Madden before the 1969 season. Madden won 103 games in 10 seasons and led Oakland to its first Super Bowl following the 1976 season. But the Raiders structure changed Oct. 8, when Davis died at age 82 of heart failure. Davis had run the entire operation for most of his nearly half-century with the team. His son, Mark, took over as managing partner and began making changes after the season. His first decision was to hire

McKenzie away from Green Bay to make all the major football decisions. McKenzie's first move was to fire Jackson, who went 8-8 in his only season on the job. McKenzie then began a two-week search that ended with his choice of Allen. Before serving as Denver's defensive coordinator last season, Allen spent five years as a defensive assistant in New Orleans and also coached for Atlanta. While Allen has run the 4-3 defense that the Raiders have used the past seven seasons, there are expected to be stark changes in strategy.

Allen was an aggressive coordinator in Denver, with a propensity to call blitzes that the Raiders traditionally stayed away from during Davis' tenure. He preferred to pressure the quarterback with a strong defensive line and playing man coverage in the secondary. The old way worked well at times for the Raiders, who won two Super Bowls in the 1980s under Tom Flores and won three straight division titles from 2000-02 under Jon Gruden and Bill Callahan. But the team was far less successful after losing the Super Bowl to Tampa

Bay in January 2003. Oakland failed to post a winning record or make the playoffs over the next nine seasons. The Raiders' 99 losses over those nine seasons are the second most in the NFL and their current nine-year playoff drought is tied with Cleveland for the second longest in the league. In his first season as coordinator in Denver, Allen helped the Broncos improve from allowing a league-worst 29.4 points and 390.8 yards per game to ranking 20th in yards (357.8) and 24th in points (24.4) this season on the way to an AFC West title.



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Tigers ready to do some slugging Fielder gets nine-year deal

Paterno honored with last goodbye Thousands turn out for funeral procession STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — With students, alumni and fans lining the streets, Joe Paterno's funeral procession drove slowly Wednesday past Beaver Stadium and through the town where the longtime Penn State football coach lived and worked for more than 60 years. Thousands of mourners waited on the sidewalks, four deep and more in some places, for a glimpse of the electric blue hearse carrying Paterno's casket. The convoy also included buses filled with Paterno's family, former players and other guests. As a silent crowd looked on, the procession passed a library that bears Paterno's name on its way to Pine Hall cemetery, the final resting place of the man who led the Nittany Lions to five undefeated seasons. "The things he did for athletes, the things he did for all students actually — that alone earns our respect to say one final goodbye," said Alex Jimenez, a sophomore from Manapalan, N.J., standing directly across Paterno library. Paterno, who died of lung cancer Sunday at 85, served as the school's head football coach for 46 years and won two national titles before being fired in November in the wake of a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former assistant. The last few months have been emotionally wrenching for the school's students and alumni, but mourners over the past two days have focused on the inspiration Paterno provided to them, his accomplishments both on and off the field, and his philanthropy of which the library is one example. Two days of public viewing that ended about noon Wednesday drew large, somber crowds, despite a wait that lasted hours. Members of Penn State's rugby team handed out hot chocolate Wednesday morning and took donations for the Special Olympics and the student run dance marathon fundraiser — the two efforts Paterno's family requested receive donations in lieu of flowers. Paterno's family arrived about an hour before the funeral service on two blue school buses, the same kind the coach and his team rode to home games on fall Saturdays. His wife, Sue, was first off the bus, followed by his son and former assistant, Jay. A who's who of Paterno connections followed. His defensive coordinator, Tom Bradley, walked down the


Scott Paterno arrives at memorial services. sidewalk with Penn State and NFL great Franco Harris. First in line for Wednesday's viewing was David Brown, who left his home in Greensburg at midnight and drove more than two hours to State College, then prepared to wait a few hours outside until the doors opened. "I wouldn't have been surprised if there were 1,000 people here," he said. Behind him was John Myers, 70, who drove more than two hours from Tamaqua to arrive at 5 a.m. — three hours before the viewing was scheduled to begin. "It's worth it," Myers said. "Joe was one of the best, if not the best, football coaches ever." Yet he was ousted just 9 days before disclosing his diagnosis. Paterno's son, Scott, has said his father was not broken-hearted and remained upbeat until the end of his life. Scott and Jay Paterno were among the pallbearers carrying their father's casket. Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant coach at the center of the abuse scandal, has been charged with molesting 10 boys over a period of 15 years. He has pleaded not guilty and is on bail, awaiting trial. Paterno was criticized in the days after Sandusky's arrest for not going to authorities outside campus when he was told of an allegation against the retired assistant in 2002. Paterno did

