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The Village Reporter - March 8th, 2017

The Village Reporter - March 8th, 2017





THIS WEEK IN Edgerton Area Chamber Of Commerce Hosts

THE Well Attended Business & Industry Show

vILLAGE reporter

2017 Spring Home

Improvement & Car Care

•••• By: Timothy Kays was on the northwest
Fayette Students Develop THE VILLAGE REPORTER side, where just inside the
App To Help Peers Face door was the Chamber of
Edgerton Village Hall Commerce manned by
Life After High School was the site of a local Ms. Fritch and Mr. Elden.
•••• Business and Industry Looking straight down
Show on March 4. Ac- the first aisle, there was
Wauseon Students Participate cording to Carissa Fritch significant traffic in the
In Math Counts Competition of the Edgerton Chamber colorful booth of LuLaRoe
of Commerce, the num- Fashion Consultant,
•••• ber of no-shows was dis- Whitney Horn of Edger-
Stryker Schools Plan appointing, but despite ton. Just to the right of
Educational Push For their failure to appear, the floor entrance was the
Millage Levy Renewal 26 booths were occupied booth of the Edon Farm-
and taking full advantage ers Co-Op, where Karrie
•••• of the heavy foot traffic of and Don Kimpel awaited
Gorham Fayette Fire visitors from all over the visitors.
Department & Fayette Sons area. No local exhibi-
Of American Legion Host tion would be complete PHOTOS BY TIMOTHY KAYS, STAFF
Reverse Raffle Fundraiser “This is a way for lo- without the presence of
cal businesses to come THE GOOD STUFF ... Ron Goebel and Cole Payton of Edgerton stop by the Pence’s
•••• out and show people Concessions booth to make a popcorn purchase from Kalie Beagle and Nadia
Edon Village Council Cuts what they’ve got and what Tworek.
Part-time Police Officers To they offer,” said Edger-
Save Money For Capital ton Chamber of Com- Fayette Schools Break Ground For
merce President, Chris- Ag Building & Athletic Complex
Improvements tian Elden. “Whether it
be a service or a product, PHOTOS BY TIMOTHY KAYS, STAFF
the smaller businesses to their sweet treats were GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE AG BUILDING ... Left to right are Erik Belcher
“THE HOMETOWN” have a way to show peo- - Superintendent, Kelly Bentley-Treasurer, Rob Brubaker - Board Member, Da-
ple what they’ve got.” vid Brinegar - Board Vice President, Jeff Martin - FFA Alumni/Levy Campaign
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8TH, 2017 A WEEKLY SPORTS PUBLICATION COURTESY OF "THE VILLAGE REPORTER" being offered in the sec- Co-Chair, Paige Aschemeier - FFA President, Kirk Keiser - Board President,
The only thing greater ond row. At the end of
Hilltop Blasts Past Emmanuel Christian To Advance To Sectional Finals than the number of busi- the row, situated next to
nesses and organizations the Edon Farmers Co-Op,
present was the diversity was the booth of Bruce
of the same. Before en- Lavoie, President of ABL
tering the show floor, a Electric and Innovations.
well stocked table of Girl “My wife said that if it had
Scout cookies awaited a wire attached to it, I’m
perusal to the right, and probably involved with it,”
the local Boy Scouts were Bruce quipped. A member
new holding down the conces- of CEDIA (Custom Elec-
sion stand at the left. En-
PHOTO BY KENT HUTCHISON, STAFF trance to the show floor tronic Design and Instal-
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Montpelier Eighth Grader Headed Amy Metz-Simon - Board Member, Fred Stockburger - Board Member, and Pam
Schultz - AG Ed/FFA Instructor/Mother of Fayette FFA.

To State Finals For Geography Bee

By: James Pruitt “I can see how it can be helpful,”

A Montpelier middle school student During this process he says he has
is among 55 youth who will be in Co- CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
lumbus March 31 to compete for the
state National Geographic Geography GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE NEW ATHLETIC COMPLEX ... Left to right are
Bee. Abby Short - Athletic Director, Kelly Bentley - Treasurer, Paula Bird - Co-Chair
Levy Campaign, Rob Brubaker - Board Member, David Brinegar - Board Vice
Thirteen-year-old Brayden JoHant- President, Kirk Keiser - Board President, Amy Metz-Simon - Board Member, Fred
gen won the county championship re- Stockburger - Board Member, Erik Belcher - Superintendent.
cently after taking top honors in his
classroom and school. The eighth- Delta Village Handles Short Agenda
grader is now preparing for the state
finals by taking daily 10-question PHOTO BY JAMES PRUITT, STAFF By: James Pruitt to place a broadband tower on village
quizzes on the National Geographic’s THE VILLAGE REPORTER property.
web page. GEOGRAPHY BEE ... Brayden JoHant-
gen, 13, is an eighth-grader at Mont- The Delta City Council met Feb. 27 ~the first reading of Ordinance 17-07
The early rounds involved students pelier Middle School and has won the and handled a few legislative items. which sets the salaries and wages for
answering questions about oceans, Williams County National Geographic employees of the village.
countries, continents, rivers, and cit- Geography Bee and qualified for the During the meeting, council ap-
ies that were read aloud. He felt confi- state Bee in Columbus, March 31. proved: ~the first reading of Ordinance 17-08
dent at the class and school levels. which estimates the amount of active
~the third reading of Ordinance 17- and interim funds, and the amount of
It was the county level competition 03 authoring the village administrator inactive money and designating the de-
that gave him pause. That one was to enter into an agreement with Delta posit into active and interim funds.
done on a computer and he found the Lawn Ranger for lawn maintenance.
questions “weirdly worded.” ~the first reading of Ordinance 17-
~the second reading of Ordinance 09 which allows the disposal of village-
The computer test was harder in his 17-04, replacing Ordinance 16-24 and owned property that no longer serves a
opinion. Questions dealt with exports changing the name of the company to useful purpose.
from specific nations, he said. Ohio Exchange Facilities, LLC. The law
allows the village administrator to enter James Pruitt may be reached at
But he still won the crown and the into an agreement with the company
right to move on.

The information he has learned
and faces in the tests have a purpose,
Brayden said.

