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Sponsorship woes put Swan Racing future in doubt
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:09 PM

Associated Press

Swan Racing is reviewing its ability to compete in NASCAR because of difficulty securing corporate sponsorship for the two-car operation.

Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis, the CEO of independent oil and gas company Swan Energy, bought the organization in late 2012. Cole Whitt drives the No. 26 Toyota Camry and Parker Kligerman drives the No. 30 Toyota Camry for Swan in the Sprint Cup series.

“The team has been unable to secure the kind of sponsorship required to effectively operate the team,” Swan Racing wrote in a released statement. “As a result, the team management is exploring every available option. We hope to be in position to provide a detailed update in the near future.”

Davis had been transforming the organization he purchased in late 2012. A former start-and-park team, he set a goal of racing in every event. Then he pumped the organization with needed cash when he signed former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski as an investor and rapper 50 Cent used his SMS Audio line to partner with the team.

Schimmoeller goose-eggs Blue Jays
Written by Larry Heiing   
Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:05 PM
St. John’s catcher Buddy Jackson tags out Ottoville’s Alex Horstman on a close play at the plate Thursday night at Stadium Park. (Delphos Herald/Randy Shellenbarger)


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DELPHOS — The St. John’s baseball team was in high gear this week in scoring 17 runs in their wins over Kalida and Fort Jennings.

Thursday night at Stadium Park, the Blue Jays faced a third team in four days from Putnam County — the Ottoville Big Green — and ran into a buzz-saw named Luke Schimmoeller.

Schimmoeller pitched a complete-game 7-hit gem with eight strikeouts and no walks, which was more than enough as the Big Green rolled 10-0 over the Blue Jays.

Local Roundup
Written by Charlie Warnimont   
Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:09 PM )

By Charlie Warnimont

DHI Correspondent

COLUMBUS GROVE — St. John’s track teams turned in some quality performances at the Bulldog Invitational Thursday night at the Columbus Grove Athletic Complex.

Behind their efforts, the male Blue Jays finished third in the 12-team field, while the Lady Jays finished fourth.

St. John’s boys team finished third with 47 points. Anna won the team title with 137 points, while the host Bulldogs were second with 110 points. Ottoville finished tied for ninth with 18 points and Fort Jennings was 11th with four points.

The Lady Blue Jays finished fourth with 56.3 points. Columbus Grove won the girls team title with 91.3 points and Botkins was second with 83 points. Ottoville finished sixth with 39 points, Jefferson finished eighth with 37 points and Fort Jennings was 12th with 10 points.

The male Blue Jays won a pair of events as Luke MacLennan won the 100 dash in 11.3 and Tyler Conley won the 800-meter run in 2:03.9. Nick Martz, Brian Pohlman, Quinn Wise and MacLennan won the 400 relay in 15.7. Connor Britt finished third in the 300 hurdles in 46.10.

Columbus Grove finished as runners-up picking up three wins on the night.

Colton Grothaus ran away from the field in the 3,200-meter run, winning in 10:21.8, which was 29 seconds quicker than the second-place runner. Alex Tabler won the 300 hurdles in 44.0 and Rece Roney won the discus with a toss of 137-3.

Baily Clement finished second in the 200 in 23.5.

The Lady Blue Jays didn’t win an event but did have three second-place finishes in the meet.

Maddie Burgei finished second in the 100 in 13.6, while Madelyn Buettner was second in the 100 hurdles in 17.7 and the 3200 relay team of Brooke Zuber, Breece Rohr, Megan Joseph and Maya Gerker were second in 10:39.6

Jefferson won the 3,200 relay in 10:36 with the team of Kenidi Ulm, Brooke Teman, Rebekah Geise and Rileigh Stockwell. Jefferson finished second in the 800 relay in 1:52.7 with the team of Taylor Stroh, Brooke Gallmeier, Stockwell and Teman.

Taylor Mangas won the 300 hurdles for Ottoville in 47.9, while Alicia Honigford, Brooke Mangas, Karin Wendeberg and Taylor Mangas were second in the 400 relay in 53.0 and the 1,600 relay in 4:24.1.

Brooke Mangas finished second in the high jump clearing 5-3.

Sydney McCluer won the 100 hurdles for the Lady Bulldogs in 17.6 and the team of Rayia Flores, McCluer, Kristin Wynn and Julie Wynn won the 800 relay in 1:50.5. Flores, Julia Wynn, Haley Roe and McCluer combined to win the 400 relay in 52.4.

(Full results in Saturday’s paper)


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Helm paces Knights by Bearcats in NWC baseball

SPENCERVILLE — Damian Helm threw a 1-hit shutout over four innings and the Knights pounded out an 11-0 Northwest Conference baseball win over host Spencerville Thursday.

Helm went 2-for-4 — including a round-tripper — and Jordan Roop 2-for-3 for the Knights (6-0, 2-0 NWC).

David Wisher went 2-for-3 for the hosts (4-4, 0-2).

Spencerville visits Elida noon Saturday, while Crestview hosts Ottoville.

