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The Village Reporter - February 15th, 2017

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017 (USPS 168-440) - VOLUME 9 EDITION 7

THIS WEEK IN Metamora Resident To ANNUAL $10
Appear On Cash Explosion
THE “Bundles of Joy” Tab
PHOTO BY CORY JOHNSON, STAFF Wednesday, February 22, 2015
vILLAGE reporter Introduce your child to
TV APPEARANCE ... Metamora native Janet Doyle will make history as the village’s friends and family throughout
2017 National FFA Week first resident on the Ohio Lottery’s Cash Explosion. our coverage area.
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Wauseon Chamber Sees Good
Turnout For Annual Banquet Florence Township Firefighters
Receive Grant To Get
••••
Edgerton Village Council Replacement Breathing Gear
Approves Contracts For
Mapping Underground Lines By: James Pruitt
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
& Trash Service Florence Township’s Fire Department has some
•••• new gear thanks to some grants from the federal gov-
ernment.
Pettisville Schools Enrollment The department has received a grant from the Fed-
Down 14.5 Percent eral Emergency Management Association to acquire
Over Past Five Years several new self-contained breathing apparatus units.
•••• The department has been training with the new gear
and should be ready for use during fire runs as of ...
Arcbold High School
Government Class Finishes CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
Fourth In State Competition

••••
North Central Elementary
Honors Outstanding Students

HOMETOWN ATHLETIC NEWS & PHOTOS FOR WILLIAMS & FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS IN NORTHWEST OHIO

“THE HOMETOWN”

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2017 A WEEKLY SPORTS PUBLICATION COURTESY OF "THE VILLAGE REPORTER"

Montpelier Lady Locomotives Derail Fayette Eagles By: Cory Johnson program.
THE VILLAGE REPORTER “The next thing I know the phone was

After 30 years on the air and featur- buzzing,” Doyle said of the moments af-
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across Ohio, the little Fulton County vil-
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Fayette's Pam Borton: “On Point” In Life As A PHOTOS PROVIDED

NEW GEAR ... The Florence Township Fire Department
College Basketball Coach, Author, & Successful Leader used a grant from FEMA to help purchase new self-
contained breathing apparatus gear. The new units
replace the loaner and donated gear used since a fire
By: Tammy Allison attended Defiance College to play college basketball. destroyed most of the fleet and gear.
She shares, “I had such a great basketball experi-
THE VILLAGE REPORTER

Pam Borton, whose ence at Defiance College – the game was my passion,
roots are founded and I wanted that orange ball to be part of my life in
upon small town, Mid- some way. I went to BGSU as a grad assistant and after
western farm values that I knew I wanted to go on and coach Division 1 col-
has created a legacy lege basketball.”
for herself. Not only
has she earned the After her experiences at Defiance College and Bowl-
title as the winningest ing Green State University, she realized it was time for
coach in the University her to spread her wings and broaden her horizons.
of Minnesota women’s
basketball history, she Pam spent twelve years at the University of Minne-
has also established sota coaching college women’s basketball. Coaching at
herself as an executive the college level is more than a career; it becomes life.
consultant, speaker, While there, Pam lived and breathed coaching basket-
philanthropic, and ad- ball.
vocate for growing and
developing leaders. She explains, “Coaching at this level is a life style,
Her recently published and it consumes your life. It becomes your life, and it
book ON Point drives takes you over. It is so intense, you’re always on, and
it’s a year round commitment.”

Her time at the University of Minnesota was ex-
tremely memorable, successful, and life changing for
her. During this time, she took her teams to a Final 4,
home the essence of three straight Sweet 16s, and numerous NCAA tourna-
leadership under stressful and pressure filled situa- ments. Every semester, her team had a 3.0 GPA. She
tions. ended her career there with the honor of being the win-
Her Midwestern roots are a far cry from the intense ningest coach in Minnesota women’s basketball his-
pressure filled world of college basketball. Pam credits tory.
growing up in the rural Fayette area surrounded by Coaching college basketball shaped Pam’s passion BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT ... A Florence Township
family as what shaped her character, work ethic, and ...
who she is today. She stayed local after high school and firefighter tries on a new self-contained breathing ap-
CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 paratus acquired thanks to a grant from FEMA.