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Safe Schools/Healthy Students Needs Local

Funding To Continue After Grant Expires Williams County Humane Society

By: James Pruitt students, school-based tenets or beliefs of what is for our staff - they are Minnie
THE VILLAGE REPORTER mental health activities, proper behavior and then so pleased and relieved Minnie is a young adult
and engaging families. focusing their instruction to have the personnel in pit bull mix who is small
Local educators and The most far-reaching around those tenets. place like this that they in size. She is very sweet
mental health officials are program is the Care Coor- can go to and know that and well behaved. Min-
working to find local sup- dinators who provide case Another tool is Mental issues and concerns ex- nie seems to love all hu-
port for a program that management of students Health First Aid. Around pressed will be addressed mans, but she did not
has helped scores of stu- they see. Care Coordina- 100 teachers and com- for the betterment of the like the cats in her pre-
dents. tors serve as advocates munity members have student and all the other vious home. She never
who assist families in get- been trained what to do outlying factors.” hurt them, she was just
The Safe Schools/ ting the mental health when they see problems very curious and made
Healthy Students initia- services they need. or issues arise. Long’s personal wish them hide! Minnie has
tive is about to see the There are three coordi- is all the naysayers of had a gracious family
grant that funded it ex- nators, hired through the There is also a refer- public education would donate toward her adop-
pire. Officials are hoping grant, and they service ence guide available that come and see first-hand tion, bringing it to only
to secure an extension of six of the seven schools lists many of the servic- all the good that is being $25 with an approved
the grant based on a slow in Williams County. The es available in Williams done in public schools as application.
rollout, but barring that, coordinators spend a County. It is available in well as with programs of
without a new backer, the half day all week at two hardcopy and online on this nature. For more information, call or visit the Williams County
programs could die out. schools, Rittichier said. local agencies’ websites. Humane Society at 09464 County Road 13, Bryan, Ohio
Early on the program “Not just here at Hill- 43506, (419) 636-2200. The cost of adoption also includes
The initiative has been suffered from connecting But with all that, the top, but within the en- the pet’s spay or neuter, disease testing, updating of shots,
the recipient of grants students to the care pro- problem comes down to tire county,” Long said. flea and parasite treatments.
totaling $600,500 a year sustainable funding, Rit- “I wish our legislative
since 2013 to combat viders. Taking a student tichier said. The need people and ODE people
school violence through out of school and send- is great as the numbers would check it all out to
mental health care and ing them to Toledo was show: see what the schools of
lessons on proper behav- impractical because at a Williams County have ac- Williams County Board
ior in Williams County. minimum it would mean - 303 students have complished. Awards Bid For Road Project;
The program began na- losing a half-day of class. been served by Care Co-
tionally in 1999 in the The solution was get- ordinators in Williams “Every district is simi- Supports Bike Path Project
wake of the mass shoot- ting the providers to come County lar yet every district is
ing at Columbine High to Williams County and different and that is prob-
School. handling the appoint- - 273 have been re- ably what I like seeing the By: James Pruitt etc.
ments in school, Rittich- ferred for a mental health most is that we are deal- THE VILLAGE REPORTER Tourism agencies may
Six of the seven Wil- ier said. assessment and/or a ing with a specific situ-
liams County school “Usually it’s a half- physician’s exam. ation and those all vary A Bryan company won’t be involved in these ef-
districts are participat- hour appointment com- but they also most gener- have far to go when they forts.
ing. Edgerton has opted pared to missing a half - 146 students have re- ally end up with good re- begin work on a street in-
out because its guidance a day,” Rittichier said. ceived mental health care sults.” side a subdivision. Bicycle tourism con-
counselors have been “Having the appoint- in their communities. tributed $47 billion a
able to handle the situa- ments conducted in But every silver lining The Williams Board year to local communities
tion, Project Director Ron school is beneficial since - 47 students have covers up a dark cloud. of County Commission- which provide facilities for
Rittichier said. that’s where the students trained as peer media- ers awarded the contract such tourists. AASHTO
spend most of their time.” tors. “Now we are trying to for work on Norlick Drive has designated a series of
Rittichier is based out The program has been secure funding,” Rittichi- to Bryan Excavating. The corridors crossing Ohio to
of the Northwest Ohio able to connect with the - There has been a er said. street is in Norlick Place be developed as various
Education Service Center Community Hospital of 74 percent reduction in subdivision located north U.S. bicycle routes.
and coordinates the pro- Williams County. They disruptive behaviors in One blessing has been of Bryan off CR 13.
gram. have placed a therapist classrooms using the PAX the CHWC has offered its ODOT supports the
in three of the schools Good Behavior Game. mental health services The engineer’s estimate designated bicycle routes
Most of the first two (Edon, Montpelier and for free, Rittichier said. was $230,630.50 and the through Ohio, but the pro-
years of the grant pro- West Unity). The idea is One satisfied super- Funding the Care Coor- winning bid came in at cess requires continued
gram dealt with planning. to build the case load and intendent is Larry Long dinators is top goal, he $174,711. collaboration with the re-
Rittichier did not come on add another therapist. from Hilltop. said. The program costs spective communities to
board until the third year. Other programs in- $400,000 a year and that The others bids inventory, analyze, and
The program got to the clude the PAX Behavior “We are very pleased pays for three coordina- ranged from $182,000 to designate specific sites the
county through the work Game, which is for ele- and proud with what tors, a supervisor, man- $210,000. routes will traverse.
of a group called LINK, mentary school students. has been able to be ac- agement and data sup-
which consisted of Judge The program teaches complished with the Safe port. The rest supports The following compa- In Williams County, a
Bird, local school officials children how to behave in Schools Healthy Students PAX. nies submitted bids. specific route has been
and mental health repre- school through self-regu- program,” Long said. “It identified and county offi-
sentatives. lation. has been so beneficial “We are working to • M & M Asphalt, LLC – cials have investigated the
“It doesn’t take any- and worthwhile for our keep (them) around,” Rit- Edon, Ohio proposed route and found
Judge Bird contended thing for granted on what students, our staff, our tichier said. “We have it to be suitable, it will be
something needed to be a child may know about parents, and the entire found them to be an asset • J.D. Construction – designated so that it can
done to address the men- how to behave in school,” community.” to the school and fami- Camden, Michigan be mapped and signed,
tal health of students be- Rittichier said. “It has lies.” thereby promoting bicycle
cause by the time those really changed a lot of Long also gave glowing • Vernon Nagel, Inc. – tourism in our area.
young people and their school environments reviews of Rittichier and The whole SS/HS pro- Napoleon, Ohio
families got to his court, where it’s been imple- others in the program. gram is evidence-based The route may change
it was too late, Rittichier mented.” The improvements made and the numbers support • B & J Concrete and over time because new
said. The effort was to A cousin of PAX is Pos- at the K-12 school has a continuance of the Care Construction – Toledo, facilities are being con-
stave off that result and itive Behavior Interven- been noticeable and serve Coordinators, Rittchier Ohio structed that are more
do some early prevention tion Support, designed for the community’s needs, said. suitable for cyclists.
so that would not be the middle and high school he said. • Gerken Paving, Inc. –
case, he said. students. This involves “We are trying to get Napoleon, Ohio The Board also ap-
the parents and school “All (SS/HS staff) have more of the word out,” proved Auditor Julie A.
The local effort came officials identifying three made a tremendous im- Ritticher said. “I am pret- Williams County Engi- Beagle to make supple-
up with a lot of ideas that pact on the direction we ty sure we are going to neer Todd J. Roth submit- mental appropriations
meshed well with Safe are heading with all of find a way; I am tired of ted his letter of recommen- from and to the following
Schools. The main push this,” Long said. “We are chasing grants.” dation to award the bid to funds:
was on mental health reaching the students Bryan Excavating, LLC.
care through promoting and families that need to When he came on Department: Williams
initiatives for preschool be reached and I believe, 2015, his interest was The board also ap- County Commissioners
in turn, we have parents there had been a huge proved the purchase of a
and families coming in to emphasis on sustainabil- new ambulance at a cost From: Unappropriated
meet with our people to ity. To aid in the effort the not to exceed $129,988. - $6,178.99
seek help and direction. state has provided a per-
son who has experience EMS Director Jim To: Capital Assets-
“I know I can speak in transitioning a grant Hicks submitted to the Building Improvements -
program into one that commissioners an agree- $6,178.99
Wauseon Students Participate can stand on its own, Rit- ment between Williams
tichier said. County EMS and Rolland Department: Williams
In Math Counts Competition Specialty Vehicles and County Engineer
“We are going to try Products, Inc (RSVP, Inc).
to keep the care coordi- From: Travel/Lodging/
nators but it gets tricky The board gave its ap- Meals - $45.99
when Edon is hiring one proval and support for the
for their school that’s go- development of state and To: Supplies/Office -
ing to leave hole,” Rittich- national bicycle routes. $45.99
ier said. Commissioners directed
appropriate officials see Department: Williams
Bryan and Hilltop to it the route is officially County Family & Children
schools are asking for designated by the Ameri- First
their own coordinators as can Association of State
well, he said. Highway and Transporta- From: Unappropriated
tion Officials and the Ohio - $49.99
James Pruitt Department of Transpor-
may be reached at tation. Once the route is To: Supplies/Office - approved, there may be ef- $49.99
forts to publicize the route
via internet maps, incor- James Pruitt
porating it on local maps, may be reached at