notify two of his superiors at Penn State. Mike McQueary, the then-graduate assistant who told Paterno about the alleged assault, went both to the public viewing and the funeral. Also at the service was former athletic director Tim Curley, who along with former university official Gary Schultz, is accused of perjury and failure to notify authorities about the McQueary allegation. Most paying tribute, however, did not want to focus on the final days of Paterno's career. Willis Herr, a Penn State graduate from the class of 1964, wore a blue wig and a ribbon indicating he attended Penn State's Fiesta Bowl victory over Miami in 1987. The longtime season ticket holder, who noted he didn't miss a home game for 30 years, said school officials had treated Paterno "like he was contaminated" in the wake of the scandal. But Herr said he thought Wednesday would begin a healing process for the university. "Joe would want healing, and that's what I think will carry the day," Herr said. "He would want people to support Penn State. I think that's what will happen. The bitterness will slowly fade." On Thursday, the university will hold a final, public service for Paterno, at the school's basketball arena. Tickets were snapped up despite a twoper-person limit.


Prince Fielder will wear a Tigers uniform next year. played with the Tigers into the 1996 season, and young Prince made a name for himself by hitting prodigious home runs in batting practice at Tiger Stadium. In an interview with MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, Cecil Fielder said he was "shocked" by the news that Prince was heading to Detroit. "He's been there in Detroit most of his young life so I think he'll be comfortable in that place," Cecil Fielder said. "I know Mr. Ilitch is probably excited because he's been wanting that kid since he was a little kid, so he finally got his wish." With Cabrera and Fielder, Detroit will begin this season with two players under age 30 with at least 200 career homers. According to STATS LLC, that's happened only once before. At the start of the 1961 season, the Milwaukee Braves featured 29year-old Eddie Mathews (338 homers) and 27-yearold Hank Aaron (219). Fielder hit .299 with 38 home runs and 120 RBIs last season. He is a threetime All-Star and was the MVP of last year's event in Phoenix. The beefy slugger has averaged 40 homers and 113 RBIs over the past five years. He's also been among the most durable players in the majors, ap-

pearing in at least 157 games in each of the last six seasons. Fielder hits left-handed, while Cabrera is a righty. Manager Jim Leyland will get to decide where to put them in the batting order. "I don't think there's a better right-left combo in any lineup in baseball," Boesch said. "I'm sure Skip's wheels are already turning on how to set them up." And to think, the Tigers also have the American League's reigning MVP and Cy Young Award winner — right-hander Justin Verlander. Fielder's deal is only the fourth $200 million contract in baseball history, following Alex Rodriguez's $275 million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees, A-Rod's $252 million, 10-year deal with Texas and Albert Pujols' $240 million, 10-year contract last month with the Los Angeles Angels. Among current players, Fielder's $23.78 million average salary is behind only A-Rod ($27.5 million), Ryan Howard ($25 million), and Cliff Lee and Pujols ($24 million each). Dombrowski indicated last week he'd probably seek a short-term solution to Martinez's injury, but he left himself some wriggle room, saying it depended who the replacement was.



Mourners comfort each other at Joe Paterno’s funeral.

DETROIT (AP) — With Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in the middle of the lineup, the Detroit Tigers look ready for a season of slugging at Comerica Park. Fielder and the Tigers agreed Tuesday to a nineyear, $214 million contract, a person familiar with the deal said. The AL Central champions boldly stepped up in the Fielder sweepstakes after the recent knee injury to star Victor Martinez. A week ago, the Tigers announced the productive designated hitter could miss the entire season after tearing his left ACL during offseason conditioning. CBS first reported the agreement with Fielder. The person told The Associated Press the deal was subject to a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was not yet complete. Several teams had shown interest this winter in Fielder, the free agent first baseman who had spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He visited Texas, and the Washington Nationals also got involved in the discussions. The Tigers won their division by 15 games before losing in the AL championship series to Texas. With Fielder now in the fold, general manager Dave Dombrowski and owner Mike Ilitch have a team that figures to enter the 2012 season as a favorite to repeat in the division — with an eye on winning the franchise's first World Series title since 1984. "Everyone knew Mr. Ilitch and Mr. Dombrowski were going to make a move when Victor went down," outfielder Brennan Boesch said in a phone interview with the AP. "But I don't think anybody thought it would be this big." The move also keeps Fielder's name in the Tigers' family. His father, Cecil, became a big league star when he returned to the majors from Japan and hit 51 home runs with Detroit in 1990. Cecil