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Wauseon Chamber Sees Good Edgerton Village Council
Turnout For Annual Banquet Approves Contracts For Mapping
Underground Lines & Trash Service
By: James Pruitt meeting” that a chamber banquet typi-
THE VILLAGE REPORTER cally centers around. This one lasted By: James Pruitt 1 -Ferris IS 3200, fuel injected, 72-inch
about 5-10 minutes. THE VILLAGE REPORTER mid-mount with an independent sus-
After seeing attendance drop to pension system for the parks depart-
30 people for its annual banquet, the The chamber honored several busi- Edgerton has hired Poggemeyer De- ment from Tom’s Lawn Care in Bryan.
Wauseon Area Chamber of Commerce nesses with its “Heart Beat Business sign Group to update water and sewer The original cost is $13,124, but the
knew something had to change. Awards. Honorees were: The Lead Shed, line maps. village has been offered the mower for
Birch Theater/Magic Corner, Grieser $10,249.
So a committee was formed and came Interiors, All About Health, Continental The Village Council approved the
up with the concept of “Wauseon, A City Plaza, Napa Auto Parts, Haas Door, Am- agreement for $500. PDG will provide The village received quotes from four
You’ll Take to Heart.” as a gala event bria Photography and The Upper Crust. professional engineering for the village different businesses, and believe this
and began promoting it to the commu- to update the existing water and sani- mower is the best buy for its needs.
nity. Attendees were invited to pay to Musical entertainment was provided tary sewer service maps. The work will
sample offerings from several area eat- by Cassidy and Webb Wells, a brother- be completed within two weeks of the Council approved a two-year trash
eries, drink some wine and otherwise and-sister combo. The pair have been executed agreement. contract with Republic Service.
mingle, talk and be entertained by two performing for almost three years and
musical groups. hope to make singing a career. The council also approved contract- The new contract is effective June.
ing with Poggemeyer to complete lead Trash service will increase by 28 cents
The result? Cassidy, 21, said she had been asked and copper distribution mapping to per month to $11.53.
The chamber’s new event drew a sell- to sing at the 2014 Wauseon Homecom- keep the village in compliance with Ohio
out crowd of 300 Feb. 11 at St. Caspar’s ing parade and once she learned how EPA HB 512 which requires commu- The council approved the first read-
Catholic Church’s Parish Life Center. to play an instrument in front of peo- nities to identify and map distribution ing of Resolution 2017-01 allowing Vil-
Chamber officials were ecstatic over the ple, she knew she could be a performer. systems and/or single buildings for lead lage Administrator Dawn Fitzcharles to
response. Webb had been playing drums since the and copper service lines. This informa- represent the town on committees for
“We had to try something different,” sixth grade and provides percussion for tion is due by March 9. the AMP Board of Directors.
Executive Director Bill Drummer said. the duo.
Half the tables were purchased by Council approved the purchase of a James Pruitt may be reached at
area corporations and half by individu- The pair have three gigs a month now publisher@thevillagereporter.com
als. A portion of the proceeds will go to and will be looking for more once Webb,
the Heart Radiothon. 17, graduates from high school in 2018. “BundleAsNNoUfAJLoy” Tab
The event featured food from Ryan’s Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Restaurant, Sullivans, AKA Designs, Cassidy had been in college studying
Upper Crust, Sauders Barn Restau- French education, but “stopped cold.” $10
rant and Manny’s Taco. Attendees could
come up as long as the food lasted. The sibilings’ plan has the support of Submission!!!
For Manny’s Taco, that ended well their parents, David and Ellie Wells. El-
short of the hour-long dinner period. lie is their manager. Photos Print
“We made enough for 500,” Rebecca In Color!
Martinez said. “People came up three, “They are more accepting of it,” Webb
four times.” said.
At the Upper Crust, owner Toni Brit-
ton and baker Glinda Stewart were of- The act includes country, worship
fering quarter rolls, a pork slider and and older tunes in an eclectic set. The
apple cake. Britton has owned a cater- two are also part of the Oasis Christian
ing business since 2012 and opened her Fellowship worship team.
restaurant Aug. 6, 2016.
“Our beer menu is new for us,” Brit- For more information and booking
ton said about her restaurant. dates, call 567-454-9448.
The event was long on food and fun
and short on the traditional “business The main act was a band from Toledo
“Ameila Airhearts.” The six-piece group
performed covers of rock and country
classics ranging from Hank Williams
and Johnny Cash to Fleetwood Mac and
Creedence Clearwater Revival.

