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Unforced errors cost St. John’s in volleyball
Written by Larry Heiing   
Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:00 PM
St. John’s front-line players Jessica Geise and Maddie Pohlman attempt to block the shot of Fort Recovery’s Cassidy Rammel Thursday night in MAC volleyball at Arnzen Gymnasium. (DHI Media/Larry Heiing)

By LARRY HEIING

DHI Media Correspondent

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DELPHOS — The young St. John’s Blue Jays volleyball team played their third match in four days to start the 2014 campaign at home against Midwest Athletic Conference

foe Fort Recovery Thursday night.

The Lady Jays looked impressive in their season opener against Van Wert on Monday by winning the first two sets of the match but dropped the final three.

St. John’s gained its first victory of the year by knocking off Spencerville the next night 25-16, 22-25, 25-6, 25-22.

The M.A.C. is strong year after year in volleyball and St. John’s can never seem to make any progress in the win column against their conference rivals. The Blue Jays were competitive against the Indians but dropped the match in 4 sets 16-25, 25-15, 14-25, 9-25.

The first set start was nip and tuck as the Blue Jays pulled within one at 8-7 on a kill by Jessica Geise. After the Indians scored straight points at the midway mark of the game, head

coach Carolyn Dammeyer called timeout after an ace serve by the Indians’ Payton Thobe.

 
Mustangs lasso Lady Blue Jays in soccer
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:00 PM
St. John’s junior Ashlyn Troyer beats Allen East’s Marie Beach to the ball in first-half girls soccer action Thursday at the St. John’s Annex. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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DELPHOS — Allen East grabbed a 3-0 lead after 20-plus minutes of its girls soccer matchup versus host St. John’s Thursday night and secured a 5-2 victory in non-league action at the St. John’s Annex.

The Lady Mustangs (2-1-1) dominated the action in the first half, launching 14 shots on-goal (5 for the Lady Blue Jays) and forcing senior netminder Sam Wehri (14 total saves vs. 22 shots on-goal) to make nine stops, several of the diving variety, as sophomores Leah Casey and Jade Meyer in particular were difficult to deal with up front.

“Sam was brilliant in goal; she flat-out kept us in the match,” Jays coach Katrina Smith explained. “Meyer and Casey were too good; every time we made a mistake — like fell for the faint or didn’t stay in front — they burned us. Basically, they were mental mistakes, like stabbing for the ball.”

Mustang coach Lamar Houston figures those two open it up for everyone else.

“We have about six girls that we feel can score. Those two, along with Savannah (Silone), are marked quite a bit by the defense,” Houston said. “That opens it up for the others to get good opportunities. We got penty of them but we struggled finishing. We could have had several more. We start seven sophomores and two freshmen, so we’re still a work in progress.”

The Jays (0-2-1) had the first shot on-goal at 37:45 when sophomore Maria Giambruno-Fuge was denied from 25 yards by sophomore goalkeeper Kassidy Reneau (8 saves vs. 14 shots on-goal).

Wehri made a 1-on-1 stop of a 16-yarder by Casey at 34:49.

 
Bengals beat Colts 35-7 in game devoid of starters
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:00 PM

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CINCINNATI — Andrew Luck watched one of his backups struggle behind an offensive line that remains the Colts' biggest concern heading into the season.

Coach Chuck Pagano has little more than a week to piece something together.

Rookie Jeremy Hill ran for 70 yards and was Cincinnati's top receiver as well on Thursday night, leading the Bengals to a 35-7 victory over Indianapolis in a game devoid of starters.

Luck and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton sat it out, as did most of the starters for both teams.

 
Hamilton, Reds swipe 6 bases, steal win from Cubs
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:00 PM

By GARY SCHATZ

Associated Press

 

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds came up with a game plan to steal a game from Jake Arrieta and they ran with it.

Billy Hamilton stole his 51st base and the Reds swiped six in all, beating the Chicago Cubs 7-2 Thursday.

Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier each stole twice and Kristopher Negron added one more. The last time the Reds stole at least six was 2006 against Washington.

The Reds had six steals in the first four innings, using six hits and four walks to build a 6-0 lead against Arrieta (7-5).

Cincinnati stole three in a 3-run second inning and two in a 3-run fourth. All six steals came at second base, with John Baker catching Arrieta.

“We knew it would be hard to score on Arrieta,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We wanted to create some opportunities by being aggressive. We did a good job, all the way through, not just the first time through the lineup.”

 
Bengals LB Burfict signs 3-year extension
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:53 PM )

Associated Press


CINCINNATI — Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict signed a 3-year extension on Wednesday that runs through the 2017 season and will pay him a maximum of $20.05 million.

The two sides agreed to the deal last week. Burfict is entering the final year on his original deal that will pay him a salary of $570,000. Under his extension, he'll make $10 million through next summer in salary and bonuses.

Burfict is the leader of a defense that finished third in the NFL last season in yards allowed.

 
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