Thursday, January 26, 2012



Edison Ball bounces drops OSU’s way games Buckeyes cruise to Graham girls get victory The Edison Community College basketball teams dropped two games with Sinclair Wednesday. The men lost 82-79. Kyle Duncan led Edison with 18 points. Nick Tingle had 13 points and 17 rebounds, while Lamont Cole scored 15 points. ■ The Edison wonen’s team lost 6362 after being in a 2917 hole at halftime. “I’m not taking anything away from Sinclair,” Edison women’s coach Kim Rank said. “But for a team like ours to only score 17 points in half, that was one of our worst halves of the season.” Edison had two chances for a winning shot late, but the ball would not fall. Kendra Brunswick had a big game with 25 points, including five 3point field goals. Brianna Innocent added 16 points for Edison, 1-1 in OCCAC play. EDISON SCORING Kristen Winemiller 1-0-3, Cori Blackburn 2-2-7, Kendra Brunswick 7-6-25, Martina Brady 2-0-5, Brooke Gariety 3-0-6, Brianna Innocent 8-0-16. Totals: 23-8-62. 3-point field goals — Winemiller, Blackburn, Brunswick (5), Brady.

Lady Falcons win SPRINGFIELD — The Graham girls basketball team posted a 54-51 win over Springfield Shawnee Wednesday night. Lindsay Black led Graham with 19 points and Taylor Dyke scored 18.

win over Penn State COLUMBUS (AP) — Aaron Craft took a dribble or two past midcourt and launched an alley-oop pass toward teammate Sam Thompson, who was approaching the rim from the left wing. Thompson never got the pass: It went straight in from 35 feet. It was that kind of night for No. 4 Ohio State, which got 20 points and 13 rebounds from Jared Sullinger and took advantage of Penn State's slow start to roll to a 78-54 victory on Wednesday. "That was executed well," coach Thad Matta joked of the backdoor pass that hit nothing but net. Craft, who finished with 11 points, could only laugh about his unintentional 3pointer. "Well, I got pretty lucky," he said. "For the record, I would much rather that Sam catch it and dunk it. People get more excited about that. But I'll take anything I can get. It was awesome." With a straight face, Thompson said it was a set play. "Everything kind of went according to plan; that was just how we drew it up," he said. "I was going to streak down the left side and Craft was going to throw it up from about halfcourt and it was just going to go in. I was kind of like a decoy." That was just an example of how easily things went for the Buckeyes (183, 6-2 Big Ten), who won their third in a row and fifth in six games while getting ready for Sunday's big home showdown with No. 20 Michigan. The Wolverines, Ohio State

and Michigan State came into the week tied for the top spot in the Big Ten. "It was a great tuneup," Sullinger said. "We've got Michigan coming up next. We're just going to focus on them and getting ready to play." William Buford added 15 points for the Buckeyes. The Nittany Lions paid tribute to Joe Paterno by wearing black bands on their jerseys. Paterno, Penn State's football coach for 46 years and the winner of a major-college record 409 games, died Sunday at age 85. A public viewing and funeral was held earlier on Wednesday. Big Ten scoring leader Tim Frazier had 16 points and Jermaine Marshall 14 for Penn State (10-12, 2-7), which has lost its last 17 meetings with Ohio State. The Buckeyes scored the first eight points and led 15-2 with almost 8 minutes gone. "Ohio State had a lot to do with that," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "Even though they don't have the shooters they had last year, collectively as a unit they play very hard and they defend. Every shot was contested, and they sped us up." Matta said his young team, with only one senior (Buford), seems to be grasping what it takes to win and win big. "A lot of times, the focus especially as you start a game is where are we mentally, where are we emotionally, where are we energy-wise, where are we intensity-wise?" Matta said.