James Pruitt may be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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Actual Photo Size: 2.75 x 3.75

PHOTOS BY JAMES PRUITT, STAFF Parents, Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles
Introduce your baby or toddlers to friends &
DELICIOUS FOOD ... AKA Designs offered bacon-wrapped chicken, cupcakes, and family throughout our coverage area for just $10!
cookies at the Wauseon Chamber event Feb. 11. On the left is Tonya Baker and
right is Carol Claytor. Qualifications:
BUSINESS AWARDS ... The recipients of the “Heart Beat Business Awards” were:
The Lead Shed, Birch Theater/Magic Corner, Grieser Interiors, All About Health, 1.) 5 years old or younger
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MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT ... Cassidy and Webb Wells performed for an hour Parent’s Name:
playing acoustic covers of country, worship, and pop standards during the dinner
hour at the chamber event. The brother and sister team want to make singing a Put wife’s name in brackets. Example: John & Jane (Page) Jones
career.
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Edgerton FFA

The Year Starts Off Busy As Edgerton FFA Begins With Competitions

Since the start of the school year the Edgerton FFA has PHOTOS PROVIDED
been busy in competing in Career Development Events EDGERTON FFA ... Front row left to right. Kalley Schaefer, Hanna hug, Rachel Schroeder, Drew Herman, Rebecca
such as Urban and Rural Soil Judging, Agronomy, Dairy Schroeder, Madyson pahl, Courtney vollmer, Nick Nye. Second row left to right. Cade McClellan, Drew hug, Connor
Cattle Judging, Milk Quality and Products Judging, Nov- Landis, Logan Sack, Brandi Radabaugh, Cameron Schaper, Alexiah Baird, Isaac Hamblin, Jordyn Timbrook, Third
ice and Advanced Parliamentary Procedure and Public Row left to right. Ally Cape, Casey Leppelimeier, Jocelyn Schlachter , Grace Ream, Andre Remirez, Megan Chapman,
Speaking. Besides contests, our members who have a Madison Freeman, Leeanna Pelz, Morgan Smith, Baily Bowen, Chris Bigger, Trevor Eustace. Forth row left to right.
Supervised Agricultural Experience had the opportunity Kaitlyn Ward, Cierra Ridgway, Reygan Warren, Michael Ward, Kenzie Purk, Bryant Wehri, Tyler Eustace, Jonathon
to show their livestock projects at the Williams County Herman, Hunter Prince, Hunter Hamblin, Nolan Swank. Fifth row left to right. Heather Vollmer, Paige Thiel, Maria
Fair in September. All of our members did great! We also Canales, Grace Schroeder, Audrey Schroeder, Mason Goebel, Sawyer Hake, Mason Herman, Nathan Herman, Landon
entered a variety of still projects on display in the Gillette Smith, Arryn Pahl, Austin Huffman.
Building that students worked on in the learning labora-
tory. Some members volunteered their time by working in
the Williams County Dairy Producers making milkshakes
and for the Beef Producers serving hamburgers. In No-
vember, we held our third trapshoot even at the Williams
County Conservation League in Montpelier, Aiming for a
Cure. Our proceeds benefit Williams County Relay For
Life. Before we left on Christmas Break, we had a Christ-
mas Party Fun Night with the members of our chapter
to get together and play games before we left for break.
Coming up during National FFA Week we are doing a va-
riety of activities such as a spirit week where the students
dress up in different outfits for each day. We are holding
a Petting Zoo and Tractor Safety lesson for elementary
students, a Kiss-The-Pig contest where the students vote
for which teacher they would like to see “Kiss-A-Pig”, pro-
vide a meal for the select staff members of the EHS to
show our appreciation for all of their support throughout
the year and lastly, hold our annual Community Pancake
Breakfast and Silent Auction on Saturday February 25th
from 7:30-10:30 in the High School Commons. It is a free
will donation breakfast that is sure to not disappoint! So
make sure to come hungry! We look forward to having a
great week celebrating everything that FFA stands for!

~INFORMATION COURTESY OF EDGERTON FFA

AMERICAN DEGREE RECIPIENTS ... Kelse Brown and
Bethany Carlson walked across the stage in the Lucas Oil
Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana in October to receive the
highest degree that an FFA member can receive.