PHOTOS PROVIDED A. Schulman To Open Stryker Distribution
Center To Serve The North Mid-West Region
MATHCOUNTS CONTESTANTS ... The “MathCounts” competition was held in Arch-
bold on February 22nd. There were both an individual and a team competition. A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq: SHLM), in North America. This facility will be now
A team from Wauseon Middle School comprised of two seventh graders and two a leading international supplier of high- re-opened as an extension to the Com-
eighth graders placed first in the team competition qualifying them for the State performance plastic compounds, mas- pany’s existing warehousing and distri-
Competition at Columbus State Community College on March 11th. The students terbatches, powders and resins, today bution business in order to address the
were coached by Mrs. Tracy Beck and Mrs. Lynelle Nofziger. “MathCounts” Contes- announced that A. Schulman, Inc. will needs of the local market.
tants are: L to R: Front Row: Maysyn Rodriguez, Darren Dong, Colin Kinnersley, open a distribution center at its Stryker,
Andrew Eberle. Second Row: Lance Rupp, Noah Harman, Elizabeth Baker, Traven Ohio plant to serve customers located in “The Stryker plant is ideally situated to
Yarbro, Luke Tester, Evan Bauer, Coach Tracy Beck. Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wis- open our new distribution center in order
FIRST PLACE TEAM COMPETITION ... Andrew Eberle, Evan Bauer, Darren Dong, consin. to service the local customers,” said Al-
Noah Harman. bert Weber, vice-president, Performance
The center will offer warehousing and Materials. “Our customers will have fast-
repackaging services to the local custom- er access to a broad portfolio of prime
ers. In addition, the customers located and wide-spec polypropylene and poly-
in the area will benefit from the closer ethylene materials as well as a complete
location and faster delivery times. The state-of-the art blending and repackaging
Stryker distribution center will be opera- center including rail car storage, ware-
tional in the second quarter of calendar housing and distribution services.”
year 2017.
A. Schulman’s is one of the largest pro-
The Stryker plant was part of the viders of distribution services in Northern
Company’s acquisition of Ferro Specialty America. The Company is offering materi-
Plastics Business, completed in 2014. A. als for a wide range of distribution grades
Schulman closed this facility in 2015 and for automotive, industrial and consumer
shifted the production to other facilities applications.


8 - “The Village Reporter” / Weekly Northwest Ohio (Williams & Fulton County News) Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