Boys Continued from page 13 like to let you run a lot of offense.” The Rams are led by JaMar Hammond, who 19.2 points, while Dezhontae Bennett is averaging 14.4 points and 7.1 rebounds. James Brown is scoring 11.5 points and averaging 3.3 assists. “We are really going to have to be ready for their pressure.” While Xenia is just as high scoring at times, Butler said the 9-4 Buccs are a different style than Trotwood. Marques Greene leads a balanced Xenia attack at 16.8 points per game. Cody Phillippi averages 12.8, Dominique Tuckers nets 12.7, Drew Felder scores 11.3 and David Robert averages 9.8. “They have put 100

points up a couple times and I am sure they will try and do it again,” Butler said. “They are different from Trotwood. In that game, we will need to be strong with the ball and not take quick shots.” And that will be a big thing for the Indians. Against Springfield, Piqua seemed to rush shots, shooting just 25 percent for the game. “It is not just the pressure bringing the ball up the floor,” Butler said. “We handled that. It is the pressure in the half-court set.” One bright spot for the Indians has been the play of 6-3 junior Josh Holfinger, who along with Kindric Link, scored 11 against Springfield. “He is making his shots in the paint,” Butler said.

“He might be our best free throw shooter. That’s why he has been able to average 8 to 12 points a game. When we get three or four other guys doing that, we will be able to score in the 60s and 70s.” But, there has been no quit in the Indians, despite going through the tough stretch. They outscored Springfield by seven in the fourth quarter, with the hustle of Holfinger and Kyler Ashton leading the way. “There hasn’t been a time (where the kids have let up),” Butler said. “I think the kids have come to understand the game of basketball is about fundamentals.” And Piqua will get two more shots against strong competition in the next two games.

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Piqua’s Brandon Pummill has Dionte Findley locked up.

Piqua Continued from page 13 third match of the night at 138 pounds (wrestling started at 126). Cody Young was matched up with Sidney senior Alex Blosser and the Piqua junior came away with an impressive 7-1 win. “That was probably the highlight match of the night,” Kaye said. “Cody (Young) was looking forward to the opportunity and took advantage of it.” Tyler Ouhl (145) followed him with an 11-8 decision over Zach Rood. Ouhl was leading 7-6 going to the final period and recorded two takedowns. “That is probably the most solid match Tyler (Ouhl) has wrestled all season,” Kaye said about the sophomore. “He did a nice job finishing it in the third period, which is something he has struggled with.” Piqua’s most exciting win came at 182, when Eion Hogston’s late takedown gave his a 5-3 win over Noah Straman. Hogston had taken a 21 lead to the final period, but got taken down. He got out of it without giving up any back points and his escape tied it 3-3. He won it with a takedown with two seconds to go. “He wrestled to the final whistle,” Kaye said. “Eion’s got an 11-11 record now against varsity wrestlers this season. He was able to get himself out of the situation and get the win.” Brandon Pummill (195) and Cody Hogston (220)

Piqua’s Jerame Wright controls Ryan Penley. SIDNEY 39, PIQUA 25 126: Cody Davis (S) p. Alex Fielder (P), :30. 132: Rhett Rosengarten (S) dec. Caje Kindred (P), 9-5. 138: Cody Young (P) dec. Alex Blosser (S), 7-1. 145: Tyler Ouhl (P) dec. Zach Rood (S), 11-8. 152: Ryan Penley (S) dec. Jerame Wright (P), 12-6. 160: Derek Spangler (S) won by forfeit. 170: Garrick Ginter (S) p. Dylan Williams (P), 1:29. 182: Eion Hogston (P) dec. Noah Straman (S), 5-3. 195: Brandon Pummill (P) p. Dionte Findley (S), 2:24. 220: Cody Hogston (P) maj. dec, over Jac. Lochard (S), 19-8. 285: Maurice Ickles (S) dec. Drew Durand (P), 8-6. 106: Alex Willman (S) p. Mike Clark (P), 1:39. 113: Brandon Gist (P) p. Luke Dahlinghaus (S), 3:34. 120: Jared Tangeman (S) p. Trenton Dreer (P), 1:19.

both moved up a weight class and had a little trouble. Pummill pinned Dionte Findley in 2:24 and Hogston recorded a 19-8 major decision over Jacob Lochard. “I think they both ended up wrestling the same guy they would have wrestled,” Kaye said. “I think we had about five guys move weight classes tonight and four of them won, so it worked out

pretty well.” Piqua’s final win came at 113 when freshman Brandon Gist pinned Luke Dahlinghaus in 3:34. “That was a good win for us,” Kaye said. “I think we showed (that some of the younger wrestlers are getting better).” The Indians have a little break in the schedule now before going to the GWOC tournament Feb. 2-3 at Trent Arena in Kettering.

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