OFFICERS ... Front Row: Mady Pahl (Secretary), Hanna Hug (Vice President), Rachel Schroeder (Reporter). Back Row:
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Stryker FFA

Stryker FFA Hopes To Continue To Accomplish In 2017

By Samantha Haas - FFA NEWS REPORTER PHOTOS PROVIDED
It’s a new year for the Stryker FFA and there are many STRYKER FFA ... First Row: Gretchen Lee (Second Vice President), Jacob Dennis (Reporter), John Rufenacht (Sentinel),
things that we plan to accomplish this year. Kendal Pursel (Treasurer), Lynnsey Crouch (President), Caitlin Beck (Vice President), Levi Nofziger (Student Advisor), Ab-
One of the bigger things that we do is sell products in our sent: Jordan Skates (Secretary). Second Row: Caleb Rychener, Madison Stuckey, Austin Schmucker, James Eicher, Ben
annual fruit sale. For the past two years the fruit sale has Gray, Christian Stevens, Aaron Bontrager. Third Row: Dillon King, Jaret Rychener, Kendi Nofziger, Elizabeth Sauder,
been a major success. Sarah Beck, Preston Stevens, David Kidd. Fourth Row: Tony Stuckey, Stetson Aeschliman, Drake McKeever, Madeleine
So far this year we have done many fun, creative things. Wixom, Mauricea Crouch, Zach Morrison, Elizabeth Beck. Fifth Row: Sam Rychener, Kayla Wyse, Calvin Nofziger, Wil-
To start out our year we built a 12-foot by 16-foot green- liam Fenton, Elias Rash, Logan Rufenacht. Sixth Row: Leticia Armas, Kaitlyn Wiemken, Lexi Sauder, Devon Brown,
house. It was quite a process, but closer to completion it Matthew Rupp. Seventh Row: Graeme Jacoby, Jessie McWatters, Felipe Chavez, Jaton Zuver, Brett Coopshaw, Haden
turned out great. Sure there are still some minor issues but Bevard. Absent: Rozlyn Lucas, Jacob Steele, Brandi Schnitkey, Kiyah Williams, Breyer Zachrich.
nothing is perfect. Throughout the first nine weeks we worked OFFICERS ... Left: Matt Arnos, President Cameron Frey, Vice President Bailey Schlachter, Secretary Mark Short,
on a few mini projects. We picked tomatoes at Planson farms, Treasurer Israel Aguilar, Reporter Samantha Haas, Sentinel Colton Benson.
we went on a tour of Rupp Seeds Company, we built props
for our high school play, and we also ran a beef stand at the
Williams County Fair.
Another trip that the FFA group participated in was the
Extreme sandbox at The Kenn Feld Group. All of the students
that chose to participate were far from disappointed. Many of
the students got to drive the excavator and a skid steer. While
we were there we got a tour of their buildings and we got a
chance to see all of the different types of equipment they had
on their property.
Earlier on in the year the FFA group also went to Three
Cord in Archbold. We got a tour of the building, learned
about their equipment and they also showed us their pro-
cess of making different styles and types of shirts. Three
Cord doesn’t just design shirts, but also signs, banners, and
much more. The greenhouse management class is working
on creating a germination chamber made out of an old fridge,
a crockpot, and other small materials. In the past week the
chamber has been nearly completed, so the greenhouse class
tested it out. We planted a variety of plants and in only two
days they sprouted out of the soil. I would call that a success!
One of the main upcoming events the Stryker FFA has is
FFA week. FFA week is a time for people to dress up or bring
in whatever is decided for that day. This year we have added
new ideas to choose from for the week. For example: we are
doing tractor pulls, and Petting Zoo Day. When it gets closer
to the end of the year, FFA members will be working towards
earning their Greenhand degree. Stryker FFA members are
taking their first step in earning this degree.
There are four different types of degrees an FFA member
can earn, and they are in order as follows: Greenhand, Chap-
ter, State, and the American degree. You can only earn one
degree per year.
Another activity the Greenhouse class will be participating
in closer to the end of the year is working on the landscap-
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community service for the Greenhand degree. One of the last
activities the FFA officers will participate in is the state con-
vention. Each year all of the officers go to state convention to
represent their schools. All of the new officers this year are
looking forward to attending. So far this year all of the FFA
members have put a lot of time, effort, and focus into all of
the projects they have been tasked with. we are all proud of
what we have accomplished. None of the activities we have
participated in would have been possible without our FFA
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Wauseon FFA Continued...

