Tom Usher

Position: Sports Reporter
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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,

FINDLAY — Columbus Grove's 250-pound sophomore defensive tackle Rece Roney knew what he was up against.
Arlington's offensive line featured 290-pound Marshall-bound Logan Grieser and 280-pound Chad Glick.
In the end, the winner was Roney, who used his quickness and technique in a 19-7 Columbus Grove victory over Arlington in the Division VI

Grove wins regional title

FINDLAY — Columbus Grove's 250-pound sophomore defensive tackle Rece Roney knew what he was up against. Arlington's offensive line featured 290-pound Marshall-bound Logan Grieser and 280-pound Chad Glick. In the end, the winner was Roney, who used his quickness and technique in a 19-7 Columbus Grove victory over Arlington in the Division VI

Fell, Frye among district coaches of year

It was the year to turn football programs around. Three had historic turnaround years, with Lima Senior, St. Marys and Fort Recovery all posting winning seasons. And all three coaches, Lima Senior's Mike Fell, St. Marys' Doug Frye and Fort Recovery's Brent Niekamp were all named coaches of the year on the all-northwest district football teams tha

Galion Theatre's comedy A Bad Year for Tomatoes opens this weekend

Galion Community Theatre will open its 2014-2015 season with John Patrick's comedy A BAD YEAR FOR TOMATOES on November 14-15, 21-22 at 8:00 PM and November 23 at 2:00 PM at The Galion Theatre, 127 Harding Way West. The play which is presented in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Part Avenue South, New York, N.Y. 10016 is sponsored

Six teams remain on the road to Columbus for the state football championship.
Two teams remain from the Western Buckeye League (Wapakoneta, Kenton). One is left from the Northwest Conference (Columbus Grove), while there are three remaining from the Midwest Athletic Conference (Marion Local, Coldwater, Minster).
Wapakoneta, Kenton, Columbus Grove

Six area teams remain in playoff hunt

Six teams remain on the road to Columbus for the state football championship. Two teams remain from the Western Buckeye League (Wapakoneta, Kenton). One is left from the Northwest Conference (Columbus Grove), while there are three remaining from the Midwest Athletic Conference (Marion Local, Coldwater, Minster). Wapakoneta, Kenton, Columbus Grove

FINDLAY — Yes, Columbus Grove lost four times during the regular season.
That seems like prehistoric history right now.
Columbus Grove rolled to a 17-7 victory over Tiffin Calvert in the Division VII football regional semifinals Saturday at Donnell Stadium.
Columbus Grove led 3-0 at the half and built its lead to 17-0 before Calvert scored

Grove's hard work bears more success

FINDLAY — Yes, Columbus Grove lost four times during the regular season. That seems like prehistoric history right now. Columbus Grove rolled to a 17-7 victory over Tiffin Calvert in the Division VII football regional semifinals Saturday at Donnell Stadium. Columbus Grove led 3-0 at the half and built its lead to 17-0 before Calvert scored

LIMA — It was like a plate of grandmother's Christmas cookies sitting alone on the counter.
Tinora couldn't wait to gobble them up.
Tinora took full advantage of four first-half Spencerville turnovers to help roll to a 37-0 victory over Spencerville in the Division VI, Region 20 semifinals Friday at Spartan Stadium.
“I know they were

Spencerville unable to overcome miscues

LIMA — It was like a plate of grandmother's Christmas cookies sitting alone on the counter. Tinora couldn't wait to gobble them up. Tinora took full advantage of four first-half Spencerville turnovers to help roll to a 37-0 victory over Spencerville in the Division VI, Region 20 semifinals Friday at Spartan Stadium. “I know they were

It's hard to imagine just how many gyms and stadiums throughout the back roads of Ohio that Mike Mullen has seen over the years.
But the veteran Lima sports broadcaster has seen a little of everything in his 40 years of broadcasting, including 31 years of working for WIMA-AM, 1150.
Mullen has assembled plenty of stories and memories of coaches an

Mullen recalls 'golden age' of sports

It's hard to imagine just how many gyms and stadiums throughout the back roads of Ohio that Mike Mullen has seen over the years. But the veteran Lima sports broadcaster has seen a little of everything in his 40 years of broadcasting, including 31 years of working for WIMA-AM, 1150. Mullen has assembled plenty of stories and memories of coaches an

GCT presents “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” this weekend

Galion Community Theatre will open its 2014-2015 season with John Patrick's comedy “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” on Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m., and Nov, 23 at 2 p.m. at The Galion Theatre, 127 Harding Way West. The play, which is presented in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. of New York, is sponsored by A-1 Printing, In

Spencerville made history last weekend.
The Bearcats won their first football playoff game with a 36-7 victory over Crestview.
Now the Bearcats want more.
Spencerville (9-2), the No. 5 seed, will meet No. 1 seed Defiance Tinora (11-0) in the Division VI regional quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the turf of Spartan Stadium.
For Tinora, this

Spencerville faces No. 1 seed Tinora

Spencerville made history last weekend. The Bearcats won their first football playoff game with a 36-7 victory over Crestview. Now the Bearcats want more. Spencerville (9-2), the No. 5 seed, will meet No. 1 seed Defiance Tinora (11-0) in the Division VI regional quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the turf of Spartan Stadium. For Tinora, this