NwOESC Recaps February Meeting

The following actions were taken by of Allegiance. A time for public com- vide to NwOESC, 21st Century (Arch- student, Spring Semester, 2017 Placed
the Northwest Ohio Educational Ser- ment on the retirement/reemployment bold MS), College and Career Readi- with Matthew Ferguson
vice Center Governing Board at their of Ann Lamb was held from 6:50 – 7:00 ness and Youth Mentoring Services for
organizational and regular meeting pm. the period of 1/1/17-6/30/17. Bus Drivers
held February 28, 2017. Edgerton – Shari Robison
The following items were approved - NwOESC to provide to Eastwood North Central Local – Mark Robison
The meeting was called to order at under the consent agenda format: Local Schools, Visual Impairment (VI) Northeastern – Renaud Hernandez
7:00 pm by Vice President Brian Bak- Services for the period of 8/15/17-
er. All in attendance recited the Pledge •Approved Financial Transactions 6/15/18. Van Drivers
- Four County Career Center to pro- Edgerton – Camie Flegal
- NwOESC to provide to Elmwood Northeastern – Joshua T. Burkholder
North Central Schools Table Local Schools, Visual Impairment (VI) •Approved the payment of an invoice
Football Facilities Study; Will Start Services for the period of 8/15/17- to Liberty Center Local Schools for the
Looking For New Superintendent 6/15/18. first half expenses related to the Lib-
erty Education Center requiring Board
PHOTO BY JAMES PRUITT, STAFF - NwOESC to provide to Lake Local approval since a requisition was not
Schools, Visual Impairment (VI) Servic- submitted and encumbered prior to
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ... North Central Schools Superintendent Ken Boy- es for the period of 8/15/17-6/15/18. the incurrence of costs per board pol-
er (left) announced his retirement effective July 31, at the Feb. 27 Board of Educa- icy 6320 (then and now certification).
tion meeting. - NwOESC to provide to Edon •Approved an agreement with the
Northwest Local Schools, Superinten- Ohio Attorney General to identify the
By: James Pruitt prepared than we’ve been in a while.” dent Search Services for the period of terms, conditions, duties, and re-
THE VILLAGE REPORTER The annual Act Out program per- 1/26/17-position is finalized or until sponsibilities of each party regarding
agreed upon by both parties to termi- the National WebCheck program and
North Central Schools Board of Edu- formed skits for the eighth graders this nate services. equipment and to ensure that the in-
cation will wait some more to decide if year, Rettig said. The school rotates the formation received from the Attorney
its wants to proceed with a football pro- classes that see the skits. - NwOESC to provide to Wauseon General is used appropriately.
gram. Exempted Village Schools, Afterschool •Approved the removal of Person-
The program included skits on Face- Program Services for the period of nel Coordinator I and Personnel Coor-
The board decided to table a ques- book and what happens at parties. “The 1/1/17-6/30/17. dinator II from the 2017-2018 salary
tion on authorizing a feasibility study program is interactive as the scenarios schedule and the creation of Person-
on facilities for football at its Feb. 27 are played out and then the students - To approve Annual Service Agree- nel Coordinator on said schedule with
meeting. The board also approved a tax can ask questions,” Rettig said. ments with the following districts placement at Grade 6. (Personnel Co-
abatement for a new Menard’s Facility. for the 2017-18 school year per R.C. ordinator I is at Grade 7 and Personnel
“They are fun to watch and they are 3313.845: Coordinator II is at Grade 5)
Superintendent Ken Boyer an- fun to be part of,” Rettig said.
nounced his resignation, effective July • Archbold Area Local Schools INFORMATION/DISCUSSION ITEMS
31, at the meeting. He said he wanted The school also invited Matt Bell, a • Ayersville Local Schools • Superintendent and CFO/Trea-
to retire and travel. He will bring to a recovering addict who runs a rehab cen- • Central Local Schools
close a 46-year career in education, the ter, in to speak to students. Bell talked • Edon Northwest Local Schools surer Evaluation Form Distribution
last 31 as a superintendent. about his heroin addiction. The talk is • Fayette Local Schools • Technology Assessment Draft
timely as heroin use has been rising. • Hicksville Exempted Village
Boyer advised the board the ESC can Schools REPORTS
assist in a search for a new superinten- “We are seeing more heroin,” Rettig • Liberty Center Local Schools OSBA LEGISLATIVE LIAISON: Mr.
dent for about $500. said. “We are starting to see it funnel • Montpelier Exempted Village Brian Baker shared information on
down into high school and it’s scaring Schools several legislative items in consider-
As for the football facilities, the the tar out of me.” ation. This week, the Senate passed
board and Boyer wanted accurate infor- RETIREMENTS SB9, which would create a three-day
mation on the cost of a junior high and On a more hopeful note, the high Ann Lamb, Assistant Financial Of- sales tax holiday in August 2017. The
high school program, but representa- school band and choir will be raising ficer, effective 7/1/2017 Senate Ways and Means Committee
tives of the club level program were not money for a trip to New York City in Teresa Rettig, Paraprofessional, ef- held a hearing on SB36 that would
in attendance. The district had been in March to participate in the St. Patrick’s fective 6/1/2017 make changes to the current agricul-
touch with Garmann/Miller Architects Day Parade. The trip will include stops Paula Scranton, Paraprofessional, tural use valuation (CAUV) tax. The
to conduct the study. The firm has a at such sights as Rockefeller Center, effective 6/1/2017 Senate Government Oversight and Re-
person who specializes in such endeav- Central Park, and attending the Broad- Penny Waack, Attendance Officer, form Committee heard sponsor testi-
ors, Boyer said. way show “Aladdin.” effective 8/1/2017 mony on SB54. This bill would require
Warren Fauver, CLC Program Eval- districts to allow approved summer
The study will see if the campus could The athletics report talked of winter uator, effective 6/1/2017 food program sponsors to use school
handle the additions, which would in- sports wrapping up. facilities to provide food service for
clude locker rooms, bleachers, a press RESIGNATIONS summer intervention services. Mr.
box, and a football field. The study was In basketball, the seventh-grade girls Megan Burill, Paraprofessional, ef- Baker represented the area last month
initiated by the community-led program finished 11-6 overall, while the eighth- fective 2/24/2017 in Washington DC, as part of his work
and not the board, Boyer said. grade girls were 5-12. The seventh- with OSBA’s Federal Relations Net-
grade boys were 14-3; the eighth-grade EMPLOYMENT RECOMMENDA- work. The Federal Relations Network
The cost would likely be around boys were 2-15. TIONS has developed into a successful com-
$1,500, but would not exceed $2,000. munications network designed to build
The varsity boys’ basketball is 3-9 CONTRACTS close local board member contact with
Questions came from Jared Stewart in the league and 5-17 overall with the Certified Limited each member of Congress and to keep
on where the money would come from state tournament awaiting. That’s an Name - Contract - Length the elected representatives informed
to fund the program and facilities. The improvement over last year, Athletic Di- Fraker, Christine - CERT-1 Yr - about the school board perspective on
board should have accurate informa- rector Brian Hughes said. The JV boys 02/03/17- 7/31/17 American public education.
tion to make an intelligent decision, the team finished 11-11 and the freshmen Lalonde, Denise - CERT-1 Yr - SUPERINTENDENT: Ms. Kerri
person said. 8-10. 02/21/17- 8/31/17 Gearhart shared about recent admin-
istrative searches underway in Edon
It was mentioned the facilities would The girls’ varsity team finished at Classified Limited and North Central. An area group, the
be shared by other sports. 8-15 overall, and 7-5 in the league, Name - Contract - Length Four County Suicide Prevention Coali-
good enough for third place, another Blackwood, Nicole - CLASS-1 Yr - tion, continues to work to educate staff
The board created an Enterprise improvement, Hughes said. The JV girls 02/21/17-06/30/17 and students in school districts about
Zone for a proposed building at the finished at 6-15. Davis, Carla - CLASS-1 Yr - the signs of suicide and how to access
Menard’s complex. The abatement will 02/03/17-07/31/17 help. Upcoming facility building proj-
be for 100 percent and will be good for Indoor track finished its season Feb. Flower, Tori - CLASS-1 Yr - 01/31/17- ects were reviewed.
15 years and the company will pay the 18. The team broke “fairly new” records 07/31/17 CFO/TREASURER: Mr. Homer Hen-
district $15,000 to $20,000 annually all season, Hughes said. The main Gulick, Kayla - CLASS-1 Yr - dricks provided an update on Busi-
to make up for the lost revenue, Boyer achievement is the team is progressing, 02/09/17-07/31/17 ness office staffing. Nicole Blackwood
said. he said. Helwig, Debra - CLASS-1 Yr - recently joined the department as a
01/30/17-07/31/17 personnel coordinator. The auditors
“The main concern of the Board of Baseball and softball teams have be- Klausing, Sandra - CLASS-1 Yr - are wrapping up the annual audit this
Education is the cost,” Boyer said. gun practices and the track team began 02/16/17-07/31/17 week and the report should be final-
March 6. ized soon. Fiscal year 2018 estimates
In other news: SALARY NOTICES and service contracts were distributed
The Elementary School report from The school still has a good shot at Peters, Abbey - Half Year Increase - to districts recently, with several filter-
Principal Paul Jones noted: winning the All-Sports trophy, trailing Teacher/IS-MA ing back in recently. 2017-18 school
~Kindergarten screening is set for the leader by 1.5 points, Hughes said. calendars are being collected and will
April 6-7. There are 28 kids signed up. Additional Wage Payments be used in developing contracts, sal-
Last year there were 14. During the meeting, the board ap- Mohring, Jody, Mount St Joseph ary notification, and staff work calen-
~Enrollment is at 343 students; 321 proved: University Mentor Stipend, (Fall 2016) dars. Evaluation of a potential software
excluding pre-school students. Last change to eFinancePlus by SunGard is
year the amounts were 325 and 310, ~Eric Moreland as head custodian/ 21st Century Teachers underway. Ohio Ethics filing is due by
respectively, Jones said. transportation supervisor (3-year con- Ayersville – Eric Roberts May 15, 2017.
~The window for Ohio State testing tract). Defiance – Elizabeth Frankart DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCA-
opens March 13. The elementary school Liberty Center – Jody Morris TION: Mrs. Jill Gilliland reported that
students will have their tests from ~Chris Gendron as assistant Base- Pike-Delta-York – Kasey Chapman work is underway in wrapping up
March 28 to May 12. ball Coach. Patrick Henry – Margaret Krueger 2016-17 and planning ahead for 2017-
The high school report from Princi- 18 with programming and staffing.
pal Tim Rettig made the board’s packet ~Adam Knepper as assistant track 21st Century Program Assistant DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM, IN-
thicker than normal with individual coach. Defiance – Cassidy Held, Courtney STRUCTION AND PROFESSIONAL
safety plans for the district, high/junior DEVELOPMENT: Mrs. Kris Dobbelaere
high school, and elementary school in- ~Sam Pettit as volunteer assistant Rode shared information on gifted services
cluded. baseball coach. and professional development plan-
“It’s not very much different than After School Program Assistants ning for 2017-18. The annual Franklin
last year, but we have to jump through ~Mark Robison as a substitute bus Wauseon – Karen Cheezan B. Walter Celebration is set for Mon-
these hoops ever year,” Rettig said. “We driver. day, March 13th, honoring area edu-
also had some ALICE training to go After School Program Teachers cators and students. NwOESC profes-
along with it. I feel like we are better ~An overnight trip for the baseball Wauseon – Julie Grime, Amy sional development offerings in Mrs.
team March 17-18 to Hillsboro. Warncke, Brittany Webster Dobbelaere’s department have reached
multiple administrators, teachers, and
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year with the NwOESC governing board. Sandy Bedsole, Trista Franklin, attendees since August 2016.
Spencer Fulk, Victoria Gentit, Kay- •As all of the business of the evening
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Stay Safe When Driving In Wet Weather