Wauseon Future Farmers Of America - 2016 Year In Review

STATE CONVENTION ... Thirty-two students represented the chapter at the Ohio FFA State Convention which in- GO LITTLE DONKEY GO! ... One of the chapter’s most
cluded a tour of The Ohio State University and sigh-seeing around Columbus. popular events was Donkey Basketball with teams made
up of students, Wauseon Schools staff, and first respond-
ers taking part in the action.

By: Cory Johnson STATE DEGREE RECEPIENTS ... (back row, l-r) Elliott Bing- THE WAUSEON FFA 2016-17 ... OFFICER TEAM: (l-r) Hannah Richer, Student Advisor;
THE VILLAGE REPORTER ham, Cody Spiess, Claudia Weber, Garrett Krasula, Grant Kennedy Gebhart; Julie Kahrs, Vice President; Cory Johnson, Reporter; Conner John-
Suntken (front row, l-r) Beth Yackee and Emily Franklin. son, Treasurer; Mac Warncke, Sentinel; and Grant Suntken, President.
The Wauseon FFA had
another great year in 2016 based on dairy character only attended the conven- fund. Players came from celebrate Harvest Education ready looking to make 2017
as the chapter worked to- with the Dairy Cattle Evalu- tion, but toured a dairy op- the Wauseon Schools staff, Week. The chapter closed even better. The Wauseon
wards achieving the prin- ation CDE in mid-October. erations facility. To wrap up students, as well as first out the year with community FFA Chapter is very appre-
ciple of Living to Serve. The Dairy Products team the convention trip, Austin responders. The FFA mem- service through the Fulton ciative of the support from
The year started off with took first in the district com- Arps and Sam Richer were bers also participated in the County Christmas Cheer. advisers Mrs. Katie Black
students filling out award petition. awarded the American De- FFA Fruit Sale and attended FFA members helped to and Mr. Chris Thomas, as
applications for State and gree honor. the State Leadership Night kick-off Christmas Cheer in well as the Wauseon Schools
American degrees as well as At the end of October, 16 hosted in Bowling Green to mid-November and finished administration, Board of Ed-
proficiency awards. students traveled to the Na- To close the year, advance their leadership up by helping to distribute ucation, FFA Alumni, local
tional FFA Convention and Wauseon FFA Alumni skills. Students also had the toys in mid-December. businesses, and community
During the month of Expo held in Indianapolis, brought Donkey Basket- opportunity to try their hand members alike.
March, the chapter held it’s Indiana. During their time ball back as a fundraiser to at the tractor simulator to The FFA had a great deal
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new members to the FFA as
well as to provide a way for
students to meet up dur-
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worked to keep their animal
projects at the Animal Sci-
ence Facility healthy while
also keeping the school farm
functioning properly. All of
the projects were exhibited
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early September. The new
officer team also met during
the summer months to work
together to plan the upcom-
ing school year and to con-
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building activities.

As school began,
Wauseon FFA members
were busy showing still
projects at the fair, exhib-
iting market and breeding
animals in their respective
classes, working at all of
the commodity stands, and
maintaining the baby ani-
mal barn display. Students
also competed in the county
and district Urban and Ru-
ral Soils competition. The
Rural Soils Team of Ever-
ett Bueter, Elliott Bingham,
Conner Johnson, and Aus-
tin Schuette advanced to the
state competition, placing
25th overall. FFA members
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Gunnar Oakes
Joins

1000 Point Club

Swanton’s Gunnar Oakes
Scores His 1000th Career Point

By: Bill O’Connell - THE VILLAGE REPORTER
For the second consecutive year, a Swanton High
School basketball player has reached a level of achieve-
ment very few athletes can lay claim to by entering the
very exclusive 1000 point club. Senior Gunnar Oakes fol-
lowed last season’s new member of the club, Bryce Mc-
Comb by scoring 35 points in an overtime victory over the
Evergreen Vikings in front of the home town fans.
Needing 35 points to reach the milestone going into the
game, Gunnar sank a free throw in the extra session to
help seal the win and hit 1000 on the nose.
The accomplishment is even more impressive when
you consider he played three years alongside the three-
time NWOAL’s leading scorer in McComb, a player who
took the majority of the shots in most games. “That’s a lot
of points between the two of them,” commented Swanton
Head Basketball Coach Matt Smith. “They helped each
other. Gunnar helped free up Bryce and Bryce got Gun-
nar going. It’s nice to see Gunnar having a good year
without those other players around him and he’s one of
the reasons we’ve won a lot of games the past few years.”
Gunnar is currently leading the league in scoring
which would give a Swanton player that title for the fourth
year in a row. For good measure, he also leads the league
in rebounding.
However, as talented as he is in basketball, Gunnar,
a four-sport athlete at Swanton, will be attending East-
ern Michigan University on a football scholarship next fall
and major in criminology.

