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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 AM | Updated ( Monday, April 21, 2014 5:53 PM )

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Thompson, Bullinger shut out Spencerville in NWC baseball

DELPHOS — Jefferson’s Ross Thompson and Ryan Bullinger combined for a 8-0 shutout of invading Spencerville in Northwest Conference baseball action Monday at Wildcat Field.

Thompson threw five frames and the southpaw Bullinger mopped up with two innings of relief.

Jefferson hosts Elida 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Bearcats hosts Lima Central Catholic Thursday.

(Longer article and box score in Wednesday’s paper).


In show of defiance, 32,000 run Boston Marathon
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 AM


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BOSTON — Some ran to honor the dead and wounded. Others were out to prove something to the world about their sport, the city or their country. And some wanted to prove something to themselves.

With the names of the victims scrawled on their bodies or their race bibs, more than 32,000 people ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday in a powerful show of defiance a year after the deadly bombing.

"We're marathon runners. We know how to endure," said Dennis Murray, a 62-year-old health-care administrator from Atlanta who finished just before the explosions last year and came back to run again. "When they try to take our freedom and our democracy, we come back stronger."

Pinehurst No. 2 ready for double dip of US opens
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:00 AM


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PINEHURST, N.C. — Pinehurst No. 2 is ready for its double dip of U.S. opens.

In less than two months, it will host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open in consecutive weeks.

USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said Monday that he is expecting "a challenging test of golf but ... a great test of golf" on the course designed by Donald Ross and recently restored to his specifications by Ben Crenshaw.

Local Roundup
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Sunday, April 20, 2014 8:00 PM

Cougar girls third at Gold Medal meet

By Charlie Warnimont

DHI Correspondent

OTTAWA — Van Wert’s girls track team turned in some outstanding performances Saturday to garner a third-place finish at the 49th annual Gold Medal Track and Field meet in Ottawa.

The Lady Cougars won four events and were second in another five events as they finished third among the nine teams competing with 97.5 points. Liberty-Benton won the girls team title with 144 points and Ottawa-Glandorf was second with 126.5 points. The Elida girls finished seventh with 22.5 points.

On the boys side, the Cougars finished fourth with 69 points, a half point behind third place Bluffton with 69.5 points. O-G won the boys team title with 114 points and Liberty-Benton was second with 87 points. The Elida boys finished tied for eighth with 18 points.

Amanda Clay, Alexis Dowdy and Andrea Foster all accounted for one win, while the fourth win came from the 400 relay team.

Clay won the long jump with a leap of 16-3 and she later helped account for a pair of runner-up finishes in relay events. Clay anchored the 800 Relay team that finished second in 1:52.88 to O-G. Joining Clay on that relay team were Whitney Meyers, Emma Kohn and Landrie Koontz.

Clay also anchored the second-place 1600 Relay team that included Meyers, Dowdy and Kohn. They finished second to O-G with a time of 4:11.42.

Dowdy picked up a win in the field events as she won the shot put with a toss of 41-0 and she was second in the discus with a throw of 114-5.

Foster won the 3,200 meter run in 12:22.49. Foster won the race by 22 seconds over Liberty-Benton’s Megan Bartel (12:44.67)

Van Wert’s 400 meter Relay team of Dominique Grothause, Meyers, Lauren Koontz and Kohn won in a time of 54.48. Meyers finished second in the 300 hurdles in 49.44.

The Elida girls were led by Tori Bowen with a second-place finish in the pole vault as she cleared 9-0 and Aubrey Williams was third in the high jump as she cleared 4-8.

Van Wert’s boys team won one event Saturday and that was the meet-ending 1,600-meter relay as the team of Tymon Moore, Hunter Perl, Quincey Salcido and Nicholas Krugh ran a 3:35.76 for the win.

Krugh finished second in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes for the Cougars. Krugh was second in the 100 at 11.61 and the 200 in 23.22.Van Wert’s 3200 meter relay team of Dylan Lautzenheiser, Connor Shaffer, Ryan Rice and Connor Holliday were second to O-G with a time of 8:32.87.

Clark Etzler helped the Elida boys to a pair of second-place finishes. Etzler was part of the 400 Relay team that finished second in 46.16. Joining him were Desmond White, De’Angelo Woods and Avery Sumpter. Etzler finished second in the 400-meter dash in 51.95 as Bluffton’s Noah Stratton won with a time of 51.17.

(Full results elsewhere in Track and Field Results article).

Kuchar rallies, chips in for RBC Heritage win
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Sunday, April 20, 2014 8:00 PM

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck 5-iron on the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage come up way short of the target and settle in a front bunker.

“Well,” he thought as he walked toward the shot, “there are a lot worse places to be.”

For Kuchar, there was no better place — and no better shot in the tournament.

He followed with a stunning chip-in on Harbour Town Golf Link’s closing, lighthouse hole, to overcome a 4-shot deficit for a 1-stroke victory and end nearly a month of Sundays where he came close to a title only to lose at the end.

Kuchar shot a 64 to finish at 11-under 273, one stroke ahead of Luke Donald, who had his third second place and fifth top-three finish here in the past six years.

Donald’s latest chance ended Kuchar’s winning chip. He hit it solid, felt it was a good line and watched it rattle home.

“I heard the crowd go crazy,” Kuchar said. “Then I went crazy.”

Kuchar punched the air to celebrate, grabbed his cap and swung it around to the cheers of the crowd. It was Kuchar’s seventh career PGA Tour victory. He earned $1.044 million and his first trophy since the Memorial last June.