Drivers must modify their driving tions. Roadways accumulate oil and drive in the direction you want to go
habits when weather compromises engine fluids that can float in rainwa- and slowly ease up on the accelerator.
their visibility and makes road condi- ter, creating slippery road surfaces. • Skip the cruise control. It’s im- How To Maintain Car
tions unsafe. Rain can fall any time of • Reduce speed. The automotive portant to maintain control over the
year, but tends to be most problem- group AAA says hydroplaning, when vehicle in rainy conditions, so avoid
Value Over The Long-TermTo drive safely in the rain and can occur with as little as 1/12 inch
atic in spring. the tires rise up on a film of water, using cruise control.
• Maintain tires. Proper inflation
avoid accidents, drivers should follow of water on the road. · Rely on the de- and tire tread levels can improve trac-
certain precautions. fogger. Use the car’s windshield de- tion. Check tire pressure on all tires When shopping for a new car, savvy buyers know
froster/defogger to improve visibility. at least once a month. Get an accu- finding the right car involves more than just finding the
• Maintain windshield wipers. In- Turn it on early and keep it on un- rate reading when tires are cold and most comfortable or flashy vehicle. Numerous factors,
spect and, if necessary change wind- til the rain has stopped and visibility adjust air pressure accordingly. including resale value, determine what makes a car the
shield wipers regularly to ensure they Rainy weather can contribute right car for a particular buyer.
are working optimally. . has improved.
• Turn on lights with wipers. Re- • Recover from a skid. Skids can to poor driving conditions. Drivers Various websites and automotive resources rank ve-
duced visibility is a major contributor be frightening, but when skidding, should make changes to speed and
to wet-weather accidents. resist any temptation to slam on the other factors to make wet weather hicles based on their potential resale value, and drivers
breaks. Instead, continue to look and driving as safe as possible. can do much to ensure their cars and trucks maintain
· Recognize changing road condi- that resale value over the long-term.

Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Ride Running Strong • Pay attention to the exterior. Much like homes
with strong curb appeal can help homeowners get the
best price for their homes when those homes are on the
market, vehicles that look good can make strong first
Motor vehicles are sizable invest-
ments that, for many people, trail only impressions on prospective buyers. Address any dings
homes and educations in terms of the
biggest expenses they will ever have. or dents on the car before putting it on the market, and
So it’s in drivers’ best interests to take make sure the car gets a thorough washing and waxing
every step possible to protect their prior to showcasing it for potential buyers.
investments and keep their vehicles
running smoothly as long as possible. Upon purchasing new vehicles, drivers with their
While knowledgeable mechanics can minds on maintaining resale values can park their
be invaluable resources, drivers can cars or trucks in garages as often as possible to protect
them from the elements. In addition, when parking in
public, avoid tight parking spaces that can increase the
take several minor, simple steps to
keep their cars running smoothly for likelihood that other drivers will ding or dent the vehicle
years to come.
• Perform weekly visual inspec- CHECK YOUR FLUIDS... Checking for leaks and maintaining fluid levels will when entering or exiting their own cars.
help your vehicle to run smoothly. • Protect the interior. A well-maintained interior will
tions. Few drivers take the time to look
at their vehicles once those vehicles impress buyers on multiple levels. Preowned buyers
lose their new car luster. But visual may feel more comfortable buying cars with well-main-
inspections can help drivers find prob- tained interiors that still make them feel as if they’re
lems that, though minor, may impact buying a new vehicle. Vehicles with well-maintained in-
their vehicles’ performance. For ex- teriors also give buyers the impression that sellers care
about the vehicle and prioritized maintenance.
ample, a routine examination of vehi- Whether your vehicle is brand new or • Look under the hood as well.
cle tires can indicate if those tires are has some tread on its tire, consult the While many drivers feel that the area Avoid eating in the car, and immediately address any
properly inflated. Poorly inflated tires owner’s manual for manufacturer rec- beneath their vehicles’ hoods is best spills or stains. When taking the vehicle to a car wash,
can decrease fuel efficiency and affect ommendations with regard to changing left to the professionals, you can still spend the extra money to have the interior cleaned as
the overall safety of a vehicle. If tires fluids and replacing filters. Many re- lift up the hood every so often to see well. Seat covers can help protect cloth and leather in-
appear flat, check their pressure and cent models can now be driven rough- if there are any glaring problems that teriors from spills, stains and cracking.
inflate them to the levels listed in your ly 5,000 miles before they need an oil demand attention. Inspect rubber
owner’s manual. change, but check your owner’s manual belts for signs of wear and tear, and • Keep maintenance receipts. Another way to main-
for the guidelines established by your know that such belts may need to be tain resale value is to keep all maintenance receipts
• Look for fluid leaks. Another tell- from the moment the vehicle is purchased. Preowned
tale and easily identifiable sign that
a vehicle needs some maintenance is vehicle’s manufacturer, and adhere to replaced every 50,000 miles or even vehicle buyers are making substantial investments
the sight of fluids beneath the car. If that schedule religiously. If you drive an more frequently depending on your when buying preowned cars, and many will want to be
you notice puddles or stains beneath older car, recognize that the vehicle may driving habits. Lifting the hood is also certain they’re investing in the right cars and trucks.
where you normally park your car, benefit from more frequent oil changes necessary when checking fluid levels, Documentation with regards to the vehicle’s mainte-
your vehicle may be leaking fluids. and tune-ups. which you should check periodically nance can assuage any fears buyers may have and help
Note the color and consistency of the and before and after any long trips. sellers get the most money possible when putting their
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turn signal and brake lamps, wind- maintenance should bring these con- buyers who want to get the best returns on their auto-
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The outdoor fire pit has transformed the concept of GREAT PLACE FOR GATHERING ... Fire pits have become
SAVE... Composite decking can mimic the look of wood, backyard entertaining. Homeowners understand how a fire popular for gatherings and family entertainment.
but requires much less maintenance. pit can add value to a home and make their yard an inviting Here are some tips to consider.
place to be on a summer evening or a chilly autumn night.
Decks add character and functionality to a home, in- • Keep the fire pit away from the home and objects that
creasing outdoor entertaining space and oftentimes im- Fire pits can add a lot to a home’s exterior entertain- can burn. Maintain a safe distance from the fire pit at all
proving the resale value of a home. Homeowners have var- ing area. Some fire pit styles and materials will last longer times.
ious options when choosing decking materials, but one than others. Homeowners should assess their needs and
such option, composite decking, is growing in popularity. the space available before choosing a fire pit for their home. • The best place to have the fire pit is on hard stone, ce-
ment or tile. Portable fire pits can be placed on patio stones
Decks used to primarily be made from pressure-treat- First, homeowners must decide if they want a perma- in the lawn.
ed lumber. While lumber remains a popular material, nent or portable fire pit.
more and more homeowners are opting for composite • Use a screen to keep embers and sparks from escaping
decking products. As anyone who has pressure-washed, Portable fire pits are freestanding units that can be during use.
stained and sealed wood decks can attest, such spaces re- moved around the yard on a whim. They also can be loaded
quire lots of upkeep to look new year after year. Compos- into the car and taken to a neighbor’s house or even to the • Keep children a good distance away from the fire pit
ite decks require much less maintenance, making them beach. Portable fire pits are less expensive than permanent and always supervise when the pit is in use.
highly attractive to homeowners who would rather spend models, and some homeowners prefer a trial run with a por-
time using their decks instead of maintaining them. table pit before deciding to install a permanent structure. • Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before
going in for the night.
Composite decking is any type of decking material that Portable fire pits are made of metal and usually coated
is formulated from different recycled materials. The ma- with a fireproof paint. Over time, exposure to the elements • Do not use any accelerants.
jority of these materials include hard plastic and wood can cause the metal to rust or weaken, something hom- • Buy a vinyl cover to protect the fire pit from the ele-
shavings of pulp. Unlike wood, which can fade, crack eowners should consider prior to purchase. ments when not in use.
and rot, composite decking, which has been available for
roughly a decade, does not degrade quickly and requires Homeowners also must consider a fuel source. Wood is a
very little upkeep. common fuel source for fire pits. Wood can be inexpensive,
especially when gathered from around the yard. However,
Available in a variety of wood colors to match outdoor a wood-burning fire will constantly have to be fed with new
decor, composite decks also can feature artificial wood branches. If you want to have a roaring fire but don’t want
grains to make them look similar to wood planks. Al- to maintain it, then a gas-fueled fire pit is better. Natural
though composite decks are not completely impervious gas fire pits can run off of a portable propane tank (think
to the elements, with some occasional washing to impede barbecue tank) or be directly connected to a home’s natural
mold growth and new technology that has improved stain- gas supply.
resistance, many of the pitfalls of other materials can be
avoided with composite decks. Now you can decide on the style. Gas fire pits will give
you a greater number of design options, but there are still
Composite decking fits in with eco-friendly lifestyles. plenty of choices with wood fire pits. From bowl-shaped
The planks are made from recycled materials that would pits to rectangular-shaped pits to barrel-style pits to chim-
normally end up in landfills. Products from Trex, a popu- neys, there are designs to fit most preferences and size con-
lar composite decking manufacturer, are made from 1.5 straints.
million shopping bags and wood mill waste. As compos-
ite decks do not rot away and are long-lasting, they will Once you have chosen a fire pit, safety should prevail.
not need to be replaced frequently, which is another eco-
friendly benefit. Add Curb Appeal To Your Property

When comparing composite decking brands, look Many people are familiar with the the yard. A cluttered yard suggests add up if it’s been awhile since these
mainly at the colors, materials used in the composition idea that a strong first impression homeowners do not care much about areas were refurbished. Still, one
and the fastening systems. Many are fastened with regu- can go a long way. While that idea their home’s appearance, and that of the first things buyers will notice
lar deck screws, offers This Old House. The newer sys- is most often referenced in regard to may lead buyers to think that indif- when getting out of their cars is the
tems have channels for hidden fastening, and the com- personal interactions, it’s also appli- ference extended to maintaining the ground they’re walking on, so patch
posite deck tiles snap into place. cable to real estate. home’s interior as well. Many buyers and repair or even replace driveways
will ignore properties without any ex- and walkways that have fallen into
Composite decks do have a few drawbacks. They When selling a home, homeown- ternal aesthetic appeal, but cleaning disrepair.
can be expensive - nearly double the initial cost of wood ers who emphasize curb appeal may up the yard does not require much ef-
decks. And although they don’t rot, composite planks can find it far easier to sell their homes. fort or expense on the part of sellers. • Add or upgrade outdoor living
scratch. Without refinishing, damaged boards will need to Curb appeal refers to the impression spaces. Outdoor living spaces also
be replaced. Harsh chemicals may fade color and damage a home’s exterior makes on people • Make the main entryway more can set a property apart from others
the composite materials, so caution is needed. seeing the home for the first time. In inviting. Creating a more inviting en- on the market. A recent study from
2014, the online real estate database tryway won’t be as simple as cleaning the National Association of Realtors
Composite decking remains an in-demand choice for Zillow® surveyed real estate agents up the yard, but it can help create a found that buyers would not hesitate
outdoor spaces. Low-maintenance and long-lasting, these and found that curb appeal was one strong first impression without break- to pay asking price for homes with
decks have quickly become favorites among homeowners. of the five most important factors ing the bank. To begin, remove plants outdoor living spaces. When adding
when selling a home. and furniture from the front porch or upgrading outdoor living spaces,
or area surrounding the doorway, as try to depersonalize the spaces as
Projects that improve curb appeal such items can create a cluttered feel. much as possible, as buyers want to
can be vast undertakings or simpler If the front door is old, replace it. Cus- picture themselves, and not the sell-
projects, and the following are a hand- tom doors may be expensive, but they ers, enjoying these areas. Include
ful of projects to improve a home’s might add the wow factor buyers are some comfortable furniture, adequate
curb appeal that run the gamut from looking for. If a new door is beyond lighting and a dining area in your out-
simple to complex. your means or just unnecessary, re- door living space as well.
paint the door, ideally in a color that
• Clean up the yard. Cleaning up complements the color of your home Curb appeal can add a lot to a
the yard is among the simpler yet and the surrounding landscape. home, while lack of such appeal can
most effective projects to improve a make a home difficult to sell. Home-
home’s curb appeal. When selling • Address pavement problems. owners who want to sell their proper-
their homes, homeowners should Paving problems are not necessarily ties for asking price or more should
clear the yard of any clutter, includ- an expensive fix, but the cost of re- address curb appeal before putting
ing kids’ toys, grass clippings or items pairing driveways and walkways can their homes on the market.
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Edgerton Overcomes Turnovers To Advance To Sectional Final