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JV Boys Basketball Action

Stryker Panthers Outduel North Central Eagle JV Boys 44-37

PHOTOS BY TIMOTHY KAYS, STAFF

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Pettisville JV Boys Secure Home Court Win Over Visiting Cadets 43-30

Freshmen at the break to lead the Eagles with 11.
Boys Basketball Archbold 48, Liberty Center 36
No Game Stats Submitted.
February 9th, 2017 Pettisville 43, Hilltop 30
The Blackbirds improved to 11-8 for
Stryker 33, North Central 31
It was a buzzer-beater three that the season and grabbed their ninth win
helped the Panthers prevail over North in BBC play. Sam Rychener and Eli Gri-
Central. Wonders from Stryker was the eser finished with 19 and 11 points re-
game’s hero with his three pointer as time spectively for the Blackbirds. J. Sauber
ran out. Stryker took advantage with the led Hilltop with 9 points.
three ball as well in the third quarter as
three players connected from beyond the February 11th, 2017
arc. Wonders led the Panthers with 14
points to be the only player in the game Evergreen 40, Fayette 17
in double figures. Landon Patten and Etue and Henricks guided the Vikings
Alex Lehsten led North Central with eight with nine points apiece in the non-league
points apiece. win. Porter Maginn and Noah Bingman
led Fayette with five points each.

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Easton Herr and Christian McKinney
Pettisville 35, Montpelier 21 led the Cadets with 11 points apiece. BEST OF LUCK
The Blackbirds put together a 21-8
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February 10th, 2017 14-3 record.
Scorers for the Eagles included: Tuck-
Stryker 44, North Central 37 er Beres 11 and Mason Sanford, Sammy
The Panthers pulled away with an Wheeler, Zach Hayes, and Colton Hicks
11-1 run in the third period to capture all scored 5 pts each. Colin Patten added
the BBC win. Daniel Fether led Stryker four.
with 11 and Wyatt Short added 10 for
the winners. Jack Bailey scored 20 of the February 7th, 2017
Eagles’ 37 points including eight in the
fourth quarter. Edon 51, Pettisville 20
7th grade – in a second round BBC
Montpelier 34, Fayette 21 tournament game the Edon Bombers
Collin Bexton and Will Summers, used a 17-1 first quarter run as they
with 10 points apiece, guided the Locos dominated. Zakkai Kaufmann led Pettis-
to thee BBC win. The Eagles struggled ville with 11 points while D. Gallehue led
with just one point in the first half but the Bombers with 21.
found their offense in the second half as
Porter Maginn rebounded from no points

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Wrestling Action

Edgerton, Fairview, Liberty Center & Bryan Wrestlers Hit The Mat

PHOTOS BY KENT HUTCHISON, STAFF

Varsity Wrestling (FV) (Fall 0:42) 285: Wes Bok (FV) over
(B) (For.)
February 7th, 2017
Edgerton 48, Bryan 24
Fairview 49 Bryan 24.00 106: Dakota Minck (B) over (E) (For.)
106: Dakota Minck (B) over Fairview 113: Double Forfeit 120: Double Forfeit
(For.) 113: Lexi Batt (FV) over (B) (For.) 126: Jacob Colbart (B) over Chad Baum-
120: Double Forfeit 126: Sean Martin (FV) gardner (E) (Fall 3:11) 132: Bryant Horne
over Jared Ramey (B) (Dec 14-9) 132: Ja- (B) over (E) (For.) 138: Isaac Hamblin (E)
cob Hatchett (FV) over Bryant Horne (B) over Isaiah Hale (B) (Fall 3:28) 145: Tylor
(Fall 3:15) 138: Isaiah Hale (B) over (FV) Hartman (E) over Corbin Marr (B) (Fall
(For.) 145: Christopher Martin (FV) over 1:32) 152: Trevor Eustace (E) over Gavin
Corbin Marr (B) (Fall 1:20) 152: Wayne Frank (B) (Fall 1:39) 160: Blake Hohler
Collum (FV) over Gavin Frank (B) (Fall (E) over (B) (For.) 170: Ethan Brown (E)
1:16) 160: Jared Warncke (FV) over (B) over (B) (For.) 182: Micah Ritter (E) over
(For.) 170: Tommy Collum (FV) over (B) Eion Moor (B) (Fall 1:33) 195: Connor
(For.) 182: Jackson Hart (FV) over Eion Ford (B) over Jacob Huffman (E) (Fall
Moor (B) (MD 13-5) 195: Connor Ford (B) 4:22) 220: Logan Stein (E) over Justin
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Swanton Bulldogs Bow Out Of D3 State Duals In Quarterfinals

