August 28, 2014

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Browns head into season with hope, Manziel on deck
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:18 PM


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CLEVELAND — The Browns, unspeakably miserable for years, have a major buzz about them. It may soon become deafening.

The Dawg Pound is barking — and some of its more rabid members are begging — for Johnny Manziel.

With starter Brian Hoyer on the sideline wearing a baseball cap and watching last week, Manziel, the Browns' rookie quarterback with the quick feet, rocket arm and penchant for partying, scrambled, pump-faked and launched himself into the end zone for his first touchdown as a pro.

Cougs outlast Jays in volleyball
Written by Larry Heiing   
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:04 PM
Van Wert’s Amanda Coplin sets up for the return over the block of Jessica Geise of St. John’s Monday night at Arnzen Gymnasium. (DHI Media/Larry Heiing)


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DELPHOS — The climate inside the Robert A. Arnzen gymnasium felt more suited for a sand volleyball match than a high school matchup between the Van Wert Cougars and St. John’s Monday night.

In fact, the 85-degree temperature at match time made the gym floor slippery like a skating rink with the high humidity levels and excess sweat during the 5-set non-league matchup.

The Jays won the first two sets 25-22 and 25-23 before Van Wert rallied to win the last three 25-21, 25-15, 15-11.

The Lady Jays jumped out to 13-8 lead in the opening game and extended the lead with aces on serves by sophomore Jessica Geise and freshman Ellie Csukker. Van Wert stopped the St. John’s rally with a kill by Landrie Koontz and a pair of unforced errors by the Jays brought the visitors within one at 18-17. After a Van Wert return went into the net, the Cougars took the lead on back-to-back kills by Koontz and an ace serve by their Libero. With the score knotted at 22, the Jays recorded the final three points on an ace by Colleen Schulte, a little tapper by Geise and the set-winner with Rebekah Fischer’s kill shot to win 25-22.

Cavaliers — finally — open with shutout of Lady Jays
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:01 PM
St. John’s freshman Marie Mueller battles with Coldwater’s Morgan Grunden for ball possession during Tuesday night’s WOSL girls soccer matchup at the St. John’s Annex. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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DELPHOS — Coldwater’s girls soccer crew had two matches postponed last week due to weather, so the Lady Cavaliers were looking forward to their inaugural Western Ohio Soccer League matchup versus St. John’s at the St. John’s Annex.

Even that was threatened as lightning and thunder forced a 1- hour, 45-minute delay.

When the match finally began, the Cavaliers won 2-0.

“I don’t know if it was the delay or the fact that it was the second day of school but we just didn’t have the intensity I expected today,” first-year St. John’s coach Katrina Hammons explained. “I just expected more today. I think we defended pretty well overall but they have a solid front line, especially with No. 1 (Maura Hoying) and 12 (Erica Sudhoff); if you give them an inch, they take a mile. They are a tough matchup, especially because they are so much deeper.”

For Coldwater coach Scott Brinkman, it was a relief to finally get a match in.

“We had the two matches we didn’t have and it didn’t look promising tonight. We’ve had a couple of key injuries early — Holly Rindler (a senior) is done for the season with an ACL injury and our starting keeper, Alanna Severt, broke her collarbone,” he explained. “Because of some other things, this was the first time we’ve had these 11 girls together and I was a bit nervous. We played very well and I was pleased with that.”

Coldwater — with 34 players on the roster — owned the ball possession, registering 16 shots on-goal to a mere five for the Lady Blue Jays (0-1-1).

Still, the young and thinner Jays — 18 players — held on behind the solid play of senior goalkeeper Sam Wehri (12 saves, several of the diving and scrambling variety) — returning from a pre-season injury.

The Jays did have six corner kicks to two for the guests.

Big Green goose-eggs Lancer boys
Written by Charlie Warnimont   
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:00 PM
Lincolnview’s Josh Leiter and Ottoville’s Jon Knippen battle for possession in boys soccer action Tuesday afternoon at Ottoville. (DHI Media/Charlie Warnimont)


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OTTOVILLE — Lincolnview’s boys soccer team didn’t allow a goal over the final 50 minutes of action against Ottoville Tuesday evening.

It was the first 30 minutes where the Big Green did all their scoring against a young Lancer squad trying out a new defensive scheme. Ottoville scored six times in the first 30 minutes as they went on to post a 6-0 non-league win over the Lancers on cloudy, warm night in Ottoville.

The win moved the Big Green to 3-0-2 on the season, while the Lancers dropped to 0-3-0.

Offensively Ottoville applied pressure on the Lancer goal from the opening kick as the Big Green scored just 29 seconds into the match.

Junior Jared Fanning opened the scoring when he picked up a ball on the right side of the field, dribbled in on the Lincolnview net and fired a shot at the far corner to beat a diving Lancer keeper for a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, Fanning made it 2-0 when he settled a ball in the box, split a pair of Lancer defenders and fired a shot past the keeper at the 35:34 mark of the contest.

“We really wanted to come out and really establish ourselves right away,” Ottoville coach Eric Gerker said. “Our passing game, our possession game. We were able to exploit some of the things they were doing on defense with some of our passing and cuts off the ball. We got a lot of good looks early and we were able to finish six of them.”

Tuesday Local Athletic Roundup
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:00 PM
St. John’s Sam Stevenson and Lexi Pohlman look to climb a hill at the Wayne Trace Cross Country Invite held at the park in Grover Hill. In the girls rac, the following set new PRs: Breece Rohr, 22:06 for 8th place overall; Baylee Lindeman, 25:12; and Sam Stevenson, 29:56. The boys were led by Curtis Pohlman who finished 12th with a time of 18:21. (Photo Submitted)



Tow paces Lancers to Wayne Trace title

GROVER HILL — Senior Bayley Tow paced the Lincolnview boys cross country team to the title of the Wayne Trace Invitational held Tuesday at Grove Hill Park.

The Lancers — with Alex Rodriguez garnering third and Trevor Neate eighth — outpaced Fairview 34-82.

Ottoville was 12th, with Eric Von Sossan finishing 41st and Cody Kemper 60th.

St. John’s did not have a team score but had its top runners Curtis Pohlman, 12th, and Nick Pohlman 47th.

On the girls side, Lincolnview — behind Anna Gorman’s 10th and Abbie Enyart’s 15th — was sixth.

The Lady Blue Jays — topped by Breece Rohr’s eighth-place finish and Baylee Lindeman’s 43rd — and the Lady Big Green — Alena Looser was 23rd and Elizabeth Luersman 38th — did not have team scores.

“The girls ran very well with three of them setting personal records on a hot evening on a tough course which I hope will lead to even better times as it gets colder and on some faster courses,” St. John’s coach Steve Hellman submitted. “For the boys, the times were a little slower than Saturday but they were about what I expected for the course and heat.”

Wayne Trace Cross Country Invitational

At Grover Hill

Varsity Girls