By: Kent Hutchison and 10 on successive possessions, leading to three more final quarter to put the game out of reach and pulled away
THE VILLAGE REPORTER points for the Hawks. With 3:40 remaining MVCD lead for a 63-47 win.
SWANTON – On Tuesday, February 28th, the #8 seed- Following the contest Coach Ripke was very pleased
ed Edgerton Bulldogs, who finished the regular season Cade McClellan, Knecht’s replacement, broke the scor- with the shooting of the by his team. “We got high per-
at 12-10, faced the #6 seeded and 14-8, Maumee Valley ing draught with a score after a nice pass from Miller. He centage shots within the flow of our offense. We also have
Country Day (MVCD) Hawks. After a sluggish first half, was fouled on the shot, but was unable to convert the struggled making free throws. It was nice to shoot them
in which the Bulldogs committed 11 turnovers, they were free throw. Devin Herman added an offensive board, was so well tonight.”
able to settle down at halftime and take control of the 2nd fouled, and cashed in both free tosses to cut the MVCD
half to pull away from the Hawks by a final of 63-47. lead to just one point, 21-20, with 3:02 left in the period. Despite the Bulldogs first half turnover woes, they
took better care of the ball in the second half committing
The Bulldogs had a formidable task at hand as the MVCD added another basket in the paint, but that just six miscues. Their hot shooting also countered some
Hawks feature several young, talented players, including would prove to be their final points of the half. Jake Siebe- of the errors in ball handling. Edgerton made 22 of 38
freshman Zeb Jackson who has reportedly already had naler tossed up a circus shot that somehow found its way shot attempts for an impressive 58%. The Bulldogs were
offers from The University of Toledo and Akron. through the rim. Edgerton took the lead for the first time even more accurate from the foul line knocking down 18
on the night as Miller drove to the basket giving the Bull- of 26 tries for 70%. They also controlled the boards out-
MVCD got on the board first, but Edgerton answered dogs a 24-23 advantage as the teams headed to the locker rebounding the Hawks 35-21.
at the 7:00 mark when Braydon Cape dropped in a bas- room.
ket. The Hawks capitalized on three Bulldog turnovers to The Bulldogs placed four players in double figures
push the lead to 7-2. Despite Edgerton’s struggles with turnovers as they with Knecht leading the way scoring 16 points, with 12
suffered 11 miscues on the half, their hot shooting in the of those coming in the first half to keep Edgerton in the
Carter Knecht did just that for Edgerton when he con- second period moved them into the lead. On the other game. Siebenaler posted 13 points for the Bulldogs, in-
verted an offensive rebound to a bucket with 4:20 left in hand, the Hawks began to become impatient on offense cluding nine in the 3rd quarter that played a large part in
the first quarter. Another turnover by the Bulldogs led taking several ill-advised shots. allowing Edgerton to pull away. Herman and Miller added
to a MVCD score, and prompted a timeout from Bulldog 11 points each, while Cape added 7. Clayton Flegal and
mentor, Matt Ripke. The words of wisdom were useful as The second half started with the Hawks scoring twice Cade McClellan contributed 3 and 2 points respectively.
they led to a sweet feed from Dustin Miller to Knecht to to take a 27-24 lead. Siebenaler answered for Edgerton,
make the score 9-6, with 3:10 remaining. and Devin Herman added a 3 pointer off an assist from SCORING BY QUARTER:
Miller. Herman scored again, then Siebenaler snatched Edgerton - 8 16 18 21 - 63
The teams traded two baskets each, and after one peri- a steal that led to a fast break layup to give the Bulldogs MVCD - l3 10 10 14 - 47
od MVCD led 13-8. In the quarter the Bulldogs committed a 31-27 lead prompting MVCD to call for a timeout with
6 turnovers and also suffered an inability to consistently 4:10 left in the period. Kent Hutchison may be reached at
put the ball in the basket.
The Hawks got a quick basket out of the break, but
The Hawks drew first blood once again, but Knecht Miller quickly responded for Edgerton. Siebenaler added
picked up where he left off dropping in a pair of scores to another basket, then finished another layup and was
make the score 15-12, with 6:42 left before intermission. fouled on the shot. He completed the “and one” to give
Two MVCD turnovers, and other by Edgerton highlighted Edgerton a 40-33 advantage at the 1:20 mark. Miller
the next minute of play. Knecht picked up his 10 point closed out the quarter by splitting the defense with 7 sec-
of the half, again off an offensive rebound, to bring the onds left and dropped the right hand flip off the glass to
Bulldogs within a single point. MVCD got a basket and a put Edgerton up nine, 42-33.
free throw, before Knecht dropped in a baseline jumper to
make the score 18-16. Unfortunately for Edgerton, they Cape began the final quarter by making a back door
committed turnover number eight. Matters only got worse cut, and Miller dropped the dime to him on stride for a
when their offensive force headed to the bench as Knecht layup. The Hawks continued to struggle with shooting,
was whistled for his second foul with 4:30 left before half- and handing the ball over to Edgerton. Trailing by double
time. digits, MVCD was forced to foul. Although Edgerton made
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4 - The Village Reporter / The Hometown Huddle Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Offensive Drought Dooms Fayette Boys In Sectional Final

By: Bill O’Connell To be fair, however, the Tigers were not exactly shoot- having a three-pointer as one of their makes.
THE VILLAGE REPORTER ing the lights out either. And, judging by the 10-2 halftime Fayette fell further behind early in the fourth, 25-13,
score, you have to wonder if the lights were even on in
The Fayette Boys basketball team suffered one of the the first two quarters. But it was more than just an off- but rallied to pull within seven at 29-22. Clayton Pheils
worst scoring droughts that anyone could ever remember shooting night by both teams. The Eagles and the Tigers scored eight of his team-high 10 points in the quarter but
going from late in the first quarter to more than halfway played very tight defense and both employed a slowed- it would prove to be not enough. Both squads scored 14
through the third quarter, a span of almost 14 minutes, down ball control offense that ate up a lot of the clock. points in the frame, however, half of Holgate’s total came
as they lost to Holgate 33-24 in a DIV Sectional Final at Fayette trailed 7-2 at the end of one and were only out- on free throws as the Eagles were forced to foul to regain
Swanton High School on Friday night. To make matters scored 3-0 in the second. possession of the ball. Fayette closes their season with
even worse, they had only scored two points, courtesy of a a 7-16 record while Holgate will move on to the District
Drake Bowditch layup, when Cole Stuckey doubled their Both offenses began to find the mark in the second tournament with a record of 19-4.
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Girls Varsity Basketball Action

