September 2, 2014

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Bengals get through camp without setbacks
Written by Nancy Spencer   
Monday, September 01, 2014 8:07 PM


Associated Press


CINCINNATI — The rest of the Cincinnati Bengals were starting practice on the rain-softened grass fields Monday afternoon. Receiver Marvin Jones was headed in the opposite direction, walking down the paved path toward the trainer's room, slowed by a protective white boot on his left foot.

The defending AFC North champions didn't make through training camp unscathed. Pretty close, though.

Jones is one of the few regulars missing as Cincinnati gets ready for its opener on Sunday in Baltimore. He broke a bone in his left foot during training camp, had a screw inserted in the bone and is expected to miss the first few weeks of the season.

Buckeyes make mistakes but say they'll get better
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, September 01, 2014 8:04 PM


Associated Press


COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer has heard others say his team is too young, or that it was crippled by the loss of 2-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller.

He doesn't buy it.

After the fifth-ranked Buckeyes came back from a slow start to beat Navy 34-17 on Saturday, Meyer said he doesn't want to hear anything more about inexperience or adversity.

College Football Polls
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, September 01, 2014 8:01 PM

Associated Press


PHILADELPHIA — The top 25 teams in the Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Aug. 31, points and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. North Dakota State (93) 1-0 3830 2

2. Eastern Washington (63) 2-0 3804 1

3. Southeastern Louisiana 1-0 3553 3

4. Montana 0-1 3064 5

5. Coastal Carolina 1-0 3028 7

6. New Hampshire 0-1 2998 4

7. McNeese State 0-0 2661 8

8. Northern Iowa 0-1 2634 9

9. Jacksonville State 0-1 2580 6

10. Villanova 0-1 2488 12

St. John’s volleyballers even mark
Written by Larry Heiing   
Monday, September 01, 2014 8:00 PM
St. John’s libero Kestley Hulihan sets the volleyball while Ellie Csukker, Madison Ellis and Maddie Pohlman await the hit Saturday afternoon versus Kenton at Arnzen Gymnasium. (DHI Media/Larry Heiing)


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DELPHOS — The first week of the 2014 volleyball is in the books and the St. John’s Blue Jays finished playing four matches in six on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over the Kenton Wildcats at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium.

St. John’s began the week jumping ahead of Van Wert two sets to none before appearing to run out of gas to drop the final three sets and the match.

The Blue Jays defeated Spencerville 3-1 and lost a Midwest Athletic Conference match by the same score to Fort Recovery on Thursday.

With the 25-15, 25-19, 24-26, 25-15 victory over Kenton, the Lady Jays evened their early-season record to 2-2.

St. John’s made a statement with the first point of the match on a kill by Jessica Geise. The Blue Jays showed great teamwork as Rebekah Fischer scored on a block and kills by Maddie Buettner and Madison Ellis put St. John’s up 5-4. Geise had three more kills as the home Jays jumped out to a 16-9 lead. Freshman Ellie Csukker is just one of the reasons that the future of St. John’s volleyball looks bright as she served up an ace and had two assists on kills by Ellis and Olivia Kahny. A pass kill by another freshman, Kennedy Clarkson, pushed the lead to double digits to set up set point. Senior setter Colleen Schulte recorded one of her 17 assists for the match with a perfect set to Maddie Pohlman for the kill and a set-1 victory.

Lady Lancers wipe out Cougs on pitch
Written by John Parent   
Monday, September 01, 2014 8:00 PM


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MIDDLE POINT — There is something to be said for losing to an elite team, especially when you are a program still on the rise. When Lincolnview joined the newly-formed Western Ohio Soccer League this fall, it did so with the understanding that several of the other member have very strong soccer programs.

The Lady Lancers ran up against one of those powers, Sidney Lehman, on Thursday night and was hammered 10-0. But the Lancers paid attention to what Lehman did well and what made a strong team. On Saturday, hosting Van Wert County rival Van Wert, the Lady Lancers applied those lessons and routed the Cougars by a 9-0 final.

“We’ve done a poor job of passing in the past and we’ve really hit that since our whooping against Sidney Lehman, to pass the ball more and not to dribble so much,” Lancer head coach Mark McCleery said following the match.

Just as Lehman did to Lincolnview’s keepers on Thursday, the Lancers did to Van Wert. From the first minute of the match, Lincolnview was applying pressure on the young Cougar defense. At 37:10, Lancer senior Julia Thatcher fired a blast from 18 yards that slammed against the crossbar but classmate Hannah McCleery was there to clean up the rebound for the first score of the match.