By Bill Bray at 126 (Dylan Cook), 152 (Ryan Marvin),
THE VILLAGE REPORTER 170 (Tyler Houston), 220 (Greg Wilson)
and 285 (Tommy Lytle). Edison took wins
The Swanton Bulldogs made their first in the first three weight classes to jump
appearance in the State Duals tournament out to a 15-0 lead that the Bulldogs could
at St. Johns Arena in Columbus. not overcome being eliminated with a score
of 42-22.
The Bulldogs were pitted against Milan
Edison in the first quarterfinal match of Bill Bray may be reached at
the tournament. The Bulldogs had winners publisher@thevillagereporter.com

PHOTOS PROVIDED

Indians Repeat As State Duals Runners Up In Division II

By Bill Bray In the second semifinal match the Indians were in- Yekel. Sosa came through with a 5-0 decision to give the
THE VILLAGE REPORTER volved in what many called the match of the tournament Indians the win and their second straight trip to the final.
against Carrollton. The Indians clawed their way to a
For the second straight season, the Wauseon Indians 34-30 win. Wauseon won seven matches and Carrollton The final was a rematch of last year. The Indians were
pinned their way to the State finals at the Division II State won seven matches. With the score 18-15, and Carrollton forced to face Paris Graham, not only one of the best
Duals Tournament at St. Johns Arena in Columbus. closing in on the lead, Xavier Torres was a 6-4 winner at teams in the state but also in the nation. The 48-9 score
152 to put the Indians up 21-15. Carrollton fought back in favor of Graham sums up just how strong they are. The
In their first match, Wauseon dominated Woodridge and took the lead back at 30-25 when Cody Leggett de- Indians were able to win just two matches during the on-
57-10. Gavin Ritter, McKayla Campbell, Nolan Ray, Hunt- cisioned Drew Krall in the 195 class. In the 220 and 285 slaught. Sandro Ramirez won at 145 with a 3-1 decision
er Yackee, Sandro Ramirez, Xavier Torres, Andrew Bailey, matches Tony Banister pinned his opponent in just :10 and Xavier Torres, who finished the tournament unde-
Aaron Harris, Tony Banister, Samuel Sosa and Alex Sosa as Wauseon was back on top 31-30. Coming down to the feated, was a winner at 152 with a pin in 1:46.
were winners. Ritter, Ray, Yackee, Bailey, Harris, Banister 285 match it pitted Wauseon’s Alex Sosa against Winston
and Alex Sosa were winners with pins. Bill Bray may be reached at
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Bluestreak Wrestlers
Austin Wilson
Noah Mattin
Gavin Grime