Defensive Adjustment & Third Quarter Run Fuels Stryker District Win

By: Kent Hutchison with another three, this time from the right Doehrmann opened the final 8 minutes most of the year, but had played some 2-3
THE VILLAGE REPORTER baseline at the 4:16 mark. With the game just like she did the third quarter as she zone recently, and thought we may need to
now tied at 12, and momentum seemingly dropped in a bucket with a nice drive down go to it tonight. When we switched to the
ARCHBOLD – On Thursday, March on their side, the tide turned slightly as the lane. After each team exchanged turn- zone after the first quarter we really played
2nd, the Stryker Lady Panthers and Ant- Doehrmann was saddled with her 2nd foul overs, Williamson finally found the scoring it well. We knew where their shooters were
werp Archers met in the semi-finals of the with 3:58 left before halftime. column again with a highly contested three 99% of the time, and were able to push
OHSAA Division IV District Tournament. pointer pulling Antwerp within six, 24-18. them further out. Our kids did a great job
The two teams were very familiar with each The Lady Panthers were able to main- of talking and communicating.” Brown did
other having just played on February 7th. tain their composure. Even though they Madi Myers collected her only points of have some concern regarding the team’s
In that matchup the Lady Panthers needed did not score the rest of the period, they the night for Stryker with 4:30 left in the miscues. “We turned it over more than we
overtime to top the Archers by a final score were able to limit the Lady Archers to just contest. Following an Antwerp miss, the wanted to, but kids get uptight in tourna-
of 52-47. Prior to tip-off there was little 2 points. Those were provided on a basket Lady Panthers called a timeout with 4:00 ment games. We made some great plays to
doubt that this encounter would be much by Antwerp’s leading scorer, Rachael Wil- remaining. After the strategy break, Stryk- overcome them.”
different than the first. liamson, who was held to just that basket er ran 1:45 off the clock before requesting
the entire first half. another T.O. Although the Lady Panthers Final statistics indicated that both
The Archers got on the board first when turned the ball over at the 2:08 mark, teams had their struggles. Stryker went
Maggie Wilson pulled down an offensive re- As the buzzer sounding signifying in- the time they ran off the clock essentially 12-29 from the field for 41%, while Ant-
bound and was fouled by Taylor Haines. termission, Stryker had reduced the deficit sealed the fate for the Lady Archers. werp was an anemic 7-30 for 23%. Turn-
The senior sank both free throws for Ant- to just two points, trailing 14-12. The half overs plagued both teams as well. The Lady
werp. Stryker responded with two baskets was uncharacteristically sloppy for both Antwerp was unable to make a dent in Panthers were responsible for 18, although
by Hailey Doehrmann to take a 4-2 lead teams as the Lady Panthers committed 10 the deficit following the Stryker miscue. In- 8 of those came in the first quarter. The
with 4:02 left in the first quarter. turnovers and Antwerp had 8 miscues. stead, Taylor Haines stepped in the path of Lady Archers had 16 miscues with many
a pass, drove for a layup, and was fouled leading to Stryker points. The foul line
Antwerp closed the period with a 10-0 According to Coach Steve Brown’s post- on the shot. The subsequent charity toss wasn’t really a factor for Stryker as they
run, aided by the fact the Lady Panthers game comments, a halftime offensive mod- was good with 1:56 left on the clock. The made just four trips, and converted only
committed 5 turnovers and were able to ification was the key. “Coach Greiser made point was the final one of the night for the one try. Antwerp did make a fifth of their
take only one shot the final four minutes. a great adjustment to our zone offense at Panthers. total points from the stripe going 4 for 5.
Heading into quarter number two, the halftime. We wanted to get the ball to Hai-
Lady Archers had built a 12-4 lead, and ley (Doehrmann) more in the high post. Wilson received a nice pass from Smith Doehrmann led the Lady Panthers with
caused 8 Stryker turnovers overall. That got her going!” This obviously paid for a basket, and the Archers quickly re- 13 points, while Taylor Haines added 9 tal-
huge dividends as the Lady Panthers came quested a timeout with just 49 seconds lies. Emma Grime contributed 3 points,
The second quarter was much like the out of the break with renewed confidence left. With the score now 29-20 in favor of with Brittney Haines and Madi Myers reg-
first, except this time the roles were re- offensively. Stryker. istering 2 points apiece.
versed. Antwerp turned the ball over on
their first possession, and Haines thanked First Doehrmann hit a short jumper in The Lady Panthers missed a few free The Lady Archers were led by Rachel
them by drilling a triple from the left base- the lane to tie the game at 14. At the 6:12 throws down the stretch, but the Lady Ar- Williamson and Maggie Wilson with 5
line. Another miscue led to a Doehrmann mark Taylor Haines picked up her 2nd chers were unable to take advantage of the points each. The total for Williamson is
driving down the lane for two more at the foul, but Wilson was only able to convert opportunities. Finally Antwerp conceded well below her usual double-figure aver-
5:00 mark of the quarter. the first of two free throws for Antwerp. the outcome and allowed the Lady Pan- age.
From that point on in the period it was all thers to run out the clock and claim the
At this point Stryker had crawled back Stryker. The Lady Panthers closed out the 29-20 victory. SCORING BY QUARTER:
to trailing only by 3 points, 12-9. This quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 22-15 lead Antwerp - 12 2 1 5 - 20
prompted Antwerp’s Head Coach, Scott into the fourth quarter. Stryker had also In the postgame interview, besides the Stryker - 4 8 10 7 - 29
McMichael to make the signal for a time- turned up the defensive pressure as the zone offense change, Coach Brown noted
out. Lady Archers turned the ball over 4 times, another adjustment the Lady Panthers Kent Hutchison may be reached at
and also went 0-4 from the field. made he felt was a key to success after
Haines responded for the Lady Panthers the sluggish first quarter. “We played man


Girls Varsity Basketball Archbold 63, Swanton 31
After a 13-11 first quarter, the
March 2nd, 2017 Bluestreaks’ machine got rolling and
opened up a 28-16 first half lead. A
District Semi-final games 19-4 fourth quarter completed the tour-
Hicksville 43, Pettisville 39 nament win for Archbold (24-1). Kier-
The Lady Blackbirds’ season came to styn Repp was on target leading the
an end with the four-point defeat. After Bluestreaks with 22 points including
falling behind 35-23 after three quarters, four three-pointers. Andi Peterson added
Pettisville scored 16 points in the final 11. Haley Nelson led Swanton (15-9) with
period but it was not enough. Morgan 11 points.
Leppelmeier led Pettisville with 17 points.
The Blackbirds ended a fine 18-6 season. Evergreen 46, Delta 43
No Game Stats Submitted.



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