A total of 15 teams in the area started their football playoff run last week.
Now there are eight teams left standing.
Eight area teams moved on to the second round, the regional semifinals, of the high school football playoffs this week. The official sites for all regional games in the state were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Associa

Eight teams advance to second round

A total of 15 teams in the area started their football playoff run last week. Now there are eight teams left standing. Eight area teams moved on to the second round, the regional semifinals, of the high school football playoffs this week. The official sites for all regional games in the state were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Associa

ARLINGTON — Austin Rettig came at Delphos St. John's full-steam ahead.
And there wasn't anything the Blue Jays could do about it.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Rettig ran over St. John's for 213 yards on 25 carries to power Arlington to a 28-0 victory over Delphos St. John's in the first round of the Division VII football playoffs Friday at Arlingt

Arlington ousts Delphos St. John's

ARLINGTON — Austin Rettig came at Delphos St. John's full-steam ahead. And there wasn't anything the Blue Jays could do about it. The 6-foot, 190-pound Rettig ran over St. John's for 213 yards on 25 carries to power Arlington to a 28-0 victory over Delphos St. John's in the first round of the Division VII football playoffs Friday at Arlingt

LIMA — It was improbable.
It was crazy.
But it happened.
Harrison wiped away a 29-point, second-quarter deficit to edge Lima Senior 37-36 on the final play of the game in the opening game of the Division II football playoffs Friday at Spartan Stadium.
Harrison quarterback Jake Weber dove over a pile of bodies from the 1-yard line with no

Lima Senior loses on last play

LIMA — It was improbable. It was crazy. But it happened. Harrison wiped away a 29-point, second-quarter deficit to edge Lima Senior 37-36 on the final play of the game in the opening game of the Division II football playoffs Friday at Spartan Stadium. Harrison quarterback Jake Weber dove over a pile of bodies from the 1-yard line with no

LIMA – It's been quite a year for Lima Senior.
This is the Spartans' first winning season since 1999. The eight wins are the most since the 1997 team went 8-3.
And now the Spartans are in the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
Lima Senior (8-2) will meet Cincinnati Harrison (7-3) in the first round of the Division II football playoffs

Senior breaks 15-year playoff drought

LIMA – It's been quite a year for Lima Senior. This is the Spartans' first winning season since 1999. The eight wins are the most since the 1997 team went 8-3. And now the Spartans are in the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Lima Senior (8-2) will meet Cincinnati Harrison (7-3) in the first round of the Division II football playoffs

ADA – Lima Central Catholic won't be at home, but it won't be packing up for a long road trip, either.
LCC (8-2) will meet Van Buren (8-2) in the first round of the Division VI football playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ohio Northern's Dial-Roberson Stadium.
LCC, the No. 2 seed, was awarded a home game, but the T-Birds aren't able to play at

LCC faces playoff rookie Van Buren

ADA – Lima Central Catholic won't be at home, but it won't be packing up for a long road trip, either. LCC (8-2) will meet Van Buren (8-2) in the first round of the Division VI football playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ohio Northern's Dial-Roberson Stadium. LCC, the No. 2 seed, was awarded a home game, but the T-Birds aren't able to play at

COLUMBUS — Ottawa-Glandorf center defender Dani Ellerbrock has been thinking about playing at Crew Stadium since her freshman year.
On Friday, her dream becomes reality.
Ottawa-Glandorf (20-1-1) will meet defending state champion Hamilton Badin (19-1-1) for the Division III girls soccer state championship at 7 p.m. Friday at Columbus Crew S

O-G girls head to state

COLUMBUS — Ottawa-Glandorf center defender Dani Ellerbrock has been thinking about playing at Crew Stadium since her freshman year. On Friday, her dream becomes reality. Ottawa-Glandorf (20-1-1) will meet defending state champion Hamilton Badin (19-1-1) for the Division III girls soccer state championship at 7 p.m. Friday at Columbus Crew S

CLYDE — Ottawa-Glandorf's Grace Warnecke's kicked her team right into history.
Warnecke's goal from 28-yards out into the upper-left corner of the net with 18:55 to go lifted Ottawa-Glandorf to a 1-0 victory over Elyria Catholic to win the Division III girls soccer state semifinals Tuesday on the wet turf at Clyde High School.
“They w

O-G headed to title game

CLYDE — Ottawa-Glandorf's Grace Warnecke's kicked her team right into history. Warnecke's goal from 28-yards out into the upper-left corner of the net with 18:55 to go lifted Ottawa-Glandorf to a 1-0 victory over Elyria Catholic to win the Division III girls soccer state semifinals Tuesday on the wet turf at Clyde High School. “They w

AP Ohio High School Football Poll COLUMBUS — How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the eighth weekly Associated Press poll of 2014, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):DIVISION I1, Hudson (19)10-02422, Centerville (3)10-02033, Dub

Football practice continues for 15 teams from the area. So don't even think about putting away the helmets and shoulder pads just yet.
In all, 15 teams reached one of their goals this year when it became official that they made the playoffs on Sunday. The Ohio High School Athletic Association released their final rankings and playoff pairings on S

Lima Senior, LCC among 15 headed to playoffs

Football practice continues for 15 teams from the area. So don't even think about putting away the helmets and shoulder pads just yet. In all, 15 teams reached one of their goals this year when it became official that they made the playoffs on Sunday. The Ohio High School Athletic Association released their final rankings and playoff pairings on S





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