Each Earn 100 Wins
Trio Of Archbold Wrestlers Recently Achieve 100th Win

GAVIN GRIME NOAH MATTIN

By: Kent Hutchison Green State University. There he intends to major in Obviously, the three young men have experienced
THE VILLAGE REPORTER Marketing with a minor in Sales. a plethora of success on the wrestling mat, and have
their sights firmly set on much more in the weeks
Each sport has what are considered “Milestone” The junior, Grime, who began wrestling in kinder- ahead. However, from the attitude and work ethic they
achievements. In basketball it’s 1000 points, football garten, shares the sentiments of his senior peers in re- all have towards all phases of their lives, one thing is
is 1000 yards, and several standards exist for other gards to the State tournament. Grime sports a record very clear. Whatever the trio have accomplished thus
sports. In wrestling, the benchmark has long been of 34-7 to date, this year competing at 132 pounds, and far as wrestlers will eventually pale in comparison to
reaching the 100-win plateau. Although the addition stands at 110-32 overall. He made the trip to Colum- what they will achieve in their futures!
of more matches per year makes this mark more easily bus his freshman year, but lost his first two matches,
attainable than it once was, to amass that many victo- and failed to return as a sophomore. Disappointed Kent Hutchison can be reached at
ries is still quite an accomplishment. This season that from the first trip to State and last season’s ending, publisher@thevillagereporter.com
standard has been reached not just once, but three Grime very clearly emphasized what he expects this
times on the Archbold wrestling team. time around, “I want to place at State this year! I want AUSTIN WILSON
to achieve the goals that I set before each season. I fell
Seniors Noah Mattin and Austin Wilson, as well as short last year, and it felt terrible. I don’t want that to Best Of Luck Athletes!
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very competitive NWOAL, where they constantly face
the likes of perennial powers Wauseon, Delta, Liberty Gavin points to his father as having the greatest
Center, and Swanton. impact upon him. “My dad has been the biggest influ-
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The 100-win club is one quite well represented at me advice, helps me prepare for just about everything,
Archbold. With the enshrinement of the three new- and will always have my back.”
est members, Archbold now boasts an impressive 32
wrestlers to surpass the century mark. They also have For Grime, it’s not just about winning. He shares
the winningest wrestler in OHSAA history in Jordan his perspective regarding sports, and life in general,
Cowell. During his high school career, Cowell earned that he attempts to demonstrate to others. “I try to
an incredible 237 victories, qualified for State all four let my teammates know that it’s not all about winning
years, and captured one State crown. Although not and losing. After all, it’s just a sport. If we aren’t having
the volume of wins, Clark Forward also had an amaz- fun while we practice and compete, we won’t achieve
ing career going an unbelievable 170-2 in his wres- everything that we are truly capable of. I want them
tling career. He also made the trip to Columbus all four to remember that I had fun. Sports and school can get
years, winning State titles three times! pretty tough, and I think it’s important to make the
best out of the worst situations.”
For Mattin, who began wrestling at 4 years old,
his goal is to build upon the success he has already Although not fully clear at this stage of his life,
achieved. Currently the senior who is wrestling at 138 Grime has a few ideas in mind for where he is heading
pounds, is 37-5 on the season, and 124-21 for his ca- after graduation. “I plan to attend a four year college.
reer. A two time State participant, Mattin has a high As of now, I am trying to decide between going to col-
but realistic goal, to be a State Champion. He has also lege to wrestle or attend a military program.”
previously won NWOAL and Sectional titles twice, and
plans to repeat both feats this season. In a time in which many athletes today feel the need
to specialize in one sport to be successfully, the three
Mattin has lofty goals after high school as well. He show that does not have to be the case. The trio have
plans to attend college, although undecided as to where experienced success on the football field as well. They
at this time, to pursue an engineering degree and con- also have done well in the classroom.
tinue his wrestling career at the collegiate level.
All three wrestlers agreed on one of the keys to their
Noah credits both his older brother and Coach success. Simply, they stated, “Hard work!” Their head
Becher for inspiring him in his wrestling career. coach substantiated this mindset. “They are winners!”
He then elaborated. “Not because of the amount of
Miller, a State alternate his sophomore year, has wins that they have, but because when they do some-
aspirations of making a trip to Columbus this season, thing they go all in. They give a great effort in every-
and this time collect some hardware in the 152 pound thing they do. They all work hard when in the room.
weight class. They all participate in another sport. They all do extra
after practice is over. They all participate in freestyle
When asked if he remembered what age he began and Greco Roman wrestling in the spring.”
wrestling Miller shared, “When I was 5 years old. I
don’t have many memories. I was not very good.” That With all the success surrounding the three, they
has certainly changed over the course of Austin’s ca- still are able to keep their priorities straight accord-
reer. Currently the senior’s record is 40-5 on the sea- ing to Becher. “All three of the guys understand that
son, and 127-45 overall. their academic success is more important than their
athletic success, yet wrestling is still very important to
Miller credits his father and all of his current coach- all three. It’s not just the guys though. They all have a
es for his success. “They all want what is best for me great support system in that everyone in each of their
and they all want me to succeed later in life.” He gets families is actively involved in our wrestling program
his motivation from the desire to win and shared, “I in some way.”
hate losing!”

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