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Tom Usher

Position: Sports Reporter
E-Mail Address: tusher@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 567-242-0468

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BATH TOWNSHIP — The magical streak is at 34 in a row and counting.
Bath pushed its regular-season Western Buckeye League winning streak to 34 with a convincing 66-35 girls basketball victory over Ottawa-Glandorf on Thursday at Bath.
Bath's offense got off to a slow start, but its 2-2-1 full-court press put the grips on O-G and forced the Ti

Bath WBL win streak at 34

BATH TOWNSHIP — The magical streak is at 34 in a row and counting. Bath pushed its regular-season Western Buckeye League winning streak to 34 with a convincing 66-35 girls basketball victory over Ottawa-Glandorf on Thursday at Bath. Bath's offense got off to a slow start, but its 2-2-1 full-court press put the grips on O-G and forced the Ti

The Reds came out dealing on Thursday.
But what exactly are they doing?
Gone are Alfredo Simon and Mat Latos. In return they picked up two pitchers, an infielder and a catcher.
But they obtained zero outfielders and no power.
The Reds sent right-hander Simon to the Tigers for minor league pitcher and former first round draft pick in 2013 Jonath

Reds make deals, but still need left fielder

The Reds came out dealing on Thursday. But what exactly are they doing? Gone are Alfredo Simon and Mat Latos. In return they picked up two pitchers, an infielder and a catcher. But they obtained zero outfielders and no power. The Reds sent right-hander Simon to the Tigers for minor league pitcher and former first round draft pick in 2013 Jonath

WAPAKONETA — This wasn't the kind of start Lima Senior had in mind.
But Wapakoneta outplayed the Spartans for three quarters and came away with the win.
Wapakoneta's Keaton Metz drove the right side of the lane and flipped in a layup with 2.6 seconds left to lift the Redskins to a 50-49 victory over Lima Senior Tuesday at Wapakoneta.
The S

Wapak edges Lima Senior on late basket

WAPAKONETA — This wasn't the kind of start Lima Senior had in mind. But Wapakoneta outplayed the Spartans for three quarters and came away with the win. Wapakoneta's Keaton Metz drove the right side of the lane and flipped in a layup with 2.6 seconds left to lift the Redskins to a 50-49 victory over Lima Senior Tuesday at Wapakoneta. The S

Thompson leads Spartans over Fremont Ross

FREMONT — Lima Senior's Rion Thompson fired in 25 points to power the Spartans to a 55-54 victory over Fremont Ross. Thompson also added six rebounds. Lima Senior led by three with 10 seconds left when Fremont Ross scored on a layup to get within 55-54. Essence Cowan had 13 points and five assists. Imara Haynes added seven rebounds. Lima

CINCINNATI — The only fans left at Paul Brown Stadium in the final minutes were the ones twirling those yellow towels and celebrating another significant Steelers victory in December.
This one was bigger than most.
Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell came up big in a game that Pittsburgh had to win Sunday, leading the Steelers to a 42-21 dr

Steelers flatten Bengals

CINCINNATI — The only fans left at Paul Brown Stadium in the final minutes were the ones twirling those yellow towels and celebrating another significant Steelers victory in December. This one was bigger than most. Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell came up big in a game that Pittsburgh had to win Sunday, leading the Steelers to a 42-21 dr

ELIDA — Lima Central Catholic came out and delivered a message.
Yes, the T-Birds won the state title last season, but there's still plenty of firepower on this year's squad.
LCC used its rebounding and running game to run past Shawnee 69-58 in the finals of the Tip-Off Classic Saturday at the Elida Fieldhouse.
In the 26th Tip-off, LCC has

LCC wins Tip-Off Classic

ELIDA — Lima Central Catholic came out and delivered a message. Yes, the T-Birds won the state title last season, but there's still plenty of firepower on this year's squad. LCC used its rebounding and running game to run past Shawnee 69-58 in the finals of the Tip-Off Classic Saturday at the Elida Fieldhouse. In the 26th Tip-off, LCC has

ELIDA — Shawnee's Jaden O'Neal considered his options.
Then, he took a step back and fired.
Swish.
Shawnee's O'Neal hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with four seconds left to lift the Indians to a 65-62 victory over Elida on the first night of the 26th Tip-Off Classic on Friday at the Elida Fieldhouse.
Elida's Clark Etzler hit a 3-point

O'Neal's 3-pointer sinks Elida

ELIDA — Shawnee's Jaden O'Neal considered his options. Then, he took a step back and fired. Swish. Shawnee's O'Neal hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with four seconds left to lift the Indians to a 65-62 victory over Elida on the first night of the 26th Tip-Off Classic on Friday at the Elida Fieldhouse. Elida's Clark Etzler hit a 3-point