Score by Innings:

Crestview 0 2 2 0 4 3 - 11 8 1

Spencerville 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2 4

WP: Damien Helm (4 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 4 k, 0BB); LP: Aaron Crider (0-1, 6 runs, 6 ER, 5 hits, 2 K, 4 BB). 2B: Nathan Owens (C), David Wisher (S). HR: Helm (C).


Lady Knights dispatch Spencerville

SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville lost to Crestview Thursday night 8-2 in varsity softball.

Spencerville’s record is now 4-4 on the season.

Crestview improves to 3-5.

Kirsten Hicks was the winning pitcher, while Tori Johnston took the loss.

Leading hitters for Spencerville were Mackenzie Ringwald and Alex Shumate (2 hits each).

Leading hitters for Crestview were Schimp 2 (hits, 1 double), Hicks (2 hits) and Guest (2 hits).

The Lady Bearcats visit Continental for a noon Saturday twin-bill.


Culver 4-hits Elida

WAPAKONETA — Culver threw a 4-hit shutout versus Elida Thursday afternoon at home, leading Wapakoneta to a 7-0 Western Buckeye League triumph.

Culver also helped himself at the dish by going 3-for-4 (2 runs, 1 run batted in), with help from N. Kaeck (2-for-3) and Bruns (2 RBIs).

Max Stambaugh, Austin Morrison and Jared Blymyer combined to cede 10 hits and seven runs (5 earned).

Elida hosts Spencerville noon Saturday.


ab r h rbi

Austin Morrison 3 0 0 0, Alan Tyrrell 1 0 0 0, Josh Bull 3 0 0 0, Adam Purdy 3 0 1 0, Max Stambaugh 3 0 0 0, Travis Watkins 3 0 0 0, Logan Alexander 2 0 0 0, Garrett Brinkman 1 0 0 0, Jared Blymyer 2 0 1 0, Riley Overholt 3 0 1 0, Justin Murphy 3 0 1 0. Totals 27 0 4 0.


ab r h rbi

Lotridge 5 1 1 0, Henderson 4 1 1 0, C Kaeck 2 2 1 1, Martin 1 0 0 0, Culver 4 2 3 1, Colliday 1 0 0 0, N Kaeck 3 1 2 1, Morgan 2 0 1 2, Metz 3 0 0 0, Bruns 2 0 1 2, Koch 2 0 0 0, Gonzalez 1 0 0 0. Totals 30 7 10 7.

Score by Innings:

Elida 000 000 0 — 0

Wapak 310 120 x — 7

E: Alexander 2, Metz, Koch; LOB: Elida 7, Wapak 15; 2B: Culver, C. Kaeck, Henderson; SB: Blymyer; Sac: Morgan.



Stambaugh (L) 3.0 7 4 2 3 2

Morrison 2.0 3 3 3 1 1

Blymyer 1.0 0 0 0 0 0


Culver (W) 7.0 4 0 0 0 9

PB: Watkins. WP: Culver. SO: Morrison 2, Alexander, Bull, Overholt, Tyrrell, Stambaugh, Murphy, Watkins, Metz, Koch, Bruns. BB: C Kaeck, Bruns, Henderson, Morgan. HBP: Blymyer, C Kaeck, Metz, Koch, N Kaeck, Bruns.


Redskins hand Lady ’Dawgs WBL loss

ELIDA — Elida out-hit Wapakoneta 13-8 Thursday afternoon at Dorothy Edwards Field in Elida.

However, they also committed four errors to one for the Lady Redskins and the visitors grabbed a 7-4 Western Buckeye League fast-pitch softball victory.

The Redskins (6-0, 3-0 WBL) used a pair of home runs to help off-set the hosts’ (5-3, 0-3) hitting prowess.

Elida hosts St. Marys 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Score by Innings:

Wapak 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 - 7 8 1

Elida 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 - 4 13 4

WP: Lovett (8 Ks); LP: Michaela Black (7 Ks, 1 BB). 2B: Wapak - Sammons, Moyler; Elida - Sabrina Kline 2, Caitlin Shroyer 2. HR: Wapak - Moyler, Schwartz. RBIs: Wapak - Moyler 3, Schwartz 2; Elida - Shroyer 2, Kline, Taylor Thompson. Multiple Hits: Wapak - Moyler 2, Sammons 2, Schwarz 2; Elida - Kline 3, Shroyer 2, Thompson 2, Jenna Halpern 2, Katelyn Sumption 2.


Lady Vikes spear LadyCats

LEIPSIC — Leipsic handed Kalida a 16-6 Putnam County League fast-pitch softball loss Thursday at Leipsic.

The Vikings blew it open with a 9-run fourth frame.

The teams actually had the same number of hits — six.

Kalida hosts Ottawa-Glandorf Monday.

Score by Innings:

Kalida 1 5 0 0 0 - 6 6 3

Leipsic 3 3 0 9 1 - 16 6 1

WP: H. Gerten; LP: S. Nagy. 3B: Gerten 2.

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

Associated Press

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

Associated Press

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.