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Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 AM

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Esposito, Cooke top Senior PGA Pro

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Frank Esposito Jr. shot a 3-under 69 on Wednesday for a share of the second-round lead with Stan Cooke in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

Esposito, the 50-year-old PGA head professional at Brooklake in Florham Park, N.J., made a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th in cool, windy conditions on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course — the site of the final two rounds.

Cooke, the 53-year-old PGA general manager and director of golf at Ocala (Fla.) National, had a 71 on the Ryder Course to match Esposito at 8-under 136.

Originally scheduled for October at Creighton Farms in Virginia, the event was postponed because of rain and flooding. The top 35 will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship on May 22-25 at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.

NBA Capsules
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Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 AM

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BOSTON — Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

The Wizards will be facing Chicago in their first playoff appearance since 2008.

Trevor Booker scored 20 points, Marcin Gortat had 15 with 10 rebounds and John Wall 15 points for Washington, which finished the regular season 44-38. It's the most wins for the franchise since 45 in 2004-05.

The Wizards jumped over Brooklyn and into fifth place after the Nets lost in Cleveland.

Boston sat injured guards Rajon Rondo and Jerryd Bayless and injured forwards Kris Humphries and Jared Sullinger, finishing with a 25-57 record. It was the club's worst since going 24-58 in 2006-07, the year before acquiring Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and winning its 17th NBA title.

Thompson, Wildcats put together solid outing vs. Perry
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:36 PM
Jefferson senior Ross Thompson intently eyes his target during his 3-hit shutout of Perry Wednesday night at Wildcat Field in Delphos. (Delphos Herald/Randy Shellenbarger)


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DELPHOS — Jefferson baseball coach Doug Geary has been looking for a steadier offense in 2014 to back a solid pitching staff and defense.

The last two games seem to show a team turning the corner.

The Wildcats bested Lincolnview 8-3 Monday night and took down Perry 8-0 on a brilliant but breezy Wednesday afternoon at Wildcat Field in Delphos.

Due to extremely wet grounds on the diamond at Perry High School, the contest was moved to Delphos but the Commodores remained the “home” team.

The “visitors” got a stellar and efficient complete-game 3-hit shutout from senior Ross Thompson (2-1; 7 innings, 9 strikeouts; 71 pitches, 51 for strikes).

Vogt shuts out Musketeers on 2-hitter
Written by Larry Heiing   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:35 PM
Fort Jennings first baseman Connor Stechschulte stretches out to pull in the throw ahead of St. John’s batter T.J. Hoersten Wednesday night at Fort Jennings. Hoersten beat the throw and the Blue Jays defeated the Musketeers 7-0. (Delphos Herald/Larry Heiing)


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FORT JENNINGS — The St. John’s baseball team won its second game in a row Wednesday evening at Fort Jennings Village Park behind a complete-game, 2-hit 7-0 shutout thrown by freshman pitcher Eric Vogt.

The game against the Musketeers was a complete contrast to the Blue Jays’ first victory of the season on Monday over the Kalida Wildcats. At Kalida, the game took over three hours to complete with a light rain falling in which the Blue Jays committed seven errors leading to two runs.

The game at Fort Jennings park was played under sunny (but cool) blue skies and St. John’s didn’t boot a single ball in the game that was completed in 90 minutes.

With the victory, the Blue Jays improve to 2-5 on the season, while Fort Jennings falls to 2-8.

Lady ’Cats grab 1st win of 2014
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:33 PM
Jefferson sophomore Jessica Pimpas slides into home plate during the Lady Wildcats’ 13-9 non-league softball triumph over Perry Wednesday night at Lady Wildcat Field. (Delphos Herald/Randy Shellenbarger)

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Lady ’Cats grab 1st win of 2014

DELPHOS — Jefferson’s fast-pitch softball team had not won a game since the 2012 season.

That 26-game-plus losing streak came to an abrupt end Wednesday afternoon as the Lady Wildcats downed Perry 13-9 at Lady Wildcat Field.

The non-league game was originally slated for Perry’s home diamond but due to soggy conditions there, it was moved to Jefferson High School.

Jefferson (1-8) built a 7-1 lead before the Lady Commodores battled back to assume a 9-7 lead after four frames.

Delphos then erupted for a 6 spot in the top of the fifth and made it stand up.

The winning pitcher was Claire Thompson.

The losing pitcher was C. Lambert.

The leading hitter for the Wildcats was Kiersten Teman, who went 2-2 with two singles and two walks.

Jefferson hosts Spencerville Monday.

Score by Innings:

Jefferson 0 5 2 0 6 0 0 - 13

Perry 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 - 9