PUTNAM COUNTY LEAGUE, REGION GIRLS BASKETBALL CAPSULES

NOTE: Information submitted by the coaches. Any school not listed did not return its form by the deadline. Columbus Grove was listed with the NWC capsules. PUTNAM COUNTY LEAGUE CONTINENTAL COACH: Chris Hoeffel YEARS, RECORD AT SCHOOL: NA LAST YEAR'S RECORD: NA DIVISION: IV RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: G Alex Quigley (Jr., 5-6); G McKenna Scott (

LIMA — It didn't long for the hype to build around this year's version of the Lima Senior boys basketball team.
Three starters returned and would be blended in with four transfers, including Xavier Simpson, who helped Lima Central Catholic win the Division III the state championship last year.
The only question was how many of the four tran

High hopes for Lima Senior

LIMA — It didn't long for the hype to build around this year's version of the Lima Senior boys basketball team. Three starters returned and would be blended in with four transfers, including Xavier Simpson, who helped Lima Central Catholic win the Division III the state championship last year. The only question was how many of the four tran

UNOH men, women advance in soccer tourney

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The University of Northwestern Ohio women's soccer team moved one step closer to their goal of winning a National Championship on Monday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over The Master's College. The Racers (20-1-1) got two early goals to take a 2-0 lead in the first half, but UNOH needed a strong save from Nadine Stonjek i

Lima Senior wide receiver Ruben Flowers' honors continue to roll in.
The 6-foot-4 junior was named first team all-state on the Division II all-state team on Monday.
Flowers finished the regular season with 61 catches for 1,275 yards. With the one playoff game, he finished with Lima Senior single-game records of 65 receptions for 1,314 yards. He a

Flowers named first team all-state

Lima Senior wide receiver Ruben Flowers' honors continue to roll in. The 6-foot-4 junior was named first team all-state on the Division II all-state team on Monday. Flowers finished the regular season with 61 catches for 1,275 yards. With the one playoff game, he finished with Lima Senior single-game records of 65 receptions for 1,314 yards. He a

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State women's basketball players Heidi Schlegel (Wapakoneta) and Indiya Benjamin (Lima Senior) have been recognized for their contributions to YSU's three wins last week.
Schlegel was named the Horizon League player of the week, while Benjamin was named the league's freshman of the week.
Schlegel, a senior, averaged

Schlegel, Benjamin named players of week

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State women's basketball players Heidi Schlegel (Wapakoneta) and Indiya Benjamin (Lima Senior) have been recognized for their contributions to YSU's three wins last week. Schlegel was named the Horizon League player of the week, while Benjamin was named the league's freshman of the week. Schlegel, a senior, averaged

LIMA — Marion Local has the look of a steamroller.
Anything that stands in its path has a good chance to get flattened.
Marion Local proved that theory with a 55-7 victory over Columbus Grove in the Division VII football state semifinals Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
The Flyers' offense and defense were both dominating.
Offensively, Marion

Marion Local eliminates Grove

LIMA — Marion Local has the look of a steamroller. Anything that stands in its path has a good chance to get flattened. Marion Local proved that theory with a 55-7 victory over Columbus Grove in the Division VII football state semifinals Saturday at Spartan Stadium. The Flyers' offense and defense were both dominating. Offensively, Marion

LIMA — Lima Senior's girls basketball team ran past people last year.
In fact, the Spartans averaged 74 points per game with their fast-break game en route to a 20-5 season. It was Lima Senior's best victory season in 20 years.
With four starters back, things look bright again this year.
However, a huge piece is missing.
Gone is point gua

Spartans will rely on experience

LIMA — Lima Senior's girls basketball team ran past people last year. In fact, the Spartans averaged 74 points per game with their fast-break game en route to a 20-5 season. It was Lima Senior's best victory season in 20 years. With four starters back, things look bright again this year. However, a huge piece is missing. Gone is point gua

ONU men, women post wins

ADA — Ohio Northern's women's basketball team lifted its record to 4-1 with a 71-48 victory over Defiance on Tuesday at the ONU Sports Center. ONU's Britt Lauck (Shawnee) and Karissa Steffas both scored 13 points to lead the Polar Bears. Jordan Kimes had eight points and nine rebounds. Kerri Beedy scored nine points. ONU won the boards, 43

Xavier Simpson set to play for Spartans

Last season Xavier Simpson was a key member of the Lima Central Catholic state championship team. This year he'll be in the lineup from Day 1 with Lima Senior. Lima Senior transfers Simpson, Elijah Pughsley (from Cincinnati Hughes) and Jarius Ward (from Reynoldsburg) are all eligible for play on the Spartans opener, Dec. 9, at Wapakoneta. Ward,





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